- Album of the Week. The new Polytechnic Youth from Detox Twins is a corker where the Germanic electro-pop of Kraftwerk meets gritty post-punk. On very limited-edition pink/black wax.
- Christmas Exclusives. We’ve got limited-edition colour variants of Oh Sees, Kim Gordon & American Football, plus Big Thief’s ‘U.F.O.F.’ with an exclusive lyric poster. You won’t find these anywhere else!
- Sneak a peek at the contenders for our Best Albums and Best Reissues of 2019. The actual winners will be announced on 30th December...set yer watch...
- It’s (nearly) Christmas! Check out our Christmas homepage with all the usuals: our Christmas Gift Guide, double NormanPoints, our Vinyl Advent Calendar and our annual Christmas Competition.
- Hectic drum & bass fella Squarepusher has announced a new album and 12’’ single with a remix.
- Our Weekly Playlist is back, featuring hand-picked tunes influenced by our Updates.
- Danny Brown. The innovative MC returns to Warp for a guest-studded new record. Brilliant stuff as per!
- Beck’s back with a new album of upbeat alternative pop.
- Alexandre Bazin / Wladyslaw Trejo. Hand-stamped double single on Polytechnic Youth. One sees folk collide with electronica and the others a synth-punk frolic.
- Anne Müller. The German cellist produced, wrote and performed all the material on her debut record.
- The Big Moon. Teaser single from the hyped UK indie group.
- Girl Ray are back with a sharper, funkier sound on their second LP.
- Disgustingly heavy and noisy rock from UK legends Shit and Shine.
- Three wintery single releases from the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club.
- Richard Fearless. One half of Death In Vegas releases his first solo record.
- Dublin indie folkie Villagers has a new 4-track EP out.
- Erik Satie. He’s got repetition in his music and he’s never gonna lose it.
- Leonard Cohen. Unreleased ‘You Want It Darker’ sessions get a tune-up from his son.
- Laibach. Unreleased tracks from their soundtrack to a documentary on North Korea’s first rock gig.
- Ben Frost. The master of suspense unleashes his work from crime drama ‘Fortitude’.
- Chapterhouse stop staring at their effects pedals for a minute to release a best of.
- No-Man. Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson returns to his art pop project.
- Coldplay. Now that’s an interesting track-list…
- Horizon Zero Dawn. Over four hours of organic sounding ambient and video game music.
- Waste the day/week/rest of the year away with this 7CD set from Underworld.
- Can-man Irmin Schmidt is playing round near these parts tonight. He’s also unleashed this 4LP set!
- Game of Thrones. Awful finale, great score.
- Further Perspectives & Distortion. Corker of a 3CD set from Cherry Red, celebrating the best weirdo post-punk and industrial from these very shores.
- Sean McCann. That egg is about to get well and truly battered!
- Aaron Turner. The ISIS, Sumac and Old Man Gloom man explores a whole host of experimental genres.
- Agalloch. Two deluxe EPs of dark folk, dark ambient, post-rock and drone from the US black metallers.
- Ancient. Speaking of black metal, this one’s an early classic!
- Queens of the Stone Age’s breakthrough album gets a much-needed reissue.
- Moloko’s celebrated final album has arrived on blue/white vinyl.
- The Music From Bagpuss. Revisit your childhood as soon as the needle hits the pink grooves.
- The Chemical Brothers. Widely recognised as stealing the Hair Blair Bunch’s sound…
- The Pooh Sticks know someone who knows Alan McGee. Deluxe single box set from the indie poppers.
- Shina Williams & His African Percussions. A lost classic from Lagos on Mr. Bongo.
- Issam Hajali. Highly sought-after record of Lebanese jazz/folk.
- Deerhoof. First ever time on wax from the always fun and brilliant indie pop group.
- If you like your psychedelic rock heavy then look no further than All Them Witches.
- Seoul prog/psych/electronic group Tengger reissue their debut on clear wax.
- A few more of the expanded colour Dinosaur Jr. reissues have landed!
- Mustafa Ozkent. Turkish psych- funk on splatter wax.
- Tracey Thorn. Brilliant Christmas album from one half of Everything But The Girl.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
- Madteo’s unusual vision of techno, house and post-club melters via strong NYC sample heritage on Demdike Stare’s DDS label.
- Delia Derbyshire's eternal classic 'Doctor Who' theme on yellow wax + zine.
- Remarkably poignant, gorgeous cracked ambient LP from Mathieu Serruys.
- Farewell compilation from Blackest Ever Black. So long, weep...
- Trance inducing, psychoactive modular synth-scapes from Sol Oosel.
- Cinematic neo-classical, post–rave action from Ryan Teague.
- Gareth Davis & Scanner conjure absorbing, masterful and unique soundworlds utilizing bass clarinet and electronics.
- Ultra-limited, special edition of Denis Sulta’s newie on Ninja Tune.
- Gauzy, forlorn ambient weepers from offthesky.
- Hip hop and jazz infused after-hours house from Galcher Lustwerk.
- Pär Grindvik & Peder Mannerfelt's Aasthma project features dreamy vocals from Penelope Trappes making for some blissed, ethereal breakstep.
- Another one from Carl Stone on Unseen Worlds, shattering global sounds and reassembling into wild mosaics.
- Roland Bucher plays his self-built noise table instrument and Still Und Dunkel create sounds for audiovisual art live performances, both on Hallow Ground.
- Strafe F.R. create sound art windows to peer out of on Touch.
- Leon Vynehall veers into the darker edges of the dancefloor.
- Ronseal Pop Ambient 2020 album on Kompakt.
- Tape of corroded, dub infused elektronikz from the mighty Ekoplekz.
- Robert and Lyric Hood spread the gospel of house/techno as Floorplan.
- Stroboscopic Artefacts 10th birthday celebration feat. Lucy, Adriana Lopez, Shifted, Rrose, L.B. Dub Corp, Adriani, Ruskin, Serena Butler etc.
- Kaleidoscopic, danceable art-pop on PAN from Steven Warwick aka Heatsick.
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Work: Ian, Benn, Nathon, Phil, Jamie, Will, Daoud, Tom & Fred.
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