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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO
Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part 1

Endless psych legends Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO here, in lengthy jam mode: Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part 1 comprises two side-filling tracks, both of which will take you to deep space and back again in twenty or so minutes. Credits include bouzouki, tapes, speed guru, guitar-synthesiser and “space & time”, so you know you are in for a truly Acid Mothers ride.

Alice Coltrane
Lord Of Lords

Superior Viaduct with a superior record from a superior artist. Alice Coltrane has finally been getting her dues from the reissue game in recent years, and 1972’s Lord Of Lords is another crucial re-pressing. The last record of the trilogy that includes Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy, Coltrane takes charge of a sizeable orchestra here while also contributing piano and harp. Her combination of spiritual jazz, modal and avant-garde techniques and a simple quest for truth in music results in another wonderful record.

Anna Calvi
Hunter

Why is she so wet? What has she been doing? Anyway for this third album for Domino Anna Calvi has made a visceral and truthful record that explores those very 2018 themes of sexuality and gender identity resulting in her most raw and primal record to date. Recorded by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) and featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead) Calvi has made what is sure to be a thought provoking and passionate work. 

Anna Meredith
Anno

Certainly doing pretty nicely amongst the chattering arts set, thank you very much, Anna Meredith won Scottish Album of the Year award for her debut 'Varmints' and has been artist in residence and sat on panels and all that sort of stuff. Now she releases a new collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble where she intertwines original work with bits from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Not sure that you need us to introduce this one to you. The album that broke Aphex Twin to the masses (relatively speaking), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 starts with two genuinely sublime pieces of music, ‘Xtal’ and ‘Tha’, which your collection literally cannot be without. The whole thing is great though, whether for solo listening late at night or for esoteric dancefloors. An absolute classic.

Broken English Club
White Rats

Will you just look at that incredible tangle of fishnetted legs? You'd think it would be sexy but it's just....disturbing.  It sort of suits the music of Oliver Ho though with it's mixture of synthwave, metallic acid tracks and guitar drone with a heavy industrial influence. This is part one of a three album trilogy. You have been warned.   

Container
LP

This LP by Container is called LP and is released by Spectrum Spools, but please note that it is wholly different to the previous Container LPs released by Spectrum Spools, also called LP. This new one, recorded in 2017, is of course of a barrage of powerhouse techno with rough, grainy edges: dark ecstatic club power.

Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning

It now seems a lifetime ago that the Cowboy Junkies released the Trinity Sessions. Their slow moving music was surely an influence on Low et al but the band have been happy to continue just under the radar, in their own musical bubble. 'All That Reckoning' is their 17th album continuing their gentle take on alt country with lyrics marrying the personal and the political. 

Death Cab For Cutie
Thank You For Today

Once upon a time we'd have been as excited (or as excited as it's possible to get) about a new Death Cab For Cutie record but since Chris Walla left I'm not exactly sure why they are still here.  Perhaps Ben Gibbard's quite extraordinary fringe is the reason. It really is super-lush on the Verve-esque video for lead track 'Gold Rush' but that's as interesting as it all gets. 

Dirty Projectors
Lamp Lit Prose

After their bleak and rather ham-fisted, one sided self titled break up album, Dirty Projectors are hopefully back doing what they do best with this lovely-titled new record. Information is thin on the ground but we hear that Lampo Lit Prose is a return to the band's infectious and inventive pop music as showcased on Swing Lo Magellan. 

Donato Dozzy
Filo Loves The Acid

Everyone's favourite Italian lake-dweller sloshes about in the waters and then readies a new LP for Tresor. Filo Loves the Acid is a homage to the Roland TB-303 bass synth; they've given him homework to make some proper workouts with it. For someone who made a whole record out of mouth harp experiments, it should be a cake walk. 

Drab Majesty
Careless

Drab Majesty is the solo project of Deb Demure, who you may have seen drumming with the band Marriages. On Careless he jams the sounds feelings of his 1980’s LA childhood into Depeche Mode-esque dark synth-pop. The vinyl is a fetching shade of black, pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies only. Released by DAIS.

Fuck
The Band

After knocking out 8 albums between 1994 and 2003, Oakland, California indie rockers, Fuck seemed to disappear. 15 years later they return with ...The Band, an album title you’d have expected them to use earlier in their career. In fact, they haven’t plundered the obvious album title mine (eg: You, Off, Up) in their previous efforts at all. Perhaps they have returned to right this wrong. Also, reports suggest they’ve just made the best album of their career. LP and CD on Vampire Blues.

