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Muzik X-Press / London X-Press (RSD24 EDITION)

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    X-Ray Spex

    Conscious Consumer (RSD24 EDITION)

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      X-Ray Spex

      Germ Free Adolescents (RSD24 EDITION)

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        X

        Alphabetland

          While everyone is social distancing, closing ranks and donning masks while they shop, life can seem somewhat surreal to the senses. Yet, through all of the chaos, one thing is constant, music brings us together. Now, on the 40th Anniversary of the landmark, Los Angeles, and 35 years since the original band have released an album – X, one of the greatest Punk Rock bands in music history, releases ALPHABETLAND. The original foursome - Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake have now made the album available for fans to purchase and by adapting to this moment, X continues to embody the same spirit they did when they began in 1977.

          “When your heart is broken you think every song is about that. These songs were written in the last 18 months & it blows my mind how timely they are,” explained John Doe. “We all want our family, friends & fans to hear our records as soon as it's finished. This time we could do that. Thanks to Fat Possum & our audience.” 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Alphabetland is exactly what we need right now, rawkous good-natured punk-rock. Irreverent in places but as politically charged as you'd expect from some veterans of the scene. Brilliantly good fun, and as serious as it needs to be.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. ALPHABETLAND
          2. Free
          3. Water & Wine
          4. Strange Life
          5. I Gotta Fever
          6. Delta 88 Nightmare
          7. Star Chambered
          8. Angel On The Road
          9. Cyrano DeBerger's Back
          10. Goodbye Year, Goodbye
          11. All The Time In The World

          X

          Alphabetland

            While everyone is social distancing, closing ranks and donning masks while they shop, life can seem somewhat surreal to the senses. Yet, through all of the chaos, one thing is constant, music brings us together. Now, on the 40th Anniversary of the landmark, Los Angeles, and 35 years since the original band have released an album – X, one of the greatest Punk Rock bands in music history, releases ALPHABETLAND. The original foursome - Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake have now made the album available for fans to purchase and by adapting to this moment, X continues to embody the same spirit they did when they began in 1977.

            “When your heart is broken you think every song is about that. These songs were written in the last 18 months & it blows my mind how timely they are,” explained John Doe. “We all want our family, friends & fans to hear our records as soon as it's finished. This time we could do that. Thanks to Fat Possum & our audience.” 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Alphabetland is exactly what we need right now, rawkous good-natured punk-rock. Irreverent in places but as politically charged as you'd expect from some veterans of the scene. Brilliantly good fun, and as serious as it needs to be.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. ALPHABETLAND
            2. Free
            3. Water & Wine
            4. Strange Life
            5. I Gotta Fever
            6. Delta 88 Nightmare
            7. Star Chambered
            8. Angel On The Road
            9. Cyrano DeBerger's Back
            10. Goodbye Year, Goodbye
            11. All The Time In The World

            Xander Harris

            California Chrome

              Xander Harris, former sidekick to vampire slayer (and sometime fondler) Buffy has gotten out of the stake-wielding game and brought us his 6th album, this time on Mogwai's own Rock Action records. Very much a horror/library sort of affar (no doubt inspired by his illustrious past), comprising of silky-smooth synth sweeps, heavy on the low-pass and saturated to the high heavens. Tracks like 'The Eye In The Triangle' wouldn't sound out of place on a Pye Corner Audio album, meandering but without being too wispy to really make an impact. 'Predator State' is more along the cold-wave lines, lots of delay and swirling pads, ambient and harrowing. Arpeggios swirl in the background before slowly coming to the fore before the groove kicks in, understated but ridiculously effective. 'Buckle Bunny' is probably the most obvious dance number on the LP, with Krauty sequenced synths, 1-2-1-2 percussives and majestic melody lines. The whole album is a perfect example of restraint and melody, understated enough to really shine but with a melodic sensibility that really stands out. Brilliant from beginning to end. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: RIYL : Pye Corner Audio, Horror soundtracks, John Carpenter et al. Groovy but dusty synthetic soundscapes, grooving analogue percussives and shimmering arpeggios work together to make this a stunning and enthralling listen.

              Xander Harris

              Villains Of Romance

                Musician/composer Justin Sweatt, aka Xander Harris, was in the process of working on an ambitious double LP when he was struck by a car riding his bike in New Orleans. The accident could have been much worse, but Justin has still been de-commissioned for several weeks/months while he heals from an injured shoulder and a concussion. A 9 to 5er with benefits and vacation time might be inconvenienced by this but would recover and life would begin as it had before. For an independent musician who works part-time and relies on his or her hands to work and create art, something like this can be life-altering.

                Villains of Romance is leaner than first envisioned, but that gives the record a vital nature. At 9 tracks just under 50 minutes it’s another exploration of life through the eyes, heart, and mind of Xander Harris. The tracks follow the dystopian vibes of Termination Dust, but with touches of dark pop strewn throughout. From hazier fare like “Bleeding Meridians” to techno banger like “First Taste of Hate” to the gothic beauty of “Individual Outs”, Sweatt outdoes himself. There is even a collaboration with singer Nicolas Nadeau on the lilting and gorgeous “Wither Lace”.


                TRACK LISTING

                1. Bleeding Meridians
                2. First Taste Of Hate
                3. Individual Outs
                4. Stranger Danger
                5. Where’s Your Villain
                6. Mall Walk
                7. Feral Stare
                8. Wither Lace

                Xylouris White

                The Forest In Me

                  Once the listener has set the needle down on the record and heard for themselves the intimacies and impressionism, abstraction and unfiltered emotion found in ‘The Forest In Me’, Xylouris White’s fifth album release (and first since 2019’s ‘The Sisypheans’), one may wonder what was the mood of the room in which this music came to be. Only three people can say for sure, and even then...

                  Guy Picciotto: “In late 2019, we had begun taking steps to working on new material. In a haphazard fashion, Jim and I started tracking drums in my basement, cutting them up into shapes with no set landing in mind. Some of it we sent to Giorgos in Crete - he responded with his lyra and his lute. Without intention we had initiated a process that would soon become more ruthlessly mandated by the world events that separated and isolated us to three corners of the globe in the following year.”

                  Giorgos Xylouris: “Every harmonic is a fallen tree trunk that I climb over. I’m stepping in muddy waters in the woods or coming to a clearing - that is part of the journey I take whether I am playing music with an audience or recording alone. It’s a journey around the forest of my inner self. That’s how I see it.”

                  Jim White: “I ended up in the pandemic in rural Australia on care duty and then back in Melbourne alone in a house with an imminent, ultimately very long lockdown.”

                  Giorgos: “The past several years created a very particular situation that none of us had ever lived through, in such seclusion in our homes and within ourselves. In the isolation I found other wrinkles/folds in my inner being. That helped create this music, as did the unusual way we went about recording.”

                  Jim: “The night before the curfew I acquired some mics from a studio and bought an interface. And learnt to record. And tracked. George tracked in Crete. Guy, in New York, helped assemble the structures and find combinations.”

                  Giorgos: “So every note, every phrase, every instrument came from in and around our inner forests.”

                  Guy: “On previous projects our customary way of working was to be in one room all together; an inward facing triangle of instant communication leading to marathon sessions from which we would build an archive from which to sculpt the records, finding the binding lines that connected the statements we were trying to make.”

                  Giorgos: “Using whatever instruments I had with me in the studio at home, in the silence I discovered things I hadn’t had the peace to uncover previously. I saw that music isn’t static, moving only in its usual ways within the parameters of its centrifugal force–it can move a long way further in other directions.”

                  Guy: “With this record we still had that stash to draw from but now we were also adding material composed from this enforced new geometry; this different, wider triangle where we each assumed different roles than we had previously with writing, engineering, arranging all mixed up like finger paints.”

                  Giorgos: “While we were recording, I noticed that the music had a certain solitude about it, both from the title and from inside. That led us to find more music from within that we had not yet discovered.”

                  Jim: “The idea emerged, naturally nourished and nourishing a record with none of our usual angles and themes, no verbal language, no angst nor sudden dynamics, a more subtle structure. And we found ‘The Forest In Me’.”

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Second Sister
                  Latin White
                  Seeing The Everyday
                  Missing Heart
                  Tails Of Time
                  Night Club
                  Forest In Me
                  Red Wine
                  Underworld
                  Witnessed By Angels
                  Memories And Souvenirs
                  Long Doll

                  X Club. (Steel City Dance Discs) launch their label 'Hide The Junk'
                  Big tip for fans of Fjakk, Shed, Luke Slater, Kettama etc.

                  The production duo of Ben Clarke and Jesse Morath. Founded in Brisbane / Meanjin Australia’s warehouse scene and exported to London and beyond, their music is inspired by early 90s techno all the way through to future-facing drum’n’bass, with X Club. carving out a space entirely of their own thanks to their authentic and eclectic take on dance music with serious consideration for underlying groove.

                  With releases on labels such as Steel City Dance Discs, SPANDAU20 / CROWDS, 99CTS Records and Stay On Sight, X Club have seen their records reach global audiences with frequent touring across the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

                  "HTJ001" is the debut release and launch pad of their own label Hide The Junk, which will explore the groovier, percussive and fun side of techno. It features four tracks that have been heavily tried and tested across many dancefloors over the past 9 months and teased/  promoted across the duos debut Boiler Room at AVA in Belfast, as well as Lot Radio NYC and HÖR Berlin. It's a high powered juggernaut of blistering modern techno. 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: High speed wreckin' ball techno from Steel City Dance Discs signing X Club who keep up the relentless rumble across four intense, Rush Friendly bangers. Nice to spot a Chemical Bros sample too ;)

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Block Rockin
                  A2. End Of The Line
                  B1. It Isn’t Nice To Fool Mother Nature
                  B2. Exertion (Transmission)

                  X Ray Cat Trio

                  Haunted

                    Wearing their influences on their sleeves, it’s clear they draw faithfully from the authentic stylings of Billy Childish, Dan Sartain, nasty 50’s rockabilly, gritty 60’s garage and trashy 70’s punk rock. They are a no-messin’ rock and roll band.


                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Haunted Man
                    A2. Strange Times At Roswell High
                    A3. Jackalope
                    A4. True Love
                    A5. Now That You're Gone
                    B1. Ouija Board Waltz
                    B2. Hotel Metropole
                    B3. Cry Baby Don't Like It
                    B4. Stop Talking
                    B5. Ranchero

                    X Ray Pop

                    Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X!

                      A microkosmic domestic synth pop, pocket punk, French funk ultra rarity, originally released in 1985 as a limited edition of 100 black cassette tapes.

                      As one of the most prolific and viciously self-sufficient exponents of the early 80s French DIY / domestic synth pop scene, X Ray Pop are a group who are easy to scratch the surface but almost impossible to get the bottom of. Peeping out of a warren of unexplored passages their seminal self-distributed debut singles and appearances on the genre defining ‘Alternative Funk Folie Distinguée’ compilation in 1984 made them an omnipresent fixture for the French tape wave scene that shaped a generation and influenced many more to follow. But beneath the trademark fluorescent sleeves stands the highly stacked foundations of endless cassette only releases that give this pocket punk husband and wife duo one of the most impressive and elusive back catalogues of all their cut ‘n’ paste French funk contemporaries.

                      Plundering the depths of a self-estimated 400 recorded songs, X Ray Pop founder Didier Pilot has joined up with Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache to reassess, rescue and reissue some of the band’s most underexposed sonic snapshots, many of which were distributed in issues of less than 50 up to 500 for exclusive global releases in France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and America (where bands like Brian Ladd and Julie Frith’s Psyclones and The Beastie Boys championed the band as a likeminded inspiration).

                      From the earliest, lower levels of the X vault Cache Cache and Pilot resurrect one of the band’s finest untraveled moments in the form of the rare tape only one-sider ‘Pirate!’ - a spontaneous long player comprised of raw, rhythm heavy electronic versions of exclusive tracks alongside heavier and darker industrial versions of tracks that would later creep into the band’s unhinged official pop discography.

                      Wearing their unabashed and generally incompatible influences of Can / Devo / Brigitte Bardot / Cramps / The Residents / Kraftwerk / Captain Beefheart / PIL / Brian Eno / Robert Wyatt / Gainsbourg / MAGMA proudly on their sleeves, this long lost tape captures a one day recording session which was originally released as 100 cassettes in 1985 at a time where various outside influences and competing labels were trying to snare the band into a slower more manageable pop entity.

                      This is the sound of France’s two most highly charged battery operated cabaret cosmonauts at their hardest, loosest and uninhibited, celebrating the dual-unison that can also be identified in similar two-headed freak funk outfits such as Moderne Mathermatiques, Stereolab, Elli et Jacno and most notably (and perhaps unconsciously) Silver Apples, to whom this release bears a welcome and femininised close comparison.

                      Catch this album for an early glimpse of an outer-national punk funk Neo-dadaist phenomenon that may well have eluded you until now, and witness X Ray Pop at their most powerful. ‘Pirate!’ labelled by Didier himself as ‘The Dark Side OF The X’ provides a pre-curser to a forthcoming wider anthology of the group’s work alternating erratic pulsating cosmic rock with dreamy metronomic private pop via their über legendary Casio-to-cassette production line.

                      Released with the full cooperation of Didier Pilot, with unrivalled access to his personal X Ray Pop vault.

                      X Ray Pop

                      The Dream Machine

                      X Ray Pop are the synth-pop duo of Doc Pilot and Zouka Dzaza from Tours, France. They got their start in the no wave art group Bocal 5 in 1981 and split off in 1984 to focus on their own brand of quirky synthesized electronics. Influenced by Erik Satie, Brigitte Bardot, Suicide and Young Marble Giants, they call their music “minimum naive new wave.” Armed with a Casio PT-20 keyboard and a rudimentary Yamaha MR10 drum machine they recorded their demo cassette and first 7″ “Eurasienne”/ “La Machine à Rêver” in 1984. Upgrading their synthesizers and adding some saxophone and guitar, they recorded the “Alcool”/ “Amazone” 7″ in 1985 and the “DS”/” El Gato” 7″ in 1986.

                      “The Dream Machine” collects X Ray Pop’s first three 7″ singles plus 8 songs from their demo cassette, never released on vinyl before. Their songs are short, concise and well structured; richly textured, moving at a quick speed with hardly a pause. The demos show a sense of humor, vitality and carefree playfulness. Zouka’s pouting, tongue-in-cheek vocals (sung in French) come together for a catchy, sensuous, danceable, eccentric psychedelic ride. Reminiscent of the Mo-dettes, early OMD or Algebra Suicide, X Ray Pop could be the missing link to Stereolab.

                      28 years later, this is the first time since the original issue that the songs of X Ray Pop are reappearing on vinyl again, but is the world ready?

                      TRACK LISTING

                      01. La Machine á Rêver
                      02. L´Eurosienne
                      03. Alcool
                      04. Amazone
                      05. DS
                      06. El Gato
                      07. Playgirl
                      08. Mina
                      09. Analphabelfe
                      10. Contakt
                      11. Louphoque
                      12. Madison Fraise
                      13. Bobby Bonbeck
                      14. Revers

                      X-Press 2 Feat. Kele Okereke

                      Phasing You Out (David Holmes Remix)

                        Hot on the heels of their fifth fantastic LP ‘Thee’ - their first for 25 years and debut for Acid Jazz - house stalwarts X-Press 2 have enlisted David Holmes to remix album track ‘Phasing You Out’.

                        The original version of ‘Phasing You Out’ features Kele Okereke from Bloc Party and sits at the heart of the new album which again showed that Rocky and Diesel remain dedicated to proper house music.

                        David Holmes has had a 25-plus year career in music that has seen him release several vital albums and remix artists like Andrew Weatherall, Primal Scream and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, hold down a cult NTS radio show and turn out a seminal mix for Late Night Tales.

