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Adult Jazz
Earrings Off!

After their success with Gist Is in 2014, gaining adoration from Bjork and David Byrne (not the worst fans you could have) Adult Jazz have taken pages from their experimental endorsees and moved way into leftfield electronic experimentation. Bizarre off-kilter synths and horns coupled with unnerving vocal processing.. They’ve found the perfect place to release with as well with Tri-Angle records.

Methyl Ethel
Oh Inhuman Spectacle

Methyl Ethel is the brainchild of Perth resident Jake Webb, who planned and actualised every last sound on this debut album of the project (live, they are a trio). Oh Inhuman Spectacle is a proper 4AD album, made up of melodic indie-pop songs with a slight psychedelic angle, all coated with an electronic shimmer.
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Jackson
British Road Movies

After The Long Blondes’ untimely disbansion in 2008 Kate Jackson went on to working on her solo career, forming the Kate Jackson Group, working in The Wrong Moves and The Wilsons, as well working with Bernard Butler of Suede. British Road Movies is the result of the Jackson/Butler collaborations, and it has been a long wait. The result is a collection of cinematic alt-pop songs which would fit perfectly with any road movie.

Young Magic
Still Life

The new record from Young Magic grew out of an exploration of family history. Melati Malay dug into her Indonesian routes, extracting both intimate subject matter for lyrics and some wonderful sounds, including field recordings and gamelan samples. Still Life is a strong electronic pop record with a deep focus on texture as well as melody. On Carpark.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

A big stack of awesome feminine sonic radicals are gathered up on this compilation, from searing post-punk to dub to rockabilly bands. Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985 features a whole wonderful subculture, with tracks from Strawberry Switchblade, The Kamikaze Pilots, Dolly Mixture and a great many more over 2 CDs. On RPM.
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  • RPM

Braids
Companion

Companion’s 4 tracks were recorded in the same sessions as Braids’ album Deep In This Iris, and carry the feel of that record while also fitting rather well with one another. Fairly beautiful stuff. Both formats of the album come with a bonus sampler disc, showing off some of the other talent on the Arbutus label (including Majical Cloudz and Michael Stasis).
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ladyhawke
Wild Things

Wild Things is the third album by Ladyhawke, aka New Zealand singer/songwriter Pip Brown. Three singles have been released from this already - Sweet Fascination, Dangerous and A Love Song - and if they’re anything to go by then Wild Things is a return to the fabulous synth-pop of her 2009 eponymous debut.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

New Order
Complete Music

This deluxe edition of New Order’s most recent album presents the original album on one CD, and extended 12” mixes of every single track(!) on the other. So this release is perfect for anyone who fancies playing out new New Order in the club, or for those who just couldn’t get enough of the original tracks. Complete Music is out on Mute.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
Angels & Ghosts

Hardcore Depeche Mode fans! We know you are out there, and in great numbers too. Your spiritual leader Dave Gahan has a new record out, collaborating with Soulsavers for the second time. They provide a dramatic backdrop for his studied drawl: Angels & Ghosts sounds nice and fresh, no mean feat for a veteran like Gahan.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Throwing Shade
House of Silk

The iconic Ninja Tune label with more from their newest signing, Throwing Shade. This producer makes a glossy post-internet, alt-pop that would fit on the PC Music label. On this limited vinyl 12” icy synthesizers and off-kilter beats frame the artist’s eerie disembodied vocals, but everything she touches becomes incredibly catchy too.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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Digitalism
Mirage

Mirage is the third full-length album from Digitalism, where the Hamburg pair show that they still have the power to create huge chunky dancefloor anthems. Their broad-ranging approach to electro (taking in aspects of disco, rave etc. when it suits) serves them well, and this will fill many a floor this summer. On Magnetism Recording Co.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Virgin Suicide
Virgin Suicide

The self-titled debut full-length album of Virgin Suicide is laden with shiny pop touches, somehow sounding like 80’s synth-pop and 60’s girl-pop all at the same time. It’s a bouncy tuneful fun-time, as melodic as you like. Co-produced with Raveonettes veteran Sune Rose Wagner and released by Nordic Music Society.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Britta Phillips
Luck or Magic

Britta Phillips strikes out with some solo material after many years working with Dean Wareham (ex-Galaxie 500) in Luna and Dean & Britta. Luck & Magic is split evenly between original songs and covers of the likes of Dennis Wilson, The Cars and Fleetwood Mac. Her airy voice fits the adult contemporary music style rather perfectly. On Double Feature Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Papernut Cambridge
Love The Things Your Lover Loves

Papernut Cambridge is a project helmed by Ian Button of Death In Vegas and featuring the considerable talents of Darren Hayman and Robert Rotifer among others. They do a sort of lushly orchestrated alt-chamber-pop-rock of the sort not much seen since the 70’s, and all with witty sense of flair and joy. Third album Love The Things Your Lover Loves is out on Gare Du Nord Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Brodka
Clashes

The time has come for Brodka, a big deal within Poland, to spread her sound further afield with a full international release of her album Clashes. Her music is legit pop, but it is also unafraid to experiment with texture and tone. Bonus booklet with the CD edition, and a set of postcards with the vinyl. On Play It Again Sound.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Arthur Beatrice
Keeping The Peace

London quartet Arthur Beatrice follow up their successful debut, Working Out,  with Keeping The Peace - a confident and colourful pop record that has been influenced by the band’s recent and varied listening habits: Kendrick Lamar, Kasami Washington, Four Tet, Joanna Newsom and Portishead. Last time out, lead vocals were shared between Ella Girardot and the wonderfully named Orlando Leopard, here though Girardot takes on the vocal duties all by herself.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wild Palms
Live Together, Eat Each Other

Wild Palms made a point of spending ages making this album, reimagining all the songs and finessing all the production details. 5 years on, they have Live Together, Eat Each Other to show off, an experimentally-tinged modern alternative pop album of a high standard. It’s out on One Little Indian.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Xylaroo
Sweetooth

Xylaroo are a London-based country-tinged pop duo from Papua New Guinea made up from sisters, Holly and Coco Chant. Sweetooth is their debut album and contains the singles Sunshine and On My Way. They made waves recently with their delightful lolloping country version of Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever

Bloom Forever is the debut album from songwriter and former S.C.U.M. frontman Thomas Cohen. On this vinyl LP and CD his delicate vocals are matched with ornate and grand arrangements, but he doesn’t forgot his post-punk roots either. The rich and delicate folk-pop songs are often disrupted with bursts of distorted sounds and unusual instrumentation.

Shit Robot
What Follows

Shit Robot returns with a third full-length LP. What Follows is a real analogue synth album, discovered organically through playing around with equipment. The results are dancefloor-ready electro-pop, and A-list guests on the record include Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem! Out on DFA.
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  • DFA

Beth Orton
Kidsticks

Beth Orton drafted in Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons to Co-produce Kidsticks. Whilst her voice is familiar, the music pushes the singer/songwriter genre to the limit. Beth Orton broke new ground mixing acoustic and electronic music on her debut album Trailer Park back in 1996, On Kidsticks she tears up the rule book again.

Little Scream
Cult Following

Little Scream makes catchy indie electro-pop, the kind you can certainly shimmy to in your local discotheque. That said, some songs here go pretty deep and dark. Some of the guests on this record are pretty impressive: think Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, and Mr Sufjan Stevens himself! Cult Following is out on Merge.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Drab Majesty
Completely Careless (2012-2015)

This release presents the full discography, to date, of Drab Majesty, the atmospheric pop project of Deb Demure: that’s a couple of EP’s and an album’s worth of 80’s-feeling tunes. Completely Careless (2012-2015) is released on the DAIS label as a CD in a jewel case with slip and booklet.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

LUH
Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing

LUH are an audio-visual collaborative duo made up of artist Ebony Hoorn and Ellery Roberts, the former WU LYF frontman. Following a number of visual and sonic releases of various stripes over the last few years, they now have this debut full-length album of emotional electronic songcraft, produced by The Haxan Cloak. Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing is released by Mute.
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  • LUH

Doprah
Wasting

Doprah are a New Zealand crew producing a deeply trip-hop indebted sound with live instruments (unlike in the sampletastic 90’s Bristol days). Wasting is their debut full-length, a highly atmospheric set boldly fronted by Indira Force’s spaced-out vocals. Out on the legendary Flying Nun label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

White Lung
Paradise

White Lung’s new album Paradise comes with the approval of Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, so you know it’ll be a well thought-through work. Their indie-punk-rock is full of fierce energy, but the songs are also very lyrically involved. And Paradise wastes no time, firing through its 10 songs in just 28 minutes. On Domino.

RY X
Dawn

This is Australian Ry X’s debut full-length album, a follow-up to his Berlin EP. Dawn is an emotionally frank piece of work, with Ry’s tender vocals bearing his heart over subtle instrumentals. The man’s got a pop sensibility but with a super-intimate approach. Dawn is released on the Infectious Music label.

Destroyer
My Mystery

Destroyer’s tune My Mystery gets a reworking by the catchily-monikered producer DJjohnedwardcollins@gmail.com. There is a very welcome touch of the Pet Shop Boys to the feel of this record, partly down to the tone of the vocals and partly down to the bright summer-synth party vibes. 12” on Dead Oceans, limited to 600 copies only.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris Cohen
As If Apart

Chris Cohen has played with Deerhoof, Cryptacise, Cass McCombs and plenty more, but here he leads proceedings himself. As If Apart is a lovely set of gentle guitar-led pop, somewhat in the vein of a classic San Francisco 70’s rock songwriter LP. Strong songs, but more importantly a lovely feel throughout. On Captured Tracks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peter, Bjorn and John
Breakin’ Point (single)

Announcing itself with a surely self-referential whistle (remember that single?), Breakin’ Point heralds the first Peter, Bjorn and John album in many years. This advance single is a sweet and catchy piece of melodic pop with lush swoony vocals. These 3 guys know how to make a tune eh? Released as a 7” on the band’s own record outfit, INGRID.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

10,000 Maniacs
Our Time In Eden

Our Time In Eden is the fifth record in 10,000 Maniacs catalogue, and was initially released in 1992. After this, singer Natalie Merchant moved on to fresh pastures, so she is in wistful swan-song mode here. Lush folkish pop music with a tint of darkness is what 10,000 Maniacs do best, and they certainly do it here. Reissued by Rhino.

Kristin Kontrol
X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol used to helm Dum Dum Girls, but now steps out under this new moniker for some new vibes. Where Dum Dum Girls drew on tweaked-nostalgia for the girl-groups of the 1960’s, X-Communicate is a throwback to a different era altogether: the alt-rock AOR-pop of the 80’s and 90’s. Quite the transformation. On Sub Pop.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
1999

The best way to celebrate the memory of the suddenly-departed Prince surely isn’t to read through hundreds of obituaries and thinkpieces. Do it right, and listen to some of the good man’s music. 1999 is his 1982 fifth album, and its synth-funky joys come sprawled across 2 LPs. Reissued by Warner Bros.

Prince
PlectrumElectrum

Seeing the words "debut album" and Prince in tandem with one another is pretty disorientating, but PlectrumElectrum is a first, of sorts: his backing band 3rdEyeGirl step up here, hoping to bring one of pop music's greatest stars back around in a particularly prolific burst of his career.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Zen Mantra
Zen Mantra

Zen Mantra, aka Sam Perry, produces his own songs from his bedroom studio, managing to achieve the perfect level of dreaminess that allows simple indie-pop songs to elevate the listener to some higher plane. Operating out of New Zealand, young Sam has now joined the roster of Flying Nun, ensuring dream-pop fame. LP release.

Doomsquad
Total Time

Doomsquad is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. Hypnotic pulsating analogue synthesizer ladened beats akin to The Knife and vocal delivery that wouldn’t go amiss in dancier counterparts. The list of guest players include Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck, Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up, and industrial noise artist HUREN.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Yoko Ono
Yes, I'm A Witch Too

Yoko Ono is back, with a follow up record to her 2007 collaborative set. Yes, I’m A Witch Too features Ono herself working with all sorts, from Sparks and Death Cab For Cutie to tUnE-yArDs and Miike Snow, to a great many more notables. Some remix, some play alongside her. My my. CD or double LP on the Manimal Vinyl label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Petra Haden
Petra Haden Sings : The Who Sell Out

Here, Petra Haden takes one of the strangest (and best?) albums from The Who’s catalogue and makes it stranger. The Who Sell Out, the band’s advertising-themed experimental pop record, is performed in full by Haden using nothing but her voice, heavily multi-tracked and ingeniously arranged. No records quite like this wonderful oddity. Reissued LP on Bar-None.

Petra Haden
Imaginaryland

Petra Haden is a total boss at performing fully-fledged instrumental pieces using only her voice. Here on Imaginaryland, she sings material by Enya and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as a range of originals, always through a multi-tracked chorus of inventive vocal techniques. This is her 1999 solo debut, reissued by Bar-None.

Travis
Everything At Once

A new album from 90’s veterans Travis is here with us, and it is a fairly energetic proposition. Big sweeping choruses fly boldly around, all feeling very brightly coloured. Available as CD or gatefold LP, or even a deluxe CD edition with a Travis short film directed by Fran Healy. On the band’s own Red Telephone Box.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Misty Miller
The Whole Family Is Worried

Brixton resident Misty Miller has a classic mid-2000’s indie-rock sound with lashings of pop-punk and a grungy vocal attitude. Quite the change from some of her previous folksy music: pretty good going to have had a total style overhaul by age 21. The Whole Family Is Worried is a strong set, out on the Epic label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gemma Ray
The Exodus Suite

Gemma Ray’s new album was recorded in Berlin, in the former Tempelhof Airport. The Exodus Suite is a dramatic set of tunes, a grown-up pop record with superb piano touches from Carwyn Ellis. The LP edition bumps 2 of the tracks from the CD edition onto a bonus 7”, packed alongside. On Bronzerat.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
ChangesOneBowie

ChangesOneBowie was the first David Bowie retrospective to be released and contained his best material from 1969 - 1976. It is reissued on vinyl and CD to mark the 40th anniversary of its original release. The compilation highlights how, in just seven years, Bowie was able to reinvent his sound and style several times.

Hannah Lou Clark
It's Your Love

Hannah Lou Clark follows up her attention-grabbing Silent Type EP with It’s Your Love, a new set of songs whose genesis lie in touring. Definitely plenty of energy flying around, though without losing the introspective aspect of the lyrics. Strong indie rock-pop from Clark here. 12” EP release on the Quatre Femmes Records label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HOMESHAKE
In The Shower

This was the first “proper” full-length album release from HOMESHAKE, following a smattering of fine cassettes, initially issued in 2014. Weirdly-tinged bedroom indie-R&B is the name of the game, with main man Peter Sagar slinking around his songs like someone with love on his mind. In The Shower is out on Sinderlyn / Captured Tracks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Von Spar
Streetlife

Von Spar are back after releasing a live adaptation of Can's 'Ege Bamyasi', here to unleash their own brand of new-era krautrock to the world with 'Streetlife' -- the weirdest of '70s rock, but with some disco too. This record is, as ever, a highly collaborative affair, bringing on board Marker Starling, Ada and Scout Niblett for a variety of vocal spots. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Liminanas
Malamore

The Liminanas are a French band, though you don’t need me to tell you that: just listen to those breath vocals! Malamore is their fourth album, and it finds the band very relaxed in their sonic niche: sunny, sexy, laid-back pop. It must be said, they do it well. Malamore is released by Because Music.

Classixx
Faraway Reach

In approaching their second album Classixx wanted to feature numerous vocalists with varying styles and make themselves the constant that tied them together, so the aptly titled Faraway Reach features How To Dress Well, T-Pain, Passion Pit, De Lux, Alex Frankel, Isles, Nonku, Harriet Brown and Panama taking turns. All bringing something different to Classixx’s summer filled dance music. Pool party ready.

Jeff Runnings
Primitives and Smalls

Jeff Runnings is usually busy working with his group For Against, but he’s taken some time out to make his solo debut under his own name, Primitives and Smalls. Shiny synth-pop with an 80’s feel is the name of the game, and Runnings is a pro at it. The album is released by Saint Marie as a CD and limited edition of 250 LPs.

Street Chant
Hauora

The influential New Zealand label Flying Nun release Hauora, by Street Chant, on vinyl LP. The band make witty pop-punk full of yearning melodies and rich Pavement-inspired guitars. Despite the sophisticated songwriting there’s still plenty of gnarly, distorted guitar solos and bad attitudes to enjoy.

The Temper Trap
Thick As Thieves

We haven’t heard from Australian fellas The Temper Trap in a full 4 years, but that’s just because of the heavy effort they’ve been putting into new album Thick As Thieves. Widescreen arena pop-rock aplenty here, put together with a keen ear for a melody and big choruses. Out on Infectious Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
Casino Drone

I’m frankly a little disappointed that Casio Drone isn’t just an album of Casio keyboard drones. But that’s probably a minority opinion, as the actual sound of Mike Adams At His Honest Weight is richly-textured independent pop, warm and friendly and full of wit. There is some ambience too to be fair… Out on Joyful Noise.

Morly
Something More Holy EP

Morly, probably best known as the former singer for Gayngs, shows that her soulful voice isn’t her only musical asset with these solo recordings: her productions are inventive and subtle. This release gathers together last year’s debut solo EP In Defense Of My Muse and Something More Holy, an EP of brand new material. Out on Cascine.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mexrrissey
No Manchester

No Manchester by Mexrrissey is a Mexican tribute to Morrissey. Camilo Lara, a Mexican DJ, producer and founder of M.I.S.(Mexican Institute of Sound) and bandleader Sergio Mendoza, who has worked with Calexico, have gathered together a crack team of top notch Mexican musicians to pay homage to the gladioli waving singer. Limited edition vinyl LP on Mexican Flag coloured vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The High Violets
Heroes and Halos

The High Violets have many years of dreampop experience (this is their fifth album), meaning that they can be truly relied upon to provide that special woozy feeling to the listener. Heroes And Halos has learned all the lessons of shoegaze, and marries them to proper pop structures. CDs and a limited edition of 250 vinyl copies are out there, courtesy of Saint Marie.

Bloody Knives
I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This

Bloody Knives are an intense proposition, producing what might be considered to be shoegaze via a noise-rock approach. The soundfield is saturated with layers of distorted guitars, delicate vocals floating in the middle. But too much filth is laden on for bliss-out relaxation to be an option. I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is released by Saint Marie.

Night Moves
Pennied Days

Night Moves present their second full-length album, Pennied Days. Synth-driven modern rock music, with wistful echo on the vocals and some 80’s-grade epic guitar. Texturally, Pennied Days puts me in mind of Phoenix, though the underlying songs have a clear original rock / R&B influence. On Domino.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Teleman
Brilliant Sanity

Seeking out the art of the perfect pop song, Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity captures some of the joy that went into the creation of the music. Well honed and impeccably played, featuring the four piece, with brothers Tommy and Johnny on vocals, guitar and synth  drummer Hiro Amamiya and Pete Cattermoul on bass. On vinyl and CD.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68 -72

Bowie At The Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions ‘68 - ‘72 compiles the finest moments from across 12 different sessions, so there was plenty of material to choose from. This release is also the first time that this collection of early David Bowie has been pressed to vinyl! Quadruple LP set, with a booklet, on Warner Bros.

Cavern of Anti-Matter
void beats/invocation trex

Cavern of Anti-Matter is a new group led by Tim Gane of Stereolab! void beats / invocation trex has the classic gorgeous motorik vibe that Stereolab alumni do so well, sucking you into its world. Guest appearances from Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3: quite a line-up eh? CD or triple LP on Duophonic.

Teen Suicide
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot

Recorded in just over a year with a sizeable group of collaborators and performers ‘It’s The Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honey Pot’ is the latest album from Maryland rock outfit Teen Suicide and according to the band it will be their last. Consisting of 26 tracks covering an array of genres including punk, noise, country and electro dance music, the record is as eclectic and charming as it's title is long.

Starless
Starless

Starless is a project of Paul McGeechan (Love & Money), featuring full-blown dramatic sweep courtesy of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Collaborators also include members of The Bathers, The Blue Nile and Capercaillie, all contributing to a set of grand orchestral art-pop. Released by the Marina label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

M83
Junk

The new album from Anthony Gonzalez’ blockbuster synth-pop project M83 is packed to the gills with fluorescent sounds, with influences taken from all Gonzalez’ favourite genres. Junk features some of the deepest 80’s worship we’ve yet heard from M83, as on ‘Do It, Try It’: just listen out for the slap-bass! CD or double vinyl editions available, on Naive.
  • Artist(s):
  • M83
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Yeasayer
Amen & Goodbye

Amen & Goodbye is the fourth album by Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. It follows up their 2012 album Fragrant World but eschews its penchant for all things digital. The lead single, I am Chemistry features vocals from Suzzy Roche of legendary folkies, The Roches. The band recorded the album to tape, it was then given some studio sparkle by Beck drummer Joey Waronker. Amen & Goodbye is unlike any of their previous work but still retains the sounds the band are known for.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bibio
A Mineral Love

The iconic Warp records bring Bibio’s A Mineral Love to vinyl LP and CD. Bibio is constantly tweaking and developing his sound, and on this album he has shifted towards electronic funk. Here soulful vocals and boogie basslines float on a sad undercurrent. This record is another leap forward for Bibio’s organic, folk-influenced electronica.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Foetals
Meet The Foetals

The Foetals is what happens when Jolan Lewis, veteran of bands like The Pink Teens and Temple Songs, strikes out on his own to let his deepest sonic loves run wild. Proper 60’s-esque pop is put through the lens of obscure American lo-fi bands. Meet The Foetals is consequently quite a lot of fun! LP release on PNK SLM.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON
Phone

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON are two solo projects from brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson. On the Phone vinyl 7” the pair remix each other’s work for the Jajaguwar label. Some brotherly competition definitely motivates these playful tracks, but the brothers also share eclectic influences. Both tunes are funky electro-pop with jittery vocals and a general air of sultriness and fun.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bleached
Welcome The Worms

Bleached return with a follow-up to their sun-kissed debut Ride Your Heart. The rough, and gratifyingly old fashioned, garage of their debut is much the same, but when you have a great melodic and abrasive sound why change it? But Welcome To The Worms is also more ambitious, with great songwriting and vocals.

