Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sarah Bethe Nelson
Oh, Evolution

Sarah Bethe Nelson returns with a second album of her smartly-formed indie-pop. Oh, Evolution is bright and beautiful, pulling in 60’s California flavours, 70’s AOR flavours and modern garage flavours all together. Oh, Evolution is released in both vinyl and digipak CD editions by Burger Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Why?
Moh Lhean

Ah some nice news for 2017 we have Why? back. It's been awhile since his last missive the rather underwhelming 'Mumps etc' but opener 'This Ole King' promises a return to the enjoyable twisty pop of 'Elephant Eyelash' etc. Entirely recorded at home for the first time since his very early work the oddly titled 'Moh Lhean' promises a multi-layered, warm and optimistic album. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Naked and Famous
Simple Forms

Coming originally from New Zealand but now living in sun drenched LA the Naked and Famous certainly sound more like an LA band than a New Zealand one these days. Their name suggests they aren't bothered about being famous but their sound is as slick as it comes with Pat Benetar style verses giving way to enormous Kate Perry choruses. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince and the Revolution
Kiss

Well, blimey, this is the easiest and hardest record to describe to you folks. Prince And The Revolution’s Kiss is just that, a big old smooch of funking rock ‘n’ roll pop, a true classic, which will outlast anything I could possibly say about it. A reissued 12” with extended version of Kiss and ♥ or $ (Love Or Money).

Los Campesinos!
Sick Scenes

Good times for UK indie-pop fans as Los Campesinos! make a full-length album return, their first since 2013. Sick Scenes is an eleven track dash through the signature Los Camps style of witty, highly-personal lyrics belted out over jumpy melodic guitar thrash. Lovely stuff, as ever! Out on Wichita, with a foldout poster included with both CD and vinyl editions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Monopol
Weltweit

If, like this blurb-writer, you watched Channel 4’s excellent Deutschland ‘83 then your thirst for German synth-pop and new-wave will be at an all-time high. Enter Monopol and their reissued Weltweit. The group’s only album came out in 1982, there is of course plenty of Kraftwerk and YMO coursing through the record. Songs like ‘Anarchie’ are either gleefully deranged or knowingly deranged and definitely dance-ably deranged. Remastered for this brave new world.

Hippo Campus
landmark

Inventiveness, sonic maximalism and an uplifting attitude are the core elements of the debut LP from Minneapolis band Hippo Campus. Keeping the spirit of artful indie pop/rock alive, the 13-track landmark is a rich and colourful record with a blur of joyful guitars, sweet vocals and a whole host of other instrumentation that is sure to sustain intrigue. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Transgressive label.

Dear Reader
Day Fever

A few years deep now, Cherilyn MacNeil puts flesh on the bones of her Dear Reader project here. Lead single ‘I Know You Can Hear It’ has something of the best Dirty Projectors and The Mountain Goats to it (album producer John Vanderslice has already worked with the latter). Another fine addition to the City Slang pantheon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lush
Ciao! Best Of Lush

Ciao: The Best Of Lush documents the greatest moments from the indie-pop-shoegazers career in reverse chronological order. Tracks are taken from their three full albums: Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and their debut mini-album, Scar (1989). Originally released on CD in 2001, this is the first ever vinyl pressing. Ciao: The Best of Lush was pressed on red vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve. It's now on black vinyl and presented in the same lovely sleeve.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Half Waif
form/a

Half Waif is the solo project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, bringing her many various influences (traditional Indian music, classical singing, Celtic music, Messiaen) together into a thrilling blend. form/a is predominantly electronic-pop in terms of textures, but the songcraft and chord structures point to those many other worlds of music. 12” EP on Cascine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Froth
Outside (Briefly)

Froth are an LA band working that productive meeting point between melodic hazy synth-song and infinite-chug motorik grooves. Outside (briefly) features Froth showing off the most refined version of their sound to date, heavy with slick atmosphere and flair. CD and limited yellow vinyl LP editions available, on Wichita.

Dams Of The West
Youngish American

Dams Of The West is in fact a solo project of Chris Tomson, better known as the drummer for none other than Vampire Weekend. Youngish American avoids the pitfalls of ‘drummer solo album’ very deftly, being a sweet suite of soulful pop music helmed by Tomson’s cool vocals. Youngish American is released by Colombia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gurgles
4Monica

Gurgles are a Bradford trio who work a narrow groove of proggish / poppish synth music, featuring prominent Fender Rhodes chords, two-part harmony vocals and choppy rhythms. 4Monica was produced by local luminary MJ (of Hookworms), and it sounds just fab. Released in the rare format of cassette single by Saltaire Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Static Waves 5

The 5th compilation released by Saint Marie records, showcasing the breadth of their dreampop and shoegaze love affair, covering all aspects of the genres and the diversity within it. 17 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, including tracks from Seasurfer, Bloody Knives, Resplandor, and When The Sun Hits. Get this one ready for the summer.

