Thursday, 22 January
"Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
Thursday, 15 January
*CD with 24-page booklet* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective and Raury, am… Read more
Everybody's favourite indie-pop slacker gets real with a 24-track sweep of formerly unreleased demos. You might know some already: 1. Cooking Up Something Good 2. The Stars Keep On Calling My Name 3. Dreamin' Slow 4. Lonely Shredder 5. Robson Girl 6. Annie 7. Harrison Ford Escort 8. Sherrill 9. My Kind of Woman (Instrumental) 10. Dreamin' Fast 11. Goodbye Weekend 12. Salad Days 13. Ken the Wolf 14. Passing Out Pieces of Me 15. Organ Ronald Donkey Water 16. Let My Baby Stay 17. Pepperoni Playboy 18. Brother 19. Potato Boy 20. Go Easy 21. Horse Hot Wee Wee Water 22. Blue Boy 23. Sloopy Lau Lau 24. Avocado Andrew.
**Debut solo album by Mac Demarco's former Makeout Videotape bandmate** "Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign – brining together both infectious melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Strange Dreams takes a confident step forward from Calder’s previous release and brings the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music. This record delivers, while still maintaining the youthful humour that has become his trademark."
"Brooklyn duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne recorded their debut, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, as a true duet: facing each other inches apart, intent upon listening. They wove together archaic instruments – baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-era flattop, space-age lap steel, upright piano, and hundred-year-old mandolin – into a new and vibrant third voice. All the songs were recorded live to two-inch analog tape, the studio equivalent of tightrope-walking without a net. Mark and Mary later added minimal touches of lap steel, piano, and electric guitar, but essent… Read more
Thursday, 08 January
*Ships Friday* Your dreamboy, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear meets The Grim Reaper in a magical 5th solo album outside of his Animal Collective duties. Crafted in conjunction with psychedelic supremo Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 etc), it professes a mixture of loping drums influenced by the '90s hip hop of ATCQ and Pete Rock, coupled with a colourful instrumental/hardware palette of synths, guitars and vocals, rather than the sampling methods employed in his seminal, signature side, 'Person Pitch' (2007). The songs are patently written by Panda Bear - the lilting melodies and stacke… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
**New double disc Deluxe edition** "Neneh Cherry releases her first solo album in 16 years – a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn. While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, Blank Project is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album’s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh’s wildly poetic, sometimes-sp… Read more
Thursday, 11 December
"Ellis Island Sound comprises the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). Hot on the heels of their 2014, Krautrock-meets-Afrobeat longplayer ‘Regions’, they return with a brand new, seven- track mini-album, another fertile marriage between motorik Mitteleuropa pulse and subtropical guitar and percussion textures. Full of intricate, highly melodic arrangements for guitars, keyboards and tuned percussion, with a spacious sound palette propelled by polyrhythmic marimbas and xylophones and layered with infectious lead lines and choral. For fans of Penguin Café Orchestra, Cluster, King Sunny Ade and Steve Reich"
"Still the favourite with many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also their breakthrough album and is a testament to their most drastic period of transition, from being a relatively, but not entirely, straight rock band largely met with indifference, to becoming a band where "shit definitely falls in place", to quote Tommy Olsson´s liner notes. It´s also, notably, the only album in their vast catalog where Deathprod was a permanent member of the group. This re-issue follows those of "Timothy´s Monster" and "Blissard" and has been possible with the kind permission and co-operation of V… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
*First Pressing packaged In a Slipcase* "Blending the words and wisdom of visual artist David Shrigley with the whipsmart musicianship of songwriter and Arab Strap co-founder Malcolm Middleton, the pair’s absurd wit and stark delivery is perfectly captured on 'Music And Words' - a special collaboration album that started out wrong but ended up just right. “I misinterpreted the meaning of David’s words so created a certain style of music to accompany the wrong themes,” admits Middleton of the album’s non-existent narrative. “I took one song 'Sunday Morning' to be a scat… Read more
Collecting together now-unavailable EPs, Company has an inimitable, wayward sound drawn from the chaos of real life. “People and places shape the sound - I get ideas from watching people do their thing and also looking at billboards thinking that everything is fucked," says singer and guitarist Dearbhla Minogue. Without clear narratives, the lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness quality, loaded with uncanny imagery. "I try to invoke feelings of familiarity and imagery in songs because that is what I love about hearing good lyrics. For them to invoke something that you recognise and makes you feel a … Read more
"As a follow up to their exuberant debut album, ‘Confidence’ sticks with the “play it all live” pluck we’ve come to expect from Trash Kit. There’s a minimal bent, a lyrical directness, an unadorned ethic that all evokes the sense that the song is being written at the same time as it’s performed. Yet whilst the first album at times felt too fleeting, its succinct songs flashing by so fast, ‘Confidence’ is startlingly more assured, allowing ideas to develop, conclusions to be gathered. Tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Boredom’ embrace dynamics like never before. Their clatter and chime are complimen… Read more
"A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released tapes and CDs, Mega Bog – the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy – has completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called ‘Gone Banana’. Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop whimsy of Steely Dan, ‘Banana’ is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a … Read more
**Ships Friday** "Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef."
Thursday, 27 November
*Deluxe 3CD / 50-track package that brings together for the first time the album’s B sides, Peel Sessions and demos from the time, along with the original album. Nearly half of the tracks on this version are being officially released for the first time* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, ‘Do… Read more
*Deluxe double CD reissue of the classic 1993 ‘Painful’ album with 12 bonus tracks (plus more via a download coupon), in celebration of Yo La Tengo's 30th anniversary as a band* "Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in t… Read more
"Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative résumé. Githead formed in 2004, for what was initially intended as a one-off performance at the Swim record label's ICA-hosted 10th anniversary event. Over the course of preparations for the gig, though, it quickly became obvious to all involved that there was a natural and rare chemistry between them, one that held th… Read more
Tuesday, 25 November
Thursday, 20 November
“Just Us” is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations which are intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen. Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork—drums and percussion—Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur n… Read more
*Die-cut Digipak containing a second sleeve housing rare images as well as brand new liner notes by Devo founding member Gerald Casale* "Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most i… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
*First appearance on CD, bolstered by an 11th track: Turn Off Your Guns, recorded during the same sessions which was omitted from the original demo tape* "In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song ("Break In"). It would be nearly another year before he would start playing guitar with the band.… Read more
*CD version limited to 300 copies with hand-applied wrap around artwork* "Rhyton are the Brooklyn based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer And The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons). Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock. ‘Kykeon’ was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long- time engineer Jason Meagher."
"Bo Ningen and Savages deliver ‘Words To The Blind’ - a 37-minutes collaborative track. Taking their cross fertilisation a step further, following occasional live appearances together and Savages’ Jehnny Beth guesting on Bo Ningen’s current album ‘III’, ‘Words To The Blind’ is inspired by the Dadaist concept of the ‘Simultaneous Poem’…"
*Debut solo album from Sigur Rós' and Jónsi's touring keyboard player/percussionist Óbó* In his passport it says Ólafur Björn Ólafsson - and although comprised of no more than 7 compositions, it does run the gamut of suburban bliss turned upside down: After the LP's minimalistic opener "Úthverfi", a track that melancholically opens up after a long, immensely dark and brooding intro, that ultimately offers some respite in the form of playful Glockenspiel over layers of slow-moving sonic lava, the equally cinematic "Svartur galdur" leaves much room for Óbó's trademark baritone: Like a bespectacled puppetee… Read more
Thursday, 06 November
"‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
"For their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described “post-industrial Pet Sounds.” Using acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all out on the table and left us with their magnum opus. The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup. Sean Ragon, once the project’s lone member, is now flanked by Jasper McGandy on bass and Christian Kount on electric guitar (both of whom were me… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
"HNIA's stunning new offering is a rock opera depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language, and mythology. Described variously by the press as "absolutely beautiful" (CMJ), "a silver thread out of the labyrinth" (NME), and "haunted, wholly out of time or context" (Plan B), His Name Is Alive continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl. Beginning in Livonia, MI as an experimental bedroom dream pop project, HNIA has released a steady stream of music since their first self-released cassettes in the late-'80's. One of la… Read more
*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent years,… Read more
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backgro… Read more