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Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever Indie Exclusive Vinyl Edition
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
MC Solaar - Qui Seme Le Vent Recolte Le Tempo HHV GSA Exclusive Clear Vinyl Edition
The Who - Its Hard 40th Anniversary Record Store Day 2022 Orange & Yellow Vinyl Edition
The Who
Its Hard 40th Anniversary Record Store Day 2022 Orange & Yellow Vinyl Edition
2LP | 1982 | Reissue (Polydor)
43,99 €*
Release:1982 / Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited to 6000 copies.

It’s Hard celebrates its 40th anniversary with a 2-lp expanded vinyl version, Disc One a ½Speed master (OrangeVinyl) contains a re-mastered version of the album while Disc Two (Yellow Vinyl) continues the rest of the album but also has a disc of rare and unreleased material. The set, with art by Richard Evans, comes with a poster from the era.
Sarah Connor - Muttersprache Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition
Rolling Stones, The - Live At The Mocambo
MC Solaar - Prose Combat HHV GSA Exclusive White Vinyl Edition
Stromae - Multitude Standard Black Vinyl Edition
Velvet Underground, The - The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Edition
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful
The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Polydor)
27,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Hailing from Manchester, U.K., The 1975 managed to combine the dark and youthful themes of sex, love, and fear with ethereal alt-rock music.
The Cure - Greatest Hits
The Cure
Greatest Hits
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Polydor)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
For the first time on vinyl and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
MC Solaar - Paradisiaque HHV GSA Exclusive Beige Opaque Vinyl Edition
Jamie T. - Keying Lamborghinis Record Store Day 2022 Edition
Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA Black Vinyl Edition
Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Polydor)
31,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Michael Kiwanuka releases his third studio album on 25th October 2019. Store exclusive special edition format includes Kiwanuka pressed onto heavyweight pink vinyl and includes a bonus 7".

‘KIWANUKA’ was recorded in New York, LA and London. Michael returned to the studio with Danger Mouse and Inflo, the same production team that combined so magnificently on Love & Hate, KIWANUKA finds a new assuredness in Michael’s writing, and takes the basic sonic blueprint of that last record to a dizzying new realm.

Michael will tell you of his love for records that entwine their songs with incidental skits and shape-shifting spiralling outros, so the listener experience is almost that of listening to one long, dramatic song. KIWANUKA fulfils that winding, dream-like haze, unhurried.
KIWANUKA is Michael serving from the heart, from the mind, and from the soul.

On the album title, Michael explains “This album, it’s kind of a defiant thing; I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even through everyone’s telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.”
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
The Cure
Three Imaginary Boys
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
20,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Finally this classic album is available again. All recordings have been mastered by Robert Smith himself and contain a download code. The record is pressed to 180g vinyl.
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
The Cure
Seventeen Seconds
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
20,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Finally this classic album is available again. All recordings have been mastered by Robert Smith himself and contain a download code. The record is pressed to 180g vinyl.
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever Black Vinyl Edition
The Cure - Pornography
The Cure
Pornography
LP | 1982 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
20,99 €*
Release:1982 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Finally this classic album is available again. All recordings have been mastered by Robert Smith himself and contain a download code. The record is pressed to 180g vinyl.
Stromae - Fils De Joie
Roy Ayers - A tear to a smile
T-Rex - Electric Warrior Half-Speed Remastered Vinyl Edition
The Cure - Pornography Record Store Day 2022 Picture Disc Vinyl Edition
The Cure
Pornography Record Store Day 2022 Picture Disc Vinyl Edition
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (Polydor)
46,99 €*
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Pop
Limited to 9000 copies.

First time on Picture Disc for The Cure’s 4th studio album from 1982. The artwork and the new cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road have been supervised and approved by Robert Smith. Features the single ‘The Hanging Garden’ and fan favourite ‘The Figurehead’.The original design by Ben Kelly and The Cure has been prepared for a picture disc release by Robert’s long-standing collaborator, Andy Vella.
Lany - Gg Bb Xx White Vinyl Edition
Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
Eric Clapton - Slowhand 35th Anniversary Edition
Mandrill - Composite truth
Mandrill
Composite truth
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (Polydor)
17,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
sampled by DITC, Cypress Hill, De La Soul ...
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's blitz
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's blitz
LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Polydor)
24,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Disco-Pop infused new album by Karen O and her bunch. As catchy as it gets.
Chakachas - Jungle fever
Chakachas
Jungle fever
LP | 1971 | US | Reissue (Polydor)
17,99 €*
Release:1971 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
sampled by Beatnuts, Public Enemy, 2 Life Crew ...
Jamie T - The Theory Of Whatever Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl Edition
Jamie T
The Theory Of Whatever Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Polydor)
28,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Preorder shipping from 29.07.2022
Jamie T returns on 29th July 2022 with his new album ‘The Theory of Whatever.’ The album includes the lead single ‘The Old Style Raiders’ and follows the 15 years anniversary celebrations of ‘Panic Prevention,’ Jamie T’s seminal debut album which went platinum in the UK this year.



