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Earth
Earth 2

This album is confusingly entitled ‘Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version’ despite the facts that this is Earth’s debut LP and that there are no other versions of it out there. This 1993 album is one of modern metal’s most influential records, drawing up blueprints for the more ambient and abstract turns that the genre would take in subsequent years. Across three tracks and seventy-three minutes we find guitarist Dylan Carlson and bassist Dave Harwell chugging away, piling chords upon chords to create towering walls of fuzz. Sunn O))) were listening.

Earth
Phase 3 - Thrones & Dominions

Has there ever been a more metal album title than ‘Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions’? If so then we’re yet to find it. And verily, if there were ever a band who deserved to claim the crown of most-metal-record-name, that band would be Earth. The group’s sophomore LP (yes, the ‘3’ makes it confusing) is more varied than their previous work. Droning doom-metal is still the order of the day here - see the peyote-hazed ‘Tibetan Quaaludes’ - but we also find Earth taking in arid noise (‘Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over the Thar Desert’) and stumbling upon the sort of beatific pastures that would later come to influence Sunn O))) ('Thrones & Dominions').

Father John Misty
Fear Fun

Though Josh Tillman had already released records under his own name and as part of Fleet Foxes, Fear Fun was the first under his alter ego Father John Misty. The change of name heralded a more mischievous and fun side to his personality which until then had been mired in sad singer-songwriter territory. The result is a joyous and varied album which subtly pays tribute to Tillman's heroes such as Harry Nilsson and Arthur Russell placing their innovations in a new and soon to be commercially successful territory.   

First Aid Kit
The Big Black & The Blue

Swedish super sisters First Aid Kit started out by posting You Tube vids of themselves harmonising to Fleet Foxes songs and it didn't take long until they were snapped up by Wichita for their debut album. If you love those sweet sweet harmonies then you are going to love this album which has them slathering their melody over some winsome and rich folk pop. Produced by their very own father, it began a journey that has seen them praised by everyone from Jack White to Patti Smith.  

Gonjasufi
The Caliph's Tea Party

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Grinderman
Grinderman 2 Remixes

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Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’ is pretty hard to pinpoint to any particular genre. It’s got elements of pastoral folk, flourishes of psychedelia, hints of autumnal indie rock and warm chamber pop. The Brooklyn group hit a home run with the crossover hit ‘Two Weeks’, seemingly because they opted for more structured songwriting rather than the pastoral sprawl of their first two records.

J Mascis
Several Shades of Why

Not a reference to the quirky backpack-hop singer but the title of the first album from the man at the steering wheel of both Dinosaur Jr and a brand new Volkswagen Golf. Going solo allowed J. Mascis to explore more acoustic and folky textures than his amped up band and here he is backed up by a heap of names and faces from the US underground such as Kurt Vile and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene). 

James Yorkston
The Year of the Leopard

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James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players
Folk Songs


James Yorkston And The Athletes
Moving Up Country - 10th Anniversary Edition

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Jamie Lidell
Compass

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Jamie xx
In Colour

In Colour is the debut album by Jamie xx, from the Mercury Music Prize winning band, The xx. Over the past six years Jamie xx has worked with and re-worked the likes of Radiohead, Alicia Keys and Florence & The Machine but his crowning glory must be the reworking of Gil Scott Heron’s I’m New Here album. In Colour will please fans of his collaborative efforts and includes, Girl, Sleep Sound and Loud Places. The latter is the forthcoming single.

Jason Molina
Pyramid Electric Co

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Jean-Claude Vannier
L'Enfant Assasin Des Mouches

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Kid Koala
12 bit Blues

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Lanterns On The Lake
Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

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Last Shadow Puppets
The Age Of Understatement

The debut Last Shadow Puppets album was probably the first time this writer suspected that there was something going on with Alex Turner other than a cheeky chappy Northern persona and moshpit-friendly tunes. Alongside long term pal Miles Kane, the duo crafted an excellent album full of '60s inspired dramatic flourishes, sweeping strings and yearning melodies. 

Lemonade
Lemonade

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Liars
Sisterworld

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Liz Green
O, Devotion!

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Liz Green
Haul Away!

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M.I.A.
MAYA

'MAYA' is legendary British artist M.I.A's third album. As well her traditional brew of dancehall rhyths, dynamic vocals, and a Roland 505, M.I.A. icorporated more modern influences such as dubstep. It's hard and heavy with a thumping industrial feel. 'Born Free' has a sample of Martin Rev's legendary 'Ghost Rider' keyboard line in it and M.I.A. described the record as a 'digital ruckus' and like 'schizophrenia' - what's not to love? Out on XL. 

Magnolia Electric Co
What Comes After The Blues

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Magnolia Electric Co
Fading Trails

I guess around the time of their second album Fading Trails we had no idea that there wouldn't be too many further Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co records to enjoy. The singer passed in 2013 leaving a sprawling back catalogue behind him under a shower of different names. This one further explores the rockier and more blues orientated sound the group began to explore but contains Molina's usual sad-eyed song craft and bewitching tenor voice. 

Malcolm Middleton
5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine

2002’s 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine saw Arab Strap mainstay Malcolm Middleton step out as an artist on his own terms. Middleton has subsequently perked up over the course of a long and fruitful run of solo records, but 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine is an album as wracked and self-examining as anything made by Middleton’s heroes Smog and Will Oldham. This new Chemikal Underground pressing comes souped-up with a bunch of rarities and demoes.

Mclusky
Mcluskyism

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Midlake
Live In Denton

Midlake love their hometown don't you know, and with their now rather famous brand of indie pop, they come in for a victory lap in the place they once blossomed from. Live In Denton is the band doing the delicate thing they do on stage, so chances are it is recommended if you like Midlake. 

Mogwai
The Hawk Is Howling

Look at that massive big scary hawk. It says everything you need to know about serial post-rockers Mogwai. Indeed the Hawk is Howling saw them at the beak of their powers (sorry) as they returned to entirely instrumental recordings after the slight vocal experiments on the likes of Mr Beast. It also reunited them with Andy Miller who had recorded their debut Young Team and their fellow Glasgow drunk Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) who designed the sleeve.   

Mogwai
Rave Tapes

Rave Tapes was Mogwai's eight studio album released initially in 2014. It showcased the band mellowing softly and introducing krautrock and kosmische textures into their elegant post-rock. The album is available as a box set which includes all kinds of ephemera such as a bonus 12" and 7", a Cd and tape,m a book and art prints. More Mogwai than you'll ever need? Not likely.  

Mogwai
Happy Songs For Happy People

Happy Songs For Happy People was the fourth album by loveable Scottish rascals Mogwai and saw the band tone down their earlier post-rock excesses to a more subdued form of mostly instrumental composition. Synths and keyboards were used more prominently and there are some vocal contributions but it is the emotional depth and always simmering tension that suggests that this is one of the high points in their ever expanding musical canon.  

Mogwai
Come On Die Young

This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material, including: Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7-25’, which featured on ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’. Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from CAVA sessions pre-dating the final Tarbox recording sessions. Two previously unreleased tracks - ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’. Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the three track ‘Travels In Constants’ EP. The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’. Available on double CD, 4LP box set and digital download. Box set details: Four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP, plus two LPs of bonus material and a download code for all audio. Two exclusive Chem19 demos: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’. Limited to 1500 units for the UK and Eire.

Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD.

Palace Brothers
There Is No-one What Will Take Care Of You

Enter Will Oldham. Before morphing into Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and reinventing acoustic guitar music at the end of the ‘90s, the Kentucky singer released a slew of records under the moniker Palace Brothers. For his debut LP, 1993’s There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You, Oldham found himself accompanied by a bunch of people from Slint. However, apart from the occasional swell of distorted guitar these tracks largely eschew post-rockisms and lay down the kind of tortured balladry that Oldham’s name(s) has become a byword for down the years. Here we see There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You reissued by Domino.

