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Frenship
Vacation

LA pop duo Frenship double-down on the success of singles such as 'Capsize' and prepare to take the world by storm with their debut album, Vacation. The pair have been working together for six years, so they have really honed their craft. Vacation includes guest performances from Bastille and Yoke Lore. On Counter Records.
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Big Wild
Superdream

The band name is Big Wild and the LP is called Superdream, so it's wise to leave any expectations of a shy and retiring affair at the door. As expected the debut full-length from the one born Jackson Stell is about as maximalist as electronic music gets these days. Songs such as ‘Maker’ and ‘Joypunks’ (you’ve really got to start putting spaces between your words, dude) are E-number-pop of the Passion Pit/M83 school.

Maribou State
Kingdoms In Colour

Maribou State return with their sophomore LP. The follow-up to 2015’s Portrait is another collection of breezy, emotive electronica that takes in plunderphonics, festival house, post-dubstep and more. Hopping on a trend in this sort of thing at the moment, there seems to be a Bollywood flavour to some of the samples. Khruangbin guest on the Bonobo-y ‘Feel Good’.

Laurel
Dogviolet

Up ‘n’ coming Londoner Laurel introduces her debut Dogviolet. Named after everyone’s favourite purple, scentless flower, it broods on the complex old chestnut of love. Focused around yearning, expressive guitar riffs and Laurel’s soulful vocals, it’s a strong new entry in this sort of confessional pop canon. The softened, wilting texture, courtesy of the mixes having been sent through reel-to-reel prior to mastering, help round off the character of things.

Conner Youngblood
Cheyenne

After turning some heads with 2016 EP The Generation of Lift, Texan singer-songwriter Conner Youngblood comes through with his debut LP on Counter Records. Cheyenne shares a few tracks with TGoL, and the Bon Iver-meets-Sufjan Stevens vibe of that release is also carried over to this full-length. It's very nice stuff. If the video for highlight ‘The Birds of Finland’ is anything to go by, Youngblood is also an indie heartthrob in waiting.

Maribou State feat. Khruangbin
Feel Good

Khruangbin and Maribou State makes sense. It’s a sort of Lovebox Festival rendering of the King Krule/Mount Kimbie paradigm. ‘Feel Good’, which features a choppy vocal sample bobbing along in a river of playlistable psych-pop, is very much par for the course. This release also comes with a re-pressing of both the original and club versions of MS’s recent single ‘Turnmills’.

Chrome Sparks
Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks is the recording moniker of Jeremy Malvin. He liked the name so much that he decided to name his debut album that too. There’s a buzz about this guy following a couple of well received EPs on Future Classic, the label that has been home to Chet Faker and Flume. He recorded it partly in a secluded cabin in upstate New York and partly in a studio in Brooklyn. If you like The xx, Machinedrum, Toro y Moi and Flume then you should definitely check this out. LP and CD on Counter Records with artwork by Tonje Thilesen.

Kasbo
Places We Don’t Know

Keane once talked about 'Places Only We Know' but Gothenburg based producer Carl Gasbo is more concerned with the places we don't know on this debut. The album is full of his pleasantly chilled uplifting R & B with guests galore including London electronic duo TENDER. Will sound good on the Chart Show or whatever. 

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto, BUOY, Daniel Johns, and Rome Fortune. Big room beats meeting your sky reaching needs.

Jono McCleery
Seeds Of A Dandelion

We've heard this one in the office quite a bit, and it has become a personal favourite of mine. Jono McCleery's voice is truly brilliant. He sings with so much soul and genuine passion. It's raw and it's beautiful. Available on vinyl LP and CD and both have been released on Counter Records. Trust me. It's a good 'un.

Giraffage
Too Real

West coast producer Giraffage brings his debut full length album after a handful of releases on Fool’s Gold and Dim Mak. Glistening synth pop with the slick production of Flume. Featuring guest collabs with Japanese Breakfast, Harrison Lipton, and Angelica Bess from body Language. LP and CD on Counter.

RAC
EGO

RAC (Remix Artist Collective), setup and lead by André Allen Anjos drops his new full length album on Counter Records. Refined electro pop-come-disco with a grand 80s glamour.  With all but the outro bringing a different collaborating artists. Featuring Rivers Cuomo, Chaos Chaos, MNDR, Rostam, St. Lucia, Jordan Corey, Karl Kling and many more.

Conner Youngblood
The Generation of Lift

Singer-songwriter Conner Youngblood takes a lot of inspiration from Sufjan Stevens, having apparently nailed the crucial Sufjan trick of surrounding simple, beautiful melodic songcraft with ornate and intriguing instrumentation. He pulls it off pretty well on The Generation Of Lift, his second EP. 12” on Counter.

Tiga
Always

Taken from Tiga’s No Fantasy Required LP and working with Paranoid London, this club stomper is an old heart with a new head, harking from the golden age. Thick grooved-out acid bassline and shuffled drum machine will get you moving without realising. For Fans of Erol Alkan, Boys Noize. With Seth Troxler remix on the B-side.

David August
J.B.Y / Ouvert

The first solo record in 2 years from David August arrives on Counter, the Ninja Tune-affiliated label. He’s been busy playing with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin you see… But he hasn’t forgotten his house music routes, as J.B.Y / Ouvert capably proves with its shimmer and bounce. 180g vinyl pressing.

The Heavy
Hurt & The Merciless

On Hurt & The Merciless, The Heavy prove their blend of guitar-led neo-soul and modern funk is as tight as ever. Their sound might be rooted in the past, but their catchy songwriting and groovy experimentalism are defiantly modern. The Counter label bring this to CD and heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

Submotion Orchestra
Colour Theory

Submotion Orchestra’s new record is another strong suite of jazz-electronica, with soulful guest vocals from Andrew Ashong and Ruby Wood. Fittingly for the album’s name, Colour Theory is available in a beautiful white-vinyl-with-rainbow-splatter edition, exclusively for independent stores like us.

ODESZA
Light EP

ODESZA follow up their hugely popular album In Return with this new single, featuring the very welcome vocals of Little Dragon. Lush electronic sonics, swelling to big crescendoes. Also included on the Light EP are live recordings of three of the group’s singles, making this a hit-packed disc indeed. 10” vinyl on Counter Records.

Yppah
Tiny Pause

A mostly electronic record here from Yppah. Something of a kaleidoscope this one, with the producer sending a swirl of sample fragments, guitars and synth ambiences over driving, martial beats. Tiny Pause is his fourth full-length record, and is pressed to clear-with-green-splatter vinyl. Out from Counter.

Maribou State
Portraits

Maribou State (whose name I cannot help but read as some crossover of Dan Snaith’s two monikers, Caribou and Manitoba) make music of a dance-pop persuasion, echoing elements rushing together into tightly emotive vocal house formations. Portraits includes vocals from Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, and the special edition comes with a whole extra disc of remixes.

Andreya Triana
Giants

Joining the competitive musical scene of jazzy, soulful, power singer along with artists such as Paloma Faith, Adele and Laura Mvula, Andreya Triana is the latest name to create joyous, fun soul/jazz, all punctuated by her vocals. The songs on Giants are produced by Matt Hales who also produced Paloma Faith and it shows. Comes with bonus CD, exclusive for indy stores, which includes remixes of track “Gold” and alternative edits of “Lullaby”.

Spokes
Everyone I Ever Met


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Ape School
Ape School


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Pop Levi
Police $ign/Ferrifying (for Kenneth Anger)


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John Matthias
Stories From The water Cooler


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