Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan

Your Community Hub

    Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan's new album, Your Community Hub, compellingly continues his sonic exploration of the New Towns movement. The issues the councillors, planners, and architects set out to solve still resound and echo throughout society.

    For the latest instalment in this unique project, Gordon Chapman-Fox turns his laser eye to focus on Community and the Community Centres that populated Warrington and Runcorn in order to provide all the facilities people needed within a five minute walk from their home. These planning ideas predated the current discussions of fifteen minute cities by fifty years.

    Those 50 years have seen a decline in our community centres and services: handy access to a GP or dentist, Post Offices, youth clubs, local shops, banking and much more. Successive governments have undermined and eroded those basic services. The decline in community services has also been matched with a decline in community and shared experiences with a knock-on effect on the population's health and well-being. The disastrous austerity policies imposed over the last 15 years have exacerbated this long, slow reduction in available spaces for people to meet and communicate, with seemingly no recognition of the societal impact that causes. Short-termism at the expense of the community and how we live our lives.

    Margaret Thatcher's statement that "there is no such thing as society" has been taken as a mission statement by successive Conservative governments who have aimed to remove as much support and communality from the citizens as possible. It continues now, the wrong-headed idea that everyone can be left to fend for themselves.

    Chapman-Fox's latest album decries the cruelty of where we find ourselves in 2024 and his quiet incandescence about the loss of optimism for what communities should be and could be. It's his most powerful work, and as always, it will deeply resonate with those who tune in to his unique vision and unparalleled productions.

    As ever, beautifully packaged and designed by Gordon, the album artwork features photographs from the archive of the architect Peter Garvin, which was kindly provided by his son Richard Garvin. The photographs show Peter's work on the Castlefield Community Centre, a sleek modernist structure clad in white ceramic tiles.


    1. A Shared Sense Of Purpose 
    2. Rapid Transport Links 
    3. Cul-de-Sac 
    4. Summer All Year Round 
    5. Facilities For All Ages 
    6. Pedestrian Shopping Deck 
    7. A New Town With An Old Sense Of Community


    Frog In Boiling Water

      Produced by Chris Coady and written by DIIV (pronounced Dive), Frog in Boiling Water, the band’s fourth full-length LP is a collection of snapshots that explores the brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance. Across 10 dark and dazzling tracks, DIIV documents the collapse from various angles with unusual sensitivity and depth of purpose while expanding their grand, hypnotic shoegaze, to create a transportive, sensual work of hope, beauty and renewal.

      "Musically, we were excited to explore new territory sonically. We collected and cataloged cassette tapes and made tape loops, used samples, weird guitar tunings, crude synthesizers. It’s the least “genre” record we’ve ever made and we’re excited to show everyone the musical world we’ve found."


      Liam says: I know it's only May, but this is most likely going to be my album of the year. Following on from their monumental 2019 album 'Deceiver', 'Frog In Boiling Water' sees DIIV still with their shoes set to gaze mode and it might be even be their best yet. With nods to Sonic Youth, Duster, Slowdive and MBV, 'FIBW' is also DIIV's most lyrically dense as it touches on brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance - plus it sounds absolutely massive! The textures/sonics on here are incredible and the best DIIV have ever sounded, I truly can't recommended this album enough!!!


      1. In Amber
      2. Brown Paper Bag
      3. Raining On Your Pillow
      4. Frog In Boiling Water
      5. Everyone Out
      6. Reflected
      7. Somber The Drums
      8. Little Birds
      9. Soul-net
      10. Fender On The Freeway

      La Luz

      News Of The Universe

        “I was in a dream, but now I can see that change is the only law.”

        With a credo adapted from science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, an album title from a collection of metaphysical poetry, and an expansion in consciousness brought on by personal crisis, guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland learns to embrace a changing world with unconditional love on 'News of the Universe', the new full-length from California rock band La Luz.

        'News of the Universe' is a record born of calamity, a work of dark, beautiful psychedelia reflecting Cleveland’s experience of having her world blown apart by a breast cancer diagnosis just two years after the birth of her son. It’s also a portrait of a band in flux, marking the first appearance for drummer Audrey Johnson and the final ones from longtime members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl, whose contributions add a bittersweet edge to a record that is both elegy for an old world and cosmic road map to a strange new one.

        But is there any band in the world more suited to capturing the chaos of change in all its messy beauty than La Luz? Formed by Cleveland in 2012, La Luz is beloved for their ability to balance bedlam and bliss, each new record another fine-tuning of the band’s mix of swaggering riffs with angelic vocals borrowed from doo-wop and folk; a band so reliably great that it makes the huge step forward in confidence and sheer musicality that is 'News of the Universe' all the more formidable. Cleveland, also a writer and painter, has developed into a truly original songwriter with her own canon of haunted psychedelia. Yet if Cleveland has spent years writing songs about ghosts, what lurks in the shadows of 'News of the Universe' is nothing less than death itself. “There are moments on this album that sound to me like the last frantic confession before an asteroid destroys the earth,” says Cleveland.

        The powerful sense of openness that permeates 'News of the Universe' is at least partially due to the fact that it is a record made entirely by women—from the performing, writing, and producing all the way through to the recording, engineering, and mastering. Working with producer Maryam Qudos (Spacemoth), the all-female environment allowed Cleveland to feel safe tapping into difficult places and expressing hard emotions women are socialized to suppress.

        Unashamedly vulnerable, unabashedly feminine, and undeniably triumphant, 'News of the Universe' is another knockout record from a band so reliably great that it has perhaps led people to overlook how pioneering La Luz really are: women of color in indie music forging their own path by following their own artistic star into galaxies beyond current musical trends, always led by an earnest belief in the cosmic power of love and a great riff. Never is that more true than on 'News of the Universe', which might be La Luz’s most brutal record to date but also their most blissful.


        Barry says: La Luz have always crafted a beautifully heady noise, somewhere between the rich psychedelic freakouts of the 60's and 70's and airy modern indie music, but it's on 'News Of The Universe' that their tendency towards more frenetic wall-of-sound synths and slowly blooming atmospheres becomes more clear, with moments of divine peace interrupted with bold swathes of activity.


        1. Reaching Up To The Sun
        2. Strange World
        3. Dandelions
        4. Poppies
        5. Good Luck With Your Secret
        6. Always In Love
        7. Close Your Eyes
        8. I'll Go With You
        9. Blue Moth Cloud Shadow
        10. News Of The Universe
        11. Moon In Reverse
        12. Blue Jay

        Caoilfhionn Rose


          With her third Gondwana album, ‘Constellation’, Manchester’s Caoilfhionn Rose has come of age as an artist, digging deep to find experimental new ways of expressing her wonder at nature’s beauty, her love of music in all its diversity, and her belief in the restorative powers that both afford in the troubled post-COVID world. Vigorous, searching and ever-curious, Caoilfhionn (say ‘Keelin’) has found a voice at once ancient and modern, intrepidly exploring contemporary technology to transform traditional songcraft for the mid 2020’s.

          The ten tracks on ‘Constellation’ feel rooted in a knowledge of folk, jazz and all the twentieth century’s classic tunesmiths, and yet they seem to create a magical, otherworldly space of her own imagining, blending Caoilfhionn’s core piano with synths, and pitting a live rhythm section and saxophone embellishments against ambient samples and future-facing production techniques.

          Confident, exploratory and often jaw-droppingly sublime, this incredible album properly announces Caoilfhionn Rose’s arrival as a fresh creative force for 2024.

          Caoilfhionn has always pursued music with a fierce commitment. When a period of illness in her late teens caused a delay in starting a Music degree at Newcastle University she used the time constructively. She took a diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering at Manchester MIDI School (Now School of Electronic Music), which leant heavily towards electronic music, imbuing her with a progressive outlook towards sound manipulation. Later studying music at university in Newcastle, she’d make sound experiments and field recordings, posting tracks online under the alias Audrey Daydreamer, and eventually an EP, under her own name. That was how I got involved with Gondwana,” she explains, “because Matthew [Halsall, label boss] heard the EP, and he came to see me play at a café called The Art of Tea, and asked if I’d like to record for Gondwana.”

          ‘Constellation’ features contributions from Halsall’s rhythm section, drummer Alan Taylor and bassist Gavin Barras, as well as Jordan Smart from Mammal Hands, whose supple sax exquisitely colours the fringes of most of its songs. Also guesting: John Ellis, former member of The Cinematic Orchestra, beatifically tinkling the ivories at the end of ‘Fall Into Place’, and producer Aaron Wood via a raft of ambient samples adding textured loveliness throughout ‘Rainfall’.

          “I love being open to collaboration,” Rose enthuses, “and the record’s a collage, knitting together all these influences, sounds and players, and just really going for it with the experimentation in the production.”

          Constellation’ sees her broaden the range of her singing, from the pure natural expression of her earlier records, to using it more as an instrument, sometimes more as abstract sound than as conventional verbal delivery. “It’s all playful and experimental,” she summarizes, “seeing what we could come up with that’s imaginative.” And she has learnt to use “her artistic license just to let the words be as they are”, to write in a momentary, impressionistic, almost painterly way. One example was how the word ‘constellation’ just fell into her head – “like, out of the cosmos” – while recording that song, so in it went. It also seemed emblematic of many aspects of the album – the theme of connectedness, her little cluster of Gondwana family musicians, and a pervasive feel of stargazing awe in the music. It obviously made a fitting album title, too.

          And so, Caoilfhionn Rose’s collage of differing influences and inspirations, players and processes, cohered into a miraculous and quietly powerful body of work, which stands as a testament to artistic adventure, to both improvisation and hard work, to trusting our connection to nature, other people and music itself. As such, ‘Constellation’ surely deserves to put her on a much bigger stage by the year’s end.


          Barry says: Constellation is a work of perfectly paced, beautifully organic ambient jazz and soaring ethereal vocals, absolutely rocketing Caoilfhionn rose to the top of my year end list thus far. It's the perfect album for playing in the hazy summer heat, or by the fire with a book. Stunning.


          1. Constellation
          2. Wandering Mind
          3. Momentary
          4. Josephine
          5. Rainfall
          6. Simple
          7. Fall Into Place
          8. Into Sky
          9. Drifting Dust
          10. A Light In The Middle

          Paul Weller


            In the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary music, few artists possess the enduring influence and innovative spirit of Paul Weller. A recording career that began in 1977 now takes in the release of his 17th solo album and his 28th in total.

            Weller has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries while staying true to his roots. "66" promises to be no exception, offering a captivating journey through his continuing musical evolution.

            As the title and artwork by Sir Peter Blake (his first for Weller since 1995’s Stanley Road) indicates, Paul Weller’s new album marks the completion of his 66th journey around the sun and is released on May 24th – the day before his 66th birthday.

            “66” is quite a reflective and inward thinking album that pulls back the camera lens and shines a light on the way Weller’s creativity interacts with his wider world.

            Continually finding new ways to alchemise the miracle of living and the meaning of it all, he draws on fragments of real life, ruminations on spirituality and even childhood memories. There are songs touching on faith, changing circumstances and the fractured realities of life in this turbulent age . But ”66” is positive at heart, bursting with the wisdom and perspective accrued by the business of someone who has really lived and loved.

            The 12 songs on “66” were worked up in Weller’s Black Barn studio over the course of three years with a host of guest musicians. In the recent past, Paul has been an enthusiastic collaborator, but “66” feels like the most fully-realised celebration of that process. Here, there are lyrical contributions from an esteemed roll-call including Suggs, Noel Gallagher and Bobby Gillespie (“Ship Of Fools”, “Jumble Queen” and “Soul Wondering” respectively). “66” also sees the co-writing return of Erland Cooper and duo White Label, and string arrangements from Hannah Peel. Additionally, there are two collaborations with French producer and recording artist Christophe Vaillant (Le Superhomard, while acclaimed Brooklyn trio Say She She add vocals to “In Full Flight”. Peppered throughout the album are turns from an array of old friends including Dr Robert, Richard Hawley, Steve Brooks and Max Beesley.

            "66" is set to be a landmark addition to Paul Weller's illustrious discography, further solidifying his status as one of the defining artists of his or any other generation.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: One of the most legendary and stylistically fluid songwriters of our generation (have you heard the 7" for Ghost Box?) returns for his newest LP, 66. It's an album bustling with soul influences and rich with the sounds of his past while pushing forward into new orchestral territory.

            TRACK LISTING

            Ship Of Fools
            Flying Fish
            Jumble Queen
            My Best Friend’s Coat
            Rise Up Singing
            I Woke Up
            A Glimpse Of You
            Sleepy Hollow
            In Full Flight
            Soul Wandering
            Burn Out

            Billy Mahonie

            Field Of Heads

              Formed in the first wave of British post-rock alongside the likes of Mogwai in the late 90s, John Peel favourites Billy Mahonie return with the first new music from their original line-up in some twenty-four years. Whilst their debut album ‘The Big Dig’, released in 1999 on Too Pure Records, is considered a classic of the post rock genre, Billy Mahonie always crafted their intricate music with memorable hooks and melodies and performed it with energy and gusto. Theirs was not an aimless, meandering sound, instead the songs and attitude were rooted in punk rock, and still are. Billy Mahonie put the rock into post-rock.

               ‘Field Of Heads’ sees the band returning with their classic original line-up of Gavin Baker (guitar), Howard Monk (drums), Hywell Dinsdale (bass and guitar) and Kevin Penney (bass and guitar). Whilst this line-up has been semi active for a few years, no new material came to fruition. After their last gig in 2017, however, the band decided it was time to get back into the studio, but with two members living abroad new challenges were faced, but ideas were shared, old ones were resurrected and finally in October of 2019, Billy Mahonie were back in the studio.

              Recorded over two long weekends on either side of the Covid 19 lockdowns, the band tracked at The Church studios, owned by their former collaborator and front of house engineer Paul Epworth, with senior engineer Luke Pickering at the controls, allowing ‘Field Of Heads’ to quickly take shape.

              New single ‘Kaiju’ gives the music world the first taste of ‘Field Of Heads’ and right from the off, it’s classic Billy Mahonie. Immediately bursting into life with the energy and melody that is so unique to their sound, Howard’s driving drums thrust the music ahead as the guitars and synths weave their way around them. Intricate and shifting, but never at the expense of a tune that sticks in your head.

              “This one came from a chord progression myself and Gav first tried out jamming in 2010,” explains drummer Howard. “Needless to say, when Hywell and Kev got their hands on it, it became something no-one ever envisaged. Kev's great title is, of course, the Japanese name for the subgenre of monster-based science fiction. A frenetic riff opens the song and for a counter guitar part only two options remain, play in the minimal gaps or find an overarching theme. We chose both. Kaiju films influence the additional Synths, echoes of those early Japanese movie themes. Some people we have played this to in advance have suggested this track is one we should lead with, as it is kind of where we left off. We agree. It rocks pretty hard. And is a bit funky too. What’s not to like?!”

              After nearly quarter of a century, Billy Mahonie are very much back. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: A bracing stab of noise infused post-rock from the legendary Billy Mahonie. There are elements here of math-rock and post-hardcore but it's essentially a slab of frantic, perfectly paced instrumental rock. Right up my street.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              Atomic Clock
              Hearts Vs Minds
              Spy Guy
              Side B
              The More I Know You
              Impossible Sky
              Dry Season

              Pub emerges from the mists to follow the 'Autumn' EP with his first album of new music in over a decade. 'Process The Wise' LP.

              A selection of tracks that are deeply lustrous and magical, equally measured yet wandering, with complimentary harmonics & scattered chaos.

              An inexplicable vibe, liquid feelings for endless summer nights. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: The Glaswegian legend returns after a long hiatus. Much like Four Tet, a producer who takes you by the hand and guides you confidently around his own unique soundscape of
              crystalline 4D waterfalls, holographic ambience, particle rich atmospheres and colourful fractals. It's a dreamy yet vivid and focussed listen that demands your uninterrupted attention.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Pussykeys
              A2. Hearts Conduct
              A3. The Water In Magic
              A4. Humble Be
              B1. Resist The Escalator
              B2. Waves Across
              B3. Walking On Footprints
              B4. Joyus
              B5. Done?

              This whole text about a compilation of legit chill slippers could be over with one quote of drummer Aaron Sterling. The John Mayer band member and studio guru called Basso (our compiler) the 'ECM of chill wave'.

              As we all know, even if some words may be hollow, good quotes help to tell a story. And that is definitely a great quote and if someone has a good story to tell, it is Basso. Best known for his label Growing Bin, he is one of those miraculous figures in music or record culture who can be called a true believer.

              "Sitting in Trees" for International Feel is a sampling demonstration of this commitment. Devotees of his previous compiling efforts "Proper Sunburn" (Music For Dreams) and "Lucky Are Those Who Hear The Birds Sing" (Growing Bin), know what to expect: some of the best songs you have never heard before, some you would probably never hear without this and even some that you did not know you would even like. Even self-proclaimed record diggers might not recognize more than "Mystery Voice" by smooth jazz new agers Dancing Fantasy. It is a world of merry music that, pretty much, is boundary- and genre-free, and includes the sunshine stepper Beau Michael’s "Move Away"; Patrick Jahn’s and Erobique’s previously unreleased "Moonlight Shuffle" (the soundtrack to a lost Schimanski Tatort) and Christian Ch. Kneisel’s impossible-to-find Balearic digi gem "Jungle Connection".
              All contextualized, explained and wonderfully described with meticulous liner notes by the king of record descriptions himself: Basso. But what else would you expect from a DJ turned trip-hop-producer turned artiste turned record sommelier? Magic moments galore that won’t make you move away!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: A beautiful selection of airy electronics and floating Rhodes keys, laid-back drifters and saturated bass stabs from Growing Bin boss and master selector and musician, Basso. Beautifully paced throughout and full of little surprises, Sitting In Trees is an absolute triumph. Perfectly timed for hammock season!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Edwin Schimscheimer - Bon Nuit Michelle
              A2. Dancing Fantasy - Mystery Voice
              A3. Peak Of Normal - Hava
              A4. Christian Ch. Kneisel - Jungle Connection

              B1. Beau Michael - Move Away (Extended)
              B2. Summer Vee - Judas
              B3. Patrick Jahn & Erobique - Moonlight Shuffle
              B4. Ikee Largo - After The Storm

              After a five year hiatus Luke Slater reanimates his L.B. Dub Corp alias for a dynamic, vocal-led ode to the club featuring Robert Owens, Paul St. Hilaire, Miss Kittin and more.

              Slater is responsible for some of the most enduring electronic music of the past 30 years, including his grandiose ambient techno project The 7th Plain and the trailblazing machine funk of Planetary Assault Systems. He debuted the L.B. Dub Corp alias in 2006 as an outlet for a broader, looser kind of club music. His third LP the name, ‘Saturn To Home’ also marks his first appearance on Dekmantel.

              The result of more than a year’s exacting work, here we find Slater reflecting on his formative influences and funnelling them into eight incisive tracks that range from the feverish passion of ‘Your Love’s infectious chord stabs to the star-scraping breakbeat techno of ‘Only The Good Times’ via the smoky soundsystem tendrils of ‘Golden Star’ and the elastic drums and mutant synth funk of ‘Krank’. As well as celebrating the intersectionality of club culture and the vibrant vocals of his invited guests, it’s also the first time Slater has committed his life-long love of playing drums onto a record — just listen to the sizzling rhythmic tension of ‘Cloak And Dagger’ and you’ll instantly understand where he’s coming from.

              From every syncopated groove to the spine-tingling rush of the melodic hooks, Slater tells the story of his life in music, which means his life overall, without ever being stuck in the past.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Luke Slater adopts his LB Dub Corp alias for a double LP of slow tectonic techno, moody future dub and cybernetic-jazz. A suitably innovative LP from this UK stalwart and rightly hyped following the Burial remix of "Only The Good Times".

              TRACK LISTING

              Saturn To Home Ft. Kittin
              You Got Me Ft. Robert Owens
              Your Love
              Golden Star Ft. Baal Mortimer
              Only The Good Times
              No Trouble In Paradise Ft. Paul St. Hilaire
              Cloack And Dagger

              New from Jan Jelinek - a 36-minute language and sound collage devoted to the dark forces of phishing. Strange but f*cking great!

              "Social Engineering" brings together thirteen text fragments from so-called phishing emails. Using speech synthesis, they are spoken, sung, and/or transformed into abstract textures. The result is a 36-minute language and sound collage devoted to the dark forces of phishing.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Interesting and contextual curio from micro-house / avant electronica artist Jan Jelinek. Taking cues from the plethora of phishing emails, he utilizes computer generated speach to create a dissociative, eerie yet utterly compelling listen that's quite unlike anything we've ever heard.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Social Engineering 1 (The Narrative Of The Heritage)
              2. Social Engineering 2 (A Mystery Wants To Be Disclosed)
              3. Social Engineering 3 (ALERT!)
              4. Social Engineering 4 (A Mystery Wants To Be Disclosed, Progressed Version)
              5. Social Engineering 5 (The One-off Opportunity)
              6. Social Engineering 6 (Medical Frivolities)
              7. Social Engineering 7 (A Vague Allegation & The Concrete Blackmail)
              8. Social Engineering 8 (This Is Not A Joke! 1)
              9. Social Engineering 9 (Sad Self-optimization)
              10. Social Engineering 10 (Incoherent Translation Algorithms)
              11. Social Engineering 11 (BUSINESS)
              12. Social Engineering 12 (This Is Not A Joke! 2)
              13. Social Engineering 13 (The Polite Threat)

              Danger Mouse & Jemini

              Born Again

                Remarkably This Soul And Funk Infused Hip-hop Tour De Force Arrives Two Decades After Its Creation And The Duo's Debut LP, 'Ghetto Pop Life' Which Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This Year.

                Enthused By The Response To 'Ghetto Pop Life', Soon After Danger Mouse And Jemini Began To Tour And To Write And Record 'Born Again'. Finally, Having Been Recorded Two Decades Ago And Indefinitely Shelved Until Now, 'Born Again' Will Finally Be Released To Coincide With The Twentieth Anniversary Of 'Ghetto Pop Life'.

                The Previously Unheard Record Retains Many Of The Elements Of Danger Mouse And Jemini's Debut; The Fun-loving, Shit-talking Innocence, But Also Adopts A Noticeably More Introspective And Confessional Tone. This Time, In Addition To Light-hearted Topics Such As Being An Incredible Artist ('Knuckle Sandwich II', 'Brooklyn Basquiat'), Living Large And Being A Magnet For Attention ('Me'), Jemini Also Delivers Highly personal And Occasionally Devastating Lyrics About Missed Opportunities And Redemption ('All I', 'Born Again'), His Time In Prison ('Locked Up') And Complicated Relationship With His Father ('Dear Poppa').

                His Effortless Free Flowing Cadence And Indelible Sing-song Delivery Elevate Each Track With A Melodic Infectiousness Whilst Danger Mouse Exhibits An Affinity For Resonant Instrumentals Built From Sampled Organ, Vibraphone, Or Guitar Loops And Infused With His Trademark Minor Key Magic. The Result Is A Classic, Timeless Hip Hop Record.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Modern musical polymath Danger Mouse revisits this lost project written and recorded some 20 years ago but never ever released! Isn't it both beguiling but frustrating when you hear of these artists that just have endless, top quality content just lying around waiting to be discovered. "Born Again" is a brilliantly soulful and funky hip-hop joint, retaining the producer's deliciously old school style and reminiscent in many ways of last year's "Cheat Codes" (with Black Thought").

                TRACK LISTING

                1. All I
                2. Locked Up
                3. Me
                4. Knuckle Sandwich II
                5. Born Again
                6. Brooklyn Bazquiat
                7. Walk The Walk
                8. Where You From
                9. Dear Poppa
                10. World Music



                  Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum reasserts his GOAT status with another brilliantly innovative album effortlessly traversing tempos and musical styles as only he can. “3FOR82” comprises 12 high-intensity, ruminative tracks that thread the needle between his past, present and future selves. His first studio album since 2020’s “A View of U”, “3FOR82” features an incredible cast of collaborators including Tinashe, Duckwrth, Mick Jenkins, Jesse Boykins III, KUČKA, AKTHESAVIOR, Tanerélle, deem spencer, Deniro Farrar and Topaz Jones.

                  Between drum & bass, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, dazzling beat switches and a singular ear for sonics, Machinedrum adopts a rich, prismatic approach to collaboration, building on the uptempo vocal manipulations that won him acclaim in electronic communities, notably on 2011’s breakout LP Room(s) and 2013 opus Vapor City.

                  Recommended if you like… Flume, Mura Masa, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Nia Archives

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A
                  A1. ORACLE (feat. Aja Monet)
                  A2. RESPEK (feat. Topaz Jones & Ezri)
                  A3. WEARY (feat. Mick Jenkins & Jesse Boykins III)
                  A4. H0N3Y
                  A5. HEAL (feat. AKTHESAVIOR & Deniro Farrar)
                  A6. ILIKEU (feat. Duckwrth)
                  Side B
                  B1. U_WANT (feat. KUČKA)
                  B2. BLESSD (feat. Deem Spencer)
                  B3. RISE (feat. ROZET)
                  B4. ZOOM (feat. Tinashe)
                  B5. KILL_U (feat. Tanerélle)
                  B6. GODOWN (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

                  Loyle Carner

                  Hugo: Remagined - Live From The Royal Albert Hall

                    Loyle Carner has Mercury and Brits nominations, NME Awards, global brand campaigns, and 2 top #3 albums! After performing at a SOLD-OUT Royal Albert Hall on his 29th birthday, the multi-talented artist is looking to make history once again with this release.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Georgetown (feat. John Agard)
                    Desoleil (Brilliant Corners) (feat. Sampha)
                    Homerton (feat. JNR Williams)
                    Blood On My Nikes (feat. Wesley Joseph & Athian Akec)
                    Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)
                    Loose Ends (feat. Jordan Rakei)
                    A Lasting Place
                    Speed Of Plight
                    The Cycle
                    Ottolenghi (feat. Jordan Rakei)


                    The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

                      Vegyn releases his emotionally rich sophomore album, The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions. Sublimely crafted songs, each allowing for a dose of human imperfection, wobbling on a tightrope between elation and an eerie melancholia. The record includes guest features from John Glacier, Léa Sen, Matt Maltese, Lauren Auder and Ethan P. Flynn, and is released through his own imprint, PLZ Make It Ruins.

                      The producer's shape-shifting musical output has so far tended towards excess, whether working with some of the world’s biggest rap and R&B artists (Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Kali Uchis), or unleashing 70 track mixtapes, letting light into his creative process by sharing scraps from the cutting room floor. By contrast, this new album emerged from a space of free-flowing experimentation, with a lighter touch to the productions. His trademark flourishes and BPM changes take a backseat to melody and clear structure. As Vegyn himself puts it: “I’m just trying to make interesting songs – feeling was the focus.”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. A Dream Goes On Forever (feat. John Glacier)
                      2. Another 9 Days (feat. Ethan P. Flynn)
                      3. Turn Me Inside (feat. Léa Sen)
                      4. Halo Flip (feat. Lauren Auder)
                      5. Everything Is The Same
                      6. The Path Less Travelled
                      7. Makeshift Tourniquet
                      8. Time Well Spent
                      9. In The Front (feat. John Glacier)
                      10. Trust (feat. Matt Maltese)
                      11. Stress Test
                      12. Last Night I Dreamt I Was Alone
                      13. Unlucky For Some…

                      Mui Zyu

                      Nothing Or Something To Die For

                        As mui zyu, Hong Kong British artist Eva Liu searches for a portal, wandering between nothing and everything in her pursuit of peace. On her second full-length album nothing or something to die for she looks outward, embracing the chaos with each tentative step.

                        mui zyu's debut album Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century saw her explore her heritage, as she dived inward to find acceptance and healing. Now, instead of searching for answers from the inside, Liu raises her head to look at the world around her. As she attempts to understand the complexities and significance of human existence, she observes apathy alongside overwhelming chaos; the technological advancements of connection with the lack of meaningful bonds and the frustrations of upholding standards set by others. nothing or something to die for tries to decipher these juxtaposing truths, holding both the weight of those trying to destroy the world with the utter futility of it all.

                        Working with co-producer and fellow Dama Scout band member Luciano Rossi, the sonic world of nothing or something to die for encapsulates both the fleeting tranquility of serenity and the dissonance in chasing it. After all, our reality can change in an instant. Like the psychedelic tones of Ryuichi Sakamoto's Thousand Knives, the urgent techno-pop of Miharu Koshis Parallelisme or the eerie wanderings of Angelo Badalamenti's work for Twin Peaks, nothing or something to die for expertly toes the line between disorder and clarity.

                        Lead-single “the mould,” which is inspired by moving on from the past and pushing against the grain to attain inner peace. “Missing the dread, obsessed with it,” Liu sings over a shifty instrumental, carried by blocky drum machines, sharp guitars, and woozy synthesizers.

                        The track is accompanied by a psychedelically youthful video inspired by creepy ‘90s kids shows, directed by 3D artist and Dama Scout member Danny Grant. Creatively toying with VR sculpting techniques, the otherworldly visuals came to life as Grant intentionally misused the high-end VFX software Houdini. It plays into the song’s wonkiness, heightening its empowering transcendence.

