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John Davis
Spare Parts


  • Vinyl Double LP (SHR171)
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J Fernandez
Memorize Now

J Fernandez, or Justin to his friends, makes hazy psychedelic pop in his bedroom above a stained glass studio in Chicago, he follows up a couple of EPs on local labels with this 12" on Atelier Ciseaux, which channels Syd Barrett psychedelia and Stereolab retro electronics into an innocent swirl of electric guitar, horns, vintage organs and tape echo.

Various
Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988

An extensive 5-disc overview of Scouserock, if you will, from the punk and post-punk era through to the more polished pleasures of the late 80s. It kicks off with the art rock theatrics of Deaf School, and the more heard about than heard (retrospective) supergroup Big In Japan. The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, FGTH, OMD, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis and The La’s are among the more obvious inclusions, but the real fun is in digging through the dozens of obscurities.

Firestations
The Year Dot

Firestations are the latest outfit to emerge from the ever interesting Lost Map stable and this debut features a brand of nice-listen indie pop with perky melodies, sunshiny vibes and unthreatening subject manner. So pleasant and harmony drenched that it's hard to imagine it being recorded in Walthamstow.  
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Hinds
I Don't Run

Sophomore effort from formidable Spanish four-piece Hinds, following up 2016’s successful Leave Me Alone. Their playful garage-pop benefits this time from the input of The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. I Don't Run is inspired by their life-altering last couple of years. Out on Lucky Number and available on indies-only clear vinyl.

Isaac Gracie
Isaac Gracie

Hot new British soft rock prospect Isaac Gracie's self-titled debut album comes out on the tail of a series of well received singles.  On it the young Londoner gets to grips with himself and his anxieties. Virgin EMI have very kindly given us some indies only yellow vinyl copies of this limited to 500 copies.

Shamir
Room

Shamir is, without doubt, one of a kind. His new 7”, Room, displays his adoration of country music, y’know, that obvious love you can hear in his previous material? This is his first new stuff since last year's Revelations LP. It was produced by LA big-shot Big Taste who has worked with Dua Lipa and acclaimed singer/songwriter, incomparable performer and man of the people, Justin Bieber. 7” bone coloured vinyl on Father/Daughter Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Diet Cig
Over Easy

People really enjoy having overblown opinions about the very chill band Diet Cig but they will essentially work for you if you like having feelings over decent chord progressions and enjoy the bridge built between indie rock and pop punk. Over Easy is five songs, an EP if you will, and it was initially released in 2015.

Chrome Sparks
Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks is the recording moniker of Jeremy Malvin. He liked the name so much that he decided to name his debut album that too. There’s a buzz about this guy following a couple of well received EPs on Future Classic, the label that has been home to Chet Faker and Flume. He recorded it partly in a secluded cabin in upstate New York and partly in a studio in Brooklyn. If you like The xx, Machinedrum, Toro y Moi and Flume then you should definitely check this out. LP and CD on Counter Records with artwork by Tonje Thilesen.

Confidence Man
Confident Music For Confident People

Debut LP from enigmatic four-piece Confidence Man. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the group have made a name for themselves with outlandish performances and a small collection of irresistibly catchy releases with pleasingly cynical lyrics. For disillusioned youths who still like to get down. On Heavenly.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Josh Rouse
Love In The Modern Age

Seemingly like everyone else who used to make music with guitars these days, Josh Rouse has put down his axe and bought some synths to inspire his 12th album, Love In The Modern Age. He’s thrown ‘80s sophisti-pop, indie rock, latter-period Leonard Cohen and New York new wave into the pot to cook this up. LP and CD on Yep Roc.

