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All our recommendations from the past two weeks are below. Get stuck in, these are some classy tunes.

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Two
Owls

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

There’s a post-it on this one saying “‘97 math rock/twiddly post rock”, but thankfully an explanation is not needed today, for this is the long-awaited second album from post-Cap’n Jazz twinkledaddy p…view full details.

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    LP £14.09, CD £11.69

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins
Vikesh Kapoor

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Say hello to the new contender for the Great American Songwriter crown, Vikesh Kapoor. His debut LP ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’ follows in the traditions of songwriters like Tom Waits and …view full details.

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    CD £8.89, LP £13.29

In The Hollows
Nat Baldwin

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin&rsquo…view full details.

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    LP £14.09, CD £8.79

Blood Forest
Dead Fader

8/10 according to our Ian on 17th April 2014

Electronic producer Dead Fader comes at us with a double release this month, here we have ‘Blood Forest’ on the excellent Robot Elephant label which throws both warped electronica and neoclassical melodies together, what you get is an …view full details.

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    LP £14.09

Loom
Fear Of Men

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Brighton’s Fear of Men drop their debut LP this week, an ambitious and sprawling piece which takes in elements of dreampop, coldwave and minimal indie rock for a delicately formed pop aesthetic which will appeal to fans of …view full details.

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    CD £10.39, LP £14.79

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina
Various

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Listen. I feel very heavy-hearted on reaching this 2CD set in my review pile, which pays tribute to the late, great Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and …view full details.

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    CD £13.39

Young Alaska
Christian Loffler

9/10 according to our Clinton on 17th April 2014

New one from the German producer reviewed in war-like conditions in the middle of the office with chuntering going on round my ears. The first track that rises above the cacophony is ‘Mt Grace’, the second track on the record where Lof…view full details.

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    CD £8.69, LP £15.29

Interlude Music
Cavern of Anti-Matter

9/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

The records from Deep Distance just seem to get cheaper and cheaper, and my pick of this week’s £6.99 wonders is this LP from Cavern of Anti-Matter, a synthesizer trio featuring Stereolab maestro Tim G…view full details.

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    12" £6.99

The Child
Umberto

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

‘80s soundtrack loving dude Umberto is back this week with the full-length 12-minute version of ‘The Child’ which appeared in an edited form on his debut. A right old doozy it is too, a labyrinthine passage of cold disco beats an…view full details.

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    12" £6.99

Mortology 1990-1996
Morthound

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Morthound was the creative alter-ego of the man we now know as BJ Nilsen between the years of 1990-96, starting when he was just 15, so all this stuff must’ve been over by the time he was 22! You certainly can…view full details.

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    CD box set £43.49

Ambience2
Agathe Max

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Here's the latest from the reliably good short-run 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels, who've focused on indie rock thus far but this time venture off-piste into the chin-strokey world of minimal ambience. The sleeve to this 7" may look familiar, since i…view full details.

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    7" £7.39

Dub Guns
Tinniens

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Here’s a tape featuring Landing’s Aaron Snow and Daron Gardner, producing delicate songs full of drones and loops that occupy a space somewhere between dreampop and ambience. There’s a warm, almost…view full details.

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    Cassette tape £5.99

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Volume 10
Clipd Beaks

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Couple of tracks of woozy experimental rock from Minneapolis veterans Clipd Beaks on this new 7". On side A there's a number called 'North Hard Daze', a blurred, dreamlike bit of psychedelia with all the sounds strangely muddied. There's a simple …view full details.

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    7" £6.99

Rosy
The FLK / Marry Waterson

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Mysterious post-folk experimentalists The FLK (definitely nothing to do with the KLF since you were wondering) have a new 7”! Fans of their last CD, and I know there are a lot of you, get the chequebooks out now. As…view full details.

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    7" £9.99

Hercules Initiative EP
Diesel Dudes

9/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Ace 7” here of goofy digital punk from the amusingly named Diesel Dudes, whose homoerotic opening paean to weed and working out is a hilarious mixture of dirty Atari-Teenage-Riot-doing-…view full details.

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    7" £6.59

Guilt Culture
Multiple Man

9/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

I’m liking this single from Brisbane’s Multiple Man. On the A side is ‘Guilt Culture’, a paranoid pop gem built around echo-treated spoken vocals, ominous synth drones, pumping sci-fi drum machines. There’s some kind …view full details.

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    7" £6.59

As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
Schnauser

8/10 according to our Mike on 16th April 2014

More psychedelic covers from Fruits De Mer. This one's by Schnauser, which sounds appealing to me, like a cross between a much loved synth twiddler and a friendly domestic dog. It's got a Soft Machine cover on on…view full details.

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    7" £5.49

Suspiria
Schizo Fun Addict

8/10 according to our Mike on 16th April 2014

The first rule of covers is to be wary when approaching an iconic piece of music - there's already a definitive version and most likely already a long list of people who've done it badly. On this 7" Schizo Fun Addict laugh in the face of such rule…view full details.

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    7" £5.49

Finite World EP
Maia

8/10 according to our Clinton on 16th April 2014

Huddersfield’s Maia seem to do tremendously well amongst folk-loving sorts yet as yet remain relatively unheard of above sea level. Their previous album was a technicolour smorgasboard of sounds veering a little too closely towards disco-fol…view full details.

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    10" £9.99, CD £4.99, 10" £11.99

Busy Earnin'
Jungle

9/10 according to our Mike on 15th April 2014

Who are Jungle? The press release tells me there are two of them, sometimes expanding to a seven-piece live band, but I genuinely have no idea if any of these people photographed on the sleeve are actually playing any of the music on the record. I…view full details.

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    12" £7.39
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A Collection Of Lost Songs From 1996 - 1998
Danko Jones

8/10 according to our Mike on 15th April 2014

Toronto's Danko Jones are probably best known for their slick and sleazy high energy hard rock antics of latter years, but this fascinating LP collects together various demos recorded in the two years between the band's formation and their first E…view full details.

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    CD £8.19, LP £13.99

Omi Palone
Omi Palone

8/10 according to our Mike on 15th April 2014

Here we have a short but sweet debut LP by London quartet Omi Palone, who play a kind of post-punky take on that shambly jangly NZ indiepop sound. It's pretty strong stuff, too. The songs have a surging momentum to them that's nicely offset by Phi…view full details.

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    LP £14.99

Electrode
Martial Solal joue Michel Magne

8/10 according to our Mike on 15th April 2014

Here's a pretty historic reissue from Finders Keepers' baby sister Cacophonic, significant not only because it is Jean-Claude Vannier's first full-length commission as album arranger, but also because of t…view full details.

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    LP £14.99

Zoloto
Brown Brogues

8/10 according to our Mike on 15th April 2014

That scuzzy garage rock duo from the other side of the Pennines, Brown Brogues, are back with a new 10" EP, initial copies of which come with a bonus copy of their six-song debut 7" as an added RSD-related treat. The 10" has all the hallmarks that…view full details.

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    10" £16.39

Sin Gas
Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen Love

8/10 according to our Mike on 14th April 2014

Wire Magazine's official King of All Skronk Mats Gustafsson is…view full details.

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    CD £9.19, LP £14.59

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