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Added to site: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Killing Joke
Pandemonium

Representing a successful comeback after a brief hiatus, 1994’s 'Pandemonium' became the best-selling album in Killing Joke’s catalogue. Featuring vocal takes recorded inside the Great Pyramid of Giza (!), the record included the hit singles ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Millennium’ alongside some meaty riffage ala Deftones.

Clutch
The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1

The hard-rockin' Clutch started releasing newly recorded versions of their own songs digitally via Weathermaker Music. 'The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1' is the first physical release, featuring ten tracks - two of which are previously unreleased. There’s a version of 'Passive Restraints' with guest vocals from Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, a version of 'Algo Ha Cambiado' by Argentinian punk legend Nolberto Napolitano and the band’s hard-rocking version of 'Fortunate Son', which was originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The White Stripes
Greatest Hits

Sony and Third Man team up for the first-ever career-spanning collection from The White Stripes. Presented over four sides of vinyl, 'Greatest Hits' features twenty-six tracks that chart Jack and Meg White’s journey from tiny indie concern to festival-headlining, MTV Award-winning global fame. All together now - der, der-ner-ner der-ner-ner!

Black Honey
Written & Directed

'Written & Directed' is the second album by Brighton indie-rock four-piece Black Honey. Their self-titled debut earned them a spot at Glastonbury and a tour support slot with Queens of the Stone Age - a band that Black Honey have clearly been influenced by, along with The Kills - and this album can only make them go further. According to the band’s singer / guitarist Izzy B. Phillips, this LP was made so that it might empower young women.
Added to site: Tuesday 6th October 2020

Bicep
Isles

'Isles' is the second album by London-based electronic duo Bicep. It follows on from their 2017 eponymous debut, an album which was a success both critically and commercially. 'Isles' features the singles 'Apricots' and 'Atlas' - the latter being Nick Grimshaw’s record of the week on his Radio 1 breakfast show and Annie Mac’s Hottest Record - and generally fronts more festival-ready tech-house euphoria.

Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz
FRKWYS Vol. 16: In a Word

The newest instalment of RVNG Intl.’s successful FRKWYS series - one that brings modern electronic musicians together with their spiritual ancestors and allows them to collaborate - 'Vol. 16: In A Word' sees legendary American composer Daniel Lentz work with Canadian sound artist Ian William Craig. The record, which will also be the subject of a documentary by Eli Welbourne, is a set of dreamstate concrete/ambient which will delight anyone who has enjoyed some of Craig's previous records.

Palberta
Palberta5000

Following up on their well-received 2018 LP 'Roach Goin’ Down', the trio of Lily Konigsberg, Nina Ryser and Ani Ivry-Block announce their second Palberta album. Consisting of sixteen brightly melodic and stimulating tracks created in league with producer Matt Lambozza, 'Palberta5000' is a significant leap forward artistically for this endearingly off-beat rock group. File 'Palberta5000' next to early Dirty Projectors and Leeds' own Beige Palace.

Gotts Street Park
Volume Two

'Volume Two' is more great music from fast-rising Leeds collective Gotts Street Park. The trio - consisting of Josh Crocker (bass), Tom Henry (keys) and Joe Harris (guitar) plus a rotating cast of drummers and vocalists - spark off the unrivalled feeling of creating music in the same room, even retaining the spirit of spontaneity under lockdown. What they come up with is a sort of nicey-nicey, chilled-out, vaguely psychedelic brand of neo-soul - think Khruangbin and Tom Misch.

Nikki Sudden
The Bible Belt

'The Bible Belt' was the second solo album by Swell Maps co-founder Nikki Sudden. It was originally released in 1983 and features Mike Scott and Anthony Thistlethwaite, artists who went on to form The Waterboys later the same year. The standout track here is arguably 'Chelsea Embankment' which features vocals by Max Edie, who also went on to sing with The Waterboys. One for fans of - yep - The Waterboys.

P.H.F.
New Metal

Founded by Auckland-based bedroom artist Joe Locke as Perfect Hair Forever around eight years ago, P.H.F. has evolved several times in the years since. With 'New Metal', the project’s tenth album-length release, the sonics have been overhauled once again - set to masterful dynamics creating a tension between volume and intimacy, P.H.F.'s slacker-punk/emo style contains some of Locke’s most insightful lyrics yet. 

Alostmen
Kologo

Formed by Stevo Atambire and Wanlov The Kubolor a couple of years ago in the aftermath of a period spent touring together in different outfits, Alostmen present their debut studio album. The pair operate at the cutting-edge of Ghana’s kologo music ever since, and the 'Kologo' LP is based around the Frafra traditions of the titular instrument, a kind of lute-like stringed instrument, but mixes its sounds with hip-hop and reggae influences. 

