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Davy Kehoe
The Pilot

Davy Kehoe’s 2017 release Short Passing Game was a dance release made with the heart of Neu! or Suicide - though judging by the amped-up speed this was a heart undergoing rapid palpitations. The speed on The Pilot is not quite as physically alarming, but the synergy of styles is just as potent, resembling a stretched out band jam as much as any electronic release.

Funky Doodle
Live From Yellowknife

Funky Doodle went to town sat upon a pony, the did a show on New Year's Day and called in macaroni. Live From Yellowknife is the one and only performance of Funk Doodle, a collaboration between DJ Richard, James K and Draveng. Together they brought in the new year the only way they knew how, with brooding and unsettling electronic drones.

David Toop / Jan Hendrickse / Cath Roberts / CUEE
Boundaries

A split here, containing a fresh and exciting collaboration on each side. On side A, experimental music’s elder statesman David Toop pairs with Jan Hendrikse in order to actualise a text score by Chieko Shiomi, very quietly. On side B, Cath Roberts, the sax leader of Sloth Racket, leads the large City University Experimental Ensemble in a performance of new work of hers. Out on multi.modal.

Katsunori Sawa
Premium Gardens

Fair play to Katsunori Sawa. Not often you see artwork that reminds you of primary school powerpoint presentations. Fair play musically too because Premier Gardens hits HARD. Sawa mixes industrial techno with some more dub inspired moments to create something Kevin Martin (the Bug to you and me) would play in a DJ set. 

Splintered
Moraine

Originally released in 1997, this reissue refreshes the Splinter classic. Boasting a vast palette of influences, 'Moraine' takes us through fuzzed out rock dirges, howling and stuttering noise and free jazz splashes thrown over the top. The atmosphere bleeds in here and there, creating an exciting and dynamic journey overall.
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Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.
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Andrew Liles
Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry)

The ever busy, ever mystic Andrew Liles (of Nurse With Wound and Current 93) is dabbling into Matmos territory with the latest installment of his Monster series, which has a medical theme. Monstrous Medical Mishaps (Horrendous Hospitals and Disastrous Dentistry) uses manipulated samples of medical equipment for rhythm tracks, then laying all sorts of sounds on top. Edition of 300 LPs on Blackest Rainbow.
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Charlotte de Witte
Brussels EP

Charlotte de Witte squeezes in another EP just before the end of the year - that’s a tally of four for 2017 alone. Brussels EP offers up three techno productions built around hard beats, various vocal deliveries (semi-spoken on the title track, pitched-down into monster grunts on ‘Control’) and sparse synth.
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Zed
Plastic Love

Matmos may be poised to release their new album Plastic Anniversary, but it seems Italian reissue label Erezioni has a polymeric celebration of its own just here. Think twice about shelling out a three-figure sum on Discogs: this 1983 Italo jewel is back in affordable circulation. Lush, inventive and unmissable for Italo-disco connoisseurs.
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Linkwood
System

Scotsman Linkwood’s 2009 debut album System is a funky affair. The album is a bit all over the place, boasting film noir-ish interludes and downtempo ballads in between album's the full-on funk mainstay. Simmering with head-bobber basslines, retro synthesizers, and sexy vocals, this vinyl reissue is smoother than the butter you left on the stove.
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Kleenex Girl Wonder
White Lacuna

Given that Kleenex Girl Wonder are gearing up to mark 25 years in the game, you could forgive KGW main man Graham Smith if he wanted to take his foot off the gas a little. However, if anything the band are upping their work-rate these days. White Lacuna is the group’s second LP of 2018, and judging by the energy on display here they might be good for another one before 12 more months are up. This is an LP of typically zany indie jangles - imagine Eels with more pep.
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Benny Sings
City Pop

Benny Sings returns with a sixth album, this time on the prestigious Stones Throw label. The smooth and lovely sound of Benny Sings is all present and correct here, from the calm vocals to the happy pop and soulful funk instrumentation. City Pop will make your apartment feel like a very cool place to be.

Tyga
Taste

Tyga - a man, it should be noted, who is not exactly renowned for his good taste - dropped a single called ‘Taste’ back in 2018. A track that featured Offset and saw Tyga rhyme the word ‘claim’ with itself three times in almost as many seconds, it turned out to be his biggest hit since the (in)famous ‘Rack City’ seven years earlier. Now 'Taste' is given the ultimate accolade of a massive hit single - the commemorative picture disc edition. Looks nice eh.

