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Various
Jackie Brown OST

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Original Soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 crime film Jackie Brown. Tarantino has always be renowned for his film scores, and the perfect selections that go alongside his violent films that make them iconic. Featuring tracks from Bobby Womack, Johnny Cash, Minnie Riperton, Brothers Johnson, and many more. …view full details.

Nirvana
Bleach

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9/10 according to Tobias (customer) on

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The Smiths
Strangeways Here We Come

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9/10 according to Joel (customer) on

Hey, you know how everyone is always going on about how The Smiths are the greatest and how Morrissey is a lyrical genius and all that? Turns out they're actually right despite what other shite they might say. Strangeways, Here We Come is The Smiths' last album and probably their best. Here Morrissey and Johnny Marr have their strengths completely under control and play to every single one of them. Songs like I Started S…view full details.

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Revenant

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

First off, let me just announce that I’m reviewing this album, a movie soundtrack no less, not having seen the movie.  Which is not necessarily a problem because I have listened to this already and can confirm it works perfectly as a stand-alone suite.  (Of course, I don’t need to see the many faces of Leo to appreciate this; every silver lining.)  Sakamoto contribute…view full details.

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Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

Cass McCombs is now established as a songwriter of the highest order. Mangy Love is lyrically his darkest record yet, all seen with his uniquely aware and often humorous eye. Musically it’s experimental soul, warped psychedelia, rock, hip-hop and beat poetry that shapes the album's upbeat and immediate sound. Guests include Angel Olsen and Blake Mills. Mangy Love was produced by Rob Schnapf. …view full details.

Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

69 people love me. Be the 70th...

9/10 according to our Phil

STARS OF THE LID are back after a long hiatus with a brand new 2CD (vinyl to follow). And Their Refinement Of The Decline sees them in total blistering form. Well as far as Stars of The Lid could ever blister..... it's just about the most breathtaking ambient moving music you'll hear this side of the River Wharf. It's well floaty.... it's like floating in space.....gravity doesn't exist an…view full details.

Stearica Invade Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Stearica Invade Acid Mothers Temple

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Li'l Biz

Weird one this. It starts of with a slow, heavy tribal groove like Faust or summat but less fucking terrifying. Then another tune comes in and it's like, more steady, rigid percussion with some dystopian synths. It really does sound like a Faust record from the mid-90s given a kind of cyber-dub makeover. I don't know how much involvement each AMT & Stearica have here but these Italians defi…view full details.

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Batsumi
Batsumi

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8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

Here’s a reissue of some classic African jazz from 1974, the latest in Matsuli’s series of rare Afro-jazz reissues. This Sowetan eight-piece put together an urgent, throbbing sound with pulsating rhythms on traditional and trap drums, warm repetitive bass cycles, energetic ivory-tinkling and breathy sax and flute over five tracks which vary in length from 3.25 to 16 minutes. It&rsqu…view full details.

Elliott Smith
Figure 8

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

They tried to make him look younger on the sleeve by sticking him in a cardigan and airbrushing his face and that pretty sums up this record by the renowned songsmith. Where earlier albums had that raw lo-fi appeal, 'Either/Or' had all the good songs, 'XO' did the same with higher fi production, 'Figure 8' was the one where nuts and bolts were added on and Smith's songs were fleshed out. …view full details.

Mark Leckey
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Brian

Now here we have another interesting release in a week of such things. Well in my pile anyway there's been nothing that's failed to raise an eyebrow somewhere along the line. Released on a Mancunian boutique imprint, this is the soundtrack to a pre-millennial video installation by sound/visual artist …view full details.

Loop
Array 1

18 people love me. Be the 19th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Loop have been away for a very, very long time, but as their name suggests, they’ll always return, and with much thanks to our collective, fervent love of alt rock nostalgia (credit goes to the ever-predictable ATP), the band has made very linear moves towards a comeback -- live shows, of course, and then a bunch of new material set to trickle down in three mini LPs. Their first record in…view full details.

Rhyton
Navigating By Starlight

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

7/10 according to our Robin

Space is the place, in moderation. There’s so much of it and I think it’s best consumed at a piecemeal pace: that’s why I’m all about being a living thing on a particular planet, because if I had all of the galaxy at once I think I’d stress out. All this agoraphobic chit-chat is to say that I’m glad space-rockers Rhyton have decided to release a 12” wit…view full details.

