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Added to site: Tuesday 11th December 2018

Bruno Bavota
RE_CORDIS

Plink plonk plink, plonk plink plonk. Yep, those pitter-patter piano lines that herald Bruno Bavota’s RE-CORDIS can only mean one thing - we’ve got another neo-classical LP on our hands. Bavota has apparently been compared to fellow Italian Ludovico Einaudi a few times in his young career. The tracks here, fiddling as Rome burns, make good on those similarities.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR314LP)

Kleenex Girl Wonder
White Lacuna

Given that Kleenex Girl Wonder are gearing up to mark 25 years in the game, you could forgive KGW main man Graham Smith if he wanted to take his foot off the gas a little. However, if anything the band are upping their work-rate these days. White Lacuna is the group’s second LP of 2018, and judging by the energy on display here they might be good for another one before 12 more months are up. This is an LP of typically zany indie jangles - imagine Eels with more pep.
  • Vinyl LP (MVZVM0II)

Juliana Hatfield
Weird

After an album full of Olivia Newton-John covers, Bostonian songstress Juliana Hatfield has reverted to good ol’ original songs. Weird is her new album and it finds her trying to explain how uncomfortable, disconnected and, well, weird she feels in this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world. Former band mates Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies) and Todd Phillips (Juliana Hatfield Three) play drums on most tracks, Juliana Hatfield plays all the other instruments herself. LP and CD on American Laundromat.
  • Vinyl LP (ALR-0046)
  • CD (ALR-0046CD)

Prince
Planet Earth

Sony are reissuing some later albums by Prince. Here’s album No.32, Planet Earth, which originally saw the light of day via a free giveaway CD with some bloody newspaper or other. Now it’s being reissued on CD and purple vinyl (what else?!) so at last you can buy your copy without feeling the shame of buying certain publications. A few of his old cohorts played on the album, including Michael Bland, Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E. Includes the singles Guitar, Chelsea Rogers and Future Baby Mama.
  • Vinyl LP (19075910541)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (19075910022)

Prince
3121

3121 was the 31st studio album by Prince. It was originally released in 2006. Sony are reissuing a bunch of his later albums, and this one will be pressed on vinyl for the first time. It’s weird and funky and beautiful, just like you’d expect from the small purple one. Purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075910531)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (19075910002)

Prince
Musicology

Musicology was the first of three albums Prince released in 2004 and his 28th album in all.  Prince intended the album to to be a musical education to those who listened which seems like a bit of an arrogant thing to say, but then, Prince wouldn’t have been Prince without having saying stuff like that. Anyway, perhaps buy a copy and get yourself educated. Double purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075910521)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (19075910012)
Added to site: Monday 10th December 2018

Gemma Ray
Psychogeology

Over her seven albums to date, Gemma Ray has become known for bringing a number of styles to freshen up the singer/songwriter genre and album number eight, Psychogeology, is no exception. Here, she borrows elements from girl groups, ‘70s pop, George Gershwin, classic Pink Floyd and Serge Gainsbourg to create a widescreen view of her life. LP and CD on Bronzerat.
  • Vinyl LP (BR53LP)
  • CD (BR53)

Clarence Séti
Jungle Quest

We don’t know much about this material that Clarence Seti put together in 1991, partly because it was only ever a demo CD. But all that matters is the music, these twelve tracks that we are now able to hear. Jungle Quest will certainly require you to have a taste for digital keyboards, and Seti really lays into his collection here, but this will charm many. Out on Lily Record.
  • Vinyl LP (LLR-349)

Lambchop
This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester Matthew McCaughan, known for playing drums for sad beard Bon Iver. The new album continues with the thoughtful mix of electronics and quiet country sounds started on 2016’s FLOTUS. 
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50197LP)
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50197X)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SLANG50197)

Ekolali
Genom Grundet

With Genom Grundet, Swedish musician, Ekolali, has created a work that explores the effect of sustain and release. The title translates to Through The Shallows in English and this is reflected through samples of streams with tape delay, droning, barely functioning organ and komische guitar repeats and unfolds over 35 minutes. LP on Patience.
  • Vinyl LP (PTNC001)

Kumasi
I Know You Feel It

Kumasi were a enigmatic South African disco funk four-piece whose members also made up The Cannibals and Stimela. Due to the musicians being contracted elsewhere at the time, they weren’t allowed to reveal their identities, hence the enigma. I Know You Feel It was their only album recorded in the early '80s. Here we have 5 tracks from the album along with the South African classic track, Picnic. Double LP on Smiling C.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SC#03)

Zogo
Africa

Funky banger, Africa by outrageous Cameroonian artist, Zogo, was originally released 40 years ago. It’s anniversary reissue on Banquise includes three additional mixes. A disco dub take by Dan Shake of Mahogani Music, a remix by Falomour and TVfrom86’s edit. 4-track 12” EP on Banquise.
  • Vinyl 12" (BAN 001)

Sea Bee
I Wanda Why?

See Bee’s 1994 EP I Wanda Why? Has been concentrated from 6 tracks to 4, for its reissue on Afrosynth, the label owned by DJ Okapi. The four tracks here are all essential and reliable house bangers that will get the dancefloor full every time. Composed, produced and arranged by influential South African musician, Spokes H.
  • Vinyl 12" (AFS039)
Added to site: Sunday 9th December 2018

The Messthetics
The Messthetics

What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine.  Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the biz.  
  • Vinyl LP (DIS186V)

R. Stevie Moore
Afterlife

R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo-fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His new LP, Afterlife, is mastered by Kramer and include guest performances from Ariel Pink, Jason Falkner, Lane Steinberg and Irwin Chusid, the man who coined the term ‘Outsider Music’ when referring to the likes of Moore. LP and Cd on Bar-None.
  • Vinyl LP (BRN-LP-267)
  • CD (BRN-CD-267)

Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.
  • Vinyl LP (UTR113LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (UTR113CD)
  • Limited edition
Added to site: Saturday 8th December 2018

The Pale Fountains
(There's Always) Something On My Mind

(There’s Always) Something On My Mind was the debut single by The Pale Fountains from 1982. The band was lead by Michael Head who went on to form Shack and make great albums with The Strands and The Red Elastic Band. The A side is reminiscent of Orange Juice, whilst on the B-side, Just A Girl, you can hear the influence Love have had on Michael Head. 7” coloured vinyl, includes poster, limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.
  • Vinyl 7" (ON4)
  • Coloured vinyl

Brainwaltzera
Epi-Log

As the old saying goes, one person’s EP is another person’s mini-LP. However, Brainwaltzera can’t seem to to make up their mind which side to come down on - we heard that the six-track Epi-Log was the latter, but the FILM Records Bandcamp thinks otherwise. Whatever it is, it’s another fine release from the mysterious producer. The tracks here include retrofuturist jams ala Jam City’s Dream A Garden (‘Bad Endgar’), lurching IDM (‘CountDempops’) and Brainfeeder-style MPC work (‘Laif Of Smit’).
  • Vinyl LP (FILM012)

Roisin Murphy
Overpowered

Overpowered (2007) was the second album by ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. Murphy set out to make a pop/disco album and she succeeded. She took influence from the pre-house sounds of D-Train, Mantronix and Gwen Guthrie, whilst being inspired by the cerebral pop of Yazoo and Eurythmics. Jimmy Douglass, Bugz In The Attic and Richard X all helped to make the album what it is.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEWITH038LP)
  • Coloured vinyl

Djrum
Seven Lies


  • Vinyl Triple LP (2NDRPLP001)

The Ruts
The Crack

The Crack was the first album by The Ruts. It was originally released in 1979. The band spliced together punk and reggae and were loved by John Peel. It contained the singles Babylon’s Burning and Something That I Said. The band’s lyrics were aimed at social and political problems, none more than the track Jah War, which criticised unjust actions of the police. 40th anniversary remastered vinyl reissue, cut at Abbey Road.
  • Vinyl LP (7702623)

Modeselektor
Who Else

German absurdist electronic production team Modeselektor have a new album, Who Else. It’s brimming with solutions to boredom and, as usual, is defiantly unobvious. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have kept things fresh by tailoring each sound for each track. Grime artist, Flohio, Otto von Schirach and Estonian rapper, Tommy Cash guest. LP and Cd on Monkeytown.
  • Vinyl LP (MTR96LPDLX)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MTR96LP)
  • CD (MTR96CD)
Added to site: Friday 7th December 2018

BATTLE BREAK
BATTLE BREAK 2

Battle Break 2 is a compilation LP on PRR! PRR! It includes eleven tracks from Lastrack, B-Ball Joints, Keiska, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, DJ Caesar, DJ Wolfi Bernreuther, The Hobbeats, Clara! & DJ Coquelin, DJ Dee Kay, Venderstrooik and Aids-3D.  According to the one word press release, this cannot and will not be broken, yeah?
  • Vinyl LP (PRR009)

Nocturnal Emissions
Spiritflesh

Nocturnal Emissions can be put into the same box as Throbbing Gristle, SPK and Cabaret Voltaire. Bands who, y’know, don’t like to be put into boxes. They used similar techniques to bring about a similar aesthetic, anyway. Spiritflesh was originally released in 1988 and will be of interest to anyone with a thing for the early drone and dark ambient sounds. Solid grey coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies, on Mannequin.
  • Vinyl LP (MNQ 103)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Razorlight
Razorlight

Whilst Up All Night, the debut album by Razorlight, gave them some solid bricks to build on, their eponymous second sent them stratospheric. It contains the singles In The Morning and America, the latter gave the band their first and only number one, around the time when it just still mattered. 180g vinyl reissue LP on Mercury.
  • Vinyl LP (7710700)

Razorlight
Up All Night

Back in 2004, Razorlight were the hot new things on the block, cooler, edgier and more rock ‘n’ roll than contemporaries The Kooks, for example. Up All Night, their debut album, came flying out of the traps with its high energy indie-cum-punk that ostensibly took its influences from The Strokes and Television. 180g vinyl reissue on Mercury.
  • Vinyl LP (7710698)

Cathedral
The Ethereal Mirror

The Ethereal Mirror was the second album by Coventry doom metal band, Cathedral. It was released in 1993. Guitarist, Garry Jennings, added bass to the list of stringed instruments he played on the album following the departure of Mark Griffiths. The album has stood the test of time as a fine example of doom metal. Reissue LP on Earache.
  • Vinyl LP (817195021099)
Added to site: Thursday 6th December 2018

Angel-Ho
Death Becomes Her

The vital Angel-Ho lands on Hyperdub for her sophomore LP. Across Death Becomes Her we find the NON Worldwide founder turning out a selection of futuristic club jams that powerfully represent her experiences as a trans woman. Synthesizing sounds from South Africa, Atlanta, London and everywhere in between, Angel-Ho's latest offering will have the competition playing catch-up once again. The guestlist includes Gaika, Nguzunguzu’s Asmara Maroof and Queezy.
  • Vinyl LP (HDBLP042)
  • CD (HDBCD042)

MONO
Nowhere Now Here

The mighty MONO return to Pelagic Records (The Ocean, God Is An Astronaut) with their tenth LP. Nowhere Now Here holds beauty and terror in perfect balance - see how the dark, Thou-esque numbers like ‘After You Comes The Flood’ is juxtaposed with the ethereally beautiful post-rock of ‘Breathe’. This is another fine record from the seasoned band.
  • CD (PEL125)

Fine Jewelers
Braindance Through The Midnight D-Beat

Pissed Jeans frontman Matt Korvette has long been one of punk’s most eccentric and interesting fellows. As such, it’s not really a surprise to find that his next move takes him away from the rocksphere and into the realm of gabber. Alongside Dan ‘Helmer’ Helmer, Korvette creates an industrial-strength racket on the Braindance Through The Midnight D-Beat, the debut EP from Fine Jewelers.
  • Vinyl 12" (BNK-018)

Nate Young
Volume One: Dilemmas Of Identity

New one from Wolf Eye’s very own Nate Young, who in his solo releases thus far has burrowed down a peculiar and mucky brand of experimental electronics. ‘Volume One: Dilemmas of Identity’ - which comes out via Young’s own Lower Floor Music - is a collection of material which Young made during the time of his Regression series, but wasn’t quite the fit for that project. Needless to say it’s as essential as anything with Young’s name attached.
  • Vinyl LP (LFLP004)
Added to site: Wednesday 5th December 2018

Michael Rother
Solo

Extensive reissue of krautrock legend Michael Rother’s early solo work. As a member of both NEU! And Harmonia, Rother was undoubtedly at the heart of the infamous and highly influential 60s and 70s experimental German scene. ‘Solo’ sees Grönland re-release his first four solo LPs in a lavish box set, both in 6LP 5CD versions, and most excitingly of all with previously unreleased material.  
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (LPGRON204)
  • CD box set (CDGRON204)

Pinegrove
Skylight

Sad Americana lot Pinegrove dropping by with their third full-length now. Skylight sounds a bit like Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco got together for an album they didn’t really want to make. The result is a decent bunch of catchy sing-along anthems for when you’re stuck in rainy rush-hour traffic.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PG1111LP-C1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (PG1111CD)
  • Tape (PG1111CASS)

Adolfo Waitzman
Pensione paura

Pensione Paura aka Hotel Fear, is an Italian horror film directed by Francesco Barilli. The score by Aldofo Waitzman has sweeping romance juxtaposed with jarring and unnerving horror, all revolving around a melancholic piano theme. Waitzman was an Argentinian composer who worked mostly in Spanish film and TV. Red coloured vinyl 2LP on Arrow Records.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AR009C)

Free Level
Blue Grass EP

Formed in Athens between 1983 and 1984, Free Level created '80s pop-rock which has remained largely unheard. Trust Into The Light to pick out this stellar work. Blue Grass EP contains 4 tracks, each of which move genre slightly, whilst keeping to a light and airy sense of psych and Euro pop. A really ear-catching one here.
  • Vinyl 12" (ITL009)

Ot To, Not To
It Loved To Happen (Remixes)

Back in 2016 Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint released Goshen, an album of experimental r ‘n’ b from Ot To, Not To. In preparation for the follow-up It Loved To Happen the Virginia duo have handed remix duties to four other artists operating somewhere between mainstream and leftfield sonics. Xiu Xiu, Ben Chatwin, Machinefabriek and Carlos Nino each turn in something lovely on It Loved To Happen (Remixes).
  • Vinyl 12" (NIOT 12X1R)

Anderson .Paak
Oxnard

Oxnard is the album Anderson.Paak always wanted to make. As a schoolboy in his hometown of Oxnard, Southern California, he would dream of making an album that could match up to The Blueprint by Jay-Z, College Dropout by Kanye West or Documentary by The Game. The talented multi-instrumentalist has certainly pulled out all the stops, releasing on Dr. Dre’s label, and getting Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kadhja Bonet, J. Cole and Pusha T to make guest appearances. 2LP on Aftermath/12 Tone Music.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0190296917523)

Sleeper
The Modern Age

No-one thought this would happen, including the band. Sleeper have a new album out. It’s their first in twenty-one years, since the heady days of Britpop, and it’s called The Modern Age. The band used to be made up of three guys and a girl, now they’re made up of a novelist, two music lecturers and the ex-Prodigy bassist. All the old traits are in place - observational lyrics, catchy hooks and producer Stephen Street, but they’ve also been shrewd enough to make an album for The Modern Age (see what I did there?) LP and Cd on Gorsky Records.
  • Vinyl LP (SLEEP19LP)
  • Vinyl LP (SLEEP19LPC2)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SLEEP19CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 4th December 2018

E.B. The Younger
To Each His Own

E.B. The Younger is Eric Brandon Pulido, the frontman of Midlake. To Each His Own sees him stepping out on his own for the first time, although it’s not his first album without his Midlake bandmates. He was part of BNQT, a supergroup including members of Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Travis and Grandaddy. Pulido sees the album as a way to diplomatically solve artistic differences within Midlake. LP and CD on Bella Union.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA877V)
  • CD (BELLA877CD)

Lee Gamble
In A Paraventral Scale EP

The press release for Lee Gamble’s new EP In A Paraventral Scale identifies him as a sound designer, junglist and composer. Though seemingly disparate terms, this is in fact a pretty apt description. Gamble is an artist unafraid to take the sound artefacts of rave music in strange, often exciting new directions. These seven tracks are no exception - everything from DJ Stingray to Fatima Al Qadiri is referenced.
  • Vinyl 12" (HDB119)

Bivouac
Peel Sessions + Tuber (Remastered)

A mention of Bivouac in a Guardian article by comedian Stewart Lee made the band reform to play the Gigantic festival in Manchester. Their flame burned briefly but they did things that those kids starting bands could only dream of in the early ‘90s. They played gigs with with Fugazi and Jesus Lizard and knew Nirvana. They recorded Peel Sessions and released records through indie label Elemental, which was pretty cool. In celebration of their reformation and the 25th anniversary of Tuber, their debut LP we have a lovely vinyl reissue paired with Peel Sessions recorded in 1992 and 1994. Classic ‘90s indie rock. Double LP on Thanks Capitalism Records.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TC001)

35007
35007

35007, or Loose, if you turn your calculator upside down, are a psych/space/stoner/prog rock band. They hail from Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Their eponymous album, which is also known as Into The Void We Travelled, is their second album and was originally released in 1997. Gold vinyl 2LP repress on Stickman.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PSYCHOBABBLE011)
  • Coloured vinyl

35007
Liquid

35007 are an experimental rock band from Eindhoven in the Netherlands. They tinker with sub-genres such as space rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock and prog rock. Their third album, Liquid, is an instrumental record, featuring 4 long, dynamic pieces that ebb, flow, crash and wig out. Coloured vinyl reissue on Stickman.
  • Vinyl LP (PSYCHOBABBLE037)
  • Coloured vinyl

Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV457)

Doug Shorts
Casual Encounter / Keep Your Head Up

Good things come to those who wait. That’s certainly true in the case of the wonderfully named Chicago soul singer, Doug Shorts. He’s been trying to get noticed since the ‘60s, but it took him until 2012 to actually release anything. Then he was able to release a few tracks, now stone classics, through Cherries Records. He’s now part of the Daptone family. Casual Encounter/Keep Your Head Up 7” one upbeat modern soul groove and one mid-tempo ballad. 7” on Daptone.
  • Vinyl 7" (DAP-1118)

Cosmic Eye
Dream Sequence

Cosmic Eye released this music in 1972 and is now coming to you in 2014 via The Roundtable imprint. What we have is some (very) psychedelic jazz, sounding positively out-of-time and, indeed, a little cosmic. Dream Sequence is formed of two long-form pieces from this British collective, with a heavy eastern tip courtesy of its Indian-born players. Reissued, remastered and on 180g vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (TRZY001LP)

Konami Kukeiha Club
Gradius III

Gradius III was the Konami game series' first foray into 16-bit and it had a suitably futuristic soundtrack, released here for the first time on vinyl. Written by Konami Kukeiha Club, the soundtrack is jarring synths and spacey tinkles and it evokes the feeling of racing through space with your mates on a rainy Thursday afternoon. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (STS-032)

Konami Kukeiha Club
Gradius II

Strap-in and get ready for take off! Remastered and released on vinyl for the first time is the soundtrack to Gradius II the Konami shoot-em-up game. Konami Kukeiha Club created a raucous riff of electro-rock for the game that sounds like you're in an arcade game and is cool as hell. The A-side is the original game score, with the score to the MSX computer version of the game on the B-side.
  • Vinyl LP (STS-031)

Ragnar Grippe
Symphonic Songs

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe gets an old collection released on Dais Records (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And Thee Early Worm, SRSQ). Written in 1981 for an avant-garde theatre piece but only now seeing the light of day, Symphonic Songs finds Grippe marrying atonal Buchla experiments with a string section equal-parts Schnittke and Schoenberg. Artwork by Ascetic House founder J.S. Aurelius.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS124LPC)
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS124LP)

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-049)

Alex Chilton
Songs From Robin Hood Lane

Following the first two Big Star albums in the early ‘70s, Alex Chilton has consistently thrown curveballs at his fans with his next release. I guess Songs From Robin Hood Lane, a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook should surprise no-one, then. This posthumous compilation features 4 unreleased tracks and 3 very rare out-of-print tracks. The songs chosen all reminded Chilton of his childhood home on Robin Hood Lane in Memphis. It was recorded in 1990. LP and CD on Bar-None.
  • Vinyl LP (BRN259LP)
  • CD (BRN259CD)

Alex Chilton
Memphis To New Orleans

It’s probably fair to say that Alex Chilton’s solo career was patchy, but then this was because also quite varied. He’d had hits as the singer of ‘60s band The Box Tops, made two concise albums with Big Star before making the sprawling, weird, dark but mostly brilliant Big Star’s Third. It was the approach he took to this album that ostensibly set the blueprint for his solo career. Memphis To New Orleans compiles the best of his ‘80s solo career, with many of the songs no longer available anywhere else. Reissue LP and CD on Bar-None.
  • Vinyl LP (BRN258LP)
  • CD (BRN258CD)
Added to site: Monday 3rd December 2018

Various
Two Tribes

This is one of those compilation albums that feel like a documentary film or Phd research paper. Two Tribes is an extensive look at the use of foreign sounds, particularly from African countries, in European music being made today. There are a huge range of musical styles across the compilation from artists including; Andrea Benini, The Healing Force Project and Blay Ambolley.     
  • Vinyl Double LP (AR113VL)
  • CD (AR113CD)

The Cardigans
Long Gone Before Daylight

Long Gone Before Daylight was the fifth album by The Cardigans. This album marked a change in their sound as they introduced elements of alternative rock and country. Nina Persson teamed up with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse to form A Camp after this album, possibly an influence on the band’s new sound. Features the single You're The Storm. 180g vinyl LP, in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5722171)

The Cardigans
Super Extra Gravity

As things stand, Super Extra Gravity, is the 6th and last album by The Cardigans. It was released in 2005. The band are back together and touring, so who know what might happen in the future. It features the wonderfully titled single, I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need To Be Nicer. 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Vinyl LP (5722172)

The Cardigans
Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo by The Cardigans will best be remembered for the song My Favourite Game. The notorious video of which featured singer, Nina Persson, recklessly driving a car with catastrophic black comedy ending. It was the band’s fourth album and also featured the single Erase/Rewind. Remastered 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Vinyl LP (5722170)

The Cardigans
First Band On The Moon

First Band On The Moon was the third album by The Cardigans. It was massively successful and cemented them as the foremost credible chart act of the ‘90s. It features some of the band’s best songs such as Been It, Lovefool and a cover of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. Remastered 180g vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Vinyl LP (5722169)

The Cardigans
Life

Life was the second album by The Cardigans. In the UK it was originally released as a compilation featuring tracks from their debut album, Emmerdale and put the band on the map. Here we have it in its ‘as intended’ original track listing as part of the band’s back-catalogue vinyl reissue program. 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.
  • Vinyl LP (5722093)

The Cardigans
Emmerdale

Emmerdale was the first album by The Cardigans. The Swedish indie-pop sensations went on to much bigger and more well-known things, but this is where it all started for them. It includes their first Black Sabbath cover, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. AND, yes, it is named after the farm-based ITV soap opera. 180g vinyl LP on Polydor.
  • Vinyl LP (5722092)
Added to site: Saturday 1st December 2018

Robert Forster
Inferno

In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forster is now a writer of exquisite songs and books and father of one third of The Goon Sax. His new album, Inferno, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and it’s the first time the pair have worked together since Forster’s solo debut back in 1990. LP and CD on Tapete.
  • Vinyl LP (TR429LP)
  • CD (TR429)

Günter Schickert
Nachtfalter

Gunter Schickert initially learned the trumpet before making the guitar hsi axe of choice. This led to free jazz and echo guitar experimentation. His debut album, Samtvogel, was released in the mid-seventies. It earned him comparisons to Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and is highly regarded in the world of Krautrock. It’s 1980 follow-up, Überfällig, was where his signature echo guitar sound really took hold. He has being releasing albums steadily ever since. Nachtfalter, his latest, once again showcases his echo guitar sound.
  • Vinyl LP (BB306LP)
  • CD (BB306)

The Telescopes
Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome is the 10th album by psych/space rock band The Telescopes. The band formed in 1987 and there has been a revolving cast of players, with Stephen Lawrie being the only constant member in all that time. He really is Mr. Telescope. They take their influences from bands such as 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground and Suicide. LP and CD on Tapete.
  • Vinyl LP (TR409LP)
  • CD (TR409)

North Sea Radio Orchestra
North Sea Radio Orchestra


  • CD (OOF006)

Finlay Shakespeare
Domestic Economy

Domestic Economy is the debut full-length album from Finlay Shakespeare. The Bristolian youngster seems to have a bit of a flair for electro-pop. Respectful nods to New Order and Cabaret Voltaire blended with fresh sounds for the modern age, his skill parallels a musician of greater experience. LP on Editions Mego.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EMEGO261)

The Entrepreneurs
Noise & Romance

The Entrepreneurs are not a bunch of suits who met on The Apprentice and decided to form a band with a prosaic name, no, they’re a Danish noise rock band, and one of the must-see bands in Denmark, for that matter. Their debut album, Noise & Romance, explores cornerstones in rock music’s recent history mixing grunge, post rock and other such sub-genres into a potentially massive album. LP and CD on Tambourhinoceros.
  • Vinyl LP (TAMB208LP)
  • CD (TAMB208CD)

Lily & Madeleine
Canterbury Girls

US duo Lily & Madeleine started making music at high school. They were young but very good at what they did and got signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Now signed to hip Nashville label New West, they’re not that much older and already have album number 4 ready to go. Canterbury Girls was produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the duo behind Kacey Musgraves’ crossover success, Golden Hour. LP and CD on New West.
  • Vinyl LP (NW5294LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (NW5248LP)
  • CD (NW6434CD)

Bjarki
Happy Earthday

Bjarki’s versatile electronic music always has some ambient undertones going on, even if they’re muffled by manic jungle beats or haunting techno kicks. Happy Earthday, the successor to 2016’s AE, promises a little bit of everything, -- but never without that distinct and personal atmospheric base layer.
  • Vinyl Double LP (K7378LP)
  • CD (K7378CD)

Leon Vynehall
DJ-Kicks

Leon Vynehall has taken us on a bunch of journeys through his ambient house universe. Now the beneficent and mysterious life-force called !K7, responsible for the DJ Kicks series, has invited him to put together a mixtape. The man has risen to the occasion and focused on an interesting selection rather than smooth mix, accelerating from 79 to 169 BPM over the course of 26 tracks from the likes of Tomaga, Primitive, and AFX.
  • Vinyl Double LP (K7377LP)
  • CD (K7377CD)

Henry Jamison
Gloria Duplex

Gloria Duplex is the second album by Vermont-based singer/songwriter Henry Jamison. The album examines how it feels to be white and male in the US in the current social climate, but not in a disturbing Trump kind of way. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, with string arrangements by Rob Moose, who did the same for Bon Iver. LP and CD on Akira Records.
  • Vinyl LP (AKIRA005LP)
  • CD (AKIRA005CD)

Linkwood
System

Scotsman Linkwood’s 2009 debut album System is a funky affair. The album is a bit all over the place, boasting film noir-ish interludes and downtempo ballads in between album's the full-on funk mainstay. Simmering with head-bobber basslines, retro synthesizers, and sexy vocals, this vinyl reissue is smoother than the butter you left on the stove.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NT202)
Added to site: Friday 30th November 2018

Ex:Re
Ex:Re

Ex:Re, pronounced Ex Ray or even X-Ray, is the new solo project from Daughter guitarist and vocalist. Elena Tonra. Her eponymous debut is a break-up album, sort of. It existence stems from a need for an emotional release following a relationship break-up but none of the songs mention the break-up or the relationship. Features the single, ‘Romance’. LP and CD on 4AD
  • Vinyl LP (4AD0132LP)
  • CD (4AD0132CD)
Added to site: Thursday 29th November 2018

Sleaford Mods
Eton Alive

The fifth studio album from never-knowingly-short-of-a-pun duo Sleaford Mods is on their own new 'Extreme Eating' label following a relatively brief sojourn with Rough Trade. Eton Alive is an aptly-titled affair in a year when which the actions of certain Old Etonians are in real danger of tearing the United Kingdom apart. Be assured that Sleaford Mods will have plenty to say on the subject of Brexit, austerity, and pretty much everything else related to the "shit pipe of this tatty civilisation" - all splurted out in their usual inimitable rattle-and-rant style.  
  • Vinyl LP (EE001B)
  • Vinyl LP (EE001)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • CD (EE001CD)
  • Tape (EE001C)

Durand Jones & The Indications
American Love Call

Durand Jones is one of them there soul singers. On his second studio LP American Love Call, Jones and his band The Indications do a fine job at recreating the sounds, sights and smells (not really - it's not scratch 'n' sniff) of the genre’s ‘70s golden age. Curtis Mayfield would be pleased with the lilting grooves and smooth vocals on tunes like 'Don’t You Know’. Aaron Frazer guests on a bunch of cuts.
  • Vinyl LP (DOC177LP-C1)
  • CD (DOC177CD)
Added to site: Wednesday 28th November 2018

Michael Chapman
True North

Yorkshire Folk legend Michael Chapman has been releasing albums since 1969 on fairly consistent basis, in terms of quality and quantity, barring the odd gap here and there. True North is his latest offering and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed album, 50. He is loved by the likes of Thurston Moore and Steve Gunn, the latter just happens to have produced and played guitar on this record. Other guests include fellow folk legend Bridget St. John and pedal steel player BJ Cole. LP and CD on Paradise of Bachelors. **Pre-order and be put in a hat to win a bottle of Michael Chapman wine**
  • Vinyl LP (POB044LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (POB044LP)
  • CD (POB044CD)

Sun Kil Moon
This Is My Dinner

This Is My Dinner is the ninth album from Sun Kil Moon. It was written and recorded in November and December 2017 in Copenhagen and San Francisco. There are covers of AC/DC and Partridge Family songs. Mark Kozelek has also set a chapter from Irish writer, John Connolly’s novel ‘He’ to music. So it’s not just songs about his evening meal, then? CD on Caldo Verde.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (LPCV048)
  • Limited edition

James Yorkston
The Route To The Harmonium

I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life  - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. The result is a deeply personal treasure trove of songs exemplifying Yorkston at the peak of his craft.     
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP425X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP425)
  • CD (WIGCD425)

Circa Waves
What’s It Like Over There?

What’s It Like Over There? Is the third studio album from Liverpool indie rockers, Circa Waves. The album was produced by the legendary Alan Moulder and melds thrilling rock with sharp pop. The band have toured with the likes of Temples, Royal Blood, The Libertines and Interpol. LP and CD on Prolifica Inc.
  • Vinyl LP (PROINC001V)
  • Vinyl LP (PROINC001VC)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (PROINC001CD)

Mandolin Orange
Tides of a Teardrop

Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tunes, wailing violins, and slow-paced vocals. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPYEP2638X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • CD (CDYEP2638X)

JAWS
The Ceiling

Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.
  • Vinyl LP (JAWS021LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (JAWS021LP)
  • CD (JAWS021CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Benjamin Finger
Into Light

Somber composer Benjamin Finger’s latest takes a turn for the darker. Into Light hosts four compositions, two of which are more than 15-minute affairs. The strings sound like Godspeed You! outtakes, set to minimal electronic backdrops, and the vocal loops create a dissociative bleakness. LIYL: pondering existence while staring out over grey buildings.
  • Vinyl LP
  • Limited edition

Stealing Sheep
Big Wows

Stealing Sheep’s first foot on the ladder was a mini tour with Field Music. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength with their music becoming more fleshed out with every album. Their latest, Big Wows, is no exception. Bright bold pop is infused with dance floor rhythms and ethereal qualities. A bunch of different producers shaped their sound from their experiences behind the desk for the likes of Metronomy, Christine and The Queens and Years & Years. LP and CD on Heavenly.
  • Vinyl LP (HVNLP163C)
  • CD (HVNLP163CD)

Perfect Son
Cast

My mum tells me that I’m the Perfect Son, so I’m not really sure what this fella’s playing at. Get off my turf, Perfect Son! Anyway, the artist born Tobiasz Biliński and known for a few years as Coldair has come out swinging on Cast, his first LP for Sub Pop. Cast is a record of brash, confident electro-pop of the Gary Numan/Depeche Mode school.
  • Vinyl LP (SP1284X)
  • Vinyl LP (SP1284X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SPCD1284)

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker
Black Axis

Originally released in 1989, Black Axis was the second album by Caspar Brötzmann Massaker. The power trio were dominated by Brötzmann’s gigantic guitar sound and could go from thumping rock to cacophonous racket in the space of one song. Sounds like fun to me. LP and CD on Southern Lord.
  • CD (LORD260)

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker
The Tribe

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker announced themselves back in ‘87 with The Tribe.The German power trio played heavy rock with industrial delivery and in guitarist and frontman Caspar Brötzmann they had Jimi Hendrix, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo rolled into one. LP and CD on Southern Lord.
  • CD (LORD259)

Aesop Rock & TOBACCO
Malibu Ken

Who knew we needed Tobacco, frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, to build fascinating and nauseating beats for Aesop Rock? Tobacco's solo stuff strays from the relatively poppy sound of BMSR towards darker beats and stranger worlds, perfectly built for Aesop Rock. The word-heavy New-Yorker turned San-Franciscan as always delivers high-paced raps on their new collaboration Malibu Ken.
  • CD (0826257025623)

