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Back in: Friday 14th December 2018

Swervedriver
Ejector Seat Reservation

Though Oxford's second best shoegaze band Swervedriver reached big audiences with their first couple of records, their third fell somewhat under the radar in 1995. Never mind though as now it has been re-issued for you to rediscover. It's a mixture of tough shoegaze, dreamy rock music and a hint of blues that serves to prove tha...view item »


The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Methodrone

Clinton awoke from his slumbers on overhearing the news that theres another Brian Jonestown Massacre album out. This time its called 'Methadrone' which is a very typical Brian Jonestown Massacre title. A further internet investigation tells me its not a new album at all but a re-issue of a 2004 album. It comes on lovely blue double vinyl...view item »


The KVB
Of Desire

The second record from KVB does an excellent job mixing synthesizers and a bass-heavy rock throb with classic-style dramatic vocals. Of Desire could have emerged from one of the late 80’s finer bands. Made at Invada studios using some wonderful synths and released on Geoff Barrow's very ...view item »


Moondog
Viking of Sixth Avenue

It may be super old, but this Moondog record is getting on for over half a century old yet it really doesn't sound like it at all. It sounds like something some 'indiephile' musician would composer to transcend time and return to the 40's and 50's. Viking of Sixth Avenue is a Double LP on Honest Jon's....view item »


Moondog
Moondog and His Friends

VINYL VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!!! Oh man, today's deliveries are so exciting. Perhaps pick of the bunch are the four early Moondog joints we've got with Moondog and His Honking Geese coming on 10" along with Moondog and His Friends, plus the LPs More Moondog and The Story of Moondog, originally issued on legendary jazz labels like Prestige back ...view item »


Actress
Splazsh

You can always tempt me with a bit of dubby techno and so here we are with a new album by Actress. This is an album of beautifully hazy ambience by Werk Discs founder and controller Darren J. Cunningham. The first track opens with shards of lovely atmospheric synths/treated guitars beneath which there is cut up vocal. Track two has more cut up f...view item »


Kevin Morby
Harlem River

This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely homage to his recent home of New York City.  Opener ‘Miles Miles Miles’ has that swooning sty...view item »


Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Trance Frendz

Old friends and fellow neo-classical composer / performers Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds recently had a film made about them: the audio on this album, Trance Frendz, is taken from the same sessions documented in the film. First take improvisations that reach some delicate, sublime heights. LP on Erased ...view item »


Kilchhofer
The Book Room

After a couple of EPs for Marionette (Burnt Friedman, Max Loderbauer), Swiss producer Kilchhofer turns in a twenty-track LP for the label. The cuts here are probably what you’d describe as ‘post-techno’, if pushed. There are club tracks straining to get out of ...view item »


Derek Bailey
Lot 74

Honest Jons' Derek Bailey reissue programme continues with the welcome addition of one of the guitarist’s earliest solo LPs, recorded way back in 1974. The side-long title track is a particular tour de force, a rapid-fire onslaught of Bailey’s trademark harmonics, dissonant clusters and stereo panning that is as defi...view item »


Rezzett
Rezzett

The truth of the matter is this is the record I’m gonna have on my shuffle all year, accompanying me whenever destiny decides it’s time for a little more home comfort. With their self-titled debut, Rezzett do away with surprises and deliver the kind of record that leaves listeners cocooned: their grainy, ghostly iteration of techno a...view item »


Radiohead
In Rainbows

OK it's a reasonably well known fact that I'm a bit of a Radiohead fanboy. I think pretty much all of their output with the exception of the 1st album which is shit has been really strong and each album has taken them a step forwards in some way. The music has progressed and they got to the ridiculously confident point of following OK Computer (wid...view item »


Molly Nilsson
Twenty Twenty

Eighth album from Molly Nilsson’ the hippest purveyor of urban melancholy via fond-memory synth-pop in quite some time. Twenty Twenty takes a look at the world as it ...view item »
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Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible

Plenty of super-deluxe box set reissues around these days, but The Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible stands out as an album singular enough to warrant this treatment. Here it is presented on heavyweight vinyl, and is accompanied by a glossy book and 4 CDs: 2 different mixes, a disc of...view item »


