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Ø (Mika Vainio)
Kantamoinen

The original CD edition of ‘Kantamoinen’ on Sahko is long out of print and was never released on vinyl so this new edition on wax is most welcome. But then maybe this was never pressed on vinyl for good reason? The track sequence has been rejigged for this new vinyl edition - perhaps ...view item »

Carter Tutti Void
Transverse

Four movements of prime exploratory proto-techno pulse and cyber-tropical headcleansing here from Factory Floor's young femme fatale and the less demented half of legendary musical game-changers Throbbing Gristle. Well, I don't know how much less demented. This is the creepier counterpar...view item »

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Months ago, back when I first started seeing this album on this site, I had it judged by its cover, title and band name. "Brilliant," I thought, "more wannabe 'Mod' twats selling that line about how important it is in working class culture to wear a sharp coat." Fully expecting it to contain the latest forgettable rehash of crappy Mod nostalgia,...view item »

Komodo Kolektif
Sumantras

Perhaps unexpectedly based in Glasgow, and made up of four multi instrumentalists from King Krak, Blinding Sunlight and Gamelan Naga Mas, Komodo Kolektif was setup around their shared love of Gamelan instrumentation, and melding that with vintage synthesizers, heavily processed ...view item »

Alabaster dePlume
The Corner Of A Sphere

The fourth LP from Alabaster dePlume sees the East London jazz-savant balancing positivity and hardship. Born from his monthly PEACH sessions at Dalston’s getting-a-reputation-for-itself Total Refreshment Centre, The Corner Of A Sphere seeks to make good of the troubles afflicting many a Millenial youth. dePlume&r...view item »

Pablo's Eye
Spring Break

Belgium’s STROOM.tv have proved themselves a natty little label over the past couple of years. Their run of unearthing some leftfield electronica gems continues with a release from long-running experimental ambient project Pablo’s Eye. Spring Break compiles eight tracks from down the years, ...view item »

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Focus

Fascinating rhythmic explorations by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi on Padre Himalaya. The way he renders the timbres and textures of two traditional Persian instruments, the tonbak and the daf, make for captivating and intimate listening. Most interesting is the seeming relationship between this style and European mi...view item »

Phurpa
Sacred Sounds 18.12.16

Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that I know of) that are preserving the sounds of this ancient Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They use a combination of tantric...view item »

Louise Landes Levi
Ikiru or The Wanderer

Louise Landes Levi is worried about the butterfly. And who wouldn't be! I'm sure almost all of us have fond memories of heading to the Butterfly House for birthday parties when we were kids. Levi has channeled her concern into Ikiru or The Wanderer, a rare solo effort from this vital musical traveller....view item »

Pali Meursault
(Échos)

Dôme records presents this new, limited edition LP collecting music and field recordings by Pali Meursault. (Échos) includes music made by Stephen O’Malley, Clara De Asís & Laura Vasquez and Bear Bones to assemble a series of evocations in collaged sound-journalling. Abstracted location rec...view item »

Bülent Arel
Electronic Music 1960-1973

Bülent Arel is one of those under-appreciate electroacoustic composers that labels like Sub Rosa are so good at unearthing from the dust of history. Arel, who worked on Varése’s piece ‘Déserts’, has an array of his electronic works from the period 1960 to 197...view item »

Nurse With Wound
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched

2CD set of the out of print Nurse With Wound albums, Sugar Fish Drink and Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven. Can the music live up to the oddness promised by the titles of these things? Honestly, probably. Some of the tracks might be familiar to fans of Nurse With Wound but ...view item »


S&S Presents: Dreams

This collaborative release between Cascine Records (Chad Valley, Korallreven) and blog Stadiums and Shrines features eighteen excursions into all areas of ambience. They cast their net wide on S&S Presents: Dreams - Buchla wizard Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith...view item »

Pythagoron™
Pythagoron™

We all know that drugs are pretty useful for getting high, right? But what about sound? It’s certainly possible to reach altered states through sound. Records, unlike drugs are reusable so once you’ve caned it, there’s no need to call you dealer. You can just put the record on again and again. Th...view item »

Sun City Girls
Torch of the Mystics

Sun City Girls were responsible for getting yours truly into the conceit of experimental music, while also keeping me at a sizeable distance for many, many years: for every classic piece of Weird they released there was something that made me want to wretch, or something I didn’t understand, or something with a scary title; for every &lsqu...view item »

Nu Nog Even Niet
#1 & #2

Nu Nog Even Niet is a collaborative project between songwriter Chantal Acda and poet Lotte Dodion. The pair glide through two spare, spectral works on this release. Spindly bundles of piano and violin are fogged with reverb as the duo breathily deliver their verse. The overall effect is as if ...view item »

Alog/Astral Social Club
Split #20

Had to stick this in, it got slightly overlooked for some reason, perhaps because you can't tell what it is due to the fact some idiot has drilled holes in it to look like some piece of highbrow contemporary art. It's a split series type affair on old Fat Cat records of London town. The first track is by Alog, two enigmatic Norsk types who speciali...view item »

Moondog
Moondog

Reissue of avant-garde pioneer Moondog’s self-titled album from 1969, It hasn’t been available on vinyl since 2003. Moondog’s unique approach to composition was revered by Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and is heavily sampled across multiple genres Including ...view item »

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

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, be...view item »

Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

The Fire! Orchestra is what happens when you try to arrange an end-of-year office party but you’re an avant-garde/free-jazz hybrid label, so everything goes to shit. Having briefly composed themselves for the senior staff meeting with ‘She Sleeps, She Sleeps’ -- a collaboration/discussion of who to fire (lmao) bet...view item »

Dave Holland featuring Evan Parker, Craig Taiborn and Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

A veritable avant-jazz odyssey from legendary double-bassist Dave Holland and company here. Across the twenty-three tracks of Uncharted Territories, the quartet of Holland, Evan Parker (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano/electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion) journey int...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 »

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 »

Fennesz
Seven Stars

Always lovely to get some vinyl from Touch and this I believe is their first 10" record, perfectly suited to contain these four tracks from the esteemed Christian Fennesz. Here he's operating with acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths and of course computers. Opener '...view item »

Luc Ferrari
Presque Rien

I’ve listened to this album twice this week. Last night it formed the soundtrack to my journey from home into and around the city and was quite a surreal experience watching all the Christmas shoppers bustling around while the sounds of a waking fishing village are being pumped into my ears. The field recordings and electro-acou...view item »

Bill Orcutt
A History Of Every One

Following an explosive collaborative LP with Chris Corsano for his own Palilalia imprint, ex- Harry Pussy shredder Bill Orcutt returns to Editions Mego with twelve singular in...view item »

Nazoranai
The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already..?

In an attempt to hurt music and all those who make it, noise provocateur Keiji Haino has asked collaborator Oren Ambarchi to stay on board in his band, and enlisted Stephen O’Malley, who’s up for recording with anyone as long as they use the word &...view item »

Johann Johannsson & BJ Nilsen
I Am Here

Abstract composers Johann Johannsson and BJ Nilsen combine for a pretty sweet slow moving soundtrack for the film ‘I Am Here’ starring Kim Basinger. Its typical moody soundtrack fodder, the album starts out dark and uneasy with a sense of foreboding, the eerie atmosphere is broken by some steady piano hits and swirling, sweeping stri...view item »

Iannis Xenakis
La Légende D'Eer

Karlrecords have allowed Reinhold Friedl (main man in Zeitkratzer) to keep curate a series of major electroacoustic reissues for them: second up is a work by the almighty Iannis Xenakis. La Légende D’Eer is a huge piece of electronic sound, noisy and overwhelming and beauti...view item »

Daniel Higgs
The Fools Sermon, part 1

Former Lungfish man Daniel Higgs does not mislead when he promises a Fools Sermon: he does indeed deliver his twisted version of a new age religious sermon, carefully intoning each word as though tasting them as they leave his mouth. In the background are creeping desert-like instrumentals: quite the li...view item »

Jeff Keen
Noise Art

Hats off to the good people at Trunk for unearthing these archive recordings from maverick avant-garde UK film-maker Jeff Keen as they really deserve to reach a wider audience. Interest in Keens work peaked recently following a collection of films lovingly reissued by the BFI. Until now none of Keen's audio work has...view item »

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Daichi Yoshikawa
Intervivos

Fierce collaboration between Jean-Luc Guionnet, working his extended technique saxophone, and Daichi Yoshikawa with his fiery feedback systems. As you might expect, the pair serve up an uncompromising web of sharp-edged improvised sound, packed full of textures, tones, and timbre clash. Intervivos is re...view item »


PRINT/TRACK 01 // PRINT/TRACK 02

Thesis Project’s PRINT/TRACK series is an interesting endeavour. It works one of two ways - either musicians create two pieces to which visual artists respond with a 10” work, or vice versa. The end result is a luxury vinyl. The f...view item »

Élg
Vu Du Dôme

Heard you’re all in the mood for some sound poetry? Yeah, I heard right. This review is not the sound poem; it is the mere conduit for it, with me as the messenger-boy for a record of troublemaker music concrete. Gorgeous and unnerving, a blessing and an ailment, this is ‘Vu Du Dôme’, the latest record by weirdo producer ...view item »

Thembi Soddell
Love Songs

Oh my goodness, what have I done? Hitting play on this album has been something akin to opening Pandora's box and unleashing a dark force into my home. I think I had better go hide the children under the bed before some bad dudes from the Black Lodge show up… hang on.. They’re already here…. Arghhh! I jest of course, ...view item »

C. Diab
Exit Rumination

All enthusiasm for our work has been sucked out of the Norman offices by some sort of music-breathing warlock, as evidenced by the fact a new C. Diab record came in and literally all of us neglected to give it a listen. Awful. We were all huge fans of his last emo drone mini-opus, ‘No Perfect Wave’, wherein his pop-oriented abstracti...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 »


THESIS 05 / THESIS 07 / THESIS 09 / THESIS 10

These Thesis things are all rather beautiful things created by artist Gregory Euclide. Very limited and very sought after. Each edition packaged in original and intricate jackets and sleeves hand-created.  This latest batch include the following: THESIS 05Anna Rose Carter & Dag Rosenqvist THESIS 07Kai Angerm...view item »

Jean Dubuffet
Musical Experiences

Jean Debuffet, more widely known as a sculptor and painter, turned his hand in 1961 to experiments with music! These took the form of gleefully untrained improvisations on various instruments, recorded and collaged together with lovely cassette. The Musical Experiences are wild, energetic and crude, in the best sense po...view item »

John Duncan
Organic

John Duncan, for those not in the know, is a fellow traveller of the Los Angeles Free Music Society and a radical performance artist and sound-maker. Organic is his vanishingly rare debut album, recorded and self-released in 1979 and only now reissued. Two lengthy pieces of noise-texture experimentation...view item »

Warner Jepson
Totentanz

Warner Jepson was a participant in the good old San Francisco Tape Music Centre, and consequently played in the premiere of Terry Riley’s seminal In C. What we have here is a reissue of his own material, recorded with a Buchla 100 synthesiser, concréte sounds and elaborate systems of tape m...view item »

Ben Vince
Assimilation

Very obviously a saxophonist, Ben Vince readies a new record on the wonderful Where To Now? label. Uh. Hell yeah? Assimilation he treads further afield than the usual minimalist focus, collaborating with a bunch of artists who love him to give his sax wild different hues and contexts. Playing solo is one thing; playi...view item »

Wrekmeister Harmonies
The Alone Rush

At one point or another in the history of time, Wrekmeister Harmonies were a weird and sorta tasteful metal band serving up orchestration and drone like they were lurking demons in an earthly dimension of hell. In 2018, the project submits to a modern rule: if it can be made to sound pretty much exactly like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds...view item »

Russell Haswell
Tongue Dancer '85

Someone let noisy troublemaker Russell Haswell into the famous EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, where he had a play around on their marvellous collection of synthesisers. Typically searing business from Haswell here. Tongue Dancer ‘85 is a single-track, single-sided 12”, limited to 300...view item »

Painkiller
Execution Ground

Painkiller’s heavyweight line-up, in case you had forgotten, was Mick Harris (of Napalm Death), Bill Laswell (of Last Exit) and John Zorn (of absolutely everything, particularly Naked City). Yeah, big stuff. Execution ...view item »

Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little by Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

Berlin’s Karlrecords previously released of a pair of Haino collaborations with experimental ensemble Zeitkratzer, which placed the Man in Black in musical contexts that stood out as unusual even in his vast and varied discography. The same can be said of this LP w...view item »

