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Minimal Compact
Creation is Perfect

A band often overlooked when discussing the white-hot creativity of post-punk, Creation Is Perfect finally does justice to the back catalogue of Amsterdam band Minimal Compact, renowned for their unsettled, propulsive rhythms and riotous live shows. Seven fan favourites, plus a new track ‘Holy Roller’, are re-recorded with Wire’s Colin Newman behind the production desk. Comes as a 80-page hardbound book including CD, on top of regular vinyl and CD releases. 

The Necks
Mindset

Releasing sixteen albums is an achievement in itself. What’s impressive about Mindset, the latest soiree into improvised musical from those wonderful Australians The Necks, is that it shows that the band are still looking to expand their sound more than 25 years after they kicked things off. The two lengthy piano-bass-drum swells that each make up a side of Mindset draw from Sun Ra, Chick Corea, Alice Coltrane and so much more without ever sounding much like any of them.

Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus and company conjured magic on 20th January 1963. The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady is a composed piece spread over six parts, with occasional blasts of full-ensemble free improvisation. Still sounds mind-blowing all these years later - a true original at the intersection of jazz and folk.

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.

Gary Numan
Replicas – The First Recordings

The second and final album from Gary Numan’s band Tubeway Army before Numan embarked on his celebrated (and ongoing) solo career, Replicas housed the UK chart-topping hit ‘Are Friends Electric?’ Now, the early sessions for the seminal record, including a John Peel session, are exhumed and presented on double ‘sage green’ vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBQ2159LP)
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David Bowie
Storytellers

20 years ago David Bowie recorded a set for the VH1 series Storytellers. It has previously been released on CD, Digital and DVD, but never on vinyl. This vinyl edition is the most complete and faithful version of events that day (23/08/1999) and includes 4 songs that were not on the original CD release. It contains songs from Hunky Dory, Low, Aladin Sane and more. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (0190295474096)
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8 Bit Radiohead
Kid 8

Pretty self-explanatory, this one - Radiohead’s Kid A gets programmed for 8-bit instruments and then gets given the clever title of Kid 8. This stuff’s been knocking around online for a few years, but this remastered version really does justice to the meticulous attention-to-detail of these chiptune re-renderings. Yesterday I woke up sucking on a cartridge.
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Interpol
Antics- Revisionist History Edition

Re-issued on white vinyl to mark the 15th anniversary of its release, Antics saw Interpol successfully capitalise on the slow-burning success of their classic debut album Turn On The Bright Lights with an album of material crafted on the road and in the live arena. Contains the dazzling ‘Slow Hands’ and their biggest UK hit, ‘Evil’. 
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Gary Numan
The Pleasure Principle – The First Recordings

The Pleasure Principle - The First Recordings is a bunch of demos and outtakes from the sessions that produced Gary Numan’s first solo album. The songs were recorded mid-April, 1979, whilst Tubeway Army’s second album, Replicas, was residing at number one in the album charts. Numan decided to drop the Tubeway Army name and release the album under his own (stage) name.
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Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm

The Spiral Arm is the first album for All Saint Records by synth-orientated dream-pop group Dallas Acid, and their third album proper overall in the last decade. The trio’s career has also seen them do soundtrack work, and collaborate last year with Laraaji, and that fondness for and experience in creating cinematic soundscapes is detectable here. 

Max Richter
Voyager - Essential Max Richter

Voyager - Essential Max Richter is a career-spanning retrospective by the German-born composer. Not only is this the essential stuff from Richter’s impressive career so far, but it’s pretty essential for any record collection too. It includes excerpts from his reworking of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons along with scores from TV and film soundtracks such as The Leftovers, The Blue Notebooks and Mary Queen of Scots. A good place to start discovering Max Richter.

Francisco Lopez
VirtuAural Electro-Mechanics (Machinic Pieces 1995–2018)

Over 8 hours of avant-garde electronic music from Francisco López on a quirky little hand signed USB stick. This is a collection of pieces similar to those that have been showcased all over the world in various museums and winning numerous awards including the number one prize for the Sound Art Competition from the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in 2006. 
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COMA
Voyage Voyage

Presumably titled after Desireless's 1986 smash, this is the German COMA not to Polish rock band of the same name. They make emotional electronica and dreamy soundscapes using an array of instruments both real and computerised and add in vocals to give you the melancholic Germanic pop thrills you require. Another safe space where analogue can meet digital without a fist fight ensuing.  
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Dog In The Snow
Vanishing Lands

Even men with steel hearts love to see a dog in the snow. We all do, presumably so does Brighton based artist Helen Ganya Brown who has created this dreamy debut from her home studio and subsequently presumably rejoiced when told it was going to be released by Bella Union. It's a haunting collection of electronica, dream pop and arty rock music that was made when she says she was having some very strange dreams. Possibly ones involving dogs and snow. Clear vinyl if you are quick. 
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Ben Klock
Subzero / Coney Island

