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2018's Best Reissues (so far)

We'll be unveiling our official Reissues of the Year 2018 on Friday 28th December. Until then here are the records we've been mulling over. Sign up for our emails and we'll ping you when our final Top 50 is announced. And remember that from now until Friday 21st December we're offering double NormanPoints on all orders.
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1991
No More Dreams

Details are scarce-bordering-on-non-existent about the artist known as 1991: perhaps the historical year itself has produced these tracks? Anyway, we can tell you that No More Dreams (the name of the label as well as the album) is an eerie thing, sliding between hazy tunes and washed-out ambience like an electronic dream. Vinyl and cassette editions available.

Michel Banabila
VoizNoiz

Two decades since it was first released, Michel Banabila's VoizNoiz is now available on vinyl. This is an incredibly playful album, pitching itself at the more listenable end of plunderphonics. It veers from hip-hop to jungle to jazz while always maintaining a core identity that is as silly as it is practiced.
  • Vinyl Double LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts Of The Great Highway

Out of print for far too long, Ghosts of the Great Highway is a timely reminder of the power and emotion Mark Kozelek's music once had. This was his first 'group' record post Red House Painters and is seen as one of his best. With a band featuring Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), the album fine tunes Kozelek's previous poetic sadcore with a healthy dose of Americana. Vinyl reissue contains original bonus track 'Gentle Moon'. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (RTRADLP885)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker

Following on from the re-issue of their classic 'Hex' here is a re-press of their much overlooked follow up 'Codename: Dustsucker'. Though at this point Bark Psychosis were really just frontman Graham Sutton this is a strong follow up retaining the same eerie late night atmospheres and adding in more obvious hints of shoegaze. Talk Talk's Lee Harris guests on an album that will appeal to fans of the late work of his band and that of Slowdive. 

Robert Pollard
Waved Out

Not only do we have to wade through a new Robert Pollard/Guided By Voices record each week, we now have re-issues to contend with. 'Waved out' was Pollard's second second solo album and came from an era where I was still fairly excited about his output. It's good, if not quite as good as it's predecessor 'Not In My Airport'. The highlight is 'People Are Leaving' where Pollard creates a brilliant double melody by singing over himself. It's worth the admission price alone. 

Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

This isn’t just vintage Japanese jazz: its private-pressed, collector-baiting Japanese jazz that was once so rare, many doubted that it even really existed. The Tohru Aizawa Quartet were amateurs who only ever made this one album Tachibana, but by god its a remarkable set, bristling with energy and invention. A very welcome reissue here, on CD and double LP, from BBE.

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

One of those records where you have to mention the album art. There you go, I've mentioned it. It's very good. Butterfly Child's Onomatopoeia was first released in 1993 but has been given a smooth remaster on Dell'Orso. A great mix of electronica and post-rock and for fans of Bark Psychosis...I suppose? Available on double vinyl LP and CD. 

Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel Of Love

Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen was originally released in 1987 and is highly regarded by critics and fans alike. Whilst not credited on the album, members of his regular backing band, The E Street Band, such as Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Patti Scialfa do play on the album. The Boss did play more than his usual fair share of the tracks alone, however, using drums machines and synths. Contains the hit Brilliant Disguise. Remastered from original analogue tapes, 2LP set on Columbia.

Shawty Pimp
Still Comin' Real

Thanks to European label Gyptology Records, we can now lay our hands on a first-time vinyl edition of Shawty Pimp's cult 1995 cassette 'Still Comin' Real'. This limited-edition LP showcases 11 raw rap cuts from the Memphis, Tennessee hotbed of hip-hop in the '90s. A gloriously lo-fi album showcasing Pimp's unique vocal delivery. 

Spacemen 3
Dreamweapon

Dreamweapon by Spacemen 3 documents the time they played live in the foyer of Watermans Art Centre in Brentford at a screening of the Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire. The audience didn’t care for it too much but the 45 minute set of droning guitars will sure please fans of the band. This reissue includes outtakes from 1987 that were recorded in the lead up to the making of the Playing With Fire album. Double LP and CD, which comes in a fancy 6 panel card sleeve that the press release feels the need to tell us is shrink wrapped!

Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu) from the Kuti catalogue, along with a booklet of in-depth commentaries and essays. Perfect.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (KFR4005-1)
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  • Last copy

Nexda
Words & Numbers

Hailing from Haarlem near Amsterdam, Dutch post-punk band Nexda offer up an alternative to the post-punk we know and love. Their experimentation and embracing of the DIY ethos saw them use sax, organ, drums they’d made themselves, bits of metal and their voices to make music which was heavy on percussion and dub elements with spoken word rather than sung vocals. Words and Numbers is a compilation of two 12” singles, a 7” and a 7” flexi dsc that were all released in 1982. The fact that the tracks included here were from the same era makes it work as a coherent album.

Phillip Werren
Electronic Music

Presumably when Phillip Werren released Electronic Music that phrase hadn't quite become the mostly useless genre name it is now. Between 1967 and 1971 Werren recorded in Poland and Canada on one of the earliest modular Buchla's, creating unsettling and immersive musical experiments. There's also a bit of tape manipulation for good measure. Vital listening for fans of Xenakis, Stockhausen and the rest.

SWANS
Soundtracks For The Blind

Soundtracks For The Blind was the final Swans album before their break up in 1996 and when the band reformed in 2010 this was the one Michael Gira referred to in order to push the band forward. Already a sprawling varied epic of an album, this reissue has been expanded to include the rare German language EP Die Tür Ist Zu (CD only alas), as well as some lavish packaging treats. 3CD and 4LP editions on Mute.

Belong
October Language

John Elliot's (Emeralds) always on point Spectrum Spools label give this classy album a much-needed vinyl reissue. Originally released back in 2006 on Carpark Records and later on Kranky, it's an album that truly deserves to remain in print. This fine work of Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich (Second Woman) has the sort of fuzzy, dense and droning emotive textures that will appeal to fans of Flying Saucer Attack, My Bloody Valentine etc. 

Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru
Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru

Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru’s original records are of the extremely-hard-to-find variety, so Mississippi’s continuing efforts to reissue her 1960’s recordings are very much appreciated. Her way of composing for and playing the piano isn’t quite like any other pianist you’ve ever heard, and her beautiful pieces will really get under your skin. First ever reissue, limited to 1,800 copies.

Alexandra Streliski
Pianoscope

Alexandra Streliski’s album Pianoscope was initially released in 2010, so many neoclassical albums ago, and it is quite right and deserving that it should be introduced to the record buying public again now. Luscious arpeggios and melancholy melodies abound on this set, which is sure to accompany your next session of staring moodily out of a window perfectly. Reissued by Secret City.

Boyracer
Fling Yr Bonnet Over The Windmill (The Sarah Singles)

Boyracer have released many records over the years but some of the best things occurred when they were signed to Sarah Records. Always an odd fit with the label's more poetic stance, Boyracer were always a punk band if a romantic one. This collection compiles the three singles they recorded for Sarah in the early '90s.  

Jeremy Enigk
The Return Of The Frog Queen

Really really great album. This was Jeremy Enigk's first solo album away from Sunny Day Real Estate and it's a totally different kettle of kippers. This is wonderful baroque orchestral-pop with strings and all sorts putting me in mind of Cardinal and Richard Davies. This re-issue comes with the remastered original album plus bonus digital stuff.

Cardiacs
Sing To God

Some people rate Sing To God as one of Cardiacs’ very greatest albums, and who are we to disagree? It is certainly a potent proposition, being a nearly 90 minute long double album, crammed with eclectic material: really it feels like the band is throwing everything into the mix, and yet almost all of it sticks! Big and lovely double LP reissue from the Alphabet Business Concern.

Digable Planets
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - 25th Anniversary Edition

Finally: a reissue of Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)! It's the first time the record has been on vinyl since those heady days, now expanded to 2 discs. Their laid-back, finger-snappin' jazzy sound spawned the huge hit 'Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)' - and - the trio from Brooklyn, NY were awarded a Grammy in 1994.  House in a wide-spined jacket, including a booklet with Larry Mizell Jr's notes and interview of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler. 

Takashi Kokubo
A Dream Sails Out To Sea (Get At The Wave)

Though not many Japanese citizens would know him by name, Takashi Kokubo is one of the nation’s most-listened-to composers. This is due to the fact that, among commissions that include work for anime films and environmental music, he has also come up with both a well-known phone alert sound to warn people of imminent earthquakes and a common jingle that goes with contactless payments. Back in 1987 he composed a tie-in score to a high-end Sanyo air conditioner entitled Get At The Wave. The music - made with the intention of transporting the listener away from the domestic realm to a land of gentle breezes and palm trees - has since become a long-sought-after work of work of Balearic ambience. Here it is, repackaged with a new B-side, by Lag Records under the title A Dream Sails Out To Sea.