                        On the track, Eva Liu shares: "'the mould’ is a frosted glacial sweetie about the many meanings of mould. mould is very cool, and the right kind can give you super powers. unfortunately though, it’s less than ideal to be squeezed in to a mould that doesn’t fit snuggly. so i’m at the bottom of the rotten jelly bowl trying to work out what mould is the good kind, and what is the bad kind, and maybe realising none of it really matters at all, as long as i can get out of this steep, slippery bowl. this also marks a new approach for my writing indicative of the whole record in a kind of anti-overture-y way."

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Satan Marriage
                        The Mould
                        Everything To Die For
                        Donna Like Parasites
                        The Rules Of What An Earthling Can Be
                        Please Be Okay (feat. Miss Grit)
                        Telephone Congee I
                        Speak Up, Sponge
                        What’s The Password Baby Bird?
                        Hopefulness, Hopefulness
                        Telephone Congee Ii
                        Sparky (feat. Lei, E)
                        In The Dot (feat. Pickle Darling)
                        Cool As A Cucumber

                        Sean Khan Presents The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble

                        Sean Khan Presents The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble

                          Saxophone master Sean Khan presents a brand new album project on Acid Jazz - The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble. The album explores the sounds of the late-’60s/early-’70s folk revival, recast and reimagined in a jazz setting with featured guest singers, including compositions by Pentangle, Sandy Denny, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

                          Featured vocalists are the legendary Pentangle lead singer Jacqui McShee, acclaimed singer-guitarist Rosie Taylor-Frater, and emerging artist Kindelan. Sean Khan meanwhile is known as one of the UK’s premier saxophonists, and particularly his ‘Supreme Love: A Journey Through Coltrane’ LP. His distinctive Soprano playing can be heard throughout.

                          Presented in a beautiful, evocative sleeve and inner-sleeve layout on LP and gatefold-style CD.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: A beautifully rich and organic amalgamation of jazz and folk. Your ears will be justifiably piqued by the cover of "Solid Air" and "Things Behind the Sun" before realizing there's some special chemistry at work here.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. She Moves Through The Fair
                          2. Solid Air
                          3. Light Flight
                          4. Parasite
                          5. Things Behind The Sun
                          6. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
                          7. I’ve Got A Feeling
                          8. Ode To Nick Drake

                          David Versace is an Australian multi-genre keyboardist, composer and producer based in Meanjin, Queensland. Growing up in a very musical household it was always important to express and embrace all types of music and sonics. His sound ranges from Jazz and Samba to ambient works and the odd dance-floor heater. David also plays in Meanjin nu-jazz dance outfit First Beige.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Heart To Heart
                          2. Full Moon Sprint
                          3. With Time
                          4. You Really Mean It
                          5. Same Signals
                          6. Red Dirt
                          7. New Day
                          8. Capricorn

                          The Pearlfishers

                          Making Tapes For Girls

                            After a hiatus of five years, The Pearlfishers, Glasgow’s finest, return with their ninth album for Marina – most probably their best and most immediate one so far.

                            Driven by main man David Scott’s exceptional songwriting and sophisticated arrangements, Making Tapes For Girls is a goldmine of pop gems – full of witty & colourful lyrics about the affirmative & healing power of music and pop escapism. 

                            The title track evokes memories of those days of compiling a C-30/60/90 for your loved one or secretly adored one: “I didn’t know how to say the right thing / So I left it to Joni and Paul...”. Those mix tapes that came straight from your heart & soul – “the nub of it, the truth of it, the ‘you’ of it.” It is another Pearlfishers classic in the vein of My Dad The Weatherfan and Even On A Sunday Afternoon and also David Scott’s nod to Terry Hall’s The Colour Field.

                            All of these 12 new tracks could have made it easily onto such a tape. Kisses On The Window is a very personal and straightforward love song, with a beautiful string quartet arrangement. Hold Out For A Mystic, most definitely the only song in pop history which references Henri Matisse and Billy Childish in the same line (“The Fauve and the Stuckist man”), is built around a cosmic ELO acoustic guitar sound, while Put The Baby In The Milk channels Carole King jumping through some harmony hoops à la Laura Nyro. We experience more name dropping in The Word Evangeline, a rumination on all songs featuring that name, from The Cocteau Twins to Emmylou Harris to Matthew Sweet. Yellow & The Lovehearts is a wonderful two part suite that takes us from full-on shiny pop to a glacial Simon & Garfunkel soundscape. We are even visiting a Fleetwood Mac-ish vibe in Until I Knew Happy – listen to that great cosmic country banjo solo which creates a fantastic widescreen sound! The super poppy We’re Gonna Make A Hit Record, Boy features the great line: “And we’ll sing it out for Judee Sill and Tony Bourdain”.

                            Oh yes. When The Sun Comes Back To The West Coast definitely lives up to its title – a return to the catchy Byrds harmonies of The Pearlfishers’ Marina debut The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies.

                            Most of the album was recorded at La Chunky Studios in Glasgow where everything is vintage – from an old Ludwig kit, old Wurlitzer electric piano and Fender Rhodes keyboards to tons of vintage microphones and compressors. It made a big stamp on the overall sound to an album which is most probably the best one by The Pearlfishers yet.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            01. Making Tapes For Girls
                            02. Kisses On The Window
                            03. Hold Out For A Mystic
                            04. Put The Baby In The Milk
                            05. Until I Knew Happy
                            06. The Word Evangeline
                            07. We’re Gonna Make A Hit Record, Boy
                            08. Yellow & The Lovehearts
                            09. The Wild Lives
                            10. Protect The Heart That’s Beating
                            11. When The Sun Comes Back To The West Coast
                            12. Sweet Jenny Bluebelle

                            Bess Atwell

                            Light Sleeper

                              A huge part of this exploratory new era was Aaron Dessner, who produced Light Sleeper. His isolated cabin studio Long Pond, in Hudson Valley, was once Bess' desktop background, but she never thought she would end up star-gazing on its veranda and noodling away on the same instruments used by her heroes, not to mention a certain pop star...

                              The immediate trust between the pair clicked the moment Atwell walked through the doors of the iconic recording space; Dessner showed her around and then promptly left her alone to play on the many instruments at the heart of her favourite The National songs. As Atwell puts it, they seemed to speak the same musical language. "I trust his ear and I knew we had the same vision" she says. Since the release of 'Already, Always' Atwell has been through a number of personal transformations including tapering off antidepressants, after "years of avoiding it". Reflections on her upbringing and re- evaluations of some of her experiences led to a autism diagnosis in May 2023, which has helped her to make sense of many different moments.

                              Motifs of sleeping and waking run throughout Light Sleeper, which constantly stirs and settles, Atwell embracing the full range and rawness of her voice like never before. By the title- track, which closes the album, twinkling, starry synthesisers lead her to a place of quiet realisation: "I'm ready to be a light sleeper again/To wake up and feel everything/I can carry the weight of it"

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Everyone Who's Not In Love With You Is Wrong
                              2. Release Myself 
                              3. Sylvester
                              4. Fan Favourite
                              5. The Weeping
                              6. Something Now
                              7. Spinning Sun
                              8. I Am Awake
                              9. Crowds
                              10. Light Sleeper


                              Fully Beat

                                The relatively short life of San Francisco’s Aluminum has so far yielded a single (Spinning Backwards, 2020) and an EP (Windowpane, 2022), but their debut LP, Fully Beat, overflows with tenured confidence and a singular style that deftly comprises shoegaze, big beat, and jangle pop. With influences ranging from Orbital, to Wipers, to The Avalanches and Sly and the Family Stone, theirs is a multifaceted take on established forms, fed through fuzz and led by honeyed, male-female vocal harmonies from Bay Area post-punk veterans Marc Leyda (of Wild Moth) and Ryann Gonsalves (of Torrey).

                                “Smile” begins with deceptive sparseness, adding neon swirls of stacked tremolo over a mesmerizing lyrical refrain, and hinting at the dynamism to come with understated grace and grit. “Always Here, Never There” is Fully Beat’s first pure hit of melodic pop: its liquid bass groove winds beneath a melancholy-sweet synth hook and Leyda’s plaintive vocals, while drummer Chris Natividad’s deep, pillowy snare and propulsive style maintain a driving pace. Lead single, “Behind My Mouth”, shifts gears into a big beat shuffle and howl of overdriven guitars, which relent to Gonsalves’ rolling bassline and playful, snarky vocal.

                                Composed across several weeks of experimentation, it is a prime iteration of Aluminum’s meticulous world of sound, which nevertheless carries an air of wry nonchalance. Asking, “Do you ever see behind my mouth?”, Gonsalves notes that the song “comes from a place of wanting to be understood authentically, and to communicate intentionally.”

                                This approach speaks to the album’s broader theme of exhaustion amid the demands of the modern grind: working unfulfilling jobs to pay exorbitant rent, feeling society break at the seams, and trying to maintain a meaningful personal life with the remaining scraps of morale. The response, then, must be to find joy. These songs were crafted over a half-dozen months in basements and practice spaces, creating an abundance of authentic passion and catharsis that’s as nostalgic and comforting as a cherished, tattered band t-shirt.

                                The closer, “Upside Down”, is a full-throttle blare of joyous release – “a straight-up love song,” according to Leyda. The deliberate choice to end it with a gradual fade, rather than a dramatic climax, smartly suggests the ambivalence of acceptance – perhaps fitting, when considering the immensity of the album’s subject matter. It also hints that there is much more to be said, and as such a rich and compelling debut, Fully Beat shows that Aluminum are only getting started.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Smile
                                2. Always Here, Never There
                                3. Behind My Mouth
                                4. HaHa
                                5. Pulp
                                6. Beat
                                7. Everything
                                8. Call An Angel
                                9. Birds Flew Here
                                10. Upside Down

                                Girl And Girl

                                Call A Doctor

                                  In one sense, it’s easy for artists—songwriters, specifically—to express their feelings in their work. After all, that’s what the lyrics are for! But it’s much harder to convey emotional energy in how you play, slash at the guitar, and the structure of the music itself. That’s precisely why Girl and Girl’s Sub Pop debut, Call A Doctor, feels like such a vital, electrifying shock to the senses. Not since the early work of Car Seat Headrest or Conor Oberst’s widescreen emotional brutality as Bright Eyes has indie rock managed to come across as this intimate and grandiose, as the Australian quartet led by Kai James lay a lifetime’s worth of woes—mental health, the human race’s planned obsolescence if you’ve been living on this cursed rock you know what we’re getting at—across a canvas of indie rock that feels both timeless and in-the-moment.

                                  An audacious and aggressively tuneful blast of a record, Call A Doctor is an unforgettable first bow from Girl and Girl, whose origins lie in James and guitarist Jayden Williams jamming in his mother’s garage in the afternoon after school. One afternoon, James’ Aunty Liss headed down to their practice space after walking her dog and asked if she could sit in on drums. “It sounded really great,” James recalls. “We begged her to stay, and she said, ‘I’ll stay until you find another drummer.’ We wore her down, and she eventually became a permanent member.”

                                  After bassist Fraser Bell joined to round things out, Girl and Girl hit the road and began to make a name for themselves beyond the Australian bush, eventually signing to Sub Pop off the strength of word of mouth. Call A Doctor came together quickly soon after, largely recorded in marathon sessions in a two-story industrial complex over the course of two weeks. “That added to the intensity of the album,” James says about the frenzied creative process overseen by producer Burke Reid. “I can hear the stress in the record, which is good because that’s what it’s about—being tense, tied up, and in your own head.”

                                  Call A Doctor’s eleven songs—spanning sweeping guitar epics and wry acoustic shuffles to spiky punk maneuvers and the type of raw, adoringly unvarnished indie-pop associated with legendary PacNW label K Records—are literally plucked from James’ personal history, as he reworked older recordings with newer lyrics reflecting his past struggles as well as new anxieties that emerged prior to the album’s recording. "I've struggled with mental health for a lot of my life," he explains, “and I went through a particularly difficult patch when we were making the album; the band had started to get some attention, and I felt an enormous amount of pressure to live up to it.”

                                  “This record is about an individual who’s too far in their head, trying to get out,” James continues while discussing Call A Doctor’s overall outlook—specifically the snapshot it offers of its creator. But even though this record deals with uneasy topics we all know well from within ourselves, it’s important to emphasize how teeming with life Girl and Girl’s music is. There’s a brazen, bold sense of humor to this stuff, an undeniable brightness to the darkness that makes it impossible not to be drawn in as a listener. Feeling down never sounded so goddamn good.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Call A Doctor
                                  Maple Jean And The Anthropocene
                                  Oh Boy!
                                  You’ll Be Alright
                                  Comfortable Friends
                                  Our Love (Ours Only)

                                  Hometown Heroes (Brad Baloo X DJ Yoda X Edo G)

                                  Hometown Heroes

                                    Aiming to rescue the airwaves from run-of-the-mill rap and humdrum Hip-Hop, the Hometown Heroes crew swoops into view, bringing together audiovisual evangelist DJ Yoda, soundsystem shocker Brad Baloo of The Nextmen, and legendary rhyme supplier Edo G out of Boston for a funky fix of unashamed dad-hop.

                                    The holy trinity have dozens of classics under their belts covering Rap’s golden era to the present and ‘Hometown Heroes’ is another gem providing the sort of rewindable Hip-Hop that’s hella breezy, but still packing plenty of bluster beneath the surface.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side A

                                    1. Advice
                                    2. The Process
                                    3. What You Wanna Do
                                    4. Do You Right
                                    5. Stand Still
                                    6. Talk About It

                                    Side B

                                    1. Advice Instrumental
                                    2. The Process Instrumental
                                    3. What You Wanna Do Instrumental
                                    4. Do You Right Instrumental
                                    5. Stand Still Instrumental
                                    6. Talk About It Instrumental

                                    Various Artists

                                    Nice Swan Introduces Vol.2

                                      Nice Swan Records is ecstatic to unveil the highly anticipated 2nd volume of "Nice Swan Introduces." This compilation, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, showcases the best releases from the past two years on the Nice Swan Records Label. Just like Volume I, this release comes alongside an exclusive limited run of only 250 vinyl records, ensuring you'll own a piece of Nice Swan history.

                                      Prepare to be captivated once again by a diverse array of musical talents, reminiscent of the Volume I lineup. Featuring exceptional artists like Prima Queen, Deadletter, Chalk, Cowboyy, Human Interest, and a host of others who have graced the Nice Swan roster over the last few years.

                                      Your collection won't be complete without this addition. Nice Swan Introduces Volume II continues the tradition of introducing new and exciting talent to the world, reinforcing Nice Swan's status as one of the UK's most reputable indie labels. Stay tuned for further signings and releases in the coming weeks, as we continue to fulfill our mission of discovering and nurturing emerging artists.

                                      Just as Volume I marked a significant milestone in our journey, Volume II is another step forward for the cult indie label. With acts from our roster gaining prominence on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music airwaves, and receiving extensive tastemaker approval, this compilation couldn't be arriving at a better time.

                                      In memory of the late Mark Edwards, a true nice swan.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A:

                                      1. Deadletter - Pop Culture Connoisseur
                                      2. Prima Queen - Chew My Cheeks
                                      3. Saloon Dion - HEY HEY
                                      4. Splint - 145
                                      5. Cowboyy - Gmaps

                                      Side B:

                                      1. Yabba - Get By
                                      2. Human Interest - Mixing Paint
                                      3. Shady Baby - Come To Life
                                      4. Avice Caro - At The End Of The Day (Its The End Of The Day)
                                      5. Chalk - The Gate

                                      Various Artists

                                      That Ska Beat! 1962-1966

                                        Ska never stopped you know! From it’s Jamaican music if the piano’s not playing ska or the guitar… any music you have… reggae… even the computer music… the piano’s playing ‘ska, ska, ska…’ it leads the music so ska is still the backbone of Jamaican music. Right?” Bunny Lee

                                        The music of Jamaica has had a profound and lasting influence all around the world and reggae is the name by which it has become universally known. Although the term ska is often used to describe all Jamaican music before dub, deejays and dread in the mid seventies the real Jamaican ska was made in Kingston between 1961/1962 and 1966.

                                        In the early fifties the popularity of driving rhythm & blues from the USA reached fever pitch in Jamaica and mobile sound systems (the forerunners of today’s discos) were assembled and operated by men such as Tom ‘The Great Sebastian’ Wong to play this music to wildly appreciative audiences at levels that were felt physically rather than merely heard. Competition was fierce, both metaphorically and literally, and sound system operators including Arthur Reid, ‘Duke Reid The Trojan’, and Clement Dodd, ‘Sir Coxsone The Downbeat’, would travel to America on record buying expeditions. On their triumphant return to Kingston, laden with exclusive records, they would be met by their enthusiastic supporters. Only the followers of their sound systems could hear these records and the records’ real identity would be a closely guarded secret. The titles were often scratched off and the tunes renamed to confuse the opposition.

                                        As the decade drew to a close America turned to a softer more mellow sound and supplies of the music favoured in Jamaica began to dry up… so the sound system operators began to make their own rhythm & blues recordings. Initially intended for sound system play only on one-off acetates these tunes proved so popular that they were soon made commercially available. Many sound men now became record producers including ‘Sir Coxsone’, Duke Reid ‘The Trojan’ and Prince Buster ‘The Voice Of The People’ although the first ‘local’ recording to make the number one spot in Jamaica was Laurel Aitken’s ‘Boogie In My Bones’/‘Little Sheila’ on Chris Blackwell’s R & B label.

                                        The emphasis was placed firmly on the offbeat and these rhythm & blues shuffle and boogie recordings were unmistakably Jamaican in form and content and far, far more than straightforward copies of American rhythm & blues. A sound was gradually created that was not only completely new and original but that would also go on to outlive a large proportion of its influences. Powered by the musical collective known as The Skatalites together with solo singers including Derrick Morgan, Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, duos Higgs & Wilson, Keith & Enid and Stranger & Patsy and vocal groups The Maytals, The Wailers, Justin Hinds & The Dominoes the producers now began to drive the music one step beyond. Together they created an entirely new genre of music whose inventions and innovations would reach far beyond its parochial beginnings in Kingston sound system rivalry.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Ska Boo Da Ba – The Skatalites
                                        2. Confucious – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
                                        3. Storm Warning – Lyn Taitt & The Boys
                                        4. Alley Cat Ska – Tommy McCook & His Ska-Talites
                                        5. Trench Town People – Theophilus Beckford
                                        6. Walking Down King Street – Theophilus Beckford
                                        7. South China Sea – Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore
                                        8. Ringo – The Skatalites
                                        9. Nuclear Weapon – Roland Alphonso & His Ska-Talites
                                        10. Magnificent Ska – Lyn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band
                                        11. Come On My People – Daniel Johnson
                                        12. Hit You Let You Feel It – The Tenor Twins
                                        13. The Re-Burial – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
                                        14. Love Me Or Leave Me – Lloyd Clarke
                                        15. A Shot In The Dark – Roland Alphonso*
                                        16. Distant Drums – Baba Brooks & The Trenton Spence Orchestra*
                                        *CD Bonus Tracks

                                        Various Artists

                                        The Bristol Punk Explosion Vol. 2 (1977-1981)

                                          We are delighted to bring you the follow up to the successful 'The Bristol Punk Explosion (1977-1979) album released in November 2023 - a twelve-track compilation entitled 'The Bristol Punk Explosion Vol 2 (1977-1981).'The sleeve notes are written by Tim Williams author of the 1977 Loaded Fanzine. Tim talks about the transition from Soul to Punk, the demise of Prog Rock and the fashion culture that sat seamlessly alongside the music. There are three previously unreleased tracks never before available on vinyl.

                                          The Cortinas were the first. They played the Roxy Club, released two singles on Mark Perry and Miles Copeland's Step Forward label, graced the front cover of Sniffin' Glue and recorded a Peel Session. Taking their cue, bands like Social Security (the first band on Heartbeat Records), The Pigs (whose 'Youthanasia' single was released by Miles Copeland's New Bristol Records), The Media, 48 Hours and Private Dicks gave Bristol one of the strongest provincial early punk scenes.

                                          The area of Barton Hill gave us The X-Certs, who by 1978 could already pull audiences of five hundred into Trinity Hall. Though we did not realise it at the time, they effectively bridged the gap between the late 70s Bristol scene and what our American cousins like to term the UK82 bands.

                                          In time bands from the suburbs of Bristol started to appear on the scene, Misdemeanor (who were managed by the late Dennis Sheehan U2's tour manager for thirty plus years), Apartment from Downend (whose photo adorns the front cover) and Noiz Boiz from Weston Super Mare, the seaside town just down the road.

                                          This compilation is designed to give all fans of Punk a snapshot of what Bristol Punk was all about during that period. We close side Two of the album with The X-Certs Clash infused /reggae single 'Together' and follow it with one of Bristol finest Roots reggae bands Talisman and their single 'Wicked Dem'. The punky/reggae party had truly started as we move into the 80's Bristol Stylee! Bristol Boys Make More Noise! 

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side A
                                          1. The Cortinas - Fascist Dictator
                                          2. The Media - Wanna Be A Number
                                          3. The Pigs - Psychopath
                                          4. Private Dicks - She Said Go
                                          5. Misdemeanor - Radio Radio
                                          6. The X-Certs - Queen And Country

                                          Side 2
                                          1. Apartment - The Car
                                          2. 48 Hours - Train To Brighton
                                          3. Noiz Boiz - Noiz Boiz
                                          4. Social Security - Stella's Got A Fella
                                          5. The X-Certs - Together
                                          6. Talisman - Wicked Dem

                                          Various Artists


                                            Set sail with the third installment of Numero’s ode to regional radio surveys. Broadcasting 44 minutes of uninterrupted yacht, easy-glide, AOR, and blue-eyed disco that’ll rock your boat. These 13 selections are anchored in the deep blue waters of the American private press—a life preserver for any BBQ, birthday party, or bris. Let W3NG be the sonic wind at your back.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Slippery When Wet - Get Me Hot
                                            2. Percy Mays - Changes
                                            3. Liberation - Too Close For Comfort
                                            4. The Steel City Band - Reality
                                            5. Dave Plaehn - Not Bound To Lose
                                            6. Steve Fortgang - Hey, Let Me Be
                                            7. Craig Dove - Ocean Of Love
                                            8. Rob Galbraith - Damn It All (Alt Version)
                                            9. Female Species - Coast To Coast
                                            10. Max Leake - Tell Me The Reasons Why
                                            11. Richard Bowen - Sorcery (7” Version)
                                            12. The Jerry Busch Group - Fair Warning
                                            13. Mike Hounshell - Not Just Another

                                            Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band


                                              62 years of music, loves, losses, long summer days and longer, darker nights are vividly recalled by ‘our greatest living songwriter’, Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band as he plays out flickering scenes from his life on new album, Loophole.

                                              12 evocative and autobiographical songs to be accompanied by the written word as Michael Head prepares his memoirs for release with an autobiography with Nine Eight Books. 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Andy says: Dear Scott's mellower sibling picks up where our record of the year left off, with the stunning Shirl's Ghost, and meanders beautifully through Mick's usual magical worlds before ending on his ages old, but hitherto not recorded, lost classic, Coda. Mick's only gone and smashed it again. As the maestro himself would undoubtedly say: Is Right!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1 Shirl's Ghost
                                              2 Ambrosia
                                              3 Ciao Ciao Bambino
                                              4 Tout Suite!
                                              5 The Human Race
                                              6 You Smiled At Me
                                              7 A Ricochet Moment
                                              8 Connemara
                                              9 Merry-Go-Round
                                              10 You're A Long Time Dead
                                              11 Naturally It's You
                                              12 Coda

                                              7" - Exclusive To Dinked Edition
                                              Side A
                                              1. Connemara - Acoustic (Live From Hebden Bridge)
                                              Side B
                                              2. Tour Suite! (Live Acoustic From Hebden Bridge)

                                              Beth Gibbons

                                              Lives Outgrown

                                                Beth Gibbons releases her debut solo album Lives Outgrown on Friday the 17th of May 2024. Featuring 10 beautiful new songs recorded over a period of 10 years, the album was produced by James Ford & Beth Gibbons with additional production by Lee Harris (Talk Talk).

                                                Lives Outgrown is, by some measure, Beth’s most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: A stunning selection of downbeat-infused instrumentals, woozy psychedelic folk and Gibbons' unmistakeably emotive vocal prowess. It's brilliantly composed, deeply personal and impeccably sequenced. It's a big relief honestly, because this further cements Gibbons as a musical legend in her own right.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Tell Me Who You Are Today   
                                                2. Floating On A Moment        
                                                3. Burden Of Life        
                                                4. Lost Changes          
                                                5. Rewind
                                                6. Reaching Out          
                                                7. Oceans          
                                                8. For Sale        
                                                9. Beyond The Sun  
                                                10. Whispering Love 

                                                The Lovely Eggs


                                                  “Eggsistentialism” sees The Lovely Eggs return after a 4 year break since their Number One Independent Selling Album “I am Moron”. During that time they have made their own TV show Eggs TV (featuring Ian McKaye, Stewart Lee, Katie Puckrik, Maxine Peake, David Shrigley and more), dueted with Iggy Pop, played a load of sold-out gigs and festivals and fought a campaign to save Lancaster Music Co-op (a community rehearsal rooms and recording studio where they live).

                                                  Recorded at home in Lancaster, with production advice from Dave Fridmann, the album was mixed at Tarbox Road Studios, NY with Dave Fridmann and the band.

                                                  As the title suggests, “Eggsistentialism” explores a much more personal, introspective, and reflective side to The Lovely Eggs world and sees the Eggs explore new sounds and experiment in unventured musical territories.

                                                  “The new album is really a reflection on what has been happening to us these last couple of years, stewing up in Eggland in our own juices,” explains Holly. “It’s about loss and strength. On this album you’ll hear us at our lowest and most vulnerable. Daily life is hard. Realising everything you grew up with and loved is never coming back, alongside the responsibilities of caring for others is sometimes hard to take. The album is about life and death. Eggsistentialism. It’s about dragging yourself through all the shit to get to the other side.”

                                                  “It’s a bit of a ‘wilderness years’ album,” continues Holly. “We haven’t released a new record since 2020 and in the meantime, we’ve been here fighting shit and trying to defend a right to a lifestyle that we’ve enjoyed here in this town for the last 30+ years as working musicians who refuse to get a “normal” job and tow the line. It’s about believing in something and not letting go. But that unwillingness to give in ultimately takes its toll. It does start to destroy you and the album is kind of a documentation of that destruction and collapse as well as the strength we’ve got to get through it all. Ultimately, this is a hopeful record about survival.”

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Another soaring punky missive from The Lovely Eggs, rich with melodic choruses and clashing groove. Putting to the world to rights with wry politicism and instantly unforgettable instrumental hooks has always been the Lovely Eggs' bread and butter, but Eggsistentialism is without a doubt the Warburtons Toastie (the absolute best) of the Lovely Eggs' output.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Death Grip Kids
                                                  2. Nothing/Everything
                                                  3. Meeting Friends At Night
                                                  4. People TV
                                                  5. My Mood Wave
                                                  6. I Don't Fucking Know What I'm Gunna Do
                                                  7. Memory Man
                                                  8. Things
                                                  9. Echo You
                                                  10. I Am Gaia


                                                  To All Trains

                                                    THE BAND
                                                    It’s still: Steve Albini ◊ Guitar. Todd Trainer ◊ Drums. Bob Weston ◊ Bass.

                                                    This is Shellac’s sixth studio LP. Recording & Mixing took place at Electrical Audio in Chicago over a bunch of long weekends in November, 2017; October, 2019; September, 2021; and March, 2022. The record was mas-tered by Bob & Steve at Chicago Mastering Service.

                                                    LP and CD packaging and artwork are identical (the CD is just smaller). Bob took all the photos; some with a fancy camera and some with a telephone.

                                                    Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LPs are being manufactured by Green Vinyl Records using an injection molding process. This new process uses 100% recyclable PET (like soda bottles) and is environmentally friendly, containing no PVC or Phthalates. The process also uses 79% less CO2 than conventional hydraulic PVC vinyl presses. The records weigh 180 grams.

                                                    Other than the informational sheet you hold in your hand (or virtual hand), this record will have no formal promotion. There will be no advertisements, no press or radio promotion, no e-promotion, no promotional or review copies, no promotional gimmick items, and other-wise no free lunch.

                                                    THE IPODS
                                                    Shellac doesn’t have a website. Maybe we should get one. To All Trains (2AT) will be available on most streaming services and download sites in all your formats, sample rates, and bit depths; all the way up to 96kHz, 24-bit, Hi-Res (Apple Digital Masters compliant).

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: The legendary Shellac release 'To All Trains' under the sad passing of Steve Albini, but the tragedy does little to temper the incendiary heft and bone-breaking weight of Shellac's unmatched energy. Thudding bass guitars and ripped speaker distortion, Snapping snares and pummeling syncopated kick drums. Screaming, unforgettable mayhem, exactly as you'd expect.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1. WSOD
                                                    2. Girl From Outside
                                                    3. Chick New Wave
                                                    4. Tattoos
                                                    5. Wednesday
                                                    Side B
                                                    6. Scrappers
                                                    7. Days Are Dogs
                                                    8. How I Wrote How I Wrote Elastic Man (cock & Bull)
                                                    9. Scabby The Rat
                                                    10. I Don’t Fear Hell

                                                    Barry Adamson

                                                    Cut To Black

                                                      2024 ushers in a brand new Barry Adamson album entitled, ‘Cut To Black’ The album swaggeringly embraces Adamson’s trademark genre hopping compositions, covering Pop, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Gospel.