Kate Bush
Aerial

In 2005, Kate Bush returned to recorded music for the first time in 12 years, with the beautiful Aerial. This is her only double album, featuring the two sides ...view item »


Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous saili...view item »


Iggy Pop
The Idiot

Iggy Pop made his official debut as a solo artist with this record and has struggled to scale the heights of this brilliant album since. Drugged up & boozed up after The Stooges broke up, Iggy was in the midst of a downward spiral when Bowie dragged him off to Berlin, got him sobered up (somewhat) and helped him write a couple of rockin' alb...view item »


Siouxsie and The Banshees
Kaleidoscope

Ah this is the classic one isn't it? The first with ‘Budgie’ on drums and  John McGeoch on guitar who would both play a part in transforming the Banshees sound. It contains two of their excellent breakthrough hits Happy House and Christine and is a more rounded and vibrant Banshees sound than ever. Now re-issued cut from th...view item »


Muse
Showbiz

Some people may forget that Muse released anything before Origins of Symmetry, sometimes I do. Then I go back to it and am surprised I forget about Showbiz. It's by no means forgettable, every song is propelled with youthful spirit and played expertly by the dynamic trio. The songs here are written to dazzle, whether it be the melodramatic Jeff Buc...view item »


Talk Talk
Spirit Of Eden

Fashioned from innumerable improv sessions, 1988’s Spirit of Eden is where Talk Talk took an experimental turn and, in so doing, secured the legacy that lives on in bands such as Zelienople. Sprawled-out and unhurried song structures, a smattering of strange sound design, a wide instrumental palet...view item »


Talk Talk
The Colour Of Spring

The Colour of Spring was the transition album between the old Talk Talk (sort of like a literate Duran Duran) and the new Talk Talk (jazz inflected post rock innovators). The Colour of Spring had elements of both containing chart-ready hits ('Life Is What You Make It', 'Living In Another World'...view item »


Manic Street Preachers
Generation Terrorists

Released in 1992, the Manics proclaimed that they thought their debut album would sell 16 million copies in a blaze of shameless self-promotion and controversy-courting. While the album was well-hyped, it didn't quite hit those sales, but it did come through on some of their early promise shown on the New Art Riot EP and their single "Motown Jun...view item »


Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

'Bitches Brew' is a jazz standard living outside of jazz standards, believed to be one of the best ever made. Miles Davis originally recorded the record of long jazz fusion tracks in 1970; here, the original master tapes have been used to reissue the music as a double LP via Mobile Fidelity. 'Bitches Brew' is recommended for fans of im...view item »


David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Aladdin Sane followed up Ziggy Stardust, and is hence the first Bowie record made whilst already a success. Includes ‘The Je...view item »


Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Ride

The second record from unfathomably popular indie rock group who have proved that having the worst name in the history of pop music and producing music that is by numbers at best is absolutely no hindrance to world domination. Kind of like a Manic Street Preachers without the politics which despite my personal despair leads to a...view item »


The Shins
Heartworms

Once brilliant, the Shins have remained purveyors of literate twisty guitar pop headed up by James Mercer's elasticated voice.  Though recent records have been shinier and slicker than the charming first couple of records they can usually be relied upon to add a few more tuneful earworms to the world's supply.  ...view item »


Cypress Hill
Black Sunday

Reissue of Cypress Hill’s second full length album Black Sunday, which is arguably their biggest and greatest. Pretty much every track has become classic since it’s release in 1993. Includes huge hitters Insane In the Brain, I Wanna Get high, Hits From The Bong. Double LP from We A...view item »


LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

You can have a strange relationship with LCD Soundsystem, a bit like Marmite - you either love them, or hate them. This ten track release, entitled American Dream, is no doubt a great collection of tracks for any LCD fan but might not be for everyone. Available on Vinyl LP and CD on DFA / Columbia.  ...view item »