Martin Newell
The Greatest Living Englishman

Now that Mark E Smith has left this mortal coil, Martin Newell could indeed be a contender for greatest living Englishman. His work with the Cleaners From Venus and Brotherhood of Lizards is enough on its own to win him the title. This is the 25th anniversary of his Andy Partridge (XTC) produced solo debut which pretty much everyone but me thinks is his greatest work. If you are looking for sublime 60s influenced English pop, you have come to the right place. 

Songs: Ohia
Travels in Constants

Under the Songs: Ohia moniker, Jason Molina released an untitled one song EP for a subscription series on Temporary Residence Records called Travels In Constants. The EP went under the radar, lost between the release of the albums Ghost Tropic and Didn’t It Rain. Now, released on vinyl as Travels In Constants EP, the 18-minute long title track featuring just Molina and an acoustic guitar, is paired with a another lost epic, Howler, which clocks in at 13 minutes.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR246LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
2012 - 2017

Against All Logic is Nicolas Jaar's move into sample-based discotheque inspired by his record collection of classic soul, house and funk. Until now the project has only been available digitally but the release has been much cherished a physical release has long been called for. Jaar has obliged so let's enjoy. 

Neil Young
Harvest Moon

Ah Harvest Moon. Like Bat out Hell 2, it's a key example of how an artist going back to an original blueprint can reap dividends. On Harvest Moon Neil Young captured the vibe of his original Harvest album, with a series of beautifully evocative acoustic songs including utterly essential closer Natural Beauty.  

David Axelrod
Song Of Innocence

Long awaited reissue here from David Axelrod, who made a touching tribute to poet William Blake in Song of Innocence. Deceptive in its welcoming, cozy melodic furniture, it becomes an odd, illusory piece of work, infused with unexpected chords, jazzy timbres and baroque displacements. Axelrod's songs never end up the same ones you stepped into; this is a classic of both another time and place.

Even As We Speak
Feral Pop Frenzy

Hang on  - that's not the original sleeve. Where did that wolf come from? (it's a Dingo) Anyway wolf or no wolf (Dingo?) this is a great album. Even As We Speak were the brightest and shiniest Sarah records band. As if the Go Betweens thought ah fuck it let's become Saint Etienne and made an album of technicolour pop. Essential re-issue on Emotional Response.  

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Not sure that you need us to introduce this one to you. The album that broke Aphex Twin to the masses (relatively speaking), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 starts with two genuinely sublime pieces of music, ‘Xtal’ and ‘Tha’, which your collection literally cannot be without. The whole thing is great though, whether for solo listening late at night or for esoteric dancefloors. An absolute classic.

Huerco S.
Untitled

A woozy techno four tracker from Kansas born, NYC based Huerco S. The A side deals in soft techno beats and hazy samples for its three disparate tracks, whilst the B side is taken up in its entirety by a glorious twenty minute new age trip. A fine collection to show off his dextrous ear for hypnotic sonics. Out on 12” vinyl from Boomkat Editions.

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.

Teenage Fanclub
Songs From Northern Britain

Songs From Northern Britain was the 6th album by Teenage Fanclub, originally released in 1997. It was their most polished album but still found the band in fine melodic form. Ain’t That Enough and Your Love Is A Place Where I Come From are worth the admission price alone. Nick Hornby is a fan of the album and included the latter track in his book 31 Songs. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7”.
  • Vinyl LP (19075837041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Dave Evans
The Words Inbetween

Another superlative piece of English guitar folk from the fertile ground that was the early 70’s. Dave Evans’ The Words In Between was home-taped  and showcases the man’s astounding fingerpicking and gorgeous sense for melody. Less heard than many of its contemporaries, now's the time to hear The Words In Between.

Hiroshi Yoshimura
Music For Nine Postcards

Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneer of environmental music, parallel to Eno, Yoshimura created ambient music to fit with physical spaces, music to be in and live through. ...Nine Postcards is simply keyboard and rhodes played sweetly and softly. First vinyl reissue since its original release in 1982 with full reproduction of original artwork and sleeve plus new liner notes. For fans of Brian Eno’s ambient works.

Alfa Mist
Antiphon

After causing a quiet stir when it dropped online back in March 2017, Alfa Mist’s new-jazz odyssey has been snapped up by Black Acre for a vinyl release. This is mightily soulful offering from yet another of those hip young London beatniks. There’s plenty of neo-soul and hip-hop influence here, but the grace and chops of Mist and his band sets this LP a class apart. Try if you’ve liked recent drops from Ezra Collective, Zara McFarlane and Onyx Collective.