Broadway
Debut

“Der-ner-ner-ner, der-ner-neeeer, on broadwayyyyy”. Those coming here for rousing soul cuts ala The Drifters will leave empty handed. However, there is a soul of sorts to what Broadway do, if you can trace that path down to The Fall and Sleaford Mods. Much like the latter, many a track here fuses cheap Casio drum loops with laconic half-ranted vocals. Two thirds of the band are the much-vaunted Aussies Art Rush and David Nichols.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HEKLA
HEKLA

HEKLA release their debut of dreamy, psych-pop on vinyl LP from the Caroline True label. This self-titled record borrows the tight dynamics of girl-group pop like The Shangri-Las, but connects it with weirder, off-kilter sounds, strange synthesizer instrumentation and even a little bit of Swedish folk music.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon

Machester's favourite artful wonk-pop outfit Dutch Uncles continue to churn out material, with their latest being 2017-due Big Balloon. Fronted by a self-titled and explosive lead single, with the typical addition of Duncan's (lead) off-kilter dance moves, this edition takes listeners on a consistently intricate avant-garde journey.

Molly Burch
Please Be Mine

Please Be Mine is the debut album of Molly Burch, a singer trained in jazz vocal techniques but taking herself in slightly different directions when it comes to her own music. Along with her tight knit band, featuring Danny Toliver and Dan Duszynski, she recorded these cool, sweetly swinging songs in just a little over a day. Please Be Mine is out on Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Deep Throat Choir
Be Ok

Deep Throat Choir is Luisa Gerstein’s ensemble, for which the rules are simple: only female voices and drums feature. Be OK is their debut full-length recording, and contains a mixture of original songs and inventive arrangements of songs by the likes of Electrelane, Bjork, Amy Winehouse and more. Out on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Novella
Change of State

London based Novella provide a soul warming slab of indie rock with a psychedelic tinge. Returning to Sinderlyn with a follow up album to their debut Land, Change Of State is a reflection on returning from touring to a very different Britain, politically and socially. Stripping back to bare basics by recording straight to 8-track with James Hoare  of Veronica Falls adds an exposed charm.

Jens Lekman
Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman drops his fourth full-length album on a waiting world. The Swedish songwriter has really cranked up the rhythms here on Life Will See You Now, toying with samba and bossa nova among other styles. That means you get the witty intimacy of Lekman’s songs in a lively danceable format: lovely. CD / LP / cassette release on Secretly Canadian.

East Wall
Silence

Premium quality vinyl reissue of the ultra rare LP. East Wall are better known for the 12" hit "Eyes Of Glass", but this is an amazing album from a few years later. Crossing through different styles and with many great tracks. A must for fans of Minimal Wave, Dark Entries, Mannequin. Limited 300 copies. First copies available on transparent coloured vinyl. Vinyl 135 g / LP-cover with 3mm spine, 280g , 2014 remastered versions. Tracks: A1. Silence A2. Ice Of FireA3. Twenty Five Sunsets Before DawnA4. Angelo B1. BlueB2. PrivacyB3. Twenty Seven

Prince and The New Power Generation
Cream

An enormous portion of Cream here from Prince and The New Power Generation. This 12” EP contains nine versions of the classic track, from the original album version to ‘Housebangers’, ‘Get Some Solo’ and ‘Ethereal’ mixes. Of course, all of them have that crucial Prince sex-funk running through them. 12” reissue on Warner Bros.

Prince
If I Was Your Girlfriend

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1987’s If I Was Your Girlfriend is a tender exploration of intimate platonic relationships, sung over slapped bass and sexy synths. And on the B-side, you can find an extended 12” version of ‘Shockadelica’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Prince
U Got The Look

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1988’s U Got The Look features a guest vocal from Sheena Easton, and is presented here in two different mixes. And on the B-side, you can find two different versions of ‘Housequake’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Grandaddy
Last Place

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

Cloud Nothings
Life Without Sound

Cloud Nothings have a fourth album ready to go: not bad going given that main man Dylan Baldi is still just 25 years old. Derek Bailey once said that “Life without music would be a mistake”, and we can only assume that Life Without Sound would be even worse. Fortunately, there is plenty of polished rock sound to be enjoyed on this album: the Nothings sound more accomplished than ever. Out on Wichita.

Lowly
Heba

As far as Danish noise-pop debuts go, “Heba” by Lowly, a quintet who formed as a result of the member’s time spent together at musical academy, Aarhus, Denmark, is one of the best. Multilayered instrumentation, which sees vocals, guitars, synths, and laptops laid atop one another to create a vivid and textured bed of sound, really is the star of this release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Ultra

Ultra was Depeche Mode's 2007 comeback album following their much publicised drink and drug problems and the split with Alan Wilder. It starts off pretty well with Barrel of a Gun but it's hard to convince anybody that it's their best work despite sleek production by Tim Simenon (Bomb the Bass). Indeed trying to find plaudits for it online all I could find was that it ranked number 71 on a list of the "100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock".  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gabriella Cohen
Full Closure and No Details

Here is a direct and highly intimate debut from Gabriella Cohen, recorded at home in Australia with the assistance of close friend and associate Kate Dillon. Full Closure And No Details is a sweet set of indie-pop songs with 60’s summer melodies and pleasingly simple production. The album is released by Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Summer Moon
With You Tonight

With members of The Strokes, The Airborne Toxic Event, Uh Huh Her and Jane’s Addiction, new band Summer Moon are well placed to capture the hearts of alternative rock fans. With You Tonight is a pretty cool set of songs with a light touch and sleek production: it’ll sound extra good in the summer. Out on Membran.

Mozart's Sister
Field of Love

Mozart’s Sister is Caila Thompson-Hannant’s solo musical project, and the core idea she had for it is that everything should be fun. Now, that doesn’t mean that everything has to be technicolour and explosive, just that Field Of Love welcomes in all listeners and puts smiles on their faces. It is indeed a good-times record. Out on Arbutus Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Noga Erez
Off The Radar

Noga Erez is a Tel Aviv artist working with edgy electronic pop and heavyweight personal-political themes. Off The Radar is her debut album, and it ‘s glitchy-catchy aesthetics make it an obvious winner of a record from a bold talent. Off The Radar is released in CD and vinyl editions on City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Homeshake
Fresh Air

Homeshake is a chill guy. As chill as you imagine someone might be who escaped the presumed nightmare of being in Mac De Marco's backing band. He now makes laid back home made lo-fi soul seemingly made on the cheapest keyboards ever but it reminds us of relaxing on a summers day so all is good. Slinky and warm this should sound nice when the sun shines. 
  • 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

Cuddle Magic
Ashes/Axis

Cuddle Magic is a big six-piece group with experience across the musical spectrum (reaching Amanda Palmer on the one side and Fred Frith on the other). Ashes / Axis has the gang playing around with pop flavours, in which bright and lovely melodies are delivered on a bed of weirdo textures. Great stuff, on Northern Spy.

Vaults
Caught In Still Life

Vaults are in serious ascendancy. Their rise is, admittedly, largely due to this debut's conclusive track, One Day I'll Fly Away - as featured in 2016's John Lewis xmas ad. However this album rides on a vast depth of emotional vibrancy and crystal clear production, not simply on a singular momentous hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Le Ton Mite
Passe Compose Futur Conditionnel

Le Ton Mité is a hard-to-pin-down collective with one McCloud Zicmuse sitting at the centre (other participants include members of Deerhoof and A Hawk And A Hacksaw). Passe Compose Futur Conditionnel packs an impressive 50 songs into 67 minutes, covering a wide span of sounds and styles. CD and double LP release on Crammed Discs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different formats. 

Brent Cash
The New High

Brent Cash is a pop mastermind like they used to make ‘em, building songs with an almost symphonic level of lush detail. He even plays all the instruments himself (apart from the strings)! As you can imagine, all that takes time, so The New High is his first album in five years, but it's well worth the wait if you like Van Dyke Parks-esque vintage super-pop! Out on Marina.

Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town

Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield returns with a solo debut full-length in tow. “Tourist in This Town” re-introduces Crutchfield with a more complete realisation of her skill in songwriting, arranging and instrumentation. Bringing synths into the mix, the album was recorded with Jeff Zeigler and shows off its sheen through the anthemic lead single “Dean’s Room”. The CD is a 4-panel digipak and the LP includes a download code.

D∆WN
Infrared (Deluxe)

This is the deluxe edition of the 'Infrared' EP by this soul star favoured by some of the younger people in the office. Here she collaborates with some like-minded folk (Kingdom, Prince Will) on some smooth auto-tune friendly R&B and to make things even more exciting this time they've added a bunch of remixes too. 

