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Panda Bear & Sonic Boom

Reset In Dub

    Panda Bear & Sonic Boom, the duo of Noah Lennox and Peter Kember, release Reset in Dub, a dub version of their acclaimed 2022 LP Reset, featuring reworkings of all nine tracks by the legendary British dub producer Adrian Sherwood, via Domino. Sherwood created his version of Reset at his On-U Sound Studios with a crew that included such storied musicians as Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald of the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, as well as Prisoner, Alex White, Horseman, Mark Bandola, “Crucial” Tony, Ras Badthings, Ivan “Celloman” Hussey, and Mathew Smythe. “One of the primary influences on Reset was

    Jamaican rocksteady and it seemed like an interesting idea to explore taking it back to that sort of tropical root,” says Kember.

    “I like big empty spaces; I like malls when there's no one there and the beach in the wintertime - visually it’s simple and uncluttered and the noise of the surf drowns out everything else, so I suppose it's no surprise I've always liked the sound of dub,” says Lennox, “and though some stuff bears its mark more than others I'd wager you can find residues of it in everything I've done. As a fan of Adrian’s I was excited when Pete suggested we ask him to do some dubs of Reset tracks, but as they started to come through it was clear what he was working on was much more than a dub. Reset in Dub feels like the thing filtered through a prism and it recontextualizes the OG.”

    “This is a complete reset of Reset from myself and the On-U Sound crew,” says Sherwood. “Being a fan of Animal Collective and Spacemen 3, when it was suggested we do this together I loved the idea and relished the challenge. We talked about influences, old records, mixing techniques and made a plan, which was to keep all the elements of trippy fun, but with added menace, groove and an ultra active mix for the ‘heads.’ Very happy and proud of the result.”



      trip9love…??? is the third album from Tirzah, produced by long-time musical collaborator Mica Levi. It is out today to stream in full with a physical release set for November 17th.

      Stream trip9love…??? here.

      It was written and recorded at both their homes and various corners of South East London and Kent.

      After several recording sessions over roughly a year, eventually the music suddenly came into a sound that they wanted to follow. The tracks were built using piano loops on top of one beat, distortion added, then romantic vocal toplines. Poems centre on themes of love, both real and imagined. The world the record finds space in is a lazy club fantasy zone.

      The speed, the connection and similarity between all of the instrumentals led the record to feel like one song, a diary entry of a moment or a fascination with one sound that they felt was important to go with. The nature of trip9love…???‘s release reflects how it was made.

      Tirzah has confirmed several UK shows beginning next week including London’s Colour Factory as well as dates in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Reeperbahn Festival and Unsound before she heads to North America at the start of October.


      1. F22
      2. Promises
      3. U All The Time
      4. Their Love
      5. No Limit
      6. Today
      7. Stars
      8. He Made
      9. 2 D I C U V
      10. 6 Phrazes
      11. Nightmare

      Cat Power

      Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall

        In November 2022, Cat Power took the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall and delivered a song-for-song recreation of one of the most fabled and transformative live sets of all time. Held at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1966—but long known as the “Royal Albert Hall Concert” due to a mislabeled bootleg—the original performance saw Bob Dylan switching from acoustic to electric midway through the show, drawing ire from an audience of folk purists and forever altering the course of rock-and-roll. In her own rendition of that historic night, the artist otherwise known as Chan Marshall inhabited each song with equal parts conviction and grace and a palpable sense of protectiveness, ultimately transposing the anarchic tension of Dylan’s set with a warm and luminous joy. Now captured on the live album Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert, Marshall’s spellbinding performance both lovingly honors her hero’s imprint on history and brings a stunning new vitality to many of his most revered songs.

        King Creosote

        I DES

          They say long live the king and all, but nothing’s ever set in stone. A quarter of a century since his self-inflicted coronation, and self-released debut solo album, Kenny Anderson - DIY pop voyager, ancestral seaside home restorer, squeezebox lothario, Fife for lifer, diamond miner, hijacker of hearts, and the man also known as King Creosote - has released over 100 records (at a relatively conservative guess), collaborated with the likes of Jon Hopkins,KT Tunstall, Beta Band’s Lone Pigeon, and had his songs covered and performed by artists including Patti Smith and Simple Minds. Yet he’s still standing, fallible, doubtful, patched together, bloody-minded and unbowed. He’s got a new LP, despite or perhaps because of it all. It’s called I DES.

          While the record’s kaleidoscopic musical terrain plots vibraphones, accordions, e-bows, samplers, ungulates, scratched records and wine glass-drones across its landscape, there’s common ground in the wonder of the synthesiser – not to mention Anderson’s singular voice, and his roguish, roving, ever-evolving, gorgeous songs in the key of Fife.


          1. It’s Sin That’s Got Its Hold Upon Us
          2. Blue Marbled Elm Trees
          3. Burial Bleak
          4. Dust
          5. Walter De La Nightmare
          6. Susie Mullen
          7. Love Is A Curse
          8. Ides
          9. Please Come Back I Will Listen, I Will Behave, I Will Toe The Line
          10. Drone In B#

          The Kills

          God Games

            Whether we look for him or not, we all find God somewhere. It could be in nature. It could be in church. It could be in the metaverse. It differs for each and every one of us. In terms of where God might be, The Kills aren’t necessarily saying, but the duo - Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince - certainly sound like they’ve seen him. How else could you explain the primal call-and-response between Alison’s full body blues-soul vocal catharsis and Jamie’s swaggering, guillotine-smooth guitar transmissions on the duo’s sixth full-length offering, God Games?

            The Kills have emerged as international rock stars, setting the pace for the genre, shaping this era’s sound, and redefining what rock music can be in the 21st century. They’re the rare force of nature who can tour with Queens of the Stone Age or Guns N’ Roses and light up Coachella. Returning home from the road in 2019, Alison and Jamie commenced writing for what would become God Games. However, the old adage, “Make plans, God laughs,” couldn’t have been more apropos.

            Stretching boundaries, Jamie encouraged Alison to “buy this 100-dollar keyboard and try to write.” She added another creative tool to her arsenal, while he tinkered with textures, sounds and “wrote on guitar less than ever,” opting to primarily compose on piano for the first time. This powerful combination of forces gave the album its own sonic identity, a new path forged in the pair’s creative bond.

            The Kills decamped to an old church (a bit ironic now isn’t it?) where they recorded with old friend and Academy and GRAMMY Award-winning producer Paul Epworth [Adele]. “Paul was our very first soundman in 2002,” recalls Jamie. “Since he was with us when we had two amps, a lightbulb, and a couple of mics in a van, it seemed perfect. He knew how far it had come and could trace the thread back.”

            Jon Hopkins

            Immunity - 10th Anniversary Edition

              To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Jon Hopkins’ seminal fourth album, Immunity, a newly remastered version of the record is now available.

              A confident, dramatic record defined by an acute sense of physicality and place, Immunity felt and still feels, like the accompaniment to a journey of creativity, a trip inside Hopkins’ mind. It brought together everything he had learnt and experienced already but also paved the way for the evolution of his future records, most recently, 2021’s Music For Psychedelic Therapy.

              Immunity was a turning point in Hopkins’ career. On its release in 2013, Immunity announced itself as a powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focussed music Hopkins had ever made. However, Immunity was never just about the techno behemoths - of which there were several. Hopkins wanted the album to help people to reach different states of mind. From graceful and mournful piano notes, stirring choral drones, he was always seeking new melodic routes to aid this and his desire to use physical, real-world sounds as the basis for many of the album’s rhythms allowed him to craft one of the most human electronic albums.

              TRACK LISTING

              Disc 1
              1. We Disappear - Remaster 2023
              2. Open Eye Signal - Remaster 2023
              3. Breathe This Air - Remaster 2023
              4. Collider - Remaster 2023
              5. Abandon Window - Remaster 2023
              6. Form By Firelight - Remaster 2023
              7. Sun Harmonics - Remaster 2023
              8. Immunity - Remaster 2023

              Disc 2 (CD And Download + Download Code With Vinyl)
              1. Immunity (Asleep Version)
              2. Form By Firelight (Asleep Version)
              3. Breathe This Air (Asleep Version)
              4. Open Eye Signal (Asleep Version)
              5. Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)
              6. Breathe This Air (feat. Purity Ring)
              7. We Disappear (feat. Lulu James)
              8. Open Eye Signal (George Fitzgerald Remix)
              9. Collider (Pangaea Remix)

              Animal Collective

              Isn’t It Now?

                Distinguishing itself from Animal Collective’s expansive catalog, Isn’t It Now? is the first Animal Collective album since Centipede Hz (2012) that was recorded with all four members in the same room at the same time. To bring it all together, the band enlisted multi-Grammy winning producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Al Green, Alicia Keys, The Dandy Warhols) to co-produce alongside the band.

                Across its 9 tracks, Isn’t It Now? has something for everyone from the catchy bassline on the highly-repeatable single “Gem & I” to the heady 22min centrepiece “Defeat” which we recently released on 12”.

                The Folk Implosion

                Music For KIDS - 2023 Reissue

                  Nearly 30 years after Kids’ seismic release, Music For KIDS – a deluxe reissue of The Folk Implosion’s original compositions that soundtracked Larry Clark’s and Harmony Korine’s 1995 cult classic film – compiles for the first time all of the songs the duo of Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) and John Davis wrote for the movie, newly remastered, including the surprise Top 40 hit single “Natural One,” B-sides and previously unreleased tracks.

                  Animal Collective


                    Animal Collective release new single “Defeat.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Kamasi Washington, The Roots), the 22-minute epic is an unapologetic ode to perseverance and hope, to “staying grounded like the spruce” when the very land seems to shift beneath us. “What have we become?” Avey Tare sings in an irrepressible hook, shouting the question in a way that exclaims we might still become something more. The song’s slow-motion finale feels like a fantasia vision of what’s to come—a quieter place where we can thrive together, not apart. This is the beautiful and redemptive saga of the Animal Collective condensed into one unforgettable suite, a song for holding fast even as the world spins ahead, ever faster.

                    Limited edition 12-inch features the B-side “The Challenge (Live Edit)." “The Challenge” is a completely improvised track that has only been played in front of a live audience and originated as an unrehearsed intro to the song “Strung With Everything” while the band was on tour last year. The recorded version that appears on the 12-inch was collaged together from 11 different shows between March and September of 2022.

                    “The only time it was even discussed was after shows late in the touring cycle when it took on its own identity,” says Geologist. “‘How did we feel about the Strung intro?’ often provided the answer to ‘how was the show?’ But the discussion always ended at what happened that night, without any detailed critique, and never with how it might happen the next. We became aware the same discussions were happening amongst our fans, who were recording, uploading and listening to the shows each night. They took notice and named the section ‘The Challenge.’ This edit is for them.”

                    Bonnie Prince Billy

                    Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You

                      Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You – an album made as it was meant to be heard, in a room. The sound of people together – a sound we’d so recently feared that we’d lost – playing, communing, strings and wood and keys and voices singing. KSWDY presents simply, and is sung along easily and happily with in time BUT --is it family portrait or fairy tale? How does it think the world was made, and will end?

                      Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You was recorded in Louisville by Nick Roeder, featuring Sara Louise Callaway on violin, Kendall Carter on keys, Elisabeth Fuchsia on viola and violin, Dave Howard on Mandolin, Drew Miller on saxophone and Dane Waters’ voice. The presence of so many local players and music educators in the band lends not only to a flow of moments so fluidly encompassing of a wide range of musics from classical to Japanese acid folk and elsewhere, but perhaps even more importantly, to the sense of community, heredity and the triumph of inheritance that is the marrow and life blood of this music. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Though 'Keeping secrets...' is undoubtedly one of BPB's quietest outings in terms of its instrumentation, drawing beauty from a reasonably unadorned mixture of guitar strings and vocals, the depth of feeling and scope of the result is astounding. Heartwarming folky balladry abound, all pulled together with Oldham's unmatched sensitivity.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Like It Or Not
                      2. Behold! Be Held!
                      3. Bananas
                      4. Blood Of The Wine
                      5. Sing Them Down Together
                      6. Kentucky Is Water
                      7. Willow, Pine And Oak
                      8. Trees Of Hell
                      9. Rise And Rule (She Was Born In Honolulu)
                      10. Queens Of Sorrow
                      11. Crazy Blue Bells
                      12. Good Morning, Popocatépetl

                      Panda Bear

                      Tomboy - 2023 Reissue

                        Recorded at his studio in Lisbon, "Tomboy" sees Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox, stepping away from the sample-based parameters of his previous record and incorporating more guitar and synthesiser. Still prevalent though, is the interest in texture that made "Person Pitch" such a dense record; crashing waves and cheering crowds bounce against the gurgling arpeggios and give the tracks an immense sense of space. Soaked in reverb and punctuated with inflections of delay, the album’s drums reveal a dub influence which gives them a visceral punch that lingers after each hit. Lennox’s lofty, self-harmonising vocals smooth out the songs, and Sonic Boom’s mixing gives the work a large dynamic range.

                        Through it all, Lennox has remained resilient in following his singular vision and voice. 'I’ve definitely traversed some kind of mind field the last year or so and it hasn’t always been pleasant or easy', Lennox says. 'But it’s been more a positive irritant than anything else'. "Tomboy" proves, above all else, that he’s risen to the challenge and surpassed (as well as sidestepped) all expectations. And in following up "Person Pitch", Panda Bear has again taken to releasing the album as a batch of separate singles first, for labels like Kompakt, Fat Cat, Paw Tracks, and Domino. 'Doing the singles helps me focus on every song and also helps me move along in the process'.

                        Also part of the process was moving past the gear that informed the dense sonic tapestries of "Person Pitch" and MPP: 'I got tired of the severe parameters of using samplers. Thinking about Nirvana and the White Stripes got me into the idea of doing something with a heavy focus on guitar and rhythm'. Favouring a darker, more-streamlined sound on "Tomboy", Lennox went for a more visceral and direct approach, though that rock tendency was offset by another old influence on Lennox: 'With regards to where I am with Tomboy, I’m definitely reliving middle school and all the Baltimore R&B radio we used to ingest'.

                        It lends itself to the paradox of the title itself. Lennox explains: 'A lot of the songs are about something that’s in conflict with itself, so the image of a ‘tomboy’ has become the overseeing figure as far as the group of songs go'. It might even exemplify the conflict of Panda Bear himself: underground and experimental in his approach to sound, he also strives to craft gorgeous pop for the widest audience possible. With "Tomboy", he’s attained his greatest balance between the two extremes yet.

                        Both as a member of Animal Collective and as solo artist, Panda Bear, Noah Lennox spent the aughts helping redefine the aesthetics and methodology of experimental and independent music. With work ranging from splayed but lyrical noise, florid acoustic arrangements, and guitar-centric psychedelia, he and his bandmates have covered a vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and experimentalism.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        You Can Count On Me
                        Slow Motion
                        Surfer's Hymn
                        Last Night At The Jetty
                        Alsatian Darn
                        Friendship Bracelet

                        James Yorkston

                        The Year Of The Leopard - 2023 Reissue

                          "The Year Of the Leopard" confounds categories. If there's a traditional side to it, it's following the tradition of individual singer-songwriter albums which conjure and inhabit a genre which lasts just as long as the needle's in the groove. Produced by former Talk Talk member Paul Webb, Yorkston approached him after hearing his understated but enthralling work on "Out Of Season", Webb's Rustin' Man album with Beth Gibbons (Portishead). And what they've come up with is another warm, mellow, gentle folk album which could snuggle up nicely next to "Moving Up Country" and knocks his last LP into a cocked hat! Lovely.

                          James Yorkston

                          When The Haar Rolls In - 2023 Reissue

                            James Yorkston returns with his 4th studio album "When The Haar Rolls In" and proves once again why he is one of the most essential songwriters of our time. Returning with his trusty Athletes, along with some legendary English folk names - Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson, Marry Gilhooly, Olly Knight, there is much to mine for Yorkston fans of old and new, all the ambition, beauty and pathos of his previous albums sweeps through with soothing, lush arrangements of all sorts.

                            James Yorkston And The Athletes

                            Just Beyond The River - 2023 Reissue

                              One of the most long-awaited albums, for our shop anyway. Yorkston's debut was one of the surprise records of the year back in 2002 and all of us loved it. Now this one does sound, initially at least, to be less 'Pop'. Instead this feels like a proper folk album. Not 'Hey Nonny Nonny', just more serious, focussed....dense with banjos, mandolins and accordians. The production's slightly fuller thanks to Four Tet's Keiren Hebden and the songs all deal with romance, nature and (everyday) magic. There's the odd sea-shanty too and it all feels very warm, real and unconcerned with commerce or, indeed, 'normal' life. What a lovely world this record inhabits. Add him to the list of greats?

                              James Yorkston And The Athletes

                              Moving Up Country - 2023 Reissue

                                Wonderful timeless folk-tinged pop from James Yorkston. He's been compared to everyone from Shane Macgowan to John Martyn, and there's definitely a bit of Nick Drake in there too. The more I listen to this album, the more I love it! 

                                The Kills

                                Keep On Your Mean Side - 2023 Reissue

                                  Keep On Your Mean Side is The Kills' debut album, a devilish insight into their warped garage rock minds.

                                  The Kills

                                  Midnight Boom - 2023 Reissue

                                    On Midnight Boom, The Kills subtly and organically fuse pop, glam, blues, art-punk and hip-hop, in a manner that flits between light and dark, funny and morbid, experimental and cute. 


                                    Formal Growth In The Desert

                                      Since their 2012 debut, Protomartyr have mastered the art of evoking place: the grinding Midwest humility of their hometown, as well as the x-rayed elucidation of America that comes with their vantage. The group’s sixth album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron. “The desert is more of a metaphor or symbol,” singer Joe Casey says, “of emotional deserts, or a place or time that seems to lack life.” The “growth” came from a period of colossal transition for Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact: a 12-song testament to “getting on with life,” even when it feels impossibly hard.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: While 'Formal Growth In The Desert' has all of the angular riffs and jagged edges of 2015's superb 'The Agent Intellect', there's a lot more of a nuanced sound on display here. There are moments of relative calm, echoes of country music and gothic choruses scattered around before launching once again into that familiar, scathing fire. Unafraid as ever to push the boundaries but without sacrificing their core sound, classic Protomartyr.

                                      Animal Collective

                                      Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished - 2023 Reissue

                                        Chiming laments for a childhood's end, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished opens with the phrase "want to hear a secret, I know one," suggesting these secrets just might be buried deep within the flocks of high frequencies, electronic glitches, bleeps and swells that follow. The duo's approach is similar to Love's (circa Forever Changes), with Avey Tare's picked acoustic guitar flowing in perfect syncopation with Panda Bear's tumbling drum kit. But the layers of tonal and atonal electronics that fatten the thinner pulse of the songwriter's vision make this album resemble something closer to modern electronic composition. The songs range from speedy patchwork pieces to slower piano melodies, a somehow coherent yet very fragile brand of psychedelic music - their grasp of pop hooks and dynamics being counterbalanced by a love of noise / friction and musical anarchy; their songs wavering on the tightrope between deeply affecting beauty and unrestrained chaos. Whilst the band have gone on to rightfully become one of the most name-dropped and influential groups of the past two decades, this debut effort reminds us of where they came from and remains a truly stunning and unique album.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Spirit They've Vanished (Remastered 2023)
                                        2. April And The Phantom (Remastered 2023)
                                        3. Untitled (Remastered 2023)
                                        4. Penny Dreadfuls (Remastered 2023)
                                        5. Chocolate Girl (Remastered 2023)
                                        6. Everyone Whistling (Remastered 2023)
                                        7. La Rapet (Remastered 2023)
                                        8. Bat You'll Fly (Remastered 2023)
                                        9. Someday I'll Grow To Be As Tall As The Giant (Remastered 2023)
                                        10. Alvin Row (Remastered 2023)

                                        LA Priest

                                        Fase Luna

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

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

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                          Steve Mason

                                          Brothers & Sisters

                                            His most open, honest and vibrant solo record to date, Brothers & Sisters marries the personal and the political but does so in an emotive and uplifting manner. Written against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty, and at a time when those in charge lurched from one disaster to the next mismanagement with increasing regularity, Brothers & Sisters is in fact an incredibly joyous, even spiritual, listen.

                                            With musical contributions from feted Pakistani singer Javed Bashir, British gospel singers Jayando Cole, Keshia Smith, Connie McCall & Adrian Blake and Kaviraj Singh on the santoor it’s a record about bringing people together through art, music and culture.

                                            “To me, this record is a massive ‘Fuck you’ to Brexit,” explains Mason. “And a giant ‘Fuck you’ to anyone that is terrified of immigration because there is nothing that immigration has brought to this country that isn’t to be applauded. Can you imagine what this place would be like without that [immigration]? I mean what would it be like? Cornish pasties and morris dancing?.”

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Andy says: A record which Steve himself calls "a massive Fuck You to Brexit" is actually an incredibly uplifting pop record with some of the best tunes and grooves of his whole career. Inspirational!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Mars Man
                                            2. I’m On My Way
                                            3. No More
                                            4. All Over Again
                                            5. The People Say
                                            6. Let It Go
                                            7. Pieces Of Me
                                            8. Travelling Hard
                                            9. Brixton Fish Fry
                                            10. Upon My Soul
                                            11. Brothers & Sisters

                                            Avey Tare


                                              You remember how it was, don’t you, back in the Spring of 2020? Knowing so little about what any of us should do, so many of us crawled inside our quarters to find new obsessions or indulge the familiar ones, unencumbered by anything else we could do. At home in the woods on the eastern edge of Asheville, N.C., Avey Tare took the latter path, sequestering himself in his small home studio to sort the songs he’d written and recorded with friends in the instantly distant before times—Animal Collective’s Time Skiffs, of course, their astonishing document of communal creativity a quarter-century into the enterprise. He often worked there for 12 hours a day, tweaking mixes alone, save the birds and bears and his girlfriend, Madelyn. By Fall, though, it was done, so what next? How else should Avey now occupy himself in his cozy little room? The answer became 7s, his fourth solo album (and first in four years), an enchanting romp through the playground of his head. He wasn’t, however, going to do it alone.

                                              During the first week of January 2021, Avey began making regular drives to his friend Adam McDaniel’s Drop of Sun Studios to give guts and flesh and color to the skeletal demos he’d made at home. They turned first to “Hey Bog,” a tune Avey had been tinkering with since he wrote it to have new material for a rare live performance years earlier. The inquisitive electronic meditation—all tiny percussive pops and surrealist textures at first—slowly morphs into a gem about surrendering cynicism and accepting the world a bit more readily, the call buttressed by trunk-rattling bass and spectral guitar. It feels like a lifetime map for new possibilities, encapsulated in nine absorbing minutes. The plot for 7s, then, was set: trusting, intuitive, exploratory collaboration among friends, after a Winter without it. These songs are like overstuffed jelly jars, cracking so that the sweetness oozes out into unexpected shapes. Still, the sweetness—that is, Avey’s compulsory hooks—remains at the center, the joy inside these Rorschach blots.

                                              If Animal Collective has forever been defined by its charming inscrutability, Avey surrenders to a new intimacy and candor with 7s. Take “The Musical,” a bouncing ball of rubbery synths and wah-wah guitars that contemplates what draws someone to sound and how turning that calling into a profession can alter the source. “I can hear the mountains singing,” he counters with an audible smile wiped across his face, painting a postcard of his home amid one of the United States’ folk hubs, “and I do believe they could do that forever.” Obligations aside, this is a self-renewing love, he realizes, the source as captivating as it was the first time. “Have you ever felt a thing and known that’s how you felt about it all along?” he ends this guileless love song for everything.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Invisible Darlings
                                              2. Lips At Night
                                              3. The Musical
                                              4. Hey Bog
                                              5. Sweeper’s Grin
                                              6. Neurons
                                              7. Cloud Stop Rest Start

                                              Panda Bear

                                              Person Pitch - 2023 Reissue

                                                Quite simply, this is an astonishing album. Animal Collective member Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox) boldly returns with his third solo record "Person Pitch". Years in the making, "Person Pitch" marks a dramatic departure from Panda Bear's previous solo record "Young Prayer". The acoustic instruments of "Young Prayer" have been replaced with samplers and electronics. Imagine if you will, a stoned out, ethereal collaboration with a young Brian Wilson, Steve Reich, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields and Brian Eno and you might be getting half way near to the aural brilliance on show here. The songs here shimmer along combining dizzying melodies, abstract sounds and off-kilter rhythms, all coated in a super rich surround-sound that mesmerizes the listener into a state of wide-eyed bliss, like a drug induced dream of all the best bits of music from since time began rolled into one album.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Comfy In Nautica
                                                Take Pills
                                                I’m Not
                                                Good Girls / Carrots
                                                Search For Delicious

                                                White Lung


                                                  White Lung’s Premonition is about birth and rebirth. It’s about growing—and growing older—without losing the furious energy of youth. It’s the last album we’ll be getting from one of the best bands to ever do it. 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: White Lung's self-professed last album is a roaring, scathing selection of blasting riffs and deft instrumentation, both reminiscent of 00's hardcore and the more poppy side of the punk spectrum. A perfect closing chapter for a band of singular talent.

                                                  Panda Bear & Sonic Boom


                                                    Although Panda Bear and Sonic Boom are no strangers to each other’s music, Reset marks their first collaborative release. When SB pitched an idea to take their working relationship to the next level, he reckoned PB might reject the proposition outright—in the nine gloriously, feverishly hook-bound tracks of Reset, though, you can hear exactly how much he loved the prospect.

                                                    SB’s notion was simple enough: After lugging his records to Portugal years ago, his fascination was renewed by old favorites and standards he had not heard in years. Something struck him, the way the ornate intros by Eddie Cochran or the Everly Brothers felt largely like stage curtains, compelling in their own right even if they had very little to do with the hits that followed. SB began crafting loops from these preambles, twisting and bending the parts like scrap metal before sending them onto PB.

                                                    The kernel of Reset emerged not long after international lockdowns began. If making it supplied temporary medicine for the duo, it is now permanently so for the rest of us, a reminder that sometimes playing and singing along to old favorites with friends can be enough to make the world feel a bit better.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Darryl says: Noah Lennox AKA Panda Bear and Pete Kember AKA Sonic Boom are longtime collaborators so it seemed only a matter of time before they’d team up together on an album. Reset is a 60s concept record built around intros to rock’n’roll 45s, before being reshaped with harmony overloads, repetitive loops, and psychedelic heavy samples. A perfect sonic melding of their previous bands, Animal Collective and Spacemen 3.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Gettin’ To The Point
                                                    2. Go On
                                                    3. Everyday
                                                    4. Edge Of The Edge
                                                    5. In My Body
                                                    6. Whirlpool
                                                    7. Danger
                                                    8. Livin’ In The After
                                                    9. Everything’s Been Leading To This

                                                    Richard Dawson

                                                    The Ruby Cord

                                                      Pop in your earpiece, close your eyes and embrace the wonders (and horrors) of augmented reality and prepare to travel 500 years into the future as Richard Dawson returns with…The Ruby Cord. These seven tracks plunge us into an unreal, fantastical and at times sinister future where social mores have mutated, ethical and physical boundaries have evaporated; a place where you no longer need to engage with anyone but yourself and your own imagination. It’s a leap into a future that is well within reach, in some cases already here. 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Richard Dawson hits the legendary Domino once again for a new album of wonderfully off-piste songwriting, both wildly inventive and full of stylistic turns that he alone pulls off so seamlessly. I admit that I didn't quite get Dawson's music for a while, but I definitely do now, and this is for my money, his finest work to date.

                                                      Beat Happening

                                                      Dreamy - 2022 Reissue

                                                        Released in tandem with the International Pop Underground festival, 1991 was a very good year on the S.S. Beat Happening. Songs from Dreamy crowd many fan favorite lists and with good reason.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Me Untamed
                                                        2. Left Behind
                                                        3. Hot Chocolate Boy
                                                        4. I’ve Lost You
                                                        5. Cry For A Shadow
                                                        6. Collide
                                                        7.Nancy Sin
                                                        8. Fortune Cookie Prize
                                                        9. Revolution Come And Gone
                                                        10. Red Head Walking

                                                        Beat Happening

                                                        Music To Climb The Apple Tree By - 2022 Reissue

                                                          Pulling together the lion’s share of Beat Happening’s non-LP material not covered by the expanded edition of the debut album, Music To Climb The Apple Tree By collects tracks from the band’s singles and compilation contributions along with their share of the Beat Happening/Screaming Trees EP. Essential ephemera.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Angel Gone
                                                          2. Nancy Sin
                                                          3. Sea Hunt
                                                          4. Look Around
                                                          5. Not A Care In The World
                                                          6. Dreamy
                                                          7. That Girl
                                                          8. Secret Picnic Spot
                                                          9. Zombie Limbo Time
                                                          10. Foggy Eyes
                                                          11. Knock On Any Door
                                                          12. Sea Babies
                                                          13. Tales Of Brave Aphrodite
                                                          14. Polly Pereguinn
                                                          15. I Dig You

                                                          Beat Happening

                                                          Beat Happening - 2022 Reissue

                                                            Here’s where it all began…This expanded double LP version of the “first album” thoroughly (though not completely) documents Beat Happening’s first four years of recorded history.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Foggy Eyes
                                                            A2. Bad Seeds
                                                            A3. I Let Him Get To Me
                                                            A4. I Spy
                                                            A5. Run Down The Stairs
                                                            A6. In Love With You Thing
                                                            A7. I Love You
                                                            A8. Down At The Sea
                                                            A9. Our Secret
                                                            A10. What’s Important
                                                            A11. Fourteen
                                                            A12. Bad Seeds (live)
                                                            B1. Run Down The Stairs
                                                            B2. In My Memory
                                                            B3. Honey Pot
                                                            B4. The Fall
                                                            B5. Youth
                                                            B6. Don’t Mix The Colors
                                                            B7. Christmas
                                                            B8. Fourteen
                                                            B9. Let’s Kiss
                                                            B10. 1, 2, 3
                                                            B11. Look Around
                                                            B12. I Love You (demo)

                                                            Beat Happening

                                                            Jamboree - 2022 Reissue

                                                              Jamboree contains America’s accidental entry into the 1988 Eurovision contest, “Indian Summer.” Beat Happening lost to a then-unknown Céline Dion.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Bewitched
                                                              2. In Between
                                                              3. Indian Summer
                                                              4. Hangman
                                                              5. Jamboree
                                                              6. Ask Me
                                                              7. Crashing Through
                                                              8. Cat Walk
                                                              9. Drive Car Girl
                                                              10. Midnight A Go-Go
                                                              11. The This Many Boyfriends Club

                                                              Arctic Monkeys

                                                              The Car

                                                                The Car is the seventh studio album from Arctic Monkeys. Featuring ten new songs written by Alex Turner, produced by James Ford and recorded at Butley Priory, Suffolk, La Frette, Paris and RAK Studios, London.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Liam says: Making the descent back to Earth after their stay at the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Arctic Monkeys continue where they left off with album number seven. From stunning string-led ballads ("There'd Better Be A Mirrorball", "Big Ideas"), to late night funk ("Hello You", "Jet Skis On The Moat"), "The Car" proceeds with Arctic's evolution with lavish and exquisite results.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                SIDE A
                                                                1. There'd Better Be A Mirrorball
                                                                2. I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am
                                                                3. Sculptures Of Anything Goes
                                                                4. Jet Skis On The Moat
                                                                5. Body Paint

                                                                SIDE B
                                                                6. The Car
                                                                7. Big Ideas
                                                                8. Hello You
                                                                9. Mr Schwartz
                                                                10. Perfect Sense


                                                                Anywhere But Here

                                                                  London once again features as a prominent character on Sorry’s second studio album, Anywhere But Here.

                                                                  "If our first version of London in 925 was innocent and fresh-faced, then this is rougher around the edges. It's a much more haggard place," Louis says.

                                                                  Earwigged conversations, text messages, snatched speech recorded underground; the city’s discarded words fed into the lyrics which map the experience of urban life on a young and frustrated generation. Produced alongside Portishead’s Adrian Utley in Bristol, the result is an angular, acerbic, bittersweet triumph.

                                                                  Alex G

                                                                  God Save The Animals

                                                                    “God” figures in the new album from Philadelphia, PA based Alex Giannascoli's LP’s title, its first song, and multiple of its thirteen tracks thereafter, not as a concrete religious entity but as a sign for a generalized sense of faith (in something, anything) that fortifies Giannascoli, or the characters he voices, amid the songs’ often fraught situations.

                                                                    Beyond the ambient inspiration of pop, Giannascoli has been drawn in recent years to artists who balance the public and hermetic, the oblique and the intimate, and who present faith more as a shared social language than religious doctrine.

                                                                    As with his previous records, Giannascoli wrote and demoed these songs by himself, at home; but, for the sake of both new tones and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” he asked some half-dozen engineers to help him produce the “best” recording quality, whatever that meant. The result is an album more dynamic than ever in its sonic palette.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. After All
                                                                    2. Runner
                                                                    3. Mission
                                                                    4. S.D.O.S.
                                                                    5. No Bitterness
                                                                    6. Ain’t It Easy
                                                                    7. Cross The Sea
                                                                    8. Blessing
                                                                    9. Early Morning Waiting
                                                                    10. Immunity
                                                                    11. Headroom Piano
                                                                    12. Miracles
                                                                    13. Forgive


                                                                    Let The Lights On

                                                                      Sorry’s blistering new single, ‘Let The Lights On’, on 7”, backed by earworm b-side ‘I Tried 4 U 2’.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Let The Lights On
                                                                      I Tried 4 U 2

                                                                      Hot Chip

                                                                      Freakout / Release

                                                                        Freakout/Release is another dizzying high in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. And while they continue to operate at peak form, the album also feels like a new chapter for the group—a collection of flesh-and-blood songs that finds the band reaching into the darkness to emerge as a true creative unit, their gazes fixed positively on the future ahead. The album features Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, British DJ & musician Lou Hayter & production work from Soulwax.