This Kind Of Punishment
A Beard Of Bees

New Zealand's finest gloom brothers, the Jefferies, worked their way around post-punk swirl in a variety of bands and had the pleasure of releasing it for classic labels like Xpressway and the esteemed Flying Nun. Their best project was This Kind of Punishment, where their more experimental inclinations came to life; A Beard of Bees was a record of strange movements tethered by their dirgy melodic inclinations.

Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids

David Sylvian fronted new wave synth-pop outfit Japan’s fourth studio album Gentlemen Take Polaroids was originally released on Virgin in 1980, and was their first album with the label. This half-speed mastered reissue is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM. Defining avant-synth-pop in hi-def.

Benoît Pioulard
Slow spark, soft spoke

I love you Benoît, and if that's quite alright, I love you Benoît. Yes, Norman favourite Benoît Pioulard finally has a follow-up to The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter at the ready. That LP was a wonderful collection of folksy songs reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez and the like, washed out in the usual crackling haze of his more typical drone music. He's off to a good start with the alliterative title Slow spark, soft spoke, which would surely impress an English Literature teacher. Here he returns to the profound, melancholic textures of his drone music, offering slow-releasing lo-fi for you to chime along with your feelings to. It already came out on tape so you might have already heard it -- but if not, snatch up this gem.

Spectrum
Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows

That title is just … wow. Ok. Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows (hi mum) originally dropped in 1994 and now gets a reissue via Medical Records (Pram, Martin Jenkins). The main protagonist in Spectrum is ex-Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom, and the influence of that group’s gnarled psychedelic fantasia is very much on display here. These trippy soundscapes meet in the middle of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Orb and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.

Carl Stone
Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties

Yes yes yes yes. If you didn't hear the last Carl Stone retrospective -- the monolithic and gorgeously packaged Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties -- rectify that now. An Aaron Dilloway for the Baby Boomer generation, Stone was known for making unforgiving loop music, taking snippets of sound and slowly replacing their initial meanings with new ones through longform repetition. Where the last reissue of his work showed his often maddening approach, Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties is calming and balmy, Stone approaching his music in a newfound meditative state.

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

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

The Kinks
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Now regarded as their finest moment, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as the highlight of the band's long career and certainly the high water moment of the pastoral English phase of their development. Now you can get the album in an enormous box set with 2 LPs, 5 CDs, 3 7"s a book and all kinds of memorabilia. For those with smaller pockets the 2 x CD looks quite tasty with 49 tracks altogether or you can get the standard original LP as it was meant to be heard.  

Various
Uneven Paths (Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 - 1991)

Even by the standards of Music From Memory, this is an oddball. Label founder Jamie Tiller gets together with Parisian crate-digger Raphael Top-Secret to comb the annals of 80s/early 90s European music and find the weirdest stuff they can that still has a hint of a pop sensibility about it. Unsurprisingly, it’s a mixed bag - synthwave sits alongside avant-jazz; spoken-word pieces suddenly break out into Depeche Mode-style electro-pop; disco beats come topped with shoegaze atmospherics. A lot of fun to be had here.

Christoph de Babalon
If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It (2018 Remaster)

Christop de Babalon is the sort of artist people say was ahead of their time. And those people would be right. If You're Into It, I'm, Out Of It is his 1997 masterpiece, featuring a mix of superb ambient and jungle inspired tracks that lean dark in a way that brings to mind the likes of Clouds and Raime rather than his contemporaries. Reissue on Cross Fade Enter Tainment and remastered by the inimitable Rashad Becker.

The Nightcrawlers
The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Late 70s kosmische from *checks notes* Philadelphia and New Jersey? The Nightcrawlers were a trio from the States making music that more than happily finds a place among kosmische greats like Tangerine Dream. The two discs of The Biophonic Boombox Recordings issued by Anthology Recordings were painstakingly curated from a collection of over forty tapes worth of all-night recordings.

Ingleton Falls
Champagne In Mozambique

Very rare business here: Champagne In Mozambique was first released in 1991, distributed directly in a limited edition of just one hundred cassettes. But the weird-vibed dubby world-ambient of Ingleton Falls’ Champagne In Mozambique is firmly deserving of more attention, so this cassette reissue on Isle Of Jura is to be very much welcomed.