                                                      A must for fans of all things Cinematic Soul, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Post Punk, Massive Attack, Unloved and much more

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: There's an element (and not only in the cover) of Film Noire in Adamson's work, with the storytale lyricism and staggered-cool of the instrumentation, but there's also a lot more at play here. There are hints of slow-moving soul and soaring gospel hints woven through Adamson's thoroughly unique indie-rock backdrop, resulting in a varied and entirely singular album.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. The Last Words Of Sam Cooke
                                                      2. Demon Lover
                                                      3. Cut To Black
                                                      4. Manhattan Satin
                                                      5. These Would Be Blues
                                                      6. Please Don’t Call On Me
                                                      7. Amen White Jesus
                                                      8. One Last Midnight
                                                      9. Was It A Dream?
                                                      10. Waiting For The End Of Time

                                                      Death Cult

                                                      Paradise Now

                                                        In 2023, Death Cult returned and reunited for a handful of performances. In 2024, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Cult, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have curated the previously released Death Cult collection 'Ghost Dance', and recompiled the tracks for a 2024 release titled 'Paradise Now'. 

                                                        Southern Death Cult formed in 1981, releasing their sole, self-titled album posthumously in 1983. That same year, Death Cult formed, with Astbury joining forces with Duffy for a musical partnership that has endured for 40-plus years. The band released two 12-inches that same year, one being the 'Death Cult EP', which were subsequently combined and released as a CD. Death Cult is a vital transmission from the generation of Shamanic post-punk gothic futurists. In late 2023, Astbury and Duffy reformed Death Cult for a series of live performances including a sole U.S. date at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and a limited run of U.K. dates including back-to-back sold out shows at the Brixton Electric. Death Cult became The Cult in 1984, releasing Dreamtime that same year. The seminal post-punk band has gone on to sell in excess of four million albums with numerous international and U.S. gold and platinum certifications.

                                                        Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar) have released 11 studio albums over The Cult’s 40-year career. The band, dubbed “Shamanic goths” by Classic Rock Magazine, found international renown with the 1985 album, 'Love', which featured the enduring rock anthem “She Sells Sanctuary,” as well as the oft-heard follow-up single “Rain.” Electric arrived in 1987, with Rolling Stone saying the collection of songs (particularly “Love Removal Machine,” “Wild Flower” and “Lil’ Devil”) “swaggers, crunches and howls.” Most recently, The Cult released Under the Midnight Sun. Mojo, in a review of the eight-song album, said “rock’s unquenchable melodramatists have the fire in their eyes still”.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Horse Nation
                                                        2. Ghost Dance
                                                        3. Brothers Grimm
                                                        4. Christians
                                                        5. Gods Zoo (These Times)
                                                        6. A Flower In The Desert
                                                        7. Butterflies
                                                        8. With Love (Sea And Sky)


                                                        Music For Man Ray

                                                          Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan (founding members of SQÜRL) return with a sonic exploration of the cinematic works of Dadaist pioneer Man Ray, a captivating project that melds music and film.

                                                          Over the past eight years, SQÜRL have been enchanting audiences with their live scores to Man Ray’s short films across sold-out shows in prestigious venues like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The culmination of their endeavor took place in the spring of 2023, on the 100th anniversary of Man Ray’s inaugural foray into filmmaking, when the newly restored Return to Reason premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

                                                          Produced by Womanray (Marieke Tricoire) and Cinenovo (Julie Viez), Return to Reason unfolds as an anthology featuring four silent short films by Man Ray – Étoile de mer (1928), Emakbakia (1926), Le Retour á la Raison (1923), and Les Mysteres du Château de Dé. (1929) — each paired with an original score by SQÜRL.

                                                          Jarmusch and Logan, two multi-disciplinary artists known for their experimentalprowess, approached these scores as a way to create an ecstatic state, a space betweenconsciousness and unconsciousness, reality, and the surreal. The resulting album,Music for Man Ray, born out of a live recording at the Centre Pompidou in Paris inFebruary of 2023, features distorted guitars, hypnotic feedback, loops and affectedsynthesizers. In the words of Logan, “It’s a journey we want to take the audience on,illuminating themes throughout these films. They are discrete, but there are alsorecurring echoes throughout the whole program.” Jim Jarmusch adds, “We feel veryproud to be Man Ray’s backup band.”

                                                          Now both the film Return to Reason and the resulting music in the form of Musicfor Man Ray are seeing the light of day - both stand as a testament to the creativesynergy between Man Ray’s groundbreaking cinema and the innovative musicalinterpretation by SQÜRL.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Starfish
                                                          2. Leave Me Alone
                                                          3. The Return
                                                          4. Castle Of Dice

                                                          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

                                                            Cage The Elephant

                                                            Neon Pill

                                                              Neon Pill is the highly anticipated new album from Cage The Elephant, and group’s first new music since their album, Social Cues, which won Best Rock album at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards. Cage The Elephant consists of brothers Matt Shultz (vocals) and Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar) along with Daniel Tichenor (bass), Jared Champion (drums), Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals).

                                                              Laura J Martin


                                                                Following the release of her 2016 album On The Never, Never, Martin knew that she wanted to take a break from writing and recording music. She moved back to Liverpool, from London, and began an apprenticeship with world renowned flute maker Willy Simmons.

                                                                “I was now looking at an instrument I’d been playing all my life at a molecular level. The discipline and repetitiveness of learning a craft freed my mind from thinking about songs for a bit and made me focus instead on some of the toxic chemicals and blow torches used to make the flutes,” she says. “I’ve never been a particularly mindful person; I’m usually zipping from one thing to the next and this work had a pace of its own which I had to submit to. As well as making flutes, I was also repairing them, and this was the part I most enjoyed – the process of renewal. In a corny way, I experienced this renewal myself.”

                                                                Following this period, Martin felt inspired to make music again and began setting up her own home studio. “Around this time, I’d started to listen to Joanna Brouk and the I am the Center compilation of early New Age music on Numero Group. This music was nothing like my own but seemed to extend from the Harmonia records I love and exist outside of the album, gig, tour regime. It was so inspiring and freeing, and I tentatively began to experiment in the studio, with the textures of Brouk’s song ‘Maggi’s Flute’ in mind.”

                                                                Working closely with co-producer Iwan Morgan (Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Georgia Ruth), the pair found themselves drawn to drum machines that wouldn’t stay in time, and a piano with a tuning mind of its own. “I rediscovered the sense of play which brought me into music in the first place,” says Martin. “The palette was infinite and without boundaries. Where my previous records had always operated within the instinct / lack of budget axis, I now had the possibility to sculpt sound, to remake, blend and remodel it for the first time.”

                                                                Living next to the main 86 bus route into Liverpool City Centre prompted the idea behind ‘Outside at Night’, of parallel lives on different journeys. ’Three Days’ mines a similar theme but focuses on the hidden lives we share with others, the shift workers paradox. “It asks, do we really know what happens to our closest people when they leave the house?” explains Martin.

                                                                Album opener ‘Prepared’ is a hymn to self-reliance but not to perfection, to working your own routes and abandoning the tape measure. In part it’s about looking back at ways you judged yourself in past encounters and not recognising yourself: “I turned away again, was I even there?”. Tied in counterpoint to this, closing track ‘Open Door’ works as a prism through which to view the album (copious drum machines, swelling synths). It’s also as an answer of sorts to Martin’s search - new possibilities rage from cascading melodic and atmospheric structures, reaching some kind of midway between Harmonia’s ‘Deluxe’ and the polyrhythms of Francis Bebey’s Psychedelic Sanza.

                                                                Across the record there are vocal and sonic contributions from co-producer Iwan Morgan. “Iwan maintains he’s not a musician but kept singing in the studio and eventually I managed to persuade him to put it on record,” says Martin. ’Living on the Wall’ is the clearest example of this, exuberant monster truck beats, insistent pianos and vocals delivered without irony, think Wrong Way Up era John Cale and Brian Eno meets YMOs ‘Firecracker’.

                                                                Collaborative sojourns to Marco Rea's The Barne studio in Clydebank and Mike Lindsay (Tunng, LUMP) in Margate allowed Martin to coax standout contributions from both, shaping the album as both artist and co-producer. The result is a unique fusion of folk, electronic, and experimental pop music that defies expectations and challenges the boundaries of contemporary music.

                                                                “In a twisting but circuitous way, Prepared is my composted scrapbook of the last couple of years. I was prepared to follow where the sounds took me, the sonic train left the station and led me on its merry way,” she says. “It’s not an album about flute repairing but it wouldn’t have happened without learning the discipline of preparedness, the small movement, the tweak and the renewal from Willy Simmons.”

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Prepared
                                                                2. Counting Time
                                                                3. Living On The Wall (feat. Iwan Morgan)
                                                                4. A Better Story
                                                                5. Three Days
                                                                6. Outside At Night
                                                                7. The Dials
                                                                8. Magic Mornings
                                                                9. Open Door

                                                                Blitzen Trapper

                                                                100's Of 1000's, Millions Of Billions

                                                                  Inspired by the Buddhist sutras, Blitzen Trapper's radiant new album, 100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions, offers a captivating take on rebirth and transcendence, navigating its way through the space beyond dreams and reality, beyond gods and mortals, beyond life and death.

                                                                  The songs here are as sincere as they are surreal, rooted in rich character studies and deep reflection, and the production is intoxicating to match, blending lo- fi intimacy and trippy psychedelia into a mesmerizing swirl of analog and electronic sounds. Add it all together and you've got a gorgeous collection of stripped-down bedroom folk wrapped in lush layers of synthesizers and washed out electric guitars, a poignant, expansive exploration of perception and purpose that manages to look both forwards and backwards all at once.

                                                                  Launched roughly two decades ago in Portland, OR, Blitzen Trapper broke out internationally with 2008's Furr, which cemented their status at the forefront of the modern indie folk revival. Rolling Stone hailed the band's "hazy, psychedelic Americana," while NPR praised their "explosive live performances and infectious roots- rock swagger." Dates with Fleet Foxes, Wilco, and Dawes followed, as did festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, and Coachella, among others. The band would go on to release six more similarly lauded studio albums, culminating with 2020's Holy Smokes Future Jokes, which Mojo proclaimed "sound[s] like the Beatles at Big Pink."

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Ain't Got Time To Fight
                                                                  Dead God Of The Green Arising
                                                                  Cosmic Backseat Education
                                                                  Hesher In The Rain
                                                                  Cheap Fantastical Takedown
                                                                  So Divine
                                                                  Hello Hallelujah
                                                                  Long Game
                                                                  View From Jackson Hill
                                                                  Upon The Chain
                                                                  Bear's Head
                                                                  At The Cove

                                                                  Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids


                                                                    Influential jazz collective Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids return with an epic new opus, ‘Shaman!’, featuring a fresh line-up including original 1970s Pyramids member Dr. Margaux Simmons on flute Bobby Cobb on guitar, long-term associate Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums and Jack Yglesias on percussion. The band transitions from the political and social commentaries of 2018’s acclaimed ‘An Angel Fell’ into more introspective themes. “I wanted to use this album to touch on some of the issues that we all face as individuals in the inner space of our souls and our conscience,” explains Ackamoor. “The album unfolds over four Acts with personal musical statements about love and loss, mortality, the afterlife, family and salvation.”

                                                                    Evolving around Ackamoor’s intricate compositions, the album takes us effortlessly across moods and emotions through a series of expansive, extended pieces. Starting with ritual, soul-searching, and masculine vulnerability on the title track, the band explores timeless existence on ‘Eternity’ and mourns the sudden loss of loved ones in the prescient ‘When Will I See You Again?’, a track which gains new relevance amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Ackamoor pays tribute to his mentor Cecil Taylor on the angular ‘Theme For Cecil’ and renders homage to the ancestors on ‘Salvation’ and ‘The Last Slave Ship’, recalling the last ship to bring slaves to the US from Africa, the Clotilda. The superb ‘Virgin’ is an anthem of forgiveness, new beginnings and self-healing.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Shaman!
                                                                    2. Tango Of Love
                                                                    3. Eternity
                                                                    4. When Will I See You Again?
                                                                    5. Salvation
                                                                    6. Theme For Cecil
                                                                    7. Virgin
                                                                    8. The Last Slave Ship
                                                                    9. Dogon Mysteries

                                                                    Billie Eilish

                                                                    Hit Me Hard And Soft

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

                                                                      Donnell Pitman & Wines Of Sunshine

                                                                      Brand New Funk

                                                                      In a remarkable culmination of a nearly five-decade-long career, Donnell Pitman finally graces the music world with his debut album. While Pitman has long been revered among rare groove and deep crate diggers in the Windy City, it's the resurgent charm of 'The Chocolate Lover' that has undeniably become the defining chapter of his illustrious career, gaining momentum since the 2010s. His popularity continues to soar each year, propelled by new records, reissues, remixes, and notable placements in hit TV shows such as Stranger Things Atlanta, and Southside.

                                                                      Limited import copies - move quick! 

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Seven tracks of smoochy boogie, sun dappled R&B and hydraulic soul for the boogie juggernaut Star Creature.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Side 1
                                                                      1. Tonight (4:21)
                                                                      2. Do You Wanna (extended) (5:01)
                                                                      3. Summertime Girls (3:53)
                                                                      4. Joog With Me (Hi-Fi Mix) (4:10)
                                                                      Side 2
                                                                      1. Get Next To You (5:27)
                                                                      2. Need My Love (extended) (4:59)
                                                                      3. Chocolate Lover (E Live Mix) (4:43)

                                                                      Temples of Jura enlist long serving Croatia polymath Ilija Rudman for his ninth LP entitled ‘The Great Beyond’. The concept of the album is the afterlife with words from Nikola Tesla, Slavoj Zizek, Jim Morrison, JF Kennedy, Charles De Gaulle, WH Auden, Azar Nafisi and Eleanor Roosevelt woven together to tell the story of ‘The Great Beyond’ and what may lie ahead for us all. The voice itself was created by AI (let’s call him ERIC) and is set beautifully to music that has a timeless cinematic quality. Ilija only uses pure analogue equipment in the creation of his music, resulting in a rich tapestry of basses, drums, chords and lead sounds. He’s been a prolific producer for over 20 years now with a discography that runs deep with more than 100 vinyl EP releases and 8 studio albums, but we feel he’s reached the pinnacle with this concept album. We’ll leave the final word to ERIC “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Philosophic musings merge with AI and lush, dreamy instrumentals in an ambitious concept album from Rudman. I'm sure there's some Timothy Leary titbits in there...

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Anas Theme
                                                                      River Cant Wash My Tears Down
                                                                      In The End (Intermezzo Theme)
                                                                      Heroinas Atom Heart
                                                                      Dreams (Part I)
                                                                      Dreams (Part Ii)

                                                                      Tom Skinner

                                                                      Voices Of Bishara Live At "mu"

                                                                        In January 2023, Tom Skinner and his ensemble performed material from his recently released album Voices of Bishara at London club “mu”— a venue founded by the curators at Brilliant Corners and named after the seminal Don Cherry live album. The set was augmented by a rendition of Tony Williams’ “Red” and three pieces by Abdul Wadud, whose 1977 self-released solo cello album, By Myself, was a primary inspiration for Voices of Bishara.

                                                                        The soloists featured on the album — Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia— are replaced in Skinner's live ensemble with saxophonist Robert Stillman (who also plays with Skinner in The Smile) and saxophonist / flutist Chelsea Carmichael. The extended rhythm section of Tom Herbert (double bass) and Kareem Dayes (cello) round out the lineup, with Skinner on drums. It’s clear from the jump that this band’s aim is to excavate the deep corners of this material, kicking the set off with a 15-minute rendition of Skinner’s own composition “Bishara” that employs the same relationship to rhythmic and tonal freedom found in the Abdul Wadud cello work that inspired it. That aesthetic connection is even more clear by the time the group moves into their 20-minute exploration of Waded’s “Oasis,” the stunning centerpiece of the set.

                                                                        Hearing Skinner’s compositions - flexed and stretched with extended improvisation, and in context with works by Wadud and Williams - both places them and this band firmly in the creative music continuum they honor, and provides us with an unobstructed view of where that continuum is leading us.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Bishara
                                                                        2. Red 2
                                                                        3. The Journey
                                                                        4. The Day After Tomorrow
                                                                        5. Oasis
                                                                        6. Camille
                                                                        7. Happiness

                                                                        Lip Critic

                                                                        Hex Dealer

                                                                          'Hex Dealer' is NY-based electronic punk band Lip Critic’s debut album. It was produced in collaboration by vocalist Bret Kaser and Connor Kleitz. Their eclectic sampling style is amplified by the infectious breakbeats and pingy snares crafted by drummers Danny Eberle and Ilan Natter. The singular mixture of classic punk/hardcore and electronic styles result in 12 frantic tracks of postmodern pop for the genreless future. Painted with a broad pallet of only the most extreme hues of emotion, each track is marked by a distinctive danceable mania.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1 It's The Magic
                                                                          A1 Love Will Redeem You
                                                                          A3 The Heart
                                                                          A4 Bork Pelly (feat. Ghösh, ID.Sus)
                                                                          A5 Spirit Bomber
                                                                          A6 Death Lurking (feat. Izzy Da Fonseca)
                                                                          B1 Milky Max
                                                                          B2 Sermon
                                                                          B3 I'm Alive
                                                                          B4 My Wife And The Goblin
                                                                          B5 In The Wawa (Convinced I Am God)
                                                                          B6 Toxin Dodger



                                                                            In October 2017, ex-Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian hit the British Isles. These weather systems had formed separately over the Atlantic before moving north-east and converging. In addition to 100mph winds and widespread damage and disruption, the storms brought dust from the Sahara Desert that turned the skies orange over much of the UK. This otherworldly meteorological phenomenon serves as a fitting backdrop to Chimet.

                                                                            Chimet charts the progress of the two storms over the course of a week, utilising data from Chichester West Pole Beacon a weather station in the Solent which stands in some of the most treacherous waters in the UK.

                                                                            The album was created using 2,016 sampled data streams, translating seven days of information into 67 minutes and 12 seconds of detailed and evolving music. With mother nature orchestrating the piece, she is joined by intuitive and powerful improvisations on piano, cello and synthesiser. The recording captures the sense of building expectation and tension, the dropping air pressure, the rising winds, the interlocking storm systems and the serene aftermath. The shifts are seamless, monumental and open to the elements.

                                                                            Chimet is a record to lose yourself in. Like the sea itself, it doesn’t give up its secrets easily. The listening experience seems to change depending on your state of mind, and resonates on a primal level which belies its data led compositional approach. For generations, artists and musicians have been drawn to the sea for their inspiration. That emotional response to the vastness of the ocean is a powerful force. While the origins of Chimet lie in the numbers, the resultant record sits proudly in that artistic tradition. Music to watch the horizon to.

                                                                            Craig Kirkpatrick-Whitby: project concept, artistic direction, data sourcing, analytics & programming PJ Davy: sound design & programming Matthew Bourne: piano, cello & Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog (LAMM) synthesiser

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Ophelia (14:40)
                                                                            A2. Petrichor (5:58)
                                                                            B1. Latent (4:40)
                                                                            B2. Chimet 50º 45’.45 N, 00º 56'.59 W (7:59)
                                                                            C1. Arise (12:20)
                                                                            C2. Force 10 Pt. 1 (2:19)
                                                                            D1. Force 10 Pt. 2 (15:00)
                                                                            D2. Debris (6.29)

                                                                            Ron Geesin

                                                                            Basic Maths - Soundtrack From The 1981 TV Series

                                                                              Wow! So you’re telling me Ron Geesin made this kooky electro groovy score to a really progressive maths educational programme on Central TV in 1980 and it’s musically anarchic and amazing and it’s never been issued before? Until now. Wow again!!!! And there’s 30 tracks!!! Trunk Records we love you...

                                                                              Basic Maths was the second educational TV Series for the Midlands-based ITV station for which I composed, played and recorded all music and noises. The first series, also for budding mathematicians in the 7-10 age group, was Leapfrog in 1978 produced by ATV (Associated Television): Basic Maths was for the newly-formed Central Television, the work spanning 1980-1981; both series were of twenty-eight parts.

                                                                              The most worthy idea for both of these series was to project mathematics into life by means mainly of non-verbal sound and vision, with both animated and live action films, linked by two presenters, Fred Harris and Mary Waterhouse. In my role as Media Composer, I had had quite enough of voice overs, therefore music well under, so this fairly radical educational approach at the time encouraged my creative juices to run unhindered. Of course the sound had to do something with the picture and not just use it as a carrier for peacock display. It had to duet, play with and explain the visual content using novel and engaging techniques, so this involved the usual and sometimes intricate mathematical calculations which constantly exercised my already reasonable school maths.

                                                                              Angus & Julia Stone

                                                                              Cape Forestier

                                                                                In 'Cape Forestier', Angus and Julia Stone express their extraordinary journey through heartfelt songs, emphasizing the universal language of music that feels like home to them. The concept of home has evolved beyond a physical place for Angus and Julia, becoming a deeper connection that grew from their shared musical experiences. Julia reflecis on how creating music brings them peace, acting as a common language that transcends the complexities of life.

                                                                                The duo's musical journey has taken them across the globe, from childhood beginnings to record deals in London, collaborations with Rick Rubin in LA, and the establishment of a studio in the hinterlands of NSW

                                                                                'Cape Forestier' serves as a narrative from the hearts and minds of Angus and Julia Stone. Each song unfolds as a different page in their storybook, covering themes from love stones to societal observations. Regardless of labels like folky, acoustic, or indie-rock, the siblings prioritize authenticity over stylistic choices.

                                                                                The album features tracks like 'Cape Forestier,' 'Losing You,' 'The Wedding Song,' and 'County Sign,' each showcasing the duo's inherent musicality. Angus and Julia Stone acknowledge that this is their most stripped-back album, returing to their roots whlle incorporating the branches of experence gained over the years.

                                                                                Despite their modesty about their talents, they are of everything good and natural about song writing, as they seem to constantly capture the essence of honest music. Angus and Julia recognize the charm of their innocence in earlier records. However, they also acknowledge their present curiosity and naivety in the face of the world's mysteries, traits evident in 'Cape Forestier'. Through their unspoken connection, they continue to speak the same language, reaffirming the timeless and universal power of music in their lives.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Losing You
                                                                                2. Down To The Sea
                                                                                3. My Little Anchor
                                                                                4. Cape Forestier
                                                                                5. County Sign
                                                                                6. City Of Lights
                                                                                7. No Boat No Aeroplane
                                                                                8. The Wedding Song
                                                                                9. I Want You
                                                                                10. Somehow
                                                                                11. Sitting In Seoul
                                                                                12. The Wonder Of You


                                                                                Musiikki 3

                                                                                  They’re back! This time the Finnish seers Mahti venture even deeper into the unknown on their third release Musiikki 3, assisted by the creativity of English musicians Richard Dawson and Sally Pilkington.

                                                                                  The music reaches for space and roots at the same time bringing forth Mr. Dawson's earthy guitars and angelic voice while Ms. Pilkington weaves ethereal layerings with her synths and joins occasionally the choir.

                                                                                  Hannu Saha conjures ancient Karelian spirits with his kantele while Muumu, Lehtibabba and Mätky mesmerize the listener with their unique mix of electro, rock and noise.

                                                                                  The end result is an album full of Musiikki unlike you've never heard before!

                                                                                  “These ancient musicians played their ‘mahti’… and the sound they produced was called ‘musiikki’”

                                                                                  Hannu Saha - string kanteles ,Tomi Leppänen - sequencer/drum brain/synthesizers , Jussi Lehtisalo - noise/vocals, Teemu Elo - guitar/synthesizers, Richard Dawson - guitar/vocals , Sally Pilkington - keyboards/vocals

                                                                                  Fabio Santanna


                                                                                    Straight from Rio de Janeiro, Dippin' Records introduces the studio album 'ASA', by the sizzling hot modern Brazilian Multi-instrumentalist/Producer Fabio Santanna. Flyest modern Brazilian tropical disco-boogie you'll find in the market! Following up on his most recent collaborations with JKriv and Joutro Mundo, Fabio modernizes the MPB vibes of Joao Donato, Marcos Valle, Ed Motta for the current dance music lovers.

                                                                                    ASA: Dia (Day) evokes a sunny Balearic boogie 'day time' feels just in time for the Brazilian summer skies opening up. So sit back, put on your shades and sip on your tropical drinks and press play to vibe with the fabulous Fabio sounds.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Asa Delta (Voo Da Manha)
                                                                                    A2. Pedra Da Gavea
                                                                                    A3. Asa
                                                                                    B1. Espuma Do Mar
                                                                                    B2. Curticao
                                                                                    B3. You Can Do It
                                                                                    C1. Quando Esse Amor Chegar
                                                                                    C2. Verao Do Amor
                                                                                    C3. Swing Malandragem
                                                                                    D1. Alem Do Horizonte
                                                                                    D2. Do Corcovado
                                                                                    D3. Fim De Tarde

                                                                                    Machiavellian Art

                                                                                    Population Control

                                                                                      It's a year later and everything has gone from bad to worse.

                                                                                      Machiavellian Art and Riot Season Records present "Population Control". A Sonic Examination of the Mechanisms of Control.

                                                                                      An intense exploration of societal and self-imposed controls, encapsulated in a dynamic contrast between Side A's visceral anger and the introspective ambiance of Side B. This duality mirrors the contrasting themes of external control versus internal reflection.

                                                                                      "Population Control" extends beyond its predecessor, "Indoctrination Sounds," in both musical depth and thematic scope. The album confronts a broad spectrum of modern-day addictions - not just to substances, but to technology, social media, and the relentless 24-hour news cycle. These themes manifest across tracks like "A Slow Death," "Population Control (1) + (2)," "Fear of the Outside World," and "Crisis," each exploring the resulting isolation, paranoia, fear, and hopelessness. "Seaside Holiday," a critique of environmental negligence, specifically highlighting the issue of untreated sewage being dumped into Britain's waterways by private companies.

                                                                                      Ex-Easter Island Head


                                                                                        In meteorology, the word Norther refers to a cold wind that blows down from the north. For Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head, it’s also an apt title for the strange and multi-faceted sound of their new album that now descends upon the world at large: ever shifting, a multiplicity of sounds both acoustic and manipulated, and yet one that still moves as part of a single mighty breeze. At times it might recall the experiments of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, the widescreen beauty of The Necks, the relentless experimentation of Arnold Dreyblatt or the boundary-pushing roster of Kompakt Records, yet ultimately this is music that has no direct compare.

                                                                                        Each of its six pieces demonstrates a different creative process. On blossoming opener ‘Weather’, whirring motors dance fairy-like atop strings and drums; on the dizzying ‘Magnetic Language’ voices are played back through phones and amplified through pickups made of magnets wrapped in copper wire; the title of ‘Golden Bridges’ refers to the brass rods the band shift beneath the strings of their guitar. All, however, tap to one degree or another into that abiding theme of the weather. Norther is Ex-Easter Island Head’s first studio album since 2016, a time spent on collaborations and one-off performances with everyone from classical musicians and fellow experimentalists to schoolchildren.

                                                                                        “All of the projects we were involved in between 2016 and 2024 have expanded the boundaries of what we do by exposing us to a huge variety of instruments, personalities and ways of working. It's really allowed us to see the purity of making music with a four-piece group,” says the band’s Benjamin D. Duvall.That status as a quartet is a new one, with the addition of longstanding friend and collaborator Andrew PM Hunt. Having a member of the band handling recording and mixing helped them push further and further into sonic territory that until Norther remained entirely unexplored – not just by Ex-Easter Island Head, but by any other band on earth. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Weather
                                                                                        2. Norther
                                                                                        3. Easter
                                                                                        4. Magnetic Language
                                                                                        5. Golden Bridges
                                                                                        6. Lodestone

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Back To Black: Songs From The Original Motion Picture

                                                                                          The official soundtrack release to the new film of Amy Winehouse, Back  To Black, releasing Spring 2024. Amy Winehouse is widely considered as one of the greatest artists in recent history, selling more than 30 million records worldwide. Her acclaimed self-produced 2006 album Back to Black, propelled her to global stardom, going on to win a (then) record breaking 5 Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year and Song of The Year for hit single Rehab.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Single LP/CD
                                                                                          1. Amy Winehouse - What Is It About Men
                                                                                          2. Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me
                                                                                          3. Amy Winehouse - Know You Now
                                                                                          4. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
                                                                                          5. Billie Holiday - All Of Me
                                                                                          6. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
                                                                                          7. Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs
                                                                                          8. Dinah Washington - Mad About The Boy
                                                                                          9. Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game
                                                                                          10. Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown - Embraceable You
                                                                                          11. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
                                                                                          12. Nick Cave – Song For Amy

                                                                                          Double LP/CD
                                                                                          Disc 1:
                                                                                          1. Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
                                                                                          2. Amy Winehouse - What Is It About Men
                                                                                          3. Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me
                                                                                          4. Amy Winehouse - I Heard Love Is Blind
                                                                                          5. The Specials - Ghost Town
                                                                                          6. Amy Winehouse - Know You Now
                                                                                          7. Little Anthony & The Imperials - I'm On The Outside (Looking In)
                                                                                          8. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
                                                                                          9. Billie Holiday - All Of Me
                                                                                          10. The Shangri-Las - Dressed In Black
                                                                                          11. Donny Hathaway - I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
                                                                                          12. The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun
                                                                                          13. Amy Winehouse - Fuck Me Pumps

                                                                                          Disc 2:
                                                                                          1. Tony Bennett - Body & Soul
                                                                                          2. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
                                                                                          3. Amy Winehouse - Valerie (Live Lounge Version)
                                                                                          4. Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs
                                                                                          5. Willie Nelson - That’s Life
                                                                                          6. Dinah Washington - Mad About The Boy
                                                                                          7. Amy Winehouse - (There Is) No Greater Love
                                                                                          8. Amy Winehouse - Me & Mr Jones
                                                                                          9. Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
                                                                                          10. Amy Winehouse - Rehab
                                                                                          11. Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown - Embraceable You
                                                                                          12. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
                                                                                          13. Nick Cave - Song For Amy

                                                                                          The first in a series of mini compilations exploring instrumental dub versions of sought after and long out of print titles from the world of reggae, disco, boogie and house. Many of these versions still contain vocals, snippets here and there drenched in delay or reverb, a style you’ll recognise from many of the Jura Soundsystem edits on the label. The late Glen Adams & Finesse open proceedings with their Island disco cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic, followed on the A2 by a super rare UK boogie / Brit funk mix of Tippa Irie’s ‘Panic Panic’ (shouts to Tippa for personally helping to push through the license) and the A side closes with the 80’s leaning ‘Yes I Do’ from Belgium’s Special Occasion. The first half of the B side comes from Carol Williams with the Special Club Dub mix of ‘Can’t Get Away’, originally a one sided promo only 10” from 1983 complete with spoken word intro from Carol thanking New York’s Metro DJs for their support of the song. The LP closes with a Jura Soundsystem Dubby Edit of La Palace De Beaute’s ‘Sin’ pulling back on the vocal and going heavy on the delay.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Went criminally under-the-radar first time it was released in 2022. Strangely, volume 2 blew up! I think these five versions are just as hot as that material, so nice that Isle Of Jura have repressed for slow coaches like me who missed it first time round.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Glen Adams & Finesse - Sexual Instrumental
                                                                                          Tippa Irie - Panic Panic (Express Mix)
                                                                                          Special Occasion - Yes I Do (12” Instrumental Mix)
                                                                                          Carol Williams - Can’t Get Away (From Your Love) (Special Club Dub Mix)
                                                                                          La Palace De Beaute - Sin (Jura Soundsystem Dub)

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Soft Summer Breezes

                                                                                            Following in the wake of baroque chart toppers by the Zombies, Beatles, and the Left Banke, a dandier approach to garage rock flowered in the back half of the ’60s. Awash in majestic harpsichords, lilting guitars, melancholic organs, and middle school orchestras, Soft Summer Breezes captures the decade’s last gasps of optimism via 16 gentle moments of soft psychedelia.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                            1. Life - Life
                                                                                            2. The Giant Crab - Soft Summer Breezes
                                                                                            3. Attila & The Huns - Here’s Where I Get Off
                                                                                            4. Lenny Roybal - Little Daisy
                                                                                            5. Margo Guryan - Can You Tell
                                                                                            6. J.C. Horton - Why Why Why
                                                                                            7. Richard Holman - Gentle Flying Dove
                                                                                            8. The Sound Control - When Will It End

                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                            1. The Goodthings - The Journey
                                                                                            2. Jerry Benicaso - Wounds Heal And Birds Fly Free
                                                                                            3. Bob Belche - Fall On Me Rain
                                                                                            4. Pisces - A Flower For All Seasons
                                                                                            5. Female Species - Baby Buggy
                                                                                            6. The Morning Sun - Someday
                                                                                            7. Larry Sands & The Sound Affair - You’ll Know The Words
                                                                                            8. The New Colony Six - The Time Of The Year Is Sunset

                                                                                            We've managed to snaffle some copies of this under-the-radar hip-hop comp from last year. "Down The Local" is an absolute gem; featuring a plethora of rappers I haven't heard yet but the UK flavours are strong throughout with each MC having their own unique flow and style with clear regional accent variations indicating a nationwide roster. Meanwhile the instrumentals are rich with that smokey, jazzy, boom-bap flavour synonymous with the golden days of UK hip-hop complete with nice scratch passages and clever sampling.

                                                                                            Real rap heads ain't gonna wanna sleep on this one trrruusst! 

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: A truly fine selection of UK hip-hop that brings to mind that halcyon period around 2002 with strong regional dialects and simple, boom-bap, sample heavy production.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Deeflux & Miracle - Unquenchable
                                                                                            2. Louie G X Barry Manalog - Stylin Merd
                                                                                            3. Cappo X Luther Andross - Ellar 
                                                                                            4. Deeflux & Miracle Feat Ash The Author & Gee Bag - Reel Me Back In 
                                                                                            5. Ash The Author X Barry Manalog Feat Mysdiggi & Dj Chud - Same As It Never Was 
                                                                                            6. Cappo X Luther Andross - Nye 
                                                                                            7. Louie G X Barry Manalog - Milty 
                                                                                            8. Ash The Author X Barry Manalog Feat Dj Chud - Modern Day Jazz Crumpet 
                                                                                            9. Deeflux & Miracle Feat Chrome - Oovavoo 

                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise

                                                                                              Let the sound of the night drums and the cry of the horns empower you! The crate diggers of Jazz Dispensary are proud to present a collection of jams propelled by the spirit of nature, protest, and freedom, featuring songs from pioneering musicians Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, Ran Blake, Azar Lawrence, A.K. Salim, and The Dungills. 

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              SIDE A:
                                                                                              1. Afro-Centric – Joe Henderson
                                                                                              2. Freedom One Day – Gary Bartz Quintet
                                                                                              3. Theme For A New Day – Azar Lawrence
                                                                                              SIDE B:
                                                                                              4. Afrika – A.K. Salim
                                                                                              5. Night Drums – The Dungills
                                                                                              6. Three Seeds (A Suite): I) Regis Debray; II) Che Guevara; III) Malcolm – Ran Blake

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              The Best Of Rare Mod

                                                                                                The ’Rare Mod’ series has been one of the most enduring Acid Jazzcurated comps of recent years. This included the CD Volumes 1-3 and a 3CD Boxset, uncovering a host of lost classics that capture sound of the original Mod scene: Hard R’n’B, Beat & Soul, and archetypal Pop from the 1960s.

                                                                                                For the first time, the Best Of… is available on vinyl, with choice selections from across the series, presented in a hip, evocative sleeve, with printed inner, and on orange transparent vinyl. The track-list contains a couple from the legendary Fleur De Lys, as well as a track from their brief billing as ‘Shyster’. Elsewhere, there are several productions from unsung hero and prolific session man Graham Dee, and even a turn from young David Bowie performing with The Riot Squad!

                                                                                                An absolute must-have collection of the less-heard tracks from one of the most iconic periods of British music.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Mud In My Eye – The Fleur De Lys
                                                                                                2. It’s A Hard Way – Cathedral
                                                                                                3. She’s Got The Time – The Afex
                                                                                                4. Tick Tock – Shyster
                                                                                                5. Big Bird – Dog Soul
                                                                                                6. I’m A Man – The Top Six
                                                                                                7. I’m Waiting For The Man – The Riot Squad
                                                                                                8. We Can Make It Together – Tony & Tandy
                                                                                                9. A Love I Believe In – Maxine
                                                                                                10. Brick By Brick (Stone By Stone) – Fleur De Lys
                                                                                                11. Soul Ride – Mike Berry
                                                                                                12. Just A Little Misunderstanding – Richard Kent Style
                                                                                                13. Sing A Simple Song – Ossie Lane Show
                                                                                                14. Mr. Super Cool – Graham Dee

                                                                                                Arab Strap

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

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

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                  Jordan Rakei

                                                                                                  The Loop

                                                                                                    GRAMMY-award nominated Jordan Rakei is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter who, over soon-to-be-five studio albums, has been on a wide-ranging journey that explores the outer reaches of his inner psyche, traversing themes of emotional evolution, personal growth and family with unwavering sincerity. Always positioning himself in and amongst the bigger questions in life, he has navigated his musical journey with passion and precision, unveiling something new about himself through his songwriting at every turn. The Loop is by far Rakei’s most cohesive and evolutionary work to date following an impressive career of previous releases, each of which have demonstrated his natural curiosity and capabilities in exploring new sounds.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: Another stunningly assured, confidently presented outing from soulful jazz-tronica hero Jordan Rakei. The Loop sees his once minimal sound blooming into a grand, orchestrated statement that's as bold as it is heartfelt. There are as many brittle, tender progressions as there are cinematic swells and rich Bonobo-like grooves.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Flowers
                                                                                                    2. Freedom
                                                                                                    3. Friend Or Foe
                                                                                                    4. Royal
                                                                                                    5. Trust
                                                                                                    6. State Of Mind
                                                                                                    7. Hopes And Dreams
                                                                                                    8. Learning
                                                                                                    9. Cages
                                                                                                    10. Forgive
                                                                                                    11. Everything Everything
                                                                                                    12. Miracle
                                                                                                    13. A Little Life

                                                                                                    BIG SPECIAL

                                                                                                    POSTINDUSTRIAL HOMETOWN BLUES

                                                                                                      Words are not to be taken for granted. Especially when they’re being bellowed, full blast, by a broad-shouldered poet with the brimstone fire of a preacher and the honesty and wisdom of a layman, over ground-shaking live beats and between anthemic blasts of melody and rousing riffage.

                                                                                                      Words matter. History matters. People matter. And BIG SPECIAL matter.

                                                                                                      For BIG SPECIAL - Joe Hicklin (vocals) and Callum Moloney (drums) - their sound is one that comes from vital, frustrated young working-class voices that don’t always get heard on the scale they should do. It’s a frustration that comes to the fore through a voice that is at times coarse and raw, but sensitive, desperate and soulful at others. Hicklin's brimstone-fired voice marches from guttural punk barks and serrated spoken word to soaring soul and back again, arriving siphoned from their forebears, crushed under the weight of history, and retooled for a new generation. It’s wrought, raw and angry at a world lacking options, the thinning of the common understanding between the social classes of England, exasperation at repeating cycles, and the feeling that you’re watching your own life unfold from the outside.

                                                                                                      These are songs that channel that voice you hear when you look in the mirror and see your true self – fight songs for a world gone wrong.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: A rousing mix of visceral industrial instrumentation, cutting spoken word and pummelling percussion that's rooted in cinematic metal and drone music, but with a melodic leaning and vitriolic drive. It's not a combination we hear together often but works seamlessly here, blending the sound worlds with real skill.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      01. BLACK COUNTRY GOTHIC
                                                                                                      02. I MOCK JOGGERS
                                                                                                      03. DESPERATE BREAKFAST
                                                                                                      04. SHITHOUSE
                                                                                                      05. THIS HERE AIN’T WATER
                                                                                                      06. MY SHAPE (BLOCKING THE LIGHT)
                                                                                                      07. BLACK DOG / WHITE HORSE
                                                                                                      08. BROADCAST: TIME AWAY
                                                                                                      09. ILL.
                                                                                                      10. MONGREL
                                                                                                      11. BUTCHER’S BIN
                                                                                                      12. DUST OFF / START AGAIN
                                                                                                      13. TREES
                                                                                                      14. FOR THE BIRDS
                                                                                                      15. DiG!

                                                                                                      Amen Dunes

                                                                                                      Death Jokes

                                                                                                        With 'Death Jokes', for the first time since the project's incarnation in 2006, the spiritual reflections and meditations of Amen Dunes are turned away from himself, and out sharply towards the world. The album is also a drastic turn musically and thematically, rooted in the electronic music of raves and of rap music he grew up with but never imagined himself able to make, playing like a scathing electronic essay on America’s culture of violence, dominance, and destructive individualism.

                                                                                                        The work on 'Death Jokes' began just weeks before the first word of the pandemic came in the winter of 2019; it was completed three years later as we began to emerge from the worst. The album's meaning morphed as the pandemic went on, first a reflection on our attachment to form, and to ourselves, and then shifting into a solemn indictment of our culture’s blind spots as we misjudge and attack, veiled self-centeredness and self-importance masquerading as morality.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: Amen Dunes is without a doubt entering his purple patch here, with the brilliant 'Death Jokes' taking all of the woozy songwriting and soaring melodicism of his early work but rendering it in bold brushes of echoic 80's electronica and jagged, blended electronic fragments.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Death Jokes
                                                                                                        2. Ian
                                                                                                        3. Joyrider
                                                                                                        4. What I Want
                                                                                                        5. Rugby Child
                                                                                                        6. Boys
                                                                                                        7. Exodus
                                                                                                        8. Predator
                                                                                                        9. Solo Tape
                                                                                                        10. Purple Land
                                                                                                        11. I Don’t Mind
                                                                                                        12. Mary Anne
                                                                                                        13. Round The World
                                                                                                        14. Poor Cops 


                                                                                                        That Golden Time

                                                                                                          Following the kaleidoscopic adventure of Villagers’ fifth album Fever Dreams, award-winning Dublin singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-dramatist Conor O’Brien returns with the intimate inventory, That Golden Time, set for release on May 10th.

                                                                                                          After the band-centred sessions of its predecessor, That Golden Time’s solo-centric core was not forced on O’Brien by lockdown. “For me, That Golden Time has an internalised voice, so much so that I almost found it impossible to let anyone else in,” he says. “It’s probably the most vulnerable album I’ve made. I played and recorded everything in my apartment, and finally, towards the end, invited people in.” Invites went out to, among others, Irish legend Dónal Lunny [Planxty, The Bothy Band] on bouzouki, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick on violin, and a group of players that O’Brien had first seen performing in a tribute to one of his great loves, Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who added soprano vocal, viola and cello.

                                                                                                          The understated poetry within That Golden Time is effortlessly carried by gorgeous melodies and sublime instrumentation. In “No Drama”, as the narrator pleads for respite from the vicissitudes of life, O’Brien equates an orchestral swell with an appeal for quiet beauty and peace. “Behind That Curtain” is a rare moment of musical discombobulation as a solemn, soulful ballad hands over to a jazzy coda, “It’s the sound of deafening alarm bells inside your head,” remarks O’Brien. Exploring these themes further, there is also a secondary image of a coin on the artwork (an Irish twenty pence piece) to which O’Brien explains: “The types of physical currency change throughout time, but the essential power relationships and bartering principles persevere throughout the cosmetic changes.”

                                                                                                          As the album comes to its conclusion with “Money On The Mind”, we find a moment of serenity with a ray of hope. The very last line, softly crooned, is “My money’s on the mind, truth be told,” a shout-out to the resilience of the human spirit. The moth might be disorientated, but it swerves the flame to live another day.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Another wonderfully heartfelt selection from Conor O'Brien, with his sweeping instrumentation and perfectly smooth vocals weaving together into modern folk ballads that are as evocative as they are distinctive. Beautifully warm, memorable and deep.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Truly Alone
                                                                                                          2. First Responder
                                                                                                          3. I Want What I Don’t Need
                                                                                                          4. You Lucky One
                                                                                                          5. That Golden Time
                                                                                                          6. Keepsake
                                                                                                          7. Brother Hen
                                                                                                          8. No Drama
                                                                                                          9. Behind That Curtain
                                                                                                          10. Money On The Mind

                                                                                                          Keeley Forsyth

                                                                                                          The Hollow

                                                                                                            Keeley Forsyth is a singer, composer and actress from Oldham, UK. A frequent presence on primetime TV since the mid-'90s, over the past few years she has forged an unusual parallel career as a unique and uncompromising new presence in contemporary music. Described by Pitchfork as “arid and beautiful”, by Uncut as "astonishing" and The Sunday Times as "one of the most remarkable in years”, Keeley's debut LP 'Debris' (2020) and follow-up 'Limbs' (2022) drew unanimous critical praise, prompting comparisons with Nico, Beth Gibbons, Aldous Harding, Nick Cave, Anohni and even Scott Walker. It's often stated that no one else is making music quite like this.

                                                                                                            The bleak and foreboding landscape surrounding Keeley's North Yorkshire home seems to inhabit her third LP, 'The Hollow'. The moors, visible from her studio window, impact upon a music that feels made of these places: windswept, rain-soaked and blinking through the low-lit landscape. The album's title derives from discovering a long-abandoned mining shaft whilst out walking - the past lurking within and haunting the present we now occupy. A connection to time that places us within it, facing what is gone and what may come. But also, perhaps that time has no concern as to whether we're here or not.

                                                                                                            Keeley's unique elemental voice again sits centrally within this world-building. Her cathartic reflections are exorcisms in song. We hear an artist making sense of her life, willing to expose vulnerability without ever appearing weak. Working again with producer Ross Downes, the LP features Matthew Bourne and Colin Stetson, Forsyth sought to expand both her voice and music. Taking aspects of sacred music, minimalist post-classical, dark ambient, film and theatre soundtracks, she layers her vocals into chamber choirs, applies pitch shifts and other digital processing, moves from clear articulate intention to mumbled numb utterances.

                                                                                                            Composer Mihály Vig's score to Bela Tarr’s film 'The Turin Horse' is reimagined as a pressurised outpouring, recasting the everyday within a mythical light of survival and hope. On ‘A Shift’, Mal Finch's protest song ‘We Are Women, We Are Strong ‘, originally sung by wives and daughters in support of the '80s miner’s strikes, is recontextualised in solidarity for an experience of creative labour.

                                                                                                            A sought-after collaborator, Keeley is currently working towards new projects with Ben Frost, Teho Teardo, and Matthew Bourne. She has provided vocals for Louis Carnell; remixed both Gazelle Twin and Quin Quis; has soundtracked Maxine Peake’s directorial debut; and is currently developing a stage and studio project with Ben Frost and writer Robert MacFarlane.

                                                                                                            A magnetic live performer able to create an immersive almost ritualistic experience, Keeley recently received a standing ovation at Unsound and supports the LP with shows at Bristol New Music, Rewire festival and London's ICA.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: A monolithic slab of otherworldly cascading vocals and foreboding postclassical heft, Keeley Forsyth has crafted a terrifying and hugely moving LP that falls somewhere between ambient soundtrack business, gothic folk and drone, and honestly I couldn't be any more on board. Stunning.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                            1. The Answer
                                                                                                            2. The Hollow
                                                                                                            3. Come And See
                                                                                                            4. Eve
                                                                                                            5. Turning
                                                                                                            6. A Shift
                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                            1. Slush
                                                                                                            2. Drag Me Down
                                                                                                            3. Do I Breathe
                                                                                                            4. In The Corner
                                                                                                            5. Horse
                                                                                                            6. Creature

                                                                                                            Yaya Bey

                                                                                                            Ten Fold

                                                                                                              Yaya Bey unveils her latest studio album Ten Fold via Big Dada, available on standard black LP and translucent red indie LP.

                                                                                                              New York-bred R&B vocalist Yaya Bey conjures a comprehensive self-portrait on her new studio album, Ten Fold.

                                                                                                              Where her previous works were earnest and mindful, Yaya’s new LP is definitive, harkening back to aspects of her past while examining the future of the world that surrounds her with a stream-of-conscious intentionality.

                                                                                                              Over rapturous production from Corey Fonville of jazz group Butcher Brown, Karriem Riggins, Jay Daniel, Exaktly and Boston Chery, Yaya delivers a free-spoken masterpiece that speaks to the intricacies of persevering through a year punctuated by grief and loss, life-altering milestones and everything in between.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Barry says: A biographical tale, told through the words of poet and vocalist Yaya Bey. Richly rendered R&B grooves and flickering electronic shards all work beautifully beneath Bey's often spoken-word storytelling. 'Ten Fold' takes the classics of disco, house and hip-hop and filters them through Yaya Bey's distinctive modern filter.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Crying Through My Teeth
                                                                                                              2. The Evidence
                                                                                                              3. Chrysanthemums
                                                                                                              4. Sir Princess Bad Bitch
                                                                                                              5. East Coast Mami
                                                                                                              6. Chasing The Bus
                                                                                                              7. All Around Los Angeles
                                                                                                              8. Slow Dancing In The Kitchen
                                                                                                              9. So Fantastic (feat. Grand Daddy I.U.)
                                                                                                              10. Eric Adams In The Club (feat. Exaktly)
                                                                                                              11. Me And All My Niggas
                                                                                                              12. Iloveyoufrankiebeverly
                                                                                                              13. Career Day
                                                                                                              14. Carl Thomas Sliding Down The Wall
                                                                                                              15. Yvette's Cooking Show
                                                                                                              16. Let Go

                                                                                                              Vancouver duo Potatohead People (aka the duo of Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) make their long awaited return to Bastard Jazz with their 4th album, 'Eat Your Heart Out'. Jumping off on the clean & musical production sensibilities that they have become heavily fetishized for over the last decade, the album finds the duo further stepping out from the shadow of the boards and stepping into the spotlight as vocalists, songwriters, players and musicians standing strong in their own respect.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Barry says: Breezy funk and bright percussive stabs work away beneath the myriad vocal collaborators that appear on the Potatohead People's 4th LP, resulting in an end product that's both reminiscent of the heyday of disco and house music, but completely separate from it.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. The Formula
                                                                                                              2. Keepin'; It Kool (feat. Kendra Dias)
                                                                                                              3. Last Nite (feat. Redman)
                                                                                                              4. Angelwings (feat. Shafiq Husayn & Ivan Ave)
                                                                                                              5. Distant Luv (feat. Kapok)
                                                                                                              6. Follow Your Heart
                                                                                                              7. Come Home (feat. Abstract Rude, T3 & Kapok)
                                                                                                              8. Paradise (feat. Diamond Cafe)
                                                                                                              9. Secret Mission (feat. Frank Nitt & Reggie B)
                                                                                                              10. Everything U Need (feat. Kendra Dias)
                                                                                                              1.1 For The Soul (feat. Moka Only)

                                                                                                              Jason Boardman's Before I Die are back with a new selection in a relaxed & spectacular fashion.

                                                                                                              Introducing KlangKollektor aka Lars Fischer, a solo project by the drummer with the Psychedelic Cumbia band Trak Trak from Nurnberg. This debut release from KlangKollektor has been developing for some time, liberated from Lars' hard drive and mastered by the Franconian Conny Plank - Frank Mollena (Bambi Davidson) the release channels the pioneering spirit of dub and places it in a present context. 

                                                                                                              A stellar collection of seven dubwise tracks over 4 sides with a techno and Balearic influence that's been on eagerly awaited by all who caught onto the label head's contagious enthusiasm. 

                                                                                                              All synths, programming, pianos, bass, percussion, dub mixing, editing & mixing by Lars Fischer.
                                                                                                              Cover image courtesy of renowned German photographer - Thomas Bergner @thomas.bergner
                                                                                                              Sleeve Design by Yasmin - Small Press @smallpressstudio
                                                                                                              Final Mix and Mastering by Frank Mollena

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Matt says: Another heartfelt release from BiD. Klangkollektor take King Tubby's to the White Isle / Adriatic via the echo chambers of K&D or the futurist studios of Düsseldorf or Detroit. An intersection of sonic ley lines delivered in a languid, dreamlike state that takes you on a real head trip.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1. Garden Pond
                                                                                                              A2. Lake Lounge
                                                                                                              B1. Midnight Express
                                                                                                              B2. Tabarca
                                                                                                              C1. Evening Post
                                                                                                              C2. Globulus
                                                                                                              D. Baund

                                                                                                              Transmission Towers

                                                                                                              Transmission One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                Douglas Dare


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

                                                                                                                  Kings Of Leon

                                                                                                                  Can We Please Have Fun

                                                                                                                    GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum rock band Kings of Leon are coming back big with their 9th full-length studio album, Can We Please Have Fun. As the title suggests, it’s a document of one of this era’s great rock & roll bands cutting loose, trying new things, and, yes, having some fun. Recorded at Dark Horse studio and produced with new collaborator Kid Harpoon (Harry Styles, Florence + the Machine) the album sees a new side of Kings of Leon. On the new album, the band harkens back to their gritty origins while simultaneously finding new gears. It’s the sound of a band unified in vision and purpose, freed from any expectations, and the album the band says they’ve always wanted to make.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                                                    1. Ballerina Radio
                                                                                                                    2. Rainbow Ball
                                                                                                                    3. Nowhere To Run
                                                                                                                    4. Mustang
                                                                                                                    5. Actual Daydream
                                                                                                                    6. Split Screen
                                                                                                                    Side B:
                                                                                                                    1. Don’t Stop The Bleeding
                                                                                                                    2. Nothing To Do
                                                                                                                    3. M Television
                                                                                                                    4. Hesitation Gen
                                                                                                                    5. Ease Me On
                                                                                                                    6. Seen



                                                                                                                      Dehd kicks off 2024 by announcing their fifth studio album, Poetry, due this May via Fat Possum Records.

                                                                                                                      Following the whirlwind success of Dehd’s fourth album Blue Skies and hit single “Bad Love”, they first gathered at Kempf’s off-grid Earthship in Taos, New Mexico where they chopped wood to stay warm and wrote songs during the daylight. They then travelled to a cabin on the Puget Sound to set up their second writing camp where surrounded by chilly waters, time was marked only by the movement of the tides. “Eating, Sleeping, Breathing, Living - our only purpose was to write,” Kempf recalled. This was the first time the band travelled to distinctly notable locations to write and inspire themselves. Leaving Chicago proved to be a watershed moment.

                                                                                                                      They finalized the songs that became Poetry back in Chicago in the warehouse they’ve called home for nearly a decade, where they rehearsed and wrote their entire catalogue. Friend and producer Ziyad Asrar, who co-produced all three Whitney albums, co-produced the album alongside the band’s Jason Balla at Palisade Studio.

                                                                                                                      Knocked Loose

                                                                                                                      You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To

                                                                                                                        As Knocked Loose chipped away at what would become their third album, they felt the pressure from all sides. Internally, there was the need to challenge themselves as songwriters while retaining the merciless intensity and unflinching honesty that have always been their calling cards. Externally, there was a whole new set of eyes on the hard-touring Louisville quintet, following a banner year in which they’d brought their underground-seasoned sound to some of the world’s biggest stages, finding themselves the unlikely viral darlings of both Coachella and Bonnaroo.

                                                                                                                        The creative process was arduous, with the band writing close to 40 songs across a span of four years before locking in the 10 tracks that make up new LP You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To. But in the end, vocalist Bryan Garris, guitarists Isaac Hale and Nicko Calderon, bassist Kevin Otten and drummer Kevin “Pac Sun” Kaine honed a diverse, cohesive and savagely intense album that both sums up the massive strides they’ve taken during their decade as a band, and asserts their boundless potential going forward.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Thirst
                                                                                                                        2. Piece By Piece
                                                                                                                        3. Suffocate (ft. Poppy)
                                                                                                                        4. Don't Reach For Me
                                                                                                                        5. Moss Covers All
                                                                                                                        6. Take Me Home
                                                                                                                        7. Slaughterhouse 2 (ft. Chris Motionless)
                                                                                                                        8. The Calm That Keeps You Awake
                                                                                                                        9. Blinding Faith
                                                                                                                        10. Sit & Mourn

                                                                                                                        Pokey LaFarge

                                                                                                                        Rhumba Country

                                                                                                                          After crisscrossing the nation for the last half-decade looking for a home, Pokey LaFarge found himself in Mid-Coast Maine. Upon arriving, the Illinois- born singer/ songwriter/ actor pursued a major life change, working 12-hour days on a local farm--a turn of events that catalyzed an extraordinary burst of creativity and redefined his sense of purpose as an artist. Rhumba Country was initially shaped from material that emerged while LaFarge was deep in work on the farm. "I'd be pushing a plow or scattering seeds, and the songs would just come to me," he recalls. "It was tremendously inspirational and made me realize that apart from singing, farming is perhaps the oldest human art form." While farming, LaFarge began dreaming up a kaleidoscopic sound informed by his love of music from far- ranging eras and corners of the globe, including mambo, tropicalia, rocksteady, and mid-century American rock-and-roll. "The songs that naturally come to me are upbeat and make you wanna dance or at least bop your head--they're all very colorful," says LaFarge. "I used to think of my music in dark blue, but now I see it in technicolor." Co- produced along with Chris Seefried and Elliot Bergman and recorded in L.A., the resulting Rhumba Country is an invitation to come together to celebrate life and love.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          One You, One Me
                                                                                                                          For A Night
                                                                                                                          Run Run Run
                                                                                                                          Like A Sailor
                                                                                                                          Sister Andre
                                                                                                                          So Long Chicago
                                                                                                                          It's Not Over
                                                                                                                          Home Home Home
                                                                                                                          Made To Be Loved
                                                                                                                          You Make My Garden Grow

                                                                                                                          Jim White And Marisa Anderson


                                                                                                                            The collaboration between renowned drummer Jim White and acclaimed guitarist Marisa Anderson is a natural union of two of the most intuitive players and listeners working in music.

                                                                                                                            Jim White is known for his groundbreaking trio, Dirty Three, as well as duo Xylouris White. His list of collaborations is vast and includes artists such as Nick Cave, Bill Callahan, Cat Power, Marnie Stern and Warren Ellis. Jim just released his debut solo album, ‘All Hits: Memories’.

