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A Grave With No Name
Wooden Mask

A Grave With No Name is, obviously, not a cheerful project, but there is a stark beauty to Alexander Shields’ music under the name. Wooden Mask is a set of desolate experimental post-folk, “a meditation on renewal”. Vinyl and cassette editions are available, via the well-named Forged Artifacts label.

Air
Twentyears

It’s time to retrospectively enjoy Air, and enjoy them we will. The French electronic duo have been making music for 20 years now, so they’ve called this ‘best of’ compilation Twentyears. The album features their career’s greatest hits such as Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch The Stars along with 14 rare and live tracks.

Annette Peacock
I'm The One

Absolutely bonkers but hugely ahead of its time sonic jazz exploration from Salvador Dali collaborator, moog pioneer and friend of Albert Ayler. If this doesn't give you an idea of what to expect then think long and hard about Nina Simone on acid. Peacock has finally got the rights back for this long unavailable classic so here it is again in all its glory remastered and with unseen photos. 

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD fuse jazz, krautrock and hip-hop on IV to sound something like what could only be described an incredible jam session between John Coltrane, Arthur Russell, Can, Herbie Hancock and MF Doom. IV is the follow-up to last year’s Sour Soul - a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah.

Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

On the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everything All The Time, Seattle’s Band Of Horses release their fifth album Why Are You OK. The album contains all the melodic hooks and the stories the band are known for. This time however, the album is informed by top horse Ben Bridwell’s time songwriting at home whilst looking after his daughters. The album was produced by Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle with the help of the legendary Rick Rubin.

Bat For Lashes
The Bride

After time spent dabbling with the Sexwitch side-project, Natasha Khan returns to her original moniker for the first Bats For Lashes album in 4 years. At the core of the record is the dark tale of The Bride, a figure whose husband-to-be is killed in a car crash: a suitable narrative for Khan’s darkly ornate, shiny-black production style. On Parlophone.

Belly
Star

Let’s take it back to the world of 90’s indie rock with this reissue of Belly’s debut album. Star is what happened after Tanya Donelly split from Breeders and Throwing Muses and ganged up with her brothers: catchy guitar pop for the alt crowd. Double LP reissue on stylish marbled vinyl , with bundled CD edition. Reissued by 4AD.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad is a collection of classic American Railroad songs recorded by Billy Bragg and American singer/songwriter Joe Henry as they travelled, by train, the best part of 3000 miles in four days between Chicago and Los Angeles. The recordings were made in waiting rooms and beside the tracks as people got on and off the train. The pair’s intention was to reawaken a connection with the culture of American rail travel.

Blossoms
Getaway

Stockport’s indie five-piece Blossoms are destined for big things. They’ve certainly had a good 2016 so far: They came 4th in the BBC’s new music poll and their last single, At Most A Kiss shot to number one in the iTunes chart. Getaway is their new single and it was produced by James Skelly of The Coral and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Limited coloured vinyl 10".

Blossoms
Blossoms

Blossoms are an indie band from Stockport. Their stock is rising fast in 2016: they came 4th in the BBC’s new music poll and their first single, At Most A Kiss shot to number one in the iTunes chart. Its follow-up Getaway also proved to be a success and they’ve wowed with an appearance on Later...with Jools Holland. Expect big things with their self-titled debut album.

Bracken
High Passes

Excitement alert. Brand new album from Chris Adams (Hood/Downpour/On Fell etc) under his Bracken moniker. Now you will all remember that his previous album 'Exist/Resist' won our coveted Album of the Year award in 2014, previous to that he released his debut 'We Know About the Need' on Anticon and go even further back in time you'll remember his group Hood with albums such as 'Cold House' (2001). This new opus is an incredibly diverse and ambitious work spread over 2LPs showcasing his distinctive brand of hip-hop influenced electronic production skills and heartfelt song craft. 

case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs

The low-key name case/lang/viers and the subtle promotion around this album shields the fact that this is Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Viers we are dealing with here, 3 top-of-the-line singer-songwriters. The star quality shines through this smooth collection of grown-up pop music, released by Anti.

