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Preorder release schedule

Here's what we know about the latest preorders and when they're due in. Note: some of these dates aren't so much 'estimates' as 'guaranteed-to-be-wildly-inaccurate-near-guesses'. Doesn't mean we're not all excited though, eh?


  • 15th December 2018

    Various - Popcorn Lung: A Polytechnic Youth Collection

    Following on from They Make No Say, the last comp on Polytechnic Youth, we have Popcorn Lung - a compilation which the label are pretty sure will be their last release of 2018. Synth pop, industrial electro, komische and electronic are blended seamlessly to make one great listening album. It is made up from exclusives and previously released tracks by XAM Duo, New Age Arcade, Gabe Knox, Australian Testing Labs Inc and more.

    Due in: today
  • 17th December 2018

    Elecktroids - Elektroworld

    Due in: only 2 sleeps to go
  • 17th December 2018

    Various - Absolutely Wino (Georgian Bootleg Edition)

    Irish label Wah Wah Wino keep their head below water on the internet it seems. After three releases of playful leftfield house tracks they are putting themselves on full display with a compilation of a load of their artists. Expect the weird and wonderful. Includes Gombeen & Doygen, Little Movies, OD Dingus, and label head Dark Delight.

    Due in: only 2 sleeps to go
  • 17th December 2018

    Vymethoxy Redspiders - Perspectives from the Silverspore Expanse

    Due in: only 2 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Pendant - Make Me Know You Sweet

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Christoph de Babalon - If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It (2018 Remaster)

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Space Afrika - Somewhere Decent To Live

    If you've been crying out for a nicely blissed out dub techno record then you might have had your prayers answered with this. Gorgeous sprawling ambient haze with nods to UK garage, drum 'n' bass, deep house. Beautifully spectral, this is one for your late night jams. Mastered by Stefan Betke.   

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Shinichi Atobe - Heat

    Mysterious Japanese producer Shinichi Atobe surprise-drops a new LP via Demdike Stare’s DDS (Micachu, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe). Heat is a bit more welcoming than the austere techno sound Atobe has previously exhibited, with tracks like ‘So Good, So Right’ and ‘Heat 1’ displaying a stronger house influence than any of his other work. However, there is still a sense of woozy minimalism here that traces a line to records like Butterfly Effect. Fans of Juniper and Detroit Swindle step this way.

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Objekt - Cocoon Crush

    To the great concern of caterpillars everywhere, brainy Berlin DJ and producer Objekt is back at the Deconstruct-A-Club Workshop with another LP for brainy Berlin label PAN. Cocoon Crush is as immaculate as its predecessor Flatland, but contrasts in being much more focused on manipulating recordings (of all sorts of stuff) into organic textures, rather than synthesising material from scratch.

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) [Remixes]

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 18th December 2018

    Low Jack and Clara! - Les Disques De La Bretagne

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 19th December 2018

    Denis Sulta - L & S [You Mean Everything Mix] / Awake Oh Rhion

    Denis Sulta (who actually isn't called Denis at all  - real name Hector Barbour) is back with a couple of fresh cuts.  He's doing pretty well globe wide and has recently curated his own festival which took place in a stately home in Edinburgh. High flying times indeed but these slow burning disco tracks are always good and tend to fly off our shelves. 

    Due in: only 4 sleeps to go
  • 20th December 2018

    The Gentleman Losers - Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter

    It must be something about the dark days of winter that these guys want to capitalize on, with their quiet, melancholy, and perfectly fine-tuned electronic music. Finnish ambient post-rockers The Gentleman Losers already put out one of our favorite albums of 2018. Make We Here Our Camp of Winter continues in the same vein but, not unlike my personal life, is a bit emptier, bleaker, and slower.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 20th December 2018

    Umber - This Earth To Another

    In these cold months there's going to be mornings when you need a bit more than your fancy Wake Up Light. Enter Ulver’s sweeping, positive ambient. The sweeping pads, gentle piano melodies, and delayed guitars on This Earth to Another create completely harmonious, safe, and sweet soundscapes. Great find if you like Hammock, Helios, or Johann Johannsson’s Dis.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Dictaphone - M.=Addiction

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Dictaphone - Nacht EP

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Dictaphone - Vertigo II

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Dictaphone - Poems From A Rooftop

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Cosmic Eye - Dream Sequence

    Cosmic Eye released this music in 1972 and is now coming to you in 2014 via The Roundtable imprint. What we have is some (very) psychedelic jazz, sounding positively out-of-time and, indeed, a little cosmic. Dream Sequence is formed of two long-form pieces from this British collective, with a heavy eastern tip courtesy of its Indian-born players. Reissued, remastered and on 180g vinyl.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    ASC - Trans-Neptunian Objects

    Thickly textured, booming ambience that takes you into the farthest reaches of deep space. The 16th full length album from the head of the Auxiliary label, ASC. With other releases on Samurai Red Seal, Silent Season, and Thermal ASC is a master of deep ambience. File with your Wolfgang Voigt/Gas records.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Estrons - You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough

    Searing rock music from Welsh rock band Estrons. And I'm not just saying that because they've put a volcano on their album cover, this is proper pulse-quickening exciting stuff. Fast and catchy guitar riffs pair with vocalist Tali's visceral singing to make something with genuine weight. You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough, and I saw Estrons are just right.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Eartheater - IRISIRI

    The latest envelope-pushing visionary to join the Pan roster is Queens-based artist Eartheater. With a name like that one comes to IRISIRI expecting a metal band, and though Eartheater’s music tends more towards the turbulent electronics of Aisha Devi and Alice Glass this LP also has a whiff of the electro-industrialism of, say, Nine Inch Nails. The rock influence brings IRISIRI into the orbit of recent drops by Hirakish, Zola Jesus and IVVVO.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    The C.I.A. - The C.I.A.

    The 1,436,893th record that Ty Segall has had a hand in this year drops on In The Red (Chain And The Gang, Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds). The C.I.A.'s eponymous record (try Googling it) finds Segall joined by his wife Denee and The Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelly for an album that is part-Velvet Underground garage meditation, part-Suicide-style electro-punk and part-post-Crass abandon.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Céline Gillain - Bad Woman

    Céline Gillain deals in maximal pop, well, a skewiff interpretation of it. It’s experimental pop in the truest sense, one that doesn’t sacrifice any of pop’s sensory appeal while tearing forcefully at the genres seams. The 6-track LP comes out via the Drama label, and is a testament to Gillain’s singular vision.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Dictaphone - Collection

    Dictaphone are a an electronic music project started by Oliver Doerell, who grew up in Brussels, in Berlin at some point in the late ‘90s. A couple of years later he was joined by Roger Doring. They bonded over the ‘80s Brussels music scene. They became a trio in 2009 when violin player, Alex Stolze joined. Collection gathers together their 4 albums on a very limited 4LP box set or 3CD set.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Ricardo Donoso - Calibrate

    Denovali (Nadia Struiwigh, Her Name Is Calla) drop the new LP from Brazilian artist Ricardo Donoso. Calibrate sees Donoso going even deeper down the dark IDM/techno path than he did on June’s collaborative LP with Thiago Kochenborger. Frenzied soundscapes like ‘Rendering The Ineffable’ recall Arca, Phase Fatale and Bonaventure in equal measure. Powerful stuff.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Howlround - The Debatable Lands

    Touch Records (Oren Ambarchi, Philip Jeck) drop an LP of phasing experiments from Howlround. Howlround mastermind Robin The Fog created all of the sounds on this record with nothing other than some loops of tape and a microphone. Stretching and bending his tape ala Steve Reich, the resulting record is a set of jittery concrete pulses.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Efdemin - Wrong Movements

    Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts has had a great 2018 - check out the stuff the label has released by Serena Butler and L.B. Dub Corp if you don’t believe us. The third drop in SA’s Totem series comes courtesy of techno bossman Efdemin. Wrong Movements kicks off with ‘Wrong Movements (Circles)’, a thumping dub-tech-house number, before flipping the same synth groove two ways on the B-side - ‘Wrong Movements (Left)’, a spiralling minimal number, and the weightless ‘Wrong Movements (Right)’.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    The Daktaris - Soul Explosion

    Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Beverly Copeland

    Originally released in 1970, Beverly Copeland is a mix of jazz and blues in that smoky, Motown vein of artists such as Marlena Shaw and Gloria Ann Taylor. This low-key album by Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been a hidden-gem for years. Having now transitioned to Glenn Copeland, Copeland's music has been rediscovered and he is touring once more.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Konami Kukeiha Club - Gradius II

    Strap-in and get ready for take off! Remastered and released on vinyl for the first time is the soundtrack to Gradius II the Konami shoot-em-up game. Konami Kukeiha Club created a raucous riff of electro-rock for the game that sounds like you're in an arcade game and is cool as hell. The A-side is the original game score, with the score to the MSX computer version of the game on the B-side.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Konami Kukeiha Club - Gradius III

    Gradius III was the Konami game series' first foray into 16-bit and it had a suitably futuristic soundtrack, released here for the first time on vinyl. Written by Konami Kukeiha Club, the soundtrack is jarring synths and spacey tinkles and it evokes the feeling of racing through space with your mates on a rainy Thursday afternoon. 

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Doug Shorts - Casual Encounter / Keep Your Head Up

    Good things come to those who wait. That’s certainly true in the case of the wonderfully named Chicago soul singer, Doug Shorts. He’s been trying to get noticed since the ‘60s, but it took him until 2012 to actually release anything. Then he was able to release a few tracks, now stone classics, through Cherries Records. He’s now part of the Daptone family. Casual Encounter/Keep Your Head Up 7” one upbeat modern soul groove and one mid-tempo ballad. 7” on Daptone.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    Fine Jewelers - Braindance Through The Midnight D-Beat

    Pissed Jeans frontman Matt Korvette has long been one of punk’s most eccentric and interesting fellows. As such, it’s not really a surprise to find that his next move takes him away from the rocksphere and into the realm of gabber. Alongside Dan ‘Helmer’ Helmer, Korvette creates an industrial-strength racket on the Braindance Through The Midnight D-Beat, the debut EP from Fine Jewelers.

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 21st December 2018

    ASC - Trans-Neptunian Objects 2

    Due in: only 6 sleeps to go
  • 24th December 2018

    Softman - 500ms

    Singaporeans Evening Chants seem to be ever on the lookout for beautiful gems to spread to the rest of the world. Brit Softman coded his own music world, fed it samples from records, and tweaked his parameters to create a wondrous tape-hiss soundscape. 500ms is out on 120 beautifully packaged cassette tapes only and you will love it if you’re into the Pop Ambient series, GAS, and Fennesz.

    Due in: only 9 sleeps to go
  • 31st December 2018

    Touch - We Feel Fine

    It's 10 years of Fruits de Mer and they are celebrating with We Feel Fine by Touch on 7" vinyl. Originally released in 1969 on the band's self-titled LP, this is the first time that this heavy proto-prog and darting psych track has been released as a single in its own right. 

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 31st December 2018

    Elfin Bow & Gary Lloyd - Who Knows Where The Time Goes

    Elfin Bow, aka Elizabeth Kearney, has collaborated with composer and producer, Gary Lloyd on Who Knows Where The Time Goes, her debut 7" on Fruits de Mer. Having always wanted to work with an orchestra, Kearney's cover of Sandy Denny's track has allowed her to do so. The B-side is a cover of her own single, The Wisdom

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 31st December 2018

    Nick Nicely - All Along The Watchtower

    Here, Nick Nicely covers the Dylan/Hendrix classic, All Along The Watchtower for Fruits de Mer. It's a modern psych take from Nicely and he backs it with his own original track, Doors of Perception. It's a solid addition to the Fruits de Mer catalogue of heavy psych and freak-out.

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 31st December 2018

    The Chemistry Set - Firefly

    It's 30 years of The Chemistry Set and they are still rocking out with some heavy, classic '60s psych with Firefly, released on Fruits de Mer as a 7" single. It's a heavy track that woozes into psych perfume before hammering itself home. It is backed by the gentler Sail Away.

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    John Coltrane - 1963: New Directions

    John Coltrane burned brilliantly brightly, if briefly; here are five of his best LPs. '1963: New Directions' brings together all of Coltrane's 1963 Impulse recordings, in the order in which they were laid down to tape. The year marked a transition point for Coltrane, he would go on to record 1964's 'Crescent' and 'A Love Supreme', of course. Available as a 5x LP box set and a 3x CD set and include artwork featuring original collages. On Impulse!

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    HIA & Biosphere - Polar Sequences

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    Ambiance - Ebun

    Ambiance were led by Nigerian-born Saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger, Daoud Abubakar Balewa. Ebun by is an album of technically proficient jazz/funk fusion. Lots of notes played accurately. It’s been extremely difficult to find since its original 1979 release, but now it’s getting a reissue with its original artwork. Reissue LP on High Jazz.

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    Echobelly - On

    Everything was simpler back in the ‘90s, wasn’t it. New Labour. ‘Three Lions’. The Millennium Bug. Lovely old job. Slap bang in the middle of the decade we found ourselves contending with Echobelly’s sophomore LP On, a fine collection of Breeders-inspired Britscuzz. Fast forward to the present day and you’ve got yourself this here reissue.

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    Terry Riley - In C

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    Roger Limb and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - The Box Of Delights (Original TV Soundtrack)

    In 1984, Roger Limb - with the aid of the Radiophonic Workshop - took on the job of scoring the BBC’s adaptation of Masefield’s 1935 fantasy adventure classic ‘The Box of Delights’. Silva Screen are reissuing the score which combined orchestral work with the kind of innovative electronic tampering you’d expect from the Radiophonic Workshop.

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    John Garcia - John Garcia And The Band Of Gold

    Providing vocals for legendary stoners Kyuss will probably always be John Garcia’s greatest merit, but that doesn’t mean the man sits still. He’s played with a bunch of bands that were a lot like Kyuss but just not as good, and also makes solo albums. The humbly titled John Garcia and his Band of Gold is his latest effort, and you’d be right to expect tasty licks and high-pitched vocal wails, but with a bit more bluesy twang than classic stoner rock. 

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 4th January 2019

    E.R.P. - Afterimage

    Dallas based electro musician Gerard Hanson also known as Convextion also known as E.R.P. is releasing his debut album under that last pseudonym. The eight tracks here on Afterimage feature the deep Detroit style electro he's known for as well as the strings he's loved for. Double LP on Forgotten Futures

     

    Due in: only 20 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Death in Vegas - The Contino Sessions

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    North Sea Radio Orchestra - North Sea Radio Orchestra

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    ISIS - The Red Sea

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    The Detroit Cobras - Original Recordings 1995 - 1997

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

    Originally released in 1998, Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev was supposed to be their final album, so they threw everything at it. It turned out to be their fourth album out of eight and counting. The band came from a much stranger and unhinged place, with the odd-yet-enjoyable albums Yerself Is Steam and Boces, before 1995’s See You On The Other Side showed glimpses of how great the band could really be. Making this graceful, tender, powerful and magnificent beast has defined the band and is yet to be bettered. It topped end of year polls in Mojo and NME among other magazines at the time. Reissue LP on the band’s own Excelsior Melodies label.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Nadine Shah - Love Your Dum And Mad

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Lone - Reality Testing

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Television - Adventure

    You might think that Television only made one album such is the lordation given to 'Marquee Moon'. This is their second album which, its safe to say, didn't do quite as well at the time both critically and commercially. It has a softer more layered sound which has more of a 60's West Coast vibe and could easily be seen to influence the nascent REM. Verlaine's voice is still as wiry and ragged but this sweeter side of Television should not be overlooked.  Long awaited vinyl re-issue on Rhino. 

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Various - Heartworn Highways – Original Soundtrack

    The documentary film Heartworn Highways and its soundtrack perfectly captures the time when country troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, among others, began to wrestle the credibility of country music back from the shiny over-production that was going on in Nashville. The film and the musicians showed their love for the folk and bluegrass roots of country music.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Eartheater - IRISIRI

    The latest envelope-pushing visionary to join the Pan roster is Queens-based artist Eartheater. With a name like that one comes to IRISIRI expecting a metal band, and though Eartheater’s music tends more towards the turbulent electronics of Aisha Devi and Alice Glass this LP also has a whiff of the electro-industrialism of, say, Nine Inch Nails. The rock influence brings IRISIRI into the orbit of recent drops by Hirakish, Zola Jesus and IVVVO.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Mac DeMarco / Haruomi Hosono - Honey Moon

    Turns out that Mac DeMarco is a huge fan of Japanese legend Haruomi Hosono and as part of this ongoing series from Lights in the Attic has chosen to cover 'Honey Moon' in his inimitable style whilst also singing in Japanese. You'll remember this series from the time Ariel Pink covered Donnie & Joe Emerson's 'Baby' and the format remains the same here  - you get the cover on the A side and the original on the flip.  

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    You Tell Me - You Tell Me

    You Tell Me is the new project from Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Hayes. After working together on the last Field Music album, Open Here,(check out the closing track ‘Find A Way To Keep Me’ to hear Sarah Hayes’ flute & vocal work) they’ve decided there’s enough of a musical spark to work as a duo. The album’s theme centres around communication which extends to the sharing of ideas between new musical collaborators. LP and CD on Memphis Industries, including two 'indies only' limited vinyl versions - but be quick!

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Tallies - Tallies

    Tallies are very new and very upbeat indie-pop four-piece from Toronto, Canada. From their guitar work influences such as The Durutti Column and Johnny Marr, are clear to see, whilst the vocals hint at the Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. All this is filtered through a Beach Boys surf vibe. LP and CD on Fear Of Missing Out.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Khana Bierbood - Strangers From The Far East

    Khana Bierbood are Thai band who came up with their blend ‘60s surf, ‘70s garage rock and traditional sounds after hours of jamming together. Their name, which translates into English as Strange Brew, gives further clues to their influences. The band have been together since 2012, but Strangers From The Far East is their first album. Fans of Thee Oh Sees, Dengue Fever and La Luz would be encouraged to give this a listen. LP and CD on Guruguru Brain.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Ultramarine - Signals Into Space

    Signals Into Space is the seventh album by electronic duo, Ultramarine. They made their first recordings for Les Disques Du Crépuscule way back in 1990. Signals Into Space sees the duo working with Anna Domino and saxophonist Iain Bellamy. It was conceived in their rehearsal space - a room without windows. This location has played its part in creating what they call a ‘visually escapist’ record. LP and CD on Les Disques Du Crépuscule.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    The Silver Field - Rooms

    Nice new thing on Tim BurgessO Genesis (Richard Youngs, Daniel O’Sullivan) here. The Silver Field is the project of one Coral Rose and the various instruments/bits of recording equipment that she’s collected down the years. On Rooms, Rose spools out a brand of dreamy, pastoral post-punk pitched somewhere between Durutti Column and Panda Bear. She’s got a beautiful voice too - it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she sounds like Joni Mitchell.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Elecktroids - Kilohertz

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    For Against - Mason’s California Lunchroom

    Mason’s California Lunchroom was For Against’s second album for the Rainbow Quartz label, their fourth album in all. It was originally released in 1995. The band, who hail from Lincoln, Nabraska, moulded their darkwave sound through being influenced by a lot of independent British music that was around in the early ‘80s. Reissue LP and digipak CD on Saint Marie.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    For Against - Shelf Life

    Pioneering darkwave/post-punk band, For Against, have been plying their trade on-and-off since 1984. Shelf Life was their 5th album and was originally released in 1997. They take their influences from early 4AD and Factory bands which was odd for a band from midwest USA at the time. Reissue LP and digipak CD on Saint Marie.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    The Delines - The Imperial

    Singer, songwriter and novelis Willy Vlautin’s post-Richmond Fontaine band, The Delines return with their second album, The Imperial. The band feature members of The Damnations TX, The Minus 5 and other members of Richmond Fontaine. They play a soulful brand of alt. Country which would suit fans of Whiskeytown and Lambchop. LP and CD on Decor.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Vladimir Tarasov - Atto IV

    Sähkö Recordings’ sublabel Jazzpuu delivers a twenty-eighth anniversary reissue of Russian jazz percussionist Vladimir Tarasov’s Atto IV. The whole Atto series is tremendous stuff, with Tarasov here engrossingly tapping (and occasionally, hunting-horning) his way alongside revolving synth motifs and textures.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - De Facto

    This is the fifth album from Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete which they claim will make your head go POW! I'm looking forward to that happening and maybe it will as they suggest that it's a cross between Low's recent experimentation and Tender Buttons era Broadcast. Hopefully that has sold a few copies in anticipation.  

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Eliane Radigue - Geelriandre / Arthesis

    Travelling the world to play infinite early ambient/drone compositions at universities and museums, Eliane Radigue is one of the first pioneers of drone. Her works Geelriande and Arthesis are seemingly endless, patient, content to remain in a constant state of being. And now, for the first time, released on vinyl.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - In Summer

    Reissue of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s magical 2016 EP In Summer. Originally released and now sold-out on cassette, this intensely personal record alternates field recordings with large, emotional and noisy soundscapes, seemingly growing from a natural environment. This vinyl reissue is limited edition so get it while it’s fresh.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Obituary - Slowly We Rot

    Death metal pioneers, Obituary, hail from Florida. Their debut album, Slowly We Rot, was originally released in 1989. The band brought a number of aspects together to create the death metal sound - down tuning, a growling vocalist and tempo changes with the songs slowing down to give off a distinctly doomy vibe. 180g solid yellow and transparent green vinyl, limited to 2000 copies on Music On Vinyl.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Chris Carter - Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 - Coursework

    It’s barely been a minute since Chris Carter’s treated us to a tripped-out take on our boring high school years with Chemistry Lessons. With Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 - Course Work, he’s bringing us an extra track as well as three remixes, spanning cinematographic noise (Radiophonic Workshop), spaced-out techno (Chris Liebing), and dub techno (Daniel Avery).

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Nicolas Jaar - Nymphs

    Following on from the Against All Logic retrospective which was released in early 2018, electronic composer, Nicolas Jaar dips back into his archive for Nymphs. The music was written over a four year period between 2011 and 2015. This triple LP on R&S is the first time the series has been released as one compilation. Artwork designed by David Rudnick.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    The Monkees - Greatest Hits

    Were The Monkees cool? The 60s pop four-piece were assembled by TV producers to sing the songs of Boyce and Hart among others, but they had a certain charm. They definitely got a bit cooler when Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork started writing songs and Davy Jones could claim to be the world’s greatest tambourine player. This Greatest Hits LP was originally released in 1976 and includes Last Train To Clarksville, Listen To The Band, (I’m Not Your Stepping Stone), Daydream Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday. Orange coloured vinyl LP on Rhino.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Jeff Mills - Str Mrkd

    Loves a sub-label, does Jeff Mills. His Axis Records imprint already has several offshoots - Luxury Records, Purpose Maker, Something In The Sky - but the Detroit techno legend clearly feels like he needs another pie to stick his finger into. Thus have we the eponymous first release of his new Str Mrkd venture. Music-wise it’s pretty classic Mills, though closer ‘Aquarius’ is a more experimental brand of club fodder than we might expect from him.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Steven Stapleton / David Tibet - The Threats Of Memories

    The Threats of Memories is a collection of tracks by David Tibet from Current 93 and Steven Stapleton from Nurse With Wound. It features tracks from previous collaborations The Sadness of Things, Musicalische Kürbs Hütte and previously unreleased outtake from Musical Pumpkin Cottage. The album was originally made available at the Current 93/Nurse With Wound London gig in October ‘17. LP on Dirter.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Carla J. Easton - Impossible Stuff

    Scottish singer/songwriter Carla J Easton has her second solo album, Impossible Stuff, ready for your delectation. She has previously released albums as a member of TeenCanteen and under the alias Ette. After her debut solo album, Homemade Lemonade was critically and commercially well-received, she feels that she is now maturing as a songwriter and performer. It was recorded in Montreal at HOTEL2TANGO, a studio that has hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, Vic Chesnutt and Wolf Parade, among others.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Fightmilk - Not With That Attitude

    Ok, I’ll admit that I get annoyed when my loaf of bread gets squashed among other grocery items but I’ve never fought milk. London’s Fightmilk take their name from a sketch about an alcoholic milk drink on the US comedy show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. They have previously released one EP via Fierce Panda and now we have their debut long-player, Not With That Attitude. They take their influences from bands such as Sleeper, Long Blondes and Martha, among others.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Chorusgirl - Shimmer and Spin

    The 2015 self-titled debut by German/English indie four-piece Chorusgirl was released on Fortuna Pop! and received weighty support from BBC 6 Music. It’s been three years in the making, but they’re back with its follow-up, Shimmer and Spin. Comparisons can be made to Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Dum Dum Girls and La Luz, so if any of those float yer boat, get on board! LP on Reckless Yes.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Leighton Craig - Diamond Eye

    Leighton Craig lives in Brisbane, Australia. He makes lo-fi keyboard instrumentals that vary in their complexity. At times he drops in samples from his vast cassette library of noises. Diamond Eye is his latest album. Another thing he does is draw straight, descending lines as shown on the cover to this record. LP on Bruit Direct Disques.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Sylvain Chauveau - Pianisme

    Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Betonkust & Palmbomen II - Parallel B

    Retro analog synthesizer archeologists Palmbomen II and Betonkunst must've found a bunch of new old machines to make music on. Their new EP Parallel B is a suitable follow-up to this year’s Center Parcs, and contains more electronic time traveler’s melancholia, bass-line saws, and distorted kicks.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Felsmann + Tiley - Tempora

    Felsmann + Tiley are German-born musicians, Patrick Tiley and Dominik Felsmann. Whilst the pair love movie scores, piano-based pieces and the best electronic music has to offer, they often feel that all these styles stick to a path well-trodden or, in the case of film music, don’t work out of context. With Tempora, they wanted to make an album that was cinematic in range with a classical heart, using only synths. Their inspiration comes from Nils Frahm, Deadmau5, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - the pair who scored the Netfilx series Stranger Things and Olafur Arnalds. LP on Rare Ware Co.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Brainwaltzera - Epi-Log

    As the old saying goes, one person’s EP is another person’s mini-LP. However, Brainwaltzera can’t seem to to make up their mind which side to come down on - we heard that the six-track Epi-Log was the latter, but the FILM Records Bandcamp thinks otherwise. Whatever it is, it’s another fine release from the mysterious producer. The tracks here include retrofuturist jams ala Jam City’s Dream A Garden (‘Bad Endgar’), lurching IDM (‘CountDempops’) and Brainfeeder-style MPC work (‘Laif Of Smit’).

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    cv313 - Glass City Sessions

    If you didn’t know yet, cv313 are also known as Echospace. The duo of Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell have been leaders in the dub techno field for many a year now - so long, in fact, that they’re able to make new records out of jams they had nearly two decades ago. Glass City Sessions features reworkings of some tracks they played in abandoned asylum outside of Detroit back in 2000.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    East Village - Cubans In The Bluefields

    One of the great forgotten bands of the ‘80s indie scene, East Village, were formed by Buckinghamshire brothers Martin and Paul Kelly. Cubans In The Bluefields was their debut EP. The standout track of the three on offer is Strawberry Window, one of the most perfect slices of indie jangle pop you’ll ever hear. Blue coloured vinyl 7”, limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    The Pale Fountains - (There's Always) Something On My Mind

    (There’s Always) Something On My Mind was the debut single by The Pale Fountains from 1982. The band was lead by Michael Head who went on to form Shack and make great albums with The Strands and The Red Elastic Band. The A side is reminiscent of Orange Juice, whilst on the B-side, Just A Girl, you can hear the influence Love have had on Michael Head. 7” coloured vinyl, includes poster, limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Purple Image - Purple Image

    *Extremely John Lydon voice* Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage!

