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New in: 18th May 2018

Eleanor Friedberger
Rebound

I'm the only one obviously. Well that's fine...you are all welcome to Eleanor Friedberger's solo albums as to me none of them do anything near to what she achieved with her deranged brother Matthew in the Fiery Furnaces. Where that band was musically daring, her solo work is so conservative to be soporifi...view item »

Ruxpin
Avalon [Remastered]

Fifteen-year anniversary reissue for Avalon by Icelander Ruxpin. This one’s a much-loved entry in the early 2000s IDM/bedroomtronica scene, with flangey hats, cute lead melodies and lush synth beds. The album now gets the vinyl remaster treatment - with orange/gold and violet options! - including an ill-advised ar...view item »

Mary Lattimore
Hundreds of Days

Bless the sky and the sun and all the people I’ve ever known because there’s a new Mary Lattimore record. Things are never quite as good as they are when this drone harpist puts out a new record of strums, arpeggios and loops, and ‘Hundreds of Days’ counts among the best crop of her work, a startling but subtle record tha...view item »

Sparks
Exotic Creatures Of The Deep

The Sparks success is measured through their cult following and critical acclaim rather than commercial chart success. Their 2008 album Exotic Creatures Of The Deep is their most commercially successful album, however, although it still never broke into the Top 50. Now it is available on vinyl for...view item »

Air Traffic Control Quartet
Blue Raspberry

A blue raspberry. That'll be the day. What a time to be alive, indeed. Air Traffic Control Quartet is an avant-garde prankster's delight, a chase scene happening in a maze, parkour performed in an MC Escher painting. Using obscured melodies, harpsichords, storm samples and weird film motifs, this record truly has somet...view item »

William Carlos Whitten
Burn My Letters

I’ve never seen a press release have a dig at another band before but this one for Burn My Letters, the new cassette from William Carlos Whitten has a little stab at The Decemberists. Apparently, their cleverness ruins their music, but the booksmarts of William Carlos Whitten enhance his b...view item »
New in: 17th May 2018

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
Exit Future Heart

This is the dream team. Meet them: Dustin Wong made music with the fevered math noise group Ponytail before going on to make more cerebral solo records based around convoluted, narratively driven guitar loops. Good Willsmith are the clowns of noise music, jamming out some of the most intense debauchery I’ve ever heard with their previous U...view item »

TOMAGA
Music For Visual Disorders

Multi-instrumentalists Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen, aka Tomaga, unleash a 9-track opus of gentle ambient, industrial minimalism and Krautrock-inspired motorik. This is a gentle record, revolving around intuitive pulses and abstract imagery, avant-garde in its approach, contemporary in its execution. ...view item »

Rauelsson
Mirall

Spanish-born Rauelsson is back with second LP 'Mirall', a captivating record full of lush landscapes, organic beats and dynamic textures. And while melancholia prevails, this is an album peppered with joyful flashes and upbeat moments, filled to bursting with a veritable smorgasbord of instrumentation and genres....view item »

Exquisite Russian Brides
Overflow Variations

Here’s that good stuff for you, fresh and direct from Copenhagen (no, not Russia). Exquisite Russian Brides is Marc Kellaway (also of Boy On Boy and Distortion Girls), utilising his collection of old synths, drum machines and tapes in order to create great grey slabs of at...view item »

CB3
From Nothing To Eternity

Hold your horses, this isn’t some nihilist-punk rendering of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’s debut LP. Indeed, From Nothing To Eternity is pretty far away from musical nihilism, with CB3’s sound a proggy mix of psych-rock, cosmic drone and Krautrock. There’s also shredding a-plenty...view item »

Blue Hawaii
Blooming Summer

Hopefully we can take this one from out under the radar and into your heart. Blue Hawaii is the canny side project of Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, who makes icicle-dropped electronica with the help of Alex Kerby. By now they’ve charted two excellent full-lengths, but where those supply disassociate...view item »

Cienfuegos
Autogolpe

The only reason I’m certain Cienfuego’s ‘Autogolpe’ isn’t a Vatican Shadow side project is that the track titles, obviously political as they are, are never longer than four words. This is an album that is self-consciously about powerful. An autogo...view item »

A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
2012 - 2017

One of the many scales you can use for measuring an album is a grid where you plot an album’s Pitchfork score against its Resident Advisor score. Of the four quadrants, the one I find most interesting is when an album is liked by P4K but panned by RA. This region contains dance music with the mild experimental tendencies enjoyed by the tit...view item »

Archie and The Bunkers
Songs From The Lodge

Sibling duo Archie And The Bunkers drop their second LP of organ-billy fun. With one brother on the organ and the other on drums, the pair make a pretty basic racket on Songs From The Lodge, but they do it nicely. Sort of like The Ramones at a funfair. ‘Laura’, unfortunately, is not a ...view item »

Modern Studies
Welcome Strangers

Recorded in the charmingly-named Pumpkinfield Studio in Perthshire, the elaborate Welcome Strangers is what Scottish quartet Modern Studies did next. Drawn from the myriad interests of all four members, the album dresses a core of folk-pop compositions with all sorts of subtle electronics, experimental instrumental and ...view item »

Wire
Pink Flag

Like many great albums of yesteryear, Wire’s debut, Pink Flag did very little commercially at the time of its release in 1977. It has fortunately and rightly since been awarded ‘classic’ status by fans and critics alike. Elastica also owe this album a debt of gratitude, check out Three Girl Rhu...view item »

AJA
AJA

Sweet Lord, this tape has proper caved my head in. It’s as though AJA’s mind had literally exploded onto tape, resulting in a blistering and glorious cacophony of relentlessly powerful, unhinged, and cathartic racket. ‘Rattles’ opens the tape with menacing drum machine eruptions and vocals that appear to be utteri...view item »

Charles Watson
Now That I’m A River

Good to know that Charles is now a river. Good on him. You only get one life etc. Actually this member of Slow Club and Surfing Magazines despite being made of water and reeds etc has made quite a lovely thing here. The title track is gorgeous! It has that laid back singer s...view item »

Manyfingers
Manyfingers

Another lovely thing is the Manyfingers mini album on Moteer. Beautiful instrumental music consisting of some electronics and instruments.... quite orchestral sounding in places but overall a gorgeous listen. A late night pretty thing and one for fans of ...view item »
New in: 16th May 2018

Young Guv
2 Sad 2 Funk

The loveable scamps at Glasgow’s Night School (Happy Meals, Julia Holter) have locked down the latest LP from Young Guv. The Canadian artist has about a decade of releases under his belt at this point, but 2 Sad 2 Funk ranks among his best. Channelling Tor...view item »

Videotapemusic
Souvenir

Well this is just lovely. Japanese producer Videotapemusic has been doing his thing for about a decade now, releasing five albums in his home country, but Souvenir is his first LP to reach these shores. The basic idea is that he finds bargain-bin VHS tapes and repurposes their sounds, fleshing them out with full band an...view item »

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 »

Silicon Scally
Projections

Do the people at Sheffield Central Processing Unit ever sleep? The label with arguably the most relentless work-rate in the clubsphere drop yet another EP of good-time throwbacks, in this case from the stable of Carl Finlow’s Silicon Scally alias. Finlow’s decades of experience - he ...view item »

96 Back
Provisional Electronics

Given that they seem to release at least one new record every single week, it’s quite surprising to find out that Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit have never previously dropped anything by a Steel City artist. That honour goes to Evan Majumdar-...view item »

Strafe F.R.
The Bird Was Stolen

Having built on the legacy of artists like Einstürzende Neubauten in the 80s and 90s, German duo Strafe F.R. (Für Rebellion) have returned to the fray in recent years after a couple of decades ...view item »

Shimshon Miel
Amsterdam To Nueiba

Fortuna Records have unearthed another gem here. Tel Aviv-born hippie Shimshon Miel self-released his only LP in 1977. It was a strange experiment in psychedelia, full of drum circle percussion and floating chemtrails of guitar. Fortuna have repackaged two of the album’s cuts here as Amsterdam to Nueib...view item »

