The hmv list; Michael Kiwanuka, Cold War Kids, A Winged Victory For The Sullen

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Happy Halloween! On this, the most spoopy of days, we bring you many gifts.  Whether it's soul, or metal, electronica, indie or an Iggy Pop feature, we've got them for you.  You're welcome.

The first is the new album from A Winged Victory For The Sullen; The Undivided Five.  This is an album that breaks the cardinal rule of being very very serious: they jammed it out, or at least some of it.  But it's not all fun and games, this is actually a really important album for the band.  Coming at a time of big changes, with deaths and births and all sorts of events.  If that sounds good then it's probably time to let you know this features some gorgeous synth soundscapes and instrumentation to boot. 

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The Undivided Five


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Sudan Archives
Athena: If Sudan Archives isn't on your radar then get them on there because wow.  This is an artist who has thrown away a lot of the rules of how 'normal' music is made.  Armed with a violin, some chill beats to work/study and an incredible song writing ability, Athena is a real triumph.  It's also probably quite unlike anything you've ever heard.  So if you need something new and fresh, but also really high quality then check this out.  


On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever: Think of Norway, what do you picture? Mountains? Snow perhaps? What about really really good electronic music? If you answered no to that last one then I'm afraid you've developed a real bad case of abeatia (the medical term for beat-deficiency).  Don't worry, we've got you covered, you just need to get some Linstrøm in you.  Lucky for you we've got that good good, this is an album devoid of computational wizardry, just music living in the moment.


Tainted Lunch: Right, you need to listen to this album.  And it's not just because of that font on the album cover, but also because this album is batsh*t insane. Like seriously, it's got it all in here, garage rock, gospel sections, a bit of disco.  Also??? Iggy Pop? Is straight up just on this album? Also Also??? The man himself, Kool Keith? It's all here, it's all bananas, it's all good, go listen and then maybe look at pictures of pandas to recover.


Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA: First off, this is one of the coolest album covers of the past while, and that is saying something.  But it's also a really great reflection of a really great album.  It's confident, personal and incredibly well done, with an impeccable sense of style.  Expect plenty of  analogue synths, jazzy piano and the voice of one of the best singers in the industry on top of his game.  


Nothing Left To Love: Or as it should be known, 'Nothing Left To Love Except This New Counterparts Record Which Is Really Good and We Like A Lot'.  Look, Metalcore has had, what some might call, a bit of a bad rap over the years.  But the fact of the matter is there's a lot of really good bands out there making great stuff and Counterparts is one of them.  It's fast, loud and aggressive.  It also has a good sense of melody and tune rather than being just 'chug chug chug'.


Drift Series 1: Some artists take weeks, months, even years to write a song.  Albums come at the end of months and months of concerted effort, taking lots of time to get things sounding ~just right~.  But those artists are not Underworld.  Their Drift Series has been an experiment in writing a piece of music a week, every week for a year.  Series 1, then, is kind of like a scrapbook.  It's all of the good, great and maybe not so great of an insane artistic undertaking, or rather, the first year of it all.


Cold War Kids
New Age Norms 1: What's better than a new Cold War Kids album? How's about 3 new Cold War Kids albums? Well what if there were 3 Cold War Kids albums coming out, that were part of a trilogy, and the first of which was out tomorrow? How cool would that be?  Would be pretty cool actually, pretty cool indeedery.



Angel Witch
Angel Of Light: The 80's are back, and better than ever, and no this isn't synth-wavey "hey remember the Terminator soundtrack" stuff.  This is "hey remember when mullets were cool" type heavy metal.  From duelling guitars to lyrics about heaven and hell and super heavy riffs.  It's all that good stuff, and performed by the masters who've been doing this since the year dot.  Trust their mighty hands, trust their heavy riffs m/.


but wait! there's more, more in-store of course...


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