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Knightstown
Knightstown

Knightstown is Michael Aston, a man who has most notably composed music for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Being that those take place in World Cup years I can't be the only person who missed it but we now have a fresh chance to acquaint ourselves with Aston. On Knightstown, he centres his falsetto singing over woozy electronics in a similar vein to the latest Bon Iver album. On FatCat.

LFZ
Name Plus Focus

Making their bow on Castle Face are retro-futurists LFZ. Name Plus Focus arrives with the John Dwyer Seal Of Approval - probably par for the course given that it is being released by his label. One spin of this LP and you can see why. The icy, vaguely proggy synthscapes here are the sort of thing that has been creeping into Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS sound for some time now. For fans of Italians Do It Better, or perhaps Wendy Carlos if you’re of a more classic disposition.

Little Ugly Girls
Little Ugly Girls

Little Ugly Girls presumably chose their name 20 years ago when they formed. And they are made up of girls so maybe its ok. The strange thing is that this band has been going 20 years and this is their first album. That's a lot of prep but they've supported the likes of Bikini Kill before so that may give you some indication of where they are coming from.   

Loch Lomond
Night Bats / White Dresses

Loch Lomond are, despite what you may be led to believe by the band’s name, from Portland, Oregon. Night Bats/White Dresses sees two of the band’s EPs being released on vinyl for the first time. Night Bats was originally released in 2010 and White Dresses followed two years later. Support slots with fellow Portland bands The Decemberists and Blitzen Trapper should give a few clues as to their sound. LP on Hush Records.

Lord Of The Isles
DFSANT03

Well within the techno realm lies an approach that uses production as a means to abstraction. The 'DFSANT' series explores this concept, and on the third outing burns the rule book several times over through lofi sound walls, emotionally obscure melodiousness and distinct links to nostalgic electronica.
  • Vinyl 12" (DFSANT03)
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Lory D
Jam With Deaf Cats

Cats. Our feline friends are not noted for their appreciation of head-shaking, foot-stomping minimal acid-techno.. Although they are creatures of the night. Even deaf ones. So Lory D releases his latest 12", an EP on Seilscheibenpfeiler Schallplatten Berlin called 'Jam With Deaf Cats', containing therein 4 cuts of the dark electronic stuff. SSPB have brought in the Italian producer for their second release to date for some driving acid sounds, frenzied and hypnotic rhythms and raw kicks. Another bonus is an edit by Berliner Technokind Marcel Dettmann! Jawol! Limited copies.

LT
Forest Floor

Rave revivalism as imagined by Rhythm Section here. Bradley Zero’s imprint tends to keep things chill, so LT’s ‘Where Were You In ‘92?’ vibe is more restrained than, say, the breaks bonanzas of Special Request. However, Forest Floor is replete with jacks, chords and basslines taken from the world of hardcore. They’re just a little more restrained than usual. Think Pender Street Steppers or fellow Rhythm Section protege Mallard.

Lucy
Tarkomania

Electronic bod Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy aka label head of Stroboscopic Artefacts unleashes this three tracker onto 10" wax. Expect dark-hued angular dancefloor that is both mysterious and succinct. A small glimpse into the world of this famously nuanced electronic composer.  A unique object and the latest in a line of 10"s from the imprint. 

LWW
3PE

LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / Piano Day seal of approval for the track 'PNO' (told you) which made the Frahm official PD playlist this year. A record on which Wyland has allowed unadorned, unembellished single takes to form and evolve naturally. Which is cool. LP on the always reliable Leaf Label.

Lykke Li
so sad so sexy

Rarely has their been a more clear expression of intent as the title of Swedish pop musician Lykke Li's fourth album, so sad so sexy. She's let behind the cinematic ambition that defined her earlier work and moved onto a style more reminiscent of the RnB you'd find topping the charts. But yeah, sad and sexy for sure.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
The Radio Winners

A mother-and-son duo here, which isn’t something you see every day. Mama Bear - the mum of the duo, if that wasn’t obvious enough - strums a nice guitar while her handsome son Madisen Ward intones in a manner similar to Ray LaMontagne and Iron & Wine. New EP The Radio Winners is embellished with strings and drums and various other Baroque niceties. There’s a lot of whistling on it, but you can skip those bits. The rest is pretty good.
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Maps & Atlases
Lightlessness Is Nothing New

After a long six years out of the game, Maps & Atlases return with a new LP. Anyone expecting the time-signature acrobatics of math-rock milestones like Perch Patchwork will need to leave those preconceptions at the door though, because what we have here is a full-on indie-dance record. Lightly funky in that sort of The Antlers/Reflektor-era Arcade Fire way, Lightlessness Is Nothing New is straight-up pop music.
  • Vinyl LP (LPBARK174)
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Mass Gothic
I've Tortured You Long Enough

Husband and wife duo Mass Gothic drop their sophomore LP via Sub Pop. If a title like I’ve Tortured You Long Enough has you imagining brutal metal breakdowns or claustrophobic industrialism, then fear not! For in this instance it’s actually quite a wry choice. The tunes here are more Bat For Lashes than Cancer Bats, albeit with a bit of that quirky Brooklynite flavour that is all the rage these days. Available as CD, LP and tape.

Massive
Full Throttle

Massive are RAWK!!! with a capital R. Earache's latest RAWK!!! signing, following in the footsteps of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement and Blackberry Smoke, these lot are "fist-swinging, riot-starting, girlfriend-stealing, punch-in-the-face" types. But nice to their mums and to kittens I'm sure.   Anyways, this is an updated cut of their debut containing 4 brand-new bonus tracks.

Mathilde Bataillé
Le Soleil Dans L’oeil

On La Soleil Dans L’oeil, Mathilde Bataillé takes her inspiration from Elliott Smith, Grouper and Sandy (Alex G). She creates her songs through misty guitar lines interspersed with tape loops and dazed field recordings. The recordings also have a certain je ne sais quoi, an amount indefinable magic dust sprinkled over them making them a captivating listen. Cassette Tape on NX Records.

MC Paul Barman
(((echo chamber)))

MC Paul Barman has kept a relatively low profile since the release of 2009’s Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud LP, offering only a mixtape and a handful of guest verses in the intervening years. A near-decade on and the wordsmith’s wordsmith drops (((echo chamber))). The LP’s lengthy track list allows for Barman to dazzle from every angle - his near-spoken, rhymes-within-rhymes style still impresses almost twenty years after he got his start. His standing in the community is represented in the album’s credits - MF Doom, Open Mike Eagle, DJ Yoda, Mark Ronson and ?uestlove are among those who’ve lent a hand, with the latter contributing six productions.

Me and My Kites
Is it Real or is it Made?

Second album from Me and My Kites, a flighty collection of songs that breeze past the listener so laden with summer that you could catch hayfever. Is It Real Or Is It Made? was recorded in Norway, and there is, from time to time, an audibly Scandinavian touch to the vocals. LP released by Porcelain Records.

Michael Abels
Get Out

Now that you’ve enjoyed Jordan Peele’s most original horror movie Get Out, you can submerge yourself in Michael Abels' soundtrack. It is pressed on ‘garden party’ green marbled vinyl with new artwork by American illustrator Leslie Herman. An insert with liner notes by director and writer Jordan Peele details how the pair approached matching the film and soundtrack. 180g 2LP on Waxwork.

Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker
A Heart From Your Shadow

Michael Beharie of Zs and Teddy Rankin-Parker (a cellist who has worked with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and the like) have known each other for years, but this is their first collaboration, and what a well-considered treat it is. Energetic and intricate music, mixed by the big man Jim O’Rourke. A Heart From Your Shadow is released by Mondoj.

Michael Giacchino
Speed Racer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

2008’s Speed Racer is a post-Matrix epic from the Wachowskis, adapted from a manga. Seasoned soundtracker Micheal Giacchino provided the musical accompaniment, and this is what we have here on this double LP from Mondo, as well as new liner notes and some flash new artwork. High energy sounds, incorporating and building upon themes from the original series.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOND125)
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Michael Giacchino
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

You may not know him by name, but chances are you've heard the music of Michael Giacchino. He's one of the current big-hitters in the world of film-scoring, and in the past couple of years he’s composed for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, War For The Planet Of The Apes and The Incredibles II. Furthermore, he's also had a crack at a couple of films from the rebooted Jurassic World series, and this Mondo release presents his music for Fallen Kingdom across two vinyl. It’s fun John Williams-y bombast.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOND133)
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Mick Gordon
DOOM (Original Game Soundtrack)

Soundtrack for 2016's Doom. The modern take on the classic video game was fast, efficient, and aggressive. Unlike a lot of modern shooters it discouraged hiding behind cover and emphasised just going for it. Mick Gordon's soundtrack plays its part in all that being all visceral and pounding, and probably as good for going to the gym as it is for playing video games on your sofa.

