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Transgressive - 2013: Year in Review

We're so happy with how this year has gone... discovering some of the most vital talent we've wrapped our ear drums around, seeing the likes of Foals and Two Door Cinema Club headline festivals and arenas, and working with some of our biggest musical heroes ever.

It's been hard work, but we're thrilled by the culture of Transgressive Records, Publishing and Management and thankful of your continued support to help us develop, and keep bringing you music that changes your life for the better.

We're working on some of the most exciting music yet from the Transgressive stable and of course, our 10th year anniversary in 2014, but in a moment of taking stock, wanted to celebrate and draw your attention to what we've put out and been involved with this year... Happy shopping, and thanks again!

 


FLUME

 

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From the first time we heard 'Sleepless' we were enraptured with this important producer, and his incredible debut album lived up to the hype. Singles such as 'Holdin' On', 'On Top' and 'Left Alone' feat. Chet Faker proved engrossing entry points to a cohesive headphone record, which developed into a huge live experience leading to sold out gigs around the world, and a plethora of awards.

Re-issued as a Deluxe with guest-spots from Hip Hop royalty such as Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs and M.O.P., plus Twin Shadow and How To Dress Well, all of his remixes (including that killer Disclosure rmx) a live DVD and Ableton Live 9 Lite and stems so you can do your own remixes and create your own music.

 

Deluxe Edition - iTunes
Deluxe Boxset
'Insane' - Video


FOALS

 

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Holy Fire saw the band consolidate their sound into one of the undisputed albums of the year. Featuring the enormous singles 'Inhaler', 'My Number', 'Late Night', 'Bad Habit' and 'Out Of The Woods', the Flood/Moulder produced record is a modern classic which lead to Latitude Headlining, Mercury Nominations and critical plaudits.

The standout performance at The Royal Albert Hall was captured by long-term collaborator Dave Ma and formed the basis of the Live At The Royal Albert Hall CD+DVD and Blu Ray release.

Holy Fire - iTunes
Holy Fire - Vinyl
Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Blu-Ray
'Late Night' - Video
Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Trailer

 

JOHNNY FLYNN

 

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Johnny Flynn continued his immaculate run of albums with Country Mile. A timeless and brilliant collection of songs featuring the singles 'The Lady is Risen' and 'Country Mile'. Headlining Hackney Empire and touring throughout Europe and the USA, whilst still finding time to perform on stage and screen in a number of roles that will add to the myth of this true auteur.

Country Mile - iTunes
Country Mile - Vinyl
'Country Mile' - Video



THEME PARK

 

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This year saw the release of Theme Park’s joyous debut album. An album that perfectly measured summer abandon with melancholic tinges of post party comedown. Killer singles'Two Hours', 'Jamaica', 'Ghosts', 'Wax' and 'Tonight' provide great access points to this fantastic new band.

Theme Park - iTunes
Theme Park - Vinyl
'Jamaica' - Video



AT THE DRIVE IN

 

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It is with immense pride that we re-issued both the first and last albums from At The Drive In, one of the most important and influential bands of a generation.

Whilst Acrobatic Tenement showcased a band finding their feet with youthful exuberance, their final, Relationship Of Command is the sound of a band at the height of their powers and is, quite simply, one of the best albums of all time. Ever.

We continued to push new boundaries with the band with the controversial 12” remix of 'One Armed Scissor' by The Field which took elements of the band’s inimitable sound to a very different, krautrock inspired claustrophobic space.

Acrobatic Tenement - iTunes
Relationship of Command - iTunes
Acrobatic Tenement - Vinyl
Relationship of Command - Vinyl
’One Armed Scissor’ (The Field Remix) - iTunes
’One Armed Scissor’ - Video
’One Armed Scissor’ (The Field Remix) Video



MYSTERY JETS

 

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Following the tradition of limited edition live albums for Record Store Day, we pushed the boat out for one of our favourite bands ever; The Mystery Jets, with an incredible double live album of their incendiary Royal Festival Hall set. Featuring perhaps the definitive versions of classic songs such as 'Two Doors Down', 'Someone Purer' and 'Alice Springs' and guest spots from the likes of Laura Marling and Johnny Tribes this is a live classic up there with ‘Live And Dangerous'. An expanded edition with the full set, and bonus short film is available now on iTunes.

Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Deluxe Edition)- iTunes



BLAENAVON

 

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Following their first 7” on Transgressive imprint paradYse, this most special of bands released their first substantial EP Koso through Transgressive and signed to Transgressive Publishing this year.

Barely legal, yet with a songwriting that far exceeds their years, this is one of the most exciting bands we’ve ever seen. Get on board now…

Koso - EP - iTunes
'Into The Night' - Video
'Prague' - Video



THUMPERS

 

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Refreshing, natural pop songs from childhood friends is lacking in this day and age… Uncontrived brilliance with an abundance of tunes and ideas was order of the day from Transgressive Publishing’s Thumpers who released a fantastic 7” on paradYse before a fuller EP on Transgressive preceding their debut album next year on Sub Pop in the USA. Touring with Chvrches, Ms Mr and Everything Everything has seen them become firm favourites in the tips for 2014 lists!

Unkinder - EP - iTunes
Unkinder - EP - Vinyl
'Sound of Screams' - Video
'Unkinder (A Tougher Love)' - Video



AFRICA EXPRESS

 

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We always strive to release important albums at Transgressive, but this extension of Africa Express designed to draw the world’s attention to the recent troubles in Mali, and focus on the incredible musical heritage of the area, inherent in some of its newest stars.

 

Produced by Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Two Inch Punch, Lil Silva, GhostPoet and Nick Zinner, who collaborated with incredible new talent such as Songhoy Blues, Bijou and Tiemoko Sogodogo to create a consistently thrilling and cohesive musical journey.

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes - iTunes
'Soubour' - Songhoy Blues - Video
'Season Change' - Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura - Video



MARIKA HACKMAN

 

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Once in a while an artist captures your imagination with an entirely unique world view. When Johnny Flynn first introduced us to this artist we were not expecting her ambitious blend of Nico, Nirvana and classic gothic approaches to folk form. Her subsequent collaborations with Charlie Andrew (Alt J) have set the stage for a dramatic 2014, and teased us with her incredible That Iron Taste mini-LP.

That Iron Taste - iTunes
That Iron Taste - Vinyl
'You Come Down' - Video
'Bath Is Black' - Video



SCHOOL OF NIGHT

 

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As member and producer of The Antlers, Darby Cicci has stepped forward with his own compositions on this substantial and immersive solo EP.

A beauteous continuation of the languid song structures exhibited on The Antlers Undersea EP, but with a darker, horror film influenced tone which touches on ideas of love and faith in these times. An essential release.

School of Night - EP - iTunes
School of Night - 12"
'Fire Escape' - Video



TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

 

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Rounding off the year with their O2 Arena show, Transgressive Publishing’s Two Door Cinema Club cemented their position as the hardest working band in the UK, building an enormous fanbase through an insane touring schedule and of course, some of the most life affirming pop songs around. Doing things properly, with love and dedication, Two Door Cinema Club released the stand alone single 'Changing of The Seasons' which they produced with Madeon, alongside an EP of material which demonstrated some very different directions for where this special band might go next.

Changing of the Seasons - EP - iTunes
'Changing of the Seasons' - Video



SINGLES...

 

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It was a great year for one off singles too – with a violently compelling split 7” from friends Pulled Apart By Horses and Blood Red Shoes, available here, to keep things warm before their new albums in 2014.

Circa Waves, one of the most exciting UK indie bands around, who enchanted us with their energy and huge choruses on their double-A-side single 'Get Away'/'Good For Me', available on iTunes here, and watch the video for 'Get Away' here.

Dry The River also delivered a stunning song for the soundtrack to Zaytoun which was released as a limited 7” for Record Store Day, watch the trailer for the film here.



KISSABILITY


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Jen Long’s Kissability imprint DESTROYED this year with some classic tape only releases, alongside the creation of the inaugural Cassette Store Day and stretching its legs with some glorious vinyl.

Thumpers // Among Brothers vs. Shady Lane // The Adelines // Cut Ribbons // Fol Chen // Glitches // Deaf Club // Los Campesinos // Circa Waves // Rainer //



Merry Christmas from everyone at Transgressive HQ. x