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July Pre-orders Part 2

Even more.  Not content with 50+ good records being added to the site recently yet another batch arrive which we simply must highlight for you. We're good to you aren't we? Go on, treat yourself.   
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Anthroprophh
SRR2.5 Special Love Songs for Hardworking People in Alarm Clock Britain

Further proof that people will never stop parodying that Throbbing Gristle sleeve comes from the band of former the Heads guitarist Paul Allen. These are five tracks of heavy jams and throbbing electronics all unreleased except one and that only came out in a limited edition of 50 so you probably won't have it.  
  • Vinyl LP (CC-05)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Astrid & Rachel Grimes
Through The Sparkle

Here is an interesting sounding collaboration between French ensemble Astrid and Rachel's founder and pianist Rachel Grimes. Following years of email correspondence the two hooked up in France to collaborate and the result is this an album of miniature symphonies, gentle and cinematic sounds and haunting neo-classical.  

Carlton Melton
Hidden Lights

San Franciscan psychedelic trippy guys Carlton Melton unleash the first fruits of their new jams with this 25 minute three track EP. This is the first offering since Out To Sea and should showcase further cosmic journeys this time augmented by Phil Manley (Fucking Champs etc) in the production chair. 

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun

Over her five previous LPs, California’s Chelsea Wolfe has won many plaudits for her grand, gothic take on the classic singer-songwriter tradition. If Hiss Spun’s lead single ‘16 Psyche’ is anything to go by, all of the parts remain in good working order. If anything, Hiss Spun will probably up the doom-rock ante - Queens of the Stone Age axeman Troy Van Leeuwen appears frequently on the album, and it was recorded by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.

Coldplay
Kaleidoscope EP

Once post-Britpop and sad but now firmly fluorescent anthem merchants, Coldplay and their "allthiest" frontman Chris Martin bring out a new EP that shows just what the big time has done to them. A live version of a hit with The Chainsmokers plus new tracks "All I Can Think About Is You" and "A L I E N S", which was produced by Brian Eno, the dude who gave them their hitmaker status back with Viva La Vida. 

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 1

Increasingly influential sax honker Colin Stetson does everything with a saxophone except make it sound like an actual saxophone. As anyone who has ears knows this is a good thing and here comes a re-issue of his very first solo album originally released in 2007 and showcases the amazing pips, squeaks and squarks he gets out of the instrument to make his compositions. 

David Bowie
A New Career In A New Town (1977 – 1982)

Calling all very rich Bowie fans, you are in for a treat. This collection compiles all his albums between 1977 and 1982 which of course takes in his now classic 'Berlin Trilogy'. Not only that but 'Lodger' has been remixed by Tony Visconti and includes a bonus collection of single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks. Photos and stuff too. Imagine if all of these re-issues had happened and he hadn't died?  

Dizzee Rascal
Raskit

He’s back back back baby: the original grime crossover hero Dizzee Rascal returns with this sixth album, following a four year wait. Raskit features a number of American producers on the beats, leading Rascal into some more hip-hop territory than previously, while still maintaining grime credentials and pop smash power. Double LP on Island.

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Has Fallen EP

Still riding ever strong, nearly 30 years after he created his intriguing electronic hip-hop universe, DJ Shadow extends his mammoth back-catalogue with The Mountain Has Fallen EP. Featuring Danny Brown and Nas, this material shows no sign of Shadow slowing down; Instead the gears are lodged in fifth.

Dungen
Häxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)

Well then: this. What a conundrum: the psychedelic tour-de-force that is Dungen offer up their huge jam galaxy Haxan for rework splicing by Prins Thomas, who does everything from chopping to screwing on a longlist of versions. It's a fascinating idea for a collaboration and it musters up an entirely new album, with different exploratory routes to those originally intended by the band -- think of it as mere source material for a new adventure.

Eberhard Kranemann & Harald Grosskopf
Krautwerk

Two huge contributors of the German electronic music scene team up for the first time. Eberhard Kranemann (Fritz Müller) who co-founded Kraftwerk and NEU! And Harald Grosskopf of Ashra, Synthesist, and Klaus Schulze. Krautwerk journeys into the influences of German music, from Krautrock to electronic experimentation, mixing man and machine. Equal parts a reflective and a futuristic vision.

Gary Numan
Savage

With hair blacker even than David Gedge, long term electronic pioneer and goth rocker Gary Numan is back with his 22nd album 'Savage'. Expect the normal terrifying electronic rock that could only be performed by looking menacing and being ladled with dry ice on an enormo stage. Long term fans will rejoice bleakly.  

