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"Wait Until June" so said the Go Betweens. And we have....almost. We were going to publish this last week but then so many extra pre-orders came in we thought we'd better hold that idea. So here are the possible soundtracks for your early summer.  
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Anne Briggs
The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come by Anne Briggs is apparently Ryley Walker's favourite ever record. Deeply affecting and sweetly melodic, Briggs' writing was steeped in the ages-old tradition of story telling. The music may mutate but these are tales from the human heart. Some of her earliest works are on this record, her crystal-clear voice matched by plucked strings. LP and CD on Earth Recordings.

Beach House
B-Sides and Rarities

Beach House present a comprehensive selection of their B-sides and rare tracks in one handy compilation, with recordings that stretch from 2005 to 2015. Treats include a surprising cover of Queen’s ‘Play The Game’ and a slowed down ‘Cough Syrup Remix’ of ‘10 Mile Stereo’, as well as tracks that have been newly mixed and mastered to suit this release. B-Sides and Rarities is out on Bella Union.

Broken Social Scene
Hug of Thunder

Big Canadian enormous band Broken Social Scene reconfigure for their most sparkling album yet. With 15 members to try to coincide diaries then it must be quite the undertaking but they’ve made a bold and panoramic album that should shift them to the next level and make all that admin worthwhile.  

Catherine Wheel
Ferment

Coming in at a solid no 23 in Pitchfork's Top Shoegaze albums, Music on Vinyl have had the good sense to issue Catherine Wheel's now classic 'Ferment' on vinyl. It contains several despatches of noisy shoegaze which is clear cut and rocky rather than woozy. Perhaps closer to Ride than anything else the band used thrashy guitars to create great thumping melodies to leap around your house to when the baby is asleep.  
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1880)
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Coil
A Cold Cell In Bangkok

This particular version of A Cold Cell In Bangkok, remixed by Peter Christopherson himself, first surfaced on a JD Twitch-compiled compilation for Domino. It has never made it to vinyl in the past, but that oversight is being redressed here, with all profits to go to the Thai Children's Trust, in honour of the late Christopherson. Single-sided 12” with a silk-screened image on the B-side, released by Optimo 

D.A.F.
DAS IST DAF

Gabi Delgado and Robert Görl fronted Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.) were an experimental electronic/electro/industrial group active from 1979 until the late 80s, proclaiming they had fulfilled the concept. For fans of Kraftwerk, Laibach etc. this collection houses four albums with a bonus vinyl of remixes (including Boys Noize and Giorgio Moroder) as well as two unreleased tracks, and a load of goodies.

EMA
Exile In The Outer Ring

Following two broken indie big-hitters in Past Life Martyred Saints and the more polished Future's Void, EMA offers up a twilit record about the bubbling anger of the American Midwest. The themes on Exile In the Outer Ring  are prescient and the music continues EMA's threadbare approach to aesthetics, offering up both skeletal and fully-fledged versions of folk, noise and the grey areas inbetween.

Epic Soundtracks
Film Soundtracks

Epic Soundtracks is Kevin Godfrey, who in turn was one of two brothers at the core of post-punkers Swell Maps. Film Soundtracks is some of his solo material, which tends to be more intimate than his punky drumming work. Spend some time with it thanks to Troubadour, who are releasing Film Soundtracks in CD and LP editions.

Fieldhead
We’ve All Been Swimming

Having lived in the icy cold wastelands of Canada and the possibly even colder Newcastle Upon Tyne it comes as no surprise that Paul Elam (AKA Fieldhead) knows how to create chilling cinematic atmospheres. On his third full length album the now London based artist wraps his icy electronica in the sort of warm synth patterns that will be familiar to fans of the early day synth pioneers and ‘70s kosmische rhythm makers. Its patterns and shifts evoke recent work by the likes of Clark, Pye Corner Audio those on the Ghost Box label. 

Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear have been away for about five years now and have now returned with their first since the wild and windy ‘Shields’. Early tasters of their new material give the impression that they are heading in a well constructed synth pop direction with their unique take on harmony and melody intact. Bound to be much anticipated. 

Haim
Something To Tell You

America's favourite sister act, Haim, are back with Something To Tell You - the release of their sophomore album. The eleven-track offering, containing lead single 'I Want You Back', sees the trio build upon a critically-acclaimed debut with exciting, forward-thinking and bold songwriting.

J.D. Emmanuel
Rain Forest Music

After making a handful of ambient new age albums in the early 80s J.D. Emmanuel basically stopped, moved house and left all of his records there. Luckily rediscovered this album caused enough of a stir to see him return to music and now get reissued through Aguirre. Heavily inspired by Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Rain Forest Music is filled with serene twinkling synth melodies and calm field samples that sooth the soul.

Jean-Jacques Perrey
Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline

Jean-Jacques Perrey was an early master of experimental electronic pop, with a great talent for tape editing, the Moog modular synth, and the rare Ondioline instrument. Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline, which sources tracks from an array of rare archival sources, particularly focuses on the Ondioline, with several ‘demonstration’ tracks, but we also get to hear previously unreleased collaborations with Dick Hyman and Angelo Badalamenti! LP on Forgotten Futures.

Jonwayne
Rap Album Two

4 years after part one of Jonwayne's 'Rap Album' series, we are treated to another MC / production fest at the hands of an ex-Stones Throw veteran. On the cover he's posing as high school era George R. R. Martin, and features other guest spots from Shango, Danny Watts, Low Leaf, Zeroh and more. Treats.

Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.

The biggest of big deals in 2017: a new full-length album from Kendrick Lamar himself. Damn features fairly large guests like Rihanna and, um, U2, but Kendrick doesn’t need any big-name support to tell a narrative and craft wonderful beats. This soon-to-be-album-of-the-year record is released by Polydor.

Listening Center
Example One

Previously a cassette- only release this is a first vinyl pressing of the 2012 debut full length from Listening Center. Utilising influences from library music, kosmische, early day analogue synths and lost soundtracks this contains all the elements that makes you love the sort of records you get on the likes of the esteemed Ghost Box. 

London Grammar
Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

After a huge build up with the steady release of tracks such as Rooting For You, Big Picture and Oh Woman, Oh Man, London Grammar are ready to release their follow up album on Metal & Dust. Double CD and vinyl versions come with exclusive tracks, different mixes, original demos & live versions.

Mary Lattimore & Elysse Thebner Miller
And The Birds Flew Overhead

Treated-harp queen Mary Lattimore joined with keyboard player Elysse Thebner Miller for a live collaboration at a festival, and this is a document of the results. And The Birds Flew Overhead features the two musicians sensitively weaving their wonderful instruments around each other in an impressive display of improvisatory sound magic. Released on vinyl by Footfalls Records.

Micah P. Hinson
Presents The Holy Strangers

Micah P Hinson returns with a new album which he describes as a folk opera going from birth to love to death. He recorded it in Texas using ancient recording methods for that authentic feel. Despite that Quietus interview he still has plenty of fans out there who will lap these sparse and haunting songs up.   

Mogwai
Every Country's Sun

There’s not many things in life you can rely upon like Mogwai. Perhaps a really reliable plumber is the best comparison I can make. There they are year in year out to service all your post rock needs and come up with the odd chucklesome song title (check the press release for this year’s entry). This is their 9th album and was recorded in New York with Dave Fridmann. It contains in 56 minutes of their signature sound of post rock elegance and euphoric noise-scapes. Big box set too with demos and all sorts. 
  • Vinyl LP box set (ROCKACT108)
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  • Vinyl Double LP (ROCKACT108LPX)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl Double LP (ROCKACT108LP)
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Monks
Hamburg Recordings 1967

Special recordings from that classic early essential avant-garage-rock group Monks, released here for the first time! The material here was recorded in Hamburg in 1967 by this group of German-stationed American GIs and has been entirely unreleased since then, until right now! Ooooh… That makes this release a real treat, so thanks due to Jack White over at Third Man.

Moon Diagrams
Lifetime of Love

Finally, Deerhunter's sticks-man Moses John Archuleta is releasing his first solo album, as Moon Diagrams. It took Archuleta 10 years to assemble Lifetime of Love. The record sees him reassemble the processes of love and grief in his life, through his unique filter of ambient techno and crafty pop nous. Some hopeful and widescreen sounds on show here. Coloured double-vinyl or CD on Sonic Cathedral.

OMD
The Punishment of Luxury

Here they are again. Visually mismatched oddball synth duo who after 30 odd years of creating weird sounds and adding catchy melodies are still at it. The Punishment of Luxury is described as a daring and dazzling synth pop opus and from the sounds of it OMD are being weird. I like it when they are weird. 

Palm
Shadow Expert

Blending art-rock with an indie forward motion, Philidelphian four piece Palm mix a discordant version of Battles polyrhythmic picks and sweeps nearer to Nitikowski and the odd tweeness of Deerhoof. There is a definite comparison to be made with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya but with added psych. Second full length available via Carpark.
  • Vinyl LP (CAK122LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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Pantha du Prince
The Triad: Ambient Versions

Pantha du Prince’s wonderful album The Triad now returns… in ambient form! Rather than farming out the stems to other producers, Pantha has crafted these versions himself, with the help of his engineer Kassian, turning each track inside out for a deep experience free from the need to be danceable. Double LP on Rough Trade.

Patricia
Several Shades Of The Same Color - Part 1

Making sense of some of these press releases makes my brain want to turn itself inside out. Luckily the one phrase 'multifaceted techno trip" pretty much describes the music of Patricia (actually a man  - whoda thunk?) and from the earlier work by this shadowy composer I deduce that this will be well worth waiting out for for fans of dark techno, miserable synth, Demdike Stare and Stotty.  

