This week's hand-picked preorders

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Arctic Monkeys
Live At The Royal Albert Hall

With proceeds going to War Child in light of the funding shortfall the charity has faced with the Coronavirus lockdown, Arctic Monkeys release ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’. Recorded in June 2018 at the start of their tour for ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’, the setlist features twenty tracks spanning their hugely successful career.
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Autechre
PLUS

So, you know how you have been pretty excited about that new Autechre album 'SIGN' and are probably still getting your head around its intricacies? Well here's another thing to pile on top of that. Autechre did promise us two albums in 2020, and true to their word 'PLUS' is a further one hour and three minutes of their trademark warped electronics. Features future classic 'DekDre Scap B'. 

Belle and Sebastian
What To Look For In Summer

‘What To Look For In Summer’ captures twenty-two live performances from Belle and Sebastian. Recorded during their 2019 tour and including performances on their special ‘Boaty Weekender’ cruise (whatever that is), the tracklist here includes songs spanning their whole career - from their trio of EPs the band dropped in early 2018 right back to classic twee-pop cuts from the Nineties.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OLE1638LP)
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Benny The Butcher
Burden of Proof

Already acclaimed because of his role in New York-based hip-hop collective Griselda and his 2018 debut solo album ‘Tana Talk 3’, rapper Benny The Butcher releases arguably the best album of his career so far with ‘Burden of Proof’. Produced with the help of Hit-Boy, it’s a gritty, diverse and concise record, one that features guest spots from the likes of Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Freddie Gibbs.

Black Country, New Road
For the first time

London post-rock septet Black Country, New Road hail from the famed Brixton Windmill scene (Fat White Family, black midi etc). 'For the first time' is their debut album and follows the highly-rated singles ‘Athens, France’ and ‘Sunglasses’. The engaging, literate lyrics contain stories of terrible sex and tabloid pop culture references whilst the music is reminiscent of Slint and Sonic Youth experimenting with jazz maybe.

Bonobo
Black Sands (10th Anniversary Edition)

Simon Green aka Bonobo has become one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the last decade or so. It all pretty much started with his critically-acclaimed 2010 opus 'Black Sands'. The album's success was down to its blending lush, emotional instrumentation with influences from bass-heavy UK electronic music. For this tenth anniversary reissue Green has taken a new cover shot ... which tries to recapture the original.
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Cobalt Chapel
Orange Synthetic

That album sleeve looks like every day out I've had in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us in Yorkshire. Cobalt Chapel have made an entire album called 'Orange Synthetic' about the place - about its history, folklore, nature and landscape. What a place! And the perfect subject matter for their style of music, one which includes all kinds of organ variants plus mandolin and recorders all topped off with Cecelia Fage's cut-glass vocal. 
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Deftones
White Pony (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Incorporating elements of shoegaze, prog, post-hardcore and trip-hop into their alternative metal template, Deftones’ 2000 album ‘White Pony’ is rightly regarded as one of the most influential albums of the Noughties. Here, it gets a deluxe reissue for its twentieth anniversary, accompanied with a remix album titled ‘Black Stallion’ featuring reworks from Clams Casino, DJ Shadow, Robert Smith and more.
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Guided By Voices
Styles We Paid For

A little issue like the almost complete shut-down of the music industry because of a deadly pandemic was never likely to prevent Robert Pollard from continuing to make music. Incredibly, ‘Styles We Paid For’ is Guided By Voices’ third album of 2020 alone and thirty-second in total. Recorded remotely in five different states, it’s heavy on Pollard’s latent passions for arena rock but also filled with bizarro imagery that feels particularly apt this year.

Here Lies Man
Ritual Divination

That's some impressive sleeve art - they are matches you know. Here Lies Man are an LA-based collective who have been described as "Black Sabbath meets Afrobeat". The hard-touring quartet have just delivered their fourth album 'Ritual Divination', a record which seems to be one of those "soundtrack to an imagined movie"-type affairs that takes the listener on a psychedelic journey and whatnot. Amazingly, Here Lies Man's keyboard player is called Doug Organ. 
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John Carpenter
Lost Themes III

After some years of relative silence, John Carpenter has been busy in the past decade with his 'Lost Themes' project - the records even produced his first-ever tour back in 2016.  He's now onto 'Lost Themes III', a record made in collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The LP catches Carpenter at the peak of a critical and commercial resurgence and helps to cement his place as a leading light of modern-day electronics and soundtrack work.  
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Khruangbin
Christmas Time Is Here

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Khruangbin
Late Night Tales

It’s Khruangbin’s turn to curate an edition of 'Late Night Tales', and their choices here are eclectic to say the least. Nigeria and Ethiopia are represented by Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band respectively, Spain gets a look in with Paloma San Basilio and we have hindi disco from Nazia Hassan. Fellow Texans, tejano singer David Marez and guitarist Kelly Doyle make an appearance whilst Khruangbin themselves turn in a cover of Kool & The Gang’s 'Summer Madness' - a track which is exclusive to this record. There is lots more too! It’s always good to know what music makes a band tick. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ALNLP60)
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King Hannah
Tell Me Your Mind and I'll Tell You Mine

‘Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine’ is the debut studio EP from Liverpool-based duo King Hannah, a band recently signed to City Slang and arguably one of the country’s most exciting new acts at the time of release. Teased by the diffident ballad ‘Crème Brûlée’, these six tracks alternate between blissful acoustic moods and cinematic explosions of post-rock.

