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Ricardo Donoso
Sarava Exu

Available on 180 gram 12” vinyl LP with special 3D print in various colors with download code included, as well as CD digipak. Brazilian composer Ricardo Donoso who currently lives in Boston draws on his disparate compositional projects of Scuba Death and Ehnahre to create these violently ...view item »

Night Owl

We could just say Rune Grammofon and let your imagination run wild from there, but that'd be misleading: Albatrosh actually make jazz, and while 'Night Owl' is their second record on the experimental Norwegian label, it's their fifth on a long, steady career built on tenacious compositional structures and a melodic approach to playing....view item »

Ingram Marshall
Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem

I haven't encountered the work of Ingram Marshall before but this label's last reissue was Arthur Russell so they have my attention here. On this LP is a shortish piece called 'Fog Tropes' and five longer pieces which make up the lengthy Gradual Requiem suite. 'Fog Tropes' combines field recorded foghorns a...view item »

Indian Weapons

This week we got a bunch of cassettes on the Chemical Tapes label which seems like an interesting one to me! Tapes from Maps & Diagrams & Machinefabriek as well as Indian Weapons which is the one I'd picked up for two reasons. One, I like the name and two I've not heard 'em before. You never know if that amazing thing you've been waiting...view item »

Cafe OTO

This is a recording of Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson all blowing horns at Cafe Oto in April 2011 culminating in a particularly windy night across north-east London. Originally broadcast on Jazz on 3. I wonder if anyone in the audience was shushed as happened to me the last two times I attended Cafe Oto?   ...view item »


A high-concept attempt to break down geographical barriers from supergroup of sorts Tetema. A collaboration between Mike Patton and Anthony Pateras, Geocidal looks at the death of place, finding beauty in cacophony and uniquely orchestrated curveballs. Featuring no less than twelve musicians it’s a richly textured...view item »

Full Blast & Friends
Sketches and Ballads

This group comes together on the orders of one Michael Wertmueller, the part-composer, part-drummer who makes Full Blasts what it is. The & Friends part is thanks to the contributions of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and e-bassist Marino Pliakas as well as clarinet player Ken Vandermark and additional percussionist Dirk Rothbrust. 'Sketch...view item »

Maurizio Bianchi / M.B
Untitled 1980 / Untitled 2013

CD on Important Records. Gritty industrial noise produced from a single Korg MS20 synthesizer by Italian pioneer Maurizio Bianchi. Recorded and originally released in 1980 this release contains the original recordings as well as four new compositions, recorded in 2013, based on the original material....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 »

Grimm Grimm / TAPERS
Grimm Grimm / TAPERS

Split CD here from Grimm Grimm and Tapers. Grimm Grimm is the London-based acid folk outfit of ex-Screaming Tea Party Koichi Yamanoha, with a rotating cast of characters from bands like Le Volume Corbe, Chrome Hoof, Bo Ningen and L...view item »


Difficult to pin down debut album from Acolytes. With guest appearances from D. Aird (Vindicatrix) and D. Bolger (The Pheromoans), Acolytes mixes tribal rhythms with 8-bit bleeps and stop-start song structures to intriguing effect. If Ensemble Economique was born in London. Out on Vinyl LP from Alter....view item »

Keine Oase In Sicht

Fresh from a stint at the Death Metal School of Logo Legibility, space-headed German DIY psych collective Datashock are back this week with a follow-up to 2010's superb 'Pyramiden von Giessen'. This time around their deep space theatrics have taken a slightly earthier (dare I say hippier) turn with the swirling synth drones and subtle modular ...view item »

Pan & Me
Ocean Noise

Pan & Me is in fact Christophe Mevel, a dark ambient artist who has previously made some seriously droning, evil jazz as part of the Dale Cooper Quartet. His solo project takes more from neo-classical than from jazz, bringing in electronic elements more formally to create a variety of sustained sounds, be they ambient pieces, field recording...view item »

Phil Julian

Someone let abstract-electronics-expert Phil Julian into the EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) studio in Stockholm! I can only dream of the delicious range of sound machines one might find in a proper electroacoustic music studio like that… This LP on Harbinger Sound is the result of two weeks in residence at the EMS, and it sou...view item »