Sacred Paws
Strike A Match

Sacred Paws, the new band name of members of former noise pop group, Golden Grrls, is a pairing of Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers. “Strike a Match”, the pair’s debut as Sacred Paws, will be released through Glasgow’s Rock Action Records. If you are a fan or Sleater Kinney or The Raincoats you are sure to like this collection of jangly indie pop tracks, released on heavyweight vinyl and CD.

Chastity
Peroxide

Chastity is the project of Brandon Williams, broadcasting from a Canadian suburb that is apparently positioned so that Toronto is tantalisingly out of reach. The frustration of youth is a key theme on Peroxide, a song as heavy with emotional drama as it is with reverb, piano and big-chorus drums. 7” on Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rose Elinor Dougall
Stellular

Stellular is the second solo album by ex-Pippette, Rose Elinor Dougall. It’s her first album in nearly 7 years, following on from 2010’s Without Why. Dougall describes the album as being more confident than her previous work. It’s a thoroughly modern album with some classic songwriting soundtracking the difficulties facing a beleaguered generation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sodastream
Little By Little

Australian duo Sodastream return to recorded music for the first time in a full decade. Little By Little is a record in the band’s classic guitar-pop tradition, full of songs that have lovely details squeezed into every corner: intimate and epic at the same time. CD and LP editions on their own Sodastream Music imprint.

St. Francis Hotel
Stay As You Are / You'd Gotta Be Alive

St. Francis Hotel are no different to many production duos in that they are an enigmatic pair, preferring to stay out of the limelight and let their music do the talking. Where they do differ, perhaps, was noted on their debut single Mondello - a fresh slice of soulful and melodic retro pop. Now their latest 7” offering Stay As You Are/You’d Gotta Be Alive hopes to deliver more of the same.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cancer
Totem

Cancer is Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen, of When Saints Go Machine and Chorus Grant respectively. Totem is the first public release of their work together, exploring human relationships, especially through the prism of darker moments (hence the band’s name). Almost an hour of music here, split across two LPs. Out on Tambourhinoceros.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Goldfrapp
Silver Eye

Seemingly content to veer between dark electro-pop and dark cinematic folk it looks like Goldfrapp have swayed back towards the electronic side of things with this their 7th album. Looks like they've gone for a star studded cast this time round with St Vincent, John Grant, Wild Beasts, The Haxan Cloak and the ubiquitous John Congleton all lending a hand  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

London O’Connor
O∆

London O’Connor gives his debut album O∆ a ‘proper’ CD and vinyl release, after it was initially issued only on Soundcloud. London moves freely between different genres: all we can pin him down on are his themes, of dislocation and suburban disaffection. Out on True Panther Sounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Foxygen
Hang

Literally the most hated band by my late friend Archie, Foxygen would have incurred his wrath further by unleashing an album they are calling 'big band' music. The fact that they have enlisted those awful brothers the Lemon Twigs into their line up tells you all you need to know. Lead single 'Follow the Leader' both looks and sounds like Hall and Oates.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick

Cherry Glazerr have announced Apocalipstick, their new album, set for release on 20th January 2017. Recorded at Hollywood’s nominal Sunset Sound studio with celebrated producers Joe Chicarrelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket) and Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, Bleached, M83), this is the band’s debut album for Secretly Canadian.

Luxury Death
Glue

One half of them used to be in Nai Harvest but now they do this sort of Stevie Nicks-type thing called Luxury Death. ‘Glue’ is a very good synth-pop song - the verse ticks along pleasingly, with Ben Thompson (the Nai Harvest one) and Meg Williams sharing vocal duties. However, the way they completely pull up the groove for the chorus is novel indeed. The rest of the songs on this EP showcase similar songwriting quirks that make Luxury Death a more engaging proposition than many of their peers.

Klyne
Don't Stop / Water Flow

Klyne are a Dutch group making electro-pop that manages to be proper pop (e.g. you could play it on the radio and use it on stylish adverts) as well as proper electro (e.g. the synths bite just right). Their Don’t Stop / Water Flow EP contains four tracks of this, and is priced extremely reasonably too. 12” on Because Music.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Austra
Future Politics

Austra’s third album Future Politics arrives just at the right time. It has the ambitious mission of making sense of the current state of the world. Future Politics is filled with crystalline anthems, inspired by group leader Katie Stelmanis’ time living in Montreal and Mexico City, that have enough punch for the dancefloor or enough chill for the headphones. On Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Weeknd
House of Balloons

House of Balloons is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work and encompasses R&B, soul, trip-hop and dream pop. House of Balloons is available for the first time as a stand alone double vinyl LP
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Flaming Lips
Oczy Mlody

Fewer band's have remained so deliciously weird and consistently influential in the universe of alternative rock than The Flaming Lips. Led by the eerie and pounding The Castle, Oczy Mlody becomes the latest addition to a bulging catalogue - which continues to reinvent and surprise over 24 years down the line.

