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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?


  • 20th August 2018

    Susumu Yokota - Acid Mt.Fuji

    Originally released on Sublime Records (Marc Romboy, Captain Funk) in 1994, Susumu Yokota’s Acid Mt.Fuji is reissued as a double-vinyl by Midgar. This is nicely-calibrated electronica that veers from squeaky Rephlex-aping techno (‘Saboten’, ‘Opochi’) to tranquil, slightly psychedelic drone (‘Oh My God’), though there is more of the former than there is the latter.

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 20th August 2018

    Liam van Ryn - Serendipity

    Hull’s Liam van Ryn drops his debut EP via the newly-minted Foreign Entertainment imprint. While van Ryn may be a graduate of Gilles Peterson’s ‘Future Bubblers’ project, the four cuts on Serendipity are not the sort of thing you’d expect to crop up on a Brownswood compilation. The likes of ‘Accident In Saga City’ and the title track are widescreen electronica that wouldn’t sound out of place on Kompakt, while ‘Pitch1’ could pass for Panda Bear. Tessela and Lanark Artefax are known to be fans.

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 20th August 2018

    SHXCXCHCXSH - SHULULULU

    Another slab of caps lock post-industrial drones and saturated rhythm textures from Swedish duo SHXCXCHCXSH. That’s the sound all the bottles make when I chuck them into glass recycling. The track titles are ‘SHULULULU’, ‘SHUDUDUDU’, ‘SHUMUMUMU’ and so forth. Occasionally they let a bit of melody in, but for the most part it’s a fabric of undistracted beats.

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 20th August 2018

    Pausal - Volume Flow

    Music to imagine vistas, valleys, forests and glaciers to by airy UK duo Pausal, known individually as Alex “Olan Mill” Smalley and Simon Bainton. With a cover painting by Susanne Seinmann, the album comprises extended improvisations edited down into manageable pieces. Beard and morning coffee optional but recommended. Mastered by the dynamics duo of Lawrence English and Porya Hatami.

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 20th August 2018

    Bamba Pana - Poaa

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 20th August 2018

    Tape Loop Orchestra - Return To The Light

    Due in: tomorrow
  • 21st August 2018

    Lumerians - Call Of The Void

    The Void has clearly called up Lumerians and just told ‘em to keep on doing what they’re doing, man. The Californian space-rockers have heeded said Call Of The Void and turned in another psychedelic smorgasbord, this time getting the people at Fuzz Club (King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardNight Beats) to do the heavy lifting. Krautrock, free jazz, drone, Zamrock - they’re all neatly assimilated into this stylishly unkempt LP.

    Due in: only 2 sleeps to go
  • 22nd August 2018

    Girl One And The Grease Guns - Transmissions From The Glass Factory - Part 1

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 22nd August 2018

    Vehicle Blues - Vehicle Blues

    Due in: only 3 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    James White and The Blacks - Sax Maniac (Redux)

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Jack Rose - Luck In The Valley

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Witch - Movin' On

    The great Zamrock band, WITCH stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc and in ‘70s and ‘80s Zambia they certainly did. Since being brought back to public attention by the likes of label owner Egon, the havoc has been continuing across dancefloors the world over. Movin’ On is a fantastic example of the electric rock and heavy percussion of WITCH.  

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Crotocosm - Setting The Scene For An Island Battle

    This one has been a long time coming: Jordan GCZ (he of Lushlyfe and Off Minor fame) and Willie Burns (of Black Deer) have apparently been recording bits and pieces here and there since 1996, leaving their music together as Crotocosm supremely thought through. Setting The Scene For An Island Battle is five tracks of music and twelve inches of vinyl.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    White Denim - Performance

    Imagine, if you will, a psych rock band who also enjoy the two greatest genres to grace our green planet: jazz and prog rock. Intending absolutely zero sarcasm with my last remark, I can now inform you that you need not imagine, as White Denim exist, ready-made, for your pleasure. They're back after a small time away with Performance, a hyper, rapidfire collection that best shows off their jam potential.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Tunng - Songs You Make At Night

    Rather like The Great Conjunction in The Dark Crystal, Tunng’s shifting personnel have aligned once again, for the first time in many years, just as they were at the outset.. I remember them back in 2007 as shaggy-haired, semi-electronic Brit-folksters, but something’s definitely happened in the intervening years. This one sounds sounds more like catchy psychedelic electro-pop and dance. Fab.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Basement Revolver - Heavy Eyes

    Canadian three-piece Basement Revolver - no relation to Velvet Revolver, and for that we should be thankful - drop their debut LP via Fear Of Missing Out. They do a fine job of wedding that sort of Millennial shoegaze thing that Lana Del Rey does with the fuzzy pop nous of Colleen Green and Wavves. Contains ‘Johnny’, which was a mini hit on the net back in 2016.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals

    Mark Lanegan - former Screaming Tree, part-time Queen of the Stone Age - teams up with his old chum Duke Garwood for their second LP in a half-decade (though they’ve worked on some stuff together in between). Lanegan’s vocal performance on With Animals is rote at this point - if you’ve liked his rich baritone in the past (and most people have) then you’ll like it here too - but the music is some of the most interesting he’s been involved with in a while. Full of smoky organs and gently pattering electronic drums, this record is reminiscent of when Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds did a stylistic 180 on Push The Sky Away.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    BC Camplight - Deportation Blues

    Mental illness and addiction left Philadelphia-dwelling Brian Christinzio relocating to Manchester for a fresh start. He recorded the last BC Camplight album, How To Die In The North there with a new band. As soon as it was released he found out he was being deported. After going through a lot of red tape, his Italian grandparentage finally came up trumps and allowed him back to his Manchester life. Then Brexit happened. Deportation Blues is fuelled by the difficulty Christinzio has suffered since his deportation. The lyrics are from an angry place, but are delivered with such grace and melodic beauty, typical of Christinzio's previous work. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - Lost Transmissions From The Off-World Territories

    GK Machine’s Invisible, Inc. imprint is now on twenty releases, and the Scottish cratedigger has decided to commemorate the landmark with a compilation of music made on the legendary T.O.N.T.O. synthesiser. Still the largest synth in the world, it has helped shape the sound of genres including cosmic disco and New Age music. On this highly groovy 2xLP collection we are given rarities from the likes of Laraaji, Secret Circuit, Daniele Baldelli and more.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Joey Dosik - Inside Voice

    Vulfpeck continue to extend their insidious tendrils into every facet of contemporary music. Joey Dosik may not be a full-time member of the Berkley ‘band’, but his solo output bears a similar element of nudge-nudge-wink-wink to that group's output. Inside Voice, his debut solo LP, thinks it’s doing a Father John Misty thing when it’s actually doing an Adam Levine thing. We can also blame this one on Moses Sumney, Theo Katzmann, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, among others.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Deadly Avenger - I Am Godzilla, You Are Japan

    British Electronica mainstay/Illicit Recordings boss Deadly Avenger drops his new LP via Burning Witches Records (All Of Them Witches, BurningTapes). I Am Godzilla, You Are Japan is - yep - a tribute to Gojira, and there is a definite stomp-all-over-your-car vibe to these twelve punishing instrumentals. Largely built from big-beat 808s and throbbing electro basslines, this is a record of big dumb fun.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Neil & Liam Finn - Lightsleeper

    Nice family get together here as new Fleetwood Mac guy Neil Finn (Crowded House etc) teams up with son Liam Finn. Mum is on here as well as is Liam's brother Elroy and weird uncles Connan Mockasin and Mick Fleetwood also put in appearances.  No sign of Tim Finn but there's still more than enough family talent here. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Interpol - Marauder

    A baker’s dozen of tunes from the mid-2000s indie bands who have grown old with the most grace. Marauder’s lead single ‘The Rover’ kind of sounds like Preoccupations having a go at covering ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, and in its own way it’s a charming post-punk ditty. They should have really called it Our Love to Maraud, but then again Interpol are not a band famed for their sense of humour.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Stone Foundation - Everybody, Anyone

    Weller got so excited by the last Stone Foundation album that he ended up producing it and playing on every single track. This time round he's a mere guest along with bandmates Mick Talbot and Steve White. Also appearing is Dr Robert from the Blow Monkeys. Stone Foundation have here mined a heavier funk vibe than before but still blend funk and soul with mod-ish pop and have become a popular live act on the 'circuit'. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Japan - Tin Drum

    David Sylvian fronted arty-odd-synth-pop-new-wavers Japan originally released their fifth and final album Tin Drum in 1981 through Virgin. This half-speed mastered edition is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM for a better noise floor. Includes the singles Ghosts and The Art of Parties, as well as the ever infectious Talking Drum.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Autechre - NTS Sessions

    In April 2018 electronic wizards Autechre went into online radio station NTS and broadcast a series of sessions of unheard music which were then released digitally to critical acclaim. Now you can buy them physically either as separate LPs or here an an enormous 12 LP box set or 8CD set. A vast an extensive collection which has been described as being some of the best music they have released to date.   

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Autechre - NTS Session 1

    If you can't afford the enormous box set you can also get Autechre's stunning NTS Sessions in bite sized chunks. The long running electronica greats issued a swathe of new music via a stint on the NTS online radio station back in April 2018. Now you can get it on vinyl and this is the first instalment. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Autechre - NTS Session 2

    Number two in the series of four of Autechre’s live sessions for London/Manchester based online radio station NTS brings two further hours of fresh music from the shapeshifting duo. In full glitching IDM mode for the opening of this one, from the outset they move from the speedy micro beat shifting of elyc9 7hres through stumbler six of eight (midst) and into the Granz Graf metallic churning of xflood. Then slowly shifting into more abstract droning movements.. Triple LP on Warp.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Autechre - NTS Session 3

    The third installment of Autechre’s live sessions for online radio station NTS brings another two hours of new music from the constantly evolving duo. Part three sees a wide selection of the duo’s styles from the chromatic shiftings of glos ceramic to the fantastically maniacal tt1pd that brings you back to their Draft 7.30 days. Triple LP on Warp.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Autechre - NTS Session 4

    The fourth and final installment of Autechre’s sessions from their residency for NTS radio. With each session bringing 2 hours of new music, Session 4 acts almost like a digital palette cleanser, with the first half taking four tracks of minimal glitchy dronescapes they close with a huge wash of dense drone in an hour long piece called All End. Triple LP on Warp.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Träden - Träden

    Well, what have we here? Nothing other than a brand-new *double* album from Träden no less, formerly known of course as Träd Gräs och Stenar. Their truncation from 'Trees, Grass and Stones' to merely 'The Trees' has done nothing to lessen or dampen the edges of their sound.

    Simply self-titled 'Träden' this latest sprawling opus takes in the various, awesome spectacles of mossy, serene nature, the woods etc., and was stitched together from chugging jam sessions, hard graft and not a little perspiration. Earthy, trance-inducing, patchouli-scented psych-rock. Naturally.

    2xLP in a limited edition, gatefold sleeve -- or on CD -- on Subliminal Sounds.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - Total 18

    In the year of their twenty-fifth birthday, how apt that Kompakt should run the latest instalment of their Total series to twenty-five tracks? Well, on the CD at least - there’s just eight on the vinyl, but that does come with a download code. Total 18 is a mixture of fresh faces (Ghost Vision, Aaron Ahrends) and seasoned vets (T. Raumschmiere, Geiger). The famed German techno label blends young and old with aplomb here.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Nothing - Dance On The Blacktop

    Third album from New York shoegazers Nothing. Built on a hardcore foundation, the band have a bit more bite than you'd usually expect from the genre. Dance On The Blacktop celebrates the band's love for 90s anglophone guitar music so who better to produce it then John Agnello who's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr?

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    The Lemon Twigs - Go To School

    The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Reverend Bizarre - In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend

    Legendary doom crushers Reverend Bizzare would always put in a double shift on their records, matching their massive, spiteful sound with a whole bunch of unholy humour. This record starts with a polite request to "Burn In Hell" and ends with a Lord of the Rings reference, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement that what they're doing is as silly as it is filthy. Their first record, In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend, was originally released in 2002 and is a staple of all things doom: loud, slow and long, it clocks at 75 minutes and never once lets up. An absolute classic of Finnish metal. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Marquis Hawkes - The Marquis of Hawkes

    Like many of today’s electronic artists, Marquis Hawkes bases himself in Berlin. On his new album The Marquis Of Hawkes he takes us on a journey through beatless drones, deep dub, body jerkers and some retro bass jabs. Jamie Lidell and Ursula Rucker make guest appearances. Double LP on Houndstooth.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Midori Takada & Lafawndah - Le Renard Bleu

    The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese strings and various drums in her composition. Meanwhile Lafawndah offers vocals that appear to draw strength from both Western and Eastern opera. It’s potent stuff.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    OHMME - Parts

    Experimental but in the fun way indie rock from Chicago duo OHMEE. As both Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are classically trained pianists they decided to leave the keys behind for Parts and focus on the humble guitar to constrain themselves into making something interesting. Best here though is the pair's constant vocal harmonising, allowing the different qualities of their voices to play off each other.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Ethers - Ethers

    Ethers are a supergroup. Well, to those who are au fait with the Chicago indie rock scene they are, anyway. They are made up from members of Radar Eyes, Heavy Times and Outer Minds. Their brand of mid-fi, hook-heavy indie recalls band such as Royal Headache, Reigning Sound and The Feelies. LP and CD on Trouble In Mind.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    doon kanda - Luna EP

    If you follow contemporary electronic music odds are the creature on the artwork for Luna EP will feel unsettlingly familiar. doon kana is Jesse Kanda, a visual artist who's worked with the likes of Arca, Bjork, and fka twigs. His music is surprisingly restrained, but is still disgusting in a way that makes it endlessly fascinating.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Mr. Airplane Man - Compilation

    Boston two-piece Mr. Airplane Man, who include no men whatsoever among their ranks, take their inspiration from The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and garage rock. Their debut self-titled album was self released with the two that followed, Moanin’ and C’mon DJ being released on Sympathy For The Record Industry (the original home of The White Stripes). Compilation brings together the best tracks from their first three hard-to-get albums. LP and CD on Beast Records.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Joyfultalk - Plurality Trip

    Do bands still get 'signed' to labels in our year of the lord 2018? If so, Joyfultalk is the newest contract artist for the unimpeachable Constellation Records, the experimental Montreal imprint that seem to be deep-diving into electronic music of late. A project of electronic artist Jay Crocker, Pluraity Trip is a honing of kosmische music, sublimating dance and glitch into a new, cerebral whole.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Automatisme - Transit

    Automatisme is the recording moniker for Canadian electronic musician, producer and record store employee, William Jourdain. His fourth physical album release, Transit, is his second for Constellation. The album is informed by organic time signatures such as heart rate and ocean waves as well as the more mechanical, albeit twisted and warped, like the clocks in Salvadore Dali’s Persistence Of Memory. 180g vinyl LP on Constellation.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    The Myrrors - Fuzz Club Session

    The Myrrors got their name by putting the word ‘Mirror’ into an online psychedelic band name generator and pluralising it….or so I heard, anyway. The Arizona band, whose sound evokes the desert landscape they call home mixed with Eastern psychedelic rock and expansive instrumentation that includes violins and droned vocals have recorded a three track session for London’s Fuzz Club label. The label are big fans of the band, so invited them over. And Fuzz Club just know. 180g vinyl LP on Fuzz Club.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Julie Doiron - Julie Doiron Canta en Español Vol. III

    Former Eric's Trip bassist Julie Doiron has long been a much loved songwriter whose work has been compared to Damien Jurado or Bill Callahan. Influenced by the '60s and '70s songwriters who did the same and with the assistance of label boss and poet Jesus Llorente she has now translated her work into Spanish of which this 10" is the third in a series.  

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Joe Herrick - Dream Reading

    Don’t Google Joe Herrick, you’ll just get some guff about a horse trainer with the same name. Dream Reading is Herrick’s first record and it compiles 14 tracks from his massive archive. Extrapolation Records have been digging this guy for the last 5 years and feel that the time is right for an official release. Herrick has a certain way with loops and samples and uses them them to bind together his takes on ambient, house and hip-hop. LP on Extrapolation Records.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Warm Drag - Warm Drag

    Given that he’s recently left !!! for The Most Prolific Band In The Universe™ Thee Oh Sees (or OCS, or whatever the hell they’re called now), you’d think that Paul Quattrone would have neither time nor inclination for further music-making. You’d be wrong. Quattrone is the electronics half of Warm Drag, a group completed by Debbie Harry-ish singer Vashti Windish. On their eponymous debut LP they make a racket that sounds like the DAF trying to be Ennio Morricone. Unfortunately Warm Drag don’t appear to be any relation to the much-missed Giant Drag.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Swervedriver - Ejector Seat Reservation

    Though Oxford's second best shoegaze band Swervedriver reached big audiences with their first couple of records, their third fell somewhat under the radar in 1995. Never mind though as now it has been re-issued for you to rediscover. It's a mixture of tough shoegaze, dreamy rock music and a hint of blues that serves to prove that shoegaze wasn't just for wimps.     

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Blood Orange - Negro Swan

    Devonte Hynes has explored punk in his teens with Test Icicles, orchestral pop under the name of Lightspeed Champion, and as Blood Orange, perhaps his most successful and critically acclaimed project, he has made four albums underpinned by R’n’B and electronica. Negro Swan, his latest, explores depression - his own and other people's - along with the anxieties suffered by LGBT community and people of colour. LP and CD on Domino.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Hiro Kone - Pure Expenditure

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    The Butterfield Blues Band - East-West

    Paul Butterfield put the blues into blues harp. In the ‘60s, if you wanted harmonica-led blues music, then you listened to The Butterfield Blues Band. The US combo first made their mark in 1963, but it was their 1966 LP East-West that really caught people’s ears. The band featured guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who has also played with some singer/songwriter called Bob Dylan. Jerome Arnold played bass - his blues credentials stand up to some scrutiny having also played with Howlin’ Wolf as do the credentials for drummer Billy Davenport who can claim to have played with Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush. 180g LP on Music On Vinyl.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL - Tomb Raider (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    A little less conversation, please: the Junkie who famously remixed Elvis has done a soundtrack. Not just any old soundtrack, either; Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL has made the soundtrack to the (Original Motion Picture) 'Tomb Raider'. The aforementioned, Grammy-nominated one has been let off the lead to score Lara Croft's adventures afresh, resulting in a new vitality and urgency to the character. This release follows Tom's work on the impressive and top-selling Batman v. Superman film, so this is eagerly anticipated stuff. The limited -- 500 numbered copies -- Double LP is packaged with exclusive poster and printed inner-sleeves within a gatefold and protective PVC outer. Oh, and it's 180-gram, transparent green "Color Of Life" vinyl. Music On Vinyl.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Singu - Siki

    Psychedelic jazz improvisations from Hiroshima based duo, SinguSiki has Kiyo and Keta Ra furiously duelling using drums, keyboard and guitar. For all the chaos, there's a surprising amount of space in their music, mostly thanks to Kiyo's drumming very humbly being a little quieter in the mix than you'd usually get from such a virtuoso. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Wayne Shorter - Emanon

    Well, this is a production and a half; I mean, Blue Note have really gone to town in the presentation and packaging for this one. As, of course, befits the stature of the man who recorded the work: the titan of jazz, of music and of art, namely Wayne Shorter. The record in question is Emanon and here it is, in all its glory: all 3 discs' worth. Also, in a deluxe package including all the LPs and CDs together, there's a very fine 84-page artbook featuring Shorter's self-penned graphic novel, signed by the man himself! Crazy.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Jungle - Heavy, California / Cherry

    Jungle gear up for the release of their sophomore LP For Ever with another light dusting of alt-soul. ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Cherry’ are par for the course, all polite funk grooves and snapback-and-a-pair-of-Huaraches falsetto. This is the sort of breezy whimsy that sinks soft claws into radio station playlists the world over, so drink your fill now lest your thirst by slaked by another hand.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Buck Curran - Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

    Nothing like a cup of lapsang souchong and Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas to get you through a quiet evening. Painting quiet spaces with sparse guitar tones, Buck Curran’s songs are like Six Organs of Admittance on valium and played at 75% speed: the man's haikus and ragas are patient, and depend equally on silence and sound.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Alexander Tucker - Don't Look Away

    Don’t Look Away completes the trio of LPs that the Grumbling Fur's Alexander Tucker started with 2011’s Dorwytch. It’s a record of whimsical, finely-crafted, Brian Eno-esque pop. Factory Floor's Nik Void guests on the hypnotic, droning 'Gloops Void (Give It Up)'. This one's out via Thrill Jockey.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    The Devil Makes Three - Chains Are Broken

    The Devil Makes Three - a name which could be a Marilyn Manson reference, but given the style of music they make we’ll wager it’s got more to do with Emmylou Harris - release their first full-length of original material for five years. Chains Are Broken is way more polished than a lot of Americana LPs, and this allows the group’s full-throated anthems like ‘Paint My Face’ and ‘Bad Idea’ to ring loud and true.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Glenn Jones - The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar

    With a title I could well imagine existing as a cautionary yet inspiring tale for young children, possibly animated by Studio Ghibli (disclaimer: before we're sued, it wasn't) The Giant Who Ate Himself - And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar is a beautifully crafted recording by Glenn Jones. It's something to do with the big frog with a little guitar on the front cover. Melodies are spun into fine gold thread in Glenn's expert hands, the master of American Primitive guitar that he is. LP in black or 'frog green' virgin vinyl editions, in heavy stock jacket with sleeve notes, tuning details and download card. CD version in four-panel, LP style gatefold. On Thrill Jockey.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Grandmilly & Shozae - Adventureland

    After two decent collaborative EPs, Raider Klan-affiliated MC Grandmilly and producer Shozae drop their debut full-length via Stones Throw. The tweak that makes Adventureland stand out is how the tunes often feel like they’re running slightly slower than they should be in a way that might make you check if your record player is malfunctioning. But no, cuts like ‘Graffiti’ and ‘Philip Lim’ are meant to be that syrupy. It gives the LP an evocative, hazy vibe. Grandmilly sometimes kicks into gear in a way that makes you think of a double-time A$AP Rocky.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    RMFTM / 10000 Russos - Split

    Dutch psych-rock scuzzers Radar Men from the Moon descend from their lunar abode for supplies and to collaborate with Portuguese men o’ drone 10,000 Russos. This is all at the invitation of the splendidly-named Fuzz Club label. The result sounds like a huge car repairs warehouse on a busy day. Great EQ on the drums on this one.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Django Django - Marble Skies

    7" of the title track from Django Django's third album, Marble Skies. This comes backed with a remix from CID RIM, an affiliate of the LuckyMe record label. CID RIM takes the high energy art rock of the band's original, and gives it the electronic edge and sheen his cohort of producers is known for.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Justice - Woman Worldwide

    While touring WomanJustice had to reconfigure the album to be suited to being played live. This process unearthed a different side to the album's tracks, one they have documented in the studio on Woman Worldwide. They didn't stop there though, and played some of their best known tracks in the same style as well.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Her's - Invitation To Her's

    Barrow/Norway hook ups Her's have aligned themselves with a never ending cycle of album titles. 'Invitation to Her's' follows the compilation 'Songs of Her's' and we predict the next one with be 'Thrown out of Her's' or 'The Police Were Round at Her's' or later their Go-Betweens covers album 'Her's Handwriting'. Aaaaaanyway this is tipped to be one of the biggest indie debut's this world has ever seen. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    The Residents - I Am A Resident!

    Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Joe LoDuca - Evil Dead: A Nightmare Reimagined

    Partly in answer to persistent fan interest, Joe LoDuca revisits his most famous film score for a contemporary reimagining. He’s given it quite a go as well: this new version is substantially expanded, bumping up the intense original experience to a full hour of nerve-wrackin’ demonic dismay.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Alan Howarth - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myres

    Unfortunately nothing to do with THE Mike Myers, Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers was the first film in John Carpenter’s Halloween series that saw Alan Howarth composing the music solo. He took to his new-found freedom with gusto, layering every-more campy organs and ghoulish synths over the bones of Carpenter’s ideas. Now the score is reissued with new artwork on Death Waltz.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Alan Howarth - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Look, everyone knows that by the time the Halloween franchise got to its fifth instalment The Revenge Of Michael Myers, the whole operation stank. John Carpenter wasn’t involved anymore, and the series had descended into cranking out lowest-common-denominator gore-fests. However, Carpenter’s old pal Alan Howarth was still doing the music, and that means that the soundtrack stands as one of the film’s few redeeming features. Now that score has been released in a nice vinyl package by Death Waltz.

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  • 24th August 2018

    Alan Howarth - Halloween 4 + Halloween 5 + Collectors Box Bundle

    2018 marks forty years since the release of the first film from John Carpenter’s seminal Halloween franchise. Over the years, the music of Halloween has gone on to assert almost as great an influence on the cultural landscape as the movies. The sound-world Carpenter and Alan Howarth created down the years, full of eerie synths and drum machines, is now instantly recognisable. Here Death Waltz have collected Howarth’s scores for the fourth and fifth Halloween movies, given them some new artwork and housed them in a box.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Ed Sheeran - +

    Life is pain. That, my dear Norman Records™ customer, is just how it is. Break-ups. Boring jobs. Tax returns. Penalty shootouts. Famine. War. Pestilence. Brexit.

     

    There is no escape, and there is no true respite. The moments of happiness, of gaiety and light, are but a dappling of sunshine on the shadowed path of mortality. In every triumph lurks failure; in every victory, defeat.

     

    But in the darkest moments, remember that we have Ed Sheeran. We have his debut LP +. We have its ubiquitous and Very Clever Indeed singles like 'The A Team'. We have his MBE. Well technically he has it, but really it was awarded to all of us for battling on through the gallows comedy that is to live and breathe on planet Earth.

     

    At least - ahh, so very much at least - we have Ed.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Ed Sheeran - X

    The year, 2113; the setting, Earth. The planet is a withered corpse. Ravaged by the climate catastrophes and nuclear wars of the previous century, human life has become impossible to support. Societies have either fought themselves into extinction or set off to colonise Mars. The plastic content in the oceans has destroyed all marine life and turned the water into a strange grey substance with the consistency of tapioca pudding. 85% of the Earth’s surface has become uninhabitable due to the merging of all four of the seasons into one year-long period of ultra-heat.

     

    In the arctic circle, on the last remaining ice floe, a single tannoy and a lone polar bear. Over the tannoy, Ed Sheeran’s second studio LP X plays on a loop.

     

    The polar bear gazes pensively out over the white wastes. These songs mean nothing to him. He sees the sun dip over the lip of horizon. Six months of darkness are come. He lets out a low grunt, barely more than a whisper. Somewhere in the swirl of his subconscious, he asks himself if he will survive this time around. ‘I need you darling, come on set the tone ...’

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Laurel - Dogviolet

    Up ‘n’ coming Londoner Laurel introduces her debut Dogviolet. Named after everyone’s favourite purple, scentless flower, it broods on the complex old chestnut of love. Focused around yearning, expressive guitar riffs and Laurel’s soulful vocals, it’s a strong new entry in this sort of confessional pop canon. The softened, wilting texture, courtesy of the mixes having been sent through reel-to-reel prior to mastering, help round off the character of things.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

    Thriller may have been better known but Off the Wall was Jackson at the top of his game. This was the pre-surgery, pre- being 'friends' with children Jackson when he was fully focussed on music and had a point to prove. Although his fifth solo album it was his first with Quincy Jones at the helm and the first where he had complete creative control. Features a host of his best known work such as the self penned  'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough' and the brilliant Rod Temperton duo of 'Rock with You' and the unsurpassable title track.  

