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Album of the Month - June 2017


This June the Rough Trade Album of the Month is a spectacular CD and vinyl compilation put together by much-loved British composer Max Richter. This will be the first in Rough Trade Shop’s Behind the Counter series, in which some of our favourite artists create mixes especially for us using the records we sell on the shop floor.

As big fans of Max, Rough Trade invited him to curate a mix, knowing he would pick out some unexpected gems. The result is a 36-track (on CD) and 33-Track (On Vinyl) compilation of soundbites, pieces of composition, interesting mixes and curious musical choices including tracks from Mogwai, Boards of Canada, Philip Glass, Aphex Twin and Low among some classical works by Rachmaninoff and Bach. With the Rough Trade vinyl comes an exclusive 7” which contains Max’ s cult 2008 score for the film Henry May Long. Over the years it has been equally influential among musicians as the much better known Waltz with Bashir from the same period. With Henry May Long, Max brush a completely new instrumental grammar to film music. Recommended for fans of Olafur Arnalds’ score to Broadchurch.

“This is a compilation of music I love,” says Max. “Some of my choices are things I’ ve been listening to for decades, others are new discoveries, but feel like they belong here. I put a couple of things of mine in too. Welcome to my world.”

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