First Aid Kit
Ruins

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit return with their fourth album, Ruins. Previous albums have been increasingly more confident but their first album, with tracks like "Ghost Town", will be hard to beat for many early adopters of their music. They still have it though, so expect more assured songwriting, beautiful harmonies and fo...view item »


Teenage Fanclub
Songs From Northern Britain

Songs From Northern Britain was the 6th album by Teenage Fanclub, originally released in 1997. It was their most polished album but still found the band in fine melodic form. Ain’t That Enough and Your Love Is A Place Where I Come From are worth the admission price alone. Nick Hornby is a fan of the album and included the ...view item »


Chvrches
Love Is Dead

This is Chvrches latest record called Love Is Dead and it contains a whole load of sparkly new tracks that, at some point, you'll hear floating around on the ol' radio. These 13 tracks are available on multiple formats; two vinyl LP's, one blue coloured and one transparent, and on CD. Released on Virgin E...view item »


Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer 001

A veritable feast for fans of late Clash legend Joe Strummer here. Joe Strummer 001 actually ...view item »


Television
Marquee Moon

Well what else can you say about Marquee Moon? This sinewy punk-era album pretty much invented a sound which still influences hoards of young arty guitar slingers to this day. This Deluxe Audio edition features the original album plus an LP of bonus material which featured on the 2003 expanded CD version.  ...view item »


Max Richter
White Boy Rick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

So. He's only done it again, hasn't he? Another stellar soundtrack work under the expanding belt of Max von Richie Richter. This time, it's 'White Boy Rick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'. The music accompanies a story in the film where the teenage Richard in the title becomes an undercover FBI informant a...view item »


Amy Winehouse
Back To Black (Half-Speed Master)

Half-speed mastering is an incredibly clever and powerful tool in improving sound quality and clarity. When he record is cut everything is done at half the speed enabling the machine to cut at what will be perceived as much higher and lower frequencies when played at full speed. Therefore Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black...view item »


XTC
Apple Venus Vol. I

Not many bands release their finest album 20+ years into their career but XTC aren't really like other bands. After a long lay off whilst they were in a contract dispute with Virgin, the band returned in 1999 with this stunning collection of pastoral and orchestrated pop music. Great throughout, the final three songs are the bes...view item »


Siouxsie and The Banshees
The Rapture

The Rapture was the 11th and final studio album from Siouxsie and the Banshees and was part produced by John Cale. The album continued the band's legacy of producing innovative and fresh work at a time when many of their contemporaries had either split up or were treading water. Though not sporting any ...view item »


Robyn
Honey

Robyn started her music career over twenty years ago with throwaway pop songs, working with the likes of pop supremo Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Westlife - urrrgggh!). She has really come into her own since those days though. With credible pop classics like Dancing On My Own she balanced dancefloor hit with heartbreaking lyrics...view item »


The Strokes
Is This It

The Strokes’ dynamic 2001 debut Is This It, with hard-to-resist faves like Last Nite and Someday which helped the growly Julian Casablancas and co. wedge themselves firmly into the indie rock canon. The New Yorkers’ kickstarter for the 2000s indie scene, available on regular LP from Rough Trade or a limited ...view item »


Radiohead
Kid A

Kid A is still Radiohead's most challenging album and the furthest they've headed into electronic textures but it's all the better for it. The band channelled the sounds they were hearing on records by the likes of Autechre and applied them to their own sound. Such a different beast from OK Computer b...view item »


BC Camplight
Deportation Blues

Mental illness and addiction left Philadelphia-dwelling Brian Christinzio relocating to Manchester for a fresh start. He recorded the last BC Camplight album, How To Die In The North there with a new band. As soon as it was released he found out he was being deported. After going through a lot of red tape, his Italian grandparen...view item »


Papa M
A Broke Moon Rises

The main morsel of information to glean from the press release is that David Pajo's son is at least 29 years old.  Dad meanwhile after having thrown it all out there with the cathartic 'Highway Songs' returns to a more acoustic based sound using layers of guitars to build up his affecting compositions. This could be very lovely indeed. ...view item »


Thom Yorke
Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)

