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February pre-orders

February, what is it good for? Not much, it's like the Tuesday of months, fairly pointless. Anyway to see us through this years record 29 days, we've picked out some exciting records we are looking forward to hearing later in the year. All the vinyl of which qualifies for our Vinyl Price Match.  We've also compiled a wondrous Songdrop of some of the best bits especially for your ears.  
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Fun With Music

a.P.A.t.T reportedly recorded this album with a 10 person line-up wielding 42 instruments: consequently, things sound wild-eyed, highly-varied and generally pretty unhinged. In other words, Fun With Music! Because there is no reason to let good sense stop you making something like this is there? Vinyl release on Pickled Egg.

A Mineral Love

The iconic Warp records bring Bibio’s A Mineral Love to vinyl LP and CD. Bibio is constantly tweaking and developing his sound, and on this album he has shifted towards electronic funk. Here soulful vocals and boogie basslines float on a sad undercurrent. This record is another leap forward for Bibio’s organic, folk-influenced electronica.

Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is back, and he’s brought some pals along too. Bitchin Bajas make an experimental din of synthesizers and horns and together they make Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties a strange and fascinating collaboration. This vinyl LP, CD or cassette is a gleeful combination of minimalism and lyricism.

Black Mountain

JagJaguwar release Black Mountain’s newest slab of ferocious and psychedelic hard rock. Available on CD, black double vinyl LP and very limited white double vinyl LP, IV borrows the tough template of 1970s hard rock, but also blends a jam-band mentality and some analogue synth worship. Here, burnt out organ riffs and choral vocals meet extended improv.
  • Vinyl Double LP (JAG277LP-C1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Brave Timbers

Brave Timbers began life as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kemp but on Hope Andrew Scrogham joins to flesh out her subtle compositions with mournful piano. This vinyl LP from Gizeh draws on ambient and neo-classical forms, the piano and violin create a dream-like atmosphere, but Kemp also knows how to write emotive and memorable melodies.

DMX Krew
You Exist

Veteran producer (under a plethora of names) DMX Krew lands 9 new tracks of shiny electronics, showcasing an easy mastery of synth-pop, electro, IDM and techno, built up over a lengthy career. The melodies are damn fine and the rhythms are moveable: You Exist gives off fun vibes all round. Released by Hypercolour.

Explosions In The Sky
The Wilderness

The post-rock veterans return to claim their rightful position. The Wilderness is a reminder of just how grand, intimate and emotive Explosions in the Sky can be. Their instrumental, and experimental, rock is formed from tight, innovative playing and the dense interplay of textures and sounds. This is their first non-soundtrack album since 2011 and comes on very fancy double vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BELLA537V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Foo Fighters
Saint Cecilia EP

Saint Cecilia EP by American rock behemoths Foo Fighters was initially released as a download in November 2015 and was dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. The 5-track EP features guest performances from indie-pop singer/songwriter Ben Kweller and blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Limited edition vinyl 12” on RCA.

Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

While you're still scratching your head working out why Batman and Superman are fighting (other than an excuse to make another superhero blockbuster), Hans Zimmer and Mad Max composer chum Junkie XL touch some keys and strings and maybe even honk some big horn bwwwoooongs in a probably successful attempt to capture world-shattering action. Whatever happened to world-trembling action? Why do we only watch stuff when the entire world's at stake?

Iggy Pop
Post Pop Depression

Post Pop Depression finds Iggy Pop working with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, a mighty pairing if ever there was one. Gnarly action with Iggy’s urban swagger and Homme’s rugged desert vibes: the rest of the band is made up of members of The Dead Weather and Arctic Monkeys. On Rekords Rekords.

James Holden & Camilo Tirado / Luke Abbott
Outdoor Museum of Fractals / 555Hz

DJ, producer and Border Community label head James Holden pairs with artist and producer Luke Abbott for 70 minutes of trippy and minimal synthesizer drone. The two pieces on this double vinyl LP split (with download code) were composed for Terry Riley’s 80th birthday and fittingly are extended, improvised drones influenced by Riley’s hypnotic and percussive music.


Jega has been in the electronic scene from the mid ‘90s, having released albums on PLANET MU and here on Skam Records. He’s always produced warm, slowly pulsating electro and on this album, 1995, we return to the beginning with a collection of previously unreleased tracks from his debut. It’s a genuine slice of 1990’s electro and a gripping one at that.   

John Carpenter
Lost Themes II

The horror master returns with a swiftly followed up sequel to his 2014 album 'Lost Themes'. Several collaborators from that project remain including Carpenter's son Cody but this time the composers had the luxury of spending time collaborating in the same city. This has led to a more focussed work with a wider palette of sounds. Next stop for Carpenter? The road. 

Kiran Leonard

Kiran Leonard is an indecently good musician, bearing in mind his tender age of 20. This isn’t even his debut… Grapefruit has lots to show off, from fully rock-action passages to chamber orchestra sections and even some radio hiss ambience, all cemented by Leonard’s remarkable voice. Released by the Moshi Moshi label.

La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela
Dream House 78’17”

At last, reissues of extremely rare LPs by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela: this one hasn’t been available on wax since the 70’s. Dream House 78’17” (the title signifies the length of the record: somehow, they’ve managed to fit twice the usual amount onto this vinyl) contains a pair of deep, spiritual drone pieces to transport the mind. Remastered and released on Les Series Shandar.

Long Way Home

Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, a highly-capable singer and producer of mournful neo-synth-soul. Long Way Home documents some of the wild changes that have resulted from the success of previous albums. This personal touch carries through every aspect of Long Way Home, as Lapsley largely self-produces. On XL Recordings.

For A Reason

Lifetones was the post-This Heat project of Charles Bullen, in which he worked with Julius Samuel to incorporate West Indian reggae flavours into his music. It’s less bleak and out-there than This Heat, but still retains an unusual, uncomfortable edge: repetition and chants featuring heavily. Remastered reissue on Light In The Attic.


LNZNDRF is a new band, but its members are pretty thoroughly experienced. We have the two Devendorf brothers from The National working alongside Ben Lanz, a frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and Beirut. This self-titled debut is boiled down from lengthy rock improvisations, and sounds accordingly fresh. Clear vinyl LP on 4AD.

Reel To Real

Love wrapped up their career over 40 years ago with Reel To Real, a classically funky selection from Arther Love and the gang. This double LP reissue (first time on vinyl in decades) accompanies the original record with 11 never-before-heard tracks, a mixture of alternate takes and unreleased original songs(!). Plus a lengthy, comprehensive booklet.

Mark Wynn
The Singles

Pissed-off wordsmithery from Mark Wynn, labelmate and recent tourmate of Sleaford Mods. The Singles compiles the highlights from a range of hard-to-find self-released CDs, a selection of acoustic frustration with an excellent bleak humour. 500 LP copies with a 20-page booklet of visual materials, on Harbinger Sound.

Ultimate Care II

Musical eccentrics Matmos are back on Thrill Jockey with more high-concept funny business. On Ultimate Care II their electronic experiments are constructed entirely from sounds produced by, or on, their washing machine. With the help of some friends (including Dan Deacon) the sounds are processed, sampled, sequenced and mashed into oblivion. The results are complex percussive outbursts that bring to mind a more pop-inclined Autechre.

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne recorded moogmemory using 80’s synth oddity the Memorymoog, and nothing but the Memorymoog. That means that the idiosyncratic sequencing within each track is a product of the memory banks of the vintage machine. Better known as a pianist, it seems Bourne has a knack for old electronics. Released by the Leaf Label.

Meilyr Jones

Meilyr Jones’ album 2013 is intended to convey to the listener the experience of being Meilyr Jones during the year 2013, which it achieves through the medium of broadly orchestrated melodic pop songs. As well as Jones’ vocals, we have trombones, choirs, french harps, bassoons and plenty else contributing to the sound of 2013. Out on Moshi Moshi.

Magnetic Seasons

Since 2003 Mugstar have been making their distinctive krautrock influenced psychedelic music. They impressed John Peel and collaborated with Can’s Damo Suzuki. On Magnetic Seasons, on double vinyl LP and CD from Rock Action, they capture the heavy instrumental post-rock sound that they’ve developed through energetic live shows.

Pet Shop Boys

The consistently great Pet Shop Boys do what they do best; sad-eyed synth-pop with catchy hooks and potent melodies. Super is the duo’s first album since 2013’s Electric and is released on vinyl LP and CD on their own label. This record has a modern dance-pop sound, but the pair still have an ear for timeless songcraft and arrangements.

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From snippets we’ve heard it sounds like she has returned to the punchy and riff-heavy indie-rock of albums such as Dry, Rid of Me and Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Should be good then!

Presents for Sally / 93MillionMilesFromTheSun
An Arms Reach Away / Darkness Inside

Great pink and yellow swirl vinyl LP from Wrong Way Records. This split album presents music from Presents for Sally and 93MillionMilesFromTheSun. Presents for Sally make a noisy, shoegaze influenced rock with emotive vocals and colossal droning riffs and 93MIllionMilesFromTheSun push a similar template even further, burying instruments and vocals under a wall of effects and processing. An inspired combination from the label.

Primal Scream

Veteran funky-psych-rocking gang Primal Scream are back, with their 11th studio album to date. Titled Chaosmosis, the record seems to find Bobby Gillespie and his merry crew delving back into the sleek, tight grooves of some of their slickest past work. Released on the First International label as CD or vinyl.

Pye Corner Audio

Our Head Technician returns with more results from his laboratory controlled experiments. This time it's a seven track album on More Than Human (the label that brought you Jon Brooks 'Walberswick'). Limited to 500 copies this is not going to be found in all record stores so you want to get in quick if you want to secure your copy. Early previews have the technician prowling around in eerie beatless acidy squelsh. 

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place
You're Doomed. Be Nice.

Returning from self-imposed exile, prolific math rock wonder Rob Crow has assembled a band and begun making jittery US indie-punk again. You’re Doomed. Be Nice, on vinyl LP and CD from Temporary Residence, is immediately recognizable as a Rob Crow record; his relaxed vocals and tense, jagged guitars are all there. This is an important reminder of why he has become a low-key legend.

Sarah Neufeld
The Ridge

Fresh from her stunning, album-of-the-year-from-Norman-Records-award-winning collaboration with Colin Stetson (who also guests here), Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld puts out her second solo record. The Ridge takes her violin to higher planes of hypnotic, dramatic melodicism. Also features Tim Hecker! On SN Music.

Slasher Film Festival Strategy
Psychic Shield

The Death Waltz label has become the definitive horror OST reissue label, and with their Death Waltz Originals series they have begun pressing new music which meets the same standards. The Slasher Film Festival Strategy make eerie synth soundscapes for films which don’t exist. Psychic Shield is a tale of flesh-eating witches and its imagined soundtrack is a bleak blend of analogue synths and ice-cold textures.

Steven James Adams
Old Magick

Steven James Adams made his name in Broken Family Band, but now singer-songwriters solo. Old Magick is his second solo record, a melodic and thoughtful outing. Personnel on the record includes members of The Drink, but Old Magick finds Adams stripping things down a bit compared to his solo debut. CD or 180g LP on Fortuna POP!


Suuns are back, following on from their successful collaboration with Jerusalem In My Heart. Hold/Still has all the minimal slinkiness of previous releases, the low end pulsating around sharp guitars and murmured Clinic-esque vocals. Released by Secretly Canadian, with an independent-store-exclusive option of coloured vinyl.

The Durutti Column
Live at The Venue

Live At The Venue is a 1982 live album from The Durutti Column, reissued now on their very own imprint. Durutti favourites from return of... , LC and Another Setting are performed with verve and vigour. This vinyl re-release has been fully remastered and given brand new artwork, with a free CD version thrown in too.
  • Vinyl LP (LOTTA002)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The Hanging Stars
Over The Silvery Lake

Debut full-length from The Hanging Stars, a London gang who spent time in California during the recording of the album. Whatever is in the air out there seems to have seeped into Over The Silvery Lake, which stretches itself out in classic 60’s style, as if on a cool-breeze beach. Out on The Great Pop Supplement.

The Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You've Come To Expect

The Last Shadow Puppets was what we thought a one off collaboration between Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane but now they are back all grown up with a second album. While their debut was excellent piece of cinematic pop, lead single here "Bad Habits' is a growling piece of rawk. Early indications say 'expansive' - we'll see about that but in any case this will be much sought after, particularly the indies-only edition with a bonus 7".  

The Magnetic North
Prospect Of Skelmersdale

The Magnetic North are a group firmly dedicated to a sense of place: here they follow up their last record, Orkney Symphony, with Prospect Of Skelmersdale, a set of songs grounded in the titular town. More than a touch of hauntology is present in these yearning folkish numbers. On Full Time Hobby, with the CD version presented in a bookpack casing.

The Thermals
We Disappear

The Thermals are an old-school punk-rock band, their tracks bursting with a sense of abandon. The Portland trio have been doing this for years, so all the elements (howled vocals, guitars to put a smile on your face) are perfectly in place; time hasn’t dulled their thrill though. Available on CD, or in a clear vinyl edition that is limited to just 400 copies. Out on Saddle Creek

Tim Hecker
Love Streams

Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik studio. CD or double LP on 4AD.