Green River
Come On Down

Green River’s Come On Down is a piece of history, being one of the first ever releases on the noted Grunge Records label. Released in 1985, this record features two of the guys from Mudhoney and two Pearl Jam lads, making it crucial listening for fans of either band, as well as a top slice of early sludgy alternative rock music. Now reissued by the Jackpot label, with a bonus track to boot.

Gulp
All Good Wishes

Gulp are comprised of Super Furry Animals Guto Pryce alongside Lindsey Leven and Gid Goundrey and have become rather expert at making psychedelic mini kraut gems which have a certain pop nous to them that recalls both their parent band and the likes of Stereolab. The band have an inventive and free flowing way of making music that ensure that they blend disparate influences into a sound all their own.  

Guru
Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Legendary for being one of the first albums to combine live jazz influenced playing with hip-hop production and rapping, Jazzmatazz was the debut solo album of Guru until then known as one half of Gang Starr. This 3LP deluxe edition includes the original album, an instrumental mix and a third LP of remixes along with a booklet with rare photos from the era.  

Haruomi Hosono
Philharmony

Haruomi Hosono, founder of the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra gets his abstract juices flowing with this exciting avant-garde reissue. Originally released in 1982, Philharmony is a jaunty journey through pop, synth workouts and blissful experimental wonder. Reissued in fine style by Light In The Attic.

Haruomi Hosono
Paraiso

Haruomi Hosono, reissued here to the joy of all! Paraiso is the last album of Hosono’s so-called Tropical Trilogy, three albums that deliver on their sunny, juicy, groovy tropical promise. This is the first time that this beautiful material has ever been reissued to vinyl outside of Japan, and the liner note feature a nice interview with the man himself. Thanks to Light In The Attic.

Helena Hauff
Qualm

Expert DJ Helena Hauff presents her second full length - a suite of her own productions, which are potent enough to stand tall alongside any of the gritty, futuristic electro she might choose to spin of an evening. Qualm is made up of direct hardware jams, and has appropriately hard-kicking results: ready for the floor, but with a certain sense of hovering dark atmosphere around it (see the German translation of Qualm: smoke).

IDLES
Joy as an Act of Resistance

Imagine if Slaves were not the worst ever of things, and if there were more of them in the band, and if that band also wasn’t Shame. Thus have we IDLES. The Bristol band's second LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance can get a bit punk-by-numbers at times, but there are some properly good tunes in here. ‘Danny Nedelko’ will be a massive festival song for years to come, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

Interpol
Marauder

A baker’s dozen of tunes from the mid-2000s indie bands who have grown old with the most grace. Marauder’s lead single ‘The Rover’ kind of sounds like Preoccupations having a go at covering ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, and in its own way it’s a charming post-punk ditty. They should have really called it Our Love to Maraud, but then again Interpol are not a band famed for their sense of humour.

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

It's somewhat of a holy grail of jazz, this. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is just that, an until-very-recently unknown and unheard studio album by the great John Coltrane. The sessions for the LP were laid down at the legendary Van Gelder Studios, with 'Trane at the peak of his powers and his classic Quartet in tow. So, here we have a document from one of the most important and influential groups in the history of music-kind having scaled the pinnacles and subsequently veering in exploratory tangents the world couldn't have anticipated. LP, Double Deluxe Edition LP with CD and 2-CD deluxe editions available, on Impulse!

Judy Dyble
Earth Is Sleeping

Folk-rock singer and songwriter Judy Dyble is set to return with a new solo album, Earth Is Sleeping -- following hard on the heels of her work with Andy Lewis, last year's ‘Summer Dancing’. Former (pre-Sandy Denny) Fairport Convention vocalist Judy has garnered much critical acclaim with her own woven strands of English psychedelia, gaining noteworthy National Radio attention. The new record is an ideal showcase for her influences who include Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Phil Ochs.

Julee Cruise
Three Demos

It seems that David Lynch only started collaborating with Angelo Badalamenti when he couldn't get the rights to use This Mortal Coil's take on 'Song to the Siren' to use on Blue Velvet. The duo set about writing music in a similar vein and here we have the first fruits of their collaboration with Julee Cruise.  These are minimal takes on what would be come Cruise's Floating Into the Night. 