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Michael Jackson - Thriller

    If you've not already bought the standard vinyl for 1p at a charity shop at any time over the last twenty years then now is the time to catch to with what Michael Jackson was doing in 1982 on this special picture disc edition. He was, of course, becoming the 'king of pop' with this multi squillion selling opus which remains the best selling record of all time. It's also good, especially the B side which just shows that you don't have to front load albums to be successful. 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Olafur Arnalds - re:member

    Oh it’s so nice. Isn’t it nice. This new Olafur Arnalds LP. Just lovely. The loveliest, in fact. re:member. Beautiful music. The piano. The strings. The delicate pitter-patter drum machines, possibly left over from his forays into techno as part of Kiasmos. Gorgeous. Transcendental. Beautiful. Mesmeric. Peerless. A masterpiece. The epitome of all art ever made. The Ultimate Music. Composed as if by God's own hand. re:member.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - Yardie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    The music from Idris Elba’s directorial debut feature-length Yardie gets a soundtrack release courtesy of Virgin EMI. There are some undeniable Jamaican classics among the track listing here. Yardie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) includes ten-tonne takes from the likes of Yellow Man and Dennis Brown. It also includes a special cover by Skip Marley of his old man’s tune ‘Johnny Was’.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Alabama 3 - Hits and Exit Wounds

    Come on Norman Records™ customer, sing it!

    (8) Well, you woke up this morning

    Got yourself a One Little Indian reissue of Alabama 3’s 2008 compilation Hits and Exit Wounds

    Your mama always said you'd be the chosen one (8)

     

    There’s all sorts here. The Sopranos’ theme is on it, of course, as are a fair few other choice morsels from down the years. But there are also hidden gems that make Hits and Exit Wounds worth a cop for even a seasoned A3 fan - an Orbital remix of ‘Ska’d For Life’, for instance. Altogether now!

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - 13 Reasons Why - Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

    The press release for this record leads with ‘New music from Gomez’, which isn’t a great start, but things pick up when you realise that they actually mean Selena Gomez. Obviously this is some of the music from the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. There are new songs from (among others) YUNGBLUD and Lord Huron and, err, OneRepublic. Some golden oldies from New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears and other bands of that ilk also make the cut.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Jerry Goldsmith - Logan's Run

    There’s all sorts going on in Jerry Goldsmith’s score for the 1976 sci-fi dystopia flick Logan’s Run. Some of the string melodies are so grand and brazen that you’d be surprised if Hans Zimmer hadn't studied them at some point. That said, there’s also the strange avant drones of György Ligeti, zany synths that prefigure Tron and moments of faux-primitivism that clearly takes cues from The Planet Of The Apes. Now Waxwork Records and MONDO bloke Justin Ishmael have teamed up to drop this remastered version of the score. Comes with nice new artwork.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - Manhunter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Manhunter soundtrack, vinyl re-release, new artwork, yadda yadda yadda. What’s really important is that you know that this has Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ on it, the song that was at the heart of one of the all-time great moments from The Simpsons. The feeling you’ll get from whacking that on and yelling ‘in the garden of Eden, honey!’ is worth the coin all by itself. Life's best pleasures are simple.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Gary Chandler - Outlook

    Gary Chandler’s 1972 LP Outlook is one of those soul-jazz cuts that demand the big-bucks for original copies. However, if your bucks are of more modest proportions, then consider this here reissue. Chandler was a trumpeter for the Motown Revue in the mid-60’s, and the band on Outlook includes Idris Muhammad and Gordon Edwards, so it's safe to say that this was a group who knew a thing or two about funky grooves. They prove that five times over on this record.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Sleep - Leagues Beneath

    Described on the press release as a '17 minute plunge' this is the first new material from legendary stoners Sleep following on from their much acclaimed The Sciences LP on Third Man. Recorded as a part of a series of songs for Adult Swim this is said to be 'a right good aural experience' (our words). 

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Global Electronic Network - Time Square

    Berlin’s Sound Metaphors reissues a Mille Plateaux gem from 1994, namely Global Electronic Network’s (aka Cologne’s Khan & Walker) Time Square twelve. While the remaster brings the grit up to date, the style itself has barely aged. ‘Part I’ follows a charming and glistening lead hook on its unhurried quest to enlist percussion, while ‘Part II’ offers a thundering, minimal machine techno texture that brings to mind some of the most contemporary Berlin stuff.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Jensen Interceptor - Delayed Response

    Sydney-based producer and classic car fancier Jensen Interceptor pounds out another one, this time for fellow Aussies Power Station Records. Delayed Response thumps its way through five dabblings in seedy EDM, oft-flecked with 80s industrial, techno and electro stylings. Perfect for those night rides.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Various - Incantations For Tape

    Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when pitch wobble, reversed recordings, noise and abstract bleeps and bloops were truly surprising and groundbreaking things to hear in musical recordings. Sound Miracle offers a polite introduction to a few of the boffins and weirdos who were hard at work developing these (and many other) techniques when they first became possible at all. Though space wasn’t found for Halim El-Dabh or electroacoustic poster boy himself Pierre Schaeffer, the compilation is bursting with such other pioneers as Daphne Oram, Bülent Arel and György Ligeti.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    BJNilsen - Focus Intensity Power

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Bernard Estardy - Space Oddities 1970-1982

    Bernard Estardy had one of the most influential careers in French pop. From his studio the late producer helped shape the sounds of artists including Francoise Hardy and Claude Francois. As well as working behind the scenes for singers he was always tinkering at the controls and made many solo records of experimental Library pop throughout the second half of the 20th Century. Space Oddities 1970-1982 sees Born Bad Records (La Femme, Francis Bebey) collate a few choice nuggets from Estardy’s extensive body of oddities.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 24th August 2018

    Object Agency - Abaa Cove

    Object Agency returns to Kit Records (The Nag’s Head, Lung Glass) with another LP of wacky techno. Abaa Cove is a really chirpy record. Perky drum tracks on tunes like ‘1K MIDI’ and ‘Dads Of Summer’ (great title) are wedded with bright FM synths that zip across the monitors. Sometimes they coalesce into off-kilter melodies, but generally they’re content to bounce around like some leftover Joe Goddard modulars. Good fun.

    Due in: only 5 sleeps to go
  • 29th August 2018

    Andrew Weatherall - Blue Bullet EP

    Andrew Weatherall is back! With brand new cosmic dub shenanigans for the ByrdOut label. The label that named itself after the late jazz trumpeter released Weatherall's Kiyadub EP one whole year ago. Here, in partnership with a friend -- Ride's Andy Bell, no less -- is a Les Paul guitar jam ('Making Friends With The Invader') sparkling amongst spacey dub sounds as only the former Andy knows how. The 'A' side's 'Blue Bullet' will test your woofers to the limit.

    Due in: only 10 sleeps to go
  • 29th August 2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Game Of The Throne EP

    Dub madness ahoy! From the South London 'Ariwa' studio of the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry. The 'Game Of The Throne' EP is adorned by three new and previously unreleased dub excursions. Lead track 'This Is The Upsetter' features Lee's chants and words of wisdom over a subterranean, rolling bass and complementary guitar. 'Lion Share Dub' does what you might expect, and on t'other side you'll find the EP's title track with skanking brass licks and Lee's offering up of praise to Selassie.

    Due in: only 10 sleeps to go
  • 30th August 2018

    Patricia - Free Lunch

    After releases on labels like Spectral Sound and Opal Tapes, Patricia makes the switch to Nona Records (Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kadaver) for the latest drop. The one born Max Ravitz - you may also know him as any from Inhalants, Masks and Pulpo - serves up five more slices of hissing electro here. Free Lunch will please anyone who dug Patricia’s recent triple LP Several Shades Of The Same Colour.

    Due in: only 11 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Jello Biafra - The Big Ka-Boom, Part One

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Sun Ra - Disco 3000

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Faust - The Faust Tapes

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    John Cale - Vintage Violence

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    D.R. Hooker - The Truth

    So similar in name to Dr Hook but don't be alarmed this is something completely different. It has been voted one of the rarest records of all time and was released in an edition of less than a hundred back in 1972. D.R. Hooker was in fact a robe-clad hippy who wrote surprisingly sophisticated songs that have something of the Randy Newman about them. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    La Luz - Floating Features

    Fuzz pop daydreamers La Luz do their quartet rock for a month down the line with more sun (we hope) than this one. Floating Features sees them churn out some of their most lyrically aspirational work yet, doubling down on the hooks and harmonies that make them so good. Will most likely rule.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    MC Paul Barman - (((echo chamber)))

    MC Paul Barman has kept a relatively low profile since the release of 2009’s Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud LP, offering only a mixtape and a handful of guest verses in the intervening years. A near-decade on and the wordsmith’s wordsmith drops (((echo chamber))). The LP’s lengthy track list allows for Barman to dazzle from every angle - his near-spoken, rhymes-within-rhymes style still impresses almost twenty years after he got his start. His standing in the community is represented in the album’s credits - MF Doom, Open Mike Eagle, DJ Yoda, Mark Ronson and ?uestlove are among those who’ve lent a hand, with the latter contributing six productions.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Juanita Stein - Until The Lights Fade

    Until The Lights Fade is the sophomore long-player from Howling Bells and former Waikiki vocalist and guitarist, Juanita Stein. Musically the album stays true to her 2017 solo debut, America, whilst lyrically its subjects and musings are closer to Stein, both geographically and emotionally. LP and CD on Nude.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    D'Arcangelo - Somewhere In Time

    Suction Records have been combing the archives of Roman braindance legends D’Arcangelo recently, reissuing their eponymous 1996 EP as well as putting out a record of contemporaneous, largely unreleased material entitled II. Somewhere In Time collects those two vinyl on one CD as well as opening and closing with exclusives. As such, the release shows the pair running the full gamut of their sound, from brain-bending industrial electronics to warm, friendly synth-pop.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    The Kooks - Let’s Go Sunshine

    Still being deafened from the roars of the crowds reverberating in their ears from their last arena jaunt, the Kooks return with a bold album inspired by British life, break up and recovery and lost innocence. They've already had one billion streams on various platforms and by my calculations that should result in about 76 album sales.  

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Darwin Deez - 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart

    He may have had those frizzy tight curls cut off but here he is with a moustache like that and posing top off for an album sleeve. This is his fourth album which sensibly avoids the current vogue for synth rock and electro textures and simply writes good simple guitar pop with tunes you can whistle. Maybe he's ok after all?  

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance

    Imagine if Slaves were not the worst ever of things, and if there were more of them in the band, and if that band also wasn’t Shame. Thus have we IDLES. The Bristol band's second LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance can get a bit punk-by-numbers at times, but there are some properly good tunes in here. ‘Danny Nedelko’ will be a massive festival song for years to come, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Wild Nothing - Indigo

    My giddy aunt this is an 80s-sounding album. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing gig might always have had a fair whack of New Order/The Cure/Echo & The Bunnymen about it, but fourth LP Indigo is the most unabashedly pop-type-thing that Tatum’s ever done. In short, it’s quite a lot like the last The War On Drugs record. You either like this sort of thing or you don’t.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Anna Calvi - Hunter

    Why is she so wet? What has she been doing? Anyway for this third album for Domino Anna Calvi has made a visceral and truthful record that explores those very 2018 themes of sexuality and gender identity resulting in her most raw and primal record to date. Recorded by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) and featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead) Calvi has made what is sure to be a thought provoking and passionate work. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Morrissey - This Is Morrissey

    The last of the famous international letdowns oversees the umpteenth cash-grabbing compilation release of his over-long and formerly-distinguished career. It’s a confused selection from a confused man, taking in as it does live tracks, alternative mixes and a couple of mid-period classics. Songs that used to mean so much to us - ‘Ouija Board, Ouija Board’, the majestic ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ - sit alongside concert takes that, once upon a time, would have been worth the hassle. But therein lies the problem - This, pissing on his own bonfire, Is Morrissey. The vinyl has sleeve notes written in French, because of course it does.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Daniel T. - Heliotrope

    In a former life, a decade or so ago, Southern California native Daniel T (Terndrup) was one half of Cosmic Kids who drew upon a very wide range of musical inspirations as well as, of course, the vastness of the cosmos. Daniel has long been a crate digger and a collector armed with an impressive knowledge of all sorts of bygone music, hosting regular radio shows on both NTS and Dublab. Terndrup now turns his attention to his solo project and has developed a production style taking in a melange of influences -- funk, post-punk, new age and pop included -- filtering all these along with the SoCal sunshine into his armoury of tunes. Heliotrope is the result, a fun-times album that's sure to make both heads and bodies move. LP on Cascine records.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Thou - Magus

    Thou claim greater influence from 90s proto-grunge groups like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden than contemporaries like EYEHATEGOD, a band to whom the Baton Rouge outfit are frequently compared. Magus - Thou’s first LP since 2014’s Heathen - lands squarely between the two camps, but is also much more than that. Sludgy, abrasive and loud as heck, there's more than a little Converge in here. That is to say that Magus is modern metal par excellence. The vocalist’s screech is the first sound you hear in hell. Out via Sacred Bones.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Mogwai - KIN

    It's not been too long since the successful Every Country's Sun LP but no resting on laurels for Mogwai as they release their first feature film soundtrack for the upcoming movie KIN (made by the same people who brought you Stranger Things). Though it will appeal to lovers of sci-fi soundtracks, we're promised that Mogwai fans won't be left disappointed.    

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Mass Gothic - I've Tortured You Long Enough

    Husband and wife duo Mass Gothic drop their sophomore LP via Sub Pop. If a title like I’ve Tortured You Long Enough has you imagining brutal metal breakdowns or claustrophobic industrialism, then fear not! For in this instance it’s actually quite a wry choice. The tunes here are more Bat For Lashes than Cancer Bats, albeit with a bit of that quirky Brooklynite flavour that is all the rage these days. Available as CD, LP and tape.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell | The 12” Singles

    Depeche Mode get into the reissues game in a novel way. Ever the innovators, the group have eschewed the typical remastered-LP-on-heavy-vinyl thing for a series of box sets celebrating their 12” singles. This one focuses on the three hits that were born out of their 1981 debut Speak & Spell. That means ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, don’t you know! It also comes with a poster and a rare flexi-disc.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame | The 12” Singles

    Depeche Mode were one of the first major acts to embrace the potential of the 12” single. During their heyday the group would drop luxurious vinyl releases of their hits, always with striking artwork and often featuring extended versions and remixes by the hottest producers. Now a selection of their best work comes remastered and reissued in this fetching box set. A Broken Frame also contains a poster.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Rejoicer - Energy Dreams

    After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, Energy Dreams could just as easily have cropped up on Brainfeeder, such is the similarity to Daedelus and mid-period FlyLo. Funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy electronica of the sort that never goes out of fashion.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    23 Skidoo - Seven Songs

    Reissue of 23 Skidoo’s (indie) chart-topping debut LP Seven Songs, coming courtesy of LTM. A favourite of post-punk savants Paul Morley and Simon Reynolds, the London group made a raucous and visceral sound on this 1982 record. Their manic punk-funk style took in elements of Burundi and Kodo drumming, industrial music, Afrobeat and more in a manner that places it alongside what A Certain Ratio and Talking Heads were doing at the time. This re-release comes remastered and bolstered with related singles and Peel Sessions.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Pet Shop Boys - Bilingual

    While the ‘90s may have seen a slight tail-off in affection for the Pet Shop Boys after they conquered all during the Thatcher years, the decade also had the duo quietly turn in some of their best LPs. Bilingual, their sixth record of original material, is one of these unsung classics. The album maintains a quintessential PSB flavour while also incorporating influences from Spanish and Latin American musics. As with the concurrent reissues of Behaviour and Very, the CD version comes with a bonus disc of rarities.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour

    Yes, yes, we know the Pet Shop Boys have been a bit crap for a while now. But when they were good, they were really bloody good. Their fourth LP Behaviour, first released in 1990, is the one that would probably win if you took a straw-poll among hardcore PSB fans as to which was the duo’s best full-length. It’s a gorgeous, wistful sigh of a record. Any album that starts with ‘Being Boring’ is going to be up to something, right? Now remastered and reissued - the CD comes with a second disc of bonus beats.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Pet Shop Boys - Very

    The fifth LP from the Pet Shop Boys gets the reissue treatment through Parlophone. Very is way more vivacious than 1990’s autumnal Behaviour. A dance-pop album full of brash beats and soaring choruses, these songs show off the duo at their garish best. It ends with their cover of ‘Go West’, which this particular blurb writer absolutely loves but understands if you don’t feel the same way. As part of the re-release package the album has been remastered and the CD release comes with an extra set of B-sides, rarities and remixes.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Grupo Controle Digital - A Festa E Nossa

    Remaster of the only album from sleek Brazilian electronic funk duo Grupo Controle Digital. Sadly, one of the members Gel Valiery, died young, leading to the end of the band. His bandmate, Billy Jaguar, became a priest, but was tracked down by DJ Millos Kaiser in order to secure permission to use their tracks. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Szun Waves - New Hymn To Freedom

    Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with ambient explorations, Jack Wyllie, of Portico Quartet and Circle Traps and Aussie drummer Lawrence Pike from Triosk and PVT. 2LP and CD on The Leaf Label.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    JK Flesh - New Horizon

    Brand new album from grinding sonic alchemist JK Flesh also known as Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu). With this project he's making dark and porous dub influenced techno packed to the brim with the same forms of sonic nihilism that pervades his more guitar orientated work. Be very afraid, this is truly an assault on the senses.  

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Bernard Parmegiani - Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

    Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand. 

    La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. For fans of Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Robert Cohen-Solal. Available on a gatefold double vinyl LP and digipak CD and released on WRWTFWW Records. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Various - Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money and Status in Country Music (1950-1970)

    Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money And Status In Country Music 1950-1970 over 18 rare tracks,  mostly originally pressed and distributed in handfuls, tell tales of toil, hardship and occasionally joy, from the darkness of mining, the depressing notion of factory work to travelling along sun-scorched highways. Vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies with liner notes by Alvin Lucia.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Various - Antipodean Anomalies

    Antipodean Anomalies is a nine track compilation of tracks from some of the best Australian and New Zealand atmospheric sound artists from the 1970's and 1980's including Free Radicals, Toy Division and Rainbow Generator. This is available on your ever-reliable standard issue black vinyl LP and is released on Left Ear Records

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  • 31st August 2018

    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 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine

    Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling down on his 808s And Heartbreaks-in-a-forest thing. It won’t come as a surprise for us to tell you that Big Red Machine’s self-titled debut LP is the most earnest album ever made.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche

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  • 31st August 2018

    Terry - I'm Terry

    Hello Terry. Rather than a person (like Venables) Terry is in fact a band from Australia none of which (to my knowledge) are called Terry. According to the press release Terry romance the mundane but at the same time share ideals with Steely Dan and 10CC neither of which are mundane. They are meant to make you queasy.

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  • 31st August 2018

    John Bender - Pop Surgery

    Pop Surgery was the last album German eccentric John Bender recorded. It was originally released in 1982. He brought together tape experiments, drum machines and analogue sequencers to deconstruct the idea of the pop song - Pop Surgery perhaps containing his best attempts at doing so. Fans of Suicide, Throbbing Gristle circa 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the early strains of Cabaret Voltaire should check this out. Reissue LP on Superior Viaduct.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Michael Price - Tender Symmetry

    Amazingly ambitious release from Sherlock composer Michael PriceTender Symmetry not only takes the history of England as its inspiration, but is in many way a document of them. Price actually took him ensembles to each location, sparring with their acoustic properties, to capture their sonic characteristics. Part of the ensembles are Grace Davidson who sang on Max Richter's equally ambitious Sleep, and Shards who sang on Nils Frahm's All Melody

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Pip Blom - Paycheck

    Pip Blom is both the name of this band and of its charismatic leader... er, Pip Blom. They've already toured the UK and elsewhere with bands such as Franz Ferdinand and the Breeders and their hooky brand of post grunge pop is starting to make waves on its own terms.  Think a more melodious Courtney Barnett maybe. Gonna be big -- watch. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Carola Baer - The Story of Valery

    Fans of the more ethereal ‘80s 4AD releases, listen up - a cassette of home recordings by Carola Baer was discovered in a US thrift store. The songs, which were recorded in the ‘90s, are fragile with computerised beats that recall The Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. The lo-fi home recording process, minimal synth arrangements and Baer’s towering voice only add to the overall effect of these recordings. There was only one copy of this cassette, so if it had fallen into the wrong hands, these gems would have been lost forever and that would have been a real shame. LP on Concentric Circles.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Colman - Daedalus

    Following on from releases of music by Visible Cloaks and Pedro, Portland’s record shop-turned-label Musique Plastique have decided to give reissues a go. John Gilbert Colman composed Daedalus in the mid-80s to accompany an avant-theatrical piece. It is, of course, quite strange. Sometimes it sounds almost like chamber music, sometimes like the intro to a children’s TV show, and sometimes it’s little more than someone cooing and plucking a banjo. Always keeps you guessing, does old Daedalus.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Adrian Utley & Will Gregory (Ft. Anne Briggs) - Arcadia (Music From The Motion Picture)

    There go Invada again, releasing another film score. Go on, what is it this time? It’s a collaboration between Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory you say? And it’s for Paul Wright’s new flick Arcadia? And some of the tracks feature old folkie Anne Briggs? Yeah, fine.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Omar S - One Of A Kind

    Omar S doing some Omar S-type stuff here. The Detroit club gangster’s latest EP offers up three more tracks of deep, soulful techno. Anyone who’s enjoyed the lo-fi grit that Omar applied to recent drops like Your Socially Awkward Criminal will get plenty of mileage out of a jam like ‘Less Pain’. Released, of course, on FXHE.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Helios - Veriditas

    Keith Kenniff returns under his Helios alias to bestow upon us a new album of ambient electronica. His modus operandi -- to work quietly, in the suburbs in the dead of night -- is reflected in the simple, serene calm of his music. It's a method that has served Kenniff well over the last decade or so of production; unhurried, using just the one mini-cassette tape machine for recording. Kenniff subscribes to Hildegard von Bingen's belief in "the greening power of the divine," and it shows in his soothing and centring work. Veriditas is a CD / LP on Ghostly.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Iggy Pop - Bookies Club 870

    Iggy Pop was recorded by a local radio station at Bookies Club 870 in Detroit. This album has only ever been available as a bootleg, but now the recording of the gig, from September 26th 1980, is available as a bona fide LP and CD for the first time, speed corrected and restored audio. Iggy blasts through solo classics such as Lust For Life and Nightclubbing and throws in some Stooges classics such as I Wanna Be Your Dog and Search & Destroy for good measure. Double LP and CD on Easy Action.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Pete Spiby - Failed Magician

    Guitarist Pete Spiby, formerly of alt. rock bands Black Spiders, Groop Dogdrill and Future Ex-Wife thought his career was over after an operation on his hand meant he could no longer play. Black Spiders tried a few farewell shows and Spiby realised he could play without pain. He had to get back to doing the only thing he knew how to do - rock. Failed Magician is his debut solo album. LP and CD on Be Lucky.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    The Fortuna POP! All-Stars - You Can Hide Your Love Forever

    Dubbed twee pop's answer to Live Aid, this 7" served as a final farewell to the good ship Fortuna Pop!, offering one last tick of the feelings-felt checklist. It's a cover of Comet Gain's lovely, whiny, shambly, romantic, ever-so-sad "You Can Hide Your Love Forever", arguably their greatest ever song. In a semi-starstudded version, this cover features members of Allo Darlin', Flowers, Mammoth Penguins, Fanfarlo, Tigercats and even Comet Gain. I feel a melancholy breeze.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Amebix - Slovenia 86

    Not one of the more famous international football tournaments, Slovenia 86. In fact, we can’t recall a single notable incident from any of the games. However, the opening ceremony will live long in our minds. You remember - Amebix played? They ran through a set that included music from their first two LPs Arise! and Monolith? Hmmm … perhaps we’ve made the football bit up. Anyway, the gig definitely happened, and now the crust punk OGs have seen fit to have the audio from the gig tidied up and released on vinyl for the first time.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Gazelle Twin - I Feel Blood/Exorcise (ACE 236 Series)

    Elizabeth Walling under her Gazelle Twin alias has been afforded the opportunity to bring us something a bit special. I hope you like Moogs, because as part of the Supersonic Festival the Gazelle was invited to make music on the wall-to-wall Moog machines available at the Moog Sound Lab satellite sessions in Birmingham. Later, back at the lab again, the recordings were finessed at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, of all places. I Feel Blood / Exorcise (ACE 236 Series) is the result. On Moog Recordings Library.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Caterina Barbieri / Eleh - Untitled

    Important Records (Coil, Xiu Xiu) are dropping two Caterina Barbieri records on the same day. Concurrently with her new LP Born Again In The Voltage we also get this split album alongside Important mainstay Eleh. Both of them contribute a side to Untitled, and the pair’s droning synthscapes complement each other so well that it becomes hard to tell which side belongs to which artist.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Various - Convenanza 2018

    Are you ready to get really, really psyche-d? In various ways? Well, the artists on the latest compilation from Swedish label Höga Nord hope so. It's Convenanza 2018, after the festival of the same name. It's a pretty varied collection of artists to reflect the fun times; they include: electro supremos Woodleigh Research Facility (Weatherall & Walsh); Glasgow's Komodo Kollektif; the garage psych of The Limiñanas, and more! 

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  • 31st August 2018

    Echo Beds - Buried Language

    Denver industrial duo, Echo Beds, found themselves locked out of their practice space by bailiffs in 2016. This was due to a seemingly unfriendly crack down on arty types and their unofficial work spaces. After turning bedrooms into recording studios, using improvised equipment to work on their ideas and being emotionally spurred on by what was happening to them and their friends, Buried Language was born. Check it out if Street Sects, Youth Code or Drab Majesty are your bag. LP on The Flenser.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Muck and the Mires - Muckus Maximus

    Boston’s garage rock saviours Muck and The Mires have been likened to a Beatles/Ramones hybrid. Not bad. They’re keen to point out that all the songs on Muckus Maximus are destined for the big time - even if this may be in some sort of wonderful parallel universe. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jim Diamond who has lent his magic ears to The White Stripes, Paul Collins and The Sonics in the past. 10" vinyl EP and CD on Rum Bar.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Amon Duul II - Hijack

    Hijack by Amon Duul II is one of their underappreciated classics. They  were famed for such classics of psychedelia and krautrock as 1969's Phallus Dei and 1971's Tanz Der Lemminge. It could be said that they stretched the boundaries of their genre here adding some funky brass, chamber pop strings and samba beats. Ripe for rediscovery! Reissue LP on 8th Records.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face

    The thing you really need to know about this Loose Joints single, Is It All Over My Face, is that the man behind it is the one and only Arthur Russell. This is the first time it’s been available to buy as a 7” single. It dates from the early ‘80s when disco had died and dance music was free of its cheesy shackles, leaving true innovators like Russell to do his thing. The Female Vocal mix by Larry Levan has been a huge influence on the Chicago house scene as its DJs have sampled the drums time and again. 7” on Get On Down.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Adrian Younge - Voices Of Gemma Instrumentals

    ‘Instrumental’ records often come off like vanity projects that only ever have real appeal for the producer and a very select number of die-hard completists. Not so Adrian Younge’s Voices Of Gemma. The original record purposely pitted plush library-pop against eerie and operatic female vocals to bring about a sense of Twilight Zone uncanniness. Now Linear Labs strip out the singing to allow the just-a-little-too-comfortable instrumentals to work their magic on you.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    KYO w/ Jeuru - All The Same Dream

    Posh Isolation’s KYO release their third LP. On All The Same Dream the core KYO duo of Frederik Valentin and Lust For Youth frontman Hannes Norrvide bring American-in-Copenhagen Jeuru into the fold. The result is some of the group’s most focussed and powerful material yet, with Jeuru's vocals providing a strong anchor around which the band’s hybrid techno/power electronics sound can coalesce.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Deeper

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib get a timely repress of their sought-after 2013 release, the Deeper EP. All six tracks are included -- vocals, instrumentals and bonus beats. The EP-length collab pre-dates the duo's breakthrough album, the critically lauded smash 'Piñata'. Before the release, Gibbs was considered an under-rated rapper; that's far from the case now of course. Gibbs' ferocious verses tell of heartbreak, pain and anger over some swoonsome strings and rollicking beats courtesy that man Madlib. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters - Cloak and Dagger

    Classic dub LP alert! Lee 'Scratch' Perry sees his 1973 Jamaican original 'Cloak And Dagger' re-issued as originally intended, all artwork present and correct. Widely considered as hallmark Perry, the LP was recorded at his freshly established Black Ark studio in a very fertile period of creativity. Perry brought his house band, The Upsetters along and became the true master of lo-fi innovation, using a four-track with phasers, delays and anything at his disposal as an instrument. A slice of history arrives from the Get On Down label.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Various - The Man From Mo' Wax

    The Man From Mo' Wax is the title of a new documentary film about -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mo' Wax label which was run by head honcho and DJ James Lavelle between 1992 and 2002. During that time the label remained a pioneering presence and its influence has had a long reach on trip-hop and beat-makers to this day. Included on the collection are key tracks from the label's heady heyday as well as music which influenced Lavelle and led him to start the label, all included in the forthcoming film.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Iron & Wine - Weed Garden

    Sam Beam & co return as Iron & Wine to follow up their Grammy-nominated LP released in early 2018, 'Beast Epic'. Weed Garden is a collection of songs to complement the aforementioned record; its writing has been an evolving process the past three years. The six-song album was a smaller but significant part of the process, all unfinished at the time; includes the fan favourite 'Waves of Galveston'.

