Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Other Sides

This is the final release in the catalogue remastering project. So if you bought the expens-a-box CD part two for the rarities...well...you could have just waited until now and got them as a separate instalment. As you might be able to tell from the tin, this is a collection of B sides and rarities including a host of hard to find cover versions. 4 CD set in hardback packaging. 
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Witching Waves
Fear Of Falling Down

London based Witching Waves are a post-punk/indie pop duo that trade in music influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beat Happening and Tiger Trap. ‘Fear Of Falling Down’ is the band’s debut LP and is evocative of their DIY roots: recorded on to 8 track tape, their sound here is lo-fi but detailed, echoing 60s pop and garage with an obvious nod to the DIY underground. 

Gary Numan
I, Assassin

Hey Gary, I get the feeling you’re supposed to be hiding in the shadows but you appear to be standing in the light of streetlamp. You’ll get seen, y’know. However bad an assassin Gary Numan may make in reality doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we have spiffy reissue of his 4th solo album, I, Assassin, which was originally released in 1982. It contains the hits Music For Chameleons, White Boys and Heroes and We Take Mystery (To Bed). Green vinyl LP on Beggars Banquet.
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Joy Division & New Order
Total (From Joy Division To New Order)

It’s never before been possible to study the trajectory of post-punk pioneers Joy Division and synth-rock sequel New Order in one sitting. The technology simply hasn’t been there. You’d need some kind of ‘play list’ - what a notion. But now, thanks to the latest developments, New Order are proud to present Total - a partial history of both.

Ot To, Not To
It Loved To Happen

Three years on from their debut LP Goshen and Ot To, Not To return to the fray with a new album. It Loved To Happen is another record of spectral r&b from the forward-thinking duo. Everything from Talk Talk to Nicolas Jaar to oOoOO to Micachu And The Shapes is referenced across this quietly inventive set. It Loved To Happen is out via New Info, a recently-minted offshoot of the excellent All City.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary War
Zontag

Zontag is the totally fun 7-inch single from nutjob Gary War. His output could be impressively termed ‘the most obtuse music produced by a member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Here he jets in-and-out of cosmic zones in pursuit of his twisted and dense pop muse. Perhaps best enjoyed over these short distances, this one is out on Care in the Community.
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Stephen Malkmus
Groove Denied

We've all had mid-life crisis moments. For example, my dad sold the family car and bought himself a motorbike. This album is most likely Stephen Malkmus's mid-life crisis moment. For many musicians a mid-life crisis moment sees them embracing electronica and IDM after years of chugging along with guitars. So this could be as good/bad as Bob Mould's 'Modulate' album.   

The Faint
Egowerk

You’ve probably noticed what a toxic, disappointing place a social media forum can be. A hotbed of egotistical confrontation. Omaha electro-punks The Faint too have noticed and have made their self-produced seventh Egowerk album all about it. It’s slick, dramatic and fast paced, and perhaps their most electro sound to date.
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Estrogen Highs
Hear Me On The Number Station

'Hear Me On The Number Station' is Estrogen Highs first record since 'Irrelevant Future' in 2012. Here the New Haven, Connecticut, beat combo bash out eighteen songs, each informed by New Zealand indie pop and with more emphasis of the avant garde texturing of bands like Xpressway than previously. The LP comes with an inner lyrics sleeve.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beta Band
The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that they subsequently disappeared down a rabbit warren of their own making is, in time, starting to be forgotten.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HVOB
Rocco

Viennese duo HVOB - which doesn’t appear to be an acronym, by the way - drop their fourth LP and first one for PIAS. Rocco is an LP of pretty, emotive electronica from the duo of Anna Müller and Paul Wallner. Tunes such as ‘Bloom’ and ‘2nd World’ also show shades of contemporary classical composition. Think Nils Frahm and Mark Pritchard’s more recent work.
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Sparks
No.1 In Heaven (40th Anniversary Edition)

Total vintage Sparks goodness! No. 1 In Heaven has a wry sarcastic optimism in its title, but then again it does feature the Maels working with the legendary Giorgio Moroder, leading to an especially electro-vibed, synthed-up version of the Sparks sound. A match made in heaven right? Remastered reissue that features rare bonus tracks, some involving Peter Cook.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Westerman
Confirmation

Hotly-tipped London auteur Westerman returns to the fledgling Blue Flowers imprint with new single ‘Confirmation’. 2017’s Call And Response EP brought free-flowing comparisons to Nick Drake and Arthur Russell, and those influences remain strong on this track. Add in a bit of a ‘Wicked Game’ flavour and a few ooh-what’s-he-done-there chord-changes and you've got yourself a leftfield indie hit.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Perfect Son
Cast

My mum tells me that I’m the Perfect Son, so I’m not really sure what this fella’s playing at. Get off my turf, Perfect Son! Anyway, the artist born Tobiasz Biliński and known for a few years as Coldair has come out swinging on Cast, his first LP for Sub Pop. Cast is a record of brash, confident electro-pop of the Gary Numan/Depeche Mode school.
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Helado Negro
This Is How You Smile

Twelve new songs from Helado Negro, full of intimacy and personality. This Is How You Smile might remind some of Arthur Russell, due to its homespun feel, its mixture of heartfelt songcraft and dance elements, and its general quality and loveliness. Yay! This Is How You Smile is released by RVNG Intl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hen Ogledd
Mogic

Hen Ogledd is, if you remember, the project started by folk maverick Richard Dawson alongside harpist Rhodri Davies. Here, they are joined by Sally Pilkington and Dawn Bothwell to make music which, if you believe the Guardian (and often it's a good idea not to) sounds more like electro-pop than the improvised folk you might expect.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

I Was A King
Slow Century

I Was A King sang about him on their eponymous debut and now they’re recording album No. 5 with him. The him we refer to is Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. Slow Century is the fifth album by Norwegian indie-rockers I Was A King. The band are influenced by greats such as Big Star, The Byrds and The Beatles and have worked with such luminaries as Robyn Hitchcock, Danielson and Sufjan Stevens. You know you want to give this a go don’tcha? LP and CD on Coastal Town Recordings.

Scott Gilmore
Two Roomed Motel

Two Roomed Motel plunges you into a an American world precisely as evocative as that title might suggest: this is San Fernando music, by Scott Gilmore. His style is rooted in the liberated Californian 70’s, where psychedelia, electronic experimentation, weird grooves and harmonised pop all sit well together. Scott’s new album is released by Crammed Discs.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Lance Callahan
Strange Lovers

Awww he's a big softy really. Better known as the snarling, sneering voice behind both the Wolfhounds and Moonshake where he often comes across as an angry commuter gone feral, David Lance Callahan has gone all fluffy with these first solo recordings. Here he embraces acoustic guitar tones and even a glockenspiel. Bets are already off as to whether he was wearing his slippers while recording this.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Moules Frites
I Should Care / I’m Glad

Two experienced musicians in the form of Rose Elinor Dougall and Louis Eliot come together to form the brilliantly named Moules Frites. They’d originally performed together on European cruise ships going back to 2009, and their collaboration has been on/off ever since, but this AA-side single ‘I Should Care’ / ‘I’m Glad’ represents two stripped-down versions of their favourite tunes. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

MXMJoY
p.e.a.c.e

Yes it is Maximum Joy. I'm not exactly sure of why we've lost all their vowels but the press release describes this as a dramatic re-imagining by founding members Janine Rainforth and Charlie Llewellin. Maximum Joy were once described as "one of the Slits backed by the Gang of Four" which is pretty accurate indeed. Here we have a new line up with a new take on their sound marrying their original influences (Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk and pop) with dark electronics, samples and effects.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Panda Bear
Buoys

Escaped Animal Collective animal Panda Bear, known to his handlers as Noah Lennox, arrives at album six with Domino. An exercise “hyper-modern production” techniques with Person Pitch collaborator Rusty Santos, Buoys finds ol’ Pand subjecting his schtick of characteristically queasy crooners to mainstream studio pastiche. Smashing.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Malihini
Hopefully, Again

Memphis Industries (Dutch Uncles, El Perro Del Mar) drop the debut LP from Roman duo Malihini. Hopefully, Again is one of those records of well-heeled retro-pop that are all the rage these days ever since Mac Demarco became supreme overlord of alternative music. Yacht rock, MOR, ye-ye and the lounge-indie of Whitney all get a look-in here.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SASAMI
SASAMI

Debut album from SASAMI, the very exciting Los Angeles based indie rock songwriter. Written partly while on tour with Cherry Glazer, SASAMI's song are a painful but necessary look inward that everyone can learn from. Melodic but restrained, and with instrumentation that can veer between the more dreamy and the more rocky. On Domino. 

