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Call Me By Your Name

Immensely popular soundtrack from the critically acclaimed 2017 coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino. Features John Adams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Loredana Bertè, Bandolero, Frank Glazer, Alessio Bax, Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito, André Laplante, Sufjan Stevens, F.R. David, Marco Armani, Franco Battiato, The Psychedelic ...view item »

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt

The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recor...view item »

Mitra Mitra
Marionettes

Here's a new thing on the ever popular Polytechnic Youth label this time from this Austrian duo who play icy electronic pop reminiscent of the early days of Mute Records although the band claim not to be influenced by a particular style. Serene and melodic the album contains eight tracks and is a one time pressing of 300 only. ...view item »

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

It's somewhat of a holy grail of jazz, this. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is just that, an until-very-recently unknown and unheard studio album by the great John Coltrane. The sessions for the LP were laid down at the legendary Van Gelder Studios, with 'Trane at the peak of his powers and his classi...view item »

Objeto
Micromundos

Combing the whole world for electronic sounds, Polytechnic Youth has now turned to Spain for this project from Jordi Navarra who blends space rock and primitive electronic sounds. Here he concentrates on simple electronic pieces that reference Hans-Joachim Roedelius but also have some pretty severe nods towards post punk and minimal wa...view item »

Low
Double Negative

Two years on from the excellent Ones and Sixes Low have headed back down Highway 53 to Eau Claire to resume work with producer B.J. Burton (Bon Iver, James Blake) on an album which is said to be an unflinching eleven track quest to be loud, abrasive and commanding. A Low recor...view item »

Melody's Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage

It's been awhile but since Melody Echo Chamber's debut in 2012 since then she's fallen out with its producer Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and had a serious but unspecified accident which left her hospitalised. On the early sections of opener 'Cross My Heart' it sounds that nothing has really changed. It is gorgeous, gallic pop with a beautiful mel...view item »

Protomartyr
Consolation EP

Now that they are quite popular, Protomartyr have made a new friend. She's not just any old friend though. She's none other than Kelley Deal from the Breeders. Everyone's favourite 'jellied eel' cockney rhyming slang appears on two tracks on this new EP which follows the bands rather successful Relatives in Descent LP. ...view item »

Swervedriver
Raise

Oxford shoegaze veterans Swervedriver present a tasty reissue of their 1991 debut album Raise, which was itself made up of a mixture of new songs and material from prior EPs and singles. For many Swervedriver fans this is the one baby, a heavy but catchy blast from a band still emerging. Reissued by Mus...view item »

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

I dunno if you know, but it’s pretty hard to do what Virginia Wing do. Maybe it sounds like it, sometimes, and maybe at others it doesn’t: in that conflict is the charm of their sound, as widescreen and blissed out as it is tinkered on a whim in someone’s bedroom. On “Be Released”, the intro to their new record &lsq...view item »

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Not sure that you need me to introduce this one to you. The album that broke Aphex Twin to the masses (relatively speaking), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 starts with two genuinely sublime pieces of music, ‘Xtal’ and ‘Tha’, which your collection literally cannot be without. The whole thing is grea...view item »

Snail Mail
Lush

Norman Records website editor Clint is absolutely obsessed with the fact that Snail Mail have a bassist called Alex Bass. He’s so obsessed with it that I’ve been left to pick up the pieces and actually tell you what it is that Snail Mail do. Bolstered by the canny and intuitive songwriting prowess of Lindsey Jordan, the band offer th...view item »

Stuart A. Staples
Arrhythmia

Though Tindersticks' Stuart Staples second full length album under his own name has references to his parent band, this is a bold move away into to new territories. It consists of four long form songs - opener 'A New Real' is fairly straightforward and begins with his distinctive voice over a slow moving drum machine and dub effects before lovel...view item »

Holger Czukay & David Sylvian
Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability

The man once dubbed the Most Beautiful Man In The World...and ...er.. David Sylvian collaborated way back in the mid '80s on these two LPs in Can's home place of Koln in bleak midwinter. At the time record companies weren't bothered about such esoteric collaborations so now is a good time to revisit what the pai...view item »

Blawan
Wet Will Always Dry

Blawan’s productions have always stood out in the ultra-saturated world of generic banging techno tracks. Since he launched his Ternsec label and started fully embracing modular gear, he’s been relentlessly forging a very distinctive sound that’s truly his own. Of course, machines/computers/synths are just a means to an end - w...view item »

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Oh my God he is walking on water whilst carrying a saxophone. To some Kamasi Washington is the sort of person who could walk on water with his blend of psychedelic cosmic jazz and horn workouts. His first album 'The Epic' was a hell of a thing and 'Heaven & Earth' which is split into two bits ('Heaven'/'Earth') is bound to be ju...view item »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

That moment when we say "if you only buy one guitar pop album all year ...." .  Every summer needs a guitar based album we all can enjoy and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have more than delivered here. They are a rough hewn project and much dirtier and grungier than your usual summer fayre of bands like ...view item »

Hilary Woods
Colt

With a record from doom metal legends Thou on the horizon, I’m starting to think Sacred Bones are entering a troublesome teens era where they’re gonna start releasing beyond the remit of their embryonic goth rock. Ever glum, but in different shades, they’re continuing to confuse me with this gorgeous ...view item »

Adorable
Against Perfection

Adorable, a band that phased Shoegaze into Britpop, began their short but sweet full-length album career in 1993 with Against Perfection, a very smart title for a debut I’d say. This is a pretty underrated slice of the 90’s, fronted with the anguished swagger of Pete Fijalkowski’s voca...view item »

Dirt Royal
Glory Days / Waiting For The Radio

Brighton indie kids Dirt Royal front a new two-track single that features the headline cut from their recent Waiting For The Radio EP. When charting the half-life of The Jam’s All Mod Cons, this duo of pub-rock tunes lands below The Rifles but above The Metros...view item »

LUMP
LUMP

Well I have to admit I'm loving that big fluffy thing on the album sleeve and on the videos they've released to promote this record. You should see it dance....remarkable.  Also the music is unexpectedly brilliant. I'm sort of a fan of bits of Laura Marling not so much of T...view item »


Welcome To Paradise (Italian Dream House 90-94) Vol. 3

I don’t know about you, but when I first read the title of Welcome To Paradise I did so in the voice that kicks off The Avalanches’ seminal Since I Left You. While the music here may come from the worlds of Italo-Disco and Balearic House rather than plunderphonics, there’s certainly a shared v...view item »

Lay Llamas
Thuban

There was a time when all I ever reviewed was the Lay Llamas or bands that desperately wanted to sound like them. Darlings of Rocket, the psych rock band have long been the champion of jangly repetitions, making the best version of a taut, rhythmic jam outfit swimming in a sea with leagues of them. I’ve come to accept this music will never...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 »

Boy Azooga
1, 2, Kung Fu!

Hotly-tipped Cardiff four-piece Boy Azooga drop their debut LP via Heavenly. As its title suggests, 1, 2, Kung Fu! is a fun listen, full of youthful abandon and some smart songwriting choices. Tracks like ‘Loner Boogie’ are fuzzy romps ala early Tame Impala, wh...view item »

Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still

Well, Leon Vynhall wrote a book. In the mid 20th century Vynhall's grandparents emigrated to New York, a journey he has found incredibly inspirational. The sum is Nothing Is Still, an album, a novella, and more. What's more it features most of an orchestra. Vynhall's debut album is nothing if not ambit...view item »

Mazzy Star
Still

The first new music in four years from David Roback and Hope Sandoval AKA Mazzy Star comes in the form of a 4-track 12” EP. Still features three brand new songs along with a new version of the title track from their 1993 masterpiece, So Tonight That I Might See. 12” EP on Rhymes of an Hour....view item »

JK Flesh
Wasplike EP

Justin Broadrick is known for his work with Napalm Death, Godflesh, Pale Sketcher, Jesu, and his collaboration with The Bug AKA Kevin Martin in Techno Animal. As JK Flesh he takes industrial, dub and power electronics to create ear-bleeding techno and heavy elec...view item »

SWANS
Soundtracks For The Blind

Soundtracks For The Blind was the final Swans album before their break up in 1996 and when the band reformed in 2010 this was the one Michael Gira referred to in order to push the band forward. Already a sprawling varied epic of an album, this reissue has been expanded to include the rare German languag...view item »

Alfa Mist
Antiphon

After causing a quiet stir when it dropped online back in March 2017, Alfa Mist’s new-jazz odyssey has been snapped up by Black Acre for a vinyl release. This is mightily soulful offering from yet anot...view item »

Soccer Mommy
Clean

Fans of singers and songs, listen up: here’s a damn good singer songwriter. The name is misleading; the song titles are sparse. The devils, though… they’re in the details. ‘Clean’ is an incredibly good and deceptively humble record from the band known as Soccer Mommy and led by Sophie Allison. Its chord sequences a...view item »

Olden Yolk
Olden Yolk

Over he trots. Our very own office Golden Retriever Ian with more records to review. "You might like this" he says.  By gum he's right, It's lovely. Exactly my kind of thing. It's sparkling acoustic guitars and clipped production remind me of the best of the Hoboken sound. I'm talking the Feelies and early ...view item »

Gruff Rhys
Babelsberg

Very talented bloke both with Super Furry Animals and solo I had enormous high hopes for this from the early press clippings but despite many examples of strong songwriting skills I'm finding Babelsberg a claustrophobic and over-sweetened listen.  Babelsberg is indeed an ostentatious album by an artist who is usually noted for ...view item »

Mansun
Attack Of The Grey Lantern (21st Anniversary Remastered Edition)

At last we have a deluxe version of Mansun's 'Attack of the Grey Lantern'. This 21st anniversary remastered edition contains the original album plus on the deluxe edition 5.1 stereo versions, B Sides, radio sessions, photos and Paul Draper adolescent notebook. Features the 'classic' 'Stripper Vicar'.  ...view item »

Heroin In Tahiti
Casilina Tapes 2010 | 2017

Hailing from Rome, cult duo Heroin in Tahiti fuse analogue synths, garage-y guitars and skittering drum machines to gloriously lo-fi effect. This collection of previously unreleased tracks covers material recorded in their studio from a 7-year period. Their unique psychedelic vision touches on everything from beat poetry, house ...view item »

The Nightingales with Vic Godard
Commercial Suicide Man / Ace Of Hearts / Underdog

The Nightingales, a post-punk outfit much beloved of Stewart Lee, collaborated with Vic Godard of The Subway Sect in the deep past, but recorded the material for this 7” in more recent years. A new Godard song, an old Nightingales song and...view item »

Interpol
Marauder

A baker’s dozen of tunes from the mid-2000s indie bands who have grown old with the most grace. Marauder’s lead single ‘The Rover’ kind of sounds like Preoccupations having a go at covering ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, and in its own way it’s a charming post-punk ditty. They should have...view item »

Haruomi Hosono
Paraiso

Haruomi Hosono, reissued here to the joy of all! Paraiso is the last album of Hosono’s so-called Tropical Trilogy, three albums that deliver on their sunny, juicy, groovy tropical promise. This is the first time that this beautiful material has ever been reissued to vinyl outside of Japan...view item »

Wire
154

This is Wire's third album and was an icy example of the sort of dark art rock that was around at the time. There was however something special about Wire. They never were content to sit still and so each album is a development on the last. Certainly this is one of their albums that could be considered a masterpiece. Now comes w...view item »

The Breeders
All Nerve

Two amusing stories came out of the recent the Breeders interview in Uncut. One was that Kim Deal grows catnip for the cats of the other members of the band. Secondly drummer Jim Macpherson had the indignity of having Robert Pollard warn him about his drinking whilst being a member of ...view item »

