Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST : VCMG
BACKSTORY: The debut album from techno project VCMG — aka former Depeche Mode bandmates Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore, working together again for the first time in 30 years — arrives this week. The 10-track album features the group’s first two singles, “Spock” and “Single Blip” (stream the full album here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, vinyl)
ARTIST : Caetano Veloso and David Byrne
RELEASE: Live at Carnegie Hall
BACKSTORY: The Brazilian music star and ex-Talking Head teamed up for this concert in 2004, which was broadcast live at the time by NPR. This week it comes out on CD, and features sets by both artist, and songs played together. Byrne’s contributions include “(Nothing But) Flowers,” “Life During Wartime,” “Road to Nowhere” and “Heaven.”
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST : Fields of the Nephilim
BACKSTORY: The goth-rock powerhouse this week release a document of a pair of concerts at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2008 that will be available as a 2CD/DVD set, a double LP, a digital download and a “collector’s box” that features all of that, plus “a wealth of extra artifacts” (see tracklist and video preview here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)
ARTIST : Erasure
RELEASE: “Fill Us With Fire”
BACKSTORY: The synthpop duo this week releases, in the U.K, the third single off last year’s Tomorrow’s Word, an 8-track CD featuring “Shot to the Heart,” previously available as an iTunes bonus track, and several remixes of the title track, “A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot” and “Be With You” (see full tracklist here).
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD)
ARTIST : Paul Weller
RELEASE: “That Dangerous Age”
BACKSTORY: The former Jam leader this week releases, in the U.K., the first single off his 11th solo album, Sonik Kicks, due out later this month. The CD single features non-album track “Portal to the Past,” and a remix by Ladytron; two different 7-inch releases each feature a different remix of the title track.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD, 7-inch 1, 7-inch 2)