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The Best of September

Ah, September. One of the better months of the year, with the leaves on the turn and the nights getting colder. More importantly it's when the release schedules start to perk up with some fascinating new releases in the pipeline. So help numb the pain of the return to work/school/university by investing in something that will see you through the winter. We've picked 50 of the things we are most looking forward to...all of which are now available to pre-order.
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Baldruin
Portal

From the sound of the music, and knowing Baldruin’s past interests, I’d hazard a guess that the Portal of this record’s title leads to some mystic other world…? At times this sounds like free-jazz played over synth-ambient music, but things never stay in one place for long. Spooky dramatics. Clear vinyl LP from Wounded Knife.

Battles
La Di Da Di

Battles are back! The second record produced by their trio format, La Di Da Di is as bright, as colourful, and as listenably complex as ever. The first track references horrifying Australian film Wake In Fright, which is a promising way to begin. CD or double gatefold LP with bonus breakfast-themed posters for the first pressings. On Warp.

Beirut
No No No

Here we have No No No, the first Beirut album since 2011’s The Rip Tide. Here, Zach Condon and friends take a more direct, in-the-studio approach to their sound, somewhat more stripped down in instrumentation than past Beirut work, but still keeping it international, of course. On 4AD, on special limited green vinyl if you’re lucky.

Big Black
Atomizer

Atomizer was the very first full-length album released by Steve Albini’s original group, Big Black. The band arrived fully formed, with trademark violent lyrics and violent production, grinding and growling vigorously along. Contains their particularly classic track ‘Kerosene’. The reissue LP is only available through independent record stores like ours!

Bob Moses
Days Gone By

There is no such person as Bob Moses: the name instead represents the pairing of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Days Gone By is their first full-length record, and it makes a strong start. Mixing full-on club-grade house / techno electronic rhythms with male pop vocals, the stuff sounds good. Silver vinyl copies available only through independent stores!

Chantal Acda
The Sparkle In Our Flaws

Chantal Acda may be familiar through Sleepingdog, her rich collaboration with Adam Wiltzie of Stars Of The Lid. The Sparkle In Our Flaws has her melancholy vocals floating above delicate instrumental constructions to which Peter Broderick and Shahzad Ismaily contributed. An accomplished, drifty record, on Glitterhouse.

Chvrches
Every Open Eye

Chvrches return with Every Open Eye, their second album. This is an impressively full-blown synth-pop record, almost recalling a Taylor Swift or a Robyn. Pretty notable levels of craft for a band only two records in. The last album sold plenty, and this one sounds like it could sell yet more… On Virgin / EMI.

Darkstar
Foam Island

Who’d have thought, back in the early dubstep days, that Darkstar would end up releasing an album called Foam Island? Probably no-one, but I’m glad they did, as that title fits the tactile textures of this collection of smooth electronic pop rather well. Twelve tracks, released in the kind of superbly-photographed sleeve you’d expect from Warp Records.

Dead Sea Apes
Spectral Domain

Dead Sea Apes return with a third record of exploratory psych sonics. Spectral Domain has the group flaring through riff explosions, naturally, but they also wander through dubby areas and simmering atmospheres. Lots going on. Released on Cardinal Fuzz as a purple / milky (mmmm) coloured vinyl LP, in a limited edition.

Emptyset
Signal

Emptyset continue to tunnel into the nature of sound and space with Signal, a document of a live performance. The group broadcast their sounds from the venue, via radio transmitters, over thousands of miles and back to the venue again, to see how the transmission through the atmosphere altered the sound. Conceptually rigorous: also sounds amazing. On Subtext.

Farao
Till It's All Forgotten

Originating from the Nordic mountain valleys of Valdres, London based Farao makes emotionally intense, explorative, celestial pop music that reflects the serenity and depth of the majestic landscape of her homeland. ‘Till It’s All Forgotten’ comprises ten tracks composed and orchestrated almost exclusively by this ethereal multi instrumentalist.

Future Punx
This Is Post-Wave

Future Punx are some New York kids who have been tearing it up for live crowds for some time now. This Is Post-Wave, their debut album, isn’t really anything I would call ‘Post-Wave’: instead, we have frantically gyrating disco punk, something that New York does very well. Energetic LP on Dull Tools.

