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January Pre-orders

Well we already gave you 80 Top Pre-orders for 2017 but just as soon as we publish them then another slew of exciting things are added to our site.  We here is the latest batch of upcoming treats you can grab for pre-order and have delivered to your door on release date. 
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ADULT.
Detroit House Guests

ADULT. (they always spell it like that) are a husband and wife neo-comedy duo from Detroit who make kind of a lets say unconventional take on dance music with each calling out over some cheesy keys. This, their first for Mute is a collaborative effort with guests including Michael Gira (Swans), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) and the bloke from Nitzer Ebb. 

Australian Testing Labs
Music for Aircooled Motoring

Australian Testing Labs, whoever they are, apparently designed this album to accompany the in-motion sounds of a specific kind of VW van: Music For Aircooled Motoring will blend with the engine and road-rumble frequencies to form a vivid sound experience. But don’t worry if you don’t have a 1981 VW van, because this set of kraut / komische movement music also sounds great at home. Out on Polytechnic Youth on orange vinyl.

Brian Jonestown Massacre
Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck)

Here is the third single to be taken from the new Brian Jonestown Massacre album Don’t Get Lost, to be released in February. Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) is a typical Jonestown cut, featuring vocals from Tess Parks. The B-side also features saxophone from Pete Fraser. 10” pink vinyl single, released on Anton Newcombe’s ‘a’ Recordings.

bvdub
Yours Are Stories Of Sadness

Interesting one this. Last year the prolific techno/ambient dreamscaper bvdub put a collection of 19 tracks up on his Bandcamp, saying each had been inspired by a poignant conversation with a hired dancer in a bar. Each cuts swells and aches with the title’s ‘stories of sadness’- half-remembered rave synths drown in a fug of reverb, melodies are mangled by synths that sound like sheet metal being scraped across brick, and the general effect is closer to Boards of Canada or even Explosions in the Sky than club traxx. Only 300 made and lovingly packaged by hand.

Communions
Blue

Danish kids here making a delightful post-punk dreampop hybrid record. After releasing a few singles over the past two years, Communions are finally ready to release a debut album. Blue is dripping with youthful enthusiasm and eagerness. Fat Possum Records have hooked us up with a limited edition indie retailers only vinyl edition, so don't hesitate to hook yourself up with some Scandinavian goodness.

Cowboy Junkies
The Trinity Session

Cowboy Junkies famously recorded The Trinity Session in just one night with just one microphone in 1987, and yet thirty years later we are still listening to this beautiful suite of Americana / country music. This reissue of The Trinity Session adds two tracks that didn’t feature on the original release, as well as remastered audio and some nice new liner notes. Edition of 1000 transparent red vinyl LPs.

David Bowie
Sound and Vision

A year down from The Man Who Fell to Earth’s passing from cancer and the Ziggy re-issue bonanza shows no sign of slowing down. After 6 of his most classic LPs were re-pressed last year, now one of the great Bowie singles makes it’s way onto this beautiful picture disc. Eno, Berlin, coke withdrawals - you know the story by now, but familiarity doesn’t dim the appeal of ‘Sound and Vision’ one bit.

D∆WN
Infrared (Deluxe)

This is the deluxe edition of the 'Infrared' EP by this soul star favoured by some of the younger people in the office. Here she collaborates with some like-minded folk (Kingdom, Prince Will) on some smooth auto-tune friendly R&B and to make things even more exciting this time they've added a bunch of remixes too. 

Elbow
Little Fictions

Look, new Elbow! This band of friendly Mancunians have been known to split opinions in the Norman office, but they are beloved to many, and with good cause. Little Fictions is the band’s seventh album, put together by Garvey and the gang with special contributions from the The Hallé Orchestra and the London Contemporary Voices choir. Sweeping and intimate at the same time, just like Elbow. Released by Universal.

Emptyset
Borders

More dark and heavy beat-work from Bristol / Berlin’s Emptyset. On Borders, the duo have incorporated some acoustic instruments into their tangled web of brutalist electronics, pushing their sound into some new areas, though don’t worry: this is still music to wreck buildings to. Borders is Emptyset’s first release for the Thrill Jockey label.

Glenn Jones
This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

Glenn Jones is a maestro of the American Primitive style of guitar playing: that sweet sweet Fahey-derived sound we all love so much. This Is The Wind That Blows It Out is Glenn’s 2004 album, now receiving a vinyl release for the first time courtesy of Thrill Jockey. Rich and beautiful music. Oh and by the way, the inner sleeve artwork includes the notes and tunings for all the songs in case you want to have a go yourself.

Grails
Chalice Hymnal

The mega Grails return! Whilst this project may have seemed quiet for the last 5 years, the members have been busy writing Chalice Hymnal whilst working with their other projects OM, Watter and Lilacs & Champagne. Chalice Hymnal manages to throw them all together like a worldly-psych-drone hotpot filled with spacey near distance guitars, washy brass ensembles and crisp heavy drums.