Ten Fé
Future Perfect, Present Tense

Having started out busking on the London Underground, the sort of mass transit solution Leeds is desperate for, Ten Fé have now released their second album, Future Perfect, Present Tense. A collection of songs that are simple and sweet, open hearted with pretty harmonies. Influenced by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Cure and Roy Orbison. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Campfire Social / Ennio The Little Brother
Split EP

Can’t go wrong with a good split EP, a chance to sample two cool bands for the price of one. This split on Mai 68 Records gives us the chance to meet Campfire Social, who are an indie pop outfit, and Ennio the Little Brother, who has more of a pop / soul / hip-hop bedroom producer sound. One vinyl side apiece.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Television Personalities
Some Kind Of Trip: Singles 1990-1994

Some Kind Of Trip collects the singles released by Television Personalities in the later part of the career, from 1990-1994. Here you'll find 26 tracks, including a number of remixes, such as 'Strangely Beautiful', ‘Far Away And Lost In Joy’ and ‘Goodnight Mr Spaceman’. The historians among you will be pleased to hear the tracks are sequenced chronologically.

The Popguns
Love Junky


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International Teachers of Pop
International Teachers of Pop

This is the new project from the Moonlandingz founders Adrian Flanagan (Eccentronic Research Council) & Dean Honer (All Seeing I /I Monster) with Leonore Wheatley (The Soundcarriers). They play brazenly retro synth pop in awe of  artists such as Kraftwerk, the Human League, Suzanne Ciani & Broadcast. Playful synth pop that they claim is the '3rd most important outsider pop album to come out of Sheffield since Dare & Different Class'. They have chutzpah at least. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

TEEN
Good Fruit

Good Fruit is the fourth album by TEEN. The band have trimmed down to a core three-piece of sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson for the release, with Boshra AlSaadi contributing to songs before leaving to pursue a solo career. It’s a harmony and hook-laden synthpop album that deals with loss, specifically the death of the sisters’ father, capitalism and womanhood. Limited coloured vinyl and CD on Car Park.

Hejira
Thread Of Gold

Hejira’s new album Thread Of Gold engages with the Ethiopian cultural roots of band-leader Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, with songwriting beginning on a band trip to Addis Ababa. The results ended up as these rich songs of life-filled pop: vocal harmonies, grooves, the odd field recording, and an all-round sense of personality. On Lima Limo.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Robert Forster
Inferno

In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forster is now a writer of exquisite songs and books and father of one third of The Goon Sax. His new album, Inferno, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and it’s the first time the pair have worked together since Forster’s solo debut back in 1990. LP and CD on Tapete.

Self Esteem
Compliments Please

Self Esteem is the work of one half of indie pop duo Slow Club. The Rebecca Lucy Taylor half. On Compliments Please she's dropped the indie from indie pop to make a bunch of 'pop' pop tracks. Big and catchy and quite often about sex pop. It's a very convincing change especially as her vocals are perfectly suited to this too. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Piroshka
Brickbat

Marvellous times here for fans of shoegaze alumni as Miki Bereni (Lush) hooks up with KJ McKillop (Moose), Modern English bassist Mick Conroy and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch is a new group which, though hard to get away from the distinct sound of Miki's vocals, offers a fresh start for all four. They explore the usual modern day concerns about news, the world and stuff.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dom IV
Nothing Happens

Playful fun from Dom IV in the form of two track variations squeezed together on a 7” by the good people over at Cosmic Pint Glass. Nothing Happens features things happening with bright keyboards and friendly drum machines, giving off a lovely naive groovy feel. Just a very pleasant time really, enjoy yourself.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bayonne
Drastic Measures