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  • 31st August 2018

    Devo - Total Devo

    Total Devo was originally released in 1988 and universally panned by critics. Devo were playing a joke, however, but their mocking of the state of pop music only backfired. As time has passed, it has become a more common belief that Total Devo was just completely misunderstood. Time for reappraisal, then, This is a super-limited multi format release for the album's 30th anniversary offering three colours of vinyl LP (when they’re gone, they’re gone) with poster, postcards and liner notes and a double CD with poster and liner notes on Futurismo.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Linkwood - Fresh Gildans

    Are you allowed to go at 150 BPM? Isn't that one of the forbidden tempos? Well no one ever told Linkwood who's determined the make you dance (fidget?) faster than you thought you could. Fresh Gildans features three new tracks from the electrofunk producer. But don't get too excited, the B-side takes things a bit easier.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Toxe - Blinks

    I’m addicted to you, don’t know that you’re Toxe?! The STAYCORE-/Halcyon Veil-affiliated Swede comes through with her debut release for PAN (Yves Tumor, Visionist). Blinks is a tense, sombre EP that sits on the border between IDM, electronica and club deconstructionism. ‘Big Age’ and ‘Perfect 2’ have the energy of a Rustie tune, while ‘Honey Island’ and ‘Blue Warm Up’ contain fewer drums yet still pack a punch.

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  • 31st August 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 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Ned Collette - Old Chestnut

    Folksy quirkster Ned Collette has been releasing secret idiosyncratic gems for years and years. He's back with another record and it might just be his best, making true on the ominous delights of his past craft. Old Chestnut fills out Collette's skeleton sound with piano from the Necks' Chris Abrahams alongside cellest Anthea Caddy -- so there should be some lushness to go with all that eerie.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Other Side

    Imbibe the vibes baby, because Tord Gustavsen is here. Over on the legendary ECM he returns to his piano trio with co-conspirators Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole. The Other Side is a stately spa retreat, an immensely relaxing collection that draws on both smooth jazz and traditional folk music. RIYL melody.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    The Paragons - On The Beach

    The Paragons’ 1967 LP On The Beach really isn’t very much like the similarly-named Neil Young record which followed seven years later. Where Young’s album was a muted, pensive affair, these ten tracks are full-throated bits of Rocksteady Soul from the Jamaican trio. The group’s close vocal harmonies are delightful, and Alton Ellis would be proud of tunes like ‘I Want To Go Back’ and ‘When The Lights Are Low’.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    The Hellenes - I Love You All The Animals

    The Hellenes are helmed by the Rain Parade co-founder Matt Piucci alongside a whole host of players and guests who have links to the wondrous 80s Paisley Underground scene and beyond. It's a while since we heard from these people but from the sounds of it they are still in thrall to the harmonic likes of Big Star and the Beach Boys but perhaps with some slightly more out there influences of Brian Eno and Soft Machine. Looking forward to it. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    A Sagittariun - The Circle Stops Somewhere

    Sagittariuns, eh. Generous, funny, impatient, and - on the evidence of A Sagittariun’s The Circle Stops Somewhere - into raving. Originally issued way back in 2011, the influence of Nick Harris’ first EP under this name can be heard in subsequent works by the likes of Floating Points and Answer Code Request. The two originals are propulsive, melodic and slightly wistful techno that will go well with many DJ styles. Mike Dehnert provides a duo of remixes - one laid-back, one tough.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Andrea Taeggi - Zimní Král

    Berlin boffin Andrea Taeggi (also known as Gondwana and half of Lumisokea) brews a synthetic broth for London’s SM-LL. The album consists of material recorded with archaic analogue equipment at the Willem-Twee synthesis lab/studio in Holland and confirms a continued interest in damp, dynamic textures and hypnotic polyrhythms.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Julia Kent & Jean D.L. - The Great Lake Swallows

    Guitarist and tape looper Jean D.L. trades some threads of thought with the esteemed experimental cellist Julia Kent and a whole album comes out. You lucky lot. A gorgeous timbral juxtaposition sees The Great Lake Swallows become a unique soundworld of its own, one combining crystalline guitar, aching cello and acousmatic sound. Gizeh rule!

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive

    Critically unsuccessful and overlooked upon release in 1971, Harlem River Drive’s self-titled debut - also Eddie Palmieri’s first time as a bandleader - nonetheless retains its cult value as a poignant political statement and accomplished musical exercise. Warm, meticulous and highly funky Latin soul, with superb cover art to boot.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    The Scientists - Braindead (Resuscitated) / SurvivalsKills

    Los Angeles label In The Red (Ex-Cult, Wand) host the return of The Scientists. The Aussie swamp-punks have been pretty inactive since the 1980's, with only a handful of recordings emerging in the intervening years, but they seem to have got the bit between their teeth again. Here they re-record 1987’s ‘Braindead (Resuscitated)’ - a fitting choice for a comeback single - and back it with new song ‘Survivalskills’.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Various Erased Tapes Artists - 1+1=X

    Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, Daniel Brandt, Nils Frahm and loads more - got together in a Berlin studio to collab, jam and generally vibe. The result is this twenty-track selection that takes in everything from sound art to club bangers to chamber music. It's quite a lavish package - two CDs and a photographic book in a nice white box.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Aaron Lee Tasjan - Karma For Cheap

    Aaron Lee Tasjan is another perfect incarnation of the subironic American singer-songwriter with a twang for blues progressions, clever lyrics, and catchy hooks. His new album is packed with head-nodders. Added bonus: buying a copy from your favorite indie record store would be a great way to get Karma for Cheap.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Dan Kye - Joy, Ease, Lightness

    Jordan Rakei has a side-project that releases on Rhythm Section International. Makes sense once you think about it. Anyway, Rakei’s work as Dan Kye is much better than the Jeff Buckley-type thing he does under his given name. The four tunes of Joy, Ease, Lightness are breezy deep house shuffles of the Theo Parrish/Moodymann school. Re-pressed just in time to catch the end of summer.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Oren Ambarchi, Konrad Sprenger, Phillip Sollmann - Panama / Suez

    Multi-instrumentalists Oren Ambrachi, Konrad Sprenger, and Phillip Sollman are joining forces to create a hypnotic drone/techno classic. Released on Ostgut's ambient and experimental A-TON label. Imagine Steve Reich, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Gas being blasted through the Berghain’s speakers at the same time. Truly a 12” to lose yourself in.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Passenger - Runaway

    Tearjerking indie strummer Mike Rosenberg, stage name Passenger, is back with another probable chart-topper in Runaway, packed to the gills with yearning songs about love and heartbreak. The combination of pseudonym, title and cover art suggests a North American hitchhike gone a bit wrong, so let’s hope Mike makes it safely to the next town on foot.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes

    Will you look at this thing. Shoes were THE best late 70's power pop act if you ask me. They were lo-fi before lo-fi was a thing, they had dreamy melodies to die for and they were so damn handsome. Black Vinyl Shoes is hands down their best record but now it's even better as it contains 2CDs of extra stuff from their earlier even more homespun records. It's all the pop majesty you will ever need. 

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Various - Try A Little Sunshine - The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1969

    The high tide of psychedelic music may have happened some two years previously, but by 1969 the scene had become more fragmented: either chart-orientated, manufactured 'bubblegum' pop or it had mutated into heavier, 'serious' rock. The British wave incorporated more eclectic sounds, so 'Sunshine' Psych was born, as heard on new Grapefruit compilation Try A Little Sunshine - The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1969, encompassing 4 hours of tunes from a diverse, colourful and eventful decade end.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Jack Roland - Control: Applications

    Netherlander Jack Roland tests some hypotheses with his debut four-track EP for Manchester’s Natural Sciences. The tracks offer up somewhat hybrid concoctions borne of Amsterdam’s warehouse scene, with articulate electro-techno rhythms, wafts of 90s IDM strings, acid and other nuances. And the cover art is relentlessly satisfying.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    John Carpenter - Big Trouble In Little China

    It's an unusual one this but it had to happen eventually; '80s kitsch cult movie classic 'Big Trouble In Little China' gets its soundtrack re-released and given the full Mondo treatment on gatefold double-LP with lovely artwork by Phantom City Creative. With idiosyncratic composition and production from John Carpenter's own studio machines in partnership with Alan Howarth, the score features heavily pulsing synths and is both bouncily upbeat and darkly haunting. Impressive, eh? Unique.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Mac DeMarco - 2 Demos

    Yes, 2 Demos. Not 2 Demos in the sense that there are only 2 Demos to listen to, but 2 Demos in the sense that the record provides demos for the Mac DeMarco release that was called 2. And hence: 2 Demos. Breezy-boy soft rocker Mac serves up the heyday versions of the tunes that comprised his beloved sophomore album. The real thing was dreamy and crystal-clear, but here's your chance to hear them a little more daydreamed, with a little less confidence, with a little more excitement. It's 2 Demos.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Mac DeMarco - Salad Days Demos

    "Salad days are gone" sang Mac DeMarco on his beloved and commercially adored record Salad Days. In fact they are not, because he's now putting out his Salad Days Demos, collection original iterations of songs praised for their sparkly, rich guitar tones, breezy melodies and reassuringly chill themes. AM rock turned stoner bliss, DeMarco's music feels classic and cozy, and now you can hear how the record that got him out in the limelight came to be.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Daniel Davies - Events Score

    Daniel Davies was having a conversation with a friend about writing a science-fiction film, only to realise that he's actually a musician so he put that energy into creating Events Score. Davies has worked extensively with the legendary John Carpenter so you can trust his pedigree. All the ominous bass and searing strings you'd expect from a sci-fi soundtrack.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Spring King - A Better Life

    The North can party too you know. Manchester's Spring King show us how it's done with their second album of primal, joyous and thundering party anthems. The lads have got the party started for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian on recent tours and so know how to make lots of people stay awake at the same time.    

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Disclosure - Ultimatum

    Disclosure! They're good. These lads know how to do sunny dance music, even if the timing of this release is a little on the late side to be 2018's Big Summer House Classic. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence recently discovered the amazing, heartfelt and powerful voice of Malian singer and musician Fatoumata Diawara and here she is lending her vocals to another smash. That's 'Ultimatum'. Limited 12" single on Island records.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Alan Silvestri - Avengers: Infinity War

    Island sure knows how to picture disc ‘em. Here’s veteran Alan Silvestri’s (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and uncountable others) original soundtrack for 2018’s every-hero-but-Kitchen-Sink-Man Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. Appropriately overblown.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Dead Otter - Bridge Of Weird

    Glasgow's Dead Otter are here and about to set the controls for the heart of Stoner Space, via their debut LP Bridge Of Weird. These guys have been rocking (slowly), since 1995 so it's about time they pulled their fingers out, the work-shy slackers! They have been inspired by fellow musicians of their ilk: Sabbath, Hillage, Hawkwind etc. You may remember one of their guitarists -- Omar Aborida also appears in his other band, The Cosmic Dead. So this should be appropriately trippy, warped and loud. Limited LP (300 copies) on Riot Season.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Expo 70 - Mother Universe Has Birthed Her Last Cosmos

    Drone master Justin Wright, also known as Expo 70, is treating us to some old hard-to-find cassette drones: Woolgather Visions and Mechanical Elements. Title-track Mother Universe Has Birthed her Last Cosmos will is set to drag you to other places with incessant, endlessly deep drones, constantly evolving and shifting.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Re-ac-tor

    This is where it all began. Not Neil Young’s whole career, obviously, but the period of it where Young and his then-label Geffen started their legendary beef. Kicking off with 1981’s Re·ac·tor and lasting for most of the subsequent decade, Geffen were tearing their hair out at the fact that Young kept providing them with records that weren’t essentially Harvest Part 2. While Re·ac·tor is still more Neil Young-y than, say, Trans, the combination of heavy electric guitar and New Wave influences certainly ruffled a few feathers. It’s a great record.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Neil Young - This Note's For You

    I know that this is an unfashionable opinion, but this particular Norman Records™ description writer thinks that Neil Young did his best work in the 1980’s. Albums like Trans and Everybody’s Rockin’ are either some of the all-time great musical shitposts, visionary records that simultaneously trailblaze and satirise the retro-maniacal curve of the decade, or both. 1988’s This Note’s For You manages to yoke together Young’s contemporaneous archness with some of his best mid-period songcraft. There’s also plenty of anti-corporate fire here - possibly something to do with the fact that his old label Geffen had just sued him for, in essence, not being Neil Young-y enough.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Neil Young - Hawks & Doves

    No, Hawks & Doves is nothing to do with Cheshire rockers Doves. How could it be, given that, as it was first released in 1980, the members of Doves would have all still have been at primary school? Bet you wish you’d thought that through before opening your mouth and embarrassing yourself… Anyway, this an album by Neil Young, so there’s all that that entails. Nice songs etc.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Nullptr - AFTRMTH

    You know the drill at this point. Central Processing Unit drops a record and it sounds like prime-time DMX Krew. Sometimes it is DMX Krew. You cop it, drop it at the dance, place goes loopy. Never fails. Simples. Nullptr - that’s pronounced null pointer, by the way - does little to upset the apple cart across the six tracks of AFTRMTH. Long live squelchy bass.

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 31st August 2018

    Konstrukt & Keiji Haino - A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live)

    Due in: only 12 sleeps to go
  • 3rd September 2018

    Dean Wareham - Luna Demos

    Luna Demos by Dean Wareham doesn’t require much explaining. Here we have 7 demo versions of tracks from his band, Luna’s well regarded 1992 album Lunapark. There are two versions of I Can’t Wait, one with a drum machine and one presumably without. No doubt this will give you an insight into Wareham’s creative process. That’s how these demo albums are usually marketed, anyway. Limited edition LP on Lux Records.

    Due in: only 15 sleeps to go
  • 3rd September 2018

    Philip Fullwood - Words In Dub

    Pressure Sounds are good at what they do. They comb the annals of Jamaican music to find the best lost records, fix up the audio quality and send them back out into the world for a new generation to enjoy. The latest PS reissue is of Philip Fullwood’s ultra-rare 1979 LP Words In Dub. Assisted by Winston McKenzie, the Burning Spear-affiliated artist lays down eight tough dubs full of hiss and crackle.

    Due in: only 15 sleeps to go
  • 3rd September 2018

    I-Mo-Jah - Rockers From The Land of Reggae

    Concurrently with their re-release of Philip Fullwood’s Words In Dub LP, Pressure Sounds (Peter Tosh, The Upsetters) are also dropping this rare-ass record he made with his I-Mo-Jah collective in 1982. Fullwood assembled a group that included Sly & Robbie, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and Eric ‘Bingi Bunny’ Lammont to lay down Rockers From The Land of Reggae. The result is some deep dub science - ‘Weepin And Wailing’ is beautifully sad.

    Due in: only 15 sleeps to go
  • 3rd September 2018

    EQ Why - Life Of The Why - The Mixtape Volume 1

    EQ Why may not be as well-known as footworkers like DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, but the young Chicagoan has still scored releases on Orange Milk Records and Duck N’ Cover. This latest mixtape, issued on cassette by Brighton label Third Kind, sees the producer/DJ drop near one hundred of his own tunes over the course of sixty-odd minutes. Life Of The Why is a party starter if ever we heard one.

    Due in: only 15 sleeps to go
  • 4th September 2018

    Northcape + Obfusc - Reprojected

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 4th September 2018

    Melorman / Mokhov / Data Rebel / SineRider - Of Tree

    Due in: only 16 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Grinderman - Grinderman

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Matt Berry - Witchazel

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Marnie - Crystal World

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    KWC 92 - Dream Of The Walled City (OST)

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Habibi - Habibi

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Shit & Shine - Chakin'

    Craig Clouse has made all sorts of music over the years. Disco, noise rock, dance, he’s done it all and now with a little help from his friends, Shit & Shine give us Chakin. There’s a groove on Chakin with brings everything into the realms of free jazz and funk. It’s like Roy Ayers meets Sun Ra by way of Morricone’s The Feed-back.  

    Limited to 400 copies on mixed coloured vinyl with different gatefold covers.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Sun Ra - Thunder Of The Gods

    Previously utterly unheard, here is an album of Sun Ra material recorded around about fifty years ago (hard to say with precision due to the uncertain nature of Sun Ra scholarship). Three fairly wild cuts, two in mono and one in stereo, all displaying the ever-evolving wonder of Sun Ra’s universe.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Various - True Romance (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    1993’s True Romance is basically a Quentin Tarantino film at heart, whatever the director’s credits say. Naturally, that means the soundtrack is an eclectic mixture of fine pop culture treats, from Soundgarden to Chris Isaak. Real Gone Music are now publishing the soundtrack on elaborate ‘Pillow Feather White & Blood Red Splatter’ vinyl, in a limited edition of 2000.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Marie Davidson - Marie Davidson

    Montreal synth-popster Marie Davidson has had a fine couple of years off the back of her excellent 2016 LP Adieux Au Dancefloor. Seems like a good time, then, for Texan label Holodeck Records to set her eponymous 2012 EP to wax for the first time. While Adieux… had a distinctly noir-ish appeal, the darkness is really drawn out in Davidson’s early work. Her coldwave and synthwave influences come to the fore here, with tracks like ‘Esthetique Privee’ bringing Farah to mind.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Wrangler - Three Memes

    My three favourite memes are Disaster Girl, UNITINU and Spurdo Spärde. To find out analogue electronics supertrio Wrangler’s (Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter of Tunng and Memetune boss Benge of John Foxx and the Maths) own shortlist, you’ll just have to snap up this EP. Features veteran Crooked Man’s take on ‘Real Life’, Daniel Miller’s oily remix of ‘Theme from Wrangler’ (previously released on remix comp Sparked) and LoneLady’s rework of ‘Space Ace’.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Karen Dalton - The Karen Dalton Archives Box

    Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and four CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unreleased (!) home recordings. Plus a book of treats from the Dalton archives and a DVD. Get stuck in.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Teleman - Family of Aliens

    London indie four-piece, defined by two neat haircuts and two less neat, Teleman follow-up 2016’s Brilliant Sanity with their third studio Album, Family of Aliens. Known for their smart lyrics, carefree guitar work and earworm-ready melodies, Family of Aliens finds them adding electronic shades to their sound. Limited edition red vinyl LP, standard black vinyl LP and CD on Moshi Moshi.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III

    “We want Chilly Willy!” “We want Chilly Willy!” While Barney Gumble may have been clamouring for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, unfortunately all we’ve got in at the moment is Chilly Gonzalez. He’ll have to make do. Solo Piano III is - who’d have guessed - the third LP in the Grammy-winner's series of records for solo piano. Act quickly to get one of the copies with a bonus CD of live recordings.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Various - Kale Plankieren - Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 – 1985 Vol. 2

    The Knekelhuis label return after last year's excellent first volume of discoveries and unreleased Dutch cassette material to bring us more lost, rare music. The Dutch lowlands are evidently proving to be a treasure trove of relevant independent music, much of it still waiting to be unearthed. Kale Plankieren - Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 - 1985 Vol. 2 is another essential document of DIY and experimental sounds by artists from the towns of Groningen, Zwolle, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Tilburg and more. On an LP in a beautifully designed package with liner notes in both Dutch and English.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Mutant Beat Dance - Mutant Beat Dance

    This self-titled record from Mutant Beat Dance is more of a debut opus than a debut LP. Featuring 25 tracks spread out over six (!) records/two CDs, and with the box-set including a booklet, Mutant Beat Dance is a lavish piece. With so much time to play with the music here is unsurprisingly varied. Founding members Traxx and Beau Wanzer have roped in Steve Summers for this selection that takes in everything from synthwave to Chicago acid to Liquid Liquid-style punk funk. Keep an ear out for members of LCD Soundsystem cropping up on backing vox.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Oliver Coates - Shelley’s On Zenn-La

    The two-step Arthur Russell returns with his first solo full-length since 2016’s fantastic Upstepping. What Oliver Coates is really good at is not letting his prodigious abilities get in the way of creating music of great body and motion. Again focussing on cello and production, Coates has melody, rhythm and harmony in perfect balance once more on Shelley’s On Zenn-La. Out via RVNG Intl. (Visible Cloaks, Hieroglyphic Being).

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Maribou State - Kingdoms In Colour

    Maribou State return with their sophomore LP. The follow-up to 2015’s Portrait is another collection of breezy, emotive electronica that takes in plunderphonics, festival house, post-dubstep and more. Hopping on a trend in this sort of thing at the moment, there seems to be a Bollywood flavour to some of the samples. Khruangbin guest on the Bonobo-y ‘Feel Good’.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

    The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recorded in a studio. So, it's going to be interesting to hear how a band with such grandiose ideas as Spiritualized sound with such severe constraints on the recording process.  

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound

    Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as ever. And this time features a cameo from The Fall's Brix Smith!

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Chris Liebing - Burn Slow

    After a career spanning a quarter of a bloody century, big techno lad Chris Liebling is finally making one of his dreams a reality. He's always wanted to make an album like Burn Slow, slow minimal techno, achingly restrained. He's accompanied by a number of others, most notably Gary Numan, providing some uncharacteristic spoken word on 'Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1). On Mute.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Deepchord - Immersions

    Rod Modell is back in his long-running Deepchord guise with a long-awaited solo LP on Astral Industries. 'Immersions' comprises two beautiful, expansive long-form pieces, each adorning a side of the record. It's that wonderfully emotional, elegiac sound we're accustomed to: sparkling and elegant techno textures which wind and wend their way through deep caverns of dub. Submerged sounds that happily bubble to the surface. Also, just look at that sleeve art; another classic from the house of Astral Industries.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Alpaca Sports - From Paris With Love

    Elefant Records presents the second LP from Alpaca Sports. The tunes on From Paris With Love are perfectly pleasant indie-pop ditties in the best Swedish tradition - think The Concretes, Those Dancing Days and Jens Lekman. They also frequently recall Elefant label-mates Camera Obscura. Lightly groovy work from the rhythm section, jangling guitar, dreamy harmonies and butter-wouldn’t-melt vocals.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same

    The Song Remains The Same. So does the album, try as Led Zeppelin might to tell you otherwise. You can’t change history, of course, but you can keep repackaging it and bulking it out with filler. These expensive-ass editions come with all sorts of extra material - booklets, replica artwork, fancy packaging. The vinyl versions run to four LPs, and one of those sides is given over to a near-30-minute version of ‘Dazed And Confused’. Every day we stray further from God.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

    Say what you like but Paul McCartney ain't doing bad for nearly 80. The former Beatle has had one of the most incredible careers in music history ranging from brilliance to some of the worst music made by a human and he's still at it. Though lead single 'Come On To Me' sounds bizarrely like Flight of the Conchords 'If You're Into It' we're sure there are better things lurking in here. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Hatchie - Sugar & Spice EP

    Brisbane’s Hatchie debuts on Heavenly. Sugar & Spice is prime ‘90s fetishism that has arrived just in time for this heatwave we’re having at the moment. Mazzy Star, Lush, Ride, a little Cocteau Twins, you get the idea. It’s a sweet dream-pop EP that will likely prove the start of a rather successful career. And everything nice, indeed.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Haiku Salut - There Is No Elsewhere

    Fresh from collaborating with Public Service Broadcasting on the very successful Every Valley LP, Haiku Salut come through with their third full-length. There Is No Elsewhere is a synthesis of the more palatable end of contemporary classical music - Yann Tiersen, the Erased Tapes and Village Green stables - with the light electronica of Mum and 20th Century British composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams. Out via PRAH Recordings (Oliver Coates, Group Listening).