Zooey
The Drifters

Sleek synth-pop from French duo Zooey, making their debut with The Drifters. The album is a cool thing, sometimes giving off 60’s loungey vibes and sometimes indulging in library music textures. The Drifters also includes a reworking of a Bill Callahan number (‘The Country Song’ / ‘Let’s Move To The Country’), which is always a good thing in my book. Out on Wonderfulsound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bic Runga
Close Your Eyes

New Zealand pop royalty Bic Runga releases a new record consisting of two original tracks and ten covers. The singer-songwriter interprets works from the likes of The Beach Boys, Kanye West and The Meters to Nick Drake, Neil Young and more, putting a psychedelic pop twist on her favourite music for her first full-length album in five years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SOHN
Rennen

If you've never heard his songs 'Artifice' and 'Lessons', I'd highly recommend them. SOHN has only officially been around for a couple of years but as soon as he hit the ground he proved himself as both a talented songwriter and a very clever electronic musician, mixing the two gifts into one rather addictive package. Exciting new LP Rennen marks his return to the airwaves after a 2 year wait from fans. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the 4AD label.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Emotional
Emotional

Emotional is the new duo of Sian Dorrer and Adam Parkinson, who between them have played in outfits including The Bomber Jackets, Dane Law, Ravioli Me Away and plenty more. Electronic pop of all stripes is what floats Emotional’s boat, with as much 90’s as 80’s in there. And everything on s/t has nicely weird little edges that come from the pair making tracks their own way. LP on Milk Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Toothless
The Pace Of The Passing

Toothless is the new project of Ed Nash, who you’ll surely know from his time in recently-dissolved indie group Bombay Bicycle Club. New debut album The Pace Of The Passing is a punchy set of indie-pop that also features Marika Hackman and Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. Released by Island Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Aquilo
Silhouettes

Aquilo are an outfit who have become very good at producing the kind of dramatically-wrought neoclassical piano and cinematic vocal music that gets featured in major movies and TV shows (as indeed Aquino’s music has been). Silhouettes is their first full-length album, produced with the help of SOHN and Ólafur Arnalds. Out on Island.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Late Night Tales presents AFTER DARK: Nightshift

Here comes musical connoisseur, Bill Brewster with his second ‘After Dark’ compilation. He's been digging at those crates again findingall kinds of obscure oddities and secret recordings and a healthy dose of classic oldies.   s unmixed tracks via download code as mp3/wav.  1. Typesun - Last Home (Dj Nature remix) 2. The Blaxploited Orchestra - The Pursuit (Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt Remix) 3. The Gino Fontaine – Revnorev (EXCLUSIVE TRACK) 4. Salsoul Invention - Soul Machine 5. Neurotic Drum Band - Neurotic Erotic Adventure 6. Day Outside - Faraway Sensation (EXCLUSIVE TRACK) 7. Mugwump - Boutade (Miseridub) 8. Hubbabubbaklubb - Mopedbart 9. As One - Music Is An Open Sky 10. Crowdpleaser & St Plomb - Not Yet Not Yet 11. Paqua - Late Train (Emperor Machine Remix) 12. The Grid & Robert Fripp - A Cabala Sky (EXCLUSIVE TRACK) 13. Asadinho - Haiku 14. Justus Kohncke - Tell Me 15. Daniele Patucchi - People Come in (Mang Dynasty Edit) 16. Mang Dynasty - After Dark (Dub) (EXCLUSIVE TRACK) 17. Detachments - The Flowers That Fell (Fernando Remix) (EXCLUSIVE TRACK) 18. General Lee - Magic Double vinyl unmixed tracks., includes download codes to 18 unmixed full tracks mp3/wav. A SIDE - 1. Typesun - Last Home (Original mix) (4m 40s), 2. The Gino Fontaine – Revnorev (7m 46s), 3. Salsoul Invention - Soul Machine (3m 05s), 4. General – Magic (3m 57s). B SIDE - 1. Day Outside - Faraway Sensation (6m 03s), 2. Mugwump - Boutade (Miseridub) (9m 13s),  C SIDE - 1. Hubbabubbaklubb – Mopedbart (5m 12s), 2. Crowdpleaser & St Plomb - Not Yet Not Yet (5m 10s), 3. The Grid & Robert Fripp - A Cabala Sky (4m 04s).  D SIDE - 1. Daniele Patucchi - People Come in (4m 18s), 2. Mang Dynasty - After Dark (Dub) (6m 08s), 3. Detachments - The Flowers That Fell (Fernando Remix) (7m 19s).