Why?
Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Ah 2008.... when we nodded to the sounds of 'Alopecia', the Brudenell Social Club full to bursting with backpacks. All those guys are dads now so it's time to squirrel away bits of the childcare money on a lavish re-treatment of the album featuring a bonus demos LP and Boards of Canada and Dntel remixes. It's the 'star' record, the 'road' record. But 'Elephant Eyelash' is better. Deal with it.    

Roland Kayn
Simultan

Despite being known for his work in electro-acoustic music and with Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Roland Kayn spent most of his musical career creating what he called Cybernetic Music, where music is created generatively using programming. This boxset celebrates one of his first Cybernetic works, Simultan, first released in 1972. 

Pixies
Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa

Well there's no doubt that these are two of The Most Important Indie Rock Records Of All Time. Both are absolutely exceptional, in particular 'Surfer Rosa' which pretty much turned everything I knew on its head in my teenage years. 30 years after the event we get this luxury box set of both records plus a live show from the era. No new demos or whatever, but tasty and very collectable nonetheless.

Throbbing Gristle
Mission Of Dead Souls

Why does the name of this band still hurt my teeth?  This is the last live performance from Throbbing Gristle before their initial break up in the early 80's. The formats offered here have been unavailable for decades, so this is BIG. Mission Of Dead Souls is available on a limited edition white vinyl reissue LP and reissue CD, both released on Mute. 

Felt
The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories

Before he hit paydirt producing the Stone Roses, John Leckie worked on one of Felt's best and most realised albums. The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is another meanderingly titled album from this band's whose clipped arty indie pop is anything but flabby. Mixing the Velvet Underground with classical flourishes seemed to be the mindset here and it's a wonderful combination. 

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.   

The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album)

The Beatles. Now there's a thing.  The White Album (initially known as just the Beatles) was the blueprint of what became known as 'the classic over indulgent double album that would have made a great single LP'. It was released 50 years ago today and still much of it sounds like Guided By Voices 'August By Cake'. This super duper re-issue isn't just a rehash of the original thing with posh packaging  - it contains the Esher demos  - a 27 track 'unplugged' demo that has only been heard by the most in the know the Beatles fans.   

Shoes
Black Vinyl Shoes

Will you look at this thing. Shoes were THE best late 70's power pop act if you ask me. They were lo-fi before lo-fi was a thing, they had dreamy melodies to die for and they were so damn handsome. Black Vinyl Shoes is hands down their best record but now it's even better as it contains 2CDs of extra stuff from their earlier even more homespun records. It's all the pop majesty you will ever need. 

Chris Carter
Miscellany

Chris Carter the Throbbing Gristle / Chris & Cosey / Carter Tutti Void electronics wizard has collected some of his best solo work on this exquisite box set. You get the following albums, plus a booklet of unseen images (mainly of synthesizers):- Mondo Beat (1985) – clear vinylDisobedient (1998) – double purple vinyl, includes new track 'Disobedient Redux'Small Moon (1999) – double white vinyl, includes new track 'Small Moon Redux'Archival Recordings 1973 to 1977 – blue vinyl – unreleased The CD edition does pretty much the same. All on silver CD editions.

Throbbing Gristle
Journey Through A Body

Why does the name of this band hurt my teeth?  Journey Through A Body is a purposely recorded piece of art by Throbbing Gristle for an Italian radio way back in the good ol' days. What were previously unavailable on the formats offered here are now available . . . on the following formats . . . offered here . . . a limited edition silver coloured vinyl reissue and a CD reissue, all released on Mute. 

Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

Waits’ third album is arguably the pinnacle of his early beatnik barfly persona. Taking a different approach to his more mannered previous albums, the 1975 LP was recorded live in a pseudo small club setup. It’s jazzy and deceptively loose and boozy, though Tom knows exactly what he’s doing, whether delivering jokey banter or vividly narrative songs like Spare Parts and Putnam County.

Liz Phair
Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

It seems we reference Exit to Guyville in every review we write of the new breed of American singer songwriter which makes us either incredibly lazy or that it really is a true landmark album. Bit of both probably. After being out of print for almost ever we now get it back in on a 7 (!) LP box set or 3CD with the bonus of her previously unissued and rather legendary 'Girly Sound' songs.   

Blue Hawaii
Blooming Summer

Um... hell yes? Of all the things to come out of the chillwave blogosphere of old, 2010's Blooming Summer was the best. Blue Hawaii are the electronic sister band of Braids and together the duo have gone on to make cold, disassociating dance music; on their first record, though, they made distraught, aching tunes the likes of their fleeting genre had never known. Blooming Summer is a short little masterpiece of visceral heartbreak and bubbling synthwork.