    Of course, this LP actually has nothing to do with The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny. It’s actually a rare 1970 funk-rock record from Cleveland, Ohio band Purple Image. As one could probably guess from the title there’s more than a bit of Hendrix to this one. This reissue comes courtesy of Tidal Waves Music.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Tolley & Dara - Cutheart

    Jazz bass, synth and percussion improvisations you say? Well. step right up for Cutheart by Aussie couple, Tolley & Dara. The album has been pieced together from a bunch of live improvised recordings made in 1979. David Tolley is a renowned Australian jazz bassist who has played one album by The Brian Brown Quartet and also formed Ex- with Gong’s Daevid Allen. He also brings a rack of analogue synths to this party. Dure Dara is a percussionist who dabbles in everything hitable from the normal to the exotic. Limited edition reissue LP on The Roundtable.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Alvin Lucier - Ricochet Lady

    Alvin Lucier composed Ricochet Lady in 2016. It is made up of four pieces, played on acoustic glockenspiel by Trevor Saint. Lucier composed the pieces with the intention of exploring sound by having each of the four pieces played in different environments, thus getting a different acoustic response from each performance. Digipak CD on Black Truffle, featuring liner notes by Lucier and Saint.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Ian Brown - First World Problems

    The wonky alt-rock wizard of Warrington and Stone Roses alumnus Ian Brown concludes a decade off and leads comeback album Ripples with new earworm ‘First World Problems’. Brown’s disdain for those who dwell on those titular problems is palpable. He even becomes irate enough to rhyme ‘crazy’ with ‘lazy’.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Max Richter - Mary Queen of Scots (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Ever look at the current British political miasma and imagine how differently things might have turned out if Mary Stuart had been allowed to take the English throne back in the 16th Century? Well, now you don’t have to! New blockbuster flick Mary Queen Of Scots follows the highs and lows (there were more lows) of Mary’s relationship/rivalry with Queen Elizabeth. Max Richter (The Blue Notebooks, Guerrilla) has done the score, which is what we have here. It’s yer regular Richter fare, all sawing strings and Michael Nyman-ish chamber vibes.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 11th January 2019

    Hammock - Universalis

    Nashville instrumental duo Hammock are nearing fifteen years in the game. Here’s the second instalment in their planned trilogy of albums (the first was 2017’s Mysterium). They occupy an airy space between post-rock, slowcore, ambient and modern classical (aka ambient cello); sounds like Ólafur Arnalds covering Mono’s quiet bits. Titles include ‘Tether of Yearning’, ‘Scattering Light’ and ‘We Watched You Disappear’. Top post-rock titles there.

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 14th January 2019

    Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen on Broadway

    Der-ner-ner derrrr ner-ner-ner, on Broooooadwaaaaay! Unfortunately this new collection from The Boss doesn’t feature a cover of the classic ‘60s paean to Manhattan, but Springsteen On Broadway makes up for it by featuring plenty of Bruce. Taped at his 2017-2018 run at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre, this collection is a masterful retrospective from a man ageing more gracefully than most. Springsteen chats and croons his way through some of his hits from down the years. Occasionally his wife Patti Scialfa turns up to accompany him.

    Due in: only 30 sleeps to go
  • 16th January 2019

    Ellen Fullman & Okkyung Lee - The Air Around Her

    Ellen Fullman is an artist of great patience and exploration whose ‘long string instrument’ stretches across a giant 26 metres, while Okkyung Lee’s approach to her instrument is often one of gnarled combat, shaping a new language for the cello. Together on this live document - recorded in Stockholm at The First Edition Festival for Other Music on 20 February 2016 - the pair are part of a truly symbiotic relationship.  

    Due in: only 32 sleeps to go
  • 16th January 2019

    BATTLE BREAK - BATTLE BREAK 2

    Battle Break 2 is a compilation LP on PRR! PRR! It includes eleven tracks from Lastrack, B-Ball Joints, Keiska, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, DJ Caesar, DJ Wolfi Bernreuther, The Hobbeats, Clara! & DJ Coquelin, DJ Dee Kay, Venderstrooik and Aids-3D.  According to the one word press release, this cannot and will not be broken, yeah?

    Due in: only 32 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    I Am Kloot - I Am Kloot

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Snow Patrol - Final Straw

    Snow Patrol’s 2003 album Final Straw was their third album, but their first real biggie. Having signed to a major label may have helped with production values and a marketing push, but they were solely responsible for writing some anthemic songs. Run, for example, went stratospheric and unfortunately became an X-Factor Staple. Also includes Spitting Games. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops

    Secret Machines were a New York-based Texan three-piece space rock band. They featured two brothers, Benjamin and Brandon Curtis along with drummer Josh Garza. Ten Silver Drops was the band's second album, originally released in 2006. Benjamin Curtis left after this album to form The School Of Seven Bells, however, he sadly died in 2013. Ten Silver Drops followed-up their debut LP Nowhere Is Nowhere making their galactic melodies and Bonham-esque drums even bigger in the process. They made one album after this before disbanding, however, internet rumours of a reunion are rife. 180g numbered limited edition vinyl including a bonus LP of B-sides and rarities. On Run Out Groove.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

    Eyes Open was the fourth album by Snow Patrol, coming three years after its predecessor, Final Straw, in 2006. It shifted a lot of copies and was the biggest selling album of the year. The major label boost was really paying off. To make the album extra shiny, U2, Robbie Williams and The Killers producer Jacknife Lee was drafted in. Among the 60-odd musicians that played on the album, Martha Wainwright and The Vaselines Eugene Kelly are the standout names. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns

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  • 18th January 2019

    Big Boss Man - Full English Beat Breakfast

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  • 18th January 2019

    Bardo Pond - Bardo Pond

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires

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  • 18th January 2019

    Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe

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  • 18th January 2019

    Various - The Big Lebowski (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    The soundtrack to a properly classic film, The Big Lebowski, is brought to vinyl. As well as the excellent, bowling-hallucination-featuring cover, you get music from Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Henry Mancini, Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Moondog, Bob Dylan, Meredith Monk amongst others. 

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Shabazz Palaces - Of Light

    They are big big deals now, but when the EP now compiled as Of Light was first released in 2009, Shabazz Palaces were all fresh and unknown, and suitably impressive. Here it is released again on vinyl by Templar Label Group, containing the genesis of the group’s jazzy and unusual hip-hop style.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    The Messthetics - The Messthetics

    What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine.  Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the biz.  

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Mac-Talla Nan Creag - The Sorrow Of Derdriu

    We were a massive fan of Firecracker's first Mac-Talla Nan Craeg release, a record that curve-balled our expectations on the label to release good house bangers via an archaeological dig of Scotland's ancient landscape. One can only assume that participating artists Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles have been up on the highlands drinking more whiskey as they've now got The Sorrow of Derdrilu to give us, another sound collage created through found sound, synths and traditional song study. They claim this one is more narratively driven, based on particular ancient tales rather than inferred from simply hanging out in the countryside.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become

    Ebony Hoorn and Ellery James Roberts (both of Manchester’s Wu Lyf) return with a second LP from their newer project Lost Under Heaven. The soberingly-titled, Mute-released Love Hates What You Become is solid, emotive alt-rock brimming with unrestrained vocal expression and lovely production. A band really going for it.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    The Twilight Sad - IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME

    A few years ago it seemed like the Twilight Sad had had their day. Despite releasing a string of brilliant records they hadn't really crossed over to the success they deserved. Yet all of a sudden here they are with what could be the biggest album of their career. They've used the opportunity to make some pretty wild punctuation experiments and are very fond of the forward slash. Hopefully this will help their mopey Scottish noise pop get an audience amongst the hoards of people who have seen them support the likes of the Cure and Editors.  

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Steve Mason - About The Light

    The Beta Band are a distant image in the rear view mirror of Steve Mason these days. Following their break up he continued under the King Biscuit Time moniker before releasing Boys Outside (2010) under his own name. About The Light is his fourth solo album. Previously all of his solo albums have been made alone, this time he got his live band involved from the start to try and capture the energy of their live show. Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs) produced the album. LP and CD on Domino imprint Double Six.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Passarani - W.O.W.

    Italian legend DJ/Producer Marco Passarani (Nature, Peacefrog, Generator, Skam, Numbers etc.) drops his first full-length in six years on Dusseldorf imprint Offen Music. Nothing to upset the apple-cart across the eight tracks of W.O.W., just eight cuts of perky club fare replete with pattering 808s and swaying melodies. ‘Get Down’ has a bit of an acid flare to it, but other than that this LP is the soundtrack to the last beach party of the summer.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Night Beats - Myth Of A Man

    Night Beats with their fourth studio LP here (and the second they’ve put out via Heavenly). The press release for Myth Of A Man claims that this is a record that can already go toe-to-toe with the classics. It might be a bit early to be making such proclamations, but this is certainly a well-heeled collection of Lee Hazlewood-esque psych-country.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    RYD - RYD

    RYD is the recording moniker of Ryan Downie, a producer and songwriter from North London. He takes inspiration from Bon Iver, Missy Elliott and Timbaland to create his songs that blend the crystalline sound of electronics with some heart-wrenching themes and ethereal production. Self-titled debut LP and CD on 37 Adventures.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

    Remind Me Tomorrow is the first album in four years by Sharon Van Etten. Despite not making any solo albums in that time she’s been rather busy having a baby, gaining psychology qualifications, working with David Lynch and writing a score for the movie, Strange Weather. All this action has lead to her making a more upbeat album. Produced and arranged by John Congleton. LP or CD on Jagjaguwar.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Go Dark - Neon Young

    Bella Union, home to Beach House, Horse Thief, Mercury Rev, Pom Poko, Psychic Markers and many other two-word bands add two-word band Go Dark (Crash Gallegos and Anticon veteran Doseone Drucker) to their roster. No doubt the label was delighted to discover that the album too boasts a two-word title, Neon Young. Moreover it’s a fine wodge of cyberpunk synthpop, full of aggressive energy and razor production.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Angelo De Augustine - Tomb

    We absolutely loved Angelo De Augustine's Swim Inside the Moon LP here at the towers and so are exited to hear this follow up in which label boss and all round quiet genius  Sufjan Stevens guests. De Augustine's sound in fact isn't that far away from Steven's hushed balladry,lots of creaking acoustic guitars, quiet pianos and mournful songs of heartbreak. You know the score.  

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between

    Guitar aces are always photographed with their guitar cases aren't they? Check the sleeve of this latest record by immersive psychedelic player and vocalist Steve Gunn. Touching his guitar case as if headin' off to the next two bit town that will appreciate his playin'. But Gunn is a lot more than just a folky guitar guy, and here he produces what is promised to be his most complex and emotional album yet, turning his thoughts inward to reflect on his own internal thought patterns.     

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Deerhunter - Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

    Well here is something to look forward to. As we know by now each Deerhunter album is uniquely different and this one they say is a science fiction album for 2018. They've spent their time since 2015s Fading Frontier redefining their recording process going so far as to not use microphones for their instruments and plug them straight into the desk. Should be interesting. 

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Tender - Fear Of Falling Asleep

    Tender are James Cullen (don’t worry, I said Cullen, not Corden) and Dan Cobb, a London duo who make mid-fi R&B. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, is being hailed as a career high for them If tracks as such as the title track and Closer Still are anything to go by then they could just be about to turn a lot of heads. LP and CD on Partisan.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Ohtis - Runnin

    Ohtis are a three-piece band who hail from Illinois and play country-tinged, dusty Americana. Their lyrics come from the Josh T. Pearson school of raconteurism whilst their music draws comparisons to Wilco’s contemplative material and Phosphorescent with its laid-back strums and emotive pedal steel. Runnin’ is their latest single. 7” on Full Time Hobby.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace

    Toro Y Moi's prolific Chaz Bear moved for awhile to the wilds of Portland to make his previous album Boo Boo. Whilst there he got to thinking about how technology ruins our day to day lives and the constant instant gratification we experience. i hope this leads to a Toro Y Moi album that we can enjoy as much as his earlier albums as Chaz himself could possibly do with a step away from the computer to re-discover some form. 

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Klein & MBO / Warrior - MBO Theme

    Rush Hour reissue this eternal Italo disco proto-house classic from 1983, which was spun around Chicago and New York by legendary DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and Larry Levan. Klein & MBO were Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco who were also responsible for the equally classic 'Dirty Talk' from 1982. What makes this particular edition of 'MBO Theme' so tantalizing is the mega-rare addition of South African band Warrior's cover version on the flipside - created in response to the lack of availability of import copies of the original.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Pablo's Eye - Dark Matter

    Third part in an anthology series that celebrates the work of Belgian group Pablo’s Eye. ‘Dark Matter’ is a music of hulking grooves buried amidst the haze, connecting multiple strands of the 90s dance explosion. The 12-track archival compilation is being put out by the label STROOM, this trilogy hopefully pulling the project out of historical obscurity.  

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    M. Ward - What a Wonderful Industry

    What A Wonderful Industry, the latest album by singer/songwriter M Ward, is inspired by the good and bad people he has met during his career - the 'warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals in the zoo', as he puts it.  Jim James from My Morning Jacket makes a guest appearance, popping up on two tracks. He, surely, is one of the good ones. LP and CD on M Ward Records.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Nazar - Enclave

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  • 18th January 2019

    Various - Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 3

    Ever wondered what night time feels like in Tokyo? Well do we have a compilation for you. Midnight in Tokyo Vol. 3 from Studio Mule is a masterful selection of tracks that capture then multiplicity of nightlife in Japan's capital. It's sexy, it's funky, it's calm and it's lovely. All in all these 14 rare tracks are utterly transportive. 

