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10/10 according to our Ant onNecessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LP’s have been unavailable individuall…view full details.
10/10 according to our Ant onNecessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LP’s have been unavailable individually on …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onAfter all of this slickly 80s fare that's about it's good to hear some real music, by real men, with real beards, drinking real beer by a real fire. Wolf People are a kind of progressive folk act that remind me of…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onWell this has been pouring out this week. Premiere release on Newcastle (way-aye) label The Old Noise, this one has two sides of very different takes on swirling space jams. Glasgow’s …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onAt what point does one become a ripper? Not that I’m considering it as a career choice of course. I’m just wondering what extra stuff you have to do to get the accolade. In the latest of Death Walt…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onCataclyst is a small label concerned mainly with cutting-edge electronics and sound-art. It's run by a really nice guy we know who quietly devotes most of his life to the dogged pursuit of music that moves and inspi…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onI was moaning to Mike the other morning as to why there appeared to be no DVD issue of this and he snappily retorted, "Maybe they didn't film it?". I just assume they film everything these days but maybe that's just all the twats with their mobile…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onMany days of late I have ranted under my breath about the unceasing proliferation of re-issued "classic" soundtracks and beg the existential question to myself much of the time: "Is there any real need for all this vinyl fetishism? Just watch the …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onRemarkable collection of songs from a lady who wandered the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s doing oddball covers and spreading peace and love. The theft of her accordion led her to replace it with a then state-…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant onProper nutty action from this UK weirdo tag team following their wicked ‘IZOD Days’ LP and a 12” both of which also appeared on Mordant Music. For the numbskulls out there, this is of course …view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian onTranscending novelty is a hard thing when you’re an indie band doing a Kraftwerk cover. I even find Big Black’s version of ‘The Model’ to be more ann…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onOne of our Clinton's few contemporary 60s-inspired squeezes are the amazing Triptides. I'm gonna keep this review fairly short as he's already enthused about them to the point where you should just buy their records…view full details.
8/10 according to our Phil onThese lads and lasses are from Brighton and they’re a surf doom trio. I don’t think I’ve heard any surf doom before you know! Anyhoo ‘Robe For Juda’ is pretty sweet sounding. It’s got huge, wall-of-sound…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onIt's all top stuff I've had to review from home this week, and this baby I've listened to quite a few times. It's a great collection of Daniel Johnston remakes from two renowned Celtic maestros. There's some r…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton onYou don’t usually associate dinosaurs with textural ambience. I imagine the sound of them clumping across the countryside would be something a little more like some neanderthal hard driven rock (Keane, and that kind of thing) than this subtl…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onWell it wasn’t my idea! But I approved of it enormously when it was proposed. So yes, our Album Of The Year 2013 outside-bet winners Sleaford Mods are already back with th…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz onAs discussed in previous reviews of Inga Copeland related material, I could happily listen to her sing all day. She could be singing in the chorus of a local amateur dramatics society performance of The Pirates …view full details.
10/10 according to our Brian onRight. I was doing SOOOO well until I reached this. Immediately I loved it, the sleeve, the music...EVERYTHING. Now I have to BUY another record when I’VE TOO MANY ALREADY! I hate this job, it will be the death of me. …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant onWell just clock the effort that has gone into packaging this release. It really doesn’t get much better “A limited edition run of 300 copies designed by Daniel Crossley; 4 track 10” vinyl on reverse board heavy card with printed …view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton on"It's an embarrassment, a travesty". For once not my words but the words of this month's Crack magazine, who awarded this album 3 out of their regulation 20. Their main bugbear ap…view full details.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our summary of what has been an extremely busy week at the Towers.
On Monday we unleashed our Top 50s on an unsuspecting world, which has had you all clamouring for a piece of some of our favourite things. We also now have free shipping on CDs and DVDs which will save you a few bob. And if the seasonal festivals of capitalism known as Black Friday and Christmas weren't robbing you blind enough as it is, we have once again declared the coming Monday (i.e. 2nd December) 'Brown Monday'. Stay tuned.
(For anyone who watched the expose into Amazon’s working conditions on Panorama we would like to re-assure you that all our workers are free range and able to wander around the premises at ease. Oh, we also pay our taxes.)
So what’s big this week? Biggest news I guess is that Mute have re-issued TWO BBC Radiophonic Workshop LP’s (here and here) which are, of course, a must-own. On a similarly cutting-edge-yet-ancient synth tip, try The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits, a collection of recordings from a lady who wandered around San Francisco in the 1970s sounding remarkably like Broadcast and Silver Apples.
Goat were our biggest sellers of last year and they now have a live LP which is certainly worth shelling out for. And if your ears start to bleed, try Dustin O’Halloran’s The Beauty Inside for some melty piano melancholy.
You may not think there would be any room for another album of Daniel Johnston songs but James Yorkston and Adrian Crowley dispute such a thought as they take on some of his best work with love, care and an ear for reinvention. Triptides released one of our favourite albums of last year, and their new one arrived just too late for inclusion in our year-end lists but sounds like a lovely second helping of their Real Estate-y guitar pop. Office consensus is that it gets better on each spin. Also pouring out of the office is The Cosmic Dead/Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (count ‘em) 12” split on new-fangled psych-rock new Newcastle label The Old Noise.
This week's marmite release is by Mount Eerie who have seen fit to rework their drifting unconventional music in an electronic style with heavily autotuned vocals, whilst Von Himmel win this week's longest album title contest as well as providing Brian with some wildly experimental free rock to get excited about.
Never a week goes by without some soundtrack action and this week it's in the form of the shimmering ambience of Cliff Martinez's Solaris soundtrack and the intermittently funky and jazzily downbeat The New York Ripper by Francesco De Masi.
12”s? Let's start with a newie from Copeland and Gast (which of course contains Hype Williams's Inga Copeland), Function with a warm batch of remixes straight out the oven, and Emmplekz who have sounds that will turn your brain inside out and lyrics to match (says Ant). Had enough of this ‘disco music’? Then Wolf People make a proper earthy 70s folky fayre on organic, hand-reared vinyl as an annexe to their much acclaimed recent album.
On the 7” front there are lots. Kim Deal heads the pack with another wonderful, twinkling affair; Disappears and Cloudland Canyon take on Kraftwerk songs on a Sonic Cathedral split; The Wytches do a surf/doom thing and even break out a flute; and perma- angry Album of The Year victors Sleaford Mods bring more lairy, abusive, casio-punk for the terminally under-whelmed on Kraak.
Finally on this format-based run-through, we have a couple of miscellaneous items. Zydol unleash a cassette of forward-thinking volcanic noise on the curiously interesting Cataclyst imprint, and Orla Wren wins our Ridiculous Packaging Award with half of the western world stuffed inside their 10” and CD package.
That’s it now. We are going for a lie down (although not together).
Clint and the people