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Pulp
This Is Hardcore

This is Hardcore is the sixth and final album from long running Brit-poppers Pulp and the 'difficult' follow up to their worldwide smash Different Class. Although it had none of the hits of the former, it was a dark and complex work and the sort of artistic statement that showed that the band weren't just Brit-pop stadium puppets. I'd hope in these more enlightened days the artwork would be less degrading to women but them were different days. I'm sure everyone has moved on and learned.   
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Pulp
Different Class

Following the recent renewal of interest in Britpop comes the reissue of Pulp's widely revered 1995 LP 'Different Class'. Pressed onto 180g vinyl, this special issue comes with an insert featuring Cocker's bitingly deft lyrics. Alluding to society and the British class system, 'Different Class' was definitely of its time, but still resonates today.       

Pulp
His 'n' Hers (25th Anniversary Edition)

As a celebration of Pulp's salt-of-the-earth DIY pop, the 1994 released hit record 'His 'n' Hers' is re-issued with extra audio quality. As the band's fourth album, and one which will always be remembered as their breakthrough, sexual encounters, social class and voyeurism are all covered with a heavy dose of Jarvis Cocker's dry wit.
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Easy Life
See You Later Maybe Never (Demos)

Leicester alternative R&B group Easy Life haven’t let ‘Lockdown 2020’ stop them from making new music. See You Later Maybe Never features two new songs, Peanut Butter and Petty Crime. With their positive outlook they are probably the right band to be releasing new music inspired by the situation caused by the global pandemic.

Nick Drake
Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter should obviously be in your record collection, and luckily you don’t have to spend £1,000,000 on a crackly old dog of a copy anymore. Island have faithfully remastered and reissued this beautiful thing from the (almost) original master tapes, and packaged it so it’s just like how your Dad would have bought it back in the day.
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Amy Winehouse
Back To Black

Back To Black was the second and final album by Amy Winehouse. It was regarded as a classic pretty much upon on its release. Here she found her ideal musical partner in Mark Ronson whose soulful production was the perfect backdrop to her incredible voice. Contains Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.
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Mumford & Sons
Forever (Garage Version)

Well, this is exciting. Mumford and Sons return with Forever taken from their 2018 album Delta but a Garage Version  - which presumably means they'll be breaking out the breakbeats and time stretches. It's backed with Friend of the Devil which we're told is a cover version. A quick Google search reveals it could be a Counting Crows song which figures. 
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Paul Weller
Stanley Road

I don't know which Paul Weller album this is. It doesn't really matter. If you like him you'll be interested in getting it on vinyl. Whether you can afford the £32.99 asking price is another matter. The music industry screwed itself up in the past by charging £16 for CDs that cost pennies to make. Looks like they are off the same way with vinyl. Obviously this format is more expensive to produce so a higher retail price is understandable but this is really taking the piss especially when there are no extras and nothing deluxe. 

Disclosure
Ecstasy

Popular electronic music duo Disclosure return with a new 5 track 12" which helps them celebrate 10 years in the biz despite them both still only being in their mid 20s. Lead track Ecstasy already sounds like a hit with its cut up disco and soul samples and thumping kick drums. The four other tracks here have been teased already on various mainstream media so this should be another big seller for the lads. 
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Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title. The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra.
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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

Released originally in 1983, Swordfishtrombones saw Tom Waits undergo a new lease of creative life. Now free from his record deal with Asylum, Waits produced the record himself, veering away from the piano / string orchestra arrangements that characterised the first decade or so of his career and towards more abstract, eclectic arrangements. It was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. 
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Pulp
His 'n' Hers

Gangly proto-Brit-poppers Pulp had been lurching around the scene for quite some time when they released 'His 'n' Hers'. Thankfully the album finally rid them of the tag of 'nearly people' that had been following them around and they finally found some crossover success. Tracks like 'Do You Remember the First Time?' and 'Lipgloss' set the scene for what would come next... the number one smash 'Different Class'. 

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Legend ( Picture Disc)

One of the best-selling records in the entire world (over 28 million units and counting), Island’s compilation of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ work Legend gets a re-issue on limited edition picture disc to mark Marley’s 75th birthday. Housing all of his iconic hits, the images on the vinyl are the recognisable front cover and a previously unseen photograph on the reverse. 
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PJ Harvey
Dry Demos

Previously unavailable as a stand-alone album, these 11 demos that made up PJ Harvey’s scintillating 1992 debut album Dry are being released alongside a re-pressing of the album itself. Featuring brand new artwork with unseen images by Maria Mochnacz, it’s a chance to glimpse at the construction of one of British indie’s finest debuts. 

Richard & Linda Thompson
Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982)

Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982) by Richard and Linda Thompson is a new 8 CD box set featuring all 6 albums the former husband and wife duo made in a ten year period, from the folk-rock classic I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight to Shoot Out The Lights. There’s a ton of outtakes, demos, rare and live cuts. It also includes a 72-page hardback book with sleeve notes and new interviews by Nick Drake and Richard Thompson biographer, Patrick Humphries and Sandy Denny biographer, Mick Houghton. 
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PJ Harvey
To Bring You My Love - Demos

The issuing of PJ Harvey demos continues with To Bring You My Love - The Demos. If you want to hear what her most commercially successful album sounded like before producers Flood and John Parish got their hands on it then this is for you. It was her third album - but first proper solo album with the previous two being made with her trio - and contained the hits C’mon Billy, Down By The Water and Send His Love To Me.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Legend (35th Anniversary Edition)

A grand double vinyl edition of the album that your dad always had in the car, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ greatest hits compilation Legend. To be fair, these are indeed greatest hits, with each track a fairly indisputable entry in reggae’s canon. You should never be far away from the classic live version of ‘No Woman No Cry’, and now you don’t need to be… on vinyl!
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Amy Winehouse
Frank (Half-Speed Master)

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title. The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra. This edition has been half-speed mastered by the artisans at Abbey Road Studios for highest quality audio.
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Nirvana
Nevermind

Of Nirvana’s three studio albums, the middle one, Nevermind, is probably the most well known, but it is after all, the one that got them noticed. It kicked down the doors and allowed everybody through. Their mix of classic rock and punk was sprinkled with magic dust by the then unknown producer Butch Vig. It was also the first album to feature the now Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl on drums. It is great.
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Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno - Nico
June 1, 1974

Some A&R guy at Island Records suggested that Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno and Nico, a real bunch of musical mavericks, get together for a gig in an attempt to promote Island as a rock label. All four artists had recently signed with the label and had released, or were about to release, their own albums. It happened, as the title suggests, on June 1, 1974. The album features some key performances from Cale, Eno and Nico on side one, whilst side two is entirely performed by Kevin Ayers. As an additional garnish to the already stellar cast, Mike Oldfield plays bass and Robert Wyatt plays drums. Limited edition reissue of 1000 copies on Island.

Easy Life
who gives a f**k

Who Gives A F**k is the new 7” from Leicester’s alternative pop band Easy Life. It features two tracks. Side A is the previously released Nightmares which has proved its worth by being the band’s most streamed song to date. It is backed, on side AA, with Pop Tarts which is the main focus of this release. On Island.
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Dizzee Rascal
Raskit

He’s back back back baby: the original grime crossover hero Dizzee Rascal returns with this sixth album, following a four year wait. Raskit features a number of American producers on the beats, leading Rascal into some more hip-hop territory than previously, while still maintaining grime credentials and pop smash power. Double LP on Island.
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Robyn
Honey

Robyn started her music career over twenty years ago with throwaway pop songs, working with the likes of pop supremo Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Westlife - urrrgggh, two of the greatest artists of all time!). She has really come into her own since those days though. With credible pop classics like Dancing On My Own she balanced dancefloor hit with heartbreaking lyrics. She continues this artistically successful formula with her new album, Honey. LP on Island.
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The Slits
Cut

It is 40 years since the Slits unleashed Cut their debut and most well known album. Their early ferocious live performances were reigned in expertly by producer Dennis Bovell and the band tempered their DIY punk enthusiasm with dub and world music influences. The result is an innovative album which matches Ari Up's yelps with Viv Albertine's scratchy discordant guitar runs and Budgie's off kilter dub-influenced drumming. It influenced... well.. everyone particularly the later riot grrl and DIY punk scenes.  
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Tricky
Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.
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The Streets
None Of Us Are Getting Out This Life Alive

None of Us Are Getting Out of This Alive is the 7th album by The Streets and Mike Skinner’s first new album in 9 years. It began as a mixtape before developing into a fully realised album. Given that this album is being released amid a global pandemic the title is perhaps a little pessimistic, but there you go. Guests include Tame Impala, IDLES, Jesse James Solomon and Chris Lorenzo.

Florence + The Machine
Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition)

Does Florence And The Machine’s debut LP Lungs hold up a decade on from its release? Only one way to find out I guess. As tenth anniversary editions go this new pressing of Lungs is fairly low-key - just some new colours on the vinyl this time around. For the cheap seats - Lungs is the one with ‘You’ve Got The Love’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and the definitely-lyrically-watertight ‘Kiss With A Fist’ on it.
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Ariana Grande
thank u, next

thank u, next is without a doubt one of 2019's great pop albums. Released a mere six months after 2018's Sweetener, the album finds Ariana Grande dealing with personal upheaval by releasing a collection of self-confident bangers. Includes the 'My Favourite Things' interpolating '7 rings',  as well as singles 'thank u, next' and 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored'. On Island.
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The Lathums
All My Life

One of the most hotly tipped British guitar bands of recent years, Wigan-based quartet The Lathums release their debut single for major label Island, ‘All My Life’, on transparent 7” vinyl. Winning over a sizeable cult following with their message of intelligence, articulacy and positivity, the newcomers have a bright future. 
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PJ Harvey
Rid of Me

Rid of Me was the second studio album released by P J Harvey following on from her debut Dry. It was recorded by Steve Albini and (possibly as a result) had a much rawer and primitive sound than Dry. It was performed by the trio of Harvey, Rob Ellis and Steve Vaughan and was the last LP the trio would record as a unit.

Various
Cash Money: The Instrumentals

Responsible for a dozen albums topping the American charts and launching the careers of Drake, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, Cash Money Records is one of the most successful hip-hop labels ever. Cash Money: The Instrumentals sees them gather up vocal-free versions of some of their most recognisable hits. 
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The B-52's
The B-52's

Kooky lyrics, nimble rhythms and irresistible pop harmonies met on The B-52’s self-titled debut album when it was released back in the summer of 1979, putting them at the front of the new-wave scene. This is a fortieth anniversary re-issue on vinyl, featuring printed lyric inserts. Eventually the SEO friend RuPaul would feature in one of their music videos.
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Sports Team
Deep Down Happy

Following a meteoric rise over the last 12 months that’s seen them gain BBC 6 Music and even Radio 1 airplay - a rarity for guitar bands, increasingly - London-based sextet Sports Team announce their hotly anticipated debut album, Deep Down Happy. It features almost all their previous singles - ‘Fishing’, ‘Kutcher’ and ‘The Races’ are all present and correct, along with newbie ‘Here’s The Thing’ - and sees producer Burke Reid, who’s been with Sports Team since the beginning, behind the desk. 

The Weeknd
Starboy

Sweet-voiced yet bearded R&B superstar Abel Makkonen Tesfaye returns with his third album 'Starboy' an 18 track extravaganza of smooth sounds which has been helped along by the involvement of French disco robots Daft Punk. Expect slightly unsettling chilled out mega R & B heavy on the atmospherics and disconcerting lyrical verbosity.  
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Disclosure
Energy

On their previous two albums dance phenomenon Disclosure have written only  the material they ended up using. on their third album though they've recorded over 200 pieces and whittled them down to just 11. They keyword being the title as they chose only the most energetic, most immediate tracks. It is still a very varied collection with Brazilian, R&B and hip-hop influences and two mega guests in Kelis and Common. 
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The Killers
Direct Hits

In a ballsy move, The Killers are re-releasing their greatest hits album, this time on extra solid 2x12” 180 gram vinyl. Direct Hits features all those classics off their first four albums that redefined the word “indie” from meaning “independent” to nothing in particular, as well as two previously unreleased songs. Highly recommended if the Hot Fuss repressing is sold out.
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Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

