New This Week

12th October 2018

Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters

Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl housed.

5 years after the release of Caramel Connan Mockasin returns with his new album Jassbusters. This time round Mockasin applies his rum creativity to filmmaking with the accompanying series Bostyn 'n Dobsyn, a film about a group of music teachers (in bad Yacht Rock-esque wigs) starting a band.

Jassbusters, like its accompanying film, is eerie and dimly-lit. It shimmers and flickers quietly like a faltering lamp. This is not to say Mockasin falters; the aesthetic is strong, he is as assured as ever. His guitar is heavily bluesy, the singing soulful and the bass warm. Fragile and smooth, but as usual, seriously strange.

The album has touches of Al Green, Peter Green and Donnie and Joe Emerson but is unquestionably Connan Mockasin.

John Grant - Love is Magic

Deluxe double 140 gram clear vinyl.

John Grant's brand of powerful, honest and darkly comical music is back. Anyone who is familiar with Grant's work is aware of his demons - addiction, health and loss - and once again he lays his feelings bare, the only way he knows how. His fourth solo album sits comfortably alongside the previous three, a fine combination of Scott Walker style baroque-pop and 80's synth-pop, but unlike some of his previous records, it is the electronic work that takes centre stage as he creates digital soundscapes begging for a dystopian 80's film for it to soundtrack.

He maintains his crown as the king of vitriol. His lyrics continue to burn and scald, directed inward and out. Another triumphant piece from the now legendary John Grant, continuing his evolution with his most electronic album yet.

Jerry Paper - Like a Baby

Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl.

The creative persona of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Lucas Nathan. Like A Baby is Jerry Paper's first album for Stones Throw, and Nathan brought on several collaborators including Matty Tavares of BadBadNotGood — who co-produced the album — Weyes Blood, Mild High Club’s Alex Brettin, and vocalist Charlotte Day Wilson. The result is a breezy, sugary delight, reminiscent of 60's Parisien-pop.

The Aints! - The Church of Simultaneous Existence

Limited double CD version - 1000 copies with bonus CD of instrumentals.

Forty years after the release of one of the great Australian debut albums of all time Ed Kuepper returns with a brand-new band and a brand new contender for the title. Recruiting like-minded souls in Sunnyboys bassist Peter Oxley, drummer Paul Larsen Loughhead (The Celibate Rifles / The New Christs), jazz pianist Alister Spence and trumpeter and brass arranger Eamon Dilworth the band performed as The Aints! Play The Saints (’73 - ’78) covering Kuepper’s tenure with the band and all the classics including This Perfect Day, Know Your Product, Swing For The Crime and (I’m) Stranded to large crowds and a hugely appreciative response. But rather than purely recycle those formative songs Kuepper began to introduce the new-old material to an audience eager to hear what else Kuepper had been sitting on since 1978.

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Rough Trade's Top 20 New Releases This Week:

1. Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters

2. John Grant - Love Is Magic

3. Jerry Paper - Like a Baby

5. Elvis Costello and The Imposters - Look Now

6. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

7. Goatman - Rhythms

8. A Certain Ratio - acr:set

9. Anna St Louis - If Only There Was a River

10. Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands of Love

11. Factory Floor - A Soundtrack For A Film

12. Silicon Teens - Music For Parties

13. Moses Boyd - Displaced Diaspora

14. Caoilfhionn Rose - Awaken

16. David Bowie - Loving the Alien (1983 - 1988)

18. Daniel Brandt - Channels

19. St. Vincent - Masseducation

20. Haley - Pleasureland