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Out this week, all of the records that you need on your shelf this week in one handy place.

Check out the albums that get our fopp stamp of approval below,

Neneh Cherry Broken Politics


“Lies travel faster than the truth,” sings Neneh Cherry on her new album, Broken Politics. It’s hard to disagree, just as it’s hard to find fault with Cherry’s takes on the refugee crisis and gun culture. Yet her fifth solo album manages to be life-affirming and joyous despite the dark subject matter. Recorded in Woodstock, upstate New York, with Four Tet in the producer’s chair, it’s got Kieran Hebden’s fingerprints all over it – the looped steel band and jazz samples that power Natural Skin Deep, say, or the hypnotic droning harp on Deep Vein Thrombosis. Read the full review here

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Yoko Ono Warzone


At the age of 85, and after a lifetime dedicated to the cultivation of peace and art, Yoko Ono deserves a bit of a ramble through her past. And yet Warzone, a collection of reworked songs originally from 1970 to 2009, is not just nostalgia, but also comfortably one of the best pieces of work she’s produced in years. Thomas Bartlett, who’s previously collaborated with Sufjan Stevens and The National, co-produces with Ono, and his keyboards and electronics provide a subtle, varied bed for the singer to emote over. Read the full review

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How To Dress Well The Anteroom


A single continuous piece of 21st century psychedelic music, The Anteroom is the fifth LP from Tom Krell’s How to Dress Well workshop. The music on this record – blizzardous electronic noise, fragile melodies and poignant poetry – reclaims the experimental core of the HTDW project.

While aggressively material, these are songs not merely sounds, and the stories on this record – some biographical, many from the most knotted corners of human life – are deeply personal and human(e). Both soothing and thoroughly disarming, like a weighted blanket: this is music to dive into, to be wrapped in.

The record was inspired by Coil (especially the Moon Musick phase), Robert Ashley, Kathy Acker, Helena Hauff, Neil Landstrumm, Front 242, Paul B. Preciado, Acid Mt. Fuji, Dambudzo Marechera, Vatican Shadow, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Alec Empire, Akira Rabelais, Frank Bidart, Basic Channel, Ocean Vuong, Silvia Federici, Maggie Nelson, Alejandra Pizarnik, demonic negative transcendence & the end of life on the earth…

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Richard Ashcroft Natural Rebel


“Ever constructed around our hero’s robust tenor and rattling acoustic, then adorned with A-grade orchestration, it inescapably evokes Urban Hymns.” – MOJO 

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R.E.M. R.E.M. Live At The BBC


R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands.

The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.

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Karine Polwart Laws Of Motion


Laws of Motion is the latest in an evolving series of collaborative projects across which Polwart has combined music & storytelling with politics & environmental-societal issues. Karine wrote A Pocket Of Wind Resistance (a Songlines & BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Album Of The Year) as a musical companion to her acclaimed theatre debut Wind Resistance.

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Also Out This Week

Cloud Nothings Last Building Burning

The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Cant We: 25th Anniversary Edition

Disturbed Evolution

Greta Van Fleet Anthem Of The Peaceful Army

Elle King Shake The Spirit

Will Oldham Songs Of Love & Horror

John Carpenter Halloween

Soulfly Ritual

Whitesnake Unzipped


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