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A Place To Bury Strangers
Fuzz Club Session

Live session by A Place To Bury Strangers for the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Fuzz Club. Recorded at the end of their tour for their last album, 2018's Pinned, this recording captures the manic energy of those shows while also offering the band the chance to reflect on their songs they'd been playing. Vital document of a loud band at their loudest.
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The highly regarded yet never quite made it Acetone are given an anthology for the very first time. They were taken on tour by fans of the band Oasis,  Spiritualised, and The Verve, with their mix of country, psych, surf and indie their songs are timeless and filled with place and feeling. Features tracks taken from across their 5 albums as well as 9 unreleased tracks and demos from recordings in their practice room.

American Football
American Football (LP3)

20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk.

Anderson .Paak

Oxnard is the album Anderson.Paak always wanted to make. As a schoolboy in his hometown of Oxnard, Southern California, he would dream of making an album that could match up to The Blueprint by Jay-Z, College Dropout by Kanye West or Documentary by The Game. The talented multi-instrumentalist has certainly pulled out all the stops, releasing on Dr. Dre’s label, and getting Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kadhja Bonet, J. Cole and Pusha T to make guest appearances. 2LP on Aftermath/12 Tone Music.
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Anthony Naples
Take Me With You

NYC clubster Anthony Naples drops his sophomore LP. Take Me With You was originally conceived a mixtape for Naples to share among friends, a dedication to the parties and after-parties they had had together down the years. As such, it’s no surprise to find that there is a rose-tinted, halcyon quality to many of the numbers here that nods to The Orb. It’s a very lovely listen.

AT + DA / PB (Andrea Tomasi + David Allred / Peter Broderick)
AT + DA / PB

Sorry, but AT + DA / PB is a cumbersome title for a release and I don’t care who knows it. Seems the musicians behind those initials are Andrea Tomasi, David Allred and Erased Tapes artist Peter Broderick, and here they are telling their collective musical story over the course of six short tracks on Side A and one big one on Side B. With relevant artwork of a lake monster at sea birthing balloons.

Barbara Howard
On The Rise

All's well that end's well huh. In 1968 one Steven Reece set up an independent label in the hope of attracting the attention of the majors. His choice of musician was Barbara Howard and the album On The Rise aimed to cast the net as wide as possible by featuring jazz, gospel and pop. The album flopped but the pair fell in love. Whatever else, On The Rise is worth it for its story. Reissued on Colemine Records.

Big Wild

The band name is Big Wild and the LP is called Superdream, so it's wise to leave any expectations of a shy and retiring affair at the door. As expected the debut full-length from the one born Jackson Stell is about as maximalist as electronic music gets these days. Songs such as ‘Maker’ and ‘Joypunks’ (you’ve really got to start putting spaces between your words, dude) are E-number-pop of the Passion Pit/M83 school.

Bilge Pump

We're all Leeds aren't we? Well yes, but none more so than Bilge Pump who have been considered stalwarts of our city's DIY scene for about as long as I've been alive. WE LOVE YOU is their first full length in ten years and the feeling is very much mutual. It's all big riffs and tight grooves, and they're as tight as they've ever been.

Slight Disconnects

Bis be back! Again! After having broken up and reformed a couple times since they started out in 1994, the Glaswegian band look like they've stuck with a bit longer this time with Slight Disconnects, their second album in five years. After all this time Bis remain masters of the indie pop chorus, and have even managed to fit in a bit of reflection on the last 25 years.

Black Mountain Transmitter
Black Goat Of The Woods

Heavily influenced by the horror writing of H.P. Lovecraft and ‘70s horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Black Goat Of The Woods by Black Mountain Transmitter was written to sound like the soundtrack to a lost lo-fi horror movie. It’s the work of one man, J.R. Moore, and was originally released on CD back in 2010. It is now available on vinyl for the first time. 180g vinyl LP, limited to 300 copies, on Aurora Borealis.