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Durutti Column - Without Mercy

    Mancunian post-punks The Durutti Column already had three LPs under their belt by the time they got round to 1984’s Without Mercy, but the previous trio of records wouldn’t have prepared their fans for what the band were about to get up to. Under the tutelage of Tony Wilson the group abandoned their wistful dream-pop style for contemporary classical composition. Drawing on the English classical tradition and the post-minimalist developments of artists like Arthur Russell, The Durutti Column end up with near forty minutes of blissy chamber music that occasionally crosses over into chamber-pop. These New Puritans may have been taking note. Now reissued with extra live recordings and bonus tracks on Factory Benelux.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Doris Norton - Artificial Intelligence

    Not in any way shape or form anything to do with veteran blooper show anchor Denis Norden but a re-issue of a 1985 album from this legendary electronic producer. Due to it's beats laden nature, Norton has been compared with Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra but Artificial Intelligence was an astonishing experiment in composing only with the alfanumerical keyboard of the computer with Norton feeding vowels and consonants of her own voice. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Ital Tek - Bodied

    Ital Tek’s sixth LP for Planet Mu might be the Brighton producer’s most full-realised work to date. There is barely a whisper of the frenetic dubstep and footwork rhythms that formed the bedrock of his early releases. While the sense of dystopian unease that has always been part of the Ital Tek sound carries through to Bodied, here we find it drifting in seas of electronic ambience and sombre strings. Imagine Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, recent Bjork and Vangelis and you’re getting there with this one.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Honey Hahs - Dear Someone, Happy Something

    Every so often we get one of these, a band of barely-even-teenagers who somehow manage to make music that puts people twice their age to shame. Honey Hahs (average age 13) are a trio of sisters from London who pen charming twee-punk ditties in the vein of Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos. Their debut LP Dear Someone, Happy Something is out on Rough Trade, which is very sick. Good on them.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

    Sixth album from the highly lethal Pig Destroyer. On Head Cage enact their brand of grindcore in a incredibly precise and hypnotic fashion. As a unit they are absolutely undefeated. Lyricist JR Hayes takes out his frustration on the darker aspects of our world, but I'm not sure what the band's problem with our snout-having earth-mates is. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Thomas Fehlmann - Los Lagos

    Thomas Fehlmann has been keeping busy. Just three months after the release of The Orb’s No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds LP, Fehlmann is set to drop his first solo full-length since 2010’s Gute Luft. Los Lagos contains eight polished pieces of techno and features a collaboration with Max Loderbauer. As with Gute Luft this one’s out on Kompakt.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Ocoeur - Inner

    Ocoeur is the neo-classical/ambient project from French composer Franck Zaragoza. The name is a play on the French meaning ‘to the heart’. On Inner, his fifth long-player, Zaragoza brings synths to the fore highlighting the ambient passages. However, the usual piano, strings and production are very much in evidence throughout the album. Zaragoza has previously shared the stage with the likes of Fennesz and Uziq, so worth checking out if you’re fans of either. LP and CD on n5MD.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Spiral Deluxe - Voodoo Magic

    Rather than a lady, Spiral Deluxe are channelling Voodoo Magic but thats not the only thing of note about this supergroup, their drummer and percussionist is none other than Jeff Mills. Yes that Jeff Mills. They are a group of skilled musicians making music with no creative boundaries blending jazz, funk pop, house and techno in one enormous globule of sound.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Sauna Youth - Deaths

    Sauna Youth’s third album, Deaths, mixes a whole lotta genres into their punk sound. The London-based group forced a deadline on themselves by booking the studio time before anything was written. This meant the creative process was turned on its head and time limits meant whichever band members could make it to sessions each week played whichever instrument needed. The lyrics touch on politics, action and inaction, the drudgery of work, the fun of leisure and the nuisance, or otherwise, of distraction. LP and CD on Upset The Rhythm.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Swamp Dogg - Love, Loss and Auto-Tune

    Despite his recording career running to over half a century at this point (!), Jerry Williams, Jr. shows no signs of taking it easy in his old age. If anything, his latest LP might be his boldest move since abandoning the pop ditties of his Little Jerry years for the gnarled psych-soul sound of Swamp Dogg. Love, Loss and Auto-Tune claims inspiration from Kanye West’s 808s And Heartbreak, but the massed electro-warbles on tunes like ‘I’ll Pretend’ actually have more in common with what Bon Iver was getting up to in the background of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. One wonders if this might be the sort of thing Captain Beefheart would be doing were he still alive today.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    David Bowie - Zeros

    As a taster for the upcoming Loving The Alien boxset, David Bowie fans can get their hands on this limited edition 7” picture disc featuring radio edits of two songs from his Never Let Me Down album. Zeros and Beat Of Your Drum have been newly remixed and revamped for 2018 by Mario McNulty. 7” on Parlophone.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    King Ende Shneafliet - Dimension Mix 01

    Ende Shneafliet were an important band in the Dutch minimal/synthwave scene of the early '80s. Though only active for a couple of years, the group put out a large amount of material via pioneering imprint Trumpett (Doxa Sinistra, The Actor). Now some stuff from their dub-indebted side-project King Ende Shneafliet is being re-pressed by the still-fresh Artificial Dance. Confusingly Dimension Mix 01 features some tracks from the second chapter of the series, released in 1999 but recorded in the seven years after the first instalment was issued in 1981. There’s a sort of Kraftwerk-meets-Pere-Ubu thing going on here.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Mabuta - Welcome To This World

    Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    MJ Lallo - Take Me With You

    Sadly nothing to do with Prince’s Purple Rain highlight, Take Me With You is in fact a collection of home-recordings made by sound artist/experimental poet MJ Lallo back in the 80's. These New Age-y combos of drum computer, cosmic synthesiser effects and Lallo’s highly processed vocals slot neatly into the discography of a label like Seance Centre (Sam McClellan, Joanne Forman). Think Laraaji, Stereolab, Laurie Anderson ...

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Cheval Sombre - Had Enough Blues / Hitch A Ride

    Hailing all the way from a record studio in Tennessee called Fat Elvis Records (brilliant name: funny, clever and sadly clouded in an element of truth), Cheval Sombre is releasing a short EP called Had Enough Blues / Hitch A Ride. The lyrics in both songs are a psychedelic folk scream at everything that has, so far (there's probably more to come), gone wrong in the world in 2018. Available on vinyl 7". 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - High Visceral {Part One & Two}

    It won’t surprise you to learn that a band called Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are from Australia. This drop from the Perth group brings together their two High Visceral volumes from 2016/2017 respectively on one slab o’ wax. Their style is sort of what you’d get if you crossed the math-punk of Tubelord with a more noodlesome version of Ariel Pink. They need to shift a thousand copies of High Visceral {Part One & Two}, so best get buying.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Kojaque - Deli Daydreams

    Dublin producer/rapper Kojaque drops his debut LP via Soft Boy Records. Deli Daydreams is a likeable, slightly rag-tag collection that plays to Kojaque’s strengths. The beats are sloppily pretty - think Samiyam and Mndsgn - with enough space to allow Kojaque’s wide-mouthed Irish drawl room to manoeuvre. His bars are workaday savantism of the sort favoured by Wiki and Nasty Nigel. Worth a gander.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Caterina Barbieri - Born Again In The Voltage

    When Caterina Barbieri says that she was Born Again In The Voltage, she really means it. Barbieri claims that, back in 2013, her first encounter with a Buchla 200 synthesiser completely changed how she thought about music. A year later and the classically-trained Barbieri was cutting spacious electro-acoustic workouts on the 200 at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion alongside cellist Antonello Mostacci. Four of the rich synthscapes created in those sessions are presented by Important Records here.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    William Elliott Whitmore - Kilonova

    Chicago’s Bloodshot Records (The Mekons, Murder By Death) release an LP of covers by seasoned troubador WIlliam Elliott Whitmore. Whitmore COVERS (geddit?) a lot of ground on Kilonova. Some of the tunes here were written relatively recently - he opens with a version of The Magnetic Fields’ ‘Fear Of Trains’, for instance - while others date back to the Great Depression. However old the source material, Whitmore and his guitar always imbue these ten songs with a dose of whisky-soaked wisdom.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Fernando - s/t

    Spooky electro from the Brooklyn based experimental electronic music label L.I.E.S.. Fernando takes the long stagnant genre and twists it into something that feels new. There's a touch of the hauntological about these tracks too, as though Fernando has had to dig them up and rescue each one.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Richenel - Perfect Stranger

    Six more tracks released by Music From Memory by the Dutch art-disco singer Richenel. The songs on Perfect Stranger are from Richenel's 1982 cassette only debut album La Diferencia. This is disco in the post-punk vein, all austere and jagged, but very danceable all the same.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Pink Floyd - A Foot In The Door (The Best Of Pink Floyd)

    A rather strange 'best of' Pink Floyd that veers around their career including all their big hits and classic songs and a few lesser known album tracks as well. This has been long out of print and has now been remastered 2018 style. If you are at all curious as to what the fuss was about then this is a good place to quickly get a grip on their career. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Lytics - Float On

    Haldern Pop (Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Dry The River) release the third LP by Toronto hip-hop group The Lytics. While the five-piece’s Souls Of Mischief/Pharcyde-y boom-bap might not be much in vogue at the moment, on Float On they do what they do with a nice balance of energy, charisma and eloquence. It must help that Mike D has taken them under his wing too.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Volcov - From The Archive Vol. 2

    Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Heavee - WFM

    The debut LP from the latest Teklife prodigy Heavee is really a bit of a label love-in. Only one of the eight tunes on WFM is a solo production from the Chicago artist, with the rest of the record taken up by collaborations with a number of artists including DJ Paypal and Gant-man. There’s even a long-lost DJ Rashad collaboration in there. A self-proclaimed child of ghetto house, Heavee’s style is more straight-to-the-point than the footwork of his contemporaries. The juke influence is strong, mind.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Arve Henriksen - The Height Of The Reeds

    In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last year, to be listened to crossing the Humber; all 15,000 tickets sold out. Jez Riley French's field recordings taken from the site provide added local detail and context and the voices and orchestra of Opera North with Norwegian poetry from Nils Christian Moe-Repstad feature. Available on CD, or LP plus CD from Rune Grammophon.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Arve Henriksen - Composograph

    Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Factory Floor - Transform / Wonder

    "Just the two of us" sang Gabriel Gurnsey and Nik Colk last year as they realised that their original four piece had been whittled down to a two piece.  The press release talks of heavy bass grooves and scattered percussion which is just about par for the course with Factory Floor though B side 'Wonder' is a more hushed affair with an atmospheric wash of synths. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Siavash Amini - Foras

    Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Waxahatchee - Great Thunder

    Katie Crutchfield returns with a mini album of recordings she started whilst making her previous albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. These were more experimental jams recorded with a collective called Great Thunder that is no longer active. Fascinated by the material Crutchfield took it into the studio and reworked it resulting in a stripped down collection closer to her folk and country roots than to her recent more pop/rock material. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Vodun - Ascend

    The label’s called New Heavy Sounds and they’ve released hard-bitten takes from the likes of Black Moth and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. No prizes for those who suss out that Ascend, the second LP from Vodun, probably isn’t a folk record. For a three-piece with no bass instrument, the group make a pretty massive noise here. There’s also a nice grooviness to the drums that prevents tracks like ‘Spirits Past’ from becoming too rote. SabbathZeppelin and that.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Eric Bachmann - No Recover

    Former Archers Of Loaf/Crooked Fingers mastermind Eric Bachmann drops the third LP under his given name. No Recover isn’t a title that screams positivity, and despite the many gentle acoustic treatments and ringing vocal harmonies that crop up here the overall feeling of the album is bittersweet. It’s not exactly a sad record, but there’s certainly a lacing of melancholia to the tracks here. Imagine Fleet Foxes if they’d been through the ringer a few times.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Ava Luna - Moon 2

    Yes please! Ol' arty farts Ava Luna massively impressed us on Infinite House, a record of endlessly rewarding pop music grown out of groove and bombast. On the wonderfully titled and housed Moon 2, they've tried to find nuance and restraint, going after lusher arrangements and less of their rockist spikes. Less screaming, too, but we won't hold it against them, as it'll most likely prove to be an absolute gem. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Men They Couldn't Hang - Cock-A-Hoop

    The Men They Couldn't Hang were actually named by Shane MacGowan and although their career was somewhat more under the radar than the Pogues there is a similarity in style as the band blitz through ballads, sea shanties, rock, roll and everything in between. This is their 10th album in an off and on 35 year career and shows the band as vital and energetic as ever before. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Escape-ism - The Lost Record

    Escape-ism is of course ex Make Up, Nation of Ulysses and professional irritant Ian Svenonious. With this latest project he has decided to make an album that could be considered a 'lost' record. However he doesn't want to go through the usual process 'lost' records have to endure such as poor initial sales, critical panning etc. No he's headed straight to the moment when they are rediscovered and reassessed.  

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Alison Statton & Spike - Bimini Twist

    After Young Marble Giants and Weekend, Alison Statton's third major contribution to proto indie were her collaborations with Spike. In fact the duo had already worked together in Weekend but this collaboration is somewhat lesser known. After a few years of doing normal family type stuff the duo have reconvened for further recordings. Anyone who has heard Statton's voice knows that it's a beautiful unique thing so it will be lovely to hear it again after all these years.  

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Mirah - Understanding

    Duvet-voiced songstress Mirah returns with an album that returns to the unconventional lo-fi recording processes of her earlier work but also uses guests such as frequent collaborator Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Son Lux) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) to help embellish the sound. This is another 'personal upheaval' album to add to this year's list but Mirah is a fine lyricist and one of US indie's more underrated talents. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Melodic Energy Commission - Migration Of The Snails

    Melodic Energy Commission were a Canadian space rock collective who featured members of Hawkwind and who played an exploratory blend of hippie-ish psychedelia, guitar freak outs and out there electronics. This rarity has now been re-issued and should appeal to fans of Amon Düüll II, Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Raul Lovisoni / Francesco Messina - Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo

    Serial reissuephiles Superior Viaduct (Spacemen 3, The Mekons) get hold of the rights to this rare slice of Italian avant-gardism. Francesco Messina’s title composition for Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo is a woozy stroll through various New Age and post-minimalist compositional styles. Raul Lovisoni’s entries are by turns evocative of Mary Lattimore (‘Hula Om’) and Midori Takada (‘Amon Ra’).

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Legowelt - Omnibus Babylon EP

    Legowelt’s been around the block enough times now to what makes a good club tune. Keep the bass bouncy, the drums shuffling and the synths chirpy and you’re most of the way there. Omnibus Babylon is an effortless collection of acid and deep house that barely breaks a sweat across its four tracks. That might make it sound like Legowelt is taking it easy, but actually it’s just a testament to how good he is these days.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Bomb The Bass - Into The Dragon

    The current rave revivalism of acts like Etch, Dream Cycle and Special Request jacks just as much steez from records like Bomb The BassInto The Dragon as they do from ‘Voodoo Ray’. This 1988 LP was a top-twenty hit on release, further evidence of the groundswell of support for the sub-genre of hip-house. Across these ten tracks, producer Tim Simenon fuses rave breaks with Bomb Squad-style beats and scratch science to fresh effect.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    DJ Overdose - Time Compensation EP

    Though DJ Overdose has been putting out music since the late 90’s, the past few years have seen the Dutch producer really up his work-rate. Time Compensation is the eighth record he’s had a hand in that's been released in 2018 alone. This new-found energy translates to these four sparky, slightly aggy rave tunes. Check the title track’s buzzing synths and the cosmic electro groove of ‘W Speps28+’.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Collin Strange - s/t

    No messing from Collin Strange (yep, with two ‘L’s) here. The producer’s self-titled second EP for L.I.E.S. (Beau Wanzer, Legowelt) does hardcore techno two ways. On the A-side, ‘Don’t Belong’ and ‘Cruising’ are Berghain tub-thumpers. Flip the thing over and we get a duo of acid bangers that both sound like the Pump Panel remix of New Order that plays during the club scene in Blade.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    O/H - Market Values

    Even by their usual standards, Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. imprint are playing hardball at the moment. Around the same time as their rough-as-owt drops from Beau Wanzer and Collin Strange, they’re also giving us this collection of scum electronics from O/H. On Market Values, the duo comprised of Orphx’s Rich Oddie and Huren/Teste bloke Dave Foster serve up five hateful slices of industrial punktronica.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Beau Wanzer - s/t

    Chicago weirdo Beau Wanzer returns to Ron Morelli’s Long Island Electrical Systems with a typically idiosyncratic EP. This self-titled affair makes for a neat overview of the various strains of club fare that Wanzer has been serving up over the past few years. There is left-field electro (‘The Grim Whim’), mutant techno (‘He Splilled My Drink’) and hypnotic synthwave (‘Wick Honey’) among these five tracks.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Catherine Christer Hennix - Selected Early Keyboard Works

    Catherine Christer Hennix (great name) seems to have had an interesting life both in and out of music. As well as being a friend of LaMonte Young, student of Prandit Pran Nath and collaborator with Arthur Russell, Hennix has taught at M.I.T. and SUNY New Paltz. A recent flurry of interest in Hennix’s cross-disciplinary work - as well as being a musician she is also a poet, philosopher and visual artist - has spawned this full-length release of Hennix’s music. Selected Early Keyboard Works contains four fascinating minimalist compositions that are characterised by solo instruments - piano, Fender Rhodes, marimba etc. - accompanied by drones.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Mothers - Render Another Ugly Method

    Mothers attempt to carry the acclaim that came the way of their debut LP When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired over to the sophomore. Render Another Ugly Method is another collection of erudite, unusual indie that frequently changes gear and turns into full-on noise-rock. Imagine Ought and St. Vincent and Hella and it’s kind of that. Good record.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Stasis - Circuit Funk

    Early-'80s East London must seem like a long, long time ago to Steve Pickton aka Stasis -- some three-and-a-half decades after body-popping and spinning on linoleum -- he has his classic single reissued to a warm welcome from his fans. Fanatics of the lush Detroitian techno sound Pickton embodied will be lapping up this very limited repress of Circuit Funk; the only ever repress since its original release back in '93. 4 tracks. Fresh for 2018, on Peacefrog.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Adult. - This Behavior

    It seems like -- ooh, let's see -- at least 18 of your Earth years since this duo gave us 'Nausea', back in those heady, queasy post-millennium Electroclash days. 6 albums and countless (nearly) EPs and singles later, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller present us with This Behavior as ADULT. All caps, full stop / period: record store peeps like us love them. Nic and Adam recorded it in a wood cabin in the wilds of North Michigan in the freezing mid Winter, should be a suitably chilled and frosty one then. On Dais records; choose from your black or yellow vinyl, or even a CD should you prefer.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Jesse Rae - Global 95 EP

    The first of new label Southside Shufflers’ shuffles is a pair of cuts from Compression - the 1996 album by none other than helmeted and tartan totin’ Scot-funksmith Jesse Rae. The singular Glaswegian turned some of his attention to electronic stuff in the nineties, with the two tunes reissued here showing just what he could do with house music.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Haiku Salut - There Is No Elsewhere

    Don't let the fact that Haiku Salut collaborated on the latest Public Service Broadcasting LP put you off, the Derbyshire trio are excellent at combining dreampop and rural electronica, the electronic and the organic and will appeal to fans of the blissful likes of Jon Hopkins, Yann Tiersen and Efterklang

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    L'Eclair - Polymood

    Geneva jammers L’Eclair introduce Polymood, recorded in Tone Boutique Studio in the Netherlands. Everything on offer here is in solemn and relentless service to grooving it up big time, with the group’s relaxed pace sauntering through warm, 70s summer house and funk stylings. Easily as creamy and almost as desirable as an actual éclair.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Munsters - The Munsters

    Real Gone exhume and reissue a spooky old record of ghoulish sixties surf rock. It’s Herman & family on a spirited Munsters cash-in LP, although actors Fred Gwynne, Yvonne de Carlo at al themselves aren’t present. Instead they’re channelled from beyond by a worthy cast of personnel including members of The Wrecking Crew and others.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Oneida - Each One Teach One

    Shuffling, streamlined (after the first two tunes at least) psych ditties from the turn of the century by New York’s Oneida, now reissued by original label Jagjaguwar. Impeccable production and a splendid use of feedback harmonics gave this stuff quite an edge - and has kept it from ageing much and all.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Popera Cosmic - Les Esclaves

    Well looky what Finders Keepers have unearthed now: it's only a super-rare classic French psych album! The original 1969 pressing of Popera Cosmic's only LP 'Les Esclaves' (The Slaves) was deleted long ago and fetches silly money regularly enough on-line. Talking of which, it's probably the first record made to now feature in all 3 of Discogs' Rock, Pop and Classical main genre categories. Although that'll need to be fact checked. Anyway, it's a rock-street-theatre-opera, no less and is more than likely ace and at the very least, interesting.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Universal Eyes - Four Variations On ‘Artificial Society’

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Beak> - Brean Down

    Portishead’s Geoff Barrow joined by Bill Fuller and Will Young comprise the pointed, rostral trio of Beak>. The last album was called >>, the newly-announced third album’s called >>> and I’ve a hunch what the one after that will be called as well. >>>’s lead single here is ‘Brean Down’, which sounds unexpectedly like a successful combination of Nirvana with Third-era Portishead.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Primals - All Love Is True Love

    The Primals sound exciting. They feature members of Darkest Hour, Dead to Fall and the Explosion and are said to be bringing back the visceral thrill of grunge. Their thrilled record label Southern Lord suggest that fans of Wand, Ty Segall, Nirvana, and Pixies may want to take especially keen interest.  

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Brendon Moeller - Set In Motion EP

    The newest EP from Brendon Moeller, also known as Echologist and Beat Pharmacy, is a dubby affair. Reminiscent of Basic Channel’s finest, Set in Motion echoes, thuds, and crawls through your ears. The tape hiss and distorted drums take your brain on a vacation to grimy factory basements. If you listen closely, you can almost see the first rays of sunlight creep in.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Scott Xylo - Find Us When U Get There

    Black Acre scoop up Leicester twentysomething spark Scott Xylo for an afrofuturist LP of neo-soul, hip-wonk beats, smokey jazz downtempo and collaborations with the likes of Jon Glitches, Catherine Sera, Afronaut Zu and Marcus Joseph. Plus fairly splendid cover art by Philly comic illustrator Pat Aulisio.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    DMX Krew - Nu Romantix

    What with the recent electro resurgence currently being spearheaded by labels like Central Processing Unit and Super Rhythm Trax, it seems fitting that DMX Krew’s 1998 LP Nu Romantix should get its dues. This reissue comes courtesy of Permanent Vacation and sees the LP releasedon double-vinyl. Features all the original jams and a bonus instrumental of ‘Come To Me’.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Blue Chemise - Daughters Of Time

    Students Of Decay (Alex Cobb, Caroline No) release a collection of evocative ambiences from Aussie artist Blue Chemise. Daughters Of Time is a delicate album. Many of the tracks here are contemplative, lackadaisical things that come fogged with reverb and tape grain. The recording quality recalls The Caretaker, the dreamy drones Eric Chenaux, and the spiralling loops Atlas Sound.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Various (Overlook, Pessimist, Mønic, Grebenstein) - Themes & Variations

    Mønic’s Osiris Music (Kryptic Minds, Kamikaze Space Programme) drop four tracks that map out some different kinds of weightiness currently popular in the clubsphere. Overlook continues to impress with the nightmarish D n’ B of ‘Former Self’; Pessimist’s ‘Indigo’ is an eerie bit of soundsystem techno that would sound great soundtracking an episode of Black Mirror. The flipside sees the label boss deliver two wedges of dark, dubby almost-techno, the second of which is a Grebenstein collaboration.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    JEFF The Brotherhood - Magick Songs

    JEFF The Brotherhood with ALBUM the umpteenth here. Magick Songs is one of those bloody, y’know, records. Pavement, Ariel Pink, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. All in a blender. Whizz it up. There. Drink it all down. Nice sugary flavour. Makes you feel like summer. This Norman Records™ descriptions writer blames them for The Lemon Twigs.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Craig Armstrong - Sun On You

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Manu Delago - Parasol Peak

    Have you ever seen Manu Delago play the handpan? If not then we recommend that you go find a video of him doing so. It’s really impressive stuff - so impressive that Delago can count Bugge Wesseltoft and Nitin Sawhney among the people who’ve called upon his talents (as have Olafur Arnalds and The Cinematic Orchestra, but everyone makes mistakes). He’s also a fixture of Björk’s live band these days. Parasol Peak is a film that Delago and some fellow musicians made where they trekked through the Alps, recording and playing as they went. This is the accompanying soundtrack LP. Lovely jubbly.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    La Force - La Force

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Pinch - The Boxer / Swish (Kromestar Remixes)

    Some old Pinch jams have the ruler run over them by dubstep OG Kromestar . ‘The Boxer’ and ‘Swish’ were already pretty weighty tomes when they surfaced at the beginning of the 2010s, but these re-rubs really go for the jugular. ‘The Boxer (Kromestar’s Southpaw Remix)’ pummels you into submission with huge square-wave bass hits, while the ‘Swish’ flip is a triple-time jam reminiscent of the title track from Silkie’s recent Impervious EP for Deep Medi. This one’s a Tectonic drop.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Clutch - In Walks Barbarella / Hot Bottom Feeder

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Molochs - Flowers In The Spring

    Now, now, look at you now, Flowers In The Spring-do. The Molochs aren’t Travis - who is? - but the Californian group certainly share an ear for melody with the Glaswegian group (‘Sing’ is an anthem and if you think otherwise then you’re wrong). This is an LP of laid back, '60s-inspired college rock that would have shifted serious units in the early ‘90s. The Molochs probably won’t like it if we point out the similarities between ‘Too Lost In Love’ and Hanson’s ‘MMMbop’, but if you’re going to write songs that sound like Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’ then we’re afraid that we have no choice but to compare them to Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’.

    (Hanson, it should be reiterated, are no Travis.)

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Stoned Jesus - Pilgrims

    Napalm Records (Skindred, Alestorm) release the fourth LP from Ukrainian group Stoned Jesus. If it wasn’t apparent from their name, this band deal primarily in stoner rock and they’re definitely very pleased that Pilgrims’ second track clocks in at exactly 4:20. Stoned Jesus’ sound is not as skull-shaking as genre titans like Sleep. A lot of their music is relatively lean by the conventions of the genre - moments here could pass for Deftones.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Young Sick Camellia

    Alabama group St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their third LP. There’s eight of them in this rabble, which seems like an awful lot of people to do something you can achieve with just one Mark Ronson. This young blurb writer reckons that they relax after shows by getting together and watching Peaky Blinders. One day in the near future, something from Young Sick Camellia will be used on an advert for a bespoke razorblade made by a company called Dapper Harry's or Sir Smitherington's or something to that effect.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    The Blaze - Dancehall

    The Blaze will be absolutely massive. They kind of already are - a video upped to YouTube in 2016 for their song ‘Virile’ (yikes) has four million views and counting - but we reckon their debut LP Dancehall is going to make them REALLY massive. The combination of Disclosure-esque pop-house with Jungle’s ‘urban’ ‘cool’ vibe and that … thing that Bonobo does is just too big to fail.

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Nas - Nastradamus

    Nas gave us more than we bargained for on his fourth LP Nastradamus. The record was originally going to be an odds-and-sods collection consisting of stuff that didn’t make the cut for previous album I Am…, but bootlegging problems meant that Nas went back into the studio and cut a few fresh dubs. Mobb Deep and Ginuwine guest, and beats are handled by a wealth of producers including DJ Premier and Timbaland. It sounds like Nas, so we don’t really need to describe it for you. 

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    Screaming Trees - Sweet Oblivion

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 7th September 2018

    David Kitt - Like Lightning

    Due in: only 19 sleeps to go
  • 10th September 2018

    Coil / Zos Kia / Marc Almond - How To Destroy Angels

    A Coil rarity for you here coming courtesy of Cold Spring (Merzbow, Psychic TV). This recording, dating to a gallery performance in 1983, is markedly different from the similarly-titled EP that Coil issued the following year. With the group at this point consisting of Marc Almond, John Gosling and of course John Balance, they construct a twenty-plus minute piece from spoken word and industrial noise. Gosling’s Zos Kia project provides a remix. Closing track ‘Baptism of Fire’ is an unreleased ZK/Coil collaboration recorded in the same year.

    Due in: only 22 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Beta Band - The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

    Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that they subsequently disappeared down a rabbit warren of their own making is, in time, starting to be forgotten.  

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Flaming Lips - In A Priest Driven Ambulance

    It's sometimes hard to recall when they are rolling round in oversized hamster balls and hanging round with Miley Cyrus that the Flaming Lips were once an incredible band. That's band not sideshow. In a Priest Driven Ambulance was their fourth album originally released in 1990 and features Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) helping Wayne Coyne out with his skewed psychedelic vision.  

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Beta Band - The Best of The Beta Band: Music

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    D.H.S. - Mind Control

    Largely operating in the 90s and early 00s before a 2015 comeback EP, Ben Stokes tended not to rush his Dimensional Holofonic Sound (DHS) releases. Mind Control, for instance, dropped in 2001, four years after the previous DHS record. Taking his time was clearly of benefit for the eventual outcome. Mind Control’s acid electro is not overly busy, but it has a mesmeric quality that draws you in ever deeper. The way opening cut ‘Hypnosis’ morphs imperceptibly into ‘I Am Your Control’ befits the former’s title.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Move D - Kunststoff

    This is a long awaited remastered and reissued double LP edition of a masterpiece of '90s ambient and techno. Kunststoff by Move D was first released on Source Records in 1995, and this is the first reissue since 2006. David Moufang aka Move D recorded the album in 1994 and on release it soon became a firm favourite among the more adventurous listeners of techno, ambient and IDM. On tracks like 'Tribute To Mr. Fingers' and 'Beyond The Machine' David wears his heart on his sleeve. An evergreen classic for the chillers... Look, his favourite armchair is still there.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking

    The junior to The Go-Betweens' senior, this very good band features Louis Forster, son of Robert, probably none too happy about this endless comparison, but I just really like the word junior so was compelled to namedrop. They released a real Norman beloved record in Up to Anything and for this here follow-up they've hopped over to Melbourne to record with James Ceecil and Cameron Bird, who both know several things about indie pop via their time in overtly-saccharine super group Architecture in Helsinki.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Susheela Raman - Ghost Gamelan

    British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Morphology - Traveller

    Morphology are a duo from Finland, but they are looking to outer space. Right from its title and airlock cover art, Traveller sets a strong tone of vintage space-electro, with lush pads, propulsive acidy basslines and the crucial high-energy drum patterns. Deep stuff over ten tracks and two vinyl LPs. On FireScope Records.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Orbital - Monsters Exist

    Monsters Exist. And so, apparently, do Orbital. Still (or maybe that should be 'again'). The legendary techno duo’s first LP in six years - and first since their 2017 reunion - sees the pair turning in their singular brand of emotive, electronic techno. Monsters Exist will put that new John Hopkins album in its place, that’s for sure. Also the last song features Professor Brian Cox, which makes sense.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Low - Double Negative

    Two years on from the excellent Ones and Sixes Low have headed back down Highway 53 to Eau Claire to resume work with producer B.J. Burton (Bon Iver, James Blake) on an album which is said to be an unflinching eleven track quest to be loud, abrasive and commanding. A Low record that fights against itself....shades of 'Drums & Guns' perhaps? Once again Low move with the times. Truly always different, always the same. 

