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In This Light And On This Evening

The third album from this highly derivative yet universally popular group. In This Light And On This Evening showed the band start to shake off the Joy Division-on-an-off-day vibe of their first records and start to introduce electronics into their dark sonic stew. Features the 'classic' ‘Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool’. ...view item »

Public Service Broadcasting
White Star Liner

40,000 copies sold of their last album.... selling out the Albert Hall? Well our favourite 'putting-bits-of-old-commentary-over-second-rate-post-rock' lot are back with a 4 track EP which you could have got for free by taping off 6 Music when it was broadcast. This time they have turned their attention to that time the Titanic went down. Whateve...view item »

Melanie de Biasio
No Deal

Originally from Charleroi and currently based in Brussels, De Biasio is a classically trained flautist and the possessor of an extraordinary voice - she has been called the Belgian Billie Holiday. The minimalist, semi-improvised 'No Deal' should appeal to fans of late-period Talk Talk: Mark Hollis is a huge figure for De Biasio. She also...view item »

Agnes Obel
Citizen Of Glass

Agnes Obel is quite talent: she’s got classical piano chops, a powerful voice, and a skill for folk-inflected songwriting. Of course, the important thing is that she brings it all together into a satisfying whole. Citizen Of Glass uses lots of strings and harpsichord, and occasionally performs the old Feve...view item »


English glumsters Editors release their 6th album 'Violence' the follow up to the moribund 'In Dream'. Lead track 'Magazine' showcases a vibrant if poshly produced sound that is sure to bother alternative playlists everywhere. Less of the Interpol these days and more of the Killers widescreen rock I suppose.&nbs...view item »

Joan As Police Woman
Damned Devotion

Damned Devotion is the 5th album proper album by Joan As Policewoman. It sees the Connecticut-born singer/songwriter returning to the emotionally charged music of her earlier releases, such as 2006’s Real Life. Damned Devotion has lyrics tinged with regret about her previous mistakes in love and life....view item »

Lord Huron
Strange Trails

No, Lord Huron is not an aristocrat turned musician. It’s a band from Los Angeles who here present their second album Strange Trails. With country music really kicking off again in the US, the timing of this MOR post-Bruce Springsteen record couldn’t be better. Think The War On Drugs minus the drenched rever...view item »

Melanie De Biasio

We loved Melanie De Biasio's recent Blackened Cities release but here she drops the big one on her third full length album. Her sound is something like Nina Simone channelling Bark Psychosis as she sings the blues over spectral spooky jazz with a post rock sense of ambition. Lookin...view item »

Oscar And The Wolf

Oscar And The Wolf returns to Play It Again Sam for his second full length album. Electrified and diverse synth pop that jumps from up beat electro soul, R’n’B and disco to vibrant pop and darker introverted Purple-esque moments. Inspiration ranges from falling in love with a vampire to the urge to m...view item »

Dark Days + Canapés

Actually can I stop playing the previous Ghostpoet album 'Shedding Skin'? The answer is a big fat 'no'. I loved his more guitar driven sound on that album and if the press release is to be believed this forth opus delves further into that style. His thoughtful if slightly paranoid delivery could be the perfect voice for...view item »

Enter Shikari
The Spark

If their latest single release is anything to go by, then The Spark is going to be a big fat political statement, once again. Rou and the lads in Enter Shikari have become increasingly involved in writing about society and the future of the entire planet- especially with Trump sitting in office. This latest release is a...view item »

Shedding Skin

In football terms Ghostpoet has gone from mid-table Championship to nailed on Champions League place with this, his third record. In short: he's really upped his game. Where previous records were interesting but a little niche, Ghostpoet has now made a record everyone can enjoy. It's bold, it's bright, it's tuneful. With a background in UK hip h...view item »

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Bohren For Beginners

Welcome to the club. German ensemble Bohren & Der Club Of Gore have been plying their noirish dark-ambient-jazz trade since 1992, and have now elected to make it easy for newcomers to get into their sound with Bohren For Beginners, a compilation of their finest moments. There's something for veterans too though: som...view item »

Arcane Roots
Left Fire

Left Fire is the first EP from UK based math-rock trio Arcane Roots. A cracking dive into the complex, and sometimes crowded, progressive metal and maths rock scene. Released on ‘Play It Again Sam’, ...view item »

J. Bernardt
Wicked Streets / On Fire

Big belter from Belgian songwriter Jinte Deprez who helps steer the big indie rock ship that is Balthzar. He's made a brass-booming, piano-slamming anthem in "Wicked Streets", where his soft and reliable voice slots in amidst a furious and keening band arrangement. It's catac...view item »

Zulu Winter
Silver Tongue

After an afternoon of reviewing largely vibrant sounds, I've finished up with a seven inch by Zulu Winter. I don't know whether to laugh, cry or go outside and aggressively smoke cigarettes whilst glaring at a particularly intere...view item »


Twenty years into a career as topsy turvy as their music Danish prog-poppers Mew unleash their seventh album hot on the heels of 2015's '+ -'. 'Visuals' suggests a band keen on writing in a spontaneous manner using all the bleakness they encountered in 2016 to add a darkness to their '80s influenced progressive music. &n...view item »

Belgica (Original Soundtrack)

Those Dewaele brothers do love a challenge: for Felix Van Groeningen’s film Belgica, they not only composed an original score, they also created tracks ‘in character’ for a number of the fictional musical artists featured in the film. Naturally, Soulwax pull off the ta...view item »


A new studio album from Soulwax, renowned by dancers the world over for their electro-dance-rock good times. From DEEWEE was, impressively, apparently recorded in one single take, with their touring live band locking into the grooves and getting the twelve songs on tape. It’s a double LP (or single CD) release, ou...view item »

Agnes Obel

I’ve never heard Agnes Obel before. She’s one of those many artists that come in that we just never get chance to hear, there’s too many records and not enough time! Well here I am shocked to find out she’s sold almost half a million copies of her debut across the world! I figure it’...view item »

Minor Victories
Orchestral Variations

Minor Victories, the Mogwai / Slowdive / Editors supergroup, released their debut album together to great acclaim in 2016. This new release shows off the breadth of scope and vision that the group possesses, being a full-length suite of Orchestral Variations on the whol...view item »

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Black Earth

Vintage dark-ambient-noir-jazz-doom from the German masters of the field, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Black Earth, dating from 2002, is a particularly strong example of their pitch-black sound: the background vibes of the jazz club at the end of the universe. This moody work is reissued on CD and on double vinyl LP b...view item »

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

In 2005, noire-doom-jazz ensemble Bohren & Der Club Of Gore decided to get even slower and sparser than they had been previously (which was already pretty slow and sparse). Geisterfaust is a one hour span of beautiful crawl for long dark nights. Reissued on CD and, for the first time, on vinyl. From Play It Again Sa...view item »

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Sunset Mission

Vintage dark-ambient-noir-jazz-doom from the German masters of the field, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Sunset Mission is their 2000 album, the first in which saxophone appears. No lively jaunts here though: smooth black darkness is the way of Bohren. This moody work is reissued on CD and on gatefold-h...view item »

Lisa Hannigan
Sea Sew

Here’s a reissue of Lisa Hannigan’s 2008 debut LP, Sea Sew. As the cover may give away, it’s a collection of cutesy folk tunes with Lisa’s husky vocals crooning over soaring strings and musky drumming. The album was nominated for a Mercury and a Choice Prize and went to number one in Irel...view item »

Crystal Fighters
Everything Is My Family

All the bands with ‘Crystal’ in their name always make me think of hazy fuzz-guitars, but Crystal Fighters have more than that up their sleeve on this new album (their third). Everything Is My Family is born out of the band members’ various gap-yearish global travels, and they all came back with a new ...view item »

Lisa Hannigan

After a successful stint as Damien Rice's vocal partner, Lisa Hannigan set out to prove herself as not just a singer but a multi-instrumentalist folk songwriter. 2011's Passenger, Hannigan's sophomore release, showcased her true talents as an all-rounder, and is now available on vinyl&nb...view item »

