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Added to site: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Dictaphone
M.=Addiction


  • Vinyl LP (DEN287ALP)
  • Limited edition

Dictaphone
Collection

Dictaphone are a an electronic music project started by Oliver Doerell, who grew up in Brussels, in Berlin at some point in the late ‘90s. A couple of years later he was joined by Roger Doring. They bonded over the ‘80s Brussels music scene. They became a trio in 2009 when violin player, Alex Stolze joined. Collection gathers together their 4 albums on a very limited 4LP box set or 3CD set.
  • Vinyl LP box set (DEN287LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (DEN287CD)
Added to site: Monday 19th November 2018

Spellling
Mazy Fly

Intriguing new one from Sacred Bones act SPELLING. The album tackles the dual realities of technological progress - the utopian and the apocalyptic - while backed by music that can flit from garbled R&B to scuzzy synth jams. ‘Mazy Fly’s’ 12-tracks reflect SPELLING’s seemingly contradictory impulses and finds a unique synthesis being formed from these seemingly combative forces.
  • Vinyl LP (SBR210LP)
  • Vinyl LP (SBR210LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SBR210CD)
Added to site: Friday 16th November 2018

Klein & MBO / Warrior
MBO Theme

Rush Hour reissue this eternal Italo disco proto-house classic from 1983, which was spun around Chicago and New York by legendary DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and Larry Levan. Klein & MBO were Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco who were also responsible for the equally classic 'Dirty Talk' from 1982. What makes this particular edition of 'MBO Theme' so tantalizing is the mega-rare addition of South African band Warrior's cover version on the flipside - created in response to the lack of availability of import copies of the original.
  • Vinyl 12" (RH RSS 24)

Panda Bear
Buoys

Escaped Animal Collective animal Panda Bear, known to his handlers as Noah Lennox, arrives at album six with Domino. An exercise “hyper-modern production” techniques with Person Pitch collaborator Rusty Santos, Buoys finds ol’ Pand subjecting his schtick of characteristically queasy crooners to mainstream studio pastiche. Smashing.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WIGLP399X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP399)
  • CD (WIGCD399)

Daniel Pemberton
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Daniel Pemberton’s score to the latest in the never-ending run of Spider-Man movies gets a standalone release. The Ocean’s 8/Steve Jobs composer does a decent job of teaching an old dog new tricks here. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s mix of symphony and schmaltz might be enough to get Pemberton another Golden Globe nomination.
  • Vinyl LP (19075902241)
Added to site: Thursday 15th November 2018

KLEFT
H+ Sexuali

Radical queer punk and feminist activist of the Glasgow DIY underground, KLEFT (Vickie McDonald) brings you new EP H+ Sexualis. The tracks channel Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto through viciously-eroded and considerably bassy grime, club and electro references. Recommended to patriarchs, electroheads and dentists.
  • Vinyl LP (DEX005)
Added to site: Wednesday 14th November 2018

Rina Mushonga
In A Galaxy

A short time to go (next February) in a galaxy not that far away (this one, the Milky Way) before the arrival of South London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rita Mushonga's new album In A Galaxy. Her songwriting orbits indie and Afropop with a lot of electronic twists and turns; downpitched vocals, pentatonic synths, and it sounds great.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASNL0424LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (PIASNL0424CD)

Cass McCombs
Tip of the Sphere

Cass McCombs has been knocking about for many years now and is one of those artists where two albums don't sound the same. He is continually tweaking and pushing his sound into new territories and on this his 9th album he has recorded the songs in on time and place ensuring that the album is his most consistent statements of intent. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (8714092758412)
  • CD (8714092758429)

The Dandy Warhols
Why You So Crazy

Are they still at it? Do they still fight with the Brian Jonestown Massacre? Does the keyboard player still {snip - Norman lawyers}....well here we are then those the Dandy Warhols with their 10th studio album on their 25th anniversary of being a band a bit like Brian Jonestown Massacre. They wrote some pretty good tunes back in the day so we'll find out soon whether they still have it.   
  • Vinyl LP (DAV245)
  • CD (DA226)

Cobalt Chapel
Variants

Cecilia Fage and Jarrod Gosling make up Cobalt Chapel, a psych-folk-rock duo who have played with Matt Berry, I Monster and Regal Worm. Variants is a collection of tracks from their debut album, Impossible Dream, that have been remixed, rearranged, re-imagined - y’know, variants on the original recordings. CD on K Love.
  • CD (KLOVE2CDA)

Mercury Rev
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Bobby Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited by Mercury Rev is their version of trailblazing American singer Bobby Gentry’s classic 1968 album. Although, for a band who have links with The Flaming Lips and in the past have had songs called things like Sweet Odysee of a Cancer Cell t’ th’ Center of yer Heart, you could be forgiven for thinking it has nothing to do with her and that they’d reverted back to their wonky roots. Anyway, it features a list  of female singers that is so impressive we're going to have to name them all: Norah Jones, Phoebe Bridgers, Hope Sandoval, Laetitia Sadier, Rachel Goswell, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør, Kaela Sinclair and Carice Van Houten.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA852V)
  • CD (BELLA852CD)

Puredigitalsilence
Circumfluence

We've got ourselves a rare Korean electronics gem here. Puredigitalsilence’s Circumfluence was originally released on a short CD run in 1998, and the record was assumed lost to the sands of time before the folk at Daehan Electronics resurrected it for this reissue. Good on them - this LP’s sky-scraping drones, equal parts My Bloody Valentine, Deerhunter and bvdub, are more than worth a second hearing.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DE003)
Added to site: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Feels
Post Earth

Feels make equal amounts of noise and melody. Post Earth is the L.A. four piece’s follow-up to their self-titled debut, released through Castle Face, which was produced by none other than Ty Segall. Here, they switch labels to Wichita and soak up influences from The Breeders to Warpaint to Queens Of The Stone age.
  • Vinyl LP (WEBB560LP)
  • CD (WEBB560CD)

FEWS
Into Red

The hotly-tipped FEWS return with their sophomore LP. Much like their buzz-building 2016 debut Means, Into Red contains a string of powerful post-punk tracks that also draw plenty of influence from noise-rock. Motorik grooves backbone tracks such as ‘Business Man’. It all adds up to something not dissimilar to Iceage.
  • Vinyl LP
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR1048LPX)
  • CD (PIASR1048CDX)
Added to site: Monday 12th November 2018

Peter Mcconnell
Grim Fandango

iam8bit deliver another envinyled computer game soundtrack for the twentieth anniversary of lauded noir adventure Grim Fandango. A bit of a flop in 1998, the game has since accumulated the reputation it deserves, certainly due in no small part to the spirited lounge jazz of Peter McConnell’s soundtrack. Director’s Cut version recorded with real orchestra.
  • Vinyl Double LP (8BIT8098)
Added to site: Sunday 11th November 2018

Stabbing Westward
Darkest Days

Darkest Days was the third album by American Industrial rock band, Stabbing Westward. It was released in 1998, so this 20th anniversary reissue, see it pressed on vinyl for the first time. Despite its lack of commercial success compared to other albums in the band’s catalogue, it is generally regarded as their best by fans. 180g smoke green vinyl, limited to 700 copies on Wargod.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WG011)
  • Limited edition

Stabbing Westward
Wither Blister Burn + Peel

Wither Blister Burn + Peel was the second album by Stabbing Westward. It was originally released in 1996, a time when albums were rarely released on vinyl and CD was king - consequently this is the first time the album has been released on vinyl. It was the industrial rocker’s most commercially successful album. They disbanded in 2002 after 4 albums. Limited edition 180g red smoke vinyl on Wargod.
  • Vinyl LP (WG010)
  • Limited edition
Added to site: Friday 9th November 2018

Julia Jacklin
Crushing

Julia Jacklin drops the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut LP Don’t Let The Kids Win. Crushing is another record of thoughtful, impressive indie-rock in the Angel Olsen/Cate Le Bon vein. ‘Head Alone’s chorus of ‘you can’t love somebody without using your hands’ proves that Jacklin is also one of the funnier singer-songwriters operating today.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS384X)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (TRANS384CD)

Methyl Ethel
Triage

Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.
  • Vinyl LP (4AD0114LP)
  • CD (4AD0114CD)
Added to site: Thursday 8th November 2018

Floorplan v Mark Broom
Floorplan v Mark Broom EP

This one bills itself as Floorplan Vs. Mark Broom, but there appears to be only one cut where the techno titans actually go head to head here. Mind you, it’s a damn good track - Mark Broom’s toughened remix of Floorplan’s gospel-techno banger ‘Never Go Old’ is absolute dancefloor dynamite. Elsewhere on the EP Floorplan turn in some mutant acid and Broom’s ‘Jungle’ is a bongo-techno jam that also jacks hard. Ravers of the world, an orderly queue please.
  • Vinyl 12" (EPM20V)

Cherry Glazerr
Stuffed & Ready

Cherry Glazerr’s debut album, Apocalipstick, was a success and consequently the band have spent most of the time since its release touring. They have found themselves sharing bills with Pixies, Flaming Lips, The Breeders and Slowdive, to name but a few. Whilst their music has at some point clearly been influenced by these bands, we can hope their second album. Stuffed & Ready, which was recorded mid-tour, is strengthened even more by seeing these bands at close quarters.
  • Vinyl LP (SC362LP-C1)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (SC362CD)
  • Tape (SC362CASS)

Piroshka
Brickbat

Marvellous times here for fans of shoegaze alumni as Miki Bereni (Lush) hooks up with KJ McKillop (Moose), Modern English bassist Mick Conroy and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch is a new group which, though hard to get away from the distinct sound of Miki's vocals, offers a fresh start for all four. They explore the usual modern day concerns about news, the world and stuff.  
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA865V)
  • CD (BELLA865CD)

Bayonne
Drastic Measures

Well Bayonne's previous album Primitives was rather excellent indeed. For those not in the know it was a fantastic sprawl through a world slightly similar to that of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. Now the man who brought you all this Roger Sellers is back with a new work which we are hoping to be just as good. 
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50183LT)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (SLANG50183)
Added to site: Wednesday 7th November 2018

The Tomboys
Here We Come! The Tomboys!

Here they come! The Tomboys! Courtesy of the ever-demented Soundflat Records! The Tomboys are a four-piece powerpop-punk girl band from Kobe, Japan. It seems they’re here to cheer you up with lively riffs, immaculately chirpy vocals and ecstatic late-song key changes. Prepare to be tomboy’d.
  • Vinyl LP (SFR099)

Homeshake
Helium

Homeshake is the project from Peter Sagar  - an escapee from the Mac De Marco touring band who has already issued several dollops of R&B influenced lo-fi pop. Helium is the product of both a much clearer mental state for the artist and of a new home recording set up which allowed him to tinker further with his tracks following an increased interest in ambient and electronic compositions. *Dinked Edition LP  on exclusive  "Fruit Punch" colour vinyl + art print available while stocks last* 
  • Vinyl LP (LYN45LP)
  • Vinyl LP (LYN45LPC3)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (LYN45CD)

London Experimental Ensemble
Child Ballads

Back in ye olde Victorian times a fellow called Francis James Child anthologised more than 300 ballads from England, Scotland and the U.S.A. in a collection that came to be known as the Child Ballads. Here the London Experimental Ensemble go about tackling six of them in their own abstract, longform manner. These are highly atmospheric interpretations that have something of the Scott Walkers about them.
  • Vinyl LP
  • CD

Malihini
Hopefully, Again

Memphis Industries (Dutch Uncles, El Perro Del Mar) drop the debut LP from Roman duo Malihini. Hopefully, Again is one of those records of well-heeled retro-pop that are all the rage these days ever since Mac Demarco became supreme overlord of alternative music. Yacht rock, MOR, ye-ye and the lounge-indie of Whitney all get a look-in here.
  • Vinyl LP (MI0519LPX)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MI0519LP)
  • CD (MI0519CD)

Deer Tick
Mayonnaise

In 2017, Rhode Island rock/folk/rock/country/rock band Deer Tick released two compilation albums, Vol.1 and Vol.2. Now they’re giving us Mayonnaise, which is a close relative, containing alternative versions of songs first released on the two volumes. What I want to know, however, is why did they call this Mayonnaise when the first two had such prosaic names? Surely Mayonnaise should be called Vol.1 & 2 v2.0, shouldn’t it? LP on Partisan Records incl. Bonus 7”.
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2161-1)
Added to site: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Various
Those Shocking Shaking Days


  • Vinyl Triple LP (NA5065LP)

Death In June
Essence!

Controversial British band Death In June have evolved from a post-punk/industrial trio into a neo-folk collective revolving around the enigmatic, only constant and founding member, Douglas P. They formed in 1981, with other founding members leaving to pursue other projects whilst Douglas P. kept the band going. Over the years they’ve collaborated with various people including Current 93’s David Tibet. Their new album, Essence, is available on various vinyl editions and CD via NER.
  • CD (BADVCCD18)

Desperate Journalist
In Search of the Miraculous

As someone whose job involves a bit of journalist adjacent work, or as other people call it, "writing", I can't help but feel attacked by the name Desperate Journalist have gone for. But I must be unbiased. In Search of the Miraculous is the goth-y rock band's third album and lives its title. Big choruses, big solos, big euphoria. 
  • Vinyl LP (NONG124LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (NONG124CD)

Jon Fratelli
Bright Night Flowers

Often referred to as ‘the label where bands go to die’, Cooking Vinyl didn’t manage to kill off The Fratellis. Their last album, In Your Own Sweet Time, was a top 5 success! Hooray! Either side of his group’s album, Jon Fratelli has released solo albums. His latest, Bright Night Flowers, is a more laid back affair than you might expect with most of the songs having been written on the piano. 180g vinyl LP and CD on Cooking Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (COOKLP721)
  • CD (COOKCD721)
Added to site: Monday 5th November 2018

International Teachers of Pop
International Teachers of Pop

This is the new project from the Moonlandingz founders Adrian Flanagan (Eccentronic Research Council) & Dean Honer (All Seeing I /I Monster) with Leonore Wheatley (The Soundcarriers). They play brazenly retro synth pop in awe of  artists such as Kraftwerk, the Human League, Suzanne Ciani & Broadcast. Playful synth pop that they claim is the '3rd most important outsider pop album to come out of Sheffield since Dare & Different Class'. They have chutzpah at least. 
  • Vinyl LP (DSPOOLLP6)
  • Vinyl LP (DSPOOLLPC6)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (DSPOOLCD6)
Added to site: Saturday 3rd November 2018

Pilar Zeta
Moments of Reality

Moments of Reality is the debut album by Pilar Zeta. Released on Ultramajic, the album is a inspired by Japanese new age from the 1980s and post-modern art. Made using '90s synths, the album is a candy-pop haze which wafts between PC Music's riotous manipulations and a conceptual art refinement.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (LVX036)
  • Coloured vinyl

Planetary Assault Systems
The Light Years Reworks

Luke Slater assembles a bunch of his favourite producers/artists on his Mote Evolver label roster to re-work a bunch of Planetary Assault Systems stone cold classics. Doing the business are Marcel Fengler, Psyk, Lucy, Slam, Steve Bicknell, Octave One, Function, James Ruskin Kamikaze Space Programme and Slater himself. Cut across six sides of wax for maximum DJ impact.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (MOTELP03)
Added to site: Friday 2nd November 2018

Muslimgauze
Azzazin

Azzazin was the debut album by experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze AKA Bryn Jones. The album is an atmospheric and occasionally unsettling soundscape of drones, clicks, buzzes and beeps. It arguably shows Muslimgauze at his most efficient and focused. The album was originally released in 1996, three years before his premature death at the age of 37. Double LP on Staalplaat/Muslimgauze Archive Series. Limited to 700 copies.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ARCHIVEFORTYTHREE)
  • Limited edition

CultureClash
CultureClash

Reissue of an early 90s release that stems from the Dutch city of Utrecht. It’s brought to us by Lost Futures, a label centred on exploring revolutionary dance releases that were either underappreciated or lost in time. It’s fittingly adventurous, rooted in the sounds of Detroit and Chicago, but constantly manipulating these foundations into deviant new forms.
  • Tape (LF001X)

Ladytron
Ladytron

Named after a track on the first Roxy Music album, Ladytron stayed nicely under radar back in the day with their Teutonic electronic pop. The Liverpool band have had a bit of a break recently, but luckily after a seven wait, we have their new self-titled album. Bizarrely, former Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera lends his percussive skills to the album. Includes the singles, The Island and The Animals recently
  • Vinyl LP (LTKLP4)
  • CD (LTKCD4)
Added to site: Thursday 1st November 2018

Jozef Van Wissem
We Adore You, You Have No Name

‘The Lute Guy’ and minimalist composer, Jozef Van Wissem, returns with a new album, We Adore You, You Have No Name. It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, inspired by a bunch of stuff from the 16th century. One of those things is Caravaggio’s painting, The Lute Player. He was commissioned to perform at the party celebrating the restoration of the original painting. LP and CD on Consouling Sounds.
  • CD (SOUL0119)

Thin White Rope
Sack Full Of Silver

Thin White Rope’s penultimate and fourth album, Sack Full Of Silver sees the Californian outfit returning to a muscular five-piece - muscular because two of those five were recruited to play the bass at the same time! All five of their albums have been remastered and reissued, so what better time to check ‘em out or re-live their glorious sounds? LP and CD on Frontier.
  • Vinyl LP (31048-2)
  • CD (31048-1)

Thin White Rope
The Ruby Sea

The Ruby Sea was the fifth and final album by Californian rock band, Thin White Rope. It was originally released in 1991. The band broke up after this, possibly due to frustrations that they never had the commercial success of contemporaries such as REM, The Replacements and American Music Club. The track The Fish Song features member of the record company’s staff and former Melody Maker scribe, Everett True on backing vocals. Remastered LP and CD on Frontier.
  • Vinyl LP (31042-2)
  • CD (31042-1)

Thin White Rope
In The Spanish Cave

In The Spanish Cave was the third album by Thin White Rope. The band were a four-piece at this point following the departure of Stephen Tesluk, as always, however, they were led by guitarist and vocalist Guy Kyser. Whilst not having the success of contemporaries such as REM and American Music Club, artistically they were a fairly mighty proposition. LP and CD on Frontier.
  • Vinyl LP (31027-1)
  • CD (31027-2)

Thin White Rope
Moonhead

Californian rock band Thin White Rope took their name from William Burroughs description of semen in his novel, Naked Lunch. Moonhead was their second album and was originally released in 1987. Their mix of rock, blues, country, punk, and psychedelia had critics squeezing them into boxes labelled 'Paisley Underground' and 'Desert Rock'. Whatever you want to call them, they’re good and you should check them out. Remastered LP and CD on Frontier.
  • Vinyl LP (31020-1)
  • CD (31020-2)

Thin White Rope
Exploring The Axis

Thin White Rope were a Californian rock band whose 6 year career, from 1985-1991, saw them being lumped in with the Paisley Underground and Desert Rock movements. They took their influences from a wide range of rock, country, punk and psychedelic bands including Suicide, Roky Erikson, Marty Robbins, Can and The Stooges.  Exploring The Axis was their debut album and was originally released in 1985. Remastered LP and CD on Frontier.
  • Vinyl LP (31015-1)
  • CD (31015-2)

Various
IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves (Compiled by Jean-Claude & Victor Kiswell)

Jean-Claude is a name familiar to vinyl aficionados for having many fingers in even more pies. One of those pies is this release on BBE; IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves. It's a delectable selection of the finest jazz from around the world. Ranging from sultry jazz ballads to free improvs. Jean-Claude and Victor Kiswell get into the groove once again. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE448CLP)
  • CD (BBE448CCD)

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Tutti

Tutti is Cosey Fanni Tutti's first solo album since 1982's Time to Tell, and is an exploration of her self, life and art. It was created to be the soundtrack to Harmonic Coumaction, a film about Tutti. The album features the unsettling pounding synths we've come to expect from the Throbbing Gristle crew but is made more personal in how Tutti incorporates other elements.
  • Vinyl LP (CTITUTTILP2018)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (CTITUTTICD2018)

Stats
Other People's Lives

Stats are new to the Memphis Industries stable. They are a DIY art pop band who are led by Ed Steed. He once played in LA Roux’s backing band, this along with, surprisingly, the countless mundane office jobs he’s had have inspired the rather upbeat new album, Other People’s Lives. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.
  • Vinyl LP (MI0522LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MI0522LP)
  • CD (MI0522CD)

Boy Harsher
Careful

Given how much mileage Boy Harsher have got out of their first few releases - their Lesser Man EP has been reissued more times than this Norman Records™ description writer has had hot dinners - it wouldn’t be over-egging the pudding to call Careful one of the most eagerly anticipated LPs of 2019. The duo’s second full-length record finds them adding a touch of Johnny Jewel-ish noir to their icy coldwave sound.
  • Vinyl LP (NUDE5LTD)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (NUDE5LP)
  • CD (NUDE5)
Added to site: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Elecktroids
Kilohertz

Long sought after and deeply missed EP from Kraftwerk inspired electro duo Elecktroids. Likely the work of Gerald Donald and James Stinson who you  probably know as Drexciya. The original version of Kilohertz on Warp featured a paltry four tracks to Clone Aqualung Series' five. Worthwhile if only for that feat of musical archaeology. 
  • Vinyl 12" (CAL 014)

Spielbergs
This Is Not The End

We’ve all heard of Steven Spielberg’s non-union Mexican equivalent, Senor Spielbergo, (note the 23 year-old Simpsons reference) well here we have his Norwegian equivalents, indie band The Spielbergs. Their new album, This Is Not The End, is subject to a groundswell of excitement following plaudits from Biffy Clyro and Frank Turner. LP and CD on By The Time It Gets Dark.
  • Vinyl LP (TIME003LP)
  • CD (TIME003CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Unloved
Heartbreak

Heartbreak is the new album from the David Holmes-led project, Unloved, that also features DJ and producer Keefus Ciancia (known for his work on the True Detective soundtrack) and singer/songwriter Jade Vincent. Creative sparks flew when the trio realised they shared a love for film noir soundtracks, ‘60s girl groups, Shuggie Otis, Lee Hazlewood, Jack Nitzsche and French pop. LP and CD on Heavenly.
  • Vinyl LP (HVNLP162C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (HVNLP162CD)
Added to site: Monday 29th October 2018

The Lemonheads
Varshons II

The Lemonheads first album since 2009 and it's......another covers album. This means that Evan Dando hasn't released one single original song since 2006. Still, the Lemonheads were kings of the cover version in their day and here take on the likes of Yo La Tengo, Bevis Frond, NRBQ, the Eagles, the Jayhawks and loads more.    
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP532Y)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP532T)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (FIRECD532)

Ailie Ormston
The Sedate

Ailie Ormston is back, though not quite as you knew her. The affable, wry dreariness of her band ******** gives way on this solo effort to something harder, more minimal and even *gulp* deconstructive. Fortunately, Ailie doesn’t take this stuff as seriously as many other musicians seem to and the result is crucially as entertaining as it is enlightening. Apparently all done with just one drum machine and one synth, and all.
  • Vinyl LP (50PURE002)
  • Limited edition

Drenge
Strange Creatures

The Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party’s favourite band return with their third LP and first full-length since 2015’s Undertow. Strange Creatures is a ten-track affair that sees Drenge’s muscular brand of hardcore indie-rock refigured for the night-time. Not in a they’ve-gone-disco sense - in the eerie, uncanny, nocturnal sense.
  • Vinyl LP (4050538434958)
  • CD (4050538434965)
Added to site: Friday 26th October 2018

The Posies
Amazing Disgrace

The final album that The Posies made for Geffen subsidiary DGC Records gets a re-release. Originally put out in 1996, Amazing Grace channelled the group’s major label frustration into an LP of top-notch post-grunge. The guitars on tracks ‘Daily Mutation’ and ‘Ontario’ sound huge. This reissue sees the original tracklist given a nice old remastering job. The CD edition comes with a heap of bonus numbers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0816651012411)
  • CD (0816651012466)

Jay Daniel
Tala

Tala is the new LP from up-and-coming Detroit DJ, Jay Daniel. He is making waves is the electronic music world and is a major name in the new Detroit scene. He has a connection to the early ‘90s, however, as his mother, Naomi Daniel, added her vocals to a couple of Carl Craig-produced Planet-E releases - Stars and Feel The Fire. Jay Daniel currently holds a residency in Detroit with friend and mentor, Kyle Hall. Double LP on Watsui High.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WAT-003)

The Specials
Encore

Now can I get an Encore, do you want more? Well, fans of The Specials have actually been left wanting more for a damn long time now. The seminal two-tone group’s first album in many years drops as the band celebrate four decades since the release of their masterwork debut LP. These ten tunes prove that the band have still got plenty left in the tank. We’re cooking raw with the Coventry boys.
  • Vinyl LP (7721103)
  • CD (7721090)
Added to site: Wednesday 24th October 2018

Bob Mould
Sunshine Rock

Just look at that sleeve. Bob Mould is obviously in a better place than where he was around the time of his 1990 album Black Sheets of Rain. But there's a point to the all the happiness. Bob is content in Berlin and instead of a raging anti- US administration album as you might expect, he's celebrating the good things in life as a means to stay alive during these dark years. 
  • Vinyl LP (MRG650LPC1)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MRG650LP)
  • CD (MRG650CD)

Jessica Pratt
Quiet Signs

This is Jessica Pratt's first recordings in a professional studio environment after a series of home recorded releases but, as the title suggests, she still makes quiet music. In fact more so as the home-fi film is removed to realise the clarity of her vision.  The latest in a series of the artist growing comfortable with her environment and bearing more of her soul along the way.  
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50190LP)
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50190LT)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SLANG50190)

Indoor Pets
Be Content

Most pets I suppose are indoors. Maybe rabbits, guinea pigs and horses would count as outdoor pets. And bees? Is a bee a suitable (predominantly) outdoor pet? Aaaanyway this is the debut record from this Kent power pop lot whose fuzzy infectious songs recall early Weezer and Ash and have already been grabbing ears on various 6 music playlists.  
  • Vinyl LP (WEBB555LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (WEBB555CD)

The Claypool Lennon Delirium
South Of Reality

The psychedelics-fuelled California duo of Sean Lennon and Primus bassist Les Claypool is back after 2016’s Monolith of Phobos with newun South of Reality. Check out that magnificent 1970s sci-fi novel-esque cover art. Self-recorded and self-produced, the songs are sumptuous, lyrical and proggy compositions that go beyond the usual psych reliance on big stoner haze.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ATO0445LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (ATO0445CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Pom Poko
Birthday

Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali Farka Toure are both name-checked in the press release for Birthday, but unfortunately so are Vulfpeck, so this could really go either way. As it is they don’t really sound like any of that lot - groups like Deerhoof and The Mae Shi spring to mind as Pom Poko power through a collection of zany power-pop-punk numbers.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA846V)
  • CD (BELLA846CD)

Booker Stardrum
Temporary etc.

NNA Tapes (Kalbells, Matthewdavid’s Mindflight) drop a record of intriguing percussion experiments from Booker Stardrum. Having spent time thumping tubs for artists such as Lee Ranaldo and Weyes Blood, Temporary Etc. sees Stardrum taking flight from behind his kit. His loping beats - somewhere between ?uestlove and Eli Keszler - are augment by dreamy synth textures and ambient drones. Lovely stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (NNA116LELP)
Added to site: Monday 22nd October 2018

Beirut
Gallipoli

Zach Condon aka Beirut celebrates the 11th anniversary of not using the farfisa organ he used to write his first two albums by dragging it wheezing out of retirement to help get things back on track after the so so so No No No. After breaking his arm (no explanation given), he spent an intense month in a semi-isolated studio writing this his fifth album which the press release describes as unintentionally more visceral than the last two. So there. 
  • Vinyl LP (4AD0121LP)
  • Vinyl LP (4AD0121LPE)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (4AD0121CD)
Added to site: Wednesday 17th October 2018

Mike Cooper
White Shadows In The South Seas


  • Vinyl Double LP (SS005)

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Blackout Cowboy

Robert Pollard is referenced in the press release for the new album by Birmingham's Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam. They say it is because they’re comparing the band’s prolific nature to his, but I think the real reason is that the band have taken their name from a yet to be released Guided By Voices album. They don’t sound much like Guided By Voices, however. They are an indie rock band who seemingly never turn the fi up past mid, though, but with a bit more of an in-your-face attitude. Blackout Cowboy is their latest offering. LP on By The Time It Gets Dark.
  • Vinyl LP (TIME002LP)
Added to site: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Yann Tiersen
ALL

Emotive ivories motifsmith Yann Tiersen has a new studio, venue and community centre named The Eskal on ol’ Ushant, the Breton Celtic Sea island he calls home. ALL is his first album recorded in this studio. It features basslines dancing with emotive right-hand arpeggios on the ivories, evocative field recordings of things such as children’s voices and charming reversed-tape textures with post-rock guitar ambience. ALL you could ever want.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM432)
  • CD (CDSTUMM432)

Rob
Hell Fire

Tambourine Party presents a reissue of Hellfire by singular Ghanaian discosmith Rob “Roy” Raindorf, an album sidelined in its time due to waning local interest in Afrobeat. As we all inch closer to humanity’s demise, the album’s apocalyptic themes seem as appropriate today as ever before. Fortunately, with Rob’s funk and reggae stylings the end of the world never seemed so groovy.
  • Vinyl LP (TPR002)
Added to site: Monday 15th October 2018

RY X
Unfurl

Ry X, real name, Ry Cumming, is an Australian singer/songwriter but not the kind who sits there with a guitar and strums his feelings away. He builds soundscapes with skittering drums and clicks and gently sings his heart out over them. It could be said there’s a similarity to Bon Iver, but I wouldn’t really want to force that comparison through. His new album, Unfurl, is his third. LP and CD on Infectious Music.
  • Vinyl LP (4050538446890)
  • CD (4050538446906)
Added to site: Thursday 11th October 2018

Du Blonde
Lung Bread For Daddy

Du Blonde is the alter ego of Beth Jeans Houghton, whose first album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (2012) was released under her own name with the backing band The Hooves Of Destiny. Since then she has made one previous album under the Du Blonde moniker, Welcome Back To Milk (2015). Her new album, Lung Bread For Daddy sees her taking from both previous albums, mixing proto-punk, psych rock and ‘70s songwriter styles. Lyrically she is unflinching in her catharsis with themes of loneliness, anxiety and the problems arising from living in too many different places. LP and CD on Moshi Moshi.
  • Vinyl LP (MOSHILP89)
  • Vinyl LP (MOSHILP89X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (MOSHICD89)
Added to site: Tuesday 9th October 2018

Siglo XX
[BOX]

Belgian band Siglo XX took their name from a Bolivian mine which was a site of social disorder. Their home city of Genk in 1978 was rife with unemployment and all the problems that can arise from that, so the band felt the name said something about where they had come from. Their music dances along the punk/goth/coldwave/darkwave fault line and comparisons to Joy Division are often made. Box contains the bands work from 1982-83 with mini LP, Answer and two EPs Art Of War and Dreams OF Pleasure. Box Set on Onderstroom, limited to 200 copies.
  • CD (OS042CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Mark Stewart and The Maffia
Learning To Cope With Cowardice / The Lost Tapes (Definitive Edition)

Learning To Cope With Cowardice was the debut solo album by The Pop Group vocalist and post-punk pioneer Mark Stewart and The Maffia. This reissue, regarded as the definitive edition, is coupled with The Lost Tapes. Following the break-up of The Pop Group in 1980, Stewart went to New York and began picking up ideas for an industrial hip-hop sound. With the help of producer Adrian Sherwood and crack team of reggae musicians including ‘Deadly’ Headley Bennett and Bonjo Iyabinghi (African Head Charge) the vision became a reality. Originally released in 1983. Double LP and CD on Mute.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MSATM1)
Added to site: Monday 1st October 2018

Torn Hawk
Time Is A Scam

Luke Wyatt, the Brooklyn-based electronic musician behind Torn Hawk returns with his fifth album, Time Is A Scam. His previous albums have come to us via Valcron Video, Not For Fun Records and Mexican Summer. Now, he returns to L.I.E.S. though whom he released a number of EPs between 2012 and 2013. Double LP on L.I.E.S.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LIES127)
Added to site: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Gary Mundy
Specialist Fabricator

Gary Mundy formed the experimental band Ramleh in 1982. The band’s music has run the gamut from power electronics and industrial music to sounds more recognisable as rock in more recent years. He also ran the label Broken Flag and played guitar with Skullflower. In his captivating book, Specialist Fabricator, he takes us through what it takes to make his music, how operating on the outer edges of the music world makes him feel and how he feels having been through it and survived it all. Book, no LP or CD!
  • Book (5055300399243)
Added to site: Saturday 22nd September 2018

Secret Machines
Ten Silver Drops

Secret Machines were a New York-based Texan three-piece space rock band. They featured two brothers, Benjamin and Brandon Curtis along with drummer Josh Garza. Ten Silver Drops was the band's second album, originally released in 2006. Benjamin Curtis left after this album to form The School Of Seven Bells, however, he sadly died in 2013. Ten Silver Drops followed-up their debut LP Nowhere Is Nowhere making their galactic melodies and Bonham-esque drums even bigger in the process. They made one album after this before disbanding, however, internet rumours of a reunion are rife. 180g numbered limited edition vinyl including a bonus LP of B-sides and rarities. On Run Out Groove.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ROGV-039)
  • Limited edition

Ric Kaestner
Music For Massage II

Did you know Ric Kaestner’s soothing New Age cult cassette Music for Massage had a Part II? Unlike Part I, its release was strictly low-key, purely for tape collectors and masseuses and never actually intended for public sale. Sifted Sand Records dutifully honour these conditions by reissuing the album for public sale on black vinyl, coloured vinyl, CD and cassette. Pick your poison and oil up!
  • Tape (SSR0001CS)
Added to site: Wednesday 19th September 2018

51717 (Shadowlust)
Paranoia Star

51717 (Shadowlust) goes full-length for this new release on L.I.E.S.. Paranoia Star features not only tracks but actual songs, and is full of experimental electronics of various stripes as well as those lush L.I.E.S.-style synths and rhythms. It's a hell of a statement actually, drawing on years of life lived and sounds heard. Good stuff, and it comes with a poster!
  • Vinyl LP (LIES119 )
Added to site: Tuesday 18th September 2018

Blood Red Shoes
Get Tragic

Look how airbrushed they are now. This is probably the point in the biography of Blood Red Shoes where all hell breaks loose. They'd already split up once and gone off in very separate ways before reconvening until the guitarist broke her arm after falling off a motorbike. Her mother might well be furious with her but it led to the band using more synths and exploring new sounds and then going to LA (as you do) to make this 'comeback' album. It's one of those that could be brilliant or terrible. Let's find out...
  • CD (JAZZLIFE16CD)
Added to site: Monday 17th September 2018

Massive Attack
Mezzanine [2018 Remaster]

Very exciting 20th anniversary remaster of Massive Attack's 1998 album Mezzanine, the kind of album that constantly finds itself on lists of the best albums of all time without losing any of its cool. Massive Attack took the trip-hop sound they had helped define and mixed it with a more rock-y energy to make something intriguing and unique. Comes with a disc of dub remixes by Mad Professor. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (6742763)
  • CD (6742755)

White Lies
Five

Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and Killing Joke bassist and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR445LPX)
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR445LP)
  • CD (PIASR445CDX)
Added to site: Tuesday 11th September 2018

The Underground Youth
Fill The Void

The Underground Youth play a brand of post punk influenced by The Velvet Underground, The Birthday Party, Bauhaus and Leonard Cohen. It’s fair to say that they look to the past for their ideas. Their new single, Fill The Void, found the Berlin-based band looking back at frontman Craig Dyer’s lyrics from 10 years ago, around the time the band were formed. The 7” is backed with Take Me Awry. 7” single on Fuzz Club, limited to 250 copies.
  • Vinyl 7" (FC97V7)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Various
Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices

Cool compilation from Static Shock Records (Beta Blockers, Sievehead) here. Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices chronicles the current rotation of strong female artists in the world of European punk rock. The eight contributions here come from members of, among others, Good Throb and Sauna Youth.
  • Vinyl LP (SSR063)
Added to site: Tuesday 4th September 2018

Cupar Grain Silo
Saturday 21 May 2016

Over the past few years the Resono project has been chronicling some of the most interesting acoustic spaces in Scotland. One of these is North Fife’s Cupar Grain Silo, a now-defunct sugar-beet storage facility. In May 2016 - Saturday 21 May 2016, to be precise - Architeq mastermind Sam Annand set nine custom-built synthesiser compositions free in the space. The result is this LP of reverberant electronics. It recalls Vangelis and Anthony Child’s Maui Jungle recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (ESK3)

Melting Hand
Faces of Earth

Melting Hand are, at the time of recording Faces Of Earth, made up of members of Terminal Cheesecake, Gum Takes Tooth, Bong, Big Lad, The Wharves and Luminous Bodies, making it a veritable supergroup of gnarly alternative UK racket-makers. The rhythm section is particularly potent on this album, setting up a driving momentum that propels all the chaos to follow. Featuring a Joe Henderson cover.
  • Vinyl LP (HOSO22LP)
Added to site: Monday 3rd September 2018

Puce Mary
The Drought

Frederikke Hoffmeier aka Copenhagener Puce Mary joins PAN for her new album The Drought, where she is found tucking in to the world’s most suspicious-looking apple. The image suggests themes of temptation, self-destruction and self-preservation are encountered in these new tracks, while compositionally Hoffmeier seems to be using decidedly less aggression and more vulnerability and melody than we’ve heard from her before.
  • Vinyl LP (PAN87)
  • CD (PAN87)
Added to site: Thursday 30th August 2018

XY0815
Exahertz

The quietly impressive London label brokntoys (The Hacker, Marco Bernardi) drops the debut solo record from Leipzig-based producer XY0815. Anyone who’s familiar with the brokntoys output up until this point will likely have a decent idea of what they’re getting themselves in for here. For newcomers - this is dark, somber electronics of the post-punk lineage. In addition to this Exahertz cuts like ‘End Of Your Orbit’ also have a strong electro flavour.
  • Vinyl 12" (BT19)
Added to site: Monday 20th August 2018

Parekh & Singh
Science City

Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City  is released by the Peacefrog label.
  • Vinyl LP (PFG196)
  • CD (PFG196CD)
Added to site: Saturday 18th August 2018

Jeff Majors
For Us All (Yoka Boka)

Original copies of Jeff Majors’ 1986 LP For Us All (Yoka Boka) go for mad money these days. If your coin is of the saner variety, then maybe try this Invisible City Editions re-press out for size. Majors was a student of Alice Coltrane, and there’s a shared strain of devotionalism with Coltrane’s spiritual output that runs through these nine tracks. However, Majors’ use of harp, synths and drum machines gives the thing a bit of a Vangelis feel. Features covers of the so-famous-we-don't-need-to-tell-you-who-they're-by ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Summertime’.
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 015)

Annie
Anthonio


  • Vinyl 12" (ITEM1)

The Dap-Kings
Tear It Down (feat. Sharon Jones) / The Collection Song

Soul singer extraordinaire Sharon Jones may have passed away in 2016, but her band The Dap-Kings are still going strong. This Daptone single ushers the instrumentalists into the spotlight. ‘Tear It Down’, which features some vocals from Jones, is a hard-bitten number in the vein of Bobby Bland’s ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’. This comes backed with fan-favourite ‘The Collection Song’.
  • Vinyl 7" (DAP-1116)
Added to site: Friday 17th August 2018

D.H.S.
Mind Control

Largely operating in the 90s and early 00s before a 2015 comeback EP, Ben Stokes tended not to rush his Dimensional Holofonic Sound (DHS) releases. Mind Control, for instance, dropped in 2001, four years after the previous DHS record. Taking his time was clearly of benefit for the eventual outcome. Mind Control’s acid electro is not overly busy, but it has a mesmeric quality that draws you in ever deeper. The way opening cut ‘Hypnosis’ morphs imperceptibly into ‘I Am Your Control’ befits the former’s title.
  • Vinyl 12" (UA1201)
Added to site: Wednesday 11th July 2018

Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Sorrow Of Derdriu

We were a massive fan of Firecracker's first Mac-Talla Nan Craeg release, a record that curve-balled our expectations on the label to release good house bangers via an archaeological dig of Scotland's ancient landscape. One can only assume that participating artists Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles have been up on the highlands drinking more whiskey as they've now got The Sorrow of Derdrilu to give us, another sound collage created through found sound, synths and traditional song study. They claim this one is more narratively driven, based on particular ancient tales rather than inferred from simply hanging out in the countryside.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FIREC027)
  • CD (FIREC027CD)
Added to site: Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The Staple Singers
Coming Home: The Early Classics

It’s coming home! It’s coming home! It’s coming! Staples’ coming home! Probably unwise of The Staple Singers to release Coming Home: The Early Classics during the 2018 Fifa World Cup™, but as they’re American they might not have been aware it was happening so we’ll let them off the hook. Anyway, this collection focusses on the famed gospel-soul group's early work. Time and again a teenage Mavis Staples, flanked by the choir of her brothers and sisters, shows off her extraordinary voice.
  • Vinyl LP (CONTRAST9106LP)
Added to site: Monday 2nd July 2018

Craven Faults
Springhead Works

Like kraut rock made on the Yorkshire Moors. Thats what I personally said about the first Craven Faults record 'Netherfield Works'. This time these mysterious Yorkshire people are back with new works which will again appeal to fans of old dusty northern synths. Certainly the likes of Kieran Hebden, Dan Snaith and Gold Panda have been getting on board.  
  • Vinyl 12" (PARCEL369)
  • Limited edition
Added to site: Monday 7th May 2018

Susheela Raman
Ghost Gamelan

British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.
  • Vinyl LP (NJ628761)
Added to site: Tuesday 10th April 2018

Victrola
Maritime Tatami


  • Vinyl 12" (DE055LP)
Added to site: Tuesday 4th August 2015

Shabazz Palaces
Of Light

They are big big deals now, but when the EP now compiled as Of Light was first released in 2009, Shabazz Palaces were all fresh and unknown, and suitably impressive. Here it is released again on vinyl by Templar Label Group, containing the genesis of the group’s jazzy and unusual hip-hop style.
  • Vinyl LP (TLG10LP)

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