Clouds
Running It

Maxiboy is a new label set up by Liam Robertson and Calum Macleod, AKA Scottish DJ duo, Clouds. The label exists to provide a platform for the pair to release experimental but club-focussed techno. Running It, a four track 12”, will be the first release. Clouds have previously released music via Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe label.
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Lukid
Drip

London based producer Lukid has been pretty quiet the last few years. Having had EPs and LP out through Ninja Tune, and Actress’s Werk Discs he returns with an EP on Arcola bringing back his melted deconstructed rhythms and warped otherworldly synthetics that would please fans of Rezzett, OPN and the likes.

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 1

Primal Scream. They’re a band. Sometimes, most of Screamadelica aside they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. Here we have Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 1, a collection of singles with seventeen tracks that go all the way back to 1986’s Velocity Girl up to 1998’s Kill All Hippies. Double 180g vinyl LP on Columbia.
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Silence
Silent Meditation

Father and son duo Eric and Ben Antonow launched this project on Kickstarter, ultimately hitting their funding goal nine times over. Some will scoff, though a record filled only with silence has its uses and meanings. As the title suggests, the release has been arranged mainly with meditation in mind. Plays just as well at 45 as at 33⅓.

Triple Negative
Precious Waste in our Wake

Collectively hailing from New Zealand, Germany and Romania but forming in London, Precious Waste In Our Wake is the debut full-length effort from Triple Negative. Nominally occupying the much-respected ‘rock’ category, this trio make music far too chaotic, complex and humorous to really fit comfortably anywhere. 

Diplo
Europa

A limited edition splatter-vinyl version of the latest 12” EP from veteran Grammy-winning pop producer Diplo, whose talents extend into hip-hop and club music as well as shiny chart hits. This 16-minute collection, featuring rising British rapper Octavian among others, was originally released back in February this year. Fresh of his recent cameo in Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
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SFV Acid
Fire Zone

Every summer Los Angeles is subject to destructive forest fires that force people to flee from their homes. For the city's residents, this is something that must weigh on them, as it does on SFV Acid. His latest album Fire Zone (released by Ekster) contains drum 'n' bass and acid tracks that offer hope and resilience in the face of such tragedy.

Dan Lyons
Special People

Former Fat White Family member and co-founder Dan Lyons continues his solo career with his first EP Special People, a five-track collection containing last year’s single ‘Gargoyle’ and the blistering title track that righteously skewers the shallowness of celebrity culture in 2019. 

Trust Obey
Fear & Bullets (The Crow Comic Accompaniment in conjunction with James O' Barr)

Back in 1994 John Bergin (Trust Obey) hooked up James O’Barr. For those who don’t know, O’Barr is author of acclaimed comic book series The Crow, and his collaboration with Bergin spawned a musical companion piece to the book entitled Fear & Bullets. This 25th anniversary edition of Fear & Bullets features tracks from both the 1994 and 1998 versions of the LP as well as some previously-unreleased demos. O’Barr completists will be tempted by the poster that depicts O’Barr’s first-ever drawing of Crow. Musically it’s very of-the-time - Nine Inch Nails were clearly a huge influence on Bergin back then.
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Arlo Day
Bad Timing

Then I look at you, and the world's alright with me. Just one look at you, and I know it's gonna be *deep breath* an Arlo Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaay (Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day…) Day’s debut (more like DAY-but, eh ladies and gentlemen?) EP contains none of the positive vibes of the old William Withers’ tune. Bad Timing is, in fact, a set of regret-filled bedroom indie in the vein of King Krule and Angel Olsen. Sorry for misleading you. It’s good, though!
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My Girlfriend
Apron EP

My Girlfriend - try saying it like Borat says ‘my wife!’ - are a precocious house duo from Brazil. One of them, Ben Sallum, started work on the Apron EP when he was just 15 years old. This six-track set compiles some of the jams Sallum and his partner Pedro Zopelar have laid down in the past three years. Luxurious, velvety deep house that’s not dissimilar to the output of Apron boss Steven Julien (aka Funkineven). My Girlfriend!
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HXE
INDS

HXE continue 'club' music's trance revival. INDS is a four track EP on UIQ featuring what the press release enticingly calls "Industrial dancehall smackdown". To my ears they take the unrepentant melancholic intensity of industrial music and puts some euphoric trance shine on it. Extremely crying in the club.
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SPIME.IM
Exaland

Following will.i.am in having a name that is also a website address, SPIME.IM release Exaland. More than anyone else the band bring to mind the multimedia collective japes of Amnesia Scanner, even playing in the same musical ball pit as the Berlin duo. They also have a handle on vocal manipulation that recalls Holly Herndon.

Violent Femmes
Hallowed Ground

Following up a classic like the Violent Femmes debut was always going to be a big ask. However, Gordon Gano had saved some classics for Hallowed Ground, such as Country Death Song, which he wrote in 10th Grade. Gano did use Hollowed Ground to display some of his Christian beliefs, lyrically taking the band in a different direction.

The Drums
Brutalism

Now where have we heard that title before? What they lack in originality though they make up in....um.....um....ah I know... explanations for band member departures. This is their second album since founding member Jacob Graham left to 'concentrate on his puppetry' and sees Jonny Pierce draft in a drummer for the first time. The press release bleats that this is their best collection of songs yet.   

Leon Vynehall
Midnight On Rainbow Road

Leon Vynehall presents his much-loved track Midnight On Rainbow Road, originally heard as part of Gerd Janson’s Music For Autobahns 2. For this stand-alone release, the ‘ambient race car music’ is presented in both its original free-drifting mix and as a ‘beat edit’ to keep the dancers happy. 12” on Rush Hour.

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Pete Doherty is still out here doing his thing, with another new band behind him, The Puta Madres. This self-titled pseudo-debut features all your favourite Doherty stylings, with love and loss and darkness all expressed through Pete’s cheeky-chappy doomed-romantic persona. Available via Strap Originals, in a whole bevy of formats.

Sinkane
Dépaysé

Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

Hardijs Lediņš
Tiny Crabs Of Deep Waters

Hardijs Lediņš, co-founding member of excellent and rather unsung Latvian experimenters NSRD, first released Tiny Crabs of Deep Waters in 1999. Despite its turn-of-the-century release, it sounds as if it may have been in gestation since NSRD’s 1980s heyday. Lots of charming, folk-tinged pads, tape and sample experiments, vintage synth effects and the like. That’s a great title, as well.

The Gotobeds
Debt Begins at 30

There are many reasons to like Pennsylvania band The Gotobeds. Chief among them are the noisy racket they make, another is that Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich loves ‘em. Their new album, Debt Begins At 30, which is their third, has guest appearances all over the place, most notably from members of Protomartyr and Silkworm.

Fith
Swamp

Sprawling Europe wide psych project Fith return with their first release since their debut album, Swamp. A joyous explosion of free jazz, poetry, psych rock, electronics, and more. Their attitude is decidedly collective, which is probably why they sound like their having so much fun, even when the music itself takes a darker turn. On Outer Reaches.

Jeff Resnick
SAC

Jeff Resnick’s unusual -- and rare -- 1978 record 'SAC' was a recording made to promote the School for American Craftsmen, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Soulful, modal jazz fusion is the order of the day here; organic and packed with funky grooves with oddball / avant synths adding another layer of texture. Complete with trumpet and piano, this set swings! Sometimes tropically. Reissue LP on Outernational Sounds, for their second ever release. Groovy.

The Wee DJs
3 Waves

After releasing records from Binary Digit, Binaural and Transonic Flow, Dream Ticket’s fourth edition comes courtesy of The Wee DJs. The Edinburgh artist - known as Dave Paton to his mates - serves up a quartet of mid-set hoofers on 3 Waves. Blending influences from electro, Miami bass and acid house, the cuts here wouldn’t sound out of place if dropped in a Jerome Hill mix.

Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision

Two self-released (2017, 2018) albums by LA composer-synthesist and songwriter Emily A. Sprague come together as one in a neat RVNG Intl. re-release. Aptly titled, the pieces on Water Memory comprise gently lapping phrases on piano and synth, while Mount Vision harnesses loops and drones for markedly more bucolic soundscapery.

Wintersleep
In The Land Of

In The Land Of is the eighth album by highly-rated Canadian indie band, Wintersleep. It was produced by Tony Doogan who has worked with Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. This, sound-wise, probably lands somewhere between the sound of the two bands as they embrace the quiet/loud dynamic. On Dine Alone.

Blue House
Gobstopper

Blue House feature James Howard as the guy the guy that writes most of the songs with contributions from Ursula Russell, Dimitrios Ntontris and producer Capitol K. Gobstopper is filled with a kind of expansive, experimental indie pop that takes bits and pieces from a wide range of influences and genres. Limited edition LP on Faith & Industry.

Lee Moses
How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972

Lee Moses is an enigmatic Southern Soul kind of guy, noted for his rare but fantastic 1971 album Time and Place. But what if you wanted to go deeper than that album? Well then you’d need How Much Longer Must I Wait?, which compiles (mostly earlier) non-album material that is either vanishingly rare or actually never before released. Very soulful stuff, beautifully restored and presented.