Jamie T has been away, and done a lot, but now he’s back. And he has a lot to say.
Mura Masa - demon time Indie Exclusive Neon Green Vinyl Edition
Mandrill - Just outside of town
Mandrill
Just outside of town
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (Polydor)
16,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
sampled by Jungle Brothers, Mic Geronimo, Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim and others!
Holly Humberstone - The Walls Are Way Too Thin Record Store Day 2022 Picture Disc Vinyl Edition
Mura Masa - Raw Youth Collage Limited Red Vinyl Edition
The Cure - Acoustic Hits
The Cure
Acoustic Hits
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Polydor)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
For the first time on vinyl and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
The Cure - The Head On The Door
The Cure
The Head On The Door
LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
18,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Featuring what many consider to be the classic Cure line-up of Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Lol Tolhurst, Simon Gallup and Boris Williams, 1985's The Head On The Door was described by Spin magazine as a "1985 poptopian tour de force". Across the album's ten songs, the band's sixth studio opus walks a balance between the Cure's pop sensibilities with 'In Between Days' and 'Close To Me', with the more gothic 'The Blood' and 'Kyoto Song'. It was described by Uncut as "magnificently realised". 180 gram vinyl remastered "Back to black" 60th vinyl anniversary series. Includes a voucher to download MP3 version of the album.
Roy Ayers - Center Of The World
The Who - My Generation Half-Speed Remastered 2021 Vinyl Edition
The Who - A Quick One Half-Speed Remastered 2021 Vinyl Edition
Police, The - Greatest Hits Half Speed Remastered Edition
Stro Elliot & James Brown - Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined
Enigma - A Posteriori
Celeste - Not Your Muse (12 Tracks Edition)
Inhaler - It Won't Always Be Like This Black Vinyl Edition
Yello - Point
Rolling Stones, The - Undercover Half Speed Remastered Edition
James Brown - Motherlode
James Brown
Motherlode
2LP | 2001 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
28,99 €*
Release:2001 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Bongo Joe calls this "groove kosmische kraut funk". More infos are on the way.
The Cure - The Top
The Cure
The Top
LP | 1984 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
20,99 €*
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Finally this classic album is available again. All recordings have been mastered by Robert Smith himself and contain a download code. The record is pressed to 180g vinyl.
Element Of Crime - Weisses Papier
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die Deluxe Edition
Lana Del Rey
Born To Die Deluxe Edition
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Polydor)
33,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
Limited edition on heavyweight doublevinyl in gatefold sleeve, includes 3 bonus tracks!
James Brown - It's A Mother
James Brown
It's A Mother
LP | US | Reissue (Polydor)
17,99 €*
Release:US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
- "The Little Groove Maker Pt I" sampled by De La Soul for "Me, Myself and I"

- "Mother Popcorn" sampled by Antoinette for "Hit 'em with This",
Doug E Fresh for "On the Strength" and
Heavy D for "Flexin'"

- "Popcorn with Feeling" sampled by Brand Nubian for "Who Can Get Busy Like this Man. . .",
Convicts for "1-900-Dial a Crook",
Heavy D for "Blue Funk" and
Run-DMC for "Bob Your Head"
Jamie T - The Theory Of Whatever White Vinyl Edition
Jamie T
The Theory Of Whatever White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Polydor)
29,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Preorder shipping from 29.07.2022
Jamie T returns on 29th July 2022 with his new album ‘The Theory of Whatever.’ The album includes the lead single ‘The Old Style Raiders’ and follows the 15 years anniversary celebrations of ‘Panic Prevention,’ Jamie T’s seminal debut album which went platinum in the UK this year.