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Christoph de Babalon - Hectic Shakes

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  • 18th January 2019

    Bremen - Enter Silence

    Bremen return with arguably their most arresting LP to date. After three sprawling albums - one for Skrammel, two for Blackest Ever Black - the Uppsala group’s new record Enter Silence is a relatively concise affair by comparison. However, this leaner approach suits the band - these ten post-rock numbers bring together instrumental rock, Krautrock, electronica and psych in a manner reminiscent of Desertshore and Acid Mothers Temple.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Black Rain - Computer Soul EP

    Inspired by the themes and characters of science fiction, Black Rain create dark, atmospheric sounds on Computer Soul EP, the final release in a sequence first started back in 2011 of releases on Blackest Ever Black. The sound moves from cyberpunk to thrash metal and industrial rock - as long as it's dark, it's here.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay - Ice Exposure

    Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On Ice Exposure (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record’s name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker’s late period also springs to mind.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Dahlia Sleeps - Love, Lost

    Dahlia Sleeps are an electronic duo made up from producer Luke Hester and vocalist Lucy Hill.  Their music has had bloggers likening them to acts such as London Grammar, Cat Power, The xx and Daughter. Love, lost  is certainly filled with emotional hooks and delivered with a fragile and soulful touch. Transparent vinyl 12" EP on Beatnik Creative.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    KOKOKO! - Liboso EP

    From the label that brought you SOPHIE and Foals (namely, Transgressive), it’s Kinshasa, DR Congo collective KOKOKO! The group’s transcultural sound emerges from the combination of producer débruit’s inventive sound design and the makeshift instruments built from repurposed bits and pieces by other (unnamed) members. Vocalist Makara Bianko completes the rich, energetic show.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Aesop Rock & TOBACCO - Malibu Ken

    Who knew we needed Tobacco, frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, to build fascinating and nauseating beats for Aesop Rock? Tobacco's solo stuff strays from the relatively poppy sound of BMSR towards darker beats and stranger worlds, perfectly built for Aesop Rock. The word-heavy New-Yorker turned San-Franciscan as always delivers high-paced raps on their new collaboration Malibu Ken.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    GAS - Zauberberg

    Wolfgang Voigt’s second album under his lauded forest techno moniker GAS is back, singly tree-issued on Kompakt. First released in ‘97, Zauberberg offers Voigt’s revolving branches of hazy, throbbing ambient at their most ambiguous, as if unsure of what really waits out there in the woods. The third track especially is one of his masterpieces.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Caspar Brötzmann Massaker - The Tribe

    Caspar Brötzmann Massaker announced themselves back in ‘87 with The Tribe.The German power trio played heavy rock with industrial delivery and in guitarist and frontman Caspar Brötzmann they had Jimi Hendrix, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo rolled into one. LP and CD on Southern Lord.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Caspar Brötzmann Massaker - Black Axis

    Originally released in 1989, Black Axis was the second album by Caspar Brötzmann Massaker. The power trio were dominated by Brötzmann’s gigantic guitar sound and could go from thumping rock to cacophonous racket in the space of one song. Sounds like fun to me. LP and CD on Southern Lord.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Buke and Gase - Scholars

    Buke & Gase are back after a six year hiatus with their third album. Scholars sees the New York duo reinventing their sound, making emotive electronic music and create an album worthy of comparisons with the Warp label, James Blake or St. Vincent. For the record, Buke and Gase are instruments the duo made. The buke being a baritone ukulele and gase being a guitar/bass hybrid. LP and CD on Brassland.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood (Music From The Motion Picture)

    To celebrate the 11th anniversary (possibly) of Jonny Greenwood’s score to Paul Thomas-Anderson’s cinematic Oscar-winning masterpiece, There Will Be Blood, Nonesuch are making it available on vinyl for the first time. The Radiohead guitarist composed the score inspired by the scenery rather than the story. It is played by the BBC Concert Orchestra led by Robert Ziegler, the Emperor Quartet, with cellist Caroline Dale and pianist Michael Dussek. 140g LP on Nonesuch.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Pedro The Lion - Phoenix

    Phoenix is the first Pedro The Lion album in 15 years. Head Pedro, David Bazan, took himself on a journey round his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona whilst not enjoying a solo tour in 2016. This led him to thinking about how things used to be before the band dynamic changed and the band broke up - the way he wrote, the way he worked. This led him to get the band back together. The whole experience of going back inhabits the album's lyrical themes. CD and LP on Big Scary Monsters.

    Due in: only 34 sleeps to go
  • 18th January 2019

    Ragnar Grippe - Symphonic Songs

    Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe gets an old collection released on Dais Records (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And Thee Early Worm, SRSQ). Written in 1981 for an avant-garde theatre piece but only now seeing the light of day, Symphonic Songs finds Grippe marrying atonal Buchla experiments with a string section equal-parts Schnittke and Schoenberg. Artwork by Ascetic House founder J.S. Aurelius.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Dark Fog - Make You Believe

    Dark Fog’s music is like a fog that’s so thick it feels like soup. Defying genre and classification, Make You Believe is murky, noisy, with high-pitched vocals leaking in through the cracks in the wall of sound. Endless riffs and frenetic drums, sometimes parting ways to leave room for a tiny moment of respite, kick out the floor and leave you falling. 

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  • 18th January 2019

    Old Mexico - Old Mexico

    Old Mexico is a collaboration between Dead Meadow’s Jason Simon, Dave Mihaly, leader of L.A. spirit jazz ensemble Dave Mihaly & Shimmering Leaves and Trans Van Santos. Simon produced and directed the project which sees him picking raga motifs as Trans Van Santos channels Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir through his guitar work on the stoned dusty desert exploration. LP on Cardinal Fuzz.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska - Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska

    Kind folks at Cardinal Fuzz are putting out more stoner and psych rock than we can keep up with. This time they’ve picked Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska’s first two albums, which were previously only available on cassette. Expect heady drones, ten-minute guitar solos, a snake-free Alaska, and maybe an occasional moment of respite. What more could you want?

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  • 18th January 2019

    The Dead C - Rare Ravers

    The Dead C hail from the famous music city of Dunedin in New Zealand, and, like many bands from there, initially released records though the legendary Flying Nun label. The trio have been experimenting with various forms of alternative/indie music for 32 years now, Rare Ravers is their 16th album. LP and CD on Ba Da Bing!

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  • 18th January 2019

    Ot To, Not To - It Loved To Happen (Remixes)

    Back in 2016 Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint released Goshen, an album of experimental r ‘n’ b from Ot To, Not To. In preparation for the follow-up It Loved To Happen the Virginia duo have handed remix duties to four other artists operating somewhere between mainstream and leftfield sonics. Xiu Xiu, Ben Chatwin, Machinefabriek and Carlos Nino each turn in something lovely on It Loved To Happen (Remixes).

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  • 18th January 2019

    Free Level - Blue Grass EP

    Formed in Athens between 1983 and 1984, Free Level created '80s pop-rock which has remained largely unheard. Trust Into The Light to pick out this stellar work. Blue Grass EP contains 4 tracks, each of which move genre slightly, whilst keeping to a light and airy sense of psych and Euro pop. A really ear-catching one here.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Cranes - Self Non-Self

    Sort-of goths The Cranes released their second EP, Self Non-self in 1989. It was their first proper release, really, following on from the 1986 cassette-only Fuse EP.  To mark it’s 30th anniversary, an expanded version of the EP is being re-released. The band were led by brother and sister duo Alison and Jim Shaw and, despite not releasing anything since 2008, still perform to this day. 180g pink & black coloured vinyl, limited to 1000 copies on Music On Vinyl.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Roisin Murphy - Overpowered

    Overpowered (2007) was the second album by ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. Murphy set out to make a pop/disco album and she succeeded. She took influence from the pre-house sounds of D-Train, Mantronix and Gwen Guthrie, whilst being inspired by the cerebral pop of Yazoo and Eurythmics. Jimmy Douglass, Bugz In The Attic and Richard X all helped to make the album what it is.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Clint Mansell - Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Clint Mansell is now more well-known for being a composer of film scores rather than being in Pop Will Eat Itself, and perhaps that’s a good thing as he seems to be pretty good at his current career. He already has scores to Pi, Moon, High Rise and Black Mirror under his belt. His latest score is for Ben Wheatley’s new film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. It should match the film well as it starts off with a considered use of woodwinds and being hypnotic and ethereal in nature, before twisting into something much darker and unhinged. LP and CD on Invada.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Guy Skornik - Tusk

    This is Guy Skornik’s score to Alejandro Jodorvsky’s film Tusk which was released in 1979, not another complete cover of Fleetwood Mac’s  album, Tusk, which was also released in 1979. This score is synth-driven space-age pop which, at the directors request, is intense and experimental. Features Steve Hillage on guitar. LP on Finders Keepers.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Gonçalo Penas - Ego De Espinhos

    Gonçalo Penas is a bit of a maverick, it would appear. Ego De Espinhos is the 22-year old Portuguese musician’s debut album. He has resolutely refused to stick to any formula or rules he has learned in his time at music college so he can fully explore the limits of electronic music. The result, following some intensive self-discovery, is a cathartic album that will blow your mind. LP on Subtext.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Smells Funny

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  • 18th January 2019

    Machinefabriek - With Voices

    Tireless timbral titillator Machinefabriek crackles his way onto Western Vinyl with an album of various human voices variously manipulated and recomposed into a shifting soundscape. Whose various voices, you ask? Those of Peter Broderick, Richard Young, Marissa Nadler and Zero Years Kid, for instance.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Sourakata Koite - En Hollande

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  • 18th January 2019

    Hama - Houmeissa

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  • 18th January 2019

    The Bongolian - Outer Bongolia

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  • 18th January 2019

    Steven Stapleton & David Tibet - Dead Memory

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  • 18th January 2019

    Juliana Hatfield - Weird

    After an album full of Olivia Newton-John covers, Bostonian songstress Juliana Hatfield has reverted to good ol’ original songs. Weird is her new album and it finds her trying to explain how uncomfortable, disconnected and, well, weird she feels in this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world. Former band mates Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies) and Todd Phillips (Juliana Hatfield Three) play drums on most tracks, Juliana Hatfield plays all the other instruments herself. LP and CD on American Laundromat.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Kleenex Girl Wonder - White Lacuna

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  • 18th January 2019

    Bruno Bavota - RE_CORDIS

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  • 18th January 2019

    Julian Lynch - Rat's Spit

    Rat’s Spit is the new album from Real Estate guitarist and Norman Records favourite, Julian Lynch. His music generally sounds like a slightly weirder, less pop, more fractured version of his parent band, but is certainly not lacking in quality. It’s his 7th album, but first since 2013’s Lines. It sees him mining inspiration from Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, George Clinton, Cocteau Twins, Yes and Steve Vai (Steve Vai?! really?! but he had custom-made guitars with carrying handles cut out of them!) Anyway, if the past is anything to go by, it should be a good ‘un. LP on Ya Reach / Underwater Peoples.

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  • 18th January 2019

    Hayley and The Crushers - Cool / Lame

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  • 18th January 2019

    Horror Section - Horror Section

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  • 18th January 2019

    Sobrenadar - Rymixes

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  • 18th January 2019

    Various - Italo Funk

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  • 18th January 2019

    DJ Muggs - Soul Assassins: Dia Del Asesinato

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  • 18th January 2019

    Anthony Naples - Take Me With You

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  • 18th January 2019

    The Sensory Illusions - The Sensory Illusions

    The Sensory Illusions are Bill Wells and tuba genius Danielle Price. Both the songs, which vary from jazz to folk and  more, and the name came to Wells in a dream. Wells has had a long and illustrious career, never content to settle. Price meanwhile has played with Mats Gustafson, Ntshuks Bonga and more.

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  • 20th January 2019

    Joe McPhee - Nation Time

    Due in: only 36 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Herbie Hancock - Fat Albert Rotunda

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  • 25th January 2019

    Herbie Hancock - Mwandishi

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  • 25th January 2019

    Herbie Hancock - Crossings

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  • 25th January 2019

    Mr Flagio - Take A Chance

    Top Italo-house classic from the '80s. Robotic vocals and fat bassline with a spacey disco pop vibe, this is a seminal track which is widely regarded the cream of the cream of Italo. The B-Side features an instrumental version of the track. These are strictly limited edition of only 300 copies so order now to avoid disappointment. Please note, these are black vinyl and not the transparent ones. 

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  • 25th January 2019

    Blawan - Wet Will Always Dry

    It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a full-length from Blawan. Techno’s Prince of Darkness delivers Wet Will Always Dry, an eight-track LP, via his own TERNESC imprint. Probably the most noteworthy artistic development here is that Blawan has started singing, with his eerie vocals cropping up on ‘Stell’ and ‘Careless’. But don’t fret, he’s not abandoning his principles - many of the tracks here still sound like they have been designed to be dropped at Cthulhu’s birthday party.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Charlene Soraia - Where's My Tribe

    Music just like they (apparently) used to make it. Charlene Soraia recorded Where’s My Tribe at home in her flat, using just voice and guitar and generally using just the first take. Consequently these are songs with a great feeling of intimacy and directness, although they also sound impressively accomplished for such a genesis. Released by Peacefrog.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Massive Attack - Mezzanine [2018 Remaster]

    Very exciting 20th anniversary remaster of Massive Attack's 1998 album Mezzanine, the kind of album that constantly finds itself on lists of the best albums of all time without losing any of its cool. Massive Attack took the trip-hop sound they had helped define and mixed it with a more rock-y energy to make something intriguing and unique. Comes with a disc of dub remixes by Mad Professor

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  • 25th January 2019

    Blood Red Shoes - Get Tragic

    Look how airbrushed they are now. This is probably the point in the biography of Blood Red Shoes where all hell breaks loose. They'd already split up once and gone off in very separate ways before reconvening until the guitarist broke her arm after falling off a motorbike. Her mother might well be furious with her but it led to the band using more synths and exploring new sounds and then going to LA (as you do) to make this 'comeback' album. It's one of those that could be brilliant or terrible. Let's find out...

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  • 25th January 2019

    51717 (Shadowlust) - Paranoia Star

    51717 (Shadowlust) goes full-length for this new release on L.I.E.S.. Paranoia Star features not only tracks but actual songs, and is full of experimental electronics of various stripes as well as those lush L.I.E.S.-style synths and rhythms. It's a hell of a statement actually, drawing on years of life lived and sounds heard. Good stuff, and it comes with a poster!

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  • 25th January 2019

    Mark Stewart and The Maffia - Learning To Cope With Cowardice / The Lost Tapes (Definitive Edition)

    Learning To Cope With Cowardice was the debut solo album by The Pop Group vocalist and post-punk pioneer Mark Stewart and The Maffia. This reissue, regarded as the definitive edition, is coupled with The Lost Tapes. Following the break-up of The Pop Group in 1980, Stewart went to New York and began picking up ideas for an industrial hip-hop sound. With the help of producer Adrian Sherwood and crack team of reggae musicians including ‘Deadly’ Headley Bennett and Bonjo Iyabinghi (African Head Charge) the vision became a reality. Originally released in 1983. Double LP and CD on Mute.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Pavo Pavo - Mystery Hour

    By the time Brooklyn group Pavo Pavo’s Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg were writing new album Mystery Hour, they had ended their romantic relationship. This is sad. Nonetheless, they managed to harness the emotional rollercoaster of separation for creativity, leading to a dreamy, moving indie pop record. This is good.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Jäh Division - Dub Will Tear Us Apart... Again (Deluxe Edition)

    Jah Division! Just as the name would lead you to expect, this project is a dub take on the works of Joy Division. Pretty funny. But wait! At the controls is a bunch of Brooklyn experimental miscreants, including members of the great Oneida! Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again (Deluxe Edition) reissues this 2004 12” with five additional tracks. Silly, but also actually extremely good. Reissued by Ernest Jenning Record Co.

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  • 25th January 2019

    TOY - Happy In The Hollow

    Here come TOY with their fourth album but their first for the Tough Love label. Like previous work it touches on the cornerstones of post-punk, kraut-rock, electronica and folk but this time comes with a directness perhaps missing from earlier work. Recorded both at their home studios and with ace producer Dan Carey, this propulsive record could be their most realised yet.

       

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  • 25th January 2019

    Buzzcocks - Another Music In A Different Kitchen

    The debut album by vitally important UK punks The Buzzcocks, reissued. Another Music in a Different Kitchen tears straight through 11 songs, immediately establishing that this was a band to get excited about upon original release in 1978. Now livingly restored and remastered from the original tapes. Even more exciting than that is that it comes with a carrier bag.   

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  • 25th January 2019

    Buzzcocks - Love Bites

    Love Bites was the second album by melodic Manc punks The Buzzcocks. It was originally released in September 1978, not quite 6 months after their classic debut Another Music In A Different Kitchen. Contains the single 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)'. LP and CD, remastered from original tapes on Domino. 

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  • 25th January 2019

    Swervedriver - Future Ruins

    Actual new album alert from, shoegaze legends Swervedriver....and they've signed to Mogwai's Rock Action imprint for that extra coolness factor. We are told it has all the hallmark hard edged shoegaze with new flicks and tricks for 2018 listeners. Their re-issues have been flying out so time is nigh for their first material since 2015. 

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  • 25th January 2019

    Tim Presley's White Fence - I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk

    The germination of Tim Presley’s first LP as White Fence in four years came when he was crashing at the house of fellow DRINKS member Cate Le Bon. Unsurprisingly there is a bit of the Le Bons to the oddball pop of I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk. We reckon he's probably been listening to some Spiritualized too. Lead single ‘Lorelei’ has nothing to do with the Tom Tom Club song of the same name.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Sunflower Bean - King Of The Dudes

    Following on from their breakthrough second album, Twentytwo In Blue, New York three-piece Sunflower Bean give us a new EP, King Of The Dudes. It features the bleached grunge-pop single ‘Come For Me’ which Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac apparently got an extremely hot copy of, but still liked it very much. 4-track 12” EP on Lucky Number.

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Muslimgauze - Azzazin

    Azzazin was the debut album by experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze AKA Bryn Jones. The album is an atmospheric and occasionally unsettling soundscape of drones, clicks, buzzes and beeps. It arguably shows Muslimgauze at his most efficient and focused. The album was originally released in 1996, three years before his premature death at the age of 37. Double LP on Staalplaat/Muslimgauze Archive Series. Limited to 700 copies.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Leyla McCalla - The Capitalist Blues

    The Capitalist Blues. Too right mate. The third LP from former Carolina Chocolate Drop member Leyla McCalla finds her delving deeper into the folk sounds of her ancestry. That means New Orleans jazz, Haitian rara, Zydeco and early blues all get a look in here. The resulting record is a damn good time for all concerned.

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  • 25th January 2019

    William Tyler - Goes West

    Go west! William Tyler’s there! The title of Goes West is to be taken both literally and figuratively: literally in the sense that the former Silver Jews/Lambchop guitarist moved to California to write the record, figuratively in the sense that there is a distinctive dose of West Coast sunshine to this collection of instrumental alt-country. We could quite easily see these deft tracks cropping up on the soundtrack for Bojack Horseman one day - a compliment indeed (have you seen that show’s Metacritic scores?!).

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  • 25th January 2019

    Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis

    Really impressive album from Sneaks here. Highway Hypnosis may be a record from D.C. with its roots in post-punk, but this is as far as any similarities with Minor Threat, Dischord Records go. Sneaks has produced a record of lo-fi hip-hop, leftfield pop and upstart feminist punk. Such is the scope of this LP that comparisons to Shabazz Palaces, Dean BluntInga Copeland and M.I.A. all feel right. Very cool.

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans - Boy Erased (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    A coming-of-age film, Boy Erased has an original score composed by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans. It's a highly emotive, piano-driven collection whilst aiming not to detract from the on-screen emotion. Containing original material by Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and Troye Sivan.

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  • 25th January 2019

    London Experimental Ensemble - Child Ballads

    Back in ye olde Victorian times a fellow called Francis James Child anthologised more than 300 ballads from England, Scotland and the U.S.A. in a collection that came to be known as the Child Ballads. Here the London Experimental Ensemble go about tackling six of them in their own abstract, longform manner. These are highly atmospheric interpretations that have something of the Scott Walkers about them.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Various - Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor (1980 - 1983) Part 2

    The second accompanying compilation to Tim Lawrence’s Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor 1980 - 1983 drops on Lawrence’s new label Reappearing Records. It’s another collection of tunes that capture the spirit of early-80s NYC, a time when the city’s hip-hop, club and punk scenes were all beginning to mix freely. Contains cuts by Loose Joints, George Kranz and Peech Boys.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Green River - Dry As A Bone

    Green River formed in Seattle in 1984 and their influence on the scene that grew from their inception and demise is now a massive part of musical history. They featured Mark Arm who went on to great things in Mudhoney, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who went on to form Pearl Jam and Bruce Fairweather who had a stint in Love Battery. Dry As A Bone was a mini LP and was released in 1987. Reissue LP and CD on Sub Pop.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Green River - Rehab Doll

    Mark Arm? Stone Gossard? Jeff Ament? Mudhoney? Pearl Jam? You love those bands, right? Well this is where it all started, Rehab Doll, the first and only full length LP by Seattle’s Green River. (It actually started with an EP and a mini LP shortly before this, but y’know what I mean.) The band featured all the above people and some other guys.You know what happened in Seattle and the music world after this, but check out what was the nascent Seattle music scene by buying this LP, or CD on Sub Pop.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Mike Krol - Power Chords

    Garage-punk upstart Mike Krol returns to Merge with his fourth LP Power Chords. This one is very much a record that does what it says on the tin. Cuts like ‘An Ambulance’ and ‘Little Drama’ are blown-out rockers that recall Wavves and Colleen Green. Swearin’’s Allison Crutchfield, Sleeping In The Aviary’s Elliott Kozel and Enon’s John Schmersal all guest.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Croatian Amor - Isa

    The Dane with the Croatian Amor name Loke Rahbek is back with more brooding post-truth electronics for own imprint Posh Isolation. A fair few guests join in on the Copenhagener’s fun for Isa, including Frederikke “Puce Mary” Hoffmeier, Yves Tumor, Alto Aria, Lust for Youth’s Soho Rezanejad and HTRK’s Jonnine Standish.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Cobalt Chapel - Variants

    Cecilia Fage and Jarrod Gosling make up Cobalt Chapel, a psych-folk-rock duo who have played with Matt Berry, I Monster and Regal Worm. Variants is a collection of tracks from their debut album, Impossible Dream, that have been remixed, rearranged, re-imagined - y’know, variants on the original recordings. CD on K Love.

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  • 25th January 2019

    The Dandy Warhols - Why You So Crazy

    Are they still at it? Do they still fight with the Brian Jonestown Massacre? Does the keyboard player still {snip - Norman lawyers}....well here we are then those the Dandy Warhols with their 10th studio album on their 25th anniversary of being a band a bit like Brian Jonestown Massacre. They wrote some pretty good tunes back in the day so we'll find out soon whether they still have it.   

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  • 25th January 2019

    FIDLAR - Almost Free

    LA noiseniks, FIDLAR, take on the frustrations and anxieties in life - the false, the tragedies, and being woke (yes, I said it). They turn the bad and wrong into pure unadulterated visceral joy, exploring new territory whilst staying true to their core sound, with their third album, Almost Free. LP and CD on Mom & Pop Records.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Nightmares On Wax - Back To Mine – Nightmares On Wax

    Popular album series Back To Mine returns for its 20th anniversary year curated by Nightmares On Wax, AKA George Evelyn from Pudsey, Leeds. The compilation, mixed by Evelyn, features a new Nightmares On Wax track and an exclusive Nightmares On Wax remix of a Fat Freddy’s Drop tune. 2LP and CD on Back To Mine.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Big Star - Live On WLIR

    Big Star’s Live On WLIR gets a reissue. Recorded for NYC’s WLIR broadcaster in 1974 but not released as a record until 1992, this album finds the power pop pioneers running through tunes from their first two full-lengths. They also throw a nifty Loudon Wainwright III cover in there. This new edition includes extensive liner notes and an interview with Big Star bassist John Lightman. The vinyl release is the first time that Live On WLIR has been put to wax.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Press Club - Late Teens

    Hailing from Brunswick, Australia, it’s indie pop-punk quartet Press Club with new album Late Teens. Those dratted teens - they never show up on time. Interesting sound this lot have: tempos, percussion and guitar style that oft hint at punk; jangly indie melodies and, not least, female vocals that draw as well from soulful pop as indie.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Sir Shina Peters - Sewele

    Juju master Sir Shina Peters dropping a bomb of high-energy joy straight from 1986 Lagos. Sewele is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, and features Shina in a transitional period into what would become the hallmark style with His Famous Allstars. Join him on his journey from old school Juju to inventing the classic Afro Juju.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner

    This Is My Dinner is the ninth album from Sun Kil Moon. It was written and recorded in November and December 2017 in Copenhagen and San Francisco. There are covers of AC/DC and Partridge Family songs. Mark Kozelek has also set a chapter from Irish writer, John Connolly’s novel ‘He’ to music. So it’s not just songs about his evening meal, then? CD on Caldo Verde.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Nils Frahm - Encores 2

    La la la, plink plonk plink, some new Nils Frahm here to make you think. The Pianist For All Millennials drops the second of his Encore EPs via Erased Tapes. This one kind of sounds like a more highfalutin take on Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner. Encores 2 is definitely music, and when all things are considered that’s probably a good thing.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Bendik Giske - Surrender

    Saxophone-wunderkind Bendik Giske delivering his hypnotizing debut. With the sense of a more accessible and less intimidating Colin Stetson, the Norwegian explores all the nooks and crannies of the sax. Surrender is the man’s first full-length but it’s packed with warm sounds, the clicking of valves, and mesmerizing rhythms. Great reed, would recommend.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Swindle - No More Normal

    Swindle comes from grime and dubstep background and builds on these foundations by incorporating UK jazz and hip-hop. No More Normal sees him working MCs such as Kojey Radical, Ghetts, D Double E and P Money, vocalists Etta Bond, Eva Lazarus, Kiko Bun and Daley and musicians Dubya Garcia, Yussef Dayes and Riot Jazz. Hiring such a cast of characters came from his need for everyone to be on his album. LP and CD on Brownswood.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Julia Kent - Temporal

    Moody, atmospheric cello music anyone? Julia Kent has built quite the loyal following over her previous 5 studio albums. Temporal sees her dark sound move towards more organic instrumentation. You can feel the strings being plucked and slashed across her cello over minimal electronic tinkering. 

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  • 25th January 2019

    Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

    Oxnard is the album Anderson.Paak always wanted to make. As a schoolboy in his hometown of Oxnard, Southern California, he would dream of making an album that could match up to The Blueprint by Jay-Z, College Dropout by Kanye West or Documentary by The Game. The talented multi-instrumentalist has certainly pulled out all the stops, releasing on Dr. Dre’s label, and getting Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kadhja Bonet, J. Cole and Pusha T to make guest appearances. 2LP on Aftermath/12 Tone Music.

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Adolfo Waitzman - Pensione paura

    Pensione Paura aka Hotel Fear, is an Italian horror film directed by Francesco Barilli. The score by Aldofo Waitzman has sweeping romance juxtaposed with jarring and unnerving horror, all revolving around a melancholic piano theme. Waitzman was an Argentinian composer who worked mostly in Spanish film and TV. Red coloured vinyl 2LP on Arrow Records.

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  • 25th January 2019

    MONO - Nowhere Now Here

    The mighty MONO return to Pelagic Records (The Ocean, God Is An Astronaut) with their tenth LP. Nowhere Now Here holds beauty and terror in perfect balance - see how the dark, Thou-esque numbers like ‘After You Comes The Flood’ is juxtaposed with the ethereally beautiful post-rock of ‘Breathe’. This is another fine record from the seasoned band.

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Rachel Zeffira - Elizabeth Harvest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Rachel Zeffira is primarily an oboe player, however, she’s also a soprano and can turn her hand to a number of other instruments. What's more, she was in Cats Eyes with Faris Badwan of The Horrors. Her classical background made her an ideal candidate to take on the score for the Sebastian Gutierrez film, Elizabeth Harvest. Using Erik Satie’s Sarabande as a thematic base, the score becomes less conventional and more experimental as it progresses. Clear vinyl LP on Invada.

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  • 25th January 2019

    David Vassalotti - Guitar Dream

    David Vassalotti is probably best known as being the guitarist with Floridian 4AD indie band, Merchandise. Guitar Dream is his third solo album and was produced by his band mate, Merchandise vocalist, Carson Cox. It is sort of a break-up album featuring a revolving cast of crestfallen characters. The songs are more akin to the work of his band than his previous more experimental albums. LP and CD on Wharf Cat Records.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Nocturnal Emissions - Spiritflesh

    Nocturnal Emissions can be put into the same box as Throbbing Gristle, SPK and Cabaret Voltaire. Bands who, y’know, don’t like to be put into boxes. They used similar techniques to bring about a similar aesthetic, anyway. Spiritflesh was originally released in 1988 and will be of interest to anyone with a thing for the early drone and dark ambient sounds. Solid grey coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies, on Mannequin.



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  • 25th January 2019

    Eiji Nakayama - Aya's Samba

    Over the past couple of years Mule Musiq offshoot Studio Mule has established itself as one of the go-to labels for Japanese jazz reissues. Much of its best material has been scavenged from the catalogue of Johnny’s Disk Record. Eiji Nakayama’s 1978 LP Aya’s Samba is Studio Mule’s latest catch. This is a collection of deftly groovy jazz tracks whose beats are rooted in salsa, funk and (of course) samba. It's a good thing this one's been reissued seeing as original copies go for megabucks.

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 25th January 2019

    Sea Bee - I Wanda Why?

    See Bee’s 1994 EP I Wanda Why? Has been concentrated from 6 tracks to 4, for its reissue on Afrosynth, the label owned by DJ Okapi. The four tracks here are all essential and reliable house bangers that will get the dancefloor full every time. Composed, produced and arranged by influential South African musician, Spokes H.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Fist Of Facts - Fugitive Vesco

    Fist Of Facts is the project Liquid Liquid singer, Salvatore Principato, started following the demise of the New York no-wavers in 1984. He started recording Fugitive Vesco in a rented studio with Ken ‘man’ Cladiera. Liquid Liquid drummer, Scott Hartley, Mark Cunningham from Mars, Felice Rosser and a whole bunch of other people contributed to the album. The project expanded on the groove, politics and exploratory dub furrow that was ploughed in Liquid Liquid. LP+7” set on Telephone Explosion.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Zogo - Africa

    Funky banger, Africa by outrageous Cameroonian artist, Zogo, was originally released 40 years ago. It’s anniversary reissue on Banquise includes three additional mixes. A disco dub take by Dan Shake of Mahogani Music, a remix by Falomour and TVfrom86’s edit. 4-track 12” EP on Banquise.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Kumasi - I Know You Feel It

    Kumasi were a enigmatic South African disco funk four-piece whose members also made up The Cannibals and Stimela. Due to the musicians being contracted elsewhere at the time, they weren’t allowed to reveal their identities, hence the enigma. I Know You Feel It was their only album recorded in the early '80s. Here we have 5 tracks from the album along with the South African classic track, Picnic. Double LP on Smiling C.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Ekolali - Genom Grundet

    With Genom Grundet, Swedish musician, Ekolali, has created a work that explores the effect of sustain and release. The title translates to Through The Shallows in English and this is reflected through samples of streams with tape delay, droning, barely functioning organ and komische guitar repeats and unfolds over 35 minutes. LP on Patience.

