Release Date: 30/06/2017
LP Single sleeve printed inner but note no download card. CD Single CD in a 20 page DVD sized book.
‘The Time Has Come’ is an absolute master class on words and guitar twisting into one another - the poetry goes beyond simple observation into deeply personal and profound lore. A timeless document of sweet and haunting melodies. My favorite record of all time.’ Ryley Walker.
"I've never written songs, regularly, because I never considered myself a song-writer. I've only ever really considered myself a ballad singer, which is what is most important to me. The stories... the ancient nature of the situations and the human condition. And obviously, it's changed so much over the centuries that those songs have been sung, but it always retains that essence of something that's universal... to humanity, and I've always wanted to touch that. I think I wanted to understand people; I think I wanted to understand myself. It's a way of finding the truth. I felt I belonged to that music.” Anne Briggs
Offering some of her first original compositions, ‘The Time Has Come’ was a break from tradition in more ways than one for Anne Briggs. Where previous recordings displayed the unaccompanied melodies of her voice, this album - originally released by CBS in 1971 - brings additional instrumentation in the form of guitar and bouzouki.
The result is that her vocals are not submerged, but heightened - the plucked strings providing the perfect foil for her crystalline inflection. ‘The Time Has Come’ is a mix of Anne’s own songs alongside some notable covers (Lal Waterson, Steve Ashley, Stan Ellison, Henry McCulloch). All are graced with the quietly self-assured elegance of Anne’s playing, with sounds ranging from the breezy ‘Clea Caught A Rabbit’ to the terrible beauty of ‘Wishing Well’ - each song typifying the bouzouki or guitar style.
To say that Anne was an accomplished picker is to do her something of an disservice - the intricacy of her finger-work rivals - and more often than not eclipses - any number of her contemporaries.
1. Sandman's Song
2. Highlodge Hare
3. Fire and Wine
4. Step Right Up
5. Ride, Ride
6. The Time Has Come
7. Clea Caught A Rabbit
8. Tangled Man
9. Wishing Well
10. Standing On The Shore
13. Fine Horseman
Planet Mu Records
Square Leg Records
Release Date: 14/07/2017
"There’s a playfulness at work in their jagged guitar lines, a free style that hides the purpose defining every move. This is pop pure and simple". DIY
"A slice of guitar pop excellence that can't help but look on the sunny side". Clash
"A glorious grunge pop art noise". MTV
"We think this is fantastic Lauren Lavern". 6 Music
Distorted and mischievous, Francobollo are a childlike celebration of everything you find fun in life. Produced by Mercury and Brit award winning producer Charlie Andrew, Long Live Life is a debut album that finds joy in sadness, a kid running around amongst the bins waving a stick.
A live show honed at North London warehouse parties led to support tours with The Big Moon and Marika Hackman, now a busy festival summer beckons before a headline tour of Europe this autumn. Capturing their raucous energy, the album sessions were recorded as guerilla gigs in Andrew’s Brixton studio. Singles Good Times, Kinky Lola & Worried Times all championed by Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft at BBC 6Music.
An innocent and excitable celebration of all existence summoning the spirit of Weezer, Pavement & Grandaddy, Francobollo are the riot you can take home to meet your Mum.
1. Worried Times
2. Good Times
6. Kinky Lola
7. Future Lover
11. You Know This
Paradise Of Bachelors
Release date 30/06/2017
Available on 180 grm Purple coloured vinyl LP .
LeVent are Maryna Russo (BASS) Heike Rädeker (BASS VI / VOX) Frankie Neumeier (DRUMS) . Berlin based trio LeVent got stoned, forgot to replace their guitarist, and then kept his name anyway. Formed in August 2015, the band has kept their shit together enough to have shared the stage with a bunch of talents including Kadavar, The Underground Youth, and Die Nerven, to name a few.
They also self-released a four track EP on cassette in 2016, this is their debut album coming out on 'A' recordings . Like a drunken driver, LeVent swerves up over the curb, drives straight through the garage and total their ride somewhere out in a goat farm.
Bleating at it’s most danceable, they carry listeners far away to get lost in nice nonsense, stuck in heavy forgetting, and transfixed on what was, leaving you thirsty for more.
