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New in: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Brainstory
Buck

Brainstory are a band from Rialto, California. Their journey from there to their current home of LA saw them initially feeding on punk rock and skateboarding. An eagerness to expand their musical horizons led them to the local jazz scene before their move to LA and a hook up with Eduardo Arenas from Chicano Batman. Buck is a fusion of rock, funk and soul that shows the distance they’ve travelled creatively.

Memory Drawings
Phantom Lights

Phantom Lights is further proof of Memory Drawings ability to mutate their dulcimer, violin and guitar sound into exciting new shapes. This time drummer Chris Cole (Movietone/Manyfingers) is added to the line up as the band explore post-rock and neo-classical. Features members of Hood and Brave Timbers and comes with a remix from Bristol electronica ace Barnaby Carter. We had this in stock in very, very limited quantities a while back as a tiny run tour CD but now the good people at Sound in Silence have issued it in greater numbers.

Craven Faults
Lowfold Reworks

Have you collected all three of the Craven Faults 12"s? Well you should have especially if you like beautifully rural organic synth patterns. Maybe this will get you started. A remix 12" featuring Pye Corner Audio, Don't DJ and President Bongo reworking tracks from the trilogy. Immersive nighttime listening guaranteed. 
  • Vinyl 12" (PARCEL731)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Sokratis Votskos Quartet
Sketching the Unknown

Inspired by Greek and Balkan folk music as well as the modal jazz of legends like Davis and Coltrane, Sketching The Unknown is the latest record from the Sokratis Votskos Quartet. Intelligently, the group recognises how those jazz pioneers originally took inspiration from ancient forms of music, making this record a skilful interpretation of the history of a whole genre. 

N.M.O.
Nuova Musica Ostinata

A quacking new release (sorry) on Gang of Ducks by N.M.O. or Nuova Musica Ostinata. They've already released on the likes of Diagonal and The Death Of Rave and here head off in several new directions which incorporate dancehall, marching music and experimental collage. A kind of arty thing which works just as well in dark underground clubs. Let's hope it gets top bill-ing. 

Armando Sciascia
Sea Fantasy

Jonny Trunk continues finding and re-releasing weird old gems, this time with the help of James Pianta. The pair’s new label, Pheon, has just put out Armando Sciascia’s ocean-themed library music collection Sea Fantasy, a shiny, synthy, contemporary classical thing from the early 70’s. Great weirdo stuff.

Vetiver
Up On High

With its warm acoustic tones and candid vocals, 'Up On High' is the dexterous works of American folk outfit Vetiver. Headed by lead songwriter Andy Cabic, this ten-track-long LP is a sweet and tender collection of quaint tunes. It's a relaxing and kaleidoscopic gateway to a soothing sense of escapism.

Naoito
dotA

Confusingly the label is called 180g and the record is on 180g vinyl. Or maybe that's not confusing at all. What we have here are some far out contemporary groove from the far east from this multi instrumentalist and member of Kingdom Afrocks. The original edition came out on Jazzy Sport and amongst its fans were the guys from Lights in the Attic who were impressed by its afrobeat - leaning take on modern production. Get on it.  

Suede
Head Music (Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition)

Twenty years eh? Twenty years since Suede's Head Music with songs like Electricity and She's in Fashion and lyrics about being freaks on the edge of the wasteland of the city and dreaming about one day not being trash on the streets. The album was made right in the epicentre of Brett Anderson's addiction to crack but still managed to make it to number one. Now you can get it as a 4CD or 3LP set complete with non LP B sides. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (DEMREC495)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

JOHN
Out Here On The Fringes

They are a two piece and both are called John but they are not They Might Be Giants. Instead these two Johns have called themselves JOHN. Makes a sort of sense I suppose. This is their second LP and the first off the back of a European tour with Idles which I'm sure brought them to a new and sweaty fanbase. Expect idiosyncratic songs and lots of capitalisation. 
  • Vinyl LP (PCR002)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Oliver Spalding
Novemberism

Set your watches as November is on its way and it could well be a perfect time to listen to this debut LP by Oliver Spalding. He says that Novemberism is about being as miserable all the year round as you are in November which is a terrible thought. His music though could help soothe your worry and is R&B influenced electronic melancholy with nods towards Bjork and New Order.

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage
Bad Wiring

Prolific songwriter Jeffrey Lewis presents his new band The Voltage (same line-up as before though!) for what’s sure to be another thrilling entry in his vast discography. Bad Wiring is produced by veteran Roger Moutenot, and is released by Moshi Moshi as a regular vinyl, indies-only poppy red vinyl, or Dinked Edition pale blue vinyl. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOSHILP97X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Ziúr
ATØ

One of the great products of the Berlin club scene over the last few years, Ziúr follows up her 2017 debut album U Feel Anything? with sophomore effort ATØ. This time around, she’s operating with a much larger arsenal of sounds and influences, and dedicates the new record to “all survivors, outcasts and weirdos”. 

Hollie Kenniff
The Gathering Dawn

Hollie Kenniff was once one half of the duo Mint Julep with her husband Keith Kenniff, who was also known for his involvement with Helios and Goldmund. The Gathering Dawn is her debut solo album and finds the Canadian-American musician at the centre of sprawling ambient work made from icy synths, softened guitars, and Kenniff’s mournful vocals.

Various
Silhouette Cameo 3

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is a desktop cutting machine used to cut a variety of materials to aid your crafty needs. Stuart Bowditch recorded the sound of one in action and thirteen artists were asked by Courier to record a piece of music in response to it. There is a wide range of sounds going on here from artists such as Isnaj Dui, Robin Saville, Viridian, Kevin Buckland, The Humble Bee and more. The fancy CD packaging includes individually cut Courier covers and Courier confetti.
  • CD (Packet05)
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  • Limited edition

Sports Team
Fishing

As the first track to be released from their TBA album, London-dwelling indie sextet Sports Team release the bold and upfront single 'Fishing'. Coupled up with a live version of 'Kutcher', the chaotic track is an immediate and instinctive stab from a bright and buzzy outfit quickly climbing the ranks.
  • Vinyl 7" (822795)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Giant Swan
Giant Swan

With a recently announced UK tour coming later this year, Giant Swan - a noise-rock project conceived by Robin Stewart and Harry Wright that grew out of their roles as guitarists in The Naturals - release their long-awaited and much-anticipated self-titled debut album. Early indications are that it will successfully translate their live energy onto record, and could be one of the finest British underground releases of 2019. 

MONO
Before The Past - Live From Electrical Audio

Before The Past - Live From Electrical Audio by Japanese post-rock band Mono contains three tracks, rerecorded and mixed by Steve Albini, giving them additional power and prowess. It features Com? And Halo originally on their 2002 album One Step More and You Die and L’America originally on 2001’s Under The Pipal Tree.

Astatine
Global Exposure

Stéphane Recrosio aka Astatine is the wild man of the Paris lo-fi scene releasing scores of lathe cut singles and limited releases onto the world. It's nice that Sound in Silence are bringing his work to a wider audience as his shambling distorted lo-fi needs to be heard by the type of ears who worship at the altar of Guided By Voices, Sebadoh/Sebtridoh and particularly the early Hood lo-fi experiments.  

Steve Lacy
Apollo XXI

Here we have the long-awaited debut LP from The Internet’s Steve Lacy. Though Apollo XXI is Lacy’s first solo full-length, we doubt this precocious young chap was feeling the pressure too much - when you’ve made beats for Kendrick Lamar, given a TED Talk and walked the runway at Paris Fashion week before turning 20 you probably don’t even know what pressure is. Lacy’s carefree approach translates into this gorgeous neo-soul set. Dropping just as the weather heats up, Apollo XXI is a perfect summer jam collection.

The Dukes of Stratosphear
Psonic Psunspot

The Dukes of Stratosphear were a 60s psychedelic pop group who released two albums. 'Psonic Psunspot', their second, was released in 1987... Wait a minute, something's not quite right. These Dukes were actually the side-project of art-punks XTC who managed to not only be convincing, but also very, very good. A whole lot of fun.
  • Vinyl LP (APELP024)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

King Crimson
In The Court of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) [50th Anniversary Edition]

A 50th anniversary edition of one of rock music’s most iconic debut albums - not least for its iconic and unsettling artwork. King Crimson’s In The Court of The Crimson King was one of the first proper visions for progressive rock, and comes on a re-mastered 2xLP package featuring alternate takes of albums tracks on disc two, or a 3xCD + Blu-Ray set. 
  • CD box set (KCXP5008)
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  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Double LP (KCLPX2019)
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  • Last copy

Jim O'Rourke
To Magnetize Money And Catch A Roving Eye

What is he up to now? Sonic explorer and wearer of experimental music's best set of cardigans Jim O'Rourke. An internet search reveals absolutely no information about this other than it is a four CD set containing four hours of unreleased work. Essential for all fans of his more out there work it showcases what he's been up to in his lair between the years of 2017 and 2018.  

Headland
What Rough Beast

Australian surf music collective, Headland, make a rare foray into the world of song with What A Rough Beast. The band usually play instrumental music but here have found inspiration from installing dishwashers, faces in the sky, blood-filled footballs and how lizards feel about things for their lyrics. Not your run of the mill subjects, but no doubt all the better for it.

Skin Crime
Traveller on the Road

American noise veterans Skin Crime release another album on the Hospital Productions label. Having reunited in 2016 after a 12-year hiatus, with Traveller On The Road the cult favourites continue on their new trajectory of making slow, intense soundscapes as opposed to the ferocity and pace of their initial works. 
  • Vinyl LP (HOS648LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Steve Hauschildt
Nonlin

Steve Hauschildt has been long admired in these parts, firstly for his work with experimental electronic trio Emeralds and then as a solo artist with classic albums such as Where All Is Fled and Strands. His new album, Nonlin, is his sixth and sees him evolve yet further. Another classic? We shall see, but the chances are good.

Andy Stott
It Should Be Us

Creating his music with mathematical precision, Manchester-based artist Andy Stott gives us his first new music in three years, a double EP titled It Should Be Us. Following the release of 2016’s Too Many Voices album, it’s serving as a danceable stop-gap before another studio album, scheduled for 2020. 

Various
Peaky Blinders: Original Soundtrack (Series 1-5)

I'd like the job of music chooser on Peaky Blinders. First series just pick music from Nick Cave's Greatest Hits. Second series do the same but for PJ Harvey. And on... and on. Any band out there with a dirty, bluesy sound and a decent Spotify playlist stands a chance. They get more daring though as the series wear on and the thing is... it works.  The music, though repetitive, perfectly soundtracks the grim industrial wasteland the cast shag and murder their way through. This 3LP or 2CD collection puts together all music used in the five series so far so you can swoon and imagine yourself floating in those big watery Tommy Shelby eyes as you listen.  

She Drew The Gun
Trouble Every Day

Following a series of memorable festival appearances this summer, Liverpudlian psych-rock quartet She Drew The Gun release a new four-track EP, led by a re-tooled and updated cover of Frank Zappa’s ‘Trouble Every Day’ with lyrics to reflect the unrest of 2019. Also included are two new original tracks and a remix of Revolution Of Mind’s opening track ‘Resister’ by Slackers. 

Enter Shikari
Common Dreads

Enter Shikari were massively hyped when they emerged in the mid-2000s under the ‘Screamo’ banner. Their concerts were chaotic and the kids seemed to love ‘em. The politically charged Common Dreads was the band’s second album, originally released in 2009. Ten years on, with a lot of pressure from fans, they have decided to repress the album in vinyl, and why not, as the band seem to go from strength to strength. 
  • Vinyl LP (0190295398811)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
2 Tone 7” Treasures

Personally curated by The Specials founder Jerry Dammers comes this 40th anniversary box set commemorating the massive cultural impact of the 2 Tone label. Featuring a dozen 7” singles, all with their original B-sides and artwork, there’s six Specials singles (including the label’s final release ‘Nelson Mandela’) plus cuts from Madness, The Selector, The Bodysnatchers and The Beat. Oh, and a 2 Tone slipmat in every box set! 
  • Vinyl 7" box set (5060516093694)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

David Bowie
Conversation Piece

Another lavish box-set release documenting the ongoing exhumation of David Bowie’s archives, Conversation Piece is a five-CD collection that examines his evolution throughout 1968 and 1969, via home demos, BBC radio sessions and studio recordings, including with his mime-musical group Feathers. Furthermore, it includes discs to mark the 50th anniversaries of the release of the ‘Space Oddity’ single plus his second studio album David Bowie (later re-released as Space Oddity, of course. Oh, and a detailed 120-page book of extensive sleeve notes and images. 
New in: Tuesday 12th November 2019

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
I Made A Place

Ooh it's been a long while since a fully original Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album. The last one was in the middle of the Obama presidency in fact - and to think people had the wherewithal to moan about that tenancy. Now, just as the world is ending we get a proper new BPB album because he realises that there is never a right time for a new album from one of the more loved artists of his generation. Let's just celebrate him whilst he is alive and healthy.   

The Springfields
Singles 1986-1991

During the late Eighties and early Nineties, Ric Menck and Paul Chastain became central players in the American indie-pop scene, playing in groups such as Velvet Crush, Bag O’ Shells and Choo Choo Train. Their most popular and well-loved guise, however, was The Springfields. Singles 1986-1991 collects the five glorious power-pop singles they released on various labels on clear vinyl, adding a bonus track. 
  • Vinyl LP (LPSLR250)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Carl Stone
Himalaya

Working in the field of live electronic music since the Seventies, American composer Carl Stone has performed all around the world. Following up 2019’s Baroo in extremely short order, Himalaya is a huge double-album experience. All six tracks were conceived of in the last six years, and focus around Southeast Asian field recordings. 

Willie J Healey
Hello Good Morning

“The prettiest people would do the ugliest things,” writes Willie J Healey himself by way of explaining his new single ‘Songs For Joanna’. It’s a terrific summation of that feeling of not quite being able to connect with mainstream society, and it’s a theme that occupies the rest of Healey’s latest four-track EP, Hello Good Morning. 

Various
Thousands of Eyes in the Dark

For its 20th anniversary in 2019, the Ghostly International label presents its latest ‘SMM’ compilation. Thousands of Eyes in the Dark presents ten original fragments of electronica arranged as one continuous suite, with the artists sourced from around the world and from beyond the label’s usual roster. 

The Chemical Brothers
Out Of Control (Secret Psychedelic Mix)

Taken from the forthcoming 20th anniversary box set re-issue of 1999’s classic Surrender - for which the original served as the third single release - this is the Chemical Brothers’ own Secret Psychedelic mix of ‘Out Of Control’ pressed on to one-sided limited edition vinyl. Tom and Ed take the version we all know and love and transports it to much weirder and more wonderful places. 
  • Vinyl 12" (820350)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Taylor Swift
Lover

The latest collection of slick, incisive pop from the all-conquering Taylor Swift gets a coloured vinyl 2LP edition. Lover is her seventh studio album, selling nearly 900,000 copies Stateside in its first week alone when it came out a couple of months back, and has picked up some of the strongest reviews of her career to date. 

Molly Burch
The Molly Burch Christmas Album

Oh lord we're getting the Christmas albums appearing on the site already and my local Boyes store already has its selection boxes on display. I'm writing this in October but by the middle of December we might be wanting a bit of this to go with our mulled wine. It's a Christmas collection from Austin chanteuse Molly Burch where she covers the usual classics (Auld Lang Syne, Last Christmas) and adds in a few originals and rarer seasonal compositions. Also: Ginger cat on cover.    

Meatraffle
Meatraffle On The Moon

Following the release of their entertainingly titled second album Bastard Music, Delayed Records releases a 12” vinyl of two remixes of Meatraffle’s single ‘Meatraffle On The Moon’. The first is a ‘cosmic re-dub’ from legendary remixer and producer Andrew Weatherall, and the flip sees Delayed Records own founders MixHell having a go at it. 

Lady Gaga
ARTPOP

ARTPOP (must be in caps!) was the third album by Lady Gaga, from way back in 2013 when the world was still relatively normal. She began recording the album whilst recovering from an injury sustained whilst touring her previous album Born This Way. Perhaps she decided to emulate Iggy Pop circa Metallic K.O. Contains the singles Applause, Do What U Want and G.U.Y.

Horace Silver Quintet
Doin' The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate

Appearing as part of an apparent Blue Note live album reissue program we have Doin’ The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate. This funky, soulful classic, recorded in mid-1961, was the only live album the quintet made for Blue Note. The band featured Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor sax, bass player, Gene Taylor  and drummer Roy Cook. All tracks featured are Horace Silver originals. 

Donna Summer / Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mega Mix) / Boogie Wonderland (12" Version)

Patrick Cowley’s Mega Mix of Donna Summer’s disco classic ‘I Feel Love’ became a beloved favourite of music nerds in 1978, taking the sensuous original and stretching it out over nearly 16 minutes. Now Cowley’s version is more widely available on 12” vinyl, and just for good measure, they’ve thrown in an eight-minute mix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1979 hit ‘Boogie Wonderland’ on the flip side. 

DJ Shadow
Our Pathetic Age

Pioneering turntablist DJ Shadow returns with ambitious double album 'Our Pathetic Age'. With his personal record collection of over 60,000 records, it's no surprise at how sprawling and eclectic the producer's very original brand of 'sampledelia' is. Featuring the likes of Run The Jewels, Nas and Sam Herring, expect to be immersed in the Californian's stellar mish-mashed universe.

Shigeto
Full Circle

Shigeto's debut full length Full Circle was a lush take on soundtracky instrumental hip-hop jams which saw the producer utilise field recordings to add substance and vibrancy to his work. He recorded everything from meals to monks to outdoor pursuits and added these to his thick gloopy loops. All this was played in by hand creating a living, breathing work that has now been kindly re-issued by Ghostly International so you can discover it for yourself. 

Willits + Sakamoto
Ancient Future

Like fish and chips, cheese and tomato, sausages and mash, pianist Christopher Willits and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto seem born to go together. Ancient Future was their second collaboration and is a six track song cycle made up of tracks Sakamoto sent to Willits as embryonic piano sketches. The theme is the acceptance of one's fate and the lessons we can learn from life. Big questions but soundtracked exquisitely by these masters of their genres. 

Various
Ghostly Swim 2

Compilation from the long-running Ghostly label, with assistance from TV channel Adult Swim. The focus here is on the blurrier, more ambient ends of the Ghostly scale: rhythms remain, but swim comfortably to the back of your mind. All new tracks from the likes of Shigeto, Galcher Lustwerk and Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GI239LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Dr. Dre
2001

A legend in West Coast hip hop, Dr. Dre's back-catalogue is chock-a-block with mega-hits. '2001' contains all the hallmarks of a blockbuster classic, with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog and Eminem all making appearances. Described as 'uncharacteristically' sparse in the media, this record truly justfiys Dre's reputation as a 'composer' as much as a 'producer'. 

Dr. Dre
2001 (Instrumentals)

2001 by Dr. Dre was originally released in...1999, obviously. It was huge at the time of release, not least because it had been seven whole years since Dr. Dre’s only other solo outing, The Chronic. It is one of the key Gangsta Rap albums and features a glittering array of talent. This is the instrumental version of the multi-million selling album.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7779419)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Big Bite
Trinity

For fans of lo-fi, high-spirited punk in the vein of The Replacements, Seattle-based group Big Bite deliver their sophomore studio album Trinity. Carrying on the great work of their initial EPs and their self-titled debut last year, it consists of eight thrillingly noisy tracks compressed into a sub-half-hour running time. 

Blue Hawaii
Open Reduction Internal Fixation

Naming their fourth record after the kind of surgery required when Agor badly injured his heel on tour, Open Reduction Internal Fixation sees Blue Hawaii in great form, spanning house, garage and electronica. Bandmate Ra went through her own emotional damage with the disintegration of a long-term relationship, making the new record a bold and cathartic one. 

Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 2

Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Volume 2 by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers was recorded and Birdland in September 1960. The band Blakey assembled was a bit special featuring Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merrit. It also featured some of Birdland MC, Peewee Marquette’s stage announcements. Top notch classic jazz stuff.

Choir of Young Believers
This Is For The White In Your Eyes

On the surface of it, This Is For The White In Your Eyes seems to indicate it will be like any amount of Scandinavian indie-pop that has occasionally wrecked the charts over the last decade. But Jannis Joya Makrigiannis and his Choir of Young Believers give everything on their debut album a sense of genuine and well-observed grandiosity. 

School of X
Destiny

School of X is the experimental art-pop project of Rasmus Littauer. If I had an excellent name like Rasmus I’d probably release music under that name, but ho-hum. Destiny is an intimate record about how and why choose what ultimately controls where we end up. Recorded with a band that features his two brothers, Jakob and Simon along with singer, Soleima.
  • Vinyl 12" (TAMB255LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Varsity
The Basement Takes (2015-2016)

Indie pop band and viral sensations Varsity came together unexpectedly one night in Chicago where three future members of the band were about perform solo at open mic type thing. Impressing each other with their sounds, the became a trio. A bassist and drummer were soon added to the line-up. The Basement Takes (2015-2016) collects together bits and bobs from early years including So Sad, So Sad, previously only available digitally.
  • Vinyl LP (RFC201LPC1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Grant Green
Alive!

Alive by American jazz guitarist Grant Green was recorded at the Cliche Lounge in Newark in 1970. Green assembled a crack team of players to get his sound across including jazz drummer Idris Muhammad. Among the tracks are the Kool & The Gang song Let The Music Take Your Mind, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Sookie Sookie, a track co-written by the legendary Steve Cropper and Down Here On The Ground which was co-written by king of 70s movie soundtrack, Lalo Schifrin. Features liner notes by the beautifully named Stanley Dance.

Pumarosa
Devestation

London's Pumarosa follow their debut album, The Witch, with Devestation. The band have looked to electronic influences for this record, relying less on the guitar-based music of their last album. Autechre, Aphex Twin, drum ‘n’ bass and some reliable old jungle tunes have all gone into the pot to make this one.

Grün Wasser
Not Ok With Things

Keely Dowd and Essej Pollock started making music together as Grün Wasser back in 2015. The Chicago-based electronic duo have an ethical stance of solidarity by those who have been left without following the negligent decisions of the powerful. Not Ok With Things sees the duo address their issues such as gender imbalance and personal battles with alcoholism. Meaningful pop music. 

Justin Hurwitz
First Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Justin Hurwitz has worked with Damien Chazelle on his previous three films which include Whiplash and La La Land. Their fourth collaboration is First Man starring Ryan Gosling which tells the story of NASA’s first manned mission to the moon. The score is played on many vintage electronic instruments, making use of the theremin, and features the Gil Scott Heron track, Whitey On The Moon, performed by Leon Bridges as Gil Scott Heron. 

Unwound
The Future Of What

Unwound were a post-hardcore trio from Olympia, Washington. The band released 8 albums in 10 years between 1991 and 2001. The Future of What was their fourth album was released in 1995 and came during their most productive period that saw them release 4 albums in two years. Excellent classic ‘90s shouty guitar stuff. 

Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 1

Here we have part one of Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - a two part live jazz album by esteemed jazz drummer Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. It was recorded on September 14th 1960 at New York’s famous Birdland jazz club. Volume one features versions of  tunes by Hank Mobley and Thelonius Monk. One for all you hard-bop fans out there. 

Alfie Templeman
Don't Go Wasting Time

A second 10” vinyl EP in 2019 alone from 16 year old Bedfordshire singer-songwriter Alfie Templeman, following the great reception for Sunday Morning Cereal a few months back, which included airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Radio X. Don’t Go Wasting Time consists of seven tracks, making for Templeman’s longest release yet. 

TOY
Songs Of Consumption

English psychedelic/shoegaze/krautrock act Toy are coming up to a decade in their existence, and, following the critical acclaim that greeted their fourth album Happy In The Hollow back in January this year, they turn to the songs that inspired them for this eight-track covers album, Songs of Consumption. It includes tracks from diverse artists such as The Troggs, Serge & Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nico. They got the idea from the 7” bonus single of covers that accompanied the Dinked and Rough Trade versions of Happy In The Hollow, and three of those are included here. 

Tindersticks
No Treasure But Hope

Nottingham stalwarts Tindersticks return with a twelfth full-length release - 'No Treasure But Hope'. Made in just five days, the record is an intentional change of direction for the five-piece. In a strive to create instinctual material, not overthinking and sanitising every element, the band yet again present a previously unseen side to themselves.

David Bowie
Space Oddity (Tony Visconti 2019 Mix)

A brand new mix from original producer Tony Visconti to commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s second self-titled album, later re-issued as Space Oddity in 1972. With the title track introducing ‘Major Tom’, one of Bowie’s most enduring characters, it didn’t do much business at the time but is now regarded as a critical turning point in his career. This new release also features the title track of the brand new box-set release, Conversation Piece. 

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Two (Live at Sydney Opera House)

Sydney Opera house. I mean will you just look at it. it's impressive enough even without the knowledge that Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto performed there in 2018. If you weren't lucky enough to be there you can now hear their performance on this beautifully presented LP or CD. The duo have been working together for some time now and here Alva Noto's pulsating electronics contrasting perfectly with Ryuichi Sakamoto's haunting neo-classicism on a document both artists are pleased enough to unleash to the public at large.   

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
Very Uncertain Times

These are indeed very uncertain times, and to emphasise this fact, Hastings proto-metalers Admiral Sir Cloudesely Shovell return with their fourth album, Very Uncertain Times. Despite the album’s pessimistic title, the band are here to blow your cares away and make everything seem a-okay once again. On Rise Above.

Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis

Following the sad passing of Mark Hollis earlier this year we all collectively turned back towards the impressive career arc of his band Talk Talk. Lesser referenced was his self-titled solo album released in 1998. It didn't help that the record was out of print at the time but this re-issue is a chance to wallow again in the intimate grooves of a record that was initially intended to be released under the Talk Talk moniker. It is a gorgeous thing full of woodwind, jazz- inflected drumming, pastoral guitar and Hollis's fascinated mumbling verse. So quiet that you can hear the squeak of the musicians chairs. Essential. 

Hiro Kone
A Fossil Begins To Bray

Most music is defined by what is there, Hiro Kone's has long been defined by what is not. Her electronic sound art is made all the more potent for her ability and willingness to create space, which here serves not only the musical but the political. 'A Fossil Beings To Bray' stands in opposition to excess and in her words, "techno-fascism".

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

For those of you hungry for more Portishead content I have some good news. In 2002 Beth Gibbons connected with Talk Talk's Paul Webb (here using the name Rustin Man) to produce 'Out Of Season'. It's a record that's much more indebted to folk and jazz than the trip hop Gibbons is known for, and alongside her recording of Górecki's 'Symphony No. 3', proves she's one of the most versatile vocalists alive.
New in: Monday 11th November 2019

Ryo Kawasaki and The Golden Dragon
Little Tree

Japanese and Brazilian influences met on Little Tree, a much admired and sought-after record made by legendary jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki with his band The Golden Dragon back in 1980, not least after Chee named it as his favourite Japanese album on Resident Advisor a few years back. The record now gets a vinyl re-issue via Studio Mule. 

James Ruskin
Siklikal EP

As prolific as ever, James Ruskin offers yet another exciting release - this time in the form of the 4-track 'Siklikal EP'. Hectic synths and jittery beats are sprinkled generously across the release, further evidencing the producer's adventurous nature. Fit for both the dancefloor and candle-lit bedroom listening.

Imperial Wax
Bromidic Thrills / Bloom & Wither

Upon his passing in January 2018, Mark E Smith had been performing with the most stable and consistent line-up of The Fall for more than a decade in the form of Dave Spurr (bass), Kieron Melling (drums) and Pete Greenway (guitar). That line-up now continues under the name Imperial Wax, with singer-guitarist Sam Curran fronting the unit, and the band releases a special red vinyl 7” single via Louder Than War. 

The Field
From Here We Go Sublime

The very first album from The Field, Alex Willner’s minimal-techno-pop project, finds his sound fully developed. Endless repetitions of lush comfortable loops, with that ever-present 4/4 beat holding things together.
  • Vinyl Double LP (Kompakt413)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Rituals of Mine
Sleeper Hold

Created out of personal tragedy, with vocalist Terra Lopez experiencing the death of her father and her best friend within six months, Sleeper Hold is an intensely moving new EP from alternative R&B act Rituals of Mine. It’s presented here on a limited edition 12” opaque purple vinyl. 
  • Vinyl 12" (CAK138)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Benoît Pioulard
Sylva

I'm worried on seeing Benoît Pioulard described in the press release as a 'veteran'. It seems he's only just got started. The Seattle native has always been one for a concept and this album sees him complement a linen book of Polaroid SX70 photographs with new music which is mostly instrumental but contains two stand out vocal pieces. His music is always beautifully immersive and we have no doubt this will be no different. 

Josef K
The Scottish Affair (Part 2)

Scottish post punk band Josef K started life on Postcard Records along with the likes of Orange Juice. 'The Scottish Affair (Part 2)' was recorded in Brussels in April 1981 when the band were in their pomp. Recorded directly from the mixing desk and newly remastered for this release. On Les Disques Du Crepuscule.

Our Native Daughters
Songs Of Our Native Daughters

Our Native Daughters are a three-piece made up from Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla who both previously played with Carolina Chocolate Drops, along with Allison Russell, once of Po’ Girl and singer Amythyst Kiah. Their mission, of Songs Of Our Native Daughters, is to reclaim and revive songs of their ancestors that have shaped America.

Emily Jane White
Immanent Fire

It seems Emily Jane White has gone big on her new album, Imminent Fire, bringing in strings, choirs and heavy guitars. The big sounds on offer are tempered by her voice in this truly widescreen affair. Lyrically she concerns herself with the urgent issues facing the future of the environment and feminism. 

Stabbing Westward
Darkest Days

Darkest Days was the third album by American Industrial rock band, Stabbing Westward. It was released in 1998, so this 20th anniversary reissue, see it pressed on vinyl for the first time. Despite its lack of commercial success compared to other albums in the band’s catalogue, it is generally regarded as their best by fans. 180g smoke green vinyl, limited to 700 copies on Wargod.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WG011)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Tahiti 80
Fear Of An Acoustic Planet

20 years ago, French guitar pop band, Tahiti 80 released their first album, Puzzle. To celebrate this landmark, they have recorded, Fear Of An Acoustic Planet, an album featuring acoustic versions of tracks from throughout their career. The band were always a pleasant listen, and certainly know how to write a melody. This acoustic album makes those sweet songs a little sweeter, and perhaps we need a bit of that right now. 

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Minstrel In The Galaxy

'Minstrel In The Galaxy' by Japanese experimental psychedelic rockers Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O was originally released in 2004 on CD only. It featured a newly trimmed line up and their sound was more stripped back and darker, gradually preparing the listener for the gigantic crescendo. This is the first vinyl release of the album.
  • Vinyl LP (REPOSELP084)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Patrick Jones and John Robb
Renegade Psalms

Poet Patrick Jones - the older brother of Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire - and esteemed music journalist John Robb (owner of the Louder Than War site) collaborate on Renegade Psalms, a special record that collides the political with the personal. Jones provides words of hope as well as rage, as Robb scores the perfect backdrop. 

Slow Meadow
Happy Occident

Happy Occident is the third album by Slow Meadow - the solo project of Texan, Matt Hill. It is an album of mournful ambient chamber music. Hill’s inspiration for making the album came about when contemplating what is means to be happy in the western world. Does the meaning of the word live up to what we expect from happiness? Put this on and have a good think about it. Violinist Ellen Story guests.

Mont Analogue
Super Flumina Babyloni

Mont Analogue is a 1950s French fantasy novel. It is also the name of this rather splendid ambient / psychedelic / krautrock band featuring Alex Van Pelt (not the American Football coach) and Ben Lupus. Allow Super Flumina Babyloni to escort you on some dreamy, trance-like travels. Features guest performance from New Age musician Ariel Kalma.

Skyzoo + Pete Rock
Retropolitan

Rapper, DJ and producer Pete Rock has joined forces with rapper Skyzoo to make Retropolitan. The pair of rappers fear their beloved New York City has succumbed to a situation where its inhabitants are losing integrity and traditions are being papered over rather than preserved. They are calling for the city to wake up. Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn all feature.
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001341)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

John Coltrane Quartet
Africa / Brass

Africa / Brass was credited to The John Coltrane Quartet but there were more players involved in this 1961 masterpiece. It was Arranged by Eric Dolphy, whose exquisite touch recalled masters such as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and, in place, Charles Mingus. Backing Coltrane were McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little and Art Davis were among the substantial cast that made this album work.
  • Vinyl LP (950686)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Charles Mingus
Pithecanthropus Erectus

Here we have a welcome reissue of Pithecanthropus Erectus by Charles Mingus - a bona fide jazz classic from 1956. The title track, which translates to 'upright ape man' tells the story of a man consumed by greed and power who suffers an inevitable downfall. The upright in the title also refers to Charles Mingus’ bass. Mingus taught the parts to the quartet he played with by ear rather than writing the music down.
  • Vinyl LP (950689)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Billy Bragg
Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019

Billy Bragg has been a consistent presence on the turntables of the more discerning BBC DJs. The Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC 1983-2019 contains 38 tracks of Billy Bragg performing for John Peel, Tom Robinson, Janice long, Bob Harris and more. The selections cover his entire career, so as well as getting good overview of his work, you’ll be able to see how he changes as a performer and songwriter.

