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The Siddeleys
What Went Wrong This Time?

As if in a dream I walked into the recent Sarah Records showcase at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and there in front of me was a man in a The Siddeleys t-shirt. Having only released two singles and a Peel session they are only just barely remembered even by obsessives of the scene like me. Here is their debut single re-pres...view item »

Apple Boutique
Love Resistance

Let's go back to 1987 and this rarity on Creation which featured the talents of Phil King (in literally every indie band of the era) and John Mohan who was only in Felt and the Servants. They are named after a Felt song and were tipped for great things after their one single. None of this happened and they've ha...view item »
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Tess Parks
Blood Hot

Tess Parks has recently been working closely with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre (see this year’s I Declare Nothing), but this release brings us back to her strong and smoky solo debut. Blood Hot was released in 2013, and is now receiving its first vinyl p...view item »

The Wolfhounds
Unseen Ripples From A Pebble

C86 originals The Wolfhounds were more gritty and intense than the fey, shambling reputation the influential cassette has now, as evidenced on their 1987 debut LP ‘Unseen Ripples From A Pebble’. Reissued and remastered featuring 15 bonus tracks and all of their recorded output for the Pink Label, this album has not been available on ...view item »

14 Iced Bears
Wonder

14 Iced Bears were a proper DIY indie band like they used to make back in the 80’s, enthusiastically operating out of Brighton. They were on the edges of the C86 scene, but with rather more garage and 60’s-psych in their sound than most. This reissue of their second and final album Wonder also includes a dis...view item »
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14 Iced Bears
14 Iced Bears

14 Iced Bears were a proper DIY indie band like they used to make back in the 80’s, enthusiastically operating out of Brighton. They were on the edges of the C86 scene, but with rather more garage and 60’s-psych in their sound than most. This generous reissue pairs their debut album with their first three EPs. Double...view item »
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Medium Medium
The Glitterhouse

Another re-issue from the golden age of experimental pop music the early 80's with this rare artefact of challenging post punk that brings to mind the Pop Group and Talking Heads. Medium Medium marry tight afrobeat influenced rhythms with dub, new wave and a wailing saxophone that is sure to please certain areas...view item »
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The Wolfhounds
Untied Kingdom (…or how to come to terms with your culture)

Debuting in 1986, disbanding in 1990 and now back with their first full length standalone LP 26 years later, The Wolfhounds are as furious and energetic as they ever were. There is a dystopian reflectiveness to their disjointed and modern-twisted punk, with sample manipulation, dub freak outs and detuned jangly and raw rock and ...view item »

Folk Devils
Beautiful Monsters (Singles and Demo Recordings 1984-86)

Folk Devils shone briefly in the mid-1980’s: Beautiful Monsters gathers together all of their singles and throws in a bundle of previously unheard demo recordings. Post-punk with an aggressive and political edge. This is the first release of these singles in quite some time, and the very first time on CD. All rema...view item »

Jane and Barton
Jane and Barton

Well we all remember Jane's 'It's a Fine Day' don't we? Don't we? Y'know the a cappella track that ended up being the base for Opus III's ...um 'It's a Fine Day'. Well that is here, as are a load of tracks featuring Jane and Manchester eccentric Edward Barton who had fingers in various pies through the '80s. Mem...view item »

The Tempest
5 Against The House

The Tempest were a John Peel-approved, semi-obscure 80’s post-punk outfit whose splintered members would later go on to do time in Venus Fly Trap, Spacemen 3 and Spiritualised. 5 Against The House has them rocking a angular guitar / funky bass com...view item »

The House Of Love
The House Of Love Deluxe

Helping indie rock find its feet as a toddler back in the 1980s, The House Of Love created a rich debut that caught a lot of cult favour but has since gone missing from alt-rock consciousness. This deluxe package offers all of their singles for Creation and a lot of unreleased demos, demonstrating the long an...view item »
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The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks...view item »
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McCarthy
I Am A Wallet

McCarthy first picked up attention on that famed NME C86 cassette, where their shambling political indie shone brightly. I Am A Wallet, their debut full-length, came shortly after, and is now fondly loved. This 2LP comes generously adorned with posters, stickers, a booklet, press clippings, and a bonus 7” too! Ver...view item »

Laibach
Nova Akropola

Nothing like a little bit of horrifying industrial bloodshed to get you out of bed in the morning. On 'Nova Akropola', Laibach's unsettling sound recalls eerie, long forgotten film scores and ferocious power electronics driven with inflamed percussion, along with completely vulnerable vocals that range from opera to death metal growls. All the w...view item »
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Girls At Our Best
Pleasure

Originally released in 1981, ‘Pleasure’ was the only full length LP to be released by Leeds’ very own but often overlooked post punk band, Girls at Our Best. With an indelible influence that can be seen on innumerable indie bands today, it now it gets the reissue treatment it deserves, via Optic Nerve. Pressed onto vibrant yell...view item »
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McCarthy
Banking, Violence & The Inner Life Today

There is a track on an upcoming album by A New Line (related) entitled ‘Vote Malcolm Eden’. The protagonist is obviously a McCarthy fan as you were often unsure whether you were supposed to listen to McCarthy or vote for them. Leader Malcolm Eden’s lyrics form a marxist manifesto which, rarely for...view item »
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The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... (Sessions & Singles Vol. 1)

The Monochrome Set’s compilation of singles and session tracks was released back in the (80s) day, but is given a new reissue here. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance makes for a pretty good introduction to this little institution-of-a-band - in their initial phase, at least. There’s a couple of bonus song...view item »
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Cleaners From Venus
The Very Best Of: Living With Victoria Grey

Before Captured Tracks comprehensive reissue of The Cleaners discography, this collection attempted to plug the pop-genius hole in everyone's life they never knew they had. This seems like quite a curious selection of tracks, though understandable in a sense in that...view item »
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The Charlottes
Things Come Apart

Well I’m tearing myself away from the last Beak> album (still...) to write some words about the new spanky reissue of ‘Things Come Apart’ by The Charlottes. We didn’t want to open one of the cool looking gatefold green vinyl LPs n...view item »
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Pop Will Eat Itself
Now For A Feast

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