For those of you hungry for more Portishead content I have some good news. In 2002 Beth Gibbons connected with Talk Talk's Paul Webb (here using the name Rustin Man) to produce 'Out Of Season'. It's a record that's much more indebted to folk and jazz than the trip hop Gibbons is known for, and alongside her recording of Górecki's 'Symphony No. 3', proves she's one of the most versatile vocalists alive.
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Marvin Gaye
You’re The Man

Ooooh, a ‘lost’ album by soul superman Marvin Gaye is now being made available! You’re The Man was meant to follow on from What’s Going On in 1972, so you can imagine how high the quality is here. This is the first time these tracks have been presented in their proper album context, and there is also a nice extended version of Gaye’s Christmas song. Double LP reissue on Island, celebrating what would have been his 80th birthday.
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Florence And The Machine
Ceremonials

Ceremonials was the second full length album from ol' foghorn voice Florence and The Machine. Her debut Lungs (and by gaw she had a set) was a million seller and Ceremonials carried on where that left off increasing the pomp with gospel choirs, celtic melodies a hint of goth all competing for space under her powerful wail. Paul Hepworth produced and helped make sense of it all. 

Various
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Pretend it's the nineties again by sticking this on your turntable: the soundtrack to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the classic British crime comedy flick. Cornerstones of cool are brought in, such as James Brown and The Stooges, to keep the slick capers rolling. All here, along with extracts of dialogue. Double LP on Island.

Marvin Gaye
More Trouble

More Trouble by Marvin Gaye is an album of outtakes from his soundtrack to the 1972 film Trouble Man. The original album was the follow-up to What's Goin' On, the success of which meant he was given full creative control for the first time. These songs were originally released on the 40th anniversary expanded edition of the original album. This is the first time these tracks have been released on vinyl.

Oh Wonder
No One Else Can Wear Your Crown

Having started life five years ago as a bedroom project with the aim of uploading a track each month to SoundCloud, London-based alt-pop duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht - better known as Oh Wonder - have found major label success and international tours and taken those achievements in their stride. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is their third studio album, and seeks to add new elements to their sound. 

James Brown
Get On The Good Foot

Get On The Good Foot by James Brown was originally released in 1972. As you might expect, it’s funky as hell. The title track was released as a single, split into two parts for some reason, and has been sampled numerous times. If you think you haven’t heard it before, you probably have.

Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More (10 Year Anniversary 7-inch box)

It’s been ten years since Marcus Mumford and his plum-throated Sons wiped away our tears and asked us to 'Sigh No More'. It worked - the banjo-twanging Chappiness of tracks like ‘The Cave’ and ‘Little Lion Man’ has cured all our ills, healed all of our divisions and meant that there have been no reasons to sigh since (not in the United Kingdom, anyway). To celebrate a decade of sigh-less bliss 'Sigh No More' has been reissued as a boxset of 7” singles that each come in expensive papier. You also a bunch of images and a ribbon. Here’s to many more years in which we shan’t sigh one single time.

Julian Cope
Jehovahkill

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The Charlatans
Wonderland

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The Roots
Things Fall Apart

One of the first hip hop acts to operate as a fully-fledged band, The Roots combine live instrumentation and percussion with traditional sampling elements and the dense prose of Black Thought. Their fourth album is a stone-cold classic of hip hop where jazzy beats collide with politically conscious wordplay. It includes energetic numbers such as 'Dynamite!', 'Step Into The Relm', and 'You Got Me' which features fellow Soulquarian Erykah Badu. Their breakthrough earned them a Grammy nomination, but they unfortunately lost out to Eminem on the night.

Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On Live

What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's legendary politically aware 1971 opus but have you ever heard it performed live? This recording was made on Marvin Gaye Day in Washington DC in 1972 but was only released once as a bonus disc on the 2001 CD release of it's parent album. Now you can enjoy the soul superstar swooning through the album plus a medley of his 1960s hits on vinyl newly mixed and mastered for your ear entertainment.  

Keane
Cause and Effect

After Roy Keane and perhaps Robbie Keane, post-Coldplay soft-rockers Keane are the third-most-famous of the Keane-clan. We imagine a hewn-from-granite hardman like Roy is positively revolted by the fact that he shares a name with this bunch of Snow Patrolers, but maybe he’s got used to them by now. Or maybe he simply gives them not a second's thought. Anyway, on Cause And Effect - the band’s fifth LP and first for seven years - we find them up to their usual tricks. Expect to hear lead single ‘The Way I Feel’ during TV coverage of football tournaments for the next few years.

