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The Advisory Circle
Ways of Seeing

It's actually pretty horrible to watch the sideshow surrounding this album. Phil has been excited for weeks about it. Hoping that he would like it as much as he likes the earlier the Advisory Circle records. Within 30 seconds of putting the needle down on the record his face is pained. He is a man utterly crushed and as it's all happened so publ...view item »

Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker

Phil's incisive review from back in 2006.  Bark Psychosis have been having somewhat of a resurgence of late. So it would make sense to reform and do a new album. Cleverly that's what the boys did and those nice folks at Fire Records Of Nottingham have released i...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 »

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 »

The Heads
Rkt!

The Heads fans rejoice as some of their more hard to find releases from the early 2000s are now compiled on one 3LP collection. Comprising of the first 3 releases The Heads put out on the Rocket label, this finds the band at their most freeform, a psychedelic sprawling mass of grooves and noise rock fun.      ...view item »

Nocturnal Projections
Complete Studio Recordings

While the UK had Joy Division, PIL, the Sound and loads more long raincoated miseries to soundtrack the bleak early 80's, in Dunedin, NZ Nocturnal Projections were doing the same. Based around brothers Peter and Graeme Jeffries (who went on to further gl...view item »

GNOD
Be Aware Of Your Limitations (Live at Roadburn 2017)

Counterpoint: why don’t you be aware of how many records you’re releasing? This is all a bit much, my dudes, and if you want your records to land with their usual doomsaying crush, you gotta give us time to digest. The Grateful Gnod’s latest record is a recording of their 2017 Roadburn set, offering a snapshot of the Netherland...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 »

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 »

Wooden Shjips
V

In which the Shjips, according to the press release at least, trade in some of their trademark hypno-guitar drone for a more laid-back sound. Born out of contemplative takes on the various political and ecological madnesses of last summer, 'V' is intended as an antidote to current travails, "a respite from the insanity". Get in early enough and ...view item »

Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

Oh hold on, so what happened to that wife he spent hours and hours droning on about? Because the press release here says 'God’s Favorite Customer 'reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom'. Is it because he sounds like Elton John? Anyway ‘God’s...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 »

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 »

Wand
Perfume

Although it runs to over half an hour, this thing from LA psych-pop luvvies Wand is technically an EP rather than an LP. Either way, Perfume is a substantial new release from a band who only dropped their Plum full-length last autumn. There are some cracking songs on here - ‘The Gift’ sounds like ...view item »

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Unnatural With Pain-Relief

Yet more essential action from the revived Vibracathedral Orchestra. One side is a beautiful resonant jam (I mean, pretty much all VCO meets that description, but this is extra lovely), and on the other we hear the quartet going full throttle at Cafe Oto with assistance from actual drum demon Chris Corsano. Yes!...view item »

The Fall
Levitate

Unsurprisingly, Mark E. Smith fell out with Kier Stewart and Simon Spencer, the production duo initially chosen to produce Levitate. Lack of payment meant that The Fall’s 19th album disappeared with the the pair. An album was finished but only three tracks survived from rehearsal sessions including Spencer, which Mark E. S...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 »

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 »

The Left Outsides
All That Remains

Ah I get it. It seemed that I just recently reviewed a the Left Outsides record but that was a re-issue from 2015. I knew they couldn't have followed it up that quickly. As an aside...I wonder what it is like to be in a band with your spouse? I guess it's just easier all round than having to leave the family hearth to go out to band practice wit...view item »

Cameron Day
The Castle and the Garden

Extremely enticing audio and physical material from Cameron Day. The Castle and the Garden is built out of tape loops, variously treated and distorted, presenting stranges ...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 »

Prince
Nothing Compares 2 U

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Prevent the dog from barking with ... the original record of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Prince. The first of what will likely be many everyday masterpieces to emerge from the vaults of the late legend, the track has been remastered from the original tapes and sent off into t...view item »

Ryley Walker
Deafman Glance

You simply cannot hide your prog forever. Ryley Walker tried is best, delivering gorgeous folk jazz missives from the bottom of his heart to the top of our bestsellers sheet, but he could not save us from his dark side. ‘Deafman Glance’ stands divisive of this office, a mountain-scaling record that sees Walker try new, outlandish thi...view item »