                        David Holmes brings plenty of signature musicality to what is a standout remix - his version of ‘Phasing You Out’ is an intense one that unfolds over eight minutes of percussive density, dusty drum work and careful treatment of the original vocal. The whole arrangement is lavishly decorated with wispy pads and glassy sound effects, police sirens and a rhythmic intensity that never lets up and will work any floor into a frenzy.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Phasing You Out (David
                        2. Holmes Remix)
                        3. Phasing You Out

                        X-Ray Spex

                        Conscious Consumer - 2023 Reissue

                          The sophomore and final studio album from punk icons - X-Ray Spex.

                          The highly sought after album received a very limited CD only release in 1995 on Receiver Records in the UK and has been officially unavailable for the past 27 years!

                          The album reunited the iconic X-Ray Spex vocalist - Poly Styrene with original X-Ray Spex saxophonist - Lora Logic and bassist - Paul Dean, as well as guitar from Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills under his then pseudonym Red Spectre.

                          This release has been remastered from the original master tapes and is available on LP for the first time ever! Including the original and expanded artwork, including previously unpublished lyrics and original sleeve notes from Poly.

                          Pop culture is full of classic albums that slip between the cracks. In recent years the late Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex have achieved iconic status with their 1978 debut ‘Germfree Adolescents’ album but the group’s follow up album 'Conscious Consumer’ released 17 years later has been lost to the sands of time.

                          These days most people don’t even realise that X-Ray Spex had a follow up to what is now embraced as one of the classics of the punk rock period. This lovingly compiled revisit puts the spotlight on a lost gem that has many of the hallmarks of the debut but is sieved through a different lens. ‘Conscious Consumer’ was an upgrade of the classic debut with a same punk rock urgency and themes of consumerism but with a poppier edge and a more considered wisdom gleamed from the ups and downs of life from the perspective of an older, wiser, Krishna devotee.

                          In 1995 the album was an unexpected comeback and a lost classic. It was the first new material recorded by the band for years despite many of the songs being written a decade before. On release, though, the album disappeared into a void being out of sync with the times and before Poly got her deserved iconic status.

                          The band who also re-formed in 1991, 1995 and 2008 are now revered worldwide for sparking a new kind of attitude in music. The late Poly is now a pop culture pin-up for an originality and feminism that barely existed at the time. Her acerbic, witty and brilliant lyrics and distinctive voice have stood the test of time, and along with the band’s original sax player Lora Logic, she has become part of the punk rock narrative. The fuzzy snapshots of the brief early lineup see the sassy and sharp dressed teenager core oozing talent, originality and style in a freeze frame of pop culture punk rock perfection.

                          Listening to the album again after a long break, Paul Dean is surprised.

                          “‘Conscious Consumer’ now sounds so much better than I remember. It wasn’t properly released at the time and so no one knows about it. If you love Germfree Adolescents you will love ‘Conscious Consumer’ they are linked together. X-Ray Spex didn’t have just one great album it was two!”


                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A
                          1. Cigarettes
                          2. Junk Food Junkie
                          3. Crystal Clear
                          4. India
                          5. Dog In Sweden
                          6. Hi Chaperone
                          Side B
                          7. Good Time Girl
                          8. Melancholy
                          9. Sophia
                          10. Peace Meal
                          11. Prayer For Peace
                          12. Party

                          X-Ray Spex

                          Germfree Adolescents - 2023 Reissue

                            Real Gone Music is proud to present Germfree Adolescents, one of the signature albums of the early (1978) British punk movement, in an "x-ray clear" vinyl edition that serves as an ideal prism through which to see the hypocrisy of consumerist culture. The one and only LP release from X-Ray Spex and its irrepressible frontwoman Poly Styrene has been deemed by everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as one of the greatest punk albums ever made, and for this reissue, we've done it right; besides the clear vinyl (offering excellent sound), we've reproduced the inner lyric sheet, where you can read Poly's brilliant observations about the plastic, corporate nature of modern society. All of which she sings in a passionate yowl all her own (with Lora Logic among others backing on saxophone); this is not only one of the most penetratingly observant punk records, it's also one of the most passionate, and, surprisingly enough, catchy. Check out "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" and "Germ Free Adolescents" if it's hooks you're after; if it's righteous anger and a noisy racket you're seeking, every track will do ya.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Art- I- Ficial
                            Obsessed With You
                            Warrior In Woolworths
                            Let's Submerge
                            I Can't Do Anything
                            Identity
                            Genetic Engineering
                            I Live Off You
                            I Am A Poseur
                            Germ Free Adolescents
                            Plastic Bag
                            The Day The World Turned Dayglo
                            Highly Inflammable
                            Age

                            New outfit formed by Matthew Benn of Hookworms and Christopher Duffin of Deadwall. Its six tracks of improvised ambient beauty are both meditative and peaceful, it is astral jazz with an experimental kosmische undercurrent; modular synths meet saxophones; Cluster meets Terry Riley; Laurie Spiegel meets Pharoah Sanders; Ohr meets Impulse!. A warm, immersive and downright musical record, it rewards repeat listens. XAM was originally Matthew’s solo project, the name borrowed from the closing song of latter-day Dusseldorf-via-Detroit cult classic ‘Subway II’. He recorded a number of tracks at home between Hookworms albums in 2014 which were released last year as the ‘Tone Systems’ EP on Deep Distance.

                            Christopher says he approaches each song as a “mini-soundtrack to an imaginary film that doesn’t exist yet” and reveals that, while he was practising at home, he played along to clips of ‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Synecdoche, New York’ to get the requisite atmosphere. Live sets are also completely improvised, meaning no two shows are ever the same. “I appreciate that improvised music isn’t for everyone, but it’s something I love doing,” Matthew concludes. “And, more often than not, Chris and I create something beautiful together

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Otherworldly developing ambience and celestial synth swells, gradual building and eventual fragmentation turn this into a tour-de-force of Reich-esque structural integrity. Jazzy interludes give way to churning echoes, while hints of percussion give just enough purpose to direct the cloud of blissful fog.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Proem
                            2. Pine Barrens
                            3. I Extend My Arms Pt I & II
                            4. Ashtanga
                            5. The Test Dream
                            6. René

                            XAM Duo

                            XAM Duo II

                              XAM Duo – the Yorkshire-based pairing of Matthew Benn and Christopher Duffin – follow up their acclaimed self-titled 2016 debut with a new album. They have spent the past few years collaborating with Virginia Wing and releasing the fun single ‘Tisch Tennis’, as well as playing live with everyone from Stereolab, Sonic Boom and Michael Rother to Jessy Lanza, The Necks and Anna Meredith. They are also both members of Holodrum, the band formed from the ashes of Hookworms whose debut album came out earlier this year.

                              Despite being over five years in the making, ‘XAM Duo II’ is a much more concise affair than their debut, clocking in at just under 30 minutes. The journey begins and ends with the beat-driven ‘Blue Comet’ and ‘Cold Stones’, taking in shorter ambient jams along the way, making use of saxophone, drawn out tape chords, floating Rhodes piano and spaced-out synths, alongside very precise and intentional, sequenced and punchy synth tones. With the digital approach it could feel cold and processed, but it’s the opposite – warm and natural.

                              This is something that is reflected in the striking artwork by long-time collaborator Jonathan Wilkinson which comes from a series of prints inspired by his time hiking around the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. One thing that has stayed the same is the influence of The Sopranos, with three of the six tracks on the album named after episodes of the classic series.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Blue Comet
                              2. LGOC
                              3. Kaisha
                              4. The Middle Way
                              5. Lifeguard At Mohang Beach
                              6. Cold Stones

                              XAM Duo

                              XAM Duo RMX

                                XAM Duo – the Yorkshire-based pairing of Matthew Benn and Christopher Duffin – follow-up their The A-side features a reworking of the album’s closing track, ‘Cold Stones’, by legendary electronic artist and DJ, James Holden. In one of his first remixes for a number of years, he has taken the original’s calming, comedown energy and transformed it into an epic, 11-and-a-half-minute journey, which somewhere around the five-minute mark comes right back up. “It didn't turn out quite how I expected, but as they say the sculpture is already in the stone, we just have to find it,” says Holden. “It's like the most rave thing I’ve done for ages and also not rave at all, like a blurry dream about a rave?” Whatever it is, it’s incredible, as are the two further reworkings on the B-side. The Early Years resurface after another lengthy hiatus and reframe ‘LGOC’ as a divine astral jazz / krautrock crossover, while Richard Pike (of PVT and Deep Learning, among others) turns ‘Blue Comet’ into a glitchy and discordant soundtrack to the best 1980s computer game you never played. “It’s lovely to hear three different interpretations of songs that we already tend to keep quite loose and elastic,“ says Matthew Benn. “These remixes feel like a natural extension of the music on the album, like they're from the same world, but perhaps in a different language.”