Bowery Electric

Bowery Electric’s third and final LP gets reissued via Beggar’s Banquet. Lushlife was originally unleashed in 2000, and boy does it sound it. This one’s got that real Moby/Mr. Scruff/Saint Etienne vibe to it, all mushy old film score samples and crackling breaks. It’s a pleasingly atmospheric listen and worthy of the re-release.

Explosions In Slow Motion

Bvdub’s drones and ambient work always remind us of large floating cloud ships, constantly billowing and developing. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it’s a bit too much for our tastes, and it’s hard to say on which side Explosions in Slow Motion will turn out to be. Expect large pads, huge soundscapes, and melancholy piano loops. 

Cass McCombs
Tip of the Sphere

Cass McCombs has been knocking about for many years now and is one of those artists where two albums don't sound the same. He is continually tweaking and pushing his sound into new territories and on this his 9th album he has recorded the songs in on time and place ensuring that the album is his most consistent statements of intent. 

Chicago Odense Ensemble
Chicago Odense Ensemble

Chicago Odense Ensemble was a special collaboration between Causa Sui's Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt and members of Tortoise and Isotope217 recorded in 2008. Those long and varied sessions were then edited down to create a kind of dubby jazz fusion. The star of the show is Rob Mazurek who leads the way with the wonderfully pure timbre of his cornet. On El Paraiso Records. 

Cucina Povera

Cucina Povera (who shares her moniker with the 309th best restaurant in Thessaloniki), real name Maria Rossi, is a sound artist and vocalist. Zoom is her very raw document of places and spaces she has found herself in. Using just a Tascam Zoom recorder and a loop pedal, she creates sonic maps which provide an overwhelming sense of being there with her. 

Czarface Meets Ghostface

This week on CZARFACE! After facing off with the nefarious METAL FACE (MF Doom) our hero has to face his greatest challenge yet, the unstoppable GHOSTFACE (Killah). Fortunately for him, he's not alone. 7L, Jeremy Page, Inspectah Deck and Esoteric all offer a helping hand to give CZARFACE a fighting chance.  Will CZARFACE previal? Or will GHOSTFACE have him by the neck? All shall be revealed on CZARFACE meets GHOSTFACE.

David Bowie
Let’s Dance

Trust David Bowie to make one of the most commercially successful records of the 80s. After his Berlin trilogy where he explored the more art rock side of things he thought hey feck it I'm going to dye my hair bleach blonde work with Nile Rogers and become a proper pop star for a bit. This contains all those mega hits  - China Girl, Let's Dance, Modern Love and that's just the first three tracks. 

David Bowie
Never Let Me Down

What are we to make of the David Bowie album that the man himself disliked the most? The album he has described as being "awful", an album he wondered why he recorded? Whatever he thought of it, 1987's Never Let Me Down remains interesting because the man was so interesting, especially as it was conceived in tandem for the ridiculously over the top Glass Spider tour. 

David Sylvian
Secrets Of The Beehive

An absolutely wonderful album. Secrets of the Beehive sees David Sylvian at his autumnal best on a beautiful song cycle with contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen and Danny Thompson. Perhaps his most emotional album and a certainly a must for fans of Talk Talk and the Blue Nile. Now re-issued on 180g vinyl.   

Fat White Family
Serfs Up!

Oh lord they are back. "The most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in recent musical history!" screams the press release. The first track released from the sessions 'Feet' spends its time begging to differ as it just sounds like Fat White Family. But why let actual music get in the way of a hyped press release and their usual flirting with dodgy imagery. It's certainly something that never stopped Fat White Family before so in that respect it's same as it ever was. We'll reserve further judgement til we've heard the whole thing maybe.  

Frances Cone
Late Riser

Francis Cone is classically trained, has a grandmother who studied at Julliard and a father who was a opera singer. She lives with her musical and life partner Andrew Doherty in Brooklyn New York and Brooklyn Vegan really like her music. All of which makes me so depressed about the state of my existence that I can barely tell you anything about this journey through sweeping harmonies and emotive vocals.   

