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Oasis

Definitely Maybe - Remastered Edition

    In their 14-year recording career Oasis sold over 70 million albums worldwide, had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 singles, 7 No.1 studio albums but, more than that, they helped define a generation. Now Big Brother Recordings are to reissue the band’s classic albums in chronological order as part of the new ‘Chasing The Sun’ series. Each album has been remastered and will be made available with rare and exclusive bonus content.

    With 2014 marking the 20th anniversary of its original release, ‘Definitely Maybe’ will be the first reissue in the series. ‘(What’s The Story?) Morning Glory’ and ‘Be Here Now’ will follow later this year.

    ‘Definitely Maybe’ was originally released in August 1994 and was an immediate critical and commercial smash. The fastest selling debut album ever (at the time), it went seven-times platinum in the UK (over 2 million copies), and sold 5 million worldwide. Containing the classic debut single ‘Supersonic’ - released April 1994 - and subsequent singles ‘Shakermaker’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, ‘Definitely Maybe’ frequently appears on Best Album Of All Time polls, including a No.1 placing in a 2008 Q Magazine poll of the Greatest British Albums.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Come onnn, come onnnn, come onnnn, YEAH, YEAH, YEAAAHHHHH!

    TRACK LISTING

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Remastered)
    Shakermaker (Remastered)
    Live Forever (Remastered)
    Up In The Sky (Remastered)
    Columbia (Remastered)
    Sad Song (Remastered) ***
    Supersonic (Remastered)
    Bring It On Down (Remastered)
    Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered)
    Digsy’s Dinner (Remastered)
    Slide Away (Remastered)
    Married With Children (Remastered)

    *** Vinyl Only Track.

    "Dig Out Your Soul" sees Dave Sardy return to the producer's chair following his work on Oasis' 2005 album, "Don't Believe The Truth". Recorded at Abbey Road and mixed in Los Angeles, all four members once again contribute tracks but the recording marks a new approach for the band as described by the band's principle songwriter, Noel Gallagher: 'I wanted to write music that had a groove; not songs that followed that traditional pattern of verse, chorus and middle eight. I wanted a sound that was more hypnotic; more driving. Songs that would draw you in, in a different way. Songs that you would maybe have to connect to - to feel.'

    Oasis

    Don't Believe The Truth

      Don't Believe The Truth was the sixth Oasis studio album - their first since the number one multi-million selling Heathen Chemistry, released in 2002. It includes the single "Lyla". Noel Gallagher describes the track as "the Soundtrack of our Lives doing The Who on Skol in a psychedelic city in the sky (or something!)"

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: I thought I'd gaffaw at this slew of Oasis represses but having scanned the tracklists and relived the glories through the week, I'm still 100% behind brothers G. 20 years later and we're still buzzin' to one of MCR's greatest ever bands.

      Oasis

      Heathen Chemistry

        Heathen Chemistry, released July 1st 2002 was the fifth studio album from Oasis and includes the anthemic singles The Hindu Times, Stop Crying Your Heart Out, Little By Little, and the beautifully written Songbird.

        Newly remastered with new sleeve notes and pressed onto heavyweight vinyl, don't miss out on one of Manchester's proudest exports.

        Oasis

        Knebworth 1996

          This year marks 25 years since Oasis’ two iconic record breaking live concerts at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire on the 10th and 11th August 1996. The shows were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and a landmark gathering for a generation of young people.

          Released alongside the cinema debut of the feature length documentary film of the event, ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ is the definitive live recording featuring a setlist packed with stone cold classics album taken from across both nights of the concert, from the opening salvoes of ‘Columbia’ and ‘Acquiesce’, to ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, ‘Live Forever’, an orchestra backed ‘I Am The Walrus’, and ‘Wonderwall’ the first song from the 1990’s to reach over one billion streams on Spotify and universally loved anthem.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: As one of the most legendary indie gigs of all time (or series of gigs, rather), Knebworth will go down in history, so this document of the live show is something to be treasured. A wonderfully important and undeniably gigantic piece of musical history.

          Oasis

          Masterplan - 2023 Reissue

            ‘The Masterplan’ is an extraordinary collection of B-sides originally featured on singles from Oasis’ era-defining first three albums, ‘Definitely Maybe’ (1994), ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ (1995), and ‘Be Here Now’ (1997). Far from being inferior to the singles they backed, many of the 14 tracks that feature on ‘The Masterplan’ have become as cherished as the band’s biggest singles from that seminal period.

            The album includes tracks ‘Acquiesce’, ‘Half The World Away’, ‘Talk Tonight’, Oasis’ iconic live cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus’ and the epic title track. Noel has often described ‘The Masterplan’ as one of the best songs he has ever written.

            ‘The Masterplan’ charted at No.2 in the UK Official Album Chart UK selling over 122,000 copies in its first week. It went on to be certified triple platinum and has sold over three million copies worldwide.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Liam says: When you really think about it, it's ridiculous how incredible this collection is. Featuring some of Oasis' best ever tracks, one of which being their best ever ('Acquiesce'), it's hard to imagine there ever being a band who release such high-calibre of B-sides as this - must have for those who still don't have in their collections!

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Acquiesce (Remastered)
            2. Underneath The Sky (Remastered)
            3. Talk Tonight (Remastered)
            4. Going Nowhere (Remastered)
            5. Fade Away (Remastered)
            6. The Swamp Song (Remastered)
            7. I Am The Walrus – Live Glasgow Cathouse June ‘94 (Remastered)
            8. Listen Up (Remastered)
            9. Rockin' Chair (Remastered)
            10. Half The World Away (Remastered)
            11. (It's Good) To Be Free (Remastered)
            12. Stay Young (Remastered)
            13. Headshrinker (Remastered)
            14. The Masterplan (Remastered) 

            Oasis

            Supersonic : The Complete, Authorised And Unabridged Interviews

              'We are the biggest band in Britain of all time, ever. The funny thing is, all that fucking mouthing off three years ago about how we were going to be the biggest band in the world - we actually went and did it.' Noel Gallagher

              Oasis are one of the biggest bands the word has ever seen. Here, in Supersonic, they tell the story of the their beginnings from dive-bar hopefuls to global superstars.They themselves talk us through the pivotal moments in their phenomenal trajectory, from the day Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam's band, through their first crucial five years culminating at their landmark gigs at Knebworth Park in 1996 - the pinnacle of their success.

              With over thirty hours of interviews with Liam, Noel and those closest to them, this book documents in unprecedented depth and with their trademark candour and humour, the story behind one of the world's greatest bands, all told in their own words and fully illustrated with exclusive photographs and ephemera throughout.

              Oasis

              Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

                Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was the fourth studio album by the Britpop band, originally released in 2000. It is the 16th fastest selling album in UK chart history, selling over 310,000 copies in it's first week. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants has been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and has sold around 208,000 copies in the US.

                The album is an effective modern psychedelic record complete with drum loops, samples, electric sitar, mellotron, synthesizers and backward guitars, resulting in an album more experimental with electronica and heavy psychedelic rock influences. Songs such as "Go Let It Out", the Indian-influenced "Who Feels Love?", and the progressive "Gas Panic!" were a departure from the band's earlier style.

                Oasis

                Supersonic - 30th Anniversary Edition

                  Released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oasis’ seminal debut single Supersonic – limited-edition pearl coloured, numbered 7”.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Liam says: Lovely reissue of the possibly the best debut single of all time! On limited pearl coloured vinyl, these bad boys won't stick around for long! Comes with the amazing and much overlooked 'Take Me Away' on the B-side, top top stuff!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Supersonic
                  B1. Take Me Away

                  Oasis

                  The Masterplan

                    "The Masterplan" is a selection of Oasis B-Sides that never made it to an official studio album. Initially only intended for release in Japan and US, it was given a full UK releas on November 2nd 1998 and reached #4 in the Official UK top 40 album chart and #2 globally, showing the global popularity of the band at the very height of the Britpop era. It contains the massive, "Fade Away", the Royle Family-endorrsed "Half The World Away"  and the epic Beatles cover, "I Am The Walrus", amongst many other hits-not-hits from one of the UK's most monumental bands.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Andy says: It says so much about Oasis's imperial early phase that this compilation of b-sides would actually weigh in as their third best album, after, of course, the double whammy of their first two. Everything they released in those first few years was absolutely brilliant, and here's the proof!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1 Acquiesce 
                    A2 Underneath The Sky 
                    A3 Talk Tonight 
                    A4 Going Nowhere 
                    B1 Fade Away 
                    B2 The Swamp Song 
                    B3 I Am The Walrus (Live)
                    C1 Listen Up 
                    C2 Rockin' Chair
                    C3 Half The World Away 
                    D1 (It's Good) To Be Free 
                    D2 Stay Young 
                    D3 Headshrinker 
                    D4 The Masterplan

                    Agnes Obel

                    Aventine

                      ‘Aventine’ is the second album release from Berlin-based Danish phenomenon Agnes Obel, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut ‘Philharmonics’ of 2010 which has sold close to 500,000 worldwide since release.

                      Originally from Copenhagen, Agnes has lived in Berlin since 2006, where ‘Aventine’ was recorded at her Chalk Wood Studios between January and May 2013.

                      Like ‘Philharmonics’, the new album was written, arranged, and produced by Agnes, who provides piano and vocals. The album features a small ensemble including cellist Anne Müller, who has also played with Nils Frahm, along with Mika Posen of Timber Timbre playing the violin and viola on ‘The Curse’, ‘Pass Them By’ and ‘Fivefold’. Robert Kondorossi of Budzillus plays guitar on ‘Pass Them By’.

                      Building on the sonic template of her debut, ‘Aventine’ is a deeper and darker (though none the less elegantly sublime) affair, with songs of genuine heart stopping beauty in the likes of first single ‘The Curse’, ‘Dorian’ and ‘Fuel To Fire’.

                      Agnes is a Danish singer, songwriter and musician. She began playing the piano when she was a child and in her late teens she founded the Copenhagen based band, Sohio, together with the Danish musician and producer Elton Theander. The two worked together for several years but nowadays she writes, plays, sings, records and produces her material on her own.

                      Feeling musically related to Roy Orbison, Agnes currently lives in Berlin and possesses the rare gift of a songbird’s voice, bringing to mind Ane Brun, Joanna Newsom or even Ricki Lee Jones.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Darryl says: Beautiful and delicate piano led folk from this Danish starlet. The arrangements are kept simple and minimal allowing her amazing vox to take centre stage.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Falling Catching
                      2. Riverside
                      3. Brother Sparrow
                      4. Just So
                      5. Beast
                      6. Louretta
                      7. Avenue
                      8. Philharmonics
                      9. Close Watch
                      10. Wallflower
                      11. Over The Hill
                      12. On Powdered Ground

                      Agnes Obel

                      Citizen Of Glass

                        Highly anticipated stunning third album from Danish born singersongwriter Agnes Obel, the follow up to her UK breakthrough record ‘Aventine’.

                        Recorded, mixed and produced by Obel in Berlin, where she currently resides, ‘Citizen Of Glass’ is a work of haunting beauty and an expansion of Obel’s mesmerising world.

                        The title surfaced in Obel’s mind while touring ‘Aventine’ and, inspired by modern composers, the album conceptually and thematically revolves around the leitmotif of transparency.

                        On this record Obel experiments with her vocals in inventive new ways, in order to manipulate them into alternative versions of her own voice, as can be heard on first single ‘Familiar’.

                        Obel also incorporates a number of different instruments, such as the Trautonium (an extremely rare instrument that possesses a glistening, glass-like sound), alongside vibraphone, cembalo, cellos and more.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Martin says: Agnes Obel has a voice so exquisite, pure and crystalline it seems as if it might shatter into a thousand beautiful shards at any moment. Up until this release it has been given plenty of room by a simple, beautiful debussy/jazz inspired piano accompaniment; but while 'Citizen Of Glass' does share the same sparse framework, it is lent added texture and depth by the addition of rare and unusual instruments, again applied with sparing delicacy to frame, rather than intrude on Obel's beautiful intonation.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Stretch Your Eyes
                        Familiar
                        Red Virgin Soil
                        It’s Happening Again
                        Stone
                        Trojan Horses
                        Citizen Of Glass
                        Golden Green
                        Grasshopper
                        Mary

                        Obey City

                        Merlot Sounds

                          LuckyMe show some mad A&R skills with their latest release, securing the up-and-coming Obey City (otherwise known as Sam Obey) to deliver a genre melding EP of leftfield dancefloor sounds and eclectronic brilliance. The 18 months since the Brooklyn producer released his superlative debut EP ‘Champagne Sounds’ have seen him tour Europe, the US and Japan (releasing the ‘Shochu Sounds’ EP as a Japan exclusive which topped their native Electronic chart on its first week) as well as get down to business in the studio in LA and NYC. Merging the production styles of the Neptunes, Jamie XX and the neo soul of FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean, Obey City producers a unique and cutting edge sound as future proofed as it is classic. EP opener, "With Grace We Go" is a euphoric neo soul cut with a sublime "Slave To The Rhythm Sample", while "Waterbed" is as sleazy and seductive slow jam as you'd find in a lifetime of Westwood radioshows. "The Motion Blurs" and "Cloud Lust" are frenetic future beats blasting out of the crossroads between nu garage, neo soul and grime, while "Chante" is a brain melting example of cutting edge rap sounds. It's perhaps EP closer "Airy", which gives us the most obvious example of Sam's skill as a songwriter. A timeless ballad featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kelela, "Airy" sounds like a modern take on a Prince classic, boasting that perfect balance of melodrama and kitchen sink that purple one did so well. 


                          Obey Cobra

                          Mwg Drwg

                            “We could go so far as to say that it is the human condition to be grotesque, since the human animal is the one that does not fit in, the freak of nature who has no place in the natural order and is capable of re-combining nature’s products into hideous new forms.”

                            So reckoned Mark Fisher in ‘The Weird And The Eerie’, which chronicled the means by which the uncanny can enter the everyday. Mwg Drwg, the second album from South Wales psychic seers Obey Cobra, is an album that dwells in exactly this kind of headspace, where the otherworldly meets the kitchen sink. Always a band who’ve sought out new dimensions to explore via their trademark warped post-punk, electronic and industrial influences, Obey Cobra have crafted surreal new shapes here. Taking influences as diverse as Diane Arbus, David Lynch and Sonic Youth, they balance out heaviosity and grace on the likes of the majestically discordant ‘Ten Of Wands’ Elsewhere, on the title track, the band sculpt a Jesus Lizard-esque rhythmic pulse, eerie vocal abstraction and the crepuscular downtempo atmosphere of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine into a uniquely haunting dreamscape. Mwg Drwg is where the weird and eerie are amplified to intimidating proportions It’s where grotesquely and beauty happily cohabit. It’s an aural exorcism of William Friedkin proportions that demands your immediate attention.


                            Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK

                            Face / San Diago Remixes (Prins Thomas, Rahaan)

                            The visionary electronic music producer team Arnau Obiols and KAYYAK, known for blending cultural influences into captivating soundscapes, present two new tracks seamlessly fusing afro-inspired rhythms with groovy organic beats. Splendid remix works by the masterminds Prins Thomas, Medlar & Dele Sosimi and Rahaan are the icing on the cake.

                            Arnau Obiols and KAYYAK return to Compost Records with their third release for the esteemed German label. Following their debut EP, 'Chang'an', and the single 'Tunacheza', which was also featured in the compilation 'Future Sounds of Jazz Vol. 15', the duo presents their latest offerings: "Faith" and "San Diago". Recorded between Zurich and Barcelona, these tracks embody a fusion of disco, funk, and jazz infused with a strong West African influence drawn from genres such as highlife, afrobeat, and juju. Their passion for psychedelia and krautrock is evident in the recordings, characterized by raw tape echoes, primitive drum machines, heavily processed analog synthesizers and dream-like atmospheres. While the original tracks maintain an organic vibe, the remixes offer club-ready versions tailored for the dance floor. Featuring outstanding remixes by the Norwegian space disco pioneer Prins Thomas, the Chicago legend Rahaan, and the British house producer Medlar, along with Nigerian musician Dele Sosimi, renowned for his work as a keyboard player for Fela Kuti in the late 70s and early 80s. Don't miss your chance to experience these captivating tracks. Grab it while you can, as this release is expected to go fast!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Faith
                            2. San Diago
                            3. San Diago (Prins Thomas Remix)
                            4. Faith (Medlar & Dele Sosimi Remix)
                            5. Faith (Rahaan Remix)

                            Obits are a four-piece band who currently live in Brooklyn, NY, and whose music is probably considered an occupant of the rock music genre, specifically in the areas of garage, punk, surf, surf-punk, and garage-punk.

                            On this new album, ‘Bed & Bugs’, they’ve also covered a song (‘Besetchet’) from Volume 23 of the excellent ‘Ethiopiques’ series. So much for tidy categorization. · This is the third full length album by Obits, following their 2011 album ‘Moody, Standard And Poor’, which itself followed their 2009 album ‘I Blame You’.

                            ‘Bed & Bugs’ was recorded by Nikhil Ranade, Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff.

                            The discerning listener may well note more than a passing similarity to such bands as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu, Girls Against Boys, Pitchfork, and possibly Television or the Wipers. This is un-coincidental - with the exception of those last two, Obits share members with all of those bands.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Taste The Diff
                            Spun Out
                            It’s Sick
                            This Must Be Done
                            Pet Trust
                            Besetchet
                            Operation Bikini
                            Malpractice
                            This Girl’s Opinion
                            Receptor
                            I’m Closing In
                            Machines
                            Double Jeopardy (For The Third Time)

                            Obits

                            Moody, Standard And Poor

                              The answer to the question, “Are Obits ‘indie rock veterans’?” is yes and no. Yes, they are accomplished musicians who once fronted Drive Like Jehu, Edsel, Hot Snakes, and Pitchfork. But also; No, they are not active or retired members of the United States military. It’s good to get these things sorted out.

                              What of Obits’ new record? Well, for starters, it’s their second full-length, and it’s called "Moody, Standard and Poor". It was recorded at Brooklyn’s Saltlands Studio by Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff.

                              And how will "Moody, Standard and Poor" make you feel? The short answer is: great. Not Smoking-An-Eightball-Of-Coke great. But Alive-To-New-Listening Experiences great. The long answer is that these twelve songs will take you on a series of emotional road trips. Some will be as brief as a walk to the fridge. Others will be epic pilgrimages to the shady hinterlands of your subconscious. Great records can do this. "Moody, Standard and Poor" is no exception.

                              Object Collection

                              It's All True

                                It's All True is an opera-in-suspension from New York ensemble Object Collection based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi.

                                Grounded upon the Live Archive series of the Washington DC outfit, composer Travis Just and writer/director Kara Feely's work uses only the incidental music, text and sounds, none of Fugazi's actual songs. An obsessive leap into 1500 hours of gig detritus spanning shows from 1987 to 2002, and encompassing random feedback, aimless drum noodling, pre-show activist speeches, audience hecklers, and the police breaking up gigs. All of this material is the foundation of an ear-body-and-mind-flossing 100 minutes for 4 voices/performers, 4 electric guitars/basses and 2 percussionists.

                                It's All True is overloaded, maddening, mundane, properly funny, and a radical incitement to action. Half of this delectably bruising megalith is collected here for the first time and on the accompanying Prisons For Profit EP [SLP041], which together form Object Collection's debut outings on Slip. The label itself came to a lot of people’s attention last year with the release of Mica Levi and Oliver Coates stunning Remain Calm collaboration, a track from which was recently picked by the New York Times in it’s article 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going.

                                It’s All True was commissioned by and premiered at 2016’s Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway. The album is available on 12” vinyl and CD with artwork featuring Henrik Beck's beautiful photography of the original stage production. Vinyl comes with a foldout doublesided A2 newspaper print featuring both performance text and liner notes, replicated in the CD edition as a 20 page booklet. Mastered and cut by by Josh Bonati.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                01. Introduction
                                02. So Much Fun
                                03. Victory Parade
                                04. Loss Of Momentum
                                05. It’s Time To Expand The Definition
                                06. Children Dressed As Fish
                                07. What’s The Problem
                                08. Somebody In The Government
                                09. Ice Cream Eating Motherfucker
                                10. One Thousand Sorties
                                11. Da Da Da Da
                                12. Change

                                Object Collection

                                Prisons For Profit

                                  Prisons For Profit is the neighbour release of the full-length It's All True [SLP040], a bite-sized preview of New York ensemble Object Collection's opera-in-suspension based on the live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi. Grounded upon the Live Archive series of the Washington DC outfit, composer Travis Just and writer/director Kara Feely's work uses only the incidental music, text and sounds, none of Fugazi's actual songs, to build a disorienting wall of voices, instruments and raw polemic.

                                  Collected here are two tracks exclusive to this EP: “Prisons For Profit” and “Male Lame-Asses”, alongside the LP cut "What's The Problem".

                                  Limited edition cherry red 7” vinyl with artwork featuring Henrik Beck's beautiful photography of the original stage production, and a 2-sided printed insert. Mastered and cut by by Josh Bonati.

                                  Object Collection was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. They are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and processes. They work to give audiences unconventional viewing experiences through our merging of theatricality and pedestrian activity. Their works upset habitual notions of time, pace, progression and virtuosity. They value accumulation above cohesion.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Prisons For Profit
                                  B1. What’s The Problem
                                  B2. Male Lame-Asses

                                  Objections

                                  Optimistic Sizing

                                    The much-anticipated debut album from Leeds post-punk power-trio and 6Music favourites Objections. Optimistic Sizing is comprised of ten kitchen-sink dramas, ten miniature worlds to lose yourself in. The key topics are covered: performative royal mourning, ill-suited sexual relationships, coastal gentrification, motormouth bigots and–of course–snogging. These tales of 21stcentury existence are set to a musical backing that is joyous and wild. The guitar operates as a detonation device, a musical firework display to energise and punctuate the songs. The bass anchors with irresistible melodic and rhythmic hooks. The drums make complex and dizzying patterns seem effortlessly human, natural and always very, very danceable.

                                    Objections might follow the Minutemen music-as-socialism blueprint (each member in charge of their own chunk of sonic landscape and mindful of the boundaries of the others) but rather than be constrained by these apparent limitations, they are somehow freed by them. That real estate might be clearly divided but it is vast, limitless, and ready to be explored. Objections formed in the post-lockdown period after drummer Neil and guitarist Joe’s former band (and cult favourites) Bilge Pump slowed to an amicable halt. They wanted to continue the musical dialogue they had built up over decades and turned to Claire Adams (Nape Neck, Beards) to start something new and Objections was born. The 3 members have also played in/with: Polaris, Yann Tiersen, HiM, Enablers, Felix and Damo Suzuki (among others).

                                    Objections released their debut7"-BSA Day/Better Luck Next Time on Wrong Speed in 2023 and have recorded two Marc Riley / Gideon Coe BBC 6Music sessions. At Wrong Speed we are not fond of genres, we are here to release music we love not tell you how to file it. But Optimistic Sizing is genuinely post-punk in the literal sense of the term. Objections take the freedom and anyone-can-do-it promise of punk and run somewhere new and adventurous with it, creating a vibrant and living musical language with which to communicate their own unique world view. As a result, Optimistic Sizing is not only a classic debut album but a timeless one. "We like to think we know what we’re talking about....believe us when we say, Objections are a band to watch"-Louder Than War.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1.Idiot Fill
                                    2.BSA Day
                                    3.Nicely Done
                                    4.The Lurker
                                    5.Excuses
                                    6.Small Change
                                    7.Hymns
                                    8.TJOMT
                                    9.Space News
                                    10.Words Strongest

                                    Obongjayar

                                    Some Nights I Dream Of Doors

                                      Steven Umoh grew up in Calabar, Nigeria. He was raised by his grandmother; his mother had moved to the UK to escape Umoh's father, who was abusive. Early in his life, he primarily listened to bootleg rap, particularly Eminem, Usher, Nelly, Snoop Dogg and Ciara. Umoh moved to live with his mother in England at the age of 17, but stayed active in the Nigerian music scene. He grew up a devoutly religious Christian, but became less so after he attended university in Norwich. In college he sang primarily in an American accent, influenced by his childhood spent listening to American hip hop music, but he transitioned to singing in his natural Nigerian-British accent before embarking on his professional career. Obongjayar's music has been called "hard to describe", incorporating elements of afrobeat, spoken word, soul, and electronic music. His lyrics incorporate spiritual overtones, although they are not readily identifiable with any specific religious tradition. A unifying feature of all of Obongjayar's music is his very deep voice, which slides between rapping, singing, and spoken word.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: It's really mindblowing work, this. A heady juxtaposition of soulful synth music, minimalist pop and bright, percussive African rhythms all brought together flawlessly and meticulously into a cohesive and unique vision.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      SIDE 1
                                      1. Try
                                      2. Message In A Hammer
                                      3. Parasite
                                      4. Some Nights I Dream Of Doors
                                      5. Wrong For It
                                      6. Sugar

                                      SIDE 2
                                      1. My Life Can Change Today (Interlude)
                                      2. New Man
                                      3. All The Difference
                                      4. Tinko Tinko (Don't Play Me For A Fool)
                                      5. I Wish It Was Me
                                      6. Wind Sailor

                                      Observers

                                      The Age Of The Machine Entities

                                        Introducing Observers “The Age of the Machine Entities” an instrumental heavy metal reimaginin of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's 2001 A Space Odyssey.

                                        Observers is a new project fronted by Martin Kennedy whose ambient rock band All India Radio has seen music used in CSI, One Tree Hill and many more.

                                        Canadian metal titan Devin Townsend even covered an All India Radio song that he fell in love with while on holiday.

                                        Kennedy has also released over fifteen albums with Steve Kilbey of psychedelic rock legends The Church.

                                        Kennedy says “I’ve been fascinated by 2001 A Space Odyssey ever since my mum took me to see it in the 1970s. It blew my mind. I started making my own 2001 inspired super 8 movies, I collected everything I could afford and I’m still obsessed with it into my adult years.”

                                        “The Age of the Machine Entities” is entirely instrumental and takes us on a cosmic journey through melodic metal, atmospheric riffs and psychedelic ambient sequences with echoes of Gojira, Black Sabbath and Tangerine Dream and the early 70’s work of Pink Floyd. Indeed treats us to a searing metal version of the obscure but fan favourite “The Narrow Way Part 2” from the Floyd’s Umma Gumma.

                                        The album was mixed by Joe Haley from Tasmania’s legendary Psycroptic and the line up is Rich Gray (Annihilator) on bass, Chris Bohm on drums, and guest soloists including Joe Haley and Jake Weber.

                                        The all important visual aspect is brought to life by Ryan T Hancock (known for work with King Buffalo, ᴀɢɴᴏxɪᴀ, Robot God), who created the mesmerizing album artwork.

                                        Observers' "The Era of Machine Entities" is a fusion of artistic brilliance that pays homage to the timeless mystery of "2001: A Space Odyssey.”

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Into The Eye
                                        2. Frank Poole's Dream
                                        3. Frozen Lattices Of Light
                                        4. Strange And Beautiful
                                        5. Pod Bay Doors
                                        6. Moon Doom
                                        7. Metaphor II
                                        8. The Star Child
                                        9. The Narrow Way Part II (Pink Floyd) 

                                        Ocean Colour Scene

                                        Live At The Roundhouse

                                          Recorded live at Londons iconic Roundhouse in Dec 2021, when Ocean
                                          Colour scene played all their greatest hits and were joined on stage for two
                                          tracks by the mighty Paul Weller.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          LP TRACKLISTING
                                          Disc 1
                                          Side 1

                                          1. The Riverboat Song
                                          2. You've Got It Bad
                                          3. North Atlantic Drift
                                          Side 2
                                          1. Second Hand Car
                                          2. Better Day
                                          3. Lining Your Pockets
                                          4. So Low
                                          Disc 2
                                          Side 1

                                          1. Crazy Lowdown Ways
                                          2. Jane She Got Excavated
                                          3. It's My Shadow
                                          Side 2
                                          1. Profit In Peace
                                          2. One For The Road
                                          3. Get Blown Away
                                          Disc 3
                                          Side 1

                                          1. The Circle
                                          2. Travellers Tune
                                          3. Hundred Mile High City
                                          Side 2
                                          1. Robin Hood/Live Forever
                                          2. It's A Beautiful Thing
                                          3. The Day We Caught The Train

                                          CD TRACKLISTING
                                          Disc 1

                                          1. The Riverboat Song
                                          2. You've Got It Bad
                                          3. North Atlantic Drift
                                          4. Second Hand Car
                                          5. Better Day
                                          6. Lining Your Pockets
                                          7. So Low
                                          8. Crazy Lowdown Ways
                                          9. Jane She Got Excavated
                                          10. It's My Shadow
                                          Disc 2
                                          1. Profit In Peace
                                          2. One For The Road
                                          3. Get Blown Away
                                          4. The Circle
                                          5. Travellers Tune
                                          6. Hundred Mile High City
                                          7. Robin Hood/Live Forever
                                          8. It's A Beautiful Thing
                                          9. The Day We Caught The Train

                                          Ocean Colour Scene

                                          Moseley Shoals

                                            Following a successful reissue for Record Store Day, on red vinyl, we present the black vinyl edition of this classic album. Originally released in 1996, at the height of ‘Britpop’, the album reached no. 2 in the UK, and amassed 92 weeks on the charts and sold a million copies world-wide!

                                            ‘Moseley’ takes its name from an area in Birmingham, ‘Moseley Shoals’ is a tribute to Muscle Shoals, the legendary soul recording studios in Alabama. A low-key start to their career was boosted by two things – the endorsement of two of Britain’s biggest pop stars – Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher, and the exposure given to the first single, The Riverboat Song, by Chris Evans on his hit TV show ‘TFI Friday’.

                                            The album was produced by Weller’s producer at the time – Brendan Lynch, giving it a strong, organic R&B feel (influenced by the Small Faces and Weller’s solo recordings) with a pronounced 60s flourish, mixing in traces of Beatles and Stones, as well as elements of prog-rock and psychedelia, adding an even more eclectic flavour to their sound.

                                            Contains three other top-10 singles – The Day We Caught the Train (no. 4), You’ve Got It Bad (no. 7) and The Circle (no. 6).

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side A

                                            The Riverboat Song
                                            The Day We Caught The Train
                                            The Circle

                                            Side B

                                            Lining Your Pockets
                                            Fleeting Mind
                                            40 Past Midnight

                                            Side C

                                            One For The Road
                                            It's My Shadow
                                            Policemen & Pirates

                                            Side D

                                            The Downstream
                                            You've Got It Bad
                                            Get Away

                                            Ocean Colour Scene

                                            Songs For The Front Row - The Best Of...

                                              Oceans Apart

                                              Oceans Apart EP

                                                Oceans Apart are a five-piece indie-rock group made up of ambitious, like-minded individuals with a shared passion for music. Formed in February 2004, the band met at University in Manchester and in the last two years have brought their individual eclectic blend of styles to a number of different Manchester venues.

                                                Oceans Of The Moon

                                                Oceans Of The Moon

                                                  “A dusty plain, a red sky, sand in your teeth - ‘I don’t feel so great’ - a post-apocalyptic hooptie jeep-jammer. ‘Why is everything in ruins? There must be others like us out here somewhere…’

                                                  “This fine sizzling grease pit of cyber punk comes to us from psychic veteran Rick Pelletier (of Six Finger Satellite, Landed, La Machine), always bringing an interesting, bent and lurid account of visions to wax for the hungry ear bone. This time around the equipment scavenged is guitar, drums, synth and vocals. The beat goes full lotus climbing out of the goo, like men with sap gloves slapping the hulls of the remaining clubs, keeping the peace during live actions, gorgeous nauseating synthesized harmonies blowing through the ceiling vents, frickle-fried guitar belly slish and vocals delivered over the P.A. at Barter Town (sometimes from the workers in the pit, in unison).

                                                  “Picture a bucket of molten metal with gobs of scalp sizzling and sinking away-dance music for the infected. Be sure to double up on your dose before driving around on this one so you can wipe the chum smear off your wind screen.” - John Dwyer.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Hope Will Pass
                                                  2. Baby Chiffon
                                                  3. Sully
                                                  4. I'm On A Roll
                                                  5. Borderline
                                                  6. Bill Fill
                                                  7. Shazzamatazz
                                                  8. Blowin My Mind

                                                  Oceans

                                                  Hell Is Where The Heart Is

                                                    Ever since their inception, up and coming German outfit OCEANS have dropped jaws everywhere they went. With an unique sound ranging somewhere between nu-metal, progressive, post and death metal and putting mental health on top of their agenda, the four piece became a known constant in today’s metal universe quickly. Innovation and to experiment with different sounds and genres and even other artists’ work (covering Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful” may not be your average metal band’s idea) and collaborations with prominent musicians (MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn or CALIBAN’s Andy Dörner can be heard on OCEANS’ latest EP “We Are Not Okay”) are high up on the band’s agenda which makes OCEANS one of a kind and even a pioneer in their own kind of genre. Having released two EPs in 2019, their debut album in 2020 and another EP in 2021, the band featuring visionary mastermind Timo Rotten can easily be described as one of Europe’s hardest and also fastest working bands in the genre. Enter 2022, great and out of the ordinary things can be expected from OCEANS once again.

                                                    Oceansize

                                                    Everyone Into Position

                                                      "Everyone Into Position", the band's second album, was recorded at Monnow Valley studio in Monmouth and The Works studio in Stockport with Dan Austin (Doves, The Cooper Temple Clause, People In Planes) and mixed by Danton Supple (Coldplay, Doves) at Sarm Studios. Taking its title from vocalist Mike's observations of how apathetic the world has become, and the pseudo-caring mentality that's sweeping the nation right now, "Everyone Into Position" is an album that explores every emotion, enveloping the listener in its beauty, its wholeness and musical greatness.

                                                      Oceanvs Orientalis reveals the second single from his forthcoming album on Crosstown Rebels with ‘Heart Pieces’ feat. Idil Mese, accompanied by remixes from Mustafa Ismaeel and Nightmares On Wax.