Girl One And The Grease Guns
Night Of The Living Electrical Appliances

Leeds premier synth poppers Girl One and the Grease Guns follow up their singles collection with an actual album which blends their upbeat synth pop with more skeleton moody numbers recalling Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and early Depeche Mode. Their scuzzy take on electro and fuzz pop is always a winning formula. 

Goblin
Seven Notes In Red

A book about Goblin the cult band who revolutionised the concept of music in film. This goes through their history, year by year, track by track telling the story of all their incarnations and full of anecdotes. Utterly essential for fans of Goblin and those with an interest in film soundtracks. Available in paperback or hardback. 

Goldie
Inner City Life 2017

"What a mess" said one Youtube user of Burial's remix of Goldie's 'Inner City Life'. Well you can now get that 'mess' on silver coloured vinyl headed up by Goldie's 2017 re-work of his classic track. All nicely timed for Goldie's forthcoming new one but Burial fans can now complete their collection without paying exorbitant amounts for the RSD version.  

Guided By Voices
How Do You Spell Heaven

Rather like Mark E Smith, Robert Pollard has a habit of pulling out a plum just when you are thinking it's all over. Re-grouped and re-invigorated with an (almost) all new line up, last years August By Cake was more like the band we remembered and hot on it's heels we get another. Fifteen new tunes from the fab (insert this week's line up number).    

Jehst
Billy Green Is Dead

This is the first new album from criminally underrated British hip-hop artist Jehst in more than 6 years. He's obviously used the time wisely concocting this ambitious sprawl of an album which follows his fictional character Billy Green through a turbulent life which leaves him at breaking point and eventually (spoiler alert) dead.  

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid

Winner of our Album of the Year competition in 2016 with EARS, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith now serves up a new selection which is nothing if not ambitious. She has now produced a four part album which chronicles the for defining segments of life exemplifying Smith's deep thinking ability to delve further than the average composer. 

Kelley Stoltz
Que Aura

Remember the Beatles? Kelly Stoltz has done on previous albums but here he dips into other forms of anglophile music with nods to Pulp, Fleetwood Mac (they were kinda English) and the Cleaners From Venus. Quality power pop from a man who deserves to be known more than just being the Dwight Twilley of his generation. 

Lana Del Ray
Lust For Life

Now where have I heard that title before? Nope. It's not coming. Anyway here is global superstar Lana Del Ray with her guest straddled fourth album. The Weeknd, A$AP Rock and Stevie Nicks all make appearances here and its absolutely heartwarming to see her grinning away on the sleeve.   

Lee Gamble
Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble’s first full-length in three years is a record of nuanced edge-of-the-dancefloor music that finds a fitting home on Hyperdub. Gamble describes Mnestic Pressure as a record that seeks to find order in an increasingly chaotic world and regain a sense of self separate from the images one is constantly subject to in 2017. This manifests itself as an album of aquatic electronica and Burial-esque post-rave stylings.

Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface

Emo gruff Manchester Orchestra, known also as Andy Hull, has roared his way through records about being friendless and loveless, combining indie rawk crunch with the kinda pop-punk self-pity afforded to the Brand News of this world. His new record, A Black Mile to the Surface, sees him try to make a blockbuster iteration of this sound, going for the biggest and boldest sound. Will he be invited to merge with the Arcade Fire? The world waits with baited breath.

Maps and Diagrams
Mosaic

Maps & Diagrams is Tim Martin (Atlantis/Black Elk/Bluhm). Moving to Handstitched for Mosaic he strips back the glitchy beats and leaves just the glitch and his stunning synthesis to create digital soundscapes, but it doesn't reach drone levels, more like beatless downtempo. Absolutely tiny run of these all with individual packaging and artwork including.

Marc Almond
Shadows and Reflections

If anyone is perfect for singing an album of 1960's torch songs and baroque pop it's Marc Almond. He has previous in the genre (and has scored huge hits too) but here he covers some of his favourites by the likes of Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin as well as a couple of original compositions for good measure. 

Mark Kozelek
Rock 'N' Roll Singer

He's indie rock's most formidable and canonical arsehole. Before he was quite as annoying and reminiscent of Grampa Simpson on one of his go-nowhere rants, he was slightly more redeemable and a better songwriter to boot. Rock 'n' Roll Singer was his debut record under his own name, following on from slowcore sadsaps Red House Painters and between the initially lovely Sun Kil Moon project. It has a handful of originals, plus several AC/DC covers, because this man is an idiot. There's also a rework of a John Denver cut. He sucks but he didn't used to.

