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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?.”


    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.


      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 Repress

        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.


        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. 


          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

                    Black Candy - 2022 Reissue

                      Is it okay to call Black Candy a departure? A Jungian descent into a darker psychological state? If the starkness of the cover art wasn’t enough of a harbinger, the edgier tone of Black Candy coupled with all this lyrical talk about gravediggers, lost boyfriends, ghosts and… pajama parties is enough to wonder just how close to the bonfire Beat Happening were willing to dance.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Other Side
                      2. Black Candy
                      3. Knick Knack
                      4. Pajama Party In A Haunted Hive
                      5. Grave Digger Blues
                      6. Cast A Shadow
                      7. Bonfire
                      8. T.V. Girl
                      9. Playhouse
                      10. Ponytail

                      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

                        Beat Happening

                        You Turn Me On - 2022 Reissue

                          From the hypnotic, elegiac pulse of “Tiger Trap” to the meditative tone poem of “Godsend,” the quiet maturity and melodic confidence of You Turn Me On makes it a bittersweet swansong for Beat Happening, but what a way to go out.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Tiger Trap
                          2. Noise
                          3. Pinebox Derby
                          4. Teenage Caveman
                          5. Sleepy Head
                          6. You Turn Me On
                          7. Godsend
                          8. Hey Day
                          9. Bury The Hammer

                          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

                            Anna Calvi


                              Anna Calvi’s Tommy EP features four songs written specifically for Peaky Blinders. As well as the haunting “Ain’t No Grave”, the EP includes a cover of “Red Right Hand” - the Peaky Blinders theme song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All The Tired Horses”, and an original song by Calvi, “Burning Down”.

                              Anna says:
                              “I’ve been living in the character of Tommy Shelby for years now. The only way to write for this show is to get inside his head - I’ve dreamed about him every night for months, and when I pick up my guitar I try to play to his inner thoughts. My guitar is his violence and my voice is his hope.”


                              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

                                                                      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)

                                                                                          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)

                                                                                                Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains

                                                                                                Banane Bleue

                                                                                                  ‘Banane Bleue’ (French for blue banana), the brand new album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains, is a nomadic and truly European record, hailing from rented workspaces in some of the continent’s key cities - Berlin, Athens and Paris - and recorded with instruments that were often borrowed from likeminded musicians.

                                                                                                  Written solely by Frànçois Marry himself, close collaborator and Weird World artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi was enlisted for production duties whilst Renaud Letang (Feist, Gonzales, Connan Mockasin) mixed the album.

                                                                                                  The title of the album is taken from the ‘blue banana’ concept, a geographical theory that groups together a corridor of Europe’s biggest cities, originally conceived in the 1980s. The theory states that the blurring of these cities’ boundaries has resulted in the formation of one massive, interconnected megalopolis.

                                                                                                  Expanding on the theory, Frànçois poetised it, picturing a luminescent blue banana shape that you can see from space with vibrant, ethereal currents that surround and bind us. It explores common cultural and romantic ground, creating an album full of missed meetings and misunderstandings.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  The Foreigner
                                                                                                  Par Le Passé
                                                                                                  Holly Golightly
                                                                                                  Lee-Ann & Lucie
                                                                                                  Tourne Autour
                                                                                                  Gold & Lips
                                                                                                  Dans Un Taxi

                                                                                                  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


                                                                                                    Complete UA Singles 1977-1980

                                                                                                      Following last year’s extensive re-release campaign, Domino announce the Buzzcocks 7” box-set containing the 12 singles the band released for United Artists between 1977 and 1980.

                                                                                                      Remastered from the original tapes and in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves, the box also contains a 36-page booklet written by acclaimed author and punk chronicler Clinton Heylin.

                                                                                                      A thrilling run of singles, primarily written by Pete Shelley & Steve Diggle, which showcased their effortless ability to write three-minute-minimasterpieces that would endure long after the initial spark of punk had faded, many of these tracks were compiled and released on the album Singles Going Steady, a record which came out in the U.K. in November 1981 and quickly transcended its status as a mere compilation going on to become regarded as a seminal and era– defining release.

                                                                                                      12 x 7’’ black vinyl in flip-top box with 36-page booklet and digital download card.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Single 1
                                                                                                      Orgasm Addict
                                                                                                      What Ever Happened To?
                                                                                                      Single 2
                                                                                                      What Do I Get?
                                                                                                      Oh Shit!
                                                                                                      Single 3
                                                                                                      I Don’t Mind
                                                                                                      Single 4
                                                                                                      Love You More
                                                                                                      Noise Annoys
                                                                                                      Single 5
                                                                                                      Ever Fallen In Love (With
                                                                                                      Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)
                                                                                                      Just Lust
                                                                                                      Single 6
                                                                                                      Single 7
                                                                                                      Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
                                                                                                      Why Can’t I Touch It?
                                                                                                      Single 8
                                                                                                      Harmony In My Head
                                                                                                      Something’s Gone Wrong Again
                                                                                                      Single 9
                                                                                                      You Say You Don’t Love Me
                                                                                                      Raison D’Etre
                                                                                                      Single 10
                                                                                                      Are Everything
                                                                                                      Why She’s A Girl From The
                                                                                                      Single 11
                                                                                                      Strange Thing
                                                                                                      Airwaves Dream
                                                                                                      Single 12
                                                                                                      Running Free
                                                                                                      What Do You


                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                            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


                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                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)

                                                                                                                                          Stephen Malkmus

                                                                                                                                          Traditional Techniques

                                                                                                                                            Traditional Techniques, Malkmus’ third solo LP without the Jicks (or Pavement), is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in his singular voice. An adventurous new album in an instantly familiar mode, Traditional Techniques creates a serendipitous trilogy with the loose fuzz of the Jicks’ Sparkle Hard (2018) and the solo bedroom experiments of Groove Denied (2019). Taken together, these three very different full-lengths in three years highlight an ever-curious songwriter committed to finding untouched territory.

                                                                                                                                            Malkmus took on Traditional Techniques as a kind of self-dare. Conceived while recording Sparkle Hard at Portland’s Halfling Studio, Malkmus had observed the variety of acoustic instruments available for use. The idea escalated within a matter of weeks into a full set of songs, and shortly thereafter into a realized and fully committed album. When he returned to Halfling, Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette--including a variety of Afghani instruments - to support an ache both quizzical and contemporary. The resulting Traditional Techniques is expansive and thrilling. Alongside gorgeous folk music, there are also occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger, straight-up commune rock (“Xian Man”), and mind-bending fuzz.

                                                                                                                                            Centred around the songwriter’s 12-string acoustic guitar, and informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Traditional Techniques is the product of Malkmus and Halfling engineer/arranger-in-residence Chris Funk (The Decemberists). Additionally, Matt Sweeney (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Chavez) plays guitar throughout.

                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Malkmus returns, bringing with him a healthy line-up of shimmering folky ballads and swooning angular acoustic guitar work. Ranging from hypnotic drones and soul-affirming melodicism to jaunty, swaggering grooves and all topped with Malkmus' unmistakeable vocals. Superb.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. ACC Kirtan
                                                                                                                                            2. Xian Man
                                                                                                                                            3. The Greatest Own In Legal History
                                                                                                                                            4. Cash Up
                                                                                                                                            5. Shadowbanned
                                                                                                                                            6. What Kind Of Person
                                                                                                                                            7. Flowin’ Robes
                                                                                                                                            8. Brainwashed
                                                                                                                                            9. Signal Western
                                                                                                                                            10. Amberjack

                                                                                                                                            Anna Calvi


                                                                                                                                              In the summer of 2018, Anna Calvi released her third album Hunter. On the album, she explored sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity. Following a stellar 18 months, which saw Calvi write her first television score (for Peaky Blinders) and receive her third consecutive Mercury Prize nomination (the first solo artist to achieve this feat), Calvi has now crafted a stunning reworking of Hunter into Hunted. Revisiting her first recordings for Hunter, Calvi found they offered an intimate and private view of the songs’ initial intentions. Distilled to their bare essence on Hunted: her masterful guitar playing and formidable vocals, Calvi then asked Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot (IDLES), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter to collaborate with her and further transform the songs.

                                                                                                                                              On Hunted, Calvi said, “During a break from touring I went back and listened to the first recordings I ever made of ‘Hunter’. These recordings capture the very moment I first wrote these songs, and recorded them on my own, in my attic studio. I find something especially intimate about sharing these most private recordings with my favourite singers and asking them to lend their voices and artistic sensibility. Courtney Barnett is an amazing artist. Her voice and guitar playing together are mind blowing. Her ability to connect the profound to the smallest moments of human experience is the unique talent of a true artist.”

                                                                                                                                              On working together, Barnett said, “Anna is a completely awe-inspiring performer, it’s impossible to take your eyes off her onstage. I love her songwriting for its beautiful and perfect balance between aggression and tenderness.” More raw-sounding than their original incarnations, the tracks on Hunted shine under the light of a different lens, one that brings the innate fragility of the compositions to the forefront and exquisitely melds together the dichotomy of the hunter and the hunted, the primal and the beautiful, the vulnerable and the strong.

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              Barry says: The superb turnaround of Anna Calvi's 2018 LP 'Hunter' into 'Hunted' sees Calvi collaborating with a selection of some of the greatest names in modern indie music, and adds futher gravitas to the stunningly written and brilliantly performed pieces on show. Deep and soulful, swimming with gothcic drive and singularly enchanting, this is a perfect companion or a wonderful listen on it's own.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Swimming Pool (feat. Julia Holter)
                                                                                                                                              Eden (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)
                                                                                                                                              Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy (feat. Courtney Barnett)
                                                                                                                                              Wish (feat. Joe Talbot/IDLES)
                                                                                                                                              Indies Or Paradise

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                            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 

                                                                                                                                                            One of the recent past’s most unexpected come-back stories, Peter Perrett - former frontman of The Only Ones - resurfaced in 2017 with ‘How The West Was Won’, an album that saw him chart in the UK, star on BBC Newsnight, sell out rooms at Electric Ballroom and Islington Assembly Hall and collect accolades across the board.

                                                                                                                                                            In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry humour, if not with more vigour even and a palpable sense of immediacy. He is not unshackled from his past, however. ‘Humanworld’ features a production credit for Peter’s son Jamie who also contributes a song to the album (‘Master Of Destruction’) and the story of knitting a family back together, following a history of chaos and addiction, now takes a step closer to centre.

                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Peter Perrett, lead singer of the Only Ones presents his newest outing, 'Humanworld'. With big crunchy guitars and a modern take on the soaring 80's jangle we all know and love, Perrett efforlessly and effectively swaggers through a varied but engrossing suite of melodic heft and massive stadium fuzz.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            I Want Your Dreams
                                                                                                                                                            Once Is Enough
                                                                                                                                                            Heavenly Day
                                                                                                                                                            Love Comes On Silent
                                                                                                                                                            The Power Is In You
                                                                                                                                                            Believe In Nothing
                                                                                                                                                            War Plan Red
                                                                                                                                                            48 Crash
                                                                                                                                                            Walking In Berlin
                                                                                                                                                            Love’s Inferno
                                                                                                                                                            Master Of Destruction

                                                                                                                                                            Arlo Day

                                                                                                                                                            Bad Timing

                                                                                                                                                              Arlo Day is the moniker of Alice Barlow, a young songwriter and guitarist from South-East London whose unique ear for melody, haunting vocals and rumbling guitar tones have gained a quiet reputation as one of the capital’s best kept secrets. Self-produced and recorded at home, the ‘Bad Timing’ EP is a trio of tracks that showcase her deft ability to write songs that are at once personal vignettes and brooding canvases for introspection. ‘Bad Timing’ introduces Arlo Day as a singular and exciting new songwriting talent.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Bad Timing
                                                                                                                                                              2. This Love
                                                                                                                                                              3. Broke

                                                                                                                                                              "Diviner" is a deeply emotional album: lyrically generous in its candid tone and self-awareness, the melodies resonant with sense memory. The album feels like a startling departure from Thorpe’s previous work with Wild Beast. Story-telling, imaginative dynamics and arrangements coincide with a deft and unique vocal prowess. Comparisons could be drawn with Manchester's Dutch Uncles, or even the quirky & eccentric delivery of Calvin Johnson but really, Hayden's conveying emotions and feels all of his own.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Straight Lines
                                                                                                                                                              Earthly Needs
                                                                                                                                                              Love Crimes
                                                                                                                                                              Stop Motion
                                                                                                                                                              In My Name
                                                                                                                                                              Human Knot
                                                                                                                                                              Spherical Time
                                                                                                                                                              Impossible Object

                                                                                                                                                              Wheeltappers and Shunters was recorded in 2018 in founding band member Hartley's Liverpool studio, before they brought in Dilip Harris (King Krule, Sons Of Kemet, Mount Kimbie) to mix it. “We thought it felt right to make a fun, dancefloor album in these dark and conservative times,” Blackburn continues. Fun, sure, but this is Clinic – their brand of fun oozes with menace.

                                                                                                                                                              The Great Britain that Clinic are evoking is not that ancient, bucolic past of village green cricket, half a mild and hanky-waving Morris Dancers that many seem so determined that the country should return to, but a rather more sleazy past. Clinic’s reverie is for a time when Blackpool was the pleasure capital of the kingdom and the public was kept entertained by travelling circuses and the dirty glamour of the funfair; tacky end of the pier merriment and enforced fun at Butlins; when bell-ringing town criers bellowed their nonsensical broadsides into the ether.