The Ninth Wave
Infancy

The Ninth Wave claim they are doing something unique and by the looks of their influences it is hard to argue. The band cite JJ Cale, Stevie Nicks and AC/DC as inspirations  - basically their parents record collection. However, what they emerge with is sure-footed power-pop and post-punk with a few things to say about the world young people live in today.  

The Young Sinclairs
Out Of The Box

Virginia band The Young Sinclairs are a four-piece led by Sam Lumsford. They use a starting point ‘60s folk rock, Madchester, C86 and Paisley Underground influenced sounds but claim to be a rock ‘n’ roll band first and foremost. Out Of The Box is an album that, as the title suggests, refuses to be tied down to any genre, there’s a whole mix of sounds going on here.
  • Vinyl LP (RPUT31X)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
New in: Thursday 7th November 2019

Moor Mother
Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes

Moor Mother is Philadelphia musician and poet Camae Ayewa who has previously collaborated with The Bug and Justin Broadrick (Godflesh etc). This should give you some idea of where she's coming from with this her third album under the Moor Mother moniker. She uses elements of free jazz, noise, rap, reggae and industrial music to create freeform splurges and matches them with explosive subject matter on subjects such as police brutality and enslavement. Another dark missive from the undergrowth from one of today's most thought provoking artists. 
New in: Tuesday 5th November 2019

Miyasaka + 5
Animals Garden

Animals Garden by Miyasaka + 5 is a rare 1970s Japanese jazz album. It was originally released on ALM, a cult Japanese private press label, in 1979. The combination of its highly sought after status and the musical chops of the players involved makes it a mouth watering proposition for any jazz head. The high energy progressive jazz troupe were led by drummer, Takeshi ‘Bear’ Miyasaka and featured sax player Kōichi Matsukaze, known for his Earth Mother album. Double LP cut at 45rpm, reproduction sleeve, brand new liner notes, on BBE.
New in: Monday 4th November 2019

Giant Sand
Glum (25th Anniversary Edition)

Glum was the 11th album by Giant Sand and was originally released in 1994, hence this 25th anniversary reissue. The band, helmed as ever by Howe Gelb, also featured Joey Burns and John Convertino who went on to form Calexico, singer / songwriter Victoria Williams, Pete Holsapple of the dB’s, Chris Cacavas, Pappy Allen and singer / songwriter Lisa Germano. Their dusty Americana was, on this occasion, described by comedian Stewart Lee as ‘infant free jazz’.
New in: Thursday 31st October 2019

Josh Rouse
The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse

The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse by Nashville-based folk/pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is, what we’d call over here in Blighty, an album of Christmas songs. These songs have a ‘60s jazz flavour about them with its overriding influence seemingly being the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.  
New in: Wednesday 30th October 2019

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
The Undivided Five

Their fifth release (but only their second official studio album) and based around the idea of the perfect fifth, A Winged Victory For The Sullen begin a new life on Ninja Tune with a bold different direction on 'The Undivided Five'. Built on their neo-classical and ambient roots, it’s by far the duo of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie's (Stars of the Lid) most immersive and detailed work yet.

R.E.M.
Monster (25th Anniversary Edition)

Originally released in 1994, at a time when the band decided to tour again after a live hiatus but had enjoyed their greatest commercial successes yet, Monster occupies an odd place in R.E.M.’s story. Often described as a “rock” album (ironic quote marks intended) and characterised by a rawer, scruffier guitar sound, this curious album gets a 25th anniversary re-issue courtesy of Craft. LP, 2xCD and 2xLP re-mastered versions are available, but the deluxe box-set version is the eye-catcher, featuring five CDs including demos, live shows and a special 2019 mix, on top of a Blu-Ray disc that includes the Road Movie film, plus music videos for all six of Monster’s singles. 

Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA

Just to make absolutely sure that you know it’s him, Michael Kiwanuka has gone for his own (sur)name as the title of his third studio LP. KIWANUKA sees the singer tripping down a bit of a psychedelic soul route - tracks like ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ are shimmering What’s Going On-type things that coalesce around Kiwanuka’s poised, soulful singing. Dangermouse and Kiwanuka’s longtime ally Inflo are the producers.
New in: Friday 18th October 2019

The Twang
If Confronted Just Go Mad

If Confronted Just Go Mad is the fifth album from Birmingham indie band The Twang. The album is the first to feature female vocals - from two singers they nicked from singer / songwriter Tom Grennan, although I’m sure it was amicable. The album was produced by Neil Claxton of Mint Royale fame and it features a guest appearance by spoken word artist, Polarbear.

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