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Back in: Friday 29th April 2016

Boards Of Canada
Hi Scores

18 people love me. Be the 19th...

9/10 according to our Phil

Proper sensible review to follow but here is Phil's effort from years ago............ wow he was talking about it being a cash cow back then!  SKAM once more milk the Boards Of Canada cashcow and upset those who've paid lots for it on EBAY by re releasing Hi Scores on vinyl. It's ages old now but it's a such a cl…view full details.

We say: Genuine avant landmark reissued on vinyl.


9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Jim

Avant garde protean Oren Ambarchi slices through the dull swathe of experimental mediocrity to take us straight to the source of some of the most challenging music ever committed to tape with this first ever vinyl reissue of AMM’s 1966 debut album. I remember first listening to this startling record by the ‘Rolls Royce’ of free improv groups…view full details.

Paper Leaves

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

The Terrascope label celebrate their anniversary the way every label should: with a compilation full of new material from their favourite artists. Paper Leaves includes work from Bardo Pond, White Hills, Ben Chasny and Dead Sea Apes: all the ingredients for a heavy psychedelic ride. Limited vinyl edition of 200 copies.…view full details.

Four Tet (Fourtet)

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Mingus

Four Tet: Ringer (Domino) 2x12 or CD are the formats for these four cuts. A slight detour from his usually loose limbed approach to loops made up from generally organic sounds. Mr Hebden's step to one side sees him jumping straight into the rhythmic grids of deep techno and the motorik pulse of krautrock. Only towards the climax of the lead track Ringer, does one get to hear the trademark percussi…view full details.


6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Despite the heavy influences of His Purple Self, 3rdEyeGirl maintains their own identity. It’s more rock oriented than I’d expected, and power rock at that. Not to dismiss the power chords and rhythmic strumming Donna Grantis lays down here, but the drumming is always the key point in any band and Hannah Ford holds it down. Add in Ida Neilsen’s smooth and steady basslines and it’s on! Would love to see these ladies hook up with Dana Fuchs, Pat Benatar or Joan Jett. I h…view full details.

Boris with Merzbow

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Boris and Merzbow have been collaborating for years with various albums, but Gensho might be their most maximal outing to date. The format here is unusual: 1 CD (or 2 LPs) each for the two artists, the idea being that you play them on top of each other and tweak the volumes to make your very own noise-blast composition. 150 minutes of music in total! Please note that the double LP sets are sold separately, as Part One and Part Two.…view full details.


5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

It has been one of those mornings so far, today. You know the type - mournful and filled with smooth, soulful electronica. Amongst other bits. Those three adjectives most accurately describe the overall feel of this record. Particularly the mournful, soulful part. The work of young Dublin-based producer Jack Colleran is new to my ears. Very pleasant it is, too. Nice falsetto vocals over…view full details.

She Drew The Gun
Memories Of The Future

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

She Drew The Gun is Louisa Roach’s spoken-word / music project, and Memories Of The Future is her debut full-length. She has a frank approach, providing the kind of political poetry that’s guaranteed to go down well at most festivals. And the backing music has some welcome mersey-psyche-pop stylings. Out on Skeleton Key Records…view full details.

Back in: Thursday 28th April 2016

The Conscious Dream EP

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Techjazz is the newest thing, that is to say, jazz and techno, together. And they match well too, with a solid 4/4 beat at the foundation and the little bleeps from saxophones, trumpets and synths at the top. Timeline’s new EP expands on a good theme, and The Conscious Dream is an experimentation between altered mind states and crossing genres.…view full details.

A Verdigris Reader

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Brian

Basically one of the hottest underground producers out there at the moment, Huerco S builds really trippy, expansive and daringly experimental back-room house. There's four tracks on this sixth release on Anthony Naples' gradually evolving Proibito imprint. Sheathed in deliberately muddied fidelity, each track is stubbornly untitled, the tunes revealing themselves slowly but retaining a mystica…view full details.

Anthony Naples

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Following on from hot releases on Trilogy Tapes and Mister Saturday Night Records, producer Anthony Naples sends out two new bangers from the heart of the NYC metropolis. P O T mixes up an irresistible kick drum with intertwining vocal loops to create a pair of peak-hour DJ tools. 12” on Proibito.…view full details.

Killer Kane Band

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

Killer Kane Band was a kind of spin-off from the New York Dolls, formed in 1975 by some of the Dolls plus Blackie Lawless (later of W.A.S.P.). This self-titled EP, containing just 3 tracks, is a classic slice of attitude-rock. Remastered (by Andy Jay) and reissued in an edition of just 500 7” vinyl copies, on HoZac Archival.…view full details.

We say: Much anticipated fourth from electronic entertainer.