Natalie Prass
The Future and the Past

Hot off the prasses! It’s the first ever prassing of Natalie Prass’s new album! Prass the ‘Add to Cart’ button immediately. Don’t delay; as soon as you do it you’ll be whisked away from this terrible page of terrible puns about Natalie Prass’ name. You can now add Prass to the club of musicians w...view item »

Oneohtrix Point Never
Age Of

Harpsichord! Daniel Lopatin has used a harpsichord, and it’s all over the opening, title track of this latest Oneohtrix Point Never opus which he has somewhat open-endedly named ‘Age Of’. Scarlatti has been summoned ...view item »

Girls Names
Stains on Silence

Like the world itself Girls Names music just seems to have got darker and bleaker over the last few years. Though the fact that they previously appeared on labels such as Captured Tracks and Slumberland would suggest (correctly) that there was a part of their sound that was brighter and poppier.  But this is bleak going on unbearabl...view item »

Tom Waits
Small Change

Small Change was a significant leap forward in Waits’ career, a varied batch of songs that  balance humour and pathos and are full of character. It opens with the mournful classic Tom Traubert's Blues. Then there’s the burlesque romps Pasties and a G-String and Step Right Up, the painfully hilarious The Piano Has Been Drinking (...view item »

The Pale Fountains
Something On My Mind

The Pale Fountains were of course the band formed at the beginning end of the long career of Mick Head (Shack/Michael Head and the Strands). They produced two fantastic albums in Pacific Street and Across the Kitchen Table but this anthology concentrates on rounding up their ea...view item »

1991
1991 (Expanded Edition)

Everyone's favourite slab of industrial ambience returns for a full service! 1991 made 1991 but not in 1991 -- that was Nirvana with Nevermind. A gorgeously singular assimilation of alien soundscapes and exploratory beatwork saw this shoot into the hearts of many a Norman workerbee. It'...view item »

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Live At Total Inertia

Finally, I can say what we’re all projected to say to our kin in the twilight of our years: I was there! Not at a Beatles gig, though; not even at the fake-last LCD Soundsystem show. Nah: I was at Total Inertia when these skronky psychedelic titans of Yorkshire played a sh...view item »

Thundercat + OG Ron C & The Chopstars
Drank

Viz Top Tip. Save money on buying this record by slowing down the pitch of your record player by about a sixth and playing your copy of 'Drunk'.  Because that's all they've done here. Certain parts have a beautiful wooziness to them that is missing from the original, rather hyper record but the general feeling in the office is that ...view item »


Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Pretend it's the nineties again by sticking this on your turntable: the soundtrack to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the classic British crime comedy flick. Cornerstones of cool are brought in, such as James Brown and The Stooges, to keep the slick capers rolling. All here, along with extracts of ...view item »

serpentwithfeet
soil

This is an all-caps debut for a lower-case lover. serpentwithfeet has made a record of ruinous torch songs on ‘soil’, exploding his humility with a startling record of future-bound gospel, enveloping boisterous vocal performances and melodic laments in contributions from producers and MCs like Katie Gately, A$AP Rocky and Clams Casin...view item »

Kamaal Williams
The Return

As a fat forty something it's hard to get on board with the young people in the office's love of difficult jazz. At my time of life you need some smooth sounds and despite a press release that described this as 'experimental fusion', those of you with soft baby lamb-like ears like mine please don't feel put off as this is a gorgeous album full o...view item »

Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? Those are the words that preceded the world’s introduction to one of Sheffield’s great institutions. 12 years ago, the band were just a bunch of scrappy teens. And now? Who the fuck are these guys? The band are almost completely unrecognisable from ...view item »

Concretism
For Concrete and Country

We've just been listening to the most Boards of Canada record ever. I mean, when does something go beyond pastiche and into identity theft? Luckily putting the Concretism record on has been a breath of fresh (if dour, grey and monolithic) air. Concretism of course has elements of the Boards of Canada influe...view item »

Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

The night Josh Tillman came to our apartment. The night Josh Tillman wouldn’t stop eating things from our fridge. The night Josh Tillman kept telling us his conspiracy theories about chemtrails but just nodded blankly while texting his wife any time we tried to talk. The night Josh Tillman wouldn’t stop reminiscing about his experien...view item »

The Orb
No Sounds Are Out of Bounds

After two techno albums for Kompakt, The Orb’s main man Alex Patterson wanted to create something more expansive and less predictable. He was keen to work with more people and use more vocals too. The result is No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, The electronic duo’s guest-heavy 15th album. It features gues...view item »

Rauelsson
Mirall

Sometimes I feel I’m lucky doing this job; I often think this, in fact… The latest person to remind me how fortunate I am -- bearing in mind it’s still only Tuesday -- wasn’t Phil (surprisingly) but this man called Rauelsson who makes beautiful neoclassical sounds concocted from electronic...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series. These ain’t covers though: the material here on Volume ...view item »

Arthur Buck
Arthur Buck

I'm not overly happy with Joseph Arthur here. What I don't understand is this. When in R.E.M Peter Buck hated guitar solos and wouldn't have them on the records yet here he is happy for someone (presumably not him) to screech them and then for them to be actually left in the mix. Did they get put on after he left the...view item »

Sharron Kraus
Joy's Reflection Is Sorrow

Modern folk connoisseurs Sunstone Records (Kontiki Suite, Moth Effect) present the latest LP from Sharron Kraus. It’s a typically eerie set of songs from Kraus, taking in English and Appalachian traditions as well as influences from magick and Gothic literature. With her a...view item »

Driftmachine
Shunter

Berlin duo Driftmachine return to Umor Rex for their fifth LP. Shunter is a heady listen that sits at the nexus of a few genres. Kosmische, electroacoustic music, post-dub techniques, IDM, found sound, avant-garde sound art and more mix together in this hallucinatory collection. The end product recalls ...view item »

Donato Dozzy
Filo Loves The Acid

Everyone's favourite Italian lake-dweller sloshes about in the waters and then readies a new LP for Tresor. Filo Loves the Acid is a homage to the Roland TB-303 bass synth; they've given him homework to make some proper workouts with it. For someone who made a whole record out of mouth harp experiments, it should be a cake wal...view item »

The Flaming Lips
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP...view item »

Broadcast
The Noise Made By People

It’s impossible to name a bad Broadcast record, because everything Trish Keenan's voice touches turns to gold. Their debut album The Noise Made By People, however, is a strong contender for being a favourite in a relatively short list of wonderful LP’s. By melding '60's girl group hooks with wayward jazz and psychede...view item »

Wire
Chairs Missing

Wire's second album has now, belatedly, got the re-issue treatment. 'Chairs Missing' expanded the short, sharp art-rock of their debut 'Pink Flag' into something more rounded and experimental, particularly in terms of their song structure. The CD editions come with bonus discs of so many demos that you won't know what to do with...view item »

Nils Frahm
All Melody

Referred to affectionately as “the Frahmster” by my bothersome boss, Nils Frahm is the holy ghost in Erased Tapes. He’s done a whole lot more for neo-classical than you have, so pay some damn respect. Max Richter don’t read this. His new record is called ‘All Melody’ but there...view item »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F♯ A♯ ∞

Leftfield even to the post-rockers of its heyday, and arguably the crowning jewel in Constellation's long canon of experimental rock music, 'F A Infinity' still surprises me. Godspeed You! Black Emperor became something else after this record: more structured, and sensitive to the symbiosis of their rock and ambient actions. On their debut ...view item »

Josh T. Pearson
The Straight Hits!

