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Holodrum

Holodrum

    FFO: Arthur Russell, Stealing Sheep, Neu!, Agar Agar, Galaxians.

    Holodrum are a new disco-infused synth-pop group, who feature members of Hookworms, Yard Act, Cowtown, Virginia Wing, Drahla and more.

    Maybe Holodrum were destined to start at this point. This might be the first time they’ve all officially worked together, but between Emily Garner (vocals), Matthew Benn (synth/bass/production), Jonathan Nash (drums), Jonathan Wilkinson (guitar), Sam Shjipstone (guitar/vocals), Christopher Duffin (sax/synth) and Steve Nuttall (percussion) they’ve shared bands, mixed each other’s records, promoted live shows and made music videos together in and around Leeds. As Holodrum, this is the seven-piece’s debut album, but the interlocking grooves and hot headiness of their repeato-rock-via-CBGBs dopamine hits have in one way or other been fermenting for years.

    “When it comes to doing music most bands fall between two extremes of doing it for some goal or as an end to itself” says Shjipstone. “I think Holodrum is about the joy and complexity of living, and I just hope to god everyone gets to have a good time doing it.”

    Ultimately the core of the group comes from Shjipstone and his former Hookworms bandmates Benn, Nash and Wilkinson. After their abrupt dissolution in late 2018, the four of them spent six months apart; Benn still had Xam Duo, his ongoing project with Virginia Wing and some-time James Holden & The Animal Spirits live member Duffin, Nash remains vocalist and guitarist of long-running DIY rockers Cowtown and helms his solo project Game_Program; and Shjipstone plays guitar with Yard Act. However, the four of them missed the sixth sense synergy they’d built-up playing together over a decade and soon enough demos were being swapped and new ideas were discussed.

    The vision of a large live electronic ensemble formed quickly. Friends were added: Duffin and Nuttall – who was keen to resurrect the double percussion interplay that he and Nash had been exploring as part of motorik trio Nope – joined first. Then animator and VIDE0 singer Garner crystallised the line-up by joining on vocals.

    “Apart from Emily, all of us had actually played together before in a covers band at a New Year’s Eve party at the Brudenell Social Club a couple of years ago, so we knew we could have fun together” says Benn. “So we set up to be a live party band early on. We wanted lots of people on stage having fun, playing for people that also wanted to have fun. It makes sense we take inspiration from bands like Tom Tom Club and Liquid Liquid; they were trying to help people to party at a point when New York was quite a scary and dangerous place – we’re doing the same, albeit in the face of a decaying world and a global pandemic.”

    Covid-19 hasn’t given them much opportunity to do that yet, with two fledgling shows in late 2019 to their name before festival appearances at the likes of Bluedot, Sounds From The Other City and Gold Sounds were scuppered last year. However, the six tracks on Holodrum crackle with the energy of the dancefloor. Opening cut 'Lemon Chic' – described by Garner as her “workout track” – starts out sparsely, with tight drum claps and burbling synths holding a teetering suspense before the whole thing’s prised open, allowing beaming saxophone skronk to shine in. Garner’s vocals bob and weave around the syncopations of the track’s building cacophony.

    It sets the stall for an album heavy on euphoria, built atop crisp interplaying percussion and acid-flecked grooves. At times Shjipstone provides a raw counterpoint on vocals, while elsewhere - like on the strutting, swirling disco of 'Free Advice' and 'Low Light'’s late night ping pong synths - the pair indulge in playful call and response as the instrumentation builds and contorts around them. 'Stage Echo' provides a respite of sorts halfway through, a swirling, fever dream of a track that peaks with big squelchy frequencies and cavernous reverb, before the album returns to its repetitious exercises in body-moving catharsis – underpinned at all times by a relentlessly propulsive rhythm section.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lemon Chic
    2. No Dither
    3. Free Advice
    4. Stage Echo
    5. Low Light
    6. Clean

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    Quinquis

    Seim

      “I went back to my roots,” says Émilie Tiersen (née Quinquis). “And I realised how much Breton culture was a part of me.”

      Émilie Tiersen has, over the course of two albums and several years, made music as Tiny Feet and is now, with the release of Seim, her debut for Mute, known as QUINQUIS. The name change is symbolic; simultaneously paying homage to her personal and family history by referencing her maiden name, as well as representing a fresh start musically. “It’s been a new start for many things,” Émilie says. “Self-acceptance has been a really big thing for me.”

      From forging a deeper connection to her own culture, history and identity, to exploring new musical terrain and becoming a mother, it’s been a period filled with significant change. It was during this time that she began to explore new ideas. “I was on tour with Yann [her husband, Yann Tiersen] and our baby,” she recalls. “During my baby's nap I created a rule for myself: to come up with one new idea in every new city. From the very beginning this was a journey.”

      Soon people began to join Émilie on this journey. Characters - some from her own life, others rooted in the history of Breton culture - began to come alive in song ideas. She discovered Ankou, a servant of death in Breton mythology who comes to see you in the year that you die; she explored Seiz Breur, a 1923 Breton art movement founded by a young woman in the very same small village she is from; she tapped into the lives of friends, exploring a rich tapestry of people, places, emotions and stories all tied together by a shared commonplace: Brittany. “I put the stories of those people around mine so that I could have them share this journey with me.”

      “It’s been a really rich and nourishing period,” Émilie says. “I've discovered what it is to be a mother. To have a son has answered many questions I had about life and roots, and so this was the first step to a very deep discovery. I am raising my child in the Breton language, so there was this kind of rebooting of the whole system.”

      Once these ideas began to mutate into something more musical, she connected with Gareth Jones, celebrated producer who has worked with groups such as Liars, Depeche Mode and Apparat. He initially offered to play some synths but their partnership grew into something more. “The record revealed itself in the back-and-forth Gareth and I had,” she says. “It was really unexpected because Gareth and I are quite the opposite. We are really different on paper but through this album we've shared something unexpected. He’s got a bit of a mentor aura - he was the light to my darkness.”

      The result of their work is one that merges sparse electronics, immersive atmospherics, and deft melodies, all of which are carried by Émilie’s tender yet quietly soaring vocals. The opening ‘Adkrog’ (aptly translated as ‘Start Again’) stirs the album to life with soothing yet unpredictable pulsations, as though a new world is awakening and working out its newfound surroundings. “It's about finding the energy in environment and nature,” she explains. “When I was feeling desperate, I sat outside and I prayed for nature to give me some answers. This song is about that - if you just let go then nature gives you an answer.” ‘Setu’, on the other hand, a story about the aforementioned Ankou is driven by scattered beats, floating vocals and considered sonic textures that bubble up from peaceful to potent.

      The subtle arrangements across the album are reflective of a philosophy Émilie was exploring. “I'd been reading into wabi-sabi,” she explains. “It's a Japanese way of thinking about finding beauty in imperfections. The idea was to accept my imperfections and find the beauty in simple and small things. Minimalism has impacted the album - to try to find a way to stay humble.”

      Collaborations also extend to Ólavur Jákupsson, who sings in Faroese on ‘Run’ (which translates to ‘Hill’), a song about being woken up by a blast of cold wind on top of a hill, which melds woozy tones, plucked strings, engulfing atmospheres and Émilie’s intimate and whispered vocals. On ‘Netra Ken’ the writer and endurance cyclist Emily Chappell features, reading an extract from her book (in Welsh) “Where There’s A Will”, capturing her determination and resilience. Talking about the use of language on the album, she explains, "I think languages are a living way of telling people’s mind and culture, their diversity brings us closer and helps us understand better. That’s why I was happy to have Welsh and Faroese along with Breton in the record… they are somehow cultures that seem close to mine.”

      To make it even more unique, Émilie sings throughout in Breton. “Singing in the Breton language made me realise what I was made from,” she says. “Everything was suddenly easier and it gave me more freedom. It's a very special language and so to write interesting lyrics was a process of researching but it was so nourishing to discover new stuff about nature or people thanks to that language.”

      Nature is key to the album and lends itself to the title, as well as key themes in individual songs. The album title Seim translates as “sap”. “It's really about when you have low energy,” Tiersen says, “and you need to recollect the sap so that the tree gets green again. The whole album was really about making me green again. The more I recorded music, the more I felt green.”

      This sense of rejuvenation, rebirth and a musical awakening coincided with Émilie plunging into her own community, history and culture. “The more I was learning about myself, the more I was discovering the people around me,” she says. “Now I'm on the City Council here on Ushant [the remote Breton island she and her family live on]. The more I go into it, the more involved I am in the Ushant community. I really felt during these past few years that people have been so supportive.”

      This feeling of being lifted by the community is reflected in ‘Ôg’ a story about a woman from Ushant whose husband went to work at sea (the oil tanker Betelgeuse) while she was 8 months pregnant. All 52 men died, 51 on board, with the exception of her husband who died trying to make it ashore.” The widows of the 51 men on board came together to help the woman with clothes and other things for the baby. “This story really resonated with me.”

      This sense of interconnectedness leads to the album being a multifaceted one. It is deeply personal and introspective yet also collaborative and expansive. It is rooted in both historical and modern stories. It is an album that connects worlds while being entirely its own. “There is something cosmic about it,” says Émilie. “I don't know how to explain that but the way it happened with Gareth, and the way everything just suddenly all came together feels like cosmic harmony.”

      It’s also an album that brings to life, in a singular and contemporary way, the lives, stories and people of the Breton culture and its language. “The album was a way for me to tell stories of the people here. I really felt that during the whole process that through stories I could tell the history of Brittany or Ushant. It's an album that is full of ghosts. I'm happy with that. I have a good relationship with ghosts.” 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Adkrog
      2. Eñvor
      3. Setu
      4. Run
      5. Mintin
      6. Estren
      7. Netra Ken
      8. Ôg
      9. An Divare
      10. Te

      Baba Ali

      Living It Up / Black & Blue - Piccadilly Exclusive Orange Screen Printed Sleeve

        Danger Mouse protégé Baba Ali releases his double A-side 7” “Living It Up / Black & Blue” on 18 February 2022 via Zen F.C., the label run by Yard Act members James Smith and Ryan Needham. It’s the first new music since Baba Ali’s much heralded Memphis Industries debut LP, 2021’s Memory Device.

        On the new single, Baba shares: “We first started work on ‘Living It Up’ and ‘Black & Blue’ during 2020, which was, in spite of all the challenges, a very fruitful creative period for us. At the end of the summer 2020, we decided to set these songs aside to work on the album, Memory Device with Al Doyle. After touring the new record in the fall, we returned to the abandoned songs and immediately realised that they felt even more relevant to how our live performances on stage have become. The songs also feel like a bridge between what we've released so far and the direction we are heading in. We're doubly excited that we've been able to share this release through Yard Act’s label Zen F.C.”

        Yard Act’s James Smith says of the release: “We loved Baba Ali's music from the moment we heard it. They're joining us for our debut album tour in February. When Baba sent through some new tunes he and his bandmate Nik were working on we saw an opportunity to reboot Zen F.C., and to preserve on wax and share some great music with the world. It was a no-brainer for us. We are honoured, we are buzzed to have Baba Ali as the first ever non-YA release on Zen F.C. - follow the label, there will be much more to come in the future.”


        TRACK LISTING

        Living It Up
        Black & Blue

        Manchester’s Space Afrika make music of overlapping moments - oblique mosaics of dialogue, rhythm, texture and shadow, half-heard through a bus window on a rainy night. "Honest Labour", the group's first full-length since 2020's landmark "hybtwibt?" (have you been through what i’ve been through?) mixtape, expands the project's palette with classical strings, shimmering guitar and visionary vocal cameos, leaning further into their enigmatic fusion of ambient unrest and cosmic downtempo. It's a sound both fogged and fragmented, at the axis of song craft and sound design, born from and for the yearning solitudes of life under lockdown.

        The album title is tiered, alluding to a legendary patriarch from co-founder Joshua Inyang's Nigerian family tree (who was lovingly called Honest Labour for his loyalty and resilience) as well as the nature of self-designated work, such as Space Afrika's music – a labor of love in its truest sense. With fellow co-founder Joshua Reid recently relocated to Berlin, the pair began sharing files last Autumn, piecing together poetic vignettes of looping haze and found sound, inspired by the notion of 'records that leave an impression, and help the listener deal with their life.' As the isolation of Covid compounded with the worsening Winter, the songs skewed increasingly introspective and emotive, reflecting a mood of dissipating futures and the infinite nocturnal unknown.

        The artists cite two core motivations for "Honest Labour": to transcend the sum of their influences, and 'to show what we're capable of.' Both ambitions are entirely realized. The collection's 19 tracks flow with a synergy and sophistication as rare as they are radical, untethered to the dusty dub-techno templates of Space Afrika's early years. These are interstitial anthems, expressionistic and open-ended, delirious but deliberate, attuned to the drift and dreamstate of the present moment: ‘Ultimately this is an homage to U.K. energy, and an album about love and loss.’

        Conjuring up similar, claustrophobic internal release and emotions such as Burial’s “Untrue” and Hype Williams’ “Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite…”; and even the brand new Joy O LP (“Still Slipping Vol. 1”), “Honest Labour” is the most intimate electronic conversation you’re going to get out of your headphones all year.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Honest Labour is an absolute masterclass in electronic atmospheres and melodic restraint, treading a fine line between ambient stillness and rich, textural sonics. A shadowy, stunningly effective distillation of all of Space Afrika's experience so far, and a brilliantly immersive listen.

        TRACK LISTING

        LP SIDE A
        A1 Yyyyyy2222
        A2 Indigo Grit Ft. Guest
        A3 Lose You Beau
        A4 Solemn
        A5 LV
        A6 Preparing The Perfect Response ~
        A7 Ny Interlude
        A8 Rings Ft. Guest
        A9 Noise Sweet
        A10 B£E Ft. Blackhaine

        LP SIDE B
        B1 Like Orchids
        B2 Meet Me At Sachas
        B3 U Ft. KinseyLloyd
        B4 <>
        B5 Girl Scout Cookies Ft. Bianca Scout
        B6 Ladybird Drone
        B7 With Your Touch
        B8 Strength Ft. LA Timpa
        B9 Honest Labour Ft. HforSpirit

        Mitra Mitra

        Hands Remain

          A new year kicks off at Polytechnic Youth HQ, and it’s with an absolute beauty with which they re-enter the fray. The first new MITRA MITRA full length since 2018’s hugely well received “Marionettes” set (also on PY).

          The band was formed in Vienna in late 2014 by Violet Candide and Mahk Rumbae. Originally from New Zealand, Violet Candide has been a fixture of the Vienna post-punk and minimal synth scene for many years as a DJ before making music with Mitra Mitra and her other projects Slow Glass (with Bobby from Low Sea), Peppy Pep Pepper and Violetiger. Whilst British musician Mahk Rumbae is known for his work as a member of the industrial/experimental project Konstruktivists, Oppenheimer MkII (with Andy Oppenheimer of Oppenheimer Analysis) and his solo techno project Codex Empire.

          After working together on one of Violet’s solo songs, the pair decided to continue writing and working together as Mitra Mitra, with the aim of writing electronic songs not tied by any particular influence or style – but combining elements of synth pop, electro and minimal synth to create a modern take on classic period electronic music.

          Despite initial plans involving studio only work, the band were persuaded to take to the stage in 2015 and have since played shows in England, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and their adopted home country of Austria; quickly gaining a reputation for their unique presentation and interaction with the audience.

          The new LP is their strongest set yet; 'Hands Remain' is perhaps darker in nature than previous MM releases; although mostly completed before the pandemic, it somehow fits the times we live in now…

          The sleeve design is based on a work by Canadian artist/filmmaker Michael Snow, who kindly gave permission for a processed version of his image to be used on the cover. A wonderful 12 track collection hugely recommended to fans of classic era synth pop, early Mute, Cherry Red, Blackwing Studios etc etc…. One time pressing available now! 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Javi says: Plug a fembot into a Moog, and you get Mitra Mitra's 'Hands Remain', a Polytechnic Youth gem caught between Spacer Woman boogie and Moonlandingz grim-pop. These are some synth-ridden end-of-the-world anthems, custom built for fans of yesteryear's German dancefloors - and the price tag ist ziemlich gut too!

          Melodien

          Monad

            The magical, Liverpool based MELODIEN release their fifth LP for the Polytechnic Youth label as the New Year kicks off. Harry Sumnall’s superb Kraut tinged project continues to produce some of the most authentic Germanic Kosmische currently out there, also drawing inspiration from classic US and European electronic artists such as Suzanne Doucet, Lapre, and Peter Michael Hamel, and contemporaries such as Jonathan Fitoussi.

            As Harry himself explains: “Monad is a meditation on the indivisible; the past and future that unfolds; the pre-established harmony that unveils the universe. Built on soft and ornate synth sequences, live bass, and clockwork rhythms, tracks range from Kosmische new age excursions to Linn lysergic disco”.

            The album features wonderful, original album artwork by Fernando Manfrini, and is released as a one time pressing of 300 copies. 

            Holy Fuck

            Airport Dreams / Lost Cool

              Moving slightly away from the label’s penchant for the classic minimal synth / synth pop sound, HF offer up two super dancey tracks; each with a guest female vocalist across a double A sided 45. “Airport Dreams” featuring Sarah Bonito vox (guesting from Kero Kero Bonito here in the UK), and “Lost Cool” with vox and added synth parts from Madrid based synth pop artist Lucia Tacchetti.

              Upon “Airport Dreams”’ initial digital only release, Lauren Laverne’s breakfast show on BBC Radio 6 Music nominated the track as the ‘While You Were Sleeping’ tune of the week, whilst ‘Under The Radar’ called it “an unforeseen delight that brings together branching talents for something new and unexpected.” Sarah’s catchy vocal parts were initially intended for a different idea altogether, but further catalysed that which formed "Airport Dreams” in to a frenetic and energetic song that’s the antithesis of being held back or restricted.

              As for “Lost Cool”, HF explain; “In the spirit of online collaboration, we sent song ideas out to some incredibly talented artists to collaborate. Lucia Tacchetti brought her amazing voice and jittery synth parts from Spain, cementing the perfect danceable vibe for "Lost Cool.” Lucia added "It´s been an honour to collaborate with Holy Fuck and being able to be part of the process. We had the opportunity to do everything remotely and communication flowed perfectly. I worked from Argentina with some ideas and luckily we understood each other super-fast. I'm really happy with the result. Our universes coexist very well. I loved putting some words in Spanish. I am very grateful to the band for making me part of this track and super anxious for everyone to hear what we have been working on, I hope people dance to it everywhere!” 

              M83

              Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (10th Anniversary Reissue)

                Ten years ago, M83 released the outstanding "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming", the sixth studio album by French electronic music outfit led by Anthony Gonzales, driven by the global hit 'Midnight City' (certified 4x diamond). For this 10th Anniversary, the album has been repressed on a double coloured limited edition vinyl, with a new alternative cover!

                TRACK LISTING

                LP 1

                1. Intro
                2. Midnight City
                3. Reunion
                4. Where The Boats Go
                5. Wait
                6. Raconte-moi Une Histoire
                7. Train To Pluton
                8. Claudia Lewis
                9. This Bright Flash
                10. When Will You Come Home?
                11. Soon, My Friend

                LP 2

                12. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
                13. New Map
                14. Ok Pal
                15. Another Wave From You
                16. Splendor
                17. Year One, One Ufo
                18. Fountains
                19. Steve McQueen
                20. Echoes Of Mine
                21. Klaus I Love You
                22. Outro

                Orlando Weeks

                Hop Up

                  Arriving in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘A Quickening’, Week’s forthcoming record once again leans into themes of new life & parenthood, but whereas his previous work catalogued the emotions, expectations and anxieties that accompany imminent parenthood, Hop Up is an altogether more joyous and life affirming statement.

                  Featuring inspiring contributions from Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey and Ben Reed (best known as part of Frank Ocean’s live band, he also played bass on the seminal ‘Blonde’ album ).

                  Weeks notes “It started with the idea of wanting to fill in some of the blanks that I felt I had left with ‘A Quickening’, but quite quickly it turned into something broader. The choice was always to take the more positive and uplifting sounding step. Perhaps it shouldn’t have, but as an approach it felt surprisingly novel to me.”


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: Hop Up is an unashamedly upbeat and undeniably lovely collection of synth-pop abstractions and a wonderful testament to Weeks' abilities as a songwriter. 'Look who's Talking Now' mixes 80's pop groove with crisp production and swimming, echoic bliss.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Deep Down Way Out
                  2. Look Who’s Talking Now
                  3. Bigger
                  4. Yup Yup Yup Yup
                  5. High Kicking (featuring Willie J Healey)
                  6. No End To Love
                  7. Hey You Hop Up
                  8. Make You Happy
                  9. Big Skies Silly Faces (featuring Katy J Pearson)
                  10. Silver
                  11. Way To Go

                  Pip Blom

                  Welcome Break

                    There are approximately a great deal and very many ‘Welcome Breaks’ scattered throughout the sprawling motorways of the UK.

                    Now, regardless of whether that statement’s true or not… when life’s become a series of long-stretches and welcomed breaks, it’s to no avail that sometimes all it takes to alleviate spirits is the simplest, of experiential indulgences.

                    Be it the buzz of an overly exhausted tour van, or the green light and smell of sausage rolls in the near Beaconsfield distance... inspiration can be found in the funniest corners of this place we call home; and it’s in the heart of day-to-day simplicities and sprawling services, that we gladly receive Amsterdam’s beamy-grinned, indie-pop powerhouse Pip Blom, back into lives.

                    Following an extensive touring schedule which saw the Dutch 4-piece roam over field, oceans, and Glastonbury’s John Peel stage following the release of their debut record ‘Boat’, any such cool-cat would be forgiven for wanting to kick back, and indulge in some very appreciated, time off.
                    As is often the way, such timely-abandon cannot be said for Pip Blom however, who immediately began to gather up all her soaked-up inspirations taken from the road, and manifest a re-energised sense of self, and ritualistic songwriting.

                    Cosying down in a room of her parents’ house (which she shares with her brother and fellow bandmate Tender Blom), Pip, a self-confessed “fan of deadlines”, set aside three months to write twenty songs- sixteen of which
                    were to become demos for the band to structure and flesh out, once in the studio together.

                    It’s at this stage in our indie-fairy-tale that things start to get ever so 2020. Whilst the world was suddenly put on hold as a result of Covid-19, Pip Blom, who’d made plans to return to their favourite ‘Big Jelly Studios’ in Ramsgate, England, were suddenly faced with a very sticky, kind of dilemma. “We’d scheduled to go into the studio in September but summer started moving and there were a couple of countries not allowed to go to the UK anymore... a week before we had to go, the Netherlands was one of those countries”- notes Pip.

                    Sentimentalities, and pre-established friendships (by way of Grammy award-winning engineer Caesar Edmunds) took president, and the decision was made to pack up their gear and a variety of board games and exercise equipment, all in preparation of a fourteen-day quarantine faced upon arrival in the UK.

                    In total, three weeks were spent recording what would become the groups sophomore release; a Al Harle engineered love-affair which was self produced entirely by the band and culminated in a legally intimate, fully seated album play-back, to six, of Ramsgate’s most chorus-savvy and ‘in the-know’ residents.

                    Getting out of their hometown and into an environment which removed all notions of “normality” or personal space, was an atmospheric godsend in terms of motivation; an act which encouraged Pip Blom to re-adjust and buckle down as a unit again, after spending so long in mandatory isolation.
                    Much like the danceable-realism of Pip’s beloved Parquet Courts, the key to an album well done, is the balancing act of fine-production, and capturing that core live-essence we all miss. “We always play one live track three times and after we then build that track in the studio” says Pip, assembling together amalgamated “live-energies” in order to produce a capsule of environmental-satisfaction, that can be appreciated during any time of day, or life’s little moments.

                    Actively seeking out moments of creative-authenticity, be it via a slightly out-of-tune guitar or proudly-fuzzed vocals, Pip Blom take us back full circle and introduce us to their ‘Welcome Break’- an eleven-track release which resonates with about as much decisive allure as it’s ‘Boat’ precursor, but this time with a bit more contemporary chaos to boot.

                    Where ‘Boat’ reckoned as a fresh-faced, yet gloriously fearless game changer, ‘Welcome Break’ is the self-assured older sibling who, with an additional year or two behind themselves, isn’t afraid to speak out, take lead, and instigate a liberated revolution-come-bliss-out.

                    Lead single’s ‘Keep It Together’ and ‘You Don’t Want This’ are glistening masterclasses in feel-good chorus- the very kind of coming-of-age relatability where a soul would want to let down their hair, stick their arm out the window of their best friends car and roll with the motions in a rapture of soundtracked euphoria, and jangled adventure.

                    Unhinging genre in our instant-access era of musical snoot, no-one does an enthused-chorus quite like Pip Blom yet much can be said for this gang being far from one-trick-ponies.

                    Anthemic drifters ‘Different Tune’ and ‘It Should Have Been Fun’ are slow building, amplified highlights. Carrying all the weight of convicted fearlessness on their shoulders, Pip Blom unhinge pre-disposed expectations of crafted alternative like graduates straight outta Kim Deal’s school of rock, whilst closing number ‘Trouble In Paradise’, sets the tone for what will only be the ultimate, set-list once gigs resume again.

                    With Pip Blom, no mood is untouched nor sense of renewal left behind. The trick to it all? As Pip reveals: “I just really like catchy songs and I feel like that’s something we try to do. I’d classify it as being sentimental – it’s not sugar-happy Pop.... more like ‘Titanic’ pop songs...”

                    For those of us missing the buzzed adrenaline of communal music exploration, the idea of escapism in cramped and sweaty crevices can seem quite lifeless. If it's a sense of community you’re after then look no further than ‘Pip Blom Backstage’.

                    Streaming goodness 24/7 as a fan-centric loyalty app, ‘Pip Blom Backstage’ gives access to exclusive news, premium content, and, a chat box for the Pip Blom Backstage community; further cementing Pip Blom as undeniable pals for life as fan-clips, spotify playlists and even a cooking lesson from bassist Darek Mercks, are all made available from the VIP lounge of your own back-pocket.

                    In conclusion, there're actually thirty-five ‘Welcome Break’ pit stops a weary traveller can make in a lifetime spent on the M1, and it’s associates. Whilst the road’s presently a little less travelled, Pip Blom’s ‘Welcome Break’ is adamantly nothing to do with the present state of affairs. In fact, it doesn’t have anything to do with much at all and that’s the way they like it.
                    ‘Welcome Break’ is but two nouns of which when placed together in context, ring confidently with prowess, intent, and a radiant true-spirit - much like Pip Blom herself. 


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1 You Don't Want This
                    2 12
                    3 It Should Have Been Fun
                    4 Keep It Together
                    5 Different Tune
                    6 I Know I’m Not Easy To Like
                    7 Faces
                    8 I Love The City
                    9 Easy
                    10 Holiday
                    11 Trouble In Paradise

                    Nouvelle Vague

                    Girls & Boys (RSD21 EDITION)

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH 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 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                      Unreleased (and acoustic) song of Nouvelle Vague, 25 years after Blur's planetary hit, performed by Melanie Pain and Olivier Libaux on guitar. The theme has not aged a bit.

                      All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                      ‘Next Wave Acid Punx’ is a 38 track journey across nearly 40 years of dark club music compiled and curated by Berlin-based Musician and DJ, Luca Venezia aka Curses. Inviting friends with a like-minded affection for an 80s rooted sound, and diving deep into his record collection, Curses has put together a three CD/double vinyl set that takes us from music by Colourbox and Suicide to EBM pioneers, Front 242 through to recent club hits from Zombies in Miami, and 12 brand new, totally exclusive tracks from the likes of Shubostar, Chinaski, and Curses himself.

                      Exploring the darker side of club music, ‘Next Wave Acid Punx’ traces decades of a musical passion and joins the dots between the EBM, New Beat, Italo and Acid House tracks of the 1980s to present music of today.

                      "Putting together a compilation like this is a strange experience. I’ve never been one to stay still too long. Whether as a musician, DJ, or producer I’d never wanted to tie myself down to one scene or one sound, always looking to move on before I’d maybe run a project completely dry. With an album you create a snapshot of who you are during that time in life, with a DJ set maybe just that night, but this felt more like trying to sum up a lifetime of musical experiences. A bit daunting! But in putting this comp together I did find a path that led from listening to FRONT 242 and Ministry cassettes in my bedroom when I was just 11, through to the music I make and play today.

                      What links these tracks together, is an attitude. It’s one I’ve been drawn to since I was a teenager, playing in punk bands, skateboarding in NYC, hanging out at CBGBs, and following Sonic Youth around, to eventually raving every weekend at underground drum & bass and electro nights.

                      As a teenager I’d dig through the bargain bins at shops like Vinyl Mania and Bleecker Bob’s where you’d find all these Freestyle, Italo and New Beat records. Straight away I zoned in on the “Dub” and “Extended Dance Mix” versions where the focus was on the drums and I could hear a link to bands I’d loved years before.

                      The first chapter takes early tracks from bands who came directly out of the punk and new wave scenes, that played a major role in forming my musical taste. The second chapter celebrates current music influenced by these early pioneers, while the third chapter comprises exclusive new music made for this compilation, with the passion for these genres in mind.

                      Some of these songs may have been written decades apart, but they all share an energy, a raw spirit, it’s those massive drums and gated snares that you hear on both Demolition Group’s ‘You Better Stay Alive’ from 1988, and Shubostar’s brand new track, ‘Aya’. This mix of electric and electronic sounds have been part of my make up ever since I learned to play guitar accompanied by a DR550 drum machine.

                      After leaving New York, I found a scene that helped me realize I could combine all my own past influences into my productions, song-writing and DJ sets. Discovering underground parties like Wrong Era, Cocktail d’Amore in Berlin, La dame Noir in Marseille, and of course A Love From Outer Space, made the pieces fall into place for me. This is the sound of a community I love, a passion without sacrifice, that I now want to share with you."

                      TRACK LISTING

                      LP Part 1: Origins:
                      A1. Borghesia - Z.M.R.
                      A2. Gina X Performance - Kaddish
                      A3. Suicide - Wild In Blue (2005 Remaster)
                      A4. Demolition Group - You Better Stay Alive
                      B1. A Split Second - Flesh
                      B2. BPM AM - Come To Me (Vocal Version)
                      B3. Ted Milton - Love Is Like A Violence
                      C1. Front 242 - Funkhadafi
                      C2. Colourbox - Fast Dump
                      C3. Yello - Lost Again (Extended Dance Version)
                      D1. Mystery - Mystery Girl (Club Mix Remastered)
                      D2. In-D - Virgin In-D Sky's
                      D3. Judy Torres - No Reason To Cry (Instrumental)
                      D4. Hard Corps - Porte Bonheur (Lucky Charm) 2021

                      LP Part 2: Move Your Body:
                      A1. Moderna & Theus Mago - Francesca (Wild At Heart)
                      A2. Zombies In Miami - El Wild
                      A3. Juan Maclean - She's Breaking Up Featuring - Fantastic Twins
                      B1. Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys - Kronos (Wild Mix)
                      B2. Modular Project - Electronic Disco (Curses Remix)
                      C1. Curses - Discipline
                      C2. Chinaski - Hart Und Kalt
                      C3. Cornelius Doctor - Life In Chains
                      D1. Shubostar - AYA
                      D2. Kendal & David Carretta - Pastaga
                      D3. Local Suicide & Skelesys - Faster Faster

                      3CD Edition:
                      Chapter 1. Origins (Classics)
                      1. Borghesia - Z.M.R.
                      2. Gina X Performance - Kaddish
                      3. Suicide - Wild In Blue (2005 Remaster)
                      4. Demolition Group - You Better Stay Alive
                      5. A Split Second - Flesh
                      6. BPM AM - Come To Me (Vocal Version)
                      7. Ted Milton - Love Is Like A Violēnce
                      8. Front 242-Funkhadafi
                      9. Colourbox - Fast Dump
                      10. Yello - Lost Again (Extended Dance Version)
                      11. Mystery - Mystery Girl (Club Mix Remastered)
                      12. In-D - Virgin In-D Sky's
                      13. Judy Torres - No Reason To Cry (Instrumental)
                      14. Hard Corps - Porte Bonheur (Lucky Charm) 2021
                      Chapter 2. Break A Sweat (Recent)
                      1. Moderna & Theus Mago - Francesca (Wild At Heart)
                      2. Middle Sky Boom Feat. Eliezer - Slow With The Run (Il Est Vilaine Remix) 3. Tiempo De Maldad - Maxico (Alvee Remix)
                      4. Zombies In Miami - El Wild
                      5. Moscoman - Fernandez
                      6. Juan Maclean Feat. Fantastic Twins - She's Breaking Up
                      7. Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys - Kronos (Wild Mix)
                      8. Zakmina - Viral News
                      9. Radial Gaze - Totem Echoes (You Man Remix)
                      10. Paresse - Temple
                      11. Rina X Benji X Megaphonim - Ani Cham
                      12. Modular Project - Electronic Disco (Curses Remix)
                      Chapter 3. Maximum Heat (Exclusives)
                      1. Curses - Discipline
                      2. Chinaski - Hart Und Kalt
                      3. Shubostar - AYA
                      4. Cornelius Doctor - Life In Chains
                      5. Mufti - Restrained
                      6. Amarcord - Spleen
                      7. Franz Scala - Shortwave Memories
                      8. Tronik Youth - Spirit Dancer
                      9. Cardopusher - Escape From Reality
                      10. Kendal & David Carretta - Pastaga
                      11. Local Suicide & Skelesys - Faster Faster
                      12. Pablo Bozzi - Storm In Dallas

                      Absolutely ingenious album from relative new comers Mystic Jungle, aka Dario di Pace who, frankly, will astonish with the creative meanderings and twists on retro grade electro disco, boogie and proto house. Based in Naples, and head of the Periodica label; it's been some while since I've heard search an authentic reaction of styles from the golden age of the glitterball.

                      We're not talking no beige rehash here though folks, Mystic Jungle have conjured up an album of future classic cosmic-sherm disco - the kinda tracks that if you were searching through Baldelli or Ron Hardy mixtapes you'd be expecting to pay at least £50 each for a dusty copy!

                      Starting with the Mexican wave boogie of "Don't Stop Your Love", which you'd be convinced is a lost nugget from '83, we move through to "Get Down On It" - another sun-blushed boogie bomb with the spirit of California in its sights. Side B opens with the smoochy twilight-island epic, "Hold On Your Dreams", which, aside from have one absolute mother of all guitar solos, basically orders you to make your snazziest cocktail and comfortable in the hammock as it takes you on its psychedelic-disco rocket ride.

                      "Money Wonder" is that wigged-out moment of bedroom boogie you've been waiting for. With gilded guitar lines, catchy vocal hook and gritty drumbox it's superb keyboard solo has all the garnishings to really show off its pedigree as this bona fide dancefloor titan struts proudly onto the scene. So good! Just enough time for "Keep Alive This Fire" which keeps to the wonky disco flavour, injecting a plethora of vintage synth fx across a rattly drum rhythm, disco-not-disco basslines and vocal combo for a quirky and fun end to this rather life affirmed collection of modern dancefloor grooves. Mystic Jungle proves he's one of the hottest cats on the current circuit and I urge you intently to get this album ordered fast!



                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Stupidly good modern genius who recreates some of the best bits from Italo, cosmic, proto-house and boogie in his own clumsy, earnest style which you'll be convinced is a lost nugget.Future classic alert!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1
                      1. Don't Stop Your Love
                      2. Get Down On It
                      Side 2
                      1. Hold On Your Dreams
                      2. Money Wonder
                      3. Keep Alive This Fire

                      The Liminanas / Laurent Garnier

                      De Pelicula

                        The psychedelic garage duo The Liminanas and French techno pioneer DJ/producer Laurent Garnier have now produced together “De Pelicula”.

                        The result is neither a Limiñanas techno record nor a Laurent Garnier rock album. It is a record that feels like a walk on the wild side, one straight out of a film noir that was spawned from the need to write music that tells a story and rattles all traditional patterns in a (super)sonic trance.

                        A heated road-trip spent chasing Juliette and Saul, two teenage rascals straight out of a ‘60s classic - think “Breathless” (original title: A bout de Souffle) meets Sailor and Lula - balancing on the southern border with Spain, knocked out by the heat and cheap liquor.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: What a weird and wonderful mixture this is. The Liminanas' psychedelic groove works perfectly here with Garnier's propulsive electronics, with the end result being both wildly psychedelic and wonderfully focused. A superb, soaring trip of a record.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Saul
                        2. Je Rentrais Par Le Bois … Bb
                        3. Juliette Dans La Caravane
                        4. Que Calor !
                        5. Promenades Obliques
                        6. Tu Tournes En Boucle
                        7. Steeplechase
                        8. Juliette
                        9. Ne Gâche Pas L'aventure Humaine
                        10. Au Début C'était Le Début
                        11. Saul S'est Fait Planter

                        The Communards

                        Communards - 35th Anniversary Edition

                          The Communards are releasing a 35 year anniversary edition of their debut album ‘Communards' featuring their huge hit single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Upon the album’s original release in 1986 ‘Don’t leave Me This Way’ had a four-week run at number one, the album itself reached a chart peak of number seven, going on to spend a total of 45 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          LP:

                          A Side
                          1. Don't Leave Me This Way 6:26
                          2. La Dolarosa 2:43
                          3. Disenchanted 6:14
                          4. Reprise 5:22
                          B Side
                          1. So Cold The Night 6:48
                          2. You Are My World 8:01
                          3. Lover Man 3:52
                          4. Don't Slip Away 2:58
                          C Side
                          1. Heavens Above 3:59
                          2. Forbidden Love 4:57
                          3. Breadline Britain 2:31
                          4. Sanctified 2:35
                          D Side
                          1. Never No More 3:01
                          2. Sentimental Journey 3:34
                          3. When The Walls Come Tumbling Down 4:22
                          4. Judgement Day 5:10

                          CD:

                          Disc 1:
                          01 Don't Leave Me This Way 06:26 
                          02 La Dolarosa 02:43
                          03 Disenchanted 06:14 
                          04 Reprise 05:22
                          05 So Cold The Night 06:48 
                          06 You Are My World 08:04
                          07 Lover Man 03:52
                          08 Don't Slip Away 02:58
                          09 Heavens Above 03:59
                          10 Forbidden Love 04:57
                          11 Don't Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part Two) 11:30
                          12 Disenchanted (Dance) 08:42
                          13 So Cold The Night (Remix)   08:34

                          Disc 2:
                          01 So Cold The Night (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 03:43 
                          02 Don't Slip Away (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:30 
                          03 America (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 04:15 
                          04 Forbidden Love (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:47
                          05 La Dolorosa (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:34 
                          06 You Are My World (12” Version) 09:52 
                          07 Don´t Leave Me This Way (Ruff Mix) 08:27 
                          08 Heavens Above (Ruff Mix) 03:19 
                          09 Summertime 03:17
                          10 Lover Man (Alternative Mix) 04:04
                          11 Forbidden Love (Alternative Mix) 04:59
                          12 Breadline Britain 02:32 
                          13 Never No More 03:01
                          14 Sentimental Journey 03:43
                          15 When The Walls Come Tumbling Down 04:22
                          16 Judgement Day 05:15
                          17 Don't Leave Me This Way (7th Heaven Club Mix) 08:22

                          Back in stock Cover of Discovery - 2021 Repress by Daft Punk.

                          Daft Punk

                          Discovery - 2021 Repress

                            "Discovery" was originally released in 2001, five years after those Daft Punks blew us all away with "Homework" and the world was a very different place. "Homework" had been the shot of adrenaline that club culture needed, prompting the golden age of filter house, with a legion of imitators following their lead. But the French duo hadn't spent the interim resting on their laurels, instead they'd dug deep into their record collections, exploring the productions of Thomas' father (Daniel Vangarde, who hit the charts with Ottowan's "D.I.S.C.O.") and honing their songwriting skills. They'd also spent a fair bit of time in the workshop making two very snazzy robot costumes which have become their uniform ever since. And when they were good and ready, they unleashed "Discovery" (or Disco Very) on the world. Opening with the massive hands in the air "One More Time", the album soon heads into a sampledelic melting pot of 70s disco grooves, reinterpreting the likes of Edwin Birdsong, Cerrone, Sister Sledge, George Duke, Tavares and Barry Manilow!!! This time around though, they'd taken a step back from the dancefloor, instead creating a pop gem that'd work in a club, on the radio, in an armchair or  anywhere really, that even contained proper songs. Perfect in its conception and execution this was the album that turned them from house music's golden boys to global megastars, and rightly so.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            1. One More Time
                            2. Aerodynamic
                            3. Digital Love
                            Side B
                            1. Harder Better Faster Stronger
                            2. Crescendolls
                            3. Nightvision
                            4. Superhereos
                            Side C
                            1. High Life
                            2. Something About Us
                            3. Voyager
                            4. Veridis Quo
                            Side D
                            1. Short Circuit
                            2. Face To Face
                            3. Too Long

                            All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                            Manchester’s LoneLady has been a firm favourite with most of our rotating assembly over the last decade. Her infectious mix of kinetic drum rhythms, thin and funky, picked guitar lines and completely distinctive vocal style has proven a winning formula for lovers of post-punk, (any)wave and electro-indie hybrids alike. Her intrepid DIY approach sees her writing and playing all instrumental and vocal parts herself, furthering her credentials as an all-in-one modern studio songstress. On Former Things the blueprint reaches its natural zenith – seeing her galvanized grooves emanate from a modest arsenal of instruments with a spontaneous magic. Whereas previous outings were inspired by the industrial Victorian warehouses which once populated the Manchester cityscape, this new set sees her move location to a shooting range in Somerset, offering up expansive, shiny, dare-I-say-it, playful territories within her music. There’s a degree of sonic affluency which reflects her journey from urban to rural.

                            A detailed equipment list accompanies the LP, going someway to explain how she creates these twangy, bass-banging, arp-studded mechanics. Each arrangement evolves from a basic beat to an unignorable earworm within a typical 16-bar period; the familiarity of her solid construction meaning every single track on the album gets its hook right underneath your skin. Her nonchalant yet candy-covered yearnings remain anthemic across every track; there’s no denying Julie Campbell’s mastery of the chorus!

                            Huge with indie disco heads AND electronic aficionados this LP has remained a constant feature of my record bag throughout 2021 and garnered rightful accolades from the sincerest corners of the creative community.


                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: An absolutely top tip for any fans of machine funk or disco, this newest LoneLady outing sees Campbell brilliantly offsetting the more hefty synth grooves with an acoustic levity and lightness of touch. It's dynamic and exciting, filled with moments of clever production and every bit the deserving follow-up to 2015's 'Hinterland'.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Vinyl Tracklisting:
                            Side A
                            A1. The Catcher / (There Is) No Logic
                            A2. Former Things / Time Time Time
                            Side B
                            B1. Threats / Fear Colours
                            B2. Treasure / Terminal Ground

                            CD Tracklisting:
                            1. The Catcher
                            2. (There Is) No Logic
                            3. Former Things
                            4. Time Time Time
                            5. Threats
                            6. Fear Colours
                            7. Treasure
                            8. Terminal Ground

                            Walt Disco

                            Unlearning

                              Unlearning, the breathtaking debut from Glasgow’s Walt Disco, is steeped in metamorphoses, a stage show in two acts. It covers flings and romances, identities and bodies and change, profound familial love, and - of course - Hollywood glamour. The album plays out like a musical, with an emotional arc and even an instrumental interlude, winkingly titled ‘The Costume Change’.

