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Added to site: Monday 14th January 2019

Buttechno
Minimal Cuts

Anthony Naples’/Jenny Slattery’s Incienso imprint (DJ Python, People Plus) drop an EP from the excellently-named Buttechno. The RASSVET boss may have titled this one Minimal Cuts, but not all is as it seems here. Sure, ‘Orient ACD’ and ‘Dub Hole Funking’ are low-key bits of flippy-floppy house, but the rubbery basslines that characterise ‘RZ Bass’ and ‘Dubber Funk’ are a mite busier than the one might expect from a record that self-identifies as ‘minimal’.
  • Vinyl 12" (INC-005)
Added to site: Saturday 12th January 2019

Charlotte Adigéry
Zandoli

Zandoli is the work of Charlotte Adigéry, an artist with heritage from Belgian and Martinique. That background really comes through in the lively rhythms and the playful attitude of her music: Charlotte sings in French amid an ever-changing swirl of electric production. Made with the assistance of close collaborator Bolis Pupul.
  • Vinyl 12" (DEEWEE029)

D.I.E. featuring The Men You'll Never See
The Unseen

Total vintage Detroit action here from 1997, reissued in order to save you from those wild rare record dealer prices. The Unseen, put together by D.I.E. with The Men You’ll Never See, is Detroit electro at its best, just the good stuff loud and direct with no room for nonsense. Reissued by Clone West Coast Series.
  • Vinyl 12" (CWCSXMAP002)
Added to site: Friday 11th January 2019

Lucy Rose
No Words Left

Don’t misinterpret the title: London-based Lucy Rose has loads of words left. Dozens of the things populate her new album, all carefully chosen, and achingly sincere. Rose’s various TV credits are a testament to her perceptive modern songwriting, but there lingers a dash of brooding, Mitchell-like troubadour folk in there as well.
  • Vinyl LP (COMM305)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (COMM306)

Black Merlin
Kode

Die Orakel (Upsammy, Roman Flügel) with an EP of frosty techno here. In fact, Black Merlin’s Kode isn’t really techno at all, more a series of spooky modular loops that cast but a cursory glance at the dancefloor. It’s eerie and oddly compelling stuff - think Hieroglyphic Being, Dolo Percussion and Thomas Fehlmann.
  • Vinyl 12" (ORKL12)

Jay Glass Dubs
Epitaph

First full-length album from the Greek producer Jay Glass Dubs, which introduces some new details into the Glass Dubs mixture. For one, we hear yr man’s voice singing (as well as a guest spot from Yorgia Karid), and the general feel is very expansive. We also get the treat of some saxophone from Ben Vince. Epitaph is released by Bokeh Versions.
  • Vinyl LP (BKV023)

Empire Of The Sun
Walking On A Dream

One of those reissues that make you feel old. I remember hearing Walking On A Dream and thinking “this sounds a lot like MGMT and some other bands” like it was yesterday. And apparently the album is already due to be vinylized. In fact, I just learned that Empire Of The Sun recorded even more music after this debut! Whodathunk.
  • Vinyl LP (6797019)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Major Lazer
Major Lazer Essentials

A collection of the greatest hits by Diplo “masculinity is a prison”, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire, known together as Major Lazer. Listen to your favorite reggaeton appropriations on slick vinyl with Major Lazer Essentials. Features all the big hits with vocals by Seanna Paul, Justin Bieber, and MØ.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BEC5543846)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (BEC5543845)
  • Limited edition

Ian Brown
Ripples

With the big paydays from those Stone Roses reunion gigs apparently wrapped up for now, Ian Brown has got back into solo music-making: Ripples is his first solo material to land in nine years. The wider Brown family are all over this record, with Ian’s sons contributing to both songwriting and musical performances. That’s pretty sweet really. Ripples is out from Virgin EMI.
  • Vinyl LP (VX3216)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (V 3216)
  • CD (CDV 3216)

Ramones
Road To Ruin


  • Vinyl LP (0603497855483)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Le Butcherettes
bi/MENTAL

Le Butcherettes new album bi/MENTAL is here, and it is once again packed full with lively attitude and vivid instrumental action. This one was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, so it has a very fine sparkle and glimmer to it. All the fun of good punk-rock music with extra gnarly vigour. Released by Rise Records.
  • Vinyl LP (4050538463637)
  • CD (4050538463620)

Unknown Instructors
Unwilling To Explain

Very notable musicians involved in this one! Unknown Instructors are Mike Watt and George Hurley, e.g. the remaining Minutemen, as well as Dan McGuire (a poet) and more recently, Dinosaur Jr. super-shredder J Mascis. All these great musical dudes let loose in an eclectic free-ride here on Unwilling To Explain: a real listening opportunity that you should jump on.
  • Vinyl LP (0711574865819)

Hot Water Music
A Flight and a Crash

Late 90s punk-rockers Hot Water Music (not to be confused with classic 90s hip-hop outfit Cold Water Music) are reissuing some their most successful albums. On A Flight and a Crash you can hear the band starting to get the hang of the classic call-and-response choruses. The record is back out on vinyl for what is probably the 17th time.
  • Vinyl LP (8714092661415)

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry
Vibrations

What a scoop! Two of the finest out-there American free-jazz performers, together in the same group. Don Cherry and Albert Ayler play beautifully with each other, and guess what, the rest of the quartet (Gary Peacock! Sonny Murray!) are both superb in their own right as well. Vibrations, recorded in Copenhagen in 1964, is now reissued in remastered form by ORG Music.
  • Vinyl LP (0711574864713)

Bill MacKay
Fountain Fire

Seasoned guitarist Bill MacKay returns to Drag City with new LP Fountain Fire. The Chicagoan’s latest effort is a collection of sprawling and psychedelic instrumental Americana. The likes of ‘Pre-California’ find a sweet spot between the widescreen vistas of Wilco and the peyote haze of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell.
  • Vinyl LP (DC734)
  • CD (DC734CD)
  • Tape (DC734CS)

StumpWater
Motel In Saginaw

Interesting tale behind this one. Stumpwater are a very little known Illinois band whose private-pressed 1975 folk-rock single caught the ear of the Galactic Zoo label. After a bit of searching, they found the still-existent Stumpwater and discovered that they had recorded a whole concept album in 1973 that had never been released at all! And that is Motel In Saginaw, which you now see before you at last. Cool.
  • Vinyl LP (DC739)

Flat Worms
Into The Iris

Flat Worms are an LA band who move in those vivid psychy circles surrounding Thee Oh Sees (the last Flat Worms album came out on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label) and Ty Segall (he recorded Into The Iris, in his house no less). That means they deliver high levels of energy and lots of fuzzy fun! This little EP is released by God?
  • CD (GOD016CD)

Rozi Plain
What A Boost

Winchester's finest (other than the cathedral maybe) Rozi Plain is back with a brand new album. Her fourth (we think) is another self produced effort following on from the much acclaimed Friend released on Lost Map back in 2015. She's a busy lass, playing with This Is The Kit as well as touring her own stuff, painting boats, being creative and all those good things. There was a Dinked edition but it's gone now slowpokes.   
  • Vinyl LP (MI0532LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MI0532LP)
  • CD (MI0532CD)

Pond
Tasmania

Australian psych dudes POND come with the approval of Tame Impala: that group’s Kevin Parker produced this new album. Tasmania is a brightly coloured album that wants you to chill out and come to the party, with a playful vocal and synth style that might remind one of MGMT. Tasmania is released by Marathon Artists.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MA0145LP)
  • CD (MA0145CD)

L±R
The Rambler EP

L-R is a meeting of minds between Radioactive Man, Monoak and London Modular Alliance’s Simon Lynch. That’s some real pedigree to bring to the table, and new EP The Rambler sees the trio delivering on their promise. Cuts like ‘Rings’ are some classic acid-electro wiggliness that wouldn’t sound out of place being released through Central Processing Unit. However, this one’s actually out on Asking For Trouble.
  • Vinyl 12" (AFT004)
Added to site: Thursday 10th January 2019

Honey Lung
Memory

Glorious alternative rock from Honey Lung. You already love their singles Sophomore and Export the Family, now you can buy their debut album as well. Memory continues in the band’s vein of self-recorded rock songs with distorted guitars, catchy riffs, and generational-anthem choruses. Already dubbed the new British Car Seat Headrest by, well, me. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR212)

The Moth & The Flame
Ruthless

The Moth & The Flame’s latest LP Ruthless was conceived in the shadow of singer Corey Fox donating one of his kidneys to a friend in need. A noble act indeed, and also definitely a life experience that you can spin an album’s-worth of songs out of. Said album continues the trend of The Moth & The Flame’s previous records, which is to say that it’s festival-ready U.S. indie-pop of the Naked & Famous/M83 school.
  • Vinyl LP (88478LP)
  • CD (88577CD)

Harriet Brown
Mall Of Fortune

Get ready to hit the dancefloor with Mall Of Fortune, the second album from cool guy Harriet Brown. His beautiful falsetto vocals are soulful and funky, and they are supported by the slickest of production. Features guest vocal spots from Felicia Douglass and Ana Roxanne. Released by Innovative Leisure.
  • Vinyl Double LP (IL2050V)
  • CD (IL2050CD)

Cranes
Wings Of Joy

Some might call Cranes’ genre-defying mix of dreampop with gothic instrumentations melodramatic, others would say it’s revolutionary. We won’t take much of a stand here: either way, their debut Wings of Joy is being brought back to life by the kind folks at Music on Vinyl. Dive right back into their experimental take on early 90s shoegaze!
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2248C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Mekons
Deserted

Look everyone, it's Mekons, but now with brand new material! The inventive Leeds punk / post-punk group went to Joshua Tree in California in order to record Deserted (it's a desert, geddit?), but managed to avoid absorbing too much of the ghost of U2 into their sound. It’s brand new Mekons guys, what more do I need to say? On Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP069)
  • CD (GBCD069)

Helado Negro
This Is How You Smile

Twelve new songs from Helado Negro, full of intimacy and personality. This Is How You Smile might remind some of Arthur Russell, due to its homespun feel, its mixture of heartfelt songcraft and dance elements, and its general quality and loveliness. Yay! This Is How You Smile is released by RVNG Intl.
  • Vinyl LP (RVNGNL54LP)
  • CD (RVNGNL54CD)

Left Hand Cuts Off The Right
Purge

Somewhere between ambient, drone, and noise there’s a little niche for Left Hand Cuts Off The Right. While recovering from a serious head injury, Robbie Judkins tried to plug the hole in his head with some serious drone, thus creating Purge. The album is intimate, personal, and out on limited cassette.
  • Tape

Mansun
Six

Could an album that covers sadism, scientology, and Winnie the Pooh be any good? That’s the question Mansun poses with their seminal (second, not 6th) album Six. We’ll let you be the judge. You can finally get your paws on a remastered release of this massive 1998 effort, which is pretty much the finest blueprint any late-stage progressive rock could ever ask for.
  • CD box set (KSCOPE545)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl Double LP (KSCOPE1066)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl Double LP (KSCOPE1011)
  • CD (KSCOPE666)

Business Of Dreams
Ripe For Anarchy

Introverted pop-song builder Corey Cunningham went back home to make his second album as Business of Dreams. The result, Ripe For Anarchy, continues in the moderately cheerful dream-/indie pop vein. Expect classically compressed drums, understated vocals, and meditative lyrics with a hint of self-depreciation.
  • Vinyl LP (LPSLR237)
  • CD (CDSLR237)

Gong
Angels Egg

In my head nothing musically relevant happened in the first decade of the 2000s. Others claim that Gong’s Angel’s Egg, the second part in their Radio Gnome Invisible series, was a groundbreaking development. The album is jam-packed with weirdly jazzy progressive rock compositions that are truly all over the place, driven by manic horns and reeds, like a succession to Estradasphere’s Buck Fever. Great stuff if you're into it, and finally back out on vinyl!
  • Vinyl LP (CHARLYL184)
  • CD (CHARLYP306)

Al Lover
Cave Ritual Redux

Al Lover takes the splice-tastic production techniques of a hip-hop beatmaker and applies them to the sonic domain of psych-rock, creating an interesting effect. His Cave Ritual LP last year was much enjoyed, but apparently Lover thought he could do better, as he’s decided to Redux it with an even newer approach. On Stolen Body.
  • Vinyl LP (SBR018)
  • Coloured vinyl

Al Lover
Cave Ritual

Producer Al Lover continues to extend the inexplicable fondness musicians have for diamond shapes on their album covers with Cave Ritual, which I believe also has some music: a fascinating mix of fiery psych riffs, gooey synth and real producer shit makes this one up, the beats as firm and thrilling as ever. If Michael Bay ever makes a film on a handheld camera, he knows who to call.
  • Vinyl LP (SBR014)

Lau
Midnight and Closedown

The latest album from Lau, produced by John Parish, is still in some senses a folk album, but Lau have developed a long way over the twelve years of their career to date, and Midnight and Closedown presents folk sounds and structures in landscape of drum machines, electronics and extended instrumental moments. Is this the Closedown of Lau? Released by Reveal.
  • Vinyl Double LP (REVEAL078LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (REVEAL078CDX)

Tiny Ruins
Olympic Girls

Separating Tiny Ruins from a 13-a-dozen hipster folk girl is this weird river of a sad psychedelics. I was going to say she sounds like she recorded Olympic Girls in the Twin Peaks’ Red Room. Then I saw it was actually produced by David Lynch, who soaked it in his strange multi-layered melancholy. Luckily it's not like the album will haunt at night, because the result is a dreamy (in the good sense) and very pretty affair. 
  • Vinyl LP (MA0159LP)
  • CD (MA0159CD)

SOAK
Grim Town

22-year-old Northern-Irish singer-songwriter SOAK releasing her second full-length album, Grim Town. We haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but the first two singles Knock Me Off My Feet and Everybody Loves You suggest it’s got plenty of great and catchy pop songs to make you wonder what you've done with your life so far.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RT0039LP)
  • Vinyl Double LP (RT0039LPX)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (RT0039CD)

Fat White Family
Serfs Up!

Oh lord they are back. "The most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in recent musical history!" screams the press release. The first track released from the sessions 'Feet' spends its time begging to differ as it just sounds like Fat White Family. But why let actual music get in the way of a hyped press release? It's certainly something that never stopped Fat White Family before so in that respect it's same as it ever was. We'll reserve further judgement til we've heard the whole thing maybe.  
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP401X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP401)
  • CD (WIGCD401)

Kayla Guthrie
Falling Star

Katie Guthrie floats over deep beats that sound like they might be lost Bowery Electric tracks with a pinch of Julia Holter. Each of Falling Star’s tracks creates its own universe, but the title track is probably our favorite: an ethereal 8-minute journey, grappling for sure footing but never quite finding it.
  • Vinyl 12" (WFP11)
  • Limited edition
Added to site: Wednesday 9th January 2019

Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club

Ah what a record this is. Freed from the rather hi-brow pretensions of Talking Heads, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth made a glorious fun for all dance pop album which spawned actual pop hits whilst would also appeal to fans of the New York oddball bands such as Liquid Liquid. Incredibly influential, it is now available once again on wax. Let's party!    
  • Vinyl LP (RLGM08511PMI)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Potty Mouth
SNAFU

US East Coast rockers Potty Mouth finally laying down their first album in over 5 years. SNAFU sounds mostly like the soundtrack you’d expect for a 2000’s feel-good movie: poppy fuzzy guitars, tasty harmonizing vocals, and great grooves, but all of it soaked with just enough of that indie sauce to make it properly palatable.
  • Vinyl LP (GBR082LPX)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (GBR082LP)
  • CD (GBR082CD)

U2
No Line On The Horizon

This is the one by redundant stadium rockers U2 about the fictional characters of a drug addict, a soldier and a traffic police officer. Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite did the rather good production. It also got Taylor Deupree all in a flap because it has the same cover as an album he did with Richard Chartier. Bono, didn’t you know that photos expire after one use?
  • Vinyl Double LP (7733839)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl Double LP (5797085)

Ex Hex
It’s Real

Ex Hex are back with their second album , It’s Real. Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) is joined by Bat Fangs’ Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. It’s Real is the follow-up to 2014’s Rips and like its predecessor, will provide riffs and hooks galore, but this time they’ve used the studio to make their sound bigger, stretching beyond what they thought were their previous limits. One to look forward to for fans of unbridled guitar fun and tunesmithery. LP and CD on Merge.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG660LPC1)
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MRG660LP)
  • CD (MRG660CD)

Self Esteem
Compliments Please

Self Esteem is the work of one half of indie pop duo Slow Club. The Rebecca Lucy Taylor half. On Compliments Please she's dropped the indie from indie pop to make a bunch of 'pop' pop tracks. Big and catchy and quite often about sex pop. It's a very convincing change especially as her vocals are perfectly suited to this too. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (FARTNO1SE1)
  • CD (FARTNO1SE2)

Lo Kindre
Chlorophytum

Lo Kindre is the work of one Daniel Magee whose interests include dubby electronics, West German drumming, and vintage Italian football commentary. Chlorophytum has Magee merging all of these for 12th Isle in a way that is hugely playful and engrossing. Magee has previous released on Optimo Music.
  • Vinyl 12" (ISLE-007)

Slack Alices
Tasteful

Straight outta Manchester, these young pup punks come roaring into 2019 with their second single. Their raw and energetic sound has already caught the ear of Radio X DJ John Kennedy who has given this single his tune of the day accolade. Here it is on a limited and numbered 7" on Midnight Hallucination Records.      
  • Vinyl 7"
  • Limited edition

Stella Donnelly
Beware of the Dogs

Stella Donnelly ain't going to take no shit. Abusive men, idiot bosses, clueless ex's all get it in the ear on this debut album but as on her debut EP Thrush Metal she is armed with loads of lovely tunes. Her winsome post grunge songwriting has something in common with the early records of Liz Phair and she has a way of tempering her anger with an ability to bring out the beauty in the world. 
  • Vinyl LP (SC372LP-C1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (SC372CD)
  • Tape (SC372cass)

David Bowie
Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)

Way back in 1987, David Bowie released Never Let Me Down. The ensuing tour was called Glass Spider, a show more theatre than gig which inevitably ended up being accused of being pretentious. Of course nowadays, theatrics are the norm. So maybe it's time to reevaluate Glass Spider, or at the very least its Montreal stint.
  • CD (0190295511135)

David Bowie
Serious Moonlight (Live ’83)

1983's Let's Dance was one of David Bowie's most commercially successful albums and so needed a tour to match. Named Serious Moonlight, the tour sold much better than expect forcing Bowie into less intimate venues than planned. Perhaps this explains why it featured an uncharacteristic one costume change. 
  • CD (0190295511180)

David Bowie
Never Let Me Down

What are we to make of the David Bowie album that the man himself disliked the most? The album he has described as being "awful", an album he wondered why he recorded? Whatever he thought of it, 1987's Never Let Me Down remains interesting because the man was so interesting, especially as it was conceived in tandem for the ridiculously over the top Glass Spider tour. 
  • Vinyl LP (0190295671433)
  • CD (0190295511142)

David Bowie
Tonight

After David Bowie released Let's Dance he was as big as he'd ever been and decided to strike while the iron was hot. The resulting album is 1984's Tonight, which was largely successful at keeping the general public interested in him. For all its commercial ambitions Tonight remained a Bowie album, with the video for Blue Jean really being a 20 minute short film. 
  • Vinyl LP (0190295692735)
  • CD (0190295511173)

David Bowie
Let’s Dance

Trust David Bowie to make one of the most commercially successful records of the 80s. After his Berlin trilogy where he explored the more art rock side of things he thought hey feck it I'm going to dye my hair bleach blonde work with Nile Rogers and become a proper pop star for a bit. This contains all those mega hits  - China Girl, Let's Dance, Modern Love and that's just the first three tracks. 
  • Vinyl LP (0190295692735)
  • CD (0190295511197)
Added to site: Tuesday 8th January 2019

Haze
St. John

Bored of life in the home counties, Buckinghamshire band Haze moved to Bristol for a taste of that big city life. On St. John they tackle our propensity to put certain historical figures (presumably including JFK and Trotsky) with their rambling and shambolic punk rock. I'm assuming they're committed anarcho-syndicalists then.
  • Vinyl 7" (HHH14)

Hand Habits
placeholder

Hand Habits is the project of Meg Duff, who has been a touring member of Kevin Morby's band. Don't worry we've not made a mistake with the album title, it is indeed placeholder which here stands for Duff's interest in the undefined, in what lies between. The folk songs on placeholder build on this notion lyrically generously waiting to be endowed with meaning. 
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ291LP)
  • CD (LBJ291CD)

