Vacationer Mindset The third full length solo album from Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line) with Vacationer. Chilled out and electronic based tunes. 1. Entrance 2. Magnetism 3. Euphoria 4. Being Here 5. Strawberry Blonde 6. Late Bloomer 7. Turning 8. Hallucinations 9. Romance 10. Blue Dreaming 11. Green 12. Companionship Downtown Pre-Order
Test Dept Disturbance In an ideal world, Disturbance, the new album from industrial pioneers Test Dept, would not exist. It wouldn’t need to. Britain would not stand divided by xenophobia. Working class communities would not be under siege. Capitalism would not have created a climate change crisis pushing the planet towards a dangerous brink. And the Thatcherite ideals that Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy spent Test Dept’s early years raging against would not be so terrifyingly back in political vogue. Back in 1981, Cunnington, Jamrozy and a revolving door of talented artists from disparate disciplines and backgrounds formed Test Dept, forging an incendiary new sound from a squat in New Cross that made them underground heroes, landing the group under surveillance by the British government. 37 years later, on Disturbance, that sound is as incendiary as ever. “It began with a project to do with our archive,” recalls Cunnington. It was the early 2010s and Test Dept had been dormant for years. The pair wanted to sort through Test Dept’s old recordings to “re-establish our history and get our music out there again” after record label red tape left many of their 14 albums out of print. When attention turned to the “next logical step of a new album”, an idea emerged – taking germs of ideas from old songs and turning them into new, sledgehammer- heavy sonic experiments full of powerful protest poetry. Politics had come full circle. It felt fitting to do the same with their music. The result is an album that at once peers into the past and roars into the future, across eight tracks that conjure the raw power of Test Dept in their original, 1980s incarnation while adding new elements. “We’re different people now – not spring chickens anymore,” laughs Jamrozy. “We’re still angry but it’s tempered by a slightly different wisdom. We tried to upgrade the sound, to soup things up further.” “Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer to shape it,” the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote. It’s a mantra that continues to drive Test Dept. who return to their past on this eviscerating new album in order to move into a bold new future. They hope Disturbance can soundtrack a society doing the same. One Little Indian CD | LP Pre-Order
Panda Bear Buoys Both LPs include a download code. The sixth full length solo album from Animal Collective co-founder, Panda Bear! Buoys is the first Panda Bear release since 2018';s vinyl-only EP A Day With the Homies, and the follow-up to 2015's kaleidoscopic full-length Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. 'The last three records felt like a chapter to me, and this feels like the beginning of something new' says Lennox whilst surveying how Buoys relates to the estimable Panda Bear catalogue. Indeed, the forthcoming Buoys is full of fresh ideas from one of modern music's most fascinating, innovative, and emotionally generous artists. Domino CD | LP Pre-Order
The Japanese House Good At Falling Hold tight for more details / colours on the LP pre-orders. The hugely anticipated debut full length album from the incredible The Japanese House, a swirling and intoxicating mix of ambient electro-pop / indie. Any fan of Bon Iver, Jaws, CHVRCHES or (the slower stuff from) The 1975 should give this a listen. “I’m more of a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer, but I’ve learnt how to become [a performer]... I’m glad I waited this long because I don’t think I’d have been able to make the same album two years ago. I think it’s important to not rush things and find exactly what kind of music you want to make.” Dirty Hit CD | LP Pre-Order
Zero 7 Aurora / Mono Zero 7 return with a sublime new 12” featuring two new tracks. On the A-side ‘Mono’ sees the debut collaboration between the band and new vocalist Hidden. On the B-side ‘Aurora’ sees the band team up with their long standing collaborator Jose Gonzalez. MAKE RECORDS 12" Pre-Order
Little Dragon Lover Chanting EP Little Dragon wanted to bring new music into the world that has an airy and fun lightness to it. “For all the lovers out there, chant along! Dance for peace and unity in this world of madness!” declare the band. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano adds that the EP is about, “The force of love. Not only between two people but the force of love in this universe as the ultimate ecstasy. Whether that is while you’re dancing at a disco forgetting where you are or just staring at the moon on a clear night, it can be anything. A swim in the ocean, a glance at a stranger--it’s a personal individual thing. Call it what you want but we have all felt it. So, embrace the great mystery of everything that your brain can’t grasp and lose track in the most beautiful sense.” Ninja Tune 12"
Chaouche Progression EP Singer/musician/producer Aisha Chaouche follows her debut album 'Safe' with ‘Progression’, set for release on limited edition coloured 10” vinyl through Late Night Tales’ artist label Night Time Stories on 2nd November 2018. Aisha’s striking vocals sit centre-stage among her production of manipulated piano, electronic beats, sub-bass, sound effects and cello. Developed from an initial musical concept; melodies, structures and sounds bloom, exchange and reprise roles across the tracks, the EP evolving into a suite of four parts - the vocal tracks (‘Progression’, ‘Resolution’) balanced by instrumentals (‘It Will Come In Time’, ‘Epilogue’). “The EP is about a natural progression, discovering courage and concurring fears. A small step in the right direction. A true understanding of my strengths and weaknesses that makes me feel much more emotionally balanced and focused.” - Aisha Chaouche. Signing to Night Time Stories on the strength of a Soundcloud demo, Chaouche's debut album ‘Safe’ was released in June 2018. The album chronicles events that occured in her formative years and the catharsis that occurred through her songwriting, the 12 tracks described as “heartbreaking and spine tingling hymns” (Wonderland Magazine), having “weightless, otherworldly qualities” (Uncut), “richly textured sonic grandeur” (Bristol Live Magazine) and “channeling the hymnal qualities of Cat’s Eyes, with the dense vocals of Medúlla-era Björk” (The Line Of Best Fit). Night Time Stories 12"
How To Dress Well The Anteroom The new full length album from How to Dress Well, following on from 2016's Care. Unique and emotive electronic songwriting. “I wrote the record after moving to Los Angeles, which is a crazy and maybe dreadful place, right after the 2016 election, with hell and death gaining ground all around us on every corner of the globe. The Anteroom is testament to a two year period in which I felt myself slipping out of the world and into a cosmic loneliness in which I would eventually be dissolved. In order to give myself a way back, I began to try to understand my station as some kind of anteroom – a space between – a chamber that separates the known and the unknown, stable life from total disintegration.” Teetering on treacherous precipices, living in an uncanny new place, Krell found his way back around to the sound and inspiration of his early work, and to his grandest statement yet – the culmination of a 10-year journey, and the dawn of a daring new one.” Domino Records CD | LP
Conner Youngblood Cheyenne LP is on 180g black vinyl and includes a download code. We have a limited amount of free 12" x 12" sized album artwork cards to give away free with the LP, no additional cost. The new full length album from multi-instrumentalist Conner Youngblood, mixing up ambient electronica with folk, highly melodic and dreamy landscapes set as the backdrop for his soothing lyrics. Fans of Bon Iver and S. Carey should love this. Though the 13 songs on ‘Cheyenne’ all have their own story, they each centre around a familiar theme. The record was written over a two year period, during which Youngblood travelled extensively. Lead track, ‘The Birds of Finland’, is a perfect example of these expeditions, touching on the tonality of these places scattered across the globe. “Travel might be a response to not feeling comfortable to stay in one place too long. I love meeting new people and seeing new terrains,” he explains. “With that being said, I do feel like the idea of a home is very important. Otherwise traveling ends up feeling more like drifting.” Counter Records CD | LP