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No Home Record (limited white vinyl LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: OLE 1379LPE. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist (2:52)
  2. Air BnB (4:11)
  3. Paprika Pony (4:07)
  4. Murdered Out (3:33)
  5. Don't Play It (4:50)
  6. Cookie Butter (6:28)
  7. Hyngry Baby (3:40)
  8. Earthquake (4:17)
  9. Get Yr Life Back (5:28)
Review: When you use words like "prickly", "abrasive" and "uncompromising" it's rarely flattering. Consider Kim Gordon's exceptional powerhouse long form one of the exceptions. As far removed from music for the masses as you could hope for, it takes a particular talent to deliver work like "No Record Home". Labels such as punk certainly apply, but it's less about mouths gushing spittle amid the deafening screams of guitars and raucous vocals, and more about overall attitude. No change there for this co-founder of the mighty Sonic Youth then. Loud and intelligent, forthright and yet heartfelt and tender in its own unforgiving way, it's as far removed from wall of sound discordance as it is anything you could describe as remotely over-explored. Marrying the bloody-lipped electro of Peaches and body blow lows of EBM with gritty rock 'n' roll chords, those looking for originality that oozes repeatability should consider their hunt over, for now at least.
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 in stock $18.34
Two Hands (limited gatefold peach marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0180LPXE. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Rock & Sing (1:54)
  2. Forgotten Eyes (3:25)
  3. The Toy (4:08)
  4. Two Hands (3:49)
  5. Those Girls (3:09)
  6. Shoulders (3:10)
  7. Not (6:00)
  8. Wolf (4:31)
  9. Replaced (4:39)
  10. Cut My Hair (3:11)
Review: It's not hard to understand why people so often ignore album release blurb. Sales-y, hyperbolic, and on more than the odd occasion rather poorly written, it's hardly required reading in order to get the most out of the record. That is unless it's Big Thief's 'Two Hands', a collection of music that genuinely makes more sense when you know the back story. For one thing this long form offering is arriving just months after its predecessor, which is always either the sign of a band that don't need big ideas to facilitate rapid-fire output, or a band that have so many big ideas they literally can't stop the momentum. This is a case of the latter. Timescale aside, "Two Hands" genuinely feels as though it was born in the Badlands, epic songs that invoke endless vistas across barren settings in a way that makes you feel as small as you actually are in a global context. Like cosying up in a log cabin away from the chilly endless dark of a desert night.
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 in stock $18.04
Why Me? Why Not (limited gatefold green vinyl LP)
Cat: 019029 5408398. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Shockwave (3:31)
  2. One Of Us (3:23)
  3. Once (3:34)
  4. Now That I've Found You (3:21)
  5. Halo (3:59)
  6. Why Me? Why Not (3:37)
  7. Be Still (3:00)
  8. Alright Now (3:45)
  9. Meadow (4:06)
  10. The River (3:29)
  11. Gone (3:47)
Review: Liam Gallagher is many things to many people, and one thing to everyone - authentic. It seems unthinkable we could question the indie roller's motives, or expect anything other than the "meat and veg rock" he described his own work as during a 2018 interview with The Guardian. "Why Me? Why Not" sees him take that mantra to new heights. As an album it's as accomplished and polished as anything this pied piper of the raw and unpolished has gifted us in the years after *that band*, making for an immediately engaging collection of anthems-in-the-making that will have crowds eating out of the palm of his hand as if they'd never seen his hand before, or tasted any of the food he's been feeding them for years now. And therein lies the reason it remains impossible to criticise this undeniably upfront British songwriter. Enough said.
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 in stock $21.58
All Mirrors (limited gatefold clear vinyl 2xLP + insert + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: JAG 344LPC1. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Lark (6:01)
  2. All Mirrors (4:40)
  3. Too Easy (2:54)
  4. New Long Cassette (3:17)
  5. Spring (3:21)
  6. What Is It (3:17)
  7. Impasse (4:07)
  8. Tonight (4:32)
  9. Summer (4:03)
  10. Endgame (5:13)
  11. Chance (5:59)
Review: By her usually prolific standards, it's been a long time between albums for Angel Olsen. "All Mirrors" is her first album for three years - an epic gap given that she used to average an LP a year in the early stage of her career. As usual, Olsen has redefined her sound once more, offering up impassioned songs that come backed by bold, wall of sound style production from John Congleton. There are many moments of stirring intensity, where swirling strings, eccentric electronics and low-slung indie-rock grooves join forces to create stunning and arresting musical works of art. The more contemplative moments often sound a little like "Mezzanine"-era Massive Attack or Portishead, though Olsen's voice and Congleton's production are always unique enough to make comparisons with those bands moot.
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 in stock $22.40
Giants Of All Sizes (limited gatefold coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 080985 6. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Dexter & Sinister (6:52)
  2. Seven Veils (4:35)
  3. Empires (4:00)
  4. The Delayed 3:15 (3:27)
  5. White Noise White Heat (3:52)
  6. Doldrums (2:57)
  7. My Trouble (5:18)
  8. On Deronda Road (4:02)
  9. Weightless (4:44)
Review: Eight albums in and Elbow still know how to keep us interested. This time round it's a record that seems caught in perpetual motion, refusing to stay still even for a minute off its proggyness, with this the LP most removed from their standard modus of hyper-emotive, string-capped anthemia. Not that the contents aren't huge and destined to fill main rooms and outdoor arenas. A refreshing break for a band that, while unarguably talented and accomplished craftsmen, may - in the eyes of some at least - have at times been guilty of opting for the safety of familiarity rather than braving the great unknowns of sound. If anything, then, "Giants Of All Sizes" is the final pour that cements their place in the pantheons of British music. Exquisite, innovative and highly original stuff.
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Cat: PTKF 21461. Rel: 03 Jul 17
Indie
  1. K (5:18)
  2. Each Time You Fall In Love (4:50)
  3. Sunsetz (3:33)
  4. Apocalypse (4:48)
  5. Flash (4:32)
  6. Sweet (4:49)
  7. Opera House (6:02)
  8. Truly (4:01)
  9. John Wayne (4:16)
  10. Young & Dumb (4:30)
Review: The last ten years have seen no shortage of bands with their delay pedals set to stun intent on capturing an aura of dreamlike radiance. Yet Texas 'pop-noir' troupe Cigarettes After Sex are no ordinary shoegazers, for a variety of reasons - frontman Greg Gonzalez' androgynous and dulcet tones may be part of the appeal, yet moreover it's the quality of the songwriting here, which never falls prey to the style-over-substance traps of their peers. Indeed, this debut is more than enough to justify the considerable hype around this outfit, being a collection of ditties as sultry as they are atmopsheric.
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 in stock $17.21
Cat: OLE 13791. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist (2:52)
  2. Air BnB (4:14)
  3. Paprika Pony (4:02)
  4. Murdered Out (3:37)
  5. Don't Play It (4:48)
  6. Cookie Butter (6:28)
  7. Hungry Baby (3:40)
  8. Earthquake (4:16)
  9. Get Yr Life Back (5:27)
Review: When you use words like "prickly", "abrasive" and "uncompromising" it's rarely flattering. Consider Kim Gordon's exceptional powerhouse long form one of the exceptions. As far removed from music for the masses as you could hope for, it takes a particular talent to deliver work like "No Record Home". Labels such as punk certainly apply, but it's less about mouths gushing spittle amid the deafening screams of guitars and raucous vocals, and more about overall attitude. No change there for this co-founder of the mighty Sonic Youth then. Loud and intelligent, forthright and yet heartfelt and tender in its own unforgiving way, it's as far removed from wall of sound discordance as it is anything you could describe as remotely over-explored. Marrying the bloody-lipped electro of Peaches and body blow lows of EBM with gritty rock 'n' roll chords, those looking for originality that oozes repeatability should consider their hunt over, for now at least.
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 in stock $17.92
Two Hands (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0180LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Rock & Sing (1:56)
  2. Forgotten Eyes (3:26)
  3. The Toy (4:10)
  4. Two Hands (3:49)
  5. Those Girls (3:09)
  6. Shoulders (3:10)
  7. Not (6:01)
  8. Wolf (4:33)
  9. Replaced (4:40)
  10. Cut My Hair (3:11)
Review: It's not hard to understand why people so often ignore album release blurb. Sales-y, hyperbolic, and on more than the odd occasion rather poorly written, it's hardly required reading in order to get the most out of the record. That is unless it's Big Thief's 'Two Hands', a collection of music that genuinely makes more sense when you know the back story. For one thing this long form offering is arriving just months after its predecessor, which is always either the sign of a band that don't need big ideas to facilitate rapid-fire output, or a band that have so many big ideas they literally can't stop the momentum. This is a case of the latter. Timescale aside, "Two Hands" genuinely feels as though it was born in the Badlands, epic songs that invoke endless vistas across barren settings in a way that makes you feel as small as you actually are in a global context. Like cosying up in a log cabin away from the chilly endless dark of a desert night.
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 in stock $16.73
Deceiver (limited grey marbled vinyl LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: CT 300LPC1. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Horsehead (2:00)
  2. Like Before You Were Born (2:00)
  3. Skin Game (2:00)
  4. Between Tides (2:00)
  5. Taker (2:00)
  6. For The Guilty (2:00)
  7. The Spark (2:00)
  8. Lorelei (2:00)
  9. Blankenship (2:00)
  10. Acheron (2:00)
Review: Two years ago, Diiv founder Z Cole Smith checked himself into rehab for "long haul inpatient treatment" for unspecified substance abuse. It's this treatment that provides the backdrop to "Deceiver", the band's third album (which, incidentally, is also the first written by all four members). Musically, it's a typically emotionally charged and glassy-eyed affair, offering tracks that touch on shoegaze, Pixies-style indie-rock, post-grunge and more. Lyrically, Smith's personal "resurrection" and experiences of rehabilitation play a key role, with many of the songs narratives offering a dialogue between old and new versions of himself. This particular limited edition version of the album is beautifully packaged, too, coming on marbled grey vinyl with various inserts and obi-strips.
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Signal (limited red vinyl LP)
Cat: STH 2410LPX. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Too Much Money (2:17)
  2. Calling It (2:29)
  3. Suicide In Texas (2:58)
  4. I Love You, Fine (2:05)
  5. Highway (3:46)
  6. Signal (3:07)
  7. Humanoid (3:17)
  8. Damage (2:20)
  9. Electrocution (2:29)
  10. Champagne (2:52)
  11. Strange Conversations (3:26)
Review: No matter how hard they try, some bands struggle to make people dislike them. Take Los Angeles trio, Automatic. Sure, militant guitar fans might find a little to complain about, what with the distinct focus on synthdom here, but realistically that's like saying you hate pies because sandwiches also exist. There's more than a touch of Neu! and Suicide in this indie-post punk mix up, but we wouldn't want anyone to think they'd heard this before. Unless, of course, you actually have heard this lot before. Working within sounds that often feel explored to the nth degree, we're dealing with a band disinterested in convention but obsessed with making you feel immediately at home with them. From the rolling bass, distorted electro refrains and send-return vocals of "Too Much Money" through "Highway'"'s darkroom neo-dance bounce, to the slo-mo, anthemic closer "Strange Conversations", this debut album stands out for miles.
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 in stock $20.24
Hot Motion (limited gatefold splattered vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATO 0502. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Hot Motion (5:53)
  2. You're Either On Something (3:48)
  3. Holy Horses (3:06)
  4. The Howl (4:23)
  5. Context (3:41)
  6. The Beam (3:05)
  7. Not Quite The Same (5:11)
  8. Atomise (3:52)
  9. It's All Coming Out (3:46)
  10. Step Down (4:01)
  11. Monuments (4:40)
Review: When is a psychedelic rock album not a psychedelic rock album? Anyone who has quickly scrawled answer-on-postcard reads "when it's Temples" can go straight to the top of the class. Evidently you have been paying attention over the course of the British three piece's last two full length records. It's not that things don't sound pretty out there and trippy. All the elements to achieve that are here, but the accessibility is ramped up to the level of a pop album, with arrangements owing more to traditional song craft than anything particularly experimental. Don't read that as criticism, though. Tracks like "Not Quite The Same" are huge, proud, instantly catchy but far from obvious numbers. "You're Either On Something" thumps and lunges through its various permutations, "Atomise" pares everything back, luring us in, before opening up into a frantic, grunge-metal guitar line. We can only imagine the fun they had recording it.
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 in stock $23.48
Giants Of All Sizes (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 776440 2. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Dexter & Sinister (6:58)
  2. Seven Veils (4:34)
  3. Empires (4:00)
  4. The Delayed 3:15 (3:27)
  5. White Noise White Heat (3:52)
  6. Doldrums (3:00)
  7. My Trouble (5:18)
  8. On Deronda Road (4:03)
  9. Weightless (4:44)
Review: Eight albums in and Elbow still know how to keep us interested. This time round it's a record that seems caught in perpetual motion, refusing to stay still even for a minute off its proggyness, with this the LP most removed from their standard modus of hyper-emotive, string-capped anthemia. Not that the contents aren't huge and destined to fill main rooms and outdoor arenas. A refreshing break for a band that, while unarguably talented and accomplished craftsmen, may - in the eyes of some at least - have at times been guilty of opting for the safety of familiarity rather than braving the great unknowns of sound. If anything, then, "Giants Of All Sizes" is the final pour that cements their place in the pantheons of British music. Exquisite, innovative and highly original stuff.
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 in stock $23.15
ANIMA (limited 140 gram orange vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
XL
Cat: XL 987LPE. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Traffic (5:20)
  2. Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain) (5:10)
  3. Twist (7:08)
  4. Dawn Chorus (5:34)
  5. I Am A Very Rude Person (3:52)
  6. Not The News (3:57)
  7. The Axe (6:58)
  8. Impossible Knots (4:19)
  9. Runwayaway (5:59)
  10. (Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming) (4:57)
Review: It's taken a while, but finally Thom Yorke's impressive third solo album, "ANIMA", is available on wax (and in a fetching shade of orange, too). A future classic that continues the legacy he started with XL Recordings back in 2006 (with his solo debut The Eraser), ANIMA is well worth picking up, as Yorke and co-producer Nigel Godrich offer up evocative, off-kilter songs built around the twin attractions of the Radiohead man's distinctive vocals and skewed backing tracks rich in layered electronic noise, body-bending sub-bass, discordant synthesizer parts and intriguingly jaunty drum loops. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the creepy, lo-fi ambient swirl of "Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain)" and "Dawn Chorus" (a blissfully dewy-eyed early morning soundscape), to the low-slung, post-trip-hop hum of "I Am A Very Rude Person" and the fizzing, jazz-fired thrust of "Impossible Knots". Melancholic, yes. Deep and self-effacing, of course. Nihilistic, not really. Percussive futurist sub-pop is back.
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 in stock $25.10
DSVII (gatefold heavyweight pink marbled vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: M 7017. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Hell Riders (6:45)
  2. A Bit Of Sweetness (3:36)
  3. Goodbye Captain Lee (2:30)
  4. Colories (4:40)
  5. Meet The Friends (2:57)
  6. Feelings (3:53)
  7. A Word Of Wisdom (1:47)
  8. Lure De Fiel (3:43)
  9. Jeux D'enfants (2:08)
  10. A Taste Of The Dusk (3:51)
  11. Lunar Son (2:44)
  12. Oh Yes You're There, Everyday (5:03)
  13. Mirage (2:44)
  14. Taifun Flory (3:15)
  15. Temple Of Sorrow (7:00)
Review: Apparently inspired by 1980s computer game soundtracks and the synth-heavy scores to fantasy films, M83's "DSVII" is slated as a sequel to the band's 2007 set "Digital Shades". If so, it's a rather belated one, especially considering the French outfit has released three studio sets and a swathe of soundtracks since then. Regardless, the material here is deliciously evocative, emotion-rich and atmospheric, mirroring the ebb and flow (and peaks and troughs) associated with soundtracks whilst relying entirely on i80s-sounding synthesizers and drum machine hits. It's basically synth-wave, with Symmetry's "Themes From An Imaginary Film" - itself based on music initially intended for the "Drive" soundtrack - being an obvious comparison.
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 in stock $22.68
Return To Us (gatefold purple vinyl LP)
Cat: 538530 171. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. (I'm) A Believer (4:12)
  2. March To The Docks (4:00)
  3. The Hills Of Cinnamon (5:58)
  4. The Needles (5:36)
  5. Return To Us (3:59)
  6. The Bridge & Down (4:34)
  7. The River Runs Both Ways (3:34)
  8. The Simple Things (4:15)
  9. King Kopetsky (3:33)
Review: Is Stephen Duffy the UK's most underrated songwriter? Well, quite possibly, yes. It takes commitment and passion to lead a band for 30 years, especially when the outfit's line-up changes come thick and fast. Despite the inconsistent players, though, in that time the man at the centre of it all has built a back catalogue of exquisite work during that time. "Return To Us" isn't going to ruin that track record. It plays out like a parable of lilting folk fables underscored by a sense of nostalgia, delivered through the voice and song craft of a man whose life experiences have left him bruised and worn but never down and out. Melodic, emotive and engrossing, LP number ten is as timeless as the previous nine, leaving nobody under any illusions as to how precious this project really is.
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 in stock $22.16
Lady's Bridge (reissue) (limited coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: SETLP 171C. Rel: 01 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Valentine (4:26)
  2. Roll River Roll (5:03)
  3. Serious (3:25)
  4. Tonight The Streets Are Ours (3:39)
  5. Lady Solitude (5:32)
  6. Dark Road (3:48)
  7. The Sea Calls (5:45)
  8. Lady's Bridge (3:58)
  9. I'm Looking For Someone To Find Me (3:18)
  10. Our Darkness (4:03)
  11. The Sun Refused To Shine (4:52)
Review: Richard Hawley's fifth studio album was named after an old bridge in his Sheffield hometown that connected historically rich and poor parts of the town. He used it as a metaphor for leaving his past behind - which two years prior this album included the Mercury Prize nominated Coles Corner - and embarked on a less formulaic, but just as moving and literate sound as previous records. Deeply elegant song writing, earnestness and moving pop hooks defined late-50s grooves and twinkly pianos of this most assured and essential album. Fact fans will already know that "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" was in both the opening titles of Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop as well as The Simpsons episode "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart".
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 in stock $23.21
Unknown Pleasures: 40th Anniversary (limited 180 gram red vinyl LP)
Cat: 019029 5443238. Rel: 14 Jun 19
Indie
  1. Disorder (3:30)
  2. Day Of The Lords (4:45)
  3. Candidate (2:56)
  4. Insight (4:07)
  5. New Dawn Fades (4:48)
  6. She's Lost Control (3:53)
  7. Shadowplay (3:52)
  8. Wilderness (2:38)
  9. Interzone (2:16)
  10. I Remember Nothing (5:41)
Review: Time marches relentlessly on as does the immortal sound of iconic Manchester band Joy Division. At the heart of Unknown Pleasures was the alarming vocal talent of Ian Curtis. His alien wails, echoed expressionistic vistas of urban alienation over No Wave tribal beats and Gothic guitar impressions. And despite the breathtaking intensity of the angular acid comedown "She's Lost Control", the soaringly depraved detachment of "New Dawn Fades" and the proto-slowcore "Candidate", opening track "Disorder" remained the piece years ahead of its time and most immediately enduring. This anniversary record arrives almost forty years to the day after it was originally released, splashed out on 180g ruby red vinyl with an alternative white sleeve to resemble the original and legendary cover design. Unquestionably authentic, Unknown Pleasures was a vision so uncompromising and haunting that each track was worth its length. This commemorative reissue, then, continues the celebration of one of the most important albums of our time as well as highlighting the record as a landmark in music-design crossover history.
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Metronomy Forever (Deluxe Edition) (limited gatefold coloured vinyl 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BEC 5650176. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Wedding (1:00)
  2. Whitsand Bay (3:50)
  3. Insecurity (3:52)
  4. Salted Caramel Ice Cream (3:25)
  5. Driving (0:57)
  6. Lately
  7. Lying Low
  8. Forever Is A Long Time
  9. The Light
  10. Sex Emoji
  11. Walking In The Dark
  12. Insecure
  13. Miracle Rooftop
  14. Upset My Girlfriend
  15. Wedding Bells
  16. Lately (Going Spare)
  17. Ur Mixtape
  18. Vocal FX (It's Automatic) (5:00)
  19. Mellow Brass (Lately/Whitsand Bay) (4:21)
  20. Bold Brass (Maybe It's A Whisper) (4:03)
  21. Fantasy Flute (interlude) (1:54)
  22. Distant Horn (Salted Caramel Ice Cream) (3:42)
  23. Synth Bass (Sex Emoji) (4:10)
  24. Glide Trumpet (The Light) (5:15)
  25. Plucked Guitar (Upset My Girlfriend) (1:57)
Review: God bless Metronomy. Pioneers of a dance-indie crossover that was less garish and day-glow hued than the Nu Rave movement dominant back then. Their sixth full-length comes in the 10th anniversary year of their first, and proves the band have grown and fine-tuned, rather than got lost and forgotten why they came out to begin with. Despite clear development, though, the spirit of that inaugural effort is still here, and arguably in more generous helpings than any outing between then and now. Equal parts playful and earnest, there's plenty here to fall in love with. Single-worthy outings like the bouncy, floor-filler "Salted Caramel Ice Cream" and the appropriately titled pairing "Wedding" and "Wedding Bells" are confident and big room sounding. "The Light" veers into dubbier, more introverted directions, whereas "Upset My Girlfriend" shows them at their most heart-achingly beautiful and human. Exquisite, as usual.
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Signal (LP)
Cat: STH 2410LP. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Too Much Money (2:17)
  2. Calling It (2:29)
  3. Suicide In Texas (2:58)
  4. I Love You, Fine (2:05)
  5. Highway (3:46)
  6. Signal (3:07)
  7. Humanoid (3:17)
  8. Damage (2:20)
  9. Electrocution (2:29)
  10. Champagne (2:52)
  11. Strange Conversations (3:26)
Review: No matter how hard they try, some bands struggle to make people dislike them. Take Los Angeles trio, Automatic. Sure, militant guitar fans might find a little to complain about, what with the distinct focus on synthdom here, but realistically that's like saying you hate pies because sandwiches also exist. There's more than a touch of Neu! and Suicide in this indie-post punk mix up, but we wouldn't want anyone to think they'd heard this before. Unless, of course, you actually have heard this lot before. Working within sounds that often feel explored to the nth degree, we're dealing with a band disinterested in convention but obsessed with making you feel immediately at home with them. From the rolling bass, distorted electro refrains and send-return vocals of "Too Much Money" through "Highway'"'s darkroom neo-dance bounce, to the slo-mo, anthemic closer "Strange Conversations", this debut album stands out for miles.
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Cat: OLE 14551. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Sister Buddha (Intro) (3:00)
  2. I Know Where The Summer Goes (4:23)
  3. Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted? (3:10)
  4. Jill Pole (3:01)
  5. I'll Keep It Inside (1:55)
  6. Safety Valve (3:00)
  7. The Colour's Gonna Run (2:21)
  8. Another Day, Another Night (1:32)
  9. Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying (3:56)
  10. Wait & See What The Day Holds (3:16)
  11. Sister Buddha (4:05)
  12. This Letter (3:24)
  13. We Were Never Glorious (5:22)
Review: Considering their penchant for spinning yarns and the cinematographically-suited nature of much of their work, it's surprising "Days Of The Bagnold Summer" is only Belle & Sebastian's second shot at a movie score. The last was 2001's '"Storytelling", accompanying Todd Solondz's movie of the same name, and they certainly did a good job then. So, high expectations this time round. For those unfamiliar, their latest foray into the film world partners the directorial debut of Simon Bird, best known to many as one of "The Inbetweeners". The flick, an adaptation of Joff Winterhart's 2012 graphic novel, chronicles the life and times of a teenage metalhead and his single mother. The album perfectly accompanies but also contributes to that tale. Highly emotive instrumental tracks and classic B&S songs-proper, this OST is destined to go down well with the band's true believers.
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XL
Cat: XLLP 324. Rel: 02 Jan 08
 
Indie
  1. 15 Step
  2. Bodysnatchers
  3. Nude
  4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  5. All I Need
  6. Faust Arp
  7. Reckoner
  8. House Of Cards
  9. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  10. Videotape
Review: "In Rainbows", Radiohead's seventh album, finally gets a physical release! It's one thing downloading this landmark album, but to actually hold this is something special. Not only do you get increased sound quality, but you also get the amazing artwork from Stanley Donwood. This album includes "Nude", a live favourite for many years that was originally written during the "OK Computer" sessions. More minimal that their "Kid A" period, "In Rainbows" does something that very few albums have done - its sound is distinct from previous Radiohead albums, but is still clearly Radiohead. Hail to the kings, they are back on top form. Get this album while you can.
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Why Me? Why Not (gatefold LP)
Cat: 019029 5408411. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Shockwave (3:31)
  2. One Of Us (3:24)
  3. Once (3:33)
  4. Now That I've Found You (3:20)
  5. Halo (3:59)
  6. Why Me? Why Not (3:39)
  7. Be Still (3:00)
  8. Alright Now (3:44)
  9. Meadow (4:06)
  10. The River (3:29)
  11. Gone (3:47)
Review: Liam Gallagher is many things to many people, and one thing to everyone - authentic. It seems unthinkable we could question the indie roller's motives, or expect anything other than the "meat and veg rock" he described his own work as during a 2018 interview with The Guardian. "Why Me? Why Not" sees him take that mantra to new heights. As an album it's as accomplished and polished as anything this pied piper of the raw and unpolished has gifted us in the years after *that band*, making for an immediately engaging collection of anthems-in-the-making that will have crowds eating out of the palm of his hand as if they'd never seen his hand before, or tasted any of the food he's been feeding them for years now. And therein lies the reason it remains impossible to criticise this undeniably upfront British songwriter. Enough said.
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I I (gatefold LP + 30 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: JAG 350LP. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Yi (1:30)
  2. Imi (4:40)
  3. We (3:06)
  4. Holyfields (3:32)
  5. Hey, Ma (2:22)
  6. U (Man Like) (4:22)
  7. Naeem (3:08)
  8. Jelmore (2:30)
  9. Faith (3:34)
  10. Marion (2:20)
  11. Salem (3:44)
  12. Sh'diah (4:10)
  13. RABi (3:27)
Review: Justin Vernon's voice has always been the people's main attraction to Bon Iver, and the fact his pseudonym even exists is certainly no coincidence. As fragile and heartbroken as it is forthright and experienced, when you're wearing a shredded heart on sleeve and confessing to all your deepest insecurities using a pen name can help immensely. Album number four perhaps proves this more than any of its predecessors. While the three previous chapters have all made his thoughts, feelings, insecurities and fears clear, this one takes honesty to new heights. Combining the frail electronics that have gradually slipped their way into his back catalogue with the acoustics of his earliest, rocket-to-fame efforts, it's a culmination of all that's been in the truest sense. Perhaps even more intimate than the breathtakingly personal "For Emma, Forever Ago", "i,i" is a striking work to say the least.
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Ma (limited transparent red vinyl LP + poster + booklet)
Cat: 007559 7923599. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Is This Nice? (2:52)
  2. Kantori Ongaku (3:36)
  3. Ami (3:54)
  4. Memorial (4:37)
  5. Carolina (2:28)
  6. Now All Gone (3:36)
  7. Love Song (4:19)
  8. Abre Las Manos (3:32)
  9. Taking A Page (3:34)
  10. October 12 (3:03)
  11. My Boyfriend's In The Band (3:28)
  12. The Lost Coast (3:08)
  13. Will I See You Tonight? (feat Vashti Bunyan) (3:20)
Review: Where would we be without our mothers? Literally nowhere, of course, given the medical facts of life. But psychologically and spiritually somewhere very different, too. Just ask Devendra Banhart, whose latest, heartbreaking and poignant LP packs intimidating strength and thoughtful themes by the birth-giving load. Here the synths that dominated more recent albums are replaced by instruments best described as "a bit earthier", with strings and woodwinds joining brass and keys. Despite its title, this album is less a dedication to motherhood itself and more a meditation on emotional ties and links in general. "Memorial", for example, is about the death of Banhart's father, while elsewhere we are told love is like "crowd surfing in an empty club". As per usual, Banhart's songwriting verges on mania, recalling the late-Daniel Johnston's razor sharp observations wrapped in innocent imagery, while the instrumentation conjures Burt Bacharach and the like.
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Beneath The Eyrie (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 405053 8513974. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain (4:07)
  2. Graveyard Hill (3:27)
  3. Catfish Kate (3:10)
  4. This Is My Fate (3:15)
  5. Ready For Love (2:39)
  6. Silver Bullet (3:43)
  7. Long Rider (3:35)
  8. Los Surfers Muertos (2:55)
  9. St Nazaire (2:26)
  10. Bird Of Prey (2:38)
  11. Daniel Boone (4:52)
  12. Death Horizon (2:08)
Review: When the end days come and it's finally time to write the complete story of American rock 'n' roll, surely Pixies will get their own chapter. Legends of the grunge world, often known for a stylistic simplicity (quiet-LOUD anyone?) but unafraid to go out on a psychedelic limb when the moment suits, they've towered above the majority of acts for 28 years and, as "Beneath The Eyrie" proves, still have plenty to say. "In The Arms of Mrs Mark Of Cain" starts proceedings on a gothic-Western hybrid tip, setting things up perfectly for any song named "Graveyard Hill". Realistically when that track does arrive it switches the mood with a nod to the band's archetypal punk-infused sound, and that's precisely the point. Apparently betting the farm on this one, it's got everything from psych-folk to Tim Burton-ish ghoulish wit, making for the band's finest hour since their 2004 reformation.
