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New Year Pre-orders

As the music industry shuts down for its annual putting it's feet up let's take a look at some of the things we have to look forward to in 2018.   

Palm
Rock Island

Jerky rhythm riders Palm navigate their songs as if they were F Zero levels -- from side to side they skirt, their guitars moving forward as if it were the same thing as winding backwards. This new record they’ve done, ‘Rock Island’, is a toast to straightline chaos, its weird, exuberant math-making advancing their sound a thou...view item »

Postcards
I'll Be Here In The Morning

Postcards are a Lebanese dream-pop type outfit who are releasing their debut record I'll Be Here In The Morning on Ruptured. Made up of four friends, this record is a great collection of lush vocals and simple to follow music scores that fit together like bees to honey. Available on vinyl LP and CD. ...view item »

Jon Brion
Lady Bird

This is the first time this soundtrack has come on the music market as a full release. A collection of rather mellow and easy-listening music, Jon Brion's Lady Bird is available on three different formats: CD, LP and a limited edition white vinyl LP. This original motion picture soundtrack has been released by Fire Soundtracks.&...view item »

Twin Peaks
Sweet '17 Singles

'Sweet '17 Singles' is a compilation of 7" tracks that were released earlier this year, selling out almost immediately. Together they form a consistent and quite lovely record, full of wistful bluesy swing that's reminiscent of Women, though with a pastorally psychedelic tone not a million miles from Van Morrison....view item »

John Tejada
Dead Start Program

More techno please John. Thanks. Mr. Tejada returns with yet more for Kompakt with Dead Start Program, which demonstrates his trance-inducing and haze-imbibed style in its totality. With a tinge of signature Tejada soul, these eleven tracks mark an unbelievable thirteenth album in a catalogue of hard-hitters....view item »

Fire!
The Hands

What is this rumpus? I would have to say that rumpus is Fire, with an exclamation mark, whose newest record takes a mini left turn in embracing rock music as you knew it. Or, perhaps I should say, as you once knew it; as my dad likes to know it, in definitions that focus it around Hendrix and ...view item »

Arcade Fire
Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort is taken from Arcade Fire’s 5th album Everything Now, which divided fans. However, this limited edition white vinyl 12” might win a few back. It features the track in two forms - a 12 vinyl version and - WAKE UP PORTISHEAD FANS - a Geoff Barrow...view item »

Ghost Music
I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here

This is another one that slipped us by just because we are busy but if we are to bring you wonderful music that you may not have come across then we must make time to check these things out and then tell you about them. Otherwise we're just selling you what you already know about.  Ghost Music are from Southend-On-Sea but sound more...view item »

Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci
Consequence Shadows

More somnolent, slow-burning electroacoustic ambience courtesy of Ian “Home Normal” Hawgood and rippling fieldrec soundscapist Guilio Aldinucci. There are sometimes more layers to these arrangements than first meet the ear, as it seems great care has gone into ensuring all elements b...view item »

Big Black
Racer-X

This is the one where Albini was aiming for a big rock sound but made a mess of it and instead came up with something samey and monolithic  - no bad thing as it turns out. It was released in April 1985 just before their 'Atomizer' debut as they slowly got to the vicious sound we know and (perhaps) love.   ...view item »

Arcade Fire
Put Your Money on Me

Put Your Money On Me is taken from Arcade Fire’s most ‘pop’ album to date, Everything Now. Fans will no doubt be clambering over each other to get their mits on this limited edition transparent red vinyl 12”, featuring a different version of the slow burning yet catchy trac...view item »

Half Japanese
Why Not?

Prompt follow up to last year's 'Hear the Lions Raw' and just as vibrant at that album which proved that after 42 years of 'music' making, the brothers Fair still have a lot of ideas at their disposal. Like Pere Ubu, Half Japanese's system seems to consist of producing reasonably inspired art rock and letting a cra...view item »

A Grave With No Name
Passover

A Grave With No Name is a fitting moniker for purveyors of a downbeat and melancholy strain of Americana (despite being London-based). Their fourth album sees the continued expansion of their originally lo-fi sound, with central figure Alex Shields drafting in Frank Ocean...view item »

The Shins
The Worms Heart

The creative whizz behind The Shins, James Mercer had an itch he needed to scratch following the recording of their last album, Heartworms, and scratch it he did. He re-recorded the album, introducing acoustic guitars and a slower tempo to fast tracks and injecting the slower tracks with a bit of rock oomph. The Worms Heart was ...view item »

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

Ian keeps banging on to me about Butterfly Child. One of those bands I missed in the 90s when I was too busy trying to figure out Bark Psychosis. I only heard their most recent record 'Futures' but Ian reckons this is where it's at. With tracks like 'Lunar Clipse' I tend to agree. This is fantastic '80s/'90s ...view item »

Television Personalities
Beautiful Despair

Beautiful Despair is an unreleased album by cult indie band, Television Personalities. Unreleased until now, that is! The album was recorded, but unfinished in 1990. Some tracks appeared in different guises elsewhere, but this is the first time they’ve been released in their original form. A couple of the tracks mention th...view item »

Lucy Dacus
Historian

Indie-rock sensation Lucy Dacus returns with her second album, Historian. She feels as though, she left every bit of herself on the tape, saying everything she wanted to say. A fuller sound than debut record, No Burden, has been brought about with mixing input from producer John Congleton...view item »

The Courteeners
St. Jude Re:Wired

The Courteeners frontman, Liam Fray, went on a little jaunt around the country playing acoustic shows. Inspired by this, and to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album, The Courteeners have decided to re-record St. Jude in an unplugged stylie...view item »

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