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Lazy Day
Ribbons EP

Reissue of Lazy Day’s 2017 EP Ribbons here courtesy of Lost Map. This remains one of the better releases of the post-Demarco age, a feat achieved by the song-craft and way with melody of Lazy Day’s head-honcho Tilly Scantlebury. The strange musique concrete and found-sound vignettes that pepper Ribbons also give it a pleasing variation.

Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Scenery For Dreamers

I can't quite figure out the history here. Daniel Wylie was in Cosmic Rough Riders then he left to pursue a solo career while they carried on without him but now it seems Cosmic Rough Riders are his. Go figure. Anyway he's back with several slabs of spangling guitar pop with nods to Teenage Fanclub and Big Star.  

Zola Jesus
Okovi

Foghorn-voiced chanteuse Zola Jesus has had a terrible time with death and loss recently so retreated to the woods near her childhood home to create this personal snapshot of loss and sympathy borne out of her experiences. It's fair to say that "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" this is not but instead a bleak meditation on tragedy. 

UV-TV
Go Away EP

Florida punx UV-TV turned heads with their debut LP Glass earlier this year. A short five months later and they’ll be dropping this EP on Emotional Response (City Yelps, Sleaford Mods). The three-piece tear through two new bits and cover tracks by The Primitives and Screaming Sneakers with bratty exuberance.

Flowers
Say 123

London trio Flowers I'm sure are happy to contribute one more single to Fortuna Pop before the label calls it a day. Instead of recording new tracks the band picked out a couple of demos and previously unheard recordings including 'Rhodes' which was recorded in one take while they were waiting for the van to turn up. Wholesome indie-pop loveliness.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Honey Hahs
OK

Yes, their average age is under 12, but the first single from South London sisters the Honey Hahs is endearing for reasons beyond a that’s-nice-dear encouragement of youthful endeavour. ‘OK’ is a bittersweet acoustic ballad with strong harmonies and lyrics that are wise beyond the years of the people singing them.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nick Nicely
Sleep Safari

Especially for fans of 'sleep' and 'safaris', Nick Nicely sets his new album Sleep Safari free to the world. This time, the 'psych legend' delves deeper into electronics while he keeps keeping on to weave a tapestry of psych-pop gold. None other than Clash Magazine have declared Nicely, 'profoundly psychedelic'. The new record speaks (softly) of unconsciousness, semiconsciousness and surreality. Dare to dream. Multiple formats on Tapete.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Speakman Sound
Warm EP

Warm EP by Speakman Sound contains some soothing psychedelic dance, made with help from singer Frankie Forman. Warm is the follow-up to the Glastonbury-based production duo’s debut single In Flight. The pair have been getting lots of airplay from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Huw Stevens and John Kennedy. I’m guessing you can expect big things from these guys. 12" on ETLW.

Angus & Julia Stone
Snow

Angus and Julia Stone are two siblings that have come together to create some nice sounding indie-pop music together. Some may find it a little weird that a brother and sister can sing to each other about their lovers and relationships, but I don't. Snow is a great sounding record that is released on [PIAS] Le Label and is available on blue coloured double vinyl LP, clear double vinyl LP and CD.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lone Taxidermist
Trifle

Although it's hard to imagine anything that is described as a cross between Diamanda Galas and Victoria Wood being less than interesting there's something about this cavorting and naughty project that recalls Leigh Bowery's Minty project. It's all ethereal and theatrical. Rather like a dressing up box set to music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pollyn
Anthology: Here Lies Pollyn

Pollyn have released three albums of smart and sexy electro-pop but as yet haven't got the critical or sales plaudits you might expect. The band are worshipped by the likes of Hot Chip and with this anthology of their released work should hopefully cross through. Their music really should be appealing to fans of the likes of Metronomy. Here's hoping.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

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

Curve
Doppelgänger

Doppleganger was the debut LP for this sandblasted shoegaze outfit who were a ton heavier and danceable than the wan indie strummers of the day. Then pulverising record has been re-issued on vinyl but it might be the double CD you want which collects all their earlier EPs and features an Aphex Twin remix! 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary Numan
Savage

With hair blacker even than David Gedge, long term electronic pioneer and goth rocker Gary Numan is back with his 22nd album 'Savage'. Expect the normal terrifying electronic rock that could only be performed by looking menacing and being ladled with dry ice on an enormo stage. Long term fans will rejoice bleakly.  
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kaleida
Tear The Roots

After two EPs London based synth-pop duo Kaleida return to Lex Records for their debut full length Tear The Roots. Stripped back electronic pop that is direct and embracing, with vocal strength of London Grammar or Lykke Li and the straight up appeal of Austra and the music delicacy of Blue Hawaii. Available on LP and CD.
  • Label(s):
  • Lex

Hurts
Desire

Oh my God remember this lot? So '80s in approach that they've now adopted the mid period shades and bowler hat look. To be fair their emotional brand of electro rock has done very well for them indeed particularly on the continent so expect more big music with hi-end X Factor production and easi-remember tunes.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Veils
Nux Vomica

This is the highly anticipated second record by the London based indie-rock outfit The Veils. A cracking show of musicianship and a Libertines-esque approach to the lead vocals on the record from Finn Andrews. A true and laid back record that shows hints of perhaps the direction of indie in the future. Nux Vomica is available on Vinyl LP on ‘Music On Vinyl’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Veils
Sun Gangs


  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1958)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

!!! (chk chk chk)
As If

!!! (or chk chk chk if you were hoping to say their name out loud) have another tight collection of indie-dance jams, although actually, if you ask me, plenty of these tracks sound like full on 12” club platters. These New Yorkers know what’s up. As If thus comes highly recommended for those who like to move. On Warp Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lali Puna
Two Windows

Lali Puna are back after a seven year gap which saw the departure of founding member Markus Acher. The others seem to be continuing in a business-as-usual like manner though with an album of lush and focused electronica. There's guests too including DNTEL's Jimmy Tamborello and harpist Mary Lattimore. 

Sparks
Hippopotamus

Once an absolutely amazing band Sparks have been pretty much smooth sailing through the last decade of their career with the sort of quirky operatic nursery rhyme-like compositions exemplified by 'Hippopotamus' the lead track from this their latest opus. Strangely for such an odd band they are much loved by 6 Music. It's fair to say that if this were by a new band it wouldn't be anywhere near the playlist. Stay odd guys. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Just Joans
No Longer Young Enough

The Just Joans are another winsome indie-pop band who are doing pretty well for themselves now that people like twee-pop again. For ten years they have been making the kind of heartfelt music that will appeal to fans of Magnetic Fields and the Pastels and here discuss the realisation that you'd prefer a quiet night in than going clubbing...a conclusion I came to about 20 years ago.  

Alex Cameron
Forced Witness

Forced Witness is the latest album from Alex Cameron who has had a little bit of help from his friends with this one; including Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Weyes Blood and Angel Olsen. Having jetted about between Vegas, LA and Berlin to record the album, let’s hope it’s worth all the greenhouse gasses it must have produced. Let Cameron’s sultry, building, groove-infused songs be the soundtrack to the climate induced apocalypse. Cheers Cam. Available on vinyl LP, CD or Cassette Tape.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Anna Of The North
Lovers

After working with Vessels in 2016, Norwegian singer Anna Lotterud backed by New Zealand producer Brady Daniell-Smith bring their debut full length to Different Recordings as Anna Of The North. Lovers holds dreamy electronic pop with a glistening finish, softly sung and containing more heartbreak than a first glance will let on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Happy Abandon
Facepaint

Debut full length from North Carolina based three piece Happy Abandon, and it’s a powerful starting statement. Mixing the likes of Conor Oberst, Bon Iver, Alt-J, and Sigur Ros Facepaint presents soaring vocal harmonies with catchy, driving indie and enchanting earnestness. Whilst they insist it isn’t a break up album, I think it would suit. LP and CD on Schoolkids.