Jeff Tweedy
Love Is The King

Love Is The King is the fourth solo album by Jeff Tweedy, known as the leader of Americana favourites WIlco. He recorded it at home at the beginning of lockdown. The album is generally one of hope, recorded at a time when he had his family around, but there’s definitely a little bit of fear of what’s happening outside creeping in on some tracks.
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Buck Meek
Two Saviors

Buck Meek started out playing blues, jazz and swing in bars across his native Texas and released a couple of EPs. Then he met Adrianne Lenker and formed Big Thief, and the rest is history. The songs on 'Two Saviors' tell tales of various relationships, tragedy, vulnerability and love all delivered with wisdom and an appropriate amount of humour. Features Mat Davidson AKA Twain playing bass, pedal steel, fiddle and vocals.
Added to site: Monday 5th October 2020

The Kills
Little Bastards

'Little Bastards' is a rarities collection by once-very-popular garage-blues duo The Kills. Their career to date has spawned five full-lengths, but this album concentrates on what happened before/bits in-between the studio LPs. Early 7” singles, B-sides, digital-only bonus tracks and XFM sessions, all recorded between 2002 and 2009 - it’s all here for fans to enjoy.

Future Utopia
12 Questions

Future Utopia is the project of Fraser T Smith. He wanted to address some concerns, queries and anxieties regarding faith, race, freedom, gender, equality and other such things, so conceived the album '12 Questions'. Here is helped out here by a whole host of singers, rappers, poets, actors and artists including Simon Armitage, Idris Elba, Kano, Stormzy, Kojey Radical, Tom Grennan. All hop atop his DJ Shadow-esque plunderphonics beats.
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Added to site: Saturday 3rd October 2020

Esplendor Geométrico
Años Nos Iluminan

Formed in 1980, Spanish industrial group Esplendor Geométrico are celebrating their forthieth anniversary at the time of writing. 'Años Nos Iluminan (Years Enlighten Us)' is a new album that charts their career and shows how they have grown as a band over time, perfecting their mesmerising industrial trance, noise, vocals and sound collages. The CD version of 'Años Nos Iluminan (Years Enlighten Us)' includes eight extra tracks.

Greg Puciato
Child Soldier: Creator of God

You know when you set out to make an album with your band, in this case The Black Queen, and what you make is just not right for the band? Well that’s how Greg Puciato’s debut solo LP, 'Child Soldier: Creator of God', came about - though it does still sound quite like The Black Queen, and also his old outfit Dillinger Escape Plan. Puciato played all the instruments (with the exception of drums, which were played by original DEP drummer Chris Pennie), and he describes the songs as a bunch of ‘misfits’ which he decided made a great album.
Added to site: Friday 2nd October 2020

Late Night Final
A Wonderful Hope

Late Night Final is J. Willgoose from hauntological space-rockers Public Service Broadcasting. During lockdown, with PSB recording sessions on hold and without access to his usual gear, Willgoose found a bunch of synths, assorted other bits/bobs, and began making new music. 'A Wonderful Hope' began life as an ambient album and grew from there. Notable influences are Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and KLF’s classic 'Chill Out' album. 

Tenderlonious
Ragas from Lahore - Improvisations with Jaubi

After the results of a one-day session in Lahore between 22a boss and jazz instrumentalist Tenderlonious and Pakistani quartet Jaubi were released on a limited edition three-track 10" vinyl called 'Tender In Lahore', a full-length disc of material from the sessions is now presented on CD and vinyl. Entitled 'Ragas from Lahore - Improvisations with Jaubi', this is a fusion of spiritual jazz modes and Pakistani classical music.

Laura Jane Grace
Stay Alive

Laura Jane Grace has long been the singer in Against Me! and according to the press release she thinks 'Stay Alive' may be her solo debut though isn't totally sure. It was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini in socially distanced circumstances and was done in an all-analogue fashion. The album features songs about staying alive and battling through set to impassioned acoustic-punk. Laura's important message is basically to stay alive, which I have to agree is good advice. 

London Grammar
Californian Soil

'Californian Soil' is the new album from slow-moving and frighteningly successful trio London Grammar. The subject matter is misogyny in the music industry suffered by singer Hannah Reid and the perils of success and how they've overcome them. Musically 'Californian Soil' sees London Grammar straying even further into the mainstream, the lead title-track sounding like Florence & The Machine if shot by a tranquilizer.
Added to site: Thursday 1st October 2020

Amy Winehouse
The Collection

The final word for Amy Winehouse fans, 'The Collection' is a 5xCD box set gathering up the late, great singer's entire official recorded output. Featuring the studio albums 'Frank' and 'Back To Black' plus posthumous compilation 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures', there’s also a live album recorded at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2007 and a disc of remixes from artists such as Hot Chip.
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Nubiyan Twist
Freedom Fables

Soul-jazz collective Nubiyan Twist follow up 2019’s 'Jungle Run' with 'Freedom Fables'. The album features a number of guest musicians, something which expands the band’s already far-reaching sound. Vocalist and regular collaborator Cherise, sax player Soweto Kinch and Ghanian legend Pat Thomas all contribute whilst Ria Moran, a new vocal talent, gets her first taste of the limelight. Good stuff like.

Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra & 10 Poets
We Come From The Sun

'We Come From The Sun' (doo-doo doo-doo!) is an album composed by Cerys Matthews and performed by Hidden Orchestra & 10 Poets. The LP is her response to the situation that the events of 2020 have left us in. Matthews is keen to point out that the album offers a range of viewpoints - it features the poems of MA.MOYO, Raymond Antrobus, Lemn Sissay, Liz Berry, Anthony Anaxagorou, Adam Horovitz, Cia Mangat, Imtiaz Dharker, Kim Moore and Kayo Chingonyi. On Decca, but the breathy electronics within have more of an Erased Tapes vibe.

Aretha Franklin
ARETHA

Aretha Franklin had one of the best voices ever put on record. 'ARETHA' is a more-or-less chronological run through her incredible career, starting with her first single ‘Never Grow Old’ (released in 1956) and going on through to a live version of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' recorded in 2015. Available as a twenty-track double-LP/single-CD or an incredibly comprehensive 4xCD set.
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Drive-By Truckers
The New OK

One year, two studio albums, a live album - Drive By Truckers are putting all their unspent touring energy into releasing records in 2020. 'The New OK' follows their excellent album 'The Unravelling'. The songs were recorded during the same sessions as 'The Unravelling', and what started as an EP quickly expanded to be their thirteenth album. It features heartfelt Americana songs inspired by protests, pandemics and politics. 
Added to site: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Lee Fields & The Expressions
Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1

Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1 by Lee Fields & The Expressions features tracks that were recorded during the sessions for 2017’s Special Night and 2019’s It Rains Love but ultimately weren’t included. You’ll find out from listening to this album that it must have been a very difficult decision to leave any of these songs off the two records.

Grandaddy
The Sophtware Slump ..... on a wooden piano

The Sophtware Slump ..... on a wooden piano by Grandaddy is a reworking of the band’s classic second album which was originally released in 2000. Grand grandaddy Jason Lyttle spent a while sourcing the right instruments in the right studios to make the right sound and then the pandemic came and forced him to change his plans. He recorded the album at home, and rather than being annoyed by the lawnmowers, traffic and noisy birds he made them part of the record. 
Added to site: Tuesday 29th September 2020

Víkingur Ólafsso
Triad

Deutsche Grammophon presents a 3xCD box set of recent works from the outstandingly talented Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. 'Triad' includes his 2017 record 'Philip Glass - Piano Works', which here featured further reworkings by Christian Badzura, his award-winning 2018 album 'Johann Sebastian Bach' and this year’s 'Debussy • Rameau'. 
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Half Japanese
Crazy Hearts

Jad Fair's long-running outsider-indie band Half Japanese return with their nineteenth studio LP 'Crazy Hearts'. In the past the band has included Don Flemming and Mo Tucker, but this time out Fair is backed this time by John Sluggett, Giles Vincent Rieder, Mick Hobbs and Jason Willett as he traverses through the world of celebrity, perils and savage beasts. Nice and grungy - Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, that sort of vibe.

Various
Cherrystones Presents Critical Mass Vol. 2 'Hearts Of Champions'

Producer, DJ and archivist Gareth Goddard - a.k.a. Cherrystones - curates a second 'Critical Mass' compilation for Touch Sensitive, this time entitled 'Hearts of Champions'. Consisting of eighteen tracks and arriving five years after the first volume, Goddard once again charts the almost limitless creative possibilities offered by the post-punk and new-wave eras. 

Goat Girl
On All Fours

A subtle pivot from the pointed lyricism of their self-titled debut LP from a couple of years previously, South London post-punks Goat Girl embrace a wider palette of sonics to achieve the same end on sophomore album 'On All Fours'. Produced by the prolifically brilliant Dan Carey - he of Speedy Wunderground fame - the quartet use drum machines, synthesisers and unusual chord progressions to blend rock with various danceable pop influences. File 'On All Fours' next to Everything Everything and The Orielles.

Lustmord + Nicolas Horvath
The Fall / Dennis Johnson's November Deconstructed

'The Fall'/'Dennis Johnson's November Deconstructed' is a new take on Johnson’s 1959 minimalist piece 'November' by the iconic "dark ambient" artist Lustmord and celebrated classical pianist Nicolas Horvath. Here, the duo strip the original back even further and play subversively with the core elements to deliver ruminative, brooding sounds which shapeshift between classical minimalism and pure drone.

Anna B Savage
A Common Turn

'A Common Turn' is the debut studio LP from London artist Anna B Savage, a former touring pal of Father John Misty and Jenny Hval. Produced by William Doyle (f.k.a. East India Youth), this an album of symphonic chamber-pop swells and sparse, cavernous quiet sections framing a voice communicating both insecurity and confidence. 
Added to site: Monday 28th September 2020

Various
The Best Of Bond… James Bond

If you want every Bond theme ever then you've come to the right place. This 3xLP (or single CD) set collects the lot, from classics such as Shirley Bassey's 'Diamonds Are Forever' right through to more recent attempts from the likes of Sam Smith and Billie Eilish. The list of artists on 'The Best Of Bond ... James Bond' is quite extraordinary - where else would Matt Monroe rub shoulders with Duran Duran?
Added to site: Friday 25th September 2020

Nils Frahm
Empty

'Empty' is an album of intimate piano pieces by Nils Frahm (what isn't these days?) that were initially written for a short film he’d made. He was tinkering with the pieces before he broke his thumb and decided to work on new music that became his 2012 album 'Screws'. 'Empty' was released digitally earlier in 2020 but now we have the CD and vinyl versions for your delectation. On Erased Tapes.

OSEES
Panther Rotate

'Panther Rotate' by OSEES is a remix album for its big brother 'Protean Threat'. John Dwyer is seemingly not satisfied with releasing, on average, an album a year for each of the twenty-three years the band has been in existence, but is now remixing and embellishing LPs to bolster his discography still further. More OSEES albums in the world can only be a good thing, though. This one features new versions of tracks from 'Protean Threat', field recordings and various experimental sounds. One for the freaks x
Added to site: Thursday 24th September 2020

Kurt Vile
Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)

'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' is a new work from Kurt Vile, although the music within is a mixture of originals and fresh material that was recorded in sporadic sessions over the past few years. It will be most notable for 'How Lucky', a track which features its writer the later John Prine. Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) and a host of other musicians help flesh out these loose sessions. 
Added to site: Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Tempers
Services

Tempers are a duo consisting of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper who play dark electronic pop which has something of the foghorn voice of Zola Jesus atop of music that Future Islands might play on a very bleak day. Their debut LP 'Services' was initially released in 2015 but now finds itself reissued and seemingly perfect for soundtracking this much glummer world. 

Fleet Foxes
Shore

Described by the group’s leader Robin Pecknold as a “relief” and “a celebration of life in the face of death”, the latest Fleet Foxes album 'Shore' feels like precisely the kind of record we need before 2020’s onrushing winter. Digitally released by surprise to coincide with the autumn equinox, physical editions of this wonderful album of wintry stadium-folk are now confirmed. 
Added to site: Monday 21st September 2020

Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra
A Fireside Chat With Lucifer

The ever unpredictable and eclectic Sun Ra perhaps threw his curviest curveball with his 1983 opus A Fireside Chat With Lucifer, recorded with his Outer Space Arkestra. The title track is a 20 minute swear word-laden hip-hop club track which occupies the entirety of side two. Side one is split between three tracks - a nuclear war protest song, an atmospheric ballad and a soulful groove. The original pressing was very limited and therefore very rare. This is the first ever reissue.
Added to site: Sunday 20th September 2020

Franck Vigroux
Ballades sur lac gelé

Ballades Sur Lac Gelé had its genesis in Franck Vigroux’s friendship with the late Finnish electronic music maestro Mika Vainio, and is dedicated to him. The raw material for the album was created years ago, with the coronavirus pandemic providing an opportunity for Vigroux to finish it. 
Added to site: Friday 18th September 2020

Rats On Rafts
Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths

Rats On Rafts are described in the press blurb as punk-fuelled noiseniks but in the very next paragraph this, their third album is compared to the more sophisticated sounds of Van Dyke Parks, the Beach Boys circa Smile and Scott Walker. So it seems they've moved on somewhat from scrappy beginnings. Could be very interesting indeed ....and just what is that title all about? 
Added to site: Thursday 17th September 2020

Pearl Charles
Magic Mirror

Los Angeles singer / songwriter Pearl Charles’ music seems to be hewn from the same material as her LA counterparts used in the 1970s. Warm, country-tinged pop with hooks to die for. Magic Mirror is her 2nd full-length album and follows her 2018 album Sleepless Dreamer. The first single, What I Need, is a cracker. On Kanine. 

Puma Blue
In Praise Of Shadows

Puma Blue is the performing name of London based singer songwriter Jacob Allen. He has used years of insomnia to create a sound which appears to be a direct result of the condition  - hazy late night soul topped off by his extraordinary voice. His debut takes him out of the bedroom into the outside world on a bed of muted beats and billowing guitars which have no doubt helped draw some comparisons to Jeff Buckley. 
Added to site: Wednesday 16th September 2020

Kelley Stoltz
Ah!(etc)

Kelley Stoltz last LP, Hard Numbers, saw him stepping away from his retro sound and giving pub rock a go. Now he’s back with Ah! (etc) an album that is once again full of guitar-based songs that could have come from another time. Features Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, Ex-Dance Hall Crashers' vocalist Karina Denike and Allyson Baker of fellow San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts.

Still Corners
The Last Exit

The Last Exit is the fifth album by London dream pop duo Still Corners. It is their third album for Wrecking Light, following two they recorded for Sub Pop. The band consist of producer and songwriter Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. Their sound lands somewhere between that of Mazzy Star and misty Laurel Canyon-based songwriters of the 1970s. 
Added to site: Tuesday 15th September 2020

Lambchop
TRIP

TRIP is an album of covers by Lambchop. Kurt Wagner invited musicians to his studio in late 2019 to record songs rather than going on tour - a move which ultimately worked better than he could have imagined. It features versions of songs such as Wilco’s Reservations and Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady. On City Slang.

The Avalanches
We Will Always Love You

You wait 16 years for a second album by The Avalanches then two come along in...four years. Well, it’s quick for them and it’s good to have them back. We Will Always Love You is the Australian electronic group’s third album. The album is themed around the love story between writer and communication scientist Ann Druyan and US Astronomer Carl Sagan. Whilst samples are very much part of the album, a number live musicians were involved including Neneh Cherry, Sampa the Great, Blood Orange, Rivers Cuomo and Tricky.
Added to site: Monday 14th September 2020

White Hills
Splintered Metal Sky

White Hills - their bassist is called Ego Sensation - enough said. Splintered Metal Sky is the New York hard psych rock duo’s 17th album. It sees the band bringing some industrial influences to their sound, informed by the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and SPK. There’s also elements of post punk and dub electro. On God Unknown.

Kacey Johansing
No Better Time

No Better Time by singer / songwriter Kacey Johansing is an album about being able to love again after past trauma. It was produced by Vetiver / Fruit Bats producer Tim Ramsey, Mixed by Elliott Smith producer Rob Schnapf and features a host of musicians who have worked with the likes of Feist, Julian Cassablancas and Devandra Banhart.
Added to site: Thursday 10th September 2020

Kamasi Washington
Becoming (Music from the Netflix Original Documentary)

Nominated for four Emmys after it was released over Netflix earlier in 2020, Becoming was based on Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir of the same name and directed by Nadia Hallgren. One of its most striking aspects was Kamasi Washington’s excellent original score, which is released on CD and vinyl. 
Added to site: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Lost Horizons
In Quiet Moments

Lost Horizons is the This Mortal Coil-ish project of former Cocteau Twins and Dif Juz members Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas. Both had not released music for some time before their 2017 debut Ojala but have swiftly followed it up with In Quiet Moments. Like with Ojala they have once again tapped into the talents of a cast of singers and collaborators including Tim Smith (Midlake) Karen Peris (the Innocence Mission), John Grant and Marissa Nadler amongst others. 
Added to site: Tuesday 8th September 2020

Nahawa Doumbia
Kanawa

Recorded in the Malian capital of Bamako with a dazzling backing band combining traditional and modern instruments, veteran singer Nahawa Doumbia’s latest studio album Kanawa accurately captures the West African nation’s sense of current urgency regarding migration, economics and civil strife. 

Wayfarer
A Romance With Violence

A Romance With Violence is the fourth album by Denver, Colorado black metal band Wayfarer. It sees the band fine-tuning their unique sound to create a deep and thoughtful work - which may sound very un-metal - but don’t worry, the riffs are plentiful and really bloody forceful. On Profound Lore.

Monolord
Empress Rising

Repress of the debut album from Swedish doom harbingers Monolord. Released in 2014 Empress Rising brings tight focus on the pure groove in the genre, mixing heavy rock and metal tonality with an audacious and powerful low frequency rumble. Taking inspiration from genre figureheads such as Electric Wizard and Sleep and adding a polished finish.

Ivan The Tolerable and His Elastic Band (feat. Mike Watt)
Out of Season

Using a far-out blueprint that blended Faust and Sun Ra, the prolific Oli Heffernan, AKA Ivan The Terrible & His Elastic Band set out to make Out of Season their 7th release this of 2020 (he’s also released records under two different names and as a member of two other bands). The result is an album that mixes post punk, skronk and dystopian soundscapes. Features legendary Minutemen bassists Mike Watt on vocals.

Fat Tony
Exotica

Although he sounds like the sort of bloke who might have sold you a dodgy used car, Fat Tony is a Houston based regular in the rap game with appearances on ASAP Rock mixtapes and on Vice TV. His latest is an eclectic, ambitious work where a scan through the list of influences sees Kenny Rodgers rubbing shoulders with Outkast rubbing shoulders with Scritti Politti. How can this not be interesting? 

Insides
Soft Bonds

Let's hope that when everything dies down 2020 will not be remembered for a worldwide pandemic but for the return of Insides. Fat chance but we have to take any glimmer of positivity we can. The duo have returned after 20 years during which time the legend around their magnificent album Euphoria has grown. It blended electronica, the Durutti Column-like guitars and ethereal vocals that recalled Bjork and early tasters suggests Soft Bonds will be just as impressive. 
Added to site: Thursday 3rd September 2020

Bluetech
Prima Materia

Alongside spanking new album 'Underwater Cities', Bluetech and his Behind The Sky imprint release a second vinyl and CD edition of his first album 'Prima Materia'. Initially put out back in 2003 on Waveform Records, this new version has been meticulously remastered on analogue hardware for increased clarity, fuller presence, depth and richer harmonics. Mars-1 has provided third eye-popping psychedelic artwork suggestive of the light show behind the eyelids that 'Prima Materia' can produce. Bluetech's reconfiguration of his ambient, dub and IDM influences still sounds fresh in 2020.
Added to site: Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Lonely The Brave
The Hope List

Lonely The Brave are a fist-pumping kinda band out of Cambridge who cite Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam as influences. 'The Hope List' is their third studio album, and it's one which re-energises their passionate rock style with a greater sense of confidence. Fans of the Manic Street Preachers and Biffy Clyro should hit up this record of swaggering yet literary rock.  

Meitei / 冥丁
Kofū / 古風

With 'Kofū 古風' Japanese ambient artist Meitei 冥丁 rounds off an impressive trilogy of albums in which he playfully subverts established norms of the nation’s ancient music traditions. On 'Kofū 古風' we find flashes of hip-hop rhythms and twitches of drum machines punctuating soundscapes made from haunted, fractured piano chords.
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Diamanda Galas
De-formation: Piano Variations

Works for solo piano from the frankly terrifying Diamanda Galas. 'De-formation: Piano Variations' seems to contain one twenty-minute-plus track which is inspired by a Georg Heym poem regarding experimental treatments given to maimed soldiers in the First World War. Initially 'De-formation: Piano Variations' was written to be the backing for one of her distinctive vocal pieces, but Galas decided to let this thing stay instrumental. The result is a stormy record of dense keyboard experiments.
Added to site: Tuesday 1st September 2020

Leron Thomas
More Elevator Music

Leron Thomas is a composer, jazz trumpeter and singer who has a tendency for blending genres in a particularly masterful way - BBC 6Music DJ Shaun Keaveny is among Thomas' admirers, y'know. The wryly-entitled 'More Elevator Music' is an LP of hip-hop where the edges are flecked with jazz. Iggy Pop, Malik Crumpler and Florian Pellissier are among those who make guest appearances on 'More Elevator Music'. 
Added to site: Monday 31st August 2020

Roscoe Weathers
I'll Remember

Roscoe Weathers played all the same clubs as the well-known jazz greats, but history has tended to overlook him a little. Primarily a flautist, Weathers could turn his hand to many instruments and recorded a great deal of music in the 1950s and 1960s. New Jazzman collection 'I’ll Remember' contains a selection of his 60s output. Stylistically 'I'll Remember' ranges from beatnik vibes to Afro-Latin jams.
Added to site: Thursday 27th August 2020

Carlton Melton
Where This Leads

Specialising in a mixture of kosmische, stoner metal and psychedelia that draws on artists from Jimi Hendrix to Spiritualized, ‘Where This Leads’ is the latest studio album from Californian trio Carlton Melton. Made in conjunction with long-time producer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Once And Future Band), ‘Where This Leads’ marks ten years of ever-expanding creative ambition for one of the U.S. psych-rock underground’s best-kept secrets. 
Added to site: Tuesday 25th August 2020

Landshapes
Contact

The long wait for the third album from neo-psychedelic rock outfit Landshapes is finally over. Coming together slowly following the exhaustive touring behind 2015’s Heyoon, the new album’s themes reflect its title, Contact, and the troubled times into which it’s being released. Advancing their fluid, shape-shifting mix of alternative rock, psychedelia and math rock even further, it’s another beautiful record from the band. 

HENGE
ExoKosm

Manchester-based progressive rave outfit Henge won plaudits for their 2018 debut album Attention Earth!, drawing on myriad well-established influences which nevertheless hewed them into something revelatory. Their hotly anticipated follow-up, titled ExoKosm, is now with us, and their escapist, extra-terrestrial sonic journeys have never sounded so appealing! 

Drew Citron
Free Now

After being a touring member of Frankie Rose and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Drew Citron formed her own band, Beverly. She now strikes out on her own with Free Now. The wounds of her heartbreak are put across ever so effectively by the Brooklyn-based musician’s gorgeous voice. She says that making this saved her.
Added to site: Friday 21st August 2020

Coil
Musick To Play In The Dark

Dais answer the collective prayers of Coil fiends with a necessary reissue of their 1999 masterpiece and first instalment in their classic 'Musick To Play In The Dark' diptych. The album features some of Sleazy and Jhon Balance's most iconic tracks in the moon musick of 'Are You Shivering?', 'Broccoli' and ''The Dreamer Is Still Asleep'. 'Red Birds Will Fly Out Of The East And Destroy Paris In A Night' could be regarded as Coil's kosmiche masterwork - a one way ticket to the pleasure zone. Now reissued for the first time in two decades, with remastered and restored audio and artwork. The tracks are now spread across three sides of vinyl (in uncut form) with an etching on Side-D.

Lambert
False

Berlin-based musician and composer Lambert pulls a wide range of ostensibly unblendable genres into the mix on False. Breakbeats, emotive pedal steel-led Americana, industrial sounds, free jazz and autotuned pop vocals are all bound together by the serious musical chops of Lambert’s trio. On Mercury KX.
Added to site: Wednesday 19th August 2020

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou
May Our Chambers Be Full

Emma Ruth Rundle is known for making post-rock flecked folk music, whilst Thou make sludgy doom rock underpinned by downtuned guitars. So what are they doing making an album together you ask? Well, Walter Hoeijmakers who organises the Roadburn festival thought it would be a good idea and got them together. May Our Chambers Be Full is the resulting album and proof that Hoeijmakers was right.
Added to site: Tuesday 18th August 2020

Pom Poko
Cheater

Named after the enjoyably bizarre Studio Ghibli anime about shape-shifting raccoons, Norwegian punk-pop outfit Pom Poko reveal their second studio album, Cheater. Coming out less than two years after their eclectic, focussed debut Birthday, it retains the rawness but expands its pool of influences and inspirations. 
Added to site: Friday 14th August 2020

Soft Cell
Cruelty Without Beauty

Released 18 years after Marc Almond and Dave Ball originally disintegrated their creative partnership, 2002’s Cruelty Without Beauty marked the reunion of Soft Cell. As they prepare for their second reunification and a fifth studio album set for release in 2021, Big Frock re-issues the album as a double-CD package, with unreleased and rare tracks, and a heavyweight pink vinyl. 
Added to site: Tuesday 11th August 2020

Wren
GROUNDSWELLS

Becoming one of the leading lights of Britain’s metal scene over the last five years or so, Groundswells is the next studio album from Wren. Exploring folklore connected with the changing of the seasons once again, this post-metal masterpiece is produced by Scott Evans of Kowloon Walled City, their former touring mates. 
Added to site: Monday 10th August 2020

Giant Rooks
Rookery

Giant Rooks are a German art-rock band whose debut Rookery showcases a melodic take on the genre that suggests they've been listening to Tame Impala, Alt J and Bon Iver and then have tried to swirl the results into a big blender. Sweet alternative rock with an R&B and hip-hop flavour that could do pretty well for itself given the correct exposure. 
Added to site: Wednesday 5th August 2020

Tim Heidecker
Fear of Death

Actor and comedian Tim Heidecker, known for being the Tim half of comedy duo Tim & Eric, has gathered together a bunch of musicians to record an album with. The album, Fear of Death, features Heidecker dueting with Natalie Mering (AKA Weyes Blood) and being backed by The Lemon Twigs and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. On Spacebomb.
Added to site: Sunday 26th July 2020

Renegade Connection
Politicians, Protesters & Thieves

Renegade Connection is a creative meeting of Gary Asquith of Renegade Soundwave and Rema Rema and Lee Curtis of Lee Curtis Connection. Their first release in five years, Politicians, Protestors & Thieves is a whirlwind of dub, reggae and Asquith’s atmospheric vocals, with originals on the first side and versions on the flip. 
Added to site: Friday 24th July 2020

The Wytches
Three Mile Ditch

Hauling themselves out of a downward spiral caused by burnout after their rapid initial success, Peterborough-based indie act The Wytches self-release their third studio album, Three Mile Ditch. Studded amid the loud, hard-edged rock tracks are signs of the more classic songwriting that have always influenced the group, from Dylan to Chilton. 
Added to site: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Mansun
Closed For Business

Mansun may be Closed For Business but this lavish boxset looks back at the band's career and is the ultimate collection for fans of Paul Draper's lot. You get all four of their studio albums plus ten (count 'em) live discs, a collection of singles and B sides, a rarities and outtakes, a DVD of a live show plus all their TV appearances, a book, a postcard, lyrics signed by Paul Draper. You literally need no other Mansun. It is all here. 
  • CD box set (KSCOPE546)
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Planningtorock
Planningtochanel

A collaboration between songwriter and producer Jam Rostron - a.k.a. Planningtorock - and Chanel music director Michel Gaubert, PlanningtoChanel is a fascinating project released on double vinyl. Inspired by French cinema of the Seventies and Eighties, the songs here soundtracked the fashion house’s Autumn/Winter 2020 show earlier this year. 
Added to site: Monday 13th July 2020

Arca
KiCk i

Venezuelan artist, producer, DJ, performer, dancer, singer Arca returns with the album that may well cement her reputation as one of today's most important and forward thinking artists. They are all here  - Bjork, SOPHIE, Rosalia on an album which seems fearless in its disregard for anything approaching musical genre. You'll get noise, psychedelia, experimentation, pop, balladry and everything in between. It will be a hell of a ride that's for sure.
Added to site: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Liza Anne
Bad Vacation

We've all had a bad vacation. Mine was in Cromer in 1988 when my mum cut her thumb open on a can of baked beans. Liza Anne's Bad Vacation includes worrying about toxic relationships, bad habits via finely honed rock/roll anthems that bring to mind the pizazz of Sleater Kinney, Blondie and St. Vincent. A bold, brave and empowered new effort. 
Added to site: Saturday 27th June 2020

The Micronaut
Olympia (Summer Games)

The latest studio album from German multi-instrumentalist and producer Stefan Streck as The Micronaut focusses on the universal peace and brotherhood represented by the Olympic Games. Olympia (Summer Games) exudes positivity and treads a line between full-on electro-pop and the more complex textures and patterns of IDM. 

Flore Laurentienne
Volume 1

Flore Laurentienne is the new orchestral / synth side-project of Quebec composer Mathieu David Gagnon, who adopted the moniker from the title of a study conducted in 1935 of the Canadian region’s wildlife. On Volume 1, Gagnon is accompanied by talented Montreal-based musicians on a soft, pastel-shaded sonic journey. 
Added to site: Thursday 18th June 2020

Soft Plastics
5 Dreams

Written a couple of winters ago in the aftermath of the disintegration of his former band Frog Eyes, Carey Mercer unveils his debut studio album as Soft Plastics. Even more so than the band he used to front, 5 Dreams is an experimental fusion of influences, from goth-rock to mariachi and hip-hop to post-punk.
Added to site: Sunday 14th June 2020

Bad Moves
Untenable

Washington D.C. power-pop outfit Bad Moves deliver their second studio album Untenable. Spearheaded by the exceptional lead single ‘Party With The Kids Who Wanna Party With You’, the quartet widen their embrace and building in traces of Nineties alternative rock and alt-folk to their sound. 
Added to site: Monday 1st June 2020

Caro
Burrows

Beginning life as a bedroom project from composer Adam Pardey and then expanded through connections at Leeds College of Music around 2014, Caro at last releases its debut studio album, Burrows, after a long string of excellent singles. Cathartic and emotional, it’s 21st century post-pop at its finest. 
Added to site: Friday 29th May 2020

Boyo
Where Have All My Friends Gone?

After a health scare in the form of a diagnosis of frontal lobe epilepsy two years ago, Robert Tilden started work on his next BOYO album completely on his own. Reflecting the isolation of its creation, Where Have All My Friends Gone? is stark and sad, inspired by bands such as Deerhunter, Sparklehorse and Majical Cloudz. 
Added to site: Thursday 21st May 2020

Weezer
Van Weezer

The fourteenth album from the never ending American band Weezer is not a self-titled thing named after a colour but...and get this... is their love letter to metal. Yup it might not be obvious these power-pop/nerd rock practitioners were big metal heads back in the day but Van Weezer worships at the altar of KISS, Rush and Slayer and their all big hair guitar solos but keeps a large dose of Weezer present and correct. 
  • CD (0075678650918)
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Added to site: Wednesday 18th March 2020

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. 
Added to site: Tuesday 17th March 2020

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. 
Added to site: Thursday 12th March 2020

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

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. 
Added to site: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

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. 
Added to site: Thursday 27th February 2020

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. 
Added to site: Wednesday 26th February 2020

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. 
Added to site: Monday 24th February 2020

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: Wednesday 19th February 2020

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.
Added to site: Tuesday 18th February 2020

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. 
  • CD (4050538565355)
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