New This Week

17th May 2019

1. Erland Cooper - Sule Skerry

The second album from Erland Cooper takes the form of a triptych and is one inspired both by the pastoral setting of his home, Orkney, and the Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown. The multi-instrumentalist deploys his entire arsenal - piano, strings, electronics and field samples meld into impressive soundscapes as breathtaking as the Scottish islands themselves. In his own words, Sule Skerry is an album 'about the sea, our relationship with the outside world, forces outside of our control but it’s also about creating a nest within that'. Catch him live in-store at Rough Trade East on release day.

2. Hey Colossus - Four Bibles

Limited transparent green vinyl

A mere 12th album from Hey Colossus. Grooves for those who want to dance or for those who want to hug a wall and nod... bleak dystopian imagery submerged in relentless rhythms and low-end rattle. The songs breath life and soul - Hey Colossus have never sounded fresher or more on point.

3. Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness - The Healing

Rough Trade Exclusive, limited to 300 copies on transparent vinyl.

Third album from Soweto sensations BCUC (aka Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) with guest appearances from Afrobeat king Femi Kuti and renowned spoken word artist Saul Williams. Eschewing the classic album format, BCUC present three tracks – two of which clock in at nearly 20 minutes – that continue their philosophy of 'Music for the people by the people', combining zulu traditions and malombo percussions with a post-punk production and rock n roll attitude that have seen them feted as one of the most vital live bands playing today.

4. The National - I Am Easy To Find

Limited indies clear vinyl x2 or a triple LP set on opaque red/yellow/grey vinyl with 22 minutes extra music

The National return with their 8th album, following 2017's Grammy Award winning album. The same band we know and love - a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. This one features an impressive list of guest vocalists: Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle to name a few, as well as glistening string and choral arrangements from Bryce Dessner.

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This Week's Top 20

1. Erland Cooper - Sule Skerry

2. Hey Colossus - Four Bibles

3. BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) - The Healing

4. The National - I Am Easy to Find

5. Josephine Wiggs - We Fall

6. black midi - Talking Heads

7. David Bowie - Clareville Grove Demos

8. Interpol - A Fine Mess

10. Various - Carl Craig - Detroit Love Vol 2

11. The Head and The Heart - Living Mirage

12. David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging

13. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

14. Autoclave - Autoclave

15. Endless Boogie - Vol 1 and Vol 2

16. Glove - No Blades No Bones

18. Alex Lahey - The Best Of Luck Club

19. Maren Morris - Girl

20. James Brown - Sho Is Funky Down Here