Hills
Hills

Hi, welcome to Fuzzworld, may I take your order? If you like your psych swamped in Sleep-y stonerisms and disorientating Wurlitzer organ then Hills is the kick you’ve been looking for. Largely wordless, the single-minded grooves that characterise this self-titled record are built on lolloping bass, smokey keys and wailing guitar. If you can look past the blatant Orientalism of some melodies then your copy of Sleep likely bear repeating.

Jens Lekman
Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman drops his fourth full-length album on a waiting world. The Swedish songwriter has really cranked up the rhythms here on Life Will See You Now, toying with samba and bossa nova among other styles. That means you get the witty intimacy of Lekman’s songs in a lively danceable format: lovely. CD / LP / cassette release on Secretly Canadian.

Jlin
Dark Lotus

Two exciting new tracks from amazing footwork-plus producer Jlin. Dark Lotus features the highly-processed guest vocals of Avril Stormy Unger and sampled djembe production, as well as the usual footwork hallmarks of stuttering rhythms, bass booms and flashing bleeps. Fiercely energetic and inventive music right here. 12” on Planet Mu.

John Shuttleworth
The A1111 And Other Ones!

John Shuttleworth is quasi-comic character creation of Graham Fellows (also the inventor of Jilted John!), and The A1111 And Other Ones! is a compilation of Shuttleworth’s greatest hits. He’s a pretty funny fella, singing songs of Yorkshire, caravans, soap, travel etc. All your favourites are here! The CD edition is released by Chicken and the double LP edition is out on Free Range Product.

Julia Holter
In The Same Room

Julia Holter fans rejoice: here we have a set of live-in-the-studio performances of Holter material from each of her four albums. In The Same Room is the first in Domino’s new ‘Documents’ series, in which artists perform live in a studio, and it is a great beginning: Holter’s music sounds as crystal clear as ever on these recordings. CD and double LP editions available.

Julian Cope
Drunken Songs

Julian Cope is an acknowledged expert in the field of intoxicated music enjoyment, so this album of drinking songs, Drunken Songs, is very welcome. There is a song written for Cope’s own funeral, a song called ‘Liver Big As Hartlepool’, and a big 20-minute jam to close out the album, as is traditional. CD release on Cope’s own Head Heritage label.

Julie's Haircut
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin

Experimental sound explorers from northern Italy have been pushing the unknown sonic weirdness since the mid 90s, heavily influenced by the soundscape freedoms of Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine, whilst holding onto a constant and enticingly repetitive kraut groove back bone. Get lost, good and proper.

Kevin Drumm
Elapsed Time

Here is an absolute motherload of sound for the Kevin Drumm fan in your life: a big juicy 6CD box-set that gathers up some highlights from the last four years of Drumm releases. Elapsed Time includes the multiple different modes of Drumm, from super-minimal drone to crunchy tape-twist and harsh electronics. Enough top-notch material here to nourish you for months. Edition of 700 box-sets on Sonoris.

Loscil
First Narrows

First Narrows was the third Loscil album to be released and, now over a decade old, it certainly deserves its first outing on wax. The album is a wonderfully polite work of gentle computer sound, processed acoustic instruments and beats that are alarmingly hypnotic, perfect for drives, late nights and subdued social happenings. Check out “Sickbay” for a great case in point, which wraps layers of soothing, wide pads over skittering rhythms and soft syncopations of smokey keys. Lush.

Max Richter
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works

Busy old Max Richter’s latest musical project is the accompaniment to a ballet production that adapts and re-contextualises various works of Virginia Woolf. Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works is the first opportunity to hear this new Richter outside of the Royal Ballet, and the standard of composition is typically high. CD on Deutsche Grammophon.

Nadia Reid
Preservation

Nadia Reid feels like New Zealand’s answer to Julia Holter, with a beautiful pure-toned voice sitting in the middle of a pristine swirl of complex sound. Preservation is a record born out of international travel and interpersonal heartache, which gives it an emotional depth even greater than Reid’s previous album. Preservation is released by Basin Rock.

Noveller
A Pink Sunset For No One

Noveller is filmmaker Sarah Lipstate’s solo musical project, in which she extracts whole oceans of sound from her electric guitar. A Pink Sunset For No One is a broad selection of her sound: Noveller is probably best known as a drone artist, but this album gets involved in territory that goes as far as psychedelic rock. CD / LP release on Fire.

Paul Weller
Stanley Road

I don't know which Paul Weller album this is. It doesn't really matter. If you like him you'll be interested in getting it on vinyl. Whether you can afford the £32.99 asking price is another matter. The music industry screwed itself up in the past by charging £16 for CDs that cost pennies to make. Looks like they are off the same way with vinyl. Obviously this format is more expensive to produce so a higher retail price is understandable but this is really taking the piss especially when there are no extras and nothing deluxe. 

Paul Weller
Heavy Soul

Heavy Soul is the fourth solo album by Jam-man Paul Weller, initially issued in the Britpop-imperial days of 1997. As befits an album with the name Heavy Soul, Weller gets back to his soul / R&B roots, via blues and rock. Heavy Soul has been remastered for this reissue, and is pressed to heavyweight vinyl. Out on Island.

