Monthly Archives: September 2015

CMJ MUSIC MARATHON 2015: 35th Anniversary


October 13 – 17, 2015 In NYC – Showcase Schedule Available Now 

Featuring 1,000+ Artists Performing In Over 70 Venues Across NYC

Newly Announced Artists Include: Empress Of, Dungen, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Wet, Oberhofer, Deakin & More


Late-Nite Breakfast at Baby’s All Right Nightly Throughout CMJ 

Rough Trade Announced As Official CMJ Brooklyn Hang

Badges Available Here; Show-Only Badges Available Here

Download the New CMJ App Now

The schedule of showcases for the CMJ Music Marathon 2015 has been announced and features over 1,000 artists performing in over 70 venues across New York City. Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kamasi Washington, BØRNS, Titus Andronicus, Ex Hex were announced as CMJ performers earlier this month. Newly added musicians confirmed to perform at the conference include recent Pitchfork “Best New Music” artist Empress Of; Swedish psych-rockers Dungen; guitarist/singer Jessica Lea Mayfield who released her Elliott Smith cover albumwith Seth Avett earlier this year;Brooklyn trioand Tobias Jesso Jr-tourmates Wet; Oberhofer, who brings his psych-pop with orchestral flourish; Animal Collective tribesmen Deakin & more. For the full artist line-up and showcase schedule, click here.


Rough Trade in Williamsburg is the official Brooklyn hang spot of CMJ 2015. Stop by the store throughout the week and flash your badge for 10% off selected merch, grab a coffee, and take a moment to relax before heading out to the evening’s shows. And after the evening showcases are done, badgeholders can head to CMJ Late-Nite Breakfast at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Tuesday through Saturday nights.


Celebrating its 35th year, CMJ Music Marathon is working to change both the content and format of the modern day music conference, and returns to New York City October 13 – 17, 2015. Newly headquartered at Dream Downtown, this year will see five nonstop days and nights of live performances in New York City’s greatest venues, in addition to the four days of conference events with renowned speakers. Look for additional artists and daytime programming to be announced in the coming weeks.


Badges for CMJ Music Marathon are available here and include access to the daytime programming and showcases. Show-only badges just went on sale and are available now here.


CMJ also just launched the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon App. The CMJ Music Marathon 2015 app is streamlined and intuitive, designed to put an entire city’s worth of bands and venues at your fingertips. Download it now via iTunes and Google Play.


For additional information on CMJ, visit:





Acid Dad * Allday * Arrows Of Love * Aurelia Smith * Bad Veins * Balthazar * BØRNS * British India * Car Seat Headrest * Catfish and The Bottlemen * Creepoid * Crooked Colours * Deakin * Death By Unga Bunga * Dent May * Destruction Unit * Diet Cig * DRINKS * Dungen * Empress Of * Eternal Summers * Ex Hex * Foxes In Fiction * Frankie Cosmos * Fraser A. Gorman * Glass Animals * Hockey Dad * Image Man * Jamie N Commons * Jessica Lea Mayfield * JPNSGRLS * Juan Wauters * Kaitlyn * Kasami Washington * Kero Kero Bonito * LACED * LODRO * Lontalius * Marlon Williams * Mega Bug * Mercury Rev * METHYL ETHYL * Michael Rault * Motion City Soundtrack * Motopony * Nai Harvest * Neon Indian * Ngaiire * Nothing * Oberhofer * Panda Bear * PC Worship * Perfect Pussy * Pinact * Pompeya * Protomartyr * Potty Mouth * Quilt * Saint Pé * Shannon And The Clams * Sheer Agony * Sheer Mag * Small Houses * Son Little * Sunbeam Sound Machine * Surf Rock Is Dead * The Babe Rainbow * The Big Moon * The Henry Millers * The Joy Formidable * The Men * The Present * The Prettiots * The Wonder Years * The Word * Titus Andronicus * Tobias Jesso Jr. * Vomitface * Walking Shapes * Wet * Wet Leather * WOMPS * And Many More…


*artists in bold note recent line-up additions

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Northern Soul: The Music was Motown the Passion was British | Playing in US Theaters OCTOBER 2nd


SOUL LOVERS! Check out the new movie NORTHERN SOUL – in select theaters and available at iTunes and everywhere on-demand October 2nd.

Also available on DIRECTV, XBOX and DISH.

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John’s boring working-class life in 1974 England gets turned upside down when he’s introduced to the enthralling music and furious choreography of American soul music by a local DJ, Matt. Sharing a passion for the music’s energy, John and Matt leap into the DJ scene, planning underground raves and searching for cover-ups, rare soul recordings kept hidden and exclusive with false labels. Helped by Matt’s feverous spirit, John shakes up his life, including standing up to his greatest critic, Mr. Banks Steve Coogan.

