This Just In: Petals Have Fallen

Sorry, Run The Jewels – I know everyone loves you (and you are good), but I’ve got a different pick for what may be best hip-hop album of the year. DELS – Petals Have Fallen immediately grabbed my attention within the first 3 seconds of lead track “Limbo.” The rest of the album followed suit, so now I’m sharing this enthusiasm with you. The lyrics are weird as hell… the prodcution is clever (thanks Bonobo, Kwes & Micachu), and the delivery is gruff and succinct. There are all the right touches of electronic flourishes and backing vocals without getting out of hand. Its themes are simultaneously personal and universal, aaaaaaand, unlike a ton of other hip-hop I see coming through here, there’s not a touch of misogyny involved. Cheers, DELS – your new album kicks ass!

DELS – Petals Have Fallen LP:
Listen: Petals Have Fallen Playlist

“Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could have expected him to display them with such consistency, such delicacy and such supreme confidence. His explanation of the title of the record perfectly sums up Gallear’s aesthetic, plus providing a handy definition of what it is to make art: ‘the urge to protect something precious that will ultimately fall apart…’

Put simply, Gallear has developed the confidence to be exactly and only himself – at times sensitive and romantic, at others sarcastic and funny, even ready to take the piss out of himself: ‘Some say I’m anxious/ I just think I need to eat cheese less.’ Gallear has talked about how he uses visuals as well as music to inspire his writing and Petals Have Fallen is a record which you almost see as much as hear, one in which moments in time are suspended in images like prehistoric insects in amber. Already hotly-tipped as an MC and carving out a successful career as a designer and video director, DELS brings together all his interests and talents on this, a stand out album, which delivers and then some on The Times’ verdict that he is ‘the future of UK hip hop.'” -Big Dada

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Other things fallen – new releases, reissues & restocks…
Absolutely Free – S/T LP
Agent Orange – Living In Darkness LP
Aphex Twin – Syro 2LP, CD
April March – Paris In April LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP, Suburbs 2LP
Atlas Sound – Logos LP
At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command 2LP
Ausmuteants – Order Of Operation LP
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique 2LP
Beirut – Gulag Orkestar LP; The Flying Cup Club LP
Bikini Kill – Bikini Kill 12”
Boards Of Canada – Geogaddi 3LP; Trans Canada Highway EP 12″
Body/Head – The Show Is Over 7″*
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP; Ten Tigers EP 12”
Breeders – Last Splash LP
Burial – Untrue 2LP
Can – Delay LP*; Future Days LP*; Soon Over Babaluma LP*
Caribou – Swim 2LP
Cat Power – What Would The Community Think LP
Clark – Edits 12″*; S/T 2LP*
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas LP
Cold War Kids – Hold My Home “Bootleg” LP*
Cooly G – Wait ‘Til Night LP*
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose LP
Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You LP
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant LP
Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2LP
Death – For The Whole World To See LP
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita LP*, CD*
Deerhunter – Monomania LP
Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
Dorian Concept – Joined Ends LP
Elliott Smith – Either/Or LP; S/T LP
Etta James – Rocks The House LP
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
FKA twigs – LP1 LP, CD
Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends LP
Flipper – Fight (Live) LP*
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 2LP; You’re Dead! 2LP
Fugazi – Margin Walker LP; Repeater LP; The Argument LP
Future Brown – Wanna Party 12″
Gregory Isaacs – More Gregory LP
Grimes – Visions LP
Grouper – Ruins LP*
Gruff Rhys – American Interior LP*
Horace Silver – Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers LP*
Horrors – Skying 2LP
Hot Chip – One Life Stand 2LP
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love 2LP
Iggy Pop – The Idiot LP
Interpol – El Pintor CD
Isis – In The Absence Of Truth 2LP
James Brown – A Soulful Christmas LP
Jessie Ware – Tough Love 2LP
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy LP
Joey Ramone – Don’t Worry About Me LP
King Khan & BBQ Show – S/T LP
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Killing Season 12″*
Korallreven – Second Comin’ LP*
Kyuss – …And The Circus Leaves Town (2014) LP; Blues For The Red Sun (2014) LP; Welcome To Sun Valley (2014) LP
Lee Perry – Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread LP
Magnetic Fields – The Charm Of The Highway Strip LP
Mariachi El Bronx – III LP*
Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin’ On LP
Massacre – From Beyond 2LP
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See LP
Meatbodies – S/T LP*
Minor Threat – First Two 7′”s 12″; Out Of Step LP
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 2LP
Morbid Angel – Gateways To Annihilation LP*
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door LP; Storytone CD*
New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers LP
Nightmares On Wax – Thought So… 2LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP; ATLiens LP
Panda Bear – Tomboy LP
Pantera – Far Beyond Bootleg (Live From Donington ’94) LP
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal LP
PC Worship – Social Rust LP
Pig Destroyer – Mass & Volume LP
Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork 2LP
Ratatat – LP4 LP
Rowland S. Howard – Pop Crimes LP
Roxy Music – Roxy Music LP
Savages – Silence Yourself LP
SBTRKT – SBTRKT LP
Serge Gainsbourg – Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin LP; Histoire De Melody Nelson LP
Sharon Jones – Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings LP
Shins – Port Of Morrow LP
SOAK – B a noBody 7″*
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 2LP; Goodbye 20th Century 2LP; Murray Street LP; The Destroyed Room 2LP
Stars – No One Is Lost 2LP
Stereolab – Dots & Loops 2LP; Emperor Tomato Ketchup 2LP
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather LP
Stooges – Fun House LP
St. Vincent – Marry Me LP; Strange Mercy LP
Symmetry – Themes For An Imaginary Film 3LP
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat LP
The Bug – Angels & Devils 2LP
The Chills – BBC Sessions LP*
The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music For Pretty Special People LP*
The Dismemberment Plan – Change LP*
The Jam – All Mod Cons LP
Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection Vol. 3 LP
Thom Yorke – The Eraser LP
Thundercat – Apocalypse 2LP
Thurston Moore – The Best Day 2LP
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones LP
Tre Mission – Stigmata LP*
Ty Segall – Lemons LP; Manipulator 2LP; Melted LP; Singles 2007-2010 2LP
Ultramarine – Every Man And Woman Is A Star 2LP*
Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th Anniversary 2LP
Various – Black Fire! New Spirits! 3LP*
Various – Red Hot/Arthur Russell Master Mix 2CD
Various – Studio One Dancehall 3LP
Various –Bleep:10 2LP
William Onyeabor – LP Boxset 1 5LP+7″*
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Weyes Blood – The Innocents LP
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself… LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue