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Dean Blunt & Joanne Robertson
Wahalla

There's just no predicting Dean Blunt and that's the way we assume he likes it. This collaboration with folk artist Joanne Robertson veers between her lovely sprawling folk compositions and his edgier but still guitar led work. The two Robertson sung pieces that open the record are drifty and fingerpicked with discordant lead guitar (Blunt) givi...view item »

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
A Score for Darling

So here's 'A Score for Darling', which is -- spoiler -- a scored soundtrack to a film called Darling, an apparently emotionally raw tale about the life of a dancer. It's on the ever-reliable Sonic Pieces who love these slightly austere, reverential semi-orchestral soundbites; they've certainly pulled out the usual stops presentation-wise: check ...view item »

Four Tet
New Energy

Let's talk about Muzak for a bit. Muzak is utterly fine by me. When you are waiting in a lift or on hold trying to get through to a call centre. It has a purpose in the normal trudge through life but on an album by someone who is continually touted as one of the UK's best producers? Kieran Hebden has had very few problems in his career. He's dri...view item »

The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding

Doesn’t it just make you sick? Their babysteps in the bag, the War on Drugs have moved from Secretly Canadian to major league label Atlantic. This is, of course, absolutely fine, but that Atlantic sticker in the middle of the wax for their double LP really gets to me; straight out of a time when I would buy Bob ...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 »

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

I’m sure you’re aware of the form by now. With an energy best described as subliminal, thee Parquet Courts sit you in a seminar room and have you debate whether or not they’re chill and slack or bold and bracing. I can never quite tell, but I’d argue ‘Human Performance’ was their best record to date, a janglin...view item »

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at...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 »

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks (15th Anniversary Edition)

Written in 2003 as a response to the invasion of Iraq, Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks has become a seminal piece of classical protest music, in part due to its use in films such as Shutter Island and Waltz With Bashir. It’s a stirring work that hovers between electroacoustic music, Neo-Cl...view item »


A Harbinger Sound Sampler

The fearsome Harbinger Sound label put together a compilation that captures the diversity and intensity of their current roster. A Harbinger Sound Sampler contains unheard tracks from Sleaford Mods, Consumer Electronics and Pain Jerk, as well as an astonishing array of angry, noisy and political ...view item »

Sufjan Stevens
The Greatest Gift

Oh lord, dear lord. If you are still drying your eyes from last years Carrie & Lowell record, then prepare to get them all wet with this companion record which comprises of outtakes from that record alongside alternate versions and remixes presented in a sort of mixtape format. It's a hodge podge then but the perfect place to get mor...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 »

Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug)
Fog / Shrine

If you’ve been living on another planet for the past month or so, it’s probably worth telling you that Flame 1 is a collaboration between Kevin Martin aka The Bug and Will Bevan aka Burial. This record is the first release on Martin’s newly minted label Pressure. ...view item »

Eno
Here Come The Warm Jets

Here Come the Warm Jets was Brian Eno's debut solo album, credited under the name Eno it marked a continuation from the glam/art rock of Roxy Music but with a much more experimental bent. Tracks like the storming opener Needles in a Camel's Eye and Baby's On Fire anticipate the forward thinking art rock...view item »

Pye Corner Audio
Where Things Are Hollow

Here's another four tracker from the self styled 'Head Technician' Martin Jenkins. Here he diverts his dystopian vision towards emotive techno with soaring pads and slow pulsating beats. Reminiscent of works by John Carpenter and Delia Derbyshire, this is bound to be another one that flies straight off our shelv...view item »

Death And Vanilla
The Tenant

In which Death and Vanilla’s core trio (Marleen Nilsson, Anders Hansson and Magnus Bodin) take time out from crafting evocative slices of ‘60s psych-pop pastiche to make (OK once more, following ‘Vampyr’) a haunting, eerie soundtrack to Polanski’s 1976 finale to his '...view item »

Belong
October Language

Back in 2006, New Orleans’ Belong released their debut album ‘October Language’. Though well received at the time, it deserves so much more. Then it was compared to the shoegaze greats, a much deserved comparison, but I think the spirit of ‘October Language’ has more in common with the bittersweet heft of ...view item »

Karen Gwyer
Rembo

Wahey, it’s album time for KG, the scene’s biggest techno mum who is giving our Ant a run for his money for Techno Parent of the Year 2017. I’m sorry Ant, but you haven’t taken your kids to enough Surgeon sets yet. In reality this whole parent thing isn’t relevant at all, but everyone k...view item »

Damiano von Erckert
In Case You Don't Know What To Play

Damiano Von Erckert Has been fast getting reputation as a unique talent in the world of dance music. He wants to make people happy which, in 2017, is a very good thing to do. He uses all manner of sounds from around the globe to create his pulsating opuses, most notably on opener 'From thew Sun', which uses samples from where people are happy an...view item »

Retep Folo
Galactic Sounds

Actually it doesn't matter what I say about this you are going to buy it well lots of you are anyway. It's beautifully presented (as Clay Pipe records always are) and the music pretty much fits exactly into the music bought by demographic of people who grew up listening to early electronic compositions and music for schools. They use anc...view item »

Courtney Barnett
Nameless, Faceless

Courtney Barnett is back with this tuneful and playful tune where her clever wordplay is finally matched to the sort of scratchy rock song that will stay in your ears long after the needle hits the run out groove. The song gets in my good books from the get go with an incredible intro that is almost worthy of Madness...view item »

Super Furry Animals
Radiator (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Following on from the hugely successful 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut 'Fuzzy Logic' comes this expanded version of the follow up 'Radiator'.The 2CD and download versions contain B sides, alternate versions and unreleased demos whilst the original album appears on the vinyl remastered for 2017 ears. ...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 »

Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On

My favourite genre of completely useless televised news is the “What’s your secret?” bulletin, where they find an elderly couple who’ve been married longer than we can imagine holding a short conversation and the interviewer asks them why they still want to sit next to each other. That, but, like, for bands -- you’d...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 »

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Grouper -- or ‘Ghostly’ Liz Harris, as I sometimes call her (although this sentence is the first time I’ve done that, in writing anyway) -- is back with another exceedingly beautiful record. On Grid Of Points, Portland Liz follows up one of my favourite albums of 2014, ‘Ruins’; a record that was born of a d...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Singularity

Jon Hopkins’ last album started with a recording of him closing the door of his East London studio. His latest, ‘Singularity’, opens with a single beam of light. It slowly grows in intensity, it distorts, and finally a rhythm. ‘Immunity’ was grounded, for all the euphoria on the record there was something muted abou...view item »

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Gumboot Soup

“I am the Lizard Queen!”, Lisa Simpson once exclaimed, but until now we never knew who the Lizard Wizard was. A mystery as old as time has now been solved: in a shocking coincidence, he too is a monarch. King Gizzard and/AKA the Lizard Wizard, is several people combining like the Power Rangers into one cohesive person who likes bubbl...view item »

GNOD
Chapel Perilous

Working out in Eindhoven, shapeshifting Salford racket warriors Gnod had time and space to construct two pulverising tracks that they had already been playing on the road, plus sculpted further material more abstract in nature. The result is an invigorating album of furious riffs and bleak dubbed out soundsca...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 »

Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

Phil Elverum’s newest record is heavy with tragedy. What else can I say? I don’t want to over-analyse or examine, partly because Elverum himself has closed this record off from lessons and parables. Whether or not you’ve read the interviews and features detailing ‘A Crow Looked At Me Me’ and its story -- how El...view item »

Jason Sharp
Stand Above The Streams

Jason Sharp made one of my absolute favourite records of its year in ‘A Boat Upon its Blood’, an epic tone poem of great harshness and gentility that swayed like disgruntled ripples in water. His approach to electro-acoustic music, as well as jazz and post-rock, informed a record evocative even by Constellation’s heavy-hearted ...view item »

Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts Of The Great Highway

This prick again. Except not again; then. There was a time when Mark Kozelek’s music meant a whole lot more, when his voice was sweeter and his lyrics comparatively shorthanded. This was it. It was a time when we actually cared about his dad. ‘Ghosts of the Great Highway’ was his first record under the Sun Kil Moon moni...view item »

Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse

It’s really quite nice that Sting and Shaggy are friends isn’t it? Just real nice. Also Speedy Ortiz have a new record out, but I can’t think of a charming lede to describe it by. Sadie Dupuis’ band are indie rock’s most consistently excellent, and you probabl...view item »

Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics

Coil's 1999 opus Astral Disaster is an often-overlooked highlight of their extensive discography, centring on sonically vast, emotionally deep Kosmische epics and punctuated with pithier statements. This release presents a brace of unheard tracks and mixes from the album sessions, including the lengthy Cosmic Disaster and a prom...view item »

Bicep
Opal (Four Tet Remix) / Helix

My God look at this thing. Bicep's slithery piece of electronic brilliance remixed by none other than Four Tet. The original is a cracker but you don't get that here. Instead you get the 'Tet mix and an original (I Presume) called 'Helix'. Not actually sure as I can't find anything on the whole wide internet.&nb...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 »

ElpH vs Coil
Worship The Glitch

More Coil!!! If you like the stuff they do on purpose but feel like you're missing out on their accidents, then this is the release for you. ElpH as it turns out is not another artist, but the name they gave to the spirit causing their equipment to glitch. And on Worship the Glitch, they do just that. ...view item »

Sleaford Mods
Bunch Of Kunst Documentary / Live at SO36

Even if you don’t much care for the music of Sleaford Mods, you have to say that they’ve been a refreshing and valuable voice in the increasingly homogenised world of mainstream rock over the past few years. This two-disc set - the Bunch Of Kunst documentary DVD and a live album recorded at Berlin’s le...view item »

Kamasi Washington
Harmony of Difference

It’s rare perhaps, but on occasion, we’re a little late with the reviews, and we’re all caught up with everything now (I think), but here he finally is! The man, the myth, the colossus of cosmic jazz: Kamaaaaasssiiii (brass fanfare please) Wash-ing-ton! It’s been (roughly) two years and six months since the re-defining of...view item »

Jane Weaver
The Architect EP

She keeps putting out your favie psych transmissions and ‘The Architect’ is solid proof that she doesn’t actually know how to stop. Jane Weaver gave us ‘Modern Kosmology’ in May, a grooving selection of hypnorock and universe side-stepping pop for the modern psychlord. This four track EP celebrates with an expansion...view item »

Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

Before it was beautiful it was dark, like dusk, and there was fog. Stars of the Lid went on to make two gorgeous, sunshined drone classics in ‘Refinement’ and ‘Tired Sounds’ -- both so hopeful and lovely that they often got compared to the narrative driven music of post-rock -- but once there was disquiet. Their second re...view item »

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Wolf of the Cosmos

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has always been of particular interest to me - not because of his music - but because of his name. Why exactly does he need to claim to the 'Prince' status? Is he actually a prince? Or is he actually an unnecessary ego? Who knows. Either (or neither) way, Wolf of the Cosmos is available on vinyl LP and CD on Domino. ...view item »

Dopplereffekt
Cellular Automata

Exciting times afoot as Dopplereffekt announce their first full-length album release in a decade! Cellular Automata is an album derived from various mathematical processes, but still maintaining the crucial power you’d expect from a Gerald Donald (also of Drexciya!) project. LP in...view item »

Rival Consoles
Persona

Have you ever been followed down a dark alley by someone wielding an axe? Well If you have and don't want that part of your life soundtracked then best not listen to Rival Consoles new opus.  These are dramatic flourishes of pulsating and cinematic electronica that takes influence from Ingmar Bergman's psychological thriller but has...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 »

Jonas Reinhardt
Conclave Surge

Electronic rhythm time courtesy of Jonas Reinhardt, who intends that this record to carry the vibrations of rituals and ceremonies. Conclave Surge is lovely propulsive listening, mixing fun-time synth and drum approaches with aspects of minimalism and industrial. It’s a heady brew, and it works! Limited vinyl edit...view item »

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

We have UK exclusive on this pressing of 300 copies of Gnod's incendiary live set at Roadburn in 2017. The Manchester collective were artists in residence at the festival and this is one of four shows they played. Consisting of two near twenty minute side long jams, their inventive nihilistic first set that day ...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 »

The Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl

That is the worst album art I have ever seen in my life. Of course it’s for a Decemberists’ record. Widely apologised for by a league of listeners (including myself) for unleashing a schematic for prog-twee onto the world, it is entirely predictable that a record by them in 2018 would make pure, unadulterated joy look so unappealing....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 »

The White Stripes
The Complete John Peel Sessions

Strangely the sound quality of the vinyl is very disappointing, and I know it's not my system. The vinyl is also missing the interactions between John and the band, which fortunately the download does includes. The sound quality of the mp3 is also superior to the vinyl, which just isn't right. I would have thought Jack White would have got the h...view item »

Field Music
Open Here

This Sunderland duo are certainly musical clever clogs. They can play every instrument under the sun, they have some pretty classy melodic and rhythmic ideas that they've managed to stretch into a pretty lengthy and successful career. But rarely have I heard a Field Music song that has made me feel anything other than a kind of warm admiration f...view item »

Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy

Listening to a Car Seat Headrest album is like those times you see a friend with a new partner and you think "what do you see in him/her"? They are one of our biggest sellers but ....why? I've heard countless songs of theirs in the office/on the radio and every time I've just thought  - well this is pretty average why does it sell ...view item »

Don Leisure
Shaboo

Right I'm rushing but just got to tell you that this is great. A smorgasbord of cut and splice hip hop, found sounds, funk, soul, far Eastern and even Bollywood. It has that mix tape feel with tracks coming and going on the wind. Fans of this years Mahatma X LP will dig as will anyone into ...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 »

Love
Forever Changes (50th Anniversary Edition)

One of the greatest albums of all time reaches 50 but, with multiple re-issues down the line already, what will they squeeze out of it this time? Well you get mono and stereo mixes, an alternate mix, and a disc of outtakes - some of which are actually pretty darned good. Superb pastoral psychedelic pop that has influenced generations. Every home...view item »

Bernard Herrmann
Prelude / Murder (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Psycho)

On 7" vinyl comes a wee taster of the iconic soundtrack to big murder event Psycho, including the prelude and the main course itself. Pressed from the original master tapes onto 1960 copies as a weird reference to the year that Hitchcock's classic hit the silver screen, you can now experience those slicing strings in glorious vinyl qua...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sex & Food

They’ve done it, then: Unknown Mortal Orchestra have found their gear and they’re staying in it for the rest of their existence. Having wowed and united our entire office with the most unlikely of things -- a funky ode to polyamorous living in sonic homage to Prince called ‘Multi-Love’ -- they here offer more of the same,...view item »

Mogwai
Every Country's Sun

Like a mostly instrumental version of Runrig that you could bring home to meet your ma, Mogwai have been pleasantly creating soundscapes for so many years now that each album is like a freshly poured dram of whiskey to warm you as you return to Scotland after a long time away on bleak European roads. Opener 'Coolveri...view item »

Memory Drawings
The Nearest Exit

Memory Drawings are such a wonderful conundrum. A band of grayscale shadow-makers, they’re complemented with colourful musical timbres, their sound something like a heavy fall of snow coating itself over green grass. Their two previous records were melodic meditations that never got too grandiose, instead ruminating on compact post-rock me...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 »

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 »

Efrim Manuel Menuck
Pissing Stars

After fully coming through on a long-term promise to deliver “a joyous noise” to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor record in the triumphant, communal, and all-loving ‘Luciferian Towers’, Montreal rock ‘n’ roller Efrim Manuel Menuck returns to the pits of doom. Th...view item »

Hoof Glove
Hoof Glove

The don’t drone label wang a total curveball from their previous run of ambient/drone leaning tapes. They’ve gone in the polar opposite direction with this magnificently delirious cassette from Hoof Glove. If you’d have told me this was out on Ipecac, I’d totally believe you. This Leeds band is comprised of member...view item »

The Telescopes
Stone Tape

Drone drone drone. The Telescopes have had the sort of career that its difficult to draw on a map. They were once pretty popular shoegazers and we all remember the time they went a bit jazzy. But over the last few years they have been making the sort of very noisy drone music that could appeal to fans of anyone from ...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 »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a...view item »

Belbury Poly & Moon Wiring Club
Other Voices 09

Two of Ghostbox's best and brightest collaborate on the latest in this ongoing series of limited 7"s. Moon Wiring Club is graphic designer Ian Hodgson who specialises in creepy soundtracks, Belbury Poly is Ghostbox founder the magnificently named Jim Jupp who is interested in 70's library recordings and TV sound...view item »

Cavern Of Anti-Matter
Hormone Lemonade

The truth of the matter is that it’s a Phil thing. Cavern of Anti-Matter is our boss’s band through and through, having wowed him with the double-whammy of Tim Gane and motorik rhythm. Me, I like ‘Hormone Lemonade’ fine, but given that I spent the ten minutes prior to sitting down with the record trying to work out why I ...view item »

Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent

Beginning with the best thing I've heard since the last Ought album, Protomartyr from the get go make a better case for showcasing their talents than they did on 2014s lacklustre "Under Color of Official Right". 'A Private Understanding' is indeed the best possible way to announce that you've signed to Domino. A slice...view item »

Jane Weaver and Virginia Wing / Death And Vanilla / Noveller
Lost Library

The return of Fire records "Lost Library" series is a stormer with Jane Weaver singing atop Virginia Wing on a Suzanne Menzel song, Noveller tackling John Carpenter's 'The Thing' and Death and Vanilla re-imagine Bert Jansch's “Moonshine”. All showcase the female fron...view item »

Rolando Simmons
World Building

Rolando Simmons (real name Mattias Östling) was trotting about doing his own thing when Aphex Twin dropped one of his tracks at some live thing or other then suddenly his little analogue world turns upside down.  This is his debut full length following the earlier sold out 'Yuo're Life' EP and h...view item »

Preoccupations
New Material

Preoccupations. What happened? There's rarely been a moment in my life when I've felt so disappointed as I did when I listened to their debut self titled album. You see, I loved Women, then I loved Viet Cong. The strange thing about Viet Cong was that despite only featuring the rhythm s...view item »

Goblin
Dawn of the Dead - Live in Helsinki 2017

Here's a recording of the time Italian progressive legends Goblin performed their much loved Dawn of the Dead soundtrack before a live studio audience in Helsinki in May 2017. This is a one time pressing of 1000 copies on a couple of different colours. Sure to be a future collectors item for fans of these soundtrack legends.&nbs...view item »

Shackleton With Anika
Behind The Glass

I haven’t heard Anika’s 2010 debut album yet, which is probably a mistake as it sounds like a treat for glum ears from an ex-political journalist turned post-punk singer and features Geoff Barrow’s Beak as backing band. Well, it doesn’t seem like she’s done a huge amount in the world of recorded music since then sav...view item »

Equiknoxx
Colón Man

Jamaica’s Equiknoxx return to Demdike Stare’s DDS label for the follow up to their ‘Bird Sound Power’ compilation. That particular record really boosted the work of producers Gavsborg and Time Cow - finding its way onto many 2016...view item »

Flying Saucer Attack
In Search Of Spaces

Flying Saucer Attack novice, right here: Clint just thought it’d be funny to see me squirm through an exposition of a band he knows things about. As far as I can understand, this Bristol lot made relatively peaceful and utterly scenic fuzz music as a studio band, doing the space rock thing with come-in-peace aplomb. In some live iterations...view item »

Huerco S.
For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Huerco S. has pretty much hit pay dirt on his second full-lengthh album and a string of well received 12" releases which showcased his talent for twisting house and techno music into interesting new shapes. What he has done here is pretty much remove any semblance of either genre from the music leaving it as kind of fumes of what was once club m...view item »

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Kings (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Kings (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis further cements their place as top-of-the-list score writers. The film itself is set in Los Angeles in 1992 directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, with whom Warren Ellis has worked before, and stars Halle Berry. Nick Cave and Warren ...view item »

Young Fathers
Cocoa Sugar

Once causing me to choke on a shreddie when seeing them being announced as Mercury Music Prize winners, Young Fathers are one of the very few winners of that mystical prize to actually be any good and also to keep making good records and not immediately going down the spout.  Part of the reason for this is the self contained environment the...view item »

Pun Collins
Lunar Influence

On his first release of what I imagine might be a plurative number in 2018, Pun Collins has created a dance record for unexpected spaces. Empty supermarkets after dark; VR headsets with nothing going on inside. With its hints of genre -- a distant bassline from disco, a vocal sample toiling away too long, or a stabbed chord bouncing off the wall...view item »

Eric Chenaux
Slowly Paradise

This guy is obsessed with Eric Chenaux and stunned by just how far he’s gone this time. Having slowly developed a spangly, highly affected guitar sound through a litter of pedals and a frantic knack for fret racing, Chenaux has spent his career revisiting and refining the folk songs he made early in his career. Records like ‘Sloppy G...view item »

Richard Dawson
Peasant

“A dank and dreary song”. This is how Richard Dawson describes “Hob”, a tail-end track on new record ‘Peasant’, and he isn’t totally wrong. Picks meet strums like someone shaking at their shackles, the song eventually marrying a droning string morgue to a misty, never-ending verse of shimmering gloom. It...view item »

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Part genius, part idiot, and part pest, Dan Wilson's Meadow House produce the sort of off-kilter, dysfunctional music that, if you wait long enough, someone in the future will declare to be 'lost brilliance', unappreciated at the time like R. Stevie Moore or some such. Well let's try to pre-empt that by revi...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 »

Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü

There's a very good chance that Husker Du are one of those 'you had to be there' bands as often listening to them now it's very hard to work out what the fuss was about. They regularly had one great song out of every five, are pretty straight down the line compared to the soon-to-be-big Husker's influenced Pixies.......view item »


The Voyager Golden Record

Compilations don’t get more all-encompassing or definitive than this: nothing less than a time capsule that attempts to represent the sounds and diverse musical cultures of Planet Earth in the remote chance that it may be encountered by an alien intelligence. The Golden Record was compiled for inclusio...view item »

Django Django
Marble Skies

Art rockers Django Django have established themselves as one of Britain’s more original bands. From their unpigeonholable eponymous debut to it’s follow-up Born Under Saturn they have mashed genres together to make a sound all of their own. Their new album Marble Skies, like their debut, is a more lean affair than Bo...view item »

Khruangbin
Con Todo El Mundo

Pioneers of vibe, a lot of your enjoyment of Khruangbin will hinge on your own atmospheric contingencies: have you got the ambiance the way you, specific and dear reader, like it? Good. Following up on their beloved ‘The Universe Smiles at You’ release, the group continue their hodgepodge sound, which is akin to tangled fairy lights ...view item »

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Polygondwanaland

Another one. There’s rarely a week in which King Gizzard aren’t flexing a new record, and this happens to be their fifth of the year -- can someone do a count for how many riffs per annum that is? The Ozzie psych crew dropped ‘Polygondwanaland’ not a week ago, sharing it as a seasonal gift to their ever-merry fanbase. It ...view item »

Bjork
Utopia

It’s a seventy-five minute record with a buncha flutes on it -- they’re leaving it to me. Having made her best record in ‘Vulnicura’, a stressful, catharsis-denying record of never resolved and never romanticized heartbreak, Björk returns with ‘Utopia’, continuing to writhe in the undefined sonic contours...view item »

LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

You can have a strange relationship with LCD Soundsystem, a bit like Marmite - you either love them, or hate them. This ten track release, entitled American Dream, is no doubt a great collection of tracks for any LCD fan but might not be for everyone. Available on Vinyl LP and CD on DFA / Columbia.  ...view item »

Melanie De Biasio
Lilies

As much as I want to re-use my Nina Simone meets Bark Psychosis one stop comparison to describe the music of Melanie De Biasio this her third full length album moves away somewhat from the sprawling night jazz of last years 'The Blackened City' and concentrates mor...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 »

King Krule
The OOZ

Just when I thought I was getting a bit sick of his voice (check it on the recent Mount Kimbie) along comes 'the Ooz' to remind me that this bloodhound aping slobbery snarl works so much better with his own material. Despite sharing a manager with Adele, King Krule (aka fire haired mi...view item »

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

Again, why would you call a band that? Terrible terrible name.  I’d be surprised if this album is being talked about in ten years time and it’s all because of that name. The album actually isn’t as good as other similar records by Mazzy Star, Low and ...view item »

Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

A band famously similar to Deerhunter, Ulricka Spacek made good on the time they were given in ‘The Album Paranoia’ to weave a record of retro-futurist guitar sparkle, mirroring some of indie rock’s best bands in wide open spaces. Being its target audience -- krautrock dads, satisfied by nothing...view item »

Actress
AZD

You’ve got me out here at the review station reviewing electronic music? You idiots. You stupid idiots. It’s like when you see that one shit guy in the platoon of a war movie. Let’s hope I can ride this thing out on enthusiasm alone, though, because this Actress record is very interesting and extremely lovely -- I’ll say ...view item »

Real Estate
In Mind

When I saw that Matt Mondanile had left Real Estate I have to admit I panicked. You see for me their whole sound was based around the way the guitars of Mondanile and singer Martin Courtney tangled around one another. Yes Courtney's songs are generally great on their own but as was noted when listening to hi...view item »

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