The Japanese House
Good At Falling

The Japanese House is the musical project of The 1975 cohort, Amber Bain. The name is taken from a house in Cornwall, once owned by Kate Winslet, that she stayed in as a kid. Bain builds her songs from synth, vocals and guitar making music with one foot in the ethereal and one foot in the pop camp. With four EPs under her belt, it’s time for a full album, Good At Falling is that album. LP and CD on Dirty Hit.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DH470)
  • Vinyl Double LP (DH473)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (DH468)
Added to site: Monday 26th November 2018

Jealous Of The Birds
Wisdom Teeth

Jealous of the Birds returns after 2016’s Parma Violets. Naomi Hamilton’s new EP Wisdom Teeth finds the Northern Irish indie songwriter pondering such topics as a life in music and the reconciliation of inner and outer selves. She does so with dextrous, poetic lyrics and excellent, folky choruses, in which her voice takes off beautifully.
  • Vinyl 12" (HIH060)
  • CD (HIH061)

The Saxophones
Singing Desperately Suite

When their recent album, Songs Of The Saxophones was in the can, The Saxophones, Alex Erenkov and Alison Alderdice, kept hold of the musicians that helped them to record some more songs. Singing Desperately Suite is the result. It recalls the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the recent output of Low. 4-track 7” EP on Full Time Hobby.
  • Vinyl 7" (FTH334S)
Added to site: Friday 23rd November 2018

Weezer
Invasion Of Privacy (The Black Album)

It had to happen at some point. Yes, after Red, Green, Blue and the rest, we now have Weezer’s Black Album. Technically this thing is called Invasion Of Privacy but we can pretty much guarantee no-one will be referring to it thus five years from now. This LP has been produced by Dave Sitek and sees the band going for that sort of nerdy white-boy funk thing that has been tried by everyone from Nickleback to Jack Penate over the past few years. We could have seen that coming too.
  • Vinyl LP (0075678653797)
  • CD (0075678653810)
Added to site: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Big Star
Live On WLIR

Big Star’s Live On WLIR gets a reissue. Recorded for NYC’s WLIR broadcaster in 1974 but not released as a record until 1992, this album finds the power pop pioneers running through tunes from their first two full-lengths. They also throw a nifty Loudon Wainwright III cover in there. This new edition includes extensive liner notes and an interview with Big Star bassist John Lightman. The vinyl release is the first time that Live On WLIR has been put to wax.
  • Vinyl Double LP (816651017232)
  • CD (816651017225)

Girlpool
What Chaos Is Imaginary

The excellent Girlpool return to the fray with their third LP. What Chaos Is Imaginary finds the band building on the good work of 2017’s Powerplant. That means they have emboldened their post-grunge/indie-punk sound with a newly classic songwriting sensibility that nods to Girls. Tracks such as ‘Where You Sink’ have a cool My Bloody Valentine thing going on.
  • Vinyl LP (8714092761917)
  • CD (8714092761924)

Various
Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990

Light In The Attic’s obsession with reissuing Japanese records shows no sign of abating. For their next trick they’ve given us a collection of ambient compositions made in the country during the ‘80s. Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 includes delicate pieces from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hideki Matsutake and many other distinguished artists. Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran has compiled this one.
  • Vinyl LP box set (LITA167LP)
  • CD (LITA167CD)

Quaker City Night Hawks
QCNH

Quaker City Night Hawks hail from Texas. Their music is imbued with all the hallmarks of ‘70s southern rock you’d expect to hear, plus a certain amount of Joe Walsh-era Eagles. QCNH is their fourth studio album and follow-up to their Lightning Rod debut, El Astronauta. LP and CD on Lightning Rod.
  • Vinyl LP (LRR7010LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (LRR7009LP)
  • CD (LRR7009CD)
Added to site: Wednesday 21st November 2018

Nubiyan Twist
Jungle Run

London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT198LP)
  • CD (STRUT198CD)

Stine Janvin
Fake Synthetic Music

Norwegian composer and performer Stine Janvin enters PAN’s labyrinth with new album Fake Synthetic Music. Mainly for voice and delay, the album tests what can be done with such a limited (conceptually, at least) source of sound. Very exciting, and not to be brushed off as similar to Norwegian voice performer Maja Ratkje; the two get distinct results from their processes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PAN84)

Snapped Ankles
Stunning Luxury

Following on from their rather good Come Play the Trees album, London avant groove-sters Snapped Ankles are back with an album that appears to be a concept album about the property industry. A record to soundtrack the constant threat of developers perhaps but these are fun guys with many moments of memorable scuzz under their belts and Stunning Luxury should see them develop further.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY113VX)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (BAY113V)
  • CD (BAY113CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Jim Ford
Harlan County


  • Vinyl LP (LITA068LP)

Dictaphone
Poems From A Rooftop


  • Vinyl LP (DEN287DLP)
  • Limited edition

Dictaphone
Vertigo II


  • Vinyl LP (DEN287CLP)
  • Limited edition

Dictaphone
Nacht EP


  • Vinyl LP (DEN287BLP)
  • Limited edition

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