Guided By Voices
Zeppelin Over China

The insanely prolific Robert Pollard releases yet another collection of grungy niceness with his Guided By Voices crew. At thirty-two songs and seventy-five minutes, Zeppelin Over China is long even by GBV standards. Indeed, it’s remarkable that an album with this many songs can remain so consistently good throughout. Then again, Pollard is a pretty remarkable talent.

Gum Takes Tooth

Utter monster released by the ever essential Rocket Recordings - home to Gnod, Goat, and Teeth of the Sea. ‘Arrow’ by London duo Gum Takes Tooth is epic in the true sense, with seismic jams blasted straight from the cosmos. This, however, should not imply their sound is airy or escapist, as Gum Takes Tooth are tuned into the turmoil of the present and their maximal sound is a reflection of that.

A Different Forest

Hauschka, one of the piano lads who continue to dominate the world of accessible contemporary classical music, returns with his debut for Sony Classical. Best known for his work on the prepared piano (essentially filling the instrument with a bunch of variously relevant stuff), on A Different Forest he has opted for a purer approach. This album is heartfelt and imbued with narrative, but no less playful than he's known for being. 

Hoodoo Fushimi

Kusaya by Hoodoo Fushimi has gained cult status since its release in 1992. The album is out there in its own world, fusing elements of hip-hop, funk and synth music with particular qualities defined by his Japanese heritage. A a little-known jewel in the crown of Japanese music is now reissued, limited to 250 copies, on Good Find.

Ibibio Sound Machine
Doko Mien

Ibibo Sound Machine return with their third album and second for Merge Records. Doko Mie is a joyful blend of post-punk and West African electronic music, that reflects Eno Williams' own upbringing having been born in the UK but raised in Nigeria. Arpeggiated synths meet exuberant horns, always being marshalled by Williams' commanding vocals.

Jade Bird
Jade Bird

Jade Bird was born in 1997, which makes this particular blurbist* feel quite old. She hails from Hexham near Newcastle, but was lucky enough to record her debut EP, Something American in Upstate New York. She has now made her self-titled debut album, no doubt buoyed by the inclusion in her band of Jeff Buckley drummer Matt Johnson and Mystery Jets guitarist Will Rees and support slots with First Aid Kit and London Grammar. Legendary producer Tony Visconti has also praised her talent. LP and CD on Glassnote. *One who writes short product descriptions for Norman Records.

James Holden
A Cambodian Spring OST

James Holden has created a synth based soundtrack for the documentary A Cambodian Spring. The film follows a group of activists fighting corrupt developers and officials as they try and protect their right to their land. Holden's soundtrack captures the intensity of their fight with tracks that veer between drone, trance and the odd arpeggio. 

John Paul White
The Hurting Kind

Ex-The Civil Wars man and current Single Lock Records boss John Paul White returns with The Hurting Kind. 2016's Beulah was written very much in the shadow of the public collapse of his previous band, as a sort of country rock version of that Bros documentary. For his own sake I hope The Hurting Kind represents a sort of moving on.

Julian Lynch
Rat's Spit

Rat’s Spit is the new album from Real Estate guitarist and Norman Records favourite, Julian Lynch. His music generally sounds like a slightly weirder, less pop, more fractured version of his parent band, but is certainly not lacking in quality. It’s his 7th album, but first since 2013’s Lines. It sees him mining inspiration from Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, George Clinton, Cocteau Twins, Yes and Steve Vai (Steve Vai?! really?! but he had custom-made guitars with carrying handles cut out of them!) Anyway, if the past is anything to go by, it should be a good ‘un. LP on Ya Reach / Underwater Peoples.

