WHITE LIGHT PARADE 'House Of Commons': [Release Date 25/05/2009]
Bradford's finest White Light Parade kick off 2009 with details of their eagerly anticipated debut album 'House Of Commons' released through Split Records on 25th May 2009. The album will be preceded by the band's bright and beautiful single 'Wake Up' – a sunny blast of optimism that should blow away the winter-y cobwebs. Recorded in Devon with Pete Miles, 'House Of Commons' is the sort of album you can easily see uniting a small army of believers. Encompassing the snarling three-chord anger of the Pistols, the anthemic choruses of Oasis and the vintage melodies of The Kinks, White Light Parade from their urban disillusionment into perfectly crafted catchy rock tunes.
KATY PERRY 'Waking Up In Vegas': [Release Date 08/06/2009]
THE SEEKERS 'Greatest Hits': [Release Date 08/06/2009]
The Seekers, one of the most popular bands in the UK in the mid-sixties, formed in Australia in 1963. Originally a trio comprising of Athol Guy [double bass], Keith Podger [guitar] and Bruce Woodley [guitar], they were later joined by Judith Durham in 1964 who completed their now familiar line up. Selling millions of albums, and competing with the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the charts, The Seekers' material runs from classic pop to traditional folk ballads along with covers of songs by Dylan, Bob Gibson, Paul Simon, Tom Paxton and John Phillips, among others. The Seekers Greatest Hits includes an astonishing 8 top 20 singles, 4 of which debuted at number 1, and reminds us why the UK originally fell for this timeless group and why they were one of the most successful groups of the sixties.
CICADA 'Roulette' [Release Date 01/06/2009]
Cicada will release their second album Roulette on 1st June 2009 through Critical Mass. The record is preceded by the release of the album track 'Metropolis'. The follow up to their self-titled debut album of 2006, 'Roulette' effortlessly ranges in styles; from the best moments of vintage electro-pop on the euphoric lead single 'Metropolis', to the darkest recesses of electronic-indie on 'Executive', featuring Tom Smith of Editors on vocals. Dance fans will hear echoes of William Orbit's finest moments and Daft Punk's seminal debut on the gloriously percussive 'P-Star'. Indie fans will latch onto Technique-era New Order. Pop fans will simply hear great melodies and concise songwriting reminiscent of Blondie at their peak. Throughout, 'Roulette' is underpinned by consistently big and intelligent beats, washes of glorious synths, and the haunting, hugely melodic vocals of Icelandic siren Heidrun Bjornsdottir.
SCRATCH 'Loss 4 Wordz': [Release Date 01/06/2009]
Scratch, the world famous beat boxer and former member of legendary hip-hop pioneers, The Roots, is excited about his new album, Loss 4 Wordz, featuring a stellar line up of collaborators such as Kanye West, Damon Albarn, Musiq Soulchild, Estelle, Peedi Crack, Talib Kweli and Gentleman. Having such varied guest appearances makes for a far reaching project with something for just about everyone while maintaining a cohesive feel and sound.
GEORGE HARRISON 'Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison': [Release Date 15/06/2009]
George Harrison was recently awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, USA – a fitting tribute to a man who, as well as being a key member in the biggest band in rock history, also went on to massive solo success before forming a second dream band with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty – the Traveling Wilburys. That he also almost single-handedly saved the British film industry, invented the concept of star-studded charity gigs (Concert for Bangladesh) and helped introduce Indian music to the western world, just goes to show what an amazing talent he was. Given this history, it seems almost unbelieveable that it was only this year, 8 years after his tragic death, that the star was unveiled. And given his musical legacy, it also seems almost unbelieveable that there has never been a collection of his post-Beatles solo career. But that too, is a wrong that is about to be righted! 'Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison' features solo hits from 1970's 'All Things Must Pass' through 2002's 'Brainwashed' plus live recordings from 1971's 'Concert For Bangladesh'. This first-ever career-spanning solo hits collection contains 19 tracks that have been selected by Olivia Harrison and digitally remastered by Giles Martin at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. The CD's special packaging was designed by Olivia Harrison and includes a 28-page booklet featuring previously unseen and rare photos, and newly-written liner notes. Featuring classic singles such as 'My Sweet Lord', 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)', 'Got My Mind Set On You' and 'When We Was Fab', the new title also features live recordings of three timeless Harrison-penned Beatles songs, 'Something', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Here Comes The Sun', from his 1971 all-star Concert For Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square Garden. The album also contains two rare recordings: 'Cheer Down' [co-written with Tom Petty] from the 'Lethal Weapon 2' soundtrack and 'I Don't Want To Do It' [written but never recorded by Bob Dylan] which featured in the lost classic, 'Porky's Revenge'. "'Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison' is a gathering of material that takes us far into the territory that was ultimately a place unique to George Harrison," writes Warren Zane in his liner notes essay for the new collection.
LITTLE BOOTS 'Hands': [Release Date 08/06/2009]
"The perfect pop star… she knocks out great tunes and takes her music seriously while celebrating the giddy heights of pop at it's best. As a result she understands pop music in a way that puts her miles ahead of her rivals" – Popjustice Little Boots [aka 24 year-old Blackpool native Victoria Hesketh) is proud to announce the release of her debut album Hands on June 8th, 2009 through 679/Atlantic. 2008 was an eventful year for Ms Hesketh. What started as a bit of fun (recording 'funtimes' covers in her pyjamas) eventually led to homepage exposure on YouTube, racking up more than 250,000 views overnight and her artist profile being the most viewed in the UK. In November '08, Jools Holland's producer booked a virtual unknown for what would become one of the most intriguing performances of the year. The only female to perform on the night (alongside heavyweights Al Green, The Killers & Damon Albarn), Victoria wowed the audience with her effortless skill: singing, playing three instruments [piano, Stylophone and her beloved Tenori-on], throwing in handclaps for good measure. After all of the excitement and activity of the past 18 months, Little Boots' debut album 'Hands' is finally ready for devouring. 12 tracks and 42 minutes of pulse-racing, heart-felt crystalline dance pop and best of all: the album lives up to the hype. Kicking off with the upcoming Greg Kurstin-produced single 'New in Town', 'Hands' contains a carefully chosen selection of her 'early' tracks ['Click', 'Earthquake', 'Mathematics', 'Meddle' and 'Stuck On Repeat'] as well as some brand new tunes that are guaranteed to be massive ['Remedy']. The end result is a pop album that rises above the rest; one that contains universal melodies sung with heart-felt passion. "Pop music is the most challenging thing I can do," Victoria says. "To make something that reaches across so many boundaries is just incomprehensible, like space. The places pure pop can take you are limitless."
DEBBIE HARRY 'Koo Koo' / 'Def, Dumb & Blonde': [Release Date 01/06/2009]
Blondie lead singer's first and third albums, from the 1980s * Digitally remastered and slipcased * Extensive new notes.