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Added to site: Friday 9th August 2019

Amber Run

Nottingham trio Amber Run return with their third LP of plush stadium-indie. Philophobia tows the line between the widescreen rock sound of mid-period Bon Iver and those all-hands-in-the-air, tears-in-the-eyes, sunset-selfie anthems that acts like Rag & Bone Man and George Ezra dominate the airwaves with all summer long. Speaking of all summer long, what’s Kid Rock up to these days?

Manu Chao
Clandestino / Bloody Border

The reason that Manu Chao is now the poster-boy for ‘world music’ (we’ll not delve into the politics of that particular term here) is largely due to the success of his debut LP Clandestino. This record has sold a bajillion copies since its release in 1998 and continues to be beloved for its poppy mix of Latin guitar styles, reggae, multilingual lyrics and vaguely revolutionary invective. Personally this Norman Records™ writer is most grateful for this record because it paved the way for Robbie Williams’s truly mind-boggling cover of ‘Bongo Bong’ about a decade later. This new edition of Clandestino has been remastered and contains a trio of new songs - one of which is an updated version of the title-track.
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Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams Anthology

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of her 1999 debut album Dog Leap Stairs, this 20xCD box set covers the entirety of Kathryn Williams’ sorely under-rated output. It covers 10 studio albums, including her Mercury breakthrough Little Black Numbers, plus various side-projects she’s been involved with over the years. 
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Patty Waters

Known best for her incendiary deconstruction of ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair’, avant-garde singer and composer Patty Waters is one of the most overlooked icons of her age - perhaps because of the 30-year career hiatus she took between the Sixties and the Nineties. In 2018, she performed a one-off concert in New York titled ‘Blank Forms’, and this release, Patty Waters Live, documents that show. The first side is populated with stark ballads, while the second is full of political yet dignified and moving covers harking back to Waters’ Sixties origins. 

Love From The Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75

Sound the Gong gong, this is a big one. Love From The Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-1975 is centred around the four LPs that the legendary psychedeliacs released in that time (Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg, You and Shamal), but there’s so very much more going on here. Across these 13 (!) CDs we get a plethora of concert recordings, Peel Sessions, bonus tracks and alternate mixes. Most of the tracks here are previously unreleased and all are rendered in the highest possible audio quality. Extensive liner notes, an illustrated lyric booklet and Daevid Allen’s hitherto-unseen artwork help to make Love From The Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-1975 the definitive chronicle of one of what is arguably band’s greatest epoch.

Giants of All Sizes

I like them tall giants, I like them small giants, I like them brown-haired giants, I like them blonde-haired giants… Unfortunately Giants Of All Sizes, the latest LP from stadium-bothering Mancunians Elbow, doesn’t actually include a cover of Calvin Harris’ ‘The Girls’. Shame, that. What the band’s eighth album does contain is more of that brooding, baroque rock music that Guy Garvey et al do so well. Think of them as Northern England’s answer to The National.
Added to site: Thursday 8th August 2019

The Beatles
Abbey Road – 50th Anniversary Edition

Absolutely everything about The Beatles’ final album Abbey Road screams ‘iconic’ - the much-parodied artwork, the second half’s famous song suite, the top class contributions from all of the Fab Four (yes, even Ringo’s ‘Octopus’s Garden’...). In 2019, it gets the 50th anniversary re-mastering treatment. With the new stereo mix handled by Giles Martin at the famous itself, this re-issue comes in: standard CD; double CD; single, double or triple vinyl; or a lavish 4xCD box-set with hardcover book and Blu-Ray. Various versions include outtakes and demos. 

The Yummy Fur
Piggy Wings

Released on Mogwai’s Rock Action label, Piggy Wings is a 14-track career highlights compilation from the beloved Glaswegian indie act The Yummy Fur, favourites of the late John Peel. Active between 1992 and 1999 and fronted by Jackie McKeown, its line-up included three future members of Franz Ferdinand. 

All Aboard The Skylark

Bloody hell, fifty years of Hawkwind. That’s impressive no matter what you think of their music. The space-rock voyagers may be pretty long in the tooth at this point, but despite their age they show no signs of slowing down - 'All Aboard The Skylark', their thirty-second studio LP (!), is as widescreen and bombastic as anything else in their output. The CD edition of All Aboard The Skylark also comes with a bonus album of acoustic jams. That’s a lot of Hawkwind! Good thing they can still do what they do like no-one else can.

Joe Meek / Various
I Hear A New World – The Pioneers of Electronic Music, An Outer Space Music Fantasy

Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World was a quiet revolution. One of the first concept albums, this LP should have set the world on fire at the start of the 1960s but various production problems meant that only a handful of songs from it got a hyper-limited EP release. 'I Hear A New World' lay dormant until 1991 when the audio was restored the record issued in full. This new set presents both versions side by side. One can only imagine how different popular music might have been if this had made it to wax at the start of the 60s - the psychedelic, star-gazing futuro-skiffle here was way ahead of its time. Artists like Daphne Oram, Vernon Elliott and Spiritualized all owe a huge debt to 'I Hear A New World'.

Fear Inoculum

Arracka-tung-tung-tackka-nnka-nnka! Arrucky-tickan-tickan-tung… oh wait, sorry, we got our Korn and our Tool mixed up again. Thing is, you see, Tool have been away for so long now that we’d assumed them consigned to history - it’s now thirteen years since they released '10,000' Days, you know. Good to have them back though, especially when the band appear to have used their time away productively. Fifth studio LP Fear Inoculum is another set of baroque, stadium-sized prog-metal from The Thinking Man’s Primus. 
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Added to site: Wednesday 7th August 2019

Music from Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

There's something so smug and matey about 6 Music's choice of successful musicians as DJs. Jarvis Cocker however escapes my ire because first of all he seems an okay chap but secondly just look at that playlist on this collection of music from his Sunday Service show. He puts Art Garfunkel right alongside Cabaret Voltaire for example. And anyone who puts Jake Thackray on prime time radio has my applause. A curious but fascinating collection of lesser known music.   

Chris Rivers

'G.I.T.U.' stands for Greatest in the Universe which is what we presume Chris Rivers thinks either he or his new album is. Rivers may be confident but so far his career has been in the shadow of his dad Big Pun,famous for his work with Fat Joe and the Terror Squad. It's time then for Chris to step out from the shadows of his father and tell the story of his life experiences so far.  

Juice B Crypts

Having attracted some criticism for their indifferent last outing four years ago, experimental rock enthusiasts Battles drop their fourth studio album, which presses the reset button on expectations once again. Which is to say, there's only two of them now. Juice B Crypts is a veritable whirlwind of sonics and features collaborations with Shabazz Palaces and tUnE-YaRdS.

Joell Ortiz

Mondays are just awful for those of us on the working treadmill. Early starts, last night's Antiques Roadshow just a golden distant memory. Joell Ortiz loves Mondays though and that's because his job is rap and the start of the week is the opportunity to get back to work. His work is full of the verbal wordplay of hip-hop's golden age and shows a quick and dexterous delivery perfectly exemplified in blitzkrieg opener 'Captain'.    

Jesse Malin
Sunset Kids

The eighth studio album from American singer-songwriter Jesse Malin, whom the long of memory will recall was once heralded as a Next Big Thing in rock music in about 2002. That fame and fortune never materialised, but the quality of his output has always been high, something attested to by 'Sunset Kids', which features guest spots from Lucinda Williams and Billie Joe Armstrong. 

Olivia Jean
Night Owl

Olivia Jean is back on Third Man with a perhaps more sensibly-titled album than 2014's 'Bathtub Love Killings'. On that debut album Jean played almost every instrument but this time it's a collaborative effort backed by some hip new buddies. The result is a candy sweet album full of fuzzed out neo-surf rock which brings to mind the alien twang of the likes of the B52s and Dick Dale.  


Coming off the back of two years of hard touring following the viral success of her early singles and debut album, Shura (aka British-born artist Aleksandra Denton) presents her eagerly awaited sophomore record forevher. Themed around the emotional rushes of new love, it promises to be a warmer and happier experience.
Added to site: Tuesday 6th August 2019

Do You See The Falling Leaves?

Experimental Swedish quartet Broen are Bella Union's next big hope. Their debut 'I Love Art' was a very modern kind of record mixing jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop and everything in between into their great melting pot. They push that vision even further on this album on which they attempt to find new ways to connect with the listener. Indeed the title 'Do You See The Fallen Leaves' is said to reference whether we all see lonely people and can we offer friendship. Nice sentiment.   

Alice Hubble

The debut album from London-based composer and synthesiser enthusiast Alice Hubley - who records under the spacey-themed name Alice Hubble. Polarlichter, released on the Happy Robots label, takes inspiration from the whole history of electronic music, from modern acts like Jon Hopkins all the way back to Delia Derbyshire. 

Singapore Sling
Killer Classics

The long and fruitful Fuzz Club Records-Singapore Sling alliance bears more fruit with the latter’s fifth LP for the label. As you can probably tell from it's semi-NSFW artwork, Killer Classics is a typically in-your-face set of proto-punk from Henrik Björnsson’s project. All your favourite leather bands - The Stooges, Suicide, Jesus & Mary Chain etc - have a heavy influence on this record.
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The Paranoyds
Carnage Bargain

It’s always encouraging to see garage-rock acts who recognise that the secret to greatness in the genre is to not take it too seriously. Carnage Bargain is the debut studio record from L.A.’s The Paranoyds, who rip through ten cuts of joyous, rambunctious and faintly camp new-wave inspired punk. 

Fu Manchu
Start The Machine

Start the Machine was the eighth album from stoner rock mainstays Fu Manchu and the only one not to be released on vinyl... until today of course now that the good people at At the Dojo have re-mastered it and pressed it for your listening pleasure. Classic groovy sludge stoner gear...new and improved.  

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr

First seen by this very writer playing to tourists in a Duluth diner, Charlie Parr has come a long way since those modest beginnings and is now rightfully regarded as one of the best modern proponents of the sort of folk blues that can be found on Harry Smith's 'Anthology of American Folk Music'. His new album (as the eponymous title perhaps suggests) is a fresh start for Parr after an accident rendered him unable to play. It's a mixture of new songs and re-works of older tracks as Parr partially looks back on his career so far. 

Gabríel Ólafs
Absent Minded

Discovered on a televised Icelandic talent show at the age of just 19, composer and pianist Gabríel Ólafs was snapped up by One Little Indian. Later this month, he releases his first studio album Absent Minded, which the musician himself describes as “a score to a non-existent film”. 

Lower Dens
The Competition

It’s a little strange to think of Lower Dens as elder statesmen of indie, but the dream-pop duo have now been going for nearly a decade. Their fourth studio album, 'The Competition', is befitting of their status in 2019, their normally languorous demeanour now injected with more urgency in a suite of songs examining the dehumanising effects of the twilight of capitalism. 


Not to be confused with the utterly cack mid-Noughties band responsible for the irritating ‘Monster’, this Automatic are a three-piece from Los Angeles who’ve gained a reputation for their incendiary live shows, inspired by psychedelia and punk. Signal is their debut studio album, and comes in a special indies-only red vinyl version. 
Added to site: Monday 5th August 2019

Throbbing Gristle
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle

The music of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle is back on their own Industrial Records after 30 years of knocking around other labels, so it is only right that you can get your favourite eerie durge music from the source. D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle is the second LP from the group, originally released in 1978.

Throbbing Gristle
Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits

Like the title of '20 Jazz Funk Greats', 'Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits' is named with tongue poked firmly in cheek. They of course had no 'hits' as such but they did basically invent industrial music. Mostly terrifying, they weren't averse to the odd stab at disco on tracks like 'Hot on the Heels of Love'.

Mystery Jets
A Billion Heartbeats

Mystery Jets return with their sixth album and it now seems like a long time ago since they had their dad in the band. The boys have been influenced by the increasingly terrifying rise of the alt-right in the UK and other territories and have set about constructing an album that tries to share a positive message in the fight against intolerance. Basically that we should all love and respect each other regardless of beliefs. Fat chance with some of those running our country but it's a nice sentiment.   
Added to site: Saturday 3rd August 2019

Walkie Talkie

Brijean Murphy is the drummer who keeps the metronome ticking in U.S. Girls and others. On 'Walkie Talkie' she collaborates with producer Doug Stuart to create a collection of pop songs that are influenced by jazz and latin musics. Of course, the percussion rhythms on show are groovy and utterly captivating.

Erik Satie

Remember when the National performed 'Sorrow' for 9 hours straight? They must have got the idea from the 19th century's Erik Satie whose composition 'Vexations' is three intriguing lines of a piano melody repeated 840 times. Unfortunately that would require a metric tonne of vinyl so here Alan Marks does it a mere 40.

The Appleseed Cast
The Fleeting Light Of Impermanence

'The Fleeting Light Of Impermanence', the Appleseed Cast’s first LP in six years, is another set of post-rock emo-pomp from the veritable kings of that particular sub-genre. All the usual suspects can be found lurking at the corners of the band’s sound - Death Cab For Cutie, American Football, the Postal Service and Menomena all come to mind when listening to this knotted, impassioned album.

Salami Rose Joe Louis
Zdenka 2080

You can get away with calling yourself something like Salami Rose Joe Louis if you’re signed to Brainfeeder. On her latest full-length record 'Zdenka 2080' the Bay Area mainstay shows off exactly the kind of chops that would have impressed label boss Flying Lotus. This LP’s blend of nu-jazz songwriting, neo-soul, Adult Swim-style zaniness and vaguely astral noodling really isn’t far from the work of fellow Brainfeeder luminary Thundercat.

John Murphy
Les Misérables (Original Series Soundtrack)

Did you watch that BBC 'Les Miserables' series? Well if you did you'll know that it didn't use the music from the acclaimed musical version of this classic novel but instead there was a score from John Murphy (‘Sunshine’, ‘28 Weeks Later’, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ composer and not the guy from Shoes). 

David Helbock
Playing John Williams

Pianist David Helbock does the hits with a twist on new LP 'Playing John Williams'. This record finds him - who’d have thought? - playing John Williams, but rather than serving straight-up keyboard arrangements of some of Williams’ classic work we find Helbock putting a jazzy spin on them here. See how, say, Williams’ classic 'Schindler’s List' theme is spun out into something more languid when placed in Helbock’s hands.

Jeff Mills
Sight, Sound and Space

Jeff Mills sets off on his latest astral travel with bumper compilation 'Sight, Sound And Space'. Each of the three instalments here feature a carefully curated selection of tracks from across Mills’ extensive back catalogue - 'Sight' consists of stuff he’s made for the screen, 'Sound' collects some of his most sonically intriguing work and 'Space' once again explores his fascination with the cosmos. The accompanying booklet sees Mills illuminating us with the stories behind the music.

Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Geographically confused chanteuse Lana Del Rey returns with her sixth album and her first since she discovered swearing. She's pictured on the cover cavorting with none other than the grandson of Jack Nicholson and possibly as a matter of note I should say that it contains fourteen new songs most co-written with fun.'s Jack Antonoff. Buy your copy from Norman Fucking Records.      
Added to site: Friday 2nd August 2019

Roland Kayn
Scanning (1982-1983)

Roland Kayn aficionados of the world will be mighty pleased with this new mega-release. Scanning is one of the lost gems of Kayn’s catalogue, a ten-CD set of cybernetic compositions that has only previously been performed live on a couple of occasions. Now Kayn’s daughter Isle reboots his Reiger Records Reeks to bring this mammoth boxset to the world. Scanning represents another crucial chapter in the work of one experimental electronic music’s principle players. Remastered by Jim O’Rourke, no less.
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Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2

The days when Foals made the sort of short-circuiting post-punk that had them briefly touted as a math-rock band are long gone. As anyone who’s checked in with the group’s last few records can attest, Yannis et al now deal in a brand of meaty stadium-rock that comes off like an art-school version of Rage Against The Machine. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2, the companion piece to the Part 1 that was released earlier this year, continues to lean into this sound.
Added to site: Thursday 1st August 2019

Telefon Tel Aviv
Dreams Are Not Enough

Telefon Tel Aviv's 2001 era album Fahrenheit Fair Enough was to these ears one of the greatest electronic albums of the era. Two further albums followed but following the death of founder member Charlie Cooper in 2009  Telefon Tel Aviv ceased trading. Now over a decade later, surviving member Josh Eustis has re-ignited the project for a long awaited fourth album. If it's even half as good as that debut then we are all in for a treat. 

Dinosaur Jr.
Hand It Over (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Hand It Over was the final album by Dinosaur Jr before they reformed in 2005 with their original line-up. It was released in 1997 and got lost as an American rock album in the fog of Britpop. It was released on the same day as a rather marvellous EP, Take A Run At The Sun, which featured in the Alison Anders film, Grace Of My Heart. The three songs from the EP are included on this reissue along with non-album single, I’m Insane.

Dinosaur Jr.
Without A Sound (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Without A Sound was the 6th album by kings of slacker rock, Dinosaur Jr. It was originally released in 1994. It saw the band, or specifically J Mascis, writing shorter, more accessible songs. J Mascis, to some, will be remembered as the man who drove around New York in a golf buggy in the video of the album’s first single, Feel The Pain. It also includes the catchy single, I Don’t Think So. 

Dinosaur Jr.
Where You Been (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Where You Been was the fifth album by Dinosaur Jr. It is regarded as one of their best and by many as one of the best albums of the 1990s. It was originally released in February 1993. Upon its release, Melody Maker raised the question, “Do we have the album of the year already?” It contains one of the band’s greatest songs in Start Choppin’. The Country-grunge crossover, Get Me was also released as a single. Essential stuff.

Dinosaur Jr.
Green Mind (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

This is the one with The Wagon on it, what more do you need to know? Okay, okay, Green Mind was the 4th album by Dinosaur Jr. Released in 1991, it was the band’s first for a major label, and first after J Mascis acrimonious firing of bassist and tape experimenter, Lou Barlow. Forget the in-fighting, just put The Wagon on as loud as you can and enjoy one of the greatest earworming melodies for weeks afterwards.

Richard Dawson

Despite album artwork and a title that seem like they belong to an Ed Sheeran record, '2020' in fact belongs to the UK's other great singer songwriter slash troubadour. I am of course talking about the wonderful Richard Dawson, who has helped drag the UK folk tradition into 2020 and beyond. 

Devour You

Starcrawler’s well received self-titled debut, showed a band starting out and perhaps didn’t capture what the band really do. For their second album, Devour You, they’ve hired producer Nick Launay, who has worked with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, L7 and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He was able to capture the essence of their live shows, albeit without making anyone bleed or braking anyone's fingers, and help the band make a follow-up with a harder edge. 

Elvis Depressedly

Mathew Lee Cothran returns with his first album of new music under his Elvis Depressedly moniker in four years. Depressedelica is easily the broadest vision for Cothran’s music yet, seeing him embrace synthesisers, electronics and chopped-up samples and build them into his trademark hazy guitar suites. 

Down In Flames

The first thing to note about southern Californian grunge punksters is that they are led by Riley Hawk son of legendary skateboard guy Tony Hawk. Seems young Riley wants to bring the sludge back into indie rock and so has got together with a couple of pals to make something that has been described as Insecticide - era Nirvana crossed with the garage-punk of the Misfits. Expect bludgeoning riffs and lots of noise. 
Added to site: Wednesday 31st July 2019

Acid King
Busse Woods

20th anniversary re-issue of Busse Woods, the second full-length album by San Francisco-based stoner metal band Acid King originally released in January 1999 and the only album they recorded with bassist Brian Hill. Alongside an accompanying tour in 2019, it’s a great chance to enjoy the band’s influential aesthetic at a point when they had it perfected. 

Lala Lala

Lala Lala is the recording moniker of songwriter Lillie West from Chicago. She only decided to embark on a career as a musician back in 2014. Her debut album, Sleepyhead, followed two years later. It’s lo-mid-fi indie rock with melodies that will get stuck in your head with ease and a slacker-ish stomp that will remind you of many ‘90s US bands. 

808 State
Transmission Suite

Once hilariously misnamed Bob State by someone at Top of the Pops, Manchester's legendary electronic pioneers 808 State return with their first album since 2002. They recorded this at the old Granada studios in their home town so expect some of that rain-lashed industrial heritage to have rubbed off on their atmospheric Detroit influenced techno. A welcome return.  

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin, pal of Ty Segal, has done a Justin Vernon. Following a bit of a rough time in his personal life, he took off to a cabin in the woods with his cat. After getting the space he needed, Seeker became a thing. He wrote and demoed most of his fourth LP there before a forest fire made him flee. He’s also dropped the number as album name formula that has seemingly worked for him previously. The recording of the album was heavily influenced by The Beatles’ White Album.

Death Cab For Cutie
Blue EP

2018's Thank You For Today suggested that it wasn't quite all over for Death Cab For Cutie as they rediscovered at least some of the things that made them special in the first place. Like Interpol before them, they've chosen to follow up an album with a 5 track EP length release. Is this a new thing to do? We'll see if it catches on. Meanwhile the least you can do is enjoy some more emotional guitar pop from Ben Gibbard and the boys.  

Portico Quartet
Memory Streams

Former Mercury Prize nominees Portico Quartet deliver their fifth studio album. While the London band have always strived to differentiate their sound from record to record, 'Memory Streams' may represent the most dramatic sonic shift yet, embracing ambient and electronic influences into their minimalistic jazz approach. 

The Nat Birchall Quartet
The Storyteller - A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef is a jazz legend who pioneered the fusion of jazz and Eastern music. His influence is still being felt today, as evidenced by this new tribute album by Nat Birchall entitled 'The Storyteller'. The album is made up of interpretations of Lateef songs and originals written by Birchall that share his approach to making music. This is a hugely varied album containing a variety of lesser-known instruments and strange time signatures. Big sounds, big scope, big story telling. 

Girl Ray

A follow-up to their lush, intimate debut album Earl Grey that established them as one of the country’s best new indie groups, Girl Ray broaden their sonic palette for sophomore effort Girl. Meant as a tribute to their childhood love of pop and R&B, producer Ash Workman has twisted their sound into something sharper and more dancefloor-orientated. 

Penguin Cafe
Handfuls of Night

A continuation project of his father’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes returns with his fourth Penguin Cafe album Handfuls of Night. Inspired by Scott’s voyage to the Antarctic, the nine-track experience is bookended by beautiful instrumentals and takes in minimalist, cinematic pieces and uplifting, almost cathartic peaks. 
Added to site: Tuesday 30th July 2019

The Messthetics
Anthropocosmic Nest

A trio boasting the mighty rhythm section of the legendary Fugazi, The Messthetics release their second studio album Anthropocosmic Nest. Joe Lally and Brendan Canty’s boisterous, angular rhythms are augmented by jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog, and the record excellently captures their dynamic live performances. 

Total 19

Kompakt returns with the latest in a long line of its roster compilation series Total. The 19th instalment, the vinyl edition of which contains exclusively unreleased tracks, features contributions from Jürgen Paape, Jonathan Kaspar, Sascha Funke, The Modernist, Voigt & Voigt and Gui Boratto among many others. 

Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

On her fourth album, All Mirrors, Angel Olsen shows us her darkest side. Its introspective nature was an important step for Olsen. Through its brooding tones and lyrics she tells us about learning to trust yourself and move on, find peace in your own company. Valuable lessons, perhaps. On Jagjaguwar.

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things 3 (Original Score from the Netflix Original Series)

How much stranger can these things get? Season 3 of the 80s nostalgia fest that is 'Stranger Things' sees its cast of charming kids face their most terrifying enemy yet, the mall. Score provided of course by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein who are responsible for the current deluge of new-wave synth music terrorising the world. 

Black Marble
Bigger Than Life

Buses. Inspiration for many musicians over the years the latest of which Chris Stewart. His ride into the studio on the Echo Park to downtown L.A. service provided the inspiration for Bigger Than Life his third album under the Black Marble moniker. The result is fresh and lively synth pop on which Stewart played every instrument. Kudos to the bus driver for enabling this to happen.  

Look Me In The Eye

Perfect Body (thanks!) Mermaidens debut made more than a few ripples on the circuit following its release on legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun. Now it's time for album number two from the Wellington trio and in Look Me In The Eye they continue their dissection of guitar music with an exhilarating and thought provoking ride heavy on female harmony and powerful dynamics.  

Paul & The Tall Trees
So Long

The Tall Trees (nice name) are led by a lad called Paul (more precisely known as Paul Schalda) - a Staten Island based singer songwriter with a soulful and romantic style. This is his second album and has drawn comparisons as wildly varied as Otis Redding, The Band and Fugazi's Ian Mackaye leading to a concoction of timelessly emotional pieces with a gravel in the voice and a tear in the eye.   

Sandro Perri
Soft Landing

Sandro Perri albums are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along next to each other. We waited seven long years for last year’s In Another Life, and barely 12 months later, Soft Landing has arrived. Opening with the gargantuan 16-minute ‘Time (You Got Me)’, it sees Perri explore the guitar, his primary instrument, in greater detail than usual. 
Added to site: Monday 29th July 2019

Adult Baby

Having made her name as the lead singer of indie-rock veterans Blonde Redhead, Adult Baby represents the first-ever solo album from Kazu Makino. Featuring contributions from some stellar names include Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Son Lux’s Ian Chang and none other than the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is an opportunity for the star to reveal a new aspect of her personality. 

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Meaning ‘Everybody!’ in Ghanaian, Obiaa! is the sophomore album from Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Arriving four years after their energising debut, the double-LP promises an insight into the country’s musical soul, led by the brilliant 72 year old singer Pat Thomas, known as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’. 
Added to site: Friday 26th July 2019

Chain Tripping

Dance-punk veterans Yacht give us their seventh studio album, and third on impeccable imprint DFA. Recorded between their home in L.A. and a studio in Texas, Chain Tripping sees Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans in strikingly different mood than normal, utilising AI and machine-learning technology to push their art past new boundaries. 


Jazz pianist and composer Kiefer Shackelford delivers his third studio album, just a year after his last effort Happysad. On top of intensive touring and working with Anderson .Paak, it’s been a remarkably fertile time for Kiefer - Superbloom gathers up the tracks from recent EP Bridges along with seven newbies. 
Added to site: Thursday 25th July 2019

Winky Wagon - Best of the Psy-Fi Years

Having recorded three seminal albums for Acid Jazz Records in the early Nineties, legendary British outfit Corduroy moved labels and laid down two pretty incredible records that were soon known to the Addison brothers’ fans as the ‘Psy-Fi Years’. This new compilation Winky Wagon collects the best of this output, with the vinyl coming on special light-blue discs. 

Lillie Mae
Other Girls

Nashville singer/songwriter Lillie Mae caught the ears of a certain Jack White who produced her debut album, Forever and Then Some in 2017. Her new album, Other Girls, is produced by Dave Cobb. Cobb has worked with many country artists from Sturgill Simpson to Chris Stapleton, and won Grammys in the process. He has added a polish to Lillie Mae’s sound. 

Good Luck, Kid

US trio Joseph return with their new album, Good Luck, Kid. They have left behind the folk sound of their first album to make a collection meatier pop/rock songs. The album is supposed to play out like a road movie. The themes are positive, about finding yourself and fighting for what’s important. It was produced by Christian “Leggy” Langdon known for his work with Meg Myers and Charlotte OC.

Red River Dialect
Abundance Welcoming Ghosts

Red River Dialect are a six-piece folk-rock band from Cornwall. Their new album, 'Abundance Welcoming Ghosts', was recorded over four days before a planned hiatus for the band that saw songwriter, David Morris leave for a 9 month long meditation retreat at a Canadian monastery. It gave a certain celebratory tone to the sessions. Joan Shelley, Tara Jane O’Neil and the Fugs’ Ed Sanders all guest.
Added to site: Wednesday 24th July 2019

Noise Mass

Merzbow's previously unavailable 'Noise Mass' from Room40 will keep the boys at Immerzbox and Merzcast busy. It was recorded during one of the most fruitful periods of Masami Akita's storied career, which produced the classic Venereology. Here Akita worked using a mixture of random objects and self-made instruments.
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replicr, 2019

replicr, 2019 is the seventh album in the near 20 year career of Sheffield experimentalists, 65daysofstatic. The album is at once a continuation and evolution for the band. It follows their score for the game No Man’s Sky, which caused them to think differently about the way they made music, building their own synths, software and way of writing.

Carla dal Forno
Look Up Sharp

Australian singer/songwriter Carla Dal Forno has often been compared to Nico for her vocal sound and delivery. Her music can be described as dream pop with a DIY aesthetic, but there's all sorts going on. Look Up Sharp is her second album and follow-up to You Know What It’s Like. This time she’s releasing it on her own label, Kallista.

Active Listening: Night On Earth

Empath were formed in Philadelphia by Garrett Koloski, Emily "Jem" Shanahan, Catherine Elicson and Randall Coon. Between them they have played in the bands Perfect Pussy and Waxahatchee. They make a kind of noisy, but non-aggressive version of punk and have been compared to Broken Social Scene, Sonic Youth, Times New Viking, New Age and Priests. Their debut album is 'Active Listening: Night On Earth'.

Joe Armon-Jones
Turn To Clear View

Joe Armon-Jones has featured in the bands Ezra Collective and Mr. Jukes. He is known for his keyboard skills and adding a distinctly jazz flavour to club sounds along with R&B, hip-hop and p-funk. His latest solo outing, 'Turn To Clear View', sees him nodding in the direction of Herbie Hancock and Mad Scientist. Regular collaborators Oscar Jerome, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia contribute.

Tainted Lunch

London-based post-punk band, Warmduscher, return with their third LP, 'Tainted Lunch'. It is the follow-up to their 2018 album, 'Whale City'. Their mix of punk, funk, lounge and hip-hop is likely to appeal to fans of Fat White Family, who they just happen to be mates with. It was recorded in just 4 days with South London producer of note, Dan Carey.


'Deceiver' is the third album from Brooklyn, New York band, DIIV. The band trade in fuzzy shoegaze dream pop with poetic lyrics. Their last album, 'Is The Is Are', was critically well received and even got a decent review on here! At least this album title is a little easier to say out loud than its predecessor.
Added to site: Tuesday 23rd July 2019


After a solo run out under the name Paint, Pedrum Siadatian returns to the womb that bore him, i.e. Allah-Lahs. LAHS is the band’s fourth album. There’s a palpable togetherness about this album, but their sun-bleached melodies and soft psychedelia remain at their core. On Mexican Summer.

Dope Lemon
Smooth Big Cat

Dope Lemon is a project from Angus Stone. 'Smooth Big Cat' is the second album under this moniker from Stone. You may remember him as one half of Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone. They played some laid back folk-pop. 'Dope Lemon' is also very laid back but with a little more hazy, lazy, fuzz around the edges. 
Added to site: Monday 22nd July 2019

When The Tree Bears Fruit

You know Giggs? Yes, as in the rapper. Nowadays he’s all about drinking cinnamon tea with Drake, but back at the start of the career he was a proper hard-nosed MC who made tough, nasty street-rap. However, because he came from England rather than the United States, his bars were also full of the humorous everyday tit-for-tat one found in grime. One of his early singles, 2008’s ‘Uummm!’, is notable for two reasons. The first is that it cemented one of Giggs’ catchphrases, which is basically him just grunting loudly on-beat ('uhhngh!'). The second is that features an all-time great lyric; ‘Hollow Meets Blade and that Ard sh*t/Came up from the dirt like a parsnip’. ‘Came up from the dirt like a parsnip’ is the sort of thing that lodges in your brain for life and influences all of your subsequent interactions with the word ‘parsnip’. As such, it’s hard for this Norman Records™ chum-swiller to listen to 'When The Tree Bears Fruit', the debut LP from Australian band Parsnip, with fresh ears. Sure, this is an album of charming twee-punk in the vein of Girlpool or The Courtneys. Yeah, songs like ‘Lift Off!’ render positivity in melody in a manner that Jonathan Richman would be proud of. Of course, it’s a winning opening gambit from a group that we’re rooting for. But you know what? On every single one of these indie-pop ditties I’m just waiting for someone to barge up to the mic, shout out the SN1 crew and then launch into a verse of Dracula-voiced gutter-rap. And until we get Giggs to reprise his verse from ‘Uummm!’ over one of Parsnip’s summery jangles, this Norman Records™ text-chump won’t be able to sleep easy in his bed. Parsnip, Hollowman, you know what to do. Uhhngh!


Almost two decades on from Yoni Wolf’s first release, he continues to ask ‘Why?’. In the case of 'AOKOHIO' the answer seems to be something to do with an accompanying visual project and an LP broken up into short song-suites. Musically it’s another set of bombastic avant-rap from the singular Wolf. Once again the likes of Dirty Projectors and Of Montreal are your sonic touchstones for a Why? album.

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
What You Thought Was Home

When you’re 28 and you’re being compared to jazz piano greats like Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, you must be doing something right. Kjetil Mulelid Trio have been earning all sorts of impressive compliments from publications such as All That Jazz and The Wire following their 2017 debut, 'Not Nearly Enough To Buy a House'. Second album, 'What You Thought Was Home', sees the Norwegian backed by his reliable rhythm section, beguile once again with a set of complex and rich new compositions 

Spacemen 3
Live In Europe 1989

Live in Europe 1989 does exactly what it says on the tin and captures soon-to-disband space rock legends Spacemen 3 over four nights on their final European tour and showcases a short lived four piece line up of the band. Less ragged than their earlier Performance live document, there's still plenty of off the cuff drug-fuelled experimentation and more lyrical references to the lord than you'll ever need.  

