Tucked away in the eaves of Rough Trade East are our much-loved Mailorder team, with their comprehensive knowledge of music and enviable record of gig/festival attendance. They took a moment away from their desks to pick out some their favourite releases of February, for your listening pleasure.
MGMT's Little Dark Age is an amalgamation of their three previous records, taking the great pop songwriting of their debut and combining it with the psychedelic/experimental elements of Congratulations and their self-titled third LP. Full of funky bass lines, epic synth's and great collaborators such as Connan Mockasin. This is MGMT at their best.
Honourable mention: Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
Sitting at the helm of XL recordings for nearly 30 years Richard Russell has shaped independent music in the UK evening achieving total global domination after signing a teenager named Adele. Throughout that time we have seen snippets some of Russell’s musical prowess most notable on the late Booby Womack’s Bravest Man in the Universe, but Everything is Recorded sees him let loose in full flow with some of his most recent signings. Ibeyi, Sampha, Infinite, Kamasi Washington and Giggs as well as appearances from Peter Gabriel, Warren Ellis and Green Gartside, create a masterful electronic record that is full to the brim with personality and soul.
Honourable mention: Courtney Barnett - Nameless / Faceless
First taster from the new Courtney Barnett album Tell Me How You Really Feel is out and is an indicator some great things to come when the album is released in May. Listen, dance, repeat. Listen dance repeat. Listen dance, rest.
I LOVE this album. Makes me feel perpetually summery even if this week it is bloody freezing and snowing. Hoping I won't have completely played it into the ground by the time the weather perks up and I can enjoy it with a cold beer in a sunny park somewhere. The best Heavenly release for ages.
Honourable mention: Caroline Rose - Loner
A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls is absolutely fabulous! An incendiary and raging feminist agit-pop record disguised as a sparkly disco album that sounds like a cross between Bite-era Altered Images and mid-nineties Kylie. Party for your right to fight.
Honourable mention: Pearl Charles - Sleepless Dreamer