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Nights Out

Way before they became a curly-haired pop phenomena, Metronomy were a weird little electro band. This is the first album where they started to write 'proper' songs and have a man sing them. "Heartbreaker' particularly foreshadows their increasingly endearing rinky-dink pop. 10th anniversary re-issue 2LP on Because....view item »

Love Letters

There just aren’t enough people with curly hair these days so good on Metronomy main-man Joseph Mount for battling ahead and sticking one in the eye of the straight hairs. I had no idea of his potential hair handicap when a rollocking Northern Soul tune came on the wireless the other day. I hurtled into the kitchen like a whip to f...view item »

Mr Oizo
All Wet

French electronic overlord known as Mr Oizo returns to Ed Banger with a few friends, including Boys Noize, Charli X, Peaches, Siriusmo as well as his much noticed collaboration with EDM superstar Skrillex, which is actually...view item »

† (Cross)

The music is rather interesting but the quality, from my listening point of view, is quite uneven. Some of the tunes catch me up in a hurry and others have me waiting around for them to finally end. Perhaps this unevenness is just an artifact of their first recording (luckily the later records improve). Also why the Cross symbol and song titles lik...view item »

Zbigniew Preisner
Trois Couleurs: Blanc

Because Music are doing admirable work with their series of reissues of the film soundtracks of Zbigniew Preisner, close collaborator with director Krzysztof Kieslowski. Here we have Preisner’s soundtrack to Trois Couleurs: Blanc, performed by the Sinfonia Varsovia with the Silesi...view item »

Django Django
Hail Bop

We’ve sold bucketloads of Django Django records and this is the first time I’ve heard ‘em. I kept wanting to hear the album but every time I went to play it the cupboards were bare as we couldn’t keep the thing i...view item »

Para One
Girlhood (The Original Soundtrack of Bande De Filles)

Soundtrack to the film Girlhood or Bande De Filles by Céline Sciamma by the long-time composer for all her movies, Jean Baptiste de Laubier, also known as Para One.  Avoiding sentimentality and exploring themes of love, friendship and the struggles of a Parisian underclass. Nine instrumental tracks and "Slow Down" fe...view item »

Twisted Charm
Cinema / Whore

2 7" by Twisted Charm with Cinema on Because records. A wierd theatrical electro pop song with dead pan vocals. It's all twisted and wobbly sounding with an 80's sound. Sounds a bit like To My Boy.. B-sides a South Central remix called Boring Lifestyles. T'other B-sides called Whore and is a typical angry song against women by a little man wit...view item »

Django Django
First Light

Even I liked Django Django's first album and I like nothing. Nothing. These are the first sounds from what is presumably a new album coming up later this year and initial listen suggests its pretty decent. A hazy electronic pop song with nice harmonies. You get a Mickey Pearce remix too and this white label is very limited and w...view item »

John Butler Trio
Flesh & Blood

Flesh & Blood is the sixth album from the John Butler Trio but the first to feature new drummer, Grant Gerathy. You may have caught the single, Only One which has been released as a taster for what is regarded as the John Butler Trio’s most accomplished album to date. ...view item »

The Upsetter (Mogwai Remix by J Cummings)

Single-sided white label release, dubplate style. Here, John Cummings of Mogwai takes on The Upsetter, a track from Metronomy’s Love Letters album. Not necessarily an obvious pairing, but actually, you’d be surprised how well this works. Nice and warm sounding and d...view item »

Ghost Culture
Ghost Culture

Sultry synth-pop with just the right amount of sleaze in its crisp arpeggios and ice-cold vocals. Ghost Culture’s debut for Because is a dancefloor romance that’s never left the bedroom and an extremely confident debut connecting up snotty electroclash and lonely 1980s new wave reference points. Gatefold vinyl LP and...view item »

Django Django
Django Django

At first, I was not too excited by this album. By the third listen, I was hooked. It is dynamite! Best of all, it's an album you can listen to all the way through and not hit a stinker. It reminds me of '60's & early '70's albums that had songs skilfully put together in order to create a great effect 'as a whole.' Too often, alternative band...view item »

Busy P
Reworking Is Not A Crime

Some nuggets of fun from Busy P. Reworking Is Not A Crime are, ironically, four edits plus an original from Mr Ed Bangers himself plus a few pals. These are five slices of electro-funk, carrying on the Ed Banger tradition of blending a Kraftwerkian aesthetic with italo, European house ...view item »

On The Beach

Some down beat rhythms from Joakim. On The Beach is the four tracker from the Parisian producer. Having a go at the Neil Young track, our Joakim leaves the tempo alone but mutates the instrumentation into a blend of subs, synths and robotised vocals, like a downbeat downer Daft Punk Tron vibe. With remixe...view item »

Major Lazer
Apocalypse Soon

Major Lazer producer Diplo presents a electro-dancehall re-imagining of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic exploration of the brutality of the Vietnam war… maybe not. However, this 12” does include guest appearances from Sean Paul, Machel Montano, and hot-musical-pro...view item »

I’m Aquarius

Despite the press release boasting of them as “Britain’s most-loved, quintessentially English, modern pop act” and seeing their name everywhere from the Daily Express reviews section (the only page on which they aren’t talking about the weather) to ‘Modern Dog’, I’ve yet to knowingly hear a note of ...view item »

Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)

The great thing about Metronomy is that their career is a don't quite get the same thing each time round. This, their remarkably titled debut, shows a sound miles away from the pleasant pop of 'Love Letters'. It's wild electronica with fuzzy guitar riffs and nary a vocal in sight. First time on vinyl from this pre...view item »

Django Django
Life's A Beach

Wa-hey! These seem to be one of the best of all these ‘new’ bands that have started in 2012. I’m now seemingly familiar with several of their tunes despite not owning a single disc by them. This is instantly impressive; a glorious twangy guitar leads the way followed by a ca...view item »

Electric Guest

This has 'hit' written all over it. It's two guys from LA who have teamed up with Danger Mouse. How could it fail? Opener 'Holes' has a little of the Postal Service ab...view item »

The English Riviera

Their 'classic' breakthrough record. Whereas before they'd hinted at pop classicism amongst the housey electronics, here they penned a gorgeous love letter (ha!) to their homeland. The faux naive pop moves are on show throughout, opener (sort of) 'We Broke Free' is an absolute stunner. More consistent and smooth that the quirky 'Love Letters' it...view item »

Audio Video Disco / Helix

Everybody's favourite Frenchies are back with what is a rather fine single and a more progressive sound. The title track “Audio , Video, Disco” is a quite stomping slice of electro house...with a harsh almost rocking edge. It's still pretty accessible and very dance orientated, i...view item »

Audio Video Disco

This album is a great synthesis of classic 70s rock and electronica. Truly a match made in heaven. You still get your great heavy synth parts that Justice is known for, but there is a lot lighter synth play in this album. They said their previous album was intended for night and this one is intended for day. It’s fun and it's lively and do...view item »

Connan Mockasin
Forever Dolphin Love

Instant classic! If you manage to hear during that time when one is half awake half asleep, you'll see how far that takes you....view item »

Kap Bambino
Red Sign/ Acid Eyes

Gosh I thought this Kap Bambino 7" was gonna have me opening the office window and doing a belly flop into the carpark. For the sake of my family I'm happy to report that spontaneous self destruction is now 75% erased from my mind. 'Red Sign Acid Eyes' isn't the abomination I was expecting. It's like some cyber rock stomp new wave, shouty punk...view item »

Twisted Charm
Boring Lifestyles

Now chaotic and widely flailing TWISTED CHARM and their new single "Boring Lifestyle". This is a punky angry shout at the drudgery of housing estates etc etc. (good pull out sleeve/poster with this one). B-sides working it for me with and a cracking melody of youth and awkward angular bass and guitar going on and a nice ...view item »

The Beta Band
The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that the...view item »