This Month's Vinyl Picks: October 2016
We're back again with our monthly vinyl and selection, and we don't say it lightly when we tell you that this month was the toughest so far to select just three titles from. October is jam-packed with tasty vinyl releases and honourable mentions have to go to a series of vinyl reissues from Beck, Drake and Blink 182, not to mention this gorgeous orange and yellow sunburst, 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations and a spectacular, wallet-busting box set of DJ Shadow's seminal debut LP, but in the end we've had to make a choice, so here we go with October's vinyl picks...
Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest's brilliant, Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Everybody Down set her apart as one of the most unique talents on the British rap scene and the poet and playwright returns this month with its follow-up, Let Them Eat Chaos, which features the excellent singles 'Don't Fall In' and 'Europe is Lost'. If you've been sleeping on Tempest's output then you've really been missing something special, especially if you're a hip-hop fan. With her sharp lyrics and observations on social and political issues, Tempest offers something different from most and if you live anywhere near the South coast you might be interested to know that she's due to curate the next Brighton Fringe Festival, following in the footsteps of others like Brian Eno and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Oasis - Be Here Now
Noel Gallagher once called this album their “great rock 'n' roll swindle”. His brother Liam said he couldn't remember recording it. But 20 years on from the release of their third album, on October 14th Oasis are set to reissue Be Here Now, newly remastered and in a variety of formats, including several vinyl options. First, we have no fewer than three versions exclusive to hmv, including two varieties that include a limited edition extra 12” featuring the single 'Stand By Me' and B-side '(I Got) The Fever'. But if you're feeling flush and you're a die-hard fan you might want to take a look at the deluxe box set, which is also an hmv exclusive and comes with a bunch of goodies including 3 CDs of tracks with previously unreleased recordings and demos, an exclusive white label 12” sampler featuring six Mustique demos and an exclusive 7” featuring more demos recorded by Mark Coyle, as well as a 52 page hardback book featuring rare photos, a 12” x 12” Art print, an embossed keyring and a set of four postcards.
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Our final pick is another from our Records & Rebellion promotion and out of the many albums in Frank Zappa's huge back catalogue, this is one of his very best. Hot Rats was originally released in 1969 and was the first to be recorded using a 16-track desk - a big technological advance at the time - and boy does he make use of it. If you're one of those who has never really been able to get into Zappa'a music, this is a great place to start as it's a little more accessible than some of his more intimidating output and as well as including some of Zappa's best-known tracks like 'Willie the Pimp' and the superb 'Peaches en Ragalia', it also includes some guest performances from the likes of Captain Beefheart and Shuggie Otis.