Israeli electropop trio Garden City Movement follow several EPs with a debut album proper on London curator of curators Late Night Tales’ sublabel Night Time Stories. Here we have Apollonia...view item »
The golden period for the reformation of '90s bands continues apace with news of the first Belly album in 20 years. Tanya Donnelly's post Throwing Muses/the Breeders outfit have reformed with all the original members for a ten track album that adds to their catalogue of pleasant alternative rock...view item »
Seemingly like everyone else who used to make music with guitars these days, Josh Rouse has put down his axe and bought some synths to inspire his 12th album, Love In The Modern Age. He’s thrown ‘80s sophisti-pop, indie rock, latter-period Leonard Cohen and New York new wave into the p...view item »
Mastersystem are double-brother proposition, featuring the two Hutchinsons from Frightened Rabbit and the Lockeys of Editors and Minor Victories. Dance Music is their debut album, and it, naturally, is not really dance music. What it is...view item »
Here they come again with their fifth album which is produced by none other than Danger Mouse. This is another bold and groundbreaking work that benefits from full band arrangements with the group playing with their usual true punk rock passion. More confident with each release this is set to be their biggest missive yet. ...view item »
The Earache label are rightly proud of having brought the sound of Sleep to the world and now they seem equally excited to be releasing Ashen Blood, the debut album by Denver, Colorado doom merchants Green Druid. The riffs are heavy and slow and the lyrics take their influence fro...view item »
Earthless streamline their sound for their fourth LP. Black Heaven relies far less on the spacey prog-metal jams that have characterised their previous albums. Instead, four of the six tracks here are vocal-led ...view item »
Simian Mobile Disco’s fifth studio-length album builds a sonic soundscape that sounds equally as powerful blasting through your headphones on the morning commute as it does in a sweaty club at 4am. It’s all pretty Bladerunner-esque as the techno machine that is Simian Mobile Disco collaborate with th...view item »
Look at this all-star cast. Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat teams up with guitar ace RM Hubbert in a super-sized collaboration that also includes guest appearances from Siobhan Wilson (cello/vocals) and Rachels Rachel Grimes on piano. All comes out on Mogwai's Rock Action to keep...view item »
Debut LP from enigmatic four-piece Confidence Man. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the group have made a name for themselves with outlandish performances and a small collection of irresistibly catchy releases with pleasingly cynical lyrics. For disillusioned youths who still like to get down. On Heavenly....view item »
Black Salvation are a German psych/hard rock band formed from the ashes of In Solitude. Uncertainty Is Bliss uses the full depth of psychedelia, doom, blues and hard rock, together with mystical narratives to transport the listener to somewhere else entirely. A bewitching debut. LP and CD on Relapse....view item »
I'm sorry to say that this is my favourite movie of all time. Howard Shore's soundtrack to the first edition in the Rings trilogy captures both the overcast darkness and total tweedom of Tolkein's novels. Since director Peter Jackson loves his extended versions and drawn out releases, why not&nbs...view item »
This is a collaboration between this Canadian chanteuse and the... um... forgetful Spacemen 3 legend. In fact neither can remember quite how they met but here they pass compositions back and forth across the big pond resulting in a record way out of both artists comfort zone taking in electronica, noise and even trip hop along t...view item »
The eponymous debut from New Zealand natives who moved themselves to London, The Cavemen is a short sharp burst of joyously childish and catchy punk rock. Song subjects range, as you can probably imagine, from drug abuse to masturbation and general fast-living debauchery. Blood red coloured vinyl LP and CD, reissued on Dirty Wat...view item »
Nuke Earth is the new album by New Zealand garage punk band The Cavemen. Their name gives a few clues about their music - it’s primal, visceral rock ‘n’ roll for beer-fuelled nights. Guaranteed to cure what ails ya, if what ails ya is lack of vintage punk rock. LP and CD on Slovenly....view item »
100% guaranteed not to be a barrel of laughs there's actually no better time for a Third Eye Foundation album than in 2018. Matt Elliott's gruesome drum and bass project initially did what everyone thought Kevin Shields would do in combine noise, shoegaze and dark beats. Fast forward twenty years and the music is no less kinetic...view item »
Interrobang are the agit pop project of former Chumbawamba member Dunstan Bruce alongside with Harry Hamer also formerly of Chumbawamba and ex-Regular Fries guitarist Stephen Griffin. They make vicious pop punk full of social and political commentary and wry asides. Taking the ideas and eth...view item »
Dead Meadow have been fusing Black Sabbath-style riffs with whirling, melodic, psych-fuzz for the best part of 20 years now and have seven studio albums, including three for legendary US label Matador, and two live albums under their belts. What this all means is that they’re pretty good at what they do. T...view item »
Like Czarface? Like MF Doom? Well then, czech this out: a full-length team-up of the hip-hop heavyweights, following on from a 2015 collaborative track together. The two lyricists trade fantastic sparky lines left right and centre, with additional guest spots from Open Mike Eagle and Vin...view item »
The latest racket from Paul Allen (the Heads) and cohorts, this is his third release under this barely pronounceable name for Rocket. Omegaville is described as chaotic riffage taking in music concrete, sci-fi noise pop, balls out rock and psych chaos. A place where rock, prog and art can safely meet. ...view item »
Rebound is the fourth solo album by Eleanor Friedberger, which follows 2016’s New View. Since going solo from The Fiery Furnaces, a band she was in with her musically...er...interesting brother, Friedberger has quietly been getting on with her business and writing some pretty classy indie rock, taking insp...view item »
Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog combine Paul McCartney and Beach Boys influences with the ramshackle American lo-fi of Pavement and Guided By Voices. A sound that guarantees melodies, harmonies and a bit of craziness. Critical Equation is their tenth album and is a...view item »
There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 si...view item »
For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japa...view item »
"BASS, how low can you go" as Chuck D once said, well pretty low when you combine A.) The Melvins stoner sludge rock and B.) two, yes TWO bass players, expect Buzz Osborne's usual brand of Godzilla sized riffs with the addition of Butthole Surfers four stringer Jeff Pinkus and Melvins/Redd Kross/Off! bassist Steven McD...view item »
This album contains the lyrics "maybe I'm fine, maybe I'm dying", and whether or not you can relate to that will tell you more that I'll ever be able to about whether you'll enjoy Liza Anne's debut album. Catchy and introspective indie rock for anyone who is, has been, or will be, an unmotivated 20-something year old. ...view item »
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD w...view item »
For the first time in 21 years, the trio behind the hip-hop classic, Dr. Octagonecologyst, MC Kool Keith, Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura and DJ Q-Bert, have reunited to make Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation. Although MC Kool Keith been using the...view item »
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