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  • Allo Darlin 'Allo Darlin' - Cargo Records UK

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    Transparent Blue Vinyl Re-press available, includes Download Card.

    Allo Darlin’s eponymous debut album runs the spectrum from joyous, breezy, punky, jump-around pop with fabulous harmonies to sparse ukulele and steel guitar heartbreakers.

    Singer Elizabeth Morris and bassist Bill Botting form the Australian contingent of the band, and put the band’s sunny, optimistic sound down, in part, to the 365 straight days of sunshine they would enjoy back home in Queensland.

    “There’s another band from Queensland called The Go-Betweens who talked about having a ‘striped sunlight sound’,” says Elizabeth. “That’s always been a quality that I’ve been chasing in songs.”

    Tracklisting:
    1. Dreaming 
    2. The Polaroid Song 
    3. Silver Dollars 
    4. Kiss Your Lips 
    5. Heartbeat Chilli 
    6. If Loneliness Was Art 
    7. Woody Allen 
    8. Let's Go Swimming 
    9. My Heart Is A Drummer 
    10. What Will Be Will Be

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  • Black Moth 'Condemned to Hope' - Cargo Records UK

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    Transparent Green Vinyl with single sleeve second press available now.

    Exclusive t-shirt design black with white logos front and back limited to 100.


    Black Moth rose from the Leeds underground scene at the end of the last decade, indulging their love for both Sabbath sulphur and Stooges squalor. 


    Their debut 'The Killing Jar', which was released in 2012, was hailed by many as 'one of the best debut album's you'll hear all year' - it even made it onto Kerrang's top 50 albums of the year. Now with an expanded (guitar) lineup to expand the riffage comes the follow up, 'Condemned To Hope.' 

    Their long awaited second album, produced like their first by Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Cramps) takes their kaleidoscopic heaviosity and sepulchral style to a whole new plateau of riff-driven dementia. A turbulent brew with just as much 60s garage rock bite, head-spinning psychedelia and '1991-The-Year-That-Punk-Broke' grit to offer as Vinum Sabbathi riffage. 'Condemned To Hope' is where Black Moth truly render themselves a glimmering presence in the firmament of 21st century rock. A band just as comfortable sharing the Temples festival bill with the likes of Electric Wizard and Neurosis as they are alongside Nick Cave, Iggy Pop and Deborah Harry on the forthcoming Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions album 'Axels And Sockets'. 

    As with all NHS releases the album package will be something very special, with some very special cover art.
    The one and only Roger Dean has created a brand new painting to adorn the cover of the album. Designer, architect and artist, his iconic work for Yes, Uriah Heep, Budgie, countless Vertigo sleeves and much more, has almost come to define 70’s sleeve art. It’s the Roger Dean you know and love, yet as you’ve never seen him before.
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  • Black Moth 'The Killing Jar' - Cargo Records UK

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    Vinyl version of 'The Killing Jar':

    3rd Pressing on Amber / Beer coloured vinyl shipping now.

    Black Moth are four super talented individuals, Harriet Bevan - vocals, Jim Swainston - guitar, Dave Vachon - bass, and Dom McCready, battering the crap out of his drums. Formed 2 years ago out of the ashes of Leeds garage rockers The Bacchae, the band were seduced by the brutal and hypnotic lure of the riff, to emerge translucent skinned and bleary eyed from their cocoon as the ferocious kick-ass heavy rock outfit that is Black Moth.

    Taking a powerful chunk of influence from proto-punk acts such as Iggy and the Stooges, Motorhead and early Alice Cooper as well as a sliver of 90s grunge and stoner rock and a big dose of doom, Black Moth draw out the darker elements and combine them with the heaving riffs of heavy metal giants, Pentagram and Black Sabbath, with "hooks so sharp you could hang a corpse on them". They also look to more current acts such as the Melvins, Sleep and Electric Wizard for inspiration, though singer, Harriet Bevan, still maintains a vocal style that evokes the haunting psychedelia of Grace Slick and psych-Satanist, Jinx Dawson from Coven: the woman responsible for the "sign of the horns" in rock'n'roll.

    They're also a big part of the burgeoning Leeds heavy rock scene alongside Pulled Apart By Horses, Kong, Hawk Eyes and Gentlemen's Pistols, it looks like it's about to break. Songs that the band have honed and crafted in the mighty maelstrom that is the Leeds heavy rock scene, have been rippin’ ‘em up live not only in Yorkshire but everywhere they’ve played.

