Genre pick of the week Cover of The Magical World Of The Strands by Michael Head And The Strands.

Michael Head And The Strands

The Magical World Of The Strands


New liner notes by Michael Head & 20pp booklet

CD version includes 2 bonus tracks: Green Velvet Jacket + Queen Matilda (demo), the B-Sides to the 1998 NME and Melody Maker Single of The Week

LP version comes in Gatefold, 180g vinyl with 20pp booklet

About “The magical world of the strands” :

- **** UNCUT: "Regarded by many as the equal of the STONE ROSES debut."

2015 is a busy year for Michael Head:

His second record as ‘Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band’ has just been released on his own label, Violette - ‘Velvets in the Dark’ 7 inch single. Shack’s 1990 single ‘I Know You Well’ opens ‘Perfect Motion’, Jon Savage’s 2LP compilation as “a musical return-trip to these fondly remembered years spanning 1988-93”.

Plus, Megaphone is set to reissue ‘The Magical World of The Strands’ in its original form, with the addition of a 20-page booklet, including new liner notes by Michael Head himself and photographs testifying to the album’s sleeve work-in-progress.

The CD version will come with 2 bonus tracks – the B-Sides to the 1998 NME and Melody Maker Single Of The Week ‘Somethin’ Like You’. ‘Green Velvet Jacket’ is an acoustic solo piece by Michael Head. And Queen Matilda (demo) was recorded in early 1993 and produced by the band’s friend and live engineer Ian Eastwood on a 4-track Tascam cassette recorder.

Alongside this reissue comes ‘The Olde World’, an exclusive new album of recordings from the same sessions.

Last but not least, Michael plans his first gigs as ‘Michael Head & The Strands’ promising to play his classic album ‘The Magical World of The Strands’ in full.

After a couple of demos for the French promoter who paired him with his childhood hero Love’s Arthur Lee in 1992, Pale Fountains and Shack legend Michael Head entered a Liverpool recording studio the following year, with a new project in mind, ‘The Strands’. Michael teamed up with his brother and lifelong companion, John, his long-time drummer Iain Templeton and two new recruits, Michelle Brown on bass and Les Roberts on flute. The recording sessions would last two years and were only halted because Michael was offered a new major label deal. A deal, not for his current work, but for him to record as Shack again.

So it came to be that Stephane Bismuth, the French promoter, was left with 100 or so minutes of a thwarted project, only a third of which had made it to the mixing studio in Sheffield in the summer of ‘95.

Patch-working and weaving rough mixes and sketches – by engineer Steve Powell, made in Liverpool – with completed mixes by producer Mark Coyle who had hired an arranger and string section for sessions in Sheffield, Stephane Bismuth founded a new label Megaphone and finally released ‘The Magical World of The Strands’, in autumn of 1997.

This work-in-progress comprising sketches, rough mixes and fully orchestrated tracks, garnered great critical acclaim and is still rated by many as the "rarest jewel of the 90s", Q Magazine.


Andy says: Timeless classic from Liverpool legend Michael Head. This really is a record to lose yourself in. There can't be a better re-issue in 2015.

Baby Strange

California Sun

Glasgow three-piece Baby Strange release their new single ‘California Sun’ through Ignition Records on limited edition 7” yellow coloured vinyl. ‘California Sun’ sees Baby Strange at their most broodingly confident. Nostalgic fuzz-fuelled guitars and driving drums combine with Johnny Madden’s dark and uncompromising vocals to create an anthemic plea for the sunshine.


Split EP

    Invada Records release a brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership.

    The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne.

    British Sea Power

    The Decline Of British Sea Power - Limited Box Set Edition

      The Complete Illustrated British Sea Power - this extensive box-set features four CDs (the original Decline album; B-sides; a CD of rare/live/alternative material; a CD of demo recordings). The DVD of rare and unseen BSP footage is also included, alongside a double-vinyl version of the Decline album (featuring the original Decline album plus B-sides).

      There is a glossy, visual-led large-format book featuring compelling and unseen photos, plus visuals and artefacts from the Decline period. These images are accompanied by extensive all-new text from British Sea Power and Roy Wilkinson. The book also features testimony and anecdotes from the BSP audience.

      Kingsley Chapman And The Murder


      As frontman and creator of northern English artrock band The Chapman Family, Kingsley flirted continuously between success and failure for a number of years before finally calling time on the group in the summer of 2013.

      From becoming the first ever unsigned band to play the coveted NME Radar Tour in 2009 to performing in Japan, mainland Europe and the USA in 2011 (on the back of releasing their debut album "Burn Your Town") the band were unrelenting, angry and loud. They went out with their heads held high and dignity still intact - releasing a single on the day of their final sold out show in their home town of Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England. Job done.

      But those days are gone and after a prolonged period in hibernation Kingsley is back with a brand new band and an exciting new sound to take on all comers and attempt to battle the 21st Century disease of apathy once again.

      Taking references from the mythology of iconic rock and art The Murder are a dizzying mix of thundering Viking warrior drums, sparkling avant garde pianos, ominous romantic strings and barbed wire guitars all underpinned by Kingsley's savage croon.


      Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition - 150 copies only.

      "Vitamin C" is a perfect introduction to this four-piece from Liverpool. It’s a three-minute slice of jubilant art-pop, armed with a triumphant chorus and a gliding, undeniable groove.

      Clean Cut Kid are Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson. “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water” is how Mike describes the band’s sound.


      Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition orange scented 7"!

      Samantha Crain

      Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

        Following 2013’s critically-acclaimed album Kid Face, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain sees her fourth album, Under Branch & Thorn & Tree, released on Full Time Hobby.

        The new album was recorded and mixed at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, and produced by John Vanderslice, (The Mountain Goats, Spoon) who also helmed Kid Face. The album’s intimate vignettes are marked by Crain’s smoldering vocals and lyrics that call attention to the details of everyday life that often escape us, supported by the subtle musical settings she crafted with Vanderslice and the backing musicians. They brought in engineer Bernie Grundman, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Prince’s Purple Rain and Carole King’s Tapestry to do the mastering.

        The Declining Winter

        Home For Lost Souls

          Richard Adams and his The Declining Winter project return to Home Assembly Music with an impressive second album for the label, ‘Home For Lost Souls’. Taking it’s name from a hostel that Syd Barrett was alleged to have stayed at in the early ‘70’s, the album’s title points to the subject matters that preoccupy Adams in his songwriting. From the cost to one’s sanity at just making it through another wearisome 9-5, to the ominous beauty of the North Pennines landscape, and love in a time of austerity. But far from being austere, the 14 songs presented here are generous, warm, deceptively simple, multi-layered compositions.

          From the upbeat openers, ‘This Sadness Lacks’ and ‘Home For Lost Souls’, to whimsical instrumentals, ‘Golden Terrace’ or ‘When Things Mattered’, all the way through to the outrageously catchy ‘Hurled To The Curb’ or the melancholy introspection of ‘The Wild Girl Laughed’ and the quietly epic ‘The Right True End’. As you might expect from Adams, he wears his heart and his influences on his sleeve. At times it feels like listening to a glorious combination of Disco Inferno and Talk Talk, Robert Wyatt and even Felt, with occasional smatterings of Radiohead as well as a brief hint of PiL on the rustic, ‘The Summer Circuit’ and ‘A Field Defunct’. But really it’s none of the above. It’s Richard Adams. It’s The Declining Winter. Only it’s better this time, that’s all. The Declining Winter is the brainchild of Hood co-founder Richard Adams. ‘Home For Lost Souls’ is his fourth full length album following the earlier ‘Goodbye Minnesota’ (2008), ‘Haunt the Upper Hallways’ (2009) and ‘Lost Songs’ (2014).

          Though utilising a band moniker, Adams now records alone in his North Yorkshire hideaway and describes The Declining Winter as “just the stuff that comes out of me, the sound of tinkering around and ideas forming”. He also plays in chamber folk trio Memory Drawings.

          “Alongside his brother Chris as the motivating force behind English pastoral rock outfit Hood, Richard Adams extends that group’s late-period move into gentle electronica, warping and glitching minimal folk-pop melodies played on bedroom guitars and drums. The quietly resigned tenor gesturing toward emotional troubles that remain just out of focus”. UNCUT.

          Django Django, or Django² as they're lovingly known by maths readers, pluck a standout track from their triumphant second album and dish the stems out to some handpicked production talent for this club-ready remix 12". The combination of snapping beats and chunky piano on the original mix makes for a remixer's dream whilst their trademark Beach Boys inspired vocals float serenely above keeping the indie kids hooked. Rising star Happa lets loose on his remix, delivering a distorted house remix packed with the quirk, glitch and aggression which have made him an overnight sensation. Turn the disc over and you'll find a younger, thinner version of yourself neon clad on the dancefloor, reliving the mdma fuelled haze of the nu rave era thanks to a bleeping and squealing version which could have graced Ed Banger in their prime. On the B2, Leith finds the emotional heart of the track on his Waterworld remix, reworking the original around a post-dubstep rhythm with chill-inducing results.

          Dolomite Minor

          Girl Of Gold EP

            A brain-rattlingly loud live proposition, Dolomite Minor combine the heavy blues riffs of The White Stripes, with the sheer raw power of Nirvana or Queens of the Stone Age. Singer Joe Grimshaw’s unmistakable vocals cut an other-worldly drawl amongst Dolomite’s thick, swampy, fuzz and Max Palmier’s drums incessantly drive their tracks forward. Lead track Girl of Gold will be backed by live favourites Let Me Go, Talk Like An Aztec and When I’m Dead.

            "Dolomite Minor make a furious but soulful racket” - NME

            “Thick, sludgy blues, this is Jack White lost in a Louisiana swamp, it's the Black Keys with some dirt underneath their fingernails” – Clash “Some of the loudest rock you’ll hear this side of a volcanic eruption” - Kerrang!

            Jake Evans releases his debut album, ‘Day One’. The album sees the former Bad Lieutenant co-writer strike out on his own for the first time with a little help from friends he has made along the way. The album features contributions from former Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin whilst the download and limited vinyl formats include an alternative take of ?? featuring lead vocals from Bad Lieutenant bandmate and New Order vocalist Bernard Sumner.

            Over the ten tracks the album hints at gospel (‘Easy On My Soul’), dips a toe into psychedelia (‘Sun Goes Down’), flirts with the dancefloor (‘Telephone’) and nudges up against Augustus Pablo (‘Last One Standing’) but, at heart, is about Jake and his guitar.

            ‘Day One’ was recorded and mixed in Jake’s studio facility, Big Red, in his hometown of Macclesfield in between detours to play guitar for the newly solo Jimi Goodwin. A hub for the local music community, Big Red was instrumental in Jake making the record.


            Ltd LP Info: limited edition vinyl album with extra four track CD.


            Open Season - Open Season - Remixes And Collabs

            This 15-track album features songs, remixes, collaborations and songs that were recorded around the Let It Die sessions and either appeared as B-Sides or promo only releases. Highlights include, version include, 'The Buildup' (with Kings of Convenience), 'Elle Aime' (with Albin de la Simone), 'Mushaboom' (Solo/Red Demos), 'Tout Document' (Let it Die-French/UK album version), 'Gatekeeper' (Alternate Version) and 'Lovertits' (with Gonzales - Peaches Cover).

