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This Heat
Repeat / Metal

Despite dropping in 1993 - long after trailblazing avantists This Heat had split - Repeat/Metal was recorded during the fruitful period between the band’s 1979 debut LP and 1981’s Deceit. Even by their standards, these twenty-minute opuses broke new ground for the group. Drawing on everything from m...view item »


This Heat
Live 80 - 81

It sometimes feels incongruous to think of This Heat as a live act, so fiercely experimental were (and still are) they as a studio band. But they can also make a ferocious racket live, as these recordings of an early-80s European tour will testify. Copping recordings from a microphone near the sound desk, this reissue of Liv...view item »


This Heat
Made Available

Always ones for a good pun, serial groundbreakers This Heat have compiled their 1977 Maida Vale sessions for John Peel on this Made Available compilation. The eight tracks here may be the group’s earliest public recordings - they were taped fully two years before their self-titled debut LP saw day...view item »


Digable Planets
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - 25th Anniversary Edition

Finally: a reissue of Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)! It's the first time the record has been on vinyl since those heady days, now expanded to 2 discs. Their laid-back, finger-snappin' jazzy sound spawned the huge hit 'Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)' - and - the ...view item »


This Heat
This Heat

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! This Heat, their debut, is full of post-punk churn, dissonant ambience, and even proto-drum & bass (‘24 Track Loop’). Remastered audio, 180g vinyl,...view item »


Digable Planets
Blowout Comb

“Blowout Comb” is the second album by Digable Planets and was released in 1994. Their debut album, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” had done well commercially with singles such as “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” even winning a Grammy. Digable Planets were the new stars of hip-hop. ...view item »


Camberwell Now
The EP Collection

Ocean-inspired weirdery from London's Charles Hayward (The Heat) and an ensemble of friends, including a former BBC sound engineer and a ukulele player. Compiled from a selection of EPs originally released in the late 1980s, this vinyl is just one of The Heat / Camberwell Now's quirky recordings to enjoy a reissue on Modern Classics this year....view item »
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This Heat
Deceit

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Deceit is a paranoid, blast of Cold War, post-punk creativity, moving from eerie creep to the ecstatic flare of ‘SPQR’ and the howl of ‘Makeshift...view item »


The Stone Roses
Turns Into Stone

Turns To Stone is an odds and ends compilation that has become a classic in it’s own right. It gathers up the singles, B-sides and other material that The Stone Roses couldn’t squeeze onto their debut album. Containing favourites like ‘One Love’, ‘Elephant Stone’ and ‘Fool&rsquo...view item »


D'Angelo
Voodoo

Voodoo by D’Angelo is regarded by many as the first great album of the new millennium. It was released shortly after 1999 had rolled into 2000. It features a crack-team of R&B musicians who were able to look into each others eyes as they played live. Voodoo is inspired equally by his children, his chi...view item »


Willie Nelson
Spirit

First vinyl release (and on limited gold vinyl to boot) for Willie Nelson's 1996 album, Spirit. The concept album follows the journey of a broken-hearted man as he finds himself again. Musically the album is sparser and more dour than much of Nelson’s discography, in keeping with its decidedly moody subjec...view item »
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Morphine
Cure For Pain



Camberwell Now
The Ghost Trade

The Camberwell Now were a noise/art group formed by drummer and vocalist Charles Hayward after the disbanding of This Heat, featuring This Heat’s sound technician Stephen Rickard who created analogue sampling boards for field samples and tape manipulation ...view item »


This Heat
Health and Efficiency

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Health & Efficiency is a hell of an EP, combining weird tape-manipulated soundscape ‘Graphic/Varispeed’ with the title track, which seems to accele...view item »
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Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward
Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Though best known for his work in This Heat and Camberwell Now, erstwhile sound explorer Charles Hayward has done plenty else in his time. For example, this 1989 split LP with Gigi Masin. The two musicians were tasked with devising music inspired by their local rivers, which led...view item »


Mercury Rev
Deserter's Songs

Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs is truly one of the great works of the 90s alternative era, that is if you want to throw it into that category. Along with the Flaming Lip's Soft Bulletin, this album represented a refreshing new direction for "modern" music to strive for - beautiful and challenging. It truly is a remarkable album filled with breat...view item »
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Tinariwen
The Radio Tisdads Sessions

This is the album that brought Tuareg trance guitar music to a global audience. Recorded using a temperamental, gas-powered generator at the studio for a Tamasheq radio station in the Malian desert, this album is probably Tinariwen's most atmospheric and the one that best represents their grass-roots sound consisting of infectious rhythms, cycli...view item »
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Built To Spill
Ultimate Alternative Wavers

Originally released in 1993 on Seattle imprint C/Z records, 'Ultimate Alternative Wavers' has been remastered from the original tape masters and reissued on gold vinyl for Record Store Day. Marking the twentieth anniversary of this classic shoegazer/grunge band, their debut album can still hold it's own alongside bands like Ariel Pink and Parque...view item »
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The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses

The Stones Roses eponymous debut is widely regarded as essential by many fans. it was originally released in 1989 and was central to the Madchester movement of the late 80s and early 90s. The vinyl reissue is an exact replica of the original, released for its 25th anniversary. It is also available on CD in a slimline dig...view item »
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David Kauffman and Eric Caboor
Songs From The Suicide Bridge

Originally released in 1984, Songs from Suicide Bridge is highly overdue for a vinyl reissue. Remastered from the original tapes, the minimalist folk-rock of David Kauffman & Eric Caboor sounds fresh as ever. Their desolate sound comes to its full potential like never before on this 2x45rpm LP, including the necessa...view item »
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Willie Nelson
Teatro

I don't know if it's a masterpiece, but 'Teatro' is definitely one of the best/most overlooked albums of the '90's, and it deserves a lot better treatment than that. At first the calypso/latino rhythms of the first half don't seem all that appropriate, especially since I'd revisited his "Spirit" and "Red-Headed Stranger (which absolutely IS a ma...view item »
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Tinariwen
Amassakoul

Tinariwen are a group of musicians that performed acoustic tunes for parties and weddings before hearing some honest-to-god rock music and deciding it was time to get the Led out (or at least go electric). Their records are politically charged and often ferocious, commenting on the state of Mali, though they also show off a seamless and gorgeous...view item »
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Big Boys
Where's My Towel / Industry Standard

Best "punk" album ever! You can play it again and again and it comes better all the time. You can play it again and again and it comes better all the time. You can play it again and again and it comes better all the time. You can play it again and again and it comes better all the time. You can play it again and again and it comes better all the...view item »
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Big Boys
Lullabies Help The Brain Grow

Early '80s Austin punk legends Big Boys had their 'Where's My Towel/Industry Standard' debut reissued last year on Modern Classics, and this week their other two albums have turned up. The one that's landed on my review pile is the follow-up to 'Where's My Towel', 1983's 'Lullabies Help The Brain Grow'. Produced by Spot, the quartet really div...view item »
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Big Boys
No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There's Always a Seat

Loose, melodic punk from the highly influential Austin band Big Boys. This reissue of 1984 album No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There's Always a Seat shows them on their final outing before the split. Perhaps the original skate punks, this is an essential album for punk fans. Out on vinyl LP and Cassette ...view item »
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