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1 - Cold Stones (James Holden Remix)
                                B1 - LGOC (The Early Years Remix)
                                B2 - Blue Comet (Richard Pike Remix)

                                Xbxrx

                                Sixth In Sixes

                                  Love them or hate them, you'll never forget them! Over the years Xbxrx's style of joyous musical assault has been championed by many major figures in the underground. Having opened up for Sonic Youth, Peaches, Unwound, Deerhoof and Q And Not U as well as having worked with accomplished producers such as Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye and Tim Kerr. This album shows a new found musical growth and maturity over its 18 tracks.

                                  The Xcrets

                                  Learning How To Live And Let Go

                                    Fifth album from the Scottish alternative rock band, originally formed in Aberdeen in 2001. The release follows their 2023 recent singles 'Ache', 'GIMME', "A furiously catchy, superbly punchy return” [CLASH], and their 2021 covers EP 'So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way' which saw coverage from Distorted Sound Magazine, Upset Magazine, and Kerrang!. Released independently via Australia's leading heavy music label UNFD.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. GIMME
                                    2. Car Crash Culture
                                    3. Jealousy
                                    4. Ache (featuring Sam Carter)
                                    5. Drag Me Out
                                    6. Everything I Cannot Live Without
                                    7. Lovesick
                                    8. Inhale(her)
                                    9. Lust In Translation
                                    10. Blame
                                    11. My Friends Forever
                                    12. It Aint Easy 

                                    XDeathstarX

                                    The Triumph

                                      Ferocious, crushing SoCal hardcore maelstrom of sound that perfectly captures the spirit of their explosive live performances. Raging, committed quadruple vocal harmonies, an unrelenting guitar barrage and steamhammer rhythms combine to mercilessly bludgeon your aching synapses into a bleeding pulp...ouch...

                                      Xen & Yovav

                                      Etmol Hayom

                                        Xen & Yovav return to Malka Tuti in 2018 with full thrust and eyes to the future. After being responsible for the first 2 releases on the label, this time the enigmatic singer and the influential producer collaborate and deliver two original songs. "Hayom Etmol" treads an exotic, DIY, post-punk vibe with a flowing synthetic B-line, Balearic guitar riffs and dreamy foreign vocals. The B-side, "Shavit", sees the vocalist lead the track, supported by plucked bassline and trippy guitar riffs, swirling flutes and a minimalistic drum machine. Lo-fi in its production "Shavit" feels as if it has been dug out of an abandoned 80s record store in the outskirts of Glasgow or Amsterdam, with a strong cold wave feel to it.

                                        The first in a series of 7" dedicated to the DIY approach to electronic music, song writing and production. Some exciting names on the bill so hold on to your seat pop pickers...

                                        Hayom Etmol’s artwork design was made as always by Morey Talmor, with a printed inner sleeve designed by the Israeli artist Kobi Swissa and a special silkscreened outer PVC sleeve.


                                        Xenoula

                                        Xenoula

                                          Xenoula is Romy Xeno. Romy spent her early years in South Africa where she was influenced by the elemental songs of nearby villagers and the (tranquil) rhythms of nature. Here she developed an introspective affinity with flora and fauna rather than with man and machines.

                                          Teaming up with producer Sam Dust aka LA Priest, whose recent work includes his own debut solo album as well as Connan Mockasin collaboration Soft Hair, Xenoula’s songs are adorned in a chameleon-like coat of shape shifting sonic textures and glide over an energetic core of ground shaking rhythm.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Chief Of Tin
                                          Luna Man
                                          Cyan Water
                                          Caramello
                                          Dawn Bunny
                                          She Ghosts
                                          Honey Priest
                                          Alauda
                                          Deer Ron
                                          Leyline Ogres
                                          Tororoi

                                          XIIhundredarrows

                                          Too Far Gone EP

                                            "Too Far Gone" is the second 'mood' EP by XIIhundredarrows. The feel of this EP is much darker than its predecessor "Circles and Butterflies", but still uses a lot of the trademark-layered guitar sound that we have heard in previous recordings. This is the first XIIhundredarrows EP to use vocals and showcases Jon Lawton's brutally honest lyrical content. The EP comes in a new 'ejector-case' and is completed with artwork also by Jon.

                                            ‘Permanent Rain’ is introspective listening. Lean back and let your ears catch a source that moves, breaths, resonates and rises, until a quiet truth swells upon us.
                                            XII captures truth in all its honesty. Sometimes it feels so physical, it’s as if time and elements of nature are peeled of layer after layer.

                                            This record combines songwriting with sonic hypnosis. A rhythmic, esoteric oasis, containing currents of mysticism, yet accompanied by contemporary electronics. Its elements translate to a brew of mutant raga, neofolk and tripped out celtic fantasies.

                                            Ffo: Rapoon, Breadwoman, O Yuki Conjugate

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Rientro In Alona
                                            Ladnaday (Feat. Sabina Kaufman)
                                            Hardtmuth Feat. Hans Harsen
                                            The Distance
                                            Black Tropica Data
                                            Where Are You Now
                                            Il Calcio Della Rotta
                                            Addendo Dell Pietra Feat. Anna Homler

                                            Xiu Xiu

                                            There Is No Right, There Is No Wrong (The Best Of Xiu Xiu) - RSD Edition

                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                              All tracks re-mastered on double vinyl in a handmade, individually numbered sleeve. Includes 21 track Rarities CD.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              SIDE A :
                                              Suha,
                                              Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl,
                                              Crank Heart,
                                              I Luv The Valley OH!,
                                              Muppet Face,
                                              Bog People.
                                              SIDE B :
                                              Boy Soprano,
                                              I Do What I Want, When I Want,
                                              No Friend Oh!,
                                              Dear God, I Hate Myself,
                                              Hi, Honey-Suckle.
                                              SIDE C :
                                              Dr. Troll,
                                              Sad Redux-O-Grapher,
                                              Ian Curtis Wishlist,
                                              Fabulous Muscles (Mama Black Widow Version),
                                              Mike.
                                              SIDE D :
                                              Rose Of Sharon (Grey Ghost Version),
                                              Buzz Saw,
                                              Puff And Bunny,
                                              Hyunhye's Theme,
                                              I Luv Abortion,
                                              Black Drum Machine.

                                              (Rarities CD) :
                                              10000x A Minute,
                                              Sad Cory-O-Grapher,
                                              Asleep (Acoustic),
                                              Don Diasco (Acoustic),
                                              Clowne Towne (Acoustic Live),
                                              Fleshettes,
                                              Helsabot Of Caraleebot,
                                              Red Croissant,
                                              Jack The Ripper,
                                              Juarez (feat. Eugene Robinson),
                                              Don't Cha,
                                              Kangaroo,
                                              All We Ever Wanted,
                                              Yo Yo Bye Bye,
                                              Farther On,
                                              Hated For Loving,
                                              Sammy,
                                              Quagga,
                                              Hair Hopper,
                                              Thylacine,
                                              The Girl Is Mine (Pale Molester Version)

                                              Rarely is so much meaning conveyed in the space of six letters. And with regard to Xiu Xiu, its applications are infinite: always relevant, always provocative, always surprising, always evolving, always glittering.

                                              It's fitting, then, that as the band (now comprised of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, and returning member Devin Hoff) marks a decade in existence, such a powerful sentiment would serve as the title of its latest album.

                                              At its core, Always symbolizes the mutual camaraderie with and deep dedication to each person who has internalized Xiu Xiu’s work, tattooed its name on their skin or soul, and throughout the past ten years made the band a part of their lives.

                                              The origin of these intense, everlasting bonds is Stewart. His fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects, while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact.

                                              Those familiar with the band's work will take particular note of the times Stewart re-visits profoundly personal accounts from his own life -- most prominently on "Beauty Towne" (a not-so-uplifting postscript to the muddle of those depicted in "Clowne Towne" from 2004's Fabulous Muscles) and "Black Drum Machine" (which finishes the narrative of incest and molestation begun on "Black Keyboard" from 2008's Women as Lovers).

                                              Elsewhere, Stewart's willingness to broach any subject finds him confronting both the topical and the intimate in equally meaningful ways: "Gul Mudin" seeks to bring comfort to an Afghani teenage boy murdered for sport by American soldiers; "Joey's Song" strives to do the same for Stewart's brother in the aftermath of a family tragedy.

                                              "Factory Girls" chronicles the sexual objectification and desperate existence of Chinese female, migrant workers. "I Luv Abortion," featuring perhaps Stewart's most unhinged vocal ever, careens through the resolute heartache of a friend too young to be pregnant and seeks to personalize this most political issue.

                                              But while such writing is worthy of reverence, Always' most arresting moments lie in its sonic innovation -- transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such a choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.

                                              Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots) the album is positively vibrant.

                                              Opening track and first single, "Hi," is an immediate invitation for listeners to make their presence known, as Stewart commands you to voice the title refrain along with him: "If you are wasting your life / Say "Hi" / If you are alone tonight / Say "Hi."

                                              The song's infectious, dance-worthy beat is only the first of many instances when Stewart’s unflinching lyricism is coupled with pure, singable melodies -- the kind of pairings that bring into stark relief how often life's worst moments are shouldered with a skewed, cheery grin.

                                              Nowhere is this contrast more apparent than on the bittersweet duet "Honeysuckle," a pleasantly uplifting cadence undercut by feelings of utter despair and hopelessness in Seo's lyrics.

                                              That such dazzling music can so seamlessly blend with such undeniably dark content is but one of the ways Always succeeds in accentuating the intent that is central to all Xiu Xiu creates.

                                              During recording, Stewart saw a Bible verse spray painted on the wall of his gym. He interpreted the verse to mean, "Horror and beauty are the same; love and hate are the same, the tireless dread of our own lives and of living can be embraced with the same fervency as what we find beautiful."

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Hi
                                              2. Joey's Song
                                              3. Beauty Towne
                                              4. Honey Suckle
                                              5. I Luv Abortion
                                              6. The Oldness
                                              7. Chimney's Afire (Mickensian Suicide)
                                              8. Gul Mudin
                                              9. Born To Suffer
                                              10. Factory Girl
                                              11. Smear The Queen
                                              12. Black Drum Machine

                                              The impulse that drove artists such as Suicide, Einstürzende Neubauten and Scott Walker to embark on extraordinary and uncompromising journeys, refusing to flinch in the face of humanity’s ugly truths and terrible beauty, also underpins the sound and vision of Xiu Xiu, aka LAbased duo Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo.

                                              ‘Angel Guts: Red Classroom’ is the sound of Xiu Xiu’s descent into the deepest blackness endurable.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Angel’s Guts
                                              Archie Fades
                                              Stupid In The Dark
                                              Lawrence Liquors
                                              Black Dick
                                              New Life Immigration
                                              El Naco
                                              Adult Friends
                                              The Silver Platter
                                              Bitter Melon
                                              A Knife In The Sun
                                              Cynthya's Unisex
                                              Botanica De Los Angeles
                                              Red Classroom

                                              Xiu Xiu

                                              Forget

                                                The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo.

                                                It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, L.A. Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.

                                                FORGET was recorded during a period of epic productivity for Xiu Xiu. While writing FORGET, they released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, composed music for art installations by Danh Vo, recorded an album with Merzbow and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.

                                                Standout track, “Wondering” is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. From the haunted guitar duet of "Petite", the hilariously fraught lyrics of "Get Up," the advanced industrial boxing match of "Jenny GoGo," or the experimental goth explosion of "Faith, Torn Apart", all the songs, in their own ways, build to a roiling boil of a fate in vanishing.

                                                The calligraphy on the cover translates literally to "we forget." It bows to the universality of everything and everyone's inevitable decline and foggy disappearance. Regarding the album title, Xiu Xiu singer Jamie Stewart said, “To forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” FORGET is both the palliative fade out of a traumatic's past but also the trampling pain of a beautiful one's decay.
                                                Xiu Xiu is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart.


                                                 'Girl with Basket of Fruit' is a rowdier, yet more stylistically splenetic offering than 2017's 'Forget', with the usual eye-catching list of collaborators this time including Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Devin Hoff and Haitian percussionists Emmanuel Obi and Ayo Okafor. Xiu Xiu is the conduit for the uncompromising and unnervingly personal musical works of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart, plus a roll call of collaborators both in studio and onstage.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                01. Girl With Basket Of Fruit
                                                02. It Comes Out As A Joke
                                                03. Amargi Ve Moo
                                                04. Ice Cream Truck
                                                05. Pumpkin Attack On Mommy And Daddy
                                                06. The Wrong Thing
                                                07. Mary Turner, Mary Turner
                                                08. Scisssssssors
                                                09. Normal Love

                                                Xiu Xiu

                                                Ignore Grief

                                                  Over the course of the last two decades, Xiu Xiu’s prolific output of critically acclaimed albums and collaborations has been consistent and dazzling. They have collaborated with songwriters like Mitski, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhoof, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Shadow and others, as well as avant-garde composers like Charlemagne Palestine. They’ve released many full-length albums that have been praised in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME and others, and have toured the globe relentlessly, performing alongside artists such as Deerhoof, Swans, Tune-Yards, and more at places like The Guggenheim, Primavera Festival, Benicassim Festival, Pitchfork Festival and others. Xiu Xiu has spent twenty years grappling with how to process, to be empathetic towards, to disobey and to reorganize horror.

                                                  Ignore Grief is a record of halves. Angela Seo sings on half of the record. Jamie Stewart sings on half of the record. Half of it is real. Half of it is imaginary. The real songs attempt to turn the worst life has offered to five people the band is wconnected with into some kind of desperate shape that does something, anything, other than grind and brutalize their hearts and memory within these stunningly horrendous experiences. The imaginary songs are an expansion and abstract exploration of the early rock and roll “Teen Tragedy” genre as jumping off point to decontaminate the band’s own overwhelming emotions in knowing and living with what has happened to these five people.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Xiu Xiu have admittedly, never been the easiest band to follow. While their dedication to the more off-piste sonic arenas has certainly showed what a talented and inventive bunch they are, i've not really got it before. 'Ignore Grief' has made it twig for me, with the juxtaposition of really quite tender instrumental restraint meeting hellscape industrial noise battering me into submission. It's intense, huge and brilliant.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. The Real Chaos Cha Cha Cha
                                                  2. 666 Photos Of Nothing
                                                  3. Esquerita, Little Richard
                                                  4. Maybae Baeby
                                                  5. Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier
                                                  6. Pahrump
                                                  7. Border Factory
                                                  8. Dracula Parrot, Moon Moth
                                                  9. Brothel Creeper
                                                  10. For M. 