                              While the themes of the album are universally relatable, Walt Disco’s gift is in the unique experience of discovery and heartbreak between queer people - something that frontperson James explores in depth on songs such as ‘Weightless’, ‘Be An Actor’ and ‘Hold Yourself As High As Her’. In Walt Disco’s eyes, it’s never too late to become what you might have been and there are plenty of possibilities to explore on Unlearning.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Weightless
                              2. Selfish Lover
                              3. How Cool Are You?
                              4. Cut Your Hair
                              5. Timeline
                              6. Be An Actor
                              7. The Costume Change
                              8. Those Kept Close
                              9. Hold Yourself As High As Her
                              10. My Dear
                              11. Macilent
                              12. If I Had A Perfect Life

                              Various Artists

                              Rough Trade Counter Culture 2021

                                The Rough Trade Counter Culture compilation is back - Everyone’s favourite collection of musical confetti is back for another round up of some of the highlights of 2021, ready and raring to shower down with some of the best tracks of the year as selected by Rough Trade Shops staff. Some will be familiar, some won’t, but they’re all great.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                LP Tracklist:
                                A1: Big Thief - Change
                                A2: Cassandra Jenkins - Hard Drive
                                A3: Riddy Arman - Spirits, Angels, Lies
                                A4: Horsegirl - Sea Life Sandwich Boy
                                A5: Lunar Vacation - Shrug
                                B1: Geese - Low Era
                                B2: VLURE - Shattered Faith
                                B3: Lande Hekt - Octopussy
                                B4: The Muckers - So Far Away
                                B5: Yard Act - Dark Days
                                C1: Maxwell Farrington - We, Us The Pharaohs
                                C2: El Michels Affair - Murkit Gem
                                C3: Wu-Lu - South
                                C4: Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime
                                C5: Altin Gun - Yug Dag Basinda
                                D1: Charlotte Adigéry And Bolis Pupul - Blenda
                                D2: Mandy - Indiana Alien (vinyl Only) 3
                                D3: Marina Allen - Oh Louise
                                D4: Hania Rani Buka - Live From Studio S2
                                D5: The Vernon Spring - Mercy Mercy Me

                                2CD - CD1:
                                1. The Vernon Spring - Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
                                2. Hania Rani Buka - Live From Studio S2
                                3. Peace Flag Ensemble - Human Pyramid
                                4. Mdou Moctar - Chismiten
                                5. Natalie Bergman - Shine Your Light On Me
                                6. Clara Mann - I Didn't Know You Were Leaving Today
                                7. Cassandra Jenkins - Hard Drive
                                8. Marina Allen - Oh Louise
                                9. Big Thief - Change
                                10. Riddy Arman - Spirits, Angels, Lies
                                11. Katy Kirby - Traffic
                                12. Lunar Vacation - Shrug
                                13. Horsegirl - Sea Life Sandwich Boy
                                14. Typical Girls - Nice Boys
                                15. Lande Hekt - Octopussy
                                16. Lime Garden - Sick & Tired
                                17. Maxwell Farrington - We, Us The Pharaohs
                                18. Spencer Cullum - Jack Of Fools
                                19. Caleb Landry Jones - Bogie
                                20. Whitney K Maryland
                                CD2:
                                1. Charlotte Adigéry And Bolis Pupul - Blenda
                                2. Erol Alkan - Automatic
                                3. Lone - Echo Paths
                                4. El Michels Affair - Murkit Gem
                                5. Mckinley Dixon - Brown Shoulders
                                6. Altin Gun - Yug Dag Basinda
                                7. Lingua Ignota - Pennyslvania Furnace
                                8. Yard Act - Dark Days
                                9. Geese - Low Era
                                10. FUR - The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life
                                11. VLURE - Shattered Faith
                                12. Silverbacks - A Job Worth Something
                                13. Wu-Lu - South
                                14. Goa Express - Second Time
                                15. Do Nothing - Glueland
                                16. Folly Group - Sand Fight
                                17. Mandrake Handshake - Monolith
                                18. Pom Pom Squad - Crying
                                19. The Muckers - So Far Away
                                20. Walt Disco - Weightless

                                Hannah Peel

                                Fir Wave

                                  The new album, a sonic shimmer of textures and pulses that switches between raw atmospheric edges and environments, arrives with a fascinating history. As Peel explains, “The specialist library label KPM, gave me permission to reinterpret the original music of the celebrated 1972 KPM 1000 series: Electrosonic, the music of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop.” This process of re-generation and finding fresh inspiration in pioneering, experimental electronics from the early 1970s is at the core of the album. Peel has made connections and new patterns that mirror the Earth’s ecological cycles through music.

                                  Peel explains, “I’m drawn to the patterns around us and the cycles in life that will keep on evolving and transforming forever. Fir Wave is defined by its continuous environmental changes and there are so many connections to those patterns echoed in electronic music - it’s always an organic dis-covery of old and new.” As Delia Derbyshire revealed in 2000 to BBC sound engineer, journalist and academic Jo Hutton: “I like new things that don’t seem new . . . as though they’ve always been there.”

                                  Known more recently for curating and presenting on BBC Radio 3’s Night Tracks, the Northern Irish Emmy-nominated composer and producer’s work is ambitious and forward-looking, adapting and re-inventing new genres and hybrid musical forms. Recent albums include the solo electronic and pop work of Awake But Always Dreaming, which became an ode to her grandmother’s mind as she lived with dementia; the electronic ruralism of Chalk Hill Blue, an album recorded with the poet Will Burns; and the space and the unparalleled vastness of Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia, scored for synthesisers and a 30 piece colliery brass band. In 2019 she composed and recorded the soundtrack for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch which earned her an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)’. 


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: While i'm a big fan of archival synth business, it's often hard to really listen to it in any other situation other than chin-scratching synth-nerdery. I know, i'm a fan of that and while the more esoteric synth explorations are great fun, they have nowhere near the amount of sheer depth and replayability that you get with 'Fir Wave'. A dynamic and cohesive set of rhythmic electronic pieces, moulded with the legendary influence from KPM. Stunning.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side A
                                  1 Wind Shadow
                                  2 Emergence In Nature
                                  3 Patterned Formation
                                  4 Carbon Cycle

                                  Side B
                                  1 Ecovocative
                                  2 Fir Wave
                                  3 Reaction Diffusion 

                                  Kelly Lee Owens

                                  Melt! (Coby Sey Remix) (Love Record Stores Edition)

                                  Not content with somehow topping her debut LP with last week's superb "Inner Song", K-Lo keeps us cooking with a limited 'Love Record Stores' white label of disorienting club cut "Melt!" with a completely ketty mix from Coby Sey. 

                                  On the A-side, Kelly's OG comes on strong at a rushy 130BPM, twisting our melons with the crystalling cascade of its leadline and sumptuous sub pressure of an interlocking bassline. When taken with the fact that the hard hitting drum programming sounds like it's thumping out of an unlikely "fortress of solitude" rave, this has entirely hallucinatory effects. 

                                  Meanwhile on the flipside Whities affiliate and NTS standout Coby Sey puts on the brakes / downs the benzoes to slow the track to a shuffling 104BPM before slicing and dicing that signature synthline into an intoxicated stutter. Essential listening for fans of Madteo me thinks.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Melt! 
                                  B1. Melt! (Coby Sey Remix)

                                  Released in 2020, Rheinzand’s self-titled debut LP heralded an authentic vibe of retro-futuristic disco-pop, distinguishing themselves in the current climate of dance music. The album was met with acclaim, picked by Piccadilly Records as their nr. 1 album of the year. Since, the material on that album have proven fertile ground for practitioners in the art of the remix. On this EP, we release a selection of those efforts.

                                  On the first slot, we have Running Back label owner and longstanding DJ heavyweight Gerd Janson polishing off his house music fluency with a gleaming take on ‘Blind’. The swerving vocals of Charlotte Caluwaerts’ reverberate through space ray arpeggiators and burnished drum gates.
                                  Belgian compatriot Blitzzega, the neon-drenched moniker of composer Bjorn Eriksson, features with a dizzyingly switched-on version of ‘Mi Mundo’, sporting gnawing synths and hijacked funk licks.

                                  Next, dub-pop wizards Peaking Lights serve up a heady brew of plugged-up melodies braided around Reinhard and Charlotte’s shuffling vocals. This remix blends the magenta glow of synthwave with the deep grooves of maybe late Theo Parrish. We round off the EP with a treat form Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane, the iconic dance music figure who emerged in mid-90s NYC downtown scene. A veteran DJ and disco-head, Kane applies a luminous hand to Rheinzand’s ’14 Again’, deepening the vibe of kittenish mystery through carefully layered work of phasing drones, wandering synths, and mushrooming rhythm section (think T-Connection). 


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Mine says: After the success of the first remix EP we'll again be stocking an exclusive 12" by our album of the year winners Rheinzand, this time featuring remixes by Running Back mastermind Gerd Janson and shop favourites Peaking Lights. LUSH!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Blind (Gerd Janson Dance Mix)
                                  A2. Mi Mundo (Blitzzega Mix)
                                  B1. Synti (Peaking Lights Disco Dub Mix)
                                  B2. 14 Again (Dennis Kane Remix)

                                  Tears For Fears

                                  Tipping Point

                                    Some forty years into one of music’s most impactful, sometimes tense and yet curiously enduring partnerships, Tears For Fears have finally arrived together at The Tipping Point – the group’s ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades.

                                    And now, at very long last, Tears For Fears find themselves back in peak form at The Tipping Point, an inspired song cycle that speaks powerfully and artfully to our present tense here in 2021. This is an album that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the group’s earliest triumphs. Imagine a far more outward-looking take on TFF’s famously introspective 1983 debut album The Hurting set in an even more mad world, or 1985’s Songs From The Big Chair bravely confronting even bigger issues in our increasingly unruly world. Or even 1989’s The Seeds Of Love that sows a mix of love and other emotions.

                                    The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together all over again.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. No Small Thing
                                    2. Tipping Point
                                    3. Long, Long, Long Time
                                    4. Break The Man
                                    5. My Demons
                                    6. Rivers Of Mercy
                                    7. Please Be Happy
                                    8. Master Plan
                                    9. End Of Night
                                    10. Stay

                                    Marconi Union

                                    Signals

                                      Marconi Union are considered one of the leading ambient and electronic-synth acts in the world, continuously topping many lists as the most important contemporary ambient artists around today. The Manchester band often draw comparisons with Brian Eno and Biosphere, perhaps Sigur Ros, but the graceful manner with which their richly melodic compositions unfold and the emotion these evoke sets them apart from their peers.

                                      Signals is the latest addition to Marconi Union’s highly acclaimed discography. Despite having released twelve albums in the last eighteen years they continue to experiment and push boundaries.

                                      ‘In some respects Signals is a more traditional songwriting album than anything we’ve done before, but it draws on the same techniques we’ve used on our previous albums’

                                      After their previous album, the largely beat-less Dead Air, one might think that Marconi Union would be primarily influenced by synth players or guitarists. However, it turns out that Signals was actually informed by the bands’ admiration of a number of different drummers and this played a significant part in helping shape its sound.

                                      ‘We were quite inspired by various players like Jaki Liebezeit, Clive Deamer and Tony Allen and tried to imagine what our music would sound like with them playing on it.’

                                      Signals combines synthetic textures with organic sound, and merges the familiar with the unknown, transporting the listener deep into their imagination. The one-word title is both mysterious and evocative, suggesting a multitude of images that range from high-tech electronic messaging to ghostly abandoned radio stations and even that most basic level of human expression, body language.

                                      It Is both ironic and yet somehow so right, that a group so regularly described as ‘enigmatic’ should make an album that alludes to communication. Although, long-term fans will be relieved to note that Marconi Union decline to enlighten us on what all this means.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      Cycles Repeat
                                      The Halo

                                      Side B
                                      Blowback
                                      Strata

                                      Side C
                                      Citizen’s Dream
                                      Breaking Point

                                      Side D
                                      Looking Through The Ilex

                                      Composer, electronic music innovator, and Pere Ubu's original synthesist Allen Ravenstine returns to Waveshaper Media with the diptych LP (comprised of 1 EP per side) "Nautilus / Rue De Poisson Noir", the final two parts in Raventine’s "Tyranny of Fiction series". Waveshaper Media first came into contact with Ravenstine when they interviewed him in 2012 for their modular synthesizer documentary - I Dream Of Wires.

                                      "Nautilus / Rue De Poisson Noir" brings together 21 of the prodigious composer’s recent lyrical and abstract compositions collectively comprised of the sounds of analogue and digital synthesizers, alongside traditional acoustic instruments. The first 10 recordings, subtitled "Nautilus", are found on Side A of the LP (and CD1) while the second 11, "Rue Du Poisson Noir", comprise Side B (and CD2). 

                                      Using a singular blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, each track on "Nautilus", weaves its own wayward travelogue amidst stray bits of audio verité and wafting musical fragrances - by turns tropical and foreboding. "Rue De Poisson Noir" takes cues from its fragmentary companion both in palette and approach, slithering between cinematic intrigue, off-brand jazz, avant-garde mischief, and fried electro without ever batting an eye. Together they form a beguiling collection of hyperrealist miniatures that remains strange, restless, inquisitive and - most of all - evocative throughout.

                                      For those in the know, Allen Ravenstine has been one of the most creative synthesizer players of the past forty-plus years. Ravenstine started out in the mid-1970s experimenting in his Cleveland apartment with an analogue EML 200 synthesizer, eventually creating a piece in 1975 that became known as "Terminal Drive". While he had no intention of releasing his compositions, word got out about the kind of sounds he was experimenting with, which led to an invitation to join pioneering avant garage group Pere Ubu for the recording of the group’s first 45, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.” He soon joined Pere Ubu full-time, bringing to the band’s sound unpredictable textures, effects, bleeps, squalls, pulsating washes of sound - whatever he felt could enhance the soundscape of the band’s performances and recordings.

                                      By the early 1990s, Ravenstine had grown sick of the road, band infighting and the music industry in general. Deciding a change was needed, he opted to forego music altogether, making his living as an airplane pilot. His music career remained in limbo until 2012, when an interview for the I Dream Of Wires documentary, alongside Robert Wheeler who had succeeded him as Pere Ubu’s synthesist, turned into a recording session for the duo, leading to a series of collaborative releases. As well as having his 1975 "Terminal Drive" recordings released to great acclaim in 2017, Ravenstine has been prolific in recent years, with "Nautilus / Rue De Poisson Noir" now marking his 4th solo full-length.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Synthesizer legend Allen Ravenstine deploys some devout labours of hardwired love here as he presents two pieces of library electronics / synthesizer expression for the archives and history books. Long after humans have ceased to populate Earth, the next inhabitants weill look to the far-out sounds of Ravenstine to re-connect to our human avatars.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Nautilus - Vinyl LP Side 1 / CD1

                                      A1. Fog (Devil's Island Mix)
                                      A2. A Day At The Beach
                                      A3. Meadowlark
                                      A4. Heteromorph
                                      A5. Nautilus
                                      A6. Java Head
                                      A7. Prelude
                                      A8. Tuxedo Moonlight
                                      A9. Moonlight Marimba
                                      A10. Red Skies At Night



                                      Rue Du Poisson Noir - Vinyl LP Side 2 / CD 2

                                      B1. Dof Downie Woot
                                      B2. Open Season
                                      B3. The Rain On Mars
                                      B4. Music Box
                                      B5. Brothers Grimm
                                      B6. Rear Window
                                      B7. Time & Tide
                                      B8. Rue Du Poisson Noir
                                      B9. Interlude
                                      B10. Wireless
                                      B11. Bossa Nova


                                      Suicide

                                      Surrender: A Collection

                                        Mute / BMG announce 'Surrender: A Collection' by influential electronic-punk duo Suicide.

                                        This brand new, remastered collection spans Alan Vega & Marty Rev’s forty year career and serves as an introduction to their raw, eclectic and inspiring catalogue.

                                        Although the band barely received any credit during their career, Suicide are cited as one of the most inspirational bands of the 1970s, influencing the likes Soft Cell, Depeche Mode and The Jesus And Mary Chain, whilst garnering fans in Nick Cave, Jim Thirlwell, M.I.A., Spiritualized, Lydia Lunch, Bobby Gillespie and Savages to name a few.

                                        “SUICIDE MADE SOME OF THE COOLEST, MOST UNCOMPROMISING MUSIC EVER INFLICTED ON OUR SPECIES. THIS GATHERING OF SONGS IS NOT A “BEST OF” NOR IS IT A “DEFINITIVE” ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-KNOW COMPILATION. IT IS AN INTRODUCTION THAT WILL HOPEFULLY COMPEL YOU TO EXPLORE THE ALBUMS.” Henry Rollins, Surrender.

                                        Presented as a limited edition double album, on 140g Blood Red Vinyl in an embossed outer and mirror board inner gatefold, this unique package also contains a set of brand new, extensive and extraordinary liner notes by long serving fan/collaborator and NYC stalwart Henry Rollins.

                                        The tracklisting, collated by Marty Rev, Liz Lamere, and Henry Rollins, includes tracks from their classic debut album, Suicide (1977), to their final outing, American Supreme (2002). The LP also features two brand new, unheard tracks Girl (Unreleased Version) and Frankie Teardrop (First Version). The package has been full remastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        LP Tracklist:
                                        A1. Dominic Christ (2022 – Remaster)
                                        A2. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne (2022 – Remaster)
                                        A3. Harlem (2022 – Remaster)
                                        A4. Rocket USA (2022 – Remaster)
                                        B1. Cheree (2022 – Remaster)
                                        B2. Dream Baby Dream (2022 – Remaster)
                                        B3. Touch Me (2022 – Remaster)
                                        B4. Ghost Rider (2022 – Remaster)
                                        B5. Mr. Ray (2022 – Remaster)
                                        C1. Surrender (2022 – Remaster)
                                        C2. Why Be Blue? (2022 – Remaster)
                                        C3. Wrong Decisions (2022 – Remaster)
                                        C4. Dachau, Disney, Disco (2022 – Remaster)
                                        D1. Radiation (2022 – Remaster)
                                        D2. Girl (Unreleased Version) (2022 – Remaster)^
                                        D3. Frankie Teardrop (First Version) (2022 – Remaster)*

                                        CD Tracklist:
                                        Dominic Christ (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Harlem (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Rocket USA (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Cheree (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Dream Baby Dream (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Touch Me (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Ghost Rider (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Mr. Ray (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Surrender (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Why Be Blue? (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Wrong Decisions (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Dachau, Disney, Disco (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Radiation (2022 – Remaster)
                                        Frankie Teardrop (First Version) (2022 – Remaster)*

                                        ^Previously Unreleased, Vinyl Only.
                                        *Previously Unreleased.

                                        All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                        As is my taste for the tardy, I was a couple of weeks late to this particular party, belatedly tipped to “that goth disco LP” through an overheard conversation between Mine and Matt. As a first class graduate of the “indie dance” era, I was naturally intrigued and promptly took the plunge into this monochrome masterpiece.

                                        While her Sink Ya Teeth project with Maria Uzor takes a bite out of the Big Apple’s no-wave and post-punk era, Cullingford’s solo-debut splits its time between the steely synth-pop of Sheffield, Chicago’s house heritage and the unapologetic electroclash of Millennial Berlin. This travelogue translates to a sleek set of taut techno pop, topped with zero-fucks speak singing and utterly arch asides. A lesser LP would sink under the stature of single “Wide Boys”, a fleet-footed and flute-led floor burner, but Let Me Speak is made from only the finest ingredients – pass the biscuits please.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: While Sink Ya Teeth definitely took influence from the dancefloor, it's Cullingford's solo output that really pays homage to the sweaty peak of industrial and techno clubgoing with it's own particular brand of momentous rhythm and rich, chest shaking bass hits. Wildly immersive and wonderfully satisfying,

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A
                                        1 The Lizard
                                        2 Sight For Sore Eyes
                                        3 Wide Boys
                                        4 Racer
                                        5 Let Me Speak

                                        Side B
                                        6 Queen Bee
                                        7 Chase The Beat
                                        8 I Like You
                                        9 Ode To Billy Joe
                                        10 Fatal Embrace

                                        Kelly Lee Owens' masterful second album "Inner Song" finds the convention-blurring techno producer and singer/songwriter diving deep into her own psyche—excoriating the struggles she's faced over the last several years and exploring personal pain while embracing the beauty of the natural world. It's a leap in artistry from a musician who burst forth on the scene with a confident, rich sound, and "Inner Song" is endlessly enticing when it comes to what Owens is capable of.

                                        "Inner Song" follows the star-making debut of her 2017 self-titled album, a quixotic blend of body-moving beats and introspective songwriting that garnered numerous accolades from the music press. Owens has indeed come a long way from her background as a nurse, since then she has remixed Bjørk & St Vincent, released an indelibly clubby two-tracker, 2019's "Let It Go" b/w "Omen," and teamed up with likeminded auteur Jon Hopkins on the one-off "Luminous Spaces."

                                        Her latest album also comes off of what Owens describes as "the hardest three years of my life," an emotionally fraught time that, in her words, "Definitely impacted my creative life and everything I'd worked for up to that point. I wasn't sure if I could make anything anymore, and it took quite a lot of courage to get to a point where I could make something again." So while the lovely cover of Radiohead's "Arpeggi" might strike some as an unconventional way to open a sophomore effort, to Owens the winding take on the classic tune—recorded a year before work on "Inner Song" properly kicked off—represents the sort of sonic rebirth that's so essential to Inner Song's aura.

                                        "Inner Song" was largely written and recorded over a month last winter. As with her debut, Owens holed up in the studio with co-producer and collaborator James Greenwood —and letting loose in the studio and being open to whatever sonic whims emerge was essential to Owens' craftwork. The evocative title of the album is borrowed from free-jazz maestro Alan Silva's 1972 opus, which was gifted to Owens by Smalltown Supersound's Joakim Haugland for her 30th birthday: "I'm so grateful for him and his perspectives—he's always thinking outside of the box. Those two words really reflect what it felt like to make this record. I did a lot of inner work in the past few years, and this is a true reflection of that." The hair-raising bass and tickling textures of "Inner Song" drive home that, more so than ever, Owens is locked in to delivering maximal sonic pleasure—as evidenced by the decision to make the album's vinyl release a sesqui album, or triple-sided album: "I'm still obsessed with frequencies that don't do well on vinyl if they don't have the space."

                                        "The power of conceptualizing who you are has really informed this album," Owens states about Inner Song's essence, and her second album is truly a discovery of self— the latest statement from a fascinating artist who continues to surprise, gesturing towards a rich and varied career to come.


                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Patrick says: Three years on from her championship season and KLO returns to the long format with a deeper, more refined distillation of her trademark techno pop style. If her debut album delivered on the promise of those early singles, ‘Inner Song’ offers us a dizzying premonition of just how far she could go.

                                        By her own admission, this album emerged after the hardest three years of her life, and even a cursory scan of the lyrics hints at a little darkness before the dawn. “‘On” and “L.I.N.E.” explore the end of a troubled relationship, “Melt” references the climate crisis and “Wake Up” warns against extended screen time. Rather than wallowing in the melancholy though, Kelly strikes an optimistic tone, serving a resilient reminder that we all have the power to overcome adversity, mirrored in the vital beats and healing frequencies which underpin her emotive songwriting.

                                        Much like Arthur Russell, an early inspiration, Owens revels in the space between genres, providing a fresh perspective on established styles. Crystalline electronics sit beneath a shoegaze shimmer on “Night”, the bastard offspring of the Cocteau’s and Kraftwerk in a fresh pair of dancing shoes. “Re-Wild” splits the difference between futuristic RnB and taut Detroit techno, a new Minimal Nation woozy on lean, while “Jeanette”, a celebration of the life of her nan, renders an organic landscape in precise electronics.

                                        On this complex yet cohesive album, Owens tackles serious subject matter with poetic sensitivity, pop hooks and thunderous beats, all the while retaining the ethereal beauty of her Welsh heritage.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        SIDE A:
                                        1. Arpeggi
                                        2. On
                                        3. Melt!
                                        4. Re-wild

                                        Side B:
                                        1. Jeanette
                                        2. L.I.N.E.
                                        3. Corner Of My Sky (ft. John Cale)

                                        Side C:
                                        1. Night
                                        2. Flow
                                        3. Wake-Up

                                        Arthur Russell meets The Style Council on this EP retrospective of lost Mancunian sophista-jazz-popoutfit, The Bernhardts.

                                        The Bernhardts are Simon Milner (vocals, trumpet), Steve Hopkins (keyboards), and Neil Fitzpatrick (percussion, guitar), a trio that formed in Manchester in the early ‘80s. Simon and Neil have been good
                                        friends since grade school, and before The Bernhardts, they released a few singles at the end of the ‘70s with their pop-rock outfit, The Smirks. On the side, the pair played regularly with their self-styled ‘jazzpunk’ ensemble at various local bars and venues. Steve was playing keyboards and producing music for Pauline Murray, John Cooper Clarke, and the Invisible Girls, and Manchester bands such as Jilted John, Dislocation Dance, the High, Chris Sievey, and Happy Mondays. He happened to attend one of Simon and Neil’s late evening punk-cabaret shows, captivated, he approached them about collaborating.

                                        Stylishly laced in tuxedos, with their hair elaborately coiffed, the three played around Manchester as The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble, a group dedicated to the romantic jazz nostalgia of the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. By night, they transformed into Rio Fortune (Steve), Claude Walloon (Neil), and Oscar Bernhardt (Simon), conjuring yearning memories of a distant musical era. Away from their gigs, the trio assembled under various names for their studio experiments. They captured and updated the spirit of the decadent ‘20s as The Rum Babas, their interests in Eastern melodies saw them as The Rickshaw Gang, but ultimately, as all their influences spun together and the recordings developed, they simply went by The Bernhardts. Meddling around in the studio, they would add drum machines to some of their favorite jazz standards, giving an electronic tinge to classics like “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “Moonglow”. The concept expanded into a fantasy that a 1930’s group had been abducted into outer space to run a cabaret in the stars; it was space-age meets sequencers. They crafted a handful of original songs that they felt were fit to shop around to labels.

                                        The band got busy on the phone, posted out demo cassettes, and managed to set up some A&R meetups for a potential deal. It was a challenging experience to pitch their outer space voyage to less imaginative labels, but they landed a place on Parlophone with some determination. Together with producer Mike Howlett, they polished a handful of their songs in various studios around Manchester. This EP compilation contains released and unreleased songs from those sessions; a sampler of the different sides of The Bernhardts. Each song, intricately woven, paints the picture of the sophisticated celestial moods the group was trying to capture.

                                        Although the group had radio play, played occasional promotional gigs, and had the backing of a major label, it was difficult for them to expand to a wider audience. The Bernhardts members eventually moved on to other projects a couple of years after their sole single, “I Hear You Calling”, was released. They shifted focus slightly, playing together as Distant Cousins along with Simon’s wife Doreen whom he’d met during The Bernhardts’ recording sessions. Currently, the group still maintains good friendships and strong interests in music. Neil plays indie-pop with his daughter Hann, Simon can be found busking regularly around Manchester with The Charleston Charlies, and Steve has returned to running a Latin-soul-jazz quintet after taking a detour to earn his Ph.D in laser physics.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Jubilant and sincere, arty indie pop which sounds like Arthur Russell meets Orange Juice in the Talking Heads studio. It's fun, musical, heartfelt and another chapter of rainy city music you're probably not aware of yet. Mega!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Send Your Heart To Me
                                        I Hear You Calling
                                        Crescent Moon (Instrumental)
                                        Love Breaks In

                                        Dohnavùr

                                        The Flow Across Borders: The Remixes

                                          The idea for a remix LP came about following the incredibly positive reception that greeted “The Flow Across Borders” upon its release in May last year.

                                          After the services of The Orb and Richard Norris were secured by the label, Frazer and Ali asked some of their favourite artists on Castles in Space to contribute remixes for the project, which subsequently grew into a wonderful overview of both the scope and diversity of the band’s output and the skill and sensitivity of the remixers.

                                          Frazer Brown: “As the tracks started to come in, we realised that this collection was going to be something very special. The Orb remix is classic Orb, Richard Norris’ contribution is pure bliss, and the fact that this is the first official remix that Concretism has ever done is especially thrilling. Every track is astounding…”

                                          Ali O’May and Frazer Brown met in early 2018 while performing with their respective bands at an Electronic Music Open Mic (EMOM) gig in Edinburgh. With obvious common interests, further discussions lead a few months later to Ali passing Frazer a USB drive filled with stems recorded directly from Ali’s vast modular system. Across August and September 2019, Frazer used about a dozen of those stems as the foundation for a set of tracks, building them into fully realised pieces across a range of styles from techno, lo-fi, breaks, acid house and ambient. And thus was born the Dohnavúr method - Ali coaxing the raw materials from his modular set up and Frazer working them up instinctively with his encyclopaedic knowledge of electronic music into tracks for which the feel, genre and direction is inspired by Ali’s foundational building blocks.

                                          Sleeve artwork is once again handled by Mark Hall.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          01 New Objectivity - The Orb’s Rest And Be Thankful Mix
                                          02 The Kindness Of Others - Concretism Remix
                                          03 Twenty There - Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan Remix
                                          04 The Kindness Of Others - Richard Norris Remix
                                          05 Sunk - Kieran Mahon Remix
                                          06 Pwll Du - Letters From Mouse Remix
                                          07 Five To Return - Pulselovers Remix

                                          Boy Harsher

                                          The Runner (OST)

                                            Boy Harsher’s latest release, ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’, is an exorcism.

                                            Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews’ fifth release entitled ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is not a traditional album. Rather, it is the soundtrack to a short film, also entitled ‘The Runner’. The film, written, produced, and directed by the duo, is a searching horror film, attached to a meta-style “documentary” about Boy Harsher’s recording process. The album includes several distinct components: cinematic arrangements, vocal features, and of course classic Boy Harsher dark pop.

                                            Last year, in the midst of the obvious chaos (the global pandemic), but additionally with Jae’s MS diagnosis, Augustus started working on moody, cinematic sketches. It was uncertain what these pieces would become, other than catharsis. In Jae’s period of convalescence, she kept thinking about this sinister character: a woman running through the woods. Together, they developed this idea further into a film. They were unable to tour, a drastic (and isolating) shift in their career, and making ‘club music’ did not feel right. But there was so much they needed to get out. The next Boy Harsher release would be a reconciliation of this time. The album processes feelings of universal anxiety and the confrontation of at home illness. A necessary expulsion during a time of unrest.

                                            The album opens with “Tower”. The only track on ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ that Boy Harsher has previously played live, but never recorded. The song is an incantation, with its pulsing synth and Jae’s begging vocals. A spell about desire and impending destruction. Jae asks 'But are you honest? Do you trust? You trust in me?' Questions answered by her desperate yells. It starts both the film and the soundtrack with a heavy presence.

                                            Two songs on ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ feature vocalists other than Jae Matthews. He allows a distinct sound for both vocalists and really leans into the possibility of divergent genres. “Machina”, is a HI-NRG homage, performed by Mariana Saldaña of Boan, and “Autonomy” a new wave tribute, performed by Cooper B. Handy of Lucy. Augustus Muller fully embraces the soundtrack ethos, by creating fictional ‘bands’ to generate additional content.

                                            ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is exactly what’s in the name: a soundtrack. At first the shape of the release was nebulous - yet once realized the album is dynamic. It serves as the story of the running figure and her musical accompaniment. Those expecting a traditional release will be surprised, but not disappointed.


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Tower
                                            A2. Give Me A Reason
                                            A3. Autonomy (Feat. Lucy - Cooper B. Handy)
                                            A4. The Ride Home
                                            B1. Escape
                                            B2. Machina (Feat. Ms. BOAN - Mariana Saldaña)
                                            B3. Untitled (Piano)
                                            B4. I Understand

                                            Fontän

                                            Iriz / Mast

                                            'This recording is dedicated to nomads, space travelers & free spirits that visit Earth for a brief time to make a mark here on their way to other worlds. They leave traces on tram wagons, walls and in our minds in our cities before moving on into the unknown. Especially one.'

                                            A slow build up to a stoned and baggy downbeat is how “Iris” develops. Big bass plumes locking our gaze onto sweeping atmospheres as an end-of-night warmth emanates of this piece of cerebral after party music.

                                            The dreamy music box intro of “Mast” falls into a deep half beat where warm E-bow guitars and sweeping synthesizers carry the music higher and higher away from the ground for another mind's-eye focussed trip that expertly guides us from acid house fallout to neo-spiritual shamanism.

                                            Continuing to craft their own distinctly unique identity Höga Nord keep to the suspended and crystaline nature of Winter on this sincere release from Fontän - recommended!


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A. Iriz
                                            B. Mast

                                            Alan Vega

                                            Invasion / Murder One

                                              One of Alan Vega’s greatest talents was his ability to bring the past and the future together into a suspended place of timelessness. His groundbreaking duo Suicide was often seen as future primitivism and most of his musical output has exemplified this blending of the primordial human condition and visionary thinking. With Invasion b/w Murder One, the next release from the now infamous Vega Vault following 2021’s Mutator, we see this innate power in full effect.

                                              The two tracks “Invasion” and “Murder One” were recorded two decades apart from one another in New York City. “Invasion” was recorded toward the end of the 2012-2015 studio sessions for the posthumous album IT and was one of his last recordings, while “Murder One” was recorded in 1997-1998, (after the Mutator sessions) and is part of a cluster of material that was recorded but never mixed prior to the sessions for his album 2007, released in 1999. Pairing these two songs together as a release illustrates the timelessness of the 30 plus years of unreleased material that he deemed the Vega Vault.

                                              This release continues the collaboration of Mutator’s mixing and producing team, Liz Lamere and Jared Artaud. Liz provides a bridge to the past, having performed throughout the recording process of “Murder One” and “Invasion” while Jared opens a bridge to the future having been chosen by Alan himself to carry the torch and ensure the vision stays intact. Alan trusted no one more than Liz and Jared, and gave his blessing and encouragement to continue releasing material from the Vault. As Alan stated in the song “Vision” from IT, “If you destroy the vision, you will suffer the whirlwind.”

                                              Listening to the various tracks during these mixing sessions brought up vivid recollections of how the sounds (such as the haunting voices in “Murder One”) were created and the constant experimentation that was involved, memories that informed Liz’s approach in the mixing process. Together with Jared’s technical skills, intuition, and deep understanding of the feeling these sounds were intended to evoke, the two were able to preserve the authenticity of the recordings while enhancing the quality of sound so the listener can fully experience the nuances of these unique auditory creations.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Invasion
                                              2. Murder One 

                                              Andy Bell

                                              Another View

                                                All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                Compilation album featuring Pye Corner Audio remixed tracks from 2020’s “the view from halfway down” Andy Bell’s critically acclaimed album + some unreleased acoustic versions. 

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: In a brilliant twist, Pye Corner Audio reworked a bunch of Andy Bell's tunes for a series of 12's recently, and the results were stellar, this Cd compilation sees all of those singles and b-sides come together for a superb meeting of minds and a wonderfully rewarding listen.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1.Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                2.Skywalker (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                3.Cherry Cola (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                4.Love Comes In Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                5.I Was Alone (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                6.Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix – GLOK Re-edit)
                                                7.The Commune (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                8.Plastic Bag (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                9.The Commune
                                                10.Plastic Bag
                                                11.Love Comes In Waves (Acoustic Version)
                                                12.Cherry Cola (Acoustic Version)
                                                13.Skywalker (Acoustic Version)
                                                14.Perfume (Acoustic Version)
                                                15.The Commune (Acoustic Version)

                                                Apta

                                                Vignettes

                                                  New CD edition of January's quickly sold-out cassette 'Vignettes'. Includes bonus track not on original release. 

                                                  “Hazy summer montages, worn film and distant fuzzy rock radio. Festivals staring at shifting clouds, green grass tickling your neck…” So says Barry “Apta” Smethurst of the feel he was aiming to capture on this superlative collection of instrumentals. Based in Manchester, he cites Sigur Ros and Boards of Canada as influences, but the album has more in common with the sense of pastoral stillness evoked so perfectly by Brian Eno on the blissful second side of Before And After Science.

                                                  It shimmers. It soothes. It is an idle sunny afternoon of a record, steeped in restless daydreams of hovering dragonflies and slow-moving water. ‘12v’ is the most Eno-esque, a delicate dance of puckish guitar and electric piano slowly subsumed by the ebb of modular synths. ‘Spark’ is five minutes of impudent pizzacato that launches into the softest of beats, and closer ‘The Inward Eye’ is a gentle awakening with a smile a mile wide. Beautiful. - Bob Fischer, Electronic sound 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Beginning with the pure celestial tones of "Breeze", you could be mistaken to think Apta had taken a turn towards Iasos' deep sound spirituality. For his ever growing fanbase - those Tamagotchi utopias are still shining ever present in crystalline hi-def. But there IS a sense of something greater here; a practice and methodology akin to meditation; everything is thought out, programmed, and done for reason. By getting deeper inside his circuits Apta seems to be eking out a new cosmic consciousness, almost preparing us for the metaverse before we inhabit it. Incredible.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Breeze 01:41
                                                  2. The First Sight 03:22
                                                  3. 12v 05:14
                                                  4. Try, Try 03:29
                                                  5. Segue 02:16
                                                  6. Equinox 04:41
                                                  7. Spark 05:22
                                                  8. Name3674982 04:39
                                                  9. We Watch The Horizon Fade 06:48
                                                  10. The Inward Eye 03:55
                                                  11. Drive (bonus - Download/CD Only) 04:49 

                                                  Apta

                                                  Echoes

                                                    Echoes is the amazing new album from Manchester based multi instrumentalist and producer Apta.

                                                    Utilising a wide range of sound sources, from Eurorack modular to his own guitar and bass playing, the Apta sound is rich, uplifting and alive with invention and lightness.

                                                    In a genre of music where there is often more melancholy than outright happiness, Echoes imparts a feeling of joy onto the listener. Apta's mastery of the gentle guitar figure to compliment intricate synth melodies shines through in tracks such as 'The Slide', and in 'Polar(+)', with it's organ chords, synth swirls and electric bass, make you wonder what Sigur Ros would have sounded like if they had chosen a less chaotic left turn with Takk.

                                                    Echoes is such a rewarding experience, and in its complex weaving of sounds, will keep surprising you with new treasures with each listen.

                                                    All tracks written, performed and produced by Apta.
                                                    Mastered by Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw.
                                                    Design by BMH Arthouse.
                                                    fox043.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Swell 01:00
                                                    2. The Slide 03:54
                                                    3. Ripples 03:16
                                                    4. Threads 03:54
                                                    5. Polar (+) 05:33
                                                    6. Same As It Ever Was (Bokeh) 01:38
                                                    7. The Same As It Ever Was 03:57
                                                    8. DSI 03:52
                                                    9. Paraesthesia 03:38
                                                    10. Wander 03:55
                                                    11. We Tire 04:11

                                                    Nation Of Language

                                                    A Way Forward

                                                      Nation of Language hail from Brooklyn, New York.

                                                      The band self-released their debut album ‘Introduction, Presence’ in May 2020.

                                                      ‘A Way Forward’ marks their first album since signing to Play It Again Sam.

                                                      Pristine synth-infused pop, with a heavy 80s vibe. Think OMD, A Flock Of Seagulls etc.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: From the shuffled cosmic thump of 'Across That Fine Line' to Kreidler-adjacent instrumental sub-bass rhythms behind chorused guitars and stadium riffage, 'A Way Forward' provides a perfectly measured and impeccably manicured electronic wooze. Lovely.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      In Manhattan
                                                      Across That Fine Line
                                                      Wounds Of Love
                                                      Miranda
                                                      The Grey Commute
                                                      This Fractured Mind
                                                      Former Self
                                                      Whatever You Want
                                                      A Word & A Wave
                                                      They’re Beckoning

                                                      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

                                                        Art Of Noise

                                                        Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise? / Who's Afraid Of Goodbye? (RSD21 EDITION)

                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH 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 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


                                                          A reissue of ëWhoís Afraid ofÖ?í, the debut album from pioneering British synth-pop act The Art of Noise, featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer Anne Dudley and hugely successful producer Trevor Horn. ëWhoís Afraid of..?í was one of the first releases on the fledgling ZTT label in 1984 and has been unavailable on vinyl since it was repressed and repackaged in 1985. UMC will make it available on 180gm vinyl for Record Store Day 2021, as a new limited edition release featuring a second LP of rare Art of Noise recordings, presented as ëWhoís Afraid ofÖ Goodbye?í These are making their first appearance on vinyl and were previously only available as part of the now deleted 2006 box set, ëWhat Have You Done With My Body, God?í For aficionados of the brilliant ZTT catalogue ìthis has been number 34 in Zang Tuum Tumbís Incomplete Incidental Series, number 17 in the Complete Element Series, and now number 24 in the Definitive Definition Series.î

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?

                                                          A1 A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid) 4:45
                                                          A2 Beat Box (Diversion One) 8:33
                                                          A3 Snapshot 1:02
                                                          A4 Close (To The Edit) 5:37
                                                          B1 Who's Afraid (Of The Art Of Noise) 4:21
                                                          B2 Moments In Love 10:17
                                                          B3 Memento 2:12
                                                          B4 How To Kill 2:43
                                                          B5 Realisation 1:46

                                                          Who's Afraid Of Goodbye?

                                                          C1 War (Demo 4) 4:39
                                                          C2 The Focus Of Satisfaction 11:01
                                                          C3 Moments In Love (7" Master Rejected) 3:44
                                                          C4 It Stopped! 4:27
                                                          D1 The Uncertainty Of Syrup 1:21
                                                          D2 The Long Hello 4:34
                                                          D3 The Vacuum Divine 0:47
                                                          D4 The Ambassador Reel: Beat Box 3:54
                                                          D5 The Ambassador Reel: Another Time To Hear 10:56
                                                          D6 The Ambassador Reel: Oobly 1:20
                                                          D7 Goodbye Art Of Noise 0:37
                                                          D8 Moments In Love (Incomplete) 1:06

                                                          All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                          DEEWEE, the label from Grammy-nominated artists David & Stephen Dewaele AKA Soulwax/2manydjs, release "Foundations", their 50th release and first compilation album coming out on May 7th. 27 tracks including 3 brand new exclusive works* are beautifully presented across triple LP and 2CD physical editions, along with digital format. All are united by a breadth of imagination, a love of hands-on artistry, and of course by the sonic craftsmanship of the Dewaele brothers themselves.

                                                          Foundations is more than just a compilation of tracks from the DEEWEE label. It’s a beautiful object in its own right. As with all DEEWEE releases, Parisian art directors, Ill-Studio have created a gorgeous artefact that collectors will love. It’s also a wonderful audio experience, with new music complimenting and elevating the catalogue material, and the sequencing of the 27 tracks done with as much love as any artist album or DJ set. It’s an expression of the values of a musical family with the brothers at its heart and featuring their creative input throughout. Everything on the album has come through the DEEWEE Studios in Ghent, Belgium which was built to bring together their friends from around the world. In many ways, Foundations represents a new phase in the label’s existence, one that is aided by a new joint venture with UK and FR label Because Music.


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Double CD
                                                          CD 1
                                                          01. Charlotte Adigéry - Bear With Me (And L'll Stand Bare Before You)
                                                          02. Laima - Disco Pregnancy (Tonal+ Rhythmical)
                                                          03. Each Other - Burn It Down
                                                          04. Bolis Pupul - Moon Theme
                                                          05. James Righton - Release Party
                                                          06. Die Verboten - Aquarius
                                                          07. Soulwax - Heaven Scent Feat. Chloe Sevigny
                                                          08. Ems Synthi 100 - Movement 6
                                                          09. Soulwax - Conditions Of A Shared Belief
                                                          10. Soulwax - Close To Paradise
                                                          11. Asa Moto - Kifesh
                                                          12. Laila - The Other Me (Deeweedub)
                                                          13. Asa Moto - Wanowan Efem
                                                          CD 2
                                                          01. Charlotte Adigéry - Paténipat
                                                          02. Klanken - Drie
                                                          03. Phillipi - 9000
                                                          04. Movulango - Leave
                                                          05. Laima - Home
                                                          06. Emmanuelle - Italove
                                                          07. Sworn Virgins -Take Your Lady
                                                          08. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Paciencia
                                                          09. Extra Credit- Drive Me
                                                          10. Bous Pupul - Wéi?
                                                          11. Soulwax - Essential Eleven
                                                          12. Sworn Virgins - Fifty Dollar Bills
                                                          13. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Retrogrado
                                                          14. Future Sound Of Antwerp - Tom Cruise, Scientologist

                                                          Triple Vinyl Edition
                                                          A1. Charlotte Adigéry - Bear With Me (And L'll Stand Bare Before You)
                                                          A2. Laima - Disco Pregnancy (Tonal+ Rhythmical)
                                                          A3. Each Other - Burn It Down
                                                          A4. Bolis Pupul - Moon Theme
                                                          A5. James Righton - Release Party
                                                          B1. Die Verboten - Aquarius
                                                          B2. Soulwax - Heaven Scent Feat. Chloe Sevigny
                                                          B3. Ems Synthi 100 - Movement 6
                                                          B4. Soulwax - Conditions Of A Shared Belief
                                                          C1. Soulwax - Close To Paradise
                                                          C2. Asa Moto - Kifesh
                                                          C3. Laila - The Other Me (Deeweedub)
                                                          C4. Asa Moto - Wanowan Efem
                                                          D1. Charlotte Adigéry - Paténipat
                                                          D2. Klanken - Drie
                                                          D3. Phillipi - 9000
                                                          D4. Movulango - Leave
                                                          D5. Laima - Home
                                                          E1. Emmanuelle - Italove
                                                          E2. Sworn Virgins -Take Your Lady
                                                          E3. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Paciencia
                                                          E4. Extra Credit- Drive Me
                                                          F1. Bous Pupul - Wéi?
                                                          F2. Soulwax - Essential Eleven
                                                          F3. Sworn Virgins - Fifty Dollar Bills
                                                          F4. Phillipi & Rodrigo - Retrogrado
                                                          F5. Future Sound Of Antwerp - Tom Cruise, Scientologist

                                                          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

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988

                                                              All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                              Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 hovers vibe–wise between two distinct poles within Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Japan Archival Series—Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986. All three albums showcase recordings produced during Japan’s soaring bubble economy of the 1980s, an era in which aesthetic visions and consumerism merged. Music echoed the nation’s prosperity and with financial abundance came the luxury to dream.

                                                              Sonically, Somewhere Between mines the midpoint between Kankyō Ongaku’s sparkling atmospherics and Pacific Breeze’s metropolitan boogie. The compilation encompasses ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the Avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble and Yoshio Ojima, to the leftfield techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.

                                                              These tracks also exist in a space of transition when the major label grip on the Japanese recording market began to give way to the escalation of independents. Thanks to the idyllic economic climate and innovations in domestically–manufactured music gear, creators on the edges were empowered to focus on satisfying their artistic visions in the open headspace of home studios. While labels like Warner Music and Nippon Columbia explored new sounds through traditional channels, it was possible for Vanity, Balcony and other indie labels, not to mention self–released artists like Ojima and Naoki Asai, to publish their work via affordable media such as cassettes, 7" vinyl, and flexi–discs.

                                                              Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), Somewhere Between is a collection of music, much of it released for the first time outside Japan, that is bound more by energetic vibration than shared history, genre or scene. They are the sounds of transition and searching—a celebration of the freedom found in floating.


                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
                                                              Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
                                                              Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
                                                              Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
                                                              R.N.A-ORGANISM - WEIMAR 22
                                                              Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
                                                              Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
                                                              Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
                                                              Dip In The Pool - Hasu No Enishi
                                                              Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
                                                              D-Day - Sweet Sultan
                                                              Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
                                                              Neo Museum - Area
                                                              Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)

                                                              All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                              A good 10 years after her first solo LP, Annika Henderson of Exploded View fame has created the perfect album. One that is great from start to finish and steeped in the scope of human emotion. Change combines goth disco© (“Critical”, “Rights”) and synth stompers (“Finger Pies”, “Naysayer”) with eerie, haunting songs (“Sand Witches”, “Freedom”) and heartfelt melancholia (“Change”, “Never Coming Back”, “Wait For Something”). The tracks are gloomy yet catchy and with its industrial feel and Anika’s Nico-esque voice the album sounds both moody and empowering. The title track “Change” and my personal favourite “Never Coming Back” in particular have me in awe of her songwriting abilities and pop sensibility. Anika has written an album that contrasts darkness and hope and brilliantly covers a broad range of sentiments. It's an experimental synth pop masterpiece that deserves to be heard by a much wider audience.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Mine says: It's been a while! Anika is back and I'm sure everyone who's enjoyed her outings with Exploded View will dig her (equally dark and moody) solo stuff too. Very excited about this one!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Finger Pies
                                                              2. Critical
                                                              3. Change
                                                              4. Naysayer
                                                              5. Sand Witches
                                                              6. Never Coming Back
                                                              7. Rights
                                                              8. Freedom
                                                              9. Wait For Something

                                                              Vinyl Storage Cube

                                                              12"

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                                                                This solid wood 12" / LP record storage unit is professionally built and assembled by a crack team of skilled craftsmen, FSC approved 18mm Medite™ MDF wood.

                                                                Stylish rounded edges and corners and are hand sanded for an ultra smooth finish. The 12'' vinyl record storage cubes are modular so can be stacked on top of each other or wall mounted using the rear panel.

                                                                Each 12'' / LP vinyl record storage CUBE holds approx 110 x 12'' vinyl records and is supplied fully assembled.

                                                                Dimensions (mm): Ext. H:366 W:366 D:330

                                                                Gleefully jumping between late 80s synth-pop, the new boogie sounds purveyed by Gulf Point and People’s Potential Unlimited, with touches of insouciant Francophone pop and modern indie-dance, “Private Sunshine” bursts into our headspace this Autumn.

                                                                The London native first made her mark professionally as keyboardist for New Young Pony Club, one of THE bands at the epicentre of the white hot day-glo nu rave scene alongside the likes of the Klaxons and Test Icicles in 20060. This particular offering is much more indebted to Hayter's adolescent diet of Bowie, Prince, Human League and Madonna whilst hanging loose with a plethora of modern day contemporaries (listed below).

                                                                Full to bursting with evocative electro-soul love letters to her home town of London, alongside addictive bubblegum flavoured bursts of indie-disco. It’s like Kylie meeting Mr Fingers or Tom Nobel producing Peggy Gou – something beautiful and melancholic yet sharply modern and new.

                                                                From the warm, woozy, lysergic harmonies of opener “Cherry on Top”, which sound like a beloved old cassette unravelling, to the fizzy, infectious “Cold Feet”, which calls to mind Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at their most heartworn, taken in toto the album perfectly nails the essence of gorgeously nostalgic synth-pop with a twist; crisp, stylish and sophisticated music which heralds the next chapter of Lou Hayter quite nicely, actually. Her retro-futuristic results will give 2021 the pop fix it so desperately needs and if you're looking for stuff that'll coexist happily alongside Silver Linings, The Orielles, Lonelady & Crazy P on your next mixtape, then this is the surely the ticket. 


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Lou Hayter's "Private Sunshine" thankfully arrives just in the nick of time, preventing Crazy P from getting a restraining order out on me for over-obsession and repeat listening. If you like pop-flecked & electronic indie-boogie-disco laced with sweeteners and dressed to impress – this is for you!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side 1
                                                                1. Cherry On Top (3:19)
                                                                2. Telephone (4:22)
                                                                3. My Baby Just Cares For Me (4:56)
                                                                4. Time Out Of Mind (3:37)
                                                                5. Private Sunshine (4:04)
                                                                Side 2
                                                                1. Cold Feet (3:35)
                                                                2. What's A Girl To Do? (4:10)
                                                                3. Still Dreaming (4:27)
                                                                4. This City (3:54)
                                                                5. Pinball (3:35)

                                                                NK* X ST. V* (Nina Kraviz X St Vincent)

                                                                NK X ST. V

                                                                  Warehouse find!!!!!
                                                                  Limited vinyl release of unreleased Nina Kraviz remixes of St Vincent - on 3 separate 12inches sold as a set of singles.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Don't sleep on this tasty little warehouse find we've unearthed over the festive period. Techno poster girl Nina Kraviz remixing indie songstress St. Vincent. Killer!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  ONE
                                                                  A1 New York - NK Remix (pre Amp)
                                                                  Remix – Nina Kraviz
                                                                  A2 Masseduction (Midland’s Mass Seduction Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Midland
                                                                  Songwriter – Annie Clark, Jack Antonoff
                                                                  B1 Sugarboy (Emika Allegiance Mix)
                                                                  Mixed By – Emika
                                                                  Songwriter – Annie Clark, Jack Antonoff
                                                                  B2 Slow Disco (EOD Remix)
                                                                  Remix – EOD
                                                                  Songwriter – Annie Clark, Joy Williams (2)

                                                                  TWO
                                                                  C1 Fear The Future (PTU Remix)
                                                                  Remix – PTU
                                                                  C2 Young Lover (Roma Zuckerman Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Roma Zuckerman
                                                                  C3 Pills (Bjarki Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Bjarki
                                                                  D1 Young Lover (Laurel Halo Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Laurel Halo
                                                                  D2 Pills (Population One Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Population One
                                                                  D4 Fast Slow Disco (Steffi Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Steffi (8)

                                                                  THREE
                                                                  E1 Slow Dance (Gentle Gabber Version Nina Kraviz)
                                                                  Remix – Nina Kraviz
                                                                  E2 Smoking Section (Mala Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Mala (4)
                                                                  E3 Smoking Section (Jlin Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Jlin
                                                                  F1 Dancing With A Ghost (Pearson Sound Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Pearson Sound
                                                                  F2 Savior (Buttechno Remix)
                                                                  Remix – Buttechno

                                                                  Mort Garson

                                                                  Mother Earth’s Plantasia - Audiophile Edition

                                                                  If you purchased a snake plant, asparagus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (or bought a Simmons mattress from Sears) in 1976, you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for plants. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants...and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog.

                                                                  Before Brian Eno did it, MortGarson was making discreet music. Julliard-educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored the 1969 moon-landing and plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

                                                                  But as his daughter Day Darmet recalls: “When my dad found the synthesizer, he realized he didn’t want to do pop music anymore.” Garson encountered Robert Moog and his new device at the Audio Engineering Society’s West Coast conven-tion in 1967 and immediately began tinkering with the device.

                                                                  “My mom had a lot of plants,” Darmet says. “She didn’t believe in organized religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world. Whatever created us was incredible.” And she also knew when her husband had a good song. Novel as it might seem, Plantasia is simply full of good tunes.

                                                                  This release marks the first official re-issue of the long sought-after cult classic.Hearing Plantasia in the 21st century, it seems less an ode to our photosynthesiz-ing friends by Garson and more an homage to his wife, the one with the green thumb that made everything flower around him. “My dad would be totally pleased to know that people are really interested in this music that had no popularity at the time,” Darmet says of Plantasia’s new renaissance. “He would be fascinated by the fact that people are finally understanding and appreciating this part of his musical career that he got no admiration for back then.” Garson seems to be everywhere again, even if he’s not really noticed, just like a houseplant

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Plantasia (3:23)
                                                                  2. Symphony For A Spider Plant (2:41)
                                                                  3. Baby’s Tears Blues (3:03)
                                                                  4. Ode To An African Violet (4:04)
                                                                  5. Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos (3:09)
                                                                  6. Rhapsody In Green (3:28)
                                                                  7. Swingin’ Spathiphyllums (2:59)
                                                                  8. You Don’t Have To Walk A Begonia (2:31)
                                                                  9. A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair (2:17)
                                                                  10. Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant (3:23)

                                                                  Mandy, Indiana

                                                                  EP - Inc. Daniel Avery Remix

                                                                    With the string of singles released over the last year and a half garnering attention from Clash, FADER, the Quietus, Under the Radar & more (Loud & Quiet calls the music 'pressurised, disorientated, battered, occasionally beautiful, often gruelling, and really good'), the band is back with their debut '' EP', which encompasses a new track alongside reimaginations of prior singles from techno auteur Daniel Avery as well as downtown New York club kids Club Eat (who Office Magazine cites as 'keeping the spirit of hedonism alive') Achored by a barrage of drums and Caulfield's tenacious vocals in French, the music presents an unyielding example of the best of what the band, primed for their return to thrilling live sets, can deliver.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Bottle Episode
                                                                    Nike Of Samothrace
                                                                    Alien 3
                                                                    Alien 3 (Daniel Avery Remix)
                                                                    Nike Of Samothrace (Club Eat Remix)

                                                                    The Go! Team

                                                                    Get Up Sequences Part One

                                                                      On “Get Up Sequences Part One” Ian, Ninja, Nia, Simone, Sam and Adam have created a musical world distinctly of their own making. A place where routine is outlawed and perfection is the enemy. Where Ennio Morricone meets the Monkees armed with flutes, glockenspiels, steel drums and a badass analogue attitude. We’re talking widescreen, four- track, channel hopping sounds that are instantly recognisable.

                                                                      In The Go! Team's world, old’s cool, the future's bright and melody is the star. Just check the second cut “Cookie Scene” with a bouncing flute and junk shop percussion it introduces guest rapper Indigo Yaj who delivers an old school vocal that continues this sonic trip. Pow channels Curtis Mayfield and enter stage centre, the inimitable Ninja in full flow and you don’t stop, you wont stop to this flute driven free for all.

                                                                      By way of demonstrating The Go! Team’s old school manifesto, comes the 'needle-in-the-red' “I Love You Better” a defiant message to an ex love, spelling out exactly how he’s fucked up – and then there’s those steel drums. Following that comes the soda fountain soul courtesy of “A Bee Without Its Sting”, a groovy protest song that makes its point with a tambourine – hey only The Go! Team.

                                                                      The musical wagon train then takes you into the wide screen, windswept western that is Tame the Great Plains heading off into a polyrhythmic panorama that’s full of hope. Slappin’ you back to reality comes “World Remember Me Now”, a timely reminder that when you’re lost in the routine of life, you can always count on The Go! Team.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Barry says: It's exactly what you'd expect from the Go! Team, this it's bright and bold and chaotic and absolutely on-brand. Summery steel drums and syncopated percussion, offset tinny melodies and jangling percussion, topped with jubilant vocal swathes. Brilliantly bright and wonderfully fun.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Let The Seasons Work
                                                                      2. Cookie Scene
                                                                      3. A Memo For Maceo
                                                                      4. We Do It But Never Know Why
                                                                      5. Freedom Now
                                                                      6. Pow
                                                                      7. I Loved You Better
                                                                      8. A Bee Without Its Sting
                                                                      9. Tame The Great Plains
                                                                      10. World Remember Me Now

                                                                      All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                                      Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Cold Wave’ is a collection of current electronic artists who have all been shaped by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s.

                                                                      This is the first release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview and a second volume will follow.

                                                                      These first artists created new electronic musical landscapes as well as pursuing a stubborn DIY aesthetic, often releasing material on cassette and pioneering use of lo-fi technology, primitive drum machines and home recording techniques. As part of this continued evolution today many of the artists featured here also self-release their own material, run labels, publish fanzines, or are part of wider musical collectives.

                                                                      Aside from the first electronic, no wave and post-punk artists cited as influences – Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson, Public Image – this new generation of artists also show an exquisitely open source of electronic and disparate influences, everything from Underground Resistance to Purcell, from Scientist to new beat and more besides.

                                                                      Most of the featured artists are based in Europe and include Krikor, Dissemblance and VQOA from France, De Ambassade from the Netherlands, Moisture from Sweden, Kreidler from Germany, Céline Gillian and Carcass Identity from Belgium. One exception is FIT Siegel out of Detroit, connecting the electronic pathways of Europe to the Motor City.

                                                                      All of the bands featured here make distinctive contemporary music out of the 80s roots of the first cold wave movement.

                                                                      This first edition of ‘Cold Wave’ comes in two vinyl editions – a one-off pressing orange coloured vinyl edition and a black vinyl edition. Both come as heavyweight double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves and the first pressing of this album comes with its own free pullout fanzine on the groups featured. The CD edition comes with artist booklet / fanzine and slipcase. All editions are printed in special dayglo colour finish.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Patrick says: Not content with rocking our Piccadilly socks with the angular energy of their contemporary post punk round up, Soul Jazz now take a tour through the modern age of Cold Wave, picking out former Piccadilly records of the week from Krikor, Wang Inc., De Ambassade, Celine Gillain and Krikor. As a result, this whole comp comes most highly recommended from your favourite vinyl hustlers.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Dissemblance – Capture
                                                                      2. Carcass Identity – Reflexion Ocean
                                                                      3. FIT Siegel – Wayne County Stomp
                                                                      4. De Ambassade – Standhouden
                                                                      5. Wang Inc. – Approdo
                                                                      6. Krikor Kouchian – Niños Matadores
                                                                      7. Céline Gillain – Fight Or Flight
                                                                      8. Kreidler – Kannibal
                                                                      9. Moisture – Gammut
                                                                      10. Violent Quand On Aime – Of Course I’m A Liar

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Heavenly Remixes 2

                                                                        Heavenly was all but founded on the art of the remix; the label’s sadly departed friend Andrew Weatherall remixed the first ever release, and the label has built up an immense catalogue in the intervening years that demonstrates all that is good about the art form and on Friday 10th December 2021 the label release Heavenly Remixes Vol 1 & 2, a brace of albums documenting this long history.

                                                                        A label forged in the white-hot heat of post-acid house Britain, these Heavenly remixes are perfectly weighted with respect and irreverence, the remixer in each case carefully chosen to add heft to the song - the tracks across the 2 albums are curated, remixed and delivered with love (and a teensy bit of impertinence) and are a glimpse into the catalogue of one the UK’s finest independent labels.

                                                                        There may well be no rhyme, nor reason, to how these compilations have been put together, beyond the fact that they are assembled with love, an innate understanding of the power of great pop music, and a skilled marriage of song and remixer.

                                                                        Though not purposely themed, beyond being judiciously chosen as the catalogue’s finest gems, there’s a tiny hint of psychedelia about Volume 2 that is hard to ignore. Firstly, there are the acid contributions from Gabe Gurnsey, who knows his way around a coruscating bassline, and from Graham Massey, whose impeccable credentials in 808 State are brought to bear on ‘Valleys’, by young turks Working Men’s Club (acid house being modern psychedelia, whether the rock press approves or not).

                                                                        Jono Ma, meanwhile, flips Night Beats’ amazing ‘Sunday Mourning’ into ‘Warm Leatherette’ on benzos, creating a disorienting glimpse of a dystopian Sunday that most definitely doesn’t include a genteel read of the papers and a nice cup of tea. On the other side of the miasma is Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve’s redemptive re-interpretation of M. Craft’s ‘Chemical Trails’, which, alongside Boy Azooga’s ‘Face Behind Her Cigarette’ (Mikey Young remix), Gwenno’s ‘Chwlydro’ (R. Seiliog remix) and and Katy J. Pearson’s ‘Take Back The Radio’ (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito Dub), is issued on vinyl for the very first time.



                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Halo Maud – Des Bras (Andy Votel Remix)
                                                                        2. Boy Azooga – Face Behind Her Cigarette (Mikey Young Remix)
                                                                        3. Doves – Jetstream (Lindstrom Remix)
                                                                        4. The Orielles – It Makes You Forget (Dicky Trisco & Pete Herbert Remix)
                                                                        5. Katy J Pearson – Take Back The Radio (Flying Mojito Bros Mojito Refrito)
                                                                        6. Confidence Man – First Class Bitch (Raf Rundell’s Party Nails Remix)
                                                                        7. Audiobooks – Friends In The Bubble Bath (Gabe Gurnsey Gamma Ray Remix)
                                                                        8. Gwenno – Chwlydro (R.Seilog Remix)
                                                                        9. Working Men’s Club – Valleys (Graham Massey Acid Mix)
                                                                        10. Saint Etienne – Filthy (Monkey Mafia Mix)
                                                                        11. Night Beats – Sunday Morning (Jono Ma Remix)
                                                                        12. M Craft – Chemical Trails (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-animation)

                                                                        For 100 LIMOUSINES’ third release, mad genius Kemetrix unleashes 8 tracks of scuzzy, raw, underground Detroit street music. A paranoid, industrial soundscape gazing well into the future whilst the present crumbles around it, it veers around some of the strung out minimal wave the recent "Cold Wave" compilations, tips it's beanie to the stoned futurists at XPQ? whilst hatching a whole new plan for sonic takeover with label mate Todd Modes and new school Detroiter Aaron Seigel. 

                                                                        Pure dystopia, introducing textures and rhythms deemed unpleasant for instagram living; this real aural phlegm and catarrh from deep within the bowels of a decayed city will shoulder barge any thoughts of sonic gentrifcation back wence they came. Strictly for the headstrong and futureproof.  

                                                                        "Here and Now" will also appeal to lovers of Onyx, Cybotron, Wu-tang, and the SP-1200.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Matt says: Crazy good new noise from the streets of the Motor City. Jeff and Derrick are grandads now, and there's some new yoof on the block making a serious racket! Inventive and uncompromising - the Detroit blueprint - refreshed for our crumbling humanity and the antagonist of polished, insta-filtered reality. You need this!

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1: DETROIT COSMOPOLITAN
                                                                        A2: KEMETRIX UNBOUND
                                                                        A3: KTRIX MACHINE
                                                                        A4: I’M SEEING THINGS (FROM DETROIT BORG)
                                                                        B1: FLOAT EM’
                                                                        B2: GALCTIC EXPRESS
                                                                        B3: METAPHYSEKREMOLECULEXTION 1997
                                                                        B4: WI GONBEALRIGHT SB #3

                                                                        The incredibly elusive band Sault release their debut album "5" on vinyl via independent record label Forever Living Originals. The record fuses African, soul, funk and post-punk vibes amongst other flavours. With support from Radio 6's Lauren Laverne and USA's KWRC and KEXP, the band are set to go from strength to strength becoming one of the most prolific bands of 2020 with a barrage of material up their sleeves.

