🗞️ The Lowdown; 𝐴 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑐𝑘-𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒, 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑙𝑙-𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑, 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙-𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑣𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑, 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟!
1️⃣ Sextile - Push
Sometimes an album comes along that validates your decision to dedicate 95% of your time to running a record shop and making no money. ‘Push’, the latest from LA post-punk/electronica/cold wave outfit Sextile, is precisely one of these albums. It’s everything we’ve waited for in 2023; a record that absolutely blows your socks off and obliterates all preconceptions. We loved what we heard pre-release – the lead single ‘Contortion’ for example is already a certified banger – but did we expect trance? Borderline Jungle? Drum n Bass? Proper old school EDM? Not really. But, Lordy, it is absolutely electrifying in absolutely all the right ways.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚: “𝐼𝑠 '𝑃𝑢𝑠ℎ' 𝑏𝑦 𝑆𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟? 𝐹𝑜𝑙𝑘𝑠... 𝑖𝑡 𝑚𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 … 𝐺𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑔𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑓 𝑖𝑡'𝑠 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑡”
𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑑𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑚𝑒?!?
𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠. 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑟, 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑔𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑠. 𝑂𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑦 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛’𝑡 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑠.
2️⃣ Nation Of Language - Strange Disciple
The formula hasn’t changed much for the third album from NYC synth-poppers Nation Of Language any why should it when the first two albums are as strong as anything released in the past decade. That said, there are more twists into new wave and turns into post-punk here than previous releases, although not so on lead single ‘Sole Obsession’ which is straight up saccharine synth-pop; as gorgeously gooey as anything they’ve done before and arguably the group’s best ever single.
The same comparisons are never too far away though - Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Talk Talk, OMD – but there are plenty of contemporary references too, such as Future Islands and LCD Soundsystem.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑊𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝐿𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒. 𝐻𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑙𝑦. 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦’𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑’𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑤. 𝐹𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑠, 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑟𝑒-𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 2023, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒.
3️⃣ Coach Party - Killjoy
[𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝐼𝑚𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑛 𝑩𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒓] If you wished that Wolf Alice had made an entire album that echoed the angst of ‘Yuk Foo’, then this is what Coach Party provide with their new album KILLJOY. It bridges the gap between the genres of pop punk and indie. Lyrically there is a definite modern riot grrl and almost teen-nihilistic edge that, admittedly, at times, does feel a little Olivia Rodrigo-esque, but overall there’s just something fun about female-driven songs with choruses like ‘what’s the point in life?’
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝐼𝑚𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑊𝑜𝑙𝑓 𝐴𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑠. 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑊𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑡. 𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑓𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜.
4️⃣ Floodlights - Painting Of My Time
The year is 2020. Record Culture HQ is a large shed on a market square, it’s freezing bastard cold and the debut from a little-known indie band from a much warmer Australia has just been voted – by you – the fourth best album of the year. You wouldn’t have found it in any other record shop list that year but Floodlights ‘From A View’ was something of a local sensation in 2020 when we simply wouldn’t stop going on about it. Many of you were duly wooed and loved it as much as we did. Back in the present day then, Floodlights are back! Coming at us with more of that jingly indie, new album ‘Painting Of My Time’ is another impressive outing. Like the previous, ‘Painting’ was recorded live to tape, which again affords the album a uniquely warm, huggable live feel to it as though you were in the room with them.
📣 Shop Reaction: : 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑡! 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑦𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑡 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑇𝑢𝑏𝑠, 𝑅𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐵𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑠 𝐶𝑜𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝐹𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑐 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑗𝑢𝑚𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦. 𝑂𝑘𝑎𝑦, 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑐𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑒𝑎 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤'𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞:https://recordculture.com/collections/new-releases