Pinky Pinky
Pinky Pinky EP

If there's one place to thrive as a musician, it's LA. This proggy three-piece seem to have embraced the West Coast environment with their self-titled, and not plinky plonky, Pinky Pinky EP. If nothing else, this four-track offering - co-produced by Hanni El Khatib and Johnny Bell - is an assured slab of teenage exploration.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Modern Studies
Swell to Great

Modern Studies have knack for creating haunting, doomed landscapes that retain a sense of beauty, with lo-fi and dated instrumentation. If you ever wanted to watch The Wicker Man, mute the final damning scene and play something above it, then nothing would be more fitting then Swell to Great. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
New Order Presents Be Music

Be Music is the umbrella name for the various extracurricular activities that the individual members of New Order got up to in their time away from the band. Lots of productions and remixes for acts including Section 25, A Certain Ratio and Factory Floor. This overview release, spanning the whole course of the band’s existence, compiles twelve tracks on the double vinyl edition and thirty-six tracks on the triple CD edition.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

H. Hawkline
I Romanticize

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

OMD
The Punishment of Luxury

Here they are again. Visually mismatched oddball synth duo who after 30 odd years of creating weird sounds and adding catchy melodies are still at it. The Punishment of Luxury is described as a daring and dazzling synth pop opus and from the sounds of it OMD are being weird. I like it when they are weird. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dent May
Across The Multiverse

Despite singing about his desire to never move to LA in previous recordings, Mississippi-born musical whizz-kid Dent May has now done just that - apparently to change his backdrop and find new inspiration. After all, that’s where his heroes Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks found theirs. His new album, Across The Multiverse is his most complete record yet. Whilst keeping his signature sound at its core, there is also refinement from the arrangements and song craft.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

CocoRosie
Heartache City

The sixth album from Bianca and Sierra Casady a.k.a Cocorosie is as intriguing as each of the previous works by the creatively evolving duo. Heartache City comes out on their own label Lost Girl, and takes the band back to their DIY roots, utilising vintage toybox instruments played at their farmhouse studio in Southern France. Out on CD from Lost Girl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Inner Sanctum

Pet Shop Boys! As ever, the mighty pop duo have a hot single on their hands in the form of Inner Sanctum, taken from their recent Super album. This 12” release boosts the single with 2 demo versions and, more remarkably, a remix from the one and only Carl Craig! Craig straps the (already pretty dance-friendly) PSB pop into a full-on techno suit, with floor-filling results. 12” single on x2.
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  • x2
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Naked and Famous
In Rolling Waves


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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HOX
Duke of York

A somewhat atypical release for Editions Mego here, being a set of actual pop songs. Granted, HOX produce fairly experimental pop songs: what else would you expect from two members of Wire and He Said Omala respectively? Duke of York is their second album, following up their debut from 16 years(!) ago.
  • Artist(s):
  • HOX
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tender
Modern Addiction

Debut album from London based indie pop duo Tender. Made up of James Cullen  and Dan Cobb the pair craft emotionally explosive pop music that excels at juxtaposing upbeat and melancholic themes, with Roosevelt esque basslines and groove matched with up close heart wrenching lyricism. LP and CD on Partisan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Nash
Made Of Bricks

Come on admit it. You've been counting down the days until the 10th anniversary of Kate Nash's debut 'Made of Bricks'. Now known more for being an activist and political mouth piece this harks back to the time she made actual music. She was dead sassy back then - a bit like a perky and tuneful Janet Street Porter. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Mynabirds
Be Here Now

This entire album was written AND recorded in two weeks, yet listening to it you really wouldn't think it at all. Be Here Now is the latest release from The Mynabirds. Never a stranger to bring politics into their music, lead singer Laura Burhenn speaks about how the album is a voice for those left behind by current day America and the era of 'Trump-ism'. Available on Vinyl LP and released on Saddle Creek. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Benjamin Clementine
I Tell A Fly