Set your klocks for the vinyl pressing of Ben Klock's immersive slab of dark techno Subzero. The six minute tune is full of brooding atmospheres, synth squiggles and propulsive percussion. As a bonus you get a first time vinyl pressing of Coney Island over on the flip. Cut super loud on 45rpm wax with artwork poster. Immense. 
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Current Affairs
Object & Subject

Current Affairs sound like they might have been a skinny tied new wave band but no they are from now and they are from Glasgow. They feature members of the likes of Anxiety, the Royal We and Shopping and make scratchy, semi-discordant post-punk just ripe to headline your Wharf Chambers all dayer with gothy/soulful vocals atop future party tunes.  
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Added to site: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Sault
5

Sault make a classic brew of disco/soul/funk that's especially evident on their debut record '5'. They seem to glory in subverting expectations with song titles like 'Foot On Necks' and 'Wild Hundreds, Pt. 5' and an album cover and band name that's more than reminiscent of classic black metal. The music is based around monster grooves and killer hooks so sit back and enjoy. FFO Jungle, Anderson .Paak and there's even some Delta 5 in there.
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Lindstrom
On a Clear Day I Can See Forever

Lindstrøm presents his sixth solo studio album On A Clear Day I Can See Forever. Based around long, one-take recordings and inspired by the material he wrote for a special performance last winter at Norway’s Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the new record has essentially seen him debunk his old ways of creating music, using physical instruments and not computer technology. 
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Kim Gordon
No Home Record

A new solo record from the icon(oclast)ic Kim Gordon, co-founder of Sonic Youth and an acclaimed solo artist since their demise. No Home Record is preoccupied with the feelings of transience and displacement - both physical and spiritual - that go hand-in-hand with modern existence, and consists of nine tracks of exploratory alternative rock. 
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Kool Keith
Computer Technology

The inimitable Kool Keith returns with another serving of surreal, abstract and frequently scatological hip-hop with another new album, Computer Technology. Produced in its entirety with long-term collaborator Junkaz Lou, it’s another brilliant example of Keith’s twisted take on rap that he’s cultivated for 35 years. 

Jungle Brothers
Straight Out The Jungle


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Monster Rally
Adventures on the Floating Island

If you've heard a Monster Rally album before the you'll know that their music is a form of escapism that takes you far away from the ring roads and office blocks into a kind of Hawaiian paradise. Ted Feighan takes samples and loops from old exotica albums and distills them into a vaguely hip-hop narrative which sounds something like a lazy day at the beach with J. Dilla. Lovely stuff as always.  
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Exek
Some Beautiful Species Left

Broadly taking a post-punk template for their music, but infusing it with elements of dub, classical music and krautrock, Melbourne band EXEK return with their third studio record Some Beautiful Species Left. Thematically concerning the human-driven degradation of nature, it was specifically composed in the studio, during the recording process itself. 

Atomic Forest
Disco Roar

A newly exhumed gem from the only-recently re-discovered Indian underground / psychedelic scene of the 1970s, Disco Roar is the third album from the collective Atomic Forest. It comes on Now-Again records, who’ve made it their mission to tell the story of the band itself and the scene of which they were a part on 2011 anthology Obsession, but even they weren’t aware of this hidden treasure at the time. 

Will Johnson
Wire Mountain

Will Johnson was once known as Centro-Matic but is now on his sixth album under his own name. He's kind of like a Southern fried Robert Pollard both in delivery and reliability but Johnson is happy to move out of his comfort zone, Wire Mountain adds in a wealth of new textures to his lo-fi rocking sound and features a guest appearance from Thor Harris (Swans and Thor & Friends).  
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Those Pretty Wrongs
Zed For Zulu

Watch out! Legend at work. Those Pretty Things are a power-pop duo consisting of Luther Russell (formerly of the Freewheelers) but most notably Jody Stephens of Big Star fame.  After a decent response to their self titled debut, the band are back in Ardent studio with a new set of songs which see the seemingly ageless Stephens co-writing and singing on all tracks. For fans of Big Star dare we suggest? 

Roy Montgomery, Emma Johnston
After Nietzsche

New Zealand-based artists Roy Montgomery and Emma Johnston get together once more for another collaborative album. Unlike last year’s Suffuse, however, the veteran Montgomery is writing specifically for his partner’s voice rather than for a series of guest vocalists, and the result is quite a different sounding beast. 
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Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Balazs Pandi
Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Japanese noise-music icon Merzbow reunites with his countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian composer Balazs Pandi for their second three-way collaboration, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. Consisting of four side-long compositions spread over two transparent orange vinyls, any fan of post-rock will immediately find something to connect with here! 
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Led Bib
It’s Morning

It’s Morning is the ninth studio album from British ensemble Led Bib, former Mercury Prize nominees and basically uncategorisable for the entirety of their 15-year career. The most obvious change this time around is that the music now boasts two vocalists - Wang Chung’s Jack Hues being one of them! - but the core ethos of the group remains. 

Robbie Basho
Visions of the Country

In 1978 Robbie Basho released the legendary Visions of the Country. Coming relatively late in a career which saw him, alongside John Fahey, develop the 'American Primitive' guitar tradition, Visions of the Country is a remarkable album filled with spirit, emotion, and ruggedness. The guitar playing is raw and intense, and his singing is just breathtaking. A marvel. 
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Robbie Basho
Land of Our Fathers (Rarities 1967-1983)

A collection of rare and unreleased material spanning 16 years from 1967 to 1983 by reclusive American guitar figure, Robbie Basho. Just like the music he’s made in that time, it varies in sound quality, with many tracks having to be expertly remastered, but the seven tracks here speak to a remarkable musical soul. 

El Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven (15th Anniversary Edition)

They didn’t get much attention when they first emerged back in 2004, but El Ten Eleven’s career over the years has blossomed into something quite special, rising to become one of the most exciting post-rock acts around. Now, their self-titled debut album gets a 15th anniversary re-issue, with the special amber vinyl version coming with a bonus 7” flexi. 
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Four Tet
Anna Painting

The result of a collaborative art project that took place back in January this year between London-based painter and Griffin Art Prize winner Anna Lewis and Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden, ‘Anna Painting’ is a new, limited edition side-long 12” single. Comes with two more new tracks on the flip side, ‘Lahaina Noon’ and ‘Breath’. 
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USSELMAN
All Fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind

Southend-based musician and producer Chris USSELMAN presents his debut studio album All Fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind. Mining the same rich seam of artful, colourful and sophisticated pop that’s given us everyone from Sparks to Metronomy, it will hopefully propel him to widespread acclaim. 

Buck Meek
Buck Meek

Big Thief’s co-founder and lead guitarist Buck Meek quietly released a solo album in the early summer of 2018. Now, the self-titled effort receives a re-issue as a result of the Brooklyn quartet’s success this year, and shares the same kind of emotional tension and openness to Big Thief’s music. 

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Build Bridges

Tim Felten’s The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble have been a huge part of the West Coast soul / jazz / funk scene for a number of years now, and their third album Build Bridges will maintain that position. The new effort consists of ten tracks of exceptional musicianship and sophisticated arrangements. 
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OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)
Souvenir

The 40th anniversary of electro-pop pioneers OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) is being marked with a new set of singles-oriented releases titled Souvenir. Spanning all their singles from 1979 to the present day (including a brand new single ‘Don’t Go’), it comes as a 2xCD or 3xLP compilation, or as a lavish 5xCD + 2xDVD box set that includes a selection of unreleased material, live audio and video albums, and ‘Crush - The Movie’. 

Ocean Colour Scene
Marchin’ Already

Released in 1997, Ocean Colour Scene’s third record Marchin’ Already had the tricky task of following the triple-platinum success of Moseley Shoals at the height of Britpop’s pomp. Fortunately, the record reached the top of the charts and yielded no fewer than three UK Top 10 singles, doubling down on the group’s formula of traditional rock fused with hints of psychedelia and soul. 
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Ocean Colour Scene
Moseley Shoals

This is the one isn't it? This is the record which led to my demise when working for a world famous Leeds record store. I was told  - in no uncertain terms  - that I couldn't publicly admit to hating Ocean Colour Scene as they "paid my wages". Thanks guys. Anyway hopefully a few sales of this their dismal but universally popular second album will help make it worth getting out of bed to go to work on 16th April. It's the one with all the songs that made them heroes to Brit pop such as 'The Riverboat Song' which you'll know if you've ever been forced to watch 'TFI Friday'.
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Psychic Tv
Trip Reset

Dating from 1996, Trip Reset was a Psychic TV album featuring The Angels of Light (not to be confused with the Michael Gira band of the same name nor the pudding of the similar name). It's one of their most psychedelic offerings featuring a Pink Floyd cover and tribute songs to both Syd Barrett and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. This tasty looking re-issue features new liner notes from Genesis P.Orridge and comes on purple and silver vinyl. 
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Felix Lee
Inna Daze

The excellent Planet Mu label presents Inna Daze, the debut studio album from producer - and, for the first time, vocalist - Felix Lee. The record’s sense of ruthless economy retains the punky edginess of his first EPs, but envelopes it with a wider sense of musical world-building. It also features a host of members of Stockholm’s Drain Gang - including Yayoyanoh, Quantum Natives, Oxhy and Gaika. 

Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Q

After three albums in as many years, Norwegian jazz-rock trio Krokofant felt it was time to move away from working solely as a trio, roping in musicians Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten to record with them. The result is the mysteriously titled Q, consisting of four long tracks with the same title ranging from tranquil beauty to frenzied freakouts. 

Ghostface Killah
Ghostface Killahs

Here comes the first solo Ghostface Killah album in years which he's named after a kind of plural version of himself. It's guest-ridden with various Wu Tang Clan pals helping him out including Method Man and fellow killer Masta Killa. Get ready for some classic Ghostface lyrical action with his verbose, growly wordplay sitting atop stellar production by Danny Caiazzo. 

