New releases - vinyl
7/10 according to our Jamie
… Oh… I’m sorry. I’m still in shock to discover these four lads from Brighton have been making music as Fujiya & Miyagi for over fifteen years. Here is the second of a brace of new EPs from them to land in my review box. The themes are slightly darker than on EP2; subject matter ranges from space travel to dystopian futures and minor but nagging injury. The…view full details.
Oh I loved this album when I was a much younger man than I am now. 2004 in fact. I'm sure it saw me through some bleak winter or other. This was Laura Veirs breakout record and was the point where her lush and swoon-some style of icy songs really took hold. You can literally smell the Pacific North West on this collection. First time on vinyl and a perfect record to get you through the next few months. …view full details.
Gritty industrial power electronics of Pharmakon played in a minimal Inga Copeland manner, with understated vocals, that are more like spoken word monologues creeping under the surface. If you like Blackest Ever Black stylings, dark and minimal that gets under your skin, you want Grebenstein in your life.…view full details.
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Detroit meets Brooklyn with producer Apollo Brown (Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson) and rapper Skyzoo locking productions. Heavy hitting and big Premier beats backing a lyrical concept album that ain’t about hustling, but striving to succeed. Features guests Stalley, Conway, Westside Gunn, and Joell Ortiz.…view full details.
Acid scorched psych rock from the London based Desert Mountain Tribe. Either That Or The Moon sees them combing slow riffing, heavily reverb lead guitar and snotty, swaggering vocals. Their dense, jam-band sound reminds us a little of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Pressed to 180 gram vinyl LP and CD by Membran. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
Thor is that big dude you see bashing bits of percussion at latter day Swans gigs. His first solo work however (alongside friends from the likes of A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Deerhoof) is a total surprise and begs the question how a man this big and hairy can make music so delicate. The album is a series of…view full details.
The next step for the eclectic career of Joan As Policewoman is this collaboration with the similarly busy Benjamin Lazar Davis. Let It Be You pulls in a little Central African influence (the pair met through some international projects), but mostly works it into smart Brooklynite pop music. This debut collaboration is out on the Reveal label: the LP comes with a poster.…view full details.
After collaborating on The Marble Downs Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Trembling Bells went on tour in 2012. The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford is a live album trying to capture the magic of their collaboration including hybrid versions of tracks from each artist, as well as many tracks from the album. Some of the finest contemporary folk musicians in action.…view full details.
The Cosmic Range is Toronto’s Matthew Doc Dunn, a man who has played extensively alongside psychedelic experimental heavyweights like MV & EE, Sunburned Hand Of The Man and J Mascis. All that experience made Dunn pretty well equipped to make New Latitudes a pretty special-sounding LP. Released by Idee Fixe.…view full details.
Debut release for Boston’s Kaan Erbay under his Insha project. Slices of the city’s dark rowdy, and emotionally scarred underbelly that Burial inhabits, but guided around by the tricky cut-up beats, vocal samples and sample fragments of Arca, the dark referential sounds of Dean Blunt and with the crisp precision of Nosaj Thing. Inertia based heavy beats.…view full details.
C is the collaborative moniker for Nika Son and F#X, two artists who can destroy and manipulate field recordings and audio sources to to point of complete obscurity. Working for a commissioned installation, they have put some of their edits down as this EP. Besides the single break in Geroll, sound sources fall in and out of tangibility, is that real or synthesised?…view full details.
Narcos is a Netflix drama about the rise of drug baron Pablo Escobar. Pedro Bromfman’s score captures the dark, seedy underworld perfectly, creating a haunting atmosphere that compliments the show’s subject. Among the 28 tracks is the show’s theme song, Tuyo, by Rodrigo Amarante, a Brazilian musician. This soundtrack is likely to appeal to fans of Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas score and the Dr…view full details.
Minimal Man was the San Francisco outfit of Patrick Miller, little remembered in official histories but still well worthy of your time today. The Shroud Of is their 1981 debut full-length, a cheap-and-nasty sounding slab of minimal industrial post-punk, delivered with a messy nihilism. So yeah, it's great. Reissued by Burka For Everybody in an edition of 300.…view full details.
Weezer reissues! Everyone’s favourite US power-indie-pop hitmakers get pressed up to wax by Universal, getting their post-2000’s work fully available again. The Red Album is a good fun silly Weezer album, featuring both the super-catchy ‘Pork And Beans’ and the absurd / sublime ‘Greatest Man That Ever Lived’. 180g vinyl reissue.…view full details.
Weezer reissues! Everyone’s favourite US power-indie-pop hitmakers get pressed up to wax by Universal, getting their post-2000’s work fully available again. Maladroit is Weezer’s 2002 album, put together partly with assistance from their fans: the album cover was in fact a fan submission. Features ‘Dope Nose’.…view full details.
Weezer reissues! Everyone’s favourite US power-indie-pop hitmakers get pressed up to wax by Universal, getting their post-2000’s work fully available again. Make Believe was released in 2005, smashing into the popular consciousness via the super-single ‘Beverly Hills’. 180g vinyl reissue on Universal.…view full details.
London based Emily Underhill has been snapped up by One Little Indian as Tusks. A Four tracks of diverse and slickly executed tracks with For You’s Cinematic Orchestra esque opening dropping into a spacious FKA Twigs style beat as pitched vocal chops swirl around and title track False being a slow build to a dramatic trip-hop/post-club that would sit nicely with London Grammar.…view full details.
Tipped to reach dizzying heights by BBC 6 Music and The Line of Best Fit, Pumarosa's self-titled EP is a statement of intent. Especially after its opener, a nearly-8-minute-long crescendo of of gliding vocals, propulsive beats and waves of saxophone. Arcade Fire-esque indie rock at its finest. …view full details.
Instantly memorable as much as it was unexpected, the highly quotable collaboration between two hip-hop juggernauts makes its way to the vinyl format just over a year after its 2015 release. Toronto’s Drake flew out to Future’s Atlanta base and with just under a week together in the studio, the pair churned out a victory lap record executive-produced by their respective wingmen 40 and Metro Boomin. With Boomin on most of the instrumentals, it&rsqu…view full details.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is either an album or a mixtape, but whatever it is, it grabbed the whole internet’s attention when it suddenly dropped without warning last year. Drake can certainly play the game. Now this high-grade release gets pressed to wax for a double LP issue on Island.…view full details.
Canadian rapper Drake returns with his smooth blend of hip-hop and R&B. With poetically crafted love stories, exotic dancehall beats, and record-shattering sales statistics, Views boasts international chart toppers One Dance and Hotline Bling and features a guest spot from Rihanna. Released as double-vinyl LP on Island Records.…view full details.
With almost 7 years since their last full length Seeing Eye Dog, rock royalty Helmet return with Dead To The World. Helmet has been made up of many members through the years, from other incredible bands such as Battles, Biohazard, Anthrax, and Bush, all headed up by Page Hamilton. So, as ever, expect this to be a record that pushes the ‘alternative&rsq…view full details.
In 2015, Nada Surf got contacted by Austrian radio network FM4 with a tantalising offer: how’d you like to work with an orchestra? Peaceful Ghosts is a recording of the resulting concert with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, a successful synthesis of the alt-rockers tunes with fine orchestral garnish. Released by City Slang.…view full details.
10/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Weezer's infamous self-titled debut (otherwise known as "The Blue Album") is one of the few pieces of music from its time that still holds up just as well today. When they made their mark in 1994, Kurt Cobain was dead and the music world had already been over-saturated by mumbling, uninspiring grunge clones. Although Weezer never quite changed the musical climate, they did, however, create a quite perfect debut, one that transcends all genres and inspires new bands even today. Each song on th…view full details.
8/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on
There really are 69 songs on this album. I assumed it was some sort of joke initially. Anyway, the amount of songs means that the album is jam-packed with Stephin Merritt's melodic deep croon over neatly arranged instrumentation and in parts what I can only describe as chamber-electronics. Merritt he also plays a ridiculous amount of instruments on this album. There are a handful of songs on here that are sung by part-time member Claudia Gonson and to my ears, they are the best. "Sweet Lovin'…view full details.
8/10 according to Jack (customer) on
For some reason this is perfect for around 5 in the morning, it just has that scary feeling, but in a seductive, sexy way that borders on the pornographic when Kim is droning up numbers. Kim's songs are very good on this album by the way, "Doctor's Orders" could almost be a Nirvana chorus. There are some spots that kind of pass by almost unnoticed (could have done without "Androgynous Mind"), but at least they're not grating so they fit in with the rest of the re…view full details.
10/10 according to Nick Smith (customer) on
Rivers always stated Pinkerton was a hard record to write, especially after the success of their self titled classic in 1994. Truth be told the band were unhappy with the results, fans the world over would disagree and often cite this record as their swan song. Years later it is revered as a classic and rightly so. The songs are so well written you simply cannot skip the record at any point, it the perfect example of a "difficult second album", few artists can achieve what …view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Most of you have already bought this record, and so have probably lifted it from its jewel-cased home or kindly sloped sleeve to see the words “thank you” scrawled into the packaging. It’s a nice little sign of Hinds’ musical humility, their eminent chillness and a newfound success. Once entrusted with the band name Deers, the indie pop quartet switched it to Hinds over …view full details.
If Keb Barge is known to you, a collection of his choice Deep Funk cuts will be buy-on-sight. If you don’t know him, we can assure you that Barge is just the man to show you the ways of rare funk: the man has been crate-digging and playing out Legendary Deep Funk for years. This compilation has the absolute highlights of his collection: very very good. On BBE.…view full details.
Klangstof, otherwise known as Norwegian chap Koen van de Wardt reaches dizzy heights of comparison, with Thom Yorke and Sigur Ros being thrown out by listeners. Signed to Mind of a Genius, his first album Close Eyes to Exit is lush, filled with a huge variety of influences from hip hop to elaborate Scanavian dreamscape pop. On CD and vinyl.…view full details.
Post-punk pioneers the Pop Group return with new LP 'Honeymoon On Mars'. A concept album of sorts, Mark Stewart calls it "hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies". Fans of their previous work won't be disappointed: 'Honeymoon On Mars' still pertains to the band's successful hybrid of punk, free jazz, dub, funk and avant-garde elements. …view full details.
After releasing their album Still Waters earlier in 2016 Breakbot have gathered a some of their producer friends to have a few cracks at their leading singles 2good4me and My Toy. Featuring remixes from Fatima Yamaha, Canblaster (Club Cheval), Riton, and Borussia. Sun and fun filled pop-come-house tracks ap…view full details.
Crying is a thing we do lots of here at Norman Towers especially when someone dings the bell every two seconds but this Crying is an indie pop three piece out of New York which makes sweet pop music influenced by Motown, prog rock and electronics. A crazy mix but one which is as easy on the ear as a cotton wool ball or a Camera Obscura record. …view full details.
Absorbed with moody and pessimistic spaciousness is the progressive release, Royal Hush, from London based quartet - H.Grimace. With a cathartic live show to boot, this 28th October release is set to propel the shoegazing guitar-thrashers forward into the stratosphere. Fans of Pixies and Deerhunter, eat your heart out.…view full details.
A bit of yer lipstick is dribbling down love. Marc Cerrone is a legendary disco producer from near Paris and has sold 30 million albums worldwide! At the age of 54 he has released this brand new album of disco funk moves to get yer feet a dancin' and your hips a swayin'. It uses all the old techniques that made his 70's work so lauded. Please place your dancing shoes on your feet. …view full details.
Conrad is the latest power-pop missive from The Legal Matters: so much melody and such big choruses that you can hardly handle it! And if you really really like the voices of The Legal Matters, boy are you in luck: the vinyl version includes a download code for a vocal-only mix of the whole album! Perfect for mash-ups. Released on the Omnivore label.…view full details.
Slaves, the Tunbridge Wells punky outfit responsible for one of our least favourite singles from the last year, have persuaded another band to associate with them. Wonk Unit take the B-side of the Take Control / We Are The England split single. And those titles makes me think: is this a Brexit single? 1500 7” copies out there on Virgin EMI.…view full details.
Although the press release cheerfully discloses that their debut Walking on A Dream sold 1.5 million copies it fails to confirm sales of it's follow up Ice on the Dune. Something went very wrong between the two albums but there's hope yet for Empire of the Sun if they can just stay clear of being too cheesy. Two Vines does sound like another very hi end production from these guys with big banks of catchy pop pulping out of ridiculously dre…view full details.
Another sterling film score from the bottomless archives of the great maestro Ennio Morricone, put back into circulation at last. The Mission, a big ticket film that starred Robert De Niro, is about a clash of cultures, and Morricone works aspects of each culture (native American drumming, Christian choral song etc) into his music. Vinyl reissue on Decca Classics.…view full details.
Even though very much in their infancy, London based Pumarosa show that a butt load of effort pays off when developing a sound of your own. Their third short play release plays out post-indie rock with worldly wisdom, casting off the shackles of childish wonder with fond reflection. Vinyl released on Fiction. …view full details.
Weezer reissues! Everyone’s favourite US power-indie-pop hitmakers get pressed up to 180g wax by Universal, getting their post-2000’s work fully available again. Their Green Album was the first album Rivers and co. made after a semi-split, and it contains the smash singles ‘Hash Pipe’ and ‘Island In The Sun’.…view full details.
The Camberwell Now were a noise/art group formed by drummer and vocalist Charles Hayward after the disbanding of This Heat, featuring This Heat’s sound technician Stephen Rickard who created analogue sampling boards for field samples and tape manipulation way before the sampler was brought in. First vinyl reissue since 1986 and features a bonus unreleased track.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
The label really don't like it when we don't like their records so it's a good job prolific Aussie shoegaze hopefuls make an absolute racket on the opening track of this their debut album. I feel that here they've moved on somewhat from their earlier EP's with a better know-how when it comes to dynamics, probably helped by the addition of a rhythm section. Who knew? …view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
Anthony Ryan and Robin Saville have been making their particular brand of gentle, melodic and crystal-clear electronica as ISAN for two decades now, and their sound reaches its apotheosis here on their eighth album. ‘Glass Bird Movement’ took a full six years to reach us but it was worth the wait; the record marks a career high point and a remarkable progression as the delicate elem…view full details.
8/10 according to our Phil
If you're info floaty ambience and all of that neo classical gubbins then you'll be most happy with the new Deaf Centre CD/LP (called pale Ravine) on Type. There's some…view full details.
The third release in Pacific Rhythm’s series which features artists exclusively from Vancouver Slim Media Player, Khotin (previously released on 1080p, Electric Sound Broadcast - who has also released as Elka. This “Vancouver Sound” mixes acid breaks and squelches with deep house pads, chords and clarity.…view full details.
Adventurous sonic Swede Peder Mannerfelt, who has produced work as Subliminal Kid and Roll The Dice as well as alongside Fever Ray, has a new EP out of own-name work. Black Holes, Or How We Lost Solidarity moves forward relentlessly on techno rails, garnished with heavy industrial / jungle extra percussion. Weighty. 12” on Hinge Finger.…view full details.
For this EP, SPR lands its sound right in the sweet spot between messed-up dance music and outright fucked-up electronic abstraction: the same kind of territory Mark Fell does so well in, except that this is noisier. Tessellation Districts is an excellent version of this kind of thing, get on it! 12” on The Weevil Neighbourhood.…view full details.
Kassem Mosse gets back down to business with a CD of fizzy and complex electronics. The man has an intuitive feel for drum machines that takes him beyond the four-to-the-floor basics and into other realms: the tracks of Disclosure are full of their own dubbed-out flavour. CD release on Honest Jon’s.…view full details.