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France’s very own, Affection Place, one of the pioneering bands born out of the Lyon new-wave / post-punk music scene of the late 1970/80s, are back with a new album, ‘Smouldering Fire’.

10 tracks from the very top drawer recorded and produced by, and featuring on keyboards, Magazine’s very own, Dave Formula.

Presented exclusively here in digital audio, housed in a handsome cardboard sleeve on the ever-popular CD format.  

This is what they are saying about it…

“Extra ordinary Magazine-ish. Rubbery upfront bass guitar perfected by Barry Adamson and shards of John McGeoch like guitar…” MOJO Magazine

“Shades of Killing Joke and Magazine. Sounds like goth-pop overlap of Sisters Of Mercy and The Damned” – UNCUT Magazine

“Chunky rhythms and punchy bass of ‘Empires & Dance’-era Simple Minds, with a smooth production sheen of Japan and Ultravox with the sensibilities of The Stranglers” – VIVE LE ROCK Magazine

Tracklisting :
1. Harry Fabian (click to watch the video)
2. Like An Echo
3. Smouldering Fire
4. Travelling Bird
5. I’ll Be There
6. Crossing The Pass
7. Give Me More (click to watch the video)
8. It’s Alright
9. Great Beach
10. In The Air

Buy with confidence, my friends. Buy with confidence.

Dave Formula’s debut collection of 13 solo recordings featuring brand new collaborations on brand new material with Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson, John Doyle, and even John McGeoch makes an appearance. Additional performances are supplied by guest vocalists and musicians David McAlmont, Robert Wyatt, Jack Broadbent, Corinne Drewery, Joel Purnell and Dennis Rollins.

Tracklisting :
1. Elvis In Space (feat. Clint Boon)
2. Satellite Sweetheart (feat. Jack Broadbent)
3. Saddest Quay (feat. Robin Simon)
4. Via Sacra (feat. Howard Devoto)
5. Bison Heard (at the scene) (feat. Barry Adamson)
6. A Kiss To The Stars (feat. Corinne Drewery)
7. The World Behind Your Eyes
(feat. Robert Wyatt & John Doyle)
8. Rhythm For Your Soul (feat. Lara Rose)
9. Parade (feat. David McAlmont)
10. The Reno (feat. Jack Broadbent)
11. Do It, One More Time (feat. Lara Rose)
12. Major Kong Goes Down (feat. Joel Purnell)
13. The Anti-Hero (feat. John McGeoch)

‘Satellite Sweetheart’ draws on Formula’s childhood in Whalley Range, Manchester. The striking memory that inspired the collection is of Dave being taken to see Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who, after becoming the first man in space in 1961, made an appearance at the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in Brook’s Bar, in a show of proletarian solidarity.

“I got to shake his hand as he walked past”, says Dave.

Magazine return.

The first new recorded material from Howard Devoto’s peerless, impossibly influential art-punk outfit, undiminished by age, return with their first studio album since 1981.

This is the limited edition 11 track CD, featuring the bonus track, ‘Blisterpack Blues’. Unavailable anywhere else. Not even digitally on that, there Spotify an’ all. Last 25 copies.

Tracklisting :
1. Do The Meaning
2. Other Thematic Material
3. The Worst Of Progress….
4. Hello Mister Curtis (with apologies)
5. Physics
6. Happening In English
7. Holy Dotage
8. Of Course Howard (1979)
9. Final Analysis Waltz
10. The Burden Of A Song 
11. Blisterpack Blues (bonus track)

17 previously unreleased live recordings from 1979-80, digitally restored and remastered by Dave Formula.

All 17 tracks were recorded through the mixing desk, and the knobs twiddled with after the fact.

Be aware some sources Dave was working with were a bit lo-fi, so the sound quality is variable…
but of great historical interest nevertheless!

