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  • Chinese Man 'We've Been Here Before'

    Chinese Man Records

    Chinese Man 'We've Been Here Before'

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    Chinese Man Records

    Chinese Man 'We've Been Here Before'

    £13.99

    Collective from the south of France, the Chinese Man trio (composed of High Ku,Matteo & Sly) has been performing independently since their debut under their own label Chinese Man Records.

    Formed in 2004, they draw their influences primarily from hip-hop, trip-hop, but also from dub, electro and reggae. With over 600 shows worldwide, the band returns in 2024 for their 3rd album, with an unprecedent and explosive live show!

    This new (and third) album was recorded in the label's studios in Marseille, as well as in Paris, at Studio Zarma and at the famous Studio Ferber in Paris, in particular with the orchestra "L'Ensemble Hors Champ". The direction of the orchestra was entrusted to Gilles Alonzo, a musician close to the group, who co-composed and arranged the orchestral parts for 6 of the 13 tracks on this album. Among the album's featured guests are General Elektriks, KT Gorique, Stylo G,Isadora, Youthstar & Miscellaneous, FP & Green T (ASM), Stogie T...

    The group has also invited Ferdinand Lemoine (Ferdi) for brass arrangements. Ferdi has previously collaborated with funk producer Dabeull and pianist Sofiane Pamart. Just as they did ten years ago for their first album, the group has decided to enlist Sodi (Studio Zarma) to co-produce and mix this new album, and on Antoine Chabert (Studio Chab) to master the project.

    The group returns with the desire to once again confront the show in larger audiences, with several Zeniths scheduled between 2024 and 2025. 2024 will also mark the 20th anniversary of the group and of the label Chinese Man Records.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Salune 
    2. We've Been Here Before feat. Stogie T, Isadora & Miscellaneous 
    3. ¡Que Si! 
    4. Trouble feat. Stylo G 
    5. Cycle feat. General Elektriks 
    6. Too Late feat. Stogie T, KT Gorique & FP (ASM) 
    7. No One Left feat. Theo Perek 
    8. The Code feat. ASM, Stogie T, KT Gorique, Youthstar & Miscellaneous 
    9. Déjà vu 
    10. Where I Go feat. General Elektriks 
    11. Fidelio 
    12. Sacre Bleu feat. Miscellaneous, Stogie T, ASM, Youthstar 
    13. Lune

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  • Chinese Man 'Groove Session Vol.1' Vinyl LP

    Chinese Man Records

    Chinese Man 'Groove Session Vol.1' Vinyl LP

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    Chinese Man Records

    Chinese Man 'Groove Session Vol.1' Vinyl LP

    £30.49

    THE GROOVE SESSIONS VOL.1 is the compilation of the 3 EPs released by CHINESE MAN between 2004 and 2007 since the creation of the CHINESE MAN RECORDS label.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Pandi Groove 
    2. Searching For The Space Monkey 
    3. Eight y Cinco 
    4. Bunni Groove 
    5. Washington Square – LEO LE BUG feat.BIONIC MAN SOUND 
    6. I’ve Got That Tune 
    7. You Suck Me 
    8. Indi Groove 
    9. Skank In The Air 
    10. Artichaut 
    11. More 
    12. Chinese Man

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  • Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band 'Anda Jaleo' Vinyl LP

    Fire Records

    Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band 'Anda Jaleo' Vinyl LP

    £23.99

    1000 copies worldwide. Originally released in 2010, now re-issued on vinyl.

    A live recording of “Las Canciones”; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song based on the work of legendary socialist poet Federico García Lorca, a Granada born literary pioneer.

    Featuring songs from his 1931 collection of mysteriously beautiful flamenco tunes. A poetically rich collection created by Foster and Herrero for their acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra.

    “Foster’s vocals, met by husband Herrero’s frantic and raw gypsy-band orchestration, demonstrates the sense of urgency in the music’s message well and carries ‘Anda Jaleo’ to an elevated state.” The Line Of Best Fit

    “The alt-folk fixture returns to more traditional material.” Pitchfork

    Tracklisting: 
    Side A
    1. Los Cuatro Muleros 
    2. Los Pelegrinitos 
    3. Las Morillas De Jaén 
    4. Anda Jaleo 
    5. Las Tres Hojas 

    Side B
    6. Los Mozos De Monleón 
    7. Sevillanas Del Siglo 
    8. Los Reyes De La Baraja 
    9. El Café De Chinitas 
    10. Zorongo 
    11. Nana De Sevilla

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  • Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band 'Perlas' Vinyl LP

    Fire Records

    Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band 'Perlas' Vinyl LP

    £23.99

    1000 copies worldwide. Originally released in 2011, now re-issued on vinyl.

    Their follow up to the acclaimed ‘Anda Jaleo’.  A document of Josephine Foster's magical partnership with Victor Herrero breathing new life into timeless traditional melodies, drawing from the Spanish-folk traditions of Castile, the Basque, Santander and the Costa Brava.

    ‘Perlas’ is debonair, contemporary and redolent of that old seductive charge.” The Wire.

    Elemental themes of love bind the collection together, with a melancholy joy that casts a shadow of desire and loss.

    “The alt-folk fixture returns to more traditional material.” Pitchfork.

    Tracklisting: 
    Side A
    1. Puerto De Santa Maria 
    2. Sangre Colorada 
    3. Cuando Vienes Del Monte 
    4. Cuatro Pinos 
    5. Peregrino 

    Side B
    6. Dame Esa Flor 
    7. En Esta Larga Ausencia 
    8. Abenámar 
    9. Perlas 
    10. Brillante Estrella



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  • Goat 'The Gallows Pole: Original Score' Vinyl LP +7

    Rocket Recordings

    Goat 'The Gallows Pole: Original Score' Vinyl LP +7"

    £28.99

    Following the original, digital only, release of Goat’s score for ‘The Gallows Pole’ TV series, we are now thrilled to announce an expanded, ltd edition vinyl version, which will be released as part of Record Store Day 2024.

    ‘The Gallows Pole’ is a three-part Element Pictures production, written and directed by Shane Meadows which was aired in the UK on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

    This new vinyl version of the ‘The Gallows Pole: Original Score’ differs from the previous digital release as it now only features the music which was specifically written for the series itself – it doesn’t include the three, previously released back catalogue tracks. Instead, this vinyl edition contains three ‘unused/unreleased’ tracks: ‘Goat Witch’, ‘Timeless Awareness’ and ‘Kampsång (Instrumental)’.

    These tracks have not, up-to-now, been heard by anyone apart from Shane Meadows himself. The themes and imagery of Benjamin Myers’ source novel are the perfect fit for Goat’s mystical, pagan aesthetic. The story, based in rural 18th century Yorkshire, tells a fictionalised, psychedelic tale based on the true story of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners, which became the biggest fraud in British history.

    Rather than 'writing to picture' in the traditional way, Goat approached the creative process differently, explaining: “In the beginning, we would get inspiration just through reading the book, trying to get a sense of its vibration and then translate that into music, with passages from the book as a springboard for the initial jams.”

    Goat were already fans of Meadows’ work, in particular ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ and the various iterations of ‘This Is England’, and understood the importance of music to him, noting that: “Music is a central part to everything Shane has created” and describing the opportunity as a “blessing” when they were approached about the project. Working on the score for ‘The Gallows Pole’ also provided an ongoing inspiration for Goat, resulting in the germs of music that formed the bands most recent album, the critically acclaimed ‘Medicine’.

    “Although it may seem an abstract or unorthodox way to work with film, a lot of interesting new ideas and music came out of those sessions that went beyond just the score.” said the band. Sometimes, the results of musical exploration are best heard (and seen). As Goat themselves conclude, “music is never easily explained with words”.

    ‘The Gallows Pole: Original Score’ is ltd to only 3,000 copies worldwide – the package comes as a colour vinyl LP + 7” and is housed in a special gatefold sleeve.

