Long Live Vinyl’s pick of the best new albums on vinyl, out this week – including reissues of Mike Skinner’s finest hours, dreamy Bristol electronica, Kacey’s spacey country and more…

The Streets A Grand Don't Come For Free album cover

The Streets
Original Pirate Material/A Grand Don’t Come For Free reissues
Rhino

When Mike Skinner called time on The Streets in 2011, the time was right, but it’s easy to forget how vital these first two out-of-print albums were. Bookended by the stirring strings and gritty urban majesty of Turn The Page and Stay Positive, the Mercury Prize-nominated Original Pirate Material sounds immense on 180g vinyl, the bass on Has It Come To This? and Let’s Push Things Forward pleasingly hefty.

There’s so much more than ham-fisted geezer weed-wisdom at play, with It’s Too Late and Weak Become Heroes nailing turn-of-the-century working-class existential fear. A Grand Don’t Come For Free was a less consistent concept album about losing £1,000 down the back of the telly, but it heralded No. 1 single Dry Your Eyes and the entrancing MDMA swirl of Blinded By The Lights.

Things were never as good after that for one of the UK’s sharpest writers, but these records are an essential part of the fabric of modern British music. Let’s put on our classics and have a little dance, shall we?

Also out on 30 March…

Kacey Musgraves Golden HourKacey Musgraves
Golden Hour
MCA Nashville

Seventh studio album from the Texan country star, following 2016’s A Very Kacey Christmas. She’s primed us for: “futurism… space country and galactic cosmic country”, so expect a wild listen…

 

Finbar Furey album cover

Finbar Furey
Don’t Stop This Now
BMG

Irish folk legend, multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor’s new album, previously released in Ireland as Paddy Dear.

 

Henry Green Shift album

Henry Green
Shift
Akira Records

Hazy minimalist electronica on the Bristol-based producer’s debut album. Think Gold Panda, Four Tet and Bonobo…

 

The Vaccines Combat Sports album new vinyl releases

The Vaccines
Combat Sports
Columbia

First full-length for three years from the London indie-rockers, who head out on a UK tour next month with a reshuffled line-up following the departure of drummer and vocalist Pete Robertson.

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