                                                                                                                            Marisa Anderson, known primarily for her solo work, in demand collaborator who has worked with Tashi Dorji, Sharon Van Etten, Yasmine Williams and Michael Hurley. She has released records with William Tyler and Tara Jane O’Neal.

                                                                                                                            White and Anderson are each highly sought after collaborators in no small part because of their mastery, versatility and highly expressive playing. Their sophomore album, ‘Swallowtail’, finds the duo completely attuned to each other, fluidly moving as wind and water. They avoid preconceived movements, instead focusing on their musical conversation. As Anderson puts it: “The ideas aren’t the music, they are the pathway into the musical possibilities.”

                                                                                                                            Their skilful interplay creates an effervescence throughout the album. The ebb and flow to the duo’s motions bring a sense of serenity and ease to spontaneous transitions, each swell and retraction sounding as free as it does inevitable. White and Anderson’s preternatural alchemy as a duo allows each fleeting gesture to feel featherlight and stirring while maintaining an inquisitive spirit. Their music is an enchanting and illuminating.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Aerie
                                                                                                                            2. Bitterroot Valley Suite I: Water
                                                                                                                            3. Bitterroot Valley Suite II: Tree
                                                                                                                            4. Bitterroot Valley Suite III: Wind
                                                                                                                            5. Peregrine
                                                                                                                            6. Aurora

                                                                                                                            Les Savy Fav

                                                                                                                            OUI LSF

                                                                                                                              Hot on the heels of releasing new single Legendary Tippers in January, Les Savy Fav are back with their first new album in 14 years! Oui, LSF is out May 10th.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Guzzle Blood
                                                                                                                              2. Limo Scene
                                                                                                                              3. Void Moon
                                                                                                                              4. Mischief Night
                                                                                                                              5. What We Don't Want
                                                                                                                              6. Legendary Tippers
                                                                                                                              7. Dawn Patrol
                                                                                                                              8. Somebody Needs A Hug
                                                                                                                              9. Racing Bees
                                                                                                                              10. Don't Mind Me
                                                                                                                              11. Oi! Division
                                                                                                                              12. Barbs
                                                                                                                              13. Nihilists
                                                                                                                              14. World Got Great

                                                                                                                              How To Dress Well

                                                                                                                              I Am Toward You

                                                                                                                                In his 15+ years recording as How To Dress Well, LA-based musician Tom Krell has played with the concept of what we hear and how we communicate in order to create music that exists somewhere between celestial transcendence and an outsider approach to what pop music can be. In Krell’s musical world, the weight of a sample comes from his history with it, the meaning of a lyric fragment is stretched and distorted, its core skirting universal interpretation in favor of specificity.

                                                                                                                                I Am Toward You is the first new How To Dress Well album in six years, with some of his noisiest, most free, and most poetic music to date. Krell opens the second decade of his career with an album that delivers on the hallmarks of his best work. When creating the album, Krell was in search of not a fresh start, exactly, but instead a return to the open-hearted, uncynical approach to music making that he adopted as a kid, and carried through the release of his haunting breakthrough debut, 2010’s Love Remains, when he was making music in relative anonymity with little external pressure.

                                                                                                                                Krell alongside returning and new collaborators CFCF, Chris Votek, Joel Ford, Josh Clancy, Trayer Tryon (Hundred Waters), Brian Allen Simon (Anenon), and Aaron Charles Read began work on what would become I Am Toward You in 2020. He sifted through hundreds of snippets he’d recorded in the preceding decade, finding inexplicable samples and snatches of audio that began to cohere into an album that stripped back the density of previous albums to create a collection of songs that oscillate between the present and the past as if it’s happening all at once. A memory from 20 years ago holds just as much weight as something that happened yesterday. Each song, too, is linked to the larger world: these tracks are in constant dialogue with not just each other, but the environments in which they were made. It feels like a diaristic approach to how we can find new perspectives on our own lives, as informed by the way Krell transformed himself in the nearly six years between the release of The Anteroom and the release of I Am Toward You.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. New Confusion
                                                                                                                                2. Contingency / Necessity (Modality Of Fate)
                                                                                                                                3. Crypt Sustain
                                                                                                                                4. No Light (feat. Anarthia DLT)
                                                                                                                                5. Nothingprayer
                                                                                                                                6. On It And Around It
                                                                                                                                7. Song In The Middle
                                                                                                                                8. Gas Station Against Blackened Hillside
                                                                                                                                9. A Faint Glow Through A Window Of Thin Bone (That’s How My Fate Is Shown)
                                                                                                                                10. The Only True Joy On Earth
                                                                                                                                11. A Secret Within The Voice

                                                                                                                                Shannon & The Clams

                                                                                                                                The Moon Is In The Wrong Place

                                                                                                                                  The Moon Is In The Wrong Place is an upbeat, yet poignant narrative on grief and resilience from Shannon & The Clams. Woven from the threads of devastating loss and communal ties in the aftermath of profound loss – the sudden passing of Shannon's fianceé just months before their wedding – this record unfolds as the Clams' most introspective to date. With Dan Auerbach's production, the album delves deep into themes of heartache and healing, and showcases the band's trademark wry psychedelia, energetic nostalgia, and flourishes of retro beauty. It's a tribute to the power of art and community to triumph over tragedy, and a milestone in Shannon & The Clams' venerable oeuvre.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  CD TRACKLIST

                                                                                                                                  1. The Vow
                                                                                                                                  2. The Hourglass 
                                                                                                                                  3. Big Wheel 
                                                                                                                                  4. Oh So Close, Yet So Far 
                                                                                                                                  5. UFO
                                                                                                                                  6. What You're Missing 
                                                                                                                                  7. Real Or Magic 
                                                                                                                                  8. The Moon Is In The Wrong Place 
                                                                                                                                  9. So Lucky
                                                                                                                                  10. Dalí's Clock
                                                                                                                                  11. Bean Fields
                                                                                                                                  12. In The Grass 
                                                                                                                                  13. Golden Brown 
                                                                                                                                  14. Life Is Unfair

                                                                                                                                  VINYL TRACKLIST

                                                                                                                                  SIDE A

                                                                                                                                  1. The Vow
                                                                                                                                  2. The Hourglass 
                                                                                                                                  3. Big Wheel 
                                                                                                                                  4. Oh So Close, Yet So Far 
                                                                                                                                  5. UFO
                                                                                                                                  6. What You're Missing 
                                                                                                                                  7. Real Or Magic 

                                                                                                                                  SIDE B

                                                                                                                                  1. The Moon Is In The Wrong Place 
                                                                                                                                  2. So Lucky
                                                                                                                                  3. Dalí's Clock
                                                                                                                                  4. Bean Fields
                                                                                                                                  5. In The Grass 
                                                                                                                                  6. Golden Brown 
                                                                                                                                  7. Life Is Unfair


                                                                                                                                  Everything Is Connected - The Best Of Blancmange 1979-2024

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

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                                                                                    Josienne Clarke

                                                                                                                                    Parenthesis, I

                                                                                                                                      On Parenthesis, I, Josienne Clarke has not only embraced her past but has also redefined herself in the present, presenting a body of work that is shimmering, warm, intimate, and at times, profoundly heart-wrenching. Throughout her career, Clarke has been both a Rough Trade-signed artist and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner, two opposing poles that neatly sum up her inability to be pigeonholed. Parenthesis, I is a masterful journey through her personal and musical evolution, drawing influence from folk greats Nick Drake and Sandy Denny, as well as more contemporary artists like Julia jacklin, Courtney Marie Andrews, Anaïs Mitchell and Lucy Dacus.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1.  Friendly Teeth
                                                                                                                                      2.  Spherical
                                                                                                                                      3.  Fear Of Falling
                                                                                                                                      4.  Do You Know Now
                                                                                                                                      5.  Looking Glass
                                                                                                                                      6.  Forbearing
                                                                                                                                      7.  Most Of All
                                                                                                                                      8.  Double-Edged Sword
                                                                                                                                      9.  Firecracker
                                                                                                                                      10.  Dead Woman’s Bones
                                                                                                                                      11.  The Calm
                                                                                                                                      12.  Parenthesis, I
                                                                                                                                      13.  Magic Somehow

                                                                                                                                      I. JORDAN

                                                                                                                                      I AM JORDAN

                                                                                                                                        Having amassed numerous accolades and achievements, the electrifying DJ and producer I. JORDAN (they/them) is set for a huge year with their debut album, I AM JORDAN, due for release on 10th May 2024. Thanks to this extraordinary forthcoming album, complemented by consistently breathtaking visuals and creative concepts, Jordan is poised to breakthrough to the mainstream in 2024. Championing trans and non-binary voices, they have enlisted Aries Moross as Creative Director (Kylie Minogue, Spice Girls), and track collaborators include rising stars such as DJ and producer TAAHLIAH, and the star of Sex Education, Felix Mufti.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. When Lights Flash
                                                                                                                                        2. Casino High
                                                                                                                                        3. Real Hot N Naughty
                                                                                                                                        4. The Countdown
                                                                                                                                        5. Butterlick
                                                                                                                                        6. Reification And Pathetic Fallacy
                                                                                                                                        7. People Want Nice Things
                                                                                                                                        8. Round N Round
                                                                                                                                        9. The Woodpecker
                                                                                                                                        10. 7 Degrees Of Despondent
                                                                                                                                        11. Close To You
                                                                                                                                        12. Rapt Finis

                                                                                                                                        Mary Lattimore And Walt McClements

                                                                                                                                        Rain On The Road

                                                                                                                                          Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements are two of contemporary music’s most renowned innovators. Each has managed to expand the perception of their instrument’s capabilities.

                                                                                                                                          Lattimore’s inventive harp processing and looping has brought the instrument to a new audience. Her prolific run of celestial solo albums and evocative film scores have redefined the instrument in the modern consciousness. Her genre-agnostic collaborations include work with Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Jeff Zeigler, Meg Baird, and Thurston Moore. McClements, who tours as a member of Weyes Blood, is an acclaimed composer in his own right, sculpting glacial atmospherics from the accordion.

                                                                                                                                          The Los Angeles based duo became quick friends on overlapping tours, sharing both a drive to push the sonic possibilities of their instruments and roots in North Carolina.

                                                                                                                                          Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements’ debut collaboration, ‘Rain on the Road’, blossomed out of that time spent on the road together, capturing the liminal existence of touring life in deeply cinematic compositions.

                                                                                                                                          Recorded in the cozy setting of McClements’ apartment during a rainy December in LA, ‘Rain on the Road’ unfurls as a series of sonic vignettes, rolling landscapes hewn from longform improvisations for harp and accordion. Embellished with additional instrumentation such as the shimmering constellations of hand bells on ‘Stolen Bells’ that glisten like lights on wet pavement, or the stately piano figures on ‘The Top of Thomas Street’; their pastoral pieces manage to paint vivid images.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Stolen Bells
                                                                                                                                          2. The Poppies, The Wild
                                                                                                                                          3. Mustard, The Blue-Eyed Grass
                                                                                                                                          4. We Waited For The Bears To Leave
                                                                                                                                          5. Nest Of Earrings
                                                                                                                                          6. The Top Of Thomas Street

                                                                                                                                          French multi-instrumentalist Quiet Dawn has been an integral part of the First Word family for a full decade now. His diverse catalogue has included organic ambient-jazz (2018's 'Human Being - The Short Story Of The Reed'), Dilla-esque instrumental beats (2023's 'Simple' beat tape), head nod Hip Hop (the 2015 debut album 'The First Day') and broken beat (2022's 'Movements' EP).

                                                                                                                                          It's the latter project that this new project is the most obvious successor to, which he produced directly afterwards. This new album from Quiet Dawn (real name Will Galland) takes on an array of broken beat flavours and features a few luminaries from that scene along the way, including the legendary Bembe Segue (on the smooth soulful grooves of 'All Around'), LyricL (dropping bars on the lively title track 'Celebrate') and Oliver Night from the CoOp Presents crew (on 'Follow Your Instincts' and single 'Lost From Life').

                                                                                                                                          Elsewhere there's uplifting jazz samba-tinged vibes (on 'It's All About Freedom' & 'He Is Lion'), a sprinkle of downtempo boom bap ('Flow' & 'See The Good'), and an assortment of instrumental bruk riddims with squelchy synths, sweet rhodes, skippy percussion & funked-up basslines. Quiet Dawn once again effortlessly combines the organic with the electronic. The whole piece exudes positivity and good times.

                                                                                                                                          Quiet Dawn explains "I had already started making tracks for this album, before completing the 'Movements' EP - tracks like 'It's All About Freedom' & 'I Just Wanna Do This'. I composed the title track 'Celebrate' with my son on my lap; he was 2 and a half years old, and was the one who found the Rhodes bass notes on the drums that I composed first. I made the bassline, the arrangement, and then the track was completed with the talents of LyricL with her unique lyrics and style! I fulfilled a dream of working with Bembe and it felt so effortless. And of course it's always pleasant and powerful making tracks with Oliver - he has crazy talent, and we understand each other so much on the spirit of the pieces we make together.

                                                                                                                                          Once again, the idea was to make a record that we can dance to, whether we are dancers or not, listen to at home, or on our travels. Celebrate life, love, and the people we love. Celebrate the different cultures of the world - our differences are a strength. Turn negativity into positivity. Celebrate our actions, whether in pain or not. Celebrate our different journeys.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. No Idea Is Final, Pt. 1
                                                                                                                                          2. I Just Wanna Do This
                                                                                                                                          3. See The Good
                                                                                                                                          4. Celebrate (feat. LyricL)
                                                                                                                                          5. Follow Your Instincts (feat. Oliver Night)
                                                                                                                                          6. He Is Lion
                                                                                                                                          7. Lost From Life (feat. Oliver Night)
                                                                                                                                          8. All Around (feat. Bembe Segue)
                                                                                                                                          9. Flow
                                                                                                                                          10. It's All About Freedom
                                                                                                                                          11. No Idea Is Final, Pt. 2

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          Someone Like Me

                                                                                                                                            Efficient Space continue with their very highly regarded compilations. And this looks like another classic..

                                                                                                                                            A humanity-reminding suite of miracle moments, Someone Like Me unites a geographically unbound cast of real people in pursuit of a meaningful connection. Taping their lived experience in economic studios in quiet English counties, Pacific Northwest woodland retreats and the big city bustle of Sydney and Los Angeles, these kindred spirits rendered sheer beauty in the process. Custom pressed folk songs of love, loss and the lord saviour.

                                                                                                                                            Illuminating minor works from seasoned players such as former Syndicate Of Sound chart-topper Sharkey and late-era Canned Heat lynchpin James Thornbury, the collection simultaneously honours the fleeting amateurism of hobby musicians. With their one shot at tangible vinyl, freshman Lynne Ann Kingan realised her loose bubblegum rocker on campus time, while U.S. Navy recruit Fred Potts cut his unconditionally serene ballad remotely stationed on a Spanish naval base. Spartan production continues to reign with Jon Betmead’s hair-raising gospel, howling into infinite space, and Goldrust’s stripped back garden hymn.

                                                                                                                                            Throughout the hour-long reflection, faith has an intermittent yet revelatory presence, most overtly with the divine choral soul of Seventh-day Adventist quartet Remnant. More subtly, Gary Ramey and Jim Kennedy both turned to song in their spiritual quests, offering their all to a universal power. An irrefutable compilation cornerstone, the National Office For Black Catholics showcased Charles Murphy’s lionhearted account of the Black experience at a 1971 concert. Five years earlier, high school seniors The Superwomen would use their hauntingly angelic harmonies to address racial inequity with a breathless take on ‘Lowlands’.

                                                                                                                                            Reaching the furthest corners, Someone Like Me secures the inaugural licence of three homespun masterpieces. Discovered by fluke in the digital haystacks of Youtube and Soundcloud, Jim Huxley’s bedroom pop earworm melds peacefully into Charlie Webster’s synthesized reverie. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s John Agostino introduces us to the bizarre world of tax scam records, with the artist only now learning that his tender psych-folk demos were leaked via a 1977 bootleg.

                                                                                                                                            Compiled and lovingly restored by armchair digger Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring/The Green Child), Someone Like Me pays due service to seventeen rarefied journals of truth and devotion. Adorned with visual artist Chris Fallon’s figure and flora dream extractions, the uniting songbook is further detailed by expansive track-by-track liner notes and a forward from San Franciscan poet Rod Roland.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Sharkey - Someone Like Me
                                                                                                                                            2. Lynne Ann Kingan - If You Love Me - Hate Me
                                                                                                                                            3. James Thornbury - So Tan
                                                                                                                                            4. Jim Huxley - Only A Song
                                                                                                                                            5. Charlie Webster - Snodland
                                                                                                                                            6. The Bob Hughes Band - You Broke My Heart
                                                                                                                                            7. Goldrust - Going Yesterday
                                                                                                                                            8. Jim Kennedy - You Are The Reason
                                                                                                                                            9. Jon Betmead - Marie Elene
                                                                                                                                            10. Charles Murphy - The Foot That's Holding Me Down
                                                                                                                                            11. Remnant - I Will Set You Free
                                                                                                                                            12. Fred Potts - Following Rainbows
                                                                                                                                            13. The Superwomen - Lowlands
                                                                                                                                            14. Robison Kaplan Ltd. - Don't Say Goodbye
                                                                                                                                            15. Gary Ramey - You Are His
                                                                                                                                            16. John Agostino - Loss Of Love
                                                                                                                                            17. Ritchie Tierney - Please Stop Breaking Me Down

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            ALFA/YEN Records 1980-1987: Techno Pop And Other Electronic Adventures In Tokyo (LITA Exclusive)

                                                                                                                                              Recording technology was completely revolutionized in the 80s by the multitrack recorder, with the popularity of 24-channel SSL consoles sweeping the world. Japanese pop music created during this wave of digital improvement is now recognized worldwide as ""City Pop."" Techno Pop was another offshoot born of the same revolution.

                                                                                                                                              Precise, computer-controlled beats produced by groups like Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) introduced a different type of sound to the masses. By now, these works have been brought into the international limelight and continue to be a major influence on today's music.

                                                                                                                                              At the center of Tokyo’s Techno Pop scene was ALFA/YEN Records. The label left behind an impressive body of work, but much of it wasn't made widely available... until now!

                                                                                                                                              This new, definitive compilation focuses on the music archives of the YEN Records catalog, available for the first time exclusively at Light in the Attic. This is a true celebration of Japan's Techno Pop scene of the 80s, reissued with the intent that future generations, internationally, will be able to discover, enjoy, and appreciate ALFA/YEN and its significant contributions to the sonic landscape of the 80s and beyond.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. SEOUL MUSIC - YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
                                                                                                                                              2. ZOOT KOOK - SANDII
                                                                                                                                              3. Sakisaka To Momonai No Gokigen Ikaga One Two Three - You An’ Me Orgasmus Orchestra
                                                                                                                                              4. Drip Dry Eyes - Yukihiro Takahashi
                                                                                                                                              5. SUKI-SUKI-DAISUKI - Jun Togawa
                                                                                                                                              6. Parallelisme - Miharu Koshi
                                                                                                                                              7. Bikkuri Party No Theme - Haruomi Hosono & Yukihiro Takahashi
                                                                                                                                              8. Sakasa Kenjin Eagas - Apogee & Perigee
                                                                                                                                              9. Yumemiru Yakusoku - Haruomi Hosono
                                                                                                                                              10. ROCK - Hajime Tachibana
                                                                                                                                              11. Riot In Lagos - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                                                                                                                                              12. Radarman - Jun Togawa
                                                                                                                                              13. Platonic - Haruomi Hosono
                                                                                                                                              14. BEAT THE RAP- Super Eccentric Theater
                                                                                                                                              15. Rap Phenomena - YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
                                                                                                                                              16. LEXINGTON QUEEN - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                                                                                                                                              17. Chanel No #5 No On The Rock - Sheena
                                                                                                                                              18. Beach Girl - TESTPATTERN
                                                                                                                                              19. FLASHBACK - Yukihiro Takahashi
                                                                                                                                              20. Automne Dans Un Miroir - Tamao Koike
                                                                                                                                              21. Ascending - INTERIOR

                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                              Ghana Special (Volume 2): Electronic Highlife & Afro Sounds In The Diaspora 1980​-​93

                                                                                                                                                Highlighting a time when the burgeoning Ghanaian diaspora across Europe and North America was utilising new music technology and recording techniques. A period of movement, emigration and innovation.

                                                                                                                                                The dawn of the 80s saw an increase in emigration following a period of political upheaval at home, with many Ghanaians moving to Europe - especially Germany - to find work. Musicians recording both at home and abroad began to blend highlife with outside influences, taking inspiration from US disco and boogie, European new wave and Caribbean zouk and soca, reflecting new surroundings and cementing musical connections forged in London, Hamburg, Toronto and New York.

                                                                                                                                                Ghana Special celebrates this key period of musical innovation and cultural
                                                                                                                                                exchange that redefined the parameters of Ghanaian music and accelerated the cultural exchange between West Africa and Europe.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. The Godfathers - Ebe Ye Yie Ni
                                                                                                                                                2. Pat Thomas - Gye Wani
                                                                                                                                                3. Pepper, Onion, Ginger & Salt - M.C. Mambo
                                                                                                                                                4. Andy Vans - Adjoa Amisa
                                                                                                                                                5. George Darko - Kaakyire Nua
                                                                                                                                                6. Rex Gyamfi - Obiara Bewu
                                                                                                                                                7. Starlite - Anoma Koro
                                                                                                                                                8. Abdul Raheem - Alaiye
                                                                                                                                                9. Jon K - Asafo
                                                                                                                                                10. Kwasi Afari Minta - Barima Nsu
                                                                                                                                                11. Marijata (feat. Ata Kak) - Otanhunu
                                                                                                                                                12. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Apple
                                                                                                                                                13. Dadadi - Jigi Jigi
                                                                                                                                                14. Charles Amoah - Fre Me (Call Me)
                                                                                                                                                15. Ernest Honny - New Dance
                                                                                                                                                16. Bessa Simons - Sii Nana
                                                                                                                                                17. Nan Mayen - Mumude
                                                                                                                                                18. Nana Budjei - Asobrachie

                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                Cumbia Cumbia Cumbia!!! Vol. 2

                                                                                                                                                  A selection of 28 Colombian cumbia bangers for the dance floor from the deep vaults of Codiscos and associated labels Costeño, Zeida and Famoso, all of them originally released between 1962 and 1983.

                                                                                                                                                  “Cumbia Cumbia Cumbia!!!” combines well-known classics and rarities that are difficult to find in their original formats. An invitation to enjoy and be amazed, above and beyond ethnographic and academic concerns.

                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                  Voodoo Mambosis & Other Tropical Diseases Vol. 2

                                                                                                                                                    This is the 2nd volume in the new Voodoo Mambosis And Other Tropical Diseases series on Stag-O-Lee. What does a friend of the obscure 7"s do when he already has everything in the field of Rhythm & Blues etc.? He is looking for other fields of activity.

                                                                                                                                                    He made a little trip around the world here, let his new love of cumbia flow in, mixed in a pinch of voodoo, reactivated some old blues heroes, plus some exotica - it never hurts.

                                                                                                                                                    The cover, also designed by Jens-O-Matic, is a homage to the groundbreaking "84 compilation Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease!

                                                                                                                                                    Kamasi Washington

                                                                                                                                                    Fearless Movement

                                                                                                                                                      Washington calls 'Fearless Movement' his dance album. “It’s not literal,” Washington says. “Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it’s the same thing as music - expressing your spirit through your body. That’s what this album is pushing.”

                                                                                                                                                      Dance as an embodied form of expression signals a shift in focus for Washington. Where previous albums dealt with cosmic ideas and existential concepts, 'Fearless Movement' focuses in on the everyday, an exploration of life on earth. This change in scope is due in large part to the birth of Washington’s first child a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                      “Being a father means the horizon of your life all of a sudden shows up,” says Washington. “My mortality became more apparent to me, but also my immortality - realizing that my daughter is going to live on and see things that I’m never going to see. I had to become comfortable with this, and that affected the music that I was making.”

                                                                                                                                                      The album features Washington’s daughter - who wrote the melody to 'Asha The First' during some of her first experimentations on the piano - as well as a host of collaborators new and old. André 3000 appears on flute, George Clinton lends his voice, as do BJ The Chicago Kid, Inglewood rapper D-Smoke and Taj and Ras Austin of Coast Contra, the twin sons of West Coast legend Ras Kass. Washington further enlisted lifelong friends and collaborators Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Patrice Quinn, Brandon Coleman, DJ Battlecat and more.

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: The inimitable Kamasi Washington returns for another suite of impeccably crafted jazz missives and includes a host of huge names to boot. If you've heard anything Kamasi's done, you'll know that this is an essential purchase. Epic, beautifully crafted and impeccably presented as ever.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1. Lesanu
                                                                                                                                                      2. Asha The First Featuring Thundercat, Taj Austin, Ras Austin
                                                                                                                                                      3. Computer Love Featuring Patrice Quinn, DJ Battlecat, Brandon Coleman
                                                                                                                                                      4. The Visionary Featuring Terrace Martin
                                                                                                                                                      5. Get Lit Featuring George Clinton
                                                                                                                                                      6. Dream State Featuring André 3000
                                                                                                                                                      7. Together Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
                                                                                                                                                      8. The Garden Path
                                                                                                                                                      9. Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
                                                                                                                                                      10. Road To Self (KO)
                                                                                                                                                      11. Lines In The Sand
                                                                                                                                                      12. Prologue

                                                                                                                                                      Jessica Pratt

                                                                                                                                                      Here In The Pitch

                                                                                                                                                        On her fourth album, west coast artist Jessica Pratt expands the scope of her artistry, placing her sharpest songs to date within an ever-broadening pool of influences including spectral '60s pop, Hollywood psychedelia and bossa nova. Whereas Pratt's 2019 record, Quiet Signs, floated elegantly in the ether, Here in the Pitch is entrenched in more earthen characteristics, as the title suggests, and her craft is emboldened with a newfound gravitas.

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: 'Here In The Pitch' takes Jessica Pratt's established sound (brittle folk and slow country balladry) and widens the net into slow hazy pop and soaring widescreen songwriting. Though she's not moved away from the more minimalistic pieces, there are a lot more moments of both jubilance and fear, it's a beautifully crafted and intensely personal creation.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                                        A1 Life Is
                                                                                                                                                        A2 Better Hate
                                                                                                                                                        A3 World On A String
                                                                                                                                                        A4 Get Your Head Out
                                                                                                                                                        A5 By Hook Or By Crook

                                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                                        B1 Nowhere It Was
                                                                                                                                                        B2 Empires Never Know
                                                                                                                                                        B3 Glances
                                                                                                                                                        B4 The Last Year

                                                                                                                                                        The Lemon Twigs

                                                                                                                                                        A Dream Is All We Know

                                                                                                                                                          Following the release of Everything Harmony, which garnered acclaim from Questlove, Iggy Pop, Anthony Fantano, The Guardian, and countless others, The Lemon Twigs—the New York City rock band fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario—have once again captured the attention of the music listening public. Set for release less than a year after their last album, A Dream Is All We Know is a joyous affair. As the title suggests, it’s less of a sober look at the darker side of life, and more a hopeful sojourn into the realm of dreams.

                                                                                                                                                          Michael’s line in lead single and album opener “My Golden Years” – “In time I hope that I can show all the world the love in my mind” – serves as a statement of intent for the whole collection of songs, as the brothers race against time to create as much quality pop material as possible. On track two, The Lemon Twigs invite listeners into a bubblegum paradise with euphoric harmonies and biting clavinet (“They Don’t Know How To Fall In Place”), followed by an existential space age epic (“A Dream Is All I Know”), and, elsewhere on the album, a baroque pocket-prog tune (“Sweet Vibration”), a two-part nightmare-comedy that doesn’t let up (“Peppermint Roses”), and more.

                                                                                                                                                          Equipped with the songwriting chops of a lost era (somewhere between The Brill Building and 10452 Bellagio Road) the new record was carefully arranged and produced entirely analog in the brothers’ Brooklyn recording studio. Most of the tracks were constructed with the two brothers swapping instruments and layering all the parts themselves, but one exception to that rule was “In The Eyes Of The Girl,” which was co-produced by Sean Ono Lennon in his upstate New York studio.

                                                                                                                                                          While the album is chock full of progressive pop ideas, it closes appropriately with an ode to early rock and roll on “Rock On (Over and Over),” contextualizing the band as part of a lineage of rock and roll that’s never really stopped. For The Lemon Twigs, it took almost a decade for critics and audiences alike to present them with the major accolades they’ve earned this past year. While their initial records were appreciated for the musical proficiency they displayed, the brothers’ past few records have communicated their ideas with more clarity and emotional resonance. In other words, “It took too long to say ‘rock on.’”