Well Bayonne's previous album Primitives was rather excellent indeed. For those not in the know it was a fantastic sprawl through a world slightly similar to that of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. Now the man who brought you all this Roger Sellers is back with a new work which we are hoping to be just as good. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

LCD Soundsystem
Electric Lady Sessions

Electric Lady Sessions by LCD Soundsystem features James Murphy and Co running through a bunch of songs live at Electric Lady studios in New York. The tracks span the band’s career along with a few new tunes. They’ve also tried their hand at a couple of covers: Heaven 17’s (We Don’t Want This) Fascist Groove Thing and Chic’s I Want Your Love.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Phantoms vs Fire
WLDLFE

Phantoms vs Fire takes as his core theme here the destructive relationship that humanity has with our natural environment… with beats! WLDLFE is a lush but dark listen, with synths that have a beautiful but melancholy shine to them and evocative melodies. WLDLFE is released by Blackjack Illuminist Records.

The Lemon Twigs
Brothers of Destruction

We got into a few arguments with customers about this lot. You love 'em, we find them intensely annoying. Anyway we're in the minority as they are doing pretty well for themselves with their brand of showmanship, music hall and proggy pop. This features an extra six tracks that weren't released on the recent 'Do Hollywood' so like 'em or loathe them you can't complain you are not getting value for money.  
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  • 4AD

Spellling
Mazy Fly

Intriguing new one from Sacred Bones act SPELLING. The album tackles the dual realities of technological progress - the utopian and the apocalyptic - while backed by music that can flit from garbled R&B to scuzzy synth jams. ‘Mazy Fly’s’ 12-tracks reflect SPELLING’s seemingly contradictory impulses and finds a unique synthesis being formed from these seemingly combative forces.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

They make good box sets down at Cherry Red Records, and their latest is another feather in the cap. Big Gold Dreams focuses on the Scottish post-punk explosion of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This means that there are tonnes of your favourite bands on here - The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, you know how it goes. Big Gold Dreams also features informative essays and band histories in its accompanying 70-page booklet.

Le Superhomard
Meadow Lane Park

Debut full-length one from Le Superhomard, who are French (they aren’t putting it on like some you see these days). It’s electro-pop baby, and it's lovely, with a sunny flavour to the synth tones and a psychedelic motorik joy to the propulsive beats. It seems that everyone is having a good time with Meadow Lane Park, and you can too.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pom Poko
Birthday

Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali Farka Toure are both name-checked in the press release for Birthday, but unfortunately so are Vulfpeck, so this could really go either way. As it is they don’t really sound like any of that lot - groups like Deerhoof and The Mae Shi spring to mind as Pom Poko power through a collection of zany power-pop-punk numbers.

Telekinesis
Effluxion

For his fifth album, Michael Benjamin Lerner wanted to do it alone. Though previous Telekinesis albums have seen Lerner playing everything, Effluxion is the first where he has handled everything up to the production. A power-pop record with a spectacular sense of intent, and is filled with the catchy hooks and uplifting choruses we expect.

Savage Mansion
Revision Ballads

There’s this great bit in Peep Show where Super Hans explains away the unfairness of a situation to Jez by simply saying ‘it’s a Savage Garden, my friend’. We can’t say for certain what Glaswegian DIY-punk Craig Angus is getting at by naming his project Savage Mansion, but one spin of Revision Ballads implies that things may be a bit brighter for Angus than they were for Jez in that moment. Revision Ballads is an LP of breezy, grungy pop tunes ala The Lemonheads, Pavement and all that other good stuff from the ‘90s.

dj. flugvel og geimskip
Our Atlantis

Always a good idea to do a concept album about Atlantis, and all the more interesting if it is something other than a prog rock album. Our Atlantis, by dj. flugvel og geimskip is very far from that: it is a technicolour, electronic dreamscape / dance-party, with flugvel’s synth programming and sweet vocals expressing a bright wonder at the Atlantis idea. On Geertruida.

