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White Lies


    New album from the West-London trio, which sees them scaling new creative heights with re-energised confidence.

    The writing and recording process took in both sides of the Atlantic, including a creative sojourn to Los Angeles where they worked on new material with old acquaintance Ed Buller - producer of two previous White Lies albums including the band’s chart-topping debut To Lose My Life.

    Enlisting engineer James Brown (Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters), renowned producer Flood who can also be heard contributing synths and keys on a couple of tracks. Whilst eminent Grammy Award recipient Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers) having worked on the band’s first two albums returns to mix the album.


    Coloured LP Info: Limited LP format is on 180g blue vinyl with album download in special packaging along with an exclusive 8 page booklet.

    Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) says that ‘Company’ marks the first time he’s had to confidence to make a record “exactly how I felt musically and lyrically”. The Mark Ronson co-write ‘Keep On Moving On’ is proof of this.

    Whilst the string swells and hazy, percussive march of ‘Company’, the bittersweet Lennon-esque ‘Somebody Calls Your Name’ and the atmospheric dreaminess of ‘Stars’ are delivered with a charming restraint, the incessant pound of ‘Shaking The Colour’ comes across like peak-era Supergrass. All are injected with Burrows’ way with an earworming hook.

    ‘Lonesome Dreams’ is the brilliant debut album from rising pop experimentalists Lord Huron, led by Michigan-born songwriting prodigy Ben Schneider.

    A joyous collision of Appalachian percussion, rustic guitars and sumptuous harmonies lit up by lens-flare flashes of electronics, it’s a record inspired by the rust coloured canyons and characters of the Wild West, with the emphasis on wild.

    Tales of the great American outback have always been an inspiration, according to Schneider. “Sometimes I feel like I’m living in one of those stories,” he confides. “I wanted to look at my life and lives close to me as though they were tales from some frontier novel.”

    One thing that can’t be ignored with is the scale of Schneider’s ambition. Not content with writing an album of eclectic beauty, ‘Lonesome Dreams’ also encompasses short films, intriguing artwork and a series of imagined novels by a fictional ageing wordsmith, the mysterious George Ranger Johnson. “I'm interested in creating a world with its own mythology,” says the Michigan native. “I look at different media as ways to enrich the story.”

    The result is an album as vast and easy to lose yourself in as a Sergio Leone cinescape. Field recordings loop and cavernous drums echo while Schneider’s layered vocals drift airily across its surface like tumbleweeds across a dusty desert sprawl. From galloping recent single ‘Time To Run’ to the gamelan groove of ‘The Man Who Lives Forever’, its charms are impossible to deny.

    Lord Huron began as a solo endeavour in 2010 but Schneider has since enlisted some of his “best amigos” to turn his songs into a powerful live experience: Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). “We’ve got a pretty good working relationship,” he says. “A good wrestling match can solve almost anything we disagree about.”

    Gathering momentum in the States with a fantastic live performance on ‘Tonight With Jay Leno’, hoards of praise from the likes of Filter, Fader, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, and a recent tour across the US with sold out shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, LA and NYC. They will visit Europe for the first time around the release of the album.

    “Campfire strumming and robust vocal harmonies ghosted by tuneful howls” - Rolling Stone

    “His music sails above those geographic and romantic landscapes as a thoroughly tuneful, reverberant extension of folk-rock” - New York Times

    “The last true band you need to hear this year” - Esquire

    “These songs are sturdy, and what marks they set for themselves, they hit” - Pitchfork


    Into Red

      After their initial eight-minute sonic rollercoaster ILL on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground imprint and their subsequent debut album Means, FEWS return with a brand new ten-track studio album, Into Red.

      Renowned for their incendiary live performances, the shadowy noise-pop group are heading out for a full European tour in March.

      Following extensive touring throughout 2016-17, including two tour runs as special guests of Pixies, the Anglo-American-Swedish quartet retired to Malmö with the Swedish city’s underbelly providing the perfect environment for unfettered artistic endeavours and the subsequent album recording.

      Co-produced by Joakim Lindberg (Hater) and mixed by James Dring ‘Into Red’ sees FEWS extricating their influences to reveal a band assuredly moving on from the template of their debut album Means with a confident post-punk swagger and no little addition of muscular heft on the song-writing front.



        Bohren & Der Club Of Gore


          ‘Beileid’ is the seventh album by the jazz/ambient band Bohren & Der Club Of Gore (the slowest band in the world), initially released on CD in 2011. The album is now being released on vinyl for the first time ever.

