New This Week
7th December 2018
Richard Swift believed in and sought real beauty. And so, even at its most caustic and sardonic, his masterpiece swan song The Hex is beautiful. Conceived in pieces over the last several years and completed just the month before his passing, The Hex is the grand statement Swift acolytes have been a-wishin-and-a-hopin’ for all these years. After a career of sticking some of his finest songs on EPs and 45s, here are all his powers coalescing into a single, long-player statement.
The Hex is presented here as The Hex For Family and Friends. An obsessive fan of wall of sound doo-wop, early Funkadelic, Bo Diddley, Beefheart and Link Wray, Swift gives them all a moment with the flashlight around The Hex campfire, one moment to make a strange shadow-cast face for us, his family and friends.
Live from Brooklyn Sound, B Boys' set recorded live and pressed onto Rough Trade Exclusive vinyl (Limited to only 500 copies).
Three psychos that came to be through fate by way of necessity, B Boys offer up to the world their sonic manifesto, No Worry No Mind. A relief from the mania, an expression of duality, an extension of Dadaism. Born in different times from alternate altered states, these B's convene on the astral plane, channeling the individual experience and wisdom from their respective points of origin into a singular entity.
The Prophet Speaks is Van Morrison’s 40th studio album and is released on Caroline International. This fourteen track album follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed albums (Roll With The Punches, Versatile and You’re Driving Me Crazy), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van throughout his life – vocal jazz and R&B. Here, Van takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations, The Prophet Speaks features six phenomenal new Van Morrison compositions.
Rough Trade exclusive. First time on coloured vinyl anywhere in the world.
Tramp is Sharon Van Etten's debut album on Jagjaguwar from 2012 and third album overall. The album, which is the culmination of 14 months of scattered recording sessions with The National's Aaron Dessner, contains as much striking rock as pious, minimal beauty; it can be as emotionally combative as it can sultry.
Rough Trade's Top 20 New Releases This Week:
1. Richard Swift - The Hex
2. B Boys - Live at Rough Trade
3. Van Morrison - The Prophet Speaks
4. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
5. Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert - Ghost Stories For Christmas
6. Sports Team - Get Along
7. KOKOKO! - Liboso EP
8. This Mortal Coil - It'll End In Tears
9. Rosali - Trouble Anyway
10. Various - In Death’s Dream Kingdom
11. Snail Mail - Habit
12. Anderson .Paak - Oxnard
13. Chris Carter - Miscellany
15. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Untethered
16. Morrissey - Low In High School (Deluxe)
17. CZN - The Golden Path
18. Paul McCartney and Wings - Wild Life
19. Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
20. Various - Life and Death On A New York Dance Floor Part 1