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Alan Howarth
The Lost Empire

A kick-ass soundtrack to a kick-ass movie, reliably reissued on Death Waltz. The Lost Empire is a good-old fashioned international action thriller from 1983, directed by Jim Wynorski. He was one of the lucky directors of that era who got synth-wizard Alan Howarth in to soundtrack their picture, and that’s what we have pressed to 180g wax right here.

Alexis Taylor
Piano

Alexis Taylor steps away from the pop star spotlight of Hot Chip (or indeed the improv lamplight of About Group) for a subtle solo album in a shaded corner. Piano was recorded by Alexis alone, with just his voice and a grand piano, both untreated by effects. New songs and reimagined old ones alike. What a lovely, simple record. On Moshi Moshi.

Amber Arcades
Fading Lines

Heavenly records release Fading Lines, the dreamy debut from Amber Arcades. Beach House’s slow melancholy is an obvious reference for the group, but they add enough unique instrumental touches and electronic textures to stand out. This inventive indie-pop is perfect to drift asleep too. Available on CD and vinyl LP.

BEAK>
Couple In A Hole Soundtrack

Invada have built up a strong reputation for issuing film soundtracks over the last few years, and their latest release finds label-owner (and Portishead co-founder) Geoff Barrow firing up his kraut-pulse trio BEAK> to accompany Tom Geen’s Couple In A Hole. Their uneasy vibe fits the cave setting of the film very nicely.

Beth Orton
Kidsticks

Beth Orton drafted in Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons to Co-produce Kidsticks. Whilst her voice is familiar, the music pushes the singer/songwriter genre to the limit. Beth Orton broke new ground mixing acoustic and electronic music on her debut album Trailer Park back in 1996, On Kidsticks she tears up the rule book again.

Big Deal
Say Yes

Big Deal consider this new record to complete an informal concept trilogy with their first 2 albums, Lights Out and June Gloom. But Say Yes doesn’t feel like an ending: as might be expected from an album that follows a tour supporting Depeche Mode(!), the duo are in full-bore energetic mode. Out on FatCat.

Brad Fiedel
The Terminator

The soundtrack to The Terminator is as classic and as crucial to the canon as the film itself. Where Arnie towers above the puny humans of the movie, Brad Fiedel’s synths tower over the listener. And the drums on that main theme! This release of the soundtrack features remastered audio, and has been mixed and sequenced precisely as the composer intended, unlike some previous releases. On Milan.

Bruce Russell
Howling and Instability at High Volume Settings

Bruce Russell is of course one of the principal guitar-manglers for New Zealand noise-rock heroes The Dead C! He also produces lesser-known solo work, such as the material gathered on the perfectly-titled Howling and Instability at High Volume Settings, a set of guitar / amp interfacings with a gnarly edge. Edition of 400 vinyl copies on Feeding Tube Records.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Ride

The second record from unfathomably popular indie rock group who have proved that having the worst name in the history of pop music and producing music that is by numbers at best is absolutely no hindrance to world domination. Kind of like a Manic Street Preachers without the politics which despite my personal despair leads to a situation a lot of people are very happy with...particularly those at Island records (home to Nick Drake etc).  

Clare Maguire
Stranger Things Have Happened

Clare Maguire hit the depths of despair when her first album didn't work out but thankfully she got herself together, bought a sausage dog and started tentatively posting songs online. This has resulted in her second album in which she has taken control of her music once again. She has a big foghorn of a voice that veers between Lana Del Ray style introspection and massive Adele style honks. People are going to really like this backstory. 

Colder
Goodbye

Colder, the electronics project of Marc Nguyen Tan, hereby releases 2 albums of new material simultaneously! The Rain and Goodbye both have their origins in recordings for Trevor Jackson’s Output label, but have different vibes. The Goodbye is the more dancefloor-oriented of the pair, being laden with slick pulsing rhythms. Released by Bataille.

Dead Can Dance
Spleen & Ideal

Dead Can Dance have always been one of Australia's finest alt-rock exports, approaching post-punk and goth vibes with an experimental eye: on Spleen & Ideal, their 1985 second album, they ditched the guitars you’d expect them to be playing, replacing them with cellos and trombones. Reissued in a replica of the original sleeve, by 4AD.
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Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance have always been one of Australia's finest alt-rock exports, approaching post-punk and goth vibes with an experimental eye: the instrumentation on their 1984 self-titled debut includes Chinese dulcimer instrument the yangqin and some paint tin percussion. Reissued in a replica of the original sleeve, by 4AD.

