Release Date Buffet: 06/29/2018

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Quick Impressions:

The Blank Tapes – Candy
Producer: Eric D Johnson
Label: PIAPTK
Genre: lofi, Pop Psychedelic Rock
The Blank Tapes are as good as any recent act to match King Gizzard’s torrid pace of album releases. In fact, he outcounts them—12 to 11—but I can’t really speak to his prior 11 records but what I can say is this: on a first impression, i.e. 2 or 3 spins, the newest record sounded bland. It didn’t exactly grab me and shake me and compel me to listen. Is this a phase, is this a regularity? Can’t say. But just because I’m not a musical historian of the Blank Tapes (any indie artist who’s only 5 years young does not need a music historian, they need a manager and a tour schedule) doesn’t mean the record doesn’t speak to me: it does and it says: “I’m not catchy, I’m hypnagogic lofi Eighties psych and I’ll creep into your mind after the 9th cycle, thereafter hover on your vapors of your breath—a hum you fail to recognize until spin numbah 10.”
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A Delicate Motor – Fellover My Own
Producer: Adam Petersen, Ben Sloan
Label: SofaBurn
Genre: Art Rock, Avant-Garde Electronic
Most rock and electronic mixer albums revolve around dance and deep house. Sounding more like electronic R&B mashups hailing Justice or the xx and disco-rock fusions that hail from late-seventies ELO—a catchiness that is hard to trap. Rather, A Delicate Motor decides to move in the opposite direction: experimental, minimalist—stopping short of everything ambient (mercifully). So why is Fellover My Own classed as art-rock? Well, the same reason early Brian Eno should be: it sets up its canvas pretty well electronically, but it still needs that electric rock kick to the ear, reminding in bold: FEEL SOMETHING. Those moments, however, were far and few between.
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The Essex Green – Hardly Electronic
Producer: The Essex Green
Label: Merge
Genre: Neo-Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock
The Beatles, the Zombies, the Mamas & the Papas, the Turtles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Monkees, Manfred Mann, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Hollies, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, The Troggs, Badfinger and Sly and the Family Stone (random, I know) all called. They want their music back.
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Florence + the Machine – High As Hope
Producer: Emilie Haynie, Florence Welch
Label: UMG, Virgin EMI
Genre: Indie Rock, Baroque Rock
Everyone wants you to know: this album is “stripped” and “soul-baring.” Wait wasn’t that How Big, How Blue, How Blablablablah, Florence +  The Machine’s most forgettable record?  Not now, not any more. Hell, now people are saying how great the third LP was. Well, I’ll give it one thing, for an album that brought on this nudity-crave mode of Florence Welch, it sure as hell didn’t drop to truisms and retreads that riddle High As Hope‘s tracklist with paradoxical caverns. No “Hunger” can save this ship from wreck.
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Gorillaz – The Now Now
Producer: Damon Albarn
Label: Parlophone
Genre: Alternative, Indietronica
It’s a groove record—akin to a sunnier but just as depressively grooving Jamiroquai record à la Emergency Planet Earth or Travelling Without Moving. Instead of the acid gently lulling listeners in—it burns right past the flesh and then infects the bone with an underlying boogie. And of all Gorillaz records, it’s the greatest irony: an understated just furtively funky record they’ve brought to bear. Record numbah four five is sleepy winner—just don’t do the shuteye when you see the needle drop.
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John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Producer: Bob Thiele, Ravi Coltrane, Ken Druker
Label: Impulse!, Verve
Genre: Post-Bop, Modal Jazz