Amidst all the insanity of the club scene’s underbelly, both boys are swept up by the beat and hype. With the dream of a trip to America implanted in their minds, can John and Matt ignore the distractions and focus on the soul? This is the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and exploded into a cultural phenomenon which influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come.

Northern Soul – Playing In US Theaters OCTOBER 2ND

Check your local listing for showtimes



Valley Art 1 Theatre (Tempe, AZ)


Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 6 (Berkeley Hills, CA) 

Los Feliz 3 (Los Angeles, CA)


Plaza Theatre (Atlanta, GA)


Quality 16 (Ann Arbor, MI)


Empire 25 Theaters (New York, NY)


Great Lakes Stadium 16 (Mentor, OH)


Montgomeryville Stadium 12 (Lansdale, PA)


Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley 16 (Dallas, TX)


Sundance Cinemas Seattle (Seattle, WA)

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Announces 25th Anniversary of Debut Album


People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm


Debut album by the groundbreaking hip-hop group set for 

25th Anniversary Release on November 13th


NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2015 A Tribe Called Quest and Sony Legacy have announced a special 25th anniversary edition collection of the group’s classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm will be released on November 13th. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the album will be remastered from the original tapes by Grammy-Award winning engineer Bob Power, and re-released with exclusive new remixes by a few of today’s biggest hip-hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Remixes will be announced in the coming weeks. This album will mark the debut release in a series of re-releases by A Tribe Called Quest over the course of the next few years. Pre-order the album here:


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“I had this album in my head for years before I did it.  Looking at it overall, to see the thoughts of a 16 year old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived… But to see it in this incarnation … I’m humbled” – Q-Tip


“This album means a lot. It was the beginning of our careers; the beginning of our imprint; the beginning of seeing life the way we saw it, and being able to put it down in words and music.” – Ali Shaheed Muhammad


People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm made its debut in 1990 and came at a crucial time for hip-hop. The Queens-raised childhood friends– Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—took the traditional hip-hop formula and threw it out the window. Like their contemporaries in De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, all of whom would become known as the Native Tongues collective, their lyrical and musical influences were unlike any hip-hop group on the scene. While many built breaks around vintage soul and funk samples, ATCQ utilized samples of jazz and ‘70s rock.  Their verses were conversational instead of confrontational, addressing socially conscious topics with laid-back candor and slightly off-kilter humor.


Critics and hip-hop audiences understood the sea of change ATCQ represented. The Source gave the album a perfect score of five mics (a first for the publication), while The Village Voice praised it as “upliftingly dope.”



Queens, New York natives Q-Tip , Phife Dawg , and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. The group is one of hip-hop’s most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, ATCQ was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early 1990s. Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the n word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity. ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history that would solidify them as legends. In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. The Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assasin, and Mr. Muhammad have yet to grace the studio for another record, but have hit the road again. Today, the power of their music is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans.



Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media Partners with Jessica Care Moore for the Release of Her Debut Album




Multi-Talented Artist jessica Care Moore Set to Release Her First Album October 2nd on Javotti Media Featuring Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Jose James and Ursula Rucker


(Detroit, MI) After 20 years of performing and working with music, poet, author, and producer jessica Care moore will release her debut album, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James, October 2nd on Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media in partnership with her company, Words on Wax. Black Tea is produced by jessica Care moore and pianist Jon Dixon and features the legendary Roy Ayers, jazz vocalist Jose James, fellow poet Ursula Rucker as well as hip-hop artists Talib Kweli and One Belo.

Black Tea features 12 tracks and three bonus songs. The second single, “This is a Bus with Wings” was released last month with a video premiere on Reflective of jessica’s multi-genre style, the album features a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and poetry. Very rooted in jessica’s experiences in Detroit and New York, the album was recorded at Submerge, housed in Detroit’s techno museum.

“It’s jazz and it’s electric. It’s about people feeling what I am talking about,” says jessica of the forthcoming album. “This work is my heart. Every line is on purpose.”

Previous to Black Tea jessica has been featured on Nas’ Nastrodamus album and more recently on Talib Kweli’s Attack the Block mixtape. She has long fused music, poetry, rock, jazz and theatre creating original works such as her experimental techno ballet, “Salt City: An Afrofuturistic Choreopoem” which premiered at Spelman College earlier this year.

“I am excited to be able to work with jessica Care moore on her first album,” says Talib Kweli. “She has not just been one of my best friends for years; she’s been a friend to passionate artists worldwide. Her independent spirit, Detroit badassness and use of words are inspirational. She speaks to us and for us.”