                                                                        Instantly possessing that charisma and flair that make many an album CLASSIC; it's musically accomplished, inventive and playful all at once, with it's multitude influences replicated and morphed with a sincere authenticity. If you're looking for something new, arresting and, moreover FUN to grab you by the lapel's and shake you into a fervent dance this Winter - then look no further folks! 


                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1 Up All Night
                                                                        A2 Don’t Waste My Time
                                                                        A3 Foot On Necks
                                                                        A4 Why Why Why Why Why
                                                                        A5 Pink Sands
                                                                        A6 Let Me Go
                                                                        B1 Masterpiece
                                                                        B2 A Little Bit Of Sault
                                                                        B3 Something’s In The Air
                                                                        B4 Think About It
                                                                        B5 Wild Hundreds, Pt. 5
                                                                        B6 We Are The Sun
                                                                        B7 Wild Hundreds, Pt. 55
                                                                        B8 B.A.B.E.

                                                                        C Duncan

                                                                        Alluvium

                                                                          ‘Alluvium’ is the fourth album from C Duncan, Glasgow’s classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, released through Bella Union. After the haunting raptures of Architect (2015), the Twilight Zone-inspired reveries of The Midnight Sun (2016) and the richly melodic Health (2019), Alluvium is a sublime palate-refresher for Duncan (C for Christopher), brimming with revitalised fluency: a warming dispatch from the daylight zone, if you like.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Air
                                                                          Heaven
                                                                          We Have A Lifetime
                                                                          Bell Toll
                                                                          Lullaby
                                                                          Torso
                                                                          Pretending
                                                                          You Don’t Come Around
                                                                          I Tried
                                                                          Sad Dreams
                                                                          Alluvium
                                                                          Earth
                                                                          The Wedding Song
                                                                          Upon The Table

                                                                          ESG

                                                                          Come Away With - Repress

                                                                            Come Away With ESG - 35-year anniversary release of the classic genre-busting debut album by the Bronx sisters ESG. The sample-friendly opus that’s the inspiration for hip-hop, house and post punk. Music that falls outside of the no wave, new wave and post punk library, it’s for the dance floor but it’s not funk, there’s no horns, no driving organ; it’s the opposite of Sly And The Family Stone but no less cool and no less groovy. “A lasting document of their unique brand of minimal funk that would influence subsequent post-punk, hip-hop, and dance music acts. Stripped down to the most basic of drumbeats and rudimentary bass lines, ‘Come Away’ confirms the notion that the real rhythm is what happens between the beats.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Come Away
                                                                            2. Dance
                                                                            3. You Make No Sense
                                                                            4. Parking Lot Blues
                                                                            5. Chistelle
                                                                            6. About You
                                                                            7. It’s Alright
                                                                            8. Moody ( Spaced Out )
                                                                            9. Tiny Sticks
                                                                            10. The Beat
                                                                            11. My Love For You

                                                                            Steepletone

                                                                            7" Single Storage Carry Case - Grey & Brown Fabric

                                                                              - 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 

                                                                              Peaches

                                                                              Pussy Mask

                                                                                Legendary feminist icon, musician, producer, artist, and "peerless iconoclast" (Elle) Peaches has always been a political figure, with lyrics famous for their focus on social inequality, body image, gender, and age equality. She was called a ‘heroine’ by the New York Times and has spent the past two decades upending stereotypes and challenging social norms while championing issues of gender equality and sexual identity with biting wit and fearless originality. On her latest releases, she's more direct and defiant than ever.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Pussy Mask

                                                                                Steepletone

                                                                                7" Single Storage Carry Case - Cream Fabric

                                                                                  - 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 

                                                                                  Much like 2011's "London Sessions" (a live set recorded in the wake of their triumphant Glasto performance, "Electric Lady Sessions" captures LCD Soundsystem at the height of their powers in the midst of the riotious "American Dream" tour. Taking over New York's Electric Lady studios in January 2018, the band ripped through some of the finest moments from their latest album alongside fan favourites "You Wanted A Hit", "Get Innocuous" and "Home" as well as a trio of cover versions. 
                                                                                  Incredibly, the group manage to pack the power, precision and loose limbed energy of their live shows onto wax, most notably when the Talking Heads-styled "Home" morphs into a KDJ-meets-Terje take on Chic's ecstatic "I Want Your Love", an ultimate record geek freak out. UK fans will also enjoy the Sheffield synth pop classics which bookend the set, namely James & co's versions of Human League's epic "Seconds" and Heaven 17’s disco-not-disco killer "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang". The best band in the world at their best folks!

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Seconds
                                                                                  2. American Dream
                                                                                  3. You Wanted A Hit
                                                                                  4. Get Innocuous
                                                                                  5. Call The Police
                                                                                  6. I Used To
                                                                                  7. Tonite
                                                                                  8. Home
                                                                                  9. I Want Your Love
                                                                                  10. Emotional Haircut
                                                                                  11. Oh Baby
                                                                                  12. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

                                                                                  Haruomi Hosono

                                                                                  Hosono House

                                                                                    The unbelievably prolific Haruomi Hosono is one of the major architects of modern Japanese pop music. With his encyclopedic knowledge of music and boundless curiosity for new sounds, Hosono is the auteur of his own idiosyncratic musical world, putting his unmistakable stamp on hundreds of recordings as an artist, session player, songwriter and producer.

                                                                                    Hosono House is debut solo album by Japanese musician Hosono, released on May 25, 1973. Besides Hosono, this album also features performances by the group "Caramel Mama" (featuring Hosono's fellow Happy End member Shigeru Suzuki). Hosono wanted to emulate The Band's Music from Big Pink and James Taylor's One Man Dog. With this album, recording equipment technology had evolved enough for domestic recordings of good quality to be feasible, and going to the center of the city to reach a recording studio was somewhat inconvenient. The album was recorded for five hours every afternoon in a 144 square foot large bedroom in Hosono's residence in Sayama, Japan (with a 16-track mixing console in his living room). The instruments were recorded unprocessed from the amplifiers in a small room, leading to the album's unique sound. Hosono continued to develop the tropical style of Hosono House in his following works, Tropical Dandy and Bon Voyage co..

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1 Â

                                                                                    John Foxx

                                                                                    The Garden - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                      40th anniversary gatefold and ltd edition version of John Foxx’s classic 1981 album, The Garden featuring the singles Europe After The Rain and Dancing Like A Gun.  

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1 Europe After The Rain
                                                                                      2 Systems Of Romance
                                                                                      3 When I Was A Man And You Were A Woman
                                                                                      4 Dancing Like A Gun
                                                                                      5 Pater Noster Side Two
                                                                                      6 Night Suit 7 You Were There
                                                                                      8 Fusion/Fission
                                                                                      9 Walk Away
                                                                                      10 The Garden 

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        Soulwax

                                                                                        Much Against Everyones Advice - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

                                                                                          Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
                                                                                          Limited to one per person.


                                                                                          The latest release on ever-crucial French jazz outpost Heavenly Sweetness welcomes the work of Bardainne Jaumet, a collaboration between accomplished French saxophonist Laurent Bardainne and Versatile regular Etienne Jaumet for four musically rich excursions into cosmic disco, Library music and the golden age of European synthesiser exploration. This is perhaps not what you might expect from the pairing of these two artists, or indeed the label, but the sheer compositional power and production of these two is simply undeniable. Grandiose statement pieces from two incredibly talented minds meeting on the same astral plane with a well-appointed studio as a vessel. Magic.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Vintage synthesizer explorations by an intrepid talent. These soundscapes have that interpolated optimism that we love about recent Apta records. Early innovations that would inspire a generation.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                          1 Le Vaisseau Oublie (4:58)
                                                                                          2 Blurry Neon (4:10)
                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                          1. Le Sacre De La Lumiere (5:23)
                                                                                          2. Vapeur De Mercure (4:27)

                                                                                          Visionary artist John Glacier combines punk and grime informed poetry with futuristic, glacial electronics and warped, poppy hooks. It's a singular and unique sound which although the sole owner of its author, would find company and sympathy with acts such as GFOTY, Hype Williams and AJ Cook as much as it could be found next to a Lil Simz, DISCHI or Tyler The Creator track on a mixtape. Her slack but inspired rhyming shuns old tradition, hanging loose with benzo-rap, Princess Nokia and Blackhaine like they're all just friends on the school bus.

                                                                                          Produced with fellow London-born, LA-based producer Vegyn, it treads the radioactive, post-hip-hop badlands where genres, identity and culture blur and interact.

                                                                                          John has confessed that the album's content is incredibly personal and poignant, opening up her heart and soul to the listener whilst keeping up a streetwise, asphalt-hardened front, the product of a world and society in which weaknesses can be exploited by the greedy and malevolent.

                                                                                          It's striking, instantly arresting and rather quite special. An intimate and seductive journey that you'll want to play from start to finish every time. 


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. If Anything
                                                                                          2. Icing
                                                                                          3. Cryptomnesia
                                                                                          4. Trelawny Waters
                                                                                          5. Timing
                                                                                          6. Senseless
                                                                                          7. Boozy
                                                                                          8. Platoon
                                                                                          9. Green Elephants Freestyle
                                                                                          10. Some Other Thing
                                                                                          11. On Formulation
                                                                                          12. No More Left Like It’s Death

                                                                                          The English synthpop, new wave group formed in 1977 in London and was led by Tony Mansfield, who later worked as a producer for furthermore Naked Eyes, a-ha and the B-52’s. Their brief existence only lasted five years, until they split up in 1982. However, they had five successful years and scored several hit singles. In 1982 their third and final album Warp was released, which featured the synthesized version of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”.

                                                                                          Gloria Jones / Soft Cell

                                                                                          Tainted Love - Music Box

                                                                                            Whether Gloira Jones' Northern Soul classic is your thing or Soft Cell's great synth pop reworking, you'll love this gorgeous music box version!

                                                                                            Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

                                                                                            Du Blonde

                                                                                            Homecoming

                                                                                              Du Blonde is back with new album ‘Homecoming’ and with it, her own record label, clothing brand and all-round art house Daemon T.V. Written, recorded and produced by Du Blonde (aka Beth Jeans Houghton), ‘Homecoming’ is a refreshing taste of pop-grunge finery, featuring guests including Shirley Manson, Ezra Furman, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), The Farting Suffragettes, and members of Girl Ray and Tunng among others. The album began as a few songs hashed out on a porch in LA in early 2020, and as Houghton’s desire to create something self-made and self-released merged with the then incoming pandemic. Admirers of Du Blonde’s previous two studio albums (2015’s ‘Welcome Back to Milk’ and 2019’s ‘Lung Bread for Daddy’) might be surprised to find that ‘Homecoming’ takes on the form of a pop record. The garage rock, grunge and metal guitar licks that have come to define Du Blonde are still there in spades, but as a whole the direction of the album is pop through and through.Houghton’s freak flag is still flying high however, a fact that’s no more apparent than on ‘Smoking Me Out’, a bizarre mash up of 80’s shock rock, metal and 60’s pop group harmonies. This defiant and energetic attitude can be heard throughout ‘Homecoming’, whether writing about her medication (30mg of citalopram, once a day), her queerness on 'I Can’t Help You There' (“I’ve been a queen, I’ve been a king, and still I don’t fit in”), to the joyous and manic explosion of 'Pull The Plug' (“say that I’m deranged, but I’ve been feeling more myself than ever”), Houghton is nothing if not herself, full force and unapologetic in her approach to writing, playing and recording her music.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Pull The Plug
                                                                                              2. Smoking Me Out
                                                                                              3. I Can't Help You There
                                                                                              4. Ducky Daffy
                                                                                              5. Medicated
                                                                                              6. I'm Glad That We Broke Up
                                                                                              7. All The Way
                                                                                              8. Undertaker
                                                                                              9. Take One For The Team
                                                                                              10.Take Me Away

                                                                                              The Idealist

                                                                                              Cosmic Music For Higher & Lower Awareness

                                                                                              Noga Nord continue to rouse spirits from the dead with this latest release from The Idealist. A creepy, acid-driven, sonic voodoo ritual with the 303 the main tool of manifestation; it lurks in the shadows waiting to entice the weirdos and freaks away from the mainstream beige.

                                                                                              Both primal and modernist in equal measure, there's a tense, foreboding overtone to it all which makes it sound like a lost soundtrack to a film about witches, ghouls and goblins. With elements of dub, cosmic and acid all thrown into the cauldron oblivious to the multi-dimensional fallout and ramifications which might occur. We highly recommend listening accompanied by a recognized spirit guide. 


                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                              1. Universal Lover (10:07)
                                                                                              2. Elevation Dub (feat Goran Kajfes) (5:23)
                                                                                              3. 23 Dead (7:11)
                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                              1. War Chant (4:19)
                                                                                              2. High Times (5:18)
                                                                                              3. Animal Man (6:55)
                                                                                              4. Mind Dub (5:00)

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                Denis Mpunga & Paul K

                                                                                                Criola Remixed - Inc. Prins Emanuel/ Dazion / Androo / Tolouse Low Trax / Interstellar Funk Remixes

                                                                                                Music From Memory continue to cook up the heaters here, beaming onto your deck with a remix disc inspired by that curious and crucial Afro-Belgian LP. The odd combination of electronic elements, rubberised grooves and the sunbaked flavours of the mother continent took us all by surprise when it dropped a couple of months back - bounding out the speaker like a long, lost twin of Zazou, Biyake & CY1 with just a little extra oddball rating. Now the dons of the 'dam invite a veritable who's who of contemporary production druids to work their body moving magic on a bunch of "Criola" originals. Swedish drum fiend Prins Emanuel kicks us off with a suitably percussive reinterpretation of "KWEI!!", cycling through chanted vocals and pinging synths over an irresistible blend of circular rhythm elements and breezy bass. Next up Holland's afro-cosmic wunderkind comes up to the plate with a "Turtle Maraca" remix of "Intermezzo B" perfect for a memorable night of chicken limbo and lysergic marinade. Picking up where he left off on "Rigola", Dazion stretches the OG into a proper cosmic roller, surrounding the psychedelic flute refrain with shamanic drums, hypnotic sequences and a deep and earthy kick drum. Second Circle's most recent recruit, Androo continues his fine run of early form with an astrally inclined kosmische mix dripping in otherworldly dub elements. The slow and sensual drum pattern holds it down from top to bottom, creating more than enough space for echo drenched guitars, delicate mallets and smooth synths to enjoy an ear pleasing threesome. Flipping the disc we're dropped into the dark and sticky domain Detlef calls home, coming face to face with a transportative Tolouse Low Trax mix of "Veronika". Slicing and dicing the emotive vocals and soft-goth guitars over a typically lopsided groove, the German makes us move...slowly. Mechanical, packed with soul and slow enough to lock your shoulders into a right good roll, it's another eyeball licking masterpiece from Dusseldorf. As we reach the B2 we take a break from the remixes in favour of an unreleased version of "Veronika 02" with about 4 tons of extra electronic bass banged under it - holy heft it's muscular. Finally, Dutch electro chief Interstellar Funk delivers a slow moving sci-fi rendition of "Intermezzo 2" which drifts through the deadzone dodging growling synth stabs and static space junk to the tripped out patter of a rippling rhythm track.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Patrick says: MFM revisit the madcapped magic of "Criola" with a star studded remix package perfect for the more open minded dancefloors of the world. Dig in for Afro-cosmic strollers, deep space rollers, mechanical soul and subbed up dub. A perfect accompaniment to the original, with more than enough retweak to turn the dancefloor inside out.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. KWE!! (Prins Emanuel Remix)
                                                                                                A2. Intermezzo B (Dazion's Turtle Maraca Remix)
                                                                                                A3. Funyaka (Androo's Romantic Dub )
                                                                                                B1. Veronika (Tolouse Low Trax Remix)
                                                                                                B2. Veronika V02
                                                                                                B3. Intermezzo 2(Interstellar Funk Remix) 

                                                                                                Back with their first new album in 12 years, a confident and revitalised ACR jumped back into the studio following their most successful tour in over 20 years. 

                                                                                                ACR Loco feels like an accumulation of ACR's DNA from point zero in 1977 through to 2020 and sounds like a band who have effortlessly perfected their craft. An album to dance to, cry to, fall in love to and most importantly, to party to. 

                                                                                                ACR Loco by the core ACR members Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson, are joined by long term partners Tony Quigley, Denise Johnson and Matt Steele, plus special guests Sink Ya Teeth’s Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford, Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey and Manchester luminaries Mike Joyce and Eric Random.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1 Friends Around Us
                                                                                                2 Bouncy Bouncy 
                                                                                                3 Yo Yo Gi
                                                                                                4 Supafreak
                                                                                                5 Always In Love
                                                                                                6 Family
                                                                                                7 Get A Grip
                                                                                                8 Berlin
                                                                                                9 What’s Wrong
                                                                                                10 Taxi Guy

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                The KVB

                                                                                                Unity

                                                                                                  Underground coldwave duo The KVB are back with their most potent and immediate record yet. Produced and mixed by Andy Savours (Black Country New Road, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors) ‘Unity’ represents an exciting development in the band’s sonic journey. Across the album's ten songs, The KVB masterfully pull together their trademark components; radiant guitars, textural synths and an ear for a moody, brooding melody all presented here with a renewed dynamism.

                                                                                                  Throughout the album lyrical themes combine double meanings and a sleight of hand is present; Le Corbousier’s brutalist ‘Unité d’habitation’ informs the title track and via the French-to-English translation ‘Unité' becomes ‘Unity’ - a rallying cry to totality on the dancefloor. ‘Unbound’ is informed by the classic shoegaze stylings of Slowdive and Ride but also late-modern poet Keston Sutherland and the idea of recreating a special moment lost to the past . 


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Sunrise Over Concrete
                                                                                                  Unité
                                                                                                  Unbound
                                                                                                  Future
                                                                                                  Blind
                                                                                                  Ideal Living
                                                                                                  World Of Fire
                                                                                                  Structural Index
                                                                                                  Lumens
                                                                                                  Omni

                                                                                                  John Carpenter / Chvrches

                                                                                                  Turning The Bones (Chvrches Remix)

                                                                                                    Scottish synth pop sensations Chvrches have a history of commissioning remixes for each of their chart topping albums. Given the cinematic concept of their latest Screen Violence they wanted to get a composer involved who worked in that universe. Singer and percussionist Lauren Mayberry said that the master of horror John Carpenter was the top of their wish list elaborating that “His films and music have been so impactful on us over the years, and without the stories he created I am not sure that the concept of Screen Violence (and female narratives within the album) would exist in the way they do.” They decided to reach for the stars and contact Carpenter’s team and to their delight Carpenter was excited by the idea.

                                                                                                    Lauren continues “As horror fans, we know that John Carpenter is the godfather and the gold standard and we’re so excited to get to work with him in any capacity... we never really thought he’d reply, let alone that he’d send back something better than the original.” Carpenter’s remix of the Chvrches song “Good Girls,” created alongside his creative partners Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, enhances the depths of the song’s already infectious synthesizer melodies and adds his signature slightly sinister swagger and groove.

                                                                                                    “We chose the track we did because we connected with it the most and felt it would adapt best to our style,” Carpenter said of the song choice. “After we finished our remix, we asked them if they could also remix one of our songs in return, and they thought it was a great idea.” Carpenter could hear the strength of combining these two vastly different but stylistically symbiotic sounds and Chvrches was more than happy to oblige. They chose a standout track from Carpenter’s recent Lost Themes III album “Turning the Bones” and the resulting remix is equally as dynamic and unique. Collaborating across genres and genera- tions these artists have honored a deep respect from one another. The resulting singles will be available on limited edition 7” records while supplies last. 


                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1 Turning The Bones (Chvrches Remix) (4:56)
                                                                                                    2 Good Girls (John Carpenter Remix) (3:27)

                                                                                                    Adult.

                                                                                                    Becoming Undone

                                                                                                      After a quarter century of nearly nonstop activity, dystopian Detroit synth-punk institution ADULT. have perfected a strain of stylistic cohesion in the album format, “but for this we wanted something that’s falling apart.” Becoming Undone, the 9th official full-length by cofounders Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, explicitly succeeds in this aim, simultaneously rejecting and reflecting the planetary discord that inspired it. Begun in the latter half of 2020 against a backdrop of unprecedented flux and seismic isolation, the duo kickstarted their muse by sourcing fresh additions to the rig: a vocal loop pedal for Kuperus and Roland percussion pads for Miller. Reconnecting with legacy influences like the politicized industrial percussion of Test Department and the queasy miscreant synthetics of TG’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats sparked a series of fruitfully frenetic sessions, centered on themes of impermanence and dissonance. Miller’s rationale is blunt: “We weren’t interested in melody or harmony since we didn’t see the world having that.”

                                                                                                      From the tense technoid blitz of “Undoing / Undone” to the twitchy EBM of “Fools (We Are…)” and “I Am Nothing,” the sides bristle with strident acidic revolt and black leather sequential circuits, unhinged and unforgiving. Elsewhere, slower tempos of purgatorial unravelling (“Normative Sludge,” “She’s Nice Looking”) showcase a breadth of vocal FX, Kuperus sounding alternately indignant and possessed, decrying the crimes, fears, and failings of a deluded world. Throughout, the band’s chemistry crackles with revulsion and strobe-lit dissent, equal parts exorcism and denunciation. “Humans have always been pretty terrible,” Kuperus explains. “But every year the compromises of culture just accelerate.”

                                                                                                      Becoming Undone is also freighted with a more personal pain, as Kuperus’ father passed away during the height of the pandemic, just before the album took root. As his hospice caretakers, she and Miller faced the banality of finality, surrounded by objects drained of meaning, “the joy of having a body, but also the drudgery of having one.” The record’s bewitching closing track, “Teeth Out Pt. II” – which happens to be the first ADULT. song in the group’s history without drums – speaks to this sense of doomed corporeal mass and the looming, lightless unknown that binds us all. A seasick haze swells and subsides in slow, low waves, flickering with ring modulation, above which Kuperus sings in a dazed, brooding, transcendent state, as if having finally glimpsed beyond the pale: “Some day / some day I will be silent and free / of this relentless gravity.”

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      SIDE A:
                                                                                                      A1. Undoing / Undone
                                                                                                      A2. Our Bodies Weren’t Wrong
                                                                                                      A3. Fools (We Are…)
                                                                                                      A4. Normative Sludge

                                                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                                                      B1. I Am Nothing
                                                                                                      B2. She’s Nice Looking
                                                                                                      B3. I, Obedient
                                                                                                      B4. Teeth Out Pt. II

                                                                                                      The Heartwood Institute And Panamint Manse

                                                                                                      Parapsychedelia

                                                                                                      A necessary repress of the debut album which immediately sold out on its release in March 2020. The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse forge a collaboration made between the Cumbrian Lake District and the Mojave Desert. “A Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds for the Black Mirror generation” - Stewart Lee.

                                                                                                      Jonathan Sharp of The Heartwood Institute and Wayne P. Ulmer of The Panamint Manse join forces to create this wonderful album of earthy, organic electronic music, weaving in sampled spoken passages. the LP takes inspiration from an exploration of obscure paranormal mental and spiritually occult spaces, reflecting that despite present day cynicism, there can be and still is a mystery behind the simplest of things. Says Wayne, “It's easy to be cynical about the magic of existence, and I think in a way we were trying to occupy a space that allowed for some wonder, the ability to just not know. We wanted to make a reminder that these idea states we so often 'grow out of' are not only still present but worth exploration.”

                                                                                                      So, magically inclined, work began from their individual locations of beautiful isolation. Jonathan hails from Cockermouth in the Lake District and Wayne in the beautifully scorched Mojave National Park. Panamint City is a ghost town in the Panamint Range, near Death Valley, California. Despite the extreme locations, the electronica here is delightfully warm and humanist in its construction.

                                                                                                      The collaboration was initiated by exchanging “a few sketches”, trading them to see what might pan out. The parapsychology influence started to take shape as tracks like “Clairvoyeurism” and “Zenner Cards” were written. Wayne again, “I sent “Zenner Cards” first, and was floored with how radically different and fresh it sounded when it came back from Jonathan - retaining the essence of my melodic phrases but with a widescreen handle on the vibe I was aiming for. After that we would send sketches back and forth working on bits, talking about notes, directions and intuitive feelings. We used a lot of analog synths, cassette recordings, a smattering of altered samples and a big book on Parapsychology from the Panamint College library.

                                                                                                      “Parapsychedelia”, features a superb Nick Taylor sleeve design with a full colour inner sleeve and a Mobius Group information flyer. What would YOU pay to see the future?

                                                                                                      “Ghosted with a darkly beautiful aura that is simultaneously distanced and locked in a forgotten 70’s” - Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: Coming from the increasingly essential Castles In Space, it's no surprise that this LP looks stunning, and knowing both The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse, it should come as no shock that the sounds within are just as beautiful. Hypnotic synth, spoken word and shadowy post-apocalyptic ambient await you in this wonderfully inventive, constantly bracing journey.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Clairvoyeurism
                                                                                                      A2. Zenner Cards
                                                                                                      A3. Time Lapse
                                                                                                      A4. Black Ant, White Magic
                                                                                                      A5. Violet Dust
                                                                                                      B1. Precognition
                                                                                                      B2. Mesmercuria
                                                                                                      B3. Amaranthracine
                                                                                                      B4. Etching Mirage
                                                                                                      B5. Onyx Oracle
                                                                                                      B6. Plantasia

                                                                                                      "Kindness returns with their third full length album titled “Something Like A War”. The album is a culmination of years spent collaborating with the likes of Robyn, Jazmine Sullivan, Seinabo Sey and Cosima among many others. Produced entirely by Bainbridge, the record is a collection of works representing a period of reflection and transformation over the course of 4 years following their second record “Otherness.” Now based in London, the album was recorded in several locations, while Kindness was primarily based in New York during the writing and recording of the album. "

                                                                                                      Kindness, who uses they/them pronouns, has remained busy since Otherness, working across several projects: they co-produced five tracks on Solange’s album A Seat at the Table, and contributed production, writing, and vocals to Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound and Negro Swan albums in addition to production on Robyn's latest album Honey. A sought-after DJ, radio host, writer, collaborator, and lecturer on everything from musical craft and heritage to queerness and history, they’ve spent the last several years performing as a DJ at venues across the world, from Palais de Tokyo to the Guggenheim Museum, hosted their own radio show on Red Bull Radio in 2016 and 2017, lectured at the Boiler Room in New Delhi and moderated Robyn’s Red Bull Music Academy lecture at MOMA in New York. They were recently featured in Solange’s Calvin Klein advertisement, shot by Willy Vanderperre, alongside friends Dev Hynes, Kelela and Caroline Polachek.


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Patrick says: Adam Bainbridge continues to hone their sensitive, sensual and subtle blend of synth, soul, house and disco-not-disco on this ace third LP, which features collaborations with the likes of Sampha and Robyn. Post modern pop with plenty of heart.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Sibambaneni
                                                                                                      2. Raise Up
                                                                                                      3. Lost Without (ft. Seinabo Sey)
                                                                                                      4. Softness As A Weapon
                                                                                                      5. Hard To Believe (Feat Jazmine Sullivan & Sampha)
                                                                                                      6. Who You Give Your Heart To (feat Alexandria)
                                                                                                      7. Samthing’s Interlude
                                                                                                      8. Dreams Fall
                                                                                                      9. The Warning (feat Robyn)
                                                                                                      10. Cry Everything
                                                                                                      11. No New Lies (feat Cosmia)
                                                                                                      12. Something Like A War (feat. Bahamadia)
                                                                                                      13. Call It Down (feat, Cosima & Nadia Nair)

                                                                                                      All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

                                                                                                      Following on from 2012’s acclaimed “Fame” Post-Punk & 2015's "Perfect Motion" Psychedelic-Baggy 1988-93 compilations, Jon Savage decided to focus upon Electronic music from the Post-Punk era 1978-82 & has compiled an album that takes in Disco, proto-techno & experimental sounds..

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      Includes rare tracks & full length 12" versions

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

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. The Droids - Do You Have The Force ? 3"25
                                                                                                      A2. Sylvia Love - Extraterrestrial Lover 6"59
                                                                                                      A3. Transvolta - Disco Computer 6"50
                                                                                                      A4. Rayon Laser - Funky Meteor 2"40
                                                                                                      B1. Harry Thurmann - Underwater (12" Version) 6"05
                                                                                                      B2. Slick - Space Bass (12" Version) 7"06
                                                                                                      B3. Suicide - Mr Ray 5"14
                                                                                                      B4. The Flying Lizards - Steam Away 4"48
                                                                                                      C1. BGM / And 4"36
                                                                                                      C2. Monoton - Shortwavetransmission 3"03
                                                                                                      C3. The Sea Of Wires - Seascape 12"10
                                                                                                      D1. Cabaret Voltaire - Invocation 6"24
                                                                                                      D2. A Number Of Names  - Sharevari 5"30
                                                                                                      D3. Homenaje A Patrick Cowley 10"07

                                                                                                      Boy Harsher

                                                                                                      Lesser Man

                                                                                                        Lesser Man (Extended Version) is the first release of Boy Harsher`s imprint, Nude Club Records, originally released on cassette by Soft Science in (2014), and Night People (2015). The album was reissued by the infamous Berlin goth label aufnahme + wiedergabe in Nov 2017 on 500 copies, and sold out in less than two weeks. Remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope Mastering, Lesser Man (Extended Version) includes the dark wave hit, “Pain” and the unreleased track “Run” which was recorded during the Lesser Man session. LP version includes digital download code + 2 bonus tracks: “Pain (radio edit)” and “Pain (The Soft Moon Remix).”

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Lust
                                                                                                        2. Modulations
                                                                                                        3. Pain
                                                                                                        4. Run
                                                                                                        5. Crimea
                                                                                                        6. Love
                                                                                                        7. Spell
                                                                                                        Bonus1. Pain (The Soft Moon Remix)**
                                                                                                        Bonus 2. Pain (Radio Edit)**

                                                                                                        Working Men's Club

                                                                                                        X - Remixes (Paranoid London And Minsky Rock)

                                                                                                          Following the recent release of 'X', the first new music from Working Men’s Club since their acclaimed self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2020, the band share remixes from Paranoid London and Minsky Rock.

                                                                                                          A side project of Syd from the band and producer Ross Orton, the Minsky Rock remix channels the energy of the primetime Detroit electro of Aux 88 or Cybertron while Paranoid London, the duo made up of Quinn Whalley and Gerardo Delgardo, turn in a bubbling 303 drenched acid workout.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. X Paranoid London Remix
                                                                                                          A2. X Minsky Rock Remix

                                                                                                          B1. X Paranoid London Remix (Instrumental)
                                                                                                          B2. X Minsky Rock Remix (Instrumental)

                                                                                                          The mighty Beak> – made up of Billy Fuller, Will Young, and Geoff Barrow of that band fame – return with their most claustrophobic album yet, chock full of the krautrock grooves, meandering structures and off-kilter melodies that fans of the band have come to expect from them. Having knocked it out of the park with their ‘Sex Music’ single earlier this year, >>> carries on in the same subtle, bass-led vein.
                                                                                                          The trio flirt with chaos throughout the album, pushing each instrument through layers of distortion and reverb to the brink of recognisability, and the countless eerie squeaks, sci-fi synths and fucked-with-strings only add to its otherworldly nature. >>> is as mesmerising as it is uneasy, teetering on a tightrope stretched between soft, winding compositions and edgy, no nonsense heft.
                                                                                                          Pretty much every song is a highlight. ‘Birthday Suit’ is devastating, all fluttering synths, lo-fi vocals and heartbreak, while ‘Allé Sauvage’ is a dangerously danceable seven-and-a-half-minuter, with blips galore and razor sharp hi-hats driving the song along nicely. ‘RSI’ is a motoric gem. Scratch that – Beak> are a motoric gem.
                                                                                                          But ‘When We Fall’ is on another level entirely. First released under the band’s Like easy listening music thrown off a cliff and pieced back together again, >>> is a Frankenstein’s monster of atmosphere, griminess, groove and space. Transcendent.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Javi says: You’d be right to judge >>> by its brilliant cover because it’s a brilliant album, and one that’s likely to win 2018 for me. Buy it / play it / love it.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. The Brazilian
                                                                                                          2. Brean Down
                                                                                                          3. Birthday Suit
                                                                                                          4. Harvester
                                                                                                          5. Allé Sauvage
                                                                                                          6. Teisco
                                                                                                          7. King Of The Castle
                                                                                                          8. RSI
                                                                                                          9. Abbots Leigh
                                                                                                          10. When We Fall

                                                                                                          You know us Piccadilly cats are gonna keep it ALFOS 4 LYFE, and this record right here is a total doozy, straddling the ol' Indie-Dance divide like an ad-hoc bridge built out of Bez, copies of Screamadelica and Pollock-patterned bucket hats. For you see, the hazy, Roses-esque jangle of Andy Bell’s debut solo album "The View From Halfway Down" has been radically reworked by synth-wielding maverick Pye Corner Audio. 
                                                                                                          The resulting EP offers squirming acid lines, thunderous 4/4, baggy breaks and hallucinogenic dreamscapes, all topped by the shifting shimmer of Andy's mystic vocals, themselves twisted into a whole new language. If that weren't enough to have you reaching for the glow sticks, Andy's also added an edit in his GLOK alias.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Patrick says: Spectacularly psychedelic dancefloor tackle here as PCA unspools Andy Bell atop a plethora of spangled synthery. Indie Dance in its most essential form and totally recommended for the ALFOS / Baggy brigade. File next to Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Weatherall and Unkle.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                          2. Skywalker (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                          3. Cherry Cola (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                          4. Love Comes In Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                          5. I Was Alone (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                          6. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix – GLOK Re-edit)

                                                                                                          Yves Tumor

                                                                                                          Safe In The Hands Of Love

                                                                                                            Following on from 2016's superb 'Serpent Music' on label extraordinaire, PAN, Yves Tumor follows up by moving to Warp for the brilliant new LP, 'Safe In The Hands Of Love'. 

                                                                                                            From the throbbing sidechained electronics and fragmented vocal accentuations of 'Economy Of Freedom' it becomes clear that we're in for something pretty special. Equally obtuse and euphoric, fragments of sound are smeared liberally across a detritus-riddled backdrop of throbbing bass and static crackling before lurching into a beautiful and eerie redux. 

                                                                                                            This sort of dystopian noise is riddled throughout, but liberally freckled with moments of cohesive and frankly mindlblowing songwriting. 'Noid' for example, is based upon a clattering percussive loop and driving bass (Mr. Tumor really loves that bass synth), but encompasses aspects of hip-hop and soul to boot, vocals rhythmically bobbing in and out of the stereo field, lending a momentous urgency to proceedings before the swooning yang to the former's yin, employing similar vocal phrasing but swapping about the clattering instrumental maelstrom for a sleazy, warped lounge turn. 

                                                                                                            There are moments of divine clarity scattered throughout the whole LP, balancing the sometimes overwhelming cascade of noise and malaise, but it's these moments that make the comparitive unease so satisying, lending moments of calm to an otherwise claustrophobic affair. Perfeclty balanced spine-tingling melodies are teased out of the decay, fittingly warped and then put to work alongside the dystopian foreground. As ever, a stunningly written and perfectly balanced juxtaposition of chaos and peace. 


                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: Yves Tumor smashes it out of the park once again for this shuddering, post-apocalyptic suite of scattered melodies, broken rhythms and oppressive atmospheres, punctuated with moments of deserved beauty and blessed resolution. Killer.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Faith In Nothing Except In Salvation
                                                                                                            2. Economy Of Freedom
                                                                                                            3. Honesty
                                                                                                            4. Noid
                                                                                                            5. Licking An Orchid Ft. James K
                                                                                                            6. Lifetime
                                                                                                            7. Hope In Suffering (Escaping Oblivion & Overcoming Powerlessness ) Ft. Oxhy, Puce Mary
                                                                                                            8. Recognizing The Enemy
                                                                                                            9. All The Love We Have Now
                                                                                                            10. Let The Lioness In You Flow Freely

                                                                                                            Public Service Broadcasting

                                                                                                            The Race For Space

                                                                                                            Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months' extensive touring and festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting release their eagerly anticipated second album, 'The Race For Space'. Once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record tells the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957 - 1972 via the duo's eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history.

                                                                                                            'The Race For Space' follows 'Inform - Educate - Entertain', Public Service Broadcasting's debut album which reached number 21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for 'Best Independent Album' at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian's Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music's Top 10 albums of 2013.

                                                                                                            Short biog: Taking in archive material from a variety of sources the new album sees the corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, continue their mission statement to Inform, Educate & Entertain. Through both the record and their uniquely spell-binding live audio-visual ‘Transmissions’, audiences witness the band weave samples from these films around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, creating an array of diverse tracks. What emerges is, by turns, thrilling, moving, funny and powerful. The Independent’s Simon Price said of the band : “In their love of history, and their understanding of the dignity of the wartime generation, they remind me of British Sea Power, although Stereolab are closer sonically. PSB are progressive without the florid ornamentation of Prog, dense and complex with not a semiquaver wasted. It's an industrious, diligent sound, and, in the flesh, surprisingly danceable: slamming chemical beats accompanied by old cine footage, providing a peculiar opportunity to party to Pathe news”

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. The Race For Space
                                                                                                            2. Sputnik
                                                                                                            3. Gagarin
                                                                                                            4. Fire In The Cockpit
                                                                                                            5. E.V.A.
                                                                                                            6. The Other Side
                                                                                                            7. Valentina
                                                                                                            8. Go!
                                                                                                            9. Tomorrow

                                                                                                            Following on from last December’s sold out “Scarred For Life Volume One” CD and the subsequent clamour for a vinyl version, here we bring you a second volume of TV themes for the shows that might have been, or actually never were. An unashamedly hauntological deep dive into an alternative 70s/80’s where our viewing reality was slightly warped. Gauzy memories of our early interactions with the TV, long buried, but remaining in the periphery of our childhood memories...

                                                                                                            The SFL Volume One team has been reassembled, with some significant new additions to the line-up. 

                                                                                                            Taken from the sleevenotes: “You have in your hands an LP of top TV themes, all played with verve and panache by some of the most pre-eminent performers working in television soundtracks today. Whatever your taste in disturbing television viewing, this record is guaranteed to bring enjoyment to you and all the family. The selection of themes on the LP are penned and performed by a stunning array of star talent. Each piece of music, though intended to establish the mood of the series it accompanies, is deservedly popular in its own right, with several of these tunes already having made an impression on the upper reaches of the pop charts.
                                                                                                            “From disorientating science fiction to creeping nuclear paranoia via unsettling children’s themes, Scarred For Life 2 is a record crammed with favourite tunes from your favourite programmes, so unrest assured that these pieces will not only give you many hours of listening pleasure but will also provide a lasting memento of your individual choices in the world of TV.”


                                                                                                            Profits from this record will go to support the work of The Alzheimer’s Society.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: Absolutely essential collection here from some of the finest voices in today's synth music, with a wealth of audio imagery making it's way through to your earholes, warped from tv themes and childhood memories of youth. Double disc set on purple / red vinyl. Amazing.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Pocket Pavilions – The Halcyon Clock (Opening Titles) (Daniel Högberg)
                                                                                                            The Twelve Hour Foundation – The Brain Children (Jez Butler, Polly Hulse)
                                                                                                            Correlations – Recall (Neil Hale)
                                                                                                            Handspan – What’s In The Box? (Rob Colling)
                                                                                                            Cult Of Wedge – The Day Before Doomsday (Pete Hackett)
                                                                                                            Oliver Cherer – Tension Piece (Oliver Cherer)
                                                                                                            The British Stereo Collective – In The Tall Grass (Phil Heeks)
                                                                                                            The Bentley Emerald Learning Resource – The City Of Golden Lead (Benjamin Green)
                                                                                                            The Soulless Party – A School At War (Kev Thomas Oyston)
                                                                                                            Quimper – Happy Borders ()
                                                                                                            Keith Seatman – One Lost Weekend (Keith Seatman)
                                                                                                            Listening Center – Intermission (David K. Mason)
                                                                                                            Pulselovers – Dobbs And Clogg (Matthew Maxwell Handley)
                                                                                                            The Heartwood Institute – You Cannot Win A Nuclear War (Jonathan Sharp)
                                                                                                            Oliver Cherer – Down White Corridors (Oliver Cherer)
                                                                                                            The Metamorph - Theme From Stardrive (Gavin Brick)
                                                                                                            Vic Mars – The Time Menders Return (Matt Davies)
                                                                                                            The Home Current – Unknown Sameness (End Titles)(Martin Jensen)
                                                                                                            Panamint Manse – Sunstroke Scout (WP Ulmer)
                                                                                                            Salvatore Mercatante – The Garden (Salvatore Mercatante)
                                                                                                            The Home Current – Theme From Lobster Boy (Martin Jensen)
                                                                                                            Apta – Equinox (Barry Smethurst)
                                                                                                            The Central Office Of Information – Through The Arched Window (Alex Cargill)

                                                                                                            Crack Cloud

                                                                                                            Pain Olympics

                                                                                                              Like Psychic TV before them, Crack Cloud have a philosophy, and one that they are not afraid to wear on their sleeves. While their anarchic, phantasmagorical visuals, heavy use of symbology, and seemingly never-ending cast of colourful collaborators have often invited cult comparisons, this really does the collective no justice.

                                                                                                              There is no apocalyptic death drive here; no cult of personality; no hierarchy of power. While frontman and lyricist Zach Choy is in many ways the face of the group, the collective is one founded on equality, and in his cryptic lyrical blending of poetics, polemics and personal experience, Choy is truly the mouthpiece of something far larger than himself. Nowhere else is this more apparent than on the album’s first single, ‘The Next Fix.’

                                                                                                              What begins as a caustic, claustrophobic account of addiction swells into a sprawling, euphoric hymn as Choy is joined by a choir of seemingly endless celestial voices. Less a cult then; more a church. Listening to this song or watching  its accompanying self-directed video is a truly spiritual experience, and in its building, jubilant movement it offers a glimpse of Crack Cloud’s most vital message: using community to turn adversity into hope. This isn’t just bravado; its a story born of deep, personal experience. Crack Cloud operate on the frontline of Canada’s out-of-control opiate crisis, mobilising and organizing in Vancouver’s harm reduction programmes.

                                                                                                              The group themselves have had their fair share of trauma, and the collective offers its members a vital vehicle for rehabilitation and recovery. As the tagline on the album’s back cover makes clear then, this is absolutely ‘based on true shit.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Post Truth (Birth Of A Nation)
                                                                                                              Bastard Basket
                                                                                                              Somethings Gotta Give
                                                                                                              The Next Fix (A Safe Space)
                                                                                                              Favour Your Fortune
                                                                                                              Ouster Stew
                                                                                                              Tunnel Vision
                                                                                                              Angel Dust (Eternal Peace)

                                                                                                              Trees Speak

                                                                                                              PostHuman

                                                                                                                This is incredibly Trees Speak’s third album on Soul Jazz Records released in the space of one year – and it’s amazing! Trees Speak’s new album Post-Human once again blends 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s and 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New York No Wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

                                                                                                                The new album Post-Human draws further upon German krautrock high-concept albums from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from the 1970s, as Trees Speak create their own powerful new landscapes of sound that manage to be at once contemporary as well as both timeless and with a sense of science-fiction futurism. Trees Speak’ seamlessly segue together all these musical elements into Post-Human, a conceptually expansive album which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP Ohms, and the follow-up Shadow Forms released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago. This powerful new album is a high-concept collage of retro-futurist science-fiction music, which is fantastically illustrated by a specially commissioned cover design by the artist Eric Lee, a dramatic vision of life after humanity. Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

                                                                                                                With Post-Human, Trees Speak take the listener deep into their unique musical world of unknown visions of the past and the future.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: Trees Speak manage to forge the most intricate, spacey German inspired electronica I've heard in a long time. With echoes of Neu and Harmonia, but with a more languid, dusty folk influence. It's a heady and intoxicating combination and PostHuman is a great development of their tried and tested formula. Really lovely stuff.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Double Slit
                                                                                                                2. Glass
                                                                                                                3. Chamber Of Frequencies
                                                                                                                4. Divided Light
                                                                                                                5. Elements Of Matter
                                                                                                                6. Magic Transistor
                                                                                                                7. Scheinwelt
                                                                                                                8. PostHuman
                                                                                                                9. Synthesis
                                                                                                                10. X Zeit
                                                                                                                11. Incandescent Sun
                                                                                                                12. Healing Rods
                                                                                                                13. Steckdose
                                                                                                                14. Amnesia Transmitter
                                                                                                                15. Quantize Humanize
                                                                                                                16. Gläserner Mensch

                                                                                                                Mercury Music Prize and GRAMMY®Award winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake drops his first album in two years, "Friends That Break Your Heart". His tear-jerkingly poignant, auto-tuned & self-produced style has become a symbol of greatness across the UK scene, and his deeply personal songwriting and lyrical prowess shine through every release.

                                                                                                                Adding a shimmering patina and haunting presence to soul and pop music's existing framework, James Blake is widely celebrated as a visionary and pioneering UK artist. "Friends That Break Your Heart" sees him emerging into the New Normal with plenty to say, with that familiar, rain-soaked melancholy and sentiment here to ease you through your next heartbreak or internal crisis. Blake makes the sadness more palatable but underlying it all is a sense of overcoming your insecurities & demons, and bettering yourself for times in which we live. It’s a positive message that holds it all together.




                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: James Blake has carved out a unique niche of mournful post-dubstep, moving from strength and landing on this, possibly his most emotionally raw outing yet. There are melodies here shrouded in the usual trundling electronics and loungey jazz-indebted ambience, topped with Blakes athletic vocal takes, sometimes simply unadorned and in other instances, stretched with Blake's trademark autotune.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                                1. Famous Last Words
                                                                                                                2. Life Is Not The Same
                                                                                                                3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
                                                                                                                4. Funeral
                                                                                                                5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
                                                                                                                6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
                                                                                                                7. Foot Forward
                                                                                                                8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
                                                                                                                9. Say What You Will
                                                                                                                10. Lost Angel Nights
                                                                                                                11. Friends That Break Your Heart
                                                                                                                12. If I’m Insecure

                                                                                                                LP Tracklist:
                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                1. Famous Last Words
                                                                                                                2. Life Is Not The Same
                                                                                                                3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
                                                                                                                4. Funeral
                                                                                                                5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
                                                                                                                6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine

                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                7. Foot Forward
                                                                                                                8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
                                                                                                                9. Say What You Will
                                                                                                                10. Lost Angel Nights
                                                                                                                11. Friends That Break Your Heart
                                                                                                                12. If I’m Insecure

                                                                                                                Dido

                                                                                                                No Angel (DAMAGED SLEEVE) National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                                  SEALED COPY REDUCED DUE TO A SLIGHTLY BENT SLEEVE.

                                                                                                                  No Angel is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Dido. Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. By 2003, the album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and was the second best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. As of 2015 No Angel is the 27th best-selling album in UK chart history.

                                                                                                                  This limited-edition NAD release is pressed on solid silver coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1 Here With Me
                                                                                                                  A2 Hunter
                                                                                                                  A3 Don't Think Of Me
                                                                                                                  A4 My Lover's Gone
                                                                                                                  A5 All You Want
                                                                                                                  A6 Thankyou
                                                                                                                  B1 Honestly OK
                                                                                                                  B2 Slide
                                                                                                                  B3 Isobel
                                                                                                                  B4 I'm No Angel
                                                                                                                  B5 My Life
                                                                                                                  B6 Take My Hand

                                                                                                                  Yello

                                                                                                                  Yell40years

                                                                                                                    The legendary electronic duo YELLO are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a comprehensive retrospective.

                                                                                                                    “YELL40 YEARS” by Dieter Meier and Boris Blank is not a common best of with the typical songs like “The Race”, “Oh Yeah” or the groundbreaking “Bostich”, but more a place for all the pearls of their discography that have always stood for the YELLO sound cosmos, but never really received the spotlight that they deserve. Songs like the everlasting fan favourite “I Love You”, the eccentric “Rubberbandman” or the Mellow YELLO classic “Desire” – the stylistic range of the Zurich originals have always known no limits.

                                                                                                                    With detailed liner notes and visual impressions of the last four decades, “40 Years” is a must-have for all lovers of the special electronic sounds made in Switzerland.

                                                                                                                    The limited 4CD hardcover book version also contains a retrospective “A Wider Shade Of YELLO” curated by Boris Blank, on which mainly the “mellow” and not immanently obvious YELLO pieces were brought together, whereas on the fourth bonus CD favourite remixes of the past 40 years have been compiled. Some of them have been completely unpublished so far, including by DJ luminary DJ Hell and the former Factory Records representative, author and filmmaker Mark Reeder.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    4CD Hardcover Book
                                                                                                                    CD 1 THE FIRST 20 YEARS
                                                                                                                    Bimbo (Solid Pleasure)
                                                                                                                    Pinball Cha Cha (Claro Que Si)
                                                                                                                    The Evening‘s Young (Claro Que Si)
                                                                                                                    Bananas To The Beat (Solid Pleasure)
                                                                                                                    I Love You (1980-85 The New Mix In One Go)
                                                                                                                    Lost Again (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
                                                                                                                    Bostich (N’est-ce Pas?) (1980-85 The New Mix In One Go)
                                                                                                                    Daily Disco (Claro Que Si)
                                                                                                                    Vicious Games (Stella)
                                                                                                                    Oh Yeah (Stella)
                                                                                                                    Blender (Baby)
                                                                                                                    Goldrush (One Second)
                                                                                                                    Tied Up (Essential Yello)
                                                                                                                    La Habanera (One Second)
                                                                                                                    Rubberbandman (Baby)
                                                                                                                    Jungle Bill (Baby)
                                                                                                                    Night Train (Zebra)
                                                                                                                    Tremendous Pain (Zebra)
                                                                                                                    Houdini (Motion Pictures)
                                                                                                                    Base For Alec (You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess)
                                                                                                                    Liquid Lies (Yello By Yello)

                                                                                                                    CD 2 THE SECOND 20 YEARS
                                                                                                                    Electrified II (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Soul On Ice (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    Don Turbulente (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    Planet Dada (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    30`000 Days (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Arthur Spark (Point)
                                                                                                                    07. The Vanishing Of Peter Strong (Point)
                                                                                                                    Distant Solution (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    Mean Monday (YELLO Book Download 2011)
                                                                                                                    Cold Flame (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Dialectical Kid (Toy)
                                                                                                                    The Expert (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Basic Avenue (Point)
                                                                                                                    Waba Duba (Point)
                                                                                                                    Limbo (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Spinning My Mind (Point)
                                                                                                                    Tiger Dust (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    Way Down (Point)
                                                                                                                    Hot Pan (Point)
                                                                                                                    The Race (Live In Berlin 2016)

                                                                                                                    CD 3 Mellow YELLO (working Title)
                                                                                                                    Solar Driftwood (Pocket Universe)
                                                                                                                    Out Of Dawn (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Stay (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Drive Driven (Baby)
                                                                                                                    Time Palace (The Eye)
                                                                                                                    Tangier Blue (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Friday Smile (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Till Tomorrow (feat. Till Brönner) (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    Moon On Ice (One Second)
                                                                                                                    Kiss The Cloud (feat. Fifi Rong) (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Capri Calling (Baby)
                                                                                                                    Desire (Stella)
                                                                                                                    You Better Hide (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    The Rhythm Divine (feat. Shirley Bassey) (One Second)
                                                                                                                    Starlight Scene (Toy)
                                                                                                                    Otto Di Catania (Flag)
                                                                                                                    Meet My Angel (feat. Fifi Rong) (Point Bonus Track)
                                                                                                                    Pacific AM (Toy)

                                                                                                                    CD 4 REMIXES
                                                                                                                    DO IT (Marky P. & Teri B. Dub)
                                                                                                                    LIMBO (Circle Sky Mix / Martin Dubka & Richard Norris)
                                                                                                                    ELECTRIFIED (Carl Craig Mix)
                                                                                                                    HOW HOW (Fluke - Papa-Who-Ma-Mix)
                                                                                                                    BOSTICH (DJ Hell - Brighter Mix)
                                                                                                                    SQUEEZE PLEASE (Oliver Moldan - Vocal Remix)
                                                                                                                    OH YEAH (Ralph Rosario - Big Room Vocal Mix)
                                                                                                                    MORE (Rockabilly Mix - Boris Blank)
                                                                                                                    VICIOUS GAMES (Mark Reeder`s Wet & Hard Mix)
                                                                                                                    TAKLA MAKAN (Martin Roth Mix)
                                                                                                                    PLANET DADA (Northern Light Mix)
                                                                                                                    TOPAZ (Insect Mix - Boris Blank)

                                                                                                                    2LP
                                                                                                                    LP 1 - Side A
                                                                                                                    BIMBO (Solid Pleasure)
                                                                                                                    BOSTICH (N’est-ce Pas?) (1980-85 The New Mix In One Go)
                                                                                                                    VICIOUS GAMES (Stella)
                                                                                                                    OH YEAH (Stella)
                                                                                                                    JUNGLE BILL (Baby)
                                                                                                                    LP 1 - Side B
                                                                                                                    TREMENDOUS PAIN (Zebra)
                                                                                                                    MEAN MONDAY (YELLO Book Download 2011)
                                                                                                                    THE EXPERT (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    WABA DUBA (Point)
                                                                                                                    THE RACE (LIVE IN BERLIN 2016)
                                                                                                                    LP 2 - Side A
                                                                                                                    DESIRE (Stella)
                                                                                                                    DRIVE DRIVEN (Baby)
                                                                                                                    THE RHYTHM DIVINE (feat. Shirley Bassey) (One Second)
                                                                                                                    YOU BETTER HIDE (feat. Heidi Happy) (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    TILL TOMORROW (feat. Till Brönner) (Touch Yello)
                                                                                                                    LP 2 - Side B
                                                                                                                    30'000 DAYS (Toy)
                                                                                                                    STARLIGHT SCENE (Toy)
                                                                                                                    SPINNING MY MIND (Point)
                                                                                                                    LIQUID LIES (Yello By Yello)
                                                                                                                    MEET MY ANGEL (feat. Fifi Rong) (Point Bonus Track)
                                                                                                                    WAY DOWN (Point)

                                                                                                                    Charli XCX

                                                                                                                    Crash

                                                                                                                      The iconic global pop star Charli XCX, announced CRASH, her highly-anticipated forthcoming album. She also released ‘New Shapes’ featuring Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens.

                                                                                                                      The announcement of CRASH followed her latest single, ‘Good Ones’, a track signalling a new chapter for Charli in which she embraced all that the life of a pop figurehead has to offer in today’s world.

                                                                                                                      Producers and collaborators include A. G. Cook, George Daniel, Deaton Chris Anthony, Lotus IV, Caroline Polachek, Christine and the Queens, Oscar Holter, Digital Farm Animals, Rina Sawayama, Ian Kirkpatrik, Jason Evigan, Justin Raisen, Ariel Rechtshaid, Ilya, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jon Shave and Mike Wise. 


                                                                                                                      First Word Records is very pleased to present a brand new full-length album from Sarah Williams White! Emanating from the "hilly fields of Lewisham" in South London, Sarah Williams White is a singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer. Her sound is a unique blend of psych-soul, folktronica and experimental synth-pop.

                                                                                                                      Sarah released her acclaimed debut album 'Of The New World' on First Word in 2015, which was written, produced and performed by Sarah from her home studio, with the assistance of drummer, engineer & husband, Timmy Rickard. Her projects have seen support from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Nemone & Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), FIP Radio, Clash & The Guardian, to name a few, and she's toured the UK with Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Golden Rules (Lex). There have been additional collaborations with label-mate Quiet Dawn (on the 2021 compilation / EP 'A Family Affair') and with her brother, Paul White - a revered producer in his own right, with credits including Danny Brown and Sudan Archives.

                                                                                                                      Following a hiatus, Sarah now brings us her sophomore album, 'Unfathomable'. A project that offers up escapism from the mundane, enticing us to connect with our natural planet in this prevalent time, via the eyes of a new mother.

                                                                                                                      In her words, Sarah states that the album is "about escape. It's about deflating the ego by looking up to the endlessness of outer space, connecting with the greatness of mother nature, and loving how unfathomable the universe and life itself is".

                                                                                                                      11-tracks in all, including the recent singles 'Nebula', 'Green' and 'Monsters', this opus sees Sarah's buttery lathing of vocals merged with cutting beats and atypical pop sensibilities across the project, again entirely self-produced from home, defining her as one of the UK's most irresistible DIY psych-soul talents.

                                                                                                                      With a voice reminiscent of Peggy Lee, tapestried harmony akin to Hiatus Kaiyote, beats fit for Little Dragon, and experimental production evocative of Kate Bush, Sarah Williams White's signature genre-defying sound invites us into a world uniquely hers.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Nebula
                                                                                                                      2. Oh!
                                                                                                                      3. Monsters
                                                                                                                      4. Spectrum Of Light
                                                                                                                      5. Those Ones
                                                                                                                      6. Green
                                                                                                                      7. Greetings
                                                                                                                      8. How I Need You
                                                                                                                      9. 364
                                                                                                                      10. Unfathomable
                                                                                                                      11. Exit Lyra

                                                                                                                      Chromatics

                                                                                                                      Faded Now

                                                                                                                        While the wait for Dear Tommy continues, Chromatics are not sitting idle. In 2020 they surprise release ‘Closer to Grey’ and also dropped digitally an album ‘Faded Now’, which is now made available on Heavyweight Coloured Vinyl. The 14 song album includes a few remixes of songs from Closer To Grey and plenty of brand new songs to go with it

                                                                                                                        “....I’m doing time where the dreams are for sale...”

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A1. Faded Now
                                                                                                                        A2. You’re No Good
                                                                                                                        A3. Twist The Knife
                                                                                                                        A4. Street Lights
                                                                                                                        B1. I Want To Be Alone
                                                                                                                        B2. Touch Red
                                                                                                                        B3. Nocturne
                                                                                                                        B4. Wishing Well
                                                                                                                        B5. The Runner
                                                                                                                        B6. Burning Bridges
                                                                                                                        B7. The Sound Of Silence

                                                                                                                        A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                        Loco Remezclada

                                                                                                                          Following their latest trifecta of EP releases, A Certain Ratio return with the remix album Loco Remezclada. The remix album takes all 10 tracks from 2020’s ACR Loco + ‘Down & Dirty’ from EPA and puts them in the hands of a sensational selection of producers and artists including Lou Hayter, LoneLady, Lounge Society, The Orielles, Maps, Sink Ya Teeth, Skream, Doctor Pieter, Chris Massey, Colleen Cosmo, Number and Muddy Feet. 

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Double Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                                                                                          Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                          Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                          Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                          Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                          Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                          Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                          Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                          Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                          Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                          What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                          Taxi Guy (Number Rework)

                                                                                                                          Triple Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                                                                                          Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                          Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                          Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                          Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                          Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                          Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                          Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                          Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                          Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                          What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                          Taxi Guy (Number Rework)
                                                                                                                          Always In Love (Muddy Feet Remix)
                                                                                                                          Friends Around Us (The Lounge Society Remix)

                                                                                                                          CD Tracklisting
                                                                                                                          Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                          Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                          Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                          Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                          Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                          Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                          Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                          Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                          Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                          What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                          Taxi Guy (Number Rework)
                                                                                                                          Always In Love (Muddy Feet Remix)
                                                                                                                          Friends Around Us (The Lounge Society Remix)

                                                                                                                          A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                          ACR:MCR

                                                                                                                            As part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute Recordings Several of their albums will be released, including the long out of print albums 'acr:mcr' and 'Good Together.'A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.

                                                                                                                            Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. They have gone on to influence generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall. 


                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 Spirit Dance
                                                                                                                            2 Won't Stop Loving You
                                                                                                                            3 BTTW 90
                                                                                                                            4 Be What You Wanna Be
                                                                                                                            5 Good Together
                                                                                                                            6 Funky Heaven
                                                                                                                            7 Tribeca
                                                                                                                            8 Repercussions Live

                                                                                                                            Springing forth from the punk era of the late 70s, A Certain Ratio carved their own niche by marrying the gloom and gristle of the Manchester's Factory era with a whole load of groove. Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. 

                                                                                                                            Alive and well and on A&M after the Factory split, A Certain Ratio were in euphoric and emotive form for 1989’s Good Together. Bursting with the boundless positivity of the acid house era, the LP sees ACR divert their usual funk into the baggy sound of the time, exploiting conventional song structures to convey themes of togetherness and hope. Soulful, smooth and packed with proper anthems, including the saucy eyed serenade ‘The Big E’ and the wriggling acid pop of the title track, ‘Good Together’ remains the ACR of choice for ageing ravers everywhere.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 Your Blue Eyes
                                                                                                                            2 Your Little World
                                                                                                                            3 The Big E
                                                                                                                            4 God's Own Girl
                                                                                                                            5 Love Is The Way
                                                                                                                            6 Backs To The Wall
                                                                                                                            7 River's Edge
                                                                                                                            8 Every Pleasure
                                                                                                                            9 Coldest Days
                                                                                                                            10 Good Together
                                                                                                                            11 Repercussions
                                                                                                                            12 2000 A√:

                                                                                                                            A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                            To Each

                                                                                                                            This first album was originally only released on cassette and was compiled from a collection of early four-track recordings and a set of live tracks recorded when the band was opening for the Talking Heads. The sound is good for lo-fi recordings, and the band is, for all of their musical amateurishness, precise and controlled. Those seeking an idiosyncratic, interesting art-funk band can do no wrong with this release.

                                                                                                                            “A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in,” reads the press notes. “ACR always do what I don’t expect, who wouldn’t want to work with artists like that?” Mute Records boss Daniel Miller adds. Though various members have come and gone, a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson has always remained.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 Felch
                                                                                                                            2 My Spirit
                                                                                                                            3 Forced Laugh
                                                                                                                            4 Choir
                                                                                                                            5 Back To The Start
                                                                                                                            6 The Fox
                                                                                                                            7 Loss
                                                                                                                            8 Oceans
                                                                                                                            9 Winter Hill 

                                                                                                                            St. Vincent

                                                                                                                            Daddy's Home

                                                                                                                              Fifth studio album by the American musician, produced by pop producer and long-term collaborator Jack Antonoff and featuring the single 'Pay Your Way in Pain'. 'I was inspired by the classic records of the '70s. Stevie, Sly, Stones, Steely Dan, Chords, Groove. The days when sophisticated harmony and rhythm didn't sound heady - they just sounded, and felt good. Lots of guitar. But warm sounds, not distortion and chaos. Hopefully a turn nobody will see coming' - Annie Clark.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Barry says: 'Daddy's Home' mixes Clark's keen, rawkous production aesthetic with an undeniable nod to 70's rock, and displays an ongoing mastery of her craft.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                              01. Pay Your Way In Pain
                                                                                                                              02. Down And Out Downtown
                                                                                                                              03. Daddy’s Home
                                                                                                                              04. Live In The Dream
                                                                                                                              05. The Melting Of The Sun
                                                                                                                              06. Humming Interlude 1
                                                                                                                              07. The Laughing Man
                                                                                                                              08. Down
                                                                                                                              09. Humming Interlude 2
                                                                                                                              10. Somebody Like Me
                                                                                                                              11. My Baby Wants A Baby
                                                                                                                              12. …At The Holiday Party
                                                                                                                              13. Candy Darling
                                                                                                                              14. Humming Interlude 3

                                                                                                                              Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                              The Interlude Tracks Are Not Credited On The Vinyl, Although The Interludes Do Still Appear On The Disc Itself
                                                                                                                              01. Pay Your Way In Pain
                                                                                                                              02. Down And Out Downtown
                                                                                                                              03. Daddy’s Home
                                                                                                                              04. Live In The Dream
                                                                                                                              05. The Melting Of The Sun
                                                                                                                              06. The Laughing Man
                                                                                                                              07. Down
                                                                                                                              08. Somebody Like Me
                                                                                                                              09. My Baby Wants A Baby
                                                                                                                              10. …At The Holiday Party
                                                                                                                              11. Candy Darling

                                                                                                                              SKY H1 presents her long-awaited debut album, "Azure", on AD 93. The widespread success of her first EPs and appearances captured the blurring lines between her foundational experiences in drum & bass, grime, dubstep and techno, all tilted towards schematic bursts of pop. "Azure" builds on these foundations and explores a delicate medley of experiences, forms, and functions, culminating in an imaginative and evocative debut album.

                                                                                                                              The title, "Azure", was chosen to evoke memories of her mother, to whom the record is dedicated. The song titles reference the Access Virus synthesiser, an instrument series that made a deep and lasting impression on dance and electronic music in the early years of the new millennium. The sound is grandiose, luminous and expansive. Meeting somewhere between Tri-Angle records, the producers Rustie & SOPHIE and the post-everything landscapes traversed by her contemporaries - the music finds a natural home in the club, but also confidently strides into other environments such as film, cinema and art installations. 


                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Labyrinth
                                                                                                                              Darklite
                                                                                                                              Topaz
                                                                                                                              Silk
                                                                                                                              Arctis
                                                                                                                              Blade
                                                                                                                              Elysian Heights
                                                                                                                              Freefall
                                                                                                                              Bird Strike


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