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Radiohead
The Bends

'The Bends' was Radiohead's second LP and the one that marked a sea change from their early grungy rock towards the more nuanced arty and sometimes abrasive music they make today. It features several of their more well known songs such as 'Fake Plastic Trees' and 'Street Spirit' and it's more synth led, experimental tone slowly points forward to future classics such as 'OK Computer' and 'Kid A'.  
  • CD (XLCD780)

Jonny L
The Remixes '96 -'97

Johnny L is known for both his drum & bass-type solo work and also his output as one half of UK Garage duo True Steppers. ‘The Remixes ‘96-‘97’ features four of his tracks remixed back in - yep - 1996 and 1997 by Detroit DJ and producer Carl Craig, drum & bass pioneer Grooverider and meticulous drum programming master Photek. This is the first time these tracks have been reissued. 
  • Vinyl 12" (XL1107T)
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Radiohead
OK Computer

OK Computer is Radiohead's third album. Originally released in 1997, following on from their second LP, The Bends, was always going to be a tall order, but they did it all right! A '90s classic that is still recognised by millennials for songs such as 'Paranoid Android', 'Karma Police' and 'Airbag'.
  • CD (XLCD781)
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP781)

Rozzma
Khatar Sayeb

After garnering attention with his 2017 EP ‘Donya Fakka’, Egyptian producer and MC Rozzma presents a four-track set via XL Recordings. Spearheaded by the brilliant ‘Hout’, an abrasive hip-hop tune in the electro-shaabi mould which brings to mind the likes of Harmonic 313, ‘Khatar Sayeb’ is a sharp collection from a real talent.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL1099T)
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Peaches
The Teaches Of Peaches

'The Teaches of Peaches' was the 2001 album which introduced the world at large proper to the fearless, fabulously foul-mouth Peaches. It's a lo-fi discotheque, genre/gender blurring treat which was one of the flagship releases of the electroclash movement. 'The Teaches Of Peaches' showcased the artist at her outrageous best.   
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP163)
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Gil Scott-Heron
Nothing New

If you missed out on this Record Store Day release - here is a second chance to grab this essential album by the late Gil Scott-Heron. Stripped back re-recordings of some of his favourite tracks from each of his albums, these were recorded early on in the sessions that eventually yielded 'I'm New Here'. A beautiful bookend to a wonderful artists discography.  

Jai Paul
BTSTU

Previously only available on promotional CD and in limited supplies on his relaunched official website, Jai Paul’s 2011 breakout hit ‘BTSTU’ gets a wider release on 12” vinyl for the first time courtesy of XL. It was on the strength of this track - short for ‘Back To Save The Universe’ - that Paul was long-listed for the BBC Sound of 2011 poll, and the start of his curious mythos, fuelled by his lengthy hiatus from music for seven years that’s only recently ended. 

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

When they first appeared in 2007 Vampire Weekend showed the sort of magpie-like approach to mixing bits of world music and western rock not seen since Paul Simon's 'Graceland'. Theirs is a preppy, clever-clogs sound with lyrics concerning architecture and bus routes. Not your standard indie rock fare then. The original press release sums them up quite accurately as Franz Ferdinand meets the Bhundu Boys.   
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP318)
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  • CD (XLCD318)

Jonny Greenwood
Bodysong

As well as being in enormous miseries Radiohead,  Jonny Greenwood (as well also as having the floppiest hair on the planet) has his own soundtrack biz. This is his debut soundtrack from 2003 and in it he fuses experimental music, jazz, electronic and classical music. It has now been re-issued in a gatefold style LP. 
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP789)
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Radiohead
Amnesiac

Radiohead had already confused listeners of their earlier rock/prog sound with the electronic and experimental Kid A when they announced a swift follow up Amnesiac. Most of the songs were recorded in the same sessions as Kid A and although Amnesiac had some more radio-friendly moments (Pyramid Song and Knives Out), the album was still far from their earlier guitar-led anthemic songs. Another groundbreaking and exploratory work from the band that, like Kid A, went onto be hugely influential.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP783B)
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  • CD (XLCD783)