Nonpareils
Scented Pictures

You won’t be hearing any porkies from confirmed ex-Liar Aaron Hemphill any longer. This is his new solo project, Nonpareils. It’s reminiscent in some ways of his former band, with discordant, psychedelic electronics in place of the strained guitars of Drum’s Not Dead, say. But he’s also got plenty of peculiar, skewed new productions going on here.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Louise Lemón
Purge LP

See, what Scandinavian miserabilist Louise Lemon has done here has taken her 2017 EP Purge and added four more tracks onto it. Anyone who enjoyed the original release will be pleased to hear that the LP rendering of Purge still lays it on thick. For the uninitiated, let's sum it up this: Ms. Lemon’s music is quite similar to Chelsea Wolfe. But if Chelsea Wolfe was, like, Lana Del Rey instead.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Island
Feels Like Air

London youngsters Island have been making waves with their fervent indie pop over a couple EPs and their single Try, which is taken from their debut album Feels Like Air. There’s a limited edition coloured vinyl version if you’re quick, otherwise you can get black vinyl and a lavishly packaged CD. On French Kiss.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Typical Girls Volume 2

WIth a quote from The Slits proudly raised as a banner over the whole thing, Emotional Response present the second volume of their Typical Girls compilation series of ass-kicking punk / pop-punk bands. This set features bands from all over the Western world (including Black Abba, Skinny Girl Diet and Midnight Snaxxx), none of whom are taking any shit.

Moby
Play: The B-Sides

First ever time on vinyl for this quality collection of B-sides from Moby’s globe-straddling Play era. Eleven cuts that might not be familiar if you weren’t scooping up all the Play singles at the time, and on coloured vinyl too! Limited edition pressing of just 1000 copies, via Moby’s own Little Idiot label concern.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fra Lippo Lippi
Stitches and Burns

The story of this release probably says a lot about the current economics of popular music. This track from the Norwegian synthpop outfit’s 1992 album Dreams underwent an online revival, enjoying twenty million YouTube views, hence justifying a pressing of 500 seven inches. Good news for 0.0025% of the song’s YouTube listeners! Also for you if you’re a fan of smooth, sophisticated pop.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hoops
Tapes #1-3

Hoops, or in everyday life Drew Auscherman, has released three EPs of lo-fi guitar + electronics pop on cassette over the last few years. Now, the opportunity has arisen to acquire all that tasty material on the vinyl format! The warm warble of the original tape production is still there, but the convenience and prestige suits the quality of the material. Double LP from Fat Possum.

Daphne & Celeste
Daphne & Celeste Save The World

Ben Jacobs aka Domino recording artist Max Tundra, for reasons known only to himself, Tweeted Daphne and Celeste asking to produce a song for them. The resulting track, You & I, became an internet sensation and was a far more credible slice of electronic pop than Ooh Stick You or U.G.L.Y. They decided to work together again. Daphne and Celeste Save The World is the album and Max Tundra played a significant part, writing and producing it. You may even find that you like it. LP and CD on Balatonic. There’s a limited edition pink vinyl version if you’re quick enough.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lazy Day
Weird Cool

Limited edition orange 7" flexidisc and zine from London based dream pop band Lazy Day. Weird Cool captures the uncertainty and excitement of starting a relationship with someone new. The zine includes an interview between Lazy Day's songwriter, Tilly Scantlebury, and music writer Sammy Maine.

Daphne & Celeste
Alarms

Want to feel old? It’s 2018 and former teen popsters, famous for bully anthems Ooh Stick You and U.G.L.Y., are in their mid-thirties and making their “mature” comeback. They’re doing so with production and co-writing assistance from Max Tundra. This single is drawn from their new album Daphne & Celeste Save the World, which presents their familiarly mischievous, barbed persona over ambitious and varied productions.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Drink
Company

The Drink's pastoral and crunchy guitar compositions recall a time when indie rock was about escapism, with tunes that begin caught up in a fantasy before breaking into quietly inspiring climaxes. It's a little twee pop, but with textural twists that recall the most warped twee minds: it harkens bck to Islands returning to the sea, though the Drink have always been there.

Damaged Bug
Cold Hot Plumbs

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees fame spits out another collection of would be hits under his Damaged Bug moniker. Cold Hot Plumbs is a synth workout with a distinctly analogue sound, packed with colour, texture and Dwyers famous ear for melody. Warm you plumbs on this. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Castel Face.