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  • 25th January 2019

    Clarence Séti - Jungle Quest

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  • 25th January 2019

    Various - False Endings

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  • 25th January 2019

    James Holden - A Cambodian Spring OST

    James Holden has created a synth based soundtrack for the documentary A Cambodian Spring. The film follows a group of activists fighting corrupt developers and officials as they try and protect their right to their land. Holden's soundtrack captures the intensity of their fight with tracks that veer between drone, trance and the odd arpeggio. 

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  • 1st February 2019

    Djrum - Seven Lies

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  • 1st February 2019

    Velly Joonas - Stopp, Seisku Aeg!

    Before becoming a folk musician, Velly Joonas aimed to become a soul singer, and between 1980 and 1983 she recorded these two tracks, now made available on 7” from the Frotee label. A cover of Frida’s (of ABBA) I See Red and Roberta Flack’s Feel Like Makin’ Love. Unique and imaginative takes on these classic tracks.

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  • 1st February 2019

    White Lies - Five

    Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and Killing Joke bassist and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Rob - Hell Fire

    Tambourine Party presents a reissue of Hellfire by singular Ghanaian discosmith Rob “Roy” Raindorf, an album sidelined in its time due to waning local interest in Afrobeat. As we all inch closer to humanity’s demise, the album’s apocalyptic themes seem as appropriate today as ever before. Fortunately, with Rob’s funk and reggae stylings the end of the world never seemed so groovy.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Beirut - Gallipoli

    Zach Condon aka Beirut celebrates the 11th anniversary of not using the farfisa organ he used to write his first two albums by dragging it wheezing out of retirement to help get things back on track after the so so so No No No. After breaking his arm (no explanation given), he spent an intense month in a semi-isolated studio writing this his fifth album which the press release describes as unintentionally more visceral than the last two. So there. 

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Specials - Encore

    Now can I get an Encore, do you want more? Well, fans of The Specials have actually been left wanting more for a damn long time now. The seminal two-tone group’s first album in many years drops as the band celebrate four decades since the release of their masterwork debut LP. These ten tunes prove that the band have still got plenty left in the tank. We’re cooking raw with the Coventry boys.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Spielbergs - This Is Not The End

    We’ve all heard of Steven Spielberg’s non-union Mexican equivalent, Senor Spielbergo, (note the 23 year-old Simpsons reference) well here we have his Norwegian equivalents, indie band The Spielbergs. Their new album, This Is Not The End, is subject to a groundswell of excitement following plaudits from Biffy Clyro and Frank Turner. LP and CD on By The Time It Gets Dark.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Unloved - Heartbreak

    Heartbreak is the new album from the David Holmes-led project, Unloved, that also features DJ and producer Keefus Ciancia (known for his work on the True Detective soundtrack) and singer/songwriter Jade Vincent. Creative sparks flew when the trio realised they shared a love for film noir soundtracks, ‘60s girl groups, Shuggie Otis, Lee Hazlewood, Jack Nitzsche and French pop. LP and CD on Heavenly.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Boy Harsher - Careful

    Given how much mileage Boy Harsher have got out of their first few releases - their Lesser Man EP has been reissued more times than this Norman Records™ description writer has had hot dinners - it wouldn’t be over-egging the pudding to call Careful one of the most eagerly anticipated LPs of 2019. The duo’s second full-length record finds them adding a touch of Johnny Jewel-ish noir to their icy coldwave sound.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Deer Tick - Mayonnaise

    In 2017, Rhode Island rock/folk/rock/country/rock band Deer Tick released two compilation albums, Vol.1 and Vol.2. Now they’re giving us Mayonnaise, which is a close relative, containing alternative versions of songs first released on the two volumes. What I want to know, however, is why did they call this Mayonnaise when the first two had such prosaic names? Surely Mayonnaise should be called Vol.1 & 2 v2.0, shouldn’t it? LP on Partisan Records incl. Bonus 7”.



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  • 1st February 2019

    Prefab Sprout - I Trawl The Megahertz

    I Trawl The Megahertz was originally released as a solo album by Prefab Sprout's  Paddy McAloon in 2003 but was pretty much ignored by everyone apart from us Sprout obsessives. Shame because it is a incredible work...the album is largely instrumental and spoken word, featuring some his most experimental work, such as the 22 minute title track and one track that, according to McAloon, sounds like a depressed Van McCoy. Now that it won't do the brand too much harm, it is now being issued as a Prefab Sprout album. 2LP (featuring an etched side) and CD on Sony.

    Due in: only 48 sleeps to go
  • 1st February 2019

    Snapped Ankles - Stunning Luxury

    Following on from their rather good Come Play the Trees album, London avant groove-sters Snapped Ankles are back with an album that appears to be a concept album about the property industry. A record to soundtrack the constant threat of developers perhaps but these are fun guys with many moments of memorable scuzz under their belts and Stunning Luxury should see them develop further.

    Due in: only 48 sleeps to go
  • 1st February 2019

    Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary

    The excellent Girlpool return to the fray with their third LP. What Chaos Is Imaginary finds the band building on the good work of 2017’s Powerplant. That means they have emboldened their post-grunge/indie-punk sound with a newly classic songwriting sensibility that nods to Girls. Tracks such as ‘Where You Sink’ have a cool My Bloody Valentine thing going on.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Jealous Of The Birds - Wisdom Teeth

    Jealous of the Birds returns after 2016’s Parma Violets. Naomi Hamilton’s new EP Wisdom Teeth finds the Northern Irish indie songwriter pondering such topics as a life in music and the reconciliation of inner and outer selves. She does so with dextrous, poetic lyrics and excellent, folky choruses, in which her voice takes off beautifully.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Mandolin Orange - Tides of a Teardrop

    Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tunes, wailing violins, and slow-paced vocals. 

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  • 1st February 2019

    Ex:Re - Ex:Re

    Ex:Re, pronounced Ex Ray or even X-Ray, is the new solo project from Daughter guitarist and vocalist. Elena Tonra. Her eponymous debut is a break-up album, sort of. It existence stems from a need for an emotional release following a relationship break-up but none of the songs mention the break-up or the relationship. Features the single, ‘Romance’. LP and CD on 4AD

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  • 1st February 2019

    Leon Vynehall - DJ-Kicks

    Leon Vynehall has taken us on a bunch of journeys through his ambient house universe. Now the beneficent and mysterious life-force called !K7, responsible for the DJ Kicks series, has invited him to put together a mixtape. The man has risen to the occasion and focused on an interesting selection rather than smooth mix, accelerating from 79 to 169 BPM over the course of 26 tracks from the likes of Tomaga, Primitive, and AFX.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Entrepreneurs - Noise & Romance

    The Entrepreneurs are not a bunch of suits who met on The Apprentice and decided to form a band with a prosaic name, no, they’re a Danish noise rock band, and one of the must-see bands in Denmark, for that matter. Their debut album, Noise & Romance, explores cornerstones in rock music’s recent history mixing grunge, post rock and other such sub-genres into a potentially massive album. LP and CD on Tambourhinoceros.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Finlay Shakespeare - Domestic Economy

    Domestic Economy is the debut full-length album from Finlay Shakespeare. The Bristolian youngster seems to have a bit of a flair for electro-pop. Respectful nods to New Order and Cabaret Voltaire blended with fresh sounds for the modern age, his skill parallels a musician of greater experience. LP on Editions Mego.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Telescopes - Exploding Head Syndrome

    Exploding Head Syndrome is the 10th album by psych/space rock band The Telescopes. The band formed in 1987 and there has been a revolving cast of players, with Stephen Lawrie being the only constant member in all that time. He really is Mr. Telescope. They take their influences from bands such as 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground and Suicide. LP and CD on Tapete.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - Emmerdale

    Emmerdale was the first album by The Cardigans. The Swedish indie-pop sensations went on to much bigger and more well-known things, but this is where it all started for them. It includes their first Black Sabbath cover, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. AND, yes, it is named after the farm-based ITV soap opera. 180g vinyl LP on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - Life

    Life was the second album by The Cardigans. In the UK it was originally released as a compilation featuring tracks from their debut album, Emmerdale and put the band on the map. Here we have it in its ‘as intended’ original track listing as part of the band’s back-catalogue vinyl reissue program. 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - First Band On The Moon

    First Band On The Moon was the third album by The Cardigans. It was massively successful and cemented them as the foremost credible chart act of the ‘90s. It features some of the band’s best songs such as Been It, Lovefool and a cover of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man. Remastered 180g vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - Gran Turismo

    Gran Turismo by The Cardigans will best be remembered for the song My Favourite Game. The notorious video of which featured singer, Nina Persson, recklessly driving a car with catastrophic black comedy ending. It was the band’s fourth album and also featured the single Erase/Rewind. Remastered 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - Super Extra Gravity

    As things stand, Super Extra Gravity, is the 6th and last album by The Cardigans. It was released in 2005. The band are back together and touring, so who know what might happen in the future. It features the wonderfully titled single, I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need To Be Nicer. 180g vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

    Long Gone Before Daylight was the fifth album by The Cardigans. This album marked a change in their sound as they introduced elements of alternative rock and country. Nina Persson teamed up with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse to form A Camp after this album, possibly an influence on the band’s new sound. Features the single You're The Storm. 180g vinyl LP, in gatefold sleeve on Polydor.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Various - Two Tribes

    This is one of those compilation albums that feel like a documentary film or Phd research paper. Two Tribes is an extensive look at the use of foreign sounds, particularly from African countries, in European music being made today. There are a huge range of musical styles across the compilation from artists including; Andrea BeniniThe Healing Force Project and Blay Ambolley.     

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  • 1st February 2019

    Lee Gamble - In A Paraventral Scale EP

    The press release for Lee Gamble’s new EP In A Paraventral Scale identifies him as a sound designer, junglist and composer. Though seemingly disparate terms, this is in fact a pretty apt description. Gamble is an artist unafraid to take the sound artefacts of rave music in strange, often exciting new directions. These seven tracks are no exception - everything from DJ Stingray to Fatima Al Qadiri is referenced.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Zed - Plastic Love

    Matmos may be poised to release their new album Plastic Anniversary, but it seems Italian reissue label Erezioni has a polymeric celebration of its own just here. Think twice about shelling out a three-figure sum on Discogs: this 1983 Italo jewel is back in affordable circulation. Lush, inventive and unmissable for Italo-disco connoisseurs.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Liquid Mask - Just A Moment

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  • 1st February 2019

    Sun Electric / Higher Intelligence Agency / Deepchord - DE:10.02

    De:tuned has been around for ten years now, putting out new releases by some of the greats of 90s idm and techno, and the Belgians are celebrating with a tasty little anniversary EP called DE:10.02. They've invited dub techno veteran Deepchord, psychedelic ambient astronaut Higher Intelligence Agency, and idm/techno duo Sun Electric to weigh in, creating a diverse trip across the refined edge of electronic music. 

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  • 1st February 2019

    Various - Djax-Re-Up Volume 1

    Double LP compilation of some of the finest releases from Eindhoven's Djax-Up-Beats. The label, founded by Saskia Slegers, released house, techno and more from both sides of the Atlantic since 1990. Volume 1 of Djax-Re-Up features tracks from Felix Da Housecat, Random XS, Glenn Underground and more.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Tata - It's A Mess

    12" featuring two big boogie tracks from South Africa's Tata Sibeko. A-side It's a Mess manages to feature an unfathomably large intro and an appeal for the world to try to understand each other in the midst of the Cold War. Sadly, Sibeko passed away in 2017 but had fully approved of this reissue, with Sharp Flat dedicating it to his memory.

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  • 1st February 2019

    Lungile Masitha - Vuyani

    Reissue of the extremely righteous Vuyani by Lungile Masitha. Why righteous? In the 80s Sello 'Chicco' Twala's name was under license to a major label so in an effort to make the music he wanted he released these tracks under a pseudonym. Both tracks are mid-tempo and disco inflected, and sung in  Twala's own Tsongan tongue.

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  • 2nd February 2019

    Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready

    Cherry Glazerr’s debut album, Apocalipstick, was a success and consequently the band have spent most of the time since its release touring. They have found themselves sharing bills with Pixies, Flaming Lips, The Breeders and Slowdive, to name but a few. Whilst their music has at some point clearly been influenced by these bands, we can hope their second album. Stuffed & Ready, which was recorded mid-tour, is strengthened even more by seeing these bands at close quarters. LP, CD and Cassette on Secretly Canadian.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Razorlight - Up All Night

    Back in 2004, Razorlight were the hot new things on the block, cooler, edgier and more rock ‘n’ roll than contemporaries The Kooks, for example. Up All Night, their debut album, came flying out of the traps with its high energy indie-cum-punk that ostensibly took its influences from The Strokes and Television. 180g vinyl reissue on Mercury.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Razorlight - Razorlight

    Whilst Up All Night, the debut album by Razorlight, gave them some solid bricks to build on, their eponymous second sent them stratospheric. It contains the singles In The Morning and America, the latter gave the band their first and only number one, around the time when it just still mattered. 180g vinyl reissue LP on Mercury.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Parekh & Singh - Science City

    Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City  is released by the Peacefrog label.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock

    Just look at that sleeve. Bob Mould is obviously in a better place than where he was around the time of his 1990 album Black Sheets of Rain. But there's a point to the all the happiness. Bob is content in Berlin and instead of a raging anti- US administration album as you might expect, he's celebrating the good things in life as a means to stay alive during these dark years. 

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  • 8th February 2019

    The Lemonheads - Varshons II

    The Lemonheads first album since 2009 and it's......another covers album. This means that Evan Dando hasn't released one single original song since 2006. Still, the Lemonheads were kings of the cover version in their day and here take on the likes of Yo La Tengo, Bevis Frond, NRBQ, the Eagles, the Jayhawks and loads more.    

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  • 8th February 2019

    Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

    This is Jessica Pratt's first recordings in a professional studio environment after a series of home recorded releases but, as the title suggests, she still makes quiet music. In fact more so as the home-fi film is removed to realise the clarity of her vision.  The latest in a series of the artist growing comfortable with her environment and bearing more of her soul along the way.  

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  • 8th February 2019

    Cosey Fanni Tutti - Tutti

    Tutti is Cosey Fanni Tutti's first solo album since 1982's Time to Tell, and is an exploration of her self, life and art. It was created to be the soundtrack to Harmonic Coumaction, a film about Tutti. The album features the unsettling pounding synths we've come to expect from the Throbbing Gristle crew but is made more personal in how Tutti incorporates other elements.

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  • 8th February 2019

    International Teachers of Pop - International Teachers of Pop

    This is the new project from the Moonlandingz founders Adrian Flanagan (Eccentronic Research Council) & Dean Honer (All Seeing I /I Monster) with Leonore Wheatley (The Soundcarriers). They play brazenly retro synth pop in awe of  artists such as Kraftwerk, the Human League, Suzanne Ciani & Broadcast. Playful synth pop that they claim is the '3rd most important outsider pop album to come out of Sheffield since Dare & Different Class'. They have chutzpah at least. 

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  • 8th February 2019

    Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

    Bobby Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited by Mercury Rev is their version of trailblazing American singer Bobby Gentry’s classic 1968 album. Although, for a band who have links with The Flaming Lips and in the past have had songs called things like Sweet Odysee of a Cancer Cell t’ th’ Center of yer Heart, you could be forgiven for thinking it has nothing to do with her and that they’d reverted back to their wonky roots. Anyway, it features a list  of female singers that is so impressive I’m going to have to name them all: Norah Jones, Phoebe Bridgers, Hope Sandoval, Laetitia Sadier, Rachel Goswell, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør, Kaela Sinclair and Carice Van Houten. LP and CD on Bella Union.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere

    Cass McCombs has been knocking about for many years now and is one of those artists where two albums don't sound the same. He is continually tweaking and pushing his sound into new territories and on this his 9th album he has recorded the songs in on time and place ensuring that the album is his most consistent statements of intent. 

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  • 8th February 2019

    Panda Bear - Buoys

    Escaped Animal Collective animal Panda Bear, known to his handlers as Noah Lennox, arrives at album six with Domino. An exercise “hyper-modern production” techniques with Person Pitch collaborator Rusty Santos, Buoys finds ol’ Pand subjecting his schtick of characteristically queasy crooners to mainstream studio pastiche. Smashing.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Michael Chapman - True North

    Yorkshire Folk legend Michael Chapman has been releasing albums since 1969 on fairly consistent basis, in terms of quality and quantity, barring the odd gap here and there. True North is his latest offering and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed album, 50. He is loved by the likes of Thurston Moore and Steve Gunn, the latter just happens to have produced and played guitar on this record. Other guests include fellow folk legend Bridget St. John and pedal steel player BJ Cole. LP and CD on Paradise of Bachelors.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Linkwood - System

    Scotsman Linkwood’s 2009 debut album System is a funky affair. The album is a bit all over the place, boasting film noir-ish interludes and downtempo ballads in between album's the full-on funk mainstay. Simmering with head-bobber basslines, retro synthesizers, and sexy vocals, this vinyl reissue is smoother than the butter you left on the stove.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Henry Jamison - Gloria Duplex

    Gloria Duplex is the second album by Vermont-based singer/songwriter Henry Jamison. The album examines how it feels to be white and male in the US in the current social climate, but not in a disturbing Trump kind of way. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, with string arrangements by Rob Moose, who did the same for Bon Iver. LP and CD on Akira Records.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Alex Chilton - Memphis To New Orleans

    It’s probably fair to say that Alex Chilton’s solo career was patchy, but then this was because also quite varied. He’d had hits as the singer of ‘60s band The Box Tops, made two concise albums with Big Star before making the sprawling, weird, dark but mostly brilliant Big Star’s Third. It was the approach he took to this album that ostensibly set the blueprint for his solo career. Memphis To New Orleans compiles the best of his ‘80s solo career, with many of the songs no longer available anywhere else. Reissue LP and CD on Bar-None.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Alex Chilton - Songs From Robin Hood Lane

    Following the first two Big Star albums in the early ‘70s, Alex Chilton has consistently thrown curveballs at his fans with his next release. I guess Songs From Robin Hood Lane, a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook should surprise no-one, then. This posthumous compilation features 4 unreleased tracks and 3 very rare out-of-print tracks. The songs chosen all reminded Chilton of his childhood home on Robin Hood Lane in Memphis. It was recorded in 1990. LP and CD on Bar-None.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Nate Young - Volume One: Dilemmas Of Identity

    New one from Wolf Eye’s very own Nate Young, who in his solo releases thus far has burrowed down a peculiar and mucky brand of experimental electronics. ‘Volume One: Dilemmas of Identity’ - which comes out via Young’s own Lower Floor Music - is a collection of material which Young made during the time of his Regression series, but wasn’t quite the fit for that project. Needless to say it’s as essential as anything with Young’s name attached.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Tzusing - A Name Out Of Place Collected

    Tzusing’s three A Name Out Of Place EPs originally dropped on  L.I.E.S. between 2014 and 2016. Rooted in EBM and hardcore techno, Tzusing also managed to incorporate various club styles from around the globe into the his ‘world industrial’ sound. As such there are shades of Batida on ‘R’ and Gqom on ‘1976’. Fan favourites for some time now, L.I.E.S. have decided to release the trio of records together as A Name Out Of Place Collected.

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  • 8th February 2019

    The Ruts - The Crack

    The Crack was the first album by The Ruts. It was originally released in 1979. The band spliced together punk and reggae and were loved by John Peel. It contained the singles Babylon’s Burning and Something That I Said. The band’s lyrics were aimed at social and political problems, none more than the track Jah War, which criticised unjust actions of the police. 40th anniversary remastered vinyl reissue, cut at Abbey Road.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit

    Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.

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  • 8th February 2019

    Prince - Musicology

    Musicology was the first of three albums Prince released in 2004 and his 28th album in all.  Prince intended the album to to be a musical education to those who listened which seems like a bit of an arrogant thing to say, but then, Prince wouldn’t have been Prince without having saying stuff like that. Anyway, perhaps buy a copy and get yourself educated. Double purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

    Due in: only 55 sleeps to go
  • 8th February 2019

    Prince - 3121

    3121 was the 31st studio album by Prince. It was originally released in 2006. Sony are reissuing a bunch of his later albums, and this one will be pressed on vinyl for the first time. It’s weird and funky and beautiful, just like you’d expect from the small purple one. Purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

    Due in: only 55 sleeps to go
  • 8th February 2019

    Prince - Planet Earth

    Sony are reissuing some later albums by Prince. Here’s album No.32, Planet Earth, which originally saw the light of day via a free giveaway CD with some bloody newspaper or other. Now it’s being reissued on CD and purple vinyl (what else?!) so at last you can buy your copy without feeling the shame of buying certain publications. A few of his old cohorts played on the album, including Michael Bland, Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E. Includes the singles Guitar, Chelsea Rogers and Future Baby Mama.

    Due in: only 55 sleeps to go
  • 8th February 2019

    Silk Road Assassins - State Of Ruin

    Due in: only 55 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    RY X - Unfurl

    Ry X, real name, Ry Cumming, is an Australian singer/songwriter but not the kind who sits there with a guitar and strums his feelings away. He builds soundscapes with skittering drums and clicks and gently sings his heart out over them. It could be said there’s a similarity to Bon Iver, but I wouldn’t really want to force that comparison through. His new album, Unfurl, is his third. LP and CD on Infectious Music.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Yann Tiersen - ALL

    Emotive ivories motifsmith Yann Tiersen has a new studio, venue and community centre named The Eskal on ol’ Ushant, the Breton Celtic Sea island he calls home. ALL is his first album recorded in this studio. It features basslines dancing with emotive right-hand arpeggios on the ivories, evocative field recordings of things such as children’s voices and charming reversed-tape textures with post-rock guitar ambience. ALL you could ever want.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Stats - Other People's Lives

    Stats are new to the Memphis Industries stable. They are a DIY art pop band who are led by Ed Steed. He once played in LA Roux’s backing band, this along with, surprisingly, the countless mundane office jobs he’s had have inspired the rather upbeat new album, Other People’s Lives. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Ladytron - Ladytron

    Named after a track on the first Roxy Music album, Ladytron stayed nicely under radar back in the day with their Teutonic electronic pop. The Liverpool band have had a bit of a break recently, but luckily after a seven wait, we have their new self-titled album. Bizarrely, former Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera lends his percussive skills to the album. Includes the singles, The Island and The Animals recently

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Jon Fratelli - Bright Night Flowers

    Often referred to as ‘the label where bands go to die’, Cooking Vinyl didn’t manage to kill off The Fratellis. Their last album, In Your Own Sweet Time, was a top 5 success! Hooray! Either side of his group’s album, Jon Fratelli has released solo albums. His latest, Bright Night Flowers, is a more laid back affair than you might expect with most of the songs having been written on the piano. 180g vinyl LP and CD on Cooking Vinyl.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Homeshake - Helium

    Homeshake is the project from Peter Sagar  - an escapee from the Mac De Marco touring band who has already issued several dollops of R&B influenced lo-fi pop. Helium is the product of both a much clearer mental state for the artist and of a new home recording set up which allowed him to tinker further with his tracks following an increased interest in ambient and electronic compositions.

    *Dinked Edition LP  on exclusive  "Fruit Punch" colour vinyl + art print available while stocks last* 

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Methyl Ethel - Triage

    Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Piroshka - Brickbat

    Marvellous times here for fans of shoegaze alumni as Miki Bereni (Lush) hooks up with KJ McKillop (Moose), Modern English bassist Mick Conroy and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch is a new group which, though hard to get away from the distinct sound of Miki's vocals, offers a fresh start for all four. They explore the usual modern day concerns about news, the world and stuff.  

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Rina Mushonga - In A Galaxy

    A short time to go (next February) in a galaxy not that far away (this one, the Milky Way) before the arrival of South London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rita Mushonga's new album In A Galaxy. Her songwriting orbits indie and Afropop with a lot of electronic twists and turns; downpitched vocals, pentatonic synths, and it sounds great.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Nubiyan Twist - Jungle Run

    London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Various - Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990

    Light In The Attic’s obsession with reissuing Japanese records shows no sign of abating. For their next trick they’ve given us a collection of ambient compositions made in the country during the ‘80s. Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 includes delicate pieces from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hideki Matsutake and many other distinguished artists. Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran has compiled this one.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Perfect Son - Cast

    My mum tells me that I’m the Perfect Son, so I’m not really sure what this fella’s playing at. Get off my turf, Perfect Son! Anyway, the artist born Tobiasz Biliński and known for a few years as Coldair has come out swinging on Cast, his first LP for Sub PopCast is a record of brash, confident electro-pop of the Gary Numan/Depeche Mode school.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Bjarki - Happy Earthday

    Bjarki’s versatile electronic music always has some ambient undertones going on, even if they’re muffled by manic jungle beats or haunting techno kicks. Happy Earthday, the successor to 2016’s AE, promises a little bit of everything, -- but never without that distinct and personal atmospheric base layer.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Günter Schickert - Nachtfalter

    Gunter Schickert initially learned the trumpet before making the guitar hsi axe of choice. This led to free jazz and echo guitar experimentation. His debut album, Samtvogel, was released in the mid-seventies. It earned him comparisons to Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and is highly regarded in the world of Krautrock. It’s 1980 follow-up, Überfällig, was where his signature echo guitar sound really took hold. He has being releasing albums steadily ever since. Nachtfalter, his latest, once again showcases his echo guitar sound.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Pinegrove - Skylight

    Sad Americana lot Pinegrove dropping by with their third full-length now. Skylight sounds a bit like Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco got together for an album they didn’t really want to make. The result is a decent bunch of catchy sing-along anthems for when you’re stuck in rainy rush-hour traffic.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Gemma Ray - Psychogeology

    Over her seven albums to date, Gemma Ray has become known for bringing a number of styles to freshen up the singer/songwriter genre and album number eight, Psychogeology, is no exception. Here, she borrows elements from girl groups, ‘70s pop, George Gershwin, classic Pink Floyd and Serge Gainsbourg to create a widescreen view of her life. LP and CD on Bronzerat.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    The Paper Kites - On The Corner Where You Live

    On The Corner Where You Live is the fourth album by Aussie mainstream indie outfit The Paper Kites. Their melancholy, emotive pop has brought them great success in their native Australia with their second album, Twelvefour, making number one in their national chart. On The Corner Where You Live was produced by Peter Katis who has also worked with Interpol and The National. LP on Nettwerk.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 15th February 2019

    Ben Shemie - A Skeleton

    Ben Shemie is the vocalist and guitarist from Canadian band Suuns. On A Skeleton, his first solo album, he makes stark experimental pop as bare bones as well, a skeleton. It was recorded live with no overdubs resulting in an album with a focussed sense of chaos and a pureness of intent. Released on Hands in the Dark.

    Due in: only 62 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy

    Du Blonde is the alter ego of Beth Jeans Houghton, whose first album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (2012) was released under her own name with the backing band The Hooves Of Destiny. Since then she has made one previous album under the Du Blonde moniker, Welcome Back To Milk (2015). Her new album, Lung Bread For Daddy sees her taking from both previous albums, mixing proto-punk, psych rock and ‘70s songwriter styles. Lyrically she is unflinching in her catharsis with themes of loneliness, anxiety and the problems arising from living in too many different places. LP and CD on Moshi Moshi.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Pom Poko - Birthday

    Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali Farka Toure are both name-checked in the press release for Birthday, but unfortunately so are Vulfpeck, so this could really go either way. As it is they don’t really sound like any of that lot - groups like Deerhoof and The Mae Shi spring to mind as Pom Poko power through a collection of zany power-pop-punk numbers.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium - South Of Reality

    The psychedelics-fuelled California duo of Sean Lennon and Primus bassist Les Claypool is back after 2016’s Monolith of Phobos with newun South of Reality. Check out that magnificent 1970s sci-fi novel-esque cover art. Self-recorded and self-produced, the songs are sumptuous, lyrical and proggy compositions that go beyond the usual psych reliance on big stoner haze.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Drenge - Strange Creatures

    The Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party’s favourite band return with their third LP and first full-length since 2015’s Undertow. Strange Creatures is a ten-track affair that sees Drenge’s muscular brand of hardcore indie-rock refigured for the night-time. Not in a they’ve-gone-disco sense - in the eerie, uncanny, nocturnal sense.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Desperate Journalist - In Search of the Miraculous

    As someone whose job involves a bit of journalist adjacent work, or as other people call it, "writing", I can't help but feel attacked by the name Desperate Journalist have gone for. But I must be unbiased. In Search of the Miraculous is the goth-y rock band's third album and lives its title. Big choruses, big solos, big euphoria. 

