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July's pre-orders

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

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Albert Hammond Jr.
Momentary Masters

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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

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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.

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

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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.
  • Vinyl LP (MRP-091)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Envy
Atheist's Cornea

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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.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA498V)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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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

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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. 
  • Vinyl LP (0825646183913)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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.

Lesa & Ross
Lesa & Ross

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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.
  • Vinyl LP (MAGICRS001LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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Sleaford Mods
Key Markets

Just as the UK went back to the ballot box in 2015, our favourite agit-prop duo returned 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 politics. "It's a classic," they said. We won't argue.
  • Vinyl LP (EE006)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Smersh
Super Heavy Solid Waste

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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

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The Apartments
No Song No Spell No Madrigal

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The Declining Winter
Home For Lost Souls

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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

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