Mark McDowell and Friends
Dark Weave

Possibly because I imagined 'Dark Weave' being a reference to Gary Numan's hair I was thinking of this as an electronica album but though there are electronics present it is no such thing. It's pure gentle folk from the hills which is remarkably pretty at times. Whilst the opening title track is classic dark Wick...view item »

Bipolar Explorer
Sometimes In Dreams

Sheesh. So much tragedy around in music at the moment. Bipolar Explorer were happily toddling along as a duo making dislocated post rock and shoegaze when co-founder Summer Serafin passed away suddenly in 2011. Bravely her bandmate and partner Michael Serafin-Wells has continued the project as a tribute and this is a double album splurge that co...view item »

Jess Williamson
Cosmic Wink

Just to show that Youtube playlists work, the opener here is rather familiar and I'm wondering where I've heard this. Of course! It was up on the playlist every time I played oh i dunno something I'd got obsessed about a couple of weeks ago. And that was a lot. By the time of the 8th go round I just let it run and now it's got me in the mood to ...view item »

Visible Cloaks
Visible Cloaks

Musique Plastique’s souped-up reissue of Visible Cloaks’s self-titled 2014 cassette is out for another release run. The duo’s synthesis of synthetic FM tones, manipulated voices and mallet percussion recalls the releases of the short-lived but influential label Hippos In Tanks ...view item »

Fret
Silent Neighbour EP

Pure carnage from Mick Harris (Scorn / Lull / Monrella / Napalm Death / Quoit / The Weakener etc.) on this 4-track EP from Ron Morelli's esteemed L.I.E.S. label. Mr Harris recently revived his Fret Alias for a devastatingly heavy and ice cold album on Karlrecords. If you've experienced the sheer joy of being pummeled by that record, or inde...view item »

Belmer (Fatima Yamaha)
Wildebeets EP

The deep-house-with-funky-lead-lines schtick has served Fatima Yamaha very well up to this point, but the Dutch producer clearly felt that it was time for a change. So he’s taken on a new moniker - Belmer - and dropped this new five-track EP. Wildebeets is more rough-and-ready than the FY stuff, a...view item »

7FO
Moment (Selected Works 2012​-​2017)

After releases on RVNG International and Bokeh Versions, Osaka-based producer 7FO provides the first release for the new imprint Metron Records. Moment (Selected Works 2012-2017) sees 7FO tidying up a selection of tracks recorded in recent years for vinyl release. The p...view item »

The Boney Burger
Brew 07

Vegans and vegetarians, look away now. The album art and name of this band give me a really uncomfortable feeling. Why would you use a happy looking cow with flowers on its head, alongside the band name: The Boney Burger. I mean, it's quite funny in a really horrible way. This four-track release called Brew 07 is availa...view item »

Nexda
Words & Numbers

Hailing from Haarlem near Amsterdam, Dutch post-punk band Nexda offer up an alternative to the post-punk we know and love. Their experimentation and embracing of the DIY ethos saw them use sax, organ, drums they’d made themselves, bits of metal and their voices to make music which was heavy on percussion and dub elements w...view item »

Skymark
Virtual Stars

A record of leftfield boogie music from Skymark here, out via his own Modern Sun Records. Virtual Stars combines neo-soul, jazz-funk, Theo Parrish-style deep house and electro. There’s also a little early MF Doom (beats, not rhymes) to the choice of lead instrumen...view item »

ZZZ
Psychic Agony Ov Session

Tokyo native ZZZ is an artist with many aliases (DJ Nozaki, DJ Cornbeef) but his musical output is consistently killer. This limited-edition, one-time pressing of 'Psychic Agony Ov Session' fuses Chicago style beat tracks with rocking, old school house cuts in a slamming huddle that is sure to set dance floors alight....view item »

SMX / Koehler
WHYTBLU 02

Since Nic Tasker kicked off Whities back in 2014, the label has grown to become one of the buzz-labels in UK club culture. Their soundsystem techno output is similar to that of Timedance or Hessle, but the tunes tend to have a sweeter, more melodic flavour to them. Similar thing...view item »

Malena Zavala
Aliso

Find yourself a tree generous with its shade and share this record with it. A clear, often acoustic dream pop record of lovely, looped instrumentals and bittersweet hooks, ‘Aliso’ feels perfect for an early night spent outdoors. Using hints of fuzz, wahing guitars and rootsy arrangements, Zavala has made a strangely singular record, ...view item »

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sparkle Hard

It’s plain sailing for Stephen, who doesn’t like being called that nor Steve, and his Jicks, who just have to deal with the name Steve gave them. Their first record in a hot minute, the group devised as a holiday home to the retirement residences of Pavement are relaxed as heck and probably not getting ...view item »

Quiet Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

It’s the band that just won’t stop playing their songs. Loud and quiet and then quiet and loud again, Beach Slang seemingly understand two things about music and do a good job at both: they make those records proper, where they bash out distorted indie emo jams for all those among us who want nothing more than to access our feelings ...view item »

Good Morning
Prize // Reward

“The press release tells us not to compare them to Mac Demarco, but like, they do sound like Mac Demarco”. These are the elegantly disrespectful words of our descriptions writer Fred, who sums up this festival of gauzy lo-fi with real aplomb. A band looking to make a foray into the same feel-good and...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 »

Jennifer Castle
Angels of Death

Deathly and mythic, Jennifer Castle continues to do her thing (this time formally under her own name) with a record in ode to the Muses. It's calledo Angels of Death and it offers sparse, low-key country music to get devoured by ghosts to. As always, Castle's missives from the world of phenomena are not t...view item »

Evans Pyramid
Evans Pyramid

If you're a fan of genre-hopping musical polymaths, you'll want to pick up this re-press of Evans Pyramid, an anthology gathering together '70s boogie-disco genius Evans Pyramid's best work. This limited-edition, hand-pressed vinyl, out on Cultures Of Soul, features rare singles including "Never Gonna Leave You", "I Want Yo...view item »

Emma-Jean Thackray
Ley Lines

Another week, another great record from the exciting new London jazz scene. This time it’s the turn of polymath Emma-Jean Thackray. Though primarily a trumpeter, she recorded every part on Ley Lines herself. While this method of production will inevitably invoke comparisons with Madlib’s ...view item »

Aisha Devi
DNA Feelings

Danse Noire co-founder Aisha Devi drops the follow-up to Of Matter And Spirit via Houndstooth. In DNA Feelings, Devi has created a visceral LP which bends rave styles to her will. The manner in which the sounds of the club are re-purposed as platforms for Devi’s powerful ...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 »
New in: 15th May 2018

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at...view item »

Ben LaMar Gay
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

Chicago trumpeter, vocalist and composer Ben LaMar Gay doing some serious quality control here: the tunes making up Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun were chosen from seven unreleased albums. It’s quite a mix and it’s all of a very high quality, neither of which surprising. There’s gorgeous, melted piano...view item »

Örvar Smárason
Light Is Liquid

Twenty years after co-founding múm back in 1997, Örvar Smárason at last takes a dip solo with the rather trippily-titled Light is Liquid. Órvar’s touch in múm is traceable in the brittle melancholy, twee cuteness and rattling early 2000s bedroom electronica beats o...view item »

Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night

The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on it...view item »

Pink Floyd
Pulse

Weighty quadruple vinyl reissue of Floyd’s 1995 live set. You don’t get the blinking LED that graced the original CD, but that aspect of the release might prove to be less mind-bending 23 years on. You do get two and a half hours of competent, Waters-free renditions of the classics (including the entirety of Dark Side), and later non...view item »

Abul Mogard
Works

This whole story of an old Serbian gentleman recreating the sounds of his former employment in a Serbian factory sounds like an elaborate hoax to me. The music on this album, compiled from a pair of cassettes originally released on VCO sounds uncannily like Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Forse’ t...view item »

Felicia Atkinson
Hand In Hand

Felicia Atkinson’s compositions are bewitchingly modern, combining academically leaning electronics (Hand In Hand was partly recorded at Stockholm’s EMS centre) with manipulated spoken-word that recalls the Youtube world of ASMR. Every aspect of Hand In Hand feels precisely placed, making for a powe...view item »

Pink Floyd
Relics

Few best ofs from the psychedelic era retain their usefulness as well as Relics - an ironic title, given that it almost apologises for four-year-old material that’s now half a century old. The 1971 compilation compiled the essential Syd Barrett-era singles See Emily Play and Arnold Layne along with choice album tracks and ...view item »

Tenniscoats
Music Exists Disc 4

For over twenty years, Japanese experimental folk band Tenniscoats have been making music however barring a few releases, including the beautiful Two Sunsets, a collaboration with The Pastels, the band haven’t released anything outside Japan. Music Exists Disc 4 is the fourt...view item »

Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? Those are the words that preceded the world’s introduction to one of Sheffield’s great institutions. 12 years ago, the band were just a bunch of scrappy teens. And now? Who the fuck are these guys? The band are almost completely unrecognisable from ...view item »


Tropical Drums of Deutschland

Jan Schulte has been chasing down obscure music from one of his favourite obscure genres: faux-’tropical’ percussion music from 1980’s Germany. The resulting compilation Tropical Drums of Deutschland is full of obscure treats that really do capture some strange and special atmospheres: some jazzy, some...view item »

The Boxing / Park Fires
Circles / Wake Me Up

The ever-reliable singles club Come Play With Me (Mansion Of Snakes, Harkin) have unearthed yet more new talent for their latest split 7”. Leeds duo Park Fires drop the sort of big-room synth-pop smash that Sia and Lorde would tear up...view item »

Forest Swords
DJ-Kicks

Matthew “Forest Swords” Barnes gets The Invitation from the !K7 crowd, a sure measure of success. The selections for his mix prove eclectic and certainly more interested in portraying a range of great music than a seamless, segued mix experience. You’ve got Kara-Lis Coverdale, David Too...view item »

DJ Koze
Knock Knock

Extremely weird dance music hermit DJ Koze has found the time between an inexplicable raft of Ibiza appearances to create Knock Knock. Featuring a raft of guests (Bon Iver, Róisín Murphy, Mano le Tough), the album is an arr...view item »

Wax Chattels
Wax Chattels

Auckland’s Wax Chattels self-identify as ‘guitarless guitar music’. This description makes plenty of sense when you get a load of their eponymous debut LP. There’s a lot of rock-isms going on here - the yelpy vocals and pounding drums of a garage rock band, bass licks with a light punk-funk flavour - but ...view item »

Suburban Lawns
Suburban Lawns

Cult favourite Suburban Lawns have their 1980 debut album reissued by Futurismo. Suburban Lawns is a wonderful thing, a tight, rubbery, bouncing example of an underground new wave / post-punk group in their creative prime. Available as a CD, or as Green Sprinkler or Silver Flying Saucer coloured 180g vinyl....view item »

Noah And The Whale
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

For those people who started and got behind the campaign for the debut album by Noah and the Whale to be released on vinyl, take a bow, your wish has come true. Originally released in 2008, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down had a lukewarm critical reception but is most definitely a hit with the fans. Includes the singles 5 Years ...view item »

Paul White
Rejuvenate

Previously known as the beatsmith who was, among other things, the architect of Danny Brown’s avant-rap masterpiece Atrocity Exhibition, Paul White...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 »

John Maus
Addendum

Another John Maus record so soon? Quick succession is a nice thing. Following up last year's gloom-pop masterclass Screen Memories, which encapsulated everything good about this stuffy Philosophy academic and underground star, Maus gets out the keyboards again for Addendum, twelve more tunes...view item »

Ash
Islands

Now, I thought Ash had given up after 2001’s Free All Angels album, so it was a surprise to find them releasing a new album, Islands in 2018. It turns out however, that I was totally wrong, and all though productivity has slowed since their late ‘90s heyday, they’ve still been making albums. Islands is their 7t...view item »

Amyl and the Sniffers
Big Attraction & Giddy Up

Punk’s not dead, and it will never die, and that’s because of Australia. Sorry - I meant it’s because of Australian groups. Groups like Amyl and the Sniffers. The two EPs bundled together here were each written and recorded in a matter of seconds, and that’s no bad thing. Tracks like ‘Blowj...view item »

Rachel Grimes
The Doctor from India (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah always good to hear from the lovely Rachel Grimes of Rachel's pottering about. Here she makes a soundscape/soundtrack for this documentary about a holistic health pioneer. She uses (as always) her signature piano but also adds in violin, harp, saxophone, and strings all bound up in ambient soundscapes. ...view item »

The Body
I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer

As someone who’s favourite Fugazi song is the the least Fugazi-like Fugazi song ('Instrument Soundtrack'’s ‘I’m So Tired’ for the record) maybe it’s no surprise that my favourite metal band are not in a lot of ways, not very metal. The Body of course...view item »

The Nonce
1990

They may want to reconsider that name but this is a rare chance to get one of the great lost albums from the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.  Initially part of the Project Blowed collective these two 17 year olds were considered innovators of the LA Hip Hop Underground and this album contains material thought by all involved to have been chucked in the ...view item »

Paul de Jong
You Fucken Sucker

Best known as one half of folktronicists The Books, Paul De Jong has a nice little side-hustle in the form of his solo material. His follow-up to 2015’s IF augments the lustful experimentalism of The Books with the wide-ranging yet clear-headed aesthetic of an auteur. There’s r&b, spoken...view item »

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on ...view item »

Sugar Candy Mountain
Do Right

Oakland psych-poppers Sugar Candy Mountain drop their fourth LP via (Jeffrey Lewis, Karl Blau). Do Right features ten more of the woozy, 60s-flavoured jams which the group have shown a knack for crafting across their previous records. George Harrison’s solo materi...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 »

Kali Malone
Cast Of Mind

Drones for synthesiser and woodwind. The lazy thing to do would be to compare Cast of Mind to Ellen Arkbro's excellent For Brass and Organ. But I am lazy, so I will. Where Arkbro focussed on the analogue Kali Malone, juxtaposes it with the digital, allowing f...view item »

Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano ...view item »

Instant Music
Instant Music

Kraftwerk inspired poppy post-punk from 80s Munich. Instant Music managed to do what so many Kraftwerk imitators failed to do, and made six fun (!) robotic tracks, including one where washing machine instructions are read out over samples of the machine in questions. Remaster released on ...view item »


Brawl In Cellblock 99 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Coloured (and themed) vinyl klaxon! For the release of S. Craig Zahler's Brawl In Cellblock 99, Invada are releasing the soundtrack on "prison jumpsuit orange" in a sleeve with stunning artwork by John Bergin. Featuring soul bands and scored by Zahler and Jeff Herriott, this is an exciting record filled with some atmospheric gems. ...view item »

Wire
Chairs Missing

Wire's second album has now, belatedly, got the re-issue treatment. 'Chairs Missing' expanded the short, sharp art-rock of their debut 'Pink Flag' into something more rounded and experimental, particularly in terms of their song structure. The CD editions come with bonus discs of so many demos that you won't know what to do with...view item »

Wire
154

This is Wire's third album and was an icy example of the sort of dark art rock that was around at the time. There was however something special about Wire. They never were content to sit still and so each album is a development on the last. Certainly this is one of their albums that could be considered a masterpiece. Now comes w...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
Bodysong

As well as being in enormous miseries Radiohead,  Jonny Greenwood (as well also as having the floppiest hair on the planet) has his own soundtrack biz. This is his debut soundtrack from 2003 and in it he fuses experimental music, jazz, electronic and classical music. It has now been re-issued in a gatefold sty...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Hold That Thought