XTC
Skylarking

Now the stuff of legend, XTC were holed up with eccentric producer Todd Rundgren for this 1986 album in which band and producer battled, sniped and argued throughout. You'd never guess listening to the more pastoral parts of the record and despite what the band think, it's a really great album. This version is the reverse polarity edition which sorted out some of the original album's sound issues. Also includes notorious US hit 'Dear God' which was inexplicably left off the original album.  

The Future Sound Of London
Lifeforms

It's excellent to see such a seminal work still deserving reissue treatment. Future Sound of London's 1994 masterpiece is a timeless collage of synthesised and environmental sounds, standing at the centre of the duo's vast contribution to electronic music history. If you don't already own it, time to make a change.

Capital Punishment
Roadkill

Capital Punishment were a teenage band who formed in New York City in 1979. They took their influences from Throbbing Gristle, Brian Eno, Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire. Roadkill was their only album and was self-released. The interesting thing about them is their line-up, however. Supreme Court Justice Peter Swann, professor Peter Zusi, actor Ben Stiller and Kriss Roebling, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.

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.

Causa Sui
Free Ride

Free Ride by Causa Sui is a modern psych-rock classic that has been out of print for ten years out of the eleven that it’s been alive. It was the second album by the Danish outfit who feature Jonas Munk, who remastered this for reissue, among their ranks. The album rocks like a lorry full of bricks in a similar way to Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Mudhoney and Kyuss but also showcases the more contemplative side of psychedelia on the title track.  Double vinyl LP or CD with 20-minute live bonus track on El Paraiso Records.

The Apples In Stereo
Velocity Of Sound

'Velocity of Sound' was where the Apples in Stereo took all their Ramones and power pop influences and went full on buzzpop. The Georgian collective ramped up not only their amps but their songwriting chops too on an album jam packed with fun and fuzzy guitar miniatures. Insanely catchy power-pop that should really be seen as a classic of the genre.   

Massimo Toniutti
Il Museo Selvatico

A crucial music concrete excavation from Black Truffle (John Duncan, Will Guthrie) here. Originally released in 1991, Il Museo Selvatico is a collection of electro-acoustic odds and sods that Massimo Toniutti recorded at home in the latter years of the ‘80s. These are eerie, amorphous works that flit between glassy drones and sections of faux-naif sound exploration. It’s reminiscent of Nurse With Wound or Radiante Pourpre.

Solid Space
Space Museum

It was first released on cassette in 1982. It was mixed on 8-track in a shed. It has vintage Who cybermen on the cover and, indeed, contains many sci-fi references within the music itself. Yes, this is Space Museum by Solid Space, a post-punkish electropop masterpiece reissued after 35 years of relative obscurity. Acoustic strums rattle around cloudy synths, snappy drum machines and echoed vox. Now it can be added to your personal LP museum.

The Twilight Sad
Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave

Dramatic shoegazers and certifiable sad boys the Twilight Sad made a record with overwhelming emotional scope and weeping guitars back in 2012, known as 'No One Can Ever know'. Taking on different styles of sound but devoting themselves to a full-force, grandiose approach to feedback, 'Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave' is an attempt to bring together other sounds that the band have been interested in, such as synths, playing with an orchestra and everything in between. As long as there's James Graham's voice navigating the gloomy proceedings, it'll sound like a Twilight Sad record.

Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Groundbreaking stuff here from Brian Eno. Ambient 1: Music For Airports was released in 1978 and marks the first time when the word ‘ambient’ was used in connection with this kind of music. Eno made the album by layering tape loops. His intention was to make a soundscape that would cut through anxieties and tension in an airport. Half-speed master. Cut at 45 rpm on heavyweight vinyl.

Bradford
Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly

Bradford were a band from Blackburn (I know, it's confusing) who were once saddled with the 'new Smiths' tag that plenty of 80's bands had to endure. Sadly for Bradford the collapse of Rough Trade and the emergence of the more uplifting 'Madchester' scene did for their brand of mopey jangle. Oh yeah they also had a song called 'In Liverpool' just so they could squeeze another northern city into their history.     

Wire
Pink Flag

Like many great albums of yesteryear, Wire’s debut, Pink Flag did very little commercially at the time of its release in 1977. It has fortunately and rightly since been awarded ‘classic’ status by fans and critics alike. Elastica also owe this album a debt of gratitude, check out Three Girl Rhumba.  Available as special edition, remastered 2CD with book on Pink Flag, demos and alternative mixes, remastered vinyl LP and standard digipak remastered CD.

