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Ducktails
Wish Hotel EP

Ducktails are about to be at the end of an experiment that sees the reviewer write whilst exceedingly hungry. If a record sounds great when you are as hungry as I am then it must be pretty exhilarating to recently-fed people.   Following on from the mixed bag that was ‘The Flower Lane&...view item »

Blouse
Imperium

Blouse have made an uncommon move on this, their second for Captured Tracks. Dreamy shoegazers are more commonly found adding layers of synths, electronics, and drum machines as they go on - on Imperium these guys have stripped all that away. Makes for a more rockin' take on their sound over the course of a...view item »

Lace Curtain
Falling / Running EP

This record has a sticker on it declaring it the “New project from Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra from Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox et al&rd...view item »

MONO
For My Parents

As the title suggests, For My Parents sees Mono tracing their roots, and I think this important for a band that previously gave no indication of their Japanese heritage. Even as someone of Asian descent myself, if I only looked at their album sleeves and listened to the music, I would not guess Mono even had any Eastern heritage, let alone Japan...view item »

School of Night
School of Night

School of Night is the solo project of Antlers dude Darby Cicci, and on this debut EP he’s showing off five tracks of impeccably polished darkpop with an emotional falsetto (Phil points out he sounds like Chris Martin). It’s moody and downbeat but smooth and soulful, with warm round bass tones and flutte...view item »

Ancient Times
Night School / Hieroglyphic

Ancient Times is the brainchild of Brighton youngster George Smale. They put out a tape last year on Coastal Wizards and now they’ve got this 7” out on Soft Power and I’m finally hearing what they sound like. What they sound like is ...view item »

National Wake
Walk In Africa

Here’s a name I’ve never heard before. National Wake were active in South Africa from 1979 until 1981, a mixed race punk band in apartheid South Africa, they were mired in controversy and their album was pulled by the government after selling a measly 700 copies. I don’t want to go too far into their history and background beca...view item »

Anna Calvi
Eliza

First single from Anna Calvi's much anticipated second album 'One Breath'. Her debut eponymous album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, and she has slowly amassed a great deal of critical acclaim since. Available, complete with slightly disturbing artwork, on Domino records on heavyweight 7" vinyl....view item »

Saroos
Return

I’ve not crossed paths with this trio Saroos before, but this is in fact their third album and their members have played in bands like The Notwist and Lali Puna so I guess that’s more my fault than theirs at this point. They make a strangely wo...view item »

Etai Keshiki / Amorous Dialogues
Split

Hah, today is going well so far. First I got to review the superb new Dark Acid II compilation 12” on Clan Destine and now I’ve got the Etai Keshiki/Amorous Dialogues split to sink my ears into. That’s five songs of ferocious n...view item »

_moonraker
Lowjit Vagrants EP

Here’s the latest 12” on The Trilogy Tapes which I have woefully little information about. The artist is _moonraker and there are four songs of spooky minimal techno here. This is just the kind of thing our resident electronics/spookiness expert Ant would have a lot to say about but sadly I&rs...view item »

Swim Deep
Where The Heaven We Are

Swim Deep can write great tunes there is no doubt about it. Early singles 'King City' and 'Honey' are excellent examples of the bands capability with fantastic choruses. However this album does not live up to the early releases, the song writing is lacklustre and most of songs sound like fillers. This album does s...view item »

Vondelpark
Always Forever

Hazy sunset vibes from London-based Vondelpark. Taken from the debut album Seabed, Always Forever is a slow burning R&B jam that effortlessly fades into the background to furnish lazy evenings. The remix comes from John Roberts who adds a smidgen of urgency to the track with a liquid underwater feel. Out on 10&rdquo...view item »

The Occasional Orchestra
22 Arches

Ex Home and Abroad frontman Darrell Mitchell's current ensemble The Occasional Orchestra release their third album '22 Arches' on Big Untidy records. Indie folk with an array of unusual stringed instruments, expertly handled by guitarist Jon Taylor. A vinyl release is in the offing, allegedly. Get the CD here now though. ...view item »

The Sun God
The Spirits Have Spoken

Aka Jamal Moss, ‘The Spirits Have Spoken’ is a classic acid dirge straight from the Chicago legend, the A side is all African rhythms, chunky drums and hypnotic high-hats. Side B is a more complicated affair with an odd time signature and lots of squelchy noises and bouncy bass sound, great stuff on the Sequencias label....view item »