Ectoplasm Girls
New Feeling Come

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A second album of ghostly mysteriousness arrives from Ectoplasm Girls, 5 years after their debut. New Feeling Come is a set of ravaged ambience and haunted synth-pop from the Swedish sisters, sure to leave the listener with uncanny vibes. Only 300 copies of this LP are available, courtesy of iDEAL Recordings.…view full details.

Scheich in China
Scheich in China

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Robin

That indecipherable font isn’t the only thing keeping Scheich In China at a distance. The group’s dark ambient could be described, without mincing words, as repellent, a billowing, noise-scarred, kraut-outpacing kind of meditation that adequately stifles its listener. I am not being negative; this is noise music  that compels us to understand it. Scheich In China make a…view full details.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Push The Sky Away

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9/10 according to our Mike

The evergreen Aussie troubadour Nick Cave is back this week with the latest offering from his all-star Bad Seeds. This one is based on a notebook of observations he made from the window of his Brighton home, and is largely comprised of introspective, moody and often heartfelt numbers which showcase Cave’s downbeat skills in a way comparable to albums like…view full details.

Viet Cong
Cassette

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Robin

We owe Chad VanGaalen our lives, our legs and a lot of money. The Calgary producer and gruesome fairytale songwriter is responsible for mastering Women’s snowstorm masterpiece ‘Public Strain’, and now his backing band -- which includes, by the by, half of Women -- have decided to unite…view full details.

Ian William Craig
Centres

19 people love me. Be the 20th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Bursting with narrative, seeking out clarity in reprises, smoothing over existentialism with feedback, ruining pop songs that feel too standard to be the truth… this is, if you can believe it, Ian William Craig’s most chaotic record yet, one meandering its way away from a proper story while pining for the most typically art of things: an opener, a closer, and a whole middle for the…view full details.

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Robin

BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.

William S. Burroughs
Let Me Hang You

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This remarkable record is centred around William S. Burroughs reading extracts from his gloriously disgusting tour-de-force Naked Lunch. On Let Me Hang You, his incredible voice is surrounded by the music of Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang (who recorded with Burroughs…view full details.

Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Robin

The best of Dev Hynes? Probably. ‘Freetown Sound’ is a monolithic record of smooth aesthetics and furious politics, a panoramic view of marginalisation covering blackness, feminism and queer struggles through song and sample. Seventeen songs long -- each brushed over the next like another coat of paint or an overlapping collage -- it feels exhaustive in both emotional and music…view full details.

Scott Walker
Scott 4

17 people love me. Be the 18th...

9/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

I’ve often dismissed Scott Walker as pretentious or as just plain taking the piss (Tilt, Bish Bosh) and aloof. But then there’s this guy who is serious about what he does, doesn’t like the limelight and musically does what he wants, so good on him. I don’t want to put him down because I know many people who have a genuine passion for his music. I am far from his biggest fan but I adore “Scott 4”. “The World’s S…view full details.

R.E.M.
Life's Rich Pageant

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9/10 according to our Clinton

Right, people listen up. R.E.M were fucking amazing. Let's just take what they did in the '80s on it's own and we have an incredible body of work. 'Lifes Rich Pageant' was the moment they went from pastoral mumblers to a potential stadium rock band and hits the sweet spot just right. The album has so many highlights that it's hard to know where to begin but we could start at 'Begin the …view full details.

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

43 people love me. Be the 44th...

9/10 according to our Phil

Well I never thought I'd be talking about this on the site. One of my all time favourite albums which I now have the excuse of playing again so I can write this! Ba Da Bing have fortuitously decided to release the vinyl of 'The Laughing Stock' which has been unavailable since the year dot in the UK and amazingly has never seen a US release b…view full details.

Various
Pulp Fiction

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's breakthrough movie Pulp Fiction is arguably one of the best soundtrack albums you'll ever hear. Like Tarantino's other movie soundtracks like Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, it combines a few great songs that were past hits with tracks that most music listeners have never heard before. Unlike those soundtracks, Pulp Fiction is great from beginning to end with the more obscure tracks being arguably better than the more established songs. This is a great soun…view full details.

