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George FitzGerald
All That Must Be

George FitzGerald returns to the Double Six label with his second full length album. Includes collaborations with Bonobo, Lil Silva, Hudson Scott, and Tracey Thorne. Reflecting changes in his personal situation All That Must Be see FitzGerald shift his focus from the dancefloor somewhat and drive straight at the emotional core.

Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés

Actually can I stop playing the previous Ghostpoet album 'Shedding Skin'? The answer is a big fat 'no'. I loved his more guitar driven sound on that album and if the press release is to be believed this forth opus delves further into that style. His thoughtful if slightly paranoid delivery could be the perfect voice for these troubled times.  

Giant Sand
Returns To Valley Of Rain

Giant Sand’s debut album,Valley Of Rain was originally released in 1985, although it was recorded some two years earlier. The band had started to play the songs on tour again, which made them think re-recording the album would be a good idea. They got the original line-up back together, augmented by two newer members and some proper equipment. 

Goat
Requiem

Colourful Scandinavian psychedelic crew Goat are back with their third album 'Requiem' which the be-robed psych-sters claim is going to be their 'folk' opus. We'll wait to see on that but in an age of internet transparency, Goat manage to keep a cloaked mystery to their movements which of course makes them way more fascinating than the Twitter twiddlers that pass for many modern rock groups.   

Goat
Fuzzed In Europe

Masked myth-makers Goat have pulled all of the psych rock fables, playing its light pop version as paying tribute to its noisy, distorted hellscape. Fuzzed In Europe is a collection of six tracks pulled from endless recordings of their continental tour, deciding upon the ones that sounded estranged from their source material. So it's worth having, basically.

Goat Girl
The Man

An indies-only 7” by South London up-and-comers Goat Girl here. ‘The Man’ will appear on their self-titled debut LP, and the track is a good line in the sand for the group. Displaying a similarly sprightly energy to fellow London buzz bands Shame and The Big Moon, the band’s ace up the sleeve are some great droning harmonies that bring to mind the choruses on The Velvet Underground and Nico.

God Damn
Everything Ever

God Damn heavy. God Damn funky, and hell, God Damn catchy. Back for their follow up album on One Little Indian, and they bring the 70s rock riff, 90s grunge rage the head bang-ability and thick singable guitar leads of Royal Blood or Muse, big double vocal choruses, and the fun of Red Fang, from Wolverhampton…….

Golden Rules
Golden Ticket

A new duo consisting of London producer Paul White and Florida rapper Eric Biddines, Golden Rules deliver a distinctly Outkastian effort with debut album Golden Ticket. Hailed by the likes of BBC 6 Music, Madlib and Diplo, they’re sure to make waves. Out on CD, vinyl double LP and limited edition vinyl double LP from Lex.

Gordi
Reservoir

After releasing her Clever Disguise EP in 2016, Australian singer-songwriter Gordi returns to Jagjaguwar with her debut full length Reservoir. Her unique spin on alternative pop is firmly rooted in the school of Peter Gabriel and filled with cinematic grace, leaning towards the fringes of Bon Iver and Lorde.

Greylag
Greylag

Rich, moody guitar-powered Americana from Portland three-piece Greylag. This self-titled debut album was produced by the great Phil Ek, who has worked with Band of Horses, The Shins and Modest Mouse, among others. The album was four long years in the making and is available on limited coloured vinyl, as well as your usual black sort. 

Half Japanese
Why Not?

Why Not? is the latest instalment of twisted shambolic indie-pop from Jad Fair’s Half Japanese. Over a 42 year career the band have made 16 studio albums that will make you laugh, cry, dance, shout and whatever else you feel like doing. Album #17, Why Not? is no exception. Vinyl LP and CD, and if you’re quick enough, you might get a copy of the limited edition indies only white vinyl version!

Hater
Red Blinders

Red Blinders, the new EP from Swedish indie band, Hater boasts Marr-esque guitars and vocals reminiscent of fellow Swedes, The Concretes. The mix makes for melancholic hug. The band’s debut album, You Tried, which was released in 2016 made critics compare them to Canadian indie-poppers Alvvays and The Pretenders as well as ‘60s psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane. It all certainly makes for an interesting proposition. 12” Vinyl and CD on Fire.

Hater
Siesta

Despite their name Hater are quite the romantics at heart. The Scandinavian four piece play heart-on-sleeve indie rock with memorable melodies, chiming guitars and just a bit of synth haze.  A perfect summer soundtrack that has led them to be compared to the Chills, Snail Mail and the Concretes. 

Hinds
I Don't Run

Sophomore effort from formidable Spanish four-piece Hinds, following up 2016’s successful Leave Me Alone. Their playful garage-pop benefits this time from the input of The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. I Don't Run is inspired by their life-altering last couple of years. Out on Lucky Number and available on indies-only clear vinyl.

Honey Radar
Blank Cartoon

Honey Radar is Jason Henn’s free-wheeling fuzzy indie project, an intimate outpouring of his much-beloved psychedelic sounds. He’s been operating DIY fashion for a while now, but Blank Cartoon bucks the trend by being a kinda ‘proper’ release, distributed by What’s Your Rupture in a non-tiny edition. Now we can all enjoy the warm songs of Honey Radar!

Hoops
Routines

If you can't get enough of that nostalgic and plaintive jangle pop sound as purveyed by the likes of Real Estate, Horsebeach and Wild Nothing then Hoops could be the band for you. After their excellent and swoonsome self titled 12" last year 'Routines' promises an album of perky pop and sweet treats for fans of the Smiths and Sarah Records.  

Hooton Tennis Club
Highest Point In Cliff Town

Wirral based, indie rock four piece Hooton Tennis Club gained attention with debut single ‘Jasper’ on Heavenly Recordings, having signed to the label after being spotted only three gigs into their careers by Carl Hunter (The Farm). ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’ is their debut album release on the label and if the taster single ‘Kathleen Sat on the Arm of Her Favourite Chair’ is anything to go by, expect chirpy, 60’s pop inspired guitars and catchy vocals that won’t leave you alone.

Howling
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is all about collaborations. Howling is the culmination of Ry X from The Acid and Frank Wiedemann from Ame and Innervisions. It’s released by Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label and Ninja Tune imprint Counter. If Thom Yorke had recorded for Kompakt it might have turned out as sweetly repetitive as this. Out on coloured vinyl 2LP with download for 5 additional bonus tracks + 6x 12" inlay cards. Also available on vinyl 2LP and CD on Monkeytown x Counter.

Hudson Mohawke
Lantern

Pretty much the uncrowned king of saturation, Hudson Mohawke is infamous for his lush beats and the dirty drops released under TNGHT. His newest album takes him back from his adventures as a featured producer to a solo artist, inviting his friends to participate in his own project. Lantern will treat us to Hudson Mohawke’s own special tastes.

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group’s second full-length album, and it’s released by Merge.

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.

J Fernandez
Many Levels of Laughter

J Fernandez sounds like he has been sitting out in the sun for a long time thinking about these songs, enjoying the warmth but also feeling a bit sad. Not too sad, but a touch of melancholy. Many Levels Of Laughter is a very well crafted piece of psychedelic songwriting, pressed to LP (including some indie-store-exclusive coloured vinyl) by A Joyful Noise.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi is a Finnish producer / singer-songwriter whose self-titled record shows off a smooth neo-R&B kind of sound. The album is out on Weird World as CD, LP, or special indies-exclusive LP edition with a bonus 7” and a comic that delves into Jaakko’s mythical personal history! You know you need that.

Jack Cooper
Sandgrown

As his debut solo record, comprised of 9 gorgeous tracks, Sandgrown is the hometown-inspired creation of British experimentalist Jack Cooper. Whilst Blackpool provided the specific inspiration for this evocative piece, the nostalgia is universal and is designed to move individuals from any corner of the world.

Jamila Woods
HEAVN

First LP from Jamila Woods, whose influences include Toni Morrison and Kendrick Lamar. After providing vocals for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper (who features on HEAVN), Woods’ voice on her own debut maintains enthralling sweetness while losing none of the force of her intelligent political observations. Extremely listenable protest record. Available on indies-only coloured vinyl.

Jane Weaver
Modern Kosmology

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Jane Weaver's early records (including those by her excellent band Misty Dixon) were lovely under the radar folky affairs but it wasn't until she started to invoke in vogue kraut and psych influences on 'The Silver Globe' that some overground success came her way. Modern Kosmology threatens to continue down that cosmic path (just look at that title). Sure to be one of 2017's more anticipated releases.  
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Jane Weaver
The Lightning Back

To accompany her very large tour with the Public Service Broadcasting, vintage synth loving fan of all things kosmiche Jane Weaver has unleashed a single from her highly acclaimed 'Modern Kosmology' album and dragged those squirming, wriggly noise people Sex Swing in for a remix. Limited edition 7" on Fire.  

Japanese Breakfast
Psychopomp

Dreamy-warm guitar good times with a darker undercurrent from Japanese Breakfast, the solo activity of Michelle Zauner out of Little Big League. Psychopomp came out of a return to her early lo-fi works: by enlisting Ned Eisenberg, Zauner has developed those early sketches into fully-formed shoegaze-tinged indie songs. Make sure you listen to the lyrics. Out on Dead Oceans.

Jaws of Love.
Tasha Sits Close To The Piano

Kelcey Ayer (Local Natives) is Jaws of Love. This is a man who knows his way round a love song. Ayer laid down Tasha Sits Close To The Piano in a three-day burst. The piano is front and centre on this collection, with synth and voice propelling the melodies. For fans of James Blake and Bon Iver. Limited LP on K-Rizzla Records.

Jens Lekman
Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman drops his fourth full-length album on a waiting world. The Swedish songwriter has really cranked up the rhythms here on Life Will See You Now, toying with samba and bossa nova among other styles. That means you get the witty intimacy of Lekman’s songs in a lively danceable format: lovely. CD / LP / cassette release on Secretly Canadian.

Jo Passed
Their Prime

Oh God I hope not, I'd be devastated. Anyway this band has previously been pre-described as a 'fecked up Beatles' or XTC or Can or Neu. Ok there's a host of great bands to toy with and Jo Passed serve up the kind of dreamy melodies and stellar chord changes we know and love from our favourite records.  

Joe Goddard
Electric Lines

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip/The 2 Bears has kept busy enough with his other projects and has now readied his sophomore full length, after an 8 year wait but with trickles of singles. Electric Lines offers fantastic leftfield pop with a dancefloor at it’s focus. Disco grooves and laser-reaching togetherness.

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk. Thus making his widescreen music sound a lot like that of War on Drugs.   

Jordan Rakei
Wallflower

Jordan Rakei is the young New Zealand multi-instrumentalist musician who is going to dominate your smooth summer listening for years to come. His very nice voice is supported by a rich bed of (almost entirely self-played) instrumentation, creating jazzy soul songs that you can just sink into. His album Wallflower is released by Ninja Tune

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this album comes after tour support slot with Richard Thompson. LP and CD on Rough Trade. If you’re quick there’s a limited edition ‘indies only’ LP with a bonus 3-track CD.

Julia Holter
Don't Make Me Over / Hello Stranger

Julia Holter has a penchant for taking classic pop tunes and abstracting them into her own fascinating world of chamber pop and ambient. 'Don't Make Me Over' offers up two on a double A-side: the eponymous cover of the Dionne Warwick song, as well as the gloriously sustained and droning "Hello Stranger", which is a cover of Barbara Lewis' originally bright and bouncy soul tune. Holter makes it terrifying and tragic.

Juliana Daugherty
Light

Singer-songwriter Juliana Daugherty is back with this limited-edition, milky-clear LP, out on Western Vinyl, a dreamy record that traverses mental illness, political outrage and societal ills, all laced with Daugherty's crooning, lilting vocals. Expect motorik pulses, vaporous strumming and heartbreaking choruses. Killer.

Julianna Barwick
Will

Julianna Barwick returns with her follow up to 2013’s joyous Nepenthe. On Will the experimental songwriter still uses ambient music, but the sounds are denser. After Barwick got to experiment with a prototype Moog synthesizer, she decided to incorporate synth textures alongside her looped vocals. The results are predictabilty gorgeous.

Jungle
Happy Man

More competent modern funk/soul from XL darlings Jungle here. ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In L.A.’ are the first new material from the group since all that fuss about them and their Millennial take on blue-eyed soul in the mid-2010s. Both of these tunes would have slotted neatly into their self-titled debut album.
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Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectly. Here is a full LP and CD of similar, courtesy our friends at Fat Possum records.

