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(Sandy) Alex G
DSU

Right, people. We've been listening to this in the office for what seems like the last 6 months and we think it's going to take you by storm. Think of all the '90's lo-fi greats (but particularly Pavement) rolled up into a one man slacker-pop songwriting machine and you are in the ballpark.  Get in on the ground floor. 

(Sandy) Alex G
Beach Music

Beach Music is the seventh album by Lo-fi troubadour Alex G and follow-up to DSU which was no.37 in Norman’s top 50 albums of 2014. Alex G, full name Alex Giannascoli, takes his influences from all sorts of American indie of the ‘90s, mainly the good stuff - Pavement etc. The album was mixed by Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Beach Music is likely to reach the places his other albums didn’t as he has now signed to indie giant, Domino Records.

A New Line (Related)
Our Lady Of Perpetual Fucking Succour

A long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed self titled debut (Dead Albatross nominated no less), this is a four track EP of minimal techno repetition from Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer). With roots in the deep dark dub of pioneers such as Terrence Dixon, Johnson has been influenced by recent collaborations with Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) and has stripped his sound back to ultra repetitive beats and hypnotic dance floor jams. There are four tracks on the vinyl plus extra remixes on the download (Beppu, Perfume Advert, Maxim Wolzyn, the Humble Bee and Northerner).   **INITIAL COPIES COME WITH BONUS SIGNED POSTCARD** 
  • Vinyl 12" (HAM012)
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Aïsha Devi
Of Matter and Spirit

Aisha Devi is a producer who stands somewhat apart from most of her peers. Of Matter And Spirit mixes Devi’s unusual vocals with hovering synth patterns to make tracks that skirt up against much contemporary electronic songcraft whilst remaining crucially different. A spiritual trip well worth your time, on Houndstooth.

alt-J
This Is All Yours

'This Is All Yours' is experimental rock act Alt-J's first record since their  conceptual debut, 'An Awesome Wave', and was mostly written in free time around touring that record. "Hunger of the Pine", the record's first single, features a sample of Miley Cyrus' "4x4".    Tracks Intro Arrival in Nara Nara Every Other Freckle Left Hand Free ❦ (Garden of England) Choice Kingdom Hunger Of The Pine Warm Foothills The Gospel of John Hurt Pusher Bloodflood pt.II Leaving Nara

alt-J
An Awesome Wave

An Awesome Wave was the debut album from far-too-brainy-for-their-own-good post everything crew alt J. It introduced to the world their stop/start/stop/start again when another idea comes along form of brainbox pop. Just a little bit weird and as scatterbrained as your eccentric grandma, the album became a calling card for the band who subsequently went on to bigger (if not quite as interesting) things.   

American Music Club
Mercury

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Annabel (lee)
If Music presents: By the sea... and other solitary places

If Music is a tiny room of a record store in London Town, someone’s front room rather than a shop, it’s a great, welcoming place so do check it out. Here they present By The Sea… And Other Solitary Places by Annabel (lee). It’s a dark folk album with classical instrumentation and Annabel’s whispered vocals chillingly crawling across the sweeping instrumentation. For fans of Jessica Pratt, Julie Byrne and Cat’s Eyes.

Aphex Twin
Syro

Well we'll be blowed. The threats have actually finally come true. Aphex Twin's first proper new studio album for Warp since the divisive confused bulk of 2001's 'Drukqs' is due towards the end of September 2014. The artwork is quasi-cryptic and minimal as you can see. What the material will sound like is the stuff of many an "IDM" fanboy/girl's social networking dreams. What we do know is that this is the most exciting news in electronic music we've heard since the deluge of Analord material for his own Rephlex that seems like many, many moons ago. Yes, he could have written it on his laptop in the bog last month or yes, it could be archive stuff more than a decade old. Will there be a "Windowlicker" on there? Whatever, we can surmise all we like but this is literally amazing news for his countless fanatical devotees around the globe and is bound to hold some surprises. 

Arctic Monkeys
AM

I have to admit (I'm embarrassed by this) I couldn't work out why Arctic Monkeys called their fifth album AM. Arctic Monkeys. No still don't get it. Anyway after a couple of mixed quality albums where they grew their hairs out and recorded in America, the Sheffield four piece returned with a vengeance on perhaps their most commercially successful album to date. It blended their sound with elements of hard rock, hip-hop and soul and contained several songs that have become concert staples. Barely anything on it suggested where they were headed next but this could almost be seen as Arctic Monkeys Party album before the Pet Sounds of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.  