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Beneath The Eyrie (limited gatefold coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 405053 8513981. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Indie
  1. In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain (3:59)
  2. Graveyard Hill (3:29)
  3. Catfish Kate (3:09)
  4. This Is My Fate (3:18)
  5. Ready For Love (2:33)
  6. Silver Bullet (3:44)
  7. Long Rider (3:33)
  8. Los Surfers Muertos (2:55)
  9. St Nazaire (2:31)
  10. Bird Of Prey (2:39)
  11. Daniel Boone (4:53)
  12. Death Horizon (2:03)
Review: When the end days come and it's finally time to write the complete story of American rock 'n' roll, surely Pixies will get their own chapter. Legends of the grunge world, often known for a stylistic simplicity (quiet-LOUD anyone?) but unafraid to go out on a psychedelic limb when the moment suits, they've towered above the majority of acts for 28 years and, as "Beneath The Eyrie" proves, still have plenty to say. "In The Arms of Mrs Mark Of Cain" starts proceedings on a gothic-Western hybrid tip, setting things up perfectly for any song named "Graveyard Hill". Realistically when that track does arrive it switches the mood with a nod to the band's archetypal punk-infused sound, and that's precisely the point. Apparently betting the farm on this one, it's got everything from psych-folk to Tim Burton-ish ghoulish wit, making for the band's finest hour since their 2004 reformation.
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Corpse Flower (gatefold marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: IPC 211LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Ballade C33 (3:23)
  2. Camion (3:23)
  3. Chansons D'Amour (4:21)
  4. Cold Sun Warm Beer (3:39)
  5. Browning (3:14)
  6. Hungry Ghost (3:53)
  7. Corpse Flower (2:55)
  8. Insolubles (4:09)
  9. On Top Of The World (3:18)
  10. Yard Bull (4:21)
  11. A Schoolgirl's Day (3:26)
  12. Pink & Bleue (3:19)
Review: Half journeyman, half David Lynch bar scene, all twisted crooner-dom, and at least a little tongue in cheek, Mike Patton & Jean Claude Vannier are aiming straight for the alternatives with this 12-strong collection of bizarre ballads and obscure odes that will appeal to rarer tastebuds. There's the spoken word and strummed guitars guiding us through the various parts of "A Schoolgirl's Day". The Sinatra-does-sarcasm of closer "Pink & Bleue", and the way "Hungry Ghost" aurally recalls "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen. Truly unique stuff, despite its debt of gratitude to troubadour totems, counterculture rock and The Rat Pack, it's as rooted in the 21st Century as anything you'll hear today. The production process involved two creators in two different parts of the world, Patton and band in L.A., Vannier with a full orchestra in Vienna. Not that you can tell considering how complete the record feels.
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Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 019029 5394653. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Red Desert (0:59)
  2. The Runner (4:41)
  3. Wash Off (4:30)
  4. Black Bull (3:06)
  5. Like Lightning (3:35)
  6. Dreaming Of (3:44)
  7. Ikaria (0:43)
  8. 10,000 Feet (4:25)
  9. Into The Surf (4:30)
  10. Neptune (10:15)
Review: How in the name of all that's understandable can you follow up a Mercury Prize-nominated album that looked at the state of the world and answered all our concerns and questions about that in one fell swoop? How about by offering a heavier, louder second chapter, picking up where the last left off and yet emphasising different focal points? That seems to be the idea with "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2". It's Foals at their rockiest and most raucous, with the likes of (aptly-titled) "Black Bull" distorting the vocals and raising the grit on those guitars to 11. Things start off far more sparse, with "Red Desert"'s desolate synth keys invoking some dystopian wasteland. Perhaps the next destination for our civilisation. Whatever you think, from there we call at head-nodding, funk-driven rhythms, tear-inducing piano solos ("Ikaria" is pure beauty) and a finale of epic, soaring, hypnotic art-pop.
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Nostalgia (reissue) (white vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FIRELP 104X. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Hate Rock Trio (2:33)
  2. Look What's Been Done (7:56)
  3. Look Down The Line (6:28)
  4. Look At That Girl (3:30)
  5. Look At Her (4:49)
  6. You Injured Me (5:23)
  7. I'm All Broke Up (5:40)
Review: HTRK's debut album in 2007 proved to be a seminal one for fans of experimental noise. It cooks up impressively abrasive and caustic textures, crashing waves of white noise and sonorous pulses that speak of a future dystopian world. Tense and absorbing throughout, the lo-fi design and elements of post punk, post industrial and post techno makes it a modern analogy of the likes of Throbbing Gristle. 12 years later, the record sounds just as good, and arguably even more prescient in these twitchy times of digital surveillance, social anxieties and worldwide political tensions. It might be bleak, then, but that doesn't mean there is real beauty in this album's disharmony.
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Hot Motion (limited gatefold translucent red marbled vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATO 0502LPC. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Hot Motion (5:49)
  2. You're Either On Something (3:48)
  3. Holy Horses (3:05)
  4. The Howl (4:25)
  5. Context (3:42)
  6. The Beam (3:03)
  7. Not Quite The Same (5:12)
  8. Atomise (3:53)
  9. It's All Coming Out (3:49)
  10. Step Down (4:01)
  11. Monuments (4:28)
Review: When is a psychedelic rock album not a psychedelic rock album? Anyone who has quickly scrawled answer-on-postcard reads "when it's Temples" can go straight to the top of the class. Evidently you have been paying attention over the course of the British three piece's last two full length records. It's not that things don't sound pretty out there and trippy. All the elements to achieve that are here, but the accessibility is ramped up to the level of a pop album, with arrangements owing more to traditional song craft than anything particularly experimental. Don't read that as criticism, though. Tracks like "Not Quite The Same" are huge, proud, instantly catchy but far from obvious numbers. "You're Either On Something" thumps and lunges through its various permutations, "Atomise" pares everything back, luring us in, before opening up into a frantic, grunge-metal guitar line. We can only imagine the fun they had recording it.
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OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 3xLP + MP3 download code)
XL
Cat: XLLP 868. Rel: 23 Jun 17
Indie
  1. Airbag (4:44)
  2. Paranoid Android (6:21)
  3. Subterranean Homesick Alien (4:34)
  4. Exit Music (For A Film) (4:24)
  5. Let Down (5:00)
  6. Karma Police (4:26)
  7. Fitter Happier (1:55)
  8. Electioneering (3:54)
  9. Climbing Up The Walls (4:45)
  10. No Surprises (3:52)
  11. Lucky (4:19)
  12. The Tourist (5:23)
  13. I Promise (3:59)
  14. Man Of War (4:28)
  15. Lift (4:07)
  16. Lull (2:26)
  17. Meeting In The Aisle (3:05)
  18. Melatonin (2:11)
  19. A Reminder (3:50)
  20. Polyethylene (parts 1 & 2) (4:23)
  21. Pearly (3:37)
  22. Palo Alto (3:52)
  23. How I Made My Millions (3:10)
Review: Twenty years ago it sounded like an oddly poignant evocation of pre-millennial tension. Two decades later it stands as an eerily prescient glimpe into the technological alienation and dislocation of of a new era. Yet more importantly, OK Computer is no more or less than a sparkling, dramatic and moving collection of songs that haven't lost any of their impact in the interim. The sound of a band stubbornly refusing to follow up the stadium-strafing stylings of its predecessor The Bends - and instead bursting headlong into experimentation and wild creativity -is portrayed in still more vivid colours by the alarmingly strong collection of out-takes and B-sides collected herein, Yet there's no getting away from the chill and spark that marked out OK Computer from everything surrounding it in the post-Britpop malaise, and continues to do so in the pre-Brexit counterpart.
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House Of Sugar (limited heavyweight purple vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 451X. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Walk Away (4:19)
  2. Hope (2:36)
  3. Southern Sky (3:14)
  4. Gretel (3:06)
  5. Taking (2:13)
  6. Near (2:09)
  7. Project 2 (2:25)
  8. Bad Man (1:35)
  9. Sugar (2:42)
  10. In My Arms (2:43)
  11. Cow (2:45)
  12. Crime (3:59)
  13. SugarHouse (live) (3:42)
Review: If you're new to the Alex Giannascoli's world then make yourself comfortable - chances are, like us, you'll be here for a while. There are so many tangents, threads and stylistic shifts of shape it's possible to dive into his back catalogue and spend years never getting bored. It's now far quicker to understand what we're talking about, though, thanks to his latest album. There are multiple personalities at play here than you'd think could be coherent, but coherent this record is. Opener "Walk Away" sounds like an overview of the whole thing - growing from desperate cry into a grandiose, captivating thing of real beauty via reversed-out backing track and looped lyrics. All very Beta Band. From there we're locked-in, through the shimmering melodies of "Taking" to "Sugar"'s deep, tense atmospheric crescendos and vocoders. Ending on the stunning brass-accented blues rock of "SugarHouse (Live)", it's as complete a record as you could ask for.
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Schlagenheim (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: RT 0073LP. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Indie
  1. 953 (5:20)
  2. Speedway (3:25)
  3. Reggae (3:19)
  4. Near DT, MI (2:22)
  5. Western (8:07)
  6. Of Schlagenheim (6:10)
  7. Bmbmbm (5:13)
  8. Years Ago (2:49)
  9. Ducter (6:30)
Review: The best thing since the Klaxons or Bloc Party have arrived. black midi! The student art rock band are bringing a new youthful energy and slight of malice back to the arena of post-indie inspired alternative guitar and synth music. They make this overtly known from the start with the supercharged opener that is "953", introducing an album that is said to have laid down eight of the record's nine tracks in just five days. Drums are fast and skittering, rhythms are dancey and guitars keep it Madchester jangley. "Speedway" (is that a wry Prodigy reference?) is among the album's highlights alongside the punk-funky "bmbmbm" and the short but trippy "Years Ago". With a 100 per cent backing by UK music institution Rough Trade: meet this generation's newest sensation.
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When I Have Fears (limited gatefold marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code + booklet)
Cat: 085000 7715175. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. For Everything (5:09)
  2. More Is Less (2:55)
  3. Green & Blue (6:14)
  4. Slowdance I (4:18)
  5. Slowdance II (3:00)
  6. On Twisted Ground (6:06)
  7. Feeling Fades (4:13)
  8. Don't Cling To Life (2:33)
  9. How The Streets Adore Me Now (4:29)
  10. Love, Love, Love (4:58)
Review: The weight of expectation has been lifted. Having turned heads in the right places with breakout track "More Is Less", Dublin's The Murder Capital fulfil the promise of being Ireland's next great guitar hope by delivering a staggering debut album that's powerful yet subtle, uplifting and outward looking yet dark and introverted. No walking contradiction, it's an accomplished and entirely human record. It also sounds as tight as you could ask for. Produced by none other than Flood, whose credits are good enough to drop any jaw (PJ Harvey, Foals, New Order), for evidence just stop to consider the top end hooks and percussive detail on single "Green & Blue", invoking Liars in pared-back post punk mode. Or the tense, unnerving introduction to opener "For Everything". By the time you hit "Don't Cling To Life", arguably the most emotionally charged and reflective here, hopes of walking away unmoved are done for.
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Twelve Nudes (limited gatefold 180 gram yellow vinyl LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: BELLA 943V. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone (2:16)
  2. Evening Prayer aka Justice (2:54)
  3. Transition From Nowhere To Nowhere (3:09)
  4. Rated R Crusaders (2:16)
  5. Trauma (3:10)
  6. Thermometer (2:07)
  7. I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend (3:27)
  8. Blown (3:29)
  9. My Teeth Hurt (2:10)
  10. In America (2:31)
  11. What Can You Do But RocknRoll (4:26)
Review: Troubadour for the dejected, rejected, never-did-fits, Ezra Furman deserves to be ranked among the greatest songwriters of our time. On "Twelve Nudes" he takes the hard-learnt lessons of previous records and channels that anger, desperation, euphoria, fear and hope into an impassioned call to arms - his finest since "Perpetual Motion People". In many ways, this is a far more positive outing, too, or at least one that largely keeps the focus on big noise. "My Teeth Hurt" and "Thermometer" are ferocious, head-banging whirlwinds. "Evening Prayer aka Justice" throws fists to the air with protest-esque pride. "Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone" offers Northern Soul-leaning drums and rhythms. Of course, there's still room for freaky, introspective rockabilly melancholia - namely "I Wanna be Your Girlfriend". Like Furman himself on-stage, it's unashamed and unwilling to compromise, making for one of this year's finest bloody-lipped, sweat-soaked rock 'n' roll records.
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Oil Of Every Pearl's Un Insides (gatefold red vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: TRANS 368X. Rel: 07 Dec 18
Indie
  1. It's Okay To Cry (3:52)
  2. Ponyboy (3:15)
  3. Faceshopping (3:55)
  4. Is It Cold In The Water? (3:31)
  5. Infatuation (4:43)
  6. Not Okay (1:49)
  7. Pretending (5:56)
  8. Immaterial (3:50)
  9. Whole New World/Pretend World (9:10)
Review: The best thing since Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful", Denmark and Norway's Aqua, to '90s R&B, Trance and '00s Dubstep combined is Sophie's Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. With more meta-references than you can poke a brain at, the album and its hyper-array of sounds is set to light up the couture cosmo of New York City as much as it is a teenager's bedroom south of the border. In effect, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides is one of the most colourful excursions through music you can have, striking off a plethora of pop music iterations, to rave, deep ambient and the most experimental of dance music. A seriously defining album by one of modern day music's greatest minds. Roll out the red carpet.
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Chastity Belt (limited green vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: HAR 117. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Ann's Jam (4:57)
  2. Elena (3:19)
  3. Effort (5:09)
  4. RAV 4 (3:40)
  5. It Takes Time (4:04)
  6. Apart (3:33)
  7. Half-hearted (5:25)
  8. Split (3:53)
  9. Drown (4:06)
  10. Pissed Pants (4:57)
Review: If this is the first time you've stumbled upon Chastity Belt we implore you to look back on their previous three albums. That should confirm how much the band have grown, although in this case rather than reaching for higher heights the development is like the roots of a tree. Here they're pushing deeper, and leaving the listener more nourished than any previous encounter. Poor analogies aside, dark undertones marry a sense of strange tranquility. The sort of feeling you get after suffering great loss and finally having a moment to reflect without that freight train of grief. There's sadness, or at least a subtle mood of lamentation to "Elena", but it also packs love at first sight melodies. "Effort" builds a tension from beneath, as though that aforementioned great oak were trying to burst from the earth itself. Alternative, detailed rock? Perhaps, but we prefer to simply say "stunning".
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Lost Girls (clear splattered vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BATFL 01LPX. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Kids In The Dark (2:00)
  2. The Hunger (2:00)
  3. Feel For You (2:00)
  4. Desert Man (2:00)
  5. Jasmine (2:00)
  6. Vampires (2:00)
  7. So Good (2:00)
  8. Safe Tonight (2:00)
  9. Peach Sky (2:00)
  10. Mountains (2:00)
Review: Don't believe everything you read - the fifth Bat For Lashes album confirms this girl (or woman) found herself musically and thematically some time ago, freeing up creative energy to explore new approaches to deliver her often mournful, always heartfelt songs inspired by personal crises and private longings. On this outing there's more than a hint of 1980s pop evident in the mix. Shades of Prince ("Feel For You"), Madonna ("So Good"), Bowie's Berlin days and electro-era Gary Numan (the stunning, infectious instrumental "Vampires") cast the record in a nostalgia that suits the sense of yearning that always seems to pervade Natasha Khan's work. Simply name-checking reference points is lazy and unfair, though. This is an incredible collection of tracks moulded in the artist's own image - bold, beautiful and instantly captivating. Then again, it would be surprising if anyone had expected anything less.
