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    Simian Mobile Disco announce details of their fifth full length studio album, Murmurations. Featuring vocals from celebrated Hackney-based collective The Deep Throat Choir, Murmurations is due for release on 11 May via Wichita Records.

    A thrilling 9-song set, Murmurations is as perfectly pitched for headphones as it is for clubs, named after giant cloud formations of starlings and themed around the stunning emergent behaviors that appear within them. To mirror these movements in the sonic landscape and visuals of Murmurations, SMD’s James Ford and Jas Shaw collaborated with the celebrated Hackney-based vocal collective The Deep Throat Choir, as well as creative directors Kazim Rashid of ENDLESSLOVESHOW (Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawk) and Carri Munden.


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    KIM EP

      Scent are...

      Three mammals in a basement lounge taking turns to look hungrily at white-socked feet through a lopsided crack in the ceiling.

      A neutral/nocturnal pop group happiest when fed and cleaned by forces from above, half-lit by the sounds of a vacuum choir in the ether.

      Hot, sick and fragile, they do what they can with their nubile instruments, though sometimes it doesn’t produce the results they want.

      The latest signing to Wichita Recordings, and one of only two acts ever signed to the label as the result of an unsolicited demo email (theirs is available for viewing upon request).

      The band said the following:

      "He hung skinny in the basement for a week or two. Didn’t go outside. Blindsided by vacuous jump cuts, i guess. I dunno, i didn’t ask him. He had a nice face and slow hair. You know, the kind that gradually primps itself upon exiting the folds of a dirty pillow. Great body too. Huh. Played guitar a bit, probably better at bass. Not a bad drummer. Wore old t shirts and a selection of European tracksuit bottoms. Yeah, yeah. Don’t shoot. There were two other kids too, I mean, they could have been older. Some chick, no, uh, guy. Sung a lot. Probably sung more than spoke. Recorded thousands of hours of this stuff in a loft. Something about “the great leveller”. Pretty spurious. That other guy, though? Nice and tan. Power in his wrists. Good record collection, if that matters. Sugar-moulded face before he hit the showers with the rest of them."


      Laura says: Gorgeous ethereal pop. I love this.


      Ltd 12" Info: Limited edition - 200 copies only.

      Simian Mobile Disco

      Attack Decay Sustain Release - Remastered Edition

      Formed from the ashes of psychedelic pop experimentalists, Simian, James Ford and Jas Shaw have been recording and performing as Simian Mobile Disco / SMD for over ten years and five studio albums. Over the course of their career, their sound has continuously evolved from record to record. Their continual re-invention can sometimes seem, from the outside, like a series of jumps, but that’s an effect of the process of releasing an album every couple of years. For the band, the process has been smooth and gradual, naturally following shifts in their own tastes and the musical landscape in which they found themselves. The sound however is distinctive enough to hold their body of work in a coherent whole.

      From almost accidentally surfing the blog house wave, with their much loved debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release; through their electronic pop productions on Temporary Pleasure; and what could perhaps be regarded as their magnum opus, the distillation of multiple influences and strands of UK dance and electronic music on the critically acclaimed Unpatterns; or their analogue/desert excursions on the more experimental Whorl and even the two sets of purely functional techno gear on Delicacies and Welcome To Sideways – all have what can only be described as SMD’s signature sonic aesthetics.


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      New Los Angeles Wichita Recordings signings Froth release their third album ‘Outside (briefly)’.

      Formed in Los Angeles in 2013, Froth first garnered attention with their debut album, ‘Patterns’. Originally intended as a small-run cassette release, the album quickly became an underground sensation in the Southern California music scene, catapulting the band to local fame and prompting a vinyl re-release in 2014. The following year saw the arrival of ‘Bleak’, a more dynamic, adventurous effort that matched lush shoegaze soundscapes with driving krautrock beats.


      Mine says: LA psych-pop-kraut-gazers Froth are back with their third LP, a fuzzy but melodic shoegaze pop outing that features some of their most experimental yet accessible work to date.


      Coloured LP Info: Yellow vinyl LP includes digital download code.

