Friday sale (last one, we promise)

Well, last one this January anyway. Will we have another sale on some other Friday one day? Never say never. But this really will be the last one for a while because, quite frankly, we are all knackered. Anyway, 25% off the lot. Ends on Monday 28th January at 9am.
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The Angelic Process
We All Die Laughing

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The Art of Noise
In Visible Silence

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The Breeders
All Nerve

Taking a break from their knitting for awhile, the Patti and Selma Bouvier of indie rock re-unite with the 'classic' era line up of the Breeders for their much anticipated first new album in a decade. Expect taut and lop-sided avant rock full of unusual melodies and that golden throated voice. How much better will it be than the last Pixies album? 
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Groove Is In The Heart

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The Brotherhood of Lizards
Lizardland

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The Callas with Lee Ranaldo
Trouble and Desire

The Callas are a post-punk band from Greece who are one part of an arty, multi-media factory. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo felt compelled to work with them after being drawn into their whole thing. Trouble And Desire is their first album together, however they have previously worked on a soundtrack for a film made by the arty collective called The Great Eastern. CD on Dirty Water.

The Charlatans
Different Days

It's hard to fathom but as well as tweeting on a secondly basis Tim Burgess also manages to help make regular bursts of music both solo and with his beloved the Charlatans. It was hard to be anything but nice about their last album as a) it was genuinely good to have them back and b) if you did so the entire Twitter community would gang up on you. Anyway this is a brand new album from the band and the first since the sad passing of drummer Jon Brookes. Features guest spots from Anton Newcombe (the Brian Jonestown Massacre/Twitter), Johnny Marr (the Smiths/Twitter) and Paul Weller (not on Twitter). 

The Cradle
Bag Of Holding

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The Doors
The Singles

The Doors were a kind of gloomy '70s version of INXS with a prowling tiger of a singer and some other blokes in tow. They are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary and this set compiles all their US singles and their B sides - even the ones they ill advisedly did after the death of Jim Morrison. Your only vinyl option is a 7" box set so good luck with that. 
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The Electric Family
Terra Circus

The Electric Family have been rolling down their rock rails for decades now, and new one Terra Circus arrives with the confidence borne of such a long time playing together. Sitars, guitars, organ and drums are all on fine form, on the band’s own songs as well as their Sisters Of Mercy and Can covers and the closing jam session. Released by Sireena.
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The Fall
New Facts Emerge

"Produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith" says the press release. Let's hope he was involved somewhere even if only for microphone gurgling. This is the Fall's millionth LP but the first since 2015's 'Sub Lingual Tablet'-  a lifetime in the Fall world. Now settled in a dependable trudge-a-long line up let's hope this has some of the panache recent records have lacked. On weird formats.   

The Golden Filter
Dub Of Times

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The Good the Bad and the Zugly
Misanthropical House

Misanthropical Horse is the third album by Norwegian hardcore metal types, The Good, The Bad and The Zugly. You know what you’re going to get here - fast and loud with throat-ripping vocals. Much fun to be had! The album was mastered by Ruben Willem of Haust, and as with the previous pair of albums the artwork was drawn by satirical cartoonist, Flu Hartberg. LP and CD on Fysisk Format.

The Gracious Losers
The Last of the Gracious Losers

More creativity from Glasgow which is surely one of the UK's most productive cities. I went to a dog disco there  - it was incredible. Anyway this is the brainchild of one Jonathan Lilley and it features a 12 piece ensemble made out of people from Thrum, God Help the Girl and something called The Berrie Big Band. Influences include Neil Young and Van Morrison so this could be rather interesting. 

The Hives
Barely Legal

Eek. They couldn't get away with an album title like that in 2017. This was the debut album from the band Alan McGee promised us would be our 'new favourite band'. They weren't but they had a good career anyway and this re-issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of this record of blistering punk music.   

The Last Hurrah!!
Los Angeles

Rune Grammofon present the ultimate results of The Last Hurrah!!’s Vossajazz Festival commission: an album of jazz-and-beyond music from Norway. Main man HP Gundersen marshalls the talents of multi instrumentalist and singer Maesa Pullman and engineer and co-producer Jason Hiller. Los Angeles features their excellent musicianship, greatly executed.

The Lemon Twigs
Go To School

The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.

The Long Now
Restoration EP

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

Extremely big rock music from Stuart McLamb’s The Love Language. Baby Grand (more grand than baby) is a product of McLamb picking up sticks and moving from Virginia to California, where he found the light to be particularly inspirational. Soaring choruses and huge production makes this built for the stadium. On Merge. 

The Lytics
Float On

Haldern Pop (Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Dry The River) release the third LP by Toronto hip-hop group The Lytics. While the five-piece’s Souls Of Mischief/Pharcyde-y boom-bap might not be much in vogue at the moment, on Float On they do what they do with a nice balance of energy, charisma and eloquence. It must help that Mike D has taken them under his wing too.

The Modern Institute
Another Exhibition

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The Mon
Doppelleben

The Mon is the solo project of Ufomammut bassist/vocalist/synth player Urlo. On Doppelleben he allows his noise and industrial dispositions to give the doom metal of his day job a kick up the backside. Tracks like ‘Relics’ and ‘Her’ bring to mind Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Angelo Badalamenti all getting together for a very intense jam session.

The Myrrors
Borderlands

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The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood

Californian pop-rockers The Neighbourhood drop their third LP via Columbia. Anyone who has enjoyed their recent EPs Hard and To Imagine (we see you what you did there, lads) will likely be able to get behind The Neighbourhood. Four cuts from those releases are fleshed out by eight newcomers. The likes of ‘Void’ and ‘Scary Love’ are a little bit The Weeknd, a little bit Imagine Dragons, and will probably be summer smashes.

The Orb
Cow / Chill Out, World!

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The Oscillation
Wasted Space

London psychedeliacs The Oscillation drop their second LP of the year on Fuzz Club (Lumerians, Sonic Jesus). Wasted Space is a record of slightly proggy space-rock jams that are powered by some cracking work from the rhythm section. The likes of ‘Drop’ drive forward on grooves equal-parts Motorik beat and the cosmic house of Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
The Echo Of Pleasure

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart return with their fourth full-length album, the moodily titled The Echo of Pleasure. The band’s sweet melodies and synthy wall of sound production style is all comfortably in place, but some of the childish matters of the heart that drove earlier Pains songs have been replaced with a mature depth of feeling, borne out of frontman Kip’s impending fatherhood. Out on Painbow.

The Passengers
All Through The Night / New Life

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The Passengers
Queen Of Weird / Danger Zone

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The Primals
All Love Is True Love

The Primals sound exciting. They feature members of Darkest Hour, Dead to Fall and the Explosion and are said to be bringing back the visceral thrill of grunge. Their thrilled record label Southern Lord suggest that fans of Wand, Ty Segall, Nirvana, and Pixies may want to take especially keen interest.  

The Radio Dept.
Running Out Of Love

The new Radio Dept. album has been on the brew for six years now, and is now ready to be served up. Running Out Of Love expresses frustration with the direction of development in the band’s native Sweden, with a pumping electro-pop musical backing. Melancholy vibes, fiercely expressed. Released by the Labrador label.

The Radio Dept.
Teach Me To Forget

The Radio Dept. follow up their return album Running Out Of Love album with an EP called Teach Me To Forget, which contains an extended 12”  version of the title tune, a pair of entirely new songs, and three exclusive remixes. A nice little variety package offering different angles on The Radio Dept., released by the Labrador label.

The Saxophones
Aloha / Just You

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The Sherlocks
Chasing Shadows

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The Shins
The Worms Heart

The creative whizz behind The Shins, James Mercer had an itch he needed to scratch following the recording of their last album, Heartworms, and scratch it he did. He re-recorded the album, introducing acoustic guitars and a slower tempo to fast tracks and injecting the slower tracks with a bit of rock oomph. The Worms Heart was born, a reversal of the original album in every way. LP and Cd on Columbia.

