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Flox


Square
Seventh album from Franco-British nu reggae exponent Flox is a soundtrack for Summer


Loop


Sonancy
First album in over thirty years from Loop combines the band’s riff-laden power and psychedelic production enhancement in classic fashion. ‘S


Family


A Song for Me
Expanded and excellent edition of the eclectic Leicester band Family's 1970 third album


Brandy Alexanders


The Brandy Alexanders
Claiming to be a heady brew of psych rock, Canadian band The Brandy Alexanders’ debut dilutes the idea and turns it into something more like pop.


Modern Stars


Psychindustrial
Second album from Italian band Modern Stars which at its best is intriguing mixture of Western drone rock with Indian sitar, dull at its worst.


Ty Segall


Harmonizer
Impressive and exciting mash-up of garage rock and electronica from prolific cult musician Ty Segall.


Various


Straight to the Head: Jogibs Records Presents Knockout Sounds
Mixed bag of styles and quality in this compilation of early reggae from Joe Gibbs, who became one of the music’s pre-eminent producers.


Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters


Destiny Waiving
Album of electronica-dominated instrumentals from former Engineers Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters is a sleek but disappointing construction.


Lou Barlow


Reason to Live
Fourth solo album from Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh member, folky and lo-fi in style, only partly justifies its existence.


Derev


Leap of Faith
Debut from Canadian progressive band with European and Middle Eastern roots Derev is both musicianly and heartfelt


Kevin Hewick


Never Give Up On a Song
Musically varied tenth album from Leicester singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick proves a strong collection concerned both with connection and its lack


Ja, Panik


Die Gruppe
Intriguing sixth album from Austrian rock band Ja, Panik after several years’ absence, which mixes musical approaches with German and English lyrics.


Black Pistol Fire


Look Alive
Canadian duo Black Pistol Fire offer impassioned and energetic rock with some subtle twists and turns


Gary Lucas


The Essential Gary Lucas
Wide-ranging retrospective on eclectic career of guitarist Gary Lucas reflects his roles as Gods and Monsters band leader and adventurous collaborator with such as Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart


James Williamson and Deniz Tek


Two to One
Stooges guitarist James Williamson and Radio Birdman frontman Deniz Tek team up to make solid rock


Izzy and the Black Trees


Trust No One
Varied and strong debut from Polish rock band Izzy and the Black Trees


Idles


Ultra Mono
Third incisive barrage from critically acclaimed Bristol band IDLES


Professor and the Madman


Séance
Fourth album from US/UK punk rock veterans draws on 1960’s and 70’s influences to create entertaining but ultimately lightweight album


Hermetic Delight


F.A. Cult
Debut album from French band Hermetic Delight who try to merge rock and pop, and at their best produce deep pleasure


Cosse


Nothing Belongs to Anything
Strong debut EP from French post-rock and noise purveyors Cosse


Ist Ist


Architecture
Strong debut album from post-punk Mancunians Ist Ist, who while they have Joy Division in their DNA reveal themselves to be no clones


Bobby Lees


Skin Suit
Lust for life garage rock with the engine running, on Jon Spencer-produced debut from New York’s The Bobby Lees.


SAVAK


Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth
Outstanding fourth album in five years from melodic Brooklyn indie supergroup SAVAK who have hardcore roots


Andrew Hawkey


Long Story Short
Veteran Cornish singer-songwriter Andrew Hawkey's reflections of where he’s been and where the world is going on his fourth album


Audra


Dear Tired Friends
Impressive fourth album from Arizona-based post-punk group Audra, their first in a decade


Richard James Simpson


Deep Dream



Richard James Simpson


Deep Dream
Second solo album from American musician Richard James Simpson who mixes soundscapes with energetic rock but rarely unites them


Filthy Friends


Emerald Valley
Passionate second album from Oregon-based Filthy Friends counts the cost of human and environmental exploitation


FTR


Manners
French rock band’ FTR’s second album mixes melody, noise and strong rhythms to sometimes formidable effect


Hedvig Mollestad Trio


Smells Funny
Norwegian group Hedvig Mollestad Trio skilfully blend jazz and rock in music that reaches the head before the heart


Coldharbourstores


Vesta
Third album from British dream-pop quartet Coldharbourstores has light and warmth but doesn’t fully catch fire


Matthew Sweet


Blue Sky on Mars/In Reverse
Reissued brace of underrated late 90's albums by American singer and guitarist Matthew Sweet offers both power and pop


Stuart Anthony and Larry Beckett


Love and Trial
Often moving collaboration in which Larry Beckett, famed co-writer of songs with Tim Buckley, recites both ancient and modern words while Stuart Anthony composes and sings them on this


Moon Relay


IMI
Second album of experimental rock from Norwaegian outfit Moon Relay is repetitive yet compelling


Art Theefe


Dig Deep
Disappointing debut album from Oxford-based trio Art Theefe mixes rock, country and folk with more art than heart


Grand Blue Heron


Come Again
Powerful and fiercely performed second album from energetic Belgian rockers Grand Blue Heron


Tekstu TV-666


Aidettu Tulevaisuus
Debut from Finnish six-piece rock band Teksti-TV 666 which is a more than promising start


Sharon Gal


The Garden of Earthly Delight
Prolific sound artist Sharon Gel's latest album which yields some strange but appealing fruit


Brackish


Firm but Fair
Third album from Bristol band the Brackish shows melodic sense and musicians who listen to each other


Scottish Enlightenment


Potato Flower
Thoughtful songs with tough heart on second album from Scottish post-rock band the Scottish Enlightenment


Laish


Time Elastic
Mildly impressive second album from Laish that in the end is too mild-mannered for its own good


Buffalo Tom


Quiet And Peace
Reflective ninth album from Boston alternative rock band Buffalo Tom which shows they can still rouse their original energy


Zombie Picnic


Rise of a New Ideology
Self-styled ‘post-rock progressive’ band from Ireland Zombie Picnic who offer echoes more than originality, although well-played


Cold Spells


The Cold Spells
Folk at heart but with psychedelic hints, the Cold Spells’ first album works a fitful magic.


Modulus III


Modulus III
Improvised music from post-jazz electronica Bristol trio Modulus III which makes little impression


Miniatures


Jessamines
Excellent new album from New Zealand duo Miniatures whose music creatively echoes the Cocteau Twins


Escape-ism


Introduction to Escape-ism
Latest guise of Nation of Ulysses veteran Ian Svenonius proves to be a stripped-down vehicle of rock and roll dissent


Beliefs


Habitat
Third album from Toronto duo Beliefs is an unsettling mixture of both rock and electronica


Autobahn


The Moral Crossing
Fine second album from Leeds post-punk band Autobahn which challenges and excites


Graham Reynolds


A Scanner Darkly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Graham Reynolds’ reissued soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s film proves both poignant and powerful


62 Miles From Space


Time Shifts EP
Moscow-based Internet collaborators 62 Miles From Space take off to discover a psychedelic past in the present


I Speak Machine


Zombies 1985
American music and film duo I Speak Machine’s journey back to the 1980s which proves more dead than alive


Jane Weaver


Modern Kosmology
British musician and singer Jane Weaver creates an ambitious tapestry of electro, pop, rock, folk and jazz on sixth album


Superglu


Welcome Home
Emerging Suffolk indie quartet Superglu rattle through rambunctious release


Green Seagull


Scarlet/They Just Don't Know
Enjoyable new single from London psych-pop band Green Seagull which alternately soothes and swings


Black Angels


Death Song
First album in four years from Texan psychedelians the Black Angels rages superbly against the dying of the light


Noveller


A Pink Sunset for No One
Imaginative new album from Noveller, the nom de plume for exploratory American guitarist Sarah Lipstate


Georges Kaplan Presents


Four Card Trick
Debut EP from London-based jazz duo Georges Kaplan Presents who conjure some dexterous musical magic


Brooders


Brooders
Debut mini-album from Leeds-based Brooders has its roots in 1990s rock but is infused with a fresh energy and passion


Khompa


The Shape of Drums to Come
Italian musician Davide Compagnoni’s first solo effort as Khompa proves to be a Big Beat fusion of punk and progressive







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