ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2018 - EXCLUSIVES
One of our favourite parts of Albums of the Year are the exclusive collaborations that come out of it.
2017 saw our favourite Heartbreaker Ryan Adams release 'Live at Rough Trade’, an acoustic beam of beauty from Big Moon and we took a mighty big bite outta Bjork's juicy peach ‘Utopia’, among many others.
So what's up for grabs this year? Some downright juicy treats that's for damn sure.
Shame are without doubt the sound of 2018 and their debut Songs of Praise the most loved album at Rough Trade Shops. Luckily for us and you they went into the studio in between playing 150+ gigs and recorded four cover versions. The cover of Feliz Navidad - a traditional Spanish song is pure Radio One - upbeat, fun and an amazing Vocoder lead vocal whilst Where's Bill Grundy Now adds bounce and pop to a legendary DIY classic. The Covers of Love Me Tender and Big Rock Candy Mountain strip things back to show the more delicate and tender side of Shame, which isn't often seen. This EP is an absolute treat! Also available on CD with purchase of Songs of Praise
XL Recordings head and producer Richard Russell released his 12-track debut full-length project Everything Is Recorded in early 2018 featuring a revolving cast of guest collaborators such as Sampha, Kamasi Washington, and many more. After a run of live shows in London supporting the album, Russell decided to get back into the studio. This time, he brought in new and returning guests like Sampha, Ibeyi, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, Mela Murder, Obongjayar, and more for a new EP called 8AM. Also available on CD with purchase of Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell.
Live at Lincoln Hall is the first ever live album from Houston-based trio Khruangbin recorded over two nights at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. The six songs last almost 40 minutes and include the 11 minute plus centrepiece, People Everywhere. Their unique, psychedelic vibe and sound comprised of spoken word, faint vocal melodies, and impeccably performed guitar solos. It's super relaxed, smouldering, and simply stunning. Available on purple vinyl. Limited to 1500 copies worldwide.
It’s rare that a band’s first full-length debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Hope Downs. The Melbourne quintet released ten songs of urgent and passionate guitar pop that elicit warm memories of bands past, from the Go-Betweens’ jangle to the charmingly lo-fi trappings of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label. Their Live @ KEXP session was recorded post-debut-release in Spring 2018 at The KEXP Seattle radio station. The band performed 3-tracks from their debut album and a choice cut from their 2nd EP, French Press to make up the 4 songs on their live session EP. Limited to 700 copies.
Liv – which preceded Minus by several years – is a previously unreleased studio album, recorded over three days at Sarm West (Bob Marley, Exodus) live from start to finish (with additional vocals and saxophone added at a later date) by Daniel Blumberg on Steinberger Guitar, Harmonica, and Vocals;Billy Steiger on Violin; Kohhei Matsuda on Monosynth and Tom Wheatley on Double Bass. Available on hand-stamped, Limited Edition Standard Black 12” vinyl. Limited to 600 Copies. Also available on CD with purchase of Minus.
Goat Girl and producer Dan Carey release six-track 12” EP Udder Sounds that features four completely reworked tracks including The Man from their self-titled debut via Rough Trade Records plus two tracks of brand new music. Available on hand-stamped, limited edition standard black 12” vinyl. Limited to 600 copies. Also available on CD with purchase of Goat Girl.
Innerland is the first ever solo album by Engineers co-founder / songwriter and Ulrich Schnauss collaborator Mark Peters. Originally released as a low-key limited-edition cassette late last year, it has now been re-landscaped into a larger-scale, eight-track album and gets a full release on vinyl and CD. This collection of instrumentals nods to Brian Eno, Talk Talk, Richard Thompson, Vini Reilly and Felt’s Maurice Deebank. It highlights Mark’s incredible musicianship, positioning his guitar rather than his voice as the focal point of the music. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive white vinyl with bonus Ambient Innerland CD.
Rough Trade Albums of the Year Exclusive (In-store only).
Oh Sees 11-minute 12" single Dead Medic was culled from some longer jams during the Orc Sessions (one of which is a cover of a most excellent old school Swedish band called Träd Gräs Och Stenar). Available on standard black 12" vinyl in Island Copper foil-stamped matte-texture brown sleeve exclusively to Rough Trade.
Oh Sees - Mojo Flexi
Originally given away free with subscribers to the Mojo Magazine, we now have a few more. C 7” Flexis for sale. The flexi showcases Oh Sees ability to tap into jazzier, Can-like territory without ever diminishing their ferocity and thrust. Available on 7” Flexi exclusively to Rough Trade and Castle Face mail order.
The hype surrounding the local Brooklyn-based post-punk five-piece's revived sound is well-deserved. Pair traditional punk sounds (think Parquet Courts, Ought, The Fall) with modern electronica and snappy narrative lyricism, and you've got Bodega. Endless Scroll, their debut full-length released back in July comes with a Bonus CD of 30+ minutes of live material, and now we have it available on standard black vinyl.
Rough Trade Albums of the Year Exclusive 7"
Rough Trade Albums of the Year Exclusive.
Rough Trade Albums of the Year Exclusive.