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Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

9/10 according to our Phil

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

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks

16 people love me. Be the 17th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Twin Peaks is an all-time television masterpiece. The best reason to own a TV during the early 90s, it was a game-changer that brought weekly instalments of cinema-level quality entertainment into homes long before The Wire and Breaking Bad. The world hadn't seen anything like it before or and hasn't really seen anything like it since. Creators Mark Frost and visionary director/genius…view full details.

GAS
BOX

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

10/10 according to our Ant

To mark the 20th anniversary since its inception, Wolfgang Voigt's revered GAS output finally gets the super deluxe reissue treatment fans of the work have desperately longed for. Finally dreams have come true as Kompakt present this lavish box set - a comprehensive anthology containing a whopping 10 slabs of vinyl a…view full details.

De La Soul
and the Anonymous Nobody

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

Sunny hip-hop legends De La Soul have a brand new album, their first in quite some time. and the Anonymous Nobody has a vintage feel, with soulful funky samples that are actually newly recorded under the instructions of the group. Classic De La Soul then, plus guest contributions from Snoop Dogg, Usher and David Byrne. In AOI Records.…view full details.

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

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One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clinic, which is always a good thing. Out on Holy Are You Recordings.…view full details.

The Avalanches
Since I Left You

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

8/10 according to our Phil

Phil's original review from back in the day where he appears to just discuss one song. The Avalanches are about to get absolutely enormous with their new single which is destined to chart as it's been caned to death on the radio and MTV. It's a 70's flute tastic affair with a Motowny type vocals thing happening. …view full details.

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

Fans of the Heads should move quickly for this album of pummelling kraut rock and psych which features one member of US stoner rockers Monster Magnet and no fewer than three members of the Heads. Full of riffs and drones that have been wafted back and forth across the atlantic ocean this is sure to vomit out of our warehouse so be quick especially if you want the white vinyl edition. …view full details.

Factory Floor
25 25

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Well… I like it? Reading reviews for ‘25 25’ so far, it feels like Factory Floor are losing what cred their switch to sparsity afforded them. Maybe it’s because things have moved on since their retro smash hit s/t, whose jams packed trancing industrial fever forever and ever. Or because people think this record is just, you know, too similar, more, again.…view full details.

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay pro…view full details.

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

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Joyful whimsy and mild dischord from North Sea Radio Orchestra on Dronne, their fourth album after a four year break where guitarist Craig Fortnam has been beavering away on his solo projects. Lots of influences come through, including Cardiacs, early Kraftwerk and Britten to make a wholly English sound. Limited edition vinyl and CD on The Household Mark.…view full details.

Various
Sky Girl

16 people love me. Be the 17th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

I'm not going to be able to sway you into purchasing this LP by listing its big names. There are none. Instead this is a superbly curated compilation of lesser known limited run records and private press recordings mainly in a lo-fi pop folk vein made between 1961 and 1991. What makes the album an essential purchase is that the curators have located some brilliant tracks that you would never ha…view full details.

Bon Iver
22, A Million

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

That isolated cabin in the woods feels a long way away now: Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver seem to have made new album 22, A Million in a cabin in the internet instead. Lots of auto-tune, lo-fi crunch next to high-fi shimmer, and track titles to trump any vaporwave you could throw at it. Take your pick of CD, cassette tape or vinyl editions: there is even a deluxe LP edition with a bonus 12” of extended versions. On Jagjaguwar…view full details.

Low
The Exit Papers

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First-time vinyl and electronic release for Low's 'imaginary film soundtrack' EP (originally released in 2000, a year before the seminal album 'Things we Lost in the Fire'). Largely instrumental, 'The Exit Papers' was definitely one of Low's more experimental records. The band sent copies of this out to movie executives in the hope of securing soundtrack-writing work. Purchase also includes download code. …view full details.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

The subject of a much-anticipated forthcoming documentary by Andrew Dominik, 'Skeleton Tree' is the latest offering from much-revered Aussie dark overlord Nick Cave and his inimitable Black Seeds. Hot on the heels of 2013's critically acclaimed 'Push the Sky Away', this new work will no doubt delight Cave's many admirers. Released the day after the film, the mood of the record will no doubt touch on its themes.…view full details.

Jerkcurb
Night On Earth

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Jerkcurb (really odd name isn't it?) is a London bloke who is pals with King Krule amongst other people and there's something of King Krule's late night twangy atmospheres in these hazy compositions but mostly it reminds me of Chris Isaak having drunk himself to sleep in the midday sun, drooling all over his Gibson guitar. …view full details.

Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

9/10 according to our Ian

Here's a long overdue compilation from floaty ambient loveliness label Serein Records, after releasing a batch of superb albums over the last few years like 2010's much sought after 'Retold' by Nest, last year's triple whammy of LP's by Brambles (drifting neoclassical), The Balustrade Ensemble (experimental s…view full details.

Alessandro Cortini
SPIE

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Alessandro Cortini really honed his synth skills during his lengthy stint with Nine Inch Nails. Now however, he has moved away from the constraints of ‘songs’, following where his so-called ‘Make Noise Shared System modular synthesiser’ takes him. The 2 side-long tracks of SPIE are derived from the same patch, though they spiral off differently. 12” on Make Noise Records.…view full details.

Hoops
Hoops EP

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Clinton

My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I’ll do my best to sell you a copy of their debut …view full details.

Zwischenwelt
Paranormale Aktivitat

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Weird how this was reviewed in The Wire magazine as a Drexciyan offshoot project (& almost critically mauled as a result!) even though it's merely Gerald Donald's guiding hand & inspiration that has steered these three Berlin-based femmes noir into this particular glacial, frosty project they're slinking through. Basically if you've not heard any of Zwischenwelt member Beta Evers' sharp…view full details.

Ryley Walker
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Ryley. How does he find the time? Always in conference with the sheep; always improving our diplomatic relations with chickens. The barnyard bureaucrat made Clint’s favourite record of last year and possibly all time with ‘Primrose Green’, a record that couldn’t decide whether to be dye-in-the-wool folk or lopsided lounge jazz -- and so did both simultaneously. Walker&rs…view full details.

Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

7/10 according to our Clinton

I don’t know what it is with Cass McCombs. I own and enjoy several of his records yet when he releases a new one I’m not all that bothered and as I place the needle on his latest opus I am somehow surprised that it sounds really good. I should know this by now to trust him but there’s something about Cass that I just take for granted. Th…view full details.

Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

9/10 according to our Robin

The best of Dev Hynes? Probably. ‘Freetown Sound’ is a monolithic record of smooth aesthetics and furious politics, a panoramic view of marginalisation covering blackness, feminism and queer struggles through song and sample. Seventeen songs long -- each brushed over the next like another coat of paint or an overlapping collage -- it feels exhaustive in both emotional and music…view full details.

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala…view full details.

James Blake
The Colour In Anything

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

So many layers, so beautiful. It's impossible to pick a favourite on this, so I'll list several tracks that took my fancy."Radio Silence", "Love Me in Whatever Way", "I Hope My Life", "My Willing Heart", "I Need a Forest Fire"...well, you get the idea. It's just an amazing piece of work. With JB, Radiohead, and Beyonce (yes, I realise that is weird combo to put in to the same sentence) all coming out with new music within a week of each other is very pleasing. …view full details.

Angel Olsen
My Woman

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third record and it plans to maintain the reverence to reverb and raucousness that went along with the quiet, lo-fi moments. …view full details.

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Laurie

Scott Walker does soundtracks, who knew. Probably any real fan, as the internet just informed me that he did one back in 1999 for a romantic drama film called Pola X, but it’s still a curio. Truth is, I’ve been asked to review this not because I’m the local Scott Walker expert, but because I have been known to lurk in the stock room warbling the lower regions of my voice with …view full details.

The Dead C
Trouble

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Having long collapsed the conventions of rock music like a jenga tower converted to living room rubble, the Dead C don’t really have any obligations. Hearing “Driver UFO”, the twenty minute opener to ‘Harsh 70s Reality’, for the first time, was like being told rock is dead, if you want it to be -- a track that seemed to fall apart exponentially, it felt like a band…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

8/10 according to our Robin

“Two drummers!!!” is pretty much my favourite thing to say ever. Everyone’s impressed: not only one loud thing that neighbours complain about, but two. Two! For ‘A Weird Exits’ Thee Oh Sees finally employ their twin drums on a record, with Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon playing as percussive equals (rather than the kind of second fiddle set-up that gets you Whipl…view full details.

Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Living Planet

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s now time to ask the all-important question: what music did the Radiophonic Workshop members not make? It seems we’re snowed in by the number of nostalgic sci-fi bleeps and surreal dream-scene vistas from Derbyshire, Hodgson & co, but they’ve still got new things to offer in abundance. This time round we have then-newly-joined member Elizabeth Parker, one of w…view full details.

Neurosis
Fires Within Fires

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

New Neurosis?! It's no wonder the press release is in all caps. The sludge titans have been going thirty years, if you can believe it, and they commemorate being older than me by releasing a brand new album called Fires Within Fires. That kinda grittily gorgeous album art sums up the band, really -- their post-metal hints create a gorgeous landscape on which they repulse with the usual metal, and this one, produced by Steve Albini, will have double the rot.…view full details.

Coldplay
Parachutes

29 people love me. Be the 30th...

The beginning times of what would become an enormous unstoppable rock behemoth. It's got all the good early hits on it like 'Trouble' and 'Yellow' and the deliciously spectral 'Don't Panic'. These soft rockers could certainly pen a haunting tune back then before it all got a bit stadium. Perfect for a late night weep into your cellphone.  …view full details.

Piano Magic
Disaffected

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

8/10 according to our Brian

Brian's incisive review from back in the day. Don't worry we'll re-review in time.  Piano Magic have a new CD out on Green UFO's. 11 tracks long. Sounds really good but I'm sorry we're running out of time. All you lot adore these cult post rock goths to bits so truly, how can I do perfectio…view full details.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Up From Below

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

7/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

There's an immediate melodic easiness to "Up From Below" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Sunny, positive catchy songs with a touch of gospel about them. There's something that makes me feel uneasy though - it might be that this should be a 10/10 album but it just doesn't quite hit those heights. Perhaps there's an air of over-confidence or pretentiousness to the performance. Every song, without exception, is melodic and catchy and "40 Day Dream" and "Home" are particularly so. It is …view full details.

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Once, they were an orchestra; now, all is fire. Here, at the core of one of modern music’s most notorious free jazz communities, we have tenacious tenorist Mats Gustafsson, alongside bass athlete Johan Berthling (also of post-rock nappers Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin, better known for being in Wildbirds & Pe…view full details.

Xiu Xiu
Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

This is, disappointingly, not Jamie Stewart covering the music of recent indie pop band Twin Peaks; instead, he sinks deep into the waters of David Lynch's weirdo soap opera, interpreting his inappropriately sentimental and hilarious score with the usual Xiu Xiu magic: a kind of grotesque prettiness that would surely appeal to the Crazy Clown Time man. Re-issued from original RSD release rendering the day even more pointless than it already is. …view full details.

Cold Pumas
The Hanging Valley

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

Cold Pumas: I’ve seen these guys live a couple of times and they were great… in fact they were ridiculous. The drummer is a beast. It being four years since their last record -- their debut ‘Persistent Malaise’ -- I’m pretty excited to slip the review copy cd out of its little plastic sleeve and plonk it on the NR stereo. Sure enough, the record opens with a white…view full details.

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Laurie

For this one, Kate Carr retreats to possibly the most depressing French town ever, where the river frequently floods, no shops or cafes exist, no one is there, and the National Front just got voted in. Still, she uses the river to her advantage, recording all the birds, bees and sloshings before embellishing them with melodic tones and flecks of guitar. It sits quite (un)comfortably bet…view full details.

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Robin

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

Aphex Twin
Cheetah

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

6/10 according to our Laurie

Aphex Twin, the notorious cheater himself, has successfully vintage-synthed the money out of your pockets. No, this LP does not have 15-note polyphony, and as we all already know, the D James man can make music on anything, no matter how badly respected or obscure. He’ll find a way. So it’s not really surprising that the god of music machines tackled a notoriously difficult-to-use o…view full details.

Preoccupations
Preoccupations

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

First up we had Women and once that band imploded we got Viet Cong and now we have Preoccupations which is basically the new name for Viet Cong. If last year's previously self-titled record is anything to go by this will be another strand of magical avant rock from the Calgary crew. They specialise in tight and taut compositions with incredible musical interplay that makes you wonder really why anyone else bothers.   …view full details.

Ghost Wave
Radio Norfolk

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Despite naming their album after a very close wireless affiliate of Alan Partridges Radio Norwich, Ghost Wave hail actually from New Zealand and appear on that country’s seminal Flying Nun imprint. However, all their influences are anglophile and it’s only apt that they’ve got Spacemen 3 dude and Norman Records telephone botherer Sonic Boom t…view full details.

Wilco
Schmilco

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Named sorta in praise of Harry Nilsson, and sorta just because Wilco are enjoying a continued burst of self-contented idiocy (Wilco: The Album anybody? Star Wars?), this record sees the alt-country outfit go largely acoustic, following the quick 'n' loose record before it with more of the same. In recent years the band have rekindled some of the freewheeling countrified magic of their youth, largely doing away with the experimental self-s…view full details.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sun Ship

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Well the good news is that there's a new the Brian Jonestown Massacre album due in October but while we wait for “Third World Pyramid” to land we must be grateful for these two taster tracks released on honey coloured vinyl (how delightful). If it beats the incredible 'Revelation' I'll eat a horse but it's always nice to hear new material from this long running psych collective. …view full details.

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dissociation

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The fact The Dillinger Escape Plan announced that they will be splitting up after the release of Dissociation and that the two are not connected feeds my need for irony for the day, and after 5 albums the record itself is as strong and fearmongering as they have ever been. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relent.…view full details.

The Chi Factory
The Bamboo Recordings

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

Here is some misty material thought lost to the depths of history, now reworked into a new collection. Ambient collective The Chi Factory were working on The Bamboo Recordings when they originally ceased to operate in the 80’s: they’ve now finished what they’ve started. Mystical international ambient, on Astral Industries.…view full details.

Levon Vincent
NS-14

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Levon Vincent goes full-on acid on side A of NS-14, as ‘Birds’ burbles over a jackhammer groove. It’s the flip side that’s had the interweb agog, though; Levon’s gone and done a techno cover of, erm, Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’. No, we’re not kidding. Great for exorcising dancefloor demons to. 12" on Novel Sound.…view full details.

Various
15 Years With Echocord

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These guys have been pumping their spacey, classy, echoing electronica out of Copenhagen for a decade and a half now. With this landmark comes ‘15 Years With Echocord’, a behemoth of a comp. Fluxion, Arovane, and co cycle their hypnotic beats and resonating frequencies through the dub chamber. Time flies. Double vinyl LP or CD.…view full details.

Various
Day Of The Dead EP

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Remember that 'Day of the Dead' mammoth compilation thingy the National curated? Well 4AD have released a limited edition 12" vinyl of the four song 'Terrapin Station (Suite)' with folks from Grizzly Bear, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, TV on the Radio, Sonic Youth and of course the National present. All profits with go to the Red Hot Organisation to help fights HIV and AIDS around the world. …view full details.

Not Waving
Redacted

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Originally released on cassette in 2013, Redacted is a brooding and dystopian album. Like a machine kicked into life it chugs through atonal techno mechanics, washes with noise until radio crackled harmony presents itself. There’s elements of John Carpenter and Tarkovsky. I think we should just stay in the bunker and wait it out. …view full details.

Elliott Smith
XO

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9/10 according to The Doc (customer) on

XO marked Elliott Smith's first foray into the realm of fully-orchestrated pop songs, and very good it is too. Not only was Smith a phenomenally talented musician - he plays most of the instruments here himself -, he was also a brilliant arranger, as the multi-layered harmonies of songs like Sweet Adeline and Bled White (not to mention the stunning vocals-only closer I Didn't Understand) attest. The production isn't as shiny as on the following album Figure 8 and it's all the better f…view full details.


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