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Robert J. Hunter

Nothing But Rust
Energetic and infectious blues rock on fifth album from British blues guitarist Robert J Hunter

Wilko Johnson

I Keep It to Myself: The Best of Wilko Johnson
Fabulous double CD best of compilation from former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, which consists of songs from his catalogue which he re-recorded between 2008 and 2012


Some Say I So I Say Light
Uncategorisble, but excellent second album from Mercury Prize winner Ghostpoet, the nom de plume for British singer and producer Obaro Ejimiwe

Lloyd Cole and Hans-Joachim Roedilus

Selected Studies Vol. 1
Stunning ambience on electronic instrumental collaboration between English rock singer Lloyd Cole and Austrian composer Han-Joachim Roedilus

Group Rhoda

Out of Time, Out of Touch
Classy-sounding electronica on debut album from Group Rhoda, the project of San Francisco-based musician Mara Barenbaum

Janice Graham Band

Excellent latest single from uncompromising Manchester-based ska-influenced act, Janice Graham Band


The Art of the 12 Inch, Volume Two
Fresh-sounding second collection of remixes from the influential 80's label ZTT, which includes tracks from the Art of Noise, Paul McCartney, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and 808 State

Skint and Demoralised

This Sporting Life
Irreverent and politically conscious second album from Skint & Demoralised, the project of Wakefield-based poet Matt Abbott


Thirty One
Fantastic double CD charity compilation in aid of CALM, a Manchester-based suicide helpline of which late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson was a founder, and which includes tracks from Elbow, Durutti Column and Noel Gallagher as well as new band such as the Whips and No Ceremony

Red Inspectors

Are We the Red Inspectors? Are We?
Fine debut album from London-based band the Red Inspectors whose influences include 60's film soundtracks, funk, lounge and electronica

Kings of Leon

Talihina Sky - The Story of the Kings of Leon
Essential DVD documentary about stadium act Kings of Leon, which intersperses footage of a gathering of their Pentecostal family with that of their remarkable rise to supergroup status

Tom Moriarty

Fire in the Doll's House
Compelling debut album from thoughtful London-based singer-songwriter Tom Moriarty, who recorded this album after fifteen years working in the City

Rory Gallagher

Notes from San Francisco
Unreleased until now studio and live recordings from the late Rory Gallagher, which proves to be probably the best hidden secret in guitar led rock for decades

Txarly Brown

Banda Achilfunk-Gitano Real
Refreshing and vibrant collection overseen by DJ Txarly Brown of reworkings in Spanish of both well known and lesser known dance anthems, the third and final volume in Madrid-based label's Banda Achilfunk series

Jon Allen

Sweet Defeat
Sublime second album of acoustic Americana from acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jon Allen


I Held You Once
Pleasing latest EP from eclectic Oxford/London hybrid, the Epstein

Steve Cradock

Peace City West
Expertly-crafted 60's-influenced second solo album from Ocean Colour Scene guitarist and Paul Weller touring band member, Steve Cradock

Twisted Tongue

A Return to Space
Clever and innovative funk on second album from Twisted Tongue, the project of production duo Dave Jay and Mark Dalton, which seems destined to be one of the records of the forthcoming summer

The Milk

(All I Wanted) Was Danger
Immediately classic debut single from Essex-based Northern Soul group, The Milk

Alison Scott

Chinese Whispers
Unobtrusive, but warm third album from Minneapolis-based country-soul singer, Alison Scott

Beautiful Losers

Four Corners of a Tiny Planet
Superb Led Zeppelin-influenced debut album from San Francisco duo, the Beautiful Losers

Art Of Noise

Influence (Hits, Singles, Moments, Treasures…)
Excellent and beautifully packaged double CD with many unreleased tracks from seminal 1980's electronic group, the Art of Noise

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

The Very Best of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Enjoyable compilation from Leeds-based cult alternative band Red Lorry Yellow Lorry that is essential listening for Goths and other alternative music fans in particular

Suzanne Vega

Close-Up, Vol. 1-Love Songs
Fantastic stripped down collection of Suzanne Vega's classic love songs, the first of four themed albums of her music which will be released over the next two years


Eye On The Horizon
Fantastic and unique combination of guitar rock, ska and techno on sixth studio album from Dreadzone


Asseteria: Live from Uranus
Relentless-sounding and modern dance album mixed and compiled by New York-based DJ/producer Chriss Vargus

Jose James

Outstanding second album from soul jazz artist Jose Jones, which matches up to the excpections and promise set by 'The Dreamer', his much acclaimed first album


Mind Control Addicted
Excellent, but youth-oriented collection of dance mixes from acclaimed DJ duo Richie Santana and Peter Bailey


Memoirs at the End of the World
Fantastic and heavyweight 60's film score-influenced second album from San Francisco indie pop act, the Postcards

Edward Williams

Life on Earth
Fascinating soundtrack album which makes available for the first time the music composed by Edward Williams for the 1979 famous groundbreaking BBC nature series

Brilliant Colors

Introducing Brilliant Colors
Short and fast, but excellent debut album from San Francisco indie punks Brilliant Colors, who recall classic female-led acts such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and Blondie


Turntable Technology
Excellent, autobiographical collection of soundtrack music from Pablo, the project of Glasgow-based electronic musician Michael Hunter

Brothers Movement

Brothers Movement
Strong debut album of Britpop-influenced rock from Irish band the Brothers Movement, who seem destined for higher things

Gabby Young and Other Animals

We're All in This Together
First-rate and unique-sounding debut album from London-based band, Gabby Young and Other Animals

Natural Self

My Heart Beats Like a Drum
Excellent funk rock on new album from Brighton-based musician/producer, Natural Self

Japanese Voyeurs

Sicking and Creaming
Aggressive-sounding grunge on new single from London-based five piece, Japanese Voyeurs

William Orbit

Atmospheric dance anthem on multi-mixed latest EP from Blur ad Madonna producer, William Orbit


Tru Thoughts 10th Anniversary
Excellent double CD retrospective released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of highly acclaimed jazz and soul label and club, Tru Thoughts

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