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As the pressing plants start to recover from the post Record Store Day backlog, July is looking to be a very strong month for releases. In the olden days the record industry slowed down in the summer but not now, we'll be busy as bees...and if the weather picks up we'll be wearing shorts too. Imagine that?  Take a look at 50 of the best things released next month....   
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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Benzaiten

The mighty Acid Mothers Temple, presently in a & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. mood, here present Benzaiten, in which they grab hold of the contents of an Osamu Kitajima record and put them through their paces, jamming them to the outer limits in time-honoured Acid Mothers style. Double LP with Important Records.

Adrian Younge
12 Reasons To Die II (The Instrumentals)

Adrian Younge presents 12 Reasons To Die II tells the next chapter in a complex story of Italian crime syndicates in 70’s New York. But if you just want to focus on Adrian Younge’s remarkable, evocative instrumentals (he plays up to ten instruments per track), then you might want to grab this, The Instrumentals version. On Linear Labs.

Albert Hammond Jr.
Momentary Masters

From Albert Hammond Junior - the chap from the Strokes - comes this jangly indie pop album titled Momentary Masters. Ten tracks which he thinks ‘are the best that he’s ever written’. Well, we’re not going to argue. Tight, fun guitar tracks - definitely harking back to early Strokes material. One for fans of summery indie music such as Teleman and Phoenix. Vinyl LP, and CD on Infectious Music.

Barry Adamson
Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson’s records are getting the reissue treatment thanks to Mute. Adamson is currently a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and formerly a member of Magazine and The Birthday Party, so major alt-heritage runs through his veins. Moss Side Story offers a taste of his solo craftings, making the soundtrack to film that doesn’t exist.

Bass Clef
Chanson du Ricochet

You can count on Bass Clef eh? Here he is with two new tracks pressed up by Rudimentary, and what tasty treats they are. While keeping the tracks on a danceable level (these could be played out, to wondrous effect), Ralph Cumbers does his remarkable high-energy electronic twingling all over the top. Lots of fun.

Best Friends
Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane.

Welcome to the debut album from fresh new Sheffielders Best Friends, setting their stall out with ten tracks of guitar stuff. Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. almost recalls the sound of the mid-2000s indie wave, except with perhaps a little more in the garage and fuzz departments. Released by the FatCat label.

Brian Reitzell
Hannibal: Original Television Soundtrack Music

To prepare eager viewers for the imminent premiere of Season 3 of charming-serial-killer drama Hannibal, Mondo are putting out Brian Reitzell’s soundtrack to the first two series. That equals a whole twenty cues, ready and waiting to bring the horror come rushing back to mind. Limited to 250 copies!

C Duncan
Architect

Available on LP or CD on FatCat records. This is the wondrous debut album from sun-dappled Glaswegian C Duncan. 'Architect' is a fantastic album just waiting be be played on your stereo through summer. Will appeal to fans of Django Django, Sufjan Stevens and last years pop master Stephen Steinbrink.   

Chapelier Fou
Fuses

A useful EP this, for Chapelier Fou fans, containing not only two brand new numbers from the group, but also remixes from the well-established Daedelus and to rococo riot, but also from newcomers Yakie and johnny_ripper. All produce good work, delving deep into the sound and pulling in brand new directions. On Ici d’Ailleurs.

Dead Meadow
Howls From The Hills

2001 album by Dead Meadow, a psychedelic-stoner crew out of Washington D.C. Moving with the slow, determined focus that this music demands, the Meadow manage to be tight whilst sounding loose on Howls From The Hills, and it is certainly possible to sink deep into their jams. First ever vinyl release for the album on Xemu.

Dead Moon
Nervous Sooner Changes

Dead Moon played a gnarly form of rock music, bluesy enough to be released on the legendary Mississippi Records. Nervous Sooner Changes almost channels The Rolling Stones at points, quite a compliment for the genre. A good balance between mournful ballads and straight up rockers on this 1995 album, now reissued on LP.

Envy
Atheist's Cornea

The kings of Japanese hardcore Envy are back on the streets with this new album, their sixth. Atheist’s Cornea represents a relatively proggy, post-rocky take on their sound: the links to descendants Mogwai are clearly audible. Released on LP or CD by Mogwai’s own Glaswegian Rock Action label.

Ezra Furman
Perpetual Motion People

Chicago via San Francisco artist Ezra Furman releases his third solo album Perpetual Motion People. Like a stateside Jamie T, Furman offers up a splash of upbeat kitchen sink numbers instilled with a smidgen of righteous punk-inspired rebellion and introspective reflection. Out on CD and limited edition blue vinyl LP from Bella Union.

Four Tet
Morning / Evening

On 12” vinyl or CD on Text. In perfect indemnible style, Four Tet releases his new album on his own imprint shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Only info in this is via his bareboned tweets, giving us the front cover and the fact that there are only two songs, each around 20 minute mark in length, one entitled Morning Side, the other (shockingly) Evening Side. I’ve already bought it, my friends have already bought it, and so should YOU!?!

Frankie & The Heartstrings
Decency

A brand new record (the first since 2013) from Frankie and his band of loyal Heartstrings, now featuring the recognisable vocal contributions of a former Futurehead as well. Decency sounds pretty decent all told, the indie melodies catchy, the riffs and strums of the guitars sounding just right. On Wichita.

Genius / GZA
Pro Tools

Pro Tools is a very uninspiring name for an album isn’t it? As far as I can tell it isn’t tied into any conceptual meaning, so…? Anyway, this album was GZA’s 2008 album, produced by a range of amazing producers (Black Milk, RZA, Arabian Knight and so on), and reissued on double blue vinyl here by Babygrande.
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Hauschka
A NDO C Y

Hauschka returns to the material of last year’s Abandoned City album, this time abandoning it even further with A NDO C Y, a collection of tracks from the same sessions paired with two striking remixes from Eluvium and Devendra Banhart, who take those pieces into fresh, sparse new territory. LP on Temporary Residence.

Heather Woods Broderick
Glider

‘Glider’ is the latest LP release from melancholic, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Heather Woods Broderick. The album is comprised of richly textured, atmospheric dreamscapes crafted from Broderick’s, uniquely ethereal, wall of sound vocals, carried by untreated, exposed piano and layers of hypnotic guitar sounds.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Escape From New York

Wowzers, total power team up here from film soundtrack-synth wizards John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. This is a reissue of their classic accompaniment to Escape From New York, present here in expanded form: the first time this version has been pressed to vinyl. Double LP remastered from the original tapes (naturally), on Silva Screen.

Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures

Debut album by Salford post-punkers Joy Division. Recorded in April 1979, Martin Hannet's unique production techniques and Ian Curtis's doomed lyrics and monotone vocal lend the album a downbeat greatness that has been often emulated yet rarely surpassed. One of only two albums recorded by the band before Curtis's tragic suicide in 1980. 

Joy Division
Closer

Second and final LP by doomed Salford post-punk band Joy Division, this is perhaps most often cited their greatest moment. Recorded shortly before the untimely death of singer Ian Curtis, whose health deteriorated rapidly during the making of this album, and produced by Martin Hannet. Limited edition vinyl reissue. 

LA Priest
Inji

LA Priest (aka Sam Dust) is not from LA, but from the UK, where his former band Late Of The Pier used to kick up a storm. Inji is his first solo release, and is filled with curious touches. Weird digital pop music with a joyous tinge. Attractive (and, if you want it to be, green!) vinyl gatefold LP with a poster to boot.

Leatherface
Razor Blades and Aspirin: 1990-1993

‘Razor Blades And Aspirin’ is a 3CD set of rare, bonus and remastered material from underground, 90’s punk rock legends Leatherface’s classic albums ‘Fill Your Boots’, ‘Mush’ & ‘Minx’. Formed in Sunderland in 1988, Leatherface re wrote the rules of punk by displaying an undeniable songwriting prowess and technical skill which drove their powerful angst ridden brashness. Fronted by the emotionally raw and articulate Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface were one of the most intensely exciting bands of their time.

Lesa & Ross
Lesa & Ross

Close Big Star associate Lesa Aldridge and Panther Burns drummer Ross Johnson team up for this little LP, part of The Great Pop Supplement’s series of one-off releases. They clatter through covers of The Velvet Underground and The Shadows Of Night, in delightful 60’s garage pop style. Coloured vinyl.

Lone
Lemurian

A modern classic from Lone, Lemurian gets the re-issue treatment in fully remastered style. Available on vinyl for the first time it features new artwork and a spot gloss cover. Contemporary balearic vibes just in time for summer. Out on CD, vinyl LP and limited edition pink vinyl LP from Dealmaker Records and Magic Wire.

Madlib
Beat Konducta Vol. 1: Movie Scenes

King of the beatmakers Madlib has always been mad-productive: Beat Konducta Volume 1: Movie Scenes was the first in a series of several records of hip-hop instrumentals he put out in the 2000s. This one is themed around imaginary 70’s TV shows and films, each track painting a groovy vintage picture, library style.

Mammoth Penguins
Hide and Seek

‘Hide And Seek’ is the debut album from indie rock/pop outfit Mammoth Penguins, the new band fronted by Emma Kupa (Standard Fare). Having switched from bass/vocals in Standard Fare to lead guitar in Mammoth Penguins, Kupa has given herself more room to maneuver and expand the dimensions of her trademark, powerhouse vocals and Weezer esque songwriting skills to include catchy, melodic guitar hooks and occasional, flourishing guitar solo.

Mel O'Dubhshlaine
Deformed Vowels

Mel O’Dubhshlaine, also known as Ocelocelot and as a member of the legendary Ashtray Navigations, produces remarkably bizarre music using a curious array of instruments including an Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). Deformed Vowels uses aspects of an excellent recent live performance at Leeds’ Crater Lake festival, and is very good.

Merzbow
Wildwood

Brand new Merzbow all up in your life, with the kind of ferocity only the Japanese master and a select few other high-functioning noisers can bring. Wildwood is, in accordance with Masami’s hardcore animal welfare principles, a benefit release for a bear rescue charity in Kent: look, there’s one on the cover! I wonder what the bear lovers of Kent will make of this?

Michael Head and The Strands
The Olde World

The Olde World is an accompaniment to the reissue of Michael Head and The Strands’ classic The Magical World of The Strands. Apparently there was enough unused material from that album’s sessions that this whole record could be crafted from the remnants, making this interesting both as an alternate perspective and as an album in its own right.

Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

Michael Head and The Strands produced The Magical World Of The Strands during the early 90s, first releasing the collection of work-in-progress material in 1997. Everybody loved it, so now it returns, on CD or 180g gatefold LP on Megaphone. Brand new liner notes from Mr Head himself round out the package.

Michael Vidal
Dream Center

You might know Michael Vidal as the frontperson of punk-people Abe Vigoda, but Dream Center, his first solo outing, shows a very different side of his musical thinking. This is a more indie-ish set of guitar pop songs, with a tinge of electronic ambience making up the background. Reissue of the original 2013 cassette, on Captured Tracks / Couple Skate Records.

Nap Eyes
Whine of the Mystic

‘Whine of the Mystic’ is the first full-length album from Nap Eyes, recorded live, straight to tape with no effects or overdubs. This recording style complements the ethos of the playing which is confidently economical in a way that reminds me of the instantly addictive bass lines of Kim Deal. For fans of The Clean, The Verlaines or The Go-Betweens.

Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island

Jeff Mangum's band of rainy-day folk weirdos have another record that isn't 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea', by the way. The proudly lo-fi 'On Avery Island' was Neutral Milk Hotel's debut record, full of similarly creepy and endearing love songs, as well as ten minute noise experiments. This is an old times indie rock record that is secretly quite essential. 

Nurse With Wound
Sylvie and Babs (Expanded Edition)

Sylvie And Babs is an old Nurse With Wound favourite, reportedly recorded With Titillating Orchestrations By someone named Murray Fontana, although I wouldn’t believe a word these guys tell you, to be honest. Here the record is reissued as a double CD, boosted with rare and unreleased material and a 12 page booklet.

Pega Monstro
Alfarroba

Pega Monstro are a sister act who started playing in their teenage years. As a duo on drums / guitar / keyboards / double-shouted-vocals, they have the super-tight chemistry that comes of literally growing up with another person. Alfarroba is their first record to be fully released outside of Portugal, courtesy of Upset The Rhythm.

Pinkcourtesyphone
Sentimental Something

Pinkcourtesyphone is the strikingly pure sound project of devoted minimalist Richard Chartier, owner/operator of the LINE label. On Sentimental Something he is joined by collaborator and friend Evelina Domnitch, who contributes theremin. 300 copies of pink vinyl, released by the Important Records label.

Prefuse 73
Every Color of Darkness

Four years since his last significant release under his best known and most revered recording name, Prefuse 73, aka Guillermo S. Herren, who has been busy elsewhere with collaborative work, remixes and live performances, is finally releasing not one, but three full length LPs due out this year. ‘Every Color of Darkness’ is built from the darkest elements of Prefuse 73's world, expressing an uneasy romanticism through manic and broken, jazzy beats and phrasing.

Richard Buckner
The Hill

Richard Buckner's ‘The Hill’ was born in 1996 at The Ranch Olancha Motel, a converted garage near the mouth of Death Valley, while Buckner was staying a week in a room with nothing for company but his guitar, a four-track recorder, and a copy of Lee ‘Masters' Spoon River Anthology’. The resulting recordings of Buckner’s experiments with passages from the iconic book of poems were then forgotten about until four years later when he would bring them back to life with the help of Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino.

Ron Grainer
The Prisoner - Original Soundtrack

Network present the slick soundtrack to cool-and-creepy classic TV series The Prisoner, in a rather deluxe reissue pressing. Ron Grainer does great work throughout with the iconic theme and all sorts of cues, presented here in carefully edited suites. High grade 180g pressing, sourced from the original analogue tapes, with the option of white vinyl.

Shabazz Palaces
Of Light

They are big big deals now, but when the EP now compiled as Of Light was first released in 2009, Shabazz Palaces were all fresh and unknown, and suitably impressive. Here it is released again on vinyl by Templar Label Group, containing the genesis of the group’s jazzy and unusual hip-hop style.

Sleaford Mods
Key Markets

Just as the UK goes back to the ballot box, our favourite agit-prop duo return with 'proper' album number three. Named after a particularly gruesome sounding supermarket in Grantham in the '70s and '80s, the album contains further ruminations on the disorientation of modern existence and the pointlessness of government politics. "It's a classic," they say...and from the sound of lead track the tight and rhythmic 'No-one's Bothered' who are we to argue?

Smersh
Super Heavy Solid Waste

Spanning a decade across the ‘80s and ‘90s the eclectic industrial sounds on the Smersh compilation Super Heavy Solid Waste are a clanging joy to behold. Often spontaneously written and recorded, these songs are packed with bustling energy. For fans of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. Out on vinyl LP from Dark Entries.

Sun & Sail Club
The Great White Dope

Sun & Sail Club is a stonerish supergroup of sorts, containing musicians who have played in the likes of Fu Manchu, Smile, Kyuss and The Adolescents. Long hair and beards are the order of the day with The Great White Dope, with a riff-heavy sound to match. Occasional vocoder interludes as well though. On Satin Records.

Test Dept.
Shoulder To Shoulder

This recording represents a major slice of musical and political history. When industrial experimentalis Test Dept. toured the UK with a South Wales choir of striking miners, the results were remarkable in sound and in stance, and here are the studio versions. Re-issued, appropriately enough, on red vinyl by PC-Press.

The Apartments
No Song No Spell No Madrigal

Available on 12” vinyl and CD on Microcultures. First new album from Sydney based The Apartments in eighteen years!?! No Song No Spell No Madrigal is filled with hugely cinematic chamber pop that has the climactic builds of The Antlers or Cinematic Orchestra and the raw emotive power of Leonard Cohen’s Dance me to the End of Love.

The Declining Winter
Home For Lost Souls

Following the success of our Album Of The Year winner 'Exist/Resist' by Bracken album, the other co-founder of that much-loved post rock/electronic group Hood (namely Richard Adams) unleashes a brand new album under his The Declining Winter moniker. Expect warmly produced, forward-thinking, melancholic English music referencing Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis, Robert Wyatt, Radiohead and of course Adams' former buddies Hood. Sold out in mere seconds in March the album has been re-pressed on olive green vinyl with download code for full album plus further 5 track EP. CD version contains 'The Waning Mill Chronicles' EP plus two non album bonus tracks.  

Trembling Bells
The Sovereign Self

Their fifth album in six years, The Sovereign Self by Trembling Bells continues down the traditionalist path that the band ploughs so well. From motorik kraut to wig-out prog and freak-folk it’s a heady stew of influences, twisting and turning at every step. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Tin Angel.

Various
Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1976-80 

Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1976-80, to give it its lovely full title, is a premium collection of just that, compiled by the good sorts at Soul Jazz. Plenty of gorgeous material you might not have heard here. Released as two separate double LPs, or as a double CD set.

Wapassou
Wapassou

The good news: Wapassou’s legendary self-titled debut is finally given its much-deserved reissue. Renowned for their experimental attitude, these Frenchmen were pivotal in the continental European prog-rock scene. When you hear this, it’s easy to understand why. The raging organs and guitar solos are practically a visual trip. The bad news: there’s only 500 copies of this beauty to go around!