It's true then. Thom Yorke is soundtracking Luca Guadagnino's reimagining of the 1977 Dario Argento horror flick. And here is as much proof as you'd need. The soundtrack is a mix of score work, interludes and some actual normal songs featuring Thom singing. If you are a Radiohead fan you should be excited. ...view item »


Bauhaus
Burning From The Inside

Reissue of 1983’s Burning From The Inside, the fourth and final album made by Bauhaus in their original incarnation before their split that same year. Illness meant l...view item »


Bauhaus
Crackle

All the essentials are here ("Bela Lugosi's Dead", "She's In Parites", etc.). However, their producers missed an opportunity to make a perfect Bauhaus collection. Certainly they have made enough great songs to fill one disk. Still, there's a lot of good stuff here and I would recommend this as a good starting place. Those new to Bauhaus really n...view item »


Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise

So I'm brilliant. Have you heard? I'm years ahead of my time. Good old me eh? You probably don't remember me rabbiting on and on droning endlessly about Sufjan Stevens 'Michigan' album years and years ago. Before you could even be bothered to be born. Hang on,   I think I'm turning into Everett True. Anyway here's Sufjan'...view item »


Thom Yorke
The Eraser

I suspect you may have heard of some duffer called Thom Yorke. He of little known band called Radiohead. Well he's done that thing all musicians seem to inherently want to do .... the solo project. They all want it. Give 'em an ounce of success and they all want to see if they can make it on their own. Me.... I play the drums and...view item »


Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

It had been three years since Joanna Newsom’s previous album, Ys. To make up for this gap, she made a triple album, Have One On Me, essentially one single album for each year that she missed. Despite its lengthy sprawl, it was more accessible than its predecessor, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell...view item »


Sleaford Mods
English Tapas

Returning with their first full length record for Rough Trade, it will be fascinating to find out what Sleaford Mods made of 2016. The title here refers to cuisine in a pub the pair visited that consisted of "half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" - a menu that sums up the useless state of England, as viewed through...view item »


Aldous Harding
Party

New Zealand's Aldous Harding came to prominence with her self titled debut from a couple of years ago  - a word of mouth hit which showcased her ghostly laments and eerie torch songs. Well now she is back and she travelled all the way to Bristol to record it with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parrish. ...view item »


B12
Electro-Soma

Warp Records luminaries B12 announce the first reissue of their 1993 album Electro-Soma all remastered in a gatefold sleeve with an essay on B12, photos and more souvenirs. Alongside Aphex Twin, The Black Dog, and Autechre, B12 were pio...view item »


Stella Donnelly
Thrush Metal

Horribly appearing to have a mouthful of garden worms on the cover of this debut release, this Australian singer songwriter blends lovely sweet melodies with bold instinctive lyrics often aimed at men being arseholes. But like Liz Phair on Exit in Guyville the songs are both gorgeous and unique. Donnelly's voice has a lovely Aus...view item »


Daughter
Music From Before The Storm



Bicep
Bicep

This is Bicep's debut album, following up a bunch of 12" records, selling thousands of vinyl, generating millions of streams and being played by just about everyone. One of their 12' releases: "Just" earned this electrifying duo the title of Track of the Year and has been dropped by the likes of Jamie XX.  ...view item »


Low
Christmas

Now as much of a christmas standard as "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" by Mel and Kim. Low are the perfect band to soundtrack Christmas, coming as they do from the snow-bound city of Duluth which glistens like Christmas half the year round. This short album combines lovely originals "Just Like Christmas" and "...view item »


Low
The Great Destroyer

The Duluth rock behemoth Low have a new album out on Rough Trade. This time its produced by David Fridmann (Mercury Rev etc). I think you always have to give Low albums a  long while to grow on you. On first impression this seems as poppy a thing as they have ever done. It still sounds like Low tho...view item »


Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am

Debut album from Los Angeles' neé Sheffield's finest from back when they were four scrappy kids with big fringes, before the smart shirts and slicked back hair. Even now the young Alex Turner's lyrics are genuinely impressive in how vivid a vision of the People's Republic of South Yorkshire they can create. ...view item »


