Bestselling vinyl, CDs and tapes this week

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Andy Bell
The View From Halfway Down

Guitarist in Ride for three decades, Andy Bell releases his debut solo album The View From Halfway Down to coincide with his 50th birthday. Produced with the help of former Oasis bandmate Gem Archer, work began over four years ago but was sidelined by the reformation of Ride. Completed under lockdown, it’s a precise presentation of all of the influences that have informed Bell’s style, from the Stone Roses to Spacemen 3. 
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The Microphones
Microphones in 2020

Following a few years of critical acclaim under the moniker Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum resurrects one of his other previous guises, The Microphones, for the project’s first album in 17 years. Consisting of just one long, 44-minute track and accompanied by a short film of the same length, Microphones In 2020 is an absorbing and pure experience. 

epic45
Cropping The Aftermath

A lot of epic45's work concerns nostalgia and their latest album Cropping the Aftermath is a love letter of sorts to the '90s. The duo look back on the decade in which they discovered music  - of hearing garage beats on pirate radio and the evocative transmissions of the more forward thinking bands of the era that paved the way for the sound epic45 peddle today. This is their second full length release of what appears to be a very busy 2020.  
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Future Islands
As Long As You Are

Also known as the band with the funny dancing man, Future Islands will forever be stuck in heads because of *that* Letterman performance. This is their second album since Singles, the album off the back of the exposure. It shows the band still pursuing their retro synth pop sound but with one main alteration - they now have an actual human drummer in tow. 
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Jason Molina
Eight Gates

Inspired by his move from America to London over a decade ago, Eight Gates was recorded by indie-rock singer-songwriter Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) shortly before his passing some seven years ago. By its nature, it’s an intriguing and compelling mix of song sketches and more fully-realised ideas. 
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The Phoenix Foundation
Friend Ship

New Zealanders the Phoenix Foundation have waited a full five years since their previous missive Give Up On Your Dreams but they have been busy touring and working on other projects. Friend Ship appears with the band revitalised and continuing to pursue a gently psychedelic form of songcraft that features guest spots from Nadia Reid and Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook. 
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Seatbelts
Cowboy Bebop (Original Series Soundtrack)

Airing for two series between 1997 and 1998, Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop gained a cult fanbase in international markets, acclaimed for its story, animation and soundtrack among many other aspects. That score, by composer Yoko Kanno’s specially formed jazz and blues band Seatbelts, now gets re-issued on vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19439787681)
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C418
Minecraft Volume Beta

The name Daniel Rosenfeld may not mean much to most people, but under the alias C418 he is responsible for the soundtrack to ‘Minecraft’, the single biggest selling video game of all time. Minecraft Volume Beta, a 140-minute collection of beguiling dreamscapes, now gets a release on CD and vinyl via Ghostly International. 

Slowdive
Pygmalion

Pygmalion was the third album by UK based shoegaze dreamers Slowdive and their final album until their 2017 self titled comeback. It was a superb album which altered their aesthetic somewhat towards more ambient compositions and was nearer to the post rock of Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis than it was to their earlier guitar-shredding sound. Hugely influentia,l the record struggled somewhat on release mostly down to the British music press's seeming distrust of the band but has since gained a much deserved legacy all of its own.    

Rival Consoles
Articulation

Articulation is the fourth full length album from Ryan Lee West's Rival Consoles project. His previous albums have stamped him as one of the prime movers and shakers in today's dizzying world of electronica and for his next trick he has approached a new way of working. West used sketches and drawings, working away from the confines of a computer to map out the structure of the record resulting in a sonic journey taking in beatless ambience, brooding techno and pulsating synth work.
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Working Men's Club
Valleys

As we await the release of their self-titled debut album, Yorkshire’s bright young things Working Men’s Club reveal another single release from it. Opening track ‘Valleys’ is the selection, accompanied by an instrumental version and remixes from Confidence Man and Graham Massey. 
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The Stooges
Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970

Jack White’s Third Man label unearths yet another treat for fans of rock history - Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970 is the final show that The Stooges performed with their original line-up. This is the fabled gig at which they played Fun House in its entirety before it was even out, and where bassist Dave Alexander was allegedly so out of it that he couldn’t play a single note, after which Iggy Pop summarily fired him. This restoration of the original soundboard recording, found buried at the bottom of a pile in a Michigan farmhouse recently, proves otherwise. 