    Tracklisting:
    Vinyl LP
    Side A
    1. Mind is Like the Sky 
    2. Field Raga 
    3. Jazzman 

    Side B
    4. The Gate Is Open (The Temple Lies Within) 
    5. Vallåt 
    6. Goat Witch 

    Vinyl 7"
    Side C
    7. Timeless Awareness 

    Side D
    8. Kampsång (Instrumental)

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

    Swim

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

    £12.99

    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.
     
    Malka:
    ‘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.’
     
    Colin:
    ‘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.

    Tracklisting:
    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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  • Unstern 'Es Geht Der Tag' Vinyl LP PRE_ORDER

    Alter

    Unstern 'Es Geht Der Tag' Vinyl LP PRE_ORDER

    £21.99

    Release Date: 28/06/2024

    Alter is proud to present the debut full length release from devotional music outfit Unstern, a collaborative effort between deep ambient artist Arzat Skia and prodigal pianist Leo Svirsky.
     
    Co-mixed by Swedish electronic music luminary Civilistjävel! and mastered to tape by Stefan Betke, the album features lush electronics, two pianos refracting across the stereo field, processed recordings from the Peruvian Amazon, bowed percussion by Greg Stuart, alongside strings and renaissance meantone organ recorded at Orgelpark in Amsterdam.
     
    The results are an abundant audio illusion where what seemingly repeats slowly over time morphs in a manner where the destination escapes the departure point with extreme discretion, a reverent nod to Morton Feldman's compositional method of "Crippled Symmetry."
     
    Throughout Es Geht Der Tag there is a muted, refined melancholy imbued with a constantly fluctuating pulse which generates a sense of temporal disorientation, leaving the listener lost in a strange yet not at all unfamiliar sonic labyrinth. It is a journey whereby a glorious subtle tension exists between the grandiose and the restrained.
     
    This is environmental music, not in the sense of capturing nature itself, more with regards to an unfolding of audio elements which move in a manner in tune with the multitude of flows in the world.
     
    Unstern’s Es Geht Der Tag is a deep mental journey, rich in subtle transcendental tendencies and psychic liberation.

    RIYL: Gas, Arvo Part, Charlemagne Palestine, Hoedh, His Divine Grace, Die Sonne Satan, Werkbund, Asmus Tietchens

    Tracklisting: 
    1. All the Kingdoms Of The World In A Moment Of Time
    2. Of Fire And The Many-Eyed Wheels
    3. Malign Star
    4. In The Roar Of Your Channels
    5. Es Geht Der Tag Zur Neige

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  • Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics' PRE-ORDER

    Sonic Cathedral

    Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics' PRE-ORDER

    £11.49

    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.”

    Tracklisting:  
    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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  • Rise Of The Northstar 'Demonstrating My Saiya Style' Vinyl LP

    Kuromaku Corp

    Rise Of The Northstar 'Demonstrating My Saiya Style' Vinyl LP

    £26.49

    Release Date: 31/05/2024

    Rise Of The Northstar is the rising star of French metal internationally. Known for their incredible stage performances, the band has recently set fire to the stages of the biggest French and European festivals such as Hellfest (FR), Cabaret Vert (FR), Resurrection (ES), Full Force (DE), Jera (NL), Alactraz (BE)...

    After ranking top 20 in France with its latest album "SHOWDOWN" released on April 7, 2023, and top 30 in Germany (Number 1 Amazon), ROTN releases for the first time on vinyl its EP "DEMONSTRATING MY SAIYA STYLE" whose eponymous title is a fan favorite counting more than 8M views on Youtube.

    The bonus track "Phoenix", so far only available on the Japanese edition of the debut album "Welcame", is also added to this edition.