Mark Lanegan Band
Still Life With Roses - Gargoyle Remixes

Ol' growler gets parts of his recent pretty decent 'Gargoyle' album remixed by all this years hottest remixers such as Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood, Not Waving and the always busy Pye Corner Audio culminating in a six tracker annexe to the album that you can play at home as well as down the discotheque. 

Martin Hannett
Homage to Delia Derbyshire

Martin Hannett is the producer who did all your favourite Manchester post-punk records, but check this out: he also created his own work. Homage to Delia Derbyshire is unreleased material from 1982, made with various synths and electronics. This music feels very intimate and personal, partly because it was not made with public release in mind. Really interesting stuff, released at last by Ozit Dandelion.

Melanie De Biasio
Lilies

We loved Melanie De Biasio's recent Blackened Cities release but here she drops the big one on her third full length album. Her sound is something like Nina Simone channelling Bark Psychosis as she sings the blues over spectral spooky jazz with a post rock sense of ambition. Looking forward to it.  

METZ
Strange Peace

A new record from probably North America's loudest band promises to be ear-shredding, particularly when recording genius/grump Steve Albini has allowed them into his lair. This live-to-tape recording tries to grasp the full racket of the band in the flesh, resulting in an accessible yet terrifying ride. 

Mike Cooper
Raft

Guitar lopsider Mike Cooper has been making some of the best improvisations of the last lifetime. At seventy-five years old he's still finding extraordinary new non-shapes to mould his lap steel into, here joining Lawrence English's room40 imprint for a record of discombobulated ambient music that strains and stutters but always sounds gorgeous. Inspired by Pacific music, this record sounds like the calm of a sea when living on its surface. 

Mount Kimbie
Love What Survives

As the third album from British electronic duo Mount Kimbie, September 8th released Love What Survives promises to be their most expansive and ambitious yet. Featuring cameos from the Mercury-winning James Blake, just the tracklist highlights the steep progression of this band since their previous 2013 album. Off-kilter indie-dance.

Mønic
Deep Summer / Burial Remix

To mark the 50th release on his Osiris Music label, Simon Shreeve goes under his Mønic alias for this two tracker. Low down and spacious, vocal led Deep Summer is already one to float away to, but it’s only gone and been remixed by Burial, making this somewhat of a masterclass in downtempo atmospherics.

Nurse With Wound
Dark Fat

Dark Fat is what happens when Nurse With Wound elect to record all their live performances for a whole decade and then turn their curious eyes to the task of forming some new creature from the audio morass. What we get is a whole new set of compositions: you might catch the ghost of a gig you remember, but don’t bet on it. Double CD on Dirter.

Olafur Arnalds
Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Now very famous indeed composer Olafur Arnalds has gone back to his roots and reworked this his debut release with the help of friend Nils Frahm who took charge of the remastering. Seeing as though the original album transported the listener from birth to death we wonder if there's anything else that can be squeezed out here. Whatever it's a chance to revisit Arnalds at the beginning of his career arc.  

Omni
Multi-task

Omni's debut 'Deluxe' was one of those records which seeped rather than marched into your consciousness. The fact that we sell a copy seemingly on a daily basis exemplifies it's popularity. The band have the nimble fleet fingered sound of fellow Athens group Pylon and in guitarist Frankie Broyles they have an ex Deerhunter nimble on the fretwork.  This second LP expands their musical palette whilst keeping their minimalist agit-pop sound intact.   

Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent

The first for Domino from unique Detroit post-punkers Protomatyr and their fourth in total. This follows on from the divisive 'The Agent Intellect' but from the sounds of lead track 'A Private Understanding' this is music everyone can enjoy.  Prime thought provoking complex guitar rock with nods towards Ought and Sonic Youth. 

Shit & Shine
Hamburger

The ever prolific Shit and Shine continue to explore different sounds and here team up with similarly oddball explorers Gang of Ducks to issue this extremely limited 12". This release sees them continue to mine a wide sonic palette taking in drugged up funk, slo-mo EDM and blurry future techno.  

Six By Seven
EXII

Six By Seven have been a long running psych/kraut/alt rock band who are now pretty much run by leader Chris Olley. This albums sees him further explore his roots in the now very fashionable German kraut rock and kosmische scene and has only used instruments and equipment that were available in the era. 