Mr. Bungle
The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo

The first release from Californian experimental rock outfit Mr. Bungle in 21 years is a professional re-recording of their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny. Including tracks written back then but never committed to tape, this line-up of the group consists of founders Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn as well as Anthrax’s Scott Ian of Anthrax and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo. 
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The Damned
The Rockfield Files

In the early Eighties, British punk legends The Damned hit a rich vein of form when they entered Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, sessions which yielded The Black Album and Strawberries, as well as the Friday 13th EP. In 2019, three of the original band members present back then - Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray - revisited the studio to lay down a new four-track EP, The Rockfield Files. 
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Pixies
Bossanova

'Bossanova' is the third proper full length album from indie outfit Pixies, the legendary band from Boston who made some great records back when I was a lad. To try and follow up the triple whammy of 'Come On Pilgrim', 'Surfer Rosa' and 'Doolittle' is quite a daunting and challenging task, but they managed to shape a great record which stands out with its sci-fi themes and surf rock guitars. Features 'Dig For Fire', 'Allison' and 'Velouria'.

Talk Talk
It’s My Life

This is the one where things started to change. Producer and multi instrumentalist Tim Friese-Green was drafted in and immediately set about turning the previous 'new romantic image' into something more special. Still the hits kept coming with 'Such a Shame', 'Dum Dum Girl' and the stellar title track beautifully combining mainstream pop and sophisticated production.   
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Billy Nomates
Billy Nomates

The best thing to come out of Melton Mowbray since the pork pies is Billy Nomates - a one-woman whirling dervish of a poet, singer, activist and artist. Her sound comes across something like a cross between Kate Tempest and Sleaford Mods. She spits out bitter, angry and funny diatribes over pop-friendly post-punk and lo-fi art rock. Jason Williamson guests. 

Various
Some Neon Reason: Further Adventures of the Polytechnic Youth

This third roster compilation from Polytechnic Youth arrives partly out of necessity, as a way of clearing the backlog of release that had piled up during the COVID-19 lockdown. Some Neon Reason contains two tracks from Swedish artist VIB that had been intended for a stand-alone 12”, Rikinari Hata’s S.A.P.T. project, Parisian trio Recidive Noire and a track from the late Cyril Bihan’s Phil Wave project. 
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PJ Harvey
Dry

Dry was the now legendary debut album by Dorset chanteuse PJ Harvey. Emerging at a time when shoegaze and post Madchester baggy was dominating the alternative music charts it was a totally unique work both uncompromising and musically thrilling. It contains two of her best known songs in Dress and Sheela-Na-Gig. This remastered version is the first time the record has been in print on vinyl in over 20 years.    

bdrmm
Bedroom

Taking inspiration from alternative music both modern and classic, Bedroom is the hotly anticipated full-length debut from Hull/Leeds band bdrmm (pronounced the same as the album title). Loosely conceived around a plotline of a disintegrating long-term relationship set against a backdrop of the highs and lows of your early twenties, it’s set to be one of the best British guitar debuts of 2020. 
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Whitney
Candid

Following the release of their second Whitney album last year, Forever Turned Around, Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich went to ground to record a collection of cover versions, showcasing their shared formative influences. Candid contains revealing takes on songs by Kelela, Damien Jurado, David Byrne and John Denver’s immortal ‘Country Roads’ with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. 

Ellis/Munk Ensemble
San Diego Sessions

San Diego Sessions by the Ellis/Munk Ensemble sees Danish musician Jonas Munk (of Causa Sui) and the Californian city’s own Brian Ellis, whose work is steeped in jazz and psychedelia, recording together. Over seven loose-limbed tracks, the duo recall the high-points of psychedelic rock and jazz fusion from years gone by. 

Marsicans
Ursa Major

Fresh-faced, harmonic and energetic, there’s a glorious vitality to Marsicans’ music that has seen the Leeds-based band emerge over the last few years as one of the bands to watch. After a COVID-related delay, the quartet finally deliver their first full-length album, Ursa Major, to the world. 
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Bright Eyes
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

Conor Oberst has been busy with bits and bats over the last decade but what we all really wanted was him to bring back his band Bright Eyes. Following a Christmas party in 2017 Oberst got all emotional, decided the time was right and so Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was was made with founding members Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott. The result is a sprawling record, anxious about the times but also hopeful for the future. 
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Willie J Healey
Twin Heavy

Willie J Healy hails from Oxfordshire and he sings and writes songs. He was very nearly a boxer, but a few Neil Young records soon put him on the path he’s confidently strutting down now. Twin Heavy is his latest album and going by the first single to be lifted from it, Why You Gotta Do It, it seems he’s going down a Phil Spector path, thankfully only in terms of the sound of his records.