Dinner
Psychic Lovers

Psychic Lovers is the debut album from Danish producer Dinner and it sharpens the melancholy synth pop of his first three EPs. Anders Rhedin’s sound pushes the textures and production of 1980s pop into extremes, including his distinctive croon. By doing this he highlights just how strange and sad these songs can be.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

September Girls
Age of Indignation

Dublin band September Girls make a jittery art-rock built from ghostly vocals and atmospheric guitar playing. Age of Indignation is their second studio album and channels their interest in Irish politics and feminism into a wall of distortion and effects. Fortuna POP! release the album on CD and vinyl LP.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grimes
Halfaxa

Halfaxa is the second record from Claire Boucher aka Grimes, originally released in 2010, before she became a tremendously big deal. It still has that home-grown vibe, with Boucher’s hazy productions coalescing around her remarkable vocals like a cloud. The feel is of woozy retreat, and it’s hard to resist. Reissued by Arbutus.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wild Belle
Dreamland

Wild Belle are a Chicago pair who infuse enough reggae influences into their electro-indie-pop music that they went ahead and recorded Dreamland, their second full-length album, in Jamaica. The record is more than ready to be played on the radio, but welcome little details (a swinging acoustic bassline, outbreaks of saxophone etc.) keep the listener alert.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Xylaroo
Sunshine

Sunshine is the debut single of Xylaroo, a new band made up of 2 sisters. Sunshine by name and sunshine by nature, this is a sugar-sweet indie-pop single and no mistake. The flip-side contains their take on Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, and the whole deal is pressed to a tasty-looking 7” picture disc. On Sunday Best.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

TOM And His Computer
Small Disasters EP

Thomas Bertelsen has been actively involved in DJing and production for quite some time: his new alias, TOM And His Computer, now releases its first EP. Small Disasters is largely electronic and tuned to the dancefloor, but guitars and vocals lead some songs too. 12” release on Anders Trentmøller’s In My Room label.

Le Super Homard
Maple Key

Le Super Homard are a three-piece electronic pop band. They were formed by Christophe Vaillant, who was previously in ‘60s-style beat group Pony Taylor. The lineup is completed by Vaillant’s brother, Olivier and Pandora Burgess.  They wear their influences, such as Stereolab and French pop artist Medhi Zannad, on their sleeves. Maple Key should appeal to fans of Stereolab, Broadcast and the solo work of Gruff Rhys.

Juniper Moon
El Resto De Mi Vida + Singles Y Rarezas 1999-2003

Juniper Moon are lesser-known cult favourites, beloved of certain in-depth pop-punk fans. Their only album, El Resto De Mi Vida, is reissued here along with a disc of Singles Y Rarezas, which means their entire recorded output is here (some of it on vinyl for the first time). Energetic, sunny and gorgeous, lots of fun. 500 2LP copies on Elefant.

Cullen Omori
New Misery

New Misery is the solo debut from Smith Western frontman Cullen Omori. These eleven songs borrow the charm of his old band, along with melancholic indie-rock songwriting and ghostly lo-fi vocals. You can choose between authentic cassette, CD, standard vinyl or limited independent-only coloured vinyl, all from Sub Pop.

Niagara
Hyperocean

Hyperocean is the third album from experimental pop eccentrics Niagara and rather than easing off, this record is more dense and intense than previous releases. These are dark and complex electronic pop songs with dizzying arrangements and plenty of experimental freak-outs. Available on limited vinyl LP and CD from Monotreme.

David Bowie
★ (Blackstar)

David Bowie has another new album out! The mysteriously titled ★, which is less mysteriously known as Blackstar is his first new material since the weird single Sue (or in a Season of Crime) in 2014 and first album since the brilliant The Next Day in 2013. ★ is available on CD and on vinyl with some lovely die-cut packaging, and sounds like Bowie trying to perpetuate the avant-garde vibes of Scott Walker.

United Sounds of Joy
United Sounds of Joy

A stunning self-titled debut from United Sounds of Joy. Both artists originally worked together in Dream City Film Club, but as a duo make a downbeat dream-pop with experimental tendencies hidden in catchy hooks.  A really lovely slice of psychedelic noir powered by sultry vocals and elegant arrangements.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Solar Bears
Advancement

Irish electronic Duo Solar Bears have signed to Sunday Best for their new album Advancement. Their previous two releases, including the critically acclaimed Supermigration, were on Planet Mu. The pull of their new home was made all the more magnetic due to the fact that avant-garde film director David Lynch is also signed to the label. Advancement is a grand affirmation that builds on their previous genre-straddling releases that took in everything from Krautrock to library music to psychedelic electronica.

Liima
ii

Those Efterklang guys are busy people eh? Here they spin-off once more, to help Tatu Rönkkö with his Liima project. ii is their debut album, and is a heavily textured trip, each track bristling with detail. All developed on the fly in a series of week-long residencies. CD or neon-green coloured vinyl LP, out on 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Death And Vanilla
To Where the Wild Things Are

Recorded using a ten pound microphone they found at a flea market, Death and Vanilla have, on this their third album, really captured the sights, the sounds, the smells of all the best bits of late '60s/early '70s dreamy pop. Their sound is woozy, evocative and blatantly in thrall to the kaleidoscopic sounds of Broadcast, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Mazzy Star and 60's sci-fi soundtracks. It's beautifully listenable; a veritable tapestry of warm sounds to soothe and refresh. Their previous records have been popular but this could send them into the stratosphere. We'll have the indies-only orange vinyl version ahead of official release so get to the front of the queue.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tancred
Out Of The Garden

The garden in the title of Tancred’s new album Out Of The Garden must surely be the Garden of Eden: these songs are lyrically centred around the transgression of Judeo-Christian norms, with an emphasis on "feminine expectations". The group’s pop-punk power is as strong as ever, driving the message squarely home. On Polyvinyl.

Erasure
Wild!

This was Erasure’s fourth record, a super-hit when it was released in 1989. With all 4 singles selling very well, it’s fair to say that the bold and bright synth-pop of Wild! played a serious part in defining the sound of that year. And yet, the vinyl edition has been long out-of-print! No longer, as Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g vinyl copies, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Masha Qrella
Keys

Masha Qrella’s new record vanquishes the shyness that has played a part in some of her earlier music, replacing it with an emotional forthrightness that bewitches. Keys sings, in detail, about Qrella’s inner life, over subtle electronically-tinged pop songs. Cool, noirish stuff. Out on Morr Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Modular
Fuga Al Paraiso

The new album by Modular sounds like it could easily be from an old library-music or TV-soundtrack oddity, or maybe a mid-period Stereolab album. Don’t take that as a criticism: not only are the songs of Fuga Al Paraiso executed perfectly in terms of their lounge-kraut-pop style, but the songwriting is also great. What a lovely record! Out on Elefant, with the vinyl edition limited to 500 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Erasure
Chorus

This is Erasure’s fifth record, a platinum synth-pop super-hit upon release in 1991. But the vinyl edition of Chorus has been out-of-print for most of the intervening years, having never been reissued… Until now! Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g vinyl copies, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Erasure
I Say I Say I Say

This was Erasure’s sixth record, and jumped straight to number 1 upon release in 1994. And yet, the vinyl edition has been long out-of-print! No longer, as Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g copies of I Say I Say I Say’s majestic synth-pop, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Matthew E White & Natalie Prass
Cool Out

He sings really quietly does Matthew E White. His voice is so soft and gentle, yet also soulful. Here he collabs with pal Natalie Prass who also sings in soft tones. With Stones Throw artist at the controls it all adds up to a classic duet in the style of a heavily stoned 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tangible Excitement! / Ginnels
Split

Here’s a split between Irish group Ginnels and excellently-named new band Tangible Excitement! (the exclamation mark is part of the name). Fizzy, energised indie-pop from both sets of players: Ginnels just about have the edge on jangle though. Pressed to various different colours of vinyl: which one you get will be a surprise… On Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever (single)

Bloom Forever is the first single to be taken from Thomas Cohen’s debut album of the same name. The former S.C.U.M. frontman returns with a refined sound that relies on his diverse folk and pop songwriting skills and soft vocals. This vinyl 12” is released by Stolen records and is the perfect introduction to his rich and ever so slightly psychedelic sound.

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