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ANIMA (Deluxe) (limited 180 gram orange vinyl 2xLP box set + MP3 download code in hard-back book sleeve)
XL
Cat: XL 987LPX. Rel: 02 Aug 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Traffic (5:18)
  2. Last I Heard (He Was Circling The Drain) (5:10)
  3. Twist (7:02)
  4. Dawn Chorus (5:35)
  5. I Am A Very Rude Person (3:51)
  6. Not The News (4:01)
  7. The Axe (6:56)
  8. Impossible Knots (4:22)
  9. Runwayaway (5:56)
  10. (Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming) (5:05)
Review: It's taken a while, but finally Thom Yorke's impressive third solo album, "ANIMA", is available on wax (and in a fetching shade of orange, too). A future classic that continues the legacy he started with XL Recordings back in 2006 (with his solo debut The Eraser), ANIMA is well worth picking up, as Yorke and co-producer Nigel Godrich offer up evocative, off-kilter songs built around the twin attractions of the Radiohead man's distinctive vocals and skewed backing tracks rich in layered electronic noise, body-bending sub-bass, discordant synthesizer parts and intriguingly jaunty drum loops. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the creepy, lo-fi ambient swirl of "Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain)" and "Dawn Chorus" (a blissfully dewy-eyed early morning soundscape), to the low-slung, post-trip-hop hum of "I Am A Very Rude Person" and the fizzing, jazz-fired thrust of "Impossible Knots". Melancholic, yes. Deep and self-effacing, of course. Nihilistic, not really. Percussive futurist sub-pop is back.
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I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (gatefold 180 gram clear vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: DH 00118. Rel: 26 Feb 16
Indie
  1. The 1975 (1:22)
  2. Love Me (3:42)
  3. UGH! (3:01)
  4. A Change Of Heart (4:39)
  5. She's American (4:30)
  6. If I Believe You (6:19)
  7. Please Be Naked (4:20)
  8. Lostmyhead (5:16)
  9. The Ballad Of Me & My Brain (2:54)
  10. Somebody Else (5:48)
  11. Loving Someone (4:21)
  12. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (6:25)
  13. The Sound (4:11)
  14. This Must Be My Dream (4:11)
  15. Paris (4:53)
  16. Nana (4:00)
  17. She Lays Down (3:38)
Review: That title is an eyebrow-raiser, yet still more surprising about this second album are the chances that cocky, controversial 1975 frontman Matt Healey has been prepared to take with the sound that his band rode to enormous success on via their debut. Certainly this album may largely sound custom-designed for radio airplay, yet within this framework Healey has moved from the guitar band swagger of yore to a more emotionally charged reinvention that throws '80s-style hooks, innovative production trickery and his mixture of chutzpah and charm into the fray to create a vibrant and unexpected art-pop melange.
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Cat: STRUT 204LPX. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice" (re-edit) (7:19)
  2. Liquid Liquid - "Cavern" (5:22)
  3. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (vocal) (6:57)
  4. Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players - "Spasticus Autisticus" (version) (6:57)
  5. Material - "Over & Over" (long version) (5:38)
  6. Was (Not Was) - "Wheel Me Out" (7:12)
  7. Dinosaur - "Kiss Me Again" (6:53)
  8. Don Cherry - "I Walk" (3:14)
  9. Common Sense - "Voices Inside My Head" (6:29)
  10. Nicky Siano - "Move" (5:45)
  11. Indian Ocean - "School Bell/Treehouse" (10:13)
Review: Second time around for Joey Negro and Sean P's peerless collection of post-punk era New York club cuts, a compilation that proved hugely influential when it was first released way back in 2000. The track listing strangely omits one track present on the original release (the full 16-minute version of Steve Miller Band's "Macho City"), but otherwise it's a faithful reproduction. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the eccentric electrofunk of Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" and P-funk influenced strut of Material's "Over And Over", to the skittish jazz-goes-dub disco bustle of Don Cherry's "I Walk" and the low-slung percussive voodoo of Nicky Siano's "Move". The undisputed master of NYC leftfield disco, Arthur Russell, is represented via cuts from Loose Joints, Dinosaur and Indian Ocean.
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Angel's Pulse (picture disc LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 460XP. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Indie
  1. I Wanna C U (1:21)
  2. Something To Do (0:53)
  3. Dark & Handsome (feat Toro Y Moi) (2:32)
  4. Benzo (2:30)
  5. Birmingham (feat Kelsey Lu & Ian Isiah) (1:32)
  6. Good For You (feat Justine Skye) (2:21)
  7. Baby Florence (Figure) (3:02)
  8. Gold Teeth (feat Project Pat, Gangsta Boo & Tinashe) (3:02)
  9. Berlin (feat Porches & Ian Isiah) (1:58)
  10. Tuesday Feeling (Choose To Stay) (feat Tinashe) (2:55)
  11. Seven Hours (feat Benny Revival - part 1) (2:43)
  12. Take It Back (feat Arca, Joba & Justine Skye) (4:21)
  13. Happiness (Will Fade) (2:12)
  14. Today (1:20)
Review: Dev Hynes is the British producer, singer and songwriter who has a disarming sound that mixes r&b, soul and 80s pop. His latest album is another tender and vulnerable affair with drum lead minimalism on tracks like "Baby Florence (Figure)", US hip hop on "Gold Teeth" and the pop tinged "Benzo." It is a joyous listen that recalls the classic homemade mixtape vibes of the 90s, where moods chop and change but are united by a certain joyfulness. Angel's Pulse is a simmering soundtrack to a lovestruck day in the park or a romantic sunset but one that has political undertones when you listen closely enough.
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Coexist (LP in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: YT 080LP. Rel: 06 Sep 12
 
Indie
  1. Angels
  2. Chained
  3. Fiction
  4. Try
  5. Reunion
  6. Sunset
  7. Missing
  8. Tides
  9. Unfold
  10. Swept Away
  11. Our Song
Review: Here it is: the long awaited second album from Mercury award winning, waif-like London trio The xx. The band have enjoyed a huge amount of success since their eponymous debut album dropped in 2009, and Coexist sees them subtly tweak their sound rather than wholly reinvent it, with their booming drums traded in for something less grandiose. There are some stunning moments on the LP (opener "Angels", "Reunion" and "Swept Away" all linger long in the memory) that will ensure it swats any "difficult second album" talk to one side; this is the sound of a band comfortable in their own skin. Caps doffed to Young Turks who present the LP on sumptuous heavyweight vinyl with included CD and booklet.
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Warm On A Cold Night (gatefold heavyweight gold vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 019029 5955236. Rel: 22 Jul 16
Indie
  1. Warm On A Cold Night (4:23)
  2. Til The Evening (4:37)
  3. Someone That Loves You (4:02)
  4. All In The Value (3:38)
  5. Treat You Right (4:05)
  6. Out Of My Control (4:48)
  7. Coastal Love (4:00)
  8. It Ain't Wrong Loving You (3:13)
  9. The Night (5:03)
  10. Good Together (3:45)
  11. One At A Time Please (4:40)
  12. FHKD (4:22)
Review: This East London duo honed their style in their own studios, sculpting a homespun sound that marries electronic innovation with a warmly soulful approach redolent of a welcome British answer to the glitzy R&B more commonly found across the Atlantic - kneed that rendered bt self-admitted heroes of this pair such as Usher. Yet boasting a neon-drenched late night aesthetic that's somehow maintains enough brio and quirky charm to avoid it sounding like the soundtrack to a perfume advert, 'Warm On A Cold Night' is as sleek and sophisticated as it is earthy and characterful.