I tell a fly get out of the goddamn kitchenette! Awful creatures. Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine has announced his second album which is described as empathetic and compassionate. Hard to be either of those things where flies are concerned but there's also anger here which is far more apt an emotion. He's recently collab'd with Gorillaz. So there. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mary Epworth
Elytral

Elytral is the second album by English singer/songwriter Mary Epworth. Her 2012 debut album, Dream Life, contained some wonderful melodic pop songs that took in psychedelic and folk influences. This time she turns to her dark side adding fractured soundscapes, avant-garde electronics, prog and free jazz to the mix. Recorded in LA at producer, Thom Monahan’s Golden Void Studio.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Holy Family
Values

A fair chunk of this record was recorded live in Montreal, so perhaps there is something in the air that makes this release sound a little bit Canadian- Arcade Fire with added pop. Although the music may sound familiar, don’t let that put you off Holy Fire’s new record, Values, because it’s very much a cracking collection of music in it’s own right. Available on vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nadine Shah
Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah’s new and third album Holiday Destination is a vigorous and punchy engagement with some of the heavy things that have been happening lately, refracted through her second-generation immigrant identity. Shah’s songs are catchy, tough, and supported by the saxophone of Pete Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland). 2017 music, out on 1965 Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

CYMBALS
Light In Your Mind

London based CYMBALS return to Tough Love for their third full length and follow up to 2013’s The Age Of Fracture. Light In Your Mind is a testament to the band’s solid synth-indie-pop as well as a mark of growth - moving into more expansive pieces and instrumentals alongside the catchy pop songs. Features a guest appearance from saxophonist Alabaster DePlume.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Death From Above
Outrage! Is Now

Third full length album from disco rockers Death From Above. Joining forces with Queens Of The Stone Age/All-American Rejects producer Eric Valentine they focus their chrome bright dance music with punk fever creating the soundtrack to dance to at the end of the world. Death grooves. LP and CD on Caroline.

Flyte
The Loved Ones

This looks promising. Flyte are an English alternative pop band with nods towards Orange Juice and Simon and Garfunkel. This is their debut album which showcases their shimmering, very English sound which has a vintage , sepia-tinted tone but their songs are complex too with a hint of Sparks about them.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gordi
Reservoir

After releasing her Clever Disguise EP in 2016, Australian singer-songwriter Gordi returns to Jagjaguwar with her debut full length Reservoir. Her unique spin on alternative pop is firmly rooted in the school of Peter Gabriel and filled with cinematic grace, leaning towards the fringes of Bon Iver and Lorde.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Blancmange
Unfurnished Rooms

New material from 80s synth pop mavericks Blancmange. These days they just consist of singer Neil Arthur helped out by producer extraordinaire Benge (John Foxx, Gazelle Twin). Here the duo mine a rich and fertile stream of electronic rock and are helped out by uber fan John Grant who sings and plays piano. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Shock Machine
Shock Machine

Remember the Klaxons? Of course you remember the Klaxons! James Righton was in that band and here he debuts a new project that tributes the weirdos of mainstream pop with unabashed sentimental fervor. Inspired by ELO and Roxy Music and even a bit of later-on McCartney, this record of electro-pop digressions is what you'd expect from someone who was, by the way, in the Klaxons.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Morly
Sleeping In My Own Bed

Ah my own bed. One of the main reasons why I can't keep a relationship together. Can't sleep in anyone else's. Oh no. Anyway here comes soft voiced crooner Morly aka Katy Morley who offers delicate and and refined soulful r&b influenced pop with hints towards Lapsley and Amy Winehouse. Polished mainstream pop but with much more soul and panache than, say, Adele. Might be big.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins

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

Klyne
Klyne

Ferdous Dehzad and Nick Klein release their debut full length as electronic pop two piece Klyne. Minimalist, synthetic and a warm soul at it’s pop covered core, the dutch duo have made a move on to Because music, fitting neatly alongside Metronomy. Danceable tracks with a softer reflective side.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Happyness
Weird Little Birthday