Emily King
Scenery

I’m pretty sure there was a girl called Emily King at my school. Can’t remember for certain - and anyway, if there was, I’m pretty sure it’s not the one who’s about to release her third LP Scenery. For one, I feel like I would have heard if our Em had been nominated for a Grammy. Like Ibeyi, Christine And The Queens and The 1975, the tracks here are the sort of thing mainstream music journos describe as ‘gutsy’.

RY X
Unfurl

Ry X, real name, Ry Cumming, is an Australian singer/songwriter but not the kind who sits there with a guitar and strums his feelings away. He builds soundscapes with skittering drums and clicks and gently sings his heart out over them. It could be said there’s a similarity to Bon Iver, but I wouldn’t really want to force that comparison through. His new album, Unfurl, is his third. LP and CD on Infectious Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Homeshake
Helium

Homeshake is the project from Peter Sagar  - an escapee from the Mac De Marco touring band who has already issued several dollops of R&B influenced lo-fi pop. Helium is the product of both a much clearer mental state for the artist and of a new home recording set up which allowed him to tinker further with his tracks following increased interest in ambient and electronic compositions.

Ladytron
Ladytron

Named after a track on the first Roxy Music album, Ladytron stayed nicely under radar back in the day with their Teutonic electronic pop. The Liverpool band have had a bit of a break recently, but luckily after a seven wait, we have their new self-titled album. Bizarrely, former Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera lends his percussive skills to the album. Includes the singles, The Island and The Animals recently
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • RCA
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Chain Wallet
No Ritual

Chain Wallet recorded their new album No Ritual in a beach cabin in Norway: does this mean we can hear some surf guitar influences amidst the fuzz here? Quite possibly. No Ritual also features the vocals of shoegazer Chiara Cavallari, adding a lush extra element to the Chain Wallet sound. On Jansen.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

bis
Slight Disconnects

Bis be back! Again! After having broken up and reformed a couple times since they started out in 1994, the Glaswegian band look like they've stuck with a bit longer this time with Slight Disconnects, their second album in five years. After all this time Bis remain masters of the indie pop chorus, and have even managed to fit in a bit of reflection on the last 25 years.
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PicaPica
Cast In Stone

PicaPica are a four-piece band fronted by Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates. The pair sing beautiful harmonies together. They are backed by the ethereal guitar stylings of Adam Beattie and renowned producer Sonny Johns on bass. Their brand of finely crafted music touches on ‘60s sunshine pop and indie folk. They also appear to share their name with a bunch of Spanish children’s entertainers. Don’t get ‘em mixed up! 12” on Rough Trade.

Stats
Other People's Lives

Stats are new to the Memphis Industries stable. They are a DIY art pop band who are led by Ed Steed. He once played in LA Roux’s backing band, this along with, surprisingly, the countless mundane office jobs he’s had have inspired the rather upbeat new album, Other People’s Lives. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gemma Ray
Psychogeology

Over her seven albums to date, Gemma Ray has become known for bringing a number of styles to freshen up the singer/songwriter genre and album number eight, Psychogeology, is no exception. Here, she borrows elements from girl groups, ‘70s pop, George Gershwin, classic Pink Floyd and Serge Gainsbourg to create a widescreen view of her life. LP and CD on Bronzerat.

Elena Setién
Another Kind Of Revolution

Elena Setien is a Spanish multi-instrumentalist who writes pop songs. Pop, that is, from the point-of-view of a natural improviser. Due to her growing up in the Basque region of Spain during a time of political upheaval, her lyrics are imbued with a sense of hope and progress. Another Kind Of Revolution is her new album. Steve Gunn guests. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.

Rina Mushonga
In A Galaxy

A short time to go (next February) in a galaxy not that far away (this one, the Milky Way) before the arrival of South London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rita Mushonga's new album In A Galaxy. Her songwriting orbits indie and Afropop with a lot of electronic twists and turns; downpitched vocals, pentatonic synths, and it sounds great.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Maus
Songs

The 2006 debut of avant-pop musician John Maus, from before he rose to real prominence. Songs is super-electronic and rich with nostalgic longing for many things, especially the sound and culture of 1980’s pop. Fair enough John, it was a pretty evocative time. Features Ariel Pop on two tracks. Songs has been reissued by Ribbon Music.

