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Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the bonus stuff on so if you miss out on the opaque blue vinyl you are still ok (computer).  

Super Furry Animals
Radiator (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Following on from the hugely successful 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut 'Fuzzy Logic' comes this expanded version of the follow up 'Radiator'.The 2CD and download versions contain B sides, alternate versions and unreleased demos whilst the original album appears on the vinyl remastered for 2017 ears. 

GNOD
Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine

The mighty Mancunian GNOD juggernaut rolls ever onwards with a fierce five-strack statement, potently titled Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine. The music bites as hard as the righteous title, with repeato-riffs pushing the dense psych monoliths along. It’s out on Rocket Recordings.

Graham Reynolds
A Scanner Darkly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

It's an all-out cult classic brawl as the legendary soundtrack to A Scanner Darkly hits our shelves. Composed by Graham Reynolds, the soundtrack introduces a myriad of disparate sounds, each bitesize and extreme, moving between horror soundscapes, surfy instrumentals and twanging country hints. Considering Philip K. Dick's esoteric vision of a paranoid dystopia in the throes of drug addiction, Reynolds' ever-shifting soundtrack feels fitting, refusing to embrace the world it's wrapped up in.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid

Winner of our Album of the Year competition in 2016 with EARS, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith now serves up a new selection which is nothing if not ambitious. She has now produced a four part album which chronicles the for defining segments of life exemplifying Smith's deep thinking ability to delve further than the average composer. 

Kamasi Washington
Harmony of Difference

The first new music from cosmic jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington since his much lauded 'The Epic'. This follow up also seems to be epic despite it's short length being a six part suite exploring the musical technique known as 'counterpoint'. There are 5 unique components which when blended create a sixth track. Clever lad. 

Jane Weaver
Modern Kosmology

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Jane Weaver's early records (including those by her excellent band Misty Dixon) were lovely under the radar folky affairs but it wasn't until she started to invoke in vogue kraut and psych influences on 'The Silver Globe' that some overground success came her way. Modern Kosmology threatens to continue down that cosmic path (just look at that title). Sure to be one of 2017's more anticipated releases.  

Do Make Say Think
Stubborn Persistent Illusions

The first album in eight years from this long running Toronto collective. Now in their third decade, the group have created a critically acclaimed back catalogue and have become one of the most venerated names in the post rock canon. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is another example of the bands DIY ethos all recorded and produced themselves balancing guitar based compositions with electronic influenced production.

Calexico
The Thread That Keeps Us

The Thread That Keeps Us is album number 9 from Arizona duo Calexico. This album finds the band newly inspired by the North Californian coast where it was recorded. Taking all we know and love about Calexico, giving it a rougher edge, and increasingly confident songwriting has helped Joey Burns and John Convertino reach a new high benchmark in their career.

Out Lines
Conflats

Out Lines is a new band from Kathryn Joseph, James Graham of The Twilight Sad, and producer Marcus Mackay. Their debut Conflats has grown out of conversations with service users of Glasgow community space Platform, giving it a hard-won human weight. These stories are accompanied by dark electronic indie-folk. On Rock Action.

Hookworms
Microshift

Leeds stalwarts Hookworms’ third studio album, available on CD and vinyl via Domino. After the banks of the River Aire broke in late 2015, the band’s studio was devastated. The repairs that took place over the course of the next year were only made possible by altruistic voluntary work and online donations. That community effort displayed in the face of tragedy is no doubt the source of a pertinent blend of euphoria and tension present on the record. A more synth heavy affair than previous efforts, MJ’s modular features much more prominently, and collaboration with local synth nut Richard Formby guarantee an interesting listen!!

Martyn Bates
I Said to Love

I Said To Love is the 16th solo album from Martyn Bates. Bates is also known for his work in experimental duo Eyeless In Gaza. The album is a pleasing clash of introspective singer/songwriter style songs and more noisy, complex songs sung by Martyn Bates and Elizabeth S. CD on Ambivalent Scale Recordings.

Martin Jenkins
Dance Cave

Martyn Jenkins needs no introduction but I'm going to do so anyway as we want to sell some of these. Ok so it's the Pye Corner Audio bloke. Hopefully that's shifted a few. Normally known for his hugely sought after nostalgic synth work, this is his first foray into techno. US import so it's very pricey but a must have for completists. 

Wil Bolton
Night Paths

Duvet-strength warm ambient from Wil Bolton, whose previous records for the likes of Eilean, Home Normal and Sound in Silence have served as handcrafted comfort. Mastered by dronefather Ian Hawgood, Night Paths sees a return to Bolton's setup of processed guitar, synths and loops, all coming together in one woozy, snoozy textural mass.

Django Django
Marble Skies

Art rockers Django Django have established themselves as one of Britain’s more original bands. From their unpigeonholable eponymous debut to it’s follow-up Born Under Saturn they have mashed genres together to make a sound all of their own. Their new album Marble Skies, like their debut, is a more lean affair than Born Under Saturn, but doesn’t fail to explore new territory.  

Cornelius
Mellow Waves

Been awhile since we heard from Cornelius but this album of his smooth, exploratory pop has been knocking about the office for some time and we can confirm that it's pretty good. His part cover here of Prefab Sprout's 'Appetite' points the way on an an album of intricate, soft and masterful compositions  

Slowdive
Slowdive

2017 is an exciting year for shoegazers old and new as veteran bands take advantage of the resurgence in the genre by making new albums that would have been laughed out of court if the year was 1996. Slowdive follow on from Ride in unleashing new music and though they have prosaically only managed to self-title it, this is the moment for anyone who has been waiting since 1995 for new material. 

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 foot-tapping sing-a-longs.

tUnE-YaRdS
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Merrill Garbus’s splendid odd-pop project (do I really still have to capitalise tUnE-YaRdS like this?) is now formally a duo with Nate Bremmer, and they are back with a fully-fledged full-length album. I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life is pretty sleek production-wise, though that tasty tUnE-YaRdS wonkiness still remains. Out on 4AD.

The Cosmic Dead
Psych Is Dead

The Cosmic Dead stand out from the crowd of present-day psych-rock explorers, in that the Glaswegian band do actually sound genuinely unhinged. Psych Is Dead finds them going all the way out over the course of three lengthy tracks, each apparently improvised on a cocktail of booze, heat, and intergalactic vibes. Out on Riot Season.
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Public Service Broadcasting
Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting carry on with a third full-length album, this one focusing on (and recorded in a key hub of) South Wales’ faded mining tradition. As well as the usual line-up, Every Valley features Welsh guest appearances from Manic Street Preacher Mr. James Dean Bradfield and Lisa Jen Brown. CD and vinyl editions available from PIAS.

The Magnetic Fields
50 Song Memoir

Another bit of music-hall high-conceptitude here from Stephin Merritt & Co. There’s a song here for each of Merritt’s 50 years on Earth, with writing begun on his 50th birthday. Not quite 69 but age inevitably brings a slowing down of productivity. Despite the shift from storytelling or meta-songwriting to a more autobiographical lyrical style there’s nothing here to throw long-term fans and enough wit, guile and craft to charm plenty of new ones.

William Ryan Fritch
Behind The Pale

Clanging dark-hued composer William Ryan Fritch wrote this album around the time he was expecting his first daughter so the album naturally has the air of worried expectancy. This is a powerful music that will appeal to fans of Swans, Godspeed and Jon Mueller the latter of which Fritch collaborated on his similarly scary 'Tongues' album.  
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Engine
Cucumber Water

Leeds-based primal screamers Engine finally get their act together to release their debut vinyl of homebrewed psych-tinged electronic pop odysseys. Clocking in at over 30 minutes over only 4 tracks, these multi-segmented song behemoths explore the distresses of love via house beats, wailing guitars and a shameless use of sampling. Mastered at Ten Eight Seven.

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 the lens of lead ranter Jason Williamson. Featuring all new songs recorded with Steve Mackey (Pulp), this is sure to be one of 2017's most-anticipated releases.     

Godflesh
Post Self

Godflesh are known as an industrial metal band, but their 8th album, Post-Self, sees them move away from metal and experiment with industrial and post-punk sounds, exploring what inspired them in the first place. Lyrically the album deals with anxiety and depression, fear, mortality and paternal and maternal relationships.

Baths
Romaplasm

It’s been a few years, but Baths (aka Will Weisenfeld) appears to have found the time among all the anime and computer games for another Anticon album. Led by affable, confessional songwriting, Romaplasm swings to the steps of camp, bubbly poptronica. It comes off as more lyrical, a touch lighter and more spacious than Will’s sidechain-core, L.A.-beat early material.

Quaeschning & Schnauss
Synthwaves

Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss were both disciples of the sadly departed Edgar Froese, and their album Synthwaves kneels at the altar of the greats, notably Tangerine Dream. Precise synth modulations and mutations aplenty then, made on pristine analog equipment. Kosmiche sounds to drift off to, masterfully imbued with emotion. Floaty LP -- or CD -- on Azure Vista.

John Maus
Screen Memories

John Maus returns! Six years have passed since ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors’ -- during which time Maus has toured, released a rarities collection and finished his doctorate in Political Philosophy. He sounds as towering and stately as ever on Screen Memories; the record is another personal one which will haunt and invigorate. He even designed and built the modular synths he plays on it. Polyphony abounds! LP / CD on Ribbon music. 

Bibio
Phantom Brickworks

What has Bibio in store for us this time? Lo-fi pastoral electronics, hi-fi Clarkalike bangers, dollops of disco or some of his peculiar, warm-spirited hybrids of the lot? In fact, Stephen Wilkinson’s new offering unexpectedly consists of semi-improvised, rather long pieces (up to 17 minutes). As the title Phantom Brickworks sort of suggests, these unhurried fellows reflect on the shifting meanings and associations of places as time passes. Another feather for Steve’s bow!

Burial
Subtemple / Beachfires

Everyone's favourite cracklemonger Burial is back to deliver two new beat opuses on 10" wax for extra crackle. Featuring tracks such as 'Bus Dodger', 'Piss Lift', 'NHS Rizla' and 'Payspliff' (but none of those), it will be sure to console you into the wee hours with nothing but closed curtains and a glowing laptop screen for company. Still waiting for that world tour, Will.

Julien Baker
Turn Out The Lights

Sophomore full length from Memphis, TN based singer/songwriter Julien Baker. Two years after making her debut on 6131 she has been snapped up by Matador, and Turn Out The Light develops her delicate, intimate and vulnerable songwriting further. Life, down on record, through gorgeous Buckley esque guitar, piano and vocals.

Hogni
Two Trains

Hogni already makes music as GusGus and Hjaltalin, but that just wasn’t enough for him, so here he is with a new outlet. As Hogni, he’s doing something different, crooning in a futuristic R&B style over busy instrumentals that mix classical music and electronic experimentation. Two Trains is very cinematic stuff.

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Free Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Geoff Barrow (Portishead/Beak>) and Ben Salisbury (Dolman) join forces again for a the soundtrack to Ben Wheatley’s shoot ‘em up flick Free Fire. A step away from their intense and synth heavy works for Ex Machina, Black Mirror and Drokk, they step into a King Crimson world of prog rock and psychedelia. Comes with tracks from The Real Kids, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Denver as well as a load of material that wasn’t used in the final cut.

Beck
Colors

After the downbeat but rather excellent 'Morning Phase' Beck is back in technicolour pop mode for the much anticipated 'Colors'. Expect a vibrant collection of psychedelic pop  - the sort perfectly exemplified on lively and inventive lead track 'Dear Life' which has some oddball Beatles-esque twists.  
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard With Mild High Club
Sketches Of Brunswick East

What is it now???? Leave us alone. Yet another album from King Gizzard but this time with a twist. This one is a collaboration with Stones Throw hipster troupe Mild High Club in which the two bands jam out an exploratory album which is influenced by Ethiopian music, Miles Davis and Tropicalia. Never sit still this lot so when you don't like one album, you can be reassured that there'll be another one along in a minute. 

A Middle Sex
Soul Sways West

Originally released on The Audacious Art Experiment we are delighted to issue a long-awaited vinyl edition of this posthumous album by Manchester dub/noise/improv collective A Middle Sex. Exploratory electronic repeato music that harks back to the golden age experiments of This Heat and Throbbing Gristle. Dark but essential.   
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Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés

Actually can I stop playing the previous Ghostpoet album 'Shedding Skin'? The answer is a big fat 'no'. I loved his more guitar driven sound on that album and if the press release is to be believed this forth opus delves further into that style. His thoughtful if slightly paranoid delivery could be the perfect voice for these troubled times.  

