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New in: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble
Hikari

The final release from the Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble before they go on an indefinite hiatus, presented as a trilogy featuring newer versions of their older tracks and previously unrecorded pieces. Recorded at various concerts during their extended tours, Hikari captures the group’s delicate modern classical which has a timeless joy to it, think Efterklang and Penguin Cafe Orchestra string sections on long summer afternoons.

Barker
Utility

Pitched somewhere between IDM and straight house music, Utility is the debut solo album from producer Sam Barker, following up on his well-received EP Debiasing last year. The record spans nine tracks of inner-space travel, beginning as psychedelic thumbnail sketches and thrashed out into electronic epics. 

múm
Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (20th Anniversary Edition)

Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK was the breakthrough album by winsome Icelanders múm and was released originally in 1999 hence this lavish 20th anniversary edition. Its blending of the organic and the electronic basically invented what became known as folk-tronica. This new edition contains the original album  - remastered of course plus new artwork, original of-the-era remixes and intriguingly new versions of the songs by the Kronus Quartet, Hauschka and Soley.  

Satoshi Ashikawa
Still Way (Wave Notation 2)

In many ways a reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 LP Still Way (Wave Notation 2) is what WRWTFWW Records have been building to ever since they set up shop in the early 2010’s. Ashikawa’s spare, dreamlike environmental music has had a profound impact on the label’s output - it can be heard in everything from WRWTFWW’s reissues of Midori Takada and Mkwaju Ensemble to their recent set from Gareth Quinn Redmond. Taking cues from Brian Eno and Erik Satie, Ashikawa’s ultra-minimalist ambiences "intended to be listened to in a casual manner, as a musical landscape or a sound object”. Put on Still Way and let it melt into the background.

Gareth Quinn Redmond
Laistigh Den Ghleo

Laistigh Den Ghleo is a set of beautifully spare ambient compositions from Irish composer Gareth Quinn Redmond. For this record Redmond draws direct inspiration from Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 album Still Way (Wave Notation 2). Ashikawa said his music ‘should drift like smoke and become part of the environment surrounding the listener's activity’, and it’s easy to see Redmond taking this to heart in Laistigh Den Ghleo’s environmental watercolours. Midori Takada, another touchstone for Redmond, provides some of the liner notes.

Various
J Jazz Volume 2 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 – 1983

After getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues act back in 2018 with J-Jazz - Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, BBE Records return with the second instalment. The time-frame of Volume 2 is similar to the first time around (both start in 1969 and this one goes to 1983 rather than 1984) and once again the span of styles on display here is broad. Spiritual explorations, hard-bop stompers and fusion-funk all get a look in across the compilation.

Adam Green
Engine of Paradise

With mouth on permanent droopy open mode Adam Green has enjoyed a long and varied career since he formed the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson in the mid '90s. His most recent solo work was a film interpretation of Aladdin in which the cast were all made of papier mache. His 10th solo album Engine of Paradise is perhaps less loopy concerning itself with ruminations on life and the afterlife. He occasional knocks great songs right out of the park so as always this will be an essential listen. 

Miles Davis
Rubberband

Rubberband was supposed to be the first album Miles Davis recorded for new label, Warner Bros in 1985 following his departure from Columbia. The tapes were left to gather dust and Tutu was released. Following completion work in 2017 and an EP taster version released for record store day, the full album is now being released. It features vocals from 12-time Grammy nominee Lidisi and Donnie Hatahway’s daughter, Lalah and drums by legendary percussionist, Steve Reid.
New in: Monday 2nd September 2019

Sandro Perri
Soft Landing

Sandro Perri albums are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along next to each other. We waited seven long years for last year’s In Another Life, and barely 12 months later, Soft Landing has arrived. Opening with the gargantuan 16-minute ‘Time (You Got Me)’, it sees Perri explore the guitar, his primary instrument, in greater detail than usual. 

Tinariwen
Amadjar

Malian group Tinariwen recorded their ninth studio album in the Mauritanian desert under a sea of stars during a recording session that lasted a little over two weeks. Nature’s influence shines through the recording, producing a record that showcases Tinariwen at their most authentic and comfortable.

Lower Dens
The Competition

It’s a little strange to think of Lower Dens as elder statesmen of indie, but the dream-pop duo have now been going for nearly a decade. Their fourth studio album, 'The Competition', is befitting of their status in 2019, their normally languorous demeanour now injected with more urgency in a suite of songs examining the dehumanising effects of the twilight of capitalism. 
New in: Friday 30th August 2019

Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Geographically confused chanteuse Lana Del Rey returns with her sixth album and her first since she discovered swearing. She's pictured on the cover cavorting with none other than the grandson of Jack Nicholson and possibly as a matter of note I should say that it contains fourteen new songs most co-written with fun.'s Jack Antonoff. Buy your copy from Norman Fucking Records.      

Post Malone
Hollywood's Bleeding

Following the raging success of Beerbongs & Bentleys last year, Texan rapper Post Malone capitalises by unleashing his third studio album just 17 months later. Trailed by no fewer than three US Billboard Top 3 singles already, Hollywood’s Bleeding ought to see Post smashing records once again. 
New in: Thursday 29th August 2019

!!! (chk chk chk)
Wallop

Like Hot Chip or Har Mar Superstar, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are one of those acts that everyone likes. They’re funky, fun and cool in a dorky kind of way. They’re the act that you and all your pals can agree on seeing at a festival. They’re always good for an LP, too - Wallop, their eighth, is yet another set of dance-punk goodness in the vein of fellow NYC luminaries LCD Soundsystem and ESG.

Acid King
Busse Woods

20th anniversary re-issue of Busse Woods, the second full-length album by San Francisco-based stoner metal band Acid King originally released in January 1999 and the only album they recorded with bassist Brian Hill. Alongside an accompanying tour in 2019, it’s a great chance to enjoy the band’s influential aesthetic at a point when they had it perfected. 
New in: Wednesday 28th August 2019

Joan Shelley
Like The River Loves The Sea

Like The River Loves The Sea is the 5th (ish) album from Joan Shelley. Her plaintive folk stylings have been critically acclaimed far and wide. Whilst she may not be reinventing the wheel, she has a way of making the old refreshingly new. The songs were written in Kentucky and recorded in Iceland. Bonnie Prince Billy guests.

Mikey Young
You Feelin' Me?

Previously only available on cassette upon its original release back in August 2017, You Feelin’ Me? by Australian engineer and instrumentalist Mikey Young won tons of praise for the intimacy and beauty of its pastoral soundscapes. Now, John Dwyer's Castle Face Records re-issues the album on CD and vinyl. 

Black Belt Eagle Scout
At The Party With My Brown Friends

Having secured so many end-of-year accolades in 2018 with her Black Belt Eagle Scout debut album Mother of My Children, Katherine Paul wastes no time in following it up. In contrast to the guitars of that debut, At The Party With My Brown Friends is characterised by soft pianos and understated vocals. 

Pharmakon
Devour

Margaret Chardiet drops her fourth LP as Pharmakon (anyone else reading that as ‘farm Akon’? Now there’s a thought…). Devour is the first album Chardiet has recorded live in the studio, and as such there’s a real feeling of spontaneity and immediacy to this tortured set of power electronics. Production from Uniform’s Ben Greenberg only adds to the intensity. You’re looking at the early days of Posh Isolation for Devour’s related records.

Various
Beautiful Freaks - Waving Our Flag High, Wave On, Wave On: Music From The Original Counter Culture

Though it might evoke images of crusties and hippies, Beautiful Freaks is an excellently compiled collection providing a snapshot into the first proper counter-cultural wave in mainstream society. This double-LP set from Tad Records includes cuts from the Grateful Dead, Brigitte Fontaine, Hawkwind and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. 

Paranoid London
PL

Paranoid London have been threatening the follow-up to their eponymous debut LP for a while now, and to be honest with you the wait’s had us getting pretty hot and bothered. Now the duo finally deliver PL, a set of house traxx that are every inch as sensuous and heavy as we’d hoped. It also boasts an impressive roster of guests - Alan Vega, A Certain Ratio’s Simon Topping and the late Bubbles Bubblesynski are but three of those who contribute vocals to PL. We’re thinking Hercules And Love Affair, Golden Teacher, John Grant and all that good stuff.
New in: Tuesday 27th August 2019

Whitney
Forever Turned Around

Whitney return with their new album, Forever Turned Around. It is the follow-up to their 2016 debut Light Upon The Lake. The Chicago duo play a brand of indie-fied soulful country. Forever Turned Around was produced by Bradley Cook and Jonathan Rado, who, with credits between them such as Hand Habits, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood and Hiss Golden Messenger, were able to add the perfect colours and textures.

The Slow Show
Lust and Learn

The Slow Show, as well as being my latter day footballing nickname, are an indie band from Manchester who combine elements of The Blue Nile, Talk Talk and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. As you can imagine from a band with such a name, their songs unfold gradually revealing their greatness, unlike my latter day 5-a-side career. Lust and Learn is their third album. LP and CD on PIAS.

Spacemen 3
Live In Europe 1989

Live in Europe 1989 does exactly what it says on the tin and captures soon-to-disband space rock legends Spacemen 3 over four nights on their final European tour and showcases a short lived four piece line up of the band. Less ragged than their earlier Performance live document, there's still plenty of off the cuff drug-fuelled experimentation and more lyrical references to the lord than you'll ever need.  

Ezra Furman
Twelve Nudes

Ezra Furman, whilst always sounding like Ezra Furman, tends to dabble in different rock sub-genres. With new album Twelve Nudes, he claims it is a punk record. He hurt his throat through singing so hard whilst making it, so there is blood on the tracks here. It was recorded in Oakland, CA under the influence of booze and cigarettes. The title refers to the songs on the album being there with nothing to hide.
New in: Sunday 25th August 2019

Prince
The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold

First time on vinyl for the album Prince made to be given to attendees of Versace's collection at Paris Fashion Week 1995. Back then it was a tape only release which over the years has changed hands for eye watering amounts but wait long enough and everything becomes available eventually and so now even us mere mortals can hear the rare and remixed tracks it touted. 
New in: Thursday 22nd August 2019

The Night Café
0151

Named after the telephone area code of their native Liverpool, indie quartet The Night Café present their debut album 0151, aiming to capitalise on the hype following a clutch of highly-rated EPs over the last couple of years. Packing in a whopping 18 tracks over four sides of vinyl, they’re not scared of being ambitious! 

Tyler, The Creator
Igor

Despite only just being released, Igor has already been pretty much universally recognised as one of the best records of Tyler, The Creator’s career. And who could deny this thing? The latest LP from the OFWGKTA badboy-turned-goodboy is as gorgeous as they come, a heady brew of neo-soul, The Neptunes-esque beats, hypnagogic pop and outsider art. More of this please.
New in: Wednesday 21st August 2019

Ceremony
In the Spirit World Now

Californian punks, Ceremony, release their sixth album, In The Spirit World Now. It is the band’s first album for Relapse following a two album stint with Matador. The band has evolved yet again. This time they blend furious post-punk and rock with anxiety-ridden lyrics to make and album that is likely to blasting from stereos all summer long.
New in: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Tropical Fuck Storm
Braindrops

The Drones were on hiatus but are now officially over. Founding member, Gareth Liddiard and his musical and life partner Fiona Kitschin are carrying on though. They’re rocking out with a new-found purpose in Tropical Fuck Storm. Braindrops is the band’s second album in 18 months, following on from A Laughing Death In Meatspace. Doc At The Radar Station by Captain Beefheart was a big influence on this album, so expect some weird, wonky and wonderful noise.
New in: Monday 19th August 2019

Various
Ann Arbor - Blues Festival 1969

The Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 was America’s first blues festival. And boy did they get a cast of characters together! B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House, Big Mamma Thornton, Mississippi Fred McDowell are among the legendary acts performing. It’s all previously unheard stuff, unless of course, you were there. But you weren’t, were you?

Modern Nature
How To Live

Modern Nature took their name from a phrase in filmmaker Derek Jarman’s diaries. Group leader, Jack Cooper, wanted new album How To Live to reflect the point where town and country meet - their mix of Can, Caravan and Talk Talk influences allows the music to flow between motorik beats, pastoral folk rock and experimentalism.

Ghost Funk Orchestra
A Song For Paul

A collection of cinematic psychedelia that’s as likely to appeal to fans of classic rock and soul as it is to soundtrack buffs, 'A Song For Paul' is the third album proper from the mysterious Ghost Funk Orchestra, in large part the product of producer and musician Seth Applebaum. Who knew the 'G' in 'G-funk' stood for Ghost?

Whitehouse
Total Sex

Industrial electronic pioneers, Whitehouse, originally released their second album, Total Sex, in 1980. This reissue features bonus tracks, Her Entry and Foreplay which originally appeared on a label compilation album. The tracks were recorded during the same sessions as Total Sex, so it’s only fitting that they find a home together here.
New in: Friday 16th August 2019

Charli XCX
Charli

There was a girl on my course at university who was best friends with Charli XCX from school. This was just when Ms. XCX was beginning to become famous (we’re talking ‘Boom Clap’ days), and I often wondered if I’d ever get to meet her at a houseparty or whatever, but our paths never crossed. Her friend was nice though, so by that logic we’re going to say that Charli XCX is probably pretty nice too. Go Charli! Her third, sort-of-self-titled LP will surely cement her legacy as the premiere alt-pop star of our age - the inheritor of Lady Gaga’s crown, perhaps? Charli features the ginormous singles ‘1999’ (ft. Troye Sivan) and ‘Blame It On Your Love’ (ft. Lizzo). Haim, A. G. Cook, Cupcakke and a bunch of other famous names also contribute.

Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sørensen
Always Already Here

Always Already Here is a collaboration between Danish electronic musician, Jonas Munk & Guitarist, Nicklas Sørensen. The artists give their takes on modern and retro electronica, psychedelia and the minimalism of La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. The tracks feature synths and guitars intertwining in an experimental yet accessible fashion.
New in: Thursday 15th August 2019

Here Lies Man
No Ground To Walk Upon

Third album from what if Black Sabbath but afrobeat band Here Lies Man. Of they've got the riffs alright, riffs aplenty. It's the rhythms that are so strikingly different. You probably won't hear Bill Ward bashing out the beats on No Ground To Walk Upon. In sum they're a party band who've managed to sneak in a bit of the the ol' \m/. Very tasty. 
New in: Wednesday 14th August 2019

Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won't Hold

They came back and they stayed back. After their 10 years hiatus ended with 2015's brilliant No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney kept writing together to create The Center Won't Hold. The album was produced with great care by St. Vincent, and sees the band exploring personal themes the only way they know how. By being a very good rock band.
New in: Tuesday 13th August 2019

The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital are a punk/post-punk/art punk band from Dublin. Their lives shows are becoming the talk of the town for their dark, brutal, edge-of-the-seat thrill ride. Their sound will draw comparisons to classic bands such as Joy Division as well as newer bands like Shame and Savages. When I Have Fears is their debut album and was produced by Flood, who is just the person you’d want to produce an album like this.

Loscil
Equivalents

For the twelfth Loscil album, inspiration has been taken from the photography of Alfred Stieglitz. This is a very wise decision, as the silvery shimmer of his cloud and sky photos meet their perfect sonic analogue in the sound of Equivalents, which drifts gorgeously along in classic Loscil / Kranky style.
New in: Wednesday 7th August 2019

Shura
forevher

Coming off the back of two years of hard touring following the viral success of her early singles and debut album, Shura (aka British-born artist Aleksandra Denton) presents her eagerly awaited sophomore record forevher. Themed around the emotional rushes of new love, it promises to be a warmer and happier experience.
New in: Tuesday 6th August 2019

Fu Manchu
Start The Machine

Start the Machine was the eighth album from stoner rock mainstays Fu Manchu and the only one not to be released on vinyl... until today of course now that the good people at At the Dojo have re-mastered it and pressed it for your listening pleasure. Classic groovy sludge stoner gear...new and improved.  
New in: Monday 5th August 2019

Throbbing Gristle
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle

The music of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle is back on their own Industrial Records after 30 years of knocking around other labels, so it is only right that you can get your favourite eerie durge music from the source. D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle is the second LP from the group, originally released in 1978.

Throbbing Gristle
Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits

Like the title of '20 Jazz Funk Greats', 'Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits' is named with tongue poked firmly in cheek. They of course had no 'hits' as such but they did basically invent industrial music. Mostly terrifying, they weren't averse to the odd stab at disco on tracks like 'Hot on the Heels of Love'.
New in: Wednesday 31st July 2019

Death Cab For Cutie
Blue EP

2018's Thank You For Today suggested that it wasn't quite all over for Death Cab For Cutie as they rediscovered at least some of the things that made them special in the first place. Like Interpol before them, they've chosen to follow up an album with a 5 track EP length release. Is this a new thing to do? We'll see if it catches on. Meanwhile the least you can do is enjoy some more emotional guitar pop from Ben Gibbard and the boys.  
New in: Friday 12th July 2019

The Brand New Heavies
TBNH

Good to see The Brand New Heavies still going strong after all these years. TBNH - the first LP from the acid jazz pioneers for half a decade - recaptures the soulful, funky sound of the band’s golden years. This stuff is catnip for Craig Charles’ when he's in funk & soul mode, so if you like what he plays in his DJ sets then you’re probably going to get behind TBNH. The Brand New Heavies spread the love here too, with Mark Ronson coming in to produce their reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘These Walls’.
New in: Thursday 4th July 2019

Various
Brutal Africa – The Heavy Metal Cowboys of Botswana

An incredible document of rock music in the southern African state of Botswana, Brutal Africa captures some of the country’s tiny but vibrant scene. These 11 songs, from pioneering grandfathers of the scene like Metal Orizon, were captured during the filming of the 2018 documentary ‘Freedom In The Dark’ over a three year period. 
New in: Tuesday 18th June 2019

Frankie Cosmos
Close It Quietly

Fourth album proper from Frankie Cosmos, Greta Kline's project that has slowly become a fully fledged band. Close It Quietly, sees the once anti-folk act morph fully into something more like the weirdo-pop of Broadcast and Stereolab. Lyrically we find Kline reflecting on herself, and the state of the world. Who isn't nowadays?
New in: Wednesday 5th April 2017

Camera Obscura
Desire Lines

'Desire Lines' was the fifth album by Scottish indie starlets Camera Obscura and was the last to be recorded before the tragic passing of keyboard player Carey Lander. Produced by ace producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket etc.) it's their most immaculate sounding record with high end indie-pop tunes with a level of sophistication that doesn't tarnish their DIY roots. For the uninitiated: if you like Belle and Sebastian, this band are for you. 

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