Quaeschning & Schnauss
Synthwaves

Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss were both disciples of the sadly departed Edgar Froese, and their album Synthwaves kneels at the altar of the greats, notably Tangerine Dream. Precise synth modulations and mutations aplenty then, made on pristine analog equipment. Kosmiche sounds to drift off to, masterfully imbued with emotion. Floaty LP -- or CD -- on Azure Vista.

Robert Pollard
100

The most recent Guided By Voices album August By Cake was the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has been involved in, a fairly impressive thing by anyone’s standards. To celebrate, this book is being released, featuring the front and back covers of every single one of those 100 albums. 100 is a 200-page book in a 12” x 12” format, so all the LP covers are ‘life-size’. 

Royal Trux “Live”
Platinum Tips + Ice Cream

American rockers Royal Trux called it quits in 2001 and went their separate ways, forming Black Bananas, RTX, and The Howling Hex. The first full length release since the reunion was recorded live over two days and covers most of their 12 albums in their rawest and purest form. Vinyl and CD on Drag City.

Sand
Golem

Reissue of little-known kraut rock band Sand's only album, 1974's 'Golem'. The album was once chosen as Julian Cope's record of the month, and you can see why. Trippy synthesisers accompany a blend of drum-less rock and folk. It's properly psychedelic and totally weird and ace. Buy it as it should be heard, on vinyl. On Rotorelief records.
  • Vinyl LP (Rotor0006 clear)
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  • Vinyl LP (Rotor0006 blue)
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Sea Pinks
Watercourse

Second album from Belfast’s finest jangle pop purveyors who sound like they are upping their game to compete with recent greats of the genre such as Real Estate and Horsebeach. They have a lovely dream pop sound which here is tempered by a few post punk elements to give a harder edge. Looking forward to it. 

Sly & The Family Drone and Dead Neanderthals
Molar Wrench

Filth! Sly & the Family Drone know all about it and convert it into sonic properties unknown through the means of noise 'n' drone; they're joined here by free jazz crew Dead Neanderthals for a collaborative record of most visceral sound, the kind of dissonance and calamity that rumbles around in your intestines. The album art for Molar Wrench is pretty great, wouldn't you agree?

Terry Riley
Persian Surgery Dervishes

Available on vinyl for the first time since the 1970s, this is a double LP of live performances by the legendary ambient composer Terry Riley. Originally released in 1972 it captures performances in Los Angeles and Paris of completely different versions of the same composition showcasing the importance of improvisation in Riley’s music.   

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of their dramatic dark rock with some electronic bits bolted on. If you like The National you are going to love it. 

Various
Behind The Counter With Max Richter

Who wants to sneak inside Max Richter’s world? I’m pretty sure Phil does and he’ll enjoy this compilation of some of Max’s favourite works both recent and distant.  As you can imagine there’s a heavy classical, neo classical tinge to this but it also includes work by Boards of Canada and Let’s Eat Grandma. 

Vic Mars
The Consumer Programme

Previously releasing on the excellent Clay Pipe records, this is Vic Mars second LP which playfully builds on earlier acclaim utilising influences from early synth experimenters, children’s tv shows, BBC Radiophonic Workshop and indeed all the things that make you buy records in 2017. Unlike a lot of similar records there's no concept  - just an impressive bunch of sounds you know and love.    

Wesley Gonzalez
Excellent Musician

Weird and wonderful experimental pop from Wesley Gonzalez, formerly of Let’s Wrestle. The process behind Excellent Musician took years of playful bedroom demos and semi-improvised them into fully-fledged songs in a deliberately hurried way, using a band unfamiliar with the material. The results are real fresh, balancing oddness with proper-popness. On Moshi Moshi.

Wet Hair
The Floating World

Brand new one from this Iowa based veterans and you’ll be pleased to know that there sound is a hybrid of kraut rock and psych because there’s not enough of that sort of thing about. But this album oozes quality and has a kinetic sound which marries shimmering synths, exciting drum patterns and bass grooves. Said to be possibly their best yet so get on board.  

Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Deluxe 7inch Casebook)

Presented as a 7” box set for the first time ever is the Wu Tang Clan’s classic debut. It’s a beautiful thing spreading the tracks over six 7” records and including 56 page book with interviews and lyrics etc. Wonderful for Wu Tang obsessives but just imagine how many times you are going to have to get off yo ass when playing it. 

Young Fathers
Tape One / Tape Two

Essential re-issue of the early years of eventual Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. 'Tape 1' and 'Tape 2' saw the band honing their near unclassifiable sound which blends hip-hop with influences from indie, jazz and soul. 'Tape 1' in particular is totally magnificent  - a call to arms that ensured that we were in the presence of something really special.