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Before you spend all your money on Record Store Day we'd better quickly round up all the other stuff that is available on the site to pre-order for April and beyond. Handpicked by our loyal staff for maximum impact. Save trailing through the site for later, this is what you need now.
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Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
LAGEOS

Following the single release of ‘Audio Track 5’ last September, Ninja Tune now offer up an entire LP of Darren “Actress” Cunningham’s collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra, which first performed at the Barbican in 2016 (helpfully, ‘Audio Track 5’ is track 8 here). The daunting task of adopting an entire suite of new acoustic instruments into his mucky toolset seems to have led Actress to clean up his sound a fair whack, immediately putting his signature sound at risk. Still, what comes out is a lovely texture.

Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

The long-awaited return of those indie rock archetypes Arctic Monkeys. Five years after 2013’s AM, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the next chapter in their journey from dishevelled Sheffield boys of the noughties to slick and swaggering Americanised rock gang. Or, how Alex Turner went from scruffy to professional. Available on transparent vinyl LP, on Domino.

Bjork
Arisen My Senses (Jlin, Lanark Artefax, Kelly Lee Owens Remixes)

Promising release from up-and-coming Icelandic artist Björk. One of the standouts of Utopia, ‘Arisen My Senses’ - a co-production with Arca - opens that LP with what can only be described as cautious bombast. Emerging from the love lockdown that was Vulnicura, ‘Arisen My Senses’ is the sound of dawn after a dark night of the soul. This EP comes fleshed out with weapons-grade remixes from Lanark Artefax, Jlin and Kelly Lee Owens.
  • Vinyl 12" (1444TP12)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Blossoms
Cool Like You

Just look at the sleeve? Wouldn't you just want to hang out with those guys? They are like Embrace but with cool lights. Well last time round Blossoms knack of writing catchy post Oasis anthems and adding enough 80s production to get local radio programmers everywhere putting away their Howard Jones LPs was a winning formula.  Now it's that 'difficult' second album. They have a great car. They'll be ok. 

Buffalo Tom
Roman Cars

Boston flannel lovers Buffalo Tom, release a second 7" from their recent 'Quiet & Peace' LP. This one is a Japanese import on Formosa Punk records and there's only 300 of the buggers. You'll want it because there's an exclusive track on the B side which you won't be able to get anywhere else.  
  • Vinyl 7" (Shade 023)
  • £8.99 £7.19 (saving: £1.80)
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  • Limited edition

Carla Bozulich
Quieter

One of Constellation Record's secret weapons, Carla Bozulich returns with Quieter an album of fleshed out unreleased tracks. The press release only compares her to other female musicians (rightly including the likes of Jenny Hval, Grouper, Noveller), but I've always thought of her as part of the male-dominated twisted-blues rules by the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits. If she were a man she'd be massive. 

Chris Carter
Chemistry Lessons Volume 1

The synth-king of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti Void presents a solo album, his first for seventeen years! Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 has a sort of vintage flavour, with old-school electronics weaving around almost folk-esque melodies. It’s got twenty-five tracks too, so plenty of Carter to feast on. Released by Mute.

Echo Ladies
Pink Noise

Swiftly following up their much-loved EP which garnered attention from the likes of 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, this Swedish dream-pop/shoegaze band drop the big debut. Referencing the old sounds of Cocteau Twins, New Order and the Cure but also the modern day sonic thrills of A Place to Bury Strangers they look sure to deliver on that early promise.  

Elysia Crampton
Elysia Crampton

One year on from the brilliant Demon City, Elysia Crampton is back with her new self-titled album. One of the most inventive electronic producers in the scene, her music is ambitious not just musically, but also conceptually. Expect weird club bangers informed by science fiction and radical queerness. 

Freddie Gibbs & Statik Selektah
Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away

Before Piñata there was Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away. In 2011 Freddie Gibbs got together with Statik Selektah and they live-streamed themselves recording an entire album in a day. Gibbs' iconic flow on top of Static's boom bap production makes for a combination more than deserving of the Omerta 'first time on vinyl' treatment. 

Gang Gang Dance
Kazuashita

Beloved freak outfit Gang Gang Dance return with a record for 4ad! Still with all the silly track titles you've come to love, their new one is called Kazuashita and sees them melding together ambient and shoegaze in a textural standoff that's sure to knock your socks off or at the very least slowly unravel them. Good to have you back, my friends.

Girls Names
Stains on Silence

It looked like Girls Names were really onto something a few years ago with their dark swirling Echo & the Bunnymen style rock but then their drummer left and that was followed by a crisis of confidence about the recordings that have turned into 'Stains of Silence'. However, re-grouped, refreshed the band have reworked the album and have created a short sharp work that they hope will stand up to the intense, jagged records that have influenced them.  

GNOD
Chapel Perilous

Working out in Eindhoven, shapeshifting Salford racket warriors Gnod had time and space to construct two pulverising tracks that they had already been playing on the road, plus sculpted further material more abstract in nature. The result is an invigorating album of furious riffs and bleak dubbed out soundscapes. 

Gruff Rhys
Babelsberg

Here's the latest from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys which is his first for Rough Trade in quite some time. He's recorded it with composer Stephen McNeff and the (wait for it) 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. That's an amazing amount of people/instruments. Early indications suggest it is his best album to date which is quite some going as the lad is a very consistent performer as it is.  

Hieroglyphic Being
The Language of Strings

A nat’s crochet after the drop of new Hieroglyphic Being LP The Red Notes via Soul Jazz, the one born Jamal Moss presents this selection of ‘audio memoirs’ via his own Mathematics label. The Language Of Strings is another release of excellent, eloquent Midwestern techno from one of its finest exponents.

Hieroglyphic Being
The Replicant Dream Sequence (Blue PA14 Series)

Following up his loving tribute to all things innovative in the jazz world from classic Blue Note records onwards on 'The Red Notes', Jamal Moss releases The Replicant Dream Sequence (Blue PA14 Series) under his foremost Hieroglyphic Being alias.  Moss visited the late Bob Moog's Sound Lab at the tail end of 2016 and the Chicago house music innovator tested the classic and futuristic machines to their oscillating limits. Prismatic Afro-Futurism never sounded so Moogy, so groovy. Limited edition LP and CD on Moog Recordings Library.

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Clippety Clop

Got some good press releases to work off today.... this one says simply "new album from Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs". Great. Ok then it's got a horse on the cover and Holly Golightly is actually her real name. Her mother named her after the Breakfast At Tiffany's character. She has played with Billy Childish and has become something of a garage rock legend over the years.  

James Heather
Stories From Far Away On Piano

If you like the ‘post-classical’ ivory-tinkling of your Nils Frahms, your Max Richters and your Olafur Arnaldses, then this one’s for you. James Heather might have spent more than a decade working at Ninja Tune - this comes out via rebooted NT sub-label Ahead Of Our Time - but this LP is more the kind of thing you’d find crop up on Village Green or Erased Tapes. Nine pretty piano ditties to sink into here.

Johnny Marr
Call The Comet

Johnny Marr is nothing if not confident. In a recent Uncut interview he described this, his third solo album, as the best thing he's ever worked on. Therefore I'm really looking forward to hearing a record that is better than Meat is Murder. Still, he's pretty much the only Smith it's now ok to like so he's always welcome round here.   

Jon Hassell
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First album in nine years from Fourth World aesthetic creator Jon Hassell. On Listening To Pictures he applies the painterly technique of pentimento, where new strokes unearth older ones, to a kind of ambient jazz. Using overdubs Hassell creates dense ever shifting layers that are an absolute joy on the ears. 

Jonny Greenwood
Bodysong

As well as being in enormous miseries Radiohead,  Jonny Greenwood (as well also as having the floppiest hair on the planet) has his own soundtrack biz. This is his debut soundtrack from 2003 and in it he fuses experimental music, jazz, electronic and classical music. It has now been re-issued in a gatefold style LP. 

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Oh my God he is walking on water whilst carrying a saxophone. To some Kamasi Washington is the sort of person who could walk on water with his blend of psychedelic cosmic jazz and horn workouts. His first album 'The Epic' was a hell of a thing and 'Heaven & Earth' which is split into two bits ('Heaven'/'Earth') is bound to be just as ambitious and will further crown him as the lord of modern psychedelic jazz. 

Kathryn Joseph
Tell My Lover

Single Tell My Lover on 7” from Scottish indie folk singer/songwriter Kathryn Joseph, whose debut LP won the Scottish Album of the Year award back in 2015. A tender and sensitive song with all the fragile power of Joseph’s otherworldly vocals and gentle melodies. Out on Glasgow's Rock Action label.
  • Vinyl 7" (ROCKACT113S)
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  • Last copy

Landing
Bells In New Towns

Landing have been at it for twenty years but 'Bells in New Towns' proves that they are still as strong as ever. They play a textured form of post rock, motorik kraut and blissed out shoegaze that is lush and shimmering bringing to mind other long running US outfits such as Yo La Tengo and Bardo Pond.  

Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still

Well, Leon Vynhall wrote a book. In the mid 20th century Vynhall's grandparents emigrated to New York, a journey he has found incredibly inspirational. The sum is Nothing Is Still, an album, a novella, and more. What's more it features most of an orchestra. Vynhall's debut album is nothing if not ambitious.

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other stuff. The effect is a moody series of fragmented classical and ambient phrases in a slow dance.

Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord Taylor Deupree helming the remaster.

Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek

Eighty eight further minutes of your life you won't get back again with this latest album from Mark Kozelek's favourite singer.  Recorded partly in hotels, I'm looking forward to hearing what particular accommodation gripes he has this time. If this is not enough for you then there's also a new Sun Kil Moon album due later in the year. Rejoice! 

Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins
All Sorts Of Heroes

Pressed for the first time on vinyl this is a lost experiment by legendary Factory producer Martin Hannett and Invisible Girls Steve Hopkins.  Initially soundtracking a short film which never saw the light of day this is a bass heavy piece of cartoon funk/disco which draws parallels with Hannett's work with ESG. Also we are assured that this IS Martin Hannett this time. Hi Ozit Dandelion. 

Mika Vainio
Lydspor One & Two (Blue TB7 Series)

Taken from the recordings the late Mika Vainio made on his visit to the Moog Sound-lab in 2015, it's Lydspor One & Two. Lydspor is Danish for soundtrack, and here -- available for the first time, on two sides of vinyl and CD edition -- are the tracks documenting Vainio's tinkerings with the prototype Moog Modular System 55, a reverse-engineered edition replicating the 1970s classic synth. A second session was planned but sadly Vainio died before that could happen. The record is thus a fitting memorial to a wonderfully gifted, softly spoken man. On Moog Recordings Library.

Oneohtrix Point Never
Age Of

The new Vangelis gets round to his eighth studio LP, to be released by Warp. Born in part from his MYRIAD project for the Red Bull Music Academy, this latest album sees Oneohtrix Point Never screwballing some new styles into his Blade Runner-goes-electroacoustic ouevre. This means computer music colliding with harpsichords as well as old folk sounds in a typically neurotic manner.

Pinkshinyultrablast
Miserable Miracles

Now down to a three piece Pinkshinyultrablast release their third album Miserable Miracles. Previous long players Everything Else Matters and Grandfeathered saw the Russian band produce massive walls of hypnotic noise that mixed the shoegaze sounds of My Bloody Valentine with the full on riffage of Smashing Pumpkins, this new stripped down trio have now adopted a more crystalline synth pop sound so it'll be interesting to see if they can still cut the mustard. 

Prefuse 73
Sacrifices

Last spotted writing an album called 'Lady Parts' as Fudge, it feels like time Scott Heron got back to doing what he's best at. After many years of output he still has great production chops and though we have absolutely zero information about this album we're sure it will be as much anticipated as all his previous work.  

Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

Next on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label is a reissue of this fine set of recordings from New Guinea, captured in the field by Ragnar Johnson. If Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang sounds oddly familiar, that might just be because parts of it were sampled on Bjork’s recent Utopia album! Clear and beautiful flute recordings to really listen to. Double LP and double CD editions.

Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones - Music from the HBO Series: Season 4 (Coloured Tour Edition)

Have you ever heard of that bloodthirsty fantasy TV show called 'Game Of Thrones', based on that set of tomes (also known as books) called 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin? If you have, then you have probably also been freaked out/unsettled/made to feel less-than-whole by its soundtrack, which is scored by the ever creepy mood-setter Ramin Djawadi. You can now hear his compositions for season four of the show on vinyl. As has become tradition for the show, season four also features a "cover" of a song from within the show's world, contributed this time by Sigur Rós, who perform "The Rains of Castamere" -- they follow in the footsteps of the National and the Hold Steady, bless them. 

Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones - Music from the HBO Series: Season 5 (Coloured Tour Edition)

The original soundtrack to season 5 of everyone’s favourite fantasy-flick, Game of Thrones. Here with have the atmospheric and captivating compositions of Ramin Djawadi, including the iconic main title theme. Spread over two vinyl LPs, the score spans an array of emotion and has something for fans and non-fans of the show alike.

Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones - Music from the HBO Series: Season 6 (Coloured Tour Edition)

Game of Thrones: the show where people get hit with swords and everyone shrugs. Season six saw the grand plot twist of a person dying but then undying, and also some other stuff happened -- presumably while it snowed. This time around, composer Ramin Djawadi went properly next level on the score, offering some stunning set-pieces, including an unexpected finale composition not dissimilar from Nils Frahm or A Silver Mt. Zion. I can assure you that this sorrowful and lovely music is a lot more enjoyable when there's no one swearing, spitting or murdering over the top of it.

Roger Eno
Dust of Stars

The press release manages to write several paragraphs about Roger Eno without mentioning his brother. We will though. It's our Brian's brother. But really he should be seen in his own right as a composer of note and here collaborates with producer Youth (Killing Joke, Embrace etc) where Roger's spectral piano combines with Youth's cinematic soundscapes.  
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

Summer’s coming, which means that we must brace ourselves once more for a deluge of new records featuring pretty guitar riffs and nice singing. Getting in there early are Melbourne group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Their debut LP Hope Downs features more of the sunny jangle-grunge that characterised their buzz-building 2017 EP The French Press. Hit play if you find it uncomfortable to listen to Surfer Blood or Real Estate but want similar kicks. Out via Sub Pop.

Sote
Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

A new one from the most intense and hardcore mixer of all time, Sacred Horror In Design sees Sote follow-up the unbelievable and unprecedented Hardcore Sounds from Tehran. This record comes as a commission for Sote, who is joined by Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei, the trio bridging juxtapositions of electronics and Iranian classical music in divergent patterns. Sote left many of the instruments played on the record unprocessed against their electronic counterparts.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sparkle Hard

Here's renowned Pavementeer Stephen Malkmus with more indie rock verbosity. Sparkle Hard is his latest record as bandleader of the Jicks, and with its aggressively cheerful title, it's no surprise that he's found some peace writing from a place of joy. I'm sure there's some signature sad sighs in there, too, but it sounds like Malkmus is ready to have a good time.

Steve Roach
Dreamtime Return

Steve Roach’s 1988 ethno-ambient release Dreamtime Return hits the thirty-year mark and gets the anniversary remaster treatment. Combining appropriated references to Aboriginal Australian folklore and spirituality with his own creativity with electronic instruments, the album is a canonical masterpiece of New Age cheese.

Stuart A. Staples
Arrhythmia

Now resembling a kind of cross between Tosh Lines and Frank Burnside (both formerly of the Bill), Stuart Staples takes a break from Tindersticks to make his first solo LP in 13 years. The album has an unusual structure consisting of four songs but with one clocking in at thirty minutes in length, Staples has created a unique and experimental piece of work.    

Surgeon
Luminosity Device

Accomplished techno man Surgeon aka Anthony Child returns with Luminosity Device, a title that sounds like a verbose homage to lightbulbs until you learn it really refers to the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Might be a bit more spiritual, then. These are intense modular techno tunes with excellent sequencing and the sensitive (and sensible) live editing of a disciplined DJ, not a tedious bedroom eurorack jammer. This Surgeon fellow seems to know what he’s doing.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Hold That Thought

Are you ready for not one but two Brian Jonestown Massacre albums this year? Well get in the swing by buying this 10" which contains a taster track off each record. Another big year for the never pausing collective and look there is Anton on the cover looking like someone has just sat on his sitar.  

The Grid
One Way Traffic (Blue TB7 Series)

Dave Ball has done an awful lot more than just be in Soft Cell and have a moustache. Turns out he also guested with Psychic TV but his main other thing has been the Grid which reunited in 2015 and also includes Richard Norris who also starred in Beyond the Wizards Sleeve. This is a tour de force of  electronica and space noise jams from two experts in the field.  

The Messthetics
The Messthetics

What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine.  Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the biz.  

Various
Dutch Wave: A History Of Minimal Synth & Wave In The Netherlands

With 80s electronic music from the Low Countries all the rage at the moment, it was only a matter of time before someone started putting out some chronicling compilations. Step forward OnderStroom Records, who’ve really done their research for this one. Many of the eight tracks here were recorded in bedrooms and released in cheap cassette runs back in the day. Bringing them all together in one place allows for a celebration of the bygone Dutch DIY scene.

Wooden Shjips
V

In which the Shjips, according to the press release at least, trade in some of their trademark hypno-guitar drone for a more laid-back sound. Born out of contemplative takes on the various political and ecological madnesses of last summer, 'V' is intended as an antidote to current travails, "a respite from the insanity". Get in early enough and said respite can even be had on a limited white vinyl version (while stocks last, yada yada).