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Wallop (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WARPLP 302. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Let It Change U (3:21)
  2. Couldn't Have Known (3:35)
  3. Off The Grid (3:48)
  4. In The Grid (1:22)
  5. Serbia Drums (3:40)
  6. My Fault (3:36)
  7. Slow Motion (3:45)
  8. Slo Mo (0:40)
  9. $50 Million (3:58)
  10. Domino (3:41)
  11. Rhythm Of The Gravity (3:27)
  12. UR Paranoid (4:17)
  13. This Is The Door (5:28)
  14. This Is The Dub (0:36)
Review: Eight albums in and !!! are still as hard to define than the band's name is difficult to say. They've always managed to resonate with the sound and zeitgeist of the year in which they release, and "Wallop" doesn't differ from that modus. An amalgamation of tones at once uptempo and hedonistic yet brutally damaged, it's an electronic album built in the way the genres it pays homage to originally were - blueprint free. We've got dance-rock crossovers, straight up techno (albeit aimed squarely at non-die-hard-heads) and bouncing broken funk-house hybrids, so what more do you want? "Couldn't Have Known" nods to classic Basement Jaxx. "Domino" takes us down an IDM wormhole, where we meet the aptly titled "Ur Paranoid" and its pulsating intensity. Simultaneously referencing Primal Scream, trip hop, Madchester, whatever that track that set the club off last night was while sounding like none of the above, it's archetypal !!! business.
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Wallop (green & pink vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WARPLP 302X. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Let It Change U (3:21)
  2. Couldn't Have Known (3:35)
  3. Off The Grid (3:48)
  4. In The Grid (1:22)
  5. Serbia Drums (3:40)
  6. My Fault (3:36)
  7. Slow Motion (3:45)
  8. Slomo (0:40)
  9. $50 Million (3:58)
  10. Domino (3:41)
  11. Rhythm Of The Gravity (3:27)
  12. Ur Paranoid (4:17)
  13. This Is The Door (5:28)
  14. This Is The Dub (0:36)
Review: Eight albums in and !!! are still as hard to define than the band's name is difficult to say. They've always managed to resonate with the sound and zeitgeist of the year in which they release, and "Wallop" doesn't differ from that modus. An amalgamation of tones at once uptempo and hedonistic yet brutally damaged, it's an electronic album built in the way the genres it pays homage to originally were - blueprint free. We've got dance-rock crossovers, straight up techno (albeit aimed squarely at non-die-hard-heads) and bouncing broken funk-house hybrids, so what more do you want? "Couldn't Have Known" nods to classic Basement Jaxx. "Domino" takes us down an IDM wormhole, where we meet the aptly titled "Ur Paranoid" and its pulsating intensity. Simultaneously referencing Primal Scream, trip hop, Madchester, whatever that track that set the club off last night was while sounding like none of the above, it's archetypal !!! business.
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House Of Sugar (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 451. 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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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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Dudu (LP)
Cat: CT 310LP. Rel: 26 Jul 19
Indie
  1. Cognitive Dissonance (2:00)
  2. Pressure Inside (2:00)
  3. Closer (2:00)
  4. Automation (2:00)
  5. Ceremonies Of Waste (2:00)
  6. Instant Pace (2:00)
  7. No (1:16)
  8. Another Anthem (2:00)
  9. I Want (2:00)
  10. On Repeat (2:00)
  11. Smoke You (0:47)
  12. Can't Stand It (2:00)
  13. Asleep/Awake (2:00)
  14. Taste For Trash (1:33)
  15. Dudu (0:48)
Review: Taking inspiration from the sonic lawlessness of the city they live, New York's B Boys deliver a third studio album for Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks. Described as exploring solitude and self-reflection through sharp, high-energy shouts and melodic mediations, Dudu keeps their post punk sound of lo-fi drums, jangley, distorted guitars and quick fire rhythms fresh! The music of B Boys shares a close proximity to what was coming out of the UK scene during the 2000s with "Closer", "Instant Pace" and "Another Anthem" really saddling up to this aesthetic, which should bring some nice memories to fans of bands like King Krule, The Rakes or even At The Drive In.
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Dudu (pink vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: CT 310LPC1. Rel: 26 Jul 19
Indie
  1. Cognitive Dissonance (2:38)
  2. Pressure Inside (2:20)
  3. Closer (2:50)
  4. Automation (2:09)
  5. Ceremonies Of Waste (2:51)
  6. Instant Pace (4:11)
  7. No (1:15)
  8. Another Anthem (2:08)
  9. I Want (2:41)
  10. On Repeat (3:19)
  11. Smoke You (0:47)
  12. Can't Stand It (3:45)
  13. Asleep/Awake (4:14)
  14. Taste For Trash (1:33)
  15. Dudu (0:49)
Review: Taking inspiration from the sonic lawlessness of the city they live, New York's B Boys deliver a third studio album for Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks. Described as exploring solitude and self-reflection through sharp, high-energy shouts and melodic mediations, Dudu keeps their post punk sound of lo-fi drums, jangley, distorted guitars and quick fire rhythms fresh! The music of B Boys shares a close proximity to what was coming out of the UK scene during the 2000s with "Closer", "Instant Pace" and "Another Anthem" really saddling up to this aesthetic, which should bring some nice memories to fans of bands like King Krule, The Rakes or even At The Drive In.
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Ma (140 gram vinyl LP + poster + booklet)
Cat: 007559 7924077. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Is This Nice? (2:56)
  2. Kantori Ongaku (3:36)
  3. Ami (3:53)
  4. Memorial (4:33)
  5. Carolina (2:35)
  6. Now All Gone (3:36)
  7. Love Song (4:24)
  8. Abre Las Manos (3:32)
  9. Taking A Page (3:40)
  10. October 12 (3:07)
  11. My Boyfriend's In The Band (3:34)
  12. The Lost Coast (3:06)
  13. Will I See You Tonight? (feat Vashti Bunyan) (3:22)
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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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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Lost Girls (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BATFL 01LP. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Kids In The Dark (3:21)
  2. The Hunger (4:52)
  3. Feel For You (3:34)
  4. Desert Man (3:23)
  5. Jasmine (2:52)
  6. Vampires (3:02)
  7. So Good (3:33)
  8. Safe Tonight (4:15)
  9. Peach Sky (4:31)
  10. Mountains (4:35)
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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Days Of The Bagnold Summer (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
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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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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Miami Memory (limited gatefold blue vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SC 378LPC1. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Stepdad (4:15)
  2. Miami Memory (4:23)
  3. Far From Born Again (4:14)
  4. Gaslight (4:21)
  5. Bad For The Boys (4:39)
  6. End Is Nigh (3:03)
  7. PC With Me (2:34)
  8. Divorce (3:12)
  9. Other Ladies (3:46)
  10. Too Far (4:07)
Review: If there were still justice in the digital age, and artists really got what was owed to them exposure-wise, Alex Cameron would be a safe bet for leftfield pop sensation. A multi-faceted songwriter, his previous two albums took us through a horror show of horrible characters and their innermost thoughts, twin roads that have somehow veered onto another course altogether for "Miami Memory". Here a much friendlier face is donned. Nevertheless, opener "Stepdad" makes intentions clear, with uptempo keyboard lines invoking the emotional qualities of mid-80s Prince. "Far From Born Again" tells the story of a "her" who's making bad choices, and the potential fallout of that, set to a Bruce Springsteen-sounding chorus, the likes of which can be found again on "Divorce". Not holding back, but instead holding a light up to a different side of his personality, it's Cameron's most positive to date and his best.
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In The Spirit World Now (LP + MP3 download code in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: RR 74321. Rel: 20 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Turn Away The Bad Thing (4:03)
  2. In The Spirit World Now (3:09)
  3. Further I Was (3:39)
  4. Presaging The End (4:38)
  5. Say Goodbye To Them (2:33)
  6. We Can Be Free (2:46)
  7. Years Of Love (2:14)
  8. Never Gonna Die Now (1:16)
  9. I Want More (2:37)
  10. From Another Age (2:39)
  11. Calming Water (3:01)
Review: You could be forgiven for questioning the Californian roots of Ceremony. Then again, it's a big old state. Big enough, apparently, to hide one of the most vital movements in British music in its midst. Evidently no coincidence that the band's name nods to a seminal slice of Joy Division, while post punk never disappeared this 14-strong collection is enough to trick anyone into thinking they'd woken up in the genre's explosive heyday. "Turn Away The Bad Thing" sets the record straight as album opener. Intense, punchy, visceral and- crucially- incredibly catchy, Ross Farrar's lyrics arrive with rock 'n' roll's unapologetic edge. It's a case of one track and you're in. It's also perhaps the rawest offering here, synths and electronics gradually demanding more attention as the LP progresses. "From Another Age", for example, places bouncing keys centre stage as pseudo-guitar riffs. Basically buy it, buy it now.
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The Other Room (orange vinyl LP)
Cat: CLUE 050. Rel: 12 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Sky Burial (3:08)
  2. Strange Things (3:08)
  3. Right Machine (4:09)
  4. Silver Tongue (3:20)
  5. Ad Nauseam (4:03)
  6. Honesty Box (3:14)
  7. Bonfire Night (3:22)
  8. Out On A Limb (4:15)
  9. Thinking Backwards (2:51)
  10. Jupiter (2:21)
  11. Red Shift (2:45)
  12. Elsewhere (5:13)
Review: Having established a name for themselves with energetic riffs and ignorance towards safe volumes, the latest long-player from London trio Crushed Breaks isn't so much a departure from previous outings as a crescendo. The elements we've come to love them for are- at times quite literally- boiling over here. Heat being the operative intense feeling in this instance. Designed, and destined, to fill cavernous rooms, tracks like "Ad Nauseam" and "Thinking Backwards" stand at the most accessible or universal. "Silver Tongue" almost borders on balladry, albeit apparently conceived under the watchful eye of Stone Roses' eternal spirit. Numbers like "Red Shift", meanwhile, joins the likes of "Honesty Box", with much more raucous musicality invoking some of the great indie rock 'n' roll rebels, in the best possible way.