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Flaming Lips - Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

    An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP reissue from Warner Bros.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Breath - Let The Cards Fall

    The second LP from The Breath shows face on Real World (Peter Gabriel, Loney Dear). As with previous album Carry Your Kin, the pair of Rioghnach Connolly (Afro Celt Sound System) and Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra) have constructed a selection of sweet neo-folk songs centred around showcasing Connolly’s fabulously expressive voice. Fans of Laura Marling and Cate Le Bon should turn their attentions this way.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Blitzen Trapper - Furr (Deluxe Edition)

    Blitzen Trapper’s Furr gets a tenth-anniversary reissue. Over the years, this LP has come to be considered one of the signature Sub Pop releases - quite a feat when you consider the competition. Dropping at a time when The Shins were still accepted as a good band and freak-folk was a thing, this record throws together the sounds of Pavement, Devendra Banhart and Eels for some Portland pleasantness. This deluxe edition features the Record Store Day singles ‘War Is Placebo’, ‘Maybe Baby’ and ‘Booksmart Baby’, some live recordings for KRCW, and seven hitherto-unreleased tracks.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dorian Concept - The Nature of Imitation

    After several EPs and an album on Ninja Tune Austrian producer Dorian Concept has been signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. For his first full length with the label The Nature of Imitation is the producer deconstructing and starting again, stepping away from the very clean sound of Joined Dots and taking influence from jazz, fusion, prog, and electronica, bringing the old and new together. It will be groovy and warm and fuzzy.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Holydrug Couple - Hyper Super Mega

    Chilean psychsters The Holydrug Couple return to Sacred Bones for their third LP on the esteemed indie imprint. The band have said all the right things in the run-up to Hyper Super Mega, talking us through their frustration with capitalism and their despair at the oncoming ecological apocalypse as well as name-checking The Beatles and The Beach Boys. This eleven-track record backs up what they've said thus far. All in all it’s quite a bit like Tame Impala.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Fatherson - Sum of All Your Parts

     Fatherson release their third LP via Easy Life (Amber Run, Arcane Roots). The group bridge two great Scottish rock traditions - their sound is equal parts Biffy Clyro-style muscle and twee-rock sentimentality ala Frightened Rabbit (R.I.P. Scott Hutchison). It’s no coincidence that they’ve shared stages with both down the years. Sum Of All Your Parts brings a newly anthemic gloss to proceedings that might make this record a massive hit.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dilly Dally - Heaven

    After a couple of years of thrills and spills touring in support of their 2015 debut LP Sore, Dilly Dally return to Partisan for another crack. By all accounts the band almost called it quits after their first album dropped, but fortunately for them and their fans they got it together enough to turn in nine more bits of grungy alt-rock anchored on singer Katie Monks’ ragged howl.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Chills - Snow Bound

    I've just danced around the room and celebrated as if I'd won the World Cup as there's a new the Chills album due. The legendary New Zealand group returned in 2015 with the excellent Silver Bullets which was as good as anything they recorded in their heyday. Their precise yet emotional economic pop is certainly welcome round here.  

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Paul Haig - The Wood

    Former Josef K frontman Paul Haig returns with his 4th solo album, The Wood. It is a culmination of three years work which sees him exploring similar territory to that of Four Tet, Floating Points and Love Over Entropy. He sees the wood as a place where things are hidden and secrets are kept, and draws parallels between this and the human soul. LP and CD on Les Disques Du Crépuscule.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Tom Waits - Heartattack And Vine

    Waits’ sixth album was his last non-soundtrack work before his reinvention on Swordfishtombones, but it’s already a shade less polished than his previous few outings.  Standouts include the raw blues of the title track, later adopted by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and future Springsteen hit Jersey Girl. The ballads are particularly devastating - the lover’s reluctant abscondment on Ruby’s Arms and On the Nickel's lament for the destitute.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Various - Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 777

    Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 777 is a collection of songs from Nashville’s more troubled singer-songwriters. It features 16 rare cuts with the likes of Hank Williams, Bobby Griggs and Durwood Daily facing their demons and baring the depths of their souls for your delectation. Vinyl LP, limited to an ominous 666 copies with liner notes by Alvin Lucia.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Melody As Truth (Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft) - Framed Space: Selected works 2014-2017

    Melody As Truth AKA Amsterdam based producers Jonny Nash (not the I Can See Clearly Now guy!) and Suzanne Kraft (AKA Diego Herrera) have had their first three years work on the Melody As Truth label collected together as Framed Space: Selected Works 2014-2017. Disc one features Nash, disc two features Herrera, although they have shared, and continue to share ideas. This 2CD set shows where their project started and where it’s heading.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Throbbing Gristle - Heathen Earth

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Throbbing Gristle - Mission Of Dead Souls

    Why does the name of this band still hurt my teeth? 

    This is the last live performance from Throbbing Gristle before their initial break up in the early 80's. The formats offered here have been unavailable for decades, so this is BIG. Mission Of Dead Souls is available on a limited edition white vinyl reissue LP and reissue CD, both released on Mute

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Throbbing Gristle - Journey Through A Body

    Why does the name of this band hurt my teeth? 

    Journey Through A Body is a purposely recorded piece of art by Throbbing Gristle for an Italian radio way back in the good ol' days. What were previously unavailable on the formats offered here are now available . . . on the following formats . . . offered here . . . a limited edition silver coloured vinyl reissue and a CD reissue, all released on Mute. 

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Paul Weller - True Meanings

    Paul Weller wants the truth, dammit! No faking here. A sign hangs above the door to the former Jam bloke’s fourteenth solo full-length - ‘True Meanings Only’. Weller’s quest for the real has, according to the press release for this album, pushed him to make an LP ‘unlike any he has ever made before’. That’s not true though - these are wistful dad-rock lullabies of the sort that he’s been dabbling in for a fair few years now. Noel Gallagher, Lucy Rose and Rod Argent (The Zombies) all crop up among these fourteen tracks.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Capital Punishment - Roadkill

    Capital Punishment were a teenage band who formed in New York City in 1979. They took their influences from Throbbing Gristle, Brian Eno, Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire. Roadkill was their only album and was self-released. The interesting thing about them is their line-up, however. Supreme Court Justice Peter Swann, professor Peter Zusi, actor Ben Stiller and Kriss Roebling, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Various - Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

    Numero Group have gone crazy for the big-haired harmonious sisters of the '60s! Their latest extravaganza -- namely 'Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground' -- compiles 56 tracks (on double-CD, 28 on double vinyl) from various girl groups of the halcyon pop era; families, studio receptionists and all. Soaring vocals and raw pop power from: The Four J's, The Vandelettes, The Soulettes, The Para-Monts, plus many, many more!

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Crippled Black Phoenix - Great Escape

    Great Escape is the tenth full-length studio album from dark, epic UK rockers, Crippled Black Phoenix. The seven-piece are led by Justin Grieves and have included numerous collaborators among their ranks in the past. The album swells with anger in places and is unsettling in others. All this is tempered by a certain amount of compassion running through other songs. CD and LP on Season Of Mist.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks - Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies

    Light In The Attic have been digging around in Lee Hazlewood's loft again. This time they found a tape with Woodchucks written on it. It contained a bunch of surf instrumentals Hazlewood recorded at the beginning of the ‘60s. These tracks have since been recorded by the likes of Dick Dale, The Astronauts, The Ventures and The Trashmen, among others. Hazlewood’s originals have never been released, so this is basically brand new! Cruisin’ For Surf Bunnies is available on LP and CD on Light In The Attic.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Alejandro Escovedo - The Crossing

    I think it’s fair to say that the influence of Alejandro Escovedo on American music, and especially the Alt. Country scene of the ‘90s has been severely underrated. Every time Uncle Tupelo get a mention, he should be the next name to enthusiastically tumble out of people’s mouths. Anyway, this guy’s got a new album out, it’s called The Crossing and features guest performances from MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Peter Perrett and John Perry from UK new wavers The Only Ones and Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roller Joe Ely. LP and CD on Yep Roc.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Paula Temple & Eomac - ETXC001

    New from Eotrax (Lakker, LAIR) is a super-limited drop that comes courtesy of Paula Temple and label boss Eomac. ETXC001 is the first release in a series of collaborative records that are being readied by the label - Kamikaze Space Programme and Demian Licht have already signed on for future volumes. In this case we get two noisy, disorientating bits of techno that nod to Autechre and Surgeon.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers

    A member of Fairport Convention all the way back in 1967, Richard Thompson, is still making urgent and heartfelt rock'n'roll. 13 Rivers is his first solo album since 2015, and the first that he's self-produced in over ten years. The result is the complete erosion of any space between the listener and Thompson, making the songs all the more profound. 

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest

    Proving it's both a marathon and a sprint, drone artist Sarah Davachi puts out yet another record. Hot off the heels of the impressive baroque tone poem Let Night Come On Bells End the Day, Davachi makes the hop to Ba Da Bing! for a record of lonely, isolationist ambient music that reflects the upheaval in her life. Principally a master and architect of synthesizers, Davachi's output has expanded into scores for a wide range of instrumentation, so we'll just wait and see how this likely-to-be opus turns out.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Brandon Coleman - Resistance

    The fun times just keep coming as the party fortress Brainfeeder offers us Resistance, the new cut from Brandon Coleman. To put things in perspective, he happens to be a member of saxophonist Kamasi Washington's band, padding out that symphonic sound with fusion sounds on his keyboard and keytar. If you've heard anything off Heaven And Earth you'll know: he's gone on some real funk benders. On his new solo record he draws on boogie vibes and R&B while keeping his vintage electro sound in tac. This will rule.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Knife Knights - 1 Time Mirage

    Given that the pair of Shabazz Palaces LPs that dropped in 2017 really stank out the place, it’s probably a good thing that Ishmael Butler has found a new project to focus on. Here he teams up with Erik Blood - who, among other things, was engineer for SP’s Lese Majesty - for a new record as Knife Knights. 1 Time Mirage is much better from Butler. Blood’s electro-hop production focusses the George Clinton-esque musings that sounded so aimless on the Quazarz records.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    MMMD - Hagazussa

    MMMD see their score for Lukas Feigelfeld’s Gothic horror flick Hagazussa - A Heathen’s Curse released by Antifrost. This is as dark as the ‘dark ambient’ genre gets before it turns into full-on doom. The record is full of unsettling drones, eerie plumes of sound and snippets of liturgical chanting. Might be a good idea to have some friends around when you listen to this one lest you become properly spooked.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Less Bells - Solifuge

    The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical string piece through a process of cut-ups before transposing the passages for the synthesizer. LP and CD on Kranky.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Neil Ardley - A Symphony Of Amaranths

    As a fan of AFC Wimbledon, just imagine how excited this young blurb writer is to see a record from The Dons’ manager Neil Ardley up on the Norman Records site! Granted, A Symphony Of Amaranths isn’t the sort of poetic turn of phrase one usually associates with former members of The Crazy Gang, but Ardley’s a man of principle and I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. I wonder if there’s anything as catchy as ‘We Are Wombles’ on here? Time to find out. Off we go …

    … Oh, looks like I’ve got the wrong Neil Ardley. This one is actually a late jazz pianist who was the director of the New Jazz Orchestra, and this pressing of A Symphony Of Amaranths is a reissue of a work that dates from 1972. Ardley conducts a chamber jazz ensemble here as well as banging keys on a prepared piano. There’s a track on it called ‘The Dong With A Luminous Nose’. If only it were ‘The Don With A Luminous Nose’. Take me back to Plough Lane ...

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Mush - Gig Economy

    Leeds band Mush have been have been on somewhat of an upward trajectory of late. BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley loved their last single, Alt Facts and they’ve been supporting bands such as Rolling Blackouts CF, Parquet Courts and Ultra Spacek. Their new single, Gig Economy, is released by a new label to take a note of - Dipped In Gold, which is run by the people responsible for the much-missed Too Pure Singles Club. Limited edition 7” on gold vinyl.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker - Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

    Harmony Rockets, better known as Mercury Rev, of course renowned for their free-wheeling psychedelic rock. Joining forces on Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos with Peter Walker, known for his American-folk approach to ragas. The record also boasts appearances from Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth and Nels Clines from Wilco, so it's gonna be either a trip, pretty radical, or both.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Bob Moses - Battle Lines

    This is the sort of thing that happens when you let Johnny Jewel release too many records. Bob Moses - confusingly not one person but two men called Tom and Jimmy - drop their second LP via Domino. Battle Lines is full of perfectly competent synth-pop songs that remind one of Hurts. If this Norman Records™ description writer were a GCSE Music invigilator he would give it a high B for style, a low B for performance and a C for composition.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Jungle - For Ever

    Jungle is massive. Jungle is unstoppable. Jungle For Ever. The posh soul duo have swapped the townhouses of Shepherd’s Bush for the penthouses of Los Angeles in a bid to be more … something. To be honest, this - their second album - just sounds like the first one. It’s another helping of blue-eyed funk grooves topped with fey falsettos. If you liked their eponymous debut then you’ll like For Ever. And a lot of you liked that first record, didn’t you.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Spencer Zahn - People Of The Dawn

    Debut album from bassist Spencer Zahn. On People Of The Dawn he takes the vocabulary of jazz but plays with the semantics. The bass is still the thing holding it together but rather than melodic improvisation Zahn plays with texture. Helped by Darkside's Dave Harrington who did the electronic processing on the album.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Krikor - Saudi

    After an extremely limited cassette run on Low Jack’s Editions Gravats back in 2017, Krikor’s Saudi now gets a vinyl pressing courtesy of Long Island Electrical Systems (Svengalisghost, Simoncino). The sides of Saudi were originally made for a French TV documentary that focussed on the questionable dealings of the Saudi royal family, and Krikor makes sure to instil his music with plenty of murk and shade. Grainy ambiences evolve into eerie minimal synth numbers, Balearic beats bang a little too loud for comfort, and Krikor generally makes you sit up and pay attention.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dakota Suite & Dag Rosenqvist - What Matters Most

    A slow, haunting new LP from Dakota Suite here. What Matters Most sees DS auteur Chris Hooson join forces with Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and former collaborator Emanuele Errante (Elem). With Hooson taking up the singer-songwriter's archetypal companions of guitar and piano, the other two augment his snow-slow songs with all manner of instruments and effects. They flush tracks like ‘Now That You Know’ with a mournful, glacial beauty that brings to mind a digital Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    We Were Promised Jetpacks - The More I Sleep The Less I Dream

    Fifteen years after they formed, these Scottish rockers are still grumbling about The Lack Of Jetpackery. The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, their fourth LP but first for Big Scary Monsters (Blakfish, Minus The Bear), finds We Were Promised Jetpacks turning in another collection of emoish, post-rockish, post-hardcoreish indie anthems. Very much of the Idlewild/Biffy Clyro/The Twilight Sad school.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Sleaford Mods - Sleaford Mods EP

    First new music from Sleaford Mods since 2017's English Tapas and as is their wont it's a five track EP ahead of a promised new LP next March. A bunch of things to tie you over all about people's anger with the political system and the slow descent into slanging matches. Always on the ball it's nice to have them back. They may look rough and tough and snarly but they are lovely lads really. Soft as puppies.  

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Ben Chatwin - Drone Signals

    Former Talvihorros chap Ben Chatwin has not been content with releasing one album this year. Instead he has gone back to his sound sources for 'Staccato Signals' and created an entirely new work. 'Drone Signals' as you might guess by the title is a more ambient stretched out work that will appeal to all your drone and neo classical greats like Ben Frost and Max Richter

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Infernal Coil - Within A World Forgotten

    The band is called Infernal Coil. Their logo is an indefinable scrawl that looks like a bundle of twigs.

     

    The LP is called Within A Forgotten World. The tracks have titles like ‘Wounds Never Close’ and ‘Bodies Set In Ashen Death’. It’s coming out on a label called Profound Lore.

     

    … Correct! The answer was: A - Death Metal.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Unearth Noise / Dreamspeak - And The Light Beams Will Guide The way

    Roger Berkowitz returns to Lullabies For Insomniacs (Sugai Ken, Million Brazilians), and this time he’s got company. He takes half of And The Light Beams Will Guide The Way solo under the guise of Unearth Noise, while the rest of it sees him collaborating with Myrh as Dreamspeak. Both of the projects are varying degrees of Bonobo, though the UN stuff is more ambient while Dreamspeak have a bit of a rainbow rhythms thing going on.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dunbarrow - Dunbarrow II

    RidingEasy (Here Lies Man, Monolord) drop the second LP from Norwegian metalheads Dunbarrow. Dunbarrow II features some cuts of hard rock very much of the Black Sabbath school. Singer Espen Andersen’s Ozzy impression is uncanny at times, and the rest of the group serve up riffs aplenty across the record’s nine tracks.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Night Shop - In The Break

    You’ll know Justin Sullivan better as a drummer - he’s best known for being a tub-thumper for Kevin Morby’s various endeavours - but sometimes he likes to put himself centre-stage. In The Break, the debut LP from his Night Shop project, demonstrates that Morby isn’t the only good songwriter in his immediate circle. Sullivan’s breezy indie-rock ditties are reminiscent of Jonathan Richman.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    The Intelligence - Live In San Francisco

    The latest release in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series comes courtesy of The Intelligence. Lars Finberg and his band of Seattle punks tear through a bunch of live-wire tunes that take in everything from Country Teasers to Wire. Recorded in a tiny basement beneath a vintage clothes store and coming with the John Dwyer seal of approval, this one is American as apple pie.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Gareth Sager & The Hungry Ghost - Juicy Rivers

    Hang on, look at the sleeve. A lion mauling a moustachioed man who is eating ....a biscuit?  It's a typically eccentric sleeve for this founding member of the Pop Group / Rip Rig & Panic and Head. Quite the career. Ten tracks of punk funk with collaborations with Jock Scot and Davey Henderson (Fire Engines etc).   

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Whitehouse - Thank Your Lucky Stars

    You may have noticed that Whitehouse’s 1990 LP Thank Your Lucky Stars shares its name with a Beach House album that came out a couple of years back. That is where the similarities between the two groups end. Steve Albini had a hand in producing this collection of nasty, grizzled power electronics. This long-overdue reissue comes with four bonus tracks.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses

    Oh I do love an Emma Ruth Rundle mystery. This week's instalment sees our intrepid sleuth come out of a personal nadir by moving home, getting a new friend and making a new album with other friends. This is heart on sleeve stuff, uncomfortable realties put to music in dark duets that recall Johnny and June.  

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Kettel - Myam James Part I

    Lapsus Records (Pye Corner Audio, Gacha Bakradze) launch their new Perennial Series with a reissue of Kettel’s 2008 LP Myam James Part I. This would definitely self-identify as an acid record - whether it’s house, braindance or electro is a moot point - but Kettel really brings out the expressive potential of the 303 in a way that many other artists don’t. The dynamic bassline on ‘Shinamoto’, for instance, is quite moving. Atop this Kettel adds rich, melodious synths. It’s a winning combo.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - The Serpent’s Mouth

    Ushering in an exciting, vibrant and dynamic new age for steel drum music it's Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band with their new full-length release 'The Serpent's Mouth'. Named after an eight-mile stretch of water running between the island of Trinidad and Venezuela, the record is sprinkled with original songs as well as classics covered in their own unique style. These include a selection of R&B and hip-hop classics by: Amerie, Jackson 5, Gang Starr, Mary J Blige and more. There's even Harold Faltermeyer's '80s movie classic 'Crockett's Theme'. Uh-huh. LP or CD, on Big Crown records.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Chris Christodoulou - Deadbolt: Official Soundtrack

    Deadbolt, from the developer who brought you the wildly successful roguelike Risk of Rain, is a challenging sidescrolling adventure about being the Grim Reaper and having to deal with scores of the risen dead. Athens-based Chris Christodoulou’s musical contributions to this spooky project are collected here, ranging from nightriding EDM to instrumental soundtrack butt-rock.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    David Housden - Thomas Was Alone: Official Soundtrack

    Here we have a game soundtrack... We all love our game soundtracks, don't we? 

    The train of thought for David Housden when composing 'Thomas Was Alone', went something along the lines of: quiet, tense atmospheres (sparse piano fragments), dramatic builds (dense string sections) and spooky-otherworldy oddness (haunting, eerie synths). Both game and sounds have garnered widespread applause -- with BAFTA nominations for story *and* music! Now remastered for vinyl, in limited 180g red or 'classic' black LP editions. Also, includes new tracks for the release on PS4. Which'll make sense to the gamers, I'm sure. Release through Black Screen Records.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Otik - Top Ten EP

    After a run of releases on labels including Dext Recordings and Brotherhood Sound System, young talent Otik moves to the next level and drops via Keysound (Wen, Okzharp & Samrai). The tunes that make up Top Ten are a fresh mix of sounds. While grounded in the soundsystem techno style of labels like Timedance and 3024, Otik isn’t afraid to incorporate elements of UK Funky and dub-techno into his work. It makes for a pleasing mix.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Various - Transcendence

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Conan - Existential Void Guardian

    The existential void has a new guardian. Liverpool trio Conan resume channelling the bloodthirsty energy of your favourite Cimmerian barbarian on this new one for Napalm Records. Packing dual vocalists and an indefatigable fund of drop-tuned riffs, it’s quite the furious, simmering work of doomy sludge.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Aphex Twin - Collapse EP

    With mysterious artwork appearing everywhere from Turin to Kippax - on people's coffee cups, on the back of tea towels, on the last sheets of loo paper - it's that time again: a new Aphex Twin marketing campaign. Which means only one thing - new music from the maverick electronic producer. This time, a 12" issued with bizarre sprawling text and a video already banned for failing an epilepsy test.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Various - Daughters of Darkness

    Soundtrack to the cult Belgian horror film Daughters of Darkness. According to film critic Geoffrey O'Brien it's one of the classier lesbian vampire films, which is no doubt why Lil Wayne sampled its soundtrack on 'Outstanding'. The album itself is some of François De Roubaix's best work, appropriately seductive and intriguing.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    DJ Lag - Stampit EP

    South Africa's gqom pioneer DJ Lag is certainly no slouch when it comes to making dancefloor killers. Lag's Stampit EP follows his self-titled debut of 2016 and features 4 more hard-edged percussive cuts. Heavy hitting drums are at the fore of the sound Lag introduced to Durban and the world. It's rhythmic, it's potent, it's energetic; let's do this! 12" EP on Goon Club Allstars

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    James Murray - Falling Backwards

    James Murray follows last year's celebrated 'Killing Ghosts' with a new full-length album on Home Normal. Falling Backwards promises more of Murray's trademark hushed, creeping and haunting ambience but with an increased sense of intimacy this time. The record relates his personal childhood memories and speaks to catharsis through release. There's a definite emphasis on optimism here amongst the splintered yet linear melodies. A narrative of a naturally lit journey, made in plain sight.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Sam Wilkes - WILKES

    Jazzy Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Sam Wilkes is ready with warm and beautifully produced debut full-length WILKES (I think you’re supposed to shout it) for Leaving Records. Wilkes himself performs most of the instruments throughout, but frequent collaborator Sam Gendel is at hand to lay down lots of sax. Other contributors include Christian Euman, Louis Cole, Brian Green and Etc.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Nazamba - Vex

    Ahead of a full album due on O.B.F. Sound System later in the year, Kingston artist Nazamba drops a debut twelve through The Bug’s eclectic new imprint Pressure. Over a marching tempo, growling bass and dub-delayed samples, Nazamba spits a long and relatable shopping list of things that make him vex. Absolutely fab.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dissmentado - The Best of Dissmentado

    Huntleys + Palmers (Auntie Flo, Drum Talk) release a collaborative work between Maximo Graesse Bondino and Carisma’s Ismael Pinkler (together they're Dissmentado). Recorded in sporadic intervals across the second half of the 2000s and into 2010, the eight tracks that make up The Best Of Dissmentado are leftfield house and techno takes that veer between Balearic-flavoured weightlessness (‘Simplest Mancha’) and Axel Boman-esque dancefloor tools (‘Transando’).

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Sungod - Wave Refraction

    Texan label HoloDeck (Marie Davidson, Dylan Cameron) present an LP of freakiness, deakiness and various other -eekinesses from Sungod. Wave Refraction is at that nexus of psych-rock, prog and electro-rock that The Flaming Lips sometimes get close to. That said, where Wayne Coyne et al tend to reign in their Pink Floyd-isms with a deference to songcraft, Sungod head gleefully to the outer-reaches of sound. Cosmic.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    bvdub - Drowning in Daylight

    The illustrious esquires at Apollo represent sadcore-ambient titan bvdub’s label of the week for Drowning in Daylight, a quadrilogy of teary twenty-minute longuns with right poetic titles. Now passing the thirty album mark, Brock Van Wey can be counted on for the skills to pay the bills and give your ears some cinematic thrills.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Max Ananyev - Water Atlas

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  • 14th September 2018

    Yumi And The Weather - Yumi And The Weather

    Hello Yumi mate! Long time no see. How’re things? What’s The Weather like down in Brighton these days? Cloudy with a chance of synth-pop you say? Very well then. Best pack a mac.

    She’s right you know. ‘Hustle’ could have been on the Drive soundtrack. Some of Yumi And The Weather’s eponymous LP also sounds quite a lot like that The War On Drugs album that everyone went mental for a few years ago.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Jeffrey & Jack Lewis - City & Eastern Songs

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  • 14th September 2018

    Colleen Green - Casey’s Tape / Harmontown Loops

    Queen Of The Slackers Colleen Green gets her 2016 EP Casey’s Tape reissued by Infinity Cat Records (JEFF The Brotherhood, Be Your Own Pet). This edition also comes backed with some tunes she cooked up for the excellent Harmontown podcast. Anyone familiar with Green’s oeuvre will know what they’re getting themselves in for, but for the cheap seats - this is fun, cool stoner-grunge that self-identifies as ‘Ramones-core’.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Dur-Dur Band - Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh damn! Look, if you’ve never heard Dur-Dur before, then stop what you’re doing and fix that this instance. The Somali group were one of the most famous bands in their home country during the 80’s and early 90’s before a civil war put paid to their career. A recent resurgent interest in their work has led to a great Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue, but not much beyond that. However, now Analog Africa have really gone the extra mile to get some more of the band’s finest work out. We mean that literally - AA boss Samy Ben Redjeb flew to Mogadishu to get these tapes. And we’re so glad he did. Dur-Dur were a mighty band, capable of cooking up a totally unique funk sound, and to now have not one but two more of their LPs (and some bonus tracks!) excavated for re-release is a true pleasure. Honestly, just listen to the thing.