Radiohead
Hail To The Thief

Radiohead’s ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ album, Hail to the Thief saw the obstinate Oxonians leaving behind a fair bit of the bleakness of the Kid A and Amnesiac period in favour of a lighter, rockier style. With fourteen songs altogether pushing an hour, it’s a wobbly fellow, but it easily features a few of Thom & Co.’s career highlights.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP785)
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Thom Yorke
Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)

It's true then. Thom Yorke is soundtracking Luca Guadagnino's reimagining of the 1977 Dario Argento horror flick. And here is as much proof as you'd need. The soundtrack is a mix of score work, interludes and some actual normal songs featuring Thom singing. If you are a Radiohead fan you should be excited. If you are a fan of the horror genre you should also be excited.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (XL936LP)
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  • CD (XL936CD)

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

Hello. Thom. It's me. The Radioheadmaster. Your teachers and I are all becoming a little concerned with your workrate. We all agree you're spending a little too much time on BitTorrent and not enough time on your studies. As such we're decided it's best you repeat the fourth grade -- I trust a second attempt at "True Love Waits", "Identikit" and "Desert Island Disk" won't be asking too much. Now please stop looking pensively at your shoes and get to English Lit. What's that? "A Moon Shaped Pool"? You're expelled.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP790)
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  • CD (XLCD790)

Radiohead
Kid A

Kid A is still Radiohead's most challenging album and the furthest they've headed into electronic textures but it's all the better for it. The band channelled the sounds they were hearing on records by the likes of Autechre and applied them to their own sound. Such a different beast from OK Computer but a very innovative and important record.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP782B)
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  • CD (XLCD782)

Archy Marshall
A New Place 2 Drown

Archy Marshall (also known as King Krule) isn't one for sitting still. He currently has three monikers including The Return of Pimp Shrimp. It might be helping to destroy his career but if it keeps him influenced then it's our gain as his music is invariably excellent. Here he soundtracks a book that was compiled by his brother Jack with a series of flickering late night atmospheric meditations stealing from hip-hop, UK garage and dub but always with his particular panache in check. Originally digital only, this is the first vinyl pressing. 

The Prodigy
Music For The Jilted Generation

Yeah, that’s right you mug! You love it! Feeeeeeel it! We’re the jilted generation right? We aren’t gonna take any of your ‘rules’ any more! We’re gonna party on all night long! And rave every day! And collaborate with Sleaford Mods if we fancy it as well! And there’s nothing you can do to stop us, you little melt! To be fair, The Prodigy’s second studio LP still kicks arse all these years later. 1994’s ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ is probably second only to the band’s other classic album ‘The Fat Of The Land’ when it comes to totting up the best records from the more anarchic, punkish end of Big Beat. This is the one with ‘Voodoo People’ and ‘No Good (Start The Dance)’ on it … you mugs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP114)

RATATAT
RATATAT

The importance of RATATAT’s debut LP can’t really be overstated. Along with The Postal Service’s Give Up (which came out a year earlier in 2003), RATATAT is probably the defining U.S. indietronica record of the early 21st Century. The reason that so many indie bands who’ve emerged in the past decade mess about with synthesisers is due, to a greater or lesser extent, to what the Brooklyn duo did here. Everyone from Gang Gang Dance to The Mae Shi to Alice Glass should buy RATATAT a drink as thanks.
  • CD (XLCD172)

King Krule
The OOZ

Having gone pretty quiet, the interweb returned ablaze for King Krule recently with announcement that his 2013 debut LP, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon will be followed by The Ooz. It still has the bursting jazz and snappy drooling vocals of his debut but with a new sharp focus and grimy depth.    
  • Vinyl Double LP (XL872LP)
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  • CD (XL872CD)

Gil Scott-Heron
I'm New Here (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

Gil Scott-Heron released I’m New Here in 2010. It sadly turned out to be the legendary musician and poet’s final album. The album at least matches his previous work in terms of boundary-pushing and musical quality, so it's well deserving of a 10th anniversary reissue. This version comes with a previously unreleased cut from the original sessions and a cover of Handsome Johnny, originally by Richie Havens, which turned out to be the last song Scott-Heron ever recorded. There’s a bunch of other rare tracks dating from the original album sessions too. 
  • CD (XL1005CD)

Arca
KiCk i

Venezuelan artist, producer, DJ, performer, dancer, singer Arca returns with the album that may well cement her reputation as one of today's most important and forward thinking artists. They are all here  - Bjork, SOPHIE, Rosalia on an album which seems fearless in its disregard for anything approaching musical genre. You'll get noise, psychedelia, experimentation, pop, balladry and everything in between. It will be a hell of a ride that's for sure.

Yaeji
What We Drew 우리가 그려왔던

Yaeji is a Brooklyn-based Korena-American electronic music producer who blends house and hip-hop resulting in some pretty cool sounds. It seems her outlook is pretty positive too - What We Drew takes its energy from familial support, friendship and the gratitude she feels for both. Previously she has released two EPS and remixed tracks for Charli XCX and Robyn
  • Vinyl LP (XL1061LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Radiohead
Pablo Honey

There were a lot of famous records released in the 1990s with babies on the cover. Along with Nirvana’s Nevermind and Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die, Radiohead’s 1993 debut Pablo Honey is one of the decade’s most famous be-babied records. You’ll know by now that the band themselves have an indifferent (at best) relationship with this album, but heard with modern ears this is a perfectly fine example of golden-age grungey alternativa. It's got, y'know, 'Creep' on it.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP779)

Everything Is Recorded
Friday Forever

'Friday Forever' is the follow-up to the Mercury Music Prize-nominated eponymous debut LP by Everything Is Recorded. It is released through XL Recordings, which is rather convenient as the man behind this particular mask is XL head-honcho Richard Russell. There are guest spots here from some newer artists (Aitch, FLOHIO and Berwyn, Maria Somerville, A.K. Paul) as well as well-known names such as Ghostface Killah and Penny Rimbaud of Crass - a varied bunch indeed. I think you’ll like this - yes, you, reading this.
  • Vinyl LP (XL1016LP)
  • CD (XL1016CD)

Låpsley
Through Water

Four years on from her acclaimed debut Long Way Home, touted by none other than Billie Eilish as a key influence but which passed under the radar of the public at large, British star Holly Lapsley Fletcher releases her second Låpsley record. Following the more mature change in tone signalled by last year’s These Elements EP, Through Water represents exactly the kind of thing that mainstream breakthroughs are made of. 
  • Vinyl LP (XL1008LP)
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  • Vinyl LP (XL1008LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (XL1008CD)

King Krule
Man Alive!

Archy Marshall has already proved himself as a unique British voice with previous albums 6 Feet Beneath the Moon and The Ooz under his King Krule moniker and here the baby-faced crooner returns with his third album. Once again it is a sonically fascinating work full of scope and ambition and with his trademark yelp belting out corrosive words.
  • Vinyl LP (XL1009LPX)
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  • Vinyl LP (XL1009LPXE)
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  • Indies-only
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  • CD (XL1009CD)

Gil Scott-Heron
We're New Again – A Re-imagining by Makaya McCraven

'We’re New Again' is a reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album, 2010's 'I’m New Here', by jazz musician Makaya McCraven. Makaya’s principal instrument is the drums but he can turn his hand to production too, and as such getting stuck into Scott-Heron's soul-jazz poetics was right up his street. 'I’m New Here' was previously given a full remix treatment by Jamie xx back in 2011, but 'We're New Again' is a wholly different beast. This jazz take is most intriguing.

Låpsley
These Elements EP

Having been one of the most hotly tipped newcomers in British music, Holly Lapsley Fletcher has been somewhat M.I.A. since she released the artful pop of her debut album Long Way Home a long three-and-a-half years ago. This new four-track EP, These Elements, is her first new Låpsley music in that time, and shows a markedly different sound and more assured presence than before. 
  • Vinyl 12" (XL999T)

Atoms For Peace
Amok

Atoms For Peace: where Thom Yorke’s solo project grew into something a little bigger, richer and more collaborative. With Nigel Godrich and Flea among the line-up, those Atoms boys go beyond The Eraser and get nice and jitter-funky on AMOK, a very interesting entry into the Yorke canon. On XL.
  • CD (XLCD583X)
  • CD (XLCD583)
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP583)

Jack Peñate
After You

After two albums and initial massive popularity - you could by his CDs in supermarkets - singer / songwriter Jack Peñate stopped. He didn’t take himself off to the Swiss mountains and record feedback into a four-track, he just stopped making music altogether. Fast-forward ten years and he’s back with his long-awaited third album, After You, released via XL Recordings. 
  • CD (XL994CD)
  • Vinyl LP (XL994LPE)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (XL994LP)

Powell Tillmans
Spoken By The Other

Intriguing collaboration between Turner Prize-winning photographer/music-maker Wolfgang Tillmans and discordant-club-botherer Powell. Released under the name of Powell Tillmans, ‘Spoken By The Other’ is their first release together - a 12” coming out via XL, who put out Powell’s debut LP ‘Sport’ back in 2016. Tillman’s voice and Powell’s mid-range, synthetic gruff forms a complete synthesis across these six tracks. The release is limited to a one-off, 1500 copy run.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL965T)
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Jack Peñate
Prayer

One of the many fleetingly massive indie artists who made second records that totally flopped in the mid-Noughties, Jack Peñate returns with his first new music in over ten years. His experience in writing and production in the interim has served him well, to which this new 7” single ‘Prayer’ attests. 
  • Vinyl 7" (XL995S)

Jungle
Happy Man

More competent modern funk/soul from XL darlings Jungle here. ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In L.A.’ are the first new material from the group since all that fuss about them and their Millennial take on blue-eyed soul in the mid-2010s. Both of these tunes would have slotted neatly into their self-titled debut album.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL926T)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Thom Yorke
ANIMA

Thom Yorke (of you know... Radiohead?) will not be releasing his third solo album via BitTorrent. Instead, us lowly so-called "record stores" get a chance to hawk his dirty work. Anima is a companion piece to a film made with auteur director (and regular collaborator) Paul Thomas Anderson. Expect fidgety electronics, haunting vocals, and anxieties of all varieties.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XL987LPX)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl Double LP (XL987LP)
  • CD (XL987CD)

Jungle
For Ever

Jungle is massive. Jungle is unstoppable. Jungle For Ever. The posh soul duo have swapped the townhouses of Shepherd’s Bush for the penthouses of Los Angeles in a bid to be more … something. To be honest, this - their second album - just sounds like the first one. It’s another helping of blue-eyed funk grooves topped with fey falsettos. If you liked their eponymous debut then you’ll like For Ever. And a lot of you liked that first record, didn’t you.
  • Vinyl LP (XL927LP)
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  • CD (XL927CD)

Jungle
Heavy, California / Cherry

Jungle gear up for the release of their sophomore LP For Ever with another light dusting of alt-soul. ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Cherry’ are par for the course, all polite funk grooves and snapback-and-a-pair-of-Huaraches falsetto. This is the sort of breezy whimsy that sinks soft claws into radio station playlists the world over, so drink your fill now lest your thirst by slaked by another hand.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL947T)
  • Limited edition

Thom Yorke
The Eraser

Not content with being frontman of one of the world's biggest bands Radiohead, squeak-voiced singer Thom Yorke has also found time for a myriad of solo projects. The Eraser was his first solo record and found the singer not venturing too far away from the Radiohead template but keeping things electronic and giving space for his lyrical musings about global warming and government cover ups. Not as rounded as a Radiohead album maybe but still a worthwhile effort from a rock star who has plenty left to say.  

Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the bonus stuff on so if you miss out on the opaque blue vinyl you are still ok (computer).  
  • Vinyl Triple LP (XLLP868)
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  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (XLMX868)
  • CD (XLCD868)

Jack White
Boarding House Reach

Jack is back. First new album for four years for the former White Stripes polymath. This time he holed himself up in an apartment and let his creativity run wild. Boarding House Reach explores rock and roll, punk, electro, gospel and everything in between. A tour de force of his abilities to experiment and surprise. 
  • CD (XL906CD)

Ibeyi
Ash

One of those acts who very quickly achieved ubiquity after their 2015 debut on XL, Ibeyi are here to make good on the promise of that record with another LP of emotive soultronica. As befits their elevated status, Ash includes guest spots from Kamasi Washington and Chilly Gonzalez, among others. The sisters channel Frank Ocean, James Blake and London Grammar across the dozen tracks here.
  • CD (XL870CDX)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (XL870LP)

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell. It features a slew of big-name guests - Giggs, Kamasi Washington, Wiki, Sampha and more. The album basically ends up being an enjoyable synthesis of all facets of the XL sound.
  • Vinyl LP (XL883LPE)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (XL883LP)
  • CD (XL883CD)

Liss
First EP

Despite being called First EP, this is the second release by Denmark-based four-piece Liss. In November ‘15 you may have caught their double A sided single Try/Always which won plaudits from The Guardian and Crack Magazine. The lofty praise likened them to a meeting of minds between Michael Jackson and Arthur Russell….interesting!
  • Vinyl 12" (XLT770)

Arca
Arca

Look who is singing now. Only Arca.. and she's ready for a fight. "You want gore? Here's gore" she threatens. This is the third album from the Venezuela-born, London-based artist, and freshly signed to XL Recordings - the label that rarely fails. This is sure to be another much anticipated record from this hotshot.  
  • CD (XLCD834)

Thom Yorke
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Originally released 5 seconds ago, here's a white vinyl luxury re-issue of the album Thom originally released on Bit Torrent in his latest attempt to re-badge the music industry. The music on record makes no such grand statements, comprised of some of Yorke's most minimal and quiet electronic work yet, continuing his descent from dramatic synth artist on 'The Eraser' and modest groover on 'AMOK' to something of an electronica hybrid artist. Out in time for Christmas. 
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP866)
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  • CD (XLCD866)

Radiohead
I Might Be Wrong - Live Recordings

I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings is the sound of the mighty Radiohead touring their Kid A and Amnesiac albums circa 2001. The more electronic tunes get spun out into some beautiful expanded shapes (8 minute version of ‘Everything In Its Right Place’!) and until recently, this was the only place to hear fan favourite ‘True Love Waits’! Reissued by XL Recordings.
  • CD (XLCD784)
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP784)

Sigur Rós
Kveikur


  • CD (XLCD606)

Wiki
No Mountains In Manhattan

Wiki follows up on the promise of earlier mixtapes with the full-length album No Mountains In Manhattan, a comprehensive piece of work about the young artist’s life. New York is of course of fundamental importance, and the city gives back as much as it gets in the form of local talents like Ghostface Killah and Slicky Boy, to name just some of the many vocal and production guests. Out on XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XL878LP)
  • CD (XL878CD)

Jonny L
Sawtooth

Vintage ‘neurofunk’ Drum & Bass from Jonny L in 1997, marking the moment that some in the scene got sharp and cold with their productions. Sawtooth sounds of its era sure, but it still has a clear-eyed futuristic vision to it that cannot help but resonate still. Great punchy productions, now available on two slabs of blue vinyl from XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP120)
  • Coloured vinyl

Sigur Rós
Von


  • CD (XLCD609)

Nines
One Foot Out

After several years of amazing mixtape releases and big youtube numbers, Nines finally starts playing the game the old-school way and releases his debut album. One Foot Out is what premium UK rap sounds like in the year 2017, and its tracks are gonna be hits before you know it. Released by XL Recordings.
  • CD (XLCD849)

New Gen
New Gen

This album is born out of a radio show, a show series and a studio space. Under the New Gen banner, some of the finest contemporary MC’s and musicians of London came together, including AJ Tracey, Stormzy, Nines, 67 and many more. Somehow, the results of these collaborations have been made to make up a full-length album that fits together neatly: nice one. Next Gen is released by XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP766)
  • CD (XLCD766)

Powell
Sport

Fresh from his Albiniboard is Powell, who is releasing his debut long player for XL Recordings. Sport is so named because of its nature as both a physically and mentally driven piece, described as "for both mind and body". A bit Descartes, basically, and the first single features someone from a group we love called HTRK. This should probably go down well.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP776)
  • CD (XLCD776)

Jack White
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Here’s the opportunity for a different angle on the busy career of Jack White. While White is usually electrified, these are Jack White Acoustic Recordings, and they span his whole career to date, from 1998 White Stripes material to 2016 solo material. Includes some real deep cuts to delight the serious White fan. All audio has been remastered.
  • CD (XLCD826)

The Avalanches
Wildflower

Not many bands allow sixteen years to pass between their debut album and the follow-up, but Aussie electro-trip hop outfit The Avalanches aren't like many bands. Highly acclaimed first LP 'Since I Left You' attracted a lot of attention, and fans of the band (now sixteen whole years older) will no doubt be frothing at the mouth at the prospect of this unexpected renaissance. Lead track 'Frankie Sinatra' is a killer Vaudeville-inspired nutfest.
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP755X)
  • CD (XLCD755)

Kaytranada
99.9%

Kaytranada’s has smashed out EPs on Bromance Records, Jakarta, and HW&W Recordings. Now, his muchly anticipated debut album on XL features many guest artists including AlunaGeorge, Craig David, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa, GoldLink and BADBADNOTGOOD. Expect smooth J.Dilla esque beats and MPC grooves galore.
  • CD (XLCD765)

Låpsley
Long Way Home

Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, a highly-capable singer and producer of mournful neo-synth-soul. Long Way Home documents some of the wild changes that have resulted from the success of previous albums. This personal touch carries through every aspect of Long Way Home, as Lapsley largely self-produces. On XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP754)
  • CD (XLCD754)

Adele
25

Adele returns! I see she’s sticking to the age-themed album titles, so here we have 25. You can expect to hear about 5 of these tracks in heavy circulation over the next year, so get in early and hear them in the context of the record! More grandiose pop-soul, showcasing that unfathomably popular voice (and those overly pained emotions). On XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP740)
  • CD (XLCD740)

Badly Drawn Boy
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

One of the reasons Damon Gough has turned to drink must be down to the fact that he has never come anywhere near to bettering his debut work. This album and the EPs that preceded it contain all his early folky musings when he didn't really care what anyone thought of him. It still sounds superb today and has a raggle taggle charm that was lost when he started seeing himself as a rock star. Whatever you think of him now, he still manages to perform this album live following the kind of drinking that would see lesser mortals take to their beds. Essential re-issue with loads of bonus tracks and 'kinky' leatherette sleeve. 
  • CD (TNXLCD695)
  • Vinyl Triple LP (TNXLLP695X)

The White Stripes
Elephant

Elephant was the big one for Detroit blues rock duo the White Stripes following on the pretty big in itself White Blood Cells. They decamped to the all analogue Toe Rag studios in London to record it in all old fashioned stylee and came out with a masterpiece. Everyone with ears has heard if not sung along to its opening track Seven Nation Army but the remainder of the album is pretty good too.  
  • CD (XLCD162)

East India Youth
Culture of Volume

Less than a year after his debut, the appallingly titled Total Strife Forever, burst onto the scene in a wave of hype, electronic whizzkid and social media busy body William Doyle is back after signing to big label XL. This is sure to be one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year; his euphoric live shows have helped build him an excitable fan base who will be slavering right now. This better be good, right?  
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP674)
  • CD (XLCD674)

Shamir
Ratchet

When I first saw Shamir I judged him to be some kind of Stromae-hyper-pop type of character but he’s more a MIKA meets FKA Twigs by way of Ariel Pink. The most striking thing however is the catchy pop tunes on Ratchet, great infectious beats which go from smoove R&B to fun candy-pop with Shamir’s androgynous and mellow voice bringing it together for some stellar tunes.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP672)
  • CD (XLCD672)

Ibeyi
Ibeyi

Multilingual melodic pop from 19 year old twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Daughters of late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz, Ibeyi elegantly fuse traditional Cuban sounds with a contemporary ear for hip-hop and electronic percussion. A graceful blend of vintage soul and modern production. Out on CD and vinyl LP from XL.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP665)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (XLCD665)

Adele
21

Second album from the multi-billion-selling award magnet / foghorn known as Adele. If you can get past the overly pristine production, the overbearing hype, and the whole sense of being slammed in the face by a commercial juggernaut then there is plenty to like about '21'. Genuinely affecting lyrics addressing universal themes of heartbreak and loss, delivered by a flawless vocal, from a genuine British superstar.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP520)
  • CD (XLCD520)

Radiohead
The King Of Limbs

'The King Of Limbs' was Radiohead's eighth album released in 2011 and saw the band again doing what they do quite well which is vaguely unsettling experimental rock with electronics, beats and a high pitched whinny on top. Here, they added sampling and loops to their repertoire on an album that was more of an insidious creep than the previous more hurried 'In Rainbows'. Another worthwhile effort from a band who don't do bad music.  
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Jungle
Jungle

Initially we were told Jungle were a street collective from darkest London. Nice try. As ever they are two well-to-do white kids with some fine production chops and a decent '70s record collection for inspiration. Their debut is rather good  - a collection of smooth and catchy disco pop some of which you'll have heard blasting out of various high street stores sound systems. Perfect Top Shop music and I mean that as a compliment. 
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The Horrors
Luminous


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Ratking
So It Goes

Vonnegut rappers Ratking offer a debut of tremendous force and undeniable quick with So It Goes, a tribute and walk-in atlas of their home city, New York. Influenced by a myriad sounds outside of hip-hop, from grime to "no wave", this is a diverse and multi-disciplined record of various philosophies and settings.
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Willis Earl Beal
Nobody Knows


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King Krule
6 Feet Beneath The Moon

While not quite the masterpiece that the more breathless factions of the British music press were rather unfairly demanding from a then-teenage Archy Marshall, 2013’s ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’ is still a damn fine debut LP from King Krule. This is an album of poetic musings that shows real range. Across the record Marshall glides between Millennial Billy Braggisms (‘Out Getting Ribs’), jazzified post-punk (‘A Lizard State’), unfurling hip-hop (‘Neptune Estate’) and a few other styles.
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Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires Of The City

'Modern Vampires Of The City' was Vampire Weekend's third record and the first which saw them temper their previous carnival-like sound for something altogether a little more sober. Much hyped upon release, the album is a more mature work than seen previously with ruminations on death and adult responsibilities yet still retains an experimental air to the songwriting and recording process.   
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Bobby Womack
The Bravest Man In The Universe


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Jack White
Blunderbuss


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Willis Earl Beal
Acousmatic Sorcery


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Tyler, The Creator
Goblin

Ah, Tyler, The Creator's debut album. This was all the rage when I was at six form - what a throwback. Before he explored LGBT themes on 'Flower Boy', he was being purposely offensive to everyone instead. Taking influence from everyone from Eminem to Gravediggaz, Tyler mixes hardcore rhymes with bouncy, left-field beats. It's impressive that he produced everything here himself at such an early age and rose to fame with little to no help from labels. 'Goblin' features the classic single 'Yonkers'.
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The White Stripes
The White Stripes

The White Stripes debut album was originally released in 1999. The album was produced by Jack White and fellow Detroit musician Jim Diamond, the bass player with The Dirtbombs. As well as original material, the album features some covers including Robert Johnson’s Stop Breaking Down, which was also covered by The Rolling Stones on Exile On Main Street and Bob Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee.   The White Stripes is available on vinyl LP on Jack White’s own Third Man label.
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Friendly Fires
Pala


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The Horrors
Skying

Skying was the third album from The Horrors and follows the excellent Geoff Barrow-produced Primary Colours. This time they self-produced and....personally I wished they hadn't but check through the reviews and this was one of their most well received records as well as a commercial breakthrough from the chameleonic band. Re-press LP and CD on XL. 
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The Horrors
Primary Colours

The Horrors shed their garage punk skins and stopped sounding like a B-rate Cramps tribute on their second effort 'Primary Colours'. Produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the album is a dizzying cocktail of gothic psychedelia, shoegaze, post-punk and krautrock. It's a bit My Bloody Valentine, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Chameleons and NEU!. Check out the excellent final track 'Sea Within A Sea' for a taster of what to expect on this nocturnal classic. 
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Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie XX
We're New Here

Given that ‘We’re New Here’ is the first LP to bear Jamie xx’s name and the last Gil Scott-Heron was involved with during his lifetime (R.I.P.), there’s a strange sort of passing-of-the-baton going on here. This now rather seminal record saw Monsieur xx turning the beat-jazz balladeering of Scott-Heron’s ‘I’m New Here’ (2010) into a set of painterly post-dubstep tracks. Some of the bangers have become modern rave classics - ‘I’ll Take Care Of U’ was re-tooled by Drake and Rihanna while the frenetic ‘NY Is Killing Me’ still tears the club up to this day - but the downtempo, breakbeat and sampledelia numbers give ‘We’re New Here’ great range.
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M.I.A.
MAYA

'MAYA' is legendary British artist M.I.A's third album. As well her traditional brew of dancehall rhyths, dynamic vocals, and a Roland 505, M.I.A. icorporated more modern influences such as dubstep. It's hard and heavy with a thumping industrial feel. 'Born Free' has a sample of Martin Rev's legendary 'Ghost Rider' keyboard line in it and M.I.A. described the record as a 'digital ruckus' and like 'schizophrenia' - what's not to love? Out on XL. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (XLLP497)

The Avalanches
Since I Left You

A masterpiece of sampling, Since I Left You challenged norms of authorship and genre in its determination to appreciate the creative potential of appropriation art. The Avalanches showed about as well as can be that a sample cut away from its origin can be made to do wonderful things in a new context. In other words: this is a charming, humorous and exquisitely-curated and composed piece of work.
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RATATAT
LP4


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Gil Scott-Heron
I'm New Here


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Vampire Weekend
Contra

Contra splits opinion. Some people don’t like Vampire Weekend’s second LP because it deviates too much from the preppy Graceland thing they did on their debut, while some people don’t like it because they think it doesn’t do that enough. However, a lot of people - including us - like it because it’s actually an excellently-realised and quietly boundary-pushing set of contemporary pop songs. Released at the very beginning of the 2010’s, tracks like ‘California English’ and the wonderful, Dirty Projectors-esque ‘Diplomat’s Son’ prefigured the broadening of indie-rock’s boundaries that would take place in the subsequent decade. Arguably their best album.
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Sigur Rós
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Kid Harpoon
Once


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Kid Harpoon
Stealing Cars


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Discovery
LP


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Peaches
I Feel Cream


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Whirlwind Heat
Do Rabbits Wonder

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The White Stripes
White Blood Cells

White Blood Cells was the third album by brother/sister duo (whaaaat? hang on...no) ok from ex couple duo Jack and Meg White as the White Stripes. After their two previous albums started making waves across the sweaty clubs of the UK this was the first one to really break through and features such future classics as Hotel Yorba and Fell In Love With A Girl. Still sounding as fresh as a daisy, it's a further reminder that Jack White's music was so much better when constricted by Meg's rudimentary but intuitive drumming.  
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Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires


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Monkey
Journey To The West


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The Cool Kids
The Bakesale


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RATATAT
LP3


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The Raconteurs
Consolers Of The Lonely

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I Was A Cub Scout
I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope


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Adele
19

Reading the original press release for the debut from now bigger-than-the-Earth-itself singer Adele, it's surprising to learn that amongst her influences are Bjork, Jeff Buckley and the Cure. Nice try from XL to create an underground buzz around an artist whose fanbase ended up more Whitney Houston than Whitney the band. These mature-beyond-her-years (over) emotive weepers set her on a course for mainstream success with her forthcoming 21 and 25 records. A titling process that will surely have worn off before she makes her 47 album.   
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Radiohead
In Rainbows

Radiohead's seventh studio album In Rainbows was probably most known for its innovative pay-what-you-want digital release ahead of the physical editions. A decision which received a mixed response but had massive implications on the future of the music industry. The music was a more gentle and pastoral take their usual blend of arty rock topped off with what sounded like a cat yowling to get in from the cold. Now available on vinyl and CD and we tell you what you are paying for it so don't argue. 
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Dizzee Rascal
Flex


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