Kanye West
ye

The shy and retiring Kanye West drops the eighth LP of what, to this point, has been a relatively uneventful career. By Yeezy’s standards, ye is short and sweet. Seven tunes, about twenty-five minutes in length, and only a couple of guests. Barely more than an EP really. But the thing about this Kanye fella is when he has something to say, even if it’s not very much, the people will listen.

Kathryn Joseph
From When I Wake The Want Is

Kathryn Joseph's debut Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled was a bit of a sad corker winning all kinds of Scottish awards. This is her second record and first for Mogwai's Rock Action imprint. Expect windswept bleak confessionals with a warm heart and quivering delivery that soothe rather than haunt. 

Lambchop
What Another Man Spills

20th anniversary vinyl edition of the album that preceded their all time classic 'Nixon'. 'What Another Man Spills' consists mainly of Kurt Wagner originals but with a handful of covers most notably a couple by FM Cornog of East River Pipe. Now two decades on we get a remastered re-press with liner notes by Mr Wagner himself.  

Lorenzo Senni
The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come

Two really quite different versions of Lorenzo Senni’s track ‘XAllegroX: The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come (Senni loves his X’s doesn’t he?). One side features DJ Stingray’s dark, booming version, and the other side, by evil computer wizard Florian Hecker, will blow out your synapses. 12” from Warp.

Low
Double Negative

Two years on from the excellent Ones and Sixes Low have headed back down Highway 53 to Eau Claire to resume work with producer B.J. Burton (Bon Iver, James Blake) on an album which is said to be an unflinching eleven track quest to be loud, abrasive and commanding. A Low record that fights against itself....shades of 'Drums & Guns' perhaps? Once again Low move with the times. Truly always different, always the same. 

Menace Beach
Black Rainbow Sound

Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as ever. And this time features a cameo from The Fall's Brix Smith!

Nathan Salsburg
Third

Nathan Salsburg has allowed five years to elapse since his previous album, during which time he’s been working with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Joan Shelley and James Elkington, among others. But on his own, Salsburg’s sound really shines, working his acoustic guitar with intricate precision, with a swirl of folk influences shining through here and there. Third is released by No Quarter.

Oliver Coates
Shelley’s On Zenn-La

The two-step Arthur Russell returns with his first solo full-length since 2016’s fantastic Upstepping. What Oliver Coates is really good at is not letting his prodigious abilities get in the way of creating music of great body and motion. Again focussing on cello and production, Coates has melody, rhythm and harmony in perfect balance once more on Shelley’s On Zenn-La. Out via RVNG Intl. (Visible Cloaks, Hieroglyphic Being).

Oneohtrix Point Never
We'll Take It

Daniel Lopatin doesn’t rest on his laurels when it comes to his ever on point Oneohtrix Point Never vape-shifter material. With hardly a beat passed since Age Of, here he is back on Warp with an EP in the form of We’ll Take it. From a producer that you never know what to expect, you can be damn sure this will be forward thinking and mind melting stuff.

Pram
Across The Meridian

Long-time coming, this one. After over a decade away, the ninth LP from Brummie oddballs Pram arrives via Domino. The groundwork for Across The Meridian was laid at sessions in Wales, and there is a thick seam of Welsh psychedelia that runs through the music here. Other obvious touchstones come from the English weirdo chronicles (Ghost Box Records, Oliver Postgate, that sort of thing), recent stuff like Meridian Brothers, and very much not recent stuff like interwar jazz.

Prince
Piano & A Microphone 1983

Prince presented himself to the world with consummate showmanship and an enigmatic persona that made his fans want to know even more about him. Piano & A Microphone gives fans a insight into his inspiration and songwriting process. Taken from a home-recorded cassette in dating from 1983, this album features Prince playing early versions of classics such as Purple Rain and Strange Relationship, along with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’. Available as an LP and CD package presented in a hardback book, vinyl LP and CD on Warner Bros.

Ross From Friends
Family Portrait

Give Rossie the CDJs, Marcel. While he may have originally emerged back in 2015 as the clown prince of lo-fi house, Ross From Friends showed off a more mature aesthetic when he debuted on Brainfeeder in early 2018. He follows up that EP, Aphelion, with his first full-length. Family Portrait is a well-rounded distillation of the producer's multi-faceted style, drawing as much influence from his new boss Flying Lotus as it does the fidgety compressed club jams of contemporaries like Project Pablo.

Sandy (Alex G)
Live at Third Man Records

Sandy (Alex G)'s last album 'Rocket' was just superb. A favourite here for both home and office so it's nice that he got invited to play hits from that and his other albums live at Third Man. Not only that it got recorded and now unleashed for his adoring fans. Listen to his lovely songs being played live and just imagine for a second that you were there. 

