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A Sagittariun
The Circle Stops Somewhere

Sagittariuns, eh. Generous, funny, impatient, and - on the evidence of A Sagittariun’s The Circle Stops Somewhere - into raving. Originally issued way back in 2011, the influence of Nick Harris’ first EP under this name can be heard in subsequent works by the likes of Floating Points and Answer Code Request. The two originals are propulsive, melodic and slightly wistful techno that will go well with many DJ styles. Mike Dehnert provides a duo of remixes - one laid-back, one tough.
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A-Team
Trouble

Seance Centre tend to focus on the more ambient end of things - recent drops have included works by Visible Cloaks and Joanna Forman - but this release sees them straying into disco territory. Back in 1982, A-Team holed up in Mad Professor’s studio to record these versions of their tune ‘Trouble’. The original is a bracing mix of Arthur Russell-style NYC disco, ESG’s spare punk-funk and dub atmospherics, while both the 'Club Mix' and 'BH Club Dub' are great dancefloor jams. File next to Liquid Liquid and Optimo.

Aaron Martin
Touch Dissolves

Influence is usually a one way straight. A musician is inspired by something, that something is left in the lurch. On Touch Dissolves, Aaron Martin upsets the norm and finds himself in dialogue with photographer Yusuf Sevinçli. The result is a series of dynamic drones, always underpinned by Martin's weighty Cello playing and the memory of Sevinçli's works.

Adrian Younge
Voices Of Gemma Instrumentals

‘Instrumental’ records often come off like vanity projects that only ever have real appeal for the producer and a very select number of die-hard completists. Not so Adrian Younge’s Voices Of Gemma. The original record purposely pitted plush library-pop against eerie and operatic female vocals to bring about a sense of Twilight Zone uncanniness. Now Linear Labs strip out the singing to allow the just-a-little-too-comfortable instrumentals to work their magic on you.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad presents
The Midnight Hour

Adrian Younge (Venice Dawn) has worked with Souls Of Mischief and Ghostface Killah teamed up with Ali Shaheed Muhammad to score the Luke Cage series whilst also working on their Luther Vandross inspired project. The Midnight Hour carries on where the king left off with a heady blend of soul, jazz and hip hop groove. Features guest appearances by the man himself Vandross, as well as Cee-Lo Green, Raphael Saadiq,  Eryn Allen Kane, and many more.

Al Dobson Jr.
Rye Lane Versions

Yes, Rhythm Section. We get it. You’re from Peckham. No need to labour the point. This one actually came out in 2014, but such is the British clubsphere’s appetite for sprightly jazz-house from SE that Bradley Zero’s only gone and bloody pressed it again. What we have here are two takes of Al Dobson Jr.’s found-sound beat-smithery fleshed out into slinky 100-bpm jams by Polish duo Ptaki and Mancunian mainstay Ruf Dug.

Alan Silvestri
Avengers: Infinity War

Island sure knows how to picture disc ‘em. Here’s veteran Alan Silvestri’s (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and uncountable others) original soundtrack for 2018’s every-hero-but-Kitchen-Sink-Man Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. Appropriately overblown.

Alessio Ballerini
Wiwanana

A soundtrack by a European music for a film shot in Africa with Japanese artwork, the internationalist spirit truly inhabits Alessio Ballerini. Wiwanana's soundtrack is one of gentle electronics and warm arpeggios, Ballerini's music conveys the sunshine and lens flare that defines the film's palette.

Andrea Taeggi
Zimní Král

Berlin boffin Andrea Taeggi (also known as Gondwana and half of Lumisokea) brews a synthetic broth for London’s SM-LL. The album consists of material recorded with archaic analogue equipment at the Willem-Twee synthesis lab/studio in Holland and confirms a continued interest in damp, dynamic textures and hypnotic polyrhythms.

Asylums
Alien Human Emotions

Essex based Asylums, release their second album Alien Human Emotions. Moodier than their first album but no less energetic, their press release compares into a swig of Jagermeister. I guess that makes it strong, dark, and not to everyone's tastes? Released on Asylum's own record label, Cool Thing.
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Baptists
Beacon Of Faith

First of all, beautiful album art. Beacons of Faith is the third record from Baptists. Following pretty much the same sound as the bands' previous records, this is one that you don't want to miss. Atmospheric and apocalyptic, this record is available on vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Southern Lord.  