Few Bits
Big Sparks

Berlin band Few Bits move to [Pias] for their sophomore album of doped up and hazed out jangly, shoe-focused, indie pop. On songs like Anyone Else there’s a 90s teen flick nostalgia going on here, there’s angst but it’s all a bit soft focused, while Summer Sun sits back more and offers more dr...view item »


Swing and sway to your heart’s content with this one. Layers and layers of guitars, sweetly understated distant vocals all blocked together as a soothing harmonious duvet for you to wrap up in. Big and satisfying chords with the tones of Smashing Pumpkins, a bit of My Bloody Valentine, and The Cure...view item »

Keaton Henson
Kindly Now

Here is a new album from the London based visual artist and singer songwriter. It's full of bleakly emotive songs with piano and quivering voice, like a depressed Passenger. It has a modern day production sheen like the most downbeat episode of the X Factor ever. The limited edition version contains art prints personalised by th...view item »

Martha Wainwright
Goodnight City

Martha Wainwright’s new album Goodnight City features an even split between songs written by Wainwright and songs written for her by friends. Impressive friends too, including Beth Orton, Glenn Hansard and Merril Garbus of Tune-Yards...view item »

Enter Shikari
Live at Alexandra Palace

Enter Shikari release the sixth edition in their ‘bootleg’ series of live documents, with what must surely be the largest to date: Live At Alexandra Palace. Pretty much the whole show is here, spread across 2 CDs or 2 splatter-coloured LPs, depending on consumer preference. Relive the experience of February ...view item »

We Fucked A Flame Into Being

Maarten Devoldere is one of the frontmen in Balthazar, but he is also Warhaus. This project is all about late-night songwriting, in the vein of previous moody artistes like Leonard Cohen. The guitars and synth-sounds of We Fucked A Flame Into Being are a perfect fit wit...view item »

Lisa Hannigan
At Swim

Folkie Lisa Hannigan has made two solo records of sparse musings and has previously worked on improving the works of Damien Rice. Her new one, At Swim, has both the lightness and dramatics that characterise her work, and Aaron Dessner respects her sound by producing the record with a...view item »

Roisin Murphy
Take Her Up To Monto

She's quirky and she's popular on 6 Music. Roisin Murphy was formerly in trip hop group Moloko but now makes oddball solo albums that have an electronic oddness about them that contrasts with her dramatic, breathy vocal delivery. This is her latest and follows up the very successful and Mercury Prize nominated 'Hairless Toys'. &...view item »


Solid sophomore effort from this young power trio. Bodacious is more dynamic than their debut 409 and shows a range of styles / influences from rock, punk, funk, reggae and ska. Bodacious is a fantastic album especially if you like pop-punk with excellent drums and clever/cute lyrics. "Bliss" is the third cut on the album and is one of the catch...view item »

Minor Victories
Minor Victories

Minor Victories is a new group, perhaps even a supergroup: it comprises members of Editors, Slowdive and Mogwai. Although the original intention was all-out noise, what seems to have arisen is an album of dramatic, vocal-led songcraft. This self-titled debut album is out on Play...view item »

The Zoo

Swedish/American combo FEWS came to the attention of most people with their debut single Ill, which was released on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label. They also wowed the crowds at the Speedy Wunderground festival. Now signed to Play It Again Sam, their new single The Zoo mixes post-p...view item »

Melanie de Biasio
Blackened Cities

Belgian jazz composer / performer Melanie de Biasio assembled her choice collaborators for this single piece. Blackened Cities slides from smooth, soulful jazz tune into a high-momentum flight of instrumental power, de Biasio’s vocals free-flowing over the top. Powerful stuff, available as a CD or...view item »


This debut release from FEWS borrows the structures and experiments of post-punk, but replaces any brooding seriousness with a playful melodic sensibility. Means, on the Play It Again Sam label, is ten tracks of bold, exuberant and psychedelic guitar music made for both dancing and headphone app...view item »


The time has come for Brodka, a big deal within Poland, to spread her sound further afield with a full international release of her album Clashes. Her music is legit pop, but it is also unafraid to experiment with texture and tone. Bonus booklet with the CD edition, and a set of postcards with the vinyl. On Play It Agai...view item »