                                                                        Max Tundra

                                                                        Mastered By Guy At The Exchange - 2022 Reissue

                                                                          Max Tundra, aka Ben Jacobs, announces the reissue of his first three studio albums: the uncategorisable 2000 debut ‘Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be’, 2002’s breakthrough ‘Mastered by Guy at The Exchange’, and the 2008 masterwork ‘Parallax Error Beheads You’. Available to independent retailers on coloured vinyl.

                                                                          Ben is one of the most influential artists of popular music right now. The hyperpop pioneer has collaborated with the likes of Arca, Daphne & Celeste and A.G. Cook.The natural musical predecessor to the likes of PC Music, Jacobs also boasts a remix roster which includes Pet Shop Boys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand. The reissues’ announcement went down wonderfully, with pick-up in Pitchfork, The Line of Best Fit and other key media outlets, as well as social support from Danny LHarle, Shygirl, Arca, A.G. Cook, Colin Self and Caroline Polachek.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Merman
                                                                          A2. Mbgate
                                                                          A3. Lysine
                                                                          A4. Fuerte
                                                                          A5. Pocket
                                                                          A6. Cabasa
                                                                          B1. 61over
                                                                          B2. Lights
                                                                          B3. Hilted
                                                                          B4. Acorns
                                                                          B5. Gondry
                                                                          B6. Labial

                                                                          Max Tundra

                                                                          Parallax Error Beheads You - 2022 Reissue

                                                                            Max Tundra, aka Ben Jacobs, announces the reissue of his first three studio albums: the uncategorisable 2000 debut ‘Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be’, 2002’s breakthrough ‘Mastered by Guy at The Exchange’, and the 2008 masterwork ‘Parallax Error Beheads You’. Available to independent retailers on coloured vinyl.

                                                                            Ben is one of the most influential artists of popular music right now. The hyperpoppioneer has collaborated with the likes of Arca, Daphne & Celeste and A.G. Cook.The natural musical predecessor to the likes of PC Music, Jacobs also boasts aremix roster which includes Pet Shop Boys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand. The reissues’ announcement went down wonderfully, with pick-up in Pitchfork, TheLine of Best Fit and other key media outlets, as well as social support from Danny LHarle, Shygirl, Arca, A.G. Cook, Colin Self and Caroline Polachek.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Gum Chimes
                                                                            A2. Will Get Fooled Again
                                                                            A3. Which Song
                                                                            A4. My Night Out
                                                                            A5. Orphaned
                                                                            A6. Nord Lead Three
                                                                            B1. The Entertainment
                                                                            B2. Number Our Days
                                                                            B3. Glycaemic Index Blues
                                                                            B4. Until We Die

                                                                            Max Tundra

                                                                            Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be - 2022 Reissue

                                                                              Max Tundra, aka Ben Jacobs, announces the reissue of his first three studio albums: the uncategorisable 2000 debut ‘Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be’, 2002’s breakthrough ‘Mastered by Guy at The Exchange’, and the 2008 masterwork ‘Parallax Error Beheads You’. Available to independent retailers on coloured vinyl.

                                                                              Ben is one of the most influential artists of popular music right now. The hyperpoppioneer has collaborated with the likes of Arca, Daphne & Celeste and A.G. Cook.The natural musical predecessor to the likes of PC Music, Jacobs also boasts aremix roster which includes Pet Shop Boys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand. The reissues’ announcement went down wonderfully, with pick-up in Pitchfork, TheLine of Best Fit and other key media outlets, as well as social support from Danny LHarle, Shygirl, Arca, A.G. Cook, Colin Self and Caroline Polachek.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Cakes
                                                                              A2. Lamplite On A One Horse Shoe
                                                                              A3. Ah, There's Deek Now Let's Ask Him
                                                                              A4. Lausanne
                                                                              A5. Tuli, A Plain Ride From Canvas
                                                                              A6. Bill Sholem Quintette
                                                                              A7. Ink Me
                                                                              B1. The Salation
                                                                              B2. Sussi Kuku
                                                                              B3. 6161
                                                                              B4. Carbon Cones


                                                                              There's So Many People That Want To Be Loved

                                                                                A brand-new 7” from Sorry, featuring new single “There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved” backed by b-side “15’4”.

                                                                                DC Gore

                                                                                All These Things

                                                                                  As inspired by the unvarnished portraiture of Martin Parr as he is Ballardian grotesquerie - and by the seedy witticisms of Jarvis Cocker and arch art-pop commentary of Neil Tennant, Gore’s music sits proudly within a rich tradition of distinctively British disrupters. Skewering notions of national identity with a vivid mix of pin-sharp satire in an expansive palette of synthesising new wave art-rock, Gore effortlessly creates songs that are as ingeniously calculated as they are dance-inducing.


                                                                                  World Wide Pop

                                                                                    When the first Superorganism music surfaced in 2017, the group’s in-your-face aesthetic — a post-everything mishmash of psychedelic indie pop and fizzy, funky electronica — quickly began to resonate with the likes of Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, Jehnny Beth, Gorillaz as well as finding them legions of fans across the world.

                                                                                    World Wide Pop is their first new music since 2018’s self-titled debut.

                                                                                    Superorganism have mutated and are now based around the core of Orono, Harry, Tucan, B and Soul but World Wide Pop also brings in an international set of collaborators including Stephen Malkmus, CHAI, Pi Ja Ma, Dylan Cartlidge as well as legendary musician and actor Gen Hoshino.

                                                                                    Blasting back with thirteen tracks that strike a balance between artifice and earnestness, between sci-fi silliness and existential intensity, World Wide Pop is a showcase for Superorganism’s newly deepened understanding of each other’s interests and impulses, the kind of creative convergence you’d expect when online friends start spending time together IRL (their debut was completed before the whole band had ever been in the same room at the same time).

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Barry says: 'Something For Your MIND' will forever be cemented in my memory, and it's a pleasure to say that their newest outing retains all of the catchy charm and pristine electronic stomp of that single and the following LP. With a whole host of collaborators pitching in too, it's another statement of their singular intention and more evidence of their synth-pop legends status.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Black Hole Baby
                                                                                    2. World Wide Pop
                                                                                    3. On & On
                                                                                    4. Teenager (feat. CHAI & Pi Ja Ma)
                                                                                    5. It’s Raining (feat. Stephen Malkmus & Dylan Cartlidge
                                                                                    6. Flying
                                                                                    7. Solar System (feat. CHAI & Boa Constrictors
                                                                                    8. Into The Sun (feat. Gen Hoshino, Stephen Malkmus & Pi Ja Ma)
                                                                                    9. Put Down Your Phone
                                                                                    11. Oh Come On
                                                                                    12. Don’t Let The Colony Collapse
                                                                                    13. Everything Falls Apart

                                                                                    Martin Courtney

                                                                                    Magic Sign

                                                                                      When Martin Courtney was a teenager, he knew how to get lost. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, there’s Martin, loaded into a car with friends. They’re navigating the suburban sprawl of New Jersey with no destination in mind. He and his friends would “get thoroughly confused and look for familiar green signs with arrows pointing to towns we’d heard of. We’d call them ‘magic signs,’” he says.

                                                                                      That’s the thing about magic: when you go looking for it, you start to see it everywhere. And you can hear it twinklingly throughout the ten songs on Magic Sign, the second solo album written, performed, & produced by the Real Estate songwriter. The album was recorded, mixed & co-produced by Rob Schnapf. Additional performers include Matt Barrick, Oliver Hill, Kacey Johansing, and Tim Ramsey

                                                                                      My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                      Isn't Anything - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                        My Bloody Valentine, the quartet of Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields, Deb Googe and Colm Ó Cíosóig, are widely revered as one of the most ground-breaking and influential groups of the past forty years. During an era in which guitar bands denoted, at best, a retro-classicism, not only did my bloody valentine sound unlike any of their contemporaries, the band achieved the rare feat of sounding like the future.

                                                                                        With their debut album, ‘isn’t anything’ (originally released in 1988), my bloody valentine revolutionised alternative music and heralded a new approach to guitar music for generations to come. The album birthed a sound which became a template for thousands of new subgenres, heralding a new approach to guitar music and studio production. Not only was it a new type of music, it paved the way for a new type of journalism; inciting comparisons to elemental phenomenon, tapping into how the music affected the psyche.

                                                                                        Shields and Butcher frequently sang in a similar vocal range that allowed their voices to blend together. This had the effect of making their gender indistinguishable, to the point where their voices could be used as another melodic layer to complement the vertigo-inducing sounds made by Shields’ guitars. It is a record characterised by the ominous sense of space that inhabits many of its songs, which veered between the harried and propulsive, to the subdued and eerie.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Soft As Snow (but Warm inside)
                                                                                        Lose My Breath
                                                                                        Cupid Come
                                                                                        (when You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
                                                                                        No More Sorry
                                                                                        All I Need
                                                                                        Feed Me With Your Kiss
                                                                                        Several Girls Galore
                                                                                        You Never Should
                                                                                        Nothing Much To Lose
                                                                                        I Can See It (but I Can’t Feel it)


                                                                                        Love Is Yours

                                                                                          ‘Love Is Yours’, the new album from Flasher, out on Domino, steps up the ambition and reaches for the horizon.

                                                                                          The new record is ablaze with mood, melody, and carefully threaded hooks, finding the band foregrounding the pop sensibilities that had always been present in their previous releases. It retains the attitude that was fundamental to the band’s DIY roots, but cuts loose a touch of the angst.

                                                                                          Though the songs process disillusionment and loss, the music evokes warmth and optimism. It is their best record and also their most generous.

                                                                                          Now a duo, guitarist Mulitz and drummer Emma Baker had to reimagine Flasher’s voice. ‘Love Is Yours’ was recorded in Washington, D.C. with long-time friend Owen Wuerker. Rather than binding the duo to its past - to geography, old habits, or trusted sounds - the familiar environment proved liberating. Working out of Wuerker’s well-appointed homestudio allowed inspiration to arrive off deadline. With no shows in sight, Flasher could relax on presenting as a ‘rock’ band.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          I Saw You
                                                                                          Love Is Yours
                                                                                          Little Things
                                                                                          Spell It Out
                                                                                          Still Life
                                                                                          All Day Long
                                                                                          I'm Better
                                                                                          Dial Up

                                                                                          The Range


                                                                                            On Mercury, Hinton builds on the techniques he established on his critically acclaimed 2016 LP Potential, seeking to create human connection in the Internet age through sampling vocalists from the corners of YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope. “I feel like I can find ways to express myself in ways that I’m too shy or unable to do in the real world,” Hinton says of the process. Mercury is moody, transportive, and undeniably rave-infused, and although it is indebted to IDM mainstays and grime pioneers, the album finds Hinton pushing himself outside the constraints of any one specific genre.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Bicameral
                                                                                            2. 1995
                                                                                            3. Urethane
                                                                                            4. Ricercar
                                                                                            5. Not For Me
                                                                                            6. Relegate
                                                                                            7. A Tree Day
                                                                                            8. Balm
                                                                                            9. Cantor
                                                                                            10. Every Good Thing
                                                                                            11. Violet

                                                                                            The Kills

                                                                                            No Wow - The Tchad Blake Mix 2022

                                                                                            On their seminal second album, No Wow, The Kills established the ethos that would set the tone for their expansive career - capture the rawest emotions and sounds, and then push them to the furthest possible edge.

                                                                                            The band is celebrating No Wow’s 15-year anniversary with a deluxe reissue featuring a fresh new mix by the multiple grammy award-winning Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys) that brings new life to the 11 vivid tracks.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: A superb new mix of this seminal Kills LP from 2015 sees legendary deskman Tchad Blake give the raucous percussion and grinding overdrive room to breathe below Mosshart's legendary vocal fire. A wonderful album, and an essential purchase for those of you unaware of the power it holds. Superb.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. No Wow/Telephone Radio Germany
                                                                                            2. Love Is A Deserter
                                                                                            3. Dead Road 7
                                                                                            4. The Good Ones
                                                                                            5. I Hate The Way You Love
                                                                                            6. I Hate The Way You Love, Pt. 2
                                                                                            7. At The Back Of The Shell
                                                                                            8. Sweet Cloud
                                                                                            9. Rodeo Town
                                                                                            10. Murdermile
                                                                                            11. Ticket Man

                                                                                            My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                            Loveless - 2022 Repress

                                                                                              The second my bloody valentine album, ‘loveless’, was released in 1991. Musically, it took an unexpected leap forwards, standing ahead of anything released at the time. Shields and the band moved further towards a music of pure sensation, creating textures and tones that could be felt as much as heard; with ‘loveless’ the band created an album that overwhelmed the senses. ‘loveless’ is widely considered a flawless whole and rightly regarded as a masterpiece; a 1990s equivalent to ‘Pet Sounds’, ‘In A Silent Way’ or ‘Innervisions’, a record constructed by exploring the edges of what a recording studio is capable of. It is a record best experienced as a whole, in one sitting - a listening experience like no other and unmatchable in its sonic brevity.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Only Shallow
                                                                                              To Here Knows When
                                                                                              When You Sleep
                                                                                              I Only Said
                                                                                              Come In Alone
                                                                                              Blown A Wish
                                                                                              What You Want

                                                                                              Wet Leg

                                                                                              Wet Leg

                                                                                                Debut LP from college buddies Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers who’s rapid ascent has seen them go from playing a handful of gigs pre-lockdown, to being name checked by Iggy Pop and ranked No. 2 in the BBC’s Sound Of 2022.

                                                                                                Surely everyone has heard their debut single Chaise Longue by now? It catapulted this Isle Of Wight duo into our consciousness during lock down and was followed by a handful of smart, hook filled pop songs that have made this LP one of the most anticipated debuts of the year. And it doesn’t disappoint!

                                                                                                Their half sung half spoken vocals deliver witty, brazen takes on navigating the ups and downs of modern life. There’s a definite nod to the 90s their sound: Angelica’s dead pan vocals and meandering bass bring to mind Elastica while Being In Love recalls the bitter sweet, dreamy pop of Lush and there’s a smattering of The Breeders in their more up beat songs. Combining this love of 90s indie-pop with a playful, anything goes attitude, they’ve created one of the most exciting debuts of the year.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                1 Being In Love
                                                                                                2 Chaise Longue (Vinyl Version)
                                                                                                3 Angelica
                                                                                                4 I Don't Wanna Go Out
                                                                                                5 Wet Dream
                                                                                                6 Convincing

                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                1 Loving You
                                                                                                2 Ur Mum
                                                                                                3 Oh No
                                                                                                4 Piece Of Shit
                                                                                                5 Supermarket
                                                                                                6 Too Late Now

                                                                                                Music for Psychedelic Therapy is Hopkins’ first full-length since sister albums, the GRAMMY-nominated Singularity (2018) and Immunity (2013). For this collection, Hopkins wanted to make something that faced the opposite direction, something egoless and introspective, made with total, raw honesty. “It felt like time for a reset, to wait for music to appear from a different place,” says Hopkins. That place ended up being Tayos Caves in Ecuador, where Hopkins went on a life-changing creative expedition in 2018.

                                                                                                “‘Sit Around The Fire’ exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this thing (Music For Psychedelic Therapy) into being,” comments Hopkins. “I was contacted by East Forest, who had spent some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii before he passed. He was given access to several lesser-heard talks from the 70s, and asked to set them to music. He sent me some starting points, including the beautiful choral vocals he recorded which open the piece. I put my headphones on and with Ram Dass’ voice inside my head, I sat at the piano and improvised. What you hear is the first thing that came out - it just appeared in response to the words.”

                                                                                                Hopkins elaborates on Music For Psychedelic Therapy: “What grew from this experience is an album with no beats, not one drum sound, something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance / electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. Maybe something far more emotionally honest than I had been comfortable making before - a merging of music, nature and my own desire to heal.  The freedom from traditional rhythmic structures unlocked so much - it felt like I was free to explore a new form of rhythm, one that you discover when you just allow things to flow without letting yourself get in the way. 

                                                                                                “Music For Psychedelic Therapy is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three. For me it’s a place as much as it is a sound. It works for the sober mind, but takes on a new dimension entirely when brought into a psychedelic ceremony. In my own psychedelic explorations testing this music, I found a quote I had read would keep coming to mind. ‘Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music.’ I love this idea of music as something you inhabit, something that works on you energetically. In fact, it was while in that state that the title appeared to me. Psychedelic-assisted therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music; the music is as important as the medicine.”

