2020: The Year in Music

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Sports Team: Deep Down Happy: Black LP +
Sports Team
Deep Down Happy: Black LP + "No Offence Mate" Signed Litho
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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
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]
Meadow Meadow: Meadow Meadow: Exclusive Green Vinyl + Signed Art Card
Meadow Meadow
Meadow Meadow: Exclusive Green Vinyl + Signed Art Card
12" Vinyl
US$25.99
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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
Bright Eyes: Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was: Orange + Red Vinyl 2LP + Signed Photo
Bright Eyes
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was: Orange + Red Vinyl 2LP + Signed Photo
Double Vinyl LP
US$26.99
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The first release in almost a decade from indie folk heartthrobs, that's a more communal affair - surreal and expansive with a handful of truly timeless earworms.

For fans of: Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel

Original release: 21 August 2020

Format: Limited Edition Orange + Red Vinyl 2LP w/ Phenakistoscope Etching [dancing], die-cut sleeve + signed photo card
Angel Olsen: Whole New Mess: Exclusive Black Vinyl + Signed Print
Angel Olsen
Whole New Mess: Exclusive Black Vinyl + Signed Print
Vinyl LP
US$27.99
Sorry Sold Out

A stark, heart-sore, skeletal folk-driven companion piece to Angel Olsen's cinematic masterpiece All Mirrors from last year. It's likely you'll know these songs, but not like this.

For fans of: Sharon Van Etten, Japanese Breakfast

Original release: 28 August 2020

Format: Black Vinyl LP + Signed Print - limited restock, exclusive edition of 100
Kemistry & Storm: Kemistry & Storm DJ-Kicks [Remastered]
Kemistry & Storm
Kemistry & Storm DJ-Kicks [Remastered]
Double Vinyl LP
US$27.99
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Augustus Muller: Machine Learning Experiments (OST): Limited Edition White Vinyl
Augustus Muller, Boy Harsher
Machine Learning Experiments (OST): Limited Edition White Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$27.99
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deathcrash: people thought my windows were stars: Exclusive Clear Vinyl
deathcrash
people thought my windows were stars: Exclusive Clear Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$27.99
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recordstore EP of the Year

41-minutes of sprawling, epic post-rock across three deftly focused tracks that take deep breaths in the luxury that time affords.

For fans of: Godspeed!, Mogwai, Fugazi, Explosions in the Sky

Original release: 23 October 2020

Format: Limited Edition Clear Vinyl LP - exclusive edition of 300

First time on colour vinyl, due January 2021.
LYR: Call In The Crash Team: Signed CD + Lockdown: Limited White 7
LYR
Call In The Crash Team: Signed CD + Lockdown: Limited White 7"
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A moving debut from UK poet laureate Simon Armitage, alongside multi-instrumentalist Richard Walters and producer Patrick J. Pearson - spoken word washed in ambient post-rock and hypnotic, atonal experimentalism.

For fans of: Simon Armitage, Erland Cooper

Original release: 26 June 2020

Format: Exclusive Signed CD, "Lockdown" White 7" Vinyl feat. Florence Pugh + Melt Yourself Down
Roger Eno & Brian Eno: Luminous: Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl
Roger Eno & Brian Eno
Luminous: Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$28.99
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Six brand new tracks and a formerly Japan-only bonus track, leading on from the brothers' "Mixing Colours" LP.

For fans of: Harold Budd, CAN, Philip Glass

Original release: 14 August

Format: Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl LP [restock], Black Vinyl LP

Bobbie Gentry: The Delta Sweete [Expanded Edition]: Deluxe Vinyl 2LP + Exclusive Lithograph
Bobbie Gentry
The Delta Sweete [Expanded Edition]: Deluxe Vinyl 2LP + Exclusive Lithograph
Double Vinyl LP
US$28.99
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Original release: 5 February 1968

Notes: 2LP or 2CD with new stereo mix. First time on vinyl since 1972 - exclusive lithograph hand-numbered /500
Keleketla!: Keleketla!: Signed Exclusive Gatefold Double Vinyl
Keleketla!
Keleketla!: Signed Exclusive Gatefold Double Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$28.99
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A collaborative feast from Johannesburg to London, Lagos, L.A. and West Papua, featuring a huge cast of up-and-coming South African musicians and the final recordings from the late great Tony Allen.

For fans of: Coldcut, Idris Ackamoor, Fela Kuti

Original release: 3 July 2020

Format: Signed Vinyl 2LP - exclusive edition of 100 [NB. pressing due late December], Signed Gatefold CD
Hot Chip: Late Night Tales – Hot Chip: 180gm Vinyl 2LP + Exclusive Signed Sleeve
Hot Chip, Various Artists
Late Night Tales – Hot Chip: 180gm Vinyl 2LP + Exclusive Signed Sleeve
Vinyl LP
US$28.99
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Maija Sofia: Bath Time (Anniversary Edition): Exclusive 180gm Green + White Marble Vinyl + Signed / Numbered Print
Maija Sofia
Bath Time (Anniversary Edition): Exclusive 180gm Green + White Marble Vinyl + Signed / Numbered Print
Vinyl LP
US$28.99
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Jeff Parker: Suite For Max Brown: Black Vinyl LP + OBI Strip
Jeff Parker
Suite For Max Brown: Black Vinyl LP + OBI Strip
Vinyl LP
US$29.99
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The solo project of post-rock innovators Tortoise's virtuosic guitarist and composer Jeff Parker, boasting the rhythmic flow of hip hop and the soulful swing of jazz.

For fans of: Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Tortoise

Original release: 24 January 2020

Format: Limited Edition Vinyl LP + OBI Strip, CD
White Stones: Kuarahy: Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
White Stones
Kuarahy: Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$29.99
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A groove-oriented, pulsating death metal solo project from Opeth's Martin Mendez with a progressive edge and plenty of Latin flair, named after his birthplace in Uruguay (pronounced Kwa-Ra-Hee).

For fans of: Opeth, Enslaved

Original release: 13 March 2020

Format: Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl LP, CD
JARV IS...: Beyond The Pale: Limited Edition Clear Orange Vinyl
JARV IS..., Jarvis Cocker
Beyond The Pale: Limited Edition Clear Orange Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$30.99
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Jarvis Cocker, Pulp

More sonically expansive than Jarvis Cocker's trademark geek-pop, but the surreal voyeurisms of his debut JARV IS outing are as sharp as ever (even if he tries to rhyme "claustrophobia" with "disrobin' ya").

For fans of: Jarvis Cocker, Tim Burgess

Original release: 17 July 2020

Format: Limited Edition Clear Orange Vinyl LP [limited restock] - we'll also be sending out some mystery prizes to random purchasers
Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club: Limited Edition Tropical Yellow & Red Vinyl
Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club: Limited Edition Tropical Yellow & Red Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$31.99
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Electronic System: Tchip. Tchip (Vol. 3): Exclusive Clear, Red + Blue Splatter Vinyl
Electronic System
Tchip. Tchip (Vol. 3): Exclusive Clear, Red + Blue Splatter Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$31.99
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Adrianne Lenker: songs and instrumentals: Deluxe Double Vinyl + Double-Sided Lithograph
Adrianne Lenker
songs and instrumentals: Deluxe Double Vinyl + Double-Sided Lithograph
Double Vinyl LP
US$32.99
Sorry Sold Out

A delicate alt-folk double album from Big Thief's frontwoman, made in isolation at the start of the global lockdown, as the band were plucked from their European tour and heartache ensued.

For fans of: Big Thief, Hand Habits

Original release: 23 October 2020

Format: Deluxe Double Vinyl 2LP + 2-sided lithograph, CD
Marie Davidson: Renegade Breakdown: Signed Exclusive Gatefold Double Vinyl
Marie Davidson, L’Œil Nu
Renegade Breakdown: Signed Exclusive Gatefold Double Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$32.99
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A bold new sound in leftfield dance music, with Marie Davidson's trademark dark humour interpolated into a musical landscape that takes from Kraftwerk as readily as Fleetwood Mac.

For fans of: The Art of Noise, Kelly Lee Owens

Original release: 25 September 2020

Format: Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl 2LP signed by Marie Davidson [front] and L’Œil Nu [back] - exclusive edition of 100.
Buffalo Tom: Birdbrain: Limited 30th Anniversary Edition Mint Green Vinyl
Buffalo Tom
Birdbrain: Limited 30th Anniversary Edition Mint Green Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$33.99
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Roxy Girls: A Wealth of Information/ A Poverty Attention: Signed Mini LP Bundle
Roxy Girls
A Wealth of Information/ A Poverty Attention: Signed Mini LP Bundle
Double Vinyl LP
US$33.99
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For fans of:
The Talking Heads, Mush

Original release: 5 June 2020

Format: Limited 12" Vinyl [A Wealth of Information] + Signed Mini LP [A Poverty Attention] - limited restock [20 copies]

Yo La Tengo: Electr-o-pura: 25th Anniversary Edition Gatefold Vinyl 2LP
Yo La Tengo
Electr-o-pura: 25th Anniversary Edition Gatefold Vinyl 2LP
Double Vinyl LP
US$33.99
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Cat Stevens: Tea For The Tillerman 2: Exclusive Blue Vinyl LP
Cat Stevens, Yusuf
Tea For The Tillerman 2: Exclusive Blue Vinyl LP
Vinyl LP
US$34.99
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Original release: 23 November 1970

Notes: Celebrating 50 years - Exclusive Blue Vinyl LP, Black Vinyl LP, CD + new Super Deluxe Box Sets of Tea For The Tillerman
The Heshoo Beshoo Group: Armitage Road: 50th Anniversary Edition Vinyl LP
The Heshoo Beshoo Group
Armitage Road: 50th Anniversary Edition Vinyl LP
Vinyl LP
US$34.99
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Reload (Global Communication): A Collection of Short Stories: Limited Edition Translucent Yellow Vinyl
Reload (Global Communication)
A Collection of Short Stories: Limited Edition Translucent Yellow Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$34.99
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Coil: Musick To Play In The Dark: Limited Edition Clear Yellow Vinyl w/ Etched D Side
Coil
Musick To Play In The Dark: Limited Edition Clear Yellow Vinyl w/ Etched D Side
Double Vinyl LP
US$36.99
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Jim Sullivan: U.F.O.: Limited Edition Gatefold Galaxy Vinyl
Jim Sullivan
U.F.O.: Limited Edition Gatefold Galaxy Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$36.99
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Chubby Checker: Dancin' Party: The Chubby Checker Collection (1960-1966)
Chubby Checker
Dancin' Party: The Chubby Checker Collection (1960-1966)
Vinyl LP
US$37.99
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Pallbearer: Forgotten Days: Limited Edition Gatefold Double Colour Vinyl
Pallbearer
Forgotten Days: Limited Edition Gatefold Double Colour Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$38.99
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The fourth full-length and new label debut is heavy magic from the stubborn, slow-burning doom metal apostles - a majestic return to form.

For fans of: Black Sabbath, Sunn O)))

Original release: 23 October 2020

Format: Limited Edition Gatefold Colour Vinyl 2LP - limited edition of 300 worldwide
The Charlatans: Between 10th & 11th: Limited Expanded Edition Clear Vinyl
The Charlatans
Between 10th & 11th: Limited Expanded Edition Clear Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$39.90
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Keeley Forsyth: Debris: Signed Exclusive Vinyl + Photograph: Vinyl EP
Keeley Forsyth
Debris: Signed Exclusive Vinyl + Photograph: Vinyl EP
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US$41.99
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Hauntingly minimal piano and harmonium-led compositions described as blocks of metal falling from the sky, that sit behind her rich Yorkshire vocal. It makes sense when you listen.

For fans of: Jenny Hval, Aldous Harding, Cat Power

Original release: 17 January 2020

Format: Signed Exclusive Vinyl LP, Signed CD + Bonus 4-track 12" EP
Various Artists: Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists
Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Double Vinyl LP
US$43.99
In Stock
IDLES: Ultra Mono: Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl
IDLES
Ultra Mono: Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$45.99
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A celebration of community and diversity from our beloved Bristol punks, packed with heavy sloganeering, polarising politics and steamroller riffs.

For fans of: Shame, Viagra Boys, The Murder Capital

Original release: 25 September 2020

Format: Deluxe Edition Gatefold Vinyl LP, CD, Limited Edition Cassette
Bob Dylan: Rough And Rowdy Ways: Limited Edition Olive Green Vinyl
Bob Dylan
Rough And Rowdy Ways: Limited Edition Olive Green Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$47.99
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A real comeback album from a prophet whose recent output has been more concerned with Frank Sinatra covers than sharing wisdom on the human consciousness. The 17-minute closing track is one of the best he's ever written.

For fans of: Bob Dylan, do you need more than that?

Original release: 17 July 2020

Format: Limited Edition Olive Green Vinyl 2LP [very limited restock]
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble: Spinner & Wrong Way Up: Expanded Vinyl Edition Bundle
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble, Brian Eno & John Cale
Spinner & Wrong Way Up: Expanded Vinyl Edition Bundle
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US$49.99
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Various Artists: Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987: Limited Edition Orange + Red Haze Vinyl
Various Artists
Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987: Limited Edition Orange + Red Haze Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$49.99
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Various Artists: Warfaring Strangers Acid Nightmares: Exclusive Deluxe Neon Yellow Vinyl
Various Artists
Warfaring Strangers Acid Nightmares: Exclusive Deluxe Neon Yellow Vinyl
Double Vinyl LP
US$50.99
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Tangerine Dream: Sorcerer [OST]: Limited Edition Rainforest Green & Black Swirled Vinyl
Tangerine Dream
Sorcerer [OST]: Limited Edition Rainforest Green & Black Swirled Vinyl
Vinyl LP
US$58.99
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Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition Hard Cover Photo Book Vinyl
Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition Hard Cover Photo Book Vinyl
Vinyl Box Set
US$59.99
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Iggy Pop: The Bowie Years: 7CD Boxset + Exclusive Numbered A2 Screenprint [signed by Chris Hopewell]
Iggy Pop
The Bowie Years: 7CD Boxset + Exclusive Numbered A2 Screenprint [signed by Chris Hopewell]
CD Box Set
US$86.99
In Stock
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson: Einstein On The Beach: Limited Edition 4LP Box Set
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson
Einstein On The Beach: Limited Edition 4LP Box Set
Vinyl Box Set
US$90.99
In Stock
Agnetha Faltskog: Agnetha Faltskog: Limited Edition Vinyl Bundle
Agnetha Faltskog
Agnetha Faltskog: Limited Edition Vinyl Bundle
Bundle
US$93.99
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Melanie C: Melanie C: Clear Vinyl 3LP Casebound Book + Signed Card
Melanie C
Melanie C: Clear Vinyl 3LP Casebound Book + Signed Card
Triple Vinyl LP
US$98.99
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2020's been a funny year. We didn't think we'd be playing a Spice Girl's solo album this much, but Mel C's eponymous LP is a manifesto for self-care - critically-acclaimed, tropical-tinged pop to the tune of Róisín Murphy and Robyn.

For fans of: Robyn, Dua Lipa, Spice Girls

Original release: 2 October 2020

Format: Clear Vinyl 3LP Casebound Book + Signed Card - exclusive edition of 100
Wilco: Summerteeth: Deluxe Edition 5LP
Wilco
Summerteeth: Deluxe Edition 5LP
Vinyl Box Set
US$99.99
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Return to Greendale: Limited Edition Numbered Box Set
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Return to Greendale: Limited Edition Numbered Box Set
Vinyl Box Set
US$124.99
In Stock
Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie: Collector's Edition Box Set
Paul McCartney
Flaming Pie: Collector's Edition Box Set
Box Set
US$655.00
In Stock
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