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Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

One of the Animals discovered that it sounds pretty darned rad if you play two or three Beach Boys songs at once. He told the rest of the Collective and, lo, t’was the birth of Merriweather Post Pavilion, and yea, it did dominate anno 2009 most ruthlessly. Precisely like the little green things on the front cover, the contents of Animal Collective’s eighth album are continuously lurching to and fro no matter what you do. Hang on tight!

Ben Frost
By The Throat

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Bersarin Quartett
Bersarin Quartett

Sweeping string sections, dub rhythms, and a persistently haunting atmosphere mark Bersarin Quartett's debut album as being something special. FFO lush soundscapes and music with a bit of cinema to it. 180g repress on Denovali. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (DEN48LP)
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Best Coast
Crazy For You

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Bill Callahan
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Sometimes I Wish I Were a Beagle but I'm not sure about Eagle. Then again you can imagine Bill Callahan swooping over the landscape, closely watching his prey. This was his second album since retiring the Smog moniker and its awfully lovely with his rich chocolate brown voice flying above across orchestral instruments and his own guitar plucks. His most panoramic album yet. 

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

Bill Callahan can be rather sombre at times, so you’d be forgiven for expecting an LP of his entitled ‘Apocalypse’ to be full of doomy folk musings. However, this 2011 collection is in fact a relatively upbeat set from The Artist Formerly Known As Smog. I mean, it's not the Beach Boys or anything, but there is an air of quiet contentedness, even playfulness, to the gentle rock roll of tracks like ‘America!’.

Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest

I still remember the excitement in the office when the promo of this turned up and the real effort we all went into of trying not to be disappointed. It sees Boards of Canada eschewing slightly their rich and textured sound for something more cold and dystopian. To that end it slightly follows in the path of artists who were also looking back at the works of the likes of John Carpenter for inspiration. Not as warm and inviting as previous records but spin it slowly and with patience and there's a myriad of evocative high points to enjoy from these masters of their genre. 

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago is the 2007 debut album by Bon Iver, who at the time consisted solely of Justin Vernon. After his band DeYarmond Edison split, and he’d suffered a bout of serious illness, he set off for a cabin in the woods to write and record the album. The resulting recording is now a firmly established classic and appeared at the top of many critics ‘best of’ lists at the end of 2007.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Bracken
Eno About The Need

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Broadcast and The Focus Group
Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age

Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age sadly turned out to be the final missive from Broadcast which, made tandem with the Focus Group, was one of their most out there works. It is a collection of eerie soundscapes heavily influenced by early electronic composers such as BBC Radiophonic Orchestra and strange '60s folk such as the Wickerman soundtrack. Best listened to in the dark, with bed covers pulled right over your head. 

Broadcast and The Focus Group
Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises

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Burial
Untrue

By the time Burial's second album surfaced, his reputation had grown to underground stardom, even if his identity was still a secret. 'Untrue' continued the story of the twilit inner city, loneliness and distant threats informing a melancholic rhythmic atmosphere, and is now seen as a landmark in electronic music.

Burial
Burial

When the debut Burial album popped onto radars over the world, divided opinion soon gave way to cult status. An unlikely pairing of screwed up garage beats, moody bass and morose ambience heralded an era of genuinely emotive but strange dance music, cementing the album as a contemporary electronic classic. 

Burial
Truant/ Rough Sleeper

Truant/Rough Sleeper was mystery-shrouded producer Burial's 2012 despatch (seems so long ago now) and comprises of two long form tracks that clock in at a mighty 25 minutes plus. Like a lot of his music it seems to capture the ghosts of post rave and UK garage and utilise them in two episodic suites which contain a variety of moods and tempos. Some of his more experimental work for sure but as necessary as anything he's done. 

Burial
Rival Dealer

2013’s Rival Dealer is one of the finest releases in Burial’s post-Untrue discography. A three-track EP that still clocks in at close to thirty minutes in length, this record sandwiches the haunted illbience of ‘Hiders’ between the lengthy multi-movement works ‘Come Down To Us’ and ‘Rival Dealer’. The longer tracks are just so impressive, using Burial’s sombre garage sound as a base from which to bring in drone and a streetwise take on Boards Of Canada’s twinkling electronica.
  • Vinyl 12" (HDB080)
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Burial
Street Halo

Street Halo was the first of the 12"s which followed on from Burial's magnificent second album Untrue back when we thought he was just killing time readying up a third full length masterpiece. That never came but street Halo proved that he was still delivering the goods. Both the title track and closer Stolen Dog are near perfect examples of his dark and brooding take on dubstep.    
  • Vinyl 12" (HDB013)
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Burial
Kindred EP

I'm personally quite excited to see that Burial has issued all his recent 12" tracks onto a compilation CD. I can at least pretend it's the new album that has been missing since the brilliant Untrue. There's nothing like hearing the tracks spreadeagled on vinyl though and so you can still get Kindred's three tracks on super wax. It's full on haunted ambience and warped trance and sees the producer stretching his talents into exciting new areas.    
  • Vinyl 12" (HDB059)
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Burial and Fourtet
Moth/Wolf Cub

