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


Mandy, Indiana

I've Seen A Way

    Recorded in caves, crypts, and shopping centers, Mandy, Indiana's debut album' i've seen a way' is everywhere at once: Their first recordings emerged around 2019, with a smattering of early singles released not long after, culminating in 2021's critically acclaimed' EP which saw the band draw early cosigns including a remix from Daniel Avery and support slots from Squid, and Gilla Band.

    The latter's Daniel Fox mixed several of the tracks on the album alongside Robin Stewart (Giant Swan) and the album was mastered by Heba Kedry (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bjork). Like Thomas Bangalter locked in This Heat's Cold Storage fridge studio with Special Interest for a weekend, keeping their setup minimal for maximum effect. Buried found sound samples, sprawling percussive experiments are arranged via oblique references to film soundtrack strategies and experimental video games.. "We take inspiration from films where the language of cinema is disrupted," explains Fair, who takes Julia Ducournau's narrative detournements as a key influence. "We want to alter textures, create clashes, and craft those moments when what you're expecting to happen never comes - by subverting expectations you keep an audience on its toes." Though 'i've seen a way' was painstakingly crafted, where Mandy, Indiana thrives is the unexpected - and the resulting album sounds like nothing that has come before it.


    Love Theme (4K VHS)
    Drag [Crashed]
    Pinking Shears
    Injury Detail
    The Driving Rain (18)
    2 Stripe
    Iron Maiden
    Peach Fuzz
    (?>?<)? :??:*:??'?,??:*:???'? (Crystal Aura Redux)
    Sensitivity Training

    Alison Goldfrapp

    The Love Invention

      Alison Goldfrapp has set a towering bar for British synth-pop in the 21st century and she’s only just getting started. The magnetic London-born singer, songwriter and producer’s seven albums with Goldfrapp were fuelled by an unfailing modernity and a sixth sense for sounds that were more timeless than any trend. With the release of her debut solo album The Love Invention- an electrifying dance-pop suite - her multi-faceted musicianship reaches a new peak.

      The Love Invention marks Alison’s reawakening as a dancefloor priestess, in an intoxicating showcase of the disco and house influences that have always been at the heart of her musical DNA. “So Hard So Hot” bottles the ephemeral joy of a dancefloor with its anthemic house beat, disco handclaps, and an exquisitely alluring vocal from Alison. The sense of uninhibited liberation courses through album highlights like “In Electric Blue,” a yearning synth-pop confection with a chorus as blissful as love’s first butterflies. On “NeverStop,” she is flooded with the rush of an all-encompassing love over a buoyant, rubberised beat; the sublime synth-pop of “Fever” is an ode to the intoxicating majesty of the dancefloor, with a chorus that explodes as if setting off a glitter cannon.


      Barry says: Alison Goldfrapp has been at the forefront of electronic music for a good few decades now, both with Will Gregory and now on her own. 'The Love Invention' sees Alison veer dramatically into synth-heavy dancefloor grooves, crisply produced house and rich 303 sweeps. While there is very little that would sound bad with Goldfrapp singing atop it, this is the perfect mix of drive and wooze.


      Love Invention
      Digging Deeper Now
      In Electric Blue
      The Beat Divine
      Hotel (Suite 23)
      Gatto Gelato
      So Hard So Hot

      Eyes Of Others

      Eyes Of Others

        Eyes of Others is the studio alias of Edinburgh based John Bryden, a self-christened ‘post-pub couldn’t get in the club’ producer.

        Having announced their signing to Heavenly Recordings last November with the release of a 10” vinyl-only 6-track EP, Bewitched By The Flames, which sold out immediately through independent shops and mail order, Eyes Of Others is now set to present their debut, self-titled album.

        Marrying the anything-goes, freestyle magpie tendencies of Beck and The Beta Band to the electronic stylings of primetime 80s New Order by way of the spacious moods conjured by King Tubby, Eyes of Others debut’s whimsical demeanour is the perfect sonic balm to the utter confusion of the outside world. As is its sense of almost Balearic musical freedom. Such a mindset is fundamental to the music according to Bryden.

        “I was thinking where’s my spot?” Bryden reflects about the pick & mix quality of the album. “The music is later than a gig but it’s not full-on early morning club fare. It’s the in-between space where I was imagining where my music works.”

        But his beguiling tunes are perfect for the music soundtracking the afters too. As the dawn breaks and the sun begins to rise. “Maybe there aren’t enough venues opening at 7am!” he laughs, before quickly adding: “I don’t think it will catch on unfortunately.”


        Andy says: Beta Band meets Peaking Lights round at Arthur Russell's flat, in an "all back to mine", late night/early morning vibe.


        Once, Twice, Thrice
        At Home I Am A Leader
        New Hair New Me
        Ego Hit
        Mother Father
        Jargon Jones And Jones
        Come Inside
        Big Companies, Large Tentacles 

        Malcolm McLaren

        Duck Rock - 40th Anniversary Edition

          This tour-de-force of turntablism, proto-hip-hop, polyrhythms, and b-boy electro, sprung from the disruptive & fertile mind of punk architect Malcolm McLaren, finally gets the much needed reissue treatment that it so rightly deserves. This 40th anniversary edition of Duck Rock is packed to the gills with remastered audio, reconstructed artwork, and a whole additional disc of remixes and unreleased tracks.

          McLaren, a sonic antiquarian and impresario, drew in conspirators from around the globe, adding sampling, scratching, skits, panpipes, merengue, and township jive to an already overflowing creative cup. Looking back from four decades on, there is no doubt whatsoever that Duck Rock’s significance has been felt far and wide with artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Neneh Cherry, Paul Simon, and Vampire Weekend taking leads from its trailblazing musical collage.

          “Enjoy it all! It sounds better than it did on that June day 1983 when it was first released... This record is a masterpiece of pop culture. A true milestone in pop history.” - Malcolm McLaren

          Originally intended for its 25th trip round the sun, this 40th anniversary edition of Duck Rock lands courtesy of The state51 Conspiracy. 

          This is the version of Duck Rock that Malcolm McLaren intended to release on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. He personally remastered the tracks and compiled an additional record with 6 tracks which were previously unreleased on vinyl. Unfortunately, he was unable to release it during his lifetime, but in collaboration with Young Kim and the Malcolm McLaren Estate, and licensed by Universal Records, the state51 Conspiracy has managed to reissue it in all its glory in time for the 40th anniversary.



          Buffalo Gals
          Double Dutch
          El San Juanera
          Punk It Up
          Jive My Baby
          Song For Chango
          World's Famous
          Duck For The Oyster


          Roly Poly
          Hey DJ (World Famous Supreme Team)
          Zulus On A Timebomb
          Do You Like Scratchin
          Franz Buffalo


          The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte

            The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte marks Sparks’ first release on the venerable Island Records label in close to five decades, following such classics as 1974’s landmark Kimono My House, highlighted of course by the indelible hit single ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’. The new album is described by Ron and Russell Mael as a record that is “as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then or, for that matter, anytime throughout our career.”

            The album includes such instantly intriguing new musical vignettes as ‘Mona Lisa’s Packing, Leaving Late Tonight’ and ‘Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is’, songs which once again display Sparks’ seemingly ceaseless ability to craft complete, intricately detailed stories within perfect three-and-a-half minute pop masterpieces. Both characteristically timeless and unequivocally modern, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte once again affirms that, after more than a half century making such masterpieces, Sparks remain inimitable, ingenious and, as ever, utterly one of a kind. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: The sound of Sparks is uniquely theirs, bold pop chorus' and snappy vocal hooks, blooming from subtle and minimalistic to grand and orchestral without batting an eyelid. The title track is particularly enjoyable, showing both innovative groove and classic, Sparks melodies.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
            2. Veronica Lake
            3. Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is
            4. Escalator
            5. The Mona Lisa's Packing, Leaving Late Tonight
            6. You Were Meant For Me
            7. Not That Well-Defined
            8. We Go Dancing
            9. When You Leave
            10. Take Me For A Ride
            11. A Love Story
            12. It's Sunny Today
            13. It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
            14. Gee, That Was Fun

            Christine And The Queens


              Christine and the Queens return with new album PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, released on 9 June via Because Music.

              The record’s first single, ‘To be honest’ is an ethereal, synth-driven first glimpse into the French phenomenon’s most personal and ambitious album to date. PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE is written, performed and produced by Christine and the Queens, with co-production by Mike Dean (Lana Del Rey, Beyonce) and guest appearances from 070 Shake and Madonna.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: The wonderful Christine And The Queens make a very welcome return for the spellbinding new LP, 'PARANOiA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE'. With hefty synths, gorgeous cinematic intensity and a flawless ear for melody, Chris has continues the legacy he laid out so perfectly in the previous slices of emotional synth-pop genius. It's rich, deep and infinitely rewarding.

              TRACK LISTING

              VINYL 1 :
              A1 Overture
              A2 Tears Can Be So Soft
              A3 Marvin Descending
              A4 A Day In The Water
              B1 Full Of Life
              B2 Angels Crying In My Bed (Feat. Madonna)
              B3 Track 10
              VINYL 2 :
              C1 Overture (Feat.Mike Dean)
              C2 He’s Been Shining For Ever, Your Son
              C3 Flowery Days
              C4 I Met An Angel (Feat. Madonna)
              D1 True Love (Feat. 070 Shake)
              D2 Let Me Touch You Once (Feat. 070 Shake)
              D3 Aimer, Puis Vivre
              VINYL 3
              E1 Shine
              E2 We Have To Be Friends
              E3 Lick The Light Out (Feat. Madonna)
              F1 To Be Honest
              F2 I Feel Like An Angel
              F3 Big Eye

              TRIPLE CD EDITION
              CD 1:
              1 Overture
              2 Tears Can Be So Soft
              3 Marvin Descending
              4 A Day In The Water
              5 Full Of Life
              6 Angels Crying In My Bed (Feat. Madonna)
              7 Track 10
              CD 2:
              1 Overture (Feat.Mike Dean)
              2 He’s Been Shining For Ever, Your Son
              3 Flowery Days
              4 I Met An Angel (Feat. Madonna)
              5 True Love (Feat. 070 Shake)
              6 Let Me Touch You Once (Feat. 070 Shake)
              7 Aimer, Puis Vivre
              1 Shine
              2 We Have To Be Friends
              3 Lick The Light Out (Feat. Madonna)
              4 To Be Honest
              5 I Feel Like An Angel
              6 Big Eye

              Inga Copeland

              Higher Powers

                *BIG FANFARE!!* New album from Inga Copeland who I'm hoping you're aware of via the cult group Hype Williams which she was in with Dean Blunt. A modern muse of mythical status, Inga's smeared synth-pop musings and radioactive downbeat exercises have become highly treasured amongst underground aficionados, reddit forum users and NTS listeners alike.

                Stylistically it exists in that liminal / hypnogogic space between reality and dream world, with melancholic undertones reflecting, unfortunately, the current mood of our fractured country. With songs resembling traditional structures soon dissipating into the ether or crumbling into fried motherboards it draws comparisons with the recent Bar Italia album in terms of construction if not stylistic content. Her deliberately-almost-broken voice compliments the sorrowful machine music beautifully - the perfect ballad to soundtrack the end of humanity.

                Her 'first and last' album, which has previously only been released digitally, gets a highly coveted vinyl edition here - if you're reading this and its still in stock then lucky you - click that buy button or hurriedly scamper up to our counter with this in your hand - proud in the knowledge that you've snaffled a piece of modern electronic music treasure everyone’ll be fighting over in a couple of weeks. 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Bedroom blues, rain dappled electronica, exotic downbeat; Inga Copeland's liminal music is a music journalist's fantasy or horror, depending on how eloquent they might be feeling that day.

                TRACK LISTING

                01 Faith
                02 Light Up
                03 A&E (Copeland Audacity Mix)
                04 B.M.W.
                05 Obsession 2
                06 A World In Danger III (ft. Scratcha DVA)


                Another Cigarette / Klat Klat / Raw

                Music From Memory / Redlight man Abel doesn't grace our release sheets that often, presumably kept busy by curating those killer labels and endlessly digging. It's a shame really because he basically has a flawless record in edit-land, selecting the coolest records you've never heard, ditching the dross and giving the good stuff the maximum space to sparkle.

                When this power-platter first surfaced in 2019 it flew (I'm talking bird, plane, superman speeds), so we never got even a sniff of a copy. Thankfully the Surfing In Kansas fraternity have seen fit to repress and I get to share my enjoyment of this record with all y'all. It's straight to the discotheque on the A-side with the drum box snap and electronic gurgle of "Another Cigarette", an absolutely class edit of a Euro-imitates-Sheffield synthpop smasher. Half sung male vocals, white noise snares and that kind of Electrifying Mojo energy. Flip it for the freaky fun of "Klat Klat", another INCREDIBLE cut which emerges from a haze of billowing pads, treated vocals and skewed rhythm grids as a blast of vocoded boogie optimism. Finally "Raw" gives it ya with no trivia, but a whole load of digi-cowbell, DX7 chimes and nipple high bass work, mid tempo action for the Balearic fam.

                TRACK LISTING

                A. Another Cigarette
                B1. Klat Klat
                B2. Raw


                Phantasea Farm EP

                  New York City four-piece c*mgirl8 (aka cg8) announce their debut 4AD EP 'Phantasea Pharm'. Made up of Lida Fox (bass), Veronika Vilim (guitar), Chase Lombardo (drums) and Avishag Rodrigues (guitar), phantasea pharm was born out of an obsession with Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Old McDonald’ ahead of a show in Charlottesville, Virginia. The band decided to pay homage. Vilim dressed up in a cow leotard with pig accessories, Lombardo in a g-string and apron that read ‘The Grillfather,’ Rodrigues became a lawn mower, and Fox took on the role of a sexy rooster. “We went on stage that night and told everyone we were a ‘Fantasy Farm.’” They knew then that would become the basis of their new EP.

                  Last month’s single ‘cicciolina’ was a perfect introduction, a tribute to the Hungarian-Italian pornstar turned politician Ilona Staller, aka Cicciolina. The new single ‘gothgirl1’ opens another chapter. Written with Nick Launay (Kate Bush, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Slits), during the band’s stay at Barbizon, “a magical artist hotel nestled on the edge of a mushroom forest,” the result is a four-minute cut of hypnotizing eroticism that perfectly captures the dark mysticism of its genesis.

                  phantasea pharm follows last year’s standalone single ‘dumb bitch’ and EP’s c*mgirl8 (2020) and RIPc*mgirl8 (2021), and arrives in the midst of their headlining EU/UK tour and festival run that has seen them play Primavera, The Great Escape, London Calling, and more. c*mgirl8 will then make their return to UK later this Summer joining the line-up for Greenman and Core Festival after having opened for Le Tigre in North America.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Cicciolina
                  2. Dead Pixels
                  3. Cursed Angel
                  4. Picture Party Ft. Christeene
                  5. Gothgirl1
                  6. Pritney Llc

                  De Lux

                  What's Life (Idjut Boys Remixes)

                  The Idjut Boys come correct for LA duo De Lux. Two mixes of spacious
                  cosmic dub disco as only they can deliver - ltd to 300 worldwide.

                  Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell return, as wonky as ever, to remix hot LA duo De Lux. Two mixes of "What's Life" which sees them work the space echo and spring reverb like only they can! Constantly riding a cresendo which never seems to break, full of their trademark cowbells and big splashy drums; this is a quintessential Idjuts outing, and I can think of no better source material for their inspired live dub. Recommended!  

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Hot hyped stuff courtesy of Idjut Boys who've managed to score a remix off the new De Lux LP (also out this week). Done in their typically Droided, dubbed out, echo-laden style it finds them in solid form; and with De Lux being possibly the coolest band of the month - this is certain to blow up.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. What's Life (Idjut Boys Dub Remix)
                  2. What's Life (Original)
                  3. What's Life (Idjut Boys Seven Slackers Remix)

                  James Ellis Ford

                  The Hum

                    James Ellis Ford has been hidden in plain sight for his entire two-decade-long career. The composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter has worked with some of the biggest names in music, from Arctic Monkeys to Depeche Mode via Foals, Gorillaz and Kylie Minogue and as part of Simian Mobile Disco and The Last Shadow Puppets’ touring band. 

                    This year he takes centre stage with a bewitching debut solo album, ‘The Hum’. It is as much a homage to the tender and eccentric English pop music of Brian Eno and Robert Wyatt as it is love letter to his wife and son’s Palestinian roots; as much exploration of the pastoral verve of Canterbury prog as it is informed by the dynamics of modern hip-hop production; as much a madcap Radiophonic voyage into the cosmic unknown peppered with Can-like grooves. With ‘The Hum’, James Ellis Ford has finally come out of hiding.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    01. Tape Loop #7
                    02. Pillow Village
                    03. I Never Wanted Anything
                    04. Squeaky Wheel
                    05. The Yips
                    06. Golden Hour
                    07. The Hum
                    08. Caterpillar
                    09. Emptiness
                    10. Closing Time


                    Resound NYC

                      Moby’s second album on Deutsche Grammophon following 2021’s Bestselling Album & Chart Success “Reprise”.

                      Digging further into his catalogue, Moby has reimagined fifteen of some of his most iconic tracks for his new album “Resound NYC”, featuring tracks that he wrote between 1994-2010 while living in New York City, and the new versions feature a vibrant, brass-heavy sound. From the sublime desperation of “When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die” to the manic stomp of “Extreme Ways” (best known as the theme from the “Jason Bourne” film franchise), the reworked tracks burst forth with boundless energy. Guest vocalists on “Resound NYC” include Nicole Scherzinger, Gregory Porter, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Mylene Farmer, Amythyst Kiah, Lady Blackbird, Dougy Mandagi (The Temper Trap) and more.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      LP1, SIDE A
                      In My Heart (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Gregory Porter
                      Extreme Ways (Resound NYC Version) Feat. The Temper Trap
                      South Side (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Ricky Wilson
                      Flower (Find My Baby) (Resound YNC Version) Feat. Amythyst Kiah
                      LP1, SIDE B
                      In This World (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Nicole Scherzinger, Marisha Wallace
                      Helpless (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Margo Timmins, Damien Jurado
                      Signs Of Love (Resound NYC Version)
                      The Perfect Life (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Ricky Wilson
                      LP2, SIDE C
                      When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die (Resound NYC Version) Feat. P.T. Banks
                      Slipping Away (Resound NYC Version)
                      Second Cool Hive (Resound NYC Version) Feat. OUM, Sarah Willis
                      Hyenas (Resound NYC Version)
                      LP2, SIDE D
                      Last Night (Resound NYC Version)
                      Run On (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Danielle Ponder, Elijah Ponder
                      Walk With Me (Resound NYC Version) Feat. Lady Blackbird

                      Jake Shears

                      Last Man Dancing

                        Jake Shears turns his lifelong love affair with club culture into his most ambitious pop music to date with his brand new album, Last Man Dancing. The new album sees the rollerblade his way unapologetically through pop culture. The album was brought to vivid life by Jake Shears and a close crew of collaborators, including head-turning features from Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda, Amber Martin, and a pre-Renaissance turn from the iconic Big Freedia.

                        The album launches with the massive single ‘Too Much Music’, which – from its glam rock overture, dramatic strings and irresistible Nile Rodgers groove – announces itself immediately as a definitive Jake Shears anthem. Last Man Dancing is a life affirming record for anyone who has felt lost – out of love, on a night out, or in the modern world – but kept moving anyway.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1 Too Much Music
                        A2 Do The Television
                        A3 Voices (feat. Kylie Minogue)
                        A4 I Used To Be In Love
                        A5 Really Big Deal
                        A6 Last Man Dancing
                        B1 8 Ball (feat. Le Chev)
                        B2 Devil Came Down The Dance Floor (feat. Amber Martin)
                        B3 Mess Of Me
                        B4 Doses (feat. Big Freedia)
                        B5 Radio Eyes
                        B6 Diamonds Don’t Burn

                        Pip Blom


                          For her third album, ‘Bobbie’, Dutch singer-songwriter Pip Blom decided to rip it up and start again. After making her name as one of the brightest indie rock singers around through two albums – 2019 debut ‘Boat’ and 2021 follow-up ‘Welcome Break’ – and a lauded live show honed over gruelling years of touring, the new album sees her take a delightful left turn into thumping, carefree synth pop. This 12-track collection features collaborations with Personal Trainer and Alex Kapranos.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Not Tonight
                          2. Tiger
                          3. Red
                          4. Kiss Me By The Candlelightfeat. Personal Trainer
                          5. I Can Be Your Man
                          6. Where'd You Get My Number?
                          7. Brand New Car
                          8. Is This Love?feat. Alex Kapranos
                          9. Fantasies
                          10. Again
                          11. Get Back
                          12. 7 Weeks 

                          Natural Sciences Recs and Harsh Reality Music team up for the first reissue of Henry Hektik's Motion P. Music, booted up as a 12" sampler for DJ's not yet consumed by the candyfloss.

                          A figure who collaborated with M. Finnkreig and active in the 80's German underground and tape trading circuit, he disappeared off the grid, leaving few documents of his music behind, with the handful of remaining tapes swallowed by mould or fried in electrical accidents. What is left is true unhinged tracks from the edge, with six cuts of jacking proto-house (Haiwasa, T.B.A), night-stalker surveillance wave jams (Hong Kong Wedding Night), Black ops narco paranoia (Private Apocalypse) and static knuckle-dragging workouts (Here Comes Escape). A snapshot into a man on the edge!!

                          Limited to 300 copies worldwide with insert and fanzine.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Haiwasa
                          A2. Private Apocalypse
                          A3. T.B.A
                          B1. Hong Kong Wedding Night
                          B2. Nightwatch
                          B3. Here Comes Escape

                          Yves Tumor

                          Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)

                            Yves Tumor’s highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’. Produced by Noah Goldstein (Frank Ocean / Rosalía / FKA Twigs / Rihanna / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Never one to go with expectations, Yves Tumor has moved from jagged electronics and woozy lo-fi hip-hop to a strikingly modern, wildly inventive mash-up of classic rock, soul and noise that's just on the right side of unfathomable. Their constant musical evolution is both baffling and thoroughly enjoyable.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            01. God Is A Circle
                            02. Lovely Sewer
                            03. Meteora Blues
                            04. Interlude
                            05. Parody
                            06. Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood
                            07. Operator
                            08. In Spite Of War
                            09. Echolalia
                            10. Fear Evil Like Fire
                            11. Purified By The Fire
                            12. Ebony Eye 

                            LCD Soundsystem

                            New Body Rhumba

                            Stretch 'em out and shake off the cobwebs - LCD Soundsystem have returned, in recorded form, from a 5-year hibernation. 'new body rhumba' was written and recorded for the new Noah Baumbach film, White Noise, which is an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. It’s classic LCD, all tight and brash, with a coda headed for the second star from the right and straight on 'till morning.

                            Single-sided 12'' vinyl, mastered and cut at 45rpm by Bob 'Sparklebear' Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, pressed at MPO in France.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. New Body Rhumba

                            Sofia Kourtesis

                            Fresia Magdalena

                              Berlin based, Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis drops her new EP "Fresia Magdalena" via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. Following her breakout EP Sarita Colonia - which saw her tipped as a 'One To Watch' by The Observer, feature on Emerging Artist lists from DJ and Mixmag as well as being named #4 in Gorilla Vs. Bear's 'EPs and Mixtapes of 2020' and appearing in this years NME 100 - the EP continues to hone her singular sound, using astutely selected samples and a joyful sense of personality and place to make something utterly infectious. Today she has also shared lead single ‘La Perla’, a track that is at once energising and meditative.

                              Utilising her own singing voice for the first time, ‘La Perla’ clears the head in an uplifting wave before getting the body moving. Speaking of the track she says: "Although I’ve sampled my own voice before, this is the first time I’ve really sung on a track. My dream is to develop a live show and I created ‘La Perla’ with that in mind. ‘La Perla’ is about staring at the sea, It's the first thing I’ll do when I return to Peru. My dad used to say staring at the sea is like meditation, it clears your head. This song is for him. It's hard for me to listen to La Perla as it wrote it during a time I lost my dad to leukaemia. This song is for him, descansa en paz papa" Though undeniably present in all her work, Fresia Magdalena is more rooted in Kourtesis’ native Peru than ever. On one of her regular extended trips home, the process of making the EP began with the collection of field recordings around the city of Lima where Kourtesis' family currently live and specifically Magdalena, their district..

                              "I look at songs like a collage" she says, "I put all the samples at the forefront and create music around them". Then finished between Peru and Berlin, the result finds both aspects of her life bleeding effortlessly into her music and weaving around themes and a broad range of styles that remain universal. From the gritty and pulsating rumble of ‘Dakotas’ to the twinkling groove of ‘By Your Side’ and the exhilaration of ‘La Perla’, Kourtesis’ ability to naturally flow from one style to the next, though always with an eye on the return to the dancefloor, is everapparent here. Thematically though, her message is simple and direct. "Fresia Magdalena is about activism" she says, "It's about making positive changes, whoever and wherever you are". A passionately vocal voice for the wellbeing of the community herself, Kourtesis here attributes this message to the person who inspires her most.

                              "Fresia is my mother’s name" she says, "her whole life she’s fought hard for the people of Magdalena, Peru. This is my tribute to her and the other activists around the world working hard to better the lives of others. We as musicians have a responsibility to help our communities to have their voices heard, changes are needed". A nod to another significant figure both to Kourtesis and to any unheard voices, the artwork for the EP draws an elegant line between previous EP Sarita Colonia and this one. "Housed within one of Lima’s biggest favelas, The Cementerio Baquijano del Callao contains a beautiful tribute to Sarita Colonia, the Patron of the Poor" Kourtesis recalls, "she’s an icon within Peru and the voice of the underrepresented. Gaining access to this cemetery is challenging as not everyone can just walk into a favela but after some negotiations we managed to gain access". Much like the music itself these images were then collaged to create something striking and new. Fresia Magdalena loses none of its impact when taken at its surface level – a collection of vibrant dance music that gets under the skin and lifts the mood with distinctive and addictive flourishes separating it from the pack. What really makes it unique though is the life bubbling under the surface of the collection as a whole. The influences, passions and relationships of Kourtesis as a person are behind every moment - a fierce call to action softened and presented with the warmth of family and home.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says: Falling somewhere between the heart-aching melancholy of early Nicolas Jaar, the techy Balearic of The Field and that euphoric electronica Kompakt seemed to dish up every week in the mid noughties comes Berlin-based Peruvian Sofia Kourtesis. If you dug on Koze's 'Pick Up', you should check out 'By Your Side'.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. La Perla
                              2. By Your Side
                              3. Nicolas
                              4. Dakotas
                              5. Juntos

                              Sophie Ellis-Bextor


                                ‘Lost in the Sunshine is about a lazy, hazy, hot, romantic, perfectly sunny day with the one you love’ - Sophie Ellis-Bextor

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. A Thousand Orchids
                                2. Breaking The Circle
                                3. Until The Wheels Fall Off
                                4. Everything Is Sweet
                                5. Lost In The Sunshine
                                6. Tokyo
                                7. Beyond The Universe
                                8. He's A Dreamer
                                9. Reflections
                                10. Hearing In Colour
                                11. Broken Toy
                                12. We've Been Watching You

                                The Wild Swans

                                Bringing Home The Ashes - 2023 Reissue

                                  The debut LP from Liverpool band the Wild Swans finally gets a re-release. Originally released in 1988, it's an absolutely beautiful record full of jangling guitars and pounding drums, topped with Paul Simpson's melancholic vocals.

                                  Despite being signed to Sire Records by Seymour Stein, they never received the same acclaim as some of their Liverpudlian contemporaries, which is a perplexing as this LP has all the hallmarks of Liverpool at that time along with some great songwriting. It's an album full of melancholy and hope and still sounds absolutely wonderful 30 odd years later.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Andy says: Absolutely glorious record showcasing Liverpool legend Paul Simpson's brilliant song writing in tandem with that beautifully romantic Liverpool sound so redolent of the early 80's. Maybe the fact this debut wasn't released until 1988 was a reason for its perceived "failure". All irrelevant now; this is a wonderful record.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side A
                                  1. Young Manhood
                                  2. Bible Dreams
                                  3. Bitterness
                                  4. Archangels
                                  5. Northern England

                                  Side B
                                  1. Whirlpool Heart
                                  2. Bringing Home The Ashes
                                  3. Mythical Beast
                                  4. Now And Forever
                                  5. The Worst Year Of My Life


                                  Sus Dog

                                    Ex-Warp artist Clark recruits none other than Thom Yorke as Exec Producer for his first album on his label centred on his own singing. It combines his trademark searing synth melodies and beats with vocal hooks.

                                    Thom says "the way he approached it all wasn't the usual singer songwriter guff
                                     thank god; it mirrored the way he approached all his composition and recording,
                                     but this time it had a human face. His face." Chris says "I kept on thinking what would it sound like if The Beach Boys took MDMA and made a rave record"

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Alyosha
                                    2. Town Crank
                                    3. Sus Dog (feat. Anika)
                                    4. Clutch Pearlers
                                    5. Over Empty Streets
                                    6. Wedding
                                    7. Forest
                                    8. Dolgoch Tap
                                    9. Bully
                                    10. Dismissive
                                    11. Medicine (feat. Thom Yorke)
                                    12. Ladder

                                    LP Giobbi

                                    Light Places

                                      Producer, DJ, pianist and activist LP Giobbi (aka Leah Chisholm) shares ‘Light Places’, her long-awaited and highly anticipated debut full length album, on Ninja Tune imprint, Counter Records.

                                      Featuring multiple tracks with impressive names like Sofi Tukker, Little Jet, Caroline Byrne, Monogem, DJ Tennis and Joseph Ashworth throughout the album, ‘Light Places’ sees LP celebrate the joys of collaboration, improvisation and creating music through friendship, paying homage to the people and music that shaped her as an artist.

                                      LP Giobbi is the founder of Femme House, a non-profit educational platform that seeks to create equitable opportunities for women and other marginalized gender expressions in the technical areas of music creation, with over nine thousand community members.

                                      For fans of Fred Again, LF System, Jayda G, TSHA, Barry Can’t Swim, Franky Wah.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      1. Intro: Mother
                                      2. If Love Is A Skill (feat. Sofi Tukker)
                                      3. Can’t Let You Go (feat. Little Jet)
                                      4. All I Need (Interlude)
                                      5. All I Need
                                      6. Another Life (feat. Caroline Byrne)
                                      7. Georgia
                                      8. Follow The Loop (feat. Le Chev)

                                      Side B
                                      1. Feels Just Like It (feat. Caroline Byrne)
                                      2. Body Breathe (feat. Monogem)
                                      3. All In A Dream (feat. DJ Tennis And Joseph Ashworth)
                                      4. All My Life (feat. Sofi Tukker)
                                      5. Outro: Not Fade Away

                                      Jessie Ware

                                      That! Feels Good!