    Now all they needed was to be brought to vivid screaming life on record. Enter Mr Jim Sclavunos, the multi talented Grinderman and Bad Seed, not to mention the superbaaad connoisseur of the mixing console, fresh from producing the storming second Jim Jones Revue album. One of their shows was all it took.

    ”Black Moth reminds me of my misspent youth” he said. And judging by the all out assault that he’s crafted with the Moth, he must have been a very bad boy indeed. The Killing Jar is their debut from New Heavy Sounds and it rocks like a bastard.

    Tracklisting:
    1. The Articulate Dead
    2. Blackbirds Fall
    3. Banished But Blameless
    4. Spit Out Your Teeth
    5. The Plague Of Our Age
    6. Chicken Shit
    7. Blind Faith
    8. Plastic Blaze
    9. Land Of The Sky
    10. Honey Lung

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  • Burial 'Burial' - Cargo Records UK

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    Burial 'Burial'

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    A continual seller ever since release in April 2006, demand for Burial’s roundly praised debut has rocketed following a swathe of superlative appraisals and high rankings in the various year-end review sections. 

    With the DJ in mind, optimum sonic integrity has been maintained by removing the CD version's beatless opening and closing tracks, and the remaining 11 tunes have been re-sequenced and re-cut to allow those 4 that have until now not appeared on vinyl to be presented in newly-mastered 12-inch-standard audio across the first 2 sides ('Wounder', 'U Hurt Me', 'Spaceape' and 'Prayer').

    With both the 'South London Boroughs' and 'Distant Lghts' EPs now out of print and likely to remain that way, this limited edition two-wax pack offers the only way to get your Burial fix in club-ready configuration, but it won't be around for ever as the ever-elusive producer is near to completing his next opus, at which point this changes tense from present to past. Advertising to run in Observer Music Monthly from 18/03, and still very much in stock on CD right this very minute.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Untitled
    2. Distant Lights
    3. Spaceape
    4. Wounder
    5. Night Bus
    6. Southern Comfort
    7. U Hurt Me
    8. Gutted
    9. Forgive
    10. Broken Home
    11. Prayer
    12. Pirates
    13. Untitled

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  • Burial 'Untrue' - Cargo Records UK

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    Of all the artists past and present who claim to let their music do their talking for them, Burial is one of the elite band of whom this truly is the case. In fact, so reluctant is he to engage with the cult-of-personality hoopla that surrounds almost every modern producer and musician of merit, that he remains a genuine recluse; he has never appeared live, only one obliquely-angled publicity photograph is known to exist, and the number of interviews he has given can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

    Yet despite this, his music speaks loud and wide, and the world has been listening ever since his ‘South London Boroughs’ EP debut on Hyperdub in March 2005. His eponymous album, which began life as a low-key release in May 2006, is now widely regarded as the benchmark release of the ever-widening dubstep genre, picking up unanimous critical acclaim along the way, and ending the year heavily featured in many ‘best of’ polls. Now Burial returns with ‘Untrue’, a new record of weird soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporised R&B and smudged 2step garage.

    Vocal lines are blurred, smeared, pitched up pitched down and pitch bent until their content is cast adrift from their original context and they whisper their saccharin sweet nothings into the void. The album continues with the debut’s crackle-drenched yearning and bustling syncopations, haunted by the ghosts of rave, but also reveals some new Burial treats with a more glowing, upbeat energy.

    Kicking off with the skittering 2step syncopations and vocal science of ‘Archangel’, ‘Near Dark’ and ‘Ghost Hardware’, before long it descends into a space of radiant divas and ambience. Where ‘Burial’ first was humid, suffocating and unrelentingly sad, ‘Untrue’ is less sunless. Many of the tracks are so sweet, they become toxic, underscored by the almost geological rumbles of growling basslines.

    Unlike the overpoweringly melancholic prevailing mood of before, Burial’s sound is now better defined as a downcast euphoria typified by the epic, muted optimism of the album’s last track ‘Raver’. Forget central heating… the radioactivity of this album is all that you’ll need to keep you warm this winter. ‘Untrue’ is available as full 13 track digipack CD, including recent underground hit ‘Ghost Hardware’, and 9 track DJ friendly double vinyl set, from which some of the beatless pieces have been edited.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Untitled
    2. Archangel
    3. Near Dark
    4. Ghost Hardware
    5. Endorphin
    6. Etched Headplate
    7. In McDonalds
    8. Untrue
    9. Shell Of Light
    10. Dog Shelter
    11. Homeless
    12. UK
    13. Raver

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  • Chelsea Wolfe 'Abyss' - Cargo Records UK

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    Available on limited light Blue Double Vinyl and CD.

