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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. 
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Steve Marino
Fluff

Fluff is the debut solo album by Steve Marino. He is, however, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been releasing albums under the Moor Hound moniker for the last decade. Reasons for his name change seem to, oddly perhaps, point to the fact he is now collaborating with producer Ben Lumsdaine.  Fans of Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado and Sun Kil Moon will enjoy this. LP and CD on Darling.

Vale
Burden Of Sight

Burden Of Sight is the debut album by Oakland, California black/death metal troupe, Vale. The band display their dismay at the various imbalances in their hometown through guttural screams, howls, roars and riffs. It is also worth pointing out that the bass player is called Thaddeus Perkins. It was recorded by Greg Wilkinson who has previously worked with High On Fire and Autopsy, among others. On The Flenser.

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.
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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frenship
Vacation

LA pop duo Frenship double-down on the success of singles such as 'Capsize' and prepare to take the world by storm with their debut album, Vacation. The pair have been working together for six years, so they have really honed their craft. Vacation includes guest performances from Bastille and Yoke Lore. On Counter Records.

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).

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.

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.

Hiroshi Matsui
Samba De Howa Howa

All you hunters of rare Japanese house 12”s can breathe out a sigh of relief and joy: Studio Mule are repressing this in-demand early 90’s classic for everyone to enjoy, no Discogs jockeying required. Hiroshi Matsui’s Samba De Howa Howa brings the house to the club over four tracks that certainly deserve their reputation.

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.

Dark Star
Cryonics: 1989 - 1992

Dark Star, aka Wolfgang Reffert and his cabinet of synth-space dreams, gets an excellent and much-deserved retrospective treatment from the Knekelhuis label. Cryonics: 1989 - 1992 makes a deep dive into the Dark Star catalogue and presents the nine finest cuts for us to enjoy. Cold and spacey and technoid and worthy of rediscovery.

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.
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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. 

Joan As Police Woman
Joanthology

I wish I was called Joan….and a had a recording contract so I could call an album Joanthology. I guess it doesn’t matter because Ms. Joan Wasser, AKA Joan As Police Woman has already done it. This is a career-spanning retrospective picking the best moments from her 15 years in the biz. It includes two brand new tracks - one of which is a cover of Prince’s Kiss - along with classics featuring high quality guest artists: Rufus Wainwright, Antony and David Sylvian.

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.

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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The Head and The Heart
Living Mirage

American indie-folksters The Head and The Heart return with their fourth studio album. Recorded in legendary locations connected with the Great American Songbook, including the Joshua Tree National Park and studios in Nashville and L.A., Living Mirage is a series of “vignettes” of ennui and redemption, according to lead singer Jon Russell. 

Kölsch
fabric Presents: Kölsch

Kompakt favourite Kölsch turns in a set of all-new material on his fabric Presents volume. All the tracks here are named after flights he’s taken between shows, and as such there is an intercontinental flavour to the Danish producer’s brand of techno. fabric Presents: Kölsch runs to around an hour of chunky beats and melodious synths - think Âme and Ben Klock.

Institute
Readjusting The Locks

Readjusting The Locks by Institute is the first album by the band since half of them upped sticks and moved from Austin to New York. It doesn’t seem to have held them back. They met up in Brooklyn in late 2018 and recorded an album of crisply produced scuzz rock, with the spirit of ‘77 inhabiting their thoughts and therefore the sounds they produced. On Sacred Bones.

Max Richter
Never Look Away (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Already binged your way through both Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86? Then you might wish to try Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2018 flick Never Look Away, another masterpiece of contemporary cinema that sees Germany coming to terms with its past. It was was nominated for two Academy Awards you know. Max Richter did the score in his classic nicey-nicey cine-strings style, and his Never Look Away OST is what we have for you here.

Julie Coker
A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981

It’s not often that we get in a record by a former Miss Western Nigeria. It’s also not often that we get in a record by a woman who was her country’s first ever female television presenter. But then again, Julie Coker is not your average artist. A friend of Fela Kuti during her heyday, the Nigerian singer and television personality is now honoured with her first compilation courtesy of Kalita Records. A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981 draws from Coker's Tomorrow and Ere Yon (Sweet Songs) albums. This is a superb collection of boogie and highlife to add to the collection. Bonus points for those of you who spotted that ‘Ere Yon’ was recently re-worked by Anderson .Paak on his Oxnard LP.

Josiah Steinbrick
Meeting of Waters

Josiah Steinbrick is an L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist. The good people at Hands In The Dark couldn’t get enough of his Meeting Of Waters album. It had been released in the US on cassette and as a very limited self-released vinyl edition. They were so affected by it, they thought it was worthy of a proper European release too, so here you are. The music is played on various electronic instruments, percussion and natural objects creating intriguing soundscapes. What’s more, it was produced by Cate Le Bon. 

Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
Flight 17

You know when someone's band is called an Arkestra that things are about to get very real. Flight 17 is the first recording of Horace Tapscott's the Pan-Afrikan People's Arkestra. The album is a delightful and life-affirming take on big band jazz. Experimental and effusive, with the sort of energy that might even bring round a 'jazz hater'.

Galaxian
Golden Armageddon

Galaxian (not to be confused with Leeds disco-wranglers Galaxians) comes to Natural Sciences with a message. Golden Armageddon aims to destroy the harmful institutions that are bringing society to its knees. How does Galaxian plan to do this? With three tracks of chaotic gabber adjacent bangers that will force you to payt attention 

Ciel
Why Me?

Ciel returns, this time on Spectral Sound. As much an important figure as a DJ and producer as an activist and empowerer of female and non-binary representation in electronic music, Cindy Li’s latest is an EP of four sputtering techno compositions. The two made in collaboration with Colin “Wiretapping” Sims are a touch heavier, but the overall sound is soft beats with lovely watery synths. ‘Hipwrecked’ even recalls Time Tourist-era B12.

Justin Townes Earle
The Saint Of Lost Causes

Being the son of a respected songwriter and being partly named in honour of another must put pressure on you. Justin Townes Earle seems to be coping okay though (these days). The Saint of Lost Causes is his eighth album. Songs of American communities are plenty: ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. On New West.

Vic Godard
30 Odd Years

Double CD compilation showcasing, as the title says in more ways than one, 30 Odd Years of the resolutely left-field artist Vic Godard. Re-issued after its original release in 2014, it tracks Godard’s output with the criminally underrated British punk act Subway Sect to his fascinating solo career in the late 80s and beyond. 

J-E-T-S
ZOOSPA

Here come the warm J-E-T-S. This is a new team-up between serial club botherers Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar, and on their wackily-named first LP ZOOSPA the pair use their know-how to create thick, metallic-sounding beats. There’s not really one style you can pin down here - rather, J-E-T-S have that kind of mish-mash R ‘n’ B/hip-hop/EDM sound that works so well for Hudson Mohawke. ZOOSPA is bolstered by some great guest appearances from (among others) Dawn Richard and Mykki Blanco.

Nightmares On Wax
Back To Nature - Ricardo Villalobos Remixes

As if having a copy of Shape The Future, the 2018 album by Nightmares On Wax, isn’t enough. Here we have Chilean/German DJ and producer Ricardo Villalobos putting his minimal techno spin on Back To Nature, one of the album’s best cuts. Villalobos was not satisfied with remixing the track once so he did it twice. On Warp.

Sgt. Elyas
Tubular Moanings Of A Galactic Refrigerator

Hey Sgt. Elyas (Pollet), French guitarist and experimental composer. Is your refrigerator moaning? Yes it is, apparently. In a rather tubular fashion. The album is two twenty-minute works comprising many varied, guitar-driven soundscapes. Drone, ambient, dark ambient and experimental designs leave a haunting taste in the mouth.
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Chris Orrick
Out To Sea

Chris Orrick, the Michigan rapper famed for his bleak view of an admittedly bleak world, has returned with his fifth studio album to date, 'Out To Sea'. Lyrically, expect brutal, almost Steinbeckian viewpoints of everyday problems facing America. Sonically, expect stripped-back beats and spacious instrumentation. Stick it to the man!

Dominic Murcott
The Harmonic Canon (feat. Arx Duo)

What an interesting record Dominic Murcott has created here. To realise The Harmonic Canon, Murcott joined forces with the sculptor Marcus Vergette to build a half-tonne double-bell that peels in a variety of sympathetic and unsympathetic tones. The bell’s whirrs, hums and drones are then augmented by a set of other percussion instruments to create a piece of curious power. Performed by arx duo, The Harmonic Canon is a highly innovative work to place alongside the likes of Visible Cloaks and Midori Takada.

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