The Cinematic Orchestra
Ma Fleur



Pavement
Slanted & Enchanted

This was the Pavement I liked. A sloppy sprawling lo-fi charm fest taking heavy influence from the Velvet Underground and the Fall but stumbling blinking in the sun with classic melodies glinting through the fuzzy production and madcap drumming. On top of that add Malkmus wordplay and you get an...view item »


Harmonia
Musik Von Harmonia

Always good to have these German jewels in print. Gronland are reissuing the first two Harmonia studio albums, to the joy of all. The 1970’s group combined Cluster with Micheal Rother of Neu!: three professionals in the art of ascending to higher musical planes through shi...view item »


James Holden & The Animal Spirits
The Animal Spirits

Electronics expert James Holden has expanded his Animal Spirits for a bold set of synth led folk opuses that fuse bits of psychedelia, kraut-rock, world jazz to create a genre blending opus that is also accessible. Sax, cornet, recorder and percussion have been introduced to the sonic maelstrom with Holden acting as band leader ...view item »


Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu...view item »


Fever Ray
Plunge

Well I don’t know about you, but this is very exciting. Karin Dreijer has of course been busy making magic with The Knife for much of the intervening period, but it’s been absolutely years since she stepped out as her solo project Fever Ray. But now we have a whole new album, Plu...view item »


Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still

Well, Leon Vynhall wrote a book. In the mid 20th century Vynhall's grandparents emigrated to New York, a journey he has found incredibly inspirational. The sum is Nothing Is Still, an album, a novella, and more. What's more it features most of an orchestra. Vynhall's debut album is nothing if not ambit...view item »


Jon Hassell
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First album in nine years from Fourth World aesthetic creator Jon Hassell. On Listening To Pictures he applies the painterly technique of pentimento, where new strokes unearth older ones, to a kind of ambient jazz. Using overdubs Hassell creates dense ever shifting layers that are an absolute joy on the ears. ...view item »


Hen Ogledd
Mogic

Hen Ogledd is, if you remember, the project started by folk maverick Richard Dawson alongside harpist Rhodri Davies. Here, they are joined by Mrs Richard Dawson Sally Pilkington and Dawn Bothwell to make music which, if you believe the Guardian (and often it's a good idea not to) sounds more lik...view item »


Sun Ra
Jazz In Silhouette

Eight strong tracks from the late 50s and early 60s. Jazz In Silhouette, one of many long forgotten Sun Ra albums, highlights the be-bop he cherished before stepping into the fold of the avant-garde. This album is rich in composition, with extended solos throughout courtesy of Sun Ra's Arkestra. To describe the music contained within this album as ...view item »


Back in: Thursday 13th December 2018

Bloc Party
Silent Alarm

Oh I know. You're waiting on the Bloc Party album aren't you? Yes you bunch of dribbling fanatics, It's here. With a free 4 track live DVD. It's great as well. Edgy, dynamic headrush anthems. Taking indie into a new sky scraping stratosphere. Tight as hell playing from this uber talented 4 piece. Awesome drumming etc etc. It's everywhere...view item »


Vernon Elliot
The Clangers

Until the day comes when we can hear the Button Moon soundtrack pressed onto vinyl we must be content with this re-press of Vernon Elliott's soundtrack for Oliver Postgate's classic The Clangers series for infants. Recorded in a church hall in Kent in the late '60s this was originally released to acclaim on Trunk in 2001. ...view item »


Nicolas Jaar
Space Is Only Noise

“Space Is Only Noise” is a great philosophical title for an album of ambient music. Nicolas Jaar is a producer and remixer of some repute. “Space Is Only Noise” is his only full length album to date but he has a bunch of singles and EPs to his name. It seems that the intention here is for each track to become full...view item »


The Beta Band
Heroes To Zeroes

I used to love The Beta Band. The 1st 3 Ep's were so fine..... Since then I've had a love/ hate affair with 'em. They haven't recreated the early magic as much as they used to.... there's the odd track here and there.... Anyhoo they have a new album out which undeniably sounds like 'em and it's a bit more polished...view item »


