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Ali Farka Touré

Released 08/11/17 Label World circuit Genre African Cat no. WV030

Rough Trade Exclusive 2LP 180g heavyweight vinyl. Colour booklet

Released 07/03/17 Label World circuit Genre African Cat no. WCCT30.2

The classic album has been stunningly remixed and remastered from the original analogue master tapes. It is a brilliant collection of songs from the father of the desert blues on blisteri...

I Am A Bird Now

Antony and The Johnsons

Released 08/09/05 Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. LP 50105

The dramatic excesses are toned down a little creating an intimate setting for piano, strings and antony's unearthly beautiful, soulful voice. Guests include Boy George, Devendra Banhart,...

Since I Left You

The Avalanches

Released 07/12/16 Label Interscope Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. MODCD004

It brims with spontaneity, joy, sadness, humor, reflection with its high fun factor and subtle traces of deeper emotion, Since I Left You is the perfect record for the party, and for the ...

Swim

Caribou

Released 04/20/10 Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 50348

Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith's latest recording sees him getting busy in the basement with an album that is intricate, layered, twisted and totally essential. Like the recent four tet al...

Black Messiah

D'Angelo

Released 12/15/14 Label Sony Genre R'n'B Cat no. 888750565525

CD

Released 03/10/15 Label Sony Genre R'n'B Cat no. 88875056551

LPx2

Born to be With You

Dion

Released 01/08/16 Label Ace Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. hiqlp033

LP

The Chronic (explicit Version)

Dr. Dre

Released 03/06/01 Label WIDEAWAKE-DEATH ROW Genre Hip Hop Cat no. A 63000

The impact of major hits such as Nuthin' but a G Thang was astounding. Suddenly Hip Hop was on US national radio gaining widespread acceptance in the suburbs world wide for its very speci...

LP1

F.K.A. Twigs

Released 08/25/14 Label XL Recordings Genre R'n'B Cat no. A 118 X

LP

Released 08/12/14 Label XL Recordings Genre R'n'B Cat no. CD 118 X

CD

Hot Buttered Soul

Isaac Hayes

Released 11/20/12 Genre 60s & 70s Soul & Funk Cat no. 4114

Although the tracks were lengthy, there was no sense of self-indulgence, each one evolving over sensual rhythms and taut arrangements. Hayes' vocal anticipated the 'rap' genre of Barry Wh...

The Epic

Kamasi Washington

Released 05/19/15 Label Brainfeeder Genre Jazz Cat no. CD-BF-050

The Epic is unlike anything jazz has seen and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder. The Epic is a 172 minute, three volume set (across three CDs or LPs) that...

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

Released 12/29/14 Genre Hip Hop Cat no. B001469501

Triple vinyl pressing.

Good Kid: M.A.A.D City

Kendrick Lamar

Released 01/02/14 Label Aftermath Genre Hip Hop Cat no. B001837702

CD

Salad Days

Mac Demarco

Released 04/01/14 Label Captured Tracks Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. CT193cd

Written and recorded around a relentless tour schedule (which picked up all over again as soon as the LP was done), Salad Days gives the listener a very personal insight into what it's al...

Superfuzz Bigmuff

Mudhoney

Released 09/22/09 Label Sub Pop Records Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 70021

LP

The Blue Notebooks

Max Richter

Released 03/17/15 Label Deutsche Grammophon Genre Modern Composition Cat no. B002251702

'The Blue Notebooks' from 2004 is Max Richter's second solo album. Opening with a text from Franz Kafka over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through heart-wrenching strings of On T...

Released 03/17/15 Label Deutsche Grammophon Genre Modern Composition Cat no. B002251801

180 gram vinyl with download

Illmatic

Nas

Released 08/21/15 Label Get On Down Genre Hip Hop Cat no. GET51297-LP

From Premier's masterful N.Y State Of Mind to the AZ assisted Life's A Bitch and Pete Rock's piano laced The World Is Yours, Illmatic starts out with powerful trio of songs that easily co...

Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar

Released 02/01/11 Label Circus Company Genre Electronic Cat no. CCS 055-2LP

By anyones estimations his arrival into the electronic music sphere has been unavoidable, receiving comparisons to Villalobos and AFX from The Guardian, providing one of Resident Advisor'...

Spaces

Nils Frahm

Released 12/10/13 Label Erased Tapes Genre Modern Composition Cat no. ERATP 055 LP

It expresses Frahm's love for experimentation and answers the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts. Breaking the convention of ...

Stankonia

Outkast

Released 05/29/14 Label Legacy Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 73008260721

LP

Give Up

The Postal Service

Released 04/09/13 Label Sub Pop Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 71045

Ben and Jimmy sent music back and forth, between California and Washington, each adding new elements until the record was complete. The result is a sweetly charming, largely electronic al...

Horses

Patti Smith

Released 11/21/13 Label RCA Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 886919602814

It anticipated the new wave by a year or so: the simple, crudely played rock & roll, featuring Lenny Kaye's rudimentary guitar work, the anarchic spirit of Smith's vocals, and the emo...

Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels

Released 10/28/14 Label Mass Appeal Genre Hip Hop Cat no. MSAP0005

CD

Released 10/28/14 Label Mass Appeal Genre Hip Hop Cat no. MASP0005LP

LPx2

Fun House

The Stooges

Released 09/14/10 Label Rhino Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 74071 E

While The Stooges' excellent debut, produced by John Cale, had a clean, punchy sound that introduced the band's ragged, stripped-down rock, it did not capture the chaotic fury of the band...

Tramp

Sharon Van Etten

Released 12/19/13 Label Jagjaguwar Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. CD 52201

The album, which is the culmination of 14 months of scattered recording sessions with The National's Aaron Dessner, contains as much striking rock as, minimal beauty; it can be as emotion...

Agaetis Byrjun

Sigur Ros

Released 06/04/15 Label XL Recordings Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. xllp610

Sigur Ros conjured magic with drones, using strings, brass, electronics and guitars that took Jimmy Page's bowing technique to new heights. But the showstopper was Jonsi Birgisson's other...

Divide And Exit

Sleaford Mods

Released 06/03/14 Label HARBINGER SOUND (UK) Genre Punk - Hardcore Cat no. HARB 121LP

LP

Released 05/19/14 Label HARBINGER SOUND (UK) Genre Punk - Hardcore Cat no. HARB 121CD

CD

Doggystyle

Snoop Doggy Dogg

Released 03/13/01 Genre Hip Hop Cat no. A 63002 D

LP

Lonerism

Tame Impala

Released 06/12/12 Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. MODVL161

LPx2

High Violet

The National

Released 05/11/10 Label 4AD Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. CAD-3X03-1

High violet is the brooklyn quintet's first full-length release since 2007's acclaimed long-player Boxer and all eleven tracks were recorded in the band's own studio in brooklyn with furt...

It's Album Time

Todd Terje

Released 04/08/14 Label Olsen Genre Electronic Cat no. CD-OLS-006

CD

Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs

Released 03/18/14 Label Secretly Canadian Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. SC310lp

LPx2

Released 03/18/14 Label Secretly Canadian Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. SC310cd

CD

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor

William Onyeabor

Released 10/29/13 Label Luaka Bop Genre African Cat no. LP-LBOP-0079

Triple Vinyl set with four extra tracks

Cut

The Slits

Released 05/23/16 Label Island Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 4783700

Rough Trade Exclusive - Purple Vinyl

The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths

Released 08/25/09 Label Sire Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 520967

The Queen is Dead is the Smiths' great leap forward, taking the band to new musical and lyrical heights. The album is harder rocking record than anything the band had attempted before. Jo...

Different Class

Pulp

Released 02/09/14 Label Island Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 4785288

After years of obscurity, Pulp shot to stardom in Britain with 1994's His 'n' Hers. On the heels of such excitement, anticipation for Different Class ran high, and not only does it delive...

Madvillainy

Madvillain

Released 12/16/14 Label Stones Throw Genre Hip Hop Cat no. STH2065LP

With both men known for their stunning soundscapes, rhyming skills, and schizophrenic personalities, the duo decided to have Madlib concentrate on the beats and let Doom handle the lyrics...

Surfer Rosa

The Pixies

Released 09/14/04 Label 4AD Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. CAD-803-1

This album epitomises everyhing that is The Pixies. Every aspect of this album is close to perfection. Produced by Steve Albini, it captures the raw essence of The Pixies in full flight. ...

Donuts

J Dilla

Released 09/09/14 Label Stones Throw Genre Hip Hop Cat no. l-STH2126

Donuts is accessible without being typical or easily defined: it's hip hop without MCs; electronic music that at times sounds like a 70s soul mixtape; J Dilla doing what he does best - cr...

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The xx

Released 10/20/09 Label Young Turks Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. XL-450-1

The XX are four precocious youngsters from South West London who provide the hushed minimal strokes of Young Marble Giants and early Cure but through the minds of a young act obsessed wit...

Straight Outta Compton

NWA

Released 11/20/12 Label Ruthless Records Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 112391

Consisting of simple drum machine beats, funk samples, scratching, and the trio's infectious rapping style, the album became a instant worldwide hit helping spawn the gangsta rap phenomen...

Maggot Brain

Funkadelic

Released 11/24/14 Label Westbound Genre 60s & 70s Soul & Funk Cat no. HIQLP020

A Gatefold heavy cardboard 180 gram LP