Bear Bones, Lay Low / Don't DJ
Plafond 3

After two entries that have seen contributions from Legowelt and Milan W., the third record in BAKK’s Plafond series hosts new work from Don’t DJ and Bear Bones, Lay Low. Both of the jams here take up a full-side, and the artists luxuriate in the length of their pieces. While the latter's collaboration has yielded a psychedelic, New Age-y electronic odyssey in ‘Dissolve Into The Night’, Don’t DJ’s ‘Rag For Rudolf Rocker’ is a tense anti-groove that could be a soundtrack to a piece of contemporary dance.
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Bell Witch
Longing

San Fran label The Flenser have a good ear for the heavy stuff. They’ve dropped many tomes of high-quality metal over the past few years, and their roster boasts releases from Have A Nice Life, Botanist and Deafheaven. However, few of their near-one-hundred records come close to matching Bell Witch’s 2012 LP Longing for sheer darkness. One of the reason the bass-and-drums duo have such a rich seam of black running their music is their ability to contrast thick-as-treacle doom with passages of eerie Pagan choral harmony.

Benedek
Earlyman Dance

Another string in the ultra-chilled, downtempo house bow of Music From Memory’s sublabel Second Circle. Los Angeles producer (Nicky) Benedek takes the long road and dances it with two versions of the track ‘Sub Terra’ (relaxed and funky or very relaxed and funky) as well as three other original productions. There are the faintest, most graceful tinges of acid and electro, and the backing synths on closer ‘Nucid’ are irresistible.

Bergsonist
Solyaris

The excellent Where To Now? (Ben Vince, Wanda Group) front the new EP from Bergsonist. Solyaris is similarly skew-whiff techno to the recent Where To Now? drop by Metrist. The likes of ‘Fidel Gastro’ and ‘Conflict In Yeman’ see the Morocco-born, NYC-based producer lacing her tough club tracks with ragged bleeps and bloops. Excellent stuff.

Black Clouds
Dreamcation

The thick-fogged Black Clouds meld together the heavy, screeching post-metal of acts like Isis with the more plaintive avenues of your average post-rock twinkle sweethearts, making for a sound that flirts with the sinister and ominous before giving way to something wide-eyed and aspirational. Furious noise meets ambient wash on 'Dreamcation', a record that rivals Deafheaven's 'Sunbather' for extracting beauty in the face of brute force.

Black Noise
Nature Of The Beast

Mike Grant (AKA Cool Peepl) and Damon Peterson (AKA 8088, Baby Pop, Damon Lamar) have got together as Black Noise to release Nature Of The Beast via Metroplex. If you’ve read this far, you’ll already know that this is essential techno. It was pressed in Detroit too. Perfect. Repress 12" on Metroplex.

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. 

Body/Head
The Switch

Free noise rock duo Body/Head are Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange). They bring together numerous oxymoronic terms: dark/light, black/white, emotion/analysis. Hence, the name of the band 'Body/Head'. Not necessarily oxymoronic, but you get the idea. The Switch is their second full-length studio album, following previous records for Matador and live albums via Deste Foundation and Feeding Tube Records.

Boris / Joe Volk
Split


Brian Case
Plays Paradise Artificial

Brian Case from Chicago post-punk bands Disappears and FACS is onto his third solo release with Plays Paradise Artificial. Here he takes the essence of his previous two albums and distills further his work with Disappears and FACS to its bare bones to create a skeletal and spooky musical world. Transparent yellow vinyl, limited to 300 copies on Hand In The Dark.
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Bruxas
Sirocco

Bruxas hit on a nice mix of sounds in their second EP for Dekmantel. The four tracks of Sirocco chuck everything from old library music to Balearic funk to Paradise Garage disco to Cumbia into the mix. More often than not the end product is a funky affair that has a great strut to it. Fans of Music From Memory, Safe Trip and the rest please step this way.

Buck Curran
Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

Nothing like a cup of lapsang souchong and Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas to get you through a quiet evening. Painting quiet spaces with sparse guitar tones, Buck Curran’s songs are like Six Organs of Admittance on valium and played at 75% speed: the man's haikus and ragas are patient, and depend equally on silence and sound.

Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.

Chastity
Death Lust

A re-issue of demos on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks has fuelled a burgeoning interest in Canadian punks Chastity. Support slots with Priests, Fucked Up, Metz and Chelsea Wolfe have only made people more excited about their debut LP Death Lust. The album revolves around the concept that the pain of living knowing we’re going to die is tempered by the ability to cope with that knowledge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.

Circling Vultures
Game of Chance

This four track EP is the follow up record by Circling Vultures called Game of Chance. Described as 'psychedelic machine music', this mini album is definitely one to add to your collection. A proper underground mix of club tunes that will make the impending apocalypse seem a little more real. Available on vinyl 12" and released on L.I.E.S. 

