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Autumn Release Round-Up

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Compiling a list of autumn's key releases, it's striking just how many important records came out in September and October, rarely viewed as the halcyon months of the year. First, there are the headline-grabbing returns by established musical heroes. We were almost spoilt for choice here: whether it was venerable icons like Bob Mould and Dinosaur Jr, more recent breakthrough acts such as The Vaccines, The xx, Cat Power, Gallows, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Flying Lotus and Bat for Lashes, or long-awaited new albums from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ultrasound, it seemed so many big-name alternative acts from the past 20 years chose autumn 2012 to make their comeback.

Perhaps more interesting were the releases from acts who look set to shape the musical landscape to come. Tame Impala's Lonerism appears to herald a resurgence in psychedelia, while the fuss around the self-titled debut albums from Jake Bugg and This Many Boyfriends look certain to cement their places as tomorrow's indie darlings.

There was also a nicely even split between forward-looking, unusual sounds and classic rock 'n' roll. Into the former camp fell Fontanelle's glorious space-jazz odyssey, Vitamin F and Egyptian Hip Hop's long-gestating debut album, Good Don't Sleep, which mixed electronica, post-punk and funk. Elsewhere, Death Grips continued their gonzo hybridization of hip hop and extreme noise (complete with risqué album cover); Onuinu rejuvenated the over-familiar sound of chillwave by taking it to the dancefloor; Hanetration's Torn Heat EP was full of challenging drone-tronica sounds, and Bo Ningen delivered another album of completely batshit space-rock. If it was uncomplicated rock 'n' roll thrills you wanted, meanwhile, then you could choose between Dum Dum Girls, The Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall and The Datsuns. Or be greedy and have the lot.

We were also treated to some outstanding compilations: Fac. Dance 02: Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987, Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post Punk 1980-83 and I Love Grime are all excellent introductions to their chosen subjects and well-worth seeking out. A quick mention must also go to Poe for Moderns: Music to Scare your Neighbours, which wins the award for most bonkers re-release, and to Lo-fi Infidelity: The Best of The Whatevers, a retrospective compilation from a much-missed cult band.

So, that was autumn. You never had it so good, you lucky buggers.

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