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Daily update Monday 10th December, 2018

All today's new stuff, pre-orders and reviews.


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 »


The Sight Below
Glider 10

You wouldn't believe it but I just had the idea of blending shoegaze and dub techno but it turns out the Sight Below AKA Rafael Anton Irisarri had the same idea ten years ago with their Glider album now re-issued on Ghostly. The opening track 'At First Touch' is perfect. A dreamy 4/4 thump with ethereal smoke like whispers above subtle, minimal ...view item »


John Carpenter
The Fog

"Record shop collapses under weight of John Carpenter releases". Thank god we have good solid flooring as the John Carpenter re-issue frenzy continues unabated with this 7" containing two of the most recognisable themes from his soundtrack to The Fog. Not many of these and they are on red vinyl so move ...view item »


Hans Zimmer
Widows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hans Zimmer awakes on sheets of satin. Enrobed in a velour dressing gown, he rises from the bed and shuffles to the French window. He looks out over the idyllic Mediterranean island he calls home. A family of birds chorus in the olive grove outside his villa. He allows a smile to curl the corners of his mouth - ‘I have mad...view item »


Husbands
Karlstad EP

As 2018 draws to a close, Box Bedroom Rebels are a label that wants to help you forget all the nonsense that has gone on in the world with a joyful EP of unabashed indie-pop. Oklahoma band Husbands are the people who have made the right record at the right time to conjure up that carefree feeling with Karlstad EP. 7-track 7&rdqu...view item »


Various
Adventure Time - Come Along With Me

The long-running animation Adventure Time ended recently, which was sad for people who liked that particular cartoon. The show’s final episode, Come Along With Me, fe...view item »


Sunn Trio
Fayrus

OK, first thing’s first: Sunn Trio is nothing to do with Sunn O))), so bad luck if you were after some drone metal. But hold up! Fans of out-there music might well love this LP by Joel Robinson’s group Sunn Trio too, being as it is a desert-hazed trip of experimental...view item »


Various
Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Zamrock, in case you have been depriving yourself of its joy, is the sound that Zambia came up with in the 1970’s in response to the twin wonders of James Brown-esque funk and psychedelic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2 walks you through the story of the genre and g...view item »


Popcaan
Forever

Popcaan has spent the years since 2014’s debut LP Where We Come From consolidating his seat at the top table by working with artists like Gorillaz an...view item »


Sacred Tapestry
Shader Complete

Dizzyingly productive alias-hopper Ramona Xavier (Vektroid, Macintosh Plus, dstnt et al), best known as a vapourwave heavyweight, reworked her 2012 album Sacred Tapestry in 2016 and now here it is again, getting its first wax treatment from Aguirre. Ranges from cloudy ambience n...view item »


New Dreams Ltd.
Sleepline

Ah so this is another project of Ramona Vektroid, the vaporwave pioneer who made that Floral Shoppe record you all so love as Macintosh Plus. Sleepline was written in 2013-14 but only released in 2016 saw Vektroid using her plunderphonic tactics pitch shifting found sounds to induce a hazy disorientating feel to her mus...view item »


Street Sects
The Kicking Mule

Debut album, End Position showed influences such as Chrome and Nine Inch Nails. Street Sects, the Austin, Texas post-punk industrial screamers change gear for album number two, The Kicking Mule. Here, they use Roxy Music, Brian Eno...view item »


Scandinavian Star
SOLAS

Lust For Youth/Oh No Ono’s Malthe Fischer returns as Scandinavian Star with the follow-up to the project's self-ti...view item »


Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Halloween Sounds From The Upside Down (Picture Disc)

Spooky/nostalgia two-fer Stranger Things is pretty much held together by its solid soundtrack, created by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein who blew the dust off their dads’ old synths. They made an ambiance that breathed denim jackets, perms, and an unadulterated fear of the unknown. Now the kind folk at Invada...view item »


Kamaal Williams
New Heights / Snitches Brew

New EP from our big broken-beat jazz talent Kamaal Williams. After his success with Yussef Kamaal, producer Henry Wu delivers a follow-up to this year’s t...view item »


Liberez
Way Through Vulnerability

Alter bring you Southend-on-Sea duo Liberez and their mysterious, billowing lineup of guests with new album Way Through Vulnerability. This one’s a strange broth of cultural signifiers and styles. You’ve got your flamenco rhythms, ritualistic clapping, nods to classic Italian experimentalism and grim industr...view item »


Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East

Ex-Sonic Youth man Lee Ranaldo has announced a new live album! Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East was recorded solo at the intimate setting of the popular East London record shop, on the first date of the UK leg of his Electric Trim tour. Performed excitingly 'just-as-he-wanted-them-to-be', the songs in this set are...view item »


CTM
Red Dragon

Cellist/singer/composer Caecilie Trier lands on Posh Isolation (Varg, Croatian Amor) for th...view item »


Anal Trump
The First 100 Songs

Inspired by the late Seth Putnam’s pan-offensive Anal Cunt, this San Diego project transforms 100 of 45’s most absurdist utterances and disturbing ideals into blink-and-you-miss-em grindcore tracks. There’s a terrible fittingness in ‘I Like The Soldiers Who DON'T Get Captured’ and &...view item »


David Bowie
Glastonbury 2000

It's almost hard to fathom almost 20 years on that David Bowie's hair was so long and luxurious at his show at Glastonbury in 2000. But there you can see is pictorial evidence of it's length and lustre. It's only one reason why his performance was so legendary that night. Now for the first time you can hear (or see) the entire s...view item »


Mr Flagio
Take A Chance

Top Italo-house classic from the '80s. Robotic vocals and fat bassline with a spacey disco pop vibe, this is a seminal track which is widely regarded the cream of the cream of Italo. The B-Side features an instrumental version of the track. These are strictly limited edition of only 300 copies so order now to avoid disappointment. Please note, t...view item »


Various
Heartworn Highways – Original Soundtrack

The documentary film Heartworn Highways and its soundtrack perfectly captures the time when country troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, among others, began to wrestle the credibility of country music back from the shiny over-production that was going on in Nashville...view item »


Djrum
Seven Lies



Snow Patrol
A Hundred Million Suns

‘A Hundred Million Suns’ is the incredible new album from one of the biggest bands in the UK – Snow PatrolThe album was recorded through Summer 2008 in Hansa Studios in Berlin (where Bowie recorded ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ & ‘Lodger’) and at Grouse Lodge deep in the Irish countryside. ...view item »


Snow Patrol
Eyes Open

Eyes Open was the fourth album by Snow Patrol, coming three years after its predecessor, Final Straw, in 2006. It shifted a lot of copies and was the biggest selling album of the year. The major label boost was really paying off. To make the album extra shiny, U2, Robbie Williams and The Killers p...view item »


Snow Patrol
Fallen Empires

Some hits, some misses. Good songs, but gets a bit same-y after awhile. It's also a little over-produced for my taste. I think that's the culprit in their sound, actually. Trying to make these songs fit a previously successful form and feel. The result is that even though there are plenty of good hooks here, it breaks ZERO new ground. I guess fa...view item »


Snow Patrol
Final Straw

Snow Patrol’s 2003 album Final Straw was their third album, but their first real biggie. Having signed to a major label may have helped with production values and a marketing push, but they were solely responsible for writing some anthemic songs. Run, for example, went stratospheric and unfo...view item »


The Phantom Band
Checkmate Savage

The Phantom Band are a strange but fascinating proposition. Their album is called 'Checkmate Savage' and is the first new thing i've heard on Chemikal Underground for a fair while. It's a strange lolloping beast of a record, quite uncategorisable to be honest. So i'll just pluck a couple of things out of the ether for "analysis" 'Burial S...view item »


Various
The Big Lebowski (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to a properly classic film, The Big Lebowski, is brought to vinyl. As well as the excellent, bowling-hallucination-featuring cover, you get music from Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Henry Mancini, Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Moondog, Bob Dylan, Meredith Monk amongst others. ...view item »


Gemma Ray
Psychogeology



Clarence Séti
Jungle Quest



ASC
Trans-Neptunian Objects 2



ASC
Trans-Neptunian Objects

Thickly textured, booming ambience that takes you into the farthest reaches of deep space. The 16th full length album from the head of the Auxiliary label, ASC. With other releases on Samurai Red Seal, Silent Season, and Thermal ASC is a master of deep ambience. File with your Wolfgang Voigt/...view item »


Lambchop
This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)



Atmosphere
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

This thing’s ten years old already?! Blimey, that came around quick. With When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, Atmosphere solidified their rep a...view item »


Black Replica
Black Replica

Finally, this ultra-mysterious project from Heinrich Mueller aka Gerald Donald (Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Arpanet, XOR Gate, Japanese Telecom, Der Zyklus etc.) is available for all to hear. The project first emerged over ten years ago on YouTube and a handful of live performances and in the decade that has elapsed fand of Gerald Donald have been ...view item »


Ekolali
Genom Grundet

With Genom Grundet, Swedish musician, Ekolali, has created a work that explores the effect of sustain and release. The title translates to Through The Shallows in English and this is reflected through samples of streams with tape delay, droning, barely functioning organ and komische guitar repeats...view item »


Kumasi
I Know You Feel It

Kumasi were a enigmatic South African disco funk four-piece whose members also made up The Cannibals and Stimela. Due to the musicians being contracted elsewhere at the time, they weren’t allowed to reveal their identities, hence the enigma. I Know You Feel ...view item »


Zogo
Africa

Funky banger, Africa by outrageous Cameroonian artist, Zogo, was originally released 40 years ago. It’s anniversary reissue on Banquise includes three additional mixes. A disco dub take by Dan Shake of Mahogani Music, a remix by Falomour and TVfrom86...view item »


Fist Of Facts
Fugitive Vesco

Fist Of Facts is the project Liquid Liquid singer, Salvatore Principato, started following the demise of the New York no-wavers in 1984. He started recording Fugitive Vesco in a rented studio with Ken ‘man’ Cladiera. Liquid Liquid drummer, Scott Hartle...view item »


Sea Bee
I Wanda Why?

See Bee’s 1994 EP I Wanda Why? Has been concentrated from 6 tracks to 4, for its reissue on Afrosynth, the label owned by DJ Okapi. The four tracks here are all essential and reliable house bangers that will get the dancefloor full every time. Composed, produced and arranged...view item »


Alvin Lucier
Ricochet Lady

Alvin Lucier composed Ricochet Lady in 2016. It is made up of four pieces, played on acoustic glockenspiel by Trevor Saint. Lucier composed the pieces with the intention of exploring sound by having each of the four pieces played in different environments, thus getting a different...view item »


Eiji Nakayama
Aya's Samba

Over the past couple of years Mule Musiq offshoot Studio Mule has established itself as one of the go-to labels for Japanese jazz reissues. Much of its best material has been scavenged from the catalogue...view item »


The Messthetics
The Messthetics

What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine.  Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the...view item »


Tolley & Dara
Cutheart

Jazz bass, synth and percussion improvisations you say? Well. step right up for Cutheart by Aussie couple, Tolley & Dara. The album has been pieced together from a bunch of live improvised recordings made in 1979. David Tolley is a renowned Australian jazz bassist who has played one album by T...view item »


Purple Image
Purple Image

*Extremely John Lydon voice* Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Of course, this LP actually has nothing t...view item »


Gonçalo Penas
Ego De Espinhos

Gonçalo Penas is a bit of a maverick, it would appear. Ego De Espinhos is the 22-year old Portuguese musician’s debut album. He has resolutely refused to stick to any formula or rules he has learned in his time at music college so he can fully explore the limits of electronic music. T...view item »


R. Stevie Moore
Afterlife

R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo-fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His n...view item »


Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, ...view item »


Guy Skornik
Tusk

This is Guy Skornik’s score to Alejandro Jodorvsky’s film Tusk which was released in 1979, not another complete cover of Fleetwood Mac’s  album, Tusk, which was also released in 1979. This score is synth-driven space-age pop which, at the directors request, is intense and ex...view item »


Clint Mansell
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Clint Mansell is now more well-known for being a composer of film scores rather than being in Pop Will Eat Itself, and perhaps that’s a good thing as he seems to be pretty good at his current career. He already has scores to Pi, Moon, High Rise and Black Mirror under his bel...view item »


The Pale Fountains
(There's Always) Something On My Mind

(There’s Always) Something On My Mind was the debut single by The Pale Fountains from 1982. The band was lead by Michael Head who went on to form Shack and make great albums with The Strands and The Red Elastic Band. The A s...view item »


East Village
Cubans In The Bluefields

One of the great forgotten bands of the ‘80s indie scene, East Village, were formed by Buckinghamshire brothers Martin and Paul Kelly. Cubans In The Bluefields was their debut EP. The standout track of the three on offer is Strawberry Window, one of the most perfect slices of indie jangle po...view item »


Paper Dollhouse
Empty Rave

Paper Dollhouse re-release their 2016 cassette Empty Rave. The title of this record is an apt one - its washed-out synth sounds, cascading drones and watercolour synths bring to mind a more cerebral rendering of...view item »


cv313
Glass City Sessions

If you didn’t know yet, cv313 are also known as Echospace. The duo of Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell...view item »


Brainwaltzera
Epi-Log

As the old saying goes, one person’s EP is another person’s mini-LP. However, Brainwaltzera can’t seem to to make up their mind which side to come down on - we heard that the six-track Epi-Log...view item »


Roisin Murphy
Overpowered

Overpowered (2007) was the second album by ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. Murphy set out to make a pop/disco album and she succeeded. She took influence from the pre-house sounds of D-Train, Mantronix and Gwen Guthrie, whilst bei...view item »


The Ruts
The Crack

The Crack was the first album by The Ruts. It was originally released in 1979. The band spliced together punk and reggae and were loved by John Peel. It contained the singles Babylon’s Burning and Something That I Said. The band’s lyrics were aimed at social and political problems, non...view item »


Modeselektor
Who Else

German absurdist electronic production team Modeselektor have a new album, Who Else. It’s brimming with solutions to boredom and, as usual, is defiantly unobvious. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have kept things fresh by tailoring each sound for each track. Grime artist, Flohio...view item »


Various
Mobilisation Generale - French Protest and Spirit Jazz 1970-1976

As anyone with even a passing knowledge of French history will tell you, the late 1960s was a period of protest unlike anything the country had seen before. Some great music came out of that time, from rock ‘n’ roll to ye-ye to jazz. It is the latter that Born Bad's ...view item »


Jean-Pierre Mirouze
Le Mariage Collectif (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jean-Pierre Mirouze’s soundtrack to 1971 French-Danish soft porn film Le Mariage Collectif was destined for the trash. We mean that literally - if the people at Born Bad...view item »