Beauty Already Beautiful

The first thing you’ll notice about the sound of Spookyland is likely to be the unusual vocals of Marcus Gordon: an accent from australia via some alien region. He fully inhabits the world of his voice and songwriting though: Beauty Already Beautiful is a bold and dramatic debut album and no mista...view item »

Wait Any Longer (Live EP)

Belgian band Balthazar brought their sound to the people of Europe last year, touring their award-winning Thin Walls album. Wait Any Longer collects 4 songs from various live dates where the group let their compositions stretch out a little. 10” vinyl EP released in a limited edition for Record Store Day,...view item »

Violent Femmes
We Can Do Anything

We Can Do Anything is the ninth album from The Violent Femmes and the first new material from the dauntless three-piece in 15 years. The album finds the band in an alluring and exuberant mood mixing their own takes on folk, jazz, blues, punk and rock ‘n’ roll which stretch from the minimal to the cosmic. ...view item »

Good Grief

Good Grief is the second album by Brooklyn band Lucius. It is the follow up to their impressive debut Wildewoman, The band’s sound is built around the vocal talents of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The album was recorded after returning home following two years of touring...view item »

Enter Shikari
Slipshod (Urbandawn Remix)

Slipshod (Urbandawn Remix) is an accompaniment tp the Hospitalised version of Enter Shikari’s Mindsweep record, in which the Hospital Records roster of esteemed Drum & Bass producers rework the Shikari originals. So Urbandawn grafts the Shikari...view item »

Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep: Hospitalised

This is the Hospitalised version of Enter Shikari’s Mindsweep record, in which the Hospital Records roster of esteemed Drum & Bass producers rework the Shikari originals. So we have the likes of Danny Byrd and London Elektricity pumping up tunes for t...view item »

In Dream

This is The Editors fifth studio album, ‘In Dream’ and their second release featuring the ‘new’ line up of the band with founding members Tom Smith, Russell Leetch and Ed Lay being joined by Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams. Following two years of intensive world tours, the five piece has taken a step away from the stra...view item »

Elliot Moss

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but Elliot Moss, with his slow and deep electronic music, is more of a rumbler. His voice cuts through clever instrumentation, with a subtle jazz influences drawing you in further. Highspeeds is the 21-year-old’s debut album, and invites compa...view item »

Zulu Winter
We Should Be Swimming

The second single from these Lamacq approved darksters. The lead track is a slab of catchy techno influenced pop music with a dark heart and a hummable chorus but it never really stings. It's slathered in keyboards and so sits somewhere between Friendly Fires, The Killers and Mystery Jets...view item »

Other Lives

Other Lives started life in Oklahoma before moving their operation to the hip and happening city of Portland. The effect of moving to a new place has had on them is shown in their third album, Rituals with themes of travel and isolation. The album was produced by the band with the help of Joey Waronker who has worked wi...view item »


+- is the new album by Danish art-rockers, Mew. Their sixth studio album was produced by Michael Beinhorn.This is an album of  pop hooks set against a sweeping backdrop of prog-ish indie rock. The band source their influences from far and wide. There is also a guest appearance from Bloc Party&rsquo...view item »

Thin Walls

Drawing on indie rock peers known for their ornateness and on others for the lack of word mincing -- from Grizzly Bear to the Arctic Monkeys -- Balthazar make sure they reference their influences' penchant for writing melodies and choruses, creating heart-throb pop ...view item »

Desolation Sounds

After being in the business of recording and touring for ten years, hardcore favourites, Gallows release their fourth studio album, Desolation Sounds. The album takes it’s inspiration from cult TV shows such as Twin Peaks and True Detective. Fans will be treated to something a little different this time as Des...view item »

Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep

It's the skramz kids! Enter Shikari's deeply sighed post-hardcore emotions are on display agaiin, presented ecstatically on 'The Mindsweep', which continues to see the band swing wildly between the punky fury of the Blood Brothers, the obnoxious EDM of Skrilly, the prog metal of System of a Down and infectuous indie melodies that recall early Bl...view item »


Straight outta the Isle of Wight, meet CHAMPS, a duo with slightly odd voices. Vamala is their second album of odd-pop, and is released by Play It Again Sam. The track titles include a shout-out to Brutalist masterwork The Balfron Tower, which is always appreciated. Includes the single ‘Desire’, and availabl...view item »

