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Added to site: Wednesday 18th March 2020

The Spitfires
Life Worth Living

Watford-based outfit The Spitfires keep up their impressive rate of industry with their fourth studio album in a little over half a decade. Alive with enervating, ska-influenced garage rock, Life Worth Living was guided by one-time Weller producer Simon Dine, and comes with a cheery and optimistic message of perseverance. 

International Teachers of Pop
Pop Gossip

International Teachers of Pop are pop people. They like pop and practice it in all its glorious formats blending electronica to disco as if they were some kind of modern day Human League. This is their second album of danceable pop and is nostalgic for that time we could all dance together in sweaty clubs to Chic and Dollar. Fun stuff from long term pop fanatics Dean Honer, Adrian Flanagan and crew. Jason Williamson guests!  
Added to site: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Irmin Schmidt
Nocturne (live at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)

Irmin Schmidt is of course the keyboard player in legendary kraut-rock crew Can. In 2019 he was asked to perform at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and had prepared three pieces which had him playing a piano over pre-recorded music he had brought with him on the aeroplane. The result is a series of original and poetic soundscapes which you can now hear from the comfort of your home courtesy of Mute records.  

Old Tower
The Last Eidolon

This is the third album by Old Tower and features a story so relevant that it could have featured on tonights 6 o' Clock News... a kingdom laid to waste by its own ruler through dark magic and destructive spirits. The tale is told via some dark ambient that straddles three separate lengthy chapters. These epic pieces come on luxurious double vinyl or lavish CD. 

Dead Ghosts
Automatic Changer

Are ghosts alive or dead generally? These ghosts are definitely dead but the band are very much alive and into their second decade making bluesy lo-fi punk rock. After humble beginnings 'generally goofing around' they started to hone their punk infused sound and Automatic Changer is their fifth full length album and comes at you on the hip Burger records. 

Peter Oren
The Greener Pasture

Peter Oren is a folk singer from Columbus, Indiana who says he quit college to write folk tunes. He cites Bill Callahan as a major influence. The Greener Pasture is his second album. He bought equipment to record it himself,  a different method to its predecessor, Anthropocene, which was recorded in a studio with a bunch of Nashville musicians, but the genre is certainly suited to this method.  

Alice Bag
Sister Dynamite

Self-proclaimed troublemaker, feminism activist, writer and Los Angeles punk legend Alice Bag returns with her fourth album, Sister Dynamite. It is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed album from 2018, The Blueprint. Here she shows her ability to make her feelings on politics clear in the shape of punk earworms.
Added to site: Friday 13th March 2020

Land Of Talk
Indistinct Conversations

Indistinct Conversations is the fourth album by Canadian indie band Land of Talk. They are led by singer, guitarist and keyboard player Elizabeth Powell. This album is fuelled by her bad experiences at the hands of men. Judging by the melodic yet melancholy first single, Weight of That Weekend, their sound is more acoustic pop / rock, but I’m assured they make a bit of racket, just like in their early days, on the album too.

Liam Gallagher
MTV Unplugged

Old monkey chops himself, Liam Gallagher was ill when Oasis recorded their obligatory MTV Unplugged set in 1996. Fortunately for him he’s carved out a solo career for himself so he could finally get to record one despite the band being defunct. His set includes a run through some of his solo favourites, but there’s a handful of Oasis classics in there, too.
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Added to site: Thursday 12th March 2020

Noveller
Arrow

Noveller is the music project of Sarah Lipstate. She uses an electric guitar and a whole bunch of effect pedals to make her experimental sound. Arrow is her latest album. It comes at a busy time for her as she has been touring as part of Iggy Pop’s band as well as earning writing credits on some of his songs. In the past she has played with Glen Branca, JG Thirlwell and Lee Ranaldo and supported St. Vincent, U.S. Girls and Helium - acts she can also refer to as her adoring fans.

Protomartyr
Ultimate Success Today

Ultimate Success Today is the fifth album by Detroit rock band Protomartyr. It is their second album for Domino Records. The album was inspired by the reissue of their debut album, making singer Joe Casey think about the way they felt first time out. He was reminded of how that could have been the band’s only album and the urgency to make it that spurred them on. He realises that they are in it for the long haul now, but he still wanted to make sure he said what he wanted say while he has the chance.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Mosaic Of Transformation

The Mosaic Of Transformation is the eighth album by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The composer and musician is a big hit around these parts, i.e. Norman Records. Her 2016 album Ears was awarded the coveted Norman Records Album of the Years and it’s follow-up, The Kid, received a 9/10 review from our Laurie. This time out, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has written and ode to electricity. Our hopes are high. 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Temple

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are a San Francisco-based indie band with roots in alt-folk and influences that range from country to hip-hop. They are fronted by Thao Ngyuen who has, in the past, collaborated with Joanna Newsom, Andrew Bird, Portland Cello Project and Marah. Temple is the band’s fifth album and first since 2016’s A Man Alive.

Manic Street Preachers
Gold Against The Soul

Manic Street Preachers moved studios and in the process unearthed a load of tapes from the Gold Against The Soul sessions. It seemed only right for them to reissue the album as a deluxe set and include a bunch of extra tracks. Gold Against the soul was the band’s second album, originally released in 1993. Includes the single From Despair To Where. Extra tracks come as download with LP version.
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Steven Wilson
The Future Bites

The Future Bites is the sixth album by singer, songwriter and producer Steven Wilson. The album explores how modern life’s addictions and fads, from detoxing to anxiety, branded trainers to teeth whitening affect us. Wilson has been a part of numerous musical projects, most notably Porcupine Tree. He has also recently been responsible for re-mixing and re-mastering some classic prog rock albums, a genre close to his heart.
Added to site: Wednesday 11th March 2020

Jerry Joseph
Beautiful Madness

Although he has practically no profile in Britain at all, in America Jerry Joseph is a cult hero, beloved by artists such as Drive-By Truckers and Jason Isbell, who both appear as backing musicians on Joseph’s first British release Beautiful Madness. Written over a number of years and inspired by the guitar school charities Joseph runs in war zones, it ought to represent a significant spotlight on his reputation.

Margo Price
That's How Rumors Get Started

The third studio album from crossover star Margo Price, That’s How Rumours Get Started is perhaps the first to properly translate her live show to record. It uses country music as a jumping off point to explore a myriad of other genres, including travelogue songs, rock ballads tinged with psychedelia, and no small amount of pop nous. 

Westerman
Your Hero Is Not Dead

After some promising singles and lots of hot tipping it's time for London songwriter Westerman to drop the big one. His well crafted electronic pop and soulful rock moves have been compared to the likes of Arthur Russell and Peter Gabriel  - so that place where the slightly experimental meets the mainstream. All bodes well...hopes are high for this one. 

The Cool Greenhouse
The Cool Greenhouse

Built around the vivid imagination and lyrics of Tom Greenhouse, The Cool Greenhouse releases its debut studio album. Produced by Phil Booth and with the benefit of a full band behind him, The Cool Greenhouse injects grand, pop-orientated visions into the framework of DIY indie, taking aim at British society and reactionary politics along the way. 

Hania Rani
Home

According to Polish pianist and composer Hania Rani, her new album Home is the second half of the story she began on her album, Esja. This album sees her expanding her use of instruments and sound from the piano-focused Esja. She adds electronics, vocals, bass and drums and reaches for a more widescreen sound. It was mastered by Zino Mikorey, who has, in the past, worked with Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.

Whitmer Thomas
Songs From The Golden One

Whitmer Thomas is a very typical millennial performer. He's a comic, a skateboarder, a musician and he doesn't comb his hair on his album sleeves. My grandparents would be horrified but he's done pretty well for himself fronting his own HBO comedy special and now releasing songs from the series. If you are worrying that comedy and songs go together like the words 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' and 'funny' then you have to realise that Thomas makes intrepid darkwave  - a little like John Maus and full of witty asides and observations. 

Woods
Strange To Explain

Fresh from backing David Berman on last year's magnificent Purple Mountains record, Woods are make with some new music of their own. 2016's Love Is Love was all about how tumultuous world events affected the lives of the band but here it seems Woods are more hopeful, creating an album inspired by fatherhood, moves to the coast and that feeling that despite everything the world is a pretty beautiful place. 
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Dream Wife
So When You Gonna…

In my day, the NME marked albums out of ten, so when I heard that the 2018 eponymous debut from garage punk band Dream Wife received a five star review from the magazine I was a little nonplussed, I mean it was good right? Apparently, they mark out of 5 now, so it was indeed a good thing. Now they’re back with a new album called So When You Gonna...an album which adds a little dynamism to their sound.
Added to site: Tuesday 10th March 2020

Thee MVPs
Science Fiction

Thee MVPs are a group from Leeds who all share the same house. They create loud, fast and noisy garage rock. They've supported the likes of Dead Meadow, Meatbodies, Ty Segall and Night Beats in addition to performing at high-profile festivals including SXSW and Levitation. Their music is influenced by Dinosaur Jr., Can, Sabbath, Hot Snakes, a whole host of psych, hip hop, post-punk, and garage punk plus labels as varied as Dischord, SST and Castle Face. 'Science Fiction' was mastered in Chicago by Shellac legend Bob Weston. This one certainly sounds like an exciting first record!

Working Men's Club
Working Men's Club

Working Men’s Club have been earmarked as a band to keep an eye on for a good few months now. With a few singles under their belt, they are ready to unleash their eponymous debut album. Their music blurs the lines between indie, dance and techno. They have toured with the Fat White Family and even have a song which spells out their dislike of journalist Andrew Neil. 

Seasick Steve
Love & Peace

Here he is again, former Beach Boys touring member, Modest Mouse producer and pro-'homeless' guy Seasick Steve with another album of low down blues, boogie, rock and folk from the mean streets he calls home. With pals such as crazy Dan and the Boss Hoss he's recorded this on 2 inch tape the old fashioned way. No computers or any fancy dan high falutin' technology on this one.   
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CLT DRP
Without The Eyes

Brighton lot CLT DRP (I dare not even guess how that is supposed to be pronounced  - this is a family website after all) explore facets of feminism on this, their debut album on Small Pond. The band hail from all over the planet and have come together to make brutal, thought provoking punk that helps comfort those finding their way in this crazy, messed up world. 

Psychic Markers
Psychic Markers

A supergroup of sorts, containing personnel from other bands, Psychic Markers announce the release of their self-titled third studio album. It’s the culmination of all of their years of experience as a live unit, taking in pulsating, electronically-enhanced krautrock and melodic psychedelic pop. 
Added to site: Monday 9th March 2020

Mr Ben & The Bens
Life Drawing

Mr Ben and the Bens is the brainchild of Ben Hall of Sheffield who has gone the opposite way of most performers and replaced his synth-based earlier recordings with acoustic based ones. These twelve brightly lit folk tunes are inspired by Sheffield and the surrounding area and follows up the earlier Who Knows Jenny Jones release. 

PINS
Hot Slick

One of Britain’s best new post-punk bands in recent memory, Manchester-based trio PINS achieve their most complete and expansive sound yet on third studio album Hot Slick. Five years after their last full-length and following the departure of their original rhythm section, a new rotating cast of collaborators bolsters their sound and steer them in the direction of dance-punk. 

Rose City Band
Summerlong

Another new project for fans of Ripley Johnson and Wooden Shjips, Rose City Band presents its debut album Summerlong. While it contains Johnson’s shimmering, psychedelic guitar lines, what’s novel about RCB is the introduction of instruments normally associated with country music, such as mandolins, banjo and the heavenly sounds of the lap steel guitar. 

Melt Yourself Down
100% YES!

After famously missing out on The Beatles, Decca have vowed never to make the same mistake twice. They’ve snapped up London’s jazz / funk / post-punk outfit Melt Yourself Down for their third album, 100% Yes! They’ve drafted in producers Flood and Ben Hillier who have added a bit of synth to the band’s sound. There are also some hard-hitting lyrics focusing on the realities of modern Britain.

The Divine Comedy
A Short Album About Love

Originally conceived as a companion to the previous year’s Casanova album and recorded with a 26-piece orchestra post-soundcheck before a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, A Short Album About Love went on to be regarded by many as The Divine Comedy’s finest hour. It now gets a re-mastered re-issue on vinyl and CD, with the latter coming with a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes plus a DVD titled A Short Film About A Short Album About Love. 

The Divine Comedy
Absent Friends

Originally released in 2004 and containing the Lauren Laverne-starring ‘Come Home Billy Bird’, Neil Hannon’s eighth The Divine Comedy album gets a re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations. CD edition comes with a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Casanova

Originally released in 1997, Casanova was the commercial breakthrough for Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy, housing three UK Top 30 hit singles including ‘Something For The Weekend’.  It now gets a re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with the CD edition including a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Fin de Siècle

Originally released in 1998, Fin De Siècle was the sixth studio album by Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy, which spawned the band’s sole UK Top Ten hit ‘National Express’. It now gets a remastered re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with the CD edition including a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Liberation

Originally released in 1993, Liberation was technically the second studio album by Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy, but the star himself refers to it as their ‘proper debut’ because of wrangles over its predecessor Fanfare For The Comic Muse. Including the understated single ‘Lucy’, it gets a remastered re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with the CD edition including a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Promenade

Originally released in 1994, Promenade was the third studio album by Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy, delving even further into the classical-influenced stylings that he had begun to explore with Liberation and bearing a loose concept about a couple spending a day at the seaside. It gets a remastered re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with the CD edition including a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Bang Goes The Knighthood

Probably the best of the latterday the Divine Comedy albums, Bang Goes the Knighthood features everything we love about Neil Hannon's music - soaring melodies, beautiful arrangements and a droll lyrical persona. The difference between this and some other the Divine Comedy albums is that it is consistent from start to finish. All killer and an accomplished work from a master craftsman. 

The Divine Comedy
Regeneration

Regeneration was the album where the Divine Comedy got serious. Neil Hannon put his Noel Coward hat at the door and made a soaring work that could be compared somewhat to Radiohead (perhaps partly due to Nigel Godrich being in the producer's chair). This new edition contains bonus tracks from the era on the double CD and as a download on the gatefold LP version. 

The Divine Comedy
Victory for the Comic Muse

Originally released in 2006, Victory For The Comic Muse was the ninth studio album by Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy, unique in their catalogue as it was recorded in a little over a fortnight almost entirely from live studio takes and with minimal overdubbing. It gets a remastered re-issue as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with the CD edition including a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and alternate takes. 

The Divine Comedy
Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time - Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy

Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time is a lavish box set marking the 30th anniversary of Neil Hannon’s The Divine Comedy. Covering all 12 of the band’s witty, erudite studio albums, each of which comes with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions on top of liner notes. If that wasn’t enough, it also contains an exclusive 2xCD compilation of early material from Hannon’s personal archive, the "lost" 1990 album Fanfare For The Comic Muse and rare EPs Timewatch and Europop. 
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Girls In Synthesis
Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future

Preparing for their first full-length album with a series of highly collectable 7” singles since their formation four years ago, Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future is the moment of truth for Girls In Synthesis. Released on experimental punk label Harbinger Sound, the band exude cynicism and anger (underscored with fundamental optimism) at every moment. 
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Added to site: Sunday 8th March 2020

The Hempolics
Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2

Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2 is the second album by London reggae / dub / pop band The Hempolics. The band feature former Faithless engineer Grippa and the band’s sound is very much down to him. ...Vol. 2 sees the band adding a bit of shoegaze, hip-hop and trip hop to their palette. Features guest performances from rapper Cojack and Faithless singer Pauline Taylor.

Maita
Best Wishes

Maita hail from Portland, Orgegon. Best Wishes is their debut album. Ostensibly a solo act, with Maria being front and centre of everything they do, they are actually a band. Their music hops between sparkling acoustic pop and heavier ‘90s-ish American indie rock. They're signed to Kill Rock Stars too, so they must be pretty cool.
Added to site: Saturday 7th March 2020

Jade Hairpins
Harmony Avenue

Harmony Avenue is the debut album from Jade Hairpins, a side-project from Fucked Up’s Jonah Falco and Mike Haliechuk. Their first 12” was quietly dropped on the same day in 2018 as their parent band’s Dose Your Dreams, originally intended as an extension of that album’s themes, but since then their songs have taken on a life of their own, with Falco and Haliechuk pushing for their release separately. 
Added to site: Friday 6th March 2020

Jennifer Touch
Behind The Wall

Following a series of EPs and singles dating back to the middle of the 2010s, Behind The Wall is the long-awaited full-length debut from Berlin-based artist Jennifer Touch. Spearheaded by the mesmerising darkwave of lead single ‘Chemistry’, it’s a successful collision of vintage electro-pop influences with menacing industrial ones. 

Lightning Orchestra
Source And Deliver

Lightning Orchestra is the creative conduit for multi-instrumentalist Travis Murphy, bolstered by a rotating, elastically-numbered backing band of like-minded souls inspired by legends from Jimi Hendrix to Fela Kuti. The outfit’s debut album Source and Deliver is released on neon yellow vinyl, containing the monstrous ‘White Tiger’. 

The Magic Gang
Death Of The Party

The Magic Gang have been getting played on Radio 1 and have received the accolade of Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World. Their new album, Death of the Party promises to be exactly the opposite of what its title suggests due to the addition of some Northern Soul grooves to their modern indie sound.
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Biffy Clyro
A Celebration of Endings

Scottish alternative rock gods Biffy Clyro aim to make it three UK no.1 albums in a row with new effort A Celebration of Endings, their eighth record overall. Working with producer Rich Costey once again, the trio embrace all of the elements that have made them so acclaimed and popular throughout their two-decade career, from the jagged rock of their early years to the lighters-in-the-air stadium indie that propelled them to the top of the charts. 
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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin deliver another record of sprawling yet taut experimentalism embracing jazz, breakbeats and riffs for the legendary Blue Note label. GoGo Penguin, their sixth studio effort, sees Chris Illingworth, Rob Turner and Nick Blacka in the most inventive form of their career since their 2014 Mercury nomination. 
Added to site: Thursday 5th March 2020

Courtney Marie Andrews
Old Flowers

Her third record for Fat Possum and Loose and her seventh studio album overall, Old Flowers is a career-defining statement from Arizona-based singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. Pulling together all of her songwriting prowess honed over the last decade, it’s an album of hard-learned experience in the affairs of the heart. 

Sebastien Tellier
Domesticated

Domesticated is the 7th studio album (not counting the four soundtracks he’s composed) by French singer / songwriter and all-round talent Sebastien Tellier. Expect more soulful synthpop-cum-electronica from the man who once threw the curveball of  representing France in the Eurovision Song Contest. On Records Makers.
Added to site: Wednesday 4th March 2020

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke is an influential musician from Africa, Black Jesus Experience are a twelve piece funk conglomerate out of Australia. This is the latest example of their musical journey together which began in 2009. Astakte calles Black Jesus Experience his favourite backing band and on To Know Without Knowing their shared love of funk and jazz creates a groove-laden classic. 

The Soft Pink Truth
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

Concerned with the insidious rise of populist / far-right politics across the world, Matmos’ Daniel Drew launches a solo project titled The Soft Pink Truth. Exploring dynamics and textures outside of Matmos’ regular range, Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? features guest spots from friends such as Angel Deradoorian (ex-Dirty Projectors) and Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). 

Erland Cooper
Hether Blether

Scottish multi-instrumentalist Gawain Erland Cooper releases the third instalment in a trilogy of LPs which are thematically informed by the geography and history of the Orkney Islands, where he grew up. Hether Blether takes the landscape of the islands as its inspiration, conjuring up a atmospheric mixture of words, imagery and sound. 
Added to site: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Sonic Boom
All Things Being Equal

Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, formerly of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum, and if you’ve forgotten all about him, that’s probably understandable because he released his one and only album, Spectrum, as Sonic Boom in 1990. He is back, however, with All Things Being Equal, an album that he was encouraged to make by Stereolab’s Tim Gane. Well, I’m excited, what about you?

Blancmange
Mindset

Criminally underrated in their original incarnation in the Eighties, Neil Arthur’s Blancmange return with the outfit’s ninth studio album since its reactivation at the beginning of the 2010s, and 12th overall. Recorded at Benge’s Memetune Studios in Cornwall, Mindset shows why Blancmange has been so influential on so many big electronic acts in recent years, but keeps things sharp and contemporary. 

John Foxx and The Maths
Howl

With a new backing band of long-term collaborator Ben Edwards (a.k.a. producer Benge), Robin Simon (formerly of Ultravox) and Hannah Peel, John Foxx and The Maths release their fifth studio album Howl. Dark, expressive and synth-leaning, it’s a subtly different proposition to the outfit’s previous releases. 

Momoko Kikuchi
Adventure

Re-mastered from the original tapes and pressed onto purple vinyl, J-pop pioneer Momoko Kikuchi’s Adventure returns to the LP format for the first time since its release way back in 1986. The sound of an already established artist discovering the full extent of their potential (Kikuchi had only just turned 18 when it was released), Adventure utterly encapsulates the sound of Eighties Japanese pop. 

The Magnetic Fields
Quickies

Stephin Merritt’s The Magnetic Fields has always been a project upon which to launch a good concept, and Quickies is no different. Consisting entirely of short, simple and sub-three-minute songs, it’s a 28-track collection which will be released physically over five 7” vinyls, available together as a box set. 
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Added to site: Monday 2nd March 2020

JARV IS
Beyond The Pale

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker unveils the debut album from his JARV IS project - a band formed with Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle and Adam Betts. Following the great reception last summer for its debut single ‘Must I Evolve’, Beyond The Pale marks a return to form for one of British indie’s most iconic figures.

HAIM
Women In Music Pt. III

Following a steady stream of teaser singles that began last summer, the mighty Haim announce their third studio album, boasting the tongue-in-cheek title of Women In Music Pt. III. The sisters Haim have been working on their new project for nearly two years, and it ought to be a highly melodic and stylish affair. 

