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Cluster & Eno
Cluster & Eno

Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius comprise the seminal Krautrock band Cluster, and they have a long and storied history. This 1977 album represents a highlight in their long existence, being recorded with Brian Eno, before Eno would reach superstardom producing albums for U2 and others, and one year before Eno released "Music for Films"....view item »

Disco Inferno
In Debt

Ok this isn't going to be a fair review. Reviewing this album is somewhat like reviewing my own mother - it's been so familiar from such a young age that there's no way I'm going to be impartial. If you only know Disco Inferno from their later innovative sample based pop then wipe your slate clean and let's start again. Initially they were ...view item »


Slip Disc - Dishoom's London Bombay Grooves

Slip Disc - Dishoom’s London Bombay Grooves compiles some excellent sounds borne of the fruitful mingling of Indian culture with British culture in the 1960’s. It tends to be very interesting when cultures take a musical form and remake it in their image, and so it proves with Indian interpretations of swinging beat groups. ...view item »

Shit & Shine
Some People Really Know How To Live

With releases on Diagonal, Riot Season, Rocket and, Gangsigns, Shit & Shine are shape shifters with no real defined edges. Happily mixing Thrones avantgarde heaviness with Luke Vibert acid and broken breaks. Some People Really Know How To Live continues their degradation of genres, ...view item »

The Heads
Time In Space

The Heads is pretty much the purest possible distillation of a psych-rock band name isn’t it? Time In Space collects together tracks from three tour-only CDr releases: they span live recordings, studio outtakes and rehearsal tapes, forming a nice miscellany of the band’s heavy jams. Double LP (with each disc...view item »

Boys
Rest In Peace

Boys is actually a girl (oh whatever next?) Nora Karlsson from the north bit of Sweden who once played in psych pop outfit Holy but now goes it alone.  She's moved on from her initial lo-fi recordings and is now is seen as one of Sweden's most accomplished songwriters garnering praise from all sorts of mags. ...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Opalescent

House producer and Coldplay helper Jon Hopkins has done a lot since Opalescent, but his debut record now gets a reissue after fifteen years in the game. It was released to Just Label who largely dealt in beautified ambient music, and Hopkins sentimental sound was well suited to their whims -- that sa...view item »

The Ex
27 Passports

I would be remiss to leave the phrase “anarcho-punk” out of a review of the The Ex. But I don’t know how useful it is. Knowing The Ex are anarchists is interesting, it might even mean you respect them. Punk isn’t be too helpful here either. They are punk, this is punk, but to leave it at that would almost be insultingly r...view item »

Arndales
Shops

Brilliant. These former members of Country Teasers, Art Brut, Collapsed Lung and Thrilled Skinny have got together over a love (or hatred) of retail jargon with songs inspired by the gobbledegook that is spouted in their workplaces. Should be fun, and musically it would appear ...view item »

School Damage
Sings... Four Songs About One Cat

Australian quartet School Damage have followed up their debut LP, Battered Lives with Sings….Four Songs About One Cat, an EP dedicated to their maverick cat, Lumpy. The band started as a bedroom project for Carolyn Hawkins before expanding into a four piece. They take their influences from ...view item »

Our Solar System
Origins

'Origins' is the third album from Swedish collective Our Solar System, a beautifully revealing and transparent record that effortlessly weaves together the band's animalistic power and more serene, compelling vibes. This is an intense and mysterious album that riffs on psychedelia and jazzy experimentalism....view item »

Joy O & Ben Vince
Transition 2 / Systems Align

Collaboration klaxon! Longtime pals Joy O and saxophonist Ben Vince join forces for this searing release via Hessle Audio, a two-track record documenting the pair's joint studio sessions. Expect a rollicking exploration of tone, texture and banging rhythm, within an electrified dance-floor-ready framework....view item »

King Krule
Czech One

Archy Marshall revisits his King Krule project for the first time in four years, after making several hip hop releases under Edgar The Beatmaker and his own name he comes back with production vigor. Czech One has a sunken lounge jazz vibe, with a hazy film-noir tinge. Limited single sid...view item »

