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Patric Catani, Chris Imler & Jorinde Voigt

DJ Ilya Monsov & The 20th Century Punks
New Music

Stafraenn Hakon
Skvettir Edik A ref

I think my other favourite thing of the week is the Stafraenn Hakon CD on Resonant which is just 100% beauty on a stick. Think of yr favourite things and times 'em by 10 (if that's possible) and you'll get an idea of how lovely this is. Electronics and acoustics with an Icelandic flavour. Drifty, pretty, sl...view item »

Textile Orchestra
For the Boss

The first of two extended pieces, "The beginning of the end," starts off with bowed cymbals, then wonderfully executed pointillistic percussion and plucks more AMM than AACM. Samples come in of crying voices, then a repeating phrase "Who are you?" accented in different ways, including screamed and processed, then big chunks of samples material; for...view item »

Blast 4tet


xNoBBQx...There, I said it. Yeah, that was directed at you that was. Actually, that really is a google search shagging moniker courtesy of two Australians who approach the medium of music making with about the same level of retarded glee you used to experience at the hands of bands such as Happy Flowers. 'Skewer' almost encourages me to adopt what ...view item »


Last one from me is an LP by Pick Up called Mouthless with is Frans De Waard of Beequeen and Staalplaat fame and Martin Luiten from Girlfriends. It's limited to 300 copies and the artwork is designed and created by the artist. So when I tell you it's part of Important's Arts & Crafts series you'll see that sort of makes sense!! The cover featur...view item »

Skill 7 Stamina 12 / Same Things / Toilet

The sleeve for this three-way split LP is literally fucking incredible. Remember those amazing mugshots from when Nick Nolte got done for driving while pissed up and James Brown pushed his wife over or something? Well they've been reproduced in amazing hand-printed fashion on either side of the cover of this Junior Aspirin LP. Skill 7 Stamina 12 ma...view item »

Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family Divorce

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, chicks with dicks and chaps with flaps... Fat Cat presents Rekjavik's 11 piece Balkan-folk ensemble featuring members of Mum, Benni Hemm Hemm, Lost In Hildurness, Numer Null, Runk, Kanada, Hestbak and Kria Brekkan. Yes it's Storsveit Nix Noltes with their 'Royal Family Divorce' full length. Bloody hell it makes...view item »

Joe + n
Head Cold

Again on Dirty Demos we have JOE + N . with Head Cold. Funny thing is I've got a head cold and ear infection and this noisy guitarist isn't helping. They describe it as New York Guitar Sprawl. Its sound a bit like some kid who's just got an electric guitar and amp for his 16th birthday and is bashing...view item »

Drone Works For Differeng Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods

If you're into drone and tone records here's what looks like a very serious thing indeed. Ophibre with their snappily titled 'Drone Works For Different Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods'. As you'd expect it's not chocka full of top 20 hits and especially with song titles like 'Aiff 20.3 MB, 44100 Hz, 16 bit, PCM, 1411 KBPS'. In fact all th...view item »


We got some old stuff in on the Muzamuza label this week which is an old (mid 90's if that's old) CDR/tape label. Not heard of 'em before but scattered through the reviews this week are a handful of reviews of stuff on the label. Give you a bit of info like... you could possibly see it as a history lesson? The one I did get to natter on about was B...view item »

I Before E
Track and Field

Got a pretty cool CD on the ever impressive Dirty Demos label from I Before E which is the work of Adam Baker (Dead Wood/No Context) and Nick Davidson (Pinkeye/Orange Eye). It's a suitably fine soundtrack for my current state of sore throat, tooth ache and pre-christmas work mentalism. Its a s...view item »

Black Serama
Holy Subversive

Black Serema are a brother and sister duo from Sheffield and they have their debut release out on Dirty Demos. It goes under the wonderful title of 'Holy Subversive' and it's pretty fucking crazy sounding with it's spooky female vocals and disturbed guitar wails and strange electronics. Brian reckons it sounds like someone doing elephant impression...view item »

Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear)
The Accidental

Still with the pastoral belt we get a new release on Elsie and Jack. This is by Aaron Moore who is the feller from  Volcano the Bear.  It starts off with very ambient bell like sounds. I'd like to think they are real - I'm pretty sure they've been done on a computer - though the press blurb begs to differ saying i...view item »

Mudboy & David Fischer
Othern Lights

The True Primes/Black Vatican

The Instruments
Dark Smaland

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Polk Miller &; His Old South Quartette

Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham Smith
Veil (For Greg)

Saralunden, Bjorkas & Mjos

Mattias Petersson

Oliver White
The Orient

Speaking of evil here's one of a handful of releases this week we've had in on the Void Of Ovals label. The Orient is by Oliver White and he's half of Eftus Spectun who've had a CD out on Unlabel and that's about as much as I know about them. This is one long 21 minute track which is an adventure to say the least. It's like the soundtrack to a weir...view item »

Autumn Tapes

At first I thought Spunkle was a funny name for a band then it reminded me of a terrible incident from my youth that I'd long been repressing and I'm now writing this review hysterical and through thick, flowing abuse tears. This Autumn Tapes album is made up of stuff he recorded over ten years ago, when men were men and getting boot cut jeans and ...view item »


I seem to recall writing about a CD by Platform a bit ago and thinking it was pretty cool. Well Matthew Atkins makes a welcome return with his 5 track CD 'Distanced'. It's kinda weird, mellow electronics with the emphasis on synth sounds and futuristic ones at that. Lots of tones, hisses, blips and metallic sounds create a sense of rhythm without p...view item »

Icy Demons
Miami Ice

Icy Demons are an strange bunch. They've never really entered my conscience before so i've opted to say a few words about new erm...old album 'Miami Ice' which has just been picked up by Leaf in the UK. They play an eccentric yet melodic brand of quirky percussive dream pop with 70's FM harmonising & strange whirring proggy synths. If you can i...view item »

The Lexie Mountain Boys
Sacred Vacation

The Lexie Mountain Boys 'Sacred Vacation' self titled CD on Paw Tracks is an odd beast. This is a load of people, chanting, stamping, jumping up and down, clapping, hitting things and generally being all tribal. It's like a record by a bunch of lunatic foley artists....This is genuinely an interesting record which you'll either love or hate. This i...view item »

Cotton Museum
No Face in the Bog

This week we have not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 new releases on Qbico. Like buses they travel in packs. Not sure if I'm gonna review all of them but here's the 1st one by Cotton Museum called 'No Face In The Bog'. This reminds me of the time when my wife flushed young Ant...view item »

Time Waits For No One

I've always been reasonably intrigued by Beequeen. I like the name.... yet despite a number of releases on Infraction, Korm Plastics, Mille Plateaux, Important etc I'm yet to hear any... til now that is. After a quick hunt around the internet I discover it's Frans De Waard and Freek Kinkelaar. Two Dutch Musicians from the Netherlands who make music...view item »


An equal mix of classic Minimalism (i.e. John Adams's Shaker Loops) and techno-savvy, duo Klangwart make wonderfully patient music. To give a little preview, Stadtlandfluss is divided into seven tracks, this marvellous piece begins with an anticipatory hush, a sustained major chord, hardly swelling with harmonics, and obviously pointing somewher...view item »

Zdzislaw Piernik / Piotr Zabrodzki

Michael Maksymenko

Sparkle In Grey
A Quiet Place

Sparkle in Grey: A Quiet Place (Disaster By Choice) I've been trying really hard to get a handle on. The nearest thing I can think of by way of comparison is the collaboration CD: Lume Lume, led by Alexander Balanescu. In much the same way, this set combines lots of different forms of instrumentation and approaches to sound and music to create a fr...view item »


From the first time I heard this music, I was hooked. I have always been drawn to music that is discordant, rapturous, off the beat, bending notes, time and my mind. They're not afraid to go slow and the use of spoken word, stream of consciousness rambling comes off Kerouac sweet. Sound comes in like a ghost and brings the unexpected. It is strange...view item »

First Nation

Some tripped out psychedelic madness for you now on Paw Tracks. First Nation Coronation's 'Braided Metal' has a vocal which is almost meditative, with guitar and drums that build the tension of the track making you expect something bad will happen, but it doesn't. It goes all pretty. The perfect trip, somewhere between The D...view item »

Kyon & Dyems

An interesting record has landed in front of me. Kyon & Dyems 'Overnight' make some clever sounds and dope electronic beats but the first thing that really hits you is that there is a scottish guy dropping rhymes. Edinburgh and Fife aren't places you associate with hip-hop but Bambatta's virus has spread throughout the globe so in those terms i...view item »

Ljudbilden & Piloten
One Hundred Fifty-Five

I've been digging a bizarre new CD on Nosordo, a Swedish affair by Ljudbilden and Piloten. The sleeve is a right old Rene Magritte homage which wins points. Flicking around to get a sense of this (in) coherence, i'm blessed with an album of accessibly abstract shimmering avant-folk/post rock & blissed neo classical chamber pop! With sketches bu...view item »

A Whole Day

Aarde next with a 6 tracker CDr on Dirty Demos. 'Little Hug' is a mighty (sometimes a smidge dark) ambience which long term readers/sufferers of our review pages will recall I once thought was pointless. After I found my ears in the back of the wardrobe a couple of years ago, I've developed a fondness for computer generated ghostly tendrils of digi...view item »

Joe Gilmore
On Quasi Convergence And Quiet Spaces

Billed as 'five improvisations for solo computer', this collection was 'realised' over the last couple of years and put together this time last year. Now finally getting a welcome release, this CD comes beautifully packaged in hand-printed deluxe card. Across the five tracks, all fabulously titled as you'd expect with numbers and letters from a mad...view item »

Chris sutherland
Me In A Field

One of the best albums of 2007 by far. A beautiful indie, folk album from the Cerberus Shoal bassist. Can't think of a track that I'd want to adjust on the album let alone remove.As Chriss sings on 'Exile from D Street', 'quiero esta cosa en mi vida para siempre'. ...view item »

Sephiroth's Know
Aka Jow Jowo

Bjørn Torske
Feil Knapp

Originally a part of Biopshere's live shows clear back in the early '90's, Torske seems to effortlessly blend styles and sounds on this release. It doesn't always make for a smooth listen, but the sheer entertainment level is high, as you never really know what he's going to throw out next. With ten tracks running ...view item »

Time Life

Loads of weird and wonderful stuff... Time Life have a smart CDr on Blackest Rainbow. 'Gemini's' is far out psyche fest with bizarre vocals that are almost angelic at times. A bit like a less messed up version of The Skaters at times. This is pretty strange indeed and has a bit of an eastern vibe running through it. Fans of stuff on Three Lobed sho...view item »

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