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      Los Campesinos! release their new album ‘Sick Scenes’ via Wichita Recordings.

      “We recorded the album, co-produced by long-time collaborator John Goodmanson and band member Tom Bromley, during Euro 2016 in Fridao, Portugal. The album exists as a release of pent-up aggression, a document of both personal and societal malaise. But it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band again, of getting to play music with our friends. Thematically the record is concerned with fumbling for personal relevance while trying to be a better person. Repressing anxiety and attempting to function while constantly maintaining the perfect two-beer buzz. It is set upon a backdrop of nonleague football, prescribed medication, and crumbling hometowns. These truly are the Sickest Scenes.” - Los Campesinos!


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      Cloud Nothings are back with ‘Life Without Sound’, the follow up to 2014’s ‘Here And Nowhere Else’, on Wichita Recordings.

      Lead singer and guitarist Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”

      ‘Life Without Sound’ is the radiant fourth full length Cloud Nothings have recorded since Baldi began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor, 2014’s ‘Here And Nowhere Else’, came together spontaneously in the little time that touring allowed, ‘Life Without Sound’ took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.

      For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates - drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke - before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi’s most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides.


      Barry says: I used to listen to quite a lot of skate-punk and hardcore in my youth, whilst this is definitely not that, it has a similar sort of Loud-less loud-loud vibe going on. 'Modern Act' is a perfectly balanced slice of anthemic punky rock, inc. semi-snarled vocals and youthful exhuberance, punctuated with almost clean-cut interludes before breaking forth into another bombastic energetic exaltation. Peppered with moments of pure energetic brilliance, and bulked out with even more moments of bracing and dynamic expertise.


      CD Info: 180g green and white marbled vinyl format includes free poster (featuring one of three randomly selected designs) and digital download code.

      Health&Beauty are as proud as a dog in shoes to announce they have signed to Wichita Recordings, who will release their sixth full-length studio album, ‘No Scare’.

      Health&Beauty is the name under which Brian J Sulpizio has released music since 2003. The current lineup of the group has been playing together since 2012, featuring pianist Ben Boye (a constant collaborator since 2009, who also plays with Will Oldham, Angel Olsen and many others) and drummer Frank Rosaly (a regular collaborator with Peter Brotzmann and many other jazz and experimental music greats). This version of the group along with bassist Anton Hatwich, made up the band on Ryley Walker's ‘Primrose Green’.

      ‘No Scare’ is the most euphoric listening experience presented yet in the band’s catalogue, where darkness and light can't help but complement each other in the short comedy of the human experience.

      Owen, the acclaimed solo musical guise of singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Mike Kinsella, has made an astonishing leap forward with ‘The King Of Whys’, the first work in his two decade-plus career to be made entirely outside of the greater Chicagoland area.

      Produced by S. Carey over 18 days last winter at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI, the album is Owen’s most inspired and evocative thus far, interpolating a group dynamic into what has long been an intensely intimate sound.

      Songs like ‘The Desperate Act’ and ‘Sleep Is A Myth’ remain spare but with a distinctly outward shift in scope, their open-armed sonic range a perfect foil to Kinsella’s evocative explorations of marriage, melancholia and modern middle age.

      Fraught with hurt and wry humour, ‘The King Of Whys’ is a portrait of a restless artist grappling with doubt and ghosts of the past but searching for meaning through candour, creativity and an ardent need for emotional release.

      Globelamp presents her highly anticipated second album, ‘The Orange Glow’, released on Wichita Recordings.

      With a voice that can be either ethereal or savage, shimmery as California sunshine through the leaves of redwoods, or dark as a Washington rainstorm but always haunting, Globelamp sings of loss, longing, survival and the enchantments of nature.

      Globelamp’s voice has been compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Kate Bush and Donovan and one can recognize the influence of the supernatural, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, psychedelic folk music and punk, but her sound is distinctly her own.


      LP Info: LP comes with a 12 page booklet and digital download

      Already primed following the release of the transitional ‘Sunne’ and ‘Murasaki’ EP’s earlier this year - Cheatahs return with their second album ‘Mythologies’.