Goat Girl
The Man

An indies-only 7” by South London up-and-comers Goat Girl here. ‘The Man’ will appear on their self-titled debut LP, and the track is a good line in the sand for the group. Displaying a similarly sprightly energy to fellow London buzz bands Shame and The Big Moon, the band&rsqu...view item »

Camera Obscura
Break It To You Gently

People seem to love Camera Obscura, after all there is always room in the world for another Belle and Sebastian. For some reason I’d assumed that their latest album ‘Desire Lines’ had been poorly received yet a flick around the internet reveals that ...view item »

Lorde
Melodrama

Melodrama by Lorde is the follow-up to the incredibly successful Pure Herione. Her debut was a suprisingly assured effort given that she was only 16. Now at the ripe old age of 20, Melodrama comes with a weight of expectation, but nothing that the girl, who was once described by David Bowie as being the future o...view item »

Lorenzo Senni
XAllegroX​ ​/​ ​The​ ​Shape​ ​of​ ​Trance​ ​to​ ​Come

The rave voyeur himself returns with another piece of deconstructed club goodness. ‘XAllegroX’ and ‘The Shape of Trance To Come’ (great names) are sort of in the same line as the recent rave revivalism of Special Request, ...view item »

Lotic
Heterocetera

22-year-old Berlin-based Texan producer J'Kerian Morgan aka Lotic follows up 2014's acclaimed 'Damsel In Distress' free mixtape with an impressive debut for Tri Angle showing off his trademark spectral melody and shuddering low-end to compelling and often moving effect. Experimental yet accessible, 'Heterocetera' ...view item »

LNZNDRF
LNZNDRF

So what happens when a couple of guys from the National meet a guy from Beirut? First of all they choose an impossible to say name just to confuse everybody. Next they spend three days recording music. Then they hawk it to labels who see the words the National and Beirut ...view item »

Loma
Loma

Well, yes, this makes sense. It has Jonathan Meiburg all over it -- he pilots Shearwater, who make wide eyed indie folk for young adults. He’s joined by a duo of musicians from Cross Record, who make wonderfully lo-fi pop at loose ends (Ba Da Bing! Once released one of their records, almost veering out of t...view item »

lojii
lofeye

Youngbloods Records (Sontag Shogun, Sweatson Klank) team up with Philly MC lojii for the rapper’s debut solo LP. lofeye is a murky, hazy alt-rap record that really catches a vibe. Atop beats pitched somewhere between the sparse spookiness of recent Metro B...view item »

Lightning In A Twilight Hour
Fragments Of A Former Moon

Back in February our anorak-clad Clinton went all fan-boy over Field Mice’s Bobby Wratten’s new project Lightning In A Twilight Hour, reviewing the EP ‘Slow Changes’ and giving it a hasty but well deserved 9/10. Proclaiming it the “feel good indie-pop story of 2015”, he certain...view item »

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins
Mensch Mensch Mensch

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins are composer-improvisers residing in Berlin, and the fertile improvisatory electro-acoustic scene of that city is audible in this LP on alt.vinyl. Mensch Mensch Mensch contains Allbee’s trumpet and Bein’s unorthodox percussion, as well as fiel...view item »

Annelies Monsere
Debris

On Debris, Annelies Monsere shows that there is no reason you can’t put a love for traditional, folk-inspired songwriting and a love of dark drone sounds into the same record. Shunning most of the many illustrious collaborators she has worked with in the past, Monsere skillfully blends her voice w...view item »

Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

Absolutely bleeding wondersauce is this record! We all know Pye Corner Audio has been making great synthy sounds for a while... and I really like pies too so that's a bonus! Spooky dusty techno haunt music that sounds well old times! I feel like I'm in a library from the future on an industrial es...view item »

Michael Tanner & Sharron Kraus
In the Rheidol Valley

I'm in the mood for a prettiness attack this morning. I want the sound of the Welsh wind buffering the mic during Sharron & Micheal's dreamy valley wanderings and transcendental acoustic musings. That's totally what I'm getting here, this is as close to the sound of nature as free folk gets without being recorded beneath some filched un...view item »

The Last Dinosaur
The Nothing

We're trying. We're trying hard to find you good music amidst the barrels of slop we must wade through each day. Following a morning in which I want to smash my head against the uselessness of it all I get recommended this record by the Last Dinosaur. It's a hushed acoustic based album of confessional autumn hued songs that are played a lovingly...view item »

Larkian
Dotted Drives And Drone Delays

Swiss-based Cyril Monnard has created something here that does exactly what it says on the tin, 'Dotted Drives And Drone Delays' is a dark journey into computerised and broken down guitar noise, an industrial wasteland of beaten up and spat out distortion. This is a very intense soundscape that is split into two s...view item »

LA Vampires With Maria Minerva
The Integration

On this album Maria Minerva cross-pollinates her synthy lo-fi weirdpop with LA Vampires’ distant, sun-bleached house bump for a sultry album of hazy, distant synthpop w...view item »

Lafawndah
Tan

A vinyl 12” from the iconic Warp records and an EP that must be one of the most unusual records from their eclectic catalogue. Lafawndah produces an aggressively globalised electronic music that taps into everything from zouk and kizoma, to dubstep and grime. Tan was co-produced by ...view item »

Landing
Bells In New Towns

Landing have been at it for twenty years but 'Bells in New Towns' proves that they are still as strong as ever. They play a textured form of post rock, motorik kraut and blissed out shoegaze that is lush and shimmering bringing to mind other long running US outfits such as Yo La Tengo and Bardo Pond...view item »

L.A. Salami
The City Of Bootmakers

L.A. Salami is currently based in London, however, he recorded his second LP, The City Of Bookmakers, in Berlin. He lets rip on the album with a diatribe against those in control who seek to keep the meek and under-privileged down. Salami is a prolific artist, The City of Bookmakers follows on fro...view item »

Ramones
Leave Home

Almost as good as "Ramones". Better production, but the songs are a little 'samey'. For anyone getting into the Ramones, the first four albums are all essential. The guitars are double-tracked, giving it a much fuller (and live sounding) sound than their first record. And their are none of the sound-softening acoustic guitars that they began usi...view item »

LCD Soundsystem
Sound Of Silver

LCD Soundsystem's second release differs significantly from their debut, however not to let that discourage as it offers its own merits. Sound Of Silver feels as it can act to the low near or after the end of the party, with their first album being the party, offering songs like 'Someone Great' which elicits an emotional response which can reson...view item »

Air
Moon Safari

Remastered version 12” vinyl on Rhino. Moon Safari was the album that rocketed Air into, well, space. Couldn’t go to any record shop, or turn on any TV channel without hearing Sey Boy or Kelly Watch the Stars. Now it’s had the full treatment and back on vinyl. Comes with download code...view item »

Black Sabbath
Paranoid

Paranoid was the second album by influential british hard rock band Black Sabbath. It was originally released in 1970. It is notable for containing some of the band’s most famous tracks such as War Pigs, Iron Man and the title track which also reached the top spot in the singles charts back when ...view item »

Ramones
Ramones

1, 2, 3, 4! As one of the most influential documents in rock’n’roll history, Da Brudders’ 1976 debut hardly warrants an introduction. Still, it’s always a shock to hear how raw and minimal the Craig Leon-produced album is. And all done and dusted in 29 minutes, baby. This LP reissue is cut from analogue m...view item »

Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night

The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on it...view item »

Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings And Food

This is the second Talking Heads record and the first with Brian Eno on board. On this album the rhythm section is brought to the fore and points towards the more dance-able Talking Heads of the near future which can be found on record...view item »