Palace Music
Viva Last Blues

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Pantha du Prince
Black Noise

It may be called ‘Black Noise’, but Pantha Du Prince’s 2010 breakout album is in fact a rather colourful record. These tracks spool out slowly, with just 11 entries making up ‘Black Noise’s 70-minute runtime. The patient production allows for Pantha Du Prince to really sink into his beats, and in the process he stumbles upon a formula for German minimal techno/tech-house that would be emulated many times in subsequent years by the likes of DJ Koze and Daphni. Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) features on ‘Stick To My Side’. 

Papa M
Live From A Shark Cage

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Pinback
Summer In Abaddon

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Pissed Jeans
Honeys

Pissed Jeans are a noise rock group from Philadelphia who create misanthropic punk tunes inspired by all your favourite loud and brash guitar groups of the late 80s and early 90s. Grumbling bass meets pummelling drums, razor-sharp guitars and nihilistic vocals. The obvious musical reference point is The Jesus Lizard, though there are shades of all sorts of post-hardcore, punk, sludge and grunge in their sound. Bristol's IDLES owe a lot to this band. 

Pixies
Trompe Le Monde

Trompe Le Monde was the final album from the Pixies in their first incarnation before Frank Black sacked the band by fax. It was somewhat a return to the bruising and noisy Pixies sound after the rather subdued Bossanova and though a bit bloated at times had some rather stellar moments if you looked hard enough. As per Frank Black's wishes, Kim Deal was all but mute during the recording of this LP. 

Pixies
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies

Which is the best Pixies album? I'd say The Best of Pixies. Actually the Alan Partridge joke doesn't really apply to a band who made two brilliant works in Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, albums which cast a rather large shadow over their later work. Wave of Mutilation is a good place to start though for the uninitiated containing all the early classics alongside some obscurities and album tracks off their less-good-but-still-good 90s era albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. I just pity the future compiler that has to find something from their post-comeback work that will get anywhere close to living up to this.  
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  • 4AD

Pulp
After You

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Robert Wyatt
Rock Bottom

The second solo album from former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt and originally released in 1974, Rock Bottom has always been a painfully disconcerting listen. Written in hospital while recovering from an accident that has confined him to a wheelchair ever since, its abstract and often disturbed sketches are nevertheless shot through with hope. 

Robert Wyatt
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard was Robert Wyatt's third solo album and in complete contrast to the previous all self penned Rock Bottom features interpretations of music from other musicians. It is split into two sides Ruth and Richard (naturally) and features some of Wyatt's most playful work. It wasn't particularly well received though and it would be another ten years until Wyatt released another studio album. 

Robert Wyatt
Old Rottenhat

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Rodan
Rusty

Rodan’s very influential Rusty LP here. While this may be the Kentucky band’s only full-length record (we’re not counting 2013’s odds-and-sods collection Fifteen Quiet Years), the fusion of technicality and power on the tracks here still exerts a strong influence on the worlds of post-hardcore and math-rock. People often write the words Slint and Spiderland in close proximity to Rusty, and there’s a reason for that.

Roots Manuva
Dub Come Save Me

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Roots Manuva
Brand New Second Hand

Due to the huge success of ‘Witness (1 Hope)’, a lot of people see Roots Manuva’s career as kicking off in 2001 with Run Come Save Me. Now that’s a fine record indeed, but to put all your energy into that album and overlook Rodney Smith’s 1999 debut LP Brand New Second Hand is a wrong move. Over beats that blended reggae, boom-bap, jungle and scratch influences, Roots Manuva delivered bars of potent dub poetry here. The overall effect comes off like Linton Kwesi Jonson remixed by DJ Shadow and makes Brand New Second Hand one of the first great UK hip-hop records. Ignore at your peril.

Roots Manuva
Witness (One Hope)

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Royksopp
Understanding

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Royksopp
Junior

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Rustie
Sunburst EP

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Rustie
Glass Swords

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Scott Walker
Tilt

Contrary to what it may seem, ‘Tilt’ was not a complete shift in trajectory for the former pop star Scott Walker. Prior to its release in 1995, Walker had spent years finding ever more oblique methods to communicate his ideas, however, is undoubtedly true that ‘Tilt’ was his most daringly realised attempt yet. Desolate, ardently experimental, but also beautiful, a pathway which would lead to later opuses such ‘The Drift’, ‘Bish Bosch’, and ‘Soused’ - his collaborative LP with drone metal legends Sunn o))) .  
  • Vinyl Double LP (7798546)
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Scott Walker
The Drift

A mere eleven years in the making, The Drift was the long long long awaited thirteenth solo album by former '60s heartthrob Scott Walker. It pushes Walker's increasingly avant-garde sound way into the abstract on an unsettling often tortured album that sees his rich brown baritone fraying at the edges as it competes with ever more out there material. 
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  • 4AD

Scratch Acid
The Greatest Gift

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Serena Maneesh
S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor

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Shabazz Palaces
Black Up

Not written in reference to Justin Trudeau's party antics but the 2011 debut from American rap duo Shabazz Palaces. The group features the vocals of Ishmael Butler formerly of Digable Planets alongside multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire. Black Up was a lean and forward thinking hip-hop record which was notable for pushing boundaries forward rather than pander to the more nostalgic view of the genre that was more popular at the time. First ever hip-hop group on previously guitar-led label Sub Pop too.  

Sharon Van Etten
Taking Chances / Taking Chances

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Smog
Dongs of Sevotion

Typical Bill Callahan to make an album of exquisite dark-hued confessional songwriting the lumber it with that title. The eighth Smog album sees him move further away from his lo-fi roots on a looser collection highlighted by the masterful and darkly humorous Dress Sexy at My Funeral which is perfect fodder for his deep-hued baritone voice. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (DC169)
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Soap&Skin
Lovetune For Vacuum

Soap&Skin’s Lovetune For Vacuum came out in 2009, but this particular Norman Records™ writer is typing up its description a decade later. As such, listening to Soap&Skin’s debut LP has been as much of a chance to muse on the changing musical winds of the past ten years as it has been an exercise in music journalism. You really don’t hear much stuff like it anymore, but I can distinctly recall a time when this Regina Spektor/Dresden Dolls/PJ Harvey-type thing was very much the order of the day. The only things here that aren’t quite as time-stamped are glitching techno cuts like ‘DDMMYYYY’. While the style is a bit dated now, you really can’t fault the songwriting. Indeed, the piano balladry here is a few notches above the Adeles and Olafur Arnaldses we’re having to deal with at the moment. More power to Soap&Skin!

Soap&Skin
Narrow

Beautiful Austrian language singing, heartrending grand piano, and experimental textures - what's not to love? 'Narrow' is Soap&Skin's second album. A deeply personal album, it deals with the death of Anja Plaschg's father. It's stark and severe, occasionally heavenly, and always exquisite. 'Narrow' represents the best that experimental neoclassical music has to offer.

Songs: Ohia
The Lioness

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Songs: Ohia
Axxess & Ace

Axxess & Ace was the third album by Songs:Ohia and was the first to see singer Jason Molina collaborate fully with other musicians and to bring warmth into his hitherto bare sound. Comparisons with Will Oldham are plentiful but from hereon in, Molina would set off on a journey which would yield music far more adventurous than the naked and raw songwriting he began with.    

Songs: Ohia
Songs: Ohia

This is where it all started for the late Jason Molina. The eponymous debut LP from his Songs: Ohia venture was released in 1997 as only the fourth catalogue number for the fledgling Secretly Canadian imprint. The slow-/sad-core style that Molina showcased here helped set the tone for the label, the Songs: Ohia project and the late-90’s/early-00’s Americana resurgence. Very beautiful record.

St. Vincent
Actor

Recent St. Vincent LPs have seen Annie Clark take on a sort of cyborg ice-queen persona. To the untrained eye it would appear that her second album, 2009’s ‘Actor’, is a far more spy and sprightly affair. However, dig beneath the surface of these vaguely grungy baroque-pop numbers and you'll be able to track that same sense of uncanniness which courses through records like ‘Masseducation’. We miss ‘Actor’s Disney-gone-wrong vibe - for us, this record contains some of Clark’s strongest material.

Swell Maps
Jane From Occupied Europe

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