'Weird Little Birthday' is the self produced follow up to the critically acclaimed eponymous debut EP released earlier this year from South London trio Happyness. Drawing of the influence of college rock bands such as Sparklehorse, Pavement, MGMT and Yo La Tengo, ‘Wierd Little Birthday’ is a record which plays on the difficult balance between naive enthusiasm and introspective melancholy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Everything Everything
A Fever Dream

Manchester-based jittery popsters Everything Everything return with their fourth album and the follow up to 2015's ‘Get to Heaven’. Expect more polished but whip-smart electronic pop that somehow manages to be structurally interesting and playlist and dancefloor ready. Teaser track 'Can't Do' certainly bodes well. 
  • Label(s):
  • RCA

Kelley Stoltz
Que Aura

Remember the Beatles? Kelly Stoltz has done on previous albums but here he dips into other forms of anglophile music with nods to Pulp, Fleetwood Mac (they were kinda English) and the Cleaners From Venus. Quality power pop from a man who deserves to be known more than just being the Dwight Twilley of his generation. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Amy O
Elastic

Amy O has many years of lo-fi bedroom recording behind her, meaning that she arrives at her second ‘proper’ label-released album with serious instrumental and songwriting powers. Elastic is a highly personal blast of a record: guitar pop music with a real kick to it. Released in CD and vinyl editions by the Winspear label.

Tiny Magnetic Pets
Deluxe / Debris

Taking influence from Bowie's Berlin period and '70s kraut-rock, Dublin's Magnetic Pets veer between near perfect synth pop and longer wig outs. They have plenty of celeb fans too - Kraftwerk's Wolfgang Flur collaborates here and OMD's Andy McCluskey and Visage's Rusty Egan are long term admirers. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Dears
Times Infinity Volume Two

The second half of a two album project from Canadian indie rock band The Dears, three years after the first instalment. Their seventh album is uplifting baroque pop with a Ben Folds or Penguin Cafe Orchestra warmth and sense of playful freeness, reflective of good times. LP and CD through Dangerbird.

Trust Fund
Seems Unfair

Trust Fund is essentially singer/songwriter Ellis Jones supported by a revolving cast of musicians. Seems Unfair is their second album and comes just 9 months after their cracking debut No One’s Coming For Us. Seems Unfair was produced by Hookworms’ MJ and whilst it shows the band have progressed by honing their pop sensibilities, the youthful exuberance and reflective lyrics of Ellis Jones are retained.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Triptides
Afterglow

Triptides are just great and I'd be prepared to go into battle with anyone who says otherwise. They play superb jangle-some '60s inspired guitar pop with nods to the Byrds, REM and Pink Floyd. Their last album 'Azur' saw them at the top of their game so our entire office is on tenterhooks waiting for this to hit.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trailer Trash Tracys
Althaea

Drifting from the standard song structure and into a much more experimental and indie sound, Trailer Trash Tracys give us their second full length on Double Six entitled Althaea. A great mix of softly sung vocals and varying genres from Japanese tropical to Latin influenced indie. Available on special edition turquoise vinyl, heavyweight black vinyl and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cinema Red and Blue
Come Back To The City, Babyface

As Fortuna Pop takes itself off this mortal coil it finishes with a flourish, bidding farewell with a series of releases including this one -- it's by a supergroup which contains members of Comet Gain, Crystal Stilts and Pale Lights. They 'farted out' (their words) these songs which have a West Coast feel with nods to the Lovin' Spoonful.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Starsailor
All This Life

Great news for fans of music as Starsailor release their first album since 2009. We may mock but these lads from Wigan have sold an incredible amount of records over the years  - over three million of the buggers shifted. So how will they fare in 2017? We're not sure. This is out on Cooking Vinyl  - the label bands go to die - so get it before they call it a day.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund
Split EP

Fuzz is love: this split EP sees noise punx Joanna Gruesome continue their persistent assault on our indie rock ears with their pissed off shoegaze and gleefully screamed vocals. On the other side, though, there's also the one-man-band Trust Fund, which belongs to Ellis Jones, who makes a sound that lands between grainy indie rock and unhinged folk punk, and who has definitely listened to Neutral Milk Hotel in his time on this good planet.