Goldmund
Corduroy Road

Goldmund is the minimal piano project of Keith Kenniff (also known as Helios). Corduroy came at us in 2006 spreading it's twinkly piano magic everywhere. Kenniff uses the piano pedals, the squeak of the chair and other environmental sounds alongside his gorgeous compositions which recall Erik Satie, Ryuichi Sakamoto or even Mark Hollis's solo work. LP re-issue on Unseen. 
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PJ Harvey
Rid of Me

Rid of Me was the second studio album released by P J Harvey following on from her debut Dry. It was recorded by Steve Albini and (possibly as a result) had a much rawer and primitive sound than Dry. It was performed by the trio of Harvey, Rob Ellis and Steve Vaughan and was the last LP the trio would record as a unit.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Shaman!

69 year old jazz auteur Idris Ackamoor returns with his influential band The Pyramids on Shaman!, a stunning return to his strongest form since their 1970s heyday. While the current line-up features a number of the group’s founding members, it feels like a fresh, new formulation, the tracks taking on a poignant urgency in the context of the coronavirus crisis. 

Special Cases
Special Cases

Special Cases is the solo project of Juan Pablo Rodríguez, founder of South American minimalist act Föllakzoid. Commenced almost a decade ago with the intention of exploring inwards into his psyche, and constructed with treated guitar sounds and Roland synthesisers, Special Cases is the rather magical result. 
  • Vinyl LP (WK-003)
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Joe Hisaishi
Princess Mononoke (Soundtrack)

Recently made available on Netflix and one of the flagship films in anime company Studio Ghibli’s stable, 1997’s Princess Mononoke also boasted a magnificent soundtrack and symphonic score by Joe Hisaishi. This soundtrack edition is performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes the Princess Mononoke Main Theme with vocals by Yoshikazu Mera. First-time on vinyl.
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Fontaines D.C.
A Hero's Death

In the spirit of striking while the iron’s hot, Dublin post-punk act Fontaines D.C. deliver their second studio album A Hero’s Death barely a year after their debut Dogrel won such universal acclaim. Stoic and energetic, it seeks to address the grander themes in life, but hasn’t succumbed to a dose of ‘The Big Music’, fortunately!

Gilroy Mere
Adlestrop

Gilroy Mere is one of the many names of Oliver Cherer (see also Dollboy, Australian Testing Labs) and in this project he applies his typically left of centre folk inspired eye to the demise of the railways in the wake of the Beeching Report. He travels to now rural places that were once well connected to see how things have changed and to draw inspiration for the project. Comes on red vinyl in the always reliable and collectible Clay Pipe. 
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Shackleton & Zimpel
Primal Forms

British producer Sam Shackleton continues his evolution from dubstep intricacy to electronica and jazz with Primal Forms, a collaboration with Polish clarinetist Wacław Zimpel. The musicians’ backgrounds could hardly be more different, but the result is an album of three tracks of wonderful, trance-like instrumentals. 
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Big Joanie
Cranes In The Sky / It’s You

Recent tour support for the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Parquet Courts and The Raincoats, black feminist punks Big Joanie unveil their first release for Third Man, a 7” single boasting a cover version of Solange’s modern classic ‘Cranes In The Sky’ and an original piece, ‘It’s You’. 

Belbury Poly
The Gone Away

Ghost Box Records co-founder Jim Jupp releases another studio album under his Belbury Poly recording moniker. More downbeat and calm than many of his previous efforts, constructed from beautiful, flowing polyrhythms and vintage electronic instruments, The Gone Away centres around British fairytales and fantastical folklore. 

The Mountain Goats
Getting Into Knives

Just before lockdown, the ever-industrious John Darnielle assembled the current line-up of The Mountain Goats in Sam Phillips’ legendary studio in Memphis for six days of recording. The result is Getting Into Knives, the band’s 19th studio album, capturing the sound of a great songwriter at his loosest and most spontaneous. 
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Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

I'm not sure about pimping a butterfly but Kendrick Lamar certainly knows the smooth. Sampling and influenced by the '70s greats of Parliament, Clinton (George not me) and Marvin Gaye, he twists black anger into new and danceable shapes. Challenging at times but a remarkable follow up to 2012's 'Good Kid, M.A.A.d City' and a key album in Compton's strong hip hop legacy.  

