Thursday, 06 March
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral tales… Read more
Thursday, 27 February
**Foil-blocked slipcase contains Jewel case and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we s… Read more
David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Liles (electric channel), Tony (TS) McPhee (acoustic and electric guitar), Jon Seagroatt (bass clarinet and flute), Carl Stoke… Read more
"The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band. After spending much of 2011 and 2… Read more
"This collection sees epic45 stripping away the layers of processed sound and instrumentation that characterised their last album ‘Weathering’, and reveals the bare bones of their sound. Sparse, resonant drum loops frame a bed of warm synths, chiming electric guitar and clear vocals, making these four tracks the most direct the duo have sounded yet. In addition to the three original songs, the EP includes an inventive cover of the Tears For Fears song ‘Ideas As Opiates’ from their album The Hurting. Musically, throughout there are echoes of Talk Talk, The Montgolfier Bros, Depeche Mode, The Durutti … Read more
"'Atlas’, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, is a triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship. The album is intimate and spare. It conjures quiet, late night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them. Within the music one can catch hints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York."
Thursday, 20 February
"Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno proté… Read more
"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-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and raw voca… Read more
"Band of Holy Joy’s latest album Easy Listening – a set that finds Johny Brown’s ragamuffin street warriors hit yet another artistic peak – a rejuvenated collective on a relentless mission. Away from the complex conceptual conceits of "How to Kill a Butterfly" and the raging Casio trauma of "City of Tales", "Easy Listening" has a defiantly old school manifesto – a collection of sculpted, resonant SONGS…So we move through the destructive magic of George Best (When a Gift is a Curse) to the death of Ian Tomlinson to lonely late night observations on London buses. Always open to the fullne… Read more
"4AD release ‘Blue Film’, the debut album by LA based producer Lo-Fang (née Matthew Hemerlein). Classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, Hemerlein’s soulful falsetto floats above a rich blend of classical, R&B and electronic music, telling stories of love, loss and deceit. The album was written and recorded during Hemerlein’s world travels everywhere from a farmhouse in Maryland to a hotel in Cambodia to studios in London and Nashville. He completed the album at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with Award winning producer Francois Tetaz."
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on ins… Read more
Thursday, 13 February
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piece … Read more
Thursday, 06 February
"In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North-American Poetry, Wauters dreams big; coming into his own as a singer. Building on his songwriting, popularized by The Beets, Juan presents introspective tracks, like Water and Sanity, and reflections on humans' relationship with technology in songs like Breathing—which features Carmelle Safdie. The record is completed, as always, by the artwork of dear friend and longtime collaborator Matthew Volz, who has honed the trademark visual aesthetic of Juan's music. This album is a selection of recordings made between the fall of 2010 and the su… Read more
"Halls - the solo project of 23 year old South London musician Sam Howard - released a debut album, ‘Ark’, in November 2012. A long twelve months later - after rapt reviews and a stint modelling for Hedi Slimane in Paris - Howard’s second album is here, and the changes are marked. “This is an album about opening up. Ark is the cold album, closed-off, obscure and confusing. I obscured lyrics and hid behind reverb and mumbling. For this album I wanted to reach out more. In some ways it is darker than Ark. I feel that I struggle to connect with a lot of people and I want to connect somehow. Love to Giv… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
"The impulse that drove artists such as Suicide, Einstürzende Neubauten and Scott Walker to embark on extraordinary and uncompromising journeys, and who refuse to flinch in the face of humanity’s ugly truths and terrible beauty, also underpins the sound and vision of Xiu Xiu, aka LA-based duo Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo. Angel Guts: Red Classroom is the sound of Xiu Xiu’s descent into deepest blackness. Having spent the previous four years living in North Carolina, primary songwriter Jamie Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, moving blindly into a neighborhood whose notoriously dangerous… Read more
*80 Minute CD version features the complete "Monkey Banana Kitchen" LP, plus the tracks from the 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (1981), the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records* "Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No … Read more
"Thou Shalt Boogie! is Bushman's Revenge sixth album for Rune Grammofon, a relationship that began with 2009’s You Lost Me At Hello. Its velvety, warm sound was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, close to the Swedish border – a legendary tape-only studio with a 30-year history. Although there are three rooms separated by glass, they kept all the doors open ‘so essentially what you are hearing is everybody in one big room’, says Even. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, Thou Shalt Boogie! achieves a fine balance between b… Read more
*CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Guardian Alien are a New York experimental collective led by unparalleled drummer Greg Fox, current member of Zs as well as having previously collaborated with Ben Frost, Colin Stetson, Dustin Wong and Kid Millions. The group also features Bernard Gann (Liturgy) and Alexandra Drewchin. ‘Spiritual Emergency’ was recorded by legendary engineer and producer Wharton Tiers (Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca) after a year of touring where the band were fine tuning many of the album tracks. The album’s first side consists of a series … Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**Cherry-picked punk/post-punk anthology compiled by Soul Jazz including bullets such as Puncture's 'Mucky Pup' and Eric Random's '23 Skidoo** '"Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society’ is the second volume in their ‘Punk 45’ series, released to follow on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400 page ‘Punk 45s’ cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s… Read more
"Delving deep in to their subconscious to bring it to the conscious, the band again dazzle us with their gift for heavy riffs laced with soaring vocals and swathes of sound. The recording process of 'Peace On Venus' used the principle of the Quintessence, which is a principle cited by the 16th Century physician Paracelsus, who noted: "Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. of a given substance into a single Ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the 20 lbs. in potency. Hence t… Read more
"Snowbird are the duo of singer / songwriter Stephanie Dosen and Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde. ‘Moon’ album features a stellar list of guests lending their talents to proceedings: Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O’Brien, Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith all contribute, plus guitarists Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) and Jonathan Wilson. Crafted via the wonder of technology, and yet ‘Moon’ has one unifying and intimate sound and vision, from gently pulsating, pop-centric trails to lingering, luminous ballads. ‘Moon’ will be released on CD and LP in double disc… Read more
"In 2007, Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten started unearthing rare and little-heard post-punk, deathrock and dark punk tracks for an eventual compilation. Seven years later, riffing on the tradition of the internationally known punk collector series, Killed by Death, those tracks are finally being released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats as Killed by Deathrock Vol. 1. Bands from all over the world are represented on the comp, from the relatively well-known Scots in Twisted Nerve to the “completely un-Googleable” Move from Italy. Also featured are the French ba… Read more
"Juvenilia is a compilation album by the New Zealand group, The Verlaines, first released in 1987 by Flying Nun Records. It collects the band's early singles and EPs on CD. Juvenalia was the first Verlaines' release on CD. Tracks : CD Version : Death And The Maiden, Doomsday, Joed Out, Baud To Tears, Crisis After Crisis, Burlesque, You Cheat Yourself of Everything That Moves, Pyromaniac, Windsong, Angela, You Say You, New Kind Of Hero, Instrumental, Phil Too?, C.D. Jimmy Jazz and Me….. // LP : Death And The Maiden, Angela, Baud To Tears, Crisis After Crisis, Burlesque, Joed Out, Pyromaniac, You Say You, Windsong, You Cheat Yourself Of Everything That Moves"
Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
**50-track compilation of Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop spanning 1955-1962** "Romance has been the overriding preoccupation of songwriters and performers through the ages, and never more so than in the golden years of rock & roll. On Starry-Eyed Serenaders, music historian and producer Stuart Colman has intertwined an array of love songs, some famous, many much sought after, that together assert what the classic make-out ballad is all about. Not every song is devoted to matters of the heart, but they certainly predominate. Sweet-sounding harmonies have an uncanny ability t… Read more
Thursday, 16 January
**Gatefold slipcase with art inserts** Mogwai follow their acclaimed OST for 'Les Revenants with their first studio album since 2011. 'Rave Tapes' is the thematic follow-up to 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. It was recorded at the group's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow along with go-to producer Paul Savage and revolves around ten tracks of precision post-rock augmented with synths and processing.
Thursday, 09 January
*Includes poster insert and download code* "Brisbane quartet Blank Realm return with their most blistering release to date. 'Grassed Inn' expands further the fluorescent pop leanings that shone through last year's critically acclaimed 'Go Easy'. The result is an album packed with soaring psych melodies, dark love-stained lyrics and one of the sharpest pop records to emerge from the current Australian underground renaissance. Having moved on from their more open-ended experimental beginnings, Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, The Zombies, or Echo and th… Read more
*Includes Download Code For Bonus EP - Redeemable From The Label* "Jordan Lee has spent the last few years bouncing around the indie underground, from Ohio, to Texas, to Boston, and Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with his friends’ bands, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one man band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After self-releasing two limited Mutual Benefit cassettes and playing scores of house shows in any living room that would have him, Lee completed his proper debut albu… Read more