                                                      A producer, live performer and solo act whose productions merge influences spanning Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Arabic sonics and beyond, Safak Oz Kutle, aka Oceanvs Orientalis, has crafted a sound that is entirely his own ever since making his debut back in 2014. Following on from his impressive debut appearance on the imprint with ‘Il Lupo’ alongside Italian talent Tooker, revealing the first single from his forthcoming album, the Istanbul-based talent is back on Crosstown Rebels with another gem taken from the project as he reunites with singer-songwriter Idil Mese for the excellent ‘Heart Pieces’ - with remixes from Crosstown and Rebellion regular Mustafa Ismaael, and legendary house talent and Warp favourite Nightmares On Wax.

                                                      Slow-blooming and resonant throughout, guided by Mese’s soulful and emotive vocals, vibrant sax melodies and trippy background samples, ‘Heart Pieces’ is a dazzling slice of laid-back, jazz-infused house music full of subtle elements. Remixing the record, Mustafa Ismaeel leans towards late-night hours with a remix drenched in rolling percussion and sweeping leads, while Nightmares On Wax takes the track in two directions - opting for loose drums, hazy tones and chugging grooves across his first take before laying the focus solely on the musical elements with his ‘Club Dub’.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Came for the bass-bugging Nightmares On Wax remix. Stayed for the terrace-friendly Mustafa Ismael remix. Strong package from Crosstown and co.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Heart Pieces 
                                                      A2. Heart Pieces (Mustafa Ismaeel Remix) 
                                                      B1. Heart Pieces (Nightmares On Wax Remix) 
                                                      B2. Heart Pieces (Nightmares On Wax Club Dub) 

                                                      Oceanvs Orientalis

                                                      Portrait Of The Obscure

                                                      Arriving on Crosstown Rebels is ‘Portrait of the Obscure’, the stunning new album from Oceanvs Orientalis. Following three superb singles on the label across the past four months, the nine-track LP offers a comprehensive exploration of the Instanbul-based talent’s rich, globally-infused and captivating sound.

                                                      Safak Oz Kutle, known as Oceanvs Orientalis, is a producer and live performer based in Istanbul. His musical style intricately weaves together diverse sonic tapestries of wide-spanning genres and cultures, and through his creative fusion of these influences, he crafts an immersive world that takes you far away from the usual club music references.

                                                      The nine-track LP project features a showcase of solo and collaborative material alongside close friends such as Tooker, Idil Mese and Tilahun Gessesse, delivering a journey into the creative mind of one of
                                                      the scene’s most intriguing talents.

                                                      The bold and riveting project kicks off with the captivating synthscapes, fluttering strings and plucked bass of the gorgeous ‘Pulse Antique’, before ‘Ministry Of Midnight’ cuts loose on more jumbled rhythms and intricate organic lines warmed with wordless vocals. Next up are two of the lead
                                                      singles - the tense and intricate house sonics of ‘Neutrality’ and the haunting atmospheres and ethereal synth lines of ‘IL Lupo’ featuring Tooker, while ‘Conritmo’ continues to bring exotic new string sounds, leftfield melodies and warped bass to this most vibrant exploration of candle-lit house sounds. ‘Soul of Calypso’ blisses out on far-sighted cosmic chords with sonorous bells and late-night spoken word musings that add all-new character to the innovative grooves. Then comes the laid-back, jazz-infused house of ‘Heart Pieces’ feat. Idil Mese, a deep and jazzy jungle shuffler in ‘Mercury’ and the playful horns and lumpy, dub-wise swagger of ‘Lanchi Biye’.

                                                      An album project encompassing its title perfectly, ‘Portrait of the Obscure’ is just that - a magnificent snapshot of the unique musical mind of Oceanvs Orientalis.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Pulse Antique 
                                                      A2. Ministry Of Midnight 
                                                      B1. Neutrality 
                                                      B2. Il Lupo Ft. Tooker 
                                                      C1. Contrimo 
                                                      C2. Soul Of Calypso 
                                                      D1. Heart Pieces Ft. Idil Mese 
                                                      D2. Mercury 
                                                      D3. Lanchi Biye Ft. Tilahun Gessesse 

                                                      Born in Russia, raised in Israel and now living in Berlin, constantly touring around the globe. Mary Ocher’s upbringing is reflected in her free music and wide artistry.
                                                      This new 10” was recorded in Kraut-legends Faust's studio and produced by Faust member Irmler. Among the 8 tracks here is a beautiful cover version of Robbie Basho's “Blue Crystal Fire" and the percussive track "Ulifant Fadera”, straight from the wilderness.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      01. Across Red Lines
                                                      02. A Beginning
                                                      03. Blue Crystal Fire
                                                      04. The Deep End
                                                      05. This World
                                                      06. Ulifant Federa
                                                      07. Calories In My Body
                                                      08. Piano Edit Revisited

                                                      Och

                                                      Pö Om Pö

                                                        Hypnagogia remains one of the most mysterious and haunting daily states of mind. Moments of revelation are wont to traditionally hit us particularly in the hinterland between dream and waking, It’s this particular headspace that’s very much the world of ‘Pö om pö’, the second Rocket Recordings released full-length record from Sweden’s equally mysterious OCH. Pö om pö (meaning ‘little by little’) is a journey further into inner space from ‘II’, the previous Rocket outing (which followed a 2014 cassette only release)

                                                        What’s mapped out here is a trajectory on the kosmische continuum that touches on the terrain of late 70s Sky records style ambience, the more overgrown quarters of Swedish experimental prog and the sun-baked lo-fi DIY cassette culture of the US early ‘00s.Dwelling in a smoke-clouded glow that’s equal parts sunset gold and effects pedal red, OCH have here transcended all influences to creating a tapestry of potent psychotropic sound. A record in which new horizons open up beyond the small hours, and where primeval wah-wah-abetted skronk and mantric folk[1]tinged repetition can collude to reveal new third-eye perceptions. Little By Little, Pö om pö , these forty minutes are here to bridge the chasms between conscious and subconscious, and in style.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        01. Bolid
                                                        02. Vadstena
                                                        03. Syzyrgy
                                                        04. Silverstjärnan
                                                        05. Isfält
                                                        06. Bråviken
                                                        07. Impetus
                                                        08. Ochra

                                                        Octave One stride into 2024 with a fresh four-track EP that once again showcases their unique take on techno with three new versions of classic tracks alongside an all-new cut.

                                                        Detroit's legendary Burden Brothers had a big 2023 that saw them release their superb "Never On Sunday" album, which was a nod to their 90s downtempo project of the same name. The bumper collection traversed deep techno and electronic house music in their usual inimitable style while the pair themselves continued to push techno forward with their incomparable live show at the world's most notable clubs and festivals. They now show that their creative reserves continue to run deep with four more essential tracks.

                                                        The first one is a new Mothership Remix of "Price We Pay" with long-time vocal collaborator Karina Mia. The original appeared on "Never on Sunday" and this version comes on strong with vast rubbery kicks powering a deep and seductive groove. Muted synths roam down low while twinkling melodies fall from above next to the controlled, soulful vocal. The superb "Mirror Image" is a new track that rides a heavy broken beat. Downtempo chords are melancholic but stirring and have a dramatic sense of finality to them.

                                                        "A Better Tomorrow" also gets a new Mothership Mix following its original release on the "Burn It Down" album back in 2015. Here it is a surging cut with funky guitar riffs and bleeping synth sequences that bring to life the thundering low end. It's a hi-tech and soulful fusion of the organic and the synthetic that will blow the roof off.

                                                        Last of all is a Mothership Instruments version of "Price We Pay" that powers along on thudding drums with edgy synth stabs riding up and down the scales. Deft keys shine and twinkle and signature Octave One arps break out at the midpoint to take things to a higher level.

                                                        These are four more classic techno sounds steeped in great synth craft from The Burden Brothers.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Price We Pay Feat. Karina Mia (Mothership Remix) 
                                                        A2. Mirror Image 
                                                        B1. A Better Tomorrow (Mothership Mix) 
                                                        B2. Price We Pay (Mothership Instruments) 

                                                        October All Over

                                                        The Sixteen Channels

                                                          October All Over formed in the summer of 2003 and have been feeding back ever since. "The Sixteen Channels" is their debut album. The line-up consists of two shouting boy guitars, one singing girl bass and one hard hitting drummer boy. Ace shouty art-rock for fans of Sonic Youth, At The Drive In and maybe even Fugazi. Quality!

                                                          Odd Circus

                                                          Mantha (Deluxe)

                                                            Mantha, the mind-blowing EP from avant-rock trio ODD CIRCUS, will see release on deluxe blue vinyl February 11th via UK-based Airbag Records.

                                                            Operating out of Orlando, Florida and Washington, DC, the fittingly monikered ODD CIRCUS explores the suspension of space and time through sound. The band’s music navigates a boundary-less sonic landscape that embraces the unknown and welcomes the bizarre. The result is an experimental style of psychedelic art-rock that weaves its way into garage, fusion, krautrock, no wave, post-rock, noise, hard psych, and sci-fi prog.

                                                            Compiled from free improvisations performed live and originally released independently last spring, Mantha was recorded by the band, mixed by Crews Carter and ODD CIRCUS, and mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering (Melbourne, Australia) with cover art by Katharina Maisenbacher.

                                                            Comments the band, "Airbag Records has come out of the gate dedicated to boundary-pushing experimental music, and we're thrilled to be a part of that with this deluxe version of Mantha on LP. In some ways, vinyl feels like the perfect format for the way we operate: We work hard to make our records flow in a way that makes a start-to-finish listen the ideal experience, and the LP encourages you to do just that. Drop the needle, sink in, and enjoy the trip."

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Dybukk
                                                            2. Gezora
                                                            3. Amarok
                                                            4. Wendigo
                                                            5. Venadek
                                                            6. Djinn
                                                            7. Maniac (Vinyl Bonus Track)

                                                            Odd Nosdam really doesn’t need an introduction, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years then undoubtedly you’ll know what’s up, and what an absolute humbling pleasure it is to now introduce Nosdam to the Where To Now? catalogue with two new cuts that flow from ethereal, meditative contemplation through to downtown abstracted machine damage..

                                                            The record opens with ‘End is Important’, A looping, spiritual lament which forces observation, or resolution around the concept of ‘Endings.’ Passages from Tsunetomo Yamamoto’s ‘Hagakure’ seep in and out of the mix throughout, where spiraling and glistening arpeggios dance across a glorious choral mantra, intended to elevate minds towards some kind of plume of awakening. This is a heady and deep cut which finds Odd Nosdam in full introspection mode.

                                                            ‘Here to Know’ recalls the work of Patrick Cowley in his best downtown ultra slow swinging funk suit, or the more obvious nods to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 OST. However, this is far from a straight up ode to creeping machine funk - Nosdam’s injection of energetic, pulsing synth stabs move the piece into a more surreal territory, creating a masterful and experimental injection of life and colour into an otherwise smoked out landscape.

                                                            “Where I found myself when Where To Now? reached out - asking if I'd consider a vinyl release with the label - was over in Barcelona spending time with loved ones at my family's apartment in the district of Sant Gervasi.

                                                            After my initial contact with WTN?, I ventured north to Cadaqués to visit Salvador Dalí's house in Port Lligat, where Gala & Dalí spent some 50 summers. While inspired asf touring the glorious property, I captured recordings from a looping video screening in an open air theater. These recordings became the foundation of Here To Know.

                                                            Sometimes there’s a break in the road. End Is Important was realized after re-watching the Jim Jarmusch film, Ghost Dog. Stealthy and evanescent, a familiar voice carries this slow-diver with a message to the world warped cruiser in all of us.” - Odd Nosdam 

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Leftfield hip-hop mystic Odd Nosdam gets suitably strange for the Where To Now? label. Scripting in philosophical utterances and angelic harp passages on one side while on the other we get sludgy synth phlegm and thick atmospheres. Totally tripped out and all the better for it!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A. End Is Important
                                                            B. Here To Know

                                                            Oddisee

                                                            The Beauty In All

                                                              Oddisee's finest instrumental album to date. A hip hop, electro-soul classic.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              After Thoughts
                                                              In My Day
                                                              Fashionably Late
                                                              Fievre
                                                              The Gospel
                                                              Lonely Planet
                                                              Patience In Play
                                                              Caprice Down
                                                              No Rules For Kings
                                                              One Thing Right
                                                              Social Insecurity
                                                              Fork In The Road

                                                              O'Death

                                                              Broken Hymns, Limbs And Skin

                                                              New York quintet O'Death's third album, "Broken Hymns, Limbs And Skin", feels like a giddy junkyard hoedown, from the panicked fiddle screeches of opener "Lowtide" to the celebratory gallop of closer "Lean-To". At times it sounds morose or contemplative, but underneath the melancholy is a gospel fervour — bashed from paint buckets, banjos, guitars and anything else in kicking distance — that defines their sound. Since 2007's "Head Home", the band have evolved the possessed Americana-meets-gypsy-punk of recent years into a more urgent, unrelenting celebration of life, death and everything in between. They've grown up a little, but haven't lost the underlying longing or the unruly jubilation in their songs.

                                                              Tom Odell

                                                              Black Friday

                                                                'Multi award winning, platinum selling artist, Tom Odell, returns in 2024 with his sixth studio album, ‘Black Friday’, following the release of the title track in September 2023. The song, ‘Black Friday’, a thing of delicate beauty that swells into an impassioned crescendo, marks Odell’s biggest launch on streaming platforms to date, with a massive 2 million streams in the first 24 hours of release. 'Armed with a newfound sense of freedom and creative control, this new era of Tom’s career has seen him grow his online fanbase by millions, play the biggest live shows of his career and become one of the most streamed British artists in the world. 

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Answer Phone
                                                                Black Friday
                                                                Loving You Will Be The Death Of Me
                                                                The Orchestra Tunes Up
                                                                Spinning
                                                                The End Of The Summer
                                                                The Orchestra Takes Flight
                                                                Somebody Else
                                                                Parties
                                                                The Orchestra Is Feeling Tense
                                                                Nothing Hurts Like Love
                                                                Getaway (voice Note)
                                                                The End

                                                                ODESZA & Yellow House

                                                                Flaws In Our Design

                                                                  A new direction for ODESZA sees them enlist the help of South-African singer-songwriter Yellow House for an EP that sees the duo explores a sound which seeks to blend their signature arena electronic sound with elements of indie rock, folk, & psych.

                                                                  The latest new collaboration follow previous high-profile musical partnerships with the likes of Leon Bridges, Little Dragon, Regina Spektor, Julianna Barwick, Naomi Wild, Låpsley, and Ólafur Arnalds.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Dissolved In A Daydream
                                                                  A2. Easy Money
                                                                  A3. Waiting Forever (Feat. Preston.)
                                                                  B1. Heavier
                                                                  B2. Undone
                                                                  B3. Flaws In Our Design

                                                                  Odesza

                                                                  The Last Goodbye

                                                                    Symphonic, vast, and emotionally stirring, ‘The Last Goodbye’ is the duo’s most ambitious album to date. Nostalgic yet rooted in the present, it serves as a sweeping sonic experience that speaks to themes of connection and reminiscence. Interwoven with both the new and the old, the album is interspersed with personal audio clips from home video footage, hypnotherapy sessions and even the voices of the duo’s parents, plus features The Knocks, Bettye LaVette, MARO, Låpsley, Ólafur Arnalds, Julianna Barwick, Izzy Bizu and Charlie Houston. These collaborations follow previous high-profile musical partnerships with the likes of Leon Bridges, Little Dragon, Regina Spektor, RY X, Naomi Wild, and more.

                                                                    Discussing the album, Odesza say:

                                                                    “Over the past few years we’ve been able to reflect on who we are, what it means to do what we do, and in the end, who we are doing this for. We became focused and inspired by the impact our families and friends have imprinted on us and how we want to continue to echo that out as we move through this life. We found comfort in the fact that those who we love stay with us, that they become intrinsically part of us, in a way. Is there ever a really a Last Goodbye? We don’t think there is. So, from us to you. The Last Goodbye, the album.”

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. This Version Of You (feat. Julianna Barwick)
                                                                    A2. Wide Awake (feat. Charlie Houston)
                                                                    A3. Love Letter (feat. The Knocks)
                                                                    A4. Behind The Sun
                                                                    B1. Forgive Me (feat. Izzy Bizu)
                                                                    B2. North Garden
                                                                    B3. Better Now (feat. MARO)
                                                                    C1. The Last Goodbye (feat. Bettye LaVette)
                                                                    C2. All My Life
                                                                    C3. Equal (feat. Låpsley)
                                                                    D1. Healing Grid
                                                                    D2. I Can’t Sleep
                                                                    D3. Light Of Day (feat. Ólafur Arnalds)

                                                                    ODESZA

                                                                    The Last Goodbye Tour Live



                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. This Version Of You
                                                                      A2. Behind The Sun
                                                                      A3. All We Need (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      A4. Love Letter (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      A5. Say My Name X Late Night

                                                                      B1. In The Rain
                                                                      B2. One Day They'll Know (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      B3. Wide Awake (feat. Charlie Houston)
                                                                      B4. Bloom (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      B5. Equal X Boy

                                                                      C1. All My Life
                                                                      C2. Better Now (feat. MARO)
                                                                      C3. Line Of Sight (feat. Mansionair & Naomi Wild)
                                                                      C4. Forgive Me (feat. Izzy Bizu) (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      C5. La Ciudad (ODESZA VIP Remix)

                                                                      D1. Selfish Soul (feat. Sudan Archives) (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      D2. TENSE
                                                                      D3. KEEP MOVING
                                                                      D4. Sun Models (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      D5. Hopeful

                                                                      E1. Across The Room X Falls (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      E2. Loyal
                                                                      E3. Don't Stop (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      E4. Just A Memory (Interlude)

                                                                      F1. Higher Ground (feat. Naomi Wild)
                                                                      F2. A Moment Apart (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                                      F3. The Last Goodbye

                                                                      Phil Odgers

                                                                      Ghosts Of Rock N Roll

                                                                        ‘GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL’ is the fifth solo album from Men They Couldn’t Hang frontman Phil Odgers and is preceded by the digital single ‘The Serpent, The Maiden and The Bear’ (30th July). Beginning as a collection of ukulele led demos, ‘GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL’ has endured a stormy birth and its final emergence represents the triumph of resilience over adversity. Originally launched as a Pledge Music crowdfunded campaign, the album was nearly strangled at birth by the collapse of Pledge Music in 2018 and the loss of the majority of fan investment.

                                                                        Despite this setback, all fan pledges were still fulfilled and the project relocated to Bandcamp just in time for the pandemic lockdown to prevent any further recording sessions with producer Jim Knight. Finally, the album inched forward over the summer of 2020 only to crash into the second lockdown and then the tragic loss of fellow TMTCH frontman Stefan Cush in February 2021. With such checkered history, ‘GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL’ seems an appropriate title and its combination of folky pop and melancholic twang, combined with an ethos of survival, memory and experience create a testament to a life spent sailing the sometimes treacherous waters of Rock and Roll. The album features guest appearances by Sid Griffin and Bobby Valentino.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. The Serpent, The Maiden And The Bear
                                                                        2. Flower Lady
                                                                        3. Brooklyn Bridge
                                                                        4. The Last Thing On My Mind (Is Regret)
                                                                        5. Ghost Of Rock 'n' Roll
                                                                        6. Early Morning Rain
                                                                        7.The Desert Has A Thousand Eyes
                                                                        8. Empty Streets And Lovers In The Rain
                                                                        9. Uke Town
                                                                        10. Rage Against The Machine

                                                                        This week's Ronseal award goes to Cole Odin for the lush and perfectly titled "Warmth" EP, a much needed dose of mid afternoon sun in the week my boiler broke down. On A-side cut "This Kitchen Is For Dancing", Cole is in full Claremont 56 mode, combining sunkissed arps and nuanced drum programming beneath a chiming, chorus soaked guitar, recalling the horiztonal magic of the finest moments from Messers Smith & Mudd. "The Warmth Of Your Sun" switches the style but retains the vibe, dropping the tempo for a dubby downbeat jam absolutely dripping with hallucinogenic agents. Remixes come from Jack Priest and Adam Warped who strip back and speed up the cuts respectively for some full blooded Balearic house heat. 

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Patrick says: Lovely stuff from Cole Odin on Eclectics here, ensuring we all stay toasty throughout the imminent winter. Dreamy guitars, bubbling electronics and unchecked optimism wait within.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. This Kitchen Is For Dancing
                                                                        A2. This Kitchen Is For Dancing (Jack Priest Remix)
                                                                        B1. The Warmth Of Your Sun
                                                                        B2. The Warmth Of Your Sun (Adam Warped Remix)

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                                                                          Odonis Odonis have proven time and time again that they’re not interested in doing the same thing twice. Since their beginnings, the Toronto outfit led by core duo Constantin Tzenos and Denholm Whale, have put out five full-length albums, and played countless shows and festivals across North America and Europe, all while following their musical instincts. In the past eleven years, they’ve thrillingly explored genres including post-punk, EBM, industrial, shoegaze, pop, and surf rock. For their next evolution, Odonis Odonis are shifting from the grind of the traditional music industry with its unsustainable physical and psychological demands, to strictly focus on meaningful creative endeavors. These include releasing music, album production, and event production, and draw on Tzenos and Whale’s collective talents and experience. From producing, scoring, and mastering at Tzenos’s new studio After Hours, to countless curated shows through Whale’s co-run concert company Transmit Presents, these past and forthcoming projects were chosen selectively, and with the intention of working with individuals they respect and admire.

                                                                          The duo describe their collaborative EP ICON as a “calling card,” and it perfectly encapsulates the new iteration of Odonis Odonis. Following their 2021 album Spectrums, they started working on this collection of five songs, writing them geared towards some of their favorite veteran and up-andcoming artists. “We wanted to bring out what we admire in them and prove that we can do a variety of styles,”explains Whale.

                                                                          Some like New York noise rock mainstays A Place to Bury Strangers, Pittsburgh experimentalist TOBACCO, and Vancouver post-punks ACTORS, they’ve previously shared stages and tour vans with, while others like Vancouver darkwave singer and pianist Terror Bird and Los Angeles industrial pop project Patriarchy, are more recent discoveries. The striking artwork comes courtesy of New York-based noise artist Dreamcrusher, another act who shares Whale and Tzenos’ community-minded ethos. Somewhat ironically, by shedding their skin as a band, the duo have embraced the individual spotlight more, and ICON marks the first chapter (with further collaborations to come) of this new Odonis Odonis era.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. X
                                                                          2. Model (feat. A Place To Bury Strangers)
                                                                          3. Beast (feat. TOBACCO)
                                                                          4. Brilliant Things (feat. Terror Bird)
                                                                          5. XX
                                                                          5. No One Left (feat. Actors)
                                                                          6. Passing Us By (feat. SUUNS)
                                                                          7. Scapegoat (feat. Patriarchy)
                                                                          8. XXX

                                                                          RIYL: D.A.F., Nine Inch Nails, HEALTH, Metz. Toronto underground staple Odonis Odonis broke out in 2011 with their scrappy, blown out debut, Hollandaze. The dynamic trio instantly began turning heads with their signature "industrial surf-gaze" sound.

                                                                          On their Polaris Prize nominated follow up, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, Odonis Odonis masterfully crafted a sonically divergent record that pushed their sound into new territory. Odonis Odonis' latest epic, Post Plague, delivers a powerful blend of industrial, electronic and Sci-Fi. Odonis Odonis' post--apocalyptic anthems construct scenes of sci-fi horror and saturate them with industrial strength synth beats. Dean Tzenos' vocals sit clear and upfront, delivered with a foreboding intensity accented by his synth motifs and soundscapes. Denholm Whale's carefully crafted bass figures / electronic percussions are strategically placed like demolition charges throughout the sonic foundations of each track that Jarod Gibson, like some futurist architect, constructs.

                                                                          On Post Plague, Odonis Odonis delivers the kind of hypnotic, pulsing destruction that you can't wipe away. Post Plague inhabits that impending reality of synthetic experience which forces us to realize what we are: vulnerable, frantic creatures yearning for an authentic present / future. Jeff Goldblum, in the acclaimed motion picture The Fly, reminds us that we must take a “deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool,” and take stock of ourselves before we lose something profound. Something that may be necessary to ward off a pending anthropogenic apocalypse. Recognize and take pleasure in our fucked up place in time as we have so many new worlds possible at once.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          01. Fearless
                                                                          02. Needs
                                                                          03. That’s How It Goes
                                                                          04. Nervous
                                                                          05. BLTZ
                                                                          06. Pencils
                                                                          07. Game
                                                                          08. Vanta Black
                                                                          09. Betrayal
                                                                          10. Lust

                                                                          Odonis Odonis

                                                                          Spectrums

                                                                            On Spectrums, Odonis Odonis showcase the extreme ends of their musical margins. Embracing a love of ‘80s goth and darkwave melodicism while maintaining an industrial strength intensity, the dualities of their sound are revealed in a striking new light. With four albums under their belts, the Toronto based duo of Dean Tzenos and Denholm Whale have always followed creative impulses wherever they might take them. Yet while tracing their earliest experiments with surf-rock and shoegaze into more recent dabblings in abrasive EBM, they have never sounded as sonically boundless as this compilation of tracks. Beyond their recorded output, Odonis Odonis have earned a reputation for the ferocity of their live performances, combining cathartic aggression with danceable beats set to pulsating strobe lights and the addition of live drummer Phil Wilson.

                                                                            Their 2017 album No Pop was described by Pitchfork as “ claustrophobic electronic music that sounds like the end of the world ,” while they have earned praise from influential sources such as NPR, FADER, Stereogum, and The Needle Drop. Odonis Odonis began as a solo recording outlet for Tzenos in 2010 before evolving into a noisy rock band formation. They have now stripped down to a core duo as the project celebrates a decade of activity. The social limitations of the pandemic found the pair of multi-instrumentalist producers forced to work completely from home for the first time, challenging themselves to step outside of the box and create music they may have shied away from in the past.

                                                                            Tzenos describes their newfound process as cherry-picking elements from the angry and occasionally antisocial sound of past releases, but applying an extroverted approach. “This project is the start of the third chapter of the band's evolution,” says Tzenos. “I still feel like we have a lot more to explore musically and writing these songs lit the spark for a lot of new directions. The idea of doing something poppy is a stark contrast to our last record, but as long as the project remains fun and experimental it will keep growing. We’re more like the weird goth kids in the back of the club now.”

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            01. Trust
                                                                            02. More
                                                                            03. Shadow Play
                                                                            04. Impossible
                                                                            05. Laced In Leather
                                                                            06. A Body
                                                                            07. Get Out
                                                                            08. Slow Drip
                                                                            09. In The Fire
                                                                            10. Salesmen

                                                                            Odopt is back on Especial and this time is in collaborative mode with Sebastian Hoyos aka Sano, who is a regular on the likes of Matias Aguayo's Comeme and Munich's Public Possession. The pair cook up a fine globally-minded club trip that comes with another label return, this time from remixer Jamie Paton. The original 'Picha' first started as a sketch in 2016 then became a demo in 2019 and now finally arrives on wax. It's a raw percussive workout with razor-sharp snares and plenty of cowbells. Next to an instrumental comes the Paton remix and it is a trademark deep and dubwise piece of work with widescreen dynamics.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Picha
                                                                            Picha" (instrumental)
                                                                            Picha (Jamie Paton Remix)
                                                                            Picha (Jamie Paton Dub)

                                                                            The Odyssey Cult

                                                                            Vol. 1

                                                                              The Odyssey Cult has its roots in Miller’s improvised solo electric guitar performances dating back to 2013. Though still almost entirely instrumental, the two volume debut expands his original concept of ‘solo electric guitar performance’ to something much broader in narrative scope and is as indebted to the great minimalists and loop pioneers as it is to guitar oriented Krautrock, cult film soundtrack music and the great feedback-riding, amp destroyers of the 60s to present day.

                                                                              In departure from the more structured song work of most of Miller’s bands over the last 16 years, The Odyssey Cult albums are based in improvisation. Loops, cut-ups, collages and tonal performances (rather than melodic ones,) often form the engine of movement and narrative. The Odyssey Cult is the sound of the collapse of a prehistoric age. Giant amplifiers and fuzz bass loops smash into one another until only crackling ANS transmissions are left floating above the fray.

                                                                              A prayer of poetry scrawled in feedback, a painting in sand of the dreams of imaginary birds, and raising the noise-rock quotient significantly, the rhythm section of Feral Ohms makes multiple appearances throughout the two albums as foil to Miller’s screaming amps, echoing extended guitar oriented power trio freak outs like White Heaven’s ‘Levitation’, a deconstructed mid 70s Crazy Horse and the heat-blistered primal workouts of High Rise. Vol.1 and Vol.2 are an artistic statement intended to be sat down and fully engaged with, a journey, an epic poem, a meditation, a long rich dream that loosens all sense of space and time- ultimately confusing history, moment and self.

                                                                              Those that take the time to enter and feel sound, creation and performance will surely be rewarded by the joy and beauty of The Odyssey Cult.

                                                                              For fans of Ash Ra Temple, Popol Vuh, 70’s Soundtracks, Fripp & Eno, Guru Guru UFO, Faust, Hendrix Woodstock feedback meltdowns, The great PSF power trios, Flying Saucer Attack, This Heat and disorienting ambient music.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Olympus EES-2
                                                                              2. The Abbot?s Yard
                                                                              3. Cyclops, Tell Them It Was I!
                                                                              4. Lotus; Torraloom, Torraluum
                                                                              5. Laestrygonians
                                                                              6. The Tongue And Hoof Of Blazes Boylan
                                                                              7. Thick With Woods Where The Wild Goats
                                                                              8. In Black Poplar Grove, Calypso At Her Loom

                                                                              The Odyssey Cult

                                                                              Vol. 2

                                                                                The Odyssey Cult has its roots in Miller’s improvised solo electric guitar performances dating back to 2013. Though still almost entirely instrumental, the two volume debut expands his original concept of ‘solo electric guitar performance’ to something much broader in narrative scope and is as indebted to the great minimalists and loop pioneers as it is to guitar oriented Krautrock, cult film soundtrack music and the great feedback-riding, amp destroyers of the 60s to present day.

                                                                                In departure from the more structured song work of most of Miller’s bands over the last 16 years, The Odyssey Cult albums are based in improvisation. Loops, cut-ups, collages and tonal performances (rather than melodic ones,) often form the engine of movement and narrative. The Odyssey Cult is the sound of the collapse of a prehistoric age. Giant amplifiers and fuzz bass loops smash into one another until only crackling ANS transmissions are left floating above the fray. A prayer of poetry scrawled in feedback, a painting in sand of the dreams of imaginary birds, and raising the noise-rock quotient significantly, the rhythm section of Feral Ohms makes multiple appearances throughout the two albums as foil to Miller’s screaming amps, echoing extended guitar oriented power trio freak outs like White Heaven’s ‘Levitation’, a deconstructed mid 70s Crazy Horse and the heat-blistered primal workouts of High Rise. Vol.1 and Vol.2 are an artistic statement intended to be sat down and fully engaged with, a journey, an epic poem, a meditation, a long rich dream that loosens all sense of space and time- ultimately confusing history, moment and self. Those that take the time to enter and feel sound, creation and performance will surely be rewarded by the joy and beauty of The Odyssey Cult.

                                                                                For fans of Ash Ra Temple, Popol Vuh, 70’s Soundtracks, Fripp & Eno, Guru Guru UFO, Faust, Hendrix Woodstock feedback meltdowns, The great PSF power trios, Flying Saucer Attack, This Heat and disorienting ambient music.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Nausicaa | Sandymount
                                                                                2. Poseidon
                                                                                3. The Heaven's Black
                                                                                4. Sirens
                                                                                5. Far From The Others, Washed His Hands In The Foaming Surf
                                                                                6. Ulysses

                                                                                Of Monsters and Men began as the solo project of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir however it quickly grew with the additions of friends Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson (co-singer/guitarist), Brynjar Leifsson (guitarist), Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drummer), Árni Guðjónsson (piano/accordion player) and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bassist)

                                                                                Crafting epic songs inspired by their amazing homeland, fairy tales and personal history, the band went from battle of the bands winners to the breakthrough act at this year’s Iceland Airwaves and SXSW festival. The bands self-released, first single ‘Little Talks’ to date has sold an impressive 400,000 copies and received 3 million views on YouTube.

                                                                                Of Monsters and Men continue to make waves among fans and tastemakers alike. ‘My Head is an Animal’ has already enjoyed huge success in Iceland and Europe. Mirroring that feat in America ‘My Head is an Animal’ entered the iTunes alternative chart at #1 and album chart at #2 however went on to top the album charts one week later. And in Germany the album debuted at #4 on their official album chart.

                                                                                Along with a penchant for crafting rising epic pop numbers ‘My Head is an Animal’ has beautifully delicate moments and signal a fully-fledged band destined to win the hearts of musical lovers worldwide.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Ryan says: A stern bit of icelandic pop right here, it's a bit folky but they manage to turn humble folk into a collection of sing-out-loud anthems. It's brilliant!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Dirty Paws
                                                                                2. King And Lionheart
                                                                                3.Mountain Sound
                                                                                Slow And Steady
                                                                                5.From Finner
                                                                                6. Little Talks
                                                                                7. Six Weeks
                                                                                8. Love Love Love
                                                                                9. Your Bones
                                                                                10. Sloom
                                                                                11. Lakehouse
                                                                                12. Yellow Light

                                                                                Of Montreal / Casiokids

                                                                                Expecting To Fly / London Zoo

                                                                                This limited edition Record Store Day 7”. (1000 copies worldwide) pairs indie‐pop virtuosos of Montreal with the Norwegian language electro‐pop/ afrobeat tunesmiths Casiokids. Over the last fifteen years, of Montreal has imitated everyone (86 covers and counting), while developing its own inimitable sound ‐‐ a unique mixture of indie‐pop, glam‐rock, funk, and R&B. Though private and reserved, frontman Kevin Barnes wears his fame like a feathered fedora: on the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba, in collaborations with Spike Jonze, on stage spanking pigs with Susan Sarandon, on horseback in NYC's Roseland Ballroom, and even spontaneously performing six songs nude during a concert in Las Vegas. On this 7” Kevin’s cover of Buffalo Springfield’s classic “Expecting to Fly” is raw and heartfelt. With a bizarre effect created by delay and the honesty of a simple arrangement it is a beautiful take on a great song. Casiokids bring us their new single “London Zoo” which will be included as a bonus track when Moshi Moshi releases their debut reocd “Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar” in the UK. Hailing from the same celebrated Bergen scene that has produced Datarock and Annie, Casiokids were so‐named for the beat‐up old keyboards with which the band members first conceived their club‐ready sound. Formed with the intention of making electronic music more visual, the band has since added guitar and drums to produce a collection of incredibly catchy tunes often sung in their native Norwegian and influenced by afro‐beat, techno and out‐and‐out pop. You may not understand the words but the music speaks for itself.

