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Juno Recommends Rock/Indie

Juno Recommends Rock/Indie

Rock/Indie/Folk/Metal/Punk/50s/60s Recommendations Best Of 2016
12 Dec 2016
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Cat: 888751 738713. Rel: 11 Jan 16
Rock
  1. Blackstar (9:58)
  2. 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore (4:52)
  3. Lazarus (6:26)
  4. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (4:39)
  5. Girl Loves Me (4:50)
  6. Dollar Days (4:32)
  7. I Can't Give Everything Away (5:50)
Review: Surely not even the most ardent Bowie fan saw any of this coming. Yet to offset the justified grief and mourning at the most otherworldly and mercurial of all musical icons departing our realm, he's left us with one of his greatest albums to date and certainly his best in a full quarter century - one that returns him spiritually to the dizzying collision of bracing experimentation and melodious drama that typified the so-called Berlin trilogy of the '70s yet transplants that ambience to a new more complicated age. Jazzy inflections, electronic filigree and stark soundscapes collide elegantly amidst that stentorian voice, and whether or not Bowie put this together as a farewell, he couldn't have done it better if he'd tried. We'll truly never see his like again, alas.
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XL
Cat: XLLP 790. Rel: 20 Jun 16
Indie
  1. Burn The Witch (3:41)
  2. Daydreaming (6:26)
  3. Decks Dark (4:41)
  4. Desert Island Disk (3:44)
  5. Ful Stop (6:07)
  6. Glass Eyes (2:53)
  7. Identikit (4:26)
  8. The Numbers (5:44)
  9. Present Tense (5:03)
  10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief (4:38)
  11. True Love Waits (5:08)
Review: A quarter century old now, yet these art-rock giants and eternal malcontents seem as restless in their muse and motion as ever - still chronicling an increasingly complicated and strenuous age yet doing it with finesse, grace and innovation. The urgent, invigorating strains of single 'Burn the Witch' were no anomaly, and 'A Moon Shaped Pool' shows them shaking off the more insular tendencies of their last opus 'King Of Limbs' to engage and electrify in a way that they haven't truly managed for years - radiant, celestial ambience shares space here with impressive ire and emotional engagement, with these peerless experimentalists delivering a record that transcends both their own work and the vast majority of the musical landscape they survey.
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3
Cat: ES 002. Rel: 04 Jul 16
Indie
  1. Linda Smith - "I So Liked Spring" (5:27)
  2. Karen Marks - "Cold Cafe" (3:03)
  3. Bruce Langhorne - "Leaving Del Norte" (1:56)
  4. The Seraphims - "Conciousness Of Happening" (2:13)
  5. Gary Davenport - "Sarra" (5:00)
  6. Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians - "Feeling Sheepish" (4:09)
  7. The Rising Storm - "Frozen Laughter" (3:12)
  8. Warfield Spillers - "Daddy's Little Girl" (4:50)
  9. Joyce Heath - "I Wouldn't Dream Of It" (2:17)
  10. Joe Tossini & Friends - "Wild Dream" (4:29)
  11. Scott Seskind - "I Remember" (2:52)
  12. Angel - "Driving (Down)" (4:28)
  13. Nini Raviolette & Hugo Weris - "Slow" (1:05)
  14. Nora Guthrie - "Home Before Dark" (2:38)
  15. Once - "Joanna" (3:17)
Review: Sky Girl is the work of two noted (but arguably under-appreciated) crate diggers, DJ Sundae and Julien Dechery, and gathers together a veritable treasure trove of obscure material loosely connected by (in the label's own words) "the same longing sentiment". Its' fifteen tracks touch on a variety of hazy, down-tempo styles, and were recorded at various points between 1961 and '91. There's much to admire throughout, from the folksy psychedelic pop of The Rising Storm's "Frozen Laughter", and spoken word eccentricity of Scott Seskind's "I Remember", to the dreamy, eyes-closed ambience of Nini Raviolette & Hugo Weris' "Slow" and string-laden samba-folk of Nora Guthrie's "Home Before Dark".