Girl Band
Holding Hands With Jamie

Debut album time! Here’s Holding Hands with Jamie by Girl Band. Annoyingly enough, Girl Band are actually four Irish blokes. Probably irony or something. Still, they produce some raw, energetic noisy rock and post-punk which fits in nicely with the Rough Trade label they landed with. Available on CD, LP and indies only yellow LP.

Great Panoptique Winter
Wildness

The first release from new project Great Panoptique Winter (made up of members of Pretty Boy Crossover and Hood) has been assembled part by part, from the drum loops up. The results have a delicate, frosty atmosphere. Wildness is presented in a limited edition of 200, in a handmade envelope-CDr-polaroid assemblage, on Sound In Silence.

Horsebeach
II

Manchester’s Horsebeach return with their second album. Appropriately titled II, it follows on from the critically acclaimed self-titled debut. II sees the band being lyrically deep once again whilst not shying away from hazy summer pop melodies. If you enjoy the likes of Real Estate and the New Zealand bands that attracted the attention of the Flying Nun label, then this is probably your kinda thing.

Joe Meek
I Hear A New World

Joe Meek’s amazing vision of spacey DIY strange-pop is beautifully represented on his 1960 album I Hear A New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy, reissued here by Poppydisc. Meek was the master of getting unusual effects out of cheap (or no) equipment, his natural curiosity and ingenuity shining through in every sound. Limited edition LP reissue of 500.

John Shuttleworth
The Yamaha Years

Fifty-something DIY enthusiast, John Shuttleworth lives in Sheffield with his wife and two kids. He writes perfect kitchen-sink pop songs with the help of his portable Yamaha synthesizer. Available for the first time on vinyl, The Yamaha Years contains such classics as Pigeons In Flight and My Wife Died In 1970. This double LP also contains 7 bonus tracks. Graham Fellows is the man behind John Shuttleworth. He also created the character of Jilted John for the eponymous punk hit in 1978.
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Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

‘Have You In My Wilderness’ is a collection of dreamy, atmospheric, intimate ballads textured with the imagery inspired by various literary references, exploring familiar themes such as love and human relationships in a way that is enigmatic and slightly unnerving. The record seems to be drawn from a more personal source than her first two releases.

King Midas Sound / Fennesz
Edition 1

Real heavyweight collaboration right here! King Midas Sound, Kevin Martin’s vehicle for enormous bass and dark soulful songs, join up with none other than Fennesz, the wizard of electronically processed guitar haze. The resultant Edition 1 is a suitably weighty and textured trip, presented with a bonus disc / download of instrumental versions. On Ninja Tune.

Kurt Vile
b’lieve i'm goin down…

b’lieve i’m goin down… is album number six from troubadour Kurt Vile. What he has for us is a rich new collection of twelve songs, a kind of country-indie-rock that Vile is obviously extremely comfortable making. CD and 2LP editions, and also available as a triple-LP with six extra tracks, titled believe I’m goin (deep) down...

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.  

Master Musicians of Bukkake
Further West Quad Cult

Master Musicians Of Bukkake take on the cliches attendant on groups like Master Musicians Of Joujouka by blasting their supposed ‘tribal’ sounds with all sorts of weirdness. Marvellously, Far West Quad Cult is designed as a companion for their last record: not just thematically, but in the sense that you are actually supposed to play both at the same time. Now that’s out there.

Menace Beach
Super Transporterreum EP

Following January’s Ratworld album, Menace Beach make a super-fast return with the Super Transporterreum EP. Packed with fuzzy melodies it takes the frazzled sonics of 60’s psych and transplants them onto a collection of contemporary power pop gems. What’s not to like? Out on vinyl 12” from Memphis Industries.

Minami Deutsch
Minami Deutsch

Beware: krautrock is on its way back. And this time, it’s coming from Japan. None-to-subtly indicating their inclinations in their nomenclature, Minami Deutsch combine Japanese thoroughness with German thoroughness. The result is a hypnotically straightforward debut, with tireless drum(computer)s carrying distorted vocals and wavy bass lines.

Natural Snow Buildings
Terror's Horns

Very exciting times as a brand new Natural Snow Buildings announce a new record on Ba Da Bing! Terror's Horns is a relatively brief excursion for the duo, and is a little less droney than most past efforts. The vocals can recall bleak English folk, but the music is a wonderful, multi-faceted blur. Gorgeous stuff.

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!

Nico Fidenco
Zombi Holocaust

In an obscure original soundtrack plot twist, we've got our hands on the 1000 pressing limited edition 2xLP of Zombie Holocaust. For a movie that's praised for its over-the-top low-budget gore, the soundtrack by Nico Fidenco is surprisingly smooth. Expect 80s funk and jazz, combined with some throbbing beats that build up the tension.

Nils Frahm
Late Night Tales

Extremely quiet piano practitioner Nils Frahm gets his chance to pick an album’s worth of his favourite after dark music in the latest of the consistent and popular Late Night Tales series. He picks tracks from Bibio, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Penguin Cafe Orchestra plus a whole bunch of interesting stuff. Most interestingly of all, the album opens with Frahm covering John Cage’s infamous 4.33. How much more quiet could he get than that? None more quiet.

Ought
Sun Coming Down

Sun Coming Down is the much anticipated second full length from the Montreal quartet who have found love across the globe with their debut album which topped many end of year lists with it's twitchy economical sound and yelped David Byrne-like vocal delivery. This new album continues in that angular manner, an unpolished charge of politicised avant-rock.  

Peaches
Rub

Like the majority of Peaches output, her new album, Rub, hits hard. Lyrically the album deals with themes such as sex and politics. Musically, Peaches production defies genre pigeon-holing. Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and fellow Canadian, Feist make guest appearances on the opening and closing tracks respectively.

Petite Noir
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

Petite Noir deems his sound and general aesthetic to be ‘Noirwave’, a term that effectively represents the shifting gauze-sheets that these tracks are built up from. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful mixes martial drums and a howling energy with sleek electronics/ A powerful LP indeed, released on the Double Six label.

Pole
Wald

First full album in a whole eight years from the highly regarded Pole. Wald is a very strong way to return, a tight electronic meditation on the forest. Slightly dubbed rhythms are accompanied by nicely textured synth lines for a record perfect for home listening or esoteric dancefloors. 3 sides of music, with the side D taken up by an etching.

Regis
Manbait

‘Manbait’ is the new double LP release from Regis aka Karl O’Connor (Downwards records, Sandwell District collective, British Murder Boys). The record features several new versions of three original tracks, remixes of Raime, Vatican Shadow, Ike Yard and Dalhous, an alternate mix of Tropic of Cancer’s ‘Plant Lilies At My Head’ and a new take on a song from Regis’s teen, synth punk band Family Sex.

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).

Robert Forster
Songs To Play

Robert Forster has been a busy man in the seven years since his last solo outing, The Evangelist (2008). He has worked as a producer and a writer and overseen the compilation of G Stands For Go Between, the box set that reprises the work of his band, the legendary antipodean tunesmiths The Go Betweens. Songs To Play finds Forster in a fun and adventurous mood. It is a mix of the melodic pop and singer/songwriter tunes you’d expect with the odd experimental twist.

Salad Boys
Metalmania

DIY indie pop in that rich New Zealand tradition, that’s what we have here with Salad Boys. The album title, Metalmania, is a bit of a misnomer really. This debut full-length is a fleet-footed thing, bouncing poppy melodies along over a guitar / rhythm section churn. Satisfying stuff. Released by Trouble In Mind.

Sealings
I’m A Bastard

Brighton-based crew Sealings play a form of post-punk rock wherein the guitars often sound like they are trying to pull far away from the martial rule of the drum-machine / bass guitar rhythm section. Add in some hazed vocals and you have I’m A Bastard, a strong debut. LP released by Faux Discx in collaboration with Italian Beach Babes.

SEXWITCH
SEXWITCH

It has been a good long while since we heard from Bat For Lashes’ lead performer Natasha Khan, so she’s decided to make a big return splash with a new group named Sexwitch. For this self-titled debut (which also features the band TOY), Khan takes on six 1970’s psych-folk tracks, covering in inimitable style. On The Echo Label Limited.

Spain
Spain 3-in-1 Value Pack

Do you like Spain? (I mean the band, not the country) Well then you’ll love this bargainous release, which collects the group’s first three records in one nifty 3-in-1 Value Pack. The slowcore heroes’ records were originally CD only until some 2012 vinyl reissues, so these albums are still pretty vinyl-fresh. On blue, clear, and translucent orange vinyl, courtesy of Omnivore.

Steve Hauschildt
Where All Is Fled

Former glittering Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt’s new solo LP is a typically expansive suite of pieces, pulling in synthesis, field recordings and acoustic instrumentation to form some heady trips. Where All Is Fled wavers between abstraction and melodies, mostly hitting that sweet spot where neither dominates. On Kranky.

Synkro
Changes

Synkro has turned out nigh-on forty releases over the years, but this is the very first full-length album he has released. Changes moves in and out of soothing ambient drifts, always eventually being joined by carefully-crafted beats. Nice to see that Synkro has adapted his sound to the format. Out on the Apollo label.

The Clientele
Alone & Unreal: The Best Of The Clientele

The Clientele were a bunch of school friends from Hampshire who shared a love of Galaxie 500, Felt and The Zombies. In the early ‘90s, from this template they created their own version of pop music - pure, distanced and haunting. The band re-invented their sound in the mid-’00s with bigger, brighter production and deeper atmospherics. Alone & Unreal: The Best Of The Clientele compiles their best work from their 24 year career.

The Durutti Column
Another Setting

Album number three from indie stalwarts The Durutti Column. Another Setting was first out in 1983, and now gets a well-deserved reissuing. The original eleven tracks are boosted up to a total of seventeen here, thanks to a selection of rare and live cuts that were previously hard to come across. Released by Factory Benelux

The Notwist
Neon Golden

The Notwist are the cream of German indie rock, and by their fifth album, Neon Golden, they had really hit their stride. First released in 2002, it is now seeing reissue by City Slang. The band have a nicely inventive approach to what they do, filling in all the corners of their sound with textures. CD / LP reissue.

U.S. Girls
Half Free

We don’t know many people who spend their free time listening to U.S. Girls, like, talk, or whatever. Unless they’re actually Toronto-based Meghan Remy on her new album Half Free. Working with members of DFA and Fucked Up, she’s put together a frightening piece of crystal clear electronic art-pop. 

Various
Sonic Attack At Liverpool Psych Fest - Stay Holy

Here we have a sort of preview of this year’s Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia in LP form. Acts like Carlton Melton, White Manna and Dead Sea Apes all contribute, and the results make Sonic Attack At Liverpool Psych Fest a nice whirlwind blast of riffs and freakouts. Black and gold swirl vinyl on Cardinal Fuzz.

Wand
1000 Days

Three full-length albums in little over a year, that sounds like magic. Wand have kept on rolling, and their new album 1000 Days is their newest trick. With playful vocals accompanying entrancing beats, the album takes off where they left off. And by the time you're done listening, their fourth album should be just about finished!

Warren Ellis
Mustang (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Warren Ellis has long been a dab hand at soundtracking films, and for Mustang he steps away from his usual cinematic partner-in-crime Nick Cave. Ellis’ strings lead proceedings, with a good couple of other instruments following up. The results are wonderful, richly layered and with plenty of atmosphere. On the Milan label.

Wil Bolton
Inscriptions

Wil Bolton built this album out of tantalising materials: most sounds here are either field recordings from the streets of Tallinn or “loops I lifted from the quietest sections of old dusty charity shop records”. All this was reprocessed, rearranged, and rounded off with instrumental tracks to form Inscriptions. Released on Dronarivm.

Youth Lagoon
Savage Hills Ballroom

Savage Hills Ballroom is a significant record for Youth Lagoon main man Trevor Powers, apparently seeing him trying to peel back both personal limits and sonic restraint. The result is a record that is deeply personal whilst also sweeping grandly through an array of electronic soundscapes, pop sensibility always at the fore.