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Robert Sotelo
Infinite Sprawling

Robert Sotelo returns to Upset The Rhythm with another set of charmingly idiosyncratic ballads. Sotelo has always had a knack for combining the intimacy of your classic singer-songwriter fare with the angular quirk of post-punk - think a plugged-in Richard Dawson, John Maus with the effects switched off, or perhaps a more erstwhile King Krule. Infinite Sprawling chronicles changes in Sotelo's life - a move from London to Glasgow, a final trip to visit his mother in Argentina - with affecting sensitivity. This one has the potential to be a cult hit, so maybe cop Infinite Sprawling early in order to claim bragging rights later on.
  • Vinyl LP (UTR122)
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Lunch Lady
Angel

Angel is the debut album by LA four-piece, Lunch Lady. Their sound is influenced by early ‘80s UK post punk and new wave. The two girls and two guys that make up the band add a dreamy, Californian sun-drenched quality to their otherwise Brit-influenced indie noodling, making for an original meeting of sounds.

Kaputt
Carnage Hall

'Carnage Hall' (geddit?) is the debut album from Kaputt the latest DIY act to come out of Glasgow, Scotland. They employ a saxophone but don't let that put you off as they create a sonic maelstrom of post-punk riffs, unusual staccato beats and energetic rhythms. Like a lot of albums in 2019 it tries to make sense of the shambles that is Brexit but is also the sort of body shaker that will allow you to forget the world's troubles for a minute and enjoy the party.  
  • Vinyl LP (UTR126)
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Trash Kit
Confidence

'Confidence' is the long awaited second album of London post-punk power trio Trash Kit. Featuring members of pop-punk trio Shopping and dance-pop trio Halo Halo (named after a multicoloured pudding). This record has all the restless momentum, playful melodies and rhythmic energy you would expect to find following their self-titled debut album. If you like things like X-Ray Spex, Erase Erata, Tom Tom club or you enjoy polyrhythms but you also like to dance then this is for you. 
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Trash Kit
Trash Kit

Trash Kit of the so-called 'London DIY Scene' have been active since 2008.  This, their self-titled debut came two years later, and sees the trio play a minimal and discordant post-punk that brings to mind bands like the Slits and Minutemen. Across its 28 minutes they whip through ideas at a 100 miles per hour, and sound like they're having a blast doing so.

Normil Hawaiians
What's Going On?

High-grade reissue of the 1983 album of Normil Hawaiians, who were not Hawaiian but were based within the vivid Brixton squat scene of the time. Operating in the grim depths of Thatcherism and following the suicide of a close associate of the band, Normil Hawaiians recorded this remarkable suite of unusual and highly-collaborative group music, which sadly sank without a trace as a consequence of label failings. But this reissue gives What’s Going On? the love it deserves, with lots of liner notes and seven bonus tracks, as well as a fine remastering job.

Terry
Who's Terry?

Who’s Terry? Well, I’ll tell you. Terry are a post-punk band from Australia and they have a new EP called Who’s Terry? It is their third EP and follows on from their debut album, I’m Terry. I assume that after that, fans of the band knew all about Terry, but don’t let that put you off buying this EP, it’s likely to be a corker.  
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The World
First World Record

Oh don't tell Robin about this. Oakland post punk band the World have double sax. That's two saxophones. For anyone who thought that one was enough then they might be made to reconsider after listening to their brand of rambunctious dance music which harks back to all those DIY post-punk singles you bought in 1981. 
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Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.

Constant Mongrel
Experts In Skin

Constant Mongrel mix the seemingly incompatible snarling punk sound with the laissez faire attitude of your average surf dude….snarling punk and synths….snarling punk and bouncing vocals.  Experts In Skin is the Aussie band’s first release since their 2018 debut, Living In Excellence. Transparent vinyl 7” single on Upset The Rhythm, limited to 400 copies.
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Trash Kit
Horizon

Trash Kit are a three-piece comprising of Rachel Aggs (Shopping, Scared Paws), Rachel Horwood (Bas Jan, Shopping, Bamboo) and Gill Partington. Horizon is their third album and first in five years. With the members being active in many other musical projects, lots of influences feed into the Trash Kit sound, but it’s fair to say that The Raincoats and Sleater Kinney have been fairly influential here.

