New Release Round-Up 07-31-15

New Releases - Fri, 31 Jul 

ALBERT HAMMOND JR. - Momentary Masters - Vagrant Records
New solo album from The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters is his third solo effort and the follow-up to 2008′s ¿Cómo Te Llama? LP and the 2013 EP AHJ. The 10-track album was produced by Gus Oberg and is Hammond’s first release via Vagrant Records. The album also features Mon Khmer and Bleachers on guitar.  

JOSS STONE - Water For Your Soul - Stone'd Records Ltd
Water For Your Soul is a culmination in Joss Stones's travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip-hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&B. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul were written and demoed before Joss's Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a ten-day frenzy.

LED ZEPPELIN - Deluxe Reissues - Atlantic
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original releases.  Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Achilles Last Stand" and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best. In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are "Fool In The Rain" and "All My Love," two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S. 

TITUS ANDRONICUS - The Most Lamentable Tragedy - Family Hour Records
The Most Lamentable Tragedy is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus and the band’s debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release this week as a double CD and triple LP. The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. 

MIGOS - YRN Tha Album - 300 Entertainment
YRN Tha Album is the debut studio album from hip­-hop trio Migos. One of the most highly ­anticipated rap debuts of the year, the record features production from long­time collaborator Zaytoven, DJ Mustard, TM88, Honorable C Note and more. The lead single, "One Time," is currently climbing up the radio charts while the official video has garnered over 4.6 million views on YouTube.

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE - At Least For Now - Capitol
Benjamin Clementine, the acclaimed London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and pianist releases his stunning debut album, At Least For Now, in the US. Clementine has packed a lot into his 26 years: heartbreak, homelessness, and reinvention all came before reaching cult status in Paris and eventually receiving the Best New Act honors at 2015 s Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards.

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.