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Ensemble Economique
no thing-ness

Ensemble Economique are next up on the luscious series of Dekoder 12”s celebrating ten years of the label. no thing-ness branches out from EE’s ambient Not Not Fun jams and into industrial worlds full of foreboding sonic architecture, grey concrete and, er, grist. On a wall-mount-worthy hybrid pictur...view item »

Echologist
Buzz Factory EP

Coming in on ‘butterscotch angel delight’ coloured vinyl, I’ve already played the whole thing through once at what I now suspect was the wrong speed. I’m now going to try again at a lower speed and I’m finding that I am enjoying it more. It’s a minimal ...view item »

Harmonizer
World Complete

Software is Mexican Summer's more electronic offshoot run by the Oneohtrix Point Never dude. This 12” is by Harmonizer, two guys from Vermont and one of them has a beard. One of them is also Greg Davis who has hit fame with his various guitar twiddlings over the years. There's a murk...view item »

John Davis
Spare Parts

This is the first album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Davis in over 15 years, apparently. As a spring chicken of only 30 years myself, I suppose that gives me a good excuse to never have heard his music before, so if this review seems unresearched please forgive me. I’m quit...view item »

Dent May
Do Things

So this is the guy who used to have a magnificent ukelele but threw it away to create the kind of summery pop that sounds the spit of Gruff Rhys. It’s all Beach Boys...view item »

Wrong Words
Everything Is Free

We’ve got a big pile of psychedelia in this week from Trouble In Mind, including this sophomore album of ‘60s/'70s-flavoured power-pop from The Wrong Words, taking Big Star/Replacements...view item »

Osunlade
Peacock

Osunlade is back this week with a new LP on Yoruba. It plays at 45rpm but doesn't say that anywhere on the artwork, and the first track is instrumental, so don't make the same mistake I made and try to listen to it at 33. It sounds great at that speed, even when the vocals come in, but it's not right. It's a tough LP to pin down. Despite...view item »

Olof Arnalds
Sudden Elevation

Does anyone sing in a normal voice these days? I had the misfortune of hearing Everything Everything on 6music the other day and thought that I may be able to tolerate this if he stopped singing in a made up comedy voice. Olof Arnalds is an Icelandic c...view item »

Beisspony
Brush Your Teeth

Munich duo Beisspony have an LP of quirky experimental pop here. The first thing I'm reminded of is CocoRosie - this is very melodic and playful music with a very clear sense of identity, but the sonic experimentation here is more earthy in an almost arts and crafts way. There's typewriters and sewing machines and...view item »

Alias
Pitch Black Prism

Myself and one of Team Norm were discussing the other day about how Anticon has gone from consistently awesome bastion of backpack hip-hop cool to frustratingly patchy over the course of a mere few years. This time resident beat-maker Alias returns with his third solo effort, 'Pitch Black Prism'. As with Alias's previous efforts, though,...view item »

:take:
:take:

...Take my wife..no please take her..My wife sez to me "I want you to take me some place I've never been before, I said "Where ..the Kitchen.." ..I just got back from a pleasure trip.. I just took my mother in law to the airport..Sorry about that I suffer from Henny Youngman Syndrome and sometimes it sneaks up on me like a tiger in the darkness....view item »

Medicine and Duty
Sunken Carnival

Medicine and Duty are a new name to me but they feature characters I've come across before, In fact these lot are practically a super group with members of Teeth Of The Sea (Matt Colegate), Shrag, Black Neck Band of the Common Loon (Andy Pyne) and Guillotines' (Jack Cooper) all getting involved. This is their 6th studio album and the first to ma...view item »

Apart
Digital Frame

Apart is an artist whose work I've not come in to contact with before. Found myself having a little chuckle after reading the surprisingly earnest press release (which is probably worth quoting but I won't bother) although the record itself is pretty decent. Definitely one for the Port-Royal/Hammock fans of the world as this is one of them ambie...view item »

Providien
Followed By A Wraith

It's too early for this crazy business. Hailing from the grimy Midwestern state of Ohio, this duo of Mark Van Fleet and Nathan Reynolds do their damnedest to replicate the sound of your worst Gothic nightmares to tape. This album is outright noise insanity! Primarily a collection of collages and cut-up home recordings, these sloth-like movements...view item »

Head Of Programmes
The Spring Band Was

Head of Programmes is the pseudonym of James MacGregor, a singer/songwriter based down south somewhere. Macgregor's music is both accomplished and heartfelt in the vein of classic mid-nineties underground Americana a la Smog, Lambchop, Bonnie P.B., Sun Kil Moon and, most prominently, The Mountain Goats. The EP begins with one of those top down, ...view item »