The Fall
I Am Kurious Oranj

In 1988 The Fall, in collaboration with the Michael Clark Company, staged an experimental ballet about William of Orange's ascension to the throne. Mark E Smith and co. handled the music side of things and the ensuing album was christened I Am Kurious Oranj. Reissued by Beggars Banquet to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.

Alice Coltrane / Joe Henderson
The Elements

Joe Henderson’s career covered a lot of territory, including stints as sideman to Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. This 1973 album represented a new departure, being a foray into the tamboura and tabla-augmented cosmic jazz territory previously mapped out by Alice Coltrane, who plays piano and harp here. Highly recommended for fans of Alice and Pharoah Sanders’ work of this era. First time on vinyl since the initial release.

Macintosh Plus
Floral Shoppe

It’s been in vogue, out of vogue, sort-of-vogue and everything between, but fully seven years since the release of Macintosh Plus’s Floral Shoppe the Record That Started Vaporwave™ shows no signs of going away. Heard now, it’s a relic of a simpler, happier time, when Giggs and Scholes were still in the United midfield and no-one knew who Slaves were.

Per Nørgård
Expanding Space

Mostly known for his more conventionally classical music, in 1985 Per Nørgård composed and recorded a solo electronic trip of cosmic proportions. Freed of the constraints of the ensemble, Nørgård's Expanding Space is a rhythm-less, melody-less and harmony-less epic that was intended to be both meditative focal point and discrete ambience. Reissue by Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology.

The Breeders
Pod

Pod was so refreshing when it came out in 1990. For those of us who loved Kim Deal's contributions to the Pixies this was a whole album of the stuff and waaay superior to Pixies lacklustre Bossanova of the same year. Pod was more leftfield, more spindly and taut than anything they did later and if it sounds a bit like Slint at times, that's because the drummer is Britt Walford.  

Disco Inferno
Technicolour

This was the final missive from Disco Inferno before they split in 1995 and emerged after a tumultuous time for the band after they had their gear stolen which basically contained all the material they were working on. Still, the band regrouped and made an album that was a lot more straightforward than the previous wildly inventive DI Go Pop yet contained a series of stellar songs including worldwide-hit-that-never-was 'It's A Kids World'.   

Whitehouse
Thank Your Lucky Stars

You may have noticed that Whitehouse’s 1990 LP Thank Your Lucky Stars shares its name with a Beach House album that came out a couple of years back. That is where the similarities between the two groups end. Steve Albini had a hand in producing this collection of nasty, grizzled power electronics. This long-overdue reissue comes with four bonus tracks.
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The Heads
Rkt!

The Heads fans rejoice as some of their more hard to find releases from the early 2000s are now compiled on one 3LP collection. Comprising of the first 3 releases The Heads put out on the Rocket label, this finds the band at their most freeform, a psychedelic sprawling mass of grooves and noise rock fun.      

Disco Inferno
D. I. Go Pop

Ah right then, you are asking me to write an impartial product description on this album? Not going to happen. What we have is one of the most forward thinking records of the '90s. A place where Joy Division, Public Enemy, MBV and Young Gods collide to create a barrage of fury and ambience and song craft and sample-delia that no-one has yet got near.  

Bert Jansch
A Man I’d Rather Be (Part I)

The Bert Jansch estate has worked with Earth Recordings to bring us A Man I'd Rather Be (Part 1). The collection arrives as a 4-LP set in case-bound book or 4-CD set in book-back packaging. With music culled from the highly prolific Jansch's '60s years, namely: 'Bert Jansch'; 'It Don't Bother Me'; 'Jack Orion' and 'Bert & John' -- so Part 1 starts, logically enough, at the very beginning. These four records were recorded in the space of just 2 years, and amazingly enough were of the highest quality. 

B12
Time Tourist (Expanded Edition)

A classic of Warp’s golden era, B12’s 1996 album Time Tourist gets a landmark twenty-second anniversary reissue, including a few newly-unearthed alt versions for posterity. Michael Golding’s and Steve Rutter’s glistening, FM pad-drenched ambient IDM went all-in on the retrofuturistic sci-fi narratives for this one, topped off as they are with referential titles and Trevor Webb’s massive painted cover art. Excellent.

Stereolab
Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Vol. 2)

2LP clear vinyl re-press of this compilation of early singles and rarities from the now pretty legendary kraut poppers. The compilation charts the bands growth in their early years and contains some of their classic recordings such 'French Disko' 'John Cage Bubblegum' and 'La Boob Oscillator'. Ha! I said 'boob'. 

Jean Hoyoux
Planètes

1982, Belgium. Jean Hoyoux creates his album of ‘sound therapy’, e.g. a kosmische odyssey scored for all sorts of synthesisers, delays and filters. Originally released by Centre de Recherche et d’Etudes and somewhat rare since, this new reissue on new label cortizona presents this idiosyncratic music on two LPs, along with liner notes from Edward Ka-Spel and John Olson.

Colored Music
Colored Music

Japanese duo, Colored Music’s 1981 debut is for fans of weird and obscure music. Their sound is utterly their own, however, if you imagine David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy spliced with the work of Japanese electronic pioneer Haruomi Hosono, it may give you an insight into their world of spacey new wave, weird disco, avant-garde synth pop, proto-house and post-punk glam. Interested? LP and CD on WRWTFWW Records.

Jan Jelinek
Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records

Released in 2001 Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records by Jan Jelinek has sat on so many people’s wish list since because it has not been repressed once. Well, major props to Faitiche for answering the call, not only as a double vinyl but with two bonus tracks taken from the Tendency EP. Micro sampling ambient techno at it’s very best.

Nocturnal Projections
Complete Studio Recordings

Right, this is absolutely essential. Nocturnal Projections were the original post punk band of brothers Graeme and Peter Jeffries (This Kind of Punishment/The Cake Kitchen/solo) and though they never released an album in their lifetime, they deserve to be placed alongside post-punk legends such as Joy Division, Wire  and the Fall. This collects all their studio recordings in one place for the first time.  

Felt
Ignite The Seven Cannons

Ignite the Seven Cannons, though brilliant and featuring the indie chart topping Primitive Painters always sounded as if this most clean and linear bands was lost in the fog of Robin Guthrie's swirling production. Ever the perfectionist, leader Lawrence has now gone back to remix some of these tracks to make the album sound more as intended. Re-issued as part of Cherry Red's extensive Felt re-issue campaign. 

Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord Taylor Deupree helming the remaster.

Silver Jews
American Water

Is American Water different from UK water?  Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We miss him!

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offering a record created with painstaking attention to detail by Obomsawin (who rerecorded due to dissatisfaction with an early take). An essential fixture in the history of folk music.

The Beta Band
The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that they subsequently disappeared down a rabbit warren of their own making is, in time, starting to be forgotten.  

Yung Wu
Shore Leave

Yung Wu! This brings back memories. They were an oddball side project of the Feelies led by their percussionist Dave Weckerman.  As it was produced by Feelies guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million it sounds pretty much like the Feelies but with a more naive pop style with nods to the Modern Lovers and something of Daniel Johnston in Weckerman's rudimentary voice.  

K. Alexi Shelby
All For Lee-Sah

The latest in the seemingly never-ending slew of golden-era acid house re-presses to drop in 2017 sees K. Alexi Shelby’s All For Lee-Sah EP brought back from the dead on Derrick May’s Transmat Records. These three tracks all use the classic 303-and-909 formula to good effect. The sexy bounce of the title track has aged particularly well.

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

It's somewhat of a holy grail of jazz, this. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is just that, an until-very-recently unknown and unheard studio album by the great John Coltrane. The sessions for the LP were laid down at the legendary Van Gelder Studios, with 'Trane at the peak of his powers and his classic Quartet in tow. So, here we have a document from one of the most important and influential groups in the history of music-kind having scaled the pinnacles and subsequently veering in exploratory tangents the world couldn't have anticipated. LP, Double Deluxe Edition LP with CD and 2-CD deluxe editions available, on Impulse!

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a bonus set of re-workings some by Johannsson himself.   

Eliane Radigue
Œuvres électroniques

Esteemed French ambient composer Eliane Radigue is honoured with a mammoth set. Œuvres électroniques covers a good chunk of Radigue’s work in the second half of the 20th Century. Up until the year 2000 Radigue had spent thirty years exploring synthesiser composition, working largely with the ARP 2500. The pieces she made tend to shift slowly, with tones slipping slowly from aquatic gurgles to abrasive drones to eerie chords. They’re works that reward patience, and this bumper collection of her output allows the listener to get to know her work intimately. 16 hours of mind-bending pure drone incl. Chry-ptus, Ψ 847, Adnos, Les Chants de Milarepa, Jetsun Mila, Trilogie de la Mort etc.

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