Selected Songs 1994 - 2014

Vying for the coveted accolade of Belgium's best band, dEUS have been around ages and ages, often twisting their oddball rock into some very interesting shapes. Here, the band have collated their own 'best of' compiling material from 1994 to date. So if you've always wondered about dEUS but have not commited as far as buying an album, this could...view item »


Punk trio Purple have named their first ever record '(409)' after the area code they're confined to out in Texas. Sonically, it recalls a history lesson in stripped down punk rock as well as shades of newer, quirkier acts who incorporate punk into their spontaneous indie rock (think Cage the Elephant style quirks)....view item »

Rock and Roll Weakling

Spookyland fuses in some genres around his trusty, vulnerable folk rock and comes out the other end with 'Rock and Roll Weakling', an EP that pays respect to many traditions and then fucks shit up in their general direction -- just check out the song titles, like "Blood In The Rain" and "Silly Fucking Thing". For people who think folk and rock a...view item »

Baxter Dury
It's A Pleasure

Baxter Dury will be releasing his new album 'It's a Pleasure' on October 20th through PIAS. The album was produced by Baxter, Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala & Bat For Lashes) and mixed by Craig Silver (Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire & The Horrors).A few words from Baxter Dury about the album:'This album was ...view item »

Oscar And The Wolf

'Entity' is bedroom pop made in an actual bedroom: Max Colombie fronts Oscar and the Wolf, who make unabashed synth pop that sounds a little dark and a little sci-fi. The record was later mixed, outside of Colombie's bedroom, by Leo Abrahams, a veteran of producing pop artists with ambient and electronic inclinations, from David Byrne ...view item »

Agnes Obel
Aventine / Philharmonics

Folk musician and vocalist Agnes Obel mastered the piano at an early age, and has since made two baroque pop masterpieces with it: the eerie 'Philharmonics', which sees piano glittering around her haunting vocal melodies and understated beats, and the neo-classical influenced 'Aventine'. These two sibling records are now being reissued in one pa...view item »

Concrete Love

Here is a new album by The Courteeners. Big in Manchester aren't they? But not many other places. Just taken a listen and its not as lad rock as I expected. Pretty tuneful laid back and pretty indie-rock. They are on sunday brunch on channel 4 so find out for yourselves. Just played another track and its brasher and a bit Interpol-y. Deluxe...view item »


British metalcore punx who sound sort of like Converge but not really, Gallows have long established themselves as one of the country's prime hardcore acts -- also they put the Union Jack on the front cover of one of their albums, so they probably know Frank Turner. Chains ...view item »

Liz Green
Rybka / Where The River Don’t Flow

Having seen Liz Green perform live a couple of years ago I was left with the impression that this was a woman who was not without talent but was clearly bonkers. Her jazzy old-timey compositions sometimes hit the sweet spot though so I'm prepared to investigate further. This is her first single in ages and delves way into the jazz-inflec...view item »

Liz Green
Haul Away!

Charming folky Manc songstress Liz Green is back with her difficult second album, after her well received debut 'O, Devotion'. It's an enjoyable collection of songs with her northern accented sing-song voice backed by lushly understated arrangements sometimes led by piano and sometimes by a gently plucked acoustic guitar. It's quite a varied col...view item »


Wildewoman is the debut album from New York five-piece, Lucius. The band feature the vocal talents of Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who sing dual lead vocals. Lucius have been wowing crowds across the United States, playing in sold out venues. Wildewoman is available on indies only limi...view item »

Joan As Policewoman
The Classic

I spent a long time getting Joan As Police Woman confused with Emmy The Great and unintentionally snoozed on checking her out. I only realised my error recently upon hearing her latest single 'Holy City' and discovering that actually she's a big-lunged soul lady who's snuck comfortably into the ...view item »

Down Like Gold

Last week I had a load of really great records to review, it was a struggle to resist buying several of them for myself. Not every week is like that, though, and this time round I've managed to bag a few stinkers. Thomas J Speight has done a 7" I hated, there's a Lo-Fang a...view item »