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall

DJ Shadow broke new ground in the hip-hop world over 20 years ago with his magnum opus Entroducing. His new album, The Mountain Will Fall sees him continuing with his deeply forraged samples and experimental beats whilst also adding traditional song composition and live instruments such as synths, horns and woodwind. There’s a few interesting guests on here too with Run The Jewels and Nils Frahm the most notable of  the contributors.

Flying Saucer Attack
Mirror

'Mirror' was the final Flying Saucer Attack record before their long hiatus that was finally broken by 2015's 'Instrumentals'. It showcases a much more gentle and reflective side to FSA's oeuvre with wispy, folky compositions showcasing a band that seem to be drifting further into space than ever before. 

Ian William Craig
Centres

Ever-prolific tape chemist Ian William Craig is readying yet another record of gorgeous crackle pop. Having broken our hearts with the fragmented opera loops of A Turn of Breath in 2014, he's since released the understated but equally beautiful Cradle For The Wanting for Recital, which consisted of nothing but his vocal run through reel to reels. From there he put out the noisy piano excursions of Zugzwang for Fostex with Patient Sounds and now he returns with Centres, his first record for FatCat's classical imprint 130701. He's one of our favourite artists and this record's early single suggests more accessible and narratively linear songwriting -- and even some percussion. Yes come on.

James Blake
The Colour In Anything

James Blake surprises and delights the musical world with the sudden announcement + release of his third album. Reportedly co-written with Frank Ocean and co-produced with Rick Rubin, The Colour In Anything is another strong set of sad dancefloor smashes and bass-weighted piano ballads, tied together with Blake’s heavily melancholic vocals.

Kaytranada
99.9%

Kaytranada’s has smashed out EPs on Bromance Records, Jakarta, and HW&W Recordings. Now, his muchly anticipated debut album on XL features many guest artists including AlunaGeorge, Craig David, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa, GoldLink and BADBADNOTGOOD. Expect smooth J.Dilla esque beats and MPC grooves galore.

Landing
Third Sight

Connecticut's Landing have been making rural psychedelia for over twenty years but without reaching Flying Saucer Attack like levels of adoration. Those in the know appreciate this band for its ability to distil fuzzed up driftings and blissed out folk that could be compared to prime movers Bardo Pond and Windy and Carl. 

Lone
Levitate

Lone again, naturally. Matt Cutler's been doing this music thing for quite a while now -- 'Levitate', his sixth album under this moniker, gets an upgrade in tempo, revelling in ecstatic breakbeats and a love of jungle. It's a switch up from the arguably chiller music he's been making of late.

Mark Kozelek
Sings Favorites

Mark Kozelek, formerly of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, sure keeps busy. Here he is with a piano-and-voice-based album of covers, taking in choice selections from artists like Modest Mouse, Bob Seger and David Bowie. Sings Favourites also has some guest singing from Will Oldham, Mike Patten and Mimi Parker (of Low). On Caldo Verde.

Melvins
Basses Loaded

This Melvins album is named Basses Loaded because it is packed to the gills with notable bass players, up to a total of 6! As well as the regulars, we have Steve McDonald of Red Kross and OFF!, Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers, and Krist Novoselic of goddamn Nirvana. All contributing to the Melvins maelstrom of low-end heavy. Pow.

Metronomy
Summer 08

Summer 08 by Metronomy recalls a time when musical polymath and mop-haired dreamboat Joe Mount was out night after night constantly drinking and playing gigs in dives to promote his forthcoming second album Nights Out. Mount remembers the time as being “Quite Manic”. Rather than move on, after all he has since made two albums of beautiful indie-pop, he has decided to reminisce about that time on record.

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!

Plaid
The Digging Remedy

Brand new material from Warp electronica veterans Plaid. As ever, they have a patient, subtle approach to sound, much more focused on weaving fine textures then on big obvious ‘moments’. That said, there is some lively beat activity here and no mistake. The Digging Remedy is out on Warp Records.

Quasi
Featuring "Birds"

Featuring “Birds” was the second studio album by Portland, Oregon duo Quasi. They were made up of organist and vocalist Sam Coomes who played in Heatmiser  and has since gone on to a solo career, and drummer Janet Weiss also of Slater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Wild Flag. Around the time of this release in 1998 Quasi were Elliott Smith’s tour support and also played as his backing band. Featuring “Birds” is a lesser-known indie classic.

Sonic Youth
Spinhead Sessions

Here is the sound of Sonic Youth when they were still a very young band (check out the group photo on the sleeve!), rehearsing in 1986. Spinhead Sessions has the band breaking away from the rock and post-punk parts of their early sound, instead pressing into semi-abstract guitar-haze… Never previously released, Spinhead Sessions is now out in the world, courtesy of Goofin’.

Spain
Carolina

Spain is the long-running band project of Josh Haden. Josh’s father was in fact Charlie Haden, the big-deal free jazz bassist who played in Ornette Coleman’s classic quartet, and his recent death appears to have been an influence on the americana-tinged Carolina, the first new music from the group in a while. On Glitterhouse.

Stelvio Cipriani
Rhythmical Movement

A very strong 1980 slice of Italian library music from Stelvio Cipriani, who was obviously commissioned to write some damn-funky sounds the day he took this to the studio. The title Rhythmical Movement is an understatement: this is some fierce disco-funk-rock when it gets going. Edition of 500 LPs, packed in a space-age mirrored sleeve.

Stephen Steinbrink
Anagrams

Now Stephen Steinbrink's previous album 'Arranged Waves' was one of my favourite albums of...um...what year was it again? A truly, undervalued classic. This is his follow up and early indications show the same jangling soft pop at play, perhaps with a few more '70s FM radio influences but that is never a bad thing. Lovely gentle music for fans of Jose Gonzalez, Elliott Smith, Real Estate etc.    

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The final album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential.
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Terry
Terry HQ

With the sad demise of Wogan there's room for another Terry in town. This Terry contain members of Total Control and make music which owes a lot to those scratchy post-punk types. They often sing all together in a kind of communal depressed football team style. For fans of early the Chills, Swell Maps, the Clean and the Go-Betweens I think.   

The Explorers Club
Together

It's safe to say that the Explorers Club are influenced by the Beach Boys. Just look at that album title and sleeve.... then look at this one. They painstakingly try to re-create the post Pet Sounds era of America's finest vocal group adding in a certain amount of '70s schmaltz to the equation. This, their third album nods at the soft rock of the Carpenters and Captain and Tennille which lends parts of the album the feel of late '70s Beach Boys efforts such as 'MIU' and 'Keeping the Summer Alive'.    

The Mercury Program
New Myths

After knocking out three albums in as many years at the turn of the century, The Mercury Program have scattered themselves across the States from their Gainsville, Florida base and slowed production somewhat. New Myths is the 5th album from the post-rock four piece but only their second album in 14 years. Despite the time lag, their music remains lush and Harmonious with subtle rhythm changes and restrained riffs.

The Myrrors
Entranced Earth

Join The Myrrors for another trip into the outer cosmic psych-ways: they know a good short-cut. Entranced Earth, their third album is plenty spaced-out, although without the sonic flab one sometimes encounters on sets like these: The Myrrors are laser-focused on reaching those peaks. On Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.

Throws
Throws

Throws is the new sound of the musicians formerly known as Tunng, nigh on a decade since that project’s last album. The folkishness has mostly faded, and electronics are very much at the fore: this is almost synth-pop at times! Good to see that there is still plenty of interesting life in this resurrected creative relationship. Out on Full Time Hobby.

Various
Typical Girls

Typical Girls takes its title from a lyrics of song by The Slits, and it showcases an array of modern female-fronted bands who’ve taken up their might fem-rock mantle. Awesome punks from around the world are here, including Rakta, The Splits, Slum Of Legs and Shopping. Released on Emotional Response.

Various
A Tribute To Pet Sounds

Can’t go wrong with The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds now can you? This is one of those timeless classics deep enough to withstand endless interpretations, and so the organisers of the Levitation festival have invited a star-studded, psych-streaked cast to cover the whole record. The Shivas, Cosmonauts and The UFO Club are among the many providing their own superb spin. From Reverberation Appreciation Society.

White Zombie
It Came From N.Y.C

It Came From NYC is a compilation of White Zombie’s early LPs and EPs put together by Numero Group to try and perfectly document the band’s gnarled and unsightly, yet marvelous conception, arrival and growth from underground NYC noiseniks to glorious metal heroes. 39 tracks across 5 LPs of 3 CDs with an exhaustive 108 page book.

William Tyler
Modern Country

William Tyler’s music actually is a kind of Modern Country: although his songs are instrumental, and thus not about your wife leaving you, they feel essentially of contemporary rural America. His backing band is fantastic here, including Glenn Kotche of Wilco and frequent Jim O’Rourke collaborator Darin Grey. On Merge.