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Blood Bank EP (10th Anniversary Edition) (limited red vinyl 12" + insert)
Cat: JAG 343LPC1. Rel: 27 Mar 20
  1. Blood Bank (4:45)
  2. Beach Baby (2:35)
  3. Babys (4:42)
  4. Woods (4:49)
  5. Blood Bank (live From Ericsson Globe, Stockholm SE, Oct 21 2018) (5:38)
  6. Beach Baby (live From The Bomb Factory, Dallas TX, Jan 23 2018) (3:05)
  7. Babys (live From Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London UK, Mar 4 2018) (6:16)
  8. Woods (live From Pitchfork Paris Presented By La Blogothèque, Nov 3 2018) (3:33)
 in stock $18.29
RTTD 016 (12" + insert limited to 100 copies)
Cat: RTTD 016. Rel: 16 Mar 20
  1. All You Need (4:42)
  2. Repetition (6:48)
  3. Overload (3:07)
  4. Always The Same (9:47)
Review: While Helena Hauff and her Return To Disorder label may be best known as a go-to for gutter-dwelling electro and techno, her intentions and tastes reach way beyond that. Here she welcomes back the brilliant Children Of Leir, UK-based psych garage outfit with a style that comes on like 13th Floor Elevators, My Bloody Valentine and Amon Duul popping 'ludes and heading to the last chance saloon. Huge wall of sound guitars, liberal effects processing and as much scuzziness as they can muster can't hide the pop sensibilities buried away in the songs - these guys are the real deal.
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 in stock $12.35
Cat: HNR 034. Rel: 28 Feb 20
  1. Portamento (4:28)
  2. Dark Show (2:36)
Gespielt von: Dj soFa, Ali Renault, Zukas
 in stock $10.05
Cat: DEEWEE 040. Rel: 05 Feb 20
  1. Same As It Never Was (6:47)
  2. Burn It Down (4:12)
  3. Six Weeks (7:53)
 in stock $10.82
House Music All Night Long (12" (comes in different coloured sleeves, we cannot guarantee which one you will receive))
Cat: RT 0124T. Rel: 27 Mar 20
  1. House Music All Night Long (5:55)
  2. House Music All Night Long (Jason JACK IS mix) (6:07)
Review: It's up for debate whether house music managed to create for itself the best tagline of any genre, ever, but either way Jarv Is clearly wants to appeal to our sense of nostalgia and community with this two-track EP that is pretty much quintessential fare when it comes to the canon's emotive sound. Opening with the original mix, expect the kind of euphoric party vibes combined with a slight sense of reflective melancholia that can really make one track stand apart from so many of its four-to-the-floor peers. Warm vibes, soaring vocals and an epic, almost-gospel charged chorus. Flip it to find something a little closer to acid, jaggedly rave synth lines and staccato strings abound. Altogether exactly what you want to really set the house party off.
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 in stock $7.99
Re Facto (coloured 12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SCR 152. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Fosas Limitadas (3:47)
  2. Lux, Lumina (CC Crain remix) (4:42)
  3. El Olivo (3:59)
  4. Unificado (Pye Corner Audio remix) (7:57)
Review: Beguiling, intriguing, immersive and about as far from obsolete as you could ask for in an age when so much music seems happy to exist in a kind of pointless no man's land lacking anything like innovation, if not defined by total uselessness. Prepare to commend Lorelle, your new favourite psychedelic aural adventure, not to mention the much-loved London label Sonic Cathedral, if you're not already obsessed with it. There's more depth and substance to the four tracks offered here than many artists can manage in an album. '"Fosas Limitadas" has shades of Powell's earthier scuzz, "Lux, Lumina" is straight up hallucinatory fare, or at least CC Crain's remix - included here - fits that description. "El Olivo" is a tripped out odyssey that's at once beautiful and unnerving, while the closer, a Pye Corner Audio version of "Unificado" grows into a subtle but highly emotive wall of atmosphere over eight stunning minutes.
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 in stock $14.42
Thru The Flowers (limited coloured vinyl 7" + postcard + poster)
Cat: ON 203. Rel: 20 Feb 20
  1. Thru The Flowers (2:27)
  2. Across My Shoulder (2:00)
  3. She Don't Need You (1:36)
  4. Lazy (2:56)
 in stock $9.01
See My Girl EP (limited 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: SLANG 50255EP. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. See My Girls (4:20)
  2. A Street Walker's Carol (4:16)
  3. Blood & Bone (with Sidonie Osborne-Staples) (5:35)
  4. See My Girls (Le Chien version) (5:34)
Review: If Tindersticks' album, "No Treasure But Hope", represents the band embracing all their chamber pop sensibilities, delivering something that has plenty of operatic beauty and camp accessibility, "See My Girl", an EP which owes its title track to that LP, is something of a counterweight. Sort of.

Aside from the one piece taken from said record, here we're given something that's far more expansive and much less interested in genre lines. "A Street Walker's Carol" could well soundtrack some 1970s New Hollywood road movie. The aptly-titled "Blood & Bone", featuring Sidonie Osborne-Staples, invokes the most distorted of electro-rock tomes. Le Chien's re-rub of the titular adds pop-roots-reggae nuances into the equation. Consider this a curveball warning if "No Treasure", their 11th studio album, was your first experience of this incredibly fluid and varied band.
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Alben
Cat: MA 0239LP. Rel: 19 Feb 20
  1. Depreston (5:23)
  2. Sunday Roast (6:04)
  3. Charcoal Lane (feat Paul Kelly) (5:06)
  4. Avant Gardener (5:40)
  5. Nameless Faceless (feat Evelyn Ida Morris) (5:08)
  6. Untitled (Play It On Repeat) (5:36)
  7. Not Only I (feat Marlon Williams) (4:01)
  8. So Long Marianne (7:01)
Review: If you're even close to 35-years-old, the initialisation "MTV" and the word "Unplugged" likely conjures images of peak-hype Nirvana, arguably the most defining and revered of all this format's many moments. Nevertheless, Courtney Barnett's electric-free contribution to the series, recorded live in Melbourne, may well be the best conceived in the episodic series. Rather than going down the usual "Unplugged" route - hits, covers of classics and a few from the new album, sans power chords, - Barnett confirms what those paying close attention have always known to be true. Yes, she's an inspiring and inspired artist, as work like "Nameless, Faceless" shows (here turned into a duet even more resonant and chilling than the original). But she's also a community leader, a gifted collaborator who has nurtured peers - and with half this album reimagining others, she's clearly still determined to let them shine.
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 in stock $18.54
Always Tomorrow (gatefold LP)
Cat: 721420 2. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Different Light (3:12)
  2. Everything Has Changed (3:34)
  3. For The First Time (3:34)
  4. Graceless Kids (3:10)
  5. Wreckage (3:24)
  6. Rollercoaster (3:49)
  7. Master Of My Own Mind (3:20)
  8. True (3:19)
  9. Seeing Red (3:50)
  10. Make It Last (3:49)
  11. Used To Be (4:28)
Review: If this is your first encounter with Best Coast since the dreamy, sun-kissed rock 'n' roll of debut "Crazy For You", be prepared for a surprise. Loyal fans, meanwhile, are likely to see this latest offering as a logical progression for the talented lot, launching from the starting blocks with enviable propulsion and refusing to hold anything back until the record reaches its conclusion. There's so much muscle involved at moments you could be forgiven for thinking the Pixies were at work - "Everything Has Changed" could well have scored a grungy 1990s flick. In other moments, their pop sensibilities come to the fore, perhaps more than at any moment in the past, "For the First Time" recalling the likes of Fleetwood Mac or Blondie's most electronic moments. An altogether proud and confident record, if this is where Best Coast have got themselves we implore everyone to catch up as soon as possible.
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Hunted (limited red vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 466. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. Swimming Pool (feat Julia Holter) (5:02)
  2. Hunter (4:20)
  3. Eden (feat Charlotte Gainsbourg) (4:10)
  4. Away (4:27)
  5. Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy (feat Courtney Barnett) (3:27)
  6. Wish (feat Joe Talbot (Idles)) (4:05)
  7. Indies Or Paradise (4:16)
Review: Is Anna Calvi one of the most vital artists currently working in music? Perhaps. Hyperbole aside, she's certainly consistent in terms of innovative ideas, and packs talent in abundance - her tracks are powerful, seductive, dark, mysterious and infinitely repeatable. Or re-playable.

With 'Hunted' she's at it again, opting to rework her celebrated 'Hunter' album into acoustic interpretations. Which doesn't sound particularly unique, until you learn she's invited a truly all-star cast of contemporary greats along for the ride, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julia Holter, Courtney Barnett and Joe 'IDLES' Talbot. With a cast like that you can bet your bottom dollar the finished product is going to be something very special indeed. Proof, if it were needed, that there's still much outsider attitude left in the world everything might not be quite so hopeless.
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 in stock $20.09
Suddenly (LP)
Cat: SLANG 50247LP. Rel: 28 Feb 20
  1. Sister (2:12)
  2. You & I (4:04)
  3. Sunny's Time (2:47)
  4. New Jade (3:37)
  5. Home (2:37)
  6. Lime (2:56)
  7. Never Come Back (5:00)
  8. Filtered Grand Piano (0:53)
  9. Like I Loved You (4:04)
  10. Magpie (3:56)
  11. Ravi (4:30)
  12. Cloud Song (6:49)
Review: It's quite shocking it's been six years since the last Caribou album, 2014's knockout "Our Love". Dan Snaith has never felt the need to rush his music out, and there was an interim Daphni album in 2017 to be fair to the guy, but here we are with a new set that sees Snaith returning to a little of the delicate songwriting and winsome electronica he forged his reputation on in the early days. There's a lot going on in here, from smooth as silk yacht rock-isms to deliriously modernist cut ups and more than a few wild pitch shifts to keep listeners on their toes. It's playful and heartfelt, and rarely lingers in one place for too long while still retaining a sense of calm. It may be not at all what you expected from Caribou's return, but we'd wager it's even better than you hoped.
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 in stock $17.26
Sad Happy (limited gatefold gold vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PROINC 003VC. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Jacqueline (2:43)
  2. Be Your Drug (2:29)
  3. Move To San Francisco (3:02)
  4. Wasted On You (3:11)
  5. The Things We Knew Last Night (3:29)
  6. Call Your Name (3:12)
  7. Love You More (3:48)
  8. Sad Happy (3:42)
  9. Wake Up Call (2:54)
  10. Sympathy (2:52)
  11. Battered & Bruised (2:21)
  12. Hope There's A Heaven (3:52)
  13. Train To Lime Street (1:45)
  14. Birthday Cake (4:20)
Review: With its cover presenting a tragic clown, and the not-so-subtle album title, there are plenty of hints as to the themes and tracks on the fourth album from Liverpudlian indie troupe Circa Waves. In reality it's not really a case of veering wildly between emotional extremes, the complete thing is far more balanced than that, but there's certainly a small spectrum of feelings presented here. At its most melancholic, or at least reflective, "The Things We Knew Last Night" offers up lamentations and a narrative of what should have been but perhaps never was, seen through a sparse, pared back acoustic anthem. "Hope There's A Heaven" ponders on similar subject matter - that which cannot be changed. At the other side of the package, at least in so far as atmosphere goes, the likes of "Call Your Name" play out like rousing calls to Merseyside action, local references abound, while "Train To Lime Street" is a late night instrumental ode to witching hour sleeplessness.
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 in stock $22.67
Put The Shine On (limited gatefold turquoise vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MA 0232LP. Rel: 09 Mar 20
  1. High Road (4:06)
  2. Mercy (4:02)
  3. Restless (5:47)
  4. Smash My Head (4:27)
  5. Where Did All The Soldiers Go (4:47)
  6. Hell's Gate (5:09)
  7. Did Me Wrong (4:32)
  8. Lamb & The Wolf/Slow Down Sun Down (4:28)
  9. Burning Down The House (4:36)
  10. Ruby Red (4:30)
  11. Aloha Friday (4:19)
Review: Sometimes when you feel down all you really need is to dive into the strange, beautiful and playful world of CocoRosie. Those unfamiliar with the pair might be disappointed at our inability to signpost comparable acts, but trust us when we say their combination of electronic pop, blues, trip hop and - wait for it - operatics beguiles and captivates in equal measure. A sonic realm where things might feel uneasy for a second before the cumulative elements are shown to marry so well. In many ways, "Put The Shine On" is their most chart-friendly offering to date, but that might suggest a watering down of their quirks and oddness. Nothing could be further from the truth, but nonetheless tracks such as "Restless" should be destined for significant radio play, and "Lamb & The Wolf / Slow Down Sun Down" is universally adorable stuff.
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 in stock $20.60
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0192LP. Rel: 18 Mar 20
  1. Blood Bitch (4:32)
  2. Wax & Wane (3:57)
  3. But I'm Not (2:44)
  4. Blind Dumb Deaf (3:46)
  5. Shallow Then Halo (5:15)
  6. The Hollow Men (4:55)
  7. Garlands (4:26)
  8. Grail Overfloweth (5:22)
 in stock $15.98
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0193LP. Rel: 18 Mar 20
  1. Lazy Calm (6:35)
  2. Fluffy Tuffs (3:06)
  3. Throughout The Dark Months Of April (3:05)
  4. Whales Tails (3:18)
  5. Oomingmak (2:44)
  6. Little Spacey (3:28)
  7. Feet-Like Fins (3:22)
  8. How To Brng A Blush To The Snow (3:52)
  9. The Thinner The Air (3:14)
 in stock $15.98
Loved (limited numbered 180 gram blue marbled vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: MOVLP 2594C. Rel: 25 Mar 20
  1. Shining Road (3:51)
  2. Pale Blue Sky (3:31)
  3. Reverie (4:01)
  4. Lilies (3:46)
  5. Are You Gone? (2:59)
  6. Loved (3:11)
  7. Beautiful Friend (3:13)
  8. Bewildered (4:19)
  9. Come This Far (4:11)
  10. Paris And Rome (6:05)
  11. In The Night (3:59)
 in stock $22.16
The Night Chancers (limited heavyweight clear vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PIASLL 141LPC. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. I'm Not Your Dog (2:57)
  2. Slumlord (3:24)
  3. Salvia Hog (3:06)
  4. Samurai (3:21)
  5. Sleep People (2:55)
  6. Carla's Got A Boyfriend (3:47)
  7. The Night Chancers (3:03)
  8. Hello, I'm Sorry (2:21)
  9. Daylight (2:34)
  10. Say Nothing (2:46)
Review: Here it is then. The UK's Cockney wide-boy with a penchant for old school croonerdom - or at least showmanship - delivers his long awaited sixth album, his most anticipated to date and the one that's set to cement him even further as a household name. Like the guy in the sharp, Rat Pack-esque suite you talk to down the local boozer, a guy whose eccentricities are only equaled by his (often volatile) life experiences, 'The Night Chancers' is all about observations of everyday outsiders. In many ways the tracks themselves are relatively formulaic - nobody is re-writing any of the recording rules here. Constant use of female backing vocals accentuating some of the traditional pop roots at play here. Nevertheless, everything is exceptionally well produced, with Dury's dulcet, spoken word storytelling as blunt and uncompromising as it is poetic.
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83-85 (2xLP)
Cat: PUU 41. Rel: 20 Feb 20
  1. Survos (5:21)
  2. Vartioparaati (2:07)
  3. Toisto (5:11)
  4. Tiedonantaja Kirjoittaa (3:26)
  5. Ukaasi (4:01)
  6. Reikakorttia (5:24)
  7. Massa (5:13)
  8. Protonisuihku (5:22)
  9. Alkupera (5:08)
  10. Polvella (3:48)
  11. Osat (6:06)
  12. Raskas/Chemical Weapons (3:34)
 in stock $16.48
Miss Anthropocene (limited translucent pink vinyl LP + booklet)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0211LPE. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth (3:52)
  2. Darkseid (feat Pan Wei-Ju) (3:43)
  3. Delete Forever (3:59)
  4. Violence (feat I_o) (3:38)
  5. 4AEM (4:35)
  6. New Gods (3:14)
  7. My Name Is Dark (4:03)
  8. You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around (2:42)
  9. Before The Fever (3:31)
  10. IDORU (4:47)
Review: It's hard not to be impressed by everything Grimes touches. From the moment this album's trippy downtempo titular opener emerges from submerged depths of sound you know the latest from the Canadian is going to be a special moment in pop. As if to accentuate our point, "Delete Forever", two tracks later, introduces acoustic guitar tips while still retaining deep timbre and utilising effects to hypnotic ends on those hummed vocal loops. "IDORU", which closes out the record, feels far more playful, simple keyboard and whispered choral lyricism introduced with a backing track of bird song, before broken club beats fall in. It might be most fitting to finish a write up on the aptly-titled "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around", its guttural bass guitars and EDM-leaning vocal stabs not the only things reminding us the world would be weaker without this one.
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 in stock $15.98
Surrender Your Poppy Field (coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: GBVI 98LP. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Year Of The Hard Hitter (3:59)
  2. Volcano (3:08)
  3. Queen Parking Lot (1:32)
  4. Arthur Has Business Elsewhere (3:00)
  5. Cul De Sac Kids (2:27)
  6. Cat Beats A Drum (2:38)
  7. Windjammer (2:43)
  8. Steely Dodger (2:45)
  9. Stone Cold Moron (2:31)
  10. Physician (3:37)
  11. Man Called Blunder (2:50)
  12. Woah Nelly (1:01)
  13. Andre The Hawk (2:02)
  14. Always Gone (1:37)
  15. Next Sea Level (3:11)
 in stock $20.35
4 X A Dream (reissue) (LP + booklet)
Cat: NUM 811LP. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. To Live In The Sea (5:48)
  2. The Deepest Of Nights (The Zenith Of Couples) (2:52)
  3. Orion (3:21)
  4. 4 X A Dream (4:09)
  5. Futon Making (3:45)
  6. Your Dream (2:38)
  7. Doncha Of The Moon & Stars (3:40)
  8. Twist (3:12)
  9. My Golden Hour (4:50)
  10. Living With Sound (4:51)
 in stock $21.63
West Of Eden (limited gatefold red vinyl LP + 7" flexi-disc + MP3 download code in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: LUCKY 133LPX. Rel: 07 Feb 20
  1. The West Is Dead (2:54)
  2. Loaded (3:17)
  3. The Ballad Of Calamity James (1:30)
  4. To The Door (3:18)
  5. Satan Luella & I (6:25)
  6. Mikey's Song (3:37)
  7. Why? (2:32)
  8. MMXX AD (0:52)
  9. 149 (feat Tallulah Eden) (2:57)
  10. Joanna (2:19)
  11. Where's Joanna? (3:52)
  12. Death Drive (3:37)
  13. Nobody Stays In Love (3:27)
  14. Blank Slate (3:42)
  15. War Is Looming (4:42)
Review: With its wildly versatile, open-minded but business-driven music industry, the UK can't help but fall victim to the hype circus from time to time. Bands garner praise, and before you know it there's a debut album out everyone is telling you to fall in love with, despite the fact you know there's nothing to adore.

Fear not, HMLTD early adopters, we also know the London quintet are every bit as good as the words and phrases talking them up, and prove it on this inaugural long form. To ignore influences of glam rock and new romanticism is to disregard many of the troupe's stylistic traits, but those are really only half the story. Diving into "West Of Eden" is like welcoming all - or at least many - of Britain's contemporary sounds into your personal space, from trap and electro to post punk and guitar artiness. Exceptional stuff we'll leave you to explore further.
