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Shamir
Room

Shamir is, without doubt, one of a kind. His new 7”, Room, displays his adoration of country music, y’know, that obvious love you can hear in his previous material? This is his first new stuff since last year's Revelations LP. It was produced by LA big-shot Big Taste w...view item »

Diet Cig
Over Easy

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

Chrome Sparks
Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks is the recording moniker of Jeremy Malvin. He liked the name so much that he decided to name his debut album that too. There’s a buzz about this guy following a couple of well received EPs on Future Classic, the label that has been home to Chet Faker and Flume. He recorded it...view item »

Confidence Man
Confident Music For Confident People

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

Josh Rouse
Love In The Modern Age

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

Nonpareils
Scented Pictures

You won’t be hearing any porkies from confirmed ex-Liar Aaron Hemphill any longer. This is his new solo project, Nonpareils. It’s reminiscent in some ways of his former band, with discordant, psychedelic electronics in place of the strained guitars of Drum’s Not Dead, say. But he&rsquo...view item »

Louise Lemón
Purge LP

See, what Scandinavian miserabilist Louise Lemon has done here has taken her 2017 EP Purge and added four more tracks onto it. Anyone who enjoyed the original release will ...view item »

Island
Feels Like Air

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

Various
Typical Girls Volume 2

WIth a quote from The Slits proudly raised as a banner over the whole thing, Emotional Response present the second volume of their Typical Girls compilation series of ass-kicking punk / pop-punk bands. This set features bands from all over the Western world (including Black Abba, Skinny Girl Die...view item »

Moby
Play: The B-Sides

First ever time on vinyl for this quality collection of B-sides from Moby’s globe-straddling Play era. Eleven cuts that might not be familiar if you weren’t sco...view item »

Fra Lippo Lippi
Stitches and Burns

The story of this release probably says a lot about the current economics of popular music. This track from the Norwegian synthpop outfit’s 1992 album Dreams underwent an online revival, enjoying twenty million YouTube views, hence justifying a pressing of 500 seven inches. Good news for 0.0025% of the song’s YouTube listeners! Also ...view item »

Hoops
Tapes #1-3

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

Mac DeMarco
Rock And Roll Night Club

Firstly get the boy some make up lessons. What a state he's got himself in on the sleeve of his debut 12”. Titles like 'Rock and Roll Night Club' and 'Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans' suggest some kind of '70s denim nightmare but this is really good. He sounds like the re-incarnation o...view item »

Daphne & Celeste
Daphne & Celeste Save The World

Ben Jacobs aka Domino recording artist Max Tundra, for reasons known only to himself, Tweeted Daphne and Celeste asking to produce a song for them. The resulting track, You & I, became an internet sensation and was a far more credible slice of electronic pop than Ooh Stick You or U.G.L.Y. They decided to wor...view item »

Marine
Fable Electric

Ah.....ah. Got you. The press release days 'all female' so if anyone wants to get upset then the band presumably endorse that characterisation. Anyway they play a kind of blend of grunge, dream pop and folk which has led to tours across Europe and even support from the paragons of taste at 6 Music.   ...view item »

Lazy Day
Weird Cool

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

Daphne & Celeste
Alarms

Want to feel old? It’s 2018 and former teen popsters, famous for bully anthems Ooh Stick You and U.G.L.Y., are in their mid-thirties and making their “mature” comeback. They’re doing so with production and co-writing assistance from Max Tundra. This single is drawn from their new album Daphne & Celest...view item »

The Drink
Company

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

Damaged Bug
Cold Hot Plumbs

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

Terry Malts / Kids On A Crime Spree
Our Love

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

The Pastels/Tenniscoats
Two Sunsets

I wish someone hadn't put this in the press release for the Pastels/Tenniscoats LP - "....and Pastels are the name to drop in modern music circles" - i've never read such unnecessary shit! I really like The Pastels a great deal, the original shambling Scots C86-er popsters alongside The Vaselines, and this boxfresh collaboration with...view item »

Television Personalities
And Don't The Kids Just Love It

Originally released in 1981, And Don’t The Kids Just Love It was the influential debut album from Television Personalities. The record was made by Dan Treacy, Ed Ball and Mark Sheppard following a four-year period of singles recorded under a variety of monikers, including Teenage Filmstars. Lo-fi sounds inspired b...view item »

Mazzy Star
So Tonight That I Might See

This is a much needed re-issue of the second album from David Roback and Hope Sandoval's dream pop/slowcore band. Originally released in 1993 this contained their superhit 'Fade Into You' which peaked at no 44 in the hot 100. One of those albums that gained momentum this is a fine addition to their small but perfectly formed set of records, &nbs...view item »

Pulp
We Love Life

Pulp closed off their excellent recording career, and arguably the Britpop era as a whole, with We Love Life. It contains the singles ‘Bad Cover Version’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Trees’, and it was produced by none other than Scott Walker! This Island Records reissue puts ...view item »

Björk
Debut

It's called Debut because Bjork may be an accomplished, brilliant, wise pop musician, but she is also apparently a liar (in this small, irrelevant case only). This is actually her second solo record, and it's the best place to find the trip-hop, soft dance, good time version of an artist who went on to be a lo...view item »

Alex Highton
Welcome To Happiness

The third LP from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Alex Highton, and his first since 2014’s Nobody Knows Anything, is a nice wedge of off-kilter electro-pop ditties. Conceived alongside producer Jonathan Czerwik, Welcome To Happiness weds Highton’s touching tales to instrumentals remi...view item »

Everything Is Recorded
Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded is the production project of Richard Russell, the head honcho of XL Recordings. Russell used his impressive contacts book to get a whole host of modern vocal talent (plus Warren Ellis!) into his studio to craft excellent and soulful music. The project&rsqu...view item »

Marc Almond
Varieté

It's pretty scandalous that much of Marc Almond's work isn't out on vinyl but this is set to change with the re-issue of Variete - one of Almond's personal favourites of all his many records. Like much of Almond's work this deals with the fag end of showbusiness and incorporates tales from Almond's own life. I...view item »

Kasbo
Places We Don’t Know

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

Chad Valley
Imaginary Music

For his third LP as Chad Valley, Oxford musician Hugo Manuel decided to follow his pop instincts. Ditching the collaboration-heavy approach of his previous record, Imaginary Music...view item »

Gary War
Gaz Forth

Greg Dalton’s first LP in quite some time as Gary War is a lush, pretty varied and uplifting series of psych-indie pop belters. Unlike a lot of this sort of thing, the production isn’t obliged to sound as vintage as possible - it’s a nice balance and even a bit experimental. He’s enlisted a lot of chums f...view item »

Starchild & The New Romantic
Language

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

The Big Moon
Formidable

Winding electric folk rooted tracks make up the mass of this album, combining a Frusciante-esque choppiness with the kind of ethereal weight you might associate with Warpaint. If it’s not a step too far one could even make a link with the better end of Britpop that saw Bends-era Radiohead climb into proper stardom....view item »

Ezra Furman
Big Fugitive Life

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

Chris Weisman
Chaos Isn’t Single

Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but...view item »

Garden City Movement
Apollonia

Israeli electropop trio Garden City Movement follow several EPs with a debut album proper on London curator of curators Late Night Tales’ sublabel Night Time Stories. Here we have Apollonia, spanning quite a range over eighteen tunes. Electro, boogie, R’n’B, a touch of house, exotic pentatonic samples,...view item »

Fickle Friends
You Are Someone Else

Let's face it, we are bunch of old men selling young people music that we neither like nor understand. Here's the latest lot to send us further spiralling out of business. Fickle Friends are a wildly commercial dance pop outfit that will appeal to fans of the 1975 and Chvrches. I'll occasionally hear stuff like ...view item »

Django Django
Surface To Air

Limited edition 12” from Django Django, featuring the single Surface To Air from their latest LP Marble Skies. The track features Self Esteem on vocals (Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club). Also including an instrumental version of the track and remixes from Lunice, Nightwave and a Body In The Th...view item »

Keane
Perfect Symmetry

I Like it so much!!this cd was so perfect!!I Downloaded all the musics and its one of the best cds of this year!! ...view item »

Keane
Under The Iron Sea

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

Creep Show
Mr. Dynamite

Creep Show is a collaboration between John Grant and dark, electronic funksters Wrangler. Their debut album, Mr. Dynamite, is a surreal and experimental journey through the brooding underbelly of pop and funk. They throw together sounds from every imaginable analo...view item »

Essaie Pas
New Path

Montreal electronic duo Essaie Pas are back with their fifth album (their second on DFA Records) ‘New Path’, a riff on Philip K. Dick’s dystopian sci-fi novel A Scanner Darkly. Their particular brand of coldwave songwriting lends itself beautifully to the doomy subject matter at hand, the disembodied c...view item »

Holy Fuck
Bird Brains

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

The Fratellis
In Your Own Sweet Time

After the release of Costello Music in 2006 and the success of that song that everyone sings….er….*consults Google*….Chelsea Dagger, I thought Scottish lad rock band The Fratellis had disappeared. It turns out I had just stopped paying attention. They have now released four successful albums, with a fifth, I...view item »

Blaenavon
Let's Pray / I Will Be The World

Let’s Pray is the second track from Blaenavon’s upcoming debut album and it certainly sounds like the real deal. Some heavy bass circling around some quiet-quiet-loud guitar and stellar vocals. It reminds me of The Maccabees or a rockier Alt-J. Backed with ...view item »

Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title.The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra...view item »

Death of Lovers
The Acrobat

Death of Lover’s are a whole extra band from the guys behind Nothing, in which they write and perform songs that are a little bit different. This is actually their debut full-length album after several years of activity, and it shows a band clearly enjoying themselves playing with an eighties post-punk-pop...view item »

Once & Future Band
Brain

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

Dub Narcotic Sound System
Rhythm Record Vol. One

First out in 1995, this record of extremely dubbed-out dub is now available as a reissue! Dub Narcotic Sound System is a grouping involving Calvin Johnson, Kicking Giant...view item »

The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadb...view item »

Whyte Horses
Empty Words

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

Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Riddles

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (which is Ed Schrader and his buddy Devlin Rice) decided to get serious with this record, enlisting pal and playful genius Dan Deacon as producer and close collaborator. Riddles benefits from a fleshed-out Deacon sound, wh...view item »

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

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

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and ...view item »

Death And Vanilla
From Above

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

The Style Council
The Cost Of Loving

This record sees The Style Council take on a much more refined and soul-style approach to their music writing. The 80's saw a great amount of bands try and turn what, some would argue, was a dreadful decade for pop music. Their forward thinking approach in The Cost Of Loving is a great reminder that not all 80's music w...view item »

The Style Council
Confessions Of A Pop Group

It's odd to think that there was a time when Paul Weller was a daring musician. This fourth album by his '80s group the Style Council takes in jazz, piano ballads, upbeat funk and classical. Lord knows what he was thinking but the album is more loved in hindsight than it was at the time when it flopped pretty di...view item »

Super Furry Animals
Fuzzy Logic

Super Furry Animals released their lively wild-ride album Fuzzy Logic in 1996, throwing some Welsh weirdness into the Britpop mix. This twentieth anniversary reissue includes the remastered album plus a round-up of all the contemporary B-sides. Also (for the CD edition) a second disc, containing a sackful of previously ...view item »

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Originally sent out at random to all manner of unsuitable places, 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' sees a long-awaited vinyl release for Dan Wilson's sonic experiments as Meadow House. For the uninitiated, Wilson has a particularly English style of songwriting - imagine Chris Morris crossed with Syd Barrett an...view item »

Sun Seeker
Georgia Dust

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

Death And Vanilla
EP

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

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto...view item »

Erasure
World Beyond

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

Charlotte Gainsbourg
5:55

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

David Byrne
American Utopia

David Byrne returns with his first solo record since 2004, American Utopia features an extensive list of collaborators that include Oneohtrix Point Never, ...view item »

Neko Case
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule is an 8-LP box set by Neko Case. The collection contains all 8 of her studio albums from 1997’s The Virginian, which appears on vinyl for the first time, to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and her 2002 cla...view item »

Raf Rundell
Stop Lying

Raf Rundell is of course one of the bears in 2 Bears (with Joe Goddard), but here he stands alone as a solo artist. Stop Lying is a direct and sincere response to both fatherhood and the current general state of the world, though it certainly inhabits the same playful groovy electronic ...view item »

Nabihah Iqbal
Weighing Of The Heart

Need to get through the dark winter months? Nabihah Iqbal is here to help you survive, with her warm and dreamy debut album on Ninja Tune. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, we already knew she had an eclectic style. The Weighing of the Heart promises lots of post-punk influences combined with gentl...view item »

Soccer Mommy
Clean

Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, a 20 year old from Nashville, has previously made some lovely mid-fi music that would please fans of Boston bands of the 1990s, as detailed on her recent compilation, Collection. Her proper debut album, Clean, gives her a bigger stage and bigger production values, but the songs remain true to he...view item »

The Octopus Project
Hello, Avalanche (11th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The Octopus Project sounds like an 80s video game. It beeps and buzzes. And it uses that basic synth sound we're used to hearing out of an old TV while playing Atari. Accompanying this is modern guitars, bass, piano, drums, and a drum machine. Except for the last song there are no vocals. It makes for very unique listening. Some songs rock. Othe...view item »

Superorganism
Superorganism

Ok actual gonna-be-big record time. This hotly tipped million piece have already released two stellar singles and proved that not everything on Jools Holland is the worst music to blight humanity but now it's time to drop the big one. We are expecting multi-layered technicolour pop with nods to the Avalanches, Beck...view item »

Embrace
Love Is A Basic Need

Brighouse Britpoppers Embrace have reached the seventh album of their career, and in doing so they reckon they’ve gone back to their roots, doubling down on their instincts and their own sound. Love Is A Basic ...view item »

XYZ
Artificial Flavoring

This coming together of Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, Escape-ism) and Memphis Electronic (NON!, Dum Dum Boys, Die Idiots) has spawned an LP of freaky lo-fi no-wave. Artificial Flavoring sees Electronic laying down louche...view item »

Air Waves
Warrior

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

The Shacks
Haze

NYC buzz-band The Shacks may have soundtracked an iPhone commercial with a cover of the Ray Davies ditty ‘This Strange Effect’, but they’re out to prove they’re not just the next Stereogram/The Caesars/Franz Ferdinand (oops) with their de...view item »

Jackson MacIntosh
My Dark Side

Jackson MacIntosh has been hanging around in the shadows for long enough. He’s played bass as a touring member of Montreal band TOPS, recorded and engineered for Homeshake and collaborated with Drugdealer and Bernardino Femminielli. He also fronted power p...view item »

Tracey Thorn
Record

Tracey Thorn’s first album of original material in seven years, Record, sees her surrounding a 9-minute dub/disco epic centrepiece with more concise and vigorous electro-pop. The lyrics ar of a personal and political subject matter, focusing on themes close to her heart such as feminism. The...view item »

Lost Girls
Feeling

After previously collaborating as Nude On The Sand, Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden’s (of Mudderstenb/The Island Band) work together hasn’t stopped. Announcing Lost Girls with their debut EP Feeling they work mainly throu...view item »

Richard Youngs
Belief

Richard Youngs started recording Belief (which really is his 140-somethingth album) by capturing field recordings and turning them into programmed beats. I say ‘field recordings’ but it seems he may not have left his house - radio interference, extractor fan, old cymbal etc. What began as an art project turned into a...view item »

Moby
Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

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

In Tall Buildings
Akinetic

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

Gwenno
Le Kov

Gwenno Saunders’s award-winning 2015 debut Y Dydd Olaf was comprised of songs in Welsh, with one in Cornish. This follow-up is exclusively dedicated to the latter language, which is spoken fluently by the artist. The lyrics are partly based on local legends of sunken cities, which have par...view item »

Pet Shop Boys
Actually

Actually was the second album by ‘80s synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, and like it’s predecessor, Please, it’s crammed with hits. It’s A Sin, Rent, Heart and What Have I Done To Deserve This? all feature. The latter featured vocals from Dusty Springfield and began a reawaken...view item »

Pet Shop Boys
Introspective

1988’s Introspective saw Pet Shop Boys approach the album format a little differently - certainly for a pop album. Each of its six tracks were epic in length, and the ones chosen for singles had to be edited down somewhat. Their new sound was overseen by Trevor Horn, the first time he’d prod...view item »

Pet Shop Boys
Please

Pet Shop Boys made a big noise on the club scene with their debut single West End Girls, however, it was the re-recorded version that got them noticed by the record buying public. The number one hit, with lyrics inspired by hip-hop and TS Eliot, set them apart from other acts and cemented the duo as chart stars throughout the &l...view item »

Maximum Joy
I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82

Maximum Joy were a superb collective that haunted Bristol in the early '80s who combined a wide variety of influences  - hip-hop, soul, dub, jazz and Afrobeat -  to concoct a heady brew of sleek danceable pop. There's the same dub inflected atmospheres that would later be made successful by Massive Attack...view item »

Carla dal Forno
The Garden

Following on from her excellent LP of sonic gothic architecture for Blackest Ever Black, Carla dal Forno returns with a 12" of dubby introspections. Haunted hallways and sonorous drone pop are to be expected on this You Know What It's Like sequel, with a song tributing the great industrial weirdings ...view item »

The Bluetones
Expecting To Fly

It’s been 2 full decades since the release of The Bluetones’ debut full-length, Expecting To Fly. Landing square in the middle of the 90’s, the time was right for the Tones’ melodic britpop sound, merging Stone Roses longing with Oasis attitude. ...view item »

Fever Ray
Plunge

Well I don’t know about you, but this is very exciting. Karin Dreijer has of course been busy making magic with The Knife for much of the intervening period, but it’s been absolutely years since she stepped out as her solo project Fever Ray. But now we have a whole new album, Plu...view item »

Wilma Archer
Scarecrow

Formerly known as Slime, this is the first solo work from Wilma Archer since his 2015 album 'Company'. He's been busy elsewhere though, writing for the likes of Jessie Ware,  and Jeramiah Jae but now he's back on his own with music described as daring, virtuoso and rob...view item »

Trés Oui
Poised To Flourish

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

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

Back in the day (eg in the nineties), Belle & Sebastian were renowned for the extraordinarily high quality of their EPs, so it's great to see the band returning to the format, perfect for their smart indie pop. H...view item »

Beach House
Bloom

Hands up who didn't like the last Beach House album? Hmm, not many. It was an excellent affair where their brand of woozy melancholy took on unexpectedly strong melodies to create one of those career defining albums that they'll now have a problem living up to.What...view item »

IAMX
Alive In New Light

Some predictably vampy Queen-core from former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Chris Corner here. IAMX’s Alive in New Light goes for an old Gary Numan vibe and ends up with a new Gary Numan vibe. Corner throws his voice all over the place a...view item »

Mark Renner
Few Traces

Not a lot of people have heard Mark Renner’s material from between the years 1982 and 1990, but now RVNG Intl invite you to join those limited numbers. Few Traces sur...view item »

Gift Wrap
Losing Count

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

Totally Mild
Her

Totally Mild hail from Melbourne and are fronted by vocalist Elizabeth Mitchell. Her is the band’s second album, which follows their 2015 debut, Down Time. Their indie-pop sound is lushly wrapped, a perfect vehicle for Mitchell’s pitch-perfect voice and balances darkness and light with panache....view item »

Primitive Motion
House In The Wave

Piano, saxophone and a cast of comfortingly familiar atmospheric sounds blend together in this would be film soundtrack. Primitive Wave have created an album that sounds as natural and inviting as can be, the timbres and atmosphere lacking studio polish, but taking on instead an intimacy rarely felt....view item »

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