Born in Detroit, jessica Care moore first came to national prominence when she won the legendary televised, Showtime at the Apollo Amateur Night competition a record breaking five times in a row, with then host Steve Harvey. She has since performed around the world and worked with luminaries such as Sonia Sanchez, Patti Labelle, Nikki Giovanni, and Stephanie Mills. Her self owned publishing company Moore Black Press she has published books for Saul Williams, Ras Baraka, Danny Simmons, and asha bandele. Her multidisciplinary artist projects have been featured exhibits at the American Jazz Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James is currently available for pre-order on The album will officially release Friday, October 2nd across digital platforms. The first two singles, “You Want Poems” and “This is a Bus with Wings” are available on Soundcloud and Youtube.

Upcoming Performances:

Oct. 3rd: Cambridge, MA- With Talib Kweli

The Middle East Downstairs 472 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA

Oct. 8th: Detroit, MI- Black Tea Release Party

Jazz Café at Music Hall 350 Madison Detroit, MI



“You Want Poems” ft. Jose James & Roy Ayers:

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“This is a Bus Wings”:

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BLACK TEA: The Legend of Jessi James Track Listing

  1. Intro to Jessi James – Prod. by Jessica Care Moore
  2. Walking Up 158th St (ft. Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes)- Prod. by Jon Dixon
  3. Pieces (ft. Ideeyah) –Prod. by Jon Dixon
  4. Deep Breath (ft. One Belo)- Prod. by Jon Dixon
  5. You Want Poems (ft. Jose James and Roy Ayers) – Prod. by Jon Dixon
  6. Poem Before The End Of The World (ft. Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes)- Prod. by Kenny Watson
  7. It Ain’t Like We Don’t (ft. Paris James)–Prod. by Paris James
  8. I Catch The Rain (ft. ursula rucker and Imani Uzuri)-Prod. by Sean Blackman
  9. Wild Irish Rose (ft. Ideeyah)-Prod. by Jessica Care Moore
  10. Catch Me If You Can (ft. Talib Kweli)-Prod. by Brady Watt and Decap
  11. Balance (ft. Ideeyah) –Prod. by Jon Dixon
  12. This Is A Bus With Wings – Prod. by Jon Dixon

Bonus Tracks

Smoke (ft Stevie Soul) – Prod. by Jessica Care Moore

Jessica In Summer –Prod. by Paris Toon & Mothers Favorite Child

The Legend of Jessi James (ft. Wordsworth) – Prod. by Russell Gunn

Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James CD Pre-Order:

Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James LP Pre-Order:

For more information on jessica Care moore, please visit:

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About jessica Care moore

jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned poet and multidisciplinary artist. An activist, entrepreneur, and institution builder, jessica is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation. Her poetry has been heard on stages around the world, including, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is the author of 5 books and has been featured in numerous anthologies alongside literary greats such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler and Maya Angelou.


6th Annual ONE Musicfest in Atlanta + City’s Proclamation



On September 12th 2015, housands of people flocked to Atlanta to witness the 6th annual ONE Musicfest that took place at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Lakewood on September 12, 2015. Gracing the stage were the talented  Ms.Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Internet, Raury, SZA, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, Big KRIT and Bun B. 

In honor of ONE Musicfest’s impressive economical impact on Atlanta, Atlanta’s Councilman member Andre Dickens, presented an official documentation proclaiming September 12th as “ONE Musicfest Day”.One Musicfest was the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join together for one purpose  - which was to witness a wide variety of sounds, from rock to hip-hop, electro, reggae, funk, disco, house, alternative and soul while having your musical senses stimulated. ONE Musicfest’s main focus was to create a roster of performers that would be enjoyable for multiple generations.

There is a lack of representation for soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative and rock, represented under one roof, in the format of music festivals in Atlanta”, states J Carter, ONE Musicfest Producer.  “We have noticed that while there are many pockets of individuals that share taste in the same music, rarely do you see them share in this together. ONE Musicfest was created with the idea of ‘music as the universal language’. Over time we aim to grow this fest into a phenomenon and bring together different sectors of individuals through a unique music platform.”

Founded by Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest has been one of Southeast’s largest home-grown, musical arts festival to date including over 10,000 plus attendees. Carter has brought Atlanta music lovers the best and the brightest urban alternative acts performing in a welcoming, hospitable setting, creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy and discover music.

ONE Musicfest is known for its interactive block party experience, where guests enjoyed nationally and internationally renown DJs, a food-truck village, vending from local businesses, VIP tents and more.