Xiu Xiu
FORGET

Xiu Xiu has finally returned from their stint at the Black Lodge, but perhaps they have taken some madness with them. After recording and touring with the popular Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, they are now returning with FORGET, packed with eccentric electro-pop, overdriven vocals and utterly danceable rhythm tracks - hidden away there somewhere. Produced by John Congleton (Sigur Ros) and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. 

Ten Fé
Hit The Light

Sounding like Bruce Springsteen overdubbed an M83 record, Ten Fé are ridiculously appealing. Once you hear the first synthesized notes on single Overflow, you can picture yourself riding across the American deserts in an 80s convertible - but also somehow in the future. Hit the Lights is the duo’s highly-anticipated debut album, and we’re eager to see whether they’ll live up to our expectations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cairobi
Cairobi

Youngsters these days just keep cranking out brilliant band-names. Cairobi’s self-titled debut album is released in a tragically inappropriate season, as is evident by the very first chords of their single Lupo - this is summertime music. Fuzzy guitars, fuzzy bass in fact, hazy vocals, and dreamy drums, this is the easiest way to get your summer psychedelia trip while the 2017 winter razes on.

Giant Rooks
New Estate

Giant Rooks are a German band from the small (but pleasingly named) town of Hamm, but they have big ambitions and a big sound. The New Estate EP really soars in places, pushing towards indie-rock / alt-pop anthem territory. Catchy tunes and tight production can take you a long way. Six track EP, released on CD and vinyl by Haldren Pop Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Carson Cox, Sam York & Austin Brown
Fire Dance

Carson Cox (Merchandise), Sam York (Wall) and Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) join forces for a proper weird little punk and electroclash oddity. Fire Dance, on vinyl 7” from Wharf Cat Records, channels art-disco and electro but amplifies everything until it collapses in on itself as a surreal piece of pop experimentalism.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SSQ
Playback

Before she morphed into Stacey Q of ‘Two of Hearts’ fame, the singer was working with the musicians who would come to form her backing band as SSQ. So essentially this is the first Stacey Q record, reissued here on wax with bonus tracks and in an array of colours. It’s a bunch of chirpy, punchy synth-pop ditties to please fans of the genre’s early 80s golden age.
  • Artist(s):
  • SSQ
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wild Beasts
Boy King

Sporting a sleek new logo and a slick new sound, Kendal's biggest ever export (bar the mint cake) are back with their increasingly commercially-aimed sound that might give the Hot Chip's and the Metronomy's a run for their money. Where they once sang "The messed bottom bunked bed of the dead, this fouled fallen nest, this dried up drooping breast, I hold my hips at this comic apocalypse, the world's a whoopee wibbling wantlingly on my crooked seat", they now sing "That's how I get my bang".   Yup, things change....and not for the better, sadly. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dim Peaks
Time of Joy


  • Vinyl LP (GRR032LP)
  • £12.49 £7.49 (saving: £5.00)
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Suicide
Alan Vega Martin Rev

The follow-up to Suicide's 1977's legendary eponymous trail blazer. 'Alan Vega Martin Rev' (named after the two members of Suicide, in case that isn't obvious) was originally released in 1980 and produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. A lighter and fluffier animal than its predecessor, but still bearing a healthy kick of venom. Reissued on vinyl.

Honeyblood
Babes Never Die

Glasgow’s Honeyblood return with their second album Babes Never Die. The band, now a duo following the departure of drummer Donna McVicar, seem reinvigorated following their line-up change. Their sound has been intensified with chunky riffage and punchy rhythms whilst they’ve retained their catchy melodies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nadine Khouri
The Salted Air

Nadine Khouri recorded her debut album with noted PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, and it isn’t hard to spot a little of PJ in The Salted Air’s languid atmospheres and soft power. But Khouri’s Lebanese side brings further delicious elements into the mix. It’s hard to believe this is her first full-length, as Khouri sounds so totally in control here. Out on One Flash Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Laurie Shaw
Felted Fruit