Max Bondi

Max Bondi sounds like a cool jet-set actor from the 70s. Imagine my disappointment on finding he's merely another drone/experimental musician and not some perma-tanned, ice-white toothed Remmington advert guy. I'll let him off though cos not only does he run the amazing Tartaruga records of Bleeding Heart Narrative & Quinta fame but he's the fo...view item »

Robert Curgenven
They Tore the Earth and, Like a Scar, It Swallowed Them

This vital emotive and academic work, entitled 'They Tore the Earth and, Like a Scar, It Swallowed Them', collects field recordings that document colonialism around Australia over the last twelve years, with instrumental work supplied by Robert Curgenven's arrangements trough pipe organ and guitar feedback. The tensions and violences of Aus...view item »

Alchemic Heart

A self-described "brutal orchestra", Vampillia collects a noise artist from just about every walk of life you could ask for and chucks them in a single band: you've got members past and present from Boredoms, Swans and Inswarm in this thing, as well as freaking Merzbow. I could describe some of the instruments that actually go into comprising th...view item »

The Ski-A-Delics
Snow Bunny Bobby Katz and the Aspen-Aspirin

Now for something completely different.....a band from late '80's Boston who played ski's. Yup you read that right. Ski's. By stringing piano wire to the ski and mic-ing it up they managed to produce music from their sports implements coming up with a wholly unusual sound that sounds rather electronic in a funny kinda way. ...view item »


Wow! This is a collection of tracks a father made for his son, each year of his existence from birth onwards. Initially made to commemorate the childs birth, dad kept it going and will presumably keep it going until one of them dies. Thing is, the track I'm listening to is absolutely gorgeous. The warmest of warm electronica. Sweet as a nut...view item »

Dorcha Aigeann

Here's something that will sell out quickly. Chris Douglas's Dalglish project has long been a go to for visionary future thinking electronics and as our Ant says in a previous review "Just reading the words Dalglish and vinyl in the same sentence is enough to make hardcore electronic music fans salivate". The label describes this release as &nbs...view item »

Safer Tropics
Dream Boys EP

Here's a folk from Leeds who knows and love a few different genres and likes to make his own version of a couple of them under the same cover of darkness. This lo-fi bundle of joy, also known as 'Dream Boys', collates dream pop chords with droning samples and noisy, clipping distortion. It sounds thoroughly organic in every one of its incarnatio...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist

Home Normal are cracking 'em out at the mo. There's another bunch of releases due over the coming weeks. This week we got two newies and the one I've got in my hands is a CD by Tobias Hellkvist. It starts off all pleasantly droney and warm sounding like many other releases sound at the mo. It does develop though as it's not just your fanc...view item »

Greg Gobel

Here is an album of experimental sound art from this Madrid based multi instrumentalist who has produced an ambitious album veering around between genres. He deals with love, death and all that shit across the course of these 14 songs. From the soundclip I'm listening to, he makes a right old racket too. Terrifying stuff....view item »


A dejected cheese board of unease on this collaboration from Hadakanacht. This self-titled release of one part Merseyside to one part Sweden is pretty grim. It's overflowing with suspense and worry, sounding at times like a twisted nursery rhyme. The pair mix elements of lo-fi aesthetics with an expansive orchestral back drop. O...view item »

Jozef Van Wissem
It's Time for You to Return

The dark, lute-driven folk of Josef Van Wissem found its place on the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's most recent evil vampire movie, but now it steps out on its own on this record where he seemingly thinks it's a good idea to rebrand himself as a vicar. These nine works see him working at a lethargic and mesmerising pace that entrances the listen...view item »

Tlaotlon / Katie Gately
Split Series #23

These two rising artists share their playful and cerebral experiments with all on a dynamic 12" split for FatCat -- where pop songs go to meet an untimely end. Katie Gately meshes together found sounds with melodic precision, calling to mind the chilling ambience and resounding beauty of Julia Holter's 'Loud City Song'. Meanwhile, Tlaotlon offer...view item »

Transmission One

Supposedly named after a Western Ukraine town, presumably in affectionate sympathy for the country's ongoing woes and struggle, this is a collaboration between Gareth Hardwick, Dan Layton & David Stockwell and some cinemaphiliac bods Kneel Before Zod. There's not a great deal of information I can muster up about this enigmatic...view item »

Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi
Red Hill

An impressive quartet of free-expressive outsiders assemble here for an LP of intuitive fluid tranquility and aggressive skronk'n'plink free jazz. Avant-garde trumpet legend Wadada Leo Smith is central here, with Slobber Pup bandmates Jamie Saft, Joe Morris and the remarkable Hungarian percussionist Balasz Pandi fill the rest of the slots on key...view item »

Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik

'Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik' offers scuzzy and mysterious ramblings from Felix Kubin inc. This time around he's gone out of his way to curate a compilation of speculatively DIY, amateurish and home-made recordings from Germany in the 1980s. This one's calling out for fans of mangled krautrock. ...view item »

Chris & Cosey

Chris & Cosey are an amazing duo, and the Exotika album is one of their best known. The songs "Arcade" and "Vengeance" are just amazing tour de force exercises in brute synthetic sensuality. Useful for proving to teenyboppers that 'electronica' existed way back in the '80s. My favourite here is "Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)", deceptively sounding lik...view item »

Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group
Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group

This is out on Sun Araw’s new label and features M. Geddes Gengras and a member of Boredoms. The three of them convened at a Rotterdam’s legendary The Worm studio – a grotto of vintage synths and hard-to-find analogue e...view item »

The American Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

This dual CD collection on LTM gathers together a cross section of the most prominent contemporary composers of the last century in America. Featuring Morton Feldman, Charles Ives and John Cage, the bastions of classical oddballery are showcased in their prime, including Cage's full Sonatas and Interludes....view item »

Human Greed
World Fair

On his fifth record as Human Greed, Michael Begg continues to obsess and fantasize over the cruellest of themes, this time focusing on death, both on a personal and cosmic level. Influenced by 16th century composition, the record experiments with minimal sounds and chilling spoken poems; on "Waiting In A Car", he juxtaposes primitive keys w...view item »

The Thomas Family
Dub Variations

Daniel Thomas and David Thomas are The Thomas Family, although confusingly they're not actually related. 'Dub Variations' is their first release under this moniker but they've worked together before as Hagman and TST and they also have three record labels between them, which seems a bit excessive for a duo but I'm not here to judge. Dave made so...view item »

Kink Gong

Audio archivist Laurent "Kink Gong" Jeanneau is back with a new LP, a companion piece to this year's 'Gongs of Cambodia & Laos' collection which examined the various timbres and tones of gong orchestras of South East Asia. On 'Gongs' he takes this material and manipulates it into warped, deconstructed and distorted shapes, using computer mod...view item »

Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

Avant noisemaker Keiji Haino joins forces with the equally warped visions of Zeitkratzer once more, the group responsible for bringing Lou Reed's 'Metal Machine Music' to life as an on-stage arrangement. On 'Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum', Haino ditches his putrid noise extravagances, refusing to use any electronics unless they'...view item »

The French Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

This ongoing archival project attempts to introduce a new wave of listeners to the composers that helped subvert expectations and show the middle finger to classical norms in France through the 20th century. It compiles artists such as Claude Debussy and Erike Satie (often thought to have produced some of the earliest "ambient" pieces with his p...view item »

Braen Raskovich
Abnormal Sensations

This full length is the work of a trio of musicians, known by their aliases of Raskovich, Braen and Kema. They banded together back in 1973 to create 'Abnormal Sensations', a record that unitl now has been lost. The record fuses together avant-garde sounds resembling funk that's been abstracted and taken out of context. Kema's contribution ...view item »

Family Fodder
Just Love Songs

‘Just Love Songs’ is a vinyl exclusive featuring 11 love songs by London collective Family Fodder. Often neglected and still existing within a veil of mystery, Family Fodder are perhaps best known for their oddball hit ‘Dinosaur Sex’ which is still considered a post-punk classic today. Limited to 500 copies, the songs hav...view item »

Gail Ghimp
Fire / Failure Soundtrack

Experimental sample-based soundtrack by Abigail Rosa Ghimp. Recorded around 2000, and released at the time only on a small number of cassettes, this album almost never saw the light of day. Then, tragically, Gail Ghimp died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of just 30, and these unique recordings were finally unearthed. The original vibe has ...view item »

Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon

This is a dream line up for someone out there I’m sure? You know it‘s gonna be a difficult one to plough through though if nothing else. Yoko Ono has yet to make a listenable sounding record (that I’ve heard anyway!) and ...view item »

Bang! Bros.

The Bang! Bros are a free and avant and all things nice jazz duo consisting of Mark Johnson and Adam Foam. They made this record as part of the stupidest and greatest deadline ever, touring twelve cities over twelve hours on... you know... the twelth of December, two thousand twelve. This record is a 12". The duo's free jazz is slightly off...view item »

Sparklehorse & Fennesz
In the Fishtank

You wouldn't expect Sparklehorse and Fennesz to bump into each other that often, but one bump has turned out to be significant and has grinded out the latest In The Fishtank which I didn't even realise was still a going concern. It generally amounts to a gorgeous and relaxing listen, with Mark Linkous's stargazing country guitar plucking often gent...view item »

Ogni Dove
Ogni Dove

Though the details are hard to decipher from the press release it would appear that this self released album is shrouded in sadness due to Ogni Dove's (Andrea Gabriele) recent loss of friend and musical collaborator Mario Masullo. Part tribute, part unfinished collaboration, this self titled LP takes the remnants of Masullo's digital data-bank a...view item »

Daniel Padden
Ship Chop

Very interesting LP of collaged world musics here, curated and arranged by Daniel Padden. I'm not sure what the intention of this record is but as a mashed-up document of intriguing African, Far European and Eastern sounds it works on many levels. Stylistically 'Ship Chop' is a rhythmical...view item »

Oneohtrix Point Never
Drawn And Quartered

More of an atmospheric mood than an album, styled as a library record (check for Bruton styles) this really fits the bill if you're looking to get lost in slightly sinister ambientish electronica. This isn't going to get the party started, but is a lovely way to close your eyes, stick the headphones on and drift away whilst imagining made up mov...view item »

Ingrid Schmoliner
карлицы сюита

Here's a dramatic album of prepared piano pieces by Ingrid Schmoliner, a conceptual suite of pieces inspired by the pagan goddess Percht. The entire piece is presented without any overdubs or electronic manipulation, ranging from heady rhythmic atmospherics to whalesong-aping bowed strings to feverish spiraling and finally some meditative ebow d...view item »

Dan'l Boone
Dan'l Boone

Dan'l Boone is an experimental outlet for a number of proficient indie and noise musicians: Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux, Nate Young of Wolf Eyes, Alex Moskos of Drainolih and Charles Ballas of Formant. This self-titled record is considered by the band to be their most abstract work, bringing together electronics, acoustic percussio...view item »


The usual story: an improv crew hanging out at their favourite recording studio seeing what can come out of their affection for jazz and electronica and free form. This time Supersilent sound like they're aiming for the prospective genius of first wave post-rock bands, again displaying their intuitive collaborative spi...view item »

Seth Cluett
Forms of Forgetting

Actual art, but in a record. If that sounds up your alley, this could be the disc for you. Seth Cluett describes himself as an artist, performer and musician. He plays a load of different instruments, some of which he made himself, and he is very heavy on concepts, experimentation and utilizing a variety of techniques to make music. This ha...view item »

Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh Trio / Oren Ambarchi & Matt Skitz Sanders

Triple blast from sax drums and violin wizards here and what a trio splattering out frenetic cacophony like being attacked by a a zillion killer ants. It's a hyper rush of intensity from start to finish leaving my jaw on the the floor. "What the fuck just happened???" CHAOS!!! Oren and Matt pull out an unexpected move with huge drum blasts in al...view item »

Astral Social Club / Glockenspiel
Smash Crater #1/Assorted PCP

I just stuck the Astral Social Club side of this split 7" on at what I assume must have been the wrong speed and it sounded like V/VM remixing that Mr. Blobby record from years ago. One to fuck with people at parties and that. At its intended 33rpm 'Smash Crater #1' is yet another gem from the industro-psych-techno-stomper side of Neil Campbell's...view item »

Neg Fi

Experimental and deeply unsettling guitar innovators that always play proudly out of tune and sound like they'd like to meet Glenn Branca, Neg Fi have put together a new collection of dissonant nuggets with 'Unmergency'. As always, their instrumental compositions are as understated as they are angular, never stepping much over the...view item »

Neg Fi
Mid Side

Neg Fi are a Brooklyn based duo who enjoy nothing more than composing short, intense and slightly odd recordings. Unlike the majority of free performance releases we get in the office, Neg Fi's music is short and to the point, utilising detuned guitars, bass, walkie-talkies and handmade devices to create a concise and minimal style of noise rock...view item »

