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Here's the latest batch of things you can't get yet...but will be able to soon. Order ahead and not only will you stand a chance of snagging limited edition versions you will ensure you get your records on or around release day. Lots of big titles are up there now including Low, John Grant, New Order, Goat, Mercury Rev, AFX, Tame Impala....now...can we all go and sit outside? 
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AFX (Aphex Twin)
orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

Not content with throwing out a whole discography’s worth of tracks on soundcloud recently, Richard D. James is clearly on a mission to make 2015 as busy as possible. orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 is the first Aphex Twin release under the AFX moniker since 2005, so hoover up these eight tracks quick! On Warp.

Batteries
Batteries

Batteries is the solo project of Steven Clark (aka Sci-Fi Steve) of legendary Glasgow, disco punks Bis. This self titled debut LP release is full of concise, new-wave confidence. The guitars have been beefed up to an almost agro rock sound but there’re still plenty of pop moments carrying his trademark vibe of positive cynicism.

BEAK / KAEB
Split EP

This ‘double B-side’ EP is a split between Bristol three piece BEAK (Geoff Barrow (Portishead) with Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (Team Brick) and themselves, in the form of their alter ego KAEB (an ever revolving expansion on the original line up). Featuring two tracks from each incarnation including a track featuring vocal contributions from California rapper/producer Jonwayne.

Beneath
Shlocky

What lies Beneath? The answer, apparently, is a range of your favourite down-and-dirty genres, smashing it intensely. Techno, acid, grime… Plenty of activity. Schlocky takes place over two 12” records: certainly enough material to keep you busy. 180g vinyl, nice sleeve with a poster included, on Berceuse Heroique.

Benjamin Finger
x​-​ray three: Amorosa Sensitiva

Deep, atmospheric ambience here from Benjamin Finger. x-ray three: Amorosa Sensitiva uses synthesisers and a number of acoustic instruments to provide the basis of his compositions, but from that point on, processing and electronics stretch these sounds out into intriguing landscapes. Frosted clear vinyl on the Blue Tapes label.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Blank Realm
Illegals In Heaven

Guitar wallowers Blank Realm have made something of a slow-burning pantomime on Illegals In Heaven, rerouting their noisy punk aesthetic into a sound caught between the lethargy of Psychic TV and the dynamism of Half Japanese. This record of pop tunes moves slowly and with wearied measure, songs attaching drumbeats only as a gesture of good will. It was produced by dronelord Lawrence English, to boot.

C418
Minecraft Volume Alpha

I hope you’ve heard of Minecraft. If not, it’s an incredibly popular game. Basically Lego for the MP3 generation. However here we have something which is very much a physical thing; a vinyl LP or CD of Minecraft Volume Alpha. It’s the soundtrack to the game which was created by German composer Daniel Rosenfeld, aka C418. It’s a collection of simple and soothing pieces with a naivety and innocence which fits well with Minecraft’s world of experimentation and discovery and makes for some charming ambient style tunes.    Available as a vinyl LP, CD or limited edition of 1000 LPs on green vinyl.

Chelsea Wolfe
Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe uses her fifth album to plumb the depths of the subconscious, via the medium of music that alternates between her intimate, close mic-ed murmurs and crashing heavy rock action. There is a strong sense of purpose in Abyss’ brutal contrasts: Wolfe has made a very good record here. On Sargent House.

Cocteau Twins
The Pink Opaque

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. The Pink Opaque compiled choice cuts from the group’s early work in order to break them to the American market in 1986, and the selection of material still stands up today. Pressed to 180g vinyl.

Cocteau Twins
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. This release combines two EPs, Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay. Originally released within two weeks of each other in 1985, it makes a lot of sense to see them presented together here on one platter of 180g vinyl.

Dam Funk
Invite The Light

Eighties electro-funk revivalist Dam Funk has an excellent line in smooth jams both slow and fast, and he crucially understands the essential swing of funk. Invite The Light gets help from the likes of Q-Tip and both Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The home of this record is Stone’s Throw, just the right place I should think.

David Bowie
Five Years 1969 – 1973

Just when you thought you had a comprehensive David Bowie collection… Along comes Five Years 1969 - 1973, a colossal box-set covering the first ten albums the man made, plus a new double disc compilation of rare material from the period and a nice book. Available as a CD collection, or as thirteen 180g vinyl records: 2.34 kilograms of wax! Bowie-wow!

Delia Derbyshire
The Delian Mode

Delia Derbyshire is the undisputed queen of experimental electronics. Her work with the Radiophonic Workshop was nothing short of pioneering and of course her best known work is the Dr Who theme which literally everybody on the planet likes. That's how genius it is. Here's a 7" by her which is expensive yet sexy. It features two tracks, one of which was written for a TV documentary in 1967 and it features Delias voice and a green lampshade.Anything goes in Radiophonic world! Those crazy cats!
  • Vinyl 7" (SIL71458B)
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Destroyer
Poison Season

First Destroyer full-length since the very popular Kaputt way back in 2011. Poison Season mixes the song styles Destroyer is known for, from close confessional quiet numbers to bombasted, almost-70s-Springsteen-esque big tunes. All with a sophisticated and witty lyrical sensibility. Released on the Dead Oceans label.

Ducktails
St. Catherine

Matt Mondanile is back with another solo effort under his moniker Ducktails. This one, St. Catherine, will be your summer soundtrack. It promises to be packed with laid-back songs like we’ve come to love them from Mondanile’s other project, Real Estate. It’s due in a month, so try to quench your thirst with the lead single Headbanging in the Mirror.

Dungen
Allas Sak

Dungen haven’t released an album in five years: all the more reason to be excited by the release of the quartet’s latest, Allas Sak. Bright psychedelic pop is the order of the day, though frontman Gustav Ejstes young love for hip-hop certainly shows up in the groove this record has. Nice to hear Swedish lyrics too! On Smalltown Supersound.

Eleventh Dream Day
Works For Tomorrow

Eleventh Dream Day have been going hard at it since the 1980s, indie rocking onwards into the horizon. Works For Tomorrow grew out of a live residency in a small Chicago club, and it shows: sweat and audience energy is clearly the environment these songs dwell in. The album is out as LP or CD with Thrill Jockey.

Fever The Ghost
Zirconium Meconium

Zirconium Meconium showcases the sound of Fever The Ghost, a weirdo-pop four-piece. A psychedelic core certainly runs through the ideology of the group, but the sounds they work with marshal synths, drums, guitars and heavily-reverbed, lightly-unhinged vocals. Comes out sounding quite nice. On Heavenly.

Field Music
Music For Drifters

This is the classic type of Record Store release. This instrumental soundtrack to a silent film is not the sort of thing Field Music would normally release and so fits into the original aesthetic of unusual releases. Here it is on limited silver vinyl and it looks like they'll be touring this accompanying the film in theatres across the UK soon. The arty buggers.  

Flying Saucer Attack
Instrumentals 2015

The first release in fifteen years from Flying Saucer Attack sees David Pearce perform 15 new lo-fi tracks recorded at home. One to be listened to from beginning to end, this British space rock album resonates, drones and creates a stunning emotional arc from start to finish. Vinyl double LP or CD from Domino.

Foals
What Went Down

Oh look, a new Foals album! This is the first we’ve heard from Foals since 2013, when their last full length, Holy Fire, was released. What Went Down lavishes us with ten tracks, and is available as LP, CD, or in a deluxe edition paired with a DVD containing enigmatic ‘additional video content’. Mmmmm, content. On Warners.

Follakzoid
III

With music that is more stretched out than the country they come from, Föllakzoid are now back with their third LP. On III, the band tries to focus on creating long and minimal soundscapes, combined with their musical ancestors, which yields a haunting and hypnotizing endresult. Now that's föllaked up.

Georgia
Georgia

Debut album from Georgia, who recently made a splash with the Move Systems single. Just as the album title bears only her name, the record features only her, from instruments played to songs written to all the production. Swift-footed, percussively-grounded underground pop with a touch of grime. Released by Domino.

Goat
It's Time For Fun

Rejoice! A brand new single from Goat and the first new material since the much-loved 'Commune' album. Goat keep up the pretence of being some kind of hedonistic commune dwelling trolls by disappearing to the village of Korpilombolo in Sweden to record new material which will appear on an upcoming third album. This 7" however was actually recorded in the less rural environs of New York and we're promised dubby ESG-like no-wave on the A side whilst the B side conjures up 'Future Days' era Can reflections with Fripp & Eno style ambience. That's another 20 sold then. Be quick!   

Gurgles
Gurglefirst?

Classic sounding pop-rock (with an indie tinge) led by a Fender Rhodes organ. That instrument gives a certain hue to Gurgles' sound, refreshingly different to much of the Bradford scene from which they come. In fact, Gurgles feature a member of both Mucky Sailor and Nope, so probably makes for a very satisfying sideline! On Saltaire Recordings.

John Grant
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Following collaborations with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp and Elton John, as well as sell-out European show and a recent US tour with the Pixies, ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ is Brit award winner John Grant’s third album release. The tone of the record is heavy with Grant’s dark humour and features an eclectic mix of ecstatic electro-pop, rich, cinematic ballads and desolate synthscapes.

Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid
Strings Of Life / Tongues

By the time you read this description the record may well have sold out. This is an eagerly awaited release of the talked about in hushed tones 'Strings Of Life' by the man best known as Four Tet and the late Steve Reid. If that isn't enough for you, you get the warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that all proceeds go to the Steve Reid foundation. In case you want any more inducement to buy (you shouldn't) this also comes packaged in a lush hand made letter press sleeve. This will not hang about. Do not sleep.
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Low
Ones and Sixes

A bloke called Alan who’s a member of Low says of One and Sixes; “I'm not going to tell you what this record is about because I have too much respect for that moment when you come to know it for yourself”. He goes on to talk about “the moment” and all that. All I know is that they continue with their slow sleuthing indie rock, which also has hints of traditional folk. They're singing well known tunes and just giving you a generally good time. Don't let up on the harmonies, y'all. Available on 2LP or CD.  

Mac DeMarco
Another One

Smooth rolling singer-songwriter duuude Mac DeMarco has a new record out, even though it was just a year since the last! Excellent work ethic. Another One has eight fine tracks of his sauntering melancholy style, featuring not a note from anybody but DeMarco himself: a real solo album! Out on Captured Tracks.

Max Richter
The Leftovers - Music From The HBO Series - Season One

Famous for his subtle and emotional modern classical albums, Max Richter is also renowned in the score writing business. His latest efforts for the Leftovers are striking as always, focusing on minimal piano tracks accompanied by the subtlest of strings. With careful themes, Richter creates entire worlds of sound.

Mercury Rev
The Light In You

Oooh look, a new Mercury Rev album looms on the horizon! The Light In You is the first we've heard from the group since Snowflake Midnight a full seven (!) years ago. 2015-era Rev material is sweeping and symphonic again, Jonathan Donahue's nigh-on Disney vocals swooping above a mixture of elaborate instruments. Out on Bella Union.

Miss Kittin & The Hacker
Lost Tracks Vol. 1

Miss Kittin & The Hacker are all about sexy groovy dance, taking a wry stand against what they see as po-faced techno and electro scenes. On the tracks compiled here, disco and new wave guides the duo into the funnest parts of electro, Kittin’s voice slinking all over the mix. Lost Tracks Vol. 1 is released by Dark Entries.

Mission Of Burma
Vs

Post-punk survivors Mission Of Burma are still going strong, god bless ‘em, but here we have an opportunity to look back at their earliest days, with a reissue of their 1982 debut. Vs sounds damn rad, scratchy and furious and driving and abrasive. The reissue on Fire comes as CD or LP, and a few bonus tracks are thrown in to sweeten the deal.

New Order
Music Complete

And just like that, a brand new New Order album! Music Complete is their first since 2013, and is notable for a complete lack of Peter Hook, who grumped his way out of the band a while back. A fresh, Mute-worthy sound, wrapped up in a typical Peter Saville sleeve! Available on double LP (only black vinyl now) and CD!

Paul Smith & The Intimations
Contradictions

Four years in the making, ‘Contradictions’ is the latest record release by Maximo Park leader Paul Smith. The project, which began life on the road, draws in influences far and wide from the charms of the North East to the gritty sounds of Brooklyn and shows a more vulnerable side to this dynamic lone wolf of pop.

Pit Ponies
Magnificent Second Occupation

Pit Ponies, as the name signifies, identify strongly with an English working class tradition, and they carry this through with their direct, soul tinged music. Magnificent Second Occupation certainly kicks back against working class marginalisation, but it has a definite joy to it too. Released by Trashmouth Records.

RATATAT
Magnifique

RATATAT, (whose wikipedia page helpfully informs us are “not to confused with Rattata”, the Pokemon) are a Brooklynite duo who bring grooves to their listeners via mostly instrumental, predominantly electronic means. With Magnifique, they throw more guitar into the mix than we have come to expect from the last few records. On Because Music.

Richard Hawley
Hollow Meadows

Sheffield’s favourite classic-style rock singer-songwriter Richard Hawley returns to your stereos with Hollow Meadows, album number eight in his oeuvre. Hawley broods and ponders on mature subject matter, backed by arrangements both richly orchestral and grittily direct (especially when Hawley’s guitar solos come into play).

Second Layer
World Of Rubber

Available on CD on Cherry Red. Second Layer featured Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey of The Sound fame. a definite for fans of The Sound World of Rubber has the same post-punk drive but with many of the human elements being replaced with synths and drum machines creating a sound akin to Throbbing Gristle or Psychic TV.

Simon Love
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Simon Love used to make music with his band, The Loves, but now he loves alone. It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time is a homage to seventies-soft-rock-pop records, and consequently is slightly epic. Guests include DJ Emperor Rosko, A Little Orchestra and none other than Stewart Lee! On Fortuna Pop.

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?

Stars Of The Lid
The Tired Sounds of

Repress of Stars of the Lid’s 2001 neo-classical drone album, The Tired Sounds of. The way this album ebbs and flows is unlike much you’ll hear from music. It has far more in common with waves beating against a shore. The glacial pace of its changes suggest a timelessness. It sounds massive, and I feel.. small.

Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid's seventh studio album saw a slight hesitation in what appeared to be a progression further into orchestrated ambience. The previous LP's rich, stately tone does make up a lot of the character, but a return to the exploration of non-musical, abstract sonic nuance is where the magic is here, still wonderful in repress.

Strange Wilds
Subjective Concepts

Strange Wilds are both strange and wild, although on reflection probably more wild than strange. Subjective Concepts is a grungey hardcore record that drinks in the major music history of their native Seattle. Out on Sub Pop, with the option of white vinyl exclusively limited to independent stores (like ours!).

Tame Impala
Currents

Having made two of the finest albums to be released in the last decade in 'Innerspeaker' and 'Lonerism',  Tame Impala are threatening to turn themselves into a pastiche of pretty much what everybody else is doing -- if early teasers from this album are to be believed. Synths have replaced guitars and production values are at times influenced solely by 'Bouncing Off the Satellites' era the B52s. Still, everyone likes the '80's so this could be the future-retro pop album that propels Kevin Parker to superstardom whilst fans of his earlier Beatlesey psych moves weep into their kaftans. Waiting for the whole thing before passing judgement could be a good option at this stage. Certainly whatever emerges will be mighty tuneful. 

The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

Brand new, full length record from The Chemical Brothers, the first in quite some time! These massive dance-smash tracks are full of familiar Chemical goodness, though also reinvigorated with some 2015 energy. Vocalists include Beck, Q-Tip and St Vincent! CD, deluxe CD with bonus tracks, or heavy 180g double vinyl.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
I Like Rain: The Story of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were a New Zealand indie rock group operating in a low key way and releasing on the beloved Flying Nun label. Now we have I Like Rain, compiling all three of their albums along with a round-up of bonus material. All remastered and beautifully packaged in both CD and LP formats, on Fire Records.

The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller
Fuzz Club 10" Split Single No. 7

This is the seventh release in the Fuzz Club 10" split single series featuring Arizona experimental psychedelic rock band The Myrrors and Nottingham DIY sound experimenters Cult Of Dom Keller. The Myrrors began as something of an underground phenomenon via YouTube with their first album ‘Burning Circles in the Sky’ finally getting picked up for release over five years after it was recorded. Cult Of Dom Keller have had a recent lineup change/power up having been joined by Jason Holt, of Spectrum on bass and Al Burns on drums.

Titus Andronicus
The Most Lamentable Tragedy

American Indie stalwarts Merge Records presents the new record from Titus Andronicus, and what a record it is. Over three LPs (or two CDs) and five acts, The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a full-blown goddamn hardcore rock-opera, with suitably sweeping sound and melodramatic storyline. Titus’ biggest record, in every sense.