Juliana Hatfield

After an album full of Olivia Newton-John covers, Bostonian songstress Juliana Hatfield has reverted to good ol’ original songs. Weird is her new album and it finds her trying to explain how uncomfortable, disconnected and, well, weird she feels in this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world. Former band mates Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies) and Todd Phillips (Juliana Hatfield Three) play drums on most tracks, Juliana Hatfield plays all the other instruments herself. LP and CD on American Laundromat.

Karen Dalton
The Karen Dalton Archives Box

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and four CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unreleased (!) home recordings. Plus a book of treats from the Dalton archives and a T-shirt. Get stuck in.
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Kayla Guthrie
Falling Star

Katie Guthrie floats over deep beats that sound like they might be lost Bowery Electric tracks with a pinch of Julia Holter. Each of Falling Star’s tracks creates its own universe, but the title track is probably our favorite: an ethereal 8-minute journey, grappling for sure footing but never quite finding it.

This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester Matthew McCaughan, known for playing drums for sad beard Bon Iver. The new album continues with the thoughtful mix of electronics and quiet country sounds started on 2016’s FLOTUS. 

Laurie Spiegel
Unseen Worlds

Big gorgeous electronic wonder from Laurie Spiegel. Unseen Worlds was composed with the use of software specially created by Spiegel for her own purposes (Music Mouse, still loved and used today), and has only had limited releases in 1991 and 1994 before now. Unseen Worlds (the label) now give Unseen Worlds (the album) the full attention it deserves, on CD and vinyl.

log(m) & Laraaji
The Onrush Of Eternity

It feels like the label heads at Invisible Inc. should’ve warned us about putting together psychedelic shamans log(m) and Laraaji. The album these two have concocted is a limited edition triple-vinyl affair, meandering between the latter’s joyful life-affirming musings and the former’s insistent electronic soundscapes.

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.

Masaki Batoh

Ghost founder Masaki Batoh drops his fourth solo LP via Drag City. Nowhere is a record of trippy folk songs. The delicately picked guitars here come laced with reverb and delay, and Batoh’s wistful lyrics reflect on ageing and memory. The Beatles, Incredible String Band and John Martyn all spring immediately to mind.

Pinkus Abortion Technician

"BASS, how low can you go" as Chuck D once said, well pretty low when you combine A.) The Melvins stoner sludge rock and B.) two, yes TWO bass players, expect Buzz Osborne's usual brand of Godzilla sized riffs with the addition of Butthole Surfers four stringer Jeff Pinkus and Melvins/Redd Kross/Off! bassist Steven McDonald adding bowel expelling bottom end to 'Pinkus Abortion Technician'.


Look, if you're not on board with Merzbow by now, there's little I can say about the quarter-century celebrating Venereology that will change that. If you like your music noisy and your noise harsh then legendary Japanese artist Masami Akita's visceral walls of sonic scree will be right up your street. But you probably already knew that. Venereology was his "death metal" album and has been accused of bringing him wider repute. 

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Michael Rother

Extensive reissue of krautrock legend Michael Rother’s early solo work. As a member of both NEU! And Harmonia, Rother was undoubtedly at the heart of the infamous and highly influential 60s and 70s experimental German scene. ‘Solo’ sees Grönland re-release his first four solo LPs in a lavish box set, both in 6LP 5CD versions, and most excitingly of all with previously unreleased material.  


Severance is the second album by Mikron, aka Irish brothers Michael and Ciaran Corcoran. The album has synth washes that arouse nostalgia but the music also has futuristic slant. At times, their sound recalls Boards of Canada, Burial and Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works, so y’know, it’s recommended. LP on Central Processing Unit.