    “Her darkest, heaviest and most personal album yet . . . a haunting, doomy exercise in loud-quiet dynamics.” Rolling Stone


    Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work.

    Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful.

    But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife… an inverted thunderstorm… the dark backward… the abyss of time.”

    Chelsea Wolfe’s material has always felt intensely private, from the almost voyeuristic bedroom-production aesthetic of her debut album The Grime and the Glow to the stark themes and atmospheres of 2013’s Pain Is Beauty. “Abyss is meant to have the feeling of when you’re dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious,” says Wolfe.

    To conjure this in-between world, Wolfe continued her ongoing collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Ben Chisholm and drummer Dylan Fujioka, with Ezra Buchla brought on board to play viola and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) enlisted to contribute guitar. The ensemble traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent).

    In the back of her mind burned the words of designer Yohji Yamamoto: "Perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” The resulting eleven songs reflect that philosophy as they smoulder with human frailty, intimacy, quiet passion, anxiety, and deep longing. “Sleep and dream issues have followed me my whole life,” remarks Wolfe as she revisits notes from the writing and recording sessions. In a way, these issues have become a part of Chelsea Wolfe’s identity, for whom the notion of sleep as an escape has been subverted.

    Abyss captures this dichotomy, this battle between the soothing and the upsetting, and demonstrates why Chelsea Wolfe has become one of the most intriguing songwriters of the decade.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Carrion Flowers
    2. Iron Moon
    3. Dragged Out
    4. Maw
    5. Grey Days
    6. After the Fall
    7. Crazy Love
    8. Simple Death
    9. Survive
    10. Color of Blood
    11. The Abyss

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  • Chelsea Wolfe 'Pain Is Beauty' - Cargo Records UK

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    Chelsea Wolfe 'Pain Is Beauty'

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    CD Digipak with 20 page booklet. Vinyl is  2LP in Gatefold jacket  + download card.

    Pain is Beauty is the third studio album from the Los Angeles-based artist and is a self-described love letter to nature. Many of the album's 12 tracks veer in a decidedly more electronic direction than previous recordings, while at the same time capitalizing on Wolfe's trademark penchant for the morose and otherworldly.

    As Wolfe explains: "[The album] becomes an exploration of ancestry, how the mythology, landscapes and traditions of our ancestors affect our personalities today. Honesty is what initially drew me to music, and I've been more honest and open with myself than ever through these songs.

    There is peace in truth. There is clarity in solitude. And there is power within simplicity and focus. Love is not always easy. Tormented love is something I understand more than society's skewed idea of what love should be. Love is indelible, severe, earnest, merciful. To push forward against the odds is to make history".  

    Chelsea Wolfe makes records that transcend time, avoid pigeonholing, and most importantly, allow a glimpse into the soul of a true visionary. Her work is free of the contrivances of lesser artists, the trivial "concepts" and pandering for attention at any cost. Hers is a dignified way of doing things, proven without any doubt by the sheer quality of her work.

    Pain is Beauty presents not so much an auditory experience as it does an encompassing atmosphere with which the listener can surround themselves, a soul-stirring link with infinity.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Feral Love
    2. We Hit A Wall
    3. House Of Metal
    4. The Warden
    5. Destruction Makes The World Burn Brighter
    6. Sick
    7. Kings
    8. Reins
    9. Ancestors, The Ancients
    10. They Clap When You're Done
    11. The Waves Have Come
    12. Lone

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  • Goat 'Commune' - Cargo Records UK

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    Goat return with Commune, the eagerly awaited follow up to their astonishing debut album World Music.  Commune continues on with World Music’s acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines but also introduces a darker, more angry edge to the band, not seen before on previous releases.

    Starting with the layered percussive groove, Eastern guitar flourishes, and convoking vocals of “Talk To God”, it re-establishes the trance-inducing rhythms and exotic blaze of guitar that characterized their debut so well.

    That spellbound pulse delves into darker and more propulsive territories on “Words” and “Goatslaves”, while “Goatchild” veers towards the transcendental pop of ‘60s Bay Area rock. The vintage psychedelic vibe permeates through songs like “The Light Within” and “To Travel The Path Unknown”—tracks that suggest that these rural Swedes operate on the same wavelength as the Turkish psych-folkies recently rediscovered by reissue labels like Finders Keepers. Commune reaches its apex when Goat’s hymnal invocations meet a heavy doze of proto-metal fuzz on “Hide From The Sun” and “Gathering of Ancient Tribes”.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Talk To God
    2. Words
    3. The Light Within
    4. Travel The Path Unknown
    5. Goatchild
    6. Goatslaves
    7. Hide From The Sun
    8. Bondye
    9. Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
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  • Goat 'Requiem' - Cargo Records UK