James Dean Bradfield
Even In Exile

14 years after his debut solo effort The Great Western, Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield makes a typically understated and gorgeous return. Inspired loosely by the life of Chilean poet, singer and activist Victor Jara and with lyrics from his Manics bandmate Nicky Wire’s brother Patrick Jones, Even In Exile features some of the most beautiful music that JDB has ever composed. 
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The Gaslamp Killer
Heart Math

Los Angeles-based hip-hop producer and DJ The Gaslamp Killer returns with Heart Math. It’s an album of brooding and stormy instrumental pieces. He poured his heart into this as it was his only outlet amid an extremely difficult time in his personal life which tested him to the limit.  On Cuss Records.
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Cranes
Population Four

Released as their fourth album back in 1997, Population Four saw British dream-pop act Cranes undergo a significant change in personnel. The departure of bassist Matt Cope saw most of the rest of the band switch instruments. The result was arguably the most conventional Cranes record up to that point, but no less beguiling. Now available for the first time on wax, pressed up in blue-and-white swirled vinyls. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2598C)
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Coil
Sara Dale's Sensual Massage

The endless supply of Coil re-issues continues apace with Sara Dale's Sensual Massage which was their soundtrack to the erotic video of the same name. Unlike a lot of the group's work this is a dreamy ambient work with soft harmonies and a rather bucolic feel with birdsong and bells but also has elements of their more rhythmic work. Artwork by Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound). 

Goldfrapp
Supernature

Supernature was the third album from London electronic music duo Goldfrapp. It carried on from 2003's Black Cherry in introducing glam rock and pulsating electronics into their previously folk-based sound palette. It was led by the single Ooh La La which went straight to number 4 in the hit parade introducing the band to an even wider audience. This new edition comes on transparent green vinyl in gatefold sleeve and with an exclusive art print of the original artwork. 
  • Vinyl LP (4050538553963)
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ESG
Come Away With ESG

Discovered at a talent contest, ESG were the group of New York sisters who took soul and funk and stripped everything away so you were left with spindly and skeletal compositions heavy on the bass and minimal guitar. Factory Records saw the power in them and were involved in its initial release with legendary producer Martin Hannett doing some exploratory recordings with the band. The album has passed into legend being an influence on house and hip-hop and being sampled all over the place.   

JARV IS
Beyond The Pale

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker unveils the debut album from his JARV IS project - a band formed with Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle and Adam Betts. Following the great reception last summer for its debut single ‘Must I Evolve’, Beyond The Pale marks a return to form for one of British indie’s most iconic figures.

Rose City Band
Summerlong

Another new project for fans of Ripley Johnson and Wooden Shjips, Rose City Band presents its debut album Summerlong. While it contains Johnson’s shimmering, psychedelic guitar lines, what’s novel about RCB is the introduction of instruments normally associated with country music, such as mandolins, banjo and the heavenly sounds of the lap steel guitar. 

Various
Judgment Night (Music From The Motion Picture)

At last! A reissue of the infamous Judgment Night soundtrack. The soundtrack to the 1993 Stephen Hopkins film that pitted suburbia against the inner city brought together acts from the world of rap and rock to collaborate and fuse their sounds. Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul, Ice-T and Slayer, Pearl Jam and Cypress Hill and Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. were among the collaborations that created a soundtrack unlike any other. 
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Hiroshi Yoshimura
Green

Hiroshi Yoshimura was an ambient music pioneer but sadly his music barely made it out of his native Japan in his lifetime. His debut album, Music For Nine Postcards, was reissued in 2017 and, along with him being discovered on YouTube, his popularity grew some 14 years after his death. Now we have his groundbreaking ambient masterpiece Green, reissued through Light In The Attic.
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Keith Hudson
Nuh Skin Up

First-time repress of this pair of in-demand 1979 roots anthems from the undisputed Dark Prince of reggae - Mister Keith Hudson. 'Nuh Skin Up' and flipside'Felt We Felt The Strain' would both make sound systems quake - especially that of the mighty Jah Shaka who would regularly have them on heavy rotation. Fire!

Mark Eitzel
Ugly American

Ugly American by Mark Eitzel is an album of songs by Eitzel’s band American Music Club, played by Eitzel and a band of traditional Greek musicians. It was initially only supposed to be an EP but a trip to the Greek capital, Athens, and a meeting with Greek composer Monolis Famellos convinced Eitzel to make a full album. It was released on CD in 2003. This is the first ever vinyl pressing and there’s only 500 of them, so be quick!

Various
The Lost Boys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Reissue white vinyl of the soundtrack to Joel Schumacher’s 1987 horror/comedy The Lost Boys which starred Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman. The soundtrack brings a number of covers including INXS and Jimmy Barnes’ cover of The Easybeats, Echo & the Bunnymen covering The Doors and Tim Capello covering The Call. As well as originals from Gerard McMann and Lou Gramm.
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Jim Sullivan
U.F.O.

