MAGIC MIX

indie

WEEK STARTING 27 Oct

Genre pick of the week Cover of Talking In Tones / Tonal Nagual Fur Star Liner Aquatic Ape Mix by The Charlatans.

The Charlatans

Talking In Tones / Tonal Nagual Fur Star Liner Aquatic Ape Mix

In some ways this first taster from the forthcoming album is typical Charlatans, swirling keyboards, a loose groove and a huge chorus, but it has a sort of spacey, haunting vibe about it too. It's a great single and includes a Grumbling Fur remix on the flip too.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 7" Info: 7” Ltd to 500 copies for the world.

Factory Benelux presents deluxe double vinyl and CD editions of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982.

Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while still retaining Ratio’s signature brittle funk textures, heard in full effect on Lucinda, Gum and trancelike floor filler Knife Slits Water. .

“It all came together for us on Sextet really,” confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. “We were all working together - more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven’t.”

Newly remastered, the bonus tracks on both the CD and vinyl formats include non-album single Waterline as well as dub plate Abracadubra (released as Sir Horatio), and the band’s three song John Peel session from June 1981.

The double CD version also includes a further Peel session from November 1982, featuring two songs never before released on record: Piu Lento, and Who’s To Say. Also included on the CD are both extended 12” mixes of Knife Slits Water, together with an early demo version of percussive marathon Si Firmir O Grido.

Cover painting by Denis King. Design by Ben Kelly.

Pity Sex and Adventures have teamed up to make their long-anticipated split EP one of the year’s most interesting releases.

Adventures leads off the a-side with “Flowing Through,” a slow-burning emo anthem highlighted by the honest, cathartic refrain: “I’ve been pretending to have a grasp on solid ground”.

Pity Sex’s “Acid Reflex” is another fuzzy indie pop gem in the band’s small but impressive catalogue. The call and response verses sung by guitarists Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake make the track an easy sing-along, but lyrics like “I need drugs, I need God, I need comfort,” show that the Michigan quartet is still dealing with plenty of demons.

Each band also offers a cover on the split: Adventures takes on the hardcore classic “Behind This Wall” by Turning Point with all the aggression of the original, and Pity Sex offers their fantastic rendition of the Pixies’ classic, “Gigantic”.

For fans of: Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Tigers Jaw, Brand New.

The Adverts

Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts - 2xLP Edition

    Fire Records reissue the 1978 classic debut punk record 'Crossing The Red Sea with the Adverts' on gatefold 2LP. Released after an ever growing live following and the string of successful chart hits, The Advert's debut has cemented its place in punk rock history. Now this 2LP release includes an extra LP, with 12 extra tracks made of up single recordings and live bonus tracks. From the sonic Armageddon which ushers in 'One Chord Wonders' through to the deliriously protracted fade of 'Great British Mistake', 'Crossing The Red Sea' never put a foot wrong. Created at the height of Punk, recorded with all the venom and passion which gave the era such vitality, "Crossing the Red Sea" was at once a statement of intent and a bellow of defiance, a refusal to take anything for granted, even its own brilliance. More than that, though, the album defined and thus became the precious moment in time when the establishment rules of rock fell away, and new ones still had to be carved out. And by those brittle standards, the Adverts weren't simply crossing the Red Sea, they were parting it.

    Allo Darlin'

    Bright Eyes

    The first single to be taken from Allo Darlin’s forthcoming album We Come From the Same Place, "Bright Eyes" is a hugely enjoyable duet between singer Elizabeth Morris and guitarist Paul Rains - his first recorded lead vocal performance. Recording their vocals simultaneously in the live room of the studio, the two were able to play off one another and capture the humour and affection inherent in the song's lyrics. "Bright Eyes" isn't the first duet the band have recorded, early single "Dreaming" featured Monster Bobby of The Pipettes trading lines with Elizabeth, but as she notes, that then poses its own problems when it comes to playing live. "I wanted to write another duet, but the only problem with doing that is that when you play live it's very rare that the person you recorded it with can be there. So I thought it would be great to write a song with Paul singing the other part. I love Paul's singing and I wanted to hear him do it more, so it's quite selfish really!"

    "We Come From The Same Place" is the third full-length recording from the much loved Anglo-Australian four-piece and is made up of smart, beautiful pop music, with lyrics that resonate with experience and melodies that chime, echo and soar. The album combines the eagerness, urgency and immediacy of their 2010 self-titled debut with the contemplation, sophistication and ambition of their 2012 follow-up "Europe," and yet it goes beyond either both sonically and in the songs. It was written at a time of considerable change for songwriter Elizabeth Morris, a time during which she fell in love, moved to Italy and got married. The truism is that third albums are difficult beasts, but by remaining true to themselves Allo Darlin’ have side-stepped the pitfalls to produce a wonderful record - thoughtful and exciting and exquisitely played – that will please their existing army of fans and newcomers alike.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition of 500 copies.

    Bell Gardens

    Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions

    Bell Gardens combines the musical visions of Kenneth James Gibson (formerly of Furry Things, now recording as [a]pendics.shuffle, dubLoner and Eight Frozen Modules) and Brian McBride (one half of Stars of the Lid) and began releasing music in 2010, beginning with an EP, Hangups Need Company on Failed Better/Burger Records. Their debut album Full Sundown Assembly (Southern/Burger Records) appeared in 2012 and, now signed to Rocket Girl in the UK, the band are set to release their second, Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions.

    Bell Gardens’ origins began arguably as more of an experiment than the duo’s current ‘experimental’ projects – McBride’s drone- and string-laden ambient symphonies, and Gibson’s ventures in dub and minimalist techno – as they sought to manifest their mutual reverence for folk, psychedelia and chamber pop in a traditional band structure without cannibalising any particular past genre. Bell Gardens’ sound is less reliant on effects and studio trickery than the pairs’ independent guises, laying bare as it does vocals and live instruments with emotional sincerity, and presenting songs imbued with an almost pastoral or gospel simplicity and timelessness.

    'Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions' was again recorded mostly at home studios, but additionally the band made use of a friend’s desert cabin in Wonder Valley, California, and it seems this willingness to retreat from the city has lent an expansiveness to the tracks, in particular the spacious, ceremonial ‘Silent Prayer’ (written in a snowbound mountain cabin in Idyllwild, C.A.) and the crepuscular ‘She’s Stuck in an Endless Loop of Her Decline’ (mapped out under the stars in the desert).

    While the addition of strings (contributed by Lauren Chipman of The Rentals and The Section Quartet) and trumpet (Stewart Cole of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros) provides a double rainbow of tonal textures throughout, the nine tracks of Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions are united by an understated elegance belying the newly expanded, communal effort in the studio: each instrument earns its place, nothing is overwrought or conspicuous. Moreover, it is McBride and Gibson’s artistry in building stirring soundscapes from the barest of materials in their other guises that lends such assurance and sophistication to these arrangements.

    The band is a result of the complimentary cross-pollination of Gibson and McBride’s musical tastes – borne from a late- night conversation between the two that grew wings – and it is the universality of the sentiments and their restrained, reflective approach to writing and recording that allows the music to simultaneously straddle the past and the present. The music avoids pastiche, its pedal steel, sleigh bells and harmonies giving a nod to the ghosts of musical genres past, but never overriding or distracting from the emotional content of the sum of its parts.