Drake
If Your Reading This You're Too Late

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is either an album or a mixtape, but whatever it is, it grabbed the whole internet’s attention when it suddenly dropped without warning last year. Drake can certainly play the game. Now this high-grade release gets pressed to wax for a double LP issue on Island.

Of Monsters and Men
Fever Dream

They became the first Icelandic band to reach one billion streams for their ubiquitous hit ‘Little Talks’ at the start of the decade - now, Icelandic group Of Monsters And Men deliver a third studio album. Produced once again with the help of Rich Costey, Fever Dream represents a subtle change of direction, if lead single ‘Alligator’ is anything to go by.

Parliament
Up For The Down Stroke

Released a long four years after their debut album, 1974’s Up For The Down Stroke was where Parliament’s career really took off. Containing the title track, which was the group’s first significant hit, as well as ‘Testify’, the LP gets a 180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue this summer. 

Disclosure
Moonlight

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Drake
Views

Canadian rapper Drake returns with his smooth blend of hip-hop and R&B. With poetically crafted love stories, exotic dancehall beats, and record-shattering sales statistics, Views boasts international chart toppers One Dance and Hotline Bling and features a guest spot from Rihanna. Released as double-vinyl LP on Island Records.

Parliament
Chocolate City

180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue of Chocolate City, the third studio album by George Clinton’s legendary Parliament which was originally released in 1975. Boasting their classic line-up and conceived of as a positive reversal of the contemporaneous concern of ‘white flight’ from city centres, it included the singles ‘Chocolate City’ and ‘Ride On’. 

Spring King
A Better Life

The North can party too you know. Manchester's Spring King show us how it's done with their second album of primal, joyous and thundering party anthems. The lads have got the party started for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian on recent tours and so know how to make lots of people stay awake at the same time.    

Various
The Harder They Come

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Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balance

Catfish & The Bottlemen are back after five whole years with their third album The Balance. The Welsh stadium-filling and festival-headlining indie rockers are hugely popular with the kids. To be fair to them though, they are an incredibly hard working bunch. They’ve been touring pretty much constantly in the last few years. 180g black vinyl LP and CD on Island.

PJ Harvey
The Community Of Hope

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U2
No Line On The Horizon

This is the one by redundant stadium rockers U2 about the fictional characters of a drug addict, a soldier and a traffic police officer. Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite did the rather good production. It also got Taylor Deupree all in a flap because it has the same cover as an album he did with Richard Chartier. Bono, didn’t you know that photos expire after one use?

The Charlatans
Up At The Lake

Up At The Lake by The Charlatans was originally released in 2004. In comparison to other albums by the North-West indie old-hats, it doesn’t seem to be quite as well remembered. The critics liked it back then though. Anyhow, here’s your chance to relive it with a lovely vinyl reissue. 180g LP on Virgin.

Mumford & Sons
Delta

You know when a band is expected to shift a few units when the press release bangs on about the massive tour the band are about to embark on. In this case it’s the trust-fund Wurzels (thank you, Charlie Brooker) Mumford & Sons. Their new and fourth album filled with anthemic folk-rock is locked and loaded and ready to go. Produced by master polisher Paul Epworth whose production credits range from Adele to Friendly Fires to Thurston Moore. Lovely double LP and CD on Island. 

Disclosure
Ultimatum

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The Fratellis
Costello Music

Costello Music was the debut album from Scottish indie rock sensations the Fratellis. It was an immediate critical and commercial smash taking the lad-rock blueprint of the likes of the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys and making a fresh and likeable batch of punk-pop ditties suitable for air punching at the summer festivals. 

Various
The Man From Mo' Wax

The Man From Mo' Wax is the title of a new documentary film about -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mo' Wax label which was run by head honcho and DJ James Lavelle between 1992 and 2002. During that time the label remained a pioneering presence and its influence has had a long reach on trip-hop and beat-makers to this day. Included on the collection are key tracks from the label's heady heyday as well as music which influenced Lavelle and led him to start the label, all included in the forthcoming film.

Drake
Scorpion

Drizzy/Champagne Papi/October’s Very Own/Aubrey Graham/Wheelchair Jimmy/Drake continues to dominate the world of pop with a polite ruthlessness. His fifth LP Scorpion comes out at just the right time to jack the momentum Kanye West has built up this past month. This thing is 25 tracks long (!) and has guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and - somehow - Michael Jackson.

Julian Cope
Peggy Suicide

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Sparks
The Best & The Rest Of The Island Years 74-78

Although they've intermittently done brilliant stuff over the years (and continue to do so), the golden era for Sparks was probably the 1974-1978 era when they were signed to Island. This included great albums such as Kimono My House and Propaganda. This collection comprises the 'best' bits and on LP2 you get the 'rest' - i.e. all the B sides from the period.   

Anne Dudley
Plays Art Of Noise

Composer Anne Dudley was actually in the Art of Noise the unique 80s group helmed by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley. Now she plays the Art of Noise but the press release doesn't make clear if these are re-interpretations of Art of Noise track or are new things inspired by the band. I guess we'll find out eventually. 

Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

England’s Bon Iver returns with his third LP. On Noonday Dream the comparison between Ben Howard and Justin Vernon extends beyond Howard aping the quivering croon of tracks like ‘Skinny Love’. In his own way, Howard has done a 22, A Million here. His experiments aren’t as out-there as Vernon’s, but tracks like ‘A Boat To An Island On A Wall’ often subjugate Howard’s songwriting for tape-loops and post-rock atmospherics ala Explosions In The Sky. Don’t worry, there are some nicey-nicey numbers too - opener ‘Nica Libres At Dusk’, for instance.

Noah And The Whale
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

For those people who started and got behind the campaign for the debut album by Noah and the Whale to be released on vinyl, take a bow, your wish has come true. Originally released in 2008, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down had a lukewarm critical reception but is most definitely a hit with the fans. Includes the singles 5 Years Time and The Shape Of My Heart.

Noah And The Whale
The First Days of Spring

Now this is an LP that knows how to drag you through a break-up. Charlie Fink’s pained and delicate vocals combined with warbling violins make you want to check right back into heartbreak hotel. I guess the record's producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons) knows the language of nostalgia pretty well. A decade after it was first released in 2009, and three years since the group disbanded, it’s stood the test of time surprisingly well. That’s pretty tricky for indie folk rock. 

Julian Cope
Saint Julian

Saint Julian was the third solo album from former Teardrop Explode and arch druid Julian Cope. After a couple of eccentric works beloved of fans but without mainstream success, Saint Julian dialled up the commercial sheen and contained its own Top 40 smash in World Shut Your Mouth proving that you can make music on your own sometimes barely explainable terms and also be a pop star at the same time. What a man. 

SCARLXRD
DXXM

After joining Birmingham alt. rockers Myth City via some basic Googling, rapper, SCARLXRD toured with them for two years. Now he has decided to take his unpronounceable name into the world of solo recording. In the twelve months since going it alone he has recorded five albums. DXXM is his latest offering. Red vinyl LP on Island. Oh, Doom by Scarlord, I understand nxw!

Julian Cope
My Nation Underground

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Pulp
We Love Life

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Keane
Under The Iron Sea

A re-issue of the second album by everyones favourite posh lad keys, bass and drums trio Keane. This got to number one in the hit parade on release back in 2006 and sold 222,297 units in the UK alone. It features the smash hit single 'Is it Any Wonder?' plus 11 other prime examples of their sturdy piano rock. 

Nick Drake
Made To Love Magic

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The Killers
Day & Age

Here are the Killers, surfin’ on reissue waves with 180-gram vinyl iterations of selected albums. First unleashed in 2008, this is the band’s fourth album Day & Age. By this point, they’ve really nailed the radio-friendly, overproduced alt-rock sound. Unlike the yelling on e.g. Hot Fuss, Brandon Flowers’ voice is also much more controlled and elegant.