Soccer Mommy
Collection

Sophie Allison - Soccer Mommy to you lot - describes her music as ‘chill but kinda sad’. She’s right you know. Having upped several albums to Bandcamp throughout her teenage years, the 19-year-old’s persistence and knack for a good tune has been rewarded with a compilation-plus-some-new-bits on Fat Possum. Frankie Cosmos, Trust Fund and Girlpool are the obvious touchstones.

Sundara Karma
Explore

Sundara Karma burst onto the scene with their Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect LP (soon to be re-issued and revamped).  In the meantime they issue a limited 7" of Explore which as fun a slice of Strokes-ish, Arcade Fire ish  indie that you are likely to find dwelling in the Thames Valley. 

The Clientele
Music for the Age of Miracles

Oh thank God a new the Clientele album and by the time it comes out it will be near autumn so you can listen to this while wandering down leafy lanes at dusk - the perfect setting for Alistair MacLean's melancholic form of 60's influence psych and jangle. They now have a santoor (a kind of Indian dulcimer) on board but this just sounds like the Clientele which is perfect news for when the days grow dark. 

The Fall
New Facts Emerge

"Produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith" says the press release. Let's hope he was involved somewhere even if only for microphone gurgling. This is the Fall's millionth LP but the first since 2015's 'Sub Lingual Tablet'-  a lifetime in the Fall world. Now settled in a dependable trudge-a-long line up let's hope this has some of the panache recent records have lacked. On weird formats.   
  • Vinyl Double 10" (BRED706)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The La's
The La's

Oh those poor the La's. Just imagine the internet meltdown if they ever decided to release another note of music. As it is we have to make do with their debut and only album being re-issued over and over and over again. It is of course a brilliant record despite what Lee Mavers thinks and here it is once again on 180g vinyl with download code.  

The Sisters of Mercy
Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Big box set showcasing the early years of preposterous Leeds goth rockers Sisters of Mercy as their brand of dark and swirling rock got increasingly popular culminating enormous sounding rock hit 'Temple of Love'. Lots of rare and early goth fun and includes the 'Temple of Love' and 'Under the Gun' 12"s.  

Torres
Three Futures

Reina plays it out to Carragher. Now on to Alonso. Alonso to Mascherano, who then gives it to Gerrard. Gerrard … striding forward confidently. He’s in a good position. Oh, what a lovely pass! It’s through to Torres! Torres shapes to shoot... and comes through with an LP full of quietly experimental indie pop in the vein of Wild Beasts, Zola Jesus and St. Vincent. The songwriting is as strong as anything on MacKenzie Scott’s previous two LPs, and the production from Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) is pretty and detailed. It’s a goal!

Tricky
ununiform

As the latest addition to Tricky's ever-mounting mammoth back-catalogue, Ununiform is an intricate offering which amounts to his furthest lefturn yet. 13 tracks long, the record firmly cements the British producer's status at legendary - if it wasn't already. Avoid this musical journey at your peril.

V/Vm
Brabant Schrobbeler

Back when he didn't have a mane of bubbly curls and called himself James - Leyland Kirby was better known for his insane project V/Vm a kind of cross between experimental and sound collage/comedy act that couldn't be more different from his later solo and the Caretaker work. Here is a vinyl pressing of his experiments into 'new beat' an unacknowledged part of Manchester's dance music canon.  

Various
Manchester: North Of England - A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993

Manchester  - good isn't it? Well you can now buy every single musical sound that came out of the city on this bumper 7CD box set. As well as the usual big hitters you'll want to dig deep and get it for some of the more esoteric stuff such as brilliant overlooked indie bands Dub Sex, King of the Slums as well as the lesser spotted female side of the generally lad-based scene with the likes of Ludus, Carmel, Jane and Nico. 

Wand
Plum

The first album in two years from West Coast psych outfit Wand and for this they've added two new members which has brought about a much more democratic songwriting process than before. The album was borne out of improvisational sessions which yielded dense and wildly chromatic music, pushing the envelope of their previous psych fuzz sound.  

Wen
Carve + Gaze

We were all asking … Wen we’d be hearing something new from one of the most original voices in instrumental grime. Having been quite quiet since a flurry of releases in 2014 and 2015, the Kent producer has resurfaced on Big Dada and fronted four tracks of square-wave skullduggery. The anti-drop on lead single ‘Blips’ is a joy.