    The album ends with the glorious ‘Take Us Away’ – one of the first demos Gibson gave McBride when he was on tour with Stars of the Lid – neatly bringing their work to date full circle and exemplifying the band’s mindfulness of their own serendipitous beginnings: the dawning of an auspicious, unique musical force.

    Bell Gardens - Take Us Away - ★★★★★★★★★☆ Harmonies alert!! Actually, this is rather lovely. Slow-tempo, just the right side of 'twee' and packed full of strings, as if Air and Midlake had been taking balloon trips over the mid-West and sprinkling good-vibes dust across the land. From L.A. and subconsciously plugged into the '60s dream-pop scene, taking in a little bit of Mercury Rev and Brendan Perry en route, stopping off at Pearls Before Swine and Big Star's house for inspiration, before getting stoned with '70s era Brian Eno and Harold Budd.- Flipside

    Big Ups

    Rash / Not Today

    Following the release of their debut album in January, Big Ups return with a new two-track 7”. Returning home from their latest European tour in July 2014, Big Ups took an extended nap and somehow woke up in THUMP Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They decided to try to record a few new songs, and - despite the band's grogginess - they actually finished the recordings. These new songs are coming out on a 7" vinyl record with separate releases in Europe & the USA. The single Rash b/w Not Today will be released via Tough Love Records.

    For those not yet up to speed, Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups – since 2010 – blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: Coloured vinyl (500 copies).

    Dean Blunt

    50 Cent / Trident

    Hype Williams man Dean Blunt preceeds his soon-come 'Black Metal' LP with this super-limited 12". Showcasing more of Blunt's eclecticism, '50 Cent' combines spacious, shimmering, reverb-laden lo-fi shoegaze guitar work and simple kick-snare machine drumming used as a hip hop break. Over this Williams adds a melancholic rap, duetting with a choral female vocal in a call and response style. 'Trident' offers a more straight forward rap, but again over an inventive dark and grimey backing track. It's indie hip hop, but not as you know it.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    12" Info: Limited pressing. 200 copies only.

    DFA are delighted to welcome Dan Bodan to the label's roster. Bodan

 mixes traditional song-writing with intricately textured electronic production.

    "I write about the things I know, but it should be interesting for other people. So I want it to be like a really great roman-a-clef, or reading your older sisters diary." - Dan Bodan



    Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city's underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin 8 years ago. Blossoming in the city's unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. 


    ‘Soft’ is a rose-scented journey through millennial love issues, which was co-produced with Physical Therapy and Ville Haimala (Renaissance Man) and features MESH, 18+, Great Skin, Latisha Faulkner, Dena Yago, and Stadium. The album artwork for ‘Soft’was designed by famed-artist Julien Ceccaldi who currently graces the cover of Artforum's Summer issue.

    Working together with a team of world-class producers, poets and artists, he writes songs to fit comfortably in that space between the finger and the mousepad, the bedroom and the club, the earth and the ether.

    Sophomore record Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is a bold step forward for BRONCHO.

    Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar driven rock - the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions (think Cheap Trick meets the Drive soundtrack meets every great song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the greatest after-hours party you’ve never been to).

    Tracks like “Stay Loose,” “NC-17” and “What” are the kind of pop-rock that could have easily been beamed in from the same universe that gave rise to The Cars (or a looser version of The Strokes), while the album's first single, “Class Historian” — with its unstoppable “do do do do” vocal refrain is the kind of song that seems scientifically engineered to stick in your brain forever and is arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze.

    Clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, the eleven tracks on the new record are a potent statement of intent: an effortless sounding rock record that dips its toe into a variety of different styles without every succumbing to any of them. It’s a record that sounds like the summer. Or the future.

    Anna Calvi

    One Breath - Deluxe 2CD Edition

      Special edition of Anna Calvi’s Mercury Prize nominated second album ‘One Breath’, comprising the original album and a second CD featuring the ‘Strange Weather’ covers EP.

      Following on from her self titled, critically acclaimed Top 40 debut, ‘One Breath’ is a bold, confident progression in terms of textures and emotion.

      ‘One Breath’ was produced by John Congleton at Blackbox Studios, France and mixed in Texas.

      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

      From Her To Eternity

        Following the break up of Nick Cave’s former group The Birthday Party, Cave and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey put together a new band featuring Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld, additional guitarist Hugo Race, and ex-Magazine bass player Barry Adamson.

        The band entered the studio on September 20th 1983, and after some sessions, emerged as Nick Cave & The Cavemen, playing their first gig in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve 1983.

        The name was short-lived, and was soon amended to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, in reference to the final Birthday Party release, ‘The Bad Seed’ EP.

        Most of ‘From Her To Eternity’ was recorded in London, with sessions split between The Garden studio in Shoreditch, and Trident, in Soho.

        Cave later said, "Well, I guess we weren't kicking people in the teeth anymore. I mean, it just became different. I wanted it to be more lyrically orientated and getting Blixa Bargeld in the group made an incredible difference. He's a completely kind of atmospheric guitarist and incredibly economical and it gave me room to breathe”.

        The album, produced by Mick Harvey and Flood, was released on 18th June 1984 on Mute Records, Cave’s label for more than the next 25 years.

        It received great reviews upon its release and is recognised as one of the most timeless albums of the ‘80s.

        Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

        Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

        This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

        The Firstborn Is Dead

          ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985.

          Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson.

          Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London for three years and it seemed that if you stuck your head out of the box, people were pretty quick to knock it back in, particularly if you were Australian. When we came to Berlin it was the opposite. People saw us as some kind of force rather than a kind of wacky novelty act”.

          The album's title is a reference to Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin of Elvis Presley, and ‘Wanted Man’ was Cave’s own take on a song Bob Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash. Dylan gave his permission for the lyrics to be changed, with Cave’s interpretation referencing his friends.

          Also features the apocalyptic classic ‘Tupelo’.

          Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

          Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

          This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

          Your Funeral... My Trial

            With ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents.

            This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen.

            Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio”.

            “There are some songs on that record that as far as I'm concerned are just about perfect as we can get really- songs like ‘The Carny’, ‘Your Funeral, My Trial’, and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’, I think are really quite brilliant“.

            Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie ‘Der Himmel Uber Berlin’ (aka ‘Wings Of Desire’) performing ‘The Carny’ and ‘From Her to Eternity’.

            Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

            Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

            This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

            Nick Cave

            20,000 Days On Earth

              This great DVD package includes extras such as the performance with Kylie at Koko's, a full songs from Sydney Opera House concert as well as deleted scenes.

              20,000 Days on Earth is a bold and unique look at one of music's most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic musician and writer Nick Cave. Defying traditional rock documentary aesthetics, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard push the genre to unexplored territory, presenting a vision of an artist in a way that is unconventional yet undeniably intimate, while also exploring more universal themes of creativity and how we choose to spend our time on the Earth. It ruthlessly deconstructs two very different art forms, music and documentary, yet takes nothing away from the everyday reality or magic of its main subject.

              The film presents Cave's personal analysis of his own life and creative processes. He shares humorous tales of times past with band mate and frequent collaborator Warren Ellis, and engages in enlightening discussion with those who have affected his life both professionally and personally, including former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld, actor friend Ray Winstone, and perhaps most notably Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave collaborated on his breakout hit Where the Wild Roses Grow in 1995. These segments are presented in an almost daydream-like form, as Cave sits behind the wheel reflecting on his experiences while driving through his adopted home town of Brighton.

              Joseph Coward

              The World Famous Joseph Coward

              Joseph Coward is set to release his eagerly awaited debut album this autumn.

              ‘The World Famous Joseph Coward’, self produced in London with Phillip Brillo, features ten tracks, including a Clash Magazine Track Of The Day - ‘Sarah, Plain & Tall’ - and the singles ‘Idle Boy’, ‘Thin’ and ‘Lucky To Have Me’.

              An artist with the wistful-narcotised style and pugnacious confessional delivery of an earlier generation of British romantics, the unschooled, unbridled, uncompromising lyricism of Ian McCulloch, Morrissey and Billy Bragg courses through Joseph Coward’s songs.

              After leaving his Brentwood, Essex school at sixteen, Coward left home and scraped together an existence in London, where he published a fanzine and made himself a fixture in the music scene.

              “Atmospheric and melodic post-punk... sweeping melodrama... sweetly intimate... Serious in intent and sharp in execution” - Q

              “Startling honesty” - Wonderland Magazine

              “His take on atmospheric post punk casts chiming shadows through an Echo & The Bunnymen shaped prism of multilayered guitars and low-fi loops to impressive effect.” - Clashmusic.com

              “Romantic and timeless... compelling and brilliant” - Huh. Magazine

              East India Youth

              Hinterland - Inc. Katja Waske Remix

              In a move that's certain to please the proper techno heads out there, East India Youth has finally seen fit to deploy the finest piece of dancefloor weaponary on his critically acclaimed debut LP in 12" form. Militaristic drums, driving sequences and swirling modular washes interlock into a pulsating nuclear core, well on its way to meltdown. Falling somewhere between the stripped back machine funk of Factory Floor and the unyielding energy of a Carl Craig classic, "Hinterland" is the kind of cut you build your whole set around. In other words, totally massive. On the flipside, the mysterious Katja Waske drops in to provide a face melting remix, which ramps up the aggression tenfold, turning "Hinterland" into raw techno filth. If you're after one of those thunderous stadium sized techno monsters usually released by either of the Kalkbrenner brothers, then this is your new jam. Serrated sequences, pounding percussion and searing drones combine perfectly to set the night on fire.


              East India Youth

              Total Strife Forever - Deluxe 2xCD Edition

              East India Youth aka William Doyle delivers his highly anticipated debut long player ‘Total Strife Forever’. It's an ambitious work heralding the arrival of a singular new talent. Doyle is an inventive composer, and not tied to one style of music, bringing a love of minimalist and ambient composition to play alongside traditional song writing. The album ranges from ambient passages and neo-classical episodes and Detroit techno through to effervescent melodic electronic pop songs, with 'On Heaven How Long' combining both elements as the euphoric chorus dissolves into a driving motorik rhythm. Inspirations along the way included the output of Tim Hecker, Brian Eno, Björk’s ‘Homogenic’ and Arvo Pärt.

              East India Youth release an expanded version of their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ which now includes an epic 54 minute imagined soundtrack for the 1916 silent film ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ on a bonus disc.

              Coral Cross - 001 is the first release of a new metal project helmed by Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Haunted Graffiti, Violens). Described by Elbrecht as "choral thrash," the music is simultaneously blurry and fast paced, blistering single-note guitar lines layered over with barely-audible cathedral harmonies. It's another turn stylistically, following both his collaborations with Ariel Pink ("Hang On to Life" and "Called to Ring") and the electronic A/B-side with Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. The first track "The Coldest Steel Across Your Face Slides" rips forward with a meat-slicing, bay area thrash-style intro riff, recalling bands like Exodus or Testament, but with much less attention to production detail.

              Instead, some passages on Coral Cross - 001 sound like they may have been recorded on a portable cassette recorder. B-side "With a Lancet" follows more of a pop song format, with a chorus that dives into depths of depressive tremolo-picking guitars and drums that strobe and flicker like a decapitated airplane propeller post-crash.

              The Fall

              Live - Uurop VIII-XII Places In Sun & Winter, Son

              The definitive English post-punk band? Probably! Formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterized by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

              This live album has been collated from various gigs over the last three years.

              Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

              Intensity Ghost

              ‘Intensity Ghost’ is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Solar Motel’ album, which made year end lists at The New Yorker, Uncut Magazine and Popmatters and provoked ecstatic comparisons with Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Richard Thompson and The Grateful Dead.

              ‘Solar Motel’ came together as a solo album but the band Forsyth assembled to tour the record - bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steve Urgo (ex-War On Drugs) - took things to another level and quickly became a powerhouse. Forsyth brought the group into the studio in late 2013 to capture what became ‘Intensity Ghost’, a 5-track masterwork of grace and power.

              John Foxx

              Metamatic

              Ultravox member and synth-pop legend John Foxx’s debut solo opus 'Metamatic' is reissued via Demon Records. Following the first ever reissue of the iconic recording on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014, this standard edition is pressed on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl, cut from a brand new 2014 master taken from original analogue tapes and includes lyrics & download card.

              'Metamatic', achieves the same emotional transcendence as his previous group, Ultravox!'s early highlight, 'Systems Of Romance', despite a new reliance not just on synthesizers, but on a musical framework dependent on them. On 'Metamatic', Foxx cultivates a curious air of disinterest that never seems truly bored, but is much more extreme than even his unarguably distant vocal style for Ultravox!. It holds up as one of the peaks of the early-80s fascination with emotionless, Kraftwerk-inspired synth-pop.

              Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-pop duo French For Rabbits have been quietly building a reputation around the world for their growing collection of songs clouded in eerie instrumentation and sea-misted lyricism, courtesy of the venerable Lefse Records imprint.

              Alongside their ‘Claimed By The Sea’ EP and dreamy live shows, they have garnered support from New Zealand alternative radio and were subsequently nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards. That year they also headed to the UK for the first time to test the waters after promising radio play by 6Music’s Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft, The Shed’s Mark Coles and Amazing Radio. They have since toured through Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK, with festival appearances at Secret Garden Party and the Wilderness Festival along the way.

              Brooke Singer, the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the duo, began performing with guitarist John Fitzgerald in 2011.

              Gengahr

              Powder / Bathed In Light

              The band’s output to date feels utterly timeless and yet genuinely refreshing. Gengahr create effortlessly smooth and melodic indie-rock that journeys along a laidback sun-kissed path with a sound that could easily stem from influences drawn from icons such as The Smiths and Modest Mouse, to the more recently revered Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Youth Lagoon.

              ‘Powder’ sees the group continue with their trademark dreamy appeal but this time combines with an underlying edge that builds into a crescendo of virtuoso guitar bliss.

              Fresh from a summer of festival appearances, Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Latitude and a UK tour supporting Wolf Alice and a stint around Europe with San Fermin, Gengahr have been earning their stripes the old way – hitting the road and releasing a handful of demos; gaining a host of organic support from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Q, NME, The Fly, DIY and host of peers, and ultimately ended with them signing to Transgressive.

