Critically acclaimed songwriter John Moreland will release his fourth solo album Big Bad Luv on May 5 via 4AD. Big Bad Luv marks a change in Moreland’s sound and outlook on life. With lyrics that are as intense and unfiltered as on his earlier work, Moreland delves into finding peace within. He also branches out sonically on the new album, which is injected with a heavier dose of rock ‘n’ roll. Big Bad Luv was recorded at Fellowship Fall Sound in Little Rock, AR, produced by Moreland and mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow). The brutal honesty of John Moreland’s singing and songwriting has touched listeners across the country. He silences rooms from dive bars to more recently the historic Ryman Auditorium stage. The simple and eloquent way that he’s able to speak about life rings as true as ever. “John Moreland has a beautifully abraded voice, full of potholesand gravel…” - The New York Times “Moreland sings heartwrenching lyrics in an earthy voice that sounds worn in beyond his 29 years.” - Wall Street Journal
The Luv Machine were something of a cross-cultural anomaly in Great Britain at the turn of the '70s. An interracial band from Barbados that played heavy psych influenced by the Hendrix/Clapton axis of British rock, the Luv Machine had been in the U.K. since 1967, slowly mutating from the West Indies' answer to Vanilla Fudge into a somewhat funk-influenced version of early British metal. Their self-titled album for Polydor in 1971 was roundly ignored, and the band split up shortly after its release. So all of the factors were in place to make the Luv Machine album the sort of thing that sells to psych, prog and early metal collectors for hundreds of dollars a pop.
Still Loving You and Pains Of Love, the two self-released albums under Bay Area musician Lawrence Ross's Twilight moniker in 1981 and ’86 respectively have enjoyed near mythical “Grail” status among fanatic crate diggers. Considered stone soul/funk classics; copies have treaded for huge sums. Ross recorded and pressed his records on his own Galaxy Productions, and due to lack of funds or distribution let them disappear when pressings sold out. In 2010, Ubiquity’s Luv N’ Haight licensed them for re-release on CD and limited edition vinyl, thus allowing them to evaluated strictly on their musical merits.