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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

After spending the first decade of his career partially in the realm of normalcy, 1983's Swordfishtrombones, features think-throated singer/songwriter, Tom Waits, engineering a style that has to be experienced to be believed. Acid rock-ish twinkling, vaporous blues riffs, Captain Beefheart-style wackiness and sounds that could have only come fro...view item »


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 ...view item »

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 defiantly of its time, but still resonates toda...view item »

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...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 bough...view item »

Julian Cope
Peggy Suicide

Cope’s seventh album marks his reinvention and the beginnings of his Arch-Drude persona. Having moved away from attempts at chart pop with the understated home-recorded albums Skellington and Droolian, this sprawling double LP showed a more ambitious and fully-formed new direction. The songs are politicised, dealing with environmentalism a...view item »

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 experimen...view item »

Julian Cope
Jehovakill

While Peggy Suicide debuted the “mature” Julian, this three-sided follow-up went all-out, with the emphasis on the ‘out’. Largely inspired by Krautrock, Jehovahkill captures all the intensity and variety of that genre, from eccentric acid folk to full-on psych bombast. The subject matter takes in stone circles, Christ, an...view item »

Pulp
This Is Hardcore

Perhaps the most unexpectedly honest of Pulp's canon, This Is Hardcore is a very, very strange record. It lacks the ephemeral but undeniable charm of the undeniable and loudly POP first two Island records, but adds a far deeper layer to the early '90s incarnations of Jarvis Cocker's lustful moanings. The Bowie influence is obvious (this would be...view item »

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 produ...view item »

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 a...view item »

Pulp
His 'n' Hers

Pulp's His & Hers is the first 'classic era' Pulp album and definitely one of their best. Jarvis Cocker is firing on all cylinders here with his trademark lyrical wit and backed by some of Pulp's catchiest tunes. Joyriders, Lipgloss, Babies and Do You Remember the First Time all on one album, that's incredi...view item »

Drake
If Your Reading This You're Too Late

I don’t really have anything to do right now, which makes a change, so I’m just going to write some arbitrary words about my favourite of the Drake records. For some reason unbeknownst to this humble record store cog, Island are issuing lots of his records but not ‘Nothing Was The Same’, so the next best thing is ‘I...view item »

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 ...view item »

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...view item »

Julian Cope
Saint Julian

Julian Cope's music has always sounded different to whatever else is going on at the time. His post punk band The Teardrop Explodes were different to other bands at the time. In away, it makes his music genuinely timeless. There's a bit of an '80s sheen on "St. Julian", his third solo album from 1987, ...view item »

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 v...view item »

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...view item »

Julian Cope
My Nation Underground

Cope’s fourth LP may have marked something of a dead end to the first part of his solo career, but it’s not without its charms. Taking Funkadelic, Sly Stone and 60s garage rock and psychedelia as inspirations, the album includes covers of The Vogues’ 5 O'Clock World and Someone...view item »


The Harder They Come

The unshakeable masterpiece is back for another ten rounds. We're sure you’ve heard this before, but the influence of the soundtrack to Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 film The Harder They Come cannot be overstated. One of the LPs to take Jamaican music worldwide, the record is a peerless collection of rocksteady, ska an...view item »

Pulp
We Love Life

Pulp closed off their excellent recording career, and arguably the Britpop era as a whole, with We Love Life. It contains the singles ‘Bad Cover Version’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Trees’, and it was produced by none other than Scott Walker! This Island Records reissue puts ...view item »

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. ...view item »

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...view item »

Sandy Denny
I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny

She always... she always kept a unicorn. Bet you didn't know that about Sandy Denny, folk rock pioneer beloved for her part in the Fairport Convention of the late '60s. Here's a double LP of leafy strums anthologised for your cafe-comfy pleasure. It includes cuts from all over the place, from the&...view item »

Nick Drake
Made To Love Magic

The catalogue of Nick Drake has always been nicely curated and this 2004 compilation just does enough to justify its existence. It contains lots of early and alternative versions of some of Drake's best known songs but the main talking point is the appearance of an unheard composition 'Tow the Line', possibly the last song he ever performed. As ...view item »

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, B...view item »

The Killers
Sawdust

The Killers can sometimes get a bit of stick because they left their roots and entered into the world of mainstream-ness. Sawdust is a compilation of B-sides and unreleased tracks that, in my opinion, deserve a record dedicated to themselves. Available on double LP 180g reissue on Island, and double LP on Mercury. Try not to get too confused whe...view item »

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 pr...view item »

Nick Drake
Family Tree

Phwoar... More Nick Drake lovelyness with the Family Tree vinyl issue which is a double hand numbered LP on Sunbeam Records of just 1000 copies. You get 29 early home recordings for your money all recorded before the glorious Five Leaves Left LP. I quote "The songs range from folk and blues standards to early, influential compositions by his m...view item »

Sparks
Propaganda

Since adding a portable CD player to my kitchen I've needed some interesting upbeat music to listen to whilst doing the dishes. First on my list was Sparks Propaganda  - an absolutely incredible album which showcases the band at their pomp. Almost as good as Kimono My House I reckon. This catches ...view item »

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 "Tha...view item »

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 w...view item »

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 son...view item »

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...view item »

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....view item »

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 whi...view item »

