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Zola Jesus
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes)

Zola Jesus and Johnny Jewel (of Chromatics fame) sat down together and decided that some material from Zola’s 2017 album Okovi could do with some revisiting. So here we have two songs, ‘Ash to Bone’ and ‘Wiseblood’, each remixed three times in order to explore all the possible angles and perspectives. 12” on Sacred Bones.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Montevideo
Temperplane

Indie-poppers Montevideo (not from Uruguay, but from Belgium) delivering their third full-length album after a six year silence. Expect maybe a touch of Vampire Weekend and a whiff of dEUS, or a more introverted Goose. Temperplane refers to the flying machines, by the way, not the geometric figures. Just so you know.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eerie Wanda
Pet Town

‘Pet Town’ by Dutch/Croatian singer and visual artist Eerie Wanda is an intimate look into the mind and life of its creator. It has the effect of sounding like a private affair recorded from the confines of the artists own home, with lush guitar plucking that thankfully avoids the realms of twee. It’s a truly joyous and inviting songwriter record.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Attic Lights
Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks

Attic Lights drop their second LP for Elefant (BMX Bandits, The Primitives). Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks is a record that can back up its fun title with some fun songs. Anyone already familiar with the band’s work will be pleased to know that their ability to churn out charming ditties ala The Lemonheads/Teenage Fanclub remains in good nick.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pavo Pavo
Mystery Hour

By the time Brooklyn group Pavo Pavo’s Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg were writing new album Mystery Hour, they had ended their romantic relationship. This is sad. Nonetheless, they managed to harness the emotional rollercoaster of separation for creativity, leading to a dreamy, moving indie pop record. This is good.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Human League
Reproduction

Album the first from The Human League, the Sheffield synth-pop heroes. Released in 1979, it wasn’t (initially) a hit, but it does present the fully-formed sound of the band who would soon dominate the charts and play a part in defining the sound of the 80’s. LP reissue on Universal, complete with the original, bizarrely disturbing sleeve art.

No Monster Club
Where Did You Get That Milkshake

No Monster Club is the project of the prolific Dublin-based producer Bobby Aherne. Having already released a dozen albums, Aherne's style is a tongue-in-cheek take on pop music, mocking a lot of contemporary pop while being compared to "a stripped-down sugar high Pet Sounds". 'Where Did You Get That Milkshake' is the band's first 7" with contributions from other Dublin contemporaries (the album features a member of indie pop band Ginnels, and the artwork is by the drummer from Squarehead), proving that Dublin's music scene is just as incestuous as Leeds'. The results are a bunch of instantly catchy, off-kilter pop gems. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Echo Ladies
Overrated (Robin Guthrie Version) / Rebel Rebel

Echo Ladies made an ok album earlier in the year and now the Swedish shoegaze trio have had the ultimate stamp of approval from former Cocteau Twins guitar whizz Robin Guthrie.  He's remixed their track Overrated to sterling affect and over on the flip is something wholly unexpected - a cover of Sir David Bowie's Rebel Rebel. 
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Tender
Fear Of Falling Asleep

Tender are James Cullen (don’t worry, I said Cullen, not Corden) and Dan Cobb, a London duo who make mid-fi R&B. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, is being hailed as a career high for them If tracks as such as the title track and Closer Still are anything to go by then they could just be about to turn a lot of heads. LP and CD on Partisan.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Snow Patrol
Final Straw

Snow Patrol’s 2003 album Final Straw was their third album, but their first real biggie. Having signed to a major label may have helped with production values and a marketing push, but they were solely responsible for writing some anthemic songs. Run, for example, went stratospheric and unfortunately became an X-Factor Staple. Also includes Spitting Games. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

Snow Patrol
Eyes Open

Eyes Open was the fourth album by Snow Patrol, coming three years after its predecessor, Final Straw, in 2006. It shifted a lot of copies and was the biggest selling album of the year. The major label boost was really paying off. To make the album extra shiny, U2, Robbie Williams and The Killers producer Jacknife Lee was drafted in. Among the 60-odd musicians that played on the album, Martha Wainwright and The Vaselines Eugene Kelly are the standout names. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

The Last Hurrah!!
Mudflowers

The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Dahlia Sleeps
Love, Lost

Dahlia Sleeps are an electronic duo made up from producer Luke Hester and vocalist Lucy Hill.  Their music has had bloggers likening them to acts such as London Grammar, Cat Power, The xx and Daughter. Love, lost  is certainly filled with emotional hooks and delivered with a fragile and soulful touch. Transparent vinyl 12" EP on Beatnik Creative.
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RYD
RYD

RYD is the recording moniker of Ryan Downie, a producer and songwriter from North London. He takes inspiration from Bon Iver, Missy Elliott and Timbaland to create his songs that blend the crystalline sound of electronics with some heart-wrenching themes and ethereal production. Self-titled debut LP and CD on 37 Adventures.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Buke and Gase
Scholars

Buke & Gase are back after a six year hiatus with their third album. Scholars sees the New York duo reinventing their sound, making emotive electronic music and create an album worthy of comparisons with the Warp label, James Blake or St. Vincent. For the record, Buke and Gase are instruments the duo made. The buke being a baritone ukulele and gase being a guitar/bass hybrid. LP and CD on Brassland.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Go Dark
Neon Young

Bella Union, home to Beach House, Horse Thief, Mercury Rev, Pom Poko, Psychic Markers and many other two-word bands add two-word band Go Dark (Crash Gallegos and Anticon veteran Doseone Drucker) to their roster. No doubt the label was delighted to discover that the album too boasts a two-word title, Neon Young. Moreover it’s a fine wodge of cyberpunk synthpop, full of aggressive energy and razor production.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fightmilk
Not With That Attitude

Ok, I’ll admit that I get annoyed when my loaf of bread gets squashed among other grocery items but I’ve never fought milk. London’s Fightmilk take their name from a sketch about an alcoholic milk drink on the US comedy show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. They have previously released one EP via Fierce Panda and now we have their debut long-player, Not With That Attitude. They take their influences from bands such as Sleeper, Long Blondes and Martha, among others.

Chorusgirl
Shimmer and Spin

The 2015 self-titled debut by German/English indie four-piece Chorusgirl was released on Fortuna Pop! and received weighty support from BBC 6 Music. It’s been three years in the making, but they’re back with its follow-up, Shimmer and Spin. Comparisons can be made to Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Dum Dum Girls and La Luz, so if any of those float yer boat, get on board! LP on Reckless Yes.

Yves Tumor
Safe In The Hands of Love

Safe In the Hands of Love was first released in fragments; from the single ‘Noid’ being labelled Pitchfork’s Best New Track, to the release of a Daniel Sannwald-directed video ‘Licking An Orchid (ft James K)’ to Zane Lowe premiering ‘Lifetime’ on Beats 1. 24 hours later, the whole album is laid bare in all its experimental-pop-music glory. Taking inspiration from trip-hop to jazz to the melancholy mourning of the synthesiser, the album expertly manoeuvres across genres.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Girl One And The Grease Guns/ Jen Schande
Suburban Robot / The Russian / 97 Tables

New split from everyone's favourite local record label Squirrel Records. One side features new songs from the mysterious Girl One And The Grease Guns, the B-Side includes Jen Schande, who is best known by fans of Squirrel Records as featuring of one of the early Cribs singles. Expect fuzzy electronic noise. 
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Coldplay
Parachutes

The beginning times of what would become an enormous unstoppable rock behemoth. It's got all the good early hits on it like 'Trouble' and 'Yellow' and the deliciously spectral 'Don't Panic'. These soft rockers could certainly pen a haunting tune back then before it all got a bit stadium. Perfect for a late night weep into your cellphone.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Haruomi Hosono
Cochin Moon

Cochin Moon is Haruomi Hosono’s 5th solo album, inspired by a trip to India and set as the soundtrack to a non-existent Bollywood film. The record was originally released in 1978 and as such was massively ahead of its time with its manic electronic instrumentation. FFO Cluster, Aphex Twin. Artwork was provided by Tadanori Yokoo.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peel Dream Magazine
Modern Meta Physic

NYC’s Peel Dream Magazine release their debut LP Modern Meta Physic via Slumberland Records. Yes, your hunch was correct - the band’s name is indeed a reference to the late John Peel. Peel would probably have liked this lot, especially if they’d surfaced around the start of the ‘90s at that time when shoegazified Velvet Underground paeans were all the rage.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Big Wild
Superdream

The band name is Big Wild and the LP is called Superdream, so it's wise to leave any expectations of a shy and retiring affair at the door. As expected the debut full-length from the one born Jackson Stell is about as maximalist as electronic music gets these days. Songs such as ‘Maker’ and ‘Joypunks’ (you’ve really got to start putting spaces between your words, dude) are E-number-pop of the Passion Pit/M83 school.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Balthazar
Fever

Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere, the energy and creativity behind Belgian indie pop rockers Balthazar, went their separate ways after their third album. Now, reinvigorated, they’re back with album number 4, Fever. Their hiatus seems to have some good, clearing out the cobwebs or whatever they got up to, as this album is their most consistent to date, looser, happier, but they've still got the hooks. 180g vinyl and CD on Play It Again Sam.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Notwist
Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff

German indie weirdos The Notwist present their first ever live recording. Performing tracks mainly off of their albums Neon Golden, The Devil, You and Me, and Close To The Glass. Sounding somewhere between Efterklang’s off kilter pop, and Radiohead electronic experiments, blending, and swinging between the two. Triple LP and CD on Alien Transistor.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Frances Cone
Late Riser

Francis Cone is classically trained, has a grandmother who studied at Julliard and a father who was a opera singer. She lives with her musical and life partner Andrew Doherty in Brooklyn New York and Brooklyn Vegan really like her music. All of which makes me so depressed about the state of my existence that I can barely tell you anything about this journey through sweeping harmonies and emotive vocals.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ian Brown
The Greatest

The Best of Ian Brown. Actually not as bad as you might think as Brown has come up with the odd classic during his solo years in particular Corpses In Their Mouths and F.E.A.R. His solo work is a lot more eclectic than that of his main band the Stone Roses with reggae, dub and electronica influences infusing his baggy laid back pop. 

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

A good time to be an Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark fan: the group’s forty year anniversary is being celebrated with a series of reissues of their early albums. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1980, sporting that sharp Peter Saville sleeve artwork, and it’s early synth-pop sounds positively prophetic right now.
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Public Practice
Distance is a Mirror

Distance Is A Mirror is the debut EP from a bunch of New Yorkers calling themselves Public Practice. Their approach takes post-punk, disco, Talking Heads and Yellow Magic Orchestra to make a funky, danceable sound with dark yet optimistic lyrics on subjects as simple or as complicated as love. Vocalist Drew Citron’s delivery is perhaps at odds with the excitable band behind him. 12” EP or CD on Wharf Cat Records.

Declan McKenna
What Do You Think About the Car?

Oh lord he's going to be a star isn't he? Just look at that album sleeve. Please calm down ladies (and gents). On first listen his songs sound worryingly good. Tuneful indie-pop sitting somewhere between Jake Bugg and Mac De Marco. Tuneful and singalong enough to appeal to the youth but also plenty of self cocking respect. Watch him go.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dip In The Pool
On Retinae

On Retinae is a bright and pleasing slice of Japanese pop music recorded in the heart of the 1980’s. The track, the work of Dip In The Pool, glides forwards on a stately melody line for plucked synth lines, delicate vocals and unexpected (but thoroughly welcome) clarinet completing the picture. The entrancing tune is present here in two different versions. On Music From Memory.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Desert
Sense EP

Desert are the Catalan duo of Cristina Checa and Eloi Caballé who count dream pop legends like Cocteau Twins, Insides, Kate Bush and Julia Holter as just some of the inspirations for their synthetic electronic pop. Their new music was recently sent into space by the people at Sonar to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival. Martians way well be listening to this as we speak.     

The Sensory Illusions
The Sensory Illusions

The Sensory Illusions are Bill Wells and tuba genius Danielle Price. Both the songs, which vary from jazz to folk and  more, and the name came to Wells in a dream. Wells has had a long and illustrious career, never content to settle. Price meanwhile has played with Mats Gustafson, Ntshuks Bonga and more.

The Beta Band
Heroes To Zeroes

With hindsight, Heroes To Zeroes by The Beta Band could be seen as their last attempt at hitting the big time, by their label, at least. The original recording of the album was rejected by the label who drafted in Radiohead super-producer, Nigel Godrich to mix the album. Ultimately, the band split up owing the label a wad of cash. This album is worth the admission price alone for opening track, Assessment.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Construction Time Again | The 12" Singles

Construction Time Again - The 12” Singles by Depeche Mode includes different mixes of tracks from the band’s third album of the same name. Get The Balance Right, Everything Counts and Love In Itself all feature in various guises over 6 12” singles along with live tracks from the era. 6x12” Box Set on Sony.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Some Great Reward | The 12" Singles

Some Great Reward The 12” Singles is a box set featuring various mixes of tracks from Depeche Mode’s 1984 album of the same name. Mixes of People Are People, Master And Servant and Blasphemous Rumours are spread over 6 12” singles and housed in a lovely box. The latter also features live versions of other album tracks and Depeche Mode classics.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Milk Kan
The Glitch Country EP

I wasn't expecting to see a reference to witch house in a press release in 2018, but hey what can you do. The Glitch Country EP is the first physical release from Milk Kan since 2011 and as it's name suggests, offers up a short meal of improbable fusions. Glitch and country, drill and witch house. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Husbands
Karlstad EP

As 2018 draws to a close, Box Bedroom Rebels are a label that wants to help you forget all the nonsense that has gone on in the world with a joyful EP of unabashed indie-pop. Oklahoma band Husbands are the people who have made the right record at the right time to conjure up that carefree feeling with Karlstad EP. 7-track 7” EP, includes download with 3 bonus tracks.
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Jenny Hval
The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval has evolved from her origins as the singer of a Norwegian goth metal band in the late ‘90s to become a novelist and creator of arty, experimental and highly acclaimed music. Her new four song EP, The Long Sleep, follows on from her 2016 LP Blood Bitch. It was recorded with Håvard Volden, whom she has worked with before, producer Lasse Marhaug and for the first time a bunch of jazz musicians who add their own unique flavour to the EP. Black or Purple vinyl EP on Sacred Bones.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Julia Holter
Aviary

It may well be difficult to think of a record more expansive than Julia Holter's 2015 opus 'Have You In My Wilderness' but it seems like 'Aviary' might just do it. This 15 song record explores the feeling of cacophony we feel on living in the modern world and a search for solitude and sweetness. Holter's theatrical vocals and cinematic synth work will hopefully find us all a solution.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The 1975
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Extremely (and unfathomably to people over 40) popular group the 1975 return with the thankfully shorter titled follow up to the one with the extremely long title. Who knew that when Tim Healey and Denise Welch got together this would be the result but there we are. That last LP reached number one on both sides of the little puddle we call the Atlantic ocean and interest is at fever pitch for this one. 

The Shins
Oh, Inverted World

Exactly what you never knew you always needed: a fifteen-year-old album reissued on cassette. Maybe you need an extra copy for your car. Maybe you want to give it to somebody who can’t afford a record player. What do we know? Either way, The Shins’ 2001 classic Oh, Inverted World is finally stepping into the world of high fidelity cassette tapes!

HXXS
MKDRONE

The merciless bounty hunters at Captured Tracks have pulled the net tight over another selection of indie ephemera. Mind you, HXXS’ MKDRONE is a mite more out there than the Mac Demarco-ish pop that the label has become known for. The Kansas City duo bring a sound here that takes the languid anti-punk of Micachu & The Shapes and smashes it together with some Alice Glass-y chip-tronica.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 3

Since 2016, Darren Hayman has been conducting an investigation into the the nuances of rural life in Britain. He took as his starting point the island's Thankful Villages, those to whom all their soldiers returned from the First World War alive. He visited each in turn, creating in response to them. Volume 3 marks the end of Hayman's study, one whose pastoral folk guitar capture the essence of its subject.

Akiko Yano
Tadaima

WEWANTSOUNDS, they cry! Well now you’ve got them. Happy? Like every third record that has come out in 2018 this album is a reissue of an album that was made in Japan in the 1980s (1981, to be precise). Like all of those reissues, it’s pretty good. Akiko Yano was married to Ryuichi Sakamoto at the time Tadaima came out, meaning that Sakamoto could produce the record and also rope in his Yellow Magic Orchestra buddies Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi to play on this thing. Unsurprisingly the resulting record is full of deftly assembled synth-pop and City-pop tunes. This release is the first time that the record has been available outside of Japan.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Yelle
Safari Disco Club

A long-awaited re-issue for the second studio album from French pop starlet Yelle. Real name Julie Budet, she capitalised on her support slot on Katy Perry’s world tour at the end of the Noughties with the unabashed brilliance of Safari Disco Club, which gets the 2xLP deluxe treatment on Because Music. 
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tUnE-yArDs / U.S. Girls
Coat To Coast / Velvet 4

Artsy 4AD alt-poppers Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls commemorate their joint 4AD tour with a split seven; each has remixed a song from the other’s most recent 4AD album. Tune-Yards’ ‘Coast to Coast’ receives a tangy krautrock shot from U.S. Girls. In exchange, Tune-Yards leads U.S. Girls’ ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ down an avenue of shimmering electro-pop. Just to be clear: this is a release on 4AD by Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls.
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lily & Madeleine
Canterbury Girls

US duo Lily & Madeleine started making music at high school. They were young but very good at what they did and got signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Now signed to hip Nashville label New West, they’re not that much older and already have album number 4 ready to go. Canterbury Girls was produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the duo behind Kacey Musgraves’ crossover success, Golden Hour. LP and CD on New West.

David Bowie
David Bowie aka Space Oddity

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Here is Bowie’s second album under his stage name, released in 1969. Along with early folk-Bowie, it also provides the first glimmers of the genius that was soon to arise. 2015 remastered versions.

Various
Uneven Paths (Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 - 1991)

Even by the standards of Music From Memory, this is an oddball. Label founder Jamie Tiller gets together with Parisian crate-digger Raphael Top-Secret to comb the annals of 80s/early 90s European music and find the weirdest stuff they can that still has a hint of a pop sensibility about it. Unsurprisingly, it’s a mixed bag - synthwave sits alongside avant-jazz; spoken-word pieces suddenly break out into Depeche Mode-style electro-pop; disco beats come topped with shoegaze atmospherics. A lot of fun to be had here.

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily melodic pop on offer.   

The Wombats
Bee-Sting

Liverpool indie-popsters The Wombats released their fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (and they would know because they’re all gorgeous!) earlier in 2018. Not resting on their laurels, they have some new material already - Bee-Sting b/w Oceans is released on 7” transparent vinyl through their own label, The Wombats.

Gengahr
Where Wilderness Grows

Gengahr, a band probably named after a Pokemon, have their second album ready to go, and it’s a twelve track tour of the group’s current capabilities. Where Wilderness Grows is bright and tuneful indie, recorded with Neil Comber at the production controls. Both the CD and the vinyl editions come with a download code for some live recordings. On Transgressive.

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1)

Back in the day (eg in the nineties), Belle & Sebastian were renowned for the extraordinarily high quality of their EPs, so what a pleasure to see them returning to the format. How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) contains five new songs from the pen of Stuart Murdoch and the fellas, and it's out on 12” vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Lionheart

Lionheart was the second album by Kate Bush and was originally released in 1978 - the same year of her debut, The Kick Inside. The album was commercially successful but failed to impress the critics much. Now we have it remastered on CD and LP so we can listen with new ears. Contains the hit single 'Wow'.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Fortuna POP! All-Stars
You Can Hide Your Love Forever

Dubbed twee pop's answer to Live Aid, this 7" served as a final farewell to the good ship Fortuna Pop!, offering one last tick of the feelings-felt checklist. It's a cover of Comet Gain's lovely, whiny, shambly, romantic, ever-so-sad "You Can Hide Your Love Forever", arguably their greatest ever song. In a semi-starstudded version, this cover features members of Allo Darlin', Flowers, Mammoth Penguins, Fanfarlo, Tigercats and even Comet Gain. I feel a melancholy breeze.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Yumi Zouma
EP III