Terry Malts / Kids On A Crime Spree
Our Love

Split 10” release with two tracks apiece from Terry Malts and Kids On A Crime Spree, both making lovely fuzzed-up indie-pop on the West Coast of the USA. Our Love’s four tunes are punchy, sparky and buzzy, all with solid pop melodies running through the middle. 10” on the Emotional Response label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Television Personalities
And Don't The Kids Just Love It

Originally released in 1981, And Don’t The Kids Just Love It was the influential debut album from Television Personalities. The record was made by Dan Treacy, Ed Ball and Mark Sheppard following a four-year period of singles recorded under a variety of monikers, including Teenage Filmstars. Lo-fi sounds inspired by cool 60s pop and late-70s post-punk. CD and vinyl LP reissue on Fire records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pulp
We Love Life

Pulp closed off their excellent recording career, and arguably the Britpop era as a whole, with We Love Life. It contains the singles ‘Bad Cover Version’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Trees’, and it was produced by none other than Scott Walker! This Island Records reissue puts Pulp’s last stand back onto wax.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Highton
Welcome To Happiness

The third LP from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Alex Highton, and his first since 2014’s Nobody Knows Anything, is a nice wedge of off-kilter electro-pop ditties. Conceived alongside producer Jonathan Czerwik, Welcome To Happiness weds Highton’s touching tales to instrumentals reminiscent of Hot Chip, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and the more sober end of Beck’s discography.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kasbo
Places We Don’t Know

Keane once talked about 'Places Only We Know' but Gothenburg based producer Carl Gasbo is more concerned with the places we don't know on this debut. The album is full of his pleasantly chilled uplifting R & B with guests galore including London electronic duo TENDER. Will sound good on the Chart Show or whatever. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chad Valley
Imaginary Music

For his third LP as Chad Valley, Oxford musician Hugo Manuel decided to follow his pop instincts. Ditching the collaboration-heavy approach of his previous record, Imaginary Music sees Manuel settling comfortably into role of auteur. The resulting album is replete with heady electro-pop that recalls Prefab Sprout, electro Arcade Fire and the softer edges of Daft Punk’s Discovery. If they do another Drive movie, the likes of ‘LA In August’ and ‘Impartial’ could crop up in the soundtrack.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Starchild & The New Romantic
Language

Starchild's Brandon Cook is wonderfully unashamed about his influences: Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson. This impeccably produced pop record could easily be an 80s gem. It stays true to the style but carries important, topical messages of marginalisation and the difficulties of growing up within institutionalised adversity.

Ezra Furman
Big Fugitive Life

Ezra Furman has done a lot for our office unity in that we all hate him. However outside of these four walls he's very popular what with his squeaky songs and disregard for saxophone conventions. This is a collection of songs that seem to have all found a home here and Ezra touchingly dedicates it to all the refugees of the world.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris Weisman
Chaos Isn’t Single

Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but for the moment let's keep him to ourselves ok?  

Garden City Movement
Apollonia

Israeli electropop trio Garden City Movement follow several EPs with a debut album proper on London curator of curators Late Night Tales’ sublabel Night Time Stories. Here we have Apollonia, spanning quite a range over eighteen tunes. Electro, boogie, R’n’B, a touch of house, exotic pentatonic samples, all tied together with broadly soulful pop presentation and personal lyrics.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fickle Friends
You Are Someone Else

Let's face it, we are bunch of old men selling young people music that we neither like nor understand. Here's the latest lot to send us further spiralling out of business. Fickle Friends are a wildly commercial dance pop outfit that will appeal to fans of the 1975 and Chvrches. I'll occasionally hear stuff like this at my gym.     
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Django Django
Surface To Air

Limited edition 12” from Django Django, featuring the single Surface To Air from their latest LP Marble Skies. The track features Self Esteem on vocals (Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club). Also including an instrumental version of the track and remixes from Lunice, Nightwave and a Body In The Thames Rise Up version. On Because Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mark Renner
Few Traces

Not a lot of people have heard Mark Renner’s material from between the years 1982 and 1990, but now RVNG Intl invite you to join those limited numbers. Few Traces surveys Renner’s homemade post-punk, occasionally new-romantic sound, with highlights from albums mingling with compilation tracks and never-before-released cuts. CD and Double LP editions.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Keane
Under The Iron Sea

A re-issue of the second album by everyones favourite posh lad keys, bass and drums trio Keane. This got to number one in the hit parade on release back in 2006 and sold 222,297 units in the UK alone. It features the smash hit single 'Is it Any Wonder?' plus 11 other prime examples of their sturdy piano rock. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Creep Show
Mr. Dynamite

Creep Show is a collaboration between John Grant and dark, electronic funksters Wrangler. Their debut album, Mr. Dynamite, is a surreal and experimental journey through the brooding underbelly of pop and funk. They throw together sounds from every imaginable analogue drum machine and synth you can imagine. John Grant’s penchant for dark humour in his lyrics is present and reinforced by Wrangler vocalist, Stephen Mallinder, of Cabaret Voltare fame. LP and CD on Bella Union.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Essaie Pas
New Path

Montreal electronic duo Essaie Pas are back with their fifth album (their second on DFA Records) ‘New Path’, a riff on Philip K. Dick’s dystopian sci-fi novel A Scanner Darkly. Their particular brand of coldwave songwriting lends itself beautifully to the doomy subject matter at hand, the disembodied chants and aggressive percussion amping up the beautifully bleak atmosphere.
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  • DFA
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Holy Fuck
Bird Brains

Holy Fuck let us check in on how they are doing with this nice little four-track EP of new jams. Bird Brains shows that they’ve still got it: that knack for mashing together crunked-out dance rhythms and jagged noisy bits into an addictive whole. 10 inches of Holy vinyl, released by Innovative Leisure.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Fratellis
In Your Own Sweet Time

After the release of Costello Music in 2006 and the success of that song that everyone sings….er….*consults Google*….Chelsea Dagger, I thought Scottish lad rock band The Fratellis had disappeared. It turns out I had just stopped paying attention. They have now released four successful albums, with a fifth, In Your Own Sweet Time, here for your delectation. Expect more shouty, stomping anthems to soundtrack your night out.

Death of Lovers
The Acrobat

Death of Lover’s are a whole extra band from the guys behind Nothing, in which they write and perform songs that are a little bit different. This is actually their debut full-length album after several years of activity, and it shows a band clearly enjoying themselves playing with an eighties post-punk-pop milieu. The Acrobat is released by DAIS.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Once & Future Band
Brain

Oakland based four-piece Once & Future Band originally released their Brain EP in 2014. After their debut full length they are back to writing, and in the meantime they have rereleased Brain to keep your appetite for the poppiest prog you will ever hear. They bring you the 70’s with a glorious pop shimmer.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dub Narcotic Sound System
Rhythm Record Vol. One

First out in 1995, this record of extremely dubbed-out dub is now available as a reissue! Dub Narcotic Sound System is a grouping involving Calvin Johnson, Kicking Giant and Wandering Lucy, and these entirely instrumental sessions still make for fabulously low low low listening. Vinyl re-press on K Records.

The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadbelly are responsible for their sound, but one could argue that was misleading. 1979-1985: Complete Recordings is just that, and a treasure trove of music that deserves more attention. Available as 6LP/CD set and 6CD set on Tapete.

Whyte Horses
Empty Words

Here come enigmatic Manchester psychedelicists Whyte Horses with their second album (not counting the thing they did with a children's choir). They are led by crate digger Dom Thomas who also finds time amongst digging those crates to helm Finders Keepers. Noel Gallagher described their last record as 'great' so hopes are even higher for this.  

Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Riddles

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (which is Ed Schrader and his buddy Devlin Rice) decided to get serious with this record, enlisting pal and playful genius Dan Deacon as producer and close collaborator. Riddles benefits from a fleshed-out Deacon sound, which allows the Music Beat style to really shine and grow. On Carpark.

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

Warm bit of jangly folk pop from Martha Ffion. She has a wonderful ear for melody, and everything thing she does is so charming that it's impossible to dislike. Sunday Best is for fans of the likes of Laura Marling, and The Magnetic Fields, and those who just want to listen to something pleasant and good.

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk. Thus making his widescreen music sound a lot like that of War on Drugs.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Death And Vanilla
From Above

Fire Records have kindly re-issued this two track 7" from everybody's favourite post-Broadcast swirling dream-poppers Death and Vanilla. Originally released on the Great Pop Supplement it has already been re-pressed twice selling out quickly each time. Comes on blue vinyl and is re-issued alongside Death And Vanilla’s debut self-titled album and EP.

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Originally sent out at random to all manner of unsuitable places, 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' sees a long-awaited vinyl release for Dan Wilson's sonic experiments as Meadow House. For the uninitiated, Wilson has a particularly English style of songwriting - imagine Chris Morris crossed with Syd Barrett and you are somewhere close. Part genius, part idiot, this is a rambling, absurdist outburst crammed with bits of sheer pop brilliance.
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Sun Seeker
Georgia Dust

Sun Seeker are a Nashville group who are only now being revealed to the wider world, through the efforts of Jack White’s Third Man Records. Georgia Dust is their debut single, and marks out a rich, country-influenced americana territory. A beautiful, melancholy way to make a start. 7” vinyl single.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. It now re-unleashed on blue vinyl for those who missed out first time round.  

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto, BUOY, Daniel Johns, and Rome Fortune. Big room beats meeting your sky reaching needs.

Erasure
World Beyond

The legendary synth pop duo had their seventeenth album released last year on Mute. This surprising and intriguing set of reinterpretations features a Belgian ensemble linked to several modern classical outfits and composers. What you get is Erasure's classic ethereal dance-pop done up in graceful orchestral timbres. Lovely.

Charlotte Gainsbourg
5:55

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lounge folk sophomore album 5:55 gets the reissue treatment here on double vinyl. Wispy vocals meet with the staunch Frenchness of Air and the expansive production of Nigel Godrich to create a piece of work that sits out of step time and the weight of expectation. Out on 2LP vinyl from Because Music.

David Byrne
American Utopia

David Byrne returns with his first solo record since 2004, American Utopia features an extensive list of collaborators that include Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City, Happa, Sampha as well as production from Brian Eno and Rodaidh McDonald. Modern producers with Byrne’s inimitable positivity, these are set to be some modern classics.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Neko Case
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule is an 8-LP box set by Neko Case. The collection contains all 8 of her studio albums from 1997’s The Virginian, which appears on vinyl for the first time, to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and her 2002 classic, Blacklisted. Singer/songwriter, Case hails from Virginia but moved to Vancouver in 1994. Both of these locations inform her music as she has straddled genres from alt. country to indie. Most notably a solo artist, Case was also a member of the A.C. Newman led Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers.

Raf Rundell
Stop Lying

Raf Rundell is of course one of the bears in 2 Bears (with Joe Goddard), but here he stands alone as a solo artist. Stop Lying is a direct and sincere response to both fatherhood and the current general state of the world, though it certainly inhabits the same playful groovy electronic sound world as Raf’s past work. Released by 1965.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nabihah Iqbal
Weighing Of The Heart

Need to get through the dark winter months? Nabihah Iqbal is here to help you survive, with her warm and dreamy debut album on Ninja Tune. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, we already knew she had an eclectic style. The Weighing of the Heart promises lots of post-punk influences combined with gentle synthesizers and blissfully floaty vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soccer Mommy
Clean

Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, a 20 year old from Nashville, has previously made some lovely mid-fi music that would please fans of Boston bands of the 1990s, as detailed on her recent compilation, Collection. Her proper debut album, Clean, gives her a bigger stage and bigger production values, but the songs remain true to her roots. Clean was produced by War On Drugs/Deerhunter producer, Gabe Wax.

Superorganism
Superorganism

Ok actual gonna-be-big record time. This hotly tipped million piece have already released two stellar singles and proved that not everything on Jools Holland is the worst music to blight humanity but now it's time to drop the big one. We are expecting multi-layered technicolour pop with nods to the Avalanches, Beck and Devo.  Hopes is high. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Lovely Eggs
Cob Dominos

While they might be a bit of a marmite band, The Lovely Eggs have certainly made good on their potential. Ten years and four LPs deep, the duo of Holly Ross and David Blackwell are now firmly ensconced in the lineage of Great British outsider artists. If you’ve not heard The Lovely Eggs before, think David Shrigley but music. To celebrate a decade making oddball twee-punk the band are now reissuing all of their records - that means you, 2011 sophomore LP Cob Dominos!