Sauna Youth
Deaths

Sauna Youth’s third album, Deaths, mixes a whole lotta genres into their punk sound. The London-based group forced a deadline on themselves by booking the studio time before anything was written. This meant the creative process was turned on its head and time limits meant whichever band members could make it to sessions each week played whichever instrument needed. The lyrics touch on politics, action and inaction, the drudgery of work, the fun of leisure and the nuisance, or otherwise, of distraction. LP and CD on Upset The Rhythm.

Bamboo
Daughters Of The Sky

Third studio album from Bamboo, the project formed by Peepholes’ Nick Carlisle and Trash Kit’s Rachel Horwood. Taking inspiration from the florid beauty of classic folk and the pristine ambient productions of Berlin-era Bowie, Daughters of the Sky is thematically underpinned by motherhood and nature. 

Vital Idles
EP

Glasgow’s Vital Idles follow up 2018’s debut LP, Left Hand, with a new EP simply titled, EP. Their music recalls The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats in a kinda post-punk-meets-indie-pop way. So, this is a good thing, we are sure of it. 4-track 7” EP on Upset The Rhythm.

Hygiene
Private Sector

The eight-year wait for London post-punk band Hygiene to follow up their memorable debut album Public Sector is at an end, with their sophomore effort titled Private Sector (naturally!). Where its predecessor was nostalgic, this new effort rages at modern-day Britain in its current phase of capitalistic twilight. 
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Red Channel
Crazy Diamonds

Come on Red Channel! Come on Upset the Rhythm! Come on you Crazy Diamonds! This 7" EP features four tracks that show off the band's post-punk experimentation, all brought together under the harmonies of their twin vocalists. Though a bassline is always present, the rest of the instrumentation leaves Red Channel ethereal enough that they might just float away.
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Nots
3

Drums? Tick. Bass? Tick. Reverby vocals? Tick. Yes yes, looks like we've got ourselves a classic case of the no-waves. Nots are now a three piece, having shed a synth player since their last record. This makes 3 an incredibly cold record, one that is anchored by its rhythms and liberated by its lyricism. On Upset The Rhythm. 
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Hash Redactor
Drecksound

Hash Redactor are an indie rock/punk band comprised from Alex McIntyre of Ex-Cult,  Meredith Lones and Charlotte Watson from Nots and George Williford who has played in a number of Memphis bands. Drecksound is their debut full-length LP. Expect some energised, avant guitar interplay backed-up by a solid rhythm section. LP on Upset The Rhythm.
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Guttersnipe
My Mother The Vent

If your music needs a bit of weirdness then Guttersnipe are your people. The Leeds duo have been tantalising crowds far and near for the last few years with their blend of Aids Wolf-like racket and Whitehouse intensity. Theirs is a musical language not even invented yet so get this debut wax offering and see if you can figure it all out.  

Rattle
Sequence

It's hard to imagine a band that using just drums and vocals would be an effective entity but Rattle sort of works. They consist of two drummers,  Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, who weave a percussive spell adding dual vocals along the way. This follow up to their well received self titled debut explores this territory further by way of four long form tracks which gives the duo space to explore their sound further.  

Terry
I'm Terry

Hello Terry. Rather than a person (like Venables) Terry is in fact a band from Australia none of which (to my knowledge) are called Terry. According to the press release Terry romance the mundane but at the same time share ideals with Steely Dan and 10CC neither of which are mundane. They are meant to make you queasy.
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The Green Child
The Green Child

The Green Child is Mikey Young (of Total Control) and Raven Mahon (of Grass Widow), playing together and not-together, cross-continentally. This is their self-titled debut full-length, and it's an electronic song-based tour de force of arpeggiating synths and cool vocal performances. Released by Upset The Rhythm.
  • Vinyl LP (UTR102)
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Primo
Amici

Amici is the debut album from Australian three-piece, Primo. Their member have previously been in Terry, Shifters and Film Expert. From what we’ve heard they sound a lot like drummer Xanthe’s previous band, Terry with a ‘90s-ish deadpan delivery, similar to Mary Timony’s various musical projects. LP limited to 500 copies and CD on Upset The Rhythm.
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Bamboo
Prince Pansori Priestess

Bamboo is a new collaboration between members of Peepholes and Trash Kit. What they are all about is busy, colourful, slightly off-key synth-pop. Prince Pansori Priestess is highly listenable (and often danceable), whilst also not sounding quite like anything else. Pressed to 180g white vinyl, in a limited edition of 500 copies on Upset The Rhythm.
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Apostille
Choose Life

Glaswegian, Night School Records manager and probable trainspotter Apostille (one Michael Kasparis) upsets the rhythm on Upset the Rhythm with his new album Choose Life. This one follows 2015’s Powerless with upbeat retro (especially the bass) synthpop. Good luck un-seeing the cover photo ever.

Vital Idles
Left Hand

Scottish art-punks Vital Idles follow up some promising EPs with a debut LP for solid-as-a-rock imprint Upset The Rhythm (John Maus, No Age). The lean, erudite no-wave of Left Hand recalls fellow Glaswegian legends Life Without Buildings. Singer Jessica Higgins does a good line of combining the plainly-spoken delivery of Alanna McArdle with the abstract diatribes of the late Mark E Smith.
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School Damage
Sings... Four Songs About One Cat

Australian quartet School Damage have followed up their debut LP, Battered Lives with Sings….Four Songs About One Cat, an EP dedicated to their maverick cat, Lumpy. The band started as a bedroom project for Carolyn Hawkins before expanding into a four piece. They take their influences from The Particles, Young Marble Giants and The Vaeslines and feature members of Chook Race, Parsnip, Ausmuteants and Frowning Clouds. 7” on Upset The Rhythm.

Dog Chocolate
Moody Balloon Baby

Never mind the bollocks… it’s Dog Chocolate. And if you’re into Lahndahn punk what is abrasively facetious and that, it’s also very much the dog’s. Following on from 2014’s Snack Fans, the trio pack a surprising amount of nonsense into fewer than 25 minutes for their latest opus, Moody Balloon Baby. True to the punker roots though, there’s social commentary leaking out through the cacophony.

Terry
8 Girls

Terry contain four musicians with serious pedigree: members play in Total Control, Mick Harvey Band, School of Radiant Living, Russell Street Bombings and more besides). For Terry, they bring out an indie pop that is plenty of fun but takes no bullshit: 8 Girls is a patriarchy-crushing set of tunes. Edition of 400 copies of transparent 7” vinyl.

No Babies
Someone To Watch Over Me

Oakland, California’s post-punk no-wavers No Babies just want what we all want - someone to watch over us. And, uh, no babies? Doubtless spoilt for choice of lyrical content with recent political and social developments of their US base of operations, the group are channelling fury and friendship just as effectively as on previous releases.

Terry
Talk About Terry

Talk About Terry is the debut release from Terry, a band led by Al Monte of Total Control. Three short sharp tracks of indie pop, sung by the collective vocals of the whole band, as if they are trying to mould themselves together into an actual single entity, named Terry. Charming pencil sleeve art that captures the tone quite well. White 7” on Upset The Rhythm.
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Deerhoof
The Magic

Deerhoof went from the first ideas of The Magic to the finished album in just 7 days, and that sense of frenzied immediacy is tangible in the fresh flavours of the music. As ever, the band deftly navigate a busy landscape of musical styles, often managing to follow experimental avenues and rock out at the same time. Fun times, on Upset The Rhythm.
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Normil Hawaiians
More Wealth Than Money

From 1982, here is Normil Hawaiians’ remarkable double debut album More Wealth Than Money, an experimental post-punk epic that utilised tape loops, strange echoes and kosmischey psych to create four sides-worth of unique sonic space. Never properly released in the UK at the time, now we can relish this great work in full on CD and vinyl editions! Both formats come with a booklet.

Robert Sotelo
Cusp

Andrew Doig makes his full length album debut as Robert Sotelo. Cusp showcase twelve tracks of delightful and sincere psyche-pop. It verges on lo-fi, but it’s more just charming. Drawing influence from the likes of Paul McCartney, it’s a slice of post 30 life. Limited LP on Upset The Rhythm.

Darlene Shrugg
Darlene Shrugg

Not a person but a band who seemingly eschew all forms of internet presence they are however made up of people you may have heard of. Former Slim Twigs and Tropics folks began collaborating with Meg Remy of US Girls and the unlikely trio were then joined by further people who had already traded under the name Ice Cream. Their interesting dynamic seems to be influenced by the raw rock power of Black Sabbath and the garagey rock splurted out by the likes of the Hives and the Strokes. 

PIKACYU*MAKOTO
Galaxilympics

Pikacyu*Makoto is the super-powered pairing of Acid Mothers Temple’s Makoto Kawabata and Afriampo’s Pikacyu, together whisking up a lovely suite of technicolour dream-psych on drums, guitar, synth and vocals. Galaxilympics is a really fun and happy listen, recommended for fans of both good times and cosmic Japanese music. On Upset The Rhythm.