Lucky Soul
Hard Lines

A cracking new full length from Lucky Soul entitled Hard Lines. A quality ten track record that combines the fruity youthfulness of many noughties styles, the ever progressive indie-pop scene and nostalgic hints of the disco years. Available on coloured vinyl double LP, black vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Snow In Mexico
Juno Beach

Renowned for their deep mixes, Italian producers Snow in Mexico are showcasing their compositional qualities once again. On their third release Juno Beaches, the two are displaying the near infinite possibilities of the Roland Juno synthesizer. This release is limited to 250 pressings, so don't sleep on it!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kalbells
Ten Flowers

Kalbells is Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, working solo for the first time. Ten Flowers is a kaleidoscopic suite of playful and colourful electronics, dotted with percussions and field recordings and, of course, Kalmia’s voice, which weaves itself all around and about. Released by NNA Tapes, although it isn’t available on tape: only CD and LP editions!

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
The Soft Bounce

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, the pairing of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan, are best known for their space-psychedelic remixes of indie and dance tunes, but The Soft Bounce has them producing a full suite of original material that swims through synth-pop and acid drops. Guests include Holly Miranda and Hannah Peel. On Phantasy Sound.

Oro Swimming Hour
Penrose Winoa

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

Yumi Zouma
Yoncalla

Straight outta New Zealand, Yumi Zouma present their debut full-length album, following on from a handful of singles and EPs. Yoncalla is a super-sleek set of synth-pop, pulsing with a subtle, early-on-a-summer-evening kind of feeling. The kind of music to make you just swoon away from your work and go party… Released by the Cascine label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Makeness & Adult Jazz
Other Life

After their recent album on Tri Angle - Earrings Off!, which showed little to no respect to straight line towing indie rules the UK experimental four piece have teamed up with Scottish disco oddball Makeness. Take Eggshell vocal oddness and add a hunk of catchy disco goodness. That’s a head sticker, I’ll tell ya.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ilk
Y U

London, England's Ilk have teamed up with composer, produced and sometime house tinker Matthew Herbert for their full-length debut Y U. The arty experimenters find the confidence to voyage into the niches and crevices where caverns of found sound and halls of pop overlap. The guys -- Bob, Olly and Tom -- laboured over four years on the record, and with Herbert adding his magical flourishes it's a supremely competent -- nay, sparkling record.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ilk
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Miles Brown
Seance Fiction

Miles Brown is probably best known as a member or horror synth mega-lords The Night Terrors, and whilst musically very different the tone is very much still there. Replacing ominous theremins and in-your-face terrifying organ stabs with playful synthesised chip music akin to College or The Postal Service… if they had some dystopian existential crisis.

Tobacco
Ripe & Majestic

Tobacco, also of Black Moth Super Rainbow, has done a lot of great work over the last decade, including a major TV show theme and work with Aesop Rock as well as solo productions. Ripe & Majestic collects twenty-four tracks that are either rare or previously unreleased, rounding them together into one neat and exciting passage, available on CD or double LP. From Rad Cult.

Junior Boys
Big Black Coat

Junior Boys haven’t released a full-length album for half a decade: a good length of time in which to carefully construct a very strong brace of soulful synth-pop songs. Big Black Coat has a sleeve straight out of the 80’s, and there is an aspect of that in the style of the sound. But the production also has an unmistakably modern stamp on it (well, post-2000 at least). On City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Girl Ray
Earl Grey

The contemporary wave of lo-fi, angsty and juvenile guitar balladry isn't threatening to seize anytime soon. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of The Big Moon and Goat Girl, Girl Ray are in the centre of the scene. Their debut, Early Grey, strikes gold and fulfils every hope held by a growing fandom.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Black Grape
Pop Voodoo

The first new material in over twenty years sees Black Grape release, what might be, another classic on the Brit-rock scene. Shaun Ryder sees himself delve into the world of politics once again, specifically taking a dig at a certain US president. Pop Voodoo is the long awaited record that is available on vinyl LP and CD.