                                        ‘Pearls’ sees the dancefloor diva back where she belongs. Thumping with 70’s funk infused basslines and infectious grooves towed by sonic synthesisers, the track was co-written and produced by Coffee Clarence JR, Sarah Hudson and legendary British producer Stuart Price. The track is riding high on captivating energy that seems like it could’ve emerged straight from a mirror ball.

                                        “Pearls is a record that doesn’t take itself too seriously but demands you to have a dance. It’s inspired by divas like Donna Summer, Evelyn Champagne King, Teena Marie and Chaka khan and I guess attempts to show - in lightness - all the hats I try to wear (usually at the same time). It’s the second song you will hear from my collaboration with Stuart Price and Coffee - with the wonderful addition of Sarah Hudson - and hopefully gives you a taste of the fun we have working together. “ Jessie also added, “That! Feels Good! stems from over 10 years of understanding who I am, and who I enjoy being as an artist and the thrill of performance. “

                                        The new single follows recent release ‘Free Yourself’, that offered a taster session to Jessie’s upcoming studio album. ‘Free Yourself’ went on to have the biggest week one streams in both the UK and internationally ahead of any other Jessie single to date.

                                        ‘That! Feels Good!’ is the follow up album to 2020’s ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’, which proved her status as one of the UK’s most influential artists and became her highest charting album to date. It included singles ‘Save A Kiss’, ‘Spotlight’ and Barack Obama approved ‘Remember Where You Are’ (added to his NYE playlist). Last year saw Jessie support juggernaut Harry Styles in the USA, gain 2.4 billion global streams and complete a fantastic run of live shows including career defining sets at Glastonbury and Primavera. She continues to cement herself as a formidable force and at the forefront of UK pop.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Liam says: Following on from her incredible disco odyssey 'What's Your Pleasure?', 'That! Feels Good!' sees Jessie Ware fully diving into high camp. Lead single 'Free Yourself' is empowering disco floorfiller, whilst 'Pearls' serves as a long-lost Chaka Khan-esque funk cut that has 'Ru Paul's Drag Race Lipsync For Your Life' written all over it. It's infectious, sultry and undoubtedly got the potential to be the party record of the year - Mega, mega stuff!!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. That! Feels Good!
                                        2. Free Yourself
                                        3. Pearls
                                        4. Hello Love
                                        5. Begin Again
                                        6. Beautiful People
                                        7.Freak Me Now
                                        8. Shake The Bottle
                                        9. Lightning
                                        10. These Lips 

                                        Mysterious Argentinian Deep Spectrum delivers an extended EP with synthpop and Italo influenced music for the pool/porn movie set / dancefloor / living room. Yes that's right, this is universal music, suitable for all kinds of situations. "Forever Free" could be an instrumental B-side of a Soft Cell or Vicious Pink record while "Para So Fiscal" holds the middle ground between an 80s soundtrack and an underground Italo jam. "Punch Line" on the flip is a smooth dance track where this talented new artist takes it to an even more sensual level. Fans of sleazy electronic futurism and early Legowelt should not sleep on this release!

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: This is a really interesting release spanning cosmic synthscapes and electro-disco with a vintage hue and some classy programming and synthesis techniques. It's not all dancefloor centric, with the sub-100BPM numbers taking us off on light fluffy clouds into blue sky abandon.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1 Forever Free
                                        2 Para So Fiscal
                                        3 Moon Memory
                                        4 Zenith
                                        5 Punchline
                                        6 Chau Nos Vemos


                                        Mid Air

                                          Mid Air is an album about celebration, sanctuary and salvation on the dance floor. It's an album that deals with love, grief, relationships, identity and sexuality and is a love letter to the queer clubs where Romy found community and connection. It’s a coming-out album in a way, although she came out in her personal life a long time ago, but it’s also a coming-through album – through grief and heartache, towards euphoria.

                                          Mid Air sees Romy working alongside producers Fred again.. and Stuart Price, as well as her bandmate Jamie xx on recent single “Enjoy Your Life”. Also featuring the previous single (and crossover anthem) “Strong”, Mid Air is the perfect encapsulation of a sound Romy describes as “emotional music to dance to”. It’s a sound that’s set to unify dancefloors, distilling Romy’s love of club classics and classic song writing and finding the sweet spot – like much of Romy’s favourite music – between euphoria, escapism, sadness and melancholy.

                                          To celebrate news of the album, Romy today releases her latest single, the Fred again..-produced “Loveher”. It’s a pivotal track for Romy and acts as both the album opener and the first song to be written for the record. Romy and Fred were first paired together to write songs for other people, but their fast friendship and musical connection proved to be a spark for something new. After writing “Loveher”, a declarative pop song about the intimacy of falling in love with a woman, “Fred asked me, who could this be for?” explains Romy “and I tentatively said… ‘maybe me?’”. A proud and positive queer love story, this was the beginning of Mid Air.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Loveher
                                          2. Weightless
                                          3. The Sea
                                          4. One Last Try
                                          5. DMC
                                          6. Strong Ft. Fred Again..
                                          7. Twice
                                          8. Did I
                                          9. Mid Air Ft. Beverly Glenn-Copeland
                                          10. Enjoy Your Life
                                          11. She’s On My Mind

                                          Midnight Drive extend their winning streak with this most beautiful and unique of records - Makers 'Don't Challenge Me' - A truly idiosyncratic early 70's electronic oddity that has long been a coveted and highly prized piece of music by obscure music lovers for many years.

                                          Makers was the moniker for another studio project by legendary euro-disco pioneer Boris Midney. Midney, a Russian ex-pat, explored his own sonic world and in the process crafted some of the biggest records during the most fertile times in the disco period, he created numerous projects including Beautiful Bend, USA-European Connection, Caress and many more.

                                          A classically trained musician and jazz artist, his trail-blazing studio work meant he was one of the first producers to embrace the capabilities of multi-track mixing in a most creative way. Listening to this 45, a limited release on his own 'Midney' micro label, you can certainly hear genius at work, it's mind boggling that this record was crafted when it was (1972) as it sounds totally ahead of it's time and sounds exciting and original to this day.
                                          This is the very first time this record has ever been reissued (it was included on the most incredible 'Personal Space' compilation from a few years ago) and people will be very surprised to hear the b-side for the very first time - 'You're Shy' - A sweet soul number that almost recalls The Staple Singers and could easily have been released on Stax or any familiar labels of that ilk that somehow manages to retain the strange and overall DIY aesthetic of the 'Makers' sound.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Patrick says: If, like me, you became obsessed with the kaleidoscopic world of those Trapdoor mixes a few years back, you'll lose your shit for this 7" reissue. The work of Boris Midney, "Don't Challenge Me" is a superbly spacey psych-funk groover, packed with seductive soul and the nebulous haze of the milky way.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A Don't Challenge Me
                                          B You're Shy

                                          Various Artists

                                          Bill Brewster: Late Night Tales Presents After Dark Vespertine

                                            Esteemed scribe, proper DJ, and discreetly deft twiddler Bill Brewster, drops the latest instalment in his ‘After Dark’ series, for Late Night Tales.

                                            A throbbing, louche and leisurely affair, groove is very much at the heart of this freestyle selection, a vibe which Bill de- scribes as “a basement, a red light and a sound system. Or, as the Beastie’s once rapped, slow and low, that is the tempo”.

                                            There’s Hawaiian drum machine bossa balearica from Island Band, percussive afro post punk from Czech jazz singer Jana Koubkova, and breathy-bubbling-dubwise-slap-bass-soul from Debbe & The Code.

                                            There’s also sultry deep house mood music from Lanowa, infectious bouncy jazz funk breaks from Canada High, and Nail’s life affirming re-edit of singer songwriter Gilbert O Sullivan’s electro pop gem ‘So What’.

                                            Bill’s own studio skills are present and correct too, featuring an undulating bassy version of country troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols, reworked along Alex Tepper under their Hotel Motel moniker, and a chugged-up squelchy disco take on Khruang- bin, this time paired with Raj Gupta, as Mang Dynasty.

                                            Chock full of exclusives, tracks are either completely brand new, or available digitally for the first time, whilst others are wallet-rinsing rarities if purchased elsewhere. Whichever way you slice it though, every tune is a highlight, working equally well as standalone nuggets, or within Bill’s fluidly cohesive mix.

                                            Whether he’s taking the roof off a club with his unique selec- tion of deep and tough house music, enchanting a backroom with a genre-bending set of disco, Balearic, rock and hip hop or playing chillout music in a bay in Croatia, Bill Brewster is the man for all occasions.

                                            In a former life, Bill was a punk rocker, a chef and also the co-editor of football magazine When Saturday Comes but has been a record nerd all of his life. He began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, particularly during a two-year stint in New York running DMC’s office, where nights at the Sound Factory and hanging out with Danny Tenaglia gave him the musical grounding you can still hear in his music today.

                                            Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years. There are few still playing regularly today that have his dedication, eclecticism and encyclopedic knowledge of music.

                                            His parallel life is as a writer, and with his long-term part- ner-in-crime Frank Broughton, they have written four books together, including the acclaimed ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ (latest edition published last July), ‘How To DJ (Prop- erly)’ and ‘The Record Players’. The pair are also behind the legendary and their party, Low Life, has been running for nearly 30 years.

                                            He has been working in the industry’s fringes for over 40 years including the running of various labels from Twisted UK and Forensic in the ’90s to Disco Sucks and Anorak in the noughties.

                                            He is one of NTS radio’s new residents for 2023 and his ‘Low Life Loves You’ show is available on the first Tuesday of every month.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1 Island Band – Idle Hours 4:55
                                            A2 Chaz Jankel – Manon Manon 4.56
                                            A3 Gilbert O’Sullivan – So What (Nail Edit) 8.44*
                                            B1 Rheinzand – Kills And Kisses (Scorpio Twins Remix) 8.10*
                                            B2 Canada High – Le Chiffre 5.02*
                                            B3 Lanowa – Burning Up 6.38*
                                            C1 Khruangbin – So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Irreverent Dub) 7.16*
                                            C2 Fernando – 1998 7.00*
                                            C3 Debbe & The Code – Code Of Love 6.02
                                            D1 Jana Koubková - Nijána 6.15
                                            D2 IPG V Hot Toddy – Open Space 7.32*
                                            D3 Smashed Atoms & Backdoor Man – Hey Dreamer 6.50*
                                            *After Dark Vinyl Exclusive

                                            1.T.O.E – Infinite Consciousness*
                                            2.Island Band – Idle Hours
                                            3.Jana Koubková - Nijána
                                            4.Dan Wainwright – Come Home*
                                            5.Jeb Loy Nichols – Don’t Drop Me (Hotel Motel Remix)*
                                            6.Nick Munday – Drum Lock
                                            7.Khruangbin – So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Irreverent Dub)*
                                            8.Rhythm Plate – We Were Made To Be Artists*
                                            9.Debbe & The Code – Code Of Love*
                                            10.Lanowa – Burning Up*
                                            11.Gilbert O’Sullivan – So What (Nail Edit)*
                                            12.Canada High – Le Chiffre
                                            13.Smashed Atoms & Backdoor Man – Hey Dreamer*
                                            14.Gus Paterson – Arphicelago*
                                            15.Fernando - 1998*
                                            16.IPG V Hot Toddy – Open Space*
                                            17.Carl Finlow – Hyperkagome*
                                            18.Rheinzand – Kills And Kisses (Scorpio Twins Remix)*
                                            19.Chaz Jankel – Manon Manon
                                            * After Dark Exclusive

                                            BIG BRAVE

                                            Nature Morte

                                              ‘nature morte’ is BIG BRAVE’s first Thrill Jockey release, following ‘Leaving None But Small Birds’, a collaboration with The Body. ‘nature morte’ was recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets.

                                              BIG BRAVE have a singular voice in heavy music, honed over five albums, four on Southern Lord. Their most recent, ‘VITAL’, was in April of 2021.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Carvers, Farriers And Knaves
                                              2. The One Who Bornes A Weary Load
                                              3. My Hope Renders Me A Fool
                                              4. The Fable Of Subjugation
                                              5. A Parable Of The Trusting
                                              6. The Ten Of Swords

                                              Skinny Puppy

                                              [PIAS] 40

                                                Skinny Puppy is a Canadian band Influenced by pioneering industrial bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire or Suicide. Skinny Puppy was born in 1982 in Vancouver. Formed by cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie). It is considered an important and influential band in the electro-industrial genre. In 1985, Key and Ogre were joined by Wilhelm Schroeder who participated in the recording of the first album Bites before giving way to Dwayne Goettel. The arrival of the latter directs the group in a fusion of industrial music, gothic and electronic which finds a first outcome on Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate and VIVIsectVI, respectively released in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Dig It
                                                2. Addiction First Dose
                                                3. Assimilate
                                                4. Smothered Hope


                                                99 Luftballons (RSD23 EDITION)



                                                  40th Anniversary celebration of the global hit '99 Luftballons'. Presented here as a 1LP picture disc with digitally remastered audio and photography by Jim Rakete.

                                                  In addition to 99 Luftballons, the EP includes the songs 'Nur geträumt', 'Leuchtturm', 'You Don't Know What Love Is' and 'Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime' - a duet with Kim Wilde.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. 99 Luftballons
                                                  A2. Nur Geträumt
                                                  A3. Leuchtturm
                                                  B1. Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime (feat. Kim Wilde)
                                                  B2. You Don't Know What Love Is


                                                  12" Record Storage Carry Case - Black

                                                    - Portable LP record storage carry case
                                                    - Robust vinyl covering
                                                    - Protective chrome effect trim on corners and all edges of the box
                                                    - Hinged lid with 2 closing clasps and carry handle in matching colours
                                                    - Holds approx up to 50 LPs / 12"s in their sleeves
                                                    - 3.8 KG

                                                    John Matthias And Jay Auborn

                                                    Ghost Notes

                                                      On Ghost Notes, John Matthias and Jay Auborn’s latest album, the British duo take their experiments with sound to new levels, catapulting their work into unexplored territories of human-robotic collaboration. Matthias and Auborn first partnered for the 2017 release Race to Zero. The album, and the soundtrack to the feature film, IN THE CLOUD (starring Gabriel Byrne) and the soundtrack to BROADMEAD (Stanley Donwood & Mat Consume) which they have collaborated on since, makes evident the musicians’ mutual desire to push hard at the boundaries between physical and digital sound worlds – an exploration they had been pursuing individually for years. Combining his expertise and interests in science and sound, the composer, violinist and physicist, John Matthias is known for blending tradition and futurism in his music. His work has taken the form of pioneering research on Neuronal Music Technology as well as 4 acclaimed studio albums and numerous collaborations with renowned artists including Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut. Jay Auborn’s assiduous work in musical engineering, which takes sound as yet another malleable material to be played with, has made him into a sought-after musician, record producer and sound artist working on everything from large-scale sound installations to film music. Between their shared passions and complementary skills, the musicians found a unique and undeniably bold synergy. Ghost Notes continues to be driven by this force; for the album, John Matthias and Jay Auborn gave their computer limbs and unleashed its agency, improvising alongside this new band member to create mini electronic symphonies.

                                                      The ghost in Ghost Notes refers to a robot drummer, although its appearance is less corporeal than it might sound. In fact, it employs quite crude technology not too different from your set of automatic car keys. John Matthias and Jay Auborn used solenoid magnets to convert audio signals sent from their computer into voltages that could fire hammers that would in turn hit a real drum kit. “It looks like a science experiment, all covered in wires”. Despite the rudimentary looks, ghost-drummer does an impressive job; allowing for digital collaboration with real instruments. In other words, instead of working with samples played off speakers, these can now be reproduced live, in a physical space.