Cordovas
That Santa Fe Channel

Hailing from Nashville, The Cordovas harmony-laden Americana sound melds the ‘70s folk-rock of California’s Laurel Canyon with the southern rock from the same era. If you like American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, Little Feat circa Dixie Chicken, or more recently, Dawes, then their second long-player, The Santa Fe Channel is for you. LP and CD on ATO Records.

Crippled Black Phoenix
Great Escape

Great Escape is the tenth full-length studio album from dark, epic UK rockers, Crippled Black Phoenix. The seven-piece are led by Justin Grieves and have included numerous collaborators among their ranks in the past. The album swells with anger in places and is unsettling in others. All this is tempered by a certain amount of compassion running through other songs. CD and LP on Season Of Mist.

Crucifix
Crucifix

Reissue of anarcho-punks Crucifix’s long out of print self-titled debut EP. Originally released in 1981 on Universal, in their 5 year existence they became notorious for their blend of d-beat and hardcore punk filled with youthful angst driven by political rage. For fans of Discharge, Crass et al. LP on Kustomized.

cv313
Beyond Dreams [Analog Passages]

They've released as many records as I've started save files on Pokemon Blue, and still Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell graft. Yet another entry into their cv313 series sees them create longform "analog passages" that are likely immersive, blissful and ethereal, all staple vibes of their dub techno aesthetic. This one should tide you over 'til next week.

CVX
Zibaldone III Of CVX

The third instalment of Rupert Clervaux’s Zibaldone Of CVX series is a collection of ‘multi-angle audio mosaics’ from the London-via-Mallorca sound artist. While Zibaldone III may initially seem obtuse and hostile, if you persevere you’ll stumble on some rather profound stuff. Synthesising snippets of spoken text - poetry, radio broadcasts, lectures, you name it - with everything from lo-fi techno to closing-time piano jazz, CVX has made an oddly compelling work here. Imagine Karlheinz Stockhausen if he’d ever hooked up with Jan Jelinek.

D.R. Hooker
The Truth

So similar in name to Dr Hook but don't be alarmed this is something completely different. It has been voted one of the rarest records of all time and was released in an edition of less than a hundred back in 1972. D.R. Hooker was in fact a robe-clad hippy who wrote surprisingly sophisticated songs that have something of the Randy Newman about them. 

Darwin Deez
10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart

He may have had those frizzy tight curls cut off but here he is with a moustache like that and posing top off for an album sleeve. This is his fourth album which sensibly avoids the current vogue for synth rock and electro textures and simply writes good simple guitar pop with tunes you can whistle. Maybe he's ok after all?  

Dauwd
Theory of Colours - Versions

Dauwd revisits his Theory of Colours album with an EP that investigates and reconsiders three of its tracks in four different ways. Rouge Mecanique remixes ‘Murmure’ in two different ways, Vakula handles ‘Macadam Therapy’ and ‘Analogische Memories is presented in the lovely form of a spare piano version. 12” on Technicolour.

David Holmes
Mosaic (Music From The HBO Limited Series)

Mosaic is the latest powerhouse TV series from HBO, directed by big-screen big-dog Steven Soderbergh. Of course, such a production needs a suitable soundtrack, and David Holmes has done the honours here with a set of alternately smooth, eerie, tense and avant moods. This CD and vinyl release is out in the world courtesy of Touch Sensitive.

Denaji
UNTHANK006

UNTHANK006 by Denaji gets a repress following an initial run of just 13 copies with packaging production values that would make Factory Records lavish efforts look restrained. The three-track EP contains a remix of lead track, Wuhti by DJ Sotofett's Bhakti Crew featuring Paleo Logos. This time it’s clear vinyl housed in a screen printed sleeve. 10” EP on Unthank.

Derek Bailey & Jamie Muir
Dart Drug

The late Derek Bailey and ex-King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir get their 1981 collaborative reissued by Honest Jon’s. Dart Drug is a strange record even by the standards of this pair. It’s difficult to identify what kind of … things Muir is hitting at any one point, and Bailey’s six-string quirks are in even fuller effect than usual. Despite (or perhaps because of) their erstwhile impulses, the duo managed to construct an oddly compelling suite of lopsided avant-jazz on this LP.

Derek Carr
Contact

Subwax Bcn sub-label Subwax Excursions (Future Beat Alliance, Metro Area) drop this LP of Midwest fetishism from Irish producer Derek Carr. We don’t mean that in a bad way, mind - Contact contains eight impeccably executed homages to the spacey techno of Drexciya, Planet E, Underground Resistance et al in a manner similar to Space Dimension Controller.