Kevin Morby
Harlem River Dub (Peaking Lights Remix)

Kevin Morby’s name-making Harlem River LP turned five years old in 2018. To celebrate the occasion the former Woods/The Babies member has managed to wring two remixes of the album’s title track out of Peaking Lights. Both of them are the sort of lengthy, trippy edge-of-the-dancefloor numbers that PL have made good on so often down the years. The Harlem River Dub EP also includes an extended version of the original from Morby.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Planet Earth

Sony are reissuing some later albums by Prince. Here’s album No.32, Planet Earth, which originally saw the light of day via a free giveaway CD with some bloody newspaper or other. Now it’s being reissued on CD and purple vinyl (what else?!) so at last you can buy your copy without feeling the shame of buying certain publications. A few of his old cohorts played on the album, including Michael Bland, Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E. Includes the singles Guitar, Chelsea Rogers and Future Baby Mama.

Prince
3121

3121 was the 31st studio album by Prince. It was originally released in 2006. Sony are reissuing a bunch of his later albums, and this one will be pressed on vinyl for the first time. It’s weird and funky and beautiful, just like you’d expect from the small purple one. Purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

Prince
Musicology

Musicology was the first of three albums Prince released in 2004 and his 28th album in all.  Prince intended the album to to be a musical education to those who listened which seems like a bit of an arrogant thing to say, but then, Prince wouldn’t have been Prince without having saying stuff like that. Anyway, perhaps buy a copy and get yourself educated. Double purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

Westerman
Edison

The comparisons to Arthur Russell have flown freely for Westerman since his emergence a couple of years back. Russell certainly lurks in the corners of Westerman’s new single ‘Edison’ - their singing voices in particular are uncannily similar - though the song is very much drawing from the Love Is Overtaking Me end of the spectrum. That means there’s room for plenty of other welcoming folk-/soft-rock influences here - Belle & Sebastian, Future Islands and Jens Lekman all come to mind.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Myths 002

Moving fairly violently between tasteful folksy acoustic songwriting and explosions of operatic intensity, this collaboration is, if nothing else, unpredictable. Rich layers of instrumentation and clashing performance styles add to the exciting uncertainty, and over the four tracks you can be sure that weird and charmed places will be reached.

Prefab Sprout
I Trawl The Megahertz

I Trawl The Megahertz was originally released as a solo album by Prefab Sprout's  Paddy McAloon in 2003 but was pretty much ignored by everyone apart from us Sprout obsessives. Shame because it is a incredible work...the album is largely instrumental and spoken word, featuring some his most experimental work, such as the 22 minute title track and one track that, according to McAloon, sounds like a depressed Van McCoy. Now that it won't do the brand too much harm, it is now being issued as a Prefab Sprout album. 2LP (featuring an etched side) and CD on Sony.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Deep Cut
Different Planet

Deep Cut is the new project of (among others) former Revolver/Death In Vegas member Mat Flint. Flint, singer Emma Bailey and a few others whip up a pleasingly retro spread on new album Different Planet. Think Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, that sort of thing. Occasionally the band’s sound becomes a little more contemporary - ‘Hanging Around’ could pass for Deerhunter.

Blancmange
Wanderlust

It's a new album from the always forward-looking synth-pop duo Blancmange -- Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe. Wanderlust follows last year's wistful opus 'Unfurnished Rooms' but with a new energy approaching something like anger, mixed with a sense of dislocation. The albums consists of ten songs written by Arthur which he co-produced with Benge, after the success of their 'First Light' LP together as Fader in 2017. My, these guys are on fire right now. Wanderlust is available on LP or on CD via Blanc Check Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tredici Bacci
La Fine Del Futuro

Tredici Bacci present their latest full statement, in the form of the magisterial La Fine Del Futuro. This is a bombastic, full-bodied tribute to vintage Italian library music, full of funk and weirdness. Includes a wild version of the Christian hymn ‘Emmanuel’! Vintage styles, made fresh and dished up in 2019. On NNA Tapes.