Split Cranium
I’m The Devil and I’m OK

Six years on from debut LP and d-beat/anarcho-punk supergroup Split Cranium serve up the sophomore. Given that the band features members of Converge, Circle, Mammifer and many more, I’m The Devil And I’m Ok was never going to go in with a soft touch. What&rs...view item »

Jenny Hval
The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval has evolved from her origins as the singer of a Norwegian goth metal band in the late ‘90s to become a novelist and creator of arty, experimental and highly acclaimed music. Her new four song EP, The Long Sleep, follows on from her 2016 LP Blood Bitch. It was recorded with Håvard Volden, whom she has worke...view item »

SWANS
Die Tür Ist Zu

Lovely double-LP reissue of Swans’ 1996 EP Die Tür Ist Zu here by Mute. This release takes material from their towering Soundtracks For The Blind and translates it into German, while also including tracks unique to DTIZ. It finds them at their most alarming, fearso...view item »

Johnny Jewel
Themes For Television

He’s prolific, that Johnny Jewel. Despite running Italians Do It Better and being in Chromatics, he still manages to find time to turn out an impressive amount of solo material. No sooner has the dust settled on Jewel’s January LP Digital Rain than we get Themes For Tele...view item »

Bark Psychosis
Hex

It’s hard to be objective about an album that was the soundtrack some of the grimmest times of my life. Early ‘90s, lost in an attic of a shared house in darkest Leeds, forever autumn and it seemed this album was rarely out of earshot. Strange thing is, I've barely played it since. At the time I was obsessed by ...view item »

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sparkle Hard

It’s plain sailing for Stephen, who doesn’t like being called that nor Steve, and his Jicks, who just have to deal with the name Steve gave them. Their first record in a hot minute, the group devised as a holiday home to the retirement residences of Pavement are relaxed as heck and probably not getting ...view item »

Moon Unit
New Sky Dragon

I'm running out of things to say about psych rock nowadays, so much of it streams its way into the office each week that I feel like I'm in a permanent state of spaced-out bewilderment. Anyway, Moon Unit play psych/krautrock type stuff that concentrates on the purely mongy terrain of drone. I can hear pseudo-sitar, synth drone and loose Vibracat...view item »

Ryley Walker
Primrose Green

An absolutely breathtaking album from start to finish. Many singer-songwriters are currently mining that 1970’s folk/jazz influenced type territory for inspiration but no-one has nailed this sound better than Ryley Walker. The album is the perfect concoction of Tim Buckley, ...view item »

GoGo Penguin
v2.0

Heard a track on Giles Peterson on 6 and bought straight away, amazing piano led jazz trio from Manchester. Although saying it is piano led takes nothing away from the bassist & drummer, who are faultless in drawing you in and demanding listen after listen after listen ... First track sounds like jazz-shoegazing (awesome) and the res...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Up In Downsville

A Certain Ratio AKA ACR AKA "Joy Division with better clothes" were a Manchester post-punk band who mixed elements of funk, disco and dub into their sound. Up In Downsville was their seventh album and was originally released on Rob’s Records (a label owned by Joy Division ...view item »


African Scream Contest 2

When the first of Analog Africa’s African Scream Contest compilations dropped in 2008, it shone a light on the sound of Benin, a nation whose music doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Fast-forward a decade and the second instalment in the series is about to do that all over again. Compiled by cra...view item »

Surgeon
Luminosity Device

Anthony Child reconciles the properties of his ambient/drone works under his own name and as the Transcendence Orchestra with the tougher elements of his productions as Surgeon, for a psychedelic album inspired by the Bardo Thodol or Tibetan Book of the Dead. Child is hugely influential in the techno sphere and I sorta get the feeling that this ...view item »

Jon Hassell
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First album in nine years from Fourth World aesthetic creator Jon Hassell. On Listening To Pictures he applies the painterly technique of pentimento, where new strokes unearth older ones, to a kind of ambient jazz. Using overdubs Hassell creates dense ever shifting layers that are an absolute joy on the ears. ...view item »

LUMP
LUMP

Mike Lindsay (Tunng etc) was probably pretty chuffed that he got introduced to ace songstress Laura Marling at a glittering show supporting Neil Young. Whereas I would have mumbled a few platitudes before fleeing the building, Lindsay became pally and the two decided to collaborate on a collabor...view item »

