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New in: Friday 16th August 2019

Electronic Sound
Issue 56 & CD Bundle

Question: if you were running a magazine that focussed on electronic music, who’s the one artist above all others that you’d want to interview? It’s Kraftwerk, right? Or at least Kraftwerk’s leader Ralf Hütter? Electronic Sound have done just that for their 56th issue, locking down a rare chit-chat with the notoriously press-shy Hütter. After such a coup the staff could be forgiven for resting on their laurels, but there’s actually so much more gold across these pages. Paranoid London, Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell and Blanck Mass are among the other interviewees, and the magazine also contains columns, reviews and an extensive feature on famed synthesiser company EMS. The accompanying CD, focussed on music made by EMS users, includes tracks by (among others) Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto) and Peter Zinovieff.

Ulver
Kveldssanger

Reissues are under way of Ulver’s ‘Black Metal’ period. Kveldssanger bucks the trend by being recorded with entirely acoustic instruments, lending a dark, doomed folk feel. The record has been remastered for this release, and comes as a heavyweight package (thick gatefold sleeve and 180g vinyl) with a booklet, on Century Media.

Explosions In The Sky
How Strange, Innocence (Anniversary Edition)

Recorded in the space of two days at the end of 1999, Texan post-rock heroes Explosions In The Sky made small but significant ripples in the underground scene with a limited CD run of their humble debut How Strange, Innocence. Twenty years later, it eventually gets a thorough double-vinyl treatment, with beautiful etchings and inserts. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR085LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Explosions In The Sky
The Rescue (Anniversary Edition)

Recorded quickly in 2005 and inspired by an incident on tour when the band’s van broke down, necessitating an eight-day stay in an attic waiting for it to be repaired, Explosions In The Sky’s fourth effort has always been something of a missing piece to many fans, never being commercially available anywhere after its limited mail-order release. That’s all changed now, with this first-ever vinyl issue. 

Uniform & The Body
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

After the success of 2018’s Mental Wounds Not Healing, The Body and Uniform join forces once more for another LP. Given that both of these groups work the channels between noise and melody, it’s no surprise that Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back is a set of totemic industrial electronics. EBM, darkwave, monolithic post-rock and plenty more are all chucked together on this intense album. Cuts like ‘Penance’ come across like New Order being reworked for a Posh Isolation compilation.

Spike Fuck
The Smackwave EP

Spike Fuck. Now that’s how you name a band. Their music’s good too - at least, 2016’s The Smackwave EP certainly is. This is a set of hazed rock ‘n’ roll tracks that are either lo-hi-fi or hi-lo-fi depending on where you stand. Lou Reed, Television and Ezra Furman are all invoked. No wonder that Partisan Records have decided to snap up The Smackwave for its first vinyl edition. This pressing contains ‘Body By Crystal’, a track that didn’t appear on the 2016 version.

Marika Hackman
Any Human Friend

Marika Hackman's new album looks to combine the synthesizer stylings of OMD with the aggression of PJ Harvey, as well as dealing with big lyrical subjects such as sexuality, the patriarchy, and social excess. New single 'i'm not where you are' is a banger and the rest of the album should be as well. 

Arctic Monkeys
Suck It And See

7” vinyl re-issue of ‘Suck It And See’, the title track and third single taken from Arctic Monkeys’ 2011 album of the same name. Unusually, its awesome B-side ‘Evil Twin’ performed better in the UK charts than the main feature, reaching no.114 in comparison to ‘Suck It And See’ at no.149. 

Ana Roxanne
~~~

Exploring themes of identity as an intersex artist, Los Angeles-based singer Ana Roxanne delivers an EP of songs with the enigmatic title ~~~. Her restful sound is distinctively modern, but has a throwback feel to the Eighties and Nineties R&B that inspired her as a youngster, evident in the haunting interpolation of Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman’. 
New in: Thursday 15th August 2019

Sven Libaek
To Ride A White Horse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Sven Libaek’s soundtrack to Bob Evans’ vintage 60’s surf documentary To Ride A White Horse is one of those holy grail records beloved of film and jazz fans alike. It has a gorgeously atmospheric feel to it, with some tracks doing a whole film’s worth of scene-conjuring in just a few minutes. Limited edition reissue LP on Votary.

Sven Libaek
Solar Flares

A re-issue of a rarely seen record in the library recording genre, Sven Libaek’s Solar Flares album from 1974 featured the pioneering use of the Qaser synthesiser, a prototype for the legendary Fairlight CMI that revolutionised pop in the following decade. A brilliant companion to his Inner Space album, it also includes a number of highly regarded Australian session musicians laying down spacey grooves. 

Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess
Call and Response 1

Ain Bailey & Jockel Liess have delivered one ambient piece for their new project 'Call and Response 1'. Expect a nuanced ambient album, exploring microtonality, field recordings, and feminist activism. Although ostensibly miscellaneous topics, the pair will presumably produce a seamless integration. 

Liam Gallagher
One of Us

Please please please pleeeeeeeeeease let this new Liam Gallagher single be a cover of ABBA’s heartbreak anthem ‘One Of Us’. Can you imagine - the man with a fork, in his world of soup, belting out one of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid’s most achingly beautiful compositions. I mean, it’s not going to be - the writing credits alone tell us that 'One Of Us' is an LG original - but that’s not going to stop us dreaming. England expects.
New in: Wednesday 14th August 2019

Luke Lund
Pattern Recognition

Luke Lund makes music for the modern world, interested as he is in AI and deepfakes. His new EP is a mixture of vicious electronic textures, bouts of white noise, and what sounds like synthesized heavy machinery. It's not for the faint-of-heart, but if you enjoy being unsettled then go buy 'Pattern Recognition'. Out on Conditional. 

M. Sage
Catch a Blessing

Patient Sounds Intl. boss M. Sage rocks up on Geographic North (A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) with new LP Catch A Blessing. This is an extremely welcoming record, one that uses electroacoustic techniques to twist ambient, new age and chamber music sounds into something more abstract. Fennesz, Cankun and J.G. Biberkopf are among the artists recalled across Catch A Blessing’s eight tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (GN52LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Jenna Sutela
nimiia vibié

Given the company Jenna Sutela keeps - she worked with Holly Herndon to help create the latter’s 2019 LP Proto and Amnesia Scanner’s Ville Haimala contributes to nimiia vibié  - it’s no surprise that nimiia vibié is a work of computer-age uncanniness. Split into two parts, this record is full of strange AI synthesis and unsettling electroacoustic vocal processing. A curious and strangely beguiling listen, nimiia vibié should float the boat of anyone who has enjoyed recent LPs from Oliver Coates and Rupert Clervaux. Out via Bill Kouligas’s Pan (Visionist, Lee Gamble).

black midi
Schlagenheim

black midi are one of the most exciting acts to come out of...um....we presume London in some time (actually the Brit School  - disappointed ed) . Signed to Rough Trade and fond of creating a enigmatic image,  this is their much anticipated debut. We at least have their names now (there's at last one double-barrelled in there) and we've been given the slither of info that this was recorded with Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey. Could be one of the year's biggest new things.  

Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus
More Fyah

Legendary Glasgow soundsystem Mungo's Hi Fi have teamed up with singer and MC Eva Lazarus on More Fyah, an album that explores dubstep, dancehall, and reggae. Expect dusty samples, dub sirens, and bass that will make your guts shake. Features Kiko Bun and Max Romeo to add even more heat to these tracks.

Ed The Dog
Shame

Nice set of outsider rock from High Wycombe’s Ed The Dog here. Debut LP Shame finds the singer-songwriter bringing his unusual vocals - think Graham Coxon having a go at fronting Los Campesinos! - to a wide-ranging set of instrumentals. While cuts such as ‘Television Era’ come off a bit like Little Creatures-era Talking Heads, other tracks nod to Mac Demarco (‘Little Brother’), Yuck (‘A Good Thing’) and Joey Fourr (‘Weirdo Years’).

Uniform & The Body
Mental Wounds Not Healing / Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

Two collaboration albums in a specially priced one-CD package presented by Sacred Bones. The result of a tour 30 months ago when industrial/noise outfit Uniform were asked to support their heroes The Body, Mental Wounds Not Healing followed soon afterwards and Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back. 

Frank Turner
No Man's Land

Featuring a rotating cast of female musicians and a suite of songs about the stories of women across history, culture and music - and including his own mother - Frank Turner returns with an ambitious eighth studio album in No Man’s Land. Anyone accustomed to his recent podcast series ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ will be familiar with the subject matters at hand. 

Blanck Mass
Animated Violence Mild

Benjamin Power returns one more time as Blanck Mass with the enticingly titled Animated Violence Mild. Since making the switch from dense ambience to something more industrial after the Fuck Buttons man's solo debut, each subsequent record has gotten more noisy, more intense, and more catchy, all at the same time. Animated Violence Mild is no different, with Power reaching for sound as varied as black metal, hardcore, and europop. 

Friendly Fires
Inflorescent

In the eight years after indie/dance band Friendly Fires' album Pala, there was very little activity. Then suddenly they released a couple of singles and started playing live shows. The cat is now out of the bag and fans will be delighted to hear that album No.3, Inflorescent, is here. It was produced by the band and others including Disclosure. 

Don Blackman
Just Can’t Stay Away

A re-issue of a little-known early Noughties soul banger by Don Blackman, this special 7” vinyl version of the singer’s ‘Just Can’t Stay Away’ gets a loving re-packaging courtesy of Melodies International, the re-issues label set up by Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd. Comes with a special 14”x14” poster. 

Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won't Hold

They came back and they stayed back. After their 10 years hiatus ended with 2015's brilliant No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney kept writing together to create The Center Won't Hold. The album was produced with great care by St. Vincent, and sees the band exploring personal themes the only way they know how. By being a very good rock band.

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.

Adam Wingard
Blair Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

A limited-edition issue on vinyl of the soundtrack to Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s franchise-rebooting Blair Witch movie from 2016. The result of Wingard’s collaboration with electronic music composer Robert Rich, this is ten atmospheric tracks spread across a 180g ‘Black As Night’ vinyl. 
  • Vinyl LP (DW73)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
New in: Tuesday 13th August 2019

Hot Water Music
Shake Up The Shadows

One might think that Floridian punks Hot Water Music are just be wanting to churn out their greatest hits on tour in their 25th anniversary year, y’know, make a bit of easy cash, they’ve been doing the hard work since 1994, after all. But no! They have recorded a brand new 5-track EP and it’s called Shake Up The Shadows. It’s the band’s first new music since the  Light It Up LP in 2017.

Bobby Krlic
Midsommar (Original Score)

Bobby Krlic removed his Haxan Cloak to work alongside film director Ari Aster on Midsommar. The movie is a pagan horror in the Wicker Man mould, and Krlic’s frightening compositions really augment the sense of ceremonial doom that pervades Midsommar. Nails-on-blackboard screeches, pulse-racing drums, unsettling micropolyphonic drones, it’s all in there. Krlic's music is in dialogue with the great and the good of chilling movie scores, from György Ligeti to Johnny Greenwood to Dean Hurley.

The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital are a punk/post-punk/art punk band from Dublin. Their lives shows are becoming the talk of the town for their dark, brutal, edge-of-the-seat thrill ride. Their sound will draw comparisons to classic bands such as Joy Division as well as newer bands like Shame and Savages. When I Have Fears is their debut album and was produced by Flood, who is just the person you’d want to produce an album like this.

Conrad Schnitzler
Conditions of the Gas Giant

The late Conrad Schnitzler first issued Conditions Of The Gas Giant on a teeny tiny cassette run back in the late 1980’s. Now the fine folk at Bureau B have snapped up the music for a virgin vinyl/CD release. Conditions Of The Gas Giant is classic Schnitzler fare - slightly proggy avant-tronica that meets in the space between Jean-Michel Jarre and Holger Czukay.

Various
IF Music presents You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 3 – Compiled by Jean-Claude

Record collector and IF Music store owner Jean-Claude presents the third instalment of his compilation series You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz. As reliably diverse as ever, it features rare cuts from J-C’s personal collection ranging from Hungarian jazz guitarist Szabó Gábor István to Indian musician Yatra Sextett. 

Press Club
Wasted Energy

Wasting no time in following up last year’s angsty Late Teens debut album, Australian act Press Club announce their next effort Wasted Energy. Spearheaded by the recent ‘Get Better’ single, and including a terrifying account of singer Natalie Foster being stalked on ‘Thinking About You’, it promises to double down on what made their debut so compelling. 

Coil
Theme From The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex

The fact that this is Coil might lead you to assume that the title of Theme From The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex is a joke of some sort, but it isn’t: this is music that Coil produced to accompany a VHS sex-ed documentary by that name. Ambient house, new age balearic vibes and slinking jazz are the order of the day. Presented here as a standalone soundtrack for the very first time, working from the original masters, On Musique Pour La Danse.

Various
Bad Education - Vol. 1:

Datptone step outside of their own super-soul roster to look overseas for a moment, with this highlights / introductory compilation of soul goodness from Timmion Records, based in Helsinki. Bad Education - Vol. 1: Soul Hits features ten  tracks selected by Daptone, showcasing the best soul artists that Finland has to offer!

Folkal Point
Folkal Point

Real gem of a reissue from the Beatball label here. Folkal Point were a group of pals who performed folk songs - both traditional British and newer compositions by U.S. artists like Baez and Dylan - around Bristol in the early 70s. A few hundred copies of their eponymous debut LP were pressed up in 1972, but due to poor promotion and their label warehouse both flooding and burning down they weren’t really able to get the word out. Nevertheless the few surviving copies of Folkal Point have passed into legend, with original pressings now fetching several thousand pounds whenever they’re at auction. Beatball’s far more affordable edition includes photos and info about the original cast list.
  • Vinyl LP (MGRL-1001C)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Ulver
Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 – 1997

Century Media press up a new edition of Ulver’s retrospective box-set Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997. The collection brings together the Norwegian group’s first three LPs and their debut demo Vargnatt. Also included are some bonus recordings of the band rehearsing what would eventually become their third album Nattens madrigal. Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997 acts as a neat summation of Ulver's black metal phase.
  • CD box set (19075950432 )
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  • Last copy

Dry Cleaning
Sweet Princess EP

What’s in a band name? Sometimes nothing (yes, we're still looking at you The Beatles), but sometimes a helpful signpost as to what the music will be like. Case in point: new London quartet Dry Cleaning. The group's wry moniker instantly has one thinking of the wiry post-punk of acts like Shopping and Hygiene, and on debut EP Sweet Princess this crew make good on their promise with a set of stiff-collared groove tunes.

Cultdreams
Things That Hurt

Supporting the likes of Enter Shikari and Foxing in an exhaustive touring schedule in the aftermath of their impressive debut album Seafoam a couple of years back, Cultdreams deliver their sophomore effort Things That Hurt. Recorded in the context of a line-up now scattered around the world, it continues in the bold vein of their previous efforts. 

Versus
Ex Voto

American indie rock stalwarts, Versus, return with their first album in nine years, Ex Voto. It is the band’s sixth album in their 25 year career. It follows their recent EP, Ex Nihilo and support slots with Ex Hex and Galaxie 500. Lead single Mummified is typical of the band, mixing glorious melodies with something much darker and screechy. It is worth noting that their bass player is called Fontaine Toups. 
  • Vinyl LP (EJRC159LP)
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  • Last copy

Bushman's Revenge
Et Hån Mot Overklassen

Making their debut on Hubro, Et Hån Mot Overklassen - translating as ‘A Mockey of the Upper Class’ - sees Norwegian outfit Bushman’s Revenge significantly alter their normal modus operandi. Out go the heavy gothic histrionics of old, to be replaced by a much more subtle, acoustically based sound. 

Fernando Falcao
Memoria das Aguas

Memoria das aguas by Fernando Falcao is a glistening, genre-blending album, combining latin, jazz, ambient, afro, experimental and french pop. It was recorded in Paris in 1979, but not released until two years later in Brazil. Even 40 years later it sounds unlike anything else. It’s out there on it’s own.  A good excuse to add it to your collection.

Ulver
Bergtatt

Reissues are under way of Ulver’s ‘Black Metal’ period. Bergtatt is the band’s debut album, and is a fast blast of black metal with Norwegian folk influences. The record has been remastered for this release, and comes as a heavyweight package (thick gatefold sleeve and 180g vinyl) with a booklet, on Century Media.

Ulver
Nattens Madrigal

Reissues are under way of Ulver’s ‘Black Metal’ period. Nattens Madrigal is all about wolves and darkness, and is harshly produced. The record has been remastered for this release, and comes as a heavyweight package (thick gatefold sleeve and 180g vinyl) with a booklet, on Century Media.

Loscil
Equivalents

For the twelfth Loscil album, inspiration has been taken from the photography of Alfred Stieglitz. This is a very wise decision, as the silvery shimmer of his cloud and sky photos meet their perfect sonic analogue in the sound of Equivalents, which drifts gorgeously along in classic Loscil / Kranky style.

The Hold Steady
Thrashing Thru The Passion

The Hold Steady have been making a slow, but...ahem...steady comeback recently. Their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion, is the culmination of that steady comeback. It contains five songs recorded between 2017 and 2019 that have only been downloadable until now, and five brand new bar room bangers.
New in: Monday 12th August 2019

Abram Shook
The Neon Machine

Hailing from Austin, Texas, musician Abram Shook looks like he’s been beamed in from some alternative version of 2019 where the Seventies never ended, judging by the cover to fourth album The Neon Machine, but his Prince/Bowie party riffs and modern beats make his music some of the most loveable out there. 

Gökçen Kaynatan
Cehennem