Kokoroko
Kokoroko

Kokoroko are part of London's current jazz scene as documented on the We Out Here compilation. Their self-titled EP, also on Brownswood Recording, captures the band as it effortlessly blends jazz with afrobeat and soul to create something utterly vibrant. They are lead by Sheila Maurice-Grey and her wonderful trumpet playing. 
  • Vinyl 12"

Cucina Povera
Zoom

Cucina Povera (who shares her moniker with the 309th best restaurant in Thessaloniki), real name Maria Rossi, is a sound artist and vocalist. Zoom is her very raw document of places and spaces she has found herself in. Using just a Tascam Zoom recorder and a loop pedal, she creates sonic maps which provide an overwhelming sense of being there with her. 
  • Vinyl LP (LSSN064)

Vintage Crop
Company Man

Vintage Crop hail from south-eastern Australia, and as their urgent and energetic punk sound may suggest, they don’t hang around. Following hot on the heels of their last LP, New Age, comes Company Man, an EP dealing with the mundane life of suit wearers and discrediting the corporate world. 12” EP on Drunken Sailor.
  • Vinyl 12" (DRUNKENSAILOR102)

A Place To Bury Strangers
Fuzz Club Session

Live session by A Place To Bury Strangers for the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Fuzz Club. Recorded at the end of their tour for their last album, 2018's Pinned, this recording captures the manic energy of those shows while also offering the band the chance to reflect on their songs they'd been playing. Vital document of a loud band at their loudest.
  • Vinyl LP (FCS12LP)
  • Indies-only

The Janitors
Fuzz Club Session

Creepy, freaky, droney, Swedish psych-rockers The Janitors recorded a session for Fuzz Club in London in September 2018 when on tour. The resulting four track recording features cuts from their LPs Drone Head and Horn Ur Marken and another from their EP Evil Doings Of An Evil Kind. 180g vinyl LP, limited to 400 copies, on Fuzz Club.
  • Vinyl LP (FCS11LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Helicon
Zero Fucks

The beautifully titled Zero Fucks EP is the first new material from Helicon in just over a year, following their debut album. The songs came out of the desire for the Glasgow cosmic noise-fuzzers to add more animated material to their live set and once they were tested at Fuzz Club 2018 in Eindhoven they knew they had to get them on tape tout suite to keep the vibe going. Sounds exciting, yeah? 10" EP on Fuzz Club, limited to 300 copies.
  • Vinyl 10" (FC104V10)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Bilge Pump
WE LOVE YOU

We're all Leeds aren't we? Well yes, but none more so than Bilge Pump who have been considered stalwarts of our city's DIY scene for about as long as I've been alive. WE LOVE YOU is their first full length in ten years and the feeling is very much mutual. It's all big riffs and tight grooves, and they're as tight as they've ever been.
  • Vinyl LP (WAAT069LP)
  • CD (WAAT069CD)

Six By Seven
The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual

Nottingham’s ‘90s indie favourites Six By Seven seem to be expressing how we all felt as teenagers with their new Kickstarter-funded concept album The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual. The album mixes psychedelia and krautrock with each track blending into one another to create an immersive listening experience. Orange vinyl, limited to 300 copies on Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
  • Vinyl LP (SNSM11LP2018)
  • Limited edition

Hugh Marsh
Violinvocations

I bloody love a portmanteau me. Up their with most fun you can have with words so let me say you Hugh Marsh. You have my attention. In how it was made Violinvocations is essentially shoegaze reimagined for the violin, but the result is more abstract than that. Strange sounds merge and swell from gentler ambience to something more distorted. This is long way from his prior work with the likes of Hans Zimmer and Iggy Pop.
  • Vinyl LP (WV178LPC1)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WV178LP)
  • CD (WV178CD)

Ahmed Ag Kaedy
Akaline Kidal

Prior to Akaline Kidal, Ahmed Ag Kaedy had been working with a band for some more filled out recordings. For this album he's gone back to the basics of the Tuareg folk tradition, recording 12 tracks with just his voice and his acoustic guitar. The album is a sombre one, as he reflects on his exile from Northern Mali, and the civil war that drove him out. 
  • Vinyl LP (SS050LP)
  • Tape (SS050CASS)

Barbara Howard
On The Rise

All's well that end's well huh. In 1968 one Steven Reece set up an independent label in the hope of attracting the attention of the majors. His choice of musician was Barbara Howard and the album On The Rise aimed to cast the net as wide as possible by featuring jazz, gospel and pop. The album flopped but the pair fell in love. Whatever else, On The Rise is worth it for its story. Reissued on Colemine Records.
  • Vinyl LP (RMND12002LPC1)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (RMND12002LP)
  • CD (RMND12002CD)

bis
Slight Disconnects

Bis be back! Again! After having broken up and reformed a couple times since they started out in 1994, the Glaswegian band look like they've stuck with a bit longer this time with Slight Disconnects, their second album in five years. After all this time Bis remain masters of the indie pop chorus, and have even managed to fit in a bit of reflection on the last 25 years.
  • Vinyl LP (LNFG19Y)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (LNFG19)
  • CD (LNFG19CD)

