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The Selecter | Human Algebra (2023)


It’s been 43 years since the release of The Selecter’s seminal debut album Too Much Pressure and while it still inspires and resonates today, their new studio album Human Algebra keeps the fire burning with a stellar collection of hard-hitting tracks in the band’s own inimitable style. Human Algebra, released April 21st, is a word from the wise – from questioning ‘fake news’ (“Big Little Lies”), to pointing the finger at keyboard warriors (“Armchair Guevara”), and the scourge of knife crime (“Human Algebra”). Human relationships are also touched upon (“Boxing Clever”), along with a touching tribute to the late great Ranking Roger from The Beat (“Parade The Crown”).
As ever, The Selecter are led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black OBE and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson with original drummer Charley ‘Aitch’ Bembridge. Human Algebra is produced by Neil Pyzer, who also contributes Sax, Guitar and keyboards. The rest of the band feature John Robertson on Guitar, Lee Horsley on organ and Andy Pearson on bass duties. The Selecter

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VA | Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave 2 (2023)


Following on from the highly popular first volume of Gary Crowley’s Punk & New Wave, Demon Records are proud to introduce Vol.2. “Alongside my rhythm pal Jim Lahat, we’ve once again pillaged our respective music collections to bring you a highly personal and extremely eclectic selection of gems, mined from the rich seam that was the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.”
A period when a raft of bands and artists imbued a new energy into the country’s musical culture. This mega 77 track collection features some of the biggest names from this period such as The Clash, Ramones, The Jam, The Cure and The Slits. Alongside the bigger names Gary & Jim also shine a light on the lesser known bands, those who might have left just the one great single in their wake such as The Limit, Gary Valentine, The Wardens, Basement 5 and The Limps. Many of these incredibly rare tracks appearing here for the very first time on CD.

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The Flowerpot Men | 1984 (2023)


The Flowerpot Men were a 1980s British electronic group featuring Ben Watkins (Juno Reactor), cellist Adam Peters (film composer), and Paul N Davies (Naked Lunch). Demon Records is proud to present ‘1984’, a new collection curated with the assistance of the band.
Featuring the very best of the original singles and EP releases, including ‘Beat City’ (as featured in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and the current hit TV show ‘The Bear’), ‘Walk On Gilded Splinters’ with the legendary Dr. John on guest vocals, and their first single ‘Jo’s So Mean to Josephine’.
Presented with brand new artwork, pressed on 140g vinyl, housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve. Also includes a 24”x24” fold-out double sided poster. Demon Music Group

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New Musik | From A to B: The Sony Years (2023)


4CD box set bringing together all of New Musik’s three studio albums as well as a disc of B-sides, single edits and remixes. With a booklet containing an interview with Tony Mansfield by Record Collector’s Daryl Easlea. Formed in 1977 by Tony Mansfield, a former member of The Nick Straker Band with bassist Tony Hibbert and drummer Phil Towner, New Musik’s first single, ‘Straight Lines’, was released in 1979, and their debut album, ‘From A to B’, followed in April 1980. ‘From A to B’ entered the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart. Containing their most commercially successful single ‘Living by Numbers’ plus two other hit singles: ‘This World of Water’ and ‘Sanctuary’. The band’s second album, ‘Anywhere’ was released in 1981 and reached No. 68 in the UK following which, Towner and Hibbert departed, and Mansfield cut the next album, ‘Warp’, with the assistance of studio musicians. Mansfield went on to achieve success as a producer with After The Fire, a-ha, Aztec Camera, The B-52’s, The Damned, Captain Sensible, Naked Eyes, and Mari Wilson. Cherry Red Records

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A Certain Ratio | 1982 (2023)

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A Certain Ratio’s greatest strength has always been their unpredictability. They’ve always moved with gleeful disregard for the boundaries of style and genre, their eye fixed firmly on constant progression. It’s an ethos that’s open-minded over all else, and that’s seen them take everything from experimental electronica to vintage funk, filtered through their own Mancunian lens.
And their latest studio album 1982 is no different in its unpredictable multidimensional nature. It shoots off in every direction, whether via searing Afrobeat, mind- melting jazz breakdowns or moody electronic experiments all with pop hooks and irresistible dance rhythms.  Mute Records
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | Dazzle Ships [40th Anniversary Edition] (2023)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Deluxe 40th anniversary CD reissue of the band’s classic 4th album Dazzle Ships. The lovingly put together set comprises of the original album, plus a selection of unreleased demos and rarities which has been compiled and mixed by Paul Humphreys. OMD
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their special 40th anniversary celebrations with a brand new expanded version of their fourth LP ‘Dazzle Ships’. Originally released back in 1983… Retro Pop Magazine
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A Flock of Seagulls | A Flock of Seagulls [40th Anniversary Edition]

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Initially released in April 1982, the eponymous debut album by A Flock Of Seagulls saw the band spearheading the Second British Invasion of the USA. Produced by Mike Howlett (Tears For Fears, OMD, Gang of Four) and Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe fame, the album enjoyed massive success across the world, hitting No. 10 in the US and No. 1 in Australia, propelled by the third single from the record, the New Wave classic “I Ran.”
The 40th anniversary 3 CD deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original album, b-sides, single versions, remixes, BBC Sessions for revered broadcasters such as John Peel and he band’s fellow Liverpudlian Janice Long and a BBC concert from The Paris Theatre, London, which was originally transmitted in January 1982. The set also features sleeve notes by esteemed writer John Earls, featuring a new interview with lead singer and founding band member Mike Score… The Music Universe

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Various Artists | Steven Wilson Presents Intrigue: Progressive Sounds in UK Alternative Music 1979-89 (2023)

Curated by Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson, the four-disc compilation Intrigue: Progressive Sounds in UK Alternative Music 1979-89 tackles the entirety of the 1980s with the mission of exposing the strangest, most inventive, and most abstract sounds coming out of the United Kingdom in a decade where music could often feel sterile or homogenized… AllMusic
“This is my personally-curated attempt to redress the balance, and to perhaps introduce any 1980s-sceptics out there to the idea that conceptual thinking and ambition didn’t suddenly evaporate after 1977. Ambitious, weird and thrilling music was all around you in the 1980s – if you looked in the right places.” – Steven Wilson

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