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February pre-orders (part 2)

Most of our top selling records each week haven't even come out yet, so let's take another look at things that are due later on in that thing we call 2016. Remember, pre-order now and you'll get them on release day.* *probably 
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Black Peaches
Get Down You Dirty Rascals

Debut full-length album from Black Peaches, a new project from the very busy Rob Smoughton, who has worked in Hot Chip and Scritti Politti and as Grovesnor. Get Down You Dirty Rascals is a fine excursion into swamp-funk, recorded with a tight-but-loose band made up of members of Cold Specks and The Severed Limb. Released on 1965 Records.

Causa Sui
Return To Sky

Spaced-out krautrock impressions from Causa Sui. They bring the tight loops and grooves of a minimal rock group, but add in some slowed down stoner freak-outs. Return to Sky on El Paraiso Records is unapologetically psychedelic, full of heavy riffing, massive drums and surreal breakdowns that sound like something borrowed from Ennio Morricone.

Colin Stetson
presents: SORROW - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

A remarkable release here: saxophone titan Colin Stetson has arranged Henryk Gorecki’s much loved 3rd Symphony (one of the best-selling classical works ever) for an ensemble of electronics, guitars and woodwinds that includes members of Liturgy and Arcade Fire. It is a fascinating new spin on the piece: nice on Stetson. On 52Hz.

Com Truise
Silicon Tare

Playful synth experiments from the eccentric Com Truise. Silicon Tare on vinyl 12” is the artist’s first release for almost two years, and his sound is as off-kilter as ever. 1980s pop music is warped and accelerated into a queasy blend of synth-pop and shiny house. Com Truise has a knack for complex interlinked melodies that are almost unbearably catchy.

Asphalt For Eden

Welcome to the first new Dälek release since Gutter Tactics, released a whole 7 years ago! Asphalt For Eden reawakens their mission to meld hip-hop with experimental sonics, with  a line-up that now includes DJ rEk and Mike Swarmbots in addition to MC Dälek himself. Released on the Profound Lore label.

The Composite Moods Collection Vol. 1: House Number 44

Dalhous are back on Blackest Ever Black and as melancholy as usual. The Composite Moods Collection Vol. 1: House Number 44 on double vinyl LP deals with the idea of how people live together closely for long periods of time. This is expressed musically with longform drones, degraded samples and intimate synthesizer passages.

Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini
Desert Songs

Dawn Landes and Piers Faccini make intimate acoustic music that draws on American and English folk traditions. Desert Songs is a limited vinyl 12” on Beating Drum records and it showcases their wonderful collaboration. Their joint vocals create exquisite harmonies and their complex finger-picking styles gradually become interlinked.

EZ Listening Muzak

Futurismo repress this compilation of muzak covers Devo recorded of their own songs and sold via their fan club. This bizarre material pushes the witty, eccentric and utterly unique Devo sound in an even more extreme direction. EZ Listening Muzak comes with a wealth of wacky Devo merchandise and although it is available as a CD boxset, the vinyl LP set comes in antique walnut or lava lamp colour!

Emitt Rhodes
Rainbow Ends

Rainbow Ends is the fifth album, but first since 1973, by Emitt Rhodes. Rhodes was the principal songwriter in the short-lived ‘60s American psych-pop band The Merry-Go Round. He followed his time in the band with four solo albums of melodic, McCartney-esque sunshine pop. On Rainbow Ends he is backed by a band that features Roger Joseph Manning Jr of Jellyfish, Jason Faulkner and Taylor Locke. Guests include Susannah Hoffs, Jon Brion and Nels Cline and Pat Sansone from Wilco.

Gesloten Cirkel
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Achieving a 4.5 rating on Resident Advisor with a debut album is a pretty big deal -- but hey, this is a pretty great album. With the Netherlands now a hotbed for the weirder edges of house and techno, Gesloten Cirkel is way out on the weirdest edge in every sense - even their identity is shrouded in mystery. This double 12” on Murder Capital moving quickly, so worth getting whilst you can.

Golden Teacher
Sauchiehall Enthrall

Golden Teacher have been crushing Glaswegian dancefloors with their heavily loaded melange of dance genres for some time now: this new four-track EP gives another chance to hear them captured on record. The infectious Sauchiehall Enthrall has been self-released by the band in an edition of 500 copies.

Space Ritual

The crowning achievement for space rockers Hawkwind, Space Ritual captures a blistering live show from 1972. Rhino bring this monstrous double LP back to vinyl again. These extended freak-out jams, complete with spoken word sections, screeching riffs and berserk electronic breakdowns are how Hawkwind are meant to be experienced.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0825646120758)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Heron Oblivion
Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion are a new group, assembled from members of a remarkable selection of bands: Comets On Fire, Howlin’ Rain and Six Organs Of Admittance are all represented, and Meg Baird leads the proceedings. This self-titled debut has a classic 60’s psychedelic sound, Baird’s voice setting the tone. 

Ital Tek

Revered label Planet Mu unveil Ital Tek’s noisy and experimental Hollowed. Tossing out his previous work, this record now has more in common with sound design, dark ambient and Ben Frost than his earlier experiments with dubstep and bass music. But don’t fear, there’s still percussion; heavy, colossal and speaker destroying percussion.

John Williams
Black Sunday - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Black Sunday is a 1977 terrorism thriller movie, soundtracked with typical dramatic aplomb by John Williams himself. This soundtrack has never previously been released on vinyl, and Mondo have really embraced the occasion, die-cutting bullet holes into the gatefold sleeve of the double LP, which includes a side’s-worth of bonus tracks.

Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Singing Saw is the third solo album by former Woods bassist and founder of The Babies, Kevin Morby. It is the follow up to 2014’s Still Life. He worked with a host of musicians including Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds guitarist Sam Cohen, singer Hannah Cohen and John Andrews of Quilt, who played the eponymous singing saw. Available on limited edition indies only coloured vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD. On Dead Oceans.

Loretta Lynn
Full Circle

Loretta Lynn is a beloved country and western superstar, but she is also an incredibly talented songwriter and arranger. On Full Circle, her first album in a decade, the 83-year old's songs of loss and heartbreak are as sharp as ever. She has also assembled a great band, and the mournful slide guitar, dingy bar piano and energetic fiddle sound lovely.

Blind Spot

A full two decades down the line, brand new music from Lush appears! What a time to be alive. After such a time apart, it is impressive to hear how smoothly the members of the band slip back into their roles: the 4 tracks of Blind Spot are immediately recognisable from the lyrics, the melodies, and the production. On Edamame.

Magic Wands

Following their highly acclaimed previous album which scored them an impressive run of support slots with bands including The Kills, The Horrors, The Breeders and The Black Keys, indie pop, psyche rockers Magic Wands return with this ambitious, self produced album ‘Jupiter’ which is monument to modern rock built upon layers of guitar textures overlayed by melodic pop vocals.

Mary Lattimore
At The Dam

More essential material from Mary Lattimore, the Baltimore-based harpist who puts her instrument through subtly-tweaked delay with astounding effects. At The Dam was inspired by an American road trip, with much of the album apparently recorded in the desert and in the mountains. LP release on Ghostly International.

Massive Attack
Ritual Spirit

After six years the legendary trip-hop group return with Ritual Spirit, on 12” vinyl. This EP borrows from Massive Attack's past with Tricky, but also includes collaborations with new artists who share their dark and dense sound, including Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. The music is heavy, varied and always claustrophobic.

No Manchester

No Manchester by Mexrrissey is a Mexican tribute to Morrissey. Camilo Lara, a Mexican DJ, producer and founder of M.I.S.(Mexican Institute of Sound) and bandleader Sergio Mendoza, who has worked with Calexico, have gathered together a crack team of top notch Mexican musicians to pay homage to the gladioli waving singer. Limited edition vinyl LP on Mexican Flag coloured vinyl.

Bona Drag

This 1990 compilation of Morrissey’s first run of singles and b-sides made for one of his best albums. Besides the hits (Sudehead, Everyday Is Like Sunday, November Spawned A Monster), he’d continued the Smiths tradition of hiding the odd gem on a b-side or the flip of a 12” (the self-deprecating Disappointed comes to mind). The expanded edition adds a few previously unreleased numbers, bringing the total to 20. Remastered 20th anniversary edition on CD or double LP.

Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Rough Trade.

Pere Ubu
Architecture of Language

One-of-a-kind post-punkers Pere Ubu get the box-set treatment. Architecture of Language brings together four remastered vinyl LPs, New Picnic Time (1979), The Art Of Walking (1980), Song Of The Bailing Man (1982) and a new collection of extras. The perfect music here runs from punk, to shronking free jazz with some funk and glam thrown in too. The set comes with a lovely poster and download codes as well.

Philip Glass
Candyman 2 – Farewell To The Flesh

One Way Static release modernist composer Philip Glass’ unlikely soundtrack to Candyman 2 - Farewelll to the Flesh. On this first pressing vinyl LP there are creepy, repetitive motifs that gradually blur together, choral voices and baffling organ arpeggios. An astonishing soundtrack. This is surely the only release this year to satisfy horror soundtrack buffs and fans of minimal twentieth century classical music.

PJ Harvey
The Wheel

PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is coming in the summer, and from it we have been given The Wheel on single sided 7”. Layers of claps, rolling percussion and playful field samples set a base for Harvey’s poignant heavy ballad which, as ever creates a strong sense of time and location.


Qluster is the third formation of minimal kosmische pioneers Kluster and Cluster. Original member Hans-Joachim Roedelius brings the group’s techno-futurism actually into the future, sharpening the rich synthesizer compositions of the original group with the newest technology. Echtzeit focuses on extended, improvised electronic and ambient music.

Richard Youngs
Varispeed Etudes

Richard Youngs experimental take on music is exemplified on Varispeed Etudes - and album of two halves which is tied together by the varispeed pitch control used with reel-to-reel tapes. Side one shows his warped electronica experiments, over-laid with his distinctive english vocals whilst side two contains shorter, atonal and creeping soundscapes. Limited to 300 copies.

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
Love Letter For Fire

Love Letter For Fire by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop is an eclectic collection of unique folk and pop. Beam brings the wit and melancholic guitar of his Iron & Wine project, whilst Hoop contributes her experimental songwriting. The male-female harmonies are beautiful and an all-star band, including Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, flesh out these delicate folk-rock ditties.

The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

It goes without saying that when a band’s debut album sells more than a million copies that their follow-up will be eagerly awaited. Well, folks, the wait is over as the new album by The 1975 is here! Snappily titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, it takes the catchy hooks and expansive and electrifying alt. rock of their self-titled debut to the next level.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
La Façon Dont La Machine Vers l'Arrière

Anton Newcombe’s boys are back. On this vinyl 7”, titled La Façon Dont La Machine Vers l'Arrière, The Brian Jonestown Massacre make an overdriven stomp with distorted breakbeats and melodica riffing. As always they are predictably unpredictable. The A1 Lover remix on the other side is very nice too.

The Coral
Distance Inbetween

Distance Inbetween marks the return of psychedelic indie-rock band The Coral. Six years have passed since 2010’s Butterfly house, which was the first album without guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. The band are still helmed by James Skelly but now welcome ex-Zutons guitarist Paul Malloy, who also played with drummer Ian Skelly in Serpent Power, into the fold. The album was influenced by the books of Richard Yates, the graphic novels of Alan Moore, classic toys from the 1980s, Krautrock and Muddy Waters.

The Cosmic Dead

Typically wild new action from The Cosmic Dead, the Glaswegian psych-heavyweights. Rainbowhead features the group raging their way through jams that are weighty, frantic, riff-tastic and experimental all at the same time. This LP is pressed to ‘coke bottle clear’ vinyl (ooh!) on Blackest Rainbow, in a limited edition of 900 copies.

The Field
The Follower

Kompakt bring us The Field’s The Follower on CD and 180 gram vinyl. This album is six tracks of luscious long-form techno made from his trademark dense loops and beautiful textures. With even more of a kosmische element, this release is the perfect melancholic headphone music to drift off with.

Of Desire

The second record from KVB does an excellent job mixing synthesizers and a bass-heavy rock throb with classic-style dramatic vocals. Of Desire could have emerged from one of the late 80’s finer bands. Made at Invada studios using some wonderful synths and released on Geoff Barrow's very own Invada label.

The Orb

Rave pioneers The Orb are back on Kompakt with this 12” vinyl. On Alpine it’s as if the psychedelic electronica icons never went away; swirling samples are blended with synth pads and groovy percussion. This downbeat collection of droning dance music borrows from trip hop, minimal techno and ambient house.

The Oscillation

The Oscillation do have oscillating synths embedded in their sound, but for the most part they mine a more space-rocky seam. Their fourth album, Monographic, follows on from successful remixes for Fat White Family and Simian Mobile Disco. Released as a CD and in 2 vinyl editions: the regular black wax is pressed to 600 copies, the white just 400. On Hands In The Dark.

The Bristol Roots Explosion

Bristol has a reputation as the home of UK soundsystem culture and The Bristol Roots Explosion gives a small and fascinating glimpse why. This exclusive vinyl LP compilation collects roots reggae tunes from the West Country. This deep, soulful and inventive musical culture created local legends like Dennis Bovell and Talisman, who's work is now almost impossible to track down. Until now, that is.