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Emiliana Torrini
Fisherman's Woman

A welcome reissue on vinyl of the tender yet powerful Fisherman's Woman by Emiliana Torrini. In 2005 this sumptuous collection of twelve heart-melting songs followed an optimistic, electronic trip-hop opus some six years before. Emiliana since found herself in contemplative mood with textures closer to Nick Drake or Jolie Holland. It's still astonishing to think she collaborated with Kylie Minogue. LP on Rough Trade.
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The Strokes
Angles

Angles was the fourth album from seemingly long term New Yorkers the Strokes and was the first album that they made as more of a collaborative effort rather than Julian Casablancas calling the shots. Their previous LP First Impressions of Planet Earth saw them criticised somewhat for their narrow sound world so aided by the more democratic approach, Angles opened things up a bit and saw the band experimenting with new textures and moods. 

Hello Forever
Whatever It Is

Seemingly inspired by the surroundings of their native Topanga - the Californian location in which Neil Young recorded After The Gold Rush and Captain Beefheart came up with Trout Mask Replica - Hello Forever manage the nifty trick of channeling the invention of the Sixties without shamelessly ripping it off with their debut album Whatever It Is. Vinyl versions come with a bonus 7” single 'Everything Is So Hard'.
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JARV IS
Beyond The Pale

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker unveils the debut album from his JARV IS project - a band formed with Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle and Adam Betts. Following the great reception last summer for its debut single ‘Must I Evolve’, Beyond The Pale marks a return to form for one of British indie’s most iconic figures.

Arthur Russell
Calling Out of Context

This was the album that started the re-assessment of Arthur Russell's life and work. It compiled previously unreleased and unheard work from Arthur's enormous archive and featured tracks written and recorded between '85 and '90. Now here's the re-issue, spread over to 2LP for maximum sound clarity.   
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Girl Band
The Talkies

Taking their time over nearly four years since their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, Irish quartet Girl Band deliver their long-awaited second effort. The Talkies was inspired by its recording in the uniquely weird building of Ballintubbert - full of winding passages and confusing turns amid the deafening noise. 

Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts Of The Great Highway

Out of print for far too long, Ghosts of the Great Highway is a timely reminder of the power and emotion Mark Kozelek's music once had. This was his first 'group' record post Red House Painters and is seen as one of his best. With a band featuring Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), the album fine tunes Kozelek's previous poetic sadcore with a healthy dose of Americana. Vinyl reissue contains original bonus track 'Gentle Moon'. 
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JARV IS
House Music All Night Long

Jarv Is is the new band Jarvis Cocker formed along with Serafina Steer, Andrew Mckinney from James Taylor Quartet, Jason Buckle from All Seeing I and Adam Betts from Three Trapped Tigers. When they first performed House Music All Night Long it caused Jarvis Cocker to crowdsurf for the first time in his life. This has now become a habit. Oh, and Jarvis Cocker used to be in a band called Pulp. 
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black midi
Schlagenheim

black midi are one of the most exciting acts to come out of...um....we presume London in some time. Signed to Rough Trade and fond of creating a enigmatic image,  this is their much anticipated debut. We at least have their names now (there's at least one double-barrelled in there) and we've been given the slither of info that this was recorded with Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey. Could be one of the year's biggest new things.  

black midi
Talking Heads / Crows Perch

Soon-to-be-massive Londoners black midi are trying very hard to adopt an enigmatic persona with a series of low key releases such as the bmbmbm (we told you they were enigmatic) 7" on Speedy Wunderground. Finally they release their first big thing and it's of no surprise that Rough Trade have snapped them up. Their sound is energetic, danceable, accessible but also somewhat original. We haven't got many of these so you'll need to be quick to get on board.     
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black midi
Sweater / 7-eleven

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JARV IS
Must I Evolve

Jav Is...um... is none other than Jarvis Cocker once spindly frontman of Pulp and this is the first track from his new band he has called Jarv Is. Make sense? Sorta. So this was out previously in limited numbers but with it being by Jarv Is (Cocker) there has been much demand so it has been re-pressed and now features an Unloved (David Holmes and pals) remix over on the flip.  