Jamie T has been away, and done a lot, but now he’s back. And he has a lot to say.
The Who - Tommy
The Who
Tommy
2LP | 1969 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
47,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder shipping from 08.07.2022
James Last - The Very Best Of Limited Blue Vinyl Edition
Mabel - About Last Night
Mabel
About Last Night
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Polydor)
28,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Preorder shipping from 15.07.2022
About Last Night… is Mabel’s second debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Mabel, released on 15th July 2022 by Polydor Records. Mabel worked with artists such as 24kGoldn, Lil Tecca, Jax Jones, Galantis, Joel Corry on this album. A candid, positive and important voice in contemporary pop, the Brit Award winner’s new music emerged not just in the wake of a startling few years in the public eye, but through the life-changing lens of the pandemic. Right at the beginning of lockdown, Mabel and her dogs moved back in with her parents, she threw herself into dance classes, and channelled everything she missed (close friends, the big night out, young love, feeling unafraid) into this brand-new musical chapter. As she continued work on the record in the UK, US and between various lockdowns, Mabel first teased what she had been working on with first single ‘Let Them Know’ – an unapologetic anthem about dressing up with nowhere to go, and projecting confidence for anyone who needs it. Recent single ‘Good Luck’ distilled influences of house, heartbreak and female solidarity into perfectly realised pop – and the empowering song you need, when getting ready to go to the party of ‘Overthinking’. Pulling all these strings and tying them together is Mabel herself, with much more on the project to be revealed soon.
The Who - The Who Sell Out
The Who
The Who Sell Out
LP | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
28,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder shipping from 08.07.2022
ABBA - Voyage
ABBA
Voyage
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Polydor)
18,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
Used Vinyl
Medium: Sealed, Cover: VG+
Seam split and stuffed corner.
U2 - Achtung Baby 30th Anniversary Limited Black Vinyl Edition
U2
Achtung Baby 30th Anniversary Limited Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 1991 | EU | Reissue (Polydor)
42,99 €*
Release:1991 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limitierte, schwarze Edition. Anlässlich des 30. Jubiläums wird eine limitierte Auflage des mit dem Grammy ausgezeichneten U2-Albums "Achtung Baby" auf schwarzem Vinyl veröffentlicht.

Produziert von Daniel Lanois und Brian Eno und aufgenommen in den legendären Berliner Hansa Studios sowie an verschiedenen Orten in Dublin, wurde "Achtung Baby" 1991 unter großem Beifall der Kritiker veröffentlicht und gilt als eines der bahnbrechendsten Alben von U2. Das Album enthielt fünf Singles: 'The Fly', 'Mysterious Ways', 'One', 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' und 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses'. Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Produkt explizite Inhalte enthält.

30th Anniversary Limited Edition Produkt 2x 180g schweres schwarzes Vinyl Ein neu gestaltetes 8-seitiges Booklet mit Songtexten und Credits Ein limitiertes, maßgeschneidertes 60cm x 60cm großes Faltposter
ABBA - Voyage Black Vinyl Edition
Elbow - Flying Dream 1 Black Vinyl Edition
Elbow - Flying Dream 1 Indie Exclusive Green Vinyl Edition
Zed - Holding On
Zed
Holding On
LP | 1983 | DE | Original (Polydor)
5,99 €*
Release:1983 / DE – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Pop
Used Vinyl
Medium: VG+, Cover: VG+
Sea Girls - Homesick Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl Edition
Rolling Stones, The - Tattoo You 40th Anniversary Standard Editiom
Holly Humberstone - The Walls Are Way Too Thin
Enigma - Voyageur
Enigma - The Screen Behind The Mirror
Enigma - Seven Lives Many Faces
Paul Weller - Fat Pop Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl Edition
Paul Weller
Fat Pop Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Polydor)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
We may be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. But everyone knows that art provides succour, that music is the most reliable balm. And for many there is further significant comfort to be drawn from the knowledge that Paul Weller is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific purple patch. Paul Weller will not let us down when we need him most.

On May 14th, Paul Weller releases his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, his fourth in as many years and his second in just under twelve months following June 2020’s magnificent, chart-topping On Sunset. It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album, titled Fat Pop (Volume 1), is among his most compelling collections, bar none, including all of his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council. It’s an absolute scorcher.

When lockdown was declared in March 2020, Paul Weller decided immediately that he wanted something to focus on, since it seemed unlikely he’d be able to tour On Sunset as planned that summer.

“I had lots of ideas stored up on my phone,” he explains down that same handset, speaking from outside his London home, “and at least this gave me an opportunity to develop them.” So he started to record songs on his own, doing just vocals, piano and guitar, then sending those sound files to his core band members such as drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and various other instruments, and bassist Andy Crofts for them to add their parts. “It was a bit weird not being together, but at least it kept the wheels rolling. I’d have gone potty otherwise.”

The band reconvened at Weller’s Black Barn studio in Surrey during the summer when restrictions were lifted to finish the work, with several of the songs being cut live. By this stage, the shape of the album was clear to all. Weller wanted to deliver an album of singles, twelve short, distinct blasts, each strong enough that they could stand alone if so desired.

“That was a conscious decision,” he confirms. “I even thought about putting every song out as a single first then gathering them all on an album, but that wasn’t practical at the moment. They all have that strength and immediacy, I think, and they’re all short, three minutes or so maximum.”

Producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert was so taken with the concept that he half-jokingly suggested that the album be called Greatest Hits. “I quite liked the idea and every song does stand up as a single, I think,” chuckles Weller, “but no, we couldn’t do that really.”

Instead, he plumped for Fat Pop (Volume 1). “I thought we’d add Volume 1 to it just to keep my options open in the future for a second volume!” The title track, a tight, heavy blast of ultra-modern funk, is itself the conceptual key to the whole album. “It’s a celebration of music and what it’s given us all. No matter what situation you are in, and we’re in one now, music doesn’t let you down, does it?”

As ever, Weller’s sonic masterplan was to avoid whatever had recently preceded it. “After [2018’s] True Meanings I thought I wouldn’t have any acoustic guitars for a little while, so I’ve largely avoided those with On Sunset and with Fat Pop,” he says. “But more than anything I wanted something vibey, something we could play live.” He laughs ruefully at the irony of that. “God knows when that will be, bearing in mind where we are with the virus. But in the imaginary gig in my mind I can see us playing all of the songs on Fat Pop live, along with the songs from On Sunset, blending them with some of the old favourites too. What a great set that would be.”

Live is where he imagines On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume 1) working in tandem, because they don’t act as companion piece albums otherwise. “On Sunset was quite lavish in places, whereas with this one I wanted to limit it in some ways, make the production less expansive.”

Beyond that desire to keep it frill-free and tight, sonically Fat Pop (Volume 1) is a diverse selection of sounds. No one style dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Still Glides The Stream, Testify’s moving-on-up soul, and the kind of dramatic three minute pop symphonies on Failed, True and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has hooked in generation after generation of devotee.

More than sonic plans, though, Weller set himself the same task as he does before any recording. “Whenever I make an album I’m always just trying to at least match what’s gone before because each time I think the bar’s been raised. If all goes to plan, sometimes I manage to go over that bar too.”

Sometimes he does, sometimes he really does.

Fat Pop (Volume 1), the story behind each song:

Cosmic Fringes

A dramatic entrance to Fat Pop (Volume 1). Cosmic Fringes pairs a minimal, pumping electro swing with a deadpan vocal that detonates an unspecified poseur and blowhard. “I’m a sleeping giant, waiting to awake/I stumble to the fridge/then back to bed”.

“It’s not about anyone in particular,” suggests Weller, “but I suppose it could be about a keyboard warrior, someone who is constantly brainstorming ideas but never gets around to doing them. Someone talking the talk, but never doing anything.”

“When I first did the demo it was quite punky, a bit like The Stooges. It doesn’t sound anything like that now because then I had the idea of stripping it all back to just the drums and bass, putting those synths on it. It’s got a bit of motoric feel to it and a little bit glam rock too, I think.”

True

A song with all the attributes of the greatest Paul Weller numbers: fire in its belly, questing lyrics, boss horns, flashes of guitar fury and a yearning melody you awake humming daily. It’s also a tremendous vocal, shared between Paul and Lia Metcalfe, the young Liverpudlian singer with The Mysterines.

“I really like her band and I really like her singing,” he says. “It makes a massive difference that we sang it live, in the same room. She’s got a really powerful voice and I wanted to write something for us to sing together, so I did. Then I just sent the phone demo to Lia and two weeks later we cut it. That was one of the last things we did for the album, in around September”.

Fat Pop

That brilliant, heavy bassline? “I did that. When we recorded it I was actually thinking about Cypress Hill, doing something that sounds like a DJ Muggs production. It’s got a bit of that. It’s my favourite song on the album, I think, about all the times music’s been there for me.”

