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  • Nirvana 'Bleach'

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    Nirvana 'Bleach'

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    Sub Pop

    Nirvana 'Bleach'

    £23.99

    Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ‘89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Pop’s very favorite Nirvana full-length.

    The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991 sophomore effort, Nevermind.

    Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.

    Tracklisting
    Side A
    1. Blew
    2. Floyd The Barber
    3. About A Girl
    4. School
    5. Love Buzz
    6. Paper Cuts
    7. Negative Creep


    Side B
    8. Scoff
    9. Swap Meet
    10. Mr. Moustache
    11. Sifting
    12. Big Cheese
    13. Downer


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  • Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts 'Rogue To Redemption' PRE-ORDER

    Gypsy Rose Records

    Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts 'Rogue To Redemption' PRE-ORDER

    £12.99

    Release Date: 30/08/2024

    Tuk Smith is the kind of rock’n’roll ambassador you didn’t think existed anymore. Punk maverick from rural Georgia, Biters frontman, producer and solo artist, he’s seen the best and worst of a music industry in constant flux. By turns it’s left him critically acclaimed, poised for stadiums, dropped, burned out, back in the game and beloved by those for whom rock is still everything.

    Now based in Nashville, and with his own label Gypsy Rose Records, he creates from a more real place than most. “I want to do something that means something to people,” Tuk says, “because a lot of shit nowadays is so disposable and so plastic. I just don't connect with that. I'd like to do things that impact people positively. It's a weird time on the planet, so to have songs about hope, but not be cheesy about it, it’s something I think we need with songwriting. That's the kind of music I want to hear.”

    The result is Rogue To Redemption, Tuk’s second album with solo project The Restless Hearts. The sonic lovechild of Thin Lizzy, 90s power pop and melody-driven punk, it shows an artistic peak born from adversity. The sound of a man bottling a lifetime of experiences, stories and characters from working class America.

    A hero’s journey, picking up from 2022’s Ballad Of A Misspent Youth. And it’s all on him. “I was dropped from a label, nobody would sign me” recalls Tuk, who wrote the album in solitude, mostly at a piano. “No booking agent would touch me. I had to figure out how to make my own records. I've always worked with other mentors, writers and producers, so for me to make this myself was a big leap of faith, because… you know, you might screw it up.”

    Produced by Tuk and mixed by Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop, U2), Rogue To Redemption was written over the last three years but recorded down to the wire – right up to the summer of 2024. Joined by long-term Restless Hearts compadres, drummer Nigel Dupree and bassist Matthew ‘Ponyboy’ Curtis, he cut the bulk of it at home. Six drum tracks were recorded locally, and the other four with Biters collaborator/mentor Dan Dixon in Atlanta – Tuk’s previous hometown.

    “Nashville’s very different from the scene I grew up in,” he observes. “Atlanta’s very East Coast working class, Nashville’s more like L.A. But it pulled me back into focus, because if you're going to be an artist in Nashville there's so many great singers, writers and guitar players that I have to rely on my personal strengths. So that was the mentality, making this record.”

    It also brought him back to the music he loved the most, which comes out in the modern and classic flavours of Rogue To Redemption. The melodic powerpop and punk likes of Jellyfish, Material Issue, Generation X and Buzzcocks filtered into his writing, complimenting the 70s richness that’s long permeated his work. You’ll hear it in Take The Long Way, the album’s rollicking yet deeply personal opener. An ode to persistence in the face of self-sabotage, Tuk wrote it in a fiery 15-minute burst.

    “Rock’n’roll has this underlying theme of self destruction,” he says. “And this one is kind of like that, but there's hope there. It's been a common theme, being a musician. The fuck’s been beaten out of me.” Lyrically, inspired by storytellers like Tom Petty, Phil Lynott and Bruce Springsteen, Rogue To Redemption comprises a Born To Run-esque series of vignettes – observation sprinkled with Tuk’s own experience. A song like Glorybound might be interpreted as a reflection on his life, but it could also allude to numerous lost, disenchanted or overlooked souls in society.

    “Those are the kind of characters I like,” he says, “the underdogs of the world. I've always been attracted to those. When I was a teenager in my hometown, the way I felt then, I would want to hear a song like that. Sometimes I write songs that I want to hear, and that was one of them.”

    Raised in Griffin, GA, Tuk always felt like an outsider. The androgyny of his early heroes like New York Dolls clashed with the macho, blue-collar backdrop of ‘Tuck’s Powerdome’ – his father’s weights gym, its walls adorned with slogans like ‘Shut Up And Train’.

    Emblems, perhaps, of a tenacity that’s stayed with Tuk (Joshua until he was 17, when a local tattooist gave him the name he still goes by) ever since. You’ll hear it all in a song like Little Renegade, which mixes the bite of Bon Scott-era AC/DC with gorgeous pop nuances and Mott The Hoople twists. “Isn't that rock’n’roll, the dichotomy of it all?” he suggests. “The dudes I liked in bands would wear girl clothes, but they were wild motherfuckers.”

    Right now Tuk’s wild days are behind him, replaced with “workaholic” hours in front of ProTools, producing other bands and running his label. But that old tearaway streak – the fire that makes him such a commanding prospect – lives on in anthems like End Of An Era. A bittersweet “drunken sing-along” with shades of Oasis and glam rock glitter, it could be read as a meditation on the changing rock landscape, the wider world, or even a relationship. Again, there’s that dichotomy he speaks of.

    “Rock’n’roll is essentially the illusion of not giving a fuck, right? Like, you know Axl Rose was doing sit-ups and jump rope, and Paul Stanley was on a cardio machine, and they come out and act like it just happens. The point is I sit at that piano many hours, working on this stuff.”

    Now with gigs coming up in Europe, the UK and Japan, Tuk has the sort of mental clarity afforded by the perspective of time. Less frustration, more gratitude. “I’m hyper-focused on trying to be a good person. It [Rogue To Redemption] came from a totally different spot, as opposed to like ‘I gotta get a hit!’... It had some piss and vinegar, but it was different. It's kind of a weight off my soul. I'm just grateful that I'm still doing this.” So if any of this resonates with you – if you crave rock’n’roll with substance, an edge, 21st century eyes and an old soul’s heart – you’ve come to the right place.

    Tracklisting: 
    1. Take The Long Way
    2. Glorybound
    3. End Of An Era
    4. Still A Dreamer
    5. Little Renegade
    6. Lost Boy
    7. Blood On The Stage
    8. Rogue To Redemption
    9. When the Party’s Over

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  • Steve Howe - Guitarscape PRE-ORDER

    HoweSound

    Steve Howe - Guitarscape PRE-ORDER

    £12.99

    Release Date: 27/09/2024

    Guitarist Steve Howe releases his new solo album Guitarscape on 27th September on his own HoweSound label. The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital downloads, including Dolby Atmos.

    Guitarscape marks a new chapter for the YES and ASIA legend as he presents, what amounts to, a guitar masterclass. “What I’m doing,” said Steve, “is focusing on what I do well and what I love to do.” Guitarscape features 14 new instrumental tracks in a host of musical styles, from rock through to acoustic and classical, each bearing that unmistakable Steve Howe sound. Steve plays acoustic, electric, steel and bass guitars along with keyboards and is joined by his son Dylan on drums. Steve has written all of the tracks and produced the album.

    “This album has given me the opportunity to do something different,” says Steve. “I bought a Novatron Summit keyboard and found that it had a wealth of inspiring sounds. It gave me a golden opportunity to create my own keyboard structures – chordal movements and structures that I thought were a bit different.  I think differently on a keyboard, I don’t see the chords looking the same but then I had fun playing around with the guitar to see where that goes.

    “I’ve utilised most of the colours, as I like to I think of my styles, and I’m always pleased when I hear them running through and it moves from a steel, maybe, to a Spanish guitar. Because it’s a different sort of album, I’m not using terribly conventional chord sequences but things that give me a fresh feeling and opportunities to improvise and stretch out as well as be melodic and make this a nice tuneful experience.

    “I began feeding the tracks to Dylan. We get on great and he seems to know what to play around my guitar, it’s almost instinctive. Dylan and I fit together really beautifully. We’ve had the chance to do this together, so it’s wonderful.

    “The bass parts and the keyboards are pretty interesting, everything had to be interesting but also work together. I like doing things that are super fresh and this album says what I am today.” Steve Howe

    Tracklisting:
    Hail Storm
    Spring Board
    Distillations
    Up Stream
    Secret Mission
    Passing Thoughts
    Touch The Surface
    Spring Rhyme
    Equinox
    Seesaw
    Gone West
    Suma
    Spring Tide

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  • Sandy Denny 'Early Home Recordings'

    Earth Recordings

    Sandy Denny 'Early Home Recordings'

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    Earth Recordings

    Sandy Denny 'Early Home Recordings'

    £26.49

    Included are two different rare demos of her classic ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’ from 1967 (before she recorded it with Strawbs) and another from 1968.

    ‘She had this amazing talent, this incredible voice - she played Who Knows Where the Time Goes, and I nearly fell off my chair.' - Linda Thompson

    Plus, a host of songs penned by Sandy including ‘Boxful Of Treasures’ which was later rewritten as the song ‘Fotheringay’ (from Fairport Convention’s What We Did On Our Holidays album). ‘Fotheringay’ also appears here in demo form.

    “She needs to be re-evaluated. She wrote a kind of song that's very rarely written now - emotional, musically interesting, sung really well - serious songwriting. She was head and shoulders above the rest. And she remains so." -  Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention founder)

    Also featuring heartfelt covers of songs by Jackson C Frank, Fred Neil, Anne Briggs, Dylan, and many traditional folk songs.

    The definitive collection of Denny’s early home demos authorized by her estate, with Sandy's daughter Georgia Lucas’ own charming drawings of her mother making their first appearance on an official Denny release, plus previously unpublished images of Sandy’s 1960s passport and driver’s license. And extensive sleeve-notes by re-issue producer Pat Thomas.

    Tracklisting:
    CD - Disc 1
    1. Blues Run The Game
    2. Milk & Honey
    3. Soho
    4. It Ain't Me Babe
    5. East Virginia
    6. Geordie
    7. In Memory (The Tender Years)
    8. i Love My True Love
    9. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
    10. Ethusel
    11. Setting Of The Sun
    12. Boxful Of Treasures
    13. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (1967)

    CD - Disc 2 
    1. Carnival
    2. They Don't Seem To Know You
    3. Gerrard Street
    4. Motherless Children
    5. She Moves Through The Fair
    6. The Time Has Come
    7. A Little Bit Of Rain
    8. Go Your Own Way My Love
    9. Seven Virgins
    10. Blue Tattoo
    11. Cradle Song
    12. Quiet Land Of Erin
    13. Fotheringay
    14. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (1968)

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  • Thurston Moore 'Flow Critical Lucidity' PRE-ORDER

    Daydream Library

    Thurston Moore 'Flow Critical Lucidity' PRE-ORDER

    £12.99

    Release Date: 20/09/2024

    Thurston Moore’s forthcoming album, FLOW CRITICAL LUCIDITY is his ninth solo recording. Some of the songs were written & arranged in Europe and The United Kingdom and include lyrical references to their environments and inspired by nature, lucid dreaming, modern dance and Isadora Duncan .The album was arranged at La Becque in Switzerland and recorded at Total Refreshment Studios in London in 2022, and mixed at Hermitage Studios in Lon[1]don with Margo Broom in 2023.

    Flow Critical Lucidity comes from a lyric in the single ‘Sans Limites’ and the album sleeve cover art features Jamie Nares’ ‘Samurai Walkman’ — a helmet befitted with tuning forks. Jamie Nares (born in Great Britain) is a life long friend of Thurston Moore from his New York No Wave days and the two have often collaborated in art & music.

    SINGLES released surrounding the release of the album: In 2023 Thurston released two singles: the energetic Isadora Duncan inspired ‘Isadora’ with a music video starring Sky Ferreira. ‘Hypnogram’ which the press called “one of the most intensely cerebral cuts Moore has ever released, he blends the more melodic moments of his former band with the layered, heady flourishes of his bassist Deb Googe’s main band, My Bloody Valentine. Emphatically conveying the feeling of dreams, the new material has fans excited for what the American has in store with his next album.” 

    In April of 2024 Thurston shared the stirring Earth Day anthem ‘Rewilding’. The musician delivered chilling lines as he ruminated on the removal of the human hand from nature, “…Don’t stir anything…”. Moore sang about renewal, and a period for friends of the Earth  to sleep and realise a natural way by “coralmorphologically dreaming”. The musician said the U.K.’s rewilding movement aspires to reduce human influence on ecosystems.

    The Players: Vocals, Guitar: Thurston Moore Bass: Deb Googe Electronics: Jon Leidecker  Piano, organ, guitar, glockenspiel:  James Sedwards Percussion: Jem Doulton Backing vocals: Laetitia Sadier on ‘Sans Limites’ Lyrics: Radieux Radio, except ‘Shadow’ Recorded in London at Total Refreshment Centre and mixed by Margo Broom.