Jim Sullivan was a folkie who haunted the clubs of Malibu in the early '70s but when it came to making an album produced something much more ambitious in scope. It's a deep and yearning work that has something of the Fred Neil about it - a deep listen of cosmic Americana.  Not long after it was completed Sullivan disappeared never to be found so all we have left of him is his masterpiece thankfully re-issued by Light in the Attic.  

Moses Boyd
Dark Matter

Moses Boyd is an award winning jazz musician mostly known for being one half of Binker & Moses.  He likes to blend genres to create innovative new sounds. He has previously collaborated with musician and producer Sampha, contemporary classical pop musician Kelsey Lu and played drums for Sons of Kemet.  Dark Matter is his debut solo album. 

Iannis Xenakis
GRM Works 1957-1962

Iannis Xenakis! Yeah! This genuinely important reissue from Editions Mego offshoot Recollections GRM collects the cream of Xenakis’ electronic output from the famous French studio. Includes ‘Concret PH’, one of the more alien shards of sound you are likely to hear, and the side-long monster ‘Bohor’. The man was a genius, you need this.

Kikagaku Moyo
Forest Of Lost Children

Kikagaku Moyo improvise like they're falling through a black hole and can jam forever, and so Forest of Lost Children is just a snippet of their work together, a record that explores their meandering psych and folk workouts and picks out the best bits. This record buoys an Eastern influence and favours a frenetic clash of sounds over particular arrangements. They still sound tight, though.

David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

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. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars needs no introduction, being one of the best-known albums of an enormous cultural icon. This release uses the 2012 remastered versions of the tracks.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers
Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters...

Recorded in just five days immediately off the back of an exhausting period of touring that lasted almost a year, Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters… (title intended to be repeated ad infinitum!) shows Frankie and the Witch Fingers in blistering, road-hardened form. More intense and ambitious than anything they’ve recorded before, their psych-garage sound goes from strength to strength. 

The Cribs
Night Network

The Cribs have been out of the game for some time  - no fault of their own as they were bogged down in legal battles. What it does mean is that they've had time to refresh and to write a whole batch of new songs. They've recorded them at Foo Fighters studio and with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth guesting on a few tracks. A welcome return for this much loved band. 
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Throwing Muses
Sun Racket

Kritstin Hersh’s legendary art-rock act Throwing Muses return for their 10th studio album. A change in direction from their last outing Purgatory/Paradise seven years ago, a fidgety and restless affair, Sun Racket is becalmed and monolithic, characterised by rising and fading walls of guitar noise. 
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Alison Chesley, Steve Albini, Tim Midyett
Music from the film Girl on the Third Floor

Look at that terrifying house. It depicts the upcoming horror film Girl on the Third Floor made by director Travis Stevens. To create a suitably creepy soundtrack he recruited Steve Albini to put together a collective and he in turn drafted in Tim Midyett (Mint Mile, Silkworm) and Alison Chesley (Helen Money). A truly fascinating sounding concept. 
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Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher

Despite Punisher being only Phoebe Bridgers second solo album, and first for three years, she hasn’t really stopped working in that time. There was Boygenius, the 2018 collaboration with Lucy Dacus and Julian Baker, and Better Oblivion Community Center, her fab 2019 project with Conor Oberst. It’s great that she’s back with new solo material because her debut, Stranger In The Alps, was ace. 

Sven Wunder
Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is the second album on Piano Piano Records by Swedish artist Sven Wunder. Inspired and informed by the eponymous philosophy of the acceptance of impermanence and imperfection, the album is a breathtaking sonic canvas which appeals to fans of psychedelia, progressive rock, jazz and electronica alike. 
  • Vinyl LP (PP10022)
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Steve Von Til
No Wilderness Deep Enough

Steve Von Till has had his fingers in many musical pies. From the avant garde metal of his band Neurosis to psychedelia under the name Harvestman and even gothic Americana. With his latest solo album No Wilderness Deep Enough he mixes the dark emotion of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds last couple of albums with Brian Eno’s ambient sounds, Coil’s electronic mutations and the wintry works of late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to create an intense yet expansive album.

Various
Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993

The first ever compilation to bring together classics and deep cuts from the critically lauded Black Fire label over its 18-year history from 1975 to 1993, Soul Love Now tells the story of one of the most characterful black independent labels in American history, and features ten dazzling tracks from the likes of Oneness of Juju, Wayne Davis and Experience Unlimited. 

Jorja Smith / Ezra Collective
Rose Rouge / Footprints

This lovely 7” single heralds a new project titled Blue Note Re:imagined, a coming together of Decca Records and Blue Note in which jazz classics from Blue Note’s catalogue are covered by artists of today. On the first side is BRIT Award winner Jorja Smith reimagining Saint Germain’s ‘Rose Rouge’, while on the reverse is Ezra Collective’s take on Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footsteps’. 

The Nix feat. Laetitia Sadier
Until Now All Is Well

A collective of musicians brought together by Seb Kellig and former Franz Ferdinand member Nick McCarthy, The Nix release another single on 7” vinyl. Based around Mal Waldron’s ‘Warm Canto’, ‘Until Now All Is Well’ features Laetitia Sadier from legendary avant-garde rock band Stereolab. 

Washed Out
Purple Noon

Ernest Greene brings his Washed Out project back to Sub Pop for the project’s fourth studio album. On Purple Noon, the chillwave pioneer teams up once again with producer Ben H. Allen and ventures even further into hip-hop and R&B territory, with bright, sharply-defined sounds the order of the day. 
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Roger Eno & Brian Eno
Luminous

Ambient brothers Brian and Roger Eno released the album Mixing Colours for Deutsche Grammophon in 2020. It will be getting an expanded release featuring 7 new tracks. Those seven new tracks are also available here as the 12” EP Luminous.  For continuity’s sake, the artwork is by Dom Theobold who also created the artwork for the LP. Well, continuity and the fact he’s good at his job.
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Sea Glass
Shifts

Sea Glass were formed by Matt Ashton of The Leaf Library along with Melinda Bronstein. Shifts is their debut album. If you can imagine the folkie end of Broadcast mixed with the minimalist approach of Young Marble Giants and the reverb drenched sounds of Grouper, then you are on your way to knowing how this will sound. The best way to find out, of course, is to buy it.
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Johnny Woods
Pavilions

Gently unfurling improvised synthesizer meditations from Johnny Woods, created on a Buchla 200e in his solar powered studio in the mountains of New Mexico. On the surface, these seemingly minimal seven pieces may appear simple but evolve into deeply immersive complex sonic fractals. Big tip for those that dig Caterina Barbieri, Alessandro Cortini, Laurie Spiegel and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
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Fuzz
III

The indefatigable and inspired Ty Segall reactivates his sometime band Fuzz after a five-year hiatus. Reuniting with guitarist Charles Moothart and bassist Chad Ubovich and submitting to the treatment of Steve Albini over ten days in the studio at the end of 2019, III is a taut and electrifying listening experience. 
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Angel Olsen
Whole New Mess

Whole New Mess is a fascinating deep dive into Angel Olsen’s artistry, particularly that of her acclaimed 2019 album All Mirrors. Recorded solo at her home in North Carolina, nine of the 11 songs here made it onto All Mirrors when re-shaped with a full backing band. Although they are skeletal frameworks underpinning what would become lavish epics, Whole New Mess is also a very human listening experience. 
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OSEES
Protean Threat

Actually, unlike the regular adage, there are THREE certainties in life: death, taxes, and a new Oh Sees album every year. On top of a forthcoming album as part of a new group called Bent Arcana, it’s clear that not even lockdown can stop Dwyer from his furious creative output. For their 23rd studio record, John Dwyer’s merry men undergo yet another slight name change to release Protean Threat as Osees.

L7
Smell the Magic

Originally released as a six-track EP in 1990 but then re-issued with three more songs the following year to convert it to a full album, Smell The Magic by American underground heroes L7 gets remastered for its 30th anniversary. It saw the band beginning to discover their latent melodic talents, and is a crucial step in explaining 1992's breakout Bricks Are Heavy.
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Pig Destroyer
The Octagonal Stairway

The Octagonal Stairway is the 5th EP from US grindcore stalwarts Pig Destroyer. It’s a brutal assault of rapid-fire drums and heavy riffage, general noise and guttural vocals that may well set your speakers on fire, or at least annoy your neighbours. Former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera makes a guest appearance. 

Reigns
The Walled Garden

Describing their style as ‘sea-sick electro-hauntings from Wessex’, the exclusively studio-based outfit Reigns provide a soundtrack to the archaeological explorations of a small part of the 13,000-acre Dorsetshire estate surrounding Kendall Hall on their fifth studio album The Walled Garden. 
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CIEL
BBR#36 Movement EP

Released digitally back in April, Movement was the second EP from Ciel, dealing in sonic compound spilling across the boundaries of dream-pop, shoegaze and electro-pop. Now bolstered by two bonus tracks recorded under lockdown, it now gets a physical release with this lavish 7” single vinyl package, arriving in one of six sleeves with *deep breath* a letter from the label BBR, Ciel postcard, a sticker set, personalised confetti, a signed A5 poster, numbered fake polaroid of the band and download code. 
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Madvillain
Madvillainy

Madlib and MF DOOM present an experimental hiphop tour de force that was beset by internet leaks before completion, and initially abandoned midway by its creators before seeing the light of day in 2004 and becoming a crossover hit. Brimming with unlikely samples (Mothers of Invention, Gentle Giant, Bill Evans, Steve Reich, Egg) and DOOM’s characteristically dazzling and dense rhymes.