Amalgamating vintage sounds with a contemporary slant, not unlike Cate Le Bon, Laurie Shaw’s music emanates the gentle ebb and flow of soft vocals and warm fuzz. The 30 tracks on this double album are certain to make their impression on you, like crashing waves carve out the rocks of the shaw. One can’t help but feel this album’s richness and authenticity from the outset.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SSLP1008)
  • £23.99 £9.99 (saving: £14.00)
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Heart Beach
Kiss Your Face

Tasmanian indie-pop trio Heart Beach follow up their 2015 self-titled debut album with “Kiss Your Face” on Sydney’s Spunk Records. Lead single “Brittle” channels the downcast melodies, waning vocals and bittersweet grooves that form the group’s ten-track LP. Record comes with a handy download code too, so you can take these sad-pop rhythms and angsty guitar riffs with you on the go and hit yourself right in the feels in all sorts of environments.

Shining Bird
Black Opal

Shining Bird have been dreaming up Australian-tinged dream pop in Australia for several years now, and now have a second full length to share with the world. Black Opal is a big-sounding record that harks back to some of the more epic moments of 80’s pop: listen out for the gated-reverb drums! Released by the Spunk label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sebastien Tellier
Sexuality

Several reissues of smooth electro-soul-pop singer Sebastien Tellier’s music are upon us. Sexuality is a particularly sleek and erotic suite, matching the needless-to-say-excellent production of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (of Daft bloody Punk) with Tellier’s charismatic vocal delivery. Reissued on CD and vinyl by Record Makers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

D∆WN
Redemption

Following her EP on Fade To Mind, D∆WN returns to Local Action with a new album in tow, completing the trilogy after GoldenHeart and Blackheart. Redemption’s lead single “Renegades” sees her “Not Above That” producer Machinedrum return to collaborate on more exuberant electronic-R&B where vocal harmonies, anthemic horns and skittering percussion coexist in an ecstatic utopia of explosive colour. Dawn Richard’s Danity Kane days are long gone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Half Man Half Biscuit
Back Again In The DHSS (+ Trumpton Riots)

Reissue of Half Man Half Biscuit’s much-loved debut LP here. This version of Back In The DHSS - now titled Back Again In The DHSS due to this being a new edition - contains the original 1985 track list, a couple of bonus beats and the contents of 1986’s The Trumpton Riots EP. Witty, erudite indie that has gone on to influence the likes of Arab Strap, Richard Dawson and The Lovely Eggs. One of John Peel’s faves, don’t you know.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

Joyful whimsy and mild dischord from North Sea Radio Orchestra on Dronne, their fourth album after a four year break where guitarist Craig Fortnam has been beavering away on his solo projects. Lots of influences come through, including Cardiacs, early Kraftwerk and Britten to make a wholly English sound. Limited edition vinyl and CD on The Household Mark.

CC Dust
CC Dust

CC Dust make good old-fashioned synth-pop, driven by the cold-hearted relentless pulse of a vintage drum machine (the way it should be!). Maryjane Dunphe’s background in punk lends her vocals a strong edge, and musical partner David Jacques has a knack with the low-end grooves. Edition of 300 LPs, on Night School
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sundara Karma
Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

You must have some lovely karma, to encounter such a gift on your life's travels. Some might argue that Youth Is Only Fun in Retrospect, but listening to Sundara Karma’s energetic and youthful debut album is already fun while you’re doing it. Just be ready to be bob your head and hum catchy riffs all day long. 

La Casa Azul
Tan Simple Como El Amor

The joyful sound of La Casa Azul, back on vinyl thanks to Elefant Records 25th anniversary. This Spanish project embodies the sound of old-school disco and retro pop, convincingly pulling the listener back into their memories. Tan Simple Como El Amor, their 2003 album, is now reissued in a limited edition of 1000 LPs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Papernut Cambridge
Nutsplainin’ / Green Chaud

This single contains instrumental versions of Nutsplainin’ and Green Chaud, two tracks from Papernut Cambridge’s recent album Love The Things Your Lover Loves. The 7” comes in either a green or yellow sleeve, allocated randomly: there’s just no way of knowing which you’ll get! Out on the Gare du Nord label.
  • Vinyl 7" (GDN45012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Raf Rundell
The Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt. 1

Raf Rundell is a DJ and one of the wonderful Two Bears (with Joe Goddard), so he has no shortage of experience in the field of enabling happy times with house music. New solo recording The Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt.1 is, frankly, a big load of fun that will put grooves in your legs and smiles on your face. Out on 1965 Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hinds
Leave Me Alone

Hinds are an all-girl indie four-piece with a DIY aesthetic. Their reverb-heavy guitars and call-and-response vocals are inspired by the ‘60s sun-kissed music of Californian beaches but also recall more modern bands such as Bleached, Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. Their debut album, Leave Me Alone is getting plaudits from all the right places including BBC 6 Music, Pitchfork and NME.