    Tracklisting:
    1. New in Town 
    2. Sans Limites  
    3. Shadow  
    4. Hypnogram 
    5. We Get High 
    6. Rewilding 
    7. The Diver 

    Bonus track included on a clear flexi disc 
    – “Isadora (Bedazzled Mix)”

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  • White Hills 'Beyond This Fiction' PRE-ORDER

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    White Hills 'Beyond This Fiction' PRE-ORDER

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    White Hills 'Beyond This Fiction' PRE-ORDER

    £25.49

    Release Date: 23/08/2024

    “One of the best bands to come out of NYC since who gives a shit.” -CVLT Nation.

    When you enter White Hills’ lair in Brooklyn, the duo’s insatiable desire for music and art is immediately palpable. Crates of vinyl from floor to ceiling line the long hallway. Guitars appear at every angle, one lying across a sofa in obvious mid-play with others in cases tucked beside amplifiers into every conceivable corner.

    Synthesizers and cables cover the purple satin bed while gouache paintings in various stages of progress strewn the floor. Album covers, movie posters, books, paintings, prints and souvenirs of subversive culture occupy the remaining wall space. A sanctuary of adoration, creation and imagination, it’s also the nerve center of their record label Heads on Fire Industries and the site where the final mixes of their latest album Beyond This Fiction took shape.

    For nearly two decades, White Hills have been blowing minds with their sonic alchemy: a unique mix of neo-psychedelia, art rock, and post-punk- at once original and recognizable. Their cult reputation emblazoned in celluloid following their performance in Jim Jarmusch’s sultry vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, the duo has toured vigorously since their inception.

    With a vast catalogue that astounds and a relentless punk ethos, time seems to energize the duo, making them increasingly daring and prolific. “Music creates a bliss beyond sex and drugs,” professes one-woman rhythm section Ego Sensation.

    “We’ll never stop making music. It’s the highest high to be had in life.” Founding member Dave W, whose signature other-worldly guitar sorcery defines the White Hills sound, grabs his Les Paul to record a melody lingering in his head from last night’s dream before it escapes.

    Outside, the sound of passing sirens, honking horns and bits of conversation remind you that you’re in the middle of New York, a city so flush with rock legacy and artistic innovation it would take lifetimes to drink it all in. A voice from outside shouts, “This shit is going for 3! These people got to be out of their fucking minds!” Dave shakes his head and laughs, “There’s no place I’d rather be.”

    Committed to a vocation marked by extremes, doubt, struggle and moments of ecstasy, Dave and Ego continue this torrid affair with music bearing their latest fruit Beyond This Fiction.  Inspired by the ideas of Joseph Campbell, the writer/philosopher known for the book The Power of Myth, the album explores the idea of “riding between opposites”- forging one’s own path unrestrained by the dualistic constraints of society. It’s a cry to all the seers among us- call us outsiders or rebels- who feel smothered by convention and see nonconformity as the gateway into divine mystery.

    Recorded with Martin Bisi, known for his iconic NYC sound developed through his work with no-wave titans Sonic Youth, Swans and Lydia Lunch, Beyond This Fiction sees Dave W (guitar/vocals/synths) and Ego Sensation (drums/bass/vocals) orchestrating their distinct guitar heavy meditations into songs with a stronger focus on vocals than previous albums.

    Opener “Throw It Up In The Air” and closer “Beyond This Fiction” both have a lush quality that flirts with shoegaze. “Killing Crimson”, a song that takes inspiration from Killing Joke and King Crimson, has a driving beat and a catchy hook that begs for a sing-a-long. “The Awakening” plunges into the meditative ambient abyss the band is well known for, featuring the unique voice of frequent collaborator poet Dan McGuire to deliver the meaning behind Beyond This Fiction.

    The album harnesses the seductive accessibility of 2015’s Walks For Motorists while evoking the tempestuous soul of the band’s seminal 2011 H-p1. Notorious shapeshifters, White Hills make Beyond This Fiction a familiar surprise.