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Cat: ITR 327 (B-STOCK). Rel: 02 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Days Of Future Passed (4:34)
  2. This Is One (3:48)
  3. I Try My Best (5:04)
  4. A Nice Holiday (5:55)
  5. One Dollar (4:29)
  6. Days Of Future Passed (reprise) (2:59)
  7. They Insulted Me In Mojo (6:16)
  8. Negative Freedom (6:04)
Review: ***B-STOCK: Box damaged, product unused & in perfect condition***

- Creasing to corner of sleeve


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 in stock $17.03
Close It Quietly (limited yellow vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: SP 1320X. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Moonsea (2:02)
  2. Cosmic Shop (1:52)
  3. 41st (2:06)
  4. So Blue (2:20)
  5. A Joke (2:12)
  6. Rings (On A Tree) (1:43)
  7. Actin' Weird (1:10)
  8. Windows (2:45)
  9. Never Would (1:46)
  10. Self-destruct (0:46)
  11. Wannago (3:17)
  12. I'm It (1:59)
  13. Trunk Of A Tree (0:57)
  14. Last Season's Textures (2:04)
  15. Even Though I Knew (1:32)
  16. UFO (1:42)
  17. Marbles (2:11)
  18. Did You Find (1:14)
  19. A Hit (1:25)
  20. With Great Purpose (1:23)
  21. This Swirling (2:48)
Review: When bands hit album four, two things can happen - or three. Some suffer from a crisis of creativity, opting to regurgitate or, worse still, stagnate. Others opt for reinvention, with as many getting it right as going well off-piste, alienating faithful fans in the process. The lucky ones, meanwhile, hit the nail on the head with their most accomplished and complete work to date. Consider Frankie Cosmos among the lucky ones, then, not that luck had much to do with it. Recorded in their New York hometown, everything about the record feels comfortable in that there's nothing forced, and yet it engages and grabs from the off. Lilting, lo-fi rock 'n' roll odes to love, life and the genre itself, anyone who's ever wondered what Cate Le Bon might sound like having a pancake breakfast with The Orielles should grab a seat at this table.
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Inflorescent (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: 775415 5. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Can't Wait Forever (3:29)
  2. Heaven Let Me In (4:40)
  3. Silhouettes (4:11)
  4. Offline (3:23)
  5. Sleeptalking (3:31)
  6. Kiss & Rewind (4:13)
  7. Love Like Waves (4:28)
  8. Lack Of Love (4:18)
  9. Cry Wolf (3:48)
  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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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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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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Any Human Friend (pink marbled vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: AMFLPX 0013. Rel: 09 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Wanderlust (3:07)
  2. The One (3:49)
  3. All Night (3:42)
  4. Blow (3:31)
  5. I'm Not Where You Are (3:43)
  6. Send My Love (5:27)
  7. Hand Solo (3:52)
  8. Conventional Ride (4:09)
  9. Come Undone (3:45)
  10. Hold On (2:55)
  11. Any Human Friend (3:10)
Review: The third album from Marika Hackman, and arguably her most honest and exposed to date. An artist who has tangibly progressed from what was already a head start, it's a complex record that seems to be the sum of the artist's previous parts. A proud and forthright declaration of someone arriving at where they want to be wouldn't be putting it too far. It's scuzzy, desolate, bleak and then at the same time energetic, poised, guttural, disco. Tracks such as "Send My Love" couldn't be more emotionally charged, but nor could they be more inviting- somewhere between this life and the next- inviting and then visceral. Flip it and find "Conventional Ride" and "Come Undone" as two tracks that are entirely different but share one thing in common; a heartbreaking work of extraordinary genius.
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Anak Ko (gatefold heavyweight splattered vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: LUCKY 131LP. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Indie
  1. If You Want It (3:18)
  2. Superbike (3:52)
  3. Peace Out (4:18)
  4. Devotion (3:32)
  5. Nighttime Drive (3:14)
  6. Tenderness (4:01)
  7. Anak Ko (3:39)
  8. Crown (4:38)
  9. Get Well (3:59)
Review: By the time you reach the muffled, eccentric opening bars of "Tenderness", just past halfway on "Anak Ko", Jay Som's remit is clear. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has left her shoes, or rather shoegaze, behind. This time she's walking barefoot through a lo-fi musical tapestry, baring soles and heartbreak while musing on the importance of self-value. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the head-noddingly agreeable "Nighttime Drive" to the jerking, grunge-y "Peace Out", it's equal parts gorgeous and effortlessly- not to mention breathily- cool, sexy and surprising. Perhaps what's most reassuring, though, is that there's every chance this could all come across as affected and a little too self-aware. Nothing could be further from the truth from what we can hear- an honest work representing the next step in the evolution of a truly exciting American indie talent.
