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March pre-orders (part 1)

Ah, spring. Things coming into leaf. The sun occasionally shining. And lots of lovely records before the awful reality of Record Store Day hits. Let's take a peek at what is upcoming...
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Babyfather
"BBF" Hosted By DJ Escrow

Babyfather -who I think you’ll find is a pseudonym for Dean Blunt, often working alongside Arca (though we've been told by Hyperdub this isn't who it is despite the earlier EP being credited to both - legal ed) is clearly in a archly sarcastic state-of-the-nation mood: just look at that sleeve art! “BBF” Hosted By DJ Escrow is the first full-length attributed to the project, and slides slickly around that murky Blunt territory. Includes ‘Meditation’. On Hyperdub.

Brian Eno
The Ship

A new Brian Eno album is always something to get excited about, but particularly after a four year wait and in collaboration with the iconic Warp records. The Ship is Eno on classic form, creating beautiful ambient music built from minimalist drones. Here he's also particularly fascinated with looping voices and has included a Velvet Underground cover for good measure.

Cat's Eyes
Treasure House

Cat’s Eyes has turned out to be a remarkably durable collaboration: Rachel Zeffira and Faris Badwan (him from The Horrors) recently soundtracked Peter Strickland’s film The Duke Of Burgundy. New album Treasure House is a lush and dramatic piece of audio cinema: all rather enveloping. Released by RAF.

Clark
The Last Panthers

Electronics wizard Clark is back on Warp records. The Last Panthers picks up where his last self-titled album finished; mashing field recordings with precise electronic rhythms and drones. The major difference on this release is that it is the soundtrack to the series of the same name, meaning it is cinematic in scope and relentlessly ambitious.

Cowtown
Castleman

The Too Pure Singles Club team up with eccentric post-punks Cowtown for their Castleman vinyl 7”. The group make a frantic, high-energy guitar music indebted to Devo’s strange experiments and They Might be Giants’ witty lyrics and catchy melodies. All wrapped up on green and black vinyl.

Dead Skeletons
Live In Berlin

Dead Skeletons played the first show of Berlin’s restored SO36, opening proceedings in style with ecstatic psychedelic drone-rock. Live In Berlin is available as a CD, or as a lushly-packaged double vinyl set pressed to coloured wax, wherein the D-side is attractively screen-printed. 1000 copies on Fuzz Club.

Dog Chocolate
Snack Fans

Snack Fans is the energetic debut full-length of London band Dog Chocolate. Shambolic indie-pop-punk is the order of the day, the group apparently racing each other through the short sharp songs. Good fun. As well as your 25 minutes of musical action, you’ll also get a mask packed in with this gatefold LP! On Upset The Rhythm.

Eagulls
Ullages

Leeds favourites Eagulls make a slight move away from the hard-and-fast rush of their debut album with this follow-up. Ullages finds the band diving head first into the territory of 1980’s post-punk: think along the lines of early Cure cut with a little shoegaze. I must say, they wear it well. Released on Partisan Records.

Eric Bachmann
Eric Bachmann

You know Eric Bachmann from his time in Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, but this solo record finds him breaking away from his typical character-based approach for a series of personal songs written around the piano. ‘Mercy’ even has a damn gospel choir. This self-titled new record is a bold step forwards. Released by Merge.

Flying Saucer Attack
Chorus

Chorus compiles a handful of singles, rare compilation tracks and an entire Peel session from experimental rockers Flying Saucer Attack. This is the second of Domino’s set reissuing tough to find works from the band. The balance of heaviness and lightness in the soaring Feedback Song is the template for all of the band’s droning post-rock. On 180 gram vinyl.

Flying Saucer Attack
Further

Further is the last 180 gram vinyl in Domino’s Flying Saucer Attack reissue series, and the only official studio album they are repressing. This record from 1995 finds the band in proper psychedelic form, balancing their drone and shoegaze experiments with ambient music. As always with the group, those gorgeous vocals are never far away.

Flying Saucer Attack
Distance

Domino begin their Flying Saucer Attack reissue project with a tough to find singles compilation from 1994. Distance is a reminder of how influential the group’s spaced-out drone rock has become. Waves of feedback blend with field recordings and distorted vocals to create something harsh and melodic at the same time.

Gareth Davis & Merzbow
Atsusaku


Glitterbust
Glitterbust

Glitterbust is the newest project from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon paired up with Alex Knost. This self-titled cassette and double vinyl LP on Burger Records has a queasy improvisational quality to it; scratch, out of tune guitars blend with whispered vocals and miniature feedback freak-outs.

GNOD
Mirror

More new music from the ever-adventurous Gnod, in the form of 3 stretched-out tracks. Politically-generated rage was the key to the creation of the tracks on Mirror, and the ferocious momentum and bruised anger they carry will prove infectious. Both vinyl and CD versions are packed in mirrorboard sleeves, and the CD / download code includes a Raikes Parade remix.

Gold Panda
Good Luck and Do Your Best

Essex born producer Gold Panda moves from Ghostly International to City Slang for his third album. As ever he is always developing his sound and approach, and with Good Luck and Do Your Best he leans towards warmer and more fully formed ‘songs’ than on his previous release. With Time Eater being an excellent example of which Caribou, Bonobo, and Moderat would be happy.

Harmonia
Documents 1975

Unfortunately (and inadvertently) timed to coincide with the death of core member Dieter Moebius, here is a set of previously unreleased recordings by Harmonia. Documents 1975 has live and studio tracks never before heard by the komische-loving public, all bounced down to cassette tape. On Grönland.

Jeff Buckley
You and I

The recordings on You and I are a remarkable find for Jeff Buckley fans: a clearly-recorded studio session of the great man, performing solo. Covers of The Smiths, Bob Dylan and Sly & The Family Stone are accompanied by previously-unheard spins on 2 originals. This is the first ever release of these intimate recordings. On Columbia / Legacy.

Jlin
Free Fall EP

Following up her astounding, critic-wowing footwork opus Dark Energy from last year, Gary, Indiana resident Jlin deploys the Free Fall EP. Over the 4 tracks, she displays new directions and re-cut takes on older forms, all of it brimming with energy and atypical rhythms. ‘BuZilla’ is a re-versioning of an RP Boo track. 12” on Planet Mu.

Loren Connors & Clint Heidorn
Light

A pair of six-string guitarists: the young Clint Heidorn and the veteran Loren Connors. Light was recorded in a Brooklyn Cathedral, and the listener can almost see the carefully-deployed chords sinking through the spacious dust of the room. This is a single-sided 12” on clear vinyl, packaged with a postcard and 2 pieces of Connors visual art. On Family Vineyard.

Malcolm Middleton
Summer of '13

The ex-Arab Strap songwriter Malcolm Middleton returns with his first solo album in seven years. Summer of ‘13 sees his dark and witty lyrics set to synths and strings as Middleton pays homage to Glasgow’s underground dance culture. This is a collection of bold, romantic and utterly unique songs from a low-key icon.

Marissa Nadler
Strangers

Marissa Nadler’s music tends to be smooth, dark and dramatic: like an image reflected in the shiny black surface of a grand piano. Strangers finds Nadler writing characters, characters who often find themselves in surreal scenarios evoked by rich instrumentation. Strangers is a joint release between Sacred Bones and Bella Union, available as CD or LP.

Minor Victories
Minor Victories

Minor Victories is a new group, perhaps even a supergroup: it comprises members of Editors, Slowdive and Mogwai. Although the original intention was all-out noise, what seems to have arisen is an album of dramatic, vocal-led songcraft. This self-titled debut album is out on Play It Again Sam: white vinyl only available from indie stores!

New Order
Singularity

Electronic art-rockers New Order with the third single from their acclaimed Music Complete album. Bernard Summer’s vocals are as melancholy and bittersweet as ever and the rapid-fire synths and heavy, twisting basline from Peter Hook make Singularity an album highlight. The selection of remixers is impeccable too; Erol Alkan, Mark Reeder, JS Zeiter and Liars.

Peter Jefferies & Jono Lonie
At Swim 2 Birds

Flying Nun reissue At Swim 2 Birds by Peter Jefferies & Jono Lonie for the first time since its release in 1987. This is a true lost gem of New Zealand experimental music. The music is hard to pin down, like a restless DIY chamber music created from manipulated tapes, field recordings and some stunning violin and piano playing.

Rhododendron
One

One is the very limited vinyl LP full-length from Rhododendron and follows from the group’s first in-demand 10” Paris Rendezvous/Le Grind. This duo make a noisy radiophonic racket that has been embraced by daring DJs like Andrew Weatherall. Psychedelic DIY krautrock has never been this catchy.

The Cosmic Dead
Rainbowhead

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 Underground Youth
Mademoiselle

The Underground Youth are a band for whom demand has always outstripped supply, so don’t hang around on this Fuzz Club release of Mademoiselle! This 2010 record was only ever released online before, so this is the first opportunity to get a physical copy of this particular strain of lo-fi psych-folk. CD and 1000-copies-only vinyl editions.
  • Vinyl LP (FC33V12R)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

United Sounds of Joy
United Sounds of Joy

A stunning self-titled debut from United Sounds of Joy. Both artists originally worked together in Dream City Film Club, but as a duo make a downbeat dream-pop with experimental tendencies hidden in catchy hooks.  A really lovely slice of psychedelic noir powered by sultry vocals and elegant arrangements.

Wire
Nocturnal Koreans

After finishing their self-titled 2015 album, post-punk unit Wire discovered they had material that didn’t fit that album’s themes. So, we get Nocturnal Koreans, a compilation of album offcuts that are as jagged and powerful as anything the band have recorded. The freedom of releasing music outside an album structure lets the band properly experiment with composition and sound.