                                                                                                                                                              For most bands about to enter their third decade as an entity the well would be running dry, but eight albums in and Clinic still retain the ability to surprise. Clocking in at just over 28 minutes, Wheeltappers and Shunters is an absolute blast, rich in detail and sonic intrigue, those precious minutes stuffed with ideas. “We’d released albums like clockwork every two years, so it seemed natural to have a break,” Blackburn reveals. “It allowed everyone to do some quite oddball stuff, away from Clinic. I think we all wanted a bit more freedom.”

                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Barry says: Comfortingly warm and brilliantly varied, 'Wheeltappers and Shunters' perfectly treads the line between jagged, unpredictable psychedelia and smoothly redolent rock music, with enough of an edge to remain interesting and the perfect amount of sweetness to keep the listener fully on-board. Lovely.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Laughing Cavalier
                                                                                                                                                              2. Complex
                                                                                                                                                              3. Rubber Bullets
                                                                                                                                                              4. Tiger
                                                                                                                                                              5. Ferryboat Of The Mind
                                                                                                                                                              6. Mirage
                                                                                                                                                              7. D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E
                                                                                                                                                              8. Flying Fish
                                                                                                                                                              9. Be Yourself/Year Of The Sadist
                                                                                                                                                              10. Congratulations
                                                                                                                                                              11. Rejoice!
                                                                                                                                                              12. New Equations At The Copacabana 

                                                                                                                                                              Protomartyr can finally answer what is probably their most frequently asked question: “When are you going to reissue your first album?” ‘No Passion All Technique’ has long been something of a mystery. Not available on streaming services; long out of print (and going for ridiculous prices on auction sites), why was this album so elusive?

                                                                                                                                                              When Protomartyr - vocalist Joe Casey, guitarist Greg Ahee, bassist Scott Davidson, drummer Alex Leonard - stepped into a studio together for the first time, in November of 2011, they didn’t know they were about to record an album. With only four hours of studio time booked and one case of beer between them, their plan was to walk out with enough songs for a seven-inch single. Instead, at the suggestion of engineer Chris Koltay, the newly formed Detroit outfit recorded as much as they possibly could, in what little time they had.

                                                                                                                                                              Sold out and out of print shortly after its original release on Urinal Cake Records in October 2012, ‘No Passion All Technique’ is a sometimes-messy look at one of rock’s most magnetic bands - and lyricists - just as they were coming to life. Primal, cerebral, heartbreaking, funny - it’s an accidental tour de force that’s also become an unlikely collector’s item. “My memory is shot,” Casey says, “but I appreciate now, looking back, how raw and off-the-cuff it was. There’s tons of mistakes in it and that wasn’t because we planned on it. We still can’t really admit that it’s as good as it is. You never want to say that your first is the best, but I’m happy that the first ended up not being terrible. It gave us doorway to what we’d want to do later.”

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              In My Sphere
                                                                                                                                                              Machinist Man
                                                                                                                                                              Hot Wheel City
                                                                                                                                                              3 Swallows
                                                                                                                                                              Free Supper
                                                                                                                                                              Too Many Jewels
                                                                                                                                                              (Don’t You) Call Me Out My Name
                                                                                                                                                              How He Lived After He Died
                                                                                                                                                              Feral Cats
                                                                                                                                                              Wine Of Ape

                                                                                                                                                              The Clang Group

                                                                                                                                                              We Do Wie Du

                                                                                                                                                                The Clang group return with a one off 7” wonder and re-version of 60’s cult legends The Monks’ ‘We Do Wie Du’.

                                                                                                                                                                Beth Gibbons And The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

                                                                                                                                                                Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

                                                                                                                                                                Domino is extremely proud to present Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. 

                                                                                                                                                                The performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's (The National) Réponse Lutosławski.

                                                                                                                                                                Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though - the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades - the challenge was met and exceeded. Her performance alongside the maestro Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, as you can see and hear on this release.

                                                                                                                                                                The film, was produced by the National Audiovisual Institute, Poland and directed by Michał Merczyński.

