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The Nineteenth Whole
Smilin'

While this 1972 LP from short-lived Indianapolis group The Nineteenth Whole may not exactly be a household name, some big-hitters were involved in its creation. Rudy Van Gelder was at the controls for this one, and Cornell Dupree - the guitarist who laid down the opening lick for Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ - also shows up. They add polish to the five pieces of organ-led soul jazz that make up Smilin'. Now reissued by Tidal Waves Music.

The Pharcyde
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde were arguably the West Coast’s answer to De La Soul, offering a cool alternative to the gangsta rap of the ‘90s. Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde was their debut album, originally released towards the end of 1992, it is now, as well as being Kanye West’s favourite piece of wax, firmly established as a hip-hop classic. 25th anniversary reissue on translucent blue and yellow vinyl.

The Pharcyde
Labcabincalifornia

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

The Rock*A*Teens
Sixth House

20 years ago The Rock *A* Teens played a small part in the history of the Atlanta, Georgia indie scene with a few EPs and albums. Some were released on the Superchunk-owned Merge label. This led to a reunion appearance at the Merge 25 festival and now a new album, Sixth House. Previously blurred by reverb, their sound is sharpened up and the songs are more anthemic. Limited translucent green vinyl, standard black vinyl and CD on Merge.

The Rolling Stones
From The Vault: No Security - San Jose ’99

As the title might suggest, this is an archival album that deals in a Rolling Stones concert from their 1999 No Security tour. The triple-vinyl release sees the withered old crones play and oldies-and-newies set, though of course the newies in this case are a couple of decades ripe by now. Unfortunately the press release doesn’t let on as to whether No Security - San Jose ‘99 includes audio of Keith and Mick dissecting the subtle majesty of Dennis Bergkamp’s winner for Holland when they played Argentina in France ‘98.

The Saxophones
Songs of the Saxophones

The Saxophones started as the solo project of Alex Erenkov. He wanted to incorporate some basic percussion into his sound so recruited his wife, Alison Alderdice, which also meant he could take her on tour with him. As you can probably tell from the cover of Songs Of The Saxaphones, he’s quite fond of her. Their influences all come come from leftfield sounds such as The Exotica/Hawaiian music of the 1950s - Edhen Abhez, Buddy Fo and Martin Denny to name a few, Vittorio Impiglia, a 1970s Italian outsider guitarist and west coast jazz. LP on Full Time Hobby.

The Sediment Club
Stucco Thieves

NYC punk trio The Sediment Club are back with their latest album, a collection of songs that charts the culmination of a decade of urgent and noisy music, the band's trademark concise, brutal sound unwavering 10 years into their career. Expect guttural howls, screeching guitars and climactic, surging drums. 

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 Skull Defekts
The Skull Defekts

This is the final album from experimental Swedes the Skull Defekts. They are known for somehow melding raucous punk with ritualistic psychedelic folk creating an overwhelming barrage of sound. Someone from, Wildbirds and Peacedrums has joined for this swansong which should see them go out with a bang. 

The Skull Eclipses
The Skull Eclipses

This coming-together between Spencer Stephenson (Botany) and Raj Haldar (Lushlife) has produced an intriguing LP. While in aesthetic it skirts close to the stables of Brainfeeder and Liquid Amber, the sonics reference everything from Matthewdavid to The Focus Group. Tracks like ‘Pillars’ are edgy and thrilling hip-hop cuts that benefit from whip-smart guest verses. Laraaji and Open Mike Eagle feature, among others.

The Smittens
City Rock Dove

I knew it! The Smittens are a twee indie pop band out of Vermont with a nice line in jangly indie charm but you know what they are obsessed with don't you? What in fact all twee indie pop bands are obsessed with. Dirty grinding filthy sex. They talk about nothing else in the press release. It's all sex, sex sex with these people.   
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The Space Lady
On The Street Of Dreams

Greetings earthlings, The Space Lady’s otherworldly warbles are returning to earth in the form of a new LP. “On the Street of Dreams” transmits messages of harmony and peace, with the same synths and psychedelic pop that first propelled her to fame in the 1990’s. Now seventy years old, the American musician shows no sign of returning back to the intergalactic sphere. We’ll keep her here a bit longer if that’s okay. 

The Telescopes
Stone Tape

6 more tracks of distorted noise and out there shoegaze from Stephen Lawrie's now pretty legendary thirty year old project. This time it's a bunch of racket and improvisation exploring 'Stone Tape Theory whereby inanimate objects can absorb energy from living beings. 'Scuse me while I go shout at my sausages.  

The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.

The Third Sound
All Tomorrow’s Shadows

You’ve heard of All Tomorrow’s Parties. How about some of All Tomorrow’s Shadows? It’s the fourth album of The Third Sound, aka Hákon Aðalsteinsson, who is known from Singapore Sling and as a live member of Brian Jonestown Massacre. This LP has a bit of a vintage psych sound, with confident vocals and some strong kraut leanings to boot.

The Vryll Society
Course Of The Satellite

Look past the achingly old-school cover art of Course Of The Satellite and you’ll find brand new Liverpool indie, delivered by The Vryll Society. A little bit psychy, a little bit jangly, and all produced with a tight tuneful sheen, this is sure to be heard more and more in the world. It does have a song named ‘Andrei Rublev’ though, which is good. Out on Deltasonic.

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 Wrong Society
Tell Me You'll Be Mine / I Really Don't Care

The Wrong Society are a bunch of psych/garage punks from Germany who put all their efforts into sounding as authentic as possible. They take their influences from myriad lesser known American bands of the mid-sixties whose music was unearthed in the ‘90s on those Teenage Shutdown compilations. 7” single limited to 300 hand numbered copies.

The Yearning
Take Me All Over The World

The Yearning have succeeded (more or less) where Franz Ferdinand failed: every release features the same logo, text and visual style, varying only in specific photos and colour schemes. And titles. The band is mainly the work of Joe Moore and Maddie Dobie, a pair dead set on steamrolling the Great British Twee-Off. These are expertly-crafted, sickly-sweet pop tunes that sound like Vashti Bunyan’s doe-eyed 1970s debut subjected to chamber pop restyling.

Them Are Us Too
Amends

Them Are Us Too is the collaborative project of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, a duo who had been sketching demos in homage to their shared younger passions of generations-old shoegaze and dream pop.Tragically, Askew died in the Ghost Ship fire of 2016 -- Kennedy returned to the studio to finish the startling, unabashed, overdriven pop they were working on, getting production help from Telefon Tel Aviv.

Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love series sees Parrish looking to improve on past glories. A-side ‘Leave The Funk To Us’, for instance, appeared in truncated form on Gentrified Love 2. This full version, featuring Amp Fiddler, John Douglas and Ideeyah, is a classic TP funky stepper. The B-side is an update of a track by Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins which appeared on 2017’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation.

Thick Syrup
Living In Leeds

Judging by the title this should really be the most depressing album of all time but to their credit Thick Syrup have made quite an uplifting set of avant rock songs with nods towards Shocking Blue, the Meters and even Sabbath. They are made up of members of The Wharves and Broken Arm and only one of them lives in Leeds so that's good. 

Tim Burgess
Inspired Again

Nearly a decade ago The Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess got together with Ladyhawke, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine, Martin Duffy of Primal Scream, Josh Heyward of The Horrors and Stefan Halperin of The Klaxons to fight the post-christmas, pre-New Year lull by recording some songs. The album, As I Was Now, appeared on Record Store Day 2018. This single, Inspired Again is lifted from the album and features a cover of Suicide’s Cheree on the b-side. 7” single, limited to 300 copies on O Genesis.

Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk and disco grooves. Though reissued once in 1991, this is the first time Disco Club has resurfaced with the original track titles (they were changed for the 1991 pressing).

TINT
Ricochet Screen

An intriguing record of sound collages from New York artist TINT here. Ricochet Screen builds its compositions up from found sounds and field recordings, often of general chit chat. Over this TINT puts anything from distorted bass guitar (‘Purr XYZ’) to beautiful, Debussy-esque piano improvisations (‘Earth D423’). It’s not unlike the best bit of Yves Tumor’s repertoire. This LP is out via Root Strata (Richard Youngs, Grouper).
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Todd Terje
Ragysh

Norwegian disco-funk master Todd Terje’s classic Ragysh getting a much-deserved repressing on Running Back. One of the man’s first EPs, but still fresh with hypnotizing beats and mesmerizing synths, straight from 2011. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already. Better hop into the old little time-machine and listen to this vintage Terje.

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.

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.

Tom Waits
Bastards

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of new and rare materials. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bastards is the most experimental of the three sets, with Waits weaving plenty of strange stories in his inimitable style. CD and double vinyl reissues from Anti.

Tom Waits
Bawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bawlers is immersed in Celtic folk and American country, exploring stracks of territory within these areas. On Anti.

Tom Waits
Brawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Brawlers is of course the fightiest set of the three, being full of blues and bar songs delivered with a lusty eye and the smoke of whisky. Reissued by Anti.

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor. 

Toshio Matsuura Group
Loveplaydance

Curveballs deluxe via Tokyo resident Toshio Matsuura, a DJ and tunemaker who here groups himself up for an esoteric record that takes on old songs and re-contextualises them into new shapes. Those looking for a window into Matsuura's musical mind -- be it Detroit dance music, new realms of jazz or sample-heavy FlyLo styles -- need look no further. TRACKLISTING:  CD1. Change2. High Noon3. L.M. II (Full Length)4. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun5. Kitty Bey6. Brown Paper Bag7. Do The Astral Plane 8. At Les LPA1. ChangeA2. At Les A3. High NoonB1. L.M. II (Edit)B2. Brown Paper BagB3. Do The Astral Plane

Tourist Kid
Crude Tracer

Aussie upstart Tourist Kid is here with his first release for Melody As Truth, a stuttering digital romp that takes in serene, glassy ambience, delicate piano and fetishistic instrumentation. It's a beautiful record; spacious, nuanced and heart-wrenching, complete with broken vocals and plaintive, delicate pulses. 

Transformation / Beau Wanzer
Kozmik / Orbit

This split 12” on Nation offshoot Kode plays two of techno’s more idiosyncratic voices off against each other. Transformation’s offering is a hypnotic slow-mo grind, full of faraway screeches and eerie percussion. Kind of like Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ if Kraftwerk had actually been Fuck Buttons and the record was cut at 33 when it was meant to be cut at 45. On the flip, L.I.E.S./Jealous God bloke Beau Wanzer gives us a track called ‘Oklahoma 3’, which sounds nothing like any of the music from Oklahoma. It actually sounds like a darkwave rendering of Hype Williams.
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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.

Trevor Morris
Marvel's Iron Fist - Original Soundtrack

The cinephiles at Mondo are back with yet another record of top-draw soundtrack music here. With Marvel’s second season of its Iron Fist series set to drop on Netflix in 2018, what better way to tide yourself over than with Trevor Morris’s score for the first series. Contains a feature from Anderson. Paak.

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.

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and ‘Yahlel Hawa’, both of which also appear on this reissue of a privately-pressed recording made in 1970. The music of Eastern Soul is a heady mix of spiritual jazz, Yemenite funk and swinging standards. Abarbanel’s strong, earthy voice provides the album's anchor. Good stuff.

TV.OUT
Further

When not running their Paralaxx label, Tel Aviv duo TV.OUT like nothing more than to unwind with a little bit of doom-laden techno. The three entries on Further will all sound suitably portentous when eating up the club at four in the morning. ‘Moon’ brings to mind early Legowelt, while ‘Galaxy’ and the title track recall the excellent collaborations between Bok Bok and Tom Trago. Out via the more-than-capable Long Island Electrical Systems.
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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.

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.

Unit Moebius
Bunker 007

Thwack thwack thwack thwack thwack thwack thwack. Yep, it’s those Unit Moebius fellows again. The legendary Dutch rave ensemble are currently having all of their 90s wedges re-cut, allowing for a whole new generation to get acquainted with the group’s hard-hitting acid techno. Bunker 007 makes Underground Resistance look like Disclosure. Try the relentless pummel of opener ‘Syndrome’. Thwack thwack thwack...

Unwound
New Plastic Ideas

New Plastic Ideas was the third album by Olympia, Washington’s post-hardcore noise-rockers Unwound. It was originally released in 1994 on the classic Kill Rock Stars label. The guitar-bass-drums soar with hair-raising speed and indefatigable pounding all served up at the odd angles that were de rigueur back in them there ‘90s. Reissue LP on Numero Group.

Up High Collective
Solitude

Belgium based audio-visual group, Up High Collective started making waves in 2010 with their first single Blend. Now their experimental trap and bass heavy beats come through their own Tangram imprint. After several EPs Solitude is their first LP and brings equal measure of abstraction and oddness alongside heavy shuffle and groove.

