On this page you’ll find a semi-regular update on some of the albums we’ve got on regular rotation in store! If you like the sound of something and would like us to reserve you a copy, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and tell us if you want a CD or LP. We’ll get back to you with availability very quickly!
Angelo De Augustine – Tomb. Red LP, Yellow LP or CD Californian singer-songwriter Angelo De Augustine shares a lot of ground with one of the most revered of his contemporaries and Asthmatic Kitty label-mate Sufjan Stevens. On his new album ‘Tomb’ it would seem the pair may be involved in some kind of alt-reality rap battle where they’re locked in a game of one-downsmanship, the gossamer light melancholia and broken hearted beauty on this album is a thing of delicate beauty.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri. CD or LP Bassekou Kouyate is back with something of a return to his acoustic roots on new album ‘Miri’ (which translates as ‘dream’ or ‘contemplation’ in English). The ngoni’s insistent rhythms are overlaid with additional percussion and expressive but never overbearing vocal arrangements; in fact the gorgeous balance between sound and space creates a wonderfully easeful tone that belies the lamentation in Kouyate’s lyrics, addressing as they do the political situation in his homeland.
Beirut – Gallipoli. Limited green LP, LP or CD Zach Condon’s Beirut project has been delighting listeners for over 10 years now and new album ‘Gallipoli’ is another winning chapter in his ever evolving journey through sound. With something of a looser feel than recent releases this is an album that reveals itself subtly, over repeat listens, the Farsifa infused romanticism resplendent throughout.
Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared. Limited grey LP or CD The new album from Atlanta alt-rock institution Deerhunter sees Bradford Cox and co in surprisingly approachable form. ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared’ is an album of retro-tinged hazy psychedelia, bright-eyed and direct with elements of chamber-pop and Nuggets era freedom of experimentation. A kaleidoscopic trip of a record that should see the group reach a whole new audience.
James Blake – Assume Form. CD (LP to follow soon) Back with album number 4, ‘Assume Form’ sees Blake open up the sound pallette and bring in a wider range of voices in the form of Travis Scott, Moses Sumney, Andre 3000 and a scene-stealing turn from Flamenco-pop star Rosalita (check out her new album!). Quite possibly his finest album yet.
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow. Limited pink LP or CD Sharon Van Etten returns with her brand new record ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ and we can see this being an album we revisit again and again throughout the year. After a break from music in which the New Jersey resident became a mother, an actor and studied to be a therapist, this new set of songs sees quite a shake up to her sound while maintaining the emotional power that won her so many fans.
Steve Mason – About The Light. LP, Limited silver LP or CDThe one-time Beta Bander Steve Mason has released quite possibly the warmest and most positive album of his career to date. ‘About The Light’ is awash with brass, gospel vocals and a definite sense that Mason is reaching for some kind of pop gold. Along with producer Stephen Street and his long-established backing band he has created a sound layering hooks upon hooks in increasingly pleasing ways.
YAK – The Pursuit of Momentary Happiness. Limited Beige LP, LP or CD ‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’ is a triumph wrought from chaos, taking the flailing guitar maelstrom of their debut and adding explosions of monumental brass (as-well as the occasional pause for breath), with wild-eyed frontman Oli Burslem seemingly embodying both a strutting rock god and fire & brimstone Preacher-man over the course of the record.
Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs. Limited Clear LP, LP or CD The third album from California’s Jessica Pratt is an otherworldy, spindly collection of gorgeous alt-folk which showcases her uniquely elfen vocals. ‘Quiet Signs’ is a fitting title for a collection which barely raises above a whisper while drawing the listener ever closer into her hazy dream-world. Utterly enchanting stuff.
Mercury Rev – Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited. CD or LP The latest album from Mercury Rev sees the Buffalo, New York outfit team up with a host of female singers from around the world to recreate ‘Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete’. The singers they’ve recruited include many store favourites such as Hope Sandoval, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Phoebe Bridgers, Margo Price and more with each artist’s own personality shining through, yet the whole project hangs together beautifully.
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (CD or LP)The first of two records that will make up ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ (part two is slated to arrive at the end of the summer). From dance-punk with an LCD Soundsystem tinge to thumping dancefloor pop bangers, via ‘sounds like this song could smash into shards’ brittle 80s-style synths and percussion, ‘ENSWBL Part One’ sounds like a party being thrown at the end of the world, at which euphoria and despair are not deemed mutually exclusive!
Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness. CD, LP, Limited Orange LP There should never have been any doubt that an absolute legend like Chaka Khan would bring anything less than pure fire with new album ‘Hello Happiness’, but it’s still a giddy thrill to hear the ultimate diva in full-on turbo-sass mode! This is a deliriously funky yet perfectly succinct set of disco and funk gems.
Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin follows up the slow-burn stunner of her debut and last year’s carefree side project Phantastic Ferniture with another heart wrenching collection of songs entitled ‘Crushing’. Jacklin’s talent for turning the deeply personal and emotionally vulnerable into something universally uplifting and defiant is in evidence throughout this album.
Derbyshire brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless, who make up the core of Drenge, return with 3rd album ‘Strange Creatures’. When the band contacted us about playing in store to promote this album we couldn’t quite imagine how their usual drums-n-riffs approach would work, yet the moody and brooding synth & bass reworks made perfect sense upon hearing this album.
The new collaborative project from Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst unites 2 generations of indie singer-songwriting stars under the name Better Oblivion Community Center for an effortlessly cool and charming debut. Infused throughout the record are moments of gentle self-deprecation and wit, which is no surprise given that both Oberst and Bridgers have a history of dropping disarmingly evocative lyrical couplets into their work, finding universal resonance in the everyday trials and tribulations of life!
Following on from the triumphant first outing as Du Blonde four years ago is searing new album ‘Lung Bread For Daddy’, a wonderful example of the age old concept of turning pain into beauty, or in this case, some blimmin’ excellent hooks and riffs – not to mention intelligent, incisive lyrics – that make you want to crank your speakers to the max and take absolutely no, erm, rubbish from anyone!
One of our current favourite mid afternoon pick-me-ups to whack on the shop stereo is Bonobo’s contribution to the new Fabric mix series ‘Fabric Presents’. The frankly unfairly talented producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ takes our ears on a 74 minute journey comprised of house, techno, electronica and breakbeat delights, deftly demonstrating his curation skills and great taste.