Ariel Pink
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink’s eleventh full length album and his debut on Mexican Summer. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is a woozy psychedelic pop journey through the tragic ups and downs reflected in Bobby Jameson’s life story, and his continuous struggle for success in the music industry (having recorded with Frank Zappa, and The Rolling Stones). Decayed and slowed tape warbles shine throughout and a fair degree of pop genius it has to be said. 

Various
Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series)

We don’t yet know what songs will be featured on the new series of ‘Twin Peaks’ as they will be unveiled as the series wears on. This soundtrack will showcase all of them. We know Chromatics and Angelo Badalamenti are already involved. Going to be a fascinating waiting experience but for the moment you can secure your vinyl in anticipation.   

GAS
Narkopop

Well what do we have here then? Following on from that enormous box set of his greatest work of 20 years vintage, Wolfgang Voigt re-ignites his Gas project with a new album which, though it continues the thick foggy sonics of earlier work introduces dense and sometimes atonal sonics to the magical mist with that pulsing kick drum as always ever present.   

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of their dramatic dark rock with some electronic bits bolted on. If you like The National you are going to love it. 

H. Hawkline
I Romanticize

Making the sort of wandering oddball pop music that could be filed alongside fellow Welsh people Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon, Huw Evans (aka H. Hawkline) gets closer to greatness here helped by Ms Le Bon as well as Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa. He says the album came together "like a cat onto the floor" which makes sense considering the spayed and spindly nature of his compositions.  

OMD
The Punishment of Luxury

Here they are again. Visually mismatched oddball synth duo who after 30 odd years of creating weird sounds and adding catchy melodies are still at it. The Punishment of Luxury is described as a daring and dazzling synth pop opus and from the sounds of it OMD are being weird. I like it when they are weird. 

Odd Nosdam
LIF

LIF by Odd Nosdam is the ultimate addition to any man, woman or child's ambient and drone collection. A nice mix of soft landscaping sounds with gentle rhythmic buzzes, this record is available on CD, released on Sound In Silence and will be one of only 200 handmade and hand-numbered copies in a white recycled - we like recycled - cardboard envelope. 

Dälek
Endangered Philosophies

Dalek have long been one of our favourite bands here at the Towers. They have constantly been striving to blend Public Enemy styled socially conscious hip-hop with the sorts of vicious noise that appears on records by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Flying Saucer Attack and Young Gods. It's an intoxicating brew that never loses it's power. This is their 7th album and sees them back in Ipecac records. 

Oh Sees
Orc

Rebranded garage rock professors Oh Sees have become a little more informal with this one -- "please, call me Oh Sees", they ask as you step into their office for a chat. Cool dads. They follow up duelling records A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances (one a hard-hitting, twice-drummed psych rock record, the other a soft experimental curveball) with Orc, which is loud and turgid a la its title. Some of the gnarliest work here, it would appear -- "ew" is the watchword.

Liars
TFCF

Liars are back. After a three year absence the off-kilter group return with a new footprint in their skewed journey in dark experimental lands. This time, with eleven-track TFCF, the band couple their line up upheaval with a revolutionised sound - one which smears the line between acoustic and electronic.

Hype Williams
Rainbow Edition

After several years off pursuing their own projects, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are back with a new album as Hype Williams. Except they aren't, as the press release reckons neither of them are involved. Or are they? The woozy, disjointed music they previously concocted has spawned lots of imitators but now we get the real thing. Or do we? 

Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear have been away for about five years now and have now returned with their first since the wild and windy ‘Shields’. Early tasters of their new material give the impression that they are heading in a well constructed synth pop direction with their unique take on harmony and melody intact. Bound to be much anticipated. 

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
Everything

If this isn't the most appropriate and on brand of Erased Tapes releases, I don't know what is. The quaintly classical and electronic label release the soundtrack to David O'Reilly's open world, choose-your-own-adventure video game that lets you project yourself into a tiny plant cell or a huge star. The vibes scored in this spectrum of extremes are provided by Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano, composers who know how to create weight in the heart for you to heave -- their soundtrack is nearly four hours long and comes with spoken word amblings by Alan Watts, a philosopher just about lofty enough for this massive undertaking of a game.

Kutmah
TROBBB!

After multiple releases on Obey and Hit+Run, and doing a mix for Ninja Tune, Kutmah makes his debut for Big Dada with THROBBB!. High octane mash of fiery hip hob beats and a spitting punk attitude. Think Death Grips meets Run The Jewels and Edan. Features tracks with many guest artists, including Natureboy Flako, Gonjasufi, Jeremiah Jae, Akello G Light, and many more.

