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Albums of the Year 2017

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Reissue of the Year 2017

Bark Psychosis - Hex

Bark Psychosis - Hex

A classic example of how some music takes time, Bark Psychosis's 1994 opus 'Hex' has gradually seeped into the consciousness of those in the know over a 25-year gestation period.

The missing link between late period Talk Talk and the post-rock of the likes of Mogwai, the album is a classic of its genre and as a result of this pristine re-master wins our Reissue of the Year.

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Coil
Time Machines

One of the most beloved hidden gems in the Coil discog, Time Machines takes its name for and acts as an ode to a certain hallucination-inducing drug, the band working their tonal shifts into what they hoped would replicate the time-distortion inherent in its use. The record takes queues from Tibetan ...view item »
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The Other People Place
Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café

The long wished-for repress of Lifestyles of the Laptop Café finally materialises, fifteen years after the late James Stinson of Drexciya renown released the classic anonymously as the Other People Place on Warp. It’s a seamless, calming and moving piece of downtempo electronica that has become a key album in dance ...view item »
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Hood
The Cycle of Days and Seasons

Hood's fourth full-length album and their second for Domino Records. This one sees them deconstructing their songwriting with a dub-inflected sound incorporating decaying tape loops, found samples and half-speed beats alongside their usual gentle guitars and hushed vocals. Co-produced by Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundatio...view item »
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Kenji Kawai
Ghost In The Shell (Original Soundtrack)

A classic reissue of an extremely classic soundtrack for a phenomenally classic movie; this edition Ghost In the Shell is a real triple threat. Kenji Kawai's music for this animated 1995 masterpiece of science fiction is a chilling blend of futurism and tradition, balancing wistful, half-remembered melodi...view item »
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Disco Inferno
In Debt

A reissue of the debut album of Disco Inferno is something to be celebrated: Disco Inferno remain one of the most original and impressive post-rock bands to have ever been active. In Debt introduces their mixture of radical sampling processes and smart songcraft. These CD and 2LP reissues on Rocket Girl...view item »
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Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Akira: Symphonic Suite

Based on his 1982 manga, Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal anime 'Akira' is a Japanese science fiction classic. It's cult status among anime fans only rivalled by Ghost In The Shell. Geinoh Yamashirogumi's dramatic Symphoinc Suite was key to the films epic futuristic aesthetic and has been out of print on vinyl for many years. Now Milan present an ...view item »
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Midori Takada
Through The Looking Glass (2017 Re-Edition)

Midori Takada’s 1983 record Through The Looking Glass is an album much loved by minimal ambient fans and international percussion fans alike. Takada’s marimba is delicately caressed and manipulated, while an array of other instruments gently surround it. Reissued by we release whatever the f...view item »
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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 b...view item »
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Alice Coltrane
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only avai...view item »
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Billy Mackenzie
Beyond The Sun

One Little Indian mark what would have been Billy Mackenzie’s 60th birthday by giving his last album, which was left uncompleted due to his death, it’s first ever release on vinyl. Originally released 20 years ago, Beyond The Sun is filled with ballads, trip-hop and synth-pop leanings with a Leonard ...view item »
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Tony Conrad
Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain

Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain began with image before sound. Tony Conrad premiered this record way back in 1972 at The Kitchen in New York, and it was seen as a masterpiece of strings and drones that piled up together to create two hours of solid and genuine music. Available on Vinyl double LP and CD....view item »
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Terry Riley
Persian Surgery Dervishes

Available on vinyl for the first time since the 1970s, this is a double LP of live performances by the legendary ambient composer Terry Riley. Originally released in 1972 it captures performances in Los Angeles and Paris of completely different versions of the same composition showcasing the importance of improvisatio...view item »
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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...view item »
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Ragnar Grippe
Sand

This anniversarial and celebratory reissue on DAIS marks the fortieth year since the original release of Sand by Ragnar Grippe. A seminal debut that continues to be lauded by connoisseurs of minimalistic sonic expressionism. Born of the 1970’s sound/art zeitgeist and the collaborative expe...view item »
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Angelo Badalamenti
Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1986 movie ‘Blue Velvet’ perfectly suits the edgy film noir feel of the now classic film. It mixes original compositions from long term Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti with the sort of originals that would suit the jukebox of any any shadowy dive ba...view item »
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The Orchids
Who Needs Tomorrow… A 30 Year Retrospective

Oh those lovely Orchids. This is a fantastic round up of the best bits of the Sarah Records mainstays career alongside a whole CD of demos and outtakes. The band have a unique and lovelorn take on Scottish indie pop which in a perfect world would have them cited alongside Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub...view item »
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Eno
Another Green World

Another Green World is Brian Eno's third solo album and marks the beginning of his move from rock-based compositions to the ambient work he pursued in the late '70s. It contains some of his best known tracks such as St Elmo's Fire and the beautiful title track and is notable for guest spots from Robert Frip...view item »
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Lift To Experience
The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

We see plenty of these fancy deluxe box-set reissues, perhaps too many, but sometimes the lavish treatment is richly deserved, as in the case of Lift To Experience’s only album. The Texas-Jerusalem Crosswords is a strange and wonderful rock epic that you really need to hear. And if you already know and love it, th...view item »
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Moondog
Moondog

Reissue of avant-garde pioneer Moondog’s self-titled album from 1969, It hasn’t been available on vinyl since 2003. Moondog’s unique approach to composition was revered by Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and is heavily sampled across multiple genres Including ...view item »
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Unwound
Fake Train

By the end of their career Unwound were whispering their disgruntled musings over sinewy guitar lines into a bucket of lo-fi, but they initially skewered a far more hardcore sound, screaming and yelping their baby nihilism over crashing instruments and repeated noise bulletins. Fake Train proves it a...view item »
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Maggi Payne
Crystal

Maggi Payne’s 1986 Crystal was first released on Mimi Johnson’s very important Lovely Music label. Crystal is mighty suite of electroacoustic soundscapes, using elaborate multi-tracking, spatialization effects and processing of synths and flutes alike. It’s a record of great d...view item »
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Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Like a Ship... (Without a Sail)

An LP that had been on the 'list' for some time LITA is such a great label. Sunday night's are pretty much wind down and i clicked on to a friends radio show and the first track on was 'Like a Ship' pure Gospel Soul you dont need a second invitation once your ears have heard the opening notes. Sure enough i logged on Norman had it in i ordered i...view item »
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Game Theory
2 Steps From The Middle Ages

The final album from Scott Miller's legendary power poppers is a more sedate affair than the previous brilliant but bonkers 'Lolita Nation' but this shows the band at their most streamlined and commercially aimed. Still, Miller's songs were too twisted for the general public and it sank without trace. Now re-issued with bonus tracks this is anot...view item »
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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 en...view item »
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SWANS
The Great Annihilator

When The Great Annihilator arrived, Swans took the best qualities of their recent chamber-folk tendencies from the last two tepid albums and combined them with crushing post rock catharsis (polar opposites, it would seem), to produce a record firmly centred around the spirit and regeneration. The production is jarring...view item »
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Charlemagne Palestine
Strumming Music

Essential vinyl reissue of Charlemagne Palestine's seminal 1974 LP 'Strumming Music'. A mesmerising work of classic 20th Century minimalism, that originally appeared on the legendary French Shandar imprint (home to Philip Glass, Sun Ra, La Monte Young, Terry Ri...view item »
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Mazzy Star
So Tonight That I Might See

This is a much needed re-issue of the second album from David Roback and Hope Sandoval's dream pop/slowcore band. Originally released in 1993 this contained their superhit 'Fade Into You' which peaked at no 44 in the hot 100. One of those albums that gained momentum this is a fine addition to their small but perfectly formed set of records, &nbs...view item »
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World Of Pooh
The Land Of Thirst

Cult classic underground indie-pop from San Francisco's World Of Pooh. 1989’s The Land Of Thirst was in fact the only album they were ever able to release, and has be...view item »
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Clipse
Hell Hath No Fury

Repress of Virginia Beach duo Clipse’s 2006 thuggy hip hop album Hell Hath No Fury. Produced by The Neptunes and featuring several tracks with Pharrell Williams as well as Slim Thug, Rosco P. Coldchain, Ab-Liva and Th...view item »
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Lal & Mike Waterson
Bright Phoebus

A psychedelic folk classic worth nerding about. From all the way in 1972, Bright Phoebus features Lal and Mike of the Watersons making weirder and more verbose songs than ever before, inviting a rotating cast to develop a stranger and brighter strand of their pastoral songwriting. Quite lost in the avenues of time, it now...view item »
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Cavern of Anti-Matter
Blood Drums

When Tim Gane of Stereolab makes a new album and only issues 500 vinyl copies of it on a small Berlin-based label you can imagine that there would be a fair few unhappy people that missed out. Worry no more. Blood Drums, the debut album by Tim Gane’s post-Stereolab band ...view item »
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Laraaji
Sun Gong

A major new work from sonic explorer and yoga fanatic Laraaji. A shimmering two track experiment on the tonalities of the gong as he shifts the sound of this most round of instruments through various electronic processes. This single LP will get you ready for the more extensive 'Bring On The Sun' which follows on later. ...view item »
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154
Strike