Heike from the band says “When someone comes up to you after a concert saying, „I´m going to make you a record“ you are stoked for the moment, but you don´t reckon it will happen... Half a year later Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre called LeVent in to his Cobra Studio in Berlin.
Teaming up with studio engineer Andrea Wright from Parr Street Studios Liverpool the red button got pushed. After what was a super pleasant experience of recording and mixing they are now ready to release the album .
1. Wrong Things
6. Lighter Thief
10. Hit Me
Fire Soundtracks / Lakeshore Records
Release Date: 30/06/2017
“AMC knows the show is something special; so do we” The Guardian
“Any well-produced period piece can recreate bygone days. “Halt” lets you see them as the cusp of bracing change.” New York Times
“Intelligent eighties drama is essentially Mad Men for techno-geeks.” Telegraph
“An incredibly sexy, high-octane drama about all of the genius and ego behind the (‘80s) tech boom that changed the world.” Paste
AMC’s hit series ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ captures the rise of the PC-era during the early 80s and the technology revolution. Nominated by Vox as the best show in 2016, it’s “a potent look back at the earliest days of the internet that also glimpsed, through some hazy curtain, the world we live in right now.”
Acclaimed for its exceptional soundtrack by former Tangerine Dream musician and award winning composer, Paul Haslinger has created a period-appropriate synth score that admirably sets the mood and tone of the bygone era.
Revisiting his time in the pioneering electronic band during the mid-80s, the Austrian composer writes with a uniquely knowledgeable yet less overtly nostalgic ear that keeps the show’s current audience in mind.
Acknowledging the time in which the series itself has been created alongside when the show is set, Haslinger’s bold and innovative scores have seen his Hollywood career escalate over the last two decades.
The man behind the music for Blow, Resident Evil and Death Race has become one of the industry’s most sought after composers.
1. Golden Gate
2. A Wolf In Unix
3. The Scenic Route
4. First Day On The Job
5. It Speaks
6. Reverse Engineering
7. Security Is A Myth
8. The Morning After
9. Rooftop Fireworks
10. I Need A Little Time
11. Western Arrivals
12. The Slingshot
14. The Way In
15. Run Time
16. Last Nerve
17. Gordon Steals A Cabbage Patch
18. The Cost Of Doing Business
19. Joe's Truth
20. Go Get The Bike
21. The End Of Donna's Day
22. It's Not Right
23. MacMillan Utility
Blackest Ever Black
1st solo album in 5 years, recorded, produced and written by Richard H. Kirk, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, the album was constructed at Western Works, Sheffield, over a three-year period. Work began with recording on midi and analogue synthesisers before guitar and vocals (Kirk’s first use of vocals in 10 years) were added.
Kirk explains, “A lot of time was spent on post-production, editing and then living with the material and I think it benefited from stepping back and then revisiting after doing other things.”
Although not an overtly political album, it’s hard not to hear a reaction to recent years’ world events in the overwhelming urgency of ‘Nuclear Cloud’ or ‘20 Block Lockdown’ or in ‘New Lucifer / The Truth Is Bad’. When questioned Kirk admits, “It’s not really a political album, but over recent years – during the recording – all manner of horrorshow events have cropped up and now we seem to be in a rerun of the Cold War with Russia back as the Bogeyman.”
The album’s title, Dasein (a German word meaning “being there” or “presence”, often translated into English as “existence”), is a fundamental concept in existentialism. Kirk explains “culture succumbs to nostalgia in much the same way that an individual looks back wistfully to adolescence or childhood - the nostalgia is partly for a time when he or she wasn’t nostalgic, just lived purely IN THE NOW.”
In 2014, during the recording period, Kirk began work on Cabaret Voltaire live and so the two projects coexisted in tandem. Although Kirk’s varied projects have always existed separate to one another, says Kirk, “in the past some solo works served as a blueprint for what I did later with Cabaret Voltaire”.
RECENT PRAISE FOR RICHARD H. KIRK:
“One of the UK’s pioneering electronic agitators” – Electronic Sound
“In five decades of key-bashing and knob-twisting, Richard H. Kirk has remained at the vanguard of electronic music” – FACT
“…decades of electronic innovation, forged in Sheffield” – Uncut
Square Leg Records