Bobby Hutcherson
Montara

Montara was a 1975 album by jazz marimba and vibraphone player Bobby Hutcherson. Although he recorded several sessions for Blue Note and other labels, Montara has become famous in recent years for being sampled by Madlib on his Shades of Blue LP. For the uninitiated this is laid back, feel-good new jazz development with a dextrous and emotive palette of sounds. Back out for a new hip audience on 180 gram wax.  
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Jorge Ben
Jorge Ben

Some classic Brazilian samba soul here from Jorge Ben with a re-issue of his eponymously titled sixth album from 1969. The album was something of a commercial and creative rebirth for the artist and saw him gently adding psychedelic touches into his laid back grooves. He had previously distanced himself from the Tropicalia crew but this one saw him realigned with the movement and several songs became hits for other artists.  Seen as perhaps his best album you can now get it on 180 gram vinyl.   
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Added to site: Monday 19th August 2019

The Lilac Time
Return To Us

"Return to yesterday" sang the Lilac Time on their 1987 nearly hit of the same name but twenty two years on they announce Return to Us which is their tenth album to date. These days they are all Duffys with leader Stephen 'don't call me Tin Tin' Duffy joined by Claire Duffy and Nick Duffy on an album of further explorations of the gentle folk-inspired melodies that they have always peddled. One of Britain's most underrated songwriters, it's gladdening to see Duffy still going strong on a homely album of world weary musing and sepia-tinted nostalgia.  

Conrad Pack
The Best / The Truth

We don’t know much about mysterious producer Conrad Pack, but what we can say with confidence is that their new self-released 12” contains two cracking techno tunes. Both ‘The Best’ and ‘The Truth’ serve up brisk club grooves that manage to be eerie, paranoid and sexy all at the same time. They're kind of like a more minimal rendering of Surgeon cross-pollinated with one of Pinch’s soundsystem mutations.
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Added to site: Friday 16th August 2019

Scientist Meets The Crazy Mad Professor
At Channel One

Jamaican dub producers love meeting other Jamaican dub producers and so here is a re-issued document of the time Scientist hooked up with Crazy Mad Professor (not the other Mad Professor we know from collaborations with Massive Attack but a *really* crazy one). Both learnt at the mantle of King Tubby and here pitch their production skills against each other which sees both up their game and produce some of their best work. Classic dub cuts.    

Keiji Haino + SUMAC
Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better

If you’re a fan of the more outre end of modern rock music, chances are that you enjoyed that Keiji Haino/SUMAC collaborative LP which came out back in 2018. You’ll be pleased to hear, then, that they’ve done another one, and it’s got another silly title. Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better (bloody hell) is really impressive stuff, punching through the walls of psych-rock and post-metal to stumble onto something far stranger. Maybe Melt Banana would be a similar band?
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PCM
Attraverso

PCM are a new ambient trio consisting of Francesco Perra, Matteo Cantaluppi and Matteo Miliea. All have previous form in ambient music and sound design but here collaborate on an album on which they try to blend drone music, haunting shards of guitar and kosmische synth. Interesting to see an ambient group, well versed as we are at seeing ambient music made by one solitary composer. Should be an interesting mix.  
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Sarah Hennies
Reservoir 1

Despite having one of the most rap-ready names of all time the music that Sarah Hennies makes is pretty far removed from hip-hop. Her new record Reservoir 1, composed for piano and percussion, is close to an hour of murmuring drones and spare, Schoenberg-esque anti-melodies. It’s intense, strange, and in its own way rather beautiful. Reservoir 1 is out via Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (Jim O’Rourke, Alvin Lucier).

Taras Bulba
One

Fred Laird and Jon Blacow used to be in space-rock band Earthling Society, so while the abstract psychedelia of their new project Taras Bulba is a bit of a change of pace it’s actually not so far removed from what they’ve done in the past. The group’s debut LP One oscillates between freeform Lynchian abstraction and some more Can-esque, groove-based stuff. Pretty nifty record this.
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The Cosmic Dead
Scottish Space Race

Glasgow heavyweights the Cosmic Dead return with four more slabs of supersized psychedelic jam. Their churning, monolithic sound has been recorded live at their Glasgow hideaway by long term collaborator Luigi Pasquini and features lap steel synth (what?) from Andrew Gray (Girl Sweat). Sure as always to knock your socks clean off...and isn't that image on the cover art similar geographically to Lana Del Rey's understanding of the Scottish border? 
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Leon Ware
Rainbow Deux

Soulman Leon Ware passed away from cancer back in 2017. Before his health declined Ware taped the songs that would become Rainbow Deux. Working with musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington, Ware turned in a set of widescreen, smooth and slightly psychedelic tunes that take in soul, disco, hip-hop, closing-time jazz and more. Gregory Porter would be the related artist that you’re looking for. As final statements go, Rainbow Deux is pretty darn fantastic.
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Pharoah Sanders
Moon Child