                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: There's a great lineage of influence hidden in The Lemon Twigs' sound, but one that is definitely less prominent than their uniquely modern take on the classic. There's a little bit (and a little bit more) of Beach Boys in the brilliant 'How Can I Love Her More?' but the melodic turns and orchestral flourishes are uniquely theirs, and help to make what is without a doubt their strongest LP to date.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. My Golden Years
                                                                                                                                                          2. They Don’t Know How To Fall In Place
                                                                                                                                                          3. Church Bells
                                                                                                                                                          4. A Dream Is All I Know
                                                                                                                                                          5. Sweet Vibration
                                                                                                                                                          6. In The Eyes Of The Girl
                                                                                                                                                          7. If You And I Are Not Wise
                                                                                                                                                          8. How Can I Love Her More
                                                                                                                                                          9. Ember Days
                                                                                                                                                          10. Peppermint Roses
                                                                                                                                                          11. I Should’ve Known Right From The Start
                                                                                                                                                          12. Rock On (Over And Over)

                                                                                                                                                          Camera Obscura

                                                                                                                                                          Look To The East, Look To The West

                                                                                                                                                            Look to the East, Look to the West, the new album by Camera Obscura, is a revelation. The Tracyanne Campbell-led outfit, reuniting with producer Jari Haapalainen (Let’s Get Out of This Country, My Maudlin Career), have crafted an album that simultaneously recalls why longtime fans have ferociously loved them for decades while also being their most sophisticated effort to date.

                                                                                                                                                            It is also the most hard-fought album of Camera Obscura’s career. Following the 2015 passing of founding keyboardist and friend Carey Lander (to whom the penultimate track “Sugar Almond” is addressed), the band went into an extended hiatus. They remained in contact, but their status was uncertain until they announced their return, having been invited to perform as part of Belle & Sebastian’s 2019 Boaty Weekender cruise festival, along with a pair of sold-out warm-up shows in Glasgow. Donna Maciocia (keys and vocals) joined founding members Kenny McKeeve (guitar and vocals), Gavin Dunbar (bass), and Lee Thomson (drums and percussion) for those shows and has since become a regular songwriting partner of Campbell’s.

                                                                                                                                                            Recorded in the same room where Queen wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Look to the East, Look to the West feels big, a widescreen reframing of Camera Obscura’s sound that, paradoxically, saw the band go back to basics there are no string or brass arrangements, with more emphasis placed on piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, and drum machines, and, perhaps most strikingly, the group have dropped the veil of reverb that characterized their previous albums. The tinges of country and soul that give Camera Obscura’s baroque take on pop music its bittersweet edge have never been more apparent guitars shimmer into the distance, keys haunt, and Campbell’s voice searches for the heart, reflecting on love, loss, and the passage of time.

                                                                                                                                                            Lead single “Big Love” relishes in the space between country rock and prog, a pining break-up anthem featuring the soaring pedal steel of Tim Davidson. It’s a Nashville Sound heartbreaker, tackling the complexity of wanting to rekindle a bad relationship with Campbell’s uncanny ability to render the past: “It was a big love, she said / That’s why it took ten years to get her out of her head,” she begins.

                                                                                                                                                            “We’re Going to Make It in a Man’s World” was co-written with Maciocia for filmmaker Margaret Salmon’s 2021 film Icarus (After Amelia). (Salmon, in turn, shot Look to the East, Look to the West’s cover photography featuring Fiona Morrison, who was on the cover of Camera Obscura’s debut, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi.). Ironic and sincere, the two navigate the reality of being women in the music industry, somehow floating over Davidson’s pedal steel and Maciocia’s keys. “The Light Nights” is a swooning song propelled by a western shuffle and killer guitar, striking a balance between a particularly good honky-tonk joint’s jukebox and a lost gem of California pop music waiting to be discovered in a 7” bin.

                                                                                                                                                            Look to the East, Look to the West is the sound of a band that has grown more confident in its sound and purpose than ever. It is Camera Obscura at their best and most evocative, an album that completely rearranges the listener’s emotional core, leaving them sad and exhilarated at the same time. Camera Obscura’s catalog is replete with songs people point to as life-changing, songs that will stick with them all their lives. Look to the East, Look to the West has 11 of them; take your pick. 

                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Camera Obscura return! After the sad passing of Carey Lander, it's hard to imagine how the band could continue but 'Look To The East...' takes all of the latent melodicism and swooning choruses and strips them back to a fairly minimalist backbone. There are moments of the cinematic intensity and wistful grandiosity of their previous work but it's a much more emotionally wrought, fickle affair, and all the more beautiful for it.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Liberty Print
                                                                                                                                                            2. We’re Going To Make It In A Man’s World
                                                                                                                                                            3. Big Love
                                                                                                                                                            4. Only A Dream
                                                                                                                                                            5. The Light Nights
                                                                                                                                                            6. Sleepwalking
                                                                                                                                                            7. Baby Huey (Hard Times)
                                                                                                                                                            8. Denon
                                                                                                                                                            9. Pop Goes Pop
                                                                                                                                                            10. Sugar Almond
                                                                                                                                                            11. Look To The East, Look To The West.

                                                                                                                                                            Mdou Moctar

                                                                                                                                                            Funeral For Justice

                                                                                                                                                              Recorded at the close of two years spent touring the globe following the release of 2019 breakout ‘Afrique Victime,’ 'Funeral For Justice' captures the Nigerien quartet in ferocious form. The music is louder, faster, and more wild. The guitar solos are feedback-scorched and the lyrics are passionately political. Nothing is held back or toned down. The songs on ‘Funeral For Justice’ speak unflinchingly to the plight of Niger and of the Tuareg people. "This album is really different for me," explains Moctar, the band’s singer, namesake, and indisputably iconic guitarist. "Now the problems of terrorist violence are more serious in Africa. When the US and Europe came here, they said they're going to help us, but what we see is really different. They never help us to find a solution."

                                                                                                                                                              "Mdou Moctar has been a strong anti-colonial band ever since I've been a part of it," says producer and bassist Mikey Coltun, who has been playing with Moctar since 2017. "France came in, fucked up the country, then said ‘you’re free.’ And they’re not." The song ‘Oh France’ tackles this head on: “France veils its actions in cruelty/ We are better without this turbulent relationship/ We must understand their endless lethal games.”

                                                                                                                                                              On the lead single and title track, Moctar addresses African leaders directly, bidding them: "Retake control of your countries, rich in resources / Build them and quit sleeping”. The song ‘Sousoume Tamacheq’ deals with the plight of the Tuareg people to which the band belong, and who are mainly spread across three countries: Niger, Mali and Algeria."Oppressed in all three/In addition to lack of unity, ignorance is the third issue." Another song, ‘Imouhar’, calls on the Tuareg to preserve their Tamasheq language - it's at risk of dying out, and Mdou is one of the few in his community who knows how to write it. "People here are just using French," laments Mdou. "They're starting to forget their own language. We feel like in a hundred years no one will speak good Tamasheq, and that's so scary for us."

                                                                                                                                                              Mdou Moctar in its current iteration is first and foremost a band. Alongside Moctar, it consists of rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and American bassist and producer Mikey Coltun. The band got their start performing at traditional weddings. These are high energy events – amps are dialed up to 11 and the whole town is invited to attend. "I grew up in the DC punk scene and this is no different," explains Coltun. "It’s a DIY punk show: people bring generators, they crank their amps. Things are broken, but they make it work."

                                                                                                                                                              Conveying that energy and feeling of community to a new audience has been an important goal for the band. Their first concerts in the US were sometimes, mistakenly, organized to be tame seated affairs. That’s no longer the case. Over 100s of shows, they’ve proven themselves as one of the world’s most vital rock bands – a group rooted in Tuareg tradition, but undeniably its own singular organism. An Mdou Moctar concert is now recognized to be a place for dancing, if not full-force moshing.

                                                                                                                                                              "‘Ilana’ was the gateway album, saying that this is a raw rock band. And ‘Afrique Victime’ was a summation of that vision,” says Coltun, who recorded the entire record over five days in a mostly unfurnished house in upstate New York. “With ‘Funeral For Justice’, I really wanted this to shine with the political message because of everything that's going on. As the band got tighter and heavier live, it made sense to capture this urgency and this aggression – it wasn't a forced thing, it was very natural.”

                                                                                                                                                              In July 2023 – after ‘Funeral For Justice’ had been completed – Niger’s democratically elected government was deposed in a military coup. The president was placed under house arrest and the nation plunged into a state of chaos and uncertainty. The French have withdrawn. The area continues to be threatened by terrorism. The band – then on tour in the US – was, for a time, unable to return to their families.

                                                                                                                                                              "I don't support the coup," explains Mdou, "but I never in my life liked France in my country. I don't hate France or French people, I don't hate American people either, but I don't support their manipulative policies, what they do in Africa. In 2023 we want to be free, we need to smile, you understand?"

                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Barry says: Saharan rockers Mdou Moctar return for their most politically charged outing yet, and getting their message across with fiercely political lyrics (so i'm told, I don't speak Tamasheq) and the classic deep, blues-infused funk they've become so known for. It's a classic Mdou sound, but with a renewed vigour and drive.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Funeral For Justice
                                                                                                                                                              2. Imouhar
                                                                                                                                                              3. Takoba
                                                                                                                                                              4. Sousoume
                                                                                                                                                              5. Imagerhan
                                                                                                                                                              6. Tchinta
                                                                                                                                                              7. Djallo #1
                                                                                                                                                              8. Oh France
                                                                                                                                                              9. Modern Slaves

                                                                                                                                                              Dua Lipa

                                                                                                                                                              Radical Optimism

                                                                                                                                                                Inspired by Dua’s own self-discovery, Radical Optimism is an album that taps into the pure joy and happiness of having clarity in situations that once seemed impossible to face. The hard goodbyes and vulnerable beginnings that previously threatened to crush your soul, become milestones as you choose optimism and start to move with grace through the chaos.

                                                                                                                                                                Infused with the energy of Dua’s hometown, London, the attitude of the album embodies the rawness, honesty, confidence and freedom of ‘90s Britpop. Radical Optimism transports its listener to a dreamy pop world rich in musicality, lyrically unapologetic and sonically liberating.

                                                                                                                                                                The 3x GRAMMY and 7x Brit Award-winning global pop powerhouse worked with a team of core collaborators throughout the project including Caroline Ailin, Danny L. Harle, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Kevin Parker.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. End Of An Era
                                                                                                                                                                2. Houdini
                                                                                                                                                                3. Training Season
                                                                                                                                                                4. These Walls
                                                                                                                                                                5. Whatcha Doing
                                                                                                                                                                6. French Exit
                                                                                                                                                                7. Illusion
                                                                                                                                                                8. Falling Forever
                                                                                                                                                                9. Anything For Love
                                                                                                                                                                10. Maria
                                                                                                                                                                11. Happy For You

                                                                                                                                                                Charlotte Day Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                Cyan Blue

                                                                                                                                                                  'Cyan Blue' finds Wilson crafting a smoothly woven cyan tapestry of her eternal influences; thumping gospel piano, warm soul basslines, atmospheric electronics, and penetrating R&B melodies. Yet, it possesses a sense of vastness that rings in a new era for Wilson, one in which she’s embracing collaboration and newfound creative openness tinged with wistfulness and yearning and a reflection on youthful innocence. “I want to look through the unjaded eyes of my younger self again,” Wilson explains of making 'Cyan Blue'. “Before there wasn’t as much baggage, before so much life was lived. But I also wish that my younger self could see where I am now. It would be nice to be able to impart some of the wisdom and clarity that I have now onto her.”

                                                                                                                                                                  Working with producers like Leon Thomas (SZA, Ariana Grande, Post Malone), and Jack Rochon (H.E.R, Daniel Caesar), 'Cyan Blue' demonstrates Wilson’s sonic expertise while also showcasing the next evolution of her time-bending songwriting. Through 13 hypnotizing tracks, she continues to use music as a vessel for unpacking relationships, which in turn allows her to meet and understand herself in life-spanning, panoramic focus. But, on 'Cyan Blue', she challenged herself to kick her perfectionist tendencies. “Before, I was extremely intentional about creating music with a strong foundation, a bed of artistic integrity,” Wilson reflects. “But that was a bit stifling, like, ‘Let me just make a great piece of art that will stand the test of time, no pressure.’ Now, I think I'm getting out of this frozen state of needing everything to be perfect. I'm more interested in capturing feelings in the moment as they happen and leaving them in that moment.”

                                                                                                                                                                  While this is only her second album, Wilson’s influence in music has made a major mainstream impact. Wilson broke out in 2016 with her critically acclaimed EP, 'CDW', followed by 2018’s 'Stone Woman' and made her debut studio album an official coming out moment in 2021 with the critically acclaimed, self-released 'Alpha'. Over the past decade, she’s been sampled by Drake, John Mayer, and James Blake, while Patti Smith has recently praised and covered Wilson’s 2016 breakout single “Work.” Additionally, she’s collaborated with artists like Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD, and SG Lewis, demonstrating that there’s no sound Wilson can’t adapt to and sprinkle her cyan-colored magic over.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: There's a strong thread of soul through Charlotte Day Wilson's brilliant 'Cyan Blue', but it smoothly moves between jazzy chord progressions and blazing synthpop lead lines, forging a path entirely of her own. Brilliantly inventive, full of groove and brilliantly produced.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. My Way
                                                                                                                                                                  2. Money
                                                                                                                                                                  3. Dovetail
                                                                                                                                                                  4. Forever (ft. Snoh Aalegra)
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Do U Still
                                                                                                                                                                  6. New Day
                                                                                                                                                                  7. Last Call
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Canopy
                                                                                                                                                                  9. Over The Rainbow
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Kiss & Tell
                                                                                                                                                                  11. I Don't Love You
                                                                                                                                                                  12. Cyan Blue
                                                                                                                                                                  13. Walk With Me


                                                                                                                                                                  Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                    Ibibio Sound Machine

                                                                                                                                                                    Pull The Rope

                                                                                                                                                                      Pull the Rope, the new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard–led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remain, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album Electricity, the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club.

                                                                                                                                                                      Williams and Grunhard attribute this shift to a matter of collaborators, recording Pull the Rope with Sheffield-based producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) over the course of two weeks. The way the pair wrote songs changed significantly rather than Eno penning lyrics to music generated by Max and company’s jamming, Orton started with Eno and Max writing together before adding the band. With less time in the studio

                                                                                                                                                                      and a new way of considering how they built songs, the duo found making decisions about Pull the Rope’s sound quicker and more instinctual than before.

                                                                                                                                                                      “Ross is from Sheffield, which has an edgier, more industrial vibe than London,” Grunhard explains. “He hears things differently than us, is more grounded in rave and grungier sounds, and knew when to add drums or push the instrumentation more. It was very different for us, but it lends itself to where Ibibio Sound Machine is going.”

                                                                                                                                                                      In melding their songwriting process, Grunhard and Williams have, impossibly, pulled the trick of making Ibibio Sound Machine a tighter band than ever before, building out from their core in a way that highlights the electrifying group of musicians they play with. Rather than recording with the full band in the room, Pull the

                                                                                                                                                                      Rope was sculpted, elements added and shaped by Grunhard, Williams, and Orton along the way. As a result, Pull the Rope is a nimble, sleek machine that’s thrilling from the first note of the opening title track, Eno’s otherworldly voice and PK Ambrose’s throbbing bass driving through a kaleidoscopic array of house, post-punk, funk, Afrobeat and disco, bangers and ballads, making an argument for unity that begins on the dancefloor. “We are the places we grew up, the places we’ve been, and the people we’ve met along

                                                                                                                                                                      the way,” Williams says. “Hopping around the globe, we’ve found that people are fundamentally the same they’re people. Opposing sides push and pull, but there is an alternative to war, violence, and suffering.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Lead single “Got to Be Who U Are” literally globetrots, name checking locales across the world that would feel disparate were it not for how well-traveled they are. Eno growing up in the musical melting pot of the Ibibio region of Nigeria and Max being a conservatory-trained musician from Australia, one could call their meeting in London and formation of Ibibio Sound Machine predestined.

                                                                                                                                                                      “Mama Say” and “Let My Yes Be Yes” touch themes of female empowerment. They’re indicative of the band’s depth as they push further into the electronic; “Mama Say” hits notes of electropop while “Let My Yes Be Yes” fuses electro to Afrobeat. Ibibio Sound Machine have always imbued their music with political consciousness, and the light that shines through in Williams’ vocals and voice has never felt more necessary. The sound of Pull the Rope, then, is hope in darkness, bliss in spite of bleakness. Once again, Ibibio Sound Machine are here to provide the soundtrack to the best night of your life, and the better world to come.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pull The Rope
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Got To Be Who U Are
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Fire
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Them Say
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Political Incorrect
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Mama Say
                                                                                                                                                                      7. Let My Yes Be Yes
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Touch The Ceiling
                                                                                                                                                                      9. Far Away
                                                                                                                                                                      10. Dance In The Rain

                                                                                                                                                                      Nubiyan Twist

                                                                                                                                                                      Find Your Flame

                                                                                                                                                                        9-piece powerhouse Nubiyan Twist embark on a fresh musical odyssey with their vibrant fourth album 'Find Your Flame’. Over 12-track the band seamlessly weaves together global grooves, soul and jazz; expertly intertwined with electronic elements, horn-led melodies and spontaneous improvisation. The album marks a significant evolution for the group as they welcome Sheffield based vocalist Aziza Jaye to the forefront, adding a fresh dimension of Patois and RnB to their sound.

                                                                                                                                                                        The heady, sun-drenched release is peppered with impressive collaborations, including musical legends Nile Rodgers and Seun Kuti who bring their trademark disco and afrobeat mastery to tracks ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Carry Me’ respectively.

                                                                                                                                                                        Embracing the roots of UK sound system culture, ‘Find Your Flame’ takes dynamic turns, from the frenetic broken beat of the title track to reflective lyricism and lo-fi beats in 'Reach My Soul' and ‘Battle Isn’t Over’. Nubiyan Twist venture into grime and hip hop territory with 'Woman' and 'Pray for Me (Part 1)' featuring rising UK-based MC NEONE the Wonderer. The exploration continues into highlife and soukous with 'Pray for Me (Part 2)' featuring long-time Ghanaiancollaborator K.O.G. and neo-soul with the sensual vocals of Ria Moran. The exceptional Corto Alto from Glasgow features on 'You Don't Know Me’. ‘Find Your Flame’ culminates in a sublime collaboration with ex-Salif Keïta backing singer Mamani Keïta, paying homage to traditional Malian music and the roots of the genres elegantly woven throughout the album.

                                                                                                                                                                        “As with the creation of all our albums, it’s a snapshot of our collective influences and journeys throughout the time it was made.” Explains bandleader & producer Tom Excell. “A catharsis for our struggles, yet a vessel for our joy. Navigating through COVID, the magic of becoming a new parent, undergoing a vital leg amputation, recovering from car accidents, losing loved ones and forming new friendships have all shaped this music. But most importantly, the collaborative process helped reignite a liberating fire of resistance in each of us.” Gaining international acclaim, 'Find Your Flame' is poised to enhance Nubiyan Twist's global appeal, firmly establishing them as a prominent soulful collective in the UK music scene. Produced by Tom Excell and mixed by Oli Barton Wood and Paulo Germano, the album features artwork by Max Bloom and is mastered by Peter Beckmann. The band is scheduled to embark on a European tour starting in April 2024.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Battle Isn’t Over
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Lights Out (Ft. Nile Rodgers)
                                                                                                                                                                        3. All The Same (Ft. Ria Moran)
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Woman
                                                                                                                                                                        5. You Don’t Know Me (Ft. Corto Alto)
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Carry Me (Ft. Seun Kuti)
                                                                                                                                                                        7. So Mi Stay
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Pray For Me Part 1 (Ft. NEONE The Wonderer)
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Pray For Me Part 2 (Ft. K.O.G)
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Reach My Soul
                                                                                                                                                                        11. Find Your Flame
                                                                                                                                                                        12. Slow Breath (Ft. Mamani Keïta)

                                                                                                                                                                        Dea Matrona

                                                                                                                                                                        For Your Sins

                                                                                                                                                                          Dea Matrona have always been an exciting proposition. A duo that pushes boundaries of genres in an authentic yet nostalgic way, their debut album ‘For Your Sins’ bestows a passion project like no other. An album that bridges together an intoxicating blend of indie pop and rock with superb sophistication, influences from Fleetwood Mac, HAIM, The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys drench through. From the thumping and prowling ‘So Damn Dangerous’ to the whimsical pop wonder ‘Every Night I Want You’, the low strums of ‘Black Rain’ to the country swing of ‘Won’t Feel Like This Forever’, it delivers a slice of everything. Easily a Dea Matrona classic for long-time fans but the perfect introduction for newcomers, it is set to draw one and all into Dea Matrona’s infectious aura.

                                                                                                                                                                          Dea Matrona say about the album: “It’s a record about trying to find ourselves & failing over & over again until we realised that part of the fun of being in Dea Matrona is that we’ll never really know who we are or what we want to say”.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Stuck On You
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Stamp On It
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Red Button
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Every Night I Want You
                                                                                                                                                                          5. So Damn Dangerous
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Glory, Glory (am I Free)
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Wilderness
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Did Nobody Ever Love You?
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Won't Feel Like This Forever
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Dead Man's Heart
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Get My Mind Off
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Black Rain

                                                                                                                                                                          Pye Corner Audio

                                                                                                                                                                          The Endless Echo

                                                                                                                                                                            The Endless Echo is the fifth album on Ghost Box for the highly prolific Martin Jenkins. Pye Corner Audio cinematic electronica shifts effortlessly between brooding ambience and menacing dance floor grooves. It evokes awe-inspiring vistas and moments of sublime spine-tingling wonder. This time around Jenkins draws inspiration from scientific and science-fictional notions about the nature of time and the idea that it may be entirely unreal.

                                                                                                                                                                            Pye Corner Audio’s discography includes eleven full length albums and many more singles and EPs across several labels. There are also remixes for John Foxx, Mogwai, Ride’s Andy Bell, Mark Lanegan, Maps, Apta, Alice Hubble, Stealing Sheep, Knightstown, Dolphin Midwives and Japanese Television.

                                                                                                                                                                            Pye Corner Audio’s music appears in the soundtracks to Adam Curtis’s 2016 film
                                                                                                                                                                            HyperNormalisation, the 2018 Shudder TV series Deadwax, Sky TV’s 2019 sci-fi drama series Curfew and 2022 Netflix documentary Slay.

                                                                                                                                                                            As a live performer Pye Corner's Martin Jenkins (aka The Head Technician) has played shows and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the USA. Most notably he has supported Mogwai on several tour dates, played the Mutek festival in Montreal, the Mugako Festival in Spain, and Barcelona’s Primavera Club

                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Let's just preface this by saying i'm a massive fan of PCA, and have been since I heard the Black Mill Tapes many moons ago. I love his work as The Head Technician, Stratus and House In The Woods. I loved the beautiful warm soundbath that was 'Let's Emerge', but this is VERY MUCH a Ghost Box release. Dusty beats and soaring arps, throbbing basses and heavy saturation. It's another undeniable triumph, and will be on the player for some time.


                                                                                                                                                                            Reasonable Woman

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

                                                                                                                                                                              John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                                              Lost Themes IV: Noir

                                                                                                                                                                                It’s been a decade since John Carpenter recorded the material that would become 'Lost Themes', his debut album of non-film music and the opening salvo in one of Hollywood’s great second acts. Those vibrant, synth-driven songs, made in collaboration with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, kickstarted a musical renaissance for the pioneering composer and director. In the years since, Carpenter, Carpenter, and Davies have released close to a dozen musical projects, including a growing library of studio albums and the scores for David Gordon Green’s trilogy of Halloween reboots. With 'Lost Themes IV: Noir', they’ve struck gold again, this time mining the rich history of the film noir genre for inspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                Since the first 'Lost Themes', John has referred to these compositions as “soundtracks for the movies in your mind.” On the fourth installment in the series, those movies are noirs. Like the film genre they were influenced by, what makes these songs “noirish” is sometimes slippery and hard to define, and not merely reducible to a collection of tropes. The scores for the great American noir pictures were largely orchestral, while the Carpenters and Davies work off a sturdy synth-and-guitar backbone. The noir quality, then, is something you understand instinctively when you hear it, as in connected in an emotional way.

                                                                                                                                                                                The trio’s free-flowing chemistry means 'Lost Themes IV: Noir' runs like a well-oiled machine - the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster from Kiss Me Deadly, perhaps, or the 1958 Plymouth Fury from John’s own Christine. It’s a chemistry that’s helped power one of the most productive stretches of John’s creative life, and Noir proves that it’s nowhere near done yielding brilliant results.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                1. My Name Is Death
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Machine Fear
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Last Rites
                                                                                                                                                                                4. The Burning Door
                                                                                                                                                                                5. He Walks By Night
                                                                                                                                                                                6. Beyond The Gallows
                                                                                                                                                                                7. Kiss The Blood Off My Fingers
                                                                                                                                                                                8. Guillotine
                                                                                                                                                                                9. The Demon’s Shadow
                                                                                                                                                                                10. Shadows Have A Thousand Eyes

                                                                                                                                                                                Indie's Exclusive 7" Bonus Track:
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Black Cathedral

                                                                                                                                                                                Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly


                                                                                                                                                                                  MESTIZX is Bolivian-born singer and multi-medium performer Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti and renowned Chicago expat jazz drummer Frank Rosaly's debut album as co-composers, arrangers and musicians.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Partners in both marriage and art, the Amsterdam-based Ferragutti and Rosaly dove into the sounds of their respective ancestral roots in Bolivia, Brazil, and Puerto Rico to create a deeply personal meditation on decolonization and the defiant power of ritual and protest. They chose the title MESTIZX – a non-gendered version of the sometimes slurred Spanish colonial word for a “mixed person” - as a means of both challenging and embracing the liminality of their identities and artistic practices.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Rosaly says: “I grew up quite Puerto Rican in my home, but was taught to mask it outside my home. I wasn’t allowed to speak Spanish, so the drums eventually became my language, secretly tying together my own feeling of connection to mi tierra. This record is the first time I actively give voice to the nuance within myself, allowing me to take ownership of this in-between, which is what this album communicates for me… There is this unusual place that exists between these two cultures, of which I am both. There is a complex story in that sliver of in-betweenness, worthy of giving voice to all of us that live in-between.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ferragutti adds: “My personal understanding is one that stems from being placed in between lineages that carry the colonizer and colonized, the oppressor and oppressed, the demon and the angel… thus by definition is tied to post-colonial social constructs which we as Bolivians have to step in, like a 500 year novel that goes on and on… We have access to many memories and traditions, but not really, because we don’t fully belong to any of those… This makes us feel we're in a constant state of being the “visitors” and “outsiders.” On one hand, we are never truly part of one lineage. On the other hand, it makes us a travelers of worlds, storytellers in between multiple languages, cultures, and worldviews. We chose MESTIZX for this work as an act of recognizing the mixed state of being as a difficult and yet powerful one.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  The album was produced and recorded primarily at International Anthem Studios in Chicago, where Ferragutti and Rosaly were joined by a community of musicians and beloved friends including Matt Lux, Avreeayl Ra, Ben LaMar Gay, Daniel Villarreal, Bill MacKay, Rob Frye, and Mikel Patrick Avery, with addditional contributions from Chris Doyle, Guilherme Granado, Viktor Le Givens and Fredy Velásquez.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The music creatively infuses Latin rhythmic patterns and oblong swing from pre-and post-colonial Latin America into a collision of avant jazz, art punk, Chicago post-rock, bomba, plena, cumbia, Andean, minimal, electronica, and folk. A wholly original but undeniably universal sound – both of-the-moment and alluringly futuristic - MESTIZX contains points of reference and resonance for fans of Juana Molina, Café Tacvba, Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln, Liquid Liquid, Arto Lindsay, As Mercenarias, The Ex, Tortoise, Tom Zé, Elza Soares, La Mecanica Popular...

                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s a vast, vibrant and encompassing spectrum of sounds, but at its core MESTIZX is a lucidly conscious collection of auto-biographical statements from Ferragutti & Rosaly on the deeply personalized effects of colonialism on geography, history, and identity. Despite its heavy subject matter, however, MESTIZX finds a lifeline in communal, celebratory, soul-bearing and movement-inducing music.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Invocação
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Destejer
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Balada Para La Corporatocracia
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Turbulência
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Mestizx
                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Barro
                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Saber Do Mar
                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Bless Thee Mundane
                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Descend
                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Writing With Knots
                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Sirinus

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kelly Jones

                                                                                                                                                                                  Inevitable Incredible

                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Inevitable Incredible’ is a brand-new studio album that sees Kelly writing primarily on the piano for the first time. Recorded on a remote island in Norway, the forthcoming album see’s Kelly step away from the comfort of Stereophonics and explore emotion and vulnerability. Recorded in just 6 days, the album features 8 incredibly evocative cinematic songs, all with live vocal & piano plus stunning orchestral strings.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Inevitable Incredible
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Turn Bad Into Good
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Time's Running Away
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Echowrecked
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Sometimes You Fly Like The Wind
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Monsters In The House
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. May I Come Home From My War
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. The Beast Will Be What The Beast Will Be

                                                                                                                                                                                    Girls In Synthesis


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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hana Vu


                                                                                                                                                                                        Hana Vu's "contemplative indie-pop captures the disillusionment of young adulthood," writes NME. Her new LP Romanticism furthers that sentiment as a coming-of-age work that mourns the impermanence of youth and searches for meaning. The acclaimed LA-born songwriter's been making music since high school, with a full-length debut and several EPs behind her of glowy, brooding anthems of abstraction and emotion. With previous work, Vu welcomed feedback as she went, but while crafting Romanticism, she shielded herself from outside opinion to preserve a singular vision. The result is a unified collection of songs aching with depth and intimacy. Lush and loud, the songs can feel both reminiscent of guitar-heavy late-aughts indie rock, and expansively futuristic in its layered synth bass. They pulse with meaning and jolt with playfulness, anchored by her powerful, sonorous voice and underscored by the record's Romantic era-inspired artwork. "I'm just trying to convey my perspective as boldly as possible. To succinctly crystalize how it feels to be young, but also to be deeply sad." Under Vu's magnetic gaze, soaking up sadness has never felt so alive.

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Look Alive
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hammer
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Alone
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. 22
                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Care
                                                                                                                                                                                        6. How It Goes
                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Find Me Under Wilted Trees
                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Airplane
                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Play
                                                                                                                                                                                        11. I Draw A Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                        12. Love

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rodion G.A.

                                                                                                                                                                                        From The Archives 1981-2017

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rodion-Ladislau Rosca spent his lifetime creating music that was ambitious, groundbreaking and innovative. He was a pioneering composer, a talented multi-instrumentalist and producer. He pushed musical boundaries to their limits. This he did as a solo artist and with his group Rodion G.A.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Despite being popular in their native Romania, Rodion G.A. had to work under an oppressive Communist regime only releasing two tracks that appeared on a compilation album in 1981. Rodion, however, made extensive recordings in his home studio. This new collection of material recorded between 1981 and 2017 is taken from that archive. Rodion died in 2021 aged 67. He has also been described as “the Godfather of Romanian electronic music.”

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rodion G.A.’s music has been curated on a number of releases “The Lost Tapes” (2013), “Behind The Curtain (The Lost Album)” (2014) “Delta Space Mission” (2014) and “Rozalia” (2018).

                                                                                                                                                                                          This new collection – compiled by Derek Anderson – draws on unreleased material from his personal archive. Some tracks sound like a metallic Foxx-era Ultravox! Others showcase electronic melodic pulsebeats and psychedelic workouts. We also see the first release of ‘Acolo Unde E Mister’ plus ‘Aminitiri’ originally released in 1981 on the “Formatii Rock 5” LP compilation and ‘Stele Si Lumini’ best-known for being performed on Romanian TV on New Years’ Eve in 1981.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rodion G.A.’s music has been critically acclaimed in the music press and this new collection will be welcome amongst his international legion of fans. 

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          Side One
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Acolo Unde E Mister
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Lupta Lui Thibald
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Ciuperci Otrăvitoare
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Un Pahar Cu Apa
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Intervale

                                                                                                                                                                                          Side Two
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Punct
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Balkan
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Joc
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Stele Si Lumini
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Poftiți La Control

                                                                                                                                                                                          Side Three
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Halou Cosmic
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tu Rea Ce Esti
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Cz 5000 Tragedy
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Vine Iarna
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Talk To Me
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. The Journey (Del's Edit)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Side Four
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Final Farewell (Del's Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Catacombe
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Final Journey (Del's Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Amintiri
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Goodbye (Fade Away) (Del's Edit)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Invisible Inc once again presents another incredible full-length album from the talented Double Geography. Following on from 2020's “The Indoor Gardener”, the new LP “Open Water” is bathed in a similar blissful would be appropriate to describe it as rather sublime.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Double Geography aka Duncan Thornley (one half of Weird Weather and studio engineer at MAP Studios), following the success of his debut album “The Indoor Gardener” (also on Invisible Inc) had sent Invisible Inc label boss GK Machine demos of his second and third album, which the label reluctantly declined on the basis that the music didn't sound quite right for the label. However, this fourth studio album fits the bill perfectly. Leaning towards the label's more ambient and laidback output, the album is themed around water, moving on and escape and sounds as unshackled and free-flowing as you'd can almost feel the breeze in the air and the sun on your skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The album is a progression from his previous releases, this time featuring several additional guest musicians, including stalwarts of the London jazz scene Greg Foat and Kaidi Akinnibi, to compliment Thornley's electronics...adding a complexity and depth to each of these compositions and an overall 'organic' quality that makes these new pieces sound like quite a departure from the first album. Fretless bass, clarinet, piano and saxophone decorate the music with refrains and melodies that have been enchanting our reveries since first hearing them.

                                                                                                                                                                                          “I wanted to incorporate some live musicians on this release so called upon some of the talent I'd worked with as an engineer at MAP Studios...that was the main drive behind the music for this release. The tracks are named after things that relate to either leaving behind canal boat living, e.g. Goodbye Great Escape (Great Escape was the name of our boat) or memories from a trip to Hydra, Greece. All sorta water related… On one of our walks around the island we ended up sharing a beach with Pierluigi Collina hence Famous Italian Referee! That track felt like the weirdest of the bunch so it got designated the weirdest name / memory!” (Duncan Thornley, March 2024)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Duncan Thornley - synthesizers, programming, percussion
                                                                                                                                                                                          Adam Hayes - drum kit, roto-toms (A1, A3, A5)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pike Ogilvy - congas (A2, A3)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Jasper Osbourne - fretless bass (A1, A3, A5)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Kaidi Akinnibi - tenor and soprano saxophones (A1, A5)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Simeon May - bass clarinet (A2, A3, B2, B4)
                                                                                                                                                                                          Greg Foat - piano (B1)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Recorded and mixed at MAP Studios, London
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mastered by James Savage at Milk Mastering
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cyanotype photography by Lydia Dique
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sleeve layout and design by Gordon Mackinnon

                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                          Matt says: Another highly accomplished project AnR'd by the impeccable Invisible, Inc. label. Double Geography explore new age flora, DSP dreamscapes and enchanted chug on deep diving LP to get suitably horizontal for.

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          A1. Goodbye Great Escape
                                                                                                                                                                                          A2 . Rotating Sun Thing
                                                                                                                                                                                          A3. Famous Italian Referee
                                                                                                                                                                                          A4. Late Night Swimmer
                                                                                                                                                                                          A5. Facing South
                                                                                                                                                                                          B1. Sleep On The Bow
                                                                                                                                                                                          B2. Prophet Elias Monastery
                                                                                                                                                                                          B3. Open Water
                                                                                                                                                                                          B4. The Return Leg

                                                                                                                                                                                          Karate Boogaloo

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hold Your Horses

                                                                                                                                                                                            For Fans Of...Surprise Chef, Magic In Threes, The Rugged Nuggets, The ProTeens, Ikebe Shakedown.

                                                                                                                                                                                            First LP to be co-released under Colemine Records and College of Knowledge. Band shares members with Australian band Surprise Chef. Karate Boogaloo are proud to present Hold Your Horses, a mesmerizing new long-playing disc of original instrumental tunes from Melbourne, Australia's most dedicated. Sitting at the core of Melbourne's burgeoning movement of cinematic instrumental soul, Karate Boogaloo's roots go deep into the fabric of the DIY soul idiom. A mainstay of the Melbourne underground over the last decade, their now sought-after series of LPs delving into hip-hop sample culture and its relationship to funk music, The 'KB's Mixtapes', are evidence of their long-standing contribution to the development of the Melbourne cinematic soul sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Henry Jenkins, Hudson Whitlock, Callum Riley, and Darvid Thor have been playing music together since their playground days. Meeting as high school preteens, these four friends explored the teachings of the great small combo instrumental bands à la Booker T & The MG's and The Meters. With these lessons in one hand and their characteristic sense of goofy humor in the other, the ensuing 15+ years saw Karate Boogaloo develop the kind of shared musical language that can only be built through countless hours spent together existing as friends and musical allies. Karate Boogaloo's singular bond shines brightly on Hold Your Horses, the second album of original Karate Boogaloo compositions. Following on from the cult classic Carn The Boogers (College Of Knowledge Records, 2020), Hold Your Horses is a document of KB's distinct interpretation of instrumental funk.

                                                                                                                                                                                            A bona-fide journey from start to finish, each tune melds seamlessly into the next, deftly creating a world built on moments of cinematic tension, whimsical melodies and eerie discordance and underpinned by undeniable super heavy funk. Hold Your Horses respectfully builds on a legacy of soul music whilst remaining unimpeachably unique and authentic. Recorded and mixed by bassist Henry Jenkins, the mind responsible for the sound of the entire College Of Knowledge catalogue (Surprise Chef, The Pro-Teens, Let Your Hair Down, Karate Boogaloo), Hold Your Horses employs a methodology for writing and recording music that mirrors KB's long relationship together.

                                                                                                                                                                                            "It's always instrumental, and it's always recorded live. We have a strict no overdubs policy," Jenkins explains. All of the songs were written collaboratively in the studio, with no pre-prepared material being brought in by any member. It's a process specifically designed to maximize the strengths of the band and their relationship to one another; KB's MO is enabled by their innate understanding of one another as people and musicians. Stylistically, links can be drawn to the deep funk of the late 60s and early 70s, certain examples of European film music and new wave of instrumental soul. The restrained instrumental palette is limited to drums, guitar, bass and organ, establishing a distinct and consistent tone throughout, yet the use of dynamics, space and finite execution in the playing carves the experience, keeping the listener glued to their headphones from start to finish.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The artwork, created by organist Callum Riley aka Drez, is a stunning visual representation of the 12-track medley. To add to the experience, the LP cover creates an interactive optical art experience, straight from the brain of someone uniquely equipped to convey Karate Boogaloo's sounds into a visual representation. Karate Boogaloo is a quartet greater than the sum of its parts; and the parts are very, very good. 

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. All Aboard
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The Early Bird Catches
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Eyes On The Prize
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Not For The Last Time
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. PS EmmyLou
                                                                                                                                                                                            6. One Hand One Bounce
                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Onwards And Upwards
                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Family Song (Sing-A-Long)
                                                                                                                                                                                            9. 8th Movement
                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Incredible Wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                                            11. There Is No Rush
                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Alighting Lullaby

                                                                                                                                                                                            Jasmine Myra


                                                                                                                                                                                              Elevating, uplifting and beautifully arranged. Jasmine Myra's sophomore album 'Rising' builds on the success of her breakthrough album 'Horizons' to deliver a major statement from one of UK Jazz's rising stars. Produced by Matthew Halsall and mixed by Greg Freeman (Hania Rani, Matthew Halsall, Portico Quartet), 'Rising' delivers a confident and vibrant follow up that joins the musical dots between Myra’s influences Kenny Wheeler, Bonobo and Shabaka Hutchings while delivering something unique, beautiful and profound.

                                                                                                                                                                                              'Rising' is also the sound of a composer and performer growing in stature and adding extra layers of confidence and poise to both her playing and composing. Aided and abetted by Matthew Halsall who once again lends his production skills, Rising is fuller, richer and deeper as Myra develops her uniquely uplifting sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Much like my first album, 'Rising' is a reflection of a period of my life. It is a continuation from 'Horizons', which was all about my experience during lockdown, and entailed overcoming my struggles with mental health. Following on from that experience, I set out to continue building my self-confidence. This album has an uplifting and spiritual sound, drawing influence from artists such as Makaya McCraven, Bonobo and Shabaka Hutchings.

                                                                                                                                                                                              'Rising' features the same core of musicians as Myra’s debut album 'Horizons' (Gondwana records GOND052): guitarist Ben Haskins, drummer George Hall pianist Jasper Green, harpist Alice Roberts (who both also perform with Matthew Halsall) and bassist Sam Quintana who collectively bring a deft understating of the subtle textures of Myra’s music and perform with a collective empathy and drive that really pushes the music on a radiant journey. And a string quartet add gently elevating textures to 'Still Waters', 'Knowingness', 'From Embers' and 'How Tall The Mountains'.

                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Rising
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Still Waters
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Knowingness
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Glimmers
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. From Embers
                                                                                                                                                                                              6. How Tall The Mountains

                                                                                                                                                                                              Joe Armon-Jones & Hak Baker

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wrong Side Of Town

                                                                                                                                                                                                Joe Armon-Jones teams up with Hak Baker and Nubya Garcia on new EP Wrong Side Of Town. The lead single is all about being priced out of London, something Hak Baker has experienced first-hand growing up in East London, and shares “I think it’s time to scream and shout that we’re here to stay, and if you don’t like it, you must be on the wrong side of the town.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                Musicians on the record include Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson on drums, Nubiyan Twist bassist Luke Wynter, Ezra Collective saxophonist James Mollison playing alongside Nubya Garcia, and additional percussion from Horseman. Mixed by Prince Fatty, mastered by Noah Priddle, and released via Armon-Jones own imprint Aquarii Records. This record marks the first of a dubs series on the way, and each release will include a vinyl exclusive track.

                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Wrong Side Of Town (feat. Hak Baker)
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Dub Side Of Town
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Nubya’s Side Of Town (feat. Nubya Garcia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Wrong Side Of The Rhodes

                                                                                                                                                                                                GoGo Penguin

                                                                                                                                                                                                From The North - GoGo Penguin Live In Manchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                  GoGo Penguin - From The North captures the Manchester-based trio at an exciting moment within their trajectory. For this limited-edition Vinyl, the trio decided to re-arrange a selection of 7 tracks from ‘Between Two Waves’, their first EP on XXIM Records, as well as from their latest album ‘Everything Is Going to Be OK’. The live session was recorded and filmed at Old Granada Studios in Manchester, an iconic studio complex that has played a significant part of the band’s own musical history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  GoGo Penguin is an emotive, break-beat minimalist trio from Manchester, UK. Formed in 2012 its sophomore album 'v2.0' was nominated in 2014 for the Mercury Music Prize and in 2016 the trio signed to Blue Note Records, releasing a trio of acclaimed albums: 'Man Made Object', 'A Humdrum Star' and 'GoGo Penguin', as well as two EP’s and a remix album, 'GGP/RMX'. With their new record label, XXIM Records, the band ushered in a more ambient era with their EP 'Between Two Waves' and ‘Everything Is Going to Be OK’, which marks the latest chapter in the story of GoGo Penguin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Wave Decay
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Ascent
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Friday Film Special
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Everything Is Going To Be OK
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Unbroken Thread Of Awareness
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. You're Stronger Than You Think
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Parasite

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Little is known about Sun Atlas. The group members are hidden behind masks and costumes to keep their identities secret and to put the focus entirely on the music and oneness. A sense of community and universal spirit as an alternative to idolization and individualism is heavily reflected in their eclectic musical style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The sound of Sun Atlas is mystical and cosmopolitan, combining afrobeat, cinematic soul, spiritual & ethio jazz with space sounds, hiphop-breaks and a garage funk vibe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Their cryptic first 45 single "The Mystic Parade" b/w "Grand Theft" sold out immediately after release and has often been mistaken for either "lost" hiphop samples, 70s habibi funk or another project in disguise from the inner circles of the Mocambo, Big Crown or Daptonefamilies (which it is not).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Return To The Spirit picks up where Sun Atlas' first single leftoff, with everyone wondering where the journey might lead. With the door to a colourful universe opened, the full-length format gives time & space for further exploration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Return To The Spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 12th Dimension Caravan
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Wandering Around Haccika
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Message From The Snakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. The Source
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Cure The Sick
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Phases Of The Moon
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Intergalactic Medium
                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Sky World
                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. The Renewal Of Sunface Mirror

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kleenex / Liliput

                                                                                                                                                                                                  First Songs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Legendary Swiss punk band from the late 70s - "You can't dispute Liliput's status as pioneers of feminist art-punk - Along with fellow travelers like the Slits and the Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang of Four and Wire-- propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars-- and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccupped in three languages and made- up dadaistic slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh." - Lisa Gidley

                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Ain't You
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Beri-Beri
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Madness
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Krimi
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. 1978
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Nighttoad
                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Hedi's Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. U
                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. You
                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Nice
                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. DC-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                    12. Die Matrosen
                                                                                                                                                                                                    13. Split
                                                                                                                                                                                                    14. Hitch Hike
                                                                                                                                                                                                    15. Eisiger Wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                    16. Igel Turk
                                                                                                                                                                                                    17. Wig- Wam
                                                                                                                                                                                                    18. Thmlerdoll
                                                                                                                                                                                                    19. Tisko
                                                                                                                                                                                                    20. Turn The Table
                                                                                                                                                                                                    21. Dolly Dollar
                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. I Had A Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                    23. When The Cat's Away

                                                                                                                                                                                                    NYC dance music legend Joey Longo has been a part of the dance music soundscape for those in the know from way back when, his first records surfacing in 1989 under a variety of monikers and on a slew of labels out of NYC. Some (Cabaret, Loop d'Loop, Foot Stompin') were his own, others (Underworld, Maxi, Minimal) not, but the they always came bearing the credit 'produced by Pal Joey'. Joey hit the heights early on, as one of his earliest records, Dance (as Earth People), went big in dance music terms. If you were raving in the early '90s chances are you will be getting flashbacks from 'Dance', as it was played across a number of scenes. A deeper 'beats' mix features on this gem of an album, his first in over 10 years, along with a perfectly selected blend of classic cuts, new versions and remixes and unreleased wonders. Mastered to perfection, but keeping his raw New York style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A1. Brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A2. Lets Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A3. Breakin Necks (Papastomp Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A4. Spend The Night (Fredo Revisited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A5. We Show Off
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A6. Dance (Beats Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B1. Exotic (Deni Shain Touchup)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B2. Pulling A Cat Out Of A Hat
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B3. Reach Up To Mars (808 Bonus Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B4. Jump And Prance (Version Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B5. Toi Et Moi
                                                                                                                                                                                                    B6. Perfectionist

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kee Avil


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kee Avil's music is both adventurous and intimate, intellectually challenging and emotionally resonant. The Montréal guitarist and producer's 2022 debut LP Crease garnered plaudits from outlets like The Wire, The Quietus, Mojo and Foxy Digitalis, picking up a Canadian Juno Award nomination and Bandcamp Album Of The Day and Albums Of The Year along the way. Its intricate construction, unnerving atmospheres, and knife-edge take on avant-pop prompted comparisons to early PJ Harvey, This Heat, and Gazelle Twin. A remix EP with work by claire rousay, Ami Dang, Cecile Believe, and Pelada brought collaborative perspectives to four Crease tracks, offering new pathways within those songs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      With Spine, Kee Avil strips back her heavily textured compositions, opening up a much rawer sound. She calls it folk—and while traditionalists might scoff, this is urgent music that reflects the precarity of modern life, as well as the jarring mixture of electronic and real-world interactions that have become the fabric of our day-to-day experiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a hypnotic post-punk somnambulance to it all, using the repetition and fracturing of melodic phrases interwoven with delicate electronics to create curious and persistent hooks. While not a concept album, themes of time's passage, remembrance, and decay crop up across multiple tracks. Each track intentionally only has four elements—guitar, electronics, and two other instruments, with Kee's voice and guitar pushed to the front. Within this minimalist framework, the juxtaposition of beauty and discomfort that is key to the Kee Avil sound stands out in skin-prickling relief. "We're shaped by many versions of ourselves," says Avil. "I was looking back at these versions of myself and what could have been, what didn't end up being and what did end up being, and going back like that through time. Seeing the future, the past."

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spine was written in Kee Avil's home studio after a lapse in writing while touring Crease and working on other projects. She is a well-known and respected member of the Montréal experimental scene, and formerly ran Concrete Sound Studio with Zach Scholes, who continues to work with her as a producer on Spine. Compared to the three years that went into making her debut, Spine emerged in a matter of months—a process that may also be a factor in its intensity and sharpness: "This record was much harder, like it was really discovering everything from scratch." In her desire to not simply replicate or extend the sound of Crease, she felt she had to rip up the rule book, write in a different way, and pare back songs against her usual instincts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes, when we work against our ingrained habits, we get to the core of who we really are. Spine is an exercise in that process. Without over-intellectualizing or being didactic, it hits immediately and emotionally, especially if you are a person who has spent much time in the process of self-examination. Kee's voice hisses, whispers, and chants; her guitar bends and rings; electronics skitter and crackle; violin creaks like a door in the wind. There is something so evocative about the atmospheres she creates that it's easy to overlay one's own feelings onto her work, but to do that wholly would be to overlook one of the most important things about Spine: Kee Avil's clear and thoughtful vision. This isn't just the next step forward in her artistic trajectory; it's a stunner of a record that stands on its own, a bracing and thrilling listen that has much to reveal about the contradictions inherent in being human. — jj skolnik

                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Felt
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Iris Dry
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Remember Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Do This Again
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Fading
                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Gelatin
                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Showed You
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. At His Hands
                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Croak

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eccentric Soul: The Tammy Label

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lost in the soot and fallout from Youngstown, Ohio’s infamous Black Monday steel industry collapse was Tony March’s cross-generational Tammy label. From its early days as a doo wop powerhouse to their last gasps chasing disco hits, Tammy unintentionally documented Youngstown’s small but prolific Black music scene. This single LP surveys the label’s best R&B, soul, funk, and disco, with 13 tracks from Ice Cold Love, Lynn Minor, J.C. and the Soul Angels, The Snapshots, Iron Knowledge, Roy Jefferson, and Steel City Band. Housed in a deluxe tip-on jacket, with a booklet crammed full of notes and ephemera, The Tammy Label continues Numero’s 20 year tradition of preserving regional Ohio music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ice Cold Love - Sheer Magic
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Lynn Minor And His Band - I Finally Found True Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. J.C. & The Soul Angels - True Love Is Hard To Find
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Ice Cold Love - Wonderful To Be Loved
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Iron Knowledge - Oh Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. The Snapshots - Should I Believe You
                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. J.C. & The Soul Angels - Angel's Theme
                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. J.C. & The Soul Angels - Nightmare Strut
                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. J.C. & The Soul Angels - Dance Party (Pt.1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Steel City Band - Shakin' It Down (Pt.1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        11. Iron Knowledge - Give Me A Little Taste Of Your Love (Pt.2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        12. Roy Jefferson With J.C. & The Soul Angels - He's Got To Go (Pt. 1)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                        13. Lynn Minor And His Band - Hesitate One Time For Me

                                                                                                                                                                                                        FEATURING AN ALL NEW 11TRACK DOUBLE 12INCH VINYL DANCE MUSIC COMPILATION COMING FROM NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK FEATURING BRAND NEW MUSIC BY RON TRENT, TIMMY REGISFORD, VICK LAVENDER, JOVONN, MARK FRANCIS, DJ PUNCH, CASEY AND JOAQUIN JOE CLAUSSELL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was two and a half years ago when a conversation took place between Sal Carmona and Dj Producer Jovonn Armstrong; talks of which planted a seed in Sal Carmona’s ear, which years later would manifest what was once a dream into a reality. No stranger, nor a newcomer in the world of dance music, Sal’s experience in the club scene goes way back to the days when his sisters, to whom he credits for helping shape the person he is today, took him to Dave Mancuso's The Loft. An experience that he recalls being nothing short of magical. It was a spiritual encounter that immediately took over thus steering him towards the direction of clubs such as The Paradise Garage, Bentley's, Underground, Red Parrot, Latin Quarters, Roseland, Studio 54, just to name a few. Years later, Sal decided to take on the role, of which he became quite successful at, of promoting his own events in New York City; throwing regular parties at venues such as Park Circle & USA roller skating rinks, Red Parrot, The Palladium, The Copacabana and many others, soon becoming one of the premier go to promoters in NYC. Taking a long and well-deserved hiatus from the club scene, in 2012 Sal decided to make his return back to what he loves. It was around this time that he began thinking what it would be like to venture into creating his very own record label. Envisioning his first release being a bona fide House Music Album, one that would include some of his favorite producers. Not one to let dreams drift into the ether, while recollecting on that conversation with Jovan way back, Sal set out to make that vision manifest into a reality and thus emerged this dope compilation titled Banger “Make My Body Shake” “Make the Speakers Shake”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A great idea which brings together an interesting mix that includes highly sought out and respected veteran producers in the scene, such as Timmy Registford, Ron Trent, Dj Jovonn, and Joe Claussell. Alongside with up and coming DJ producers who are garnering their own adulation of fans, in the likes of Vick Lavender, Mark Francis, Conway Kasey, and DJ Punch. With valuable directional contributions from friend Joe Claussell, this, to say the least, has become far more than just a seriously dope compilation that consists of a unique coming together of serious dance music. More than the aforementioned, Sal Carmona has manifested a dream into a game changing music scripture that is one of a kind, especially in this day and age where it seems where things are thrown together hoping for something to stick. On the contrary, this is well planned and thought out dopeness at A higher level consisting of all new house music that hasn’t been brought together like this in a very long time and probably not for a while afterwards. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: Phwooaar!! New shit from the NY / NJ house axis featuring a truly all star cast of producers, each of whom turns out an absolutely stellar contribution. Essential new jams from two of house music's maternal territories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A1. Adira Kasey - Cover (Conway Remix) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A2. Ron Trent - Star Strut  
                                                                                                                                                                                                        B1. Vick Lavender - Day Light 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        B2. DJ Punch - Make My Body Shake 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        C1. Timmy Registford Instrumental - Funa 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        C2. Vick Lavender - MJs Revenge 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        C3. Joe Claussell - A Deeper Grace LP Version 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        D1. Jovonn Armstrong - Latin Deep 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        D2. DJ Punch - Afro Congo Traxx 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        D3. Mark Francis - Everlasting
                                                                                                                                                                                                        D4. Conway Kasey - Caminho Espiritual (4:00) 03:00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fat White Family

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Forgiveness Is Yours

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fat White Family are back with the most sophisticated, vital and flamboyant creation of their career.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The cult south-London band’s resplendent fourth album Forgiveness Is Yours, like everything they’ve done, has pushed them to the limits not only of their creative talent, but of their health, their sanity, their very existence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: Another blistering outing from Fat White Family, their first since 2019's brilliant Serfs Up! We get a little more sleazy lounge groove this time around, and a little more synthesiser pulses among the instantly recognisable postpunk march and taut art-rock rhythms, but it's the same FWF at heart. Ace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Annie Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me, quickly becoming regarded as one of the most innovative and fascinating presences in modern music. Her subsequent albums would include Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), her self-titled fourth album and winner of the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album. In 2017, her fifth album MASSEDUCTION would break St. Vincent into the U.S. and UK top 10s and win two more GRAMMYs (Best Rock Song for its title track, and Best Recording Package). 2021’s Daddy’s Home found St. Vincent channeling the hungover glamor and gritty sepia-toned soundtrack of 1970s downtown NYC to an ecstatic reception, ultimately winning her a second Best Alternative Album GRAMMY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Following a 2021-2022 global tour that reaffirmed St. Vincent’s status as one of live music's preeminent forces with headline appearances at the likes of the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, Clark would begin work on album number seven: Her first fully self-produced album (having co-produced every one of her previous efforts), All Born Screaming is St. Vincent at her most primal. Featuring Clark leading “a curated group of rippers” through the brawny “Broken Man,” the mordant catwalk sashay through the deafening assault of self-loathing that is “Big Time Nothing,” the sublime, elegiac earworm “Sweetest Fruit," All Born Screaming is equal parts spiritual desolation and rapturous acceptance. “If you’re born screaming, that’s a great sign,” says Clark, “because it means you’re breathing. You’re alive. My god. It’s joyous. And then it’s also a protest. We’re all born in protest in a certain way. It’s terrifying to be alive, it’s ecstatic to be alive. It’s everything.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hell Is Near
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Reckless
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Broken Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Flea
                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Big Time Nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Violent Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. The Power’s Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Sweetest Fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. So Many Planets
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. All Born Screaming



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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

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



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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Neil Young With Crazy Horse

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fu##kin' Up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A live performance of the "Ragged Glory" album, recorded at a club in Toronto in 2023

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Why do these old songs live so vividly now? They do to me.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neil Young with Crazy Horse in all their “Ragged Glory”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neil & The Horse have played together for over 50 years and the performances of these songs is a true highlight of that long relationship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 songs over 2LPs with the original song titles replaced with selected lyrics. (“Farmer John”, being a cover, retains its original title.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The album was recorded in 2023, with this line-up:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Billy Talbot – Bass, vocal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ralph Molina – Drums, vocal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Micah Nelson – Guitar, vocal, piano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nils Lofgren – Guitar, vocal, piano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neil Young – Guitar, vocal, harmonica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neil: “In the spirit it’s offered…made this for the Horse lovers. I can’t stop it. The horse is runnin’. What a ride we have. I don’t want to mess with the vibe. I am so happy to have this to share.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: Another live document from one of the most storied and legendary figures in the music business. Fu##kin Up shows Young and the band in fine form, with captivating performances (obviously) and a stylistic fluidity that such a well-heeled collaboration fosters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. City Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Feels Like A Railroad (River Of Pride)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Heart Of Steel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Broken Circle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Valley Of Hearts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Farmer John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Walkin' In My Place (Road Of Tears)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                8. To Follow One's Own Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                9. Chance On Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iron & Wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Light Verse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When the pandemic began, and the world shut down, so did the process of creating for Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. In its place was a domesticity that the singer hadn’t felt in a long time, and although it was filled with many rewards, making music was not one of them. Reflecting on that time;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beam notes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I feel blessed and grateful that I and most of my friends and family made it through the pandemic relatively unscathed compared to so many others, but it completely paralyzed the songwriter in me. The last thing I wanted to write about was COVID, and yet every moment I sat with my pen, it lingered around the edges and wouldn’t leave. This lasted for over two years.” The journey back began with a recording session in Memphis to record a handful of Lori McKenna tracks for the EP Lori with friend and producer Matt Ross-Spang. The cathartic experience reconnected Beam with his love for making music, and soon enough the paralysis had passed, and he was finishing lyrics and booking studio time for what would become Light Verse. Light Verse was recorded with engineer and mixer Dave Way at his studio Waystation high up in Laurel Canyon (with an additional session at Silent Zoo Studio with a 24-piece orchestra), with a host of talented musicians joining Beam: Tyler Chester, Sebastian Steinberg, David Garza, Griffin Goldsmith, Beth Goodfellow, Kyle Crane, and Paul Cartwright. And, Fiona Apple joined Beam on vocals for the duet “All In Good Time.” Beam lyrically once again takes focus on a series of both fictional and personal insights, filled with desperate characters and wide-eyed optimists, offering promise and a dose of heartache, tears and laughter, life and love. Taking stock in the album’s title, he jokes, “Light verse is a form of poetry about playful themes that often uses nonsense and wordplay, and it’s my first official Iron & Wine comedy album!…. Just kidding….”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While true this may be Iron & Wine’s most playful record, Beam says the title mostly reflects the way the songs were born with joy after the heaviness and anxiety of the pandemic. Where recent records like Beast Epic or Weed Garden gave air to the disquiet of middle-aged frailty and brokenness, these songs trade that for the focus acceptance can bring. Moment by moment, they delight in being pointed or silly (or both) and attempt beauty over prettiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Sam Beam presents a tenderly melodic suite of swinging symphonies and off-kilter jangle. Pieces like the enthralling opener 'You Never Know' are both wonderfully syncopated and display Sam's ability to switch from breezy to near-chaotic in the blink of an eye, without ever breaking the listening spell. Beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. You Never Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Anyone's Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. All In Good Time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Cutting It Close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Taken By Surprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Yellow Jacket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Sweet Talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Tears That Don't Matter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Bag Of Cats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Angels Go Home


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Like The Sky I've Been Too Quiet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Internationally acclaimed vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    releases her new studio album featuring Floating Points, Kofi Flexxx & Carlos Niño among others, and produced by Shabaka Hutchings on Hutchings’ Native Rebel Recordings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, UCLA and Harvard, ganavya has quickly become a much-in-demand artist on the US scene who consistently confounds expectations. Hailed as “among modern music's most compelling vocalists” (Wall Street Journal), “most enchanting” (NPR) and "extraordinary" (DownBeat), ganavya has worked with an array of luminaries including the likes of Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding and on new album like the sky, I've been too quiet she presents thirteen compelling tracks which showcase her ethereal voice and numinous energy. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt says: Ganavya enlists an all-star cast for this spellbinding and and enchanted LP which is like Alice Coltrane's "Turiyasangitananda" given a completely modern renovation. You can clearly hear contemporary wizard Shabaka Hutchings' production influence throughout, and Floating Points' Arp Odessey drizzling through "Seal" is a particular album highlight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not In An Anthropological Mood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First Notebook Of Songs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forgive Me My
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    El Kebda, Let It Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We Made It To The Underpass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Mother Is Our Daughter Is Our Mother
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (sister Said) Home Is A Direction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We're Still At The Underpass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Call It Luck If You Want To
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Call Her By Her Name, Enheduanna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing Sense Of Wonder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I Walk Again, Eyes Towards The Sky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Six Organs Of Admittance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time Is Glass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With Time is Glass, Six Organs of Admittance is captured once again in the intricate tangle of the fretboards, soaring in open skies above. Like lens flare cutting through the speakers; spiderwebs cracking the windshield that holds back all the onrushing reality. Blowing the dust away, cutting a new path for cognition. As is always endeavored.... After 20 years of living on the road in different places, Six Organs of Admittance had returned home to Humboldt County — a far country, to some, but still part of the world through which creatures of all kinds are moving through and contributing to. And some of them are human. Alone together — forming connection and exchange out of thought and expression — no different from the people on the other side of the Redwood Curtain. It was there, where Six Organs had long ago emerged, in the name of everything cycling, of circles that spiral concentrically and remain unbroken, the new music was conceived.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: A startlingly focused and beautifully minimalistic recording of voice and guitar, showing the perfect juxtaposition of rhythmic guitar playing and soaring, swooning vocal work from Ben Chasny. An unhindered, unhurried gem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slip Away
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Theophany Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My Familiar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spinning In A River
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Summer’s Last Rays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Year’s Song

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Adult Jazz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So Sorry So Slow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bleat Melisma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suffer One

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No Relief

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Side C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dusk Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Earth Of Worms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No Sentry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Side D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I Was Surprised

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pet Shop Boys


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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Big Decider

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring 9 UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’ and the all- conquering ‘Valerie’, the latter a triple-platinum hit for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Today they return to share the fruits of their extended time away. The Big Decider comes into view as an album of stark significance to the band, completed by Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals). Written against the backdrop of a decade and a half’s worth of lived experience, it is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down. Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, The Big Decider became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Creeping On The Dancefloor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pauline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. In Your Arms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Disappear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. The Big Decider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Best Of Me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Willson Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Willson Williams’ witnesses the meeting of two likeminded musicians who’ve built their successful, independent careers on inventive folk instrumentation, reflective and sincere lyricism, and not a small amount of self-deprecation. Their modest confessionals, written poetically and over nostalgic and atmospheric melodies, are as relatable as ever, and together they find new ways to unpack their feelings.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One overarching theme on the album is that of grief, when the writing process saw them both, tragically, in mourning for separate loved ones; Dan for his brother Karl and his friend Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit, and Kathryn for her friend, comedian and BBC Radio 4 presenter Jeremy Hardy. They explain that “the initial premise and starting point for us was discussions and open conversations on bereavement. We’d both recently lost friends who were also in the public eye, and we talked about the strange place between personal loss and the communal grieving of a public figure”. Contrastingly, the music on ‘Willson Williams’ is warm, heartfelt and even cheerful, an opposing nature that is completely in keeping with both their humour and candidness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Arrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. R U 4 Real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Our Best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Shelf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Wish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Sweetest Wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Sing Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Elvis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Big Nothing



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You get older, you have a family, and you start to slow down—that’s how things are supposed to go, right? Not for Montreal band Corridor, who have returned on their fourth album, Mimi, with a sound and style that’s more widescreen and expansive than anything that’s preceded it. The follow-up to 2019’s Junior is a huge step forward for the band, as the members themselves have undergone the type of personal changes that accompany the passage of time; even as these eight songs reflect a newfound and contemplative maturity, however, Corridor are branching out more than ever with richly detailed music, resulting in a record that feels like a fresh break for a band that’s already established themselves as forward-thinkers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mimi immediately recalls the best of the best when it comes to indie rock—Deerhunter’s silvery atmospherics immediately come to mind, as well as the spiky effervescence of classic post-punk—but despite these easy comparisons, Corridor remain impossible to pin down from song to song, which makes Mimi all the more thrilling as a listen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The goal was to work differently, which is the goal we have every time we work on a new album—to build something in a new way,” Robert explains. “This time, we took our time.” And so in the summer of 2020, Corridor’s members—Robert, vocalist/bassist Dominic Berthiaume, drummer Julien Bakvis, and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Gougoux—holed away in a cottage to engage in the sort of creative experimentation that would lead to Mimi’s ultimate creation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corridor tinkered with the songs’ raw parts digitally and remotely over the next few years, with co-producer Joojoo Ashworth (Dummy, Automatic) lending their own specific talents in the theoretical booth. The process was a byproduct of not having access to their rehearsal space due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a result of the four-piece leaning harder into incorporating electronic textures than on previous records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “For a long time, we identified as a guitar-oriented band, and the goal of making this whole record was trying to get away from that,” Berthiaume states. Berthiaume also describes Mimi as a record about “getting older” and “figuring out new parts of life”—but despite any claims of transitional growing pains from the band, Mimi is a record bursting with new energy and life, a vibrance that’s owed in no small part to Gougoux joining the band full-time after pitching in on live performances in the past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I come more from a background of electronic music, so it was nice to involve that with the band more,” he explains, and Mimi contains a distinct rhythmic pulse reminiscent of classic era-post-punk’s own melding of dance and rock textures. Over bright, chiming guitars and ascending synths, Robert addresses his looming mortality on “Mourir Demain”: “I wrote it when my girlfriend and I were shopping for life insurance,” he laughs. With our little daughter growing up, we also considered making our will. I said to myself, ‘Oh shit, from now on I’m slowly starting to plan my death.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don’t mistake this as music about dead ends, though, as Mimi embraces and champions unfettered creativity while paving a way for Corridor’s own bright future. “We just focused on making a record that sounded the way we wanted,” Gougoux exclaims while discussing the band’s aims. “There were no limitations when it came to what was possible.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phase IV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mon Argent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jump Cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Porte Ouverte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mourir Demain



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Green shoots have burst forth from Parsnip, let’s warmly welcome the Australian group’s sophomore album ‘Behold’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The production is ambitious, with 12-string and acoustic guitars, percussion, piano, saxophone and harmonium all sitting comfortably in these outstanding songs. Drawing comparisons with Dolly Mixture, Sara Goes Pop, Look Blue Go Purple and The Field Mice, Parsnip are an animated ensemble, full of life, emotional complexity and humour. The laughter in the dark is real, but then the sun comes up and we all must meet the day. Even the flowers turn their faces. Behold!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recorded across three sessions over the last three years, ‘Behold’ is a testament to Parsnip at their most creative, catchy and collaborative. This album showcases the multi-talents of all four members, with spirited performances adding dazzle to the thirteen tracks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paris Richens lets the bass playfully roam. Carolyn Hawkins tumbles feeling into the drum rumble. Stella Rennex’s guitar soars alongside her saxophone work, whilst a sprightly keyboard is tenderly attended by Rebecca Liston. Everyone sings amidst this lush canopy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patience, environmental cues and internal signals are integral for a garden to flourish. The same can be said of the conditions necessary for ‘Behold’ to emerge. It is an album gleeful in reassessment, changed priorities and anticipation. The roots are deeply anchored to mystery, drinking up a hidden wonderment that lies within. ‘Monument’ is a twist of melody and mania, “For what am I? But a channel of light” they attest amongst the whoops and hollers. ‘The Babble’ sounds like Ray Davies playing Wordle for enlightenment. In fact most of these songs are pointing the way towards growth and understanding. ‘Turn to Love’ is mesmeric and timeless, thoroughly serene and perfectly judged. Parsnip write songs as a form of communion with the intangible in our increasingly delusory world, but there is always a gentle reminder; don’t take anything too seriously! “My head is gonna split in two, fix it with flour and glue” they demand on ultimate bop ‘Papier-Mâché’, this juxtaposition of mature resolve with childlike astonishment packs a more powerful punch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On ‘Behold’, Parsnip explore both the inner and outer realms of consciousness with quick wits and some seriously quality jangle and jolt. ‘The Light’ is a whip smart workout, sprouting naturally from the propulsive nature of their debut album ‘When the Tree Bears Fruit’ (2019). ‘Placeholder’ is also devastatingly honest and channels The Field Mice as it buries itself like an arrow into your heart. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  01. Monument
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  02. The Light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  03. Duality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  04. L.O.N.E.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  05. Placeholder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  06. Pockets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  07. Unearthing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  08. The Babble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  09. Turn To Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Clear Blue Sky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Swan Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12. Papier Mache
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. Kutastha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Air Formation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Air Formation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brighton-based shoegazers Air Formation are set to release their self-titled sixth studio album this spring via Club AC30. Inspired by bands such as Flying Saucer Attack, Spiritual- ized, Explosions In The Sky and The Jesus and Mary Chain, Air Formation's music incorp- orates heavily delayed guitar and feedback, with droning keyboards, and ethereal vocals. Forming in 2000, long before spiritual forbearers Slowdive, Ride and Loop were consid- ered acceptable influences, the five-piece have been a mainstay of the modern shoegaze scene and have gained a devoted following, receiving critical acclaim from tastemakers including Consequence of Sound, Clash, and Louder Than War.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Briefly splitting in April 2011 after the release of their fourth studio album 'Nothing to Wish For (Nothing to Lose)', they reformed in 2014 for a special one-off show to celebrate 10 years of Club AC30. In 2018, the band released the critically acclaimed album 'Near Miss'. "Time goes fast," says guitarist and vocalist Matt Bartram. "We're still figuring it all out. But most importantly, I think Air Formation still feels totally relevant. All the time we enjoy doing it we will keep at it," he adds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When it came to the writing and recording of the album, the band went back to listening to their favourite artists for influence including Bardo Pond and Mogwai to name a few, but ultimately, the album is influenced by all the Air Formation music that had come before. "How can we do something a bit different, but it still be Air Formation," says Bartram.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From the blissed-out vibes of album opener 'Pressure Drop' to the anthemic guitar crescendos of 'Only So Much Light', Air Formation are masters of noise and effects, constantly exploring the outer limits of guitar texture and volume. On 'Finding Gravity', fuzzed-out guitars explode into beatific distortion, while 'I Don't Want To Talk' and 'Crashing Out' shimmer and swirl. Elsewhere, the deafening waves of noise of 'The Day After Day' and dreamy 'Sparks Dies' reveal a band who find the heart in fuzz, while album closer 'The Final Wave' is a gorgeous, heavily textured expanse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Air Formation is Matt Bartram (Guitars & Vocals), Ben Pierce (Bass), James Harrison (Drums), Ian Sheridan (Guitar) and Richard Parks (Keyboards).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pressure Drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Only So Much Ligh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Finding Gravity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. I Don't Want To Talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Crashing Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. The Day After Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Sparks Die
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. The Final Wave



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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Triptych: Part One

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Released periodically on three of 2024’s full moons – April 23rd’s Pink Moon, July 21st’s Buck Moon and October 17th’s Hunter Moon – the three-album cycle, “Triptych”, is (Steve Von Till from Neurosis) Harvestman’s most ambitious undertaking yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guest musicians including Al Cisneros of Sleep / OM who plays bass on one track for each LP, of which he will also mix a dub version on the B-Side of each LP. Dave French of Yob, Sanford Parker and Wayne from Petbrick all make appearances.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s a dream diary narrating a passage through Summer Isle where Flying Saucer Attack are wafting out of a window, a distant Fairport Convention are being remixed by dub master Adrian Sherwood, celestial scanners Tangerine Dream are trying to drown out Bert Jansch and Hawkwind are playing Steeleye Span covers, all prised out of time yet bound to its singularity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Give Your Heart To The Hawk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Psilosynth (harvest Dub)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How To Purify Mercury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nocturnal Field Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mare And Foal


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ART DEVO

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibit [B] 1973-1975:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibit [C] 1973-1975:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibit [D] 1975-1977:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibit [E] 1975-1977:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exhibit [F] 1975-1977:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great music is often about chance meetings and impromptu creative sessions and so it is that Hell Yeah proudly serves up Sensory Blending, a new collaborative album from Italian collective Aura Safari and Finnish musician Jimi Tenor. The nine-track record is a lush and luxurious fusion of jazz-funk styles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This glorious record came about after Tenor was playing a Hell Yeah party at Tangram in Perugia. Aura Safari were local and, in some free time the day before the gig, everyone jumped in the studio together. They had never met before but soon found plenty of free-flowing common ground and the result of that one-off session is now served up on this vibrant new album that brims with musicality, indelible melodies and subtly uplifting vibrations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tenor has toured the world and previously collaborated with the likes of Japanese master Calm. He is a psychedelic space-jazz-funk king, skilled musician, composer and producer who, since the mid-nineties, has released more than 25 albums and 45 EPs. Aura Safari is made up of bass, synth, guitar and keys players Lorenzo Francioli, Ruggero Bonucci, Nicola Pitassio Andrea Moretti, Lorenzo Lavoratori, Daniele Melloni and Nicholas Iammatteo, and they are label regulars who served up their sublime Island Dreams album here last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Says Jimi, who enjoyed his time in Perugia and adds that 'the studio session was 100% efficient. I showed up and we started to play. Almost all that was made was material that we could use for the album. I love to work fast. Quick brushstrokes. Finish! I was amazed at how intuitively the Aura Safari guys could come up with new parts for songs. I mentioned some feeling or approach and they seemed to find it just like that.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          'Bodily Synesthesia' is the seductive opener with steamy sax notes and gentle grooves that are topped by aloof vocal whispers. 'Lunar Wind' is another slow and steamy mix of jazzy keys and soulful vocal hooks, 'Bewitched By The Sea' is a more tropical and percussive number with majestic melodies and 'My Bluebell' picks up the pace with jazz-funk grooves and hustling chords. 'Last Waltz In Perugia' has freeform sax lines soaring over meticulous drums that ebb and flow and 'Gimlet' brings a playful, samba-tinged rhythm and sunny flute leads straight from South America. There's a laidback, carefree mood to 'It's Too Easy To Love You' while 'Your Magic Touch' is a dancey number that exudes melodic joy, and 'Indigo' closes in dramatic fashion with a conversational sax that sticks long in the memory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sensory Blending is a seamless fusion of collaborative minds from Aura Safari and Jimi Tenor and it could well be performed live at some special select shows later in the year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A1. Bodily Synesthesia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A2. Lunar Wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A3. Bewitched By The Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A4. My BlueBell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B1. Last Waltz In Perugia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B2. Gimlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B3. It's Too Easy To Love You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B4. Your Magic Touch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B5. Indigo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This Town (Music From The Original BBC Series)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From creator Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, SAS Rogue Heroes) comes new drama This Town. A 6-part series set in 1981 Birmingham, which follows a bands formation amid the violence and social tensions of the time. The music from the Original BBC Series brings together the show’s genre-wide mix of timeless classics, brand new music, and iconic hits of the era. It features an eclectic, world-class mix of artists paying tribute to this hugely formative period and includes original covers from Self Esteem, Ray Laurél, Mercury-nominated breakthrough Olivia Dean, GRAMMY-winning powerhouse Gregory Porter, BRITs Rising Star nominee Sekou and Academy Award nominee Celeste. Additionally, the songs played by Fuck The Factory - the band at the heart of This Town - have been created by trailblazing producer Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C, Wet Leg) in collaboration with singer-songwriter ESKA and musician, novelist and poet Kae Tempest in work that adds another chapter to the story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Self Esteem - You Can Get It If You Really Want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Ray Laurél - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Fuck The Factory - Estella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Olivia Dean - The Harder They Come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Fuck The Factory - Birdsong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Fuck The Factory - Pelicans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Celeste - Blue Moon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Fuck The Factory - Farewell To Matty And Her Flowers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Gregory Porter - The World’s Going Up In Flames
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Fuck The Factory - This Town
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11. Sekou - Wonderful World, Beautiful People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fabric Presents Shygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blane Muise, better known by her stage name Shygirl, is an English singer, DJ, rapper, songwriter and co-head/founder of record label and collective Nuxxe. Shygirl's music incorporates elements of dance music, industrial hip-hop, experimental pop, grime and deconstructed club. Shygirl releases fabric exclusive single Making the Beast alongside the exciting announcement of her inclusion in fabric's prestigious presents series. The release of fabric presents Shygirl marks the beginning of fabric’s 25th-anniversary celebrations, with Shygirl leading the charge as the first of five artists to curate mixes throughout the year, each featuring the CD tins. Shygirl has gained recent support from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Mixmag, and BBC Radio & 6 following her Club Shy EP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Angelita — Club Shy (Intro) Feat. Shygirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Danny Daze & Jonny From Space — Sweet Spot (Nick León Dub)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Shygirl — Making The Beast (Extended)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Jacques Greene — Believe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Rose Gray — Promise Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Shygirl, Empress Of, Kingdom — 4eva (Extended)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Eliza Rose & The Martinez Brothers — Pleasure Peak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Hudson Mohawke & Nikki Nair — Set The Roof (feat. Tayla Parx)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Laava — Wherever You Are (I Feel Love) [Dance Edit]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Club Winston — Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Kristine Blond & James Hype — Love Shy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Guchon — Piano Bros
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. Shygirl, Cosha — Thicc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Broosnica — Love On The Run
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. Skin On Skin — Magic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. TDJ & Vitesse X — Into Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. Elkka — DJ Friendly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. Shygirl & Kingdom — F@k€
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. ANIMA — 7th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. George Riley & Hudson Mohawke — S E X
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              21. 96 Back — Laco (Metrist Reworm)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. Florentino — Pressure (feat. Shygirl)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23. CONALL — Up (feat. COUCOU CHLOE)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fred Ventura Presents Milano Undiscovered 1988-1992 - Unreleased Lp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Third chapter of the “Milano Undiscovered” series, curated by Fred Ventura, takes us on a journey through the vibrant Milanese techno and house scene of 1988-1992.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This latest installment unveils a treasure of unreleased demos, showcasing the productions that emerged from the city’s flourishing underground during this era. Inspired by the pioneering sounds emanating from Chicago, Detroit, London and Sheffield, a wave of Milanese producers embarked on a creative odyssey, crafting their own unique sonic interpretations of the electronic dance music landscape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Matt says: Italo overlord Fred Ventura directs his attention towards the fertile and embryonic period of Milan's early house and techno seen. As usual, Italians do it better (or at least as good as) their counterparts in the US and UK as they take on the faithful blueprints supplied by our Chicago and Detroit brethren.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sigma Tibet - Pablo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                B-Logic - Aliasing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grey Area - Beyond Belief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mont Blanc - Let Your Body
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Straight Beat - Afterwork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love Nation - Let's Make It Right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soul City Crew - One Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Visions Factory - Solitary Dancers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Periferico - In A Freedom World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beat 4 Life - Your Lifestyle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remixes JID020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For Remixes JID020, the label has tapped a few of their favourite contemporary artists and producers to offer their own take on the music of Series 2. The album features a variety of dynamic personalities with remixes from London based artists Shabaka Hitchins and Theon Cross, New York tastemaker Melanie Charles, LA based produces Bei Ru, Brazil's DK Nyack, Detroit based producer Tall Black Guy, Bay Area producer Mophono and the LA based house duo L.O. & Diisko.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The album earns its place in the Jazz Is Dead catalog as it further celebrated the spirit of collaboration amongst artists young and old. What unites these DJs, producers and musicians with the Jazz Is Dead ethos is their unbent dedication to remaining true to their own vibe and sound all the while preserving the energy and feeling of the original recordings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tony Allen - Don't Believe The Dancers (Mophono Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Midnight Hour - Phoenix (Theon Cross Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Katalyst - Reflections (Bei Ru Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Jean Carne - Black Rainbow (Melanie Charles Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Henry Franklin - African Sun (Shabaka Hutchins Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Brings Happiness (Tall Black Guy Feat. Kaidi Tatham Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Garrett Saracho - Altitude (L.O. & Diisko Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison - Running With The Tribe (DJ Nyack Remix) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Timeless Jazz Classics - Compiled By Gilles Peterson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Influential DJ, producer, radio-DJ and founder of the Acid Jazz and Talkin' Loud labels Gilles Peterson has handpicked his jazz favourites from the immense catalog of the Dutch jazz Timeless label. Included are Pharaoh Sanders' cosmic jazz "Moonchild”, vocal jazz from Carter Jefferson's "Why", danceable jazz from Tom Grant "No Me Esqueca", Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers' "In Case You Missed It", making a total of 11 tracks. In 2015, Peterson put together a Japan-only CD compilation of 10 of his favourite tracks, but for this version, the track list has been augmented with the previously unreleased version of "Mode For Joe" by Cedar Walton Trio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pharoah Sanders – Moonchild
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Carter Jefferson – Why
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Tom Grant – No Me Esqueca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Eddie Harris – La Carnival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Rodney Jones – Articulations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers – In Case You Missed It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Eastern Rebellion – Bolivia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Joanne Brackeen – Haiti B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Brian Melvin Feat Jaco Pastorius – Zen Turtles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Timeless All Stars – World Peace (Bonus Track)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. Cedar Walton Trio – Mode For Joe (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It All Comes Down To This

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It All Comes Down to This is the brand new album from Manchester legends A Certain Ratio, produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This album takes A Certain Ratio back to their roots, featuring 10 straight-to-the-point tracks, with a sprinkling of electronics for good measure. It is the first time the band has recorded as the core 3-piece lineup of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop, and Donald Johnson, with no additional collaborators or members of the live setup. Following on from ACR's acclaimed 1982 album and the electrifying 2023 EP, It All Comes Down to This continues the lineage of constant progression demonstrated by the band.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: A brilliant new album from Manchester's Certain Ratio and a stunning example of ACR's unique fusion of vibrant, groove-led indie music and post-punk adjacent stomp. 'It All Comes Down To This' could be their most definitive statement yet both wilfully celebratory, and brilliantly hefty. A perfect distillation of their hugely varied sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Laura says: Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey, has managed a near perfect distillation of ACR's sound here, as the trio of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson draw on the post-punk-funk grooves of their early days while ruminating on the current state of the world. For me it's the best thing they've done in ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vinyl Tracklist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A1 All Comes Down To This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A2 Keep It Real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A3 We All Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A4 Surfer Ticket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A5 Bitten By A Lizard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B1 God Knows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B2 Out From Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B3 Estate Kings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B4 Where You Coming From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B5 Dorothy Says

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CD Tracklist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 All Comes Down To This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Keep It Real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 We All Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 Surfer Ticket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 Bitten By A Lizard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 God Knows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 Out From Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 Estate Kings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 Where You Coming From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 Dorothy Says

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds From The Flightpath Estate (GLS017)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LAST REMAINING COPIES!!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        'Sounds From the Flightpath Estate'

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

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

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

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


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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mastered by Andrew Liles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sleeve art by Personality Crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Labels by Walter Russ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pillow Queens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Name Your Sorrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After forming in 2016, Pillow Queens released a series of singles, honing their craft and working towards their first album, In Waiting (2020). Along the way there has been acclaim from UK and American press, many sold-out gigs and an appearance on James Corden's Late Late Show. After signing with Canada’s Royal Mountain Records, they released a follow-up album, Leave the Light On in 2022, touring the UK, US and Europe extensively, including shows at Austin’s SXSW and supporting Phoebe Bridgers in Glasgow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Three albums in three years indicates a serious work ethic, for their new album Name Your Sorrow they stuck to a strict schedule. They showed up every day from 9-5, in a windowless Dublin room to just play, swap instruments and experiment. From there, they decamped to a rural retreat in County Clare along the Atlantic coastline of Ireland, to immerse themselves further. “ The palpable shift in sound and tone is possibly the result of working with a new producer, Collin Pastore from Nashville, who has produced boygenius, Lucy Dacus and Illuminati Hotties. The band holed up for three weeks at Analogue Catalogue studio in Newry, and quickly noticed that the change of scene and personnel impacted on the record.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The result of combining new experimentation, heartfelt lyrics and a sound that pinballs from quiet and loud offers a kind of catharsis. Of picking through the shrapnel to find slivers of hope. Previously, the band have road-tested new tracks live, playing them to an audience and reworking them based on the crowd’s reaction. They haven’t done that this time, because the songs already feel fully formed. The band also had to unlearn the process of questioning whether a song sounded like “a Pillow Queens song”. There are definite links to the last two albums, but Name Your Sorrow feels like a triumphant step in another direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: Moody post-grunge riffs and soaring distorted guitar swells break into upbeat indie jangles and major-key lifts, all topped with the gothic-leaning vocals that easily switch from morose and solemn into stadium-fillingly grand in the blink of an eye. A wonderfully produced, perfectly written statement from the Pillow Queens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. February 8th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Suffer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Like A Lesson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Blew Up The World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Friend Of Mine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. The Bar's Closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. So Kind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Heavy Pour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. One Night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Love II
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Notes On Worth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucy Rose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This Ain't The Way You Go Out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            British musician Lucy Rose released a third album, No Words Left, back in 2019. It garnered the strongest critical acclaim of her career and culminated in a sell-out show at London’s Barbican theatre. It was a record that ruminated in a sort of hushed reverence, emotionally charged and deftly delivered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lucy had planned to spend some well-earned time at home in the record’s aftermath, having toured relentlessly since her late teens. She’d balanced that precariously spinning plate by forming her own record label too, Real Kind Records, putting out new records by artists she admired and thought deserved her due care and attention. With both plates spinning, she managed to catch them just before the pandemic ensured her plan for some rest and recouperation became an enforced reality. She welcomed her first child, Otis, in the summer of 2021. All was well until she was diagnosed with a rare form of pregnancy induced osteoporosis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With a life being lived upside down, and only now without the indignity of excruciating pain, making music wasn’t seeded top of Lucy’s priority list. Any fleeting thought of writing a new record, or even sitting down with a guitar or at a piano, took a back seat to building up the strength to walk and care for Otis. As her confidence started to rebuild, so did her usual inhibitions in the making of music. Inspired by a trip to America with friend and rapper Logic, she later worked with renowned producer Kwes to finish the record.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This Ain’t The Way You Go Out is an album constructed from the ashes of despair, nurturing the tiniest of green shoots and giving life to something that had looked otherwise spent. It’s a new era for Lucy, and an era in its purest, truest sense. An artist re-awakening herself to the power of music, and having a lot of fun in the process of its discovery and delivery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Lucy Roses's brilliant 'This Ain't The Way You Go Out' flawlessly straddles the disparate worlds of disco, folk and indie rock, delivered in Lucy's richly syncopated vocal style. There are myriad moments that could easily be made for the dancefloor but they classily move into similarly placid jazzy home listening fare. It's wonderfully done throughout, and hugely addictive the more you listen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Light As Grass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Could You Help Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dusty Frames
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whatever You Want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interlude I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Life’s Too Short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This Ain’t The Way You Go Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over When It’s Over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sail Away
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interlude II
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No More
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Racket

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taylor Swift

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Tortured Poets Department

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That Delicious Vice