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Stella Chiweshe - Kasahwa: Early Singles

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  • 14th September 2018

    Dawn Landes - Meet Me At The River

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  • 14th September 2018

    Open Mike Eagle - Rapper Will Die of Natural Causes

    Reissues of Open Mike Eagle’s second album Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes. Released originally on Hellfyre Club (Milo, Anderson. Paak, Busdriver) in 2011. Mike here already cleverly understating his emotions with regards to art, racial matters, and personal finances in his soulful manner we’ve come to love on last year's excellent Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. 

    Due in: only 26 sleeps to go
  • 14th September 2018

    Poor Boy Rappers - Low Rider Rap

    When your original 1982 pressing is going for a grand on Discogs, it may well be time to consider a repress. Thus, for a limited time only, Poor Boy Rapper is no longer only available to Rich Boy Record Collectors. The track itself is a nice, LCR-mixed gem of 1980s narrative rap, with that classic, funky b-boy/girl rhythm.

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  • 14th September 2018

    12 Ensemble - Resurrection

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  • 14th September 2018

    Eyes of Love - End of The Game

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  • 14th September 2018

    Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal

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  • 14th September 2018

    Various - Studio One Freedom Sounds: Studio One In The 1960s

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  • 15th September 2018

    Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues

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  • 15th September 2018

    Mark McGuire - Vision Upon Purpose

    Great 90s style early day graphic design on this. This is the guy from Emeralds I mixed up with Steve Hauschildt last week. This is the one that does play guitar and makes stuff perfect to soundtrack an aerial helicopter-eye view of a golf course. Mastered by the genius that is James Plotkin. The album would be nothing....NOTHING...without him.  

    Due in: only 27 sleeps to go
  • 20th September 2018

    Saâda Bonaire - Saada Bonaire

    Due in: only 32 sleeps to go
  • 20th September 2018

    Takashi Kokubo - A Dream Sails Out To Sea (Get At The Wave)

    Though not many Japanese citizens would know him by name, Takashi Kokubo is one of the nation’s most-listened-to composers. This is due to the fact that, among commissions that include work for anime films and environmental music, he has also come up with both a well-known phone alert sound to warn people of imminent earthquakes and a common jingle that goes with contactless payments. Back in 1987 he composed a tie-in score to a high-end Sanyo air conditioner entitled Get At The Wave. The music - made with the intention of transporting the listener away from the domestic realm to a land of gentle breezes and palm trees - has since become a long-sought-after work of work of Balearic ambience. Here it is, repackaged with a new B-side, by Lag Records under the title A Dream Sails Out To Sea.

    Due in: only 32 sleeps to go
  • 20th September 2018

    Garage Class - Terminal Tokyo

    Terminal Tokyo was released as a single four years after it was originally recorded in 1980. Garage Class were amongst the underground pioneers of the DIY punk sound that helped to shape British music into the somewhat confused mess it is today. Grand. Available on vinyl 7", includes a JD Twitch edit, and reissued on Outer Reaches. 

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  • 21st September 2018

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Thuggin' EP

    Re-issue of marvellous 12" initially released ahead of the duo's debut album released back in those hazy days of 2012. Is this good? Of course it its. Its motherfeckin' unbelievable. Madlib's skills are almost unsurpassed in his field, it's as smooth as silk and Gibbs vocals cut in just the right way. This ain't no Snoop snoozeathon. He really worked on these rhymes and the music is smoky exotic brilliance. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Haiku Salut - Tricolore

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  • 21st September 2018

    Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band) - 1973

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  • 21st September 2018

    Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band) - Ball Of Eyes

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  • 21st September 2018

    Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band) - Placebo

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  • 21st September 2018

    Adrian Younge - Black Dynamite (Instrumentals / Original Motion Picture Score)

    Director Scott Sanders made 'Black Dynamite' as a parody of the Blaxploitation genre, about a spy on a mission to take revenge on his brother's murderer. The score was composed by Adrian Younge, and was his first ever release. Like Sanders' film, it's inspired by and sends up the music of Blaxploitation cinema, utilising synth, keyboards and organs as well as sax and soft percussion. 'Black Dynamite' shows that Younge has a firm understanding of the tropes that made this genre so prominent. On 'Black Dynamite (Instruments / Original Motion Picture Score)', Younge offers up the instrumentals that comprised the film's score.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 21st September 2018

    Haiku Salut - Etch and Etch Deep

    Don’t let the name fool you; Haiku Salut are neither French nor Japanese. Instead, they hail from Derbyshire. The tracks they make on Etch and Etch Deep combine a big stack of sounds grabbed from sources electronic and acoustic, with results that are both strange and highly tuneful. On How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Suede - The Blue Hour

    Well. They are back. David Bowie might be dead but Suede are still alive right? So everything is ok. This one follows on fairly swiftly from their successful 'comeback' LP 'Night Thoughts' and shares the line up with their classic 'Coming Up' record. Expect a lot of wrought songs about being outsiders in suburbia and wandering around the city feeling a bit isolated. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows The Light

    In his Mutual Benefit guise, NYC singer-songwriter Jordan Lee has recorded with artists like Julie Byrne and covered Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day in full. Safe to say that you can go into his latest full-length Thunder Follows The Light expecting a light touch. Lee weaves ten spare, spectral pieces here, lightly dappling his time-worn voice-and-guitar combo with synths and orchestral instruments in a manner that recalls Sufjan StevensCarrie And Lowell.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Blinders - Columbia

    Energetic, goth-tinged Yorkshire three-piece The Blinders take their influences from great lyricists, poets and writers such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, John Lennon, Rimbaud, Allen Ginsberg, George Orwell and William Burroughs, but also count Charles Manson and the devil among their influences. Their debut album, Columbia, therefore, is a bit different to the run-of-the-mill indie bands around today. LP and CD on Modern Sky Entertainment.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983

    Prince presented himself to the world with consummate showmanship and an enigmatic persona that made his fans want to know even more about him. Piano & A Microphone gives fans a insight into his inspiration and songwriting process. Taken from a home-recorded cassette in dating from 1983, this album features Prince playing early versions of classics such as Purple Rain and Strange Relationship, along with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’. Available as an LP and CD package presented in a hardback book, vinyl LP and CD on Warner Bros.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Villagers - The Art Of Pretending To Swim

    The return of ol' wobble voice, Conor O' Brien has sat and made this latest Villagers record all by himself in his Dublin studio. Despite this lonesome pursuit, it's an album that adds all kinds of sonic detail and soulfulness to his songwriting resulting in possibly his most accessible music to date. There's an indie's only red vinyl version that comes with a bonus 10" (whilst stocks last of course).  

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Brocker Way - Wild Wild Country - Original Music From The Netflix Documentary Series

    Can’t help but feeling that Wild Wild Country, the popular documentary series to which this is the soundtrack, might be titled with Bill Callahan in mind, especially given that Bill’s occasional percussionist Neal Morgan is involved. Brocker Way has done an excellent job in accompanying and expressing the positions of the show’s interviewees, but you’ll love this music whether you know the original context or not. Out from Western Vinyl.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Black Honey - Black Honey

    The press release for the eponymous debut LP by Black Honey begins by claiming that there’s no band around who’s quite like this Brighton quartet, but in the following paragraph it name-checks Garbage, Lana Del Rey and David Lynch. That just about sums up this one. Black Honey are cool and they and know it.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Louis Cole - Time

    Uptown Funk? Nah thanks, Louis Cole has got you covered for all you infectiously groovy disco funk jams, with an added sprinkle of odd and playful (Brainfeeder ready). Having gained admiration from the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Flying Lotus he is now releasing his first full length on Brainfeeder. Features tracks with Thundercat, Genevieve Artadi, and Brad Mehldau.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Durutti Column - M24J (Anthology)

    The Durutti Column were Tony Wilson’s first signing to Factory Records, and remained an understated constant throughout the label’s existence and beyond. Vini Reilly’s minimal, mostly instrumental arrangements, fluid guitar playing and gentle introversion were an atypical product of post punk, but in retrospect seem to prefigure much in indie and post rock. Over the years Reilly moved from the the drumbox austerity of notoriously sandpaper-sleeved debut The Return of… to incorporate everything from classical elements to soul samples alongside his instantly recognisable playing.

    If you only know Reilly from his work on Morrissey’s Viva Hate, or the few occasions his work made an impact beyond cult status, this double retrospective is a fine overview.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Gazelle Twin - Pastoral

    Gazelle Twin is an artist, musician, and uh.. Adidas model? Her new album Pastoral continues the fascination the current wave of English psychedelic musicians has with the English countryside and the rot within. These tales are told through twisted electronics and Gazelle Twin's own mangled vocals. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Declining Winter - Belmont Slope

    No one evokes the emotional atmospheres of the North quite like Richard Adams, so thank god he's made Belmont Slope, a musical fable about the M62. Mysterious and muffled, he returns with his Declining Winter moniker to detail further secrets hiding in the Yorkshire soil. If it's anything like the magnificent Home for Lost Souls, it should deliver intimate pop gems influenced by his favourite stay-at-home songwriters -- while occasionally reaching for the expanse of old band Hood.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Christine and The Queens - Chris

    Héloïse Letissier is back with a new album as Christine and The Queens! The French singer-songwriter now gives us 'Chris' as the follow-up album to 2014's 'Chaleur Humaine' which took France by storm and sold shedloads (millions, actually) just about everywhere else; including here at your humble Norman, in an expanded UK version in 2016. As before, the record is available in both French and English versions. It looks like Héloïse is fast becoming an icon of our times. Available an English double LP, a French 2x LP, a double CD and a super huge boxset of all the versions and a poster! On Because Music.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Ramones - Road To Ruin

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  • 21st September 2018

    Colored Music - Colored Music

    Japanese duo, Colored Music’s 1981 debut is for fans of weird and obscure music. Their sound is utterly their own, however, if you imagine David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy spliced with the work of Japanese electronic pioneer Haruomi Hosono, it may give you an insight into their world of spacey new wave, weird disco, avant-garde synth pop, proto-house and post-punk glam. Interested? LP and CD on WRWTFWW Records.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Lonnie Holley - MITH

    The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild drums, blasting horns, and always his own distinct piano improvisations. From the music to its lyrics, this is vital.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Retiree - House Or Home

    After a couple of singles away from Rhythm Section Intl, Australia’s Retiree return with their debut album, House Or Home. The three-piece have honed their disparate influences to make coherent and credible ‘80s influenced pop with yearning vocals, glacial synth washes and occasional, understated guitar. LP on Rhythm Section Intl.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    BEAK> - >>>

    Beak’s third album, >>>, follows on from > and >>. Does this show a lot or very little imagination when it comes to naming albums? Anyway, the classy electronic three-piece who are led by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow have taken another step forward and their sound grows along with the stages they’re invited to play on. LP and CD on Invada.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Field Works - Metaphonics: The Complete Field Works Recordings

    Loads of artists club together with a luxury release dedicated to the found sound archives of Stuart Hyatt. The seven LPs in this box set all take Hyatt’s field recordings as starting points from which to build rich and varied song cycles. The list of contributors to Metaphonics: The Complete Field Works Recordings reads like a ‘who’s-who’ of the current alternative musical landscape. Pantha Du Prince, Paul de Jong, Nick Zammuto, Visible Cloaks, Juana Molina ...

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Krikor Kouchian - Pacific Alley In Dub

    Krikor Kouchian returns to L.I.E.S. with dubbed and clubbed out remixes from his Pacific Alley album. To clarify, yes, this is dub techno, wit hall the reverb and bass that keeps you coming back. The bass lines are particularly endearing, all funky and sun drenched, but it's the ambience that surrounds them the keeps these tracks interesting.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Tentenko - Tentenko

    Kicking off new label Toothpaste Records is the latest effort from j-synthpop purveyor Tentenko. Half of experimental duo MikaTen and an ex-member of punkish, personnel-revolving BiS, she also already has quite the solo discography. But this is her first work released outside Japan, and shows well her knack for bashing out the j-pop hooks in an irreverent, rather messy manner.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    MC5 - Total Assault

    Get ready for a Total Assault! Available as a triple LP box set for the first time -- on red, white and blue vinyl -- are the band MC5's first three studio albums.  Their incendiary debut 'Kick Out The Jams' is presented on red vinyl; 'Back In The USA' is coloured white and 'High Time' on blue vinyl. The sleeves are faithful recreations of the original releases and are housed in a heavyweight protective slipcase with new artwork and previously unavailable photography by Raeanne Rubenstein. Plus, a new essay by Jaan Uhelszki. On Rhino.

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  • 21st September 2018

    Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms

    Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until now. We also get the original 45-rpm version of the title track, remastered versions of all the cuts and an interview with bandleader James ‘Plunky’ Branch in the sleeve.

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  • 21st September 2018

    The Field - Infinite Moment

    Hope is something we could do with in 2018. Axel Willner AKA The Field had been toying with various new ideas for his sixth full length album before realising perhaps that we could do with an album that is warm and comforting. Therefore 'Infinite Moment' is hued with a rich gauze of straight to the heart electronics to soothe your mind in troubled times.  

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Various - Sichten 1

    Raster-Noton folded in 2017 with the Raster label taking its place. In its short life the new imprint has already dropped killer selections from Belief Defect and Robert Lippok. Now Raster kick off a new series, Sichten, that allows label favourites to collate albums of left-field electronic music. Frank Bretschneider - an artist who had several releases on Raster-Noton back in the day - oversees the first lot. On Sicthen 1 he gets eighteen tracks out of six artists that include Benjamin Brunn and Zavoloka.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Alvin Lucier - Illuminated By The Moon

    Beloved experimentalist and drone pioneer Alvin Lucifer certainly deserves to have a birthday as much as any of us. This Black Truffle reissue captures the joyful happenings of his 85th birthday, which was celebrated in Zurich back in 2013. This massive boxset collects four live LPs alongside a booklet of info and friendly testimony. A great place to get to know the legend himself, Illustrated By the Moon includes performances of his most legendary work, including the groundbreaking musical brainscratcher "I Am Sitting In A Room". 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Sha La Das - Love In The Wind

    Something of a Daptone Records love-in here. The Sha La Das are three Staten Island brothers (surname Schalda, hence the moniker of the group) who grew up singing backing harmonies for their dad Bill, himself a one-time member of 1960s doo-wop group The Montereys. When Menahan Street Band founder Thomas Brenneck got wind of their talent, he teamed up with Bill to write the eleven instant Daptone classics that make up Love In The Wind. Bill and his sons are backed by the MSB here, the group that anchored the late Charles Bradley.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Denzel Curry - TA13OO

    The press release for Denzel Curry’s long-awaited third LP TA1300 (pronounced ‘Taboo’, though you could probably get away with calling it ‘Tattoo’) is written in all-caps. It’s fitting considering that, once this record is on, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. Curry marries the hyphy nu-skool styles of Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Ferg et al with an ability to a c t u a l l y s p i t b a r s that places him in the noble southern tradition of Outkast and Killer Mike. The beats are gnarled things that bear a clear Horrorcore influence, and Curry also makes sure everyone knows that he likes Marilyn Manson.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Felt - Me And A Monkey On The Moon

    The final Felt album saw the band go out on a rather sombre and perhaps disjointed note on an album that somewhat lacked the distinctive creativity of their previous work. That said it shows a hitherto unseen maturity with a slight country-ish feel and is notable by the appearance of pedal steel player B J Cole. 

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  • 21st September 2018

    Felt - Train Above The City

    Possibly one of the strangest albums ever made in that Felt leader Lawrence is nowhere to be seen and instead of their usual arty indie-pop you get an album of jazzy instrumentals composed by keyboardist Martin Duffy and drummer Gary Ainge. Musically it bears no resemblance to anything else they've ever done but still fits in with Felt's ethic of being....just a bit different from other indie bands of the era. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Felt - The Pictorial Jackson Review

    The Pictorial Jackson Review is not only brilliantly titled but is one of the best of the latter day Felt records. It's full of wonderfully brief tunes which more often than not sound comically in thrall to Bob Dylan. Try listening to How Spook Got Her Man without thinking of the grizzled troubadour. 

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  • 21st September 2018

    Felt - Poem Of The River

    For anyone that thinks all the best Felt stuff came in the first part of their career you need to hear Poem of the River. This is a glorious low key album full of glistening guitars and Lawrence's whispered vocals. Six lovely songs including career highlights Stained Glass Windows in the Sky and Dark Red Birds. Utterly essential.  

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Felt - Forever Breathes The Lonely Word

    The first Felt album for Creation and the first not to feature guitar wizard Maurice Deebank. Forever Breathes the Lonely Word is kind of a bridge album between their old sound and the lighter more varied work in the second half of the eighties. As a result of Deebank's departure Martin Duffy's organ takes centre stage, wandering all over the place.   

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Metric - Art of Doubt

    Big Band Metric release their new collection of Big riffs and smooth vocals on a collection of 12 songs which is possibly the first record in 2018 to tap into the cultural and political anxiety. But are Metric going to be quashed by Trump etc? No they bloody well aren't.  Instead they've created the most Metric album yet. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Ayln - Rehtom

    Nous returns from the Ayln aisle with a new batch of juddering rhythm jobs in Rehtom. These newuns continue to subject Berlin minimal techno to adventurous extrapolation, with the metallic clattering of tumbling pots and pans, factory floor whirring and grumbling robot intestines scattering around the usual floor throbs.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Apple Boutique - Love Resistance

    Let's go back to 1987 and this rarity on Creation which featured the talents of Phil King (in literally every indie band of the era) and John Mohan who was only in Felt and the Servants. They are named after a Felt song and were tipped for great things after their one single. None of this happened and they've had to wait until 2018 for Optic Nerve to feel the time was right for a re-issue. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Siddeleys - What Went Wrong This Time?

    As if in a dream I walked into the recent Sarah Records showcase at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and there in front of me was a man in a The Siddeleys t-shirt. Having only released two singles and a Peel session they are only just barely remembered even by obsessives of the scene like me. Here is their debut single re-pressed for 2018s audience which is presumably almost exactly the same as their 1987 audience. 

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  • 21st September 2018

    Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol 1

    While Richard Reed Parry has previously explored neoclassical textures, Quiet River of Dust Vol 1 sees him move into exquisite songcraft matching Beach Boys harmonies with electronic pulses and songs culled from both the British and Japanese folk tradition. He's also a member of twenty plus-headed stadium rock beast Arcade Fire which should help his solo works find a deserved audience. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Joyce Manor - Million Dollars To Kill Me

    One of the best bands to emerge in the recent revival of Good Old-Fashioned Proper Emo, Joyce Manor’s fifth LP sees the group take the big leap into adulthood. The songwriting on Million Dollars To Kill Me is more mature, more considered, and wiser than anything they’ve released previously. Even among their eloquent and impassioned contemporaries - Martha, Joanna Gruesome, Mitski - Joyce Manor stand out.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Mountain Man - Magic Ship

    In this, the age of instant content, an eight year gap between album can prove utterly deadly. Fortunately for us Mountain Man were able to survive such a gulf to bring us Magic Ship. As on their debut, this is an album which celebrates not just the voice, but voices. The genius of Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso), Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig lies in the control of their own voices, and their awareness of their bandmates'.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    XTC - Skylarking

    Now the stuff of legend, XTC were holed up with eccentric producer Todd Rundgren for this 1986 album in which band and producer battled, sniped and argued throughout. You'd never guess listening to the more pastoral parts of the record and despite what the band think, it's a really great album. This version is the reverse polarity edition which sorted out some of the original album's sound issues. Also includes notorious US hit 'Dear God' which was inexplicably left off the original album.  

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    XTC - Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol II)

    Thank the lord the mooted double Apple Venus album was split into two and therefore the magnificent Apple Venus Vol 1 could stand on it's own two feet. Wasp Star was a more muscular, guitar orientated XTC album but lacks the colour provided by the departed Dave Gregory's guitar playing and arrangements. A good album but always trails slightly in the wake to it's predecessor. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    XTC - Apple Venus Vol. I

    Not many bands release their finest album 20+ years into their career but XTC aren't really like other bands. After a long lay off whilst they were in a contract dispute with Virgin, the band returned in 1999 with this stunning collection of pastoral and orchestrated pop music. Great throughout, the final three songs are the best of their career. Surely this is Swindon's answer to Pet Sounds. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Various - Spectral 139

    Spectral Sound are turning 18! And to celebrate their newfound ability to legally purchase pints, they’re releasing a fantastic sampler covering a wide range of genres, from dub to techno to acidic funk. Spectral 139 features tracks by Matrixxman, Gunnar Haslam, Nigil Caenaan, and Minimal Violence and will show you exactly what today's youngsters are putting on their dancing shoes for. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Sobrenadar - Y

    Active for over a decade in her native Argentina, Sobrenadar aka Paula García now enjoys an international release for the first time through Sonic Cathedral following a successful collaboration with Jefre-Cantu Ledesma. Demonstrating García’s talent for dreamy dream-pop of the dreamy kind, this album combines two previously self-released EPs, hence the title Y (“And”).

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Bad Sav - Bad Sav

    Featuring half the line-up of Death and the Maiden, and borrowing a drummer from Shifting Sands, Bad Sav is a noisy, shoegazy affair. The New Zealand trio has opened up a can of Whirr, added a pinch of Pity Sex, and sauced up a sweet self-titled debut of noise. LIYL Swervedriver, Kindling, or gherkins.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Shifters - Have A Cunning Plan

    A big part of any Australian indierock band is making sure you don't care too much about things. The Shifters nailed that part, but got their act together just enough to produce a hi-fi full-length debut. And we’re happy for it. Have a Cunning Plan boasts a bunch of rattling indierock jams, just in time for your Indian Summer.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Thee Headcoats - In Tweed We Trust

    Irreverent underground trio Thee Headcoats, one of the bands fronted by Kentish amateurist yelper, multimedia artist and wearer of impressive moustache Billy Childish, enjoys a reissue of its punkish, naughty 1996 record In Tweed We Trust. The songs sound as if they were recorded down a potato-powered telephone, and are all the better for it.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Sneers - Heaven Will Rescue Us, We’re the Scum, We’re in the Sun

    Sinister goth-psych duo Sneers are at it again with their voluptuous, pensive titles, energetic vocal catharsis and religious imagery. On their third outing here, they’re joined by Kristof Hahn of Swans and Pere Ubu, who contributes lapsteel guitar to the proceedings. Dark stuff with fiery swellings of noisy guitar, drums and intense lyrics.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Indi - Precipice

    Captain, we have multiple Björk comparisons incoming! Yes, this be New Zealand’s Indira Force aka Indi readying Precipice, her debut album of eerie, folk-tinged electro-pop for veteran label Flying Nun Records. Unsettling and elegant imagery runs through these tunes, whose skittering electronic rhythms and soaked strings create a glistening, intimate texture.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Juan Hidalgo - Rrose Sélavy

    Originally released in 1977, the late Juan Hidalgo’s Rrose Sélavy gets the reissue treatment from Discos Transgénero. The work is a queer examination of the role of language in socially constructing and maintaining gender roles. As a composition, it expresses this with the analogy of a musical language and then gets to work disrupting compositional norms. A lullabyish, disorientatingly unpredictable sequence on the celesta is gradually accompanied by more and more layers of instruments and textures.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Andreolina - An Island In The Moon

    Reissue of 1990s Italo-ambient minimalist charmer An Island in the Moon by Andreolina, portmanteau-tastic moniker of composers Pier Lugi Andreoni and Silvio Linardi. Besides piano and samples from Riccardo Sinigaglia on a couple of tracks, it’s all just a pair of synths and a Roland S50, resulting in light, fluid, melodic and very expressive works.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Geld - Perfect Texture

    London’s Static Shock Records serves up some full-on hardcore psych-punk from Melbourne. It’s fearsome four-piece Geld, in hot pursuit of that Perfect Texture. They've a satisfying sound here, with furious yapping-dog vocals, cathartically filthy distortion on everything, wet pedal effects and occasionally quite cheesy lead guitar.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Cradle - Bag Of Holding

    What a fine collection of bric-a-brac: bones, miscellaneous netting and shards of rusty metal. What more could you ever ask for? Bag Of Holding is the latest release from The Cradle. Here are nine tracks glued together with all manor of musical elements from pop to orchestral. Available on vinyl LP and released on NNA Tapes. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    El Deux + Martin Kraft - Nur Fur Madchen

    Swiss duo El Deux (Gutze Gautschi and Steno Onetz of Frische Farbe) hooked up with Swiss solo Martin Kraft in 1981 and made this album. Bad luck if you don’t identify as female, because this one’s Nur Für Mädchen. The 1980s crate-diggers over at Dark Entries Records have exhumed the old Deutsche new wave-esque synthpop sparkler and thrown in an additional song for good measure.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Muscle Barbie - Muscle Barbie

    This self-titled full length from Muscle Barbie is the band's second release and promises more of the same from their first release on tape All Your Stuff. This release has been described as being super super limited, so if you want one you need to act fast! Again, only available on vinyl LP, and released on Harbinger Sound. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Sudden Infant - Buddhist Nihilism

    How could I not reference the press release here? "SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin". How bad-ass does that make this band sound? Buddhist Nihilism is the latest release from SUDDEN INFANT and contains 12 explosive tracks that, like the records before this (see Radiorgasm and Wolfi's Nightmare in particular) combine over 25 years worth of industrial music experience. Available on vinyl LP and CD, and released on Harbinger Sound. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Consumer Electronics - The Weight / Hostility Blues

    I’ve probably never heard anything quite so terrifying on vinyl. Consumer Electronics has found the shortcut to my nightmares, easily surpassing my old USSR pressing of Alfred Schnittke’s third symphony. If you ever want to run a 'scared straight' anti-drug campaign on your friends, The Weight / Hostility Blues is the way to go. Expect more distorted synths than Merzbow, more crazed screams than MSI, and three to six days of insomnia. 

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Carrie Cleveland - Looking Up: The Complete Works

    Carrie Cleveland’s 1978 LP Looking Up is catnip to record collectors and connoisseurs. Recording alongside her husband in their home studio, Cleveland is a poised and charismatic presence atop instrumentals that range from swooning soul (‘Take A Moment’) to dancefloor boogie (the acclaimed ‘Love Will Set You Free’). Original copies are hard to source - just 1000 were pressed on first release - so Kalita Records have done the decent thing and reissued the album. They’ve expanded the original Looking Up package with rarities and detailed liner notes.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Various - The Man With The Iron Fists

    As one might expect from a film co-written and directed by RZA, The Man With The Iron Fists comes with a pretty mighty soundtrack. RZA produces many of the beats here - the rest are handled by, among others, Isaac Hayes and BADBADNOTGOOD - and the whole thing generally oozes that special brand of class that one only gets from Wu-Tang joints. The list of vocalists on this thing is frankly ridiculous - Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Pharaohe Monch, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs...

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Domenique Dumont - Miniatures De Auto Rhythm

    After going all quiet since 2015’s debut EP Comme CaDomenique Dumont cropped up on 2017’s Antinote celebration Five Years Of Loving Notes. Fans will be pleased to find out that, rather than being a drop in the ocean, that appearance was merely setting the scene for a new record. Miniatures De Auto Rhythm may be the work of a solo French producer, a Latvian duo, or both/neither. No-one’s really sure. Either way, it’s a charming record of hypnagogic pop in the Ariel Pink/Toro Y Moi mode.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Lurka - Heat Mover / Battery

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    The Dap-Kings - Tear It Down (feat. Sharon Jones) / The Collection Song

    Soul singer extraordinaire Sharon Jones may have passed away in 2016, but her band The Dap-Kings are still going strong. This Daptone single ushers the instrumentalists into the spotlight. ‘Tear It Down’, which features some vocals from Jones, is a hard-bitten number in the vein of Bobby Bland’s ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’. This comes backed with fan-favourite ‘The Collection Song’.

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 21st September 2018

    Jeff Majors - For Us All (Yoka Boka)

    Due in: only 33 sleeps to go
  • 24th September 2018

    Misfits - Famous Monsters

    Misfits had been around for over two decades by the time their fifth LP Famous Monsters came out, but despite their age the east coast crew still knew how to write a slamming tune better than many of their imitators. They display that ability time and again here. Michale Graves, on vocal duties for the second album running following the departure of Glenn Danzig, leads the merry rabble through a full set of campy horror-punk bangers.

    Due in: only 36 sleeps to go
  • 27th September 2018

    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Music For Nine Postcards

    Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneer of environmental music, parallel to Eno, Yoshimura created ambient music to fit with physical spaces, music to be in and live through. ...Nine Postcards is simply keyboard and rhodes played sweetly and softly. First vinyl reissue since its original release in 1982 with full reproduction of original artwork and sleeve plus new liner notes. For fans of Brian Eno’s ambient works.

    Due in: only 39 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Stereolab - Aluminum Tunes

    This is the third in the series of three Stereolab singles compilations that have now been re-issued on clear vinyl LPs. It covers the years 1995-1998 and rounds up all the EPs and split singles and compilations the band produced. They were very prolific indeed and also ahead of the time. Everyone does kraut-pop now but Stereolab were one of the main innovators during the first wave of bands influenced by your classic Germans. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    The House Of Love - The House Of Love

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary, it's time once again to delve back into the House of Love's self titled debut which remains a high water mark of their career. In 2012 we got a 3CD set but now Cherry Red have managed to swell it out to a 5CD set with even more non album, session and live tracks. But it's the original album you need which has also been spread over a double LP for maximum impact. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Silver Jews - American Water

    Is American Water different from UK water?  Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We miss him!

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Stereolab - Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Vol. 2)

    2LP clear vinyl re-press of this compilation of early singles and rarities from the now pretty legendary kraut poppers. The compilation charts the bands growth in their early years and contains some of their classic recordings such 'French Disko' 'John Cage Bubblegum' and 'La Boob Oscillator'. Ha! I said 'boob'. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Stereolab - Switched On

    Way early (1992) compilation release of even earlier Stereolab material: in fact, this is the very earliest Stereolab material there is. Switched On compiles the Super 45 EP, the Super-Electric EP, and the Stunning Debut Album 7”, and for all those rarities this is a pretty handsome price. Man, what a great band.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Anthonio - Annie

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Simigwa - Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Amber Arcades - European Heartbreak

    Dutch native Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades) is a bastion of dreamy psych-pop, her sweet vocals floating peacefully over '60s-inspired twanging guitars, driving beats and jazzy horns ('Simple Song'). It's as contemplative as it is exciting, with light-footed synths peppering a deeply cinematic record. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Hater - Siesta

    Despite their name Hater are quite the romantics at heart. The Scandinavian four piece play heart-on-sleeve indie rock with memorable melodies, chiming guitars and just a bit of synth haze.  A perfect summer soundtrack that has led them to be compared to the Chills, Snail Mail and the Concretes

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    The Joy Formidable - AAARTH

    Welsh power-trio The Joy Formidable follow-up 2016’s Hitch with their fourth LP. AAARTH is arguably the band's most full-blooded release to date. Songs such as 'Dance Of The Locust' and 'The Wrong Side' are full of bombastic guitar lines, cinematic strings and some show-stopping loud-quiet-low moments. Genre-wise it sits somewhere between Biffy Clyro, Jack White and St. Vincent. Out via Full Time Hobby sub-label Hassle (Tubelord, Lonely The Brave).

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Technical Space Composer's Crew - Canaxis 5

    Back in the early days of Can, Holger Czukay was involved in a some other groups while also playing in the band. One was the Technical Space Composer’s Crew, a project with Rolf Dammers that was inspired by Czukay’s studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Originally released in 1969 - the same year as Can’s debut LP Monster Movie - Canaxis 5 sees the duo expand on the concrete techniques of Stockhausen. Strange radio incantations and static interference flit around Czukay’s bass playing on this eerie record.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle

    Originally dropped in 1982, this meeting of minds now gets a reissue courtesy of Grönland. The minds behind Full Circle would have been quite the super-group at the time of the initial release - Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit were on hiatus from Can, and Jah Wobble had only recently left Public Image Ltd. As one might expect, this is an upstart mixture of Krautrock, dub and groove-punk. Good clean fun.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Holger Czukay - Movies

    Holger Czukay's classic solo LP Movies from 1979 gets a timely reissue from Grönland and it's a lovely, crisp re-press of the remastered edition the label graced us with two years ago. A future-jazz masterpiece, the record includes the wonderful 'Cool In The Pool' (very welcome!) and the experimental pop-with-synth-workout 'Oh Lord Give Us More Money'. Czukay channels the funk of Chic and the cool of Steely Dan; 'Persian Love' yearns forlornly and the fifteen-minute-plus 'Hollywood Symphony' rollicks along over a rubbery, unstoppable groove.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Joe Strummer - Joe Strummer 001

    A veritable feast for fans of late Clash legend Joe Strummer here. Joe Strummer 001 actually doesn’t feature any of his recordings with the trailblazing group. Instead the focus is on his solo material - all of his LPs feature here along with some soundtrack work and unreleased wares - and his time with The Mescaleros and The 101ers. Several lavish packages are available including a box-set full of goodies.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes

    The eighth LP from Marissa Nadler arrives courtesy of Sacred Bones. While this record may feature contributions from Angel Olsen, Mary Lattimore, Kristin Kontrol and Sharon Van Etten, their parts only ever act as augmentations to Nadler’s beguiling songs. The eleven tracks of For My Crimes cover ground between Murder Ballads-y gallows-song (the title track) to a sort of heartland-grunge hybrid (‘Blue Vapor’).

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Haruomi Hosono - Hosono House

    The Haruomi Hosono reissue train rolls on with a new pressing of his 1973 debut solo LP courtesy of Light In The Attic. For Hosono House the Yellow Magic Orchestra architect claims to have been going for a Music From Big Pink kind of thing, and the plethora of steady rockin’ grooves testify to that. However, this being HH, there is an element of cerebral surreality that lends the record an odd charm.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Haruomi Hosono - Cochin Moon

    Cochin Moon is Haruomi Hosono’s 5th solo album, inspired by a trip to India and set as the soundtrack to a non-existent Bollywood film. The record was originally released in 1978 and as such was massively ahead of its time with its manic electronic instrumentation. FFO Cluster, Aphex Twin. Artwork was provided by Tadanori Yokoo.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Correlations - Aftermath

    Dense and foreboding electronica from Correlations. On Aftermath, Neil Hale, with the help of Toydrum's Pablo Clements, and The Simonsound's Simon James, creates volatile and jagged walls of noise that are channelled into something cinematic. Only the second ever vinyl release from Spun Out of Control

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Steve Nolan - Sodium Party

    Steve Nolan used to play with industrial rockers In Dust, but right here he is operating solo, providing the score to an indie film named Sodium Party. This is far from industrial or rock: rather, the tracks here are sweeping synth-orchestral works, semi-ambient and totally cinematic. Originally released as a cassette in an edition of 100 copies and now available on vinyl.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen)

    Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen) contains four tracks from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' sublime Danish gig in October 2017. One track is from their most recent Skeleton Tree album whilst the other three come from elsewhere in the band’s illustrious back catalogue. 12” single on Bad Seeds Ltd.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Mudhoney - Digital Garbage

    Apparently, Mark Arm wanted to write an album with lyrics akin to early Beach Boys records - a more holiday-ish vibe. The leader of Seattle grunge….can we still use the word grunge?....okay, garage rock legends, Mudhoney has instead decided that powerful social commentary suits their music better for new album Digital Garbage. Please Mr. Gunman and Next Mass Extinction both reference problems in America’s recent political and social history. LP, CD and Cassette on Sub Pop.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Remixes

    Parquet Courts album Wide Awake has been a big favourite of Norman staff and customers this year so Wide Awake Remixes should be of interest in our little world. This 12” features three tracks - one remixed by Danny Krivit who has remixed and re-edited for the likes of James Brown and Kraftwerk and two by Australian musician, Mikey Young. 12" on Rough Trade.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Aretha Franklin - The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970

    These double-editions from Atlantic/Rhino showcase some iconic tracks from an iconic performer. All bar one of these 34 singles (25 on the vinyl edition) are drawn from the first six LPs Aretha Franklin cut for Atlantic between 1967 and 1970 (the exception being her version of Elton John’s ‘Border Song’, released as a single in 1970 but found on the 1972 LP Young, Gifted And Black). They include stone-cold classics like ‘Respect’ and ‘Baby I Love You’ as well as barnstorming covers of The Beatles, Sam Cooke and The Band.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Exploded View - Obey

    It's the Sacred Bones! Live from Brooklyn this time we've Exploded View, a band formed of members based in Mexico City and Berlin. On Obey they investigate the role of authority not just in our lives, but within the band itself. They do so with a rock'n'roll drenched in noise and sludge, stumbling forward but never falling down.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Rick and Morty - The Rick and Morty Soundtrack

    Aww geez. Wubba lubba dub dub. Eek barba durkle. And so on. This Rick And Morty tie-in album was only a matter of time, given the popularity of the show and the general high quality of the soundtrack. Whatever format you buy the Rick And Morty Soundtrack on, you’ll be getting twenty-six tracks, eighteen of which are by Ryan Elder and others that range from the Blonde Redhead bit they use as the ‘Evil Morty’ theme to Belly and Mazzy Star, plus exclusive new tunes by clipping. and Chad VanGaalen.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    alt-J - REDUXER

    The Alty-Jays release an album that is set to be the best of their career to date, largely because it doesn’t feature all that much of their own music. Rather than being a new record from Image Of A Triangle, Reduxer is actually a collection of eleven ‘reinterpretations’ of tracks from the band’s third LP Relaxer. The fact that people like Danny Brown, Pusha T, The Alchemist and Little Simz are involved in Reduxer improves its chances considerably.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Illingsworth - You're No Fun

    Illingsworth AKA Dr. Illingsworth is an MC and hip-hop producer from Detroit, Michigan. You’re No Fun is his latest album. He is very prolific and his vast back catalogue has been released on Fat Beats Records, Low Key Source, 616800 Records and Illingsworks among others. This, however, comes courtesy of Mello Music Group, on LP and CD.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Jlin - Autobiography (Music from Wayne McGregor's Autobiography)

    Jlin continues her ascension into the pantheon of all-time greats with her score for Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography. It’s typically fervid work from the Gary, Indiana producer. The poise of her high-art, post-footwork style is even sharper than usual here. One can only imagine how riveting these pieces would be when wed to McGregor’s choreography, but the music alone will do just fine.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Tashi Wada With Yoshi Wada & Friends - FRKWYS Vol. 14 – Nue

    Yoshi Wada opened up experimental music to entire new ways of approaching structure and timbre; a player of bagpipes, band leader and sound designer, his work has been commanding and uncompromising. His son, Tashi Wada, is a composer in his own right, and the two have here collaborated on a record of explorations into the subliminal and subconscious potential of music. They're joined by an absolute belter of a lien-up, including Julia HolterCorey Fogel and Cole MGN. Get excited.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar

    Sometimes the easiest way to tell people that you're a guitar band is to just name yourselves after a Pixies song. Such is the case for hardcore Floridians Gouge Away, whose album goes fearless and reckless into a scorched-earth landscape. Produced by Jeremy Bolm of post-hxc band Touche Amore, the record takes turns angular and delicate, letting anger flow into vulnerability as if they were the same thing in this absolute mess of a year.

     

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Small Faces - Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (50th Anniversary Edition)

    They’re back. After fifty long years, they’re back. Those tiny men with the Small Faces. Their 1968 LP ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake doesn’t need an introduction. The Record With The Title That Is Bad sold truckloads on release and topped the charts for over a month. It contains the extremely popular and supremely irritating ‘Lazy Sunday’ and a load of other psych-rock fluff. These 50th anniversary editions have been remastered because that’s what you do nowadays.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    The KVB - Of Desire

    The second record from KVB does an excellent job mixing synthesizers and a bass-heavy rock throb with classic-style dramatic vocals. Of Desire could have emerged from one of the late 80’s finer bands. Made at Invada studios using some wonderful synths and released on Geoff Barrow's very own Invada label.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Blackfield - Open Mind - The Best Of Blackfield

    Long-serving rockers Blackfield issue a Best Of collection via Kscope. The band draw from a five-album discography for Open Mind, and the fifteen tunes here serve as a neat overview to the body of work Aviv Geffen and former Porcupine Tree member Steven Wilson have built up over the years. Though Blackfield’s music has taken in everything from chamber-pop to trip-hop down the years, all of their stuff has a strong whiff of The Bends/OK Computer-era Radiohead.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Rue Royale - In Parallel

    Rue Royale are a Nottingham based duo from both the UK and the USA and In Parallel is their latest release from their 10 year history of shows in dozens of countries and tracks released all over the world. With both the UK and USA experiencing some. . . urm. . . alt-right political issues, this record is a reflection of the times we live in. Released on Sinnbus and is available on vinyl LP and CD. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    epic45 - Through Broken Summer

    It's only a new record from Epic45, my favourite Staffordshire-based post-indie rock band. I can only imagine how beautiful Through Broken Summer will be if their other albums are to go by. You can already hear the calming, yet oddly satisfying sound permeating through your brain, melting your very core. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on Wayside & Woodland Recordings. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Thelonious Monk - Monk

    Don’t confuse this one with Thelonious Monk’s 1964 studio LP of the same name. This version of Monk is a previously-unreleased live recording taped a year earlier, in Copenhagen, for Danish radio. Along with a stellar band made up of Frankie Dunlop, Charlie Rouse and John Orr, this recording is yet another casual masterpiece from the late, great pianist. Contains a super version of 'Nutty'.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Lala Lala - The Lamb

    Unfortunately (or fortunately) nothing to do with La La Land, The Lamb is in fact the sophomore LP from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Lillie West’s Lala Lala project. West and her group do that sort of post-Deerhunter lo-fi grunge thing that the likes of Waxahatchee and Colleen Green also excel at. There’s real ache and passion to West’s lyrics that set Lala Lala apart. Out via Hardly Art (La Luz, Chastity Belt).

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Pixies - Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa

    Well there's no doubt that these are two of The Most Important Indie Rock Records Of All Time. Both are absolutely exceptional, in particular 'Surfer Rosa' which pretty much turned everything I knew on its head in my teenage years. 30 years after the event we get this luxury box set of both records plus a live show from the era. No new demos or whatever, but tasty and very collectable nonetheless.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Gunther Beckers - Walkman

    Trading for major money on Discogs (for original copies) and much less money on Normanogs (for the Music From Memory reissue), this 1982 LP from G. B. Beckers is a strange collection of art rock. The gentle, chorus-treated guitar parts hint at acts of like The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, but tracks such as ‘Vollmond’ are asides of heavily-treated experimental electronica.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    GØGGS - Pre Strike Sweep

    Pre Strike Sweep is nothing to do with Giggs and very much to do with Ty Segall. The uncouthly prolific fuzz-rocker plays back-up in GØGGS, noodling away on his axe while Ex-Cult bloke Chris Shaw deals with the yipping and yelping. Tunes like the title track do a good job of melding Ex-Cult’s hardcore thrash with Segall’s brand of psych-y garage-rock.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Tim Hecker - Konoyo

    Master sonic architect Tim Hecker returns to Kranky with an album which takes inspiration from conversations with a recently departed buddy. 'Konoyo' was mostly recorded in a Japanese temple just outside Tokyo in collaboration with gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso. Hecker manipulates their source sounds (strings, woodwinds, percussion) and re-shapes and sculpts the raw material into his own vision, focussing on negative space. The resulting sombre mood has a ritual/ceremonial weight - as though he were channelling communications from the great beyond.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Cypress Hill - Elephants On Acid

    Elephants On Acid. Eight years to name your record, and that’s what you come up with. Cypress Hill are old enough to know better. Anyway, the group’s ninth LP is … well, it’s Cypress Hill. There’s a lot of nasal shit-talking, a lot of bars about weed, and beats that don’t really care for none of that new stuff son thank you very much.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    One Eleven Heavy - Everything’s Better

    Everything’s better with a little deadpan sixties US boogie rock. So say James Toth (Wooden Wand) and Nick Mitchell Maitio (DSDV), joined by Dan Brown (Royal Tux), Ryan Jewell (Ryley Walker) and Hans Chew (His Golden Messenger) for their debut as One Eleven Heavy. A faithful reconstruction of the style with good feelings all-round.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    She Makes War - Brace For Impact

    Not to be confused with She Keeps Bees, She Makes War is the solo project of Bristolian singer-songwriter Laura Kidd. On Brace For Impact, the fourth SMW LP, Kidd comes through with a mixture of tender torch songs and sparky, passionate indie-rock. There’s both a grunge and a Britpop flavour to tracks like ‘Devastate Me’, which obviously wouldn’t have been allowed in the 90’s but is fine now.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Frost - Matters

    Matters is the debut album from Brighton based duo Johanna Bramli and Steve Lewis. Together as Frost they create an insistent and soothing electronic music in the same vein as Broadcast. Bramli's vocals have the same over-worldly quality that makes Julia Holter the titan she is, which pair wonderfully with the album's motorik grooves.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Various - Goosebumps – 25 Years Of Marina Records

    Who knew it was 25 years since Marina Records started releasing indie pop. Well it is. And to celebrate they've unleashed this 3LP or 2CD set of all their most important bits so you can celebrate in style. Contains tracks from the past present and future such as Shack, the Pale Fountains, the Pearlfishers, Paul Haig and many many more. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Mirrors For Psychic Warfare - I See What I Became

    Bearded, black-clad duo Mirrors for Psychic Warfare - that’s Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea) - return to Neurot Recordings with I See What I Became. In one of the mirrors, no doubt. The pair churn out a fairly wicked concoction of slow, instrumental hardcore doom with a very electronic sound - there’s even sidechaining in there. Beard EDM.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Mount Kimbie - Mount Kimbie DJ Kicks

    Mount Kimbie fans -- particularly for their selecting and mixing skills -- rejoice, for finally have !K7 got around to giving the duo a space in their hallowed DJ-Kicks series! Featuring a plethora of goodies from the likes of Severed Heads, Object Blue, Via App and an exclusive from the boys themselves of course, the seeds of the mix were sown when they toured with Actress across a run of six dates. A whole box of drums and textures on the CD (23 tracks, mixed) or 9 tracks on 2x vinyl LP of course, should you prefer. 

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Stereolab - Switched On Volumes 1-3

    Stereolab fans this is your CD treasure trove. You get the singles and rarities compilations Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], and Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3] all compiled onto a 4CD anthology on reverse board clam shell box with disks in individual card wallets and insert. An absolute mountain of kraut/pop goodness.  

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

    Inventive, trend-bending hip-pop soulsmith Janelle Monáe returns with a host of collaborators for Dirty Computer. Her first album in five years finds her celebrating the spectra of female sexuality with rubbery pop - some of which co-written by the late Prince himself. The album also hosts the dulcet tones of Brian Wilson, Zoë Kravitz, Grimes and Pharrell Williams.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Kode9 & Burial - FABRICLIVE 100

    Here endeth the lesson. The 100th and final edition of Fabric’s Fabriclive CD mix series comes courtesy of two artists who, perhaps above all others, have defined the sound of the London club since the turn of the millenium. Burial’s South London bleakscapes and Kode9’s Hyperdub label have spread their tentacles into nearly every facet of UK club music, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue that any of the other 99 Fabriclive mixes don’t bear their influence in one way or another. Now, as the series rounds out, the pair drop a 37-track mix that shows love to footwork, gqom, jungle, grime and everything in between. Not to be missed.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Takeo Moriyama - East Plants

    One of them there Japanese jazz reissues here. Takeo Moriyama’s 1983 LP East Plants isn’t a particularly famous record, but it’s held in high esteem by those who know their J-jazz onions. Moriyama is the drummer here, and his careful yet commanding kit work powers his group through a collection of slightly spiritual, slightly avant post-bop. Interestingly there’s no piano on this album - the melodic stuff is left to reeds, bass and tuned percussion.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Mike Simonetti - Solipsism (Collected Works 2006-2013)

    Between the years of 2006 and 2013 Mike Simonetti busied himself with co-running Italians Do It Better alongside Johnny Jewel. Despite spending a lot of his time planning release schedules for the likes of Chromatics and Glass Candy, Simonetti was able to get into the studio every now and then and lay down some tracks of his own. Solipsism collates these sleek, slow and sexy slices of Italo-Disco as ‘the nail in the coffin’ for Simonetti’s relationship with the label.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Yuri Urano - Autline

    Yet more club goodness from Central Processing Unit (BMX Krew, Paul Blackford) here. Yuri Urano’s style is a little more rough-and-ready than the buoyant electro fare the Sheffield label has become known for. Autline’s title track, for instance, is a clanging techno number that recalls Peder Mannerfelt’s ‘Equality Now’. Meanwhile ‘Pec’ is acid of a stronger strain than we usually find on a CPU drop.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 28th September 2018

    Fatima - And Yet It's All Love

    If there were any justice in the world, Fatima would be selling out stadiums and schmoozing at the Grammy’s. The Swedish singer’s 2014 debut LP Yellow Memories was a glorious neo-soul record that held eloquence, confession and groove in perfect equilibrium. Four years on, And Yet It’s All Love seems destined to repeat the trick. Fatima’s voice remains as vibrant as ever, and productions from Natureboy Flako, Purist, MNDSGN and more provide her with excellent counter-weights. Out, of course, on Eglo.

    Due in: only 40 sleeps to go
  • 29th September 2018

    Goblin - Profondo Rosso (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Due in: only 41 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Echo & The Bunnymen - The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

    Ian McCulloch and co. have never been timid or averse to grand gestures, so this album of “improved” studio re-recordings of past highlights is well within character. The track list hasn’t been disclosed at the time of writing, but is said to include some new songs alongside the reworked hits. It seems safe to say that if you’re in the market for something new by legendarily mouthy and self-confident northerners you could very easily do a lot worse. Available on double vinyl, CD and cassette.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Grant Kirkhope - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Grant Kirkhope - the video-game composer responsible for the music of Goldeneye and Banjo-Kazooie - served up a predictably zany soundtrack for Ubisoft’s 2014 game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The fully-orchestrated score draws strongly from Kirkhope’s previous work as well as Camille Saint-Saens’s beloved Carnival Of The Animals. It appears here as another lavish release from iam8bit - gatefold sleeve, actual fuzzy moustache (!) and paper character cutouts all come as standard.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Alexandra Stréliski - Inscape

    Alexandra Streliski is a composer and a pianist fully immersed into the structures and melancholy of the world of neoclassical music, delivering stately pieces of tender but powerfully affecting piano in both film soundtrack contexts and in her own original material. Inscape, her latest full-length, is a real journey. Out on Secret City.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Mueller_Roedelius - Imagori II

    The second collaborative LP between Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project) and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Harmonia, Cluster) drops via Grönland. Much like 2015’s Imagori, Imagori II is a collection of deep, patient downtempo electronica in the !K7/Kompakt mould. Guests include Miss Kenichi and, on ‘La Vie En Bleu’, Müller’s own daughter. Cute.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Black Merlin - DEF

    George Thompson is the man behind the mysterious Black Merlin project if you didn't know; mystique somewhat vaporised. Here he is for his first EP on Mannequin records, and it's a three-track thumper. Bringing the Noir to techno and the voodoo to the dance-floor once again, some manic bass-lines with unrepentant drones and pummelling kick-drums enter the fray, to slay. Great. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Youth Killed It - What's so Great, Britain?

    It’s easy to be cynical about bands like Youth Killed It. Yes their lyrics are a bit naff, and yes their Jack Penate/The Metros/The Holloways/Jamie T-Under-18s-Sunday-matinee-at-ULU vibe is somewhat behind the curve in 2018. But you know what? At least they do what they do with conviction. What’s So Great, Britain? - the follow-up to an LP called Modern Bollitics, which is an excellent thing to call your record - is a cheeky Inbetweeners-style lark.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Cat Power - Wanderer

    Cat Power celebrates the great blues tradition of transience on her first album in six years Wanderer. It was written over the course of a couple years during which she toured, and travelled, and played. Folk and blues are fundamentally collaborative genres and Wanderer is no different, featuring old friends, and a tour mate in Lana Del Rey.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Wild Cat Strike - Rhubarb Nostalgia

    Essentially Mumford & Sons but from Brighton, Rhubarb Nostalgia is the debut record from Wild Cat Strike. Thus, you can expect some British-style pop-folk on this record and it even brings together vocalists from other bands such as Delta Sleep and Tall Ships. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on Small Pond. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Matt Berry - Television Themes

    The Voice himself aka Matt Berry comes through with a typically zany collection. Along with his band The Maypoles, Berry has reinterpreted several of his favourite television themes - hence the LP being called ... Television Themes - from days of yore. ‘Blankety Blank’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Rainbow’ and more are reimagined in a library-ish style here. Naff as hell, but all the better for it.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Nathan Bowles - Plainly Mistaken

    Banjo player, Nathan Bowles, who has played with Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers and Pelt has assembled a band for the first time for his new album, Plainly Mistaken. Casey Toll of Mt. Moriah plays double bass whilst CAVE drummer Rex McMurry completes the three-piece. There are a few meditative solo pieces on show but the when the band get together they swing. Inspiration comes from places as diverse as the Appalachian tradition,  Julie Tippetts, Cousin Emmy and Silver Apples.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

    In-demand and accomplished live performer, Marie Davidson has a couple of records under her belt released on DFA. Davidson currently splits her time between her native Montreal and Berlin. Along with her solo work she is one half of electronic duo Essaie Pass with her partner Pierre Guerineau. Her latest album, Working Class Woman is released on Ninja Tune.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Kristin Hersh - Possible Dust Clouds

    Possible Dust Clouds is the tenth solo studio album from Throwing Muses leader Kristin Hersh. It’s an album of contrasts, dark and light, loud and quiet, chaos and calm. It’s her first for Fire Records and is being ‘bigged up’ as return to form, and we know the heights that form has reached in the past. LP and CD on Fire.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Invisible Minds - Make Up Your Own Stories

    No-one's sure who the person behind Invisible Minds is, but that hasn’t stopped them spiking in popularity since the release of debut single ‘Yo Mae Leh’ at the back-end of 2017. Now Moshi Moshi have gone and snapped up their debut LP. Make Up Your Own Stories is a varied listen - some tracks are relatively straightforward indie-pop in the mould of new-era Tame Impala, but others like ‘905 Users!’ are wacky beat experiments ala Iglooghost or Daedelus.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

    Fucked Up have pulled out all the stops to make, arguably, the album of their career with Dose Your Dreams. Whilst it kicks off in a familiar punk fashion, they then take unexpected turns into psychedelia, groove work-outs and even doo-wop before is brought to a close with a Krautrock epic. LP and CD on Merge.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 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 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    David August - D'Angelo

    David August has always felt an affinity to the parts of him that came from Palestrina in Italy. On D'Angelo he takes his first steps in exploring this feeling in public. Recorded in Italy (by necessity), the album is a muscular mixture of Balearic pop and darker sounds of the noir soundtrack. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Ralph Thomas - Eastern Standard Time

    What could be better than a happy mix of flute, baritone, alto and tenor saxophone and percussion? A large coke and a cheeseburger? Maybe. But still, baritone, alto AND tenor saxophones. Eastern Standard Time is the record from Ralph Thomas who is the mastermind behind this coming together of flute, a trio of saxophones and percussion. Available on a reissued vinyl LP (the original was *really* expensive or something) and CD. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Petite Noir - La Maison Noir / The Black House

    Three years on from the debut LP by Petite Noir we get a new mini-album/EP/whatever you call something that’s six tracks long these days courtesy of the one born Yannick Ilunga. La Maison Noir / The Black House is another ambitious project from the Cape Town-based artist. The smorgasbord sound of tunes like ‘Blame Fire’ recalls Troumaca and Jamie Woon. Guests include Rha! Rha!, Saul Williams and - returning the favour after Noir popped up on Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie

    The ‘Song For Zula’ singer (you’ll know it when you hear it) comes back with his first LP in a half-decade. Now that Justin Vernon is fully lost in the Kid A sauce, Matthew Houck’s guise positions him well to assume the mantle as the king of folkish indie. Judging by positive stuff that’s happened in his life since 2013’s Muchacho - he’s had some kids and left New York - and the upbeat strum of new Phosphorescent single ‘New Birth In New England’, Houck will be a more benevolent ruler than the furrowed-browed Vernon.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Gunship - Dark All Day

    Get a load of that album artwork. It’s not going to be a surprise for us to tell you that Dark All Day, the sophomore LP from GUNSHIP, has been mined from the same rich seam of retromania as recent artefacts like Ready Player One, Stranger Things and Drive. The funny thing is that, since they’re doing their John Carpenter thing with modern equipment, a lot of it ends up sounding quite EDM-y. There are even bits of spooky sparseness which recall Metro Boomin’s production for the Offset/21 Savage mixtape that dropped last Halloween, though this blurb writer will wager that might be unintentional.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples

    Rejoicing tears fill my eyes as the greatest psych rock band of our generation return from holiday. They put out a mini-LP a while ago but it simply wasn't enough, so on Masana Temples they go full blast again, continuing to mix and match stoner churn with ethereal distortion, anachronistic folk music and that ol' repetitive Krautrock stuff. All over the place but always captivating, Kikagaku Moyo do something inexplicable that others like them don't.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Molly Burch - First Flower

    This is the second album from Molly Burch following the success of her Please Be Mine album with its smoky jazz inflected vocals which led her to tour with Grizzly Bear, Courtney Barnett and others. Now with man friend in tow she returns to the scene with an album in which she delivers her most intimate thoughts, carefully composed with a seething anger just below the surface.   