Shades of Blue

A classic three-minute English pop kitchen sink drama, written by Paul Weller and his daughter Leah, who joins him on vocals. “Leah wrote the chorus for it and helped me finish it up. I wrote the verses. Reminds me of a suburban drama, a play.”

Glad Times

Sweeping, wistful, sparkling in shades of blue, Glad Times’ winning melancholia has been in the back of Weller’s mind for a while. “I wrote this with Tom (Doyle) and Ant (Brown). They usually send me a backing track and we work on it from there. It’s been around for a while, nearly made it onto On Sunset but didn’t quite fit. I really liked it, though, so I’m really glad it made it on to this album instead.”

Cobweb / Connections

Pastoral introspections, featuring a lovely acoustic solo by PW and a string score by Hannah Peel. “I think the song is saying that the more you can be yourself and be happy with yourself, the more you change into something better. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for everyone else as well. ‘Save yourself and save everyone around you too.’ It’s from observation but I suppose it’s about me too.”

Testify

Superfly strutting, cut live in the studio with Andy Fairweather Low adding distinctive vocals and Jacko Peake on fine flute and saxophone. When allowed out of the house, it’ll be a future live favourite.

“We had actually done it live two or three years ago,” says Weller, “but while I loved the groove I never really got a grip on the song. Then I did this charity gig in Guildford, one of the last things I’ve done probably, some Stax songs with Andy Fairweather Low. Our voices sound so good together and he’s such a lovely fellow, so I sent him the backing track. As soon as lockdown was lifted he came down to the studio for the afternoon. We cut it live and that was it.”

That Pleasure

In amongst those soulful strings there is some barely contained rage in Weller’s voice as he sings ‘Lose your hypocrisy.’ “I suppose it’s my reaction to the whole Black Lives Matter movement,” he explains. “You’re always on tender ground writing about that, but, regardless of my colour, any human being should be disturbed. You should be appalled and disgusted and shocked by those images of George Floyd being killed in the street. It has to stop. It’s a question for everyone.”

Failed

‘All the things I never get/and all the things I never meant/and all the things that make no fucking sense…I’ve failed.’

“Yes, I’m asking myself the question,” admits Weller, a man who has never been afraid of self-reflection in his songwriting. “It’s an angry song because I wrote it right after a massive row with my wife. But I like it. It’s honest. It’s not how I feel all the time, but it is how I feel some of the time. I’m just talking about me as a man. We all measure success in different ways.”

It’s also one of his favourite songs on the album, a stand-out.

Moving Canvas

A chunky, percussive groove, with the feel of Traffic but updated for the here-and-now.

“It’s going to be great live that one. I wrote it about Iggy Pop. I hope he likes it if he ever gets to hear it. It’s my tribute to him, even though it doesn’t sound anything like him. Aside from all the great records he’s made, as a performer he’s high art. It’s all about the Igster.”

In Better Times

A plaintive plea with some beautiful sax and guitar breaks. “Cold in your eyes, don’t you know you break my heart in two”.

“It’s me talking to a young person who is going through something, addiction or mental health pressure, or whatever, and just saying it’ll be alright. Just get through this bit and there’ll be better times to come, you’ll look back and you’ll see it differently.”

Still Glides The Stream

A stately collaboration between Weller and long-time guitar foil Steve Cradock.

“I had the chords and possibly the melody, which I sent to Cradock. And he sent me back a poem and I edited that, then we sent it back and forth by phone. Lockdown songwriting. I just liked the poem. In my mind, I was thinking about our road sweeper who’s a lovely fellow. I started thinking that there’s so many people in this country who form the infrastructure of it and without whom we’d be fucked. But they’re looked down upon, not really noticed. So I was imagining their story. I did find out that there’s a book of the same name (by Flora Thompson) and Cradock said he had seen it in a shop, so that’s where the title comes from. I just liked the poetry of it. Steve’s a very soulful fella.”
Paul Weller - Fat Pop Standard Black Vinyl Edition
Paul Weller
Fat Pop Standard Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Polydor)
21,31 €* 25,99 € -18%
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
We may be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. But everyone knows that art provides succour, that music is the most reliable balm. And for many there is further significant comfort to be drawn from the knowledge that Paul Weller is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific purple patch. Paul Weller will not let us down when we need him most.