            Feist's new album "The Reminder" was written and conceptualised on the way. Recorded in just two weeks in a 200 year old manor house on the outskirts of Paris, it's players include Gonzales, Jamie Lidell, Mocky and Erik Glambek Boe of The Kings Of Convenience. They filled the dining room and parlour with a piano, vibraphones, organs, guitars, amps…shoves two drum kits against the stained glass windows and scattered microphones like mousetraps around wood-floored rooms. It's hard not to be floored by the breadth and depth of the material on "The Reminder". "My Moon My Man", with it's sucker-punch melody tumbling over hard-soul piano chords. The jangly "Dusty In Memphis" teen dream paean "1234". Live fave "Sea Lion Woman", the traditional chant famously covered by Nina Simone, got propelled into the stratosphere with cell phone sounding synths, handclaps and a backing mini gospel choir. "I Feel It All", with it's joyous gusto, and finally, the shimmering, plaintive "The Park", showcasing Feist's stunning vocals, in this beautiful reflection of London's green haunts.


            Misty Flats

              * First ever vinyl reissue
              * First time ever on CD/Digital
              * Essay by Peter Relic interviewing Goldberg, including unseen archive photos
              * 180-gram remastered album housed in a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket
              * LP includes download card for full album

              Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed.

              “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn't know where it was heading, it was the fumes of Watergate days,” says Goldberg now. “I'd just left my band, and I didn't know where I was heading either. And that's what Misty Flats represents: neither high road nor low, but somewhere in between."

              Where The Batch were a harmony-drenched power pop band in the mold of Big Star and The Rubinoos, Misty Flats was an album of ecstatic desolation, an unhinged loner-folk gem that came from a unique place: "I wanted to make the first punk rock album, and if I'd recorded those songs with a band, maybe that's what it would've been," Goldberg says.

              The album was, instead, recorded in mono in a two-day recording binge on a two-track Ampex tape machine. It features just Goldberg and his friend Michael Yonkers, author of the cult 1968 LP Microminiature Love, playing guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals between them.

              In it, we hear echoes of Goldberg’s childhood in Las Vegas, where trips to the movies were surrogate babysitters for his single mother. “Hollywood" and "Stars In The Sand" dream of LA life, where "Pop And Ice" has a narrative straight from hard-edged '70s cinema about a drummer who’s drafted into the army. "Never Came To Stay" details his return to Minneapolis, where he remains to this day, working as an administrator for the Minnesota Twins baseball team.

              Back in ’74, Yonkers had crushed several vertebrae at work and used his payoff to fund five albums: four of his own and Goldberg’s Misty Flats, which was pressed in a run of just 500. “We were into art, not commerce,” notes Goldberg now, but at the time he was frustrated his album was allowed to drift off into obscurity. Goldberg forged ahead to record a 24-track rock album called Winter Summer which languishes in the vault to this day; Misty Flats, however, is finally widely available in this deluxe LP, CD.

              "A Birmingham power trio given to insistent but agile rhythms and psychedelic interpretations of standard rock muscle, GT self-released two excellent EPs in 2013. Spurred by the enthusiasm of Alabama label and recording studio Communicating Vessels, who signed on to produce and release the band's debut LP, the trio doubled down to make their best work yet-the thrilling, anthemic, addictive eight-song debut, Beats Misplaced. It's a rock 'n' roll thrill ride, full of pumping beats and plangent guitars, howled vocals and hooks that past. For these eight tunes, the blues commingle with noise rock, and a righteous boogie pulsates beneath shoegaze distortion.

              Think Japandroids or No Age being born in and embracing the humid and strange American South, and you start to hear GT through the haze. Front man and lead guitarist Scotty Lee had tinkered with various incarnations of "GT," the unifying acronym of his one-man arts-and-music project alternately known as Green Teeth, Get Tryin' and Ghost Traveler. He's been playing in bands since high school, from early cover acts and sets of instrumental brooders to post-hardcore crews and straight-ahead rock acts. But GT was a chance for him to separate himself from the frustrations of band life and start an outlet that would be forever his. With Byron Sonnier on bass and Mark Beasley on drums, both respected veterans of the music community themselves, Beats Misplaced represents the fulfillment of self-determination and the start of a great new rock band from the depths of the South."

              With The Strokes fresh off their first European show in four years, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is focused on breaking an even longer seven year lull between solo LPs. ‘Momentary Madness’ is his third album after ‘Yours To Keep’ and ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’.

              The ten track album includes the singles ‘Born Slippy’ and ‘Losing Touch’.

              ‘Momentary Masters’ features production from longtime Strokes engineer Gus Oberg. Unlike previous releases, Hammond called on the aid of a number of musicians for the recording sessions, including guitarists Mon Khmer’s Hammarsing Kharhmar and Bleachers’ Mikey Hart, bassist Jordan Brooks and drummer Jeremy Gustin.


              LP Info: Initial copies pressed on white vinyl.

              Johnny Moped

              Ain't No Rock N Roll Rookie / Super Woofa

                Johnny Moped are back with their first 7” since 1978! It’s a double A-side of ‘Ain’t No Rock N Roll Rookie’ and ‘Super Woofa’ and will be out on July the 31st followed later in the year by their new, long awaited album.

