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Added to site: Tuesday 28th April 2020

Blanck Mass
Calm With Horses (Original Score)

Following four solo albums of impressive emotional as well as sonic heft, F**k Buttons’ Benjamin John Power enters the world of soundtrack work with his latest Blanck Mass album. It’s the score to Nick Rowland’s 2019 debut feature film Calm With Horses, which tells the story of a man’s struggles to balance crime and family life in rural Ireland. 

A.A. Williams
Forever Blue

Acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist A.A. Williams releases her debut studio album with prestigious indie Bella Union, the end-point of a meteoric ascent that’s seen her tour with the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sisters of Mercy. Further bolstered by her current lockdown video project ‘Songs From Isolation’, post-rock and post-classical influences inform the sound of Forever Blue. 

L.A. Salami
The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith

Lookman Adekunle Salami - known professionally as L.A. Salami - releases his third studio album The Cause of A Doubt & A Reason To Have Faith. Off the back of two recent EPs that served as a means to push his post-modern blues even further forward, this new LP is his most untamed and unchecked yet. 

Erik Hall
Music For 18 Musicians (Steve Reich)

A real labour of love, this one - when Steve Reich first published Music For 18 Musicians in 1976, he advised that it should probably be performed with more people even than that, given the intensity it requires. Producer Erik Hall went in the other direction, painstakingly re-creating the piece by hand, one instrument and one section at a time in live, single takes, making for an impressive and insightful experience.

Skinshape
Oracolo

Psychedelic bedroom pop from Palace’s bassist Skinshape. On Oracolo Will Dorey takes over all the instrumental duties and produces a joyous, dense and groove-heavy vinyl LP and CD. Borrowing influences from hip-hop, soul and funk, but spun through his unique one-man band aesthetic, Dorey is one to watch.

Tenci
My Heart Is An Open Field

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Jess Shoman has remarkably developed her bedroom project Tenci to the point of performing as a full band and releasing its debut solo album in little over a year. Arriving via Keeled Scales, My Heart Is An Open Field is a collection of skeletal, sparse and disarming folk. 

OHMME
Fantasize Your Ghost

One of the best bands to have emerged from Chicago’s indie scene in the last decade, Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart present their sophomore OHMME album, Fantasize Your Ghost. An exploration of indie, hip-hop and experimental music, it doubles down on the adventurous nature of their 2018 debut LP Parts. 

Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus
Nocturnes

Elsewhere on these pages you can find Songs of Yearning  - the fourth album from shadowy Liverpool collective Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus. Nocturnes is intended as a sister album, an entirely new set of recordings that explore the themes of Songs of Yearning from a totally different angle. The band are a unique proposition, blending neoclassical and ambient influences into a swirling, evocative sound that has slowly evolved since their beginnings in 1985.  
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Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus
Songs of Yearning

Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus are a unique ensemble who emerged out of Liverpool in 1985. Their identity is a bit of a mystery and they shun any kind of publicity yet they have built up quite the following particularly in Europe. Songs of Yearning is their fourth album and is typical of their work in that it combines ambient and neo-classical influenced pieces with ethereal vocals and a influences from Eastern Europe.  
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The Stroppies
Look Alive!

The Stroppies are another pop band from Australia who play easy to love guitar music with the haphazard feel of a lot of their forbearers. The band initially started as the duo of Angus Lord and Claudia Serfaty with the premise being to get their musical ideas down as fast as possible and even though they've expanded into a full band there is still an urgency and freshness about their lo-fi pop which recalls the more melodic end of the Flying Nun roster. 

Ital Tek
Outland

Alan Myson records once again for the esteemed Planet Mu label with his sixth studio album as Ital Tek. Created following a period of upheaval in his life, having moved house and welcomed his first child, Outland forces together the two polar extremes of Myson’s sound, beat-driven and intense in places yet serene and sonically detailed in others. 
Added to site: Monday 27th April 2020

Jessy Lanza
All The Time

Jesse Lanza is a Canadian, singer, songwriter who has gained traction with her previous albums Pull My Hair Back and Oh No. On All The Time, she collaborates with writing partner Jeremy Greenspan on perhaps her strongest set yet. The production is both modern and retro-leaning but allows Lanza space to create a more lyrically ambitious work inspired by heartbreak and personal change.  

Khruangbin
Mordechai

Ever a restless and globe-encompassing outfit in musical terms, touring the world for the best part of four years, Texan band Khruangbin show no sign of slowing down either their output or creativity with third studio album Mordechai. Following last year’s EP with Leon Bridges, it pulls on influences from Pakistan, Korea, India and West Africa. 

Flying Lotus
Flamagra (Instrumentals)

A year on from the release of his latest Flying Lotus full-length Flamagra, Steven Ellison furnishes us with an entirely instrumental version of the album. It comes housed in a double-LP package with a custom turntable-powered psychedelic zoetrope slipmat and a selection of Drew Tetz-designed labels. 
Added to site: Sunday 26th April 2020

Bonjintan
Dental Kafka

Recorded back in the summer of 2018, Dental Kafka is the second album-length project by Bonjintan, the collaboration between cult hero guitarist Jim O’Rourke and Japanese free-jazz icon Akira Sakata. Teaming up with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and percussionist Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, it consists of four side-length pieces of avant-garde and free-form jazz adventures. 

Trickfinger
She Smiles Because She Presses The Button

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante releases his third studio album under his Trickfinger alias. Following the project’s two self-titled albums (2015 and 2017 respectively), She Smiles Because She Presses The Button is arguably Frusciante’s most coherent vision yet, somehow holding together a diverse mixture of electronic and guitar-based music. 

Helena Hauff
Kern Vol. 5 - Exclusives + Rarities

Tresor has a knack for selecting some of the finest techno/electro DJs of our time for their magnificently curated ‘Kern’ series. Kern Vol. 5 follows mixes from Objekt and DJ Stingray with a thrilling mix from Hamburg-based DJ and producer Helena Hauff. This lady is an absolute demon on the decks... The 2CD includes her full mix, while the vinyl edition includes highlights with exclusive, previously unreleased tracks from Hauff & Morah, Umwelt, Machino, Galaxian and L.F.T. plus rarities from Esoterik, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski, and Andrea Parker and David Morley. HOT!!!
Added to site: Friday 24th April 2020

Silvia Tarozzi
Mi specchio e rifletto

The Italian violinist Silvia Tarozzi was long known for her work in the fields of improvisation and experimentalism but for Mi specchio e rifletto she was inspired to play a more song-based music. The result is a beautifully baroque series of folk and progressive musings with a poetic bent that could draw comparisons perhaps to Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 

Locate S, 1
Personalia

Locate S, 1 is Christine Schneider. You may also know her work under the names CE Schneider Topical and Jepeto Solutions. Personalia, her second album, is inspired by the pop sounds of Abba and Kate Bush and built with her left field approach. Themes of environment, feminism, money and power dominate the lyrics. On Captured Tracks.

The Electric Soft Parade
Stages

One of the great underappreciated indie outfits that emerged in Britain at the start of the Noughties, the White brothers (Alex and Tom) behind The Electric Soft Parade have recorded only sporadically since their moment cruelly passed them by. Stages is their fifth record, and first in seven years. Inspired by the passing of their mother, it’s the most emotionally heart-wrenching and sonically ambitious thing they’ve ever put their names to. 
Added to site: Thursday 23rd April 2020

Beauty Pill
Please Advise

Please Advise is the third studio album from Washington D.C.-based outfit Beauty Pill. The success of 2015 album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, which emerged after a long 11 years in the aftermath of Chad Clark’s near-fatal diagnosis of viral cardiomyopathy that caused his heart to stop, has raised the expectations for his brand of diverse, restless indie-rock. 

Charles Hayward
Crossfade Estate

Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now) was asked to test the limits of a new recording suite at The Albany in Deptford. Hayward duly obliged recording his previously unreleased 2005 album Crossfade Estate very quickly. He then spent a year and a half, mixing, cutting and pasting. The players along with Hayward are Ashleigh Marsh, Nick Doyne-Ditmas, Sean O'Hagan, Rob Mills, Orphy Robinson, Chris Cornetto, Sharon Gal and Simon King. 

Harald Grosskopf
Synthesist (40th Anniversary Edition)

Synthesist by Harald Grosskopf is a classic German electronic music milestone originally released in 1980. The former Ashra drummer had his brain blown by LSD and started to venture further and further into electronic territories until he recorded this album completely on his own. It is comparable by fellow explorers Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze and has been re-pressed on yellow vinyl including a second disc on interpretations by the likes of Steve Baltes, Thorsten Quaeschning and Kreidler. 

Various
Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller present Jazz On The Corner Two

Following the success of the first edition back in 2018, actor and jazz fan Martin Freeman once again teams up with Acid Jazz head Eddie Piller to curate Jazz On The Corner Two. The vinyl edition sees the duo pick 20 tracks, from the likes of Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Chet Baker, while the slightly larger 2xCD edition sees Freeman and Piller curate an entire disc each. 

Diamanda Galas
The Litanies of Satan

The Litanies of Satan is the debut album by American musician, composer and performance artist Diamanda Galas. It was originally released in 1982. The album features two side-long tracks. Side one contains the title track, the lyrics of which come from Les Fleurs du Mal, a book by 19th century French poet and essayist Charles Baudelaire. Side two, Wild Women With Steak Knives, comes from a tragedy grotesque written by Galas.  
Added to site: Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms 1970-1982

African Rhythms 1970-1982 is a triple-LP / double-CD compilation tracing the career of Plunky J. Branch’s Oneness of Juju across their many iterations. An expansion of an existing compilation dating from 2001, with liner notes by Chris Menist, the music within has been has been highly sought-after by rare groove collectors and DJs for years. 

Dizzy
The Sun and Her Scorch

The Sun and Her Scorch is the second album by Canadian indie-pop band, Dizzy. Now, their name suggests indie pop, and they are marketed as such, but their sound here is what you could describe as expensively produced stadium indie pop. This just means that they’re not a bunch of skinny kids from the ‘80s, with messy hair, wearing jumpers etc. This is a much slicker affair but the melodies are there in abundance.

Oscar Jerome
Breathe Deep

For years, Oscar Jerome has been a key figure in London’s burgeoning jazz scene alongside the likes of Shabaka Hutchings. However, it’s only now that a debut solo album is getting released. Breathe Deep includes guest spots from Ezra Collective and Lianne La Havas, and paints a broad picture of Jerome’s influences and passions. 
Added to site: Tuesday 21st April 2020

Jim White and Marisa Anderson
The Quickening

Well this could be interesting. The Quickening sees the Dirty Three drummer Jim White hook up with folk -informed solo artist Marisa Anderson on an album where both artists let their intuitive and improvisational sides let loose. Anderson's guitar meshes perfectly with White's distinctive drum patterns on evocative music in which both players follow their instinct.  

Howling
Colure

Sometime solo artist and The Acid frontman Ry X and Âme’s Frank Wiedemann get back together to present a new album from their collaboration project Howling, five years after their debut Sacred Ground. Mixing together electronic and acoustic instruments to create productions suitable for radio and clubs, Colure ought to be another success. 

Bananagun
The True Story of Bananagun

Influenced by primal garage-rock and the hypnotic grooves of African and South American music, Melbourne’s Bananagun have evolved from the home-made ideas of guitarist, vocalist and flautist Nick van Bakel to a full five-piece set-up. Their new debut album, The True Story of Bananagun, was born from extended jam sessions and presents a grand vision for their self-professed ‘global tropicalia’. 

Aidan Baker
An Instance Of Rising / Liminoid

Arriving in beautiful silk-screened artwork is this CD of two contemporary classical works by Aidan Baker, performed in Poland and Latvia with the help of orchestras. The first, ‘An Instance of Rising’, was performed in Krakow in 2017 with the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna, and the second, a piece originally performed with Pram and Tim Hecker titled ‘Liminoid’, at the Zemlika festival with the Riga Sinfonietta. 
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Deerhoof
Future Teenage Cave Artists

The 15th album from San Franciscan indie rock veterans Deerhoof finds the quartet in a fairly typical mood, which isn’t something particularly definable in a career as long and diverse as theirs. Future Teenage Cave Artists is a meeting of classic rock and R&B riffs with sugary harmonies, unlikely settings for songs detailing the unravelling of economies and human systems. 

Holy Hive
Float Back To You

Passionate folk and soul enthusiasts to their core, drumming session veteran Homer Steinweiss and guitarist newcomer Paul Spring present the debut studio album from their Holy Hive project. Along with bassist Joe Harrison, the two bring their very different life experiences to bear on Float Back To You. 

BlackLab
Abyss

Japanese stoner / doom metal duo Blacklab return with their second album, Abyss. Their first album, Under The Strawberry Moon, compiled a set of recordings from the band’s formative years meaning there was a range of styles and influences on display. Here, they set out to define their sound. It mixes fuzzed out, chugging grunge-punk riffage with vocals that stretch from ill-tempered grumpiness to thrapple-tearing screams via liltingly sweet singing. 

Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is the fifth album by American singer / songwriter Fiona Apple. She doesn’t release albums very often and this has been in the works for 5 years and is her first release in eight years. It has met with great critical acclaim (it received the first perfect score from one Pitchfork Media in a decade) and whilst she may get lumped in with the likes of Tori Amos, in truth, this sounds like nothing else you’ve ever heard. 