I’m sure I’ll be forgiven, upon seeing the cover and title of Josh T. Pearson’s new album The Straight Hits, for thinking that it was a perfectly observed satire on the American country music scene. It turns out that the once bearded, long-haired gent actually looks like that now. Don’t worry though, the ...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 »

Broadcast
Ha Ha Sound

From the opposite end of the quality spectrum saunter Brummie krautrock 60's waltz gods BROADCAST with a new full lengther. Yes, that's BROADCAST. So good they have their name in big letters. Warp's best signing of the 90's bar ...view item »

Butthole Surfers
Locust Abortion Technician

Easily one of the most bizarre, nightmarish, acid-drenched albums ever to bubble up from the gutter, Locust Abortion Technician will make you redefine the meaning of "wierd." This is the Butthole Surfer's best and most avant-garde album, filled with tapeloops, slowed/sped-up/reversed vocals and sfx, sludgy distortion and chaotic song structure. ...view item »

Arthur Russell
The World Of Arthur Russell

The World of Arthur Russell is the 2004 compilation which captures the breadth of Russell’s musical capabilities. From the banging New York disco cuts, to his more introspective and experimental cello-centric songs, Soul Jazz have created something for both long-time fans and interested beginners....view item »

Lambchop
What Another Man Spills

20th anniversary vinyl edition of the album that preceded their all time classic 'Nixon'. 'What Another Man Spills' consists mainly of Kurt Wagner originals but with a handful of covers most notably a couple by FM Cornog of East River Pipe. Now two decades on we get a remastered re-press with liner notes by Mr Wagner himself.&nb...view item »

Wire
Pink Flag

Like many great albums of yesteryear, Wire’s debut, Pink Flag did very little commercially at the time of its release in 1977. It has fortunately and rightly since been awarded ‘classic’ status by fans and critics alike. Elastica also owe this album a debt of gratitude, check out Three Girl Rhu...view item »

Teenage Fanclub
Bandwagonesque

It worries me that this album is being forgotten about. If I talk to anyone under 30 about music these days they bang on about utter rubbish like Editors. This is Teenage Fanclub's best album. From the feedback squeaks followed by the opening G chord and melodic bliss of "The Concept" to understated anthem that is "...view item »

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, wi...view item »


Wild Things (16 Freakbeat Nuggets From 1966 - 1968)

It’s unlikely that you’ll have heard of many of the bands on Wild Things (16 Freakbeat Nuggets 1966-1968) but if you like The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds then this fuzzed-up collection of little known ‘60s New Zealand bands will most definitely float your boat. It&rsq...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
New York – Addis – London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

Storming in this week is a new compilation of genius Ethiopian composer and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke's early work. Ethiopia's highly distinctive approach to jazz incorporates generous portions of soul, funk, pop and rock over a lolling bedrock of loose, relaxed African rhythms to make a sound that's highly listenable and homes straight in on you...view item »

Sleep
Dopesmoker

I'm genuinely not really sure what I'm supposed to tell you about Dopesmoker that you don't already know. Sleep's magnum opus was recorded way back in the mid-'90s with me...view item »

Dengue Dengue Dengue
Son de los Diablos

So good they named them thrice… it's Dengue Dengue Dengue, from Peru! This duo work with the instruments and musical styles that have grown out of Afro-Peruvian culture, and on Son de los Diablos they do so with entirely live instrumentation for the first time! This four-track EP is likely to whip up storms in 20...view item »

Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

This guy's well good as I'm sure you well know. This was his debut album, released almost a decade ago, and in the time since its release the number of people trying to straddle the boundary between ambience and noise has grown to fairly insane levels. Nonetheless, even amidst the currently hyperoversaturated market, there's always time for Timm...view item »

Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This rec...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Immunity

Is this the first techno record to ever come out on Domino? Jon Hopkins aka Brian Eno’s drinking buddy has somewhat surprised me with this record. All the  lush ambient atmospherics he usually creates are still present to an extent but here the emphasis i...view item »

Daniel Avery
Drone Logic

Despite pretty much just listening to electronic music these days I rarely write about it. I don’t really know why that is but looking at the records I’ve listened to and enjoyed the most this year they all seem to be electronic. Daniel Avery is a new name to me but it looks like he’s been knocking about for a while and has gar...view item »

Lena Platonos
Gallop

Amazing Greek synth-pop, retrieved from the mid-1980s by Dark Entries. Lena Platonos was highly influential in Greek electronic circles, and we can see why: her instrumentals are inventively constructed, and her gorgeously detached Greek-language vocals float serenely above. Gallop is a great record....view item »

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Like Water Through The Sand

There’s been plenty of contemporary classical for y’all to chew on this year, whether you’ve been on a minimalist hype for Nils Frahm or chasing a symphony with Dmitry Evgrafov; some of you might even have listened to the full eight hours of Max Richter’s ...view item »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans

Alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor has a CV that reads something like “I learned music from Cecil Taylor and now I lead a jazz group”, which has me way, way beat. The amazing Ackamoor has here released one of the year’s most compelling records, leading his Pyramids in taut, revolving-door rhythms that segue into separate melodic s...view item »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The French Press

This is a pretty nice slab of down to earth unpretentious guitar pop from Australia. In common with Scott and Charlene’s Wedding they have a singer who initially comes across as having nothing much more on his mind than where the next snag for the bar-b- is coming from but this everyman...view item »

Nadah El Shazly
Ahwar

Nadah El Shazly is an exciting new producer from Egypt’s underground scene, and Ahwar is her excellent debut album, recorded between Canda and Egypt. Collaborators including Sam Shalabi...view item »

Silvia Kastel
Air Lows

Formerly half of prolific industrial-tinged noise rockers Control Unit (who collaborated with Smegma, Gate and Factrix among others), Italy’s Silvia Kastel has been developing her solo style over the course of a few low-key releases, leading to this debut ...view item »

Yasuaki Shimizu
Kakashi

Another welcome reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s work, hot off the heels of his Music for Commercials on Crammed Discs. With fewer commission-related restrictions, his work here is more elaborate and immersed in playful fusion - if you didn’t know that he was on that Mariah album Utakata No ...view item »

Virginia Wing / XAM Duo
Tomorrow’s Gift

I know I'm actually the worst person on the entire planet to review this record (sax problems)....but there's literally no-one else and I kind of know it's good because the other day it was playing in the office and I almost got off my chair to find out what it was.  One thing is for sure, it's the best thing to come out of Bradford...view item »

Fever Ray
Plunge

This record is punching me in the face and that’s all I really have to say about it. It’s a smash hit; it smashes things. Ex Knife Karin Dreijer’s second LP as Fever Ray goes hard on the synths and harder on the drums, creating a work that makes the expansive and never-ending transgressions of &lsquo...view item »

Panda Bear
A Day With The Homies

We now have a reason for why Noah Lennox sat out Animal Collective’s Meeting of the Waters EP that came out midway through 2017 - he was finishing off his first solo release since 2015. This limited-edish 12” sees Lennox retreating into the deeper frequencies, combining his trademark ...view item »

Daniel Avery
Song For Alpha

I know it's hard to believe because I work in a record shop but I have absolutely no idea who Daniel Avery is. Probably because his breakthrough record 'Drone Logic' was released five years ago and I don't even remember what I had for tea yesterday. So although you might mock, at least I came into listening to this record with zero expectations....view item »

Leon's Creation
This Is The Beginning

Acid Jazz reissue this rare 1970 LP from San Franciscan seven-piece Leon’s Creation. The group emerged in the wake of Golden Gate city giants like Sly And The Family Stone and Santana - Leon’s Creation frontman Leon Patillo would later collaborate wi...view item »

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 »

No Joy / Sonic Boom
No Joy / Sonic Boom

We’ll start with a proud affirmation of the biases that make me unfit to review this album. It involves Sonic Boom, who is the closest thing I have to a nemesis: he once phoned up Norman Records and yelled at me down the phone before realising he was working on misinformation and hung up. I am therefore una...view item »

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