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    In a culture obsessed with content, saturation, and continual exposure, it’s rare to find artists who prefer to lurk outside of the public eye. Thomas Pynchon is perhaps the most notable contemporary recluse—a virtually faceless figure who occasionally creeps out of hiding to offer up an elaborate novel steeped in history and warped by imagination—but for the crate digging audiophiles, guitar mystics, and third-eye visionaries, Sweden’s enigmatic rock outfit GOAT may qualify as the greatest modern pop-culture mystery. Who are these masked musicians? Are they truly members of a remote tribe in the Arctic community of Korpilombolo? Are their songs actually a part of their communal heritage, passed down through generations in their isolated homeland? Their third studio full-length, Requiem, offers more questions than answers, but much like any of Pynchon’s knotty yarns, the reward is not in the untangling but in the journey through the labyrinth.

    Western exports may have dominated the consciousness of international rock fans for the entirety of the 20th century, but our increasing global awareness has unearthed a treasure trove of transcendental grooves and spellbinding riffage from exotic and remote corners of the planet. GOAT’s previous albums World Music and Commune were perfect testaments to this heightened awareness, with Silk Road psychedelia, desert blues, and Third World pop all serving as governing forces within the band’s sound. But GOAT’s strange amalgam isn’t some cheap game of cultural appropriation—it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact origins of the elusive group’s sound. Whether or not the enigmatic collective truly claims Korpilombolo as their home, the fact that they pledge allegiance to a spot on the periphery of our maps—a spot so distant and off the grid that it feels fictitious—bolsters the nomadic quality of their sonic explorations. With Requiem, GOAT continue to rock and writhe to a beat beholden to no nation, no state.

    GOAT’s only outright declaration for Requiem is that it is their “folk” album. For the initiated, such a proclamation seems almost unnecessary—GOAT has always vacillated between electrified exuberance and unplugged tribalist hymns. But Requiem does find GOAT focusing more on their subdued bucolic ritualism than on the psilocybin freakouts. Opening tracks “Djorolen/Union of Sun and Moon” and “I Sing in Silence” both set the stage for GOAT’s rustic approach, with the guitars laying down simple chord progressions and pan flute providing the primary hooks. From those very first notes, the piper leads us down a path where GOAT relies less on acidic guitar lines and more on sun-bleached psych-pop. “Trouble in the Streets” carries all the jubilance of classic African highlife. “Try My Robe” bares the group’s signature ceremonial hip-shaking rhythms, but eschews guitar for a mandolin line that would make John Paul Jones proud. But GOAT hasn’t completely foregone their fiery charms—tracks like “All-Seeing Eye” and “Goatfuzz” conjure the sultry heathen pulsations that ensnared us on their previous albums.

    Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of Requiem comes with the closing track “Ubuntu”. The song is little more than a melodic delay-driven electric piano line, until we hear the refrain from “Diarabi”—the first song on their first album—sneak into the mix. It creates a kind of musical ouroboros—an infinite cycle of reflection and rejuvenation, death and rebirth. Much like fellow recluse Pynchon, GOAT doesn’t offer up any explanations for their strange trajectories. But like Pynchon, they have managed to create a world of their own where the line between truth and fiction is so obscured that all you can do is bask in their cryptic genius.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Djôrôlen / Union of Sun and Moon
    2. I Sing in Silence
    3. Temple Rhythms
    4. Alarms
    5. Trouble in the Streets
    6. Psychedelic Lover
    7. Goatband
    8. Try My Robe
    9. It's Not Me
    10. All-Seeing Eye
    11. Goatfuzz
    12. Goodbye
    13. Ubuntu
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  • Goat 'World Music' - Cargo Records UK

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    For those who are unaware, Goat are a collective of musicians who hail from a small and very remote village called Korpolombolo in deepest darkest Sweden. Legend has it that for centuries, the inhabitants of the village of Korpolombolo were dedicated to the worship and practices of Voodoo.

    This strange and seemingly unlikely activity was apparently introduced into the area after a travelling witch doctor and a handful of her disciples were led to Korpolombolo by following a cipher hidden within their most sacred of ancient scriptures. The reason it led them there is unknown, but their Voodoo influence quickly took hold over the whole village and so they made it their home - there, they were able to practice their craft unnoticed and unbothered for several centuries.