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Burial and Fourtet
Nova

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Burial/ Four Tet/ Thom Yorke
Ego / Mirror

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Celer
Engaged Touches

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Chihei Hatakeyama
A Long Journey

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Cliff Martinez / Various
Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

If you've seen the movie Drive then you'll know that the soundtrack is something pretty special. It was mostly produced by Cliff Martinez who has had a storied history as drummer for hire in the likes of Captain Beefheart and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. This however is a gorgeous synthetic affair which also features tracks by the likes of Chromatics and Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx. Brought to vinyl and taep by Invada. 

Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. It now re-unleashed on blue vinyl for those who missed out first time round.  

Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest

‘Halcyon Digest’, Deerhunter’s fifth album, is possibly the band’s most famous record and certainly one of their finest. On this 2010 record the band expand the ‘ambient-punk’ sound that they’d developed throughout the 00s with valium-hazed rock (‘Earthquake’, ‘Helicopter’), oceanic guitar balladry (‘Sailing’) and some of their most triumphant tunes to date (‘Desire Lines’, 'He Would Have Laughed').
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

d_rradio
Leaves

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Electric Wizard
Legalise Drugs & Murder

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Emeralds
Does It Look Like I'm Here?

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epic45
Slides

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epic45
May Your Heart Be The Map

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epic45
Weathering

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epic45
England Fallen Over

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epic45
In All The Empty Houses

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Factory Floor
Untitled

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Forest Swords
Dagger Paths

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Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing

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Fuck Buttons
Tarot Sport

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Glen Johnson
Details Not Recorded

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Goat
World Music

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Goat
Goatman

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! was the typically punctuation obsessed fourth album from Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was their first album in ten years and marked a surprise comeback for a band many listers had assumed were consigned to post-rock history. It was certainly worth the decade long wait winning the Polaris prize and showing that their ability to score truly affecting music remained intact. 

Grouper
Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

Liz Harris’ 2008 album proved irresistible to many and is generally considered her defining release. A woozy fog of guitar and vocal, it’s simultaneously intoxicatingly beautiful, yet dark and unsettling. It’s been in and out of print over the years and often frustratingly unavailable, so here it is again on CD.

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to acoustic. Out of print for a while and now back on CD.

Hookworms
Pearl Mystic

This is the 'classic' debut album Leeds psych man band Hookworms. They purvey a kind of heads down, no nonsense kraut boogie which borrows as much from Neu '3' as it does Status Quo 'On the Level'. Moving way into the modern age, it's the kind of album no Spacemen 3 fan should be without. Heavy psych wibbling for all the family.  

Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

It had been three years since Joanna Newsom’s previous album, Ys. To make up for this gap, she made a triple album, Have One On Me, essentially one single album for each year that she missed. Despite its lengthy sprawl, it was more accessible than its predecessor, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, albeit with Joanna's indelible stamp. It should definitely be thought of as an essential addition to any record collection.

Konntinent
Opal Island

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L/M/R/W
Drifts

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Low
Santa's Coming Over

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Low
C'mon

Low just get more popular and more influential as the years roll past don't they? C'mon was their 2011 era album that was a lot more conventional that their previous off kilter effort Drums and Guns and marks a return to their gloriously rich slow moving harmonic sound. Opener Try to Sleep was yet another example of them making great things out of seemingly nothing. Oft copied, never bettered, always super soothing.  

Mogwai
Rave Tapes

Rave Tapes was Mogwai's eight studio album released initially in 2014. It showcased the band mellowing softly and introducing krautrock and kosmische textures into their elegant post-rock. The album is available as a box set which includes all kinds of ephemera such as a bonus 12" and 7", a Cd and tape,m a book and art prints. More Mogwai than you'll ever need? Not likely.  

Mogwai
Mexican Grand Prix

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My Bloody Valentine
m b v

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Push The Sky Away

You've heard him repeatedly on Peaky Blinders so if you haven't already caught up with Nick Cave's sixteen or so studio albums with his Bad Seeds then there's no time like the present. Push the Sky Away was his 2013 album which showed that time had withered none of his songwriting and arrangement skills. It's a slow moving record of stripped down songs and heartfelt paeans somewhat at odds perhaps with the more brutal landscapes of his records earlier in the decade but showcasing the more introspective side of his oeuvre.   
  • Vinyl LP (BS001V)
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offthesky
Hiding Nature

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Om
Advaitic Songs

Advaitic Songs was sludgy two piece Om's fifth album originally released in 2012. For the uninitiated Om are the rhythm section from stoned rockers Sleep and play a minimalist style of doom rock using mainly just bass and drums. Here they add in a few other instruments (cello and flute for example) to create something that is almost religiously deep. Check out Phil's excitable review of the work for further details....or maybe don't.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Om

Parquet Courts
Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts back when we thought they'd only have one name and stick to it. Press release says this is their debut wikipedia says different but whatever, it was something of a revelation on release, the pre-press on What's Your Rupture gaining the band a deservedly larger fan base who quickly got sucked into their late '70s-style garage rock and new wave.  

