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4AD is the British independent record label, founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1980.

The label gained huge acclaim in the 80’s for releasing albums from alternative rock, post-punk, gothic rock and dream pop artists, such as Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Modern English, Dead Can Dance, Clan of Xymox, Pixies, Throwing Muses and Watts-Russell’s own musical project This Mortal Coil.

Our stores are now stacked with a great selection of records from 4AD, see some of our choice cuts below…

Bauhaus In The Flat Field

Since its original release in 1980 to generally indifferent reviews, Bauhaus’ debut album has grown in stature and is now appreciated as an innovative foundation stone of ‘Gothic’ music.  Peaking at number one and remaining on the UK ‘Indie’ chart for over two years, this dynamic collection defies categorisation, offering an incendiary tinderbox of driving jagged rhythms, screeching guitars, brooding atmospherics, provocative lyrics and wildly animated vocals.

Vinyl: £18

Dead Can Dance The Serpent Egg

Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are Dead Can Dance. Their music began as collages made from musical lineages, lost tribes and cultures long since forgotten – and by giving new life to so much from the past, they created a genuinely timeless body of work.

Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun drew on Middle Eastern influences, a process that was further explored two years later by the The Serpent’s Egg, which saw Dead Can Dance telescoping in on an earlier period of European music.

Vinyl: £18

Jóhann Jóhannsson IBM 1401, A User's Manual

BM 1401, A User’s Manual, is one of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s most loved works.  Released in 2006, the decade since its release saw Jóhann as one of the most important composers in the world, most notably scoring movies such as ArrivalSicario and The Theory of Everything, until his sad and untimely death this year.
Vinyl: £22

The National Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me, the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in their 14-year career, is a tribute to fully evolved artistic vision—and, somewhat less mystically, to sleep deprivation.

From beginning to end, Trouble Will Find Me possesses the effortless and unself-conscious groove of a downstream swimmer.  It’s at times lush and at others austere, suffused with insomniacal preoccupations that skirt despair without succumbing to it.  There are alluring melodies, and the murderously deft undercurrent supplied by the Devendorfs.

Vinyl: £22

Red House Painters Ocean Beach / Shock Me

All Red House Painters songs have the urgency of someone who believes. With the 4AD contract signed and the album released, the band began receiving positive notices in the British music papers. Legitimate comparisons to Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison were made.

For 1995’s Ocean Beach, Kozelek removed much of the reverb from his voice. It signified a new confidence. Once visibly nervous and shaking behind the microphone, he’d become more comfortable on stage.

Vinyl: £22

Scott Walker Bish Bosch

Since the 1960s, Scott Walker has scaled the heights of pop superstardom, produced some of the most revered solo albums of the late sixties, coasted on his laurels during the seventies, then metamorphosed into something very different.  The music he has been making at his own pace since the early eighties might be utterly estranged from the songs that made him a household name, but they stem from the privacy he requires to write this complex and hugely inventive music.  Bish Bosch is the latest in Scott’s discography to pursue the line of enquiry he began back in 1978, with his four devastatingly original songs on the Walker Brothers’ swansong, Nite Flights, and continuing through Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995), The Drift(2006).
Vinyl: £18

also in the offer

Beirut – Flying Club Cup

Beirut – No No No

Belly – Star: 2lp

Birthday Party – Junkyard: Box Set

Blonde Redhead – 23

Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

David Byrne & St Vincent – Love This Giant

Cocteau Twins – Stars And Topsoil: 2lp

Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of The Dyingsun

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Tim Hecker – Love Streams: 2lp

Holly Herndon – Platform: 4lp

Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood

Lush – Ciao: Best Of: 2lp

The National – High Violet

The National – Sleep Well Beast

The Pixies – Bossa Nova

The Pixies – Surfer Rosa: 180 Gram

The Pixies – Doolittle: Ltd

Red House Painters – Red House Painters (Rollercoaster): 2lp

St Vincent – Strange Mercy

TV On The Radio – Desperate Youth Blood Thirstybabes

Scott Walker – Drift

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