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Crystal Jacqueline - Live

    A live album comprising an unauthorised bootleg from Sonic Rock Solstice Festival 2017, since reclaimed and cleaned up by Jacqueline Crystal and Icarus Peel themselves. Now fit for official release via the band’s frequent collaborators Mega Dodo, it’s a chance to hear their psych-folk ballads in a more raw and vulnerable setting.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Patrick Selinger - Businessmen

    1988 selection from Antwerp gets released by Belgium’s impressive Stroom imprint. Patrick Selinger didn’t make many records in his youth - it would appear that he gave up composing for piano-playing. That’s a shame, because if Businessmen is anything to go by then he had real talent. The title track is a piece of muted, foggy New Beat that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys on a comedown.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Windhand - Eternal Return

    Virginia rockers Windhand release their fourth LP via Relapse. It’s not often that you hear groups attempt to blend grunge, metal and psych-rock, but Windhand give it a good go on Eternal Return. The heavy riffs of tunes like ‘Grey Garden’ are pitched somewhere between Soundgarden, Sleep and Electric Wizard, while the vocals are equal parts Cobain and Hetfield. They often incorporate some nice melodic guitar playing into the tracks too.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Leifur James - A Louder Silence

    Late Night Tales offshoot imprint Night Time Stories issue the debut LP from Leifur James. Gilles Peterson is a fan of the young Londoner’s music, which is no surprise given that the kind of jazzy electronica that makes up A Louder Silence is catnip for the Brownswood boss. Tracks like ‘Red Sea’ and ‘Time’ are reminiscent of early Nicolas Jaar if he’d come up with the current crop of London jazzers like Nubya Garcia and Joe Armon-Jones.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Cursive - Vitriola

    Emo punks Cursive have passed the time since their inception writing about the difficulties of settling down and keeping the love you've found. Tim Kasher has effectively made it his life's work to expose, via shouting, the stresses of domestic living, and has also made some great, weird concept albums about relationships like The Ugly Organ. After a pithy dud in I Am Gemini, their 2012 rock 'n' roll monodrama, they return with Vitriola. An absolute classic Cursive album name, the record promises a return from founding drummer Clint Schnase, and considers (what else) the dystopia hellscape we're living in. It will no doubt be melodic, brash and all at once.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Adrianne Lenker - Abysskiss

    A collection of new and unforgotten songs from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. The songs on Abysskiss are much more intimate than those Lenker plays with her band, giving us a more complete vision of her abilities as a songwriter. The guitar playing is plaintive and tender, and her singing is warm and welcoming. On Saddle Creek.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    She Drew The Gun - Revolution Of Mind

    Big new album from Louisa Roach who uses the moniker She Drew the Gun to write songs that have a lineage in some of the great scouse bands of the past. The La's, the Coral are cited as influences but Roach brings a feminist queer-friendly energy to proceedings and is a new and unique name to add to Liverpool's rich history. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    The Other Years - The Other Years

    Kentucky duo The Other Years consists of Anna Krippenstapel (Joan Shelley, Freakwater) on fiddle and Heather Summers on guitar and banjo, with both singing. Their self-titled debut offers a charming and haunting suite of original songs alongside Michael Hurley’s ‘Wildgeeses’ and a few traditional renditions.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes

    Perfect Pitchfork-ready indie dreaming here from Madeline Kenney who has had her latest produced by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. She's previously been compared with Liz Phair and has worked extensively with Chaz Bear (Toro Y Moi). She's also getting ready to tour the UK and Europe just as soon as that 7.6 score comes in. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Swearin' - Fall Into the Sun

    Back after a two-year break-up, Swearin’ are releasing their first album in 5 years. Somewhere halfway between Wavves and Alvvays (but without v’s, for some reason) you’ll find Fall into the Sun. Come and get your fix of girl-fronted, clever and noisy indie-rock. Comes with a tiny hint of tasty self-deprication. 

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Television - Marquee Moon

    Well what else can you say about Marquee Moon? This sinewy punk-era album pretty much invented a sound which still influences hoards of young arty guitar slingers to this day. This Deluxe Audio edition features the original album plus an LP of bonus material which featured on the 2003 expanded CD version.  

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    Amish Boy - Laika Test Project

    We don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the Power Vacuum label since its inception in 2012, but if you haven’t then we suggest that you familiarise yourself post-haste. Amish Boy’s Laika Test Project is the twenty-first drop on the label, and like the other twenty it’s a brilliant collection of hardcore club fare. The six tunes here may be a smidge less abrasive than, say, the brain-melting industrialism of Oleka’s Ostentiferous, but Laika Test Project is still a punchy mix of raggacore, techno, grime and rave styles.

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 5th October 2018

    John Daly - Selections From "We Will Live Again"

    Due in: only 47 sleeps to go
  • 11th October 2018

    Various - Uneven Paths (Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 - 1991)

    Even by the standards of Music From Memory, this is an oddball. Label founder Jamie Tiller gets together with Parisian crate-digger Raphael Top-Secret to comb the annals of 80s/early 90s European music and find the weirdest stuff they can that still has a hint of a pop sensibility about it. Unsurprisingly, it’s a mixed bag - synthwave sits alongside avant-jazz; spoken-word pieces suddenly break out into Depeche Mode-style electro-pop; disco beats come topped with shoegaze atmospherics. A lot of fun to be had here.

    Due in: only 53 sleeps to go
  • 11th October 2018

    Silicon Teens - Music For Parties

    Ok then, Seemingly Endless Stream Of Reissues, what you got for me today? Another soul-jazz record that no-one bought the first time it came out? Some Cream demos? A set of previously-unreleased takes from The Old Grey Whistle Test? Go on, give me your best shot.

    Silicon Teens? Never heard of them. Must be rubbish.

    What’s that you say? They were a fake band manufactured by Mute boss Daniel Miller? He made all the music but got actors, including Francis Tovey aka Fad Gadget, to pretend to be the group in interviews? Music For Parties was the second-ever album released on Mute and kind of sounds like Devo?

    That’s pretty cool actually. I’ll give you this one, Seemingly Endless Stream Of Reissues. Nice work.

    Due in: only 53 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    A Certain Ratio - The Graveyard and The Ballroom

    The Graveyard and the Ballroom was the very first album released by A Certain Ratio. It was recorded by legendary producer Martin Hannett and shows the band in their beginning stages, starting to perfect the danceable post-punk that yielded true rewards on their follow up opus To Each. Re-issue on Mute. 

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Los Campesinos - Hold On Now Youngster

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

    Ah, Los Campesinos!. Early birds of the 2000s NME heartbreak-tweecore indie scene, their success with university freshers up and down the country was all but sealed. 2008’s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, albeit a subradar piece knocked out half a year after the previous album, contained many a fan hit of it of its own, especially the title track.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourites

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Apparat - The Devil’s Walk

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    VCMG - Ssss

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  • 12th October 2018

    Tom Odell - Jubilee Road

    Crooning posho Tom Odell limbers up for another chart-dominating year with his third LP Jubilee Road. The title track sounds nothing like Nick Cave’s late-period masterpiece ‘Jubilee Street’. In fact it’s more like closing-time Elton John. The rest of the album is that sort of thing you turn to whenever you’ve run out of Adele. We look forward to images of Odell chinking glasses with Marcus Mumford at the first post-Brexit Brit Awards.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Birdpen - There’s Something Wrong With Everything

    There’s Something Wrong With Everything by Birdpen is perhaps not the doom-laden title it initially appears to be. Whilst they do lament the state of the world that is piped into our living rooms via the TV, they suggest that you do something to find the positives and get out of the endless cycle of negativity because nothing’s perfect, there’s always something wrong with everything. LP and CD on Fintage House.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    John Grant - Love Is Magic

    John Grant feels that album-by-album his music is becoming a truer reflection of who he is. Judging by the cover of his 4th solo album, Love Is Magic, he’s really coming out of his shell. The former Czars frontman debuted with Queen Of Denmark, an album of sublime soft rock with unflinching and, at times, humorous lyrics. Since then his music has become increasingly more electronic and more experimental. His brutal and confessional lyrics remain.Love IS Magic was Produced in collaboration with Benge, AKA Ben Edwards from Wrangler who collaborated on the Creep Show project earlier in the year.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Jerry Paper - Like A Baby

    Of course it's not his real name. Jerry Paper is the alter ego of LA based songwriter and multi instrumentalist Lucas Nathan. This is his first record for Stones Trow following on from previous records on smaller imprints. It's lo-fi soul pop was co-produced by Matty Tavares (BadBadNotGood) and guest stars Weyes Blood and Alex Brettin (Mild High Club). 

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    David Bowie - Loving The Alien (1983 - 1988)

    The '80s was a notoriously hard period for David Bowie. His critical and commercial status waned as fans grew tired of his endless shape-shifting. It seems that not many people were, in fact, Loving The Alien. However, that’s not stopped Parlophone releasing these deluxe box-sets of his mid-80's output.  Loving The Alien (1983-1988) includes unreleased tracks, live takes, remixes, B-sides - in short, the lot. Maybe it's time to reappraise the age of the Glass Spider.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    The KVB - Only Now Forever

    While Invada have generally focused on soundtrack releases in the past couple of years they do still find time to plug new band fare every now and then. Their latest drop sees Berlin duo The KVB return to the label with new LP Only Now Forever. Mind you, the group’s mixture of Motorik grooves, psychy lyrics and synth-pop ... synths is cinematic enough that something from this record could easily crop up in a film sometime soon. Depeche Mode, obviously. New Order, obviously.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Goatman - Rhythms

    Have fun before the world ends (spoiler: it will be soon) with the debut album from Goatman. As the name suggests this is a man from sprawling Swedish collective Goat. The album is an exploration of the groove jumping across genres from jazz to psych to kraut rock. Like Goat it's hard to categorise but we can sum up with this....for fans of Goat.   

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    A Certain Ratio - acr:set

    Ever since he first did it, I can't get the memory of Ian shouting "A-C-R MAN-CHES-TAR" out my head whenever I see an A Certain Ratio record. acr:set,  a compilation of the band's work from the past four decades including their first new tracks since 2008, is for all the people who have ever yelled that earnestly.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Matthew Dear - Bunny

    Dear Matthew, thanks for releasing a new album. I don't know what it sounds like yet. I'm told that it's kinda moody and ominous which would certainly offset the fact that it's named Bunny, because rabbits are incredibly cute. I've also heard that Tegan and Sara feature on a track, which is easily the best news I've had all year. I'm sure this record will speak to your need to make a myriad different sounds all the time and in good avant-pop ways. Thanks XOX Norman.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Daniel Brandt - Channels

    Daniel Brandt (of arpeggio-techno krafters Brandt Brauer Frick) is back for another round of restless, jittery rhythms with Erased Tapes. Channels seems to follow on from last year’s Eternal Something, being of an acoustic-electronic hybrid tapestry of instruments (pianos, brass, bass, strings), synthesisers and prepared objects resulting in animated, melodically rich leftfield dance tunes.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Factory Floor - A Soundtrack For A Film

    Factory Floor are a band preoccupied mostly with the post-industrial world; with technology, with art's modernist mode -- with Futurism, in fact -- so it was almost inevitable that, if they were to create a film score it would be for something as visionary as Fritz Lang's forever lauded cinema masterpiece, the silent sci-fi classic Metropolis (1927). A brand new score, 'A Soundtrack To A Film' was first performed by Gabe and Nik at London's Science Museum last year and it's quite long -- 2.5 hours long -- hence the double-CD and 4xLP boxset variants (including colour vinyl). Can't wait to get stuck in to this.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters

    God help us all, he's back. Popular hedonist Connan Mockasin has probably been sleeping in his pillow fort for the last couple of years but he returns with more ineffable R&B tinged indie rock. Jassbusters is his third record and is apparently the prologue to a five-part film he's making, esoterically soundtracking this thing we don't yet know about. If you like Connan, you're probably fine without the context.

     

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Preacherman - Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits

    Tim Jones is one of those oddballs that you can neither imagine nor plan for. Back in the 1980s Jones performed in Las Vegas lounges under the name of Preacherman. He used to bring a wooden puppet on stage with him named T. J. Hustler, and the pair would engage in philosophical back-and-forths between the psychedelic funk numbers that Jones pounded out on a Hammond/Moog Frankensynth. Now Luaka Bop have snapped up some of the rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks Jones cut at the time for this compilation. These are highly idiosyncratic numbers that wed home-spun dance grooves to the simultaneously focussed and free-form musings of a singular mind. In Preacherman Plays T. J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits, the label may have another Who Is William Onyeabor? situation on their hands.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    Young Jesus - The Whole Thing Is Just There

    Los Angeles quartet Young Jesus have turned a few heads in recent times, particularly with 2017’s excellent eponymous record. Now less than a year on from that album we get this new six-song set. The Whole Thing Is Just There has a little more of an emo feel (we’re talking Desaparecidos rather than Fall Out Boy) than the last outing, but the alt-rock and indie stylings of Slint and Ought continue to apply some pressure.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 12th October 2018

    JEFF The Brotherhood - Magick Songs

    JEFF The Brotherhood with ALBUM the umpteenth here. Magick Songs is one of those bloody, y’know, records. Pavement, Ariel Pink, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. All in a blender. Whizz it up. There. Drink it all down. Nice sugary flavour. Makes you feel like summer. This Norman Records™ descriptions writer blames them for The Lemon Twigs.

    Due in: only 54 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Mastodon - Remission

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Novo Amor - Birthplace

    Welsh singer-songwriter Ali Meredith-Lacey aka Novo Amor came up in the post-’Skinny Love’ boom of the early 2010s. While his voice has plenty of the Bon Iver’s about it, his music has maintained an earthier feeling than the Kid A-ish tangents that Justin Vernon has gone off on recently. His latest record Birthplace anchors spare vocals in a pretty contemporary folk style that also has a little Sigur Ros about it. Ali’s clearly quite the environmentalist - these LPs are made from recycled vinyl, and the video for the eponymous first single depicts a diver floating through a devastated ocean reef. Can’t knock him for trying. Out via AllPoints (James Vincent McMorrow, Ciaran Lavery).

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Kiran Leonard - Western Culture

    The prolific Kiran Leonard returns to Moshi Moshi with a new LP. Western Culture sees him striking a balance between the home-taped maximalism of Bowler Hat Soup and Grapefruit and the emotive chamber-pop that characterised the more recent Derevaun Seraun. The record is given more meat by being the first one that Leonard has recorded with his live band. Dirty Projectors and Cinematic Orchestra spring to mind.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Illingsworth - You're No Fun

    Illingsworth AKA Dr. Illingsworth is an MC and hip-hop producer from Detroit, Michigan. You’re No Fun is his latest album. He is very prolific and his vast back catalogue has been released on Fat Beats Records, Low Key Source, 616800 Records and Illingsworks among others. This, however, comes courtesy of Mello Music Group, on LP and CD.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Minus The Bear - Fair Enough

    Minus The Bear bring their 17-year career to an end with the release of Fair Enough EP. Their career has seen them build up a cult following with six albums and at least two handfuls of singles and EPs. Their sound marries dark subject matter with a brand of indie rock that will get you up on your feet. LP and CD on Suicide Squeeze.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Yoko Ono - Warzone

    Warzone by 85 year-old Yoko Ono sees the avant-garde artist stripping back thirteen songs from her career between 1970-2009. The songs carried messages in their lyrics that seem all too relevant now. By stripping the instrumentation back, the lyrics come to the fore and her messages, sometime encouraging, sometimes cautious, are clearer than ever before. LP and Cd on Chimera Music.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Denzel Curry - TA13OO

    The press release for Denzel Curry’s long-awaited third LP TA1300 (pronounced ‘Taboo’, though you could probably get away with calling it ‘Tattoo’) is written in all-caps. It’s fitting considering that, once this record is on, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. Curry marries the hyphy nu-skool styles of Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Ferg et al with an ability to a c t u a l l y s p i t b a r s that places him in the noble southern tradition of Outkast and Killer Mike. The beats are gnarled things that bear a clear Horrorcore influence, and Curry also makes sure everyone knows that he likes Marilyn Manson.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    David Sylvian - Dead Bees On A Cake [Expanded Edition]

    Almost twenty years on from its 1999 release and David Sylvian’s Dead Bees On A Cake is still a contender for the best album-title of all time. The music’s not bad either. On his fifth solo LP, the former Japan frontman and Ryuichi Sakamoto collaborator opts for a breed of jazz-influenced folk-rock pitched somewhere between John Martyn and Tom Waits. This edition features four cuts that didn’t make the original track listing.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    FARAO - PURE-O

    Scandinavia has long been a rich source of inventive, soul-scouring, corrosively dark yet complex pop; here's Farao with her sophomore LP 'Pure-O' to continue the tradition. The new record is themed around those old cousins beauty and destructiveness and plays out their course throughout our human relationships. Farao uses a tactile and organic palette to bridge the gap between humanity and the inorganic. This is going to be emotional, I can sense it. Coming at you soon via Western Vinyl.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning

    Great news! Cloud Nothings have made their loudest record to date! It's also one of their fastest. The Cleveland OH band have drafted in Randall Dunn (Sunn0))), Earth etc) to help replicate their intense and powerful live sound on this thirty minute one-sitting-listen slab of racket churn.  

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel

    I mean will you just look at him. This 'natural rebel' was of course best known for being the frontman of the Verve until they multi imploded. "My strongest set of songs to date" says Ashcroft about his latest collection which is not a hard achievement I suppose given the quality or lack of seen in his solo career to date.  

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Big Lad - Pro Rock

    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne label Box Records (Lower Slaughter, Casual Nun) issue the sophomore LP from Big Lad. It’s a very Lightning Bolt-ish affair, is Pro Rock. Though bass is swapped out for synths, the duo still come through with the kind of wacky, Hella-ish noise grooves that Brians Chippendale and Gibson have supplied us with so many of down the years.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    John Carpenter - Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Halloween is the latest Classic American Movie to be wrent from the tomb of history and paraded around the cultural flatland that is the Millennial West. The distinction that sets this latest big-budget remake apart from your King Kongs, your Tomb Raiders and your Jumanjis is that whoever’s helming the new one managed to get the main reason it was good in the first place - John Carpenter - back on board. Carpenter’s also redone the music, which is what we have here.

    Yes, it may be spooky. But you know what’s really scary? The snake of popular culture devouring its own tail.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Deru - Torn In Two

    LA label Friends Of Friends (Shlohmo, Gun Selectah) release an LP of microtonal experiments from Deru. As one might expect from an album where the primary sound artefacts are discordant drones, Torn In Two isn’t exactly easy listening. Deru’s experience of composing for the silver screen - he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender doncha know - means he approaches many of the pieces here with a cinematic ear for space and detail. This makes many of the cuts sound like a mix of György Ligeti and something from the Blade Runner soundtrack.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Hibernis - Middle Of The Meds

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Fufanu - The Dialogue Series

    Over the course of 2018 Icelandic trio Fufanu released three EPs all entitled Dialogue. Now the ten tracks that made up those records are being released as one compilation entitled The Dialogue Series. The tracks herein veer between sleek, Depeche Mode-y synth-pop (‘Hourglass’) and slightly wackier numbers that have a little Gary Numan in them (‘My New Trigger’).

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    TVAM - Psychic Data

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 19th October 2018

    Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III & IV

    Yes, we know there’s a lot of bedroom synth-pop knocking about these days, but just hear us out for a second. This one’s good. No really, it is. Helena Deland is a very engaging presence on the five songs that make up From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III & IV. ‘Claudion’, for instance, is like being stared at really intensely by Ezra Koenig as he recorded ‘Diplomat’s Son’. You can’t tear your eyes away.

    Due in: only 61 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Pill - Soft Hell

    New York’s Pill cite their influences as rock ‘n’ roll legend The Big Bopper (he was on the same plane as Buddy Holly) and Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysees, The Make-Up). This means for their second album, Soft Hell, you can expect a whirlwind ride from guitar and sax, melody and dark humour. The album’s oxymoron of a title references our acceptance of everyday drudgery. LP and CD on Mexican Summer.

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Mary Lou Lord - Got No Shadow

    Mary Lou Lord gave the world her debut LP Got No Shadow in 1998, issued via a since defunct sub-label of Sony. Two decades later this remarkable blend of indie-rock and folk gets a wider, remastered release on Fire. A collection of a baker's dozen of songs drawn from sets that Mary Lou performed for weary commuters passing through London and Boston underground stations; both self-penned and made collaboratively with Nick Saloman of The Bevis Frond. A taut, emotive and bittersweet LP with cameos coming from Money Mark , Elliott Smith and Jon Brion. 

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Barry Adamson - Memento Mori (Anthology 1978 - 2018)

    He's been around a long time. From playing bass in Magazine to collaborating with Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker to his nine solo albums to surely his greatest achievement  - finding and wearing the world's biggest pair of glasses. Now it's all been rolled up in an anthology which depicts an idiosyncratic life in music.  

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Soap And Skin - From Gas to Solid / you are my friend

    Third album from inexplicable Austrian chart topper Soap&Skin. I say inexplicable not because the music is bad, far from it, but because this is clearly not 'pop' music. From Gas to Solid / you are my friend is an album of sparse gothic beauty, which explores Anja Plaschg's sense of self as she is she encounters parenthood and the album cycle. 

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Meggie Brown - 10/ 6

    7" single from London based newcomer Meggie Brown. Having already received the backing of some of the Scottish indie scene's best and brightest, the album was produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos at Edwyn Collins' studio, it's about time her incendiary indie rock caught a few more people's attention.

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

    Now regarded as their finest moment, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as the highlight of the band's long career and certainly the high water moment of the pastoral English phase of their development. Now you can get the album in an enormous box set with 2 LPs, 5 CDs, 3 7"s a book and all kinds of memorabilia. For those with smaller pockets the 2 x CD looks quite tasty with 49 tracks altogether or you can get the standard original LP as it was meant to be heard.  

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Paul Smith - Diagrams

    Call this Norman Records™ blurb writer a sentimental old fart, but I will always have a soft-spot for Maximo Park. I can’t say I’ve bothered to listen to anything they’ve done this decade, but the formative experiences of listening to A Certain Trigger round my mates’ houses as a teenager will forever endear me to Paul Smith and his merry men. Smith’s always been one of indie’s more erudite singers, and his fourth solo LP Diagrams sees him go about his business with the same panache as ever. Smashing.

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 26th October 2018

    Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

    The first Daughters LP for Ipecac Records (Mike Patton, Faith No More) finds the grindcore-turned-noise-punk band in good nick. You Won’t Get What You Want is a ten-song set that, while heavy as ever, sees Daughters expand their palette to good effect. ‘Satan In The Wait’, for instance, is a seven-minute vaudeville punk number that is both ghoulish and caustic. More straightforward rockers like ‘The Reason They Hate Me’ have something of the Pissed Jeans about them.

    Due in: only 68 sleeps to go
  • 2nd November 2018

    The Prodigy - No Tourists

    It appears that The Prodigy are still going. Liam Howlett’s scary dance project have been doing their thing for twenty-eight years now, and they’re showing no sign of letting up, so why not get on the bus an join ‘em. Hold on, the new album is called No Tourists, if they want to be pedantic the bus thing may cause a problem.

    Due in: only 75 sleeps to go
  • 2nd November 2018

    Jon Spencer - Spencer Sings The Hits

    Jon... what did you do Jon? What did you do? What did you do to them? Where are they Jon? Jon! Where are the Blues Explosion?! 

    Despite my suspicions, it is my job to inform you Jon Spencer is back, and this time, he's singing the hits. On it the New York's garage rock legend offers his heart in exchange for us forgetting he ever had a Blues Explosion.

    Due in: only 75 sleeps to go
  • 2nd November 2018

    Kode9 & Burial - FABRICLIVE 100

    Here endeth the lesson. The 100th and final edition of Fabric’s Fabriclive CD mix series comes courtesy of two artists who, perhaps above all others, have defined the sound of the London club since the turn of the millenium. Burial’s South London bleakscapes and Kode9’s Hyperdub label have spread their tentacles into nearly every facet of UK club music, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue that any of the other 99 Fabriclive mixes don’t bear their influence in one way or another. Now, as the series rounds out, the pair drop a 37-track mix that shows love to footwork, gqom, jungle, grime and everything in between. Not to be missed.

    Due in: only 75 sleeps to go
  • 9th November 2018

    The Book Of AM - Part V: Night

    Due in: only 82 sleeps to go
  • 9th November 2018

    OHHMS - Exist

    OOHMS are here with their second album which should be a right favourite in our office.  They make heavy heavy prog with nods way back to the '70s likes of Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine and the more bang up to date the Mars Volta. Tin hat time for those too fainthearted for wiggly, wibbly progressive rock. 

    Due in: only 82 sleeps to go
  • 9th November 2018

    Liela Moss - My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth

    It’s been a busy couple of years for Liela Moss. After releasing two records in as many years with main group The Duke Spirit, Moss keeps her foot on the gas by dropping her debut solo LP. My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth is an LP of stirring, folkish and vaguely psychedelic songcraft that will appeal to fans of Jane Weaver and Melody’s Echo Chamber.

    Due in: only 82 sleeps to go
  • 23rd November 2018

    Rick and Morty - The Rick and Morty Soundtrack

    Aww geez. Wubba lubba dub dub. Eek barba durkle. And so on. This Rick And Morty tie-in album was only a matter of time, given the popularity of the show and the general high quality of the soundtrack. Whatever format you buy the Rick And Morty Soundtrack on, you’ll be getting twenty-six tracks, eighteen of which are by Ryan Elder and others that range from the Blonde Redhead bit they use as the ‘Evil Morty’ theme to Belly and Mazzy Star, plus exclusive new tunes by clipping. and Chad VanGaalen.

    Due in: only 96 sleeps to go