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
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
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"
Jack Penate Prayer Jack Peñate’s new single ‘Prayer’, is his first official release in a decade since his second album ‘Everything is New’ was released on XL Recordings in 2009. Jack took time away from releasing music to experiment with writing and production, collaborating with others along the way (including David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’). ‘Prayer’ was written and recorded in the space of one day when Jack meet the producer Inflo. They immediately jumped in a car and drove to Jack’s garage-converted studio in Oxford where ‘Prayer’ was born, before being finished in New York with Alex Epton. “Prayer was made for and with my family and friends. It’s a piece about the unifying nature of loss and the thread of hope that survives throughout.” XL Recordings 7"
Thom Yorke I See You: A zine by Thom Yorke and Crack Magazine Crack Magazine have collaborated with Thom Yorke to create I See You, a one-off, limited-edition zine. Thom Yorke has decided to donate any profits from the zine to Greenpeace. I See You incorporates eight interviews from musicians, artists and activists, curated by Thom Yorke himself. Featured names include the environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, Orkney-born performance poet Harry Josephine and director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino. Further interviews are provided by electronic composer Laurie Spiegel, experimental musician Kali Malone and visual artist Christian Holstad, New York-based painter and printmaker Amy Cutler and Jun Takahashi, founder of fashion brand Undercover. XL Recordings
M.I.A. Steppin Up / Meds And Feds The first taster for the eagerly awaited new album from M.I.A. is this limited 12". featuring "Steppin Up" and the in your face 'Meds And Feds' with a classic XL sleeve! www.myspace.com/mia XL Recordings 12"
Basement Jaxx Raindrops Released 8th June. Basement Jaxx return with this euphoric glitchy rave tune. If you don't think this is a future top-10 you're deaf. This is their best single for ages. CD: 1. Raindrops 2. Wheel N Stop Ft. Serocee (Planet 3 version) 12": A. Raindrops B. Raindrops (Funk Agenda & Paul Thomas Redux) www.mysspace.com/basementjaxx XL Recordings 12" | CD
Friendly Fires Jump In The Pool (Remixes) Released 18th May. The opening track on Friendly Fires' awesome debut album gets the remix treatment twice over. The Thin White Duke remix takes the song's euphoric touches to their natural conclusion, while the Wild Geese remix gives the song a funkier, beat-based backbone. A. Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke Remix) B. Jump In The Pool (Wild Geese Remix) www.myspace.com/friendlyfires Friendly Fires playing New Slang! XL Recordings 12"
Blue Roses I Am Leaving Released 1st June. Laura Groves AKA Blue Roses returns on XL with this first single from her forthcoming debut album. Tender Kate Bush-influenced folk with a touch of classic Britishness. A. I Am Leaving B. Moments Before Sleep www.myspace.com/musicofblueroses XL Recordings 7"