      Culled from North America, Germany and the UK, this multi-national quartet continue their journey following 2014’s acclaimed self-titled album. Ever evolving from their inception, ‘Mythologies’ is witness to a band that has developed in the interim - attributed in no small part to a touring itinerary that traversed the US in three-pronged aural attack with like-minded sonic souls Wavves and FIDLAR. Meanwhile, no less busy this side of the Atlantic saw triumphant dates with No Age and a seemingly never ending European jaunt with Metz which brings us to….’Mythologies’

      Recorded over the past year and in hand with their debut, ‘Mythologies’ takes in a vast array of influences whilst taking its name from Roland Barthes’ 1957 collection of essays on semiotics and myth. A rollercoaster of sonic thrills - the cinematic widescreen brilliance of ‘Channel View’, the motoric rhythms of ‘In Flux’, the cascading sonic beauty of ‘Freak Waves’ or the scintillating beauty of ‘Seven Sisters’ and ‘Signs To Lorelei’ before the seismic surge finale of album closers ‘Mysteci’ and ‘Reverie Bravo’, it’s a marked and ambitious departure….

      As the band says: “We had no permanent base whilst making this album and creating it in so many varied locations undoubtedly influenced us in a positive sense. We felt very nomadic and the sense of freedom inspired us to experimentation.”

      The newfound sense of freedom has inspired and certainly influenced the self-produced ‘Mythologies’. Recorded at various locations in London, Marc’s studio home, a monolithic high-rise next to MI5 headquarters overlooking the Thames (one floor above offices that once housed anti-terrorist units in the 60’s), a converted church in Ramsgate and the fabled environs of Chemikal Underground’s Glasgow studio Chem19.


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      The band continue to ignore the lure of lucre and bright lights and remain steadfastly in Sunderland, opening their own record store in the city’s redundant Tourist Office bringing much heralded impetus to the creative heart of Sunderland and it’s many like-minded souls. Amongst the artist who have supported their venture and played recently are The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and James Bay.

      ‘Decency’ follows 2013’s ‘The Days Run Away’ and sees the band continue their uncanny knack for conjuring up moments of introspective beauty whilst encapsulating the band’s ideals, both socially and politically. The pop suss that flowed through previous releases still reigns but ‘Decency’ embellishes those hooks and melodies creating some of the band’s best work to date.

      Recorded at the tail end of last summer at Leeds’ Suburban Homes studio with MJ (Hookworms) at the controls, ‘Decency ‘ also sees Futurehead Ross Millard on extra-curricular duty with guitar and vocal artistry making his recording debut as a fully-fledged Heartstring.

      Born and raised in Los Angeles, Girlpool are a Philadelphia based two piece made up of Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass). The two met at Los Angeles DIY venue The Smell and quickly grew very close.

      Their sound is raw, comprised only of a guitar, bass and vocal harmonies. Cleo and Harmony use this stripped-down instrumentation to accentuate their vulnerable and powerful lyrics.

      For fans of Waxahatchee, First Aid Kit, Breeders, Pixies, Sleater Kinney.

      “If rebellion had a sound, I imagine it would end up sounding a lot like Girlpool... It’s punk in the best sense of the word: fresh, raw, and uncompromising.” - Stereogum

      “It’s brilliant.” - The Line Of Best Fit · “Fever-pitch vocals, lo-fidelity guitar, and endless cool” - Pitchfork

      “A minimalist approach to writing urgent, non-conformist and catchy tunes” - The Independent

      “An arresting combination” - The Guardian

      “Armed with just two guitars, the duo reel you in with seriously catchy hooks and achieve more depth with these songs than any drum kit ever could.” - NME

      The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers.

      Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in indie rock’s ability to shift perceptions - “I only want to be beautiful,” frontman Christopher Brown cries but it’s in their rough edges that Total Babes really shine.

      For fans of Cloud Nothings, FIDLAR, Wavves and Eagulls.


      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl with download code.

      Girlpool are Los Angeles based duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. Their sound is comprised only of a guitar, bass and their striking vocal harmonies. This bare bones instrumentation accentuates their vulnerable yet powerful lyrics which tackle sexuality, lust, equality and empowerment with an unfaltering directness and honesty.

      Their debut mini album seems destined to be a classic, packed with catchy and memorable two minute slices of bluesy lo-fi punk. It was originally released on local cassette label Big Joy in early 2014 and picked up acclaim from the likes of NME and LA Weekly. The EP will now get a full worldwide release on Wichita Recordings.

      For fans of Honeyblood, Liz Phair, Bikini Kill, Cat Power, Joanna Gruesome, Waxahatchee.

      "Armed with just two guitars, the duo reel you in with seriously catchy hooks and achieve more depth with these songs than any drum kit ever could." - NME

      "Every angst-ridden moment of growing up, from falling in love to self-acceptance is all perfectly captured in Girlpool’s selftitled debut. No matter the age of the listener it’s hard not to relate to the acoustic-punk of the Los Angeles duo.“ - The Grey Estates

      "If Cat Power and Courtney Love came together to wear jean jackets and write angsty campfire songs, it would probably sound something like this.“ - The Le Sigh

      "Their raw, bluesy punk sound is incredibly simple, shaped only by the sounds of Tividad's guitar, Tucker's bass, and the two girls' aching vocals." - LA Weekly


      Ltd LP Info: The LP is pressed on 180g orange vinyl with a copy of the album on CD included.

      Following two acclaimed EPs - ‘Coared’ and ‘SANS’ - as well as a double A-sided single, Wichita are very excited to present the highly anticipated self-titled debut album from Cheatahs.

      An exploration of the possibilities of modern guitar music. A blend of ecstatic noise, ambient drone and visceral, earsplitting alt rock. Lyrics that touch on the complexities of relationships, nature, the city, memory, dislocation and self-identity. Altogether, their self-titled record displays a giant creative leap from the lo fi fuzz of their first two EPs.

      Call it shoegaze, call it grunge, call it indie rock, but know that Cheatahs stand head and shoulders above all the other pretenders in terms of both tunes and intensity.

      The band have been on the road with their friends Metz and more dates will be announced soon. They have previously played with Dinosaur Jr, Fidlar, Wavves, Best Coast, The Cribs, King Tuff and Cloud Nothings, amongst others.

      For fans of Deerhunter, Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub, Sugar, The Boo Radleys.


      Ltd CD Info: CD in deluxe digipack.

      Peggy Sue are far from your average post-folk band; they carefully craft together beautiful harmonies that glide over a sea of delicate guitars and piercing drums to create a coming together of sounds whose power is unlike any other. The songs possess an immense intricacy in their layers and details ensuring the listeners respond to their cinematic quality.

      In their own words, “‘Choir Of Echoes’ is an album about singing. About losing your voice and finding it again. Voices keeping each other company and voices competing for space. The call and response of the kindest and the cruelest words. Choruses. Duets. Whispers and shouts.”

      This, the band’s third album for Wichita Recordings, was recorded by Jimmy Robertson (the man who made the ‘Peggy Sue Play The Songs Of Scorpio Rising’ collection), and mixed by John Askew (who also worked with the band on their debut full length, ‘Fossils And Other Phantoms’).


      LP Info: 180g vinyl with folded insert and copy of the
      album on CD, and digital download.

      Ltd CD Info: Limited digipack CD.

      ‘Motto’ is the third album by Leeds trio Sky Larkin on Wichita Recordings.

      Recorded with long-term collaborator, producer John Goodmanson (Girls, Sleater Kinney, Los Campesinos!) in Seattle, ‘Motto’ showcases Sky Larkin’s unshakable ability to conjure immediately satisfying, vibrant indie rock.

      The album was written for the most part whilst Sky Larkin singer and guitarist Katie Harkin was on the road as a touring member of Wild Beasts, and it captures a typically varied set of themes as its inspiration.


      Ltd CD Info: CD available in special edition deluxe softpack

      ‘American Weekend’ is the debut album from Waxahatchee, originally released last year on Don Giovanni in the US.

      This album is more stripped down and lo-fi than its now highlyacclaimed follow up, ‘Cerulean Salt’, recorded over 8 days by Katie Crutchfield while snowed in at her childhood home in Alabama.

      This album may be sparser in sound than ‘Cerulean Salt’ but the songs are just as powerfully affecting, mediating on the highs and lows of 20-something life with a rawness that recalls the likes of Girly-Sound-era Liz Phair, Elliott Smith and PJ Harvey.

      “Katie Crutchfield has a way of delivering a line so casually that it takes a half-dozen listens to fully realise how devastating it is… the work of a songwriter skilled enough to make introspection seem not self-centered, but generous” - Pitchfork

      “The nakedness of Crutchfield’s music is the source of both its confidence and its vulnerability” - Spin

      “Rightly one of the most talked about artists at SXSW, for a tough but tender take on the singer-songwriter” - NME

      “With a voice and a talent for songwriting like hers, Katie has the potential to become a genuine great” - DIY Magazine

      ‘Sob Story’ is the second album from Heckmondwike, Yorkshire residing brothers Louis and Will Jones aka Spectrals. The record finds the band back with more confidence than ever.

      The album was produced at Decibelle in San Francisco by JR White, producer and bassplayer of the band Girls. JR had this to say of the recording sessions and resulting record: “With ‘Sob Story’ Spectrals have come of age. Our sessions found Louis and his writing at its most honest and direct. Our mantra while recording was always ‘make it exciting and cut the fat’. ‘Sob Story’ is the outcome of that and personally I could not be happier with the results.”

      The album’s songs draw on influences from Louis’ favourite musicians such as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Dave Edmunds, as well as Galaxie 500, Big Star and Slade.

      Since the release of their debut album, ‘Bad Penny’, Spectrals have toured Europe with Best Coast, Girls, The Cribs, and Real Estate, amongst others.


      Ltd CD Info: CD with a special edition mini-gatefold sleeve.

      Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have gone from faraway teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording a blue series 7” of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘Universal Soldier’ with Jack White in his Nashville, TN Third Man studios.

      This, their second album, was recorded in Spring 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Monsters Of Folk). From the dynamic title track onwards, the sophomore album is a rich and stirring affair that expands upon the keen and sophisticated country tinged pop of their critically acclaimed debut.

      ‘The Lion’s Roar’ is a full band record, the Girls’ Father Benkt takes the bass, Mattias Bergqvist drums, while Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, and a cast of Omaha-based musicians round out the sound.

      Album closer ‘King Of The World’ features the Felice Brothers, just passing through town during the session, and local hero Conor Oberst, who sings the last verse.


      David says: First Aid Kit comprise two Swedish sisters, Klara and Joanna, who have seemingly spent their formative years wistfully watching their shadows grow long as the sun sets in the west, wishing themselves far away. Kicking up their heels in the dust of Texas. Sitting on a Tennessee porch, guitar in lap, with Cicadas as an evening accompaniment. Or, getting fitted for a nudie suit in North Hollywood circa 1969. Anything's better than the perpetual darkness of yet another never ending Stockholm winter.

      More than just another cutesy, country folk album, "The Lion's Roar" is the love child of Gram Parsons' "Cosmic American Music". Tracing its family tree from Fleet Foxes, past The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, stopping off for a slow dance with The Everly Brothers, before arriving home at Sun Studios with Johnny Cash in Memphis 1955.

      It's nothing new, of course, for musicians, especially young ones (and Klara and Joanna are frighteningly young) to reference their heroes in their own songs. The talent lies in being able to take something universal and make it sound like nobody ever thought to sing or play it that way before. Peter Buck, for example, was always bemused by the people who spent entire REM gigs watching him play guitar. "It's just G / C / D guys, G / C and D".

      First Aid Kit fans would be equally disappointed. Indeed, there are, after all, no new chords waiting to be discovered yet therein lies the inherent beauty of "The Lion's Roar". It makes something that could - and perhaps even should - sound tired and old sound like...well...sound like a Piccadilly Records album of 2012.