The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead (2017 Master) [Deluxe Edition]

Another magical example of when a single LP gets turned into a 5LP box set. The Smiths 4th best album finally gets the big set treatment with demos, b-sides live tracks and a DVD featuring Derek Jarman's short film made to accompany the original release. A must for all fans of this most special of bands. "Slip them into different sleeves! Buy both, and feel deceived".

The Spookfish
Black Hole

Instead of tackling external political or cultural phenomenons, The Spookfish is a candid documentation of a personal journey - representing inward emotions throughout. Dan Goldberg's impressive debut offering, Black Hole, is a creation moulded by the East Coast journeys of the creative New Yorker.
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The Things They Left Behind
Life Through Sepia

Osiris continue to defy categorisation with their latest release: the woozy dub inflections of Life Through Sepia from debutantes The Things They Left Behind. Hazy spoken word samples juxtapose with sparkling synth melodies. On the flip, '68' posits tangential tones alongside a serious groove with loud, crisp snares. Tschhhh....
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The Upsetters
Double Seven

Largely consider one Lee “Scratch” Perry’s best early works with his Upsetters, Double Seven was originally released in 1973 and now Music On Vinyl have done this short press reissue, the first on vinyl in 22 years. Features songs with David Isaacs and U-Roy. Pure originator dub reggae from when Perry was still experimenting and building his sound.

The Upsetters
Scratch The Upsetter Again

Antarctica Starts Here is a new sub-label of Superior Viaduct that is dedicated to reissuing classic records from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Among their first batch of pressings we have The Upsetters’ 1970 LP Scratch The Upsetter Again. It is, of course, a ten-tonne collection of dub-reggae from Lee Perry and his merry men.

The Vryll Society
Course Of The Satellite

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Thelonious Monk
It's Monk’s Time

Thelonious Monk’s 1964 LP It’s Monk’s Time gets the reissue treatment courtesy of 8th Records. At this time in his career Monk was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Many scorned his avant style on the keys, but when he turned in a relatively more sedate outing in the form of this record his die-hards railed against the album’s style. In the intervening years opinion has met in the middle, and now It’s Monk’s Time is praised for its deft arrangements.

Thembi Soddell
Love Songs

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Theo Alexander
Broken Access

Pianist and tape loop aficionado Theo Alexander offers up a full-length of carefully constructed pieces for Luau Records. Loops of macro-recorded piano build up, hammers flickering away pleasantly and tape hiss’d background noise leaking in, to create mixtures of phrases. Suitable for rainy afternoons, lonesome evenings, city romances and films about such things.

Tim Presley's White Fence
I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk

The germination of Tim Presley’s first LP as White Fence in four years came when he was crashing at the house of fellow DRINKS member Cate Le Bon. Unsurprisingly there is a bit of the Le Bons to the oddball pop of I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk. We reckon he's probably been listening to some Spiritualized too. Lead single ‘Lorelei’ has nothing to do with the Tom Tom Club song of the same name.

To Kill A King
Spiritual Dark Age

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Tobin Sprout
Carnival Boy

Tobin Sprout is part of the huge indie ecosystem surrounding Guided By Voices. He spent ten years majorly contributing to the band, but also made music all of his own. 1996 solo debut Carnival Boy is a beautiful set of lo-fi indie songwriting, and it hasn’t really been available since its initial release two decades ago! Now reissued on Burger Records.

Tom Odell
Jubilee Road

Crooning posho Tom Odell limbers up for another chart-dominating year with his third LP Jubilee Road. The title track sounds nothing like Nick Cave’s late-period masterpiece ‘Jubilee Street’. In fact it’s more like closing-time Elton John. The rest of the album is that sort of thing you turn to whenever you’ve run out of Adele. We look forward to images of Odell chinking glasses with Marcus Mumford at the first post-Brexit Brit Awards.
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Tony Allen / Ricardo Villalobos
Dekmantel 10 Years 10.1

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Tord Gustavsen Trio
The Other Side

Imbibe the vibes baby, because Tord Gustavsen is here. Over on the legendary ECM he returns to his piano trio with co-conspirators Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole. The Other Side is a stately spa retreat, an immensely relaxing collection that draws on both smooth jazz and traditional folk music. RIYL melody.

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.

Tricky
Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.

Triptides
Visitors

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Trouble
Snake Eyes

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Troubled Horse
Revolution On Repeat

Trouble Horse are a ‘proper’ old heavy metal / hard rock outfit from Sweden, doing the thing they love in correct style. With tracks like ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’ and ‘Let Bastards Know’ (er, and ‘Track7’), they aren’t fucking about here: Revolution On Repeat will delight fans of high drama and heavy riffs. Out on Rise Above.

Troupe Ecole Tudu
Oyiwane

If you don’t know Sahel Sounds then now would be a good time to acquaint yourself. The excellent label releases new and archival records that originated across the northern African region of the Sahel. Their latest drop, Troupe Ecole Tudu’s Oyiwane, is a 1985 collection that had previously been unavailable outside of Niger. The TET were an all-girls choir from a school in the country’s Agadez region. With its massed vocals and Ali Farka Toure-esque guitar accompaniment (provided by the girls’ teacher Barmo) this rare record is representative of a style that would become popular in Niger over the subsequent years. The recording is grainy and often shrill, but this is still a vital bit of listening.

Truth
War Of The Minds

War Of The Minds is the new EP by Truth on the Deep Medi Musik label. DJs Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake hail from New Zealand and travel to the far flung corners of the world spreading their dubstep and bass sounds. Truth have also released music on Firepower Records, SMOG, Rottun Recordings and Tempa Records.
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Tyler Childers
Purgatory

This ten track release from Tyler Childers is highly anticipated and features plenty of pretty famous musicians helping out - such as Russ Pahl on the Jews Harp. Purgatory is released on vinyl LP and CD and is released on Hickman Holler Records. Get your hands on these fast, because they'll certainly sell fast! 

U2
Songs Of Experience

Latest creation from the inevasible U2. On Island Records. Available on double LP cyan blue vinyl. Or there’s a limited edition deluxe box-set version including CD, blue double LP, a themed ‘newspaper’ and a handful of extra tracks if the regular 13 wasn’t enough for you. There you go.

Ultradyne
Ocular Animus

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Umwelt / Ryan James Ford
Untitled

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Underspreche
Invito Alla Danza Part 2

Underspreche (who, despite the German name, are Italian) are releasing a full-length album on Optimo Trax, though it is cunningly disguised as a set of EPs by being released separately. Invito Alla Danza (this is part 2) is a vivid set of electronic movement material, four tracks full of original thinking and hard-bouncing grooves. 12” release.
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Unearth Noise / Dreamspeak
And The Light Beams Will Guide The way

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Unit Moebius
Bunker 005

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Universal Eyes
Four Variations On ‘Artificial Society’

A line-up many may have expected never to see in the year of our lord 2018… Universal Eyes is a combination of Universal Indians and Wolf Eyes, and in this case that means Aaron Dilloway alongside John Olson and Nate Young again, as well as the vibrant power of Gretchen Gonzales-Davidson. Four Variations on ‘Artificial Society’ is a delightfully deep and murky suite of sounds: you know you’re going to love it. From Lower Floor Music.
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Unknown Artist
Rellik

Mask are a pretty nifty label. So far the imprint, which appears to have surfaced from Germany, has dropped three records by nameless artists. All of them have been made up of one-take techno or house jams, and all of them have been worth listening to. Rellik is just as good as the other two. The four tracks here mash a little dark techno and hip-hop into the mix.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sex & Food

This could be the time when Unknown Mortal Orchestra become the Well Known Mortal Orchestra. Previous records have become increasingly catchy, radio friendly and certainly more indebted to the man we used to call Prince without totally ruining their underground coolness. 'Sex & Food' has the artwork and title (and multi-formats) to suggest this could be a step towards to major leagues. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
IC-01 Hanoi

Here’s an unexpected release: Whilst recording their recent LP ‘Sex & Food’, Unknown Mortal Orchestra found themselves regularly jamming with local musicians at Phu Sa Studios in Hanoi. With fuzzy guitars and sporadic saxophone, it’s an instrumental exploration of the jazz, fusion and avant-garde which usually remain at the fringes of their sound. 'IC-01 Hanoi' is an insight into a specific time for Unknown Mortal Orchestra; an unexpected mish-mash of jam sessions featuring frontman Ruban Nielson’s father, and local Vietnamese musicians in the capital of Vietnam.