David Bowie
Legacy

Although you might reckon that the world is quite well stocked with David Bowie best-of compilations already, this one is new to 2016 and therefore includes two songs from Blackstar! The other unique feature is an unreleased mix of ‘Life on Mars?’: oooh. And of course, four vinyl sides packed full of familiar Bowie favourites. Legacy is out on Parlophone.

Caroline Says
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

Soft vocals and chilling rhythmic melodies are what start to bring this entire record together piece by piece. Caroline Says is a cracking addition to the singer-songwriter scene, bringing with it a collection of experimental pop and folk-style indie in this nine-track release. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Jagwar Ma & Dreems
Another Day In The Sun

Another Day in the Sun was originally by The Moffs. It was a jangling slice of ‘80s Australian psychedelia. Here, Dreems aka Angus Gruzman and Jaguar Ma aka Jono Ma, have collaborated to make a slow and beautiful, dream-like version that they've stripped down and rebuilt with influences as disperate as The Beach Boys and dub. Another Day In The Sun is the perfect way to end the summer.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jagwar Ma
Every Now & Then

Catchy vocal hooks, groovy electronic pop and all with a big hats off nod to 90s dance culture. Jagwar Ma bring heady euphoric acid bass lines, warehouse club chords stabs and vocal loops and vibrant and drug-laced energy of Madchester. Deserves long exposure trippy music videos with vibrant cartoons, melon twisting.

Howie B & Craig Richards feat. Shaun Ryder
Old Boys

Howie B (Daddylonglegs) and Craig Richards (Fabric music director) team up with Happy Mondays frontman and party starter Shaun Ryder on Old Boys. three tracks of bizarre and experimental electronics, with the title track featuring Ryder’s unforgettable shouts over a straight electro beat, with the remaining tracks letting their imagination flow freely. Oddities.

Imitating Aeroplanes
Planet Language

A combined effort from The Wombats and Team Me brings about Imitating Aeroplanes. Keeping in tune with both of the bands own uniqueness, Planet Language is another edition to the ever expanding world of Brit-pop and modern indie-pop. The record is available on Vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Propeller Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Coldplay
Kaleidoscope EP

Once post-Britpop and sad but now firmly fluorescent anthem merchants, Coldplay and their "allthiest" frontman Chris Martin bring out a new EP that shows just what the big time has done to them. A live version of a hit with The Chainsmokers plus new tracks "All I Can Think About Is You" and "A L I E N S", which was produced by Brian Eno, the dude who gave them their hitmaker status back with Viva La Vida. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Starfucker
Starfucker

Here we have a reissue of Starfucker’s debut full length album on Badman Recordings from 2008. This trio from Portland make undeniably fun, upbeat electro-indie-pop, and their debut is simultaneously laid back and sundrenched whilst being a solid party starter. Re-packaged with brand new artwork and a bonus track.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J. Bernardt
Running Days

Taking some time out from the day job, Balthazar member Jinte Deprez comes through with ten tracks of chest-swelling indie-’n’-b. The press release claims influence from How to Dress Well and Gorillaz, but there’s also more than a pinch of Plan B and Adele to the swagger of tracks like ‘The Other Man’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
Peter and The Wolf

Never one to miss up an opportunity to travel through time, David Bowie has a sick collaboration with Sergei Prokofiev for our ears here. Or, you know: not that. In all seriousness, though, folks, he does narrate Prokofiev's score for Peter And The Wolf here, performing written material by Prokofiev himself for the 1978 work. And then on the flip for some reason there's a performance of the Young Person's Guide To Orchestra because... I don't know. Because Wes Andersen, that's why.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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