          ‘Beileid’ features a cover of the song ‘Catch My Heart’ by German heavy metal band Warlock. This cover is also the band’s first track to feature vocals, delivered here in fine style by Mike Patton (Faith No More).

          Dead Can Dance


            From their inception in 1981, Australian duo Dead Can Dance have long been intrigued by European folk traditions, not solely in musical terms but also by secular, religious and the spiritual practises. Taking its inspiration from this backdrop and shaped as Brendan Perry explored the long and established spring and harvest festivals that originated from the Dionysus religious practices, a journey that brings to the fore, the rites and rituals that are still practised to the present day.

            Two years in the making, Perry has amassed an array of folk instrumentation and as often heard on previous albums takes inspiration from across the world, tracks evolve less like songs more akin to fragments of the cohesive whole. Dionysus follows a familiar path, witness to field recordings, that includes chanting, beehives from New Zealand, bird calls from Latin America and a Swiss goatherd. The aim in Perry’s mind is to not just invoke the atmosphere and symbolic reference points but to highlight that music can be found everywhere in some form or other.

            The album consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult and takes the musical form of an oratorio, which has informed both spiritual and secular pieces of music as far back in history as the early 16th century. Retaining a prevalent hold on contemporary paganism in Europe, the voices used on these movements are imagined as communities celebrating, in communion with each other at times, chanting and call and response – the various voices are present to convey emotion beyond the boundaries of language itself.

            Although taking its main inspiration from the Dionysus story, the album’s artwork resonates with links to rituals depicting a mask made by the Huizhou of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico – famed for their beadwork and yarn paintings, whilst also partaking in peyote as a sacred rite and ritual for the purposes of healing and mind expansion – this is at heart of Dionysus, a celebration of not just humanity but humanity working hand in hand with nature with respect and appreciation.


            Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe format is on exclusive heavyweight transparent purple 12” vinyl, accompanied by a CD and deluxe 16-page 12” x 12” hardback picture book with padded cover.

            Soap & Skin

            From Gas To Solid / You Are My Friend

            Third album from Soap&Skin, the working moniker for the Austrian musician and producer Anja Plaschg. Her first record in six years.

            The album belatedly follows the release of ‘Lovetune For Vacuum’ in 2009 and 2012’s ‘Narrow’ (an Austrian No 1) but in that time in between the artist has been busy, not least with the birth of her daughter and subsequent motherhood but as well with many other creative works such as composing for theatre and film productions, as well as film acting.

            Encompassing a range of musical allegiances, the album is infused with tranquil electronica, militaristic percussion, whilst coupled with choral ambience and earthy ethereal grandeur. This is an expansive, stunning, wide-reaching piece of dynamic beauty.

            Recorded mainly at her home in a quiet leafy corner of Vienna, the album is not only self-produced but selfplayed.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Encompassing the beautiful, softly spoken vocals of Rozi Plain or Icelandic electronic genius' Múm, Soap & Skin tread a fine line between choral ambience and soaring modern-classical, often within the space of a minute or two. A bogglingly competant, and ridiculously diverse smörgåsbord of sound.


            Deluxe LP Info: The deluxe version is 180g black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with 12 page booklet and exclusive white vinyl 7”.

            Deluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            LP Info: 180g black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with 12 page booklet.

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.




              Album VI from the British indie-rock 5-piece.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: It's been a while hasn't it? Well, Editors are back with 'Violence', full of perfectly measured riffage, swooning synths and raw rock power. Massive, heavy and available to buy. What more could you want?


              Deluxe CD Info: Ltd edition deluxe CD features two bonus tracks and is housed inside a rigid box, which also contains 2 fridge magnets, 12 inserts and a fold out poster.

              Following on from Dury’s acclaimed 2010 album ‘Happy Soup’, ‘It’s A Pleasure’ is a series of conflicted emotions, stark drum beats, comic vignettes and strung out synths coming together to present one man’s wry take on the battle with existence. It’s metaphysics meets morose disco.


              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Following last year’s interim track, the 25 minute opus ‘Blackened Cities’, Melanie De Biasio makes her return with news of a brand new album ‘Lilies’. Classically trained and revered in her native Belgium De Biasio uncovered fans in the shape of Gilles Peterson - who heralded De Biasio as one of the most exciting artists in the jazz world and Radiohead’s Phillip Selway with the release of her second album, 2014’s ‘No Deal’. Earlier this year also saw the Eels remix of ‘I Feel You’, featured in the trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’, lifted from ‘No Deal’ - it once again cements the ever-growing and widespread regard from her peers.