Embrace
Love Is A Basic Need

Brighouse Britpoppers Embrace have reached the seventh album of their career, and in doing so they reckon they’ve gone back to their roots, doubling down on their instincts and their own sound. Love Is A Basic Need is ten tracks of traditional Embrace, released on CD and double LP by none other than Cooking Vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

XYZ
Artificial Flavoring

This coming together of Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, Escape-ism) and Memphis Electronic (NON!, Dum Dum Boys, Die Idiots) has spawned an LP of freaky lo-fi no-wave. Artificial Flavoring sees Electronic laying down louche backing tracks that recall the more cerebral end of Ariel Pink and The Brian Jonestown Massacre with Svenonius jabbering entertainingly atop them. X Y Z are not to be confused with the crap old glam-metallers of the same name.
  • Artist(s):
  • XYZ

Air Waves
Warrior

Third full-length from Brooklyn-based Air Waves, aka Nicole Schneit. A collection of melodious but powerful indie pop tunes, covering themes from Schneit’s mother’s battle with cancer to queerness and identity politics in the age of Trump. Out on Western Vinyl, on black LP, an indies-only coloured version and on CD.

The Shacks
Haze

NYC buzz-band The Shacks may have soundtracked an iPhone commercial with a cover of the Ray Davies ditty ‘This Strange Effect’, but they’re out to prove they’re not just the next Stereogram/The Caesars/Franz Ferdinand (oops) with their debut LP. Haze, dreamily produced and full of melodies jacked from the Roy Orbison songbook, might just have enough to pull it off.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jackson MacIntosh
My Dark Side

Jackson MacIntosh has been hanging around in the shadows for long enough. He’s played bass as a touring member of Montreal band TOPS, recorded and engineered for Homeshake and collaborated with Drugdealer and Bernardino Femminielli. He also fronted power pop band Sheer Agony. Now, however, he strikes out on his own with debut album, and possibly the world’s first album inspired by two relationship break-ups, My Dark Side. LP and CD on Sinderlyn.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tracey Thorn
Record

Tracey Thorn’s first album of original material in seven years, Record, sees her surrounding a 9-minute dub/disco epic centrepiece with more concise and vigorous electro-pop. The lyrics ar of a personal and political subject matter, focusing on themes close to her heart such as feminism. There are guest performances from Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and Corinne Bailey Rae. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Moby
Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

Moby's etched himself quite the reputation since his techno and ambient releases of the early 90s. The trip-hop output made famous on 'Play' has become his classic sound and his new album is a welcome return to this. New single 'Like a Motherless Child' demonstrates this perfectly, a contemporary take on a historic spiritual song.

In Tall Buildings
Akinetic

If you're wondering who specifically is in these ostensible tall buildings, it's Erik Hall, a nerd-of-all-trades in the sphere of songwriting. His project continues to communicate a whole lot of self-reflection and deprecation on Akinetic, a record of vices shot through a shiny musical metropolis of big, busy pop music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gwenno
Le Kov

Gwenno Saunders’s award-winning 2015 debut Y Dydd Olaf was comprised of songs in Welsh, with one in Cornish. This follow-up is exclusively dedicated to the latter language, which is spoken fluently by the artist. The lyrics are partly based on local legends of sunken cities, which have particular metaphorical weight when considering the implications of a dying language, set to suitably melancholy, sub-aquatic piano and synth arrangements. . There’s also a cover of local hero Aphex Twin’s Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow, and a guest rap from Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Actually

Actually was the second album by ‘80s synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, and like it’s predecessor, Please, it’s crammed with hits. It’s A Sin, Rent, Heart and What Have I Done To Deserve This? all feature. The latter featured vocals from Dusty Springfield and began a reawakening of her career. Reissued on 180g vinyl and a 2-CD version which contains a bonus disc with remixes and demos.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Introspective

