Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


THE RUMBLE STRIPS 'Welcome To The Walk Alone' [Release Date 13/07/2009]


The Tavistock 5 piece return with their second album, recorded and produced in New York by none other than Mark Ronson. Welcome To The Walk Alone shows the Rumble Strips in a much more widescreen light than their previous offering with parping brass toned down and the FILMharmonic orchestra of Prague drafted in by Owen Pallet (The Arcade Fire, final Fantasy) to fill this album with incredible cineramic textures and epic arrangements.


THE MACCABEES 'Can You Give It' [Release Date 06/07/2009]

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New single 'Can You Give It' is released on 6th July. It's already a firm live favourite inspiring mass sing-a-longs with its rallying chorus, wonky guitars and marching military-esque drums. The video for 'Can You Give It' is a future classic, a mini documentary from the 2009 Gloucester Cheese rolling contest featuring a true British hero, danger, excitement, trauma and one run away cheese.


BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Bombay Bicycle Club release their astonishing debut album 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose' [recorded by long-term producer Jim Abbiss] on July 6th through Island Records. 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose' is a beautifully literate and ambitious debut. From the dizzying MBV/M83 swoops and morning-after ruefulness of the LP's opening song to the open-tuned, Appalachian folk feel of the record's closing track, the album thrums with subtle invention and quiet emotional intensity. Fans of Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene and Bon Iver – or any mildly sensitive soul with a fondness for ricocheting guitar chords – will be utterly beguiled. Indie rock rarely gets to enjoy its innocence these days, but Bombay Bicycle Club know that's exactly what makes it precious. Jamie and Jack formed Bombay Bicycle Club after spending their early teens trying to sneak into 18+ gigs together. They were dissuaded at first by Jamie's guitar-playing Dad, Neill MacColl [son of Ewan, sister of Kirsty], who once told Jack he should become a plumber rather than a musician if he ever wanted to make a decent living. Then Neill heard the astonishing cache of songs Jack had amassed in his bedroom with Garageband and a cheap guitar, and instantly changed his mind, offering to produce Bombay Bicycle Club's first demos.


CASCADA 'Evacuate The Dancefloor' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Released via All Around The World Records, 'Evacuate The Dancefloor' marks a fresh start for one of the world's most successful dance acts, and looks likely to dominate the airwaves this summer. Building on the Europop sound Cascada pioneered, the first single is a playful, sexy pop stomper that brings R&B, slinky soul and rap to the group's table for the first time. The track is still a euphoric, arms-in-the-air dancefloor anthem, but this time, its moves are more sophisticated, its sonic tricks cleverer and vocalist Natalie Horler's vocals both more personal and powerful than ever. "We have definitely developed the Cascada sound," says Natalie. "With Evacuate The Dancefloor, we've taken all we learnt over the last few years and moved on. It's refreshing and fun. I love R&B and I've always had a soulful voice, but I didn't have much opportunity to show that off. This song is more of a challenge for me to sing. I can't wait to take it to the clubs. People's jaws are going to hit the floor when they hear it." Bonn-based Brit Natalie grew up in Germany, but speaks with an accent that betrays the fact that her family are from Southampton. The daughter of David Horler, an acclaimed jazz musician and arranger who worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, Stan Getz and Tony Bennett until he retired recently, Natalie grew up around music, though was more influenced by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston than her dad's trombone playing. In 2004 Natalie met Cologne-based producers Manian and Yanou. The pair invited Natalie to front their new project, Cascada. Within 18 months, together they found international fame with their huge, debut hit 'Everytime We Touch'. A smash in the States before the band had even toured there, the song quickly caught on across the globe, followed by a multi-platinum 500,000 selling album that spawned eight singles, including the massive 'Miracle' and a dance cover of Savage Garden's 'Truly, Madly, Deeply'. Second album 'Perfect Day', led by hit single 'What Hurts The Most', continued Cascada's reign as one of the world's Top 10 selling dance acts. Last summer, Manian [the man behind the production] and Yanou [responsible for melodies and most of the lyrics] began work on Cascada's third album in their Cologne studio. "It was lovely to be able to take our time," says Natalie. "You can hear from the album we made how much more we put in to the songs. Some of them are pure pop, not overly dance. Others have house beats or guitars. "The people who have the first two albums will still love the new one but I think we have really progressed and the new tracks are just amazing!"