              The nine-track ‘Lilies’ continues to enthral, from openers ‘Your Freedom Is The End Of Me’, with its immersive narrative underpinned by piano. An up-tempo, entrancing collection of tracks that ventures to stimulate both lyrically and musically whilst enticing the listener into an expressive and atmospheric environment.


              Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

              Ghostpoet announces his return with the release of his fourth album ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ on Play It Again Sam. ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is Ghostpoet's most defining album to date. A stunning and stimulating return, ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is a record that captures the sense of unease felt by so many in recent times. After receiving recognition for the beat-driven arrangements of his first two albums, third album ‘Shedding Skin’ initiated a more alt-rock sound that saw Ghostpoet Mercury nominated for a second time. Produced by Leo Abrahams, best known for his work with Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, delves even further into a fuller, guitar driven sound.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Grooving instrumental melodies meet with Obaro Ejimiwe's trademark rhythmic drawl, darkened funky jams, slowed down through a haze of reverb while groaning saturated samples morph into hypnotic rock abstractions. Urban improv jams break into hazy psychedelic grooves, which slow into eastern-influenced opium-den throbs and guitar trills. A welcome, and outstanding return for Ghostpoet.


              Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive white vinyl.

              Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              J. Bernardt

              Wicked Streets / On Fire

                Double A-side from J. Bernardt, the alias of Jinte Deprez, co-frontman of hugely successful Belgian indie-rock outfit Balthzar.

                Displaying an altogether different sound from Balthazar, both tracks are taken from J. Bernardt’s debut album ‘Running Days’.

                ‘On Fire’ is the opening track of ‘Running Days’ and is a subtle statement of intent, with warm piano chords, persistent guitar hook and gospel infused harmonies.

                ‘Wicked Streets’ brims with jazzy mellifluous horns.

                Combining influences from bands such as The Cure, Slowdive, Smashing Pumpkins and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Newmoon’s debut ‘Space’ is an album driven by melancholic, distorted guitars.

                Through all the feedback and noise the band never lose sight of melody and clarity, creating an album that is both heavy and catchy at the same time.

                For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Nothing, The Cure.

                “Ethereal intrigue & deeply delved audio dimensions.” - Impose Magazine

                “A powerful aural assault” - The 405

                “Lush textures allied to grinding tempos and almost industrial swathes of noise.” - Clash

                This summer, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James came together to release their debut album as Minor Victories. Currently in the midst of a run of live shows throughout Europe, the band are pleased to announce their utterly stunning instrumental interpretation of the self-titled record, entitled Orchestral Variations.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: What better way to hear the gorgous backdrops and impeccable arrangements behind the brilliant Minor Victories album than by hearing the instrumentals all on their resplendent tod. Soaring strings, beautifully poignant interludes and heart-breakingly serene segues. A fantastic companion piece for those who enjoyed the first, and a truly stunning stand-alone for those who didn't.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd LP Info: Special edition double heavyweight black vinyl packaged into a textured greyboard gatefold sleeve with digital download code.

                CD Info: CD packaged in a textured greyboard digi-sleeve.

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

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

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

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

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

                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                Few Bits

                Big Sparks

                  Belgium’s Few Bits’ sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’ offers dreamlike shoegaze pop with international appeal.

                  For fans of Mazzy Star, Beach House, Real Estate, The Cure.

                  “The ringing, dreamy guitars, lingering atmospheric sweeps, and intricate percussion lift her voice into the clouds so it sails effortlessly into your head and stays there.” - Stereogum

                  “Few Bits prove themselves once again that they are more than adept at delivering something beautifully simple and evocative” - The Line Of Best Fit

                  “‘Big Sparks’ […] matches lush, evocative melodies to lyricism that hits hard.” - Clash Music

                  Sophomore ‘post reunion’ album from the alt-rock four piece, their first new music since 2014’s Indie Cindy. 

                  This 12 track record showcases the band’s unique mixture of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance + surf rock. 

                  Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke) and recorded at London’s Rak Studios.

                  Paz Lenchantin, the band’s touring bassist since early 2014 (and previously a member of A Perfect Circle and Zwan amongst others) is now a permanent member of the band and her cool vocals can be heard on the album, most notably on ‘All I Think About Now’ on which she takes the lead. 

                  All artwork designed by renowned graphic artist Vaughan Oliver at V23

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: The Pixies are back! Songs like 'Classic Masher' show a much more melodic leaning, harmonied chorus' and repeated one-note guitar squeals over Black's trademark vocals. 'Talent' is a moody and rocking punk number, driven and aggressive guitars power through their three-chord foundations while 'All I Think About Now' is sung exclusively by Paz Lenchantin (One time Corgan affiliate and one third of A Perfect Circle) and is instantly reminiscent of the early energy and vocal stylings of Surfer Rosa or Doolittle. A brilliant (second) comeback, and a great sign for the future.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: CD format is 12-panel softpack containing CD + bespoke rollfold lyric booklet.

                  Brand new album from acclaimed London-based musician and visual artist Keaton Henson.

                  Includes first single ‘Alright’, a wonderfully emotive song, showcasing Keaton’s trademark fragile vocals accompanied by a sparse piano performance and a lush string arrangement.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Millie says: Keaton Henson returns with his new album Kindly Now, his discography consists of the early folk albums then progressing to piano and cello led instrumental scores and then followed an electronic album under the name of ‘Behaving’. It was a welcomed change of direction full of diverse creativity; however Kindly Now has strong remnants of a combination of his progress and new style which is greeted with open arms. Gentle strokes of acoustic guitar matched with trembling voice for heart-throbbing lyrics, this one might just break your heart.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies only LP (limited to 500 copies) includes 12” art print personalised by Keaton himself!


                  Beauty Already Beautiful

                  Spookyland is the extraordinary creation of star-crossed Sydney dweller Marcus Gordon. Recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska; home of producer Mike Mogis (who also guests on steel guitar) and location of recent recordings of First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis and Bright Eyes.

                  Spookyland’s debut album, ‘Beauty Already Beautiful’, explores the frontman’s intense, disarmingly imperfect vocals and paranormal ability for story telling that have earned him comparisons to Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.

                  “An utterly magnetizing vulnerability” - Pitchfork

                  “The Australian combo’s frontman, Marcus Gordon, has one of those voices that turns even the most straightforward music into something inherently weird, a quivering nasal warble that both sets him apart as a human alien and pegs him as part of a long lineage of iconoclasts.” - Stereogum

                  “Is there anything more exciting in music than how fluid a band can make their sound? Sure, if a band commits to something strict it can be very impressive, but seeing something turn from one movement into the next. A band that does it in spades is Spookyland” - Noisey

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfilment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”

                  Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Weezer and The Alabama Shakes) and Lucius with Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss and Pink Floyd). The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck). The new music follows the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Wildewoman, The New York Times praised the record for its “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies,” and the album was incorporated in various 2013 year end lists including, Rolling Stone, NPR and Paste.

                  The band is lead by its co-founders and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad. Wolfe and Laessig met in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music. Since forming, Lucius has toured extensively, playing headline shows worldwide, as well as major festival appearances including Reading and Leeds, Bonnaroo, End Of the Road, Lollapalooza, Pukklepop and Rock En Seine.

                  New Fast Automatic Daffodils


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Laura says: I always thought that the New FAD's came along a few years too early and never really got the acclaim they deserved. Their percussive groove infused indie would've sat nicely alongside the loose grooves of 'baggy'. Lyrically though they were much more about social issues which probably wouldn't have sat too well with the hedonism of Madchester.

                    Danish art rock outfit Mew announce a welcome return with their sixth studio album ‘+-’ (pronounced ‘plus minus’).

                    Recorded in Copenhagen alongside producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Marilyn Manson), ‘+ -’ is skewed pop sensibility coupled with an ever expansive musical backdrop, denoting the extremities of the band’s creative DNA and showing once more a band treading their own unique path.

                    Guest contributors include Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack.

                    For fans of Sigur Ros, Wild Beasts, M83, Radiohead, Arcade Fire.


                    +- - Deluxe Edition

                      Danish art rock outfit Mew announce a welcome return with their sixth studio album ‘+-’ (pronounced ‘plus minus’). 

                      Recorded in Copenhagen alongside producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Marilyn Manson), ‘+ -’ is skewed pop sensibility coupled with an ever expansive musical backdrop, denoting the extremities of the band’s creative DNA and showing once more a band treading their own unique path. 

                      Guest contributors include Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack.

                      For fans of Sigur Ros, Wild Beasts, M83, Radiohead, Arcade Fire.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLtd CD Info: 2CD deluxe hardback book pack edition features
                      exclusive bonus live CD.

                      Ghostpoet is pleased to announce his forthcoming album ‘Shedding Skin’.

                      The first fruits of the album, the track ‘Off Peak Dreams’ has already been premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show and sees Ghostpoet, London-based Obaro Ejimiwe moving on from the cathartic musings of 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ album.

                      ‘Shedding Skin’ is the manifestation of a new challenge of fresh thinking and a brave confident stride into previously uncharted waters. Ten songs that embrace, unite and narrate observations that are designed to sit beside each other through bright peaks and dark shallows.

                      Unlike his previous albums, ‘Shedding Skin’ was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player John Calvert and John Blease on drums.

                      The self-produced album also features guest vocals from Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Melanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith, amounting in a collection that sets a new precedent as his very best work yet.

                      Isle Of Wight’s Michael and David Champion aka Champs herald the New Year with news of their second album ‘Vamala’.

                      The duo first came to light just twelve months ago with the release of their much lauded debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ and the onset of the festive season has seen a flurry of activity from the brothers.

                      An all-too-rare recent live sortie to London earlier this month saw the pair premiering new tracks whilst ‘Desire’ - the first track to be lifted from ‘Vamala’ - has been showered with radio love including winning Rebel Playlist Track Of The Week status on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show.

                      The album exudes emotion, be it stripped back melancholia or uptempo and panoramic, over its twelve tracks. Champs have captured their time in words and ‘Vamala’ is more than a worthy companion to its predecessor.

                      Melanie De Biasio

                      Gilles Peterson Presents Melanie De Biasio - No Deal Remixed

                      Melanie De Biasio received the Best Session Award at the 10th Worldwide Awards, which took place recently in London. The award is for De Biasio’s stunning 2014 live session on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6Music show.

                      A huge fan of the Belgian singer, Peterson has curated a new remix version of her acclaimed album ‘No Deal’. He called upon some of the most exciting names across the jazz, electronic and indie worlds for ‘No Deal Remixed’, including EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex and Seven Davis Jr.

                      Says Peterson; “To my mind, of all the new artists around, the most remix friendly has to be Melanie De Biasio. For a person like me with a DJ mind, the minimalism of ‘No Deal’ makes it perfect. I’ve been dropping ‘I Feel You’ on top of beats anyway and even played ‘I’m Gonna Leave You’ in its original form when the moment arose - it’s such a pure track. In fact the first thing I did on meeting Melanie for the first time this year was to ask her who produced the album. It was me she replied... so not just a pretty voice!”


                      Rock And Roll Weakling

                        Play It Again Sam are pleased to announce details of the UK debut from Sydney’s worst kept secret. Spookyland, the moniker for the folk infused rock and roll wunderkind endeavours of Marcus Gordon, mark their arrival with ‘Rock And Roll Weakling’.

                        Meanwhile, having originally released the mini album through their home city label Monday Records earlier this year, Spookyland transverse the continents with the imminent release of their US debut single on Canvasclub - the imprint of Canvasback, previously home to the likes of The Strokes , Kings Of Leon, My Morning Jacket et al - US dates beckon alongside planned shows at New York’s annual CMJ convention.

                        Featuring the mercurial talents of Gordon at the fore, Spookyland embark on a musical rollercoaster having attracted exhaustive comparisons - be it from Sydney’s media to bloggers further afield - seeing the band make an indelible impression, even at this early stage. The ‘Rock And Roll Weakling’ EP does nothing to dispel those plaudits.

                        Gordon details the tracks “as coming from different times and cycles of fixation.” ‘Blood In The Rain’ and ‘Silly Fucking Thing’ come from when I was really young, self evident in their naivety and overblown audacity. ‘Adventure Song’ comes from an abandoned conceptual folk album, whilst the title track was written for this release.

                        “An enviable confidence that will hopefully carry him far and wide as a vocalist, producer and performer” - NME

                        “An utterly magnetizing vulnerability” - Pitchfork

                        The follow up to Manchester songbird Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011).

                        Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson, Liz’s sophomore album displays a wonderful array of sounds and styles, from the ‘drone-blues’ of ‘Battle’ to the sea shantyinfluenced title track.

                        In a departure from its predecessor, ‘Haul Away!’ sees Liz bringing the piano to the forefront, influenced by such artists as Thelonius Monk and Nina Simone.

                        Artwork designed and conceived by Liz herself, including the iconic cover image.

                        Includes self-styled single and ‘wonky circus tune’ ‘Where The River Don’t Flow’, a jaunty dance of life and death.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        CD Info: Initial orders come with a limited edition postcard pack - while stocks last!

                        Liz Green

                        Rybka / Where The River Don't Flow

                        Double A-side single pressed on white 7” vinyl and limited to 385 copies for the UK.

                        First single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011).

                        Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson.

