This Month's Vinyl Picks: August 2016
De La Soul, Depeche Mode and MC5 are amongst our vinyl picks for the month of August...
New Release of the Month: De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody
As one of the defining groups of New York's rap scene in the late 80s and early 90s, along with the other members of the Native Tongues collective that also included Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep and A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul helped change and shape the style of rap that was emerging from the East coast, supplanting the gang-related narratives of their West coast counterparts with more conscious lyrics addressing social issues. After a 30-year career that has seen the release of eight studio albums and too many collaborations to mention, their ninth album arrives on August 26th. A kickstarter-funded project from the outset, And The Anonymous Nobody features 17 brand new tracks and a laundry list of special guests that includes Pete Rock, Damon Albarn, Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins and David Byrne, among several others. Tracks like 'Pain' and 'Royalty Capes' show that the trio have lost none of their edge in the last three decades, while others like 'Action!' point to a group that is still able to innovate and change styles with ease.
Reissue of the Month: Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell
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Depeche Mode recently announced that they are to reissue all of their albums on 180g vinyl in the coming months and the first four of these are set to arrive in stores and online on August 26th. These include 1982's A Broken Frame, 1983's Construction Time Again and 1984's Some Great Reward, but our favourite of this first batch has to be their 1981 debut album Speak & Spell. The only Depeche Mode album to feature co-founder Vince Clark before his subsequent departure to form a variety of other synthpop outfits like Yazoo and Erasure, Speak & Spell includes the Clark-penned hits 'New Life' and 'I Just Can't Get Enough', two of the highlights from their debut LP. The next five albums from their back catalogue are due to get the vinyl reissue treatment in October, including the live album 101, but this little gem should tide you over in the meantime.
One from the Archives: MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
The debut album from the legendary Detroit band is one of the many titles included in our new in-store promotion Records & Rebellion - celebrating the albums that emerged from the counterculture movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s - and it's hard to think of a band that represented that movement in quite the same way as MC5. Led by vocalist Rob Tyner and the duelling twin guitar attack of Wayne Kramer and Fred 'Sonic' Smith, MC5 were pioneers of garage rock and much more politically active than their peers, becoming associated with the Black Panthers and anarchist groups like Black Mask. Kick Out The Jams holds the distinction of being the first time a band had released a live recording as their debut album and its frenetic energy made this a hugely influential record on the punk and alternative rock that would emerge years later.
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