One of the most important figures in the modern history of Turkish popular music, Gökçen Kaynatan is largely responsible for anything made with synthesisers in the country. Cehennem is a collection of much-speculated upon and mainly previously unheard EMS Synthi AKS recordings, some of which date back to his earliest days and one of which was finished during recovery from brain surgery. 

The Wedding Present
Tommy 30

30 years on from its original release, the Wedding Present have re-recorded Tommy. At the time it was something of the less loved younger sibling to their their debut proper, being that it collected a selection of their early singles. The new recording shows how the band have grown and evolved, and deliberately conceives of them as belonging to one release.

Various
The Reverb Conspiracy - Volume 6

Volume Six of the reliably fuzzy Reverb Conspiracy compilation series, showcasing all the finest psych-etc. that the Fuzz Club label sees fit to print. Some of their own bands are here, but also plenty of internationally-sourced groups that you may or may not know. Nice Biscuit, Steeple Remove, Julia Robert... loads of noisy guitar goodies to get stuck into.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRC006LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Coughy
Ocean Hug

A seemingly innocuous side-project from Speedy Ortiz’s Andy Molholt and Ava Luna’s Julian Fader which began at a performing arts summer camp, Coughy is one of the most wildly creative and fluid bands in recent memory. Ocean Hug is their ridiculously fertile debut album released a few months back, and it gets a limited edition white vinyl issue. 
  • Vinyl LP (JNR294LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Wreck and Reference
Absolute Still Life

Ultra-heavy rock experimentalists Wreck And Reference - with the emphasis on the ‘mentalists’ part - return with fourth studio album Absolute Still Life. As opposed to the granite hardness and raw volume of previous efforts, this outing is much more electronically-based, and all the weirder for it. 

Girl Band
Going Norway

Girl Band broke their 4 year hiatus with noisy single, 'Shoulderblades'. Now we have it’s follow-up, 'Going Norway'. Like its predecessor it is noisy and it is taken from the Irish band’s second album, 'The Talkies', which the follow-up to 2015’s 'Holding Hands With Jamie'. Girl Band remain one of the most thrillingly abrasive bands around.  

Georgia
About Work The Dancefloor

About Work The Dancefloor by Georgia is euphoric electro-pop that defines the ecstacy of dancing the night, and the early morning, away. It mirrors Georgia’s own experiences with club culture and showcases her ability to blend her influences into a concise dancefloor banger. Includes a remix by The Black Madonna. On Domino.
  • Vinyl 12" (RUG1018T)
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  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Georgia
Started Out

Georgia is a woman who makes electronic music. Started Out shows the influence of the Chicago house scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s on her music. She used a bunch of kit that the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Mr. Fingers used - 909 drum machines, analogue synths and the like. This 12” includes a remix by Tuff City Kids. On Domino.
  • Vinyl 12" (RUG1007T)
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  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Durul Gence
Black Cat

A 7” vinyl single release of previously unheard demo recordings from Turkish percussionist Durul Gence. ‘Black Cat’ takes up the first side, with ‘Boo Song’ providing the B-side, with both sourced from the man’s own archives. The release follows the untimely demise of Gence’s band, Asia Minor Mission. 

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Cut To Black

After a debut, a Christmas album, and a live album, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert are ready to say goodbye. The aptly titled 'Cut To Black' is the last thing the two will ever release (or so they say...). Moffat is still doing his sad sing-talk thing, Hubbert is still doing his stylish acoustic guitar thing. Fair play to them for stopping when the going's good.

Ikebe Shakedown
Kings Left Behind

Consisting in part of several members of the late Charles Bradley’s backing band The Extraordinaires, the incredibly talented Ikebe Shakedown present another collection of uplifting, enervating instrumental soul with new album Kings Left Behind. Their first in half a decade, the ensemble evoke mystical elements with their hard-hitting sound. 

Ride
This Is Not A Safe Place

Probably one of the best reformations yet, Ride have been better than ever in recent years and this is the follow up to the much loved Weather Diaries. Lead single Future Love is a sparkling slice of upbeat shoegaze with bodes well for the rest of the album. They have proved once again their worth and the only question left is....hat or no hat? 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Infest The Rats' Nest

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are probably the most easily distracted band in the world. After having fun with microtones and boogie woogie on 'Infest The Rats' Nest' they've turned to the darkside for a bit of good old fashioned thrash metal. Fair play to them, they've done a decent job of evoking the golden years of the likes of Metallica and Slayer. I wait with baited breath for their first opera.

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Back In Your Life

Back In Your Life by Jonanthan Richman and the Modern Lovers was originally released in 1979. It’s a bit of an about turn in comparison to the Velvet Underground-meets-punk groove of Modern Lovers classic self-titled debut. The songs here, take inspiration from the ‘50s and early ‘60s, but because it’s Jonathan Richman, he still manages to write endlessly listenable love songs and songs about bees like no other artist can. 