Dag Rosenqvist
elephant

Elephant by Swedish composer and musician Dag Rosenqvist takes the quiet/loud dynamic to its extremes at both ends of the scale. At times it is subtle and fragile, whilst at others a furious wall of distortion will converge on the listener. The six tracks will steal phrases, structures and melodies from each other to create a musical concept connecting the album as a whole. CD on Dronarvium, limited to 300 copies.

De La Soul
and the Anonymous Nobody

Sunny hip-hop legends De La Soul have a brand new album, their first in quite some time. and the Anonymous Nobody has a vintage feel, with soulful funky samples that are actually newly recorded under the instructions of the group. Classic De La Soul then, plus guest contributions from Snoop Dogg, Usher and David Byrne. In AOI Records.

Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Fresh from his recent purchase of a brand new VW Golf, J Mascis returns with his legendary band to prove that he still knows as much about slacker indie rock as he does about best value family hatchbacks. There's a limited coloured vinyl edition that we presume will be just as popular as Volkswagen's flagship brand.      

Exploded View
Exploded View

Exploded View is the latest project of Anika, the haunted-voiced German artiste. The group is the result of a trip to Mexico, where Anika played shows with a lineup of Mexican musicians who turned out to be great creative partners: they improvised each of these dubby post-punk cuts live in one take only! Debut album on Sacred Bones.

Godflesh
Selfless

Originally released in 1994, and hailed as one of Godflesh’s greatest works, Selfless gets a reissue though its original label, Earache. Melding metal riffery with industrial drum programming Justin Broadrick and Christian Green set a benchmark with pretty much every Godflesh release, and it’s great to revisit them.

Helen Tookey & Sharron Kraus
If You Put Out Your Hand

Helen Tookey’s poetry engages with nature and landscape whilst steering clear of most of the pitfalls of that area. This release is a 32 page book of her poems, paired with a CD of Tookey intoning her words over the delicate folk of Sharron Kraus. 250 copies of this lovingly-presented set, on Wounded Wolf Press.

Huerco S.
For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Soft and soothing underwater ambient techno from one of the masters of the genre.  Huerco S. drops what could be a landmark missive that is sure to appeal to fans of Deepchord, Gas and Basic Channel. Delicious and serene sounds for your laid back summer listening.  Double vinyl only.   

Jambinai
A Hermitage

Strange one this from the normally safe-as-houses Bella Union. Jambinai are a South Korean trio who marry post rock dynamics with Korean folk roots using a mixture of exotic stringed things. They create droning mantra's that explode into shards of noise that is certainly not for the faint hearted but is already finding fans in our office. 
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA535V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

John Williams
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Just can't beat that high-drama Star Wars score can you? This might be one of John Williams’ biggest achievements in a long career of scoring films: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope introduces all the key themes that would go on to reign over the series. High resolution mastering, pressed to 2 audiophile-grade 180g LPs: gold ones!

Ladyhawke
Wild Things

Wild Things is the third album by Ladyhawke, aka New Zealand singer/songwriter Pip Brown. Three singles have been released from this already - Sweet Fascination, Dangerous and A Love Song - and if they’re anything to go by then Wild Things is a return to the fabulous synth-pop of her 2009 eponymous debut.

MJ Guider
Precious Systems

Influenced by the landscape around her New Orleans home, Melissa Guion has made a record of pastoral drifting electronic haze that coupled with her dream like, affected voice makes the whole thing sit somewhere between Grouper and early Cocteau Twins. Therefore she is almost the perfect artist for Kranky. On initial listen this has something to suggest that it could have lasting appeal to fans of rural psychedelics.  

Nite Jewel
Liquid Cool

Her first album in four years, Liquid Cool brings Nite Jewel back with a danceable slice of indie pop and chilled, synth-ridden instrumentation. The press release says it’s “Janet Jackson produced by Kraftwerk”. I can see where it’s coming from with Nite Jewel’s ethereal vocals drifting above the chomping mechanics of the instrumentation.  

