Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2018 - Exclusives
One of our favorite parts of Albums of the Year are the exclusive collaborations that come out of it.
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 is often seen. This EP is an absolute treat! Also available on CD with purchase of Songs of Praise
Soaring, crashing guitars, heavy heavy monster drums pounding and circling, spirals of sound lifting into the stratosphere with the call and response of many voices travelling from an ominous rumble to a scream let loose. These boys are alchemists and they’ve turned the quicksilver live show fraught with emotion and passion into audio gold for their debut. Now available on Opaque Beige Vinyl with Bonus All The Hits covers CD.
XL Recordings label 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.
Joe, the lead singer and songwriter for Idles, designed a limited, exclusive T Shirt for Rough Trade. Stay tuned.
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 unique 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.
Following the release of two killer EPs (Talk Tight and The French Press), Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is back with their first full-length album, Hope Downs. Their distinct, upbeat, locomotive rhythm created by their trio of singer-guitarists—Tom Russo, Fran Keaney, and Joe White, effortlessly elicits the picture of open sunroofs and beach getaways. This passionate ten-song, pop-punk / 80s college rock debut was the soundtrack our 2018 Summer and is now available on Orange Vinyl. Limited to 500 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 relandscaped 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.
Originally available as a limited-edition bonus CD for the album’s release back in March, 8-track Ambient Innerland is an exclusive new version of Innerland – the debut solo album by former Engineers man Mark Peters – which strips away all of the percussion, leaving just the atmospheric layers of guitar and synths. This new rendition of the Innerland album positions Peters’ guitar rather than his voice as the focal point of the music. Available on Transparent Ochre Vinyl. Limited to 250 Copies.
Oh Sees spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to grok and rock out to. With a fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of Memory Of A Cut Off Head-alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits comfortably like a worn-in jean jacket. Check your local record store for very limited copies of Smote Reverser on Transparent Bronze with Red Splatter (Peacock Blood) Vinyl or Clear with Blue Swirl Haze (Velvet Smoke) Colored Vinyl, both with Bonus Mojo Flexi. Available in-store only.
The 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 and Castle Face mail order.
Originally given away free with subscribers to the Mojo Magazine, we now have a few more. C 7” Flexis for sale. The flexi showcases The 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.
Knoxville, Tennessee-bred Yves Tumor's latest release Safe in the Hands of Love is dissonant, sultry and everything in between. Yves' rolling, layered beats shuffle and dance around, stop, start and sway around you with mischievous intent to your ears. Golden honey-toned violins tie the breakbeat-ridden rhythms in knots and flirt with the vocals. It's pop, but not as you’ve ever known it. His first album on Warp Records, we’re one of two retailers with this Limited Edition Double Clear Vinyl in a Gatefold Sleeve.