    This was until their non-Christian ways were discovered by the Church and they were burned out by the crusaders, the survivors cursing the village over their shoulders as they fled. To this day, the now picturesque village of Korpolombolo is still haunted by this Voodoo curse; the power of the curse can be felt throughout the grooves of this Goat record.

    The nine track album follows the underground success of the now sought after 7” Goatman, which is also included in this selection.

    The band takes in many influences, from the Afro groove that is central to the album, through to head nodding psych, post-punk, turkish rock, kraut repetition and astral folk

    Tracklisting:
    1. Diarabi 
    2. Goatman 
    3. Goathead 
    4. Disco Fever 
    5. Golden Dawn 
    6. Let It Bleed
    7. Run To Your Mama 
    8. Goatlord 
    9. Det Som Aldrig Förändras/Diarabi

     

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  • Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard 'Y Proffwyd Dwyll' - Cargo Records UK - 1

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    Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard 'Y Proffwyd Dwyll'

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    Vinyl colour is Orange with black Marbling.


    The CD is a 5 panel fold out with an alternative take on the LP design.

    Y Proffwyd Dwyll is once again produced by Chris (Conan) Fielding, and is without doubt a whopping great slab of heaviness. But that’s not all.

    Those who’ve investigated beyond the name, have already discovered that both the band and their music are deadly serious, and though MWWB may share sonic alliances with likes of Conan, Windhand and Yob, the many who tuned into their impessive debut have discovered that MWWB don’t stick to the usual tropes, and are a unique proposition, with a sound all their own.

    Down-tuned to ‘Z,’ the guitar tone is tar thick and the riffs massive and full of hooks ... of course.
    But with the soaring, angelic, multi textured vocals of Jessica Ball, MWWB have added an extra dimension to what’s considered doom. Not your normal melodramatic dark chanteuse here pilgrims, more like MWWB’s secret weapon, a vein of crystal in the rock.

    In fact it’s a combination which sounds at times startling and often beautiful. Like if Liz Fraser had fronted Kyuss or Sleep ... though that’s too simplistic a comparison.

    There’s nothing approaching the 30 minute epic of their debut’s ‘Nachthexen’ (though these six tracks all clock in around the eight or nine minute mark) but the arrangements are tighter and the vocal elements are considerably upped. Add to that a smattering of cello, some swirling moog wig outs, and you have a record that also invokes Hawkwind’s cosmic synthscapes, as well as a nod to the John Carpenter soundtracks that the band love.

    The album title is old North Welsh loosely translated as ‘False Prophet’ and the concept of worship is the narrative thread that binds the record. And indeed the album conjures moments of ethereal beauty, the smell of the earth, the scent of the forest or far off land, the cosmic dreams of some wandering shaman perhaps.

    But rest assured, MWWB haven't gone all whimsical on us, this album is one heavy beast, and it rocks like the proverbial bastard.

    Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are: Paul Michael Davies, synth and guitar. Jessica Ball, bass, vocals, synth. Wez Leon, synth and guitar. James ‘Carrat’ Carrington, synth and drums.

    Tracklisting:

    Side A:
    1. Valmasque
    2. Gallego
    3. Y Proffwyd Dwyll

    Side B:
    4. Testudo
    5. Osirian
    6. Cithuula
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  • Martha 'Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart' - Cargo Records UK

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    Martha 'Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart'

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    Martha return with their second album Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart in July, via Fortuna POP! (UK/EU) and Dirtnap Records (US). Produced again by MJ from Hookworms, the album explores the difficulties in staying political, staying passionate and staying punk over the course of eleven expertly crafted pop songs.

    Hailing from Pity Me near Durham, Martha play energetic, impassioned power pop with intricate vocal interplay and lush four-part harmonies, informed by 90s indie rock and contemporary garage punk. The band is comprised of J. Cairns (guitar), Daniel Ellis (guitar), Naomi Griffin (bass), and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums). All four members sing and write the songs. Daniel and Nathan also play in Onsind, while Naomi also plays in No Ditching. Their debut album “Courting Strong” came out in 2014 and was included in NPR's top 50 albums of that year, winning them the epithet “One of Britain's best rock bands”.

    If the band’s first album, 'Courting Strong', was about punks growing up, then 'Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart' is about grown-ups staying punk. It's an album about trying to stay creative and passionate and making the most of everything in spite of the many obstacles that get in the way. It documents the way things like work, money, expectations and mental health issues can impact on your ability to do the things you want to do and be the person you want to be. It’s about resistance to those things. It's about finding strength and solace in friendships, love, and taking motivation from the people in your life who really inspire you.