It’s been 30 years since Pharaoh Sanders (no relation of Bernie) released Moon Child, and the record has been difficult to get hold of on vinyl for approximately 29 of those years. Fortunate, then, that Tidal Waves Music have got together a new pressing of this LP. Moon Child finds the saxophonist toning down the trailblazing spiritual jazz style that he’s best known for, instead opting for some more traditional but no less lovely improvisations. His versions of Horace Silver’s ‘Moon Rays’ and George & Ira Gershwin’s ‘Soon’ are particularly smooth.
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Pharoah Sanders & Idris Muhammad
Africa

A 1987 gem of an album by the great Pharoah Sanders. Africa features the Sanders saxophone alongside Curtis Lundy, John Hicks and Idris Muhammad, bringing things down to a classic quartet situation. These recordings include a take on Coltrane’s ‘Naima’ and Sanders own classic ‘You’ve Got To Have Freedom’, among much else. High quality performances, reissued with bonus tracks by Tidal Waves Music.

Jim Sullivan
If The Evening Were Dawn

Light In The Attic continue their run of Jim Sullivan releases with If The Evening Were Dawn, a previously-unreleased set of tracks taped way back in 1969. Sullivan disappeared in 1975 and has not been found since, so his music will have to do the talking for him. And what music If The Evening Were Dawn is - Sullivan’s story gives these wistful countryfied folk songs even greater power than they would have on their own terms.

Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan’s eponymous sophomore LP gets a reissue courtesy of Light In The Attic. Like its predecessor UFO this 1972 joint is a set of psychedelic Americana that coalesces around Sullivan’s charismatic, Nick Drake-esque tenor. Originally released on the short-lived Playboy imprint (yes, that Playboy) Jim Sullivan would be the last many heard from the singer - three years later Sullivan disappeared in New Mexico and has not been spotted since.

Vanessa Wagner
Inland Versions

Pianist Vanessa Wagner’s recent [Inland] LP spawns a half-dozen remixes, collected together on the new InFiné release Inland Versions. By and large these versions retain the spirit of the originals - entries from artists like Nadia Struiwigh, Suzanne Ciani and GAS are all, to varying degrees, ambient and pretty. However, the Inland Versions rulebook is torn up on its last track, a monolithic deconstructed club reworking of ‘Struggle For Pleasure’ by Huema Utku.

Taciana
Tudo Faz Sentido (Brasingles Vol.4)

Selva Discos head back to the 90’s for the latest drop in their Brasingles series. Gang 90 e as Absurdettes singer Taciana originally issued ‘Tudo Faz Sentido’ through !K7 back in 1995, and the track’s melting-pot club sound firmly timestamps it when heard today. This is a sleek mix of dub, deep house, samba and that sort of ‘Beautiful Stranger’-type chord progression that was happening in a lot of pop music back then. Original producer Suba serves up a psychedelic, slightly Balearic extended mix here too.

Tiny Moving Parts
breathe

breathe, the fifth LP from Tiny Moving Parts but their first for Hopeless Records (New Found Glory, Trash Boat), is another set of twiddlesome post-hardcore from the Minnesota trio (who are all brothers, by the way). Fans of Foxing, Blakfish and that sort of thing will be thrilled by breathe’s heart-on-sleeve math-pop. 

Sequoyah Murray
Before You Begin

Sequoyah Murphy steps out with an LP on Thrill Jockey. Before You Begin is a set of synth-heavy and somewhat experimental indie-pop tunes, one that draws on the queer-pop stylings of Perfume Genius, Active Child and How To Dress Well while maintaining the questing soul of Calling Out Of Context-era Arthur Russell. This is a really strong debut record.
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Eye Flys
Context

Here is one to blow away the cobwebs. Four musicians from bands such as Backslider and Full of Hell come together for a brand of vitriolic noise rock that has already drawn comparisons with such legendary rackateers such as the Melvins and Unsane. Get yourself strapped in for some ferocious riffing, pummelling drumming and vocals vomited out with ferocity as if singer Jake Smith is expecting the world to end any minute. Growly.  
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(Sandy) Alex G
House of Sugar

He just gets better and better. From lo-fi beginnings (Sandy) Alex G has slowly but surely emerged as one of the best songwriters of his generation. 2017's superb Rocket added a fascinating experimental bent to his songs and was a multi-faceted unpredictable riot of sound. Early indications for House of Sugar are of further warm country-tinged songs with nods towards Elliott Smith and Lou Barlow but complete as always with Alex G's wistful, autumnal melancholy. 
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Hildur Guðnadóttir
Chernobyl (Music from the Original TV Series)

Chernobyl has been one of the most talked about TV shows of 2019. Apparently this is because it’s very good. At some point in the near future I will be finding out what all the fuss is about. For those of you who are lucky enough to have seen it already, you can now buy the soundtrack by Hildur Guðnadóttir and relive the drama in sound form.