Untold
HEK029

It doesn't seem long since Untold's monstrous 'Motion the Dance' was indeed doing just that. 5 years and several releases on from that EP, it's clear that there's no let up on atmosphere and tension, though the forces that carry it along are more alien, more heavily percussive, and guaranteed to twist dancefloors.
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Unwound
New Plastic Ideas

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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.

Upper Wilds
Mars

Upper Wilds are a three-piece featuring members of Parts & Labor and Models Pterodactyl. Following in the noise-pop footsteps of their parent bands, on Mars, they being to ponder what living there might be like. Guest appearances from Mark Shue (Guided By Voices) and Katie Eastburn (Young People) among others. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
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Various
Motor City Remixes

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Various
Confessin' The Blues - Compiled by The Rolling Stones

There's a school of thought that all the best music was made between 50 and 100 years ago and humankind’s sonic capabilities have been in steady decline ever since. As if to prove this theory the Rolling Stones (no less) have compiled this exhaustive collection of all their favourite blues people and includes tracks by pioneers such as Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and of course Robert Johnson. 
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Various
T.R.U. Halloween

Get into the halloween spirit with this collection of horror themed eltronica nd techno tracks. With Sam De La Rosa pushing the John Carpenter single note arpeggiator, Tom Strong creating an almost 8-bit Halloween theme track, Tx Connect’s Haddonfield Il sounding like a stripped back Gatekeeper and Jake Schrock’s Night Pursuit being a missing track from Drive.

Various
Jukebox Mambo - Volume III

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Various
Brasil

A snapshot of a time and place of relative obscurity before globalised communication brought geographically disparate musical worlds together. 20 years after it was recorded, 'Brasil' is back on a repress, an essential document featuring a host of incredible musicians eking out the sound of a most vibrant nation.

Various
13 Reasons Why - Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

The press release for this record leads with ‘New music from Gomez’, which isn’t a great start, but things pick up when you realise that they actually mean Selena Gomez. Obviously this is some of the music from the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. There are new songs from (among others) YUNGBLUD and Lord Huron and, err, OneRepublic. Some golden oldies from New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears and other bands of that ilk also make the cut.
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Various
Transcendence

A new 12” compilation on NYX Unchained that spans a good deal of territory over its seven tracks. We’ve got lots of soundscape action here, with pieces of techno, heavyweight poetry, organs, guitar riffs and even melodies all surfacing in places. Artists on Transcendence include Maxwell Sterling and James Massiah.

Various
Batman Forever (Music From The Motion Picture)

90’s compilation of the soundtrack to the 90’s Batman film Batman Forever, featuring 90’s music. In fact more than half of this tracklist didn’t actually appear in the film, but it's a pretty strong selection so who’s complaining? Features cuts from PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, U2 and The Flaming Lips. Reissue from the Rhino label.

Various
I Said, She Said, Ah Cid: The Exploito Psych World Of Alshire Records 1967-71

Very fine archival compilation on the Alshire label, whose business model involved getting crack LA session musicians to record sweet sweet sessions which were then released under a variety of different aliases and contexts. The music is just fabulous though, and there are three full discs of it here on I Said, She Said, Ah Cid, as well as an informative booklet. From Grapefruit.

Various
Hexadic III

Six Organs of Admittance guitarist Ben Chasny has this compositional method called ‘The Hexadic System’. He’s done talks on it and written a book about it and, after two records composed by Chasny adhering to its principles, it’s now starting to be adopted by other artists. These other artists include Richard Youngs and Moon Duo and Stephen O’Malley, and their attempts at the form appear on Hexadic III. Tape and LP.

