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The Residents
Mole Box, The Complete Mole Trilogy pREServed

Between 1981 and 1985, legendary art/multimedia collective The Residents famously released a triptych of albums bracketed as ‘The Mole Trilogy’, an undertaking that went on to include some notorious live performances. This new 6xCD set represents the final word on this era, including all three albums, a full live recording and 3 hours of previously unreleased music. 
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Normal Brain
Lady Maid

The most honest label in the world WRWTFWW (look it up) have reissued the long out of print album Lady Maid by Normal Brain. First released in 1981, that album showed how playful electronic music could be. Yukio Fujimoto used a number of synths to produce the album, but most alluring, he also used a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell. 

Various
Grabar y Coagular - A History of Audio Pieces by Peruvian Artists (1972​-​2018)

We’ve really got it all here: today we have a collection of pieces of sound art by Peruvian artists, representing a time-span of more than 45 years. Grabar y Coagular is a disc of wonders, with sound works that use text, voice, language, and, in one case, the use of a turntable needle on a CD. Explorative compilation on Buh Records.

David First
Same Animal, Different Cages Vol. 4: Sitar Music of North Brooklyn

Fourth album of Sitar Music of North Brooklyn from David First. On Same Animal, Different Cages First draws from the Indian raga to create his own more melodically repetitious improvisations. This entry is also much less of a solo affair than its predecessors, featuring a percussionist who forces First into a slightly more rigid structure. On Fabrica.
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IQ+1
Conversaphone Plus

First album from six years from improvisational group IQ+1. Here, on Coversaphone Plus, the six band members create six tracks of fully liberated, and unconstrained collective mayhem. The most compelling thing about the record is how non-hierarchical it sounds, with no one member ever taking precedence over the others. On mappa.
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S S S S
Absence

Milan-based Haunter Records (Zuli, Broshuda) welcome back friend of the family S S S S. On the Absence EP - his first record to drop on Haunter since 2015’s Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes - the Swiss producer comes through with a quartet of tunes that anchor themselves in industrial techno while also incorporating other sounds and influences. ‘Stripped’, for instance, is a kind of brutalist juke nightmare. GIL shows up at the end of Absence with a remix of ‘The Terrible Virtue Of Forgiveness’.

Vieo Abiungo
The Dregs

‘The Dregs’ by Vieo Abiungo (A.K.A. William Ryan Fritch) brings to mind myriad folk traditions from all across the globe, with a highly unique and exploratory attitude towards percussion. The label releasing the album, Lost Tribe Sound, focus on a meshing of electo-acoustic and beat experimentation, and Fritch’s wildly distinctive approach to composition fits in perfectly.
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Eleh
Home Age 2

More delicious pure-sound from the mysterious maestro Eleh. Synthesisers are used to channel colossally deep drones from the far atmosphere, through on Home Age 2 these sounds are joined by piano, bass and organ as well (but will you know when you hear them?). Very immersive and gorgeous work as ever from Eleh, on Important Records.

Phew / Oren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke
Patience Soup

Live recording of a performance featuring three heavy-weights of avant-garde and experimental music. Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi who have far too many previous collaborations to name, including Fennesz, Ulver, Faust play alongside Japanese avant-garde vocalist Phew. These masters of improv take a dynamic journey through the abstract and carry it with flawless tone and palette.
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London Experimental Ensemble
Child Ballads

Back in ye olde Victorian times a fellow called Francis James Child anthologised more than 300 ballads from England, Scotland and the U.S.A. in a collection that came to be known as the Child Ballads. Here the London Experimental Ensemble go about tackling six of them in their own abstract, longform manner. These are highly atmospheric interpretations that have something of the Scott Walkers about them.
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Zeitkratzer with Terre Thaemlitz
Deproduction Live

Terre Thaemlitz and Zeitkratzer, two noted and highly-respected names in experimental music. This release finds the Zeit guys meeting Thaemlitz on Terre’s terms, adapting and performing pieces from Deproduction with acoustic chamber instruments. Recorded live in Berlin last year, spreading over two CDs.
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Bruno Sanfilippo
The Poet

Bruno Sanfilippo composes and records music for piano that sits in the richly melodic minimal vein of a Max Richter, even an Ludovico Einaudi. The Poet is sorrowful in tone and yet also comforting to the soul, the grand, melancholy piano figures swathed in electronic ambience. CD release on 1631 Recordings.