Ode to joy

Ode To Joy is the 11th album by Wilco. The title is taken from a 1785 poem by Friederich Schiller. Thematically, however,  it is concerned with something much more recent - the rather unsettling political climate and trying to find joy during this time. Wilco boss man, Jeff Tweedy, is hopeful that there is more love than hate out there, but is also aware that hate can be lurking just around the corner, so warns us that we’ve got to be careful. 

Gong Gong Gong
Phantom Rhythm

Formed four years ago in Beijing and building up a cult following through guerrilla gigging, the compelling guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong deliver their debut album Phantom Rhythm. Sung in Cantonese but drawing from rhythms as far-flung as Saharan desert blues and ambient drone music, it’s one of the most essential underground releases of 2019. 
Added to site: Saturday 20th July 2019

Fumio Miyashita
“Wave” Sounds Of The Universe

Beautiful vinyl re-issue of “Wave” Sounds of the Universe, the 1983 album from Japanese musician Fumio Miyashita. With a career that’s taken in musicals, progressive rock bands and academia in medicine and music therapy, Wave is a work of true beauty. Also the first in a re-issue series of Miyashita’s discography. 

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Bands
Magneticism II - The Very Best of Captain Beefheart & his Magic Bands

Spanning 15 years of Captain Beefheart’s creativity in concert with his various Magic Bands, Magneticism II looks at the appeal of Don Van Vliet in the live arena. Released on single CD and single vinyl, this compilation captures some truly memorable live takes on some of the enigmatic legend’s best work. 


A throwback for fans of Nineties ambient, glitch and general Warp Records output, Secuund is the sophomore effort from Belgian experimentalists Suumhow. Warmer and smoother than the often startling audio assaults of last year’s debut Crash_Reports, it sees the duo branch out into more diverse territory. 


Pitched somewhere between IDM and straight house music, Utility is the debut solo album from producer Sam Barker, following up on his well-received EP Debiasing last year. The record spans nine tracks of inner-space travel, beginning as psychedelic thumbnail sketches and thrashed out into electronic epics. 
Added to site: Friday 19th July 2019

The Monochrome Set
Fabula Mendax

Riding in on the first wave of post-punk (apologies for the inappropriate surfing analogy), The Monochrome Set got the ears and tongues of Edwyn Collins and Morrissey (back when people still respected him) wagging. The band have also been an influence on Graham Coxon, Divine Comedy and Franz Ferdinand. Their latest album Fabula Mendex, is based on the scribblings of Armande de Pange who was a pal of Joan Of Arc. History and indie pop all at once.


If you’re a big M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez)  fan, as I’m sure lots of you are, you’ll be aware of his 2007 album, Digital Shades Vol. 1, which contained some Eno influenced ambient outtakes that couldn't find a place on any of his albums. 12 years have passed and M83 has amassed  enough material for a second helping, DSVII. This time there’s an ‘80s sci-fi element to the music. Eno is still clearly an influence but there’s evidence he’s been listening to Mort Garson, John Carpenter and Suzanne Ciani, too.
Added to site: Thursday 18th July 2019

The Pop Group

Y by The Pop Group was their debut album, originally released in 1979. The post-punk band from Bristol were seen as pioneers of the genre. They mixed jazz, reggae and dub influences with punk to create something quite original. The band claim they were trying to mix Funkadelic with Captain Beefheart to see what happened.

Break Before Make

Manchester-based DJ and artist Henrietta Smith-Rolla’s Break Before Make album fuses body-jacking house, waves of dark electronica, techno and electro and gets a double-LP/CD released via the legendary Skam label. Afrodeutsche has been rocking dancefloors recently with her vision of electronic music rooted in Kraftwerk's blueprint via Detroit ala UR, Drexciya etc. hence her chosen handle.
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Echo & The Bunnymen
The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983

One of Britain’s most august indie institutions, Echo & The Bunnymen present an archival dig for all of the sessions they recorded for the legendary John Peel during their formative years from 1979 to 1983. Many of the 21 songs - presented over two LPs / one CD - do not appear on their early albums, as the band actually used the sessions to experiment with new material. 

The Souljazz Orchestra
Chaos Theories

Canadian musical collective The Souljazz Orchestra present their ninth studio album Chaos Theories. Steeped in their regular blend of soul, jazz and funk, the band’s latest effort takes time to address the political upheaval in the western world, masterminded by their leader Pierre Chrètien. 
Added to site: Saturday 6th July 2019

A-Sun Amissa
For Burdened and Bright Light

Richard Knox’s A-Sun Amissa drop their fifth LP through a mixture of Consouling Sounds and Manchester drone merchants Gizeh. For Burdened And Bright Light is a mournful and monolithic LP that combines that weight of Sunn O))) with the Gothic majesty of Prurient. The end result is like a more sonorous version of fellow Gizeh act Several Wives.

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