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New in: 19th February 2018

Lo Moon
Lo Moon

With an expansive and climactic soundscape dripping in nostalgia, LA based trio Lo Moon release a debut album that justifies the hype surrounding their first single ‘Loveless’. Despite a spattering of melancholic synths and piano, this LP is a decidedly hopeful ode to electro-pop. The title track ‘Real Love’ sounds like t...view item »

David Bowie
Stage (2017 Edition)

Wanna hear what it would have been like to see David Bowie play on his 1978 world tour? Stage was released that same year (although later reissues like this one include a f...view item »

David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is Bowie at the dawn of the 80’s, trying to produce a more commercial sound than the preceding Berlin records, although Robert Fripp and his magic guitar are still in the ...view item »

David Bowie
Lodger

Lodger is the third and final entry in David Bowie’s late 70’s ‘Berlin’ trilogy, featuring his continued Brian Eno and ...view item »

David Bowie
Low

You’d be a fool to try and pick out a ‘most classic’ album from the hefty David Bowie discography, but it you did, Low would be a very good shout. The 197...view item »

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async - Remodels

Japanese electronic music legend and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto's 2017 album 'async' graced numerous end of year lists. An all-star cast of remixers have been assembled to re-work the material in their own distinctive visions; Arca, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Motion Graphics, Alva Noto, Yves Tumo...view item »
New in: 15th February 2018

East Man
Red, White & Zero

Anthoney Hart is well practiced in sparseness. As Imaginary Forces he stripped down techno and dubstep, leaving it unfamiliar and cold. As East Man, he pulls the same trick with grime. Grime is already one of the genres most capable of holding back. On Red, White & Zero, Hart focuses on this aspect, and creates 12 tracks whose restraint freq...view item »

U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited

A decade into her archeological digs into pop music as U.S. Girls, Meg Remy releases what could be considered the project’s best record -- along with its most seismic step up. ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ wants to not only present its study of pop music but encompass its history, offering ensured songs with moments that feel like they...view item »

Ought
Room Inside the World

In 2015 I had one wish, and it was that the band Ought would release one record per year, with each one largely sounding the same as the last, ad nauseum, forever and all time. Such was the power of those first two Ought records. They needed not be entirely new -- drawing on the schematics of David Byrne, Mark E...view item »

B. Fleischmann
Stop Making Fans

The record’s almost called Stop Making Sense, there’s a song on it called ‘We’ve Heard The Talking Heads Talking’ and the cover looks like a still from the video for Hot Chip’s ‘One Pure Thought’. Needless to say that B. Fleischmann’...view item »

Richard Pinhas
Rhizosphere

Interest in modular synthesisers is at an all-time high, so it’s as good a time as can be for reissues of early standard-setting works. Reenter Richard Pinhas, who bought himself some Moog racks and released Rhizosphere in 1977. Looking for all-new sounds and timbres on each of the five pieces, Pinhas’ resul...view item »

Various
Static Waves 6

Texas based shoegaze/dreampop label Saint Marie Records release their sixth installment of their Static Waves series. Bringing tracks covering the length and breadth of their roster from previous releases, but most importantly, 15 of the 22 tracks are previously unreleased, including tracks from Loveblind, Stati...view item »

Amusement Parks On Fire
Road Eyes (Deluxe)

Amusement Parks on Fire: a post-rock band so good at doing shoegaze they got accused of ripping off Dino. Jr that one time. In actual fact they just know a good chord progression when it rings in their ear, so we can forgive them for that. Here's a deluxe reissue of Road Eyes for all who want ...view item »

Pete Astor
One For The Ghost

I just don't like wine but I can understand what Pete Astor is doing here. The extra glass is to mourn people and times past. I'll do the same next time I have a flapjack. Anyway 'One For the Ghost' is the latest solo LP from the former the Loft and Weather Prophets chap and here he is joined by the rhythm secti...view item »

The Orielles
Silver Dollar Moment

The Orielles are very polished for a band who claim to have met pretty recently at a 40th birthday party of a friend of their parents (cue: reviewer feeling old for the millionth time today). I mean you'd read their back story and think that 'Silver Dollar Moment' would be a ramshackle punky moment of youthful vigour but the musicianship here is...view item »
New in: 14th February 2018

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

XL mister man Richard Russell has done more than merely oversee records in the label’s monolithic catalogue, having also contributed production chops for Ibeyi and Gil Scott-Herron, to namedrop just a couple of his amazing achievements -- let’s also quickly shame him ...view item »

Various
Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987-1991

All the very best material from Finland’s apparently explosive late 80’s metal underground, gathered up by the experts Svart for you to tuck into! Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987 - 1991...view item »

Superchunk
What a Time to Be Alive

Moon pie. What a time to be alive. The grey and great Superchunk that exists in this decade make songs clearer and better formatted than anything from the old days, coasting by on the energy of their old snippet tunes while letting them flesh out in a way they first mastered on the slow, songful “Like a Fool”. I’m biased toward...view item »

Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Who like rich voices, bobbing basslines and an appropriate amount of string swells? I do. For you see, melancholic music is good. Marlon Williams makes it and few understand it better -- obsessed with a tradition of country and blues crooners, he asks you to ‘Make Way For Love’ while actually spending his time lamenting being in prox...view item »

Windhand & Satan's Satyrs
Split

So stoned they forgot to blow the candles out, these Virginia mates of metal threw together a split, demonstrating their slow in a celebration of local scene gruel. Were it a buddy cop show, it’d be easy enough: Windhand are the doom ones… Satan’s Satyrs are kinda thrashy? How will it ever work out? It works out fine, ...view item »

Loma
Loma

Well, yes, this makes sense. It has Jonathan Meiburg all over it -- he pilots Shearwater, who make wide eyed indie folk for young adults. He’s joined by a duo of musicians from Cross Record, who make wonderfully lo-fi pop at loose ends (Ba Da Bing! Once released one of their records, almost veering out of t...view item »

Miracle
The Strife Of Love In A Dream

Here we are with more sci-fi synth heavy beat work, though this time pitting arpeggiated synths against distant chants and odd ritualistic darkness. This collaboration between Steve Moore and Daniel O'Sullivan also has ties to metallic genres, and so finds itself quite at home on the legendary Relapse Records....view item »

Orson Hentschel
Facades

For Orson Hentschel, the spoken word equates to music -- and I would have to be in particularly churlish mood to disagree, particularly on the evidence of his latest double-track CD (and limited-edition 10” vinyl). Facade begins, logically enough, with ‘Facade I’ which relays surgi...view item »

Soft Riot
The Outsider In The Mirrors

It's now ok to like Gary Numan but I remember a time when it wasn't.  Soft Riot is a project led by the mysterious JJD  - a man who has come to the conclusion that he has been put on earth to make a record that is as dark and serious as any Numan or  Fad Gadget...view item »

Born Ruffians
Uncle, Duke & The Chief

Were Born Ruffians really on Warp? I suppose if Maximo Park were on Warp then anything is possible. The Canadian three piece make a raw and raucous style of indie rock with some of the loudest vocals I've ever heard on record. Not only are they mixed loudly but they are sung in a sort of foghorn voice. Makes ...view item »
New in: 13th February 2018

Bradford
Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly

Literally the worst thing that could happen to a band in the 80's was to get the 'new Smiths' tag....and even worse was to be given the Morrissey seal of approval. Bradford had both and so it's no surprise that they pretty soon called it a day and were never seen again..... ......view item »

Wild Beasts
Last Night All My Dreams Came True

One of the better bits of news I heard all year was the information that Wild Beasts were to break up. Not that I dislike the band in any way. I wish them well but really the only reason they had left to stay together was to see if it was actually humanly possible to make an album worse than 'Boy King'. Their despairing swan song is somewhat ove...view item »

Pierre Henry
Polyphonies

This is a massive testament to the one of the most innovative and influential bodies of work in 20th century music. Pierre Henry (who died in 2017 at the age of 89) was one of the pioneers of musique concrète. His work and ideas resonate through the spectrum of electronic music, from tape collage to the theme from an...view item »

Lowtide
Southern Mind

Australian shoegaze outfit Lowtide return with their second full-length album, titled Southern Mind. We know the game with shoegaze of course, but Lowtide are bosses at constructing a good guitar swirl, and they cut in enough other pleasing flavours to keep it all lively. Released by Opposite Number....view item »

C.A.R.
Pinned

A full length outing from C.A.R. (Chloé Raunet) sees the twin forces of irresistible pop and electronic post punk join up. There's a distinctly continental air to the tracks, kept from full on piazza lulls by a strikingly cold skeleton. This interplay creates the magical tension on which this album's pers...view item »

Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese

Quite a collaboration here, between legendary US burlesque revivalist, model and occasional actor Dita Von Teese and naughty French synth-romancer Sébastian Tellier. Mutual admiration brought...view item »

Robert Earl Thomas
Another Age

Robert Earl Thomas’s voice and guitar stylings might be familiar to listeners from his time with Widowspeak, but guess what? He also has a solo project. Another Age...view item »

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke featur...view item »

The Divine Comedy
Loose Canon (Live in Europe 2016-2017)

Loose Cannon (Live in Europe 2016-17) captures Divine Comedy on their recent European tour in support of their Foreverland album. The tracks are taken from various performances on the tour, and you’ll be pleased to know that the hits, such as National Express and Something For The Weekend ar...view item »

POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e
Music For The Long Emergency

The interesting pairing of Polica and s t a r g a z e, (an electronics-focused pop group and a chamber orchestra respectively) return for an album of original collaborative material, following on from their recent Steve Reich album. Music For The Long Emergency fully enmeshes the groups...view item »

Angèle David-Guillou
Mouvements Organiques

Angele David-Guillou here does what more artists should do: she takes selections from her most recent album, En Mouvement and rearranges them altogether, in this case for organ. The resulting ...view item »

Tale Of Us
fabric 97: Tale Of Us

The long running Fabric CD series continues with a beguiling set of tracks from Italian duo Tale of Us, following several years after their appearance in the equally celebrated Renaissance mix series. Their trademark take on the dreamier, more melodic side of modern techno and house is presented in style....view item »
New in: 12th February 2018

Hiroshi Sato
Orient

This is a welcome reissue of Hiroshi Sato’s Orient, a record whose first edition was released in 1979 and still fetches three-figure prices on Discogs. This is its first vinyl pressing outside of Japan. Sato & pals are producing some dangerously funky, feel-good J-synthpop here. White noise faded gently to evo...view item »

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
Landfall

Substantial collaboration between musician and spoken word storyteller Laurie Anderson and San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet. Landfall, a multimedia project inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy, blends skillful instrumentation with her powerful spoken word descriptions of the storm. On N...view item »

Shannon & The Clams
Onion

Quickly recorded with caution out in the wind, Onion is the fifth and most savoury of Shannon & the Clams releases. They cite a quick and impulsive recording environment, as studio man Dan Auerbach just had his instruments ready to go at all times. Expect the usual and avid throwback pop majesty ...view item »

The Temperance Movement
A Deeper Cut

A Deeper Cut is the third album by British blues rockers The Temperance Movement. It follows on from their 2012 self-titled debut and their 2016 album White Bear. Members of the band have previously played with the likes of Rooster, Ben’s Brother, Jamiroquai and Fe...view item »

Franz Ferdinand
Always Ascending

Franz Ferdinand have done that thing where they replace one leaving member with multiple new members (see also the Stone Roses at Reading '96, various incarnations of Last of the Summer Wine) as if it somehow stops people from noticing that a major cog has depart...view item »
New in: 9th February 2018

Various
We Out Here

We Out Here presents a snapshot of the current state of young London jazz, and let me tell you, the scene(s) are sounding in fine health! Nine tracks, all recorded especially for this release, map the variety of sounds and cross-pollinations currently going on, such ...view item »
New in: 8th February 2018

Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Hell yeah. I can remember fragments of older Brigid Mae Power records, but this one takes what they tend to call ‘the cake’. Assured in her slow, growing songs, and better than ever at stretching a melody over a slow motion country rock time lapse, she offers her best record to date, offering both the merest of brushes and the most s...view item »
New in: 7th February 2018

Sunwatchers
II

Lovely loveliness is really the only way I can describe the Sunwatchers, whose most recent record of sun-dappled psych noise miasma comes with a promise to “stand in solidarity with the dispossessed, impoverished and embattled people of the world”. It feels like a large political statement for a record with pretty much nothing on its...view item »

Last of the Easy Riders
Unto The Earth

Trust me: this is a scam. Last of the Easy Riders sound chill, I know -- there’s Grateful Dead in the lilt of their vocals and Allman Bros’ in the twang of their geetars -- but they think you’re philistines. I opened up my jewel case of ‘Unto the Earth&...view item »

The Soft Moon
Criminal

A good alternative soundtrack to Goldeneye 64, ‘Criminal’ is a tour de force in synthetic fury. With his usual mix of psychedelic clock-punching, electronic sheen and striking industrial aesthetic, Luis Vasquez takes his latest Soft Moon record as an opportunity to simply unleash. It’s a furious, futurist record that makes ange...view item »
New in: 6th February 2018

Niklas Paschburg
Oceanic

What do we have here? Well, it appears to be an album chock-full of wondrous melodies performed on (mainly) piano with some soft and fluffy electronics for those keys to gently bed down into. 23-year-old German composer-keyboardist Niklas Paschburg was inspired by the nature he observed unfolding around him for this record; he says (softly): &ld...view item »

John Tejada
Dead Start Program

More techno please John. Thanks. Mr. Tejada returns with yet more for Kompakt with Dead Start Program, which demonstrates his trance-inducing and haze-imbibed style in its totality. With a tinge of signature Tejada soul, these eleven tracks mark an unbelievable thirteenth album in a catalogue of hard-hitters....view item »

Various
Rough Trade Shops Presents: Counter Culture 2017

Different world working for Rough Trade than for your common or garden provincial music emporium. Where they get to go out to Primavera and pick their favourite tracks of the year for a double LP release, we spend our time trying to get the intercom to work and wondering why we don't have a working CD player in the office. But that's just the wa...view item »

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