Black Midi - Hellfire - Hellfire, their third album and second in two years sees the London three piece at their most direct. "Welcome To Hell" tells the story of a debauched soldier's excess and military discharge, soundtracked by funky guitar sections, driving horns and a progressively snarling vocal. The album was written in London 2021 and produced by Marta Salogni and black midi, with additional production from Max Goulding. Honestly, you never quite know what you’re going to get with Black Midi, as they seem to have an unlimited palette to paint from, so this should be quite an adventure.
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) - After appearing together at an all-star concert the night before, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong went into an L.A. studio to record this gem of an album. Despite having little to no time for rehearsals, the sublime artistic mastery of Ella and Louis and the instant chemistry they achieved resulted in one of the few truly indispensable recordings in all of jazz. Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging. These Verve Acoustic Series releases have all sounded fantastic and there’s no doubt this will be a must have version.
Interpol - The Other Side of Make-Believe - Interpol return with The Other Side of Make Believe, their first album in four years. Rather than be sent scrambling like so many other musicians on tour or promoting new music, when lockdown clamped in March 2020, Interpol quickly got into a productive mood. Coming from a group whose early work was characterized by Polish knife-wielders and incarcerated serial killers, you might expect Interpol's pandemic record to be an emotional tar pit - doubly so, given the presence of towering producer-engineer duo Flood and Moulder on the boards. But Banks felt the call to push in a "counterbalancing" direction, with paeans to mental resilience and the quiet power of going easy.
Lizzo - Special [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grape LP] - Lizzo returns to follow up 2019’s smash album Cuz I Love You, with her new LP, Special. A lot has happened in the last 3 years, but Lizzo’s fame has grown bigger and bigger, with her becoming one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. She’s already announced a tour starting this Fall that should be as massive a hit as her new album. This one will be super hot and one to grab ASAP.