Oro Swimming Hour
Penrose Winoa

A massive sixteen-track release from Oro Swimming Hour that gives you a sense of wellbeing and general ‘feel good’ vibes. Daft in places and self-confessed lo-fi bedroom music, but Penrose Winos is no rushed record and should be in no sense under-valued as a collection of soft and almost melancholic tracks. Available on vinyl LP.

SQÜRL
EP #260

Originally called Bad Rabbit and forming especially to create the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s Limits Of Control, the three piece (that includes Jarmusch) renamed themselves SQÜRL and carried on after. With a number of releases on ATP and now on Sacred bones their strain of noisy, bluesy, instrumental avant-rock follows stoner rock’s slow pace with a crushed psychedelic edge. Limited single pressing.

HOM
A$X

The cryptically titled HOM is the solo project of Seattle-based artist Ashley P. Svn, a sometime member of the Pacific North-West’s UV Acid project and a part of Thee Source as well. This album, A$X, is unadulterated Bay Area electronica, and comes in a fluorescent green sleeve with pink foil-stamped decorations. Handsome!
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Clint Mansell
Black Mirror: San Junipero (Original Score)

Soundtrack to Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror episode San Junipero, from the fourth series. Scored by Clint Mansell whose notable work includes Moon, High-Rise, as well as a lot for Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, Pi). Here he plays with the post 80s nostalgia of the film, heavily mixing synths with orchestral arrangements with a dark underbelly.

Psychic Temple
IV

Chris Schlarb’s band Psychic Temple recorded IV, their fourth record (apart from their full-length cover of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports) in an LA studio in the old way, with big grand sessions. Guests like Terry Reid and Nedelle Torrisi help Schlarb craft his classic smooth-rock visions into reality. Out on Joyful Noise.

Ian William Craig
Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig somewhat returns to his tremendously loved 2016 album Centres with an EP that relocates some of those pieces onto voice, piano and acoustic guitar, with just a few licks of subtle tape manipulation lapping at the edges. Slow Vessels proves that Craig’s songwriting is just as powerful when it stands naked as when it is wreathed in fuzz magic. 12” on 130701.

Melvins
A Walk With Love & Death

A Walk With Love & Death is a brand new album by Melvins in trio mode, and its a double! Split into a Death disc and a Love disc, and featuring guest appearances from the likes of The Pixies’ Joey Santiago and Teri Gender Bender, these hefty slabs of Melvins show off different angles of what this amazing band can do. Double CD and double LP editions, each housed in a sturdy box. On Ipecac.

Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes like to take their time with this just their third album since their 2008 debut. They also spawned Father John Misty onto the world but let's not blame them for that. This meticulous approach to their song craft generally yields good results as was proved by the excellent 'Helplessness Blues'. Expect a dense, lush and ambitious album, lead track the eight minute ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara’ is certainly all of these things.   

Beach House
B-Sides and Rarities

Beach House present a comprehensive selection of their B-sides and rare tracks in one handy compilation, with recordings that stretch from 2005 to 2015. Treats include a surprising cover of Queen’s ‘Play The Game’ and a slowed down ‘Cough Syrup Remix’ of ‘10 Mile Stereo’, as well as tracks that have been newly mixed and mastered to suit this release. B-Sides and Rarities is out on Bella Union.

Max Richter
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works

Busy old Max Richter’s latest musical project is the accompaniment to a ballet production that adapts and re-contextualises various works of Virginia Woolf. Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works is the first opportunity to hear this new Richter outside of the Royal Ballet, and the standard of composition is typically high. CD on Deutsche Grammophon.

James Elkington
Wintres Woma

James Elkington returns with his latest album for the Paradise Of Bachelors label this time going it alone (his 2015 collaboration with Nathan Salsburg 'Ambsace' was superb), his gentle fingerpicking folk textures are reminiscent of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley but have a certain virtuoso mathy quality, now a full time member of Chicago americana legends Brokeback alongside Doug McCombs James is starting to make a lasting impact on the american alt-folk scene. 

Love Theme
Love Theme

Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches, joined by Austin Milne and Simon Frank present a deeply melancholic blend of avant-garde drone and improvisation, made up of saxophones, synths and percussion. Recording their improv session they return to their very distant homes (London, LA and Taipei) to begin editing separately. Love Theme is looming, sorrowful yet graceful.