Various
Spectral 139

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Various
The Man With The Iron Fists

As one might expect from a film co-written and directed by RZA, The Man With The Iron Fists comes with a pretty mighty soundtrack. RZA produces many of the beats here - the rest are handled by, among others, Isaac Hayes and BADBADNOTGOOD - and the whole thing generally oozes that special brand of class that one only gets from Wu-Tang joints. The list of vocalists on this thing is frankly ridiculous - Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Pharaohe Monch, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs...

Various
Air Texture Vol.VI – Selected by Steffi and Martyn

The Air Texture series reaches volume six and for the occasion drafts in Steffi and Martyn for another double-CD's worth of previously unreleased gems. Consider the calibre of the selectors -- famous both for their individual spins on house and techno -- and then consider the brief as per usual: leftfield selections, ambience aplenty and techno in name only, too widescreen perhaps to be limited to the dance-floor. 26 tracks, including appearances by: dBridge, Shed, FaltyDL, As One, KiNK and of course, Steffi and Martyn themselves. The vinyl option is a double-EP with 8 tracks.
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Various
Studio One: Lovers Rock

The noble tradition of Lovers Rock has been given relatively little attention by Soul Jazz Records during the label’s excellent Studio One reissue series. This compilation of some classic lights-down-low reggae goes some way to righting the balance. We’ve an excellent selection of tunes here - cuts from heavyweight talents such as Marcia Griffiths and Horace Andy sit alongside rare gems like The Invaders’ coveted ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’. Liner notes are provided by Lloyd Bradley.

Various
Unusual Sounds

Since launching in 2014 the Mexican Summer reissues offshoot Anthology Recordings have unearthed some excellent old things from the likes of Pharaoh Sanders and The Nightcrawlers. For their latest trick they delve into the world of library music. The twenty tracks of Unusual Sounds are exactly the sort of cerebral oddities that we now expect as standard from these releases. Comes with liner notes from David Hollander - this is good because he’s curated an extensive history of library music that shares its title with this compilation and as such he’s rather knowledgeable on the subject.
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Various
A New Life, Vol. II

Three years on from Jazzman’s first A New Life compilation and the label comes back with the second entry. As with the first LP, A New Life, Volume II combs the archives of British jazz to present a selection of oddities, rarities and lost gems cut between 1968 and 1988. Regional heavyweights like Gerry McClelland and Billy Jenkins get a look in alongside the likes of The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Extensive liner notes provide useful context.

Various (General Ludd, Herva, Nene H, Altered Natives)
DBA039.5

The excellent Don’t Be Afraid return with another EP of weapons-grade club tackle for their .5 series. A roster of General Ludd, Herva, Nene H and Altered Natives serve up techno four ways here. Ludd and Herva’s A-sides are dubby shapeshifters not dissimilar to the soundsystem stylings of labels like Idle Hands and Livity Sound. On the flip, H and Altered Natives forego subtlety altogether - ‘Retto’ and ‘Dancing Girl’ will tear the dancefloor a new one.
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Various (Overlook, Pessimist, Mønic, Grebenstein)
Themes & Variations

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Various / Prins Thomas
Smalltown Supersound 25 (The Movement Of Free Spirit Mixed By Prins Thomas)

Smalltown Supersound is one of the good ones. Over the past quarter-century Joakim Haugland’s label has grown from a teenage bedroom operation into one of the most respected imprints in contemporary electronics. To celebrate their milestone birthday Haugland has enlisted the services of Smalltown veteran Prins Thomas for The Movement Of Free Spirit, a mega-mix of tunes released on STS down the years. The CD boxset contains three mixes and the first one of those has been pressed for the vinyl edition.

Via App
Sixth Stitch

Uneasy, distorted and mangled experimental electronics from Via App. Occasionally dipping into a hard hitting techno form, but never for long enough for anything to settle. Heavily destroyed samples of modular noises, overdriven realworld sounds and god knows what, it plays out like a ghost in a machine, chaotic and constantly toying with you.
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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. 

Virginia Trance
Virginia Trance

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Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE399CLP)
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