Dez Williams
Against Your Will

Elektronik Religion founder Dez Williams drops a new four-track EP via Bedouin Records (Pan Daijing, Eomac). Against Your Will allows Williams to show off his love of Drexciya - the third track is called ‘Hexciya’ - through the rose-tinted vision of rave revivalism. The aesthetic is more distorted and gritty than practitioners like Special Request and Daniel Avery, though the squiggly basslines, breaks and halcyon-glow synths are all sounds those producers return to time and again. There’s a fair bit in common with the murk of Actress’ AZD.

Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics
Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop

Diamond D’s 1992 debut LP gets a vinyl reissue. Known for being one of the formative records of the NYC hip-hop underground, Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop also features early performances by future stars of the scene. Fat Joe and Big L show up with guest verses, and there are production credits for Q-Tip and Jazzy Jay. Amid all this, Diamond D anchors the record with some hard-won Bronx wisdom. This reissue comes with some bonus tracks.

Diptera
001 [Antenna]

Diptera are a duo who approach club deconstructionism in a rather literal way. First off Activist DJ whips up a quick bit of darkside garage. The resulting tune is then sent over to Wesley who mangles, bends and screws the original into strange new shapes. On 001 [Antenna], the end result is a four-track set that sounds like a Clark mix being funneled through a metal pipe. Szare also springs to mind. Out via Mana.
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Dizzy
Baby Teeth

Cutesy Canadian four-piece Dizzy release their cutesily-entitled debut LP via Communion. Baby Teeth (cute) is full of dream-pop niceness, all gently-picked guitar and glottal-stopped vocals and synth playing straight from the book of Springsteen. Sometimes Dizzy are sad, sometimes they’re happy, but they’re definitely always cute.

DJ Arg
Argonic Acid Trax

In the world of Soundcloud DJ Arg, AKA Faceless Junkies Deluxe, is massively prolific and known for some gnarly yet pure techno using his 303. Agonic Acid Trax, a four-track 12” is his first ever vinyl release through Super Rhythm Trax. Sifting through his web-based back catalogue, these 4 bangers just seemed destined for wax.

DJ Residue
211 Circles Of Rushing Water

DJ Residue is the latest alias of the shape-shifting Gunnar Wendel (Kassem Mosse, The Siege Of Troy). 211 Circles of Rushing Water continues in the vein of recent releases on The Trilogy Tapes from Parris and Metasplice. This is erstwhile, obtuse electronica where the instruments and beats often appear near to coalescing into substantial grooves but seem reluctant to go the whole hog. Inga Copeland’s Lolina project springs to mind.
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Django Django
Marble Skies

7" of the title track from Django Django's third album, Marble Skies. This comes backed with a remix from CID RIM, an affiliate of the LuckyMe record label. CID RIM takes the high energy art rock of the band's original, and gives it the electronic edge and sheen his cohort of producers is known for.
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Don't DJ
All Love Affairs Fail But They Never End EP

Wise words from Don’t DJ there. All Love Affairs Fail But They Never End is a somnambulant, wistful collection of techno-noir. Don’t DJ’s originals range from purring electronica in the vein of Jan Jelinek (‘Veles’) to lengthy and pensive synth ambiences (‘Two Of Pentacles’). Newworldaquarium provides a deep, minimal and ethereal re-rub of ‘Veles’.

dragSTER
Anti-Everything

Miss the ‘90s? Think that cyberpunk is due another day in the sun? Wistfully daydreaming about bygone Whitby Goth festivals? Then fear not - the fourth LP from dragSTER is here to satisfy your cravings. Anti-Everything is very turn-of-the-century Marilyn Manson, which is great news because his recent stuff was starting to wear us out. We are, verily, all stars now. Out via Louder Than War (Evil Blizzard, Fawn Spots).
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Duckett
Emperor's New Clothes EP

Berceuse Heroique (Don’t DJ, Jay Glass Dubs) front a new EP, apparently the first in a series, from the seasoned Duckett. There’s a knowingly wry aspect to the producer entitling this record Emperor’s New Clothes - having been around the block a few times, Duckett isn’t counting on his chirpy leftfield techno style to reinvent the wheel. It’s this sense of low expectations that gives these six tunes freedom. As such, this is a welcoming listen that wears its quirks with pride. Think Bullion, John Talabot and suchlike.

DVA
Cherries On Air (Chuchel Soundtrack)

Cherries On Air is the soundtrack to the comedy adventure game Chuchel. The soundtrack is written and performed by alternative Czech band DVA, a two-piece who’s music takes in pop, tango, cabaret, circus, freak-folk and acoustic electro sounds. Fairly bonkers and well suited to the the game. Limited edition LP on Minority Records.
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Dwart
Taipei Disco


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Echo Beds
Buried Language

Denver industrial duo, Echo Beds, found themselves locked out of their practice space by bailiffs in 2016. This was due to a seemingly unfriendly crack down on arty types and their unofficial work spaces. After turning bedrooms into recording studios, using improvised equipment to work on their ideas and being emotionally spurred on by what was happening to them and their friends, Buried Language was born. Check it out if Street Sects, Youth Code or Drab Majesty are your bag. LP on The Flenser.

EchoDroides
Glowing In The Dark

Nation offshoot Kode (Beau Wanzer, D’Marc Cantu) drop a new 12" from Chicago duo EchoDroides. ‘Glowing In The Dark’ is a cover of the 80’s synth-pop banger by Experimental Products. EchoDroides don’t mess with the original too much - they clean up some of the synth sounds and give the mix more bite, but otherwise they play it straight. It’s no surprise that this sounds like Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder and maybe even Freedom Of Choice-era Devo. Also comes with a handy instrumental version.

Ed Sheeran
+

Life is pain. That, my dear Norman Records™ customer, is just how it is. Break-ups. Boring jobs. Tax returns. Penalty shootouts. Famine. War. Pestilence. Brexit. There is no escape, and there is no true respite. The moments of happiness, of gaiety and light, are but a dappling of sunshine on the shadowed path of mortality. In every triumph lurks failure; in every victory, defeat. But in the darkest moments, remember that we have Ed Sheeran. We have his debut LP +. We have its ubiquitous and Very Clever Indeed singles like 'The A Team'. We have his MBE. Well technically he has it, but really it was awarded to all of us for battling on through the gallows comedy that is to live and breathe on planet Earth. At least - ahh, so very much at least - we have Ed.

Ed Sheeran
X

The year, 2113; the setting, Earth. The planet is a withered corpse. Ravaged by the climate catastrophes and nuclear wars of the previous century, human life has become impossible to support. Societies have either fought themselves into extinction or set off to colonise Mars. The plastic content in the oceans has destroyed all marine life and turned the water into a strange grey substance with the consistency of tapioca pudding. 85% of the Earth’s surface has become uninhabitable due to the merging of all four of the seasons into one year-long period of ultra-heat. In the arctic circle, on the last remaining ice floe, a single tannoy and a lone polar bear. Over the tannoy, Ed Sheeran’s second studio LP X plays on a loop. The polar bear gazes pensively out over the white wastes. These songs mean nothing to him. He sees the sun dip over the lip of horizon. Six months of darkness are come. He lets out a low grunt, barely more than a whisper. Somewhere in the swirl of his subconscious, he asks himself if he will survive this time around. ‘I need you darling, come on set the tone ...’

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Époques

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is a composer and a pianist, and this second album of hers is a mixture of modern chamber music, with her own piano performances bolstered by strings and electronics in order to fully map out her compositions. Epoques is a rich and melancholy listen, both grand and intimate. Released by Fat Cat’s 130701 sub-label.

En Attendant Ana
Lost and Found

Trouble In Mind (Ultimate Painting, Mikal Cronin) present the debut LP from insouciant Gallic group En Attendant Ana. The band hit on a good formula on Lost And Found, bringing together those early rock and punk styles that the French are so fond of with shoegaze, jangle-pop ala C86 and just a dash of chansons. This quintet have produced ten tracks that are both wistful and welcoming. One of these will likely crop up in the next Richard Linklater flick.

Eric B. & Rakim
Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em

Originally dropped in 1990, the third LP from Eric B. & Rakim gets the reissue treatment. Though Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em might not have the commercial clout of something like Paid In Full, this album is the connoisseur's EB & R record. Tunes like ‘No Omega’ sees Rakim spitting some of his savviest bars over beats that encompass both the grittiness of the Bomb Squad and A Tribe Called Quest's sharp jazz-hop.

Expo 70
Mother Universe Has Birthed Her Last Cosmos

Drone master Justin Wright, also known as Expo 70, is treating us to some old hard-to-find cassette drones: Woolgather Visions and Mechanical Elements. Title-track Mother Universe Has Birthed her Last Cosmos will is set to drag you to other places with incessant, endlessly deep drones, constantly evolving and shifting.

