Bananarama In Stereo For the past three decades, Bananarama’s Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward have been one of pop’s most influential and revered groups. Their hit packed career happened because they were the mould-breakers. Sometimes reminders of pop genius come in the slightest of touches, the subtlest of triggers. In Stereo, their upcoming 11th studio album, is full of them. With zero complacency and an ever-increasing touring schedule across the world since their last full studio album Viva in 2009 (the band have since released numerous EPs), the duo’s creativity, vigour and passion have never faltered. 2017 provided a moment to take a step back from recording the LP, to bring the hugely successful one-off Original Line-up Tour to the stage before returning to complete the final tracks for In Stereo. The electro pulses throbbing through newly revealed track Dance Music; the moody echo vocal effect on the bridge of I’m On Fire; the boisterous Saturday night pure disco Stuff Like That; the Blondie-ish buzz to Looking for Someone; the spare, house music bassline to Tonight. Finishing on a ballad, as all the best Bananarama albums do, on the sad and gorgeous On Your Own. In Stereo is Bananarama back to their pinnacle best, a ten-track total recall on their irresistible pop storytelling capacity. The band have also collaborated with producer royalty Richard X on the stomper Love In Stereo. Richard is not just one of UK pop’s great pop producers, he’s one of its great scholars, too. Bananarama are, self-evidently, one of its greatest parables, the group who shoved the door open for girls in pop to do things entirely on their terms as the 80s mopped up the mess of Punk and turned it into something real and affecting. Absolute / In Synk CD | LP
Yazz Ahmed La Saboteuse (Remixed) We are witnessing a burgeoning jazz scene in London, a resurgence that looks set to give us a return of the jazz filled 20s once again. One of the driving forces at the heart of this tidal wave of compelling, new music, is British-Bahraini composer and trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, who has been cited as redefining what jazz means in the 21st century’. La Saboteuse Remixed is her latest offering, released on Naim Records this summer. Following the 2017 release of La Saboteuse, her highly acclaimed psychedelic Arabic jazz album, this remix EP brings together three of Europe’s eminent electronic DJs, Hector Plimmer, DJ Khalab & Blacksea. This confluence of individual artistic visions creates music of deeply saturating polyrhythms, placing the listener into a curious state of relaxed tension. The sense of a personal narrative runs through all of Ahmed’s work and here is no exception. La Saboteuse as a whole is a journey of self-examination and with this remix EP, the reflection continues in both linear and abstract directions. NAIM ABSOLUTE 12"
Shane Filan Love Always - Deluxe Shane releases a deluxe version of ‘Love Always’ on the 4th May 2018. The album has been repackaged with six new tracks and, for the first time in his solo career Shane has included four live tracks; ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, ‘This I Promise You’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’. Also included are two brand new songs written especially for the album – one of which ‘Back To You’ he wrote as a tribute to his devoted family. The 19 track album features some of Shane’s favourite ballads along with some fan suggestions, from all time classics like ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and ‘Eternal Flame’ to new hits including ‘Beautiful in White’ which has already amassed over 100 million views on YouTube. But he also hopes to give fans something special by including the two new songs recorded whilst on the road. Absolute CD
The Magic Numbers Outsiders London quartet The Magic Numbers are set to return following a four-year hiatus with the release of their new album “Outsiders”. Shooting to media attention after selling out London’s 2000-capacity Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their ever-growing loyal following, even before their first proper single ‘Forever Lost’ was re-leased, their Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut The Magic Numbers (2005) entered the Top 10 and reached double-Platinum sales. Further hit singles, ‘Love Me Like You’, ‘Love's A Game’ and ‘I See You, You See Me’ followed, along with world-wide tours with the likes of Brian Wilson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth. Absolute / Role Play Records CD | LP
Thunder Stage Please note: The tracklisting only details the Triple LP format. The new live album from Thunder, recorded on March 24th 2016 at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena. Frontman Danny Bowes says: “The Rip It Up album was so well received, it was no surprise the tour was brilliant too. We decided to include a Cardiff Motorpoint Arena show on the tour, purely because it was so good when we played there with Journey and Whitesnake in 2013. “Capturing it as well turned out to be one of our better decisions, because the resulting film and album are a shining example of an organic ‘coming together’ of fans and a band. “We’ve released a few live recordings over the years, but this is most definitely up there with the best of them. We're extremely pleased with it.” The DVD and Blu-ray packages will feature bonus and interview material, while the box set will include the full Live At The 100 Club set, the 29 Minutes Later acoustic set - which was previously only available as a Record Store Day release - and the documentary A Difficult Day In January: Thunder In London. Absolute / Earmusic CD | LP
McFly Anthology Tour Boxset Massive boxset of McFly's critically acclaimed return to the UK music scene in September 2016, taking recordings from their Anthology tour to make up this set. Recorded throughout their Anthology Tour last year and packed with their greatest hits, the boxset contains 66 tracks across x5 CD’s including early songs such as 'Five Colours In Her Hair' and 'All About You', alongside more recent smashes like 'Shine A Light' and 'Love Is Easy'. Also included in this unique collectable boxset is a 60 page hardback book with foiled blocked cover featuring exclusive live and backstage photos from the tour, a pair of drum sticks signed by Harry (same brand and model used by Harry – Vator Power 5B signature series), x3 plectrums designed by Tom, Dougie and Danny, a Banter CD capturing all the fun onstage chat between the band AND an Anthology Tour Documentary DVD featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and an interview. Absolute
Ram Trilogy RAM Trilogy Chapters 1 to 6 [RSD] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2017. Now available to online customers. Box set containing all 6 chapters released in an exclusive boxset, including a RAM Trilogy slipmat. Numbered box set - 1000 limited edition / The seminal 6 parts released from 1998 to 2002 by RAM Trilogy (Andy C, Ant Miles & Shimon) brought together for the very first time in a limited edition boxset. In celebration of 10 years RSD & 25 Years of RAM Records Absolute LP RSD 2017