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister
Planetarium

This is a potentially fascinating collaboration between these four lauded composers based around the ideas of space...not just outer space but your own inner space. A song suite that explores the planets and our solar system taking in piano ballads, proggy crescendos and everything in between. Oh and in case you are wondering Sufjan does sing.  

Ride
Weather Diaries

Much like Take That, Ride were popular and much-loved in their earlier days and following a long hiatus made a successful comeback where one of them was wearing a hat. Here, finally are the first fruits of their new work which was rather unfathomably produced by DJ, producer and remix man Erol Alkan. How will these lords of shoegaze fare in middle age? We’ll find out soon.  

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014

Well look here the first ever career spanning collection of the music of Sir Nick Cave all the way from his debut 'From Her To Eternity' to date. Handpicked by Cave himself along with Mick Harvey and other Bad Seeds, the lads have even raided their archives for rare unseen photos and memorabilia for the book that comes with the limited edition ‘Super Deluxe’ version which also comes with a two hour DVD.  Four formats to choose from depending on your level of obsession with the man and his work. 

Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

They formed when they were 14, two fifths of them are called Rhys and they live in a house called Ken. Ulrika Spacek are truly a unique proposition amongst the glut of Women/Viet Cong influenced tangle rock bands. Their debut self titled record was a hero here at the towers and this follow up record promises to be a collection of woozy and druggy avant rock.   

Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

Here he comes again 'The Dancing Man' whose varied folk stylings on 'I Love You Honeybear' sent him from folk also-ran to beard of a generation. That album's mix of confessional songwriting, daring lyricism and evocative and diverse production made it more than just another folk album. I wonder how many songs on this much anticipated follow up are about his wife?  

Crescent
Resin Pockets

Resin Pockets is the first musical proclamation from Crescent in a decade. Matt Jones’ and his Bristolian crew have therefore had plenty of time to slowly craft these songs of everyday life, some of which were recorded in the great outdoors. Resin Pockets is a rather special-sounding record of intimate folk-pop that’ll charm your ears if you are new to Crescent. CD / LP on Geographic.

ToiToiToi
Im Hag

Berlin’s ToiToiToi thinks of German culture and internationalism while he makes the music on Im Hag, his debut album for the Ghost Box label. The pieces here are a beautiful mixture of the rural / bucolic / acoustic and the urban / synth / electronic, ending up with a European angle on a very Ghost Boxy sound. Presented on LP and CD editions, designed with typically gorgeous Ghost Box style.

Woods
Love Is Love

Written and recorded in the two months following the US election, Love Is Love is a collection of songs that try to bring together and fix the America that Woods think is becoming fractured and broken with hatred. Gentle beats and soft vocals are in abundance on this record that is available on Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette tape.

Radiophonic Workshop
Burials In Several Earths

Interestingly this is actual new material by the Radiophonic Workshop (no BBC as the corporation does no funding of weird music anymore). The collective have produced a new suite of synth compositions that hark back to their classic work while exploring new areas of sound and combines analogue synth and cutting edge digital technologies. 

Perfume Genius
No Shape

Perfume Genius returns with his fourth album, and it's a big one. Over the course of its thirteen tracks, No Shape paints a bright vision of Mike Hadreas’ alternative art-pop / R&B world, sounding more pop than ever before but still maintaining the queer magic essential to Perfume Genius. No Shape is released by Matador.

Thurston Moore
Rock n Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore has kept himself very busy since Sonic Youth disbanded in 2011, working with numerous small projects, playing with countless collaborators and running Ecstatic Peace. Rock n Roll Consciousness is his first properly distributed full length for a while, and flutters between avant-garde, no-wave and poetic pop. A warm and engrossing oddity.

Penguin Cafe
The Imperfect Sea

Originally Penguin Cafe Orchestra, after the death of Simon Jeffes, his son Arthur Jeffes took the helm and to mark the new chapter renamed them as just simply Penguin Cafe. In this next step of the cafe, they have moved to Erased Tapes and are encorporating more contemporary influences into their inimitable style. Focusing on dance music and electronica they rework themes with live instrumentation and acoustic instruments. Features remixes of tracks by Kraftwerk and Simian Mobile Disco.