      LP Info: LP is pressed onto 180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and includes a download code for the entire album.

      Ltd CD Info: New CD version with one bonus track.

      First Aid Kit

      The Big Black & The Blue

      Prodigious Swedish teenagers Klara (16) and Johanna Söderberg (19), AKA First Aid Kit, have been gathering fans apace throughout 2009 since the release of their “Drunken Trees” EP in February.
      Spending their formative years drinking from the fountain of American classics – everything from Buffy Sainte-Marie, to the likes of Conor Oberst – it shaped their way with song writing, arrangements and even the use of a second language. Audiences have been falling at their feet, enraptured by their pure, shimmering voices in harmony. Until now they have been rightfully praised for their astonishing cover versions, such as their infamous YouTube phenomenon of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”, but First Aid Kit are now unveiling some remarkable songs of their own. The first flourishes can be heard on this masterly debut album, built around the sweeping majesty and almost telekinetic, intricate weaving of their voices. Sounding like the dreamy and spectral nieces of the Indigo Girls or Michelle Shocked coming in from the campfire to settle at the Stockholm kitchen table, the Söderberg’s distil all of their collective influences and make them their own.


      LP Info: 180g vinyl.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Second album from London's Peggy Sue, following their highly acclaimed debut (NME called them “head-over-heels brilliant”, The Guardian praised their “thrilling” musicianship and awarded the album four stars).

      Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse, Giant Sand, Eels), the album finds the band moving away from the acoustic sounds of their first album to something heavier but just as subtle and beautiful.

      Features strings played by Mariner's Children members, Emma Kraemer and Becca Mears, as well as bass played by Marcus Hamblett (Laura Marling, Alessi's Ark, Sons Of Noel And Adrian).


      Ltd LP Info: LP is 180g vinyl and includes digital download code.

      ‘Bad Penny’ is the debut album from Spectrals aka 21 year old Louis Jones. Mixing ingredients of pop, soul, doo wop, and a garage rock ballad, it sounds vintage but current, while the Yorkshire lilt in his voice (a result of his hometown, Heckmondwike) places him firmly in the UK, rather than Detroit.

      Inspired by the music he grew up listening to as a child, from the Rolling Stones (the only CD’s his mum ever has in her car) to The Style Council, Elvis Costello and The Ronettes, it’s all “just about love really”.

      In eleven original songs, not heard on any of Spectrals previous tapes, 7″s or E.P’s, he documents his relationship with his girlfriend, who he has known since school, from the great to the not-so-good. “Love songs are the kind of songs I like” says the guy who once turned Beyonce’s Single Ladies upside down (‘Peppermint’) “‘not all of them are nice, but they’re all feelings I’ve had”. As if he wasn’t attached to these songs enough, Louis recorded nearly all of the instruments on Bad Penny, with his brother, Will Jones, the only other musician on the album, on drums.

      Recorded with Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Hood, Telescopes, Spectrum) in early 2011, on Bad Penny, Spectrals’ knack for writing a great tune is more obvious than ever. “I just love these songs” he says “all I’d hope is for people to come away saying, ‘they were 11 ace songs’ or if there’s a a guy or girl getting messed about, that it makes sense to them. I’m not wanting to make out I’m a genius, I hate it when groups do that. People don’t like being talked down to, y’know? This is just songs”.


      Ltd CD Info: Limited digipack CD packaging with 12 page booklet.

      Blessed with two songwriters in Rosa and Katy and with the addition of drummer, Olly Joyce, early last year, Peggy Sue have been working hard to further develop their unique sound whilst playing shows with Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and The Maccabees amongst others.
      The band recorded the album with Alex Newport (Two Gallants), John Askew (The Dodos), Steve Ansell (of Blood Red Shoes) and Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons).
      'Fossils was recorded over a year in Brooklyn, Brighton and London. It is made up of entirely unreleased material because we wanted it to exist as a whole in the way that our favourite albums do rather than being a collection of songs. Most of the album is about endings in one way or another, the title refers to both the absences and remnants of those endings and the empty spaces in the artwork reflect this theme. It was created by Benjamin Phillips whose path we crossed a couple of years ago whilst we were all living in Brighton, he has been making artwork for us ever since'. - Katy Young.

