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Aaron, Lee [Radio On!]

July 23 street date. Lee Aaron, the metal queen herself, is back with her new album "Radio On!". On 12 brand new songs, the exceptional singer shows herself from her strongest side and fulfils all expectations that one can have of a great rock album. Just like the numerous FM stations that once ruled the airwaves, "Radio On!" is an album packed with classic, melodic rock hooks, nasty guitar riffs, big harmonies and inspired songwriting. Lee Aaron combines these qualities through catchy, soaring melodies carried by her unique, versatile voice. "Radio On!" is an album of non-stop versatile melodic rock at its best.
Ainsworth, Lydia [Sparkles & Debris (ruby red vinyl)]

August 13 street date. Lydia Ainsworth's latest album "Sparkles & Debris" reflects her usual composer's mindset and instinct for idiosyncratic melodies and structures. It also marks a departure from the more solitary creative process that her previous releases were born from. The record blends live drums, guitars and bass with her signature vast electronic landscapes, samples, programming, and voice to create the record's sonic tapestry. "Longing seems to be a major theme running through my songs on this album", says Ainsworth. "Whether that is longing in love, longing to be free from oppression, or longing for the muse of inspiration to make an appearance. I have included some spells and charms in there as well that have proven effective, if any ofmy listeners want to use them for help with their own desires".
Anika [Change]

July 23 street date. When asked to describe the circumstances that influenced her beautifully fraught new work, Berlin-based musician Annika Henderson - better known simply as Anika - quickly articulates a set of feelings and unpredictable circumstances that are familiar to anyone who tried to make art - or simply tried to live through - the recent global pandemic. Given that it has been 11 years since the release of her last solo album, 2010 cult-favorite "Anika", the artist suddenly found herself with a lot to say. Recorded at a time when literally everyone in the world was being forced to take stock, rethink, and reimagine their own place in the cosmos of things, Anika provides the wisened perspective of an outsider. It's a perspective that is not lost on the British ex-pat and former political journalist. Despite the subject matter and the circumstances around its creation, "Change" itself is ultimately a treatise on optimism.
Banhart, Devendra & Noah Georgeson [Refuge (2LP-blue seaglass wave translucent vinyl)]

August 13 street date. "Refuge" is a meditation collaboration from Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson. Last spring, Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson started to make a record that was like nothing they had made before - an ambient album that would be both a haven from a suddenly terrified world and a heartfelt musical dialogue between two artists who have been friends and collaborators for over two decades. Noah, whose production and mixing credits include Joanna Newsom and the Strokes, came on board as co-producer of Devendra's 2005 album "Cripple Crow" and they have been working together ever since. As Devendra and Noah got to know each other, they realised that they had a similar history in the New Age subculture of the 1980s: a world of meditation, Eastern music, the Bhagavad Gita and The Whole Earth Catalog. "Refuge" is an album of profound meditative beauty which offers the listener a much-needed sense of peace and renewal.
Bob's Burgers [The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 (3LP)]

August 20 street date. "The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol. 2" includes nearly every single musical morsel from seasons 7 through 9. This 90-song smorgasbord will feature the Belcher family as well as the show's numerous recurring and special guests. This includes actors, comedians, and musicians Adam Driver, Tiany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Daveed Diggs, Max Greenfield, Toddrick Hall, Aparna Nancherla, and Matt Berninger (of the National). For fans of the show, enjoying the music of Bob's Burgers on its own is both an irresistible to-go bag and ultimately a world unto itself. Lose yourself in the strangely epic disco celebration "Hot Pants Rain Dance", sing along with the musical theater gem, "The Wedding Is My Warzone", or do whatever you're gonna do to "Sexy Little Tiger", but don't miss "The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol. 2".
Bradbury, Darrin [Artvertisment]

August 20 street date. "Artvertisement" is Darrin Bradbury's third album and second release for ANTI-, following his critically acclaimed 2019 LP "Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs". Bradbury wrote "Artvertisement" while touring in support of "Talking Dogs", and recorded the album at in March of 2020 over the strange, anxious handful of days between Nashville's devastating March 3rd tornado and the start of the COVID-19 shutdown. The title "Artvertisement" was inspired by Bradbury's difficult experiences navigating the polished, often soulless Nashville music industry, where record label executives would laud his songwriting - some going so far as to call him a genius - but ultimately turn him away because his music wasn't commercial. While music is still his primary focus, Bradbury has leaned into working on visual art, which, like his music, draws out both the darkness and the humor of the everyday.
Burch, Molly [Romantic Images (coke bottle clear)]

July 23 street date. "Romantic Images", Molly Burch's third album, marks a distinct evolution for Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis's Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey as it forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation and self-discovery. Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine. The collection prioritizes ecstasy and escape, and Burch's commitment to collective catharsis in her lifted, airy delivery manages to exude both thoughtful introspection and carefree abandon all at once. The shadow still lurks on the album, to be sure, but the light ultimately wins, and the result is an intoxicating collection all about coming into our truest selves.
Chua, Lucinda [Antidotes]

August 13 street date. Newly signed to 4AD, Lucinda Chua is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in South London with British, Malaysian and ancient Chinese heritage. Primarily using her voice, a cello, and an array of effects units, Chua writes ambient pop songs that are intimate, atmospheric, and totally enchanting. Chua self-released her debut EP "Antidotes 1" in 2019 and it was critically acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, Dazed and The Guardian. A sister release "Antidotes 2" expands Chua's unique sonic vocabulary, with subliminal textures that bleed into each other before fading away. If "Antidotes 1" was Chua building the landscape and scenery for her music, then "Antidotes 2" is her living within it. This special vinyl edition of "Antidotes" will include both EP's.
Darkside [Spiral (2LP)]

July 23 street date. Darkside's much-anticipated second full-length, "Spiral". Darkside is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician and vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session. "From the beginning, Darkside has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again," says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, "It felt like it was time again," he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. Darkside is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."
De Casier, Erika [Sensational]

July 23 street date. Copenhagen-based songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has announced details of her second full-length studio album. "Sensational", which includes recent singles ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ and ‘Drama’. Born in Portugal to Belgian and Cape Verdean parents and raised in Denmark, Erika de Casier initially made her mark as an ally of the Regelbau collective (home to Danish house acts DJ Sports, C.K and Central) before writing, co-producing and releasing debut album, "Essentials", through her own Independent Jeep label. Her take on 90s/00s R&B became a slow-burn success story and "Essentials" graced Best of 2019 lists at Mixmag, Gorilla vs. Bear, FACT, Dummy, and Crack Magazine. "Sensational" expands the universe of de Casier's 2019 self-released debut album. Where "Essentials" dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, "Sensational" has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasising about what could've been.
El Michels Affair meets Liam Bailey [Ekundayo Inversions (black vinyl)]

August 13 street date. There has always been a Reggae influence in the music of El Michels Affair. From their cover of "Hung Up On My Baby" done in a Reggae style, to the general sound and approach that permeates Leon's production style. While recording Liam Bailey's 2020 "Ekundayo" album, they did some straight forward reggae tunes inspired by different eras alongside some modern R&B tracks that would fit more comfortably next to Frank Ocean than Jacob Miller. It is this same notion that old and new can live so comfortably together that birthed the idea of "Ekundayo Inversions". El Michels wound up straying so far from the traditional Dub format that it didn't seem right to use the word ‘Dub’, hence "Ekundayo Inversions". All the songs are tied together by WhatsApp messages between Leon and Liam that perfectly narrate the story of this record and their working relationship. One of the highlights of Ekundayo Inversions is a guest appearance from the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry on the "Ugly Truth" version. At the end of the day, "Ekundayo Inversions" is a testament to how strong the original songs are. Whether they’re in a R&B style, reggae style, stripped down to their bare bones, or loaded with production, the songs will move you.
GA-20 [GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor (black)]

August 20 street date. Blues music is revered for its timelessness. The best blues - no matter how old - sounds as fresh and visceral today as it did when first recorded. The high-energy electric blues trio GA-20 know this well. The band's dynamic self-penned songs sound and feel as fresh and real as the old blues they love and perform, including songs by Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells and especially their favorite, Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor always knew how he wanted to be remembered, declaring, "when I die they'll say, ‘he couldn't play shit, but he sure made it sound good!’". Now, Colemine Records - working in partnership with Alligator Records - will release GA-20's new full-length album, "Try It - You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor", featuring 10 songs written or performed by the Chicago blues legend.
Glenn-Copeland, Beverly [At Last! EP (indie exclusive)]

July 30 street date. Limited edition reissue of Beverly Glenn-Copeland's "At Last!" EP, originally released in 1980 on Beverly his own label. It features his longtime collaborator Doug Riley. The title was a reference to the fact that it took so long for Glenn to get back in the studio and release new music (his previous recordings were in 1970). The ultra-rare EP reveals Glenn in deep funk, soul and rock modes. Available exclusively to independent shops.
Jones, Durand & The Indications [Private Space (black)]

July 30 street date. "Private Space", Durand Jones & The Indications' third album, is a previously untapped vibe at the heart of The Indications. Pushing beyond the boundaries of the funk and soul on their previous releases, "Private Space" unlocks the door to a wider range of sounds and launches boldly into a world of synthy modern soul and disco beats dotted with strings. It's an organic, timeless record that's as fresh as clean kicks and familiar as your favorite well-worn LP. Developed after being apart for much of the year, "Private Space" is creatively explosive and delights in upending expectations. Its 10 tracks are both an escapist fantasy and a much-needed recentering after a tumultuous 2020. Throughout, The Indications highlight a collective resiliency - as well as the power of a good song to be a light in the darkness. Durand Jones & The Indications have long provided the soulful soundtrack for such deep thoughts, both on stage and on your turntable. But as the world slowly resets from the chaos of the past year, "Private Space" is arriving at just the right time.
Kero Kero Bonito [Civilisation (EP) (metallic gold vinyl)]

August 20 street date. Kero Kero Bonito are a London-based experimental pop trio, comprised of bilingual Anglo-Japanese singer Sarah and producers Gus and Jamie. Having previously made college radio indie and viral Casio megahits, the six track "Civilisation" mini-album compiles the "lost world junk pop" of the band's "Civilisation I" and "Civilisation II" EP's. "Civilisation" was inspired by the art pop lineage of artists like Kate Bush, David Sylvian and Peter Gabriel, with a sonic palette informed by Warp's "Artificial Intelligence" series, homemade New Age music and early digital synth experiments. It was created entirely with dusty old musical hardware and uses both ancient musical tropes (pentatonic scales, minimalist repetition) and contemporary songwriting techniques to summon an out-of-time atmosphere that spans the past, present and future simultaneously. The songs tackle widescreen themes like psychological warfare (on the mystical polyrhythmic funk of "Battle Lines"), ancient mythology (on the energetic, melancholy synth-pop of "The Princess and the Clock") and the resurrection of the dead (on "Well Rested", the record's 7-minute psychedelic house closer).
Koreless [Agor (LP)]

July 9 street date. An album over five years in the making, Welsh producer Lewis Roberts aka Koreless announces his much-anticipated debut album "Agor". "Agor" is the Welsh word for open and it's an apt name for a recording which exists at sensory thresholds, helping guide the listener from one realm to another less visited. It straddles various worlds of dance, ambient and contemporary classical while not sounding like an example of any of them. After a series of startling early releases, including his debut EP - "4D" - in 2011, Koreless started working with the London based label Young, releasing collaborative work with Sampha and the game-changing ‘Yugen’ EP later that year, not to mention 18 months on and off working with FKA twigs on the critically acclaimed "Magdalene" album. Eventually he turned his attention to his debut album, which has, admittedly, taken much longer to finish than anyone had envisaged. "Agor" is unlike any other record you'll hear. It straddles the worlds of ambient and contemporary classical while not sounding like an example of either.
LUMP [Animal (coloured)]

July 30 street date. Lump began in 2018, with a collaboration between Mike Lindsay - a Mercury Prize-winning producer and co-founder of band Tunng, and the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Laura Marling. "The last record was an experiment," says Lindsay. "And I thought we weren't ever going to do another Lump record." As with the first album, Marling would arrive in the studio without having heard any of Lindsay's music, with the hope that it would bring the lyrics an immediacy and a spontaneity. Having begun studying for a Masters in psychoanalysis, she found she drew heavily on her course texts for this album's lyrics. There were other sources too: half-memories, family stories, strange dreams; things she had read, or been told or imagined. "Animal" was a word Marling threw into a lyric simply to meet a rhythm. But it seemed to capture the mood of the record, and of the band as a whole. "There's a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild," she says."Through Lump we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe," adds Lindsay.
Luvmenauts [In Space (white vinyl)]

August 20 street date. The Luvmenauts are an eclectic Toronto-based collective dedicated to paying homage to the sounds of the past. They draw inspiration from film composers like Janko Nilovic, Piero Umiliani, and Alan Hawkshaw; while holding their sound accountable to the faceless dollar-bin, library music gems. The core band consists of Andrew Moljgun (keys), Josh Cavan (guitar), Alex Furlott (bass), and Jon Hyde (drums). together, they are on a mission to create soundtracks for films that never were. The Luvmenauts have self released three full-length LPs, running the gamut from psychedelic surf to spaghetti western. They've been contributing their genre-defying sounds to multimedia, live film-scoring performances, many of which can be heard as interludes on major media such as CBC Radio, Discovery Channel, Viceland, History Channel, and Netflix. For their latest outing, In Space, The Luvmenauts have created the score for an empyreal journey through an alternate universe. Into the cosmogonic meat-grinder goes the kaleidoscopic worlds of Jodorowsky & Moebius, spicy desert planets, and golden era pulp. What emerges is a psychotropic mosaic of grooves and synthesized eruptions, served with a side of krautrock.
Mudhoney [Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (2LP deluxe edition)]