MIKE
Black Soap

MIKE, the latest in the long line of NYC rap prodigies, will see his debut LP Black Soap drop on the prestigious Lex Records (Danger Mouse, BADBADNOTGOOD). Despite only being 18, MIKE clearly has a good head on him, spitting bars wise beyond his years over these nice lo-fi instrumentals. It's reminiscent of Earl Sweatshirt and fellow NYC punk Wiki.
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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Focus

Fascinating rhythmic explorations by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi on Padre Himalaya. The way he renders the timbres and textures of two traditional Persian instruments, the tonbak and the daf, make for captivating and intimate listening. Most interesting is the seeming relationship between this style and European minimal techno.

Monrella (aka Mick Harris)
Process & Report EP


Negro
Clase media

Valencia’s Fernando Junquera, performing as Negro, is a solo guitarist whose mastery of his instrument allows his music to smoothly encompass a world of sounds, from American primitive to Tortoise-tinged post-rock to deep Loren Connors style ambience. Clase media is the third Negro solo album, and it is out on the La Castanya label.

Neil Young
Hawks & Doves

No, Hawks & Doves is nothing to do with Cheshire rockers Doves. How could it be, given that, as it was first released in 1980, the members of Doves would have all still have been at primary school? Bet you wish you’d thought that through before opening your mouth and embarrassing yourself… Anyway, this an album by Neil Young, so there’s all that that entails. Nice songs etc.

Neil Young
This Note's For You

I know that this is an unfashionable opinion, but this particular Norman Records™ description writer thinks that Neil Young did his best work in the 1980’s. Albums like Trans and Everybody’s Rockin’ are either some of the all-time great musical shitposts, visionary records that simultaneously trailblaze and satirise the retro-maniacal curve of the decade, or both. 1988’s This Note’s For You manages to yoke together Young’s contemporaneous archness with some of his best mid-period songcraft. There’s also plenty of anti-corporate fire here - possibly something to do with the fact that his old label Geffen had just sued him for, in essence, not being Neil Young-y enough.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Re-ac-tor

This is where it all began. Not Neil Young’s whole career, obviously, but the period of it where Young and his then-label Geffen started their legendary beef. Kicking off with 1981’s Re·ac·tor and lasting for most of the subsequent decade, Geffen were tearing their hair out at the fact that Young kept providing them with records that weren’t essentially Harvest Part 2. While Re·ac·tor is still more Neil Young-y than, say, Trans, the combination of heavy electric guitar and New Wave influences certainly ruffled a few feathers. It’s a great record.

Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound System & Power, a newly recorded set on Soul Jazz.

Nurse With Wound
Homotopy To Marie

Nurse With Wound main man Steven Stapleton regards Homotopy To Marie as the first real Nurse With Wound album, although it’s actually their 5th. This is because he made it how he wanted to without anyone else chipping in with ideas. He locked himself away and perfected his tape editing and track construction techniques to present an album that reached further into the avant-garde that previous releases. Double LP on Rotorelief.
  • Vinyl Double LP (Rotor0070sb)
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Ojo Por Ojo
Ojo Por Ojo

Punk label La Vida Es Un Mus Discos (Glue, Good Throb) release this angry statement from Mexican trio Ojo Por Ojo. Burning through ten tracks in about as many minutes, the group’s self-titled debut LP is full of pent-up fury about the state of their hometown of Mexico City. The group’s punchy combination of snot-nosed punk, hardcore and a little grindcore cites Parabellum and Nerorgasmo as influences.

