2020: The Year in Music

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Emily Burns: I Love You, You're The Worst EP: Limited Edition Clear Vinyl + Signed Photo Card
Emily Burns
I Love You, You're The Worst EP: Limited Edition Clear Vinyl + Signed Photo Card
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US$11.99
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For fans of: Gabrielle Aplin, Robinson

Original release: 24 July 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition 12" Clear Vinyl + signed photo card

Sinead O'Brien: Drowning In Blessings: Signed Limited Edition 10
Sinead O'Brien
Drowning In Blessings: Signed Limited Edition 10" EP
10" Vinyl
US$12.99
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Post-punk poetry from a new bard of Limerick, with tumbling realism and streams of consciousness propped up by a psychedelic assembly of jangling guitars.

For fans of: Fontaines D.C., Mark E. Smith

Original release: 16 September 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition 10" Vinyl EP signed by Sinead O'Brien - exclusive edition of 100

El Goodo: Zombie: CD + Signed Card
El Goodo
Zombie: CD + Signed Card
CD Album
US$12.99
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Endearingly bug-eyed, expansive and harmony-rich folk-pop-psych-alt-country-rock (that's right) on Super Furry Animals' legendary Strangetown imprint. Expect a sensory overload.

For fans of: The Beach Boys, Scott Walker

Original release: 7 August 2020 [digital]

Format: Black Vinyl LP or CD + Signed Card, plus the last copies of By Order of The Moose
Rebel Girls: Goodnight Songs For Rebel Girls: Exclusive Signed
Rebel Girls
Goodnight Songs For Rebel Girls: Exclusive Signed "Lucky Dip" CD
CD Album
US$14.99
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Crystal Murray: I Was Wrong
Crystal Murray
I Was Wrong
12" Vinyl
US$14.99
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For fans of: Tom Misch, Denai Moore

Original release: 15 April 2020

Format: Limited Edition 12" Vinyl

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined 2CD
Various Artists
Blue Note Re:imagined 2CD
Double CD Album
US$19.99
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My Life Story: Versions: Signed Ice Blue 12
My Life Story
Versions: Signed Ice Blue 12" Vinyl
12" Vinyl
US$15.99
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For fans of:
Sleeper, Shed Seven

Original release: 29 August 2020

Format: Ice Blue 12" Vinyl pressed for Record Store Day 2020 - limited to 500 copies worldwide, 50 signed

Yo La Tengo: Sleepless Night: Limited Edition 12
Yo La Tengo
Sleepless Night: Limited Edition 12" EP
12" Vinyl
US$15.99
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For fans of: Pavement, Guided By Voices, Mercury Rev

Original release: 9 October 2020

Format: Limited Edition 12" Vinyl with Etched Side B drawn by YLT's James McNew

Keeley Forsyth: Photograph: Limited Edition 12
Keeley Forsyth
Photograph: Limited Edition 12" Vinyl
12" Vinyl
US$16.99
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For fans of: Jenny Hval, Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey

Original release: 20 November 2020

Format: Limited Edition 12" Black Vinyl

Gabriels: Love and Hate In a Different Time: Limited Edition EP
Gabriels
Love and Hate In a Different Time: Limited Edition EP
12" Vinyl
US$16.99
Sorry Sold Out

For fans of: Sampha, SAULT, Moses Boyd

Original release: 4 December 2020

Format: Limited Edition 12" Vinyl

Falle Nioke: Youkounkoun EP
Falle Nioke, Ghost Culture
Youkounkoun EP
12" Vinyl
US$16.99
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For fans of: Songhoy Blues, Keleketla!

Original release: 4 December 2020

Format: Limited Edition 12" Vinyl

Dog Unit: Barking To Gospel EP: Signed Vinyl
Dog Unit
Barking To Gospel EP: Signed Vinyl
12" Vinyl
US$16.99
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Electronic music played by a rock band, or post rock you can dance to. Reverb-drenched kosmische mixed by Four Tet and mastered at Invada (Portishead, BEAK>).