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 was written and recorded in order to act as a bright counterpoint to the nighttime fuzz of the first volume: Moon Duo considers this to be the Yang to that records Yin. Separating their approaches in this way allows the band to create a focused and consistent mood here. It’s a particularly blissful version of Moon Duo’s psych sound. On Sacred Bones.

The Durutti Column
Domo Arigato v2.0

Originally setup by Tony Wilson and signed to his Factory records label, Manchester based avant garde ensemble The Durutti Column recorded Domo Arigato live in Tokyo in 1985. Mixed and mastered straight after the concert before they had to fly home they were never truly happy with it. Now Factory Benelux have revisited the album, returning to the original tapes and spending the time they didn’t have on polishing it to perfection. Includes a bonus 7” single and digital copy.

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
Find Me Finding You

New sounds from a new outfit of Laetitia Sadier, the queen of Stereolab. This debut album of the Source Ensemble features some familiar collaborators, as well as guest spots from the likes of Rob Mazurek and Alexis Taylor. The smoothly groovy flavour of all Sadier’s work is still gorgeously present here on Find Me Finding You. Released by Drag City.

Happyness
Write In

Happyness return with a second album of fresh-faced alternative rock, titled Write In. They still recall the high years of the US college rock scene, with just the right amount of slacker-swagger to make them charming. That, plus an increasingly bold and melodic songwriting sensibility, makes Write In a winner. LP and CD editions on Moshi Moshi.

Yorkston / Thorne / Khan
Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars

James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan are a near-unique proposition, combining UK folk with jazz-style double bass and Indian classical sarangi. Somehow, these three remarkable talents manage to make the hybrid music they play sound like an obvious fit, like the traditional music of an imagined place. Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars is released by Domino.

Hills
Alive at Roadburn

Hills are alive with the sound of psych rock. With four songs they have sung for many years.  Hills may fill your heart with primal hypnotic rhythms. They'll make you want to sing every song you hear. Their songs beat with the rhythm of the Byrds. Playing 'Eight Miles High' forever up in the trees. 

Daniel Brandt
Eternal Something

As co-founder to Germany's electroacoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, it wouldn't be surprising that pioneering whizz Daniel Brant's latest offering is highly intricate. His jittering debut solo release, Eternal Something, is both the antithesis to and introverted take on clubland dance music.

The Jesus & Mary Chain
Damage and Joy

Scottish masters of fuzzing up guitars while looking at their shoes The Jesus & Mary Chain are back with a new album after 19 years. Featuring the first single Amputation, which has an easygoing Dandy Warhols-like sound, Damage & Joy is the latest development in a series of late 80s and early 90s bands finding out with some surprise that they’re still alive and maybe they still like making music.

Soulwax
From DEEWEE

A new studio album from Soulwax, renowned by dancers the world over for their electro-dance-rock good times. From DEEWEE was, impressively, apparently recorded in one single take, with their touring live band locking into the grooves and getting the twelve songs on tape. It’s a double LP (or single CD) release, out on Play It Again Sam.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PIASR950DLPX)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Children Of Alice
Children Of Alice

This is the first new music from former James Cargill since Broadcast's tragic demise.  Here he collaborates with Julian House (Ghostbox founder) and Roj Stevens (Broadcast). Certain thematic links remain, notably the understated spookiness and languid pace, but Children of Alice have shaped the core sound into something more atmospheric, aligning with their literary reference of choice which pays tribute to Trish Keenan's love of Alice in Wonderland. 

Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack's debut was one of those records that pointed the way forward in terms of how albums could be comprised and sequence. Half blurry pop songs, half wandering instrumentals, it contains two tributes to the then totally obscure Popul Vuh and an unlikely cover of Suede's 'The Drowners'. It's notable how twee the pop songs are sounding now but back then they were dead scary. The mystique that surrounded the band had a lot do to with this...a perfectly executed shoegaze/noise concept.     

Real Estate
In Mind

Here they come again those nice jangling lads. But there's been a change in the comfy world of Real Estate as guitar twiner no 2 Matt Mondanile has quit to concentrate on his own Ducktails. Though this destroys my Monkees-esque view of the band it will be interesting to see how this affects their sound. Lead track 'Darling' shows that besides getting a horse in on the act not much has changed their summery jangle-rock.   