                        Artwork designed by Liz herself.

                        ‘Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Laura says: Two wonderful tracks from Liz Green, ahead of her new album. Title track Rybka's swaying, clarinet led rhythm provides the perfect accompaniment to her distinctive, dramatic voice. Lovely stuff.

                        Champs are Michael and David Champion, two brothers in their early 20s from the Isle Of Wight who make the most extraordinarily beautiful music. Champs write the sort of songs you’ll want to hold close and songs you’ll want to share, songs that draw on a love of upstanding folk broadsides and bristly alt-rock gems. Above it all, there are these two voices that bruise and blend and soar ever upward, like twists of wood smoke on a sunlit winter afternoon.

                        ‘Down Like Gold’ was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What Champs came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of ‘Too Bright To Shine’ and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of ‘My Spirit Is Broken’.

                        ‘Savannah’ isn’t actually about their friend Savannah even though she’s convinced it is, while the Velvets-like ‘Pretty Much’ is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s ‘Down Like Gold’, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.

                        Hailing from the tiny village of Niton, just outside Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies. Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multitrack by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and ‘Revolver’-period Beatles. Other Champs influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially ‘Murmur’.

                        “Their songs touch on the great moments of The Beach Boys, REM and The Flaming Lips” - Q Magazine (****)

                        “This dazzling folk-pop crush appears out of nowhere” - Mojo (****)

                        Ask Hayley Mary of The Jezabels what the difference is between complexity and accessibility in pop music, and she doesn’t miss a beat. “There isn’t one,” says The Jezabels frontwoman, “or at least, there doesn’t need to be. To me, pop is the darkest music of all. If you look not at what pop artists are consciously doing but at what they’re reflecting about the world, pop is the most twisted, weird and scary stuff. If you wanted to study the Earth from an alien perspective, listen to pop music.”

                        The Jezabels are arch players of this contradiction. With The Jezabels there’s always a twist and they delight in toying with the darkness that somehow cloaks us all and yet channel it into songs that are layered with bright, chiming seams of pop.

                        ‘The Brink’ is the band’s second album and it was summoned from a dark place; despite the outstanding success of their masterful trio of debut EPs and then their first long player, ‘Prisoner’, which catapulted them from indie kudos to full blown mainstream success (No.2 album, the Australian Music Prize Best Album award and a staggering 8 ARIA nominations). The two solid years of international touring played a huge part in forming the abyss that welcomed the band when they pulled into their new base, London, at the end of that marathon cycle of gold, platinum, headline sold-out shows and festivals.

                        “We played between 180 and 200 shows last year and it was possibly a bit extreme,” says Hayley. “But the low came from not performing. We basically had a year off and I realised how much I live to do shows. For me, writing is the self-deprecating, self-loathing stage. We all had our reasons for feeling low at various times, but I felt like I was on the brink of a lot of things on this album. Some of them good, some of them bad: youth and age, alternative and pop, giving up and pushing through. I guess hope is part of that. And also fear.”

                        It is these feelings and this precipitous state that the band have distilled into ‘The Brink’. Released on Play It Again Sam and produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Hurts), ‘The Brink’ is an album of songs that manifest all of those emotions into vaulting ambition. It is an utterly fearless record of youthful optimism achieved through hard won experience, taut with gleaming hooks, indelible melodies, all hammered out by a tight-knit band through dark days in a strange new city.

                        From album opener and title track ‘The Brink’ via first single ‘The End’ to the closing bars of the finale ‘All You Need’, The Jezabels’ second album is a thrilling affirmation. It is a death defying balance of optimism and maturity; richness and simplicity. It is a the journey of a band dealing with loss of innocence, mortality, politics, isolation and unity all spun with silken ‘pop’ threads, which Hayley sees as being given to them through a greater appreciation of simplicity. “What this record represents is not reflecting what is, but what we want out of life,” she says. “I guess it depends on what you think is the role of music. Is it to reflect how you feel, and bring everyone and everything to that level? Or is it a kind of healing power, pushing you to this fabulous fantasy world where happiness can exist?”

                        The Jim Jones Revue

                        Collision Boogie

                        Collision Boogie is the brand new single by The Jim Jones Revue, backed with another new track, ‘Mind Field’, released by Play It Again Sam on 7” and digital download.