For fans of: NEU!, Public Service Broadcasting

Original release: 16 September 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition 12" Black Vinyl, signed by the band - exclusive edition of 50

Tatyana: Shadow On The Wall: Limited Edition Pink Swirl Vinyl + Signed Print
Tatyana
Shadow On The Wall: Limited Edition Pink Swirl Vinyl + Signed Print
12" Vinyl
US$18.99
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For fans of:
Grimes, Charli XCX

Original release: 17 July 2020

Format: Limited Edition Pink Swirl 12" Vinyl + Signed Print - exclusive edition of 50

Skullcrusher: Skullcrusher: Limited Edition Cloudy 12
Skullcrusher
Skullcrusher: Limited Edition Cloudy 12" EP
12" Vinyl
US$18.99
Sorry Sold Out

For fans of: Phoebe Bridgers, Tomberlin

Original release: 24 July 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition Cloudy 12" Vinyl

Christine and the Queens: La vita nuova: Limited Edition Crystal Pink Vinyl
Christine and the Queens
La vita nuova: Limited Edition Crystal Pink Vinyl
12" Vinyl
US$19.99
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For fans of: Caroline Polachek, Perfume Genius

Original release: 27 February 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition Crystal Pink 12" Vinyl, Black 12" Vinyl, CD

Francis of Delirium: All Change: Exclusive Vinyl EP + Signed Drawing
Francis of Delirium
All Change: Exclusive Vinyl EP + Signed Drawing
12" Vinyl
US$21.99
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An incredible mix of 90s grunge and millennial DIY from a duo we can comfortably call our favourite two-piece from Luxembourg.

For fans of: Nilufer Yanya, Julien Baker, Bully, The Beths

Original release: 26 June 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition Black Vinyl LP + signed drawing [by FoD's Jana Bahrich - exclusive edition of 250

First time on vinyl, exclusive to recordstore.
Everything Everything: Re-Animator: Limited Edition Milky White Gatefold Vinyl + Signed Print
Everything Everything
Re-Animator: Limited Edition Milky White Gatefold Vinyl + Signed Print
Vinyl LP
US$21.99
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One of indie music's consistently underrated (read misunderstood) bands, their first album freed from the shackles of a major label contract sounds liberated - provocative, literate and harmony-rich.

For fans of: Wild Beasts, Django Django

Original release: 11 September 2020

Format: Limited Edition Milky White Gatefold Vinyl LP + Signed Print, CD
Various Artists: Earache Presents: The New Wave Of Rock'n'Roll: Limited Edition Red Vinyl
Various Artists
Earache Presents: The New Wave Of Rock'n'Roll: Limited Edition Red Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$21.99
In Stock
Ultraísta: Sister: Vinyl LP + Exclusive CD [Live From The Rehearsal Room]
Ultraísta
Sister: Vinyl LP + Exclusive CD [Live From The Rehearsal Room]
Vinyl LP
US$21.99
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The experimental pop project of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, with multi-instrumentalist Joey Waronker and vocalist Laura Bettinson. Synth-driven electropop and dreamy vocal loops, much more than the sum of its parts.

For fans of: Caribou, Thom Yorke

Original release: 13 March 2020

Format: Vinyl LP with an Exclusive Bonus CD, Live from the Rehearsal Room - exclusive edition of 100
Laura Fell: Safe From Me: Signed Exclusive Seafoam Green Vinyl
Laura Fell
Safe From Me: Signed Exclusive Seafoam Green Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$22.99
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An incredible baritone blues and jazz-tinged folk debut from psychotherapist-turned-songwriter Laura Fell, sounding like the line of best fit between Tom Waits and Big Thief.

For fans of: Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey, Laura Marling

Original release: 20 November 2020 [digital]

Format: Exclusive Seafoam Green Vinyl LP, pressed exclusively for recordstore, limited to 250 copies worldwide, signed by Laura.
Various Artists: FLOW: Limited Edition Clear Vinyl [Record Store Day 2020]
Various Artists
FLOW: Limited Edition Clear Vinyl [Record Store Day 2020]
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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Zara McFarlane: Songs of an Unknown Tongue: Signed Vinyl
Zara McFarlane
Songs of an Unknown Tongue: Signed Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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One of the year's most poignant jazz records, a vocal-led proud and painful exploration into the folk and spiritual traditions of Zara's Jamaican ancestry, connecting black heritage to her present.

For fans of: Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sampha, Oscar Jerome

Original release: 24 July 2020

Format: Signed Exclusive Vinyl LP, Signed CD - very limited restock available now
Emma Tricca: St. Peter: Limited Edition Gold Vinyl + Signed Exclusive Art Card
Emma Tricca
St. Peter: Limited Edition Gold Vinyl + Signed Exclusive Art Card
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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Original release: 20 April 2018

Notes: First time on colour vinyl, feat. Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, The Dream Syndicate's Jason Victor, Howe Gelb and Judy Collins
Will Butler: Generations: Vinyl LP + Exclusive Signed Poster
Will Butler
Generations: Vinyl LP + Exclusive Signed Poster
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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The new album from Arcade Fire's Will Butler, despairingly funny, partially epic, asking what his place is in American past and present.

For fans of: Arcade Fire, The Shins

Original release: 25 September 2020

Format: Black Vinyl LP + Exclusive Signed Poster - exclusive edition of 200
Carcass: Despicable: Limited Edition 10” Vinyl EP
Carcass
Despicable: Limited Edition 10” Vinyl EP
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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For fans of: Napalm Death, Benediction

Original release: 30 October 2020

Format: Limited Edition 10" Vinyl, CD EP

black midi: Late Works - of Noise: Exclusive Signed Vinyl
black midi, 404, glows, Various Artists
Late Works - of Noise: Exclusive Signed Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$23.99
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Doves: The Universal Want: Exclusive LP
Doves
The Universal Want: Exclusive LP
Vinyl LP
US$24.99
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Cryptic but widescreen rock'n'roll from the Britpop staples, whose first album in 11 years sounds as good and as relevant as any from their perennially Mercury-nominated, chart-topping past.

For fans of: The Stone Roses, Embrace, La's

Original release: 11 September 2020

Format: Exclusive Deep Red Vinyl LP, Signed Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set
Aoife Nessa Frances: Land of No Junction: Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Postcard
Aoife Nessa Frances
Land of No Junction: Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Postcard
Vinyl LP
US$24.99
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Disorientating, swilling and melodic alt-folk from a childhood spent swimming in the Irish Sea, in search for an ever-shifting and undefined centre.

For fans of: Cate le Bon, Broadcast, Nico

Original release: 17 January 2020

Format: Black Vinyl LP or CD + Signed Postcard - exclusive edition of 50
The Cool Greenhouse: The Cool Greenhouse: Signed Vinyl
The Cool Greenhouse
The Cool Greenhouse: Signed Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$24.99
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A lo-fi post-punk debut sidestepping on-the-nose political commentary in favour of oblique literary references and songs about Rotary Club jumble sales and Margaret Thatcher's living room.

For fans of: The Velvet Underground, Silverbacks

Original release: 29 May 2020

Format: Signed Black Vinyl LP, CD - exclusive edition of 50
NZCA Lines: Pure Luxury: Exclusive Signed Vinyl
NZCA Lines
Pure Luxury: Exclusive Signed Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$24.99
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A project born out of a love for 90s RnB synthesisers, vocal harmonies and science fiction, this is a fundamentally brilliant pop album, which the Guardian called "dancefloor first-aid for dystopian times".

For fans of: Metronomy, Christine and the Queens

Original release: 10 July 2020

Format: Signed Black Vinyl LP, Limited Edition Neon Pink Vinyl LP
Delmer Darion: Morning Pageants: Signed Gatefold Vinyl
Delmer Darion
Morning Pageants: Signed Gatefold Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$24.99
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A remarkable, genre-shifting debut album about the death of Satan as a tragedy for the imagination, merging heavy shoegaze, folk and industrial electronics across a ten-track account. It's already been called "a paradigm shift in underground music."

For fans of: Low, Lapalux, Radiohead

Original release: 16 October 2020

Format: Signed Gatefold Vinyl LP, Signed CD - these sold out in a flash first time we put them up, for very good reason.
Sports Team: Deep Down Happy: Black LP +
Sports Team
Deep Down Happy: Black LP + "No Offence Mate" Signed Litho
Bundle
US$24.99
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Remember the most memorable chart battle of the year? In the red corner, international superstar Lady Gaga. Here, Cambridge alt-rock band writing songs about Ashton Kutcher and fishing. They lost, but we've still got this album.

For fans of: Parquet Courts, Franz Ferdinand, Blur

Original release: 5 June 2020

Format: First Pressing Alt Artwork Vinyl LP, Cassette + Signed CD, Signed Blue Vinyl LP and loads more
Islet: Eyelet: Signed Limited Edition Neon Orange Vinyl + Die-Cut Sleeve
Islet
Eyelet: Signed Limited Edition Neon Orange Vinyl + Die-Cut Sleeve
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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Free-spirited and experimental pop from the rural Welsh mountainside, syncopated lullabies and haunting hooks - hypnotic, euphoric, exhilarating and absolutely unhinged.

For fans of: Super Furry Animals, Arthur Russell, Field Music

Original release: 6 March 2020

Format: Limited Edition Neon Orange Vinyl LP in a die-cut sleeve, signed by the band - exclusive edition of 50
Girls In Synthesis: Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future: Signed Grey Vinyl
Girls In Synthesis
Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future: Signed Grey Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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A frantic, ear-splitting but deftly melodic DIY punk record with a two-tone edge from one of the UK's most-exciting bands. High-flyers on cult punk label Harbinger Sound, the groundswell is happening - don't get caught outside the pit.

For fans of: IDLES, USA Nails, Madness*
*they dispute Madness

Original release: 28 August 2020

Format: Signed Grey Vinyl LP, Signed CD - exclusive edition of 100 [very limited restock]
Happyness: Floatr: Signed Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Happyness
Floatr: Signed Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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In three years, Happyness's drummer has come out as a fearless drag queen, co-fronting the band with music about Chumbawumba, vegetables and vaping. Spectacle aside, the music is as tight, thrilling and authentic as any of their wiry '90s indebted peers.

For fans of: Teenage Fanclub, Nirvana

Original release: 1 May 2020

Format: Signed Limited Edition Clear Vinyl LP, Signed CD [very limited restock]
Total Wkts: Running Tracks: Signed Exclusive Frosted Glass Vinyl
Total Wkts
Running Tracks: Signed Exclusive Frosted Glass Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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The debut solo album from John Newton, better known as Drum John from Crystal Palace two-piece JOHN. Lockdown compositions and collages starting from post-punk but with space to breathe, and bird song trapped between tracks.

For fans of: JOHN, IDLES, Pigs x7

Original release: 11 June 2020

Format: Signed + numbered Frosted Glass Vinyl LP - exclusive edition of 200 copies
Ghostpoet: I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep: Black Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Print
Ghostpoet
I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep: Black Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Print
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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An ominous and bluesy album of sprawling, gritty, soul-tinged electronics from two-time Mercury Prize nominee Obaro Ejiminwe with his dystopian snapshot of universal unease.

For fans of: Nadine Shah, Young Fathers, Kae Tempest

Original release: 1 May 2020

Format: Black Vinyl LP + Exclusive Signed Print
Meadow Meadow: Meadow Meadow: Signed Exclusive Translucent Green Vinyl EP in PVC Sleeve
Meadow Meadow
Meadow Meadow: Signed Exclusive Translucent Green Vinyl EP in PVC Sleeve
12" Vinyl
US$25.99
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Gently swaying, meditative pastoral indie from two former members of Spring King, their new name taken from a line in a Silver Jews song.

For fans of: (Sandy) Alex G, Spring King, Willie J Healey, Smog

Original release: 19 August 2020 [digital]

Format: Limited Edition Transparent Green 12" Vinyl in cassette-style PVC sleeve + signed insert - exclusive edition of 250

First time on vinyl, exclusive to recordstore.
Tiña: Positive Mental Health Music: Limited Edition Transparent Pink Vinyl + Signed Card
Tiña
Positive Mental Health Music: Limited Edition Transparent Pink Vinyl + Signed Card
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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Tina

The first full-length release on Dan Carey's cult Speedy Wunderground imprint, championing retro '60s psych-pop about anxiety and depression, through eleven cathartic and disarmingly danceable songs.

For fans of: Katy J Pearson, The Kinks

Original release: 6 November 2020

Format: Limited Edition Transparent Pink Vinyl LP or CD + Signed Card - exclusive edition of 100
Songhoy Blues: Optimisme: First Pressing 180gm Gold Vinyl + Exclusive Hand-numbered Photograph
Songhoy Blues
Optimisme: First Pressing 180gm Gold Vinyl + Exclusive Hand-numbered Photograph
Vinyl LP
US$25.99
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Desert blues and virtuoso rock'n'roll finding the human joy from a state of political anger and civil unrest, after the band were forced out of their hometowns in Northern Mali by a jihadist group.

For fans of: Ali Farka Touré, Amadou & Miriam, Imarhan

Original release: 23 October 2020

Format: 180gm Gold Vinyl LP or CD + Exclusive Hand-Numbered Photograph from Mali, taken by the band, each one different
U.S. Girls: Heavy Light: Limited Edition White + Purple Splatter Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Print
U.S. Girls
Heavy Light: Limited Edition White + Purple Splatter Vinyl + Exclusive Signed Print
Vinyl LP
US$26.99
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Vivid experimental pop music from multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy that sits between the plastic soul of Bowie's Young Americans, the star-spangled parodies of Springsteen and '60s girl groups. Undeniable foot-tappers.

For fans of: The Ronnettes, Destroyer, Durand Jones

Original release: 6 March 2020

Format: Limited Edition Purple + White Swirl Vinyl LP + Exclusive Signed Print
The Charlatans: Between 10th & 11th: Limited Expanded Edition Clear Vinyl
The Charlatans
Between 10th & 11th: Limited Expanded Edition Clear Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$26.99
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