Ezra Collective
You Can't Steal My Joy

I see saxophones, I see dreadlocks... I hear jazz. This is the debut album from this London five piece who also blend afrobeat, hip-hop and grime into their concoction of sound. They've been doing pretty well for themselves (even playing at Quincy Jones birthday) and there's always room for one jazz album in the Mercury Prize. This will probably have a good a shout as any.  

James Brown
Slaughters Big Rip-Off (Original Soundtrack)

The amount of huge artists from the funk/soul continuum who’ve soundtracked blaxploitation movies is just crazy. Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye are just three of the all-time greats that produced scores for films of the genre during its early-’70s heyday. Even the Godfather himself Mr. James Brown got in on the act, teaming up with on-off compositional partner Fred Wesley to produce a typically high-wire set of tunes for 1973 flick Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Out of print for a minute, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (OST) has now been reissued by Polydor.

Strand Of Oaks
Eraserland

Strand Of Oaks head-honcho Timothy Showalter keeps on keeping on with new LP Eraserland. As with 2017’s Hard Love the hairy heartthrob sticks to his modern-day Springsteen schtick on his latest record. Cuts like ‘Weird Ways’ have a beefy, grunge-inflected low-end to them. Eraserland is out via Dead Oceans.

Gidge
Autumn Bells

Gorgeous electronics from Swedish duo Gidge. ‘Autumn Bells’ is a reissue of their 2014 record, an album of ambient beauty, subdued beats, and neo-classical composition, blending these styles seamlessly with contemporary chopped up vocal samples. It’s quite the place to get lost in, never a dour moment throughout this double LP, which comes to us via Atomnation.

Doctor Umezu Diva
Diva

Doctor Umezu Diva is a three way collaboration between sax player Kazutoki Umezu, the legendary Midori Takada and Ichiko Hashimoto on keys. The result is Diva, a jazz album like no other. The whole album has an incredibly loss feel, like the trio are jamming at a party, but without any drop of unearned self-indulgence. Reissue on Studio Mule.

Exile One
Exile One

In 1970 Gordon Henderson moved to Guadeloupe to pursue a career in music. By 1973 he'd started his own back, Exile One. This reissue on Tidal Wave Music, of their 1974 debut, shows off the band's ability to mix together funk, soul, reggae, calypso and Haitian music. The result is fun as hell and demands that you get up and dance.

Minor Poet
The Good News

Remember the days when seeing the Sub Pop label on a record meant that you were buying some sort of lo-to-mid-fi rock produced by Jack Endino or Steve Fisk? Those days are long gone. Sub Pop’s roster has expanded in all directions so you don’t know what you’ll get. With Minor Poet they have a bedroom artist, Andrew Carter, who makes music that seemingly mixes Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, ‘70s pop and Animal Collective. The Good News is his new EP and follows on from 2017’s And How! LP.

POW!
Shift

POW! release their fourth LP via Castle Face (Thee Oh Sees, Damaged Bug and all those other John Dwyer-type ventures). Shift is, you know, garage rock and that. Guitars are loud, tubs are thumped, vocals are shouted, that sort of thing. Shift's tunes are short and sharp and everyone seems to be going about things with a sense of fun. Job’s a good’un.

Stuart A. Staples
Music for Claire Denis' High Life

Tindersticks have worked with film director Clair Denis several times before but now it's time for gravel voiced frontman Stuart A Staples to do the honours. Here he soundtracks Denis first English language film High Life set for release this year. Though Staples goes alone there is a further treat for Tindersticks fans as the track Willow which closes the film is included here and credited as a full band effort.  
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Joe Budden
Rage & The Machine

Re-issue of the eighth and final solo album by former Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden, originally released in late 2016. Rage & The Machine may have grabbed headlines at the time for Budden’s feuds with other hip-hop stars such as Drake and Meek Mill, but its focussed and political lyrics make the music within interesting and worthy. 

Gary Gritness
The Legend of Cherenkov Blue

Gary Gritness presents The Legend of Cherenkov Blue, a concept album. The story it tells is a futuristic Noir, featuring murderers, spies and lovers To tell the story Gritness has produced an incisive and visceral electro-funk that has the fluidity of something on Brainfeeder. It's actually on Hypercolour.

Gary Davis
A Taste Of Chocolate (The Very Best Of)

Working since the 1980s Gary Davis' career has covered everything from disco to hip hop to house. A Taste Of Chocolate compiles some of his best work, as chosen by the man himself. Of the lot, probably best known is the sensual banger 'Gotta Get Your Love', whose whispered lyrics will send a shiver down the collective spine of any dancefloor. 

Tor Lundvall
A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999

Ambient musician Tor Lundvall is prolific as anyone. If you need proof consider A Strangeness in Motion, a collection of some of the more poppy tracks in his early work recorded between 1989 and 1999. These tracks bring to mind the likes of New Order and The Human League without ever losing the deftness of texture Lundvall is known for.

Hieroglyphic Being
A Synthetic Love Life Vol 1

Hieroglyphic Being aka Jamal Moss has one of the most distinctive style of anyone working in electronic music today. On A Synthetic Love Life Vol 1 (the first of nine) is Moss at his best. Acid techno that's detailed and frenetic in a way that only one Aphex Twin can match. Moss is also a master of polyrhythms, on these four tracks they spiral out like fractals. 

Jack Waterson
Adrian Younge presents Jack Waterson

Is there anything Adrian Younge won't present? I'm yet to find something, but do let me know if you have any luck. On Jack Waterson Younge and Waterson marry their expertise in hip hop and psychedelia to make a record that is worthy of a press release that mentions acid. Think Tame Impala with breakbeats. On Linear Labs.

Potter & Tillman
N.Y. To L.A.: Coasting

High Jazz Records reissue a 1980 private-press LP from (Andrew Scott) Potter & (David Eric) Tillman. The pair were both touring hard around this time - Potter with Minnie Ripperton, Tillman with (among others) The Temptations - but they still found the time to turn in the sparky fusion-funk record N.Y. To L.A.: Coasting. This is one for the Herbie Hancock fans out there.

The Misz
The Lonely Crowd

The Lonely Crowd features songs by synth-songer The Misz taken from different cassette releases they've appeared on. There's a immaturity to these recordings,  but not in a bad way. The Misz were still figuring out what exactly they wanted to do leading to some delightful improvisation. Sleek yet bold, this is very cool music.

Conforce
Haedron EP

Conforce, AKA Dutch DJ, producer and photographer Boris Bunnik. He looks more like an arty singer/songwriter type than a techno head - perhaps that’s the photographer part of him. Anyway, here we have his new record, Haedron EP. Over the four tracks you get his usual brand of techno with the shimmering hi-hats. This is tempered by the dub techno that recalls Basic Channel and Planet E. 12” on Delsin.

The Exaltics
II Worlds

II Worlds sees The Exaltics (Robert Witschakowski) back on Clone West Coast Series for the first time in half a decade. Witschakowski marks this occasion with a set of deliciously dark astral electro. These tracks are sort of like the sonic equivalent of when things start to go south in Alien. No cats though.

Space Cats
Something New

I won't lie, I was a bit disappointed to find this artwork did not feature actual cats. Instead there's the equally exciting five-person South African disco crew Space Cats. On Something New, first released in 1981, the Cats create absolutely unrelenting disco songs that are catchy and heartfelt. Reissue on Cultures Of Soul.

Laneous
Monstera Deliciosa

Australian vocal jazz with an inevitably Giles Peterson co-sign from Brisbane's Laneous. The project belongs to Lachlan Mitchell who has been showing off his soulful falsetto for years. On Monstera Deliciosa he gets together with a number of incredibly talented musicians, including a couple from Hiatus Kaoiyote for an album as smooth as silk. On Soul Has No Tempo.

Young Scientist
Results, Not Answers

Young Scientist are one of the foremost bands from the first wave of Seattle’s alternative set. Back in the ‘70s before grunge was king, synths were the instrument de jour. Young Scientist took their inspiration from German electronic acts such Cluster, Harmonia and Tangerine Dream. Their album of hypnotic soundscapes, Results, Not Answers was originally released on cassette in 1979. Reissue on Bureau B.

Petrol Girls
Cut & Stitch

UK/Austrian half male/half female feminist punk band Petrol Girls follow up 2016’s Talk Of Violence with Cut & Stitch. As the title suggests, this album is a more experimental work, stitching together a variety of ideas and sounds. If you want a visceral blast of punk energy, look no further. On Hassle.

The Janitors
15 Years of Fuzz and Folköl

Is there a rule that fuzz related musics needed to draw attention to it? Cardinal Fuzz are releasing 15 Years of Fuzz and Folköl by fuzz rockers The Janitors. These Swedes have stretched fuzz as far as it will go, so it's fascinating to here how the band has changed over the decade and a half it's existed. That they got through several bands worth of band members too probably helps.

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 2

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 2 is the second part, believe it or not, of a career spanning singles compilation by Primal Scream. This installment covers the period from 2000 to 2016 and features tracks such as Country Girl and Accelerator, along with collaborations with Kate Moss and Sky Ferreira. Double 180g LP on Columbia.