The Lemon Twigs
Songs For The General Public

Songs For The General Public is the third album from ‘70s obsessed sibling duo The Lemon Twigs. Their previous albums have been clearly influenced by Todd Rundgren. Their 2016 debut album earned them fans such as Elton John, The Roots drummer Questlove and American indie guitarist Jack Antonaoff. Foxygen, a similarly odd duo, also count themselves among their fans.

Viviankrist
Cross Modulation - Bootleg Remixes

Former Gallhammer member Eri Isaka Fuzz-Kristiansen returns under her Viviankrist moniker for the Ritual Productions imprint. Cross Modulation - Bootleg Remixes is a natural outgrowth out of her debut album from last year, with alternate takes coming from Superorganism, XL’s Richard Russell and Viviankrist herself. 

Bloodshot Bill
Get Loose Or Get Lost

Canadian star Bloodshoot Bill is so much more than a rock ‘n’ roll revivalist - over more than two decades and 17 studio albums, he’s dealt in raw, primal and stripped-back rock thrillers and worked with legends like Jon Spencer in the process. Get Loose Or Get Lost is his 18th record, and shows him entering the 2020s in rude health. 
Added to site: Friday 28th February 2020

Christine and The Queens
La vita nuova

After the success of her recent Chris opus, Christine and The Queens waste no time in following it up with this five track EP which contains the recent surprise single People, I've Been Sad. Written to accompany a short film of the same name it sees Chris and co explore themes of vulnerability and change. Clear Pink vinyl 12" on Because.  
Added to site: Thursday 27th February 2020

Brigid Mae Power
Head Above The Water

Head Above The Water is the third album from folk singer / songwriter Brigid Mae Power. She recorded the album in Scotland with regular collaborator Peter Broderick and acclaimed Scottish alt-folkie Alasdair Roberts. If you’ve not heard anything by her before, you need to get on board. She has been likened, in terms of arrangement and performance, to greats such as Judee Sill and Bill Callahan.

Winter
Endless Space (Between You & I)

Samira Winter delivers the third album of heady psychedelic shoegaze by her eponymous, bi-lingual indie band Winter via the Bar-None label. With lyrics as ever in both Portuguese and English, Endless Space (Between You & I) ought to see the talented songwriter and singer build up her profile even further. 

Irreversible Entanglements
Irreversible Entanglements

With their new mini-odyssey ‘Bread Out of Stone’ recently landing, it’s an appropriate time for this vinyl re-issue of Irreversible Entanglements’ self-titled debut album. Originally released in 2017 and winning plaudits from The Quietus to Gilles Peterson, it essayed the experiences of Black suffering, survival and power over four wonderful free-jazz explorations. 

Paul Weller
On Sunset

On Sunset is the 15th album from the one and only Modfather himself, Paul Weller. This is his first studio album since 2018’s True Meanings, and if what esteemed music critic Pete Paphides has been saying on Twitter is anything to go by, it’s going to be quite the listening experience. On Polydor.
Added to site: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Jaga Jazzist
Pyramid

Norwegian eight-piece group Jaga Jazzist return with their first album in five years titled Pyramid, their ninth overall but their debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Recorded in just two weeks over intense recording sessions, the Lars Horntveth-led ensemble continue their cosmic excursions covering jazz, post-rock and psychedelia. 

Drab City
Good Songs For Bad People

Drab City are newly signed to former Cocteau Twin, Simon Raymonde’s Bella Union label. Good Songs For Bad People is their debut album. It combines the sounds of the classic David Axelrod albums, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience with dub, hip-hop, dream-pop and jazz. Lyrically, themes such as love, alienation and revenge dominate.

Prince
Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection

It seems at times that the record industry is being kept afloat by Prince re-issues and here is another bumper pack of goodies. It contains his piano and vocal album One Nite Alone plus a CD of the live performance of this album plus other classics performed in the same stripped down manner. There's also the One Nite Alone Aftershow....not exactly sure what it is but George Clinton makes an appearance and to round it all off is a DVD of Prince live in Las Vegas. Prince fans have never had it so good. 
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Prince
The Rainbow Children

The rediscovery of Prince’s fascinating and labyrinthine back catalogue continues apace, with his 2001 album The Rainbow Children being re-issued on crystal clear vinyl. Inspired by his conversion to the Jehovah’s Witness faith, the CD versions have long since gone out of print and original vinyls change hands for hundreds of dollars. 

Depeche Mode
SPiRiTS In The Forest

Containing full audio and visual recordings of their July 2018 shows in Berlin, which rounded off their exhaustive Global Spirit Tour behind their most recent album Spirit, Anton Corbijn’s absorbing Depeche Mode documentary film SPiRiTS In The Forest - originally released in November 2019 - gets a deluxe 2xCD / 2xBlu-Ray release. 
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Moscoman
Time Slips Away

Moscoman is the music-making moniker of Chen Moscovici. He makes house, acid, techno, dark disco and synth music that comes with indie / alternative sensibilities. Time Slips Away is his second album and features guest appearances from Teleman’s Tom Sanders, Wooze, Niki Kini, Vanity Fairy and Nuphar. On Moshi Moshi.
Added to site: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Throwing Muses
Sun Racket

Kritstin Hersh’s legendary art-rock act Throwing Muses return for their 10th studio album. A change in direction from their last outing Purgatory/Paradise seven years ago, a fidgety and restless affair, Sun Racket is becalmed and monolithic, characterised by rising and fading walls of guitar noise. 
Added to site: Monday 24th February 2020

El Michels Affair
Adult Themes

Big Crown Records presents the first album of original compositions from El Michels Affair in 15 years. On Adult Themes, the band’s founder Leon Michels (with help from The Shacks’ Shannon Wise) quickly re-establishes the group’s sophisticated ‘cinematic soul’ aesthetic that they laid down way back in 2005.  

Kelly Lee Owens
Inner Song

Inner Song is the long-awaited second album from Welsh musician Kelly Lee Owens, three years on from her excellent self-titled debut that made her one of the most acclaimed newcomers in electronica for years. A more reflective creation than its predecessor, it combines introspective songwriter with the inventive beat-making that she won so much love for. 

No Age
Goons Be Gone

Their second album for Drag City and their sixth overall, Los Angeles noise-rock duo No Age present possibly their most luxuriantly loud album yet. Harking back to the EPs that first made their name at the end of the Noughties, Goons Be Gone gleefully piles self-recorded samples and basic, noisy riffs on top of one another. 

The Fratellis
Half Drunk Under a Full Moon

Amongst the good news of the announcement of a new album, glass half empty the Fratellis fans may fret that their sixth album emerges on Cooking Vinyl  - a label with a rich history of managing to kill off once successful bands.... the Dignitas of record labels. Never mind, it's sure to be full of their foot stomping indie anthems. Certainly Jon Fratelli is proud as punch  - he lavishes praise on lead track Six Days In June as if it were a new favourite track by another artist. 
Added to site: Saturday 22nd February 2020

Buzzcocks
Sell You Everything (1991-2014) Albums, Singles Rarities, Unreleased

Known so legendarily for their sleek, melodic punk missiles from their original iteration in the late Seventies, it’s about time that the latter-day material of the Buzzcocks came under the microscope. This new 8xCD box set Sell You Everything, featuring 29 previously unreleased tracks, does exactly that, compiling the entirety of their output from 1991 to 2014. 
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Added to site: Thursday 20th February 2020

Vladislav Delay Meets Sly & Robbie
500 Push Up

An intriguing new LP resulting from a meeting between prolific Jamaican production duo Sly and Robbie and Finnish artist and remixer Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay), 500 Push Up was built out of extended jam sessions in Kingston, and mixed back in Finland to produce an album of curious sonic experiments. 
Added to site: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Coriky
Coriky

Formed in 2015 but taking three years to perform live together for the first time, and a further two to release this self-titled debut album, Washington D.C. outfit Coriky is formed of iconic underground figure Ian MacKaye on guitar, his old Fugazi bandmate Joe Lally on bass and Amy Farina on drums, with all sharing vocals. 

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Special)

At the end of 2019 a special children’s show appeared on Netflix called John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. It was written and created by 6ft tall, 38 year-old comedian John Mulaney with producer and writer Marika Sawyer. Shows such as Sesame Street served as the inspiration. Here we have original soundtrack recording, released through Drag City.

The Weeknd
After Hours

Supported by two singles released at the end of last year (‘Blinding Lights’ and ‘Heartless’), R&B megastar Abel Tesfaye unveils his fourth studio album as The Weeknd. It’s also his first full-length in nearly four years, with After Hours having been teased for the best part of 18 months at this point, following the brief pleasures of 2018’s EP My Dear Melancholy,. 

Choir Boys
Gathering Swans

Choir Boys are an indie pop band from Salt Lake City, Utah. They are absolutely not to be confused with English chorister boy band The Choirboys, of for that matter English rockers The Quireboys, known for their 1990 smash hit ‘Hey You’, or even Australian hard rock band The Choirboys. I know, it’s a minefield, right? Gathering Swans is their sophomore album which features tear-inducing melodies and songs that will demand repeated listens. Oh, and there’s also a Christian vocal group known as Choir Boyz.