      The fourth studio album from a band once called 'the biggest cult band in the world' is the first featuring ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who was recently confirmed as a full time member of The Cribs. Produced by prolific producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Supergrass), "Ignore The Ignorant" looks likely to swell the numbers of their ever growing loyal fan-base.

      "Temporary Pleasure" was recorded at SMD's studio in east London throughout 2008 and 2009, when the band weren't busy touring their live show, DJing and producing. As well as delivering the expected techy electro-dance tunes the record contains some staggering pop anthems, featuring vocal contributions from the likes of Gruff Rhys, Beth Ditto, Jamie Lidell, Chris Keating (Yeasayer) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip). A step forward from "Attack Decay Sustain Release", "Temporary Pleasure" takes SMD dancefloor sound to the charts!

      1. Cream Dream (featuring Gruff Rhys)
      2. Audacity of Huge (featuring Chris Keating)
      3. 10000 Horses Can't Be Wrong
      4. Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto)
      5. Off The Map (featuring Jamie Lidell)
      6. Synthesise
      7. Bad Blood (featuring Alexis Taylor)
      8. Turn Up The Dial (featuring Young Fathers)
      9. Ambulance
      10. Pinball (featuring Telepathe)


      2xLtd CD Info: Limited edition deluxe double CD comes in an embossed white tin and features four bonus tracks: "Flea In Your Ear", "Are You In The Picture?", "Babaghanoush" and "Do Not Exceed Stated Dose".

      A native of Washington, DC and now calling New York City home Lissy Trullie is both the name of the front woman and the band she sings in. In a year being characterised by female fronted electro-pop (with more than a passing eye on the 1980s), Lissy stands out from the crowd with timeless, fuzzy guitar pop that evokes the sound of new-wave, New York in the late 70s and early 80s and has seen her compared to such artists as Chrissie Hynde, Blondie and Television. What also makes Lissy stand out is her unique voice: a rich tenor with a distinct drawl, Lissy's voice is a remarkably arresting instrument and her vocal styling add another dimension to the songs. The band is knitted together by the water tight rhythm section of Josh Elrod's drumming, Ian Fenger's melodic bass lines and Lissy's stabs of rhythm guitar, with lead guitarist Eben D'Amico providing the flourishes. Tracks like "Boy Boy", "She Said" and "Money" are all nuggets of spiky, new wave brilliance, but it's the EP's title track that really marks Lissy out as a song writer par excellence. At the two minute mark "Self-Taught Learner" makes a quite extraordinary turn, breaking into a rousing two minute crescendo of piano and Motown bass with Lissy repeating the lyric 'Oh, I want to die with you'. When the band play the song live, it's a real raised hairs on the back of your neck moment. The EP closes with the band's much revered cover of Hot Chip's "Ready For The Floor", with Lissy's voice sounding at its most beautiful and adding new layers of warmth to the track.

      As you've probably guessed from the title, this is the second release in the excellent Shred Yr Face singles series, released to coincide with the tour of the same name. This time around, The Bronx give you their take on a classic by another hard-living LA-based group, The Gun Club. Anyone that has heard The Bronx's versions of Neil Young's "Needle And The Damage Done" or Warren Zevon's "Carmelita" knows that a cover from these dudes is always a hot prospect, and they do not disappoint with "She's Like Heroin To Me". Fucked Up present a raw blast through a little known US punk-rock classic from 1977, "Son Of Sam" by Chain Gang. And Rolo Tomassi deliver a typically intense blast or Melt Banana-esque noise in the form "Apocalypso '09".


      Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition transparent red vinyl, exclusive to indie shops!