1988’s Introspective saw Pet Shop Boys approach the album format a little differently - certainly for a pop album. Each of its six tracks were epic in length, and the ones chosen for singles had to be edited down somewhat. Their new sound was overseen by Trevor Horn, the first time he’d produced the duo. It didn’t seem to stymie their success at all, however, as it contains their cover of Always On My Mind, a monster hit and Christmas number one in 1987, no less. Remastered 180g vinyl and 2-CD, the latter containing a bonus disc of demos and alternative mixes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Please

Pet Shop Boys made a big noise on the club scene with their debut single West End Girls, however, it was the re-recorded version that got them noticed by the record buying public. The number one hit, with lyrics inspired by hip-hop and TS Eliot, set them apart from other acts and cemented the duo as chart stars throughout the ‘80 and ‘90s. West End Girls is only one of a number of smash hits on their debut album, Please, from 1986. Here it is remastered on 180g vinyl or 2-CD, the latter containing a bonus disc of remixes and b-sides.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Bluetones
Expecting To Fly

It’s been 2 full decades since the release of The Bluetones’ debut full-length, Expecting To Fly. Landing square in the middle of the 90’s, the time was right for the Tones’ melodic britpop sound, merging Stone Roses longing with Oasis attitude. Vinyl reissue on the 3 Loop Music label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fever Ray
Plunge

Well I don’t know about you, but this is very exciting. Karin Dreijer has of course been busy making magic with The Knife for much of the intervening period, but it’s been absolutely years since she stepped out as her solo project Fever Ray. But now we have a whole new album, Plunge, to get lost in! Released by Rabid Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wilma Archer
Scarecrow

Formerly known as Slime, this is the first solo work from Wilma Archer since his 2015 album 'Company'. He's been busy elsewhere though, writing for the likes of Jessie Ware,  and Jeramiah Jae but now he's back on his own with music described as daring, virtuoso and robust modern experimentation. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trés Oui
Poised To Flourish

Trés Oui is the project of Nate Cardaci of Literature, who released the indie gem Chorus back in 2014. Cardaci has recruited two other members of Literature, a new synth player and drummer to form Trés Oui, who now release their debut dream-pop LP ‘Poised to Flourish.’ Take from the title what you will. On Shrimper.

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1-3)

Back in the day (eg in the nineties), Belle & Sebastian were renowned for the extraordinarily high quality of their EPs, so it's great to see the band returning to the format, perfect for their smart indie pop. How To Solve Our Human Problems has been released as three separate EPs, but is also available all together, either on a single CD or in a vinyl box-set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

IAMX
Alive In New Light

Some predictably vampy Queen-core from former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Chris Corner here. IAMX’s Alive in New Light goes for an old Gary Numan vibe and ends up with a new Gary Numan vibe. Corner throws his voice all over the place as if trying to win a competition he never entered in the first place.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gift Wrap
Losing Count

Brendon Avalos is another one of those artists who though why bother working with a band (in his case B Boys) when you can just do everything yourself. So he's gone down the solo path culminating in an album of experimental electronic pop which takes in influences all the way from Depeche Mode to Frank Ocean.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Totally Mild
Her

Totally Mild hail from Melbourne and are fronted by vocalist Elizabeth Mitchell. Her is the band’s second album, which follows their 2015 debut, Down Time. Their indie-pop sound is lushly wrapped, a perfect vehicle for Mitchell’s pitch-perfect voice and balances darkness and light with panache.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Primitive Motion
House In The Wave

Piano, saxophone and a cast of comfortingly familiar atmospheric sounds blend together in this would be film soundtrack. Primitive Wave have created an album that sounds as natural and inviting as can be, the timbres and atmosphere lacking studio polish, but taking on instead an intimacy rarely felt.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Holly Miranda
Mutual Horse

Songwriter star Holly Miranda makes further vital strides in her sound with Mutual Horse, her fourth and most outwardly developed LP -- she's drawn in collaborators including TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nova. It's 2009 again and I feel fine! As ever, Expect Miranda to seamlessly blend high and wild textures and the sheen of a synth with reflective hush.

