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Back in: Friday 22nd July 2016

Driftmachine
Colliding Contours

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

9/10 according to our Laurie

This piece of electronic blippery was handed to me by Clint with the words “it’s not very dark”, shortly before Robin walked up to me and said “it sounds very cold”. So now I’m just sitting here trying to work out what in the world is warm but dark instead of reviewing this wonderful beast. In conclusion, people are confusing. The start of Collidi…view full details.

Tenniscoats
Music Exists Disc 1

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

Tenniscoats are a very special band. Operating out of Tokyo, they are little known to non-Japanese-speaking audiences. Their simple melodic songs have something wondrous about them, something to hold on to tightly. Music Exists is to be a quadruple album, but it is being released in bits and pieces so as not to overwhelm. Vol. 1 is out now on Alien Transistor.…view full details.

B/B/S/
Palace

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

Mesmerising and atmospheric soundscape from B/B/S, otherwise known as Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi and Erik Skodvin. Recorded in two improvised sessions at Berlin's Golden Retriever Studios, the result is fluid yet, at times, disconcerting. 'Palace' is available now on double vinyl from Miasmah records. Limited stock only.…view full details.

Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

68 people love me. Be the 69th...

9/10 according to our Phil

STARS OF THE LID are back after a long hiatus with a brand new 2CD (vinyl to follow). And Their Refinement Of The Decline sees them in total blistering form. Well as far as Stars of The Lid could ever blister..... it's just about the most breathtaking ambient moving music you'll hear this side of the River Wharf. It's well floaty.... it's like floating in space.....gravity doesn't exist an…view full details.

The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column

29 people love me. Be the 30th...

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.

Ufomammut
Snailking

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

Snailking was only the second release by the now-veteran band known as Ufomammut. First released in 2004, this collection is super-heavy, truly metal, and also tempered around the edges by experimentalism. Also somewhat stoned-sounding, but we know that is a big positive in this territory. The LP reissue is provided by Supernatural Cat.…view full details.

Tim Hecker
Dropped Pianos

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

9/10 according to our Phil

Apparently Tim is at the top of his game and has been for years accordingly to the press release. Slightly confused by that sentence...I would say that he's made some excellent records over the last few years and Ravedeath 1972 is nothing short of brilliance. Dropped Pianos is 9 tracks which are largely piano based pieces (hence the ti…view full details.

Andy Stott
Luxury Problems

25 people love me. Be the 26th...

9/10 according to our Brian

When I heard the Stottster was featuring guest vocals by his ex-piano teacher on his latest big record I gawped at the press release and re-read it about three times in disbelief. Had he lost his marbles or was he talking the piss? Well, neither it seems. Alison Skidmore has indeed got a lovely voice. Whether she ever expected it to one day grace a selecti…view full details.

Grouper
Ruins

40 people love me. Be the 41st...

9/10 according to our Brian

Beginning with a solemn slow tattoo of muffled bass drum and field recordings called 'Made of Metal', Grouper's mooted final album under this piscine moniker is a stark and intimate affair. The majority of Liz Harris's followers are now aware that 'Ruins' is, largely, a piano-based album recorded three years ago on a sojourn to Portugal. What they possibly …view full details.

Helena Hauff
A Tape

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

Sometimes we all need our fix of hypnotic and paranoid beats on cassette, and that’s where Helena Hauff comes in. Known for her crazy electronic work so far, which is as weird as it is good, she’s now dropping some 12 tracks on A Tape. And it could be your tape. Get it freshly, well, whatever it is they do with tapes.…view full details.

Prins Thomas
presents Paradise Goulash

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

9/10 according to Andy (customer) on

This is a fantastic collection of tunes from the eclectic maestro Prins Thomas. As a reflection of his sets it is a great document of the styles, moods and shifts in tempo he will treat his dancefloors to. There is something for everyone here, with many highlights. I have the triple vinyl version, which only has a fraction of the tracks on the cd version, but is still packed with aural treats. Brian Bennett, Young Marco & Kurt Vile are amongst the v…view full details.

Deerhoof
The Magic

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Fast-moving and full-feeling, it’s no surprise that Deerhoof turned over ‘The Magic’ just seven days after getting it started. The band’s discography expands like a moth hurrying its way from the cocoon, with recent records going fast and hard for a multitude of reasons: ‘La Isla Bonita’ was the band churning ‘em out like t…view full details.

Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
Music for Mark Titchner’s Rose

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

7/10 according to our Robin

Here, Grumbling Fur do the right thing and release a succinct seventeen minutes of music (who could listen to this damn "music" stuff a minute longer?) made for a film installation called Rose. Directed by Mark Titchner, watching it is akin to what would happen if the guy who runs the dual-screen Godspeed visuals gained a sincere love of psychedelia. Grumbling Fur a…view full details.

Terry
Terry HQ

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

If Terry are anything then they’d be classed as a Marc Riley band. The 6 Music DJ slathers anything lo-fi and shambling across his airwaves of a weeknight giving valuable exposure and equality to bands who have only just learnt to play their instruments. Terry are Australian and scattershot but that is perhaps where the comparison with Scott and Charlene’s Wedding…view full details.

MJ Guider
Precious Systems

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

MJ Guider is Melissa Guion’s hazy, pastoral electronica project. ‘Precious Systems’, she states, is “inspired and influenced by the landscape in and near New Orleans, particularly the juxtaposition of the natural with industrial and commercial constructs as they reflect life here.” So naturally, opening track ‘Lit Negative’ aurally reflects a moonscape.…view full details.

Various
Sky Girl

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

I'm not going to be able to sway you into purchasing this LP by listing its big names. There are none. Instead this is a superbly curated compilation of lesser known limited run records and private press recordings mainly in a lo-fi pop folk vein made between 1961 and 1991. What makes the album an essential purchase is that the curators have located some brilliant tracks that you would never ha…view full details.

Various
Kern Vol.3 mixed by Objekt

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

Kern is the in-house mix series of Tresor, the famed Berlin techno haven. Objekt provides Volume 3, a slick-mixed collection of his favourite DJ tools: think Shanti Celeste, Monojunk, Clatterbox. The whole mix is available on CD, or you can get either ‘The…view full details.

Delia Derbyshire
Electronic

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

Delia Derbyshire was, of course, as any fool know, one of the major players in the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop: she authored the Dr Who theme, as well as a huge array of wild experimental library music that still sounds unearthly today. Electronic is apparently not a reissue as such, but a 1990’s release of 1969 material that never actually left the warehouse…? Either way, it’s Derbyshire ma…view full details.

Chris Abrahams
Fluid To The Influence

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

9/10 according to our Robin

Chris Abrahams is one third of the Necks, an Australian improv act known for asking the question “shall we make an album?”, getting one minute into it and knowing, with innate prescience, exactly what to do. ‘Vertigo’ has brought the band many a new fan, and their recent live shows have proven just how essential familiarity and f…view full details.

J. Albert / Person of Interest
EDR002

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

7/10 according to our Ant

The first vinyl release from fledgeling Brooklyn based label Exotic Dance Records comes from a pair of Florida producers, each taking a side with two cuts each. J. Albert (Black Opal, Lovers Rock etc.) goes at it first with a dense soul inflec…view full details.

Dangerdoom
The Mouse And The Mask

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

8/10 according to our Phil

Motherfunning new album from Dangerdoom. In case you didn't know (and you may well not) Danger Doom is a duo consisting of MF Doom and Danger Mouse.. Kind of like Mr Marks & Mr Spencer.........  As I type we have the ltd special edition CD in fancy packaging but the vinyl should be here in a week or so.... There seems to be a cartoon theme going on here wit…view full details.

The Liminanas
Malamore

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

The Liminanas are a French band, though you don’t need me to tell you that: just listen to those breath vocals! Malamore is their fourth album, and it finds the band very relaxed in their sonic niche: sunny, sexy, laid-back pop. It must be said, they do it well. Malamore is released by Because Music.…view full details.

Air
Twentyears

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

It’s time to retrospectively enjoy Air, and enjoy them we will. The French electronic duo have been making music for 20 years now, so they’ve called this ‘best of’ compilation Twentyears. The album features their career’s greatest hits such as Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch The Stars along with 14 rare and live tracks.…view full details.

Back in: Thursday 21st July 2016

The Avalanches
Since I Left You

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

8/10 according to our Phil

The Avalanches are about to get absolutely enormous with their new single which is destined to chart as it's been caned to death on the radio and MTV. It's a 70's flute tastic affair with a Motowny type vocals thing happening. Since I Left You annoyed the hell out of me at first but I have warmed to it's ample charms…view full details.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos

38 people love me. Be the 39th...

8/10 according to our Robin

A Winged Victory For The Sullen's euphoric debut was a beacon of hope. Pianist Dustin O'Hallaran, with his dramatic and forthright compositions, took Adam Witzie's calming ambient soundscapes as foundations, making them sound aspirational. Witzie's old band, Stars of the Lid, had always been a comfort, to be listen…view full details.

GOGGS
GOGGS

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

GOGGS are yet another band who feature the world's most active garage rocker Ty Segall. This time he's on guitar whilst Chris Shaw 'smokes the mic' as the press release confirms. That information coupled with the fact that this appears on In the Red suggests that this is lively punky garage with the most fuzzed out guitars you ever heard.  …view full details.

The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Kathleen Hanna’s new pop-punk band are on album two, and though it’s called ‘Hit Reset’ I would probably subtitle it ‘Keep Doing The Good Stuff You Are Doing Because This Band Is Gr8’. Admittedly I’ve never written t-shirt slogans. The record’s opener perfectly combines the electro-pop with the punk, which is exactly what you’d expect a memb…view full details.

Listening Center
Other Voices 02

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Like synths? Like incidental music from slightly scary 70's children's TV? Like Kraftwerk? Well you've stumbled into the right place. This is the second in Ghost Box's series of 7" record following on from the light froth-pop of the O'Hagan and Brooks 7",  this is a dark early day synth type workout. Its been done a…view full details.

The Advisory Circle
From Out Here

22 people love me. Be the 23rd...

8/10 according to our Laurie

From the colourful box of ghosts springs a spectre of the past in the form of The Advisory Circle’s cosmic From Out Here LP. It harks back to a vintage '70's use of the synthesiser, at times feeling like a classic soundtrack to a cinematic voyage. That’s right, all the spacey review words are coming out for this one. It really does have a past-futurism feel though, …view full details.

Various
In A Moment... Ghost Box

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

This Ghostbox compilation is an absolutely essential purchase for fans of the label’s ability to distil the ’70s early synth analogue pioneering into modern day compositions and marry it to an incredibly distinctive art aesthetic.   True, I like to mock Phil and co’s love for this label by repeatedly offering up the joke of "this is what the futu…view full details.

Cavern of Anti-Matter
Other Voices 06

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Tim Gane’s back at work here, the ex-Stereolab chemist now joining forces with spook university Ghost Box for one in their series of 7”s. The result of a Real Estate-inspired instrumental on inevitable collision course with beams of synth that sound as grand as an old, room-filling moog synth, “Pulsing River Vel…view full details.

Belbury Poly
New Ways Out

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

7/10 according to our Jamie

‘New Ways Out’ sees Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp break free of his hauntology confines with its tangled roots and hazy looking-back-in-wonder at a world which we kind of wished happened but most likely didn’t. Probably. Anyway, here Jupp has corralled together (loosely) an ensemble of session musicians to create an unusual kind of faux-spookiness which is rather more jaunty t…view full details.

Nick Drake
Five Leaves Left

44 people love me. Be the 45th...

10/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Whether you know it or not, you've heard Nick Drake before. Maybe it's from his other albums, maybe it's from that VW commercial, maybe it's just the sound of that quiet bleakness we all feel when sadness comes to the door and doesn't want to leave. This music lives with all of us. It exists in quiet lonely nights, chilly autumn evenings, and the muted grey of the world when it's been raining all day. During his too-short musical career, Nick used music to look at those little feeling…view full details.

Kavinsky
Outrun

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

9/10 according to our Mike

French synth-house wizard Kavinsky has been circling the block in his Ferrari Testarossa for several years now, sizing up the scene and honing his super-slick chops to perfection until now, finally, seven years after his debut EP, his debut full-length is finally here in the office for us to whack our ears around (although we’re still waiting on the …view full details.

Olafur Arnalds
For Now I Am Winter

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

8/10 according to our Ian

For my second Icelandic record of the day we bring you multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds although compared to most Icelandic ambient artists this is a big sound, a super orchestral beast with heavy glitch-hop beats like Craig Armstrong’s non soundtrack albums ‘The Space Between Us’ and &lsq…view full details.

Bonobo
The North Borders

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Bonobo is the master of sunny, warm, chilled out, slightly jazzy instrumental electronica so it comes as a surprise to find some slightly bland vocals adorning the opening track. It’s very nice in a kind of sad Postal Service way but also has the electronics ‘n’ mope feel of some of the underwhelm…view full details.

Slaves
Are You Satisfied

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

Debut full-length from Slaves, the Tunbridge Wells band who have been rightly castigated recently for their dodgy name. Thirteen tracks of well-polished sort-of punk with a snarky attitude, packaged in pink with a disco ball of foil. Contains several ‘anthems’, no doubt, including recent single ‘Cheer Up London’.…view full details.

Emma Pollock
In Search of Harperfield

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Late of the much missed the Delgados -  who’d have thought that Emma Pollock would still be releasing quality albums in 2016? Not me for sure but there again I have no faith in anyone.  Here, Pollock returns for the first time in six years with a confident album of twisty turn guitar pop which is both interesting and 6 Music playlis…view full details.

Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You've Come To Expect

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

I feel a bit like a disappointed parent looking back at the video for ‘The Age of the Understatement’ taken from the Last Shadow Puppets excellent debut . How did those two fresh faced cheeky scamps become the utter wankers they sometimes appear today?  The continued leg up Alex Turner continues to give to Miles Kane…view full details.

Floating Points
Kuiper

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

Two gorgeous, expansive, synth and full band electronic jams from Sam Shepherd. He wrote the tracks on this record at the start of the ‘Elaenia’ LP sessions, only later when performing live and kindling an interest in a band setting and freeform experimentation did the seed for this record become sown. On ‘Kuiper’, the stage is set with bubbling electronic oscillations f…view full details.

John Williams
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Hologram Vinyl

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

7/10 according to Neil (customer) on

TBH - it wasn't the music that drew me in, it was the geek in me screaming that I MUST own vinyl with holographic Star Wars craft on them. Now I do. I am content. For now!!!!!!!!!!!…view full details.

Daniela Casa
Arte Moderna

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

Daniela Casa’s Arte Moderna is a particularly fascinating and unusual set of sounds, even by the high standards set by 1970s Italian library music in general. A number of these pieces are proper cutting-edge electroacoustics, with an astonishing attention to detail and a craftsperson’s approach to sound: fantastic stuff! Never commercially released before, this golden material is now available, via Cacophonic.…view full details.

The Cult Of Dom Keller
Goodbye To The Light

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

Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Swans with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.…view full details.

Spacemen 3
The Perfect Prescription

40 people love me. Be the 41st...

9/10 according to Andy L (customer) on

I recently listened to 'The Perfect Prescription' for the first time in an eon. Quite apart from reminding me how badly I kept my records as a teenager, what impressed me was the sheer joy that seemed to emanate from the grooves. Building on the Stooges-recorded-on-a(nother)-dodgy-tape-player vibe of their debut, Messrs. Kember and Pierce slipped into a lock-groove of religious and drugged out bliss, dragging the listener along with them. Alongside the gentle waves of organ, the seductive, me…view full details.

Electrelane
The Power Out

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

9/10 according to our Brian

Brighton Krautrockin' lovelies Electrelane return to the fold with a brand spanking new album, 'The Power Out'. Steve Albini is the unlikely choice of engineer on this, their 2nd LP & 1st for new home, Too Pure. Dunno if Albini's mellowing with age but his 'sound' doesn't seem to make any inroads on any of the tunes here. A ste…view full details.

Women
Public Strain

38 people love me. Be the 39th...

8/10 according to our Li'l Biz

I've been told by people that I should enjoy the new Women album so, as not to disappoint said folks, I'm gonna really go to town with this one... ENJOYMENT TOWN! Though their self-titled (and self-released) debut seemed to be loved by all who came into earshot of its sonic beauty it seemed to pass me by. Well, the same can't be said for 'Public Strain' because here I am, listening to it right …view full details.

Suuns
Zeroes, QC

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

10/10 according to John Bloor (customer) on

'Zeroes QC' the, debut album from Suuns, starts with a crumbling, cracking up synth. One is perhaps put in mind of dubstep sounds with the electronic throbbing but then these wonderful guitars kick in surrounded by cymbal crashes. Layer on layer of breaking down guitar sounds cascade down like rocks tumbling over and over on a beach. I find myself being pulled under with the musical current and thrown against hard places.An air of Sonic Youth mor…view full details.

Throbbing Gristle
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Throbbing Gristle are for me probably the most important group in 20th Century music. A bold statement indeed but they are really special to me. This album in particular holds fond memories as it was the first LP I ever acquired by them. Originally released in 1978 and pretty much been unavailable on vinyl ever since. This is the second …view full details.

Suuns
Images du Futur

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

8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

Montreal quartet Suuns are back with their second album ‘Images Du Futur’ on Secretly Canadian this week, after their excellent debut ‘Zeroes, QC’ a couple of years ago. This time around the brooding tension is upped as they conjure a series of tense, elastic indiekraut slow-burners with min…view full details.

Savages
Silence Yourself

25 people love me. Be the 26th...

8/10 according to our Brian

These four wiry Londoners  have been experiencing some serious hype of late for their gritty post-punk pop posturings, looking to be the darlings of this summer’s festival circuit with their theatrical brand of Joy Division-meets-The Kills darkpop. Minimal pounding rhythms and clanking bass is joined by shrill …view full details.


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