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Isn't it marvellous. Buds on the trees springing open, daffodils in bloom, the temperature in our lair rising above minus 20. Spring is in the air and there's a whole host of golden records about to sprout.  Let's take a glance at the best ones eh?   
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10,000 Russos
Distress Distress

10,000 Russos cast another album of darkly fuzzed-up psych-rock into the world. This one is distinguished by its techno-industrial throb and the tendency to push the echoed vocals so far back in the mix you feel like it might be bleeding through from the other side of the record. 10,000 Russos’ second album Distress Distress is released by Fuzz Club.

Actress
AZD

It’s been three years since Actress released his last full length Ghettoville, and after what seemed to be a farewell press release drawing a line under the Actress project I’m sure we’re not the only ones who will be glad to receive this news. Seemingly playing round the ideas of language and incoherence his 5th album AZD is incisive and forward pushing as ever.

Alessandro Alessandroni
Afro Discoteca

Well known for his spaghetti western soundtracks and scores to films such as Killer Nun, Italian composer Alessandro Alessandroni’s back catalogue is more like a literal vault, and in rifling through it the guys at Four Flies came across a tape that simply stated Afro Discoteca. Never before released material, experimenting with afro rhythms and disco flare it sounds like it was recorded yesterday.

Ben Frost
The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks’ novel The Wasp Factory is a fairly brutal work to begin with, so just imagine what an operatic adaptation directed by famously intense sound artist Ben Frost might be like? This record contains Frost’s original soundtrack, where vocalists and a string ensemble are added to his usual palette of electronics. The Wasp Factory is released by Bedroom Community.

Bert Jansch
Living In The Shadows Part 2: On The Edge Of A Dream

Part two of the Living In The Shadows series, sub-titled On The Edge Of A Dream, contains the final recordings of Bert Jansch. This is everything the folk legend recorded in the 2000’s: the three albums Crimson Moon, Edge Of A Dream and The Black Swan, plus an extra disc of unreleased material. Presented in equally beautiful 4CD and 4LP editions, each packed with an informative book.

Blown Out
Superior Venus

Heavyweight psychedelia from Newcastle’s finest, featuring members of BONG, Drunk In Hell, Khunnt and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (I told you they were heavyweight). Blown Out’s album Superior Venus is a two-track punch of dense riffage and space power released in an limited edition of 500 LPs by Riot Season.

Carl Craig
Versus

Versus by Carl Craig was one of the first performances of its kind, bringing electronic beats to the same stage as violins and cellos. Originally performed in 2008 Planet E joins forces with InFiné to bring the Les Siècles orchestra, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, back together with Carl Craig for Versus’ first official recording. Available on CD, double LP or extended triple LP with additional acoustic versions.

Chantal Acda
Bounce Back

Bounce Back is the latest release from Chantal Acda. In this record she explains how she wanted to step away from overly produced vocals and concentrate on how the vocals sound in her head. A clever mix of subtle indie-pop and rock combined with experimental electronica. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

This is the debut full-length album from Cigarettes After Sex, following up on a number of EPs. They’ve stepped things up for the occasion, with a sound more widescreen than ever before. The songs are romantic in subject matter and sonic construction: this could well be the soundtrack to your next heartache. CD and LP editions available on Partisan Records.

David Bowie
Heathen

David Bowie reissue time! Heathen was his 2002 release and his 22nd album. He throws in a couple of covers to this one, including a nice version of Pixies ‘Cactus’. Heathen is understood to be one of the better late-period Bowie albums. The reissue is, of course on heavyweight 180g vinyl. On Friday Music.

Disco Inferno
In Debt

A reissue of the debut album of Disco Inferno is something to be celebrated: Disco Inferno remain one of the most original and impressive post-rock bands to have ever been active. In Debt introduces their mixture of radical sampling processes and smart songcraft. These CD and 2LP reissues on Rocket Girl come with a bonus track, new artwork, and Neil Kulkarni sleevenotes.

Do Make Say Think
Stubborn Persistent Illusions

The first album in eight years from this long running Toronto collective. Now in their third decade, the group have created a critically acclaimed back catalogue and have become one of the most venerated names in the post rock canon. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is another example of the bands DIY ethos all recorded and produced themselves balancing guitar based compositions with electronic influenced production.

Don't DJ
Hyperspace Is The Place / Hyperspace Is No Place

Hyperspace is The Place / Hyperspace is No Place is the latest mini-album from Don’t DJ. A collection of ambient sounds and experimental electronica make this mini-release a great listen. As with a lot of Don’t DJ’s work, the tracks build slowly into a rhythmic trance of soft beats and soothing melodies. Available on Vinyl LP.

Echo & The Bunnymen
It's All Live Now

Mid-1980’s live recordings of Echo & The Bunnymen. It’s All Live Now offers the opportunity to hear both Bunnymen originals and a selection of rare covers, with songs originally by The Velvet Underground, Television and The Doors. Always interesting to hear rock greats engaging with the lineage. Vinyl release on Run Out Groove Vinyl.

Emma Gatrill
Cocoon

With credits running to playing with Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd, harpist and multi-instrumental Emma Gatrill often gets compared to Joanna Newsom, Björk and Joni Mitchell. Developing her sound further with incorporating synths, drum machines and layering techniques Cocoon brings warm, rich and soulful pop music.

Enderby’s Room
Enderby’s Room

Enderby’s Room is the project of Dan Mayfield, a violin player whose cropped up alongside Daniel Johnston and Allo Darlin’ among many others over the years. This band, named for an Anthony Burgess character, is an intimate ensemble sketching out the delicate folk outlines of Mayfield’s songs, written over the course of the last decade. CD / LP release on Fika.

Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes like to take their time with this just their third album since their 2008 debut. They also spawned Father John Misty onto the world but let's not blame them for that. This meticulous approach to their song craft generally yields good results as was proved by the excellent 'Helplessness Blues'. Expect a dense, lush and ambitious album, lead track the eight minute ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara’ is certainly all of these things.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075597937381)
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Flowers Must Die
Kompost

Flowers Must Die unveil their debut full-length album Kompost! This record finds the Swedish group delving deep into the psychedelic heritage of their homeland, melding it with an improvised approach towards sweet groove. It’s a dense but bright sound, full of colour and flair. Kompost is released by Rocket.

Flying Saucer Attack
New Lands

Released in 1997, New Lands is the eight-track pioneering record from Flying Saucer Attack. A solid and creative album that brings together different elements of their dreamy yet distinct shoegaze sound. Underneath a few of the tracks is a constant mumbling drone to keep you on edge and this quietly influential album should be valued alongside the rest of their impressive back catalogue. 

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. 

Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack's debut was one of those records that pointed the way forward in terms of how albums could be comprised and sequence. Half blurry pop songs, half wandering instrumentals, it contains two tributes to the then totally obscure Popul Vuh and an unlikely cover of Suede's 'The Drowners'. It's notable how twee the pop songs are sounding now but back then they were dead scary. The mystique that surrounded the band had a lot do to with this...a perfectly executed shoegaze/noise concept.     

GAS
Narkopop

Well what do we have here then? Following on from that enormous box set of his greatest work of 20 years vintage, Wolfgang Voigt re-ignites his Gas project with a new album which, though it continues the thick foggy sonics of earlier work introduces dense and sometimes atonal sonics to the magical mist with that pulsing kick drum as always ever present.   

Girlpool
Powerplant

Powerplant is a surprising move from Girlpool: it features their tight duo expanded to a full band: now they’ve got a drummer! But this doesn’t change the fundamentals of the Girlpool sound, it just increases its power with fierce rhythmic drive. Noisy power-pop, released in a very limited translucent red vinyl (while stocks last). 

Guided By Voices
August By Cake

Robert Pollard is proud to announce that August By Cake is his one hundredth studio album release: pretty ludicrous, especially for a career of just(!) three decades. This one is Pollard’s prime group Guided By Voices, in a fresh new line-up, and it’s their first double album! Yep, still breaking new ground at this advanced hour… Congratulations Mr Pollard!

Happyness
Write In

Happyness return with a second album of fresh-faced alternative rock, titled Write In. They still recall the high years of the US college rock scene, with just the right amount of slacker-swagger to make them charming. That, plus an increasingly bold and melodic songwriting sensibility, makes Write In a winner. LP and CD editions on Moshi Moshi.

Jan Jelinek
Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records

Released in 2001 Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records by Jan Jelinek has sat on so many people’s wish list since because it has not been repressed once. Well, major props to Faitiche for answering the call, not only as a double vinyl but with two bonus tracks taken from the Tendency EP. Micro sampling ambient techno at it’s very best.

Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

One of the quintessential '60s psych rock albums Surrealistic Pillow was actually the second album by Jefferson Airplane but the first to feature vocalist Grace Slick. It has gained near legendary status over the years perfectly timed to soundtrack the counterculture movement of the late 1960s. 

Jlin
Black Origami

Juke and footwork producer Jlin builds on her unique sound with her second full length for Planet Mu. Skittish and direct percussive trills come at you from all directions with feverish energy and underlying groove. Black Origami features collaborations with Holly Herndon, William Basinski, Fawkes and Dope Saint Jude.

Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison

At Folsom Prison is one of the most beloved Johnny Cash recordings. The music here, more than on any other recording is imbued with his grit, his spirituality and his wry sense of humour. The set list was put together especially for the concert and the songs deal with subjects that would likely be close the inmates thoughts. It was because of this album that Johnny Cash earned the moniker The Man In Black.

Juliana Hatfield
Pussycat

Juliana Hatfield, whose career stretches back to the early 90’s, thought she was finished with songwriting until a certain presidential election happened. Like (we predict) quite a few artists, this jolted her into creativity, speedily writing and recording fourteen songs of vivid music. The results are here on Pussycat. Out on American Laundromat.

Kasabian
For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud is the latest release from the popular rock band, Kasabian. A much more mature approach to songwriting than their previous albums, this latest twelve-piece record gives genuine depth and a creative blend of psychedelic rock and indie plus a nod to Jeremy Clarkson. Available on Vinyl LP, deluxe edition CD and regular CD.

Kreidler
European Song

We might see a lot of this in the coming year: albums riven with shock and rage at the election of Donald Trump. Kreidler apparently had a rather playful record all recorded and ready to go, but the darkness of European Song quickly took over after the election. Repetitive and nervy electronic rock, improvised in the studio and presented in defiance. LP / CD editions on Bureau B.

Kris Gietkowski
Songs From The First Album By Egg

A self professed oddity from the Fruits de Mer/Regal Crabomophone label. This is a guy they found on youtube, Kris Gietkowski, who performed and recorded (by himself) most of the first album by Canterbury scene psych-prog rockers Egg. From 1970 it is an obscure psychedelic trip through time signatures and 70s experimentation. The internet is a crazy tool sometimes.

L. Pierre
1948-

L.Pierre, who we can reveal is in fact Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, is releasing a very interesting new project here. 1948- is made entirely from samples of the first ever 33 ⅓ 12” record, a 1948 recording of a Mendelssohn concerto. What’s more, it is presented as ‘naked’ vinyl, e.g. utterly sleeveless, in the hope that you’ll let your copy pick up interesting new scratches. Nice one! Vinyl only release on Melodic.

Mantronix
King Of The Beats: Anthology (1985-1988)

King of The Beats: Anthology 1985-1989 does what it says on the tin, gathering together for your delight all the finest moments of Mantronix’ early career. Savour the groundbreaking grooves, several of which are included in definitive 12” mix form. Red and white double vinyl, all pressed up by Traffic Entertainment.

Martin Rev
Demolition 9

Ninth solo album from the Suicide legend that is Martin Rev! Demolition 9 is a very varied suite made up of thirty-four short tracks, an approach that allows Rev to explore stacks of different sounds and moods. It's like a shattered tour through the wild mind of Rev, veering from slamming percussion to moody ambience to much else besides. Demolition 9 is out on Atlas Realisations.

OutKast
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the 2003 album from OutKast. This release contains over two hours worth of jazz, psychedelic and punk inspired Southern hip-hop. It can only be described as one of the most influential releases from a hip-hop group that went on to inspire so many of today’s hip-hop artists....and of course it contains the forever classic 'Hey Ya'. Available Vinyl LP Boxset.

Part Chimp
IV

IV is the fourth full length release from much loved noise people Part Chimp. This killer album brings together a much more mature approach than their previous releases. A great blend of impending doom-like guitars and slurring vocals allow for Part Chimp to blossom into a machine of the noise-rock genre. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Pefkin
Murmurations

Pefkin is the solo project of Gayle Brogan, who has been involved in bands / projects like Electroscope and Boa Melody Bar for many years. Murmurations is an album of secretive folk-drone, and ambient song, for the most part themed around birds. Released as a limited edition of “just over 100” LPs, each accompanied by a lyric sheet. On Morc.
  • Vinyl LP (morc 73)
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  • Limited edition

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson
Live At L' Etrange Festival 2004 - The Art Of Mirrors (Homage To Derek Jarman)

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson was a musical legend, one of the original members of Throbbing Gristle and an innovative musician in his own right. This live recording is an homage to the short film by Derek Jarman. The Art of Mirrors. Recorded before the end of Coil in 2004 and captured here on double vinyl.

Popol Vuh
Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN

Wah Wah Supersoni Sounds continue their revival of Florian Fricke and Popol Vuh material with their 13th full length LP Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN. Produced by Karl Schulze (Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream and label head). A number of these tracks were used on Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. Repackaged with bonus tracks and liner notes by Dolf Mulder. FFO Dead Can Dance.

Radiophonic Workshop
Burials In Several Earths

Interestingly this is actual new material by the Radiophonic Workshop (no BBC as the corporation does no funding of weird music anymore). The collective have produced a new suite of synth compositions that hark back to their classic work while exploring new areas of sound and combines analogue synth and cutting edge digital technologies. 

Robert Turman
Veiling Reflections

A C60 of two brand new tracks from Robert Turman an American experimental/noise musician based in Oberlin, Ohio. Created as part of Swiss magazine Zweikommasieben’s 'Surreal Sleep' event series. A project featuring audio and visual material by different artists exploring the realm of sleep. 'Veiling Reflections' is released on Präsens Editionen as a limited edition of 100 professionally dubbed cassette tapes. Hailed as a medicinal narcotic and part remedy / part cause of night terrors 'Veiling Reflections' is a tidal wash of alpha waves and electro-drone hypnosis. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async

‘async’ is the latest album by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This release shows us how far he has come and how far he is willing to go to break the boundaries of different sounds and textures. A fifteen-track masterpiece that brings together classical, neo-classical and orchestral music. Available on Vinyl Double LP and CD.

Shannon Wright
Division

Getting regular comparisons to PJ Harvey and Björk kept fire in American song writer Shannon Wright’s belly for a load of albums up til 2013, wilfully throwing her sound between Book of Knots territory heaviness and delicate pop melodies. Division is a revision of this template, blending it into one, mix Harvey with contemporary Portishead oddness.

Slugabed
Inherit The Earth

After taking a break from production to concentrate on his label Activia Benz Slugabed is back with a full length on Anticon. Ever inhabiting the fringes of future pop and R’n’B with a heavy bass twist, Inherit The Earth dips into minimalist arrangements as well as maximal funk. Featuring collaborative tracks with Hairy Hands, Peter Lyons and Lum.

Stone Foundation
Street Rituals

The new album from Stone Foundation (their fourth) is particularly remarkable for one reason: Paul Weller. The former Jam-man was due to produce Street Rituals, but ended up musically contributing to every single track. So this is an augmented version of Stone Foundation’s soulful sound. Released on a strikingly wide range of formats on the 100% label.

The Afghan Whigs
In Spades

Greg Dulli’s veteran alt-rock outfit The Afghan Whigs have a brand new album to share with the world! In Spades offers up a fresh angle on the much-loved soulful hard’n’punky Whigs sound, with even a bit of brass sneaking into the mix. The record is available on CD, LP and cassette while stocks last. Courtesy of Sub Pop.

The Big Moon
Love In The 4th Dimension

The Big Moon present their debut album to the world, after more than a year of high interest. Love In The 4th Dimension was recorded nice and swiftly under the supervision of Catherine Marks, and it's come out as a fine set of anthemic indie pop that’ll surely rule the airwaves come summer. Out on Fiction.

