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SCARLXRD
DXXM

After joining Birmingham alt. rockers Myth City via some basic Googling, rapper, SCARLXRD toured with them for two years. Now he has decided to take his unpronounceable name into the world of solo recording. In the twelve months since going it alone he has recorded five albums. DXXM is his latest offering. Red vinyl LP on Island. Oh, Doom by Scarlord, I understand nxw!

Simon Love
Sincerely, S. Love x

Once you get past the naff cover artwork and title, Sincerely, S. Love x is a good fun romp from twee-pop chanteur Simon Love. Across the ten tracks here, Love does that sort of Belle And Sebastian/Arab Strap/Regina Spektor thing of fusing folk-pop tropes with wry, self-deprecating lyricism. He seems like a nice bloke. Out via the prolific Tapete Records.

Slum Village
The Lost Scrolls 2 (Slum Village Edition)

The billionth posthumous J Dilla release is also a celebration of his early group Slum Village. Their LP Fantastic, Volume 2 was actually released at the turn of the Millennium, but since recording was completed in 1998 this year marks a twentieth anniversary for the record. The Lost Scrolls 2 (Slum Village Edition) presents previously unreleased bootlegs, remixes, solo tracks and demos cut by Dee, Baatin and T3 during the Fantastic sessions. They are all, of course, the crispest of jams from the neo-soul/hip-hop nexus.

SSTROM
Otider

SSTROM is one half of the even-harder-to-write-or-pronounce Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH, striking out on his own so as to be able to explore territory beyond his techno homelands. Various forms of house, some cold synth stuff, and even a touch of UK garage find their way into this full-length set of productions. Otider is a double LP release on the Rosten label.

Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patterns. This classic 1987 recording has been remastered for this vinyl reissue on Pure Pleasure.

Sunny Day Real Estate
Diary

Here’s a reissue CD and cassette on the Sub Pop label of Diary by Sunny Day Real Estate. Released in 1994, Diary is the Seattle-based band’s debut and considered a classic emo album. It’s a heavy album of screeching guitars and hard hitting drums. This is the first time that the album has been released on cassette.  

Swarvy
Anti-Anxiety

‘Calidelphia’ producer Swarvy comes through with a feast of beats for his new Anti-Anxiety LP. Swarvy’s nineteen entries here are moody little vignettes reminiscent of the screwed-up jazz-funk sound that characterised the early MF DOOM albums. A host of notable MCs - Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh and Swarvy’s old mate lojii to name but three - dice some fine bars. Out via Paxico.

Sylvain Chauveau
Un Autre Decembre

Sylvain Chauveau is a quiet, intimate artist, and this album, originally released in 2003, was actually his debut. He sits at the piano, thinking about Jacques Brel and generations gone by. These melancholy glances to the past lend a thoughtful feel to Un Autre Decembre’s twelve tracks. 180g clear vinyl LP on Minority.

The Conservatives
Terrorama

This is a new project from the duo of I-f and John Scheffer AKA The Parallax Corporation. Known for their Pitchfork-approved electro-pop it really isn't the best idea for them to call themselves the Conservatives. I mean, there's just nothing good about the Conservatives never mind cool. They might want to have a re-think on that one. 

The Doors
Hello I Love You / Love Street

Apparently this lot shifted some units in their day. First we’re hearing of it. Anyway, 2018 marks a half-century since the release of the Waiting For The Sun, the third LP from The Doors. It went platinum, topped the charts in the U.S.A. and spawned a number 1 single in ‘Hello, I Love You’. To celebrate the anniversary, that hit single is being reissued along with original b-side ‘Love Street’. Both versions here are the mono cuts that were sent to radio stations at the time, and it’s the first time this mix of ‘Love Street’ has been released commercially.

The Ethiopians
Woman Capture Man

Originally released in 1970, Woman Capture Man by The Ethiopians came at a time when the sound of reggae was changing to a slower, smoother groove. The band, who were among Jamaica’s most popular then, made an album of sweet songs with their harmonious vocals up front in the mix. This is the sound of a band in motion, a band that refused to settle.

The Flaming Lips
Hear It is

Warner Brothers’ Flaming Lips reissue series continues with the band’s debut LP, 1986’s Hear It Is. This set is a world away from the Pet Sounds-ish maximalism of The Soft Bulletin. Across these ten tunes we find Wayne Coyne et al see-sawing between Barettian balladry (‘With You’, ‘Jesus Shootin’ Heroin’) and punk thrash (‘Just Like Before’, ‘Unplugged’).

