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  • Crumbs 'You’re Just Jealous' PRE-ORDER

    Skep Wax Records

    Crumbs 'You’re Just Jealous' PRE-ORDER



    Skep Wax Records

    Crumbs 'You’re Just Jealous' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 10/05/2024

    New Album From The Most Danceable Post-Punk Pop Band In The UK.

    It’s like something has exploded!

    CRUMBS have been incubating this, their second album, for a few years now.  Who knows how they kept all the energy in check.  It must have been like sitting on a volcano.  The songs burst out with pure pop fire, sending splinters of guitar, sharp lyrics and snatches of the catchiest backing vocals.

    The rhythm section (Jamie and Gem): it’s like Delta 5 meeting Le Tigre in a dark alley in Leeds, fusing blindly and completely, and then forcing its way into the back entrance of a venue, sending volts through the limbs of the unwitting punters, forcing them to dance. This is TIGHT.

    And as the lights come on and the indie kids throw themselves around, Ruth’s vocals sweetly assault their ears with anger, joy, political intelligence - and all around, Stuart’s guitar, sometimes twangly-melodic like the B52s, sometimes sweet and ringing like a memory of Scars, sometimes furious and feeding back, keeps you alert and thirsty for more.

    These songs do NOT outstay their welcome.  Starts and ends are cut hard: no pre-echo, no wistful, drawn-out regretful fade-outs. CRUMBS have imbibed the key lessons taught by The Gang Of Four and The Au Pairs: never let the energy dissipate.  But there is more than anger here. The band have smuggled a pop sweetness into the disciplined shapes of their angular songs. You’re Just Jealous has sharp edges, but it’s generous too.

    CRUMBS - a brief history.  They are based in Leeds, where they are active movers in the DIY scene that currently thrives in the North of England. They recorded a Marc Riley session in 2016, released their first album (on Everything Sucks) in 2017, toured extensively in 2018 and 2019, playing at the Brudenell Social Club with Swearin’ and Jeffrey Lewis, and at plenty of fests such as LaDIYfest and Specialist Subject’s birthday all dayer in Bristol, A Real Cool Fest in Bradford, Mousetival in Stockton and the Cambridge Indiepop Alldayer.

    They spent the pandemic creating these new, tightly-wound, irresistible pop songs.

    1. You’re Just Jealous
    2. Stab Alley
    3. Dear Deirdre
    4. Diy Sos
    5. Rest In Pieces
    6. Let’s Not
    7. 4291
    8. Call Now
    9. What’s It Means
    10. Sad Snoopy
    11. Mambo No.6
    12. Too Many Creeps

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  • Curling 'No Guitar (Deluxe Edition)' CD PRE-ORDER

    Royal Oakie

    Curling 'No Guitar (Deluxe Edition)' CD PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 24/05/2024

    No Guitar (Deluxe Edition) combines the original album with two instrumental bonus tracks from the sessions, “Cavalry” and “C2”, a lush and intricate collection that covers a ton of ground—from the bittersweet jangle of power-pop, to indie-folk, Midwestern emo, and much more.

    You can hear shades of shoegaze in “Hi-Elixir”, where a massive wall of fuzzy guitars recalls My Bloody Valentine; “Patience” has a sweet-and-sour bite that recalls acts like Archers of Loaf and Shudder to Think; while “URDoM” swings and sways with a tapestry of guitars reminiscent of American Football and Mineral.

    The album marks the latest evolution for cross-continental duo Bernie Gelman and Joseph Brandel, who first met in high school and have been fusing their own unique musical sensibilities ever since, with Gelman operating out of the San Francisco Bay Area while Brandel currently resides in Japan.

    “…this is the sound of the days before smartphones and the Internet got in the way of seeking adventure, of not knowing what the band sounded like before going to watch them, of taking a punt on an album that you actually had to buy to hear.” - Monolith Cocktail

    “No Guitar squares all the previous works, making the songs much more impressionistic and imposing, at the same time moving away from the lo-fi trace that is common in their last two works, making the story really unpredictable and exciting” - Northern Transmissions

    “...a remarkable sonic pastiche of many genres and eras.” - American Pancake

    “...drives a sound that is effortless, cloaking the heavy thematic undertones such as isolation, romantic heartbreak, and the loss of a loved one. The lush and intricate songs cover a myriad of stylistic grounds, from power-pop’s punchy bittersweetness and rustling indie folk to the openhearted intricacy of Midwestern emo.” – Ghettoblaster

    1. Shamble
    2. Pastoral
    3. Pop Song
    4. URDoM
    5. Reflector Mage
    6. Dysfunction
    7. Majesty
    8. Hi-Elixir
    9. Patience
    10. Husk
    11. Hotel
    12. No Guitar
    13. Cavalry (Bonus Track)
    14. C2 (Bonus Track)
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  • Immersion with Thor Harris | Cubzoa 'Nanocluster Vol.2' PRE-ORDER


    Immersion with Thor Harris | Cubzoa 'Nanocluster Vol.2' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 14/06/2024

    Theme: collaboration. Or how to remain creative in the modern world.
    Nanocluster started as a bespoke one off pop up gig that turned into an album series.

    Built around Colin Newman from acclaimed UK post-punk band Wire and his partner in life and sound Malka Spigel from Minimal Compact with various guests, they define collaboration.

    Colin met Malka when he produced her band in 1985.The collaboration started there.

    They became a couple and created their own projects like the instrumental electronic duo Immersion in 1994 and Githead in 2004 - spaces where they both ‘feel really comfortable.’

    Growing out of Immersion, Nanocluster was birthed as a series of one-off gigs at the Rosehill in their new hometown of Brighton in 2017 with an added cast of influential and cutting edge musicians.

    These were not ad hoc jams.
    The songs had been written and rehearsed prior to each performance. This adventure led to a debut album, Nanocluster Vol 1, released in 2021 with Stereolab singer/guitarist Laetitia Sadier, German post-rock duo Tarwater, electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss and experimental artist Robin Rimbaud (Scanner).

    Released again as double 10 inch with each collaboration taking up each disc, the new album Nanocluster Vol 2 has further developed this idea with a stark beauty that sounds like a future pop with sleek lines and unexpected great melodies.
    Disc one is built around Thor Harris, the charismatic percussion player from Swans and many other projects, who they met and performed with at South By South West in Austin, Texas in 2023. Thor adds ideas, his tuned percussion instruments, clarinet and trumpet to the sessions.

    Disc two is built around Cubzoa (Jack Wolter from the band Penelope Isles) who brings his musical craft, beguiling voice, guitar and much more.

    Meanwhile Matt Schulz from Holy Fuck plays drums across both combinations helping the resulting music become a third entity.

    What results is a true collaboration that, enhanced via Immersion’s production, merges its elements to develop a new harmony.

    Key to the process is Colin and Malka’s radio show for Slack City radio, ‘Swimming In Sound’ with its entertainingly diverse playlist that has widened their horizons. It’s also helped build relationships not only with these collaborators but also musicians like ambient country masters SUSS, with whom they plan an extended Nanocluster tour in the USA with in 2025 and Brighton via Falmouth’s “jangly pop punk” Holiday Ghosts with whom they will perform the next Nanocluster event in their home town, as well as many more in the pipeline.
    ‘Nanocluster is collaboration but in a very specific form. We don't have rules. It’s a series of creative snapshots. We start as the gig with our collaborators with tracks that we rehearse because this is not a jam and where it stops is an album.’
    ‘It’s chemistry & music. Malka & I operate as a team and now we’ve taken it to another level. Malka comes from a band where they would stand in a room together and work out the material. In Wire, I would present the songs, so when Malka and I first started working together, we had to find a third path, and that was the concept behind our collaboration.’
    Nanocluster Volume 2 is a 21st century collusion of shared ideas, creating a momentary extended musical family.

    It’s about musical and personal relationships and the meeting place in the middle.

    A temporary band of house guests.

    The place where Immersion happens.