Oliver Coates & Laurie Tompkins
Ample Profanity

Oliver Coates is a prodigious talent. He’s been too good for too long now for anyone to put in a salient argument to the contrary. Here we see him returning to Slip, the label that put out his excellent collaborative LP with Mica Levi, for a short record of avant-anarchism alongside Laurie Tompkins. Ample Profanity is a disorientating listen - at one point it will resemble the kindergarten punk of early Micachu & The Shapes, then a few seconds later it’ll be on an Einstuerzende Neubauten flex.
  • Vinyl LP (SLP038)
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Omer Coleman Jr.
Lovin

'Lovin "Babe" Sure Is Fun (Instrumental)' is an amazing 'Acid Boogie' cut from Omer Coleman Jr. (aka Starship Commander Woooo Woooo) with crisp Roland 808 drums and infectious TB303 bassline, and could be considered proto-acid house. Originally issued as a now ultra-rare 7" on his own Remo label way back in 1985. The vocal edit is also included alongside the instrumental electro-funker of 'No Good'.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER1014)
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Palta & Ti
Palta og Ti på den Tolvte Ø

Aarhus-based pseudonym enthusiasts Palta (aka Natal Zaks, Central, Brio, Escar, Soft Talk etc.) and Ti (aka Milán Zaks, DJ Sports) follow last year’s cassette Hej Australien and 12” EP’en Andre Hjem with this fellow for 12th Isle. Quite hard to pin this one down, but it’s some sort of mucky, ultra-relaxed house. A1 is an extremely chill tempo with offbeat FX and understated chords, A2 sounds like early B12 doing dub and B1 gets a bit krauty with super funky bass and cute synths.

Paranoid London
Paranoid London

Some dance floor delivery from Paranoid London. This self-titled release features the tried and tested booty mover "Paris Dub". As a whole, the record does not let up and is packed with certified acid house vibes throughout. Striding all things Detroit, Chicago, techno and house these jams will work everywhere - one for the heads!

Parrish Smith
Sex, Suicide & Speed Metal

Parrish Smith inhabits his own world of industrial electronic post punk, obsessing over analogue equipment whilst channeling Suicide’s Alan Vega and Mute label owner, Daniel Miller. Sex, Suicide and Speed Metal is his new EP. In the past the Dutch producer has had a big thumbs up from Russian producer and DJ Nina Kraviz and L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli. 4 track 12” EP on Dekmental.

Pascal Comelade
Paralelo

Superlative vintage EMS / AKS synthesiser music from Pascal Comelade circa the late 1970’s. Paralelo, which receives its first proper reissue here, is a wonderful work of personal synthetic sound exploration that needs to be heard! The reissue also adds a whole LP’s worth of bonuses, including a long piece with David Cunningham. Double LP and CD reissue package from Because Music.

Passenger
Runaway

Tearjerking indie strummer Mike Rosenberg, stage name Passenger, is back with another probable chart-topper in Runaway, packed to the gills with yearning songs about love and heartbreak. The combination of pseudonym, title and cover art suggests a North American hitchhike gone a bit wrong, so let’s hope Mike makes it safely to the next town on foot.

Paul Frick
Second Yard Botanicals

Known to many as one third of Brandt Brauer Frick, Paul Frick finally gets his debut LP release via Apollo records. Yes, although Frick has released a handful of EPs over recent years and made music for over twenty years, Second Yard Botanicals is the Berliner's first full-length under his own steam. Well, he finally buckled down and got on with it, and aren't we glad; Frick used an assortment of instruments as well as his own field recordings and dissected breakbeats to craft a sonic collage infused with eclecticism and classical influences, interwoven with fragile melodies drawing on the poetry he takes in every day. Wowzers.
  • Vinyl LP (AMB187)
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Pere Ubu
Cloudland

Prior to Cloudland being released in 1989, Pere Ubu had been silent for seven years. In the intervening years the band’s only constant member, the ‘out-there’ vocalist David Thomas, had kept his hand in by releasing a solo album. Cloudland was a critical success and contained the single Waiting For Mary which earned them their only Billboard chart placing, which is quite a feat for such an avant-garde bunch. LP and CD on Fire.

Pere Ubu
Worlds In Collision

Following a seven year break, avant-garde Ohio rockers, Pere Ubu signed to major label, Fontana for a three album run. Worlds In Collision was the second of that bunch and was originally released in 1991. For this album, legendary keyboard player Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, The Residents) joined the band. LP and CD on Fire.