On May 14th, Paul Weller releases his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, his fourth in as many years and his second in just under twelve months following June 2020’s magnificent, chart-topping On Sunset. It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album, titled Fat Pop (Volume 1), is among his most compelling collections, bar none, including all of his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council. It’s an absolute scorcher.

When lockdown was declared in March 2020, Paul Weller decided immediately that he wanted something to focus on, since it seemed unlikely he’d be able to tour On Sunset as planned that summer.

“I had lots of ideas stored up on my phone,” he explains down that same handset, speaking from outside his London home, “and at least this gave me an opportunity to develop them.” So he started to record songs on his own, doing just vocals, piano and guitar, then sending those sound files to his core band members such as drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and various other instruments, and bassist Andy Crofts for them to add their parts. “It was a bit weird not being together, but at least it kept the wheels rolling. I’d have gone potty otherwise.”

The band reconvened at Weller’s Black Barn studio in Surrey during the summer when restrictions were lifted to finish the work, with several of the songs being cut live. By this stage, the shape of the album was clear to all. Weller wanted to deliver an album of singles, twelve short, distinct blasts, each strong enough that they could stand alone if so desired.

“That was a conscious decision,” he confirms. “I even thought about putting every song out as a single first then gathering them all on an album, but that wasn’t practical at the moment. They all have that strength and immediacy, I think, and they’re all short, three minutes or so maximum.”

Producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert was so taken with the concept that he half-jokingly suggested that the album be called Greatest Hits. “I quite liked the idea and every song does stand up as a single, I think,” chuckles Weller, “but no, we couldn’t do that really.”

Instead, he plumped for Fat Pop (Volume 1). “I thought we’d add Volume 1 to it just to keep my options open in the future for a second volume!” The title track, a tight, heavy blast of ultra-modern funk, is itself the conceptual key to the whole album. “It’s a celebration of music and what it’s given us all. No matter what situation you are in, and we’re in one now, music doesn’t let you down, does it?”

As ever, Weller’s sonic masterplan was to avoid whatever had recently preceded it. “After [2018’s] True Meanings I thought I wouldn’t have any acoustic guitars for a little while, so I’ve largely avoided those with On Sunset and with Fat Pop,” he says. “But more than anything I wanted something vibey, something we could play live.” He laughs ruefully at the irony of that. “God knows when that will be, bearing in mind where we are with the virus. But in the imaginary gig in my mind I can see us playing all of the songs on Fat Pop live, along with the songs from On Sunset, blending them with some of the old favourites too. What a great set that would be.”

Live is where he imagines On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume 1) working in tandem, because they don’t act as companion piece albums otherwise. “On Sunset was quite lavish in places, whereas with this one I wanted to limit it in some ways, make the production less expansive.”

Beyond that desire to keep it frill-free and tight, sonically Fat Pop (Volume 1) is a diverse selection of sounds. No one style dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Still Glides The Stream, Testify’s moving-on-up soul, and the kind of dramatic three minute pop symphonies on Failed, True and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has hooked in generation after generation of devotee.

More than sonic plans, though, Weller set himself the same task as he does before any recording. “Whenever I make an album I’m always just trying to at least match what’s gone before because each time I think the bar’s been raised. If all goes to plan, sometimes I manage to go over that bar too.”

Sometimes he does, sometimes he really does.

Fat Pop (Volume 1), the story behind each song:

Cosmic Fringes

A dramatic entrance to Fat Pop (Volume 1). Cosmic Fringes pairs a minimal, pumping electro swing with a deadpan vocal that detonates an unspecified poseur and blowhard. “I’m a sleeping giant, waiting to awake/I stumble to the fridge/then back to bed”.

“It’s not about anyone in particular,” suggests Weller, “but I suppose it could be about a keyboard warrior, someone who is constantly brainstorming ideas but never gets around to doing them. Someone talking the talk, but never doing anything.”

“When I first did the demo it was quite punky, a bit like The Stooges. It doesn’t sound anything like that now because then I had the idea of stripping it all back to just the drums and bass, putting those synths on it. It’s got a bit of motoric feel to it and a little bit glam rock too, I think.”

True

A song with all the attributes of the greatest Paul Weller numbers: fire in its belly, questing lyrics, boss horns, flashes of guitar fury and a yearning melody you awake humming daily. It’s also a tremendous vocal, shared between Paul and Lia Metcalfe, the young Liverpudlian singer with The Mysterines.