Stanley Turrentine
Hustlin'

Blue Note Records have cut so many classic LPs down the years that you can pretty much just select at random from their back catalogue and be guaranteed some great listening. Case in point - Stanley Turrentine’s Hustlin’, a superb 1964 hard-bop record that also featured the talents of Bob Cranshaw, Otis Finch and Kenny Burrell. Now reissued, this new edition of Hustlin’ comes with remastered audio.

Donald Byrd
Chant

Chant was the second studio album by legendary trumpet parper Donald Byrd. Recorded in 1961 it features a young Herbie Hancock on piano and as well as several originals there are takes on tunes by Duke Ellington and Duke Pearson. Strangely, the album wasn't released officially until 1979 but as if making up for lost time Blue Note have spared no expense with this 180g edition re-mastered from the original tapes and in luxury gatefold sleeve. 

XXXTentacion
? (Deluxe)

The press release suggests that XXXTentacion's 2018 album ? sold a total of 5.6 albums worldwide  - about par for the course for most artists these days. I think they mean 5.6 million looking at the digital sales for this controversial rapper/producer. This deluxe version features the original album plus the A Ghetto Christmas Carol EP on vinyl for the first time, a poster, remixes and all sorts of ephemera. Sure to sell at least 4 units. 

Wayne McGregor
Collaboration

Choreographer Wayne McGregor has commissioned new material from plenty of big musicians down the years - Jlin, Jon Hopkins and Ben Frost are just three of the artists who’ve made work for McGregor. On Collaboration we see McGregor sifting through a quarter-century of music to showcase some of his personal favourites. There are a few new recordings among the tracklist too.

Various
Crumb

Snazzy picture disc vinyl edition of the soundtrack to the 1994 documentary Crumb concerning legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb.  The soundtrack begins with the artist musing on music and life before featuring several jazz and ragtime styled pieces featuring David Boeddinghaus and Craig Ventresco. It wouldn't be complete without some of Crumb's beloved old time folk blues thrown in for good measure. Nice looking disc. 
  • Vinyl LP (CPR002PD)
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Thigh Master
Now For Example

Here's one for fans of the fervent Flying Nun scene of the mid 80s from Brisbane quartet Thigh Master. Now For Example is the follow up to their 2016 debut Early Times and sees the band continue their tight, taut and incredibly catchy guitar pop drawing comparisons with the likes of the Clean, the Chills and the 3Ds. Lop-sided lo-fi fun  - just how we like it. 
  • Vinyl LP (161GONEX)
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The Hussy
Looming

The Hussy a decade old trash-punk band straight outta Madison Wisconsin who have put a slew of their chaotic garage rock out on a variety of labels. Looming is their first album since founding members Bobby Hussy and Heather Hussy were joined by a third wheel the impressively hyphenated Ty-ler Fassnacht. Its of a darker hue than their earlier high octane scuzz with ruminations on divorce, loss addiction and of course these politically turbulent times. 

The Hand Of Doom
Poisonoise

If metal on metal is what you crave then The Hand Of Doom’s Poisonoise should float your boat. Originally released in 1979, this set of heavy metal and hard rock is the sort of record that should be played on every single pub stereo when friday night rolls round. The performance from The Hand Of Doom’s singer Andreas 'Iggi' Rossner, all exuberant histrionics and ‘Release The Bats’-style melodrama, is particularly good value for money.

Skull Practitioners
Death Buy EP

Head Skull Practitioner Jason Victor has been more recently known as guitarist in Steve Wynn's reconstituted the Dream Syndicate.  His other band are a more fractured proposition creating propulsive semi improvised skronk which has drawn comparisons to the Gun Club. They are not exactly prolific  - just one hard to find tape so far - but now that In the Red have picked them up I'm sure we'll hear a lot more of them in years to come. We start here with this four song 12". 

R. Elizabeth
Every And All We Voyage On

After debuting on Where To Now? back in 2015 with Season Of Error, R. Elizabeth (Rachael Finney) now delivers a new full-length through Glasgow’s excellent Night School. Every And All We Voyage On slots neatly into a label roster that already includes Molly Nilsson and The Space Lady. This is dreamy, hypnagogic synth-pop with plenty of Hype Williams about it.
  • Vinyl LP (LSSN069)
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Peter Jefferies
Last Ticket Home

Peter Jeffries should possibly be more well known than he is. He was in two excellent 80s era New Zealand bands in Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment before embarking on a long and idiosyncratic solo career. Last Ticket Home is his latest album and is a collection of rare singles, unreleased tracks and live interpretations from the period 1991 to 2019  - a veritable smorgasbord of treasures showcasing his unique and singular vision.   

