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The Slits

Label Island Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 4783700

Rough Trade Exclusive - Purple Vinyl

The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths

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...

Madvillainy

Madvillain

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

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

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...

Funeral

Arcade Fire

Label Merge Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. MRG 255

It is a truly eccentric rock record: bizarre at turns and recognizable elsewhere, equally beautiful and harrowing, theatrical and sincere. At times, the album's total disregard of formula...

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The xx

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

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

Label Westbound Genre 60s & 70s Soul & Funk Cat no. HIQLP020

A Gatefold heavy cardboard 180 gram LP

AM

Arctic Monkeys

Label Domino Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 80317

180 Gram Heavyweight vinyl with download.

Tago Mago

Can

Label Mute Genre Krautrock Cat no. A 69519

Remastered 180 gram Double Vinyl

Disintegration

The Cure

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 523284

Although retaining the darkest elements of the earlier albums, it pointed the way towards the band's later, more commercial work. The intoxicating music draws the listener inexorably down...

Up The Bracket

Libertines

Label Rough Trade Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 65

With the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as Horror Show and The Boy Looked at Johnny rattle along like first-gen punk classics. But like the Strokes, The L...

Fear Of Music

Talking Heads

Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 6076

Released in 1979 Fear of Music is Talking Heads third album. Although often overlooked in favour of it's successor Remain in Light, this album represents a peak for Talking Heads that the...

The Blue Notebooks

Max Richter

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...

Label Deutsche Grammophon Genre Modern Composition Cat no. B002251801

180 gram vinyl with download

Sound Of Silver

LCD Soundsystem

Label DFA Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. DFA2164

It is just as linked to James Murphy's record collection, with traces of post-punk, disco, Krautrock, and singer/songwriter schlubs, but the references are evidently harder to pin down; t...

Trans Europe Express

Kraftwerk

Label Parlophone Genre Krautrock Cat no. 791144

The infinite vistas of Europe Endless and Endless Endless' bookend the album, which includes the unsettling kafka-esque fable The Hall of Mirrors' and Showroom Dummies - Kraftwerk's elega...

Is This It

The Strokes

Label RCA Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 78636804514

LP

High Violet

The National

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...

Tramp

Sharon Van Etten

Label Jagjaguwar Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. JAG 201

LP in heavyweight tip on gatefold sleeve with download.

Grace

Jeff Buckley

Label Columbia Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 886977798313

In 1994, Buckley released his first album Grace, composed of ten tracks. While sales were slow, the album quickly received critical acclaim and appreciation from other musicians (among th...

Nevermind

Nirvana

Label Geffen Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. DGC24425

Punk energy and aesthetic (Territorial Pissings, Drain You) are its lifeblood; pop melody, harmony, and structure (Something in the Way, Come as You Are) its selling points; Kurt Cobain's...

Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth

Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. GOO 017 LP

Many fans consider it their finest hour, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely c...

Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. GOO 017

Many fans consider it their finest hour, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely c...

Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. GOO013LP

Many fans consider it their finest hour, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely c...

Homework

Daft Punk

Genre House Cat no. 426090

It's over 10 years old but still stands head and shoulders above every other dance album ever. You could say they just updated the sound of Chicago but they added their own touch and Pari...

The Beatles (White Album)

The Beatles

Label Apple Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 824661

With the four Beatles playing like session men on each other's songs, the making of the album was fraught with tension. John Lennon's songs included a bitter take on people who read too m...

I'm New Here

Gil Scott-Heron

Label XL Genre 60s & 70s Soul & Funk Cat no. XL-471-1

Gil Scott-Heron's landmark albums of the 1970's, and work with long-time collaborator Brian Jackson have influenced a myriad of musical styles from rap, acid jazz, neo soul and spoken wor...

Horses

Patti Smith

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...

Fun House

The Stooges

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...

Blue Lines

Massive Attack

Label Virgin Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 5700960

Originally released in April 1991 on the Circa imprint through Virgin records, Blue Lines concoction of break beats, sampling and rapping mixed with live instruments, together with influe...

The Epic

Kamasi Washington

Label Brainfeeder Genre Jazz Cat no. CD-BF-050

CDx3

Spaces

Nils Frahm

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 ...

Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest

Label Legacy Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 12414149015

The tracks balance jazz, soul, and even reggae influences with pure hip-hop to arrive at a completely distinctive Tribe sound, the logical evolution of the bop-inflected hooks which chara...

Twin Peaks (Original Soundtrack)

Angelo Badalamenti

Label Death Waltz Genre Soundtracks Cat no. DW50

Available for the first time in 25 years Death Waltz Recording Company are immensely proud to reissue the score to Twin Peaks an era defining TV show and Soundtrack. Freshly re-mastered f...

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor

William Onyeabor

Label luaka bop Genre African Cat no. LP-LBOP-0079

Triple Vinyl set with four extra tracks

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Public Enemy

Label Def Jam Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 3145273582

In 1988, when this album was released, Public Enemy's music cut with a wholly revolutionary edge. Rarely has fear, anger, paranoia and anxiety been so masterfully compressed onto a record...

Label Def Jam Genre Hip Hop Cat no. B001939401

In 1988, when this album was released, Public Enemy's music cut with a wholly revolutionary edge. Rarely has fear, anger, paranoia and anxiety been so masterfully compressed onto a record...

Safe As Milk

Captain Beefheart

Label Sundazed Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. LP-SUND-5460

This really is an album that no collection is complete without! With a&m junior popmeister Richard Perry, jack of all trades Ry Cooder and songwriting genius Russ Titelman, the Captai...

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

Genre Hip Hop Cat no. B001469501

Triple vinyl pressing.

Heart Of The Congos

The Congos

Label VP Records Genre Reggae-Dub Cat no. A 54212 V

20 Track LPx3

Label VP Records Genre Reggae-Dub Cat no. CD 54212 V

30 Track 3CD

E2-E4 (35th Anniversary Edition)

Manuel Gottsching

Label MG.ART Genre Krautrock Cat no. MGART 904LP

In celebration of the 2016 35th anniversary of the December 12, 1981, recording of Manuel Göttsching's legendary E2-E4, one of electronic music's most influential recordings, Göttsching's...

Spiderland (remastered)

Slint

Label Touch & Go Genre Post Rock Cat no. TG364cd

CD+DVD

Label Touch & Go Genre Post Rock Cat no. TG364lp

LP+DVD

Marquee Moon

Television

Label Rhino Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 1098

Television's leader, Tom Verlaine, professed admiration for Moby Grape and the folk rock of early Fairport Convention. Elements of the latter appear on this album's title track, which off...

Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar

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'...

Different Class

Pulp

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...

Suicide (2016 Reissue)

Suicide

Label Superior Viaduct Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. SV109

It is hard to overstate the importance of the seven tracks on Suicide, which paved the way for punk, industrial, hip hop, noise and beyond. Ghost Rider accelerates with brutal anguish and...