                        Previously unreleased, ‘Collision Boogie’ continues the journey of sonic exploration The Jim Jones Revue embarked on in their critically acclaimed album ‘The Savage Heart’, this time starting in Jamaica and ending up in New Orleans. Jim Jones explains: “‘Collision Boogie’ is a sort of personal user’s guide to some of the things that might come crashing into in life. It was originally inspired from hearing a Jamaican dancehall track blaring out of a car in Hackney; but by the time we had an arrangement together, it ended up with more of a New Orleans flavour.”

                        ‘Collision Boogie’ and ‘Mind Field’ were produced and mixed by Jim Sclavunos (of Grinderman / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). Both tracks were recorded at The Chapel in Lincolnshire and mixed at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard Studios in London.



                          The second single from Editors fourth album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ sees the band returning to the familiar terrain the band’s myriad fans know and love with an edgy, anti-love song with a soaring chorus.

                          Already a live favourite, standing shoulder to shoulder with the band’s bonafide hits like ‘Munich’, ‘Papillon’ and ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, ‘Formaldehyde’ has been singled out in album reviews as a stand-out from the album, and an obvious choice for a single to take to radio.

                          ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ entered the UK album charts at No 6 in the UK and, 5 weeks on, still holds a Top 75 position. Having lost founding member Chris Urbanowicz and in the process nearly packing it all in before gaining two new members, the new album is, in some ways, a transitional record, with the band reborn, shackles off, making their most ambitious music to date.

                          The single is backed with an unreleased acoustic version of the band’s opening single from the album, ‘A Ton Of Love’.

                          The 7” is limited to just 200 copies in the UK and Eire.

                          The Jim Jones Revue

                          7 Times Around The Sun

                          ‘7 Times Around The Sun’ is the third single to be released from The Jim Jones Revue’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Savage Heart’, produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Band Seeds).

                          ‘7 Times Around The Sun’ is a great example of ‘The Savage Heart’s musical diversity - no guitars (a Jim Jones Revue first) just piano, drums and a call and response gospel type vocal between Jim Jones and The Revue.

                          Lyrically, Jim delves into the past and deals with the subject of overcoming drug addiction, touching on a part of a personal journey that ultimately led to the forming of The Jim Jones Revue with Rupert Orton.

                          Balthazar are the brainchild of songwriters Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez. Meeting as teenage buskers, the two embarked on a whirlwind writing partnership that led to the quick formation of the band and initial acclaim in mainland Europe. Resisting the temptation to cash in on that wave of interest, Balthazar took the best part of five years to record their debut album, experimenting with different genres and approaches until they were sure that they had the sound they were looking for.

                          With ‘Rats’, that sound has been honed to a focus on melody and subtlety, avoiding the current fashion for bombast to create songs that burst forth in horns or sweep by on strings, underpinned with delicate rhythms that draw on both the pair’s love of the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen and the hip hop production of the likes of Dangermouse.

                          Dinosaur Jr. will release a new album entitled ‘I Bet On Sky’ through Play It Again Sam.

                          There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip the listener up by smearing ‘Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know’ with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr.

                          ‘I Bet On Sky’ is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio - J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph - reformed in 2005. It marks the band’s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985.

                          The trio have taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix.

                          J’s guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here - this is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex.

                          Lou’s basswork has more melody now as well, although his two songs on ‘I Bet On Sky’ retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work.

                          Murph still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates’ melodic explosions.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Darryl says: It's hard to imagine Dinosaur Jr. doing a bad album these days, this is another classic moment to file next to all their others!

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: 180g heavyweight gatefold vinyl with download card.

                          Zulu Winter are set to release their eagerly awaited debut album on Play It Again Sam Recordings.

                          'Language’ was produced by Tom Morris at 4AD’s studio in Wandsworth, and Miloco Pool Studio, South London, and was mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, The Vaccines, Glasvegas) in New York.

                          “Music that shimmers like a sky full of fireworks” - NME
                          “They shine a light on eerie, shimmering art pop” - The Fly
                          “Stealth like hit of the year, their charms captivate” - Loud & Quiet

                          The first single from Airship’s much anticipated forthcoming album ‘Stuck In This Ocean’.

                          The album was produced by Dan Austin (Doves / Cherry Ghost) with additional production by Chris Urbanowicz from Editors.

                          Dan Sartain

                          Fuck Friday.... (RSD 2011 Edition)


                            7" single, limited edition, only 500 copies. Includes Dan Sartain poster.

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

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

                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

                            Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band

                            Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band

                            Tim Robbins, Oscar winning actor, director and writer, releases his debut album.

                            Produced by the legendary Hal Willner, the album features a host of world class musicians, including Kate St John, Leo Abrahams, Roger Eno and Rory McFarlane, amongst others.

                            The Jim Jones Revue

                            Burning Your House Down

                            Notorious for their maniacal high-energy shows, stomping rhythms and frantic fretwork, The Jim Jones Revue plan to take the planet by storm and leave a global trail of sweaty bodies and scorched earth in their wake.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Darryl says: An incendiary mix of the Cramps and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, high octane stuff to rip the speakers to shreds!!

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: 1 copy only.

                            Dinosaur Jr

                            Been There All The Time

                            The first single from the newly reformed, original and revered Dinosaur Jr lineup. This is their first studio release in 18 years. 2005 saw the original trio re-united for several live dates, culminating in May 2006 with a day curated by the band at All Tomorrows Parties. Such was the demand to see them play together, they had to perform two sets, to huge acclaim. It was this success which led the band to return to the studio and produce new material. On the evidence of this single, they remain recognisably Dinosaur Jr; raw and distorted, whilst reflecting a changed, perhaps more mature approach to songwriting.


                            Zidane - A 21st Century Portrait

                            One of the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival, 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' is Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon's and Philippe Parreno's sensational cinematic portrait of the world famous French football hero Zinédine Zidane. The soundtrack was written and produced especially by Mogwai after the release of the "Mr Beast" album and the music is by turns moving, evocative and perfectly suited to the film – it has been singled out for praise time and again by critics and cinema goers the world over and finds Mogwai in a more contemplative mood than usual and quite possibly making a record that could appeal to a whole new raft of people that would usually be scared off by some of the heavier songs in their arsenal.

                            "Mr Beast" is the band's fifth album and the follow-up to 2003's "Happy Songs For Happy People" and was recorded in the band's new Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow. As the title suggests, this is a record of considerable size and weight - a monster creation that started out as a return to the heady, bone-crushing volume and intensity of earlier recordings, and then mutated into a many headed, many mooded beast. It opens with "Auto Rock" - whose sweetly melancholic, central piano motif is gradually engulfed by a swell of fulsome guitars and pummelling drum beats - and closes with lurching, psych-rock behemoth "We're No Here". In between are eight future Mogwai classics, including the heads-down "Glasgow Mega-Snake", where what must surely be a dozen guitars swarm around a molten metal core like crazed killer bees, the drum machine-driven country gospel of "Acid Food", which features pedal-steel guitar, the wintry splendour of "Friend Of The Night" and the impossibly poignant "I Chose Horses", featuring guest vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa (of Japanese hardcore band Envy) and a keyboard contribution from composer/arranger Craig Armstrong. Whether light and lean or dark and monstrous, however, these songs underline Mogwai's belief that to have meaning, rock needs both mass and monumentality. If "Mr Beast" has one thing, it's presence.

                            "Nite Versions" is a 50+ minute continuous mix CD by Steph and David Dewaele, aka 2 Many DJs, of special extended club reworks of tracks inspired by, and taken from Soulwax's acclaimed "Any Minute Now" LP. The vinyl features songs in unmixed, extended form, including the already massive underground anthems "E Talking" (in Nite Version style), their cover of Daft Punk's "Teachers" which has never been released on vinyl and the "Funky Town" mashing "NY Lipps" plus seven other songs.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CD Info: CD DJ mixed by 2 Many DJs.

                            Debut UK album release for DJ Format's hugely popular, regular vocal sparring partner, Abdominal. Originally recorded back in Canada with his usual music partner DJ Fase in 2001, imports trickled into the UK, which is how DJ Format found out about Abdominal, and got him to add vocals to "Music For The Mature B-Boy". The tracks on "Flowtation Device" are easy-on-the-ear hip hop head nodders that go down a treat.


                            Happy Songs For Happy People

                            Fourth album from Glasgow cosmic post-rock band, following 2001's "Rock Action". Expanding on that album's more melodicsound rather than the loudness of their "My Father My King" EP, this record is subtler, more expansive and organic than anything they have done. It is modestly described on the band's website as 'forty one minutes fifty seconds of total unadulterated brilliance'.

                            Gold Chains

                            Young Miss America

                            Co-produced by Chain man Topher Lafata and Kit Clayton, this is the avant hip hop LP for electroclash headz that takes in hip hop, rock, techno, electro, punk etc.

                            Various Artists

                            A Quiet Riot

                            Great double CD compilation of laid back guitar stuff. 34 tracks from the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Low, Lambchop, Beta Band, Turin Brakes, Simian and Kings Of Convenience along with some great tracks from less established artists, The Bees, The Zephyrs, Baxter Dury....

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