Green Gartside
Tangled Man

Green Gartside, the man behind Scritti Politti, has recorded a special 7” featuring two cover versions of songs that were originally recorded by legendary folk singer Anne Briggs. Tangled Man was originally recorded by Anne Briggs in 1971 for her album The Time Has Come, which has recently been reissued if you fancy picking that up, too!
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Elastica
Elastica

In 1994 you would have thought that Elastica would have gone on to become something quite special but instead they dribbled to a halt. Still they released one classic album that although was dangerously derivative at times had the type of killer tunes that filled those indie discos. Vinyl reissue includes a bonus fanzine and flexi disc. 

The Strokes
First Impressions Of Earth

Unless you are a fan it's easy to forget that the Strokes made four further albums following their groundbreaking 'Is This It' masterclass. 'First Impressions of Earth' was their awfully titled third LP released in 2006 and was perhaps their difficult third album showing the band soldiering on once the hype machine died down. Still, it contains their usual small cluster of playlist-filling indie-rock not quite classics.   

This Is The Kit
Off Off On

This Is The Kit were building a fanbase steadily until 2018’s successful Moonshine Freeze album earned them a whole host of new fans and radio airplay. It’s follow up was supposed to happen almost immediately but Kate Stables got distracted by an invitation to join The National, as a touring member and to contribute to their I Am Easy To Find LP. Finally Off Off On is here. *COMPETITION: Win a handwritten lyric sheet and a very rare test pressing of the record by pre-ordering the album before release date. Or email phil(at)normanrecords.com to be entered*
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Amyl and the Sniffers
Live At The Croxton

Recorded at the venue in the City of Darebin, the Melbourne-based punks Amyl and the Sniffers seal a fantastic couple of years with the release of a new 7”. Live At The Croxton includes riotous live versions of three fan favourites - ‘Control’, ‘Gacked On Anger’ and ‘Shake Ya’. 
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Sleaford Mods
All That Glue

Sleaford Mods have been a firm favourite with Norman staff and customers over the last seven or so years. Their popularity outside of the Norman bubble has risen incredibly in that time too. All That Glue sticks together (get it?) the best bits of those years with fan favourites, b-sides, rarities and some unheard stuff. Go on...you know you want it.

Amyl and the Sniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers

Self-titled debut album from Australian punk newcomers Amyl and the Sniffers, who have been known to hit the road harder than most. You gotta wonder what exactly a person has to do to be worth of the title 'sniffer. I'm sure Amyl has the answers. Features previously released singles ‘Monsoon Rock’, ‘Cup of Destiny’ and ‘Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)’. 

caroline
Dark blue

Caroline are an eight-piece from London. They build their songs from a wide range of influences such as emo, Appalachian folk, dance and minimalist classical music. Not content with a song being simply done, they deconstruct and reconstruct until they have the finished article. Dark Blue is their debut 12” single.
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The Libertines
Time For Heroes - The Best Of The Libertines

That moment when BBC's Seven Ages of Indie arrived at the Libertines after graduating through the Smiths, Oasis et al was really an eye opener. That what was basically a sloppy school band could ever be seen in the same bracket as indie legends and billion selling stadium bands seemed implausible yet it's hard to deny their influence or enduring appeal. For those hoping they might one day get around to making a fourth album, here is a best of consisting of fan favourites, key album tracks and the odd rarity.  

Girl Band
Going Norway

Girl Band broke their 4 year hiatus with noisy single, 'Shoulderblades'. Now we have it’s follow-up, 'Going Norway'. Like its predecessor it is noisy and it is taken from the Irish band’s second album, 'The Talkies', which the follow-up to 2015’s 'Holding Hands With Jamie'. Girl Band remain one of the most thrillingly abrasive bands around.  
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Belle and Sebastian
Dear Catastrophe Waitress

I remember splurting my coffee all over the desk when I read that Trevor Horn had produced a Belle and Sebastian LP but the unlikely bedfellows worked well together. Horn drew out of the previous raggle-taggle collective more solid performances but wisely left at home his Frankie Goes to Hollywood effects box so the album just sounds like a Belle and Sebastian album...but more so. Features Actual Pop Hits including the Thin Lizzy aping (and referencing) I'm a Cuckoo.  

Gruff Rhys
Pang!

The sixth solo album from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys is typically internationalist in its outlook. Recorded and produced between Cardiff and Johannesburg, Pang! is a Welsh language album with some Zulu lyrics, put together with the help of South African electronica musician Muzi. Rhys has recorded a welter of sonically diverse solo works, so expect Pang! to be completely different once again. 
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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Through The Clouds

Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to introduce listeners to what the duo are capable of. 10” on Rough Trade.
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The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat

Back in the days when it was a proper print rag, you could always tell a good album by a 1 out of 10 score in NME. That judgement ensured I picked up Fiery Furnaces second LP which took the bluesy White Stripes rock of their debut and ran with it to the asylum taking in bits of Beefheart, Zappa and the Cardiacs along the way. It's bonkers but brilliant. 