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Bayonne - Drastic Measures

    Well Bayonne's previous album Primitives was rather excellent indeed. For those not in the know it was a fantastic sprawl through a world slightly similar to that of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. Now the man who brought you all this Roger Sellers is back with a new work which we are hoping to be just as good. 

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Julia Jacklin - Crushing

    Julia Jacklin drops the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut LP Don’t Let The Kids Win. Crushing is another record of thoughtful, impressive indie-rock in the Angel Olsen/Cate Le Bon vein. ‘Head Alone’s chorus of ‘you can’t love somebody without using your hands’ proves that Jacklin is also one of the funnier singer-songwriters operating today.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Feels - Post Earth

    Feels make equal amounts of noise and melody. Post Earth is the L.A. four piece’s follow-up to their self-titled debut, released through Castle Face, which was produced by none other than Ty Segall. Here, they switch labels to Wichita and soak up influences from The Breeders to Warpaint to Queens Of The Stone age.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Spellling - Mazy Fly

    Intriguing new one from Sacred Bones act SPELLING. The album tackles the dual realities of technological progress - the utopian and the apocalyptic - while backed by music that can flit from garbled R&B to scuzzy synth jams. ‘Mazy Fly’s’ 12-tracks reflect SPELLING’s seemingly contradictory impulses and finds a unique synthesis being formed from these seemingly combative forces.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    James Yorkston - The Route To The Harmonium

    I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life  - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. The result is a deeply personal treasure trove of songs exemplifying Yorkston at the peak of his craft.     

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive

    The fifth studio album from never-knowingly-short-of-a-pun duo Sleaford Mods is on their own new 'Extreme Eating' label following a relatively brief sojourn with Rough Trade. Eton Alive is an aptly-titled affair in a year when which the actions of certain Old Etonians are in real danger of tearing the United Kingdom apart. Be assured that Sleaford Mods will have plenty to say on the subject of Brexit, austerity, and pretty much everything else related to the "shit pipe of this tatty civilisation" - all splurted out in their usual inimitable rattle-and-rant style.  

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Lily & Madeleine - Canterbury Girls

    US duo Lily & Madeleine started making music at high school. They were young but very good at what they did and got signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Now signed to hip Nashville label New West, they’re not that much older and already have album number 4 ready to go. Canterbury Girls was produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the duo behind Kacey Musgraves’ crossover success, Golden Hour. LP and CD on New West.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Michael Rother - Solo

    Extensive reissue of krautrock legend Michael Rother’s early solo work. As a member of both NEU! And Harmonia, Rother was undoubtedly at the heart of the infamous and highly influential 60s and 70s experimental German scene. ‘Solo’ sees Grönland re-release his first four solo LPs in a lavish box set, both in 6LP 5CD versions, and most excitingly of all with previously unreleased material.  

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Modeselektor - Who Else

    German absurdist electronic production team Modeselektor have a new album, Who Else. It’s brimming with solutions to boredom and, as usual, is defiantly unobvious. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have kept things fresh by tailoring each sound for each track. Grime artist, Flohio, Otto von Schirach and Estonian rapper, Tommy Cash guest. LP and Cd on Monkeytown.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    R. Stevie Moore - Afterlife

    R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo-fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His new LP, Afterlife, is mastered by Kramer and include guest performances from Ariel Pink, Jason Falkner, Lane Steinberg and Irwin Chusid, the man who coined the term ‘Outsider Music’ when referring to the likes of Moore. LP and Cd on Bar-None.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    American Football - American Football (LP3)

    20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    Teeth Of The Sea - Wraith

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    David Sylvian - Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities

    Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities was the second solo album by David Sylvian. The album is made up of two projects coming together, hence the use of the word alchemy in the title. Both projects were worked on in 1985, in between Sylvian's Brilliant Trees and Gone To Earth albums, and featured help from a number of creative types. Avant-garde composer Jon Hassell, Can’s Holger Czukay, Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and fellow Japan bandmate, Steve Jensen all contributed. 180g vinyl reissue on Virgin/EMI

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    David Sylvian - Brilliant Trees

    Brilliant Trees was the debut album from David Sylvian following the dissolution of his band Japan. The album moved away from the post new romanticisms of their swansong Tin Drum and towards the more acoustic reflective material he would perfect on Secrets of the Beehive. Now re-issued on 180g vinyl. 

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    David Sylvian - Gone To Earth

    Gone to Earth was the second solo album by David Sylvian and followed on from his debut Brilliant Trees. It's a double album full of brooding imagery and who else but Sylvian could have artists as diverse as Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, John Taylor, Steve Nye appear as guests on the same album. 

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 22nd February 2019

    David Sylvian - Secrets Of The Beehive

    An absolutely wonderful album. Secrets of the Beehive sees David Sylvian at his autumnal best on a beautiful song cycle with contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen and Danny Thompson. A must for fans of Talk Talk and the Blue Nile. Now re-issued on 180g vinyl.   

    Due in: only 69 sleeps to go
  • 23rd February 2019

    The Saxophones - Singing Desperately Suite

    When their recent album, Songs Of The Saxophones was in the can, The Saxophones, Alex Erenkov and Alison Alderdice, kept hold of the musicians that helped them to record some more songs. Singing Desperately Suite is the result. It recalls the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the recent output of Low. 4-track 7” EP on Full Time Hobby.

    Due in: only 70 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    FEWS - Into Red

    The hotly-tipped FEWS return with their sophomore LP. Much like their buzz-building 2016 debut Means, Into Red contains a string of powerful post-punk tracks that also draw plenty of influence from noise-rock. Motorik grooves backbone tracks such as ‘Business Man’. It all adds up to something not dissimilar to Iceage.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Peter Mcconnell - Grim Fandango

    iam8bit deliver another envinyled computer game soundtrack for the twentieth anniversary of lauded noir adventure Grim Fandango. A bit of a flop in 1998, the game has since accumulated the reputation it deserves, certainly due in no small part to the spirited lounge jazz of Peter McConnell’s soundtrack. Director’s Cut version recorded with real orchestra.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Snapped Ankles - Stunning Luxury

    Following on from their rather good Come Play the Trees album, London avant groove-sters Snapped Ankles are back with an album that appears to be a concept album about the property industry. A record to soundtrack the constant threat of developers perhaps but these are fun guys with many moments of memorable scuzz under their belts and Stunning Luxury should see them develop further.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Quaker City Night Hawks - QCNH

    Quaker City Night Hawks hail from Texas. Their music is imbued with all the hallmarks of ‘70s southern rock you’d expect to hear, plus a certain amount of Joe Walsh-era Eagles. QCNH is their fourth studio album and follow-up to their Lightning Rod debut, El Astronauta. LP and CD on Lightning Rod.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Weezer - Invasion Of Privacy (The Black Album)

    It had to happen at some point. Yes, after Red, Green, Blue and the rest, we now have Weezer’s Black Album. Technically this thing is called Invasion Of Privacy but we can pretty much guarantee no-one will be referring to it thus five years from now. This LP has been produced by Dave Sitek and sees the band going for that sort of nerdy white-boy funk thing that has been tried by everyone from Nickleback to Jack Penate over the past few years. We could have seen that coming too.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    The Japanese House - Good At Falling

    The Japanese House is the musical project of The 1975 cohort, Amber Bain. The name is taken from a house in Cornwall, once owned by Kate Winslet, that she stayed in as a kid. Bain builds her songs from synth, vocals and guitar making music with one foot in the ethereal and one foot in the pop camp. With four EPs under her belt, it’s time for a full album, Good At Falling is that album. LP and CD on Dirty Hit.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Durand Jones & The Indications - American Love Call

    Durand Jones is one of them there soul singers. On his second studio LP American Love Call, Jones and his band The Indications do a fine job at recreating the sounds, sights and smells (not really - it's not scratch 'n' sniff) of the genre’s ‘70s golden age. Curtis Mayfield would be pleased with the lilting grooves and smooth vocals on tunes like 'Don’t You Know’. Aaron Frazer guests on a bunch of cuts.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Robert Forster - Inferno

    In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forster is now a writer of exquisite songs and books and father of one third of The Goon Sax. His new album, Inferno, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and it’s the first time the pair have worked together since Forster’s solo debut back in 1990. LP and CD on Tapete.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Angel-Ho - Death Becomes Her

    The vital Angel-Ho lands on Hyperdub for her sophomore LP. Across Death Becomes Her we find the NON Worldwide founder turning out a selection of futuristic club jams that powerfully represent her experiences as a trans woman. Synthesizing sounds from South Africa, Atlanta, London and everywhere in between, Angel-Ho's latest offering will have the competition playing catch-up once again. The guestlist includes Gaika, Nguzunguzu’s Asmara Maroof and Queezy.

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 1st March 2019

    Patricia - Heavy Merging

    Due in: only 76 sleeps to go
  • 8th March 2019

    Indoor Pets - Be Content

    Most pets I suppose are indoors. Maybe rabbits, guinea pigs and horses would count as outdoor pets. And bees? Is a bee a suitable (predominantly) outdoor pet? Aaaanyway this is the debut record from this Kent power pop lot whose fuzzy infectious songs recall early Weezer and Ash and have already been grabbing ears on various 6 music playlists.  

    Due in: only 83 sleeps to go
  • 8th March 2019

    Malihini - Hopefully, Again

    Memphis Industries (Dutch Uncles, El Perro Del Mar) drop the debut LP from Roman duo Malihini. Hopefully, Again is one of those records of well-heeled retro-pop that are all the rage these days ever since Mac Demarco became supreme overlord of alternative music. Yacht rock, MOR, ye-ye and the lounge-indie of Whitney all get a look-in here.

    Due in: only 83 sleeps to go
  • 8th March 2019

    E.B. The Younger - To Each His Own

    E.B. The Younger is Eric Brandon Pulido, the frontman of Midlake. To Each His Own sees him stepping out on his own for the first time, although it’s not his first album without his Midlake bandmates. He was part of BNQT, a supergroup including members of Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Travis and Grandaddy. Pulido sees the album as a way to diplomatically solve artistic differences within Midlake. LP and CD on Bella Union.

    Due in: only 83 sleeps to go
  • 8th March 2019

    Anni Hogan - Lost In Blue

    A star-studded and aptly titled new album of forlorn songs by Anni Hogan (AEAEA, Attrition, Marc and the Mambas and many others.) Hogan’s enthusiasm for collaboration has surely led to lots of friendships over the years, which may explain the incendiary team she’s put together for this one. There’s Lydia Lunch, ex-Kraftwerk Wolfgang Flür, Kid Congo Powers, Scarlet West - to name just a few.

    Due in: only 83 sleeps to go
  • 15th March 2019

    Godflesh - Streetcleaner

    Industrial metal Brummies, Godflesh, released their debut album, Streetcleaner, in 1989. They formed in the early ‘80s when former Napalm Death guitarist, Justin Broadrick and bass player, Christian Green started working together. It wasn’t until 1988, however, that they became Godflesh. Unlike many traditional metal bands, the duo make use of a drum machine which underpins their industrial sound. If you like this kind of stuff (and why wouldn't you?) it's pretty essential, really. Reissue LP on Earache.

    Due in: only 90 sleeps to go
  • 15th March 2019

    The Faint - Egowerk

    You’ve probably noticed what a toxic, disappointing place a social media forum can be. A hotbed of egotistical confrontation. Omaha electro-punks The Faint too have noticed and have made their self-produced seventh Egowerk album all about it. It’s slick, dramatic and fast paced, and perhaps their most electro sound to date.

    Due in: only 90 sleeps to go
  • 22nd March 2019

    Sleeper - The Modern Age

    No-one thought this would happen, including the band. Sleeper have a new album out. It’s their first in twenty-one years, since the heady days of Britpop, and it’s called The Modern Age. The band used to be made up of three guys and a girl, now they’re made up of a novelist, two music lecturers and the ex-Prodigy bassist. All the old traits are in place - observational lyrics, catchy hooks and producer Stephen Street, but they’ve also been shrewd enough to make an album for The Modern Age (see what I did there?) LP and Cd on Gorsky Records.

    Due in: only 97 sleeps to go
  • 22nd March 2019

    American Football - American Football (LP3)

    20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

    Due in: only 97 sleeps to go
  • 22nd March 2019

    Lambchop - This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

    Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester Matthew McCaughan, known for playing drums for sad beard Bon Iver. The new album continues with the thoughtful mix of electronics and quiet country sounds started on 2016’s FLOTUS

    Due in: only 97 sleeps to go
  • 29th March 2019

    UNKLE - The Road: Part II

    UNKLE releases are always, if nothing else, interesting. After seven years of silence, label boss James Lavelle finally returned with last year’s massive comeback effort Part I. It was diverse, but he promises even more variation on 2019’s The Road: Part II. We’re expecting a somber soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic road trip, but who really knows what the man from UNKLE will bring?

    Due in: only 104 sleeps to go
  • 5th April 2019

    JAWS - The Ceiling

    Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.

    Due in: only 111 sleeps to go
  • 5th April 2019

    Circa Waves - What’s It Like Over There?

    What’s It Like Over There? Is the third studio album from Liverpool indie rockers, Circa Waves. The album was produced by the legendary Alan Moulder and melds thrilling rock with sharp pop. The band have toured with the likes of Temples, Royal Blood, The Libertines and Interpol. LP and CD on Prolifica Inc.

    Due in: only 111 sleeps to go
  • 5th April 2019

    Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror

    The Ethereal Mirror was the second album by Coventry doom metal band, Cathedral. It was released in 1993. Guitarist, Garry Jennings, added bass to the list of stringed instruments he played on the album following the departure of Mark Griffiths. The album has stood the test of time as a fine example of doom metal. Reissue LP on Earache.

    Due in: only 111 sleeps to go
  • 19th April 2019

    Stealing Sheep - Big Wows

    Stealing Sheep’s first foot on the ladder was a mini tour with Field Music. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength with their music becoming more fleshed out with every album. Their latest, Big Wows, is no exception. Bright bold pop is infused with dance floor rhythms and ethereal qualities. A bunch of different producers shaped their sound from their experiences behind the desk for the likes of Metronomy, Christine and The Queens and Years & Years. LP and CD on Heavenly.

    Due in: only 125 sleeps to go