Daedelus Exquisite Corpse A wonderful and very original blend of organic instrumentation and percussion and the slightly more electronic end of hip hop - he's been ruling most of this kind of music for a while now on one label or another, and maybe on this one more people will be exposed to his superb and delightfully twisted take on beat based music. Guest spots from MF Doom, Prefuse 73, Mike Ladd and more make for a perfect additional element to it too - brilliant Ninja fodder for sure! (NB) 01 Dearly Departed 02 Impending Doom 03 Just Briefly 04 Move On (with SCI) 05 Now and Sleep (starring Laura Darling) 06 The Crippled Hand 07 Welcome Home (Prefuse 73 Danse Macabre) 08 Drops (Cyne collaboration) 09 i Sent Off ii Sus Percoll (Jogger Remix) 10 Welcome Home (with Mike Ladd) 11 Fallen Love 12 The Trains Are Now So Clean 13 Thanatopsis (featuring Hrishikesh Hirway) 14 Cadavre Exquis (avec TTC) Ninja Tune CD | LP
Black Country, New Road For the first time Indies exclusive LP is on 'white' coloured vinyl and is packaged in alternative artwork. Both LPs include a download code. Black Country, New Road is a new seven-piece: Charlie (Drums), Georgia (Violin), Isaac (Guitars/Vocals), Lewis (Saxophone), May (Synthesiser), Luke (Guitar) and Tyler (Bass). Latest stars from the burgeoning and famed Brixton Windmill scene, which also fostered the rise of contemporaries, black midi, Squid, Fat White Family and Shame. Ninja Tune CD | LP
Julianna Barwick Healing Is A Miracle [LRS20] This is an exclusive and limited 'Love Record Stores 2020 - Independent Albums Of The Year' release and will be available to order from 6:00pm on Saturday 5th December, strictly one per customer. A distinctive meditation on sound, reverb and the voice, “Healing Is A Miracle” is a record built on improvisation and a close affinity to a couple of trusted items of gear, from which she spins engrossing, expansive universes. Additionally, Barwick draws on the input of three collaborators with whom she has nurtured deep friendships with over the years: Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore; who each gently nudge out at the edges of her organically-evolved sound. Though her previous music has frequently been compared to Brian Eno’s, Barwick has pushed back on the idea that she’s taking any significant cues from his ambient series. And while it’s clear she’s drawn from that conceptual reservoir to some degree (her sound installation for a hotel lobby space was commissioned by avowed Eno fans), on Healing Is a Miracle, she’s never been further from the category of background music. Sincerity this pure draws attention to itself. It’s a genuine revelation. - Pitchfork - 8.3 Ninja Tune 12" | LP
BADBADNOTGOOD / Little Dragon Tried The final chapter of BADBADNOTGOOD's IV Studio Sessions of 2018 featuring a stunning collaboration with Swedish outfit Little Dragon. Yukimi's lush vocals over BADBADNOTGOOD's instrumentation prove yet again that the possibilities & discovery in their musical quest are infinite. Ninja Tune 7"
Wagon Christ Sorry I Make You Lush Luke Vibert returns in his funky, fun breakbeat guise to turn those frowns upside down and put a little sunshine in your day! I don't mean to cheese it up - but it really is an enjoyable album featuring all the signature Vibert twists and samples, and programming tweaks with rearranged hip hop breaks and cute samples, layered with some really uplifiting melodies and instruments. Very classy! (NB) Ninja Tune CD | LP
Mr Scruff Mrs Cruff Re-issue of the debut 1997 album by Mr Scruff. * Triple Vinyl Tracklist : Disc 1 : Side A : 1. 'Sea Mammal' Disc 1 : Side B : 1. 'Bass Baby' 2. 'Limbic Funk' Disc 2 : Side A : 1. 'Chicken In A Box' Disc 2 : Side B : 1. 'Jazz Potato' 2. 'Bonce' Disc 3 : Side A : 1. 'Night Time' 2. 'After Time' Disc 3 : Side B : 1. 'Crisps' * CD Tracklist : 1. 'Sea Mammal' 2. 'Tubby Mechanical Friend' 3. 'Bass Baby' 4. 'Bonce' 5. 'Chicken In A Box' 6. 'Night Time' 7. 'After Time' 8. 'Limbic Funk' 9. 'Bobby's Jazz Pony' 10. 'Jazz Potato' 11. 'Crisps' 12. 'Wail' Ninja Tune CD | LP
Bicep Isles Double LP picture disc is packaged in an alternative sleeve. Triple LP deluxe is on 'neon orange' coloured vinyl. All LP formats include a download code. Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) will release their hotly anticipated second album, “Isles”, on 22 January 2021 on Ninja Tune. Two years in the making, “Isles” expands on the artful energy of their 2018 debut “Bicep”, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work. They describe “Isles” as “a snapshot in time” of their work in this period, with the tracks designed to evolve in their different iterations from record to live show and beyond. “This is definitely the home listening version,” says Matt, “the live version will be much, much harder”. On the title, “We have strong mixed emotions, connected to growing up on an island” they say, “wanting to leave, wanting to return”. For two natives of Belfast, any talk of islands, communities and identities will also have other, more domestic connotations, and has always been an aspect of their lives they’d been reluctant to talk about. “It’s always been an unquantifiable topic for us” says Matt. “We’re not religious, but we're both from different religious backgrounds. There was always a lot of interest in us talking about those issues, but we always felt that one of the things we loved about dance music was that freedom it gave you to be released from talking about those things.” “You’d enter the club and it would be people from both sides of the tracks and they’d be hugging” says Andy, referring to massively influential Belfast club Shine, where both cut their musical teeth. “And the following week, they’d be with their mates rioting. It felt like the safest place but, on paper, it should have been the most dangerous”. Musically, too, they find echoes of those days in their work. “It was like being smacked in the head with a hammer” Matt says, of the tunes that defined that scene, and which find expression in “Isles’” most raw and energetic corners. “It was either very intense, in-your-face Italo tinged electro or really aggressive techno”. From those early days living and clubbing in Belfast, to their move to London over a decade ago, the breadth of music they’ve been exposed to during this time informs “Isles’” massive sonic palette. Both cite the joy of discovering Hindi vocals overheard from distant rooftops, snatches of Bulgarian choirs drifting from passing cars, hitting Shazam in a kebab house in the vain hopes of identifying a Turkish pop song. Ninja Tune CD | LP
Marie Davidson Renegade Breakdown Marie Davidson is back with a new album “Renegade Breakdown” on Ninja Tune. A new band, and a bold new sound under the banner of Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu, it is a trio formed of old-time friends with shared roots in Montreal’s DIY scene: Marie, Pierre Guerineau (also in Essaie pas on DFA) and Asaël R. Robitaille. The record follows previous album “Working Class Woman” (2018) and is drawn to the idea of the eternal return, they deliver a forward-facing, innovative pop record that builds on the classic tenets of Marie’s music to create something that strikes out towards a broader audience. With dark humour and interpolated musical influences from Fleetwood Mac to Kraftwerk, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker. If there’s a mood that encapsulates “Renegade Breakdown”, it’s the one found at 3AM after a long night, when it’s time to start putting on the classics. Legendary Belgian duo Soulwax remixed previous track ‘Work It’ which was nominated for Best Remixed Recording at the 2020 Grammy Awards, plus nominated for Best Independent Remix at the 2020 AIM Awards. Davidson has previously performed live at internationally renowned festivals such as SONAR (Reykjavik and Barcelona), Primavera Sound, Dekmantel, Lowlands, Flow, Melt!, Dour, ADE Live, Red Bull Music Festival, SXSW, The Warehouse Project, Parklife, Field Day and supported Eric Copeland. Ninja Tune CD | LP
Romare Rainbow cut & paste extraordinaire, dancefloor mover and shaker and vibe orchestrator Romare is back with a new 12” featuring two brand new versions of album favourite "Rainbow". This 12" homage to the halcyon days of the New York discotheques sees the young producer strip the elements of the album version back, dubbing the breathy vocals out, clipping the soulful piano and transforming the cut into a heads down roller for every mainroom. As that First Choice vocal sample reveals itself Romare drops the funkiest, most infectious bassline around and takes us away to a-whole-nother dancefloor! Bluesy guitar licks and moonlight sax snatches add extra layers of atmosphere and lift this way above your typical club fodder. As you'd imagine from the title, the "Bedroom" version is a sensual and sexy audio fantasy, complete with gasps, moans and a slow grinding guitar solo. While not entirely beatless, the thump and bump of the kick is gone, presumably leaving space for your to add your own headboard rhythms. The two edits are complemented by the wild shapes and feelings of an new cut "Love Song". This soulful hybrid of beatdown house and footwork sees Romare top vibrating synths, jangling percussion and soaring bells with a collage of vocal samples, percussive hits and warped melodies. Appropriately, it finds itself right in the middle of Romare’s mood mash-ups - a sweet spot indeed. Ninja Tune 12"