Uranium Club
Live At Acri Taun

Uranium Club take Italy! The fast and hard Minneapolitans (really? apparently) with the(e) Oh Sees co-sign thrill Fidenza with forty minutes of tight post-punk. You'll wish you'd been there, and maybe if you buy this you can be! I have personally missed their Leeds show and I am FILLED with regret. 

Various
Sing and They'll Sing Your Song

Compilation to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Megaphone record label. It features a wide range of the label's roster, including legends like Michael Head and Karen Dalton (a favourite of both Bob Dylan and Adele). The CD comes with a booklet of unpublished photos of all the musicians. 

Various
Waves of the Future

Lovely stuff here from Alessando Adriani’s Mannequin Records here. Mannequin celebrates hitting 100 releases with this eight-track double-LP, featuring one from Adriani - a dope coldwave/acid techno collab with An-i - and the rest from producers who haven’t put out solo releases for the label ‘yet’. They include L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli, Illum Sphere and Not Waving.
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Various
The Midnight Manual

Five years into Midnight Shift’s time as a label, so it's time for a celebration. The Midnight Manual looks both forwards and back, commemorating the label’s time so far whilst also giving previews of some no-doubt killer EPs due later in the year. Over two 12”s we have a wild array of tracks from the likes of Harmonius Thelonius, Knutsson-Berg and Thermocline.
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Various
Boyd Rice Presents - Music For Pussycats

Re-issue of Boyd Rice’s compilation Music For Pussycats which was originally released in 2001, made up of 60s pop gold. Due to a label re-releasing Lee Hazlewood’s back catalogue the Honey Ltd. tracks don’t feature in this reissue, but are replaced with tracks from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Debbie Lori Kaye.

Various
Typical Girls Volume Three

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 3 features ace artists like Rata Negra, Sick Bags and Karen Meat.

Various
Typical Girls Volume Four

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 4 features cool artists like The Primitives, Cruel Summer and No Love.

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 1)

Delicious treats right here for serious fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the many many classic tunes that have been sampled for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions, generally dating from RZA’s primary production era. Volume 1 features cuts from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips and many more.

Various
Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show

Fans of The Cramps, whether casual or die-hard, would really benefit from listening to this release, which puts a piece of beloved audio out into general circulation. Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show is derived from a radio show that yr man Lux Interior had in 1984, and it features loads of the cool obscuro tracks he played along with parts of his commentary! Double LP reissue on the Munster label.

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 2)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the countless classic tunes that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions. Volume 2 features cuts from Al Green, Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, among plenty others.

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 3)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series compiles some of the gorgeous cuts that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and solo endeavors. Volume 3 features tracks from The Supremes, Bobby Bland and The Rimshots, plus plenty more.

Various
Trap Configurations

When someone drops a record called Trap Configurations in 2018, forgive this blurb writer for expecting booming kicks and rattling hi-hats of the Metro Boomin/Mike WiLL Made-It school. But June Records have thrown us a red herring with that title. TC is, in fact, a record of dark and dense electro/techno that is in keeping with previous releases by Manie Sans Delire and Trenton Chase. Both of those artists feature here alongside label debutants like Svengalisghost. Run the trap!

Various
The Ballad Of Shirley Collins

The documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins traces the long and eventful life of our era’s foremost singer of traditional English folk song. The film captures sessions for her album Lodestar, her first after decades of tragic silence. It also recalls her 1959 song-collecting trip to the US with Alan Lomax, some of the fruits of which are included on this soundtrack. Also here is music from collaborators Michael J York and Ossian Brown, an unearthed home recording of Shirley’s late sister Dolly, and a previously unreleased 1958 BBC session. Available on vinyl, or on CD with a DVD of the film itself.

Various
I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

This compilation captures that rarest of things in the 21st century - a truly unique and idiosyncratic contemporary regional genre, namely the country blues guitar of Botswana. The common thread is a playing style where the left hand approaches the fretboard from above the neck rather than from below. YouTube videos of several performers have gone viral, but this is the first time they’ve been presented on a physical format. This LP offers eleven tracks from various players, with a further eight on the accompanying download.

Various
Musique Expérimentale

Finders Keepers bring yet another vital moment of the 20th Century French leftfield to wax with this release of early electroacoustic music and music concrete. After Pierre Schaeffer secured the keys to one of Europe’s first purpose-built electroacoustic studios in 1951, a community began to incubate around the studio which eventually developed into the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de la R. T. F.. This release brings together essential works made by that loose collection of artists, who included Luc Ferrari and Michel Philippot.