Sparks
A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Approaching their 50th anniversary as a creative force, the legendary art-pop group Sparks, fronted by Ron and Russell Mael, present their 24th studio album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip ahead of another European tour later in 2020. Following the Top Ten success of previous album Hippopotamus three years ago, it’s great to see new generations discovering a group that’s traditionally been unfairly dismissed. 
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Hans Zimmer
No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

With the official theme song from Billie Eilish already unleashed on the world, and to a largely positive reception, the score for the upcoming 25th James Bond film No Time To Die arrives on vinyl. Composed by the experienced Academy and Grammy Award-winner Hans Zimmer, it's surprisingly the first time that he's ever produced a 007 soundtrack.

Doomshakalaka
Doomshakalaka

Those with long memories might recall Liverpudlian indie-rock outfit Hot Club De Paris in the late Noughties. Doomshakalaka is a new solo project from the former band’s bassist and singer Paul Rafferty, who’s subsequently fronted punk band Bad Meds, and its first, self-titled album is due in the summer on Moshi Moshi. 
Added to site: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Lewsberg
In This House

Touching upon classic alternative influences from The Velvet Underground to Pavement, Dutch band Lewsberg announce the follow-up to their self-titled debut from 2018. Slightly heavier and harsher than its predecessor, In This House has a strong fatalist streak but makes sure to leaven it with humour. 

Sports Team
Deep Down Happy

Following a meteoric rise over the last 12 months that’s seen them gain BBC 6 Music and even Radio 1 airplay - a rarity for guitar bands, increasingly - London-based sextet Sports Team announce their hotly anticipated debut album, Deep Down Happy. It features almost all their previous singles - ‘Fishing’, ‘Kutcher’ and ‘The Races’ are all present and correct, along with newbie ‘Here’s The Thing’ - and sees producer Burke Reid, who’s been with Sports Team since the beginning, behind the desk. 

Hockey Dad
Brain Candy

Australian duo Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson return with their third full-length Hockey Dad album Brain Candy. Produced yet again by the esteemed John Goodmanson, the band serve up more raucous, irreverent jangly surf-pop goodness, successfully capturing the energy and essence of their live shows. 
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Added to site: Friday 14th February 2020

Celeste
Celeste

Celeste follows a string of EPs and singles with her eponymous debut album. The jazz / soul / R&B singer hails from Brighton. She got her break when a music manager spotted a song she’d uploaded to YouTube. Since then she has won over Lily Allen, releasing a single on her Bank Holiday label and her, now, label-mate Michael Kiwanuka. 

Sam Smith
To Die For

To Die For is the third album by Sam Smith. On this album, they have gone for an acoustic, soulful, pop sound, with fewer ballads. Smith feels that they have been given permission by the fans to do this following a positive reception to their new songs. The album includes collaborations with Calvin Harris and Normani along with a cover of the Donna Summer / Giorgio Moroder classic, I Feel Love.

Surfer Blood
Carefree Theatre

Surfer Blood’s career has been punctuated by tragedy and some, what can only be described as, bloody stupid behaiviour. They released an impressive debut in 2010, Astro Coast, which earned them support slots with Les Savy Fav and Pixies and have gone on to record a further four albums. Now we have Carefree Theatre, recorded in their hometown of Kanine, Florida. The emphasis is on short and poppy songs.
Added to site: Thursday 13th February 2020

The Blinders
Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath

Produced by the esteemed Rob Ellis, Fantasies of a Stay At Home Psychopath is the second studio album from Manchester-based alt-rock trio The Blinders. Following the underground success of 2018’s debut Columbia, which allowed them to obtain valuable support slots and tour hard, their sophomore doubles down on the political and melodic elements and makes The Blinders truly a band for our times. 
Added to site: Wednesday 12th February 2020

Max Romeo
Revelation Time

Revelation Time is widely regarded as the best album by reggae / roots artist Max Romeo and a definitive album in the world of Jamiacan music. It was originally only released in Jamaica in 1975 and again in 1977 under the name Warning! Warning!. It got its international release in 1978 under the name Open The Iron Gate. It was produced by Lee ‘ Scratch’ Perry.
Added to site: Tuesday 11th February 2020

Ian Chang
属 Belonging

City Slang delivers the first full-length album from producer Ian Chang. Featuring collaborations with the likes of KAZU and Kiah Victoria but whose real strengths lie in its deeply moving instrumentals, 属 Belonging dwells in fine lineage of electronic music inhabited by a definitively human spirit.