Max Richter
Recomposed by Max Richter / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Deluxe Edition)

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

8/10 according to our Mike

I've got another of those self-reviewing records this week. This one is Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' recomposed by Max Richter, and it's not just a clever name. It's an ambitious work, though, with Richter reworking the piece on a fundamental level, changing the music itself in such dramatic fashion that he calculates that he discarded around three-quarters of Vivaldi's original score in the pr…view full details.

Max Richter
Retrospective

17 people love me. Be the 18th...

10/10 according to our Phil

Max Richter is a fucking legend. It’s probably not the most appropriate of places to be all sweary and that but I feel strongly about him being a massive legend ‘n all.  This super sexy box features  4 classic Max albums, namely: ‘The Blue Notebooks’’, ‘Songs from Before’, ‘24 Postcards In Full Colour’ and ‘Infra’. If t…view full details.

Blossoms
Charlemagne

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

6/10 according to our Clinton

Before I listened to this I could never imagine that there was actually a sweet spot midway between Taylor Dayne and Suede but with this, their second single, Stockport Blossoms have managed to hit it. 'Charlemagne' is insanely poppy with a nagging synth riff that reminds me of my teenage bus journey's to the Metro Centre circa '88.…view full details.

Marissa Nadler
Strangers

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Robin

I’m unfamiliar with Marissa Nadler, but in her world, it doesn’t seem to matter. ‘Strangers’ is the kind of record that immediately prepares a table for you at its world; it pulls up a chair and you fall through the void in the floor, falling out onto a world of quiet, abandoned and ever-so gothic architecture. Obviously an extremely good songwriter, Nadler’s new r…view full details.

Beds In Parks / Cabbage
I’m a Warhol / Dinner Lady

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

A split single in good old fashioned style: 2 no-nonsense post-punk outfits jostling together on vinyl. Duo Beds In Parks contains ex-members of History Of Apple Pie and Hatcham Social, and Cabbage are young fellas from Manchester. All know their way around a noise-pop tune. I’m A Warhol / Dinner Lady is pressed to 7” vinyl and released by O Genesis.…view full details.

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Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate

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British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has made an album in Love & Hate that embraces the long playing format. It’s a dynamic, nuanced collection that will find you reaching for the headphones for its more intimate moments. Whilst his debut LP Home Again recalled the classic soul of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, Love & Hate expands on that base introducing psychedelic elements to its contemporary …view full details.

Darren Hayman
Train Songs (Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit)

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Let's be honest. Trains are fucking hopeless. They stink, they are invariably late if they even bother to turn up at all and are usually full of very annoyed people due to those very reasons as well as they cost about £20 to stumble a couple of miles very slowly. Yet there's still something very romantic about the railways and never short of a concept former Hefne…view full details.

The National
Alligator

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Smog
Dongs of Sevotion

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Dongs is not what fans of Smog's early work will be looking for. It is loaded with songs that nuzzle up to popular song styles, with decent production (compared to the 4 track stuff on most of the old albums). Still, this album isn't selling the staunchly DIY Callahan out. Quite the contrary. The songs are still insightful and slightly weird. For example, "Dress Sexy At My Funeral", the album's second cut. Strange title, hilariously dry song. And that's just the beginning. I would recommend t…view full details.

The White Stripes
The White Stripes

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The White Stripes debut album was originally released in 1999. The album was produced by Jack White and fellow Detroit musician Jim Diamond, the bass player with The Dirtbombs. As well as original material, the album features some covers including Robert Johnson’s Stop Breaking Down, which was also covered by The Rolling Stones on Exile On Main Street and Bob Dylan&rsq…view full details.

Richard Dawson
The Magic Bridge

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9/10 according to our ReviewBot300

Richard Dawson is said to be a bit of a legend in his home town of Newcastle, and he certainly seems to be revered by our office Business Lady, so it’s of great interest to me what this mere human has been doing to warrant such adulation. At first glance it doesn’t seem too remarkable. He’s playing guitar with his guitar an…view full details.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

53 people love me. Be the 54th...

9/10 according to our Mike

It was a genuine surprise to all of us earlier this week when the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced the near-instantaneous release of this new album after a full decade’s studio silence, and I’ve emotionally blackmailed Phil into letting me take home the finished vi…view full details.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation

58 people love me. Be the 59th...

10/10 according to our Nathon

I spent the best part of eight years or so listening almost exclusively to The BJM. No-word-of-a-lie, friends-were-concerned kind of thing. But following the largely disappointing (to me) 'Sgt Peppers' and 'Aufheben', things changed. Both those albums, and the various singles from around the same time, had their merits but the spell had been broken.'Revelati…view full details.

Gwenno
Y Dydd Olaf

17 people love me. Be the 18th...

7/10 according to our Clinton

Gwenno Saunders has had quite the roller-coaster life having been in the Pipettes, had a role in Welsh Language soap Pobol y Cwm on S4C and been touring keyboard player with Elton John. Meanwhile I’ve done nothing but sit on my big fat lazy arse. This album was released a few months ago on the Peski label but has …view full details.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic

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8/10 according to Matthaios (customer) on

I think the records came on a very good moment for modern jazz music. Someone that had the balls to release something like that was missing from the scene. Words like "big" and "phat" come to mind and its not hiphop we are talking about! Great!…view full details.

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Silver Mountain

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

7/10 according to our Robin

There are officially too many elephant-associated music things. There’s Elephant Six, from whom I was anticipating this record, and there’s Elephant9, who it actually turns out to be. The difference cast isn’t really that significant -- like, both are very annoying -- but to expect weird psych folk that begun a whole indie rock thing and instead receive half-skronk prog rock f…view full details.

Anna Meredith
Varmints

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

"Varmints" - what a word, very Elmer Fudd! - is Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Meredith's debut album, and it starts very strikingly with "Nautilus"; looped acoustic instrumentation - trumpet, cornet, tuba - and then piles on blasts of brass over the top of that - it's a pulsing, hypnotic and lively piece as an opening statement of intent - additional layers are added includin…view full details.

MF DOOM
Operation: Doomsday

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

9/10 according to Andy (customer) on

Simultaneously hailed as an underground classic and cast aside as poorly produced backpack rap, Operation…view full details.

Can
Ege Bamyasi

19 people love me. Be the 20th...

10/10 according to abandapart (customer) on

I could give any of the first 6 Can records top marks, however the first one you hear is often the most memorable and that is certainly the case with Ege Bamyasi. I remember when Mute & Spoon announced the box set I was overcome with joy only to realise I couldn't bring myself to default on my mortgage for a combination of brilliance and lets be fair some mediocrity. However joy returned when they announced t…view full details.

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

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8/10 according to our Ant

4AD have licensed this Bon Iver album from Jagjaguwar. 'For Emma, Forever Ago' has been played at the towers a few times this week and I've only just learned that this is a debut album which frankly has shocked me as its remarkably accomplished sounding. I get bits of a less weird Panda Bear at times and Scritti Politti at others. The tunes are very well written with some stripped down acoustic gu…view full details.

Beck
Modern Guilt

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Phil

And just out of nowhere is a band new Beck album. I'm sure these things seem to creep up on you. Gone are the months of plugging and radio/ magazine promotion in favour of rush releasing records before some spoddy nugget thinks he's doing the world a favour by uploading it to the internet. Maybe you wouldn't get to hear it otherwise if you didn't download it for free but that's what people have do…view full details.

Women
Women

42 people love me. Be the 43rd...

10/10 according to our Phil

You try searching for a Women CD! Anyhoo this album has been out for a while in the US and it's finally surfaced over here now it's all been Pitchforked up. The first time this was played on the stereo I was blown away by it. It's essentially a great experimental rock album but that makes me feel like a bit of a twat so I won't say that. Bits of Panda Bear, Liars, Sonic Youth and This Heat…view full details.

Bonobo
Black Sands

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10/10 according to Michal (customer) on

Just arrived home after a while and the package was waiting for me on my bed. Opened, asked my girlfriend to gently open the sleeve and we played the full album in bedroom before sleep. Is such a good album for making gentle love…view full details.


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