Various
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Part One

The latest in Jazzman’s jazz-diaspora compilations takes the listener to Japan. Not a country known in the West for its interpretation of ‘America’s Classical Music’, Japan was in fact the biggest per-capita consumer of jazz LPs throughout the 1980s. The eight offerings here demonstrate how the mantle of spiritual jazz luminaries like John and Alice Coltrane was taken on by the nation’s musicians. As such, we get swinging versions of the standards (Tadao Hayashi’s ‘My Favourite Things’), unique syntheses of funk and koto (‘Positive and Negative’, Minoru Muraoka) and noisy explorations (‘Sun In The East’ by New Direction For the Arts).

Various
Esterno Notte Vol. 2

'Esterno Notte Vol. 2' is the second release from Four Flies featuring jazz-funk, latenite breaks, cinematic prog and psychedelia from previously untapped Italian film music archives. A limited-edition release, this volume is dedicated to sounds designed for a mid-century cityscape full of action, car-chases and high-tension scenes set in smoky nightclubs.
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Various
Satan In Love ‐ Rare Finnish Synth‐Pop and Disco 1978‐1992

The colourful catalogue of Finland’s Svart Records spans material old and new, but seems to specialise in scarce gems from the forested country’s underground music history. In this case, we have a tour de force of several decades’ worth of Suomi synthpop and disco. ‘Satan in Love’ by Emilia is a notorious inclusion and alone speaks volumes of the quality on offer. Loistava homma!

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
Colund1

This compilation consists of electronic music made using the Colundi sequence, a 128-tone scale that taps into some strange philosophical and biological fundaments. This non-Western scale was developed by tireless electronic experimenter Aleksi Perälä and former Rephlex head honcho Grant Wilson-Claridge. Things tend to lean towards the more off-kilter side of techno, with a lot of classic drum sounds and some gorgeous harmonies. Capsule and Tunnel One’s contributions are particularly exciting, the former an eerie choir-led stroll and the latter pulling off some classic sci-fIDM.

Various
Esterno Giorno D'Estate

'Esterno Giorno D'Estate', out on Four Flies, brings together previously unreleased material from untapped Italian film archives between 1969 and 1978. With tracks from visionaries like Carlo Pes & i Marc 4, Alberto Baldan Bembo, Stelvio Cipriani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Nico Fidenco and Gianni Oddi, expect airy grooves, sunny jazz breaks and playful scat beats. 

Various
La Contra Ola - Synth Wave And Post Punk From Spain 1980-86

Swiss label Bongo Joe drop this bumper collection of Iberian post-punk. With the fall of Franco and the rise of punk both coming in the second half of the 70s, the subsequent years proved a period of unrivalled creativity for the people of Spain. The nineteen tracks here are fierce yet exuberant paeans to personal expression, taking the form of everything from Balearic Tropicalia to embattled Goth-wave.

Various
Esterno Notte Jazz

The first in the Esterno Notte Jazz series, out on Four Flies, this record is dedicated to the rich jazz featured in Italian films from the '60s, stopping by noir,melò, giallo, dark comedy and crazy 'musicarelli' along the way. A result of research that plundered the soundtrack archive of RCA Italy, this is a killer selection that features Piero Umiliani, Romano Mussolini, Amedeo Tommasi, Robby Poitevin, Piero Piccioni or Armando Trovajoli.

Various
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Pretend it's the nineties again by sticking this on your turntable: the soundtrack to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the classic British crime comedy flick. Cornerstones of cool are brought in, such as James Brown and The Stooges, to keep the slick capers rolling. All here, along with extracts of dialogue. Double LP on Island.

Various
Isle of Dogs (Original Soundtrack)

How do you match Wes Anderson’s heartwarming perfection and oddness in a soundtrack? Grab Alexandre Desplat (The Shape Of Water, The Grand Budapest Hotel) for the original score, and include songs from classic Japanese films such as Seven Samurai and Drunken Angel. Topped off with tracks from The West Cost Pop Art Experimental Band and The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. Otherworldy experience guaranteed.