    As Nathan explains: “Playing music is something that is really important to all of us, but it’s also something that takes a lot of time and energy and emotional strain. This record is for everyone who leads a secret double life, devoting every weekend, every day of annual leave, all of their disposable income, every drop of creative energy to something as ethereal as music and art. It’s about persevering and still doing the things you love, even when most normal people can't understand why on earth you do it.”

    Taking inspiration from such likely and unlikely sources as The Replacements, Heart, Billy Bragg, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, The Go-Gos and Radiator Hospital, the album bursts into life with “Christine”, “a love song filtered through the messiness of anxiety and night terror” that takes inspiration from “Threads”, the British TV drama of the 1980s about nuclear war, and is followed by the rousing “Chekhov's Hangnail”, with backing vocals from Ellis Jones of Trust Fund.

    The catchy “Precarious (The Supermarket Song)” finds romance in the washing powder aisle, while “Goldman’s Detective Agency” shows the band’s playful side as they re-imagine 19th century anarchist Emma Goldman as a private eye vanquishing corrupt cops and politicians. Nearly every song here is a potential single, from the infectious “Do Whatever” and “11:45, Legless In Brandon” to outsider anthem “The Awkward Ones” and the Billy Bragg / Coronation Street-referencing “Curly and Raquel”. The album concludes with “St Paul's (Westerberg Comprehensive)”, a song about being caught up in the toxic culture of a Catholic comprehensive school. “It’s for the kids who had the guts to be queer at school and for those who didn’t figure themselves out until they got out of school. “

    Following a Glastonbury appearance last year at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg, the band will be playing UK dates in July and August before taking to the stage at End Of The Road in September. It’s going to be a busy old time for the band, what with double lives and everything, but, with passion and love dripping out of every second of “Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart”, you know they’ll find a way.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Christine
    2. Chekhov's Hangnail
    3. Precarious (The Supermarket Song)
    4. Do Whatever
    5. Goldman's Detective Agency
    6. The Awkward Ones
    7. Icecream And Sunscreen
    8. 11:45, Legless In Brandon
    9. Curly & Raquel
    10. Do Nothing
    11. St. Paul's (Westerberg Comprehensive)

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  • Martha 'Courting Strong' - Cargo Records UK

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    Martha 'Courting Strong'

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    Martha 'Courting Strong'

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    Hailing from Pity Me near Durham, vegan straight-edge pop group MARTHA have just signed to Fortuna POP! and will be releasing their new album ‘Courting Strong’ at the end of May. Providing energetic, impassioned pop punk, Martha are informed by 90s indie rock and Scandinavian anarcho noir. The album, produced by MJ from Hookworms, is laden with harmonies and interchangeable vocals whilst still retaining the energy and excitement of the band’s live shows. 

    Formed in 2011 by siblings Naomi (bass, vocals) and Nathan Griffin (drums, vocals) with J. Cairns (guitar, vocals) and Daniel Ellis (guitar, vocals), Martha have fast become a staple of the UK DIY pop scene. There are many competing stories as to the origin of their band name but it’s a fact that the very last passenger pigeon on earth was called Martha. When she died, the whole species became extinct.

    Decamping from the North East to record the album at Suburban Home Studios, Leeds, the band enjoyed the freedom of being in the studio and experimenting with MJ’s equipment to produce unexpected sounds. The process saw them opening up to new ideas and, feeling more confident in their own abilities, allowing a wider range of dynamics.

    Taken from a line in the song Gin and Listerine, the album title “Courting Strong” is an expression that was used to describe couples who were getting really serious. There’s the old cliché that when you’re young you think you’re invincible and that everything will last forever - the album is about looking back and reflecting on past moments in your life, past friendships and relationships, accepting the uncertainty and fragility of those things and moving forward positively.

    The overarching theme of the album is ‘growing up weird’. It’s a semi-autobiographical story about growing up in a small town, with a sense of not fitting in but on the way finding people who share that feeling and forming really strong bonds. It’s about clinging to a sense of belonging and about being proud of who you are and where you are from, as well as the community of which you are a part. It’s an album for the people who stayed in their hometown, and for the people who still go back and visit.

    Martha’s melodic punk pop celebrates being an outsider whilst being part of a community. The album touches on uncertainty, fear and loneliness whilst exuding an effervescent sense of excitement and joy. There’s darkness beneath the pop surface - but there are also songs about teenage antics, drinking, courting and having your heart broken – everything a good indie record should have.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Cosmic Misery 
    2. 1997, Passing in the Hallway 
    3. Present, Tense 
    4. Dust, Juice, Bones & Hair 
    5. Bubble in My Bloodstream 
    6. Move To Durham and Never Leave 
    7. Gin and Listerine 
    8. Sleeping Beauty 
    9. 1967, I Miss You I'm Lonely 
    10. So Sad (So Sad)
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  • Public Image Limited 'This Is PiL' - Cargo Records UK

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    Public Image Limited 'This Is PiL'

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    Public Image Limited 'This Is PiL'

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    The 12 track album is released on digi-pack CD, double vinyl LP.

    There is also a very special deluxe hardback 2 disc set including a bonus DVD of the now legendary live performance at London, Heaven Nightclub, April 2nd 2012; along with expanded inner booklet.

    "There is a PiL in Heaven..". The DVD is also available internationally and is 'region free' (NTSC region 0) so will play on the majority of DVD players.

    The stunning artwork was painted and designed by John Lydon throughout.

    John Lydon talks about 'This Is PiL':
    "Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. 'One Drop' is about my early youth in Finsbury Park.  Fantastic! Hello, we're all teenagers don't you forget it! At any age, stay young. 'Lollipop Opera' is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! 'The Room I Am In' well that's about drugs and council flats. And there's a tragedy that still continues. 'I Must Be Dreaming' Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments."

    All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds. John Lydon talks about ‘This Is PiL’:  “Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention.  ‘One Drop’ is about my early youth in Finsbury Park.  Fantastic! Hello, we’re all teenagers don’t you forget it! At any age, stay young. ‘Lollipop Opera’  is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! ‘The Room I Am In’ well that’s about drugs and council flats. And there’s a tragedy that still continues. ‘I Must Be Dreaming’ Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments. Following on from their monumental live performance at BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday March 16th which saw PiL include and baptise 2 new songs: Deeper Water and One Drop, PiL also played 2 very special shows at London’s Heaven showcasing more tracks from the new album with The Times commenting “This was and evening uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience.”  The track One Drop has now also received airplay from BBC Radio 6, XFM and Absolute Radio.

    Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound John Lydon guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's 'That What Is Not',   before a 17 year hiatus.  John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material. John Lydon- After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses. Lu Edmonds- Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the  album ‘9’ adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound. Bruce Smith- Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold.  Scott Firth- A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.


    Tracklisting:
    1. This Is PiL 
    2. One Drop 
    3. Deeper Water 
    4. Terra-Gate 
    5. Human 
    6. I Must Be Dreaming 
    7. It Said That 
    8. The Room I Am In 
    9. Lollipop Opera 
    10. Fool 
    11. Reggie Song 
    12. Out Of The Woods

    Bonus DVD recorded at London, Heaven Nightclub, April 2nd 2012:

    (deluxe 2 disc set only) (region-free) (PiLCDX002)

    1. Deeper Water
    2. This Is Not A Love Song
    3. Albatross
    4. Reggie Song
    5. Disappointed
    6. Warrior
    7. Religion
    8. USLS1
    9. Death Disco
    10. Flowers of Romance
    11. Lollipop Opera
    12. Bags / Chant
    13. Out of the Woods
    encore:
    14. One Drop
    15. Rise
    16. Open Up

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  • Public Image Ltd (PiL) 'What The World Needs Now...' - Cargo Records UK

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    Public Image Ltd (PiL) 'What The World Needs Now...'

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    ‘What The World Needs Now…’, released September 4th 2015, is the 10th studio album from legends Public Image Ltd (PiL).

    Released on CD, double vinyl and digital download, the 11-track album follows the huge critical success of 2012's 'This is PiL', the band's first album in 17 years. In winter 2014 PiL returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album 'What The World Needs Now…’ .

    Commenting on the album, John Lydon says, "Buy now while stocks last."

    What The World Needs Now…’, is self-funded by PiL and released on their own label 'PiL Official' via Cargo UK Distribution. 

    The artwork for the album, partly inspired by Native American Hopi characters, was designed and painted by John Lydon.
     
    Tracklisting:
    1. Double Trouble 
    2. Know Now 
    3. Bettie Page 
    4. C’est La Vie 
    5. Spice of Choice 
    6. The One 
    7. Big Blue Sky 
    8. Whole Life Time 
    9. I’m Not Satisfied 
    10. Corporate 
    11. Shoom

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  • Public Service Broadcasting 'Inform Educate Entertain' - Cargo Records UK

    Test Card Recordings

    Public Service Broadcasting 'Inform Educate Entertain'

    £6.99

    PSB's debut album entered the UK charts at #21 and has gone on to sell over 40,000 copies worldwide.

