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But, but, it’s Record Store Day tomorrow

‘Twas the night before Record Store Day, and all was quiet in new release land…..

Actually no, there’s a fair few treats out today, as a hors d’oeuvre to the big day.

Hotly tipped (and big BBC 6music faves) Fontaines DC release their debut – if you’re a fan of IDLES, then this is one to check out, but what really stands out and sets them apart is their roots. Straight from the off, there is no doubt where they’re from; Irish through and through. Their hometown of Dublin is a constant reference point throughout from it’s literary past to modern day life in the city. Considering the band have only actually been a band for three years, this is a remarkably assured debut that’s hard to ignore.

Also out today is the return of The Chemical Brothers – a quintessentially a Chemical experience from start to finish – combining the duo’s uncanny knack at sound design and break manipulation with their usual playful, stadium-slaying production. They combine the myriad and often fractured, disparate influences and styles across the dance music spectrum into something that they can confidently declare their own. 25 years in the game and you still know when it’s a Chemical Brothers beat!

Also out – probably the only cool thing to come from Southampton (excepting Matt Le Tissier) Band Of Skulls return with some Richard X production flourishes; a new Damien Jurado (recorded in 2 hours apparently); Bibio returns with mostly acoustic-led approach exploring ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia, soul, ambient, electronic and field recordings; and a rather nice looking CD/DVD package from the Pet Shop Boys.

Okay, back to the real world craziness of RSD…

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