                                                                                Of Montreal

                                                                                Freewave Lucifer Fck Fck Fck

                                                                                  Over the course of the last two decades, of Montreal’s creative force, Kevin Barnes, has been wowing fans with their vast catalog of endlessly fascinating pop and mesmerizing live shows. Barnes’ songwriting and production aesthetic has since become iconic in the industry and has garnered massive critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork, who described the band’s album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? as “ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable,” as well as ranking it as the #5 album of the year. Barnes’ influence on pop music is undeniable, with multiple late night TV appearances, including The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as brilliant collaborations with the likes of Solange, Janelle Monáe, Jon Brion, and others. The band has also performed across the globe, with festival appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch!, Pitchfork Music Festival and others, as well as hundreds of millions of streams worldwide.

                                                                                  On of Montreal’s latest album, Freewave Lucifer fck, Barnes continues to push the boundaries of what pop music can be. On songs like “Marijuana’s A Working Woman,” Barnes revisits themes of psychedelia using pulsating synths over their instantly recognizable bass playing. The album also touches on aspects of gender fluidity and is a fascinating look at what makes Barnes one of the most prolific and creative songwriters making music today. "...every year or so of Montreal is going to release a new full-length of mind-bending glam-punk decadence that sort of blows everything else away." - Paste

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Marijuana's A Working Woman
                                                                                  2. Ofrenda-Flanger-Ego-à Gogo
                                                                                  3. Blab Sabbath Lathe Of Maiden
                                                                                  4. Après Thee Dèclassè
                                                                                  5. Modern Art Bewilders
                                                                                  6. Nightsift
                                                                                  7. Hmmm

                                                                                  Of Montreal

                                                                                  Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                    Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is of Montreal's landmark 2007 album. The album defined of Montreal's career and continues to be hailed as a classic. Pitchfork called the album "Ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable," honoring it with "Best New Music" and placing it in the Top 5 albums of 2007.

                                                                                    With Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal has created its masterpiece. It is an irresistible and remarkable album, sounding like a logical extension of the erratic indie-disco sounds of The Sunlandic Twins. However, Hissing Fauna is also the most personal of Montreal album to date, with Kevin Barnes, lead of Montreal songwriter, pouring tremendous amounts of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into its twelve tracks.

                                                                                    Written and recorded primarily during what they call "an insane year," Hissing Fauna sees Barnes adopt a new writing style. It's an unabashedly autobiographical attempt from a songwriter whose early material tended towards characters and story-songs. Barnes continues down the whimsical pop-funk path, while changing up its lyrical scope; and Hissing Fauna balances its poppy nature while showcasing brutal and unflinching honesty. 

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Suffer For Fashion
                                                                                    2. Sink The Seine
                                                                                    3. Cato As A Pun
                                                                                    4. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
                                                                                    5. Gronlandic Edit
                                                                                    6. A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
                                                                                    7. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
                                                                                    8. Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider
                                                                                    9. Faberge Falls For Shuggie
                                                                                    10. Labyrinthian Pomp
                                                                                    11. She's A Rejecter
                                                                                    12. We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling
                                                                                    13. Du Og Meg
                                                                                    14. Voltaic Crusher/Undrum To Muted Da
                                                                                    15. Derailments In A Place Of Our Own
                                                                                    16. Miss Blonde, Your Papa Is Failing
                                                                                    17. No Conclusion 

                                                                                    Of Montreal

                                                                                    Lady On The Cusp

                                                                                      On Of Montreal’s latest album, 'Lady on the Cusp', Kevin Barnes shapeshifts between genres with each song. On tracks like 'Rude Girl on Rotation', Barnes revisits sounds of late 60’s guitar pop & psychedelia reminiscent of 2013’s 'Lousy With Sylvianbriar', while 'Young Hearts Bleed Free' and 'Music Hurts The Head' showcase Barnes’ love of experimental funk pop that has been present throughout much of the band’s discography. 'Lady on the Cusp' is another exciting listen from one of the most prolific and influential artists making music today.


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Music Hurts The Head
                                                                                      2. 2 Depressed 2 Fuck
                                                                                      3. Rude Girl On Rotation
                                                                                      4. Yung Hearts Bleed Free
                                                                                      5. Soporific Cell
                                                                                      6. I Can Read Smoke
                                                                                      7. PI$$ PI$$
                                                                                      8. Sea Mines That Mr Gone
                                                                                      9. Poetry Surf
                                                                                      10. Genius In The Wind

                                                                                      Of Montreal

                                                                                      Satanic Panic In The Attic - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                        Satanic Panic in the Attic is of Montreal's sixth full-length release and first for Polyvinyl. Previously, the band released two albums for Bar/None and three for Kindercore. The prolific Athens, Georgia band is an established staple of the US indie-pop scene and has been a continual touring presence.

                                                                                        The sound of Satanic Panic in the Attic is a slight departure from of Montreal's previous releases yet continues the band's tradition of continually redefining themselves. The influence of 1970's Afro beat and 80's New Wave can clearly be heard throughout the album -- offering fans a new perspective previously unheard from the band. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Disconnect The Dots
                                                                                        2. Lysergic Bliss
                                                                                        3. Will You Come And Fetch M
                                                                                        4. My British Tour Diary
                                                                                        5. Rapture Rapes The Muse
                                                                                        6. Eros' Entropic Tundra
                                                                                        7. City Bird
                                                                                        8. Erroneous Escape Into Erik Eckles
                                                                                        9. Chrissy Kiss The Corps
                                                                                        10. Your Magic Is Working
                                                                                        11. Climb The Ladder
                                                                                        12. How Lester Lost His Wife
                                                                                        13. Spike The Senses
                                                                                        14. Vegan In Furs 

                                                                                        Of Montreal

                                                                                        The Bedside Drama A Petite Tragedy

                                                                                          Originally released in 1998, Of Montreal's second full-length features uncredited appearances by members of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Late B.P. Helium. The album was the first where Of Montreal built characters around concepts. Although not as developed as later of Montreal concept albums, "The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy" is infused with Vaudevillian elements that foreshadowed of Montreal's break-out albums "The Gay Parade" and "Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse". According to All Music Guide, the album 'marked a crucial stage in the evolution from the lo-fi garage pop of Cherry Peel to the ambitious rock carnival of The Gay Parade and cemented of Montreal's status as one of the most creatively relevant groups of the late 90s.'

                                                                                          Of Montreal

                                                                                          The Sunlandic Twins - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                            Of Montreal's seminal record, The Sunlandic Twins, arrived in April of 2005 as the follow-up to their breakthrough album, Satanic Panic in the Attic.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1 Requiem For O.M.M.2
                                                                                            2 I Was Never Young
                                                                                            3 Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games
                                                                                            4 Forecast Fascist Future
                                                                                            5 So Begins Our Alabee
                                                                                            6 Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting
                                                                                            7 The Party's Crashing Us
                                                                                            8 Knight Rider
                                                                                            9 I Was A Landscape In Your Dream
                                                                                            10 Death Of A Shade Of A Hue
                                                                                            11 Oslo In The Summertime
                                                                                            12 October Is Eternal
                                                                                            13 The Repudiated Immortals
                                                                                            14 Art Snob Solutions
                                                                                            15 The Actor's Opprobrium
                                                                                            16 Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks
                                                                                            17 Everyday Feels Like Sunday
                                                                                            18 Family Noveau
                                                                                            19 Psychotic Feeling
                                                                                            20 Kristiansand
                                                                                            21 Micro University
                                                                                            22 Subtext Read, Nothing New
                                                                                            23 Noir Blues To Tinnitus 

                                                                                            Off World, Automatisme, Jason Sharp

                                                                                            Constellation Fall 2016 Bundle

                                                                                              Three new releases vinyl albums bundled together at one very special price!!

                                                                                              Off World - 1
                                                                                              Automatisme - Momentform Accumulations
                                                                                              Jason Sharp - A Boat Upon Its Blood

                                                                                              Off World

                                                                                              3

                                                                                                Off World presents the final album in its trilogy of surreal and spacious leftfield electronics. "A stellar project headed by Sandro Perri, one of the most singular producers in contemporary music" (Boomkat), this third volume is another distinctive collection of tracks constructed from semi-improvised ensemble recordings made over the past decade with a varied cast of co-conspirators. Drew Brown, Matthew Cooper, Susumu Mukai and Andrew Zukerman join Perri again on a variety of synths and machines, along with violinist Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Fond Of Tigers). Perri also continues to add organ and piano to the mix, while Volume 3 notably features first-time Off World contributors Nicole Rampersaud on trumpet and Martin Arnold on guitar, both mainstays of Toronto's vibrant improv and out-music scenes. The Quietus calls Off World "genuinely explorative…the musical equivalent of a Dali-esque landscape" which through all sorts of genre-defying twists and turns, at times evokes "off-kilter, late Miles Davis ambience". Off World 3 doubles down on that jazz-adjacent trope in certain respects, while holding fast to Pitchfork's dictum that Perri "cultivates his own genreless brand of futurism." Marked by longer tracks than previous collections, three of the album's five songs clock in around the 10-minute mark, where overtly improvised instrumental playing wends its way across alternately bubbling and woozy electronic beds. "Impulse Controller" is a languidly skewed rhumba where ambling melodic undercurrents and dubby electronic pointillism provide a dulcet promenade for Rampersaud's Miles-esque trumpet excursions. "Ludic Loop" see-saws along in a slow synthy two-step, punctuated by Perri's restrained piano chords and Arnold's fried electric guitar. "Empasse" is perhaps most reminiscent of earlier Off World collections, though again slowed and stretched, with oozing synth bass ostinatos counterposed by ambient layers of viola and violin filigree from Zubot. These three centerpiece longform tracks each highlight one of the album's instrumental improvisers, and taken together, make for the most scintillating sedate and ruminant album in the trilogy. Off World 3 sounds as sui generis as ever, but in wrapping up the series, Perri sprinkles the project's emblematic alien surrealism with decidedly anthropic elements and temporalities. This final volume in the trilogy could also be seen as a re-statement of the politico-aesthetic mission that Pitchfork aptly celebrates in its glowing reviews of Perri's two most recent solo albums, In Another Life (2018) and Soft Landing (2019), that were released between Off World 2 and the present volume: a uniquely purposeful, subtly detailed cannon of songs "busy, vibrant, and bursting with life, but that aren't ever in a rush to get anywhere". 

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Orientation (3:45)
                                                                                                2. Impulse Controller (10:49)
                                                                                                3. Terrascope (1:03)
                                                                                                4. Ludic Loop (9:55)
                                                                                                5. Empasse (8:53)

                                                                                                OFF!

                                                                                                Free LSD

                                                                                                  OFF!, the punk braintrust formed in 2010 by Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides), will release their first new album in eight years, Free LSD on Fat Possum Records.

                                                                                                  The band’s powerful new rhythm section: bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) accompany the release. The injection of new energy into the band’s signature high-anxiety hardcore is palpable and volatile, adding a new swing to the music’s incendiary thrust.

                                                                                                  Off!

                                                                                                  Wasted Years

                                                                                                    Combining reckless improvisational energy with the combined skills of four deadly sharp musicians (vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven McDonald, and drummer Mario Rubalcaba), OFF! have dug down through a decades’ worth of accumulated stylistic garbage, and rediscovered the stripped down core of noise, speed, and rock & roll that punk seemed to have lost forever. Their third full-length studio recording, “Wasted Years”, is the most direct and unprocessed embodiment of OFF!’s mission yet.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Void You Out
                                                                                                    2. Red White And Black
                                                                                                    3. Legion Of Evil
                                                                                                    4. No Easy Escape
                                                                                                    5. Over Our Heads
                                                                                                    6. Hypnotized
                                                                                                    7. It Didn't Matter To Me
                                                                                                    8. Exorcised
                                                                                                    9. Death Trip On The Party Train
                                                                                                    10. I Won't Be A Casualty
                                                                                                    11. All I Can Grab
                                                                                                    12. Time's Not On Your Side
                                                                                                    13. Meet Your God
                                                                                                    14. Mr. Useless
                                                                                                    15. You Must Be Damned
                                                                                                    16. Wasted Years
                                                                                                    17. In Your Arms (Bonus Track - CD Only)

                                                                                                    Blackest Ever Black presents to you 'Dead Unique', an album by Officer! recorded in 1995 but - outrageously, inexplicably - never before released into the public domain. This then is not a reissue or a revival; it’s a new record that just happens to have been maturing in the cask for, oh, a little shy of 20 years. It also happens to be a lost classic of English art-rock, and the crowning achievement in the career of its mercurial creator, Mick Hobbs. Londoner Hobbs’ roots are in the fecund RIO scene of the late ‘70s and early 1980s, initially as guitarist in The Work (alongside Bill Gilonis, Rick Wilson and Henry Cow’s Tim Hodgkinson), and subsequent related groupings The Lowest Note, The Lo Yo Yo, and The Momes. Over the course of the decade he became closely associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage studio in Brixton, working with the likes of Flaming Tunes, Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux and Zeena Parkins, to name but a few. Officer! - the project that this incorrigible collaborator and connector calls his own - surfaced in 1982 with a cassette tape entitled 'Eight New Songs By Mick Hobbs'. It marked the blossoming of a singular writer and improvisor, with a gift for plangent melody, ingenious arrangement and lyrics at once caustic and courtly, playful and profound (two songs from this tape, ‘Life At The Water’s Edge’ and ‘Dogface’, have been remastered for a limited edition 7” release on Blackest Ever Black later this year). The Cold Storage-recorded 'Ossification' LP arrived a year later, followed by 'Cough' (1985) and 'Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes' (1988). Megaphone Records, responsible for 'Ossification'’s recent 30th anniversary reissue, rightly describe it as “one of the most unusual, pleasurable and character-filled ‘pop’ records anyone has heard… a timeless anomaly in the history of recorded music.”

                                                                                                    By the start of the 1990s Hobbs had joined Jad Fair’s Half Japanese (he continues to play in that group as well as Strobe Talbot, a trio with Fair and Benb Gallaher). In the early months of ’95, Half Japanese were in Baltimore to record their 'Hot' LP; Hobbs stayed on to cut the bulk of the songs that comprise Officer!’s 'Dead Unique' - songs drawn from a rich store of material written and refined in the seven years since the band’s last outing - with a talented assemblage of local and visiting musicians. Returning to the UK, Hobbs brought the tracks to producer Julia Brightly to mix at her 16-track home studio in Bethnal Green; by the end of the summer, 'Dead Unique' had taken shape. And then? Nothing. For reasons that no one, least of all Hobbs, can remember, 'Dead Unique' was shelved, all but forgotten about until 2012, when Blackest Ever Black chanced upon it while trawling the Officer! archive maintained for Hobbs by Andrew Jacques. Finally, rightfully, on May 26th, 2014, the album will be made available to all for the very first time - on double-vinyl and CD.

                                                                                                    A complex but thrillingly immediate avant-pop song cycle that charms and confounds at every turn, Dead Unique will give immense pleasure not only to Officer!’s existing cult following, but to anyone with an appreciation of piquant, idiosyncratic songcraft – fans of Kevin Ayers, Flaming Tunes, Art Bears, Woo, Dislocation Dance, R. Stevie Moore, Robert Wyatt, Cleaners From Venus, Lol Coxhill or The Monochrome Set should especially pay attention. It touches upon ragged-raw rock ‘n roll, sumptuous chamber music, pastoral folk, blowsy prog-jazz and paranoid dub-space, effortlessly shifting from skronking abstraction to rousing harmonic refrain and back again. 'Dead Unique' is also the culmination of Hobbs’ lifelong collaborative impulse: his visionary ability to bring musicians together, galvanise them and wrestle coherence out of the collective free play of ideas, arriving at something far more than the sum of its parts. The tension between composition and improvisation is key to the LP’s power, with Hobbs abetted by an extraordinary supporting cast that includes Tim Hodgkinson (bass clarinet), Pleasant Livers’ Fred Collins (vocals), Legendary Pink Dots’ Patrick Q (violin), filmmaker/animator Martha Colburn (vocal), Gilles Rieder (drums), Jad Fair (vocals) and Jason Willett (bass, keyboards, trumpet). Special mention must go to John Dierker, whose superbly expressive clarinet and saxophone parts are a fixture throughout, and to Joey Stack, who takes lead vocals on ‘Good’ and the show-stopping ‘Elephant Flowers’. Nonetheless it is the voice of Hobbs – as principal writer, performer and protagonist of these songs – that resonates most powerfully. Blurring the roles of storyteller, poet and prankster, he turns memorable line after memorable line, booby-trapping them with mischievous puns, fleet-footed literary allusions, sudden digressions and shifts of register, nonsense rhymes and other wordplay. But his acute wit and flair for the absurd is moored by a deep romantic sensibility, and though it delights in the minutiae of the human comedy, 'Dead Unique' ultimately addresses its biggest themes: love, loss, commitment, independence, the mutability and inconstancy of all things.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Nest
                                                                                                    2. Elephant Flowers
                                                                                                    3. It Goes Up / Revenge
                                                                                                    4. Go Back
                                                                                                    5. Cows Hum In The Fields
                                                                                                    6. Shrug / Good
                                                                                                    7. Biteman
                                                                                                    8. Nardis
                                                                                                    9. Someone At The Door
                                                                                                    10. Stewed Fruit
                                                                                                    11. All I Got
                                                                                                    12. VIM
                                                                                                    13. Bugs In Amber
                                                                                                    14. Guess
                                                                                                    15. The Pony Was Contented
                                                                                                    16. Lilac And Orange
                                                                                                    17. Clint

                                                                                                    The Officers

                                                                                                    Red Chapter

                                                                                                    The Officers have been compared to everyone from NIN to the Chemical Brothers. Here, they deliver their debut single: a dark, scuzzy electro-rocker.