    It received widespread critical acclaim, including 5* Album of the Month from Artrocker plus 4* reviews from The Guardian, The Independent and many more. It was also picked by BBC 6Music DJs & staff as the 9th best album of the year and appeared in many best of the year lists. 2014 has been another busy year with tours of the US & Europe including sold out shows in New York, Rome & SXSW in Austin plus a support tour with the Manic Street Preachers in May.

    Another hectic summer festival season beckons with profile slots at Bestival, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and many more up and down the country not to mention a slot on the Westholts Stage at Glastonbury. New material follows later in the year.

    “They blend the voices of the past with the music of the present to astounding effect” The Independent

    “Genuinely original, innovating and amazing” Artrocker Album of the Month

    Time Out “Inspirational stuff”

    BBC6 Music: “Absolutely, sensationally brilliant” Top 10 Albums of 2013

    "Adrenalised post-rock and electronics..gripping" 4* Mojo

    "A sampladelic delight" 4* Independent on Sunday

    "Terrific" GQ

    "Brilliant" Q Magazine

    "An extraordinary debut" The 405

    "A truly exciting, original and innovative band" Loud & Quiet.

    Taking in archive material from the BFI and StudioCanal along with classic American public information films the album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, seeking to fulfil their mission statement over a wide range of subject matter and styles. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful; or, if you will, informative, educational and - most of all - entertaining.

    The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”.

    1. Inform – Educate – Entertain
    2. Spitfire
    3. Theme from PSB
    4. Signal 30
    5. Night Mail
    6. Qomolangma
    7. ROYGBIV
    8. The Now Generation
    9. Lit Up
    10. Everest
    11. Late Night Final

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  • Public Service Broadcasting 'The Race For Space' - Cargo Records UK

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    Public Service Broadcasting 'The Race For Space'

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    Public Service Broadcasting 'The Race For Space'

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    Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months’ extensive touring & festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to confirm the release of their eagerly anticipated second album, The Race For Space. 


    After touring USA/Aus/NZ/Canada, PSB will embark on a major UK tour in April / May – dates below. Before all of this, they will be playing 14 dates as the sole support to Kaiser Chiefs on their UK arena tour where they expect to play to 80k+ people around the country – dates below.

    Recorded at The Pool Studios and Abbey Road in London and, once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record will tell the story of the American & Soviet space race from 1957 – 1972 via the duo’s eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

    The Race For Space follows Inform – Educate – Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013.

    Press Highlights:

    “They blend the voices of the past with the music of the present to astounding effect” The Independent

    “Genuinely original, innovating and amazing” Artrocker Album of the Month

    “Inspirational stuff” Time Out

    BBC6 Music: “Absolutely, sensationally brilliant” Top 10 Albums of 2013

    "Adrenalised post-rock and electronics..gripping" 4* Mojo

    "A sampladelic delight" 4* Independent on Sunday

    "Terrific" GQ

    "Brilliant" Q Magazine

    "An extraordinary debut" The 405

    "A truly exciting, original and innovative band" Loud & Quiet.

    Live Dates: UK Tour dates:
    22 APRIL Brighton Corn Exchange,
    23 Bristol O2 Academy,
    24 Portsmouth Pyramids,
    25 Cambridge Corn Exchange,
    28 Sheffield The Foundry,
    29 Manchester Ritz,
    30 Newcastle Riverside
    1 MAY Inverness The Ironworks,
    2 Glasgow O2 ABC
    3 Belfast Mandela Hall,
    5 Dublin Button Factory,
    6 Birmingham The Institute,
    7 London Roundhouse.

    Short biography:
    Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”

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  • Sleaford Mods 'Austerity Dogs' - Cargo Records UK - 1

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    Sleaford Mods 'Austerity Dogs'

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    Sleaford Mods 'Austerity Dogs'

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    Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap.

    After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson  moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.

    Soon after that he that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn’s first work was on the production of “Wank” – the Mods’ fifth CDr album. Soon after he started stalking the studio and stage with Williamson. Just after the release of “Wank” the duo were invited to play a three day festival curated by Nottingham’s Rammel Club. During that weekend they were introduced to the Harbinger Sound label.

    A meeting which – a year later – resulted in the release of “Austerity Dogs”.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Urine Mate 
    2. Mcflurry 
    3. My Jampandy 
    4. Fizzy 
    5. Donkey 
    6. Ppo Kissing Behinds 
    7. Shitstreet Runny 
    8. Wage Don’t Fit 
    9. Showboat 
    10. Don’t Wanna Disco Or 2 
    11. Five Pound Sixty 
    12. Kill It Clean 
    13. Bored To Be Wild (CD only bonus track)

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