CDs + Vinyl:
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It CD/2xLP (Interscope)
“When Manchester quartet The 1975 broke out in 2013 with their debut album The 1975 (and its glammy single ‘Sex’), they were heralded as rock revivalists with a stylish mix of ’80s new-wave melodies and hip-swiveling grooves. But on their anticipated follow-up I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, The 1975 go in a ’90s-style pop direction thanks to an expanded pool of influences, from D’Angelo and early Christina Aguilera to Janet Jackson producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis” – Entertainment Weekly. (Limited copies also pressed on clear vinyl.)
Ralph Alessi/Gary Versace/Drew Gress/Nasheet Waits – Quiver CD (ECM)
With Quiver, Alessi teams with pianist Gary Versace and the trumpeters longtime rhythm section of choice bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits to create an album of quicksilver melodicism and subtly energized rhythm; there is a lyricism to Alessi’s playing that channels such forebears as Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler — the mood reflective, even pensive.
Matt Andersen – Honest Man CD (True North)
A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring worldwide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Blessed with a rich, gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, the songwriter found a perfect partner in crime in producer Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS One).
Horace Andy – In The Light [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (VP)
Horace Andy – In The Light In Dub [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (VP)
Reissue of 1977 dub classic In The Light, paired with a long-awaited repress (in the iconic original sleeve) of its crucial dub companion.
Anthrax – For All Kings CD/2xLP (Megaforce)
“Eleven studio albums and 33 years into their career, Anthrax outputs quite possibly the best thing they’ve ever done Anthrax today, is not the Anthrax of 1987, and For All Kings is not Among The Living, even though four-fifths of the band are still intact from their peak period. I say that in a good way, because as good as they were then, to put it simply, they’re better now. Better songwriters, better musicians, seasoned bandmates that know that they’re better together than apart. If you loved Worship Music as much as I did, you’ll love this album. When you can be a band that has played together for well over 30 years and still put out quality music like For All Kings, it’s nothing short of magic” – Infrared Mag. (Limited copies also pressed on colored vinyl with accompanying slipmat.)
Anvil – Anvil Is Anvil CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
Canadian metal lifers Anvil are still basking in the success of the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, and having released a couple of albums since then. This is Anvil’s first album since 2013’s Hope In Hell.
Black Cobra – Imperium Simulacra CD/2xLP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
“Black Cobra have always been good for a solid dose of sludge every two years or so like clockwork. But it’s been over four years since the duo’s last album, Invernal, dropped its mud-soaked riffs upon the masses with the power of a snake-infested swamp. So why the long wait this time around? We can only guess, but we posit that Jason Landrian (guitars, vocals) and Rafael Martinez (drums) just needed extra time to make sure their jams were extra gnarly, supremely punchy, and even more sludgy than ever before. Listen to ‘Imperium Simulacra,’ the title track, and we’re sure you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.” – Metal Sucks
Bloodbound – One Night Of Blood CD+DVD (AFM)
Bloodbound have evolved from a highly respected insiders’ tip to an established act in the metal universe within the last years. One Night Of Blood is their live set from the Masters Of Rock Festival 2015.
Bombus – Repeat Until Death CD/LP+CD (Century Media)
New album from the Gothenburg rockers. After a series of tour dates across the world with Graveyard and Monster Magnet, plus several festival appearances including Download (UK), ROck AM Ring, and Tuska, the user-friendly Bombus returned to the studio to record Repeat Until Death.
Paul Burch – Meridian Rising CD (Plowboy)
‘Blue Yodeler’ Jimmie Rodgers was arguably one of the most important people in country music history his other nickname is, after all, The Father Of Country Music. On his new album Meridian Rising, roots musician Paul Burch (loosely) tells the story of Rodgers’ life, delving into how he imagines the Yodeler might have felt at various points throughout his all-too-brief career.