New LITA Reissue | This Heat


This Heat, circa 1981. Photograph by Lesley Evans. Courtesy of This Heat.

This Heat, circa 1981. Photograph by Lesley Evans. Courtesy of This Heat.

Isn’t it so often the case that the most innovative works of art – the ones that break the ground where others follow – are the ones that seem to reach only the ears of those who take those ideas and run with them? So it is with This Heat, who from the forefront of experimental music, sowed the seeds of post-punk, avant rock, noise rock and post-rock.

We are very proud to announce that our latest archival series is of this experimental, Brixton trio’s 1979-1981 discography. In honor of their 40th anniversary we’re reissuing their self-titled debut album, their EP Health & Efficiency, and their masterpiece Deceit. In these albums, This Heat concocted some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough.

Given the difficult, abrasive, and involved nature of their sound, This Heat never found anything approaching mainstream success, but their influence is immeasurable and those who love them love them fiercely. This first ever official vinyl reissue was produced with the full co-operation of band members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. Four decades on, This Heat is still a revelation.


“The Beatles of modern experimental music.”
- Damon McMahon (Amen Dunes)

“This Heat made a beautiful/ferocious noise like no other band before or since – and their records still sound entirely modern today.”
- Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)

This Heat sounded like the future then… and still do now.”
- Dan Snaith (Caribou)






“Health & Efficiency”

  • All three albums are available for preorder now, and will be available for immediate purchase January 22nd.
  • A bundle of all 3 This Heat color editions is available for a discounted price.
  • Pre-order color editions (300 copies each):
    • This Heat: “Blue/Yellow” split color wax
    • Deceit: “Red/Black Nuclear Swirl” color wax
    • Pre-order bundle edition, Health & Efficiency: custom “H&E Blue” color wax. Only available as a bundle with all three This Heat titles

Pitchfork News premiered tracks ”Sleep” from Deceit and “24 Track Loop” from the self-titled debut album this morning. Check out Pitchfork’s feature here, or listen to the tracks in the videos below: