Gil Scott-Heron Were New Again - A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven We've got some A2 posters of the album artwork - these are FREE with a purchase of the LP, you just pay a little extra P&P. To mark the tenth anniversary of the release of I’m New Here, the thirteenth - and last - studio album from the legendary US musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron, XL Recordings will release a unique reinterpretation of the album by acclaimed US jazz musician Makaya McCraven. It’s set to follow in the footsteps of Jamie xx’s highly acclaimed 2011 remix album We’re New Here and will be McCraven’s first release of 2020, following the huge global acclaim heaped upon his 2018 album Universal Beings. One of the most vital new voices in modern jazz, McCraven is described by the New York Times as a "Chicago-based drummer, producer and beat maker, [who] has quietly become one of the best arguments for jazz’s vitality" XL Recordings CD | LP
Ibeyi Ash French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album Ash, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. Ash is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name. While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past - the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded. XL Recordings CD | LP
Lapsley These Elements EP The new EP from the awesome Kingston visitor Låpsley. The first new Låpsley music since debut album ‘Long Way Home’, which across its four tracks expresses a newfound confidence and glimpses the brave new direction her life and work are taking. Comes in a screenprinted reuseable poly bag sleeve, with photography by Maisie Cousins. XL Recordings 12"
Jack Penate After You UK Indies exclusive LP is on 'half red / half blue' coloured vinyl. The long awaited third full length album from the awesome singer-songwriter Jack Peñate. Marking his first set of new music since 2009's Everything Is New! The album doesn’t just draw on his musical journey of the past ten years, it brings in influences from the music he heard as a child. Loaded Gun has a prechorus that Lennon and McCartney would have liked to have written. As a child his brother would play him Jungle music. There’s elements of that too. His dad ran acid house raves – that’s in there. But perhaps, the most poignant track is Gemini. With nothing more than piano, vibraphone and drum beat, the words of Peñate’s grandfather, the writer and artist Mervyn Peake, are read by his uncle Fabian. And it’s not the only family tie. The artwork for the album, and the first video, has been done by Peñate’s cousin, the acclaimed artist, Eddie Peake. “We both grew up with an uncanny focus on what we wanted to do, but had never worked together,” says Jack. His work is both incredibly joyous and melancholy, and it does something to me that music does to me too.” XL Recordings CD | LP
Badly Drawn Boy About A Boy Soundtrack to the Nick Hornby film of the same name. And although a sound track, is on a par with either of his other albums. Includes the single ' Silent Sigh' (JT) Twisted Nerve Records / XL Recordings CD
Thom Yorke ANIMA Indies exclusive is on orange coloured vinyl. Deluxe LP is on 180g orange coloured vinyl, packaged in a hardback book with lyrics and drawings. All LPs include an exclusive 10th track and a download code. The new full length solo album from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. XL Recordings CD | LP
Jai Paul BTSTU Previously only available on CDR promo and in limited quantities on a relaunch. The 2011 classic BTSTU comes to shops for the first time. Remastered for 2019 on Vinyl. XL Recordings 12"
Powell Tillmans Spoken By The Other Spoken By The Other, the first EP by Powell Tillmans. It's a collection of recordings from two of the most interesting artists in Europe, and one whose short length belies its radical tenderness, sonic language and political ambition. After 25 years away from music-making, Tillmans began releasing his own vocal-led electronic tracks in 2016, with a series of EPs and collaborative visual mini-albums, with one track closing Frank Ocean's Endless album. Powell, meanwhile, has been releasing music since 2011, on his own label Diagonal and XL, drawing from the history of machine music to create a bold new language. They met at the Tate Modern, where Tillmans was programming a series of performances to coincide with his 2017 exhibition. Quickly the conversation turned to talk of a full collaboration, and following Tillmans's video for Powell's track Freezer, over the summer they got into the studio to begin making music. Recording took place in Berlin, London and Turin, with Tillmans's vocals working in tandem with Powell's synthetic processes. Rather than a simple producer-vocalist arrangement, explains Powell, “Wolfgang's voice and my sounds drive toward some sort of shape or feeling together.” These tracked were workshopped live at European festivals Atonal and Club2Club in the second half of 2017, and with no small number of emails and voice files exchanged, these ideas evolved into the final EP this year. XL Recordings 12"