New Order
Movement - Definitive Edition

It's probably about time we celebrated properly the very early clankings of New Order. The metamorphosis from Joy Division was a difficult one for the group but this fascinating era contains some of their most powerful and overlooked music. Now you can get a box set containing the original album plus a CD full of rarities, demos and rehearsal takes, a DVD of of-the-era performances and a 48 page hardback book.   
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New Order
Ceremony (Version 2)

'Ceremony' was the first song New Order recorded following the tragic demise of Joy Division. Strangely, they recorded and released it twice. The original featured just the surviving Joy Division members, whilst the second recording was made with new member Gillian Gilbert. This is the re-recording. B side 'In A Lonely Place' was also slightly remixed for this 12" which was originally released in 1981.  
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Devil’s Dance

Absolutely flattening dub from Young Echo's Ossia. Well I say dub, Devil's Dance also brings in elements of techno, industrial and EBM which all adds up to something positively evil. Throw in some violin, sax and vocals and well, you've something not like much else. I reckon The Bug's Kevin Martin will like this a lot. On Blackest Ever Black.

Heavy Merging

Another record of warm, slightly weird techno from Patricia here. Heavy Merging finds the Brooklyn-based artist returning to Opal Tapes sub-label Black Opal (J. Albert, Cloudface). This is an EP of muted club tackle characterised by lo-fi drum takes and watercolour synths. Think Huerco S. dropping something via Analogical Force.

Pedro The Lion

Phoenix is the first Pedro The Lion album in 15 years. Head Pedro, David Bazan, took himself on a journey round his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona whilst not enjoying a solo tour in 2016. This led him to thinking about how things used to be before the band dynamic changed and the band broke up - the way he wrote, the way he worked. This led him to get the band back together. The whole experience of going back inhabits the album's lyrical themes. CD and LP on Big Scary Monsters.


Marvellous times here for fans of shoegaze alumni as Miki Bereni (Lush) hooks up with KJ McKillop (Moose), Modern English bassist Mick Conroy and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch is a new group which, though hard to get away from the distinct sound of Miki's vocals, offers a fresh start for all four. They explore the usual modern day concerns about news, the world and stuff.  

Potty Mouth

US East Coast rockers Potty Mouth finally laying down their first album in over 5 years. SNAFU sounds mostly like the soundtrack you’d expect for a 2000’s feel-good movie: poppy fuzzy guitars, tasty harmonizing vocals, and great grooves, but all of it soaked with just enough of that indie sauce to make it properly palatable.

Prefab Sprout
I Trawl The Megahertz

I Trawl The Megahertz was originally released as a solo album by Prefab Sprout's  Paddy McAloon in 2003 but was pretty much ignored by everyone apart from us Sprout obsessives. Shame because it is a incredible work...the album is largely instrumental and spoken word, featuring some his most experimental work, such as the 22 minute title track and one track that, according to McAloon, sounds like a depressed Van McCoy. Now that it won't do the brand too much harm, it is now being issued as a Prefab Sprout album. 2LP (featuring an etched side) and CD on Sony.


Musicology was the first of three albums Prince released in 2004 and his 28th album in all.  Prince intended the album to to be a musical education to those who listened which seems like a bit of an arrogant thing to say, but then, Prince wouldn’t have been Prince without having saying stuff like that. Anyway, perhaps buy a copy and get yourself educated. Double purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

R. Stevie Moore

R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo-fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His new LP, Afterlife, is mastered by Kramer and include guest performances from Ariel Pink, Jason Falkner, Lane Steinberg and Irwin Chusid, the man who coined the term ‘Outsider Music’ when referring to the likes of Moore. LP and Cd on Bar-None.

Robert Hood
Internal Empire

When truly groundbreaking records are made, they sound as fresh 25 years after their initial release as they did back in the day. This is most-certainly true of Robert Hood’s minimal techno masterpiece Internal Empire. The album has been remastered and re-cut on CD and 180g vinyl and will be released through its original label, Tresor.

Royal Trux
White Stuff

First new album in 19 years from 'the Worlds Greatest Rock and Roll Band'. When I think of Royal Trux I can only remember the time my brother  - when asked by their record label where the band could stay after a Leeds show - suggested a quaint ivy clad Wetherby guest house complete with trademark poodle yapping about. How Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty would have fitted in in such environs would have been interesting given their rock and roll debauchery image and love for the white stuff they presumably titled this album after.  