Godflesh
Selfless

Originally released in 1994, and hailed as one of Godflesh’s greatest works, Selfless gets a reissue though its original label, Earache. Melding metal riffery with industrial drum programming Justin Broadrick and Christian Green set a benchmark with pretty much every Godfl...view item »

case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs

A songwriter supergroup, then, how about it? Usually you assemble the band from bits and pieces here and there, in all traditional components towards playing the music, but this trio involves three excellent solo writers going at songs together. The first is twang legend Neko Case, the second is consummate pro ...view item »

Cabbage
The Extended Play of Cruelty

Cabbage are a band that many people have heard about, but very few actually listen to. I must admit that up until recently I hadn't really heard any of their music either. Alas, working at a record shop has its perks. I went on to listen to the entire record 'Young, Dumb, and Full Of...' that contains many of the bands unreleased demos and track...view item »

Super Furry Animals
Radiator (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Following on from the hugely successful 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut 'Fuzzy Logic' comes this expanded version of the follow up 'Radiator'.The 2CD and download versions contain B sides, alternate versions and unreleased demos whilst the original album appears on the vinyl remastered for 2017 ears. ...view item »

Talking Heads
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads

Talking Heads are no usual '80s band -- David Byrne, with the assistance of Brian Eno, would unleash some of the most sonically rich and diverse music ever recorded. 'The Name of this Band is Talking Heads' gives us some glimpse into the majesty of their music with very different but intensely entertaining live versions of their cherished s...view item »

Yo La Tengo
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

This album is now one of my favourite albums. The musical style of Yo La Tengo is present in each song even though each song is very different from the last. In fact I am hard pressed to classify this band as just one musical type because of the many styles of music they utilise in the creation of this album. Overall, this stands as one of the b...view item »

Father John Misty
Fear Fun

"Fear Fun" is ex-Fleet Foxes drummer, J. Tillman's first album under his new pseudonym Father John Misty and his first solo outing since his departure from Fleet Foxes. To my ears it marks a bit of change in sound. The J. Tillman stuff I'd heard was rather dull so I didn't investigate much further than one album...view item »

Goat
Commune

Finally, Goat's "difficult" second album is upon us. Their debut 'World Music' catapulted the mysterious Swedish voodoo-psych outfit onto the world stage with its mixture of wah-fuzz riffing, energetically chanted vocals and mystical polyrhythms, with colourful and hyper-kinetic live rituals to match. The pressure is on, then, for 'Commune' to b...view item »

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

MUCH more in my bracket is this Vampire Weekend long playing disc. It's handily self titled too. You'll all have devoured 'Mansard Roof' by now, a whirling, spindly thing with trebly african guitars that makes you wanna twirl round and laugh with delight! The guitars really make them sound quirky, vibrant & stimulating. There's bits of ska in t...view item »

Bill Callahan
Dream River

I was thinking this morning: "Why don’t I own more Bill Callahan records?"   I tend to always like what I hear of him (certainly post-Smog, who didn’t always do it for me). For the uninitiated, he has a rich, chocolate-brown voice and sings sad, slow laments which could eventually see him be...view item »

Kathryn Joseph
Tell My Lover

Single Tell My Lover on 7” from Scottish indie folk singer/songwriter Kathryn Joseph, whose debut LP won the Scottish Album of the Year award back in 2015. A tender and sensitive song with all the fragile power of Joseph’s otherworldly vocals and gentle melodies. Out o...view item »

Nurse With Wound
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched

2CD set of the out of print Nurse With Wound albums, Sugar Fish Drink and Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven. Can the music live up to the oddness promised by the titles of these things? Honestly, probably. Some of the tracks might be familiar to fans of Nurse With Wound but ...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
You Were Never Really Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mr. Music aka Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has coughed up another small masterpiece here. This time he’s done it on cue for director Lynne Ramsey in order to score his new film You Were Never Really Here, and he’s also enlisted the help of Oliver Coates...view item »

Boards of Canada
Geogaddi

Probably the most anticipated release here for us this month and maybe this year is the Boards Of Canada LP. I will admit to being excited at the start of the week this week as I knew it was coming in. Rather sad like, we ripped the boxes open and banged it on..... I was gonna do a big opening spiel...view item »

Boards of Canada
Music Has The Right To Children

Here we have a vinyl re-press of one of the most lauded electronic albums of all time and certainly one that could be considered a ‘game changer’. Their particular brand of bleached out, saturated music is much copied but as this years ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ proves, no-one else really has come close to completely emul...view item »

Hookworms
Microshift

Phew. Sounds like they worked hard on this one? Calibrating the forward momentum cheat codes of motorik with real, pop sheen can't be easy. On their clearest, most accessible record yet, Hookworms sound like individual worms bringing what they know apart, together. It trances like never before, but sheds psychedelic inclination in favour of a to...view item »

DRINKS
Hippo Lite

There’s odd pop and there’s bad pop. Please go figure. Our newest member of staff, Daoud, listened to this record and remarked: “there’s that song bands put on their albums that’s like, intentionally annoying and bad. This band are like that... but with the entire album”. It’s true, and dare I say that o...view item »

Dylan Carlson
Conquistador

Have you ever been in a Western-style quick draw? No, neither have I. But, have I got the intro to a record, for you should you wish to experience being in a Western-style quick draw! This is the debut solo release from Dylan Carlson, a founding member of the metal band Earth. It's ...view item »

Carla Bozulich
Quieter

We rarely think about the physical toll music extracts from its adepts. Touring in particular is incredibly fraught - long days spent on the road in cramped vans, carrying heavy equipment, and most of all, regularly being in louds spaces. When an athlete is injured they slow down, and go into physio to work themselves back to full capacity. When...view item »

Mogwai
Hardcore Will Never Die. But You Will

Now described as veterans, Mogwai were the king pins of the once-sprawling post-rock scene and now one of the few survivors mainly thanks to their superb life affirming live shows and consistent recording history. To some ears they have been smooth sailing for a number of years now so what will a new album bring? The opener, the misleadingly tit...view item »

Ty Segall and White Fence
Hair

Ty Segall and White Fence are two of the finest oddballs from the United States making that lo-fi garage pop that's all over the place at the moment. Segall shits out catchy scratchy ...view item »

Slint
Spiderland (Remastered)

2014 remaster of Slint's beautiful second and final album. It comes with various outtakes and demos, as well as Breadcrumb Trail, the documentary about the album’s creation directed by Lance Bangs. The band's use of dynamics gave them an uncanny ability to bottle emotions; the words "he de...view item »

Amanaz
Africa

Amanaz were one of the premium exponents of Zambia's Zamrock music, and Africa is one of the premium examples of their sound. The fuzz guitars and the shuffling, driving drums back up a gnarled-up vocal style, as the group actively rage against colonialism’s legacy. Double LP reissue on Now-Again....view item »

Chet Baker
Sings

The classic 1954 LP from the one and only Chet Baker, Chet Baker Sings showcases the jazz icon’s nuanced vocal talent. Part of the Blues Characters series, this compilation edition on vinyl double LP features 20 tracks recorded between 1953-58. Includes digital download code. On Le Chant du Mond...view item »

Mitski
Bury Me At Makeout Creek 

Bury Me At Makeout Creek (excellent Simpsons referencing there) is the third album from Mitski, released in the States in 2014 but only now making it across the water for an official European release. Heartfelt indie-pop-punk songwriting from a strong and varied talent: Mitski had previously scored work...view item »

Idles
Brutalism

Brutalism is the latest thirteen-track release from Idles. A powerfully written and politically driven collection of music that packs a punch aimed at the current political climate in the UK. It is hardcore and punk, so what do you expect? Described as ‘ a deadly serious indictment on popular culture’ that i...view item »

Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the b...view item »

And So I Watch You From Afar
The Endless Shimmering

Belfastian four-piece And So I Watch You From Afar return for their fifth album The Endless Shimmering, recorded at the Machines With Magnets studio in Rhode Island, the US of A, during an inspiring nine...view item »

Eels
The Deconstruction

Mark E Everett went to Susan’s house (sorry, went over to Susan’s house) and she was like, dude, it’s been four years… you haven’t released an album about how in retrospective life is actually beautiful if you look around and appreciate things in a long time. E was like, yes, sure, I’m back ...view item »

Malena Zavala
Aliso

Find yourself a tree generous with its shade and share this record with it. A clear, often acoustic dream pop record of lovely, looped instrumentals and bittersweet hooks, ‘Aliso’ feels perfect for an early night spent outdoors. Using hints of fuzz, wahing guitars and rootsy arrangements, Zavala has made a strangely singular record, ...view item »

Ssleeping Desiress
Ssleeping Desiress

Another really stupidly spelt name leading to endless searching on the site trying to find the record. Nothing wrong with Sleeping Desires. Nothing.  Musically it hails from 1982 with lots of atmospheric the Cure like guitars meshing with foreboding synths. I wait all the way through opener 'Interior L...view item »

Nilüfer Yanya
Do You Like Pain?

This little 12” is giving me a morning fright like no other. Using an economical bedroom set up mostly of guitar and drums (with sax, on occasion), Nilüfer Yanya writes songs that rely on precisely landed climaxes and breathtaking dynamics. Honestly, listen to that opener: playing with ominous melodic changes and moments of unbridled ...view item »

Pauline Oliveros
Electronic Works 1965+1966

Early electronic expansions from American Pauline Oliveros. Electronic Works 1965+1966 are a series of analogue gems from Pauline's recorded out put. She built a lot of her own equipment and constructed numerous pieces through improvisation. Also, she experimented with a multitude of analogue effects an...view item »

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER...view item »

Arthur Russell
Another Thought

Here’s the first ever vinyl pressing of Arthur Russell’s ‘Another Thought’, a posthumous collection compiled from 800 tape reels recorded between 1982 and ‘90. What’s immediately surprising is how coherent it sounds as an album. The performances often hushed, sparse and sou...view item »

Dougls Pipes
Trick 'R Treat

Just in time for All Hallows Eve is the haunted mellow-drama from Dougls Pipes. This release of the Trick 'R Treat soundtrack has been specifically mastered for vinyl, with Waxwork assisted by Dougls himself. Full of chilling and tense fun, this is all you could ever need from a horror fi...view item »

Hamad Kalkaba
Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Hamad Kalkaba, who later went on to sit as president of the Confederation of African Athletics, recorded some fabulous and lively music in his mid-70’s youth, and here is a good-sized portion of it. Sparkling golden good-time sounds that takes Cameroonian rhythms and slathers them with heady electricity. CD and LP editions...view item »

Big Search
Life Dollars

The one born Matt Popieluch has been playing with everyone from Glasser to Fools Gold to Sky Ferreira this past decade. When he’s not been helping others out, he’s been putting out vaguely Neil Young-ish rock under the moniker Big Search. This stirri...view item »

SUMS
SUMS

Barry Burns of Mogwai teams up with French producer and Raster-Noton regular Kangding Ray and hybrid drum maniac Merlin Ettore for SUMS’ debut full length on Berlin Atonal. Post Rock with a much stronger focus on its electronic edge, thick techno soundscap...view item »

The Spook School
Could It Be Different?

Who'da thunk that the Spook School were onto their third album? I can't remember hearing either of the previous ones but here we are. The band are back with more of their distinctly Scottish sounding indie -pop which covers all kind of subject matters such as gender identity and abusive relationships. Full of catchy empowering c...view item »

Trembling Bells
Dungeness

I just can't get over the sleeve. Just look at it. Kind of suits the music Trembling Bells make though. It's shot through with the folk influence of bands who also wore 17th century garb and claimed a kinship with days of yore. I'm thinking Fairport Convention. But Trembling Bells are also very psychedelic. You'...view item »

Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden

I remember a time in my younger years where all I wanted to do was listen to the Tallest Man On Earth’s early records and say things like, “see, he’s Bob Dylan… but fast!” to the people who had the unfortunate luck of calling me their fr...view item »

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Grouper -- or ‘Ghostly’ Liz Harris, as I sometimes call her (although this sentence is the first time I’ve done that, in writing anyway) -- is back with another exceedingly beautiful record. On Grid Of Points, Portland Liz follows up one of my favourite albums of 2014, ‘Ruins’; a record that was born of a d...view item »

Half Man Half Biscuit
No-one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin’ hedge cut

It was the laugh out loud moment of 2018 so far when the title of the new Half Man Half Biscuit album was announced. It would actually have been fine to just leave it at that....surely nothing they can do musically can really top it.  We know the score by now. Chug-a-long vintage shambling indie as a vehicle for Nigel Blackwell's al...view item »

Nicolas Jaar
Space Is Only Noise

“Space Is Only Noise” is a great philosophical title for an album of ambient music. Nicolas Jaar is a producer and remixer of some repute. “Space Is Only Noise” is his only full length album to date but he has a bunch of singles and EPs to his name. It seems that the intention here is for each track to become full...view item »
Back in: 22nd May 2018

Vive la Void
Vive la Void

Sometimes an album and your audience seem so destined to be with each other that writing a review about it feels pointless. I’ll be straight with you, I’ve been working here long enough to know that if you’re one of our customers, odds are, you’ll like Vive la Void. How can I be so sure? Well for one, this is the side pro...view item »

Beck
Mutations

Mutations is one of five album titles by Beck to being with the letter M. With Mutations, the follow up to the classic Odelay, Beck threw another curve ball to his fans, recording album of what could be described as cosmic folk rock. He even showed the influence Brazilian pop music has had on him with the track ...view item »

Nouvelle Vague
Nouvelle Vague

Here's a curio. Its by Nouvelle Vague and its a whole pile of post punk/new wave songs done in a laid back Brazilian style. When it works its absolutely tremendous as on Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart',  PIL's 'This is not a love song', The Cure's 'A Forest' and XTC's 'Making Plans for Nigel'. Th...view item »

Tom Waits
Real Gone

Tom Waits, as usual, has produced another classic. It should be noted, however, that "Real Gone" is a really gritty, avant-garde effort. The sonic texture of the album is akin to some of the tunes on "Bone Machine" with a tinge of the sweaty grit of the more raucous parts of "Mule Variations" (e.g., the texture found on the rough and funky "Fili...view item »
Back in: 21st May 2018

GAS
Rausch

It can be a case of careful what you wish for. Wolfgang Voigt's legendary project was safely confined to the murk of history. The records there as a kind of high water mark example of how to make supreme dub techno and waiting to be discovered by all kinds of latecomers.  But very few can resist the lure of the comeback and last yea...view item »
Back in: 18th May 2018

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

I’d like to think you know by now about Courtney Barnett. A lauded master of the musical walk and talk, her double EP and debut LP were great, profoundly comedic works with telltale lyrics of wit and wonder. Mark Kozelek can but dream. On ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, Barnett’s songwriting goes by the old cliche: from st...view item »
Back in: 17th May 2018

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

I’m sure you’re aware of the form by now. With an energy best described as subliminal, thee Parquet Courts sit you in a seminar room and have you debate whether or not they’re chill and slack or bold and bracing. I can never quite tell, but I’d argue ‘Human Performance’ was their best record to date, a janglin...view item »
Back in: 10th May 2018

Go-Kart Mozart
Mozart's Mini-Mart

Poor Lawrence. At the age of 56 he still thinks that he should be a pop star. His dream is to meet Kate Moss. He lives in a bewilderingly strange world of complete delusion which ensures that he is loved by the chattering Twitterati and middle-aged blogosphere because he's eccentric and he's a story.  Yet I feel that there's such a sadness ...view item »

Beach House
7

As if this band needed to get any more content. Naming their record with a shrug, Beach House have ditched the sonically driving, well-sequenced widescreen of recent records ‘Bloom’ and ‘Depression Cherry’, offering something of a sound-sample primer for a band that now does what it wants from within its liminal aesthetic...view item »

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