New This Week
June 22nd, 2018
Every Friday we pick out our Top 10 new releases. We hope you love them...
After claiming his place in the spotlight with debut The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington returns with an explicitly spiritual and intimate two-part sophomore album, Heaven and Earth. Washington states, "The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of, and the Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me." Both parts effortlessly mold R&B, funk, spiritual jazz, gospel, and Afro-soul into one big, bold, unmistakeable, sound trademarked by only Kamasi himself. Available on Four LP Box Set Housed in Bespoke Double Gatefold Sleeve with Bonus Signed Poster and featuring contributions from Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., and more.
The barrier-breaking, Afro-Latinx goddess from Spanish Harlem is one of the fiercest rappers in the game today, and is back with an 8-track EP. Drawing on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore, Princess Nokia is back with her self-described “emo mixtape” titled A Girl Cried Red. This new EP showcases another fully formed side of Destiny, a stunning mix of alternative underground and hip-hop that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia. Available on Standard Black 12" Vinyl and Standard CD.
Following the release of 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence, industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails return with Bad Witch, the third and final chapter in their trilogy of EPs. Leaning further away from the gloom of Add Violence, Bad Witch explodes out of the gate with two corrosive, classic-NIN rockers (perfectly calibrated for maximum headphone-listening pleasure), and followed by more experimental tracks featuring a mournful David-Bowie-influenced saxophone and two film-score-esque instrumentals to finish out the EP. Available on Standard Black 12" Vinyl and Standard CD.
Soul Jazz Records Presents - Boom Box 3 - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 1983
Soul Jazz Records release Boombox 3, a stunning hip-hop/soul-funk compilation jam-packed with an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels from 1979 to 1983. This triple LP collection also includes extensive sleeve notes that discuss hip-hop's trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and emigre Jamaican producers all living in New York. Available on 180 Gram Triple Vinyl with extensive sleeve notes + download and Double CD with a 44-Page Booklet.
Dawes (comprised of guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini) return to their specialty of smooth, gut-wrenching, heart and soul, 70's-style California folk-rock on their sixth album Passwords, but this time the songwriting takes a new modern perspective. "This is a record about the world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape," via Hub Records. Available on Indie Exclusive Fiberglass Transparent Double Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, and Standard CD.
Rough Trade's Top 10 New Releases This Week:
1. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth
2. Princess Nokia - A Girl Cried Red EP
3. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch EP
4. Soul Jazz Records Presents - Boombox 3 - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 1983
5. Dawes - Passwords
6. Soulwax - Essential
7. Gang Gang Dance - Kazaushita
8. T. Hardy Morris - Dude, The Obscure
9. The Record Company - All Of This Life
10. Harlan T Bobo - A History of Violent