July 23 street date. By going back to basics with "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge", Mudhoney flipped conventional wisdom. Not for the first time - or the last - they would be vindicated. A month after release in July 1991, the album entered the UK album chart at Number 34 (five weeks later, Nirvana's "Nevermind" entered at 36) and went on to sell 75,000 copies worldwide. A more meaningful measure of success, however, lay in its revitalisation of the band, casting a touchstone for the future. The record is a major chapter in Mudhoney’s ongoing story, the moral of which has to be: when in doubt, fudge it. "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" is a whirlwind of the band's influences at the time: the fierce 1960s garage rock of their Pacific Northwest predecessors The Sonics and The Lollipop Shoppe, the gnashing post-hardcore of Drunks With Guns, the heavy guitar moods of Neil Young, the lysergic workouts of Spacemen 3 and Hawkwind, the gloomy existentialism of Zounds, and the satirical ferocity of 1980s hardcore punk. This 30th anniversary edition, remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, stands as testimony to the creative surge that drove them in this period. The album sessions yielded a clutch of material that would subsequently appear on B-sides, compilations, and split-singles. This edition includes all those tracks, and a slew of previously unreleased songs. First vinyl pressing is on blue-and-red vinyl.
Queen Latifah [All Hail The Queen (translucent red)]

August 13 street date. As part of Tommy Boy's 40th anniversary celebration, they reissue this exclusive limited edition pressing of Queen Latifah's "All Hail the Queen" While Queen Latifah may be known more as an actress, host and TV personality these days, it was Queen Latifah the MC that first burst out of Newark and onto the scene with her 1989 debut album, "All Hail the Queen. "All Hail the Queen" became an instant classic and catapulted Queen Latifah into mainstream consciousness where she has remained to this day. Selected by The Source as one of the Top 100 Best Rap Albums, while also making it onto Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die list, "All Hail the Queen" continues to be a must have for record collectors and hip-hop heads around the world.
Torres [Thirstier (Peak vinyl indie shop edition)]

July 30 street date. Since releasing her debut album in 2013, TORRES - the stage name of Brooklyn-based rock musician Mackenzie Scott - has used her pointed lyricism and disarming vocal presence to seek openings in the everyday, prying apart the walls of the real in search of escape. After a pandemic year that toggled relentlessly between numbing dread and active terror, "Thirstier" explodes the borders of imaginative possibility. It is Scott's most exuberant and daring record to date, showcasing her in thrilling freefall. Recorded in the fall of 2020, "Thirstier" marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for TORRES. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott's previous music gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for post-plague celebration. Scott co-produced the album with Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, drawing on her experience self-producing the acclaimed 2020 LP "Silver Tongue" to push her music onto an even broader scale. Guitar-driven walls of sound, reminiscent of producer Butch Vig's work with Garbage and Nirvana, surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott's commanding voice to the fore.
V/A [Bills & Aches & Blues (2LP)]

July 23 street date. In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of "Bills & Aches & Blues". The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD's past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception. "Bills & Aches & Blues" will be released with standard vinyl and CD editions following on 23 July and a deluxe vinyl boxset later this year. The first 12 months' profits from "Bills & Aches & Blues" will be donated to The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts or music. "Bills & Aches & Blues" is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics) after the opening line of Cocteau Twins' ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’.
Vega, Alan [After Dark]

July 30 street date. 2021 is shaping up to be the year of Alan Vega. Every year should be, but this year is definitely it. The announcement of the opening of the Alan Vega archives which will be unleashing an untold amount of unreleased material dating back to 1971 via Sacred Bones, the release of "Mutator" (a lost album from the mid 90s), which has gained rave reviews, a massive feature in the NY Times - Vega has been celebrated everywhere of late. In The Red is over the moon to participate in this celebration with the release of "After Dark", an album that captures a late night rock 'n' roll session with Vega backed by Ben Vaughn, Palmyra Delran and Barb Dwyer (all members of the incredible Pink Slip Daddy as well as countless other cool projects). This album serves as a reminder that Alan Vega was an incredible rock'n' roll/blues/rockabilly vocalist.
Wire [PF456 REDUX]

August 6 street date. The Wire album "Send" (2003) was in fact a compilation of material contained on the releases "Read & Burn 01", "Read & Burn 02" and new tracks. The original plan had in fact been to simply compile the two planned Read & Burn" EP's but the unforeseen runaway success of "Read & Burn 01" meant that in spite of the "band merch only" status of "Read & Burn 02" there would be too much duplication if that plan was to go ahead so an extra 4 tracks were made and some "Read & Burn" material was dropped in order to come up with an acceptable track list for "Send". Born as much of creative curiosity as necessity and as the full tracks have found their ultimate expression as the RSD vinyl release "PF456 Deluxe", an expanded version with a book, it is perhaps fitting that "PF456REDUX" now finds its new home as a limited CD release.

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