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Anak Ko (limited gatefold 180 gram splattered vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PRC 390LP. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Indie
  1. If You Want It (3:18)
  2. Superbike (3:52)
  3. Peace Out (4:18)
  4. Devotion (3:32)
  5. Nighttime Drive (3:14)
  6. Tenderness (4:01)
  7. Anak Ko (3:39)
  8. Crown (4:38)
  9. Get Well (3:59)
Review: By the time you reach the muffled, eccentric opening bars of "Tenderness", just past halfway on "Anak Ko", Jay Som's remit is clear. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has left her shoes, or rather shoegaze, behind. This time she's walking barefoot through a lo-fi musical tapestry, baring soles and heartbreak while musing on the importance of self-value. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the head-noddingly agreeable "Nighttime Drive" to the jerking, grunge-y "Peace Out", it's equal parts gorgeous and effortlessly- not to mention breathily- cool, sexy and surprising. Perhaps what's most reassuring, though, is that there's every chance this could all come across as affected and a little too self-aware. Nothing could be further from the truth from what we can hear- an honest work representing the next step in the evolution of a truly exciting American indie talent.
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Diabolique (gatefold 180 gram red vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BEC 5650024. Rel: 11 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Une Lune Etrange (4:52)
  2. Lou (3:41)
  3. Dreams (3:13)
  4. La Brigade Des Malefices (4:37)
  5. On Dansait Avec Elle (3:37)
  6. Ghost Rider (5:45)
  7. Grande (2:50)
  8. Springfield 61 (3:39)
  9. Un Rituel Inhabituel (4:18)
  10. The Last Picture Show (3:07)
Review: There has been plenty said about debutants L'Epee since their single "Dreams" turned heads back in spring. Combining the talents of Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), French artist Emmanuelle Seigner, and polished-to-a-sheen pop outfit The Liminanas, it's one of the most refreshing (and French) things you're likely to hear all year. That's more of a reference to the cinematic feeling that defines the album, owing much to the femme fatale vocal delivery, rather than the language each line is sung in. At once evoking the smoky cool of Serge Gainsbourg and the opiate moods of The Velvet Underground, "Diabolique" feels born in a time when psychedelic experimentation and chart topping music weren't mutually exclusive. At once sophisticated and hedonistic, it's a sexy, sensual and overwhelmingly seductive effort everyone should turn themselves on to.
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Diabolique (gatefold heavyweight red vinyl LP + CD)
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Cat: AUK 133LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Une Lune Etrange (4:54)
  2. Lou (3:42)
  3. Dreams (3:14)
  4. La Brigade Des Malefices (4:38)
  5. On Dansait Avec Elle (3:36)
  6. Ghost Rider (5:44)
  7. Grande (2:51)
  8. Springfield 61 (3:38)
  9. Un Rituel Inhabituel (4:18)
  10. Last Picture Show (3:09)
  11. Une Lune Etrange
  12. Lou
  13. Dreams
  14. La Brigade Des Malefices
  15. On Dansait Avec Elle
  16. Ghost Rider
  17. Grande
  18. Springfield 61
  19. Un Rituel Inhabituel
  20. Last Picture Show
Review: There has been plenty said about debutants L'Epee since their single "Dreams" turned heads back in spring. Combining the talents of Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), French artist Emmanuelle Seigner, and polished-to-a-sheen pop outfit The Liminanas, it's one of the most refreshing (and French) things you're likely to hear all year. That's more of a reference to the cinematic feeling that defines the album, owing much to the femme fatale vocal delivery, rather than the language each line is sung in. At once evoking the smoky cool of Serge Gainsbourg and the opiate moods of The Velvet Underground, "Diabolique" feels born in a time when psychedelic experimentation and chart topping music weren't mutually exclusive. At once sophisticated and hedonistic, it's a sexy, sensual and overwhelmingly seductive effort everyone should turn themselves on to.
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The Competition (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: RBN 070LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Galapagos (4:12)
  2. Hand Of God (3:53)
  3. Two Faced Love (4:32)
  4. Young Republicans (3:49)
  5. Real Thing (4:07)
  6. Buster Keaton (3:42)
  7. I Drive (3:45)
  8. Simple Life (4:32)
  9. Empire Sundown (3:55)
  10. Lucky People (3:48)
  11. In Your House (3:24)
Review: The return of Baltimore's Lower Dens - now with half as many members as last time we caught up with them - could have been entitled "The Contrast", although that may be stating the obvious. As anyone familiar with the outfit's combination of heartfelt vocal delivery, dream pop ambience and brutally honest socio-political commentary will understand. It's a unique combination for a band that, on first contact, sound like they should be all about the love songs. Then again, there's an air of jilted love, or at least just jilted, about numbers like "Young Republicans", sliding into waves of powerful synth as Jana Hunter waxes lyrical about the world burning. While many of today's pop bands nod to the 1980s, Lower Dens are particularly convincing given the decade was, for many, defined by the death of America's big dream and a realisation that societal progress could be a 20th Century myth. Uptempo but stark stuff.
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Metronomy Forever (limited gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BEC 5650091. 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 (0:30)
  7. Lying Low (0:30)
  8. Forever Is A Long Time (0:30)
  9. The Light (0:30)
  10. Sex Emoji (0:30)
  11. Walking In The Dark (0:30)
  12. Insecure (0:30)
  13. Miracle Rooftop (0:30)
  14. Upset My Girlfriend (0:30)
  15. Wedding Bells (0:30)
  16. Lately (Going Spare) (0:30)
  17. UR Mixtape (0:30)
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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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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How To Live (limited 180 gram green vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BELLA 870V. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Bloom (1:42)
  2. Footsteps (5:20)
  3. Turbulence (3:35)
  4. Criminals (4:23)
  5. Seance (2:45)
  6. Nightmares (4:20)
  7. Peradam (4:15)
  8. Oracle (3:17)
  9. Nature (3:57)
  10. Devotee (7:06)
Review: It's hard not to feel hypnotised by "How To Live". Modern Nature's debut long form outing opens with the sombre, mournful strings of "Bloom" - a strong case for albums setting the mood before developing. Finally kicking in with a stepping, building track, from thereon in the record expands, contracts and burrows through looping guitars, segments of field recordings, earthly folk lyricism, and wild saxophone solos. Second-to-last track "Nature" is almost a mirror image of "Footsteps", or at least an answer to any prevailing questions - they get deeper and more immersive. "Nightmares" pulls you in with gentle synths rippling in the background beneath soft lines of brass. "Criminals", meanwhile, is a more complex sounding affair, a fittingly dark-hued arrangement of simple guitar hook and slightly unnerving timbre that slowly reveals its true, far more positive intentions.
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When I Have Fears (LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: 085000 7715205. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. For Everything (5:04)
  2. More Is Less (2:54)
  3. Green & Blue (6:18)
  4. Slowdance I (4:03)
  5. Slowdance II (3:12)
  6. On Twisted Ground (6:05)
  7. Feeling Fades (4:12)
  8. Don't Cling To Life (2:31)
  9. How The Streets Adore Me Now (4:33)
  10. Love, Love, Love (4:57)
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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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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Cat: STRUT 204LPX. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Disco/Reediciones
  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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From Here (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: 0214206 EMU. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Passing Through (6:00)
  2. Never Arriving (4:57)
  3. The Weather (4:53)
  4. End Of Days (4:09)
  5. Great Disguise (4:36)
  6. Conversation (4:15)
  7. Where I Am (4:30)
  8. Hard Way (4:40)
  9. Watch & Learn (3:38)
  10. Maps (3:52)
  11. Setting Sun (6:02)
  12. From Here (7:10)
Review: It has been three years since we had an album from the mighty New Model Army. Plenty has changed about the world since- much of it not for the better. Reassuringly, though, this is equally if not more powerful an outing than its predecessor. In many ways, it's one of their strongest in some time, making intentions clear from the off with the loud, layered and textured tension builder "Passing Through" recalling acclaimed early albums. The outfit apparently quipped that for all their differences they share commonality in a love of bleak, cold, rugged landscapes typified by snow, rock and water. These influences can be clearly heard here. Even in quieter moments, such as "Hard Way", things couldn't feel more removed from a warm fire and comfortable room. It's a wild, almost primitive soundtrack to an adventure across a new yet familiar wilderness, with Justin Sullivan's vocals and compositions as a guide.
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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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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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Perfumed Earth (limited purple vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FN 589LPC1. Rel: 09 Aug 19
Indie
  1. How Long Is Too Long (1:36)
  2. Ancestors Watching (4:06)
  3. Sensing Me (4:10)
  4. I'm Not Saying (4:34)
  5. Delphiniums In Harmony/Two Worlds Away (4:44)
  6. Two Worlds Apart (3:44)
  7. Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return) (4:50)
  8. Ruinous Splendour (feat Roy Montgomery) (3:59)
  9. Tragic Gloss (3:37)
Review: It's certainly not going to surprise any newcomers to Purple Pilgrims that this duo hail from the enchanted landscapes of New Zealand. A timeless sound pervades the work on their sophomore long form effort, befitting a corner of the world that's just far enough from the relentless hype machine of the music industry to allow for genuine individuality to shine through. At times tracks invoke images of endless, unspoilt landscapes where sirens lure us into painfully beautiful sonic worlds. Opener "How Long Is Too Long" is a case in point, along with the pained beauty of "Delphiniums In Harmony/Two Worlds Away" and "Ruinous Splendour". This Mortal Coil eat your heart out. In other moments, what's here gives more than a soft nod to the heyday of hypnotic, opiate rock 'n' roll; "Sensing Me" and "I'm Not Saying" were surely born in a time when free love really was free.
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Cat: FN 589LP. Rel: 09 Aug 19
Indie
  1. How Long Is Too Long (1:36)
  2. Ancestors Watching (4:06)
  3. Sensing Me (4:10)
  4. I'm Not Saying (4:34)
  5. Delphiniums In Harmony/Two Worlds Away (4:44)
  6. Two Worlds Apart (3:44)
  7. Love In Luncay (Saturn Return) (4:50)
  8. Ruinous Splendour (feat Roy Montgomery) (3:59)
  9. Tragic Gloss (3:37)
Review: It's certainly not going to surprise any newcomers to Purple Pilgrims that this duo hail from the enchanted landscapes of New Zealand. A timeless sound pervades the work on their sophomore long form effort, befitting a corner of the world that's just far enough from the relentless hype machine of the music industry to allow for genuine individuality to shine through. At times tracks invoke images of endless, unspoilt landscapes where sirens lure us into painfully beautiful sonic worlds. Opener "How Long Is Too Long" is a case in point, along with the pained beauty of "Delphiniums In Harmony/Two Worlds Away" and "Ruinous Splendour". This Mortal Coil eat your heart out. In other moments, what's here gives more than a soft nod to the heyday of hypnotic, opiate rock 'n' roll; "Sensing Me" and "I'm Not Saying" were surely born in a time when free love really was free.
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Pang! (green vinyl LP)
Cat: RT 0086LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang! (2:48)
  2. Bae Bae Bae (4:11)
  3. Digidigol (3:03)
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen) (2:38)
  5. Eli Haul (2:37)
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd (3:50)
  7. Taranau Mai (3:35)
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust (3:55)
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd (3:11)
Review: A Welsh language album with a couple of verses in Zulu and an English title. If one thing was already clear about the enigmatic Gruff Rhys it's that he doesn't play strictly by numbers, making "Pang!" a logical addition to this oeuvre. If, of course, you're familiar with his oeuvre. Opening with its titular track, the artist immediately makes the few remaining newcomers to his work aware of his deft skills. Complex guitar instrumentation, soft, padding, exotic drum arrangements and - for most people - foreign lyrics. We're immediately transported to faraway climes, and it's here we stay. Playful percussion and looped six strings on "Niwl O Anwiredd". The celebratory "Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)", which recalls sub-Saharan crossover pop. The surreal atmosphere of "Digidigol" - where marching band meets opera in a haze of lilting chords. Put simply, it might be Rhys' most explorative yet, and that's saying something.
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Pang! (Deluxe Edition) (limited heavyweight splattered vinyl LP + poster)
Cat: RT 0086LPE. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang! (2:48)
  2. Bae Bae Bae (4:11)
  3. Digidigol (3:03)
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen) (2:38)
  5. Eli Haul (2:37)
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd (3:50)
  7. Taranau Mai (3:35)
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust (3:55)
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd (3:11)
Review: A Welsh language album with a couple of verses in Zulu and an English title. If one thing was already clear about the enigmatic Gruff Rhys it's that he doesn't play strictly by numbers, making "Pang!" a logical addition to this oeuvre. If, of course, you're familiar with his oeuvre. Opening with its titular track, the artist immediately makes the few remaining newcomers to his work aware of his deft skills. Complex guitar instrumentation, soft, padding, exotic drum arrangements and - for most people - foreign lyrics. We're immediately transported to faraway climes, and it's here we stay. Playful percussion and looped six strings on "Niwl O Anwiredd". The celebratory "Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)", which recalls sub-Saharan crossover pop. The surreal atmosphere of "Digidigol" - where marching band meets opera in a haze of lilting chords. Put simply, it might be Rhys' most explorative yet, and that's saying something.
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This Is Not A Safe Place (gatefold 2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: WEBB 570LP. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. RIDE (2:59)
  2. Future Love (3:37)
  3. Repetition (3:21)
  4. Kill Switch (2:46)
  5. Clouds Of Saint Marie (3:53)
  6. Eternal Recurrence (5:51)
  7. Fifteen Minutes (3:15)
  8. Jump Jet (5:13)
  9. Dial Up (3:40)
  10. End Game (3:35)
  11. Shadows Behind The Sun (4:00)
  12. In This Room (8:41)
Review: With so much at stake when seminal outfits decide to get back together it's understandable people usually greet the news of reunification with a degree of skepticism. But if RIDE's first epilogue didn't confirm it, their second post-comeback album should; sometimes a return is exactly what we needed. Tracks like "Future Love", "Jump Jet" and "Fifteen Minutes" stand up as excellent in their own right. At its most adventurous and confident, "This Is Not A Safe Place" is a startling work of extraordinary daring. RIDE sound as powerful and room-filling as it does hypnotic. "Repetition" vacuum packs a party in sharp, staccato goodness, "Kill Switch" takes us into dark, edgy territories, high pitched chord refrains and crashing cymbals creating an air of menace. So, if we didn't say it already, welcome back.
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The Center Won't Hold (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 779084 1. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. The Center Won't Hold (3:05)
  2. Hurry On Home (2:47)
  3. Reach Out (3:27)
  4. Can I Go On (3:33)
  5. Restless (2:46)
  6. Ruins (5:17)
  7. Love (2:20)
  8. Bad Dance (2:43)
  9. The Future Is Here (3:01)
  10. The Dog/The Body (4:17)
  11. Broken (3:09)
Review: Socio-political commentary abounds Sleater-Kinney's latest. The title references Yeats' "The Second Coming", and while the catalyst for this call for help isn't clear we are so desperately lost as a civilisation, bound by the chains of what Adam Curtis calls oh dear-ism, the specific sickness is irrelevant. Our symptoms are universal. This is clearest on "Can I Go On". In contrast to the aforementioned, with its furious guitars and anguished vocals, it's a poppier, almost-80s affair. Yet it discusses exhausted, wired-in people, questioning if we are worth saving. Perhaps "Love" will help? A jerking, proto-electro infused effort that charts (presumably) the band's early years touring in a van. When things made sense. But nostalgia isn't salvation, especially when the distorted vocals and scuzzy riffs of "Bad Dance" tell us to get down before it's all over. Hope lost in a deliciously textured, provocative record.
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The Center Won't Hold (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP + 7" + stickers)
Cat: 779084 0. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Indie
  1. The Center Won't Hold (3:06)
  2. Hurry On Home (2:48)
  3. Reach Out (3:31)
  4. Can I Go On (3:30)
  5. Restless (2:47)
  6. Ruins (5:18)
  7. Love (2:16)
  8. Bad Dance (2:43)
  9. The Future Is Here (3:01)
  10. The Dog/The Body (4:15)
  11. Broken (3:05)
  12. Hurry On Home (2:52)
  13. The Dog/The Body (4:06)
Review: Socio-political commentary abounds Sleater-Kinney's latest. The title references Yeats' "The Second Coming", and while the catalyst for this call for help isn't clear we are so desperately lost as a civilisation, bound by the chains of what Adam Curtis calls oh dear-ism, the specific sickness is irrelevant. Our symptoms are universal. This is clearest on "Can I Go On". In contrast to the aforementioned, with its furious guitars and anguished vocals, it's a poppier, almost-80s affair. Yet it discusses exhausted, wired-in people, questioning if we are worth saving. Perhaps "Love" will help? A jerking, proto-electro infused effort that charts (presumably) the band's early years touring in a van. When things made sense. But nostalgia isn't salvation, especially when the distorted vocals and scuzzy riffs of "Bad Dance" tell us to get down before it's all over. Hope lost in a deliciously textured, provocative record.
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Shades (limited white vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: VS 0001LPX. Rel: 09 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Virgil's Flowers (3:14)
  2. The Colony (2:46)
  3. Small Minds (4:16)
  4. Circles (4:57)
  5. For (3:23)
  6. Black Rhino Enterprises (3:14)
  7. Loving, Loving (3:20)
  8. The Cage (4:37)
  9. By Mothlight (3:58)
  10. New Nights (4:32)
Review: Poet, vocalist and multi-instrumental virtuoso, in many ways it's remarkable "Shades" is Vera Sola's debut album. Then you remember that, before all this, she made a name for herself as a stage and voice actor, not to mention a member of Elvis Perkins' band. Influences that can be felt on this emotionally complex but often-musically sparse solo offering. The dark, disparate arrangements on "Circles" and "Loving, Loving" wouldn't sound out of place on a David Lynch soundtrack. "By Mothlight" captures the mood of a late night bar discovered during some epic road trip. "The Cage" is pure drama on record. Deftly combining Americana, experimental rock and some twisted, dejected sibling of country, hers is a world that's tormented, wracked with inner turmoil and wholly original. Throw in the fact she's responsible for every sound in earshot- breaking glass, handmade percussion, rattling chains- and the only phrase that fits is tour de force.
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Conditions (10th Anniversary Edition) (limited gatefold white vinyl LP)
Cat: 405053 8525199. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Love Lost (3:35)
  2. Rest (3:30)
  3. Sweet Disposition (3:54)
  4. Down River (3:48)
  5. Soldier On (5:58)
  6. Fader (3:09)
  7. Fools (4:35)
  8. Resurrection (5:36)
  9. Science Of Fear (4:20)
  10. Drum Song (3:21)
Review: It's the album that shot them to glory in one fell swoop, hitting stores at a time when the BBC had just listed Australia's great indie hope in the taste-making Sound of 2009 list. And, as this 10th anniversary special edition proves, the record has lost none of its emotional power or infectious musicality in that time. Opening with the pared back-yet-desperate "Love Lost", the tone is set for a record that packs as much punch as it does reel from the punishments life so readily hands out. Veering between bruised and ballsy, quiet and confident, tracks like "Rest" and lead single "Sweet Disposition" position them among the most vital and arresting guitar outfits on the scene. Soaring vocals, arpeggiated chords and frantic crescendos abound. On the stylistic flip, "Fools" and "Soldier On" showcase a far more delicate musicality, revealing a band as heartbroken as they are heartfelt.
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Braindrops (coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: JNR 299LPC1. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Paradise (6:14)
  2. The Planet Of Straw Men (4:54)
  3. Who's My Eugene? (4:41)
  4. The Happiest Guy Around (4:28)
  5. Maria 62 (3:53)
  6. Braindrops (6:39)
  7. Aspirin (5:25)
  8. Desert Sands Of Venus (3:56)
  9. Maria 63 (8:00)
Review: You know the crew mean business, or at least mean not to give a flying guitar what you think, when they call themselves Tropical Fuck Storm. Perhaps what's most surprising, then, is the troupe's second album proves beyond doubt that despite the name, their music is accomplished and, while challenging at times, instantly enjoyable. The fact that Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin are also members of The Drones should tell you everything there is to know here. TFS is as logical a progression into an artsy, unpolished and unapologetic unknown as could ever be possible when you consider these guys are disinterested in playing anything by numbers. Logic is perhaps not the operative word, then. Like the unkept character propping up your local bar who suddenly reveals themselves to be a borderline-musical genius, respectfully avoiding the cliche of addressing individual tracks is the least we can do.
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Lookout Low (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: COMM 323. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Casey's Groove (3:56)
  2. Laid In Gold (3:16)
  3. Better Than Stoned (4:23)
  4. Unfamiliar Sun (4:24)
  5. Dance Through It (4:45)
  6. Lookout Low (3:56)
  7. Ferry Song (3:49)
  8. Under A Smile (3:52)
  9. Oh Mama (5:42)
  10. Sunken II (4:28)
Review: You could almost be forgiven for thinking "Dance Through It", track five on this warm and groovy outing from Twin Peaks, was the work of Simply Red. Guitar licks and funky keyboards are set to a leisurely tempo, the song itself telling the story of a girl with something to hide, who uses musical expression - specifically dance - to mask those issues. Heartfelt narrative meets soulful pop; need we say more? Well, maybe, so here's a little extra. Most of what's here is worthy of a feel good film score, from the anthemic chorus of southern rock 'n' roll effort "Oh Mama", to the pared back sing-along opener "Casey's Groove". As such it should go without saying fans of country, AOR, and (proper) R&B should already have the title and band noted down and marked up for immediate purchase.
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Forever Turned Around (limited coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SC 377LPC1. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Giving Up (3:11)
  2. Used To Be Lonely (3:43)
  3. Before I Know It (2:30)
  4. Song For Ty (2:46)
  5. Valleys (My Love) (3:53)
  6. Rhododendron (1:59)
  7. My Lfie Alone (3:07)
  8. Day & Night (2:41)
  9. Friend Of Mine (4:08)
  10. Forever Turned Around (3:50)
Review: From the moment opening track "Giving Up" hits you with its timeless pop rock romanticism you're immediately transported to some bygone era, when the charts really meant something, everything on the radio inspired boy-meeting-girl, vice versa, or indeed non-binary-meeting-non-binary. You know - when things were right with the world. Dangerously close to pastiche, the quality of the songwriting and infectious instrumentation elevate this second long form from Chicago's greatest hope(s) to a whole other level. Listen to the brass work on "Rhododendron", a jaunty walk in the park after that surprisingly good first date. "Valleys (My Love)" anthemic chorus and lilting strings. The crooning guitars of "Before I Know It". These tracks pay homage to golden era love songs, when mainstream was experimental because so little had come before. And yet they all stand up today - mesmerising proof that fashions come and go, but style is omnipresent.
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Forever Turned Around (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SC 377LP. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Giving Up (3:08)
  2. Used To Be Lonely (3:43)
  3. Before I Know It (2:31)
  4. Song For Ty (2:47)
  5. Valleys (My Love) (3:53)
  6. Rhododendron (1:59)
  7. My Life Alone (3:08)
  8. Day & Night (2:40)
  9. Friend Of Mine (4:08)
  10. Forever Turned Around (3:52)
Review: From the moment opening track "Giving Up" hits you with its timeless pop rock romanticism you're immediately transported to some bygone era, when the charts really meant something, everything on the radio inspired boy-meeting-girl, vice versa, or indeed non-binary-meeting-non-binary. You know - when things were right with the world. Dangerously close to pastiche, the quality of the songwriting and infectious instrumentation elevate this second long form from Chicago's greatest hope(s) to a whole other level. Listen to the brass work on "Rhododendron", a jaunty walk in the park after that surprisingly good first date. "Valleys (My Love)" anthemic chorus and lilting strings. The crooning guitars of "Before I Know It". These tracks pay homage to golden era love songs, when mainstream was experimental because so little had come before. And yet they all stand up today - mesmerising proof that fashions come and go, but style is omnipresent.
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Birth Of Violence (gatefold LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SH 217LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. The Mother Road (4:18)
  2. American Darkness (4:43)
  3. Birth Of Violence (4:15)
  4. Deranged For Rock & Roll (3:31)
  5. Be All Things (4:19)
  6. Erde (3:31)
  7. When Anger Turns To Honey (3:08)
  8. Dirt Universe (4:38)
  9. Little Grave (3:21)
  10. Preface To A Dream Play (3:52)
  11. Highway (4:00)
Review: There's a stripped-down aesthetic to Chelsea Wolfe's return to the release schedule. It's not that 2017's "Hiss Spun", or "Abyss" two years earlier, were overblown. But here she pares things back to the essentials, with many tracks beginning on just vocals and a splash of acoustic guitar. The result shows off the raw talent at work, in turn offering a clear explanation of her enduring popularity. Despite the often minimalistic arrangements, "Birth Of Violence" is deceptively complex. Wolfe has explained it was inspired by exhaustion following perpetual tours and endless time on the road. You can certainly feel that. Her voice sounds as though it's hoping for hope, a change that feels almost out of reach but not unthinkable. It's a dark, desolate place at times, but in other moments packed with a determined energy and self-belief that things must always progress. Descriptions aside, believe us that this is completely unmissable.
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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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