This Month's Vinyl Picks: November 2016
It's that time of the month again where we round-up all the vinyl releases soon to be headed your way and pick a handful of the best for your listening pleasure. Amongst the new releases due in November are a brand new Metallica album - available on a choice of black or coloured vinyl - and a picture disc exclusive from You Me At Six.
Meanwhile there are plenty of classic albums getting the vinyl reissue treatment this month, including a deluxe edition of R.E.M.'s Out of Time, the debut album from Welsh alt-rock oddities Super Furry Animals and the full back catalogue of Roxy Music.
You can find all the upcoming vinyl releases in our online store, but here are some of the highlights we've picked out from this month...
New Release of the Month: Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things: Volume 1
If you're one of the many people who found themselves sucked into the Duffer Brothers' excellent supernatural drama Stranger Things over the summer, then you'll no doubt already be aware of its eerily atmospheric soundtrack, created by two members of Austin-based synth fanatics Survive. In the same way that the show pushes all of your nostalgia buttons by recalling all the best things about 80s horror films, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein draw inspiration from the likes of John Carpenter, Harold Faltermeyer and Tangerine Dream to create a dense and brooding soundtrack. This month the soundtrack finally gets a release on vinyl, with a 2LP edition arriving on November 18th on the Invada Records imprint, featuring no fewer than 36 tracks packed with analogue synth-powered atmospherics.
Reissue of the Month: Bruce Springsteen – Chapter & Verse (Ltd. Edition Tortoiseshell Vinyl)
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Last month saw the release of a career-spanning collection from New Jersey's most famous son, Bruce Springsteen, released alongside an autobiography titled Born to Run that details in his own words for the first time the ins and outs of a long and outstanding career. Although the album was released on black vinyl in September, this month Chapter & Verse is being reissued as a limited edition on tortoiseshell vinyl, so if you haven't gotten around to buying it yet you might just want to keep your powder dry until November 18th when it arrives in stores. You can pre-order your copy using the button on the right...
One from the Archives: Burial - Untrue
For a while in the mid-2000s, Burial was one of the most mysterious forces behind the rising dubstep scene in the UK, anonymously producing two albums' worth of material for Kode9's Hyberdub label before The Independent ruined all the fun and unmasked Will Bevan as the man behind some of the genre's most distinctive records. Untrue, his second album, is awash with Burial's trademark skittering beats, heavily processed vocals and moody, haunting synths. The album earned a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, but it was to be the last instalment of an all-too-brief career; he hasn't released another full-length offering since, although he does occasionally pop up with a new tune or collaboration every now and again with the likes of Four Tet and Massive Attack. Both of those albums now seem like a time capsule, capturing a rave scene already lost to the winds of change by the time they were created, but Untrue remains a captivating listen even now.