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New in: 25th May 2018


African Scream Contest 2

When the first of Analog Africa’s African Scream Contest compilations dropped in 2008, it shone a light on the sound of Benin, a nation whose music doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Fast-forward a decade and the second instalment in the series is about to do that all over again. Compiled by cra...view item »


Audio Albion

Audio Albion presents music and field recordings together to aurally map Britain; particularly its rural and wilder parts, where they still exist. Sounds sourced from various locations up and down the land are brought together by 15 artists; Bare Bones, David Colohan, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Howlround, A Year In The Co...view item »

Wooden Shjips
V

In which the Shjips, according to the press release at least, trade in some of their trademark hypno-guitar drone for a more laid-back sound. Born out of contemplative takes on the various political and ecological madnesses of last summer, 'V' is intended as an antidote to current travails, "a respite from the insanity". Get in early enough and ...view item »

Natalie Evans
Better At Night

Diving into the Small Pond this evening is fingerpicking guitarist and harpist Natalie Evans. For her debut Better At Night she’s honed a technique of setting tweely-sung indie pop lyrics to much more elaborate guitar and harp playing. The entertaining contrast comes out something like a Kate Nash...view item »
New in: 24th May 2018

Sun Ra & His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra
A Night In East Berlin

Post-Materialization Music (Ceramic Hobs, Kylie Minoise) reissue this 1986 tape from Sun Ra & His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra. Though A Night In East Berlin may not come from Sun Ra’s most revolutionary period, it still finds him operating on a different (astral...view item »

Peder Mannerfelt
The Screws That Hold The World Together

Lazy Tapes is a young imprint - the only previous drop from the label had been two collaborative tapes between label boss Cera Khin and first Ossia, then Christoph De Babalon - but they may have put themselves on the map with this one. The clown prince of modern techno P...view item »

Scott Gordon
Relief Tours

On Relief Tours, Scott Gordon is trying to find out what exactly a piano can do. A series of 8 experiments where Gordon approached the instrument from a different perspective and with different tools. Yet he avoids being too clinical, the piano belonged to his brother, and that relationship imbues thes...view item »

Ben Vince
Assimilation

Forgive me for acting like a sentimental parent sending off his graduated child, but is Ben Vince all grown up now? I thought he’d peaked with the gorgeously looped sax fantasies of ‘Monuments’, a record of free-flowing woodwind exercises released for Blank Editions last year. Now, with help from a handful of electronic dons wh...view item »

Morah
Ursa Major

Evil cuts for the most ominous of dancefloors, Morah come running back to the brokntoys imprint for their own EP -- they previously contributed to the label's collaborative effort The Glowing, but here they get a chance to present their very own swampy, unkempt grooves. Party all demoralised. ...view item »

Posatronix
Danz EP

Some nice 90s electro-funk here courtesy of Posatronix. Originally released in 1997, Danz is now a window into a time when Detroit techno was just beginning to go down the rabbit hole. The likes of ‘Night Vision’ have that slightly manic quality you get from running acid trax at a tempo higher than 130 bpm. ...view item »

Anthony Naples
OTT / ZTL

Delightfully sparse press info about this one tells you all you really need to know: Anthony Naples has done a new 12 and there's 2 songs on it. Keeping it simple with both the context and that red circle artwork, you'd do well to expect the usual grit-glam of his music, a destitute dance for one and for all. He's been surprisin...view item »

Lorad Group
Sul Tempo

The music of Lorad Group, captured here and only here on there single album Sul Tempo, is like loungey minimal jazz music transferred through a MIDIsphere into a shiny new digital format. At times it made me think of tunes from the Mario 64 soundtrack, but Sul Tempo does have an identity all of its own...view item »

Riccardo Schirò
Dunas

What happens when you combine the gritty desert grooves of Tuareg music with the structures and sounds of IDM? Riccardo Schirò wanted to find out, and so he has put together Dunas...view item »

Levon Vincent
NS-21

Lord of wax Levon Vincent offers two buzzing cuts of who knows what. I would predict something deep and minimal, but these ones are being described as "razor-sharp", which could well mean we're in for something a little more confrontational, to suit him seemingly weaponising his vinyl with a swing of the arm on that fr...view item »

Adam Stafford
Fire Behind The Curtain

Toad Records front this new record from the impressive Adam Stafford. Stafford claims influence from American minimalist composers as well as the likes of Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon for Fire Behind The Curtain. They come through on expertly crafted numbers such as...view item »

Surgeon
Luminosity Device

Anthony Child reconciles the properties of his ambient/drone works under his own name and as the Transcendence Orchestra with the tougher elements of his productions as Surgeon, for a psychedelic album inspired by the Bardo Thodol or Tibetan Book of the Dead. Child is hugely influential in the techno sphere and I sorta get the feeling that this ...view item »

Lithics
Mating Surfaces

One conversation I seem to keep having is the ideal length of an album. And what those conversations usually boil down to is that an album should either be 3 hours or 30 minutes. Anything else is cowardly. Long but shorter than 3 hours? Where’s your ambition? Short but longer than 30? Excuse me, but have you heard about this cool thing cal...view item »

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

I’m sure you’re aware of the form by now. With an energy best described as subliminal, thee Parquet Courts sit you in a seminar room and have you debate whether or not they’re chill and slack or bold and bracing. I can never quite tell, but I’d argue ‘Human Performance’ was their best record to date, a janglin...view item »

Fallen
ást

Time Released Sound present some lovely editions of the latest album by Italian ambient musician Fallen (you may also know them by the name The Child Of A Creek). ast is a record full of pretty drones, found sounds, loops and touches of piano with just a hint of unease lurking at its co...view item »

The Fall
Levitate

Unsurprisingly, Mark E. Smith fell out with Kier Stewart and Simon Spencer, the production duo initially chosen to produce Levitate. Lack of payment meant that The Fall’s 19th album disappeared with the the pair. An album was finished but only three tracks survived from rehearsal sessions including Spencer, which Mark E. S...view item »

J. Albert
Envy Turned Curiosity EP

Exotic Dance Records co-founder J. Albert comes through with this tetchy EP for The Trilogy Tapes (Bullion, Bass Clef). Envy Turned Curiosity has a fair bit in common with the recent TTT drop by Parris in that it uses c...view item »

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
Sauvage Formes

This 8-track album is a beautiful, adventurous journey into experimental orchestration, minimalistic guitars riffs and luxurious, epic strings underpinning epic, swelling chants and hymnal refrains. And with Vincent Bertholet at the helm, this melancholic approach to orchestration is as adventurous as it is powerful. ...view item »

Dolo Percussion
Dolo 3

In releasing the third EP from Dolo Percussion aka Maximillion Dunbar aka one half of Beautiful Swimmers aka Andrew Field-Pickering...view item »


La Contra Ola - Synth Wave And Post Punk From Spain 1980-86

Swiss label Bongo Joe drop this bumper collection of Iberian post-punk. With the fall of Franco and the rise of punk both coming in the second half of the 70s, the subsequent years proved a period of unrivalled creativity for the people of Spain. The nineteen tracks here are fierce yet exuberant paeans to personal expression, ta...view item »

Aylu
Serum

Argentinian producer Ailín Grad makes something of a departure from her more frenetic tapes for Orange Milk, Memory No. 36 Recordings and outlines, with a delightful snack size CD EP on Sun Araw’s always reliable Sun Ark label. ‘Serum’ comes in five little micro doses and exudes an exquisite, serene energy. Ailín&...view item »
New in: 23rd May 2018

Franco Battiato
Clic

Franco Battiato’s 1974 album Clic is back in print thanks to the efforts of Superior Viaduct: check it out. Clic is a ...view item »

Christy Essien
One Understanding

Lovely re-release of a 1979 record by the late Nigerian singer Christy Essien here. The woman they once called ‘The First Lady of Song’ in her native land has been largely overlooked in the Nigerian reissue explosion of the past decade, so it’s about time that something of hers was given a going-over for a new ...view item »

Abu Obaida Hassan
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan

Abu Obaida Hassan’s music was discovered by the Ostinato Records label earlier this decade, and they’ve now followed through on their initial fascination to the point that they are now releasing this set of songs hand-picked by the man himself. Hassan...view item »

múm
Menschen am Sonntag - Live in Berlin

As mum return to Berlin for their third time soundtracking the seminal German silent movie Menschen am Sonntag, the band’s Morr Music label has seen fit to release recordings taken from the previous two performances of their score. This 10" features exactly the sort of glitchy-yet-chest-swelling c...view item »

The Dean Ween Group
rock2

The second LP from The Dean Ween Group arrives hot on the heels of the band’s last LP, but that doesn’t mean rock2 sounds rushed. Rather, the record brims with ...view item »

Our Solar System
Origins

'Origins' is the third album from Swedish collective Our Solar System, a beautifully revealing and transparent record that effortlessly weaves together the band's animalistic power and more serene, compelling vibes. This is an intense and mysterious album that riffs on psychedelia and jazzy experimentalism....view item »

Mark Van Hoen
Invisible Threads

After an enlightening and enriching tour with a number of Touch luminaries, Mark Van Hoen channeled his inspiration into the pieces that would become Invisible Threads, whi...view item »

The Advisory Circle
Ways of Seeing

It's actually pretty horrible to watch the sideshow surrounding this album. Phil has been excited for weeks about it. Hoping that he would like it as much as he likes the earlier the Advisory Circle records. Within 30 seconds of putting the needle down on the record his face is pained. He is a man utterly crushed and as it's all happened so publ...view item »

Hellvete
Droomharmonium

Everyone loves a good bit of harmonium right? Glen Steenkiste, a player with psych band Sylvester Anfang II, certainly does, as he has dedicated his solo project Hellvete...view item »

Vitamin X
Age Of Paranoia

Skatey hardcore boys Vitamin X thrash their way back into existence somehow. It’s been six years since their last record and many more since their heyday, but what you learn to do with your fingers in a punk band seemingly never goes away -- and in their case, neither does the rude ‘tude that sells it. For Southern Lord they do &lsqu...view item »

Nexda
Words & Numbers

How ‘bout a post-punk band? You like those, right? Well, I like it when they wobble, ergo I like Nexda, a band who do the goods via not so straight-laced rhythms and trembling vocal pontifications. With their drum machines tied to melodic pantomime, the mood is stern and terse, like someone dancing confidently over a tightrope. Going at th...view item »

The Messthetics
The Messthetics

I completely lost myself listening to this. At some point all sense of sentience and free thinking abandoned me and my head became an Escher painting for the music of the Messthetics to live in, moving in and out of different entrances and exits while I just, like, sat here. Like someone speed-running Portal, this is rock music for itself with i...view item »

Svalbard
It's Hard To Have Hope

Not a second of ‘It’s Hard to Have Hope’ is wasted. Dropping the ball a sum total of zero times on their way to following up the intense and overwrought post-metal of ‘One Day This Will All End’, Svalbard pitch a furious political checklist of a record, one that sees Serena Cherry scream out experiences of being a w...view item »

GNOD
Be Aware Of Your Limitations (Live at Roadburn 2017)

Counterpoint: why don’t you be aware of how many records you’re releasing? This is all a bit much, my dudes, and if you want your records to land with their usual doomsaying crush, you gotta give us time to digest. The Grateful Gnod’s latest record is a recording of their 2017 Roadburn set, offering a snapshot of the Netherland...view item »

Nurse With Wound
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched

2CD set of the out of print Nurse With Wound albums, Sugar Fish Drink and Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven. Can the music live up to the oddness promised by the titles of these things? Honestly, probably. Some of the tracks might be familiar to fans of Nurse With Wound but ...view item »

The Left Outsides
All That Remains

Ah I get it. It seemed that I just recently reviewed a the Left Outsides record but that was a re-issue from 2015. I knew they couldn't have followed it up that quickly. As an aside...I wonder what it is like to be in a band with your spouse? I guess it's just easier all round than having to leave the family hearth to go out to band practice wit...view item »

Half Man Half Biscuit
No-one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin’ hedge cut

It was the laugh out loud moment of 2018 so far when the title of the new Half Man Half Biscuit album was announced. It would actually have been fine to just leave it at that....surely nothing they can do musically can really top it.  We know the score by now. Chug-a-long vintage shambling indie as a vehicle for Nigel Blackwell's al...view item »

Jeremy Enigk
The Return Of The Frog Queen

In the time between this record being made and subsequently reissued I'm sorry to tell you that Jeremy Enigk has lost his golden hair. Yup those locks that feature on the back sleeve are no more. However this is the only way the record has dated. Bit o' history first. 'Return of the Frog Queen' is one of those records that arrived at me word of ...view item »
New in: 22nd May 2018

Witchsorrow
Hexenhammer

Reinforced doominations from Witchsorrow see them go harder and heavier than usual, seemingly wanting to block off the easy routes and access points one might usually find. Hexenhammer is a declaration of the band's favourite genre hallmarks and was recorded with metal overlord Chris Fielding, who's ...view item »


Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thou...view item »

Agnes Obel
Late Night Tales

The latest night tale comes courtesy of haunting Danish folk-pop composer Agnes Obel. Her selections prove comparable with her own material - generally quiet, reflective and poetic. There’s Lee Hazlewood’s spoken-word narrative on ‘The Nights’, the pioneering Greek artist Lena Pla...view item »

Blouse
Blouse

Not of course the Chris Morris fronted Pulp parody from Brasseye but a Portland based art school collective who feature someone who went on to be in Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Expect sumptuous dream-pop with synths and alluring guitar lines.  This re-press is part of the celebrations for Captured Tracks 10th...view item »

Sweatson Klank
Fine Lines

We all wish we could be called Sweatson Klank, but unfortunately, there can be only one. This Sweatson Klank is a Los Angeles producer who melds hip-hop, future R&B and House whilst being nifty enough to balance the necessary muscular punch with a soulful emotional tug. Fine Lines doesn’t fit into any ...view item »

Shy Layers
Midnight Marker

J. D. Walsh follows up his well-received 2016 LP as Shy Layers. Midnight Marker is another perky fusion of Balearic tropes, Yacht rock, electro-soul and cerebral pop al...view item »

Bjork
Arisen My Senses (Jlin, Lanark Artefax, Kelly Lee Owens Remixes)

Promising release from up-and-coming Icelandic artist Björk. One of the standouts of Utopia, ‘Arisen My Senses’ - a co-production with Arca...view item »

Jenny Hval
The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval has evolved from her origins as the singer of a Norwegian goth metal band in the late ‘90s to become a novelist and creator of arty, experimental and highly acclaimed music. Her new four song EP, The Long Sleep, follows on from her 2016 LP Blood Bitch. It was recorded with Håvard Volden, whom she has worke...view item »

La Féline
Royaume (feat. Laetitia Sadier and Mondkopf)

Some modern-day chansons from French artist La Feline here. Each side of Royaume contains two collaborations with a different guest - side A Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, side B the composer Mondkopf. The first pair come across like late-period Nick Ca...view item »


Ingrid Goes West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah yes, Ingrid Goes West. It's a [scrolls down Wikipedia page to critical reception] critically acclaimed movie with favorable reviews. A film about [scrolls back up to start of Wikipedia page] someone moving to LA to hang out with someone they follow on Instagram, it sounds to me a...view item »

Womack & Womack
MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)

Ahh this is a really nice one man. Womack & Womack initially released the electro-soul number ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’ as a track on their 1988 LP Conscience. A couple of years later, an at-the-peak-of-his-powers Frankie Knuckles got hold of the stems and turned in a cracking...view item »

Snow Patrol
Wildness

Gary, Nathan, Paul, Johnny, and Jonny return at last with Wildness. Quite a few years in the making, not least as it was scrapped and begun again from scratch midway in, the album reliably packs enough crestfallen indie plodcore to soundtrack an entire season of Grey’s Anatomy. The discerning fan may pick from black vinyl...view item »

Chvrches
Love Is Dead

This is Chvrches latest record called Love Is Dead and it contains a whole load of sparkly new tracks that, at some point, you'll hear floating around on the ol' radio. These 13 tracks are available on multiple formats; two vinyl LP's, one blue coloured and one transparent, and on CD. Released on Virgin E...view item »

Luke Howard
Open Heart Story

An LP that thinks an awful lot of itself from Australian composer Luke Howard here. Open Heart Story is one of those ‘contemporary classical’ records that is basically just Adele without singing and drums. Titles like ‘In Metaphor, Solace’, ‘Elysian Fields’ and &lsquo...view item »

J Dilla
Dillatronic

You wouldn’t think that there was too much left to lick out of the J Dilla mixing bowl but this collection of his electronic works shows off his versatility whilst confirming that we haven’t reached anything like a drought yet. His touch is all over these tracks from the clipped beats to the tape-delayed shouts to the od...view item »

E
Negative Work

Boston trio E - featuring former members of Karate, Uzi, Neptune and more - drop their second LP via Thrill Jockey. The ten tracks of Negative Work are a tense, bracing mix of hardcore punk, shredded blues and noise rock. As well as the usual suspects -...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Up In Downsville

A Certain Ratio AKA ACR AKA "Joy Division with better clothes" were a Manchester post-punk band who mixed elements of funk, disco and dub into their sound. Up In Downsville was their seventh album and was originally released on Rob’s Records (a label owned by Joy Division ...view item »

Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker

Phil's incisive review from back in 2006.  Bark Psychosis have been having somewhat of a resurgence of late. So it would make sense to reform and do a new album. Cleverly that's what the boys did and those nice folks at Fire Records Of Nottingham have released i...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Good Together

Good Together was originally released in 1989 and marked a temporary foray into the world of major labels for A Certain Ratio. After five albums with Factory Records, the Manchester post-punk band signed for A&M for album number 6. Presumably they wanted to be label-mates with Sting. Good Together is reissued by Mute (who DO...view item »

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

The Stretchmarks are a reasonably obscure group from the late 1980’s, featuring a wild mix-up of members from Nico’s backing band, The Blue Orchids, and the plunderphonic avant-messers who would later form Stock, Hausen & Walkman. The Stretch m-ARKhives ...view item »

Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
LAGEOS

Following the single release of ‘Audio Track 5’ last September, Ninja Tune now offer up an entire LP of Darren “Actress” Cunningham’s collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra, which first performed at the Barbican in 2016 (helpfully, ‘Audio Track 5’ is track 8 he...view item »

Limb
Saboteurs Of The Sun

Londoners Limb are back with this snazzy orange/green vinyl, their third album on New Heavy Sounds, a driving record packed with heavy fuzz, sludgy doom and bubbling synthesisers. Throw in some screaming organs and reverential choruses and you've got yourself a swampy, intergalactic party. A groove-filled listen. ...view item »

Remember Sports
Slow Buzz

Remember Sports were once called Sports but we're now invited to Remember Sports. The band have moved from a tiny town to a big one and have added a drummer along the way. This is one of those records that revolves around the emotions suffered at the end of a relationship and showcases the band's most ambitious work to date.&nbs...view item »

The Just Measurers
Flagellation

There was only ever 300 copies of Flagellation, the one and only LP by The Just Measurers, pressed back in 1983, so it’s no wonder that this really weird DIY punk record has recently been changing hands for the best part of 500 notes. Emotional Response saw fit to reissue the LP, so now you can grab a copy without breaking...view item »

Farketmez
Deeelicious

Turkish jazz-rockers Farketmez mix jazz, blues, funk and a right psychedelic racket on their debut album Deeelicious. The album is the culmination of three years of musical evolution for the band. They feature Cameron Dean (formerly of Million Dead) on guitar along with Selcuk Güllü , on sax, drum...view item »

Anna
Razor

São Paulo producer Anna Miranda aka DJ Anna partners with ol’ London technoheads NovaMute for Razor. The title piece has a focused, funky minimal dancefloor feel, but also keeps fun in reserve. Still, it’s outshined by its pals ‘Dreamweaver’ and especially ‘Escapism’, each with...view item »


Satan In Love ‐ Rare Finnish Synth‐Pop and Disco 1978‐1992

The colourful catalogue of Finland’s Svart Records spans material old and new, but seems to specialise in scarce gems from the forested country’s underground music history. In this case, we have a tour de force of several decades’ worth of Suomi synthpop and disco. ‘Satan in Love’ by Emilia is a not...view item »

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

The famed choir Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices here present their first studio recordings in two decades, together with Lisa Gerrard, a vocalist who took much influence from the choir in her formative years. BooCheeMish is an epic suite of that gorgeously stark traditional Bulgarian vocal style, and is...view item »

Fucked Up
High Rise

Hardcore Canadian punks, Fucked Up, have a new album on the way which will be released by Merge. To whet their fans whistles in anticipation of this they have recorded a 7”  single on Tankcrimes containing High Rise, a cover of a song by The Trainspotters and Tower On Time, a Jade Hairpins...view item »

Green Seagull
Scarlet Fever

We were listening to this in the office yesterday (at my request I have to admit) and to be honest it was doing my head in. The band have all the right influences to ensure that it's something my ears might enjoy but the execution of it leaves something to be desired.  They are blatantly in the thrall to the whimsy of the late '60s&...view item »

The Perth County Conspiracy
The Perth County Conspiracy

The Perth County Conspiracy were a psychedelic folk group from the 1970s whose records now fetch big bucks. If you don’t have big bucks, then the people at Flashback have conveniently reissued their eponymous 1970 LP at an affordable price. Despite coming only a few weeks after their Columbia...view item »

Us and Them
On Shipless Ocean

On Shipless Ocean is the second record from pysch-rock band Us and Them. What makes this record even more special is that it is available on a limited pressing blue vinyl. Available only as an LP and released on Mega Dodo. Apparently, when you listen to this you feel like you're in a warm 'liquid bubble'. Interesting....view item »


Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present Paris In The Spring

I love Paris in the Spring. Don’t we all. But guess who really love Paris in the Spring? St. Etienne duo Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Paris uprising, they’ve curated this bumper collection of chansons, ye-ye and French pop ditties, all of which emerged in the y...view item »

Bong
Thought and Existence

Bong are back baby, presenting two side-long slabs of deep space power. In the three years since they last graced our stereos, Bong have augmented their strategy of crushing riffs and momentous drum rhythms with extra lashings vibes cosmic energy. The second track, for instance, with its superbly portentous ...view item »

Age Of Taurus
The Colony Slain

Let me tell you, being a Taurus ain’t easy. You live in constant fear of change, of disruption, and of movement. The last thing we need is an epoch in which the defining characteristics are shared with the bull sign. But doom-metallers Age Of Taurus clearly think differently. On The Colony Slain, their follow-up L...view item »

Bonnacons of Doom
Bonnacons of Doom

Whoever it is that’s behind Bonnacons of Doom - members of Forest Swords, Mugstar, Youth Movies and more have all been known to contribute - they clearly know what they’re doing. The band’s debut LP claims acid house as a starting point, but really the record l...view item »

Halo Maud
Je Suis Une Île

She's been in the Melody Echo Chamber band so that should give you some idea of where this French songwriter is coming from. She mainly sings in her native tongue rather than a language I can understand but this doesn't matter on excellent little pop songs such as 'Du Pouvoir/Power' which has a lovely in...view item »

Jo Passed
Their Prime

The most surprising thing about the recent Arctic Monkeys album is the realisation that people still actually seem to make records with my personal ear in mind. I'm talking about records with unusual melodies, surprising jumps in dynamics and lyrics that you need to think about a couple of times. It's not a o...view item »

Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne & Danny

How twee is too twee? For me the line is drawn somewhere around Camera Obscura. I quite like a lot of, say,  Belle & Sebastien's songs  but try me on one of Tracyanne Campbell's former bands ditties and it's more than likely I'll be as sick as if I'd just eaten a bag full o...view item »

Fonda 500
I Heart Fonda 500

I never thought I'd hear the name Fonda 500 again but here they are back after ten years with their mixing bowl of indie-pop sounds from electronica to sunshine pop and everything in between. The band were much lauded back in the day and having taken their time over this they have created something timeless and joyous with a tot...view item »

The Stroppies
Maddest Moments / Architectural Charades

We very much enjoyed the economical song junk of The Stroppies when we last heard it, lovingly comparing it to all things Girlpool, GbV and New Zealand indie. They're back with two new songs for the most indie rock of things: a 7". These songs are thematically united under the theme of anxiety, extending hum-along empa...view item »

Samba Touré
Wande

The third LP from Malian guitarist and songwriter Samba Toure finds him streamlining his sound. Wande largely eschews the high-energy call-and-response desert blues of his previous work for a taut, funky synthesis of Sahel sounds and Western rock tropes. The likes of ‘Yerfara’ feature strutting grooves that ...view item »

Robert Storey
Come Up And Hear My Etchings

Compilation of songs from underground London musician Robert Storey. Includes tracks released between 1986 and 2016 as Orchestre Murphy, Nobodies, and more. His handle on harmony and vocal delivery recall some of Scott Walker's tamer moments as a solo artist....view item »

Near Future
Ideal Home

‘80s electro-poppers Blancmange are still going, who knew! Neil Arthur, now the only member has collaborated with Bernholz, an electronic artist who performs solo and as part of Gazelle Twin, as Near Future. Ideal home is a ...view item »

Julie Doiron
Désormais / Heart and Crime

Exciting reissue klaxon! This double re-release of Julie Doiron's stunning 2001 album ‘Désormais’ and 2002's 'Heart And Crime', previously out of print on vinyl, is testament to the Canadian's disarmingly warm songwriting. Weaving together gentle fingerpicking, ethereal vocals and twinkling piano, this record ...view item »

Corduroy
Return Of The Fabric Four

Acid Jazz heroes Corduroy are back with their first release in almost two decades, and it's a 12-track doozy. Blending pop-art imagery, mid-century rock swagger and swinging '60s pop, this record—released here on limited-edition white vinyl—is a retro-leaning, party-starting future classic. ...view item »

Delaney Davidson
Shining Day

Glass Records Redux (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized) has picked up the ninth studio LP from New Zealand artist Delaney Davidson. Coming a couple of years after Lucky Guy, Shining Day is another record of slightly garage-y singer-songwriter fare from Davidson. The li...view item »

Pictish Trail
Who’s Comin’ In?

The Pictish Trail is just one of many projects that Johnny Lynch is involved in. From running Fence Records and Lost Map Records, the musically obsessed Scot has also collaborated with James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton and Adem wi...view item »

Ari Roar
Calm Down

Who doesn't love green vinyl? Bella Union continue their run of badass releases with this album from Texan singer/songwriter Caleb Campbell, aka Ari Roar, a 60's-inspired pop record that fuses languid, lo-fi vibes with garage-band energy. Nods to psychedelia amp up the energy, while Campbell's tender voice delivers intimacy and ...view item »

Wand
Perfume

Although it runs to over half an hour, this thing from LA psych-pop luvvies Wand is technically an EP rather than an LP. Either way, Perfume is a substantial new release from a band who only dropped their Plum full-length last autumn. There are some cracking songs on here - ‘The Gift’ sounds like ...view item »

Kamaal Williams
The Return

As a fat forty something it's hard to get on board with the young people in the office's love of difficult jazz. At my time of life you need some smooth sounds and despite a press release that described this as 'experimental fusion', those of you with soft baby lamb-like ears like mine please don't feel put off as this is a gorgeous album full o...view item »
New in: 21st May 2018

GAS
Rausch

It can be a case of careful what you wish for. Wolfgang Voigt's legendary project was safely confined to the murk of history. The records there as a kind of high water mark example of how to make supreme dub techno and waiting to be discovered by all kinds of latecomers.  But very few can resist the lure of the comeback and last yea...view item »
New in: 16th May 2018

Boys
Rest In Peace

Boys is actually a girl (oh whatever next?) Nora Karlsson from the north bit of Sweden who once played in psych pop outfit Holy but now goes it alone.  She's moved on from her initial lo-fi recordings and is now is seen as one of Sweden's most accomplished songwriters garnering praise from all sorts of mags. ...view item »

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

I’d like to think you know by now about Courtney Barnett. A lauded master of the musical walk and talk, her double EP and debut LP were great, profoundly comedic works with telltale lyrics of wit and wonder. Mark Kozelek can but dream. On ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, Barnett’s songwriting goes by the old cliche: from st...view item »

Ryley Walker
Deafman Glance

You simply cannot hide your prog forever. Ryley Walker tried is best, delivering gorgeous folk jazz missives from the bottom of his heart to the top of our bestsellers sheet, but he could not save us from his dark side. ‘Deafman Glance’ stands divisive of this office, a mountain-scaling record that sees Walker try new, outlandish thi...view item »

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