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
Gruppo Di Improvvisazione "Nuova Consonanza"

Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza are legendary, at least within the tight circles of electro-acoustic improvisation fans and the deeper fans of Ennio Morricone (who was part of the group. This record is way, way ahead of its 1960s era, sounding alien and fascinating even today! Reissued by Schema....view item »

Klara Lewis
Ett

Sinking into the abyss with Klara Lewis. Ett is a the debut full length from the producer. This one is a deep sea odyssey, with Klara delving into expansive sub-60 hertz territory and the grainy upper middle. There are field recorded manipulations, loops, samples and electronics that seamlessly ...view item »

Ashley Paul
Lost In Shadows

The much lauded Ashley Paul continues to make ghosts a tangible reality on ‘Lost In the Shadows’, her latest concoction of song and stress. A multi-instrumentalist known for divesting her tools of their traditions, she favours tonal angularity and horrifying discordance, creating sparse, spectral works that are still somehow heavy in...view item »

Bruce Gilbert
Ex Nihilo

Editions Mego mark their 250th release with a regular contributor to the label - ex-Wire / Dome member Bruce Gilbert. Ex Nihilo encapsulates his signature sonics - harsh, austere, sculptural aural brutalism, hacked into a variety of abstract and alien shapes. The fact that the a...view item »

BJNilsen
Massif Trophies

Massif Trophies is more of a piece of art than a record, really. Amsterdam based musician BJNilen primarily focuses his work on nature and how it impacts the human mind. Listening through this record you get a real sense of being where he is, and you feel as if you're side by side him going on the same adventure he is o...view item »

Giacinto Scelsi, Chris Watson & Joe Browning
Scelsi EP

Giacinto Scelsi is a not-well-enough-known Italian composer who was keen on exploring music based around only one pitch. This Scelsi EP contains an impressive recording of one of his pieces, an insect-based field recording inspired by Scelsi from field-maestro Chris Watson, and a solo s...view item »

Chra
On a Fateful Morning

Chra's approach to darker, foreboding electronica gathers far reaching influences together in one pot, transmitting a mysterious yet visceral result to the brain of the listener. Restless circuit chatter is enveloped in shadowy drones which break out into abstract rhythms and bass work, a journey through industry and fog....view item »

Fennesz
Mahler Remix

Oh what is he up to now? He’s sampled bits if Gustav Mahler’s symphonies and created a performance out of them. It’s very nice indeed. Churning billowing orchestral sounds waft like smoke drifting across the sky especially on the first section (no titles just 1,2,3,4 to signify the sides). The opening piece then falls a...view item »

Christian Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke
It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry

If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that Christian Fennesz on the guitar is going to sound beautiful and completely unlike a man playing the guitar. Working together with electronic-music scientist Jim O’Rourke, he’s made the lushest ambient of the summer, filled with gentle overdriven...view item »

Fennesz
Bécs

Christian "Fennesz" Fennesz isn't a lad who rushes himself. The last time he put out a full-length album was 2008 so you can bet he's put some thought and effort into the seven tracks here. I'm on my third go through it and still struggling to find words to describe the sumptuous listening experience this album provides. There's something quite ...view item »

Daniel Menche
Kataract

Daniel Menche has a fantastic disc out on Editions Mego which really sucked me into its vortex the first time it got played. 'Kataract' captures the powerful and uncompromising force of nature that is water, or more specifically waterfalls of the Pacific North West. This is the sort of stuff I can listen to for hours just getting lost in all...view item »

Philip Jeck
Cardinal

A new Philip Jeck record is always welcome: the man deals in turntables and old dusty records, but in a way that moves beyond the mere “ooh, sounds crackly!” He loops his source material up into whole new structures. This sense of composition and craft is very much in evidence on Cardinal, his new double LP ...view item »

UnicaZürn
Transpandorem

UnicaZürn is the imaginative sound collaboration between Stephen Thrower and David Knight, both of whom have participated in some notable experimental musics (with Coil, Lydia Lunch and more). Transpandorem, their new LP for Touch, drifts around so...view item »

Taj Mahal Travellers
August 1974

Reissue of album by Japanese experimental group Taj Mahal Travellers, though they only managed to travel to the Taj Mahal in 1972, 3 years after their inception. 90 minutes of improvised ambience and drone, under the coordination of Kinji Hayashi. Released on Aguirre with liner notes by The W...view item »

Sote
Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

Ata Ebtekar aka Sote really is in a league of his own. In the fifteen years that have passed since his first record ‘Electric Deaf’ on Warp, he hasn’t exactly released an enormous body of work - clearly favouring quality over quantity. In that time, he’s had some great stuff out on ...view item »

Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
Gospel

Siavash Amini and Matt Finney follow last years ‘Familial Rot’ tape for Umor Rex with the immense ‘Gospel’ CD on Opal Tapes offshoot imprint V A N I L L A. The emotional impact of this remarkably complex and incredibly brave work has floored me, to say the least. It has shaken me to my absolute core and then some....view item »

Gosheven
Bivaq

Hungarian producer/songwriter/sound artist Gosheven drops the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut LP Leaper. As on its predecessor, Bivaq has Gosheven utilising unusual tunings - from the schools of La Monte Young, Wendy Carlos and more - to create these off-kilter number...view item »

Fennesz
Fennesz: Venice (10th Anniversary Edition)

Christian Fennesz is a true romantic. He recorded 'Venice' on location, and the music he created betrays his love for its natural beauty, its unique position in the world and the sheer vastness of the place -- the sustained synths sound like water ebbing and flowing, curling up against the edge of canal beds and then returning. The guitars he us...view item »

Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship

Rune Grammofon’s versatile trumpet dude Arve Henriksen is getting all spiritual on your ass this week with the release of ‘Places of Worship’, a graceful convolution of spiritual music and his mysterious smoky Scandi-jazz, backed tastefully by cleverly us...view item »

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by ...view item »

Jean Dubuffet
Expériences Musicales De Jean Dubuffet

Reissue of Jean Dubuffet's legendary Expériences Musicales. The original can cost upwards of €5000 so at £15.49 this is an absolute steal! Dubuffet founded Art Brut (not the band), a movement which he saw as raw emotional expression. His music is definitely raw, noisy and cacophonous. A fa...view item »

Luis Perez
Ipan In Xiktli Metzli

Interesting one, this. Luis Perez was one of the first people to undertake detailed research on the pre-colonial musical traditions of his native Mexico. In the early 80s, after almost a decade of travelling the country and recording the folk musics of the Ma...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 »

Eve Essex
Here Appear

Here's Eve Essex with a record of myriad sounds. She uses more timbres than you even knew existed! Sax, piccolo, organ, synths, harmonicas, whistles and pedals all feature on this record, as well as Essex's voice herself, Here Appear is a set of beguiling, initially improvised pieces in...view item »

Strafe F.R.
The Bird Was Stolen

Having built on the legacy of artists like Einstürzende Neubauten in the 80s and 90s, German duo Strafe F.R. (Für Rebellion) have returned to the fray in recent years after a couple of decades ...view item »

Edgard Varese
The Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Volume 1

This welcome and affordable box set compiles historic early recordings of works by one of the 20th century’s most influential avant garde composers. It begins with Nicolas Slonimsky’s 1933 recording of his groundbreaking percussion work Io...view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Grapes From The Estate

The particular ambiance this album has makes me a little too uncomfortable for it to be ideal sleep music for me, but I haven't tried it under ideal conditions, so I can't knock it. "Corkscrew" is an edgy drone. "Girl with the Silver Eyes" has an otherworldly beauty, especially toward the end when the guitar is emphasised. Ambarchi's more "music...view item »

Rex Ilusivii
Koncert SNP 1983

Rex Ilusivii (aka Mitar Subotic) was a Serbian producer and composer who based himself in Brazil during his later years. This record documents a live Konzert given at the Serbian National Theatre in 1983, when he was just 22. These c...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
Halfway to a Threeway

A classic EP from Jim O’Rourke’s sweetly melodic late 90s period. Halfway to a Threeway combines arrangements that you could hear on the radio with darkly comic lyrics. O’Rourke is sometimes critiqued as a pastiche-merchant, but you can’t listen to this without realising that he ...view item »

Colin Stetson And Sarah Neufeld
Never Were The Way She Was

“No overdubs” is the phrase to watch with Colin Stetson, an artist who intones on saxophone to create sounds vocal and percussive, melodic and destructive. The reason we claim to be so impressed with his tectonic shifts is because they’ve all been conjured in one take, the result something like a one-man opera on ‘Ju...view item »

Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord ...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 »

Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow mini...view item »

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by ...view item »

Entourage
Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-77

Experimental ambient trio The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble released only two LPs during their active years of 190 and 1983. Tompkins Square have managed to collect 30 unreleased tracks that include alternate takes and early versions, alongside notes from the last surviving member Wall Matthews. Stunnin...view item »

Pali Mersault
Stridulations

Sound artist Pali Meursault has developed a unique method of composition. He makes field recordings of animals, then sets them in dialog with a series of fluorescent light tubes that he has ‘sonified’. This is done in keeping with an overarching aesthetic...view item »

Worldservice Project
Serve

The second LP that RareNoise Records have released from WorldService Project is a similarly irreverent affair to the last record they dropped from the group back in 2016. ...view item »

ZU & Mats Gustafsson
How To Raise An Ox

When it was released in 2006, How To Raise An Ox, the collaborative LP between Italian post-jazz crew Zu and Swedish saxophone master Mats Gustafsson...view item »

Charlie Morrow
Toot! Too

No other label of the weird and wacky releases its music with quite the gusto Recital do. Administering each new LP and retrospective with leagues of information and a brand silliness that feels somewhere between hyper-aware and totally oblivious, Sean McCann’s label now operates in a world of its own. Thi...view item »

Eliane Radigue
Songs of Milarepa

Radigue is a true pioneering giant of electronic and drone music, and these mid-eighties recordings capture her at her most mystically-inclined. Inspired by 11th century Tibetan poet and mystic Milarepa, this double CD is led by Radigue’s ARP synth, with vocal contributions from Robert Ashley and Lama Kunga Rinpoch...view item »

Senyawa
Calling The New Gods

Vincent Moon is not, in fact, the mutant spawn of The Mighty Boosh’s two protagonists. He’s a filmmaker, and in 2012 he chronicled a journey made by the Indonesian duo Senyawa’s around the Javan city Yogyakarta. This became the short film Calling The New Gods, and its soundtra...view item »

Meadow House
This Should Not Be Happening

Well at least Phil is vindicated. His potential company-destroying decision to release Meadow House's 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' late last year was met by a collective panic by anyone in our organisation whose ability to finance Christmas depended on actually getting paid whilst you the public turned away in their droves.  But now F...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 »

Aquaserge
Déjà-Vous?

Points for self-awareness that a live album with a jazz standard from a band with a decidedly retro sound is called Déjà-Vous? I'm not so sure but hey, you can't doubt that Aquaserge are very good at what they do. Déjà-Vous? combines recordings from shows in 2016 and 20...view item »

Richard Youngs
Amplifying Host

Now on his billionth album, Scottish minimal folk master and vegan cookbook author Richard Youngs returns with more excellent if jarring work. Having listened to roughly one in three of Youngs's albums it seems whichever style he chooses he throws in the odd curve-ball to stop the albu...view item »

Edward Ka-Spel, Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, Quentin Rollet
Man Who Floated Away / The Closer You Are To The Center, The Further You Are From The Edge

The names responsible for this record may be familiar to some listeners from Nurse With Wound, and indeed these musicians make up a significant part of that group’s rotating roster (in particular the main maestro Steve Stapleton. Man Who Floated Away / The Closer You Are To The Center, The Fur...view item »

Biosphere
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings

The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are sourced from an organic (or ‘Bio’ - nice) farm in Holland, and were recorded and assembled for a project at Incubate. The field recordings of nature and bucolic human activity have been subtly pressed into the service of some classic-sounding Biosphere tracks, mixing ambient w...view item »

Noon
Disquiet

Well, the signs were there but in my haste to complete my reviews I paid no heed: 'Disquiet' does not start quietly. It's the very antithesis of quiet, as it happens. Who knew? Plainly not me, as these thunderous sounds blasting out of my headphones nearly blew my head off. I was lulled I tell you, by the gentle stream of neoclassical flourishes...view item »

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