New in: Friday 9th August 2019

Mark Fisher & Justin Barton
On Vanishing Land

First release from Hyperdub sublabel Flatlines which aims to celebrate the spoken word. On Vanishing Land is a collaboration between Mark Barton and the legendary philosopher and cultural critic Mark Fisher. Together, with the help of music from Gazelle Twin, Ekoplekz and more, they go on a auditory walk along the Suffolk coastline. 

Matthew Sweet
Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu

Matthew Sweet must have a special connection with his Japanese fans, so much so, he recorded a whole album just for them. Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu was originally released on CD only in Japan back in 2003. 16 years later and the rest of the world is allowed to enjoy it. It features Rick Menck of Velvet Crush on drums and Television’s Richard Lloyd on lead guitar - the same line-up he had for his classic album, Girlfriend.

Nérija
Blume

Domino's turn to get a slice of the 2019 London jazz scene pie. Nérija feature the already legendary saxophonist Nubya Garcia along side an ensemble of six other musicians. Blume, their debut album, is an incredibly vibrant and lovely work, that gets close to capturing how captivating the band are in the flesh. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (WIGLP433)
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  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Double LP (WIGLP433X)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Automatic
Calling It

Absolutely not to be confused with the Welsh band that recorded every 3 year-old's favourite song, 'Monster', Automatic are a three-piece from Los Angeles who play electronic post-punk. Fans of Savages, Suicide, Neu and Broadcast should check out their debut 7”, 'Calling It'. It is backed with a version of Leeds band Delta 5’s oft covered 'Mind Your Own Business'. It was recorded by Joo-Joo Ashworth from Californian indie rockers, Froth.

Arctic Monkeys
Fluorescent Adolescent

A high water mark of their second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Fluorescent Adolescent is one of the Arctic Monkeys most enduring and best known tunes. It's a good example of how they married Alex Turner's kitchen sink narratives to stadium singalong-ready but uniquely melodic guitar pop. Re-press on Domino backed with The Bakery  

Crumb
Crumb EP / Locket EP

Hot off the back of the release of their debut full-length album Jinx earlier this year, New York-based quartet Crumb make their previous EP releases available on a single vinyl package. Containing 2016’s self-titled EP and the following year’s Locket EP, it shows their evolution from college project to full-time touring concern. 
New in: Thursday 8th August 2019

Sharron Kraus
Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

For Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers, (the first album title with a semicolon in it that I have seen for a while), Sharron Kraus delved deep into some 11th Century Welsh folk tales, lending a great depth to the delicately constructed pieces here. Excellent contemporary folk song, 500 copies on Clay Pipe Music.

Ramin Djawadi
Game Of Thrones (Music From The HBO Series)

I tried to watch Episode one, season one of Game of Thrones but it was there I gave up, not particularly being a fan of dragons or graphic violence. Put me off my cornflakes I can tell you. What I did enjoy though was Ramin Djawadi's beautiful soundtrack work. The composer was already famous for Clash of the Titans and other myriad soundtrack work but here he comes into his own with great big billowing sounds of sorrow that perfectly capture of being hit by a sword in the depths of winter.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (030206709711)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Marie Davidson
Chasing The Light / Work It (Soulwax Remix) x Lara (Daniel Avery Remix)

Alleluia! Ninja Tune are releasing a 12" of the Soulwax remix of Marie Davidson's 'Work It'. It's one of the best remixes, nay songs, of 2019. Built around Davidson's sardonic vocals, it has one of those weapons-grade grooves that those Belgian boys have mastered. There's also a superb Daniel Avery remix of Davidson's 'Lara', all frenetic 303 basslines and ticking hi-hats. Put it on and turn it up. 

Diocletian
Amongst The Flames Of A Burning God

One of the most insanely extreme and often violent death metal bands in existence, New Zealand’s Diocletian have resurrected their career following their 2015 split with a whole new line-up behind leader Brendan Southwell. Amongst The Flames of a Burning God is their grand return, and finds them in remorselessly primal form.

Ocean Floor
Mirror

Mirror by Ocean Floor was originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly sold out. It will now enjoy a limited vinyl pressing. A series of stripped back tracks for piano and synthesizer. They were initially sketched out following a bad night’s sleep in 2014. They were gradually formed into melodic tunes and the inclusion of a little guitar on one track.

Phantoms vs Fire
My Mind As Your Amusement Park

Phantoms Vs. Fire - who will win? Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to find out. Project mastermind Thiago Desant intends My Mind As Your Amusement Park to be the first record in an eight-part series. If all of the subsequent LPs are as intense as this one then we’re in for an epic journey - My Mind As Your Amusement Park is a set of degraded, often rather haunted sound design that draws on The Caretaker, bvdub, Jean-Michel Jarre and Olafur Arnalds.

Vlimmer
XIII

Those of you who’ve been keeping up with Alexander Leonard Donat’s output as Vlimmer these past few years will know what to expect from new EP XIII. Donat has carved out a niche as one of modern coldwave’s most prolific and impressive artists, and these five tunes do nothing to upset that particular apple cart. Much of this EP kicks and screams, but cuts like ‘Kontakt’ are slow and insidious in that Alice Glass kind of way.

Vlimmer
XIIII

Under the title of Vlimmer the one born Alexander Leonard Donat has released EPs at an impressive clip these past few years. Vlimmer’s debut release I only came out in 2015, but as you can see Donat’s already hit XIIII (and a few more un-numbered titles) before the decade is out. Keeping busy clearly suits Donat - by now he’s got his brand of theatrical coldwave down to a fine art. Fans of Gestalt, Absolute Body Control and the rest should scooch on over to this record.

TV Victor
Back To The Moon

Active on Tresor in the 90’s and early 00’s, TV Victor has made a welcome return in the past few years. Now Back To The Moon, an archival set that is his fourth release since 2015, arrives courtesy of Lullabies For Insomniacs (Million Brazilians, Sugai Ken). Back To The Moon is a curious collection of abstract electronic tracks, one that draws on everything from Balearic House to the ambient explorations currently cropping up on Seance Centre. There’s a bit of Pablo’s Eye in there too. Very interesting stuff.

Shakti
Verboden Dromen

A new trio formed around their enigmatic leader ‘Praga Khan’, the legendary Belgian electronic musician Maurice Engelen, SHAKTI merge Western dance rhythms with Eastern instrumentation on this mini-album Verboden Dromen. Even after nearly four decades in music, Engelen is still capable of breaking new ground. 
  • Vinyl LP (STREP-028)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Dazion
A Bridge Between Lovers

Dutch musician Dazion offers up his sophomore EP release A Bridge Between Lovers, released on Second Circle. Freeing himself up from any expectations as to previous output, the six tracks presented here are both melodically and rhythmically rich, the result of acoustic instruments being processed through digital equipment. 

Art Ensemble Of Chicago
We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Five full decades of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: hell yes. This commemorative anniversary album was recorded with the two surviving core members joined by potent musicians including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Moor Mother. We Are On The Edge takes in a wide array of the Ensemble’s history, with both a studio and a live disc for the full range of possible vibes. On Erased Tapes.

Alice Coltrane
Transfiguration

After fully immersing herself in the Hindu tradition, which included her musical output, Alice Coltrane had one night of remembrance. It was 1978 at the University of California. She recorded, Transfiguration,  a live album which celebrated her jazz and R&B roots. Reissue LP on Antarctica Starts Here. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ASH314)
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  • Last copy

Alice Coltrane
Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana

Alice Coltrane changed her life in 1977 and became a Swamini, teaching the Hindu religion. This also marked a change in her music. She released two albums in one year, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was one of them. It saw her embracing devotional music and running with it. Reissue LP on Antarctica Starts Here.

Alice Coltrane
Eternity

Alice Coltrane mixed a whole load of influences into her music. She was inspired by the music of India, R&B, gospel and spiritual. On her 1976 album, Eternity, she throws classical into the mix with a spellbinding album closer Spring Rounds, is her version of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring. LP on Antarctica Starts Here.

Big Stick
LP

Sometimes, a name is all you need. Something about the phrase Big Stick tickles me more than I can express. But less about me. The band are back with the less well named LP, their first album proper in 15 years. Completely anarchic punk nonsense, rarely have two musicians sounded like they were having so much fun.

kandodo 3
k3

How much do kan a kando do if a kando kandodo? Well, 3 apparently. On k3, kandodo 3 have created four sides of vinyl worth of well practiced exploratory psych-rock. This is music for fans of the Heads, maybe unsurprisingly as that band's Simon Price leads the kandodo 3. It's vibes all the way... way... way... down. On Rooster Rock.

Ross From Friends
Epiphany

I guess now that ‘90s sitcom, Friends, is trending again due to it being shown on Netflix, Ross From Friends, AKA, Felix Clary Weatherall, can piggy-back that publicity by releasing his new record. It is called Epiphany, named after his sister who is one of the most important people in his life. On this new 12" he’s gone for an ‘80s sci-fi vibe that incorporates elements of techno, jazz, house and ambient music. 
New in: Wednesday 7th August 2019

Flame 2 (Burial and The Bug)
Dive / Rain

Next instalment of dream collaboration between night bus dweller Burial and bass bin enthusiast The Bug as Flame (2). Released on The Bug's Kevin Martin's Pressure imprint, these two bass music heavyweights again collide for two more blurry dubbed out highly atmospheric tracks that are sure not to disappoint fans of either artist. 

Lowfish
Test(e)