                                                                                                    The Offset: Spectacles

                                                                                                    The Offset: Spectacles

                                                                                                      The band was a crucial part of the Rose Mansion Analog label (including bands Soviet Pop, Hot & Cold, and Golden Driver) & the scene that spawned around it. Since the band's dissolution, guitarist Tom Ng has formed the (even more) minimalist duo Gong Gong Gong (Wharf Cat Records) and continues to hone the 'Phantom Rhythm' with each passing release. Read what their associate Fung You-Chung wrote of the album upon it's debut: Do the Offset: Spectacles need a drummer or a drum machine? There are a lot of different opinions on this topic. When the band first started, they were busy trying to answer the same question. In the early days, the band auditioned a drummer in Hong Kong's famous underground rehearsal space, President Piano Co. The session began with some roughly-formed songs, and the drummer's technique was hardly questionable, yet something was missing. Finally they decided to max out the volume on the three amplifiers they were using. At the end of the session, they couldn't even hear what each other were saying. The drumless concept did not come from this incident, but the totality of each instrument, tone, expression, volume level and the subsequent ringing in the ears did conglomerate into form through it. Beats produced by drums or drum machines do not always necessitate the sense of rhythm or listener's immersion into the music.

                                                                                                      This is the art of the Offset: Spectacles: a demonstration of how to enter one's consciousness through rudimentary movements. The quantified beat case no longer describe the intertwining results of the tug-of-war between different instruments through the negotiation of volume - that is, the Phantom Rhythm. Although one could certainly take the quantified beat into account, that would defeat the purpose. Whether it was deliberately done or not, it doesn't matter. This result is not about technique or form, nor can it be pinned down to any sort of category, and it would be rather shallow to describe it as theory. This physical and mental dialogue not only connects the listeners (as well as the origination of its name.

                                                                                                      If one were to suggest that history has provided adequate nourishment through the forebearers of Phantom Rhythm in Django Reinhardt, Bo Diddley, The Velvets, one could further suggest that the lyrics of the Offset: Spectacles is a realization of the characteristics of a spectacular society. As opposed to this age of totemic cities that oversaturated lofty ideas and golden rules, the Offset: Spectacles do not ask the listeners to explore the absolutes. The lyrics do not exist on their own, nor are they a subject of lyrical studies or dialogues crafted for enticing anyone, rather, they are a straightforward presentation of the society of the spectacles, or the spectacles of the society; bits and pieces of emotions left in the cities.

                                                                                                      Whether this musical layering is an inversion, negation or just a void of rhythm, the essence lies in how the band absorb and replicate such cities, such character, and such mental states. When the chord strikes, when subjects intertwine in space, if listeners could still sense the scent of the band, urges from each embrace would undoubtedly enter their perception. The Offset: Spectacles debut album is presented again in glorious black vinyl, with remastered audio by Mikey Young, and includes a new insert with English translations of the lyrics by Vince Li. The album will also land on streaming services for the first time.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Back To The Cave
                                                                                                      2. Plateau Insomniac
                                                                                                      3. Snags
                                                                                                      4. Binary March (for Lee Chi-Leung)
                                                                                                      5. The Loop Swing
                                                                                                      6. Colour It In
                                                                                                      7. Downward
                                                                                                      8. Dead Air
                                                                                                      9. Lament For Michaelangelo Antonini
                                                                                                      10. Bodies’ Descendants
                                                                                                      11. Curbstomp

                                                                                                      Two and a half years on from the sad and untimely passing of Ewan Robertson aka Offshore, his label Big Dada can announce the release of a last album from the Aberdonian musician and designer. The tracks for the new record, 'Offshore' were all more or less completed before his death in 2012. His family, his partner and the label have pieced the album together as close to his original intentions as they could manage, to create a suite of music which in its openness, beauty, humour and joyfulness, both hints at what Ewan could have gone on to achieve, and celebrates what a unique and lovely human being and musician he was.

                                                                                                      In addition, artists including Ikonika, Amon Tobin, Blue Daisy, Slugabed, Mamiko Moto, Lockah and Enchanté have all contributed remixes and expect videos and photographs from long time collaborators.

                                                                                                      All profits from the record are to go to the Marfan Trust at his family's choosing, it was the condition that affected Ewan.

                                                                                                      The sadness felt by those who knew and loved Ewan is still very real, but this record is a chance to celebrate what a unique and talented individual he was.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      J Bouncey
                                                                                                      Make It Up
                                                                                                      Barden’s Burden
                                                                                                      Church Rhythm
                                                                                                      Flickbook
                                                                                                      NY In A Minute
                                                                                                      Torry Tash
                                                                                                      Olympian
                                                                                                      Step Forward
                                                                                                      Ruin
                                                                                                      Swing
                                                                                                      Start
                                                                                                      Painting
                                                                                                      Turn That Down Upside Frown
                                                                                                      Off Peak

                                                                                                      Ogassa

                                                                                                      Ogassa Original (Vol. 1)

                                                                                                        Over the past couple of years Acid Jazz have been re-issuing releases from the enigmatic ‘Albarika Store’ label, a goldmine in Afro cuts from Benin, West Africa. The latest instalment is the ultra-rare ‘Ogassa Original (Vol. 1), the first LP from obscure but ultimately brilliant Porto Novo group, Ogassa from 1978.

                                                                                                        Like many Albarika releases, it was recorded at EMI Lagos, giving a depth and fidelity that stands out in the realm of Afro rarities. Reissued in full with the original artwork for the very first time, a must have for Afro collectors and completists alike.


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Avale
                                                                                                        2. Ogassa Story
                                                                                                        3. Production Vido Tche
                                                                                                        4. Gbe We Gnin Wa Bio

                                                                                                        Ogon Batto

                                                                                                        Hedoro

                                                                                                          Many years in the works, Ōgon Batto finally unleashes his album “Hedoro”. A journey into Japanese soundtracks and 90's adventure-gaming. Ōgon Batto is Bent Von Bent from Antwerp, Belgium. Besides working as a visual artist around archiving systems and collections, he is also the co-runner of the Hare Akedod label, together with David Edren aka DSR Lines. Following his debut release, Ōgon Batto secretly started working on a second album Hedoro, meaning “slime” or “chemical ooze”. Bent is immensely fascinated by Japanese traditional and contemporary culture ever since he first visited the country. Mixing his European background with these Japanese influences, he shifts easily between abstract electronic tracks and pieces with a more classical Japanese tool kit.

                                                                                                          Think Oneohtrix Point Never or Mica Levi composing a soundtrack to a fantasy game. With an amazing sense for detail Hedoro's musical story - entirely composed with synthesizers - is reduced to a collection of situations and drama, with space for suggestion and imagination. Every track, how short it may be, is essential to the whole, maximizing the general dramatic effect. The album was mixed in Sapporo, Japan with the typical sounds of cicadas in the background (not on the album though) and some glasses of sake. The ceramic sculpture on the front cover is a reinterpretation of Rolls Royce's "Spirit of Ecstasy” and is created by Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx. 

                                                                                                          Daniel Ogren

                                                                                                          Fastingen - 92

                                                                                                            Daniel Ogren is one of the key artists in Sweden's contemporary, underground music scene. He has already accrued quite the back catalogue, both as a member of the sensational quartet Dina Ogon and also as a solo artist with eight albums already under his belt.

                                                                                                            'Fastingen-92' was originally released as a limited-edition vinyl pressing in 2020 on the independent label Sing A Song Fighter Records (the same label that first introduced us to Dina Ogon's music). The album came to our attention after hearing Daniels' solo band performing live at the Stockholm Jazz Club, Fasching. The band featured Love Orsan and Christopher Cantillo of Dina Ogon fame (who also records with the incredible Sven Wunder), and their sensational genrebusting set blew us away. It convinced us that this now out-of-print album needed to reach a wider audience.

                                                                                                            'Fastingen-92' doesn't sit in one genre, it draws from Daniels's love of South American folk music, soul, Nordic folk music and film soundtracks, resulting in something unique, dreamlike and transformational.

                                                                                                            It features 'Idag', an epic, beautiful, cinematic song that introduces the ethereal vocalist Anna Ahnlund. 'Idag' has gained a cult following and Daniel has stated that it was the spark that started the Dina Ogon project. Tracks like 'Annalena' and 'Kristinehamn by Night (for Christopher)' sound like a new club sound that hasn't yet been invented (which Nicola Cruz would spin in his DJ sets), mysterious, hypnotic, and engaging. Other songs like 'Maj (for Tintin)' and 'Picasso' venture into blissed- out Scando- Balearic realms. Daniel's love of nature and the inspiration he draws from the geographic environment of the Swedish countryside can be felt in these tracks, they take you to other places and times and are simultaneously familiar, ancient and alien.

                                                                                                            Alongside the collaborations with Anna and Christoper, the album features Josefin Runsteen playing the drums on 'Idag' and Swedish musicians Edvin Nahlin and Ulrik Ordin. The majority of the album was played, recorded and mixed by Daniel. For the Mr Bongo edition, we have added the bonus track 'April' which was previously only available digitally. 'Fastingen - 92' is a truly remarkable record that gets into your soul, so please delve in!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Annalena
                                                                                                            Hjalmarsfjorden
                                                                                                            Idag
                                                                                                            Kristinehamn By Night (for Christopher)
                                                                                                            Maj (For Tintin)
                                                                                                            Picasso
                                                                                                            Levi
                                                                                                            Oktober (For Lo)
                                                                                                            April

                                                                                                            "Might" EP is the debut release from Oh Minnows, the new band formed from the ashes of Semifinalists. Opening track "Might" is a lovely slice of melodic pop built around a super-slow beat. It has an 80s feel to it, without being too clichéd, and a very familiar sound, although I can't actually pinpoint who or what it reminds me of. "Second Version" on the flip ups the tempo, but only a fraction, starting with whispered vocals it then soars and swoops along nicely. Short and sweet. And finally we have the swaying slow burner "High Or Low" which rounds of the EP nicely.

                                                                                                            Oh Sees

                                                                                                            Live At The Chapel San Francisco 10.2.19 - 2022 Repress

                                                                                                              The Oh Sees at the peak of their prog obsession, super jammed out and totally dominating. The Chapel SF 10.2.19 is a 53 minute, beautifully recorded, hi-fidelity live explosion of orc puke and kraut-gone-punk rock dominance by one of the rippingest bands of the 21st century.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Static God
                                                                                                              Jettisoned
                                                                                                              Henchlock
                                                                                                              Together Tomorrow
                                                                                                              Animated Violence
                                                                                                              Gholu
                                                                                                              Plastic Plant
                                                                                                              C
                                                                                                              Nite Expo
                                                                                                              Encrypted Bounce

                                                                                                              The newly shorn Oh Sees waste no time in racing headlong into nightmarish battle with the mighty Orc, and wouldn’t ya know it, they’ve clawed even farther up the ghastly peak last year’s A Weird Exits stormed so satisfyingly. The band is in tour-greased, anvil on a balance beam, gut-pleasingly heavy form, nimbly braining with equal dashes of abandon and menace on this fresh batch of bruisers and brooders, hypnotically stirred into to the cauldron of chaos you’ve come to expect from, ahem, Oh Sees. Fresh blood Paul Quattrone joins Dan Rincon to form a phalanx of interlocking double drums, alternately propelling and fleet footing shifting ground to pinion Dwyer’s cliff-face guitars to the boogie. Tim Hellman keeps it swinging like a battle-axe to the eyebrows. The tunes veer towards the violence of their live shows, with a few tasty swerves into other lanes… heavy to lush, groovy to stately… throughout it remains sinister in its swaggering skulk, manic in its fuzz-fried fugues… they hit all the sweet spots the heads foggily remember, and there’s plenty to sweat over if you just hopped into the sauna. Ew. More evil…more complex… more narcotic… more screech…. more blare…. more whisper… there’s even more Brigid. Less “Thee”, but more of everything else.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              01 “The Static God”
                                                                                                              02 “Nite Expo”
                                                                                                              03 “Animated Violence”
                                                                                                              04 “Keys To The Castle”
                                                                                                              05 “Jettisoned”
                                                                                                              06 “Cadaver Dog”
                                                                                                              07 “Paranoise”
                                                                                                              08 “Cooling Tower”
                                                                                                              09 “Drowned Beast”
                                                                                                              10 “Raw Optics”

                                                                                                              The Oh Sees

                                                                                                              Graveblockers (Reissue)

                                                                                                                Encased in a brown paper wrapping like a forgotten bit of smut from behind the beaded curtain, this unassuming disc is a time-capsule back to John Dwyer’s early SF days, janglingly fingerpicked wisps of melody and electronics baking in the all-too anemic sunshine of San Francisco’s elusive summer. Like a seashell to the ear, one can hear within it Baker Beach bike ride excursions, holding court and gently harassing passers-by on a Haight street stoop, and midnight rambles with friends from out of town, daring the sun to come up.

                                                                                                                Somewhere chronologically between the folky whisper of Songs About Death And Dying and the recently reissued Cool Death Of Island Raiders, this one’s been vexing to find for way too long and Castle Face has decided to give it “the treatment”. May it awaken the gentle glow of possibility dappled with the dancing shadow of danger that it stirs around this castle.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Mine says: Much anticipated reissue of this low-key/lo-fi The(e) Oh Sees EP from 2006, now available on green vinyl. Don't snooze!

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. I Agree
                                                                                                                2. Grave Blocker
                                                                                                                3. Burning Bridges
                                                                                                                4. Cunny Sharms
                                                                                                                5. I Am Slow (demo)
                                                                                                                6. The Great Crush
                                                                                                                7. Drone #3
                                                                                                                8. Drone #4

                                                                                                                The Oh Sees

                                                                                                                Sucks Blood - Reissue

                                                                                                                  Long overdue vinyl repress of the sixth The Oh Sees album, and indeed, the first Castle Face release Yes! the sixth THE OH SEES album (from 2007!) and their first for their own label Castle Face. Now reissued on Black Vinyl for the first time in an age..has a DL included … . Produced by KELLEY STOLTZ using all green energy (no joke), the album serves as a half-way point between the band's Cool Death of the Island Raiders album and their most recent material. we got some right now, dig in!

                                                                                                                  The Oh Sees

                                                                                                                  The Cool Death Of Island Raiders (Reissue)

                                                                                                                    Announcing a reissue of The Oh Sees - The Cool Death of Island Raiders
                                                                                                                    We here at Castle Face are not afraid to get our shins dirty mucking around in the stacks and we’re well aware of an out-of-press gap of Oh Sees releases right before 2006 when we started the label with Sucks Blood. We’re rectifying that and first among these is The Cool Death of Island Raiders, a particularly dusty gem that we think merits another look.

                                                                                                                    Kicking off the record with what should have been the hit of the summer that year but for the hard C in the title, "The Gilded Cunt" seems to clearly preface Oh Sees’ later psych skewed pop sensibilities. At the time it was an obvious jam and I recall being floored by its shuffling beauty. Chirping birds, gently lapping tempos and the nascent harmonization of Bridgid Dawson and Dwyer detail what I consider to be a definitive highlight of their early quiet period of the band. The tree hangs heavy with Patrick Mullins’ handiwork, manning the musical saw, drums, and an assortment of home made electronics. It seemed a bit radical to be so quiet about it but the tunes are total earworms among the assorted drones, cut up bits of tape noise, and mellow front porch vibes, and the whole thing hangs together in a lovely hand-made way, helped in no small part by Dave Sitek’s production (he would later work on Master’s Bedroom as well). “

                                                                                                                    We flew Brigid out a fresh woman and literally sent her home on a plane with a trash bag of her clothes” says John. Evidently the whole record was accidentally erased at some point right around when the photo on the back of the jacket was taken, which makes it all the more remarkable that the result sounds so casually and confidently careworn. 

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. The Gilded Cunt
                                                                                                                    2. The Dumb Drums
                                                                                                                    3. Turn Offs
                                                                                                                    4. Losers In The Sun
                                                                                                                    5. Drone Number One
                                                                                                                    6. Island Raiders
                                                                                                                    7. Cool Death
                                                                                                                    8. Broken Stems
                                                                                                                    9. We Are Free
                                                                                                                    10. Drone Number Two
                                                                                                                    11. You Oughta Go Home

                                                                                                                    The Oh Sees

                                                                                                                    Warm Slime - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                      Warm Slime is the tenth studio album by Thee Oh Sees, originally released on May 11, 2010.

                                                                                                                      The album is the fourth to be released under the name Thee Oh Sees, and is the band's tenth studio album, overall.

                                                                                                                      The album's liner notes state that the album was "recorded live at 606th street in San Francisco in one day, one week after the gay pride parade 2009 on a tascam 388". 606th Street in San Francisco was, at the time, the location of Club Six, a hip hop club where John Dwyer worked. Dwyer described Club Six as "A big, airy room with a nice wooden stage, hardwood floors and really high ceilings. I gave them $500 to record in the room for 12 hours." The whole album was recorded "live" with no overdubs in an attempt to recreate the feeling of the band's live performances. Mike Donovan, the leader of Sic Alps, was the only guest musician on the album. Donovan was a past collaborator that had appeared on OCS' 2005 album 3&4, on which he provided vocals for the song "Burning Beauties". Like the majority of the band's catalogue, Warm Slime was recorded and mixed by Chris Woodhouse.

                                                                                                                      Much attention was drawn to the album's title track. At over thirteen and a half minutes long, it was the lengthiest song the band had ever released. Dwyer claimed that he had wanted to record a long format song like Can's "Yoo Doo Right", The Doors' "When the Music's Over", and Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".

                                                                                                                      John Dwyer – vocals, guitar, tape
                                                                                                                      Petey Dammit – bass
                                                                                                                      Brigid Dawson – organ, percussion, vocals, Wurlitzer
                                                                                                                      Mike Shoun – drums
                                                                                                                      Mike Donovan – fuzz guitar, percussion

                                                                                                                      One of the BIG faves in the Oh Sees catalogue!

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Warm Slime
                                                                                                                      2. I Was Denied
                                                                                                                      3. Everything Went Black
                                                                                                                      4. Castiatic Tackle
                                                                                                                      5. Flash Bats
                                                                                                                      6. Mega-Feast
                                                                                                                      7. MT Work

                                                                                                                      Emerging from the distant light is the new double-LP from John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees—the first studio recordings to capture the muscular rhythm section of twin drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon with ringer bassist Tim Hellman cracking spines. The groove and bludgeon one has come to expect from the band’s live shows is captured seamlessly here—they go from zero to headsplitter, and on the rare occasions they do let up on the gas a bit, you’re treated to some locked-in hypnotizers, too. The guitar sounds more colossal and ethereal at the same time, riding roughshod over the vacuum- sealed rhythm section, spiraling skywards, and diving into the emerald depths so quick your guts tingle. Synths, strings and smokesoaked things crawl behind the scenes to make an extra far-out party platter, served on 45 RPM plates for most excellent listening quality. With amazing visuals (including a side-D etching by airbrush-vanart maestro Robert Beatty) and packed in vape-proof goatskin, it’s a beast and, come August 12th, it can be yours should you so choose.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Dead Man's Gun
                                                                                                                      2. Ticklish Warrior
                                                                                                                      3. Jammed Entrance
                                                                                                                      4. Plastic Plant
                                                                                                                      5. Gelatinous Cube
                                                                                                                      6. Unwrap The Fiend Pt. 2
                                                                                                                      7. Crawl Out From The Fall Out
                                                                                                                      8. The Axis

                                                                                                                      What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, melody-maiming John Dwyer careening across your cranium, rounded out by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what you thought it meant to make 21st-century rock ’n’ roll?

                                                                                                                      Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point—how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been to pin down since Dwyer launched the project in the late ’90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands as Pink and Brown and Coachwhips. (While Dwyer still records songs on his own, Thee Oh Sees is now a five-piece featuring keyboardist / singer Brigid Dawson, guitarist Petey Dammit, drummer Mike Shoun and multi-instrumentalist / singer Lars Finberg.) That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, thirteen-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Slime LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In.

                                                                                                                      Now, Thee Oh Sees chase the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania with the scrappy, high-wire hooks of Carrion Crawler / The Dream. Originally envisioned as two EPs, it was cut live to tape in less than a week at Chris Woodhouse’s Sacramento studio in June, reflecting the battering-ram bent of the band’s live show better than any bootleg ever could. “As I’m sure most would agree,” explains Dwyer, “Castlemania was more of a vocal tirade. This one’s meant to pummel and throb.”

                                                                                                                      That it does, whether one blasts the slow, speaker-bruising build of “The Dream,” the sunburnt organs and dovetailing guitars of “Crack in Your Eye” or the interstellar instrumental “Chem-Farmer,” a perfect example of what happens when one takes a well-oiled machine—a gang of rabid road warriors, really—and adds a second, groove-locked drum set to the mix. To listen is to realize that Dwyer’s music is as manic as the underground comic inclinations of his artwork; colorful and confusing in a way that’s more than welcome. It’s downright refreshing, like a slap in the face at 5:00 in the morning. Or, as Dwyer puts it, “You have to leave a mark somehow.”


                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      01. Carrion Crawler
                                                                                                                      02. Contraption/Soul Desert
                                                                                                                      03. Robber Barons
                                                                                                                      04. Chem-Farmer
                                                                                                                      05. Opposition
                                                                                                                      06. The Dream
                                                                                                                      07. Wrong Idea
                                                                                                                      08.Crushed Grasss
                                                                                                                      09. Crack In Your Eye
                                                                                                                      10. Heavy Doctor

                                                                                                                      San Francisco’s incredibly prolific Thee Oh Sees are back with another full-length album of original tracks plus a smattering of covers. While the group’s previous releases on In The Red, "Help" and "Warm Slime", showcase their amped-up, reverb-drenched garage-psych pummel, on "Castlemania", John Dwyer and company take a more low-key approach. Dwyer himself describes "Castlemania" as 'summer-y and poppy'; on many of the tracks, electric guitars are jettisoned for acoustic, and the normally echo-laden vocals are a bit clearer. Happy pop melodies, sweet and sombre tunes, psychedelic moves galore, cover versions of The Creation and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and at least one garage stomper all rub elbows on Thee Oh Sees’ 'sunshine pop' album.

                                                                                                                      Its release couldn’t be more perfectly suited to the time of the year when the sunny skies return and the flowers start blooming. Watch for Thee Oh Sees to return later this year with another full-length of pulverizing, heavy stomp. In the meantime, relax and enjoy "Castlemania".


                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. I Need Seed
                                                                                                                      2. Corprophagist (A Bath Perhaps)
                                                                                                                      3. Stinking Cloud
                                                                                                                      4. Corrupted Coffin
                                                                                                                      5. Pleasure Blimp
                                                                                                                      6. A Wall, A Century
                                                                                                                      7. Spider Cider
                                                                                                                      8. The Whipping Continues
                                                                                                                      9. Blood On The Deck
                                                                                                                      10. Castlemania
                                                                                                                      11. AA Warm Breeze
                                                                                                                      12. Idea For Rubber Dog
                                                                                                                      13. The Horse Was Lost
                                                                                                                      14. I Won’t Hurt You (by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band)
                                                                                                                      15. If I Stay Too Long (by Big Wheel)
                                                                                                                      16. What Are We Craving? (by Norma Tanega)

                                                                                                                      Our lad John P. Dwyer has been lancing eardrums with Thee Oh Sees in an ever-escalating flurry of records for the past six years. Since the release of The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In announced a new loud era (and excepting a few momentary detours into home-baked territory - Dog Poison and Castlemania, for example), Dwyer and company have pummelled a bit harder each time out, cementing their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with and leaving legions sweaty and bruised in the process. Late last year, after years of relentlessly touring the world, the word got out… Dwyer’s moving to Los Angeles (fear not, still California!) and Thee Oh Sees are taking a much-needed hiatus with a shifting of gears ahead and a new album on the way. This is that album.

                                                                                                                      Drop was recorded in a banana-ripening warehouse (no joke) with hair-farming studio warlock Chris Woodhouse playing drums; it’s also graced with the presence of talented gurus Mikal Cronin, Greer McGettrick and Casafis adding horns and vocals. The result pushes the familiar polarities of the group farther outward than ever before. Opener “Penetrating Eye” might be the heaviest Oh Sees song yet, “Transparent World” and “Put Some Reverb On My Brother” foam with seasick fuzz, and yet the ballads, like the harpsichorded “King’s Nose” and the lush and stately closer “The Lens,” extend their oeuvre into mellotronic, far-out pop with delicacy and grace.

                                                                                                                      This schizophrenia heralds the man and the band into an unseen future in classic Dwyer fashion - restless energy harnessed into exquisitely crafted jams, with an emphasis on the pensive and the paranoid in turns.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Penetrating Eye
                                                                                                                      2. Encrypted Bounce
                                                                                                                      3. Savage Victory
                                                                                                                      4. Put Some Reverb On My Brother
                                                                                                                      5. Drop
                                                                                                                      6. Camera (Queer Sound)
                                                                                                                      7. King's Nose
                                                                                                                      8. Transparent World
                                                                                                                      9. The Lens

                                                                                                                      If you've followed the San Francisco underground for the past ten years, you might already be familiar with John Dwyer. Or — tastes depending — you might not know him at all. A friend and devotee of pre-eminent Providence noise rock act Lightning Bolt, the majority of Dwyer's repertoire falls on the indie spectrum's more visceral wavelengths. He was Pink in Pink and Brown, fronted Coachwhips, and played guitar in the dysfunctional Hospitals. Formed in the wake of his more volatile commitments, Thee Oh Sees started as an extension of Dwyer's softer side. Their early recordings were somber and beautiful. Last year, Thee Oh Sees made an unexpected turn, delivering their wildest, weirdest, hardest rocking record yet with "The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In". Now Thee Oh Sees have followed it with an even wilder, more hard-rocking record, "Help". Recorded by Chris Woodhouse (the A-Frames, Mayyors), "Help" draws straight, dark lines to both the British psychedelic rock of bands like The Creation and the caveman thud of The Troggs while a Cramps-like appreciation for rockabilly lies not far below. The album weaves Dwyer's signature AM radio howl with the catchiest of driving tunes, Brigid Dawson's gorgeous harmonies, heightened fidelity, thick spring-reverbed bombast, mighty drums, and an undeniable pull. The result is a sound somewhere beyond nostalgia, beyond the garage, beyond the fireside song and supposed goo-rock. Modern rock'n'roll records don't come much better than this and Thee Oh Sees are one of the best bands going.

                                                                                                                      Thee Oh Sees

                                                                                                                      Live At LEVITATION

                                                                                                                        Back in 2012, Thee Oh Sees made their first appearance at Austin Psych Fest, performing an electrified set at Emo's East. The first of many Levitation appearances down in Austin, this show has been mixed by John Dwyer and mastered for vinyl by JJ Golden. Now immortalized on glorious 12" colored wax. "I think this was our first time at levitation but our millionth time in the amazing and tough as nails city of Austin, Texas. Brigid Dawson, Mike Shoun, Petey D and myself had already laid the live show out in front of crowds here, so it wasn't our first rodeo and certainly not my last. Our love is obvious here as we bring forth a short but sweet set of hits and deep cuts. This is also the version of the band with Lars "Fingers" Finberg of Intelligence fame as second banana drummer. So enjoy some primal and sensual double drumming and as a side note, no one died at this show. Thanks as always to Levitation for making shit happen" - John Dwyer 


                                                                                                                        The first Austin Psych Fest was held in March 2008, and expanded to a 3 day event the following year. The event quickly developed into an international destination for psychedelic rock fans, with lineups spanning the fringes of indie rock, from up-and-comers to vintage legends, and capped off with headline performances from co-founders The Black Angels, along with Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thee Oh Sees (in various forms) and many more. LEVITATION helped spark a movement, inspiring the creation of similar events across the globe and a burgeoning psych scene that would soon ignite. The series captures key moments in psychedelic rock history, and live music in Austin, Texas, pressed on beautiful limited edition colorful vinyl pressings - each an eye popping visual representation of the music contained within. The artists and sets showcased on Live at LEVITATION have been chosen from over a decade of recordings at the world-renowned event, and document key artists in the scene performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at LEVITATION annually from all over the world.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. The Dream
                                                                                                                        2. Devil Again
                                                                                                                        3. Tidal Wave
                                                                                                                        4. Enemy Destruct
                                                                                                                        5. Robber Barons
                                                                                                                        6. Block Of Ice
                                                                                                                        7. Meat Step Lively
                                                                                                                        8. Minotaur

                                                                                                                        Thee Oh Sees

                                                                                                                        Live In San Francisco - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                        Perched in the belfry of The Chapel we caught thee mighty Oh Sees, alive and in their natural element, with our shutters aflutter and our
                                                                                                                        tapes on a roll. After a short incubation period, the beast has reached full maturity and it is hideous. Over three nights they pummeled, and we’ve culled some great photographs, a wicked recording, and even a little live video action.

                                                                                                                        Castle Face is happy to announce the first double LP in the Live in San Francisco series, presented on two discs, in a handsome double
                                                                                                                        gatefold jacket.

                                                                                                                        Finally you depraved Oh Sees freaks have something to take home with you when you lose your shoes and your girlfriend at the show. Put it on at home and pretend to wait in line for the bathroom and it’s like you’re really there.

                                                                                                                        The thrash, the throb, the mob is all present and pushed to the front. Dual drummers synced in each ear, Tim Hellman rounding out the
                                                                                                                        bottom and Castle Face’s own John Dwyer up front on guitar, lasering young brains off and fomenting the crowd to a froth—it’s a great
                                                                                                                        band, in a great room, with a great crowd and it’s cooked to perfection…

                                                                                                                        Take a little bit of it with you this time.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. I Come From The Mountain
                                                                                                                        2. The Dream
                                                                                                                        3. Tunnel Time
                                                                                                                        4. Tidal Wave
                                                                                                                        5. Web
                                                                                                                        6. Man In A Suitcase
                                                                                                                        7. Toe Cutter Thumb Buster
                                                                                                                        8. Withered Hand
                                                                                                                        9. Sticky Hulks
                                                                                                                        10. Gelatinous Cube
                                                                                                                        11. Contraption

                                                                                                                        Thee Oh Sees

                                                                                                                        Mutilator Defeated At Last

                                                                                                                        Here we have a new batch from Thee Oh Sees for your absorption - nine muscular tunes primed to pummel. Last year’s Drop was more schizophrenic, ranging from heavy to whimsical and back - Mutilator Defeated At Last has more in common with the monolithic hugeness of Floating Coffin - with only two slight reprieves in heaviness this is a record made to be played loudly and that demands bodily sacrifice inherently.

                                                                                                                        Despite the plutonium heavy feel, Thee Oh Sees continue to be omnivorous - synths and acoustic guitars expertly wind their way throughout like veins of gold through granite - any and all that stands in its way will be devoured and assimilated. This is the sound of a band doing what they do best, and it’s out on Castle Face Records.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Web
                                                                                                                        2. Withered Hand
                                                                                                                        3. Poor Queen
                                                                                                                        4. Turned Out Light
                                                                                                                        5. Lupine Ossuary
                                                                                                                        6. Sticky Hulks
                                                                                                                        7. Holy Smoke
                                                                                                                        8. Rogue Planet
                                                                                                                        9. Palace Doctor

                                                                                                                        What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, speaker-smothering, tongue-wagging John Dwyer careening across your cranium, chased by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what one thought it meant to make 21st century rock ’n’ roll?

                                                                                                                        Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point—how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been been to pin down since Dwyer launched it in the late ’90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands as Pink and Brown and Coachwhips. That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, thirteen-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there’s the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania and the high-wire hooks of Carrion Crawler / The Dream, which dropped a second drum set among sunburnt organs, dovetailing guitars and rail-jumping rhythms.

                                                                                                                        If one prefers a slightly more subtle musical awakening, there’s always Putrifiers II, the latest in a long line of Oh Sees albums that expands the group’s sound well past your friendly neighborhood garage band. So while the space-odyssey nods of “Wax Face” actually sound like they’re meant to melt one’s ears straight off, the record’s full of deviant detours, from the poison-tipped string parts and Eno-esque engineering of “So Nice” to the groove-locked Krautrock inclinations of “Lupine Dominus.”

                                                                                                                        The most noticeable element may be Dwyer’s melodies, however, as they reveal a softer side to his songwriting, one that makes perfect sense considering just how disparate his dust-clearing influences are. Scott Walker, The Velvet Underground, The Zombies and the experimental Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes are but a small taste of what informed Thee Oh Sees this time around, as Dwyer returned to the multi-instrumental ways of Castlemania— full-band sessions for another record are already underway—and rounded out a fuller, drier sound with drummer / engineer Chris Woodhouse and special guests like Mikal Cronin (sax), Heidi Maureen Alexander (trumpet, vocals) and K Dylan Edrich (viola).

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Wax Face
                                                                                                                        2. Hang A Picture
                                                                                                                        3. So Nice
                                                                                                                        4. Cloud #1
                                                                                                                        5. Flood's New Light
                                                                                                                        6. Putrifiers II
                                                                                                                        7. Will We Be Scared?
                                                                                                                        8. Lupine Dominus
                                                                                                                        9. Goodnight Baby
                                                                                                                        10. Wicked Park

                                                                                                                        The first two volumes of singles and B-sides from Thee Oh Sees. Twenty-four songs, including the track “Tidal Wave” (featured in TV’s Breaking Bad), that run the gamut from very mellow stuff with strings to completely fried burners.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Carol Anne
                                                                                                                        2. Inquiry Perpetrated
                                                                                                                        3. Mincing Around The Frocks
                                                                                                                        4. Kingsmeat
                                                                                                                        5. The Freak Was Clean
                                                                                                                        6. Kids In Cars
                                                                                                                        7. Bloody Water
                                                                                                                        8. Hey Buddy (Aaron Aites Cover)
                                                                                                                        9. Comas (Aaron Aites Cover)
                                                                                                                        10. I Agree
                                                                                                                        11. Grave Blockers
                                                                                                                        12. Tidal Wave
                                                                                                                        13. Heart Sweats
                                                                                                                        14. Contraption (Demo)
                                                                                                                        15. Friends Defined
                                                                                                                        16. Blood In Your Ear
                                                                                                                        17. Schwag Rifles
                                                                                                                        18. The Drag (Ty Segall Cover)
                                                                                                                        19. 7484
                                                                                                                        20. Castiatic Tackle (Demo)
                                                                                                                        21. She Said To Me
                                                                                                                        22. Where People Do Drugs
                                                                                                                        23. In The Shadow Of Giants
                                                                                                                        24. Ichor

                                                                                                                        John Dwyer and his Oh Sees (aka OCS) reissue the "Suck Blood" album on his own Castle Face imprint. Produced by Kelley Stoltz using all green energy (no joke), the album serves as a half-way point between the band's "Cool Death Of The Island Raiders" album and their most recent material. Thee Oh Sees are the underground punk rock of 2009!!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. It Killed Mom 02:42
                                                                                                                        2. Sucks Blood 03:42
                                                                                                                        3. Iceberg 02:58
                                                                                                                        4. The Gouger 01:53
                                                                                                                        5. You Make Me Sick, Oh Yeah 03:41
                                                                                                                        6. [Untitled Drone #] 01:30
                                                                                                                        7. The Killer 03:50
                                                                                                                        8. Ship 02:42
                                                                                                                        9. What The Driven Drink 02:05
                                                                                                                        10. Invitation 03:14
                                                                                                                        11. Golden Phones 03:30
                                                                                                                        12. [Untitled Drone #2] 01:39

                                                                                                                        Thee Oh Sees

                                                                                                                        Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion - Reissue

                                                                                                                          “Thee Hounds of Foggy Notion / Live Performances Sans Stages And Whatnots With Thee Oh Sees (2008), is a film we made just over a decade ago, and this record is the soundtrack. I loved making it, and I love all that were involved. I’m honestly blissed-out proud to hear over the years that it somehow is loved by so many others, too. “I first met John Dwyer on Flag Day. I was blown away by a trio of roving Coachwhips guerrilla street shows that climaxed at the the scenic vista parking lot high above San Francisco atop Mt. Sutro. Amongst the gathered uninitiated hordes of souvenir sweatshirt selling families, and puzzled elderly global tourist translators, and a white weirdo tuxedo wedding party, was the sonic corruption of the Coachwhips...I’m certain that this exact event was the idea seed for Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion, and that it saved my life a little bit. “When JPD asked me to consider making a video for Thee Oh Sees with the sole stipulation that he didn’t want to do anything fake-y to playback, my head started swimming. What we mutually agreed upon was to essentially reprise Flag Day, and film Thee Oh Sees performing live, but not on stages. “I rented a 15-passenger van, a generator, and the minimal cinematic equipment my trusted cinematographer friend James Wall deemed we needed. Everything sound wise was JPD territory and went through an ancient mixing board that Johnny had housed within a Samsonite suitcase. We ran all the plate mics from the drums, and the li’l pedestal mics from the amps through this old mixer, and we all believed that all would be well and swell.” — Brian Lee Hughes

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. The Gilded Cunt
                                                                                                                          2. Island Raiders
                                                                                                                          3. Ship
                                                                                                                          4. Block Of Ice
                                                                                                                          5. Curtains
                                                                                                                          6. Dumb Drums
                                                                                                                          7. We Are Free
                                                                                                                          8. Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion
                                                                                                                          9. Make Them Kiss
                                                                                                                          10. Golden Phones
                                                                                                                          11. If I Had A Reason
                                                                                                                          12. Highland Wife’s Lament
                                                                                                                          13. Dreadful Heart
                                                                                                                          14. Ghost In The Trees
                                                                                                                          15. Iceberg
                                                                                                                          16. Second Date

                                                                                                                          The ridiculously prolific Bay Area band Thee Oh Sees are back with another full-length long-player. "Warm Slime" is guaranteed to please fans of their whacked-out garage / psych / punk jams. Recorded by Sacramento sultan of sound Chris Woodhouse, "Warm Slime" carries on in the same tradition as the group’s previous In The Red release, "Help", showcasing their more electrified and rocking side, in comparison to other recent home-recorded releases. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the mind-bending title track, which clocks in at nearly 14 minutes and takes up the entirety of the album’s first side. It’s a psychedelic epic of "Inna Gadda Da Vida" proportions! John Dwyer’s guitar playing is at its quadraspazzed best here, and the vocal interplay with Brigid Dawson gives it a B-52s-at-their-least-cheesy-crossed-with the-Troggs vibe. The results are stunning.

                                                                                                                          'Thee Oh Sees incorporate the oft-referenced Nuggets stuff in a way that feels reverential. With grinding guitars and bah-bah-bah vocals, but with the punk and new-wave elements also at play, they don’t feel trite or plagiarized. This is like meat and potatoes prepared by a master chef -totally familiar but utterly delicious.'  - Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Warm Slime
                                                                                                                          2. I Was Denied
                                                                                                                          3. Everything Went Black
                                                                                                                          4. Castiatic Tackle
                                                                                                                          5. Flash Bats
                                                                                                                          6. Mega-Feast
                                                                                                                          7. MT Work

                                                                                                                          Oh Susanna

                                                                                                                          Johnstown

                                                                                                                            A new Canadian band, available only on import, fronted by Suzie Ungerleider whose effortless vocals are a real discovery. This is melodic, laid back americana full of tasty guitar lines produced by vintage 1950's and early 1960's Gibson and Les Paul classic guitars and it really gives a quality to the music.

                                                                                                                            Raz Ohara

                                                                                                                            Tyrants

                                                                                                                              Raz started working on the album Tyrants in 2017 and mixed the finished version in 2021. The writing process began with listening to sketches and sound-files he had collected throughout the past years, which he had not yet given up on. The album is thus a natural continuation of his previous works and showcases Raz’s unique sound design coherently. His increased focus into composition and arrangement is highlighted even further in this release.

                                                                                                                              In the oblivious environment surrounding his hideaway lake cabin he produced an album that is rich and diverse in its sonic palette, ranging from harshly distorted synth-peaks, cinematic soundscapes, all the way to avant-garde contemporary classical, and jazz music. It is an album that invites the listener to explore and discover not just the intimate self: it is also a very personal, intuitive observation and reflection on the world that we are living in today.

                                                                                                                              Certain instruments are very prominent. An old piano that was left in Raz’ apartment by a friend that he found joy in playing. One can hear a certain curiosity in the performance of this newly found, dust layered treasure (Bardot). Sonically the album is an attempt to blend acoustic sound recordings with synthesized sounds, and to blend musical genres into one. It is an acoustic expression of the transformative times we are living in, a realm of mankind being mastered by technology. The gap of this transformational process is a glitchy moment of time. It is portrayed on the front cover image of the album, by glitch artist Azamat Akhmadbaev.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              A1 Bardot
                                                                                                                              A2 Instant Mastery
                                                                                                                              A3 River Of Surrender
                                                                                                                              A4 Whistleblower
                                                                                                                              B1 Where To
                                                                                                                              B2 Tyrants
                                                                                                                              B3 Pretty Bird
                                                                                                                              B4 Bootsy & Nils

                                                                                                                              "Beacons" is the beguiling UK debut of Ohbijou. Borne in the bedrooms of a family home in Ontario, Casey Mecija's gentle compositions, bound with youthful frailty and unnerving beauty, found their natural habitat in Toronto. Enlisting the help of her younger sister, Jenny, and friends Heather Kirby and Anissa Hart, Mecija's songs began to take flight. An encounter with James Bunton and Ryan Carley led to further collaboration and the conception of Ohbijou. Andrew Kinoshita soon added his talents to Ohbijou's orchestration. Furnished with mandolin, violin, piano, banjo, cello and an impressive array of other instruments, a seven piece orchestral pop force began to appear on stages around Toronto that quickly affected the landscape of independent music in the city. Mecija pens songs wrought with the romantic afflictions of big city life. She sutures the intimate details of her personal relations to the macrocosmic relations of her city. Dressed with intricate melodies and vocal harmonies arranged by her bandmates, the songs reveal a striking musicality and virtuosity. Ohbijou's music has a seductive beauty, their delicate songs framed by elegant orchestral arrangements. Their emotive music is simultaneously both sad and life-affirming.

                                                                                                                              OHHMS

                                                                                                                              Exist

                                                                                                                                OHHMS come crashing through the Doom gates with their sophomore album 'Exist'. Heavy prog recorded in the spirit of Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and The Mars Volta. After rising a sonic tempest with their widely praised debut full-length ‘The Fool’ last year, UK’s breakthrough progressive metal act Ohhms keep conquering uncharted territories with their new album ‘Exist’. Wielding the flag of Animal Rights and Conservation as a casus belli against global injustice and ignorance, the Canterbury five piece deliver their deepest, most immersive music piece to date. Over the span of four songs, Ohhms prove they are more than great post-metal and doom providers, by crafting a gripping record which backbone subtly calls to mind albums from the finest of 70s prog such as Pink Floyd, Rush or Genesis


                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Subjects
                                                                                                                                2. Shambles
                                                                                                                                3. Calves
                                                                                                                                4. Firearms

                                                                                                                                Ohmme

                                                                                                                                Fantasize Your Ghost

                                                                                                                                  There's an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme's music that's so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago's many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city's indie rock, hiphop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer Matt Carroll, they've stretched the boundaries of what guitar music can do starting with the band's experimental 2016 self-titled EP and their adventurous debut 2018 LP Parts. Now their longstanding partnership culminates with the stunning and muscular follow-up Fantasize Your Ghost. Ohmme formed in 2014 as an outlet for Cunningham and Stewart to explore an unconventional approach to their instruments.


                                                                                                                                  "That's the whole genesis of the band: us walking up to our guitars and saying, 'how can we make this noisemaker do something different?'" says Cunningham. But as their musical collaboration strengthened, bringing Parts and intensive tours with acts like Wilco, Iron & Wine, Twin Peaks, and more, the band's scope and focus has also broadened. "Grinding on tour last year for so long, it can alter your mental state where you have to think about your life in a different way than you would if you're home. A lot of the songs stemmed from just thinking about all of the possibilities that life could be and could take," says Stewart. The commanding single "3 2 4 3" tackles the terrifying realization of needing to make a change. Their deft scene-setting and the way their disparate voices blend together heightens the song's inherent anxiety. These moments of emotional clarity fill Fantasize Your Ghost.


                                                                                                                                  Written across 2019, early sketches of the album's tracklist were demoed at Sam Evian's Flying Cloud Studios in upstate New York. "That's where we really started to see the record come together," says Cunningham. The sessions were intensely collaborative and open, the product of long, existential conversations between Stewart and Cunningham in the van about their lives and how to channel the anger they were feeling about the state of the world. Tracks like the driving opener "Flood Your Gut" underwent several revisions with Ohmme uncovering several new directions the song could go before finishing it. Fantasize Your Ghost was recorded over a six day session in with indie rock journeyman producer Chris Cohen and captures the astounding magnetism and ferocity of their live show.


                                                                                                                                  Fantasize Your Ghost encapsulates the thrilling and sometimes terrifying joy of moving forward even if you don't know where you're going. It's an album that asks necessary questions: When life demands a crossroads, what version of yourself are you going to pursue? What part of yourself will you feed and let flourish and what do you have to let go of? This is a record of strength, of best friends believing in each other. Unapologetic and brave, Ohmme are ready to figure it all out together.

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Over the few years they've been recording, Ohmme have clearly perfected their brand of rhythmic indie rock into the perfectly hypnotic distillation we hear today. Elements of Americana, White Stripes-esque blues rock and hypntoic synthy kosmische. It's a melting pot indeed, but one that works flawlessly. That groove!

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Flood Your Gut
                                                                                                                                  2. Selling Candy
                                                                                                                                  3. Ghost
                                                                                                                                  4. The Limit
                                                                                                                                  5. Spell It Out
                                                                                                                                  6. Twitch
                                                                                                                                  7. 3 2 4 3
                                                                                                                                  8. Some Kind Of Calm
                                                                                                                                  9. Sturgeon Moon
                                                                                                                                  10. After All

                                                                                                                                  OHMNS

                                                                                                                                  The Rice Tape

                                                                                                                                    From the muddy banks of the Mersey comes this 5 track mini-album by the front-runners of the New Liverpool Underground... their (long-gone) cassette release now on vinyl. Twenty two minutes & fourteen seconds of white hot Granadaland Gnarl fusing paint-stripping Post-Punk with "Back From The Grave" Garage Rock Gunk ...not to mention a heavy, heavy dose of Metalcore Skrunk. Dig The Fall? The Gories? The Common Cold? Arndales? Imperial Wax? Sabbath? Replacements? This is for you, Daddy-o... this is for anyone who still believes in the R&R dream ... R&R as primal scream... OHMNS ain't no slackers & are playing constantly around the North and sometimes further afield (France, Italy, Denmark even) Should they arrive near you ...do not miss!

                                                                                                                                    London-based psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are proud to reveal their third album 'Sacred Dreams' for Rocket Recordings. Continuing to dive into the deeper waters of experimentation, ‘Sacred Dreams’ is both a musically hefty amalgamation of reverb drenched space-rock and retro centric electronics, as well as an emotionally cathartic release for the band, marking a new direction and fresh approach.

                                                                                                                                    Since their critically acclaimed album 'Mirage' was released, Josefin and writing partner Fredrik have relocated from Stockholm to London and have created a new Liberation around them - this new band consists of the powerful and intuitive assemblage of musicians; Maki (Go Team), Patrick C Smith (Eskimo Chain), Matt Loft (Lola Colt) and Ben Ellis, who’s worked with both Iggy Pop and Swervedriver. ‘Sacred Dreams’ was largely recorded at Press Play Studios (King Krule, Fat White Family, Yves Tumor, Stereolab, High Llamas and many others) run by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, who also produced and even programmed his non synced drum machines adding a lot of inspiration to the album.

                                                                                                                                    ‘Scared Dreams’ invites you into the bands own dimensional soundscape, a world built with transcendental guitars, driving grooves and otherworldly, enchanting vocals, altogether seeped in layers of blissfully produced synths. Opener and lead single ‘Feel The Sun’ encapsulates this new direction perfectly before the anthemic ‘I Can Feel It’ makes the bands intentions known. Elsewhere playful 80s electronics sit alongside a shoegaze sensibility effortlessly and amongst the textured flow of the LP emerge pop hooks like the infectiously bluesy ‘Baby Come On’.

                                                                                                                                    Josefin tells us “This album comes out of a period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution, but also of deep love, warmth and beauty unveiled in the middle of it. A sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen and felt in order to drop what has to go in order to truly live. And the dissonance of such a dream may not be immediately apparent, let alone the meaning of it. In a way all of these tracks seem to emanate from that place where we have almost reached a new shore, or maybe we missed it and are headed somewhere else entirely, but there’s no way of telling until afterwards.”

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Mine says: After the experimental krautrock LP ‘Horse Dance’ (2015) and the pulsing psychedelia on shop-favourite ‘Mirage’ (2016), London-based Swedes Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation return with their most diverse album to date, showcasing a variation of sounds, including, but not limited to, 80s synths, trippy, reverb-laden guitars and dreamy, 60s inspired pop. ‘Sacred Dreams’, which was written during a ”period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution”, is less of a sonic journey than its predecessors and instead seems to show that Josefin and her band don’t want to be confined to a particular genre. After opening with the electronic and motorik dance tracks “Feel The Sun”; “I Can Feel It” and “Desire” the Spiritualized-esque “Hey Little Boy”, the transcendental “Only Lovers” and the blues stomper “Baby Come On” lead the album into a hazier, mellower and more psychedelic direction.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    01/ Feel The Sun
                                                                                                                                    02/ Honey Slumber
                                                                                                                                    03/ I Can Feel It
                                                                                                                                    04/ Desire
                                                                                                                                    05/ Hey Little Boy
                                                                                                                                    06/ Only Lovers
                                                                                                                                    07/ Baby Come On
                                                                                                                                    08/ New Horizons
                                                                                                                                    09/ Caramel Head
                                                                                                                                    10/ Let It Come
                                                                                                                                    11/ Whatever You Want
                                                                                                                                    12/ Floating Away

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