154 aka Ross 154 is an alias of Dutch producer Jochem Peteri perhaps best known for his productions as Newworldaquarium. He’s managed to take time out to reissue his 2004 album Strike in response to great demand. Strike is a great work of dubby/ ambient techno that still resonates thirteen years down...view item »
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Maximum Joy
I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82

Maximum Joy were a superb collective that haunted Bristol in the early '80s who combined a wide variety of influences  - hip-hop, soul, dub, jazz and Afrobeat -  to concoct a heady brew of sleek danceable pop. There's the same dub inflected atmospheres that would later be made successful by Massive Attack...view item »
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Modern Art
Stereoland

Reissue of Modern Art's New Wave/ experimental synth-pop gem 'Stereoland'. Originally issued back in 1987 on core member Gary Ramon's (Disintegrators, Mystery Plane, Sun Dial etc.) own on Color Disc imprint in an edition of 250 copies with hand-printed sleeves. Now long out of print and highly sought after - You'd have to part with &po...view item »
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The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily ...view item »
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Death and Vanilla
Vampyr

A prime slice of hauntology to get your teeth into here. Originally released on cassette last Halloween, this double LP features a live recording of Death And Vanilla’s soundtrack to Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 classic ,Vampyr. For the performance, the psychedelic dream pop duo expanded their line up, incorporating an...view item »
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Electric Sewer Age
Moon’s Milk In Final Phase

‘Moon’s Milk In Final Phase’ was originally issued in 2012 on the Divine Frequency label and is comprised of four tracks from Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Danny Hyde’s sessions dating back to 2007. Apparently the music was originally intended to conclude Co...view item »
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Pere Ubu
Drive He Said 1994 - 2002

The Fire label have repressed three of experimental art-punks Pere Ubu’s underappreciated later albums, and included some rare bonus material as well. Drive He Said includes Raygun Suitcase, Pennsylvania and St Arkansas, albums which capture the band’s freeform inte...view item »
42.

Nino Nardini
Musique Pour Le Future

For the first time in four decades Musique Pour Le Future by the universally infamous sonic experimentalist, cosmic curator and alleged time lord Nino Nardini (a.k.a. Georges Teperino) is available on vinyl. Out on We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records the continuum defyi...view item »
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epic45
May Your Heart Be The Map

Epic 45: 'May Your Heart Be The Map' (Make Mine Music) Is an endearing collection of songs that are composed to evoke memories of a long lost childhood. This they do by combining an array of acoustic and electric guitars, samplers, drums, bass, field recordings and a collection of assorted tools. At turns pastoral, reflective and nostalgic it remin...view item »
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Loscil
First Narrows

First Narrows was the third Loscil album to be released and, now over a decade old, it certainly deserves its first outing on wax. The album is a wonderfully polite work of gentle computer sound, processed acoustic instruments and beats that are alarmingly hypnotic, perfect for drives, late nights and subdued social hap...view item »
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Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Following on from the extremely popular Twin Peaks re-issue we now have a re-cut of Angelo Badalamenti's brooding soundtrack for 'Fire Walk With Me'. This 51 minute 2LP repress has been sourced from the original Warner Brothers archives and includes sleeve notes by Mark Kermode. Comes on 'cherry pie' coloured vinyl (natch). All audio and artwork...view item »
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Grandaddy
Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition)

Under The Western Freeway was the debut album by Grandaddy. Now, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its release it gets a double LP reboot featuring some extra tracks in the form of previously unreleased demos that fans of the band will relish. It is arguably the band’s finest work and features such classics as AM 180, Summer Here Ki...view item »
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Young Fathers
Tape One / Tape Two

Essential re-issue of the early years of eventual Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. 'Tape 1' and 'Tape 2' saw the band honing their near unclassifiable sound which blends hip-hop with influences from indie, jazz and soul. 'Tape 1' in particular is totally magnificent  - a call to arms that ensured that we were in the pre...view item »
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Lil Ugly Mane
Three Sided Tape Volume 1

Rap demolitionist Lil Ugly Mane makes ecstatic and avant-garde soundbytes and puts them into messy little microcosms. Three Sided Tape Volume 1 builds up jubilant, swinging samples and knocks them down with noise schematics, recording basically whatever catches his ear and moving over it on a computer mic...view item »
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Deathprod
Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha

Helge 'Deathprod' Sten is a patient man, sometimes creating entire soundworlds from tiny pieces of recording, slowed down and manipulated until every detail is palpable. For me his most essential piece, and the most accessible to newcomers, would be his 'Morals and Dogma' opus, which feat...view item »
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Ash Borer
The Irrepassable Gate

If bleak atmospheric black metal is your thing it’s time to check out Ash Borer. They definitely rank up there with Leviathan and Xasthur on the US black metal frontline, and after a few full lengths they have gone into the studio with Randall Dunn who produced Sun...view item »