Paco Sala
Our Love Is The Gold

Third studio album from dreamy synth-pop duo Paco Sala. Our Love Is The Gold the pair are not afraid to assert themselves and play to their strengths. As on past album the synth sounds are to die for and the vocal performance is heartbreaking and intense. Above all else they are not afraid to be themselves, relishing in their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. 

Brick Reds, Black Mauves
Brick Reds, Black Mauves

I just luuurve that hollyhock. A shade of mauve so dark that it's almost black. It's the perfect cover art for something called Brick Reds, Black Mauves - a project which is, of course, Alex Ander one half of Scottish duo Dalhous (Blackest Ever Black). Here he makes a four-track EP of exuberant electronica and cinematic ambient with nods to both Demdike Stare and Boards of Canada.  

Kode9
Diggin In The Carts Remixes

Kode9, a.k.a. British electronic musician and Hyperdub label founder Steve Goodman, presents a brilliant offshoot of the imprint’s 2017 compilation Diggin In The Carts, which curated some of the groundbreaking Japanese video game music of the Eighties and Nineties. This four-track remix EP sees Kode9 stamp his own style onto these memorable 8-bit and 16-bit tunes.

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Once - Music from the Motion Picture

Back in 2006, the Frames leader Glen Hansard starred as a grizzled street musician who stalked and preyed on a young Czech woman. Rather than calling the police, she fell for him and the remainder was a heartfelt Irish romantic musical drama. Now you can get all the music from the film which will leave you teary-eyed as proof that obsessive behaviour can sometimes pay dividends. 

Kap Bambino
Dust, Fierce, Forever

Imagine having to deal with Dust, Fierce, Forever. Would be dreadful, wouldn’t it. Mind you, Kap Bambino don’t seem to mind. Indeed, the French duo seem to be rather enjoying themselves here - in a sort of post-apocalyptic chiptune rave way, that is. Alice Glass is the obvious comparison. Dust, Fierce, Forever is Kap Bambino’s third LP for Because Music.

Freddie Gibbs
Shadow Of A Doubt

A much-needed re-issue of the second studio album by American rapper Freddie Gibbs, himself teaming up once again with producer Madlib for a collaboration in 2019. Shadow Of A Doubt was originally released back in 2015, and won much critical praise for Gibbs’s versatility and stylistic diversity. Vinyl edition includes five extra tracks compared to the CD version. 

Studio Mule
BGM

‘But I thought Studio Mule was just a label?’ we hear you cry. You’re right, but now the Japanese imprint has added an in-house band to its arsenal. On BGM label head Toshiya Kawasaki has assembled a crackpot team to help him reinterpret tracks from artists like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Burt Bacharach (though the version of Bacharach’s ‘The April Fools’ here draws more on the Yukihiro Takahashi cover) in a dreamy Balearic/City Pop style. Dip In The Pool’s Miyako Koda provides vocals on two songs.

People Plus
Third Space

Mood Hut is a delightful little label that, along with the likes Planet Euphorique, is lighting the way for Canadian deep house. Mind you, the new EP from People Plus only features one tune that fits that genre description (the excellent ‘Ascension’). The rest of Third Space is comprised of downtempo funk, trip-hop beats and psychedelic electronica. This left-turn works well for Mood Hut - Third Space expands the imprint's sonic palette while still maintaining the warm glow of their other releases.

Basic Rhythm
On The Threshold

Anthoney Hart (East Man, Imaginary Forces) returns to the prestigious Planet Mu label under his Basic Rhythm alias after a short absence, with On The Threshold. A collection that promises to be a treat for DJs, it sprawls from drum’n’bass to jungle and hardcore on a thread of thoughtfulness and experimentalism. 

D.K.
Riding For A Fall

Riding For A Fall is the second D.K. release on Antinote in quick succession. This EP picks up where March’s Mystic Warrior left off. ‘Voices’ and ‘Shoubuari (Battle)’ are both high-energy deep house tracks that incorporate Balearic pads and arpeggio-melodies. The effect is of a Music From Memory drop played slightly too fast. Riding For A Fall rounds out with its title track, a slow and dubby delight that now sounds like a Music From Memory drop played slightly too slow.

Tracey
Biostar

Vowelophobe Tracey releases his debut album Biostar on Dial (also of Lawrence, Roman Flugel and Efdemin). On it the Netherlands-based producer explores the aesthetics of acid, without committing to its over bearing heaviness. The result is fascinating, acid bass that seems to float in the air, completely untethered.

Golden Ashes
Gold Are The Ashes Of The Restorer

Gnaw Their Tongues / SEIROM creative engine Mories returns under yet another new guise as Golden Ashes, promising further lengthy explorations in drone rock and post-metal labelled with unwieldy song titles. Gold Are the Ashes of the Restorer is the project’s debut release, presented on CD and transparent yellow vinyl. 

Astrid
A Porthole (I)

The first installment of a double album release scheduled for 2019, Astrid’s newest effort A Porthole (I) is conceptually built around the idea of a cabin on a sea voyage. Each of the four tracks is named after a different kind of seaweed, and the French modern-classical quartet drive each musical exploration with typical virtuoso showmanship. 

Olivia Neutron-John
Olivia Neutron-John

Olivia Neutron-John - and what a name that is - finally drops a new LP. Coming a full five years after the lo-fi extravaganzas of INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY, this eponymous record is another set of voyages in electronic post-punk and minimal synth. There’s a bit of a psychedelic flavour to tracks like ‘March’ too. Olivia Neutron-John is out via Sister Polygon (Priests, Downtown Boys).

All Your Sisters
Trust Ruins

Jordan Morrison has been through it. Over the past few years he’s experienced deaths of both family and friends, got engaged and had his brain fried from working as a paramedic. That’s a lot to process, and he does that through the monolithic industrial post-punk of his All Your Sisters project. Trust Ruins, the third All Your Sisters LP, is a white-knuckle ride through Gothic EBM and synth-punk that’s made all the more overwhelming for Morrison’s pained, caustic vocals. Think The Soft Moon and Nitzer Ebb.

Nobody
All Too Familiar

Nobody here turns away from the world of samples and creates an album with live instruments. Delightfully, All Too Familiar’s guitar-bass-drums-and keys set-up still produces some really head-knodding tracks, with the sonic breadth and fizzing play of ideas that you’d expect from Nobody’s past works. Cool stuff on Ubiquity Recordings.

Soft Issues
Soft Issues

Soft Issues, Leeds’ finest new power electronics outfit, release their debut full-length via Opal Tapes (Karen Gwyer, Wanda Group). A duo who also turn out for (among others) Cattle and The Shits, together they make a screeching racket of electronic drums, synths and machine malfunctions. This is all topped off by vocals that range from a snarl to a scream. We hear they love Afrobeat, though there's no evidence of that across these eleven tracks. 50p extra garlic.

Eric Copeland
Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (Remixes)

Eric Copeland’s excellent first Trogg Modal LP gets served four ways on this remix set. With its set of lo-fi freak beats, Copeland’s album provides rich pickings for the quartet of Parris, RAMZi, Lokler and Gerry Read to feast upon. As such we get everything from EBM to Balearic house to anti-techno (Lokier, RAMZi and Parris in that order) across Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (Remixes).

Dreadnought
Emergence

Colorado metal group Dreadnought serve up their fourth LP (first for Profound Lore). Emergence is another set of ambitious songs from the Denver group. Cuts like ‘Besieged’ are a bit doomy, a bit proggy, a bit black metal-y. An album like Emergence makes sense on a label that has also released records by Wayfarer and Bell Witch.

Carl Craig
Detroit Love Vol. 2

After kicking off his Detroit Love series with a mix from Stacey Pullen, head-honcho Carl Craig is the one who steps up to bat this time around. Detroit Love Vol. 2 goes two ways depending on what format you pick. The CD is a mix that features some of Craig’s favourite tunes both old and new - rare gems from the likes of Ectomorph sit alongside cuts by Octave One, Mr. G and Craig himself. Eight of the choicest morsels make it to vinyl in their full, unmixed form - this includes exclusives from Claude Von Stroke and C2/DJ Minx as well as first-time-in-ages vinyl outings for Ectomorph and Rhythim Is Rhythim.

Yawners
Just Calm Down

Here haveth we the debut LP from Madrid-based Yawners - originally the solo project of one Elena Nieto that has expanded to include Martín Muñoz on drums. Just Calm Down is a 2019 album with a 1999 sensibility. The tracks here straddle the grungey alt-rock sound of groups like Breeders and Weezer with a little of Millencolin’s big-hearted pop-punk. Yawners are one to file next to yer Snail Mails and yer Courtney Barnetts.

ALASKALASKA
The Dots

Marathon Artists (Pond, Courtney Barnett) front the debut LP from ALASKALASKA here. The Dots is a peppy first salvo from the group, a record of perky leftfield electro-pop numbers that nods to Fever Ray, Fujiya & Miyagi and fellow south Londoners Hot Chip. Best to get a copy of The Dots and learn the words so you can be in the know come festival season.

Patio
Essentials

Nearly three years after mini-album Luxury, the long-awaited debut album from Brooklyn-based punks Patio is finally here. Taking cues from British post-punk acts and modern-day acts such as Bodega and Shopping, the ten tracks and 26 minutes that make up Essentials aim at the nitty-gritty of life in 2019. 

BCUC
Emakhosini

Released early in 2018 and named The Guardian’s world music album of the year, BCUC’s sophomore record Emakhosini gets a re-issue on CD and vinyl. Recorded in Lyon at the height of summer 2017 in a series of one-take sessions, it’s an intoxicating mix of funk, jazz, hip-hop and punk attitude. On Buda Musique.

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 2

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow. Vol. 2 includes Riedelow’s free jazz freakout on ‘Rip Tide’ and the spaghetti-western flavours of 'Cinecitta'.

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 3

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow, which defined the group’s sound. Complete with fresh packaging from El Paraiso, Vol. 3 includes the swirling heat-haze of ‘Venice By the Sea’.

Beauty Sleep
Be Kind

Beauty Sleep are a trio from Belfast who play ‘80s influenced synth pop, or dream pop as it tends to be called these days. They love what they do and it shines through in their positive pop. Be Kind is their debut album and follows on from a couple of successful singles, 'Until We See The Sun' and 'All In'. On Quiet Arch.

Sontag Shogun
It Billows Up

It Billows Up (it really does, you know) is the third LP from Brooklyn experimentalists Sontag Shogun. The trio's style brings together elements of free jazz, post-rock, drone, ambient and contemporary classical composition to create delicate and intricate soundscapes. On It Billows Up they come through with some of their most nuanced and tender compositions yet - it’s a record in the company artists like Dead Light and Snow Palms. Out via Youngbloods (Suplington, Annabel (lee)).

Ras_G
Down 2 Earth Vol. 3

Having dipped his toe in the world of house on recent EP Dance Of The Cosmos, the inimitable Ras G gets back to business with the newest of his Down 2 Earth collections. Down 2 Earth Vol. 3 is a baker’s dozen of Afrofuturist MPC tunes that come through like what J Dilla might be getting up to nowadays had he lived. Duckwrth shows up with some bars on Vol. 3 highlight ‘Back And Forth’.

Cygnus
Deep Analysis

Texan electran Cygnus returns to Central Processing Unit for the first time in a while. You know what you’re gonna get when you see these two pair up. Deep Analysis is another set of sea-sick club jams that sound like someone spilling orangeade all over Drexciya’s equipment. A couple of the Deep Analysis jams even come replete with some vocoder-laden vocals.

Lauren Flax
One Man's House Is Another Woman's Techno

Lauren Flax lays out the tracks she has been working on for the past year, and wow what a treat. With a title as good as One Man’s House Is Another Woman’s Techno, this 12” is already ahead of the pack before being put on the turntable, but when you do it just gets better. Strong Detroit vibes tempered with lots of lashings of acid, this one is bound to go down well with any fan of The Bunker New York.

Territroy
Skulls & Plants

Greek artists Panagiotis Melidis (Larry Gus) and Stathis Kalatzis (Mr. Statik) have recently joined forces as Territroy (yes, it's meant to be spelled like that). Their debut LP Skulls & Plants has emerged through Dekmantel’s UFO offshoot, the more out-there arm of the label that has also fronted work by Randomer and Anthony Parasole. This is a set of highly idiosyncratic electronic compositions that synthesise techno, leftfield hip-hop, loops, drone and a bunch of other strange styles. The resulting blend makes Skulls & Plants come across like a mix of Muslimgauze, RAMZi and The Future Sound Of London.

Ola Fløttum
Thelma

Death Waltz do what they do best and drop another film OST. This one consists of the tense, eerie orchestral pieces Ola Fløttum cooked up for 2017 flick Thelma. While things rarely rise above a medium-volume hum, the quietness of this score allows Fløttum to ratchet up tension in subtle yet potent ways. Anyone who’s a fan of the music from Let The Right One In or 2001: A Space Odyssey should check Thelma.

Bleu Nuit
Le Jardin Des Memoires

Requiem Pour Un Twister is a lovely little Parisian imprint that specialises in post-punk, Krautrock, psych-rock and various other DIY guitar persuasions. Their latest release is Le Jardin Des Memoires, an LP from Bleu Nuit that synthesises all of the best bits of Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Real Estate and Ty Segall. Le Jardin Des Memoires is one for the coming summer.

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