Spare Snare
Sounds

Unbelievably perhaps, Scottish lo-fi obscurity Spare Snare asked Steve Albini if he'd mind recording new versions of their best bits and the man with the boiler suit said yes. So off they went, funded by Creative Scotland and damn well made the thing picking out ten of their favourite tracks from their past. I say obscurities but have you done four Peel Sessions? No, me neither.   

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt

The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recorded in a studio. So, it's going to be interesting to hear how a band with such grandiose ideas as Spiritualized sound with such severe constraints on the recording process.  

The Essex Green
Cannibal Sea

The Essex Green were a part of that much-loved Elephant 6 collective, though this grouping was all gone by the time they released their third album Cannibal Sea in 2006. Positively lovely psychedelic pop to make you happy and the sun come out. Here reissued on vinyl by Merge, with a download code that also adds in three rare cuts in digital format.

The Flaming Lips
In A Priest Driven Ambulance

It's sometimes hard to recall when they are rolling round in oversized hamster balls and hanging round with Miley Cyrus that the Flaming Lips were once an incredible band. That's band not sideshow. In a Priest Driven Ambulance was their fourth album originally released in 1990 and features Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) helping Wayne Coyne out with his skewed psychedelic vision.  

The Flaming Lips
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP reissue from Warner Bros.

The Pharcyde
Labcabincalifornia

Snarky and extremely wise-cracking Pharcyde, aka the band responsible for all the your mum jokes in the world, made a record after Bizarre Ride II, you just don't know about it (to be honest, maybe you do). It's wisely titled Labcabincalifornia and a certain J Dilla had his hand in producing it, from way back before people knew he was going to splice it all up.      

Thou
Magus

Thou claim greater influence from 90s proto-grunge groups like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden than contemporaries like EYEHATEGOD, a band to whom the Baton Rouge outfit are frequently compared. Magus - Thou’s first LP since 2014’s Heathen - lands squarely between the two camps, but is also much more than that. Sludgy, abrasive and loud as heck, there's more than a little Converge in here. That is to say that Magus is modern metal par excellence. The vocalist’s screech is the first sound you hear in hell. Out via Sacred Bones.

Various
Call Me By Your Name

Immensely popular soundtrack from the critically acclaimed 2017 coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino. Features John Adams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Loredana Bertè, Bandolero, Frank Glazer, Alessio Bax, Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito, André Laplante, Sufjan Stevens, F.R. David, Marco Armani, Franco Battiato, The Psychedelic Furs, Valéria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye.

Various
Speedy Wunderground – Year 3

I hope you don't think I'm ageist when I say I was astonished that Dan Carey is 47. I had him down as a young whippersnapper. It only makes me respect him more for his worth ethic producing all the spontaneous recordings for the likes of Melt Yourself Down, Warmduscher, Flamingods etc etc as we all know when you get to your mid 40's you start to feel very tired indeed. 

Various Erased Tapes Artists
1+1=X

Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, Daniel Brandt, Nils Frahm and loads more - got together in a Berlin studio to collab, jam and generally vibe. The result is this twenty-track selection that takes in everything from sound art to club bangers to chamber music. It's quite a lavish package - two CDs and a photographic book in a nice white box.

Villagers
The Art of Pretending to Swim

The return of ol' wobble voice, Conor O' Brien has sat and made this latest Villagers record all by himself in his Dublin studio. Despite this lonesome pursuit, it's an album that adds all kinds of sonic detail and soulfulness to his songwriting resulting in possibly his most accessible music to date. There's an indie's only red vinyl version that comes with a bonus 10" (whilst stocks last of course).  

Wild Nothing
Indigo

My giddy aunt this is an 80s-sounding album. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing gig might always have had a fair whack of New Order/The Cure/Echo & The Bunnymen about it, but fourth LP Indigo is the most unabashedly pop-type-thing that Tatum’s ever done. In short, it’s quite a lot like the last The War On Drugs record. You either like this sort of thing or you don’t.

µ-Ziq
D Funk EP

The new µ-Ziq EP is in fact full of old µ-Ziq, sourced from the deep dark archives kept by Mike Paradinas. Apparently this D-Funk material is from the good old days, never before heard on any stereo but Mike’s. Accordingly the energy and beat count is extremely high. You already know you need this right? Four tracks on 12” wax, from Analogical Force.