John Lennon / Yoko Ono
Wedding Album

Wedding Album by John Lennon & Yoko Ono was released in 1969 and was universally panned upon its release. You do have to remember that The Beatles were still a going concern at the time and were famed for writing some of the greatest pop music known to man. This, as well as being the couple’s third album of experimental music was also the third shock that critics suffered from the Lennon canon and was probably too much for them to take. It’s probably a good time to re-evaluate such experimentation 50 years down the line, we’re more used to this kind of thing now.
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Mike Cooper
Distant Songs Of Madmen

Distant Songs of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo during a solo set by Mike Cooper. It's a mix of free improvisations on guitar with some digital trickery as well as some traditional folk covers and original songs. There is a wonderful feeling of traditional blues alongside a sense of unpredictable, electric experimentation.
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Dave-iD Busaras & Toshiyuki Hiraoka
Bushy Luxury (The Whole Story)

Dave-iD Busaras, he of Virgin Prunes fame, here gets down with Japanese electronician Toshiyuki Hiraoka for a wild old twenty track / fifteen track ride (the track listings differ across CD and vinyl formats, so carefully choose the one that best fits you!). Bushy Luxury (The Whole Story) is released by Easy Action.
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Paul DeMarinis
Songs Without Throats

Oren Ambarchi’s run of wonder continues with the latest release on his Black Truffle label. Songs Without Throats is a collection of the most vital pieces by Paul DeMarinis, an electroacoustic composer with a particular interest in voice and voice synthesis. Songs Without Throats, featuring rare and unreleased pieces selected by the artist, is a strange and unusual set. Double LP.

Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

Fire! Orchestra are of course the mutated super-version of the mighty Fire! trio, adding up to 21 members on this record. The title Ritual is about right, with this many (mostly Swedish) major musicians grouped together to summon up energetic, elemental power. Heavy and ecstatic, there aren’t many other groups comparable to this one.

Daniel Thorne
Lines Of Sight

Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne of Immix Ensemble strikes out on his own with Lines Of Sight. He mixes avant garde composition with classical, jazz, noise and even a bit of folk. He limited himself to just a handful of instruments and recorded them using only four tracks. The result is powerful and immersive. LP and CD on Erased Tapes.

Jean Dupuy
All Of The Time

Recital Program (Ian William Craig, Loren Connors) release a collection of recordings of the works of sound artist Jean Dupuy. A performer/painter/general artiste who has been working since the late ‘60s, Dupuy’s sonic works have done time in centres as prestigious as NYC’s MoMA. All Of The Time spans a period of 1969-2017 and proves a fine demonstration of the explorative found sound/experimental concrete practices that have made Dupuy so respected in his field.
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Pas Musique
The Phoenix

Pas Musique return with The Phoenix. It contains even tracks that highlight the band’s electronic experimental nature. The album came about over a period of two years whilst on tour around Europe and was recorded in Brooklyn. They’ve even squeezed in a sample from Finnish producer Kenneth Kovasin. On Alrealon Musique.
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Ragnar Grippe
Symphonic Songs

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe gets an old collection released on Dais Records (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And Thee Early Worm, SRSQ). Written in 1981 for an avant-garde theatre piece but only now seeing the light of day, Symphonic Songs finds Grippe marrying atonal Buchla experiments with a string section equal-parts Schnittke and Schoenberg. Artwork by Ascetic House founder J.S. Aurelius.
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Matmos
Plastic Anniversary