Parlour
Parlour

Parlour is what various members of Papa M, Crain and The For Carnation do away from their ‘day jobs’: play a different brand of alternative guitar music. They’ve surfaced and resurfaced numerous times during their 2 decade tenure, and this self-titled full-length is their fourth. Tight, heavy rock music with extra synths and riffs. On Temporary Residence.

Paul Draper
EP ONE

EP One is the solo debut release of former Mansun frontman Paul Draper. Over the three tracks Draper gives us a revenge-themed rock ‘n’ roll blunderbuss, a 6-minute epic that could soundtrack a spy movie and a shimmering pop song. Mansun fans will be clammering to get their mitts on this.
  • Vinyl LP (KSCOPE927)
  • £13.49 £8.09 (saving: £5.40)
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  • Last copy

PAWS
No Grace

Pop punkers Paws have reached the sort of crossroads where they had to give up or go shiny. So they've enlisted the Blink 182 producer and made the sort of big pop thing that will make or break them. It's angsty skateboard-friendly pop rock with plenty of tunes to thrash your head around to enthusiastically. 

Peter, Bjorn and John
Breakin' Point

Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn and John were going to call their 7th album Thriller 2, which would have been nice. In the end they plumped for Breaking Point. In contrast to the power pop sound on their previous album Gimme Some they’ve gone for big pop songs here, influenced by the ease with which fellow Swedes Abba made it all look so easy.
  • Vinyl LP (NGRD113)
  • £18.49 £11.09 (saving: £7.40)
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  • Last copy

Pig Destroyer
Painter Of Dead Girls

Here is a re-issue of the Virginia grind legends most feral and sonically powerful album the long unavailable 'Painter of Dead Girls'. Then a bass-less power trio, the album captures their sound at it's most disgusting and adds three unreleased tracks as well as new artwork, lyrics and photos. Looks like this propulsive album has finally got the deluxe release it deserves.   

Pink Floyd
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the debut album by Pink Floyd and their only album to be recorded under the stewardship of founding member Syd Barrett. It was released in 1967 - Barrett was fired midway through the recording of its follow-up A Saucerful of Secrets. Piper at the Gates of Dawn is highly regarded as a British psychedelic classic and definitely their most wonderfully strange recording.
  • Vinyl LP (0825646493197)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Delivered

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are a Melbourne band who play a slackery kind of indie rock. They wear it so naturally that it seems like they might have just tumbled straight out of bed and onto the stage, the loose riffs just pouring off the fingers. It’s got a lovely feel to it. Delivered is out on the Fire label.
  • Vinyl 12" (FIRE226EP)
  • £7.99 £4.79 (saving: £3.20)
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  • Last copy

Silver Apples
Silver Apples

Pretty much the album which started the sound that is still influencing 77% of the music that comes through our doors. Oscillating synths, proto-kraut rhythms and repetitive grooves that were about a million years ahead of their time and surely influenced everyone from Can to Stereolab to pretty much everyone who has stabbed at a syntheziser. Brilliant stuff and utterly essential vinyl re-issue.   
  • Vinyl LP (JPR034LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Soren Juul
This Moment

Danish singer songwriter guy Soren Juul is now recording under his own name after a tumultuous three year period where he was presumably stung by our Brian's 4/10 review of his last album under the Indians moniker. He need not worry. 4AD are still on his side and Brian is long gone so we can instead enjoy the glacial soft pop that sometimes sounds like Mew gone all normal and ballady.  
  • Vinyl LP (CAD3602)
  • £15.49 £9.29 (saving: £6.20)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To

Tell Me If You Like To is the debut album from Manchester post-punks Spring King. They're seemingly already on the road to success after being bigged-up by the NME with the music mag calling them the most promising new band of 2016. They also have the accomplishment of being the first band Zane Lowe played on his new Beats 1 show. It's like when Tony Blackburn played 'Flowers in the Rain'. 