      Greg's words on the album: 'Frustrated with new methods and mindset in recording technology I threw up my hands and built my own analog recording studio. My last album, Blood Is Trouble (as well as the first Espers record) was recorded on a 1⁄2" 8 track machine. Eventually I was able to upgrade to an MCI 2" machine and professional recording console which have allowed for better sound quality and greater experimentation. Having a home studio has allowed me to record and produce albums at a comfortable pace consistent with my own levels of inspiration. Key to the album's sound was the acquisition of a vintage Mellotron keyboard. The Mellotron is doubtless my spirit animal in instrument form and is certainly one of the main inspirations behind "The Hive". No other instrument conveys the characteristics of hive insects as well as this legendarily warbley tape based sampler. "The Hive" is primarily a response to the atmosphere of apocalypse that permeates the lives of those who are open and receptive to their environment (not to mention the general global condition). That's not to say the album's entirely about misery and despair. Quite the contrary; I have a good amount of fun trolling through the backwaters of my own dank grey matter (often darkly comical), and each of these songs have multiple meanings, so glean from them what you will. It also contains a cover of Madonna's "Borderline", my first recorded cover since tackling Cat Power's "King Rides By" on "Fire In The Arms Of The Sun". This was meant to be a future Espers release but I got antsy waiting for the next covers record to come about so here it is (after three years of simmering on my mental back burner).'

      After they released the brilliant debut album "Attack Decay Sustain Release" to rave reviews in 2007 we've been eagerly waiting for new nuggets of golden goodness from SMD. Now they're back with "Sample and Hold", the remix album of the debut long player, guaranteed to make sure our summer selection includes at least one SMD track – in either original or remix form! Hand picked by Jas and James, the remixes on the album come courtesy of some of the finest DJs and producers that SMD have encountered on their worldwide travels. Long time avid music followers, the boys saw the opportunity to make contact with some of the people they'd been fans of for a while, like DFA's Shit Robot and Simon Baker - who's version of Sleep Deprivation is now a regular feature in SMD's DJ set. Featuring friends Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve (Erol Alkan and Richard Norris) and French producer Joakim the boys got to finally hook up with mates they had long admired. Other remixers includes Cosmo Vitelli, Invisible Conga People (from Italians Do It Better) and DC Recordings' psyche-master Oscillation. The set brings together tracks that chop up minimalist techno, decadent disco, dark dubstep and wonky electronic beats - the album is bound to start any party and end it with an almighty bang.

      Bloc Party

      Hunting For Witches


        Tight, tense agit-pop that mixes power and passion with melody and poetry to stunning effect. Smart.

        Blood Brothers

        Lazer Life

        Limited edition 7" taken from their "Young Machetes" album. This warped electro-glam stomper is backed with "Street Wars / Exotic Foxholes (Gaja Remix)" on the B-side.

        This is the third album by the Swedish trio but they've only really come to our attention thanks to their cute (but clever) "Young Folks" single that's had all sorts coming into the shop wanting a piece... and not just post Belle And Seb oldies, but t'Youth aswell! But this band do tick the right boxes. And not in an arsey, slavish way: this is as playful and flitty as it's well-crafted and intelligent. As befits an erstwhile librarian, a jazz drummer and an established record producer, the sound skips across folk, punk and skinny-assed funk with a Beta Band-ish randomness belying a tangible pop nous underneath. Peculiar, catchy, Scando-Pop!


        2xLP Info: A limited collectors edition gatefold double vinyl of Peter, Bjorn & John’s classic "Writers Block" album, complete with bonus vinyl featuring rare and exclusive demos and alternative versions. 500 copies only

        Northern State

        Dying In Stereo

        Wicked debut LP from this Long Island, NY based female hip hop trio. Their MC style is influenced by the Beastie Boys, and they bring a similar freshness, fun and NY cool to their tunes. This LP sounds exactly like you hoped it would!

        The Pattern

        Nothin Of Value

        Second single from the "Real Feelness" album. Includes a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Cream Puff War".


        CDS Info: The CD single also includes "Abigail" and the video for "Nothing Of Value".


        On The Blink

        The sound of machines disintegrating... or making music all on their own. Four tracks that range from subtle musicality to whirr-click abstraction.


        CDS Info: The CDS comes in a cool techy see-through case with a lever to eject the CD - looks like something you'd find in Muji - mmmm!

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