synth-pop . alt-R&B . cold wave . industrial

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Arab Strap

I’m Totally Fine With It - Don’t Give A F**k Anymore

    Following their critically-acclaimed UK Top 20 album “As Days Get Dark”, Arab Strap return with their 2nd long player for Mogwai’s Rock Action Records with the excellent titled “I’m totally fine with it - don’t give a fuck anymore”. Almost 28 years after their debut, Arab Strap have never sounded more essential, and this new record is a fierce testament to their laser focus on wider horizons. Written and performed exclusively by Malcolm Middleton & Aidan Moffat, and finessed with longtime collaborator Paul Savage, the album furthers the band’s transformation from swooning, slow-core romantics to raging, alt-pop chroniclers.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A typically massive sounding, visceral blast of indie-adjacent avant-pop and shadowy electronica that's both instantly recognisable as Arab Strap, but furthers their already vast sonic explorations. With the uncompromising wit of Moffat & Middleton shining through every note, this really couldn't have been done by anyone else.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Allatonceness
    2. Bliss
    3. Sociometer Blues
    4. Hide YOur Fires
    5. Summer Season
    6. Molehills
    7. Strawberry Moon
    8. You’re Not There
    9. Haven’t You Heard
    10. Safe & Well
    11. Dreg Queen
    12. Turn Off The Light

    Broadcast

    Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009

      Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009 comprises songs and sketches drawn from Trish's extensive archive of 4-track tapes and MiniDiscs. The recordings lay the groundwork for what would have been Broadcast’s fifth album, offering a window into Trish and James’ creative process during the post-Tender Buttons period from 2006-2009.

      Photography used in its artwork is by Trish and James and the artwork is designed by Broadcast's long-time collaborator Julian House.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: There are few bands who could put out such an extensive collection of demos and sketches and have it be not only a great insight into their creative processes (it is definitely that), but a sonically imperfect but thematically impeccable collection. There's a reason Broadcast are so respected, and this is it.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. The Song Before The Song Comes Out
      2. March Of The Fleas
      3. Greater Than Joy
      4. Mother Plays Games
      5. My Marble Eye
      6. Roses Red
      7. Hip Bone To Hip Bone
      8. Running Back To Me
      9. I Blink You Blink
      10. Infant Girl
      11. I Run In Dreams
      12. Luminous Image
      13. A Little Light
      14. Hairpin Memories
      15. My Body
      16. Follow The Light
      17. Tunnel View
      18. Where Are You?
      19. Singing Game
      20. I Want To Be Fine
      21. The Games You Play
      22. Grey Grey Skies
      23. Puzzle
      24. The Clock Is On Fire
      25. Petal Alphabet
      26. Tell Table
      27. Fatherly Veil
      28. Dream Power
      29. Heartbeat
      30. Call Sign
      31. Crone Motion
      32. Sleeping Bed
      33. Join In Together
      34. Colour In The Numbers
      35. I Am The Bridge
      36. Spirit House 

      Fat Dog

      WOOF.

        Fat Dog are the most exciting breakthrough band of the past few years, conjurers of the sort of frenzied and wild live shows not seen in the capital for years and now the creators of ‘WOOF’., a brilliant and mind-bending debut album. A thrilling blend of electro-punk, rock’n’roll snarling, techno soundscapes, industrial-pop and rave euphoria, ‘WOOF’. is music for letting go to or, in the words of frontman Joe Love, “screaming-into-a-pillow music”.


        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        Vigilante
        Closer To God
        Wither
        Clowns

        Side B
        King Of The Slugs
        All The Same
        I Am The King
        Running
        And So It Came To Pass

        Transmission Towers

        Transmission One

          Aerials live, dials tuned, Transmission Towers broadcasting. On either side of the river Mersey, transcendental communications are traded back and forth. Two late-night revellers, one firing messages filled with music, the other returning them laced with lyrics. The result, a dopamine hit of oddball machine soul, melded with a highlife, Afrofuturist touch. Wonky and murky yet deeply emotional, Transmission One, is a debut album that also marks the first release on Luke Una’s É Soul Cultura label, encompassing expertly the off-kilter atmosphere the label sets to orbit.

          A synthesised landscape with a Northern charm, Transmission Towers marry the musical worlds of two artists that last collaborated over a decade ago. 10 years have passed, lives have been led, but a gravitational pull has placed Mark Kyriacou and Eleanor Mante back in each other’s spheres on opposite sides of the city of Liverpool. Energised with a newfound desire to strip it all back to the sounds that influenced their formative years in the late ‘80s and ‘90s - astral travelling, intoxicated on Motor City techno, Black Dog IDM and mystical Sun Ra.

          Mark half Irish, half Greek Cypriot, Eleanor half Nigerian, half Ghanian, the music contained within is an alchemy of those roots and the pivotal acts that buried deep into their minds. A cosmic contrast, part machine-made, part distinctly human. Take the opener ‘UP’, an ESG-channelling, sci-fi punk beatdown or the polychromatic hyperspace anthem ‘Roller Skater 23’.

          Transportive throughout, you ride the solar waves, pace and emotion ebbing and flowing. Tracks like ‘Go Slow Heart’ and ‘Cosmic Trigger’ step to a slower beat but hit with a punch. The former, a slo-mo blast of celestial tenderness, the latter an otherworldly, chugged-out lunar excursion, micro-dosing on whacked-out Wah Wah and Eleanor’s ethereal vocals. Beaming love letters to space and back, ‘Sparse’ marries the organic with the artificial, pianos and percussion circling around synth pads and broadcasting bleeps.

          Elsewhere, vibrations move faster. ‘Mega’ strikes, fusing sonic tribalism with psychedelic swirls, as ‘Everything’ sweeps you up in its extra-terrestrial new wave grip. Synth stabs and basslines fizzing from every angle.

          Demos of Transmission Towers music surfaced on Luke Una’s radar, making him stop in his tracks. Something magical was emerging, perfectly aligned with the E Soul guardian’s tastes. Guidance followed, quickly turning into conversations about Transmission One becoming the first release on Luke’s own label.

          Escapist and futurist yet grounded and relatable. Transmission One is synthesis meets sentiment with a deep, spine-tingling soul at its core.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Luke Una's É Soul Cultura compilations were a big hit in the shop, so it's a delight to be able to celebrate the first release on his eponymous label, from Liverpool's Transmission Towers. Smooth-af street soul and deep, snapping electronic synth lines come together into an LP that's perfect for the dancefloor but just chilled enough to make for a particularly rowdy front-room disco.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Up
          2. Roller Skater 23
          3. Planetary Alignment
          4. Go Slow Heart
          5. Cosmic Trigger
          6. Mega
          7. Everything
          8. Sparse
          9. One
          10. Affirmation Of Love
          11. My Shadow (CD Only)
          12. The Universal Drift (CD Only)

          Monaco

          Music For Pleasure - Expanded Edition

            Music For Pleasure is the 1997 debut studio album by Monaco, a side project of New Order bassist Peter Hook. When New Order went on a hiatus after 1993’s Republic, Hook took the group’s sound and spirit with him and founded Monaco together with David Potts. Hook’s distinctive pulsating bass lines united New Order’s marriage of post-punk and pop, creating an identity so recognizable that Monaco’s first single, “What Do You Want From Me?”, was often mistaken for a New Order track. Upon its release, the album hit #11 on the UK album charts and sold more than 500.000 copies worldwide Music For Pleasure is for the first time available as an expanded edition featuring 6 bonus tracks, including remixes by Joey Negro and Farley & Heller.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. What Do You Want From Me?
            2. Shine (Someone Who Needs Me)
            3. Sweet Lips
            4. Buzz Gum

            Side B
            1. Blue
            2. Junk
            3. Billy Bones
            4. Happy Jack

            Side C
            1. Tender
            2. Sedona
            3. Bicycle Thief *Bonus Track
            4. Ultra *Bonus Track

            Side D
            1. Coming Around Again *Bonus Track
            2. Shattered *Bonus Track
            3. Sweet Lips (Farley & Heller’s Ambient Mix) *Bonus Track
            4. Sweet Lips (Joey Negro Aka Dave Lee Main Slice) *Bonus Track

            Justice

            Hyperdrama

              After more than 1 billion streams, 800k records sold and sold-out world tours, the duo with the mythical cross come back with 'One Night/All Night' starring Tame Impala and 'Generator' from their fourth album: 'Hyperdrama'. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: There are a lot of people since the mid 00's that have tried to sound like Justice, but though some have somewhat successfully replicated the rhythmically dense compositions and dj-mix motion of their instantly recognisable pieces, nobody sounds like justice. Hyperdrama proves the purveyors of the sound continue to be the frontrunners.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Neverender With Tame Impala
              2. Generator
              3. Afterimage With RIMON
              4. One Night/All Night With Tame Impala
              5. Dear Alan
              6. Incognito
              7. Mannequin Love With The Flints
              8. Moonlight Rendez-Vous
              9. Explorer With Conan Mockasin
              10. Muscle Memory
              11. Harpy Dream
              12. Saturnine
              13. The End With Thundercat

              Halo Maud

              Des Bras - Andy Votel Remix

                Andy Votel says: "Working with Halo Maud's song came extremely naturally to me, and I thank Jeff [Barrett, of Heavenly] for recognising this connection. The contrast of her strong melodic songwriting combined with the fragility of her vocals is a real secret weapon and much more than just a breathy pastiche. I think Maud effortlessly captures many unique subtleties in French language music which so many contemporary bands seem to forget, and it's ingredients like these which gave me the confidence to take a more minimal route with this mix, which I appreciate.

                "In the past I could only dream of finding a singer that comes close to Léonie Lousseau or Ann Sorel so working with Maud's vocals was an enjoyable experience and I already regard this short track as one of my personal favourite production achievements.... which I can't wait to play on the radio... off 7" vinyl naturally."

                Maud says of the track, "I wrote the basis of the song in a few minutes, the day before a show. It was just the guitar and the voice, very simple. The rest of the track is a mix between a band jam, improvisations, ambient sounds, happy studio accidents, and all this material has been re-cut and tinkered with, until I felt it made sense. "It’s an amazing feeling to discover another vision of your own song, and Andy Votel’s version really overwhelmed me, in a good way. This is another song, but it’s still me. Thank you for this huge present.”

                The original song features on Halo Maud's debut album, Je Suis Une île (which translates as "I Am An Island"), released on Heavenly Recordings last May.

                Billie Eilish

                Hit Me Hard And Soft

                  Billie Eilish’s third studio album, "Hit Me Hard And Soft", released via Darkroom/Interscope Records is her most daring body of work to date, a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs— ideally listened to in its entirety from beginning to end—does exactly as the album title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. With the help of her brother and sole collaborator, Finneas, the pair wrote, recorded, and produced the album together in their hometown of Los Angeles. This album comes on the heels of her two massively successful albums “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" and "Happier Than Ever" and works to further develop the world of Billie Eilish. 

                  Porij

                  Teething

                    The arrival of Teething invites you to take a leap beyond seeing dance music as a genre, built from this type of kick or that type of snare, and instead as its own dimension: a place you can escape to. It pays homage to the language of sounds on the dancefloor which have encouraged generations to feel, not to think. While, lyrically, the record delves into the tangle of lived experience, musically, it will free you from it.

                    Since the beginning, Porij had self-produced, self-mixed and entirely self-made their music, and even after having signed to [PIAS], the record was still incubated in their bedrooms where they would sit together for hours giving colour, shape and texture to this new world. It was only then that they enlisted legendary producer David Wrench, famed for his work with era-defining artists including Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and The XX. His mentorship allowed Teething to transform their music from a live-angled proposition to something folded in the arms of pop.

                    Vocalist and keyboardist Scout Moore (Egg), bassist James Middleton, guitarist Jacob Maguire and drummer Nathan Carroll are armed with hard-won experience, strengthened bonds and a renewed sense of passion. Their debut album Teething is both a coming-of-age story and a bottling of the particular magic that is unmistakably – and definitively – Porij.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: A syrup-smooth mix of airy Balearic beats and euphoric house-tinged synth-pop. Texturally varied, but without straying too far from dreamy front-room electronica or drifting dancefloor grooves.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Marmite
                    2. Unpredictable
                    3. Don’t Talk To Me
                    4. Endlessly Waiting
                    5. My Only Love
                    6. Ghost
                    7. Stranger
                    8. Sweet Risk
                    9. Gutter Punch
                    10. You Should Know Me
                    11. Slow Down

                    Porij

                    Teething - Album Launch Ticket Bundle

                      The arrival of Teething invites you to take a leap beyond seeing dance music as a genre, built from this type of kick or that type of snare, and instead as its own dimension: a place you can escape to. It pays homage to the language of sounds on the dancefloor which have encouraged generations to feel, not to think. While, lyrically, the record delves into the tangle of lived experience, musically, it will free you from it.

                      Since the beginning, Porij had self-produced, self-mixed and entirely self-made their music, and even after having signed to [PIAS], the record was still incubated in their bedrooms where they would sit together for hours giving colour, shape and texture to this new world. It was only then that they enlisted legendary producer David Wrench, famed for his work with era-defining artists including Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and The XX. His mentorship allowed Teething to transform their music from a live-angled proposition to something folded in the arms of pop.

                      Vocalist and keyboardist Scout Moore (Egg), bassist James Middleton, guitarist Jacob Maguire and drummer Nathan Carroll are armed with hard-won experience, strengthened bonds and a renewed sense of passion. Their debut album Teething is both a coming-of-age story and a bottling of the particular magic that is unmistakably – and definitively – Porij.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Marmite
                      2. Unpredictable
                      3. Don’t Talk To Me
                      4. Endlessly Waiting
                      5. My Only Love
                      6. Ghost
                      7. Stranger
                      8. Sweet Risk
                      9. Gutter Punch
                      10. You Should Know Me
                      11. Slow Down

                      Pax Romax Feat. Fred Ventura

                      Remember - Incl. Flemming Dalum Remix

                      Gino Soccio's 'Dancer' is a standout record when thinking about the early days of disco, mainly thanks to the lush synths crafted by the Canadian producer. His magic on the keys helped set the sonic agenda of those times and led him to six hit singles and four albums. After all that success, though, he vanished in 1984 and left behind only a fine musical legacy. Random Vinyl pays homage to it with a revamped release of 'Remember,' featuring Fred Ventura's vocals and Ivy Sharrard's French verses. Producer Marc Hartman delivers a 2024 rendition, while Flemming Dalum adds a banging remix to make this a great tribute.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Mine says: Wake up italo heads! Pax Romax and Fred Ventura pay tribute to an absolute classic and Flemming Dalum is on remix duties - sounds like a dream come true? Well it is. MEGA!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Remember (Flemming Dalum Mix)
                      Remember (Master Mix)
                      2066

                      Girls In Synthesis

                      Sublimation

                        After two critically acclaimed albums (2020’s ‘Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future’ and 2022’s ‘The Rest Is Distraction’), and numerous mini-album, EP and single releases, London-based trio Girls In Synthesis return with their new statement; their third album ‘Sublimation’.

                        If you thought you knew GIS, think again… they have moved on and created a dark and intense, yet melodic, collection of songs; their take on an angular pop record. Opening song ‘Lights Out’ is split into two distinct sections; the opening a Barrett-esque vocal and guitar lament to sleep deprived anxiety which morphs, via a ‘Faust Tapes’ influenced freeform noise section, into a stomping, high intensity closing blitz.

                        Tracks such as ‘Deceit’, ‘We Are Here’ and ‘Picking Things Out Of The Air’ see the group at their most melodic to date, minimising some of the chaotic noise elements of their signature sound and bringing to the fore impassioned, soaring vocals and keys melodies. Their trademark, driving drums and bass foundation is particularly evident on songs ‘I Judge Myself’ and ‘Corrupting Memories’, but is counterbalanced by intense, early goth influenced keyboard lines, bringing influences from late 1970s/early 1980s into focus with the contemporary GIS intensity. Slow-burning tracks ‘I Was Never There’ and ‘The Prefix’ build up tension and atmosphere with sparse arrangements and circular, spiralling outros, while closer ‘A Damning Lesson’ sees the band return to their intense, bludgeoning wall of sound only to send it into a blur of echoing drum machine, reminiscent of the early work of Cabaret Voltaire.

                        Lyrically, GIS prove themselves head and shoulders above their contemporaries, leaving the pastiche sloganeering and lecturing to those wishing to preach to the converted, and reach inside to bring forth poetic and challenging analysis of the anxiety and emotional turmoil of self-reflection and human relationships. Booked in for extensive UK/EU touring throughout May and June, the band will be adapting their white-heat live show to bring subtlety and clarity to the new songs from ‘Sublimation’, losing none of their unique and intense performance in the process. Be ready…

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Lights Out
                        Deceit
                        Semblance Of Choice
                        We Are Here
                        Corrupting Memories
                        I Was Never There
                        Picking Things Out Of The Air
                        I Judge Myself
                        Subtle Differences
                        The Prefix
                        A Damning Lesson

                        Various Artists

                        Italians Do It Better - A Tribute To Madonna

                          Since 2006, listeners have been curious about the origin of the label name Italians Do It Better. Some say it's an homage to Italo Disco, others guess it's related to ancestry, but in fact it's a nod to the iconic T-shirt Madonna wears in the "Papa Don't Preach" video circa 1986.

                          Fast forward to a world pandemic... To encourage creativity & lift spirits, Italians Do It Better President, Megan Louise asked every artist “If you could cover your favourite Madonna song…What would it be?”

                          As a tribute to their label muse & the impact Madonna’s music has had on the world around us, Italians Do It Better are sharing a compilation of covers simply titled “Italians Do It Better”. One of the tracks (“Lucky Star” by Club Intl) is even produced by Max Kamins, the son of Mark Kamins, the New York DJ who helped break Madonna in the early 1980's. From the experience he says “Dance music was the soundtrack of my early childhood. Working on "Lucky Star" reconnected me not only to my father, but also reminded me that a good song is timeless".

                          Executive produced by Johnny Jewel, the compilation is a passport to 20 covers from the bedrooms of 19 artists across 10 different countries.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Joon - Papa Don't Preach
                          2. Desire - Angel
                          3. Sally Shapiro - Holiday
                          4. DlinaVolny - Hollywood
                          5. Farah - Gang Bang
                          6. Mothermary - Like A Virgin
                          7. Club Intl - Lucky Star
                          8. Love Object - Frozen
                          9. Orion - Into The Groove
                          10. Number One Pop Star - Hung Up
                          11. Double Mixte - La Isla Bonita
                          12. Juno Francis - Beautiful Stranger
                          13. Glüme - Material Girl
                          14. In Mirrors - I'm Addicted
                          15. Causeway - Crazy For You
                          16. Mothermary - Like A Prayer
                          17. Jorja Chalmers - Justify My Love
                          18. Pink Gloves - What It Feels Like Fora Girl
                          19. Lou Rebecca - Burning Up

                          Various Artists

                          Night Train: Transcontinental Landscapes 1968 - 2019

                            From Dusk, through to Dawn. A collection to accompany the change of the fields, the coastline the colour of the sky outside your window as you take your journey. From the compiler of Music For The Stars comes the next collection for Brighton label Two-Piers. Featuring artists such as J.J Cale, Chris & Cosey, The B-52s, The Asphodells, Bob Lind, Linda Perhacs and The Menahan Steet Band.

                            …This choice of tracks is just one journey, a celebration of the the beauty created by musicians, the space & sound, the dark & light.

                            All aboard….The Night Train.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Edward Hollcraft – South Bound Amtrak 716
                            A2. J.J. Cale – Cherry
                            A3. Bonnie Dobson – Milk & Honey
                            A4. H.P. Lovecraft – Spin Spin Spin
                            A5. The Rationals – Glowin’
                            A6. Linda Perhacs – Hey, Who Really Cares

                            B1. B-52’s – Deep Sleep
                            B2. Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
                            B3. The Asphodells – Another Lonely City
                            B4. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train

                            C1. Chris & Cosey – Dancing Ghosts
                            C2. Johnny Harris – Fragments Of Fear
                            C3. Bill Frisell – 1968
                            C4. Bob Lind – City Scenes

                            D1. Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia
                            D2. Menahan Street Band – There’s A New Day Coming
                            D4. The Byrds – Goin’ Back
                            D5. Earth, Wind & Fire – Drum Song
                            D6. Leon Russell – Out In The Woods 

                            The excellent Minimal Wave serves up a long-awaited LP here that features unreleased treasures from the influential UK duo, Vicious Pink, who first met at The Warehouse night-club in Leeds in the late 1970s and went on to reshape synth-pop. They notoriously lent their backing vocals to friends Soft Cell but went on to have success as a duo with avant-garde singles that defied norms and climbed the UK dance charts between 1982 and 1986. Now, Unexpected offers glimpses into their creative process and is packed with pop experiments recorded on the fly, some of which are with Dave Ball of Soft Vell/Grid fame. A true collector's gem.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Mine says: If I had to describe the perfect song it would probably contain the words catchy and weird. This compilation of previously unreleased Vicious Pink tracks is full of songs that match that description - some are more catchy than weird, some more weird than catchy, others find the perfect balance. Can't wait for this to land and annoy everyone by playing it to death.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side 1
                            So You Want To Love Me
                            Alien Patience
                            South Side
                            Chaos 303
                            Move Up Closer

                            Side 2
                            Undercover
                            Not Your Kind Of Girl
                            Slightly Ahead
                            Perpendicular
                            Night Drive

                            Exo Fender

                            Music In My Mind - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit

                            This is the second of two releases from Emotional Rescue that looks to the music of Eric Calvi who headed up the collective Exo Fender, a project that brought together a bunch of friends, producers, and studio amigos. This one is a live boogie jam with Brooklyn DJ and producer Steve D'Aquisto. He was a regal at The Loft and a friend of Arthur Russell so all that bears out in the music - a loose-limbed disco groove with languid percussion and big vocals. A Justin Van Der Volgen edit rounds out the 12".

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Mine says: Exo Fender - via the ever reliable Emotional Rescue - deliver an addictive disco jam that had Ryan get out the (air) keytar just now... bag a copy now or forever hold your peace.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Music In My Mind
                            Music In My Mind (Justin Van Der Volgen Edit)

                            Blancmange

                            Everything Is Connected - The Best Of Blancmange 1979-2024

                              Celebrating 45 years of Blancmange, Everything Is Connected (Best Of) is the first collection to be curated by Neil Arthur, tastefully blending a mixture of hits and personal favourites. Originally from the UK’s post punk DIY scene, Blancmange found success in 1982, long player ‘Happy Families’ selling Gold in the UK, and its 3 singles becoming international hits. They went on to have 7 Top 40 hits and 70 weeks in the UK album charts. Long-standing admirers include Moby, John Grant and Honey Dijon, who states that “British synth pop was hugely influential in the burgeoning house music scene and Blancmange was a big part of that.”

                              TRACK LISTING

                              LP:
                              Side One
                              1 Living On The Ceiling
                              2 Waves
                              3 Blind Vision
                              4 Don’t Tell Me
                              5 The Day Before You Came
                              Side Two
                              1 What’s The Time?
                              2 Distant Storm
                              3 Mindset
                              4 Reduced Voltage
                              5 Some Times These

                              CD:
                              Disc 1
                              1 Sad Day (Original Version)
                              2 I’ve Seen The Word
                              3 God’s Kitchen
                              4 Feel Me
                              5 Living On The Ceiling
                              6 Waves
                              7 Game Above My Head (12 Inch Version)
                              8 Blind Vision
                              9 That’s Love, That It Is
                              10 Vishnu
                              11 Don’t Tell Me
                              12 The Day Before You Came
                              13 What’s Your Problem
                              14 Lose Your Love
                              15 Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone
                              16 Drive Me
                              17 I’m Having A Coffee
                              18 The Western
                              19 Just Another Spectre
                              Disc 2
                              1 The Fall
                              2 Last Night (I Dreamt I Had A Job)
                              3 Jack Knife (Red Shift EP)
                              4 What’s The Time?
                              5 We Are The Chemicals
                              6 Anna Dine
                              7 Distant Storm
                              8 I Smashed Your Phone
                              9 Not A Priority
                              10 Mindset
                              11 This Is Bliss
                              12 Clean Your House
                              13 Commercial Break
                              14 Some Times These
                              15 Reduced Voltage
                              16 Take Me
                              17 Again, I Wait For The World
                              18 Wish
                              19 Empty Street 

                              Pet Shop Boys

                              Nonetheless

                                UK electronic pop icons Pet Shop Boys return with a brand-new studio album ‘Nonetheless’ on April 26, preceded by first single ‘Loneliness’.

                                Produced by James Ford, the music on ‘Nonetheless’ is both uplifting and reflective, mixing electronics, live instruments, and orchestral arrangements. The songs are very melodic and quintessentially Pet Shop Boys with a fresh, open sound, bringing together classic strands of PSB song-writing and moving them in new directions.

                                Having sold in excess of 50 million records, Pet Shop Boys are easily the most successful UK duo of all time. BRIT awards and Grammy nominations have been numerous, including in 2009 when Pet Shop Boys won the BRIT for outstanding contribution to music; in 2000 Pet Shop Boys’ song-writing was rewarded with the Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music - with over 70 hit singles spanning five decades, song-writing remains resolutely at the core of Pet Shop Boys’ continuing relevance and success.


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Martin says: If the swaying 'Dancing Star' single wasn't quite enough evidence for you, you'll be pleased to know that the Pet Shop Boys' newest offering 'Nonetheless' has all of the theatrical grandiosity and instrumental drive of their finest studio moments. Classic Pet Shop Boys.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                LP And Standard CD Tracklist:
                                1. Loneliness
                                2. Feel
                                3. Why Am I Dancing?
                                4. New London Boy
                                5. Dancing Star
                                6. A New Bohemia
                                7. The Schlager Hit Parade
                                8. The Secret Of Happiness
                                9. Bullet For Narcissus
                                10. Love Is The Law

                                Deluxe 2CD - Disc 2: Furthermore:
                                1. Heart (New PSB Version)
                                2. Being Boring (New PSB Version)
                                3. Always On My Mind (New PSB Version)
                                4. It’s A Sin (New PSB Version)

                                David Holmes Featuring Raven Violet

                                Yeah X 3 - Sonic Boom And Panda Bear / The Vendetta Suite Remixes

                                  Yeah x 3 - Sonic Boom and Panda Bear Reset Remix & Instrumental Remix:
                                  Two masters of modern day psychedelia fire the original into outer space to create a head spinning, foot stomping analogue space walk of a track.

                                  Yeah x 3 - The Vendetta Suite:
                                  On the Reason to Live mix, Belfast’s Balearic producer The Vendetta Suite turns back time and turns Yeah x 3 into a brilliantly shimmering ’80s pop anthem from an alternate universe.
                                  Elsewhere, the Reason to Drift version is a gorgeous beatless ambient track that sounds like first light through stained glass windows.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1/ Yeah X 3 - Sonic Boom & Panda Bear Reset Remix
                                  A2/ Yeah X 3 - Sonic Boom & Panda Bear Reset Instrumental
                                  B1/ Yeah X 3 - The Vendetta Suite Reason To Drift Mix
                                  B2/ Yeah X 3 - The Vendetta Suite Reason To Live Mix

                                  Caroline Polachek

                                  Desire, I Want To Turn Into You

                                    Desire, I Want To Turn Into You is Polachek’s first album release since her 2019 experimental pop masterpiece PANG which cemented her as a generational talent. Her profile has grown exponentially since – landing her everywhere from the direct opening spot on Dua Lipa’s 2022 North American Future Nostalgia Tour, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Primavera, All Points East, Governors Ball, Pitchfork Music Festival and Outside Lands, and involved with campaigns & shows for Loewe, Dior, Eckhaus Latta and Chloé, to late night performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Night Show with James Corden. Standout viral tracks like “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings,” have contributed to the album’s 175M global streams and counting and ignited a dance trend on TikTok.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Ethan says: Back in 2019, Caroline Polachek’s first fully-realised solo outing was a surprising-yet-welcome entry into the slowly emerging glitch and ‘hyperpop’ scene. By comparison, ‘Desire, I Want to Turn into You’ is an equally polished yet more outlandish attempt at pop perfection. Every track has some left-field eccentricity over a beautifully-executed synth-pop backing that keeps you thoroughly entertained, from the flamenco guitars of “Sunset”, to a children’s choir on my personal favourite track “Billions”, to even a bagpipe solo on “Blood and Butter”.

                                    That’s not to say that the album isn’t enjoyable as a standard synth-pop experience; production from hyperpop-aficionado Danny L. Harle ensures you’re filled with a desire to bounce around the room. However, no song on this project would work without the glue that is Caroline’s exceptional vocal performance, highlighted through a virtuosic solo in the opening seconds of the album. This opening moment guarantees you know what a talent-filled, delicate and charming listening experience you’re in for; and I guarantee you’ll listen again just for the choruses!

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Welcome To My Island
                                    Pretty In Possible
                                    Bunny Is A Rider
                                    Sunset
                                    Crude Drawing Of An Angel
                                    I Believe
                                    Fly To You
                                    Blood & Butter
                                    Hopedrunk Everasking
                                    Butterfly Net
                                    Smoke
                                    Billions 

                                    Craft Music's Good For Dance series continues with its second instalment and this one has been curated by none other than DJ Craft himself. Joining him are talented pals Schmoltz, Bogdan Ra, Romain FX, and Outra, also known as Joutro Mundo. These deep diggers are celebrated for their prowess in unearthing hidden gems and transforming them into dancefloor anthems and that's what they do here as each artist brings a unique flavour to the mix. Schmoltz's 'Luv The States' is a peak-time percussive disco jam, Bogdan Ra brings some slap-funk drums and glossy Italo synths and 'Tell Me Why' has crunchy drums and jagged synth stabs before a camp closer in 'Colosso'.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Mine says: Disco and italo lovers rejoice! If the clips are anything to go by then this record is going to be a lot of fun (and most definitely good for dance)! Brilliant stuff from Schmoltz and co.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Schmoltz - Luv The States
                                    Bogdan Ra - Italocombo
                                    Tell Me Why (RFX Edit)
                                    Colosso (Outra Edit)

                                    Nourished By Time

                                    Catching Chickens EP

                                      Nourished By Time won the hearts of everyone at Piccadilly HQ last year with his debut LP "Erotic Probiotic", which later appeared in many other End Of Year lists (we're were there first though ;) - Ed).

                                      The "Catching Chickens EP" - marking his signing to XL Recordings - sees the singular Baltimore artist further cement his stylistically eccentric; lyrically poignant brand of songwriting even further with five tracks that could only have emanated from his own astral plane.

                                      Written between 2022 - 2023 in his home studio in Baltimore, "Catching Chickens" takes inspiration from the iconic scene in Rocky II where his trainer makes him chase and catch chickens as a test of agility. With tracks like “Hell of a Ride”, in which Nourished By Time contemplates the fall of the American empire and late-stage capitalism loneliness, and “Had Ya Called”, which deals with the frustrations of growing distance in friendships, Nourished By Time chronicles his own test of agility as he weaves through the motions of his newfound notability.

                                      “Hand On Me”, complete with music video shot by Josh Renaut, explores paranoia that corrodes love and trust in a traumatic relationship. As he puts it, 'the video is about being reminded that you’re an angel by other angels, featuring a surrealist commentary on celebrity culture'.

                                      As we've quickly come to expect, NBT has no problems laying bare his own truth with painstaking honesty; and thankfully he's seen no desire to change the production process on this outing, with a DIY take on freestyle, soul, RnB and boogie built around a humble collection of synths and drum machines. It's a beautifully succinct, well-rounded follow up to "Erotic Probiotic" which should see him expand his cult adored fan base and rachet up a whole heap of accolades as the year progresses. 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Highly antipated by us all here at Picc HQ. One of the hottest acts of 2023 follows up with a killer EP further cementing his unique songwriting prowess. We love you Marcus!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Hell Of A Ride
                                      2. Hand On Me
                                      3. Poison-Soaked
                                      4. Had Ya Called
                                      5. Romance In Me

                                      Peggy Gou

                                      I Hear You

                                        Artist, producer, DJ and cultural trailblazer Peggy Gou announces details of her long-awaited debut album. One of the most hotly-anticipated debut records in recent years, I Hear You will be released on 7th June 2024 via XL Recordings. The ten track album is the culmination of years of work for the Korean-born artist, who’s uniquely revered as both an underground icon and global sensation, sticking by her own unwavering vision to become one of the most in-demand electronic music artists and DJs in the world. Featuring previous singles, the 2023 chart-topping global hit “(It Goes Like) Nanana” and her Lenny Kravitz collaboration “I Believe in Love Again”, the LP sees Gou stepping into the next level of her artistry and boldly claiming her voice through the kaleidoscopic lens of ‘90s house music.

                                        Talking about I Hear You, Peggy Gou says:
                                        “I Hear You is more than just my debut album. It embodies countless hours of dedication in my journey to create something timeless, and is a testament to the power of listening, to ourselves and to each other.”

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Your Art
                                        Back To One
                                        I Believe In Love Again
                                        All That
                                        (It Goes Like) Nanana
                                        Lobster Telephone
                                        Seoulsi Peggygou (서울시페기구)
                                        I Go
                                        Purple Horizon
                                        1+1=11

                                        Various Artists

                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents: In The Beginning There Was Rhythm - 2024 Reissue

                                          Unavailable for over 20 years, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ was Soul Jazz Records’ first foray into post-punk and punk-funk in the UK, capturing the groundbreaking, seminal groups that crossed the divide of punk and dance music for the first time.

                                          First released in 2001, this album is fully remastered, remade and presented once more in its entirety and features A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, The Human League, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, The Slits, 23 Skidoo and This Heat.

                                          This album comes as a CD and as a double black vinyl edition with download code complete with two bespoke inner bags containing extensive sleevenotes and original photography.

                                          As Muzik magazine noted on its initial release, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ is a choice selection from the fertile post-punk period when bands thought nothing of combining politics and philosophy with imported dance rhythms and edgy industrial angst.

                                          Most of the bands featured come from the then bleak postindustrial North of England - Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds as well as Bristol and London - and yet all show a fascination with Black American rhythms and an experimentation in sound that was completely unique at the time.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
                                          2. 23 Skidoo - Coup
                                          3. Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty
                                          4. The Human League - Being Boiled
                                          5. The Slits - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm (Early Version)
                                          6. This Heat - 24 Track Loop
                                          7. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
                                          8. The Pop Group - She Is Beyond Good And Evil
                                          9. Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' Fer Jesus
                                          10. 23 Skidoo - Vegas El Bandito
                                          11. A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water

                                          Charli XCX

                                          Brat

                                            ‘BRAT’ is the eagerly awaited follow up to 2022’s ‘CRASH’, which reached number 1 on the UK’s official album chart, and promises to be an exhilarating club record built around high art references and social commentary.

                                            Avant-pop and electronic superstar Charli XCX has become an iconic figure in the arts, having helped expand the landscape of popular music over the last decade by seamlessly traversing the underground and mainstream with her artistic output. Over the course of a trailblazing career, the multi-hyphenate creative has earned critical acclaim for her innovative style and entrepreneurial spirit and seen her forward-thinking approach reshape pop culture in the process.

                                            Her lasting impact was cemented last year when Charli was honoured with the Visionary Award at the annual Ivor Novellos in London, while she also received the Powerhouse Award at Billboard’s Women In Music ceremony in Los Angeles in March.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. 360
                                            2. Club Classics
                                            3. Sympathy Is A Knife
                                            4. I Might Say Something Stupid
                                            5. Talk Talk
                                            6. Von Dutch
                                            7. Everything Is Romantic
                                            8. Rewind
                                            9. So I
                                            10. Girl, So Confusing
                                            11. Apple
                                            12. B2b
                                            13. Mean Girls
                                            14. I Think About It All The Time
                                            15. 365

                                            Gold Suite / Visions Of Eden / Murrin

                                            Mellow Magic Worldwide Pt 1

                                            Be Strong Be Free debuts a new series here, Mellow Magic Worldwide, which will offer up a series of DJ weapons that have been produced by "worldwide studio buds." The first one opens with some superb tackle from Gold Suite whose brilliant 'Crush' is a slow-burning 80s jam and emotive rollercoaster that has made a real impact during road testing experiments. On the flipside is the mysterious Mancunian Visions Of Eden who debuts on vinyl with a lush deep house jam 'When It Has Past' that has a subtle Balearic charm. Lastly comes Murrin who heads up the Puca Sounds label and co-runs Berlin party Fandango. His 'Maybe Tonight' is a late-night cosmic delight.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Gold Suite - "Crush"
                                            Visions Of Eden - "When It Has Past"
                                            Murrin - "Maybe Tonight"

                                            The Mr K Edits

                                            Trans Europe Express

                                            The crucial Mr K is back with a special repress for Record Store Day 2024. This one throws it back to his two superb edits of Kratwerk's 'Trans Euro Express' which is cited often as the start of techno. Side A offers stripped-down, bare drum bones, with naked drums shaped into futuristic fusion, while Part II adds synthetic context. Deconstructing Kraftwerk's original sci-fi masterpiece at a slow, smouldering pace, it presents a classic in an entirely new light. This release unlocks doors of serious DJ creativity and should be snapped up quickly before it's gone again.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: You don't need me to tell you how good "Trans Europe Express" is. However, this cheeky little percussion edit from the masterful Danny Krivit extends the dancefloor ecstasy of that metallic drum break into THE GREATEST DJ TOOL ever. Buy two copies and lock into the robot rhythm.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Trans-Europe Express (Mr K 7" Beats)
                                            Trans-Europe Express (Mr K 7" Part II)

                                            Secrets Of Sound sold out their first release in quick fashion and now they return with a second instalment in the Exotic Origins series, designed to take you a million light years away from your current reality and deep into the far depths of space with eight superbly cosmic explorations of ambient and downtempo magic. Italians Do It Better man Johnny Jewel kicks off with some sultry sax-laced sounds, David Lynch's musical partner Dean Hurley crushes on shimmering pads and Pye Corner Audio bring a little intergalactic tension. Elsewhere there are sugary synths from Legowelt, suspensory pads from TM Solver and plenty more to help you escape to another dimension. Add to that the fact it arrives on a random variety of different vinyl colours and comes with a download code, and you've got rather a nice package.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Mine says: Secrets Of Sound follow up 'The Last Resort: Balearic At The End Of Time' with another compilation showcasing a variety of new electronic sounds. SOS 001 didn't hang around long so don't snooze on this one!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side 1
                                            1. Johnny Jewel - Many Moons
                                            2. Dean Hurley - Outlands
                                            3. Pye Corner Audio - Jupiter Orbit 707
                                            4. RAMZi - Existenz

                                            Side 2
                                            1. Legowelt - Nebia Vera Pelliccia
                                            2. TM Solver - Serious Ambient (SOS Edit)
                                            3. State Azure - Azimuth
                                            4. Lord Of The Isles - Meet Me At The Portal

                                            Malcolm McLaren

                                            Paris - 2024 Reissue

                                              Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls and Sex Pistols’ manager, writer, musician, fashion designer, marked the history of pop culture.

                                              His album “Paris” released in 1994 on the French Vogue label was produced by Robin Millar (Sade, The Style Council, Everything But The Girl). A journey through the city, it is haunted by jazz music reminiscences, the beating heart of Haute Couture fashion, via the home of Erick Satie, Françoise Hardy (lead vocalist on one track), and Serge Gainsbourg (a surprising cover of “Je t’aime..Moi non plus”) and is a crossroad of cultures from northern to western Africa.

                                              This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl and arrives a few weeks before the opening of Paris Olympic Games which should see lead track ‘Paris Paris’ with Catherine Devenue on vocals widely referenced.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              1. Mon Dié Sénié
                                              2. Walking With Satie
                                              3. Père Lachaise
                                              4. Miles And Miles Of Miles Davis
                                              5. Jazz Is Paris

                                              Side B
                                              1. Rue Dauphine
                                              2. Paris Paris
                                              3. Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus
                                              4. Club Le Narcisse
                                              5. La Main Parisienne

                                              Side C
                                              1. Driving Into Delirium
                                              2. Revenge Of The Flowers
                                              3. In The Absence Of The Parisienne
                                              4. Anthem
                                              5. Who The Hell Is Sonia Rykiel?

                                              Side D
                                              1. Paris Un
                                              2. Paris Deux
                                              3. Paris Trois
                                              4. Paris Quatre

                                              Billie Eilish

                                              Happier Than Ever

                                                It's wonderful to see a true star in the making isn't it? I often wonder if people heard the first couple Madonna LP's and thought 'well, she's going to be massive'. It's impossible to ignore Eilish's trajectory, and even listening to a couple tracks of 'Happier Than Ever' will dispel any lingering doubts. It's surprisingly mature and wonderfully formed pop perfection.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Getting Older
                                                2. I Didn’t Change My Number
                                                3. Billie Bossa Nova
                                                4. My Future
                                                5. Oxytocin
                                                6. GOLDWING
                                                7. Lost Cause
                                                8. Halley’s Comet
                                                9. Not My Responsibility
                                                10. OverHeated
                                                11. Everybody Dies
                                                12. Your Power
                                                13. NDA
                                                14. Therefore I Am
                                                15. Happier Than Ever
                                                16. Male Fantasy

                                                Working Men's Club

                                                Working Men's Club

                                                  A rumble on the horizon. Gritted teeth, nuclear fizz and fissured rock. A dab of pill dust from a linty pocket before it hits: the atom split, pool table overturned, pint glass smashed — valley fever breaking with the clouds as the inertia of small town life is well and truly disrupted. Here to bust out of Doledrum, clad in a t-shirt that screams SOCIALISM and armed with drum machine, synth, pedal and icy stare are Working Men’s Club, and their self-titled debut album.

                                                  It’s hard to believe that the three fresh-faced music college kids who bounced out of nowhere and onto the 6 Music playlist with the sweet-but-potent, twangy guitar-led ‘Bad Blood’ (Melodic Records) in 2019 are the same band who clattered back there with maddening techno-cowbellpuncher ‘Teeth’ less than half a year later — and that’s because for the most part, they’re not. Having signed to Heavenly and with the hype around them building, underlying tensions came to a boil a mere five days before the band’s all-important first London headline show, and wunderkind frontman Syd Minsky-Sargeant was left high and dry; guitarist Giulia Bonometti had decided to focus on her blossoming solo career, and drummer Jake Bogacki was against the new electronic direction Minsky-Sargeant saw Working Men’s Club taking. (“I guess WMC started off as a bit more guitar-based, tryna copy stuff in our own way, like the Velvets and stuff like that, but I didn’t want it to be that anymore. It became dancier and dancier as I tried to experiment”, he explains.) All that remained of the outfit was Minsky-Sargeant himself, recently recruited bassist Liam Ogburn, and — given the band’s indebtment to wood panelled, community-run venues for an early leg-up — a rather pertinent name. But with staunch determination burning in his belly, Minsky-Sargeant quickly assembled a lineup consisting of himself, Ogburn, and Mairead O'Connor (The Moonlandingz) and Rob Graham (Drenge, Baba Naga) — both of whom he had met at the Sheffield studio of producer Ross Orton (The Fall, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys) — replaced the live drums with a drum machine, and rush-rehearsed the new setup before going ahead with the show. “If it wasn’t for Sheffield then we probably wouldn’t have played that gig” he says. “I was shitting myself, because I didn’t know what would work or not.” Luckily, something stuck: “After about three gigs with that lineup it was already way better than what we’d had before.” Two original members lighter and three new ones the richer, Working Men’s Club took on a new hard-edge permutation, their shows becoming ever more sweaty, pulsating and rammed to the rafters; their energy raw; their vigour renewed; their interplay as musicians growing ever-more intuitive and elastic. Their eponymous collection of songs is equal parts Calder Valley restlessness and raw Sheffield steel; guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky-Sargeant’s scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton’s blade-sharp yet sensitive production.

                                                  It was at home in the town of Todmorden in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, feeling hemmed in, that 18-year-old Syd Minsky-Sargeant first began assembling these 10 songs. “There’s not much going on, not much stuff to do as a teenager” he says. “It’s quite isolated. And it can get quite depressing being in a town where in the winter it gets light at nine in the morning and dark at four”. It is this sense of cabin fever, of “thinking that you will never escape a small town in the middle of nowhere” on which the album opens, with the boredom-lamenting and rave-reminiscent ‘Valleys’. In a post-punk talk-sing over an old-skool beat, Minsky-Sargeant begins:

                                                  Trapped, inside a town, inside my mind

                                                  Stuck with no ideas, I’m running out of time

                                                  There’s no quick escape, so many mistakes, I’ll play the long game

                                                  This winter is a curse

                                                  And the valley is my hearse, when will it take me to the grave?

                                                  Fortunately for Syd and a thousand other bored-shitless, dark-dwelling teenagers, the Calder Valley boasts a burgeoning grassroots music scene, chiefly centred around The Golden Lion in Todmorden, and the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge — both of which were instrumental in the early life of the band. “Without those venues we probably wouldn’t have been able to get into playing live music”, Minsky-Sargeant reflects. Working Men’s Club’s first ever gig, at The Golden Lion, was self-booked and self-promoted, landlord Waka having allowed the band to use the 100-capacity room above the pub for free. Even before booking himself onto the stage though, Minsky-Sargeant regularly snuck into the venue to watch the internationally renowned DJs, like Justin Robertson and Luke Unabomber, who passed through its doors. This, combined with the discovery of 808 State, his stepdad’s extensive afrobeat record collection, YouTube videos of Jeff Mills making beats on a Roland TR-909, and a chance festival encounter with Soulwax, provided sustenance and inspiration for Working Men’s Club’s developing sound. Though it is songs almost entirely written and sung by Minsky-Sargeant that appear on the record, he is quick to point out the influence of the other members of his band on the record too; that “everyone that’s been involved in this band, from the old lineup to the new lineup, played on the record, contributed and shaped it in some way, through the phases”, wheedling in and around Minsky-Sargeant’s songs, embellishing them with their own bass, guitar, key or backing vocal parts. And without Orton, “it wouldn’t have been half as good a record.” Working with the producer radically changed MinskySargeant’s songwriting practice — “I tried to replicate what he was doing in his studio in my bedroom, and think more about drum sounds and making them more complicated and messing around with synths and stuff like that. It made me think about more components than just a guitar.”

                                                  The songs following ‘Valleys’ come fast and relentless — momentum ever increasing, mission well and truly stated as the frenetic, pew-pewing ‘A.A.A.A’ speeds through to nonchalant existential groove ‘John Cooper Clarke’ — centred around the realisation that yes, even the luckiest guy alive, the Bard of Salford himself, will someday die.

                                                  Hard holds hands with soft, and rough with smooth. On washily-vocalled, Orange Juicily-guitared ‘White Rooms and People’, there are simultaneously beautifully blooming flowers and ‘people talking shit about you’, and the hazy, ricocheting ‘Outside’, the gentlest track on the album, flips straight into the tough-as-shit, industrially-geared ‘Be My Guest’, which opens the second half of the record with markedly E. Smithian brio. The opening bars of ‘Cook A Coffee’ are momentarily reminiscent of ‘Bad Blood’, but spiral into direct and uncomfortable eye contact in song-form; a lost Joy Division number from an alternate universe, about taking a dump live on the telly. ‘Tomorrow’ glitches and glimmers, whilst outro track ‘Angel’ moves between psychedelic languidity and hardcore thrash, the album playing itself out on a 12-and-a-half-minute noodle.

                                                  It is with war, free-fall, and re-birth already behind them that Working Men’s Club emerge, resilient; inspiration from across breadth of eras, genres and tour-mates merely strata in their very own indie-cum-dance-cum-techno niche in the crag.

                                                  Diva Harris, February 2020

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Laura says: It's perhaps unsurprising that a band from the Calder Valley on the edge of the Pennines draws on influences from both sides of the hills. Todmorden’s WMC have done just that, splicing the synth led sounds of 80s Sheffield with doomy Mancunian post punk stylings to create a forward thinking monster of a debut album. The acidic synths and pulsing beat of album opener “Valleys” encapsulate the claustrophobia of growing up in a small town and the smothering intensity is maintained through the industrial clatter of “A.A.A.A.”. With its funk fuelled grooves, nonchalant vocals and bitter sweet chorus, “John Cooper Clarke” could easily be an undiscovered classic from early Factory days. As side one draws to a close, the mood is lifted with the choppy guitar groove of “White Rooms and People”, and on “Outside”, it feels like they’ve escaped the town for sun kissed wide open spaces. Side two reverts to pounding industrial grooves and distorted guitars on “Be My Guest”. “Tomorrow” marries monotone vocals with a super catchy chorus while “Cook a Coffee” takes a cheeky snipe at a certain TV presenter. “Teeth” is aimed squarely at the dancefloor with its relentless synth stabs interwoven with doomy guitar riffs and “Angel” brings the album to a triumphant close: Jangling guitars and crashing cymbals over a driving rhythm that morphs into a sprawling psychedelic wig-out.

                                                  They set out to make a dance record that wouldn’t be pigeonholed as a dance record. I think they’ve nailed it.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1 Valleys
                                                  2 A.A.A.A.
                                                  3 John Cooper Clarke
                                                  4 White Rooms And People
                                                  5 Outside
                                                  6 Be My Guest
                                                  7 Tomorrow
                                                  8 Cook A Coffee
                                                  9 Teeth
                                                  10 Angel

                                                  Sia

                                                  Reasonable Woman

                                                    Nine-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum global superstar Sia has cemented her role as one of today’s biggest stars, sought after songwriters, and captivating live performers. She has partnered with Diplo and Labrinth to form the group LSD, and has written global smashes for today’s biggest acts including Beyonce, BTS, David Guetta, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ozuna, and many more, cementing her role as one of today’s biggest stars. She now returns with her tenth studio album.

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Jon Savage's The Secret Public - How The LGBTQ+ Aesthetic Shaped Pop Culture 1955-1979

                                                      Homosexuality has been a part of post-war popular music since its very inception. Until the early 70s, however, it wasn’t talked about openly in that world: it was coded, hidden, secret. This of course mirrored society - during the 50s and 60s, the gay community felt like outcasts: harassed by the police, demonised by the media and politicians, imprisoned simply for being who they were.

                                                      This compilation spans the time before and after Bowie, reflecting both the coded nature about the topic in the 50s and 60s and the greater openness that occurred in the early 70s. It begins in late 1955, with the extraordinary success of Little Richard; continues through early-60s pop and pop art; Tamla and soul, glam rock, the early 70s funk and disco that was played in the underground New York clubs, and then moves on to the omnipresence of disco, in the late 70s.

                                                      This double CD compilation is about freedom - and freedom for all. Whilst some of the artists identify as LGBTQ+, then or now, some are included simply because they were played in gay or lesbian clubs — where their lyric or sound proved useful and enjoyable to the patrons - or because they were shaped in some way by the gay aesthetic or gay managers. It’s a love letter to the entwined world of music and sexuality in all its many guises and we hope you enjoy the ride.


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Disc One
                                                      1. I Hear A New World - Joe Meek & The Blue Men
                                                      2. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard & His Band
                                                      3. Esquerita And The Voola - Esquerita
                                                      4. Wondrous Place - Billy Fury
                                                      5. Strawberry Blonde (The Band Rocked On) - Frank D'rone
                                                      6. Foot Stompin' - The Dovells
                                                      7. Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
                                                      8. Peppermint Twist (Part 1) – Joey Dee & The Starliters
                                                      9. Sally, Go ‘Round The Roses - The Jaynetts
                                                      10. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore
                                                      11. Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes
                                                      12. Get Down With It - Bobby Marchan
                                                      13. I'll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground & Nico
                                                      14. Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins
                                                      15. Stand Up Straight And Tall - Jackie Shane
                                                      16. Women Is Losers – Big Brother & The Holding Company
                                                      17. No Stranger Am I - Norma Tanega
                                                      18. Pretty Golden Hair - Al Stewart
                                                      19. David Watts - The Kinks
                                                      20. Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations
                                                      21. Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone
                                                      22. Life & Death In G & A - Abaco Dream
                                                      23. Nathan Jones - The Supremes
                                                      24. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
                                                      25. Coochi-Coo - Polly Perkins
                                                      26. I'm A Man - Jobriath
                                                      27. Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango
                                                      28. Law Of The Land - The Temptations

                                                      Disc Two
                                                      1. Get Dancin' Part 1 – Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes Featuring Sir Monti Rock Iii
                                                      2. Lady Marmalade - Labelle
                                                      3. Nobody's Gonna Change Me – The Dynamic Superiors
                                                      4. Ain't Nobody Straight In L.A. - The Miracles
                                                      5. I Need A Man (12-Inch Version) - Grace Jones
                                                      6. I Feel Love - Patrick Cowley
                                                      7. Orgasm Addict - Buzzcocks
                                                      8. Fuck Off - Jayne County & The Electric Chairs
                                                      9. Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band
                                                      10. I Was Born This Way (12-Inch Version) - Carl Bean
                                                      11. Prison (12-Inch Version) - Space
                                                      12. Disco Dance (Mega Mix) (12-Inch Version) - Michele
                                                      13. I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (12-Inch Version) - Sylvester

                                                      Sorrow

                                                      Sleep Now Forever (RSD24 EDITION)

                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.






                                                        Röyksopp & Robyn

                                                        Do It Again - 2024 Reissue

                                                          Limited edition repress of the 2014 mini album from Royksopp & Robyn 'Do It Again'. Pressed on white and black marble LP

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Monument - Royksopp & Robyn
                                                          2. Sayit - Royksopp & Robyn
                                                          3. Do It Again - Royksopp & Robyn
                                                          4. Every Little Thing - Royksopp & Robyn
                                                          5. Inside The Idle Hour Club - Royksopp & Robyn

                                                          A Certain Ratio

                                                          ACR:EPR - Signed Edition

                                                            ALL COPIES SIGNED BY THE BAND.

                                                            ACR:EPR is the last of a trilogy of EPs by A Certain Ratio.

                                                            Recorded with the internal brief of anything goes, ACR complete their trilogy of Eps with these four tracks, the mesmerising $ouls In The City is made up of Part 2 and Part 1, in that order, followed by the insanely catchy Night People, Big Boy Pants which was named after Joe Biden when he won the US election as it was mixed on the same day and the final track Downtime Vibes, which is a hypnotic piece of repetitive rhythms built up around a set of chimes that Jez found in the back of his car.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            $ouls In The City Part 2 & 1
                                                            Night People
                                                            Big Boy Pants
                                                            Downtime Vibes

                                                            A Certain Ratio

                                                            2023 EP

                                                              Manchester legends, A Certain Ratio, are back with their brand new 2023 EP on limited edition 12” vinyl.

                                                              This follows the release of their album 1982, and includes 3 remixes of tracks from the record and a brand new track ‘Day by Day’. The remixers on the EP are fellow mancunians Werkha and Jade Parker, as well as close friend Andy Meecham aka Emperor Machine, who originally contributed keyboards and electronic percussion to the very track he’s reworked, ‘Constant Curve.’ The EP also includes a remix of the popular single ‘SAMO’, which spent 4 weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist, accompanied by an animated lyric video paying homage to the graffiti tag it was named after by Al Diaz and American artist and wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat. The final track on the EP is a remix of ‘Waiting on a Train’, presenting a new and special version of the original song, with the presence of the featuring artists, Ellen Beth Abdi and Chunky, remaining strong.

                                                              Formed in 1978 with a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson, A Certain Ratio emerged from the hallowed grounds of the late 70s punk scene, and from that day on they’ve moved forwards with gleeful disregard for the boundaries of style and genre, their eye fixed firmly on constant progression.

                                                              To celebrate their 45th anniversary and support the release on 2023 EP, ACR will be taking to the road to play a select number of shows in the UK and Europe, which will see them play all of their 45s in chronological order across 2 sets in one evening in venues hand picked by the band all with limited capacity.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1 Day By Day
                                                              A2 SAMO (Werkha Remix)
                                                              B1 Constant Curve - Feat. Ellen Beth Abdi (Emperor Machine Extended Rework)
                                                              B1 Waiting On A Train - Feat. Ellen Beth Abdi & Chunky (Jade Parker Remix) 

                                                              Becker / Stegman / Zeumer

                                                              Ich Traume So Leise Von Dir

                                                                Music From Memory cap off a pretty neat 2016 with a reissue of something unique, unusual and largely unheard outside of elite digging circles and the Wuppertal town hall. As key figures of the Wuppertal jazz scene, trumpetist Heinz Becker and painist Karl-Heinz Stegmann were well acquainted by 1987 when they met the actress Isabel Zeumer at an exhibition opening. Soon after this chance meeting, the trio were asked put together a programme on Else Lasker-Schüler. A unique figure in her time Jewish poet Lasker-Schüler embraced a bohemian lifestyle and became a leading exponent of Germany’s expressionism and avant-garde poetry movement before fleeing the country in 1937. Becker, Stegmann and Zeumer’s programme would combine readings of Lasker-Schüler’s works with experimental music and imagery. These performances were met with great enthusiasm at the time in Wuppertal and were even televised. Following on from the strong response to the music and performances, the trio were invited to release the material on local label ITM Records. Embracing Lasker’s avant-garde sentiments within their own musical compositions, Becker, Zeumer and Stegmann’s album "Ich Träume So Leise Von Dir" LP blends jazz and electronics to create a wholly unique sound. "Mein Tanzlied" opens this reissue with precision drum programming, thrusting sequences and fat fusion bass, packing the dancefloor before the spoken vocal, glassy keys and muted jazz trumpet erupts overhead. An undeniable NDW killer, this sounds like a Germanic, avant associate of James Mason's "Nightgruv", Enzo Avitabile's "Blackout" and Hugh Masekela's "Don't Go Lose It Baby", but much weirder than that sounds. Essential deep dancefloor bizniz. "Dir" takes a different approach to audio enlightenment, transporting us into a North Rhine film noir with swelling synth tones, muted jazz trumpet and sultry spoken vocals from Isabel Zeumer. If you got lost in Vangelis' Blade Runner score, then you should seriously check this unsettling vision of atmospheric ambience. B-side opener "Der Schnupfen" sees the trio layering Isabel's spoken vocal and Becker's trumpet over a bubbling boogie rhythm section, before Stegman fully freaks out on the synth in the second half. "Abends" closes the set in subdued fashion, gentle Rhodes motifs creating a watery calm while the sustained synth drones and moonlit trumpet wax and wane around the intimate vocal. Embracing and experimenting with elements of ambient and even new wave, the four tracks selected here, seem to take music and spoken word into an entirely unique musical realm. It's yet another gift from Music From Memory.

                                                                LYR

                                                                The Ultraviolet Age

                                                                  LYR return with their second, remarkable album, The Ultraviolet Age via Clue Records / EMI North. For a second, compelling time, the band concocts ethereal, pulse-altering, extraordinary sounds by combining the creative powers of British poet, Simon Armitage, singer-songwriter Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist and producer Patrick J Pearson.

                                                                  Taylor Swift

                                                                  Lover

                                                                    Seventh studio album by the American singer, featuring the singles 'Me!', 'You Need to Calm Down' and title track 'Lover'. The album features guest performances from the Dixie Chicks and Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco.

                                                                    Gratts Feat. Mr Beale

                                                                    Submerge Me - Incl. Gilb'r Remix

                                                                    Belgian DJ and producer Gratts have joined forces with London-based vocalist Mr. Beale to follow up on to success of their well-received 'Sun Circles' release last year. Here, on the sublime 'Submerge Me', they are in fine form once more with a brooding sound that features the uniquely mesmerising mantras of Beale and plenty of raw, compelling and percussive grooves that fully lock you in and get you going. Versatile Records' own Gilb'r then steps up on the flip and manages to take things even deeper with some fine liquid dub excursions to complete a top 7"

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Submerge Me (Original Version)
                                                                    Submerge Me (Gilb'r Remix)

                                                                    Sia

                                                                    Colour The Small One (RSD24 EDITION)

                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.


                                                                      Originally released in 2004, Colour The Small One is the third album by Grammy-nominated Australian Singer/Songwriter Sia. A perfect combination of intimate vocals surrounded by mellow, folk-tinged electronica, the album spawned five singles ñ ëDonít Bring Me Downí, ëWhere I Belongí, ëNumbí, ëSundayí and lead single ëBreathe Meí, which achieved commercial success and featured in the finale of the HBO acclaimed drama Six Feet Under. To celebrate the albumís 20th Anniversary, UMR are releasing a 22-track, limited edition 2LP coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2024. Alongside the five singles, this expanded edition also includes track ëThe Bullyí, co-written by Sia and American Singer/Songwriter Beck, plus rare b-sides and remixes such as ëSea Shellsí and the fan-favourite ëBreathe Me ñ Mylo Remixí.

                                                                      Duran Duran

                                                                      Duran Duran - 2024 Reissue

                                                                        Duran Duran - The debut album was originally released in 1981 and includes the hits 'Planet Earth' and 'Girls On Film'. It's considered a significant album in the new-wave and synth-pop movements of the early 80s.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side 1
                                                                        1. Girls On Film
                                                                        2. Planet Earth
                                                                        3. Anyone Out There
                                                                        4. To The Shore
                                                                        5. Careless Memories

                                                                        Side 2
                                                                        1. Night Boat
                                                                        2. Sound Of Thunder
                                                                        3. Friends Of Mine
                                                                        4. Tel Aviv

                                                                        Duran Duran

                                                                        Rio - 2024 Reissue

                                                                          Rio - Duran's second album, Rio, was released in 1982 following the success of their debut album. Rio electrified the already-rising 'second British invasion', dominating the American charts with singles such as 'Rio', 'Hungry Like The Wolf' and 'Save a Prayer'. All of which remain as some of Duran's biggest streaming songs to this day.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side 1
                                                                          1. Rio
                                                                          2. My Own Way
                                                                          3. Lonely In Your Nightmare
                                                                          4. Hungry Like The Wolf
                                                                          5. Hold Back The Rain

                                                                          Side 2
                                                                          1. New Religion
                                                                          2. Last Chance On The Stairway
                                                                          3. Save A Prayer
                                                                          4. The Chauffeur

                                                                          OMD

                                                                          History Of Modern - 2024 Reissue

                                                                            With artwork designed by Peter Saville, History Of Modern was originally  release in 2010, following a 14 year haitus. It was described by Andy McCluskey as their  "best album since Architecture and Morality" - high praise indeed.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. New Babies: New Toys
                                                                            2. If You Want It
                                                                            3. History Of Modern (Part I)
                                                                            4. History Of Modern (Part II)
                                                                            5. Sometimes
                                                                            6. RFWK
                                                                            7. New Holy Ground
                                                                            8. The Future, The Past, And Forever After
                                                                            9. Sister Mary Says
                                                                            10. Pulse
                                                                            11. The Night
                                                                            12. Bondage Of Fate
                                                                            13. The Right Side?

