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From Wolf Alice to Nick Cave: The 10 best vinyl albums available at Rough Trade

Here at Far Out, we are teaming up with the legendary Rough Trade to give you a chance to win ten of the hottest records released throughout June, all on sweet vinyl that deserves to be the pride of place in your collection.

Rough Trade began as a humble record shop on Kensington Park Road, a location that founder Geoff Travis opened in 1976. Over 40 years since their doors first opened, Rough Trade has grown a reputation for being one of the holiest places of worship for any devout music lover.

Rough Trade champion creativity and passion in equal measure; nothing else matters. This mantra has served the store well and created an unparalleled reputation. Rough Trade’s flagship store – located on East London’s Brick Lane – is a pilgrimage for musos, with musical magic oozing out of every pore of the building.

In addition to the two stores in London, they expanded Stateside in 2012 when they opened their doors in Williamsburg for Rough Trade New York – which has since made the pilgrimage to one of the Big Apple’s holiest music locations. Two years later, the iconic store opened up another store in the UK in the Lace Market area of Nottingham, solidifying their presence within the alternative music industry.

In a new partnership with Rough Trade, Far Out will be giving one of our lucky readers the chance to win ten records hand-selected by the store that have been released over the last month.

Let’s take a look at what could be yours then, shall we? To be in with a chance of winning all ten records, enter the competition here.

The 10 best records available at Rough Trade in June:

Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Four years on from the release of their Mercury Prize-winning second album, A Visions Of Life, Wolf Alice have made their opulent return with their transfixing new offering, Blue Weekend.

The new album deservedly provided the London four-piece with their first number one record. Blue Weekend will undoubtedly dominate every single ‘Best Of’ album lists at the end of the year, and it could be yours on limited edition vinyl.

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

John Grant – Boy From Michigan

John Grant’s sixth studio album, Boy From Michigan, arrived on June 25th through Bella Union. The album saw him recruit his longtime friend Cate Le Bon as his producer, and the Welsh artist expertly guided Grant to help him create his most personal album to date.

“I don’t believe one can or should live in the past, but if you ignore it, well, you know,” Grant previously said about the album’s autobiographical theme. “I also have to say there are moments when I actually relive the scent of early spring as the snow is beginning to melt revealing the wet Earth beneath. It’s incredible.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Gaspard Auge – Escapades

Gaspard Auge, one half of French electronic outfit Justice, has made the jump into solo territory with Escapades. The album is instrumental and floats around in a sonic landscape familiar to anyone who is a fan of Auge’s work throughout his career.

Auge wanders off his leash on Escapades, and nothing is holding him back on this record. The album follows a loose space age theme, and Auge successfully manages to make the listener suspend belief and join him on this surreal voyage.

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Greentea Peng – Man Made

Last month, Bermondsey’s very own Greentea Peng shared her 18-track debut album, Man Made, which features live instrumentation throughout from the Seng Seng Family. Over the last twelve months, she’s been one of the most hyped upcoming British artists, and on her debut, Greentea Peng explains why.

Man Made, an exploration of self and sound,” she said about the album. “A product of shifting paradigms both inner and outer. An ultra sonic trip. This album is an offering of healing, a provocation of Hu Man spirit soul.

“Out of tune with the industry and in tune with the universe, this is a 432hrz production. Deliberately detuned out of any Babylon standard! It is to be felt… like a buzzing bee, in one’s chest. A vibration. A jambalaya of expression, this project fits no genre, not to be digested easily by everyone.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Marina Allen – ‘Candlepower’

Marina Allen’s debut album, Candlepower, arrived on June 4th through Fire Records and is a gorgeous collection of melodies combined with sheer songwriting from the Los Angeles based singer.

“To me, I think it’s a cohesive mix,” Allen commented. “Candlepower is like a mantra, a spiritual attitude and perspective; it feels like all of these songs in their own way are directed at one place while each song touches on a different genre. I wanted to be able to say what I needed to say and set myself up for the future so that I wouldn’t be tied into any one thing.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant

After being sampled on songs by The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake — Hiatus Kaiyote are back with their masterful new album, Mood Valiant.

The Australian funk extraordinaire’s provide a 42-minute serving of sunlit bliss and show off their expert improvisation skills. It’s a record that deserves your full attention and sees Hiatus Kaiyote make a step-up after six years hidden away.

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny haha

After breaking through in 2019 with her first album on Secretly Canadian, Atlanta Millionaires Club, Faye Webster has returned. I Know I’m Funny haha, is an emotionally charged, introspective triumph, and the American singer-songwriter lays everything bare.

“Growth is really important to me,” she commented about the record. “I hope people will relate to my songs, and not just be like ‘this is a good record’ but ‘this makes me feel something. This is making me think differently, this is making me question things.’ I told myself a few years ago that I was going to be more honest in my songwriting, that honesty is the best route to take with music. If I have a voice and people are listening to me, I’m not going to waste it.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Nick Cave – Carnage

Carnage is Nick Cave and Warren Ellis finding beauty within hardship during the lockdown. It arrived digitally in February but is now finally available on vinyl, and you can enjoy the album the way the duo intended it. Carnage effortlessly epitomises the sorrow and discovery we’ve all collectively been through over the last 18 months.

Cave describes the album as “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Ellis says: “Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity. The eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Squirrel Flower – Planet (i)

Planet (i) is the follow-up to Ella Williams 2020’s I Was Born Swimming, and even though most of the new album was written by her before the pandemic, there’s an eerieness to the record, which makes it an appropriate record for 2021.

Williams flew to Bristol from the States last winter to record Planet (i) with PJ Harvey and Perfume Genius producer Ali Chant at his studio, The Playpen. “We had this shared creative language,” Williams notes, “And the recording process was, like my demo process, very sculptural. Instead of recording live with a full band, we built this record layer by layer, experimenting, taking risks”.

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

Kojaque – Town’s Dead

Kojaque is the latest star of the burgeoning Irish hip-hop scene, and his debut offering Town’s Dead is a masterclass in social commentary. First and foremost, he’s a storyteller from the streets, which combine deliciously with hedonism soaked spacey beats.

“Town’s Dead comes from the potential that I see in Dublin and in the people I’m surrounded by day in and day out,” the rapper explained about the record. “There’s nothing but talent and ambition among young people, I’m constantly reminded of that through the art and music that I see being made but I think so often the city grinds you down, it takes your hope and your ambition.”

To buy the record from Rough Trade, visit here.

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