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Mark Mulholland

Revolutions Go in Circles
Accomplished third solo album from in-demand session player, engineer and producer Mark Mulholland

Blue Orchids

Angus Tempus Memoir
Latest album ffrom The Blue Orchids, the durable band of Fall co-founder Martin Bramhah, which proves to be an acquired taste but which grows with each ;listening.


Un-Scene! Post-Punk Birmingham 1978-1982
Extensive and well-presented compilation of Birmingham indie and post-punk bands between 1978 and 1982

Low Drift

The Low Drift
Pastoral yet potent folk rock on extraordinary debut album from Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire trio The Low Drift

Blues Against Youth

As the Tide Gets High and Low
Authentic and integral blues on sixth album from Italian one-man project The Blues Against Youth

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan
Exquisite and astonishing eponymous second album from Wirral-based singer-songwriter Mike Ryan

Henry Parker

Lammas Fair
Extraordinary second album from alternative/psych folk artist Henry Parker which while at one level influenced by the past also looks to the future


Old Sounds of Modern Music
Astonishing and timeless fifth album from Barcelona-based group Stay which inhabits its own universe

Ian M Bailey

Songs To Dream Along To
EXceptional new album from singer-songwriter Ian M Bailey, which co-written with Sosmic Rough Riders' Daniel Wylie, points to better times

Dan Haywood

Country Dustbin
Remarkable 'Ulysses'-influenced stream of consciousness poem set to music from Merseyside-based singer-songwriter Dan Haywood.

Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets

Under the Neon Heat
Versatile album from Californiian elder statesmen Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets who maintain a punk attitude

Sean Chambers

That’s What I’m Talking About: Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
Excellent covers album in which blues artist Sean Chambers pays tribute to his former mentor, legendary ex Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin,


Party for Joey: A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato
Fantastic covers project and charity compilation album for NRBQ bassist and songwriter Joey Spampinato, who is undergoing long-term treatment for cancer

Ted Barnes

17 Postcards
Cinematic and richly rewarding solo album from Beth Orton guitarist and composer Ted Barnes


Judge a Man By the Company He Keeps
Confident Elvis Costello-influenced indie rock on latest album from Scottish band The Eisenhowers


Falling That You Know
Mellow West Coast pop on enjoyable debut EP from JIM, the new project of Crazy P's Jim Baron


Songs of Love and Revolution
Haunting and also surprisingly accessible twelfth album from London-based veteran noise/experimental rockers the Telescopes

Lost Doves

Set Your Sights Towards the Sun
Evocative and beautiful debut album from folk rock duo the Lost Doves, which provides a welcome antidote to these dark times.

Michael J Sheehy

Distance is the Soul of Gravity
Sublime and understated but also emotionally rich first album in ten years from Michael J Sheehy

John Jenkins

Growing Old - Songs From My Front Porch
Intimate and emotional album from Merseyside songwriter John Jenkins that reflects on the challenges we all face in growing older


From A View
Promising and exciting debut album from 80's-influenced Melbourne indie guitar band Floodlights

Richard Davies and the Dissidents

Human Traffic
Enjoyable classic and punk rock-influenced debut solo album from former Tiny Monroe and the Snakes guitarist Richard Davies and his new band the Dissidents

Robb Johnson and the Irregulars

Essential album from Robb Johnson and the Irregulars which captures the politics of current times astutely

Joss Cope

Indefinite Particles
Compelling post-punk psychedelia from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and Julian's brother, Joss Cope

Kacy and Clayton

Carrying On
Fine, potentially breakthrough album from young Saskatchewan country duo Kacy and Clayton


Going Through the Motions
Insightful retrospective of studio recordings and live performances from short-lived 70's Birmingham punk band the Prefects

Thom Morecroft

The Feng Shui and the Sushi
Masterful and evocative debut album from rising Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft

Tim Holehouse

Confessional and brilliantly produced latest album from Deep South bluesman and songwriter Tim Holehouse

Mining Co

Melancholic but compelling Americana on third album from the Mining Co., the project of singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher

Tenement and Temple

Tenement and Temple
Evocative debut album from Tenement and Temple, the new band of Thrum's Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie

Neighbourhood Strange

Russian Spy EP
Fantastic combination of punk, psychedelia ans surfer rock influences on latest vinyl/CD release from Stonehenge-based band the Neighbourhood Strange

Anthony Reynolds

A Painter's Life
Masterful new studio album from ex-Jack frontman, music biographer and cult solo artist Anthony Reynolds

Blue Orchids

The Magical Record of Blue Orchids
Extraordinary covers album of previously undiscovered psych garage gems from acclaimed cult group Blue Orchids

Delicate Steve

Till I Burn Up
Challenging but riveting insturmental psychedelic rock on fifth album from New Jersey-based guitarist Delicate Steve

Only Child

Emotional Geography
Passionate third album from Only Child, the project of Liverpudlian musician Alan O’Hare, which pays tribute to his own roots

Rafa Russo

This Strange Place
Reflective and atmospheric album from London-based m singer-songwriter Rafa Russo who is also an award-winning screenplay writer

Black Bombers

Vol 4
Raucous and explosive rock and roll on mini-album from Birmingham-based trio Black Bombers

Ponderosa Aces

No Particular Way
Authentic and worthy country and western on second album from Californian act the Ponderosa Aces

Mike Krol

Power Chords
Exhilarating indie guitar rock on fourth album from New York-based singer-songwriter Mike Krol

Deep Cut

Different Planet
Excellent and long-awaited third album from Deep Cut, the project of Revolver and death in Vegas' Mat Flint, which combines a shoegazing sound with a variety of contemporary influences

Robb Johnson

Ordinary Giants: A Life And Times 1918-2018
Remarkable three CD album from British singer-songwriter Robb Johnson, which based on the life of his father Ron, acts as a social and political history of the twentieth century

B.R. Lively

Into the Blue
Evocative and poignant latest album from acclaimed American indie folk singer-songwriter BR Lively

Basement Revolver

Heavy Eyes
Familiar but rich alternative rock on fine debut album from rising Canadian outfit Basement Revolver

Glen Matlock

Good to Go
Solid rock and roll-influenced latest solo album from former Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock

Nick Ellis

Speakers' Corner
Politically and socially conscious latest album from Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Nick Ellis that gives voice to twelve individual characters

Walk Upright

Walk Upright
Exuberant and classic 70's punk -influenced debut album from London-based guitar band Walk Upright

Aaron Clift Experiment

If All Goes Wrong
Promising but undemanding prog rock from Texan band the Aaron Clift Experience which over-relies on its influences

Horse Feathers

Fantastic sixth and potential breakthrough album for indie folk/country act Horse Feathers

Richard James Simpson

Sweet Birds of Youth
Promising but sometimes unfocused alternative rock on debut album from American musician Richard James Simpson

Nick Garrie

The Moon And The Village
Evocative and beautiful new album from long lost singer-songwriter and folk artist Nick Garrie

Luke Daniels

Singing Ways To Feel More Junior
Intimate but diverse latest album from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and musician Luke Daniels

Ivan The Tolerable

Morning Tea Migraine
Eccentric and challenging but brilliant new album from Ivan The Tolerable, the project of Teeside alternative musician Oli Heffernan

Nick Ellis

Adult Fiction
Minimal but haunting and enthralling latest album from Liverpool-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Ellis

New Faith

Me On You
Epic and ambitious but sometimes overwhelming debut album from highly Brighton-based indie group the New Faith

El Goodo

By Order of the Moose
Superbly-produced and versatile first album in eight years from psychedelic-tinged South Welsh band El Goodo

Everyday Sinners

Riotous but thought-provoking protest album from alternative rock outfit the Everyday Sinners

Mise en Scene

Still Life on Fire
Energetic second album from potentially promising Winnipeg-based art rockers Mise en Scene

Kamikaze Girls

Enthralling debut album from existential and angst-torn Leeds-based duo, the Kamikaze Girls


Empty Orchestra
Fabulous combination of death metal and shoegaze which speaks for the times on debut album from west Yorkshire band Adore//Repel

Those Unfortunates

Nothing Isn't Beautiful
Wistful and lyrical debut album from melancholic London-based art rock act Those Unfortunates

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