Olafur Arnalds some kind of peace The new full length album from the acclaimed composer and ambient artist Olafur Arnalds. Ólafur Arnalds is one of the most influential musicians of modern times: a multi-faceted talent, who has paved the way across the electronic and classical worlds. His latest album, ‘some kind of peace’, nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for Ólafur. Within, you&'ll find a self-confessed perfectionist grappling with the messier realities of everyday life: the possibilities of love, of settling down, and how to navigate all of that during a global pandemic (the album was half-written prior to lockdown, and completed at Arnalds' harbour studio in downtown Reykjavik). What's emerged on 'some kind of peace' is a record about letting your guard down, and ultimately what it means to be alive. ‘some kind of peace’ is further previewed today by brand new track ‘We Contain Multitudes’ (and a video directed by Blair Alexander). In Ólafur’s own words, ‘We Contain Multitudes’ “was written at a friend' cabin in a jungle, late at night, on a tiny electric keyboard. At the time I had spent so much time away from what I had considered home, almost setting up a separate life on the other side of the planet. My mind was going through a process of learning to live in two vastly different cultures, of recognising that within one body there are multitudes of different and often contradictory facets of personality. The song remains a reminder that our minds are not constants, the self is ever evolving.' Mercury KX CD | LP Pre-Order
Elton John Elton John (1st UK Album) [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release Elton John will be released for Record Store Day as a Deluxe 2LP. Featuring the classics Your Song, Border Song and Take Me To The Pilot, the album propelled Elton John into the charts. This Record Store Day release on transparent purple vinyl features LP1 - the 2016 remaster of the original album and LP2 - selected bonus tracks from 2008's Deluxe Edition (not previously released on vinyl) It also includes after further archive searches two demos never officially released on any format previously – Border Song and Bad Side Of The Moon. Mercury / UMC LP RSD 2020
Anoushka Shankar Love Letters [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. Love Letters is the brand new debut Mercury KX release from six-time Grammy Award-nominated sitarist, composer and producer Anoushka Shankar. Pressed on vinyl for the first time this Record Store Day, this EP documents a time of profound flux for Anoushka: health issues, heartbreak and domestic upheaval. Collaborating with almost exclusively female peers, this album features a host of trail-blazing women including twin sister vocal duo Ibeyi, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, renowned Indian singer Shilpa Rao, Brooklyn-based mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive) and British audio mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (Aphex Twin, The XX). Mercury KX LP RSD 2020
Flow [RSD20] Various Artists This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 1. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 29th August, strictly one per customer. To celebrate Mercury KX's third birthday, the label curates a cutting-edge compilation featuring an exclusive Nils Frahm / Ólafur Arnalds rework, carefully curated pieces from the Mercury KX catalogue, as well as new tracks / versions by Isobel Waller-Bridge, Josin & Federico Albanese. Mercury KX LP RSD 2020
Goldhawks Running Away Released 7th December Goldhawks release their debut single, 'Running Away', just before Christmas. Press release blurb says "This west London five-piece are not in the business of half measures, not interested in anxious, apologetic, half-baked landfill indie. Goldhawks make their ambitions clear from the start: the giant opening guitar riff sets its cap at arenas, not the toilet circuit". Mercury 7"
Kid British It Was This Or Football (First Half) Releasedy 20th July What I can only assume is the "First Half" of the debut album from Kid British. These guys fit right in with The Streets / Man Like Me and are often described as a modern take on popular 2-tone bands like The Specials and Madness (who they sample in the track below). Mercury CD