Chicago Odense Ensemble
Chicago Odense Ensemble

Chicago Odense Ensemble was a special collaboration between Causa Sui's Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt and members of Tortoise and Isotope217 recorded in 2008. Those long and varied sessions were then edited down to create a kind of dubby jazz fusion. The star of the show is Rob Mazurek who leads the way with the wonderfully pure timbre of his cornet. On El Paraiso Records. 
  • Vinyl LP (EPR051LP)
  • CD (EPR051CD)

Czarface
Czarface Meets Ghostface

This week on CZARFACE! After facing off with the nefarious METAL FACE (MF Doom) our hero has to face his greatest challenge yet, the unstoppable GHOSTFACE (Killah). Fortunately for him, he's not alone. 7L, Jeremy Page, Inspectah Deck and Esoteric all offer a helping hand to give CZARFACE a fighting chance.  Will CZARFACE previal? Or will GHOSTFACE have him by the neck? All shall be revealed on CZARFACE meets GHOSTFACE.
  • Vinyl LP (SIL007LP)
  • Tape (SIL007CASS)
  • CD (SIL007CD)

Andrew Combs
Worried Man

First vinyl pressing of Andrew Combs' 2012 album Worried Man (those pressing plant waiting lists are getting ridiculous). Combs is a committed blues and folk troubadour who very likely lists a certain Bob Dylan at the top of his biggest influences. He's warms of voice and vivid of lyric, and knows exactly when to turn the instrumentation up to thrilling. 
  • Vinyl LP (VJLP244)
  • CD (VJCD244)

John Paul White
The Hurting Kind

Ex-The Civil Wars man and current Single Lock Records boss John Paul White returns with The Hurting Kind. 2016's Beulah was written very much in the shadow of the public collapse of his previous band, as a sort of country rock version of that Bros documentary. For his own sake I hope The Hurting Kind represents a sort of moving on.
  • Vinyl LP (SL027LP)
  • CD (SL028CD)

Merzbow
Venereology

Look, if you're not on board with Merzbow by now, there's little I can say about the quarter-century celebrating Venereology that will change that. If you like your music noisy and your noise harsh this is the band for you. But you probably already knew that. Venereology was the band's "death metal" album and has been accused of bringing them wider repute. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (RR669911)

Seahawks
Eyes Of The Moon

Fractal psychedelic pop from London and Cornwall based Seahawks. At time of writing the band is relatively ungoogleable because the American football team of the same name are having some success. In any case, Eyes Of The Moon is a delightful and accessible collection of melodic new age jams that'll pass straight from your third eye to your soul.
  • Vinyl LP (CSN117LP)

Hauschka
A Different Forest

Hauschka, one of the piano lads who continue to dominate the world of accessible contemporary classical music, returns with his debut for Sony Classical. Best known for his work on the prepared piano (essentially filling the instrument with a bunch of variously relevant stuff), on A Different Forest he has opted for a purer approach. This album is heartfelt and imbued with narrative, but no less playful than he's known for being. 
  • Vinyl LP (19075842421)
  • CD (19075842422)

Ibibio Sound Machine
Doko Mie

Ibibo Sound Machine return with their third album and second for Merge Records. Doko Mie is a joyful blend of post-punk and West African electronic music, that reflects Eno Williams' own upbringing having been born in the UK but raised in Nigeria. Arpeggiated synths meet exuberant horns, always being marshalled by Williams' commanding vocals.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG665LPC1)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MRG665LP)
  • CD (MRG665CD)

AT + DA / PB (Andrea Tomasi + David Allred / Peter Broderick)
AT + DA / PB

Sorry, but AT + DA / PB is a cumbersome title for a release and I don’t care who knows it. Seems the musicians behind those initials are Andrea Tomasi, David Allred and Erased Tapes artist Peter Broderick, and here they are telling their collective musical story over the course of six short tracks on Side A and one big one on Side B. With relevant artwork of a lake monster at sea birthing balloons.
  • Vinyl LP (Oscarson no. 19)
  • CD (Oscarson no. 19)

Theon Cross
Fyah

Theon Cross is likely best known for being the tuba player in the Mercury Price nominated and Wire Magazine album of the year winning Sons of Kemet. Cross plays the tuba with a deftness and fluency that it feels like he's fighting the instrument's identity. The result is a sound all his own, and on Fyah is given a wonderful platform to flex by his band of London's current wave of jazz musicians.
  • Vinyl LP (GB1550)
  • CD (GB1550CD)

Royal Trux
White Stuff

First new album in 19 years from 'the Worlds Greatest Rock and Roll Band'. When I think of Royal Trux I can only remember the time my brother  - when asked by their record label where the band could stay after a Leeds show - suggested a quaint ivy clad Wetherby guest house complete with trademark poodle yapping about. How Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty would have fitted in in such environs would have been interesting given their rock and roll debauchery image and love for the white stuff they presumably titled this album after.  
  • Vinyl LP (FP17043)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (FP17041)
  • CD (FP17042)
Added to site: Monday 7th January 2019

Okyerema Asante
Sabi (Get Down)

The first you need to know that this track is fourteen minutes long. Ghanaian musician Okyerema Asante's Sabi (Get Down) is an entire disco all on its own. Released in the early 80s it has been long sought after and has featured in sets by Giles Peterson, Hunee and Lakuti. The b-side, 'That's My Girl' is just as mighty. Reissued by Kalita Records.
  • Vinyl LP (KALITALP1)