Peaking Lights
Little Flower

Weirdo disco dub duo Peaking Lights return with new sounds, and with a special guest too! Little Flower includes a vocal from actress Chloë Sevigny, sounding pretty cool and effortless over the sweet psychedelic groove. In addition we get the exclusive new track ‘Conga Blue’, as well as instrumental versions of both cuts. 12” on Two Flowers.

Piano Magic
Closure

Piano Magic album have declared that this will be their final album. The suitably-titled Closure, released for the band’s twentieth anniversary, is a subtle and carefully considered set of what the band call ‘ghost rock’. It is sad in places, as one might imagine, but it is great to hear a band able to consciously make a final statement. Closure is released on CD and vinyl by Second Language.

Portishead
Portishead

Essential Bristolian soundtracky trip-hoppers second LP from back in 1997.  This is the one that eschewed their debut's occasional pop moves and delved deep into sample-delica and disturbing textures. It's an intimate and occasionally frightening listen full of regret and pathos between the grooves.  

Portishead
Third

Portishead have kept a low profile in the nine years since Third was released. Will they ever release another album? If not, the savage trip-hop trailblazers certainly ended with something special. Reinterpreting all sorts from krautrock to folk song, the album’s menacing unease still haunts today. No wonder an entire town was named after them!

Sleater-Kinney
Live in Paris

The reformed Sleater-Kinney, captured live in concert in 2015. Live In Paris is a punchy and fierce document of a great live band, as any attendees of recent shows can attest. CD, cassette tape and multiple vinyl editions are available, packaged in a pleasingly old-school photo-collage sleeve. On Sub Pop.

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol
Elevator

The Band Whose Name is a Symbol and whose music sounds like a composite of The Stooges, fuzzy psych rock and a drum-circle freakout. They’re now a dozen LPs deep and have only put stuff out on vinyl, so one to snap up early for the kudos alone. ‘Loomis’ is a particularly thrilling slice of doomy garage. Only 350 copies ever.

The Doors
The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Here’s a good old classic: the eponymous debut album of The Doors, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. This celebratory deluxe edition includes the original album in stereo and mono mix on CD, mono mix on LP, and a disc of a contemporary live performance on CD as well. Plus, of course, a large format booklet with liner notes and rare photos. Out on Rhino.

The Feelies
In Between

Just look at that beautiful sleeve. It signals the return of New Jersey's veteran pop meisters the Feelies for their first work in over six years. The band seem to exist on a different timescale to most bands and just release albums when they feel like it. Their laid back Velvet Underground inflected albums are starting to influence younger batches of guitar strummers most notably Real Estate who share a very similar aesthetic so this will be a much anticipated return. 

The Jesus & Mary Chain
Damage and Joy

Scottish masters of fuzzing up guitars while looking at their shoes The Jesus & Mary Chain are back with a new album after 19 years. Featuring the first single Amputation, which has an easygoing Dandy Warhols-like sound, Damage & Joy is the latest development in a series of late 80s and early 90s bands finding out with some surprise that they’re still alive and maybe they still like making music.

The Underground Youth
What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

The Underground Youth deliver their eighth album, the cheerfully (and topically?) titled What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This? Those gloomy vibes are transmitted to the listener via goth-vocalled, shoegaze-guitared post-punk music. The songwriting standards are very high, since The Underground Youth clearly know themselves very well by this point. Out on Fuzz Club.

Various
Gimme Danger: The Story Of The Stooges - Music From The Motion Picture

Gimme Danger is Jim Jarmusch’s new documentary film about The Stooges, a band who I really don’t need to introduce you to. This Music From The Motion Picture release contains a tasty brace of Stooges classics, carefully selected to give an overview of the band’s story. The CD version also includes some cuts from other acts like The Iguanas and MC5. CD and LP editions on Rhino.

Various
THE BRITXOTICA! BOX - Three Amazing Albums Of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles!

Wow, Trunk’s quality weirdo compilations of Britxotica get rounded up into a full box-set of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles! All sorts of strange and wonderful pop sounds can be found here, with each disc having particular focuses (e.g. ‘Casbah Jazz’ and ‘Polynesian Pop’). Reasonably priced triple CD set, containing a whole 48 tracks.

Vic Chesnutt
Drunk

The third of his damning and devastating records, Drunk sees Vic Chesnutt making sparse, economical songs with little contributing to his often meandering but extremely punchy lyrics. His early works will come as a surprise to anyone indoctrinated in the ways of classics At the Cut and North Star Deserter, but Drunk proves that Chesnutt's often hopeless but often affirming songs survive in any style. Reissue comes with a lot of b-sides and a Radio Holland performance.

Xiu Xiu
FORGET

Xiu Xiu has finally returned from their stint at the Black Lodge, but perhaps they have taken some madness with them. After recording and touring with the popular Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, they are now returning with FORGET, packed with eccentric electro-pop, overdriven vocals and utterly danceable rhythm tracks - hidden away there somewhere. Produced by John Congleton (Sigur Ros) and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.