Martin Rude & Jakob Sk√łtt Duo
The Dichotomy of Control

A second album in 2020 alone for Sun River’s Martin Rude and Causa Sui drummer Jakob Skøtt. Following the release of ‘The Discipline of Assent’ an album which was stitched together from first-takes and improvs, ‘The Dichotomy of Control’, recorded in July at Skøtt’s bandmate Jonas Munk’s studio, is perhaps more planned but is a no less funky take on spiritualised soul-jazz.
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Mogwai
As The Love Continues

Glaswegian legends Mogwai reveal their tenth studio album. Reuniting with producer Dave Fridmann, the chap who worked on 2001’s ‘Rock Action’ and ‘Every Country’s Sun’ in 2016, the band recorded remotely for ‘As The Love Continues’. This is a cathartic and cinematic album of instrumental post-rock that includes guest spots from Nine Inch Nails collaborator Atticus Ross and saxophonist Colin Stetson.
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Negativland
The World Will Decide

‘The World Will Decide’ is fourteenth studio album from Bay Area experimental outfit Negativland and one which forms the second half of a pair of releases with 2019’s ‘True False’. As fans might guess from the artwork, 'The World Will Decide' is intended as 'True False's “mirror image”, a brighter and more resolved vision for humanity. Super-zany music - think Matmos and Mouse On Mars.
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Nick Mulvey
Begin Again

Following its digital release back in July 2020, the latest EP from contemporary-classical outfit Portico Quartet’s Nick Mulvey gets a physical release on "eco-mix" vinyl. Completed during the Coronavirus lockdown but written beforehand, the three songs of interdependency and community on ‘Begin Again’ took on a profound new meaning in 2020.
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Rhye
Home

Rhye is the project of Canadian songwriter Michael Milosh who, after years of being a wandering minstrel, has now settled into a creative domesticity in Topanga. Nice. His new album 'Home' continues his exquisite form of home-made music, full of piano and orchestral touches all topped off by his eerily genderless vocals. To add some shine to it, this was mixed by Alan Moulder (U2, the Killers etc).  
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Rob Mazurek - Exploding Star Orchestra
Dimensional Stardust

Rob Mazurek is a highly prolific composer, cornet player and improviser from Chicago. He has released records with a number of different acts. 'Dimensional Stardust' was recorded with his Exploding Star Orchestra, an outfit formed following a commission from Chicago Cultural Centre in 2005 to represent the city's diverse avant-garde community. This particular lineup of the orchestra was put together in 2018 and features the wide influences the orchestra is known for along with top-notch musical chops, spiritual jazz sensibilities and extremely well-rehearsed performance. File next to the large-ensemble work of Horace Tapscott and Sun Ra.

Sleaford Mods
Spare Ribs

2020 needs a damn good kicking and who better to administer it than perennial Norman faves, Sleaford Mods? You all know the drill/formula by now: caustic lyrics delivered with angry panache from Jason Williamson, backed up by Andrew Fearne's superbly sparse music. After a good while in the game it should be getting a bit boring by now, but somehow the Mods continue to evade that grisly fate. Featuring guest spots from Aussie punk Amy Taylor (Amyl and the Sniffers) and the very much up-and-coming Billy Nomates.

The Amorphous Androgynous & Peter Hammill
We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal

We need more record sleeves that look like that. Bubbling duo the Amorphous Androgynous once tried to help Noel Gallagher be weird but in truth they are probably best off making proggy space-rock records like this. Guests include Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), the never-afraid-to-be-a-bit-weird Paul Weller plus members of Spencer Davis Group and Soft Machine. A supremely cosmic trip throughout. 

TV Priest
Uppers

Yet another promising post-punk band to have emerged from these isles in the last few years, London-based quartet TV Priest unleash their debut studio album. Off the back of two BBC 6Music-championed singles in 2020 alone - ‘Runner Up’ and ‘House of York’ - 'Uppers' is a ferocious, politically conscious headlong charge drawing down on industrial and classic punk influences.
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Various
Scarred For Life 2

Independent UK electronica label Castles In Space present a twenty-three-track compilation of hauntologically-flavoured nuggets. The likes of Oliver Cherer, Martin Jensen, Jonathan Sharp, Daniel Högberg, and Keith Seatman feature across 'Scarred For Life 2'. Like any record of hauntological electronics worth its salt, 'Scarred For Life 2' explores gauzy childhood nostalgia and our first interactions with television and technology. These tunes have been influenced by 70s and 80s television themes and music.
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Virginia Wing
private LIFE

Anxiety, stress, death, emotion - mental trauma is something a lot of us have had to deal with in this most horrible of years (for posterity's sake, we're writing this in 2020). The members of Virginia Wing have used suffering as a platform from which to make a brash and daring pop record. We all need an album that is somewhat life-affirming in these dark times, and as such 'private LIFE' may provide therapy for both the protagonists and the listener. The band have really moved their sound on in recent years - they make a sort of artsy, icy take on synth-pop now - so if anyone is going to achieve this it might well be them. 
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