Gen Pop
On The Screen EP

Gen Pop are a good ol’ punk band and On The Screen EP is their take on the modern world. From us all being chained to a screen of some kind to violent musings on excess and frustration, Gen Pop unleash some mean old guitar noise and some heavy vocals across five tracks on this raucous 7” on Upset The Rhythm.
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Bamboo
The Dragon Flies Away

Bamboo features members of Trash Kit and Peepholes, but this is no side-project: their music is fully-formed, highly creative and, in the case of The Dragon Flies Away, rather theatrical. The Dragon Flies Away was originally released as a limited run of cassette tapes, but the album has now been promoted to CD and vinyl status. Out on Upset The Rhythm.

Pega Monstro
Casa De Cima

Pega Monstro are a Portuguese sister duo based in Lisbon, producing dreamy-thrashy guitar-drums-vocals music from (on this album) a house in the mountains. Casa De Cima obviously benefits from the powerful and intimate familial bond between the two Reis sisters, but the record is firmly outward-looking, staring down the world and daring it to bring it on. Released by Upset The Rhythm.

Feature
Banishing Ritual

Rad trio music from Liv Willars, Heather Perkins (also of Slowcoaches) and Jen Calleja (also of Sauna Youth). As Feature, these three create awesome jet-propelled melodic-punk / drone-pop (their own awesome descriptors) with a fierce DIY and anti-sexism approach. Banishing Ritual is their debut full-length, and its out on Upset The Rhythm.

Terry
Remember Terry

Terry are a four piece group out of Melbourne Australia. Some of them are in other bands including the brilliantly named Constant Mongrel. Together, Terry perform a shambling kind of indie pop  - the sort that get’s umpteen plays on Marc Riley and successfully tours the UK’s smaller halls. I like how they all sing together  - that’s nice. This is their second album.    

Rat Columns
Candle Power

David West continues work on his baby, the ever versatile Rat Columns, through a series of punk rock and pop plot twists that don't quite hook up but never really intend to. His EP for Blackest Ever Black under this moniker was tinged with a light psychedelia and had an earnestly classic feel to it, though that makes no guarantees on this record's sound. 

Xiu Xiu
FORGET

Xiu Xiu has finally returned from their stint at the Black Lodge, but perhaps they have taken some madness with them. After recording and touring with the popular Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, they are now returning with FORGET, packed with eccentric electro-pop, overdriven vocals and utterly danceable rhythm tracks - hidden away there somewhere. Produced by John Congleton (Sigur Ros) and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. 

Rattle
Rattle

Rattle are a magical double drums duo, somehow creating memorable, tuneful songs with carefully-schemed drum patterns and some vocals: rhythmic alchemy. Katherine and Theresa play in Kogumaza and Fists respectively, but this has to be their most impressive work. Debut full-length Rattle is out on Upset The Rhythm.

Terry
Terry HQ

With the sad demise of Wogan there's room for another Terry in town. This Terry contain members of Total Control and make music which owes a lot to those scratchy post-punk types. They often sing all together in a kind of communal depressed football team style. For fans of early the Chills, Swell Maps, the Clean and the Go-Betweens I think.   

Normil Hawaiians
Return of The Ranters

Recorded in 1985, Normil Hawaiians’ third album Return Of The Ranters is quite an album. On the one hand it is a set of relatively conventional mid-80s post-punk political songs. But on the other hand, strange details and structures are packed in everywhere: strange violin loops, unidentified tones, and unrestrained improvisation. Significant reissue on Upset The Rhythm.
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Pega Monstro
Alfarroba

Pega Monstro are a sister act who started playing in their teenage years. As a duo on drums / guitar / keyboards / double-shouted-vocals, they have the super-tight chemistry that comes of literally growing up with another person. Alfarroba is their first record to be fully released outside of Portugal, courtesy of Upset The Rhythm.

Sauna Youth
Distractions

Originating from Brighton, Sauna Youth are everything a post punk band should be: impossible to categorise, totally wild live performers with a sound that is contradictorily harmonious and brutal at the same time. ‘Distractions’ consists of 14 instinctive songs about desire, carried by a sound that is both superhuman and super weird. It’s also really fun to dance to.
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Chester Endersby Gwazda
Shroud


  • Vinyl LP (UTR058)
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Gentle Friendly
Rrrrrrr


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Soiled Mattress And The Springs
Honk Honk Bonk


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Yikes
The Secrets to Superflipping


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