Major Lazer
Major Lazer Essentials

A collection of the greatest hits by Diplo “masculinity is a prison”, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire, known together as Major Lazer. Listen to your favorite reggaeton appropriations on slick vinyl with Major Lazer Essentials. Features all the big hits with vocals by Seanna Paul, Justin Bieber, and MØ.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Cardigans
Long Gone Before Daylight

Long Gone Before Daylight was the fifth album by The Cardigans. This album marked a change in their sound as they introduced elements of alternative rock and country. Nina Persson teamed up with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse to form A Camp after this album, possibly an influence on the band’s new sound. Features the single You're The Storm. 180g vinyl LP, in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Dandy Warhols
Why You So Crazy

Are they still at it? Do they still fight with the Brian Jonestown Massacre? Does the keyboard player still {snip - Norman lawyers}....well here we are then those the Dandy Warhols with their 10th studio album on their 25th anniversary of being a band a bit like Brian Jonestown Massacre. They wrote some pretty good tunes back in the day so we'll find out soon whether they still have it.   

Montevideo
Temperplane

Indie-poppers Montevideo (not from Uruguay, but from Belgium) delivering their third full-length album after a six year silence. Expect maybe a touch of Vampire Weekend and a whiff of dEUS, or a more introverted Goose. Temperplane refers to the flying machines, by the way, not the geometric figures. Just so you know.
  • Vinyl LP (TSRLP35)
  • £22.55 £20.30 (saving: £2.25)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pi Ja Ma
Nice To Meet You

The French can always be relied on for a good ditty. To the lineage of Gainsbourg, Hardy, Tellier et al we can now add Pauline de Tarragon aka Pi Ja Ma. The young chanteuse’s debut LP Nice To Meet You modernises the ye-ye/chanson tradition in a manner not dissimilar to Melody’s Echo Chamber. The fact that many of the songs are sung in English cannot hide their Gallic charm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Zola Jesus
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes)

Zola Jesus and Johnny Jewel (of Chromatics fame) sat down together and decided that some material from Zola’s 2017 album Okovi could do with some revisiting. So here we have two songs, ‘Ash to Bone’ and ‘Wiseblood’, each remixed three times in order to explore all the possible angles and perspectives. 12” on Sacred Bones.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eerie Wanda
Pet Town

‘Pet Town’ by Dutch/Croatian singer and visual artist Eerie Wanda is an intimate look into the mind and life of its creator. It has the effect of sounding like a private affair recorded from the confines of the artists own home, with lush guitar plucking that thankfully avoids the realms of twee. It’s a truly joyous and inviting songwriter record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Attic Lights
Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks

Attic Lights drop their second LP for Elefant (BMX Bandits, The Primitives). Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks is a record that can back up its fun title with some fun songs. Anyone already familiar with the band’s work will be pleased to know that their ability to churn out charming ditties ala The Lemonheads/Teenage Fanclub remains in good nick.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pavo Pavo
Mystery Hour

By the time Brooklyn group Pavo Pavo’s Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg were writing new album Mystery Hour, they had ended their romantic relationship. This is sad. Nonetheless, they managed to harness the emotional rollercoaster of separation for creativity, leading to a dreamy, moving indie pop record. This is good.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

No Monster Club
Where Did You Get That Milkshake

No Monster Club is the project of the prolific Dublin-based producer Bobby Aherne. Having already released a dozen albums, Aherne's style is a tongue-in-cheek take on pop music, mocking a lot of contemporary pop while being compared to "a stripped-down sugar high Pet Sounds". 'Where Did You Get That Milkshake' is the band's first 7" with contributions from other Dublin contemporaries (the album features a member of indie pop band Ginnels, and the artwork is by the drummer from Squarehead), proving that Dublin's music scene is just as incestuous as Leeds'. The results are a bunch of instantly catchy, off-kilter pop gems. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Echo Ladies
Overrated (Robin Guthrie Version) / Rebel Rebel

Echo Ladies made an ok album earlier in the year and now the Swedish shoegaze trio have had the ultimate stamp of approval from former Cocteau Twins guitar whizz Robin Guthrie.  He's remixed their track Overrated to sterling affect and over on the flip is something wholly unexpected - a cover of Sir David Bowie's Rebel Rebel. 
  • Vinyl 7" (SCR138)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Tender
Fear Of Falling Asleep

Tender are James Cullen (don’t worry, I said Cullen, not Corden) and Dan Cobb, a London duo who make mid-fi R&B. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, is being hailed as a career high for them If tracks as such as the title track and Closer Still are anything to go by then they could just be about to turn a lot of heads. LP and CD on Partisan.
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2159-1)
  • £18.49 £14.79 (saving: £3.70)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 unfortunately became an X-Factor Staple. Also includes Spitting Games. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

The Last Hurrah!!
Mudflowers

The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.