Rustin Man
Drift Code

Oh Talk Talk where art thou? With Mark Hollis last seen in the early 2000s trying to learn the clarinet this most brilliant and influential bands has been on hold. However not all is lost. Bassist Paul Webb aka Rustin Man is back with a new LP. His previous one was in collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons. Here he goes it alone.  
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP414X)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP414)
  • CD (WIGCD414)

Masaki Batoh
Nowhere

Ghost founder Masaki Batoh drops his fourth solo LP via Drag City. Nowhere is a record of trippy folk songs. The delicately picked guitars here come laced with reverb and delay, and Batoh’s wistful lyrics reflect on ageing and memory. The Beatles, Incredible String Band and John Martyn all spring immediately to mind.
  • Vinyl LP (DC722)
  • CD (DC722CD)

Bowery Electric
Lushlife

Bowery Electric’s third and final LP gets reissued via Beggar’s Banquet. Lushlife was originally unleashed in 2000, and boy does it sound it. This one’s got that real Moby/Mr. Scruff/Saint Etienne vibe to it, all mushy old film score samples and crackling breaks. It’s a pleasingly atmospheric listen and worthy of the re-release.
  • Vinyl LP (BBQ2154LP)

Big Wild
Superdream

The band name is Big Wild and the LP is called Superdream, so it's wise to leave any expectations of a shy and retiring affair at the door. As expected the debut full-length from the one born Jackson Stell is about as maximalist as electronic music gets these days. Songs such as ‘Maker’ and ‘Joypunks’ (you’ve really got to start putting spaces between your words, dude) are E-number-pop of the Passion Pit/M83 school.
  • Vinyl LP (COUNT169)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (COUNTCD169)

Westerman
Ark

Rising star Westerman is back on Blue Flowers Music (Joe Fox, Nilüfer Yanya) with a new EP. Ark is another collection of charming leftfield bedroom-pop from the young Londoner. The words Arthur and Russell get thrown around a lot in the proximity of Westerman’s music, but tracks such as ‘Own’ and ‘Outside Sublime’ also have a bit in common with Reckonwrong.
  • Vinyl 12" (BFM012)

Snow Patrol
When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up

When It’s Over We Still Have To Clear Up. As much as it pains us to say it, Snow Patrol are correct. It appears that what is being cleared up here are the golden years of the Northern Irish group. A decade on from ‘Chasing Cars’ and eighteen years after the initial release of When It’s Over… the band are re-releasing their sophomore LP. It’s a perfectly clement collection of soft-rock, but the fact that you can picture a young Marcus Mumford lustily belting these tunes out in his university dormitory somewhat taints the experience. Comes with a couple of bonus tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (JPRLP12LTD)
  • Limited edition

Prefab Sprout
I Trawl The Megahertz

I Trawl The Megahertz was originally released as a solo album by Prefab Sprout's  Paddy McAloon in 2003 but was pretty much ignored by everyone apart from us Sprout obsessives. Shame because it is a incredible work...the album is largely instrumental and spoken word, featuring some his most experimental work, such as the 22 minute title track and one track that, according to McAloon, sounds like a depressed Van McCoy. Now that it won't do the brand too much harm, it is now being issued as a Prefab Sprout album. 2LP (featuring an etched side) and CD on Sony.
  • Vinyl Double LP (88985411061)
  • CD (88985411062)

Secede
Tryshasla


  • Vinyl Double LP (LPS-PS02)

Aaron Broomfield
Boomerang

Double-mix delight from Crown Ruler Records here. Back in the late ‘70s Aaron Broomfield of the Broomfield Corporate Jam briefly attempted a solo career. It didn’t run to more than a handful of singles, but for some reason his killer space-funk jam ‘Boomerang’ never made it to the pressing plant. Here 'Boomerang' comes presented in two versions - the flexi-disco A-side and the loose, sensual demo take. Anyone fond of a bit of Melodies International should take a gander at this.
  • Vinyl 12" (CR 002)

Ruins
Occasional Visits

Happy Valentine’s Day from Belgium’s excellent Stroom Records (Pablo’s Eye, DJ Bert & Eagle). The label’s latest drop is a superb collection of early minimal wave/synth-pop from Venetian group Ruins. Active between 1978 and 1985, the group turned out a run of highly evocative Italo LPs during their time together. Occasional Visit collects eight of the best tunes they set to tape between 1981 and 1984. You can imagine a young David Lynch getting lost in these when they first came out.
  • Vinyl LP (STREP-023)

Short-Term Memory
Plus or Minus Two

Seance Centre tend towards re-releases of new age/ambient recordings, but as they showed with 2018’s A-Team reissue they also have a penchant for melody-rich dancefloor jams. Their latest drop, Short-Term Memory’s Plus Or Minus Two, falls somewhere between the two camps. Plus Or Minus Two collects four tracks from the Kansas City techno act’s 1983 LP Every Head Needs Cleaning as well as throwing in a couple of unreleased cuts. While numbers like ‘Twitch & Jerk’ and ‘The Words’ are very Devo-ish, ‘City In Mind’ is a spiritualized bit of electronic pop that nods to Pablo’s Eye and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.
  • Vinyl 12" (12SC)