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: Jon Hopkins presents a beautiful suite showing the other side to his more electronic / experimental excursions from his superb last few studio LP's. Here we get a brittle, all-encompassing selection of beautiful lysergic pads and shimmering, twinkling ambience.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                2. Tayos Caves, Ecuador I
                                                                                                3. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Ii
                                                                                                4. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Iii
                                                                                                5. Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves
                                                                                                6. Deep In The Glowing Heart
                                                                                                7. Ascending, Dawn Sky
                                                                                                8. Arriving
                                                                                                9. Sit Around The Fire (with Ram Dass, East Forest) 

                                                                                                Franz Ferdinand

                                                                                                Hits To The Head

                                                                                                  Franz Ferdinand have announced details of Hits To The Head, a 20-track greatest hits collection showcasing the world-conquering success of the band’s career to date. Released on Friday March 11th 2022 on Domino, Hits To The Head also features two brand-new tracks Billy Goodbye and Curious, produced by Alex Kapranos, Julian Corrie and Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys).

                                                                                                  Armed with an astute sense of what constitutes the ‘classic pop song’ (famously proclaiming that they write music ‘to make girls dance to’) the music of Franz Ferdinand continues to resonate globally and over the course of nearly two decades they’ve become, commercially and critically, one of the biggest UK bands in the world, selling over 10 million albums, 1.2 billion streams to date, 14 platinum albums, winning Brit, Ivor Novello + Mercury Prize awards, Grammy nominations and selling 6 million tickets for their incendiary live show worldwide.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  01 Darts Of Pleasure
                                                                                                  02 Take Me Out
                                                                                                  03 The Dark Of The Matinée
                                                                                                  04 Michael
                                                                                                  05 This Fire
                                                                                                  06 Do You Want To
                                                                                                  07 Walk Away
                                                                                                  08 The Fallen
                                                                                                  09 Outsiders
                                                                                                  10 Lucid Dreams
                                                                                                  11 Ulysses
                                                                                                  12 No You Girls
                                                                                                  13 Right Action
                                                                                                  14 Evil Eye
                                                                                                  15 Love Illumination
                                                                                                  16 Stand On The Horizon
                                                                                                  17 Always Ascending
                                                                                                  18 Glimpse Of Love
                                                                                                  19 Curious
                                                                                                  20 Billy Goodbye 



                                                                                                    Squeeze, the second full length from SASAMI, surveys the raw aggression of nu-metal, tender plainspokeness of country-pop and folk rock, and dramatic romanticism of classical music.

                                                                                                    Animal Collective

                                                                                                    Time Skiffs

                                                                                                      Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective nearing 20, still in search of what’s next.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Dragon Slayer
                                                                                                      2. Car Keys
                                                                                                      3. Prester John
                                                                                                      4. Strung With Everything
                                                                                                      5. Walker
                                                                                                      6. Cherokee
                                                                                                      7. Passer-by
                                                                                                      8. We Go Back
                                                                                                      9. Royal And Desire

                                                                                                      Cat Power


                                                                                                        Cat Power returns with Covers, Chan Marshall’s third album of her celebrated reinterpretations of songs by classic and contemporary artists including Lana Del Ray, Nick Cave, Frank Ocean & The Pogues.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: A beautiful new album from Cat Power, comprising of (you guessed it), her versions of some well-known (and some less well-known) cover versions. It's a beguiling affair throughout, the majority of which are solemn but beautiful, with the odd curveball thrown in there for good measure. Typically well done, and quintessentially Cat Power.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1 Bad Religion
                                                                                                        2 Unhate
                                                                                                        3 Pa Pa Power
                                                                                                        4 White Mustang
                                                                                                        5 A Pair Of Brown Eyes
                                                                                                        6 Against The Wind
                                                                                                        7 Endless Sea
                                                                                                        8 These Days
                                                                                                        9 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
                                                                                                        10 I Had A Dream Joe
                                                                                                        11 Here Comes A Regular
                                                                                                        12 I'll Be Seeing You

                                                                                                        Richard Dawson & Circle


                                                                                                          Richard Dawson is the diminutive Geordie troubadour whose moving songs have been described as state-of-the-nation addresses, even — or perhaps especially — when he’s singing about pre-medieval peasants. Circle are the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, known for wearing spandex or dead fish onstage and singing in a made-up language.

                                                                                                          Together they are… Richard Dawson & Circle! Today, we are pleased to announce news of their collaborative album Henki, due November 26th via Weird World. Their epic joint record might seem a departure to those who are most familiar with Dawson from recent solo albums like 2017’s Peasant and 2020 (released in 2019). In fact, Henki fits comfortably into the bigger picture of two acts who have always strived for uninhibited originality.

                                                                                                          Dawson explains the album’s title: “The word 'henki' roughly translates as 'spirit'. It's a very rich word, supple in its meaning in the same way as the Geordie 'canny'; difficult to pin down.” True to its name, while Henki is influenced, in part by heavy-metal bands, it does not sound like any metal album you will have heard before. For one thing, few metal albums are filled with songs about plants. Inspired by Circle’s guitarist Janne Westerlund instructing the group during recording to be less straightforward and more “like a plant”, each of Henki’s seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history.

                                                                                                          As mutual fans of each other, Circle and Dawson originally hit off it via Twitter, which led to Dawson being invited to accompany Circle for their set at Helsinki’s Sideways Festival in 2019. Dawson recalls the moment: “It was like being a teenager and suddenly being asked to go onstage with Iron Maiden. That’s how important this band are to me”. Having pulled that off, they started exchanging demos before they finally got in a room together to set off on their journey proper. Most of the recording took place in Pori - a fine jewel of a city on Finland's balmy west coast - across several visits, the last being in late January 2020 just as Covid-19 first reached Europe. From there they had to finish Henki remotely - via waves of pure thought beamed across the dark dividing oceans betwixt them, and email.

                                                                                                          Easily the greatest flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record you’ll hear this year, Henki adds an electrifying new chapter to the remarkable story of each act, and marks the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Circle, described as "the world’s greatest band - in every category” are Pekka Jääskeläinen (guitar), Julius Jääskeläinen (guitar), Jussi Lehtisalo (bass, voice), Mika Rättö (keyboard, voice), Tomi Leppänen (drums) and Janne Westerlund (guitar, voice). Richard Dawson plays guitar and vocals. Henki was mixed by Antti Uusimäki and mastered by Christian Wright.

                                                                                                          Hard Feelings

                                                                                                          Hard Feelings

                                                                                                            HARD FEELINGS is the new collaborative project between Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Amy Douglas. For all intents and purposes, ‘HARD FEELINGS’, the self-titled debut album released on Domino Recordings, is “an opera of sad bangers.” Loosely conceptual without being a full concept album, the material is the ultimate immersive cinematic experience for your feet and ears, seated fluidly at the intersections of New Wave and Synthpop-inspired Pop Music and full on Dance majesty.

                                                                                                            New York City’s Amy Douglas has made her reputation across the worlds of house and disco with her distinctive voice and stellar songwriting ability. She has worked with such artists as Luke Solomon, The Crooked Man and Horse Meat Disco, and she wrote ‘Something More’ for Roisin Murphy on her recent album ‘Roisin Machine’.

                                                                                                            Joe Goddard is also synonymous with the electronic music world, widely-known in the front ranks of British producers, creating a sounds from across his panoramic musical life, from house, techno and disco to UK garage, R&B and electro-pop. Joe forms one fifth of the UK electronic-pop powerhouse Hot Chip whilst, alongside Raf Rundell, he is one half of The 2 Bears.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Love Scenes
                                                                                                            Running Out Of Time
                                                                                                            You Always Know
                                                                                                            Take You Down
                                                                                                            About Us
                                                                                                            Holding On Too Long
                                                                                                            Sister Infinity

                                                                                                            Hayden Thorpe

                                                                                                            Moondust For My Diamond

                                                                                                              In contrast to Diviner, a record that very much favoured the inner world, Moondust For My Diamound sees Hayden Thorpe moving into a more natural visual and sonic palette, gazing outward on the world. Produced by Richard Formby and Nathan Jenkins (Bullion), Thorpe has made an album that is galvanising, reassuring, elegant, seductive: it oozes Big Cosmic Energy.

                                                                                                              Avey Tare

                                                                                                              Down There

                                                                                                                ‘Down There’ is the debut solo album from Animal Collective member Avey Tare.

                                                                                                                Recorded in 2010 at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York, with fellow Animal Collective band member Deakin.

                                                                                                                ‘Down There’ is a world of nine songs from Avey Tare. His first official solo full length carries you through a murky world of sound, an alien death world of soul grooves that is both honest and otherworldly.

                                                                                                                Take a ride on this haunted boat and let yourself be guided through deep sloshy rhythms, waterlogged bass and moonlit breaks in the canopy that reveal a crisp crystalline pop buzz.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Laughing Hieroglyphic
                                                                                                                3 Umbrellas
                                                                                                                Oliver Twist
                                                                                                                Glass Bottom Boat
                                                                                                                Ghost Of Books
                                                                                                                Heads Hammock
                                                                                                                Heather In The Hospital
                                                                                                                Lucky 1

                                                                                                                Matthew E. White

                                                                                                                K Bay

                                                                                                                  The LP was produced by White and recorded between his beloved Kensington Avenue home studio (and album namesake) K Bay, Richmond’s Montrose Recording and his own local institution, Spacebomb Studio. K Bay finds the singer/songwriter, bandleader, and musical polymath expanding every facet of his creative process and harnessing the full power of his community, culminating in the best record of his career.

                                                                                                                  "For me, one of the most exciting production techniques from this record was this idea where I’d record the song twice,” explains White of K Bay and “Genuine Hesitation.” “First, in a more traditional, band-in-the-room, work out the parts and sounds, nail it, kind of way. Secondly, I would distill the concept of the song one way or another into an instrumental composition. I had a much larger band (based off of Miles Davis’s On The Corner bands) play this kind of new-music/improvisational piece at the same tempo as I had recorded the first, more ‘normal’ take. The goal was to be able to cut across between the two pieces, and/or layer them and have them fit together in wild ways. To a large degree it worked, which was pretty exciting for me. The intro to ‘Genuine Hesitation’ is an excerpt from the much longer improvisation based instrumental."

                                                                                                                  K Bay, White’s first solo album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative artists. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, the product of a musical mind that has internalized the lessons of his idols and used them to build a brilliant world of his own.

                                                                                                                  After his solo introduction Big Inner became a surprise hit and his 2015 debut for Domino, Fresh Blood, ascended him to late night TV performances and further critical acclaim, career demands nearly overwhelmed White. His record label/studio Spacebomb, for instance, ballooned into a bevy of obligations and expectations. White followed Fresh Blood with 2017’s Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, a set of duets with Flo Morrissey, and continued to produce records for the likes of Natalie Prass, Bedouine, and more—doubtless privileges that sometimes crowded out his ability to work on his own music. So he began building K Bay, a home studio where he could sequester himself with his thoughts. Newly married and starting to talk about children as he inched toward 40, White funneled a lifetime of experiences, enthusiasms, and obsessions into these new songs.

                                                                                                                  More than love, romance, or self-reliance, this is the animating ideal of K Bay—that we can forever strive for something better, no matter how flawed or blessed we have already been. A decade ago, Matthew E. White made a classic beauty no one expected; on K Bay, he has made a masterpiece by harnessing what he’s learned from that community and life itself in entirely unexpected, electrifying, and reaffirming ways

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Barry says: K Bay is by far White's most texturally interesting and conceptually exciting outing yet, and sees White heading more towards the sort of neon-lit futuristic synthpop that his technically minded production sensibilities are perfect for. It's swimming in groove and constantly confounding expectation while remaining resolutely melodic and typically inventive.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Genuine Hesitation
                                                                                                                  2. Electric
                                                                                                                  3. Nested
                                                                                                                  4. Take Your Time (And Find That Orange To Squeeze)
                                                                                                                  5. Let’s Ball
                                                                                                                  6. Fell Like An Ax
                                                                                                                  7. Only In America / When The Curtains Of The Night Are Peeled Back - Feat. Joseph “JoJo” Clarke
                                                                                                                  8. Never Had It Better
                                                                                                                  9. Judy
                                                                                                                  10. Shine A Light For Me
                                                                                                                  11. Hedged In Darkness

                                                                                                                  Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy


                                                                                                                    Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                                                                                                                    The songs that make up Superwolves, the duo’s second album and first since 2005’s Superwolf, go boldly into undreamed-of places, and go deep, as Matt and Bonny take all the musics they know to make songs that penetrate. In classic Garcia-Hunter style, Sweeney and the ‘Prince’ first work separately, finding a path to each other in their solitary imaginings. Bonnie lyric sets delivered to Matt spark Sweeney’s guitar brain; chords and a melody are shaped, recorded fast and loose and sent back to the Prince, then the two parties meet up to sing, stitch, strengthen and finally perform them together in front of a small unsuspecting audience. Then new sets of lyrics are sent, animated and played in a high wire style until the shared songs and experiences are ready to commit to record. This is just the beginning of their fusion process, as words imply vocalizations to counter and support, and guitar lines suggest harmonic fields to subtly push into. In this process, a new creature grows out of the old one. In this name of this partnership, the guitar shares an open and fluid space with the vocals, the voices sing with the guitars—every moment in the life of Superwolves is an extravaganza, guided only by its need.

                                                                                                                    “The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance. We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.” — Will Oldham

                                                                                                                    “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing. Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.” — Matt Sweeney

                                                                                                                    As far as this record, as in when and how it came together, the two man crew started working on it five years ago. The first actual session, however, went down about a year ago at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather and the next took place at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Sweeney oversaw the mixing of the Brooklyn sessions with Oldham overseeing the Nashville mixes. On the album, Sweeney sings harmonies along, with, and around his favorite singer, and plays all electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, joined in places by David Ferguson on stand-up bass, Mike Coltun on electric bass, Mdou Moctar on electric lead, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar, Souleyman Ibrahim, Ryan Sawyer and Peter Townsend on drums and Mike Rojas on keys. The Bonnie ‘Prince’ sings. Does he ever. And Superwolves rules over all.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: This is a perfect collaborative effort from Sweeney & Oldham here, offsetting BPB's sometimes saccharine vocal style with Sweeney's brilliantly dynamic guitar playing. There are moments of stunning minimalistic bliss ('Resist The Urge') or more psychedelic grooving force ('Hall Of Death') but this is a constantly confounding and rewarding listen.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Make Worry For Me
                                                                                                                    2. Good To My Girls
                                                                                                                    3. God Is Waiting
                                                                                                                    4. Hall Of Death
                                                                                                                    5. Shorty’s Ark
                                                                                                                    6. I Am A Youth Inclined To Ramble
                                                                                                                    7. My Popsicle
                                                                                                                    8. Watch What Happens
                                                                                                                    9. Resist The Urge
                                                                                                                    10. There Must Be A Someone
                                                                                                                    11. My Blue Suit
                                                                                                                    12. My Body Is My Own
                                                                                                                    13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
                                                                                                                    14. Not Fooling

                                                                                                                    Animal Collective

                                                                                                                    Feels - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                      ‘Feels’ is Animal Collective’s sixth studio album, originally released in 2008. The album features all four band members - Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist and Panda Bear.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Did You See The Words
                                                                                                                      Flesh Canoe
                                                                                                                      The Purple Bottle
                                                                                                                      Banshee Beat
                                                                                                                      Daffy Duck
                                                                                                                      Loch Raven
                                                                                                                      Turn Into Something

                                                                                                                      Animal Collective

                                                                                                                      Sung Tongs - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                        ‘Sung Tongs’ is the band's fifth studio album. Originally released in 2005, the album features Avey Tare and Panda Bear.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Leaf House
                                                                                                                        Who Could Win A Rabbit
                                                                                                                        The Softest Voice
                                                                                                                        Winters Love
                                                                                                                        Kids On Holiday
                                                                                                                        Sweet Road
                                                                                                                        Visiting Friends
                                                                                                                        We Tigers
                                                                                                                        Mouth Wooed Her
                                                                                                                        Good Lovin Outside
                                                                                                                        Whaddit I Done

                                                                                                                        My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                                        EP's 1988-1991 And Rare Tracks - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                          EPs 1988-1991 And Rare Tracks compiles the group’s four EPs, wherein many of their devoted fans’ favourite music lies. You Made Me Realise and Feed Me With Your Kiss both preceded the band’s debut album in 1988 in quick succession. In the gap between Isn’t Anything and loveless, the band released two further EPs; Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991).

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. You Made Me Realise
                                                                                                                          2. Slow
                                                                                                                          3. Thorn
                                                                                                                          4. Cigarette In Your Bed
                                                                                                                          5. Drive It All Over Me
                                                                                                                          6. Feed Me With Your Kiss
                                                                                                                          7. I Believe
                                                                                                                          8. Emptiness Inside
                                                                                                                          9. I Need No Trust
                                                                                                                          10. Soon
                                                                                                                          11. Glider
                                                                                                                          12. Don’t Ask Why
                                                                                                                          13. Off Your Face

                                                                                                                          1. To Here Knows When
                                                                                                                          2. Swallow
                                                                                                                          3. Honey Power
                                                                                                                          4. Moon Song
                                                                                                                          5. Instrumental No. 2
                                                                                                                          6. Instrumental No. 1
                                                                                                                          7. Glider (full Length Version)
                                                                                                                          8. Sugar
                                                                                                                          9. Angel
                                                                                                                          10. Good For You
                                                                                                                          11. How Do You Do It

                                                                                                                          My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                                          M B V - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                            Finally re-emerging in 2013 after two full decades in relative hiding, their third album m b v is by turns their most experimental record but also their most melodic and immediate; proof real of their unerring desire for re-invention. Continuing to push boundaries of both music and genre, m b v is an album of astonishing music, some of which could lay claim to being of a type never been made before. Otherworldly, intimate and a visceral listen, m b v is a startling and beautiful metamorphosis of what was known of the my bloody valentine sound, pushing the boundaries of genre unlike any other band. The album’s closer, “Wonder 2” is an example of this, seeing Shields meld hypnotic guitar with drum’n’bass to astonishing result.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. She Found Now
                                                                                                                            2. Only Tomorrow
                                                                                                                            3. Who Sees You
                                                                                                                            4. Is This And Yes
                                                                                                                            5. If I Am
                                                                                                                            6. New You
                                                                                                                            7. In Another Way
                                                                                                                            8. Nothing Is
                                                                                                                            9. Wonder 2

                                                                                                                            My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                                            Isn't Anything - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                              With their debut album, Isn’t Anything (originally released in 1988), my bloody valentine revolutionised alternative music and heralded a new approach to guitar music for generations to come. The album birthed a sound which became a template for thousands of new subgenres, heralding a new approach to guitar music and studio production. Not only was it a new type of music, it paved the way for a new type of journalism; inciting comparisons to elemental phenomenon, tapping into how the music affected the psyche. Shields and Butcher frequently sang in a similar vocal range that allowed their voices to blend together. This had the effect of making their gender indistinguishable, to the point where their voices could be used as another melodic layer to complement the vertigo-inducing sounds made by Shields’ guitars.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)
                                                                                                                              2. Lose My Breath
                                                                                                                              3. Cupid Come
                                                                                                                              4. (When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
                                                                                                                              5. No More Sorry
                                                                                                                              6. All I Need
                                                                                                                              7. Feed Me With Your Kiss
                                                                                                                              8. Sueisfine
                                                                                                                              9. Several Girls Galore
                                                                                                                              10. You Never Should
                                                                                                                              11. Nothing Much To Lose
                                                                                                                              12. I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It)

                                                                                                                              My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                                              Loveless - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                              The second my bloody valentine album, loveless, was released in 1991. Musically, it took an unexpected leap forwards, standing ahead of anything released at the time. Shields and the band moved further towards a music of pure sensation, creating textures and tones that could be felt as much as heard; with loveless the band created an album that overwhelmed the senses. loveless is widely considered a flawless whole and rightly regarded as a masterpiece; a 1990s equivalent to Pet Sounds, In A Silent Way or Innervisions, a record constructed by exploring the edges of what a recording studio is capable of. It is a record best experienced as a whole, in one sitting - a listening experience like no other and unmatchable in its sonic brevity.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Only Shallow
                                                                                                                              2. Loomer
                                                                                                                              3. Touched
                                                                                                                              4. To Here Knows When
                                                                                                                              5. When You Sleep
                                                                                                                              6. I Only Said
                                                                                                                              7. Come In Alone
                                                                                                                              8. Sometimes
                                                                                                                              9. Blown A Wish
                                                                                                                              10. What You Want
                                                                                                                              11. Soon

                                                                                                                              Anna Calvi

                                                                                                                              Anna Calvi (10th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                Anna Calvi will release a 10-year Anniversary edition of her self-titled debut album via Domino. An astonishingly confident record; ‘Anna Calvi’ showcases the unique strengths of her songwriting, singing and virtuoso guitar-playing, all jumping out of the speaker together. Calvi drew on the ghosts of Nina Simone and Maria Callas for influence to create a stunningly modern sound.

                                                                                                                                To date, Anna Calvi has released three studio albums (‘Anna Calvi’, ‘One Breath’ and ‘Hunter’), a collaborative EP with David Byrne (‘Strange Weather’) and the most recent ‘Hunted’, a seven-track reworking of ‘Hunter’. Additionally, Calvi wrote and performed the score for Season 5 of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders and wrote the music for the opera The Sandman, directed by Robert Wilson.

                                                                                                                                Anna is the first solo artist to achieve three consecutive Mercury Prize nominations and has also received a Brit Award nomination. Throughout her career, Calvi has worked with Brian Eno, Marianne Faithfull, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joe Talbot (IDLES), Dave Okumu (The Invisible), Johnny Flynn, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Courtney Barnett.

                                                                                                                                The LP, which includes the likes of ‘Desire’, ‘Blackout’, ‘Rider To The Sea’ and ‘Suzanne And I’, is reissued for the first time, available to independent retailers on deluxe red vinyl. It also features brand new cover artwork and an 8-page booklet containing previously unseen photographs, plus digital download code.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Rider To The Sea
                                                                                                                                2. No More Words
                                                                                                                                3. Desire
                                                                                                                                4. Suzanne And I
                                                                                                                                5. First We Kiss
                                                                                                                                6. The Devil
                                                                                                                                7. Blackout
                                                                                                                                9. I’ll Be Your Man
                                                                                                                                10. Morning Light
                                                                                                                                11. Love Won’t Be Leaving

                                                                                                                                Animal Collective


                                                                                                                                  Set in the desert of Crestone, Colorado over the course of eight days and set to an original score composed by Animal Collective's Geologist & Deakin. Crestone follows a group of SoundCloud rappers who live in solitude, growing weed and making music for the internet. When an old friend arrives to make a movie, reality and fiction begin to blur.

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Barry says: It's a bit of a different vibe for Animal Collective this time round, with their notoriously clangy arty-indie replaced with brittle atmospherics and suitable filmic drones. It's a big step, but a perfectly fitting soundtrack and a testament to the continued skill of this Maryland crew.

                                                                                                                                  Owen Pallett


                                                                                                                                    ‘Island’, the latest album from Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett, released on Domino / Secret City Records (Canada).

                                                                                                                                    Almost entirely acoustic, ‘Island’ begins with 13 darkened chords and was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The introduction is the sound of waking up alone and on the shore of a strange land. What follows is a shimmering and luscious orchestral album that draws across the full breadth of Pallett’s discography, from ‘Heartland’’s Technicolor to the glittering, fingerpicked guitar that marked Pallett’s first records with their trio, Les Mouches.

                                                                                                                                    In addition to Pallett’s Grammy Award-winning work with Arcade Fire, Pallett’s commissions have included string, brass and orchestral work for Last Shadow Puppets, The National, The Mountain Goats, Christine and arrangements for Frank Ocean, Caribou, R.E.M., Linkin Park, Sigur Rós, Taylor Swift and the Pet Shop Boys.

                                                                                                                                    Since the release of ‘In Conflict’ (2014), Pallett has earned an Oscar nomination for their film scoring work on Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ and an Emmy for Sølve Sundsbø’s ‘Fourteen Actors Acting’. Their score for Matt Wolf’s ‘Spaceship Earth’, a documentary about a crew who spent two years quarantined inside a replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2, is out now.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    ---> (i)
                                                                                                                                    Paragon Of Order
                                                                                                                                    ---> (ii)
                                                                                                                                    The Sound Of The
                                                                                                                                    Perseverance Of The
                                                                                                                                    Polar Vortex
                                                                                                                                    ---> (iii)
                                                                                                                                    A Bloody Morning
                                                                                                                                    Lewis Gets Fucked Into
                                                                                                                                    ---> (iv)
                                                                                                                                    In Darkness
                                                                                                                                    Paragon Of Order
                                                                                                                                    Fire-Mare (version)

                                                                                                                                    Animal Collective

                                                                                                                                    Bridge To Quiet

                                                                                                                                      Animal Collective present the physical release for ‘Bridge To Quiet’, out on Domino.

                                                                                                                                      The band took some of their unreleased improvisations, remixed them, collaged them and built them into fully formed songs, finding their way to ‘Bridge To Quiet’.

                                                                                                                                      Animal Collective consists of musicians Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb) and Geologist (Brian Weitz), who play in various configurations on each album. Their expansive catalogue spans the entirety of the 2000s, including ‘Strawberry Jam’, ‘Feels’ and ‘Sung Tongs’. With the release of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, named after the Baltimore venue, they established themselves as one of the most acclaimed acts of the 21st Century.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Bridge To Quiet shows the Animal Collective in a more expansive, avant-ambient mood, with these stunning shadowy vocals and electronic artifacts mixed with glitched synths and off-kilter snappy percussion.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      Rain In Cups
                                                                                                                                      Piggy Knows
                                                                                                                                      Sux-Bier Passage
                                                                                                                                      Bridge To Quiet


                                                                                                                                      Seeking Thrills

                                                                                                                                        Georgia’s new album, ‘Seeking Thrills’, is a musically daring story of hedonism, self-discovery and, above all, the transcendental power of the dancefloor.

                                                                                                                                        The North West Londoner has been on a long, dazzling journey since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album in 2015. Her first self-titled collection of percussive, punk-inflected pop songs was lauded by The Guardian, Vice, The FADER and others - but nobody predicted the about turn she would make when she returned with two rough-hewn diamonds of house music in 2019.

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Barry says: I was a huge fan of the superb album from Georgia a few years ago, and if anything, the crystal clear production and effortless absorption of dancefloor influence and soulful 80s groove in 'Seeking Thrills' is even more satisfying. Ram-packed with day-long earworms.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Started Out
                                                                                                                                        About Work The Dancefloor
                                                                                                                                        Never Let You Go
                                                                                                                                        24 Hours *
                                                                                                                                        Mellow (ft Shygirl)
                                                                                                                                        Til I Own It
                                                                                                                                        I Can’t Wait
                                                                                                                                        Feel It
                                                                                                                                        Ultimate Sailor
                                                                                                                                        Ray Guns
                                                                                                                                        The Thrill (ft Maurice)
                                                                                                                                        Honey Dripping Sky

                                                                                                                                        * = CD / LP Digital download Card Only

                                                                                                                                        LA Priest


                                                                                                                                          GENE arrives five years after the iconoclast variously known as Sam Eastgate, Sam Dust and LA Priest thrilled the world with the cosmic pop of his debut album Inji, his first LP for Domino and his first solo output following the disbanding of former outfit, Late Of The Pier. GENE also follows the 2016 project Soft Hair in which Sam teamed up with Connan Mockasin for an instant cult-classic album.

                                                                                                                                          GENE, the album, is named after a brand-new analogue drum machine Sam dreamt up and built alone. Working in isolation for more than two years in California, Wales and England’s south coast, soldering iron in hand, Sam developed the inners of GENE using dozens of electrical circuits he made up himself. The creation came after a search for an alternative to the structure and rigor of standard drum machines. Its unique rhythmic patterns are the focal point for the album, which is coloured by lush, pastoral tones, paired with the influence of his environmental changes.

                                                                                                                                          The product of clear-eyed focus, the record offers a one-way ticket into a dimension entirely of Sam’s own making.

                                                                                                                                          GENE is the most complete realisation of his vision yet. These songs are on a quest for meaning, exploring the limits of their maker’s abilities.

                                                                                                                                          Coaxed into life with the juicy groove of “Beginning”, the record struts and sparkles through “Rubber Sky” and “What Moves” towards the melancholic interlude of “Sudden Thing” and the gigantic noise of centerpiece “Monochrome”, taking a sharp turn in the final third towards something darker and more mystical.

                                                                                                                                          GENE was produced alongside London based artist, producer, DJ and founder of Phantasy records, Erol Alkan.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Rubber Sky
                                                                                                                                          What Moves
                                                                                                                                          Peace Lily
                                                                                                                                          Open My Eyes
                                                                                                                                          Sudden Thing
                                                                                                                                          What Do You See
                                                                                                                                          Kissing Of The Weeds
                                                                                                                                          Black Smoke
                                                                                                                                          Ain’t No Love Affair

                                                                                                                                          The Kills

                                                                                                                                          Little Bastards

                                                                                                                                            The Kills have compiled an extraordinary career spanning b-sides and rarities album titled, appropriately, Little Bastards. The songs date back from the band’s first 7-inch singles in 2002 through to 2009. All of the material has been newly remastered for release on 2 x LP, CD & Digital and marks the first ever vinyl pressing for some of these tracks.

                                                                                                                                            The compilation includes the unreleased and never-before-heard demo “Raise Me” from the 2008-2009 Midnight Boom era. Other highlights include “I Call It Art” from the Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited covers compilation, the brilliant Midnight Boom digital bonus track “Night Train,” a blistering performance of “Love Is A Deserter” from an XFM radio session and a handful of classic American roots songs performed with the kind of bruising delivery they’re famous for: Howlin’ Wolfs’ “Forty Four,” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell on You” and Dock Boggs’ “Sugar Baby.”

                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                            Barry says: It always amazes me when a band releases a b-sides album that could easily have held an album’s worth of material. In the case of the new Kills retrospective, ‘Little Bastards’ (named after a presumably disobedient Roland 880 sampler) it could easily have been two albums worth.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. SUPERPOWERLESS / Last Day Of Magic 7” - 2008
                                                                                                                                            2. PASSION IS ACCURATE / Love Is A Deserter CD Single - 2005
                                                                                                                                            3. KISS THE WRONG SIDE / Cheap And Cheerful 7” - 2008
                                                                                                                                            4. RAISE ME / Unreleased Demo 2009
                                                                                                                                            5. NIGHT TRAIN / Midnight Boom Digital Bonus Track 2008
                                                                                                                                            6. HALF OF US / No Wow 7” - 2005
                                                                                                                                            7. LONDON HATES YOU / Tape Song 7” - 2008
                                                                                                                                            8. I CALL IT ART / Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited Compilation - 2006
                                                                                                                                            9. FORTY FOUR / Black Balloon 7” - 2009
                                                                                                                                            10. LOVE IS A DESERTER / Recorded For XFM - 2005
                                                                                                                                            11. THE SEARCH FOR CHERRY RED / Pull A U 7” Single - 2003
                                                                                                                                            12. MAGAZINE / Love Is A Deserter 7” - 2005
                                                                                                                                            13. BLUE MOON / Future Starts Slow 7” Single - 2011
                                                                                                                                            14. JEWEL THIEF / Fried My Little Brains 7” Single - 2003
                                                                                                                                            15. BABY’S EYES / The Good Ones 7” Single - 2003
                                                                                                                                            16. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU / Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Cover - 2009
                                                                                                                                            17. RUN HOME SLOW / The Good Ones CD Single - 2005
                                                                                                                                            18. WEED KILLER / Black Balloon 10” - 2009
                                                                                                                                            19. THE VOID / No Wow Expanded Edition CD - 2005 

                                                                                                                                            Arctic Monkeys

                                                                                                                                            Live At The Royal Albert Hall

                                                                                                                                              Recorded at the start of the band’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ tour, ‘Arctic Monkeys - Live At The Royal Albert Hall’, features 20 of the band’s finest moments to date.  All proceeds from the album will go to War Child to help fill the £2 million deficit they are facing in 2021 caused by the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their fundraising. These funds are urgently needed to support those who are worst hit by the virus.

                                                                                                                                              “On June 7, 2018 we played a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All the proceeds from that memorable night were donated to War Child in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating, and rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war. The situation that was bad in 2018 is now desperate and those children and their families need our help more than ever. To enable War Child to reduce their funding deficit and continue their valuable work, we are happy to be able to release a live album, recorded that evening at The Royal Albert Hall. All proceeds will go direct to the charity. We thank all our fans in advance for their support of this release and in turn for their support of War Child” - Arctic Monkeys.

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              Barry says: A completely essential document of the Arctic Monkeys incendiary live show here, on top form and all for a good cause. The set-list is everything you'd expect from a Monkeys best-of gig and all from the comfort of your own home! What more could you want.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Four Out Of Five
                                                                                                                                              2. Brianstorm
                                                                                                                                              3. Crying Lightning
                                                                                                                                              4. Do I Wanna Know?
                                                                                                                                              5. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
                                                                                                                                              6. 505
                                                                                                                                              7. One Point Perspective
                                                                                                                                              8. Do Me A Favour
                                                                                                                                              9. Cornerstone
                                                                                                                                              10. Knee Socks
                                                                                                                                              11. Arabella
                                                                                                                                              12. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
                                                                                                                                              13. She Looks Like Fun
                                                                                                                                              14. From The Ritz To The Rubble
                                                                                                                                              15. Pretty Visitors
                                                                                                                                              16. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
                                                                                                                                              17. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
                                                                                                                                              18. Star Treatment
                                                                                                                                              19. The View From The Afternoon
                                                                                                                                              20. R U Mine?

                                                                                                                                              These New Puritans

                                                                                                                                              Hidden [MMXX] - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                As the These New Puritans canon has grown through the years, Hidden has always stood as the great indicator of the group's detail, precision and ambition. Originally released in 2010, when both Jack and George Barnett were just 22 years old, Hidden was the second album the twins released as These New Puritans.

                                                                                                                                                The album itself was produced by TNP's Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis, Boymerang) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, MF DOOM), it draws on both the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall and 20th century post-minimalism, the recording features 6ft Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano & a children's choir. The result is equal parts brutal and melancholy, standing the test of time, sounding as pioneering and bold a decade on.