Elg
In Coro

Very weird and really quite wonderful cassette tape by experimental nutcase Elg. A schizophrenic blend of French pop, psychedelia, offbeat folk, electronica and samples; vocals that sounds like something from a horror movie; rhythms that don't really sound like rhythms… all wrapped up in a confusing ambient ribbon. Limited to just 100....view item »

Esther Maria
The Abyss

Starting with a slow, swoonsome melodica-led instrumental, this second album from the British born, Denmark based singer songwriter kicks into life with a descending acoustic guitar figure and her impressive voice, an octave-defying thing that swoops in all the right places. It’s hard th...view item »

Harry Merry
Australian Sun

Well, this one is weird. It’s a pop song about global warming sung in broken English with a kind of Bavarian feel to it with weird shuffling rhythms and vintage organ sounds. It’s pretty annoying. If you’re into stuff that’s pretty annoying I can imagine you’d be...view item »

Apostille
Wrong / The Road To War

I’ve not heard Apostille before, but further investigation reveals it to be Night School honcho Michael Kasparis’s solo thing. ‘Wrong’ is a murky little pop ditty with fractured little...view item »

Ben Nash
The Mineral Victim

After a lengthy silence, Chora’s Ben Nash came back recently with an album made entirely on his computer, and now here’s another one which seems to have been made with a combination of computer and guitar, c...view item »

Alex Cobb
Passage to Morning

Yo, this could be a load of old Cobb-lers, being yet another undulating, reverberating pile of old drone but it often has that magic profound quality that gets stuck in your throat. Selected cuts here from SOD founder and ...view item »

North American War
Ivory And Geraniums On A Spit

Bit mysterious this one, there’s no press release and the sleeves are all hand-coloured and DIY-looking, and it’s whipping our Brian into a frenzy of curiosity, demanding to know who they are. We’ve figured out they’re from Glasgow and play gigs with ...view item »

Pet Shop Boys
Elysium

Always loved this duo. Brings back a flood of memories just listening to their timeless sound. This is another solid collection of catchy songs by the Pet Shop Boys, an album that should please most longtime fans. It truly is impressive that they can keep putting out albums as consistently good as this one. As on past albums, you will find some ...view item »

Arc In Round
Arc In Round

I’d heard bits and pieces about this lot from various sources and that name caught my eye being a quite obvious Disco Inferno reference. I had, however been useless enough to be completely unable to get round to checking  them out...u...view item »

Clickits
Express Gifts

And onto Clickits who have a new CD out on Moteer which in case you didn't know it's all to do with those nice folks from Remote Viewer. It starts off all super warm organic sounding and not unlike the kind of warmth you'd hear on some Savath & Savalis records. And after it's kicked in properly it's some nice cli...view item »

Minimum Chips
Lady Grey

Magical CD from Australia's best kept secret MINIMUM CHIPS. Been hammering 'Lady Grey' here as Phil & I are both big Broadcast & Stereolab fans & this unruly bunch have been quietly evolving into the antipodean answer to those 2,  albeit with their own earthy take on affairs. For example  'Cold Afte...view item »

The Samuel Jackson 5
The Samuel Jackson 5

I find it hard to tell if this album stands up to the first three. There are elements from just about every style of music from hardcore to jazz to folk to post-rock to classical. The album features questionable high-pitched male vocals that I acclimated to with time and came to enjoy. There are certainly some stand-out tracks, like "Radio Gagar...view item »

Drywater
Backbone Of The Nation

I do not have the reissue, but I do have an original copy of this LP. It is a great recording, a time capsule. I was so excited to find an original pressing of this gem a few weeks ago in a charity shop in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the same town the album was recorded and released from. I will end up selling this to raise some money, but I will be g...view item »

Towering Breaker
Proper Motion

Towering Breaker is a new duo made up of Ben Knight of Helheston and Jack Allett, a.k.a Spoono. 'Proper Motion' is their first LP on Psykick Dancehall, a new label set up by Allett. This righteous display of out right noise experimentation is split into two compositions over one 12" slab of wax. 'Proper Motion' is a seriously strange slice of ...view item »

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