Slowdive
Souvlaki

A much needed reissue of Slowdive’s second album, Souvlaki from 1993. Hailed as their best album, it doesn’t take long to see why; the classics are on here and they’re ready to make your eyes glaze over, your shoulders slump and your whole body just sink under the bed covers as their blissed, reverbing hot air balloon of sound gently takes you away. Played early in the morning, in the dark, after some booze for best effects.     CD comes as a 2 disk pack with extra tunes and two remixes.

Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens left behind the folk game a long time ago, declaring his plan to write fifty records for fifty states a mere joke -- a sentiment that failed to wash away the beauty of the ornately composed Michigan and the pantomimic Illinoise. In the years since, he's been writing song cycles dedicated to the solar system, conducting orchestras in tributes to American highways, making fun of people on his blog and releasing records that betray deep existential crises -- All Delighted People and the synth-mad Age of Adz. He returns now with Carrie & Lowell, a record which promises a retracing of footsteps, back to the days when Stevens was about acoustic guitars, banjos and soft sadness. It's dedicated to his mum and step-dad. Argh. Crying.

The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main St.

The Rolling Stones took themselves off to the French Riviera to record their classic double LP Exile On Main Street. This could well be the album from which all the stories of excess associated with rock stars stem from. But let’s not let that overshadow the music. Since it’s release in 1972, Exile On Main Street has been a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll classic.

Bananagun
The True Story of Bananagun

Influenced by primal garage-rock and the hypnotic grooves of African and South American music, Melbourne’s Bananagun have evolved from the home-made ideas of guitarist, vocalist and flautist Nick van Bakel to a full five-piece set-up. Their new debut album, The True Story of Bananagun, was born from extended jam sessions and presents a grand vision for their self-professed ‘global tropicalia’. 
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XTC
Oranges & Lemons

Released in 1989 as the eventual follow-up to the all-time indie classic Skylarking, Oranges & Lemons saw XTC’s commercial fortunes revived for the first time in several years. Built on Andy Partridge’s insightful lyrics and a basic template of pop and rock, a number of more exotic elements, from jazz and reggae to Middle Eastern music, are mixed in. Housing the wonderful single ‘Mayor of Simpleton’, it’s now re-issued on heavyweight vinyl. 
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Madeline Kenney
Sucker's Lunch

To record her third long player, Oakland, California-based singer / songwriter Madeline Kenney enlisted the help of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, better known as Baltimore duo, Wye Oak. Judging by the lead single, Sucker, the results of their efforts have produced some quite beautiful sun-dappled indie-folk.

Plan B
The Defamation of Strickland Banks

2020’s National Album Day sees a tenth anniversary re-issue on oxblood coloured vinyl for The Defamation of Strickland Banks, the ubiquitous million-seller that saw English rapper and singer Plan B turn from promising newcomer to global megastar. Containing no fewer than four UK Top 40 hits and the 20th best-selling album in the UK over the last decade, it’s a modern classic of soul and hip-hop. 
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Shirley Collins
Heart's Ease

As if to prove you are never too old for anything, folk legend Shirley Collins returned unexpectedly in 2016 when already deep into her eighties to produce Lodestar  - her first work in just the 38 years. Well a mere four years later she is back with Hearts Ease which sees Collins relaxing back into her work and producing folk that stands up to her 60's and '70s best. A lovely return from the queen of folk music  - and doesn't she look something like the actual queen on that sleeve art (albeit with extra hair)? 

Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas

After an absence of five years, Lianne La Havas soared back into our collective consciousness at the start of 2020 with a great comeback single and memorable live show at the Barbican. Events have obviously prevented her from more performances, but her third, self-titled studio album is due to arrive before the year is out, made entirely on her own terms and exploring soul, R&B and jazz territories. 