Yumi Zouma - almost certainly no relation to France and Chelsea centre-back Kurt - drop a new four-track EP via Cascine (Korallreven, Chad Valley). EP III is another one of those retro-ish, ‘80s-ish, Italo Disco-ish synth things which pass for indie music these days. Will please fans of Chairlift, Bon Iver, Wild Nothing and the rest of that rabble.
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Kaiser Chiefs
Yours Truly, Angry Mob

2007 saw the release of the second album by massively popular Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs. Yours Truly, Angry Mob only served to make them even more massive with opening track, Ruby, reaching number one in the hit parade. Like their debut album, it was produced by Stephen Street, who also lent his knob twiddling skills to records by The Smiths and Blur. Heavyweight vinyl reissue on B-Unique/Polydor.

Pale Waves
All The Things I Never Said EP

Debut EP All The Things I Never Said from indie pop outfit Pale Waves, a quartet hailing from Manchester. Taking subtle hints from 80s synth-pop acts like The Cure and much heavier ones from the likes of The 1975 (the group are endorsed by Matty Healy himself). Out on clear red 12" vinyl, on Dirty Hit.

The Boy Least Likely To
The Greatest Hits

The Boy Least Likely To are the boys that have done. I make that assumption based on the fact that they have The Greatest Hits album to shout about. The twee indie-pop band have released four albums in 15 years. They’ve taken the best bits, added their popular cover of George Michael’s Faith and a brand new song to make a fifth long-player. LP and CD on Young And Stupid.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Dø
Both Ways Open Jaw

The second album by The Do was Both Ways Open Jaws. Coming between their debut, A Mouthful and third platter, Shake Shook Shaken, it's very much their middle child. It originally came out in 2011 but is being reissued on vinyl for your pleasure. The boy/girl duo play electro indie pop and come to you via Finland and France which no doubt informs their music somehow. 2LP on Wagram.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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Kate Bush
Remastered Part II

Volume two of the Kate Bush Remastered CD box-set series features all of the later period Kate Bush material (from 2005’s Aerial to 2016’s live album Before The Dawn), plus a stack of rarities, including B-sides, covers and 12” mixes, all quite hard to get hold of. Hard to argue with this collection to be honest, especially with the shiny new remastering.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl IV

Tantalisingly obscure delights await you within the fourth of the four Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl box-sets. Two volumes of B-sides, one volume of 12” mixes, and also In Others’ Words, a collection of cover versions (imagine having your song covered by Kate Bush!). Lots of rare wonders then, readily available on vinyl at last.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Director's Cut

This is where, instead of recording a new album, Kate went back to tracks recorded for her albums 'The Sensual World' and 'The Red Shoes' and reworked them using bits and pieces of the original recordings and new additions. The result is, as always, fascinating particularly the lead track 'Deeper Understanding' which just showcases how far ahead of the curve Kate has always been. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beans On Toast
A Bird In The Hand

Another December 1st coming up, thus another honest-lyricked yearly album by Braintree Britfolk troubadour Beans on Toast. This one’s called A Bird in the Hand and as you may expect, themes deal largely with close family. Toast’s father and young daughter receive special attention, which is very sweet. Produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons at the famous The Church Studios.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bas Jan
Instant Nostalgia

Instant Nostalgia is the second release for London post-punk experimentalists, Bas Jan. The three-piece are led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Serafina Steer. Since they recorded their debut album, Yes I Jan, two founding members have left and been replaced, making Steer the one constant. Limited edition 4-track 10” EP on Lost Map.
  • Vinyl 10" (GRAT 015)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eyedress
Sensitive G

Eyedress is that Philippines guy who made that really unusual anything went 'Shapeshifter' LP a couple of years ago where he mixed hip-hop, dream pop, funk and everything else in a big old pot. Following a ridiculously titled follow up in 'Manilla Ice' he is now back for a third solo offering on the Lex imprint. If the past is anything to go by expect lots of wooze, haze and musical magpie-ism.  
  • Label(s):
  • Lex
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ethan Gold
Sway Lake

Ethan Gold releases this theme from the film The Song Of Sway Lake and invites some of the best singers around to interpret it. From the United States of America is John Grant who is no slouch vocal wise despite his neo-idiotic last couple of LPs. And on the flip are British duo the Staves with a honey voiced big band version. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Soundtracks

Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let's forget smoking after intercourse and just swoon to the sounds.   

whenyoung
Given Up EP

There once was a band called Whenyoung / Who left Limerick for London / With Cranberries covers and numerous others / They’ve now quite a reputation! With apologies to Whenyoung and the people of Limerick in general. The trio’s new single ‘Given Up’ goes for snappy and poignant alt-radio-rock with a winning chorus.

The xx
On Hold

It looks like The xx are at it again, ready to do to dance music all that they did to indie. The iron grip of Jamie xx tightens even more as the group moves to increasingly dancier territories, this time over a chopped Hall and Oates vocal. This tale of a relationship gone awry comes in a silver mirror sleeve so you can watch yourself ugly cry while listening to it.
  • Vinyl 7" (YT164)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Dreaming

New editions of Catherine Bush’s fourth LP here courtesy of Parlophone. People weren’t sure what to make of The Dreaming when it came out - too uncommercial, they said. However, time has been kind to the record. The Dreaming is now regarded as an unsung gem of Bush’s catalogue and regularly appears in those 'Best Albums Of The 1980s' lists. Both Big Boi and Björk are fans, dontcha know.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trentemøller / Various
Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 Copenhagen by Trentemøller

If you’ve ever visited the waterfronts of Copenhagen you’ve likely noticed the many, many harbour boat trips taking place. Apparently so has slick, leathery Danish DJ/composer Anders Trentemøller and therefore, here’s the second entry in his infrequent mix series named after the practice. You’ll find old obscure Danish pop songs, better-known non-Danish hits and a few surprises between.

Gregor
Silver Drop

Aussie youngster, Gregor, likes to make an eccentric brand of pop music. On his debut, Silver Drop he takes his cues from Talking Heads, Durutti Column and Arthur Russell. The lyrics are emotionally charged with Gregor having decided to lay himself open rather than hide behind what he thought would have been ineffectual metaphors. LP on Chapter Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cowboy Flying Saucer / Magoo
Heavily Sedated NOW! / Sons And Daughters Of Disaster

After a seven year break, Magoo are back. This time they’re sharing a 7” with London band, Cowboy Flying Saucer. Magoo’s experimental DIY ethic with pop sensibilities saw them being picked up by Chemikal Underground Records in the late ‘90s before moving to pastures new. As a teaser for their first album in 7 years, Magoo offer up a a twisted slice of cosmic rock with 'Sons And Daughters Of Disaster' whilst Cowboy Flying Saucer contribute the motorik/arty/punky track 'Heavily Sedated NOW!' 7” on Sparrowhawk.

Samantha Glass
Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint

Samantha Glass returns to Texan label HoloDeck (Dylan Cameron, Derek Rogers) with a new LP. Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint is another collection of retro-futurist bedroom electronica from Glass. The overall impression of the record is that of a moth-eaten copy of an Italians Do It Better album. There are similarities with fellow HoloDeck artist Marie Davidson.

The Beta Band
Hot Shots II

Hot Shots II was the second album (not counting the 3 EPs) by The Beta Band. It was the follow-up to their self-titled debut which the band described as ‘shit’ before its release - an opinion still held by Steve Mason. Hot Shots II, then, was very much a return to form. Features the singles Squares and Broke.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

My Brightest Diamond
A Million and One

A Million And One is the seventh album by My Brightest Diamond AKA Shara Nova. It is a record she’s made for the city of Detroit, a city that holds a special place in her heart. Inspired by Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Carl Craig and Patti Smith, Nova has pulled in big-shot producer The Twilite Zone (Gorillaz, Common, Kanye West) and mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Lana Del Rey, Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) to strip back her layers to make instant impact. LP and CD on Rhyme and Reason Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hippo Campus
Bambi

Poppy-type pop music from the likeable Hippo Campus here. Bambi, the Minnesota band’s sophomore LP, is one of those records that has a Mac Demarco thing going on. It’s also likely to be a huge hit, so best school yourself on it now so you can look cool to your mates when the band are headlining the next festival you’re at. Out via Transgressive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop
Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop

A bit of Glaswegian retro-beat here on the charming Last Night From Glasgow imprint (L-Space, The Gracious Losers). Joe Kane has a gig playing in Beatles tribute bands, so it’s no surprise to find out that the strain of psychedelia that runs through this LP has a distinctly Sgt. Peppers flavour to it. There’s also a fair bit of Spiritualized to this thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beach Fossils
Clash The Truth + Demos

Here we have a reissue of Clash The Truth, the second album by Brooklyn indie rock band, Beach Fossils. The album comes with a disc of demos that band leader Dustin Payseur made when initially conceiving the album. The album’s themes are based on Payseur’s childhood in the southern states and life as a young adult in New York. Pink coloured vinyl 2LP, limited to 1000 copies, on Bayonet.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Merrie Land

Well I'm excited. You may remember the 2007 The Good, the Bad and the Queen album as being the best thing Damon Albarn has ever been involved with so it's a thrill to see this follow up also featuring the band of Paul Simonen, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. You can bet your bottom pound note that Albarn has something to say on the fall out on Brexit and here, the band promise a muted, lustrous take on affairs which looks at what can be salvaged from the mess.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Very

The fifth LP from the Pet Shop Boys gets the reissue treatment through Parlophone. Very is way more vivacious than 1990’s autumnal Behaviour. A dance-pop album full of brash beats and soaring choruses, these songs show off the duo at their garish best. It ends with their cover of ‘Go West’, which this particular blurb writer absolutely loves but understands if you don’t feel the same way. As part of the re-release package the album has been remastered and the CD release comes with an extra set of B-sides, rarities and remixes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered Part I

Volume one of the Kate Bush Remastered CD box-set series features the first seven Kate Bush albums, from 1978’s The Kick Inside to 1993’s The Red Shoes, a time period that includes the super-classic Hounds of Love. Seven albums-worth of vintage Kate Bush material then, perfectly remastered. Box-set on Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl I

Volume one of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl box-set series features those ground-breaking and still jaw-dropping first four albums, from 1978’s The Kick Inside to 1982’s The Dreaming. This vintage Kate Bush material has been buffed and polished through remastering, for the highest possible quality. On Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell | The 12” Singles

Depeche Mode get into the reissues game in a novel way. Ever the innovators, the group have eschewed the typical remastered-LP-on-heavy-vinyl thing for a series of box sets celebrating their 12” singles. This one focuses on the three hits that were born out of their 1981 debut Speak & Spell. That means ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, don’t you know! It also comes with a poster and a rare flexi-disc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame | The 12” Singles

Depeche Mode were one of the first major acts to embrace the potential of the 12” single. During their heyday the group would drop luxurious vinyl releases of their hits, always with striking artwork and often featuring extended versions and remixes by the hottest producers. Now a selection of their best work comes remastered and reissued in this fetching box set. A Broken Frame also contains a poster.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J Fernandez
Occasional Din

Joyful Noise Recordings (Chad VanGaalen, Swamp Dogg) drop an LP of pleasant jangle-fuzz from Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez. Occasional Din is an apt title for this record. From time to time things get loud, but as a general rule Fernandez is happy to allow his airy ditties to pootle along in a manner reminiscent of Mac Demarco and Ultimate Painting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mitra Mitra
Marionettes

Here's a new thing on the ever popular Polytechnic Youth label this time from this Austrian duo who play icy electronic pop reminiscent of the early days of Mute Records although the band claim not to be influenced by a particular style. Serene and melodic the album contains eight tracks and is a one time pressing of 300 only. 
  • Vinyl LP (PY32)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Invisible Minds
Make Up Your Own Stories

No-one's sure who the person behind Invisible Minds is, but that hasn’t stopped them spiking in popularity since the release of debut single ‘Yo Mae Leh’ at the back-end of 2017. Now Moshi Moshi have gone and snapped up their debut LP. Make Up Your Own Stories is a varied listen - some tracks are relatively straightforward indie-pop in the mould of new-era Tame Impala, but others like ‘905 Users!’ are wacky beat experiments ala Iglooghost or Daedelus.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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