Redd Kross
Red Cross

A document of their meteoric ascendancy in the SoCal punk scene, Redd Kross’s 1980 debut EP gets an expanded 40th anniversary re-issue. A then-self-titled effort, Red Cross was a six-track effort that lasted under seven minutes but made a huge impact. It now gets repackaged with five extra contemporaneous tracks. 
Added to site: Monday 20th April 2020

Celer
Scols

As a drone / ambient duo under the name Celer, Will Long and artist Danielle Baquet self-released 22 albums. Scols was originally part of that bunch, self-released in 2006 along with the album Sunlir. Now, remastered by Stephan Mathieu, we have the first official stand alone CD version, presented in a four panel CD sleeve adorned with Baquet’s photography. 
Added to site: Friday 17th April 2020

Dougie Poole
The Freelancer's Blues

Brooklyn-based songwriter Dougie Poole further develops his esoteric and diverse indie/country musical hybrid with second studio album, The Freelancer’s Blues. Although this is a fully fleshed-out band affair, it still retains the lo-fi bedroom-bound spirit of his acclaimed 2017 debut Wideass Highway. 

Ganser
Just Look At That Sky

Just Look at That Sky is the  second album Chicago four-piece Ganser. It follows their critically acclaimed 2018 debut, Odd Talk. Here they mine Chicago’s noise rock history, taking cues from the likes of Shellac and The Jesus Lizard. They mix that with some post-punk and art rock influences such as Sleater Kinney and Throwing Muses. It was co-produced by Chicago producer Brian Fox and Mia Clarke of Brighton indie band Electrelane.

Naeem
Startisha

Startisha by Naeem takes its cues from a number of genres. This is not surprising when you consider that the Baltimore-based musician has worked with the Avalanches, Bon Iver, Big Red Machine and Mouse on Mars. Despite these influences, he wanted to make an absolutely solo album. This did not come to pass, however, as his infectious enthusiasm pulled people in meaning Justin Vernon, Ryan Olson, Swamp Dogg, Velvet Negroni, Francis and the Lights, Amanda Blank and Micah James all contributed.
Added to site: Thursday 16th April 2020

T. Gowdy
Therapy With Colour

The fourth studio album - and first for the Constellation label - by Montreal-based producer and musician T. Gowdy. Diverse yet thematically part of a coherent whole, Therapy With Colour is possibly his most complete work so far, the five compositions taken from a series of longer-form interactions with light artist Laura Buckley. 

Tenderlonious
The Piccolo - Tender Plays Tubby

British producer and multi-instrumentalist Tenderlonius delivers this outstanding mini-collection of four tracks from jazz icon Tubby Hayes, in tribute to one of the 22a founder's formative influences. The Piccolo - Tender Plays Tubby EP features performances from a number of today’s finest jazz musicians. 

Shirley Scott
One For Me

Shirley Scott was known as the “Queen of the Organ” for her abilities with a Hammond B3. She played what became known as soul jazz and her career stretched from the late ‘50s all the way up to the early ‘90s. As well as her solo albums, she worked with Stanley Turrentine and Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. One For Me, as the title suggests, is a very personal album that she recorded in late ‘74. The musicians included Harold Vick on tenor sax and Billy Higgins on Drums.

Hellhammer
Apocalyptic Raids

Swiss extreme / black metal band Hellhammer pioneered the genre in the early ‘80s along with acts such as Venom and Bathory. They featured Tom G Warrior and Martin Eric Ain who went on to form the equally influential Celtic Frost. Their 1984 classic, Apocalyptic Raids is getting a welcome reissue on LP and CD with bonus material and booklets.
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Healing Potpourri
Blanket Of Calm

Most of everything these days wants you to feel bad so a round of applause for Healing Potpourri who want to make music to make you feel better about things. Blanket of Calm contains eleven sunny day tracks to soundtrack what will hopefully be better days to come. A healing and soothing album of heartwarming orchestral pop full of positive vibes. 
Added to site: Wednesday 15th April 2020

Dan Croll
Grand Plan

Inspired by his recent move to Los Angeles, Liverpudlian artist Dan Croll reveals his third studio album Grand Plan. Created in league with excellent session players and Matthew E. White on production duties around a year ago, it’s a much more songwriterly collection than his two previous indie-pop efforts. 

Muzz
Muzz

Muzz, the recently announced side-project fronted by Interpol’s Paul Banks and featuring former Jonathan Fire*Eater member Matt Barrick and producer / Bonny Light Horseman’s Josh Kaufman, presents its self-titled debut album on Matador Records, a soulful, dark and sonically lush collection. 

Bing & Ruth
Species

Species is the fourth studio album from David Moore’s Bing & Ruth musical project, and second on the prestigious 4AD imprint. Inspired by Moore’s passion for long-distance running, this seven-track collection is an immersive exploration primarily of the Farfisa organ, with only sparse accompaniment from the band’s fellow founders Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner. 
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Iggy Pop
The Bowie Years

Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Berlin are synonymous with classic albums, rock ‘n’ roll excess and rock ‘n’ roll myths. David Bowie’s Berlin albums are often talked about in reverential terms. Iggy Pop made his first two solo albums during that period following a record deal with RCA. The Bowie Years is a new 7CD box set which contains Iggy Pop’s first two albums, The Idiot and Lust For Life, along with live performances, on which David Bowie played keyboards, rarities and studio recordings from the same period. 
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Ron Sexsmith
Hermitage

Over the course of nearly thirty years and 15 albums Ron Sexsmith has been cementing his reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters. He is also blessed with a voice that can make you weep at a hundred paces. Here we have album number 16, Hermitage. Sexsmith recorded the album at home with producer Don Kerr and played everything but the drums.
Added to site: Tuesday 14th April 2020

Kidbug
Kidbug

Joyful Noise presents the self-titled debut album from Kidbug, featuring members of Eerie Wanda (Marina Tadic), Dumb Numbers (Adam Harding), Swans (Thor Harris) and Best Coast (Bobb Bruno). Laid down in a three-day recording session convened around Christmas 2018, Kidbug is a thing of spontaneous, dreamy magic. 

RG Lowe
Life of the Body

RG Lowe presents his second solo album Life of the Body, arriving three years after he took fans by surprise with his intimate and soulful 2017 debut Slow Time which was so different to the neo-classical output of his band Balmorhea. Produced by David Boyle, it’s a subtle, refreshing and earnest call to embrace the natural world. 

Orlando Weeks
A Quickening

Inspired by becoming a father for the first time 18 months ago, former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks presents his debut solo album A Quickening. A delicate, ethereal album recalling the likes of Talk Talk and Kate Bush, it’s full of the thrills and anxieties of a completely new type of responsibility. 

The Streets
None Of Us Are Getting Out This Life Alive

None of Us Are Getting Out of This Alive is the 7th album by The Streets and Mike Skinner’s first new album in 9 years. It began as a mixtape before developing into a fully realised album. Given that this album is being released amid a global pandemic the title is perhaps a little pessimistic, but there you go. Guests include Tame Impala, IDLES, Jesse James Solomon and Chris Lorenzo.
Added to site: Friday 10th April 2020

Jim Sullivan
U.F.O.

Jim Sullivan was a folkie who haunted the clubs of Malibu in the early '70s but when it came to making an album produced something much more ambitious in scope. It's a deep and yearning work that has something of the Fred Neil about it - a deep listen of cosmic Americana.  Not long after it was completed Sullivan disappeared never to be found so all we have left of him is his masterpiece thankfully re-issued by Light in the Attic.  

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Chunky Shrapnel

Australian psych mongers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are pretty prolific. The latest addition to their cannon is a movie and of course the soundtrack, which we have here. The movie is called Chunky Shrapnel and was directed by John Angus Stewart who has previously directed some of the band’s videos. It was filmed during the band’s 2019 European tour.

Blues Pills
Holy Moly!

A third dose of heavy, psychedelic blues-rock from Swedish quartet Blues Pills. Mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Andrew Scheps, Holy Moly! is available as a lavish box-set including a green 10” vinyl disc and CD, as well as in the usual format, it’s a revisiting of the raw rock’n’roll, blues and soul of the band’s roots. 
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Motohiko Hamase
Anecdote

An official double-vinyl re-issue for Anecdote, the incredibly rare live album recorded in 1987 at Tokyo’s Wacoal Art Center. Backed by Toshio Kaji (pianos/synths) and Yasunori Yamaguchi (percussion), Motohiko Hamase shows why he was one of the prime figures in the Japanese ambient scene in the Eighties. 

Motohiko Hamase
Technodrome

Originally released in 1993, Technodrome saw jazz bassist and experimental artist Motohiko Hamase turn even further into electronic territory with an album of ambient house that was both minimalistic and funky. It now gets a re-issue on CD, and for the first time ever on double-vinyl as part of the Esplanade Series. 

Motohiko Hamase
#Notes of Forestry

Originally released in 1988 and with a distinct ecological theme, #Notes of Forestry saw Japanese jazz bassist / experimental artist Motohiko Hamase deliver one of the defining releases of Japan’s golden age of ambient music. It’s now available on this re-issued double-vinyl package, featuring liner notes from Hamase himself. 
Added to site: Thursday 9th April 2020

Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher

Despite Punisher being only Phoebe Bridgers second solo album, and first for three years, she hasn’t really stopped working in that time. There was Boygenius, the 2018 collaboration with Lucy Dacus and Julian Baker, and Better Oblivion Community Center, her fab 2019 project with Conor Oberst. It’s great that she’s back with new solo material because her debut, Stranger In The Alps, was ace. 

Jonah Yano
Souvenir

Souvenir is the debut album by Jonah Yano. Yano spent a few years writing songs and honing his musicianship before making any records. The Toronto-based, soulful singer / songwriter fist made an appearance on record collaborating with on the  Moneyphone track On Lock. He has also worked with BADBADNOTGOOD who return the favour by appearing on this album. There are also guest appearances from Monsune and Jacques Greene. 
Added to site: Wednesday 8th April 2020

The Beths
Jump Rope Gazers

Another round of scintillating power-pop from New Zealand’s The Beths, as they return with their second studio album Jump Rope Gazers. Written during the intense tours behind 2018’s acclaimed breakout Future Me Hates Me, Elizabeth Stokes and co. aim for very much the same mood, setting lyrics about worry and introversion to gregarious, bright rock. 

Randy Holden
Population II

Population II is a 1969 solo debut from Randy Holden of Blue Cheer that has been cited as one of the earliest examples of doom-metal. He used sixteen amps to create an album of leaden dirges and heavy riffs using the sounds and rhythms from machines to give the album its mechanical heart. Out of print for decades this is ripe for rediscovery particularly for fans of the likes of Sunn 0))) and other modern day practitioners of the genre. 

Wiki
OOFIE

OOFIE is the second solo album from former Ratking and Secret Circle member Wiki, and one which ought to further boost his already impressive reputation. The New York-based rapper is joined by Denzel Curry and Lil Ugly Mane on the record’s lead single ‘Grim’, and the LP itself contains guest spots from Princess Nokia and Lansky Jones. 

The Blue Nile
High

The Blue Nile have a famously sparse back catalogue, releasing just four albums in their 36 year career. They definitely believe the quality, not quantity trope. It turns out that there was some unreleased stuff knocking around, though. The reissue of their fourth and final album to date, 2004’s High, comes with an extra 32 minutes of music on the 2CD version. It is also being released on vinyl for the first time in its original 9 track form.

Greg Foat
Symphonie Pacifique

Symphonie Pacifique by Greg Foat sees the jazz pianist building a cinematic soundscape aided by harp, tubular bells, choirs, bass palyed by Phil Achille, congas played by Eric Young, and breakbeats courtesy of Moses Boyd and library music legend Duncan Lamont. It was recorded in London, Edinburgh and Gothenburg. An international affair. On Strut.
Added to site: Tuesday 7th April 2020

Sweet Spirit
Trinidad

Austin, Texas has always been a hive of musical activity and the members of Sweet Spirit play in twelve bands between them including the magnificently named A Giant Dog. Sweet Spirit is the vehicle they use to get people up off the floor and dancing. They make literary and rather brainy dance-able pop taking influence from T-Rex, ABBA, William Onyeabor and Robyn.  

Reciprocate
Yeah Well

Reciprocate formed following the break-up of Shield Your Eyes. Their music flies in the face of what’s cool and acceptable for an underground rock band to do. They write romantic love songs but doing this gives them the kick they need. And it has to be said, they are played with a soulful vibe and the gusto of Keith Moon driving a Chrysler into an ornamental pond (the Roll Royce in a swimming pool thing is myth). Yeah Well is their new album
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Added to site: Monday 6th April 2020

Lady Gaga
Chromatica

Here's something to get us through the crisis - the promise of a new Lady Gaga album. Cue excitement amongst her 162 million little monsters fanbase. CHROMATICA is said to be a cyberpunk record (perhaps a bit like Billy Idol's 1993 album?) and sees her working with producers such as Mark Ronson, Sophie and Boys Noize.  

Willie J Healey
Twin Heavy

Willie J Healy hails from Oxfordshire and he sings and writes songs. He was very nearly a boxer, but a few Neil Young records soon put him on the path he’s confidently strutting down now. Twin Heavy is his latest album and going by the first single to be lifted from it, Why You Gotta Do It, it seems he’s going down a Phil Spector path, thankfully only in terms of the sound of his records.
Added to site: Friday 3rd April 2020

bdrmm
Bedroom

Taking inspiration from alternative music both modern and classic, Bedroom is the hotly anticipated full-length debut from Hull/Leeds band bdrmm (pronounced the same as the album title). Loosely conceived around a plotline of a disintegrating long-term relationship set against a backdrop of the highs and lows of your early twenties, it’s set to be one of the best British guitar debuts of 2020. 

Nightports w/ Betamax
Nightports w/ Betamax

VHS vs Betamax was the great home video fight of the early '80s but now we get Nightports Vs Betamax. Nightports are two musicians from Leeds and Hull who are experts in manipulating electronics and here team up with drum wizard Betamax of The Comet is Coming. Their rule is to only use the sounds made by the musician (i.e no sampling, found sounds etc) and they utilise the wild, improvised drumming to it's limit, finding melodies and hidden rhythms and manipulate them to their own end.  
Added to site: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Old Man Gloom
Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning

Following the tragic death of bass player and singer Caleb Scofield, the future alt. metal supergroup Old Man Gloom was less than certain. Aaron Turner, also of Sumac and Isis, Nate Newton also of Converge, along with drummer Santos Montano decided to recruit Stephen Brodsky, who had played with Scofield in Cave In, to carry his torch and continue the work of the band. Their new album, Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning, follows two albums titled Ape Of God, a move which was thought of as hilarious by the band and confusing by fans. It was produced by Matt Bayles, Kurt Ballou and Randall Dunn, known for making heavy rock even heavier.

Eileen Gogan and The Instructions
Under Moving Skies

Under Moving Skies is the new album by Eileen Gogan and The Instructions. Gogan, an Irish singer / songwriter, also produced the album. There’s a whole bunch of guests on here including Sean O'Hagan, Cathal Coughlan, Damian O'Neill, Terry Edwards and Stephen Ryan. Gogan’s voice has been likened to Sandy Denny and Kirsty MacColl. The music on offer takes its cues from a number of influences including Neil Young, Richard & Linda Thompson, Yo La Tengo, REM, Patti Smith and Can. Sounds pretty good, right?

Odessey & Oracle
Crocorama

Crocoroma is the third LP from the French band who name themselves after a classic album by The Zombies, Odyssey and Oracle. For this they’ve blended French folk and pop and take their influences from ‘60s and ‘70s acts White Noise, McDonalds and Giles, 10cc, Robert Wyatt, the ‘70s Brazillian sounds of Caetano Veloso, Clube da Esquina and French chanteuses France Gall and Brigitte Fontaine.
Added to site: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Inventions
Continuous Portrait

Matthew Robert Cooper (a.k.a. Eluvium) and Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith collaborate once again as Inventions, presenting their third studio album Continuous Portrait. It’s the boldest and least characteristic work yet, at least in terms of what you might expect given their own work, but it’s hypnotic and playful enough to fit in with 2014’s self-titled effort and 2015’s Maze of Woods. 

Pale Cocoon
繭 (Mayu)

Named presumably because protagonist Tsuyoshi Kawabata felt like he was springing forth from a cocoon during the making of this record, Mayu is a long lost collection from the artist (as Pale Cocoon) that is inspired by the Japanese countryside. Kawabata blends synths, noise and shimmering guitars on works which have been compared to Woo, Cluster and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Sideways to New Italy

Having scored one of the sleeper hits of the indie scene in 2018 with their debut Hope Downs, Australian quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever waste no time in making a follow-up. Sideways To New Italy concerns how their relationships to their home country have changed in the aftermath of relentlessly touring the world over the last few years. 

Pere Ubu
By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (Live In Jarocin)

By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (Live In Jarocin) by Pere Ubu captures the band on a troubled tour of Poland in 2017. Despite the struggles with schedules and failing equipment, the band played a storming set of material plucked from, what many would say was, their classic period, 1975-1982. It covers the time when they released songs such as Final Solution and classic albums such as The Modern Dance and Dub Housing. 

The Howl & The Hum
Human Contact

York-based indie newcomers The Howl & The Hum deliver their long-awaited debut full-length album. Ironically titled Human Contact in the context of the coronavirus lockdown, it specifically addresses the distinctly modern sense of loneliness that non-stop social media can engender in us, a phenomenon where we're bombarded with head-spinning promises of something new and different just around the corner, yet we can never escape our past, and with it, our sense of regret.
Added to site: Thursday 26th March 2020

Current 93
Sleep Has His House

Sleep Has His House was an album released by Current 93 circa the year 2000 and is inspired by the passing of David Tibet's father. This new version is remastered from the original tapes and includes unreleased mixes and alternative versions. A meditative exercise in grief and loss, the album has regularly been cited as one of the band's best.   

Current 93
Horsey

Featuring what I presume to be a horse on the sleeve is this luxury revamp of Horsey, Current 93's 1997 album. The album uses a variety of instruments to create an eerie, unsettling atmosphere aided and abetted by Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. Originally released as part of a box set with Sol Invictus and Nurse With Wound the album was later released as a standalone entity and now comes with bonus unreleased mixes and alternate versions. 
Added to site: Wednesday 25th March 2020

Black Devil
Lucifer Is A Flower

Black Devil is the alter ego of Bernard Fevre known mostly for the Black Devil Disco Club album which was released initially in 1978 but found favour with listeners a couple of decades later. Lucifer Is A Flower is his final album, as inventive as all of his previous work and a fitting epitaph for a legendary musician. 

Photay
Waking Hours

In response to the disintegrating chaos of the modern world, one which requires us to always be ‘on-brand’ and filling each moment with activity, New York’s Evan Shornstein gives us his second full-length Photay album Waking Hours, a meditative and calm plea for being satisfied with simply being. 

Young Knives
Barbarians

Judging by their  new single, Sheep Tick, Young Knives have taken a wildly different approach to their fifth album, Barbarians. They have a darker sound and there are more electronics and less of the snappy XTC-influenced indie that I know them for. The sound does suit the subject matter, however, with them using Straw Dogs, a novel by John Gray, to assess if violence is just part of human nature and how we cope with that.
Added to site: Tuesday 24th March 2020

Reb Fountain
Reb Fountain

Auckland-born singer / songwriter Reb Fountain’s eponymous album is her first for the legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun. It was recorded at Roundhead Studios, the studio owned by Neil Finn.It features guest performances from Finn Andrews and Ben Woolley of The Yarra Benders, Elroy Finn and Logan Compain. 

Markus Floats
Third Album

Markus Lake is a big noise in the Montreal DIY community. Over the past decade or so he has been releasing music under the name Markus Floats. Third Album is clearly his third album, but first for the Constellation label. He has a background in jazz, electroacoustics, post-punk and indie. All of his experience pours into the abstract soundscapes, shapes and textures on this LP.

Field Works
Ultrasonic

Bats. They started the Coronavirus pandemic apparently but let's not hold that against them. As Field Works Stuart Hyatt uses recordings of the little flying furry things as source material on this unique album. He gathers together a host of composers including Eluvium, Sarah Davachi, Mary Lattimore and Taylor Dupree to help tell the story. 

The Killers
Imploding The Mirage

Imploding The Mirage is the seventh album by The Killers. It’s their first since 2017’s Wonderful, Wonderful and, of course, since their triumphant Glastonbury headline set. The lead single from the album is called Caution, it features a guest appearance from the legendary Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. 

Hiroshi Yoshimura
Green

Hiroshi Yoshimura was an ambient music pioneer but sadly his music barely made it out of his native Japan in his lifetime. His debut album, Music For Nine Postcards, was reissued in 2017 and, along with him being discovered on YouTube, his popularity grew some 14 years after his death. Now we have his groundbreaking ambient masterpiece Green, reissued through Light In The Attic.
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Gordi
Our Two Skins

Gordi is an Australian folktronica musician whose real name is Sophie Payten. Her latest album, Our Two Skins, was written following the death of her grandmother and how deeply the loss was felt. The track ‘Sandwiches’ details her dying days. It was produced by Chris Messina and Zach Hanson who are known for their work with Bon Iver.
Added to site: Monday 23rd March 2020

The Dears
Lovers Rock

Montréal indie rockers The Dears will release their eighth LP on May 15 with Dangerbird Records. Led by husband and wife duo Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, The Dears offer up a resigned yet pulsatingly anxious album to reflect what they see as the doomed times we’re living in. Influences for this album take in the eclectic range of anything from Krautrock to Burt Bacharach.

Extraa
Baked

You see if you were googling the band Extraa without the additional 'a' you will come up with all the other 'extra' type things on the internet. Like extra soft tissue paper. Thankfully they've added an extra 'a' to the end to distinguish. Now that we know that we can listen to Extraa til our heart is content and what we'll find is a France-based pop band with catchy songs, smooth production and an interest in the classic songwriting of the past. We could have something extraa special here. 
Added to site: Thursday 19th March 2020

Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network
Ballet Of Apes

Brigid Dawson was once a member of Thee Oh Sees. Here she’s stepping out with a new gang - The Mothers Network. Ballet of Apes is their debut album. It was recorded in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Australia with a number of musicians, namely, Mikey Young of Total Control / Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Mike Donovan of Sic Alps, Shayde Sartin of The Fresh & Onlys and Fellow Oh Sees member Mike Shoun and Sunwatchers.
Added to site: Wednesday 18th March 2020

Kate NV
Room For The Moon

Kate NV is a Moscow-based producer, songwriter and composer with a background in post-punk. She was a member of Russian band ГШ, or GS for those who can’t read Cyrillic (like me!). Her latest album, Room For The Moon, follows-up  для FOR and sees her manipulated vocals woven into a fabric of xylophone, guitars, sax and synth. 

Watkins Family Hour
brother sister

As well as enjoying their own individual careers, Sean and Sara Watkins present their second Watkins Family Hour album, brother sister. Coming half a decade after their self-titled joint album, this new ten-track effort sees them yet again explore the bluegrass and folk sounds they enjoyed growing up. 

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.   

Bury Tomorrow
Cannibal

Metalcore quintet Bury Tomorrow return on the Music For Nations label with their sixth studio album Cannibal. Boasting the already-released singles ‘The Grey (VIXI)’ and its title track, Cannibal is an eleven-track journey that fits with the Southampton band’s previous outfit, exploring both their melodic and aggressive sides.