• Julia Holter to release new album Aviary as deluxe clear vinyl edition

    By | September 6, 2018

    “The cacophony of the mind in a melting world.”

    Vocalist and composer Julia Holter has announced the release of her new album Aviary via Domino Recordings this October.

    Described as the follow-up to her 2015 release Have You in My Wilderness, and the LA-based musician’s “most breathtakingly expansive album yet”, Aviary uses a line from a short story by Etel Adnan as its starting point: “I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds.”

    As Holter says: “Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it’s hard to find one’s foundation. I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person – how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. Maybe it’s a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.”

    Listen to the first track, ‘I Shall Love 2’, below.

    The 15-track album also features an array of collaborators and instrumentalists, erring between her theatrical vocals and the what is described as Blade Runner-inspired synth work of Tashi Wada, who recently announced an album with his father on RVNG Intl.

    Julia Holter’s Aviary will be released on 26th October as a signed, deluxe clear vinyl edition. Pre-order a copy here and check out the artwork and tracklist below:


    SIDE A

    01. Turn the Light On
    02. Whether
    03. Chaitius
    04. Voce Simul

    SIDE B

    05. Everyday Is an Emergency
    06. Another Dream
    07. I Shall Love 2

    SIDE C

    08. Underneath the Moon
    09. Colligere
    10. In Gardens’ Muteness
    11. I Would Rather See

    SIDE D

    12. Les Jeux to You
    13. Words I Heard
    14. I Shall Love 1
    15. Why Sad Song

    Photo: Dicky Bahto

  • 10 new albums to look out for in August

    By | August 3, 2018

    Next month’s wantlist.

    We’ve combed through the pre-orders, promos and release listings so that you don’t have to, showcasing a diverse selection of music from our favourite artists and labels, alongside newcomers we think you need to hear.

    With festivals and summer holidays in full swing, August can sometimes be a quiet month for releases, but not so this month. Anticipated and under the radar electronic music comes from Helena Hauff, Djrum and Ramzi, there’s a striking collaboration between Lafawndah and Japanese ambient queen Midori Takada, and Domino Recordings unleash two introverted and expressive albums from Tirzah and Blood Orange.

    Helena Hauff


    (Ninja Tune)

    Listen / Pre-order

    Due: 3rd August

    According to techno electro doyenne Helena Hauff, on new record Qualm she is “trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers”. One only needs to look as far as its first two singles ‘Qualm’ and ‘No Qualms’ – for evidence that her mission was very much accomplished. A record that grows on you with each listen, in case its sonics weren’t enough to perk your joy-o-meter, fellow science geeks rejoice. Qualm also features various nods to her sound, physics and acoustics background amongst its 12-tracks: ‘Entropy Created You And Me’, ‘btdr-revisted’, and ‘Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg’. Read our new interview with Helena Hauff here.




    Listen / Pre-order

    Due: 10th August

    Channeling lo-fi soul and UK RnB, the long awaited debut LP from South London-based singer Tirzah has finally arrived, and it does not disappoint. Written and produced in collaboration with Michachu, Devotion weaves the influences of Al Green, Barry White and D’Angelo into garage and grime, to create a heartrending future classic – an album that will warm the souls of even the most jaded among us.


    NTS Sessions


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    Due: 13th August

    A 12xLP Autechre box set featuring 8-hours of new music should need no introduction. Presented as part of their month-long NTS Radio residency, the new music will also be available as individual LPs. However, it’s the collected edition that has piqued our interest. Featuring artwork by Designer’s Republic, the one-time pressing will be housed in a rigid slip-case and feature foiled-blocked monochrome design.


    Be The Cowboy

    (Dead Oceans)

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    Due: 17th August

    With her breakout album Puberty 2 one of our ten favourite records of 2016, anticipation around Be The Cowboy is high in the VF office, and what we’ve heard so far doesn’t disappoint. Retaining the raw emotion of that previous effort, there’s a grander feel already, with Mitski embodying strong female characters. As the liner notes describe: “The self-abasement of desire is strewn across these 14 songs as our heroine seeks out old lovers for secret trysts that end in disappointment, and cannot help but indulge in the masochistic pleasure of blowing up the stability of long-term partnership.” It’s going to be a wild ride.


    Built To Last

    (Sound Signature)


    Due: 17th August

    Specter aka Andres Ordones has been producing shimmering, Detroit-style productions for over 20 years, but Built To Last marks his first full length proper, and boy oh boy does it deliver. Released on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature, Specter serves up a mighty helping of what can best described as booty house. Best prepare thy asses and minds for the bass machinations that lie in wait, this one will be powering dance floors through autumn and beyond.


    Phobiza “Amor Fati” Vol. 3

    (FATi Records)

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    Due: 17th August

    Though its cover might make you think you’re about to listen to ambient acid-bat-rat field squarks and squeaks, what lies in store on the third instalment of Ramzi’s Phobiza “Amor Fati” Vol. 3 is a different story. According to Ramzi, aka Phoebé Guillemot, Phobiza is a mythological island locale filled with flora, fauna and animals of all varietals. Consider it a hazy suite of tropical-hued, electronic zips and zings, that will see you through long summer days into blissed out emerald twilights.


    Portrait With Firewood


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    Due: 17th August

    UK producer Djrum returns to his childhood training in jazz to craft a soulful, rhythmically complex album for R&S, that veers between tribal percussion, avant garde breakdowns and syncopated techno. Deeply textured and expressive, Portrait With Firewood also sees Djrum nod to the influence of performance artist Marina Abramović, borrowing the title from one of her works and attempting to convey what he sees as her “deep understanding of the human condition.” The Michael Mitsas artwork is also top.

    Anna Meredith


    (Moshi Moshi)

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    Due: 17th August

    Coming off the back of her acclaimed album Varmints (and a brace of EP releases with VF – Black Prince Fury and Jet-Black Raider), classically trained electronic explorer Anna Meredith turns her attention to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Weaving her own original compositions into the fabric of the iconic work, Meredith promises to create “experimental, utterly fresh partner pieces to sit alongside Vivaldi’s original compositions.” Based on her work so far, we’re excited to hear this one in full.

    Midori Takada & Lafawndah

    Le Renard Bleu

    (!K7 Records)

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    Due: 24th August

    If the reissue of Midori Takada’s debut KI-Motion album didn’t adequately perk your percussive passions, or even if it did, you’re in luck! Because she’s back, releasing her first new music in 20 years. Composed over the course of one week at Avaco Creative Studios in Tokyo, Takada crafted the instrumentals using waterphone, bells, marimba and various forms of drums, with Lafawndah then adding melodies and lyrics to the 20 minute recording. The collaboration is well worth repeated listens. We’re also seriously holding out for an instrumental version, where Takada rides solo once more.

    Blood Orange

    Negro Swan


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    Due: 24th August

    What a month for Domino, with Tirzah and Dev Hynes keeping both Animal Collective and Anna Calvi off this list. Although not released on vinyl until earlier October, it would be remiss not to mention the latest Blood Orange album, which Hynes describes as “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.” Soulful early singles ‘Charcoal Baby’ and ‘Jewelry’ (with stunning videos to match) point towards Negro Swan being one of the year’s essential releases.

  • Animal Collective releasing new album on green 2xLP with “fossil” etching

    By | July 16, 2018

    A collaboration with oceanic, technicolour videographers Coral Morphologic.

    Animal Collective are releasing a new audio-visual project called Tangerine Reef, this August via Domino.

    A joint effort with art-science duo Coral Morphologic, the project was created to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef.

    “Tangerine Reef is a visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral and cameos by alien-like reef creatures, ” shares Animal Collective.

    Tangerine Reef‘s music will be released on 2xLP with “coral fossil” etching on the D-side.

    Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 17th August release, listen to first single ‘Hair Cutter’, and check out the track list below.

    Side A

    1. Hair Cutter
    2. Buffalo Tomato
    3. Inspector Gadget
    4. Buxom

    Side B

    1. Coral Understanding
    2. Airpipe (To A New Transition)
    3. Jake And Me
    4. Coral By Numbers

    Side C

    1. Hip Sponge
    2. Coral Realization
    3. Lundsten Coral
    4. Palythoa

    Side D

    “Coral Fossil” etching

  • Dirty Projectors releasing new album Lamp Lit Prose on limited coloured vinyl

    By | May 2, 2018

    With a kooky toucan and parrot-filled video for the first single.

    Dirty Projectors will release their 8th studio album Lamp Lit Prose, this July via Domino Recordings.

    Lamp Lit Prose follows their self-titled 2017 album, which the band released on “black smoke” 2xLP.

    The record was produced by Dave Longstreth at his Los Angeles studio Ivo Shandor, and features guest appearances from Syd, Empress Of, Amber Mark, Hair, Robin Pecknold and Dear Nora.

    Lamp Lit Prose has been described by Domino as “the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance.”

    Dirty Projectors have also shared a new music video for first single ‘Break-Thru’, directed by Sean Pecknold:

    Lamp Lit Prose is available on limited “red and blue starburst” vinyl with an accompanying 16 page 6×11″ libretto.

    Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 13th July release, check out the artwork and track list below.


    Side A

    1. Right Now (featuring Syd)
    2. Break-Thru
    3. That’s A Lifestyle
    4. I Feel Energy (featuring Amber Mark)
    5. Zombie Conqueror (featuring Empress Of)

    Side B

    6. Blue Bird
    7. I Found It In U
    8. What Is The Time
    9. You’re The One (featuring Robin Pecknold and Rostam)
    10. (I Wanna) Feel It All (featuring Dear Nora)

    (Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg.)

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