Experimental electronic duo Matmos have decided to highlight the plight of convenience with their new album, Plastic Anniversary. The album was made by using plastic objects to make sounds. One sound was achieved by smashing up LPs by '70s soft rock band Bread. Interesting sounds with an important message.
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Maja S. K. Ratkje
Sult

For Sult, Norway's finest Maja S. K. Ratke cast aside her usual collection of materials and techniques, and picked up a unique, specially-modified pump organ, which she figured out how to play while she played it as accompaniment to a ballet adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger. Fabulous sound exploration with a very fresh edge. On Rune Grammofon.
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Vibracathedral Orchestra
Unnatural With Pain-Relief

Yet more essential action from the revived Vibracathedral Orchestra. One side is a beautiful resonant jam (I mean, pretty much all VCO meets that description, but this is extra lovely), and on the other we hear the quartet going full throttle at Cafe Oto with assistance from actual drum demon Chris Corsano. Yes! On Krayon Recordings.

Aaron Martin
A Room Now Empty

A master of the safe space between ambient music and contemporary classical vibes, Aaron Martin is back with A Room Now Empty - not named after any of his gigs, I hope. As well as the usual layers of majestic, swooning cello, you can expect to hear banjo, lap steel, singing bowls, ukulele, the human voice and more. There’s even a roll-up piano.

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 electronically manipulated avant-garde skronk, rumbling noise and other fascinating sonic debris. We are the exclusive UK retailers for this wild ride of a record. Fans of everyone from Pierres Schaeffer & Henry to The New Blockaders may apply....
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Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.

Simon Scott
Soundings

Simon Scott recently got back into his old role, as drummer for the freshly reformed Slowdive, but he never stopped with his more abstract work. Soundings was put together in many hotel rooms during tours, and mix together evocative field recordings with all manner of electronic sounds and processes. Soundings makes for a properly Touch album.

Sam Ashley & Werner Durand
I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good / Love Among The Immortals

Werner Durand and Sam Ashley (son of Robert) have known one another since 1984, but only now have they taken to the studio for a recorded collaboration. I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good / Love Among The Immortals features two side-long pieces of shamanic minimalism with wind instruments, spoken word and electronics. Captures some of that crucial Ashley flavour. On Unseen Worlds.
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Pauline Oliveros
Reverberations I

Pauline Oliveros is perhaps best known for her peerless minimalist/drone explorations on accordion, her 1982 record ‘Accordion and Voice’ very much a landmark in the genre. Equally intriguing, however, are her experiments with electronic equipment. The double LP ‘Reverberations 1’ is the beginning of a series that looks to put the entirety of 2012's mammoth, 12 CD, archival release of this electronic work to wax.   

Marilyn Mazur
Shamania

Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur shows off her new group Shamania, which is made up of high-grade female avant-jazz musicians from around Scandinavia. This is their first album together. It's one of those records were the talent and chops flying around each track could almost overwhelm, if the results weren’t so directly engaging. Out on RareNoise.

Thighpaulsandra
Practical Electronics With

Practical Electronics With is the eighth album by Thighpaulsandra, and it's a stripped back number, with the broader group pushed aside in favour of Thighpaulsandra’s voice and electronics, nothing else. Not to say that this is a minimal listen: no, this is out-there synth-pop with a very loud personality. On Editions Mego.

Tomas Nordmark
Eternal Words

From Sweden, its Thomas Nordmark. Mr Nordmark is something of a minimalist, but he makes use of the full array of electronic sound sources and processing tools now available. Eternal Words feels very large to the listener, implying wide stretches of land with its sweeping synths and slowly-cycling patterns. Out on Valley Of Search.

Various
VA Compilation #5

A lovely compilation from Assembly Field, a label who specialise in that three-way intersection between electronic, ambient and experimental. For this, VA Compilation #5, they've tapped the likes of Slow Clinic, teto SHINDA, and (courtesy of Domino Records) Bill Ryder-Jones. Fourteen tracks of thoughtful and patient yearning.

Paul Gilgunn
Here We Are Now

Paul Gilgunn presents a piece of minimal instrumental avant-rock power that propels and compels. A solid core of four electric guitars brings in some of those Glenn Branca / Rhys Chatham flavours, augmented with rhythm section and saxophone for additional layers of texture. Here We Are Now is a big great slab of a group working perfectly as one tight unit.
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Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant / Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly
Carte Blanche

Karkhana are something of a supergroup, with more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean talent than I can reasonably name. Here they play vivid instrumentals while Nadah El Shazly sings at the core of the sound. On the B-side, the most lordly of the Sun City Girls, Sir Alan Bishop, sets forth along with partner in crime W. David Oliphant for some loud fun. Split LP on Unrock.

Booker Stardrum
Temporary etc.

NNA Tapes (Kalbells, Matthewdavid’s Mindflight) drop a record of intriguing percussion experiments from Booker Stardrum. Having spent time thumping tubs for artists such as Lee Ranaldo and Weyes Blood, Temporary Etc. sees Stardrum taking flight from behind his kit. His loping beats - somewhere between ?uestlove and Eli Keszler - are augment by dreamy synth textures and ambient drones. Lovely stuff.
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Noyzelab
Earth / Water / Fire / Metal / Wood Cell Meditations

Released on Brian Grainger's (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) Psøma Psi Phi imprint, this is a discounted "bundle" deal set of all five instalments in the epic five-part series of synthesizer drone works. These pieces are designed for meditation by Noyzelab AKA David Burraston (NYZ, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) who has previously released on The Death of Rave, Cataclyst, meds, The Tapeworm, Feral Tapes, Computer Club, Fractal Meat Cuts, Entr'acte, Ge-stell, Conditional, FLUF, Gamma Mine etc. 

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake
Chi

First time meeting for the trio of saxophonist Dave Liebman with superb percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. The album is titled Chi, and the freely improvised pieces here take that concept as their root, leading to a powerful and spiritual statement. Plus, you get to hear Hamid use his frame drum, which is always wonderful. On RareNoise.

Sunwatchers
Illegal Moves

Anybody looking for psyched-out rock with a hint of free jazz and a ton of organ can get their fill here with the new Sunwatchers album. Illegal Moves hosts the usual jams approaching the excessive, left-field chord progressions, and endless solos (both guitar and organ), but also some slightly more meditative tunes -- at least in comparison to the proper noisy stuff. 

Jung An Tagen
Agent Im Objekt

It’s a question as old as music itself: what happens when conventional club music signifiers are subjected to querying skews, syncopations, minimalisms and new sound designs? Vienna’s Jung An Tagen is member of the week over at the Deconstructin’ Da Club Club. If you’re keen to have your rave cake and stroke your beard too, don’t miss these totally radical dance wonks.
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Noyzelab
Wood Cell Meditations

Noyzelab is the sound outlet of David Burraston, a man who knows his stuff when it comes to advanced sonic arts (he’s got a PhD y’know). Wood Cell Meditations is part of a series of works that use fancy resources to create massive pulsating drone masses, designed specifically for mind-warping meditations. Three CDs-worth of them are presented here for you. Heavy.

Noyzelab
Metal Cell Meditations

How often do we really take the time to ponder the universe and its infinite meaninglessness? Dave Burraston, also known as Noyzelab/Dave Noyze, invites us to sit down and do just that. The Metal Cell Meditations comes on 3 CD-R with different cuts of the same crushing saw-tooth synthesizer drone, so you can use it for both your 3-minute morning meditation and your ayahuasca ceremony.

Noyzelab
Fire Cell Meditations

Newest release by David Burraston under his Noyzelab moniker. The label advertises this as background music for your yoga classes, although we feel it might induce some downward-dogged panic attacks with its deep and dissociative saw-tooth drones. This CD-R set contains Fire Cell Meditations of different lengths, so it suits all your different meditation purposes.

