Some lockdown records you might have missed?

There have been some great releases during 2021 that you might have missed due to lockdown. The super six below may have drifted below radar given all that has been going on since January.

Dry Cleaning “New long leg” (yellow vinyl) £18 – Highly original album of post-punk, shape-shifting tracks … think Raincoats, Public Image Ltd, Gang of Four and Sonic Youth.

Joe Strummer “Assembly” (Red vinyl) With free Bandana. £25 – a new compilation of Joe’s solo output. Eclectic ain’t nearly the word as Joe tackles rock, pop, dub, rockabilly, hip-hop, and Spanish folk songs!

Lana Del Rey “Chemtrails over the country club” (Yellow vinyl) £20 – a very self-assured seventh album featuring reflections on Del Rey reflects on fame, love, loneliness and the solidarity of fellow female songwriters, from Joni Mitchell to Weyes Blood.

Faith No more “Who cares a lot (The greatest hits)” (gold vinyl) £30 – Some of their biggest hits from the period 1987 – 1997. Spread across four sides of glorious gold grooves!

The Wedding Present “Locked down and stripped back” £18 – The album features Wedding Present classics in acoustic, but not entirely unplugged form, plus a new duet with Sleeper’s Louise Wener.

Kings Of Leon “When you see yourself” (Cream vinyl) £25 – Rippling guitars and dirty riffs on their 8th album. “Arena rock of the mind” is a great description from Rolling Stone magazine.

Just use the contact form below if you would like any of these beauties. Please note that that contact form does indeed work. It just does a little on-screen ‘jerk’ once you press the ‘contact us’ button which is a little disconcerting. We still receive the messages though … honest!

As usual, delivery is free in the Stoke-on-Trent area and it is £3 for up to 3 albums elsewhere in the UK. Payment is by paypal. There are other postage options available should you require them.

Thanks pop fans, Ken x

Love Record Stores – limited indie vinyl releases

Record shops have selected the top 100 independent albums of 2020 and the list can be seen at the site. The following limited edition items are available to buy/order from 18:00 on Saturday 5th December from Strand Records. There are coloured vinyl versions, picture discs and some with signed prints or other artwork.

Released on 5th December 2020; Tim Burgess “I love the new sky” (180g transparent splatter with exclusive signed print) £25, Thundercat “It is what it is” (Picture disc plus poster) £30, Perfume Genius “Set my heart on fire immediately” (Red gold coloured vinyl) £23, Nap Eyes “Snapshot of a beginner” (coke bottle clear vinyl with art print) £19, Field Music “Making a new world” (180g transparent red vinyl gatefold with signed print) £20, NZCA Lines “Pure luxury” (black vinyl with signed print) £20, Julianna Berwick “Healing is a miracle” (with limited 12″ x 12″ print) £23, Fontaines DC “A Hero’s death” (clear vinyl) £22, Laura Marling “Song for our daughter” (purple vinyl) £22, Pottery “Welcome to Bobby’s Motel” (special limited edition obi strip designed by Paul Jacobs) £20, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Sideways To New Italy” (rose coloured vinyl) £20, Rose City Band “Summerlong” (buttercup colour vinyl) £23, Gil Scott Heron “We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven” (pink vinyl) £19

Released on 18th December 2020; Georgia “Seeking Thrills” (140g neon orange coloured vinyl) £23, LA Priest “Gene” (140g neon orange coloured vinyl) £23, Sorry “925” (140g gold coloured vinyl) £23, Wilma Archer “A western circular” (140g creamy white coloured vinyl) £23

Released on 29th January 2021; Phoebe Bridgers “Punisher” (galaxy red and blue coloured vinyl) £23 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NOW SOLD OUT OF OUR PRE-ORDER QUOTA. *** APOLOGIES FOR ANY DISAPPOINTMENT ***

Released on 5th February 2021; BC Camplight “Shortly after takeoff” (red coloured vinyl) £22

Released on 5th March 2021; The Orielles “Disco Volador” (soundtrack version of the album, colour vinyl, die cut sleeve – full details to be confirmed) £22, Working Men’s Club “Working Men’s Club” (picture disc) £20, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini “Illusion Of Time” (clear blue vinyl edition) £22

Please let us know if you would like us to order any of these limited edition titles. As usual, we will be offering free delivery in Stoke-on-Trent or we can post up to three albums for £3.00.

Thanks pop fans!

Indie albums of 2020

Record shops have selected the top 100 independent albums of 2020 and the list will be unveiled at site on Thursday 3rd December 2020.

It is the first time that such a list has been compiled as part of the LOVE RECORD STORES campaign and new vinyl products will be available to buy online or in store on the 5th of December.

Once you have seen the list, please let us know if you would like us to order any titles. As usual, we will be offering free delivery in Stoke-on-Trent or we can post up to three albums for £3.00. Thanks pop fans!

The Orielles – Disco Volador (2020)


Earlier this year, Halifax’s THE ORIELLES released their second album, Disco Volador and boy was it celebrated. In fact, the Strand Records staff enjoyed a shop outing to see the band perform at the Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent and it was desperately exciting.

In broad terms, the sound is ‘cosmic pop’ but this does not really do justice to the sheer eclecticism of Disco Volador‘s adventurous aural landscape. This ambitious album feels like a voyage into the past, present and future of music … particularly the future. The LP is a fusion of funk, disco, space rock, library music, Balearic beats, dream pop and samba with the spirit of Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem also present.

The song structures often feel quite unconventional, with the listener unable to anticipate the twists and turns particular tracks will take. The experience is groovy and fun. Just dig that astral plane and check out the wonderful Space Samba

Please note that, in addition to the purchasing option below, we can also offer 1st class postage and next day delivery options as well as click and collect. There is also free local (Stoke-on-Trent) delivery on orders over £30. If you require any of these options, please just contact us.

Disco Volador – The Orielles (vinyl LP)

The band’s second album from 2020. An intoxicating mix of pop, disco, space rock and samba. File under ‘Essential’. Please note that this price includes second class postage and packing.