Chorbika
Ti i ja

Enter Chorbika. The Serbian techno duo set up shop with their debut release via their own (also new) Chorbika Records. On the basis of Ti i ja, you'd be wise to keep an eye on them in future. What we get here is a collection of moody club cuts that share a dark-hearted dance aesthetic with the best early Shackleton drops. Try the loping acid grooves of parts 1 and 4 as well as the Dengue Dengue Dengue-esque part 3.5.
  • Vinyl LP (MCRLP310)
Added to site: Sunday 6th January 2019

Black Mountain Transmitter
Black Goat Of The Woods

Heavily influenced by the horror writing of H.P. Lovecraft and ‘70s horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Black Goat Of The Woods by Black Mountain Transmitter was written to sound like the soundtrack to a lost lo-fi horror movie. It’s the work of one man, J.R. Moore, and was originally released on CD back in 2010. It is now available on vinyl for the first time. 180g vinyl LP, limited to 300 copies, on Aurora Borealis.
  • Vinyl LP (ABX046LP)
  • Limited edition

Yoshimi Ueno
Taiko No Uminari

Work by Yoshimi Ueno can be very hard to come by, especially solo work: Taiko No Uminari is the only solo record Ueno ever made, and copies were rare until Studio Mule produced this vinyl reissue. Six pieces of beautiful and intimate jazz recorded musicians including Eiji Nakayama and Yasuaki Shimizu, all driven by Ueno’s deft drumwork.
  • Vinyl LP (Studio Mule 14)

Kurt Stenzel
Jodorowsky's Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

We get plenty of soundtracks to obscure films that not many people have seen, but what about a film that nobody at all has seen, because it never got made? That brings us to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the soundtrack that Kurt Stenzel has made to imagine what could have been. Epic space-synth work of course. On Cinewax.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CINE806LP)

Hoodoo Fushimi
Kusaya

Kusaya by Hoodoo Fushimi has gained cult status since its release in 1992. The album is out there in its own world, fusing elements of hip-hop, funk and synth music with particular qualities defined by his Japanese heritage. A a little-known jewel in the crown of Japanese music is now reissued, limited to 250 copies, on Good Find.
  • Vinyl LP (GFR002)
  • Limited edition

Super Wings
My Love Is For You

‘70s Nigerian rock band, Super Wings, have a history that is blessed by the wonderful names of band members and scarred by tragedy. They were led by Spud Nathan who was killed in car crash in 1974. The car was driven by guitarist Manford Best, who the fans blamed as his previous actions had caused the car to have ‘bad juju’. Their second album, My Love Is For You, is one of those records that time has turned into a classic.  Good Find have lovingly reissued this relatively obscure album for it to evaluated once again. LP, limited to 250 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (GFR001)
  • Limited edition

Karen Dalton
The Karen Dalton Archives Box

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and four CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unreleased (!) home recordings. Plus a book of treats from the Dalton archives and a T-shirt. Get stuck in.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (BOXMEGA30)

Julia Kent
Asperities

New York based cellist Julia Kent came into view from performing with Rasputina and Antony & The Johnsons, and her performance credits are impressive as well, including Swans, Library Tapes, and Aiden Baker. Asperities is her fourth studio album, recorded and produced entirely by herself. Layering string work and electronics with a palpable emotional core, place this next to your Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Limited vinyl and CD on The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY92V)

Josef K
Sorry For Laughing (+ The TV Art Demos CD)


  • Vinyl LP (LTMLP2549)

TEEN
Good Fruit

Good Fruit is the fourth album by TEEN. The band have trimmed down to a core three-piece of sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson for the release, with Boshra AlSaadi contributing to songs before leaving to pursue a solo career. It’s a harmony and hook-laden synthpop album that deals with loss, specifically the death of the sisters’ father, capitalism and womanhood. Limited coloured vinyl and CD on Car Park.
  • Vinyl LP (CAK133LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (CAK133CD)
Added to site: Saturday 5th January 2019

Paul DeMarinis
Songs Without Throats

Oren Ambarchi’s run of wonder continues with the latest release on his Black Truffle label. Songs Without Throats is a collection of the most vital pieces by Paul DeMarinis, an electroacoustic composer with a particular interest in voice and voice synthesis. Songs Without Throats, featuring rare and unreleased pieces selected by the artist, is a strange and unusual set. Double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (Black Truffle 041)

Efdemin
New Atlantis

It’s techno baby. New Atlantis is a new full album from Berghain institution Efdemin, and it delivers plenty of heavy 4/4, deep-bass action, as befits a producer with such rich Berlin experience. However New Atlantis also leans out of the club here and there, with acoustic instrumentation, voice samples and psychedelic drones getting involved as well. That makes it a full journey of a listen. On Ostgut Ton.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OSTGUTLP31)
  • CD (OSTGUTCD45)

Robert Hood
Internal Empire

When truly groundbreaking records are made, they sound as fresh 25 years after their initial release as they did back in the day. This is most-certainly true of Robert Hood’s minimal techno masterpiece Internal Empire. The album has been remastered and re-cut on CD and 180g vinyl and will be released through its original label, Tresor.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRESOR27LP)
  • CD (TRESOR27CD)

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