Kagoule
Urth

Kagoule are bright young things, newly active and now releasing their debut album, Urth. The trio take their cues from the late 80's and early 90's, specifically post-hardcore. For teenagers, this is accomplished stuff: the drums pound, the bass rumbles prominently, the vocals sound detached. On Earache.

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. 

Kane Strang
Two Hearts and No Brain

The first properly distributed LP by lo-fi pop hopeful Kane Strang who writes catchy and radio ready themes that would appeal to fans of Car Seat Headrest and Alex G. These are slick and polished vignettes which could see Strang become your new favourite 90’s slacker revivalist. Out on the increasingly powerful Dead Oceans. 

Katie Gately
Color

All made up from Katie Gately’s huge libraries of field recordings, chopped, stretch and skewed into monstrous, and at times unsettling..what is this? Avant-pop? It’s heavy, but with bizarre catchy rhythms and vocal hooks, all layered to the verge of chaos. Sounds somewhere between Hidden by These New Puritans, some insane vocal processing from Holly Herndon, with big percussive slams of Zola Jesus.

Kelis
Food

Food is the 6th album by Harlem born songstress Kelis.It has been described as being her most lyrically honest album to date. As well as being a singer, Kelis is a qualified Le Cordon Bleu sauce chef, so unsurprisingly her love of food influenced the album. Food was produced by TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. Food is available on soft pack CD and double 180g vinyl LP

Kevin Morby
Moonshiner / Bridge to Gaia

Kevin Morby wrote these two tracks as a result of two rather different experiences: one was reading a book, the other was a holiday in the Portuguese city of Porto. Moonshiner / Bridge To Gaia is a pair of lovely little guitar-led tunes, Morby’s deep vocals setting the whole thing off with a thoughtful touch. 7” single on Deep Oceans.

Kilo
Backwater

These two are actual cousins but that hasn't stopped them collaborating on a sleek electronic project where influence is taken from the likes of James Blake, Lauryn Hill, and The xx.  Out of this they have produced a pop sensibility that balances low lit late night atmospherics with clubby grooves.  

King Creosote
Astronaut Meets Appleman

A new sweeping solo record from King Creosote. A lot of the material on Astronaut Meets Appleman is quietly epic, with instrumental contributions from a range of talented players of a range of interesting instruments (e.g. bagpipes, harp, violin) all woven together into a potent whole. Out on Domino.

King Tuff
The Other

Despite being a recording artist in his own right, King Tuff AKA Kyle Thomas has also performed as part of Ty Segall’s backing band, The Muggers. The Other is King Tuff’s fifth album and first since 2014’s Black Moon Spell. LP, CD, and Cassette on Sub Pop. There’s also a limited ‘indies only’ coloured vinyl version if you’re quick enough.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

Winsome middle class siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis reappear for a third album of laid back old timey organic grooves. If lead single "Baby Bye Bye" sounded just a little too close to Mike Read's "UKIP Calypso" then the lyrics chart a more lovelorn territory that should help get it onto an advert before the summers out. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.  

Kllo
Backwater

Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam are a pair of cousins who reside in sunny Melbourne. Inspired by James Blake, The xx and Lauryn Hill they make electro-pop as Kllo. Whilst the music is grounded in pop tradition, their use of UK Garage, 2-Step and R&B seamlessly fuses the old and the new. Backwater is available on LP and CD with a limited indies-only grey vinyl version if you’re quick enough!

Kristin Kontrol
X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol used to helm Dum Dum Girls, but now steps out under this new moniker for some new vibes. Where Dum Dum Girls drew on tweaked-nostalgia for the girl-groups of the 1960’s, X-Communicate is a throwback to a different era altogether: the alt-rock AOR-pop of the 80’s and 90’s. Quite the transformation. On Sub Pop.

L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown

L.A. Takedown is a new project that aims to recall the sort of synth-laden 80’s movie soundtracks that often pass through our doors. This single-track debut album does a pretty sterling job of meeting that aim, synthetic and ‘real’ instruments swirling up into a shiny monolith. LP only available through independent stores, on Ribbon Music.

L.A. Takedown
II

Aaron M. Olson leads his seven piece band L.A. Takedown into the creation of some really intricate music on their second album II. These compositions are busy but tightly controlled, with melodic lines and groovy-rhythms twisting around each other to form precise and proggy pieces. Released by Ribbon Music.

LA Priest
Inji

LA Priest (aka Sam Dust) is not from LA, but from the UK, where his former band Late Of The Pier used to kick up a storm. Inji is his first solo release, and is filled with curious touches. Weird digital pop music with a joyous tinge. Attractive (and, if you want it to be, green!) vinyl gatefold LP with a poster to boot.

Liam Hayes
Slurrup

Liam Hayes' brings the occasional and infrequent rain of Chicago (get back to me, city natives) to our shores with Slurrup, his eccentrically titled new record, which delivers more of the same cheeky folk-affected pop rock. With his voice of delighted gravel, Hayes offers up another surprisingly good time. 

Lil BUB
Science & Magic

Lil BUB is a cat! An actual cat! Whooah! Quirky! From the cutesy name through to the cutesy concept, this is truly a contemporary internet-age record. Science & Magic is the debut full-length for this cat (and its band): turns out felines really like electro-pop! Who knew. CD / LP, with the coloured vinyl available only from independent stores.

Lily & Madeleine
Fumes

Sophomore album from Indianapolis siblings Lily and Madeleine, look at them all sleepy on their boat. All that hard work is obviously paying off, I hope it doesn't capsize, that would be a dreadful thing to happen. It does look slightly leaky doesn't it? They've not even packed a picnic or any toiletries by the looks of it. Silly girls!

Little Cub
Still Life

After a couple of extended singles in 2016 through Closing Time and Domino London’s Little Cub are exploding onto Domino with their debut full length. An adept mix of indie pop and electronica production Still Life features tracks that range from solid indie shuffle grooves to Caribou esque house. Indies only limited version comes with 7 remixes by members of the band.

Major Lazer
Peace is the Mission

Major Lazer is a dancehall collective headed by Grammy nominated producer Diplo in collaboration with Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. ‘Peace Is The Mission’ will be their third studio album featuring an impressive collection of guest contributions from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Elliphant, Wild Belle, MØ, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Travi$ Scott, Jovi Rockwell, DJ Snake, Tarrus Riley, Mad Cobra, Nyla, Chronixx and a version of the Hunger Games soundtrack song ‘All My Love’ featuring Ariana Grande from Trinidadian star Michel Montano.

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Former Emeralds guitar supremo Mark McGuire stretches out his range here on Beyond Belief, throwing in wild synth and drum machine patterns, piano, and even vocals as well as his guitar. This is a major piece of work, an all-consuming epic that stretches near to 80 minutes. The vinyl is limited to independent stores and pressed to lovely orange swirl wax.

Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams hails from New Zealand, where he has won awards for this, his debut full-length album. Marlon Williams showcases the man’s sensitive baritone with dramatic cover songs picked out from decades of narratively-engaging hits. LP and CD editions, with a special coloured vinyl edition exclusive to independent retailers. On Dead Oceans.

Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Make Way For Love sees a developing Marlon Williams moving away from his country typecast. The New Zealand native songwriter experiments with a more expansive sound, introducing strings, reverb and more dynamic guitar work along with the odd piano-led tune. It was partly recorded in his hometown of Lyttelton, New Zealand with fellow singer/songwriter Ben Edwards before moving the whole shebang to California where Noah Georgeson took the helm and recorded the lion’s share. Limited ‘indies only’ white vinyl LP (be quick if you want one of those!), standard black vinyl LP and CD on Dead Oceans.

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

Warm bit of jangly folk pop from Martha Ffion. She has a wonderful ear for melody, and everything thing she does is so charming that it's impossible to dislike. Sunday Best is for fans of the likes of Laura Marling, and The Magnetic Fields, and those who just want to listen to something pleasant and good.

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.

Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

The pressure of being the creative force behind New York band Hooray For Earth had gotten to Noel Heroux. Ten years down the line he had found himself being depressed and frustrated, being slap-dash and not giving his all. The only way to halt the decline was to break-up the band and start again. Mass Gothic is his new project for Sub Pop. Working alone, Heroux has found that the creative juices flow resulting in a sweeping and thrilling set of guitar-driven pop songs. Available on indies only banana yellow ‘Loser Edition’ vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and Cassette.

Matthew E. White
Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White presents his second record, full of big arrangements and radiant tunews. And, given that you are purchasing from a wholesome independent record store like ours, you can get your hands on the special, indies-only double LP edition, which exclusively includes a minimalist re-working of the entire album! Deluxe indeed.

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.  

Melody's Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage

Melody Prochet is back -- finally, after very nearly a six-year wait -- with her gloriously panoramic psych-pop project Melody's Echo Chamber. Following a lengthy absence and illness, Bon Voyage is the sophomore follow-up to Prochet's self-titled debut of 2012. We hope for great things after her initial opus: an enchanting blend of breathless pop and whirlwind psychedelia. Plenty of expansive grooves are promised. 

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!

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, plus a special exclusive magenta vinyl edition if you hurry. On 4AD.

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. 

Mew
Visuals

Twenty years into a career as topsy turvy as their music Danish prog-poppers Mew unleash their seventh album hot on the heels of 2015's '+ -'. 'Visuals' suggests a band keen on writing in a spontaneous manner using all the bleakness they encountered in 2016 to add a darkness to their '80s influenced progressive music.  

Michael Nau
Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread

The Mighty Thread is not a really bad conversation on a message board that deviates into people agreeing to disagree, but rather the bonus name for Michael Nau, who made a bright, folksy record in Some Twist. He's back with this knottily poetic follow-up that embraces ambiguity and uncertainty with odd writing and performing decisions: different members of his makshift band placed their instruments in different rooms of the house, with an amp in the bathroom and a piano in the living room. This seemed to encourage a strange, communal vibe for a record that feels like a crew going one level extra to help out each other.

Middle Brother
Limited Edition 10”

Middle Brother are something of an alt-country supergroup, mixing the main songwriters / singers of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick into one powerful trio. So much voice! The straightforwardly-titled Limited Edition 10” is pressed as a picture disc, and is exclusive to independent record shops. On Partisan Records.

Middle Kids
Lost Friends

Lost Friends is the debut album from young Australian three-piece, Middle Kids. It follows on from their highly rated self-titled EP. Their brand of melodic indie-rock with hooks-a-plenty sees them ready for the big time. Limited edition ‘indies only’ lilac coloured vinyl LP, black vinyl LP and CD on Lucky Number.

Minus The Bear
VOIDS

Half a decade down from their first album to crack the U.S. top 40 and it’s no surprise that Minus the Bear up the pop on their sixth record. ‘Invisible’ is a full-chested emo banger (don’t worry, there’s some tapping in the breakdown), and opener ‘Last Kiss’ is well hooky too. That said, those craving the classic MtB schtick will find plenty to love here - try math-athon ‘What About the Boat?’

Modest Mouse
Building Nothing Out of Something

Building Something Out Of Nothing is a compilation of singles and rarities by Modest Mouse. They are the band credited with breathing new life into American indie and alternative music after the death of grunge. This highly regarded collection is being reissued on vinyl for the first time in more than ten years and is thought to be an excellent starting point for the uninitiated and a genuine crowd-pleaser for those in-the-know.

Moonface
City Wrecker

Spencer Krug was one-half of the songwriting force for Wolf Parade, a cosmic indie rock band who pulled 'Apologies to the Queen Mary' out of the bag. He played synth and keys back then, and his solo project as Moonface has been an experiment in making pop music with electronics and random one-off instruments. Last year, he released 'Julia With Blue Jeans On', a collection of maudlin compositions for piano and nothing else. 'City Wrecker' is that record's follow-up EP, and based on "City Wrecker", also has its fair share of piano. It documents the time Krug spent moving out of Finland.

Mouse On Mars
Dimensional People

Dimensional People is the eleventh album by innovative German electronic fellas, Mouse On Mars. It sees them back on the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label and is a star-studded affair featuring Justin Vernon, The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Zach Condon of Beirut, Spank Rock and Sam Amidon to name a few. It’s gotta be good, right? Limited edition coloured vinyl or standard black vinyl versions both come pressed on virgin vinyl with an 8-page 11”x11” booklet, CD is presented in a mini-LP style gatefold sleeve.

Mutual Benefit
Skip a Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit is Jordan Lee’s self-reflexive solo indie-pop project, and Skip a Sinking Stone is his second record. The album can be thematically divided into 2 parts: 1 nomadic, 1 grounded, but both presenting their own problems. Jordan gets it all accross with sensitive arrangements, strings, and his own plaintive vocals. On Transgressive.

Negative Scanner
Nose Picker

Chicago based four-piece Negative Scanner bring their sophomore album Nose Picker to us through Trouble in Mind. Rowdy, lo-fi, and filled with a snarling joy Nose Picker hits the ground running with opening track T.V. and doesn’t let up. DIY or die attitude (all their stuff is recorded in their practice room) and a directness that fans of Sleaford Mods will certainly enjoy.

Nevermen
Nevermen

Oooof! Now here’s a line-up for you. Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Adam "Doseone" Drucker (Anticon, cLOUDDEAD), and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas) have been working on the Nevermen project for a while apparently and within it each member taken on all roles creating an experimental and explorative setup. It’s as bizarre, head-noddingly catchy and nuts-with an experimental pop sensibility as you would expect.

Newmoon
Space

Swing and sway to your heart’s content with this one. Layers and layers of guitars, sweetly understated distant vocals all blocked together as a soothing harmonious duvet for you to wrap up in. Big and satisfying chords with the tones of Smashing Pumpkins, a bit of My Bloody Valentine, and The Cure.

Nick J.D. Hodgson
Tell Your Friends

Say what you like about the Kaiser Chiefs, but the fact that their drummer wrote all of the songs was novel if nothing else. The tub-thumper in question Nick J.D. Hodgson left the group in 2012, but now he re-emerges with Tell Your Friends. His first solo LP demonstrates a more wide-ranging compositional palette than people might have expected. Lead singles ‘Suitable’ and ‘RSVP’ are lovely, chunky pop ditties ala recent Tame Impala.

Nicolas Godin
Contrepoint

After becoming bored with the huge success of AIR, Nicolas Godin has decided to treat us to his solo work. On Contrepoint, one of our favorite 90s French producers sheds a new light on the intricacies of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo piano works. And, not surprisingly, the result is estranging and enticing.

Night Beds
Ivywild

Vinyl and CD on Dead Oceans. Night Beds is the project of Colarado’s Winston Yellen. Following his greatly revered debut in 2013 Ivywild breaks away from the Bon Iver esque alt-country and delves into an equally emotionally wrought electronic and R’n’B infused affair. Just check Tide Teeth, it’s devastating.

Night Moves
Pennied Days

Night Moves present their second full-length album, Pennied Days. Synth-driven modern rock music, with wistful echo on the vocals and some 80’s-grade epic guitar. Texturally, Pennied Days puts me in mind of Phoenix, though the underlying songs have a clear original rock / R&B influence. On Domino.

Noga Erez
Off The Radar

Noga Erez is a Tel Aviv artist working with edgy electronic pop and heavyweight personal-political themes. Off The Radar is her debut album, and it ‘s glitchy-catchy aesthetics make it an obvious winner of a record from a bold talent. Off The Radar is released in CD and vinyl editions on City Slang.

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

Joyful whimsy and mild dischord from North Sea Radio Orchestra on Dronne, their fourth album after a four year break where guitarist Craig Fortnam has been beavering away on his solo projects. Lots of influences come through, including Cardiacs, early Kraftwerk and Britten to make a wholly English sound. Limited edition vinyl and CD on The Household Mark.

Oh Sees
Smote Reverser

Seemingly incapable of stopping making music for one second, this is Oh Sees 6th album in the last three years if you include Thee Oh Sees and OCS in that tally. Yet Dwyer keeps pushing forward with his double drum line up with all kinds of alumni making guest appearances. Expect more scorching psych but this time with a heavy prog vibe (see sleeve).   

Olga Bell
Incitation

Olga Bell has a knack for detail: some of the tracks on new mini-album Incitation are stripped back to the minimum of elements: clipped beats and distant bass backdrops. Bell’s excellent voice is always present though, sounding intimate and close in the midst of these wide, sparse soundscapes. On One Little Indian.

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.   

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