About ONE Musicfest

ONE Musicfest emerged in 2010 as one of the most anticipated festival concert series in Atlanta. Voted the #3 “Fall Festival Not To Miss” by Ebony Magazine, ONE Musicfest is the destination for the nations music lovers! Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. Featuring a weekend full of live music, live art, unique vendors, charitable giving, parties, a food truck village and day long roster of rotating djs, ONE Musicfest is not to be missed! For more information, visit www.ONEMusicfest.comand join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @ONEMusicfest and #OMF2015

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Founder and Creator Jason Carter and Atlanta Councilman Member Andre Dickens presents a proclamation for ‘ONE Musicfest Day’
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Ms. LaurynHill performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Ms. Lauryn Hill performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Ms. Lauryn Hill performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Janelle Monae performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Janelle Monae & Wondaland Performing at ONE Musicfest
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Jidenna perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Jidenna Performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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The Roots perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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The Roots performing at ONE Musicfest
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The Roots Performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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A$AP Rocky perform at ONE Musicfest 2015


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A$AP Rocky perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Wale performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Wale performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Big KRIT performs at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Raekwon and Ghostface Killah perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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8Ball perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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MJG perform at ONE Musicfest 2015


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SZA perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Raury Performing at ONE Musicfest 2015
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Ryan Leslie perform at ONE Musicfest 2015


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The Internet perform at ONE Musicfest 2015
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ONE Musicfest Attendees
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Floating Points Debut Album, Shares Video, ‘Elaenia’ Out November 6th via Luaka Bop


Floating Points - a.k.a. Sam Shepherd – today announces his debut album Elaenia, out November 6th via Luaka Bop (US)/ Pluto (UK). With today’s announcement he shares a new video “Silhouettes,” which features music from the eleven-minute album track “Silhouettes (I, II & III).”


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Shot on location in Rio Tinto – a corner of the Spanish and Portuguese border deemed the closest thing to Mars on Earth – as well as in the studio in Barcelona over a period of six months, the ‘Silhouettes’ clip was directed by Junior Martínez and Pablo Barquín.


“We’ve all been friends for a long time, and I was always hanging around their studio in Barcelona,” Shepherd says. “When he [Barquín] invented a light painting machine, the idea to do a music video came about very quickly. We wanted to juxtapose the light painting in an exotic environment and this lead us to Rio Tinto.”


Elaenia is a dazzling score which puts Shepherd in the spotlight as a composer who has produced an album that bridges the gap between his rapturous dance music and formative classical roots that draws upon everything Shepherd has done to date. Growing up in Manchester – he started out as a chorister at an early age – Shepherd eventually arrived in London for university, where he spent the next five years engineering Elaenia, all the while DJing in cities across the globe and working towards his PhD in neuroscience. An album that draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music, Elaenia – named after the bird of the same name – is the epitome of the forward-thinking Floating Points vision in 2015.


Musically, the mesmerising ebbs and flows of Elaenia span moments of light and dark; rigidity and freedom; elegance and chaos. The lush, euphoric enlightenment of ‘Silhouettes (I, II & III)’ – a three-part composition that acts as a testament to those early days Shepherd spent playing in various ensembles, complete with an immensely tight rhythm section that ends up providing a cathartic, blissful release. Elsewhere, Shepherd’s knack for masterful late night sets bare fruition to the hypnotic, electronic pulse of ‘Argenté’, which leads into final track ‘Peroration Six’ – a track with one of the biggest tension-and-release moments in music this year.


Shepherd – the ensemblist, the producer and scientist – even built a harmonograph from scratch to create the artwork for Elaenia, the end result created by using it and 2 fibre optic cables of 0.5 and 1.5mm diameters, which were connected to light sources responding to bass drum and white noise percussive sounds from the album track ‘For Marmish’.


Like his contemporaries Caribou and Four Tet, Shepherd has nurtured the Floating Points name into one renowned for ambitious and forward-thinking DJ sets, having performed all over the world at events and clubs such as Output NYC, Trouw, Sonar, Unit in Tokyo, Panorama Bar and, of course, Nuits Sonores (which lent its name to his seminal track from summer 2014) as well as the much missed Plastic People, where he held a residency for five years. Elaenia also features a huge variety of contributors, including drums from Tom Skinner and Leo Taylor plus vocals from Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Layla Rutherfordand Shepherd himself. Elsewhere there’s Susumu Mukai taking up bass, Qian Wu and Edward Benton sporting violins, Matthew Kettle on the viola, Alex Reeve on guitar and Joe Zeitlin on the cello.


Floating Points will debut the live version ‘Silhouettes (I, II & III)’ at Dimensions Festival in Croatia tomorrow (Wednesday, August 26th) where he will perform at the opening concert at the magnificent Fort Christo Punto, with an 11-piece orchestra. The show will be streamed live via Boiler Room from 2.30pm EST (8:30pm CET, show 9pm).


Elaenia will be released on LP, CD and digital download. All pre-orders of Elaenia via the Floating Points store will receive ‘Silhouettes (I, II & III)’ instantly, and the first 200 orders will receive a print of the album artwork created by the harmonograph built by Sam himself. The album can also be pre-ordered at Rough Trade and iTunes.