- Filed in Cargo Collective Download at 15.06pm on 27 August 14
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers Merge LP / CD
Hiss Golden Messenger’s highly anticipated Merge Records debut "Rarely does dark doubt sound quite so inviting." —Pitchfork
Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE Tough Love LP / CD
LOSE is the 3rd - and best - album from NYC-based 4-piece, Cymbals Eat Guitars. Recorded with John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), LOSE is the record they've always threatened to make, tracing a line through American alt.rock history & establishing a new standard for what indie rock records can be.
Further - Where Were You Then? Bad Paintings LP / CD
Further was an indie rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1991 whose members went on to form Beachwood Sparks & The Tyde.This record compiles the best of the singles & EP tracks from 1991 to 1997 all re-mastered from the original vinyl.
Flowers – Flowers Fortuna POP! LP / CD
Produced by Bernard Butler, Flower's debut album captures the intensity of being young across fourteen haunting, mesmerizing and intense pop songs, elevated by Rachel Kenedy’s extraordinary voice.
Big Boss Man - Last Man On Earth Blow Up LP / CD
A hip hybrid of Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Soul & Psych. Brand new sonic and rhythmic explorations from the UK's premier Beat quartet: "Double Groovy!" Craig Charles, BBC 6Music
Pere Ubu - Carnival Of Souls Fire Records LP / CD
The album is Pere Ubu's 18th album over a forty year career that has seen them break rules, confuse and continue to divide music critics globally.
Moon Relay - Moon Relay Fysisk Format LP / CD
Hypnotic, minimal rock performed by two guitars, two drum machines, percussion and bass. A focused, yet evocative album, that touches in on nowave, kraut and even surf-rock.
Goat - Commune Rocket LP / CD
Goat's highly anticipated follow-up to the voodoo-psych--groove smash of World Music is here... Join the Commune.
Teenage Guitar - More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush Fire Records 2CD
Robert Pollard, head lunatic of the Guided By Voices' asylum, has a surfeit of original thoughts. The album is a true delight, a timeless gem and cabinet of wonder.
Various - Hyperdub 10.3 Hyperdub
Spike – 100% Pure Frankie Miller Livewire CD
Spike's (The Quireboys) sparkling celebration of long-time pal and inspiration Frankie Miller is a very special album indeed - Feat. Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser (Free), Simon Kirke (Free & Bad Company), Ian Hunter & more.
Black Moth - Condemned To Hope New Heavy Sounds LP / CD
The long awaited second album by Black Moth surpasses their first. Blistering stoner rock with a dark vibe, metal edge, big riffs and great songs.
Niagara - Don’t Take It Personally Monotreme LP / CD
Second album from Torinese post-electronic duo whose off-kilter take on experimental pop incorporates elements of electronic, psychedelic, Eastern and dance music. RIYL: Notwist, Gonjasufi, Liars
Half Japanese – Overjoyed Joyful Noise LP / CD
Overjoyed", the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time. Overjoyed" was recorded and produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof
Aby Ngana Diop - “Liital” Awesome Tapes From Africa LP / CD
Intense, fiery vocals backed by frenetic percussion from Senegalese diva Aby Ngana Diop on her first and only 1994 release. Massively popular on Awesome Tapes From Africa blog.
Lowlakes - Iceberg Nerves Kunsthaus Records LP / CD
Lowlakes wrote and recorded their debut album Iceberg Nerves around its title track. The song embodies elements special to the band and is indicative of their sound as a whole with its sense of other-worldliness and space.
- Filed in Cargo Collective Download at 12.49pm on 30 July 14
Public Service Broadcasting - Inform – Educate – EntertainTest Card Recordings LP / CD
“They blend the voices of the past with the music of the present to astounding effect” The Independent / BBC6 Music: “Absolutely, sensationally brilliant” Top 10 Album of 2013 / "Adrenalised post-rock and electronics..gripping" 4* Mojo
The Dustaphonics - Big Smoke London Town Dirty Water Club LP / CD
A fresh and up-to-date take on classic hot rockin’ soul’n’r&b, with a gorgeous fiery-haired singer and equally on fire backing band.
MFC Chicken – Solid Gravy Dirty Water Club LP / CD
One of the hottest bands out there right now, setting clubs alight with their own red hot take on “the music the Sonics were listening to”.
Various - A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 1: 1940-1941 Rhythm and Blues 4CD Box
Black popular music didn’t get a proper name until after WW2. 1940-41 - the 1st volume in this series pinpoints records typical of the various strands of music which coalesced into R&B around 1947.
Various - A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 2: 1942-1944 Rhythm and Blues 4CD Box
Shellac was restricted after the US entered WWII, leading indirectly to the rise of the jukebox. This period also saw the introduction of the electric guitar into R&B.
The Durutti Column – Chronicle LX : XL Kookydisc 2CD Box
Limited edition to acknowledge the artists sixtieth year. Firstly commissioned in April 2011 is now a two disc set and expanded with bonus online content.
Rosco Aka Sterling Roswell - The Call Of The Cosmos Media Roscom LP / CD
Debut album from Spacemen 3’s Sterling Roswell. “Think Lee Hazelwood produced by Joe Meek, perfectly realised and revealing a commercial side to Roswell previously unheard viewed through the lens of Syd Barrett & Kevin Ayers - Mojo
The Clean – Anthology Merge Records 2CD / 4LP
The Clean’s Anthology is a compilation of songs from across the New Zealand band’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today.
Landlady - Upright Behavior Home Tapes LP / CD
Brooklyn's Landlady releases their Hometapes debut with "an intimate urgency that uncrosses arms and impels involvement, and their sound invokes the Band if they had Dirty Projectors' skewed sense of song structure." Pitchfork
Reigning Sound - Shattered Merge LP / CD
Mojo calls Reigning Sound’s principal songwriter Greg Cartwright “a virtuoso poet of car-crash, nicotine-stained heartbreak.” Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, New York.
Various - Hyperdub 10.2 Hyperdub
‘Hyperdub 10.2’ pools sunlight over 14 of the label’s best slices of hyper soul of the last half-decade, illuminating an under-rated cast of talented songwriters, vocalists and producers.
Comet Gain - Paperback Ghosts Fortuna Pop! LP / CD
Soaked in autumn melancholy, Paperback Ghosts blends psychedelia, folk-rock, garage muscle and 4am sadness while remaining at heart a pop record, a richly textured affirmation of Comet Gain’s twenty-year anti-career.
- Filed in Cargo Collective Download at 12.47pm on 30 May 14
Half Japanese - Volume 1: 1981-1985 Fire Records 3LP /3CD
Creating a barrage of enthusiasm and manic energy around rock and roll teen anthems and free jazz skronk, Half Japanese carved out a unique legacy.
Fhloston Paradigm - The Phoenix Hyperdub LP & CD
An inspired vision of how music with its DNA in a vintage science-fictional future can sound, ‘The Phoenix’ is emotive and imaginative, for deep voyaging adventurers.
Watter - This World Temporary Residence Ltd LP / CD
Members of SLINT, GRAILS, KING CRIMSON, RACHEL'S, and THE FOR CARNATION unite for an instrumental psych-folk-krautrock dream come true.
Siinai – Supermarket Splendour LP / CD
Following their Moonface collaboration LP “Heartbreaking Bravery” on Jagjgauwar, SIINAI return with their hotly tipped concept record “Supermarket”, a kraut rock soundtrack for the supermarket nations.
Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin Merge LP / CD
"Bob Mould’s new album Beauty & Ruin may very well be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes."
Alexander Turnquist - Flying Fantasy Western Vinyl LP / CD
Praised by Uncut, Mojo, The Wire, Pitchfork, and more, 12-string guitarist/composer Alexander Turnquist’s new album Flying Fantasy only strengthens his reputation as an innovative virtuoso.
Boris - Noise Sargent House LP / CD
BORIS has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically.”Noise” is an amplification of BORIS’ endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new territories.
Martha – Courting Strong Fortuna POP! LP / CD
More songs about teenage antics, drinking, courting and having your heart broken. Energetic, impassioned pop punk, informed by 90s indie rock and Scandinavian anarcho noir, produced by MJ from Hookworms
The Proper Ornaments - Wooden Head Fortuna POP! LP / CD
Neo-psychedelic pop mining the rich territories of The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys - fourteen thrillingly taut and melodic pop songs with a deep, dark undercurrent.
Lay llamas Rocket LP / CD
Lay Llamas have made a fluorescent debut album full of 'pagan post-punk psychedelia'. For fans of Goat, Gnod, Peaking Lights and Spacemen 3. Ltd colour vinyl.
Moriaty – The Devils Child Easy Action CD
‘Built on explosive dynamics and uncanny onstage telepathy, Moriaty's live power has been harnessed on these loincloth-detonating recordings, which are sure to hasten their rise as one of the most original, incendiary acts the UK has seen for years’ Kris Needs
The Bermondsey Joyriders - FLAMBOYANT THUGS Fuel Injection CD
'Brimful of smart riffage, righteous anger and roughneck humour, coloured a soulful blue, The Bermondsey Joyriders' hat-trick album sails full steampunk ahead.' Charles Shaar Murray.
- Filed in Cargo Collective Download at 16.33pm on 03 April 14
Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank Earth Recordings LP + CD / CD
Produced by Paul Simon, this lost debut is a work of art, reissued here to move it from cult status to the folk classic that it truly deserves.
The Moles - Flashbacks and Dream Sequences : The Story of The Moles Fire Records 2LP + 2CD
Presenting the first comprehensive collection of the entire recorded output of Australian underground legends The Moles, led by future orchestral pop genius Richard Davies.
Limb- Limb New Heavy Sounds LP / CD
Riffs heavier than a super massive black hole. Limb bring you awesomely heavy doom sludge rock with moments of sleazy psychedelics, blasts of cosmic rock and brushes with hardcore.
Stumbleine Feat. Violet Skies - Dissolver Monotreme LP / CD
Electronic producer Stumbleine and soulful vocalist Violet Skies deliver a gorgeous debut album that blends classic pop with modern R’NB, electronica and 80’s shoegaze indie. RIYL: Cocteau Twins, Burial, Rihanna
Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants Monotreme LP / CD
Trophy Scars’ magnum opus about lovers who discover the fountain of youth in the blood of angels and embark on killing spree to stay young. RIYL: Psychedelic Blues/Rock, David Lynch, Hendrix, Pink Floyd
Inventions – Inventions Temporary Residence Ltd LP / CD
Matthew Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions In The Sky) join forces to form the truly transcendent Inventions. It shatters expectation by disregarding them entirely.
Nat Baldwin - In The Hollows Western Vinyl LP / CD
Dirty Projectors’ bass player Nat Baldwin created some soulful, immersive, and athletic songs with Rob Moose (Bon Iver, The National) and Otto Hauser (Vetiver) while training for a marathon.
The Body - I Shall Die Here RVNG LP / CD
Sharing their heathen vision with The Haxan Cloak, The Body’s known sound is mutilated by process and re-animated in a spectral state. I Shall Die Here sonically serrates the remains of metal's already unidentifiable corpse and splays it amid tormented voices in shadow.
Chain And The Gang - Minimum Rock N Roll Fortuna POP! LP / CD
Led by Ian Svenonius of Nation Of Ulysses and The Make-Up, CATG deal in a new genre called CRIME ROCK that updates rock n roll, blues, and gospel music for the discerning few.
Causa Sui – Live At Freak Valley El Paraiso 2LP / 2CD
The first official live album from Causa Sui, recorded in the early summer of 2013 at midnight, headlining the outdoor festival Freak Valley in Netphen, Germany. This full 90 minute Causa Sui set comes hot of the heels of last years acclaimed studio effort Euporie Tide.
Silo– Work Novennial Paralysis LP / CD
After releasing two albums – Instar (1998) and Alloy (2001) (both on Swim) – and appearing live with the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, Trans Am and Pole, Work is the first release for 12 years, Silo’s immersive sound envelope recalls groups like My Bloody Valentine and Band Of Susans, while packing the punch of acts like Helmet or Dälek.
- Filed in Cargo Collective Download at 14.28pm on 14 March 14
Trick Mammoth – Floristry Fishrider / Occultation LP/CD
"Flower cult pop band from Dunedin, New Zealand, summoning the Flying Nun spirit. Fragile, lucid, bashfully honest songs performed with open arms and soft indifference."
Barzin - To Live Alone In That Long Summer Monotreme LP / CD
Canadian songwriter’s 4thand best album explores such themes as loneliness, intimacy, and connection between strangers, with lush, mournful strings, bright guitar and soft melancholy vocals. RIYL: Low, RHP, Mojave 3
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love Captured Tracks LP / CD
"Perfect Pussy are a thrilling new punk band who've blown onto the scene and taken it by storm. Their debut LP, Say Yes to Love is a fast and furious breath of fresh air"
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits Sacred Bones LP / CD
The fifth full-length in as many years by Brooklyn's THE MEN sees them exploring higher fidelities and more classic rock-leaning arrangements than ever before.
Vertical Scratchers - Daughter of Everything Merge LP / CD
Vertical Scratchers is John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere). Think the Kinks with a Buzzcocks brevity.
Stone Jack Jones - Ancestor Western Vinyl LP / CD
Ancestor features collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney Tidwell, as it distills a lifetime of experience into what Pitchfork calls “…apocalyptic mountain music.”
Carla Bozulich - Boy Constellation LP / CD
One of artpunk's strongest, most original and poetic voices returns. A brilliant new 10-song album that Carla calls her pop record (add sparkling grains of salt!)
Ava Luna - Electric Balloon Western Vinyl LP / CD
According to SPIN, “…Ava Luna has infectious, minimalist, ESG-style beats for days.” Pitchfork describes it as “...itchy art-funk...” with “…future-perfect R&B...” and “…slip-sliding harmonics..."
Scraps - Electric Ocean Fire Records LP / CD
Scraps glides through the ghosts of our electro-pop heroes with a collection of infectious outer-space pop songs engulfed in the bleepy cosmic mushroom cloud of 80s arcade.
Withered Hand - New Gods Fortuna Pop! LP / CD
Eleven meditations on love, fidelity and transience - a beautifully executed collection of songs from one of Scotland’s most gifted songwriters.
Stanley Brinks And The Wave Pictures – Gin Fika LP/CD
Stanley Brinks (Herman Dune) is joined by The Wave Pictures for their first album together in 4 years: a jam, a calypso, some indie rock, a groovy mantra, a little voodoo rhythm and some good old regular country.
Screaming Trees - Last Words: The Final Recordings Sunyata Records CD
In the waning months of 1999, legendary Seattle band Screaming Trees went back into the studio one last time. Produced by drummer Barrett Martin, the sessions were raw, energetic and inspiring.
Ty Segall, The 1975, The Cadbury Sisters and just a thing or two more in this month's issue of Artrocker.
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