Noyzelab
Water Cell Meditations

Less threatening and more immersive than the Fire Cell Meditations, David Burraston’s Water Cell Meditations is meant to help you with your transcendental meditations, or serve as background music for your yoga class. With different lengths of drone on 3 CD-Rs, Noyzelab's latest effort is a weird psychedelic and dissociative trip, with binaural beeps that sound like they're continuously accelerating. Not a must-have for everybody, but definitely for somebody.

Noyzelab
Earth Cell Meditations

Released on Brian Grainger's (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) Psøma Psi Phi imprint, 'Earth Cell Meditations' is the first in an epic five-part series of synthesizer drone works designed for meditation by Noyzelab AKA David Burraston (NYZ, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) who has previously released on The Death of Rave, Cataclyst, meds, The Tapeworm, Feral Tapes, Computer Club, Fractal Meat Cuts, Entr'acte, Ge-stell, Conditional, FLUF, Gamma Mine etc. 

Cucina Povera
Zoom

Cucina Povera (who shares her moniker with the 309th best restaurant in Thessaloniki), real name Maria Rossi, is a sound artist and vocalist. Zoom is her very raw document of places and spaces she has found herself in. Using just a Tascam Zoom recorder and a loop pedal, she creates sonic maps which provide an overwhelming sense of being there with her. 
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Bendik Giske
Surrender

Saxophone-wunderkind Bendik Giske delivering his hypnotizing debut. With the sense of a more accessible and less intimidating Colin Stetson, the Norwegian explores all the nooks and crannies of the sax. Surrender is the man’s first full-length but it’s packed with warm sounds, the clicking of valves, and mesmerizing rhythms. Great reed, would recommend.

Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin & Mia Zabelka
Pleasure-Voltage

Pleasure-Voltage is the debut release from the collaboration between Benjamin Fingers, James Plotkin and Mia Zabelka. Premiered at the 2018 edition of Rewire festival, the album sees the trio creating sinister and moving ambient drones. Sounds slip into and out of each other to create another world.

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil

An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil is the fourth album by lute player Jozef Van Wissem and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The pair have also collaborated in the world of film too. Here, taking inspiration from William Blake, Swedish theologian and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg and Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky. Musically, it’s minimal stuff - electronics overlaid with Van Wissem’s lute and Jarmusch’s droning guitar. LP and CD on Sacred Bones.
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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 they elide analogue and electronic instruments.
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Wastell & Marhaug
Kiss of Acid


Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista
Cyro

Derek Bailey’s ever-idiosyncratic free-improvised guitar meets the assorted instruments of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. This makes for a very interesting session, as Baptista keeps trying to lure Bailey into rhythmic structures, while Bailey tries to pull Baptista into timbral and textural play. Really very enjoyable stuff, reissued here with an extra LP of previously unreleased material.

Derek Bailey & Tony Coe
Time

A fabulous reissue of a session by free-improvising guitar supremo Derek Bailey and reeds player Tony Coe. The two players dance around each other, with timbres and pitches responding to one another with great dexterity. The clarinet and acoustic guitar sound great together, with modernist rigour and free-flowing expression in equal measure. Time is reissued by Honest Jon’s.

Yuri Morozov
Strange Angels

Compiled by Alan Gubby of psych-experimenters Revbjelde Strange Angels presents the first release of Yuri Morozov to the west, after recording for over 40 years and producing more than 46 albums that covered prog, psych, industrial, experimental electronics akin to Radiophonic Workshop, and freak out folk. Being banned and monitored by the KGB means this is the first time this stuff has been on vinyl and CD.

Lene Adler Petersen
“Se mor”. Nansensgade 1971 / Sangen om kaffekoppen

Lene Adler Petersen is a Danish artist, though not primarily a sound artist. This release features the two sound works that she has done: intriguing collages of her voice alongside telephone conversations and radio music. Presented to the public for the very first time, on 10” vinyl with bilingual texts for both of the pieces.
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Jessica Moss
Entanglement

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.

Tredici Bacci
La Fine Del Futuro

Tredici Bacci present their latest full statement, in the form of the magisterial La Fine Del Futuro. This is a bombastic, full-bodied tribute to vintage Italian library music, full of funk and weirdness. Includes a wild version of the Christian hymn ‘Emmanuel’! Vintage styles, made fresh and dished up in 2019. On NNA Tapes.

Black To Comm
Seven Horses For Seven Kings

Marc Richter hops over to Thrill Jockey for his latest LP as Black To Comm. Seven Horses For Seven Kings is another plunge into the depths of the human psyche. The blackened, misty music here sounds like it has been dredged up from the bed of the river Styx. Think Prurient, The Body and all that sort of thing.

Richard Youngs
Dissident

As an artist, Richard Youngs seems in a constant war against stasis, shifting from pastoral balladry through to electronic mischief. Like say, Robert Wyatt, the only constant is his utterly unique voice, straddling the English folk tradition though also some more difficult define sense of otherness. New album ‘Dissident’ aligns with his more song driven material, but is no less unusual as a result.
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Capri-Batterie & Stewart Lee
Bristol Fashion

Fascinating collaboration between stand-up legend Stewart Lee and the Exeter free-jazz trio Capri-Batterie (Kordian Tetkov on drums, Tim Sayer on trumpet & electronics and Matthew Lord on Bass & Saxophone) that proves an assertion Lee has made many times in the past: there’s a lot more humour in avant-garde music than is commonly let on. The recording took place in Bristol over an hour, with the resulting record untampered with.
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Ailie Ormston
The Sedate

Ailie Ormston is back, though not quite as you knew her. The affable, wry dreariness of her band ******** gives way on this solo effort to something harder, more minimal and even *gulp* deconstructive. Fortunately, Ailie doesn’t take this stuff as seriously as many other musicians seem to and the result is crucially as entertaining as it is enlightening. Apparently all done with just one drum machine and one synth, and all.
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Leighton Craig
Diamond Eye

Leighton Craig lives in Brisbane, Australia. He makes lo-fi keyboard instrumentals that vary in their complexity. At times he drops in samples from his vast cassette library of noises. Diamond Eye is his latest album. Another thing he does is draw straight, descending lines as shown on the cover to this record. LP on Bruit Direct Disques.

Will Burns & Hannah Peel
Chalk Hill Blue

Musician Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns link up for the dreamy Chalk Hill Blue. Neither artist takes the lead here, sometimes Burns responds to Peel and sometimes Peel to Burns. The result is always captivating; Burns delivers his poems with authority and conviction, while Peel's music is as eccentric as usual.
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Romperayo
Que Jue?

Romperayo is Pedro Ojeda from Colombia. Pedro is primarily a drummer, but on second Romperayo album Que Jue? he also picks up a bunch of samplers and instruments in order to go it alone. The resulting tracks are vivid and intensely rhythmic, with sounds piling up on top of each other without ever quite falling over. Out on Souk Records.

Rachel Zeffira
Elizabeth Harvest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Rachel Zeffira is primarily an oboe player, however, she’s also a soprano and can turn her hand to a number of other instruments. What's more, she was in Cats Eyes with Faris Badwan of The Horrors. Her classical background made her an ideal candidate to take on the score for the Sebastian Gutierrez film, Elizabeth Harvest. Using Erik Satie’s Sarabande as a thematic base, the score becomes less conventional and more experimental as it progresses. Clear vinyl LP on Invada.
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Baby Dee
Love's Small Song

Baby Dee’s third LP Love’s Small Song gets reissued courtesy of Tin Angel (Polar Bear, Pick A Piper). The 2002 record remains a uniquely moving piece of avant-garde songwriting. While the first part is made up of delicate baroque pop numbers that preclude the successes of Antony And The Johnsons, Love’s Small Song’s second disc is a 55-minute piece of birdsong recordings.

Machinefabriek
With Voices

Tireless timbral titillator Machinefabriek crackles his way onto Western Vinyl with an album of various human voices variously manipulated and recomposed into a shifting soundscape. Whose various voices, you ask? Those of Peter Broderick, Richard Youngs, Marissa Nadler and Zero Years Kid, for instance.