Pet Shop Boys
Bilingual

While the ‘90s may have seen a slight tail-off in affection for the Pet Shop Boys after they conquered all during the Thatcher years, the decade also had the duo quietly turn in some of their best LPs. Bilingual, their sixth record of original material, is one of these unsung classics. The album maintains a quintessential PSB flavour while also incorporating influences from Spanish and Latin American musics. As with the concurrent reissues of Behaviour and Very, the CD version comes with a bonus disc of rarities.

Pete Spiby
Failed Magician

Guitarist Pete Spiby, formerly of alt. rock bands Black Spiders, Groop Dogdrill and Future Ex-Wife thought his career was over after an operation on his hand meant he could no longer play. Black Spiders tried a few farewell shows and Spiby realised he could play without pain. He had to get back to doing the only thing he knew how to do - rock. Failed Magician is his debut solo album. LP and CD on Be Lucky.

Phase Fatale
Reverse Fall

In a way it’s surprising that Ostgut Ton have never released anything explicitly inspired by J. G. Ballard’s Crash, such is the label’s affinity for all things dark and doomyful. Still, better late than never. Reverse Fall is Phase Fatale’s debut release on the Berghain’s in-house imprint after graduating from its Unteron sub-label, and he nails both Ton and Ballard’s dystopian aesthetic first-time. Four wedges of foreboding and cinematic Berlin techno to write off a car to.

R. Girardin
Emotional Music

NYC-based specialists in weird pop and experimental electronic music, Palto Flats release the debut album from R. Girardin entitled 'Emotional Music'. It's a record on which Girardin explores his new-found love of customised, quirky sounding synthesizers and expresses a pure, naive joy through them. As a result, the combination of man and machines speaks of ecstatic, poetic and spiritual communion. Vinyl only.
  • Vinyl LP (PF008 / ZG002)
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Rabit + Riko Dan
Black Dragons / Ziro Remix

Though the life Glacial Sound was short, the label dropped some of the finest grime and grime-adjacent tracks of the 2010s. Their releases from artists like Murlo and Sharp Veins still cast long shadows over the ever-expanding world of weightless and instrumental 140, but perhaps their crowning achievement was this barnstorming collaboration between Rabit and Riko Dan. ‘Black Dragons’ will still destroy anything the comes within fifty feet of it in the dance. It's supported by a remix from Crazylegs fave Ziro and back on vinyl for the first time in a couple of years.

Radius
Interpolation Tapes [Restoration 3/3]

Hooray for dub techno! The good people at echospace [detroit] have worked very very hard to rescue the aged original tapes that Radius recorded his interpolations on. As the name implies Interpolation Tapes [Restoration 3/3] is the third act in this labour of love. And the hard work has paid off, these tracks sound as good as ever.

Radius
Interpolation Tapes [Restoration 2/3]

A real treat for any fans of Radius. Interpolation Tapes [Restoration 2/3] is the result of a whole years work restoring the music from its original tapes which had begun to decay. Despite all these tracks have been through, the result is as fresh as Radius has ever been. The second release of three.

Randomer
Slicing

Here we find Randomer return to Dekmantel’s UFO Series for the latest set of his particularly brain-bending brand of soundsystem techno. The four dubs on Slicing all go equally hard, but in subtly different ways. For instance: while opener ‘Van Pelt’ recalls a toughened-up version of Cervo’s Afro-Disco, ‘Shadow Harp’ features a pummelling kick pattern that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Beneath tune.
  • Vinyl 12" (DKMNTL-UFO5)
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Rayland Baxter
Wide Awake

Rayland Baxter, a man with a first name I can scarcely believe in, seems to be pulling a Bon Iver on this album, which grew out of a period of seclusion spent in an old rubber band factory. Fifty songs written, of which ten made it onto this here finished album, produced by Butch Walker. Soulful, thoughtful modern rock. On ATO Records.

RDTK (Ricardo Donoso & Thiago Kochenborger)
Human Resources

Denovali Records (Mouse On The Keys, worriedaboutsatan) present the latest LP from a duo who have actually been together for a good 15 years now. Human Resources is the product of Brazilian two-piece RDTK - made up of former Hospital/Digitalis signee Ricardo Donoso and bassist-for-hire Thiago Kochenborger - and it’s a nervous record for nervous times. Tracks like ‘Seal The Chamber’ and ‘Affective Forecasting’ have a sort of Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails vibe to them. One for all you Doomsday preppers out there.

Recondite
Rainmaker

After posting two entries on their Realm Of Consciousness compilations, German mainstay Recondite can now add a full EP for Afterlife to a CV that already includes drops on Ghostly International, Hotflush and Innervisions. The six tracks that comprise Rainmaker are brooding dystopian tech-house that is not dissimilar to fellow Afterlife signees Tale Of Us and Fideles.
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Rick Wilhite
The Godson IV

Moodymann’s Mahogani Music drop the fourth instalment of Rick Wilhite’s The Godson series. It’s standard MM fare on Xanadu, all elegant deep house grooves and Afrofuturist samples. The label boss lends a hand to one of the tunes, a new version of old favourite ‘Technologystolemyvinyl’ that features Amp Fiddler and others.

Rizzla
Adepta

Rizzla’s star may not shine as brightly as the likes Kelela, Total Freedom and other Fade To Mind luminaries, but gosh darn it can they tear up a club. Anyone who slept on 2015’s essential Iron Cages EP can set things right by copping the producer’s debut LP Adepta. These eleven tracks of pure dancefloor power bristle with violence, rage and intent. Imagine early Arca with absolutely no time for pretence.
  • Vinyl LP (FADELP004)
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Rotten Hill Gang
Teach Peace

Rotten Hill Gang refer to themselves as a rap ‘n’ roll group. They pick up where the likes of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J left off. On Teach Peace, they mix rap and live instruments with left-wing social commentary. Features a guest appearance by Hollie Cook. LP & CD on West Born Records.

Sakata / Laswell / Drake / Cosey
Fisherman's.com

Cool your jets, that’s not THE Drake. It’s actually drummer Hamid Drake, and along with Bill Laswell and Pete Cosey he is part of the quartet led by Japanese saxophonist/vocalist/synth player Akira Sakata on this 2000 LP. Fisherman’s.com is a potent mix of free jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock and psych-rock. Sakata absolutely commands the record, raising his voice to the sky one minute and bellowing down his saxophone the next. This Trost release marks the first time that Fisherman’s.com has been made available on vinyl.

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!

Severed Heads
Big Saints Reward (1988- 1990 Dubs)

EP available on 12” vinyl on Optimo Trax. With a lot of comparisons drawn between Australia’s Severed Heads and Kraftwerk in their musical and working style, you can certainly see their effect on modern day electronic music. Big Saints.. is a collection of tracks that have had minimal remastering and rearrangement for DJ usage, and could definitely still smash a dancefloor today.

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.

Simple Elements
9.2%

Originally on Ideal Trax in the mid '90s -- what a time for Techno -- Simple Elements' 9.2% gets a much-awaited reissue on Prisoner Of Sound Records. Presented as it was in 1997 -- a double-pack 12" featuring 6 tracks -- this is storming stuff from Brum; the artist was Nicky B, the resident DJ at legendary underground techno mecca The House Of God at the time, and here is the set on his new label. He drew upon a myriad of influences including Jazz, Funk, Soul, Chicago House, Electro and Detroit Techno. Hear the sounds and become beamed back, and forth again. And forwards again.

Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones
Vicious Circles

After working together for a while as the Fractal Fantasy audio-visual group, dancefloor futurists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones reunite for a seven-track EP on Planet Mu. As anyone who’s heard their solo work would expect, Vicious Circles is a wicked blend of different clubisms. Drill, Jersey, juke and peak-era Timbaland are all rumbling in the lines of this impressive showing. Anyone who’s kept an eye on Fade To Mind these past few years should give Vicious Circles a go.

Skunk Anansie
Stoosh

Skunk Anansie’s sophomore LP is re-pressed for the first time in a while courtesy of One Little Indian. Not many bands cite Skin et al as an influence any more, but S A's heavy hybrid of funk, metal, post-punk and hard rock was simultaneously ahead of the curve and very much of its time. Stoosh - containing some of their biggest tunes in ‘Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)’ and ‘Brazen (Weep)’ - still stands up as one of the group’s most potent statements.

Skunk Anansie
Paranoid & Sunburnt

Finally, after a wait of a few years we have a new repress of Skunk Anansie's scorching debut album, Paranoid & Sunburnt. Their sound was truly multi-racial and (unusually for the times and the height of Britpop) politically-charged. A heavy sound influenced by classic British metal (Sabbath) and sweaty, grimy funk (Sly Stone et al), the band thrust the corruscating and provocative Skin into a ready spotlight. And songs like "Selling Jesus" were the perfect showcase for that thrillingly powerful voice. On One Little Indian records.

Slaves
Acts of Fear and Love

It’s 2030 and Britain is hosting the centenary edition of the Fifa World Cup™. A decade on from Brexit, the UK has torn off the shackles of European control to become the richest and most powerful country in the whole world, and Prime Minister Johnson is keen to rub it in the faces of all those naysayers who thought we couldn’t do it. For the opening ceremony, he takes to the Wembley stage with a hologram of Sepp Blatter and a portly, middle-aged Wayne Rooney. The trio shake hands, release a flurry of doves painted the colours of the Union Jack, and introduce the musical entertainment. Rooney wanted the Stereophonics, but the ever-tactful Johnson has plumped for recent Glastonbury headliners Slaves. The greying ‘punks’, lightly pinking in the London sun, run through a short salvo of ‘Vindaloo’, ‘Ooooooh Naughty!’ (the new single that will feature on their upcoming greatest hits compilation) and a couple from their truckload-selling third LP Acts Of Fear And Love. A global audience of over one billion bloody love it, you mug.

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.

Son House
Father Of Folk Blues

Reissue of the album that introduced Son House to the 1960s. Born in Mississippi in 1902, Son House was one of the most influential blues musicians of the era, in particular the intensity of emotion in both his singing and guitar playing. You may recognise his most famous track 'Death Letter' as The White Stripes covered it on De Stijl. 

SONOIO
Fine

A nine track release from SONOIO called Fine that draws together electronic sounds, synths and powerful vocals.. This one is available on CD, and two different versions of vinyl. The first being a limited edition, translucent green coloured vinyl LP and the other being your good old reliable black vinyl. Released on Dias. 

Special Occasion
The Word

Special Occasion - not to be confused with Special Occasion, the pop band briefly active in the mid 1980s - is the English duo of Messrs Guy Gormley and David Gray - not to be confused, I’m guessing, with David “White Ladder” Gray. Their album of cheery, lounging electronica The Word, previously a tape on Jolly Discs, is now an actual jolly LP thanks to the reissues dept. at Low Company.

Ssaliva
Unplugged Vol. 1

The first volume in a new series from the French electronica producer-come-abstractionist Ssaliva. 11 tracks in 20 minutes, these sketches play out like frail pop motifs yet to be turned into their full being. The unplugged notion here is one of being incredibly stripped back, delayering his dense experimental electronic palettes to even just a simple plucking of strings. Limited CD on JJ Funhouse.
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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.

Stave
ATK EP

Chicagoan producer Stave drops his first record on the extremely impressive UVB-76 (Pessimist, Outer Heaven). As anyone familiar with the imprint will be expecting, the ATK EP is a set of spooky and claustrophobic rave fare. This one eschews the darkside junglism of the label’s last couple of drops for a visceral mix of sounds drawn from industrial techno, darkwave and IDM. Club tracks to make you run for the darkest corners of the room. Jonathan Krohn's previous output as Stave has come via Flingco Sound System, Trensmat, Repitch etc. He has also released records on Regis's esteemed Downwards label as half of duo Talker alongside Karl Meier.

Stone Foundation
Everybody, Anyone

Weller got so excited by the last Stone Foundation album that he ended up producing it and playing on every single track. This time round he's a mere guest along with bandmates Mick Talbot and Steve White. Also appearing is Dr Robert from the Blow Monkeys. Stone Foundation have here mined a heavier funk vibe than before but still blend funk and soul with mod-ish pop and have become a popular live act on the 'circuit'. 

Suicideyear
Color The Weather

Color The Weather and colour us interested, because we’ve finally got an LP from Suicideyear. Though Baton Rouge’s number 1 Sadboy dropped the Japan odds-and-sods full-length back in 2015, this LuckyMe drop is the first time that Suicideyear has set out to create an album's-worth of tracks in one sitting. The vision is realised well here, with his classic Gothic trap style balanced out by excursions into digital noise and mournful ambient interludes. Think How To Dress Well meets Ziur.

Sun Ra
Janus

Janus is a collection of tracks taken numerous rare and differing sources from Sun Ra and the band that followed him round so loyally. The tracks featured in this five-track record were recored between 1960 and 1970 and contain live and studio performances. Available on vinyl LP and released on Warners. 
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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.  

Table Sugar
Introductory Material

Go on hands up....who like the Slits? Ok. The Raincoats? I see. Well you are in luck as this art punk band out of Olympia mine a similar post punk path. The band are known for chucking sounds against the wall to see what sticks leading to chaotic and confrontational music that perfect place where beginners enthusiasm and expert songwriting meet.  

Table Sugar
Collected Acknowledgements

Seven track vinyl release from Table Sugar. This band of Olympians (USA!), who are most certainly post-punk, are post-punk in the vein of the UK's own Shopping and fellow countrymen Lithics. That is to say it's sharp, angular, melodic, and most of all fun! Limited to only 500 copies on Mississippi Records.

Tangerine Dream
Sessions 1

Throughout their long career, kosmische pioneers Tangerine Dream have been renowned for their impressive live shows. This latest LP sets out to prove that, despite having been at it for about a half-century at this stage, the group can still teach the new guard a thing or two. Both sides - A was recorded in Budapest, while B was laid down in Hong Kong - are masterclasses in improvisational electronics. Out via Invisible Hands.

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 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 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 Long Now
Restoration EP

The Long Now - a duo made up of Richard Norris (The Grid, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) and opera singer-turned-experimental musician Finnur Bjarnason - release their debut EP. Restoration is kind of what you’d expect from a classically-trained Icelander and a British electronica OG. Weighty soundscapes, pitter-patter beats and lots of messing around with voice. If you enjoyed that Kiasmos thing that Olafur Arnalds did a little while back then this one is likely to rustle your jimmies.
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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. 

Thou
Magus

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

Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL
Tomb Raider (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

A little less conversation, please: the Junkie who famously remixed Elvis has done a soundtrack. Not just any old soundtrack, either; Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL has made the soundtrack to the (Original Motion Picture) 'Tomb Raider'. The aforementioned, Grammy-nominated one has been let off the lead to score Lara Croft's adventures afresh, resulting in a new vitality and urgency to the character. This release follows Tom's work on the impressive and top-selling Batman v. Superman film, so this is eagerly anticipated stuff. The limited -- 500 numbered copies -- Double LP is packaged with exclusive poster and printed inner-sleeves within a gatefold and protective PVC outer. Oh, and it's 180-gram, transparent green "Color Of Life" vinyl. Music On Vinyl.

Traps PS
New Chants

Sometimes press releases can actually muddle things up for a rather than simplify them. What do you mean when you say the band is ‘questing for an expression not yet known’, or 'matriculating the madrigals of mayhem'? Why have you spent a paragraph comparing said artist to Johnny Major-Shakin’-Bacon? Who even is that? Anyway, kudos to whoever wrote the spiel for New Chants by Traps PS. Within the first paragraph they compare the LA trio to The Minutemen and Gang Of Four, and they close out by talking about Wire, and that’s the whole thing sewn up right there. If only more of them were like this.

Tyler Bates
Deadpool 2 (Original Motion Picture Score)

You know that bit in The Simpsons where Nelson laughs at the tall man in the small car, and then the man pulls Nelson’s trousers down and makes him march down the street while shouting to the crowd ‘hey look, it’s that boy who laughs at everyone! Let’s laugh at him!’? Well, that same phrase comes into my head any time I come across anything to do with Marvel’s ‘comedy superhero’ Deadpool. The fact that I haven’t seen either of the Deadpool movies either says something about me or him, but I’m not sure what that is yet. Anyway, here’s a recording of the score, which was penned by John Wick composer and Marilyn Manson guitarist Tyler Bates.

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.

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