The Stroppies
Maddest Moments / Architectural Charades

We very much enjoyed the economical song junk of The Stroppies when we last heard it, lovingly comparing it to all things Girlpool, GbV and New Zealand indie. They're back with two new songs for the most indie rock of things: a 7". These songs are thematically united under the theme of anxiety, extending hum-along empa...view item »

Chvrches
Love Is Dead

This is Chvrches latest record called Love Is Dead and it contains a whole load of sparkly new tracks that, at some point, you'll hear floating around on the ol' radio. These 13 tracks are available on multiple formats; two vinyl LP's, one blue coloured and one transparent, and on CD. Released on Virgin E...view item »

LIFE
Grown Up

It had to happen sometime. We’ve entered the era which we could call post-Slaves, but we’ll more charitably call post-Sleaford Mods. LIFE - who have an album called Popular Music, but neither of these songs are on it - do a sprightly sort of Sex Pistols-with...view item »

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

The famed choir Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices here present their first studio recordings in two decades, together with Lisa Gerrard, a vocalist who took much influence from the choir in her formative years. BooCheeMish is an epic suite of that gorgeously stark traditional Bulgarian vocal style, and is...view item »

Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott
Shape Memory

Simon Scott is, of course, the drummer in recently reconstituted shoegazers Slowdive. He has though had a long, separate career as a master of ambient bliss-outs, and here returns to Taylor Deupree's esteemed 12K label for a collaboration with friend, fellow ambient explorer and multidisciplinary artist&nbs...view item »

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
With Animals

Mark Lanegan - former Screaming Tree, part-time Queen of the Stone Age - teams up with his old chum Duke Garwood for their second LP in a half-decade (though they’ve worked on some stuff together in between). Lanegan’s vocal performance on With Animals is ro...view item »

The Heads
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere (Remaster)

Here, finally, is the long-awaited reissue of The Heads' second album 'Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere', arguably the shiniest jewel in the psych-fuzz monsters' glittering canon. They've gone all-out with this one, with a fancy expensive 5LP+CD box for the die-hards as well as a regular 2LP edition and a 2CD versio...view item »

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Here Lies The Body

Look at this all-star cast. Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat teams up with guitar ace RM Hubbert in a super-sized collaboration that also includes guest appearances from Siobhan Wilson (cello/vocals) and Rachels Rachel Grimes on piano. All comes out on Mogwai's Rock Action to keep...view item »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

Summer’s coming, which means that we must brace ourselves once more for a deluge of new records featuring pretty guitar riffs and nice singing. Getting in there early are Melbourne group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Their debut LP ...view item »

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Right On EP

Brian Jonestown Massacre main-man Anton Newcombe has hooked up with Tess Parks once again for the Right On EP. It serves as a taster of things to come later in the year when their next LP is released. It features the title track and three exclusive tracks, includi...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 »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers

I can’t believe I’m doing this but I am. This, in the grand scheme of things, is just another Godspeed humdinger. forty minutes instead of a cinematic hour plus. Plain rock music with no political self-sabotage -- no all-seeing preacherman, no devastating conspiracy. What Godspeed have been, from Allelujah to the now, is a steady ban...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 »

Mount Eerie
Now Only

A year after releasing the quiet, sparse and distraught ‘A Crow Looked At Me’, Phil Elverum offers another record of listless and plain-spoken songs grieving for his wife Geneviève Castrée. Hearing these songs live last year, it was obvious they were an expansion of the same repertoire, speaking and moving with similar ...view item »

Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patter...view item »

Mattiel
Mattiel

The hard grafters at Burger Records have dug up another rough diamond here. Mattiel’s sound is a heady brew of influences from the grittier end of American garage rock. The White Stripes, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, it’s ...view item »

Goat
Fuzzed In Europe

Masked myth-makers Goat have pulled all of the psych rock fables, playing its light pop version as paying tribute to its noisy, distorted hellscape. Fuzzed In Europe is a collection of six tracks pulled from endless recordings of their continental tour, deciding upon the ones that sounded estranged f...view item »

Dream Wife
Dream Wife

Debut from three-piece Dream Wife. Hailing from Brighton, London and Reykjavik, the project which began as a ‘fake band’ for an art project has morphed into something much more legit. Lively, colourful indie rock with sharp vocals and spiky political lyrics. They are now a long way from their lo-fi origins and claim ...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Good Together

Good Together was originally released in 1989 and marked a temporary foray into the world of major labels for A Certain Ratio. After five albums with Factory Records, the Manchester post-punk band signed for A&M for album number 6. Presumably they wanted to be label-mates with Sting. Good Together is reissued by Mute (who DO...view item »

Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne & Danny

How twee is too twee? For me the line is drawn somewhere around Camera Obscura. I quite like a lot of, say,  Belle & Sebastien's songs  but try me on one of Tracyanne Campbell's former bands ditties and it's more than likely I'll be as sick as if I'd just eaten a bag full o...view item »

Sons Of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile

Sons Of Kemet return with their third LP of iconoclastic jazz takes. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble...view item »

bvdub
A Different Definition of Love

I’m not sure who coined the amalgam phrase ‘sadbient’ but in this case, with the ever-prolific bvdub aka Brock Van Wey, it’s an apposite one. San Fran’s premier sad ambient man has been sending his fans to the shops for hankies for some 20 years now, an...view item »

The Messthetics
The Messthetics

I completely lost myself listening to this. At some point all sense of sentience and free thinking abandoned me and my head became an Escher painting for the music of the Messthetics to live in, moving in and out of different entrances and exits while I just, like, sat here. Like someone speed-running Portal, this is rock music for itself with i...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 »

Bonnacons of Doom
Bonnacons of Doom

Whoever it is that’s behind Bonnacons of Doom - members of Forest Swords, Mugstar, Youth Movies and more have all been known to contribute - they clearly know what they’re doing. The band’s debut LP claims acid house as a starting point, but really the record l...view item »

Tenniscoats
Music Exists Disc 4

For over twenty years, Japanese experimental folk band Tenniscoats have been making music however barring a few releases, including the beautiful Two Sunsets, a collaboration with The Pastels, the band haven’t released anything outside Japan. Music Exists Disc 4 is the fourt...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Something Else

Something Else is the first of two full-length albums promised to us by The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2018. After dabbling in experimentation - using Brazilian and Middle Eastern Music along with shoegaze as inspiration for a couple of albums, Anton Newcombe returns to the sound his fans know and love. 180g wh...view item »

Liam Gallagher
I've All I Need

Liam Gallagher has a brother. Technically, he has two. He now also has a 7" called "I've All I Need" which I am probably not going to listen to, but I do think about Oasis once a fortnight and I'm okay with having that much of LG in my head. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Liam has a brother....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 »

Florence + The Machine
High As Hope

Florence Welch and her Machine are back with fourth album High as Hope. Besides the usual lineup, this time the Machine can count Jamie xx, Kamasai Washington, Sampha and Tobias Jesso Jr. among its turning cogs. Despite the collaborations, things tend t...view item »

Thee Hypnotics
Righteously Recharged

A huge vinyl box set from 90's rockers Thee Hypnotics called Righteously Recharged . . . probably called this because it's a collection of their tracks 'recharged' so to speak. This box set contains all sorts of goodies including Come Down Heavy on a violet vinyl, Soul, Glitter & Sin on a...view item »

Spectres
WTF

What the actual fook… Sonic Cathedral has gone all out on a stonking lickle package for this record. If you’re a bit squeamish then you might wanna stop reading… The story goes that the song ‘Welcoming The Flowers’ was inspired by a conversation at a wedding where a family friend told a band member a shocking and ...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 »

Wolf Eyes
Dread

American experimentalists Wolf Eyes add a distinctly Detroit twist to electronics, dub and punk. The band are one-of-a-kind but count Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire among their inspirations. Dread has been out of print for the best part of twenty years making it a sought-after lost classic, albeit...view item »

Aphex Twin
Windowlicker

What is left to say about 'Windowlicker' that hasn't already been said? The most perfect piece of electronic music ever produced? It's sexy, it's slinky, it's odd, it's the sort of thing that if things worked properly would have been a worldwide smash. No-one has quite come up with anything since that blends the out there with the streamlined. O...view item »

Can
Future days

This job can truly be a bind at times. “We need all the Can albums reviewing” Phil says. Sigh...well if I have to. To make this chore easier we’ve got an album each and I’ve lucked out with ‘Future Days’ their glistening and gliding 1973 album which was the last one to feature vocalist Damo Suzuki. It ...view item »

MGMT
Oracular Spectacular

Some bands have it from the start, MGMT is one of those bands. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard the electro-funk groove of "Electric Feel" or, even if you don't know it by name, the keyboard hook of "Kids" is guaranteed to get stuck in your heard for hours. 'Oracular Spectacular' could be called a pop classic but it's an al...view item »

Our Broken Garden
When Your Blackening Shows

I'm getting a lot of gentle music this week which soothes my hot Bradford head a great deal. Danes Our Broken Garden are a true Bella Union band, coming somewhere between Portishead & Devics with a lovely wurlitzer organ, yearning, classy female vocals, a rather cinematic approach to sound. It's very accessible but beautifully presented music w...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 »

Chris Carter
The Spaces Between

Now this is an album I know very well, I would say a classic. In its original form it was a cassette on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records and later came out on CD through The Grey Area of Mute, but astonishingly, it's never seen the light of day on vinyl until now. When I first clocked this was coming...view item »

Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Australian prankster Courtney Barnett is back for the first proper record of her deconstructionist indie pop, in which she talks her way into songs and jokes her way out of dodgy situations. We’ve talked a lot about how happy we are with the potential cancellation of Top Gear and the death knell for Jeremy Clarkson recently, but I would li...view item »

Matt Elliott
The Calm Before

Matt Elliott’s move from drum’n’ bass ’n’ noise troubadour with Third Eye Foundation to dark folkster could never have been predicted but on this his eight (is that right?) solo album he has reached a career high point in terms of his songwriting based work. 'T...view item »

Julie Byrne
Not Even Happiness

First up: full disclosure. I once said 'hello' to Julie Byrne. I'll try not to affect my judgment of her new record but I just thought I'd throw it in there in the interests of fairness. Despite my 5 second interaction with her I've managed to keep a sensible distance from her music and so have enjoyed listening to her latest album. ...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 »

The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Sixth studio album from critics’ favourite The National. Following the massive success of ‘High Violet’ and a string of festival headlining spots, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ has got the music press and fans alike salivating. From the offset this sounds like a band that have honed the...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 »

King Creosote
From Scotland With Love

King Creosote has only gone and made another album. That's just so like him, isn't it? Typical Creosote behaviour. This one is his parting shot to the UK ahead of the coming referendum, 'From Scotland With Love'. I'll be honest here, I've never been too crazy about the King's earnest and dewy-eyed Scot-pop formula and this isn't exactly changi...view item »

Owl John
Owl John

Frightened Rabbit main-man Scott Hutchison drops his first solo album (of sorts) this week with his solo-ish Owl John project, with bandmate Andy Monaghan and Olympic Swimmer Simon Liddell earning co-songwriting credits for the music, which details Hutchison's plans to create public lavatories...view item »

Grouper
Ruins

Beginning with a solemn slow tattoo of muffled bass drum and field recordings called 'Made of Metal', Grouper's mooted final album under this piscine moniker is a stark and intimate affair. The majority of Liz Harris's followers are now aware that 'Ruins' is, largely, a piano-based album recorded three years...view item »

Khruangbin
The Universe Smiles Upon You

Despite operating out of Texas, Khruangbin are deeply influenced by Thai music, specifically the Thai funk of the 1960’s. If you aren’t familiar with the genre’s sound, prepare to be impressed with the grooving joy it fills you with! The Universe Smiles Upon You, the band’s debut, is on Late Nigh...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bout Des Doigts

A heavily touring band these days and why not? To celebrate their appearances at various things over the summer, BJM issue a new 10"  - a format they seem to enjoy. 'Bout Des Dogts' is a much bootlegged track which has now been recorded and stuck on vinyl for your listening delight. The A and the B side are basically the same thing sung in ...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 »

Oxbow
Thin Black Duke

Energy: it is good. If you’re making the weirdest shit and believing it makes good, tense logical sense, then I’m probably going to forget to argue with you about it. ‘Thin Black Duke’ opens on a real squealer of a rock track, its gloomy but upswinging riffs meeting collapsed horns and strings, plus a meandering vocal per...view item »

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