                                                      As if straight out of a scene in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the first time John Matthias and Jay Auborn brought their creation to life was a haunting experience. They fed it complex rhythmic information from a 1950s jazz recording of drum solos and lo and behold the drum kit came alive in the room with shocking resemblance to the original performance. That chilling encounter which, in the musician's eyes took technological appropriation to new, terrifying levels, pivoted the musician’s ideas: “We realised that we could use the method to extract the low level often overlooked rhythmic patterns within our own recorded or live material. [...] We now focused on creating Ghostly echoes of our own performances rather than invoking the dead to be in our band”.

                                                      This process became the bare bones behind the composition of Ghost Notes, rather than playing acoustic instruments and later digitally manipu- lating these recordings, these two stages were brought together in one moment and place in time, “The digital elements of our music were in the room with us during the improvisational stage, and in binding them together, we could create a live album of sorts”.

                                                      Just like a live session is filled with and shaped by factors such as the energy emanating from the audience on any given night, or the acoustics of a particular venue, Ghost Notes also embraces and plays on the undetermined. As the computer struggled under the demands of interpreting John Matthias and Jay Auborn’s improvisations live, it would sometimes act unexpectedly, hitting the drums as if possessed by its own agency. “Errors in the digital processing became fruitful diversions, like John Cage’s Ghost in the machine”. The result of this cyborgian jam session? A high-energy album featuring a wide range of sounds and tempos. In this regard, Ghost Notes stands in stark contrast to the more minimal, ambient output of other artists experimenting with similar frameworks of digital- acoustic interplay. Perhaps it’s because of this immersive quality, where textures, layers and emotional dramaturgy all combine to create unheard of worlds and make it impossible for partial listening, that Ghost Notes’ first track is named Dive Into This. Matthias' soaring violin lures listeners into shifting landscapes of syncopated drum beats and cycling synths. Classical structures are deconstructed into electronica and back, all the while Auborn is distorting acoustic sounds beyond recognition. “It’s about screwing with the materi- ality of it,” he says.

                                                      Although Ghost Notes is rich, layered and textured, it’s not one inch impenetrable. What could otherwise feel dense gets pierced by enthralling melodies such as virtuosic violin segments that pull on 19th-century romanticism, or soulful piano grooves à la Alice Coltrane or Marvin Gaye. At other times, the music tells imaginative stories, “In Christmas at the Twisted Wheel, we created a mini violin concerto which begins in an imagined Christmas advert for John Lewis through a dissonant landscape to The Twisted Wheel Northern Soul Club in Manchester”.

                                                      Ghost Notes is a testament to the enormous artistic freedom John Matthias and Jay Auborn have achieved together. Within the conceptual framework they set for themselves, they trusted sound to be their one and only guide, a model which led the duo on a vast exploration between extremes and nuances, like the collision and subtleties laid out on Vodka and Coke. In the track, emotional violin comes together with raw, brutal textures – “caveman beats” as the duo calls them. White-washed static noises are heard as the track progresses, the result of the computer’s own interpretations of what it was being fed, creating a surprising unison between the two contrasting worlds. “The sounds were a kind of digital shadow of ourselves. An in-betweenness of acoustic and digital”. It’s in that in- betweenness which doesn't sit comfortably in either classical nor electronica that Ghost Notes succeeds. It’s within that grey space between humans programming robots, and robots breaking down and erring like humans that the album achieves its finest, most original aesthetic expression, opening a new path for human-robotic collaboration in music-making.

                                                      ADDITIONAL NOTES ON THIS EDITION:
                                                      The album cover was created by artist, Stanley Donwood, using a copper verdigris technique in which the original drawing is printed on a copper sheet and undergoes a chemical decay process.

                                                      The original pencil drawing by Stanley Donwood is what is used for the print in our Dinked Edition. 6” x 6” with augmented reality experience information on the back.

                                                      On the inside cover of the vinyl, the artist Mike Phillips has developed 100 new images using a Generative Algorithmic Network (GAN) - an algorithmic AI technique for which Mike Phillips used the AI to compare the front cover copper verdigris image with the pencil drawing and produce the new set of twisted forms. You can see these 100 new forms concatenated together in an Augmented Reality animation developed by Chris Price of Zubr with sound designed by John Matthias and Jay Auborn by pointing to a QR code on the reverse of the Donwood print in the Dinked vinyl edition. 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A
                                                      Dive Into This
                                                      Long Time Dead
                                                      Auto Psalm Engine
                                                      Side B
                                                      No Parable
                                                      A Silver Solenoid
                                                      Christmas At The Twisted Wheel
                                                      Vodka & Coke


                                                      12" Record Storage Carry Case - Orange

                                                        - Portable LP record storage carry case
                                                        - Robust vinyl covering
                                                        - Protective chrome effect trim on corners and all edges of the box
                                                        - Hinged lid with 2 closing clasps and carry handle in matching colours
                                                        - Holds approx up to 50 LPs / 12"s in their sleeves
                                                        - 3.8 KG

                                                        Taylor Swift

                                                        Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (RSD23 EDITION)


                                                          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 24TH).

                                                          Record Store Day exclusive 2 Disc grey 12 inch LP, “folklore: the long pond studio sessions’‘: Taylor Swift’s 3rd GRAMMY® Album of the Year, folklore, was recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown. Taylor and her collaborators were never able to play the album together... until the Long Pond Studio Sessions in September 2020. This is the first time “folklore: the long pond studio sessions’' will be available on vinyl. Recorded live, the album features Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          DISC 1
                                                          SIDE A
                                                          1. The 1 - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          2.cardigan - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          3.the Last Great American Dynasty - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          4.exile - The Long Pond Studio Sessions Feat. Bon Iver
                                                          DISC 1
                                                          SIDE B
                                                 Tears Ricochet - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          2.mirrorball - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                 - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          4.august - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          5.this Is Me Trying - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          DISC 2
                                                          SIDE A
                                                          1.illicit Affairs - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          2.invisible String - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          3.mad Woman - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          4.epiphany - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          DISC 2
                                                          SIDE B
                                                          1.betty - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          2.peace - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          3.hoax - The Long Pond Studio Sessions
                                                          4.the Lakes - The Long Pond Studio Sessions


                                                          7" Single Storage Carry Case - Black

                                                            - 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 

                                                            Junior Jack

                                                            [PIAS] 40

                                                              Junior Jack (Vito Lucente) is a DJ and producer who was born in Rutigliano, Italy. He has lived in Belgium since the age of ten. He is known for his many hit singles. He received the award for best house DJ of the season at the 2005 Ibiza DJ Awards.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Matt says: They don't make 'em like this anymore! Featuring two of the biggest 12"s in my record bag ("E-Samba" and "Thrill Me") this is really one of those records every house head needs. Or, if you're only ever gonna buy one house record - buy this! If it's good enough for me and Robert Smith (yes, that Robert Smith, of THE CURE!) it's good enough for you!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. STUPIDISCO
                                                              A2. E SAMBA
                                                              B1. DA HYPE (VOCAL SINGLE VERSION FEAT ROBERT SMITH)
                                                              B2. THRILL ME
                                                              B3. MY FEELING

                                                              Beverly Glenn-Copeland

                                                              Beverly Copeland - Reissue

                                                                Long out of print debut recording from Beverly Glenn Copeland. A modern jazz-folk masterpiece originally recorded for CBC and released as a private promo only pressing, remastered and re-cut for this release by Guy Davie, featuring "Don't Despair" and "Durocher".

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Don't Despair
                                                                Untitled (Make The Answer “Yes”)
                                                                Song From Beads
                                                                Nothing Beautiful
                                                                Good Morning Blues
                                                                Swords Of Gold
                                                                Don't Despair (Jazz Version)


                                                                Counter Melodies

                                                                  Mercury-nominated artist Maps, aka James Chapman, presents his fifth studio album, Counter Melodies.

                                                                  Maps’ music has always embraced melancholia, but with Counter Melodies Chapman has produced an album of upbeat and uplifting dance tracks. The album is a new adventure through the familiar emotional terrain of the Maps sound, while also transporting you to more resolutely optimistic and hopeful places.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: A near perfect collection of rave-influenced electronics, with a bright sidechained synth lines and saw wave stabs, underpinned with an intricate and dynamic percussive backdrop. It's a heady and hypnotic mix, and one that results in an album that sits somewhere between chilled home listening and dark dancefloor business. Really lovely.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Witchy Feel
                                                                  Heya Yaha
                                                                  Thru Lights
                                                                  Windows Open
                                                                  Lack Of Sleep
                                                                  Fever Dream
                                                                  My Love Is Like


                                                                  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 

                                                                    Little Dragon

                                                                    Slugs Of Love

                                                                      The iconic Swedish 4-piece Little Dragon – spearheaded by vocalist Yukimi Nagano – return with a new and utterly beguiling blend of avant pop on their album “Slugs of Love” on Ninja Tune, inviting outright legend Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and rapper JID (J Cole / Dreamville) for collabs. The universally loved (and Grammy-nominated) band paved the way for the likes of Billie Eilish, Steve Lacy, Solange and Kaytranada, setting the benchmark for electronic pop and inspiring the new generation to push boundaries and explore new sonic territories.

                                                                      Recommended if you like… Tame Impala, SAULT, Toro Y Moi, Gorillaz, Roisin Murphy

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Amöban
                                                                      A2. Frisco
                                                                      A3. Slugs Of Love
                                                                      A4. Disco Dangerous
                                                                      A5. Lily’s Call
                                                                      A6. Stay (feat. JID)
                                                                      B1. Gold
                                                                      B2. Kenneth
                                                                      B3. Glow (feat. Damon Albarn)
                                                                      B4. Tumbling Dice
                                                                      B5. Easy Falling

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Cosmic Machine - The Sequel

                                                                        Olivier Carrié aka Uncle O chose to explore this effervescent and eclectic inter-zone for 'Cosmic Machine, The Sequel'. A second opus that takes us a bit further in time to introduce us to the dark corners of a French musical landscape where recording studio workaholics like Jean-Pierre Massiera or Roger Roger produced endless strings of records that challenged the laws of gravity (and sometimes the laws of good taste), where teenage heartthrob singer Alain Chamfort launched Araxis into space with a few synth notes, where drummer Cerrone enrolled in the Brigades Mondaines for the charms of a cover girl imagined by Gérard de Villiers and where the Anarchic System, The Peppers, Moon Birds or Arpadys dreamed of winning a one-way ticket to the moon. Some managed to land on our satellite, but all of them contributed to the space conquest aboard the Cosmic Machine. Châtelet Metro Station, Cassiopeia-bound vessel, the odyssey is just starting.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Disc: 1
                                                                        1. Mouvement Decompose D'un Coup De Marteau - Pascal Comelade
                                                                        2. Moonshine - Stereo
                                                                        3. Young Freedom - Francis Lai
                                                                        4. Main Theme From More - Rosebud
                                                                        5. Take A Chance - Queen Samantha

                                                                        Disc: 2
                                                                        1. Rite - Nicolas Peyrac
                                                                        2. Les Soucoupes Volantes Vertes - Heldon
                                                                        3. Vadrouillard - Roger Roger
                                                                        4. Monkey Star - Arpadys
                                                                        5. Fade In Hong Kong - Video Liszt
                                                                        6. Love Is All - Pierre Porte

                                                                        Disc: 3
                                                                        1. Ruitor - Richard Pinhas
                                                                        2. Harp Odyssey - Christophe
                                                                        3. Grand Prix - Grand Prix
                                                                        4. Pepper Box - The Peppers
                                                                        5. Asteroide - Joel Fajerman Et Jan Yrssen
                                                                        6. Cristal No3 - Moon Birds

                                                                        Disc: 4
                                                                        1. Theme D'Araxis - Araxis
                                                                        2. Pop Corn - Anarchic System
                                                                        3. Indian Love Melody - Georges Rodi
                                                                        4. Signaux Codes Non Identifies - Michel Magne
                                                                        5. Moins Banal (Interlude, Ou Impromptu) - Pierre Schaeffer

                                                                        Decisive Pink (Kate NV + Angel Deradoorian)

                                                                        Ticket To Fame

                                                                          Angel Deradoorian and Kate NV are Decisive Pink - Ticket To Fame is their highly anticipated debut. After teasing the single ‘Haffmilch Holiday’ the duo amassed a rapturous response, with The Guardian calling it “a space-age-dancefloor swoon that brings to mind Kate Bush’s Waking the Witch” and the New York Times highlighting the single as “substantive and thoroughly hypnotic”. On their first LP they do not disappoint, calling on Kate NV’s experimental pop leanings and Angel Deradoorian’s taste for atmosphere and otherworldliness, Decisive Pink have created a playful and abstract album designed for escape and enchantment.

                                                                          Electronic pop at it’s finest, the debut points to the fact that life is a puzzle, but you can still get a lot from living it. ‘Destiny’ is a smart take on the nature of belief, built on a question-and-answer format, where Angel plays a role as the seer, and Kate the enquirer. The poppy beat is reminiscent of Talking Heads’ ‘The Great Curve’, from Remain in Light. There again, it could be a sinister take on Will Powers’ ‘Kissing with Confidence’. The synth squeaks, squelches and toots sound like the timid affirmation of the initiate.

                                                                          Ticket to Fame is also unashamedly romantic in atmosphere and tone. Romance is to be found in the simple pleasures, such as listening to a blackbird on the instrumental ‘Rodeo’, where warm synths, a melancholic guitar pattern and hissing rhythm combine with some vocal snippets to form a soothing contemplation. Then there is ‘Ode to Boy’; a perfect pop track. The walking into the room of “more than just an ordinary boy” (doubtless “drunk with fire”) allows a set of initially different, and shortened synth patterns to build to a glorious affirmation of the power of love.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A
                                                                          A1 Haffmilch Holiday
                                                                          A2 What Where
                                                                          A3 Ode To Boy
                                                                          A4 Destiny
                                                                          A5 Potato Tomato
                                                                          Side B
                                                                          B1 Cosmic Dancer
                                                                          B2 Rodeo
                                                                          B3 Interludé
                                                                          B4 Dopamine
                                                                          B5 Voice Message

                                                                          LA Priest

                                                                          Fase Luna

                                                                            Fase Luna is the ocean-inspired, wobbly-pop filled third album, by LA Priest, aka Sam Eastgate – due for release May 5th via Domino. Following 2020’s GENE, named after a modular drum machine that Sam designed using 150 electrical circuits he’d built himself, Fase Luna strips things back to little more than Sam and his guitar: nine sunshine-streaked tracks of pure bliss.

                                                                            Recording in Mexico and the rainforests of Costa Rica, Fase Luna draws inspiration from each area’s mythical history and ancient connections to the ocean, drawing heavily on both to pack Fase Luna with stories of spirits and imaginations of life on the ocean bed. Raw and unfiltered, Fase Luna offers a one-way ticket to another world.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: 'Fase Luna' brilliant walks the path of Demarco-inspired woozy pop, with tape warble and shimmering affected guitar lines warping around each-other. It's brilliantly loose, perfectly laid back and results in an otherworldly experience all round. Lovely stuff.


                                                                            Spells And Daubs

                                                                              In a year of the moon, Kreidler have produced the album Spells And Daubs. In a year of the moon – and in a year with 13 moons. Such years are known for not being the most comfortable.

                                                                              In September 2020 the band met for exploratory sessions and initial recordings in Düsseldorf, in the familiar settings of the Kabawil Theater. That already has a certain tradition. The impetus this time was a solitary gig in the conspicuously spacious surroundings of the (former) Philipshalle. In a year that threw everyone back on themselves. Over the winter Kreidler worked remotely, sifting through the material, arranging the pieces, adding textures and contours. They met again in the spring of 2021 for further recordings at the Uhrwerk Orange studio in Hilden, near Düsseldorf. That, too, has a certain tradition.

                                                                              From fifteen pieces they filtered out ten, and thus held an album in their hands. Then – and this is new – they took it to London, to Peter Walsh, so that he could mix the tracks.

                                                                              Daubs are in no doubt here. This is a tenfold of colourful-blotches-thrown-onto-canvas. Then a stepping back, contemplating, remixing paint, layering, overlaying, scraping free again elsewhere. And these spells are not devastating curses, rather they are enchanting incantations, a calling forth a spring without having to ban winter in a sombre masks. Spells And Daubs is a melodious interplay. Not that Kreidler neglect the rhythmic; their characteristic drive runs through all the pieces on Spells And Daubs. Perhaps it's like this: The beat is musicalised, the melody rhythmitised.

                                                                              Spells And Daubs is like a collection of short stories. Its ten pieces explore the same space drawn together by an overlaying arc. All of them have the length of a single, and each one has the potential of a single in the way the arrangements are laid out – so enticing is the melodic line and the beat. This succinctness was perhaps last heard on the 2000 eponymous Kreidler album. The drums are powerful with a light swing. The bass alternates beyond its functionality and its indicator just of the low frequency, swoops up and takes over the melodic lead. Perhaps most beautiful in the irresistible pop gems Arena, Unframed Drawings, and Revery. Aptly Alex Paulick moved to the fretless Bass – conjuring the spirit of Mick Karn.

                                                                              For all of their Krautrock attributions, Kreidler never tire of reminding us that their musical development stemmed form a love of British pop music. So you might say the co-op with Peter Walsh is a match made in heaven. His illustrious mixing and production skills have lifted works from Shalamar or Lynx to Heaven 17 to Scott Walker, Pulp or FKA Twigs into other spheres. Kreidler had previously collaborated with him in 2013 for two tracks (Snowblind, Escaped, BB169). On Spells And Daubs, Walsh's methods and magic are especially audible in the spatial production, with his hallmark blend of depth and punch. Spells And Daubs is wrapped up in an enigmatic black-and-white drawing by prolific artist and filmmaker Heinz Emigholz from his Basis of Make-Up series. Their ongoing collaboration feels like a constant now. The mutual interference of Heinz Emigholz's and Kreidler's universes started about ten years ago, when he expanded the album Den with seven videos.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Side A
                                                                              A1 Tantrum
                                                                              A2 Toys I Never Sell
                                                                              A3 Dirty Laundry
                                                                              A4 Revery
                                                                              A5 Unframed Drawings
                                                                              Side B
                                                                              B1 Freundchen
                                                                              B2 Arise Above
                                                                              B3 Music Follows Suit
                                                                              B4 Arena
                                                                              B5 Greetings From Dave

                                                                              Dinked Edition Bonus Disc:
                                                                              Side C
                                                                              C1 Howling At The Third Moon
                                                                              C2 Moon
                                                                              Side D
                                                                              D1 Howling

                                                                              Craven Faults

                                                                              Erratics & Unconformities

                                                                              Erratics & Unconformities is the first album by Craven Faults. It follows three EPs: Netherfield Works, Springhead Works and Nunroyd Works. Long-form analogue electronic journeys across decades and continents, and swathes of post-industrial northern Britain.

                                                                              The journey on Erratics & Unconformities picks up where Netherfield Works left off. We take the canal towpath out of the city. We fork north shortly afterwards. Is this where it started? The terrain gradually becomes more rugged. Familiar. Wild. Evidence of human activity is less immediate in this glacial landscape. It’s there if you seek it. But easy to ignore. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the weight of the ice-sheet carving its way through the rock.

                                                                              Everything in its own time. The output from the old textile mill Craven Faults calls home is no longer as linear as it once was. There was no clear start point for the project, rather simply rediscovering the joy in experimentation with no material goals. Some of the recordings that make up Erratics & Unconformities go back almost seven years. Tracks have come and gone in that time. They don’t leave until they’ve undertaken a stringent quality control process. It started slowly, but has picked up momentum in the last eighteen months. Recorded and re-recorded to the correct level of imperfection, and then left to breathe. Mixed and re-mixed. Carefully compiled when the time was right.

                                                                              The journey is just as important as the destination.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: In a kinda Will Bevan / Burial type fiesco, Craven Faults has got us all eagerly scratching our heads trying to work out who this post-industrial-obsessed Northerner could possibly be! The music is phenomenal, glacial electronics conjuring desolate sonic canvasses of a forgotten North.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              3CD:    2LP:
                                                                              1-1.      A1. Vacca Wall (17:37)
                                                                              1-2.      B1. Deipkier (7:55)
                                                                              1-3.      B2. Cupola Smelt Mill (9:13)
                                                                              1-4.      C1. Slack Sley & Temple (18:24)
                                                                              1-5.      D1. Hangingstones (10:29)
                                                                              1-6.      D2. Signal Post (8:33)


                                                                              As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                In the first two decades of the 21st century, few have controlled the cultural weather quite like Stephen and David Dewaele. The Dewaeles are familiar to millions as 2manydjs, a project which undoubtedly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.

                                                                                This was a mix so giddy, creative, genre-blurring and downright fun that it could only be considered equal to a full-length album – which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.

                                                                                As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is now reissued featuring Richard Young’s iconic original photography. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, 2manydjs will perform at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 17th alongside Miss Kittin, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced.

                                                                                The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic/indie rock band Soulwax, the adored group whose combination of rock, rave and gleaming white suits has proved irresistible to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day.

                                                                                Through their Ghent-based studio and record label Deewee, the Dewaeles continue to push cutting-edge electronic music, including Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s infectious Topical Dancer, one of 2022’s most celebrated electronic pop albums. They have also kept up a hot streak as remixers, applying their signature jagged-yet-refined electro touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving audiophile soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.

                                                                                Alongside like-minded allies such as Erol Alkan, Tiga and Jacques lu Cont, 2manydjs swept dancefloors into delirium, gifting a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to club culture. With As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 as their genre-blurring calling card, the Dewaeles’ unique style managed to be deeply credible and hugely scalable, propelling the brothers to dance music’s summit, a vantage point from which they never came back down.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: I’m not joking. In 2002 (the year this was released), this was THE mixtape to be seen with. Period. Infact, your very success with the opposite / same sex depended largely on whether you had this (at the time) bootleg CD-R in your collection. It got hammered so much we all knew the tracklist and running order off by heart. It introduced us then-teenagers to the joys of the mash-up, and propelled a then-burgeoning David and Stephen Dewaele into the ears of the youth, the dancefloors of the (young) adults, and the columns of the hottest music press at the time. It was and still is quite a phenomenal landmark in music culture. Referenced a million times over and played even more so.

                                                                                I’ve never seen it on vinyl. Ever. Whether that’s my own ignorance, turning my back on my teenage dreams as I matured into adulthood or, as it happens, it’s actually quite rare! (it’s the latter – I just checked at the 2012 press goes for about £200!).

                                                                                It’s still the ultimate soundtrack to get ready for your Saturday night. Capturing that youthful energy and hitting us with hit after hit presented in the most unusual and infectious ways. Unfortunately it’s unlikely to piss yer parents off as much as it did in 2002 cos they probably already know it!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax
                                                                                Elektronic Remix) * CD Only
                                                                                Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Peter Gunn (Live)
                                                                                Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Head-A-Pella)
                                                                                Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
                                                                                The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
                                                                                Polyester – J’aime Regarder Les Mecs
                                                                                Sly And The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
                                                                                Ready For The World – Oh Sheila (A Capella)
                                                                                Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
                                                                                Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
                                                                                Bobby Orlando – The “O” Medley
                                                                                Felix Da Housecat – Silverscreen-Shower Scene
                                                                                The Stooges – No Fun
                                                                                Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
                                                                                Hanayo With Jürgen Paape – Joe Le Taxi
                                                                                The Jets – Crush On You (A Capella)
                                                                                Funkacise Gang – Funkacise
                                                                                Soul Grabber – Motocross Madness
                                                                                Lil Louis And The World – French Kiss
                                                                                Zongamin – Serious Trouble
                                                                                Garbage – Androgyny ‘Thee Glitz Mix’ By Felix Da Housecat
                                                                                Frank Delour – Disc Jockey’s Delight Vol. 2
                                                                                The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
                                                                                Carlos Morgan – Shake Your Body
                                                                                Alphawezen – Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
                                                                                Interstellar – Concepts
                                                                                Nena – 99 Luftballons
                                                                                Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 (A Capella)
                                                                                10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
                                                                                Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
                                                                                Royksopp – Eple
                                                                                Arbeid Adelt – Death Disco
                                                                                Jeans Team – Keine Melodien Feat. Mj Lan
                                                                                Skee.Lo – I Wish (A Capella)
                                                                                Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo
                                                                                The Breeders – Cannonball
                                                                                The Cramps – Human Fly
                                                                                The Wildbunch – Danger! High Voltage
                                                                                Op:l Bastards – Don’t Bring Me Down
                                                                                Adult – Hand To Phone
                                                                                Vitalic – La Rock 01
                                                                                Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Loving You
                                                                                New Order – The Beach
                                                                                Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (A Capella)
                                                                                Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
                                                                                Streamer Feat. Private Thoughts In Public Places – Start Button


                                                                                Any Minute Now - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                  ‘Any Minute Now’ is the third studio album by Soulwax, produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder. Soulwax are internationally renowned not only as a rock band but also for their 2 Many DJ’s personas. The album includes the ‘Any Minute Now’ single and ‘NY Excuse’, a hugely talked-about record on the cutting edge of clubland, featuring vocals by Nancy of LCD Soundsystem.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  E Talking
                                                                                  Any Minute Now
                                                                                  Please...Don’t Be Yourself
                                                                                  A Ballad To Forget
                                                                                  Accidents And
                                                                                  NY Excuse
                                                                                  Miserable Girl
                                                                                  The Truth Is So Boring
                                                                                  Dance 2 Slow

                                                                                  L.A.’s De Lux are a post-disco, dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as the present.

                                                                                  "Love Is Hard Work" is a continuous 29 minute recording and something that Sean Guering from De Lux has been wanting to make for a while…'Before De Lux, I used to write long songs, but never really finish them. Written and recorded in mid-2021 for two months, it felt like a breeze to make "Love Is Hard Work" because I had been thinking and talking about it for so long. Influenced by a lot of artists from '79-'82, like Peter Gordon, Electric Mind, Evans Pyramid or Dizzy K, the track is intended to feel like a continuous flow of dance music. Instead of a stream of consciousness in lyricism, this is more of a stream of consciousness in instrumentation and song writing; where ideas flow from one to the other without too much thought.'

                                                                                  Unapoletically joyous and bountiful throughout, it ventures through electro-disco, boogie and synth-pop moods with an assured optimism and radiance. Sunny melodies, yearnful vox, powerful drums - it's got everything you need to keep you powered up whehter listening in the car, at home or in the club. An adventerous prospect executed with a sincere love for all forms of dance music. 

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Love Is Hard Work 

                                                                                  Working Men's Club

                                                                                  Fear Fear

                                                                                    Songs created in the shadow of terror and loss, but that crackle and pop with defiance Fear Fear is a record made for agitating and dancing, for heart and soul, for here, now and tomorrow. It’s a record that explores juxtaposition; that of life and death, acceptance and isolation, environment and humanity, hope and despair, the real world and the digital world. That top to bottom rigour, the complete vision is what makes the second album from Working Men’s Club such a stunning and unique achievement.

                                                                                    Their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in summer 2020, was the sound of singer and songwriter Syd Minsky-Sargeant processing a teenage life in Todmorden in the Upper Calder Valley. He was 16 when he wrote some of those songs, now 20, he had to get up and out of the Valley. “The first album was mostly a personal documentation lyrically, this is a blur between personal and a third-person perspective of what was going on.” Fear Fear documents the last two years. Yes, there is bleakness – but there is also hope and empathy. “I like the contrast of it being happy, uplifting music and really dark lyrics. It’s not a minimal record, certainly compared to the first one. That’s because there’s been a lot more going on that needed to be said.”

                                                                                    Making the busy feel finessed and the dreadful feel magical – Fear Fear manages those feats, and then some. Or, as Syd Minksy-Sargeant puts it: “We just set out to make the best-sounding album we could.”

                                                                                    Fear Fear was produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, MIA, Tricky) and recorded at Orton’s studio in Sheffield.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Barry says: Working Men's Club return for one of the most anticipated follow-up LP's around. This time sees them treading similar ground to the post-punk indebted debut debut, but imbued with a more dancefloor friendly groove. It's a heady mix, and one that stands as the perfect follow-up for a band at the peak of their game.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1 19
                                                                                    2 Fear Fear
                                                                                    3 Widow
                                                                                    4 Ploys
                                                                                    5 Cut
                                                                                    6 Rapture
                                                                                    7 Circumference
                                                                                    8 Heart Attack
                                                                                    9 Money Is Mine
                                                                                    10 The Last One

                                                                                    Jeremy Tuplin

                                                                                    Orville's Discoteque

                                                                                      Welcome to Orville’s Discotheque: a synth-drenched concept album brought to you by indie singer-songwriter from Somerset, Jeremy Tuplin.

                                                                                      Set in a world slightly left of reality, the record tells the story of a flawed disco-enthused antihero and his romantic travails. The album charts the stumble and fall of a self-obsessed dancing antihero and his romantic travails. The single sets the scene of the first time the album’s protagonist, Orville, sees his new romantic interest, Eugenie, whilst performing in a disco club night; fascinated by her dance moves that include “hula hoop hips”, “loose helicopter arms”, and whatever else. The lyricism blends self-deprecating humour with poetry, whilst the sound marks another step in the continued evolution of Tuplin’s musical vision, incorporating his lyrical songwriting and intricate storytelling within a loosely defined genre of “indie disco” - or even “dark disco” and “devilish disco” that he references in the song itself. The track was recorded with Tuplin's band, The Sad & Lonely Disco Band at Marketstall Recording Studio in Star Lane, East London. It features Mark Estall on bass, Samuel Nicholson on lead guitar, and Jason Ribeiro on drums, with Tuplin on vocals, synthesizers and rhythm guitar.

                                                                                      "This is the first song I started writing after finishing recording Violet Waves, just after the whole lockdown/global pandemic thing hit." Tuplin explains. "Just chugging away at these chords with no real intention or rush to write or think about the words or what the song could be about, just letting the vocal melody swim over it with word-less sounds." He continues to say "The notion to start writing about dancing and “disco”, possibly arose out of some kind of subconscious desire to return to being able to do that kind of thing. Which is interesting because I now see myself as a bit of a recluse." Jeremy Tuplin is an indie singer-songwriter from Somerset. Lyrical and genre-bending, his music blends alt-folk, indie rock and synth pop with the occasional psychedelic soundscape thrown in for taste. 

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. It's A Real World
                                                                                      2. Dancing (On Your Own)
                                                                                      3. Eugenie
                                                                                      4. Idiot Love
                                                                                      5. L.O.V.E.
                                                                                      6. Love Town
                                                                                      7. Wonderful Time
                                                                                      8. Futureman
                                                                                      9. Better Man
                                                                                      10. Why'd You Go And Look At Me Like That
                                                                                      11. Devil Dances
                                                                                      12. The Mirrorball
                                                                                      13. A Dancer Must Die
                                                                                      14. Dance On 


                                                                                      A Way Of Life - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                        “If there's one thing A Way of Life drives home more than any other, it's that Suicide never stopped being ahead of their time” Pitchfork.

                                                                                        Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Mute / BMG announce a special edition of A WAY OF LIFE, the third studio album by influential electronic-punk duo SUICIDE, to be released on 26th May.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        Originally released in 1988, more than a decade after their iconic self-titled album, A Way of Life saw Alan Vega & Martin Rev once again team up with The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek to produce “nine creepily ingratiated industrial pop songs” (Pitchfork). This anniversary edition is available on Limited Edition Trans Blue Vinyl, CD as well as Digital and sees the album fully remastered by Denis Blackham (Skye Mastering). Featured on each format are bonus tracks ‘Heat Beat’ and a newly unearthed live cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’. Three other previously unreleased recordings are featured exclusively on the CD & Digital versions.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Wild In Blue (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        A2. Surrender (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        A3. Jukebox Baby 96 (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        A4. Rain Of Ruin (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        A5. Sufferin' In Vain (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        B1. Dominic Christ (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        B2. Love So Lovely (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        B3. Devastation (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        B4. Heat Beat (88' Version - 2023 Remaster)
                                                                                        B5. Born In The USA (Single Edit - Live In Paris 1988)*
                                                                                        Previously Unreleased*

                                                                                        Pye Corner Audio

                                                                                        Let's Emerge!

                                                                                          Pye Corner Audio releases a new album, 'Let’s Emerge!', for Sonic Cathedral. It’s his first studio outing for the label following the acclaimed live recording 'Social Dissonance', which was released earlier this year, and it features Ride guitarist Andy Bell playing on five of its ten tracks.

                                                                                          From the first glimpse of the artwork to the first note of the music it’s a marked deviation from Pye Corner Audio’s more traditional shadowy sounds. Whereas his last outing for Ghost Box (2021’s 'Entangled Routes') was inspired by the underground fungal pathways through which plants communicate, this one is very much above ground, bathed in sunlight and acid-bright psychedelia. “This is a departure to sunnier climes, but a departure nonetheless,” says Pye Corner Audio, aka Martin Jenkins. “It’s something that I’d been thinking about for a while. I try to tailor my work slightly differently for the various labels that I work with, and this seems to fit nicely with Sonic Cathedral’s ethos.”

                                                                                          Designer Marc Jones’ ultra vivid artwork consciously references the likes of LFO, Spacemen 3 and the early output of Stereolab. “I think it mixes together many of my earliest influences,” explains Martin. “I’ve been a long-time fan of Spacemen 3 and Stereolab. Their moments of repetition and drone have always seeped into what I’ve tried to create. “I was living in a small apartment and I’d stripped down my studio set-up when I was recording this album. This enabled me to focus on a few key pieces of equipment and explore them fully.” The recordings were fleshed out by Andy Bell, who Martin first met at the Sonic Cathedral 15th birthday party at The Social in London back in 2019 – the same show that became the live album 'Social Dissonance'. “New alliances were formed and friendships made in that basement in Little Portland Street,” recalls Martin. “When I met Andy, we agreed that we needed to work together in some way. After I’d remixed a few tracks from his album 'The View From Halfway Down', he kindly repaid the favour.”

                                                                                          The end results are incredible, from the first stirrings of opener ‘De-Hibernate’, via the glorious ‘Haze Loops’ and ‘Saturation Point’, the album slowly but surely awakens, blinking and feeling its way into the light. It all culminates in the epic closing track ‘Warmth Of The Sun’ which, with its vocal harmonies and acid breakdown, is seven and a half minutes of pure release. “That one’s about life’s simple pleasures,” concludes Martin. “The Beach Boys, tremolo guitars, infinite drones, Spacemen 3. Let’s emerge from this darkened era and feel the ‘Warmth Of The Sun’. “The last few years have seen huge changes, both personally and in a wider perspective. The album title is a reaction to this, a collective (tentative) sigh of relief. Here’s to new beginnings and a sense of hope.”

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: I love Pye Corner Audio, always have. We had Andy Bell in the shop a couple months back and he was telling us he'd worked with Martin on some music but I did NOT expect this. Gorgeous, plaintive washes of synth and reverbed guitar, echoes of melody within the expansive, electronic atmospheres. A stunning first one for the great Sonic Cathedral.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                          1. De-Hibernate
                                                                                          2. Lyracal
                                                                                          3. Does It Go Dark?
                                                                                          4. Haze Loops
                                                                                          5. Let’s Emerge Part One
                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                          1. Saturation Point
                                                                                          2. Sun Stroke
                                                                                          3. Let’s Emerge Part Two
                                                                                          4. Luminescence
                                                                                          5. Warmth Of The Sun

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Piccadilly Records Compilation 2022

                                                                                            This year sees another superb selection of EOY favourites committed to vinyl for your budget priced listening pleasure. I remember TVAM playing at the launch of our end of year booklet way back in 2018, and thinking they were destined for great things, turns out that “great things” was kicking off our end of year compilation in 2022! (and writing one of the best albums we’ve heard all year too, obviously). From the distorted kosmische groove of “Piz Buin”, we segue into the similarly machinated throb of “Ploys” by Working Men’s Club before things take a more relaxed turn with the off-kilter jangle of shop favourite Cate Le Bon from February’s Pompeii.

                                                                                            I have to admit I hadn’t listened to that much Kokoroko when we were selling all their 12’s last year, but Could We Be More was where it really clicked for me, and I’d consider the brilliant “We Give Thanks” as the finest cut from the whole album. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a track from Luke Unabomber’s top-spot compilation I wouldn’t be happy to see here, but to have King Errisson’s “Space Queen” and Pye Corner Audio’s “The Warmth Of The Sun” closing out the A-Side seems like the perfect shot / chaser.

                                                                                            We’ve got post-rock leaning arty indie from caroline in the intoxicatingly climactic “Dark Blue” before the beautifully melodic “Stevie” from Warpaint’s Radiate Like This moves us into more airy downbeat territories. Next up we’re pulled into even more psychedelic realms by Gwenno’s Superb “An Stevel Nowydh” before the masters of modern psychedelia The Orielles present one of the more jagged but most alluring cuts on their brilliant Tableau. King Hannah’s “All Being Fine” grooves away perfectly before handing over to the unbeatable Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band to bring us home with “Gino And Rico”. What a collection!

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                            TVAM : Piz Buin
                                                                                            Working Men’s Club : Ploys
                                                                                            Cate Le Bon : Harbour
                                                                                            Kokoroko : We Give Thanks
                                                                                            King Errisson : Space Queen
                                                                                            Pye Corner Audio : Warmth Of The Sun (Edit)

                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                            Caroline : Dark Blue
                                                                                            Warpaint : Stevie
                                                                                            Gwenno : An Stevel Nowydh
                                                                                            The Orielles : Television
                                                                                            King Hannah : All Being Fine
                                                                                            Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band : Gino And Rico

                                                                                            Gang Of Ducks welcomes back to the catalogue its co-founder Sabla, back to his spiritual home, with a collaborative EP alongside one of the most revered and transcendental artists out there, Donato Dozzy.

                                                                                            "Crono" is a collection of 4 tracks made in the span of 2019-2022, following each other in chronological order of creation. In an era where information runs fast, and just one year ago feels like ages ago, the music inside this EP comfortably sits in a time bubble, absorbing old and new influences and melting them organically.

                                                                                            Dozzy’s signature enchanting synth sequences, created with iconic synthesizers Buchla and Ems Synthi, steadily flow in and out with digital sounds and editing by Sabla. The core of this collaboration is the exploration of these steady flows, which is a peculiarity easily found in both artists’ works. The 4 "Flusso" flow like water, like thoughts, like energy, lifting up with no specific intention if not the simple act of moving forward.

                                                                                            Artwork by Jonathan Castro Alejos and Tom Volkaert. Mastering by Neel at Enisslab Studio. 

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: Modern synthesis alchemy from the sorcerer Donato D, joined by Gang Of Ducks co-founder Sabla. A philosophers' stone of sonic enchantment.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso I
                                                                                            A2 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso II
                                                                                            B1 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso III
                                                                                            B2 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso IV


                                                                                            Party Gator Purgatory

                                                                                              Temps is a 40-strong international music collective, consisting of artists across multiple genres, fronted by a cartoon alligator.

                                                                                              Featuring such geniuses as Quelle Chris, John Dieterich, Joana Gomila, Laia Vallès and Seb Rochford, Temps’ ten-track debut Party Gator Purgatory was produced, curated and devised by UK stand-up comedian James Acaster. Released via Bella Union, this mind-bending opus rose from the ashes of an aborted mockumentary made with Louis Theroux’s money.

                                                                                              Vast in scope and scale, and fizzing with an experimental energy, the trippy Party Gator Purgatory manages to blend a host of ideas, guests and moods into an album that draws you into its own unique world. “I became completely obsessed with this project,” states Acaster as he hand-draws the album’s artwork himself, using a trio of highlighter pens, “it was all I focussed on for two years and we ended up making my favourite thing ever. I hope people enjoy it.”

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1 Lookaliveandplaydead (feat. Quelle Chris, Mal Devisa, Denmark Vessey, Foonyap)
                                                                                              2 Kept (feat. NNAMDÏ, Gaston Bandimic, Xenia Rubinos, Satomi Matsuzaki, Law Holt, Quelle Chris)
                                                                                              3 PartygatorR.I.P. (feat. Xenia Rubinos, Denmark Vessey, Quelle Chris, Bb Tombo)
                                                                                              4 No,no (feat. Quelle Chris, Xenia Rubinos, NNAMDÏ, Shamir)
                                                                                              5 At(moves) (feat. Quelle Chris, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Mal Devisa)
                                                                                              6 Partygatorpurgatory (feat. Babar Luck, Law Holt, Gaston Bandimic, Bb Tombo)
                                                                                              7 Ificouldjust (feat. Yoni Wolf, Quelle Chris, Shamir, Montaigne, Ami Dang)
                                                                                              8 Bleedthemtoxins (feat. Joana Gomila, NNAMDÏ, Shamir, Quelle Chris)
                                                                                              9 Partygatorresurrection (feat. Open Mike Eagle, Me Oh Myriorama, Montaigne, Low Growl, Bb Tombo)
                                                                                              10 Slowreturn (feat. Yoni Wolf, Shamir)
                                                                                              11 Fitinthiscostume (feat. Ami Dang, Emma Daman, Blanck Mass, Me Oh Myriorama, Gaston Bandimic, Law Holt, Public Speaking, The Growth Eternal)
                                                                                              12 Firstbirthday (feat. NNAMDÏ, Public Speaking)
                                                                                              13 Partygatorpoltergeist (feat. Me Oh Myriorama, J Thoubbs, The Growth Eternal)
                                                                                              14 Lastbirthday (feat. Gaston Bandimic, Blanck Mass)
                                                                                              15 Belongbetween (feat. Quelle Chris, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Law Holt, Babar Luck, Mal Devisa, Public Speaking)

                                                                                              Kate Tempest

                                                                                              The Book Of Traps And Lessons

                                                                                              Kate Tempest's third studio album, "The Book of Traps and Lessons". The highly anticipated album was crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the course of the past five years. It follows Tempest’s previous releases, 2014’s "Everybody Down" and 2017’s "Let Them Eat Chaos", both of which were shortlisted for Mercury Prize in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Last year, Kate Tempest was nominated at The BRIT Awards for Best Female Solo Performer.

                                                                                              A handful of words often tell you everything you need to know. When asked, who is Kate Tempest? She gives a brief, albeit telling answer. “Kate Tempest is the words,” she responds. You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born BRIT Award-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury. Since her emergence in 2011, she has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. To date, she has published three poetry collections, staged three plays, and released two studio albums. Along the way, she entranced audiences on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” and more. Not to mention, she garnered widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Forbes, and more, to name a few. In the midst of this whirlwind journey, she performed a passage of her popular 75-minute narrative poem, Brand New Ancients, on Charlie Rose. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number, and made a call.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Thirsty
                                                                                              2. Keep Moving Don't Move
                                                                                              3. Brown Eyed Man
                                                                                              4. Three Sided Coin
                                                                                              5. I Trap You
                                                                                              6. All Humans Too Late
                                                                                              7. Hold Your Own
                                                                                              8. Lessons
                                                                                              9. Firesmoke
                                                                                              10. Holy Elixir
                                                                                              11. People's Faces


                                                                                              Love And Compromise

                                                                                                BRIT Award nominee Mahalia is delighted to announce details of her highly anticipated debut album ‘Love & Compromise’. The record is set for global release on 6th September and includes two of her previous hit singles ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ and ‘Do Not Disturb’.

                                                                                                As an artist signed at just 13, ‘Love & Compromise’ is the rich fruit of Mahalia’s developmental journey thus far. On her debut LP Mahalia’s playfully infectious spirit intertwines with her youthful charisma, idiosyncratic storytelling and consciousness – attributes that have set her apart from her peers and seen her become one of the UK’s most-loved rising stars. Production and writing turns come from the likes of Sounwave (Kendrick, St. Vincent, Schoolboy Q), DJ Dahi (Drake, Pusha T), Sam Dew (Zayn, Taylor Swift) and Pop Wansel (Ariana Grande, Alessia Cara) as well as long-time collaborator Maths Time Joy. The record is executively produced by Felix Joseph who helps create the perfect sonic backdrop for Mahalia to shine and the result is a future-classic.

                                                                                                In 1972, French producer turned ZE Records founder Michel Esteban released a one-off single as Bella Vista, "Mister Wong". Like many of the records the New York-based entrepreneur worked on, the track gleefully joins the dots between spacey synth-pop, NYC style mutant disco and what these days we'd call sun-kissed Balearic disco. The slow motion, glassy-eyed original version comes accompanied by the original flipside "Disco Dub" - a much sparser affair focused on the killer slap bass, reverb-laden percussion and slivers of guitar and synth - and a brand new "Extended Disco Dub Edit" by Isle of Jura chief Kevin Griffiths as Jura Soundsystem. This extends the oh-too-short Disco Dub for greater dancefloor pleasure while adding some fantastic new percussion.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Patrick says: Despite my predilections for anything French, Balearic, sunkissed and slightly frothy (which all roll nicely into a slightly warm stubby of Panache), I'd never heard Bella Vista's brilliant "Mister Wong", until about an hour ago and it's brought a full sun out on an otherwise miserable day. Naïve synths, slow disco groove and so much sugar!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Mister Wong
                                                                                                A2. Mister Wong (Disco Dub)
                                                                                                B3. Mister Wong (Jura Soundsystem Extended Disco Dub Edit)

                                                                                                Pet Shop Boys

                                                                                                SMASH - The Singles 1985-2020

                                                                                                  Pet Shop Boys announce the upcoming release of ‘SMASH - The Singles 1985-2020’ – the complete collection of their singles from across 35 years of the duo’s acclaimed career.

                                                                                                  ‘SMASH The Singles 1985-2020’ will be available as a 6LP vinyl box set, including all Pet Shop Boys’ hits starting with their debut single ‘West End girls’ and continuing through such iconic tracks as ‘Love comes quickly’, ‘It’s a sin’, ‘Always on my mind’, ‘Being boring’, ‘Suburbia’, ‘Opportunities’, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Heart’.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  LP1/Side 1
                                                                                                  1. West End Girls
                                                                                                  2. Love Comes Quickly
                                                                                                  3. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
                                                                                                  4. Suburbia
                                                                                                  LP1/Side 2
                                                                                                  1. It’s A Sin
                                                                                                  2. What Have I Done To Deserve This?
                                                                                                  3. Rent
                                                                                                  4. Always On My Mind
                                                                                                  5. Heart
                                                                                                  LP2/Side 3
                                                                                                  1. Domino Dancing
                                                                                                  2. Left To My Own Devices
                                                                                                  3. It’s Alright
                                                                                                  4. So Hard
                                                                                                  LP2/Side 4
                                                                                                  1. Being Boring
                                                                                                  2. Where The Streets Have No Name/I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
                                                                                                  3. Jealousy
                                                                                                  4. DJ Culture
                                                                                                  5. Was It Worth It? (7” Version)
                                                                                                  LP3/Side 5
                                                                                                  1. Can You Forgive Her?
                                                                                                  2. Go West
                                                                                                  3. I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing (7” Version)
                                                                                                  4. Liberation
                                                                                                  LP3/Side 6
                                                                                                  1. Yesterday, When I Was Mad (Single Version)
                                                                                                  2. Paninaro 95
                                                                                                  3. Before
                                                                                                  4. Se A Vida è (that’s The Way Life Is)
                                                                                                  5. Single Bilingual
                                                                                                  LP4/Side 7
                                                                                                  1. A Red Letter Day
                                                                                                  2. Somewhere
                                                                                                  3. I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Any More
                                                                                                  4. New York City Boy (US Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  LP4/Side 8
                                                                                                  1. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk
                                                                                                  2. Home And Dry
                                                                                                  3. I Get Along (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  4. Miracles (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  5. Flamboyant (7” Mix)
                                                                                                  LP5/Side 9
                                                                                                  1. I’m With Stupid
                                                                                                  2. Minimal (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  3. Numb (Single Edit)
                                                                                                  4. Love Etc.
                                                                                                  5. Did You See Me Coming?
                                                                                                  LP5/Side 10
                                                                                                  1. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas (New Version)
                                                                                                  2. Together (Ultimate Mix)
                                                                                                  3. Winner
                                                                                                  4. Leaving
                                                                                                  5. Memory Of The Future (New Single Mix)
                                                                                                  LP6/Side 11
                                                                                                  1. Vocal (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  2. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Night-time Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  3. Thursday (feat. Example) (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  4. The Pop Kids (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  LP6/Side 12
                                                                                                  1. Twenty-something (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  2. Say It To Me (New Radio Mix)
                                                                                                  3. Dreamland (feat. Years & Years)
                                                                                                  4. Monkey Business (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                  5. I Don’t Wanna (Radio Edit)

                                                                                                  Anna Meredith X Ligeti Quartet


                                                                                                    Mercury Prize-nominated cross-genre composer/producer Anna Meredith releases her new project in collaboration with contemporary string quartet Ligeti Quartet. Nuc started life as a conversation between Anna Meredith and Richard Jones (Ligeti Quartet viola) after a decade of collaboration, honouring a shared attitude towards creating music which pushes boundaries whilst also speaking very directly to the listener. In addition to string and electronic recordings of Anna's music from throughout her career, performed by Ligeti Quartet, Richard also developed new arrangements of existing compositions by Anna, and Nuc came to embody a celebration of forward-thinking pop composition rooted in classical instrumentation. The result is a joyful, occasionally furious, never too serious, sometimes energetic and sometimes restful collection of tracks which dazzle with Anna’s signature compulsive harmonies, rhythmic shifts of gear and sparkling textures.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A Short Tribute To Teenage Fanclub
                                                                                                    Honeyed Words
                                                                                                    Solstice In
                                                                                                    Solstice Out

                                                                                                    Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul

                                                                                                    Topical Dancer

                                                                                                      Today sees Belgian-Caribbean provocateur Charlotte Adigéry and her long-term musical partner, Bolis Pupul announce their debut album Topical Dancer, via Soulwax’s iconic label DEEWEE.

                                                                                                      Cultural appropriation. Misogyny and racism. Social media vanity. Post-colonialism and political correctness. These are not talking points that you’d ordinarily hear on the dancefloor but Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul are ripping up the rulebook with their debut album Topical Dancer. The Ghent-based duo, who broke out with their 2019 Zandoli EP, are rare storytellers in electronic music: they take the temperature of the time and funnel them into their playful synth concoctions – never didactic and always with a knowing wink.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Bel Deewee
                                                                                                      It Hit Me
                                                                                                      Ich Mwen (with Christiane Adigéry)
                                                                                                      Ceci N'est Pas Un Cliché
                                                                                                      Huile Smisse
                                                                                                      Making Sense Stop
                                                                                                      Thank You

                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                        Beverly Glenn-Copeland

                                                                                                        Keyboard Fantasies - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                          35th anniversary reissue of legendary Canadian/American singer, composer and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s beloved seminal work.

                                                                                                          An ahead-of-it’s-time synth exploration which somehow combines the essence of new-age minimalism, early Detroit techno and the warmth of traditional songwriting.

                                                                                                          His third album, Keyboard Fantasies was originally self-released on cassette in 1986. Initially over-looked by mainstream media, it caught the ear of a Japanese collector who contacted the artist in 2015 and asked for copies to sell. These sold out instantly and led to more copies being distributed… and multiple offers from record labels.

                                                                                                          Features stunning alternative cover artwork + liner notes by Robyn.

                                                                                                          Only the second time the album has been repressed (and previous repress was very limited), LP edition is housed in a gatefold sleeve with spot gloss to the cover, with printed inner sleeve, 180g black vinyl + download code.

                                                                                                          First time the album has been available on CD. This format is a digi-sleeve with spot gloss to the cover + 8-page booklet.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Ever New
                                                                                                          2. Winter Astral
                                                                                                          3. Let Us Dance
                                                                                                          4. Slow Dance
                                                                                                          5. Old Melody
                                                                                                          6. Sunset Village

                                                                                                          The DSM IV

                                                                                                          New Age Paranoia

                                                                                                            Debut album from former 'Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster' front man Guy McKnight's new band.

                                                                                                            The DSM IV’s debut album, “NEW AGE PARANOIA,” is an impressive collection of stories, beats, guitars, and noise. The album seamlessly weaves together sobering but dream-filled songs that explore the ways in which our collective minds are influenced by mass media, entertainment industries, and social media. Formed by Guy McKnight of critically acclaimed and cult favourite The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. The DSM IV has a dark sound that blends noise-rock, synth-pop and industrial, that delivers a unique musical experience. Their music is cacophonous and epic, featuring rich textures and melodic hooks that keep listeners captivated. The band’s powerful soundscapes, combined with their thought-provoking lyrics, create a mesmerizing atmosphere that both entertains and encourages introspection. The album prompts important questions about our society, such as what’s driving the normalization of a narcissistic culture that prioritizes personal desires over altruism. It delves into the ways in which technology, social media, and mass media shape our collective psyche and affect our relationships with ourselves and each other.

                                                                                                            The DSM IV’s music offers a timely and compelling commentary on these issues. The DSM IV is a band that creates music with a powerful message that resonates with people who feel that a kinder world is possible. Their songs are both nasty and nice, reflective and entertaining. With “NEW AGE PARANOIA,” The DSM IV has crafted an album that will captivate and inspire listeners, while also prompting deeper reflection on our society’s values and priorities.

                                                                                                            '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


                                                                                                            I Love You Jennifer B

                                                                                                              London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) will release their hotly-anticipated debut full-length record I Love You Jennifer B via Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                              Commenting on the album release, Jockstrap’s Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye said: “I Love You Jennifer B is a collection of Jockstrap tracks that have been 3 years in the making. Everything on it is pretty singular sounding so we hope there is a track on there for everyone and something that speaks to you and says ‘I’m a banger.’” Skye added of ‘Glasgow’ (their new single): “‘Glasgow’ is our coming of age, moving forward, long-distance, travelling, beautiful bosk, wonderful thicket song.” And Ellery said of the song’s subject: “Glasgow is a great city, perhaps my favourite in the UK! Only downside is that it’s so damn cold all the time.”

                                                                                                              When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy. With their debut album I Love You Jennifer B, Jockstrap will cement themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures in years.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Jennifer B
                                                                                                              Greatest Hits
                                                                                                              What’s It All About?
                                                                                                              Concrete Over Water
                                                                                                              Lancaster Court
                                                                                                              50/50 (Extended)


                                                                                                              Friends In The Bubble Bath - Inc. Gwenno / Gabe Gurnsey / David Wrench Remixes

                                                                                                                Audiobooks are pleased to share a remix bundle for their latest single, ‘Friends in the Bubble Bath’, out now via Heavenly Recordings. The release features two remixes by Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) and one each from Welsh songstress Gwenno and Audiobooks’ own David Wrench.

                                                                                                                “I love audiobooks, and 'Friends in the Bubblebath' is brilliant,” Gwenno says. “I wanted to create a reflective atmosphere around Evangeline and David's lyrics, to try and compliment the story and that feeling of the party still trying to keep going at 3am, as parties tend to do.”

                                                                                                                “It was a real pleasure to be asked to remix Audiobooks’ as I’m a big fan of theirs,” Gurnsey adds. “I wanted to take all that energy they exude vocally and musically and bring it onto the dance floor. I ended up working on two remixes which work side by side, reflecting that chemistry David and Evangeline have in their live performances.”

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1 Gwenno Remix
                                                                                                                A2 CBD Bath Oil Version
                                                                                                                B1 Gabe Gurnsey's Gamma Ray Remix
                                                                                                                B2 Gabe Gurnsey's Blubblebath Remix

                                                                                                                Produced in collaboration with Jessy Lanza, Paul White, Greg Abrahams and regular collaborator Joe Brown, Lapsley’s third album is an intimate but universal exploration of those Cautionary Tales that - eventually - may also prove the making of you.

                                                                                                                As eclectic as it is unguarded, the album is a form of therapy in the truest sense: a talking cure and a hauntingly beautiful confession, resulting in a thrilling yet soulful work of love, loss and growth.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: Throbby bass, sleek vocals and sidechained synth sweeps are exactly what you'd expect from Lapsley but 'Cautionary Tales' runs effortlessly through the fringes of bass music, R&B and modern IDM as well as the perfectly accomplished sleek synth-pop we've come to know and love. The vocals here are vocoded and twisted around the instrumentals, sometimes unrecognisably but always with a keen ear on production. Lovely.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. 32 Floors
                                                                                                                2. Hotel Corridors
                                                                                                                3. Paradise
                                                                                                                4. Close To Heaven
                                                                                                                5. Dial Two Seven
                                                                                                                6. Nightingale
                                                                                                                7. War And Peace
                                                                                                                8. Levitate
                                                                                                                9. Smoke And Fire
                                                                                                                10. Pandora's Box
                                                                                                                11. Lifeline
                                                                                                                12. Say I'm What You Need

                                                                                                                The Go! Team

                                                                                                                Thunder, Lightning, Strike - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                  ‘One sick party record bursting with overdriven guitars, triumphant trumpet lines, and battling drum assaults that seem to break through walls with the barrelling force of a thousand Kool-Aid men’ Pitchfork 8.7 BNM

                                                                                                                  The Go! Team burst onto the scene back in 2004 with their debut album “Thunder, Lightning, Strike” putting the disco in discordant & red limiting all the levels. They scored Pitchfork Best New Music, a Mercury music prize nomination and, from a small bedroom concern in Brighton, UK, emerged to take on the world, lighting up stages on every continent.

                                                                                                                  Nineteen years later The Go! Team, led by main man Ian Parton and MC Ninja, are still releasing brilliant, ever more eclectic albums (see this year’s Get Up Sequences Part 2).

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Panther Dash
                                                                                                                  2. Ladyflash
                                                                                                                  3. Feelgood By Numbers
                                                                                                                  4. The Power Is On
                                                                                                                  5. Get It Together
                                                                                                                  6. We Just Won't Be Defeated
                                                                                                                  7. Junior Kickstart
                                                                                                                  8. Air Raid GTR
                                                                                                                  9. Bottle Rocket
                                                                                                                  10. Friendship Update
                                                                                                                  11. Hold Yr Terror Close
                                                                                                                  12. Huddle Formation
                                                                                                                  13. Everyone's A V.I.P. To Someone 

                                                                                                                  Terr’s debut LP 'Consciousness As A State Of Matter’ arrives on green and orange split double-vinyl, limited to a pressing of just 400 copies, housed in a sleeve of hallucinatory artwork from designer Sebastian Ofuszak.

                                                                                                                  Across eleven tracks, Terr continues a long, fulfilling journey in electronic music with a visceral, vulnerable, full-length statement inspired by tireless and timeless innovators in the history of electronic music such as Giorgio Moroder, Wendy Carlos and Phil Oakey. Achieving a delicate, wide-eyed chemistry between the catharsis of the dancefloor and the ever-renewing promise of pop, 'Consciousness As A State Of Matter’ includes and expands upon the vision of singles ‘Only For Tonight’, ‘Tale of Devotion’ and ‘Layers’. Tracks have been hammered upfront by the likes of Sean Johnson and Erol Alkin; it’s got a top drawer pedigree which should see Terr ascend a steep trajectory as 2023 unfolds… Recommended! 

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1. Tale Of Devotion (Sunny Version)
                                                                                                                  A2. Only For Tonight
                                                                                                                  B1. Warp Drive
                                                                                                                  B2. Energy Sync
                                                                                                                  B3. Time Crystal
                                                                                                                  C1. Wings Of Time
                                                                                                                  C2. Layers
                                                                                                                  C3. I Am Here You Are There
                                                                                                                  D1. Imagination
                                                                                                                  D2. Final Dance (with Coloray)
                                                                                                                  D3. States Of Mind 

                                                                                                                  Fever Ray

                                                                                                                  Radical Romantics

                                                                                                                    Radical Romantics, the first new album in five-plus years from Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer) will arrive on 10th March 2023 via Rabid Records/[PIAS]. In the world of Radical Romantics, Fever Ray presents their struggle with love, or to be precise, the myth of love. Following 2017’s Plunge, Radical Romantics speaks to both the heart and the head, the dance floor and the bedroom. Dreijer is one of pop’s true visionaries, and in their hands, crude and familiar clay is twisted into endlessly beautiful and terrible forms that balance strength with vulnerability, anxiety with safety.

                                                                                                                    Dreijer first started on Radical Romantics in fall 2019; working in the Stockholm studios built with brother and fellow The Knife member Olof Dreijer after the former completed the last Fever Ray tour in 2018 and the latter returned from living in Berlin. These tracks on Radical Romantics are the first time the siblings have produced and written music together in eight years. Other co-producers and performers include the power duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails), Portuguese DJ and producer Nídia, Johannes Berglund, Peder Mannerfelt and Pär Grindvik’s technicolor dance project Aasthma, and experimental artist and producer Vessel. Long-time collaborator, Martin Falck, joins Dreijer in creating the all encompassing visual world of Radical Romantics-era Fever Ray.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: Never an artist to sit still for too long, the superb Fever Ray has honed their craft wonderfully since 2017's 'Plunge', resulting in a silky smooth mix of flickering synthpop percussion and sliced arpeggios. A formidable force in modern electronica, and always pushing the boundaries of song structure, there's much to love about Radical Romantics.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    What They Call Us
                                                                                                                    New Utensils
                                                                                                                    Even It Out
                                                                                                                    Looking For A Ghost
                                                                                                                    Carbon Dioxide
                                                                                                                    Tapping Fingers
                                                                                                                    Bottom Of The Ocean


                                                                                                                    In Brine

                                                                                                                      RIYL:Jockstrap/Working Men’s Club/Stealing Sheep/Broadcast etc.

                                                                                                                      Much anticipated debut album from this Leeds-based electronic duo, following high-profile UK festival slots, and shows alongside luminaries The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Warmduscher, Sea Power, Moonlandingz, The KVB, with multiple plays across BBC6/BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, jellyskin are finally ready to unleash ‘In Brine’, their first full length release. The result of four years spent writing, recording, and refining the album between Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Palamos, and Berlin, ‘In Brine’ showcases the many talents of Will Ainsley and Zia Larty-Healy in a work straddling iridescent electronica, tungsten-tipped techno, art pop, and queasy, brown acid folk.

                                                                                                                      The songs are pieced together with themes of longing, misadventure by the sea, desire and aquatic apparitions that showcase Larty-Healy’s warm but urgent vocal range, as at home around the campfire as it is in the club. The pair’s meticulous arrangement and rearrangement, sculpting, recording, and mixing was a glacially slow process of adaptation, mutation, cooperation, growth, and, yes, natural selection. First single ‘Bringer of Brine’ thumps from the speaker anthemically and forcefully, pitched somewhere beautiful and uncanny; Larty-Healy’s vocals soar and skim off the production like a smooth stone across choppy waves.

                                                                                                                      The radio-ready pop electronica of ‘I Was The First Tetrapod’ bursts into the world with an urgency in line with the lyrics. An aquatic tale of crawling onto land for the first time, desperate to make new life forms, it’s also a positive, joyful rebuke to the despair of the world around us. “Growing my legs...”. The fuzzed-out psychedelic keys and forward-moving, Knife-like structure echo throughout while beautiful lyrics detail visions of where this would all lead life as we know it-“I can run freely, white horse behind me. Flexing my bones and artery twine, find human tone and reach for the vine.” ‘Fox Again’ opens with chopped alarm clocks segueing into a lurching rhythm, before exploding into skittering beats and a soaring chorus. The effect is like waking up drowsily, going over to the window in your room and yanking open the curtains to be blasted by searing sunshine.

                                                                                                                      The pair brought in Berlin based co-producer, mixer and masterer Lewis D-t to help finesse the tracks into fat-free hunks of ecstasy and sonic exploration, their rich depths marking ‘In Brine’ as an album everyone should be talking about this summer and beyond-all nine tracks will have feet moving and hearts swelling in equal measure. As opening track ‘Lift (Come In)’ positively opines “Going up!/Just want to keep going up!”. It’s time to get in on the ground floor...

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1.Lift (Come In)
                                                                                                                      2.Bringer Of Brine
                                                                                                                      3.Fox Again
                                                                                                                      4.Chicken, Milk, And Oranges
                                                                                                                      6.I Was The First Tetrapod
                                                                                                                      7.Pulpy Mouth And Skin
                                                                                                                      8.52 Blue

                                                                                                                      Salami Rose Joe Louis


                                                                                                                        Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Lindsay Olsen is the brilliant mind behind the warped and magical project Salami Rose Joe Louis. New album “Akousmatikous” is packed with experimental pop, abstract beats and bedroom R&B/jazz songs connected by a dystopian sci-fi narrative. It features collaborations with Brijean (Ghostly International) and Soccer96 (The Comet is Coming’s Danalogue x Betamax) plus Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Juuwah, Sergio Machado Plim, Jason Lindner, Dakim and Dan Nicholls also contribute.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Akousmatikous (feat. Soccer96)
                                                                                                                        2. Dimensional Collapse
                                                                                                                        3. Always On My Mind
                                                                                                                        4. Fireflies
                                                                                                                        5. Dimcola Reprise
                                                                                                                        6. Propaganda (feat. Brijean)
                                                                                                                        7. Zee Complex
                                                                                                                        8. The Giddy Aquatic
                                                                                                                        9. Sugar Coating
                                                                                                                        10. Proof Is In The Pudding
                                                                                                                        11. Cathartic Interlude
                                                                                                                        12. Pushing Me
                                                                                                                        13. Gradients
                                                                                                                        14. Losing Steam
                                                                                                                        15. Zaza Flip
                                                                                                                        16. Exhaustion And The Open Mind

                                                                                                                        Tears For Fears

                                                                                                                        The Hurting - Half Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                                          Tears for Fears debut album The Hurting was released on 7 March 1983, and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart in its second week of release. The album reached Platinum status in January 1985. The album contains Tears for Fears’ first three hit singles – “Mad World”, “Change”, and “Pale Shelter” – all of which reached the top five in the UK.

                                                                                                                          This half speed was engineered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                                          The Hurting
                                                                                                                          Mad World
                                                                                                                          Pale Shelter
                                                                                                                          Ideas As Opiates
                                                                                                                          Memories Fade
                                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                                          Suffer The Children
                                                                                                                          Watch Me Bleed
                                                                                                                          The Prisoner
                                                                                                                          Start Of The Breakdown

                                                                                                                          Cliff Martinez / Various Artists

                                                                                                                          Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 2023 Edition

                                                                                                                            The soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's ‘Drive’ needs no introduction, and is hailed one of the greatest and most iconic film scores of recent times.

                                                                                                                            The soundtrack features original music by Cliff Martinez (‘The Lincoln Lawyer’, ‘Traffic’) with Eurosynth-styled songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (‘Nightcall’), The Chromatics (‘Tick of the Clock’), Desire (‘Under Your Spell’), College featuring Electric Youth (‘A Real Hero’), and Riziero Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri (‘Oh My Love’).

                                                                                                                            ‘Drive’ was a smash hit upon release and peaked at #35 on the Billboard Top 200. Accolades came rolling in, such as Spin Magazine, who listed it as one of the Top 40 Movie Soundtracks That Changed Alternative Music.

                                                                                                                            As Martinez notes, “The words ‘hit’ and ‘soundtrack’ seldom appear in the same sentence. The score to ‘Drive’ is the closest I’ve ever come to having anything of the sort. And I wish I knew the recipe for its success as no one is more eager than me to repeat the experience.”

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Under Your Spell
                                                                                                                            A Real Hero
                                                                                                                            Oh My Love
                                                                                                                            Tick Of The Clock
                                                                                                                            Rubber Head
                                                                                                                            I Drive
                                                                                                                            He Had A Good Time
                                                                                                                            They Broke His Pelvis
                                                                                                                            Kick Your Teeth
                                                                                                                            Where's The Deluxe
                                                                                                                            See You In Four
                                                                                                                            After The Chase
                                                                                                                            Wrong Floor
                                                                                                                            Skull Crushing
                                                                                                                            My Name On A Car
                                                                                                                            On The Beach
                                                                                                                            Bride Of Deluxe

                                                                                                                            The XX

                                                                                                                            Coexist - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                              With Coexist, The xx defied any perceived "difficult second album" pressures to create a record that cemented their status as a truly global breakout act. On the follow up to their acclaimed, era-defining debut, the London based trio of Romy Madly Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) continued to deal in compelling, sparse atmospherics but expanded their musical world, especially through producer Jamie's growing electronic sound palette.

                                                                                                                              Coexist surpassed expectations to become the best-selling vinyl record of 2012. Meanwhile, the band progressed from playing intimate venues to becoming an international must-see live act, curating their own festivals and collaborating with symphony orchestras. A final ambitious run of 25 shows at New York's legendary Armory venue rounded off the album campaign, witnessed by fellow artists (such as Beyonce, Jay-Z and Madonna) and fans alike.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Swept Away
                                                                                                                              Our Song

                                                                                                                              Taylor Swift

                                                                                                                              Speak Now (Taylor's Version)

                                                                                                                                Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is the upcoming third re-recorded album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, set for release on July 7, 2023, via Republic Records. It is a re-recording of Swift's third studio album, Speak Now (2010), and follows her 2021 re-recorded albums, Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version).

                                                                                                                                The re-recording is a part of Swift's counteraction to her 2019 masters dispute. Speak Now (Taylor's Version) was announced on May 5, 2023, at the first Nashville show of her ongoing concert tour, the Eras Tour. It features collaborations with American rock acts Fall Out Boy and Hayley Williams.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. "Mine"
                                                                                                                                2. "Sparks Fly"
                                                                                                                                3. "Back To December"
                                                                                                                                4. "Speak Now"
                                                                                                                                5. "Dear John"
                                                                                                                                6. "Mean"
                                                                                                                                7. "The Story Of Us"
                                                                                                                                8. "Never Grow Up"
                                                                                                                                9. "Enchanted"
                                                                                                                                10. "Better Than Revenge"
                                                                                                                                11. "Innocent"
                                                                                                                                12. "Haunted"
                                                                                                                                13. "Last Kiss"
                                                                                                                                14. "Long Live"
                                                                                                                                15. "Ours"
                                                                                                                                16. "Superman"
                                                                                                                                17. "Electric Touch" (featuring Fall Out Boy)
                                                                                                                                18. "When Emma Falls In Love"
                                                                                                                                19. "I Can See You"
                                                                                                                                20. "Castles Crumbling" (featuring Hayley Williams)
                                                                                                                                21. "Foolish One"
                                                                                                                                22. "Timeless"


                                                                                                                                Future Of The Sea

                                                                                                                                  Golden Lion Sounds is an independent record label that runs out of the cultural, community and party hub The Golden Lion in Todmorden. It specialises in limited, collectable and exclusive vinyl releases that are largely sourced from local acts and those who have played at the venue. These include Working Men's Club, Jarvis Cocker, The Lounge Society, Gnod, The Lovely Eggs, David Holmes, Crazy P, Jane Weaver, The Orielles to name a few. Todmorden based Plank's 'Future Of the Sea' will be the first full length album released by the label.

                                                                                                                                  It seems fitting that a trilogy of albums celebrating nature should conclude some eight years after its second chapter. Manchester-via-Todmorden based instrumental trio Plank’s first two LPs – 2012’s kosmiche-inspired Animalism and 2014’s more expansive and structurally disruptive follow-up Hivemind – enjoyed relatively quick gestation periods. However, Plank are firm believers in letting nature run its course, and so it is that their third LP Future of the Sea arrives early in 2023. “I always knew I wanted to make three albums inspired by nature” says Plank main-man David Rowe (synths / guitar). “Future of the Sea is another exploration into odd time signatures and traditional rock instruments alongside synths and electronics.”

                                                                                                                                  “Future of the Sea is a celebration of the power and majesty of our oceans and how humankind has been destroying them through industrial scale fishing and global warming” says Rowe. “Rachel Carson put it more eloquently in her book The Sea Around Us: ‘It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.’” A post apocalyptic underwater city scape adorns the cover in an illustration by Jake Blanchard, whose work you'll also see on Richard Dawson's latest album 'The Ruby Cord'.

                                                                                                                                  The synthetic nature of Plank’s sprawling rock odysseys feel at their most pronounced on Future of the Sea which leans to the band’s love of Pink Floyd era Meddle, Camel, film score composers like John Carpenter and Vangelis, 70s experimentalists Harmonia, 1980s King Crimson and 90s post-rock adjacent group Tortoise. In polyrhythmic dexterity if not heaviness, Plank also take some influence from Meshuggah, and it’s in their movement between the 16 minute final album track’s sections that it feels most prominent. They swerve from crunching stoner rock jams to more ambient spatial explorations, crescendoing progressive peaks, 80s synth pop and finally a crushing riff-laden finale.

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Barry says: I'm a big fan of Plank, so it's really exciting to see their latest hit the brilliant Golden Lion Sounds in Todmorden. Great band, great label and a KILLER record. Intricate, prog-tinged post-rock, part ASIWYFA part Dream Theater, part Anamanaguchi it's a brilliantly weighty and perfectly accomplished record. :fire emoji:

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Three Seascapes
                                                                                                                                  2. Dead Zone
                                                                                                                                  3. Red Tide
                                                                                                                                  4. Volta Do Mar
                                                                                                                                  5. Longshore Drift
                                                                                                                                  6. Breaking Waves Part 1
                                                                                                                                  7. Breaking Waves Part 2
                                                                                                                                  8. Breaking Waves Part 3
                                                                                                                                  9. Breaking Waves Part 4
                                                                                                                                  10. Breaking Wave Part 5
                                                                                                                                  11. Breaking Waves Part 6

                                                                                                                                  Creep Show

                                                                                                                                  Yawning Abyss

                                                                                                                                    In the five years since Creep Show’s acclaimed ‘Mr Dynamite’ album was released it’s fair to say that we’ve all been through a fair bit. Sat here, in 2023, things don’t seem to be getting any better. There's the cost of living crisis and political meltdowns; we're in deep water with global warming and to top it all there’s a war on our doorstep.

                                                                                                                                    Back in 2018 everything seemed less complicated. Sure, there was stuff to get riled about, but we knew nothing about what was to come. ‘Mr Dynamite’ was a fairground ride into the dark corners of a world that was on the brink of being blitzed in a blender. It was a record teetering on the edge. Five years down the line you’d expect the follow-up, ‘Yawning Abyss’, would double-down and bring the white-knuckled, teeth-gritted fury of the last five years to the boil. And yet…

                                                                                                                                    A quick recap? No problem. Wrangler + John Grant = Creep Show. And Creep Show? “A band of musical misfits who have found a voice or two,” says Wrangler’s Ben “Benge” Edwards, whose Bond villain studio on the edge of a moorland is Creep Show Grand Central as well as home to an analogue synth arsenal that could sink ships.

                                                                                                                                    Let’s talk about the new album. What is the ‘Yawning Abyss’? You might well ask. According to Mal, it’s “a cosmic event horizon that I can see from my attic window when stand on a chair”. Yeah. Thanks. “On this album,” offers Benge, feet firmly on the floor, “Wrangler wrangled some vintage synths, mostly Roland, Moog, and the ‘Crystal Machine’ - then John Grant joined in the fun at Memetune Studios where lots of musical experiments were carried out. Then Mal and John ran off to Iceland with the master tapes and recorded a load of madcap vocals. Back at Memetune, me and Phil were left to try and make sense of it all. Which wasn’t hard because what they did in Iceland was totally magnificent.”

                                                                                                                                    Where ‘Mr Dynamite’ was menace, a melange of mangled voices, with Grant and Mallinder being heavily treated, pitched up or down, rendering their contributions largely indistinguishable, ‘Yawning Abyss’ takes a more direct approach. You hesitate to say feelgood, but there’s a skip in the step here for sure.

                                                                                                                                    The title track plays John Grant’s vocal straight. Completely. It’s good, so very good. Like ‘Axel F’ covered by Vangelis. The delicious shimmering synths of ‘Bungalow’ also plays those Grant pipes with a straight bat. ‘Matinee’ delves into darker very funky territory. With Mal upfront it comes on like ‘The Crackdown’. Choice lyric: “You are starting to breakdown / And it’s so fun for me to see / You should have thought of that / You should have come prepared / You can see what’s happening and you look a little scared”.

                                                                                                                                    So, you know, not all feelgood. But it does feel good. It’s probably best to draw your own conclusions. This is Creep Show after all.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. The Bellows
                                                                                                                                    2. Moneyback
                                                                                                                                    3. Yawning Abyss
                                                                                                                                    4. Matinee
                                                                                                                                    5. Wise
                                                                                                                                    6. Yahtzee!
                                                                                                                                    7. Bungalow
                                                                                                                                    8. Steak Diane
                                                                                                                                    9. The Bellows Reprise

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