Fascinator
Water Sign

Whether Johnny Mackay - the guy on the cover of Water Sign and 100% of the members of Fascinator - takes his whimsy seriously or is just having a laff may be up for debate, but you certainly can’t fault him for effort. The eleven pop songs on this LP are called things like ‘Sex Crystals’ and are all administered with an archness that may or may not be knowing. Either way, this should be worse than it is. Imagine a Frankenband constructed from Empire Of The Sun, Darwin Deez and The Happy Mondays that - somehow! - ended up being good.

Fleabite
NVM

Brooklyn/Philly group Fleabite offer up their first new material since 2015. The band are fronted by Ali Donohue, a member of Waxahatchee when Katie Crutchfield is in touring mode, and on NVM we get six bits of pointed twee-grunge that would make Crutchfield proud. The group also contains members of Missing Earth and Aye Nako. Out via Salinas (Radiator Hospital, Martha).

Fleck E.S.C
Discrete Opinion

Sometimes it feels like once you’ve heard one Central Processing Unit release, you’ve heard them all. All those bleeps and bloops can jade one a little. However, something seems to be different with this latest drop from Fleck E.S.C. We can’t quite put our finger on it - maybe it’s the lovely languid bass sounds, maybe it’s the little dabs of abrasive noise he throws into the mix every now and then - but Discrete Opinion has managed to at once slot nicely into the label’s huge Braindance back-catalogue and also distinguish itself from it. Some feat.

Forest Drive West
Set Free EP

Only love can set you free, of course, but if there’s none of that around then you’ll have to make do with an EP from Forest Drive West. Originally released in 2016, Set Free gets a reissue via RuptureLDN (Double O, Outer Heaven) after FDW’s successful recent stint on Livity Sound has raised their profile somewhat. The tracks here are skittish, airy exercises in junglism, full of thick sub and whirligig breaks.

Francoise Hardy
Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles is one of her essential French-language albums from the period. Sleek, beautiful and bright recordings, each of which has been carefully remastered. 180g vinyl reissue from Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.

Fred Helliwell
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. II - Springs

Folklore Tapes have a new series named Industrial Folklore Tapes, which engages with the fact that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Fred Helliwell’s Springs is one half document of the sonic life of a spring workshop and one half composition for vibrating springs. And each of the 250 copies of this 10” record comes with an actual pressed spring!

Goblin
Tenebrae

The cinephiles at Waxwork hop on the Goblin reissue train. This soundtrack to Dario Argento’s 1982 Giallo classic Tenebrae was composed by three core members of the group (Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, and Massimo Morante). It’s a fun mix of ghoulish Italo disco, campy horror atmospherics ala John Carpenter and tense post-punk-funk.

Gorgoroth
Pentagram

Pentagram was the debut album by Norwegian black metal legends Gorgoroth. It was originally released in 1994 on Embassy Productions. The album is a huge influence on all black metal that came after it, a defining document of a genre. This was the only album to feature drummer, Goat Pervertor and bassist Samoth. Red coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies on Soul Seller.

Gorgoroth
Antichrist

Destroyer (or About How To Philosophize With The Hammer) was the fourth album by the absolute kings of black Metal, Gorgoroth. The album featured several line-ups of the band with founder member, self-confessed ‘Satan’s Minister On Earth’ and church burning advocate, Infernus, being the only constant performer. Red coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies on Soulseller records.

Grim Lusk
SUNLP0101

The first vinyl drop from Domestic Exile comes courtesy of Grim Lusk. SUNLP0101 is another killer set born from the noble lineage of Glaswegian club tracks. The hallucinatory atmospherics, jerky grooves and off-the-cuff feel to these tunes recalls the likes of Golden Teacher and Whilst. It’s a heady listening experience. Highly recommended.

Hamish Kilgour
Finklestein

Hamish Kilgour was a member of the brilliant New Zealand band, The Clean with his brother, David. Finklestein is his second solo album. Whilst his debut, All Of It And Nothing was an intimate set of songs, Finklestein has production values of a Hollywood blockbuster, bringing to life a concept based on a story Kilgour wrote for his son. Gary Olson of The Ladybug Transistor produced and played on the album. LP and CD on Ba Da Bing!

Hannah Leighton-Boyce
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. I - Instruments of Industry

Folklore Tapes here launch a series called Industrial Folklore Tapes, recognising that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Hannah Leighton-Boyce actually used some antique tools (sourced from a museum) in the creation of Instruments Of Industry, building up rich patterns of resonant metal ringing. The B-side is an audio catalogue of the tools. 10” vinyl release.
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Hanno Leichtmann & Valerio Tricoli
La Casa delle Chimere

Second collaborative album from creepy electronic experimentalists Valerio Tricoli and Hanno Leichtmann. On La Casa delle Chimere they manage to make music out of sounds you'd most likely hear on the folly track of a horror film. It's power is in how unsettling it is, and the degree to which they can maintain a sense of tension throughout their tracks. 

Heidy Tamme / Tiit Paulus
Suvi

You see that artwork? That glorious sunset? Fancy a soundtrack to go along with it? Frotee have you covered. 'Suvi ei jää' (meaning Summer Doesn't Stay) is a reworded cover of Roberta Flack's 'What a Woman Really Means', by Estonian singer Heidy Tamme and jazz guitarist Tiit Paulus. I can already feel the cool summer breeze. 

HIDE
Castration Anxiety

Dais Records give us the first LP of brutalised avant-pop from Chicago’s HIDE. Percussionist Seth Sher and visual artist Heather Gabel have crafted seven tracks of dark, intense industrialism here. The likes of ‘Wildfire’ manage to sound like both ‘Machine Gun’-era Portishead and ‘Wandering Star’-era Portishead simultaneously. Other sonic touchstones include Amnesia Scanner and Belief Defect. If HIDE were good enough for Marilyn Manson to take on his Pale Emperor tour, then they’re probably good enough for you.

Hilang Child
Years

Bella Union with another yet another record of big-room indie niceness here. This time the accused is Ed Ridman, also known as Hilang Child, and his debut LP Years. These are ten tracks of chest-puffed-out, angel-voiced electro-indie that references everyone from Wild Beasts to Death Cab To Cutie. Will sound great as you crack open your fourth can of craft cider during the late-afternoon slot at Latitude.

Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama and Masayuki Nagao
Shinobi III - Return Of The Ninja Master

This is a cool one! The soundtrack to Shinobi III - Return of the Ninja Master, a Sega game from 1993 in which the player took the role of a deadly ninja, taking on seven deadly bosses through dense forests, deep caverns and deadly dungeons. It was all soundtracked by Hirofumi Murasaki, Masayuki Nagao and Morihiko Akiyama and the 16bit music is incredibly punchy, with some super percussion going on under some intricate melodies. It really is awesome stuff. Remastered on 180g vinyl from the original recordings, the vinyl comes with a foldout poster with some original artwork from the SEGA archives and a traditional OBI strip.   

Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi
Space Harrier

Back in 1985, Space Harrier hit the arcades, with a memorable Yamaha DX-7 soundtrack by Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi. Who could have predicted, back then, that vinyl would fall all the way out of favour and then right back into serious favour once again, and that these electronic miniatures would one day be presented in a deluxe format, replete with crisp artwork and liner notes? Features all the original score, plus a live band version of the Main Theme.

Hugo LX
Desiderata EP

The latest drop on MCDE (Motor City Drum Ensemble, Henry Wu & Earl Jeffers) comes courtesy of house up-and-comer Hugo LX. Anyone familiar with the MCDE oeuvre will know what they’re getting themselves in for with the Desiderata EP. For the cheap seats - this is classy deep house full of swinging shuffles and jazzy chord progressions. The five tracks here also have a chic retro glamour to them.
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Iggy Pop
Bookies Club 870

Iggy Pop was recorded by a local radio station at Bookies Club 870 in Detroit. This album has only ever been available as a bootleg, but now the recording of the gig, from September 26th 1980, is available as a bona fide LP and CD for the first time, speed corrected and restored audio. Iggy blasts through solo classics such as Lust For Life and Nightclubbing and throws in some Stooges classics such as I Wanna Be Your Dog and Search & Destroy for good measure. Double LP and CD on Easy Action.

James
Living In Extraordinary Times

I learnt my lesson when I called James 'serviceable' and therefore created a Twitter storm. I later apologised and called them 'functional' instead but were their fans happy? Well, no not really. So I will refrain from saying anything other than they are back with a new album influenced by Trump and all the things going wrong in the world.  

James Place
Living On Superstition

Born from a Manhattan high-rise, Living on Superstition is an album based on the paranoia and disdain that come with living above a big city. James Place, also known as Phil Tortoroli, treating us to more of his introverted techno, somehow clearly produced in surroundings overflowing with decadence.

Japan
Tin Drum

David Sylvian fronted arty-odd-synth-pop-new-wavers Japan originally released their fifth and final album Tin Drum in 1981 through Virgin. This half-speed mastered edition is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM for a better noise floor. Includes the singles Ghosts and The Art of Parties, as well as the ever infectious Talking Drum.