Bible, Burke & Henry
Live In The Port Of Kings

Not a firm of solicitors as you may think but time again for a Clint's Improvisational Mayhem Corner and the latest in the line of the lovely looking and popular Rural Route series. The blurb on the sleeve describes this as 'Edited from a perfromance that utilized live mixing and processing of field recordings, instrumentation and piezoelectric ...view item »

Fool's Gold
Leave No Trace

This is one of those albums that is great at a party, or great for just lounging around. It always puts me in a great mood. I play it for my friends and while it's playing in the background they always ask who it is. The sound is very Afro pop/middle eastern but enveloped in the roots of rock 'n roll. "The Dive" and "Tel Aviv" are my favourite t...view item »

Slow Club
Paradise

Slow Club are here with their sophomore album. This time round they sound a bit more polished than last time, it seems to me like an album that was written in the studio. This is quite slick and catchy boy/girl indie pop. The girl does most of the singing actually. Sometimes it's quite synth-heavy, sometimes it's more jangly. At one point t...view item »

Lymes
Goodbye Bangkok

'Goodbye Bangkok' is the debut album from Hull based group Lymes. The group was founded by singer-songwriter Rich Gilbert who seems to have some kinda of mysterious musical history that was abandoned in favour of a degree then a six year stint living in Southeast Asia. It was here that that...view item »

JAWS
Stress Test

Performance art style sonics from this L.A. resident. It uses slithery, skronky electronics, confessional narrative and impromptu stratagems in an effort to brim the optics, confuse the mind and engage the body. Beginning as an exercise in speed and personality, “Stress Test” i...view item »

Dominant Legs
Invitation

The press release says “Arthur Russell playing the Aztec Camera back catalogue”. From the sound of the first two tracks I can shorten that to a more succinct quote - “Haircut 100”. They have the st...view item »

New Build
Misery Loves Company

Hot Chip. It's fair to say I'm no fan. Still, I'm a very nice man really so I'll put all my prejudices aside and take this New Build record on its own terms. It features two members of Hot Chip alongside another chap called Tom. According to the press release they aspire to &l...view item »

Spirit Of The Positive Wind
Spirit Of The Positive Wind

What the hell is this madness? After the Georgia Sea Island Singers took me somewhere nice it's up to this super-group to drag me back to the fierce, nightmarish industrial landscape from whence I came. Then again this isn't the sound of Bradford. I don't know what it's the sound of actu...view item »

Casiokids
Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen

With a name like Casiokids you know what to expect. It's like Twilight Sad calling themselves Noisy, Shoegazey Scottish Lads. This has the feel of a group who have heard that Postal Service album and thought 'we can do that' but forgetting to write any songs (thanks Mike for that analogy). ...view item »

Family Portrait
Dark Roast EP

I'm a big fan of Evan Brody's (a.k.a Family Portrait) self-titled debut on UP. To me it seemed like a coming of age record that paid homage to Brody's childhood influences whilst suggesting what may lie ahead for the artist. The Dark Roast EP differs greatly from his debut in that it seem...view item »

Concessionaires
Artificial Interface

Brad Rose (owner of Digitalist records and member of The North Sea, Charlatan, Altar Eagle) and Pete Fosco (Early Tunnels, Wasteland Jazz Ensemble) have been getting together to knock up tapes for a while now. Their style is synth drone electronics verses telecaster guitar in a longhaul d...view item »

Dear Prudence
Valentine

Dearie me. I let the gaffer choose my pile this week and wish I'd never bothered. This 'Valentine' single is kinda Florence & the Machine meets late period All About Eve anthemic tosh that will be filling the airwaves all ...view item »

Cursillistas
Observe Ember Weeks

Nice looking record, this. They've all got a total handmade feel to them with the screenprinted covers on thick white paper, and the record's an intimate and personal little thing too, with lots of distant echoey guitars and vocals and some drone and chunter soundscape passages in between...view item »

Excavacations
Object Permanence

You can always depend on Weird Forest to hit you hard with summat super left-field and oddball, be it the madness of Yo-Yo Expressway Diet or the ambient cunning of Lil' B's beat-less synth record 'Rain In England'. Guess you could call the label's agenda post-everything 21st century po...view item »

Tidal & Rambutan
Tidal & Rambutan

On this very limited split LP we’ve got a long drone from Tidal (aren’t they a rock band? Not this one anyway) and a long drone from Rambutan. The Tidal one is quite new-agey, concordant, shimmering stuff that goes nowhere slowly and pleasantly. The Rambutan one has more new-a...view item »