              Eagerly anticipated new album from Liz Harris AKA Grouper.

              IN HER OWN WORDS...

              Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.

              The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.

              Haikai No Ku

              Ultra High Dimensionality

                "Fucking Awesome Heavy Psych!” - CVLT Nation
                “A burgeoning psychedelic doom trip of the highest grade.” – SludgeLord
                "One hell of a trip” - Echoes & Dust

                Following last years outstanding debut 'Sick On My Journey' on Burning World Records the three piece stepped into Blank Studios to record their follow up, a 40 minute pilgrimage through 5 mind-altering tracks.

                By now avid fans of doom and psychedelia will be familiar with Mike Vest's (Bong, 11Paranoias, Blown Out) patented hyper fuzz guitar shrieks and damaged feedback. In Haikai No Ku he is joined by Jerome Smith (Female Borstal, Charles Dexter Ward) on bass and Sam Booth (Foot Hair, Bin, Obey) on drums to deliver a burgeoning psychedelic doom trip of the highest grade.

                Opener 'Dead In The Temple' begins the album in the most transcendental fashion. Vest's squawking guitar barks and howls over a lumbering rhythm and an apocalyptic bass line, perfectly introducing the sound and concept of the album. From here on listeners are completely subsumed by the bands' dark cloud of ear splitting, cacophonous symphonies.

                Behold the gargantuan sound of Haikai No Ku – Ultra High Dimensionality. For fans of Bong, Les Rallizes Denude, Mainliner etc.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: 'Ultra High Dimensionality' is pressed on 180g wax with superb artwork and design by Pete Burn, printed on warm grey recycled card sleeve with metallic ink and comes with download code.

                HAIM

                My Song 5 - Shaped Picture Disc Edition

                A shaped picture disc 10" release (playing surface is 7", shaped disc is 10"). Haim conclude an irresistible eighteen months with the release of their final single from the incredible 'Days Are Gone' LP. The re-recorded version of 'My Song 5' features additional vocals by A$AP Ferg.

                The release of 'My Song 5' comes straight off the back of a show-stealing performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and in celebration of their final UK / Ireland shows of the year at the Latitude and Longitude Festivals in July.



                Eleven gorgeous, late night, storytelling songs by the erstwhile Pulp and Longpigs guitarist. Hawley croons lovelorn words which evoke the late 50s in their charm and sweetness. Musically it's pretty and melodic, acoustic guitar ballads, lushly fleshed out with lapsteel, vibes, Mellotron and shimmery, echoey electric (guitar). Warm, poetic and inviting, this is a beautiful record and a balm for aching hearts everywhere!

                Originally released in 2003, this was his second album, or third if you include his self titled mini-LP too. Although it follows a similar late night, love lorn style as his previous releases, it's musically and atmospherically a much bigger sound and hinted at what was to come with it's stunning follow-up Coles Corner. 

                Truly classic, timeless songs, americana guitars (think Mazzy Star or maybe even Lambchop), and echoed vocals mixed with a very English sound. Imagine the soundtrack to Blue Velvet, recorded in Sheffield! Absolutely brilliant!

                Destined to be Sheffield’s next great band, High Hazels are James Leesley (vocals/guitar), Scott Howes (guitar), Paul Barlow (bass guitar) and Anthony Barlow (drums).

                Inherently northern, the young quartet from Handsworth are boys who horde priceless guitars, but can’t afford the bus fare home, rehearse dry George Harrison barbs in the bathroom mirror, read the Angling Times, and go to their Nan’s for Sunday dinner.

                Built on dreamy guitars and charming vocal melodies, High Hazels' debut album have a noticeably honest lyrical approach that lets the listener feel a part of a sound that has every intention of taking you somewhere else for a while.

                Micah P Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra

                Micah P Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra

                Brand new album by the much-loved and critically-acclaimed Texan country-noir wonder Micah P Hinson. Moving on from his startling debut album "Micah P Hinson And The Opera Circuit", this album combines the delicate cracked intimacy of the debut with a new songwriting assurance, delivering heartfelt and melancholic dusty epics. His accompanying Red Empire Orchestra have added a stunning new depth to the music, courtesy of instruments such as cello, violin, viola, upright bass, Hammond organ and more, which combine wonderfully with his husky downbeat vocal delivery. Another understated classic from Mr Hinson.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: Full Time Hobby 10th anniversary repress. Poppy red vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.

                The History Of Apple Pie

                Out Of View

                ‘Out Of View’, recorded in London over the last few months, was self produced by guitarist Jerome Watson, mixed by Charles ‘Chicky’ Reeves and engineered by Joshua Third of The Horrors, who also adds his unique guitar sound to the albums closer ‘Before You Reach The End’. Released on Limited vinyl and CD the new album features 10 tracks including their critically acclaimed and sold out singles ‘Do It Wrong’, ‘Mallory’ and last years debut ‘You’re So Cool’.

                ‘Out Of View’ sees the band take expansive and very exciting leaps with the new recordings. The infectious fuzzy pop sound of those early singles has been crafted and developed and they have taken the guitar aesthetic of their heroes - Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Blur, into new and glorious terrorties. Expect more tales of medicated teenage heartache and the psychedelic rain of slacker-genius guitar chops from Jerome’s home made pedal board, but the band have really come of age and the result is a truly memorable and exhilarating guitar pop album.

                London based and formed just over eighteen months ago, The History Of Apple Pie line up is centered around the songwriting partnership of Stephanie Min (Vocals) and Jerome Watson (Guitar) together with Kelly Owens (Bass), James Thomas (Drums) and Aslam Ghauri (Guitar). A truly great and exciting live band, they quickly built up an ever growing fanbase of critics, punters and fellow musicians alike.

                They’ve already played over seventy shows both here and in Europe including numerous festival spots, a sold-out show for HMV’s Next Big Thing, ‘The Roundhouse Rising’, main support for both The Drums and Male Bonding and being hand picked by Graham Coxon to support him at his recent London show. As well as the aforementioned three sold out singles, they also recently released a split 12” with the similarly inclined talents of Gross Magic, Novella and Echo Lake.

                Kirlian Camera

                Uno - LP + Flexi Disc Edition

                Includes postcard insert and bonus flexi disc. Dark Entries is proud to release Uno, a collection of early recordings from seminal Italian electronic act Kirlian Camera. Keyboardist / vocalist Angelo Bergamini founded the project in Parma in 1979, initially naming it Suicide Commando, before discovering another project using the same name. By 1980, Bergamini had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini. Their demo cassette Dawn attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. The following year, Montacchini left the band and was replaced by Giorgio Vecchi, and Kirlian Camera recorded their self-titled debut mini-LP. Uno compiles the four songs from Kirlian Camera on Side A and the six songs from the demo cassette on Side B. Also included is the bonus track “Minitech,” originally released in 1981 on flexi-disc. Kirlian Camera’s clean, minimalist new wave is marked by strong haunting melodies, slow-moving synth washes and stark, dramatic vocals. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The artwork replicates the original 12” featuring a painting of a royal Italian noble on the front and black and white photos of the band on the back. Each copy includes a two-sided postcard with a never-before-seen photo of Bergamini and Buja taken from an early concert.

                A year (to the day) after their sumptuous debut album, Lily & Madeleine return with beautiful second album ‘Fume’.

                From the beginning, the calling card has been the breathtaking union of their voices and fans of the debut will not be disappointed.

                The sound has evolved - the scope has broadened. Expansive, multi-layered instrumentation - like the sun slanting through a window in a Vermeer painting, it’s an experience that captures the subtleties of both shadow and light.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: Pop bottle green coloured vinyl edition exclusively
                available to independent retailers. Limited to 150
                copies for the UK and Eire.

                Lola Colt

                Away From The Water - Bonus Disc Edition

                'Away From The Water' is the highly anticipated debut album from London six piece Lola Colt. Produced by Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos, the album has been intricately crafted by the songwriting partnership of vocalist Gun Overbye and lead guitarist Matt Loft through a cinematic writing style born of a mutual love of vintage film and visual soundscapes.

                Hailed as one of London's most exciting and captivating live bands by fans and critics alike, this six-piece have been taking audiences by storm. Their shows have been described as "a spellbinding and dramatic experience with both sonic and visual intensity" and they make certain every show feels like a special event.

                Crystallising their breathtaking live experience into physical form has been an intense and challenging experience as Matt explains "Our music is pure escapism and the thought of recording it felt strangely like trying to put up walls around a dream. What we strived to create is a timeless record that takes the listener on a journey to a different place with each listen".

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: Includes 4 track bonus disc while stocks last.

                Ltd LP Info: Limited edition silkscreen gatefold coloured vinyl. Includes 4 track bonus disc while stocks last.

                John McCullagh & The Escorts

                Box Of Tricks

                John Lennon McCullagh – his real name – is a sixteen-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He’s been playing guitar and writing his own songs since he was twelve. His latent talent for his beloved six-string was soon followed by mastery of the harmonica.

                Over the past year or so, John has played with the likes of Richard Hawley, The Strypes, Alabama 3, The Enemy, Reverend & The Makers and many others.

                The single will be promoted by a solo tour in late October and a support slot with Cast on the road in the UK in December.

                Taken from John’s forthcoming second album Newborn Cry (due early in 2015), ‘Box Of Tricks’ will be supported by a full press, radio and online marketing campaign.

                “John is an amazing talent for such a young kid! To be honest, he’s just a natural!“ - Alan McGee

                7" single vinyl pressing - limited to 359 copies worldwide!

                Features an exclusive B-Side, ‘We Belong Together’, a cover of the Richie Havens classic.

                Brad Laner, Elizabeth Thompson and Jim Goodall have eschewed the 1990’s nostalgia touring circuit trod by their peers and instead dug deep to bring you ‘Home Everywhere’.

                The album is a collection of new songs created with a gaze that is omni-directional.

                "Sad Sappy Sucker" is the name of a 2001 album release by indie rock band Modest Mouse. Originally slated to be Modest Mouse's debut album, Sad Sappy Sucker was shelved for several years until its eventual release in 2001. Several songs were recorded at Olympia, Washington’s Dub Narcotic Studios. The record was officially released in April 2001 by K Records in April 2001 on CD and vinyl LP, and containing nine additional tracks added to the original track listing of 15 songs. Although parts of "Sucker" are experimental compared to the band's current polish, this isn't some rarity to be enjoyed only by collectors. Breezy melodies build into jagged choruses as singer Isaac Brock shows he can be both tender and playfully aggressive. Most of the songs clock in between two and three minutes, leaving room for numerous gems in the course of the 24-track album. While 12 of the songs come from a recording session with K Records' Calvin Johnson, a chunk of Sucker material comes from Brock's "Dial-a-Song" phase, during which callers heard new songs by dialling in to his answering machine. These experiments range from lo-fi combos of distorted instruments and whiny vocals to complete songs, like the bluesy rock jam on "Secret Agent X-9." The Dial-a-Songs--and a message left by Murder City Devils front man Spencer Moody ("Call to Dial-a-Song")--are both comic relief and proof that Modest Mouse didn't gain their indie-rock cult status by accident. The talent's been there from the beginning.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: 160 gram vinyl.

                Modest Mouse

                This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About

                  Modest Mouse’s 1996 debut album expands upon the themes of emotional and geographic isolation found in the band’s early recordings and finds the band mixing slow, brooding numbers with thrashing guitar workouts.

                  The general mood here is one of loneliness and desperation, eloquently expressed through both the lyrics and the rhythmic, sprawling instrumentation.

                  Modest Mouse made their first significant mark here with songs whose meanings are simultaneously universal and painfully personal.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLtd LP Info: Silver / black coloured vinyl, limited to 300 copies for the UK & Eire.

                  MONO's 2014 musical offering is a departure from all that's gone before. It is the sound of a band heading in different directions, and coming together all at once. It is the sound of a band exploring their dark side and opening up to the light simultaneously.

                  Since the dawn of MONO - where Under The Pipal Tree laid out their intentions in frenetic psychedelia - , right the way through to 2012’s For My Parents, their blissful path of musical meanderings grew ever more lavish. MONO evolved into an orchestral rock band and performed in prestigious venues in New York, London and Tokyo, with renowned orchestras by their sides. Following a wave of creative peaks, MONO regrouped and planned where to go next.

                  This departure comes in the form of two albums; The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Together but different. Side by side but opposites.

                  The twin albums were recorded concurrently, yet conceptually and creatively, they are worlds apart. They are two sides to a story, but they remain hand in hand. Themes that have permeated MONO’s previous output are revisited through the conjoined albums: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Whilst one hand soothes, the other wreaks havoc.

                  RAYS OF DARKNESS is the more ominous and brooding beast. Notable for the absence of MONO’s near-trademark orchestral instruments, this album leans heavily on the aggression of blistering riffs, jarring angles, and a doom-layered undertone.

                  Another dynamic is added by the involvement of post-hardcore pioneer, Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy; Tetsu provides vocals, for the first time ever on a MONO recording. The crescendos here seem all the more threatening, and the diminuendos feel that much more bleak.

                  When asked why MONO were releasing two album instead of, perhaps, one longer one, Taka simply says "There were black and white sides inside of me, like darkness and hope. It could not fit on one album."

                  The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness were recorded in May 2014, in Pennsylvania, USA, produced by MONO and engineered by Fred Weaver.

                  MONO's 2014 musical offering is a departure from all that's gone before. It is the sound of a band heading in different directions, and coming together all at once. It is the sound of a band exploring their dark side and opening up to the light simultaneously.

                  Since the dawn of MONO - where Under The Pipal Tree laid out their intentions in frenetic psychedelia - , right the way through to 2012’s For My Parents, their blissful path of musical meanderings grew ever more lavish. MONO evolved into an orchestral rock band and performed in prestigious venues in New York, London and Tokyo, with renowned orchestras by their sides. Following a wave of creative peaks, MONO regrouped and planned where to go next.

                  This departure comes in the form of two albums; The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Together but different. Side by side but opposites.

                  The twin albums were recorded concurrently, yet conceptually and creatively, they are worlds apart. They are two sides to a story, but they remain hand in hand. Themes that have permeated MONO’s previous output are revisited through the conjoined albums: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Whilst one hand soothes, the other wreaks havoc.

                  The "light" side of this chapter in the MONO story is THE LAST DAWN. The pared down tracks take inspiration from influences as diverse as minimalist film scores and vintage shoegaze. Noticeably more stripped back than their previous releases, the album clocks in at under forty minutes; the succinct offering proffers the hope, love and joy in a neatly wrapped package.

                  When asked why MONO were releasing two album instead of, perhaps, one longer one, Taka simply says "There were black and white sides inside of me, like darkness and hope. It could not fit on one album."

                  The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness were recorded in May 2014, in Pennsylvania, USA, produced by MONO and engineered by Fred Weaver.

                  Mysteries is just as it implies. A few months ago the felte label received an anonymous demo accompanied by a photo of 3 figures, faces covered like some sort of futuristic druids. To this day the label still doesn't know the group's origin, but the joy of discovering this music unimpeded renders this fact almost irrelevant.

                  There’s a sense that the band would prefer to keep your focus on the music and not who they are, where they come from or what you might perceive them to be before hearing a single note. If you need glorious mug shots and preamble to capture your intrigue, then this is not for you. The album’s title, New Age Music is Here, could even be interpreted as a sarcastic shot at the new listening habits dictated by the constant noise all around us, but is more likely a simple invitation to engage with the music on its own terms, in its own universe. One thing is certain. New Age Music Is Here glows with exotic, crunchy, muscular, expressive pop music built around vocals and drums, rather than the big synth or guitar riffs prevalent today. Almost like a psych-rock, cyborg, 50's doo-wop Alice Coltrane if you will. Is it truly new age? We definitely haven't heard much like it.

                  Listen with an open mind and heart and you too might believe in music once again strictly for music’s sake. Let’s get to it then, shall we?


                  New Street Adventures

                  No Hard Feelings

                    The East London band whos latest single has seen them win airplay from Robert Elms, Gary Crowley and Craig Charles release their 13 track debut album on Acid Jazz this September. Produced by Mitch Ayling of the Milk it has been declared a ‘masterpiece’ by Q Magazine’s Paul Moody.

                    Their hard hitting soul meets guitar sound is allied by the memorable song writing of lead singer Nick Corbin. His work tells of the struggles, loves and musical excitements of 20 something London living. The music is beautifully realised by the five piece group, augmented by strings and horns. The band will be supporting the album with a month long tour of the UK, co-headlining with the Milk. They have recently wowed audience supporting Lee Fields and the Expressions.

                    The Parade

                    Connector

                    ThePARADE don’t play - they perform. Live shows brim with an intense electricity: the feeling that anything and everything is about to happen. No cheap thrills or pretence, just jagged edges, sharp-dressed lyrics and that most beautiful breed of dark glam pop idiosyncratic to the backstreet gutters of old London Town.

                    Fronted by Matt Prichard and Jemimah Dean, the two possess a compelling chemistry akin to a rock ‘n’ roll Bonnie and Clyde. A bohemian vagabond, Prichard is an exceptional poet, musician and performer, fusing the eloquent seediness of Serge Gainsbourg, the passionate lyricism of Jacques Brel, and the glam Britannia of David Bowie circa Hunky Dory. Dean is Prichard’s perfect partner-in-crime. Her honey-coated voice drips with the sexual tension of Stevie Nicks, coupled with the spikiness of Lydia Lunch and the unabashed femininity of Hope Sandoval, prowling a corner of the stage barefooted, both percussionist and sexual protagonist.

                    ThePARADE will pick-pocket your hearts.

                    Formed in early 2013, ThePARADE gained repeated airplay on 6Music and BBC Introducing with their debut EP which led to a residency at Camden’s Barfly, and caught the attention of producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, The Maccabees, Cats Eyes).

                    Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

                    Acoustic Dust

                      The sessions for this album came about by coincidence. In April 2013 The Dust were on tour in Europe. We had an unusual show scheduled at a small festival out in the desert near Marrakech, Morocco, which fell in the middle of our tour, and which fell through, as these things often do, at the very last minute, just days before the gig was to take place. It left a big hole right in the middle of our tour.

                      To the rescue came our Spanish tour promoters, Carles and Jordi, who secured for us an apartment in Barcelona for the week, and suggested that we use our downtime to do some recording in a small studio there.

                      The band had a small handful of acoustic shows under our belt by this time, and we were keen for the opportunity to try some recordings in an acoustic setting. Acoustic Dust!

                      We hooked up with Raül Fernandez Refree, our engineer for the sessions. Raul was great in the studio and we all immediately became fast friends. Another friend from Portugal, João Paulo Feliciano was also in Barcelona at the time, and we invited him in to add some Hammond Organ.

                      In four or five days we tracked 14 or 15 songs, choosing some from my album ‘Between The Times And The Tides’, plus a few from the record we were still working on at the time, ‘Last Night On Earth’, and some cover songs too.

                      After the sessions we hit the road again with our electric instruments to finish our tour, and slowly over the following months plans were made for Raul to mix the music for release. You hold in your hands the fruits of those acoustic days in Barcelona, I hope you enjoy them” - Lee Ranaldo (New York City, August 2014).

                      Real Lies

                      North Circular / Dab Housing

                      London three piece Real Lies build on the success of last year's "Sweet Exile" single with this massive double A-side on Marathon Artists which perfectly showcases the band's versatility. The driving house rhythms of "North Circular" suggest the band have learned a thing or two from the remix experience (Pariah and Bey LF went in hard on their last single), providing a tough and insistent basis for the swooning emotional pop of the spoken vocals and euphoric piano chords. This is "Weak Become Heroes" for a new generation of sophisticated and urbane youths freed from genre constraints. On the flip, "Dab Housing" is a simmering hit of dubby dream pop with plenty of Jamaican flava adding spice to the yearning indie vocals. Watch this space. 


                      The Rebel

                      K Rot

                        Second Monofonus release from Ben Wallers. This LP was recorded in March 2014. We flew him over to Austin to play a couple shows during SXSW and while he was here he recorded this LP. It’s quite a bit more straight forward than some of his more recent works.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        LP Info: Comes with a download card.

                        Hot on the heels of the recent 'must have' collection of sold out 45s and rarities on the mighty Sundazed label, The See See return with their third studio full length in October via The GPS on vinyl and on CD and download via Dell'Orso.

                        Another fantastic collection of bittersweet sunshine psych pop nuggets, layered with the bands' killer ear for a vocal harmony and hooks aplenty. Passing nods to Big Star, Later era Byrds / Burritos and the 'Paisley Underground' sounds of the great Rain Parade and Long Ryders amongst others, the set doesn't disappoint and is sure to build on the acclaim and quick sell out status of all of their previous output.

                        Admired by the likes of Sid Griffin, Ric Menck and Norman Blake to name a few, the band have recently collaborated with longterm fans such as Jim Noir and The Coral, from whom Nick Power penned the great “Jenny Said” from the set here.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP Info: White Vinyl LP / Pressing of 750.

                        Sleaford Mods

                        Fizzy

                          A two track 12” with etched side , 'Fizzy' is a studio track and was recorded in the summer of 2012 , 'Urine Mate (Welcome To The Club)' was recorded live at the German club Skalitzer Berlin August 24th 2013 featuring John Paul who does the introduction to the song. Anton Newcombe met the band online and as a fan of the band wanted to release a single on his label, 'Urine Mate Welcome To The Club)' is an exclusive version of this track to this release, 'Fizzy can be found on the album Austerity Dogs released 2013 on Harbinger Sound.

                          Jason says 'Fizzy' was inspired by the many thousands of psychopathic managers and supervisors that terrorise low paid workers throughout the world on a daily basis. "I've modelled this song on one cunt in particular but it is by no means an isolated experience." As for 'Urine Mate (Welcome To The Club)' Jason comments describes in detail Nottingham's Mansfield Road. A haven for the actual results of modern England. Destitute, full of characters and betting shop drug traders.

                          Sleaford Mods

                          Mr. Jolly Fucker / Tweet Tweet Tweet

                          Repress!

                          Sleaford Mods started around 2006 in Nottingham by Jason Williamson. Born out of frustration and by accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive attack on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment. After a year in the studio and gigs around Nottingham, Jason then took the cause to London for a period and eventually back to Nottingham in 2009 where he met Andrew Fearn, who became nvolved with the production of the 5th album, Wank. He also became the second member. On Wank's release, Jason and Andrew were offered a slot on the bill of The Rammel Club's 3 day festival which introduced Jason to the Noise scene, so to speak, and also to Steve Underwood from the punk label, Harbinger Sound. A year later Harbinger Sound released Sleaford Mods first vinyl album, Austerity Dogs, and it immediately took off with a string of gigs in Europe and major cities in the UK along with side articles in leading music magazines The Wire, Fact and Vice as well as countless fanzines. The second album from Harbinger sound is due to be released later this year and also two 7" releases from Fourth Dimension Records and Kraak's home label are due in the meantime. Tours to promote these are currently underway with more planned. ‘Mr. Jolly Fucker’ b/w ‘Tweet Tweet Tweet’ sees the duo continuing their sometimes raucous yet always edgy melding of mean hip-hop beats, often savage poetic observations (think whizzed-out Mark E, Smith) and snarling punk attitude. A full-on kick to the senses inspired by the Sex Pistols, The Last Poets and ‘60s garage and soul music.

                          The Special AKA

                          In The Studio

                            True innovators of the punk era, The Specials began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude, and taking on a more focused and informed political and social stance than their predecessors and peers.

                            By October 1981, constant touring and differences over musical direction saw the original band line-up split but they soon regrouped and reformed as The Special AKA and released their third album In the Studio in 1984. The album was over two years in the making and featured hit singles "(Free) Nelson Mandela" and "Racist Friend".

                            Now digitally remastered and reissued on heavyweight 180g black vinyl.

                            Spray Paint

                            Clean Blood, Regular Acid

                              Third LP from this Austin bad vibe art punk band. “brimming with oddly tuned guitars and shouted vocals, but there’s a sweetness to balance out the sour flavors.” – Stereogum.

                              “noise-inflected yet melodic post-punk” – Noisey.

                              “…the trio’s frantic rants glisten with sweat generated by decades of post-punk workouts. That sweat also pushes them beyond mimicry. The exhilarating execution of their taut-yet-rubbery songs puts Spray Paint’s music squarely in the present tense.” – Pitchfork.

                              The Staves release a new 3 track EP and will also play a small run of intimate shows in October where they will be performing brand new material from their upcoming as-yet-unnamed second album. The Staves (Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor) released their debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ back in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. The sisters’ ability to deliver pin-point harmonies alongside exceptional lyrics and musicianship evoked as much praise on record as applause on the stage. Over the next 18 months The Staves and their band-mates hit the road relentlessly, performing their songs to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic. They concluded their 2013 festival run by opening Glastonbury’s Other Stage, and joined Pyramid headliners Mumford & Sons as special guests that same evening. Their headline touring culminated with a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. ‘Blood I Bled EP’ is the first public outing of new tracks written by The Staves, produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).

                              Swans

                              Filth

                                Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on vinyl, including two reproduction live posters.

                                The first in a series of re-mastered catalogue reissues.

                                ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983. The album was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection,” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.”

                                Canada’s Timber Timbre release the follow up to their 2010 self-titled debut.

                                Recorded in a converted church studio, "Creep On Creepin’ On" marks a musical move forward for the band as we hear denser textures and everchanging collaborations. However, their trademark haunting sound, one that defies categorisation, is omnipresent throughout this obsessive and commanding album.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Ltd LP Info: Full Time Hobby 10th anniversary repress. Grey vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.

                                The Ting Tings

                                Super Critical

                                  Third album from the million selling, award-winning pop duo The Ting Tings, AKA Jules De Martino and Katie White.

                                  A modern disco record, ‘Super Critical’ was inspired by the duo’s travels through New York and Berlin. It was written in Ibiza in an old hillside finca overlooking the sea, away from everything but the Ibizian club scene.

                                  After six months of solid writing the band accidentally befriended Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and an experiment turned into a studio lock in and as a result both Andy and Jules act as co-producers for ‘Super Critical’.

                                  The album was mixed straight onto analogue tape in New York at the legendary Avatar Studios. It features the singles ‘Wrong Club’ and ‘Do It Again’.

                                  In the words of Perez Hilton, “The Ting Tings have gone super disco and it’s glorious.”

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP Info: The vinyl format is a limited edition picture disc (350 copies for the UK & Eire) with a handwritten / numbered sleeve and MP3 download code.

                                  Trojan Horse

                                  Meat Eater / Dance With The Devil

                                  RAK Studios, the legendary London recording studios that has played a vital part in some of the biggest pop hits from the 70s to the present day, is paying forward to its future stars with the launch of the RAK Singles Club this October.

                                  RAK Singles Club will give new and emerging artists - and the odd RAK megastar (watch this space!) - the chance to use RAK’s world class recording facilities, make the most of the expertise of the studio’s engineers and producers, and release a limited edition 7” single in beautiful house signature packaging.

                                  For audiences of a certain age RAK Records brings back memories of high quality vinyl, tucked into a blue paper bag and bearing the image of a ship. Throughout the 70's, RAK records was home to a string of hits that dominated the charts. But RAK was not just a label, it was also the famous London studio where the songs were cut, synonymous with Mickie Most, Hot Chocolate, and Kim Wilde.

                                  While the iconic ship design was shelved in favour of more modern formats, the studios lived on, gaining legendary status as the place where Radiohead cut The Bends, and where David Bowie, Al Green, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd came to record. To this day it’s the go-to studio for stars including Adele, Plan B, Arctic Monkeys, Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Tom Odell and many more.

                                  As a world class heritage studio and independent publishing house, RAK are uniquely positioned to invest in new music, giving breaking acts the support to make truly exciting records. With a new generation's re-discovery of vinyl, the magic of the ritual and the sound, it seemed like it was time to dust off the old blue paper bags and launch a new vinyl label: The RAK Singles Club.

                                  The first release comes from Trojan Horse. Standing tall as one of the most respected prog (a term they widely encourage) bands in Britain, this Salford trio has picked up plaudits from Drowned In Sound, Gold Flake Paints and Classic Prog, on whose tour the band played last year. Trojan Horse invite us to “Imagine the royal variety performance, except this time we behead the fuckers a la 1789, live on stage, to a soundtrack of YES, King Crimson, Black Sabbath/Flag, QOTSA, Blur, Supergrass, XTC, Futureheads, Converge and Mastodon....”, and who are we to resist?!

                                  The Twilight Sad

                                  Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave

                                  Their anticipated fourth studio album follows the release of 2012’s No One Can Ever Know. The Scottish trio--James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar), and Mark Devine (drums)—has also announced a short UK tour before heading off to the USA to tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks. (More UK and European dates to be announced shortly.

                                  Where each album prior to Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave saw the Twilight Sad tackling new sounds and ways of writing, their latest work draws from their entire career. “Over the eight years we've been touring, our live sound has taken on different forms, from full on noise/feedback, to a sparse, synth led sound, to a stripped back set up with just keys, drum machine and guitar, to playing with an orchestra, and to just an acoustic with vocal,” says MacFarlane. “We wanted to try and capture all of those elements and develop them in some way to make the new record.”

                                  Opting to stay in Glasgow, the album was produced at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio, engineered by live soundman Andrew Bush, mixed by Peter Katis (also responsible for Fourteen Autumns), with touring member Johnny Docherty playing bass.

                                  Jack Cooper (Mazes) & James Hoare (Veronica Falls) are Ultimate Painting. The two formed a fast friendship when Jack’s band Mazes were on tour supporting James’ band Veronica Falls, sharing similar tastes in music, art & films. It wasn’t until after returning home that a musical synergy was formed. After numerous demos were exchanged, a few casual jam sessions turned into something more; a partnership. Christening themselves after a piece of art by the Southern Colorado desert community (and fanciful geodesic dome-builders) “Drop City ”, the lads set to work recording their debut proper.

                                  “Ultimate Painting”s ten songs are the fruits of that labor; a collaboration in the truest sense, with each member compsing five songs each creating a seamless journey that is both pastoral & cosmopolitan. Starting off with the breezy “Ultimate Painting”, the tone is set; a woozy & deliberate tune whose simple melody is complimented by two intertwining guitar lines that ride off into the sunset. The album catches fire after that, from the melodically mellow “Can’t You See?” & the yearing, gothic romance of “Riverside” to the bouyant “Rolling In The Deep End” & “Jane” whose sunny melodies belie the workings of the classic “Femme Fatale” who will “bring destruction to you...” “Ten Street ” is the centerpiece of the record, a shuffling head-bopper with hook after hook that ends in two blazing, interlocking guitar solos. The album closes on with “ Winter In Your Heart ”, a song about embracing new paths that life presents - awash in a fog of fond melancholy for chapters past. Ultimate Painting is a new chapter for both of these fellas & the future looks ver y exciting.

                                  RIYL: Mazes, Veronica Falls, Velvet Underground, Feelies, Parquet Courts, Television

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: Pressed on black vinyl, includes a printed inner sleeve & includes a download code.

                                  Upset the Rhythm and M’lady’s Records are very pleased to be teaming up for the first time to release the debut record from one of America’s most exciting groups today. VEXX, living in and playing out of Olympia, Washington, have been devastating the Pacific Northwest music hubs for the last year now. Their self-titled mini-album is explosive, vital, and many leagues deeper than it has any right to be in this wicked epoch.

                                  Recorded by esteemed engineer, Dave Harvey (who also recorded both HYSTERICS 7”s issued on M’lady’s), this record originally came out in a small edition on the Grazer label late last year, which sold out instantly just through word of mouth. The very excellent Jason Ward (of Chicago Mastering Service) has since worked his magic re-mastering the recording, and now it’s even more wild and vibrant than ever.

                                  VEXX hit the ground running like punk hasn’t happened yet! Blazing through the first three songs on side one with a fury rarely seen in the modern underground. ‘Clairvoyant’ is equal parts jagged as inventive, twisting out of reach at all the right moments. The song captures the band perfectly, raging headlong with unmatched momentum.

                                  VEXX also know how to write a powerful slow burner, as evidenced by ‘Strength’ and the first half of ‘Ocean Shores’. Maryjane’s lyrics and vocals are a clarion call of intent; on fire with possibility, whilst wrestling with the power of everything. She’s such a force of nature as a frontwoman that you’re left stunned as much as amazed.

                                  Meanwhile, Mike and Corey’s guitar and drum fireworks have left almost all spectators breathless (note: bass guitar duties on this recording were handled by Aaron, who has since been replaced by the very capable and excellent Ian). Each song is a maelstrom, whipping band and audience alike into a whirlwind. Pushing forward, thinking harder, striking home.

                                  We Are Shining, aka producers Morgan Zarate and Acyde, are spontaneous, unpredictable and utterly uncategorisable. Their debut album Kara is a wild ride, twisting and turning from scuzzy blues riffs to squiggly, irresistible melodies, held together by ferocious rhythms and the untethered power of Acyde's voice.

                                  Anything goes: each cut is packed with details from psychedelic synths to gospel choirs. Zarate (the ex-Spacek member who has latterly gained recognition for his brilliant club-focused singles for Hyperdub) and Acyde have known each other since their '90s Mo Wax days, but it was only in 2011 that this shared vision started to take shape. They imagine their music visually - if it was a film, it would be one following a journey along a lost highway - and have been inspired by house parties in Jamaica and Africa where guests would take turns to do their thing on the mic.

                                  A roster of guest singers from Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) to Roses Gabor get down and dirty in the We Are Shining cauldron, providing a sweet, soulful counterpoint to the dense, fuzzy layers of sound. There's an incredible energy to Kara, but We Are Shining are always in control of the propulsive kinetic thrust of their music, which sounds like nothing else out there.

                                  Wild Smiles release their brilliant debut album, ‘Always Tomorrow’, on Sunday Best Recordings.

                                  The fast-rising trio, comprising brothers Chris and Joe Peden with drummer Ben Cook, have enjoyed a run of live shows across Europe throughout the summer (including festival dates at Bestival and Southampton’s Psychedelia Weekend).

                                  Championed by NME, Fred Perry Subculture, Farah Vintage plus many more. Endorsed by Gibson Guitars throughout the world, due to their devastatingly catchy songwriting.

                                  A video for ‘Girlfriend’ has been directed by famous rock ‘n’ roll photographer Steve Gullick.

                                  Released in collaboration with The Red Hot Organization, which has worked on AIDS awareness through pop culture since 1989, 'Master Mix' embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”

                                  The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as "catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time."

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                                  Whyte Horses Frosinone Mixtape Volume II

                                  Manchester band Whyte Horses’ Dom Thomas is well known for his collecting rare and obscure music often released as quirky compilations on his label Brutal Music imprint. Currently touring with Whyte Horses, he found time to make an exclusive CD of the band's inspirations and loves to sell at their gigs. It's an amazing hour-long mixtape of interesting and forgotten psychedelic music that takes in (mostly) tropicalia, Brazillian folk, minimalism and dreamy psych. Dom describes as "an hour of looking at a sun drenched mountain range through kaleidoscopic glasses, where slacker-folk anthems do battle with desert-pop breaks and Led Zepplinesqe Eastern ballard standards.” 100 copies only.



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