Tracks featuring John McGeoch on guitar :
1. My Tulpa
2. Parade
(Recorded @ Hurrah! NYC, August 1979)
3. Cut Out Shapes
4. Burst
5. Motorcade
6. Rhythm Of Cruelty
7. Permafrost
8. The Light Pours Out Of Me
9. Shot By Both Sides
(Recorded @ The Whiskey, LA, September 1979)

Tracks featuring Robin Simon on guitar :
10. Feed The Enemy
11. Model Worker
12. Stuck
13. Sweetheart Contract
14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
15. 20 Years Ago
16. Definitive Gaze
17. I Love You, You Big Dummy
(Recorded @ Family Hotel, Sydney, September 1980)

‘Great riffs. Fantastic musicianship. Phenomenal vocals. Really good songs. Their big sound cannot be restrained’Amazon

The debut CD release from Manchester’s Federal Charm draws on the blues but is never constrained by it and is full of melodic twists and turns with twin guitar riffs and stop-start rhythms. The vocal phrasing soars above some of the most intense material to be found on the current post-modern blues landscape. OFFICIAL!

12 tracks right out of the very top drawer :
1. Gotta Give It Up
2. I’m Not Gonna Beg
3. No Money Down
4. Somebody Help Me
5. Reaction
6. The Stray
7. There’s A Light
8. Tell Your Friends
9. Reconsider
10. Come On Down
11. Any Other Day
12. Too Blind To See

Classic Rock describe them as ‘investing in swaggering riffs, sleazy slide flourishes and cinder raw vocals with a confidence that is utterly winning’… and you can’t beat that.

The second Federal Charm album.

‘Federal Charm invest swaggering riffs, sleazy flourishes and cinder-raw vocals with a confidence that is utterly winning’Classic Rock

Drawing from a deep well, spanning the classic rock curve from the Allman Brothers to Zeppelin, stopping off on the way to pay a call into Thin Lizzy, and with the indie blues of The Black Keys and the contemporary bluster of Rival Sons, Federal Charm are full of melodic twin-guitar twists and stop-start rhythms. Their fresh direction has turned many an industry head, describing the band as having the most cutting-edge sound in recent years.

Tracklisting :

1. Master Plan
2. Guess What
3. No More
4. These Four Walls
5. Hercules
6. Give Me Everything
7. Silhouette
8. God, Forsaken
9. Push
10. The Thrill
11. Walk Away (Time & Time Again)

‘Great riffs. Fantastic musicianship. Phenomenal vocals. Really good songs. Their big sound cannot be restrained’Amazon

‘Federal Charm raid the Delta masters, apply Seventies chest hair and frog march the result into the 21st Century’Classic Blues

Federal Charm release, ‘Crossed Wires’, a limited edition 8 track mini-album CD of acoustic re-workings of songs from their first two albums. OFFICIAL!

Tracklisting :
1. Guess What
2. The Stray
3. Push
4. These Four Walls
5. Silhouette
6. Come On Down
7. Somebody Help Me
8. Master Plan

The eagerly awaited third Federal Charm album, and the first featuring the new line-up of original members Paul Bowe (guitar) and L.D. Morawski (bass) and now with new drummer, Josh Zahler, and new singer, Tom Guyer.

‘Passenger’ was recorded & produced by Federal Charm & John Simms, who is also sound engineer for fellow Stockport band, ‘Blossoms’.

“John was really good to work with,” says Paul, “He’s highly technical, has a great set of ears and commands an invaluable ability to locate and add that missing ingredient to make a song stand out from the crowd. Previously, the recording process for the first two Federal Charm albums was very much, “Strat in? Go! Les Paul? Go!…” For ‘Passenger’, a great deal of care and attention was taken with the pre-production, which ultimately benefited the all-round sound. It’s a heavier album. There was no way to tame the beast.”

11 tracks from the very top drawer, housed in a handsome cardboard package with poster insert on the ever-popular CD format, featuring the lift-off singles ‘Choke’, ’Swing Sinner’, and ‘Halo’.

The new musical project from Pop Will Eat Itself & Gaye Bykers On Acid frontman, Mary Byker, and Apollo 440 founder-member, Magazine guitarist & long-time collaborator, Noko.

The soundscape is wide-screen retro-cinematic. The mood is distinctly glass-half-empty, with songs lamenting the failure of technology to save us from ourselves.

For the first time, Mary sings over a lush David Lynchian laptop orchestra, replete with the sweet vocal harmonies and the sumptuous twang of Noko’s vintage Gretsch ‘White Falcon’, buried deep in a canyon of spring reverb. Like you’ve never quite heard them before…

Ashka Kedziora has directed two videos for ‘Leaving Me Behind‘ & ‘Futuristic Paranoia’. They can be viewed here & here. Watch the videos. Buy the album. Get the download for free.