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Massive Attack
Mezzanine [2018 Remaster]

Very exciting 20th anniversary remaster of Massive Attack's 1998 album Mezzanine, the kind of album that constantly finds itself on lists of the best albums of all time without losing any of its cool. Massive Attack took the trip-hop sound they had helped define and mixed it with a more rock-y energy t...view item »

Megadeth
Peace Sells... But Who’s Buying?

Peace Sells….But Who’s Buying is the second album by U.S. thrash metal bohemoths, Megadeth and was originally released in 1986. The band, who were fronted by Dave Mustaine, found the recording process difficult due to drug issues with drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist, Chris Poland who were ultima...view item »

Daft Punk
Discovery

Electronic music is a genre that has broadened so much over the past few decades, that it's become increasingly difficult to find a record that's considered to be an official point of entry. I will tell you this: if you're looking for a start in the genre, Daft Punk's Discovery is the perfect start. Daft Punk may have come from a house music bac...view item »

Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno
Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks

The genius of Ambient does it again. Included is what I consider one of the best songs ever written: An Ending (Ascent). The rest of the album doesn't disappoint. A few songs approach (but never touch) the brilliance of An Ending (Ascent). The rest is pretty good filler, but remember: Brian Eno's filler is everyone else's best effort. This album...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Gish

The album that launched the Smashing Pumpkins career, Gish may not get quite the same love as Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness but it's just as full of guitar and drum heroics while displaying a more psychedelic sound that they ever attempted again. In a recent interview frontman Billy Corgan said that Courtney Love told h...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Pisces Iscariot

Not much else needs to be said. If you're a Pumpkins fan, you won't want to be without it. Of course, if you really are a Pumpkins fan, you already do have it. But, by the subtle chance that you fall into the former, you've got my recommendation, to say the least. This collection of non-album tracks is quite diverse as it explores both the most ...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Adore

The fourth Smashing Pumpkins record, 'Adore', was originally released three years after the exhaustive, sprawling double album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'. 'Adore' saw the band move away from their alt rock/grunger perspective into prescient electronica territory. It's being reissued now with unheard demo materia...view item »

Metallica
Ride The Lightning

This reissued record from Metallica should need no introduction if you are in any way interested in thrash metal. The 1984 second album from these rifftastic pioneers, Ride The Lightning, is as ferocious as anything they ever recorded, and is now available again on vinyl, fully remastered. On Virgin....view item »

Magazine
The Correct Use Of Soap

Devoto and company originally intended this material to be released as a series of five singles (A and B sides) and not as an album (before the record label nixed the idea), so the slightly brighter, more accessible arrangements than those that the band deployed on Secondhand Daylight or Real Life may have reflected that. This is one of those al...view item »

Roxy Music
Roxy Music

Roxy Music’s game-changing eponymous debut from 1972 has been given some fancy reissue treatment. A 3 CD and DVD set featuring tons of outtakes, demos, rare stuff, a 136 page booklet and 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson is the version people want to get their hands on. It has been p...view item »

Laura Marling
I Speak Because I Can

"I Speak Because I Can" is Laura Marling's second album and arguably her best. Released in 2010, I view this as a massive step forward from her 2008 debut "Alas, I Cannot Swim", which did show that she had something special. I still think "Ghosts" is one of her best songs, However, she seems more consistent and confident in her performance here....view item »

Magazine
Real Life

"Real Life" is an original take on new wave and punk. It was the debut album by Magazine, recorded after vocalist Howard Devoto had left The Buzzcocks and released in 1978. The two most straight-forward rock songs on here, "Shot By Both Sides" and "The Light Pours Out Of Me" are also two of the best and were c...view item »

Daft Punk
Homework

Daft Punk's debut album was about as 'dancey' as they got in their history. It's also rather different from the Daft Punk we all know and love, and is certainly less accessible than their successors. But there is still something to love about Homework, from the cool repetitive beats in songs like "Revolution 909", "Around The World" and "Burnin'...view item »

The Chemical Brothers
Come With Us

Wedged between Hey Boy Hey Girl and Galvanise was It Began In Afrika-ka-ka-ka Or rather between Surrender and Push The Button, came Come With Us. Perhaps their last psychedelic-tinged album before completely breaking into techy big beat smash hits. Reissue of their 2001 album on double heavyw...view item »

Metallica
Kill 'Em All

This reissued record from Metallica should need no introduction if you are in any way interested in thrash metal. 1983’s Kill ‘Em All is the very first album ever recorded by these kings of the riffs, and it still stands proud as a strong statement of intent. Now it is available again on vinyl, fully remaste...view item »

Best Coast
Late 20's / Bigger Man

The ever weed-smoking, ever guitar-jangling Best Coast surf their way to the coast to deliver this RSD 7" helmed by "Late 20's" and brought back around by "Bigger Man". Their last record was 'California Nights', a lethargic but surprisingly pointed and grandiose affair. Come on, at least think of the cat....view item »

Blossoms
You Pulled a Gun on Me

Screaming out of Stockport like some kind of indie-rock juggernaut are Blossoms who release a two track 7" to celebrate Record Store Day. The A side is fan favourite 'You Pulled a Gun on Me' whilst on the B side they take on Electronic's 'Getting Away With It'. The nice people at Virgin have released it.  ...view item »

The Kooks
Inside In / Inside Out (Live At Abbey Road)

It has been nigh on a decade since the release of the first Kooks album Inside In / Inside Out (really? wow). It has also been about 10 years since the band were given the keys to Abbey Road studios to record a set of live acoustic versions of the record, and that’s what we hear here, released as stand-alone vinyl...view item »

The Thrills
The Irish Keep Gate Crashing

Next The Thrills. New single. They've come up with some interesting song titles this time round. This one is called 'The Irish Keep Gatecrashing'  - its nice enough stuff but kind of misses the jangly west coast sheen of the first album. Pleasant tuneful pop music though. I could imagine this being a minor hit on the pop parade. On ...view item »

I'm A Robot
I'm A Robot

I'm A Robot are a new band and tthis is their debut album out on Virgin. It sounds like John Lydon/ the fella from Hot Hot Heat singing and it's got an early eighties feel to it (like everything at the mo). Catchy and quite different to anything else that's kicking around in this e...view item »

Best Coast
California Nights

Just as the summer starts to rear it’s head in 2015, Best Coast return with a third album. The subject matter remains much the same (California! Summer! Hanging out!), as does the music, but the production values on California Nights are a notable leap up. It’s a catchy, lovely sound, and this is the fullest...view item »

The Thrills
So Much For The City

Remember the sheer, unadulterated joy of love at first sight? It's unfair to single out individual songs on what is an inspirational collection that needs to be listened to in its entirety for maximum impact. It's exciting, powerful and life-affirming music that really does sweep you to any place you prefer to be. As a debut album I have no doub...view item »

Tangerine Dream
Phaedra

'Phaedra' is a touchstone in ambient and electronic music alike, often considered to be the Berlin band's greatest record. Soaked in layers of moog synthesizer, organs and piano, the record remains a prime example of what the word soundscape truly means, although Tangerine Dream also had a knack for developing their sound into something more pul...view item »

Disclosure
Help Me Lose My Mind feat. London Grammar

Two of 2013's most exciting and cutting edge artists combine to produce an outstandingly simple yet beautiful club track. It's so catchy, in a unique way, and that's what gives it its charm. I can't decide whether Help Me Lose My Mind displays the strongest vocal from Disclosure in a while or a ...view item »

Various
Losing Our Virginity - The First 4 Years '73-'77

An amazingly titled triple-cd compilation of early material on Virgin Records. Provides a pretty great survey of the mid-1970s: Captain Beefheart, Faust, Robert Wyatt, Fred Frith, even Can… very nice! The cover deftly imitates a well-worn old record from the period, and t...view item »

Kanye West
Yeezus

I am giving a great review for this album; Kanye has helped pull experimental hip-hop into the mainstream with 'Yeezus'. Daft Punk are on production and you can tell with the pounding bass on tracks such as 'I Am A God', 'New Slaves' and 'On Sight'. There is a heavy Death Grips influence as already mentioned with ...view item »

Laura Marling
Once I Was An Eagle

There aren't many artists who can say that three out of their four first albums were shortlisted for the Mercury music prize, but such is the understated genius that is Laura Marling. Debut Alas, I Cannot Swim was written and recorded whilst Marling was still a teenager, and was an astoundingly robust collection of...view item »

Daft Punk
Daft Club

A lesser known album of Daft Punk remixes, with artists like Basement Jaxx, Gonzales and Slum Village stepping up to put their own spin on these classic tracks, taken mostly from 2001’s Discovery. Originally available as part of a fan club website thing, the whole...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Deluxe Edition)

The 2CD, 28 song extravaganza that is the Smashing Pumpkins third album is a lot better than it has any right to be. Releases like this are generated every so often by full of themselves rock superstars and would be expected to produce moments of sublime genius that are outweighed by material that really, ...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Oceania

Where 2007's Zeitgeist extrapolated Corgan's fitful reaction the world crumbling around him, Oceania is a proclamation that he chooses not to live in that dark energy anymore. He tempers his energy and rage only to pour through where it serves the composition of the album rather than use it as a vehicle. And though the story within the music is ...view item »

Tangerine Dream
The Virgin Years: 1977-1983

The actual recordings presented here are among some of my favourites of the era, and somehow still sound like "future music" even decades after the new electronic frontier they represented has become mainstream. The fact that some albums are split between CDs is not especially annoying to me because the original presentation on LP also had such ...view item »