Summer Moon
With You Tonight / Walk Out Music

Headed up by The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and features members from Jane’s Addiction, Au Revoir Simone, Uh Huh Her, and The Like. With You Tonight is upbeat and refreshingly groovy. Delayed and effected guitar licks with a solid disco beat that flash to Roosevelt’s sense of an endless summer.

Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin'

As my girlfriend keeps reminding me Allo Darlin' were a very popular indie band who bowed out far too soon for the liking of their rabid fanbase. This was their debut album which showcased their saccharine take on indie-pop with sugary harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and the deal breaker for some  - lashings of ukelele. Fortuna Pop have kept it in print for future fans to discover. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Once & Future Band
Once & Future Band

Once & Future Band are a full-on throwback to the rich flavours of the great orchestral-prog-pop of the 1970’s. This self-titled debut of theirs sounds like a mash-up of all the nicest bits from all those bands, but performed with such love and skill that it all sounds new and fun. Nobody does this kind of music anymore anyway. Released by John Dwyer’s Castle Face label.

Prince
Let's Pretend We're Married

When Prince makes the proposition Let's Pretend We’re Married to you, you know you are in for a hell of an evening. Especially if you take a look at the sleeve art too… This was one of the singles from the smash album 1999, and comes backed with the original B-side ‘Irresistable Bitch’. 12” single reissued by Warner Bros.

Thom Yorke
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Originally released 5 seconds ago, here's a white vinyl luxury re-issue of the album Thom originally released on Bit Torrent in his latest attempt to re-badge the music industry. The music on record makes no such grand statements, comprised of some of Yorke's most minimal and quiet electronic work yet, continuing his descent from dramatic synth artist on 'The Eraser' and modest groover on 'AMOK' to something of an electronica hybrid artist. Out in time for Christmas. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Maggie8
'मैगी८'

The ongoing musical concern that is Maggie8 finally drop a debut full-length LP after shaping their east meets west indie pop sound over a number of EP’s, most notably ‘Charming Lady’ for Dance to the Radio and the self released ‘Merry Christmas One And All’.  Available via Total Confidence Records 'मैगी८' sees Mark Wright and Niv Pasharoty’s ongoing quest to imbue the spirit of the Cocteau Twins with a Bollywood pop sensibility come to fruition with lead off single ‘Hussain Bolt’ sounding livelier and catchier than anything that has preceded it. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Valley Hush
Valley Hush

Valley Hush would describe their music as ‘experimental pop’, a nice little genre pocket to sit in. Their songs are indeed songs, and catchy ones at that, but the duo make things happen with their productions that you might not expect to hear in your pop. Valley Hush is their debut full-length album, and is released on vinyl by The Record Machine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Before The Dawn

Kate Bush’s mind-blowing run of 22 live shows in 2014 was a joy to those who were there: this release documents what went down in luxurious detail. Before The Dawn stretches live recordings over 3 CDs and 4 vinyl records, carefully arranged to fully express the concepts of the show. Released by Fish People.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Super Furry Animals
Zoom! The Best Of (1995-2016)

Featuring songs off every album they have released, Zoom! Is a best of put together by the band themselves with every single they released and some of their personal favourites as well. A great way to go through the highlights of Super Furry Animals’ 13 year long catalogue. Comes on double CD on BMG.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Clean Cut Kid
Make Believe

Though I would personally find it hard to sleep at night if I released a single as cheerful and optimistic as Make Believe, I shouldn't ruin the fun for those less pessimistic and cynical than myself. So what I will say is that the new Clean Cut Kid single is a highly polished and well written tune, with pleasurably fuzzy guitars and a joyous party spirit. However, if the election of a certain spray-tanned billionaire has brought you down to my pre-existing level of bleak despair, then I'll tell you what I really think of this song in person. Released as Vinyl 7" on Polydor.
  • Vinyl 7" (5724034)
  • £9.99 £5.00 (saving: £4.99)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nouvelle Vague
I Could Be Happy

French covers band for lovers of beige Nouvelle Vague are back with another album titled I Could Be Happy. Featuring covers of the Ramones’ I Wanna Be Sedated, No One Is Receiving  by Brian Eno and All Cats Are Grey by The Cure, it’s a great album for those that love listening to background music. CD and vinyl from Kwaidan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop