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Added to site: Wednesday 21st August 2019

Minimal Compact
Creation is Perfect

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

Tyler, The Creator
Igor

Despite only just being released, Igor has already been pretty much universally recognised as one of the best records of Tyler, The Creator’s career. And who could deny this thing? The latest LP from the OFWGKTA badboy-turned-goodboy is as gorgeous as they come, a heady brew of neo-soul, The Neptunes-esque beats, hypnagogic pop and outsider art. More of this please.

Gary Numan
The Pleasure Principle – The First Recordings

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

Gary Numan
Replicas – The First Recordings

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

Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm

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

Max Richter
Voyager - Essential Max Richter

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

COMA
Voyage Voyage

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

Dog In The Snow
Vanishing Lands

Even men with steel hearts love to see a dog in the snow. We all do, presumably so does Brighton based artist Helen Ganya Brown who has created this dreamy debut from her home studio and subsequently presumably rejoiced when told it was going to be released by Bella Union. It's a haunting collection of electronica, dream pop and arty rock music that was made when she says she was having some very strange dreams. Possibly ones involving dogs and snow. Clear vinyl if you are quick. 
Added to site: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Lindstrom
On a Clear Day I Can See Forever

Lindstrøm presents his sixth solo studio album On A Clear Day I Can See Forever. Based around long, one-take recordings and inspired by the material he wrote for a special performance last winter at Norway’s Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the new record has essentially seen him debunk his old ways of creating music, using physical instruments and not computer technology. 

Will Johnson
Wire Mountain

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

Those Pretty Wrongs
Zed For Zulu

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

Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Balazs Pandi
Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

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

Led Bib
It’s Morning

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

USSELMAN
All Fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind

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

Buck Meek
Buck Meek

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

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Build Bridges

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

OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)
Souvenir

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

Kim Gordon
No Home Record

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

Psychic Tv
Trip Reset

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

Felix Lee
Inna Daze

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

Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Q

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

Ghostface Killah
Ghostface Killahs

Here comes the first solo Ghostface Killah album in years which he's named after a kind of plural version of himself. It's guest-ridden with various Wu Tang Clan pals helping him out including Method Man and fellow killer Masta Killa. Get ready for some classic Ghostface lyrical action with his verbose, growly wordplay sitting atop stellar production by Danny Caiazzo. 
Added to site: Monday 19th August 2019

Itasca
Spring

The fruits of geographical relocation are well-documented. Like Bowie and Iggy's move to Berlin, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Itasca found that the move to New Mexico yielded delicious fruits that eventually coalesced into the form of her new album 'Spring'. It's a testament to the revitalising powers of change and the profound impact that setting can have on the aesthetic sensibility. 

The Lilac Time
Return To Us

"Return to yesterday" sang the Lilac Time on their 1987 nearly hit of the same name but twenty two years on they announce Return to Us which is their tenth album to date. These days they are all Duffys with leader Stephen 'don't call me Tin Tin' Duffy joined by Claire Duffy and Nick Duffy on an album of further explorations of the gentle folk-inspired melodies that they have always peddled. One of Britain's most underrated songwriters, it's gladdening to see Duffy still going strong on a homely album of world weary musing and sepia-tinted nostalgia.  
Added to site: Friday 16th August 2019

Scientist Meets The Crazy Mad Professor
At Channel One

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

PCM
Attraverso

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

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

The Cosmic Dead
Scottish Space Race

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

Jim Sullivan
If The Evening Were Dawn

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

Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan

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

Tiny Moving Parts
breathe

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

Sequoyah Murray
Before You Begin

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

Eye Flys
Context

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

(Sandy) Alex G
House of Sugar

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

XXXTentacion
? (Deluxe)

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

Wayne McGregor
Collaboration

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

Thigh Master
Now For Example

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

The Hussy
Looming

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

The Hand Of Doom
Poisonoise

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

Kelley Stoltz
My Regime

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

Firebreather
Under A Blood Moon

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

Bibi Ahmed
Adghah

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

Hecker
Inspection II

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

Beastie Boys
Root Down

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

Mica Levi
Monos (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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

Charli XCX
Charli

There was a girl on my course at university who was best friends with Charli XCX from school. This was just when Ms. XCX was beginning to become famous (we’re talking ‘Boom Clap’ days), and I often wondered if I’d ever get to meet her at a houseparty or whatever, but our paths never crossed. Her friend was nice though, so by that logic we’re going to say that Charli XCX is probably pretty nice too. Go Charli! Her third, sort-of-self-titled LP will surely cement her legacy as the premiere alt-pop star of our age - the inheritor of Lady Gaga’s crown, perhaps? Charli features the ginormous singles ‘1999’ (ft. Troye Sivan) and ‘Blame It On Your Love’ (ft. Lizzo). Haim, A. G. Cook, Cupcakke and a bunch of other famous names also contribute.

Minor Pieces
The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming

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

Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA

Just to make absolutely sure that you know it’s him, Michael Kiwanuka has gone for his own (sur)name as the title of his third studio LP. KIWANUKA sees the singer tripping down a bit of a psychedelic soul route - tracks like ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ are shimmering What’s Going On-type things that coalesce around Kiwanuka’s poised, soulful singing. Dangermouse and Kiwanuka’s longtime ally Inflo are the producers.

Diagonal
Arc

Heady, artistic groove-rock from Diagonal here. The Brighton band’s first LP in seven years, Arc is full of tracks grounded by great work from the rhythm section that’s often pitched somewhere between motorik Krautrock and the psychedelic new-beat style of someone like Whilst. Atop this we get vocals reminiscent of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis (RIP) and some ripping, vaguely proggy guitar play.

Stereophonics
Kind

Wayne Rooney will be pleased - Stereophonics are back! The band are just one away from a dozen studio LPs now, though despite laying down all that material over the years they really haven’t changed their sound much (obviously - it’s Stereophonics we’re dealing with here). Kind features songs called things like ‘Hungover For You’ and ‘Bust This Town’ so we’re going to assume it’s business as usual for everyone’s favourite Welsh stadium-rockers.
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Kristin Hersh
Crooked

Reissue of the eighth LP from Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh here. Crooked is a set of moody, brooding ballads that coalesce around Hersh’s stoic lyricism. Her husky alto adds real gravity to these already heavy tunes. As such, Crooked is an LP in the best Americana tradition, up there with Mark Lanegan and Wilco.
Added to site: Wednesday 14th August 2019

HTRK
Venus In Leo

Astrology's hot in 2019. 'Venus In Leo' is the fourth album from HTRK, the minimal electronic duo. Theirs is a sound that is finds an intense sadness in mundanity, that is communicated with minimal beats now freed from their noisy shells. As a Leo, I should probably have something to say about the album title. Unfortunately I know literally nothing about astrology.

Workshed
Workshed

Workshed is the new project from former Cathedral members Adam Lehan and Mark Wharton. They continue their intense doom metal sound on a scathing album full of powerful riffs and severely pissed off vocals. Possibly not one to play to the children at bedtime it's further proof that these long dormant metal legends still have the bit between their teeth a quarter century after their most revered work. 

Cain
Cain

Another metal re-issue on Rise Above this time from Birmingham travellers Cain. They were made up of members of Doom and Extreme Noise Terror and were notable for infusing their sludgy riffing with influences from psychedelia, industrial music but most intriguingly sampling and ambient soundscapes. Sorta somewhere between Loop and Celtic Frost states the press release. Nothing if not unique.  

Kayo Dot
Blasphemy

Kayo Dot is the ever evolving project led by Toby Driver since 2003. They take elements of metal, goth and jazz and coagulate them into an intoxicating, cascading brew over which Driver adds his sonic concoctions. Fifteen years after their inception they unleash Blasphemy which is based on a story by Jason Byron concerning political greed. Who'd a thought that would be an inspiration in 2019? Some pretty nifty looking special editions available on this too.    

Frode Haltli
Border Woods

Border Woods is the second record by Swedish accordion player and composer Frode Haltli. It contains folk inspired compositions balancing the old wheezebox itself with nyckelharpa which is a kind of keyed fiddle popular in Sweden. This latest album strips back the sound of the larger ensemble compositions of last years Avant Folk album to create a varied album of nordic jams and improvisation.

Hozan Yamamoto with Sharps & Flats
Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

Everyone’s getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues these days. Studio Mule, BBE and Mr. Bongo are just three of the labels who’ve delivered new editions of old LPs in recent years. The latter come through with the goods again in the form of Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a 1971 rarity that saw the legendary shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) player Hozan Yamamoto team up with the Sharps And Flats - one of the country’s most celebrated big-bands. Together they create a bombastic and brilliant noise on Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a large-ensemble fusion-funk style that really struts. Cracking stuff.

Jonah Tolchin
Fires for the Cold

Tear-drenched backstory alert as American songwriter Jonah Tolchin escapes a marriage break up to nestle in the bosom of the studio for what will surely be his most realised album yet. In fact some pretty big hitters have turned up to help him out including Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones on an album where Tolchin lays bare his emotions by way of tender Americana.  

Trupa Trupa
Of The Sun

Trupa Trupa beams are gonna blind me. Well, if the beams in question are coming Of The Sun I suppose you’d expect nothing less. This Polish quartet serve up big, reverb-drenched post-punk on their latest LP. The cavernous sound of tracks like ‘Remainder’ is somewhere on the sliding scale between mid-period Deerhunter and Protomartyr at their most bullish. Somewhere in the crowd there's you.

Rachael Dadd
FLUX

Though her surname is Dadd, Rachael Dadd plays nothing like dad-rock so anyone else other than me with that thought can get it right out of their heads. Instead she plays a kind of conceptual, contemporary folk music that has already lauded her plaudits across the globe. This her her first on Memphis Industries following on from work with a slew of different labels. Like most other records in 2019 it in inspired by and a protest to the recent political landscape.   

Tempers
Private Life

Calm down everyone! Stop shouting at each other! Goodness me - Tempers, tempers. Despite having a name that implies vitriol, this NYC duo actually serve something closer to angst than anger on their latest LP Private Life. Entries such as ‘Capital Pains’ (geddit?) find singer Jasmine Golestaneh dealing with the mess of city living over urgent, widescreen synth-pop beats. The War On Drugs and Future Islands are close compadres of Private Life.

Various
J Jazz Volume 2 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 – 1983

After getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues act back in 2018 with J-Jazz - Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, BBE Records return with the second instalment. The time-frame of Volume 2 is similar to the first time around (both start in 1969 and this one goes to 1983 rather than 1984) and once again the span of styles on display here is broad. Spiritual explorations, hard-bop stompers and fusion-funk all get a look in across the compilation.

A.A.Williams
A.A.Williams

A.A. Williams is an intriguing sounding songwriter who straddles both the metal and folk genres in her dark and evocative sound. Indeed she has been compared to Moonpix era Cat Power yet is shortly off on tour with Sisters of Mercy. What gives? I'm not sure but this is a re-press of her long sold out debut EP with several new songs added including a slow moving take on Dolly Parton's Jolene.  

Patterson Twins
Let Me Be Your Lover

Eagle-eyed rare-groovers among you will likely have spotted Miles Away’s reissue of Patterson Twins’ 1978 7” Gonna Find A True Love when it came out a couple of months back. Hot on the heels of that re-release we now get a new pressing of Let Me Be Your Lover, the Mississippi pair’s LP that came out in the same year. The brothers deliver muscular, righteous funk all through this record’s eight tracks. Original copies of Let Me Be Your Lover go for megabucks these days so it’s a good thing that Acid Jazz have put together this far more affordable edition.

clipping.
There Existed an Addiction to Blood

clipping. are very much what you'd expect from a rap group on Sub Pop. Their production is noisy and abrasive and they know their history. This is especially true of MC Daveed Diggs who is now considerably more well known for his role as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, the musical. 

Bodega
Shiny New Model

Brooklyn quintet Bodega (and not the Nottingham venue of the same name) have announced a mini-album titled 'Shiny New Model'. It features eight songs of big grooves and wistful melodies. FFO Parquet Courts, Shame, and Idles. What is a mini-album anyway? Where is the line? Is it just an EP? Answers on a postcard.
Added to site: Tuesday 13th August 2019

Omni
Networker

Hang on. I was thinking that Omni only released a new album earlier this year when in reality Multi-Task came out in 2017. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Networker is their third album and their first since signing for Sub Pop. Theirs is a taut and wiry sound with nods back to Gang of Four and fellow Georgians Pylon and they have an ex Deerhunter in guitar ace Frankie Broyles. Networker turns up the 'fi' on their twisty turny sound but retaining the catchiness and freshness of their earlier work. 

Sean O'Hagan
Radum Calls, Radum Calls

The lead singer of The High Llamas and a regular member of Stereolab, Sean O’Hagan is one of these islands’ most formidable avant-pop musicians. But it’s been a whole 29 years between his two solo albums, with Radum Calls, Radum Calls appearing on Drag City. Full of intriguing collaborations and O’Hagan’s typically understated, sideways lyrics, it’s great to have him back! 

Loren Oden
Adrian Younge presents Loren Oden: My Heart, My Love

Created in league with esteemed hip-hop producer Adrian Younge, Loren Oden’s debut album My Heart, My Love sounds like it’s dropped through a wormhole from a different time entirely. Oden has worked with Younge many times in the past, on many of his most notable records, but here he gets his own time to shine, inspired by legends such as Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones. 

Various
Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969

Compilations with dates in their title are always the best compilations. Fact. Compilations with dense, dry scientific language in the title, even more so. This is why 'Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969' is a delicious prospect. Full of early electronic music experiments done in a studio complex at the Institute of Sonology in Utrech, this double LP sounds like a thrilling trip back in time to when the idea of music made by machines promised a truly brave new world. 

Carl Stone
Himalaya

Working in the field of live electronic music since the Seventies, American composer Carl Stone has performed all around the world. Following up 2019’s Baroo in extremely short order, Himalaya is a huge double-album experience. All six tracks were conceived of in the last six years, and focus around Southeast Asian field recordings. 

Carl Stone
Baroo

Working in the field of live electronic music since the Seventies, American composer Carl Stone has performed all around the world. With a set of compositions ranging from 2011 to just last year in origin, and written with the MAX programming language, Baroo is five brand new tracks released on Unseen Worlds. 

Stone Irr
Performance

Warm and careworn indie from this Los Angeles by way of Indiana native. The move to the coast (doesn't everyone?) has spurred on a more 60s West Coast sound enlightening the previous understated songwriting. The press release compares this to so many artists that it's hard to know where Stone Irr are actually coming from but with Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens in the melting point this gives us a good idea of where this is headed. 

Floating Spectrum
A Point Between

Mei-Fang Liau presents her debut album as Floating Spectrum. Using noises of everyday household objects and her collection of customised synthesisers and other musical programmes - including a generative system that turns visual data into sound - A Point Between is much more than just a technological marvel, but an artistic one too. 

Fly Pan Am
C’est Ça

One of the Constellation label’s greatest early signings, Fly Pan Am disbanded in the mid-Noughties following a series of acclaimed, enjoyably messy post-rock albums. Reuniting a couple of years back, the Montreal band have effortlessly slipped back into their previous impressive form, with new album C’est Ça sounding like they’ve never been away. 

David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights
Bobbie's A Girl

David Kilgour, as well as being a member of New Zealand's magnificent post-punk crew the Clean, has also had a long and storied solo career. Bobbie's a Girl is his latest offering and eschews the noisy garagey sound of his youth for a more gentle and pastoral work that recalls some of his favourite '60s musicians such as the Byrds and the Velvet Underground. Expect warm, understated psychedelia and laid back jangle.  

Neal Francis
Changes

Stunning contemporary funk and soul from this recently sober Chicago musician. The first record he was given as a child was a Dr John LP so it's easy to see what his influences are. It's no surprise then that Changes has elements of New Orleans blues, gospel ish soul and 70's lowdown rock and roll within its grooves. Add this in to a storied history of alcohol and drug addiction and long recovery Neal Francis obviously has a point to prove and has created a passionate, soulful album steeped in the past but looking forward to what might be ahead.   

Nahawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1

Although Nahawa Doumbia is traditionally associated with Wassoulou, a variant of dance music, her first album comprised songs recorded with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. Expect an intimate, sparse album that showcases Doumbia's voice at its rawest. It's the first time 'La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1' is available internationally so get it while it's hot!

Sweet Williams
Where Does The Time Come From

Keeping a band together is murder these days what with people having to go to work and have children and whatnot. It's a shame that the last line up of Sweet Williams dissolved as their Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight was a superb album of taut and wiry post-punk and post-hardcore guitar tangles. All is not lost though as leader Thomas House has returned all on his lonesome as Sweet Williams for this follow up LP which sees House trying to maintain the bands kinetic energy in a more studio environment. He has previous form though as a member of Charlottefield and Joeyfat he has been involved in some of the best British loud music of the last 20 years. Expect good things.    

Various
Ryley Walker Presents Imaginational Anthem Vol. Nine

This is the ninth volume in the superb 'Imaginational Anthem' series on the Tomkin's Square label. The format is simple: someone curates an album worth of music based around the acoustic guitar. Got it? The ninth volume is curated by Illinois indie-folker Ryley Walker. Expect gorgeous guitar lines, deft finger-picking, and good ol' stringy people. 

Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs in September, with all three of the compositions to be made available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of last year’s album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Sunset Sons
Blood Rush Déjà Vu

Blood Rush Déjà Vu is the second studio album from French-based Anglo-Australian indie trio Sunset Suns, released off the back of an impressive three years of continuous building. Their 2016 debut Very Rarely Say Die saw them tour in support of Imagine Dragons and Nothing But Thieves, a learning curve that saw them nominated for AIM’s Best Live Act. 
Added to site: Monday 12th August 2019

Big Thief
Two Hands

"I have two hands" - the words of synth wizard Viv Savage. Big Thief are the latest band to do that 'record two albums at the same time' thing  - see also Beach House. So if you bought this years U.F.O.F and are still enjoying it then you can move seemlessly into its sister album. Basically it seems where U.F.O.F was wet then Two Hands is dry both in the weather conditions at recording time and in the sound produced. Here the songs were recorded live with few overdubs as the band showcased their latest batch of songs with a no frills, bone dry approach.  

Susumu Yokota
Cloud Hidden

Five years after his passing, the Susumu Yokota legend is being dredged up with a first album of unreleased recordings by the Japanese master. Rothko's Mark Beazley found a DAT tape of early sketches and unreleased recordings Yokota had sent him. Lo Recordings honcho Jon Tye then did the decent thing and completed the recordings. Cue champagne all round and an unexpected addition to Yokota's esteemed back catalogue.   

Stephen Mallinder
Um Dada

It wouldn’t really be accurate to say that we’ve been waiting a long time for a Stephen Mallinder solo LP. This is because the Cabaret Voltaire man’s last (and previously only) album Pow-Wow came out a full 37 years ago, way back in 1982, and as such most of us had stopped holding out for a follow-up. Now we’re pleased to tell you that 1) there is one, 2) it’s called Um Dada and 3) it’s good. This is a record of sprightly oddball techno-tronica that’s not dissimilar to Mouse On Mars or Matmos. Um Dada is out via Dais (Drab Majesty, SRSQ). Please note that the CD release contains two tracks that don't appear on the vinyl editions.

Roam
Smile Wide

Eastbourne’s premier pop-punks ROAM return with their third LP Smile Wide. The tunes here are slick blends of various tropes from across the scene - chugging grooves, anthemic choruses, gang vocals and just the occasional hint of screamo. They’re sure to sound great sandwiched between Every Time I Die and Neck Deep on a bunch of festival bills. Smile Wide is out via Hopeless Records (New Found Glory, The Used).
Added to site: Saturday 10th August 2019

Fetish
World Eater

Fetish are an off-shoot band comprising members from different eras of Poison Idea - that is, Steve “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford and Eric “Vegetable” Olson, plus latter-day guitarist Brandon Bentley - plus three members of Portland punk act Long Knife. World Eater follows their recent excellent single as the band’s debut album. 
  • CD (BH999119)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button

Experimental music heavyweights Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their new album In the Past Only Geniuses Were Capable of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known as a Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With the Push of the Button which almost completes my word count for this description which is useful as there's no press release to work with. You know the score though... fearsome power rock on an annual mission to clean your ears of any wax that may have built up in there since the last time they made an album.   