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
Ingrid Goes West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah yes, Ingrid Goes West. It's a [scrolls down Wikipedia page to critical reception] critically acclaimed movie with favorable reviews. A film about [scrolls back up to start of Wikipedia page] someone moving to LA to hang out with someone they follow on Instagram, it sounds to me an incredibly relatable experience, and is soundtracked by some suitably idealistic dance hits, road trippin' to soul, new wave and more. Can, Islands and Bobby Oroza are three artists that exist on this soundtrack.
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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
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
Don't Mess With Cupid, 'Cause Cupid Ain't Stupid

Nina Kraviz’s TRIP hits twenty releases with this compilation. Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid features old TRIP faves - Bjarki, Biogen, Kraviz herself - alongside some big pulls like Aphex Twin alias Universal Indicator. As anyone who is familiar with the label will be expecting, the sound of the album flits between acid, fast techno, rave ambience and more.

Various
Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

There wasn’t much by way of a DIY record label culture in the 1960’s, but Tommy Falcone bucks that trend. Throughout the decade he ran Cleopatra, an imprint that was ahead of its time in both approach and style. Ignoring the narrow genre constraints of many contemporaneous labels, Cleopatra signed everything from garage rock bands to girl groups to crooners, and Falcone ran the whole operation himself out of a New Jersey basement. Now Numero Group have compiled twenty-five of Cleopatra's most essential releases on this Teen Expo compilation.

Various
Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money and Status in Country Music (1950-1970)

Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money And Status In Country Music 1950-1970 over 18 rare tracks,  mostly originally pressed and distributed in handfuls, tell tales of toil, hardship and occasionally joy, from the darkness of mining, the depressing notion of factory work to travelling along sun-scorched highways. Vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies with liner notes by Alvin Lucia.
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Manhunter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Manhunter soundtrack, vinyl re-release, new artwork, yadda yadda yadda. What’s really important is that you know that this has Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ on it, the song that was at the heart of one of the all-time great moments from The Simpsons. The feeling you’ll get from whacking that on and yelling ‘in the garden of Eden, honey!’ is worth the coin all by itself. Life's best pleasures are simple.

Various / Lena Willikens
Selectors 005

Salon des Amateurs resident Lena Willikens becomes the latest artist to contribute to Dekmantel’s Selectors series. As opposed to previous releases, Selectors 005 puts the emphasis on new material. The music is as diverse as Willikens’s DJ sets - among other things we get weightless psychedelia from Garland, 100-bpm synthwave by Le Matin, and a chugging techno edit of Varoshi Fame by Leeds’s own Chekov.

VED
DDTT

We've got another one of those Scandinavian Krautrock outfits for you to sink your teeth into here. VED are a five-piece from Malmo who create lengthy tracks built on Motorik grooves, droning synths and instrumental freakouts. They claim that there’s a big influence of ‘Middle Eastern [and] African’ music on DDTT - a broad church, lads - but whatever is in there is quite faint. By and large, the two side-long entries that make up this EP are propulsive jams reminiscent of Moon Duo and fellow Rocket Recordings psychsters Flowers Must Die.

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

Well I would never have put them two together but it is definitely the former U2 and Bob Dylan producer collabing with breakcore nutcase Aaron Funk of Venetian Snares. Both are, though, Canadian and those lads stick together. Funk did the drums whilst Lanois added pedal steel and weaved the unlikely sounds together. Sure to be one of the most unique records of 2018. Looking forward to hearing the snappily titled 'HpShk5050 P127'.  

Via Maris
Shelleys

New release from Via Maris released on cool DJ Beneath's record label, his first since releasing on cool label Livity Sound, and built for the likes of cool ex-club Plastic People. Shelleys is three tracks of bass heavy techno that still manages to show the breadth and depth of Via Maris's talents. 

Vicktor Taiwò
Joy Comes In Spirit

Vicktor Taiwò attempts to combine twin loves of pop music and experimental on a record of inner belief and self-actualisation. His debut, Joy Comes in Spirit, gambles on its bedrock of singer-songwriter soul with amorphous deviations. Tunes stretch and expand, taking on retro game music, rap and 808s-era Kanye in its fetch quest for introspection.

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.

Villa Abo
Magnetic Moves

Villa Åbo is now vinyl-able: the 2014 debut LP of this seldom-active pet project of Jan Svensson’s has found its way into waxy waters. Svensson has been active for decades under various names and as manager of the label Börft. The Villa Åbo project is all about exquisitely-produced minimal techno. The productions usually contain just enough elements and acidity to populate compelling, ambiguous atmospheres. At other times (e.g. ‘Bianco Festival’)  things get a bit cheekier.