The Charlatans
Different Days

It's hard to fathom but as well as tweeting on a secondly basis Tim Burgess also manages to help make regular bursts of music both solo and with his beloved the Charlatans. It was hard to be anything but nice about their last album as a) it was genuinely good to have them back and b) if you did so the entire Twitter community would gang up on you. Anyway this is a brand new album from the band and the first since the sad passing of drummer Jon Brookes. Features guest spots from Anton Newcombe (the Brian Jonestown Massacre/Twitter), Johnny Marr (the Smiths/Twitter) and Paul Weller (not on Twitter). 

The Cosmic Dead
Exalted King

The Cosmic Dead’s second album, Exalted King, gets a well-deserved re-pressing on Cardinal Fuzz. A simple glance at the tracklisting will show you what we are dealing with here: Exalted King has just three tracks stretching out over seventy minutes and two LPs! That means the band have plenty of time to take their psych-rock into really deep and wild place: yum!

The Dust Brothers
Fight Club (Original Motion Picture Score)

Available again on vinyl for the first time in a decade and a half, The Dust Brothers’ specially-sequenced original soundtrack to Fight Club is a wonderful thing. This release (sort-of) reflects the film’s anti-consumerist angle by packaging the record in such a way that you will have to tear the sleeve in order to access the music! It’s still fairly luscious and detailed packaging though. Double LP on Mondo.

The New Pornographers
Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers are true Canadian stalwarts of indie rock, and they’ve now worked their way up to their seventh full-length album. Whiteout Conditions was borne out of a desire to be a bit more Krautrocky, but that impulse, translated by the Pornographers, ended up sounding like something somewhat different. CD / LP release on Caroline / Collected Works.

Tindersticks
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

Directed by Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples Minute Bodies takes archival footage made by F. Percy Smith and sets it to a score created by Tindersticks and a series of guest musicians including Thomas Belhom, Christine Ott, David Coulter, and Julian Siegel. Uncovering alien worlds that are right in front of us is the driving force of the soundtrack as well as Smith’s passion. The label has expressly stated there will be no represses.

Various
Mono No Aware

Iconic experimental / electronic label PAN release their first compilation album - curated by Bill Kouligas. 'Mono No Aware' explores the boundries of the common perception of "ambient" music. Comprised of unreleased tracks from label regulars and new blood that includes Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA. Pressed on white wax and cut by Rashad Becker at D+M  for maximum clarity.

Various
The Brain Box - Cerebral Sounds Of Brain Records 1972-1979

Established in 1972, Brain were right at the centre of the Krautrock experimentation lording releases from genre definers Neu!, Cluster and Guru Guru. This incredible collection boasts 8 CDs worth of material covering 1972-1976, the golden age of the label with the original setup and management. Comes with 74-page hardcover book, totebag and all presented in a gorgeous green box.

Vorderhaus
Minor Activity

Dark , and truly authentic sounding 80’s synthwave pop from Berlin’s Vorderhaus. Brain-child of Mark Vorderhaus whose previous incarnation was The Detox Twins. A record for purists, but also just synthwave lovers who like it done really well. Heavy Kraftwerk influences and Apparat Organ Quartet esque synthline. Debut album on Polytechnic Youth.

Young Fathers
Only God Knows feat. Leith Congregational Choir

Young Fathers new track is extra notable in two ways: first of all, it features in the big-deal new film T2: Trainspotting. Secondly, it features Leith Congregational Choir, who enable the Young Fathers to ascend to amazing levels of gospel-powered electro-punk-hop. What a wonderful ecstatic tune! 7” single on Big Dada.

Zone Six
Forever Hugo

Here's an example of psych rock being fun. Zone Six are a long running improvised trance rock band that feature members of Electric Moon and Sula Bassana. This is a recording of the freaking the heck out at a venue “Graf Hugo“ in Feldkirch, Austria. The sort of amazing place that bands love to play and that councils want to turn into car parks. Pretend you were there by putting on the vinyl nice and loud and dancing around.