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Prince
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic on purple vinyl? It’s what the Prince formerly known as The Artist (and known at the time of this particular release as the unpronounceable ‘Love Symbol #2’) would’ve wanted. Originally released in 1999, this one enlists the collaborative talents of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Eve, Chuck D and Gwen Stefani.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075913981)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Carla dal Forno
So Much Better

Australian singer/songwriter Carla dal Forno makes spooky, spacious music with a voice reminiscent of Nico. Following her atmospheric masterpiece You Know What It’s Like on Blackest Ever Black in 2016 she has released a couple of EPs. Now she has set up her own label, Kallista, for a new 7”, So Much Better. 

Mr Ben & the Bens
Nova Scotia

I do hope that Mr. Ben and The Bens take their name from my favourite ‘70s kids show. Although, the Lancaster band are a rather young looking bunch and one of them is called Ben, so I’m guessing not. Their new single, Nova Scotia, was inspired by YouTube footage of a music festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia attended by people from literally everywhere and the idea of small places becoming centres for great things happening. Orange vinyl 7" on Bingo Records, limited to 300 copies.
  • Vinyl 7" (BINGO010)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Fu Manchu
Kept Between Trees

Reissue of the first ever tracks from legendary stoner rockers Fu Manchu! Kept Between Trees was first released as a three track 7” in 1990, and this reissue from At The Dojo bolsters that with three extra inches and a previously unreleased track. Listen out for the wonderful vocals that sound devoid of all enthusiasm and hope!

The Mountain Goats
In League With Dragons

In League With Dragons is the seventeenth album by The Mountain Goats. This one sees John Darnielle and co. continuing their 28-year quest to convince us that monsters are okay, really. It comes in a number of increasingly fancy vinyl versions (some of which are limited editions, so be quick) and CD on Merge.

The Underground Youth
Mademoiselle

The Underground Youth are a band for whom demand has always outstripped supply, so don’t hang around on this Fuzz Club release of Mademoiselle! This 2010 record was only ever released online before, so this is the first opportunity to get a physical copy of this particular strain of lo-fi psych-folk. CD and 1000-copies-only vinyl editions.
  • Vinyl LP (FC33V12R)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

The Resonars
No Exit

No Exit is the 7th album by Tuscon, Arizona band, The Resonars. Whilst there’s definitely a whiff of Oasis about this, there’s a stronger sense of the glorious vocal harmonies and melodies of bands such as The Hollies and Big Star. The band is a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Matt Rendon. He has also released a one-off psychedelic album under the name Butterscotch Cathedral. On Trouble In Mind.

Helms Alee
Noctiluca

Sargent House (Deafheaven, Dylan Carson) drop the latest LP from Seattle noise-rock lifers Helms Alee. Five full-lengths in the band continue to make one hell of a racket for a three piece. There’s a nice sort of Nirvana-gone-math vibe to Noctiluca’s heavier moments - opener ‘Interachnid’, for instance. At its most melodic Noctiluca gives off a bit of an early-R.E.M. vibe - but if R.E.M. were, like, Shellac instead.

Deadbeat & Camara
Trinity Thirty

Languid dream-folksters Cowboy Junkies released their trickling classic The Trinity Sessions in 1988. To celebrate the thirty-year anniversary, Deadbeat (Scott Monteith) & (Fatima) Camara, both Canadian Berliners, have covered the the whole thing for your neo-nostalgic listening pleasure. Sounds like electronic slowcore.

Reptaliens
Vails

Reptaliens are influenced by sci-fi literature and art - their second album Valis takes its name from a Philip K. Dick novel. Their music takes its cues from the spacey weirdness of Todd Rundgren, the experimental lounge jazz of Gary Wilson and the comforting sounds of Broadcast.  After starting as a duo with no aspirations other than to please themselves, members were added and they became a band, hitting the road with STRFKR, Cults and Of Montreal. On Captured Tracks.

The Pearlfishers
Love & Other Hopeless Things

Ah, The Pearlfishers! following a Scottish tradition for blissful alternative pop music without really being noticed since 1991. Obvious points of reference are Surf's Up-era Beach Boys, The Beatles and Teenage Fanclub but there’s elements of Prefab Sprout and Michael Head that appear in the songs of head Pearfilsher David Scott too. Love & Other Hopeless Things is their new album. LP and CD on Marina.

PAWS
Your Church On My Bonfire

The fourth LP from PAWS drops through the Ernest Jenning Record Company (King Khan & His Shrines, Sunshine & The Rain). Your Church On My Bonfire is a record that synthesises sadness and noise in a manner similar to fellow Glaswegian rockers Frightened Rabbit and early Biffy Clyro. Meredith Godreau (Gregory & The Hawk) shows up with some guest vocals on ‘The Slow Spirit’.

Lamb
The Secret of Letting Go

Manchester trip-hop/electronic duo Lamb come back into life on Cooking Vinyl. The Secret Of Letting Go is their new album. It was, weirdly, conceived as the band decided to split. The recording took them from their South Downs studio to India and Ibiza. Oh, I get it now, a new album meant a holiday! Anyway, you can get this on LP and CD.

Violent Femmes
Hallowed Ground

Following up a classic like the Violent Femmes debut was always going to be a big ask. However, Gordon Gano had saved some classics for Hallowed Ground, such as Country Death Song, which he wrote in 10th Grade. Gano did use Hollowed Ground to display some of his Christian beliefs, lyrically taking the band in a different direction.

Ezra Collective
You Can't Steal My Joy

I see saxophones, I see dreadlocks... I hear jazz. This is the debut album from this London five piece who also blend afrobeat, hip-hop and grime into their concoction of sound. They've been doing pretty well for themselves (even playing at Quincy Jones birthday) and there's always room for one jazz album in the Mercury Prize. This will probably have a good a shout as any.  

Mac Miller
Blue Slide Park

Mac Miller left us way, way too soon. For someone who's career was so tragically short, Miller had more than his share of many great moments - plenty of hit singles, a (posthumous) Grammy win for 2018 LP Swimming, and a number one album in the form of debut full-length Blue Slide Park. Rostrum are now reissuing Miller’s opening statement, full of head-nodding beats and playful rhymes, on double-vinyl. 26 is no age to die.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RSTRM218LP)
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Various
Soothing Songs For Babies. Berceuses Du Monde

Utilitarian music can also be beautiful! Soothing Songs For Babies collects 19 lullabies from all four corners of the globe. Curated by Musée d’Ethnographie De Genève’s head of Ethnomusicology and released on Mental Groove Records. Contains liner notes in English and French on both vinyl and CD versions.

Abdullah Sami
Peace of Time

Both otherworldly and deeply spiritual, Abdullah Mudon Sami’s incredibly rare 1978 album Peace Of Time has gone on to attain a mythical status among jazz fans and record collectors alike, with original pressings of the first run of 300 copies fetching upwards of $2,000. This milestone is now being re-issued by Spiritmuse Records.

Hash Redactor
Drecksound

Hash Redactor are an indie rock/punk band comprised from Alex McIntyre of Ex-Cult,  Meredith Lones and Charlotte Watson from Nots and George Williford who has played in a number of Memphis bands. Drecksound is their debut full-length LP. Expect some energised, avant guitar interplay backed-up by a solid rhythm section. LP on Upset The Rhythm.
  • Vinyl LP (UTR119M)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Lawrence
Black Cats

15 years! Imagine doing the same thing for 15 years! I mean, that's not as old as Norman Records but still... it's impressive. To celebrate fifteen years Mule Musiq are releasing 12 12"s from their friends and loved ones. Number six, Black Cats, comes from Lawrence, who creates very atmospheric tracks using mellow piano and skipping bass. 
  • Vinyl 12" (MULEMUSIQ238)
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  • Last copy

Alex Kozobolis
Somewhere Else

Alex Kozobolis is one of those contemporary classical key-tinklers in the Nils Frahm/Olafur Arnalds vein. He also struggles with Tourettes and views his music-making as a way to channel his struggles into something productive. As such the tracks of debut LP Somewhere Else have a nice meditative quality to them. Somewhere Else is out via Phases (Neil Cowley, Max Cooper).

Martin Bartlett
Anecdotal Electronics: Live Experiments & Other Recordings

Vinyl compilation exploring the mysteriously little-known career of experimental music composer Martin Bartlett, who studied under the likes of John Cage and recorded with home-made and self-adjusted electronic equipment before his sudden death in 1993. Companion piece to a separately released CD-only compilation Ankle On: Electronic & Orchestral Works. 

Martin Bartlett
Ankle On: Electronic & Orchestral Works

CD compilation exploring the work of Martin Bartlett, a sadly underrated and little known figure in experimental music. Before his untimely death in 1993, Bartlett worked alone and in collaboration with others, with electronics and with orchestras, leaving a wealth of compelling music. Companion piece to a vinyl-only compilation entitled Anecdotal Electronics: Live Experiments & Other Recordings. 

Claude Fontaine
Claude Fontaine

Claude Fontaine - a woman who sounds like her parents used a ‘French names’ bot to generate her birth certificate - clearly loves Jamaican music. She seems to be particularly partial to the golden-age rocksteady, ska and reggae of early Trojan and Studio One. In fact, she’s so enthralled with the scene that she’s made sure her eponymous debut LP sounds like it was cut several decades ago. Over saturated riddims Fontaine coos in a breathy voice that recalls Jane Birkin. All of this makes for an extremely chic listen.

Josh Ritter
Fever Breaks

All-American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has teamed up with Jason Isbell for new LP Fever Breaks. The Idaho native’s tenth LP is a record of countrified Americana - or is it Americana-fied country? - with designs on the big leagues. Sounds expensive either way. Fever Breaks is one for the Springsteen fanatic in all of us.

Alessandro Adriani
Embryo

Mannequin Records big boy Alessandro Adriani is soon to drop his second LP Morphic Dreams through Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts. He’s limbering up for the full-length with Embryo, an EP that features a collaboration with Beau Wanzer. Beau Wanzer or no Wanzer, these tracks are yet further examples of Adriani’s superb darkside Italo-techno style. Embryo cuts like ‘Symmetry’ are freakbeat as crafted by demons.

James Rushford
The Body's Night

After a decade collaborating with other musicians, The Body’s Night is Australian composer James Rushford’s return to recording solo. A single suite of music split over two sides of vinyl, Rushford creates something nocturnal and disturbing using field recordings, analogue synths and a wide variety of instruments. 
  • Vinyl LP (BlackTruffle047)
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  • Last copy

Kirk Degiorgio
Shift Ltd 002


  • Vinyl 12" (MNSHIFTLTD002)
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  • Last copy

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose
The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters. 

Arovane & Porya Hatami
C.H.R.O.N.O.S.

Arovane & Porya Hatami continue to average an LP a year for Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Fanu & Bill Laswell). After 2017’s Organism and 2018’s Organism_evolution, 2019 sees the pair deliver C.H.R.O.N.O.S.. Rather than presenting the sort of ambient/concrete vignettes they've become known for, C.H.R.O.N.O.S. is comprised of five lengthy tracks that are generally richer and prettier than what Arovane & Hatami have come up with in the past. Recent records from Suplington and bvdub spring to mind.

Deadbeat
Waking Life

While Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat is more than capable of making dub techno explorations, sometimes it's fun to make something simple and effective. That approach lead Monteith to creating Waking Life an album whose main purpose is to get things heated at your local dub techno club night. On BLKRTZ.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
In The Capital

Woo-hoo! New music from one of the best bands to emerge over the last few years. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever may be a mouthful to speak but their music is remarkably enjoyable, a sun-dappled ride through the best bits of the Go Betweens, the Triffids and (yes I'm going to say it) Midnight Oil. Here are two new tracks to whet your appetite for whatever they do next. Enjoy.  
  • Vinyl 7" (SP1316)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

D'Arcangelo
Somewhere In Time

Suction Records have been combing the archives of Roman braindance legends D’Arcangelo recently, reissuing their eponymous 1996 EP as well as putting out a record of contemporaneous, largely unreleased material entitled II. Somewhere In Time collects those two vinyl on one CD as well as opening and closing with exclusives. As such, the release shows the pair running the full gamut of their sound, from brain-bending industrial electronics to warm, friendly synth-pop.

Serwed
Serwed

Serwed is the eponymous debut from electronic producer OL and Flaty, both of whom are associated with the Gost Zvuk label which releases electronic music from Russia and post-Soviet countries. Asyncro was launched by OL and this LP's mix of dark techno and broken-beat is a great way to kick things off for the label.

Karenn (Blawan & Pariah)
Kind of Green

Producers Blawan and Pariah rejoin forces under their Karenn moniker for a new EP on the Voam imprint. After not releasing for almost 5 years they are back with vigor and a futurist glance on techno. From filthy pounders 'Rek' and 'Salz', to skippier breaks that smack of broken machines whirring into life.

Ruf Dug
Ruf Dug presents The Committee

On this genre-blending five-track EP of dub, soul and jazz, Manchester-based record store owner and producer Ruf Dug assembles a cast of friends and musical fellow-travellers to present The Committee. Recorded in less than a fortnight at the collective’s own studio in South London, this short but immensely fun collection is a testament to the powers of collaboration. 

Logos
Imperial Flood

Logos first solo LP for a fair few years is the logical next step after 2013's already legendary Cold Mission. After helping to create the concept of 'weightless' club music, Imperial Flood is a turn toward a watery ambient rave style. It’s an eerie and spectral affair, one that has shades of Plaid and The Caretaker to it. Imperial Flood is an intriguing evolution for Logos, and one that we hope heralds an exciting new chapter in his career.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Carl Abrahamsson
Loyalty Does Not End With Death


MIS+RESS
Dispellers

The sophomore record from Brain Wenckebach’s MIS+RESS project arrives courtesy of Sound In Silence (yndi halda, The Gentleman Losers). As it was with 2017’s eponymous LP, Dispellers is a collection of delicate and delightful compositions. This is ambient music that pulls from several of the style’s sub-genres - foggy drones, squiggly electronica and post-rockish loops all crop up across the album. As is always the case with a Sound In Silence release, Dispellers is beautifully packaged.

Kira Kira and Hermigervill
Sumabörn (Summer Children)

Time Released Sound are releasing the soundtrack for the recent Icelandic film 'Sumarbörn' composed by Kira Kira and Hermigervill. A film that plays with the tension between the real and the imagined, the music very much follows suit in the way that its both playful and dramatic but always beautiful. Imagine a more ethereal Twin Peaks soundtrack and you're halfway there. 
  • Vinyl LP (TRS081)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Western Edges
Prowess

Listen up, Normanites, this is something you’ll want to hear: Western Edges is the new project from Richard Adams of Hood, The Declining Winter, and Memory Drawings. Prowess, the project's debut, sees him exploring the world of ambient and electronic music and is comparable to bvdub, Aphex Twin and the beatless bits of Boards of Canada. It also soundtracks the area around Saltaire...and we love Saltaire here at Normans!  It is his third release on Sound Is Silence following two albums in 2015 by The Declining Winter and Great Panoptique Winter. 

Craig Finn
I Need A New War

Third solo outing from Craig Finn, the songwriter who made his name with good-times rock band The Hold Steady. Their material has always been very lyrical, and Finn’s solo material simply allows more space for his words to spread out just the way they need to. I Need A New War has lots of fine new Finn characters, although with less of a specifically American focus that usual. On Partisan Records.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Sacred Dreams

Psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation used to call beautiful Stockholm their home but now they've relocated to stinking London and developed round them a gang of London hotshots. It will be interesting to hear how this has affected their sound  - Josefin herself goes rambling all over the place trying to explain what is at the hub of the record. I'm still no clearer - safe to say though that we'll hear plenty of deep space rock vibes and vintage electronic pulses.  

Prince
Ultimate Rave

The Legacy label live up to their name with this amazing package of 2 CDs and a DVD which hold the last two full lengths Prince released under his symbol moniker, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and the remix album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic. In addition you get a live DVD of his live incredible concert at Paisley Park.

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Retrospective I

His body is barely cold in the ground and yet the Retrospectives have started. This is a 7CD collection of the early works of Icelandic ace Jóhann Jóhannsson including a previously unreleased soundtrack to the documentary White Black Boy. It's a terrible thought to consider hoping for your favourite artists to die just so similar lavish retrospectives are produced.  

Bernard Herrmann
Prelude / Murder (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Psycho)

On 7" vinyl comes a wee taster of the iconic soundtrack to big murder event Psycho, including the prelude and the main course itself. Pressed from the original master tapes onto 1960 copies as a weird reference to the year that Hitchcock's classic hit the silver screen, you can now experience those slicing strings in glorious vinyl quality. We're terrified.
  • Vinyl 7" (STS8698)
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  • Limited edition

Stuart A. Staples
Music for Claire Denis' High Life

Tindersticks have worked with film director Clair Denis several times before but now it's time for gravel voiced frontman Stuart A Staples to do the honours. Here he soundtracks Denis first English language film High Life set for release this year. Though Staples goes alone there is a further treat for Tindersticks fans as the track Willow which closes the film is included here and credited as a full band effort.  

Sleeper
The Sun Also Rises

Sleeper have a new album coming out after all these years! The album's first single is The Sun Also Rises, named after the famous Ernest Hemingway novel. It is not, however, a song about bullfighting and booze, it’s about singer Louise Wener eventually seeing the light from a dark place. 7” pressed on transparent blue vinyl, limited to 600 copies, includes exclusive non-LP track on Gorsky Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (SLEEP20)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Black Belt Eagle Scout
Loss & Relax / Half Coloured Hair

Following the critical acclaim that greeted last year’s album Mother of My Children, Katherine Paul releases a brand new Black Belt Eagle Scout single, presented on 7” vinyl. ‘Loss & Relax’ has existed since 2017, while ‘Half Coloured Hair’ is a deeply affecting new love song.

JJ Cale
Stay Around

JJ Cale died in 2013. Stay Around the first album of new material to be released posthumously. Cale mastered the art of laid-back blues rock early on, and Stay Around is no exception to that formula. Indeed, lead single, Chasing You, is a typical slice of JJ Cale. He was a huge influence on Eric Clapton who covered two of his songs: Cocaine and After Midnight, but don’t let that put you off. LP & CD on Because Music. LP comes with a CD version of the album.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balance

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

James Brown
Motherlode

Motherlode by James Brown is a  compilation that was originally released in 1988. It was re-released in 2003 as an expanded edition. This is the first vinyl version of that expanded version - ya get me? It concentrates on The Godfather Of Soul’s funk output from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. For good measure there’s a few remixes and live performances thrown in too. Double 180g vinyl LP on Polydor.

James Brown
Black Caesar (Original Soundtrack)

Black Caesar was the James Brown’s first stab at a film soundtrack. A 1973 blaxploitation gangster film and funk sound like a pretty cool match. The soundtrack also includes tracks by The J.B.’s and Lyn Collins. Songs from this soundtrack have been sampled by Ice-T, Nas and Trick Daddy. 180g vinyl reissue on Polydor.

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky
Droneflower

An odd pairing on paper, but the dreamy indie-folk falsetto of Marissa Nadler and the post-hardcore guitar landscaping of Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In among others) makes for one of 2019’s most intriguing collaboration albums. Striking contrasts of light and darkness make for a cinematic experience that’s both beautiful and unsettling. 

Prince
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

By posthumous appointment of His Royal Majesty the late Prince Rogers Nelson, the article contained within - to wit, the present item of recorded and remixed music, titled Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic - shall be herewith available for public purchase by way of mandated, if finite, general release, and thereby shall no longer retain exclusivity among those few members constitutive of the 2001 NPG Music Club organisation. Signed, the Estate of His Majesty. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075914001)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Billie Marten
Feeding Seahorses By Hand

Ripon's finest sweet voiced folk singer returns with her second album. Isabella Sophie Tweddle  - for that is her real name - made waves with her earlier more sensibly titled album Writing of Blues and Yellows which could have easily garnered comparisons to Laura Veirs. This time she's stripped it back to a more lo-fi sound. Could be interesting.   

Víkingur Ólafsson
Bach Reworks

Víkingur Ólafsson’s Bach Reworks is an intriguing and moving set of contemporary classical compositions. The pianist’s second LP for Deutsche Grammophon sees him interpreting the music of composers such as Ben Frost and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as they in turn attempt to spring something new from the inimitable repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bach. Nestled among the track list of Bach Reworks is a tender tribute to Ólafsson’s late friend Jóhann Jóhannsson.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4835831)
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  • Last copy

Bear's Den
So that you might hear me

Look, I don’t make the rules. I can’t do anything about this. It’s beyond my control - the Folkpocalypse, that is. Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Johnny Flynn - out of my hands. Sorry. When I tell you that So that you might hear me, the third LP from the plum-throated men known collectively as Bear’s Den, will be one of the biggest records of 2019 - well, let’s just say I’m more of an observer at this particular feast. Why is the first word of So that you might hear me capitalised but not the others? Why, if we’re then to conclude that the title is a sentence, is there no full stop at the end of it? Why is it like this now?

Chris Remo
Gone Home

Fifth anniversary vinyl edition of Chris Remo’s stunning soundtrack for 2013 video game Gone Home. Memorable even in the context of the demands of an immersive first-person exploration game, Remo’s score evoked mystery with its grandiose peaks and heart-stopping ambient sections, yet kept the player grounded in the game itself. 
  • Vinyl LP (8BIT8094)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The Wedding Present
The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions

The excellent Hatch Records (Nine Black Alps, Napoleon IIIrd) are the ones behind this Wedding Present reissue. They’ve tacked all kinds of bonus goodies onto this new edition of the band’s famous Ukrainian-language John Peel outings. Not only are all three of the live sessions included here, but there is also an informative booklet and a DVD featuring interviews, concert videos and footage from a rare BBC2 show on The Wedding Present. New artwork, too - they weren’t lying when they put Complete in the title of The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions.

Theodore Shapiro
Destroyer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

2018 flick Destroyer was scored by Theodore Shapiro, the composer who had also done the music for Blades Of Glory, Ghostbusters (the new one) and Marley & Me (mercifully the only one). Shapiro paints with watercolours here - many of the tracks feature a single fiddle bedding down in mists of strings, not unlike Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. The Mondo and Lakeshore labels have teamed up to issue the Destroyer OST, a pairing so right that it’s kind of surprising it didn’t happen sooner.

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Pete Doherty is still out here doing his thing, with another new band behind him, The Puta Madres. This self-titled pseudo-debut features all your favourite Doherty stylings, with love and loss and darkness all expressed through Pete’s cheeky-chappy doomed-romantic persona. Available via Strap Originals, in a whole bevy of formats.

Various
Fashion Records: Style & Fashion

A celebration of the legendary Fashion Records on who else but Soul Jazz. Fashion were almost unique among reggae labels, their sights being set squarely on the UK and not Jamaica. The compilation features legends like General Levy and Cutty Ranks. There's also a fewer smaller names on here, but the suffice to say, it all rules.

Blabbermouth
Hörspiel

Blabbermouth is the fun new project from Lu Edmonds (of The Damned and PiL) and Mark Roberts (of D-Ream and The Godfathers). On Hörspiel the pair provide a soundtrack varying from industrial to ambient while a synthetic speech robot reads texts found on the internet in different languages. Artificial-intelligence-anxiety-core.

SOAK
Grim Town

22-year-old Northern-Irish singer-songwriter SOAK releasing her second full-length album, Grim Town. We haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but the first two singles Knock Me Off My Feet and Everybody Loves You suggest it’s got plenty of great and catchy pop songs to make you wonder what you've done with your life so far.

Laura Cannell
The Sky Untuned

Violins with alternative tunings? What ever next? The Sky Untuned by Laura Cannell uses violins alternative tunings and two recorders to make her minimalist fifth album. It was recorded live in a church in Norfolk. If you like Colin Stetson, Sarah Davachi, Sarah Neufield or Richard Dawson, among others, you should check this out. CD on Brawl Records.

Rudolf Abramov
Krass Kontrast

Mini album from machine funk duo Rudolf Abramov. There's is a disparate set of influences, from Turkish disco to krautrock, the result being a kind of dubby EBM. The drums exist in acres of space and the bass is unrelenting in its precision. All seen over by deep and enigmatic vocals. Krass Kontrast is on Hoga Nord.

Chiminyo
I Am Chiminyo

Sounding a bit like a live Flying Lotus/Squarepusher collaboration, I Am Chiminyo is the debut solo EP by Chiminyo, otherwise known around London as drummer Tim Doyle (Maisha, Theon Cross). Doyle’s setup augments the usual affordances of a drum kit with some electric pads mapped to such functions as sample triggers and synth controls, basically making him a millennial one-man-band.

Fidelity Kastrow
Daughter Of Darkness EP

Straight from the thriving Berlin nightclub scene comes the latest EP from DJ and producer Fidelity Kastrow. Full of driving rhythms and melancholic, dreamy soundscapes, Daughter of Darkness has been extensively crowd-tested in the main room of the iconic Sisyphos, where Kastrow is a long-time resident DJ. 
  • Vinyl 12" (12Nomu187)
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  • Last copy

ARTHUR
Woof Woof

The press release for Woof Woof by Arthur is as enigmatic as the mononymous artist’s name would suggest. What I can tell you, however, is that it’s an album of twisted, weird mid-fi pop that calls to mind The Avalanches, Cornelius and Connan Mockasin in places. There’s all sorts going on, probably derived from myriad different sources. On PLZ Make It Ruins.
  • Vinyl LP (PLZ019)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Fontaines D.C.
Dogrel

I've never heard of them. Seriously, I've never heard of them. They made four hotly received double A-side singles last year which I never knew about and got airplay on Steve Lamacq (which I never heard) and have played sold out shows across Europe which I never attended. Turns out they play snotty indie/post-punk with vocals that seem to sit somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Cathal Coughlan. But what do I know?  
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2166-3)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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Kelly Finnigan
The Tales People Tell

Extremely Daptone-y debut soul album from Kelly Finnigan. After half a life time of working in just about every position in the music industry, Finnigan is taking the lead on The Tales People Tell. His is an incredibly soulful voice, imbued with pain and passion, and makes for a very deep listen. The sort of songs you assume must be classics. On Colemine.

Chameleons Vox
Where In The World

Look at that picture. The absolute epitome of rock and roll. Sleeveless shirt, hands gesturing to the lord above. Mark Burgess is still preaching his Chameleons mantra, now under the Chameleons Vox moniker.  This EP consists of various the Chameleons songs available only as demos back in time now available as proper songs re-recorded in 2017.    

The Underground Youth
Fill The Void

The Underground Youth play a brand of post punk influenced by The Velvet Underground, The Birthday Party, Bauhaus and Leonard Cohen. It’s fair to say that they look to the past for their ideas. Their new single, Fill The Void, found the Berlin-based band looking back at frontman Craig Dyer’s lyrics from 10 years ago, around the time the band were formed. The 7” is backed with Take Me Awry. 7” single on Fuzz Club, limited to 250 copies.
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Foxygen
Seeing Other People

They keep promising to split after every album but it just doesn't happen. Maybe we'll be sixth time lucky with this one. They really should have gone after the despairing Hang described by us as 'the worst album of 2017' but here they are again for another try. You'll get an LP of demos if you are quick with the limited edition  - that's if you can stomach anymore.  

Vinnie Paz x Tragedy Khadafi
Camouflage Regime

Big and bold hip hop collaboration between Vinnie Paz and MC Tragedy Khadafi (of Juice Crew). On Camouflage Regime the duo finally get together for a full length project after killing it on a couple singles. Not even out at time of writing but already sounds classic. Features guest spots from Iron Sheikh and ILL BILL. On Enemy Soil.

Mammoth Penguins
There Is No Fight We Can’t Both Win

Indie pop and power aren’t words you usually find in the same sentence when describing a band, but when describing Mammoth Penguins you do. Sure enough, Emma Kupa’s vocals and guitar fit the indie-pop aesthetic, but the power generated by her rhythm section means that altogether they create quite a racket. There Is No Fight We Both Can't Win is their new album. LP and CD on Fika.

Hannah Cohen
Welcome Home

Welcome Home is the third album from Woodstock, NY singer/songwriter Hannah Cohen. It follows Child Bride (2012) and Pleasure Boy (2015). It would seem that this is maybe her most dynamic album to date. Her usual slow-burning, hazy style is augmented by soulful swells and dramatic turns. Light blue coloured vinyl and CD on Bella Union.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

Minimal Violence
InDreams

Massive techno with ridiculous arena synths and squares riding the bass lines. Pretty old school sound that also approaches perhaps even the hardstyle flavor from Minimal Violence. The duo, consisting of Vancouver local heroes Ashlee Luk and Lida P, covers just about every base of the heavy techno spectrum on their debut album InDreams.

DJ Nate
Take Off Mode

With Take Off Mode, DJ Nate bookends the Tens with two of its finest footwork collections. As with 2010’s Da Trak Genious, this LP compiles some of the juke and battle trax that the Chicago native has laid down in the intervening decade. Given that this period includes the years in which Nate was temporarily paralysed from the neck down, Take Off Mode also stands as something of a triumphant return. Tense, explosive tunes in the Teklife vein.

DJ Muggs x Roc Marciano
KAOS

There’s a comfort to knowing that, whatever mutations hip-hop goes through, there will always be a strain of it that sounds like it was cooked up in a Brooklyn tenement block during the Clinton presidency. DJ Muggs and Roc Marciano have long been prime exponents of this such sound, so their collaboration on new ten-track record KAOS makes sense. The modern ears it’s now apparent just how much influence Wiki has taken from these two.

Puma Blue
Blood Loss

Rapidly-rising Londoner Puma Blue drops a new EP via Blue Flowers. With its lackadaisical MPC grooves, jazz-flecked guitar chords and watery production, there is an obvious comparison to make between Blood Loss and King Krule’s Zoo Kid days. Like King Krule, Puma Blue’s also got a wicked voice, though where Archy Marshall’s is a gruff bark Puma Blue’s is a dreamy tenor ala Frank Ocean.

Bob Bell
Necropolis

Side one of Bob Bell’s 1978 LP Necropolis is lo-fi scuzzy guitar work-out with motorik rhythms and psychedelic tendencies. It’s reminiscent of ‘90s basement dwellers Cul-De-Sac. Side Two shows a different side to Bob Bell as he takes his saxophone on a free-jazz trip. A beautiful noise. Reissue LP on Telephone Explosion.
New in: Tuesday 23rd April 2019

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Death To False Motorik


  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition

The Ray Heindorf Orchestra & Dr. Samuel Hoffman
Spellbound


  • Vinyl LP (VP90105)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

The Minus 5
Stroke Manor


  • CD (CDYEP2659)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (LPYEP2659X)
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  • Limited edition

Twink and the Technicolour Dream
Sympathy for the Beast


  • Vinyl LP (SBRLP5106)
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  • Limited edition

Swervedriver
Think I'm Gonna Feel Better / Reflections


  • Vinyl 12" (1881)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

s t a r g a z e feat. Greg Saunier & Andre De Ridder
Instruments


  • Vinyl LP (TRANS409X)
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Kevin Morby
Oh My God

After four albums and countless tours, songwriting ace Kevin Morby releases what he says is his most realised record yet. He recognises that the work has a religious theme though Morby isn't himself religious. It may be a more spiritual thing he has going on I guess. Anyway it's a double album opus written whilst away on tour plans and in hotels or whenever he got a minute to himself.  

Aldous Harding
Designer

Aldous Harding’s critical and commercial acclaim really picked up following her last album, Party. She’s following it up with Designer. She recorded the album between Wales and Bristol with John Parish (PJ Harvey) and it includes guest appearances from H Hawkline and Sweet Baboo. LP and CD on 4AD.
New in: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Loyle Carner
Not Waving, But Drowning

Loyle Carner returns with Not Waving, But Drowning - his much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Yesterday’s Gone. The rapper manages something that many artists fail to do - balancing popularity whilst actually being pretty good. Expect more sharp, observational lyrics and effortless flow. Sampha, Jorja Smith and Jordan Rakei are among the guests stars. LP and CD on AMF.

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