                                                                            Normil Hawaiians

                                                                            Empires Into Sand

                                                                              ‘Empires into Sand’ is the first album of new material from Normil Hawaiians in 40 years. The group first refined their sound during the early 80s, hitting on a pastoral experimentalism that drew on ambient drone, motorik impulse and post-punk pep.

                                                                              ‘Empires into Sand’ came together in the familiar manner of their original three albums, with improvisation and nuance informing the blueprint of the tracks. It was with the official release of this last record ‘Return of the Ranters’ (originally recorded in 1984/85, but then unconsciously shelved) in 2015 by Upset The Rhythm that led to the group reconnecting with the intention of playing music together again. Normil Hawaiians played a launch show for that ‘lost album’ and followed that up with more concerts, including an appearance at Supernormal, a residency at the Edinburgh Festival, gigs at Cafe OTO. They were even chosen by Richard Dawson to perform with him in London.

                                                                              Throughout this time, Normil Hawaiians revisited their original songs for live performance. However for a group always so interested in evolving their sound, it came as no surprise that they shirked at the idea of a faithful retread. The band pushed their songs into new inventive dimensions, still progressive at core, but now imbued with a cosmic uncanny. A cinematic approach that was always quietly present has come to the fore. The quaint weirdness of folk song, the humanity of communal practice and the group’s ecological mindedness have all found a place in Normil Hawaiians’ current sound world.

                                                                              When Normil Hawaiians write and record music they prefer to gather in a remote location and live together for a while, such is their communal ethos. Being far-flung across the UK, the Family Hawaii (numbering seven key members) decided to encamp to Tayinloan, a small village on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. They set up their own studio in an isolated, windswept house overlooking the sea and started the tape rolling. Noel Blanden from the band explains the process neatly: “we set up and began playing, slowly and patiently, allowing the music to take its own shape based on where we were staying and our ongoing friendship. We recorded for days, capturing everything. A lot of new and rich ideas began to emerge”.

                                                                              Normil Hawaiians took their time to develop these threads at their own pace, allowing songs to mutate and settle over months. Simon Marchant deftly produced and recorded the album whilst also performing in the band, this marked the first time the band had total control of their own sound. The last few years has seen the band reconvene in Herne Bay, Faversham, London and Leith to record new parts, constantly responding to the changing form of these quietly spectral songs of defiance.

                                                                              ‘Empires into Sand’ incorporates samples from old rehearsals and live music into the new finished pieces, this is in continuum with their previous records. Snippets of sound from the static of short wave radio and satellite transmissions also embellish the work. In fact the whole album is stitched together with interludes, creating an acutely immersive 45 minutes. ‘Exiles’ opens the album amid swirling atmospheres, synth flights and recordings of Vilnis Egle (father of Zinta Egle from the band) retelling his experience of fleeing his home in Latvia during Soviet occupation in 1942. George Bikandy also features on this track talking about his flight from Syria in 2014. ‘Ghosts of Ballochroy’ is a winding river of a song featuring a lively discourse in Scots courtesy of Rodney Relax. There’s a commitment to truth telling present across this hopeful album populated with angels, incoming tides, long shadows and the rose-washed sun. “From our broken windscreen, we feel the breeze” soars Guy Smith triumphantly over the driving beat of ‘Waterfalls : Bedford 330’. ‘Big City Sky’ flutters and sparkles with rapid synth runs, tape-looped drums and Jimmy Miller’s commanding vocal. With ‘In The Stone’ Zinta’s melody is deliberately jagged and blunt, exaggerated by octave-layered vocals and interjections from Guy.

                                                                              This is thought-provoking, boundary-bothering music. Honest in intent, a solidarity of vision. The album’s title is derived from a poem by band member Mark Tyler, who sadly passed away during the recording process and the transience of life is felt heavily throughout. Noel best coins the group’s wish for the album: “we wanted to create an album that acknowledges our history and also reflects who we are today. We remained true to ourselves and we wanted to make something beautiful without removing the edges.” ‘Empires into Sand’ certainly does that, it’s an echo from the past, an echo from the future.


                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              SIDE A
                                                                              01. Exiles
                                                                              02. Ghosts Of Ballochroy (ft. Rodney Relax)
                                                                              03. Waves NR728524
                                                                              04. Back Home To The Stars
                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                              05. Waterfalls / Bedford 330
                                                                              06. We Stand Together
                                                                              07. Big City Sky
                                                                              08. In The Stone (Luddenham Mix)
                                                                              09. North Atlantic

                                                                              CD Bonus Tracks
                                                                              (The LP Version Will Also Feature These Via The Download Card.)
                                                                              10. Where Is Living?
                                                                              11. Ornament Of The Tribe
                                                                              12. In The Stone (Scratch Mix)
                                                                              13. Deep Beneath Snow

                                                                              Passion Pit

                                                                              Manners - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                The debut album by Passion Pit, 'Manners' is coming back to vinyl for its 15th Anniversary. Remastered for vinyl with full gatefold jacket that displays alternative artwork only previously available on the cd

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Make Light
                                                                                2. Little Secrets
                                                                                3. Moth's Wings
                                                                                4. The Reeling
                                                                                5. Eyes As Candles
                                                                                6. Swimming In The Flood
                                                                                7. Folds In Your Hands
                                                                                8. To Kingdom Come
                                                                                9. Sleepyhead
                                                                                10. Let Your Love Grow Tall
                                                                                11. Seaweed Song

                                                                                Steepletone

                                                                                7" Single Storage Carry Case - Retro

                                                                                  - Portable 7" Single Record Storage Box
                                                                                  - Carry handle in matching colours
                                                                                  - Protective chrome effect aluminium trim on corners and all edges of the box
                                                                                  - Hinged lid with strong closing clasp
                                                                                  - Will hold up to 80 7" singles in their sleeves

                                                                                  Taylor Swift

                                                                                  The Tortured Poets Department

                                                                                    The Tortured Poets Department is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on 19th April 2024. Swift announced the album at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, after winning Best Pop Vocal Album for her tenth studio album, 'Midnights' (2022).

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Barry says: There's no doubt there's been a big reassessment of Taylor's sound since the superb duo of Folklore and Evermore (and the brilliant Long Pond sessions LP from RSD last year), and mass appreciation for Midnights so it's with some excitement that her new LP 'The Tortured Poet's Department' lands. I for one am excited to hear it.

                                                                                    DEVO

                                                                                    ART DEVO

                                                                                      Futurismo present a new version of DEVO’s highly celebrated and sold-out box set release - 'ART DEVO 1973-1977'. Now available as a 3xLP in a choice of limited colours. The release all hardcore Devo fans have been waiting for, 'ART DEVO' is a vital collection housing unheard and obscure mind blowers sourced directly from the vaults of The De-Evolution Band. This anthology takes you from the band’s initial conception in Akron, Ohio to the moment before the world woke up, in a collection of sonic and visual art that captures DEVO at the dawn of industrial death.

                                                                                      In honour of their 50th Anniversary, 'ART DEVO' showcases the mesmerizing evolution of a band on the brink of discovery, mining irony, wit and dark humour from the madness of a distorted modern world still coming to terms with aftermath of a collapsed economy and the Vietnam war. From 1973-1977 DEVO would transform from an art project, pop art in the literal sense, into the group David Bowie would declare “the band of the future”. Here you will find the audio mutations of a band at the edge of greatness, initial concepts that gave birth to a new aesthetic that continually challenged preconceptions about music, art, performance, culture, composition and consumption...it was also the birth of Booji Boy. While the songs here may not be fully grown, raw even, these are the seeds of subversion that kickstarted DEVO’s 50 year legacy.

                                                                                      Spanning 3xLP’s almost completely unheard and unreleased material, this collection draws purely from that integral early history, garnered from unearthed basement recordings, original demo tapes, unfinished montages and rare live audio, all taken from the bands personal archive. This collection showcases why DEVO was, and is still, one of the most important bands in American history. De-evolution is real. The art of DEVO is real. Here is the evidence.

                                                                                      This 3xLP version is housed in a gloss laminated wide spined sleeve, it has a tracklist that has been curated by the band and contains a fold-out poster containing rare imagery and liner notes by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V Casale. 


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Exhibit [A] 1973-1976:
                                                                                      Booji’s Industrial Death
                                                                                      Total Love
                                                                                      Auto Modown (Early Version)
                                                                                      Space Girl Blues (Early Version)
                                                                                      Live Forever
                                                                                      Androgyny (Live At Kent Kove 74)+
                                                                                      Fraulein (Kent Kove 1974)

                                                                                      Exhibit [B] 1973-1975:

                                                                                      Bicentennial Birthday
                                                                                      Man From The Past
                                                                                      Midget/My Lai Mama (Kent Kove 74)
                                                                                      Shimmy Shake
                                                                                      All Of Us
                                                                                      Hubert House
                                                                                      The Tinkle Tune

                                                                                      Exhibit [C] 1973-1975:

                                                                                      Private Secretary (Kent Kove 74)+
                                                                                      I Don’t Know Why
                                                                                      Dixie
                                                                                      Pigs Waddle (Kent Kove 74)+
                                                                                      Death Of Lt. Casanova (Kent Kove 74)

                                                                                      Exhibit [D] 1975-1977:

                                                                                      U Got Me Bugged (Instrumental Version)
                                                                                      I Don’t Know What I Do Do
                                                                                      Huboon Stomp
                                                                                      Can U Take It (Early Version)
                                                                                      Uncontrollable Urge (Early Version)
                                                                                      Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
                                                                                      Falling In Love Again

                                                                                      Exhibit [E] 1975-1977:

                                                                                      Devo Corporate Anthem (Early Version)
                                                                                      Shrivel Up (Early Version)
                                                                                      Smart Patrol (Early Version)
                                                                                      I’m Lost At Home
                                                                                      Untitled
                                                                                      Never Go Back
                                                                                      Secret Agent Man (Mark Vocal)

                                                                                      Exhibit [F] 1975-1977:

                                                                                      Social Fools (Early Version)
                                                                                      A Plan For U (Early Version)
                                                                                      Nutty Buddy (Live At JB’s 76)
                                                                                      Dogs Of Democracy
                                                                                      Race Of Doom (Early Version)
                                                                                      Space Junk (Early Version)
                                                                                      Primal Satisfaction*
                                                                                      End Message

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      Sounds From The Flightpath Estate (GLS017)

                                                                                        LAST REMAINING COPIES!!

                                                                                        The Flightpath Estate in association with the Golden Lion have compiled a double vinyl album.

                                                                                        'Sounds From the Flightpath Estate'

                                                                                        9 exclusive tracks plus a previously unavailable Two Lone Swordsmen track. An exclusive cover of 'Smokebelch' by Andy Bell plus one-off recordings by Hardway Bros, Timothy J. Fairplay, Justin Robertson, Richard Sen, Sons Of Slough, Rude Audio, 10:40 and a world renowned Belfast based DJ and producer.

                                                                                        The Flightpath Estate is a Facebook group dedicated to the music, art and work of Andrew Weatherall. It began life in 2013 and has become a virtual home to his fans, friends and family. It is also the host of the Weatherdrive - thousands of hours of recordings of Andrew Weatherall’s DJ sets, mixes and radio shows.

                                                                                        'Sounds From The Flightpath Estate' is a compilation celebrating people and places, the outlook, aesthetic and music Andrew Weatherall was known for, and the sense of community and love of music centered around The Golden Lion.

                                                                                        The sounds are forward thinking, created with a deep understanding of the music of the past but future facing, dance floor oriented and made with love.

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                                                                                        Limited edition double black vinyl, 500 copies only. Gatefold jacket with notes.

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                                                                                        Mastered by Andrew Liles

                                                                                        Sleeve art by Personality Crisis

                                                                                        Labels by Walter Russ



                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: The first full length compilation to arrive from the creative hub / musical ashram that is The Golden Lion in Todmorden. Working with Andrew Weatherall’s friends, family and collaborators (plus two large online communities), the compilation even includes an unreleased Two Lone Swordman track and will likely be one of the most sought after releases on this incredibly strong and prolific label.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 - Two Lone Swordsmen - The Crescents
                                                                                        A2 - Sons Of Slough - Red Machine (GL Soundcheck)
                                                                                        A3 - Timothy J. Fairplay - Centurion Version

                                                                                        B1 - Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33's - Curtains Twitch On Peaks
                                                                                        B2 - Richard Sen - Tough On Chug, Tough On The Causes Of Chug

                                                                                        C1 - Rude Audio - Running Wild
                                                                                        C2 - 10:40 - Three Rings

                                                                                        D1 - Hardway Bros - Theme For Flightpath Estate
                                                                                        D2 - The Light Brigade - Human : Remains
                                                                                        D3 - Andy Bell - Smokebelch II

                                                                                        Yellow Magic Orchestra

                                                                                        Solid State Survivor

                                                                                        • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                                                                        • Insert
                                                                                        • PVC protective sleeve

                                                                                        'Solid State Survivor' was the second album by Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, released in 1979. Featuring Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, vocals), the trio hit their stride with this second long player, a brisk and confident set of synth-disco pop tracks that continues along the line drawn five years before by Kraftwerk. Fun-loving and breezy where Kraftwerk had been ponderous and statuesque, the album sets out YMO's template for electronic pop with less minimalism and a more varying use of synthesizer lines. The English lyrics, written by Chris Mosdell but sung by YMO themselves, make for hilarious listening especially on a cover of the Beatles' "Day Tripper".

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        1. Technopolis
                                                                                        2. Absolute Ego Dance
                                                                                        3. Rydeen
                                                                                        4. Castalia
                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        1. Behind The Mask
                                                                                        2. Day Tripper
                                                                                        3. Insomnia
                                                                                        4. Solid State Survivor

                                                                                        Nadine Shah

                                                                                        Filthy Underneath

                                                                                          Nadine Shah announce her fifth album Filthy Underneath, the follow up to 2020's critically acclaimed Kitchen Sink and 2017's Mercury Prize nominated Holiday Destination.

                                                                                          Filthy Underneath chronicles a period of unprecedented turbulence in Nadine Shah’s life. And yet, the experience of listening to it is oddly life-affirming – a parade of ghosts spanning the entirety of Nadine’s thirty-seven years, moving with balletic beauty to the music that Nadine and long-time co-writer and producer Ben Hillier have created around them, with renewed emphasis on placing melody and movement front and centre.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Shah's wonderfully emotive brand of majestic call-to-arms rock takes a perfectly manicured turn into the outer reaches of synth, stadium pop and world music. It's a beguiling and perfectly measured whole, and one that proves that Shah has *plenty* more where 'Holiday Destination' came from. Ace.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Even Light
                                                                                          2. Topless Mother
                                                                                          3. Food For Fuel
                                                                                          4. You Drive, I Shoot
                                                                                          5. Keeping Score
                                                                                          6. Sad Lads Anonymous
                                                                                          7. Greatest Dancer
                                                                                          8. See My Girl
                                                                                          9. Twenty Things
                                                                                          10. Hyperrealism
                                                                                          11. French Exit

                                                                                          Washed Out

                                                                                          Notes From A Quiet Life

                                                                                            The music of Washed Out has always levitated over a timeless frontier. You can sense it in his immersive, amorphous vocals, the expansive soundscapes, the wistful storytelling. It’s a sweet spot where, says its creative force, Ernest Greene, “any sort of association or memory from the past can transport you instantly. I love that.”

                                                                                            Greene’s transcendent output has earned him the moniker of “Godfather of Chillwave” by Pitchfork and a co-sign from Portlandia, which borrowed his track, “Feel It All Around,” for its utopian theme song. His latest, 'Notes From a Quiet' Life arrives after delivering more than a decade of distinct and disparate creative re-imaginations at a remarkably high level (five albums, two EPs). Notes is bold in its intuitiveness: Greene has left the treadmill of music-as-a-business, instead letting his artistic interests lead the way. “Each album,” says Green, who also paints and sculpts, “is a world-building exercise.”

                                                                                            The Georgia native left Atlanta in 2021 to move back to the countryside he knew growing up. Where escapism once flooded his thoughts, today he is preoccupied with the universe of wonder in the reality around him. He named the former horse farm he moved to “Endymion” (after the pastoral John Keats poem about a lovesick shepherd — its opening line: “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”), and it has shaped all that he’s created there, from his music to his albums’ creative direction to his planned large scale visual-art experiments.

                                                                                            “I’ve read that every five, maybe 10, years, you’re practically a different person — like literally, on a cellular level,” Greene explains. “The things that you’re going through will end up changing you, and you’re kind of a different person. This album is a reflection of that. Experimenting with painting and sculpture helps my music. They influence each other. That was a kind of realization for me. I don’t want to look back on my life one day, and be like, ’Oh, it was all about maximizing productivity,’” he says. “I want to enjoy this.”

                                                                                            That purity of vision is what makes 'Notes From a Quiet Life' so potent. It’s the first album Greene wholly self-produced, with some mixing assistance from Nathan Boddy (James Blake, Mura Masa) and David Wrench (Caribou, Florence + the Machine). “Early in my career, I had a lack of technical skill, and there were some things I wasn’t 100% enthusiastic about,” he says, noting Jean-Michel Basquiat’s distinct, self-driven method as an inspiration. “Something that I was looking for was...I didn’t want any illusion of anyone else’s influences. I wanted to see this through to the end. And honestly, that was a big challenge.

                                                                                            Illustrating that, Greene’s list of influences for 'Notes From a Quiet Life' are mostly sculpture icons: minimalist legend Donald Judd, abstract expressionist Cy Twombly, and modernists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Of the latter, he observes, “The majority of his working life was spent on his country estate, and he wasn’t living a cosmopolitan lifestyle. He was focused on just making good work, you know?”

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Waking Up
                                                                                            2. Say Goodbye
                                                                                            3. Got Your Back
                                                                                            4. Hardest Part
                                                                                            5. A Sign
                                                                                            6. Second Sight
                                                                                            7. Running Away
                                                                                            8. Wait On You
                                                                                            9. Wondrous Life
                                                                                            10. Letting Go 

                                                                                            Formal Sppeedwear

                                                                                            Formal Sppeedwear EP

                                                                                              From the furnaces of Stoke-On-Trent comes the super-limited debut EP from Formal Sppeedwear, a wonky new wave teacup ready to be sipped.

                                                                                              Taking creative cues from Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies and Conny Plank’s experimental recording techniques to flesh out synthpop-oriented melodies, the EP stomps along with Scary Monsters-era Bowie guitar lines, early 80s Numan basslines and surreal lyrics - “Ready, set on my mark: Tesco Extra, Marks and Sparks” cries Clewlow on 6 Lofty Ash. There’s a versatility to the tracks; with the jolting staccato of The Line counter punched by EP closer and highlight Dismount’s soaring synth slow burn.

                                                                                              Defying the seas of young musicians moving to London and Manchester to find their path, Beck Clewlow (Bass, Vocals, Synthesisers) Charlie Ball (Guitar, synthesisers), and Connor Wells (Drums, Guitar, Synthesisers) stuck it out in Stoke, using the city as a blank canvas - devoting their spare time to writing and experimenting, building their own studio out of charity shop finds and cash-converter synths and recording equipment.

                                                                                              Out in the creative wilderness of Staffordshire there’s a healthy DIY scene brewing with bands waiting to make their mark; fly posting their own shows, making one-off merch for each gig, sharing lineups with one another. “There is no sense of geographical confinement here, there’s a wealth of talent who act indifferently to their surroundings. It’s particularly nice that some of our friends from here are starting to receive attention from elsewhere” say the band. As fellow locals University and Christian Music start to garner attention from the rest of the UK, it’s time for Formal Sppeedwear to follow suit.

                                                                                              Stoke-on-Trent might not be the first place you’d look to find your favourite new band - The Bootleg Beatles are one of its finest exports if you ask Google - but Formal Sppeedwear are here to show you the kilns are alright.


                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Bunto
                                                                                              2. 6 Lofty Ash
                                                                                              3. The Line
                                                                                              4. Dismount

                                                                                              Colin Newman

                                                                                              Bastard - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                It was four years into the swim ~ label’s history before Bastard arrived. Like my previous albums, it was another collaboration – although this time only with my partner in life and crime, Malka Spigel.

                                                                                                There was a point in the ’90s when British music journalists basically didn’t get dance music and would refer to it as “faceless techno bollocks”. It was that very attribute that Malka and I felt most attracted to. In instrumental music, you could be anyone from anywhere. The only thing that mattered was how good your tunes were. In fact, for the first Immersion album, we pretended to be from Germany and were photographed in wigs and masks. This had the unexpected result of the album selling more copies in Germany than anywhere else!

                                                                                                With Bastard, it took a while to get to the concept, which was essentially this: What if we subverted the whole ‘bloke from Wire’ thing and had a Colin Newman album without any actual songs on it? These days, this is not such a big thing, but it was hugely transgressive at the time. The language of Bastard is house, techno, breakbeat, drum and bass, and doubtless post-rock. The only singing is a one-line Malka sample on ‘Turn’. Not only did the album not play by the rules of what would these days be called music by a ‘heritage’ artist, but it didn’t play by the rules of dance music either. Back then, dance music artists didn’t mix up styles as they do today. This is one of the reasons the album’s called Bastard.

                                                                                                Upon release, Bastard was modestly successful in comparison to the label’s other releases, although widely misunderstood. The title is intentionally multifaceted, referring to several ways in which the album is a misfit – a cuckoo in the nest. But it never meant ‘Colin Newman is a bastard’ – even if Malka’s toy finger gesture on the cover tempted fate on that!

                                                                                                Malka and I have done more work together on swim ~ – and, of course, there has been plenty of Wire activity after its second hiatus during the 1990s – but I never felt the need to do another solo album. I don’t crave attention and certainly don’t feel I lackways to express myself. In many ways, it’s more creative to collaborate with others.

                                                                                                There is joy and beauty in collaboration. And collaborating with Malka has become so effortless that we almost don’t know whodoes what in the work we create. This has led us to throwing open our partnership via Nanocluster events and albums where webuild musical bridges and make partnerships that transcend the art. Maybe that’s the point? Surely, art should be about human connection and diversity of expression?

                                                                                                Colin Newman, Brighton, 2023 (edited from album sleeve notes).

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                LP & CD1
                                                                                                Sticky
                                                                                                May
                                                                                                Slowfast (falling Down The Stairs With A Drumkit)
                                                                                                Without
                                                                                                G-deep
                                                                                                Spaced In
                                                                                                Spiked
                                                                                                The Orange House & The Blue House
                                                                                                Turn

                                                                                                CD2
                                                                                                Automation
                                                                                                Faq
                                                                                                Voice
                                                                                                Output
                                                                                                The Narrativ (with Corrado Izzo)
                                                                                                Blank Canvas
                                                                                                Time Will Allow
                                                                                                Tsunami
                                                                                                Cut The Slack (2001)
                                                                                                Found & Bound (2001)
                                                                                                Unbroken (2001)
                                                                                                Flight Mode (2008)

                                                                                                CD2 Info:
                                                                                                Tracks 1–4 Taken From 1995 EP Voice.
                                                                                                Tracks 5–8 Originally Appeared On Swim Team #1 And Swim Team #2.
                                                                                                Tracks 9–12 Previously Unreleased And Exclusive To This Edition.

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                Höga Nord 100 - The Effect Will Last Forever

                                                                                                  What better way to celebrate 100 releases than with a handmade box containing soul expanding music!? Höga Nord Rekords have reached an important goal and releases a rare box set containing all 12” from the HNRUK-series plus a new record from Birds, unique for this box. Except Birds, this compilation includes Dark Strands, High Boys, Vox Low, Timothy J. Fairplay, Fontän, Bird Of Paradise, Mythologen, Jamie Paton and Frak.

                                                                                                  The music is of course the main focus of all releases on Höga Nord Rekords but what birthday gift comes without a proper wrapping? This exclusive handmade box made in Norrmalms kartongfabrik in Stockholm, is a celebration to the Scandinavian Bronze age. You’ll find rock carvings like those on the artwork scattered over the land but mostly near Gothenburg, home of Höga Nord Rekords on the Swedish west coast.

                                                                                                  Archaeological evidence proves similarities in ornaments and pictures between the Nordic and European Bronze age, just like you find common features in the music released on our label. Though the acts in this compilation box come from all over Europe and beyond, they stem from an obscured and mysterious common source of escapism, purity and creativity.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Dark Strands - The Last Ride
                                                                                                  Dark Strands - We Own The Night
                                                                                                  Dark Strands - Black Dog
                                                                                                  Dark Strands - Wandering Star
                                                                                                  Vox Low - I'll Save You Anyway (Evelyne)
                                                                                                  Vox Low - I'm Coming To Your House (feat. Tarik Ziour)
                                                                                                  Vox Low - Loving Hell
                                                                                                  High Boys - Drunken Master
                                                                                                  High Boys - Down With Chaos
                                                                                                  High Boys - This Is The Captain Speaking
                                                                                                  High Boys - No Hope For A Sexual Revolution
                                                                                                  Timothy J. Fairplay - Mindfighter
                                                                                                  Timothy J. Fairplay - Nightmare City
                                                                                                  Timothy J. Fairplay - Lost In The Mirror Maze
                                                                                                  Timothy J. Fairplay - Jennifer Has Some Strange Ideas
                                                                                                  Fontän - Sen Sen No Sen (Red Axes Remix)
                                                                                                  Fontän - Mangsebung (Timothy J Fairplay Remix)
                                                                                                  Fontän - Gangri (Khjinda Remix)
                                                                                                  Fontän - Bardo (Mythologen Remix)
                                                                                                  Fontän - Shadows (Pardon Moi Remix)
                                                                                                  Birds Of Paradise - Tito
                                                                                                  Birds Of Paradise - Joy-Rides
                                                                                                  Birds Of Paradise - Smoking Holiday
                                                                                                  Birds Of Paradise - Breather Resist
                                                                                                  Mythologen - The Joy I Feel
                                                                                                  Mythologen - Canavan's Peckham Pool Club
                                                                                                  Mythologen - Blackheath
                                                                                                  Mythologen - House Of Parakeet
                                                                                                  Jamie Paton - Enhance 224
                                                                                                  Jamie Paton - State Line
                                                                                                  Jamie Paton - Disk Memories
                                                                                                  Jamie Paton - Leviathan Aftermath
                                                                                                  Frak - Corridor
                                                                                                  Frak - Stetoskop
                                                                                                  Frak - Micro Fisson
                                                                                                  Frak - Arcitect
                                                                                                  Birds - Solitary Dancers
                                                                                                  Birds - Night Time Life
                                                                                                  Birds - Dont Drink The Acid Water
                                                                                                  Birds - Young Blood

                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                  OZ Waves

                                                                                                    Efficient Space continues to expose Australia's esoteric musical history with "Oz Waves" - a collection of 80s DIY recordings, compiled by odd wave anthropologist Steele Bonus. Definitive proof that inhabitants of the Down Underground were links in a global network of creative kooks, "Oz Waves" connects those who utilized mobile recording rigs and small press releases to create and disseminate misfit synth-punk, tape loop experiments and inner city pop. Through overseas mail order exchanges, anonymous groups like Zerox Dreamflesh could find place on Belgian compilations, while Chris and Cosey lullabied their son to sleep with Irena Xero and her interdisciplinary art collective Zip.

                                                                                                    Bonus selects 10 survivors from the fertile period (1982-1989), most of which were only issued on cassette in tiny editions of 5 to 100 copies. M Squared affiliates Prod join the extraterrestrial Software Seduction, He Dark Age's minimal wave neglect and the irreverent cut ups of The Horse He's Sick and MK Ultra & the Assassins of Light. The remaining tracks have been sourced from musicians' private archives and are being officially released on Oz Waves for the first time - Andy Rantzen's industrial dub Itch-E & Scratch-E precursor, the buoyant vocal-drone of Ironing Music and Moral Fibro, Sydney's short lived answer to Weekend and Marine Girls. With detailed track by track notes, lines are drawn to Severed Heads, Scattered Order and other antipodean post-punk royalty.

                                                                                                    As a DJ, Steele Bonus has gained notoriety via the exquisite selections that form his ongoing mix series Odd Waves. Sydney-born, Amsterdam-based, his graphic design has not only been responsible for sleeves on Efficient Space, but also trusted Amsterdam connoisseurs Music From Memory and Young Marco's Safe Trip.


                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: Worth the entrance fee for some of the inspired band names alone - this is a really strong collection of Australian minimal wave and DIY electro-punk.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Irena Xero - Lady On The Train
                                                                                                    A2. Andy Rantzen - Will I Dream?
                                                                                                    A3. Prod - Knife On Top
                                                                                                    A4. Software Seduction - New Collision
                                                                                                    A5. Ironing Music - Don't Wish It Away
                                                                                                    B1. He Dark Age - Holding Out For Eden
                                                                                                    B2. The Horse He's Sick - Larynx
                                                                                                    B3. MK Ultra & The Assassins Of Light - Jesus Krist Klap Rap (Orthodox Mix)
                                                                                                    B4. Moral Fibro - Take A Walk In The Sun
                                                                                                    B5. Zerox Dreamflesh - Squids Can Fly

                                                                                                    Egyptian Lover is celebrating 40 years of releasing music in 2024 and 'Emotions' is the first track from his upcoming album titled 1987. It's a classic 80s inspired west-coast electro style cut - a style that Egyptian Lover is pretty much responsible for creating, harking back to his classic material like 'Egypt, Egypt' and 'I Need a Freak', his use of the Roland 808 along with Kraftwerk and hip-hop influences making the artist synonymous with the origin of the electro sound. Also included is 'Emotional' which is the instrumental version of the title track. For the B-Side 'Dirty Passionate Yell' is featured, again along with the instrumental version (Dirty Music). Grab your cardboard and meet us on the dancefloor.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Emotions
                                                                                                    Emotional (Instrumental)
                                                                                                    Dirty Passionate Yell
                                                                                                    Dirty Music (Instrumental)

                                                                                                    Dean Blunt

                                                                                                    Black Metal 2

                                                                                                      I was tardy with my introduction to the genius that is Dean Blunt, ignoring the Hype Williams and Babyfather brilliance and only encountering the minimal magic of the first 'Black Metal' during my second year at Piccadilly. Shown the way by Ryan Horsebeach, Mike Riley Jones and Matt Ward, I bought the cryptic release and well and truly lost my shit...over and over again...for years. To say I'm excited by the appearance of a second instalment from the reclusive musician would be a wild understatement. 

                                                                                                      The LP opens with strings and solemnity via 'Vigil', a sparse and beautiful reminder of Blunt's trademark sound - intimacy bordering on claustrophobia, nocturnal and emotive. The chiming guitars join the poised drum patterns for 'Mugu' and 'Dash Snow', a pair of bedsit vignettes which Javi just described as a London cabbie's reaction to Drill while Vini Reilly tunes up - this is a good thing by the way. Blunt's is a music of longing, vulnerability and beauty, presented as concise and considered songs which combine to form their own sonic landscape. Referential (the cover blacks out all everything from Dre's 2001 but the 2) but never reverential, Blunt, aided and abetted by Joanne Robertson somehow beats his personal best, and we should all be grateful we get to hear it.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Vigil
                                                                                                      2. Mugu
                                                                                                      3. Dash Snow
                                                                                                      4. Sketamine
                                                                                                      5. Semtex
                                                                                                      6. La Raza
                                                                                                      7. Nil By Mouth
                                                                                                      8. Zaza
                                                                                                      9. Woosah
                                                                                                      10. The Rot

                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                      Fantastic Voyage: New Sounds For The European Canon 1977-1981

                                                                                                        By the turn of the 80s, the impact of David Bowie’s ground-breaking Berlin recordings – the synths, the alienation, the drily futuristic production – was being felt on music across Europe. What’s more, the records being made were reflecting back and influencing Bowie’s own work – 1979’s “Lodger” and 1980’s “Scary Monsters” owed a debt to strands of German kosmische (Holger Czukay), new electronica (Patrick Cowley, Harald Grosskopf), and the latest works from old friends and rivals like Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel and Scott Walker, all of whom had been re-energised by the fizz of 1977.

                                                                                                        Compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and the BFI’s Jason Wood, “Fantastic Voyage” is the companion album to their hugely successful “Café Exil” collection, which imagined the soundtrack to David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s trans-European train journeys in the mid-to-late seventies. “Fantastic Voyage” is what happened next.

                                                                                                        Bowie’s influences and Bowie’s own influence were rebounding off each other as the 70s ended and the 80s began, notably in the emergent synthpop and new romantic scenes as well as through the music of enigmatic acts like the Associates and post-punk pioneers such as Cabaret Voltaire.

                                                                                                        Like “Low” and “Heroes”, some of the tracks on “Fantastic Voyage” are spiked with tension (Grauzone’s ‘Eisbär’) while some share those albums’ sense of travel (Simple Minds’ ‘Theme for Great Cities’, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Riot in Lagos’) and others find common ground with “Lodger’s” dark, subtle humour (Thomas Leer’s ‘Tight as a Drum’, Fripp’s ‘Exposure’).

                                                                                                        This is the thrilling, adventurous sound of European music before the watershed moment when Bowie would abandon art-pop for America and the emerging world of MTV with “Let’s Dance” in 1983. “Fantastic Voyage” soundtracks the few brief years when the echo chamber of Bowie, his inspirations, and his followers created an exciting, borderless music that was ready to challenge Anglo American influences. 


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Theme For Great Cities - Simple Minds
                                                                                                        2. Silent Command - Cabaret Voltaire
                                                                                                        3. Riot In Lagos - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                                                                                                        4. Eisbar - Grauzone
                                                                                                        5. White Car In Germany - The Associates
                                                                                                        6. Nightcrawler - Patrick Cowley
                                                                                                        7. On A Trouvé - Isabelle Mayereau
                                                                                                        8. 3,000,000 Synths - Chas Jankel
                                                                                                        9. No Self Control - Peter Gabriel
                                                                                                        10. Nite Flights - The Walker Brothers
                                                                                                        11. Tight As A Drum - Thomas Leer
                                                                                                        12. The Farther Away I Am - Daryl Hall
                                                                                                        13. So Weit, So Gut - Harald Grosskopf
                                                                                                        14. Exposure - Robert Fripp
                                                                                                        15. Patriarcat –
                                                                                                        Areski Belkacem & Brigitte Fontaine
                                                                                                        16. Silicon Chip - Basil Kirchin
                                                                                                        17. Ode To Perfume - Holger Czukay

                                                                                                        Bullion

                                                                                                        Affection

                                                                                                          Bullion is Nathan Jenkins, an enduring cult figure of electronic music. A producer and songwriter quietly to be found connecting artists, genre and UK subculture. His credits range from Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Howard, NilüferYanya and Avalon Emerson’s breakout album & The Charm to records for Westerman and Joviale. Bullion’s celebrated solo releases, meanwhile, have run parallel on Young, The Trilogy Tapes, Jagjaguwar and his own DEEK Recordings. It’s a creative red-thread Bullion ties together on his surprise new album, Affection - a warm, occasionally off-kilter and beautifully realised pop record that’s bold enough to step from behind-the-scenes and show affection in public.

                                                                                                          Affection started life upon Nathan’s move back to London from Lisbon, where he relocated in 2018. Back then, the comfort of the crowd suited him: self-confessedly passive and faltering by nature, the opportunity to exist somewhere without any personal history proved liberating. Returning home, Nathan increasingly found himself reflecting on his place in the world, seeking affection in place of cynicism.

                                                                                                          Bullion’s music has always been difficult to pin down, but entirely distinctive - and on Affection, its rich pleasures are in hearing how this uncompromising approach is strengthened, in part, by softening. The album wonders-aloud about the meaning of intimacy, in relationship to others and the self. Masculinity and other contemporary concerns are punctuated by old-world charms, found in the ‘hat stands and watches’ of World_train. Influences stretch from morning swims to adolescent fears and a book of poems his Dad wrote as a young man, in songs that are tender if not always true of Nathan himself. Affection ultimately asks how we understand people, but in being more vulnerable at least attempts to care a little less about what they think, too.

                                                                                                          Taking your own advice is integral to Bullion’s latest album, where Nathan applies what he’s encouraged fellow artists to do in the studio for years: be open to adventure. Affection steps into a more emotionally-present, often playful space, with collaborators Carly Rae Jepsen and Charlotte Adigéry gracing songs that prioritise feeling over fixed meaning. Rare, for instance, emerged during sessions for Jepsen’s recent album in Toronto: high energy turning coy to express something ‘deep in the heart’. World_train, meanwhile, is an eccentric and brilliantly odd angle on Bullion’s love of pop, its locomotive power summoning a lost past amidst the uncertainties of the everyday. ‘I can hardly understand what it takes to be a real man’, Bullion sings. ‘…and nobody can’, Adigéry confirms. Still, connections - missed, imagined, or still possible - cocoon much of Affection, with Panda Bear collaboration A City’s Never emerging after Noah and Nathan lived in Lisbon at the same time but never actually met. For Bullion, the willingness to allow others into his songwriting process is as much about opening up the world of the album as it is about bettering the work and the person.

                                                                                                          In blurring the observational with the introspective, Affection’s avant-pop touch abandons categorisation. The albums lyrics are as unguarded and devotional as they are inquisitive of alternative ways of being, signing off with ‘being still is hard to do’. Nathan has mastered his sound, but life - in its expectations, contradictions, impulses and desires - remains impossible to control.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. A City’s Never (ft. Panda Bear)
                                                                                                          2. Affection
                                                                                                          3. Rare (ft. Carly Rae Jepsen)
                                                                                                          4. Your Father
                                                                                                          5. The Flooding
                                                                                                          6. Cinch
                                                                                                          7. World_train (ft. Charlotte Adigéry)
                                                                                                          8. Cavalier
                                                                                                          9. Once, In A Borrowed Car
                                                                                                          10. Open Hands
                                                                                                          11. 40 Waves
                                                                                                          12. Hard To Do

                                                                                                          Mount Kimbie

                                                                                                          The Sunset Violent

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                                                                                                            Preorder the album on any format and you could win a pair of tickets for their show at New Century on Saturday 4th May.
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                                                                                                            The Sunset Violent began in a disused frat house in the American Yucca Valley. Kimbie’s founding members Dominic Maker & Kai Campos began work on their first proper album together since 2017’s Love What Survives – the decision was made to leave London. Campos and Maker relocated for a month to a town in the middle of a desert. The resulting album, finished in London with longtime confidante Dillip Harris and their band mates Andrea Balency-Béarn and Marc Pell, is 37 minutes of Mount Kimbie at simultaneously their most daring and their most giddily infectious.

                                                                                                            *NPN - drop us an email - mail@piccadillyrecords.com with 'Mount Kimbie Comp' in the subject title.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: Mount Kimbie have taken a little swerve with 'The Sunset Violent', taking their usual sound and injecting it with a concept that's both perfectly conceived and accomplished. While all the usual MK sounds are in-situ here, there outer reaches of their sound swerves into synth-pop, gritty electronics and moody post-punk.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. The Trail
                                                                                                            2. Dumb Guitar
                                                                                                            3. Shipwreck
                                                                                                            4. Boxing (Feat. King Krule)
                                                                                                            5. Got Me
                                                                                                            6. A Figure In The Surf
                                                                                                            7. Fishbrain
                                                                                                            8. Yukka Tree
                                                                                                            9. Empty And Silent (Feat. King Krule)

                                                                                                            Welcome to the world of Dunkelziffer - a hip hive mind who buzzed away in the post-industrial decay of Köln’s Stollwerck complex. Taking a radical approach to sound, style and group dynamics, this loose collective of musicians and artists blazed an experimental trail through the 80s, offering an alternative vision of German pop fit for a decade of constant change.
                                                                                                            Emerging in the wake of Can’s late seventies supernova, Dunkelziffer became the centre of gravity for a new era of creativity in Köln. Embracing the stylistic freedom of this fresh start alongside the time and space offered by their residency in the Palazzo Schoko, their jam sessions, often including associates from the Food Band, Phantom Band and Catalans Dream Band as well as anyone passing through, soon segued into a (slightly) more formal ensemble, though free-thinking and free-movement remained central ideologies.
                                                                                                            Leaving egos well outside the door, Dunkelziffer wrote and recorded with no hierarchy, offering each member an equal stake in songwriting and sonics. Unsurprisingly the result is a wild stylistic fusion, equal parts art-rock, dub, soul, and jazz which, to the eternal credit of the collective comes together with an unconventional brilliance. On their 1983 debut, Colours And Soul, Dunkelziffer offered an hour long odyssey through the fringes of the pop landscape, creating a kaleidoscopic journey through sun-kissed skank, coastal funk, demented drum circles and tachycardic new wave. Appearing from the chaos of an outboard explosion, opener ‘Kedema’ lays the foundations for the seductive strangeness which follows, rewiring a lilting dub rhythm with skewed synth tones and curious percussion as late-Can man Rebop Kwaku Baah’s unique vocals form a lopsided melody. Island undulations give way to angular excitations on ‘Bleib Night So Lang Im Schatten Stehn’, a propulsive piece of new wave live with Wolfgang Schubert’s skronking horns and some poised female vocals. From there the group bask in the light of their own miracle, surrendered to the seven minute groove of ‘This is How You Came’, a sublime psychedelic blend of hypnotic bass, frazzled guitars and jazz-rock interludes. ‘Keine Python’ signposts the way to Babylon by autobahn before tribal electronic trio ‘Dark Number’, ‘Stil Der Neuen Zeit’ and ‘Zufall In Der Wirklichkeit’ take us to the midpoint in a polyrhythmic trance.
                                                                                                            ’S.O. 36’ opens the B-side with an overload of adrenaline as a lurching AKAI-ready half time transforms into the fast paced motorik stomp of a jazz-punk freakout. The dance-floor friendly ‘Strom’ follows, embracing a similar strain of sticky industrial funk as Unknown Cases’ anthemic ‘Masimba Bele’, while ‘Free’ leads us back into the light, riding the thermals over a sparkling shoreline as the cannabis psychosis gives way to the purest reggae high. The playful ‘Colours And Soul’ serves some hip and horizontal diy-dub on the B4, beachballs splashing into the surf before interlude ‘Arche Noah’ nudges into the highlife heat beat of ‘Don’t Ask Me’. Finally it falls to ‘Beside The Light’ to close out the set, a hazy piece of ecstatic pop equally informed by each of the diverse influences which came before. In some ways this is the story of the LP in a song; experimental ideas in accessible form, delivered by a group free to enjoy their journey without worrying about the destination.


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side 1
                                                                                                            1. Kedema (4:11)
                                                                                                            2. Bleib Nicht So Lang Im Schatten Stehn (2:30)
                                                                                                            3. This Is How You Came (8:03)
                                                                                                            4. Keine Python (3:03)
                                                                                                            5. Dark Number (2:19)
                                                                                                            6. Stil Der Neven Zeit (3:52)
                                                                                                            7. Zu Fall In Der Wirklichkeit (2:41)
                                                                                                            Side 2
                                                                                                            1. SO3 6 (3:07)
                                                                                                            2. Strom"(3:52)
                                                                                                            3. Free (5:13)
                                                                                                            4. Colours & Soul (3:49)
                                                                                                            5. Arche Noah (1:38)
                                                                                                            6. Don't Ask Me (4:25)
                                                                                                            7. Beside The Light (6:39)

                                                                                                            Parcels

                                                                                                            Live Vol. 1

                                                                                                              Following two EPs — Clockscaredet and Hideout —, “Overnight,” a celebrated single produced by Daft Punk and their brilliant self-titled debut album, Australian-born, Berlin-based Parcels release an in-studio live album. Recorded live on tape and mixed on a hardware console at the legendary Hansa Studio in Berlin, Live Vol. 1’s 18 songs feature everything fans love about Parcels. A generous offering, filled to the brim with the band’s hit songs with a heightened live feel.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                              A1. Enter - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              A2. Myenemy - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              A3. Bemyself - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              A4. Comedown - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              A5. Lightenup - From Hansa Studios, Berlin

                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                              B1. Gamesofluck - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              B2. Intrude - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              B3. Withorwithout - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              B4. Retuned - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              B5. Everyroad - From Hansa Studios, Berlin

                                                                                                              Side C
                                                                                                              C1. Overnight - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              C2. Untried - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              C3. Yourfault - From Hansa Studios, Berlin


                                                                                                              Side D
                                                                                                              D1. Closetowhy - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              D2. Redline - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              D3. IknowhowIfeel - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              D4. Elude - From Hansa Studios, Berlin
                                                                                                              D5. Tieduprightnow - From Hansa Studios, Berlin

                                                                                                              Alex G

                                                                                                              God Save The Animals

                                                                                                                “God” figures in the new album from Philadelphia, PA based Alex Giannascoli's LP’s title, its first song, and multiple of its thirteen tracks thereafter, not as a concrete religious entity but as a sign for a generalized sense of faith (in something, anything) that fortifies Giannascoli, or the characters he voices, amid the songs’ often fraught situations.

                                                                                                                Beyond the ambient inspiration of pop, Giannascoli has been drawn in recent years to artists who balance the public and hermetic, the oblique and the intimate, and who present faith more as a shared social language than religious doctrine.

                                                                                                                As with his previous records, Giannascoli wrote and demoed these songs by himself, at home; but, for the sake of both new tones and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” he asked some half-dozen engineers to help him produce the “best” recording quality, whatever that meant. The result is an album more dynamic than ever in its sonic palette.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. After All
                                                                                                                2. Runner
                                                                                                                3. Mission
                                                                                                                4. S.D.O.S.
                                                                                                                5. No Bitterness
                                                                                                                6. Ain’t It Easy
                                                                                                                7. Cross The Sea
                                                                                                                8. Blessing
                                                                                                                9. Early Morning Waiting
                                                                                                                10. Immunity
                                                                                                                11. Headroom Piano
                                                                                                                12. Miracles
                                                                                                                13. Forgive

                                                                                                                Duran Duran

                                                                                                                Seven And The Ragged Tiger - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                  Seven and the Ragged Tiger - Originally released in 1983, Seven and the Ragged Tiger was the final Duran album with the original five members (until 2004). This third album was the first of Duran's to reach #1 in the UK charts. 'The Reflex' was remixed by Nile Rodgers and released as the third single on the album, it became the first US and second UK #1 single.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Side 1
                                                                                                                  1. The Reflex
                                                                                                                  2. New Moon On Monday
                                                                                                                  3. (I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement
                                                                                                                  4. I Take The Dice
                                                                                                                  5. Of Crime And Passion

                                                                                                                  Side 2
                                                                                                                  1. Union Of The Snake
                                                                                                                  2. Shadows On Your Side
                                                                                                                  3. Tiger Tiger
                                                                                                                  4. The Seventh Stranger

                                                                                                                  ‘Of Desire’ is The KVB’s most fully formed record to date, taking in influences such as Death In Vegas, Scott Walker and Roxy Music to create something that is at once familiar and yet inventive and original.

                                                                                                                  Steeped in musical history, ‘Of Desire’ is an album that hums with devotion and captures a band ready to emerge from the underground and embrace an ever-growing audience.

                                                                                                                  This will be The KVB’s second album on Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records label, home to similarly experimental artists such as Anika, College and Barrow’s own Beak>.

                                                                                                                  The band were invited to Barrow’s Invada Studios to record ‘Of Desire’ using his “wonderful synthesisers” as they began to flesh out ideas from bedroom demos dating back to Wood's earliest recordings.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  White Walls
                                                                                                                  Night Games
                                                                                                                  Lower Depths
                                                                                                                  Silent Wave
                                                                                                                  Primer
                                                                                                                  Never Enough
                                                                                                                  In Deep
                                                                                                                  Awake
                                                                                                                  V11393
                                                                                                                  Unknown
                                                                                                                  Mirrors
                                                                                                                  Second Encounter

                                                                                                                  Erasure

                                                                                                                  Always - The Very Best Of Erasure

                                                                                                                    Originally released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Erasure, 'Always - The Very Best Of Erasure' is available for the first time on vinyl. Presented as a double heavyweight vinyl package, this version includes their biggest singles including ‘A Little Respect’, ‘Oh L’Amour’ and ‘Sometimes’ as well as three tracks released since the original ‘Always – The Very Best Of Erasure’ release in 2015; ‘Elevation’, ‘Love You To The Sky’ and ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)’, bringing the collection up to date.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    A1. Who Needs Love Like That
                                                                                                                    A2. Oh L'Amour
                                                                                                                    A3. Sometimes
                                                                                                                    A4. Victim Of Love
                                                                                                                    A5. The Circus
                                                                                                                    B1. Ship Of Fools
                                                                                                                    B2. Chains Of Love
                                                                                                                    B3. A Little Respect
                                                                                                                    B4. Stop!
                                                                                                                    B5. Drama!
                                                                                                                    C1. Blue Savannah
                                                                                                                    C2. Chorus
                                                                                                                    C3. Love To Hate You
                                                                                                                    C4. Take A Chance On Me
                                                                                                                    C5. Always
                                                                                                                    D1. Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
                                                                                                                    D2. Breathe
                                                                                                                    D3. Elevation
                                                                                                                    D4. Love You To The Sky
                                                                                                                    D5. Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)

                                                                                                                    Kelela

                                                                                                                    Hallucinogen

                                                                                                                      Hotly anticipated new EP on Warp from American R&B chanteuse Kelela which makes good on that staggering early potential of her work on Night Slugs / Fade To Mind and Teengirl Fantasy. If the last year belonged to FKA Twigs, this record surely marks the next 365 days as Kelela’s to crossover and speed through the interzone of mutable R&B / chart pop / grime success.

                                                                                                                      Featuring co-production from the likes of Arca, MA, Kingdom, DJ Dahi and Gifted & Blessed, this six track EP showcases the current state of alt-R&B, with Kelela's strong soul vocals gliding across glitchy electronic rhythms and fathoms-deep sub bass. There are BIG, powerful hooks here underpinned by some next-gen, hyper-sensual studio moves. Massive.

                                                                                                                      OMD

                                                                                                                      English Electric - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                        Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD – Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – ‘English Electric’ is a 12-track letter to technology, space, love and a grand return to form for a band whose 1980 hit ‘Enola Gay’ occupied the world’s stage at last year’s Olympics Opening Ceremony.

                                                                                                                        As percolating synth-pop is pulled along at different speeds and executed with needle-sharp finesse, late night electro ballads collide with big sounding club cuts on a record which also features three interlude tracks, including dystopian missive ‘Please Remain Seated’ and ‘Decimal’, which is accompanied by this suitably mechanical video, directed by German motion and graphic designer Henning M. Lederer.

                                                                                                                        As Andy McCluskey says of the album; “the overarching feel tends to be a sense of loss, of melancholia, that things haven’t turned out the way you wanted them to, whether it be with technology or personal relationships.” The title itself – taken from a British industrial manufacturing company – has further resonance for the pair as locomotive enthusiasts and self-confessed technology geeks.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Please Remain Seated
                                                                                                                        2. Metroland
                                                                                                                        3. Night Café
                                                                                                                        4. The Future Will Be Silent
                                                                                                                        5. Helen Of Troy
                                                                                                                        6. Our System
                                                                                                                        7. Kissing The Machine
                                                                                                                        8. Decimal
                                                                                                                        9. Stay With Me
                                                                                                                        10. Dresden
                                                                                                                        11. Atomic Ranch
                                                                                                                        12. Final Song

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        Plastic Dance 1 - Domestic Synth-pop & Plugged In Punk

                                                                                                                          Having spent exactly 10 years living off the small change and 45 adapters of each others pockets, Finders Keepers / Cache Cache Records co-founders Andy Votel and Doug Shipton spread their wings and pool their DJ bags for a new series of sporadic compilations focussing on the global punk and makeshift electro records that have kept their beer soaked dancefloors and distorted sound systems moving in recent years. Meet the younger sarcastic sisters of some of the classic Finders Keepers family and their spotty friends then watch what happens when jazz-punk underdogs cock their legs to their overqualified elder brothers.

                                                                                                                          'Plastic Dance' presents 10 unacquainted and elusive slices of synthetic squat pop, angular funk, teapot kosmische and fraudulent disco from self-propelled imprints and global co-ops. Named after Günter Bernas obscure DIY anti-band this ongoing series combines rare, unknown and untravelled wax nuggets of night club punk, art school Zeuhl and quasi-political pop united by soldering irons, C-60s and sarcastic synth tones. Featuring a cross section of unobtainable unreleased unknown and unwanted reluctant punk and snide synth pop with sleeve-notes by respected DJ / Haç hack / Situationist addict John McCready and artwork by airbrush legend Terry Pastor (Ziggy Stardust / Soft Machine / Arthur C. Clarke) 'Plastic Dance' becomes flexible under heat.

                                                                                                                          Wrekin Havoc Feat. Greg Bird

                                                                                                                          Vapour Trails - Incl. Goldsuite & Woolfy Remixes

                                                                                                                          The Wrekin Crew is back for a seance outing on the peerless Is It Balearic? This new offering rather continues where the first one left off with two tracks of immersive sonics for sunny days. First up is 'Vapour Trails' which melds lush Italo disco melodies and nice emotional pop of the sort you would expect to hear in this duo's DJ sets. Goldsuite also step up with a remix to smooth the edges and lay down moon-lit Balearica then closer 'Broken Wings' has more meaningful vocals but this time over grooves more suited to a late-night setting. Cosmic arps finish it in style with plenty of dubby undercurrents.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Vapour Trails
                                                                                                                          Vapour Trails (Goldsuite Remix)
                                                                                                                          Broken Wings
                                                                                                                          Broken Wings (Woolfy Rub Dub)

                                                                                                                          Johnny Jewel

                                                                                                                          Home - OST

                                                                                                                            Another soundtrack from the IDIB camp, this time for Fien Troch's 'Home'. The first side features a number of feels-heavy synthy outings, kicking things off with 'Magazine'. Starting subtly enough with gently phasing guitar line, almost instantly augmented with an ethereal vocal, shimmering and echoing over the top, before launching into neon synths and snappy Linn drums, lending an aura of melacholic introspection, but remaining driven enough to keep things upbeat. 

                                                                                                                            'The Magician' goes a little further down the Italo wormhole with a throbbing single-note synth riff being joined by clattering reverbed percussion and swirling lead lines, keeping true to the upbeat neature of this first half, but expanding things into slightly more dancefloor territory before taking it back into ambient territory with free-roaming LFO'd oscillator swells and delayed melodic stabs. 

                                                                                                                            It's when we flip over that we see the other side of the record both literally and figuratively, with the Linn Drums being traded out for a twenty bag and a massive stack of oscillators, all working together into a crescentic drone, both beautiful and haunting. 'Home' is heavy on the pads, swirling and swelling into a heart-aching cacophony of tentative hope and brittle euphoria. 

                                                                                                                            And so it continues, 'Remorse' takes things a little more slowly, with infrequent bass drums and reticent mid-heavy synths taking centre-stage like the 9-minute intro to a Pink-Floyd outtake, brilliantly engrossing, and feeling decidedly more brief than it's four and a half minutes. 'Endless' is not in fact endless at all, but feels like it easily could be with the chilling introduction of some gloriously dusty Rhodes keys, lending melody and a perfect amount of forward motion into an otherwise completely laid-back backdrop. 

                                                                                                                            Imago

                                                                                                                            Tomorrow Never Knows

                                                                                                                              In the early 1980s, Britain had a vibrant cassette culture that now gets spotlighted through a limited edition 12" featuring multi-instrumentalist Kez Stone's project, Imago. He was a notable name in Cornwall and the West Country's music scenes with previous projects, Artistic Control and Aaah! which have come back via reissues many times in the last ten years. Imago was a new one-off project that first emerged with one track on the Perfect Motion compilation curated by NTS Radio's Bruno and Flo Dill and now the full LP, originally released in 1985 on the local label A Real Kavoom, has been remastered and added to with three additional gems. Stone's teenage punk influences sit next to Imago's eclectic approach to sound that blends new wave and psychedelic elements into something irresistible.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Mine says: You can always rely on Emotional Rescue to unearth the most interesting and forgotten about musical projects and this one is a prime example. Never heard any of these tracks before and I'm already well into them!

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                                                              1. Tomorrow Never Knows
                                                                                                                              2. Hot Sun

                                                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                                                              1. All Come Together
                                                                                                                              2. Always In You

                                                                                                                              Andy Bell

                                                                                                                              I Am A Strange Loop

                                                                                                                                “It was so great to see what came back when I gave these tracks from Flicker to various comrades, friends and heroes to play with,” says Andy. “They’ve given them a new technicolour life.” “David Holmes requested the opening track as he had formed a bit of a connection with it, and what he came up with turns the song into an hallucinogenic beast, taking pride of place here as the opening track but in a whole different way to how Flicker opens. “James Chapman AKA Maps has taken ‘It Gets Easier’ to a bigger, brighter and shinier place, he’s given quite a downbeat track a euphoric and epic sheen. James is an absolute master of electronic production and he’s taken the same care and attention over this remix as he does with his own wonderful music. “I couldn’t put Richard Norris’ lovely widescreen take on ‘Something Like Love’ better than the man himself – in his own words he found the ‘hitherto undiscovered sweet spot between ‘Roscoe’ and ‘Outdoor Miner’’ and he tapped into the melancholy euphoria at the core of the song. “bdrmm’s remix of ‘Way Of The World’ is one for headphones. There are so many great moments to love, all held together by a bassline worthy of Jah Wobble (by way of Andrew Weatherall). Astonishing!”

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: 'I am a Strange Loop' is the first in the trio of Andy Bell recordings this week, seeing the hugely talented Ride legend Andy Bell reworked by a number of today's most renowned musicians. This time we get ambient legend Richard Norris as well as the brilliant bdrmm, Maps and David Holmes. Ace

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. The Sky Without You (David Holmes Radical Mycology Remix)
                                                                                                                                A2. It Gets Easier (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                                B1. Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix)
                                                                                                                                B2. Way Of The World (bdrmm Remix)

                                                                                                                                "The Pink Album", is dawn and dusk, the epic and the intimate. This 22-track double album, its title inspired by the artwork of Julian House, features collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, Étienne Daho, Raven Violet and Jon Spencer. It has its modulations: shocking at times but signifying also tenderness, intimacy, the carnal. It knows the shades of love, its nuances, and how it can be delicious - and frightening. Marvellous - and aching. Rather than be the silver lining to the cloud, "The Pink Album" mines deeper, to a precious ore, dark and glittering.

                                                                                                                                Unloved: Jade Vincent, Keefus Ciancia, David Holmes. In Los Angeles, Ciancia - producer, keyboardist & creator of soundtracks - met David Holmes, the innovative, inquisitive and ingenious Belfast DJ who recast himself as master of song and image for film and television. Ciancia invited Holmes to the Rotary Room in Los Feliz, where the extraordinary Jade Vincent was singing.

                                                                                                                                Tuesday nights in the Rotary Room in Los Feliz: a place of thrilling sonic alchemy, where musicians could experiment and collaborate at Ciancia and Vincent’s long-running salon. Holmes was asked to DJ and then to curate another night – and then another.

                                                                                                                                Nights bled into later nights. Conversation spun into collaboration. These three artists, kindred spirits, sonic familiars, spoke the same language, one whose lexicon included Jack Nitzsche, Morricone, Nino Rota, the electronic sounds of Raymond Scott, the vocabulary of vocal instrumentalists and fearless raconteurs, Edda Dell’Orso, Ruth White, Françoise Hardy, Connie Francis, Brigitte Fontaine, Jacques Brel, Elvis and Lee Hazlewood. Finding sound and programmed beats, Keefus and David excavated and innovated, experimented and re-interpreted, creating a landscape for Jade’s melodies and lyrics, for sublime songs of lament and confession. The legendary Hollywood Vox Studios was where the Unloved trio formally came together as a band, in a studio almost original to its 1936 incarnation.

                                                                                                                                Unloved’s immersive power and playful menace has fitted the slippery thriller series Killing Eve like a velvet glove, the thread to the needle. The music and sound of Unloved plays an integral role as their music is the soundtrack, the score, one of the core characters unseen.

                                                                                                                                And now, in 2022, it’s the magnificent, metaphysical "The Pink Album". Be seduced by the whispered, languorous, bluesy, not so sweet nothings of “Love Experiment” and the lippy insouciance of “Turn Of The Screw”. Thrill to the infinite variety: “Mother’s Been A Bad Girl” is brazen, and “I Don’t Like You Anymore” gloriously sultry. “Foolin’”, where languid, world-weary jazz sounds are skewed by a phantasmagoric organ from a funfair hallucinated, and there’s the sparkling fury and celestial chorus of “Rainbrose”, as though some flower-festooned goddess is emerging.

                                                                                                                                Go from the jaunty keyboards and hey! hey! hey! of “WTC” to the melancholic poise of “Ever”, the jittery electropop of “Girl Can’t Help It”, to the spacious Morricone-tinged “Lucky”. Be reminded that the past is a snare, the future doesn’t care. All we have is Now. There is psychedelic world-warping sound, but also times when reality is acutely, achingly, present. “Number In My Phone” is a beautiful, wistful paean to those no longer here. Jade’s remarkable voice - whispering, icy, lush, wounded, smoky - unifies the album with its striking diversity.

                                                                                                                                Unvarnished, unabashed, unbridled, uncensored: rising from the ashes, this is raw emotion transmogrified. This is experimental free-flow form, from instrumental arrangement to voice. It’s Man, Woman, Human, Love and Death.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                01. Rainbrose
                                                                                                                                02. Waiting For Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                03. Now
                                                                                                                                04. Girl Can't Help It
                                                                                                                                05. I Don’t Like You Anymore
                                                                                                                                06. Foolin'
                                                                                                                                07. Mother’s Been A Bad Girl
                                                                                                                                08. Boowaah
                                                                                                                                09. Lucky
                                                                                                                                10. WTC
                                                                                                                                11. Sorry, Baby
                                                                                                                                12. Number In My Phone
                                                                                                                                13. Call Me When You Have A Clue
                                                                                                                                14. No Substance
                                                                                                                                15. Love Experiment
                                                                                                                                16. Turn Of The Screw
                                                                                                                                17. To The Day I Die
                                                                                                                                18. Walk On, Yeah
                                                                                                                                19. Accountable
                                                                                                                                20. There’s No Way
                                                                                                                                21. Ever
                                                                                                                                22. Thinkin' About Her

                                                                                                                                Maquina

                                                                                                                                Prata

                                                                                                                                  Drawing from minimal krautrock repetition, pounding industrial techno and EBM, Lisbon trio MAQUINA. (‘Machine’) explore the boundaries of these genres with force on their second album ‘PRATA’ (‘Silver’), due out April 5th 2024 on Fuzz Club. Across the album’s six tracks, they carve out an adrenaline-fuelled sound that's equally suited to dark, sweaty back rooms and the dance floor. Though MAQUINA.’s sound might have the club in its sights – ‘PRATA’ follows their aptly-titled 2023 EP ‘DIRTY TRACKS FOR CLUBBING’ – this is an organic dance music that’s equally punk and psychedelic, played by a guitar-drums-bass power trio formation firing on all cylinders, without a synthesiser in sight. Instead, the MAQUINA. M.O. is relentless machine-like drums and primal vocal outbursts (Halison), scuzzy floor-shaking bass riffs (Tomás) and piercing guitar noise and FX (João). Having already amassed a notorious reputation in Portugal for the all-out energy of their live shows, it’s no mean feat to replicate that in the studio but on ‘PRATA’ they have managed exactly that – owing to a creative approach largely rooted in improvisation, both on stage and in the studio. Describing ‘PRATA’, recorded and co-produced by Carlos de Jesus (Sunflowers) at Arda Recorders, they write: “This album was composed spontaneously in the studio throughout the year 2023. It's music of colour, delving into depths and dimensions that resonate with scale and contrast. Pushing sounds together to make noise and pushing noise together to make sounds. Emphasising textures that evoke feelings and soundscapes rather than relying solely on textual narratives. The music breathes life into auditory canvases, painting sonic panoramas pushing into a world of tactile sensation and immersive experiences.”

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Kontakte
                                                                                                                                  2. Body Control
                                                                                                                                  3. Desterro
                                                                                                                                  4. Denial
                                                                                                                                  5. Subversive
                                                                                                                                  6. Concentrate

                                                                                                                                  Naked Roommate

                                                                                                                                  Do The Duvet

                                                                                                                                    Vivien Goldman-style dubby post-punk synth pop.

                                                                                                                                    With a handful of twitching insta-sketches, each addled with late-nite D.I.Y. quiver, the duo’s side-hustle sprouted in classical easy/cheap fashion [see the demo tape on their Public Nipples imprint for evidence].

                                                                                                                                    As “global” concerns slowed, compatriots Michael Zamora (a superbly slanted multi-instrumentalist late of BAD BAD) and Alejandra Alcala (the region’s one true bass supervisor, also of bright lights BLUES LAWYER and PREENING) joined Sermeńo & Jordan as additional exposed flesh.

                                                                                                                                    In full form, Naked Roommate has not only become a must-see, ever-evolving live act, but architects of Do The Duvet, one of the most intriguing and inspired recordings to come out of 2020’s American subterranea.

                                                                                                                                    Do The Duvet proffers leftfield hijinks via punk execution, answering all the questions posed by questionable post-punk revivalism with sour lemon sneering and cherry-sweet smiles. It’s a fever dream, really…A flailing, sparking wire of hyper-compressed rhythms (breathing and synthetic), devolved guitar work and minced electronic compost. The resultant congealed groove is suitable for club situations and/or living space pulsations alike. Either way, the landlord is pissed.

                                                                                                                                    Jordan’s beat programming, presumably inspired in part by recent obsessions with unjustifiably discarded electro sounds, manages to elicit physical response without veering into genre clichés like decay dance or Armageddon rave.

                                                                                                                                    Instead, movement is prompted by sheer playfulness and high humour: see the sleepily sampled City sax on “Fondu Guru” or the comically taut bassline from “Credit Union”, itself a dreamwork born straight from a lovingly held-tight 99 Records 12”.

                                                                                                                                    Thematically, Do The Duvet bounces between dissections of bourgeois trickery, the absurdity of domestication and the recognizable insanity of living in this particular age.As narrator, Sermeńo’s vocal presence is time-capsule great: a commanding grand-slam performance, alluring yet switchblade-dangerous in terms of wit and gaze. So totally wonderful.

                                                                                                                                    What do you really own, anyway? What if your home does not even exist? Why not simply Do The Duvet and answer these queries yourself?
                                                                                                                                    Mitch Cardwell 


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    01. Mad Love
                                                                                                                                    02. We Are The Babies
                                                                                                                                    03. Fondu Guru
                                                                                                                                    04. Credit Union
                                                                                                                                    05. Je Suis Le Bebe
                                                                                                                                    06. Fake I.D.
                                                                                                                                    07. Fill Space
                                                                                                                                    08. (Do The Duvet Pt. 2)
                                                                                                                                    09. Repeat
                                                                                                                                    10. (Re) P.R.O.D.U.C.E.

                                                                                                                                    Exo Fender

                                                                                                                                    Big Mood - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit

                                                                                                                                    The always hard working Emotional Rescue now unveils the electronic disco project Exo Fender, helmed by esteemed New York producer Eric Calvi and featuring the legendary Steve D'Acquisto. The remastered songs 'Big Mood' and 'Music In My Mind' span two new EPs, with updated edited versions by NYC producer Justin Van Der Volgen. Calvi's journey from Paris to New York's music scene in the 1980s when he engineered hits for artists like Cameo and Africa Bambaataa, and laid the groundwork for Exo Fender. Inspired by clubbing friendships, the project's infectious grooves and tongue-in-cheek nature gained club play and collector's acclaim, with Van Der Volgen's remix enhancing their timeless appeal for today's dancefloors.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Mine says: One of two Exo Fender releases this week and this one does what it says on the tin... if you're in need of a mood booster look no further!

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Big Mood
                                                                                                                                    Big Mood (Justin Van Der Volgen Edit)

                                                                                                                                    *REPRESS OF NOURISHED BY TIME'S FIRST EVER 7" RELEASE!!!*

                                                                                                                                    'Erotic Probiotic' is Nourished By Time’s debut EP on Scenic Route, following hot on the heels of his featured track, ‘Wild Thang, Sweet Thang’, on the critically acclaimed Scenic Route 16-track digital compilation, 'The Road Less Travelled Vol.1', supported by BBC 1Xtra, Dazed, CRACK, BBC 6 Music, Lot Radio, NTS, The Wire and Resident Advisor. The 'Erotic Probiotic' is an intimate glimpse into the world of Baltimore native, whose two track EP shows the duplicity of this exciting singer/songwriter/producer.

                                                                                                                                    Side A, ‘Give It Away’, a beautiful multi layered serenade, showcasing the breadth of his vocal range, with delicate textures sprinkled throughout; heart aching guitar riffs and celestial chords enveloping you into this contagious dream pop melody. Give It Away is a lush R&B ballad about choosing yourself over love but choosing love over pride. The Live performance video was shot at his sold out Servant Jazz Quarters show, in April, directed by Jono Canning.

                                                                                                                                    'Staring Into The Fireplace', a relatable anarchist anthem for anyone working a dead-end job, filled with angst and a foreboding energy driven by eerie drums and a melancholy tone. Written whilst employed by Whole Foods during COVID , spraying down shopping carts, what he describes as “the most soul destroying job”. The song explores America’s social constructs moulded by race and capitalism, through his gravelly baritone vocals over lo-fi punk sound, with lyrics reinforcing his ‘bun down Babylon’ sentiment. Along with a self directed music video.

                                                                                                                                    The 'Erotic Probiotic' is the first EP with Scenic Route as he looks to cultivate his unique off beat, guitar driven pop sound in the lead up to his album.


                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Matt says: One of the hottest stars of 2023's first vinyl release. Strangely, the album that would cause his blow-up was also named "Erotic Probiotic", but this 7" release contains two tracks not featured on the album. Very few people got this first time round, so this is a cheeky chance to bag this sure-to-be-superstar's first proper release.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    A1. Give It Away
                                                                                                                                    B1. Staring Into The Fireplace

                                                                                                                                    CASISDEAD

                                                                                                                                    Famous Last Words

                                                                                                                                      The long-awaited debut album from CASISDEAD, released via XL Recordings. Famous Last Words is a fully realised expansion of the dystopian futurism that has captivated audiences since CAS first announced himself in 2013. Over the past decade, he’s dipped in and out of the shadows, blessing fans with cult hits while maintaining his anonymity and shunning media attention; a rejection of the spotlight that’s helped to create folklore around a rapper who’s widely regarded as one of the UK’s most inventive lyricists.

                                                                                                                                      Famous Last Words is as much a sci-fi film as it is a rap record, a labyrinth of vice, crime and faded glamour. The listener steps through a portal into a realm narrated by CASISDEAD, whose command of storytelling drops you right into the underground of a city where he is the main character in a shady network of gangsters, girls and drug deals. However, Famous Last Words isn’t a story of bravado or posturing; much of the album deals in themes of loss, regret and paranoia, a persona constantly self-reflecting amongst the madness that surrounds him. The album features a carefully curated roll call of collaborators including Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, Desire, and Connie Constance. The vocalists are immersed in CASISDEAD’s hallmark 80’s-inspired synthpop soundscapes, aided and abetted by a production cast that includes Stranger Things composer Kyle Dixon and ‘Italian’s Do It Better’ label founder Johnny Jewel.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Do You Trust Me?
                                                                                                                                      2. A Spark
                                                                                                                                      3. Loosin’
                                                                                                                                      4. Steptronic
                                                                                                                                      5. DEADCORP
                                                                                                                                      6. Pineapple Juice
                                                                                                                                      7. I Wanna Go Home
                                                                                                                                      8. Actin’ Up
                                                                                                                                      9. Sarah Connor
                                                                                                                                      10. Do You Remember What It Was Like?
                                                                                                                                      11. Marilyn
                                                                                                                                      12. Aghast 6
                                                                                                                                      13. Boys Will Be Boys
                                                                                                                                      14. Venom
                                                                                                                                      15. Traction Control
                                                                                                                                      16. The Ants
                                                                                                                                      17. Matte Grey Wrap
                                                                                                                                      18. Pat Earrings
                                                                                                                                      19. Before This
                                                                                                                                      20. Jane
                                                                                                                                      21. Sugar Free
                                                                                                                                      22. Access Denied
                                                                                                                                      23. Skydive

                                                                                                                                      Sparks / Noel

                                                                                                                                      No. 1 In Heaven / Is There More To Life Than Dancing? (RSD24 EDITION)

                                                                                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                                        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.

                                                                                                                                        An exclusive 45th anniversary double vinyl release of Paste Magazine's #1 synth-pop album of all time 'No 1 In Heaven' by Sparks, and the Sparks-composed-and-produced lost gem 'Is There More To Life Than Dancing?' by Noel.

                                                                                                                                        Released in 1979, the Giorgio Moroder-produced 'No. 1 In Heaven' became the blueprint album for all electronic music to come. The same year, Ron and Russell Mael wrote, produced, and recorded the album 'Is There More To Life Than Dancing?' for LA-based singer Noel. Together these albums showcase the Maels' electronic adventurousness and trailblazing foresight into the next decade. Bands such as Joy Division, Duran Duran, Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure), etc. have cited 'No. 1 In Heaven' as infuential to their own work. 

                                                                                                                                        Douglas Dare

                                                                                                                                        Omni

                                                                                                                                          British artist Douglas Dare announces the release of his fourth album Omni. Seen by Douglas himself as a bold rebirth and embrace of the electronic, Omni is all at once a throbbing, avant-garde, queer, dark and cinematic record imbued with a love of rave culture and sense of fearless storytelling that’s deeply evocative. Omni will be released on May 10 via Erased Tapes. To mark the announcement, Douglas today shares the first taster of the record with ‘Mouth To Mouth’, a pulsing, synth-laden track that begs to be played loud. ‘Mouth To Mouth’ sees a collaboration with label mate Daniel Brandt who appears on production duties, with beats supplied by Rival Consoles. Speaking on the track, Douglas says, “life, death, fate and orgies; this is the heartfelt club track I always wanted to write.” Since 2013, Douglas has blurred classical, chamber-pop, folk and avant-garde to dazzling effect, with a startling voice that can stop you in your tracks. It’s why he’s played with luminaries like Nils Frahm, Perfume Genius and Ólafur Arnalds, and was selected by David Lynch and The Cure’s Robert Smith for their respective cultural festivals in Manchester (MIF) and London (Meltdown). But Douglas’s fourth album, Omni, is a fresh awakening. Encouraged by Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths, he decided to step away from acoustic instruments, especially the piano he grew up playing, and swapped them for synths and drum machines. His new music has much in common with Arca and the late SOPHIE, two artists for whom self-expression meant liberation. “I got to hang out in the studio with her,” says Douglas of the latter musician, “the way she made music made a big impression on me.” And yet Omni is steeped in the kind of deft storytelling, sweeping strings, elegant contrasts and fairytale atmosphere that marks Douglas out as a crucial and singular voice. It’s not often you hear a strutting electro banger that could have been straight out of 90s Soho, with vocal loops inspired by US experimentalist Meredith Monk. For Douglas, Omni is about reconciling all those different sides of himself – the songwriter, the raver, the lover, the observer. It’s a hugely queer record: seductive, sexy, lusty, untethered from the genre binary. “It’s even got sailors on it!” laughs Douglas. “You don’t get more queer than that.

                                                                                                                                          Moby

                                                                                                                                          Always Centered At Night

                                                                                                                                            On his new album always centered at night, Moby has once again conjured into reality a collection of heartachingly beautiful, tender-yet-defiant songs, made in collaboration with uniquely talented, soulfully aware, other-worldly vocalists. All the songs are love letters to the unrestricted and enchanting music scene of late ‘70s, early ‘80s New York that shaped Moby as a musician. The featured vocalists were given the same assignment: “Please don’t write anything commercial. Let it be weird. Let it be personal. It doesn’t have to make sense.”

                                                                                                                                            “Because of that randomized freedom, I’ve been on the receiving end of so much genius work,” says moby. “And the result has been one of the most exciting, surprising things I’ve ever done as a musician, and it’s one of the most worthwhile things a human being can do: make tender, gentle, vulnerable music that’s a clarion call to act.”

                                                                                                                                            Featured on this album are some of the most exciting vocalists of our time. Some are well-known - such as serpentwithfeet on the breathless daydream of a song ‘on air’, the jazzy soulstress Lady Blackbird on the haunting ‘dark days’, or the astounding poet and activist Benjamin Zephaniah on ‘where is your pride?’. Other contributors have been found in relative obscurity - such as friend and vocalist Brie O’Banion on the Cream cover ‘we’re going wrong’, or Sheffield poet laureate Danaé Wellington on the powerful ‘wild flame’.

                                                                                                                                            “The goal for always centered at night is to do something uncompromising,” says moby. “To make music that is emotional, atmospheric and potentially beautiful. And what better use of this weird privilege I have than trying to foster creative expression that has uncompromising integrity?”


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. On Air Feat. Serpentwithfeet
                                                                                                                                            A2. Dark Days Feat. Lady Blackbird
                                                                                                                                            A3. Where Is Your Pride? Feat. Benjamin Zephaniah
                                                                                                                                            A4. Transit Feat. Gaidaa
                                                                                                                                            B1. Wild Flame Feat. Danaé Wellington
                                                                                                                                            B2. Precious Mind Feat. India Carney
                                                                                                                                            B3. Should Sleep Feat. J.P. Bimeni
                                                                                                                                            C1. Feelings Come Undone Feat. Raquel Rodriguez
                                                                                                                                            C2. Medusa Feat. Aynzli Jones
                                                                                                                                            C3. We’re Going Wrong Feat. Brie O’Banion
                                                                                                                                            D1. Fall Back Feat. Akemi Fox
                                                                                                                                            D2. Sweet Moon Feat. Choklate
                                                                                                                                            D3. Ache For Feat. José James

                                                                                                                                            Self Modifier

                                                                                                                                            Lozells Drone Survey

                                                                                                                                              Well, after a nigh on three year sabbatical, North London’s POLYTECHNIC YOUTH label returns to the fray with an absolute cracker. The label built up not only an esteemed back catalogue of releases (featuring the likes of Sonic Boom / Spectrum, Tim Gane’s Cavern of Anti-Matter, Pye Corner Audio, Polypores, Heartwood Instititute and so on) but was also constantly name dropped as a source of inspiration to a number of newer electronic labels such as Castles in Space, Woodford Halse and Library of the Occult .

                                                                                                                                              This new release is an absolute banger. ‘SELF MODIFIER’ is the new project from Peter Duggal, the current musical partner of ex-KRAFTWERK legend WOLFGANG FLUR. His work with Wolfgang has seen collaborations with Peter Hook, Juan Atkins, Midge Ure, Claudia Brücken, Carl Cox and many others for the critically acclaimed 2022 album ‘Magazine 1’ (which reached the top of the UK Electronic Album Charts).

                                                                                                                                              His background is particularly interesting, as he himself explains “growing up in Lozells and Handsworth in inner city Birmingham during the Thatcher years, technology and music were the ticket to escape out of the fear and oppression to somewhere unreal. On the TV were threats of impending nuclear war and out on the streets in Lozells (as in other deprived inner cities around England at this time), there were the well publicised riots - police banging on the door instructing us to turn the lights off and lock ourselves inside until further notice. Shops, houses and cars were ablaze, and some lost their lives - those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

                                                                                                                                              Computers were appearing everywhere… including the home. According to the older generation they were going to take over the world, destroy everybodys’ jobs and eventually start thinking for themselves at which point they would be out of control and destroy everything else too. I, like many of my friends, became totally fascinated to the point of obsession with these machines—these were ours, and the idea of creating a whole world in your bedroom by typing in obscure commands was something truly magical.

                                                                                                                                              Rooted in the memories and landscape of that time, this collection of pieces emerged from nostalgia of people and places, and a deep yearning to engage with all that is no longer real”.

                                                                                                                                              4 intensely beautiful slow building pieces of electronica, rhythmic and richly melodic, it's a beautiful record and a fine addition to the PY canon. Pressed on lush marbled orange wax and with a sleeve continuing the labels’ tip of the hat theme to the 70s BBC sound effects series of library releases, this one is not be missed....

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              Barry says: PY Are back?! Praise Be! One of the bastions of electronic music and one of the reasons I got into playing about with oscillators return with a lovely suite of woozy arps and brilliantly heady percussives. Think Sankt Otten or Kriedler, Kosmischer Laufer etc. Lovely.

                                                                                                                                              Modern Kosmology sees Jane Weaver's melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of creative cosmic energy within. After the huge critical acclaim of 2012's “Fallen By Watchbird”, followed by 2014's exploratory "Silver Globe" LP winning her unanimous "record of the year accolades" and hefty measures of radio play-listing Jane Weaver's conceptual trajectory has sent her neo-kosmische penchants to the point of no-return. Jane Weaver's unwaning yearning for psychoactive pop energy has just reached a new level of magnetism. As snowclones go, Modern Kosmology is the new Silver. Another Spectrum to add to the tension.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              A1 H>A>K
                                                                                                                                              A2 Did You See Butterflies?
                                                                                                                                              A3 Modern Kosmology
                                                                                                                                              A4 Slow Motion
                                                                                                                                              A5 Loops In The Secret Society
                                                                                                                                              B1 The Architect
                                                                                                                                              B2 The Lightning Back
                                                                                                                                              B3 Valley
                                                                                                                                              B4 Ravenspoint
                                                                                                                                              B5 I Wish

                                                                                                                                              TVAM

                                                                                                                                              High Art Lite

                                                                                                                                                TVAM self-released his much-acclaimed debut Psychic Data in the autumn of 2018, something of a cult-classic, the album joined the dots between Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll, Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia and My Bloody Valentine’s infinite noise. Psychic Data spawned an ‘Album Of The Day’ at BBC 6Music whilst signature tune ‘Porsche Majeure’ featured in HBO’s smash-hit ‘Succession’.

                                                                                                                                                Fast forward the VCR to 2022, High Art Lite takes a different tilt to its predecessor by emphasising the immediate and the personal.The colours are blown-out and the brightness is cranked up.TVAM’s take on role models, fictional movie character tropes, and fables of good and evil, are all tackled with the same suspicious cynicism but this time with an urgent belief in the human condition.

                                                                                                                                                A heady mix of Black Mirror’s modern fables, JG Ballard’s gated communities of sun-drenched wealth, and Mulholland Drive’s boulevard of broken daydreams, High Art Lite offers an all-inclusive package of redemption.

                                                                                                                                                High Art Lite is the first-ever Dinked Edition collaboration with Invada Records.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                                Future Flesh
                                                                                                                                                Every Day In Every Way
                                                                                                                                                Club Nautico (Part 1)
                                                                                                                                                Piz Buin
                                                                                                                                                Double Lucifer
                                                                                                                                                Shallow Ends
                                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                                Semantics
                                                                                                                                                Say Anything
                                                                                                                                                Host
                                                                                                                                                Club Nautico (Part 2)
                                                                                                                                                High Art Lite

                                                                                                                                                Soft Cell

                                                                                                                                                Magick Mutants

                                                                                                                                                  Soft Cell have today revealed more details about the limited-edition 7″ vinyl EP which will accompany their previously announced photo-book ‘To Show You I’ve Been There’ which was published in May.

                                                                                                                                                  Entitled ‘Magick Mutants’, the exclusive EP features four previously unreleased tracks: three brand new re-workings of the early Soft Cell classics ‘Bleak Is My Favourite Cliche’, ‘Science Fiction Stories’ and ‘The Girl With The Patent Leather Face’, alongside a cover of the late Fad Gadget’s seminal 1979 single ‘Back To Nature’, and the EP release is also dedicated to Fad Gadget who studied alongside Marc Almond and Dave Ball at Leeds Polytechnic.

                                                                                                                                                  In order to preserve audio quality the four tracks on the vinyl EP are all edited versions.

                                                                                                                                                  Intended as a sequel to 1980’s ‘Mutant Moments’ release, the new EP features artwork by the band’s Dave Ball, also who created the ‘Mutant Moments’ sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  A1. Science Fiction Stories
                                                                                                                                                  A2. Bleak Is My Favourite Cliche
                                                                                                                                                  B1. The Girl With The Patent Leather Face
                                                                                                                                                  B2. Back To Nature

                                                                                                                                                  "Kitsuné Maison Compilation 11" arrives with rare and exclusive tracks by Is Tropical, Creep, Peter & The Magician, Housse de Racket and Polarsets, amongst others. The Parisian label continues to mine that bit of the Venn diagram where indie-pop meets electro-dance, with Kitsuné’s head-honcho Gildas Loaec finding the combination of guitars and electronics one of the most exciting areas in music today. Kitsuné have always supported this fusion and believed a good part of the future will come from that. So here’s Kitsuné’s selection of what’s best in the genre at the moment.


                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  01.                                         - Let’s Go All The Way” (Early Version)
                                                                                                                                                  02. Alexander Dexter Jones – Phantastic Phone Call
                                                                                                                                                  03. Housse De Racket - Roman
                                                                                                                                                  04. Polarsets - Sunshine Eyes
                                                                                                                                                  05. Gallops - Miami Spider (Ponciau Edit)
                                                                                                                                                  06. Cosmonaut – Say What You Want
                                                                                                                                                  07. Creep – Days (Azari & III Remix)
                                                                                                                                                  08. Is Tropical – The Greeks
                                                                                                                                                  09. Peter & The Magician – Twist
                                                                                                                                                  10. The Touch – Sermon
                                                                                                                                                  11. Logo X Icona Pop – Luvsick
                                                                                                                                                  12. Beat Connection – Silver Screen
                                                                                                                                                  13. Nightbox – Pyramid
                                                                                                                                                  14. Guards – Resolution Of One
                                                                                                                                                  15. Fiction – Big Things
                                                                                                                                                  16. Exotica – Conte D’Eté (Afrofunk Version)

                                                                                                                                                  Gossip

                                                                                                                                                  Standing In The Way Of Control - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                    From it's original release:

                                                                                                                                                    The first thing that strikes you is the rhythm - The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted 5 years ago, long before dance punk existed - Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown in Brace's playing.

                                                                                                                                                    Now, with the addition of new drummer Hannah Blilie (Shoplifting, ex-Chromatics) they have a new thundering beat for the kids to dance to on the corners and in the clubs. The next thing that smacks you is Beth's voice, all the guttural blues of the South is in that inimitable instrument. It resonates with the confidence that is in her lyrics asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, re-assuring the youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise! "Standing in the Way of Control", their third album, was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) at Seattle's Bear Creek. From heartbreakers like "Coal to Diamonds" to the anthemic title track, released as a single with a Le Tigre remix, the band is unafraid to put it all out there and take their audience to new places. This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Fire With Fire
                                                                                                                                                    Standing In The Way Of Control
                                                                                                                                                    Jealous Girls
                                                                                                                                                    Coal To Diamonds
                                                                                                                                                    Eyes Open
                                                                                                                                                    Your Mangled Heart
                                                                                                                                                    Listen Up!
                                                                                                                                                    Holy Water
                                                                                                                                                    Keeping You Alive
                                                                                                                                                    Dark Lines

                                                                                                                                                    Adult Jazz

                                                                                                                                                    So Sorry So Slow

                                                                                                                                                      London-based four-piece Adult Jazz announce their first full-length album in a decade, So Sorry So Slow, out 26 April 2024 via Spare Thought. Alongside the announcement comes lovesick new single ‘Suffer One’ featuring Owen Pallett, a cautious excavation of self and sexuality, clambering across a gorgeously shapeshifting, filmic five-minutes.

                                                                                                                                                      Containing some of the band’s most abrasive but gentle, beautiful and melismatic work to date, So Sorry So Slow has many defining characteristics: romance, panic, devotion and remorse, threaded together by an intentionally laser-focused love. It’s deeply personal, bruised and candid in its expressions of tenderness, and deeply pained in its concurrent reflections of ecological regret. Across its hour-long runtime, a delicate, frenetic energy and glacial heaviness coexist, the band pitting those paces against one another. In their richly experimental timbre, dancing strings and fluttering falsettos prang against a bed of brass drones like a wounded bird.

                                                                                                                                                      “We started writing in 2017 and began recording in 2018,” says vocalist Harry Burgess. “We genuinely thought it might be finished in 2018! But things kept developing and, having resolutely not struck while the iron was hot, there was no real external push to rush things after that, so we just kept letting things shift and unfold until it felt right. Listening back to my voice notes it’s nice to notice that there are fragments of ideas from the whole period 2017-2023 which have shaped the record.”

                                                                                                                                                      Recorded in bursts at studios across London and in the band members’ flats, at Konk, on the Isle of Wight and in Sussex, So Sorry is unambiguous in its evolution. Sonically, there are sparks of the arrhythmic brightness that afforded the band’s critically acclaimed debut album Gist Is its cult adoration, for fans of Arthur Russell and Meredith Monk, but with a blossoming, melancholic darkness often overhead. Piano sprees and luscious string sections appear like low-hanging stars on a night-time drive, whilst plunging vocal distortions and humming brass loops resurrect heavy limbs in a bad dream.

                                                                                                                                                      “I usually have objects as kind of totems for ideas,” explains Burgess. “The album initially started out to do with performance… [the totem] was a head mic, one of the subtle skin-tone ones, discreet on the forehead of a West End star. A number of the first songs in their original forms were almost musical theatre piano ballads. I think that was really a device to write about my life as the ‘main character’ (pre internet-speak reframing): regrets about romance, relationships - unsustainable relationships with the self and others.”

                                                                                                                                                      “However, once we started writing, the ideas about unsustainable personal relationships, loving unevenly and heartbreak conflated with a more expressly ecological regret. Like contending with big feelings of loss, endings, beauty, desolation, and with how much joy the earth contains in it. Feeling so much gratitude bound up in waves of sadness. Maybe witnessing a slow-motion goodbye to all that, or its last gasps. I love the earth and the life it supports so much. I love how ecosystems fit together - even the brutal stuff. It may be basic to say, but now is the time to be laser focused on that love. I was thinking about human centrality on earth, us as the ‘main character’, the way that is served by faith and romanticism, and the subsequent disingenuous understandings of our position in the ecosystem, as only stewards somehow, rather than subjects. The totems at this point: a herald’s horn, lorry inner tubes, archaeological tools. I guess from doom, industry, history respectively.”

                                                                                                                                                      “Now I would say the record is about gripping. Totems being: crampons, rope, drips, desalination equipment, accruing various survival tech. I think gripping sums up both of the threads. There’s the emotionally correct clinging to the earth that is the substrate of everything we value, or the delusional clinging to our imagined dominant position. But also the practical, technological aspects of creating a sustainable relationship, of remaining here. Then I think of romance again.”

                                                                                                                                                      So Sorry So Slow comes out 26th April 2024 on Spare Thought, mixed by Fabian Prynn at 4AD Studios and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road.

                                                                                                                                                      Adult Jazz is Harry Burgess, Tim Slater, Steven Wells and Tom Howe.


                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: It always surprises me when a band can inoffensively arrhythmically skip between themes and motifs in their music, because It never strikes me as something that should be doable without a noticeable thematic shift. There's something about the staggered determination and swaying dreamlike haze of Adult Jazz's music that has always been seamless and so organic, and remains in abundance here.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                                                                                      Bleat Melisma
                                                                                                                                                      Suffer One
                                                                                                                                                      Y-rod

                                                                                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                                                                                      No Relief
                                                                                                                                                      Plenary
                                                                                                                                                      Marquee

                                                                                                                                                      Side C
                                                                                                                                                      Dusk Song
                                                                                                                                                      Earth Of Worms
                                                                                                                                                      No Sentry

                                                                                                                                                      Side D
                                                                                                                                                      Bend
                                                                                                                                                      I Was Surprised
                                                                                                                                                      Windfarm

                                                                                                                                                      The Avalanches

                                                                                                                                                      We Will Always Love You

                                                                                                                                                        Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums "Since I Left You" and "Wildflower", but stepping boldly into new terrain, "We Will Always Love You" is the new full length masterpiece from The Avalanches. Check the cover for a photo of Ann Druyan (Director of the Voyager Golden Record Project), her cosmic love story with Carl Sagan inspiring this body of work.

                                                                                                                                                        An exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit, We Will Always Love You doubles as “an exploration of the human voice” and a spiritual reckoning via the big questions “who are we really? What happens when we die?’”. So says Robbie Chater, who alongside bandmate Tony DiBlasi and collaborator Andrew Szekeres has moved beyond the party-up exuberance of The Avalanches’s youthful music to a tender, reflective sound infused with hard-earned life wisdom.

                                                                                                                                                        If there’s a single spark for We Will Always Love You it’s the story of the love affair between Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan: “science communicators” whose writings and TV programs brought the ever-deepening mysteries of astronomy and astrophysics to the mass audience. Chater was profoundly moved by the fact that the couple’s romance was captured and carried into space, thanks to the Voyager Interstellar Message Project. Druyan served as Creative Director in charge of curating the Golden Record: earthling music and assorted terrestrial sounds gathered for the contemplation of any alien civilisations that might be out there and be advanced enough to construct a playback system.

                                                                                                                                                        Originally, Druyan was set to be a presence on We Will Always Love You: a studio was booked to record her telling her own story. That never transpired, but Druyan “gave us permission to use her photo on the album cover,” says Chater. “We photographed it off a static-y television set and ran it through a spectograph to make the cover image. So that was a beautiful way that Ann could still be part of the record. We turned her into sound and back again”

                                                                                                                                                        Sampling remains at the core of The Avalanches sound, but alongside all of the sample ghosts, We Will Always Love You features an array of living guests who contribute vocals and lyrics: Blood Orange, Rivers Cuomo, Pink Siifu, Jamie xx, CLYPSO, Denzel Curry, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Sampa the Great, Sananda Maitreya and Vashti Bunyan and many more exciting collaborations to be revealed over the coming months. The Avalanches’s music has always dripped with melody, but because of this expanded role for guest singers and writers, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet.

                                                                                                                                                        “For us, to make the same record again, no matter how well executed, wouldn’t have been satisfying," says Chater. "We were looking to do something that would open up possibilities for the future. Take a bit of a left turn that frees us up to do whatever we want to next.”


                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Inspired by love, humanity, space and at least 6,000 sample-able records, 'We Will Always Love You' sees The Avalanches return in record time for a third album The album dips into hip hop, disco, house and electronica with all the warmth, wit and wanderlust we've come to expect from the Aussies.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        01. Ghost Story (feat. Orono)
                                                                                                                                                        02. Song For Barbara Payton
                                                                                                                                                        03. We Will Always Love You (feat. Blood Orange)
                                                                                                                                                        04. The Divine Chord (feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr)
                                                                                                                                                        05. Solitary Ceremonies
                                                                                                                                                        06. Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges)
                                                                                                                                                        07. Ghost Story Pt. 2 (feat. Orono & Leon Bridges)
                                                                                                                                                        08. Reflecting Light (feat. Sananda Maitreya & Vashti Bunyan)
                                                                                                                                                        09. Carrier Waves
                                                                                                                                                        10. Oh The Sunn! (feat. Perry Farrell)
                                                                                                                                                        11. We Go On (feat. Cola Boyy & Mick Jones)
                                                                                                                                                        12. Star Song.IMG
                                                                                                                                                        13. Until Daylight Comes (feat. Tricky)
                                                                                                                                                        14. Wherever You Go (feat. Jamie Xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSO)
                                                                                                                                                        15. Music Makes Me High
                                                                                                                                                        16. Pink Champagne
                                                                                                                                                        17. Take Care In Your Dreaming (feat. Denzel Curry, Tricky & Sampa The Great)
                                                                                                                                                        18. Overcome
                                                                                                                                                        19. Gold Sky (feat. Kurt Vile)
                                                                                                                                                        20. Always Black (feat. Pink Siifu)
                                                                                                                                                        21. Dial D For Devotion (feat. Karen O)
                                                                                                                                                        22. Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu)
                                                                                                                                                        23. Born To Lose
                                                                                                                                                        24. Music Is The Light (feat. Cornelius & Kelly Moran)
                                                                                                                                                        25. Weightless

                                                                                                                                                        Ren Schofield’s long running electronic project Container returns with his first release since the Creamer EP in 2021. Rolling straight out of the pandemic Schofield has since played a large number of live shows all over the planet, rilling up audiences with a heady mix of method and mania. Now is the time to unleash a new studio offering.

                                                                                                                                                        Yacker presents what is undoubtedly an electronic record but one imbued with a spirit more aligned with rock music. Always hijacking the electronic music scene for his own unique and twisted path here we see a further extrapolation on his original blueprint for DIY noise techno adding a more physical and muscular edge to the standard hysterical proceedings. The drums retain an almost human, somewhat muscular feel with a sweaty and suggestive ‘real drums’ feeling.

                                                                                                                                                        Schofield cites inspiration on Yacker as the Nirvana song ‘Oh, The Guilt’, the Mindflayer album ‘It’s Always 1999’, and the Rah Bras song ‘Sooop Toe Pump Girls’. Container has always danced the absurd space between serious and stupid, with Yacker all elements are turned up to eleven as he delivers a pristine field guide to furious frenzied fun.

                                                                                                                                                        Yacker strikes an even balance between heavy, relentless, joyful, silly, and sloppy. Think Lollapalooza 1996 held at Berghain 2006 and you are somewhere on the way to formulating this fresh new insanity from one of the contemporary electronic music scene's more playful pioneers.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. Abrasion
                                                                                                                                                        2. Eraser
                                                                                                                                                        3. Spray
                                                                                                                                                        4. Aerator
                                                                                                                                                        5. Drooper
                                                                                                                                                        6. Yacker
                                                                                                                                                        7. Cone
                                                                                                                                                        8. Bonkers
                                                                                                                                                        9. Onion
                                                                                                                                                        10. Spritzer

                                                                                                                                                        Houses Of Heaven

                                                                                                                                                        Within/Without

                                                                                                                                                          Oakland’s Houses of Heaven fuse the grit of early industrial with dizzying hits of EBM, techno, and drum & bass, all imbued with lyrical themes that draw equally from the emotional and the mechanical. Within/Without, their sophomore LP for Felte, delves into a realm of intricate intensity, pushing electronics to the forefront with the production prowess of Matia Simovich (INHALT), and features top-of-their-game guest vocals from Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Mariana Saldaña (BOAN).

                                                                                                                                                          While the dub-influenced, shoegaze throb of Silent Places (2020) immersed itself in the paradox of opulence against the unsettling backdrop of California’s wildfires, Within/Without confronts social order through the lens of inner strife. It explores a contrast between the fantasy worlds and unfiltered truths that define modern survival, and a yearning for genuine human connection brought on by the anxiety and isolation of technology.

                                                                                                                                                          On Within/Without, Houses of Heaven truly come into their own with a distinctive alloy of electronic, industrial, psychedelic and shoegaze elements. They create a dynamic conduit for discord and harmony with a profoundly human essence, bridging interior lives and exterior pressures through visceral songcraft and deft pacing. In a cruel and technologically dominated world, emotional gridlock is rampant. Yet, in the propulsive paranoia of album highlight “Flesh Techniques”, we’re reminded that it’s often best to “breathe in / these dreams

                                                                                                                                                          again / shake, shake it off”.



                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          A1. Strange Temptation
                                                                                                                                                          A2. Within/Without
                                                                                                                                                          A3. The End Of Me (feat. Douglas McCarthy)
                                                                                                                                                          A4. New Decay
                                                                                                                                                          A5. The Depths You Hold
                                                                                                                                                          B1. Flesh Techniques
                                                                                                                                                          B2. Deserve (feat. Ms.Boan Mariana Saldaña)
                                                                                                                                                          B3. Pisces
                                                                                                                                                          B4. Serpent Coil
                                                                                                                                                          B5. Sightline

                                                                                                                                                          System Olympia

                                                                                                                                                          Sanctified EP

                                                                                                                                                            A Tempest Of Intimacy. It's part of the nature of man to start with romance and build to a reality and this is what System Olympia has done with this new 4 track EP. Love, longing, and the restlessness of the heart and body are the foundation forces of this record.

                                                                                                                                                            "Luce Rossa" presents itself as an emblem of a credo, an irreverent manifesto delivered via daring melodies and empowering vocals. System Olympia inhabits a world in which human senses are mightier than religion and "Sanctified" feat Working Men's Club is an ecstatic and highly articulated fusion of passion and redemption - a new truth about reality, whispered to your ear with infinite sweetness.

                                                                                                                                                            Poetic desire as a force of beauty and vitality is all over Lenzuola Di Raso. Fantasising in between satin sheets on the hottest day of the year because art and imagination mean freedom from the solitude of the mind.
                                                                                                                                                            Mi Dimentico makes beauty out of melancholy, and nostalgia out of the oscillation between resignation and demand. "Sanctified EP" is naked skin over a sunken heart, and a soaring mind.


                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            A1 - Luce Rossa
                                                                                                                                                            A2 - Sanctified Feat Working Men's Club
                                                                                                                                                            B1 - Lenzuola Di Raso
                                                                                                                                                            B2 - Mi Dimentico

                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                            Do You Have The Force? Volume 2 - Jon Savage's Alternate History Of Electronica 1978-82

                                                                                                                                                              Jon Savage's second eclectic voyage through Post-Punk era Electronic music, Disco, Experimental & Proto-Techno 1978-82.

                                                                                                                                                              Re-mastered with care & attention from the very best available audio sources for maximum listening pleasure..

                                                                                                                                                              This compilation is selected and curated by renowned cultural commentator, writer and film-maker Jon Savage. Amongst many highly revered projects Jon has produced the definitive work on Punk Rock in “England's Dreaming” and the documentary & book “Teenage” The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He is also the biographer of Joy Division & author of the top 10 Sunday Times best seller "This Searing Light, The Sun & Everything Else" The Oral History Of Joy Division in 2019. His new book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979) is published in in 2024.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1 Dee D. Jackson-Automatic Lover 4:07
                                                                                                                                                              A2 Telex - Moscow Diskow (Original 12" Version) - 5"20
                                                                                                                                                              A3 Soft Machine - Soft Space 8"56
                                                                                                                                                              B1 Qondile-African Dawn 2"54
                                                                                                                                                              B2 Gaz Nevada - I.C. Love Affair 6"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
                                                                                                                                                              B3 I Signori Della Galassia - Archeopterix 4"00
                                                                                                                                                              B4 Cerrone - La Secte De Marrakech Suite 4"33
                                                                                                                                                              C1 John Foxx-Burning Car 3”15
                                                                                                                                                              C2 Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Monochrome Days 4”01
                                                                                                                                                              C3 Cabaret Voltaire-Red Mask 6”54
                                                                                                                                                              C4 Caution – UFO 5"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
                                                                                                                                                              D1 Martin Rev - Nineteen 86 4"36
                                                                                                                                                              D2 Pascal Comelade - Sequence 1 2"55
                                                                                                                                                              D3 The Flying Lizards - An Age 2"31
                                                                                                                                                              D4 Throbbing Gristle - Beachy Head 3"39
                                                                                                                                                              D5 Terminal City -Mugin For Unknown 5”40


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