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LCC
Bastet

LCC (or Las CasiCasiotone) return to Editions Mego with their second full length album. Bastet continues in the experimental ambient vein of D Evolution utilising field recordings and an array of electronic manipulation, this time with focus on human rituals and movement. For fans of Th...view item »

Neil Campbell
Unholy Dump

Self-confessed 'hopeless at pastiche' man Neil Campbell AKA Astral Social Club releases Unholy Dump. Here Neil smudges and blurs the essence of some of his formative goth influences. He originally wanted to call the album something even more self-destructive but found out that someone else had already called their record that. Which is a shame, ...view item »

Kink Gong
Erhai Floating Sound

This release is a documentation of what sounds like a fairly amazing performance on a Chinese lake in 2010: the music (bubbling electronics) was made on a boat and the sound dispersed via 4 other boats. Hence Erhai Floating Sound. This cassette does about the best it could do in channeling the piece without actually transporting you to ...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 »

Terminal Lovers
Drama Pit And Loan

We have a record here by Terminal Lovers on Static Records. It's vinyl only and limited to 500 with a free yellow vinyl 7". Its noisy rocky type stuff featuring folks from Pere Ubu & GBV to mention some. Apparently Julian Cope is a big fan........ ;o/...view item »

Mike Cooper & Steve Gunn
Frkwys Vol. 11 : Cantos De Lisboa

RVNG's FRKWYS series is back to team someone youngish I like with someone oldish I like again. This time the youngish Steve Gunn rubs shoulders with the oldish (but still young at heart) Mike Cooper. These recordings come from a meeting the pair had in Lisbon, taking cues from the local Fado music and twisting it into an airy blues-ambient mou...view item »

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich stan...view item »

Brian Chase
Drums & Drones II

Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you may be surprised to learn that he has a serious sideline performing and composing in more avant-garde territory. Drums & Drones II is remarkable, with each piece focusing on one single drum but extracting an ocean of immersive sound. Just I...view item »

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
Make Mine, Macaw

Moniker-surfing bird aficionado Spencer Clark’s Make Mine, Macaw (released under the Monopoly Child Star Searchers name) is an odd fellow. Very lo-fi and steeped in the exotic imagery of the titular parrot and its eerie layers of flute and samples, it comes out sounding rather like a mix of ...view item »

Acolytes
Rupture

(8) Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir So that every mouth can be fed Pooooooor me Acolytes (8) That’s about the only thing that the work of Desmond Dekker shares with the racket made by this London group. On new LP Rupture, Acolytes combine computer m...view item »

My Home, Sinking
King of Corns

This white vinyl release of Enrico Coniglio's, aka My Home, Sinking, 'King of Corns' is as special as the music itself, a bucolic, meditative rumination on melancholia, assembled from the building blocks of gentle folk guitar, lilting harmonica and illuminating, dramatic vocals. Sometimes sweet, sometimes frenzied, this is a gor...view item »

Brötzmann / Miller / Moholo
Opened, But Hardly Touched

Here's an album recorded in 1980 and originally released in '81 from the groundbreaking free jazz mavericks Peter Brotzmann, Harry Miller and Louis Moholo. It's a raucous and squeaky affair of course, but as the press release is quick to point out, it displays the trio's "most accessible approach". Which is to say that it's European free jazz ...view item »

Sapropelic Pycnic
See Sun Think Shadow

Sapropelic Pycnic is the solo project of Kathleen Baird of Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and this debut release is quite a disc. See Sun Think Shadow is a suite of solo piano improvisations that reveal an impressive mastery of the instrument. Not stately and neoclassical but minimal, ...view item »

Circular Ruins
The Thorned Maze

Hazy electronics from Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar, operating under the rather Borgesian name Circular Ruins. The Thorned Maze builds elaborate and spacey synth structures that tend towards darkness, and then leaves the listener to wonder around within them, with captivating results....view item »

Ryan Garbes
Freedom Now

Garbes used to freak it in Raccoo-oo-oon and these days in Wet Hair. Both bands have laid down some killers in their time but I've not heard Ryan perform solo until this moment. I guess he's muti-tracked all his playing here, giving the drums a good old beating, hammering away on the trusty guitar and even going to town on the organ. Initial...view item »

Richard Youngs
Regions of the Old School

Prolific experimental songwriter Richard Youngs is back once again this week, and this time he’s done a double album, with some compositions extended to marathon length. One such example is opener ‘Insomniac Takeover’ - an entire side of maddening feedback, hand drums and grindingly repetitive vocals, giving the feverish interm...view item »

Annapurna Illusion / Hellvision
Split

Fibreforms
Treedrums

Ooh a new Infraction. It’s been a while. We’ve missed you guys! Anyone remember Kiln? Well before Kiln came Fibreforms and weirdly I was listening to the ‘Stone EP’ recently by these guys (came out in 1997 and is awesome) and then...view item »

The Residents
Diskomo / Goosebump EP (Expanded)

As is now traditional for The Residents, here is an old EP in significantly expanded format, reissued for Record Store Day. 1980’s Diskomo Goosebump EP (Expanded) contains all the original tracks (many of which were played on toy instruments) as well as three extra bonus tracks dating from 1992 and 2000. ...view item »

DD Newmole
The Twilight Fires, Volume Two

Also in on I Absentee is a 3" CD by D.D. Newmole entitled 'The Twilight Fires: Volume Two'. It sounds pretty cool actually, it's basically a load of remixes by Phasen, JDSY Battery Collection, Naphta and JK (who had a 12" out on Rephlex recently). It's quality material all round with each remixer adding their own flavour. Decent electroni...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 »

Providien
Followed By A Wraith

It's too early for this crazy business. Hailing from the grimy Midwestern state of Ohio, this duo of Mark Van Fleet and Nathan Reynolds do their damnedest to replicate the sound of your worst Gothic nightmares to tape. This album is outright noise insanity! Primarily a collection of collages and cut-up home recordings, these sloth-like movements...view item »

Nuno Cananvarro
Plux Quba

Plux Quba was first issued in 1988, to little attention. But over the years (following a reissue courtesy of Jim O’Rourke in 1998), people have recognised the value of Portugal’s Nuno Cananvarro and this, his masterpiece of sampletastic abstracted electronics. Reissued in a replica of the or...view item »

Orphax
Die Helden Sind Nicht Mehr

I could have sworn we'd had things in by Orphax before. The name rang a bell... but after a quick hunt we'd had bugger all from 'em. Which just goes to prove I don't know what we sell anymore... too many records coming out! Well Orphax is an Amsterdam based musician called Sietse Van Erve and he tends to do traverse the droney way of doing thing...view item »

Pierre Mariétan
Rose Des Vents

Rose Des Vents was commissioned in 1981 by the French Government (unlike most of the records you listen to), who wanted Pierre Mariétan to document the sound-life of towns near Paris. He did this, but he also applied plenty of treatments, additional instrumentation and serialist composition to the end result, mak...view item »

Moggi
Omaggio Ad Einstein

This is a tasty little unexpected treat: dating from 1976, Omaggio Ad Einstein is made up of 23 brief tracks of experimental electronics, noisily clicking and twitching away. The short (sub-two minutes) lengths mean we get to hear lots of ideas from Moggi and none of them get stale. Available as regular black vinyl or a...view item »

Nick Kuepfer
Rural Route 7

Number 7 in the series is here and if you're not familiar, the previous releases have been by Damien Valles, Machinefabriek, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Gentlemen Losers and more folks! Lovely little things they are as well and they include download codes which is good for you mac loving types who struggle with 3" CD's. The series has largely been drone ba...view item »

Pefkin
Inner Circle, Outer Circle

Droney, folky, rainy - Inner Circle, Outer Circle is a concept album by Scottish artist Pefkin. Sometimes you walk into the woods and you have all these crazy adventures by yourself - or I do, at least. And then when you get back, you realize that all the things that happened to you were part of the same walk in the woods. ...view item »

Ordre Etern
Revolució Soterrada

Ordre Etern are a product of the current Spanish political climate (explicit shout-outs to Goya and Lorca are made in the press release). They aren’t too happy about it apparently, and express this through good old-fashioned industrial drum pounding and vocal howling, with decent amounts o...view item »

The Eternal Chord
Semper Liber

Interesting release from Touch here. Spire is a project run by organist Charles Matthews and curator Mike Harding that intends to update the organ for the 21st Century. In the case of Semper Liber, Spire recorded new duets from artists including Anna von Hausswolff and ...view item »

AILS
The Unraveling

Bay Area avant-metallists Ludicra called it quits around the start of the 2010s, but vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitarist Christy Cather still had something left in the tank. Now they’ve got a few mates together and ground out this bracing LP as AILS. The dual-screeching on display here is blood-curdling...view item »

Various
Absence

Absence is a compilation of music that you would do very well to hear: experimental music from Iran. Artists on this stellar roster happen to include relatively big names like Sote and Siavash Amini, but also artists scarcely heard outside of Iran, all boldly exploring their sounds. CDr on Flaming Pines...view item »

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
A Score for Darling

A Score For Darling is the (rather self-aware in terms of title) soundtrack to Birgitte Staermose’s film Darling, an emotionally potent tale of a dancer’s life. Erik K Skodvin and Rauelsson, both presenting their first ever soundtrack work here, have done an impress...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 »

Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger
Duo

Another of Bailey’s early Incus records reissued by Honest Jons, this time a 1976 set pairing the guitarist with American cellist Tristan Honsinger. Bailey’s collaborative appearances were always quite a different prospect than his solo work. The musicians are heard playing in both n...view item »

Joe Talia
Tint

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spon...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 »

Captain Maurice Seddon
The Seddon Tapes - Volume 1

The latest discovery from the always sterling Paradigm Discs is this selection of material from a remarkably strange English eccentric named Captain Maurice Seddon. These twelve pieces, recorded between 1968 and 2003, are a mixture of audio diaries, letters a...view item »

Matchess
Somnaphoria

Limited to 500 copies on coloured 12” vinyl from Trouble in Mind. Break-away experimental solo project from Chicago based Whitney Johnson (Verma). Soothing and explorative mixing of classical music and modern electronica elements, with tape loops, oscillators and violas backed by virtually-not-there ghostl...view item »

Derek Bailey
Solo Guitar Volume 1

A deep classic of British non-idiomatic free improvisation from the ever-inventive Derek Bailey. Solo Guitar Volume 1 combines total instant composition with (shock!) notat...view item »

Aylu
Serum

Argentinian producer Ailín Grad makes something of a departure from her more frenetic tapes for Orange Milk, Memory No. 36 Recordings and outlines, with a delightful snack size CD EP on Sun Araw’s always reliable Sun Ark label. ‘Serum’ comes in five little micro doses and exudes an exquisite, serene energy. Ailín&...view item »

Franco Battiato
Clic

Franco Battiato’s 1974 album Clic is back in print thanks to the efforts of Superior Viaduct: check it out. Clic is a ...view item »

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins
Mensch Mensch Mensch

Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins are composer-improvisers residing in Berlin, and the fertile improvisatory electro-acoustic scene of that city is audible in this LP on alt.vinyl. Mensch Mensch Mensch contains Allbee’s trumpet and Bein’s unorthodox percussion, as well as fiel...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 »

Pauline Oliveros
Electronic Works 1965+1966

Early electronic expansions from American Pauline Oliveros. Electronic Works 1965+1966 are a series of analogue gems from Pauline's recorded out put. She built a lot of her own equipment and constructed numerous pieces through improvisation. Also, she experimented with a multitude of analogue effects an...view item »

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

The Stretchmarks are a reasonably obscure group from the late 1980’s, featuring a wild mix-up of members from Nico’s backing band, The Blue Orchids, and the plunderphonic avant-messers who would later form Stock, Hausen & Walkman. The Stretch m-ARKhives ...view item »

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

The famed choir Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices here present their first studio recordings in two decades, together with Lisa Gerrard, a vocalist who took much influence from the choir in her formative years. BooCheeMish is an epic suite of that gorgeously stark traditional Bulgarian vocal style, and is...view item »

Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body

Early work from Portuguese sound-worker Rafael Toral. Sound Mind Sound Body is composed almost entirely out of guitar sounds, though the processes Toral has used in the devising and processing of the work have smoothed out the instrument almost completely, into a rich, ever-stretching plane of ambient d...view item »

Tony Buck
Unearth

It's been fifteen long years since we last heard solo work from Tony Buck. Having spent a long time working as the clairvoyant drummer in improvisational noise trio the Necks, it may be a surprise to many that he has strong compositional chops. The appropriately titled Unearth reveal...view item »

Norman Westberg
Jasper Sits Out

As well as beng the guitarist in Swans, Norman Westberg has had a fair few other side projects as well as working on his own, much more minimal pieces. Originally self-released with only 100 copies in 2014 Room40 are bringing Jasper Sits to a larger audience. The precise and conscious manipulation of to...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 »

Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan

Toucan eh? According to the press release the toucan is a mediator between human and nature. Next time I want to discuss something with a tree I’ll know who to ask.Anyway this is the project from Spencer Clark who is one half of Skaters alongside the rather more well known ...view item »

Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek
Lucier: Memory Space

Inspired by Sonic Arts Union legend Alvin Lucier (one of the American founding fathers of electro-acoustic music, concrete experiments and pioneering advances in field of sound-art/installation) GD and Machinefabriek have delivered a remarkable album here that is firmly rooted in the organic, eccentric and unfathomable world of electro...view item »

EVOL
Rave Slime

Man this is nuts. Its been on for a minute and someone has had to leave the room. This is some seriously intense electronic music. It's like a swarm of pissed digital bees are flying around the room. It's very disorientating and it's one of those records that can make you feel a bit queasy and for a record to do that is really quite a powerful t...view item »

Ensemble Economique
no thing-ness

Ensemble Economique are next up on the luscious series of Dekoder 12”s celebrating ten years of the label. no thing-ness branches out from EE’s ambient Not Not Fun jams and into industrial worlds full of foreboding sonic architecture, grey concrete and, er, grist. On a wall-mount-worthy hybrid pictur...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 »

Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano ...view item »

Manyfingers
Our Worn Shadow

'Our Worn Shadow' was the second album by Bristol native Chris Cole who has worked with Movietone, Matt Elliott, Soeza and Bracken amongst others. Following on from his self titled debut on Moteer, 'Our Worn Shadow' album is one of the true high water marks of neo-classical...view item »

Stuart Chalmers
Fata Morgana

Stuart Chalmers is a tape-loop superhero, attending to a mass of dictaphones, four-tracks, and fuzzy ferric cassettes in order to intuitively compose magical sound-suites. Fata Morgana, which apparently also fea...view item »

Diamanda Galas
At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem

Here is a document of what sounds like a hell of a show: Diamanda Galas performing ‘death songs’, e.g. her settings of various classical poems and songs by the likes of Jacques Brel and Albert Ayler. To the audience of Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, Galas&...view item »

David Ross
Stochastic Moods

David Ross picks up where Iannis Xenakis left off in the exciting world of stochastically-generated music, using chaos mathematics to chart unpredictable sounds. Stochastic Moods creates probing digital sound-spaces out of oscillators and filters, with thoroughly abstract results. LP from Cusp Editions....view item »

Delphine Dora
Eudaimon

Delphine Dora, fresh from recent collaborations with Sophie Cooper and Mocke, presents a new album of solo material. Dora’s approach to the piano, her voice, and her compositions embraces the strangeness and intimacy of everyday life and one’s inner thoughts. Eud...view item »

Paul Schütze
The Sky Torn Apart

Polymath Paul Schütze, he of Laughing Hands and Phantom City fame, explores the uncanny parallels between our modern-day environmental transformations and the Nordic myth of Ragnarök, in which the earth is subsumed by water as a consequence of conflicted divinity, in suitably experimental form....view item »

Dan Melchior
Melpomene

Stripped back, haunting and rammed with atmosphere is Melpomene - the latest brainchild of US experimentalist Dan Melchior. It was all so different for this boundary-pushing pioneer, who was previously known as a garage rock provocateur. Though this release proves Melchior is now far harder t...view item »

Coypu
Floating

Coypu’s ensemble is made up of members of Blind Cave Salamander and Almagest!, Daniele Pagliero, and the ever-busy Ben Chasny, he of Six Organs Of Admittance fame. Together they make experimental pastoral American music: Appalachian dulcim...view item »

Birch Cooper
I Was A Teacher

We’ve got a very limited 12” here on Digitalis from Birch Cooper, who as far as I can tell is also in chanty spiritual psych-droners The Slaves, which would presumably make him from...view item »

Cam Deas & Jack Allett
Outgrowing The Wretched Cradle

Sheffield (hurrah for the North!) institution Blackest Rainbow gives us its latest missive, a collaboration between noisenik Jack Allett and guitar twiddler Cam Deas. Basically the premise is that Cam Deas twiddles around on the guitar while Jack messes the whole thing up with tape manipulations. It's not an easy listen as you might imagine....view item »

Arve Henriksen
Chiaroscuro

In 2004, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen brought Audun Kleive and Jan Bang to a variety of locations to live-compose the ten tracks of Chiaroscuro, whose sound is as much dominated by subtle sampling and electronics as percussion and trumpet. Chiaroscuro is a really remarkab...view item »

Mr Bungle
Disco Volante

Disco Volante is the second studio album by American experimental Rock band Mr. Bungle. Released in 1995, it is considered by many to be the most experimental of all their albums, picking up inspiration from a wide variety of musical styles including Death Metal, Techno, ‘50s space age Pop, musique concrète and Italian avant-garde....view item »

Newaxeyes
Black Fax

Seattle group NEWAXEYES created a heady brew on their debut LP. Black Fax draws from genres as diverse as doom metal, power electronics, techno and industrial music to create music that is intended to mirror the synaptic-overload of the information age. They get pretty damn close, too - opener ‘False Flag’ i...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 »

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 »

Dustin Wong
Infinite Love

OK, first up...the factual info. Dustin Wong is a genius guitar player from Baltimore who keeps himself busy by playing with ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine, two absolutely sweet bands. This is his debut solo record and it's a fairly complicated little feller. It's two compositions spread over two discs each beginning in the same way before going...view item »

Rose Kallal
Perseus

Tasty modular synth textures from Brooklyn-based Rose Kallal, her first release in several years but once again on We Can Elude Control. Being rather quietly intense dark ambient, it’s all thick and uneasy atmospheres filled with rumbling low-end hums, ominous distant noises and rumbling percussion. The modular side of thi...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 »

Pigeon Laundry
Pigeon Laundry

If you came up with a name as good as Pigeon Laundry for your musical duo, you wouldn't bother thinking up another one for your album title would you? So of course they didn't. Pigeon Laundry are Australian improvisers Shenzo Gregorio (FourPlay) and Julian Curwin (The Tango Saloon). Here they utilize ukuleles and de-tuned guitars as well as pret...view item »

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo
Composiciones Nativas - Music for Native Peruvian instruments and Magnetophonic Tape 1978

First Published on cassette in 1984, ‘Composiciones Nativas’ was a summarisation of five compositions ‘Estudio para quena’, ‘Lago de totoras’, ‘Despegue’, ‘Noche Ashaninka’, and ‘Selvinas’. This CD reissue is part of a recovery project called Sounds Essential Collection with...view item »

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II
Pinhead In Fantasia

Ltd 12” LP with 12-page booklet. Leftfield doesn’t begin to describe this Release. Covering several media forms all centre around the theme of Pinhead in Fantasia (Cenobites dancing with wooden mops?), consisting of contributions from Spencer Clark, David Keenan, and filmmaker AR Faust...view item »

JOHN 3:16
עשר

Philippe Gerber of Heat From A Deadstar and Eyryx has been concentrating on his John 3:16 solo output since, as well as collaborating with the likes of Eisenlager, Anthony Donovan, and Pas Musiqiue. עשר which is Hebr...view item »

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
August 53rd

Enigmatic American Midwest sound archaeologists Fossil Aerosol Mining Project return to The Helen Scarsdale Agency with more stirring collages of processed sonic detritus from the late 20th Century. Opening with a brief snapshot of a desolate post-industrial landscape which abruptly halts and what appears to be old news reel dialogue, po...view item »

Graham Dunning
Way Too Much Time

What glee! Graham Dunning has at last committed some of his wonderful Mechanical Techno tracks to vinyl, thus both closing the conceptual circle and providing DJ’s with some neat new club tools. Way Too Much Time is a four track EP, all constructed with that magical machine (look it up), though still functioning p...view item »

Harry Partch
The World Of Harry Partch

Originally released in 1969 as part of Columbia’s Masterworks series, this album contains three pieces by one of the most idiosyncratic composers of the 20th century. Partch’s percussive, microtonal compositions, utilising outlandish custom-built instruments, display the influence of gamelan and Noh theatre. However this is very much...view item »

Lucrecia Dalt
Anticlines

RVNG Intl. (Visible Cloaks, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith) release the sixth LP from Colombian experimentalist Lucrecia Dalt. Drawing on her experience in geotechnical engineering as well as South American monster myths and geological phenomena, Dalt has created an album of curious, inq...view item »

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other s...view item »

From the Mouth of the Sun
Sleep Stations

Leftover stuff from the Hymn Binding and Menashe sessions is what we have here, showing a fuller and heavier sound than was appropriate for Menashe especially. Yes, it’s From the Mouth of the Sun, known individually on Earth as indefatigable drone cellist Aaron Martin and fizzy d...view item »

Boli Group
N.P.D.S.

Boil Group are an ensemble lead by Copenhagen based Asger Hartvig. It would be easy to bracket them alongside the other cross-over neo-classicists, but that would be to do Boil Group a disservice. There is a rich vein of experimentalism that runs through this music typified by the subtlety with which t...view item »

Hastings Of Malawi
Visceral Underskinnings

It’s only been 35 years since their first album Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, but British dadaist agitators and Nurse With Wound associates Hastings of Malawi are already coming through with the second record. Steady on, lads. As with the 1981 debut, the eclectic, concrète...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 »

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). ...view item »

Dirk Serries & Rutger Zuydervelt
Buoyant

Rutger Zuyderveldt, minimal drone expert extraordinaire, also known as Machinefabriek and Piiptsjilling, once again teaming up with a crazy sound explorer: this time it's Dirk Serries, known for Microphonics. Together they have created Buoyant...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 »

David Daniell & Douglas McCombs
Sycamore

I often seem to get Tortoise related things to review. I barely know anything about the band except for liking that record everyone likes. Anyway what I have here in my grubby little paws is an LP by David Daniell and Douglas McCombs called 'Sycamore' which also containsJohn Herndon from said band. It starts out with lovely guitar loops but is soon...view item »

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