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Added to site: Monday 29th July 2019

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Obiaa!

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

Yacht
Chain Tripping

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

Kiefer
Superbloom

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

Corduroy
Winky Wagon - Best of the Psy-Fi Years

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

Lillie Mae
Other Girls

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

Red River Dialect
Abundance Welcoming Ghosts

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

Merzbow
Noise Mass

Merzbow's previously unavailable 'Noise Mass' from Room40 will keep the boys at Immerzbox and Merzcast busy. It was recorded during one of the most fruitful periods of Masami Akita's storied career, which produced the classic Venereology. Here Akita worked using a mixture of random objects and self-made instruments.
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65daysofstatic
replicr, 2019

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

Carla dal Forno
Look Up Sharp

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

Empath
Active Listening: Night On Earth

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

Warmduscher
Tainted Lunch

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

DIIV
Deceiver

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

Allah-Las
LAHS

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

Dope Lemon
Smooth Big Cat

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

Wilco
Ode to joy

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

Gong Gong Gong
Phantom Rhythm

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

Fumio Miyashita
“Wave” Sounds Of The Universe

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

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

Spanning 15 years of Captain Beefheart’s creativity in concert with his various Magic Bands, Magneticism II looks at the appeal of Don Van Vliet in the live arena. Released on single CD and single vinyl, this compilation captures some truly memorable live takes on some of the enigmatic legend’s best work. 
Added to site: Friday 19th July 2019

The Monochrome Set
Fabula Mendax

Riding in on the first wave of post-punk (apologies for the inappropriate surfing analogy), The Monochrome Set got the ears and tongues of Edwyn Collins and Morrissey (back when people still respected him) wagging. The band have also been an influence on Graham Coxon, Divine Comedy and Franz Ferdinand. Their latest album Fabula Mendex, is based on the scribblings of Armande de Pange who was a pal of Joan Of Arc. History and indie pop all at once.
Added to site: Thursday 18th July 2019

The Pop Group
Y

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

Petbrick
I

If I'm being honest, the best way to get my attention about a record is to put the word "gabba" in the press release. Petbrick is the project from Wayne Adams and Iggor Cavalera. On 'I' they also bring in their experiences making punk, breakcore and metal to create something completely off the wall.

Comet Gain
Fireraisers, Forever!

Fireraisers, Forever! Is the new album from Comet Gain. Seemingly, they are harking back to the Charlie Brooker/Chris Morris sitcom, Nathan Barley, bemoaning the rise of the idiot. They are the latest in a long line of artists to speak out about the current state of the world. It’s a bit more spiky than their previous album, 2014’s Paperback Ghosts. 
Added to site: Tuesday 16th July 2019

Moon Bros.
The Easy Way Is Hard Enough

Moon Bros. is the music-making moniker of Matthew Schneider. Carpenter by day, guitar picker by night. As he does have a day job, he’s avoided lots of cliches such as who his music should be referencing or just showing off. The Easy Way Is Hard Enough is the work of a refreshingly unpretentious stringsmith, the kind of thing we might just need right now.

Nervus
Tough Crowd

Nervus are an indie punk band from Watford. Tough Crowd is an album that gives out anger and joy in equal measure, The themes are of a political nature, like many bands they are dismayed and angry about the state of the world. They also hope to transmit joy and positivity, empowering their fans' ability to affect change. 
Added to site: Monday 15th July 2019

Lee Hazlewood
400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56

Light In The Attic strike gold once more with 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56. The latest record in the label’s set of Lee Hazlewood reissues might be their most impressive. Recently unearthed from the archives of Viv Records - the D.I.Y. label that Hazlewood ran before D.I.Y. labels were a thing - these early sketches, taped at home by Hazlewood, show the artist honing his practice in real-time. 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56 contains many unreleased tracks as well as demo versions of some songs that would make it onto his debut LP Trouble Is A Lonesome Town.

Opeth
In Cauda Venenum

All rise for Opeth. The Swedish prog-metal titans make it a baker’s dozen of studio LPs with the extremely Opeth-titled In Cauda Venenum (translation: Poison In The Tale). Given that this lot have long ploughed their own furrow it would be silly to compare this music to anyone other than Opeth themselves, so let’s just say that if you’ve dug their wending rock epics before then you’ll likely be able to get behind In Cauda Venenum. One notable feature of In Cauda Venenum is that it comes in both English- and Swedish-language versions.
Added to site: Thursday 11th July 2019

Swedish Death Candy
Are You Nervous?

They’re called Swedish Death Candy, so obviously they’re a psych-rock band. However, this London quartet prove to be more sophisticated than your average noodlers on sophomore LP Are You Nervous?. Many of the tracks here combine the fuzzy chugs of early Tame Impala with the showmanship of Muse and compositional adventurousness of The Mars Volta.
Added to site: Wednesday 10th July 2019

Anna Meredith
FIBS

One of the most eagerly awaited follow-ups in recent memory for alternative music, composer Anna Meredith announces her sophomore studio album FIBS. Doing what all great artists should and taking a different tack, the widescreen maximalism and energetic rhythms make it stand apart from 2016’s reputation-making Varmints. 

Luís Fernandes
Demora

Normally accustomed to working with acoustic musicians like the wonderful Joana Gama, and on a series of film scores, Portuguese composer and musician Luís Fernandes, breaks into a solo career with a mysterious new album titled Demora, recorded in a series of live, improvised takes with a modular synthesiser. 
Added to site: Monday 8th July 2019

Geowulf
My Resignation

Aussie duo Geowulf return with their second LP. My Resignation is a set of rose-tinted alternative pop/rock tracks that often come with an electronic tang. The likes of lead single ‘I See Red’ combine the wistfulness of Saint Etienne with the sort of bold choruses that PJ Harvey was dealing around the time of Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
Added to site: Saturday 6th July 2019

A-Sun Amissa
For Burdened and Bright Light

Richard Knox’s A-Sun Amissa drop their fifth LP through a mixture of Consouling Sounds and Manchester drone merchants Gizeh. For Burdened And Bright Light is a mournful and monolithic LP that combines that weight of Sunn O))) with the Gothic majesty of Prurient. The end result is like a more sonorous version of fellow Gizeh act Several Wives.
Added to site: Friday 5th July 2019

No Hot Ashes
Hardship Starship

Having bagged support slots from the likes of Spring King, Blossoms and The Amazons over the last few years, as well as patronage from BBC Radio 6Music, Hardship Starship is the debut full-length album from No Hot Ashes. They’ve decided to drop their string of pre-existing singles in making the tracklist, and let these 11 tracks sink or swim on their own merit. 

Ali Farka Touré
Savane

Legendary Malian musician and singer Ali Farka Touré is one of the African continent’s proudest proudest cultural exports, scooping three Grammys. Savane was originally released in July 2006, four months after his death at the age of 66, and stands as his final work. 13 years later, it receives its first-ever vinyl release. 

Chorus Grant
Vernacular Music

Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter Chorus Grant presents his third full-length album Vernacular Music. Melding regular instruments, most prominently the classical guitar, with newer elements such as recorders, violins and saxes, this new effort was created in league with Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford among other collaborators. 
Added to site: Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The Cult
Sonic Temple (30th Anniversary Edition)

Released in the spring of 1989 and housing some of the group’s most popular songs, The Cult’s Sonic Temple represented the apex of their commercial success. Having been out of print for 20 years, it gets a deluxe 30th anniversary re-issue, on double vinyl, 5xCD box set and a special 7xLP limited edition collection. 
Added to site: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Alessandro Cortini
Volume Massimo

Alessandro Cortini is best known as a key member of Nine Inch Nails, but he is also an active figure in the synthesiser scene. If you want to hear what all those tasty Instagram modular gear videos can do when applied to real composition, check out Volume Massimo, Cortini’s new solo electronic album. Stacks of sonics to enjoy here. Of course, Cortini has previously released a couple of awesome loner synth records for Prurient's Hospital Productions label as well as the heartwrenching, gorgeous Forse trilogy on Important Records. Lest we forget that filthy stonker on Bunker as Slumberman, plus his Sonoio output on Dais, a collaboration with mighty Japanese noise lord Merzbow among many other works.
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Added to site: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Moon Duo
Stars Are The Light

Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go disco! One of the steadiest and most reliable bands in psych rock have discovered a new muse. As well as being influenced musically, they've also found inspiration in the liberatory qualities of the dancefloor. Produced by Mr. Sonic Boom so it's no less psychedelic than their past output. 

Kefaya + Elaha Soroor
Songs Of Our Mothers

Elaha Soroo is an Afghan singer and activist who arrived in London as a political refugee. There she connected with Kefaya, a musical collective and together they made Songs Of Our Mothers. An astonishing album that takes traditional Afghan women's folk songs and fills them out with thrilling, psychedelic arrangements. 
Added to site: Friday 21st June 2019

Emel Mathlouthi
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Partisan Records displays its impressively diverse artist roster with the latest album by Tunisian-born New Yorker Emel Mathlouthi. Singing largely in English for the first time, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is politically and ecologically charged, but is no less tuneful than her previous works. 

Trentemøller
Obverse

Danish producer Anders Trentemøller returns after three years to deliver his fifth studio record. Dabbling in the fertile ground between indie and electronica since he first emerged back in 2006, Obverse sees him force himself out of his comfort zone and compose with little regard as to how to replicate the songs live. 
Added to site: Wednesday 19th June 2019

WIVES
So Removed

WIVES are another one of them there post-punk bands from New York City. However, on debut LP So Removed they distance themselves from the art-school Ramones-isms of fellow Big Applers like Parquet Courts and Bodega. Tracks like ‘The 20 Teens’ and ‘Workin’’ showcase a scuzzier, more low-slung sound influenced by Sonic Youth and The Pixies and maybe also a little bit by the Men.

The Sherlocks
Under Your Sky

The Sherlocks celebrate their contribution to the 100 years of Leeds United show with their second album, Under Your Sky. Rather than doubling down on the thrashy sound that so defined their debut, the band have opted for a cleaner one, occasionally using keyboards in place of guitars. Hopefully none of their fans will feel betrayed.
Added to site: Wednesday 12th June 2019

The Chemical Brothers
Surrender (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

Surrender is the third album by The Chemical Brothers and was originally released in 1999. It includes the singles Hey Boy, Hey Girl and Let Forever Be. The latter famously samples The Beatles track Tomorrow Never Knows and features vocals from Noel Gallagher. The star-studded album also features guest performances from Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Bernard Sumner (New Order). This 20th Anniversary expanded edition includes a load of remixes and a DVD of their Glastonbury set from 2000.
Added to site: Friday 7th June 2019

Tamu Massif
Little Death Summer

Tamu Massif turns in his debut full-length, the product of many deep insular creative sessions. Little Death Summer finds Tamu drawing in snatches of sounds from around him as he goes through daily life, with street chat and ambiguous soundscapes worked into a pleasant sound-bed for Tamu’s chilled-out beats and vocals. On Chiverin.
Added to site: Thursday 6th June 2019

Girl Band
The Talkies

Taking their time over nearly four years since their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, Irish quartet Girl Band deliver their long-awaited second effort. The Talkies was inspired by its recording in the uniquely weird building of Ballintubbert - full of winding passages and confusing turns amid the deafening noise. 

Animals As Leaders
Animals As Leaders

The debut album from Animals As Leaders back in 2009 was a triumph of progressive metal, crowned by its frontman Tosin Abasi's incredibly technical guitar work. 2019 has seen a tenth anniversary commemorative tour of North America, and Animals As Leaders is getting a CD and limited-edition vinyl re-issue. 
Added to site: Wednesday 5th June 2019

Temples
Hot Motion

Incredibly 60s looking band in continue to make 60s influenced music shocker. Temples have been around for a good few years and with Hot Motion look set to make the so called 'big time'. The band they bring to mind is Kasabian but like, not in a bad way. Sunshine streams between the chords. On ATO Records.
Added to site: Saturday 1st June 2019

Max de Wardener
Kolmar

Max de Wardener makes his debut appearance for Village Green Recordings with his latest album Kolmar, deliberately selected strange and sometimes redundant instruments from the early-to-mid 20th century. Fans of classic krautrock, particularly very early Kraftwerk and prime-time Can, are sure to love it! 
Added to site: Wednesday 29th May 2019

Kacy & Clayton
Carrying On

Taking cues from fifty years’ worth of American and British folk and country rock, Canadian second cousins Kacy and Clayton present their third studio album. Carrying On, inspired by a massive period on the road of nearly two years, is a classic travelogue record and is produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. 

Oscar Scheller
HTTP404

Once touted as the saviour of British pop in some quarters, songwriter-for-hire and producer Oscar Scheller returns with his sophomore album HTTP404. Boasting collaborations with Lily Allen, Ashnikko and Sarah Midori Perri of Kero Kero Bonito, it promises a more reflective take on the exuberance of his debut Cut & Paste. 
Added to site: Sunday 26th May 2019

Lloyd McNeill
Elegia

Soul Jazz Records’ run of Lloyd McNeill reissues bears more fruit with a remastered edition of 1980’s Elegia. A private-press LP that has been out of print for close to four decades, Elegia is another elegant set of spiritual jazz from the underrated McNeill. Some tracks show off Brazilian and Latin influences, while album centrepiece ‘Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth’ is a gorgeous blend of Claude Debussy, John Coltrane and Nina Simone.
Added to site: Tuesday 21st May 2019

Underworld
DRIFT SONGS

Underworld’s latest studio album Drift Songs will mark the conclusion of their epic 52-week DRIFT series of multi-media work, commenced back in November last year. A selection of their work will be enhanced for the CD and 2xLP versions, while a 6xCD boxset will collect the results of the entire series, including visuals and text pieces. 

Various
The New Testament

Dirty Water’s latest compilation The New Testament seems single-handedly dedicated to keeping the primal, destructive thrills of rock’n’roll alive, collecting six bands from countries ranging from France to Japan and inviting them to contribute a brand new track as well as a golden oldie. On Dirty Water.
Added to site: Monday 20th May 2019

Steve Lacy
Apollo XXI

Here we have the long-awaited debut LP from The Internet’s Steve Lacy. Though Apollo XXI is Lacy’s first solo full-length, we doubt this precocious young chap was feeling the pressure too much - when you’ve made beats for Kendrick Lamar, given a TED Talk and walked the runway at Paris Fashion week before turning 20 you probably don’t even know what pressure is. Lacy’s carefree approach translates into this gorgeous neo-soul set. Dropping just as the weather heats up, Apollo XXI is a perfect summer jam collection.
Added to site: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Fangclub
Vulture Culture

Irish alt. Rock three-piece, Fangclub, follow their 2017 eponymous debut with Vulture Culture. If you’re a fan of Biffy Clyro or Muse then you should really check this lot out - you may have already seen them supporting either band. Judging by lead single Hesitations, this lot will be heading to a stadium near you soon.
Added to site: Friday 26th April 2019

FEET
What's Inside Is More Than Just Ham

Coventry’s FEET will follow their UK tour this summer with the release of their debut album. Its title apparently inspired by a hot dog, What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham was the result of natural experimentation encouraged by producer Cam Blackwood. Contains recent UK Top 10 Vinyl Chart single ‘English Weather’. 
Added to site: Wednesday 24th April 2019

Mark Lanegan Band
Somebody's Knocking

Somebody’s Knocking is the eleventh solo album by ex-Screaming Trees frontman, Mark Lanegan. Lanegan says that Joy Division, The Stooges, Love and, perhaps surprisingly, New Order have all influenced this album. Despite having always been a fan of electronic music, the sounds are now making their way into his otherwise fags-and-whiskey-drenched gruff rock sound as it’s what he listens to most these days.  
Added to site: Thursday 17th January 2019

Various
Static Waves 7

The press release for the latest instalment of Saint Marie’s Static Waves series describes the Texan imprint as ‘sonically-driven’, which bodes well. As anyone who checked in with the previous half-dozen Static Waves entries will be expecting, Static Waves 7 is a good collection of dream-pop, shoegaze and all the other nice kinds of music of that ilk. Features Amusement Parks On Fire, Loveblind, Swoone and a bunch of others.
Added to site: Wednesday 28th November 2018

Circa Waves
What’s It Like Over There?

What’s It Like Over There? Is the third studio album from Liverpool indie rockers, Circa Waves. The album was produced by the legendary Alan Moulder and melds thrilling rock with sharp pop. The band have toured with the likes of Temples, Royal Blood, The Libertines and Interpol. LP and CD on Prolifica Inc.

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