Easy Star All-Stars
Radiodread



Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Courtney Barnett is a storyteller first, relating obscure vignettes of her life to song and then positing them to us, like, "ain't that just the truth?". On The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, she makes mundane stories about gardening sound surreal and cinematic and talks about making out with people at p...view item »


The Nightingales
Pigs On Purpose

I was thinking this was a new album but, as usual,  I was hopelessly wrong. Our resident Nightingales expert Brian informs me this dates from 1982 and is a re-issue so just a few quick words. Very much in your strummy scratchy Josef K style with gnarled, angry vocals rating about this and that. There is...view item »


AMM
AMMMusic

Oren Ambarchi’s label Black Truffle reissues a genuine avant-landmark: the first album from AMM. AMMMUSIC landed in the 1960’s like a slab of alien matter, sounding almost entirely unlike anything else. Keith Rowe, Cornelius Cardew and the rest broke out of ...view item »


Trad, Gras och Stenar
Djungelns Lag

First released in 1971, and reissued as part of an Anthology Recordings project, Djungelns Lag is a live recording of this Swedish psychedelic rock collective. Trad, Gras och Stenar make a free-form progressive hard rock that has become the stuff of legend. The Anthology label are making th...view item »


The Ahmad Jamal Trio
The Awakening

Reissue of the sought after deep trio session recorded in NYC - originally issued via the legendary Impulse! label back in 1970. The three cats responsible were bassist Jamil Nasser, Frank Gant on drums and of course Ahmad Jamal -- who it has been noted was an influence on Miles Davis. This timeless, revered work from one of Ja...view item »


Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
This Dazzling, Genuine

Startling to note that this is already the eighth release from the free rock supergroup. The trio are masters at wrenching great textural and dynamic variety from the basic power trio format, which here is augmented with some unusual instrumental additions. O’Rourke plays EMS Synthi as well as often heavily-effected bass, ...view item »


Orchestre Abass
De Bassari Togo

Analog Africa with yet another fine rare LP here. This one comes courtesy of Orchestre Abass, a West African rock group who scored a couple of hits in the early ‘70s before falling into obscurity. When the Analog Africa boss came across...view item »


Hiroshi Yoshimura
Music For Nine Postcards

Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneer of environmental music, parallel to Eno, Yoshimura created ambient music to fit with physical spaces, music to be in and live through. ...Nine Postcards is simply keyboard and rhodes played sweetly and softly. First vinyl reissue since its original release in 1982 with full reproduction o...view item »


King Crimson
Lark's Tongues In Aspic

The title track - the opener - is an album's worth of genre-bending stylings and thorough musical control. It builds from a distant percussive murmur to become a riff worthy enough to impress most 70s metalheads. Beyond that initial six minute burst things get funky, melancholic with the introduction of violin, and then the restraint returns. Re...view item »


King Crimson
Islands

Here we are with King Crimson reissue LP no. 6 on DGM/Panegyric. Capturing Fripp & co at their most fiery, 1971's 'Islands' features heavy use of the saxophone of Mel Collins, heralding in the group's more dissonant era as a departure from their earlier bombast. All the reissue luxuries are present here - 200 gram vinyl, original sleeve...view item »


DJ Shadow
Endtroducing.....

DJ Shadow’s sample-built 1996 debut album Entroducing….. has all the drama you’d expect from a title with ellipses two-thirds longer than the standard. As tense as it slaps, this is truly one of the the best instrumental trip/hip-hop albums ever made. The deluxe edition comes with expanded lin...view item »


The Beatles
Abbey Road

Abbey Road was the penultimate album by The Beatles. It’s predecessor, Let It Be, was all but finished before the recording of Abbey Road began, however, Abbey Road was released first. The album is notable for George Harrison’s songwriting coming to the fore, seven son...view item »


Ryuichi Sakamoto
async

‘async’ is the latest album by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This release shows us how far he has come and how far he is willing to go to break the boundaries of different sounds and textures. A fifteen-track masterpiece that brings together classical, neo-classical and orchestral music. Available on Vinyl Double LP and...view item »


