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Billie Eilish, Prince, Axel Rudi Pell – – News

Also new on Friday: Thomas D, Torres, Isaiah Rashad, Bleachers, Camouflage, Erasure, Inga Rumpf, Porcupine Tree, Logic, Rummelsnuff etc.

Constance (mvf) – It had to go a bit downhill for Billie Eilish. After all, how could it have gone even higher after their debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”? A number one hit, an absolute Grammy berserker gang and every critical praise you can somehow receive – and not even a whole year later, the promo phase for the follow-up begins. “Happier Than Ever” wants to be just that – less depressed, less satanic, less edgy. The result: interest wanes somewhat. Despite a whole barrage of singles, none has really settled in the zeitgeist and people are already writing about the famous “Sophomore Slump”. But of course you shouldn’t write off Billie. Maybe the album will come on Friday, which turns all the singles into a statement and shows how she got into this position in the first place. She undoubtedly has the talent for this.

This Friday, sweaty hands should be pre-programmed for all Prince lovers. When the music icon started his big “Welcome 2 America” tour at the end of 2010, he had recently recorded the album of the same name. Those who were looking forward to both at this time, however, only got half of their money’s worth. The tour took place, there was never a release of the album. Until now. After more than a decade, fans get to hear the mysterious Prince album, about the content of which countless rumors and assumptions have been circulating ever since. That is now over. The contents of the record are no longer a secret and it could hardly be more relevant and time-critical. According to the press release, “Welcome 2 America” is a “powerful creative statement documenting Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society, anticipating an era of political division, disinformation and a renewed struggle for racial justice.” Once again, Prince was apparently ahead of his time.

Speaking of Prince: Axel Rudi Pell released his successful album last year with the well-known title “Sign Of The Times”. Now the German hard rock guitarist concentrates once again on selected cover songs with “Diamonds Unlocked II” and thus follows on from his first “Diamonds Unlocked” cover record from 2007. The decision to prefer tracks by fellow musicians such as Paul Anka, Chris Norman or Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to their own new project is once again due to the circumstances of the pandemic. According to his own statement, it makes no sense for Pell to produce new music as long as there is no possibility to present it live. Accordingly, the new editions should above all provide fun and pleasure in order to make the time of bridging at least a little easier for Pell’s fans.


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Mackenzie Ruth Scott doesn’t take a break. After their last Torres album “Silver Tongue” was released at the beginning of 2020, “Thirstier” is already the successor in the starting blocks. In collaboration with producers Peter Miles and Rob Ellis, the singer and co-producer is putting everything on one card this time and exploring new sound worlds that clearly stand out from her previous projects. The result is a bombastic and guitar-heavy sound that is strongly reminiscent of Butch Vig’s collaboration with Nirvana or Garbage and at the same time is intended to banish the aftermath of the pandemic. Confidence is Torres’ top priority at this point: “I wanted to channel my intensity into something that feels positive and constructive, as opposed to an intense, destructive, or eviscerating way. I love the idea that intensity can actually be something life-saving or something joyful.

The house is burning. At least that’s what the album title of Isaiah Rashad’s new record announces, which has been waiting for a stable half decade. The eternal TDE underdog was secretly often the next contender for a classic next to Kendrick after the increasing decline of the label colleagues Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Accordingly, the fans were starved, corresponding toend big the hustle and bustle that it finally happens now. We get features from SZA to Lil Uzi Vert and a hybrid sound between Dirty South and West Coast, judging by singles and tracklist. What is already known sounds atmospheric and relaxed, but whether it meets the high expectations, only Friday can show.

More than 20 years after Thomas D hijacked a former horse farm in the Eifel and gave it the name M.A.R.S. (Moderne Anstalt rigoroser Spakker), the 52-year-old is back with a new project that also bears his name in the title. As Thomas D & The KBCS, the rapper of the Fantastic Four releases the “M.A.R.S. Sessions”. He interprets this with the Hamburg band The KBCS eleven songs of his solo career new, including the hit “Rückenwind”, but also the Fanta track “Millions of Legions”.