                The band are currently back in the studio putting the finishing touches to their new album, their first since 1990’s ‘The Search For Xerxes’ and it’s the original line up of Johnny, Slimy Toad, Dave Berk plus Rock N Roll Robot and Jacko Pistorious.

                Jessie Jones

                Jessie Jones

                  In 2013, Jessie Jones gave up her possessions, vanished into the nothingness of farm country, and found herself on interstellar overdrive – far away from her Disneyfied home in Orange County. For three years, she had fronted Burger Records' Feeding People, OC's answer to Black Sabbath. The teenage byproduct of gloomy acid trips and gospel choirs, Feeding People released two albums, got signed to Innovative Leisure in 2011, and played Low End Theory with Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

                  The 19-year-old Jones, with her bluesy growl and whimsical melodies, was being compared to Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster. In 2014, her voice returned to her with primal intent – like the caterwauling echoes of coyotes deep in the Hollywood hills. Earlier this year, Jones began singing with paranormal proto-punk outfit Death Valley Girls, which allowed her to release her demons and find salvation during what Jones describes as the "most cosmically ordained project" of her life.

                  Reveling in the quantum wobble of her own alternative reality, Jones is now releasing her self-titled debut on Burger Records by channeling the voices in her head; not quite the sanitarium blues of Roky Erickson, but a mélange of Jim Morrison mysticism; a more stripped-down MGMT meets early-Grouplove; and Syd Barrett reverie. Under the guidance of producer Bobby Harlow (The Go) and Burger's Studio B, Jones' debut this summer will include guest appearances by drummer Duke Mushroom, violinist Hannah Glass, and Studio B regular King Tuff.

                  Joy Division

                  Martin Hannett's Personal Mix

                  Discovered by friends of Martin Hannett recently and with input from one of his relatives, these recordings give a rare insight into his production ideas for Joy Division and his relationship with the band - the strange things, sound effects - they recorded in the studio together. The studio chit chat and interplay between Hannett, Gretton and Joy Division members is all here as Martin left his own tape machine running throughout studio sessions. On this album we have rare alternative mixes of Joy Division that were Martin's personal favourites and he had the forethought to get the band members to give him control of these recordings. Includes alternative mixes of "Autosuggestion", "Heart And Soul", "24 Hours", "Passover", "The Eternal" (2 mixes), "From Safety To Where" and "Decades" (3 mixes). An essential item for all Joy Division fans.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLtd LP Info: A repress of this long out of print album. 300 only LPs some on Yellow vinyl and some on Green vinyl randomly picked. Gatefold sleeves with 180gm vinyl.

                  Joy Division

                  Still - 2007 Remaster Edition

                    'Still', first released in October ‘81 through Factory Records is a compilation consisting of Joy Division’s unreleased studio and live recordings. 'Still' includes a live recording of Joy Division’s last concert at Birmingham University, plus the only live performance of “Ceremony” which later become New Order’s debut single, and a cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sister Ray’ recorded at the moonlight club in London April 1980. This new heavyweight double vinyl edition features audio from the 2007 remaster available on vinyl for the first time. 

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP Info: 2xLP 180 Gram Heavy Weight 12” Vinyl.

                    Joy Division

                    Substance - 2010 Remaster Edition

                    Joy Division compilation ‘Substance’, first released in 1988 fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides.

                    LP Edition
                    This new heavyweight double vinyl edition features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box and for the first time on vinyl, the expanded tracklist from the original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” 

                    CD Edition
                    This new CD edition features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box. The tracklist matches the expanded original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” 

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP Info: 2xLP 180 gram heavyweight 12” vinyl.

                    ‘Blood’ is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall / reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Discovering her heritage inspired Lianne to reflect on the connections between now and then, which in turn sparked the songs which would become her future. Simply, “everything seemed to have a lot more clarity, and I really wanted to speak about it.” Lyrically, the songs that feature on the album are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” Sonically, ‘Blood’ is a collection that shakes, shimmies and swings with Jamaican grooves with Lianne taking inspiration from the nation’s love of grooves, rhythms and syncopation. In addition to Stephen McGregor, ‘Blood’ features a rich collection of collaborators. Produced by Adele / FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and founded upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tune trio The Invisible, the first single ‘Unstoppable’ is a song that Lianne wrote to help to repair a relationship that she had ended.

                    Lone Wolf


                      Just who is LONE WOLF aka Paul Marshall? In 2010 Bella Union introduced a storyteller dressed in black, pedaling ballads of murder on critically lauded album ‘The Devil and I’.

                      At this point there was barely a night that Marshall was not to be seen playing live, being asked personally to tour and perform with the likes of Wild Beasts, Bat For Lashes, St Vincent, John Grant, Broken Bells, Jose Gonzales and Radiohead’s Philip Selway to name a few. He was even chosen by Richard Thompson to perform a set at his Meltdown Festival.

                      His video for lead single ‘Keep Your Eyes on the Road’ was a homage to Peter Gabriel’s seminal ‘Sledgehammer’, and was both approved and complimented by Gabriel himself.

                      By 2012, the story started to take a different turn when Marshall parted ways with his label Bella Union, and decided to crowd fund his next record ‘The Lovers’. Gone were the acoustic guitars and huge grandiose soundscapes one had come to expect from ‘The Devil and I’, and a new synth led, art-pop sound was introduced. Also gone was the
                      narrative based blood soaked lyrics, in favour of what seemed to be a listener’s personal insight into Marshall’s sleep anxiety and depression.

                      Though the record gained significant critical acclaim, Marshall was barely to be seen on the live circuit, playing only two UK sell out shows at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, and The Lexington in London.

                      But as time went on, it was starting to seem that Marshall was becoming disenfranchised with the music industry, and even his own desire to create or perform. In one spit of bile on social media, he described his desire to make any new music as ‘terminally ill’. Marshall withdrew himself from the public eye, got married, went back into full time employment and took up the challenge of scoring his first motion picture, a film by Tunisian director Nejib Belkadhi entitled ‘Bastardo’.
                      The film went on to be selected for multiple respected film festivals worldwide including Toronto, Palm Springs, Milan
                      (where it won best picture), Abu Dhabi and many more. It seemed that Paul had opted for an alternative career in music.

                      In July 2014, out of the blue, Marshall posted a blog on his website speaking openly about how his diagnosed anxiety had finally gotten the better of him, and was now the thing that pretty much determined his decision making process. He spoke of locking himself away in his house and almost trying to shed the ‘musicians skin’ he had been living in.

                      He spoke about the strong feelings he had previously had about never releasing a record again but now due to a significant event in his life, the tables had turned and he now felt the need to make a new album more than ever.

                      Paul found out that his long time producer and band mate James Kenosha’s studio ‘The Lodge’ in Bridlington was soon to be no more. ‘The Lodge’ is a small converted barn in the middle of nowhere, and the location in which pretty much all of Paul’s material up to now has been recorded, and the one room in which Paul feels like the veil of anxiety becomes lifted.

                      Paul decided to lock himself in The Lodge for six days with only Kenosha and trumpet player David Wärmegård, as a swan song to the room in which so much of his music has been created, to see what sounds and personal lyrics would emerge. He specifically wanted ‘no studio trickery’ on this album and wanted a record that captured the very essence of performing in that room, most significantly the piano.

                      There are no acoustic or electric guitars on this album.

                      Every note on this album was recorded in that room.

                      Marshall performs every instrument, except the trumpets.

                      Most importantly, nothing is processed.

                      Paul did the most important thing to him, and that was to lock the door, wear his heart on his sleeve and make the record he wanted to make in The Lodge before it was no more.

                      So who is LONE WOLF? You are about to find out. 

                      Next up on Deep Distance following quick fire sell outs of all it’s previous output this year comes the killer new full length from Brooklyn based Long Distance Poison. Following releases across esteemed US labels such as Foxy Digitalis, Ecstatic Peace and Steve Moore’s VCO, the band unleash “Human Program” -it’s debut full length for the UK- for Deep Distance in late July.

                      Their sound has been described as offering up “deeply sonorous, dense buzzing drones and psycho-active electronic materials. Somewhere between Acre, Phil Niblock, Expo 70, 3 Leafs and Popol Vuh with an obvious synthedelic-neoshamanic musical purpose”; as well as possessing “god-like genius” by Julian Cope!

                      "Long Distance Poison present an irresistible concoction of convergent psychedelic and analog electronic energies, everything from a love of nature, and Rothko-like visual aesthetics, to musical influences like Sky Records, John Carpenter soundtracks, minimalism, and a less-hyper Mother Mallard or post “Phaedra” Tangerine Dream. Also of note is the unusual male / female dynamic of the record, itself an unusual occurrence in modern electronic music.

                      With modular synthesizer systems and both contemporary and vintage analogue keyboard synthesizers, LDP uses random and pseudo-random clocking, gating, triggering and frequency sequences “that create the appearance of static and unified 'songs' from a series of random, chance, intuitive events bound by various contexts.”

                      A wonderful LP (recorded by Brendon Anderegg of Mountains) and released as a clear vinyl pressing of 300 late July, the set offers up a killer insight and introduction to this increasingly acclaimed band and is destined like output from both artist and label here to sell out rapid style. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Sure to be a rapid sell-out, this limited release from Long Distance Poison combines the dark wistfulness of horror film scores and spacey drones of VCO alumni and label boss Steve Moore. A tour-de-force of synthesiser worship and calculated songwriting. HIGHLY Recommended!

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: 300 only clear vinyl LP.

                      Fourth and best album from this London combo. The Maccabees make powerful indie-rock with incendiary guitars, the perfect backdrop to Orlando Weeks' poetic lyrics, which on this record are sometimes politically motivated too. It's very much an urban band, and the gentrification of the area around their studio (in the Elephant and Castle) is a particular bugbear. But ultimately we're here for the tunes, and just like on their last, Mercury Music nominated effort,  "Marks To Prove It " does not disappoint.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Martin says: Politics take centre stage on The Maccabees' best LP so far.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Deluxe LP Info: Limited Dark Blue vinyl pressing.

                      Mark Morriss

                      The Taste Of Mark Morris

                      Shortly after an exciting announcement of a Bluetones reunion tour coming this September, Mark Morriss is set to bring you his second solo album released through Acid Jazz Records.

                      “The Taste of Mark Morriss” is a covers album which delivers an intimate insight into the Bluetones singers’ eclectic musical tastes, giving listeners an insight into the mind of one of Britain’s finest songwriters.

                      Featuring covers from The Sisters of Mercy to Madonna, each of these 12 tracks have been picked apart and put back together again with a touch of Mark Morriss flair!

                      The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller

                      Fuzz Club 10" Split Single No. 7

                        Number 7 in the Fuzz Club 10" split single series brings together The Myrrors (US) and Cult Of Dom Keller (UK).

                        There is certainly something mysterious about The Myrrors. Their first album “Burning Circles in the Sky,” was recorded in 2008”, but only saw a physical release late in 2013 (Fuzz Club Records) after becoming what can be considered a YouTube "hit" in the underground scene with millions of views. Their critical acclaimed second album "Arena Negra" was released on Beyond Beyond and Beyond in 2015 and the band was invited to play “Levitation Austin 2015" the incarnation of Austin Psych Fest.

                        Nottingham based DIY sonic alchemists Cult Of Dom Keller have been creating whacked out soundscapes and songs that appear to have been born from another universe, all from the confines of their sonic bunker. The group have gained most ground in the past year after a line-up change in December of 2013, at first being joined on bass by Jason Holt (lead guitarist in Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember’s post-Spacemen 3 group ‘Spectrum’), and then later completed by Al Burns on drums. 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd 10" Info: Edition of 500, 10" Vinyl (white vinyl, numbered insert).

                        Re-issue of the explosive 1996 debut by Neutral Milk Hotel. Jeff Magnum's songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording. Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it's not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult classic.

                        The band are recognized as one of the most influential alternative acts to come out of the mid-90s and sowed the seeds for everything from anti-folk to the likes of Arcade Fire, Caribou and even Franz Ferdinand. On its original release, this album ranked #35 in the annual Village Voice Jazz & Pop Critics' Poll. Also, Spin proclaimed this album one of the ten best "you didn't hear" of 1996. 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        CD Info: Deluxe repackaging in new mini gatefold sleeve with TWENTY FOUR page poster booklet, this reissue includes the 'Everything Is' single and b-side 'Snow Song Pt.1' from the original 1994 7" release (also re-issued as a limited 500 copies only release).


                        Nevermind - 180g Vinyl Edition

                          Released in September 1991, Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who'd unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone. Rising to No. 1 the world over and ultimately selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind would come to be much more than one of the most successful and influential albums of its or any era. 

                          As the album that returned unaffected rock ’n’ roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nevermind would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades-and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.

                          “Virgin Mary” is the synth-induced followup single to Nots’ debut LP, We Are Nots. Recorded half on Natalie Hoffmann’s four-track in the industrial dazed storage unit where the band practices, and half in Burgundy Studios with Keith Cooper (the rock ’n’ roll warlock responsible for capturing the two previous Nots 45-RPM assaults), “Virgin Mary” delivers hellish synth and guitar that swirls around the hypnotic rhythm section as the band simmers into the sonic void.

                          “[‘Virgin Mary’] finds the band back in the studio with Keith Cooper, the guy who recorded their first two singles. While it certainly sounds like a Nots song, there’s a significant departure from We Are Nots: Alexandra Eastburn’s synthesizer isn’t centrally responsible for the song’s melody. Instead, it burbles in the background, giving the track an unsettling and celestial undertone. And Natalie Hoffmann’s voice howls, her ever-unsteady and unpredictable guitar needles into the frame. Here, the rhythm section, Charlotte Watson and Madison Farmer, come off as the track’s ever-churning center. Nots aren’t exactly reinventing themselves—it’s familiar, but feels new. If this is a portent of their next moves, though, the impending chaos ought to be interesting.” - Pitchfork.

                          A longtime collaboration between Natalie Hoffmann (guitar) and Charlotte Watson (drums), Nots has evolved into its wildest incarnation yet. Now featuring Madison Farmer on bass and Alexandra Eastburn on synthesizer, the Memphis band follows up their first two singles on Goner Records with their guitar-driven, synth-laden debut LP. We Are Nots was put to tape over the summer by Doug Easley and arrives just in time to land a spot on your Top Ten of 2014.

                          “There’s a constant post-mortem and excavation of the Memphis music underground by vultures of both the Euro and American varieties. Bands form, toil and scheme, mutate, play and record only to wither away in the seemingly unrelenting wall of indifference. Plod ahead a few years, label X or label Z discovers and excavates the musical rubble as much for autocratic as historic purposes. A gold star and a box of records to the winner.

                          “Nix the assertion Nots are a side project, a spin off, a revival of some fashionable subset of your record collection. Evolving headstrong, their white noise is without compromise or concession. Brass venom yelled atop a torrent of twisted guitar shards, so human, barbed and unruly. Obliterate the retroactive retreat; Nots are now.” - John Hoppe.



                            Placebo is the eponymous debut studio album by English alternative rock band Placebo. It was released on 16 July 1996 by record label Hut. It is the only album recorded with drummer Robert Schultzberg before his departure from the group. 

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: 2015 remastered 180g vinyl edition.

                            The Prodigy

                            The Night Is My Friend EP

                              Following on from their 6th consecutive number 1 album and taking the counter comment to the album's title track 'The Day is My Enemy', The Prodigy release a brand new EP entitled 'The Night is My Friend'.

                              The EP includes album tracks 'Get Your Fight On' (Re Eq) and 'Rhythm Bomb' feat. Flux Pavilion (Edit), two fresh remixes of album tracks 'The Day Is My Enemy' (Caspa) and 'Rebel Radio' (René LaVice) and the previously un-released, fan favourite 'AWOL'.

                              'AWOL' has been a track the band have played live since 2012 but as the album writing and recording process developed the band decided to hold 'AWOL' back . Now, after reworking it into a new unheard version they feel it's time to make it available on record, CD single... and cassette!

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              12" Info: Limited edition clear 12" vinyl pressing.

                              Following the release of her fourth critically acclaimed studio album “Tigermending”, British singer/songwriter Carina Round returns from a brief spell of touring and recording with her other musical endeavours Puscifer and Early Winters with a full-length remix album of its predecessor, the aptly titled “Tigermixes”. Collaborating with a host of talent from both her native England and resident US, “Tigermixes” is an exaggerated, re-imagination of Round’s skillfully crafted works, quite unlike any of her releases to date.

                              Boasting the remix and production efforts of an eclectic cut of standout acts including: Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan and Mat Mitchell), Curt Smith (Tears For Fears), Phil Mossman (LCD Soundsystem) and personally selected underground and breakthrough talents, including members of Carina's musical family who worked closely on the making and touring of Tigermending, features re-workings of all eleven tracks from the original album, together with the physical release debut of the fan favourite bonus track “Got to Go” [2000 Years BC Remix] Feat. Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins). 

                              Semi Precious

                              When We Talk EP

                                Semi Precious is the production moniker of South East London based musician Guy Baron whose self-titled debut release appeared last September and was well received by the likes of The Guardian ("a six track EP of subtly dislocating beauty"), DIY ("gloomy intimacy in the midst of a big experimentation binge") and The Line of Best Fit ("unique mixture of techniques and stunning vocals that create mesmerising, unforgettable pop").

                                The 'When We Talk EP' takes Semi Precious’ reverb laden minimalist vocal and production style to an even more ethereal place of solitude. A self confessed architect of ‘bedroom pop’, Semi Precious explores ideas of false intimacy and longing through this short collection of brief explorations in celestial pop.

                                The Sex Pistols

                                The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle

                                  The Julien Temple ‘documentary’ film on the Sex Pistols, "The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle" chronicled the legendary band’s fictional rise and subsequent break-up from the perspective of ‘The Embezzler’, manager Malcolm McLaren. Infamous, even upon its release, the film was shunned by John Lydon and his appearance in it was taken only from old archive footage. When it came to putting together the soundtrack a similar approach was taken, with Lydon’s vocals being taken from demo tapes and overdubbed with the rest of the band’s newly recorded instrumental tracks. What resulted was an eclectic mix of hits, covers and guest appearances, including The Sex Pistols' own versions of The Who’s "Substitute", Chuck Berry’s "Johnny B Goode" and Sid Vicious' take on Frank Sinatra's "My Way", all nestled amongst tracks sung by Edward Tudor-Pole (of Tenpole Tudor), "The Black Arabs" disco medley of the hits and a French version of "Anarchy In the UK" (complete with accordion). The album has now been fully remastered.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Andy says: Lord God have mercy, it's The Sex Pistols!

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLP Info: Includes poster & stickers.

                                  The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility.

                                  “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s.  “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance."

                                  Stereogum likewise praises the album as one that is “full of suspense…, the cornerstone [of] the Sonic Youth sound…, ground zero for the combination of chiming guitars and atonal skronk… [and] muggy delirium…. The virile ‘Tom Violence’ sounds less written than coaxed from a cauldron, the sort of song that fogs windows. The offkilter [droning love song] ‘Starpower’ … is sung [by Kim Gordon] in a frosty [Nico-evoking] monotone. ‘In The Kingdom #19,’ featuring Mike Watt on bass and … vocals [by Ranaldo]…, is a harrowing story of a highway wreck over a suitably edgy instrumental backing punctuated by … live firecrackers into the vocal booth.”

                                  “EVOL slithers into the unconscious,” notes Popstache. “Once the [detuned melodies and haunting riffs and] final whispers of feedback [of ‘Expressway to Yr. Skull’] depart from the speakers…, the music [leaves] a faded footprint, forever reeling the listener back for another strange trip.” “The seeds of greatness…” —Pitchfork.

                                  “A near-masterpiece.” —Trouser Press.

                                  “A stunningly fluent mixture of avant-garde instrumentation and subversions of rock’n’roll.” —All Music Guide. 

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: Vinyl includes free download and the download include bonus track—a cover of Kim Fowley’s witchy masterpiece “Bubblegum”.

                                  CD Info: CD include bonus track—a cover of Kim Fowley’s witchy masterpiece “Bubblegum”.


                                  Amazing Grace - Vinyl Edition

                                    Jason Spaceman returns to the garage. It's not quite the drug'n'drone hypnosis of his early Velvets / Stooges infatuation but it was recorded live and the whole thing took only three weeks. The sound is raw, minimal and compared to "Let It Come Down" refreshingly lo-fi. But, don't worry, there's no less elegance here; there's just more urgency. And it's still crammed full of Jason's usual passions; gospel, blues, country, jazz and garage-rock. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Still awesome then!


                                    Songs In A&E - White Vinyl Edition

                                      'Songs In A&E' comes five years after Spiritualized's previous album - 2003's 'Amazing Grace' - and following Pierce's near death experience in 2005, after he had contracted advanced periorbital cellulitis with bilateral pneumonia. Indeed, the album takes its title from the long period Pierce spent in the Accident and Emergency ward during this illness and it is also dedicated to the staff at the Royal London Hospital where he was treated.

                                      However, most of the songs were written before Jason fell ill. The record was about a family that wasn't his, but when he revisited them Jason felt it predicted his near-death experience in some way. Musically the album marks a return to "the more expansive elements of Pierce's sound even though it features the fewest noise-scapes and most terse songs in Spiritualized's history.

                                      New songs such as "Death Take Your Fiddle" and, especially, "Sitting on Fire" - which sounds as if Pierce recorded the vocal from his deathbed - are eerily prescient, while "Don't Hold Me Close," a tender duet with film-maker Harmony Korine's wife, Rachel, recalls Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Throughout the album there are interludes of church chimes, otherworldly beeps and odd noises. In places it could be mistaken for an album of elevator music made for funeral homes and released on electronic label Warp. It is quite a trip.

                                      The The

                                      Hyena - Vinyl Edition

                                        Double album pressed on 140gm custom blue colour housed inside a 425 gsm leather look sleeve with an etching on side 4, also comes with full colour booklet and an exclusive lobby card.

                                        Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to bring you a modern classic from one of Britain’s most revered bands. Directed by Gerard Johnson, Hyena is a breakneck thriller dealing with Police corruption in West London with an incredibly atmospheric score by Matt Johnson aka The The. Following super-bent copper Michael, Hyena highlights the dark and grimy side of being on the take, with none of the flash and glamour usually seen in movies like this. The The – scoring their second movie with Gerard Johnson after TONY – give the film an evocative soundtrack that weaves between seduction and horror.

                                        The score to HYENA comes across like a fever dream; vignettes of hip-hop and house beats with incredible synthesizer melodies laid on top, threatening electronic effects roaring like a Formula 1 car engine, even choral sections with haunted vocals that show the inevitable influence of Vangelis. Instrumentation is eclectic, with electric and acoustic guitars creating anticipation and dissonance while steel drums and Eastern strings subconsciously illustrate the diversity of the area. Similarly, HYENA combines its musical influences to produce a score that reflects the danger of Michael’s situation but also the exhilaration. No matter how you feel about corruption or the police, HYENA is essential.

                                        “Green Lanes” is the second album from London-based band Ultimate Painting. Formed as a loose collaboration by Jack Cooper (Mazes) & James Hoare (Veronica Falls) the project quickly turned into a full-fledged band in 2014 with the release of their s/t debut album on Trouble In Mind. That album received praise worldwide from NME, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound & more & with “Green Lanes” the band is poised for more accolades. The album is focused & cohesive, the result of two voices becoming one and each member’s songs complimenting the other, carving out a distinct & unified voice as Ultimate Painting.

                                        Slinking out of the gate, the first song “Kodiak” is an hummable future-classic with Cooper & Hoare’s guitars dancing around each other with ease. The licks & lyrics conjuring up images of Sixties California & Seventies New York; a picture of dark clouds on a sunny day. The rest of the album follows suit with the air y, lush harmonies of “Sweet Chris” & “Two From The Vault ” and even kicks up some dust with the chooglin’ “(I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues” and the manic ”Woken By Noises”. While their s/t debut was all Cooper & Hoare, this time out, they are augmented by the addition of their live drummer Neil Robinson who provides propulsion on all but one of “Green Lanes”s tracks.

                                        The album artwork was once again provided by Portland artist Bradley Kerl, who portrayed Hoare’s London flat & recording space chock full of the equipment used to record both the band’s albums casually tumbling toward the viewer.

                                        2015 sees the band hitting the road again, with appearances at UK & European Festivals as well as a full US Tour in the fall in support of “Green Lanes”

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Ltd LP Info: Limited edition coloured vinyl edition.

                                        Whyte Horses

                                        Pop Or Not Japanese Promo T-shirt (White)

                                          Whyte Horses have made 50 t-shirts (25 large, 25 medium) to promote the band's ace 'Pop Or Not' album. The white t-shirt features the 'Pop Or Not' logo along with the band name in Japanese script on the front.

                                          Mexican border crossings, the traditional ceremonies of surviving Native American communities and lunar eclipses all form the lyrical rock bed of the laid-back, guitar driven debut single and album of new Welsh five-piece, Zefur Wolves.

                                          Sin Fronteras (No Borders) is just one spellbinding shot of fuzzed-up alt-rock on the emergent, self-titled album from Welsh five-piece Zefur Wolves, released on Strangetown Records on Monday 13 April 2015. Led by singer-songwriter Estelle ios, Sin Fronteras shows solidarity with Mexican communities forced to challenge the world’s busiest border crossing - communities that the band became immersed in while writing and recording in California.

                                          Opener, Fading Out pays its dues to legendary songwriter, Jason Pierce, following Estelle’s 24hr binge on Rated X from Spiritualized Amazing Grace album, transporting her to a clear starry night in the redwood forests of Northern California. The album and resulting tribute evokes the band’s very real experiences on their autumn writing retreat, exploring largely uninhabited areas on the edge of the Pacific.

                                          Having immersed themselves in an ‘off the grid’ adventure in the emerald triangle, Zefur Wolves debt to the wilds of Mendocino, Northern California are equal to the sunshineflecked, West Coast vibe of Mazzy Star and 4AD stalwarts, The Breeders.

                                          Following Sin Fronteras’ call to dissolve borders for the sake of humanity, Accept What You Feel calls on love to find a route through difficult times, by learning to leaving the past behind. It forms nearly four minutes of surging, heartfelt grunge-pop, made to pour from the radio on lazy journeys down deserted American highways.

                                          The album was recorded and produced at Strangetown Studios by producer and co-writer Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals).

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP Info: Extremely limited copies of the vinyl available on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

                                          Very few can lay claim to the kind of legacy created by Annie Nightingale. Best known as the first female DJ on the BBC, she is also Radio 1’s longest serving broadcaster, and holds the world record for the longest ever running radio show.

                                          Throughout her 50-year career, Annie has always specialised in championing underground music, staunchly supporting artists from classic rock and pop, through new wave, acid house, breakbeat, grime, trap and much more. Ever refusing to compromise her taste, she describes the personal value of her selections, saying: ‘if I couldn’t choose the music I played, I wouldn’t want to do it at all’.

                                          Such is her impact that a number of her great heroes of the British invasion - The Byrds, The Who, Paul McCartney, Prodigy and The Rolling Stones - have all agreed to share their music in this special collection. In the case of the latter, this will be their first appearance on any compilation not exclusively featuring their own tracks. In bringing together such a diversity of artists - all of whom she helped break to a mainstream audience - Annie leads the most fitting tribute to a peerless career

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