Teen Daze
All Of Us, Together

You just know what to expect from Teen Daze before you hear it. Firstly that awful name, secondly the Washed Out-aping sleeve artwork and within 30 seconds the...view item »

Red Stars Over Tokyo
4 Track 12"

Electronic experimentalists, these guys, and on this particular plate they've excelled themselves. The first two tracks covering one side veer between odd grumbling ricocheting IDM breaks and moods leading into a vortex of h...view item »

Signs of the Silhouette
Signs of the Silhouette

I can’t figure out a lot about this duo, but they’re doing some kind of guitar and drum performance art where they improvise along to projected visuals. Well I think that’s what they do from reading their somewhat cryptic press release. Phil says he thinks they wear craz...view item »

Alex Durlak
Seconds

This is a beautiful looking thing. It’s on one-sided white vinyl with a story extract printed on the other side, housed in a fancy weird sleeve with one translucent side so you can read it. Very classy. Anyway, it’s on Damian Valles’s Komino imprint and it...view item »

I O
Flamenco Abstractions

I’m generally happy with anything that makes my life easier. A chair for example. This morning I was moving stock around the stock room, on my feet the whole time. After two hours I could think of nothing other than a nice sit down. Having found a chair, the sit down was just immense! I ...view item »

Let's Say We Did
Hello Creatures

Remember the ‘90s? God, I do. Amongst some amazingly brilliant stuff a lot of the bands from then were rubbish weren’t they? Utter Garbage. We must remember this amongst the clamour to re-listen, re-work and re-issue all things early ‘90s. But that doesn’t stop a whole host of young pretenders being deeply in thrall to th...view item »

Les Conversions
Snowwhite

After an impressive debut LP of playful darkness on Decimus’s own Kelippah imprint, No-Necking trio Pat Murano, Jason Meagher and Dave Shuford have teamed up once more as Les Conversions for another go, this t...view item »

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye
Beway

“Laughing Eye Weeping Eye transports you to another place, perhaps....... to a magick ceremony with fire-breathing serpents.” Bleats the press release. But why would I want to go there when I could sit at home and watch ‘The Voice’ on TV? Ok then, if I really have to. More entertainingly, on the back sleev...view item »

Net Shaker
I'm So Cold

This is one of those records where you can clearly identify influences and yet the finished product is entirely their own. 'I'm So Cold' is the debut LP from Los Angeles duo Erik Frydenborg and Ernest Gibson and what a glorious mess it is. From the primitive/ crude but functional drum machine rhythms to the stuttering ...view item »

Puzzle Muteson
Theatrics

Isle of Wight singer-songwriter Terry "Puzzle Muteson" Magson returns this week with a second LP of wistful sadpop, a follow-up to 2011's 'En Garde'. This has 10 of his own songs and a cover of New Order's 'True Faith', all presented in impeccably understated arrangements which...view item »


Feral Grind

The second release for Ali Wells’s (Perc) Submit label is a 4 track 12” and 11 track CD. Submit seems to be dedicated to exploring the more “experimental” noise/ industrial end of the techno spectrum, the first 12” on the imprint was Perc reworks of ...view item »

Lo-Fang
#88

A taster from Lo-Fang’s album on 4AD, Blue Film. Matthew Hemerlein is a classically trained musician who has been inspired by his travels from his home in Maryland to Cambodia and Bali. He plays all the instruments on the album leading to a rich sound taking in everything from drums to piano and cello. On 12&rdquo...view item »

White Haus
White Haus EP

White Haus is the alter-ego of ex X-Wife chappie Joao Vieira, who’s pulling no punches on this debut EP of hard-hitting post-punk house action. The obvious comparison here would be LCD Soundsystem, keeping a chaotic live vibe going with dense polyrhythms and cheeky neon synths and ice cool spoken vocal...view item »

Ski Lodge
Big Heart

The difference between the last track I played on the Surf City album and the first track on this album could probably only be heard by people with dog ears. Its more poppy, indie, surfy stuff with heavy nods towards Best Coast and the type of chirpy upbeat simple indie pop that seems to be de rigueur these days....view item »

Worn
Feminist

Avian sub-label Mira reaches its fourth release with an impressive 10" from Worn which is an alias of Ventress. As...view item »


Open Water

Hand stamped and numbered, strictly limited to 320 copies. The ep’s opening salvo comes courtesy of Killawatt, who brings a dense combination of driving force and technical intricacy whilst Ipman imbues his version with urgent percussion and sense of cavernous tension. The second half of the release sees the debut of Osiris Music l...view item »

Stephen John Kalinich
A World Of Peace Must Come

Oddball 1960's poetry record from renowned Beach Boys lyricist performing some of his very own super idealistic poetry under hazy lights. If you like spoken word stuff about world peace etc then A World of Peace Must Come is the record for you. The main draw for Beach Boys ...view item »

Gang Wizard
Important Picnic

Gang Wizard are not a real gang, or even a real wizard, but a band. There are five of them, three share a surname, they've been going for ages in one form or another and they make up their songs as they go along. Yeah, completely off the cuff, bash 'em out and see what happens style. It's brave, it's difficult, it's not always fun to listen to, ...view item »

Usurper
What Time Is It? 1000 Bux.

Lying awake at 5.30 each morning certainly gives you stuff to think about. For example,  what is the middle spike bit of a record player called? (A spindle, apparently). Is it possible to invent a band worse and more annoying than Foals? (No). Do music writers by law have to pretend to like Vampire Weekend? (It seems so). And finally how do...view item »

Goldring / Thomson
For All #1: Nines

Enablers guitarists Kevin Thomson and Joe Goldring go head-to-head on this one-sided 12" on Lancashire & Somerset, which comes beautifully presented in a two-colour 12"x12" booklet which explains that the pieces here developed from a residency at the Marin Headlands Center For The Arts "to develop musical ideas...view item »

Jesse Ruins
Fractured Holy Symmetry

'A Film' was a record by shoegazing, pop dreaming, electronica-tinkering band Jesse Ruins, and 'Fractured Holy Symmetry' is a companion piece for all those who loved it, featuring remixes by artists such as Soft Metals, Naliza Moo, Radio Friends and Diane Halls, as well as six new Jesse Ruins tracks. A varied offering of noise and synt...view item »

Mesa Ritual
Mesa Ritual

We've an LP of slow, subtle dark atmospheres here from Mesa Ritual, the duo of William Fowler Collins and Raven Chacon. Like many things I've had to review this week, this isn't for people who like "music" per se, rather a textural exploration of hiss and crackle and static and buried, wavering drones. Buy this album expecting pop songs and you ...view item »

Ian Drennan
The Wonderful World

R&J Foods, your flapjacks are bizarre. I’ve just bought one from the corner shop and I would dare to say it’s full of salt. I’ll probably enjoy it when I’m 80, I read the most depressing thing that as you get older you put more salt and sugar onto food as your taste ...view item »

Os Ovni
Let's Leave Reality

Os Ovni are an electro-pop duo from Florida. Let’s Leave Reality is their debut album. Psychedelic synthesizer experimentation with glistening harmonies -- speeding through space and time --portray a future world in which we’ll all be looking over our shoulders. Let’s Leave Reality is ava...view item »

Sewn Leather
Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime

Are you angry? Had enough of your job, your life, your broken down car and your girlfriend/boyfriend not putting out and not doing the dishes? Haven’t we all. Are you looking for a theme tune to aid you in your rampage as you sort out your life while spewing angry, long syllabulled rants at passers-by a la Mike Leigh’s Naked? This is...view item »

Ford And Lopatin
Emergency Room

This is a pretty little thing. The new Ford and Lopatin single is a picture disc 12" that comes in four different variations. They're all pretty similar, though, so I'm not sure I'd recommend shelling out the full fifty-six smackers for the set...the only variation between them is a different X-ray picture on the B-sides. Musically, we've got th...view item »

Willie Burns
I Wanna Love You EP

Electronic polymath Willie Burns recently released 'Land Vs Air', a collection that shows off his work under his many different aliases that tinker with wildly different sounds. On this new EP, though, he goes by his human name, and releases four romantic house tunes with hooking beats, sweet synth lines and welcoming vocals. The mood goes from ...view item »

John Cohen
Deaf Arena

It took me a minute or two to even figure out who made this very mysterious-looking CD, with the artist name and title relegated to a single mention on the insert, but it turns out it’s the work of John Cohen, aka one half of Dead Fader. It’s largely beat driven stuff ...view item »

Deas & Denton
Deas & Denton

I want to review this but we're all being distracted by looking at German teenybopper magazine covers from the 80s - Don Johnson seemed to have quite the fanbase there in those days, even Hasselhoff's got nothing on him. Anyhoo this is a bit of a curveball for anyone who might buy it expecting Cam Deas to be contributing his usual amazing acoust...view item »

Bad Weather California
Sunkissed

I originally saw this band opening for the Lumineers some years ago (I can't recall) and thought their name was Bad Weather California and they were from California but then they went on to explain and clarified. They were fantastic, a good bit of variety to their music. I would say the place where they missed though is that a lot of their riffs...view item »

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