ISAAC HAYES 'Hot Buttered Soul' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Originally released at the end of the '60s, 'Hot Buttered Soul' set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the 70's – simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes as a major music force. Isaac Hayes has sold millions of cds in the SoundScan era alone this is a 'MUST' for all music collectors as well as fans of soul, R&B, disco, Stax Records and Isaac Hayes himself!


TEENA MARIE 'Congo Square' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


Internationally renowned singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Teena Marie, the "Ivory Queen of Soul", presents an all-new 16-song set showing she hasn't lost one bit of her edge. Features guest appearances by Faith Evans, George Duke, MC Lyte, Howard Hewitt and Shirley Murdock.


K.D. LANG 'Live In London' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


The legendary voice as you've never heard her before! One of the world's most distinctive female performers, KD Lang, sings her enduring hits live with the BBC Concert Orchestra in this new live show. Also includes bonus interview. This exciting brand new DVD is now available outside of North America for the very first time!


THE POPES 'Outlaw Heaven' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


'Outlaw Heaven' is the brand new album by The Popes featuring legendary Pogues singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan. Shane MacGowan formed The Popes to record his album 'The Snake' in 1994 after leaving The Pogues. From that original line up are Paul [Mad Dog] McGuinness, on vocals and guitars, Paul originally played with The Pogues, his first performance being live on the David Letterman show. The Popes' new album, 'Outlaw Heaven' will showcase some of their most exciting and brilliant material to date. With excitingly a long awaited tour that will include UK, Ireland and USA. Special Guests with Paul [Mad Dog] McGuinness, on the title track 'Outlaw Heaven' are no less than his old friends Shane MacGowan and Spider Stacy. Shane also features with Paul on 'Black is the Colour' and 'Bastards', plus a special solo performance by Shane MacGowan on 'The Loneliness Of A Long Distance Drinker'.


THREE DOG NIGHT 'It Ain't Easy' / 'Naturally' [Release Date 06/07/2009]

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* Both albums were originally released in 1970 on Probe [UK] and ABC/Dunhill Records [in the USA]. Three Dog Night scored a succession of 21 hit singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975. * 'It Ain't Easy' contains the massive worldwide hit 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' by Randy Newman, plus a version of Elton John's hit 'Your Song'.


CLIVE GREGSON & CHRISTINE COLLISTER 'A Change In The Weather' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


* Gregson and Collister successfully raised their ambitions and widened their stylistic reach on 'A Change In The Weather', an even better collection of songs and settings * Joining their voices in more intricate harmonies and testing out more complex material, the duo soars through poignant essays on wife abuse ('This Is The Deal'), mortality ('How Weak I Am'), the hollowness of pop stars and culture ('Jumped Up Madam' and the CD-bonus 'Temporary Sincerity') and overdriven children ('Talent Will Out'). * On a lighter note, Gregson reveals an abiding enthusiasm for Elvis Presley with the witty and personal '(Don't Step In) My Blue Suede Shoes', to which Collister adds a rocking rendition of the King's own 'Tryin' To Get To You'. * A tremendous record without one mediocre or ineffectual track.


TONY BENNETT 'For Once In My Life' / 'I've Gotta Be Me' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


* Two US Top 200 albums from 1967 and 1969. Both albums feature a mixture of standards and classics.


LABELLE 'Nightbirds' / 'Phoenix' / 'Chameleon' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


* The three Labelle albums from the mid-1970s, featuring the US No.1 smash 'Lady Marmalade' which was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. * Labelle's albums all made the US Top 100, but 'Chameleon' was to prove their last effort. Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx went on to pursue solo careers.


HEART 'Private Audition' / 'Passionworks' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


* Two US Top 40 albums from Heart, originally released in 1982 and 1983 * Heart went on to enjoy worldwide success with these two albums kicking open the door for them


ANGEL 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven' / 'White Hot' [Release Date 06/07/2009]


* BGO presents US glam rockers Angel's third and fourth albums, originally released in the mid-1970s * Both made the US Top 100 and were stablemates on Casablanca Records with fellow glam rockers Kiss .

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