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 in stock $19.57
Teenage Snuff Film (limited blue vinyl 2xLP (side 4 etched) + insert + MP3 download code) (1 per customer)
Cat: LRSH 1LP. Rel: 27 Mar 20
  1. Dead Radio (5:39)
  2. Breakdown (& Then...) (6:27)
  3. She Cried (4:58)
  4. I Burnt Your Clothes (4:10)
  5. Exit Everything (7:35)
  6. Silver Chain (4:39)
  7. White Wedding (2:55)
  8. Undone (6:56)
  9. Autoluminescent (3:27)
  10. Sleep Alone (7:39)
 in stock $23.96
Man Alive! (limited gatefold white vinyl LP + red flexidisc + insert in spot-varnished sleeve)
XL
Cat: XL 1009LPXE. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Cellular (2:56)
  2. Supermarche (2:39)
  3. Stoned Again (3:24)
  4. Comet Face (3:12)
  5. The Dream (1:37)
  6. Perfecto Miserable (3:19)
  7. Alone, Omen 3 (2:44)
  8. Slinky (2:42)
  9. Airport Antenatal Airplane (2:20)
  10. (Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On (2:27)
  11. Theme For The Cross (4:04)
  12. Underclass (3:32)
  13. Energy Fleets (2:33)
  14. Please Complete Thee (4:07)
  15. Perfecto Miserable (Hey World! version)
Review: Scuzzy, sludgy, creeping, muscular and delicate-enough to feel there could be a break in its bones at any moment. King Krule returns with a third album that once again tears skin open to reveal the heartfelt emotions within its lo-fi, muttered, pseudo-rock tones. Referencing Sleaford Mods on heavy opiates wouldn't be too far from the mark at times, although we're not here to simply use touchstones - Archy Marshall deserves better than that. Despite almost everything on "Man Alive!" being so quiet, it packs an incredible level of noise. Subtle licks, strange details and a deceptive depth would be one way to describe the whole package. Grunge tones ("Supermarche"), lo-fi blues pop (""Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On") are just some of the nuances it's possible to pick upon, making for a wholly original work that captivates, relaxes and uneases in equal measure.
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Uneasy Laughter (white vinyl LP + MP3 download code in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: SP 1342X. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. Ego (3:48)
  2. Make It Stop (3:04)
  3. /// (0:37)
  4. Stranger (4:44)
  5. Running (4:17)
  6. Connect The Dots (3:55)
  7. Fall In Love (4:23)
  8. Coincidence Or Fate (4:05)
  9. What Separates Us (4:03)
  10. ///////// (0:48)
  11. Keep Out (4:14)
  12. Saving Face (3:48)
  13. Say Something (2:55)
Review: To say there's something staunchly retro about the second album from this Los Angeles-based outfit would be both accurate (in some ways at least) and slovenly. Yes, there are clear shades of 80s electronic romanticism in this, nuances of New Order audible throughout, but this is a record very much of Moaning's own making, as vivid as it is complex and engrossing. It's not all uptempo business like opener 'Ego', which could score any movie featuring oversized coats and ill-fitting shirts if ever a track could. 'Connect The Dots' feeds on shoegaze, 'What Separates Us' is for Simple Minds followers, and "Say Something', which closes out the LP, is a stadium-filling anthem set to marching band rhythm that manages to pull you into a sort of meditative, trance-like state.
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 in stock $20.60
Never Not Together (gatefold limited pink vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: SLANG 50246X. Rel: 07 Feb 20
  1. So Much Love (3:55)
  2. Come Get Me (4:51)
  3. Live Learn & Forget (4:21)
  4. Just Wait (3:54)
  5. Something I Should Do (4:33)
  6. Looking For You (5:51)
  7. Crowded Star (4:36)
  8. Mathilda (6:08)
  9. Ride In The Unknown (3:58)
Review: Some bands just can't be kept down, not that we'd want to try so the point is perhaps hard to prove. Self-doubt aside, Nada Surf are one of those groups, veterans of the Brooklyn indie rock scene that don't seem to have a bad album in them, "Never Not Together" is their glorious ninth, and it's just as powerful, optimistic yet reflective as ever.

Throughout their oeuvre the outfit have always felt as though they were in search of something, not that there are any sonic elements missing. Here again we can't help but feel a tangible yearning, that speaks to our hearts and feet as one. The propellant rhythm but sparse instrumentation on "So Much Love", the evolution of "Mathilda" from humble intro to full-throttle riff march are just two examples that invoke a sense of journey, which sounds so good. As such here's hoping they never reach that destination.
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 in stock $20.60
No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (limited gatefold 180 gram blue vinyl LP)
Cat: 844402. Rel: 07 Feb 20
  1. Dust (2:32)
  2. Happy (3:01)
  3. Better Now (3:13)
  4. Hallelujah (3:12)
  5. In & Out Of Love (3:01)
  6. How It Goes (3:19)
  7. Drunk On You (3:09)
  8. Nothing But You (3:18)
  9. I Wish I Never Met You (2:59)
  10. Nebraska (2:52)
Review: Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and Oh Wonder have clearly attempted to distill that idea into their latest long form. So hard to pin down, the work here straddles many genres, all of which are accessible in their own way. Yet it never fully commits; universal adoration is clearly the goal.

For dedicated fans "No One Else Can Wear Your Crown" may be jarring. The record sees Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, et al, explore avenues that aren't always the obvious matches for their sweet pop lullabies. There's more than a smattering of EDM throughout, see those power drops and all that synth discordance. "Nothing But You", arguably the finest here, sees contemporary R&B and shiny hip hop flows come to the fore. Of course there's plenty of Oh Wonder-ness too, "Happy" being one example, but this will be remembered as their most daring and different to date.
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Every Bad (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SC 393LP. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Born Confused (3:03)
  2. Sweet (3:39)
  3. Don't Ask Me Twice (3:21)
  4. Long (4:49)
  5. Nephews (4:26)
  6. Pop Song (5:04)
  7. Give/Take (3:54)
  8. Lilac (5:33)
  9. Circling (3:15)
  10. (Something) (2:03)
  11. Homecoming Song (2:42)
Review: The build up to this one has been notable. Back in 2016, Porridge Radio's "garden shed recorded" LP, "Rice, Pasta And Other Fillers" landed to critical acclaim if not a huge audience. That said, combined with a few impressive demos they have garnered a real following over the years, and as such their debut studio long form comes at a point when for many this lot feel less like a new band, and more of a secret weapon. There's a vast range of influences here, with both The Cranberries and Charli XCX cited in the release notes. Overall you might be more surprised at the latter than the former when you hear the work - it's born of a guitar world rather than electronic pop, with the track entitled "Pop Song" - actually a disparate and heartfelt swooning slice of melancholia - hitting that point right on the head. Exceptional DIY stuff.
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Superstar (limited gatefold LP + autographed poster)
Cat: NW 5378LP. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. Nothing's Impossible (4:09)
  2. Got To Go My Own Way (3:24)
  3. Do You Think We'll Last Forever? (4:15)
  4. Feelings Are A Thing Of The Past (1:04)
  5. Feel The Way I Want (4:05)
  6. Freak Like Me (3:42)
  7. Someone New (3:14)
  8. Pipe Dreams (3:20)
  9. Command Z (1:23)
  10. Back At The Beginning (4:23)
  11. I Took A Ride (5:16)
Review: If you've ever seen the smash hit Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon then consider Caroline Rose's decision to invest in a new sleeve. Trace the singer-songwriter's history back and you'll find early work heavily influenced by, or indeed completely existing within, the country scene, guitar-twangs and melodrama abound. By 2018 she was clearly eying up a transition on the album 'Loner', and then two years on she's finally cast aside the badlands sounds in favour of something altogether more glossy and mainstream chart-friendly.

Her lyrics still have warmth, honesty and wit. And 'Superstar' definitely packs melodrama. But this is unashamedly pop, dancefloor moments, stadia-filling crescendos and synthesised element are everywhere. At its darkest and most innovative are the whirring anti-harmonies of 'Command Z', with those affected vocals. Next track 'Back At The Beginning' is perhaps the funkiest, while the sweetest comes from sugar-coated uptempo number 'Do You Think We'll Last Forever'.
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The Archer (marbled vinyl LP)
Cat: TCR 045V. Rel: 04 Feb 20
  1. Soft Currents (3:09)
  2. Saving Grace (3:24)
  3. Crying All The Time (3:30)
  4. HOWL (3:07)
  5. Send Her Back (2:34)
  6. Can't Help Myself (2:34)
  7. The Phantom (2:51)
  8. Bad Disease (3:46)
  9. But You (2:53)
  10. The Archer (2:21)
Review: In the run up to the big reveal of her second album, lush-yet-broken Los Angeles singer songwriter Alexandra Savior was interviewed by Billboard magazine. Therein she expounded on the difficulty in making an album coherent, and judging one's own work.

It's safe to say "The Archer", produced by Sam Cohen's exceptional ear and released on Danger Mouse's ever-explorative and daring label, is both coherent and wonderful. "Soft Currents" opens a relentlessly high scoring track list with sombre, heartfelt vocals and piano, confirming Savior as an artist who can easily adopt more traditional aural styles. Things don't stay that way for long, though. "Crying All The Time" wouldn't sound out of place on a Lynch or Tarantino soundtrack, "Bad Disease" owes much to bluesy R&B, and "Saving Grace" packs a real psychedelic punch. We could go on, but the point should be pretty clear already.
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Key Markets (reissue) (limited gatefold splattered vinyl LP)
Cat: EE 006. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. Live Tonight (3:10)
  2. No One's Bothered (2:52)
  3. Bonx In A Six (3:35)
  4. Silly Me (3:15)
  5. Cunt Make It Up (2:30)
  6. Face To Faces (3:30)
  7. Arabia (3:02)
  8. In Quiet Streets (4:16)
  9. Tarantula Deadly Cargo (3:20)
  10. Rupert Trousers (3:11)
  11. Giddy On The Ciggies (4:10)
  12. The Blob (2:41)
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The Joy Of The Return (magenta vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: M 215UKLP. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. All I Hear (3:21)
  2. Something Missing (2:55)
  3. Problem Child (2:57)
  4. Jericho (2:59)
  5. No Surprise (3:27)
  6. Paris (3:10)
  7. Killing Me (3:26)
  8. All The Idols (3:15)
  9. Every Word (3:45)
  10. Zero Hour (2:45)
  11. The Wait (3:22)
Review: Jumping out of the starting blocks with the huge anthem 'All I Hear', it's fist-to-air chorus and soaring guitar chords, clearly The Slow Readers Club want people to stand up and take real notice of their latest long-form outing. 'The Joy Of The Return' indeed, with this record coming at a time when the band are still getting back to normal life following a marathon 32-date European tour. If that opener is a little too upfront-indie-rock 'n' roll, then there's plenty here that diverges from that path. The jittery highs on 'Zero Hour', combined with its broken drums and hugely emotive atmosphere is something very special indeed, and anything but by numbers. 'Paris' oozes a laidback cool, guitars coming with a sense of improvisation at moments and 'Jericho' is one of those quiet but loud beasts.
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Color Theory (limited coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: LVR 970. Rel: 28 Feb 20
  1. Bloodstream (5:32)
  2. Circle The Drain (4:43)
  3. Royal Screw Up (4:06)
  4. Night Swimming (4:16)
  5. Crawling In My Skin (4:20)
  6. Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes (7:19)
  7. Up The Walls (2:43)
  8. Lucy (5:00)
  9. Stain (3:01)
  10. Gray Light (3:15)
Review: Sophie Allison returns to the release schedule to follow up her 2018 debut, "Clean", with an album that asks us to consider what is meant by words such as resilience, the nature of finding redemption for oneself and the importance of refocusing as an act of catharsis. It's also packed with the kind of catchy songs that make you want to hit repeat. Musically it's less fraught school run, and more lackadaisical light-footed indie rock that oozes a reflective cool. Timeless stuff, you might say, which calls to mind the likes of Sheryl Crow and other songwriting titans that managed to pluck subtle details of country, blues and pop to create something that's powerful but delicate without being twee. Songs about love that aren't gushing Hallmark romance, tracks about life that avoid the cliches while still ringing true for all in earshot.
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925 (limited gatefold silver vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 407X. Rel: 27 Mar 20
  1. Right Round The Clock (4:01)
  2. In Unison (2:48)
  3. Snakes (3:40)
  4. Starstruck (3:26)
  5. Rosie (3:49)
  6. Perfect (2:43)
  7. As The Sun Sets (3:58)
  8. Wolf (2:48)
  9. Rock 'N' Roll Star (2:51)
  10. Heather (3:20)
  11. More (2:22)
  12. Ode To Boy (2:51)
  13. Lies (Refix) (4:06)
Review: Conversation-starters to say the least, London troupe Sorry have made a name for themselves for both the right and wrong reasons. Though far from a parody, their work is informed - and in no small part - by a number of esteemed acts and artists who have earned a place for themselves in the pantheons of music. They also have an air of unarguable affectation about them, causing friction with the press, and a reputation for approaching live shows with lackadaisical spirit. Nevertheless, while channeling everyone from Oasis to Tears For Fears on this debut album, the five piece have managed to deliver something truly original, remarkable and infinitely repeatable. Melding indie, electronic pop, jazz and the avant-garde, the result is as cool as cool could be but that doesn't ever overshadow the obvious quality. And for that we need to pay some real respect.
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Swimmer (blue vinyl LP)
Cat: MUTD 7. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. I'll Haunt You (2:32)
  2. Need Your Love (3:50)
  3. How To Forgive (3:36)
  4. Runner (3:37)
  5. Echoes (3:25)
  6. Swimmer (4:10)
  7. Tender As A Tomb (2:42)
  8. Late Night (3:35)
  9. Matrimony II (3:46)
Review: If you're not up for words like "lovely", "blissful" and "gliding" on record then this one may not be for you. Then again, we'd sooner recommend trying it on for size than skipping past outright, as Tennis prove themselves to be every bit as compelling and captivating as they are seemingly sitting - or more accurately lackadaisically couching out - on some fluffy cloud overhead.

It's perhaps unsurprising that Tennis is married couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, who wrote the nine-tracker while doing what some couples fantasise about, and others think of with fear as to whether it would wind up with one of them killing the other. Four months is a long time to be at sea with your partner, but in this instance it seems to have only united them. Balladry but of particularly exceptional quality, it's hard not to feel jealous at the ties that clearly bind this wife-husband duo.
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Sister (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PTKF 21721. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Tin King (4:00)
  2. Harmony (4:34)
  3. Anybody (4:17)
  4. Save It 'til Later (4:22)
  5. Ordinary Boy (4:53)
  6. Mariella (5:12)
  7. Water In My Veins (5:14)
  8. Bumblebees (5:05)
  9. The Moon & Mercury (4:48)
Review: Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker, known to some as members of Atoms For Peace, and Laura Bettinson once again emerge from the studio with something pretty damn special. Collectively making up Ultraista, their latest kicks off with the propellant and wholly groove-driven "Tin King", its lunging bass providing a somewhat unusual background to a hypnotic, send and return vocal section that's pure twisted choral elegance. Sweet yet dirty, for want of better couple of words. From there things take on a more cosmic tone. "Harmony'"'s subtle glittering synths and layered, stepped percussion. "Save It 'Til Later"'s gradual emergence into ethereality. "The Moon & Mercury"'s gentile but emotional harmonisations. A very welcome way for a very welcome return to the release schedule to pan out, "Sister" is infinitely re-playable.
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Heavy Light (limited splattered vinyl LP + MP3 download code in embossed sleeve)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0208LPE. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. 4 American Dollars (5:39)
  2. Overtime (2:54)
  3. IOU (4:42)
  4. Advice To Teenage Self (0:51)
  5. State House (It's A Man's World) (1:46)
  6. Born To Lose (3:10)
  7. And Yet It Moves/Y Se Mueve (3:34)
  8. The Most Hurtful Thing (1:01)
  9. Denise, Don't Wait (4:18)
  10. Woodstock '99 (2:37)
  11. The Color Of Your Childhood Bedroom (0:28)
  12. The Quiver To The Bomb (4:20)
  13. Red Ford Radio (2:06)
Review: Album titles are rarely accidental in their connotations. US Girls don't break from that with this record. 'Heavy Light' gives more than a nod to Franz Kafka, the literary icon concerned with the existential threat posed to our souls by post-industrialised orders. As a body of music, there's plenty here to invoke a sense of dread and unease, taking well-targeted pot shots at politics rather than scattergun approaches to commentary, and pairing those with tangible atmosphere.

Meg Remy at her finest, then, with the mastermind behind this project finding herself as part of a collective for the first time under this moniker, rather than genuine leader -Basia Bulat and Rich Morel co-write. The end product is an epic in every way, from the catchier-than-corona opening title number, with its hook-y strings and pop groove, to the industrial-edges of the percussion-vocal duet 'Red Ford Radio'.
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Dixie Blur (180 gram mint green vinyl 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code in die-cut spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BELLA 995VX. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. Just For Love (3:14)
  2. '69 Corvette (4:21)
  3. New Home (3:44)
  4. So Alive (4:43)
  5. In Heaven Making Love (2:48)
  6. Oh Girl (4:50)
  7. Pirate (3:21)
  8. Enemies (3:46)
  9. Fun For The Masses (3:03)
  10. Platform (3:31)
  11. Riding The Blinds (4:46)
  12. El Camino Real (3:06)
  13. Golden Apples (3:19)
  14. Korean Tea (5:55)
Review: The credits alone should make it clear where this one is coming from. Recorded over the course of six days in a Nashville studio, with Wilco's Pat Sansone on production and sessions musicians called in for services in pedal steel, bass and fiddle (the latter by hero of the instrument, Mark O'Connor), 'Dixie Blur' sees Jonathan Wilson add to an already burgeoning back catalogue of work something for the timeless folk and Americana section of your collection.

And he does this very well indeed. A reflective outing that deals with some relatively standard themes, albeit poignant nonetheless - youth, love, friendship and the loss of any or all of those things - this is a case in point for the power of paring things back and allowing what elements are there to fully shine.
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Birthmarks (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: SBR 245LP. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Tongues Of Wild Boar (3:53)
  2. Orange Tree (2:48)
  3. Through The Dark, Love (5:04)
  4. Lay Bare (3:17)
  5. Mud & Stones (4:20)
  6. The Mouth (4:42)
  7. Cleansing Ritual (4:31)
  8. There Is No Moon (3:14)
Review: Motherhood, or the run up to that life changing step and the emotions that come with it, is never far from "Birthmarks". Woods recorded the album while expecting, with the two unarguably inspiring urban surrounds of Galway, Ireland and Oslo, Norway, providing a backdrop to that process. Both cities are prime places for thoughtful moods, and in some ways it's possible to argue that has been distilled onto record here. An air of mystery pervades everything, as whispered lullabies join tearful string harmonies, drawing us in to places of depth and real soul searching. In many ways it's a sombre trip, in other ways a journey through calming hallucinatory otherness that you can't quite put your finger on but seems strangely familiar. Experimental avant-garde folk, downtempo naturalism and an exploration of disquiet and aural unknowns.
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