Matthew Collings
Silence Is A Rhythm Too

Matthew Collings is a Scottish-based composer. Not only being a solo recording and live artist, he collaborates regularly with artists from all kinds of fields including musicians (Ben Frost, Dag Rosenqvist from Jasper TX, Denovali label mate Talvihorros, Christos Michalakos or Euan Mcmeeken with whom he forms the duo Graveyard Tapes), dancers a...view item »

Paul Baran
The Other

Paul Baran's brand of politically charged electro-acoustic is on full display with 'The Other', his new record for Fang Bomb. Baran brings together white noise, muffled rhythms and eerie vocal samples together into a peculiar type of avant-garde you could just about dance to. It's terrifying experimental work -- but there are beats, to...view item »

Adam Coney
The Fall Of The Flamingo Gardens

I've not come across Adam Coney or his bands Morviscous or Calibos so I had no idea what to expect from his new album 'The Fall of the Flamingo Gardens' and I have to say it's one of the most pleasant surprises I've encountered lately in the endless review conveyor belt that is my life. There are 11 tracks here which combine sideways-thi...view item »

Ross Downes
Dog Day Morning

We've got some ambient business in from Trestle Records this week. You may be thinking, "Aren't we supposed to be boycotting Trestle?", but don't worry, that's Nestlé. These guys are fine. The one I'm listening to right now is Ross Downes' 'Dog Day Morning', a twisty collection of electro acoustic instrumentals which owe as much...view item »

Garek Jon Druss
Music For The Celestial Din

"Celestial" might not be the word you attribute to Garek Jon Druss, who spends most of his time helping amp up the sludge in doom metal outfit Atriarch. But his solo offering, 'Music For the Celestial Din', is a little different, a composition originally made for one of Druss' art installations. Its sound is somewhere between melo...view item »

Emotional Oil

Coming in from Sounds Familyre the label run by Daniel Smith from off kilter oddballs Danielson Famile you might this it would be some folky pastoral weirdness but no, its nothing of the sort. Its a spiky and angular post punk affair full of pummelling rhythms, bulldozer like riffs and lo-fi distorted vocal scrawls. Ands thats just the first tra...view item »

Glut / Paused Pregnancy

Aeolipile is comprised of three voluntarily underground noisemakers: elusive tape hiss lover Jason Williams playing sax, bassist Tom Roberts and jazz doom maverick Andy Pyne on drums. They play some sort of... genre, but we're not supposed to know what it is. They call it free-jazz, but they might be lying: whatever it is, it's rather chaotic. W...view item »

Sunrise City Flux / Exit via Ocean

Kellar are a trio who make an unholy racket by improvising, largely through guitar compositions backed with a good dosage of fuzz and some idiosyncratic drumming. They bring to mind the best bands who didn't give a fuck and treated their tracks more as loose experimental vignettes than actual structured songs: think Glenn Branca playing made-up ...view item »

Map 71
Standing / Specimen

Map 71 is the collaborative venture of poet Lisa Jayne and drummer Andy Pyne (Medicine & Duty, Kellar, Black Neck Band). Unsettling and murky, the lyrically nightmarish and musically harsh synth vibe of the A-side is complimented by a quieter and more relaxed flipside. Available on 7" vinyl on Foolproof Projects. ...view item »

Matthew Collings
Splintered Instruments

Discipline makes the world go round, baby. So said King Tubby I believe. So labels take note: this is how you produce CDs in the modern age. The packaging is utterly tremendous, way superior of anything I’ve seen in recent months. Housed in lovely brown card, you get a cd, some postcards, a guitar p...view item »

Experimental Audio Research
All Things Being Equal

I'm finally putting this interminable week to sleep with this gorgeous one-sided 12" of cosmic synth bliss from Experimental Audio Research, aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember.   On one side there's music and on the other it's a picture di...view item »

Yes Blythe
Initiate Screen Prevails

The follow up EP to Yes Blythe's Debut album 'Keep The Faith' first saw the light of day as a short run cassette release on the Gnod tape imprint Tesla Tapes. 'Initiate Screen Prevails' is finally being given a vinyl release on Sacred Tapes. Not only the first Vinyl release for the label, kicking off an offshoot SAC-R series, but al...view item »

Three Legged Race
Rope Commercial Vol. 1

Prepare yourself for Three Legged Race aka Robert Beatty. Rope Commercial Vol. 1 is the first in its series from the musician, producer and artists. This record is full of pretty dense material, with Beatty exploring multiple textures, sounds and ideas. It's pretty experime...view item »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Car...view item »

Francisco Lopez

This new CD from Francisco Lopez is likely to polarise opinions. Sound artist Francisco Lopez has constructed this single half-hour piece out of field recordings of birdsong which he recorded between 1995 and 2010 around Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, rendered mostly unrecognisable though "ext...view item »

Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers

The third studio album release from Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers. ExcitoToxicity ... an excess of most things, both mentally and physically, although exciting and pleasurable, can easily accelerate and rapidly become toxic ... on a cellular level, deadly. We have thrown caution to the wind and gone overboard on the quality of the 8 Panel D...view item »

Psychedelic Horseshit
Magic Flowers Droned

When bands with names like Psychedelic Horseshit come along I always find my curiosity gets the better of me. While it's on I thought I'd write a few words about it just so you know if it is indeed horseshat or not. Magic Flowers Droned is a CD and LP on the newly regenerated Siltbreeze label. It's a right ole lo fi shambling mess with it's heart i...view item »

Phil Maguire
smll hnd / dcftfl hnd

Here's a tape from Phil Maguire, 'smll hnd/dctfl hnd' (pronounced "smell hand/deceitful hound") which features seven tracks of static drones. Now from my experience static drones can be some of the hardest drones to write about because they are, well, static. More of a meditation tool than a journey to be documented. There's only 50 of t...view item »

Francisco Lopez

Created with extensively mutated environmental sound matter from Rotterdam.Commissioned by Soundtrackcity (Amsterdam) for the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. Original environmental sound matter recorded in the Kop van Zuid - Erasmusbrug area in Rotterdam during 2011.Mutated, edited, mixed, and composed at mobile m...view item »

Ensemble Economique
Melt Into Nothing

“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed...view item »


A bit all over the place this one. Shivers are named after David Cronenberg's debut feature about an aggressive parasite that turns its human hosts into rabid sexual predators - so you can safely assume this record is not gonna rank highly on most people’s dinner party playlists, which is a bit of a shame. They are a trio consisting of Rut...view item »

Retreat, Return, Repose

A much needed CD issue of this trilogy, previously only available on vinyl direct from the label and now somewhat collectable. The audio has been remastered especially for the digital version.  To be perfectly honest the vinyl pressings sound like shit. The best move would be to save yourself some dosh and get the audio sounding clean and c...view item »

Simon Frank
Double Image

Hot & Cold are a somewhat elusive duo operating mainly out of New Delhi and Beijing, and information about this new release by Simon Frank (one half of Hot & Cold) is scarce. All we know is that it was recorded in Toronto and New Delhi, that it will be "intense", and that keen listeners will hear hints of Suicide, ...view item »

Alien Ensemble
Alien Ensemble

Attempting to contact other intelligent life forms with the Alien Ensemble. Their self-titled record is the bands own take on improvised music. Taking ideas and concepts from the history of jazz, their sound blends Gil Evans-ish arranging techniques, Sun Ra harmonic forays and contempo...view item »

Lost Wax
Gongzhufen Breath

I've got an intriguing tape here of musique concrete adorned with subtle drones and twinkles by Lost Wax, also known as Ben Morris out of Chora. The audio presented here was recorded in such far-flung places as London, Derbyshire, Croatia, Bilboa and Beijing - "dictaphonic travelogue" says the press release. The sou...view item »


Here’s the new gamelan-inspired album from OOIOO, led by founding Boredom Yoshimi P-We. It’s a rich and baffling concoction, with lengthy improvised songs swept along by a current of twinkling polyrhythms, mind-boggling drum puttering, woozy guitar riffing and rhythmic...view item »

Chris Schlarb
Making the Saint

An odd one. It opens with a nineteen minute track which consists of some undulating drones and some rather proggy guitar twiddles.  Its most reminicent of Loren Connors and Expo 70 and the driftings of that  kind of space rock crowd. Nice but not my scene. F...view item »

S ND Y P RL RS (Sunday Parlours)

We’ve got a beautiful LP here from the Berlin’s enigmatic S ND Y P RL RS (or Sunday Parlours) and it’s a very curious beast indeed. The dominant textures here are a muddy, spluttering, fuzzed out guitar, ethereal droning organs and very occasional, very minimal beats with bur...view item »

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