Air
Le Voyage Dans La Lune

I would contend that comparing Air's soundtrack for Le Voyage Dans La Lune to their previous albums would result in an improper use of context. As a soundtrack for any film, this music rates high in originality and innovation. As a soundtrack for a 115 year old, silent film by an electronic duo in their peak form, conceived and created on a short t...view item »

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling’s third album “A Creature I Don’t Know”, from 2011, and follow up to 2010’s brilliant “I Speak Because I Can” finds her with more of a confident swagger than ever before. There’s an assured air about her performance on opener “The Muse”. The production is on a bigger scale...view item »

You Me At Six
Loverboy

Not many record sites/stores sell this particular vinyl and I'm so glad I was finally able to find it. I love the fact that it ships worldwide....view item »

Laura Marling
Sophia

The ever-popular Laura Marling has a brand new single out, which after the most rudimentary of interweb searches I discover is the one that her record company think is the most representative track from her new album to catapult her to inevitable world-wide mega-status. Unfortunately ...view item »

Jamie T
If You Got The Money

JAMIE T is a right ole cheeky scamp. the cover of his new single has him with his family on the cover. Nice idea and more importantly a nice family photo. They all look happy which is cool in this day and age of dysfunction and wrongness. You probably know what he sounds like by now so there's not much me saying this but he's a right ole...view item »

Laura Marling
Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)

From the living room of RAWK up to the attic of delight and wonder that is Laura Marling. She has got a single out called 'Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)'. It's an acoustic number, with gently strummed guitars and breathy emotive vocals. The record has a sweet etching on the B-side.It looks really nice. I didn't know people used brackets in ther...view item »

The Durutti Column
The Guitar and Other Machines

Massively expanded edition of the sixth album by Factory Records veteran Vini Reilly. Having been gifted electronic equipment by label boss Tony Wilson, Reilly set about devising fresh contexts for his liquid guitar playing. The Stephen Street-produced result was a genuine enric...view item »

Harold Budd & Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois
The Pearl

I have several other Brian Eno albums, and this one fits right in with the rest. It is a beauty to behold. It is really relaxing and conjures imagery in your mind's eye. It tells a story, and you can tag along to see the story unfold. What you perceive is largely determined by your mindset at the time when you listen to it. If you are stressed o...view item »

Brian Eno & David Byrne
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Not since the Beatles reissues has a remastering provided such a dramatic improvement. Although it doesn't say so, I'd suspect engineer Greg Calbi (who mastered the original album) went back to the original 24-track masters, meticulously cleaned up each individual track, then recombined them digitally for maximum clarity. These don't sound like ...view item »

Brian Eno
Discreet Music

For an artist that has helped shape the musical map since the 70's, and remained a sterling producer, and also has an album work rate to put most musicians to shame, it's truly surprising that Brian Eno, has so many absolutely essential albums to his name. One of the early masterpieces of ambient music, Eno's "Discreet Music" really defies descr...view item »

Brian Eno
More Music For Films

When I saw that this was coming out, I was immediately excited, since the original MUSIC FOR FILMS was such a unique collection at the time of its release. This latest version (and some of the tracks are just that -- versions of earlier releases) doesn't break any new ground, but fans of Eno will likely want to have a copy for their collections ...view item »

The Future Sound Of London
Lifeforms

It's excellent to see such a seminal work still deserving reissue treatment. Future Sound of London's 1994 masterpiece is a timeless collage of synthesised and environmental sounds, standing at the centre of the duo's vast contribution to electronic music history. If you don't already own it, time to make a change....view item »

Willy Mason
So Long

Willy Mason has a new single out on CD and etched 7" and it's a slab of bar room mid west country folk with a bit of college rock thrown in for good measure. Rather mainsteam we thought... Get your plaid shirt on, get pissed and bottle someone really hard in the face. Yee har.......view item »

The Music
Welcome To The North

The Music have a new CD/Double vinyl set out on Virgin entitled "Welcome To The North". If these muppets are your tour guides for this part of the world then I wouldn't blame any of you for scampering back to the comfort of yr Camden boozing hovel or Cornish tea room etc claiming what you've encountered to be "grim...view item »

Phoenix
It's Never Been Like That

Album number three from those slick Parisian pop fellows Phoenix. It’s Never Been Like That was something of a hit on initial release in 2006, pleasing listeners across the spectrum with its mixture of soft rock textures, pop melodies, and louche Frenchness. Reissued in a vinyl format by Rhino....view item »

Massive Attack
Heligoland

This was the fifth album from the masters of trip hop and as usual contains an array of guests including Horace Andy (natch), Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval and..well...  Guy Garvey. You can't get all your decisions correct I suppose but this is ...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream

This record doesn't need a big review. As long as you can stand Billy Corgan's voice, then every fan of loud guitar music should own it. It's the Smashing Pumpkins best and one of the finest the whole Grunge/Alternative scene produced. But if you don't like that voice then you probably won't make it throug...view item »

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