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Record Store Day - DROP 2

Record Store Day Drop 2 is nearly upon us. Many of the records have arrived in store with the remainder coming during the week. Here we feature some of the releases that we have been allocated. Let us know if you would like to get your hands on any of these.

Art Of Noise - Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise

Art Of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art Of Noise?
A reissue of Who’s Afraid of…?, the debut album from pioneering British synth-pop act The Art of Noise, featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer Anne Dudley and hugely successful producer Trevor Horn. Who’s Afraid of..? was one of the first releases on the fledgling ZTT label in 1984 and has been unavailable on vinyl since it was repressed and repackaged in 1985. UMC make it available on 180gm vinyl for Record Store Day 2021, as a new limited edition release featuring a second LP of rare Art of Noise recordings, presented as Who’s Afraid of… Goodbye? These are making their first appearance on vinyl and were previously only available as part of the now deleted 2006 box set, What Have You Done With My Body, God?

Bee Gees - Three Kisses Of Love

Bee Gees - Three Kisses Of Love
An exciting collection of the Bee Gees early pop platters, recorded during their “Australia Years” signed to the Festival label. This record defines that early sixties Beatlesque sound, full of thoughtful psychedelic folk-pop arrangements. Carefully remastered and reissued on limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl. Only 1,000 numbered copies available.

Behind The Dykes 2 - More Beats, Blues And Psychedelic Nuggets From The Lowlands 1966 - 1971

Much sought after Dutch beat and psych rarities on a 2LP coloured vinyl, with amazing artwork, track-by-track liner notes and band photos. All songs on volume 2 have been newly transferred and remastered from the original master tapes, some in their original mono versions, including 2 newly unearthed and previously unreleased gems.

Captain Beefheart - Unconditionally Guaranteed

“Unconditionally Guaranteed” represents a fascinating pivot point within Beefheart’s recordings. Known as he was for his more oblique amalgams of delta blues, avant-garde jazz and rock on albums such as Trout Mask Replica and Clear Spot, Unconditionally Guaranteed captures a musical moment when Beefheart deviates from that path and embarks on an exploration of more melodic soundscapes into which he continues to contribute his uniquely poetic lyrics delivered via his instantly recognizable vocals.

Crass - Christ Alive! - The Rehearsal

Originally recorded in 1982 in Crass’ rehearsal studio at Dial House, Christ Alive documents the ofttimes gruelling process behind the making of a song. Given the exacting nature of Crass’ finished works, it’s illuminating to hear them battling out results that eventually gave them the structure to Christ the Album. After many hours spent in the studio, it was decided that Beethoven would be expertly weaved into the recordings. Call it Crasshoven if you like. 

Freddie Mercury - Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow 7"

To celebrate the year that would have been Freddie Mercury’s 75th Birthday, USM / Mercury Records release a Record Store Day 2021 exclusive 7″ single of Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.

Gorillaz - G Collection

This vinyl box set contains six Gorillaz studio albums from 2001 - 2020, including their current release Song Machine, Season 1.

Includes: Demon Days; Plastic Beach; Humanz; The Now Now; Song Machine.





Jah Wobble and Marconi Union - Anomic

Legendary artist Jah Wobble previously of Public Image Limited (PIL) with Marconi Union's classic album Anomic. Previously unreleased on vinyl and will only be available as this one off pressing of 500 copies. This RSD release comes pressed on dracula transparent red and black smoke vinyl in a sleeve and printed inner redesigned for this release by the original artist.




Jesca Hoop - The Deconstruction Of Jack's House

Jesca Hoop has a tradition of reimagining and rerecording her own albums and having previously created beautifully stark versions of her albums Kismet and Hunting my Dress it is the turn of The House That Jack Built. Recorded in her Manchester based home-built studio in December 2020, these intimate and immediate reworkings shine the spotlight on Hoops intricate, complex song writing with her astonishing vocals front and centre


Keane - Dirt EP

12 inch featuring 4 previously unreleased tracks. Lead track is Dirt from the Cause and Effect album recording sessions, alongside Nothing To Something also from said sessions.





PVRIS - Use Me (Deluxe EP)

PVRIS marked a new era with the release of Use Me in 2020, as frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Lynn Gunn confidently stepped forward as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect. That newfound sense of freedom defined the record, on which Lynn wrote, played the entirely of the guitar, drums, and bass parts, cooked up beats, and of course, sang vocals. Awash in glitchy beat-craft, airy guitars, and spell-binding vocals, the record included 070 Shake collaboration “Use Me,” explosive song “Hallucinations,” plus “Dead Weight,” “Gimme A Minute,” and “Death of Me” all brought to life by producer JT Daly [K. Flay].


Queen and Adam Lambert - Live Around The World EP

Following on from the success of Queen and Adam Lambert’s UK Number 1 album Live Around The World, USM / EMI release a Record Store Day 2021 exclusive 12″ EP featuring 4 tracks from the album, plus a 5th unreleased version of ‘I Want It All’ live from Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014. The track was not featured on ‘Live Around The World’ and is exclusive to this limited edition coloured vinyl. 


Squid - Near The Westway

The Bristol experimental band recorded two new songs onto a two track EP, live and direct to vinyl at Metropolis Studios with BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show giving fans the chance to listen in on this unique live performance.

Recording ‘live to vinyl’ is the original process that artists used to record music for public consumption. There’s no modern technology, it’s simply playing and recording the songs in one take. In today’s digital age, the art of capturing music live to vinyl has long been forgotten, but Metropolis have recreated the experience using their unique cutting lathes.


The Cranberries - Stars: The Best Of 92-02

First Time On Vinyl. Following on from the reissues of Everybody Else is Doing it… ‘ and No Need to Argue – and 30 years after their debut release – UMC are proud to issue for the first time on vinyl a special transparent edition of the band’s greatest-hits collection ‘Stars: The Best of 1992–2002’.The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with global smashes such as ‘Zombie’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Linger’ – collected here alongside tracks from their five albums for Island – plus two tracks unavailable on other albums ‘New New York’ and ‘Stars’. 


The Cure - Wild Mood Swings

Robert Smith pulled another surprise from his trick bag on Wild Mood Swings, an amazingly fresh album for a band that at this point had been at it for over two decades. Here Smith's penchant for catchy melodies laid against song structures that build in intensity continues. Wild Mood Swings includes some of the most cheerful tunes Smith has ever penned, including the festive "Strange Attraction", punctuated with bells and ukuleles, and the jaunty joyride of "Mint Car". "The 13th" is perhaps the most original song on the album, its melody relying on a spanish fanfare (the first extensive use of a horn section on a cure song since 1987's Hey You!").

First time on Picture Disc for this 25th Anniversary – Record Store Day 2021 Exclusive.

The Selecter - Live In Coventry '79

 RSD Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Vinyl. This previously unreleased concert is featured in the recently released Deluxe Edition CD Box Set of the band's Too Much Pressure album. This recording makes it's vinyl debut.





TV Smith and Richard Strange - 1978

The tracks on this album have never been officially released before now. The eight songs on this album were recorded in 1978 on a 2-track stereo Revox A77 tape recorder. The recordings are unashamedly analogue, using one microphone and guitars plugged directly into the tape recorder. Bouncing down tracks irreversibly as they went on, forced to make creative decisions that could not be undone. Some hard choices had to be made with the mix, but with no record company meant no record company agenda. TV Smith and Richard Strange could write and record whatever they wanted – and did! It has been an enormous pleasure to rediscover these recordings, the result of a friendship of two artists emerging from broken bands and each about to embark on a lifelong adventure in words and music.


Various Artists - Brown Acid - Ten Heavy Hits Vol 1

In the span of just 5 years, Riding Easy have released 10 editions of the Brown Acid series, all of them packed with brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s. With so much essential material to choose from, if you’re on a limited budget or you don’t know where to start, this record is for you! They have collected 10 powerful tracks, one from each edition, here to provide your first dose.

With each Trip, Riding Easy unearth even more incredible bangers that somehow eluded popularity in their day For every classic rock mainstay like Black Sabbath and Grand Funk Railroad, there’s hundreds of great bands who, for a variety of reasons, were previously lost to the sands of time. Brown Acid seeks to rectify that, with all tracks painstakingly licensed legitimately and ensuring that the original artists are paid. As the series editions grow higher into the double digits, here’s a quick lysergic drop to get you up to speed.  


Various Artists - Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Soul

Studio One Soul tracks the link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae at the legendary Studio One Records. Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Temptations, King Floyd, Booker T and The MGs - all these artists had a huge influence on Jamaican artists and this album contains versions of songs by all of them. Featuring classic and rare Reggae Funk and Soul cuts from the Reggae giants alongside rarer cuts, Studio One Soul spans over 20 years of classic Reggae from the Rocksteady Funk through to the deep Roots music.