                                                  Xiu Xiu

                                                  La Foret - 2024 Reissue

                                                    Repressed on vinyl for the first time in 15 years - As conceptual as Xiu Xiu's fusion of post-punk, gamelan, synth pop, folk, and noise might seem, the group's music never feels overly cerebral or detached. On the contrary, it's usually brimming over with often contradictory emotions: love, hate, sex, violence, fear, and humor cling together so tightly in Jamie Stewart's songs that they can't be separated. Harsh and beautiful words and sounds remain intertwined on La Foret, which ranks among Xiu Xiu's subtlest, and scariest, albums.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Clover
                                                    2. Muppet Face
                                                    3. Mousey Toy
                                                    4. Pox
                                                    5. Baby Captain
                                                    6. Saturn
                                                    7. Rose Of Sharon
                                                    8. Ale
                                                    9. Bog People
                                                    10. Dangerous You Shouldn't Be Here
                                                    11. Yellow Raspberry
                                                    12. XIU XIU - La Forêt - DRUNK COMMENTARY

                                                    Xiu Xiu

                                                    Remixed And Covered

                                                      Xiu Xiu, now a three-piece featuring Jamie Stewart, Caralee Mcelroy, and Ches Smith, crafts a sickeningly intimate art that is equally sensual and icy. A double CD set of covers and remixes. The first disc, a batch of covers, is an exercise in sisterly fan-dom and inspired innovation. Larsen's version of "Mousey Toy" is a six-minute electro-pop build with spoken computer vocals. Oxbow's cover of "Saturn" is gothic folk, backwoodsy and death-marching. Recent Xiu Xiu tour-mates Sunset Rubdown do "Apistat Commander" as a majestic pop orchestra with drums that sound like slamming doors. Marissa Nadler covers "Clowne Towne", reworking it into stately, ornate folk. Kid 606 revamps "Fabulous Muscles" as a big, warm, clustering blossom of claustrophobic dance music. Why? plays "The Wig Master" as fractured avant-pop. The final track on the covers side is Devendra Banhart's take on "Support Our Troops", showcased originally on a split 7" with Xiu Xiu. Finishing off the record with Devendra's optimist, playful croon, Stewart's chilling mini-essay on warmongering and not thinking for yourself becomes street corner doo-wop. The remix disc has remixes by; Gold Chains, Kid606, To Live And Shave In LA, Warbucks, Xiu Xiu, Grouper, Cherry Point, Son, and This Song Is A Mess But So Am I.

                                                      Xiu Xiu

                                                      Unclouded Sky - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                        During the summer of 2013, Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart and producer Shahzad Ismaily traveled to Sigur Rós’s personal studio in Iceland. Having access to the space for only one day, Stewart worked on setting down his interpretations of American and Caribbean spirituals using a 1953 Silvertone guitar given to him by his father (producer Michael Stewart), the man who introduced him to religious thought and folk music. The resulting album, Unclouded Sky, explores themes of death and faith over the course of nine songs originally composed between 1850 and 1920, which are interspersed with field recordings Stewart made in the jungle of Guyana.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. (Demerara)
                                                        2. Blood Of The Lamb
                                                        3. (Berbice)
                                                        4. I’ll Fly Away
                                                        5. (Kaieteur)
                                                        6. Lonesome Valley
                                                        7. (Essequibo)
                                                        8. Wreck On The Highway
                                                        9. (Rupununi)
                                                        10. Church In The Wildwood
                                                        11. (Cuyuni)
                                                        12. Unclouded Sky
                                                        13. (Kanuku)
                                                        14. All Fo’ You
                                                        15. (Guiana)
                                                        16. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
                                                        17. (Pomeroon)
                                                        18. Just As I Am

                                                        XL Middleton

                                                        Tap Water

                                                          Considered an underground classic by many, XL Middleton's “Tap Water” was released at the height of the fervor over 'modern funk' music, brought to life by Dam Funk & carried on by a small but dedicated cadre of artists including Middleton. Always in demand, “Tap Water” has become scarce in the aftermarket and demands collector-level prices when it does sell; thus a reissue was inevitable.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Bumpin
                                                          A2. Sunshine & Power Lines
                                                          A3. High On Your Love
                                                          A4. Exception To The Rule
                                                          B1. I'm Ready
                                                          B2. Psychic
                                                          B3. You Know It's True
                                                          B4. Do Me Like That

                                                          Xmal Deutschland

                                                          Early Singles (1981-1982)

                                                            “Gothics” - a time before the word goth had even taken shape - believed in the do-it-yourself punk ethos that anyone could pick up an instrument. Gray clouds were starting to form and in the unlikely city of Hamburg, a brazen and haunting gang of five women formed Xmal Deutschland. As any true punk would, Xmal Deutschland’s members Caro May, Rita Simon, Manuela Rickers, Fiona Sangster and Anja Huwe, started the band despite any previous musical experience.

                                                            The “Schwarze Welt” seven-inch was released on the local punk label, ZickZack, in 1981 and introduced the band as an unsettling swarm of intensity. There’s an urgency in its repetitive dirge, a swirling mania that persists on the b-side with “Die Wolken” and “Großstadtindianer” whose crude synthesizer noises escalate in tension. Most of all, Huwe’s uniquely venomous German vocals quickly became embedded in the unbridled and burgeoning scene of glamorous gloom.

                                                            Punk’s independence from the stiff grip of tradition allowed the band to find solace in anti-establishment art and music, far from the conventions of the past. With their peacocked hair and thick kohl-lined eyes, Xmal Deutschland’s music retained both a restlessness and delicacy, transcending any confines of the “Neue Deutsche Welle” movement (much like their colleagues and friends DAF and Einstürzende Neubauten) with the release of the “Incubus Succubus” single in 1982. It instantly became a post-punk classic. The guitar’s buzz ransacks through the melody as the ghoulish primitiveness of Huwe’s voice teases that maybe, just maybe, she is the nightmarish creature of which to be aware. The b-sides, “Zu Jung Zu Alt” and “BlutIst Liebe,” keep strict militaristic dance beats as they teem in agitation.

                                                            That same year, the band performed in London as support for the Cocteau Twins; it was the platform they needed to ricochet into the arms of the ripped fishnet masses. Early Singles (1981-1982), is a map of the foundational movements of Xmal Deutschland, just seconds before takeoff. Bonus tracks on the compilation, “Kaellbermarsch” and a gritty live version of “Allein,” further accentuate their fusion of toughness with the quixotic decadence of atmospheric synthesizers. The band’s pursuit of something greater is palpable with this release, a reflection of a time that introduced accessibility to new means of making music following the onset of punk.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Schwarze Welt
                                                            2. Die Wolken
                                                            3. Großstadtindianer
                                                            4. Kälbermarsch (from The Compilation “Lieber Zuviel AlsZuwenig”)
                                                            5. Incubus Succubus
                                                            6. Zu Jung Zu Alt
                                                            7. BlutIst Liebe
                                                            8. Allein (from The Compilation “Nosferatu Festival”) 

                                                            Brand new signing XOA maintains a foundation in broken beat and house music, while drawing from classic afrobeat, funk and jazz - making this release more right-now than a fake news feed about Kim Jong Un. Headed up by multi-instrumentalist (and Gentleman’s Dub Club member) Nick Tyson, XOA fuses golden era 1970s afrobeat with deep grooves and contemporary electronic productions sizzling with analogue synths, guitars and percussive rhythms. Collaboration has always been at the heart of the project, with an emphasis on live instrumentation, crucial to transmitting a rich energy on the tracks.

                                                            Hailing from London, Tyson has been building a keen following with his live gigs and DJ sets, including a sell-out live show at the Jazz Cafe featuring Eva Lazarus and Dele Sosimi on vocals. The new release on Soundway reflects his steady progression towards sophisticated production and collaborative processes, as well as his ability to effortlessly cross multiple genres.


                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Mass
                                                            Mon Ecole
                                                            Diaspora
                                                            Echoes

                                                            Bernard Xolotl

                                                            Last Wave

                                                              French electronic music from California: "Last Wave", the fifth solo album by the artist and musician Bernard Xolotl, was originally released on cassette in 1982. He named himself after the Aztec god of lightning and death. His music is influenced by the Berlin school of electronic music. This reissue includes a previously unreleased bonus track (not on vinyl)! As a teen, Bernard Xolotl (born 1951 in France) was introduced to electronic music through the works of musique concrete composers like Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, although he found the early recordings of Pink Floyd to be more inspirational. During the early 1970s, Xolotl began creating music of his own, working in studios across Europe and the US before settling in California in 1974, where he slowly built his own studio. Between 1978 and 1981 he recorded four solo cassette albums. On his album "Last Wave" Xolotl expanded his musical palette with many new instruments such as the Yamaha CS60 and the PPG.

                                                              Bernard Xolotl on the creating process of "Last Wave": The first "Last Wave" I started early on while still living in San Francisco, as a simple and longish piece which could be used as a background for the concerts I was giving with Daniel Kobialka and Richard Horowitz, both of whom I saw almost every day at that time. However, after I moved to the residential suburb of Marin to build up my studio, I kept adding tracks to it so it just became part of my next album. This was going to have more instruments and progressively, I got to do everything myself, playing and recording one track at a time. But mixing there was still out of the question, so I had to wait for the right opportunity to use the proper San Francisco studio with the best reverbs and acoustics. This took several years in the end and was the last album I didn't mix at home.

                                                              X-Press 2

                                                              Three

                                                                Legendary UK dance act return with their first new album in over a decade. House music would sound very different without the work of X-Press 2. For the last three decades, they have been serving up a broad spectrum of music ranging from catchy, to anthemic, to moody and atmospheric. Having won an Ivor Novello award for their hit ‘Lazy’ (feat. David Byrne), and even had their music synced by fashion house Givenchy, they have always showed evoluPon, shown in their 4 previous studio albums. Having set the tone with singles ‘You Know (Everybody)’ and ‘Muse’, anPcipaPon is growing for this special double LP

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Moov
                                                                2. Zeven
                                                                3. Phasing You Out
                                                                4. Muse
                                                                5. I Can See The Love
                                                                6. The Rain
                                                                7. You Know
                                                                (Everybody)
                                                                8. Reach For Me
                                                                9. Cope
                                                                10. Bloom
                                                                11. Werq

                                                                X Ray Pop

                                                                Ding Dong Disques

                                                                  Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs.

                                                                  X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memorable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a record shop counter or blog page but the truth of the matter is that no-one, not even the band members themselves, have the knowledge or mental capacity to truly understand the splatter range of the god speed anti-tactics that have turned this interchangeable, unarrangable and thirty-year sustainable auto-pop combo into one of uber-legendary status. For those that tread the chemins of 80s Gallic record racks, from agit pop to Zeuhl-school (bridging synth pop to Celluloid) these 7″ square flags reading El Gato, L’Eurasienne, Alcool and Fuzzy Christmas are merely alluring landmarks pointing to another sebaceous underground of magnetic tape that flows swiftly (like Magma) awaiting Pirates and liberators alike. X marks the spot!

                                                                  Peeping out of a warren of unexplored passages their seminal self-distributed debut singles and appearances on the genre defining alternative funk Alternative Funk Folie Distinguée compilation in 1984 made them an omnipresent fixture for the French tape wave scene that shaped a generation and influenced many more to follow. But beneath the trademark fluo- rescent sleeves stands the highly stacked foundations of endless cassette only releases that give this pocket punk husband and wife duo one of the most impressive and elusive back catalogues of all their cut ‘n’ paste French funk contemporaries. Plundering the depths of a self-estimated 400 recorded songs, X Ray Pop founder Didier Pilot has joined up with Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache to reassess, rescue and reissue some of the bands most underexposed sonic snapshots, many of which were distributed in issues of less than 50 up to 500 for exclusive global releases in France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and America (where bands like Brian Ladd and Julie Frith’s Psyclones and The Beastie Boys championed the band as a likeminded inspiration.

                                                                  CD edition (available separately) is accompanied by two vinyl releases - ‘Ding Dong Disques’ and ‘Ding Dong Dubs’ - compiling the rarest vinyl (‘...Disques’) and cassette (‘...Dubs’) releases (both featuring exclusive bonus tracks).

                                                                  Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs.

                                                                  X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memorable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a record shop counter or blog page but the truth of the matter is that no-one, not even the band members themselves, have the knowledge or mental capacity to truly understand the splatter range of the god speed anti-tactics that have turned this interchangeable, unarrangable and thirty-year sustainable auto-pop combo into one of uber-legendary status. For those that tread the chemins of 80s Gallic record racks, from agit pop to Zeuhl-school (bridging synth pop to Celluloid) these 7″ square flags reading El Gato, L’Eurasienne, Alcool and Fuzzy Christmas are merely alluring landmarks pointing to another sebaceous underground of magnetic tape that flows swiftly (like Magma) awaiting Pirates and liberators alike. X marks the spot!

                                                                  Peeping out of a warren of unexplored passages their seminal self-distributed debut singles and appearances on the genre defining alternative funk Alternative Funk Folie Distinguée compilation in 1984 made them an omnipresent fixture for the French tape wave scene that shaped a generation and influenced many more to follow. But beneath the trademark fluo- rescent sleeves stands the highly stacked foundations of endless cassette only releases that give this pocket punk husband and wife duo one of the most impressive and elusive back catalogues of all their cut ‘n’ paste French funk contemporaries. Plundering the depths of a self-estimated 400 recorded songs, X Ray Pop founder Didier Pilot has joined up with Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache to reassess, rescue and reissue some of the bands most underexposed sonic snapshots, many of which were distributed in issues of less than 50 up to 500 for exclusive global releases in France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and America (where bands like Brian Ladd and Julie Frith’s Psyclones and The Beastie Boys championed the band as a likeminded inspiration.

                                                                  CD edition (available separately) is accompanied by two vinyl releases - ‘Ding Dong Disques’ and ‘Ding Dong Dubs’ - compiling the rarest vinyl (‘...Disques’) and cassette (‘...Dubs’) releases (both featuring exclusive bonus tracks).

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Orques Et Goblins Intro
                                                                  Dream Of A Shadow
                                                                  Klac Klac
                                                                  Alain Aime Samantha
                                                                  BAL
                                                                  Les Nonnes En Noir
                                                                  Pamela
                                                                  Living Dead
                                                                  Le Mouchoir Violet
                                                                  Nana Electronique
                                                                  Oh Quel Supplice
                                                                  Ca Te Mouille Le Bec
                                                                  Orques Et Goblins Outro

                                                                  X Ray Pop

                                                                  Ding Dong Songs

                                                                    Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs.

                                                                    X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memorable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a record shop counter or blog page but the truth of the matter is that no-one, not even the band members themselves, have the knowledge or mental capacity to truly understand the splatter range of the god speed anti-tactics that have turned this interchangeable, unarrangable and thirty-year sustainable auto-pop combo into one of uber-legendary status. For those that tread the chemins of 80s Gallic record racks, from agit pop to Zeuhl-school (bridging synth pop to Celluloid) these 7″ square flags reading El Gato, L’Eurasienne, Alcool and Fuzzy Christmas are merely alluring landmarks pointing to another sebaceous underground of magnetic tape that flows swiftly (like Magma) awaiting Pirates and liberators alike. X marks the spot!

                                                                    Peeping out of a warren of unexplored passages their seminal self-distributed debut singles and appearances on the genre defining alternative funk Alternative Funk Folie Distinguée compilation in 1984 made them an omnipresent fixture for the French tape wave scene that shaped a generation and influenced many more to follow. But beneath the trademark fluo- rescent sleeves stands the highly stacked foundations of endless cassette only releases that give this pocket punk husband and wife duo one of the most impressive and elusive back catalogues of all their cut ‘n’ paste French funk contemporaries. Plundering the depths of a self-estimated 400 recorded songs, X Ray Pop founder Didier Pilot has joined up with Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache to reassess, rescue and reissue some of the bands most underexposed sonic snapshots, many of which were distributed in issues of less than 50 up to 500 for exclusive global releases in France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and America (where bands like Brian Ladd and Julie Frith’s Psyclones and The Beastie Boys championed the band as a likeminded inspiration.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Rana
                                                                    Ding Dong
                                                                    Petit Animal
                                                                    Bulle De Sang
                                                                    Dream Of A Shadow
                                                                    Marilyn Au Paradis
                                                                    Klac Klac
                                                                    Louche
                                                                    Le Bateau Cellulose
                                                                    BAL
                                                                    Ca Te Mouille Le Bec
                                                                    Pam Pam
                                                                    Alain Aime Samantha
                                                                    Living Dead
                                                                    Oh Quel Supplice
                                                                    Rock N Popoff
                                                                    Pamela
                                                                    Les Nonnes En Noir
                                                                    Oh Oui J'Aime
                                                                    Le Mouchoir Violet
                                                                    La Mort
                                                                    Alcool
                                                                    L'Eurasienne
                                                                    La Morte (Doc Pilot Solo)
                                                                    Alcool (Doc Pilot Solo)
                                                                    L'Eurasienne (Doc Pilot Solo)
                                                                    Contact / I Wanna Be A Dog Medley (Live)

                                                                    XTC

                                                                    Go 2

                                                                      The 1978 classic album, newly cut from masters by Jason Mitchell at Loud mastering and approved by Andy Partridge. Available on vinyl for the first time in decades as a 2-disc set complete with the Go+ Dub EP.

                                                                      XTC

                                                                      White Music

                                                                        Reissue of the classic debut album from 1978.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side 1:
                                                                        Radios In Motion
                                                                        X Wires
                                                                        This Is Pop
                                                                        Do What You Do
                                                                        Statue Of Liberty
                                                                        All Along The Watch Tower

                                                                        Side 2:
                                                                        Atom Age
                                                                        Set Myself On Fire
                                                                        I’m Bugged
                                                                        New Town Animal
                                                                        Spinning Top
                                                                        Neon Shuffle

                                                                        Xwave

                                                                        Cities On Flame

                                                                          A vinyl LP issue of Cities On Flame by Xwave, originally released as a limited CDr/tape by the Brisbane-based Breakdance The Dawn label. recorded in 2008. Featuring guitar heaviness that some have compared the sounds to Kray Cherubs. I think it hits on the Vermonster "spirit of yma" leanings. Either descriptions are a great place to start. A limited edition of 250 copies, housed in silk-screened album art. Little Big Chief Records.

                                                                          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

                                                                            Angels
                                                                            Chained
                                                                            Fiction
                                                                            Try
                                                                            Reunion
                                                                            Sunset
                                                                            Missing
                                                                            Tides
                                                                            Unfold
                                                                            Swept Away
                                                                            Our Song

                                                                            The XX

                                                                            Coexist

                                                                              The long awaited second album from The XX.

                                                                              Three years on from their Mercury Prize winning debut, Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are back with a new album, ‘Coexist’, and a new perspective.

                                                                              Where ‘XX’ lent in close to whisper in your ear, ‘Coexist’ gazes warmly in your eyes. Much has happened to lead to this point: most pertinently, they’ve grown up.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Ryan says: Even more dazzling than their last! The vocals are intimate & soulful while subtle club rhythms chug along nicely to give it all just the right amount of impact.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Angels
                                                                              2. Chained
                                                                              3. Fiction
                                                                              4. Try
                                                                              5. Reunion
                                                                              6. Sunset
                                                                              7. Missing
                                                                              8. Tides
                                                                              9. Unfold
                                                                              10. Swept Away
                                                                              11. Our Song

                                                                              I See You marks a new era for the London trio of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, both sonically and in terms of process. For while xx and Coexist were both made in relative isolation in London, I See You was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 in New York, Marfa TX, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London, and is characterised by a more outward-looking, open and expansive approach. Produced by Jamie Smith and Rodaidh McDonald, I See You is The xx at their boldest yet, performing with more clarity and ambition than ever before.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Andy says: After two perfect, and pretty similar albums of clipped, late-night minimalism, The XX ring the changes, tinkering with their template with a record showing some of the dynamism and richness of Jamie's smash-hit solo album of 2 years ago. It still has all their hallmarks intact, just warped and deepened to beautiful effect. Brilliant.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Dangerous
                                                                              2. Say Something Loving
                                                                              3. Lips
                                                                              4. A Violent Noise
                                                                              5. Performance
                                                                              6. Replica
                                                                              7. Brave For You
                                                                              8. On Hold
                                                                              9. I Dare You
                                                                              10. Test Me

                                                                              Listening to “XX” is an uncomfortable, obtrusive experience, akin to eavesdropping on two lovers while they whisper and caress. So intimate are the songs contained within that at the very least, you feel you should turn away your face to hide your shame. In fact, it’s impossible to talk about The XX without talking about sex. Like so many bed sheets strewn across the floor, Romy and Oliver’s duets are littered with sexual anxiety, claustrophobia and desire and their take on romance is a particularly urban one, more council high rise and public transport than the Crystal and Gucci version favoured by the R&B they love so much. “XX” is a debut album that’s old beyond its tender years but such is its fragility, it’s only when the final note of “Stars”, the albums closing track has dissolved that we can breathe again, relieved that we’ve made it to the end, safe and in each other’s arms.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Darryl says: An intimate listen, and one that makes it perfect for the winter months. Sparse to the point to the point of fragility their debut album is moody, menacing and downright brilliant.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Intro
                                                                              2. VCR
                                                                              3. Crystalised
                                                                              4. Islands
                                                                              5. Heart Skipped A Beat
                                                                              6. Fantasy
                                                                              7. Shelter
                                                                              8. Basic Space
                                                                              9. Infinity
                                                                              10. Night Time
                                                                              11. Stars

                                                                              Xxxtentacion

                                                                              Skins

                                                                                Unless you have been living under a rock, XXXTentacion is a name that needs no introduction. A true artist who was tragically slain in 2018 – XXXTentacion left an indelible mark on culture and music in his all too brief 20 years on this planet. His catalog will go on to live forever, and he left one final piece of music for the world with "Skins". The album comes in at a short, but sweet 10 tracks with songs that delve into Xxxtentacion's deep and complex mind, and soul. In the weeks following his murder, he won Best New Artist at the BET Awards, scored a Billboard number 1 with "Bad!" and won best album for "17" at the AMAs. Boasting a more lyrical flow than most of his new school contemporaries, but the post-genre, lo-fi aesthetic the Soundcloud era is known for, XXXTentacion looked set to dominate the scene for years. While the world may have been robbed of his talent all too soon, this LP is a worthy goodbye from the young artist. 

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Introduction
                                                                                2. Guardian Angel
                                                                                3. Train Food
                                                                                4. Whoa (Mind In Awe)
                                                                                5. Bad!
                                                                                6. Staring At The Sky
                                                                                7. One Minute
                                                                                8. Difference
                                                                                9. I Don't Let Go
                                                                                10. What Are You So Afraid Of

                                                                                “C’est ce que je fais qui m’apprend ce que je cherche. (It’s what I do that teaches me what I’m looking for.)” - Pierre Soulages

                                                                                Jim White and George Xylouris have been friends since Jim’s early days in Dirty Three. Their musical connection goes back to then and led them to start Xylouris White in 2013. Since then, they have released three albums and been touring the world. ‘The Sisypheans’ is their fourth release.

                                                                                Jim on ‘The Sisypheans’: “As George Xylouris and I traveled around these last five years, we found ourselves talking about Sisyphus. George had a theory about Sisyphus, condemned to climb that hill with that rock forever. George saw him carrying the rock in different ways, in his left hand, behind his back, pushing it with his head while crawling and noticing each journey the seasons changing, the grass and the insects. The meaning was clear and for George it fit with playing the popular Cretan song ‘Proto Hanoti’ many turns each day for his life and discovering it new each time... I found it fit in with a long held set of thoughts I’d had, that if one concentrated activity and thought enough on one thing it would expand and be a whole world. It sounded like the same idea and also with the idea of first principles, for it to be new each time: that is our job as musicians. We would talk about this as we traveled playing music. One day a waitress heard us talking, and she asked if we knew the Camus essay about Sisyphus. We didn’t, but I got it in English and then we found it in Greek and it fit too. When we were playing in Louisville and working on Black Peak, we stayed at a house and saw the artwork you see on the cover, by Elsa Hansen Oldham... We’d finished the circular trilogy of Goats, Black Peak, and Mother and we found ourselves making -. What we do leads us to who we are, the Sisypheans.”

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Tree Song
                                                                                Goat Hair Bow
                                                                                Heart’s Eyes
                                                                                Telephone Song
                                                                                Black Sea
                                                                                Inland
                                                                                Wedding Song
                                                                                Ascension


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