                                                                                                                                                Hidden is a record that crushes together menace and beauty: after the prelude of woodwind that is “Time Xone”, “We Want War” remains one of the most startling tracks to be released as a single in this millennium - a sound like swarms of invading, metallic wasps, robotic voices intoning, the martial rattle of layers of drums, Jack Barnett’s vocals an incantation. The militant funk of “Three Thousand”, strange skittish jazz in “Hologram”, and “Drum Courts - Where Corals Lie” feels like an ancient, elegiac folk song carried forth on a storm. A record of intense variety, soul and depth, Hidden is remarkable by anyone’s standards, let alone one made by a group of people barely out of their teens.

                                                                                                                                                Through the extremes of recording, These New Puritans had a critical hit. It was rightly lauded for its singularity and adventure at the time and found the group a legion of loyal fans and was given NME’s prestigious Album of the Year 2010 accolade. Further to the record, it spawned the Hidden Live tour, featuring a large ensemble, conductor Andre De Ridder, and a kids choir. 

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Disc 1
                                                                                                                                                1. Time Xone
                                                                                                                                                2. We Want War
                                                                                                                                                3. Three Thousand
                                                                                                                                                4. Hologram
                                                                                                                                                5. Attack Music
                                                                                                                                                6. Fire–Power
                                                                                                                                                7. Orion
                                                                                                                                                8. Canticle
                                                                                                                                                9. Drum Courts–Where Corals Lie
                                                                                                                                                10. White Chords
                                                                                                                                                11. 5

                                                                                                                                                Disc 2
                                                                                                                                                12. Hologram Pianos
                                                                                                                                                13. We Want War Brass & Woodwind
                                                                                                                                                14. 5 Mallets
                                                                                                                                                15. Hologram Chamber Mix
                                                                                                                                                16. Drum Courts Hidden Live Paris
                                                                                                                                                17. Irreversible¬¬–En Papier Hidden Live Berlin

                                                                                                                                                Young Marble Giants

                                                                                                                                                Colossal Youth - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                  Young Marble Giants ‘Colossal Youth: 40th Anniversary Edition’ includes the titular album as well as songs from ‘Salad Days’, ‘Is The War Over?’, the ‘Final Day’ single and their ‘Testcard’ EP, plus a live DVD of their last ever US show at Hurrah in New York in 1980

                                                                                                                                                  Comprised of guitarist-songwriter Stuart Moxham, brother and bassist Philip, and singer Alison Statton, YMG emerged from the punk and post-punk landscape with a sound like no one else. Recorded in five days, Colossal Youth went on to influence whole legions from Sheffield to Seattle, looking to de-grungify gangs of four or more. They found fans in the likes of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Magnetic Fields. Cited as one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era, there is something almost canonical about the album’s use of voice, muted instruments and space. Colossal Youth’s attention to sparse detail is now a modus operandi for haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer-songwriters alike, but ultimately, only the Young Marble Giants sound like Young Marble Giants.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Searching For Mr Right
                                                                                                                                                  2. Include Me Out
                                                                                                                                                  3. The Taxi
                                                                                                                                                  4. Eating Noddemix
                                                                                                                                                  5. Constantly Changing
                                                                                                                                                  6. N.I.T.A.
                                                                                                                                                  7. Colossal Youth
                                                                                                                                                  8. Music For Evenings
                                                                                                                                                  9. The Man Amplifier
                                                                                                                                                  10. Choci Loni
                                                                                                                                                  11. Wurlitzer Jukebox
                                                                                                                                                  12. Salad Days
                                                                                                                                                  13. Credit In The Straight World
                                                                                                                                                  14. Brand – New – Life
                                                                                                                                                  15. Wind In The Rigging
                                                                                                                                                  16. Have Your Toupee Ready
                                                                                                                                                  17. The Man Shares His Meal With His Beast
                                                                                                                                                  18. Hayman
                                                                                                                                                  19. Loop The Loop
                                                                                                                                                  20. Ode To Booker T
                                                                                                                                                  21. Final Day
                                                                                                                                                  22. Radio Silents
                                                                                                                                                  23. Cakewalking
                                                                                                                                                  24. This Way
                                                                                                                                                  25. Posed By Models
                                                                                                                                                  26. The Clock
                                                                                                                                                  27. Clicktalk
                                                                                                                                                  28. Zebra Trucks
                                                                                                                                                  29. Sporting Life

                                                                                                                                                  DVD – Live At Hurrah, New York, November 1980:
                                                                                                                                                  Choci Loni
                                                                                                                                                  Radio Silents
                                                                                                                                                  Music For Evenings
                                                                                                                                                  Colossal Youth
                                                                                                                                                  Credit In The Straight World
                                                                                                                                                  Brand – New – Life
                                                                                                                                                  Include Me Out
                                                                                                                                                  Wurlitzer Jukebox
                                                                                                                                                  Final Day
                                                                                                                                                  Salad Days
                                                                                                                                                  Searching For Mr Right

                                                                                                                                                  Dirty Projectors


                                                                                                                                                    Dirty Projectors’ 2020 five four-song EPs, each strikingly different from the next, all come together in a 20-song anthology titled ‘5EPs’.

                                                                                                                                                    Each EP features lead vocals by a different band member: Maia Friedman, Felicia Douglass, Kristin Slipp and Dave Longstreth, who all trade verses on the series closer.

                                                                                                                                                    Maia’s ‘Windows Open’ is acoustic and folky, Felicia’s ‘Flight Tower’ is both soulful and electronic, Dave’s ‘Super João’ is a four-track bossa nova homage to João Gilberto, Kirstin’s ‘Earth Crisis’ is a cut-up orchestral collage in the mode of through-composed art song, whereas the final EP ‘Ring Road’ weaves together the emotional, stylistic, and lyrical threads explored in the prior four EPs.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: I was just listening to Dirty Projectors' song with David Byrne for the 'Dark Was The Night' compilation just the other day, which led me to wishing for a collection of some of the more unheard of tracks from their canon. Lo and behold, stone the crows etc. Here it is. You'll have heard some of these tracks before, but it's a brilliant document to have them all together like this.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    On The Breeze
                                                                                                                                                    Search For Life
                                                                                                                                                    Guarding The Baby
                                                                                                                                                    Inner World
                                                                                                                                                    Lose Your Love
                                                                                                                                                    Self Design
                                                                                                                                                    Empty Vessel
                                                                                                                                                    Holy Mackerel
                                                                                                                                                    I Get Carried Away
                                                                                                                                                    You Create Yourself
                                                                                                                                                    Moon, If Ever
                                                                                                                                                    Eyes On The Road
                                                                                                                                                    There I Said It
                                                                                                                                                    Bird’s Eye
                                                                                                                                                    Now I Know
                                                                                                                                                    Por Qué No
                                                                                                                                                    Searching Spirit
                                                                                                                                                    No Studying
                                                                                                                                                    My Possession

                                                                                                                                                    Seamus Fogarty

                                                                                                                                                    A Bag Of Eyes

                                                                                                                                                      ‘A Bag Of Eyes’ is Fogarty’s third album - a wholly different sonic prospect to 2017’s much-lauded ‘The Curious Hand’. Weary of the guitar, and seeking something darker than its predecessor, he chose to lean more heavily on synths and drum machines and, additionally, to self-produce. “It was about creating and exploring new sound worlds,” Fogarty says. “Experimenting with new ways of incorporating electronics into the songwriting process, and in some cases dispensing with conventional songwriting processes altogether.”

                                                                                                                                                      On ‘A Bag OF Eyes’ there is industrial judder, slacker-fuzz guitar, a cacophony of saxophones. On one track, ring-modulated drums kick in with oscillating fury. Another moves from 90s shit-hole grunge venue to sleazy jazz joint in four minutes. Whilst on a third a synth is deployed, with the express purpose of sawing the listener’s ears in half, Fogarty attests. However, beneath them all lie fragments of melody, image, drone; a flicker of banjo, an electronic pulse. “I like to purposely make music that clashes with the more traditional stuff that I do,” he says.

                                                                                                                                                      Fogarty’s celebrated storytelling is at home in this new sound world, rambling between the fantastical and the mundane: nuns playing volleyball, horses on clifftops, lives glimpsed through rear windows. There are echoes of his own past, the loss of dear friends. Ireland, London and two views of San Francisco, 15 years apart. It is bus stops, house fires and Jimmy Stewart. ‘A Bag Of Eyes’ was recorded across London, Kent and East Sussex and features Fogarty’s partner Emma Smith, Meilyr Jones, long-time collaborators Leo Abrahams, Aram Zarikian and John Fogarty, as well as someone slightly more unexpected, an audience member recorded live at one of Seamus’ gigs in Dublin. If there is a restlessness to these songs it is there not only in their geographical sweep, their mingling of memory and nostalgia, but also in their sense of invention: audience anecdotes, a trad ballad cover, electronic fury, dirty guitar solos, all pressed fiercely together into something that feels startling and new and explorative. 

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Old Suit
                                                                                                                                                      Jimmy Stewart
                                                                                                                                                      Wake Up Felix
                                                                                                                                                      Bus Shelter Blues
                                                                                                                                                      Johnny K
                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                      My Boy Willie

                                                                                                                                                      Ela Minus

                                                                                                                                                      Acts Of Rebellion

                                                                                                                                                        Performed, produced and recorded entirely by herself, acts of rebellion is a complex manifesto on simplicity, a call to fight, to live, to be present. It’s a collection about the personal as political and embracing the beauty of tiny acts of revolution in our everyday lives. This ethos is clear in the dreamy, pulsing new single/video, “el cielo no es de nadie,” “an ode to little, constant, every day acts of love” sung in Ela’s native Spanish.

                                                                                                                                                        Following “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong” and “megapunk,” “el cielo no es de nadie” defies the idea that one grandiose act means more than little ones. The video, co-directed by Ela and Pepi Ginsberg, presents striking images of Ela’s machines and her moving throughout the stage and hallways of a club. It gives a feel of Ela’s visceral, intimate world and urges finding a deeper connection to those around you. “‘el cielo no es de nadie’ is about all the love I see in small, everyday acts. It’s an invitation to appreciate unheroic, but constant and meaningful actions,” says Ela. “The song’s title, ‘el cielo no es de nadie,’ refers to the phrase ‘I’ll give you the sky,’ a common expression used in Spanish when in love. In the song, I defy it: 'you can't give me the sky' / it isn’t yours to give.”

                                                                                                                                                        Before forging her path as a solo electronic artist, Ela was a drummer in a teenage hardcore band. She joined the band when she was just 12, performing with them for almost a decade. Ela then moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, where she double-majored in jazz drumming and synthesizer design. This roving background instilled in her a belief that we all have the power to change things, and as she delved deeper into her work with synthesizers, she saw a clear connection between the freedom of the DIY scene she grew up in and club culture. “I deeply identify with club culture, and want to make music to dance to,” she says. “I also want to make songs in the more traditional sense, with melodies, lyrics, and singing. I want to make songs that stay with people through the years.”

                                                                                                                                                        Using only hardware to perform, write and record, Ela creates complex, technical electronic music that exudes a warm vibrancy, along with a darker, almost celebratory understanding that our breaths aren’t infinite. Her sharp, coiled words are cathartic—due in part to her approach to writing them. “I always start writing by improvising alone,” she says. “Once I have some instrumentals I’m happy with, I intuitively grab the mic and sing a phrase with a melody in it. I always keep that initial phrase.” On acts of rebellion, you sense the stories hidden in everyday things. You feel Ela’s personality and viewpoint; you sense her presence. The cover features a photo of her, most of her face obscured, but her eyes sharply focused.

                                                                                                                                                        On acts of rebellion, she’s asking us to make contact not just with her, but also the people that inhabit our lives. She’s suggesting we leave our gadgets behind in favor of flesh-and-blood communities. She’s asking us to think, dance, and love, while she coaxes humanity from her hardware—machines that rattle and whirr alongside her and, in turn, make us feel more alive.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1.N19 5NF
                                                                                                                                                        2. They Told Us It Was Hard, But They Were Wrong.
                                                                                                                                                        3. El Cielo No Es De Nadie
                                                                                                                                                        4. Megapunk
                                                                                                                                                        5. Pocket Piano
                                                                                                                                                        6. Dominique
                                                                                                                                                        7. Let Them Have The Internet
                                                                                                                                                        8. Tony
                                                                                                                                                        9. Do Whatever You Want, All The Time.
                                                                                                                                                        10. Close (ft. Helado Negro)

                                                                                                                                                        Robert Wyatt

                                                                                                                                                        His Greatest Misses

                                                                                                                                                          The singular Robert Wyatt releases ‘His Greatest Misses’ - a compilation spanning his decades-long career - on vinyl for the first time ever. Also back in stock on CD.

                                                                                                                                                          In its title, ‘His Greatest Misses’ acknowledges that Wyatt’s career has taken place outside the limited space and definition of commercial pop success but simultaneously recognises that Wyatt’s non-careerist career has nevertheless proven both productive and rigorous. The collection, originally released as a Japanese edition, includes selections dating from ‘Rock Bottom’ (1974) to ‘Cuckooland’ (2003), although its running order is non-chronological. This makes the subtle point that Wyatt’s recordings are best considered as a nonlinear catalogue; this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction.

                                                                                                                                                          Born in Bristol in 1945, Wyatt was a founding member of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, before embarking on a solo career. His discography is one that flows with the force and intensity of a river in full spate. Each recording on ‘His Greatest Misses’ is a benchmark in the life and work of a steadfast and true original and provides the opportunity for the listener to enjoy some wild swimming through this powerful, idiosyncratic and unclassifiable catalogue.

                                                                                                                                                          The release of ‘His Greatest Misses’ coincides with the release of ‘Side by Side’, a book by Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfie Benge: visual artist, songwriter and the person who has nurtured and overseen Wyatt’s career for the past forty-six years.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. P.L.A.
                                                                                                                                                          2. Worship
                                                                                                                                                          3. Heaps Of Sheeps
                                                                                                                                                          4. Free Will And Testament
                                                                                                                                                          5. I’m A Believer
                                                                                                                                                          6. Sea Song
                                                                                                                                                          7. Little Red Robin Hood Hit
                                                                                                                                                          8. The Road
                                                                                                                                                          9. Solar Flares
                                                                                                                                                          10. At Last I Am Free
                                                                                                                                                          11. Arauco
                                                                                                                                                          12. The Age Of Self
                                                                                                                                                          13. Alien
                                                                                                                                                          14. Shipbuilding
                                                                                                                                                          15. Memories Of You
                                                                                                                                                          16. Muddy Mouse (b)
                                                                                                                                                          17. Mister E
                                                                                                                                                          18. Foreign Accents

                                                                                                                                                          Shirley Collins

                                                                                                                                                          Heart's Ease

                                                                                                                                                            Heart’s Ease follows 2016’s Lodestar; which on its arrival, seemed like a musical miracle - an enthralling new LP from a woman who is widely acknowledged as England’s greatest female folk singer, but who had not recorded an album for 38 years.

                                                                                                                                                            With Heart’s Ease, Shirley delivers a record even stronger than Lodestar having completely regained her confidence, and singing so well that you can’t believe she was away for so long. As Shirley put it, “Lodestar wasn’t too bad, was it? But when I listen to it, it does sometimes sound rather tentative. I had to record it at home because I was just too nervous to sing in front of somebody I didn’t know. This time I was far more relaxed – even though I went into a studio.” Recorded at Metway in Brighton, Heart’s Ease is as compelling and original as Shirley’s great albums from the Sixties and Seventies. There are traditional songs, of course, from England and the USA, but there are also more new songs than in the past (four non-traditional tracks) and there’s even a burst of experimentation that hints at possible new directions to come.

                                                                                                                                                            In the years between For As Many As Will (1978) and the release of Lodestar, Shirley suffered from a form of dysphonia, had lost her singing voice, and was never expected to sing again – certainly not in public. Lodestar was a delightful surprise to all her fans and the folk community, and once Shirley had started to sing again, she was not going to stop. “I’m absolutely consumed by this music,” she said. “I have always loved it so much. I’m still learning songs and just want to keep learning them. I thought ‘somebody has got to sing these songs, so it might as well be me!”

                                                                                                                                                            Collins followed Lodestar with a remarkable blitz of activity for a lady in her eighties. There was a film, and soundtrack album, The Ballad of Shirley Collins. There was a new autobiography, All in the Downs, which won the Penderyn Music Book Prize (beating the Beastie Boys). And there were high-profile come-back concerts, including a memorable appearance at London’s Barbican, at which she was backed by an exceptional group of friends and musicians, the Lodestar Band. She may have felt nervous being back on stage, “but I feel so supported by that band. And every song I sing I love anyway – it’s not a hardship to sing the songs!”.

                                                                                                                                                            All of which is reflected in her second come-back album, Heart’s Ease. Collins’ intriguing choice of songs on Heart’s Ease includes two with lyrics by her first husband Austin John Marshall, a graphic artist and poet who produced several of her albums and had the inspired idea of getting Shirley to work with blues/jazz/world music guitarist Davy Graham on that extraordinary album Folk Roots, New Routes in 1964. There are more family memories with “Locked In Ice”, written by Dolly’s son the late Buz Collins and the most startling new piece is the finale, “Crowlink”, named after a pathway on the South Downs overlooking the English Channel “where I love to be,” in which Shirley sings against a moody, atmospheric fusion of Ossian Brown’s hurdy-gurdy, and electronica and field recordings of waves and sea birds from Matthew Shaw.

                                                                                                                                                            Heart’s Ease is a glorious reminder that Shirley Collins is still in a class of her own, both as a folk singer with a distinctive no-nonsense style that is all her own, and as an innovator. And she certainly doesn’t intend this album to be her last. “I have such a huge memory of songs, so many of which I still want to sing. And I wasted all those years not singing, so now I’ve got to catch up a bit!”

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            The Merry Golden Tree
                                                                                                                                                            Rolling In The Dew
                                                                                                                                                            The Christmas Song
                                                                                                                                                            Locked In Ice
                                                                                                                                                            Wondrous Love
                                                                                                                                                            Barbara Allen
                                                                                                                                                            Sweet Greens And Blues
                                                                                                                                                            Tell Me True
                                                                                                                                                            Whitsun Dance
                                                                                                                                                            Orange In Bloom


                                                                                                                                                            Ultimate Success Today

                                                                                                                                                              Following the release of Relatives In Descent, the band’s critically acclaimed headlong dive into the morass of American life in 2017 (featured on myriad “best of” lists, including The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Loud & Quiet and more), Ultimate Success Today continues to further expand the possibilities of what a Protomartyr album can sound like. 

                                                                                                                                                              “There is darkness in the poetry of Ultimate Success Today,” says punk legend, founding member of The Raincoats, and friend of the band Ana da Silva. “The theme of things ending, above all human existence, is present and reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Our world has reached a point that makes us afraid: fires, floods, earthquakes, hunger, war, intolerance…There are cries of despair. Is there hope? Greed is the sickness that puts life in danger.”

                                                                                                                                                              "The re-release of our first album had me thinking about the passage of time and its ultimate conclusion,” says singer Joe Casey of Ultimate Success Today. “Listening to No Passion All Technique again, I could hear myself hoping for an introduction and a long future, but also being cognizant that it could be ‘one and done’ for us. So, when it came time to write Ultimate Success Today, I was reminded of that first urgency and how it was an inverse of my current grapple with how terribly ill I’ve been feeling lately. Was that sick feeling colouring how I felt about the state of the world or was it the other way around?”

                                                                                                                                                              “This panic was freeing in a way. It allowed me to see our fifth album as a possible valediction of some confusingly loud five-act play. In the same light I see it as an interesting mile marker of our first decade of being a band - a crest of the hill along a long highway. Although just to cover my bases, I made sure to get my last words in while I still had the breath to say them.”

                                                                                                                                                              “There are exquisite, subtle gifts from other instruments that always heighten the guitar, instead of fighting with it,” explains da Silva. “They help to create a harmonious wall of sound all of its own. This was intentional. Greg Ahee wanted to use different textures other than pedals, and the drone quality of some of those instruments colours the guitar and the whole sound with a warm, rich in reverb, yet all-consuming landscape for Joe Casey’s voice.”

                                                                                                                                                              Protomartyr is Joe Casey (vocals), Greg Ahee (guitars), Alex Leonard (drums), and Scott Davidson (bass guitar). Ultimate Success Today was recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios, a late 19th century church, in upstate New York and co-produced by the band and David Tolomei (Dirty Projectors, Beach House) with mixing by Tolomei. Featured guest musicians on the album include Nandi Rose (vocals) a.k.a. Half Waif, jazz legend Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Izaak Mills (bass clarinet, sax, flute), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello).

                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Barry says: 'Ultimate Success Today' is a superb, burning fire of an LP from start to finish. Dark and foreboding while somehow managing to elicit a headnod from even the most stationary of listeners, this is Protomartyr's finest moment yet.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Day Without End
                                                                                                                                                              Processed By The Boys
                                                                                                                                                              I Am You Now
                                                                                                                                                              The Aphorist
                                                                                                                                                              June 21
                                                                                                                                                              Michigan Hammers
                                                                                                                                                              Modern Business Hymns
                                                                                                                                                              Bridge & Crown
                                                                                                                                                              Worm In Heaven


                                                                                                                                                              Never Let You Go

                                                                                                                                                                Hot on the heels of her recent critically acclaimed album ‘Seeking Thrills’, Georgia is releasing the 12’’ of her hit single ‘Never Let You Go’ with an additional remix by legendary UK DJ and producer Skream. Heavily inspired by Chicago house and Detroit techno of the early 80s, ‘Never Let You Go’ fuses analogue club sounds with solid pop songwriting and showcases Georgia’s lifelong love affair with the drums, whereas Skream delivers a driving Kraut-inspired workout of this track.

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                                                                                                                                                                Never Let You Go
                                                                                                                                                                Never Let You Go (Skream Remix)



                                                                                                                                                                  Being in a toxic relationship can sometimes feel like being lost in a maze. Every attempt to turn a corner lands you back where you started. Austra aka Katie Austra Stelmanis’ fourth album, HiRUDiN is both a bold acknowledgement of such patterns of behaviour and a testament to the power of breaking them.

                                                                                                                                                                  Katie Austra Stelmanis has been better known by her middle name for three albums, ten years, and countless tours. She wrote, produced, and performed all her own records, occasionally sharing the spotlight with a band to tour live. From the outside, things were going really well for a while: she built a devoted fan base and sold out shows all around the world. However, on the inside, Stelmanis was beginning to feel stagnant and uninspired. “I was losing faith in my own ideas,” she explains. Without realising it, she’d got caught up in a toxic relationship that was tearing her apart.

                                                                                                                                                                  It wasn’t until Stelmanis was ready to face her insecurities that she was able to see a way forward: “My creative and personal relationships were heavily intertwined, and I knew the only answer was to part ways with all of the people and comforts that I’d known for the better part of a decade and start again.” Alongside making changes in her personal life, HiRUDiN saw Austra taking an entirely different, free-spirited approach to making a record. Seeking out all new collaborators, she booked three days of sessions in Toronto with improv musicians she’d never met before. They included two thirds of contemporary classical improv group c_RL, the cellist and kamanche duo Kamancello, kulintang ensemble Pantayo, and a children’s choir.

                                                                                                                                                                  Accumulating a vast and vibrant mass of source material, Austra then holed up in a studio in the Spanish countryside and took a collage approach to sampling, arranging, writing and producing to reveal the songs that would form the album.

                                                                                                                                                                  HiRUDiN traces a deeply personal journey towards regeneration, dealing with the fallout of toxic relationships, queer shame, and insecurity along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Anywayz
                                                                                                                                                                  2. All I Wanted
                                                                                                                                                                  3. How Did You Know?
                                                                                                                                                                  4. Your Family
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Risk It
                                                                                                                                                                  6. Interlude I
                                                                                                                                                                  7. It’s Amazing
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Mountain Baby Feat. Cecile Believe
                                                                                                                                                                  9. I Am Not Waiting
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Interlude Ii
                                                                                                                                                                  11. Messiah

                                                                                                                                                                  Devonté Hynes

                                                                                                                                                                  Queen & Slim: Original Motion Picture Score

                                                                                                                                                                    Songwriter, composer, director and visual artist Dev Hynes - best known under his moniker Blood Orange - releases the original motion picture score for the highly accoladed ‘Queen & Slim. ‘Queen & Slim’ is a 2019 American romantic crime drama film that follows two African-Americans on the run after killing a police officer in self-defence during a traffic stop. Directed by Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s Formation) and written by Lena Waithe (Master of None and Ready Player One), the film stars Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Jodie Turner- Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore.

                                                                                                                                                                    The release of the ‘Queen & Slim’ score marks an incredible couple of years for Hynes, who recently wrapped up a tour opening for Tyler, The Creator in arenas across America. As Blood Orange, he released the mixtape Angel’s Pulse this past summer, in addition to directing a video for Beck, writing a collection of classical music with Third Coast Percussion, directing and releasing a series of his own videos and being called one of the Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People For 2019

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    Slim Lets Go
                                                                                                                                                                    This Is A Safe Place
                                                                                                                                                                    A Couple Deer
                                                                                                                                                                    Slim’s Haircut
                                                                                                                                                                    What’s Next
                                                                                                                                                                    Love Theme (Dance)
                                                                                                                                                                    Slim’s Horse
                                                                                                                                                                    Slim Calls Home
                                                                                                                                                                    Uncle’s House
                                                                                                                                                                    Love Theme
                                                                                                                                                                    Get Upstairs
                                                                                                                                                                    The Sheriff
                                                                                                                                                                    Start The Car
                                                                                                                                                                    Sneak Out
                                                                                                                                                                    Kissed All Your Scars



                                                                                                                                                                      Together with co-producer James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Nilüfer Yanya), best friends Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen have woven 925 like a dreamscape in which idyllic and hellish scenes intermingle, forcing the question of what is real and what is make believe. Inspired by everything from Hermann Hesse to Aphex Twin and old-school crooner Tony Bennett, their experimental and holistic approach marks them out as a thoroughly 21st century band; from their open-minded approach to genre to their creativity allowing them to self-produce the music and direct accompanying videos.

                                                                                                                                                                      Joined by drummer Lincoln Barrett and Campbell Baum on bass, Sorry emerged from a thriving scene of bands in London, and though 925 is their debut album, it is by no means their first statement. It follows a series of mixtapes, released sporadically and used as a way to experiment with the disparate influences and sounds that give 925 its distinctively modern and apocalyptic sound.

                                                                                                                                                                      Where previous singles and mixtapes earned the band their status as one of the most vital and relentlessly creative new British bands of the moment, 925 is a record which will undoubtedly cement their status as true originals and cross-genre innovators in 2020 and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Right Round The Clock
                                                                                                                                                                      2. In Unison
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Snakes
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Starstruck
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Rosie
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Perfect
                                                                                                                                                                      7. As The Sun Sets
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                      9. Rock 'n' Roll Star
                                                                                                                                                                      10. Heather
                                                                                                                                                                      11. More
                                                                                                                                                                      12. Ode To Boy
                                                                                                                                                                      13. Lies (Refix)

                                                                                                                                                                      Rustin Man


                                                                                                                                                                        Having waited 17 years for Drift Code, some may be surprised at Clockdust’s swift arrival, but the album’s roots can be found in the same extended sessions. “Early on I realised I had two albums worth of material,” Webb explains. “The first tunes I wrote were electric guitar based, with long arrangements that built up in layers to something sonically quite dense. These became the bulk of Drift Code. As a reaction, I wrote a batch of songs that were tighter in their structure but had more feeling of space. These make up the bulk of Clockdust.”

                                                                                                                                                                        Once he’d identified each song’s greater role, Webb took pains to ensure the albums would stand alone. “Through the year of mixing and releasing Drift Code,” he continues, “I made a conscious effort not to listen to Clockdust. It became some long-lost twin everybody had forgotten. There was an older, wiser atmosphere to it, more cinematic, but in a romantic way”.

                                                                                                                                                                        Clockdust draws upon an armoury of instruments, some, like the euphonium, unfamiliar in such contexts, and plenty – the kokoriko, the okónkolo – with even more unfamiliar names. Each track, too, indicates Webb’s fondness for the path less travelled, its twists and turns at first jarring but soon intuitive. That they’re embellished by a voice which has seemingly endured many lifetimes emphasises their mysterious nature. That its recording was soundtracked by Jacques Brel, Jet Harris and Kurt Weill no doubt contributed too. That many songs are inspired by old movies enhances their ageless atmosphere yet further.

                                                                                                                                                                        Lead single “Jackie’s Room” is about a dysfunctional yet romantic relationship in which the protagonist believes “as long as she’s desired, she’ll never grow old” and the resulting track sways with the grace of its aging seductress. “I think of the album as containing stories from people who’ve reached their present situation through many years of experiences,” Webb says.

                                                                                                                                                                        Idiosyncratic and quietly haunting, Clockdust is seeped in sepia-tinted nostalgia, “a powerful force of nature,” Webb states, “up there with love and desire”. The album blurs the boundaries between past and present. Webb insists that he prefers to live in the here and now, but in looking back he’s found a magical, mesmerising manner in which to forge a path forward: for him, for his music, and for his audience.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        Carousel Days
                                                                                                                                                                        Gold & Tinsel
                                                                                                                                                                        Jackie’s Room
                                                                                                                                                                        Love Turns Her On
                                                                                                                                                                        Rubicon Song
                                                                                                                                                                        Old Flamingo
                                                                                                                                                                        Kinky Living
                                                                                                                                                                        Night In Evening City
                                                                                                                                                                        Man With A Remedy


                                                                                                                                                                        Ricky Music

                                                                                                                                                                          Porches, a.k.a. Aaron Maine, is back with a new album, Ricky Music. With contributions from Mitski, Zsela, and Dev Hynes, and with co-production by Jacob Portrait, Ricky Music expands on the Porches discography (The House, 2018; Pool, 2016; Slow Dance In The Cosmos, 2013) by delivering 11 emotionally open, cracked-glass pop songs.

                                                                                                                                                                          About the album, Maine says: “My new album, Ricky Music, was written and recorded between Dec 2017 and the spring of 2019. Mostly in New York at my apartment, but some of it in Chicago, Los Angeles, and various cities while touring around Europe. This record is an account of the beauty, confusion, anger, joy and sadness I experienced during that time. I think I was as lost as I was madly in love. In these songs I hear myself sometimes desperate for clarity, and other times, having enough perspective to laugh at myself in some of my darkest moments. That’s sort of what this album is about, I hope you enjoy it.”

                                                                                                                                                                          With the album announcement comes a new song – “Do U Wanna” – and a video for the song directed by prior Porches collaborator Nick Harwood. ““Do U Wanna” is a song about looking at yourself and realizing the disparity between how you’d like to act and how you actually act. The fun you vs. the isolated you. I feel like with the refrain I’m almost taunting myself to get up and do something.”

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          Do U Wanna
                                                                                                                                                                          Lipstick Song
                                                                                                                                                                          I Wanna Ride
                                                                                                                                                                          I Can’t Even Think
                                                                                                                                                                          Wrote Some Songs
                                                                                                                                                                          Rangerover (7" Bonus Track)

                                                                                                                                                                          With Mystic Familiar, Dan gives us the result of years of obsessive work, play, and self-discovery. It’s at once his most emotionally open record and his most transcendent, 11 kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop that exponentially expand his sound with unfettered imagination and newfound vulnerability.

                                                                                                                                                                          Since 2015’s Gliss Riffer, Deacon has branched out into an array of collaborative projects including film scores to Rat Film, HBO’sWell Groomed, ESPN’s30 for 30: Subject to Review; collaborating with the NYCBallet’s resident choreographer Justin Peck, LAPhil and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

                                                                                                                                                                          While fulfilling, these projects lacked Dan’s singing voice. In the midst of that whirlwind of activity, he returned whenever he could to a personal oasis⁠—the songs that would become Mystic Familiar, informed by all these collaborations but built from within. Deacon’s writing took an exploratory new direction developed with therapeutic practices of self-compassion and mindfulness, daily prompts from Brian Eno’s deck of Oblique Strategies and the use of meditation. These techniques produced songs that paint life as a psychedelic journey brimming with bliss and disruption, darkness and light.

                                                                                                                                                                          It’s a vulnerable shift in a songbook abundant with characters, metaphors, and modulations. This voice-focused album is also the first record in which each song was built around one central concept—the Mystic Familiar, a supernatural other being that we carry with us everywhere in our head, which only we can hear and with whom we live our lives in eternal conversation.

                                                                                                                                                                          Mystic Familiar takes a propulsive leap with the robot-performed drums and soaring melodies of “Sat By a Tree.” Lyrically, the song conjures campfire reflections on key memories with the hard-won clarity of time, a dialogue with an anthropomorphic tree on chilling out, and befores and afters of life and death. The video, directed by Daren Rabinovitch offilm and animation studioEncyclopedia Pictura and starring comedian Aparna Nancherla, uses natural world elements, vivid colors, and a cartoon-like aesthetic to reflect on time and the precious shortness of life (not for those with an aversion to bugs).

                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: 2015's 'Glass Riffer' didn't some off my turntable for quite some time, and i'm pretty sure this will meet the same fate. Huge swathes of synth and bright percussives shine through below the off-piste vocals and chaotic bitcrushed scree. It's marvellous, and completely insane.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Become A Mountain
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hypnagogic
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Sat By A Tree
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Arp I: Wide Eyed
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Arp II: Float Away
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Arp III: Far From Shore
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Arp IV: Any Moment
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Weeping Birch
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Fell Into The Ocean
                                                                                                                                                                          10. My Friend
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Bumble Bee Crown King

                                                                                                                                                                          Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the trio’s third record. The first fruits of their fantastic expedition entitled Everything Sacred appeared in 2016. The second, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, followed in 2017. Navarasa : Nine Emotions takes their journey many, many leagues on.

                                                                                                                                                                          At the heart of YTK’s transporting new album is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organising principle. The individual artistic emotions range from Shringara (love, beauty) through Hasya (laughter, mirth, comedy), Raudra (anger), Karuna (sorrow, compassion or mercy), Bibhatsya (disgust), Bhayanaka (horror, terror), Veera (heroism, courage), Adbutha (surprise, wonder) to Shanta (peace, tranquillity).

                                                                                                                                                                          Each song on YTK’s new album is connected to one of these emotions, and the first track to be shared from Navarasa : Nine Emotions is “Westlin’ Winds”, paired with Adbutha.

                                                                                                                                                                          “Westlin’ Winds” starts with the life-destroying Act I of Robert Burns’ poem ‘Now Westlin Winds, (And Slaught’ring Guns)’ and deliciously transplants its disjoined, nature-extolling and life-affirming Act II onto Indian soil with a composition “in Purbi, a specific dialect of old Hindi. I learnt the song,” says Suhail, “by listening to various qawwali [Muslim devotional song] singers singing at Hazrat Nizammuddin’s dargah [shrine] in Delhi. Its source is Hazrat Amir Khusrau.” Thus YTK unite one of the key spiritual visionaries and architects of Hindustani art music, the poet-philosopher Hazrat Amir Khusrau with the key literary visionary of Scottish and Scots-language culture, Robert Burns.

                                                                                                                                                                          This bricolage of diverse cross-cultural elements is apparent across Navarasa : Nine Emotions and all of what YTK create. James Yorkston weaves in Scottish folk, sangster and literary strands. Jon Thorne is grounded in jazz and groove. What the New Delhi-based, eighth-generation hereditary musician Suhail Yusuf Khan brings to this feast of pulses and cycles is northern Indian classical, light classical (thumri, for example) and Sufi devotional musical and literary forms. What binds these diverse musical strands together is, in James’ phrase, “a dark happiness”.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          Sukhe Phool
                                                                                                                                                                          The Shearing’s Not For You
                                                                                                                                                                          Thumri Bhairavi
                                                                                                                                                                          Westlin’ Winds
                                                                                                                                                                          Song For Oddur
                                                                                                                                                                          The North Carr
                                                                                                                                                                          Twa Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                          Waliyan Da Raja

                                                                                                                                                                          Bonus Tracks Exclusive To Vinyl:
                                                                                                                                                                          All Saved But One
                                                                                                                                                                          Jon's Poem
                                                                                                                                                                          Skinfast Haven Blues

                                                                                                                                                                          Richard Dawson


                                                                                                                                                                            Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020, his first since the critically acclaimed, Peasant. 2020  is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study, that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

                                                                                                                                                                            On 2020, Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable (and dare we say it, relatable) concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane. Lyrically it is by far Dawson’s hardest-hitting and unflinchingly honest album to date. It is his poetic masterwork.

                                                                                                                                                                            Within, we find disgruntled civil servants dreaming of better days, anxiety-addled joggers listlessly searching Zoopla for houses they cannot afford in their spare time, amateur footballers who think they’re Lionel Messi and beleaguered pub landlords battling rising floodwaters.

                                                                                                                                                                            Here is life, in all its strange and wonderful ways.

                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Massive stadium rock choruses and strolling folk meet headfirst in this decidedly odd but absolutely on-brand distillation from Richard Dawson. Fiercely political but with a wry humour and unmissable melodic drive (an often overlooked aspect of the more 'humorous' releases) coupled with Dawson's flawless delivery and brilliant ear for a progression make this his most direct and essential release yet.

                                                                                                                                                                            Blood Orange’s latest critically acclaimed mixtape, ‘Angel’s Pulse’. Released on the heels of Negro Swan, this album is the overflowing aftermath of that incredible album – the more Dev Hynes the better in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Dark and Handsome’ encapsulates everything I love about Hynes’ music, those drops of recognizable Blood Orange trademarks which are so prominent throughout all his albums. Something that sets the album apart for me is the heartbreaking track ‘Birmingham’ which is referencing the church bombing in Alabama by white nationalists in 1963. Kelsey Lu and Ian Isiah vocals are incredibly emotive and cut through the soul.

                                                                                                                                                                            The album includes collaborations with Toro Y Moi, Kelsey Lu, Arca, Porches, Ian Isiah, Justine Skye and many more. The tracks are short in quick succession, it’s easy to glide through the album and want to hear it all over again for the parts you missed the first time around.

                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Millie says: Dev Hynes bringing us this incredible mixtape, Angel’s Pulse filled with emotional, raw material. Blood Oranges distinct sound flows throughout with glimpses of his trademark echoes, the album flows seamlessly from start to finish but holds his most diverse mixture of songs to date. Absolutely love this and can’t wait for the next.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            I Wanna C U
                                                                                                                                                                            Something To Do
                                                                                                                                                                            Dark & Handsome Ft Toro Y Moi
                                                                                                                                                                            Birmingham Ft Kelsey Lu & Ian Isiah
                                                                                                                                                                            Good For You Ft Justine Skye
                                                                                                                                                                            Baby Florence (Figure)
                                                                                                                                                                            Gold Teeth Ft Project Pat, Gangsta Boo & Tinashe
                                                                                                                                                                            Berlin Ft Porches & Ian Isiah
                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday Feeling (Choose To Stay) Ft Tinashe
                                                                                                                                                                            Seven Hours Part 1 Ft BennY RevivaL
                                                                                                                                                                            Take It Back Ft Arca, Joba & Justine Skye

                                                                                                                                                                            One True Pairing

                                                                                                                                                                            One True Pairing

                                                                                                                                                                              The musical touchstones of Tom Fleming, former Wild Beasts songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalis, were Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty alongside Depeche Mode and Swans. He wrote and played everything himself and then brought in Ben Hillier (Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) on mixing and production duties.

                                                                                                                                                                              One True Pairing is an album shaped by class frustration and self-despair and there is a continuation of the exploration of masculinity that made Wild Beasts so unique. As well as being deeply personal, OTP has a wider political resonance. "This country is going through a terrible moment and if you listen to the art nobody seems to give a shit,” Fleming says emphatically. He believes that class is entirely discounted from the current conversation about inclusivity and privilege. In its 11 songs of discordant guitar and aggressive synth Fleming channels his discontent with Britain in 2019 and a “feeling of directionless rage and cheatedness which hasn't gone away."

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              Zero Summer
                                                                                                                                                                              I’m Not Afraid
                                                                                                                                                                              One True Pairing
                                                                                                                                                                              Dawn At The Factory
                                                                                                                                                                              Blank Walls
                                                                                                                                                                              Reaper Of Souls
                                                                                                                                                                              Elite Companion
                                                                                                                                                                              Alive In The Resplendent Flames
                                                                                                                                                                              King Of The Rats
                                                                                                                                                                              Only God Can Judge Me

                                                                                                                                                                              (Sandy) Alex G

                                                                                                                                                                              House Of Sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                (Sandy) Alex G, aka singer, songwriter and musician Alex Giannascoli, announces new album ‘House of Sugar’. The album is the Philadelphian’s ninth overall and third for Domino.

                                                                                                                                                                                Giannascoli worked closely with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both ‘Rocket’ and 2015’s ‘Beach Music’ and helped to balance each of ‘House of Sugar’s dense, multi-faceted tracks. As the product of extended focus and planning, ‘House of Sugar’ emerges as Giannascoli’s most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and shifting textures and the out-there sonic adventurism that’s made previous (Sandy) Alex G records so singular.

                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: From twisted, Beck-y ballads to euphoric synth-led stormers, Alex G has always had an uncanny knack for writing a tune and these richly orchestrated, beautifully constructed off-piste tunes show more and more ability in every passing album. This stuff is properly gorgeous ; heartfelt, soaring and emotive works of genius. Spellbinding from the outset.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                Walk Away
                                                                                                                                                                                Southern Sky
                                                                                                                                                                                Project 2
                                                                                                                                                                                Bad Man
                                                                                                                                                                                In My Arms
                                                                                                                                                                                SugarHouse (Live)

                                                                                                                                                                                Spinning Coin

                                                                                                                                                                                Visions At The Stars

                                                                                                                                                                                  Glasgow’s Spinning Coin are back with their first new music since their debut album ‘Permo’ was released in 2017. The quartet release new 7” single ‘Visions At The Stars’ via The Pastels’ Geographic Music imprint. ‘Visions At The Stars’ was produced by Gregor Reid and Stephen Pastel at Castle of Doom Studios, Glasgow.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  Visions At The Stars
                                                                                                                                                                                  Not A Dream


                                                                                                                                                                                  Started Out

                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Started Out’ is an upbeat and euphoric track infused with hedonism and influences from the Chicago house scene of the 80s. Using the same original 909 drum machines and sequential analogue synths used by dance legends of the 80s and 90s, ‘Started Out’ is another shining example of Georgia’s flair in the studio; melting her thrilling pop lyricism, with her rich wealth of experience in the studio. Includes a remix by Tuff City Kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    Started Out
                                                                                                                                                                                    Started Out (Tuff City Kids Remix)


                                                                                                                                                                                    About Work The Dancefloor

                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ is a defiant slice of electro-pop, exploring love, passion, melancholy and the thrill of finding yourself on the dancefloor. Synth-pop extraordinaire, Georgia mixes electronica vibes and indie to create these stunning twelves. Showcasing her upbeat pop brilliance, the track is a reflection of the rich influences of Georgia’s personal experience with club culture. Includes a remix by the renowned The Black Madonna.

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      About Work The Dancefloor
                                                                                                                                                                                      About Work The Dancefloor (The Black Madonna Remix)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Nérija are the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries, Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance.

                                                                                                                                                                                      "Blume" is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                      Emily says: New London jazz supergroup Nérija have debuted their radiant, horn driven sound in 2019 to great acclaim. ‘Blume’ expands on the foundations they established earlier this year with their self titled EP. Teeming with lush harmonies, syncopated riffs and plenty of afrobeat shuffle, it is sure to impress fans of Kokoroko, Ezra Collective and Maisha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1.Nascence - Composed By Nérija
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Sheila Maurice-Grey, Rosie Turton And Lizy Exell
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Riverfest - Composed By Nérija
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Shirley Tetteh And Rio Kai
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Last Straw - Composed By Sheila Maurice-Grey
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Nubya Garcia And Sheila Maurice-Grey
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Partner Girlfriend Lover - Composed By Shirley Tetteh
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solo From Shirley Tetteh
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. EU (Emotionally Unavailable) - Composed By Cassie Kinoshi
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Cassie Kinoshi And Nubya Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Blume - Composed By Nubya Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead Line From Sheila Maurice-Grey And Nérija On Vocals
                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Equanimous - Composed By Rio Kai
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Rosie Turton And Shirley Tetteh
                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Swift - Composed By Lizy Exell
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Lizy Exell And Cassie Kinoshi
                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Unbound - Composed By Rosie Turton
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solos From Rosie Turton And Nubya Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Blume Ii - Composed By Nubya Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead Line From Sheila Maurice-Grey And Nérija On Vocals

                                                                                                                                                                                      Night Moves

                                                                                                                                                                                      Can You Really Find Me

                                                                                                                                                                                        Night Moves’ new album, ‘Can You Really Find Me’, pulsates and glows with the same sublime energy that radiated from breakout single ‘Carl Sagan’ in 2016, however in the intervening years, John Pelant and Micky Alfano have grown up.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The songwriting, while still steeped in super-catchy, velvety riffs and pure pop glaze, feels more sophisticated and modern. Since the pair met in high school, awestruck by such ear-candy wizards as Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, they set off to craft their version of what sophisticated, emotional modern pop music can and should sound like.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2016’s ‘Pennied Days’ was a breakthrough and set a new bar for the members of Night Moves. After spending the subsequent two years on ‘Can You Really Find Me’, they’ve scaled new heights, where the sounds are still just as sweet but now smarter, more evocative and perfectly designed for a summer release.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Can You Really Find Me’ was produced by Jim Eno (founding member and drummer of Spoon) out of Public Hi-Fi Studios in Austin, TX and recorded with live band members Mark Hanson and Chuck Murlowski.

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: Night Moves expertly craft a brilliantly emotive and drippingly filmic selection of 80's inspired ballads and rhythmically fluid disco-tinged pop anthems on 'Can You Really Find Me'. Any of these pieces could easily be a slow-motion montage soundtrack, dynamic but with a hint of latent morosity, these are modern and eminently enjoyable anthems, and another reason to pay attention to Night Moves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Keep Me In Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                        Strands Align
                                                                                                                                                                                        Waiting For The
                                                                                                                                                                                        Ribboned Skies
                                                                                                                                                                                        Coconut Grove
                                                                                                                                                                                        Saving The Dark
                                                                                                                                                                                        Can You Really Find Me

                                                                                                                                                                                        While the Sex Pistols and The Clash might have soaked up much of the punk spotlight in the ’70s, Buzzcocks brought something equally influential to the table. The Buzzcocks’ influence on indie rock, power-pop, punk rock and pop-punk is hard to overemphasize. When you think of the punk-pop tag, no band embodied it or perfected it quite like Buzzcocks.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Their songs were gritty, speedy and short like a lot of other punk music, but few punk bands remained committed to pure pop songwriting like Buzzcocks. Pete Shelley’s voice was snotty and full of attitude, their lyrics pushed social boundaries and the band’s guitars were pumping and lightning fast, but their infectious melodies might have fallen more in line with the pop or New Wave acts of the day than say, The Damned or The Stooges.
                                                                                                                                                                                        While albums like Another Music in a Different Kitchen or Love Bites are still worth digging into, the general consensus is that Buzzcocks’ most essential release is their 1979 singles compilation Singles Going Steady. It contained album cuts like “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” non-album singles like “Orgasm Addict” and “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” as well as B-sides like “Autonomy” and “Noise Annoys.” The album’s eight singles and eight B-sides buff out the occasionally forgettable moments of their LPs and it’s the most accurate document of Buzzcocks as a band.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The songs that make up Singles Going Steady are largely about relationships and youthful frustration, and the album leads off with “Orgasm Addict,” an explicitly sexual song about everything from masturbation to full-on sex addiction. The song, which also features Shelley’s erotic moans, was unsurprisingly banned by the BBC upon release. Continuing with themes about the universal, inevitable shortcomings of youth, “I Don’t Mind” sums many of them up in a sharp, snappy rock ’n’ roll nut shell. Shelley paints a picture of the longing for another and the highlighting of your own insecurities when you do find that person. What begins with a song about loneliness and escape transforms into a song about fear of unreciprocated romantic feelings, which stems from a lack of self-confidence.

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        David says: Quite simply it’s hands down the best ‘best of’ in the history of pop. Originally released in 1979 this edition has been brought back to life by the good folk at Domino Records. “Orgasm Addict”, “What Do I Get?”, “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)”, “Harmony In My Head”, “Autonomy”.... The list goes on, what more could you possibly want?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        01 Orgasm Addict
                                                                                                                                                                                        02 What Do I Get?
                                                                                                                                                                                        03 I Don't Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                        04 Love You More
                                                                                                                                                                                        05 Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
                                                                                                                                                                                        06 Promises
                                                                                                                                                                                        07 Everybody's Happy Nowadays
                                                                                                                                                                                        08 Harmony In My Head
                                                                                                                                                                                        09 Whatever Happened To?
                                                                                                                                                                                        10 Oh Shit!
                                                                                                                                                                                        11 Autonomy
                                                                                                                                                                                        12 Noise Annoys
                                                                                                                                                                                        13 Just Lust
                                                                                                                                                                                        14 Lipstick
                                                                                                                                                                                        15 Why Can't I Touch It?
                                                                                                                                                                                        16 Something's Gone Wrong Again 

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's conceivable that internal friction helped inspire the title of the third Buzzcocks longplayer, 'A Different Kind Of Tension'; the group would splinter shortly after the album's 1979 release. But the U.K. pop punk band went out with a bang, marshaling one of their most diverse and exciting sets of songs under the guidance of producer Martin Rushent. The breakneck pace of their first recordings is well represented by such tracks as opener “Paradise,” though by the closing sound collage “Radio Nine,” chief songwriter Pete Shelley has managed to indulge his more experimental side as well – without ever abandoning the trademark Buzzcocks wit and emphasis on melody.

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        01. Paradise
                                                                                                                                                                                        02. Sitting 'round At Home
                                                                                                                                                                                        03. You Say You Don't Love Me
                                                                                                                                                                                        04. You Know You Can't Help It
                                                                                                                                                                                        05. Mad, Mad Judy
                                                                                                                                                                                        06. Raison D'Etre
                                                                                                                                                                                        07. I Don't Know What To Do With My Life
                                                                                                                                                                                        08. Money
                                                                                                                                                                                        09. Hollow Inside
                                                                                                                                                                                        10. A Different Kind Of Tension
                                                                                                                                                                                        11. I Believe
                                                                                                                                                                                        12. Radio Nine 

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