Olivia Jean
Night Owl

Olivia Jean sounds more like an algorithmically-generated Third Man Records artist than an actual human who Jack White brought into the fold (and, if the rumours are to be believed, was romantically involved with at one point). But hey ho, I guess the man who probably gets his friends to all call him Spooky Johnny Depp has a nose for a signing too. ‘Night Owl’ is the first single from Jean’s upcoming LP of the same name, and the girl-group-indebted garage-surf tune is indeed a fine bit of Third Manitude. This 7” release of the track comes backed with Jean’s cover of the Bollywood classic ‘Jaan Pehechaan Ho’.

Monolord
Rust

Swedish doom lords/riff masters Monolord return for their third full length album in the form of Rust. Bringing back the sheer groovability to the genre they mix heavy rock and metal tonality with bombastic low frequency rumbling power. Mixing genre luminaries such as Electric Wizard and Sleep with polished finish.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EZRDR081X)
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Monolord
Vaenir

Monolord are the boss of the low graveyard sound, thriving on destructive bass lines, or guitar riffs, with the guitars tuned in maybe drop-C so who really knows anyway. Vaenir has the killer nihilistic riffs, the warped vocals, the glorious emptiness that comes with repetition, and the slow whiplash-inducing-head-bobbing rhythm. Top tier doom metal.
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Monolord
Empress Rising

Repress of the debut album from Swedish doom harbingers Monolord. Released in 2014 Empress Rising brings tight focus on the pure groove in the genre, mixing heavy rock and metal tonality with an audacious and powerful low frequency rumble. Taking inspiration from genre figureheads such as Electric Wizard and Sleep and adding a polished finish.
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Kelley Stoltz
My Regime

As well as being a record store clerk by day (tough job but someone has do do it), Kelley Stolz makes excellent 60s sounding pop music by night.  His last album Natural Causes was very tasty indeed and so we're all happy he's back with an all new album for 2019. It's been a tough year for Stoltz with the death of his father but he channels his feelings into plangent guitar rock that will appeal to fans of the Cleaners From Venus and Guided By Voices. 

Firebreather
Under A Blood Moon

I'm a Firebreather, twisted Firebreather. This Gothenburg trio aren't quite as deafening as the Prodigy but they are still quite an intense experience playing a form of monolithic riff rock that has drawn comparisons to Monolord and High on Fire. Expect billowing guitar riffs hammering away beneath the gravelly vocals of Mattias Nööjd on songs which crucially never lose the groove. 

Brian Crook w/ The Renderers
This World Just Eats Me Up Alive

Brian Crook returns, The Renderers in tow, with another set of ramshackle and fired-up ballads. There’s a lot going on across This World Just Eats Me Up Alive - particularly in the arrangements, where Crook and band appear to have taken an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. It works, though, and the way that the band pile up guitars, theremins, synths, drums and whatever else is reminiscent of Funeral-era Arcade Fire. Ezra Furman and The Brian Jonestown Massacre also come to mind when listening to This World Just Eats Me Up Alive.
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Bibi Ahmed
Adghah

Tuareg guitarist Bibi Ahmed studied under the desert blues master Abdallah ag Oumbadougou, so it’s really not surprising when you find out that he’s sh*t-hot on the six-string. Having cut his teeth in his band Group Inerane, on his debut LP Adghah we find the Nigerien playing all the instruments and singing. He has a beautiful clear voice that works well with his widescreen, really rather tender playing. Adghah is worth a cop if you’re into Mdou Moctar.

Tenderlonious
Think Twice

The press release for Tenderlonious’ Think Twice EP proudly declares this thing to be ‘Detroit techno via Woking and South London!’. Well, we’ve no idea what music from Woking usually sounds like, and if we’re heading to the Midwest then honestly these tracks have more in common with the velveteen house aesthetic of Moodymann than they do with the tough techno of, say, Underground Resistance. At least they got the South London bit right - assuming that the South London scene they’re referring to is the jazz-tinged party stylings of labels like Rhythm Section International and not, like, So Solid Crew.
  • Vinyl 12" (22A030)
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François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley
Cylene

Cylene, Cylene, Cylene, Cyleeeeeene, I’m begging you please don’t … hang on a minute, this thing doesn’t sound ANYTHING like Dolly Parton. We should have seen that coming really - an LP helmed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and GRM director François J. Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger) was never going to be big on singalongs. It is big on sound, though. Cylene is full of thick, glacial, eerie drones that sit slap-bang in the middle of the uncanny valley.
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Dino Spiluttini
Heaven

Vienna’s Dino Spiluttini joins the roster of Vienna’s Editions Mego. I wonder often Dino and Peter Rehberg bump into one another at the supermarket. This is an album of powerfully realised neo-church music productions; Spiluttini’s bristling, gnashing style achieves a particularly spiritual grandness in its search for comfort from earthly trials.

Hecker
Inspection II

Editions Mego bring you another round of high-concept computer music from sonic metaphysician Florian Hecker. If I understand correctly, this one takes a (synthetically recited) text and continually resynthesises it based on algorithms modelling human hearing. The result is a model subverted by extremity - masochism, in other words. It sounds like the world’s unhappiest dialup modem.