Joan As Policewoman
Holy City

Joan As Police Woman is back, complete with a mystifying metallic boob/hand image on the sleeve like she's auditioning for the next James Bond title sequence. 'Holy City' is a cool track, though, a punchy soul bounce full of organs, brass, big harmonies on the chorus, an almost Amy Winehouse-esque voc...view item »

My Spirit Is Broken EP

This band is Champs, not to be confused with The Fucking Champs. Just Champs. They’re a duo playing vocal-led slickly produced folk-pop like a well-polished mixture of Tunng-ish textures and Mumford & Sons-esque shamefully har...view item »

The Weight Of Your Love

Editors are back in 2013 with a new record; THE WEIGHT OF YOUR LOVE. After 3 successful albums with Chris Urbanowicz on the electric guitars and synths on the 3rd effort In This Light and On This Evening, what could we expect after his departure from the band? With 2 new members, fans were forced to forget Chris' Rickenbacker guitar riffs. After...view item »

Some Say I So I Say Light

I see Tricky is no longer on Domino. I wonder what happened there? Will they continue their policy of signing the odd mavericks/nutcase? At least with Clinic you know what you are going to get I suppose. All of which, in a roundabout way bri...view item »

Harper Simon
Division Street

On his eponymous debut Harper Simon sounded a lot more like his dad (that’s Paul Simon, in case you were wondering) than he does here with the exception of “Just Like St. Teresa” and “Leaves of Golden Brown”. On “Division Street” he goes for a mid-fi-on-purpose sound,...view item »

Lord Huron
Lonesome Dreams

My first impression of Lord Huron after hearing the opening harmonies of the superb “Ends Of The Earth” was that they sound like some sort of Appalachian mountain Beach Boys tribute band. Then, I thought that they sound like Fleet Foxes with a bit of The Shins thrown in. I think that overall, a mix of all three is a pretty good asses...view item »

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Jeremy / My Life Is Wrong

Rarely has a band risen so far while showing so little ability. It seems they just caught perfectly the wave of My Bloody Valentine, shoegaze retro wannabees and good on them, at least they single handedly resurrected the seemingly buried ...view item »

St. Peters

Slightly gothy, otherworldy croon-folk on this debut 7” from the Isle of Wight’s Champs, who notably feature members of The Shutes and The Bees. Determined guitar twinkles accompany a solitary voice to begin with, later joined by gently droning organs while the reverbed high pitche...view item »

Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky

Dinosaw Jumper are back with their latest album that sounds like J. Mescalines and the Frog but with the love-lorn one out of ace Indie emo noiseniks September-NO! re-instated and doing his day job like what he did in the late...view item »

Patterson Hood
Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

Patterson Hood has always been a reflective songwriter whether he's writing about the pits of desperation or simple joy and here on his third solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, he gives us both a semi autobiographical song cycle that contains some of the finest songwriting of his career. This is an album that will get und...view item »

Dinosaur Jr
Watch The Corners

I may be a robot, but that didn’t stop me gliding around the office giddilly bleeping and dancing like a robot purpose-built to dance and bleep when the promo turned up for the legendary Dinosaur Jr’s brand new LP, which I can ...view item »

Zulu Winter

I have to admit I knew literally nothing about this band but on a recent visit back home, this album was on one of the listening stations in the local record store I was browsing. I liked what I heard from the couple of songs I sampled. Zulu Winter is an up-and-coming band from the UK, and if you are not familiar with their sound, think ...view item »

Soap and Skin

Anja Plaschg, a.k.a Soap & Skin makes very serious music. Often diagnosed as 'an old soul in a young body', Plaschg work so far can only be categorised as music made by a lady wise beyond her years. On new mini-album 'Narrow' Plaschg is strips back to the bare essentials, in this case...view item »

The Middle East
I Want That You Are Always Happy

The Middle East are an Australian band who will appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Midlake and that sort of thing. Whilst their debut, “I Want That You Are Always Happy” is partly austere indie-folk, with the first couple of songs “Black Death 1349” and “My Grandma Was Pearl Hall”, it does have it’s brighter...view item »

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