    Back in the lair, Dave draws eyes on his hands in preparation for the day’s video shoot. Ego reaches in the closet pulling out the red velvet jacket she wears on the cover of Beyond This Fiction where she stands in a NYC alley holding a glowing orb. “That’s the portal- the gateway into the mystery. The music will take you there.”.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Throw It Up In The Air 
    2. Clear As Day 
    3. Killing Crimson 
    4. Fiend 
    5. Closer 
    6. The Awakening 
    7. Beyond This Fiction

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  • Credit Electric 'six' CD

    Royal Oakie

    Credit Electric 'six' CD

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    Royal Oakie

    Credit Electric 'six' CD

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    Credit Electric’s six is a collection of recordings written and produced by Ryan LoPilato—featuring contributions from Judith Horn, Evan Hiller, Paul Montes, Alex Miner, Cameron Iturri-Carpenter, Lanéya Billingsley (Billie 0cean), Brian Ellis, and Eva Goodman (Nighttime).

    The album was mixed by Ryan LoPilato, mastered by David Glasebrook (Oliver Ray & Patti Smith, Sam Burton, Sandy’s), and features artwork by Lanéya Billingsley & Ryan LoPilato. Highly anticipated new album from Credit Electric.  

    “…weaves a tapestry of lush sounds and melancholic moods, all processed through a cosmic desert country style.” Various Small Flames

    “…holographic sophisti-pop…” New Commute

    “…mulls loss and loneliness, rolling them around in the brain…” Raven Sings the Blues

    “...like slowcore composed in solitude at the seashore.” White Crate

    Tracklisting:
    1. house of cancer 
    2. backseat driver 
    3. $@Lt 
    4. ghost pine eyes 
    5. phony 
    6. Billie 
    7. Shadows of Doves 
    8. moon dripping down 
    9. lightning and gasoline 
    10. the truth can hurt you when you look at it with selfishness

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  • Scott Ballew 'Leisure Rodeo' CD

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    Scott Ballew 'Leisure Rodeo' CD

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    Scott Ballew 'Leisure Rodeo' CD

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    Leisure Rodeo is the new album from Scott Ballew, following up 2021’s surprise debut Talking to Mountains. Born in Austin in the early 80’s Ballew eventually drifted out west to California, where he made a name for himself as a film director.

    At the age of 30 he ended up back in Austin, got sober, picked up the guitar and started writing songs. Most of those songs ended up on Ballew’s debut, but he kept writing and refining his craft, eventually ending up with ten tracks for a follow up album.

    Picking up where he left off, Leisure Rodeo features world-weary vignettes in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker set to rustic country-folk arrangements.

    Frequent collaborators Jesse Woods, Shane Renfro (RF Shannon), Jesse Siebenberg, and Todd Hannigan are back, joined by special guest appearances from Ryan Bingham on “Border Kid” and Erika Wennerstrom (The Heartless Bastards) on “Convenience Store World”.

    Tracklisting: 
    1. Tiny Gods 
    2. Paris, TX 
    3. Border Kid 
    4. High Times 
    5. K Hole Deluxe 
    6. Convenience Store World 
    7. Postcard from Paradise 
    8. Sweetest Friend 
    9. Blue Eyes 
    10. Leisure Rodeo

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  • Half Stack 'Sitting Pretty' CD

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    Half Stack 'Sitting Pretty' CD

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    Half Stack 'Sitting Pretty' CD

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    Building on the dusty country and garage inflected indie-rock of their past releases, Half Stack’s “Sitting Pretty” thrums with an expansive energy, adding optimistic songwriting and power-pop melodies to the mix.

    The band tracked the album with Mac Demarco collaborator Joe Santarpia, pairing locomotive rhythms and jauntily affable lyrics with their trademark whiskey-soaked spin on DIY rock, recalling artists like Tiger Trap, The Silver Jews, and “American Beauty” era Grateful Dead.

    Whereas singer/guitarist Peter Kegler took the lead as songwriter on previous Half Stack records, this time around he passed the mic to singer/guitarist Marley Lix-Jones for a number of tracks; The impact of her songwriting shines through across the varied tracklist, and is especially gripping on the swaggering “New Light” and psychedelic rocker “TOTM3”.

    Meanwhile, album opener “I Might Try” starts off strong with its vocal harmonies and soaring lead guitar; “Burnt” pairs honky-tonk rhythms with power-pop melodies; and “Diamond Dancer'' riffs on psych-rock with dueling harmonized guitars.

    The scope and variety of sound represented on “Sitting Pretty” cements its place as Half Stack’s most wonderfully unpredictable and ambitious outing to date.

    Tracklisting:
    1. I Might Try 
    2. Burnt 
    3. Cruisin USA 
    4. (I Swear) I’ll Get It Right 
    5. New Light 
    6. Diamond Dancer 
    7. Flat Out 
    8. No Reason 
    9. TOTM3 
    10. Strangin 
    11. Listen to Your Dog 
    12. Lil Mixer

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  • Jeff Moller 'Sigh Baby' CD

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    Jeff Moller 'Sigh Baby' CD

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    Jeff Moller 'Sigh Baby' CD

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    “Sigh Baby” is the debut album by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Moller.

    The album finds him exploring his background in indie-rock, garage, psych, and country through ten slacker anthems that sound like a fog-pop Tom Petty.

    Building on his experience as a journeyman musician, the album features contributions from a handful of friends as well as current and former bandmates, including members of Sugar Candy Mountain, Papercuts, Young Moon, Michael James Tapscott, Indianna Hale, and more.

    Tracklisting: 
    1. Sad To See the Sun Go Down  
    2. Still Intact 
    3. Broken Hearts (Won’t Stop Beating) 
    4. Raphi and Me 
    5. Sigh Baby 
    6. Mindlessly Strumming Away 
    7. Sand, Salt Crystals 
    8. Counting Waves 
    9. Garden 
    10. Another Name

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

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    Immersion with Thor Harris | Cubzoa 'Nanocluster Vol.2'

    £12.99

    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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  • Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics'

    Sonic Cathedral

    Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics'

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    Moon Diagrams 'Cemetery Classics'

    £23.99

    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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  • Asha Wells 'Water Words' CD

    Royal Oakie

    Asha Wells 'Water Words' CD

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    Royal Oakie

    Asha Wells 'Water Words' CD

    £11.99

    Asha Well is a San Francisco Bay Area based non-binary singer, songwriter, and visual artist. “Water Words” is their debut album, featuring atmospheric textures and haunting melodies set to thought provoking imagery.

    Working with co-producer Jason Kick (Mild High Club, Sonny and the Sunsets) at his Tunnel Vision studio in Oakland, CA the pair recorded 1-2 songs a week at the height of the pandemic.

    Kick brought his knack for arrangement, synthesis, and drum programming, helping to create a supportive environment for Wells’ atmospheric guitars and haunting melodies.

    The resulting album pairs textured sounds with tender harmonies, calling to mind the work of contemporary art forward singer-songwriters like Aldous Harding, Hand Habits, and Cate Le Bon as much as torchbearers like Patti Smith, Cat Power, and Jeff Buckley.

    Tracklisting: 
    1. At Night 
    2. Mood Indigo 
    3. California 
    4. Marianne 
    5. Bonjour Tristesse 
    6. Blue Angels 
    7. Drugstore Perfume 
    8. The Well 
    9. Up In A Cloud 
    10. The Weight 
    11. Motorbike

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  • Go By Ocean 'Can I Communicate With the Unknown?' CD

    Royal Oakie

    Go By Ocean 'Can I Communicate With the Unknown?' CD

    £11.99

    Can I Communicate With the Unknown? is the new album from Go By Ocean, moniker of Northern California based singer/songwriter/producer Ryan McCaffrey. Co-produced alongside Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) and David Glasebrook, the album features contributions from a wide cast of characters, ranging from the tight knit community of Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads to the wider West Coast indie-rock scene, including members of The Mother Hips, Sugar Candy Mountain, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, and more.

    Building upon McCaffrey’s catalog of songs, the new album finds inspiration in the down-to-earth music of 1970’s Marin County, when songwriters like Michael Hurley and Jesse Colin Young lived out in Olema and Point Reyes, the kind of places where songs blow in on the breeze from the Pacific Ocean.

    Lyrically, the album trace’s a hero’s journey as the narrator struggles with addiction, eventually finding peace and freedom in a tumultuous world, wrestling with metaphysical and spiritual ideas along the way.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Say Man 
    2. Goin’ To Die 
    3. Should Have Known 
    4. One True Golden Heart 
    5. Ballad of a Masquerade 
    6. Roberta 
    7. Ascending Ghosts 
    8. Free 
    9. Autumn Days In Olema 
    10. Right Moon

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  • µ-Ziq 'Grush'

    Planet Mu Records

    µ-Ziq 'Grush'

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    µ-Ziq 'Grush'

    £26.99

    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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    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'

    Fire Records

    Marina Allen 'Eight Pointed Star'

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    Fire Records

    Marina Allen 'Eight Pointed Star'

    £21.99

    he 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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