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Tijuana Panthers
Ghost Food

If, like this Norman Records™ tiddlywink, you just need a bit of good old garage-punk in your life from time to time, then you should look no further than this new EP from Tijuana Panthers. The Californian trio serve up a half-dozen morsels of impish, lovable scuzz-rock on Ghost Food. From time to time things get a little surfy, too. Jay Reatard’s an obvious influence, as is early Wavves.
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Tijuana Panthers
Carpet Denim

Scratch beneath the surface of the ostensibly sunny, energetic, catchy, Californian surf-punk of Tijuana Panthers and you’ll find a more wonderfully weird band than you might expect. Less 'Surfin’ USA' and more Freakshop USA. Carpet Denim is their wonderfully titled fourth album for Innovative Leisure.

Pinky Pinky
Turkey Dinner

LA indie rock three-piece Pinky Pinky have a name that sounds cute but it’s origins are actually rather more sinister: it’s the name of mythical South African monster used to scare young girls into not wearing pink. Turkey Dinner is their debut album. Two previous EPs and relentless touring have earned them fans in high places: Dave Grohl, Brian Bell (Weezer) and Albert Hammond Jr.

J-E-T-S
ZOOSPA

Here come the warm J-E-T-S. This is a new team-up between serial club botherers Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar, and on their wackily-named first LP ZOOSPA the pair use their know-how to create thick, metallic-sounding beats. There’s not really one style you can pin down here - rather, J-E-T-S have that kind of mish-mash R ‘n’ B/hip-hop/EDM sound that works so well for Hudson Mohawke. ZOOSPA is bolstered by some great guest appearances from (among others) Dawn Richard and Mykki Blanco.

Claude Fontaine
Claude Fontaine

Claude Fontaine - a woman who sounds like her parents used a ‘French names’ bot to generate her birth certificate - clearly loves Jamaican music. She seems to be particularly partial to the golden-age rocksteady, ska and reggae of early Trojan and Studio One. In fact, she’s so enthralled with the scene that she’s made sure her eponymous debut LP sounds like it was cut several decades ago. Over saturated riddims Fontaine coos in a breathy voice that recalls Jane Birkin. All of this makes for an extremely chic listen.

Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse

Innovative Leisure drop the fourth LP from blue-eyed soulster Nick Waterhouse. As with the Michael Kiwanukas and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reeds of this world, you get the sense that Waterhouse has quite possibly never listened to a record that wasn’t cut for either Motown or Stax. His eponymous record is a meticulous recreation of sounds and styles from an era that, sadly for Mr. Waterhouse, will never return.

Harriet Brown
Mall Of Fortune

Get ready to hit the dancefloor with Mall Of Fortune, the second album from cool guy Harriet Brown. His beautiful falsetto vocals are soulful and funky, and they are supported by the slickest of production. Features guest vocal spots from Felicia Douglass and Ana Roxanne. Released by Innovative Leisure.
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The Molochs
Flowers In The Spring

Now, now, look at you now, Flowers In The Spring-do. The Molochs aren’t Travis - who is? - but the Californian group certainly share an ear for melody with the Glaswegian group (‘Sing’ is an anthem and if you think otherwise then you’re wrong). This is an LP of laid back, '60s-inspired college rock that would have shifted serious units in the early ‘90s. The Molochs probably won’t like it if we point out the similarities between ‘Too Lost In Love’ and Hanson’s ‘MMMbop’, but if you’re going to write songs that sound like Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’ then we’re afraid that we have no choice but to compare them to Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’. (Hanson, it should be reiterated, are no Travis.)

Traps PS
New Chants

Sometimes press releases can actually muddle things up for a rather than simplify them. What do you mean when you say the band is ‘questing for an expression not yet known’, or 'matriculating the madrigals of mayhem'? Why have you spent a paragraph comparing said artist to Johnny Major-Shakin’-Bacon? Who even is that? Anyway, kudos to whoever wrote the spiel for New Chants by Traps PS. Within the first paragraph they compare the LA trio to The Minutemen and Gang Of Four, and they close out by talking about Wire, and that’s the whole thing sewn up right there. If only more of them were like this.

Vicktor Taiwò
Joy Comes In Spirit

Vicktor Taiwò attempts to combine twin loves of pop music and experimental on a record of inner belief and self-actualisation. His debut, Joy Comes in Spirit, gambles on its bedrock of singer-songwriter soul with amorphous deviations. Tunes stretch and expand, taking on retro game music, rap and 808s-era Kanye in its fetch quest for introspection.
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The Buttertones
Midnight In A Moonless Dream

Innovative Leisure may be best-known for their more beat-orientated output - BADBADNOTGOOD, Nosaj Thing etc. - but there is some fire in the belly of the LA label too. This is exemplified by The Buttertones, a ramshackle rabble who bear the influence of bands like The Gun Club and The Cramps. Their wide-eyed rock ‘n’ roll chops are all present and correct on fourth LP Midnight In A Moonless Dream.

