John Lennon & Yoko Ono ‎– Life With The Lions

To kick off our celebrations of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, we’re going where no other music magazine has ever been before: on a deep dive into one of his most inspired and challenging albums ever: John & Yoko’s Unfinished Music No.2, Life With The Lions. Perhaps the highest-selling Avant-Garde album in music history – Lennon claimed it sold 60,000 copies in the US alone, versus 25,000 for Two Virgins – drop the needle on a copy and join Ian Peel for a slice of life with the Lennons… Continue reading John Lennon & Yoko Ono ‎– Life With The Lions

Coil – Musick to Play in the Dark

Coil’s most celebrated and hallucinatory creation, Musick To Play In The Dark is set to be reissued for the first time in over 20 years, on double (purple and black) vinyl editions with the complete, unedited versions of each song and an exclusive “D-side” vinyl art etching. Out 27 November on Dais Records. Housed in a sturdy matte jacket with embossed lettering and spot-gloss design … Continue reading Coil – Musick to Play in the Dark

Electronic – Electronic

Electronic – Electronic

Previously released on heavyweight vinyl in 2015, Rhino’s new pressing is oddly timed: Electronic turns 30 next year. It also downgrades the album to regular vinyl, though at £17 it’s at least much cheaper, too – including for a limited white vinyl pressing. The other difference is, for some reason, substituting the sleeve’s original (and definitive, if you ask me! — Ed.) orange landscape for … Continue reading Electronic – Electronic

Mr Scruff on Kraftwerk and his ten choice cuts

With his 31-track DJ Kicks mix out on 27 March, the acclaimed producer and DJ rifles through his collection and picks 10 choice cuts…Kraftwerk’s Computer World? “40 years on since the dawn of the 1980s and this still sounds as fresh as ever. This had such an influence on the young producers who were just getting their hands on newly affordable drum machines and synths. Numbers is the absolute peak of ripply electronic asteroid funk.” Continue reading Mr Scruff on Kraftwerk and his ten choice cuts

Craven Faults on his latest album for The Leaf Label

The true identity of the artist recording under the name Craven Faults is cloaked in secrecy. What we do know, however, is that the modular synth master has released three highly regarded EPs (known collectively as the Lowfold Works Trilogy) and a compelling debut album, Erratics & Unconformities, which hit the racks earlier this year… Continue reading Craven Faults on his latest album for The Leaf Label

Kelly Lee Owens on her new album for Smalltown Supersound

My new album is… called Inner Song, the music was written and recorded over a 35-day period. With this album, I allowed the ideas to flow more freely. On the previous release, I would try to produce and sculpt the sounds before I was able to let the idea fully flourish, which creates something else, but with this one the ideas were fully respected and … Continue reading Kelly Lee Owens on her new album for Smalltown Supersound

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Kelly Lee Owens announces new album 'Inner Song'

Techno producer/musician Kelly Lee Owens will release her second album Inner Song on 1 May via Smalltown Supersound… Alongside the announcement, she presented its lead single/visual Melt!, which finds Owens diving deep into her own psyche – working through the struggles she’s faced over the last several years and exploring personal pain while embracing the beauty of the natural world. Inner Song follows the 2017 release of her eponymous … Continue reading Kelly Lee Owens announces new album 'Inner Song'

Jon Hassell

Jon Hassell celebrates new album with reissue of his 1977 debut

The release of this classic from Hassell’s back catalogue sets the scene for his brand new studio album… Trumpet player and composer Jon Hassell is reissuing his 1977 debut LP Vernal Equinox this March—via his own record label, Ndeya—ahead of a new album set to release this summer. Remastered from the original tapes, the album will be available on vinyl for the first reissue of the … Continue reading Jon Hassell celebrates new album with reissue of his 1977 debut

Ghostpoet

Ghostpoet announces new album 'I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep'

Ghostpoet announced that his new album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep will be released via Play It Again Sam on May 1… To celebrate the announcement, he’s release the first taste of the record – Concrete Pony, a new track accompanied by a mind-bending music video (shot by Thomas James). The new album is set to be a follow up to 2017’s Dark Days + … Continue reading Ghostpoet announces new album 'I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep'

Factory Records

Factory Records in Depth – “Family Spirit and Northern values…”

25 years after it closed, it’s still Manchester’s favourite factory. Gareth Murphy speaks to the key figures behind one of the world’s most iconic labels and reveals how Factory Records and its Haçienda nightclub pumped out the sounds, sleeves and spirit that defined an entire epoch of British pop culture… Continue reading Factory Records in Depth – “Family Spirit and Northern values…”