You can now hear a preview of our Record Store Day releases from Mutual Benefit and s t a r g a z e.
Mutual Benefit, aka Jordan Lee, has covered the entirety of the cult classic album Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan - you can now listen the title track! The album will be available to purchase on very limited edition red vinyl.
Speaking on the process of recreating the album, Jordan says: ''when I was approached about covering a full album, it was a no-brainer to attempt reinterpreting Just Another Diamond Day. Since my school days, it's been one of those pieces of music that has been able to transport me to a calmer, more magical world than the one we currently inhabit. It was a unique assignment to use the downtime between tours to pay homage to an album I've spent so much time daydreaming with, especially since her songwriting style of soft-spoken observations — mixed with Robert Kirby's intuitive string arrangements — has been such an enduring influence on my own music.''
You can also now listen to Walken’s Syndrome, the lead track from new album Instruments. The album is an incredible track-by-track re-composition of Fugazi's In On The Killtaker. Creative lead of the collective André de Ridder says: ''this project is not meant be 'referential' at all, but for me it’s a new work of art, literally New Music, inspired by a number of things to do with IOTK and the band. I find the band’s music expresses a great deal of vulnerability and struggle, very finely balanced with some visceral outbursts not just of anger, but of energy of an encouraging and uplifting nature. Our record is also a tribute to the film 'Instrument' - the band after all had a penchant for instrumental tracks or long instrumental passages, which are in itself periods of either reflection, where the words sink deeper, or in fact where the words would fail - hence 'Instruments' in which we feature each of our group’s single 'instruments' in their individuality and their negotiation of (or 'struggle' with) the material.''
Record Store Day happens this year on Saturday 13th April. Be sure to head to your local record store early to grab copies of these very special releases!