Parquet Courts
Monastic Living

After dipping into pseudonym land for two releases and some shows as Parkay Quarts last year, the band now return to the original Parquet Courts moniker for a brand new mini album. Monastic Living appears to be their attempt at a 'Metal Machine Music', and is their first release since signing to Rough Trade worldwide, not just in dear old blighty. 
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Parquet Courts
Mardi Gras Beads

Released in time for Record Store Day’s Black Friday, NYC indie favourites Parquet Courts deliver a special new 7” single housed in a classic Rough Trade sleeve. It pairs ‘Mardi Gras Beads’ - from the group’s most recent studio album Wide Awake! - with a brand new track on the B-side, ‘Seems Kind of Silly’. 
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Pinegrove
Marigold

Having released three previous studio albums to date, American indie stars Pinegrove begin the new decade with their debut for Rough Trade. Described by lead singer Evan Stephens Hall as bearing a “heart-first” perspective, Marigold is the most ambitious take on their distinctive blend of folk, indie and country yet, as well as being their most empathetic and humanistic. 

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Up From Below (10th Anniversary Remaster)

To mark the tenth anniversary of Up From Below, the 2009 debut album from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and which housed the sing-along mega-hit ‘Home’, and established a template for many modern folk-pop acts, the record is getting the deluxe re-issue treatment. Limited edition versions come with a 16-page deluxe booklet. 

Lankum
The Livelong Day

Dublin's Lankum have been gaining quite a following blend traditional Irish folk music with more modern day drone, post rock and psychedelia. So much so that big hitters Rough Trade have stepped in to release their new album the Lifelong Day. They use harmoniums and Uilleann pipes to create beautifully heavy soundscapes with an emotional heart at the core. Very affecting music that could help soothe us in these troubled times. 

Josienne Clarke
In All Weather

Josienne Clarke, best known for being one half of an eponymous folk duo with Ben Walker, goes it alone on debut solo LP, In All Weather. Clarke took herself off to the Isle Of Bute to write the album. Her paired back guitars are augmented by piano from Elliott Galvin, drums from Dave Hamblett and harp from Mary Ann Kennedy. 

Goat Girl
The Man

An indies-only 7” by South London up-and-comers Goat Girl here. ‘The Man’ will appear on their self-titled debut LP, and the track is a good line in the sand for the group. Displaying a similarly sprightly energy to fellow London buzz bands Shame and The Big Moon, the band’s ace up the sleeve are some great droning harmonies that bring to mind the choruses on The Velvet Underground and Nico.
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Girl Band
Shoulderblades

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Starcrawler
Devour You

Starcrawler’s well received self-titled debut, showed a band starting out and perhaps didn’t capture what the band really do. For their second album, Devour You, they’ve hired producer Nick Launay, who has worked with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, L7 and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He was able to capture the essence of their live shows, albeit without making anyone bleed or breaking anyone's fingers, and help the band make a follow-up with a harder edge. 

Baxter Dury
Len Parrot's Memorial Lift

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SOAK
Grim Town

22-year-old Northern-Irish singer-songwriter SOAK releasing her second full-length album, Grim Town. We haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but the first two singles Knock Me Off My Feet and Everybody Loves You suggest it’s got plenty of great and catchy pop songs to make you wonder what you've done with your life so far.

Princess Nokia
1992 Deluxe

The New York rapper’s 2016 mixtape gains a remaster and eight unreleased tracks on this first-time CD and double vinyl edition. At a career point where others might feel happy to start making concessions to the mainstream, Destiny Frasqueri maintains her unflinching individualism and uncompromising feminism, and refuses to dumb down the complexities of her Afro-Latin background. A set of air-punchingly uplifting and direct lyrics delivered in a versatile style over raw underground productions.