The Future Sound Of London
Environments 4

A salad of ambient and drone-like variations from The Future Sound Of London. Environments 4 is another passage through time and space, featuring sonic examinations, forest and urban excursions and eastern drones, percussion and strings. Is it dance music? Is it really the future sound of London? I'll get back to you on that. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Jumpin & Pumpin.

The Little Flames
The Day Is Not Today

If you attended a lot of indie gigs in the mid-2000s (admit it, a lot of you did), you may well have seen Liverpool’s The Little Flames play a show. But you won’t know their debut album The Day Is Not Today, as it was never released until now (the band split in 2007), despite having some lovely retro pop touches. Oh, and the band included Miles Kane, by the way.

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.  

The Psychedelic Furs
Mirror Moves

Mirror Moves was The Psychedelic Furs fourth album. Released in 1984, it came 7 years into their career and by then, the gritty, punky, art-rock sound had been refined and smoothed out. The furs found the sweet spot where the balance of distorted guitars and acerbic lyrics brought chart success rather than obscurity.

The Psychedelic Furs
Talk Talk Talk

Time to get some of those old Psychedelic Furs records out in the world again. Talk Talk Talk, dating from 1981, was a very popular record at the time, and the brash alt-rock sound shows us why: perfectly primed for college radio!

The Psychedelic Furs
Midnight To Midnight

Midnight To Midnight was the fifth album by The Psychedelic Furs and was originally released in 1986. The band were getting more attention around this time due to a re-recorded version of their song Pretty In Pink being used in the film of the same name. Midnight To Midnight includes their biggest stateside hit, Heartbreak Beat.
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The Shacks
The Shacks

While you may know The Shacks best down to The Shacks opener ‘This Strange Effect’ being used in an iPhone commercial, this young NYC duo have enough about them to suggest they’re more likely to hang around than previous Apple picks like Steriogram. Their self-titled debut record features some fine songwriting pitched somewhere between Ray Davies and Mazzy Star, and singer Shannon Wise has a great husky coo that recalls Jane Birkin. Originally released in 2016, this reissue on Big Crown comes with a couple of bonus tracks.

The Wheel Of Rituals
The Wheel Of Rituals

The latest drop by impressive Dutch imprint Viewlexx (Nina Kraviz, The Conservatives) is a grainy-as-hell techno selection from The Wheel Of Rituals. These six tracks deliver on the portentous EP title. With the recording quality suggesting the files may have been ripped directly from a car stereo, tracks like ‘Instrument Of Power’ and ‘The Circle Of Trust’ still manage to pack an industrial-strength punch through the fuzz.

The Wolfhounds
Unseen Ripples From A Pebble

C86 originals The Wolfhounds were more gritty and intense than the fey, shambling reputation the influential cassette has now, as evidenced on their 1987 debut LP ‘Unseen Ripples From A Pebble’. Reissued and remastered featuring 15 bonus tracks and all of their recorded output for the Pink Label, this album has not been available on CD until now. Also included is a 7” version of single ‘Me’ that was originally released on Idea Records. 

Thee Oh Sees / Total Control
Split


Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, with perhaps a little less of the mellow counterpoints to the harshness that we find on later Hecker albums. Must hear stuff if you don’t know it already. On Kranky.

Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

1977’s Foreign Affairs is Tom Waits at his most big budget and nostalgically cinematic. The filmic feel is exemplified by the forties style epic Potter’s Field and Bette Midler duet I Never Talk to Strangers. It's heavily string and brass laden when the singer’s not mostly alone at the piano, as on standout Burma Shave. The furthest Waits would go in this direction, though Barber Shop hints at his ramshackle, bellowing future.

Tortoise/ The Ex
In The Fishtank

Dutch imprint Konkurrent have this great little series called In The Fishtank where they give bands 48 hours of studio time and ask them to come out with an EP of new material. Some of the entries are one-act projects (Snuff, June Of 44), others match up acts like Sparklehorse and Fennesz or Low/Dirty Three. Perhaps the most intriguing collaborative In The Fishtank offering is The Ex and Tortoise’s 1999 set. The Ex’s lithe, lumbering post-punk style is embellished with all sorts of stylised sounds by the Chicago post-rockers. The result kind of brings to mind The Lounge Lizards if they were fronted by Pete Shelley.

Triptides
Visitors

Freaky-deaky LA group Triptides drop their sixth LP via the nice French imprint Requiem Pour Un Twister. They're not reinventing the wheel, Triptides they do offer up a way with melody, harmony and songcraft on Visitors that puts many of the current crop of global psych-rockers to shame. Songs like ‘All My Life’ and ‘Heavy Cloud’ are lovely ditties that will sound superb in a late-afternoon festival slot.

Ultra Satan
Freedom Rock / Anti-Clock

Gothenburg’s Höga Nord Rekords (Andrew Weatherall, Dungeon Acid) drop their second 7” by Ultra Satan. The follow-up to ‘USA’/‘USB’ sees the maverick artist streamline his approach without losing any of his potency. It’s still cosmic, psychedelic post-Kraut, but this is more kinetic and propulsive. It’s thrilling for it, too - ‘Anti-Clock’ sounds like the very best bits of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.

Unit Moebius
Bunker 006

Back in the 90s, Bunker Records emerged from The Hague’s squat-party scene with a run of hard-as-nails acid techno drops by Unit Moebius. Fast-forward to the present day and the rebooted label are repressing a few of the producer squad's early EPs. Taking strong influence from Underground Resistance, many of the current European clubsphere owe a debt to UM.

Unit Moebius
Bunker 005

Everyone has a mental image of what a central European squat party is like. Speed, crusties and really hard acid techno, right? Yeah, the music that’s playing in your head now was probably made by Unit Moebius. The producer crew's legendary Bunker releases emerged from The Hague’s 90s squat scene and still pack a punch more than two decades later. The B-sides are particularly relentless.

Various
Jura Soundsystem presents Transmission One

'Transmission One' is the first instalment in a serious of compilations by Jura Soundsystem, featuring Kash, Ken Dang and Tabou Combo, among others. A trip through dub, ambient, boogie and proto house, this record showcases never-been-released-on-vinyl music along with out-of-print titles and rare editions.

Various
The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek

By now, the music of Joe Meek probably needs no introduction. The studio obsessive, eccentric and pioneer was responsible for a raft of independent pop productions in the '60s; possibly the most notable of these being 'Telstar' by his house band the Tornados in 1962, which reached No.1 on both the UK and US singles charts. Some of the tracks on The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek will be known to his wider audience, however there are a number of really obscure gems to be discovered within these grooves. Features tracks by The Blue Men, The Sound Offs, Mike Berry, The Cryon' Shames, Glenda Collins and Joe himself crooning a number. Limited press on Mississippi.

Various
Songs From Coco

This one is nothing to do with Supergrass’s Britpop blunderbuss I Should Coco. In fact the title of Songs From Coco is to be interpreted literally, containing as it does music from Pixar’s latest animated smash Coco. Given that the film is based around the Mexican Day Of The Dead festival and that there are a host of Grammy- and Oscar-winning/nominated artists involved here, it’ll come as no surprise when we tell you that this LP blends light Latin flavours with classic Disney schmaltz.

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
Not Good For Your Health: Punk Nuggets 1972-1984

Punk is a loose term for what we have here. While Not Good For Your Health: Punk Nuggets 1972-1984 contains several of the scene’s defining anthems - ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’, ‘Blank Generation’ and suchlike - there is as much ‘post-’ and ‘proto-’ as there is ‘punk’ on display. Entries from The Gun Club, Joy Division, Patti Smith, Television and more give Rhino’s twenty-three-track compilation a pleasing sense of variety. The quality of the content is, of course, beyond dispute.

Various
Black Man's Pride 2: Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah

Soul Jazz Records with yet another compilation of gems from the Studio One archives. The second record in their Black Man’s Pride series once again focuses on the cream of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s roots reggae crop. Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah features classics by the likes of Alton Ellis and Jackie Mittoo as well as crucial rarities from Horace Andy and Willie William. The extensive sleeve notes are worth a read too.

Various / Motor City Drum Ensemble
Selectors 001 - Motor City Drum Ensemble

Dekmantel launch their Selectors series with Detroit house, funk and disco encyclopedia Motor City Drum Ensemble. The tracks on this unmixed double vinyl LP and CD represent the obscurest and most essential tunes from his collection. Boogie synths, soulful house and deep disco you’ve never heard before, are all present.  MCDE’s marathon DJ sessions are legendary and this is rare glimpse in his record bag.

Victor Valiant
V Is For Victor

Recorded in two intense three-day sessions at Suada Bergemann’s techno hut somewhere near Newcastle, V Is For Victor is the first collaborative release as Victor Valiant by old mates Bergemann and Keith Tenniswood (Radioactive Man). The six tunes here are fun, frisky, slightly retrograde electro-funk/bleep and bass workouts that could have ended up on Central Processing Unit, but have in fact come out via Asking For Trouble.

You Said Strange
Salvation Prayer

We didn’t actually, but that’s fine. You Said Strange, the newest paid-up members of the Fuzz Club, cut their debut LP with Dandy Warhol Peter Holmström after the bands toured together back in 2015. No prizes for guessing who Salvation Prayer sounds like. Fortunately for you it’s about time we had some more Dandies in our lives.

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.
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  • Limited edition

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