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XL
Cat: XL 936LP. Rel: 26 Oct 18
Soundtracks
  1. A Storm That Took Everything (1:47)
  2. The Hooks (3:13)
  3. Suspirium (3:23)
  4. Belongings Thrown In A River (1:30)
  5. Has Ended (5:00)
  6. Klemperer Walks (1:36)
  7. Open Again (2:41)
  8. Sabbath Incantation (3:06)
  9. The Inevitable Pull (1:36)
  10. Olga's Destruction (Volk Tape) (2:56)
  11. The Conjuring Of Anke (2:17)
  12. A Light Green (1:48)
  13. Unmade (4:25)
  14. The Jumps (2:34)
  15. Volk (6:22)
  16. The Universe Is Indifferent (4:44)
  17. The Balance Of Things (1:07)
  18. A Soft Hand Across Your Face (0:43)
  19. Suspirium Finale (7:01)
  20. A Choir Of One (13:56)
  21. Synthesizer Speaks (1:05)
  22. The Room Of Compartments (1:17)
  23. An Audition (0:29)
  24. Voiceless Terror (4:02)
  25. The Epilogue (1:10)
Review: Given his innate ability to craft intensely atmospheric and often fundamentally unsettling music, it seems apt that Thom Yorke has finally got around to producing a film soundtrack. It's fitting, too, that said soundtrack is for Luca Guadagnino's weirdo remake of 1977 Italian horror flick "Suspiria". Yorke nails the brief, delivering a string of chilling, otherworldly instrumentals that not only draw on his well-established love of dark ambient and gruesome electronica, but also foreboding neo-classical movements and sparse, wide-eyed arrangements. There are a smattering of superb vocal moments, too, with recent single "Suspirio" - described by one broadsheet reviewer as "the saddest waltz you'll ever here" - standing out.
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A Moon Shaped Pool (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
XL
Cat: XLLP 790. Rel: 17 Jun 16
Indie
  1. Burn The Witch (3:41)
  2. Daydreaming (6:26)
  3. Decks Dark (4:41)
  4. Desert Island Disk (3:44)
  5. Ful Stop (6:07)
  6. Glass Eyes (2:53)
  7. Identikit (4:26)
  8. The Numbers (5:44)
  9. Present Tense (5:03)
  10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief (4:38)
  11. True Love Waits (5:08)
Review: A quarter century old now, yet these art-rock giants and eternal malcontents seem as restless in their muse and motion as ever - still chronicling an increasingly complicated and strenuous age yet doing it with finesse, grace and innovation. The urgent, invigorating strains of single 'Burn the Witch' were no anomaly, and 'A Moon Shaped Pool' shows them shaking off the more insular tendencies of their last opus 'King Of Limbs' to engage and electrify in a way that they haven't truly managed for years - radiant, celestial ambience shares space here with impressive ire and emotional engagement, with these peerless experimentalists delivering a record that transcends both their own work and the vast majority of the musical landscape they survey.
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Inflorescent (limited heavyweight violet vinyl LP + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: 775415 8. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Can't Wait Forever (3:29)
  2. Heaven Let Me In (4:43)
  3. Silhouettes (4:00)
  4. Offline (3:32)
  5. Sleeptalking (3:33)
  6. Kiss & Rewind (4:05)
  7. Love Like Waves (4:29)
  8. Lack Of Love (4:18)
  9. Cry Wolf (3:47)
  10. Almost Midnight (4:15)
  11. Run The Wild Flowers (4:38)
Review: Upbeat, upfront and wholeheartedly unapologetic, the return of Friendly Fires is about as proud as an album can be. After eight years off whatever soul searching took place has clearly paid off, even if only to give them the confidence to make these tracks. There's a pure 80s chart-disco vibe throughout the track list. From the breathiness of that "Baby I" line on "Can't Wait Forever" to the sexy and sleazy "Offline", which might as well be an homage to George Michael. It's no cheap parody, though, with enough accomplished musicality here to ensure that an instrumental pack would have club DJs with penchants for yacht pop chomping at the bit. Not least the frantic pace and punching kicks of "Almost Midnight", synth accents taking us closer to the outfit's debut than anything else here, perhaps with the exception of closer "Run The Wild Flowers".
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Everything You've Come To Expect (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: WIGLP 371. Rel: 01 Apr 16
Indie
  1. Aviation (3:41)
  2. Miracle Aligner (4:04)
  3. Dracula Teeth (2:48)
  4. Everything You've Come To Expect (3:12)
  5. The Element Of Surprise (2:46)
  6. Bad Habits (2:58)
  7. Sweet Dreams, TN (3:55)
  8. Used To Be My Girl (2:54)
  9. She Does The Woods (3:27)
  10. Pattern (4:12)
  11. The Dream Synopsis (3:01)
Review: More than merely an awaybreak for its members Alex Turner and Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets proved themselves on their debut 'Age Of The Understatement' to be masters of a distinctly '60s-styled world of glamour and arresting artifice, their clever wordplay and swooning harmonies combining with ornate arrangements to create a sound as redolent of black-and-white kitchen sink dramas as the trials and tribulations of the twenty-first century everyday. This long-awaited sequel, meanwhile - reuniting them with string arranger Owen Pallett - displays that whereas their careers may have moved in markedly different directions in the interim, their wry and wordily ditties when united display an enviable chemistry and magnetic charm.
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Altid Sammen (gatefold LP)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0172LP. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. VI Er Uendelig (3:46)
  2. Supertanker (4:43)
  3. Uden Ansigt (4:27)
  4. I Dine Ojne (4:53)
  5. Haender Der Abner Sig (4:01)
  6. Verden Forsvinder (3:13)
  7. Under Broen Der Ligger Du (7:35)
  8. Havet Lofter Sig (2:53)
  9. Hold Mine Haender (6:51)
Review: Where were you seven years ago? School? High school? College? First job? Last job? Whatever the answer it's certainly not the same place as Efterklang were, and still are. The Danish trio have never been of this world, yet give us so many opportunities to consider the emotion and passion this world offers. The first album to be fully written in their native tongue accentuates those qualities - dreamy soundscapes, different and decidedly bewitching intonation. It's an epic journey, with the likes of "Uden Ansigt" among the most epic, like Bon Iver's vocals slow dancing with the soaring instrumentation of Sigur Ros. "Havet Lofter Sig" ups the beauty, fittingly on the shortest track - gentle pianos, unnaturally pitched backing voices and baritone lead creating real yearning, proving nothing great lasts forever. Or longer than a couple of minutes. Cutting to the chase, it's a mesmerising work you're sure to have on repeat.
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There Existed An Addiction To Blood (limited trifold silver vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: SP 1330X. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Nothing Is Safe (0:30)
  2. He Dead (feat Ed Balloon) (0:30)
  3. La Mala Ordina (feat The Rita & Elcamino & Benny The Butcher) (0:30)
  4. Club Down (feat Sarah Bernat) (0:30)
  5. Run For Your Life (feat La Chat) (0:30)
  6. The Show (0:30)
  7. All In Your Head (feat Counterfeit Madison & Robyn Hood) (0:30)
  8. Blood Of The Fang (0:30)
  9. Story 7 (0:30)
  10. Attunement (feat Pedestrian Deposit) (0:30)
  11. Piano Burning (0:30)
Review: Hip-hop's been a juxtaposition for quite some time. On the one hand, you have some of the most innovative work imaginable coming out of the farthest reaches. The other side is dominated by chancers and fakers. It's safe to say Clipping exist in the former. And we really do mean former. "There Existed An Addiction To Blood" is not just an album that is trying to extend the boundaries of a crew's sound, but the boundaries of the very genre itself. Horrorcore it may be, an establish sub-canon within the gamut, but this takes us to new, visceral extremes. Daveed Diggs' lyricism shines, cuts and satisfies, in particular on opener "Nothing Is Safe", which draws on influences such as John Carpenter's iconic theme to his equally iconic slasher flick, "Halloween". Bloodlust indeed, a theme that continues throughout a collection of work sitting just the right side of thrillingly scary, and just the right side of not.
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