Ashtray Boy
Together

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Beach House
Depression Cherry

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Beat Happening
Look Around

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Beck
Morning Phase

Morning Phase by Beck is his 12th album. It’s his first album in 6 years. It follows up 2008’s Modern Guilt, but is regarded as more of a follow-up to his 2002 album, Sea Change. It features guest appearances from Jack White, Jason Falkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr of Jellyfish, among others.

Belle and Sebastian
Storytelling

As part of the massive Belle and Sebastian re-issue campaign, this is one of the lesser known releases in their back catalogue. A selection of songs they recorded for the Todd Solondz film of the same name. Not all of them made the final cut for the film but here they are as God (Stuart Murdoch) intended.  

Belle and Sebastian
The Boy With The Arab Strap

On this, their third album Belle and Sebastian were getting used to becoming some kind of accidental indie-rock royalty. They became more knowing with songs about US fanzine 'Chickfactor' and A & R man extraordinaire Seymour Stein. Here, leader Stuart Murdoch began his crusade to let other band members sing which is always a bad idea as at the end of the day it's all about the voice innit?. Still, good album. Re-issued as part of the pre-new album celebrations. 

Björk
Vulnicura

Back from Iceland, Björk is bringing another piece of her wild and crazy pop history to us. Vulnicura is released on double vinyl, in a deluxe digipack or a classic CD, but as far as we know none of the editions includes any fancy Björk swanmade dresses. We tried to make it happen, we really did.

Boards of Canada
The Campfire Headphase

The Campfire Headphase was the third album from dreamy Scottish wobblers Boards of Canada and if it didn't quite live up to the brilliance of their earlier records, it was still a sumptuous listening experience. Exploring more acoustic textures than before, many tracks begin with lush acoustic guitar figures before the Boards stick it through their wobble board and add their layers of nostalgic synth glory. Do not underestimate this record. For both summer dreaming and winter hiding.  

Boards of Canada
Geogaddi

“Geogaddi Boards Cruise?”, “Yeah sweet”. Aaaaah the Boards Cruise… those were the days: spontaneous late night road trips through deep countryside with great pals, blasting Boards of Canada at uncomfortable volumes. Geogaddi is pretty dark and weirdo, so we often ended up lost and a bit scared after choosing this record. 3 X 140gm LP, gatefold, on Warp Records. Beautiful Place!

Boards of Canada
Hi Scores

We’re always here for Boards Of Canada, and Hi Scores is a release that really shows off why that is. As only the duo’s second release, this 1996 number dates from when people where only just waking up to the BOC sound, and yet it contains such infinite wonders as ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ and the deeply melancholy ‘Everything You Do Is A Balloon’. 2014 reissue edition.

Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest

I still remember the excitement in the office when the promo of this turned up and the real effort we all went into of trying not to be disappointed. It sees Boards of Canada eschewing slightly their rich and textured sound for something more cold and dystopian. To that end it slightly follows in the path of artists who were also looking back at the works of the likes of John Carpenter for inspiration. Not as warm and inviting as previous records but spin it slowly and with patience and there's a myriad of evocative high points to enjoy from these masters of their genre. 

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. 1969’s Nashville Skyline finds Dylan going all the way into country music: must be in that Nashville air. Also marks the first appearance of croony singing voice.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver

It's probably safe to say that you won't be seeing Justin Vernon playing his debut For Emma, Forever Ago in its entirety in concert anytime soon as the Wisconsin based artist tends to move on drastically from every release. Indeed this self titled follow up to his now legendary debut changed his musical map completely. This time lots of musicians (including saxophone ace Colin Stetson) were brought in to flesh out his sound resulting in a completely different imprint which is either a bold step forward or a cluttered mess depending on how attached you were to his first record. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Boots For Dancing
The Undisco Kidds

The Undisco Kidds by Boots For Dancing is a genuine lost gem of a record. The Scottish funk-punk band disbanded in 1982 after releasing a handful of singles. Fortunately, they left a treasure trove of music committed to tape. The Undisco Kidds, had it been released at the time, would no doubt have made the band as popular as the bands they shared members with: The Rezillos, Josef K and The Human League.

Brian Wilson
No Pier Pressure

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Broadcast
The Noise Made By People

The wonderful wonderful sound of Broadcast, brought back onto vinyl again at last by Warp Records. The Noise Made By People slides into existence with ‘Long Was The Year’, a perfect example of their slinking mysterious sound. A clear melody, and Trish Keenan’s beautiful voice, but with an undertow of unclear samples and droning tones. Something magical for sure.
  • Vinyl LP (WARPLP65R)
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Broadcast
The Future Crayon

Broadcast had already made a slew of increasingly vital and influential albums by the time 2006 rolled around so it was high time for a collection of non album tracks. This 18 track opus collects rarities from 1993 to 2003 and showcases the lesser heard side of these retro-futurist legends and includes EP tracks B sides and compilation tracks. Essential for all fans of this much missed band. 

Cabaret Voltaire
The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord

Those moody, lovelorn synths weren't just for The Human League and their ruinous cocktail bars with their Shakespearian tragedies. Cabaret Voltaire had the same idea, and their seventh record -- The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord -- arrived slap bang in the middle of the 1980s. It saw techno, dub and industrial dance together in a blood red concoction. Here's the remaster.

Can
Future days

Damo Suzuki's last album with Can is a definite highpoint from the band's incredible ouvre. All the elements that make the band so timelss and radical sounding even now are here in abundance: experimentation with all manner of electronic and organic sound textures and atmospherics pinned down by Jaki Liebezeit's jawdropping rhythms and augmented by an advanced melodic sensibility. As with all the recent Can reissues on Mute, all the stops have been pulled out in remastering this for vinyl to ensure optimum sound quality.
  • Vinyl LP (XSPOON9)
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  • Can

Caribou
Our Love

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that. Our Love is due October 6th on City Slang and is the sixth studio album from Caribou. The album features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.  

Christina Vantzou
No. 3

Classic Kranky material here from Chistina Vantzou’s third record, for which she enlisted a 15-part micro-orchestra. Formerly involved with The Dead Texan, Vantzou here pulls those classical instruments (and several synths) through layer-upon-layer of processing, ending up with a smooth and shiny surface.

Cocteau Twins
Blue Bell Knoll

Released in 1988, ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ is the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album.  A beautiful record that showed the band’s continued maturity, it also included one of their most enduring songs, ‘Carolyn’s Fingers’. Now re-issued on heavyweight black vinyl and are being cut from brand-new HD 96/24 masters.

Connan Mockasin
Caramel

Though he didn’t know it when he was making his sophomore LP back in 2013, history would come to see Connan Mockasin’s Caramel as part of the wave of indie chill vibes albums™ that crested with Mac Demarco’s Salad Days the following year. Nevertheless, the Kiwi Ariel Pink did at least as decent a job as ol’ Mac with Caramel, a record of psych-pop as treacley as the title suggests.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard
Black Messiah

Returning after an almost fourteen year absence, D’Angelo finally follows up his influential ‘Voodoo’. This is a politicised record of soul, funk and hip-hop hybrids, of daring lyrics combining eroticism and state-of-the-nation pleas and of warm R&B backing from his long-term band. The pieces on this vinyl double LP are so confident and natural it’s difficult to imagine he’s been gone at all.

Daedelus
Drown Out

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Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

Random Access Memories was the Daft Punk album that we were led to believe by an excitable media was pretty much the future of music rolled up in an unrelenting summer hit machine. Fortunately we own our own ears so, like, many others, we could independently decide that it was... just a bit average really despite a star strewn guest list and addictive lead single Get Lucky. Still, if we're trying to get all nostalgic about 2013 (or 1977) it is the first place to turn to.   

Dean Blunt
Black Metal

This probably isn't the new Bathory album. Dean Blunt, previously of Hype Williams fame, is becoming one of the most singular voices and visionaries in what we would probably call 'experimental' music. He makes records that traverse genre after genre until they all diminish (seriously, though -- 'The Redeemer' is voicemail-core, with plenty of diversions into funk, vaporwave and folk). His newest work is called 'Black Metal', but continues to mix, match and create new sounds that feel both detached and intimate. 

Death Cab For Cutie
Kintsugi

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Deerhunter
Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

Back on vinyl, this time with 'Weird Era Cont.' - a bonus album previously unavailable on the format outside of the US. This is the first time that ‘Microcastle’ and ‘Weird Era Cont.’ have been made available together on vinyl outside of the States. Arriving on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, the artwork now reflects the original CD cover, the album’s most recognisable design. 

Diane Coffee
Everybody's A Good Dog

Shaun Fleming, from Foxygen, is also known as Diana Coffee. His/her new album is recorded in a proper studio. Fans would know that’s special, because that means that Everybody’s a Good Dog is not hampered by instrumental limitations. The result is a bombastic, joyous, soulful rock record with moody lyrics.

DJ Paypal
Sold Out

DJ Paypal is here with Sold Out, stretching the pun as far as it can go there. Going for pure fun in a footwork world, this is his debut for Brainfeeder and the music is a mix of fast tempo remixes of genres such as jazz and salsa combining EDM and hip hop elements. Sold out? We'll see. Should be.

DJ Shadow
Endtroducing.....

DJ Shadow’s sample-built 1996 debut album Entroducing….. has all the drama you’d expect from a title with ellipses two-thirds longer than the standard. As tense as it slaps, this is truly one of the the best instrumental trip/hip-hop albums ever made. The deluxe edition comes with expanded liner notes, photos, alternate versions, and remixes from the likes of Kuedo and Teklife.

Eels
Souljacker

Eels! That’s how the brief Superbowl advert that bandleader E put together goes, and it is also how we responded when we saw the crate-load of reissued Eels albums that Universal have sent through to us. Souljacker is album number four, which cranked up the rock and the heavy to higher levels than before. John Parish, of PJ Harvey-collaborator fame, played a major role in the album.

Einsturzende Neubauten
Fuenf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala

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Fabio Frizzi
Frizzi 2 Fulci

Composer Fabio Frizzi and director Lucio Fulci have maintained a great collaboration throughout their careers, Frizzi providing memorable soundtracks to most of Fulci’s splatter-horror pictures. Frizzi 2 Fulci captures a rare live performance of this material at London’s Union Chapel in 2013 as a double vinyl gatefold set. On Death Waltz.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DW36)
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FKA twigs
M3LL155X

Following on from the critical success of her debut album, LP 1, FKA Twigs goes all Aphex Twin with the title of her new EP, M3LL155X. Lyrically she deals with feminist and political issues. FKA Twigs has directed videos for four of the songs on the EP which are to be viewed as one continuous piece of work. The whole thing makes for a strong statement of her intent as an artist.

Flying Lotus
You’re Dead!

Steve Ellison, the experimental wizard of instrumental hip-hop (who occasionally moonlights as the rapper Captain Murphy) is back with his first FlyLo release since 2012's 'Until The Quiet Comes'. Ever popular with the world of music around him, 'You're Dead!' has a whole new roster of features and contributors to its name, including jazz-funk legend Herbie Handcock, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. Of course, FlyLo will also be joined by Brainfeeder pal Thundercat.

Follakzoid
II

Öh gööd, a new recörd öf dröne-röck fröm Föllakzoid. II - unsurprisingly their second release, though it is their first LP - is another set of über-trippy Motorik Krautrock from the Chilean group, one on propulsive grooves contrast with guitars and effects which spiral ever-higher into the stratosphere. Fans of Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips should give II a spin post-haste. We höpe yöu have a lövely time with this öne.

Four Tet (Fourtet)
Late Night Tales

Long running mix series Late Night Tales featured none other than Four Tet way back in 2004, and of course he has gone from strength to strength since then… Hence this brand new pressing to (double) vinyl. Mr. Hebden’s eclectic mixture brings in all sorts of sunny experimentalism, making for a damn fine listen.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ALNLP12)
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Four Tet (Fourtet)
Pink

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Frank Zappa
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison

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Ghostpoet
Shedding Skin

In football terms Ghostpoet has gone from mid-table Championship to nailed on Champions League place with this, his third record. In short: he's really upped his game. Where previous records were interesting but a little niche, Ghostpoet has now made a record everyone can enjoy. It's bold, it's bright, it's tuneful. With a background in UK hip hop, this album uses those influences and marries them to the best bits of forward thinking indie (say, Radiohead, TV on the Radio). Looking forward to it.   

Goat
World Music

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! was the typically punctuation obsessed fourth album from Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was their first album in ten years and marked a surprise comeback for a band many listers had assumed were consigned to post-rock history. It was certainly worth the decade long wait winning the Polaris prize and showing that their ability to score truly affecting music remained intact. 

Grimes
Art Angels

Grimes is back, not that’s she’s been away really, but she certainly split some opinions when she released Go in 2014. With Art Angels she has turned away from the populist pop-trap fad and delivered 14 tracks of addictive leftfield pop. Featuring even more instrumentation played by herself as well as collaborations with Janelle Monáe and Aristophanes.
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  • 4AD

Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins' finds Harris either performing spectral ballads, fashioned after her ambient leanings, or thrumming on the piano like it's just another part of the natural environment. It's arguably her sparsest record yet -- right down to the incidental recordings of rain and animals chirping -- and the closest the listener will get to hearing Harris' voice upfront.

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to acoustic. Out of print for a while and now back on CD.

Guided By Voices
Bee Thousand

Not only is Bee Thousand widely regarded as one of the best Guided By Voices albums, but it is also widely regarded as one of the best indie rock albums ever made. Reissued for its 20th anniversary, the album has been remastered, is housed in a hefty gatefold sleeve and is pressed on high-quality vinyl. This album is so good, it even had a beer made in its honour - Beer Thousand.

Guided By Voices
Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won The War

You would think, due to Guided By Voices' prolific release schedule, that they wouldn’t have held anything back. However, they have: Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won The War is the fourth instalment of 100 rarities and previously unreleased tracks spread over 4 CDs. Limited edition too…..don’t miss out! There is also a vinyl version available
  • Vinyl LP (GBVI64)
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  • Limited edition
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Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Tape Archive 1973-1978

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Helen
The Original Faces

Check this one out Grouper fans! Liz Harris has formed a band, as in ‘an actual band’ band. Harris’ unmistakeable vocals can thus be heard over a sort of shoegaze/indie-pop backing. Helen still maintains an essentially mystic nature, but it is very welcome to hear a whole new side to Harris. The Original Faces is released by Kranky.

Hookworms
Pearl Mystic

This is the 'classic' debut album Leeds psych man band Hookworms. They purvey a kind of heads down, no nonsense kraut boogie which borrows as much from Neu '3' as it does Status Quo 'On the Level'. Moving way into the modern age, it's the kind of album no Spacemen 3 fan should be without. Heavy psych wibbling for all the family.  

Hookworms
The Hum

Third album from Leeds-based psychedelic noise band Hookworms. With a new drummer on board, this is a more confident, leaner and meaner offering from the band Julian Cope described as a "...sub-Zabriskie Point ambient road-movie heat haze-on-the-road sonic wipeout." The limited edition comes on clear vinyl with a free 7" (note the limited edition is long sold out!). Both versions come with free download. 

Ian William Craig
Cradle for the Wanting

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J Dilla
Dillatronic Vol. 3

Premium-grade beat action from the archives of the beloved J Dilla, this time with totally unheard material! The material on Dillatronic Vol. 3 is especially heavy on electronic synth lines, supported by breaks that have that perennially funky Dilla quality. A vinyl treat for Dilla-heads, out on Vintage Vibes / Ma Dukes Official.

Jack White
Lazaretto

The main thing to note about Jack White's second solo album Lazaretto is that it plays from the inside out. Yup stick your needle in the middle and watch it head towards the outer groove. While you are at it you'll have to listen to Jack's increasingly bloated hair-rock  - sort of the exact opposite thing to what he was doing in the White Stripes. But that vinyl huh? Amazing. 

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.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons

Maker of the abstract and turner of the world's axis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one of musique concrète's rocks, using reel to reel tapes and field recordings of the area around his hometown to make half-compositions. He's pretty much always recording the sounds of his life, kind of like if WANDA GROUP was in The Truman Show. A Year With 13 Moons consists of sounds recorded to a stereo tape to create a record that's less fragmented and more sustainably gorgeous -- New Age coming from happy accidents.

Jimi Hendrix
The Cry Of Love

A repressing of the first Jimi Hendrix record to be released after his death, 'The Cry of Love' shows off the guitarist going deep into his extensive guitar lexicon, performing as if with some sort of prescience of his instrument. The record initially came out in 1971 and was affectionately released by Hendrix's old collaborators: Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell are both important figures in the sequencing and producing departments. It's re-released here thanks to Legacy. There's a studio version of "Star Spangled Banner" on here, so phew for that.

Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

‘Peanut Butter’ is twenty five minutes of hyperactive, violently melodic, aggressive, economic pop that’s packed full of tasty hooks and screams from highly acclaimed Cardiff based pop punk ensemble Joanna Gruesome. Recorded in Leeds at Hookworms frontman M.J’s Suburban Homes Studios, the album comes with the following warning: "a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread".

Joanna Newsom
Milk Eyed Mender

This was the time we first heard Joanna Newsom. It was one of those moments where you hear something so original you aren't sure whether to cover your ears or bounce around the room proclaiming a new genius in town. Her's were wandering songs of a distinctly folky tone but played on the most exquisite harp playing of all time. Then she sang, a sort of high-pitched child-like squeak that wandered over the songs like a dog's squeaky toy in search of a resting place. Lovely though.  

Joanna Newsom
Divers

Indies of the world delight! A new record from the unique Joanna Newsom! Five years on from Have One On Me, Divers continues her life-long mission of creating immaculately arranged songs, each seemingly containing a universe. Divers is available from Drag City on diverse formats: double LP, CD, or cassette.

John Cale
Vintage Violence

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John Carpenter
The Fog - New Expanded Edition Original Film Soundtrack

John Carpenter not only directed his 1980 spooky pirate movie The Fog, he also personally soundtracked it. Is there no end to the man’s talents? Dramatic organs and creepy synth arpeggios do an admirable job of setting the tone. And it was remastered by erstwhile collaborator Alan Howarth. This double disc set on Silva Screen contains 20 minutes of music not previously released.

Johnny Marr
Playland

Johnny Marr's first solo album 'The messenger' had some really lovely moments as well as some thrilling ones. Should we worry that Marr is following it up so quickly? Well The Smiths were known for writing briskly so maybe nothing has changed. No soundclips are available (yet) but the press release talks of energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by characteristic guitar style and poised vocal phrasing. We'll see how his voice stands up this time but I'm hoping for some melancholy too amid the adrenalin rush. This is the aqua blue vinyl version by the way. 

Jon Brooks
Walberswick

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Jose Gonzalez
Vestiges & Claws

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Joy Division
Substance 1977-1980

Funny when you reach the stage in a band’s life (or afterlife in this case I suppose) when even the compilations are being reissued. That said, the material remains crucial, always good to have the stuff available on wax. Substance 1977-1980 contains most of your Joy Division favourites, and has been expanded by two tracks.

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.

Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

I'm not sure about pimping a butterfly but Kendrick Lamar certainly knows the smooth. Sampling and influenced by the '70s greats of Parliament, Clinton (George not me) and Marvin Gaye, he twists black anger into new and danceable shapes. Challenging at times but sounds like it's going to be a decent follow up.   

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs / Oddments

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Kreng
Cooties

School-based horror film Cooties (starring Elijah Wood!) has an adventurous original soundtrack accompanying it, courtesy of Belgian producer Kreng. The drama runs strong through this music, which uses trip-hopping beats, lots of synths, and plenty of strings to create tense atmospheres. It stands up to listening in isolation too. On Death Waltz.

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...

Lanterns On The Lake
Beings

Lanterns On The Lake return with Beings, an album that drives forward a little more directly, a little more forcefully, than some of their previous work. Their broad range of instrumentation feeds into vividly detailed song constructions: just the right number of textures to make each track something to explore. Released by Bella Union.

Liz Green
Haul Away!

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Lolina (Inga Copeland)
Relaxin' With Lolina

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Loop
Array 1

For two and half decade, alternative rockers LOOP have left a void in our hearts. And now they think they can make it up to us just by releasing new material. Which they totally can. Array 1 is the first of three releases planned for the coming year, and features 4 new songs. Expect to reminisce, recognize and be surprised.

Love
Forever Changes

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Low
Christmas

Now as much of a christmas standard as "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" by Mel and Kim. Low are the perfect band to soundtrack Christmas, coming as they do from the snow-bound city of Duluth which glistens like Christmas half the year round. This short album combines lovely originals "Just Like Christmas" and "Long Way Around the Sea" with spooky versions of traditional song. It's the perfect soundtrack to my Christmas tradition of driving around the less salubrious neighbourhoods, checking out the houses all ridiculously lit up.  

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.  
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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.

Mac DeMarco
Rock And Roll Night Club

For his debut solo album, Mac DeMarco slowed the tape down so that his voice became a loungey, sleazy baritone and this, mixed with his superb songwriting made for a stunning record which stands alone somewhat in his catalogue. It comes across as a kind of lo-fi take on the dingy Americana of the likes of Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and Dwight Twilley. Later records were more breezy and conventional but this is one of his best.