The Killers
Sawdust

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PJ Harvey
To Bring You My Love

To Bring You My Love was the third album by P J Harvey and probably the one that cemented her as a force to be reckoned with. It is full of dark songs which exemplify her storytelling abilities and gained her the first of her Mercury Music Prize victories. Twenty five years n the album gets a re-issue on vinyl courtesy of Island. 
  • Vinyl LP (0896473)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Nick Drake
Family Tree

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Sparks
Propaganda

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Sparks
Kimono My House

Demented electro-pop duo Sparks celebrate 40 years of sharp wit and falsetto crooning. The deluxe reissue of Kimono My House adds new material and essays to the endlessly weird and catchy chamber pop arrangements, strange productions and glamorous theatrics within. What more do you want; there’s a song called "Thank God It’s Not Christmas".

Sparks
Indiscreet

Indiscreet was the fifth album by the wonderfully weird duo Sparks. It was originally released in 1975 as the follow-up to Propaganda and produced by none other than Tony Visconti. Whilst it didn’t meet the commercial heights of Propaganda, or Kimono My House, which was arguably their best-known work, it was an artistic success - stylistically an odd, yet fantastic mix of glam rock and show tunes.

Sparks
Big Beat

Big Beat was the 6th album by Sparks. It was the follow up to the rather fabulous Indiscreet. Like its predecessor, it failed to reach satisfactory sales figures, but don’t let that put you off, things were different in 1976, this was probably buried under a pile of fresh punk. It led to them appearing, and playing two songs, in the 1976 disaster film Rollercoaster after Kiss declined the offer.

U2
Songs Of Experience

Latest creation from the inevasible U2. On Island Records. Available on double LP cyan blue vinyl. Or there’s a limited edition deluxe box-set version including CD, blue double LP, a themed ‘newspaper’ and a handful of extra tracks if the regular 13 wasn’t enough for you. There you go.

Jessie Ware
Glasshouse

After starting her career guesting on tracks by SBTRKT, Disclosure and Bobby Womack, singer-songwriter Jessie Ware gained rather a lot of attention. Her first album, Devotion, was released in 2012. The critically acclaimed Tough Love followed in 2014 and now comes Glasshouse which sees the culmination of three years work. Available on vinyl and CD on Island.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller

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Flyte
The Loved Ones

This looks promising. Flyte are an English alternative pop band with nods towards Orange Juice and Simon and Garfunkel. This is their debut album which showcases their shimmering, very English sound which has a vintage , sepia-tinted tone but their songs are complex too with a hint of Sparks about them.  

The Killers
Sam's Town

Sam’s Town is the second album by The Killers. It was originally released in 2006. It’s named after a casino in their hometown of Las Vegas. The album saw the band’s popularity rise even further with songs such as When You Were Young, Read My Mind, Bones and For Reasons Unknown being released as singles. It was produced by legendary producers Alan Moulder and Flood along with the band.

Mondo Cozmo
Plastic Soul

From a landscape gardener to a true gem in the underground pop-rock scene, Mondo Cozmo has become a chart topping artist in the US. His moody vocals and relaxed backing music give a recognisable theme to his music- think Primal Scream of the future. Plastic Soul is available on vinyl LP and CD, on ‘Island’.

Mr Jukes
God First

Jack Steadman is certainly known for being the guitarist and frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, but to the side of the indie he has been working on his passion of crate-digging, soul and hip hop. His debut album as Mr Jukes brings slick, sunny, soul-filled beats and grooves and a load of guests, including BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, and Laleh Hathaway.

Paul Weller
Heavy Soul

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The Weeknd
Echoes of Silence

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The Weeknd
House of Balloons

House of Balloons is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work and encompasses R&B, soul, trip-hop and dream pop. House of Balloons is available for the first time as a stand alone double vinyl LP

Paul Weller
Wild Wood

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Toothless
The Pace Of The Passing

Toothless is the new project of Ed Nash, who you’ll surely know from his time in recently-dissolved indie group Bombay Bicycle Club. New debut album The Pace Of The Passing is a punchy set of indie-pop that also features Marika Hackman and Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. Released by Island Records.

Aquilo
Silhouettes

Aquilo are an outfit who have become very good at producing the kind of dramatically-wrought neoclassical piano and cinematic vocal music that gets featured in major movies and TV shows (as indeed Aquino’s music has been). Silhouettes is their first full-length album, produced with the help of SOHN and Ólafur Arnalds. Out on Island.

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