Alasdair Roberts
Pangs

Deep-rooted Scottish folksman Alasdair Roberts presents a new mixture of traditional and original songs, as nuanced as ever. Unlike his previous album, Pangs is a full-band electric affair, with trusty sidemen Alex Neilson and Stevie Jones on board (plus several other guests). Excellent folk / folk-rock from a modern master. Out on Drag City.

Anohni
Paradise

Is there any artist more needed in the world right now than Anohni? If anyone has access to Donald Trump's ears then please play '4 Degrees' over and over again into them until they bleed sanity. This follow up EP was obviously written before all the recent lunacy but couldn't be better timed. Lead track 'Paradise' is an excellent vibrant call to arms and with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never back on production this is a superb mix of angry dirge and electronic banger. The remainder is a mixture of new songs and material performed live. Essential.      

Horsebeach
Beauty & Sadness

Oh lovely Horsebeach. I hope we didn't fall out too badly in that we maybe didn't give their last album quite the plaudits of their first one. Listening to this lovely new record make me feel even worse about that. The band superbly marry the melancholic rain drenched sound of the Smiths with the jangling beauty of Real Estate.  Here they've introduced some synths too adding to the feel of early 80s dreamers China Crisis and the Lotus Eaters.  

High Plains
Cinderland

Collaborative project between classically trained cellist Mark Bridges and Scott Morgan (probably better known as his solo moniker Loscil or as the drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer). Since working together on an endless generative music app in 2015 a future project was looming, in the form of High Plains, 9 tracks of low level neo-classical pieces blending cello, electronics and field recordings.

David Bowie
No Plan EP

So it turns out you didn't have to buy the Lazarus soundtrack to get these final recordings of David Bowie. It would be foolish not to release them in their own right as they are not only an important document of his last work but they are absolutely superb. The fact that they sound somewhat unfinished only increases their brilliance. Bowie sounds totally unhinged at times and totally inspired.  

Depeche Mode
Spirit

2017 is probably as good a year as any for bleak new material from long running dark pop trio Depeche Mode. These synth pop veterans still have a huge following and have here hooked up with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys etc) for some grandiose worrying about the state of the world. Nice to have them still around.  

Temples
Volcano

Here's a new one from curly mopped psych pop fans Temples. Their previous record 'Sun Structures' was the type of psych record you could take home to meet your mum so we are expecting more radio-friendly vaguely '60s tunes to hum when you put the bins out of a night. Lead track 'Certainty' sounds like MGMT gone sensible so this could be a winner.   

Bing & Ruth
No Home Of The Mind

After a couple of much loved releases on RVNG International, Kansas based composer David Moore aka Bing & Ruth has signed to 4AD. This is a much more apt signing for a label that was known for moody and elegant music than the fucking Lemon Twigs and should bring a bit of self cocking respect back to the imprint. 'No Home of the Mind' explores the piano's percussive qualities alongside woodwind and gorgeous soundscapes. 

Tobin Sprout
The Universe and Me

Increasingly responsible for the better bits on recent Guided By Voices albums, Tobin Sprout doesn't quite have the all or nothing genius/madman approach of Robert Pollard but what he does have is consistency. It's very hard to find a bad Tobin Sprout track. They are all sort of enjoyable....possibly because most of them use the same tried and tested formula of lo-fi melodic chord progressions and his reedy voice singing hummable melodies that get stuck in your craw.

Grandaddy
Last Place

Rocking the beard look waaaaay before anyone else Grandaddy disappeared for far too long but are now back to remind us of their other worldly and grandiose take on Cosmic American Music. Lead track 'A Lost Machine' will whet your tastebuds if you think Mercury Rev never topped 'Deserters Songs' or if you wish ELO would come back...or indeed if you like Grandaddy.  

Paul Weller
Going My Way

Going My Way is a single taken from Paul Weller’s latest album, Saturn’s Pattern, jaunting along between tender quiet piano-led parts and bouncier bits. He even gets a small choir to join in towards the end. The B-side, ‘I Spy’, is exclusive to this release, not appearing on the album. 7” with a big star on the front , from Parlophone.

Portishead
Third

Portishead have kept a low profile in the nine years since Third was released. Will they ever release another album? If not, the savage trip-hop trailblazers certainly ended with something special. Reinterpreting all sorts from krautrock to folk song, the album’s menacing unease still haunts today. No wonder an entire town was named after them!

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