    Tracklisting:
    1.Bejita's Revenge 
    2.Sound Of Wolves 
    3.Show Me Your Respect 
    4.Against All 
    5.Demonstrating My Saiya Style 
    6.Protect Ya Chest 
    7.Phoenix 

    UK Tour Dates May 15th Manchester Academy 3 / May 16th Leeds Key Club/ May 18th London The Dome / May 19th Bristol The Fleece

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  • µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER

    Planet Mu Records

    µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER

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    Planet Mu Records

    µ-Ziq 'Grush' PRE-ORDER

    £26.99

    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.


    Tracklisting: 
    Vinyl
    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

    CD
    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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  • Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER

    Avant! Records

    Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER

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    Avant! Records

    Male Tears 'Paradísco' PRE-ORDER

    £25.49

    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.

    Tracklisting:
    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

    £12.99

    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.

    Tracklisting:
    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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  • Oliver Ray 'Out Passed Nowhere'

    Royal Oakie

    Oliver Ray 'Out Passed Nowhere'

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    Royal Oakie

    Oliver Ray 'Out Passed Nowhere'

    £21.99

    Out Passed Nowhere is the debut solo album from Oliver Ray. Unfurling like a long stretch of road leading out past the edge of town, the album takes the listener to uncharted destinations beyond the edges of the map. Centered around Ray’s songwriting, the album finds him backed by a kaleidoscopic array of guest performers from the Bay Area, Tucson, and the NYC music communities.

    Ray’s transcendent tunes are brought to life in stunning wide screen detail by members of Patti Smith, Howe Gelb, and members of Sugar Candy Mountain, Giant Sand, and The Myrrors. Working in collaboration with producer David Glasebrook, the two created a unique sonic landscape for each song; throwing genre conventions out the window, they focused on capturing distinctive, emotionally resonant sounds.

    Each song has a distinctive flavor, but like the pieces to a puzzle they add up to more than the sum of their parts. The guitar explorations of Ol’ Coyote sit side by side with the dusty folk of Setting Sun, the psychedelic swirl of Best Game in Town, the darkly orchestral Tower and the Star, and the ambient tone poem  Edge City.

    The resulting album is a songwriting tour de force set amidst a swirling sonic landscape that recalls Bob Dylan or Cass McCombs as much as Brian Eno and Mark Hollis. Out Passed Nowhere is a captivating statement from an artist in his prime.

    Although it may be his solo debut, Ray has been playing music and writing songs for decades, and this album stands as a testament to all those miles of road traveled; all those hours spent with pen to paper; all those songs sung and yet to be sung.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Ol’ Coyote
    2. Ready
    3. Best Game in Town
    4. Setting Sun
    5. Bye Beautiful
    6. Tower and the Star
    7. Queen of Never
    8. Wise Blood
    9. Edge City
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  • Sandy’s 'Magic Mind'

    Royal Oakie

    Sandy’s 'Magic Mind'

    £11.99

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    Royal Oakie

    Sandy’s 'Magic Mind'

    £20.49

    Magic Mind is Sandy’s magnum opus. On their new album, the San Francisco band led by Alexi Glickman crafts a collection of songs combining inventive studio productions with timeless songwriting influenced by the likes of Bach, Brian Wilson, and The Beatles. Giant sized harmonies pair with echoing guitar and colorful synthesizers conjuring the spirit of epic 70’s surf films.

    After releasing Chime in 2018, a much loved album recorded in a seaside cabin, Alexi imagined a collection of songs that would invite us to glimpse an alternate world. Looking beyond the lo-fi recording techniques of their back catalog, the band collaborated with studio whiz David Glasebrook (Royal Oakie Records) to achieve a unique fidelity that retains the rough edges of Sandy’s signature sound and places them in a 3D cinematic soundscape.

    The album loosely follows an archetypal couple as they move through a mystical realm, encountering both benevolent teachers and violent apparitions attempting to tear them apart. Through it all, they are bound by love and shared dreams. Title track “Magic Mind” celebrates both the brilliance and strife that accompanies the complex minds in the Sandy’s creative family.

    Rather than romanticizing their suffering, the song delivers moments of sublime catharsis and transcendence. Meanwhile, lead single “Sami & Sandy” is a lost 80’s cassette pop paen of new love and hope in the face of tragedy, recorded by Jeremy Harris. “Ghost Lake” is a sun faded ballad featuring the shredding of guitar legend Brett Garsed. “Sunken Cathedral”, a sound painting inspired by Debussy, conjures the landscape of Northern California’s Mt. Tamalpais and the surrounding valleys and coastlines the band calls home.

    During mixing, Alexi’s father Eddie died suddenly, and new layers of grief and celebration were woven into the fabric of the album to honor his artistic legacy. “Ghost Lake” borrows its title from a 1978 dance choreographed by Eddie for his Santa Monica-based company Rodeo ex Machina, featuring a family of Samurai soaring above a cracked desert basin.

    Like the best work of Elliott Smith and Judee Sill, Magic Mind is deeply soulful and possesses an authentic intensity that is undeniable. Ultimately the archetypal couple emerges triumphant from realms of darkness, uncertainty, and adversity—a vibrant metaphor for the human experience; a celebration of what it means to be human and possess a Magic Mind. Highly anticipated third full length from Sandy’s.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Dimension IV
    2. Sami & Sandy
    3. Standing on the Water
    4. Sunken Cathedral
    5. Ghost Lake
    6. Moss Landing
    7. Collapsing Star
    8. Calabi Yau
    9. Magic Mind
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  • Francis Cabrel 'Un morceau de Sicre'

    Chandelle Productions

    Francis Cabrel 'Un morceau de Sicre'

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    Chandelle Productions

    Francis Cabrel 'Un morceau de Sicre'

    £15.49

    It's a project that Francis Cabrel felt very strongly about. To compose a song as a hymn to his town, his region.

    In addition to the musical aspect, Francis painted the cover, storyboarded the video and produced it. So it's with this same logic that this collector's item is naturally released on an independent structure.

    Here are a few words from Francis Cabrel:

    "The pun is as small as the character is big.

    Un morceau de Sicre donc de positivité, de bienveillance, d'humour, d'érudition tout ça dans ton café noir.....une journée toulousaine commence.

    It's a tribute to this city of great importance to me. Between rue Caraman and rue Matabiau, I sang and recorded my first songs there.

    A number of people could and should have featured in the chorus, but as there's no room, I'd like to thank them here, in particular Richard and Daniel Seff, Jean-Pierre Mader, Michel Art Mengo, Émile, Images and Gold, all those who have taken Toulousan chanson to the top behind the great Claude, whom everyone follows.

    Claude Sicre is one of the pioneers of the defense and recognition of Occitan culture, also known as a member of the Fabulous Trobadors.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Un Morceau de Sicre
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  • William Doyle 'Springs Eternal'

    Tough Love Records

    William Doyle 'Springs Eternal'

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    Tough Love Records

    William Doyle 'Springs Eternal'

    £23.99

    Serving up art-pop for the anthropocene, Springs Eternal is the Mercury-nominated, critically acclaimed artist William Doyle’s most ambitious and most playful creation to date. Taking a panoramic view of the ecstasies and agonies of life in the 2020s, the record asks how we exist as fragile flesh and blood – our hearts beating and our minds racing – in an unprecedented, almost unimaginable time of runaway climate destruction and technological expansion.

    Springs Eternal presents a strange and thrilling cast of characters – from cowboys to castaways – who just might be Doyle, once or twice removed. “Most of the songs are in the first-person, but rather than being autobiographical, I was trying to imagine hyperreality versions of myself,” Doyle says. “What if decisions I made in my life had resulted in the self of each particular song? How many degrees of separation am I from those realities? It’s a frightening thought, and frightening thoughts often make for good songs.”

    Across 11 tracks, we hear from narrators teetering on the precipice of global disaster, heartbreak, addiction, indoctrination and mental illness, until they pass into the great unknown. The lyrics, by turns earnest and ironic, upfront and allegorical, are paired with infectious melodies and often outright swagger. Co-produced by indie superproducer Mike Lindsay (Tunng, LUMP) at his MESS studio in Margate, we hear the siren song of the sea washing around pulsating electronics and stirring instrumentation, featuring contributions from musicians Alexander Painter, Genevieve Dawson and Brian Eno.

    A recurring theme of water and flooding runs through the record, alluding simultaneously to the global climate crisis and the deluge of overwhelm these parallel-universe Williams are experiencing. “It wasn’t until we were mixing the record that I realised how many water references there are,” Doyle says. “I guess there’s a fluid border between our inner selves and the outside world that allows things to flood in, in unstoppable or perhaps irresistible ways.”

    Springs Eternal is the next chapter in the William Doyle sonic odyssey that began with his incarnation as East India Youth (Total Strife Forever, 2014; Culture of Volume, 2015) and developed under his own name, producing the critically acclaimed records Your Wilderness Revisited (2019) and Great Spans of Muddy Time (2021). Alongside his own output, Doyle recently produced Anna B Savage’s celebrated debut album A Common Turn (2021) and plays in Orlando Weeks’ band both live and on his upcoming record.
    “Springs Eternal” follows 2021’s critically acclaimed Great Spans of Muddy Time album (10/10 Loud & Quiet, 9/10 Line of Best Fit, 4/5 Mojo, 8/10 Uncut, 5th The Quietus 100 Albums of the Year).

    Tracklisting:
    1. Garden of the Morning
    2. Now in Motion
    3. Relentless Melt
    4. Soft to the Touch
    5. Eternal Spring
    6. Cannot Unsee
    7. Castawayed
    8. Surrender Yourself
    9. A Short Illness
    10. A Long Life
    11. Because of a Dream
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  • Objections 'Optimistic Sizing' Vinyl LP - Pink

    Wrong Speed Records

    Objections 'Optimistic Sizing' Vinyl LP - Pink

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    Wrong Speed Records

    Objections 'Optimistic Sizing' Vinyl LP - Pink

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    The much-anticipated debut album from Leeds post-punk power-trio and 6Music favourites Objections. Optimistic Sizing is comprised of ten kitchen-sink dramas, ten miniature worlds to lose yourself in. The key topics are covered: performative royal mourning, ill-suited sexual relationships, coastal gentrification, motormouth bigots and–of course–snogging.

    These tales of 21stcentury existence are set to a musical backing that is joyous and wild. The guitar operates as a detonation device, a musical firework display to energise and punctuate the songs. The bass anchors with irresistible melodic and rhythmic hooks. The drums make complex and dizzying patterns seem effortlessly human, natural and always very, very danceable.

    Objections might follow the Minutemen music-as-socialism blueprint (each member in charge of their own chunk of sonic landscape and mindful of the boundaries of the others) but rather than be constrained by these apparent limitations, they are somehow freed by them. That real estate might be clearly divided but it is vast, limitless, and ready to be explored.

    Objections formed in the post-lockdown period after drummer Neil and guitarist Joe’s former band (and cult favourites) Bilge Pump slowed to an amicable halt. They wanted to continue the musical dialogue they had built up over decades and turned to Claire Adams (Nape Neck, Beards) to start something new and Objections was born. The 3 members have also played in/with: Polaris, Yann Tiersen, HiM, Enablers, Felix and Damo Suzuki (among others).

    Objections released their debut7"-BSA Day/Better Luck Next Time on Wrong Speed in 2023 and have recorded two Marc Riley / Gideon Coe BBC 6Music sessions.

    At Wrong Speed we are not fond of genres, we are here to release music we love not tell you how to file it. But Optimistic Sizing is genuinely post-punk in the literal sense of the term. Objections take the freedom and anyone-can-do-it promise of punk and run somewhere new and adventurous with it, creating a vibrant and living musical language with which to communicate their own unique world view. As a result, Optimistic Sizing is not only a classic debut album but a timeless one.

    "We like to think we know what we’re talking about....believe us when we say, Objections are a band to watch"-Louder Than War.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Idiot Fill
    2. BSA Day
    3. Nicely Done
    4. The Lurker
    5. Excuses
    6. Small Change
    7. Hymns
    8. TJOMT
    9. Space News
    10. Words Strongest
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  • Cowtown 'Fear Of...' Vinyl LP - Teal & White Marble PRE-ORDER

    Gringo Records

    Cowtown 'Fear Of...' Vinyl LP - Teal & White Marble PRE-ORDER

    £20.49

    Release Date: 31/05/2024

    First album in 8 years from Leeds Devo-esque DIY punk trio, full of three minute pop blasts.

    Surviving five years as a band on the UK underground scene is difficult to do, lasting for 20 takes a near miracle. However, Cowtown – Leeds formed and raised trio of Hilary Knott (keys/vocals), Jonathan Nash (guitars/vocals) and David Shields (drums) – arrive blinking into 2024 not only intact and able to celebrate two decades together as bandmates and friends, but armed with Fear Of… their first new record in eight years, and a collection of songs that hand-on-heart, away from the sales speak, may be their best work to-date.

    Friendship can keep a band going for so long, but it’s more than that that’s seen this ostensibly DIY band enjoy European tours with heroes Deerhoof and Quasi, play festivals at home and abroad, and during several periods of time in their history become the most requested hometown support in their native Leeds for any touring band worth their salt – not to mention their own ability to continually sell out shows up and down the UK with little to no backing.

    Other projects have come and gone – Nash perhaps most notably as drummer in Hookworms which has since evolved into Holodrum; Knott stepping further into the experimental undergrowth as Basic Switches, among other collaborative efforts – yet the band have remained.

    Their fizzed-up brand of Devo-esque punk full of pop smarts has never stood still, constantly being updated and tweaked to sound timeless and subsequently outlast whichever latest guitar sub-genre has cycled back into fashion once again. Always though, Cowtown have kept at their core a warm sense of humour, positivity and the cartoonishly abstract song writing sense that’s always felt like their own small corner of the musical world

    A 20-year habit is hard to kick though and the group came to the same conclusion as everyone else; which was to crack on and try not to fear the outcome – and so Fear Of… is here. Silly as it might be to say for a band whose members are living through middle age, there’s a newer maturity to Cowtown’s sound.

    That doesn’t mean a monotone faced dumbing down of the frenzied hooks and two-minute blasts that they’ve cornered the market in – heck, the 11 tracks here clock in at a combed 30 minutes or so – but there is the slightest of breathing spaces given here and there.

    Wonderboy II is a typically all-guns-blazing intro to the album but then they just as quickly change direction, with the angular march of Can’t Talk Now that purposefully strides into a big chorus rather than rushing breathlessly up to it as they might have done previously. As Close To Town As I Like It meanwhile glides along underneath Knott’s more measured turn on lead vocal; she takes centre stage on Sea Lions too which recollects Dolittle-era Pixies in its ascendant guitar riffs thudding percussion.

    There’s still plenty of moments where the trio take the clutch fully off, of course – Thru Being Zuul, Offend Kliph and Total Engagement are two tracks that are the kind of giddy, breathless slices of pop punk (not that kind) fun that the band have made their staple over the past 20 years.

    Currently Unavailable meanwhile is a suitable rousing finale that touches euphoric heights. Ultimately for Cowtown that search for positivity remains their guiding force; 20 years in and at times it can feel harder than ever for the trio to find it, but Fear Of… is the sound of a band who can still find celebration in the simple importance of being able to make music with your best mates.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Wonderboy II
    2. Can't Talk Now
    3. Thru Being Zuul
    4. Offend Kliph
    5. Total Engagement
    6. As Close To Town As I Like To Get
    7. Humble Practitioner
    8. No Excursions
    9. Sea Lions
    10. Peace In Our Time
    11. Currently Unavailable
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