Common Holly
When I say to you Black Lightning

When I Say To You Black Lightning, the second LP from Montreal singer-songwriter, is a charming set of indie-styled balladry. Tapping into the folksiness of Devendra Banhardt, Regina Spektor’s forthright attitude and Deerhunter’s murmuring ambient punk style, the one born Brigitte Naggar proves a beguiling and captivating central figure here. When I Say To You Black Lightning is out via Dalliance (Gia Margaret, Wilsen).

Crass
Stations Of The Crass

Stations Of The Crass was the second album by anarchist punk band Crass. It was originally released in 1979. It features three sides of studio recordings and one side which was recorded live in an Islington pub (I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn was there?). The album’s title is not only a pun on Stations Of The Cross, but also the name of their campaign to daub the London underground in graffiti. On Crass Records.

Crass
Christ - The Album

Now even Crass get the luxury boxset treatment. However there's a catch as this was released as a box set first time round  - always ahead of their time this lot. Christ- The Album was their fourth album originally released in 1982 and it contained one disc of new material and a further album containing a live show. The fact that it took a year to record had a profound effect on the band as they realised that such a gestation period would render their political statements dated. Further recordings were made quickly with a more back to basics approach but this is the one they sweated over. 

Crass
Ten Notes On A Summers Day

Always uncompromising, Crass rounded off their brief career with Ten Notes on a Summers Day, an album which consists of both vocal and instrumental versions of the same tracks. The fact that these songs were performed in a series of avant garde styles rather than their usual thump punk sound didn't endear the album to their fanbase at the time but what a way to sign off. 

Crass
Penis Envy

Penis Envy was the third album by legendary anarcho-punks Crass. It was a move away from their early macho punk sound and the subject matter of feminist issues was reflected in the fact that the album had exclusively female vocals. It became notorious by the fact that it was involved in a seizure of copies from Manchester record shops and the band were charged under the Obcene Publications Act. The band eventually won under appeal but it cost them financially and the seeds were sown for their eventual dispansion. 

Common
Let Love

You heard the man - Let Love! Common proves a voice of reason yet again on his twelfth studio LP, picking through the debris of modern life with care and compassion. Tracks like the Daniel Caesar-featuring ‘Her Love’ are tender, eloquent neo-soul-rap flexes (it also helps that the ‘Her Love’ beat is an unreleased J Dilla joint). Common’s consciousness can be gritty too - try the slamming Swizz Beatz-assisted flex ‘Hercules’.
Added to site: Friday 9th August 2019

Adam Green
Engine of Paradise

With mouth on permanent droopy open mode Adam Green has enjoyed a long and varied career since he formed the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson in the mid '90s. His most recent solo work was a film interpretation of Aladdin in which the cast were all made of papier mache. His 10th solo album Engine of Paradise is perhaps less loopy concerning itself with ruminations on life and the afterlife. He occasional knocks great songs right out of the park so as always this will be an essential listen. 

Kendra Amalie
Intuition

Having amassed a ton of experience working with Moss Folk, Names Divine and a number of other collaborations, Intuition is the debut album for Kendra Amalie on the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label. Tracks like its lead single ‘Breathe Underwater’ show Amalie to be in her element - making spacey, free-form compositions while sticking loosely to a guitar-based singer-songwriter style. 

TR/ST
The Destroyer - 2

Montreal’s TR/ST comes through with the promised second chapter of his The Destroyer series. As it was with Part 1, The Destroyer - Part 2 is another set of sensual darkside synth-pop from the one born Robert Alfons. Alfons’ writhing delivery is a thrill throughout. Fans of Zola Jesus and Boy Harsher should throw themselves into The Destroyer - Part 2 with relish.

The Joy Formidable
A Balloon Called Moaning (10th Anniversary Edition)

To mark the 10th anniversary of its release at the end of 2008, Welsh indie-rock outfit The Joy Formidable - one of the most overlooked bands of their era, in our opinion - give us a double-album edition of their EP A Balloon Called Moaning. The original eight-track record is complemented by another disc, on which the band re-recorded all the songs acoustically and in Welsh. 

Monolord
No Comfort

No Comfort, the fourth LP from Swedish group Monolord is also their first for Relapse Records. The trio make the step up with aplomb here, proving that they deserve their seat at the table with a set of doom-/stoner-metal hybrids. Tracks like ‘The Bastard Son’ break up the crushing riffage with some intricate incidental passages.

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