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4
  1. The 1975 (1:22)
  2. Love Me (3:42)
  3. UGH! (3:01)
  4. A Change Of Heart (4:39)
  5. She's American (4:30)
  6. If I Believe You (6:19)
  7. Please Be Naked (4:20)
  8. Lostmyhead (5:16)
  9. The Ballad Of Me & My Brain (2:54)
  10. Somebody Else (5:48)
  11. Loving Someone (4:21)
  12. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (6:25)
  13. The Sound (4:11)
  14. This Must Be My Dream (4:11)
  15. Paris (4:53)
  16. Nana (4:00)
  17. She Lays Down (3:38)
Review: That title is an eyebrow-raiser, yet still more surprising about this second album are the chances that cocky, controversial 1975 frontman Matt Healey has been prepared to take with the sound that his band rode to enormous success on via their debut. Certainly this album may largely sound custom-designed for radio airplay, yet within this framework Healey has moved from the guitar band swagger of yore to a more emotionally charged reinvention that throws '80s-style hooks, innovative production trickery and his mixture of chutzpah and charm into the fray to create a vibrant and unexpected art-pop melange.
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5
  1. Aviation (3:41)
  2. Miracle Aligner (4:04)
  3. Dracula Teeth (2:48)
  4. Everything You've Come To Expect (3:12)
  5. The Element Of Surprise (2:46)
  6. Bad Habits (2:58)
  7. Sweet Dreams, TN (3:55)
  8. Used To Be My Girl (2:54)
  9. She Does The Woods (3:27)
  10. Pattern (4:12)
  11. The Dream Synopsis (3:01)
Review: More than merely an awaybreak for its members Alex Turner and Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets proved themselves on their debut 'Age Of The Understatement' to be masters of a distinctly '60s-styled world of glamour and arresting artifice, their clever wordplay and swooning harmonies combining with ornate arrangements to create a sound as redolent of black-and-white kitchen sink dramas as the trials and tribulations of the twenty-first century everyday. This long-awaited sequel, meanwhile - reuniting them with string arranger Owen Pallett - displays that whereas their careers may have moved in markedly different directions in the interim, their wry and wordily ditties when united display an enviable chemistry and magnetic charm.
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Cat: 12MUTE 553. Rel: 01 Aug 16
Indie
  1. People On The High Line (Claptone 12" remix) (6:40)
  2. People On The High Line (extended mix) (7:50)
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7
Cat: 12MUTE 545. Rel: 28 Mar 16
Indie
  1. Singularity (extended mix) (7:27)
  2. Singularity (Mark Reeder Individual remix) (8:10)
  3. Singularity (Erol Alkan extended rework) (7:38)
  4. Singularity (JS Zeiter dub) (7:42)
out of stock $8.86
8
Cat: RTRADLP 810. Rel: 11 Apr 16
Indie
  1. Dust (3:51)
  2. Human Performance (2:23)
  3. Outside (3:39)
  4. I Was Just Here (1:48)
  5. Paraphrased (3:00)
  6. Captive Of The Sun (2:03)
  7. Steady On My Mind (3:39)
  8. On Man, No City (6:24)
  9. Berlin Got Blurry (3:26)
  10. Keep It Even (2:48)
  11. Two Dead Cops (2:59)
  12. Pathos Praise (2:51)
  13. It's Gonna Happen (3:02)
Review: Having displayed a somewhat wayward and scattershot approach of late, 'Human Performance' is where Parquet Courts go right back to hitting the bullseye in extremis, using their infectious songcraft and rough-hewn charm on this collection of skewed and anthemic ditties to deliver a cocktail of equal parts mischief and malice, pop melody and DIY punk. Wry lyrical insights, incisive guitar hooks and omnipresent joie-de-vivre coalesce to provide further evidence that this Brooklyn outfit - beyond being a Pavement for millennials - are currently about as close as one can get to a new generation of indie-rock royalty.
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Cat: LAUNCH 098LPCOL. Rel: 10 Oct 16
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Djorolen/Union Of Sun & Moon (4:08)
  2. I Sing In Silence (4:10)
  3. Temple Rhythms (4:16)
  4. Alarms (2:57)
  5. Trouble In The Streets (4:21)
  6. Psychedelic Lover (3:57)
  7. Goatband (7:44)
  8. Try My Robe (3:17)
  9. It's Not Me (3:20)
  10. All-Seeing Eye (2:41)
  11. Goatfuzz (6:54)
  12. Goodbye (7:37)
  13. Ubuntu (7:17)
Review: The mysterious Gothenburg based collective have apparently styled this as their 'folk' album yet this is less than half the story - indeed, 'Requiem' stands as an adventurous travail through styles and headspaces, moving from the vibrant psychedelic jams of their earlier work to ritualistic acoustic interludes, and with hi-life wave-ups rubbing shoulders with grage rock grit. Their ceremonial splendour is only enhanced by this all-encompassing outlook, with the more understated moments effortlessly hitting the same revelatory dimensions as the third-eye-cleansing moments of drama. And any band who can manage to make the panpipes sound thrilling and vibrant as an ingredient in their mystical brew would appear to have strange magick indeed on their side.
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10
Cat: TSR 005. Rel: 29 Feb 16
Progressive Rock
  1. Synthezoid Heartbreak (4:12)
  2. Distant Visions (5:02)
 in stock $6.77
11
Cat: 600753 655191. Rel: 01 Feb 16
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. Myrrhman (5:12)
  2. Ascension Day (6:02)
  3. After The Flood (9:38)
  4. Taphead (7:29)
  5. New Grass (9:39)
  6. Runeii (4:52)
 in stock $18.50
12
David HOLMES/VARIOUS
Cat: ALNLP 45. Rel: 24 Oct 16
Indie
  1. Barry Woolnough - "Great Father Spirit In The Sky" (mix 1 - Gods Waiting Room part 1) (4:31)
  2. David Holmes & Steve Jones - "The Reiki Healer From County Down" (exclusive track) (3:50)
  3. The Children Of Sunshine - "It's A Long Way To Heaven" (2:00)
  4. Spark Sparkle - "Slythtovery" (exclusive track) (2:43)
  5. Alain Maclean - "Talking Judgement Day Blues" (2:55)
  6. David Crosby - "Orleans" (1:35)
  7. Buddy Holly - "Love Is Strange" (3:12)
  8. After Dinner - "Paradise Of Replica " (Gods Waiting Room part 2) (2:47)
  9. Lullaby Movement - "Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby)" (3:49)
  10. Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia - "It's In Every One Of Us" (exclusive track) (6:26)
  11. Song Sung - "I'm Not In Love" (6:22)
  12. Neo Maya - "I Won't Hurt You" (Gods Waiting Room part 3) (2:20)
  13. BP Fallon & David Holmes - "Henry McCullough" (exclusive track) (4:55)
  14. Documenta - "Love As A Ghost " (5:25)
  15. Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar & Computer" (part 1) (2:41)
  16. Eat Lights Become Lights - "Into Forever" (Gods Waiting Room part 4) (5:25)
  17. Geese - "Andrew Parsnip" (exclusive track) (3:54)
  18. Die Hexen - "Gloomy Sunday" (exclusive track) (3:11)
  19. David Holmes & Jon Hopkins - "Elsewhere Anchises " (feat Stephen Rea - exclusive track) (4:53)
Review: Treading an eclectic path through a twenty year career that's taken in everything from Detroit techno to vintage French ye-ye, from breakbeat-driven floor-fillers to krautrock epiphanies, David Holmes has made his name predominantly as an exemplary crate-digger and aesthete, whether soundtracking Steven Soderbergh movies or dishing our albums of his own. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this compilation - marking something of a personal journey for Holmes - is reflective of his status as an exemplary man of taste. Whether dispensing classics by the likes of David Crosby or Buddy Holly, unreleased original solo material or killer obscurities from everyone from modular synthesis cultist Keith Fullerton Whitman to Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges, this stylish nocturnal travelogue puts the listener resolutely in safe hands.
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VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 350CLP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. The Quests - "Hava Nagila" (2:51)
  2. The Tijuana Brats - "Karate Chop" (2:29)
  3. Rainbow Family - "Travellin' Lady" (2:51)
  4. The CT Four Plus - "Exodus II" (2:52)
  5. 49th Blue Streak - "Foxy Lady" (3:02)
  6. Bana Pop Band - "Jet Pop" (4:33)
  7. Koncz Zsuzsa - "Visz A Vonat" (3:19)
  8. La Logia Sarabanda - "Todos O Ninguno" (3:55)
  9. Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar - "Louis, Louis" (3:18)
  10. Flamengo - "Tyden V Elektrickem Meste" (4:06)
  11. Sergio Ferraresi - "Time Of Machines" (2:14)
  12. Krzysztof Klenczon - "Nie Przejdziemy Do Historii" (3:18)
  13. Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin - "The Shaman's Dance" (2:45)
  14. Pro Arte - "Stari Dvorac" (2:53)
Review: Perhaps a lurch into the direction of head-spinning psychedelic guitar-driven groove wasn't where fans of DJ Format expected him to go next, but this compilation is proof positive that this man will doggedly pursue the funkiest of sound to the ends of the earth and the very edge of sanity. Collecting together gems from all over the globe, including such far-flung quarters as Uruguay and Yugoslavia, he creates a dizzying and ecstatically fuzzed-out melange that has no problem with jumping off the audial deep end in the pursuit of oblivion and ecstasy. Both a heady triumph and a cleansing experience for the third eye.
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14
Cat: PHLP 07. Rel: 04 Jul 16
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Delicious Light (5:10)
  2. Iron Age (3:49)
  3. Creation (3:46)
  4. Door To Tomorrow (3:36)
  5. Diagram Girl (2:55)
  6. Black Crow (3:42)
  7. Tomorrow, Forever (6:52)
  8. The Soft Bounce (5:15)
  9. Finally First (4:31)
  10. Triumph (1:17)
  11. Third Mynd (3:19)
Review: Pioneering and mercurial DJ Erol Alkan and former Grid man Richard Norris have been spinning discs together for well over a decade, and remixing other outfits for almost as long, after bonding on a love of '60s psychedelia and classic acid house - yet this marks their bona fide debut as recording artists, and it's a glorious collision of both these passions - fuelled by crate-digging acumen and exemplary taste, and reflective of a magpie spirit that renders these third-eye-massaging gems more than mere psychedelic pastiche, rather a bold and joyful reinvention of lysergic glories of yore for a new aeon.
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out of stock $12.23
15
Cat: JAG 300LP. Rel: 03 Oct 16
Indie
  1. 22 (Over Soon) (2:48)
  2. 10 Death/Breast (2:23)
  3. 715 Creeks (2:11)
  4. 33 GOD (3:29)
  5. 29 #Strafford Apts (4:06)
  6. 666 (Upsidedowncross) (4:16)
  7. 21 Moon Water (3:02)
  8. 8 (Circle) (5:10)
  9. 45 (2:39)
  10. 1000000 Million (3:57)
Review: The evolution of Justin Vernon from the broken-hearted, falsetto-voiced troubadour who emerged from his cabin to deliver his debut eight years ago to the here and now may seem downright implausible, yet the facts of the matter are this - '22, A Million' is proof positive that he is one of the most multi-faceted and enigmatic and inscrutable artists we have at our disposal, still capable of delivering heart-rending beauty in song form yet also of marrying it to wilful abstraction in a way that not only offers emotional resonance yet reflects and refracts its surrounding era to offer succour and salvation. Sing it from the rooftops, this is little short of a complicated modern masterpiece.
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16
Cat: JAG 284LPC1. Rel: 05 Sep 16
Indie
  1. Intern (2:46)
  2. Never Be Mine (3:40)
  3. Shut Up Kiss Me (3:23)
  4. Give It Up (2:56)
  5. Not Gonna Kill You (4:57)
  6. Heart Shaped Face (5:33)
  7. Sister (7:43)
  8. Those Were The Days (4:16)
  9. Woman (7:34)
  10. Pops (4:31)
out of stock $19.28
17
  1. Homesick (3:09)
  2. Misread (3:05)
  3. Cayman Islands (2:59)
  4. Stay Out Of Trouble (4:56)
  5. Know-How (3:53)
  6. Love Is No Big Truth (3:50)
  7. I'd Rather Dance With You (3:25)
  8. Sorry Or Please (3:44)
  9. Live Long (2:53)
  10. Surprise Ice (4:20)
  11. Gold In The Air Of Summer (3:29)
  12. The Build-Up (4:12)
out of stock $23.96
18
Cat: CF 080. Rel: 08 Aug 16
Indie
  1. Dead Man's Gun (3:28)
  2. Ticklish Warrior (3:07)
  3. Jammed Entrance (5:23)
  4. Plastic Plant (5:40)
  5. Gelatinous Cube (3:27)
  6. Unwrap The Fiend (part 2) (4:26)
  7. Crawl Out From The Fall Out (7:48)
  8. The Axis (6:14)
Review: John Dwyer is rapidly approaching the level of modern-day icon, after years of hammering out the jams in insalubrious basements with the likes of Coachwhips, The Hospitals, Yikes and around 467 other bands. Thee Oh Sees may remain his most accessible outfit to date, but on the evidence of 'A Weird Exits', there's no danger of him diluting his garage-fuelled attack any time soon - indeed, herein he can be found extrapolating the band's trademark fury via trips to the stratosphere awash with psychedelic abandon and krautrock radiance. All told, another triumph for a modern day master in the Spinal Tap-approved fine line between clever and stupid.
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19
Cat: MOVLP 1607. Rel: 25 Apr 16
Indie
  1. Circuitry Of The Wolf (2:45)
  2. Chinaberry Tree (3:28)
  3. Why Are You Looking Grave? (3:55)
  4. Fox Cub (1:16)
  5. Apocalypso (4:47)
  6. Special (3:13)
  7. The Zookeeper's Boy (4:43)
  8. A Dark Design (4:13)
  9. Saviours Of Jazz Ballet (Fear Me, December) (3:04)
  10. An Envoy To The Open Fields (3:18)
  11. Small Ambulance (1:06)
  12. The Seething Rain Weeps For You (Uda Pruda) (4:15)
  13. White Lips Kissed (6:46)
  14. Louise Louisa (7:15)
 in stock $21.10
20
  1. Garden Of Love (single version) (4:03)
  2. Garden Of Love (Andrew Weatherall remix - Lundi Mouille mix) (4:07)
  3. Garden Of Love (Andrew Weatherall remix - Mardi Mouille mix) (6:43)
out of stock $5.99
21
Cat: 602557 156379. Rel: 21 Nov 16
Metal
  1. Hardwired (3:08)
  2. Atlas, Rise! (6:27)
  3. Now That We're Dead (6:58)
  4. Moth Into Flame (5:51)
  5. Dream No More (6:30)
  6. Halo On Fire (8:16)
  7. Confusion (6:40)
  8. ManUnkind (6:28)
  9. Here Comes Revenge (6:54)
  10. Am I Savage? (7:17)
  11. Murder One (5:46)
  12. Spit Out The Bone (7:08)
out of stock $25.53
22
Cat: ES 003. Rel: 19 Sep 16
Indie
  1. Maria Kozic & The MK Sound - "Trust Me" (4:29)
  2. Whadya Want? - "Open Spaces" (3:53)
  3. Poets Of The Machine - "Arabs" (5:39)
  4. The Couch - "Full Treatment" (2:42)
  5. Sedation - "Sedation" (3:00)
  6. Igniters - "Hakka Suru" (3:29)
  7. Mumbo Jumbo - "Wind It Up" (4:33)
  8. Mix - "Do You Do It?" (3:46)
  9. Cameron Allen & Graham Bidstrup - "Bikini Atoll" (3:40)
  10. Foot & Mouth - "I Want My Mummy" (4:15)
Review: An intriguing confection put together by two Antipodean crate-diggers with an ear for the eccentricities and heroic creative travails of a generation of yore, 'Midnight Spares' chronicles a predominantly '80s era in which bedroom musicians took a post-punk DIY sensibility to create work that still rings out with originality and ingenuity decades on. Collected from manifold unusual sources, this compendium takes in early synth-pop, menacing lo-fi soundtrack work, a stray emigre member of The Flying Pickets, and even an early foray into recording from the members of legendary Ozpunk scamps God. Lurking somewhere between the spirit of John Peel and the world of outsider art, the resulting assemblage is a must-have for chroniclers of the weird and wonderful.
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23
Cat: STAUB 141LP. Rel: 13 Jun 16
Indie
  1. Vivien Goldman - "Launderette" (3:48)
  2. Vivien Goldman - "Private Armies" (6:16)
  3. Vivien Goldman - "P. A. Dub" (4:36)
  4. The Flying Lizards - "Her Story" (4:38)
  5. The Flying Lizards - "The Window" (5:08)
  6. Chantage - "It's Only Money" (5:51)
  7. Chantage - "Same Thing Twice" (3:40)
  8. Chantage - "Tu M'fais Rire" (1:21)
Review: An inspirational polymath in the late-'70s Labroke Grove scene, Vivien Goldman may have largely made her name writing for NME on the fertile common ground between punk rock and reggae, yet she took the same boundary-breaking sensibilities and used them to create a dizzying selection of music, collected on this vibrant and compelling compilation. Working with The Flying Lizards, Adrian Sherwood and a wide selection of other luminaries from PiL to Asward, she created forward-thinking rhythmically diverse work whose sense of new horizons and creative possibilities remains potent enough to give this dub-tinged collection an enduring appeal and incendiary spirit.
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out of stock $21.36
24
Cat: WOUTC 005V. Rel: 25 Jan 16
Indie
  1. Whitest Boy On The Beach (4:54)
  2. Satisfied (3:39)
  3. Love Is The Crack (4:18)
  4. Duce (6:41)
  5. Lebensraum (2:47)
  6. Hits Hits Hits (3:39)
  7. Tinfoil Deathstar (3:59)
  8. When Shipman Decides (3:37)
  9. We Must Learn To Rise (7:11)
  10. Goodbye Goebbels (5:30)
out of stock $18.50
25
Cat: RTRADST 830. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Indie
  1. TCR (4:15)
  2. I Can Tell (3:48)
  3. Britain Thirst (3:24)
  4. Dad's Corner (2:41)
  5. You're A Nottshead (3:31)
 in stock $8.33
26
Cat: 889853 62641. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Rock
  1. Waste A Moment (3:02)
  2. Reverend (3:54)
  3. Around The World (3:37)
  4. Find Me (4:02)
  5. Over (6:11)
  6. Muchacho (3:11)
  7. Conversation Piece (4:58)
  8. Eyes On You (4:41)
  9. Wild (3:39)
  10. Walls (5:27)
 in stock $17.20
27
Cat: 506042 1564944. Rel: 04 Jul 16
Indie
  1. Back Together (3:40)
  2. Miami Logic (3:21)
  3. Old Skool (5:13)
  4. 16 Beat (3:15)
  5. Hang Me Out To Dry (with Robyn) (3:46)
  6. Mick Slow (5:03)
  7. My House (3:13)
  8. Night Owl (4:17)
  9. Love's Not An Obstacle (3:15)
  10. Summer Jam (3:43)
  11. Back Together
  12. Miami Logic
  13. Old Skool
  14. 16 Beat
  15. Hang Me Out To Dry (with Robyn)
  16. Mick Slow
  17. My House
  18. Night Owl
  19. Love's Not An Obstacle
  20. Summer Jam
Review: Joseph Mount has set himself up as quite the pop auteur in the decade since Metronomy first arrived on the scene in the mid-to-late noughties, honing his wistful yet uplifting metier to craft a uniquely homegrown and bittersweet sound that resonates ffrom the Totnes of his origin around the globe. 'Summer 08' is the first record he's made entirely by himself since 'Nights Out' eight years ago, and the freewheeling charm, inventive panache and ear for an addictive hook have not deserted him - this fifth album is an offbeat masterclass in twenty-first century pop from a quiet yet formidable maverick.
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 in stock $16.66
28
Cat: OLE 10910. Rel: 18 Jul 16
Indie
  1. Fill In The Blank (3:56)
  2. Vincent (7:46)
  3. Destroyed By Hippie Powers (5:04)
  4. (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't A Problem) (5:35)
  5. Not What I Needed (4:32)
  6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (6:10)
  7. 1937 State Park (4:00)
  8. Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An) (5:16)
  9. Cosmic Hero (8:31)
  10. The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia (11:34)
  11. Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra) (5:58)
  12. Joe Goes To School (1:11)
Review: Will Toledo has quickly made his presence felt as a witty, playful yet poignant chronicler of the disenfranchised, and this first full-lengther for Matador - following the earlier re-released 'Teens Of Style' - displays a rare ability to combine indelible songwriting chops with ornery attitude and a pleasing sense of the ridiculousness of one's youth. This is a fitting label for him to be on, given the influence that the gentle melancholia of Yo La Tengo and the salty guitar-rock sarcasm of Pavement have clearly had on this oeuvre, yet 'Teens Of Denial' remains evidence of a brand new and engaging talent in full flight.
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Cat: SYL 002X. Rel: 20 Jun 16
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Jaffa Beach (3:14)
  2. She's A Revolution (feat Adam Scheflan & Karolina) (3:49)
  3. Shine Again (feat Adam Scheflan) (4:26)
  4. Zeelim (2:47)
  5. Stranger On The Follow (feat Adam Scheflan) (5:10)
  6. Dangerous (feat Adam Scheflan) (3:56)
  7. I Think I Am (feat Karolina) (5:02)
  8. 6AM (5:32)
Review: Ophir Kutiel aka Kutiman is one of those multi-talented artists who can switch from keyboarding to video editing with the flick of a switch and, over the years, this talented Israeli has retained a string foothold on the so-called nu-jazz scene. But, this new album 6am is much more than jazz and it pushes the boundaries of the genre way, way out into the ether. The opener "Jaffa Beach", for instance, is a wayward psych scorcher with a wonderfully driving groove, and others like "Zeelim" bring out a vivid Eastern chime to make this into a truly stunning listening experience throughout. There are also deeper, more soulful moments on the likes of "Stranger Of The Follow", with Adam Scheflan giving the song a moody, spiritual 70s vibe without the usual stereotypes, and the stunning journey into the unknown by the name of "Dangerous". A highly recommended affair...
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Cat: SV 109. Rel: 27 Jun 16
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Ghost Rider (2:30)
  2. Rocket USA (4:14)
  3. Cheree (3:41)
  4. Johnny (2:08)
  5. Girl (4:04)
  6. Frankie Teardrop (10:19)
  7. Che (4:51)
Review: Alan Vega and Martin Rev's Suicide project is no sideshow; the band have been a monumental part of the punk rock movement since the late 1970's, and they were coldwave before the term had even been coined. These dudes were kickin' back and gigging with Elvis Costello when they conceived Suicide, both their name and the title of their debut album, a total stroke of genius in just about every way. There's fuzzy, metallic drum machining on tracks like "Ghost Rider" and "Rocket USA" - proper warehouse gear - but the most striking moments come through the softer, more pensive songs like the absolutely sublime "Cheree". "Girl" is another jaw-braking ride across the grainiest of beats, but it's "Frankie Teardrop" that puts Suicide twenty years ahead of their time thanks to its rhythmic noise vibe that makes contemporary artists seem irrelevant. We can't recommend this enough - a total must.
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