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Anne Müller
Heliopause

Anne Müller is a composer and cellist based in Berlin. 'Heliopause' is her debut album which she wrote, recorded, performed and produced.  She is no stranger to recording music, particularly with Erased Tapes. She is most known for her collaboration with Nils Frahm on 7Fingers and was credited on his 'All Melody' album. Other credits include 'Boysen’s Spells' by Ben Lukas and 'Fallen Trees' by Lubomyr Melnyk.

Björk / Fever Ray / The Knife
Country Creatures

Ooph this is rather heavy on the ‎Karin Dreijer. She appears as both Fever Ray and part of the Knife on this remix 12" of Bjork's Country Creatures. Yet each track is different- one moody and introspective, one bouncy and pulsating. As a return favour Bjork has remixed a Fever Ray track which will come out separately. Who says the Swedes and the Icelanders don't get on?

Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox
Myths 004

With a rich history of teaming up with such highly-acclaimed pioneers as St. Vincent, John Grant and Perfume Genius, Cate Le Bon this time collaborates with US singer Bradford Cox to create 'Myths 004'. The result is a cynical bag of satire, containing salt-of-the-earth stories and garagey song compositions.

Chapterhouse
The Best of Chapterhouse

Here’s one for the shoegaze revivalists. Chapterhouse were a shoegaze band formed in Reading in the late ‘80s. They released two albums, Whirlpool and Blood Music in the early ‘90s before going their separate ways. The did reformed briefly in 2008 but the reformation produced no new music. The Best of Chapterhouse gathers together tracks from their two albums plus non-album tracks. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2568C)
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Desert Sessions
Vols. 11 & 12

Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the master of 21st Century meaty-rock collaborations, hereby offers his joint effort with help from a handful of esteemed industry friends. Featuring appearances from members of likes of Warpaint, Scissor Sisters, ZZ Top and Royal Blood, this will mark the first Desert Session release in 16 years - but boy has it been worth the wait.

Keith Jarrett
Munich 2016

The great American jazz pianist Keith Jarrett was recorded live in Munich on the last night of his European tour three years ago, and the resultant live album Munich 2016 captures the renowned improviser at the peak of his powers, even at the age of 71. Twelve untitled pieces whir past over two slabs of vinyl, before a triptych of beautifully rendered encores, including ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, finish it off. 

Lazarus Kane
Narcissus

As a heady slab of swirling pop-funk, 'Narcissus' is the latest brainchild of buzzy indie wave-maker Lazarus Kane. Apparently all recorded in just one take, the New Yorker didn't stop the recording until "his kimono was soaked through with the sweat of pure, unbridled emotion". The result is a thought-provoking stew of wirey synths, a hectic drum machine and a sizable dose of deep lyricism.
  • Vinyl 7" (SW031)
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  • Limited edition

Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis

Following the sad passing of Mark Hollis earlier this year we all collectively turned back towards the impressive career arc of his band Talk Talk. Lesser referenced was his self-titled solo album released in 1998. It didn't help that the record was out of print at the time but this re-issue is a chance to wallow again in the intimate grooves of a record that was initially intended to be released under the Talk Talk moniker. It is a gorgeous thing full of woodwind, jazz- inflected drumming, pastoral guitar and Hollis's fascinated mumbling verse. So quiet that you can hear the squeak of the musicians chairs. Essential. 

Max Cooper
Yearning For The Infinite

Commissioned by and recently performed at London’s Barbican, Max Cooper presents his latest work, Yearning For The Infinite. Registering as the electronic artist’s most ambitious project to date, attempting to fathom the infinite nature of the universe and humankind’s place within it, it’s presented here on double vinyl. Furthermore, as it uses recycled vinyl, each copy features a unique mixture of colours. 

Melt Banana
Cell-Scape

If your ears haven't already been battered into submission by the other Melt Banana records re-pressed of late then you could take a listen to Cell-Scape. It is a further barrage of chaotic punk noise by the Tokyo legends. Like their other albums it contains burst of high energy racket but this time the songs are longer and production values are higher. Still, it's not exactly Celine Dion.     

Michael Gordon / Jonny Greenwood
Industry Water

Jonny Greenwood, that guy who plays guitar in Radiohead, has started his own label, and it’s exclusively for classical music. Industry Water is made up of two parts - Industry by Michael Gordon, which features Oliver Coates on Cello and Jonny Greenwood making some noise and Water - three miniature pieces by Jonny Greenwood, which features piano and  a string quartet which includes an Indian tanpura. 

Nirvana
MTV Unplugged In New York (25th Anniversary Edition)

Regularly heralded as one of the finest live albums of all time, Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged In New York is being re-issued in expanded form to mark the 25th anniversary of its release. Kurt Cobain’s songwriting was revealed to be just as emotionally hefty, even without the dynamism of Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl’s normal volume - indeed, the thought of Grohl drumming with brushes is a strange one even now. The double-vinyl package features the original tracklisting, in addition to five bonus rehearsal performances that were previously only available on the DVD edition. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (7730734)
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SOPHIE
BIPP / ELLE

SOPHIE. Pffff we were all there at the beginning listening to this schizoid form of electronica that has something of the Aphex Twin about it but little did we know how it was so seriously hip, trendy and ear-breakingly compressed. You can see here the obsession with 'pop' that led to what ended up on the OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES LP. Non-ironic pop music where the usual caveat has to be carefully employed .... very harmful to dogs ears. 

The Twilight Sad
Killed My Parents And Hit The Road

The Twilight Sad always seemed like too much of a bunch of nice lads to actually murder their parents. I hope they didn't do that. They did though once hit the road with Mogwai and this album was originally a compilation of live tracks and outtakes intended to help fund such fun ventures.  You can now get it on vinyl for the first time and as well as their stellar original work there's covers of tracks by Joy Division, the Smiths and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tribute to the greatest '80s party band there ever was... Modern Romance.    

und_ne
Chapters

There’s a free-flowing spontaneity to Chapters, a double-CD album by und_ne of home-composed piano tracks, that reflects back to us the nature of life - a logic that forces us to live in the moment and to respect (but not over-romanticise) the past. It’s limited to a run of just 100, but each copy is loving put together, including roughly three-dozen pages of writing fixed in place with book-binding screws, luxury A7 prints, library cards, hand-stamped compact discs and vintage bookmarks.