All new releases from July 30 at a glance:

Abuse Ritual – Abuse Ritual
Acid Magus – Wyrd Syster
Alan Vega – After Dark
Axel Rudi Pell – Diamonds Unlocked II
Baba Stiltz – Journals (EP)
Batsch – Attend Every Party
Bicurious – (Re)Constructed
Big Big Train – Common Ground
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Binding Spell – English Basement
Bleachers – Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night
Blues Traveler – Traveler’s Blues
Bonebrokk – The Astral Catalyst
B Young – Differences
Cam Cole – Crooked Hill
camouflage – Meanwhile (30th Anniversary Edition)
Chase Matthew – County Line
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Gone are the good days
Clay Walker – Texas To Tennessee
Covered In Sores – Civilian Casualties
Creeper – American Noir (EP)
Dâm radio – Above The Fray
Dave East & Harry Fraud – Hoffa
Death Valley Girls – Street Venom (Deluxe Edition)
Dee Snider – Leave a Scar
Deer Tick – Live From Fort Adams
The Schlager pilots – Blue Hawaii
Dimman – Songs And Tales Of Grievance
Dolly Parton – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Dolly Parton
Dreamcatcher – Summer Holiday
Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space
Dusted – III
Eastern High – Halo
Electric Six – Streets Of Gold
Erasure – The Neon Remixed
Fight Club – Until The Sun Drowns
Freindz – High Times in Babylon
Geezer Butler – Manipulations Of The Mind: The Complete Collection
Geezer Butler – The Very Best Of Geezer Butler
Gemma Cullingford – Let Me Speak
Hardy And Heroes – Landed
Hugh Small & Brian Allen Simon – The Side I Never See
Ike & Tina Turner – Bolic Sound Sessions
Inga Hull – Universe Of Dreams
Ingested – The Surreption II
Inja – Smile & Wave
Isaiah Rashad – The House Is Burning
Jesse Daniel – Beyond These Walls
Jeremy Squires – Unravel
Jim Lauderdale – Hope
John Glacier – Shiloh: Lost For Words
Kasper Bjørke – Sprinkles
King Woman – Celestial Blues
Lakes – Start Again
Lantlôs – Wild dog
Lauran Hibberd – Goober (EP)
L Devine – Near Life Experience, Part One
Leela James – Lake Me
Loch Vostok – Opus Ferox: The Great Escape
Logic – Bobby Tarantino III
Los Lobos – Native Sons
Lotus Thrones – Lovers In Wartime
Low Roar – Maybe Tomorrow…
rascal – Animal
Lysol – Soup For My Family
Marillion – Script For A Jester’s Tear (2020 Stereo Remix)
Martin Tingvall – When The Light Returns
Mocky – Overtones For The Omniverse
Moon Reaper – Descent
My Idea – That’s My Idea (EP)
My Tree – Where The Grace Is
Naia Izumi – A Residency In The Los Angeles Area
Needtobreathe – Into the Mystery
Nitrates – Renegade
Obits – The At The Zoo (live)
Olivia Dean – Growth (EP)
Pageants – Sun And Settled Days
Parker McCollum – Gold Chain Cowboy
Phyllis Hyman – Old Friend (The Deluxe Collection)
Porcupine Tree – House Of Blues: Los Angeles 2003 (Live)
Praise The Plague – The Obsidian Gate
Prince – Welcome 2 America
Punk Rock Factory – Masters Of The Uniwurst
Ric Robertson – Carolina Child
Rummelsnuff & Asbach – Equator baptism
Ruth Mascelli – A Night At The Baths
Saftboys & Shacke One – CRC EP2
Sam Mehran – Cold Brew
Sarcody – No Pressure
Scorpian Gang – Scorpion To Society
Section H8 – Welcome To The Nightmare
Shirley Collins – Crowlink (EP)
Sik World – Still Lost 2
Skirts – Great Big Wild Oak
Sleep Moscow – Of The Sun
Son Lux – Tomorrows (box set)
Son Volt – Electro Melodier
Sonny & The Sunsets – New Day with New Possibilities
Spllit – Spllit Sides
Swallow The Sun – 20 Years of Gloom, Beauty and Despair: Live in Helsinki
Sycco – Sycco’s First (EP)
Tangents – Timeslips & Chimeras
The Effens – Eventually (EP)
The Surfing Magazines – Badgers Of Wymeswold
The Tubs – Names (EP)
Thomas D & The KBCS – M.A.R.S Sessions
Torres – Thirstier
Tragedy – Disco Balls To The Wall
Traitrs – The Sick, Tired & Ill
Triptonus – Soundless Voice
Tush – Fantast
Underdark – Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-entry (EP)
Unknown T – Adolescence
Vader – De Profundis
Vial – Loudmouth
Voices – An Audience Of Mannequins (EP)
Yeule – Serotonin X (EP)
YNW Melly – Just A Matter Of Slime
Yola – Stand For Myself
Young Dolph & Paper Route Empire – Paper Route Illuminati
ZRL – Our Savings

Arjun Sethi
Passionate guitarist, gamer and writer. Lives for the perfect review, and scrapes texts until they are razor-sharp.


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