- Low LP Re-issues – Just in time for the winter, Kranky has re-issued some of Low’s back catalogue (including Secret Name and Things We Lost in the Fire) on vinyl. These come straight from the analog source, so there is no digital representation of the original recordings – therefor bringing them in the utmost quality of sound. For any fan, or someone that is looking for a place to start with Low’s somewhat extensive discography, these re-issues are a good place.
Kanye West – 808’s and Heartbreak CD – Less of a hip-hop album, and more of a venture into the pop world, Kanye West is back with another record sure to bring the haters and the lovers. With every track containing West singing with auto-tune on full force, there is nothing here for the rhyme lovers, but there is plenty here for those that love inventive beats. Give it a shot before you make a judgement call on this one.
Coldplay – Prospekt’s March CD + VINYL – What you don’t want to do, if you’re as big as Coldplay, is to suddenly start writing new material just when you’ve agreed the release date for your album and the world tour has been slotted into everyone’s diary. The wheels of big business are rolling and they won’t wait for your new songs. Coldplay’s way of dealing with this is Prospekts March, an EP that rounds up the material that wasn’t finished in time to get onto Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. There are eight tracks here, most of them genuinely new, and while there have been a few hints that this is material too edgy to get onto a Coldplay album, the truth is that these songs are pretty much interchangeable with those on Viva. So, if you like that album, this will be a welcome bonus. – Sunday Times
Asobi Seksu – Citrus LP – Asobi Seksu presents its album, Citrus, eleven slices of guitar-swirling, sweet-and-sour, bilingual dream pop. Frontwoman Yuki’s voice is more assured than ever, swinging from a girlish falsetto to plaintive laments and switching effortlessly between Japanese and English lyrics, all the while anchored by the lush, turbulent guitar of James Hanna. This is the sound of a band coming into its own, and having fun doing it. – Insound
- Paul McCartney (The Fireman) – Electric Arguements CD – The Fireman are back after a ten-year break. Electric Arguments is their third and brand new studio album and it’s not the album people might expect from the mysterious duo. Electric Arguments is an eclectic and varied album consisting of thirteen tracks recorded in thirteen days. Each track was written and recorded in the space of one day with Fireman Paul playing all instruments bar one track, which Fireman Youth plays guitar on. The Fireman went into the studio with no plan or clear direction of how they wanted the album to sound. The project took a life of its own and the results will surprise anyone expecting to hear the previous sound of the band. From listening to the album it’s clear that Paul McCartney is still interested in pure musical possibilities. This is an album with something for everyone. Made with no record company restraints or a set release date to work to, Electric Arguments was made with complete artistic and creative freedom. (Will be in later this week)
- Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 5 LP – Part 5 in the Beat Konducta saga is really the first half of a tribute to the late great J.Dilla by Lib, rocking ugly oversized sweaters with partner J.Rocc for the “Dil Cosby Suite.” Of all the fine tributes to Dilla since his passing, one from a kindred spirit like Madlib resonates especially heavy. These aren’t imitation beats – it’s Otis Jackson Jr. and Rocc doing what they do, and you just hear the tribute to the man in the music. Okay… just check it already! You know it’s great. Tracks: “For My Mans(1),” “The Mystery(2),” “Dirty Hop(3),” “Rolled Peach Optimos(4),” “Sacrifice(5),” “Floating Soul(6).” Definitely recommended. – Turntable Lab
- Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me/Tim (180 Gram LP Re-issues) – If you are sick of looking for Replacements originals of two of their most legendary releases, the wait is over. Finally re-released on 180 Gram LP, Paul Westerberg’s classic teenage anthems are available on the heavy-duty wax in all their glory.