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Our Mother – Age Of Empirez

Our Mother release their debut EP A.O.B. on 29th April 2016 and today the band shares their EP’s opening track, ‘Age of Empirez‘.

Deeply atmospheric and emanating with the youthful nostalgia that comes with the game of the same name, ‘Age of Empirez’ subtly nods to Age of Adz-era Sufjan Stevens while remaining rooted in the self-recorded sounds (of an airplane, in this case) and disparate elements that end up lifting the band’s songs to otherworldly places.

To celebrate the EP’s release, the band will play a show at London’s The Waiting Room on 3 May. Tickets are available here. A.O.B. EP can be pre-ordered digitally from iTunes or on limited, heavyweight vinyl via Rough Trade. Watch the previously shared video for ‘Surprise Machine’ (as premiered on NOWNESShere.

Rexy – Running Out Of Time

The wonderful ‘Running Out of Time’ by Rexy is released today. Our first ever reissue – really proud and thrilled to hopefully introduce this special overlooked album to a new generation of music lovers and obsessives.

Big love to Samantha Urbani for introducing ourselves to this record a few years back, it feels great to be working with Samantha and her label URU on this reissue . Big thanks also to Samantha, Ariel Pink, Puro Instinct and Connan Mockasin for creating such amazing covers and the time and love invested.  You can listen to the covers here.

Links:  iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Rough Trade, Piccadilly, Other Music


Rexy – In The Force

Ahead of our reissue of London duo Rexy’s only album, Running Out of Time, this Friday 18th March, prolific lo-fi maestro, and fan of the band, Ariel Pink has collaborated with dream-pop duo Puro Instinct on this amazing cover of ‘In The Force’. Giving the original an enhanced hint of sun-drenched Californian life, it’s premiering today on Dazed Digital, and features alongside an interview led by Samantha Urbani in conversation with Rexy’s lead singer, Rex Nayman.


Our Mother – Surprise Machine Video

Our Mother  release their debut EP A.O.B. on 29th April 2016 and today the band have premiered the video for ‘Surprise Machine’ with Nowness.

Directed by Josh Fletcher and Max Smith, the stunning clip beautifully visualizes the song, which is itself packed with Eno-esque ambience and myriad horns backed by digital horsepower. Joseph Charlton of Our Mother says of the video: “What we’d seen of Max’s before we really liked. He’s got a kind of Scandi-aesthetic — the look is quite cold and clear but there’s some latent menace too. We also wanted something relatively playful, which has come off really well in the end product.”

Co-director Fletcher adds: “Speaking with the band we were keen to make something that felt unapologetically from the British Isles and to explore the idea of tradition vs our modern way of life. With the repetition of the ‘its happening again’ line in the chorus and the bass pulsating away throughout the song, we immediately saw the potential to show this quite normal suburban existence, seemingly on repeat.”

A.O.B Order Links  Vinyl  Apple Music  Spotify

Oscar – Sometimes Video

Really loving the Wes Anderson vibes in the video for Sometimes by Oscar.

Shot in various locations in and around Los Angeles, the video finds Oscar on a fantastic journey through small town America, taking in a plethora of sights and sounds. Oscar’s energetic performance is matched perfectly by the weird and wonderful rag-tag bunch of people he meets along the way – including (in no particular order) a teenage vape club, a lawn bowling club and even a singles square dance team!

Rexy – Running Out Of Time

Very excited to announce our first ever reissue from London duo Rexy, and their debut album Running Out Of Time (ROOT), in conjunction with Samantha Urbani (of Friends) new URU label. Originally released in 1981 and long since out of print, the LP has become a coveted find for fans of leftfield pop, and through the rewards of its wry, forward-looking song-craft, has been championed by the likes of current artists such as Ariel Pink, Joey Negro, Connan Mockasin and MGMT.   More information on the release here.

You can listen to ‘Alien’ from ROOT over on Pitchfork who premiered it recently along with a cover of the original from Samantha!   Plus, you must go and read this fantastic  i-D feature on Rexy, featuring a cover of the album title track from Connan Mockasin. This is a very special record. Pre-order the album from Rough Trade, ourselves, Piccadilly or iTunes

Our Mother – Surprise Machine

We are very excited to introduce you to Our Mother a Tottenham-based four-piece consisting of John Hartley, Paul Kowalewski, Liam Garrett and Joseph Charlton.

We will be releasing their debut ‘A.O.B’ EP, on April 29th, 2016. Super limited to just 300 copies worldwide, pressed on Heavyweight vinyl with a free download code – it can be pre-ordered here.

The first track to be taken from the EP is “Surprise Machine”, a Wurlitzer ride of a track, hurling the listener headfirst into their idiosyncratic world.  What initially begins as a brooding and subtle late night jam quickly explodes into an addictive chorus augmented with a flurrying, waltzing trumpet. Hartley’s pitch-shifted vocals singing ambiguous yet sinister-leaning lyrics that become an instrument in themselves – another cog operating in Our Mother’s complex and fascinating machine. The band themselves describe the track as “a techno-pop song made of indiscernible instrumentation. Eno ambience, myriad horns and digital horsepower work as axles and pistons to power a vehicle of both repetition and unexpectedness.

Oscar – Cut and Paste

The highly anticipated debut album from our favourite North London indie crooner Oscar is slated for release this May 13th on the ever-excellent Wichita Recordings. It’s called ‘Cut and Paste’ and is available to pre-order physically here and digitally here.   He has also shared his new single – the album opener and live favourite, “Sometimes”, a track which cracks and fizzes with livewire indie-pop energy; all crunching guitars and infectious synth lines, making for an undeniable gem of an earworm.

You can also listen to ‘Sometimes’ (via Soundcloud) here and (via Spotify) here.

Hinds – Leave Me Alone

Hinds highly anticipated and already critically acclaimed debut Leave Me Alone was released this Friday and it is undoubtedly one of the best albums you will hear in 2016.  Buy: iTunes, direct from the band or via Rough Trade. Stream: Spotify

“Hinds are great because of two crucial factors. They have bags of tunes and bags of charm.” The Guardian (****)
“Hinds have figured out that the fun really starts when things fall apart” The Metro (****)
“Its impossible not to be swept up in the exuberance” Q (****)
“Personality drips from every facet…it’s an album of refreshing, rousing romance” Crack (****)
“…all scratchy guitars, kiss-off lyrics and Phil Spector sonics.” Sunday Times Culture (Debut of the Week)
“Hinds are not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves” Pitchfork (7.5)

Joy Again – How You Feel

Joy Again have premiered ‘How You Feel’. the AA side of debut single ‘Looking Out For You’, with The FADER (US) and NME (UK). ”probably the sweetest breakup-slash-crushing hard song of all time” (The Fader), “a sweetly-executed blast from start to finish” (NME).

Listen below, and pre-order the very limited single (just 300 copies w-wide) from Rough Trade now – out this Friday 15th January.