Jeff Buckley
Mystery White Boy

Live album from the legendary Jeff Buckley. There are all recordings made between 1995 and 1996 while Buckley was touring his seminal studio album, Grace. Mystery White Boy was compiled by Mary Guibert, Buckley's mother, and first released in 2000. An opportunity to experience Buckley at his creative peak. 

Jenn Champion
Single Rider

In the press release for Single Rider, Jenn Champion threatens a record that is a cross between Drake and Billy Joel. On both counts, she delivers. And you know what? It’s bloody good fun. The artist formerly known as S has crafted some sexy lights-low pop jams that, with any justice, will get serious rotation over the coming summer. ‘Time To Regulate’, in particular, is a bloody masterpiece that could quite easily slot into Carly Rae Jepsen’s game-changing Emotion.

Jigga
Lillllill

Bedouin Records (Hieroglyphic Being, Traxman) drop a mini-LP by this Japanese newcomer. Jigga - no relation to Jay Z, we assume - is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for visceral sounds. The seven numbers of Lillllill lurch from monitor to monitor in a manner reminiscent of the most abrasive bits of Arca’s output. Merzbow, Ziur and Fatima Al Qadiri also spring to mind.

Jodie Lowther & ARC Soundtracks
The Blow Volume 4

The Blow Volume 4 is a collaboration between multi-faceted artist Jodie Lowther and ARC, AKA sound and vision duo K Craig and David Armes1. The music mixes grey drones with ethereal percussion and spoken word passages distorted by various FX to create an unsettling soundtrack to uncomfortable dreams. Cassette tape on Front & Follow.

Joe Herrick
Dream Reading

Don’t Google Joe Herrick, you’ll just get some guff about a horse trainer with the same name. Dream Reading is Herrick’s first record and it compiles 14 tracks from his massive archive. Extrapolation Records have been digging this guy for the last 5 years and feel that the time is right for an official release. Herrick has a certain way with loops and samples and uses them them to bind together his takes on ambient, house and hip-hop. LP on Extrapolation Records.

John Lennon / Yoko Ono
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions

As the second part of John and Yoko’s Unfinished Music series, Life With The Lions is one of the least popular albums John Lennon was ever involved with. Partner Yoko Ono took a Fluxus-style approach, and the album consists of howling, feedback, readings of press clippings etc. Better than the any Beatles record (fight it out in the customer review box if you like!) and reissued by Secretly Canadian.

John Roberts
Fences


Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft
Passive Agressive

The debut album-length collaboration of Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft is Passive Aggressive, and its a sweet and subtle suite of melodic ambience, composed with software synths, piano and guitar. Everything feels very clean and calming, with gentle traces of sleepy jazz lapping at the edges. Passive Aggressive is released on Nash’s own label, Melody As Truth.

Jungle
Heavy, California / Cherry

Jungle gear up for the release of their sophomore LP For Ever with another light dusting of alt-soul. ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Cherry’ are par for the course, all polite funk grooves and snapback-and-a-pair-of-Huaraches falsetto. This is the sort of breezy whimsy that sinks soft claws into radio station playlists the world over, so drink your fill now lest your thirst by slaked by another hand.
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Karim Maas
Old World Disorder EP

Extremely moody electronic music from the UVB-76 Music crew. Karim Maas blends noisy techno, break beats, and just the right amount of bass to elicit a sense of dread worth of that album artwork. The Old World Disorder EP features four tracks by Maas as well as a remix from Huren.

Keston Cobblers Club
Almost Home

A follow up to their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Almost Home is the latest release from Keston Cobblers Club. A genuine show of warmth and community based music that combines folk with country, paired with a modern ‘poppy’ feel to it; catchy lyrics and dazzling musicianship is shown on this record. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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Kit Grill
Rhythm

Some more nicey-nicey from Kit Grill here. Much like many of the London producer’s previous releases, Rhythm is a collection of melodic synth vignettes that generally err on the happier side of things. There’s a light chillwave flavour to this lot to go with Grill’s standard Vangelis-isms. As you might be able to guess from the title, this one is quite rhythmic by his standards.
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  
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Kleenex Girl Wonder
Vana Mundi

Kleenex Girl Wonder is the musical project of Chicago-born Graham Smith. Now based in New York, Smith is the only consistent member of the band, but he’s supported by a revolving cast of musicians. Umpteenth album, Vana Mundi, see’s Smith at his most melodic and most lyrically profound. It’s probably his best album yet. LP on HHBTM.

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