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 credentia...view item »

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 Sp...view item »

The Killers
Sam's Town

Superficially this record reveals more American influences than the debut. There are the obvious vocal and lyrically similarities to Bruce Springsteen. However, when all is said and done, what I hear are the same influences as on Hot Fuss - Queen, Bowi...view item »

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 &lsqu...view item »

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, i...view item »

Paul Weller
Heavy Soul

Heavy Soul is the fourth solo album by Jam-man Paul Weller, initially issued in the Britpop-imperial days of 1997. As befits an album with the name Heavy Soul, Weller gets back to his soul / R&B roots, via blues and rock. Heavy Soul has been remastered for this rei...view item »

The Weeknd
Echoes of Silence

Echoes of Silence 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 which was initially given away as free download. Echoes of Silence is now available as a stand alone doubl...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 fir...view item »

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...view item »

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...view item »

Drake & Future
What A Time To Be Alive

Instantly memorable as much as it was unexpected, the highly quotable collaboration between two hip-hop juggernauts makes its way to the vinyl format just over a year after its 2015 release. Toronto’s Drake flew out to Future’s Atlanta base and with just under a week together in the studio, the pair ...view item »

Beach Baby
No Mind No Money

Fuck. I don't want to come across as one of those indie-er than though types but for the press release to mention the Cleaners from Venus in even the same lifetime as this lot seems like a total dereliction of duty. First up the Cleaners wouldn't have put ...view item »

AlunaGeorge
I Remember

AlunaGeorge - that’s... Aluna Francis and, um, George -- return to follow up their corporeal ‘Body Music’, with I Remember. It promises 12 more tracks of pop at the very edge, with a soulful feel; in the way they do so confidently. Plus, the title track was helmed by Flume. So there&rs...view item »

Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
Johannesburg

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are n...view item »

Spring King
The Summer

Spring King have been working hard the old fashioned way by doing actual gigs supporting the likes of everyone before recording their debut album. Therefore they will have garnered a fanbase slavering in anticipation.  This their new single sits somewhere in between Interpol and the England football team ci...view item »

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Ride

The second record from unfathomably popular indie rock group who have proved that having the worst name in the history of pop music and producing music that is by numbers at best is absolutely no hindrance to world domination. Kind of like a Manic Street Preachers without the politics which despite my personal despair leads to a...view item »

Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To

Tell Me If You Like To is the debut album from Manchester post-punks Spring King. They're seemingly already on the road to success after being bigged-up by the NME with the music mag calling them the most promising new band of 2016. They also have the accomplishment of being the first band Zane Lowe played on his new ...view item »

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From sn...view item »

Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom
Don't Believe The Hyperreal

Authentic folk singer-songwriter soliloquy sadness! Nah: this album takes a plaintive sound we’re all used to and decides to poke an insurmountable amount of fun at it, placing nimble and fragile guitar strums and sweet vocal duets against deadpan and often quite silly lyrics. ‘Don’t Believe the Hyperreal’ begins with lyr...view item »

Portishead
Dummy

Truly a game changing record. 'Dummy' took the Bristol noir sound of Massive Attack to a new level which proved to be both inspirational and commercially successful. Beth Gibbons wracked vocals sit perfect over Geoff Barrow' loops and electronics and when you add in 60's spy film like guitar atmosphe...view item »

The Weeknd
Thursday

Thursday 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 dubstep, downtempo, hip-hop, rock, reggae and dream pop. Thursday is now available as a st...view item »

Disclosure
Caracal

Dance duo Disclosure aka Surrey siblings Howard and Guy Lawrence were hugely successful with their million-selling debut, Settle. Sam Smith made his name with a guest vocal on their hit Latch. Their new album, Caracal, therefore has been eagerly anticipated. Sam Smith...view item »

Luke Toms
Fools With Money

Luke Toms then. Not to be confused with your uncle who has the cabin. oh no.... This one is some new chap being hunted by record labels so I'm told. They'll tell you anything to sell records these days. Seriously. next they'll be saying this is actually worth some of the hype and you should buy it. Actually they'd be right!! Bouncy piano...view item »

Mumford & Sons
Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons are finally back with their third full length. Britain's most successful family project since the start of the monarchy has plugged in their acoustics and completed the transfer to rock. On Wilder Mind, you can witness Mumford & Sons find a new path, if first single the Wolf is any i...view item »

Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

The one woman renaissance boombox is back. Florence and the Machine returns with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful which is their third album. It’s more of what we love most from Florence; grandly orchestral pop with an ethereal transitory feeling as waves of backing vocals drift until Florence’s voic...view item »

Nick Drake
Pink Moon

Pretty much one of the most beautiful albums ever made. Just Nick, his ever fluid guitar playing, husky voice and on one track, a slither of piano. Listen to it late at night, on the headphones and admire the wonderful natural way the album was recorded. The songs are exquisite, odd at times, soothing at others. To me, the best Nick Drake album ...view item »

Bombay Bicycle Club
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

I have been waiting for time with great expectations and anticipation to hear Bombay Bicycle Club's album since late 2006 as their Debut ep (boy I used to be) still is fabulous (couldn't stop listening to it for months on end, years now infact) and also had the pleasure of catching them early on in Camden Towns Dublin Castle slightly after, which...view item »

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