Liza Anne
Fine But Dying

This album contains the lyrics "maybe I'm fine, maybe I'm dying", and whether or not you can relate to that will tell you more that I'll ever be able to about whether you'll enjoy Liza Anne's debut album. Catchy and introspective indie rock for anyone who is, has been, or will be, an unmotivated 20-something year old. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lo Moon
Lo Moon

With an expansive and climactic soundscape dripping in nostalgia, LA based trio Lo Moon release a debut album that justifies the hype surrounding their first single ‘Loveless’. Despite a spattering of melancholic synths and piano, this LP is a decidedly hopeful ode to electro-pop. The title track ‘Real Love’ sounds like the lovechild of The War on Drugs and a catchy (yet heartbreaking at times) 1980’s pop ballad. Produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie and Francois Tetaz of Gotye, the double LP is released on Columbia Records. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

C Duncan
For (Autumn Rebuild)

For is already one of Glaswegian C Duncan’s most popular songs, so why should he not rebuild it for the changing seasons? For (Autumn Rework) is more bombastic, with Steve Reich-like instrumentations creating a musical backdrop. A great antidote to November's rainy gloom. Limited to 500 copies on orange vinyl!

U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited

Canada-based noise-popper Meg Remy – AKA U.S. Girls – is set to release her 6th studio album on 4AD, her second for the London-based label, in February 2018, and in true Remy fashion, it's packed with personality. Exploring spiritualism, religion, violence and power, she weaves together evocative samples, slow-burning funk and emotionally charged synths into a railing political vision, even using disco as a rallying cry for pacifism (Mad As Hell). 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

The Human League
Travelogue

The second album from The Human League, the Sheffield synth-pop heroes. Travelogue was released in 1980, and is the last record to feature the full original line-up before the Heaven 17 schism. That also means that Travelogue is the last chance to hear the slightly more industrially-edged version of the League’s sound pre-Dare. LP reissue on Universal.

Ibeyi
Ash

One of those acts who very quickly achieved ubiquity after their 2015 debut on XL, Ibeyi are here to make good on the promise of that record with another LP of emotive soultronica. As befits their elevated status, Ash includes guest spots from Kamasi Washington and Chilly Gonzalez, among others. The sisters channel Frank Ocean, James Blake and London Grammar across the dozen tracks here.

Pete Astor
One For The Ghost

I just don't like wine but I can understand what Pete Astor is doing here. The extra glass is to mourn people and times past. I'll do the same next time I have a flapjack. Anyway 'One For the Ghost' is the latest solo LP from the former the Loft and Weather Prophets chap and here he is joined by the rhythm section from the Wave Pictures.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Orielles
Silver Dollar Moment

The Orielles are a three-piece made up of a Post Office Christmas temp, and English Lit. student and an A-Level student. Despite their tender years, the trio have made a very enjoyable indie-pop record in Silver Dollar Moment. It is reminiscent of many bands you loved in the ‘80s and ‘90s, whilst maintaining a certain freshness. LP and CD on Heavenly
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nadine
Oh My

Oh My is the debut album by Nadine, a trio who come from Minneapolis and New York. Not to be confused with ‘90s alt country band of the same name. They are made up from members of Ava Luna and Phantom Posse. Whilst firmly holding on to their pop sensibilities, they say that their oeuvre is poetry set to music and are not afraid to experiment a little. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hattie Cooke
Hattie Cooke

Brighton tape label Third Kind drop a very likeable record from singer-songwriter Hattie Cooke. Cooke works in two modes on this self-titled record. Tracks like ‘Shut Your Mouth’ and ‘Song 14’ are twee synth-pop ala early Magnetic Fields, while other entries are sparse torch songs that recall the quieter moments of Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

Björk
Joga

One Little Indian with a great Björk reissue here. ‘Jóga’, from 1997 LP Homogenic, remains one of the artist’s best-loved songs. Co-produced by Mark Bell, this is a majestic combination of baroque pop and electronica that takes the template of tracks like ‘Hyperballad’ to new heights. This accompanying EP (more of an LP, to be honest) is full of goodies - remixes by Alec Empire and Howie B, alternate versions of both the title track and ‘All Is Full Of Love’ and three rare Björk treats.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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