Parquet Courts
Performing Human

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Starcrawler
I Love LA

LA rockers Starcrawler were lucky enough to have their forthcoming debut album produced by alt. Country superstar Ryan Adams. I Love LA is the second single to be lifted from it and is the follow up to debut single Ants. The band formed after high school buddies Arrow De Wilde (voclas) and Henri Cash (guitar) searched Hollywood for a rhythm section, finding bass player Tim Franco and drummer Austin Smith. Limited edition 7” on Rough Trade.
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PicaPica
Together & Apart

Rough Trade front the debut LP from PicaPica. As it was with the group’s 2017 EP Spring And Shade, so it is again on Together & Apart. The harmonised vocals of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates take centre-stage here, and the interplay between them has shades of Camera Obscura as well as American folk artists like Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. Instrumentals on Together & Apart range from gentle acoustic strums to retro singer-songwriter rock.
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The Smiths
Louder Than Bombs

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A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Suddenly

Scrappy and belligerent garage-punk group from Australia, treading that sloppy-tight balance with a real sense of vigour and gnarled energy. Yelped vocals, scathing guitar lines, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it knows what it is and does it well. A. Swayze & The Ghosts are a promising young band and this 12” single titled ‘Suddenly’ comes out via Rough Trade.

Elastica
BBC Sessions

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PicaPica
Cast In Stone

PicaPica are a four-piece band fronted by Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates. The pair sing beautiful harmonies together. They are backed by the ethereal guitar stylings of Adam Beattie and renowned producer Sonny Johns on bass. Their brand of finely crafted music touches on ‘60s sunshine pop and indie folk. They also appear to share their name with a bunch of Spanish children’s entertainers. Don’t get ‘em mixed up! 12” on Rough Trade.

The Decemberists
Travelling On

The Decemberists like to release B-side EPs. Travelling On, released on Rough Trade, is a 5-track collection of tunes from their previous full-length album, I'll Be Your Girl. It contains 4 tracks from the Exploded Edition and a full band version of Travelling On. The title track's a grand wee foot-stomper. 

Starcrawler
Hollywood Ending

L.A well-to-do's Starcrawler release a brand new single with (thankfully) no songs taken from their earlier self titled debut.  They've upped the ante, poured even more money into it and have come up with something the press release describes excitedly as a 'bold but winsome pop jam'. Rough Trade have pinned their flag to this lots mast so we'll soon see whether it proves fruitful.   

The Detroit Cobras
Tried & True

The Detroit Cobras aimed to revive garage rock. As their name would suggest, they came from Detroit, the same Detroit scene as The White Stripes, although it could be said The Detroit Cobras were the trailblazers, as their first album was released a full year before The White Stripes self-titled debut. Tried And True, their fourth album, was released in 2007 and, true to form, contains a bunch of blues, rock and R&B tracks revamped and re-amped for the noughties...and beyond. Repress LP on Rough Trade.
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Parquet Courts
Wide Awake Remixes

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Sleaford Mods
Sleaford Mods EP

First new music from Sleaford Mods since 2017's English Tapas and as is their wont it's a five track EP ahead of a promised new LP next March. A bunch of things to tie you over all about people's anger with the political system and the slow descent into slanging matches. Always on the ball it's nice to have them back. They may look rough and tough and snarly but they are lovely lads really. Soft as puppies.  

Honey Hahs
Dear Someone, Happy Something

Every so often we get one of these, a band of barely-even-teenagers who somehow manage to make music that puts people twice their age to shame. Honey Hahs (average age 13) are a trio of sisters from London who pen charming twee-punk ditties in the vein of Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos. Their debut LP Dear Someone, Happy Something is out on Rough Trade, which is very sick. Good on them.

Princess Nokia
A Girl Cried Red

Having swapped her PE kit for a Slipknot t-shirt, Princes Nokia is ready for an act of radical reclamation. A Girl Cried Red is as emo as emo gets, and despite it's place within a canon enabled by black musicians, is typically dominated by white ones. Available on limited red 12" on Rough Trade.
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Pantha du Prince
The Winter Hymn

Pantha du Prince is the master of rich, organic techno full of complex composition and beautiful melodies. This Winter Hymn 12” on Rough Trade is his first real release in six years and one in which he has welcomed a handful of collaborators to help out with his pristine minimal techno. It’s nice to have him back.

Parquet Courts
Content Nausea

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This Is The Kit
Moonshine Freeze

Kate Stables’ project This Is The Kit has a new album out, and it is a beautiful and multi-angled thing, with instrumentation and production (by John Parish) that moves lightly around Kate’s songs. Moonshine Freeze feels playful and fleet-footed without being lightweight, making it a bit of treat. Out on Rough Trade.