Dome
Dome 3

After Wire temporarily called it quits in 1980 Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert decided that, actually, they still quite enjoyed making music together. However, the stuff they then started doing in Dome was pretty far removed from the serrated, angular punk they’d dealt out in their previous band. While still part of the post-punk continuum, records like Dome's third LP Dome 3 (1981) have more in common with the dubwise experimentation of Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - another album that came out in 1981. This new Editions Mego pressing of Dome 3 gives the record new artwork an a remastering job from Rashad Becker.

Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique

Its interesting to remember the fuss that was made over the Beastie Boys when they first came to parochial old Britain. For one this they started a craze in which young hoodlums stole badges off Volkswagen Passats to the anger of dads across the country. Paul's Boutique was probably the first sign that this was not just some New York novelty sent to ruin your hard earned hatchback. A more varied and sonically experimental work, it was a multi-hued record full of bravado, three-pronged vocal attacks but also inventive sampling which re-wrote the rule book of what hip-hop could be.    
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Beastie Boys
Root Down

‘Root Down’, of course, is one of the iconic Beastie Boys joints, a highlight of the classic Ill Communication LP when that dropped back in 1994. A year later the trio issued an EP based around the track. The Root Down EP features the original along with two other versions - the hard-headed ‘Free Zone Mix’ and a jazzy boom-bap rendering by Prince Paul. The rest of the record is filled with live tracks and a hidden bonus beat.

Oliver Coates / S P A T I A L
Decouple ][ Series

OOH-Sounds’ Decouple ][ series has already seen contributions from artists like Dale Cornish and Georgia, but their latest pairing may be the juiciest yet. Cello savant Oliver Coates handles the A-side with the four-part work ‘Path in, J Lover One, Yomi, Umbo’ while Spatial serves up post-techno abstractions on the flip. Challenging but not unwelcoming, this Decouple ][ series instalment is one to check if you’ve dug Oberman Knocks or Shapednoise in the past.

The Roots
Things Fall Apart

One of the first hip hop acts to operate as a fully-fledged band, The Roots combine live instrumentation and percussion with traditional sampling elements and the dense prose of Black Thought. Their fourth album is a stone-cold classic of hip hop where jazzy beats collide with politically conscious wordplay. It includes energetic numbers such as 'Dynamite!', 'Step Into The Relm', and 'You Got Me' which features fellow Soulquarian Erykah Badu. Their breakthrough earned them a Grammy nomination, but they unfortunately lost out to Eminem on the night.
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Mica Levi
Monos (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mica Levi continues to make a case for herself as this century’s premiere film composer with her compositions for Alejandro Landes’ Monos. Levi’s scores for Under The Skin and Jackie were both characterised by space, but even in comparison to those the music of Monos is notably spare. Synthesisers purr away eerily, occasionally swelling to harmony or a rumble of bass before retreating into the corners. It’s an intense, menacing and hugely evocative listen.

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0190295409579)
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Various
Tele Music, 30 Classics French Music Library, Vol. 1

Tele Music is arguably France’s premier music library - it’s been operating for over half a century and has almost 500 (!) albums in its catalogue. Featuring work by composers like Bernard Estardy and Mat Camison, this new BMG France collection Tele Music, 30 Classics provides a fine introduction to the label’s sound. Off-kilter renderings of funk, jazz, early electronic pop and more are all delivered with an insouciant Gallic shrug.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4050538491012)
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Wailing Souls / Al Campbell
Who No Waan Come / Unfaithful Children

Wailing Souls’ ‘Who No Waan Come’ and Al Campbell’s ‘Unfaithful Children’, two prime cuts from the Greensleeves vaults, get their first pressing since 1981. ‘Who No Waan Come’ is a velveteen reggae dream replete with doo-wop harmonies. ‘Unfaithful Children’, on the other hand, is tougher and rootsier with some great dub controls applied by producer Linval Thompson.
  • Vinyl 12" (0601811105115)
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Minor Pieces
The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming

There’s always a flurry of excitement at Norman Towers when we get wind of a new Ian William Craig record. His latest effort sees him team up with the hitherto-unknown Missy Donaldson to form Minor Pieces. The pair’s debut LP, The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming, sees them combining Craig’s incomparably beautiful hauntological drone-songs with crystal-clear close harmonies and gentle acoustic strums. It is, of course, absolutely brilliant. Think a more crystalline rendering of Bon Iver’s recent glitch opuses - actually, better still, just think about mid-period Björk.
  • Vinyl LP (FATLP155LTD)
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Added to site: Thursday 15th August 2019

Complete Walkthru
Scrolls

Complete Walkthru is the alias of Max McFerren who makes weird, glacial cyber-IDM. His debut record 'Scrolls' is chock-a-block with dense rhythms, ambient pads, and post-digital anxiety. It deals with themes of privacy and gentrification within a hyper-digital world. His YouTube channel is an interesting watch, where he live-streams his Ableton sessions; perhaps if he's concerned about privacy he shouldn't be doing that...

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