Rustin Man
Drift Code

Oh Talk Talk where art thou? With Mark Hollis last seen in the early 2000s trying to learn the clarinet this most brilliant and influential bands has been on hold. However not all is lost. Bassist Paul Webb aka Rustin Man is back with a new LP. His previous one was in collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons. Here he goes it alone.  

Silk Road Assassins
State Of Ruin

Silk Road Assassins drop their debut LP via the notorious Planet Mu. Given how lush State Of Ruin sounds, it’s no surprise to find out that the trio of Tom E Vercetti, Chemist and Lovedr0id all make electronic library music for their day jobs. This album is full of the sort of sombre, muted takes on trap, dancehall, grime etc. that Mr. Mitch has become so good at over the past couple of years.

Six By Seven
The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual

Nottingham’s ‘90s indie favourites Six By Seven seem to be expressing how we all felt as teenagers with their new Kickstarter-funded concept album The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual. The album mixes psychedelia and krautrock with each track blending into one another to create an immersive listening experience. Orange vinyl, limited to 300 copies on Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.

The Modern Age

No-one thought this would happen, including the band. Sleeper have a new album out. It’s their first in twenty-one years, since the heady days of Britpop, and it’s called The Modern Age. The band used to be made up of three guys and a girl, now they’re made up of a novelist, two music lecturers and the ex-Prodigy bassist. All the old traits are in place - observational lyrics, catchy hooks and producer Stephen Street, but they’ve also been shrewd enough to make an album for The Modern Age (see what I did there?).

Grim Town

22-year-old Northern-Irish singer-songwriter SOAK releasing her second full-length album, Grim Town. We haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but the first two singles Knock Me Off My Feet and Everybody Loves You suggest it’s got plenty of great and catchy pop songs to make you wonder what you've done with your life so far.

Steven Stapleton & David Tibet
Dead Memory

Another collaboration between two masters of the esoteric English underground, David Tibet of Current 93 and Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound. These are musicians whose trajectories are very much tangled together, a fierce collaborative spirit forged between the pair. These are two outtakes that didn’t make it onto their ‘Threats of Memories’ project.  

Rise And Shine

Substance is Berlin dance legend Peter Kuschnereit, who has also been known simply as DJ Pete. He is marking his 30th year in the biz with Rise & Shine, his debut solo EP for Ostgut Ton. Pete’s influence has found its way to the Berlin dance scene through his other job as an employee of the Hard Wax record store and as one of the DJs contributing to the Wax Treatment Party series, as well has his own releases and DJ sets where he draws from dubstep, grime, house and techno, adding a few twists along the way. 12" 5-track EP on Ostgut Ton.
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Teeth Of The Sea

New one from genre-manglers Teeth of The Sea, ‘Wraith’ is the long awaited follow up to 2015’s brilliant ‘Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’. If first cut ‘Hireath’ is anything to go by, then the group are on stellar form, fusing battle-ready dub bass with stuttering drums and horns that blare wildly in opposition with each other. 

The Babe Rainbow
Double Rainbow

These Australian wizards have been produced by a King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard which hopefully gives us some indication of where they are coming from musically. Indeed their breakout single was entitled “Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest" which sounds rather like something the Wizard might have come up with. They like the Incredible String Band and riding the surf so this could be fun.  

Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club

Ah what a record this is. Freed from the rather hi-brow pretensions of Talking Heads, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth made a glorious fun for all dance pop album which spawned actual pop hits whilst would also appeal to fans of the New York oddball bands such as Liquid Liquid. Incredibly influential, it is now available once again on wax. Let's party!    

The Road: Part II

UNKLE releases are always, if nothing else, interesting. After seven years of silence, label boss James Lavelle finally returned with last year’s massive comeback effort Part I. It was diverse, but he promises even more variation on 2019’s The Road: Part II. We’re expecting a somber soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic road trip, but who really knows what the man from UNKLE will bring?

Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.