Charlotte Gainsbourg
Rest

Rest is the fifth album by singer/songwriter, actress and offspring of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg. The album was produced by Ed Banger fella SebAstian who has also lent his talents to Frank Ocean among others. Paul McCartney...view item »


LCD Soundsystem
Sound Of Silver

LCD Soundsystem's second release differs significantly from their debut, however not to let that discourage as it offers its own merits. Sound Of Silver feels as it can act to the low near or after the end of the party, with their first album being the party, offering songs like 'Someone Great' which elicits an emotional response which can reson...view item »


The Cure
Pornography

One of the best gothic albums. It does not reduce the album's quality to search for comparisons. The icy keyboard, the whining voice, the harsh guitar and the muffled drums make it sound like a strange mix of Virgin Prunes and Joy Division. The dark keyboard of the title tra...view item »


The Smiths
The Queen is Dead

'The Queen Is Dead' is thought by many to be the Smiths greatest achievement. Not for me, nothing with 'Vicar In A Tutu' on it should ever be considered a classic. However it does contain many of their greatest moments, the title track, 'There is a Light....' and 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' to name but three. The Smiths at their...view item »


The Smiths
Meat is Murder

Never widely considered to be their best album but this is a superb effort. It contains one of their most unusual and memorable songs in 'The Headmasters Ritual', add in to that the twin rainy day melancholy ballads 'Well I Wonder' and 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore', the surprising funk workouts of 'Barbarism Begins At Home' and the disturbing ...view item »


The Specials
The Specials

That very first album from The Specials has been reissued for your ska-pleasure! It is, to be fair, a classic, containing ‘A Message To You, Rudy’, ‘Too Much Too Young’, and ‘Concrete Jungle’, along with many more. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed to 180g vinyl by Chrysalis / Two...view item »


Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi

I've not heard this lady before so while I'm letting her sink in a little bit I've been trying to think of words that rhyme with 'Calvi', except I can't think of any. Not proper rhymes like. I guess it was fun thinking about it though. From reading the press release I was fully expecting this to be very PJ Harvey-ish (Patti Smith is mentioned, N...view item »


Pulp
Different Class

Following the recent renewal of interest in Britpop comes the reissue of Pulp's widely revered 1995 LP 'Different Class'. Pressed onto 180g vinyl, this special issue comes with an insert featuring Cocker's bitingly deft lyrics. Alluding to society and the British class system, 'Different Class' was defiantly of its time, but still resonates toda...view item »


David Bowie
Hunky Dory

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Hunky Dory is Bowie’s 1971 triumph, containing several of his most immortal songs, including ‘Changes’ and ‘Life on...view item »


Frightened Rabbit
Painting Of A Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit return with their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack. The Scottish indie band have gone through some line-up changes, added some electronic elements to their guitar-based sound and have Aaron Dessner of The National in the producer’s chair. Frontman Scott Hutchinson&...view item »


Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

Synth expert Martin Jenkins rolls another one out as Pye Corner Audio. This is his second LP on Ghost Box and in a way it is a sequel to 2012's 'Sleep Games'. What you can be sure of is massive big old fashioned synth sounds that reference all the greats including Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and...view item »


Back in: Wednesday 12th December 2018

Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Groundbreaking stuff here from Brian Eno. Ambient 1: Music For Airports was released in 1978 and marks the first time when the word ‘ambient’ was used in connection with this kind of music. Eno made the album by layering tape loops. His intention was to make a soundscape that would cut through anxiet...view item »


Back in: Monday 10th December 2018

This Mortal Coil
Blood

Blood was the third and final This Mortal Coil album and like it's predecessor Filagree and Shadow, was presented as a double album. Once again large swathes of the 4AD roster were involved and the album has several highlights that compare favourably with their earlier work. There are two Chris Bell (Bi...view item »


Back in: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Low
Double Negative

Two years on from the excellent Ones and Sixes Low have headed back down Highway 53 to Eau Claire to resume work with producer B.J. Burton (Bon Iver, James Blake) on an album which is said to be an unflinching eleven track quest to be loud, abrasive and commanding. A Low recor...view item »


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