    2 X 10” VWM58LP 
    Immersion | Thor Harris 
    A1. As Long As
    A2. Just Close Your Eyes 
    A3. Rotations 
    B1. The House Of Thor 
    B2. In Snow
    B3. At The Wizard’s House 
    Immersion | Cubzoa 
    C1. I’m Barely Here 
    C2. In The Universe 
    C3. Other Ways 
    D1. Not About Me 
    D2. Neptune 

    CD WM58CD 
    Immersion | Cubzoa 
    1. I’m Barely Here
    2. In The Universe
    3. Other Ways
    4. Not About Me
    5. Neptune

    Immersion | Thor Harris 
    6. As Long As 
    7. Just Close Your Eyes 
    8. Rotations
    9. The House Of Thor 1
    0. In Snow 
    11. At The Wizard’s House

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  • Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER

    Avant! Records

    Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER



    Avant! Records

    Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 12/07/2024

    One mere year after their previous pitch-black sounding album Krypt, LA outfit Male Tears is back with a new full-length and – oh boy – everything is changed.
    The used-to-be duo is now a four piece with James Edward as the sole founding member remaining and apparently this new line-up helped the original vocalist to shapeshift again.

    Remember their very first debut album from 2021 and those dark synthpop sounds?
    With their upcoming fourth album (in only three years), this American electronic-pop act from Southern California doubles the stakes once again and where Krypt was all about being goth and gloomy and disturbingly paroxysmal, Paradisco is somehow quite the opposite.

    Eight new tracks of pure italo disco, hi-NRG and freestyle bliss that pick up where the band left off three years ago to pursue much darker realms. Now that the quest for darkness is done, it is time to polish our nails and dress up for the night-out cause there's more in life than feeling sorry for yourself. Yes you will need to cut out the deadwood but there is no change in stillness.

    So join Male Tears and their new arsenal of bangers and floor fillers with assertive titles such as Out of my Life, Regret 4 Nothing and Leave it Alone.

    Get yourself wrapped up in one warm cover of delicate nostalgia and reborn romanticism, driven by sounds that  pay homage equally to Miko Mission and Ken Laszlo, Lisa Lisa and Exposé and, well yeah, even The Smiths because say what you wanna say but you simply cannot not love The Smiths.

    Embrace the vintage vibes that organically propagate from this new record's grooves and get in the mood for this new course in full-on 1980's Pop.

    1. Talk to Me
    2. Leave it Alone (feat. Corlyx)
    3. Sex on Drugs
    4. Out of my Life
    5. Where Is It?
    6. He Wants Everything
    7. Regret 4 Nothing
    8. This Party Ends in Tears (feat. Digital Love)
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  • Marina Allen 'Eight Pointed Star' PRE-ORDER

    Fire Records

    Marina Allen 'Eight Pointed Star' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 07/06/2024

    The third album of powerfully vivid songwriting from Marina Allen. Beautifully orchestrated, highly melodic and delivered with unrivalled lyrical perspective. Across two acclaimed records, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has ripened a rare harvest, but her third studio album is an arrival home.

    Taking fragments and stories from Marina’s past, Eight-Pointed Star deftly weaves together a new future, in what feels for all the world like a glittering, clear-eyed modern classic of alternative folk and Americana. For fans of Aldous Harding, Fiona Apple and Waxahatchee.

    Ineffable and timeless, this collection of songs holds a curiosity that’s as open to you as you are to them. Compared to the soaring and swelling compositions of Allen’s second album Centrifics or the innocent tranquillity of Candlepower, the world of Eight Pointed Star is more deeply addressing and open-armed.

    It favours a type of soul-searching that doesn’t dwell in complications, and is open to answers. Rolling guitars rise and fall with the canyons and dust is kicked-up from the red scarred earth. Allen’s vocals pure and crystalline whilst the instrumentation is rich and bursting with brightness. You can hear contentment radiating from the music, with Chris Cohen’s production offering a full-band affair.

    Allen’s affection runs deepest for singers who in her words can really sing, from The Roches to Karen Dalton, Joanna Newsom to Meredith Monk. But these influences vanish like ghosts in the attic when she starts to sing herself. Allen has a voice that stands up to the canon – inimitable – and it’s never sounded more resolute than it does here.

    Side A
    1. I'm the Same
    2. Deep Fake
    3. Red Cloud
    4. Swinging Doors
    5. Bad Eye Opal

    Side B
    6. Easy
    7. Love Comes Back
    8. Landlocked
    9. Between Seasons
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  • Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics' PRE-ORDER

    Sonic Cathedral

    Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 21/06/2024

    Moon Diagrams – the solo project of Deerhunter co-founder and drummer Moses Archuleta – returns with a second album, Cemetery Classics, on June 21.

    The 12-track album is a co-release between Sonic Cathedral (in the UK and Europe) and Angus Andrew from Liars’ new label No Gold (in the US and the ROW) and was mixed by James Ford. It features guests including Anastasia Coope, Patrick Flegel (Cindy Lee) and Josh Diamond (Gang Gang Dance).

    It’s Moses’ first new music since 2019’s Trappy Bats mini-album and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed debut Lifetime of Love and everything seems a bit more extreme – from the Basinski-esque degradation of ‘Neptune’ to the Faustian industrial noise of ‘Listen To Me’ via Art of Noise-style postmodern pop (the first single ‘Very Much My Promise to You’), Daft Punk bangers (‘Fifteen Shows at One Time’), trip-hop, shoegaze, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, late Leonard Cohen and more.

    “It’s about finding out your arms are too short to box with god,” says Moses of the emotional force that courses through Cemetery Classics. “It’s the inverse of a desert island disc – a graveyard disc. Songs to take into the afterlife.”

    1. NRG
    2. Mousetrap
    3. Fifteen Shows at One Time
    4. Metallics in Fur
    5. Big Ref
    6. Rewop
    7. Brand New Effie
    8. Neptune
    9. Very Much My Promise to You
    10. Listen to Me
    11. Left Hand of God
    12. Fragment Rock

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  • µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER

    Planet Mu Records

    µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER



    Planet Mu Records

    µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER


    Release Date: 14/06/2024

    Mike Paradinas, veteran producer and Planet Mu label owner has written a new album called ‘Grush' and it's full of weird bangers that reclaim the 'dance' part of the woeful term IDM. A back-to-first-principles record, inspired in part by the group of artists IDM was coined for; melodic dance music that didn't come out of urban scenes, but interpreted them from a distance.

    The tracks on ‘Grush’ are all road-tested live favorites developed with feedback from Mike's touring partner and visuals guy Mora (Jan Moravec). It's a detailed and energetic journey which replicates the flow of a live gig. A lot of the tracks have been made in hotel rooms in response to shows, ‘Imperial Crescent’ is named after a Japanese Hotel, as is ‘Belvedere’ in Prague, while some tracks such as ‘Hyper Daddy’ were created specifically to play live.

    Drums are confidently at the fore here and the album feels like it traces Mike's musical history and interests neatly around his sweetly nostalgic melodies, with atmospheres and structures which twist and turn with a charming softness which contrasts with the tension in the drums. Take ‘Hyper Daddy’s’ spiralling notes and twinkling piano which remind one of early Black Dog or Omni Trio rushing alongside splashy jungle drums, or the aquatic acid footwork of the title track with its drums softly bubbling and kicking.

    Elsewhere there's territory which harks back to his Tusken Raiders pseudonym, like the heads down Drexciyan funk of ‘Windsor Safari Park,’ which transforms from moody electro into a sunny hardcore track midway.

    The album is interspersed with Reticulum A, B and C at the start middle and end of the album which suggest a theme which carries across the music in an effortless and joyful way. ‘Grush’ is a strong album that works both for listening and DJing and a great snapshot of where Mike Paradinas musical head is at in 2024.

    Side A
    1. Reticulum A
    2. Hyper Daddy
    3. Fogou

    Side B 
    1. Magic Pony Ride (Pt.4)
    2. Imperial Crescent
    3. Reticulum B
    4. Grush

    Side C 
    1. Belvedere
    2. Raver
    3. Windsor Safari Park
    4. Hastings

    Side D 
    1. Manscape
    2. Metaphonk
    3. Reticulum C

    1. Reticulum A
    2. Hyper Daddy
    3. Fogou
    4. Magic Pony Ride (Pt.4)
    5. Imperial Crescent
    6. Reticulum B
    7. Grush
    8. Belvedere
    9. Raver
    10. Windsor Safari Park
    11. Hastings
    12. Manscape
    13. Metaphonk
    14. Reticulum C

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