Gruff Rhys
Babelsberg

Here's the latest from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys which is his first for Rough Trade in quite some time. He's recorded it with composer Stephen McNeff and the (wait for it) 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. That's an amazing amount of people/instruments. Early indications suggest it is his best album to date which is quite some going as the lad is a very consistent performer as it is.  

Parquet Courts
Total Football

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Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

Here they come again with their fifth album which is produced by none other than Danger Mouse. This is another bold and groundbreaking work that benefits from full band arrangements with the group playing with their usual true punk rock passion. More confident with each release this is set to be their biggest missive yet. 

Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek

Eighty eight further minutes of your life you won't get back again with this latest album from Mark Kozelek's favourite singer.  Recorded partly in hotels, I'm looking forward to hearing what particular accommodation gripes he has this time. If this is not enough for you then there's also a new Sun Kil Moon album due later in the year. Rejoice! 

Goat Girl
Goat Girl

Goat Girl are one of a number of bands in South London who are currently enjoying a bit of the limelight. Contemporaries such as the recently lauded Shame along with Madonnatron, Bat-bike, Horsey and Sorry help each other out with gigs and such. Goat Girl’s eponymous debut sees them blast through 19 tracks in 40 minutes, aided and abetted by producer of note Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand). The result is a melting pot of myriad influences from The Kinks to The Slits to Krautrock.

The Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl

Uh oh. The Decemberists have sought fit to drag in 'super' producer John Congleton and embrace influences such as Roxy Music and New Order on their eighth album. Safe to say that my dad's not going to like this one little bit. Lead single "Severed" though expertly showcases Congleton's ability to add distortion onto even the whiniest of vocal. Bold or misguided? Looking forward to finding out.   

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this album comes after tour support slot with Richard Thompson. LP and CD on Rough Trade. If you’re quick there’s a limited edition ‘indies only’ LP with a bonus 3-track CD.

Goat Girl
Crow Cries

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Alela Diane
Alela Diane & Wild Divine

Been wondering what former R.E.M producer Scott Litt has been up to? Me neither. But if you have wondered what the producer of several squillion selling records does with his time these days then you could check out this the third record by West Coast songwriter Alela Diane. Interestingly both her father and her husband are in the group and her voice is described as a full throated hillbilly thing. Rough Trade picked it up and hopefully they will make her a star.   

Starcrawler
Starcrawler

I’m not quite sure how a band who formed at a high school have ended up recording with Ryan Adams and being released on Rough Trade within two years (though my guess would be family money and some industry connections), but there we go. Starcrawler are just such a band, and their high-energy youthful rock debut is now available from Rough Trade.

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
The Birds

For new EP The Birds, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have stepped away from their full band set-up and gone with a more intimate approach. Electronics and drum machines lap at the edges of these melancholy new folk songs, written with migration and displacement in mind. A great subtle addition to this pair’s repertoire. 12” on Rough Trade.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour

Rough Trade bring back three quarters of an hour from 2014: that is, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour by Josienne Clark and Ben Walker. Now available on vinyl, the pair’s chamber folk is rendered with great restraint, despite many personnel contributing additional instrumentation. The core theme seems to be the inscrutable phenomenon of time, via wistful lyrics and anachronistic combinations of traditional and modern songwriting.

Antony & The Johnsons
Turning

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Jarvis Cocker
Further Complications

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Sleaford Mods
English Tapas

Returning with their first full length record for Rough Trade, it will be fascinating to find out what Sleaford Mods made of 2016. The title here refers to cuisine in a pub the pair visited that consisted of "half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" - a menu that sums up the useless state of England, as viewed through the lens of lead ranter Jason Williamson. Featuring all new songs recorded with Steve Mackey (Pulp), this is sure to be one of 2017's most-anticipated releases.     

Goat Girl
Cracker Drool

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PicaPica
Spring & Shade

I wonder if the surge of CD's will ever become a retro collectors item like vinyls are? If so, this CD EP will more than likely become a collectors item a) for the quality of music on it, and b) for the stunning album art. Spring & Shade is the latest release from PicaPica and is available on CD from Rough Trade. 

Sun Kil Moon
Universal Themes

New album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon project. Universal Themes contains the familiar Kozelek sound and approach (forward-strolling rock and lyrics on whatever is on Kozelek’s mind that day), but this time with help from Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. On Rough Trade with a desolate phone-box image on the sleeve.

Lankum
Between The Earth And The Sky

Lankum are an Irish band who perform with the full weight of their country’s phenomenal folk tradition upon their shoulders. The four members all sing (in wonderful harmony), and also man a collection of old instruments, from the fiddle to the accordion to the uilleann pipes. Traditional songs are reborn with new approaches in Lankum’s hands. Between The Earth And The Sky is released by Rough Trade.

Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White

What now? Leave us alone.  The latest in Mark Kozelek's endless parade of releases. This time he is alongside Ben Boye and The Dirty Three's Jim White. The credits contain the increasingly worrying credit of 'Mark Kozelek: Words'.  Therefore you sort of know what you are getting- vomit. The song I heard is all about a cat and I never ever want to hear it again. 

Honey Hahs
OK

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

Starcrawler
Ants

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Parquet Courts
Captive Of The Sun ft. Bun B

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Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal (single)

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Pantha du Prince
The Triad: Ambient Versions

Pantha du Prince’s wonderful album The Triad now returns… in ambient form! Rather than farming out the stems to other producers, Pantha has crafted these versions himself, with the help of his engineer Kassian, turning each track inside out for a deep experience free from the need to be danceable. Double LP on Rough Trade.

Benjamin Booker
Witness

Benjamin Booker’s new record is partly the result of a trip he took to Mexico City, which gave him a broader perspective on his own world. Booker has an excellent sound that mixes all the best hallmarks of classic soul and R&B with an edgy garage blues touch. Witness, which features a guest vocal from Mavis Staples(!) is released by Rough Trade.

The Strokes
Comedown Machine

Comedown Machine was the Strokes album where, during the pre-publicity, bassist Nikolai Fraiture ventured from the usual 'this is our best album yet' party line to describe the recording process as 'awful' prompting the band to pull a media blackout and not do any promotional appearances. Listening to it, it's hard to tell that there were any problems at all. It's fresh and smart and sexy and strange. Though the long help feeling is that they'll never again reach Is This It' heights, Comedown Machine proved that the Strokes were still genuinely trying to make good music.   

Sleaford Mods
T.C.R

This is the first new material from Sleaford Mods now that they've handed the keys over to the man at Rough Trade. Not that their sound has changed at all. 'TCR' sees them just as angry and sweary as before with five new tracks recorded earlier this year. The title track details the travails of a man who escapes to the pub only to realise that it's just as futile as the rest of his life. Same old then but we wouldn't want it any other way. 

ANOHNI
Paradise

Is there any artist more needed in the world right now than Anohni? If anyone has access to Donald Trump's ears then please play '4 Degrees' over and over again into them until they bleed sanity. This follow up EP was obviously written before all the recent lunacy but couldn't be better timed. Lead track 'Paradise' is an excellent vibrant call to arms and with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never back on production this is a superb mix of angry dirge and electronic banger. The remainder is a mixture of new songs and material performed live. Essential.      

Sun Kil Moon
Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

If after the ..um...verbose 'Universal Themes' you can cope with any more of Kozelek's ramblings then here is a new double album of the stuff. This one covers events in Kozelek's life from March to October 2016 so if you want to know his thoughts on mass murders or the passing of heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali then this is the place to come.  

Warpaint
Whiteout

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Warpaint
New Song

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The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

Collaboration can often form cheesy, chart-ready tripe. Not this one. Brought to us by Rough Trade is the self-titled coming together of The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini. This is a truly unique experience and a fully live rendition of a selection of Torrini's old hits along with two brand spanking newbies.

Goat Girl
Country Sleaze / Scum

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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Overnight

Josienne Clarke’s lovely vocal and Ben Walker’s steady acoustic picking: perfect. Add in some lush widescreen orchestration and their mix of gothic folk, chill ballads, bluegrass and lunar odes are all set to mirror our circadian rhythms this Autumn. 'Overnight' will track our days and nights eclectically. LP and CD on Rough Trade.

Warpaint
Heads Up

Warpaint decide to direct their audience literally by naming the first single from their new record "New Song". Cool: the band's slow, brooding rock ascent may or may not continue on their follow-up to 2014's self-titled effort (plus Lindberg's solo LP), but the opening single has a glitching electro-pop glare and sparkly sideways riffs. So far, so different.

Dean Blunt
50 Cent

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Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Rough Trade.

ANOHNI
Hopelessness

Anohni of Antony And The Johnsons presents her solo project. Production assistance from big-guns Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never make this a kaleidoscopic electronic experience, her ever-soaring vocals above a busy dance-swirl. Ecstatic and experimental. Hopelessness is released by Rough Trade.

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