Are you ready for not one but two Brian Jonestown Massacre albums this year? Well get in the swing by buying this 10" which contains a taster track off each record. Another big year for the never pausing collective and look there is Anton on the cover looking like someone has just sat on his sitar.  ...view item »


Outer Himalayan Presents

This collaborative release between Dark Entries and Sacred Bones sees them chronicling the output of British post-punk imprint Outer Himmalayan Records. Active in the late 70s and early 80s, the label’s 7” releases of bands The Magits, Soft Drinks an...view item »

The Breeders
Pod

Pod was so refreshing when it came out in 1990. For those of us who loved Kim Deal's contributions to the Pixies this was a whole album of the stuff and waaay superior to Pixies lacklustre Bossanova of the same year. Pod was more leftfield, more spindly and taut than anything they did later and if it sounds a bit like Slint at t...view item »

The Breeders
Title TK

The Breeders took some time off from their heavy drug taking schedule to record a new album which must have made 4AD very happy. Very Very happy indeed. Engineered, recorded, produced however you want to say it by Steve (no Job is too small) Albini. The first Breeders album ...view item »

The Breeders
Mountain Battles

I was quite excited about the Breeders album 'Mountain Battles' but after 11 tracks I can safely say there's nothing there which has immediately caught my attention. The opener sounds a bit like Janes Addiction which gets me off on the wrong foot. Not that I mind them but it's not what I want from a Breeders record. It's a thoroughly underwhelming ...view item »

Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug)
Fog / Shrine

If you’ve been living on another planet for the past month or so, it’s probably worth telling you that Flame 1 is a collaboration between Kevin Martin aka The Bug and Will Bevan aka Burial. This record is the first release on Martin’s newly minted label Pressure. ...view item »
New in: 11th May 2018


Turkish Ladies

An awesome and very special record courtesy of Sony Music Turkey and Ladies on Records, celebrating Turkish women singers from the 70s and 80s. You'll hear a gloriously diverse range of music here, with sweet melodies, eccentric synths and bewitching arabesque strings underpinning classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, E...view item »
New in: 9th May 2018

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
An Angel Fell

For better or for worse (actually just for worse), jazz is a genre that many people don’t get on with too well, and other than the occasional crossover (*cough* Kamasi Washington *cough*), people don’t even listen to it. Even in our office of many musical tastes, it’s heard much less than...view item »
New in: 2nd May 2018

Iceage
Beyondless

I’m looking at these song titles and I’m just applauding their quintessence. How Iceage is a song titled “The Day the Music Dies”, placing them cynical and prescient beyond their years? How classic is “Plead the Fifth” for a band who’s basically trying to make sense of their dreams for a co-headlined tou...view item »
New in: 1st May 2018

Gaz Coombes
World's Strongest Man

This Norman Records™ blurb writer loved Supergrass as a wee nipper, so it was with glee that he clicked through to write the description for the new Gaz Coombes LP. Then he read the press-release for World’s Strongest Man. The former SG frontman’s third solo album claims to have taken ...view item »
New in: 19th April 2018

J Dilla
Ruff Draft (Dilla's Mix)

Just when one gets to thinking that the annals of J Dilla’s discography couldn’t be combed any more, we get another posthumous release from the MPC grandmaster. This one’s a souped-up re-rendering of his cult classic Ruff Draft EP from back in 2003. It features new mixes of the original track list as w...view item »
New in: 13th March 2018

Meat Beat Manifesto
Impossible Star

Big Beater is watching you!  The world is in a strange, disturbing way these days, but international man of mystery Jack Dangers, Manifesto in hand, is here to weigh in. Meat Beat Manifesto has been going for over three decades now, and these new offerings show Dangers’ long-honed proficiency. His production is thick ...view item »
New in: 6th March 2018

Erasure
World Beyond

The legendary synth pop duo had their seventeenth album released last year on Mute. This surprising and intriguing set of reinterpretations features a Belgian ensemble linked to several modern classical outfits and composers. What you get is Erasure's classic ethereal dance-pop done up in graceful orchestral timbres. Lovely....view item »

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