“I really like her band and I really like her singing,” he says. “It makes a massive difference that we sang it live, in the same room. She’s got a really powerful voice and I wanted to write something for us to sing together, so I did. Then I just sent the phone demo to Lia and two weeks later we cut it. That was one of the last things we did for the album, in around September”.

Fat Pop

That brilliant, heavy bassline? “I did that. When we recorded it I was actually thinking about Cypress Hill, doing something that sounds like a DJ Muggs production. It’s got a bit of that. It’s my favourite song on the album, I think, about all the times music’s been there for me.”

Shades of Blue

A classic three-minute English pop kitchen sink drama, written by Paul Weller and his daughter Leah, who joins him on vocals. “Leah wrote the chorus for it and helped me finish it up. I wrote the verses. Reminds me of a suburban drama, a play.”

Glad Times

Sweeping, wistful, sparkling in shades of blue, Glad Times’ winning melancholia has been in the back of Weller’s mind for a while. “I wrote this with Tom (Doyle) and Ant (Brown). They usually send me a backing track and we work on it from there. It’s been around for a while, nearly made it onto On Sunset but didn’t quite fit. I really liked it, though, so I’m really glad it made it on to this album instead.”

Cobweb / Connections

Pastoral introspections, featuring a lovely acoustic solo by PW and a string score by Hannah Peel. “I think the song is saying that the more you can be yourself and be happy with yourself, the more you change into something better. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for everyone else as well. ‘Save yourself and save everyone around you too.’ It’s from observation but I suppose it’s about me too.”

Testify

Superfly strutting, cut live in the studio with Andy Fairweather Low adding distinctive vocals and Jacko Peake on fine flute and saxophone. When allowed out of the house, it’ll be a future live favourite.

“We had actually done it live two or three years ago,” says Weller, “but while I loved the groove I never really got a grip on the song. Then I did this charity gig in Guildford, one of the last things I’ve done probably, some Stax songs with Andy Fairweather Low. Our voices sound so good together and he’s such a lovely fellow, so I sent him the backing track. As soon as lockdown was lifted he came down to the studio for the afternoon. We cut it live and that was it.”

That Pleasure

In amongst those soulful strings there is some barely contained rage in Weller’s voice as he sings ‘Lose your hypocrisy.’ “I suppose it’s my reaction to the whole Black Lives Matter movement,” he explains. “You’re always on tender ground writing about that, but, regardless of my colour, any human being should be disturbed. You should be appalled and disgusted and shocked by those images of George Floyd being killed in the street. It has to stop. It’s a question for everyone.”

Failed

‘All the things I never get/and all the things I never meant/and all the things that make no fucking sense…I’ve failed.’

“Yes, I’m asking myself the question,” admits Weller, a man who has never been afraid of self-reflection in his songwriting. “It’s an angry song because I wrote it right after a massive row with my wife. But I like it. It’s honest. It’s not how I feel all the time, but it is how I feel some of the time. I’m just talking about me as a man. We all measure success in different ways.”

It’s also one of his favourite songs on the album, a stand-out.

Moving Canvas

A chunky, percussive groove, with the feel of Traffic but updated for the here-and-now.

“It’s going to be great live that one. I wrote it about Iggy Pop. I hope he likes it if he ever gets to hear it. It’s my tribute to him, even though it doesn’t sound anything like him. Aside from all the great records he’s made, as a performer he’s high art. It’s all about the Igster.”

In Better Times

A plaintive plea with some beautiful sax and guitar breaks. “Cold in your eyes, don’t you know you break my heart in two”.

“It’s me talking to a young person who is going through something, addiction or mental health pressure, or whatever, and just saying it’ll be alright. Just get through this bit and there’ll be better times to come, you’ll look back and you’ll see it differently.”

Still Glides The Stream

A stately collaboration between Weller and long-time guitar foil Steve Cradock.

“I had the chords and possibly the melody, which I sent to Cradock. And he sent me back a poem and I edited that, then we sent it back and forth by phone. Lockdown songwriting. I just liked the poem. In my mind, I was thinking about our road sweeper who’s a lovely fellow. I started thinking that there’s so many people in this country who form the infrastructure of it and without whom we’d be fucked. But they’re looked down upon, not really noticed. So I was imagining their story. I did find out that there’s a book of the same name (by Flora Thompson) and Cradock said he had seen it in a shop, so that’s where the title comes from. I just liked the poetry of it. Steve’s a very soulful fella.”
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