Steve Gunn
Eyes On The Lines

Steve Gunn presents a sun-strained album of American songcraft, big on invented characters and the natural environment. The band he’s managed to assemble here is impressive: Norman harp favourite Mary Lattimore for starters, but also major talents like Nathan Bowles and Hans Chew. Eyes On The Lines is out on Matador Records.

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

Recorded music doesn’t get more iconic than this. Influential as it is, there’s nothing quite like Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, with its magical harmonies and arrangements. It’s hard to get jaded about or tired of. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this album, no matter what you’re into, you owe it to yourself to dive in. You have the choice of remastered stereo or mono versions on vinyl (if in doubt, mono is the one to go for), or a double CD edition which features both mixes, plus instrumentals and live tracks.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bout Des Doigts

Fronted by the infamous and only constant member, Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre have seen more than twenty members pass through their ranks down the years but the quality has rarely erred. Although their sound is now well defined, different influences are picked up through the years. Bout Des Doigts sees the band re-introducing Eastern influences into their sound, but in a way that only Anton Newcombe could. The 10” vinyl single is backed with Fingertips.

The Divine Comedy
Foreverland

Foreverland is the first album by The Divine Comedy in six years. Neil Hannon has kept himself busy though: His side project The Duckworth Lewis Method released a second album, He’s composed a choral work which was performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall and even written a musical version of Swallows and Amazons. Foreverland thematically covers a lot of ground from historical figures to the French Foreign Legion and is also historically inaccurate, according to Hannon. However, he also says it’s essentially about life and love.

The Dreaming Spires
Paisley Overground

Cheekily referencing the ‘80s musical movement that influenced them, Oxford’s The Dreaming Spires have called their latest release, Paisley Overground. The album is not just The Dreaming Spires however, when recording what was to be a mini album in the US, in such legendary places as Ardent Studios in Memphis they hooked up with Sid Griffin (of The Long Ryders), Co-Pilgrim, The Raving Beauties and The Hanging Stars who ended each contributed a track to the album.

Trashcan Sinatras
Wild Pendulum

Trashcan Sinatras are one of those bands that believe in quality not quantity. Wild Pendulum is only their 6th album in 26 years. Whenever they do venture out though, critics tend to be in high praise of their pop harmonies and witty, intelligent lyrics. albums such as their debut Cake (1990), Weightlifting (2004) and In The Music (2010) have been universally lauded. This time out the Scottish four-piece hired Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis to sprinkle the magic dust over their songs.

Ulas Pakkan
Baskin Original Soundtrack

Baskin is a hot new horror film from Turkey, and it comes with a noteworthy soundtrack from Ulas Pakken. It's a synth-tastic set of atmospheres, with some welcome Turkish twists to the familiar electro-horror drama sounds. Released by Invada on 2 slabs of blood red vinyl, with exclusive artwork from John Bergin.

Various
Speedy Wunderground - Year 2

Speedy Wunderground is a label set up by South London producer Dan Carey. The idea is to produce 7” as quickly as possible. Year 2 is a compilation of the singles released in the label’s sophomore year. Includes now established acts such as Teleman and Kate Tempest alongside cutting edge newbies FEWS.

Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.

Various (AFX, Bjarki, Nina Kraviz, Biogen)
Когда Мне Было 14 Лет / When I Was 14

Когда Мне Было 14 Лет is a double EP with an ‘anti-perfectionist’ ethos: material that captures artists creating on the fly, without polish, just the raw goodness. Nina Kraviz, BJarki and Barcode Population all feature, as does a 90’s track from big dog Aphex Twin himself, under his AFX alias. On Trip Kraviz.

Yuzo Koshiro
Streets of Rage II

Crucial 16-bit sonic action from 1992’s Streets Of Rage II, a deep classic of the beat-em-up genre with a suitably high-grade soundtrack. These tunes are packed with energy and composed with love: interestingly, they do stand up to listening away from the context of the game itself. Yuzo Kushiro’s work has been remastered and pressed to 2 discs of transparent vinyl, along with that lovely Japanese obi strip. On Data Discs.