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Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead

A brilliant album, Last of the Better Days Ahead draws on the strengths of an impressive career and still expands the scope of Parr’s music.

Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY

Stunningly realised, an overwhelming piece of work. Terrifying and beautiful.

Hawksmoor – On Prescription

A course of gently analgesic library music. Hawksmoor’s blend of electronics and live instruments decorating still, quiet, rooms in slowly changing moods.

Haq123 – More

More sees them further honing their attack, condensing down their weirdo sludge punk into gut punch blasts.

Blue Ruth – Mausoleum

A shut-in’s death disco of disfigured beats and fried industrial tones.

Snapped Ankles – Forest Of Your Problems

One of our most inventive and forward looking bands, there is something about Snapped Ankles that’s more sci-fi than back to nature.

The Go! Team – Get Up Sequences Part One

Noise-hop cheerleaders and candy-striped, sunshine pop so joyous it’s probably fortified with vitamin D.

loscil – Clara

New set of lush abstracts from loscil is as rich, detailed and multilayered as we’ve come to expect.

Bitch Hunt – Shapeshifter

An unassuming but impressive debut EP.

Fightmilk – Contender

Failure, self doubt and projection abound but Contender is also full to the brim with soaring choruses and an absolute sackload of power pop hooks to wash that bitter medicine down.

Colleen – The Tunnel and the Clearing

It’s a very healing record, full of calm acceptance. A reconciliation with the darkness.

Kemper Norton – Troillia

Up from dank earth and onto bright headland, the usual layers of tones and drones are now warmer, softer, almost weightless.

Telex – This Is Telex

Telex’s futurism is mostly a mundane modernism. They do not want to be robots or conceive sci-fi utopias in sound. They’re named after a piece of office equipment.

POLA – Opaque

The atmosphere it generates is so complete and instant it’s like entering a different place.

Hannah Peel – Fir Wave

The album unfolds with an understated magic, always with another modest surprise to delight you just around the corner.

Gazelle Twin & NYX – Deep England

Hallucinatory strangeness echoing down the years in multiple voices from the divine into the dark satanic.

The Fall – Live at St. Helens Technical College ’81

A teeth grind march, noise and bile over battering drums, the definitive rant.

Melvins – Working With God

Honest enough to get experimental without being pompous about it. True believers in the dumb adolescent mess of energy and defiance that makes for the best rock ‘n’ roll. Praise the Lord.

tindersticks – Distractions

Their most fascinating record in a long while.

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Swing From The Sean DeLear

All that fun and infectiously, unstoppably, funky into the bargain, clap your hands and chant along brothers and sisters.

7-11 Jesus – Tree Dream

A comfort blanket of an album, get your beers and snacks in, wrap yourself up in that couch fort and drift into these songs.

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