Ok here’s the thing—John Coltrane doesn’t make bad records. However—he was never the strongest album guy. Not on the level of Miles Davis, who, while never reaching the same spiritual high as Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, could still stack a good five records, live or studio, from that same mid-Sixties period and slide them all under. Because most Coltrane’s mid-Sixities records were jazz fusion attempts and it bears further research, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that Miles Davids succeeded at jazz fusion because he watched John Coltrane largely fail in the mid sixties. By late-sixties Miles Davids had figured out what Coltrane could not: how to play electric, angry jazz. This record, however, is mercifully not angry—but derivative off the same fumes Coltrane imbibed in with My Favourite Things and A Love Supreme—it was lost between the two! So lovers of that sound (re: me) rejoice! And those who wish to hear Coltrane flail around despair! This is a modal jazz album for those who want to relax on the porch and watch the summer sun set.
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Kamasi Washington – The Choice EP
Producer: Kamasi Washington
Label: Shoto Mas, Young Turks
Genre: Spiritual Jazz
Expectations and Kamasi Washington are like two puissant electromagnets—unwilling to come within a mile of each other, lest shit really go down the gravity well. So to say one should expect a hidden EP within Washington’s latest LP, Heaven and Earth? Well, that should just be scoffed at—unless you’re listening to The Choice EP. Because that is exactly what the newest claimant (or pretender, for the less inclined) to the Jazz throne has done: slapped an EP of three originals and two covers (Goffin-King and the Five Stairsteps) together in his spare time from recording another two-hour epic. It’s all still in that flowery and soulful vein of Heaven and Earth, so fans of such may rejoice while the rest may roll their eyes at leisure.
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Laure Briard – Coração Louco EP
Producer: Benke Ferraz
Label: Midnight Special
Genre: Pop Psychedelic, Dreampop, Yéyé
Yep, the genre section reads almost all you need to know: French Yéyé, Dreampop and light touches of pop pyschedelia all come together over the Portuguese bedding of this EP. The only mistep being scratches on Numa Fria Noite wherein the good ole “smashing plates” sound effect makes an appearance. What is this? A Parquet Courts record? Hell, a UMO record? The shit’s pretty lofi. But heres the remaining 5-percent to the 95-percent you now already know: when that yéyé swings in like a Laissez-tomber les filles with Portuguese lyrics teasing for a dreamy fadista this record hits a stride it should be proud of: that shit is too good.
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Red Baraat – Sound the People
Producer: Little Shalimar
Label: Rhyme & Reason
Genre: Bhangra, Jazz Fusion
My weird fascination with world fusion records continues this week with Bhangra-band Red Baraat—an outfit and genre I am horribly unversed in. However, Red Baraat are kind enough to infuse some jazz fusion into their work—a genre I love. What then does Sound the People sound like? Well, take all that was dancehall jazz of the 30’s—we’re talking everything from Duke Elington to Benny Goodman to Count Basie—and throw it into a mish-mash of Holi colour explosions and dervishing drum beats. Bing-bang-boom, hello, goodbye, we have ourselves a Punjabi Jazz that will delight those curious and willing to not understand everything. Quite the culture shock experience.
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Wargirl – Arbolita EP
Label: Clouds Hill
Genre: Alternative Rock, Garage Funk
This is it folks—it finally happened: the Red Hot Chili Peppers are becoming an influencer band. Not that they haven’t already been one on the low—John Frusciante ex-Pepper’d himself across the indie rock world before finally peacing out. But that’s a direct influence—a producer-type influence. Wargirl is to the Red Hot Chili Peppers as Pearl Jam is to Led Zeppelin—there’s an underlying audiotonal connection between too: a similar diy-style funk to RHCP, not quite connecting on punk-funk but definitely converging on garage. Throw in some synthisizer goodness for an alternative electronic swing et voila: a cute little EP featuring a beachier, happier No Doubt-esque Warpaint.
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Other Releases:

Rock

The Alarm – Equals
Label: Twenty First Century
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Ases Falsos – Mala Fama
Label: Self Released
Genre: Pop Rock, Latin Rock
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Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity
Label: Self Released, Spinefarm
Genre: Indie Rock
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Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – Live
Label: BMG
Genre: Progressive Rock
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Chicago – Chicago II: Live on Soundstage
Label: Rhino
Genre: Classic Rock
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Claire Morales – All That Wanting
Label: Self Released
Genre: Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelic Rock, Folk
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David Bowie – Welcome To The Blackout: Live London ’78
Label: Parlophone
Genre: Classic Rock
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Discus – EP
Label: Middle Distance
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Dog Party – Hit & Run
Label: Brat Mag
Genre: Punk, Garage Rock
Bandcamp

Elle Belle – No Signal
Label: Night Racing
Genre: Indie Rock, Pop Psychedelic
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Empat Lima – Cling Clang Clutter
Label: Self Released
Genre: Pop Psychedelic
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Enjoy – Big Car Small Wheels
Label: BURGER
Genre: Hypnagogia, Dreampop
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Fleabite – NVM EP
Label: Salinas
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Ginger Root – Mahjong Room
Label: Acrophase
Genre: Alternative Rock, Neo-Soul, Neo-Funk
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Hana Vu – How Many Times Have You Driven By
Label: Luminelle
Genre: Dreampop
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Happy Rhodes – Ectotrophia
Label: Numero
Genre: Art Rock
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Henrik Appel – Burning Bodies
Label: PNKSLM
Genre: Garage Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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The Interrupters – Fight The Good Fight
Label: Hellcat
Genre: Punk, Ska
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Jackie Cohen – Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got The Blues EP
Label: Spacebomb
Genre: Pop Punk
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Jaye Jayle – No Trail and Other Unholy Paths
Producer: Dean Hurley
Label: Sargent House
Genre: Alternative Rock, Americana
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Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) – Uniform Distortion
Label: ATO
Genre: Indie Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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Late Bloomer – Waiting
Label: 6131
Genre: Indie Rock
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Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears
Label: Transgressive
Genre: Pop Psychedelic
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Lia Pamina & Dario Persi – So Far Tonight EP
Label: Elefant
Genre: Bubblegum Rock
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Manchester Orchestra – The Black Mile Demos EP
Label: Loma Vista, Concord
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
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The Milk Carton Kids – All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do
Label:  Anti
Genre: Indie Folk
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Mondo Cozmo – Your Motherfucker EP
Label: Republic
Genre: Indie Rock
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The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Hard Rock
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Ray Davies (of The Kinks) – Our Country: Americana Act II
Label: Self Released
Genre: Pop Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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 The Rock*A*Teens – Sixth House
Label: Merge
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
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 The Rubens – LO LA RU
Label: Ivy League
Genre: Indie Rock
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Sam Valdez – Mirage EP
Label: Nevado
Genre: Alternative Rock, Americana, Folk Rock
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Thousand Foot Whale Claw – Black Hole Party
Label: HOLODECK
Genre: Avant-Garde Rock, Krautrock
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Tim the Mute – Do in Yourself
Label: Kingfisher Bluez
Genre: Indie Rock
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together PANGEA
Label: Nettwerk Music Group
Genre: Acoustic Rock, Garage Rock
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Weller – Weller
Label: Tiny Engines
Genre: Emopop
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Western Medication – Taste
Label: Self Released
Genre: Pop Psychedelic
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The Vines – In Miracle Land
Label: Wicked Nature
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Post-Rock/Metal

Blind Justice – No Matter the Cost
Label: Flatspot
Genre: Hardcore Punk
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Brides of Lucifer – Brides of Lucifer
Label: Akephalos, Rhino
Genre: Heavy Metal
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Converge – Beautiful Ruin
Label: Epitaph
Genre: Metalcore, Hardcore
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Echolust – Loomer
Label: Décor
Genre: Post-Punk, Darkwave
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Fufanu – dialogue i EP
Label: One Little Indian
Genre: Post-Punk, Electronic
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Self Defense Family – Have You Considered Punk Music
Label: Run For Cover
Genre: Post-Punk, Indie Rock
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Thou – Inconsolable
Label: Robotic Empire
Genre: Doom Metal
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Folk/Country/World

Freschard & Stanley Brinks – Midnight Tequila (Spotify Release)
Label: Radbab
Genre: Pop Folk, Americana
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Gwenifer Raymond – You Never Were Much of a Dancer
Label: Tompkins Square
Genre: Americana
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The Innocence Mission – Sun on the Square
Label: Badman
Genre: Folk, Folk Rock
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Mason Ramsey – Famous EP
Label: Big Loud Records, Atlantic, WMI
Genre: Country
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Nik Frietas – Dark & Day
Label: Poppy Peak
Genre: Folk Rock Singer-Songwriter
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Protoje – A Matter of Time
Label: Mr Bongo
Genre: Reggae
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Riley Green – In a Truck Right Now EP
Label: Big Machine
Genre: Country
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Vincent H.L – Weird Days
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Alt-Country, Psychedelic Folk
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The Wild Feathers – Greetings from the Neon Frontier
Label: Reprise
Genre: Country Rock, Pop Rock
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Young Monks – Swamp Creek
Label: Self Release
Genre: Reggae, Pop Psychedelic
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R&B/Soul/Funk

Bells Atlas – Be Brave EP
Label: Self Released
Genre Indie R&B, Psychedelic Soul
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Beth Rowley – Gota Fría
Label: Stoopnik
Genre: Neo-Soul, Blues
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Drake – Scorpion
Label: Young Money/Cash Money
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Pop Rap
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Shea Diamond – Seen It All
Label: Asylum Worldwide
Genre: Contemporary R&B
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Hip-Hop

03 Greedo – God Level
Label: Alamo
Genre: Trap Rap, West Coast Hip-Hop
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Casanova – COMMISSARY EP
Label: Roc Nation
Genre: Trap Rap, East Coast Hip-Hop
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Dorrough – The Jump Back (Mixtape)
Label: One Motion, Music Access
Genre: Southern Hip-Hop
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Joey Vantes – TVP3
Label: Self Released
Genre:  Southern Hip-Hop
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Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Capsule Vol. 1 (Mixtape)
Label: Self Released
Genre: East Coast Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip-Hop
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Trae Tha Truth
Label: ABN, EMPIRE
Genre: Southern Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap
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Yung Bans – Yung Bans Vol. 5
Label: Self Released, Foundation
Genre: Cloud Rap, Trap Rap
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Jazz

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels & Lucinda Williams – Vanished Gardens
Label: Blue Note
Genre: Jazz
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Jazzanova – The Pool
Label: Sonar Kolletiv
Genre: Nu-Jazz, Downtempo
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Electronic

Alex Zhang Hungtai (formerly Dirty Beaches) – Divine Weight
Label: NON
Genre: Drone, Ambient
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Container – LP
Label: Spectrum Spools
Genre: Indie Techno
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Ina Wroldsen – Hex EP
Label: Simco
Genre: Dancepop
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Jock Club – School Days
Label: BCLR
Genre: Deep House
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John Bence – Kill EP
Label: Grooming
Genre: Ambient
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June Pastel – Collages
L
abel: The Native Sound
Genre: Chamberpop, Dreampop, Jazzpop
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Kaidi Tatham – It’s A World Before You
Label: First Word
Genre: Broken Beat
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Laurie & Olly – Ample Profanity EP
Label: Slip
Genre: Avant-Garde Electronic
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Lexi Scherr – Hurricanes & Heartbreak
Label: Self Released
Genre: Synthpop
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Louie Vega – NYC Disco
Label: Nervous
Genre: Dance, House
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Nice Knees – Blue Mirror EP
Label: Broken Circles
Genre: lofi, Bedroom Rock, Synthpop
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Pendulum – The Reworks (Remix Album)
Label: Earstorm
Genre: Electro House, Drum and Bass
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Polyplastic – Not No EP
Label: Self Released
Genre: Darkwave, Synthpop
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Sean Paul – Mad Love: The Prequel
Label: Island
Genre: Ragga, Dancepop
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Supreems – Close Your Eyes (And Feel) EP
Label: Lobster Theremin
Genre: Deep House, Outsider House
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Them Are Us Too – Amends
Label: Dais
Genre: Dreampop, Shoegaze
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Tropics – Nocturnal Souls
Label: +Fours
Genre: Trip Hop, Indie Rock
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Utada Hikaru – Hatsukoi
Label: Epic Japan
Genre: J-Pop
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Wednesday Campanella – Galapagos EP
Label: Warner Japan
Genre: J-Pop, Art-tronic
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Wild Moccasins – Look Together
Label: New West
Genre: Dancepop
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Soundtrack/Compilation/Reissue

Buffalo Springfield – What’s That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection (Box Set)
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Classic Rock

Crooked Fingers – Red Devil Dawn (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Merge
Genre: Alternative Rock
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David Bowie – Christiane F: Wir Kinder Von Bahnoff Zoo (Soundtrack Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Parlophone
Genre: Classic Rock
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David Bowie – David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Parlophone
Genre: Classic Rock
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The Flaming Lips – Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings 1986-1990 (Box Set)
Label: Rhino/Ryko
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Graham Nash – Over the Years… (Compilation)
Label: Rhino
Genre: Classic Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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Green River – Come on Down (Reissue)
Label: Jackpot
Genre: Post-Punk, Garage
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Guns n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction (Deluxe Reissue)
Label: Geffen
Genre: Classic Metal
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John Mark McMillan – The Mercury Sessions (B-Sides)
Label: Lionhawk
Genre: Art Rock, Indie Rock
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Pablo’s Eye – Bardo for Pablo (Compilation)
Label: STROOM
Genre: Tribal Ambient
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Ramin Djawadi – Westworld: Season 2 (Soundtrack)
Label: WaterTower
Genre: Soundtrack
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Social Distortion – Live At the Roxy (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: The Bicycle Music Company
Genre: Punk, Alternative Rock
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The Supremes – The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland (Deluxe Reissue)
Label: UMG, Motown
Genre: Classic R&B
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Various Artists – 1+1 = X Compilation (10th Anniversary Reissue)
Label: Erased Tapes
Genre: Neo-Classical
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YES – The Steven Wilson Remixes (Box Set)
Label: Rhino
Genre: Progressive Rock
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YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Until Death Call My Name Reloaded (Reissue)
Label: Never Broke Again
Genre: Hip-Hop
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