Holy Fuck
Bird Brains

Holy Fuck let us check in on how they are doing with this nice little four-track EP of new jams. Bird Brains shows that they’ve still got it: that knack for mashing together crunked-out dance rhythms and jagged noisy bits into an addictive whole. 10 inches of Holy vinyl, released by Innovative Leisure.
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Mint Field
Pasar de Las Luces

Mexican duo Mint Field have been working on their album Pasar De Las Luces (Passing Lights) for two years. In this time they have honed their dream pop-meets-shoegaze sound which also takes in Krautrock and Yo La Tengo influences along the way. Double vinyl LP, CD and cassette tape on Innovative Leisure.

De Lux
More Disco Songs About Love

Album the third from De Lux, the loveable pair from Los Angeles. More Disco Songs About Love delivers fully on the enticing promise of its title, grafting ‘proper’ songs about real things onto fully-fledged funky dancefloor business. The party lives on with these guys, with even Mark Stewart joining in on one track Out via Innovative Leisure.
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Nosaj Thing
Parallels

Los Angeles based producer Nosaj Thing brings his fourth full length album to Innovative Leisure. Well renowned for his innovative depth pushing emotion and warmth into his electronic productions and not sitting in a single genre. Featuring tracks with Steve Spacek, Kazu Makino, and Zuri Marley. On LP and CD.
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Pinky Pinky
Pinky Pinky EP

If there's one place to thrive as a musician, it's LA. This proggy three-piece seem to have embraced the West Coast environment with their self-titled, and not plinky plonky, Pinky Pinky EP. If nothing else, this four-track offering - co-produced by Hanni El Khatib and Johnny Bell - is an assured slab of teenage exploration.

BADBADNOTGOOD
Lavender (Night Fall Remix) feat. Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg

Collaborations are rarely more effective than this. The coming together of the rapidly ascending Kaytranada and rap veteren Snoop Dogg makes Lavender (Night Fall Remix) by BADBADNOTGOOD a perfect fusion of hip hop and electronica. Its video also captures the Western zeitgeist excellently - as S.D aims a good at a clown-style President Trump.
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Khun Narin
Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band

It all began when someone posted a clip of this band on youtube with the caption  “MINDBLOWING PSYCHEDELIA FROM THAILAND”. What could be seen was a group of musicians who lived in a remote village hundreds of miles away from Bangkok playing some heavy, heavy psych. This led to American producer Josh Marcy contacting the band with a view to producing them. This is the result. The membership of the band and spans several generations, from high school kids to men well into their 60s and is always fluctuating and changing. Its going to be nothing less than interesting, this one. 

Korey Dane
Chamber Girls

Korey Dane, who is an excellent skateboarder as well as a musician, releases his second full-length album. Chamber Girls is a bright and bold set of invigorated indie, recorded pretty much live in the studio on analogue gear, for that extra punch. Chamber Girls is released by the Innovative Leisure label: CD and LP editions available.
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Nick Waterhouse
L.A Turnaround / I Cry

Sounding as if it was dug straight out of the 60s archives, Californian singer/songwriter Nick Waterhouse crafts soul-filled rhythm and blues that you wouldn’t believe was only released in 2016. Sun-filled and uplifting music Ray Charles would condone. Taken from his Never Twice album, this limited 7” features an unreleased duet - I Cry on the B-Side.
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Harriet Brown
Contact

Proving Harriet Brown isn't just a stunning live act, is the eleven track expedition named Contact. Whether is that contact between slick vocals, groovy drum machines, generous synths or the luxurious production, this collection is destined for success. Overlook this wonderment at your peril. 
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El Niño & The Southern Oscillations
El Niño & The Southern Oscillations EP

El Niño & The Southern Oscillations, which sounds like a band but is actually Sam Posner, recorded this ‘meditation on the ocean’ next to the actual ocean, in a coastal cabin in Maine. Beautiful electronica is the name of the game. This eponymous 10” EP is released in a limited edition of 300 records, courtesy of Innovative Leisure.

The Buttertones
Gravedigging

The Buttertones are all about that 50’s rock’n’roller vibe, you can almost hear the slicked-backed hair and sharp dressing. Gravedigging takes that template and gives it a little bit of an electric shock from the garage, leading to a cinematic set of fun cool guy music. This latest Buttertones album is released by Innovative Leisure.

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD fuse jazz, krautrock and hip-hop on IV to sound something like what could only be described an incredible jam session between John Coltrane, Arthur Russell, Can, Herbie Hancock and MF Doom. IV is the follow-up to last year’s Sour Soul - a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah.

Hanni El Khatib
Savage Times

Hanni El Khatib decided to throw away all his past experience for Savage Times, forcing himself to explore new instruments and new ways of working. In other words, this is genuinely experimental music. After stacks of studio discovery, these are the finest 19 tracks from the sessions, presented on CD or as a triple 10” box-set. Out on Innovative Leisure.

The Molochs
America's Velvet Glory

Out on Innovative Leisure (BadBadNotGood, Nosaj Thing, Holy Fuck), this release pushes the envelope rather less than the aforementioned, sticking as it does to Jonathan Richman-style proto-punk and skittering skiffle. America’s Velvet Glory (indeed, indeed) is in the same school as early Parquet Courts or Ultimate Painting - not looking to reinvent the wheel, simply looking to write good songs good. Single ‘You and Me’ sounds like a track called ‘You and Me’ and is dead pleasant.

Nosaj Thing
Fated

Available on 12” Vinyl or CD on Innovative Leisure. Nosaj Thing’s debut album Drift was heralded as a landmark record, and quite rightly so, pushing texture and melody into the foreground. After leaving 4 years before his follow up Home Jason Chung seems more eager to refine his sound even further with Fated. A must for fans of Lapalux and Flying Lotus.

Nick Waterhouse
Never Twice

Oh I know who this guy is. He's the recording genius that made recent records by the Allah Las and Ty Segall sound like they were covered in 60s dust. Now he's doing his own thing which is a cool but perhaps unfashionable blend of elegant 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo and taking inspiration from the back streets of New Orleans.  

Khun Narin
II

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop songs. Released by Innovative Leisure.

Holy Fuck
Congrats

The first new music from Holy Fuck we’ve heard in quite a while! Happily, they’ve slotted right back into the kind of weirdo grooves we remember them being in, although the band reckon that Congrats is a more condensed form of their sound. Either way, it stomps and flares and sizzles and slaps, and is lots of fun. On Innovative Leisure.

Classixx
Faraway Reach

In approaching their second album Classixx wanted to feature numerous vocalists with varying styles and make themselves the constant that tied them together, so the aptly titled Faraway Reach features How To Dress Well, T-Pain, Passion Pit, De Lux, Alex Frankel, Isles, Nonku, Harriet Brown and Panama taking turns. All bringing something different to Classixx’s summer filled dance music. Pool party ready.

De Lux
Berlin Joe / Stranger Love

This single is pressed to 8” vinyl, because well why shouldn’t it be eh? That extra inch allows De Lux to stretch out a little more with these 2 tracks, 1 of them a Woody Allen-loving groove-fest and the other a cover of an old Classixx song. Berlin Joe / Stranger Love is released by Innovative Leisure.
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Wall of Death
Loveland

Wall of Death’s band name clashes pleasantly with their album title Loveland doesn’t it? The album title seems to have it here, with the record fitting comfortably into the warm and bright side of psych-rock as opposed to the crushing death-fuzz side. In fact, Loveland is a lush, gorgeous thing. Released on the Innovative Leisure label.
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Korey Dane
Youngblood

Korey Dane apparently wrote this brace of songs while hitchin’ around the good old US of A, and the consequent record, Youngblood, is thus filled with down-home American stories of hitting the road. Dane’s songwriting shows that he obviously had a great time, and has fixed himself up with some strong musicians who know how to Americana. On Innovative Leisure.
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Tijuana Panthers
Poster

Tijuana Panthers seem rather proud of Poster, the album seemingly representing a step-up from the torrent of material they used to release. Still though, these twelve songs were recorded in just a couple of days, and the energy of that timescale certainly comes through. Poster is released by Innovative Leisure.
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Superhumanoids
Do You Feel OK?

Superhumanoids have a track on new record Do You Feel OK? titled ‘Norwegian Black Metal’, but don’t be fooled: this group would not go down well on a black metal bill. No, this is really an electronic-dance-rock band, a bright and anthemic thing to make people move and smile. Released by Innovative Leisure.