Virginia Trance
Virginia Trance

Scott Ryan-Davis used to ply his trade in the bands Images and Psychic Ills. His first eponymous solo album has been recorded under the name Virginia Trance and follows on from the self-released 7”, Your Guru. His approach was to let everything he did (guitar and vocals) be loose, whilst being underpinned by a steady rhythm section, but ultimately stripped back without any fancy production.

Visions & Phurpa
Monad

Apparently (and disappointingly) not a DJ Screw-style chopping and screwing of the back catalogue of Mission Of Burma, the 100th release from Berlin imprint Cyclic Law is a coming-together between label boss Visions and shamanic Russian choir Phurpa. The combination of droning throat-song, portentous ambiences and post-rock soundscapes makes Monad a creepy, stirring listen.

VLMV
Stranded, Not Lost

London duo VLMV (pronounced ‘Alma’ - give over!) are Stranded, Not Lost. Suggest otherwise and you might be in for a long discussion on semantics. The pair have managed to hybridise the gloomy grandiosity and quirky-sad textuality of post-rock with the intimate sparseness of open-mic London singer-songwritery, resulting in atmospheric feels aplenty.
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Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)
Adrift (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Something a bit less playful than usual from Volker Bertelmann, who is better known as Hauschka. For Adrift, a film in which two sailors must survive the aftermath of a storm, Bertelmann has produced a patient and emotive soundtrack, one that tracks the desperation and hope necessary to make it through such a bleak situation.

Von Grall
Infinitum

Brice Groulier AKA Von Grall is one of an impressive new bunch of talent whose releases for Semantica, Midgar, Planet Rhythm, and Modularz have shown a consistency for quality techno. The Parisian’s tunes kept popping up when the Horo label was mixing for their Grey Area releases. It was inevitable, then, that Horo would get Groulier to record for them. Infinitum started life as a four-track EP before blossoming into the eight-track album which allows Von Grall to take his signature punchy yet ethereal sound further than ever before.

Walter Verdin
Voor Adeline

Belgium’s Stroom.tv (Sonoko, DJ Bert & Engle) front a previously-unreleased soundtrack LP from Walter Verdin. Best known for his work in Belgian wave group Pas de deux, Verdin composed this music for Theater De Kreet’s 1981 musical Adeline. There’s very little of the traditional musical theatre sound though. Post-punk, synthwave, Italo-Disco and more bring to bare here. Some of it sounds like Grace Jones meeting Bauhaus. "Een Fantastisch Nieuw Muziektheater" indeed.

Wargirl
Arbolita

New Cali group Wargirl debut with an impressive five-track EP. Arbolita is a tremendous New-Wave record that blends a classic punk energy with dub, Motown, disco, psych-rock and other sounds. Blondie, The Slits and The B-52’s all spring to mind - in particular ‘Little Girl’ sounds like a nu-school take on a cut from Parallel Lines.

Wax Chattels
Wax Chattels

Auckland’s Wax Chattels self-identify as ‘guitarless guitar music’. This description makes plenty of sense when you get a load of their eponymous debut LP. There’s a lot of rock-isms going on here - the yelpy vocals and pounding drums of a garage rock band, bass licks with a light punk-funk flavour - but the band’s crunchy keyboard sound does the work of a distorted six-string. This being a Captured Tracks release, there’s a nice seam of poppiness that runs through Wax Chattels. Think At The Drive In meets The Gun Club.

Wayfarer
World’s Blood

Third album from Colorado black metal group Wayfarer. This time, they've made like a saunter of Cowboys and are heading west. Their thematic focus is on the great frontier and the horrors of American expansionism, something well captured in the dread and intensity of black metal. Released on Profound Lore. 

WEN
EPHEM:ERA

WEN’s new set EPHEM:ERA observes grime from a studied distance, taking the core club ingredients of the sound and applying the WEN magic to them in order to construct semi-abstracted electronic music that makes you wonder: is this a piece, or a track? Either way, twelve slices of great audio. EPHEM:ERA is out on Big Dada.

Westerman
Edison

The comparisons to Arthur Russell have flown freely for Westerman since his emergence a couple of years back. Russell certainly lurks in the corners of Westerman’s new single ‘Edison’ - their singing voices in particular are uncannily similar - though the song is very much drawing from the Love Is Overtaking Me end of the spectrum. That means there’s room for plenty of other welcoming folk-/soft-rock influences here - Belle & Sebastian, Future Islands and Jens Lekman all come to mind.

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto, BUOY, Daniel Johns, and Rome Fortune. Big room beats meeting your sky reaching needs.

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