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Ah May. Blossom, poles and relegation. Record Store Day is long gone so we can get back to promoting Actual Good Music so let's have a look at what we have to look forward to in the merry merry month and beyond.  
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Alan Licht
Currents

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Algiers
The Underside Of Power

Well this is interesting. Algiers are an incendiary new outfit who aren't content to sit back and let the revolution slide, instead they bark out politically themed lyrics over music which takes in everything from Northern Soul to grime to post punk. The lead track has been described nail on head as Suicide meets the Temptations and could well be a future classic. Also Matt Tong from Bloc Party on drums and we know how good he is.  

All We Are
Sunny Hills

Featuring an excellent video showing a motorway tearing up a local community I was sad that All We Are hadn't put the same kind of effort and originality into their music which is fairly standard indie grind with nods to kraut rock, punk and has something of the Kills. But nevermind Steve Lamacq will love it. 

Amos and Sara
The Private World of Amos

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Beyoncé
Lemonade

Steering away from the sheeny chart-leading bangers that made Queen Bey a hegemonic pop power, Lemonade is yet another pioneering reinvention from someone exploring new territory. Risk-taking has become alien from many modern powerhouse artists; but so long as the likes of Beyonce keep us on our toes, the world will be a better place.

Bola
D.E.G.

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Cobra Family Picnic
Magnetic Anomaly

New Sulatron / Cardinal Fuzz doings for you tenacious psychlords to dig into: Arizona's Cobra Family Picnic have been hanging around with all the best and brightest and most stoned contemporary psych bands, and now they follow up their EP with a full-grown album. It's noisy and turgid and ever-so weird, going in for the long, hypnotic squalor of bands like Suicide and Les Rallizes Denudes. Garage messiness shrouded in a smoky fire.

Danny & The Champions Of The World
Brilliant Light

Those Roald Dahl and folk-rock fans Danny and the Champions of the World are back with a new and extra-large album named Brilliant Light, containing eighteen tracks over two discs. Oh and by the way, while stocks last you can get your hands on triple CD and triple LP editions that includes a whole extra album (Photogene) as a bonus! Ooooh. On Loose Music.

Dauwd
Theory of Colours

Renown to create a techno and house meld that's equally as enjoyable in both home and club environments, Dauwd returns with seven-track release: Theory of Colours. As a producer with Iraqi roots and who was born in the US, raised in Wales and based in London, his sprawling influences drip feed into this works.

Doug Stanhope
No Place Like Home

American stand-up comic Doug Stanhope (a regular associate of Charlie Brooker) presents a special show of his personal brand of righteously angry and bitterly sarcastic comedy. No Place Like Home, which is presented on vinyl like an old-school comedy LP, is a highly entertaining broadside against western civilisation. Released by The Nacelle Company.

Drew McDowall
Unnatural Channel

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Ekoplekz
Bioprodukt

After several albums and EPs on Mordant, Perc Trax, Punch Drunk and Further Records, Nick Edwards’ Ekoplekz project has found a good home at Planet Mu and is returning with his fourth album for them. Rolling through Aphex Twin and lof-fi 90s acid and techno territories with a fuzzy cassette warmth, it’s imperfect and glorious.

Elliott Smith
Roman Candle

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Elliott Smith
Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Twenty years on from its initial release, Elliott Smith’s much-beloved third album Either / Or receives an Expanded Edition reissue. As well as the original album in remastered form, this edition adds a disc of 1997 live recordings and as-yet-unreleased studio recordings. 

Floating Points
Reflections - Mojave Desert

My my, how the Floating Points project has grown and travelled. These days, Sam Shepherd’s production alias is a full band, who all headed to the Mojave Desert to record the first in a planned series of Reflections records. Field recordings of the environment are blended into surprisingly rockish compositions. The album comes with a DVD containing a short film. On Pluto.

Graham Reynolds
A Scanner Darkly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

It's an all-out cult classic brawl as the legendary soundtrack to A Scanner Darkly hits our shelves. Composed by Graham Reynolds, the soundtrack introduces a myriad of disparate sounds, each bitesize and extreme, moving between horror soundscapes, surfy instrumentals and twanging country hints. Considering Philip K. Dick's esoteric vision of a paranoid dystopia in the throes of drug addiction, Reynolds' ever-shifting soundtrack feels fitting, refusing to embrace the world it's wrapped up in.

Heaters
Fuzz Club Session

Michigan based four piece Heaters pack a whole lotta surf fuzz energy. After a few full lengths on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records and Dizzybird Records London based label Fuzz Club had them over into their studio for some live sessions laid down on some truly analog equipment. Rough, ready, driving and warm as hell.

Hey Colossus
The Guillotine

Some bands begin to edge out of the shadows, allowing the brightness of accessible production and relatable lyricism to evolve their work, while others sink deeper into darker and insular innovation. Hey Colossus are a group that are doing the latter, as proven by immersive and razor-sharp The Guillotine.
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Ikonika
Distractions

Several years in the making, the new album from Ikonika is another A-grade suite of future music from one of the most reliable producers in the dubstep / bass music / etc. world. Distractions is full of shining synths and rhythm patterns from R&B and hip-hop, as well as guest appearances from Jessy Lanza and MC Jammz. Out on Hyperdub.

Jad Fair & Kramer
The History Of Crying

Jad Fair, half of Half Japanese and a regular collaborator with plenty of other acts (Daniel Johnston! The Pastels) here teams up with Kramer, the mysterious and legendary producer / label-runner who worked with Galaxie 500 to name but one band. The History Of Crying is an album of surprising songs, with special guest guitar solo appearances from Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers! LP on Shimmy 500.

Jason Loewenstein
Spooky Action

Here is the first solo album in 15 years from the 'other one' in Sebadoh. Whilst Lou Barlow always had his pop chops to hand, Loewenstein was a bit more ragged and out there and so it proves on this album of inventive grungy pop with hints of Beefheart in some of tangled guitar playing. Sebadoh fans, you need to be on board. 

Jeff Tweedy
Together At Last

Fans of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's positively sweethearted oeuvre will be pleased to hear he's got a new solo record out! This time, instead of releasing a lengthy double-album of new tunes with his son on drums (so dad rock it hurts), he takes old and often classic Wilco material and strips it down. A solemn, acoustic record, Together At Last brings together songs from the humble country beginnings of Tweedy's band to their experimental, canonical outer reaches, putting them all in the same intimate context. And we promise you it's him on the cover, not Neil Young.

Kane Strang
Two Hearts and No Brain

The first properly distributed LP by lo-fi pop hopeful Kane Strang who writes catchy and radio ready themes that would appeal to fans of Car Seat Headrest and Alex G. These are slick and polished vignettes which could see Strang become your new favourite 90’s slacker revivalist. Out on the increasingly powerful Dead Oceans. 

Kraftwerk
3-D: The Catalogue

If you didn’t snatch a ticket to one of Kraftwerk’s 3-D live shows this summer, you can make it up to yourself with this piece of documentation! 3-D: The Catalogue is available in five different formats, ranging from DVD and LP versions of highlights from the tour setlist to vinyl, CD and Blu-Ray boxes with all eight of Kraftwerk’s (main) albums performed in full, plus various trimmings. Wow!

Lapalux
Ruinism

Third album from producer Lapalux, developed from a theatrical score to a performance art piece and turned into the Ruinism you see before you. Lapalux’s style is a digital-industrial maelstrom tethered to beat structures for a wrecked-up club, with Ruinism being an apt descriptor. Guest vocals come from include GABI, Louisahhh and JFDR. Out on Brainfeeder.

