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Singles
BTSTU (remastered) (12" + insert)
XL
Cat: XL 534T. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Indie
  1. BTSTU (demo) (3:39)
  2. BTSTU (edit) (3:27)
Review: Is this pop? Is this experimental? These are the thoughts that will have crossed many minds when encountering the kind of baffle Jai Paul offers. A guy who seems intent on creating curveball works of art, "BTSTU" in many ways is minimalist stuff, save for the concepts behind the sounds. Or at least its structures give the illusion of minimalism. From the first waterfall of synth to the way in which vocals are allowed to (quite literally) speak for themselves - a multitude of characters with one voice - it's at once bound for the charts and your bookshelf of classic works.
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Habit EP (12")
Cat: OLE 1478T. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Thinning (3:24)
  2. Habit (3:44)
  3. Static Buzz (5:17)
  4. Dirt (5:10)
  5. Slug (4:34)
  6. Stick (5:41)
  7. The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World (2:14)
Review: In the world of slow burners, "Habit" ranks among the slowest. For some, it's the fabled iconic first EP from Lindsay Jordan, Shawn Durham, and Ryan Vieira, who shot to cult attention through a gig with the legendary Priests. For others, it'll be a slightly avant-leaning, DIY-garage rock effort packed with pained cries and instrumental cacophonies. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it's fantastic. "Dirt" might display the band's scope the most, toying with rhythms, lyrics compelling even the most unemotional ears. "Stick" shows off Snail Mail's talent for balladry that belongs on the score to an indie movie about coming of age on the fringes of society. Throw in the forthright, uptempo "The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World", which combines Jordan's innocent vocals with crashing cymbals and runaway guitars, and it's no surprise this has achieved cult status.
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Álbumes
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diabolique (gatefold heavyweight red vinyl LP + CD)
a
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ma (140 gram vinyl LP + insert + 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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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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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 (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Holding On To A Dream (limited 180 gram transparent orange vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MI 0550LPX. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Fly Away (4:05)
  2. No Giving Up (4:12)
  3. Deployed (feat Little Dragon) (3:59)
  4. No More Separation (3:57)
  5. The Sun Will Shine (3:18)
  6. Somewhere (4:15)
  7. Lean Into This (5:04)
  8. Speak Up (4:04)
  9. Trust (2:02)
  10. See U Again (2:11)
  11. Pin Me Down (5:24)
Review: Who remembers Joel Wastberg aka sir Was' 2017 LP, "Digging A Tunnel"? It was one of those albums that achieved cult status not just because of its star's unarguable talent, but its means of production. Recorded close enough to a train line to feel the locomotives shaking the studio itself, it had to be loud, daring and striking to drown out the passing carriages. "Holding On To A Dream" is an altogether quieter affair because the two years between then and now have afforded our man luxuries like a real place to refine his wares. And refine them he has. "No Giving Up" is smooth pop perfection. "The Sun Will Shine" takes us closer to soul, while "Deployed" emphasises electronics to create something closer to early-MGMT's intimate moments than MGMT seem capable of these days - Little "does-no-wrong" Dragon's guest appearance accentuating the notion that this is exquisitely crafted stuff, and far from by numbers.
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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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No Home Record (cassette)
Cat: OLE 1379MC. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist (2:59)
  2. Air BnB (4:23)
  3. Paprika Pony (4:13)
  4. Murdered Out (3:44)
  5. Don't Play It (4:54)
  6. Cookie Butter (6:38)
  7. Hungry Baby (3:39)
  8. Earthquake (4:23)
  9. Get Yr Life Back (5:36)
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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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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Angel's Pulse (heavyweight white vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 460X. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Indie
  1. I Wanna C U (1:17)
  2. Something To Do (0:50)
  3. Dark & Handsome (feat Toro Y Moi) (2:35)
  4. Benzo (2:31)
  5. Birmingham (feat Kelsey Lu & Ian Isiah) (1:33)
  6. Good For You (feat Justine Skye) (2:23)
  7. Baby Florence (Figure) (2:54)
  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) (2:56)
  11. Seven Hours (feat Benny Revival - part 1) (2:46)
  12. Take It Back (feat Arca, Joba & Justine Skye) (4:17)
  13. Happiness (Will Fade) (2:10)
  14. Today (1:20)
Review: Devonte Hynes has long been one of independent music's most unique artists: a multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist whose music brilliantly joins the dots between '80s soul, '90s R&B, guitar-based dream-pop, hip-hop, new jack swing and psychedelia. To date, he's not released a duff album, and "Angel Pulse" - his fifth studio set - is another winner. Interestingly, it's said to be a "prequel" to last year's "Negro Swan" and is structured like a hip-hop mix-tape, with tracks segueing into each other and a superbly soulful flow. Its 14 tracks are as evocative and emotion-rich as you'd expect, with an impressive roll call of guest vocalists and MCs swinging by to add their own distinctive twist to Hynes' impeccable backing tracks.
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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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