                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: There's no denying that Beth Gibbons is one of the most cherished and highly recognisable vocal talents of the past several decades, but hearing her in this context is nothing less than astounding. The latent sadness inherent in Gorecki's 3rd symphony is only enhanced by Gibbons' stunning vocal range and perfect delivery. Astounding.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                I. Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile
                                                                                                                                                                II. Lento E Largo - Tranquillissimo
                                                                                                                                                                III. Lento - Cantabile-semplice

                                                                                                                                                                Avey Tare

                                                                                                                                                                Cows On Hourglass Pond

                                                                                                                                                                  Avey Tare, aka Dave Portner of Animal Collective, announces the new album ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’, which was recorded between January - March 2018 by Dave Portner at Laughing Gas in Asheville, NC on a Tascam 48 half-inch reelto-reel tape machine and mixed by Adam McDaniel and Dave Portner at Drop Of Sun Studios in Asheville, NC. The album follows the 2017 release of Avey Tare’s ‘Eucalyptus’ and 2018’s audiovisual album ‘Tangerine Reef’, a collaboration between Animal Collective and avant-garde coral macro- videographers Coral Morphologic.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Frenetic melodies and cavernous vocal reverb work their way around the slo-mo funk and psychedelic melodies, leading the listener on a stylistically varied and fascinating journey.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  What’s The Goodside?
                                                                                                                                                                  Eyes On Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                  Nostalgia In Lemonade
                                                                                                                                                                  Saturdays (Again)
                                                                                                                                                                  Chilly Blue
                                                                                                                                                                  K.C. Yours
                                                                                                                                                                  Our Little Chapter
                                                                                                                                                                  Taken Boy
                                                                                                                                                                  Remember Mayan

                                                                                                                                                                  Domino present Nérija; the septet of 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).

                                                                                                                                                                  Their debut ‘Nérija EP’ - originally composed, recorded and self-released following their meetings and collaborations via London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors - is re-released, having been remixed by kwes and remastered by Chris Potter at Electric.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Millie says: It’s been a while since I’ve listened to anything this warm and soulful, the seven-piece all female collective have breathed new life into jazz. With a mixture of horns, beautiful arrangement and upbeat, bold rhythm they really have owned their sound. Hopefully lots more to come from Nérija…

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  Pinkham V
                                                                                                                                                                  The Fisherman
                                                                                                                                                                  For You

                                                                                                                                                                  Stephen Malkmus

                                                                                                                                                                  Groove Denied

                                                                                                                                                                    The rumours are true: the secret electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about sees the light of day through Domino. But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.”

                                                                                                                                                                    The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single ‘Viktor Borgia’, and its accompanying video starring Stephen alone in a dance club. The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: It's bloody brilliant this, with hints of post-punk garage and most of all 80's synth, Malkmus clearly shows his wealth of influence on 'Groove Denied', swinging from snappy grunge to 70's psychedelia without batting an eyelid. Though the diversity in sound shines through, it's not without the Malkmus charm, with his vocal prowess shining through the stylistic patchwork.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    01. Belziger Faceplant
                                                                                                                                                                    02. A Bit Wilder
                                                                                                                                                                    03. Viktor Borgia
                                                                                                                                                                    04. Come Get Me
                                                                                                                                                                    05. Forget Your Place

                                                                                                                                                                    06. Rushing The Acid Frat
                                                                                                                                                                    07. Love The Door
                                                                                                                                                                    08. Bossviscerate
                                                                                                                                                                    09. Ocean Of Revenge

                                                                                                                                                                    Los Angeles-based artist SASAMI announces her self-titled debut album.

                                                                                                                                                                    If you’ve ever drafted an overly long text to someone and decided against sending it, then you'll probably hear something of yourself in SASAMI. Los Angeles based songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Sasami Ashworth wrote the album’s ten tautly melodic rock tracks over the course of a year on tour, playing keys and guitar with Cherry Glazerr, tracking the thrills, disappointments and non-starters of a year spent newly single and on the road.

                                                                                                                                                                    With featured artists Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils), Devendra Banhart and Soko, this is a slice of 90s distorted guitar pop wonderment you won’t want to miss.

                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: Wonderfully wonky at points, rhythmically diverse and musically immersive, Sasami's debut LP is an absolute storm of inventive poly-rhythms ('In Hollywood' is a prime example) presenting themselves without getting in the way of the listeners enjoyment. From tender, almost whispered vocals to huge distorted scree, this debut LP is an absolute rollercoaster, and unlike a rollercoaster, enjoyable throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    I Was A Window (feat. Dustin Payseur)
                                                                                                                                                                    Not The Time
                                                                                                                                                                    Morning Comes
                                                                                                                                                                    Free (feat. Devendra Banhart)
                                                                                                                                                                    Pacify My Heart
                                                                                                                                                                    At Hollywood
                                                                                                                                                                    Adult Contemporary (feat. Soko)
                                                                                                                                                                    Turned Out I Was Everyone

                                                                                                                                                                    James Yorkston

                                                                                                                                                                    The Route To The Harmonium

                                                                                                                                                                      Produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, The Route to the Harmonium is James’ first solo record since 2014’s Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (CRAWS) and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan as well as the release of his debut novel Three Craws in 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                      The album was almost entirely recorded by James himself, in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke, where he lives. Yorkston’s studio is a ramshackle old loft space, originally used to repair fisherman’s nets, and now stuffed full the antique instruments James has collected throughout his life as a musician. Having created hours of recordings, James called up his old collaborator David Wrench - the mixer and producer who has worked with the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and David Byrne - and someone who has worked on James’ albums since 2003 – to help make sense of the sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                      The Route to the Harmonium (or, ‘the search for peace’) is intensely personal; it’s the sound of home, of undisturbed craftmanship. Listen closely and you can imagine him putting it together. Overlaying vocal and guitar tracks, adding further with Dulcitones, harmoniums and autoharps, with nyckelharpa, the distinctive Swedish stringed instrument given to him by a friend. And friends and family, past and present swim all over his songs. Remembering them, and those you’ve shared life with, those who leave and those who remain, is the strongest thread running through these affecting, extraordinary songs. This is Yorkston’s world and could be nowhere else in music.

                                                                                                                                                                      James adds: “I guess, as a musician and writer, I find myself reacting to what goes on around. So, this album is about life, the life that carries on around me. There’s family, place, and the being away from family that the life of a touring musician brings… But there’s also reference to friends departed – the hows, the whys – When a friend jumps ship it’s always a haymaker to the gut, you know? And this album is about them, but it’s more about us, us who are left behind...”

                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Tender ballads and brittle songmaship on this stunning outing from the great James Yorkston. Reminiscent of some of the country-folk offerings from Constellation / Alien8 recordings in the early 90's, Yorkston manages to convey a heartbreaking morose air whilst keeping the melodicism intact. A beautifully written collection, as expected.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      01 Your Beauty Could Not Save You
                                                                                                                                                                      02 The Irish Wars Of Independence 
                                                                                                                                                                      03 Like Bees To Foxglove
                                                                                                                                                                      04 Shallow
                                                                                                                                                                      05 The Blue Of The Thistle
                                                                                                                                                                      06 Brittle
                                                                                                                                                                      07 My Mouth Ain't No Bible
                                                                                                                                                                      08 Solitary Islands All
                                                                                                                                                                      09 The Villages I Have Known My Entire Life
                                                                                                                                                                      10 Oh Me, Oh My
                                                                                                                                                                      11 Yorkston Athletic
                                                                                                                                                                      12 A Footnote To An Epitaph 

                                                                                                                                                                      Noah Lennox's sixth solo album as Panda Bear is Buoys. The first song to be released from Buoys is “Dolphin”: Lennox’s bright, sincere voice front and center, with miles of space surrounding it, a guitar and some textured samples fleshing out the dubby sparseness and undercurrent of speaker-limit-pushing sub-bass low-end. Buoys was co-produced and co-mixed by collaborator Rusty Santos in Lennox’s adopted home of Lisbon, Portugal. Lennox and Santos last collaborated on the landmark Panda Bear album Person Pitch, which had its 10-year anniversary last year.

                                                                                                                                                                      Animated by their ongoing interest in contemporary music production techniques, Lennox and Santos envisioned something that would “feel familiar to a young person’s ears.” However, Buoys retains a deep layer of experimentation coursing through the hyper-modern production – a hallmark of Panda Bear releases that will feel intimately familiar to fans of Lennox’s decade-plus body of work.

                                                                                                                                                                      Alongside Santos, Buoys also features collaborators in Chilean DJ/vocalist Lizz and Portuguese musician Dino D'Santiago, both artists who came to Lennox via Santos’ recent trap and reggaeton production work; the former contributes arrangements throughout the album including “Dolphin,” and both lend their vocals to “Inner Monologue."

                                                                                                                                                                      Buoys is the first Panda Bear release since 2018's vinyl-only EP A Day With the Homies, and the follow-up to 2015's kaleidoscopic full-length Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. "The last three records felt like a chapter to me, and this feels like the beginning of something new," says Lennox whilst surveying how Buoys relates to the estimable Panda Bear catalogue. Indeed, the forthcoming Buoys is full of fresh ideas from one of modern music's most fascinating, innovative, and emotionally generous artists.

                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Having always been the more electronic side of the musical monolith that is Animal Collective, Panda Bear clearly brings the off-kilter melodies and syncopated Books-esque loop manipulation, with 'Buoys' proving to be every bit the staggered and echo-laden monolith we'd expect. Comfortingly avant-garde without stepping too far into art-rock or ostracising the listener, buoys takes a while to reel you in but when it does, you're stuck for good.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      01. Dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                      02. Cranked
                                                                                                                                                                      03. Token
                                                                                                                                                                      04. I Know I Don’t Know
                                                                                                                                                                      05. Master
                                                                                                                                                                      06. Buoys
                                                                                                                                                                      07. Inner Monologue
                                                                                                                                                                      08. Crescendo
                                                                                                                                                                      09. Home Free 


                                                                                                                                                                      Another Music In A Different Kitchen - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                      Like many first albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen collected material written by the group - in particular Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle - that had been amassed during the previous years, going back to 1974 and 1975. According to Tony McGartland in his Buzzcocks: The Complete History, the songs were sequenced in the order that they were written. The play through seems to bear this out: the album begins in fast protest punk and ends in the seven minute, definitely non punk length Krautrock of ‘Moving Away From The Pulsebeat.’

                                                                                                                                                                      Most of Shelley’s songs on the first side concern the vicissitudes of romance, but the opener Fast Cars name drops US campaigner Ralph Nader in an ecological diatribe: “They're so depressing going 'round and 'round/Ooh, they make me dizzy, oh fast cars they run me down.” ‘No Reply’, ‘You Tear Me Up’, ‘Get On Our Own’ and ‘Love Battery’ are sharp, short (all under two and a half minutes), speedy disquisitions on the tortures of interpersonal communication, love and lust played with a perfect balance between pace, abrasion and melody.

                                                                                                                                                                      Side closer ‘Sixteen’ is something else. It’s longer and contains an avant-garde breakdown around two minutes in, recorded with each group member isolated and unable to hear each other. “It started off as a false ending,” Shelley told me in 1977: “All sloppy, and then it carries on longer so that people are thinking, “Oh I’ve just clapped but they’re not thinking — what’s up?” and then it comes back in again.” It was, as John Maher added, “A remnant of our chaos days.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Would Shelley like to be sixteen again? “In some ways yes, in some ways no. The words go: “And I wish I was sixteen again/Then things would be such fun/All the things I'd do would be the same/But they're much more fun/ Than when you're twenty one.” Things like going for a drink — now the novelty’s worn off but the enjoyment’s still there. There’s no difference between doing something when you’re 16 and 22, except there is a difference if you’re doing it for the first time.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the song is its rapid fire, venomous ending:
                                                                                                                                                                      “And I hate modern music/Disco boogie and pop/They go on and on and on and on and on/HOW I WISH THEY WOULD STOP!” Never has a truer sentence been written about the true impetus behind Punk: not just boredom with progressive rock or dinosaur sixties acts but an intense disgust with mainstream pop music, which in 1976, the year of number one singles by Elton and Kiki, Abba, the Brotherhood of Man, Adge Cutler & the Wurzels, seemed not to have anything to do with teenage life and certainly nothing to do with excitement or the true teenage news.

                                                                                                                                                                      The five songs on side two reflected the group moving away from simple love tropes into something more complex: as Shelley sang on ‘I Don’t Mind’, “Reality’s a dream.” Unlike the increasing militarism and violent posturing of the Clash, Buzzcocks aimed to explore male sensitivity and frailty (‘This pathetic clown’) - which in pop terms was still new, exactly what punk had set out to be. They began to use love songs as a conduit through which they could talk about other things: the nature of human relationships in a capitalistic society, the nature of reality itself.

                                                                                                                                                                      Onstage Buzzcocks did not present as macho. Sometimes they’d try a group uniform, like the Mondrian shirts of early 1977, but mostly they just dressed as themselves: Diggle and Maher in various permutations of Mod wear, Paddy Garvey in leather jacket and skinny tie, and Shelley in a bewildering variety of styles. “It’s no good me wearing anything like that (bondage pants),” Shelley told me; “I’m just not the fashionable shape.” “You put those clothes on and you become a different character,” Diggle added: “I don’t feel myself, I feel like somebody else.”

                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Fiction Romance’ continues the themes of ‘I Don’t Mind’: male frailty, the commodification of emotions, the difference between reality and fantasy. Steve Diggle’s powerful ‘Autonomy’ spells out the true theme behind Punk: self determination. “It’s a discussion between two sides of your personality,” he told me; “It’s about discipline in yourself, like when you say you’d like to do something and you haven’t got control, you’re not autonomous. Like giving up smoking, which I’m trying to do now and it’s very difficult. I haven’t got control of myself.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Shelley’s pell-mell ‘I Need’ tackles the capitalist perplex head on: “I used to only want but now I need/To get by with what I got but now I need.” After a fine bass led instrumental break, Shelley lays it out again: “I need sex/I need love/I need drink/I need drugs/I need food/I need cash/I need you to love me back.” ‘Moving Away From The Pulsebeat’ continues the breakneck pace: lasting at least three times the standard punk rock single, it features some stinging psychedelic solos and some rapid fire classic break beats from John Maher.

                                                                                                                                                                      There’s a pause, then the riff of ‘Boredom’ returns: back to the beginning. Another Music in a Different Kitchen is a perfect circle: thirty five and a half minutes of tuneful, exciting and thoughtful music that stretched the boundaries of guitar pop music at the same time as it delivered on the group’s promise. It was a critical and a commercial success, reaching the UK album top twenty in March 1978 and staying there for nearly three months. But Buzzcocks had no time to rest on their laurels.

                                                                                                                                                                      Behind the chocolate box cover, Love Bites is an album of paradoxes if not clashing opposites: real/imaginary, past/future, love/lust, connection/alienation, commerciality/experimentation. It’s to the group’s credit that they walk the high wire with ease: the attack is less punk, more measured and on occasion psychedelic, as befits the perceptual and philosophical nature of Shelley’s lyrics. The glossy pop star photo on the sleeve is matched by stranger photo realist portraits on the inner, by Robin Utracik of the Worst: Shelley in particular looks dishevelled, having just vomited when the source photo was taken.

                                                                                                                                                                      Love Bites hit its moment. The reviews were good, and so were sales: it reached number 13 in the album charts, Buzzcocks’ best showing. They immediately went out on their fourth tour, Beating Hearts - supported by Subway Sect - which was marked in this year of Sham 69 by skinhead violence and stage invasions, definitely not what Buzzcocks were about. The fifth single of that year had already been recorded: ‘Promises’ and ‘Lipstick’, the latter of which used the same riff as Magazine’s debut ‘Shot by Both Sides’. Buzzcocks had reached their commercial peak, but Pete Shelley was deeply troubled.

                                                                                                                                                                      Late 1978 was a harsh place, with competing styles and fads and the relentless pressure of rapid fire novelty that punk had set up. The pace was killing and on top of that the impetus of 1976 punk had faded. Shelley also felt that the original sense of community had gone: “Once we were in the music industry, people had become more diversified, there was nothing really to pull people together again.” More importantly, the constant touring was driving him mad: “It was a bit unnerving. When we did the Love Bites tour I was convinced by Richard not to leave the band. It was all getting too much for me.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Julia Holter


                                                                                                                                                                        Aviary is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” It’s the Los Angeles composer’s most breathtakingly expansive album yet, full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 record, Have You in My Wilderness, it takes as its starting point a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds." It’s a scenario that sounds straight out of a horror movie, but it’s also a pretty good metaphor for life in 2018, with its endless onslaught of political scandals, freakish natural disasters, and voices shouting their desires and resentments into the void.

                                                                                                                                                                        “Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation,” says Holter. “I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. Maybe it’s a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.”

                                                                                                                                                                        “In a lot of the songs, when I mention love, it’s about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested,” Holter says. In Aviary’s case, that search for sweetness - that bridging of the gulf - becomes a metaphor for the creative process itself, cutting through the hierarchies of history, language, and musical form to offer something more fluid, more inclusive, more idiosyncratic.

                                                                                                                                                                        Aviary combines Holter’s slyly theatrical vocals and Blade Runner-inspired synth work with an enveloping palette of strings and percussion that reveals itself, and the boundless scope of her vision, over the course of fifteen songs.

                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: Since her 2015 album, 'Have You In My Wilderness' (voted our #1 album of 2015) Holter has gone from strength to strength. Treading a similar path to her more recent forays into arty ambience and brittle electronics, 'Aviary' is an epic of Holter's mesmerising vocal talent, backed with an absorbing and progressive instrumental backdrop.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Turn The Light On
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Whether
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Chaitius
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Voce Simul
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Everyday Is An Emergency
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Another Dream
                                                                                                                                                                        7. I Shall Love 2
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Underneath The Moon
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Colligere
                                                                                                                                                                        10. In Gardens’ Muteness
                                                                                                                                                                        11. I Would Rather See
                                                                                                                                                                        12. Les Jeux To You
                                                                                                                                                                        13. Words I Heard
                                                                                                                                                                        14. I Shall Love 1
                                                                                                                                                                        15. Why Sad Song

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