‘But wait!’, we hear you cry, ‘isn’t Test(e) a 1996 cassette by Pest(e) rather than a 2019 double-LP from Suction Records boss Lowfish?’ Well, you’re both right and wrong on that one. You see, Pest(e) was another pseudonym that Lowfish's Gregory de Rocher went by back in the day, so while this new edition of Test(e) may come under a different name it’s still the same music by the same guy. Either way, this record oscillates between cold downtempo electro and frenzied breakbeat in a manner befitting an IDM album that was made in the mid-90’s.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SUCTION048)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Afrodeutsche
RR001 EP

Celebrated NTS DJ Eclair Fifi has established her own record label River Rapid, and to cut the ceremonial ribbon with its debut release is a new EP from Afrodeutsche, a.k.a. Henrietta Smith-Rolla. Following up on last year’s Break What You Make album, these four new tracks evoke classic Rephlex sounds. 

Johanna Knutsson / Karen Gwyer
Oscillate Tracks 003

Oscillate Tracks presents a split 12” EP featuring two of its artists, one present and one past. Taking a side and two tracks each, current roster star Johanna Knutsson and former artist Karen Dwyer use Oscillate Tracks 003 to construct beautiful soundscapes of minimalist techno and ambient music. 

Shura
forevher

Coming off the back of two years of hard touring following the viral success of her early singles and debut album, Shura (aka British-born artist Aleksandra Denton) presents her eagerly awaited sophomore record forevher. Themed around the emotional rushes of new love, it promises to be a warmer and happier experience.

Oh Sees
Face Stabber

Some things are always true.  You're always less than 6 months away from a John Dwyer release. That release will be by a band using a variant on Oh Sees as its name. Dwyer will have recorded some of that album wearing jean shorts that stop below the knee. And the songs that fill that release will be high intensity fuzzy garage rock.  This album is called Face Stabber.

Bill Ryder-Jones
Yawny Yawn

Bill Ryder-Jones’ 2018 LP Yawn was a fine set of epic ballads in that sort of Richard Hawley/Bill Callahan/Elbow tradition. On Yawny Yawn we find the former member of The Coral stripping back the tunes of Yawn to the bare essentials - just piano, voice and a few wisps of ambient electronics. This tender treatment allows the stark beauty of Ryder-Jones’ music to come into even sharper focus.

Blur
Live At The BBC

25 years ago Blur apparently lived at the BBC. Sorry, no, Blur played a live session for BBC Radio 1. This was, of course, around the time of their very famous third album, Parklife, which included the hit I Am The Fly by Wire, Sorry again! I mean Girls & Boys. Girls and Boys is one of the four tracks on this Blur Live At The BBC EP along with Jubilee, Trouble In The Message Centre and Lot 105.

J-Walk
Mediterranean Winds

London producer J-Walk returns his third album 'Mediterranean Winds', another suite of tracks that specifically aims to capture the feel of a particular time and place. But what time and what place? If only he'd left some clues... With sonics inspired by the soundtrack works of Brian Eno and Vangelis, it never loses the soulful bent of its creator. 

Immigrant
Early Paintings

Early Paintings is an extremely limited edition retrospective by Scottish singer/songwriter, Immigrant. It contains recordings made between 2015 and 2019. It contains tracks from 6 of his albums Wounded Healer, Christos Moon, The Empress, High Valley Home, Meadow Soul and Great Holker Lime. Each edition comes in a hand made box. Exclusive to Norman Records.

Michael Stearns
Ancient Leaves

For those unaware, Michael Stearns is a legendary ambient pioneer and his 1975 album 'Ancient Leaves' is being given a reissue by the people over at Infinite Fog. It's a heady mix of Gregorian chants, field recordings, Finnish lap harp, and a Mini Moog all recorded onto four-track tape. Expect an immersive experience of early ambient music. 
New in: Tuesday 6th August 2019

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Do Not Pass Me By Vol. II

Following up the cult success of the much-beloved Like A Ship… Without A Sail in 1971, Do Not Pass Me By was the even more limited successor two years later. Chicago’s Pastor T.L. Barrett once again took the 40-piece Youth For Christ Choir and laid down ten more yearning, soaring spiritual tracks. 

Resavoir
Resavoir

Chicago-based jazz collective Resavoir look to deliver on the early hype, which garnered them patronage from Gilles Peterson among others, with their debut self-titled album. Led primarily by Will Miller of indie band Whitney, their take on jazz has been lo-fi, electronically enhanced with loops and samples. 

Pink Turns Blue
If Two Worlds Kiss

Reissue of the debut LP from Cologne’s Pink Turns Blue here. 1987’s If Two Worlds Kiss is a seminal text of both darkwave and Goth, its doomy new-wave grooves and vampy vocals a harbinger of what was to come. This is still a hugely important record all these years later and is richly deserving of reissue. This new edition of If Two Worlds Kiss includes ‘A Moment Sometimes’, a track that hasn’t always made it onto vinyl pressings of the album in the past.
New in: Thursday 1st August 2019

Russian Circles
Blood Year

Chicago post-rock three-piece Russian Circles have all the brooding, dramatic tension associated with the genre. They also add elements of metal and krautrock which gives their music addition textures and power. Blood Year is their latest album. It was recorded at Steve Albini’s Electric Audio studio by Kurt Ballou of metal band, Converge.

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