Gossamer
Automaton

Innovative Leisure follow up Nosaj Thing's 'Fated' album with Gossamer's 'Automaton'. LA based producer Evan Reiner uses field recordings, experimental recording techniques, synths and samplers to create atmospheric music that will appeal to fans of Boards of Canada to Four Tet. Inspired by the likes of Delia Derbyshire and Vangelis, Automaton delivers ambient electronica with shades of hip hop, jazz and a twist of abstraction. The 8 track album is available on CD and Vinyl.   
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De Lux
Generation

Wrap your ears around the modern funk adventures of L.A two-piece De Lux. Filtering the wit of Talking Heads and ramming it through a contemporary kaleidoscope Generation is all urban panic and 21st century anxiety wrapped up in shimmering nu-funk gems. Out on CD and vinyl double LP from Innovative Leisure.
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Tropics
Rapture

With floaty synths and steady, dreamy beats, this record will surely leave you enraptured. A sound of carelessness and nonchalance, delivered with the greatest attention to detail, Tropics’ latest is enticing and fresh. Get it while it’s hot and still available on vinyl - this could be a record to remember.
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Hanni El Khatib
Moonlight

Stripped-back garage rock, with a dash of hypermasculine rock and roll and a touch of the blues from San Francisco-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib. On his third album and still heavily influenced by his work with Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. On both vinyl and CD.

Bass Drum Of Death
Rip This

Garage rock duo Bass Drum Of Death are based around the songwriting of frontman John Barrett, who returns here with his second effort, 'Rip This'. The record continues the band's dedication to a guitar sound dedicated first and foremost to raw power, though this time Barrett brings drummer Len Clark in to do some real collaborative work.
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Allah-Las
Worship The Sun

Last time out Allah La's had nailed that 60's worshipping garage sound but didn't quite have the songwriting to match. That record sounded totally beautiful though and its a shame to read the studio they used has closed. Still, 'Worship The Sun' still has that authentic West Coast sound that references The Byrds, Love and The Animals and will sit quite happily in the collections of those who have been listening to the retro influenced likes of Temples, Kurt Vile, Tame Impala and, yes, The La's. Their sound is your classic granny-glassed jangle and strum and is as laid back and melodic as any Rain Parade album. Bonus tracks 'Every Girl' and 'No Werewolf' on the CD and digital release; secret track 'Abez Jam' on the LP.
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Jim-E Stack
Tell Me I Belong

Born and raised in the culturally rich environs of San Francisco, the now Brooklyn-based artist born James Harmon Stack cut his musical teeth as a jazz drummer, but it wasn't until he entered the world of solo production at the age of 16 that he found the freedom necessary to write and record how he wanted. Following time spent in New Orleans, James moved to New York in summer of 2012, and started the slow process of sketching, refining, and developing the diverse tracks that would make up his captivating LP. In every corner of Tell Me I Belong, you can hear an artist who equally reveres classic jazz musicians like John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner, experimental pioneers like Steve Reich, Detroit techno greats Omar-S and Robert Hood, and contemporary boundary pushers Arca, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Actress. Recommended for fans of: Burial, Jamie XX, Nosaj Thing, Shlohmo, Kingdom
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Tijuana Panthers
Wayne Interest

Happy surf pop garage is always welcome during these rainy days. If you need some sun etched into beautiful vinyl grooves, Tijuana Panthers’ Wayne Interest is just what you need. Packed with short songs brimming with bright melodies and upbeat singing, this record would make even the British summer feel warm.

BADBADNOTGOOD
III

The third album from the three jazz/hip-hop lads (jazz-hop?), BadBadNotGood, or BBNG, create moody, dark hip-hop instrumental beats through some excellent drumming, piano and bass playing. It’s exciting, live music which, like the best instrumental hip-hop from the likes of J Dilla and Madlib, creates a story without the need of lyrics.

De Lux
Voyage

Skateboard tricksters Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco make up LA duo De Lux. Voyage is their debut album. Their sound can be described as new romantic punk meets LCD Soundsystem with elements of Talking Heads and Brian Eno. If you didn’t know any better you would assume you had been transported back to the late '70s/early '80s when listening to this. Voyage is available on vinyl LP and CD.

Nick Waterhouse
Holly

Holly is Nick Waterhouse’s second album. The soulful blues Waterhouse plays maybe surprising to those who are aware of his roots in the Californian psych-garage scene that spawned such acts as Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. Think more Van Morrison and Mose Allison and you're on the right track. Holly is available on vinyl LP and CD.
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Hanni El Khatib
Head In The Dirt

Hanni El Khatib’s music is that sort of garage-punk that, while still ramshackle enough to pass for Proper Rock Music, also has enough vogueish cool to it to bring in a lot of endorsements from big-time sportswear brands. As such, it’s no surprise to find out that The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has put his grubby mitts all over Khatib’s sophomore full-length Head In The Dirt. Somewhere in Manhattan there is a model who owns a ‘vintage-look’ turntable and only one record. Head In The Dirt is that record.

Bass Drum Of Death
Bass Drum Of Death

With a name like that, you can only expect the very most of Bass Drum of Death.  A noisy swagger dripping from this self-titled release, this is rock. For a second album, you can hear changes going on in John Garrett’s head, songs bubbling to the surface in the wake of his debut. Great in its own right, and a promise of what lies ahead.
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Lazer Sword


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