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Austra “Hirudin” (Domino)

2020-04-30T22:45:09+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Being in a toxic relationship can sometimes feel like being lost in a maze. Every attempt to turn a corner lands you back where you started. HiRUDiN is both a bold acknowledgement of such patterns of behaviour and a testament to the power of breaking them.

Named after the peptide released by leeches that is the most potent anticoagulant in the world, HiRUDiN is about the importance of healing the self, letting go of harmful influences, and finding the power to rebuild through exploring your innermost desires.

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Sorry “925” (Domino)

2020-03-27T02:29:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|

North London’s Sorry release their hotly-anticipated debut record 925 via Domino. Together with co-producer James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Nilüfer Yanya), best friends Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen have woven 925 like a dreamscape in which idyllic and hellish scenes intermingle, forcing the question of what is real and what is make believe. Inspired by everything from Hermann Hesse to Aphex Twin and old-school crooner Tony Bennett, their experimental and holistic approach marks them out as a thoroughly 21st century band; from their open-minded approach to genre to their creativity allowing them to self-produce the music and direct accompanying videos. Joined by drummer Lincoln Barrett and Campbell Baum on bass, Sorry emerged from a thriving scene of bands in London, and though 925 is their debut album, it is by no means their first statement. It follows a series of mixtapes, released sporadically and used as a way to experiment with the disparate influences and sounds that give 925 its distinctively modern and apocalyptic sound. Where previous singles and mixtapes earned the band their status as one of the most vital and relentlessly creative new British bands of the moment, 925 is a record which will undoubtedly cement their status as true originals and cross-genre innovators in 2020 and beyond.

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Porches “Ricky Music” (Domino)

2020-03-20T19:49:53+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Porches, a.k.a. Aaron Maine, is back with a new album, titled Ricky Music via Domino. Featuring contributions from Mitski, Zsela, and Dev Hynes, and with co-production by Jacob Portrait, Ricky Music expands on the Porches discography (The House, 2018; Pool, 2016; Slow Dance In The Cosmos, 2013) by delivering 11 emotionally open, cracked-glass pop songs.

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Georgia “Seeking Thrills” (Domino)

2020-01-18T21:48:16+00:00January 18th, 2020|

Seeking Thrills is a sharply paced and fascinating album, packed with injections of lightness and fun paired with rich, bubbling melodies. Georgia is reminding you of the altitude of your last real thrill, and when we turn the record on, we’re there again, aching for more.

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Beat Happening “We Are Beat Happening (Boxset)” (Domino)

2019-11-29T03:51:31+00:00November 29th, 2019|

Domino will release We Are Beat Happening, a box set of the band’s entire recorded output. Seven LPs that showcase how the band created an international network of underground pop entirely on their own terms. The albums have been newly remastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios and this will be the first time the entire Beat Happening catalogue has been in print in over a decade.
The story of Beat Happening – Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford – began in Olympia, Washington at the dawn of the 1980s. After playing their first ever shows in Japan, the trio released five albums and four EPs throughout 1984 to 1992 and whilst they may have played their last show in 1992 and made their final recording in 2000, it’s tricky to define their cessation. Along with the music they made and the shows that they played, Beat Happening created a connectivity that is still completely present.
Working from a sonic template of the Cramps, Trouble Funk, Young Marble Giants, and messianic blues, Beat Happening confounded and often incited violence from audiences weaned on hardcore punk. In the place of macho aggression, Beat Happening confronted the all-ages scene with Heather’s low-key delivery and Calvin’s fey theatrics, topped off by his trademark dance move: rubbing his tummy.
For a supposedly cutesy band, Beat Happening was adamant about asserting its right to exist, carrying itself with a punk as fuck attitude that would become a key inspirational lodestone for the generation of D.I.Y. bands that followed, including Bikini Kill and the Nation of Ulysses.
The legend of Beat Happening, and of K, the label that Calvin Johnson founded, is full of big names they worked with before they were stars (Beck! Modest Mouse! The Gossip!), and big names they influenced (Kurt Cobain! Sleater-Kinney!) Less acknowledged, however, is that Bret Lunsford, Heather Lewis, and Calvin Johnson created some of the most original and surprising music to come out of the often deliberately weird American punk rock tradition.
We Are Beat Happening is the definitive document: the entire recorded output of the band that helped create an international network of underground pop entirely on their own terms.

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Alex G “House Of Sugar” (Domino)

2019-10-11T03:16:21+00:00October 11th, 2019|

House of Sugar— (Sandy) Alex G’s ninth overall album and his third for Domino — emerges as his most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and sonic adventurism.

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Blood Orange “Angel’s Pulse” (Domino)

2019-10-11T03:15:08+00:00October 11th, 2019|

Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange says: My new record is called Angel’s Pulse & I performed, produced, and mixed the entire thing myself. I’m calling it a mixtape. I have a habit through the years of making records that I just give to friends, or on tape to people on the street, or no one. Usually this material is made directly after the album I’ve just put out. Somewhat of an epilogue to the thing I’ve made before. This time… I decided to release it.
I put as much work and care into it as I do with the albums I’ve released, but for some reason trained myself into not releasing things the rate at which I make them. I’m older now though, and life is unpredictable and terrifying… so here you go mates.

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Hot Chip “Bath Full of Ecstasy” (Domino)

2019-06-21T19:20:50+00:00June 21st, 2019|

A Bath Full of Ecstasy is a fresh, invigorating and essential new chapter in Hot Chip’s career, taking in their huge breadth of influence and melody as only Hot Chip can. This is the first time the band have chosen to use outside producers from the offset, working with Philippe Zdar (Cat Power, Beastie Boys, Phoenix, Cassius) and Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Sampha, David Byrne), and there is a marked dynamism in Zdar’s mixing that brings out the boldness of the songs collected here.
The record is a celebration of joy but recognises the struggle it can take to get to that point of happiness. You can hear the pleasure Hot Chip had in creating this album and they want to pass on that feeling to the listener. It is time to get lost in A Bath Full of Ecstasy.

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Fat White Family “Serfs Up” (Domino)

2019-04-25T21:06:52+00:00April 25th, 2019|

Serfs Up! is Fat White Family’s third album and their first for new label Domino. It marks the most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in recent musical history. Having released their second album, Songs For Our Mothers in January 2016, core-members Lias and Nathan Saoudi relocated to Sheffield and set about writing the album. Joined by co-conspirator Saul Adamczewski and recorded at their own Champzone studios in the Attercliffe area of the city, Serfs Up! was finished in late autumn 2018 with the help of long-time collaborator, Liam D. May and features a guest appearance from Baxter Dury on Tastes Good With The Money.
Serfs Up! is a lush and masterful work, lascivious and personal. Tropical, sympathetic and monumental. It invites the listener in rather than repel them through wilful abrasion. Fat White Family have broken previous default patterns of behaviour, and as such their third album heralds a new day dawning.
Gregorian chants, jackboot glam beats, string flourishes, sophisticated and lush cocktail exotica, electro funk and the twin spirits of Alan Vega and Afrika Bambaataa punctuate the record at various junctures, while the dramatic production of Feet is as immaculately-rendered as Hounds of Love – era Kate Bush. The dirt is still there of course, but scrape it away and you’ll find a purring engine, gleaming chrome.
Echoing within the arrangements throughout are traces of blissed-out 60s Tropicalia, Velvets / Bowie sleaze-making and star-gazing, 80s digital dancehall, David Axelrod-style easy listening, joyous Pet Shop Boys synth crescendos, acid house, post-PIL dub, metropolitan murder ballads, doom-disco and mouth-gurning, slow-mo psychedelia so by the time it comes to a close only a fool would deny that Serfs Up! is something very special. No longer is unadulterated music malevolence Fat White Family’s stock in trade; this is cultivated music for the head, the heart. For tomorrow’s unborn children.
Where once they soundtracked a grubby Britain of vape shops, Fray Bentos dinners and blackened tin-foil, a crepuscular comedown realm stalked by Shipman, Goebbels and Mark E. Smith, Fat White Family now inhabit another cosmos entirely. Serfs Up! is the product of a band of outlaws reborn. Few but themselves could have forecast it: Fat White Family survived. Fat White Family got wise. Fat White Family got sophisticated.

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Sasami “Sasami” (Domino)

2019-03-28T21:30:16+00:00March 28th, 2019|

SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. Between playing keys, bass, and guitar within Cherry Glazerr and Dirt Dress; contributing vocal, string, and horn arrangements to studio albums (Vagabon, Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, Hand Habits, etc.); arranging for films and commercials; and even playing French horn in an orchestra; plus teaching music to students and producing for other artists, she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass. The two SASAMI singles released so far – “Not The Time” and “Callous” – have garnered healthy attention and led to support slots with Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, and The Breeders. As well as seeing SASAMI hand-selected by Devendra Banhart for his his curated day at Le Guess Who festival, and Courtney Barnett for her curated day at Sonic City Belgium. SASAMI’s debut self-titled album is due March 8, 2019 on Domino. Recorded at Studio 22 in Los Angeles, the album was written and produced by Sasami Ashworth, JooJoo Ashworth, and Thomas Dolan, with the latter also engineering and mixing the album.

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Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra “Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)” (Domino)

2019-03-28T21:30:16+00:00March 28th, 2019|

Beth Gibbons with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra performed Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) at The National Opera Grand Theater in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s (The National) Réponse Lutosławski.
Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though – the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades – the challenge was met and exceeded. Her performance alongside the maestroKrzysztof Penderecki has been hailed as triumphant, as you can see and hear on this release.

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Avey Tare “Cows On Hourglass Pond” (Domino)

2019-03-22T03:32:39+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Cows On Hourglass Pond was recorded between January – March 2018 by Dave Portner at Laughing Gas in Asheville, NC on a Tascam 48 half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine. It follows the 2017 release of Avey Tare’s Eucalyptus, and 2018’s audiovisual album Tangerine Reef, a collaboration between Animal Collective and avant-garde coral macro-videographers Coral Morphologic.

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Panda Bear “Buoys” (Domino)

2019-02-08T19:23:36+00:00February 8th, 2019|

The sixth album from Animal Collective founding member Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear), Buoys, was co-produced and co-mixed by collaborator Rusty Santos in Lennox’s adopted home of Lisbon, Portugal. The album features Lennox’s bright, sincere voice along with his beatific approach to melodic structure and vocal phrasing, with miles of space surrounding it, a guitar and a few textured samples fleshing out the dubby sparseness and undercurrent of speaker-limit-pushing sub-bass low-end. Animated by their ongoing interest in contemporary music production techniques, Buoys retains a deep layer of experimentation coursing through its hyper-modern production – a hallmark of Panda Bear releases that will feel intimately familiar to fans of Lennox’s decade-plus body of work.

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Buzzcocks “Love Bites” (Domino)

2019-02-01T05:45:41+00:00February 1st, 2019|

More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites from 1978 finds Buzzcocks coming into their own. With Howard Devoto and his influence now fully worked out of the band’s system, Pete Shelley is the clearly predominant voice, with the exception of Steve Diggle’s first lead vocal on an album track, the semi-acoustic, perversely sprightly Love is Lies. Though the song received even further acclaim on Singles Going Steady, Ever Fallen in Love, for many the band’s signature song, appears here. with its note-perfect blend of romance gone wrong; a weirdly catchy, treated lead guitar line; and Shelley’s wounded singing, it deserves its instant classic status, but it’s only one of many highlights. The opening Real World is one of the band’s strongest: a chunky, forceful, yet crisp band performance leads into a strong Shelley lyric about unrequited love and life. Lovingly restored and re-mastered from the original ¼” tapes for the first time and come packaged in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves with a booklet containing unseen images and extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist and cultural commentator Jon Savage.

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Buzzcocks “Another Music In A Different Kitchen” (Domino)

2019-02-01T05:45:40+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Buzzcocks’ first album, Another Music in a Different Kitchen from 1978 is a major punk landmark and a great record to boot. it’s full of fire, wit, speed, philosophical lyrics and gender explorations. Released after the departure of Howard Devoto, this is one of the truly essential punk rock albums. It’s aggressive and raw but the band also had pop hooks to spare. Lovingly restored and re-mastered from the original ¼” tapes for the first time and come packaged in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves with a booklet containing unseen images and extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist and cultural commentator Jon Savage.

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Cat Power “Wanderer” (Domino)

2018-10-12T16:03:15+00:00October 12th, 2018|

Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) produced Wanderer herself, writing and recording it’s 11 tracks in Miami and Los Angeles. Lana Del Rey guests on one track.
Richly glorious vocals sing folk for indie kids. Almost Appalachian harmonies are the icing on a homemade cake of indefinable sweetness. Gently tender songs trickle and flow like dancing sunlight. Splashes of piano, loping guitar and a quivering Rhodes help to wrap up the songs in a parcel of loveliness.

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Blood Orange “Negro Swan” (Domino)

2018-10-05T01:24:18+00:00October 5th, 2018|

Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan, released on Domino. Raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass. In addition to his production work, he scored the film Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola. Negro Swan was written and produced by Hynes. Says Hynes: “My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of colour. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”

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Bob Moses “Battle Lines” (Domino)

2018-09-28T03:30:10+00:00September 28th, 2018|

“This record is about the battles and struggles we all live through,” says the duo—Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—of the new album. “Battles within ourselves, battles with and within our society, battles between each other, with our loved ones, battles between ideologies. It’s also about struggling to identify where those battles lines start and end, and what within us and within our environments cause these struggles, and ultimately cause our suffering. It’s also about the struggle to reconcile with those things, somehow.”

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Tirzah “Devotion” (Domino)

2018-12-17T01:16:53+00:00August 10th, 2018|

Following her acclaimed EPs released on Greco-Roman, new album Devotion positions London based Tirzah as a unique contemporary soul voice on an innovative modern British R’n’B record, produced by Mica Levi. The 11-songs across Devotion are an intimate collection of downtempo love-songs laced with romance and lust, melancholy and desire. The album was conceived and written with long-term collaborator, Mica Levi who handles the music and production across the whole album, Tirzah providing vocals, melody and lyrics. Additional vocals and lyrics are provided by Coby Sey on stand out track, Devotion. The album was mixed by Mica and Kwes.

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Protomartyr “Consolation” (Domino)

2018-06-22T18:03:41+00:00June 22nd, 2018|

Protomartyr release a new EP Consolation, which they recorded in part with friend Kelley Deal. Two of the four songs feature Deal on vocals alongside singer Joe Casey. The EP was recorded by Deal’s R.Ring bandmate Mike Montgomery and expands Protomartyr’s arrangements with strings and woodwinds.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks “Sparkle Hard” (Domino)

2018-05-18T17:42:26+00:00May 18th, 2018|

The fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured, over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it? With Sparkle Hard, Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s Wig Out At Jag Bags balanced the lengthy prog workouts of Pig Lib with Mirror Traffic’s sparky pop moments, then Sparkle Hard bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

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Arctic Monkeys “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” (Domino)

2018-05-11T01:29:49+00:00May 11th, 2018|

Arctic Monkeys return with their new album, entitled Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. Their first release since 2013’s AM finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album. Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision. It’s a cosmic pop opus and a complete sonic overhaul.

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Jon Hopkins “Singularity” (Domino)

2018-05-04T01:29:28+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Singularity marks the fifth album from the UK electronic producer and composer and the follow up to 2013’s Mercury Prize nominated Immunity.

Where Immunity charted the dark alternative reality of an epic night out, Singularity explores the dissonance between dystopian urbanity and the green forest. It is a journey that returns to where it began – from the opening note of foreboding to the final sound of acceptance. Shaped by his experiences with meditation and trance states, the album flows seamlessly from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient.
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