Andy Stott
Too Many Voices

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s the man Andy Stott making that electronic music thing again. Music from another planet, robots, the future, an alternate universe, or just Garageband. In a world of drag-and-drop loops, who stands against the forces of awful music, to live another day in audible paradise? I don’t know if Andy Stott is the messiah of electronic music, but he certainly knows how to wrench…view full details.

We say: If rain could talk, Liz Harris would translate.

Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

74 people love me. Be the 75th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Grouper. More commonly known as Liz Harris, she's become a real cult smash on the underground in the past 2-3 years and many of us here have been seduced. I think this album has been out for years on Type but is HIGHLY sought after on vinyl. So now here's a private (re)press edition, now in a B&W sleeve. Many of her works are built around elements such as long, decaying, fuzzed-out drift 'n…view full details.

The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column

28 people love me. Be the 29th...

10/10 according to sheila (customer) on

Oh God..this is one of those albums that you listen to for years afterwards trying to understand how it is so perfect. then you give up trying and you just enjoy it, for it is one moment captured in a life of moments. and you think of other perfect moments in the sun with windows open and some music drifting inward like a cat, all sinuous. and you see that moments in the future could be good like this and you go on, happy.…view full details.

Ty Segall

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

This is one of those albums that sounds like it was meticulously produced to sound like it was just thrown together on a 4 track in someone's basement. A closer listen hints at some pretty subtle sonic detailing going on around the edges. Lo-fi is all the rage right now, and there are so many artists who do an awful job with it...but Ty Segall is not one of them. This is album is non-stop fun, loud guitar, buzz, drums, drones, and hooks. This IS the feel-good album of 2010. Highlights? The be…view full details.

The Man Who Died In His Boat

47 people love me. Be the 48th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in the former category and hence often sound a little …view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
Floating Coffin

42 people love me. Be the 43rd...

10/10 according to our Mike

We have a dilemma here at Norman Towers this week - do we award our coveted Album of the Week trophy to The Knife’s ambitious and sprawling new 3LP masterpiece or this latest offering from Californian garage rock overlords Thee Oh Sees? The notoriously prolific quartet have really been adding a bit of extra pol…view full details.

Greg Beato
Who's The Licho In Charge Ovaa Here?

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Ant

This is Greg Beato’s second 12” for Funkineven’s Apron label. People have been falling over themselves to get this guys tunes, thankfully both the EP on Apron and his 12” for L.I.E.S. were repressed recently. Beato is part of the current wave of producers making tougher jacking ho…view full details.

We say: All of classic kosmiche collective's work '71-'81 collected.


9 people love me. Be the 10th...

Something of a motherload has landed for fans of classic komische music: Cluster 1971-1981 provides the whole of Cluster’s output during that period, which adds up to 9 albums. Included are the 2 LPs they made with Brian Eno, as well as some never-previously-released live recordings! 9CD or 9LP box-sets available, each with a comprehensive booklet. Lord. On Bure…view full details.

Jonny Trunk / Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

A nice little release here: as part of Four Corners Books’ ongoing Familiars series, they have paired the full text of Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with an LP of original music from Jonny Trunk, who has translated the tone of the story into curious underwater music. Blue vinyl LP with book.…view full details.

Yoyogi Park

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

6/10 according to our Clinton

I was looking forward to this  - I don't know if I've got the volume knob turned up loud enough but I'm finding opener 'Marble Star' a bit limp. It has a pulsing housey beat and metallic synths  - I seemed to enjoy it more towards the end where it dropped down to bass and percussion. I'm finding a lack of warmth in these compositions and also a lack of melodic ideas, a bit of a lack o…view full details.


30 people love me. Be the 31st...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Low have a new album out on Rough Trade. As always its quality stuff. Its more produced than before sounds a bit dark and ethereal a bit more like their first album 'I could live in hope' which must be one of the greatest albums ever. But by the 2nd track its got noisy. Yes noisy. Need to listen to this more to get a proper feel of whats going …view full details.

Songs For A Dead Pilot

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

After three wonderful records, Low were dropped by their label Vernon Yard. In the months following, the band set up a studio in their home and began recording some songs on their own. The result is Songs For A Dead Pilot released on Chicago's Kranky label. "Songs..." combines Low's familiar minimalist songwriting with some new elements provided by the home-recording experience. There's lots of tape-hiss and reverb; even the clothes-drier makes an appearance on one song (though you wouldn't k…view full details.

John Fahey
Guitar Vol. 4 / The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

Vol. 4 - The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions by famed acoustic guitarist John Fahey was originally released in 1966. The instrumentation makes it a child of its time: flute, sitar and backwards guitar. However, the experimental soundscapes resulting from the interplay between Fahey’s lush fingerpicking and his startling and discordant strum-thumping make this a timeless and influential work.…view full details.

Nurse With Wound
Echo Poeme: Sequence No 2

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

The definitive avant-industrial collective, Nurse with Wound, with a typically unpredictable release. Echo Poeme: Sequence No 2 on vinyl LP from Drastic Planet is a single almost hour long track built from looped and processed female vocals. Originally released in 2005, the single sound source creates a ghostly ambient music full of weird shifts and strange tones. …view full details.

The Field
Looping State Of Mind

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian

I never thought i'd be here listening to cosmic funky techno & stuttering synth loops in my own bloody home and actually enjoying it rather than shoving my stereo out of the window in blind desperate fury. But now is the schizophrenic Autumn of 2011 in confused old England and i'm totally loving Axel Willner's "difficult" third album. It's not remotely difficult you see, just subl…view full details.

John Fahey
Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

There is great guitar work on this album, both finger-picking and slide. this album on the surface has a laid back sitting on the porch quality, but the more I listen to it, the more I hear a foreboding dark quality to the playing. It's not the highest quality sound since it was recorded on the fly in the '60's. This is one of the best of a unique and special guitarist. John Fahey should be noted not just for his formidable skill, but his love and appreciation for American musical lore. His c…view full details.

Ennio Morricone
4 mosche di velluto grigio

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

A sort of lost relic, Dario Argento's 4 Flies on Grey Velvet (translated for us English philistines) never saw much of an official release, and is only now being released for our viewing pleasure. Meanwhile, the music came from our standard soundtracker of choice: Ennio Morricone, who here thought rock 'n' roll was the scoop of the week, trying to evoke the hard styles of Deep Purple and other sick guitar dudes. …view full details.

The Vampires
Vampires Underground

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

The Vampires are a quintet of Indian expats from Durban in South Africa. They make weird, fuzzy psyche-out garage records with lots of flute. They play covers that don’t sound like covers of things like Wilson Pickett, Glen Campbell, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Vampires Underground is their second record, originally recorded and released in South Africa in 1971.…view full details.

Ennio Morricone
Il Gatto a Nove Code

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

"Il gatto a nove code" (The cat o 'nine tails), filmed in 1971, is the second film by Dario Argento, a horror thriller still distant from his horror works for which he will later become famous on an international level. The collaboration with the composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, already known for his work on Sergio Leone’s western movies, is here renewed afterthe success of "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", and will continue with the third installment of the 'zoological …view full details.

Ennio Morricone
Once Upon A Time In The West

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

A very limited and expensive new pressing of one of Ennio Morricone's most iconic scores. 'Once Upon A Time In The West' is an epic post-"Dollar trilogy" Sergio Leone spaghetti western, written by Bertolucci and Argento and starring Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. Expect broadly painted scenes and characters, drama and romance with Morricone's orchestra, Alessandro "The Whistler" Alessandroni's choir and singing lady Edda Dell'Orso, resplendent on black-streaked orange vi…view full details.

Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to ilgiallomondadori (customer) on

Killer classic album of booming, trippy dub that was, according to legend, recorded at midnight on Friday the 13th, in June, 1981 (unfortunately for the legend, June 13th 1981 was a Saturday; great story, though). If you've played Grand Theft Auto 3 and listened to K-Jah (and why wouldn't you?), you've had the cuts "Dance of the Vampires", "The Mummy's Shroud", "The Corpse Rises", "Your Teeth In My Neck" and "Plague of Zombies" burned into your brain already, and you know how killer this album …view full details.

Wins The World Cup

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

A bottomless hot pot from Scientist. Wins The World Cup is a record jammed with all the legendary producers characteristics; classic dub echo, raw guitars and melodious keyboard riffs. It's also got cowbells, and loads of wonky percussion. Maybe with this repress Jamaica can smash the Russian World Cup -- watch out Putin! It's out on vinyl LP and CD from Dub Mir.…view full details.

DJ Richard

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

This DJ by the name of Richard is following just a couple of 12 inchers with a full blown LP of dingey proportions, briefly shedding lights on the darker corners of the club to reveal dust, rave creatures and throbbing bass bins. The first two tracks set the spectrum - ‘No Balance’ introduces gothic synth harmonies, dark ambiences and light industrial noises, while &lsquo…view full details.

Egisto Macchi
Africa Minima

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

If you claim to have an original copy of Egisto Macchi’s Africa Minima, you are almost certainly a liar: it was private pressed in 1972 in an edition thought to be as low as 1. Hooray then for Sonore Music Editions reissue of this experimental percussion work, remastered from the original tapes. 180g vinyl in a (comparatively massive) edition of 500.…view full details.

Danny Norbury
Light In August

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

This is a much needed re-issue of Norbury’s debut full length record from 2009 and includes bonus tracks from his earlier EP on Static Caravan. Once at the forefront of the neo-classical revolution, Norbury has been quieter in recent years, seemingly content to add his weight to releases by the likes of The Boats, Nancy Eli…view full details.

Telstar Sound Drone
Magical Solutions To Everyday Struggles

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

This Copenhagen-based psychedelic rock group lay their cards out clearly with their attractively descriptive name, Telstar Sound Drone. The lessons of Joe Meek have been learned well and plugged back into space-rock forms. Magical Solutions To Everyday Struggles is as heady to hear as its cover is disorientating to look at. On Bad Afro Records.…view full details.

We say: It's very good to cry.

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks

70 people love me. Be the 71st...

9/10 according to our Phil

The neo-classical album I'm most fond of is this Max Richter LP on Fat Cat. He's a composer chappie who's had stuff out on BBC Recordings before so I'm told and this is just lush. Mainly consisting of pianos and strings it's just some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.  It's very maudlin and it reminds me of the music from Being John Malkovitch …view full details.

Max Richter
Songs From Before

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

9/10 according to our Phil

The guy's a frickin' genius mind you and his sense of melody coupled with his genuine talent at composing some of the most moving music heard this side of the century is really quite astounding. In fact I can't recommend this enough. Initially I thought it wasn't quite as good as the Blue Notebooks but after delving more into the many layers and depths here I discovered there's a whole world …view full details.

We say: Wondrous doomed singer sprawls.

Jeff Buckley

36 people love me. Be the 37th...

10/10 according to gonzo (customer) on

Jeff Buckley was best described by Bono from U2, as "a pure drop in an ocean of noise". Wheh you listen to "Grace", you can see exactly what he meant. The first thing that hits you is Jeff's amazing voice, an instrument of true wonder, he could falsetto to such beauty that it inspired the likes of Thom Yorke from Radiohead to reach new vocal heights on their '95 album The Bends. He could also sing more deeper emotional tones, fo…view full details.

We say: Virtually inventing music all by itself.

The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

36 people love me. Be the 37th...

10/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Sgt Peppers was a feat of musical achievement that was something amazing to behold. It's insane that an album made in the 1960s could sound so fresh and relevant 50 years on. It has it's silly moments, but so does every Beatles album e.g. Yellow Submarine, All Together Now, etc.…view full details.

William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

33 people love me. Be the 34th...

9/10 according to our Mike

Here’s the long-awaited collection on Luaka Bop from the mysterious William Onyeabor, a Nigerian who studied film in Russia, returned to set up a film and music studio in the ‘70s, produced a series of hits and has since retired from music to become a successful businessman and run his own flour mill, maintaining a silence on his past life as perfor…view full details.

We say: The sort of album that gives fusion a good name.

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

34 people love me. Be the 35th...

'Bitches Brew' is a jazz standard living outside of jazz standards, believed to be one of the best ever made. Miles Davis originally recorded the record of long jazz fusion tracks in 1970; here, the original master tapes have been used to reissue the music as a double LP via Mobile Fidelity. 'Bitches Brew' is recommended for fans of improvisation and weird compositional stories (Davis "arranged his band in a semi-circle" and conducted them vaguely - sounds like he might have heard '…view full details.

Once More With Feeling

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

9/10 according to our Robin

When Ought first appeared on Constellation this year, they looked like a rough fit: a conventional, workmanlike band uncomfortably sitting next to some of the greatest experimental visionaries in contemporary music. Seeing them alongside polemic and often political acts such as Jerusalem In My Heart, Matana Roberts…view full details.

Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto
Are Law Unit

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto joining forces is a logical move. Both have been working in the Horror/ Giallo/ soundtrack/ synth zone for the past 6 or so years and clearly have a common aesthetic and shared influences. Where better to release their collaboration than Death Waltz’s ‘Originals&rsqu…view full details.

We say: The music that soothes your children...now on vinyl.

Minecraft Volume Alpha

19 people love me. Be the 20th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

For those who don't have children, it's really hard to imagine what their constant squawking does to ones ears. Their high-pitched perma-wailing is probably one of the reasons why mothers have constant headaches and fathers spend a lot of their time in the shed or simply sat alone in their car. 'Minecraft',  for those who don't know, is a kind of lego for that generation who won't play wit…view full details.

We say: For those about to sleep, Max salutes you.

Max Richter
from SLEEP

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Max Richter: culturally well-to-do classical man. His eyes-closed, his shirt unbuttoned, ready for the sun’s droopy eyelids to fall off the edge of the horizon. The Maxster, as Phil calls him: laying down chords as if he were laying them down on a mattress-buffered bed. Richie Richter, as Laurie calls him: ready to sleep, but more excited about the prospect than the action itself. In othe…view full details.

Many Colours

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Could there actually be anything more depressing than listening to a Colder album in a cold, grey concrete pod in that bit between Christmas and New Year where everyone else seems to be at home by the fire? Well thats my story of 29th December, and this bleakly monotone album provided the soundtrack. Marc Nguyen Tan makes icy electronic music with panache over which he overlays sad word…view full details.

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