Laurel Halo
Dust

Oh good: a new full-length album from Laurel Halo! Dust started out with recordings made by Halo along with Eli Keszler and Lafawndah, which were then cut-up and augmented by Halo’s genius electronic processes into the sleekly experimental digital pop we hear here. Additional guest appearances from Diamond Terrifier, Julia Holter and more! Out on Hyperdub.

Maia
Wild Waters

Maia are a forward thinking folk band that do very nicely thank you on the English folk scene. They marry traditional folk arrangements with more modern production techniques and unique songwriting. They are produced by Leeds sonic whizzkid Choque Hosein who teases out of them intense sci fi folk and whimsical off kilter psychedelic compositions. 

Man Or Astro-Man?
Live at Third Man Records

Jack White’s series of Live at Third Man Records releases now includes this treat of a set from the space-surf action men and women who make up Man Or Astro-Man. The Tesla-coil-loving gang play songs from throughout their career with electrifying energy, so that their Live at Third Man Records album serves as a bit of a best-of. Vinyl only.

Mark McGuire
Ideas Of Beginnings

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Mark Wynn
More Singles...

Typically perfect for fans of The Fall, Patrik Fitzgerald and many other late 20th Century post-punk outfits, More Singles... is another slice of Mark Wynn's vast back-catalogue. Featuring hits such as 'And Dave Went Mental' and 'Bill Burroughs Was My Baby', this is an essential for any fan.

Mary Epworth
Elytral

Elytral is the second album by English singer/songwriter Mary Epworth. Her 2012 debut album, Dream Life, contained some wonderful melodic pop songs that took in psychedelic and folk influences. This time she turns to her dark side adding fractured soundscapes, avant-garde electronics, prog and free jazz to the mix. Recorded in LA at producer, Thom Monahan’s Golden Void Studio.

Melvins
A Walk With Love & Death

A Walk With Love & Death is a brand new album by Melvins in trio mode, and its a double! Split into a Death disc and a Love disc, and featuring guest appearances from the likes of The Pixies’ Joey Santiago and Teri Gender Bender, these hefty slabs of Melvins show off different angles of what this amazing band can do. Double CD and double LP editions, each housed in a sturdy box. On Ipecac.

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes and a mono master. Premium reissue on Strut.

Peaking Lights
The Fifth State Of Consciousness

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Phoenix
Ti Amo

It's always a good thing when Phoenix announce a new album, especially as we’ve waited four years since the last one (Bankrupt!). On Ti Amo the French popsters have Italy on their mind, summoning up a glorious summer euro-fantasy of bright synths and gorgeously catchy tunes. What’s not to like? Ti Amo is out on Atlantic.

Pixx
Age of Anxiety

Debut album released by 4AD. Put this one in your bag with Fever Ray, Grimes, FKA Twigs, Youth Lagoon, and maybe Sonic Youth. Dusty and warbled near psychedelic electronic production have a post punk charge, a dash of krautrock, and a message of self identity and substance. Empowering, meticulous, as well as damn good fun.
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Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain

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Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the bonus stuff on so if you miss out on the opaque blue vinyl you are still ok (computer).  

Robert Hood
Paradygm Shift

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Royal Blood
How Did We Get So Dark?

Young British guitar-drums pairing Royal Blood have, as their press release makes clear, done very well for themselves since they made their debut in 2014. Can they keep the upward momentum flowing with follow-up How Did We Get So Dark? Well, quite possibly on the basis of these driving groovy rock tunes. Out on Warner Bros.

Sam Amidon
The Following Mountain

Sam Amidon’s new album is unusual for him, in that every single song is an original composition of his. As well as regular collaborator and mighty musical all-rounder Shahzad Ismaily, our man Sam has managed to snare original 60’s-era free jazz drummer Milford Graves as a collaborator on The Following Mountain, so the standards are extremely high. CD and vinyl editions on Nonesuch.

Shabazz Palaces
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star

Afrofuturist, cosmic hip-hop experimentalists Shabazz Palaces release their third full-length for Seattle’s Sub Pop label. Here, the group’s lore is at its most dense and intriguing, their sound resides in both the past and the future simultaneously, and their list of collaborators continuously expands; Julian Casablancas and Thundercat are just two of the acts along for the ride. Available on limited coloured as well as classic black vinyl, CD and cassette.

Shirley Walker & John Carpenter
Escape From L.A. (Music From The Motion Picture Score)

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Simon Joyner & David Nance
Goats Head Soup

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Soft Cell
Non Stop Erotic Cabaret

The first album by Soft Cell, released in 1981 to much attention. Non Stop Erotic Cabaret is a true classic of sexy synth-pop, featuring both the enormously famous ‘Tainted Love’ cover and the infamous ‘Sex Dwarf’. No self-respected synth lover can be without this album, now reissued on vinyl by Universal.

Songhoy Blues
Résistance

Another album of wonderful afro-funk-pop from Songhoy Blues! Résistance features guest appearances from Elf Kid, a children’s choir, and, most remarkably, punk’s sacred aunt Iggy Pop, and the whole thing flows like liquid gold. Chanting vocals, meaty rhythms, and that light-and-choppy guitar sound. Out on Transgressive.

Sun Ra
Thunder Of The Gods

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The Amazons
The Amazons

With a fervent cult following to boot, The Amazons' self titled debut is a stadium-sized indie-rock beast. The four-piece's catchy anthems are destined for chart-ruffling success, with high critical acclaim from the NME to BBC Radio 1. With six bonus tracks in addition to the eleven track main portion, here's you chance to grab a high value slice of history.

The Cult Of Dom Keller
Paradiso Is On Fire

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The Durutti Column
Domo Arigato v2.0

Originally setup by Tony Wilson and signed to his Factory records label, Manchester based avant garde ensemble The Durutti Column recorded Domo Arigato live in Tokyo in 1985. Mixed and mastered straight after the concert before they had to fly home they were never truly happy with it. Now Factory Benelux have revisited the album, returning to the original tapes and spending the time they didn’t have on polishing it to perfection. Includes a bonus 7” single and digital copy.

The Entrance Band
Fuzz Club Session

Power trio The Entrance Band headed up by Guy Blakeslee features members of Pixies, A Perfect Circle, QOTSA. They take the stoner come psychedelic route that Kyuss roamed and go further down that path. Part of Fuzz Club’s Sessions, it was recorded straight onto tape and features two improvised jams and a cover of Can’t Seem To Make You Mine by The Seeds

Tim Buckley
Sefronia

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Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

Well why not: a version of Mike Oldfield’s classic progscape Tubular Bells, re-scored for a twenty-eight piece brass ensemble! They have in fact done a great job, using different aspects of the brass repertoire to bring out nuanced variations on the piece. Tubular Brass also features a synth solo from Hannah Peel.

Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

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Various
Reservoir Dogs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Twenty five years since this classic movie was issued so here's the soundtrack pressed onto red and clear vinyl. It's an eccentric series of '70s songs that you would never listen to in any other circumstances with the highlights being Harry Nilsson's ridiculous 'Coconut', Stealers Wheel, Joe Tex and others.  
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Various
BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

Soul Jazz delve into the buzzing world of early hip-hop, choosing records from the period 1979 to 1983 for your present day delectation. BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap is full of funky-fresh delights from the likes of Harlem World Crew, Busy Bee and MC Rock Lovely. 2CD and 3CD editions on Soul Jazz.

Waxahatchee
Out In The Storm

Waxahatchee presents her fourth album Out In The Storm, which is borne out of the ashes of a relationship collapse. As ever, music and songwriting provide a vehicle to self-love and renewal. With a mostly live-in-the-room production, Out In The Storm is a strong indie-rock record with a real personal punch behind it. Out on Merge.

Zakk Sabbath
Live In Detroit

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