The Reissue Round-Up (April)

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Essential reissues, box sets, and represses this month.

It’s been a big month for reissues due to Record Store Day, and now we’re taking a look at some of the best non-RSD reissues of April.

Featuring Kero Kero Bonito, The Flaming Lips, Braid and more. Selected by VF’s Kelly Doherty and Becky Rogers.

Kero Kero Bonito

Intro Bonito



Kero Kero Bonito’s debut mixtape gets its first-ever vinyl release, ten years later. The aptly titled Intro Bonito served as an introduction to the South London trio’s intriguing blend of hyperpop, J-pop and video game music, and this reissue is a wonderful opportunity to go back to an endlessly fun debut.

The White Stripes


(Third Man Records)


Third Man Records celebrates 20 years of The White Stripes’ behemoth fourth album, Elephant, with a limited edition double LP. Pressed on Red Smoke and Clear with Red and Black Smoke coloured vinyl, the 20th anniversary Elephant reissue is a great chance to revisit some of the biggest indie rock anthems of the 21st century.


The Ahmad Jamal Trio

The Awakening

(Decca (UMO) / Verve)


1970’s The Awakening marked an ambitious change for US pianist Ahmad Jamal whereby he, alongside bassist Jamil Nasser and drummer Frank Gant, embarked upon a more adventurous sound. Pressed by Third Man and remastered for the Verve By Request series, The Awakening is a jazz classic, since sampled by hip-hop greats such as Common and Nas.

Dr Dre

The Chronic



Dr Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic returns to vinyl via Interscope Records. With guest features from Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G and huge hits including “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” and “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”, The Chronic is a bona fide rap classic.



(Run For Cover)


Run For Cover Records reissue one of its biggest releases to date–Jar by Superheaven (formerly known as Daylight). The band’s angsty and grunge-influenced debut album, produced by Will Yip (Turstile, The Wonder Years), is reinvigorated with two extra tracks and updated packaging on this purple and blue galaxy swirl/clear and violet pinwheel vinyl release.

The Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

(Warner Records)


Celebrate 20 years of The Flaming Lips’ iconic tenth album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots with this 5 LP, 56-track vinyl reissue, packed with B-sides, demos, radio sessions and even covers of Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd. A staple in the Oklahoma group’s back catalogue, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots introduced haywire electronica into their psych-rock repertoire, with robot battles documented with hip-hop-stained breakdowns and acoustic hits of reality working seamlessly together. Featuring 30 previously unreleased tracks, this reissue is an exciting reminder of the group’s oddball creativity.


Frame & Canvas



Quintessential midwest emo album Frame & Canvas gets a blue and silver swirl vinyl reissue via Polyvinyl, remastered from the original tapes. 25 years later, Braid’s influence can be mapped through multiple generations of emo and post-hardcore bands and Frame & Canvas remains their brightest moment.

Magnolia Electric Co.


(Secretly Canadian)


Secretly Canadian present the Sojourner boxset by Magnolia Electric Co, 4 LP vinyl debut. Long out of print, the boxset captures 13 musicians across four recording sessions with producers including Steve Albini and David Lowery, following the act’s debut album, What Comes After the Blues. An essential for fans of Magnolia Electric Co.