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The Clash
London Calling

London Calling was the third album by The Clash and was originally released in 1979. It is widely regarded as the band’s greatest moment and one of the best albums to ever be committed to tape. It comprises a range of styles from punk to reggae and ska to rockabilly and dealt with many issues of the day such as unemployment and racial conflict. Essential.
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Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska

Following the commercial and critical respect afforded to The River, particularly the chart success of ‘Hungry Heart’, Bruce Springsteen wrong-footed everybody with the slate-grey and downbeat Nebraska in 1982. Recorded as 4-track demos with the intention of recording them with the E Street Band, The Boss had a change of heart and decided to release them in their skeletal forms. One of the most surprising acts by a star on a major label in pop history. 
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Beyoncé
Lemonade

Steering away from the sheeny chart-leading bangers that made Queen Bey a hegemonic pop power, Lemonade is yet another pioneering reinvention from someone exploring new territory. Risk-taking has become alien from many modern powerhouse artists; but so long as the likes of Beyonce keep us on our toes, the world will be a better place.
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Solange
A Seat At The Table

Solange Knowles’ A Seat at the Table is one not to sleep on for any fans of neo-soul, funk and R&B. Directing an all-star ensemble of contributors including Raphael Saadiq and Sampha, Solange truly realises her vision of an album that explores black womanhood through a self-directed, empowering and contemporary lens.
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. Highway 61 Revisited dates from 1965, and marks the point on record where Dylan moved firmly towards rock forms. Includes ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’.
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. Blonde on Blonde was recorded in Nashville in 1966, and stretches to full-on double-album length. Includes favourites like ‘Just Like A Woman’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’.

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

Definitely regarded as Bob Dylan’s greatest album of  the ‘70s and beyond and right up there with his ‘60 work, Blood On The Tracks is allegedly a masterwork of confessional songwriting. Bob Dylan, however, denies that the songs were about his life. Whatever, it’s a great album and would look lovely nestled in with all your other LPs. LP on Columbia.

Leonard Cohen
Greatest Hits

Released in 1975 Leonard Cohen's Greatest Hits was the bedsitter record of the era for anyone wanting to clamp their ears to the pillow and pretend that glam-rock had never happened. It collects the best bits of his 60s and 70s work onto what would become an iconic collection of lowly whispered folk and hotel room introspection. Containing some of his most famous songs, this Greatest Hits is truly an album that stands on its own accord as an LP and introduced discerning listeners to the man we came to know as 'laughing Len'.  
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Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

Random Access Memories was the Daft Punk album that we were led to believe by an excitable media was pretty much the future of music rolled up in an unrelenting summer hit machine. Fortunately we own our own ears so, like, many others, we could independently decide that it was... just a bit average really despite a star strewn guest list and addictive lead single Get Lucky. Still, if we're trying to get all nostalgic about 2013 (or 1977) it is the first place to turn to.   
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Arcade Fire
Everything Now

Did you know that Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is so tall that they need to make him look smaller on stage so he doesn’t tower over everyone/thing? Here is their first new material in a bit. The lead track follows on from the ridiculous Reflektor in being completely absurd. It has several sections one of which is almost listenable. They’ve gone against the grain of most modern music thought and included a panpipe. Then there’s a big fucking conclusion with the whole of Canada singing along. 
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Manic Street Preachers
Gold Against The Soul

Manic Street Preachers moved studios and in the process unearthed a load of tapes from the Gold Against The Soul sessions. It seemed only right for them to reissue the album as a deluxe set and include a bunch of extra tracks. Gold Against the soul was the band’s second album, originally released in 1993. Includes the single From Despair To Where. Extra tracks come as download with LP version.
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Brittany Howard
Jaime

The debut solo album from modern American rock icon Brittany Howard, also known as the lead singer of Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. Jaime is named for Howard’s sister, who died from a rare form of cancer as a teen, and it should provide another platform for the singer’s ferocious voice. 

Roger Waters
Us + Them

Us + Them is a 2019 concert film and soundtrack by ex-Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. The concert contains songs from Pink Floyd albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Animals along with tracks from his most recent solo album, Is This The Life We Really Want? It was recorded in Amsterdam during Waters’ 2017-18 European Tour. The soundtrack is available on CD or Triple vinyl LP and the concert film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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Declan McKenna
Zeros

Following the chart success of his debut album What Do You Think About The Car? three years ago, English star Declan McKenna announces his second full-length. Harnessing and updating the raw songwriting power of classic Dylan and housing the singles ‘Beautiful Faces’ and ‘The Key To Life On Earth’, Zeros sees him continue his impressive progression. 
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Nas
Illmatic XX

Originally released in 1994 Illmatic is a masterpiece that eloquently harmonises positive self-determinism with a stark reality, defining a generation of hip-hop that has inspired and informed up and coming artists and performers for decades. ‘Illmatic XX’ is a special twentieth-anniversary edition featuring all kinds of extras, promos and remixes.

Ray LaMontagne
Monovision

Soulful singer songwriter Ray LaMontagne releases his eight solo album Monovision. The American Grammy award winner is notable for his tenor voice which he claims emerges from his gut. Unlike a lot of lazier performers who outsource half their jobs, he has recorded and produced this himself and played all the instruments. In fact we are told that he is personally bringing our stock of records into the shop as well as making us a nice cup of tea when he gets here. 

Bob Dylan
Rough and Rowdy Ways

Arguably the most legendary figure in all of rock history, Bob Dylan presents his first new album of new material in eight years, and his 39th altogether. Spanning 70 minutes and containing the 17-minute long single ‘Murder Most Foul’, Rough And Rowdy Ways sees an artist approaching his 79th birthday in some of his best lyrical form in recent memory. 

Manic Street Preachers
Postcards From A Young Man

Postcards From A Young Man, the tenth LP from Wales’ finest The Manic Street Preachers, is as ambitious a record as this ambitious band have ever been ambitious enough to create. Not only is Postcards From A Young Man full of the sort of chest-swelling indie numbers that the band have built their empire on, but it also contains collaborations with a trio of rock heavyweights. Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘n’ Roses) and John Cale all lend a hand here. Comes in a variety of fancy formats.

Kings Of Leon
Youth & Young Manhood

"The worst debut album of the last 50 years". That was our (ok my) review of Kings of Leon debut back in 2006. But just as Blueshammer have a bigger audience than Skip James, these Nashville brothers brand of punky Southern boogie did something to catch the ear of listeners everywhere and are now one of the biggest bands on the planet. Whoda' thunk? 
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Jeff Buckley
Grace

Despite a number of archival and live albums, Grace was the only full studio album released by Jeff Buckley. Still, high points of the singer-songwriter's celebrated but tragically short career - 'Last Goodbye', 'Hallelujah', 'Lover, You Should Have Come Over' - were part of the collection, and deservedly so.

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

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First Aid Kit
Stay Gold

Scandanavian Sisters First Aid Kit got their big break after posting videos of themselves on YouTube harmonizing Fleet Foxes songs. Stay Gold was their third album and commercial breakthrough showcasing the girls gorgeous voices and ability to pen lonesome Americana and folk rock with a hint of country that nevertheless had mainstream appeal. 

Yellow Days
A Day In A Yellow Beat

British songwriter George van den Broek presents his second album as Yellow Days, and his first since signing to Columbia. Expanding his palette from his 2019 debut album, A Day In A Yellow Beat is inspired by classic funk and R&B from the likes of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, but contains the same spark of self-taught creativity that made his early music so appealing.
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Fugees
The Score

Classic album reissue alert. Remarkably, The Score is the final album from Fugees. Well, go out on a high right? Continually rated as one of the best rap/r&b/hip hop albums of all time, The Score retains its danceability and intricacy to this day. Reissued by Columbia who initially released the album in 1996. A double vinyl LP.

Bruce Springsteen
18 Tracks

The self-explanatorily titled 18 Tracks was originally released in 1999, aimed at Bruce Springsteen’s more casual fanbase. It was a condensed version of the previous year’s Tracks box set, but notably included ‘The Promise’, an unreleased fan favourite dating back to 1978’s Darkness On The Edge of Town. Now, it arrives as a double-vinyl package. 
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Depeche Mode
SPiRiTS In The Forest

Containing full audio and visual recordings of their July 2018 shows in Berlin, which rounded off their exhaustive Global Spirit Tour behind their most recent album Spirit, Anton Corbijn’s absorbing Depeche Mode documentary film SPiRiTS In The Forest - originally released in November 2019 - gets a deluxe 2xCD / 2xBlu-Ray release. 

Lil Peep
Everybody's Everything

Gustav Elijah Åhr aka Emo-rapper Lil Peep sadly died in 2017 at the age of 21 from an accidental drug overdose. In his tragically short career he released two albums, five mixtapes and eleven EPs. Everybody’s Everything is a documentary about his life. Here we have the soundtrack which, features artists such as Lil Tracy, Diplo and Gab3 collaborating with Lil Peep.

Various
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Always a master at compiling dazzling soundtracks, Quentin Tarantino presents the musical backdrop to his latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. It’s a double-LP package including time-specific late-Sixties cuts from Neil Diamond, The Box Tops, Dee Clark and Buffy Sainte-Marie, interspersed with vintage radio ads. 
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Depeche Mode
Mode

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Leonard Cohen
Thanks For The Dance

Thanks For The Dance is an album of unreleased material by Leonard Cohen. The album is comprised of songs from the You Want It Darker sessions that were unfinished. Leonard Cohen asked his son, Adam, to work on the songs before his death in November 2016. The album is packed with guest stars including Beck, Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry  (Arcade Fire), Damien Rice and Leslie Feist along with Spanish laúd player Javier Mas who played in Cohen's band for eight years.

The Vaccines
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

The Vaccines burst onto the scene with this thrilling debut album back in 2011. There were sold out shows, appearances on Jools Holland before releasing a single and people like Alex Kapranos and Debbie Harry in their audiences. They were quite the thing back then and the album didn't let anyone down with its visceral and raw garage rock and sing along tunes.

Bruce Springsteen
Western Stars – Songs From The Film

Bruce Springsteen released his 19th album, Western Stars in 2019. He also made a film bearing the same name. Western Stars - Songs From The Film features live performances of all the tracks from the studio album plus a cover of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy. His band for the live performances is backed by the heft of a full orchestra. 
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Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen on Broadway

Der-ner-ner derrrr ner-ner-ner, on Broooooadwaaaaay! Unfortunately this new collection from The Boss doesn’t feature a cover of the classic ‘60s paean to Manhattan, but Springsteen On Broadway makes up for it by featuring plenty of Bruce. Taped at his 2017-2018 run at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre, this collection is a masterful retrospective from a man ageing more gracefully than most. Springsteen chats and croons his way through some of his hits from down the years. Occasionally his wife Patti Scialfa turns up to accompany him.

Rex Orange County
Pony

This is 'Pony' - the hotly anticipated follow up to candid singer-songwriter Rex Orange Country's critically-acclaimed 'Apricot Princess' album. Spearheaded by the synth-led '10/10', the 21 year-old Hampshire born creative hints at a swerve in direction - whilst still reflecting on his melancholic personal issues.

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. 1969’s Nashville Skyline finds Dylan going all the way into country music: must be in that Nashville air. Also marks the first appearance of croony singing voice.

The S.L.P.
The S.L.P.

One for Kasabian fans here - the S.L.P. is the new project from Kasabian guitarist and massive Leicester City fan, Serge Pizzorno. The name of the project, if you’re trying to work out what they stand for, are Serge’s initials - Serge Lorenzo Pizzorno. Musically, it’s similar to his parent band but there are some differences. For example, rapper, Little Simz, features on lead single 'Favourites'.

The Clash
London Calling (40th Anniversary)

Wow. Forty years since the Clash unleashed their third album London Calling. Iconic not just because of the more varied music contained within and it's legendary title track but just look at that sleeve will you? They haven't gone completely to town with this just a relatively standard LP (admittedly in special sleeve) and CD reissue plus a CD box set they've called London Calling: The Scrapbook which contains a hardback book full of memorabilia, archive material and lyrics.   

Tyler, The Creator
Igor

Despite only just being released, Igor has already been pretty much universally recognised as one of the best records of Tyler, The Creator’s career. And who could deny this thing? The latest LP from the OFWGKTA badboy-turned-goodboy is as gorgeous as they come, a heady brew of neo-soul, The Neptunes-esque beats, hypnagogic pop and outsider art. More of this please.

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 1

Primal Scream. They’re a band. Sometimes, most of Screamadelica aside they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. Here we have Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 1, a collection of singles with seventeen tracks that go all the way back to 1986’s Velocity Girl up to 1998’s Kill All Hippies. Double 180g vinyl LP on Columbia.

Arcade Fire
Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort is taken from Arcade Fire’s 5th album Everything Now, which divided fans. However, this limited edition white vinyl 12” might win a few back. It features the track in two forms - a 12 vinyl version and - WAKE UP PORTISHEAD FANS - a Geoff Barrow remix, which he has also re-titled Comfort My Sleng Teng.

First Aid Kit
You Are The Problem Here

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Odd Future
The Tape Of Vol.2

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Loose Tapestries
N.H.S.

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First Aid Kit
Tender Offerings

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Primal Scream
Velocity Girl

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Bruce Springsteen
Western Stars

You’re not The Boss of me, now! And you’re not so big! Except you are, because you’re Bruce Springsteen.* Western Stars finds bossman Brucie back from Broadway and turning in another set of paeans to The Common American. ‘Hitch Hikin’’, ‘Tucson Train’ and ‘Sleepy Joe’s Cafe’ are the sort of things he could have called his tracks at any point in his discography. Sounds like a Bruce Springsteen album, though a bit mellower and more wistful than some of his previous efforts. *On a side note - why do people call Springsteen ‘The Boss’ anyway? If he’s meant to be on the side of the working man, why does he consistently side with management? Surely it couldn’t be that dear Bruce licks boots? [editorial note: Bruce has said in the past he does not like the name because he dislikes bosses and I will not stand idly by while his good name is dragged through the dirt.]

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 2

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 2 is the second part, believe it or not, of a career spanning singles compilation by Primal Scream. This installment covers the period from 2000 to 2016 and features tracks such as Country Girl and Accelerator, along with collaborations with Kate Moss and Sky Ferreira. Double 180g LP on Columbia.

Bruce Springsteen
The Ghost Of Tom Joad

The Ghost Of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen was originally released in 1995. It shifted a lot of units and won a best album Grammy. It is also one of his good albums, his best in a decade, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Rage Against The Machine recorded a version of the title track on their covers album Renegades. Remastered from the original analogue tapes, LP on Columbia.

Arcade Fire
Put Your Money on Me

Put Your Money On Me is taken from Arcade Fire’s most ‘pop’ album to date, Everything Now. Fans will no doubt be clambering over each other to get their mits on this limited edition transparent red vinyl 12”, featuring a different version of the slow burning yet catchy track on each side.

Bob Dylan
The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings by Bob Dylan will threaten to outdo your Grateful Dead live bootleg collection. This collection of 5 live concerts from the first leg - American North-East and Canada - contains 148 tracks - two thirds of which are previously unreleased. An absolute must for Dylan fans.

The Vaccines
Handsome

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Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles is a career-spanning compilation by Primal Scream. The music covers a thirty year period from their early singles in 1986 such as Velocity Girl and Ivy Ivy Ivy, through classics such as Movin’ On Up and Rocks, to later hits such as Country Girl and Where The Light Gets In. Double CD on Columbia.

Vampire Weekend
Father Of The Bride

Vampire Weekend’s new album comes to us without any information other than the number of different formats there are (4). It’s their first album in five years, so yay! It’s called Father Of The Bride and features a bunch of guest artists including ex-Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij. Early single suggest all the jokes people tell about the band will continue to have legs.

Dave Grohl
Play

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Cage The Elephant
Social Cues

Cage The Elephant’s finest moment will always be the time when singer Matt Schultz guested on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The image of him air-guitaring along with R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ - and the subsequent ribbing of him by Simon Amstell - will linger long in the Norman Records™ hive mind. That said, if you were going to make a ‘best of the rest’ list for Cage The Elephant then their fifth LP Social Cues would have a shot of being amongst it. This is canny art-blues in the Black Keys/Alabama Shakes vein. Der-ner dun-dun derr.

The Carters
Everything Is Love

The Carters are a duo made up of obscure musical couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I jest, of course, everybody knows who they are. Yes, is the mega superstar couple who have finally got together musically too. Everything Is Love, as you can probably imagine the album mixes rap and R&B. It has been reviewed well pretty much everywhere so why not give it a spin yourself? LP and CD on Columbia

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan’s first ever album, released way back in 1962 when no-one knew who this cat was (imagine that?!?). The tracklisting is mostly made up of traditional folk songs, with just two originals, meaning that you can really hear Dylan emerging from the folk tradition that made him. Vinyl reissue from Columbia.

Freddie Hubbard
Little Sunflower

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LCD Soundsystem
Electric Lady Sessions

Electric Lady Sessions by LCD Soundsystem features James Murphy and Co running through a bunch of songs live at Electric Lady studios in New York. The tracks span the band’s career along with a few new tunes. They’ve also tried their hand at a couple of covers: Heaven 17’s (We Don’t Want This) Fascist Groove Thing and Chic’s I Want Your Love.

Manic Street Preachers
This is My Truth Tell Me Yours - 20 Year Collectors Edition

20 years ago the Manic Street Preachers released This is My Truth Tell Me Yours which you can now buy once again on a 20th anniversary special edition. Get not only the original album but a load of demos, live rehearsals and remixes. Don't miss out on the album NME gave 7/10 back in 1998 and features the hit 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' and other songs.     

Kings Of Leon
Aha Shake Heartbreak

I once compared Kings of Leon to Blueshammer from the film Ghost World yet they have since become one of the world's biggest bands so who is laughing now eh? This is their second album from 2004 and preceded their incredible, unprecedented fame. The album scored a healthy 7.4 on Metacritic which surely is enough to get you rushing out to buy this re-issue.   

Moondog
Moondog

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Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel Of Love

Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen was originally released in 1987 and is highly regarded by critics and fans alike. Whilst not credited on the album, members of his regular backing band, The E Street Band, such as Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Patti Scialfa do play on the album. The Boss did play more than his usual fair share of the tracks alone, however, using drums machines and synths. Contains the hit Brilliant Disguise. Remastered from original analogue tapes, 2LP set on Columbia.

Bob Dylan
More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

More Blood More Tracks by Bob Dylan is available as 2LP or CD versions which offer an interesting, diluted overview of different takes from his classic 1975 album Blood On The Tracks. It is also available as - Dylan nerds, listen up - a 6CD box set with numerous outtakes of each track including 8 takes of You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, one after the other. I’d say the latter is for serious fans only, but there are plenty of you out there, so go for it!

Tom Odell
Jubilee Road

Crooning posho Tom Odell limbers up for another chart-dominating year with his third LP Jubilee Road. The title track sounds nothing like Nick Cave’s late-period masterpiece ‘Jubilee Street’. In fact it’s more like closing-time Elton John. The rest of the album is that sort of thing you turn to whenever you’ve run out of Adele. We look forward to images of Odell chinking glasses with Marcus Mumford at the first post-Brexit Brit Awards.

Primal Scream
Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings

So here’s how it went down - Primal Scream release Screamadelica in 1991. It's a barnstorming success and wins the band the inaugural Mercury Prize. Bobby Gillespie et al then decamp to the southern states of the U.S.A. to record follow-up Give Out But Don’t Give Up with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and producer Tom Dowd. However, they subsequently decide that the takes aren’t up to much and re-do the whole thing when they get back to the U.K. Now they’ve changed their mind and deigned that the originals are, in fact, good enough to go public. Might be fun to cop this one and the other tapes and see which one you prefer.

The Blaze
Dancehall

The Blaze will be absolutely massive. They kind of already are - a video upped to YouTube in 2016 for their song ‘Virile’ (yikes) has four million views and counting - but we reckon their debut LP Dancehall is going to make them REALLY massive. The combination of Disclosure-esque pop-house with Jungle’s ‘urban’ ‘cool’ vibe and that … thing that Bonobo does is just too big to fail.

Bob Dylan
Desire

Desire was Bob Dylan's second burst of return-to-form creativity in the mid 70's following  the earlier Blood on the Tracks. The record is further song story ruminations from the bard with lengthy, sprawling songs featuring some of the most controversial and personal lyrics of his career.   

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Young Sick Camellia

Alabama group St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their third LP. There’s eight of them in this rabble, which seems like an awful lot of people to do something you can achieve with just one Mark Ronson. This young blurb writer reckons that they relax after shows by getting together and watching Peaky Blinders. One day in the near future, something from Young Sick Camellia will be used on an advert for a bespoke razorblade made by a company called Dapper Harry's or Sir Smitherington's or something to that effect.

Nas
Nastradamus

Nas gave us more than we bargained for on his fourth LP Nastradamus. The record was originally going to be an odds-and-sods collection consisting of stuff that didn’t make the cut for previous album I Am…, but bootlegging problems meant that Nas went back into the studio and cut a few fresh dubs. Mobb Deep and Ginuwine guest, and beats are handled by a wealth of producers including DJ Premier and Timbaland. It sounds like Nas, so we don’t really need to describe it for you. 

Mellah
Middle England

Interesting sleeve but for God's sake kids do not do this at home. You'll suffocate. Mellah are do intense indie guitar vocal says the press release and they are produced by Arctic Monkeys production wizard James Ford so this is big league. And it's on Columbia Records of the United States of America.  

The Internet
Hive Mind

You know all the kids who get onto the ‘Jazz & Pop’ course at music college and end up in naff neo-soul ensembles? The Internet is the band they all think they're in. Hive Mind, the fourth LP from Syd The Kyd et al, is as cool as a cloud of smoke being blown by someone in silhouette. The prominent vocals and ultra-swung grooves place it in the newer school of Fatima, Zara McFarlane et al, but the flex of the thing rivals D’Angelo’s best years. Some people should be taking notes.

LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

You can have a strange relationship with LCD Soundsystem, a bit like Marmite - you either love them, or hate them. This ten track release, entitled American Dream, is no doubt a great collection of tracks for any LCD fan but might not be for everyone. Available on Vinyl LP and CD on DFA / Columbia.  
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The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood

Californian pop-rockers The Neighbourhood drop their third LP via Columbia. Anyone who has enjoyed their recent EPs Hard and To Imagine (we see you what you did there, lads) will likely be able to get behind The Neighbourhood. Four cuts from those releases are fleshed out by eight newcomers. The likes of ‘Void’ and ‘Scary Love’ are a little bit The Weeknd, a little bit Imagine Dragons, and will probably be summer smashes.

Nas
I Am...

You’re right, Nas. You are. You’ll never be what you were - Illmatic will be your gift and your curse - but you definitely still are. I Am… will be the record in which you find yourself caught between your roots and your reality. It will see you try to rekindle past flames - a song called ‘N.Y. State Of Mind Pt. II’, sampling yourself (twice) on ‘Nas Is Like’ - as well as keep the commercial clout of 1996’s It Was Written. It will feature beats by DJ Premier and Timbaland, and guest spots from DMX and Aaliyah. It will be a double-album in order to accommodate all of this heavy-lifting. It will come out in 1999, but will be repressed in 2018. And most excitingly of all, it will be stocked by Norman Records.

The Vaccines
Combat Sport

Combat Sport is the fourth album by London indie-rockers, The Vaccines. The exciting thing about this is that if you act quickly you can bag one of 500 LPs or 300 CDs adorned with squiggles by the band (i.e. signed by). Failing that, you can buy the standard LP and CD and write ‘Justin’, ‘Freddie’ and ‘Arni’ on it yourself and tell your mates it was signed by the band.

Manic Street Preachers
Resistance Is Futile

Everybody’s favourite Welsh radical-chic indie heroes are back with their thirteenth full-length album, grandly titled Resistance Is Futile. This one sits at the grander end of the Manic Street Preachers’ sound, with songs precision-tooled for maximum widescreen arena impact. Available in CD and vinyl editions, plus a 2CD version with lots of extra tracks and demos.

Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

This is Bob Dylan’s second album, but its really the start of Dylan as we know it, as it contains mostly original compositions, including certified bangers like ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’! The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was first released in 1963, but you can buy a brand new vinyl copy right here, thanks to Columbia!

Lo Moon
Lo Moon

With an expansive and climactic soundscape dripping in nostalgia, LA based trio Lo Moon release a debut album that justifies the hype surrounding their first single ‘Loveless’. Despite a spattering of melancholic synths and piano, this LP is a decidedly hopeful ode to electro-pop. The title track ‘Real Love’ sounds like the lovechild of The War on Drugs and a catchy (yet heartbreaking at times) 1980’s pop ballad. Produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie and Francois Tetaz of Gotye, the double LP is released on Columbia Records. 

MGMT
Little Dark Age

MGMT’s new one, Little Dark Age, is being dubbed their gothy album, with an all-round Curetastic presentation of moods, looks and sounds. Really, this is the ideal MGMT album for you if all that technicolour fun just made you want to curl up in the dark and, well, listen to The Cure. On Columbia.

First Aid Kit
Ruins

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit return with their fourth album, Ruins. Previous albums have been increasingly more confident but their first album, with tracks like "Ghost Town", will be hard to beat for many early adopters of their music. They still have it though, so expect more assured songwriting, beautiful harmonies and foot-tapping sing-a-longs.

The Shins
The Worms Heart

The creative whizz behind The Shins, James Mercer had an itch he needed to scratch following the recording of their last album, Heartworms, and scratch it he did. He re-recorded the album, introducing acoustic guitars and a slower tempo to fast tracks and injecting the slower tracks with a bit of rock oomph. The Worms Heart was born, a reversal of the original album in every way. LP and Cd on Columbia.

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire

First reissued in 2005 after the success of Funeral, Arcade Fire’s debut EP gets a second CD reissue makeover for any fans unwilling to buy a grubby second-hand copy on Discogs. Although Arcade Fire is humbler and lower-fi than what the band’s audience is used to these days, Butler & Co.’s passion for po-faced ostentatiousness is already audible in these early recordings.

Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

The Suburbs from Arcade Fire is probably one of their most liked records by fans and critics alike because it's a record that is made, not manufactured. A collection of tracks that take you up and down on an emotional rollercoaster of melancholy and cheerful summery vibes. Available on double Vinyl LP and CD and released on Mercury. 
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Leonard Cohen
Ten New Songs

Cohen returned in 2001 with this album after almost a decade of silence and several years in retreat with his zen master. He shares the cover photo and vocals with Sharon Robinson, who co-wrote and co-arranged the material. Compared to the slick contemporary productions of I’m Your Man and The Future, the album has a more minimal, home-recorded style, digital but warm (not least due to Robinson’s singing) and occasionally bordering on R'n'B. A fine record that marked the start of a fertile late period.

The Neighbourhood
Wiped Out!

The Neighbourhood, aka The NBHD, are and electro-rock quintet from California. Wiped Out! is their second album and follows 2013’s angst-ridden album I Love You. Thier mix of angsty lyrics, polished production and traditional songcraft left critics split but is likely to appeal to teenagers as much as older listers.

Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home is neatly split between a ‘rock’ electric side and a ‘folk’ acoustic side, and includes essentials like ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.

Leonard Cohen
The Future

A classic piece of songcraft from the one, the only, the Leonard Cohen. The Future was originally released in the past, 1992 specifically, and it features a number of later-period Cohen classics, from the title track to ‘Democracy’ to the beautifully cracked ‘Anthem’. The Future is hereby reissued by Columbia on vinyl, with a download code.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

Simples. Does what it says on the tin. Released in 1967 (so you are only going to get the early hits here) ten of Bob Dylan's most well known tracks for anyone who just wants a light skim over his greatest years. Mr Tambourine Man, Blowing in the Wind, Like A Rolling Stone etc etc are all present, correct and sung in a style reminiscent of the starter motor in a petrol lawnmower.   

Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan

Another Side of Bob Dylan is the great man’s fourth album, put out in 1964 while the world was really waking up to him. Another Side is solo Dylan, nice and direct, with his unique voice standing alone apart from guitar and harmonica. The tracklisting includes classics like ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’. Vinyl reissue from Columbia.

N*E*R*D
No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams has had a pretty massive time of it in the last couple of years, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon now that he’s bringing back his classic group N*E*R*D. This comeback record features a panoply of stars guesting too: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane… Yep, this is a big one.

Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

Recent Songs by Leonard Cohen saw the Canadian singer/songwriter reverting to his acoustic and folk roots, albeit with a number of other influences he’d picked up along the way. It was originally released in 1979 and was the follow-up to Death Of A Ladies man, an album made under difficult circumstances - mainly the fact that the producer was Phil Spector and he caused chaos in the studio. This chaos brought about Cohen’s decision to rein in the experimentation and keep things relatively simple here. Reissue LP on 140g black vinyl.

Leonard Cohen
Various Positions

Various Positions was the seventh album released by Leonard Cohen. It was originally released in 1984. American singer and lifelong friend of Cohen, Jennifer Warnes features on every track. This is the album that includes the original version of Hallelujah, the song covered by John Cale, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright to name a few. This reissue is pressed on 140g black vinyl.

Leonard Cohen
Death Of A Ladies' Man

Reissue of Leonard Cohen’s 1977 fifth studio album Death Of A Ladies’ Man. Phil Spector’s orchestral ‘Wall of Sound’ was imposed upon his usually-sparse vocals, making for mixed reviews and debate around the 8-song release. An interesting piece in the Cohen canon. LP reissued on Columbia.

Bob Dylan
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol.13 / 1979-1981

Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series keeps on rolling on, delivering fresh stacks of archive treats to those hardcore heavy Dylan fans. Volume 13 covers the period 1979 to 1981, with a thrilling mixture of live cuts and unreleased rarities. The tracklisting varies depending on whether you are after the 2CD edition, the 2 CDs and 4 LPs edition, or the 8 CDs and a DVD edition, but it's all good stuff. On Columbia.

Depeche Mode
Cover Me (Remixes)

Essex’s most brooding sons, Depeche Mode, returned this year with a new album ‘Spirit’ and as tradition dictates latest single ‘Cover Me’ has been let loose with a raft of up to the minute remixers. Erol Alkan’s own rock inspired roots make him a natural choice, while Ben Pearce and Ellen Allien nod to the house and techno crew alongside various up-and-coming names covering other bases.

Kings Of Leon
Mechanical Bull

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