The Maytals
Monkey Man

Classic reggae from festival favourites The Maytals (featuring Toots). Released in 1969, Monkey Man had a bit of an impact in the UK, pricking ears up to this Jamaican sound. Money Man has been unavailable on vinyl for too damn long, but now Trojan are reissuing it, with remastered audio but original artwork.
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Keaton Henson
Monument

Singer / songwriter-turned-composer Keaton Henson has returned to his roots as a singer / songwriter with Monument. His gentle voice sings lyrics about grief and how to deal with it, whilst sparse electronic backing is fleshed out with a full band and, at one point, a full orchestra. Philip Selway of Radiohead, guitarist Leo Abrahams and composer and musician Charlotte Harding all lend a helping hand.
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Little Simz
Grey Area

Little Simz AKA Simbi Ajikawo has already toured with Gorillaz and Anderson .Paak and now releases her third album to date. This pioneering hip-hop artist has broken out of her home conurbation of North London and is living out her dreams with her energetic performances and critically acclaimed albums.

Biffy Clyro
A Celebration of Endings

Scottish alternative rock gods Biffy Clyro aim to make it three UK no.1 albums in a row with new effort A Celebration of Endings, their eighth record overall. Working with producer Rich Costey once again, the trio embrace all of the elements that have made them so acclaimed and popular throughout their two-decade career, from the jagged rock of their early years to the lighters-in-the-air stadium indie that propelled them to the top of the charts. 

PJ Harvey
Dry Demos

Previously unavailable as a stand-alone album, these 11 demos that made up PJ Harvey’s scintillating 1992 debut album Dry are being released alongside a re-pressing of the album itself. Featuring brand new artwork with unseen images by Maria Mochnacz, it’s a chance to glimpse at the construction of one of British indie’s finest debuts. 

Green Seagull
Cloud Cover

Their name deriving from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric, London neo-psychedelic band Green Seagull return with their second album Cloud Cover. Expanding on their songwriting team since their 2016 debut Scarlet Fever, they bring in mellow Seventies Laurel Canyon vibes into the mix this time around. 

Another Sky
I Slept On The Floor

Another Sky are a cinematic London -based band who have big emotional songs that take something from Radiohead and Foals but up the ante with post-hardcore dynamics and arrangements. They are led by the remarkable falsetto of Catrin Vincent which soars over stadium-ready songs concerning subjects such as mental health and toxic masculinity. Gonna be big we reckon. 

Bill Callahan
Gold Record

Knaresborough-raised troubadour Bill Callahan returns with Gold Record  - an album made whilst he was preparing to tour his previous album Shepherd In A Sheep's Vest. A lot of the album is culled from tracks he'd written over the years for other artists to sing  - all recorded on the hoof in an intuitive and creative burst with some good friends helping flesh the sounds around that rich, warm baritone.  

Primitive Man
Immersion

Denver-based doom metal outfit Primitive Man unleash their third studio album. Immersion is an unflinching look at the state of the world around us and an examination of personal failure, delivered with the uncompromising and ferocious character we’ve come to expect from Ethan Lee McCarthy and co. 

John Coltrane
Giant Steps (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Housing the title track that’s long since become a jazz standard, John Coltrane’s seminal 1960 album Giant Steps gets a deluxe edition re-release to mark its 60th anniversary. Containing a second disc (in both vinyl and CD editions) of alternate versions and rehearsal takes, a poster cover insert and a booklet, this is essential ownership for any jazz fan.
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Mrs. Piss
Self-Surgery

Self-Surgery is the result of a collaboration between musicians Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie, released under the name Mrs. Piss. Cooked up while the two were touring together behind Wolfe’s 2017 album Hiss Spun, it pulls together the entirety of their experience in genres as disparate as folk and doom metal to create something urgent and wild. 
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John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey
Dance Hall At Louse Point

An album that tends to be unfairly disregarded as a mere side-project, Dance Hall At Louse Point by PJ Harvey and fellow musician John Parish was released in 1996. With Harvey writing the lyrics and Parish taking care of the music, it was a low-key but absorbing affair upon multiple listens, and now gets a much-deserved re-issue on vinyl. 

Total Wkts
Running Tracks

Recorded during the first few months of lockdown and constructed as collages of drum programming and field recordings, Running Tracks is the engrossing solo effort from John Newton, singer and one half of London duo JOHN, under the moniker Total Wkts. Released back in June digitally, it now surfaces as an eight-track, 12” vinyl EP. 
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Alasdair Roberts
Fretted and Indebted

Alasdair Roberts is one of our more beloved folk singers of recent years (though he hates the term folk singer apparently). The Scottish musician here supplies another document of his fascinating interpretations of wild and rare traditional songs he's sourced from various parts of Scotland. Comes on a single sided 12" album of just 300 copies.  
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