RYD
RYD

RYD is the recording moniker of Ryan Downie, a producer and songwriter from North London. He takes inspiration from Bon Iver, Missy Elliott and Timbaland to create his songs that blend the crystalline sound of electronics with some heart-wrenching themes and ethereal production. Self-titled debut LP and CD on 37 Adventures.
  • Vinyl LP (ADVNTR095V)
  • £18.99 £15.19 (saving: £3.80)
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  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • RYD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Buke and Gase
Scholars

Buke & Gase are back after a six year hiatus with their third album. Scholars sees the New York duo reinventing their sound, making emotive electronic music and create an album worthy of comparisons with the Warp label, James Blake or St. Vincent. For the record, Buke and Gase are instruments the duo made. The buke being a baritone ukulele and gase being a guitar/bass hybrid. LP and CD on Brassland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Go Dark
Neon Young

Bella Union, home to Beach House, Horse Thief, Mercury Rev, Pom Poko, Psychic Markers and many other two-word bands add two-word band Go Dark (Crash Gallegos and Anticon veteran Doseone Drucker) to their roster. No doubt the label was delighted to discover that the album too boasts a two-word title, Neon Young. Moreover it’s a fine wodge of cyberpunk synthpop, full of aggressive energy and razor production.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fightmilk
Not With That Attitude

Ok, I’ll admit that I get annoyed when my loaf of bread gets squashed among other grocery items but I’ve never fought milk. London’s Fightmilk take their name from a sketch about an alcoholic milk drink on the US comedy show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. They have previously released one EP via Fierce Panda and now we have their debut long-player, Not With That Attitude. They take their influences from bands such as Sleeper, Long Blondes and Martha, among others.

Chorusgirl
Shimmer and Spin

The 2015 self-titled debut by German/English indie four-piece Chorusgirl was released on Fortuna Pop! and received weighty support from BBC 6 Music. It’s been three years in the making, but they’re back with its follow-up, Shimmer and Spin. Comparisons can be made to Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Dum Dum Girls and La Luz, so if any of those float yer boat, get on board! LP on Reckless Yes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Girl One And The Grease Guns/ Jen Schande
Suburban Robot / The Russian / 97 Tables

New split from everyone's favourite local record label Squirrel Records. One side features new songs from the mysterious Girl One And The Grease Guns, the B-Side includes Jen Schande, who is best known by fans of Squirrel Records as featuring of one of the early Cribs singles. Expect fuzzy electronic noise. 
  • Vinyl 7" (SQRL 42)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl

Big Wild
Superdream

The band name is Big Wild and the LP is called Superdream, so it's wise to leave any expectations of a shy and retiring affair at the door. As expected the debut full-length from the one born Jackson Stell is about as maximalist as electronic music gets these days. Songs such as ‘Maker’ and ‘Joypunks’ (you’ve really got to start putting spaces between your words, dude) are E-number-pop of the Passion Pit/M83 school.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Balthazar
Fever

Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere, the energy and creativity behind Belgian indie pop rockers Balthazar, went their separate ways after their third album. Now, reinvigorated, they’re back with album number 4, Fever. Their hiatus seems to have some good, clearing out the cobwebs or whatever they got up to, as this album is their most consistent to date, looser, happier, but they've still got the hooks. 180g vinyl and CD on Play It Again Sam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Notwist
Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff

German indie weirdos The Notwist present their first ever live recording. Performing tracks mainly off of their albums Neon Golden, The Devil, You and Me, and Close To The Glass. Sounding somewhere between Efterklang’s off kilter pop, and Radiohead electronic experiments, blending, and swinging between the two. Triple LP and CD on Alien Transistor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop