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Yesterday's insane heat here in the UK must've loosened up the old purse strings. Grab yourself some hefty discounts off a load of recent goodies. Ends Monday 29th July at 10am, so no hanging about. 
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J. McFarlane's Reality Guest
Ta Da

J. McFarlane breaks temporarily from Twerps to pursue a solo project. A minimalist construction of keyboards, feather-touch guitars, wind instrumentation and songwriting that can only be summed up by the irritating word 'quirky', Ta Da was originally issued in her native Australia via Hobbies Galore, but now gets a worldwide release on Night School. 

J. Robbins
Un-Becoming

J. Robbins had his fingers in a lot of pies in the ‘90s. The most notable pie was Washington DC band, Jawbox. He also worked as a producer and engineer in his own Baltimore studio with bands such as Clutch, The Dismemberment Plan and The Promise Ring. He has been working as a solo artist since 2010. His latest album, on Dischord, is Un-Becoming.

Jack Pattern / FRAK
Jack Frak Split

Here’s a split 10” that will blow away any cobwebs. Jack Pattern and FRAK have offered up a side each of techno with Jack Frak Split. It will smack you round the chops like Captain Caveman’s Club, or Thor’s Hammer, depending on your frame of reference. Whatever, it's in your face stuff. Limited edition of 300 on Cosmic Pint Glass.
  • Vinyl 10" (CPG010)
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  • Limited edition

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.

Jackie Cohen
Zagg

Currently on tour in the States with Weyes Blood and with this debut album already available digitally, Zagg arrives on vinyl and CD. Produced with her husband Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), it sees L.A.-based songwriter Jackie Cohen follow up her duology of acclaimed Tacoma Night Terror EPs with more of her compelling inner monologues. 

Jacky Giordano
Pop In Devil's Train

New from the makers of the Le Tres Jazz Club label is a new label, Le Tres Groove Club, which of course has a groove focus. Reissue number one is Jacky Giordano’s library music gem Pop In Devil’s Train, a set of vivid, sleek, wonderful funky tunes. As with the best library music, it simultaneously puts you in mind of some wild kitsch vintage TV show and makes you want to dance like hell.

James Blake
Assume Form

Have you heard? Music is a secret. Release announced on the week the CD comes out with the vinyl coming 'some time in the future', you have to remember that this is a James Blake record not some kind of secret government experiment. Anyway the crybaby songster (we say that simply because it pisses him off so much) has a new record out which you can listen to and buy (maybe).    

Jamestown Revival
San Isabel

Austin-based American roots duo Jamestown Revival have released two albums, Utah in 2014 and The Education of a Wandering Man in 2016. Their fanbase has grown through appearances at high profile festivals. If you can imagine a cross between The Jayhawks and Gillian Welch then this is probably for you. San Isabel is their latest album and includes a version of the The Mamas & The Papas classic, California Dreamin’.

Jan St. Werner
Glottal Wolpertinger

The inimitable Jan St. Werner - Mouse on Mars member, MIT lecturer, sonic dreamweaver - is back with more musical thrills to jockey. Glottal Wolpertinger comprises material produced for the documenta 14 arts event, all based on careful frequency band attunement and contextual shifts. Gorgeous droning textures, in other words.

Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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

Jay U Xperience
Abuja

Nigerian producer Jay U Xperience made Ancestral Call in 1993, and in 2019 the Left Ear Records label rediscovered this somewhat lost album and cherry-picked its four finest cuts. Abuja, which is the first vinyl outing for any of this material, uses classic nineties Roland technology to bring African rhythms into a whole new context.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER 1019)
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  • Last copy

Jay-Jay Johanson
Fever

Accompanying four-track 12” single release to go with Jay-Jay Johanson’s new studio album Kings Cross. Boasts exclusive Jeanne Added duet ‘Fever’, album tracks ‘Heard Somebody Whistle’ and ‘Not Time Yet’, plus a bonus dub version of ‘Not Time Yet’. Given his Nordic upbringing, it should be no surprise to hear his vocals have been described as "melancholic".

Jay-Jay Johanson
Kings Cross

Produced with former Cocteau Twins star Robin Guthrie, Kings Cross is the 12th album from veteran Swedish singer Jay-Jay Johanson. Unsurprisingly for an artist more than two decades into his career, it cleaves very closely to the widescreen, filtered trip-hop ambience that’s earned him a devoted cult fanbase. 

Jayda G & Alexa Dash
Leave Room 2 Breathe

From the tracklisting of her debut full-length Significant Changes comes a single from Jayda G, here pressed up in white label style by Ninja Tune. Leave Room 2 Breathe features Alexa Dash as a guest vocalist, although if you prefer just the instrumental (or even just the acapella vocal!), both those options are available on B-side.

Jeff Mills
The Director's Cut Chapter 3

Jeff Mills returns to his archives for another bite at his Director’s Cut cherry. Chapter 3 sees the techno overlord once again giving reissue status to a seemingly random selection of his deep cuts. A couple of newbies are thrown in for good measure, and there’s also a portion of The Director’s Cut Chapter 3 where Mills starts chatting about how his 2012 tune ‘Flying Machines’ came to be.

Jeff Mills
IF Remixes

Jeff Mills continues to saturate the Jeff Mills market. Well, kind of. The two remixes on this 12" released by Purpose Maker were done by Terrence Parker who is not Jeff Mills. IF Remixes features two very different vocal performances on each side, one enormous and the other more subtle. Fascinating to compare. 

Jensen Interceptor
WOD008

Jensen Interceptor isn't just a classic car, it's also capable of creating sick beats. Wow! But seriously, 'Smoke' is a slice of classic Chicago house. It's got lots of 808s, crackly bass, and nicely sparse percussion. It also features a remix from Timothy J Fairplay. For fans of everything acid. Released by Weapons of Desire.

Jeremy Tuplin
Pink Mirror

Jeremy Tuplin has a lovely voice. It has stability without being authoritative. It's charming without being sleazy. It's the kind of voice I would very happily listen to for the standard length of a indie rock album. Pink Mirror is an album that reminds us of the dangers of looking back too fondly and does so in Tuplin's so-called 'space-folk- style.

JJ Whitefield
Brother All Alone

Having been a part of a bewildering number of projects over the last twenty years, German underground musician and bandleader JJ Whitefield strikes out under his own name for this first time with solo album Brother All Alone. Recorded between Germany and Kenya, this new collection immerses you in Whitefield’s passions - namely, weird funk, neo-jazz and krautrock. 

Joan As Police Woman
Live At The BBC

That's a really small bath. Was that bath at the BBC? It looks only about big enough to bathe Paul Daniels in. Anyway this is a collection of songs Joan As Policewoman songs recorded at the hallowed halls of Auntie for various shows on 6 Music. Shows off Joan Wasser's smooth but knotty dance pop tracks at their best.

Jodey Kendrick
EDM Vol. 1

Jodey Kendrick presents a gigantic middle finger to the glitzy megabucks producers and fans of the American EDM business empire. Jodey’s EDM Vol. 1 is a no-nonsense double LP set of Rephlexy flavours: electronic dance music from a time when you had to go to a dodgy illegal warehouse in Essex to hear the stuff. None of your soulless modern crap here. On DUB / Clone

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. 

Joe Snape
Joyrobix

Joe Snape returns to Slip (Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg) with a set of avant-songs. Joyrobix is an LP in the vein of fellow Slip artist Chaines, one that almost completely jettisons all regular songwriting techniques for a voyage into wordless, screwed-up electronics. Think Scott Walker (RIP) if he’d ever had a going-over from A. G. Cook.

John Beltran / Mark Archer / Future Beat Alliance / Max 404
DE:10.03

Alaska Swimming Gear offshoot De:tuned (Luke Vibert, David Morley) celebrates a decade of throwing parties and releasing records with this celebratory EP. When you see that the artist roster for DE:10.03 runs John Beltran, Mark Archer, Future Beat Alliance and Max 404 then you know that you’re in good hands. These are crisp, melodic jams that flit between acid house, techno and electro with abandon. Archer’s ‘Depth From Within’ is particularly lovely.

Johnny Thunders
Que Sera, Sera (Resurrected)

This Resurrected edition of Johnny Thunders’ often maligned 1985 album Que Sera Sera aims to put right the reputation. One of the coolest rock’n’roll/punk figures of all time, Thunders’ penultimate album before his 1991 death comes on purple and white vinyl, new sleeve notes and a 12”x24” lyric insert. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (FREUDLP129)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Jon Collin
Water and Rock Music Volume II

Jon Collin returns to his Water And Rock Music series. These albums are more than just a clever title - taped outside, Collin’s ambling post-primitive guitar dovetails with ambient sounds picked up by his field recordings. Water And Rock Music Volume II finds Collin meandering around Stockholm. His playing is kind of like Richard Dawson if he’d got hooked on Loren Connors.

Jonathan Richman
SA

Vinyl version of last year’s SA studio album by the legendary Jonathan Richman, former leader of The Modern Lovers and one of the most influential figures in indie music. This is a collection of raga-inspired music, sparked when Richman read a book about 19th century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. I route to the 'Astral Plane' perhaps? Eh? Eh?

Jonny Dillon
Songs For A One-String Guitar

Now I'm not calling Jonny Dillon a liar. But I don't think his guitar is one-stringed. And musically, that's probably for the better. His Songs For A One-String Guitar are dynamic little instrumentals, that see Dillon attacking his instrument. Sometimes the strings sound like they're close to snapping. On All City.

Jowe Head
Widdershins

Jowe Head (of Swell Maps and Television Personalities) strikes out with a unique album of experimentally-tinged pop-rock-psych-folk. Widdershins genre-defying tracklisting includes covers of Einsturzende Neubauten and Fairport Convention, as well as a song collected by Shirley Collins, all thoroughly reinvisioned as Jowe music. Released by Easy Action.

Joy Williams
Front Porch

Joy Williams was one half of country/folk duo The Civil Wars, although she has also been a solo artist since 2001. Front Porch is her fourth solo album. It’s already making critics ears prick up - it may have been that the guy was the the hanger-on in The Civil Wars and Ms. Williams was the real talent. LP and CD on Sensibility Recordings.

Jung An Tagen
Proxy States

It’s techno, Jim, but not as we know it! The youthful Jung An Tagen returns to Mego with a cassette of “modern composition techniques” squarely aimed at invoking the aesthetic of techno music. With its odd spectral freezing and glistening rhythms, the album will delight lovers of unconventional electronic music and surely make you a big hit at techno parties.

Junkie Flamingos
Lemegeton Party

Junkie Flamingos is the sort-of-supergroup brainchild of musicians Luca Sigurtà, Alice Kundalini (She Spread Sorrow), and Daniele Delogu (Barbarian Pipe Band). Sitting in the blurry border regions between ambient and industrial music, Lemegeton Party is the outfit’s ethereal debut album. 

Kangding Ray
Predawn Qualia

Kangding Ray presents the debut release on ara, the new label from… Kangding Ray! Predawn Qualia starts things of with a boom, with four moody and finely-detailed club cuts for the more thoughtful dancers and head-nodders out there. 12” vinyl EP, with unique hand-paint artwork for each of the 500 copies.

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.

Karamika
2.0

The second LP from Karamika - a studio duo that consists of Gordon Pohl and Black Merlin’s George Thompson - arrives via Offen Music (Passarani, Smagghe & Cross). As with the eponymous full-length that the pair released back in 2015, 2.0 is an anti-techno delight that incorporates elements of spiritual jazz, cosmic house, ambient, dub, downtempo and Boards Of Canada-style electronica. The effect is like Apparat jousting with King Midas Sound.

Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Non Ex Orbis

Third album, and first in ten years from kraut-jazz-rock band Karl Hector & The Malcouns. The band are from Munich, historically fertile ground for krautrock producing the likes of Amon Düül and Popol Vuh. On Non Ex Orbis The Malcouns do their city proud, improvising around their experimental brand of music.

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. 

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.

Keel Her
With Kindness

Winchester's finest Keel Her was once extremely prolific with a host of releases going back to when Rose Keeler Schaefler was just 14 and indeed made an album with similarly prolific guy R Stevie Moore. Things have ben quiet in the last few years as she battled other demons but now she is back with a new splurge of material which will hopefully cement the promise shown by her earlier releases.  

Kilchhofer Anklin
Moto Perpetuo

The modular electro-acoustics of Benjamin Kilchhofer entwine with the microsound percussion of Michael Anklin on Moto Perpetuo, creating exquisitely detailed rhythmic atmospheres. Plenty of variation: the sound varies from grainy drones to spiritual gongs to insect ASMR to train horns. Like a withdrawn version of Floex’s Machinarium soundtrack. Lovely stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (Marionette09)
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  • Last copy

KineStatics
Labyrinth

KineStatics is what happens when Steven Rutter and Karla Hajman get together for some music-making. The Labyrinth EP is brimming over with dubby goodness and friendly techno, with Karla’s expressive vocals putting everything in a good place. Three tracks on the A-side, plus a dub version and a beats version on the B. From FireScope.

King Crimson
1972 – 1974

King Crimson 1972-74 includes Red (a favourite album of Kurt Cobain), Larks’ Tongues In Aspic and Starless And Bible Black (first time on vinyl in this remixed form). The LP box includes the 40th anniversary version that were remixed by King of King Crimson Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson. Pressed on 200g vinyl and features a 24 page booklet.

Kira Kira and Hermigervill
Sumabörn (Summer Children)

Time Released Sound are releasing the soundtrack for the recent Icelandic film 'Sumarbörn' composed by Kira Kira and Hermigervill. A film that plays with the tension between the real and the imagined, the music very much follows suit in the way that its both playful and dramatic but always beautiful. Imagine a more ethereal Twin Peaks soundtrack and you're halfway there. 

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.

Kolida Babo
Kolida Babo

Truly magical jazz album made by a pair of woodwind musicians. On their self-titled debut, Kolida Babo, trade measures in a way that suggests an almost super-human understanding of each other. Drawing inspiration from the traditions of Armenia, Greece, and the world of kosmische, the result is utterly mesmeric.

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.

Krzysztof Komeda
Cul-De-Sac

Let’s not dwell on the fact that Cul-De-Sac is a film by Roman Polanski and instead turn our attention to the fact that Krzysztof Komeda’s score for the 1966 flick remains a charming listen more than fifty years on from its release. Komeda turns in a set of oddball library arrangements here whose influences include Latin jazz, electroacoustic composition and Bernard Herrmann's movie compositions. Cul-De-Sac’s unique and brilliant soundtrack has been repressed courtesy of Harkit.

Kyle Craft
Full Circle Nightmare

Simpering Southern glam-rock warbler Kyle Craft returns to Sub Pop with a second diner jukebox-ready long player, Full Circle Nightmare. Painstakingly faithful to the seediest, most regretful and wistful sentiments of the genre, the music sounds precisely as Kyle looks: as if generated by some sort of Americana algorithm. Does he actually exist? I think we should be told! Available nonetheless in limited LP, unlimited LP, CD or cassette formats.

Lafawndah
ANCESTOR BOY

It's the debut release from Lafawndah on her own label, Concordia. Ancestor Boy is a concept album of sorts that sees Lafawndah delve the depths of a fabricated history where she discovers and muses over an imaginary people who relate to her own coming-of-age tales, woven beautifully through this excellent debut.

Lakker
Época

Lakker are back(er) on R&S with their third LP for the famed dance music label. Época finds the Irish duo doubling down on the murky, unsettling club style that they showed off on their last release, 2017 mixtape Die Vergangenheit, Die Gegenwart, Die Zukunft. The juxtaposition of distorted atmospherics with pummelling kick drums on Época cuts like ‘A Whisper In Your Ear’ recalls Ziur and Rabit.

Lamellen
Monty Roberts

Lamellen take it slow and easy here on their Monty Roberts EP, particularly for Dekmantel. Sub-100bpm drum machine grooves and warm, distant keyboards make for a chill vibe indeed: some kind of sun-faded memory beach, with people having a fun easy time. It is a very pleasant soundworld to be immersed in, give it a try.
  • Vinyl 12" (DKMNTL 061)
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  • Last copy

Lamin Fofana
Brancusi Sculpting Beyonce

How do approach the dire state of contemporary global affairs in art without doing so in a way that’s literal and reductive? It’s a quandary Lamin Fofana grapples with on 'Brancusi Sculpting Beyonce', using a form shattering kind of electronic experimentation to do so. The results are never less than fascinating, and suggests Lamin Fofana is an artist never satisfied with easy answers.

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.

Laurence Pike
Holy Spring

Former Liars/Bill Callahan/DD Dumbo collaborator and Szun Waves member Laurence Pike drops his second solo LP via The Leaf Label (Snapped Ankles, The Comet Is Coming). Holy Spring bracingly combines free jazz, electronica, post-rock and the pagan classical composition of Igor Stravinsky. It’s no coincidence that Holy Spring shares a word with Stravinsky’s seminal Rite Of Spring. Tracks like ‘Drum Chant’ sound like something from Music From Memory if it had been plied with peyote. Really cool record.

Lee Perry & Friends
Back To The Ark

Collector’s edition box set from the late Seventies period of the legendary Black Ark studio in Jamaica, owned by the one and only Lee “Scratch” Perry. Each one of these four 12” vinyls contains various re-cuts and versions of four different rarities from the studio, featuring various key musicians from the era. 

Lene Adler Petersen
“Se mor”. Nansensgade 1971 / Sangen om kaffekoppen

Lene Adler Petersen is a Danish artist, though not primarily a sound artist. This release features the two sound works that she has done: intriguing collages of her voice alongside telephone conversations and radio music. Presented to the public for the very first time, on 10” vinyl with bilingual texts for both of the pieces.
  • Vinyl 10" (IDL 09)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still

Well, Leon Vynhall wrote a book. In the mid 20th century Vynhall's grandparents emigrated to New York, a journey he has found incredibly inspirational. The sum is Nothing Is Still, an album, a novella, and more. What's more it features most of an orchestra. Vynhall's debut album is nothing if not ambitious.

LEVL
LEVL #1

Warp’s dancey offshoot Arcola are no doubt proud to bring you this EP by an artist known only as LEVL. Their trade is drum & bass… with a twist. A big twist really; the breaks and other staples inhabit heavy, uneasy atmospheres of delay, reverb, discordant drones and grain. Spook & bass. Produced by Joe Baker, Dylan Brownswood and Felix Krone AKA Forest Drive West, DB1 and Felix K.

Levon Vincent
Dance Music Pt.4

So far in 2019 Levon Vincent has been keeping busy with his run of Dance Music EPs. Generally Vincent’s favoured an ultra-minimal tech-house style across these records, but on Pt. 4 he opens things up a bit. While the quartet of tracks here are still primed for club deployment the synth tones are a lot chunkier and Vincent brings more melodic elements into play than he did on the first three instalments. The second track of Dance Music Pt. 4 could even pass for a Depeche Mode instrumental.

Lightning Bolt
Wonderful Rainbow

Wonderful Rainbow was the third album by ear splitting two piece Lightning Bolt originally released in 2003. It features the duo at their most accessible but still with the power dynamics that make their shows something to behold particularly if you don't really need use of your ears again. Tangled distorted bass playing and frenetic on the edge of murderous drums drive the thing along. Consider cobwebs truly blown away. 

Liily
I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

Liily are a young, irreverent, noisy indie rock five-piece from LA’s San Fernando Valley. Their music takes in influences from all corners over the last 30-odd years. They count Jane’s Addiction and Hip-Hop collective Odd Future among their influences. I Can Fool Anybody In This Town is their new EP. 6-track EP on Flush Records.

Lil Yachty
Nuthin' 2 Prove

He’s right, you know. At this point Lil Yachty really does have Nuthin’ 2 Prove. Despite still being just 21 years old the MC already has a classic album under his belt (2016’s Lil Boat) as well as a slew of massive singles and legions of followers. His third LP, full of the kind of bouncy beats and cheeky bars on which Yachty made his name, will only continue to grow his legend. Features Cardi B, Offset, Lil Baby and a bunch of others famous rappers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7724056)
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  • Last copy

Lip Talk
D A Y S

Debut album from Lip Talk, aka Sarah K. Pedinotti. D A Y S represents Pedinotti’s exciting imagination with an array of song characters and sound styles, with jazz, psychy-rock and R&B pop all having a role to play. But what comes out isn’t a melange of styles but a strong and personal statement. D A Y S is released by Northern Spy.

Los Coast
Samsara

Austin, Texas band, Los Coast, make soul music with a modern twist. The vocals of Terry Privott give a sense of the coolest ‘70s soul. The band cook up an energetic groove that blends psychedelic rock and the soulful funk of Bobby Womack, sprinkled with the dust of the Texan desert. Samsara is their debut album.

Los Retro
Retrospect

Los Retros, aka 19 year-old Californian dude, Mauri Tapia, makes music inspired by ‘70s AOR and leftfield Hispanic pop. A weird, ostensibly incompatible mix, you may think. However, the resulting sound will delight fans of Mac DeMarco. Retrospect, his debut EP, could well be the soundtrack to your hazy summer days.

Lower Slaughter
Some Things Take Work

Lower Slaughter’s second album is here, and it is big and good. Still operating with the mighty howl of former Divorce member Sinead Young, even though she lives at the opposite end of the country to the rest of the band, Lower Slaughter deliver loads of big heavy propulsive riffage here on Some Things Take Work: it’s bound to satisfy. On Box Records.

Lucy
Dyscamupia

Anyone who reads press releases these days would think the world has simply gone triptych-mad. Here’s today’s triptych courtesy of Stroboscopic Artefacts’ Luca Mortellaro - that’s Lucy to you, buddy. It’s a triptych about Albert Camus’ ever-resonant novel The Stranger, focusing on the periods before, during and after a certain pivotal moment in the story. Jason Snell lends a crackle-voiced narration of Meursault as the triptych's thick rhythms and sound design chug along.

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.

L±R
The Rambler EP

L-R is a meeting of minds between Radioactive Man, Monoak and London Modular Alliance’s Simon Lynch. That’s some real pedigree to bring to the table, and new EP The Rambler sees the trio delivering on their promise. Cuts like ‘Rings’ are some classic acid-electro wiggliness that wouldn’t sound out of place being released through Central Processing Unit. However, this one’s actually out on Asking For Trouble.

Mac DeMarco
Here Comes The Cowboy

Now signed to his very own Mac's Record Label here comes dungaree totin' tunesmith with an album he knocked up in a couple of weeks in January. 2019. The subject matter here is cowboys - a word he uses as a term of endearment to his pals. Expect laid back songs masquerading as breezes...or the other way round. Whatever  - it will possibly be 2019s most laid back record. 

Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi
D Ebando

Brian Close, using the moniker Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi (which we’re told means as much as All the Healing Green Leaves of the Forest), imports a crazed soundscape from Gabon, based on the sounds of Fang Bwiti rituals. D Ebando is a cut and pasted collection of Mougongo melodies, esoteric, fragmented, and hypnotizing. A-side Awating has a haunted abstract soundscape feel to it, and b-side Bwicoming lays out a trancy, meditative ambience that slowly developes a pulse. Great stuff for all your ibogaine rituals.

Major Murphy
Lafayette EP

A selection of bedroom recordings made by Major Murphy while they were still figuring what exactly Major Murphy was going to be. The Lafayette EP, named for the house which contained said bedroom, shows a more gentle and less assured side of the band. A fascinating document for anyone who enjoyed their debut No. 1. 
  • Vinyl 12" (WSP028LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Mana
Seven Steps Behind

Recent years have seen Daniele Mana switch out his Vaghe Stelle moniker and simply go by his surname. Seven Steps Behind, the first LP to be released under this new title, finds Mana finessing the torrid technotronica of the Vaghe Stelle stuff into elegant, balletic electronics. Cuts such as ‘Solo’ nod to Bala Club, Leonce and Arca.

Marco Bernardi
Plat + Form P.F.

The third Marco Bernardi EP for London’s brokntoys (Pip Williams, London Modular Alliance) contains both new and old material, though to you and us it’ll just sound new. Not only are there recent compositions on Plat + Form P.F., but this record also contains stuff that was originally made for an as-yet-unreleased album from Bernardi’s Octogen project. Whatever the manner in which it was conceived, this is another cracking set of dystopian electro from the Glaswegian.

Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton
Yellow Kitchen

Why does Mark Kozelek have so many friends? Here he sings over music made by Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts) and features guest appearances by Will Oldham, Steve Shelley, Jim White and an actual woman in Holly Throsby. Let’s hope Kozelek kept his views to himself in the latter session. Very limited (to 300) CD only release.

Martin Frawley
Undone at 31

Martin Frawley (previously of The Twerps) has suffered a break up and needs someone to talk to about it. It turns out that person is you lucky listener! Undone at 31 is a chronological journey along with Frawley as he adjusts to the next stage of his life told through the medium of incredibly catchy indie rock and pop.

Martin Rev
Clouds of Glory

As one half of electro-punk pioneers Suicide, Martin Rev was responsible for some of the most influential and significant music of the late Seventies and early Eighties. Less well-known, however, is his solo career, something that this re-issue of 1985’s contemplative Clouds of Glory (Rev’s second outing) seeks to put right. 

Maryanne Amacher
Petra

Incredibly, this release marks the first commercial availability of an instrumental work by the late Maryanne Amacher, the late renowned sound artist, and the first time anything of hers has been around on vinyl. This interpretation of her 1991 piece Petra was recorded two years ago at a church in New York with pianists Stefan Tcherepnin and Marianne Schroeder. 

Masalo
New Dance

Debut for the esteemed Rush Hour from hot new Amsterdam based producer Masolo. New Dance offers two pieces of squeaky clean italo-disco which share the sort of addictive melodies that make Todd Terje so beloved. Expect to hear rooms full of people singing the a-sides synth-line in the coming year. 

Mat Carter
Zark Time E.P.

Following a mammoth hiatus lasting a whole decade, Mat Carter is reviving his imprint Varial in order to re-issue his cult classic EP Zark Time. Originally released way back in 2002 and written and produced entirely by Carter, the five tracks fall broadly within the IDM sub-genre, but their rich detail seems to defy easy categorisation. 

MATstudio (Jonny Nash & SK U KNO)
MATstudio 2

MATStudio 2 is, as the title suggests, the second release by Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft. Like the first installment of what is turning into a series, the two tracks here are assembled from bits of experiments, improvisations and happy accidents whilst at work in their Amsterdam studio. 12" on Melody As Truth.

Matthew Herbert Big Band
The State Between Us

Matthew Herbert Big Band mix jazz and electronica on a really big scale. The State Between Us was inspired by the Brexit vote and the fall out that followed. It’s an ambitious project involving more than 1000 musicians from the EU showing that we are stronger in collaboration. Anticipate a rival remain big band imminently. On Accidental.

Matthew Shaw
Among The Never Setting Stars

I know I'm guilty of the very bad habit of drawing too much from a song or album's title when I write about it. Luckily for me the titles of Matthew Shaw's Among The Setting Stars provided the jumping off point from which Shaw created this selection of trippy and pastoral droning ambience. On Blackest Rainbow.

MATTHS
Velocet

Synthy beats with a very satisfying build from MATTHS (no I don't know what that second 'T' is for). Reminds me of some of James Holden's more euphoric moments, with modular synth lines all colliding in a million different ways. Highlight is the a-side which is probably as much of a pick-me-up as a fresh cup of coffee.
  • Vinyl 12" (12FCR-08)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Maurizio Bianchi
T.P.T.M.B.T.D.

What does “T.P.T.M.B.T.D.” stand for, then? Terrible Pelicans Terrorise Monty’s Bulging Terabyte Dongle? Oh no, I see. It’s the titles of the pieces: ‘Tele Pro Thermo’ and ‘Mikro Bio Terra Dys’. Active since the tail end of the ’70s, Maurizio Bianchi’s a veteran. This one, back in print after the original 2014 release, totals an hour of rather nightmarish droning, distorted unease.

Maurizio Delvecchio
Resusitate

Well, we are privileged. Resusitate was a secret project by Italian Maurizio Delvecchio and was only released as a private pressing back in 1986. The good folks at Seminato thought that this minimal and, quite frankly, weird electronic stuff should be made available to wider audience. 2-track 12” on Seminato.

Maximo Park
As Long As We Keep Moving

Maximo Park are still going strong, still wearing the hat, and still nailing it live. As Long As We Keep Moving is a live document, recorded at Vada Studios, with an array of the band’s finest tunes from across their career represented, with all the extra energy of a Maximo Park performance. On Cooking Vinyl.

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Originally sent out at random to all manner of unsuitable places, 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' sees a long-awaited vinyl release for Dan Wilson's sonic experiments as Meadow House. For the uninitiated, Wilson has a particularly English style of songwriting - imagine Chris Morris crossed with Syd Barrett and you are somewhere close. Part genius, part idiot, this is a rambling, absurdist outburst crammed with bits of sheer pop brilliance.
  • Vinyl LP (KINGSARMS17)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Melissa Aldana
Visions

Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana was inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Aldana explores similarities between the struggles Kahlo faced in a male-dominated art world with her own, as she makes her way in the world of jazz which is mostly populated by men. This is Aldana’s first recording heading up a jazz quartet. LP and CD on Motema.

Merry Airbrakes
Merry Airbrakes

Bluesman Watermelon Slim has had a number of other careers ranging from newspaper reporter to petty criminal, all of which make him sound like an interesting character. His first foray into music was under the name Merry Airbrakes. He recorded one self-titled album which kinda ploughs a psych-folk furrow. LP and CD, both limited to 500 copies each, on Scissor Tail Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (SCTR052)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Metronomy
Nights Out

Way before they became a curly-haired pop phenomena, Metronomy were a weird little electro band. This is the first album where they started to write 'proper' songs and have a man sing them. "Heartbreaker' particularly foreshadows their increasingly endearing rinky-dink pop. 10th anniversary re-issue 2LP on Because.

METZ
Automat

Those of you clamouring for the fourth METZ LP will have to wait a little longer, but Automat should be more than enough to tide you over. This rarities compilation spans the band’s career to date. Taking in demos, B-sides, hard-to-find singles and releases previously only available on YouTube, Automat is a testament to the consistency of one of our hardest-working noise-rock bands.

Michael Stearns
Ancient Leaves

For those unaware, Michael Stearns is a legendary ambient pioneer and his 1975 album 'Ancient Leaves' is being given a reissue by the people over at Infinite Fog. It's a heady mix of Gregorian chants, field recordings, Finnish lap harp, and a Mini Moog all recorded onto four-track tape. Expect an immersive experience of early ambient music. 

Mike Donovan
Exurbian Quonset

Right so here’s the thing - since Tyga released his smash hit ‘Rack City’ back 2011, whenever this particular Norman Records™ poundo’flesh comes across an LP released on Drag City he immediately starts singing the song in his head. This is unfortunate not because he doesn’t care for ‘Rack City’ (au contraire), but more because he now finds it hard to take anything released on the esteemed indie-rock imprint seriously. For instance, how about Mike Donovan’s third solo LP Exurbian Quonset. It’s an album of excellent leftfield garage-fuzz from the former Sic Alps fellow, but no matter how many times this thing gets spun it’s still ‘ten ten ten twenties’ this and ‘fresher than a [redacted] peppermint’ that.

Minimal Violence
InDreams

Massive techno with ridiculous arena synths and squares riding the bass lines. Pretty old school sound that also approaches perhaps even the hardstyle flavor from Minimal Violence. The duo, consisting of Vancouver local heroes Ashlee Luk and Lida P, covers just about every base of the heavy techno spectrum on their debut album InDreams.

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.

Mix Mup
Clear Drive EP

Here we find The Trilogy Tapes (Anthony Naples, Bullion) inna Mix Mup style. Back on Will Bankhead’s label for the first time since 2015, the latest release from Lorenz Lindner’s long-running project is a typically idiosyncratic collection of deep house/techno experiments. Cuts like the title track bring to mind a more glitchy rendering of Young Marco’s woozy Balearia, while the grunting anti-groove of ‘Flair 2’ nods to the recent TTT drop from Parris.

Mndsgn
Snaxx

Not to be confused with 2018’s Snax - note the extra ‘x’ - Snaxx is a new beat-tape from popular dude Mndsgn. Snaxx is actually the Snax sequel, so if you got a whiff of the previous LP you’ll know what to expect here. This is a set of breezy, funky hip-hop and neo-soul that draws equally from the Chill Vibes (tm) of Homeshake and the Brainfeeder beat style. Oh, and it’s pronounced ‘mind design’ by the way.

Modeselektor
I Am Your God / Bronko

In the run up to their next album Modeselektor have given the DJs a head start with the release of I Am Your God / Bronko on 12". The press release describes them as "abysmal" but I'm guessing they don't mean in the bad way. This is tough industrial techno built from the sort of crisp sounds we've all come to expect from the German duo.

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