Penny And The Quarters
You And Me / You Are Giving Me Some Other Love

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Piano Magic
Ovations

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Pye Corner Audio
Sleep Games

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Radiohead
Nude

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Real Estate
Days

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Sigur Rós
Ágætis byrjun

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Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Austerity Dogs is the 6th album by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, but it’s the one that got them noticed. Since its release in 2013, the band have gone from strength to strength, being a necessary mouthpiece and cathartic outlet for many in the these austere times. They mix a punk snarl with pepped-up hip-hop beats and socially aware lyrics to make an original, energetic, angry and often witty statement that has become essential.

Sleep
Dopesmoker

Got to keep the lads in smoking paraphernalia. This must get re-issued at least once a year (around the same number of times the members of Sleep actually get out of bed in fact). This is a stone cold stoner rock classic though. It invented the genre pretty much... full of sludging riffs, grumbling bass, cannabis rhythms.    

SWANS
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Cue the 2010 reconvening of Swans. Cue preposterous album title. Cue an album of power and bruising intensity. After five years away from the Swans project making something somewhat gentler as Angels of Light (not the milk-based pudding dish of nearly the same name) Michael Gira obviously had a lot of pent-up aggression to let out. This marked the start of phase two of the Swans journey which continued with several subsequent albums of grinding sonic rock.    

SWANS
The Seer

As the current incarnation of Swans draws to a close, here’s the second studio album by that version of the band, from 2012. Michael Gira assembled a lineup of veterans like Norman Westberg and new blood including Thor Harris, guest spots from the likes of Karen O and Ben Frost, with even Jarboe making an appearance. They managed to combine the monolithic heaviness of the past with a new sensibility that saw the lengthy tracks evolve over the course of touring. Massive epics like The Apostate and the 32-minute title track are balanced by gentle miniatures such as The Daughter Brings the Water and Song for a Warrior. This is a huge, sprawling album, and only the first of three such two-hour, 2CD or 3LP monsters. Some of the most ambitious and visionary rock music of recent years. 

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The final album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential.

Tame Impala
Innerspeaker

Tame Impala have proved themselves champions of psychedelic rock over the past few years, ascending to the top of the pecking order with 'Lonerism', their tightly-knit collection of fluorescent pop tunes. Their debut 'Innerspeaker' is a worthy record in its own right, deftly navigating their heavy stoner influence with serene and inviting pop hooks. 

The Big Pink
Velvet

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The Caretaker
Persistent Repetition of Phrases

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The Cribs
Ignore The Ignorant

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The Declining Winter
Haunt The Upper Hallways

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The Declining Winter
Goodbye Minnesota

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The Drums
Let's Go Surfing

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The FLK
We Know Where The Time Goes

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The Haxan Cloak
Excavation

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The Heads
Tilburg

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The National
High Violet

The National just keep going from strength to strength. High Violet was their 2010 album and as with all their other releases it received both critical and commercial acclaim. Their warm heart-on-sleeve form of heartland rock seems to appeal to everyone  - older music listeners, hipsters, babies. They could probably teach a course in how to write mature and poetic indie-rock and they certainly already have the hip lecturer look down pat.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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The xx
xx

Shh! Quiet! We don’t want to rouse the neighbours now do we, my little xx’s. I said shh! God, with all the racket you’re making people might start to think that you’re not trying to create a nocturnal, vaguely soulful indie-rock LP that will have profound effects on the sound of alternative pop for years to come. Jamie, stop messing around with those steel drums! You'll awake the whole neighborhood with that racket...

Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

This isn’t the brutal sensory blast that the amazing title might suggest. It’s creepy pipe organ/piano/synth drone music, recorded in a church in Reykjavik. Super unnerving, but equally beautiful and engaging. It’s one of Hecker’s best works for sure, and is released on double LP and CD on Kranky.

Tindersticks
Boobar Come Back To Me

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Vangelis
Blade Runner

Composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, the Blade Runner soundtrack has assumed legendary status amongst fans of synthesizer music. Its combination of classical compositions with synth work perfect mirrors the futuristic atmospheric ambient noir of the original film. A classic of the genre. 
  • Vinyl LP (0825646122110)
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Wooden Shjips
Wooden Shjips

They've got repetition in their music and they're never gonna lose it! Taking cues from The Fall's musical manifesto, the doomy psych rock of The Doors, the kosmische of NEU!, Suicide's gritty synth punk and the fuzz-rock of Spacemen 3, Wooden Shjips' take on psychedelia is incredibly hypnotic. The grooves will bury themselves into your head for years to come.