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay
Ice Exposure

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On Ice Exposure (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record’s name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker’s late period also springs to mind.

Jakob Thorkild
Devotional

With his new LP Devotional the Danish composer/guitarist Jakob Thorkild brings the curtain down on half a decade of work. This album completes the Grenzgänger trilogy that began with 2014’s Art Sleaze. Here Thorkild is joined by singer Anna Mose and electric violinist Andrea Rebecca Alsted for a record of potent minimal-classical compositions. The title of the Devotional is an apt one - many of the tracks here hover at the edge of religious and spiritual music in a manner that recalls Arvo Pärt.

Kane Software
dda666

Kane Software’s resident saxophonist and Don’t Drone Alone’s resident pen-pusher is a certain Robin Smith former dogsbody for Norman Records™  - writer of about a billion of these blurbs over the years.  Robin - and your fellow partner-in-Kane Matthew, for that matter - I’m not gonna give it to you how you want. No, I’m not. I’m not gonna spend the whole description referring to your band as Harry Kane Software or wondering why it doesn't sound like Travis. You see, this cassette, full of screeching drones and ghoulish digital meltdowns, is very good value at £4.99. However, we think they have missed a trick at not pricing it at £6.66.
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Hugh Marsh
Violinvocations

I bloody love a portmanteau me. Up their with most fun you can have with words so let me say you Hugh Marsh. You have my attention. In how it was made Violinvocations is essentially shoegaze reimagined for the violin, but the result is more abstract than that. Strange sounds merge and swell from gentler ambience to something more distorted. This is long way from his prior work with the likes of Hans Zimmer and Iggy Pop.
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Tolley & Dara
Cutheart

Jazz bass, synth and percussion improvisations you say? Well. step right up for Cutheart by Aussie couple, Tolley & Dara. The album has been pieced together from a bunch of live improvised recordings made in 1979. David Tolley is a renowned Australian jazz bassist who has played one album by The Brian Brown Quartet and also formed Ex- with Gong’s Daevid Allen. He also brings a rack of analogue synths to this party. Dure Dara is a percussionist who dabbles in everything hitable from the normal to the exotic. Limited edition reissue LP on The Roundtable.

Liberez
Way Through Vulnerability

Alter bring you Southend-on-Sea duo Liberez and their mysterious, billowing lineup of guests with new album Way Through Vulnerability. This one’s a strange broth of cultural signifiers and styles. You’ve got your flamenco rhythms, ritualistic clapping, nods to classic Italian experimentalism and grim industrial music. You’ve also got your lyrics in Basque, Hungarian and Ancient Russian.
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Tim Hecker
Konoyo

Master sonic architect Tim Hecker returns to Kranky with an album which takes inspiration from conversations with a recently departed buddy. 'Konoyo' was mostly recorded in a Japanese temple just outside Tokyo in collaboration with gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso. Hecker manipulates their source sounds (strings, woodwinds, percussion) and re-shapes and sculpts the raw material into his own vision, focussing on negative space. The resulting sombre mood has a ritual/ceremonial weight - as though he were channelling communications from the great beyond.

MKWAJU ensemble
MKWAJU

Over the past couple of years the We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want label have formed a strong bond with Japanese composer Midori Takada. As well as giving new life to Takada’s Through The Looking Glass and Lunar Cruise LPs the label has also taken a shine to the work of Takada’s Mkwaju Ensemble group. After reissuing the band's 1981 record KI-Motion back in June WRWTFWW have now come through with a new edition of MKWAJU (also 1981). The record sees the group collaborating with a young Joe Hisaishi, an artist you may well know from his work scoring several of the Studio Ghibli films. This music is a busy, rhythmically-driven offshoot of Takada’s vibrant post-minimalist xylophone explorations. Well worth a listen.

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
The Recounting Of Night Time

More evocative drone weight from Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, created in 2014 but with audio material drawn from 70’s VHS tapes of a German film and an 80’s field recording from ‘a decaying theatre’. The Recounting Of Night Time has just the kind of warped, faded dusty feel that you’d anticipate from that origin story: get lost in it. Courtesy of The Helen Scarsdale Agency and Afterdays Media.
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François Dufrêne
Cri-Rythmes

From French sound-poet, François Dufrêne, Cri-Rhythmes are recordings of Dufrêne swallowing his recording equipment and then vomiting it back up. It creates a gargled, sinister soundtrack like some of Morricone's darker giallo horror work - although comparing il maestro to swallowing a microphone might be a bit far... 
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Aksak Maboul
Un peu l'Ame des bandits

Listen back to the early roots of the Crammed Discs label, with this essential album by Aksak Maboul, the Belgian avant-rock group lead by label-runner Marc Hollander and also featuring such luminaries as Fred Frith and Chris Cutler of Henry Cow! Un peu ‘Ame des bandits is an amazing smorgasbord of a listen, spiralling through ambient, punk, turkish, tango and various avanty genres with breathtaking agility. Reissued, with bonus previously unreleased tracks, by Crammed Discs.
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John Cage
Early Electronic & Tape Music

Sub Rosa continue with the vitally important task of keeping a wide range of John Cage’s extensive works available. Here we have a collection of some of his earlier works with electronic mediums, as newly realised by Langham Research Centre. Quite a good approach I’d say, as the open-ended, indeterminate nature of some of these pieces means that every realisation is different!

Tom Richards
Pink Nothing

Create an unholy mix between Ryoji Ikeda and Jan Jelinek and you may end up with Tom Richards. Lots of bleeps, abstract beats, every single sound extremely electronic. Probably something you outsider-electronica lovers will eat right up. Pink Nothing is an oddly satisfying safari into an electric wasteland.

William Basinski + Lawrence English
Selva Oscura

William Basinski and Lawrence English are friends (one based in LA, the other somewhere in Australia) whose paths have crossed numerous times over the past 5 or 6 years, sometimes by chance and other times more deliberately. In those moments they began to make the embryonic basis of Selva Oscura. Within its grooves are two extended pieces of music representing constantly shifting and unspooling states of being. A gradual, eternal reveal, of coming into contact with the 'strange familiar'. Choose from Indies-only opaque grey vinyl, or regular black LP. On Temporary Residence.

Derek Bailey
Lot 74

Honest Jons' Derek Bailey reissue programme continues with the welcome addition of one of the guitarist’s earliest solo LPs, recorded way back in 1974. The side-long title track is a particular tour de force, a rapid-fire onslaught of Bailey’s trademark harmonics, dissonant clusters and stereo panning that is as definitive a display of his singular style as anything he recorded. Side two’s home recordings act as a reminder of the prescient DIY approach of his Incus label.
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Octavian Nemescu
Gradeatia - Natural 1973-83

How many artists can say they released a record on the only label active in Soviet-era Romania? Not many, that’s how many. But Octavian Nemescu did. 1984’s Gradeatia - Natural (1973-1983) brought together two compositions Nemescu had chipped away at over the preceding decade. The combination of electroacoustic techniques, abrasive concrete and alien electronic drones makes for eerie listening. Now the LP has been reissued by Sub Rosa (Bill Laswell, Merzbow).
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En Dag
s/t

En Dag is a collaboration between Rick Tomlinson and Chris Walmsley of Voice Of The Seven Woods and Pete Hedley. It was recorded in one day in Stockholm as Tomlinson and Walmsley toured Voice Of The Seven Woods first album. It has never been released, until now, that is! Lp on Voix, limited to 300 copies.
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NYZ
SHFTR FRQ

NYZ hits the vinyl for the first time! This project brings algorithms into the game, with Dave Burraston’s so-called ‘MANIAC cellular automata sequencer’ spitting out generative sounds to twist our synapses. SHFTR FRQ features fourteen quick-fire blasts, while the whole B-side is made up of one deep drone stretch. True computer music, on The Death Of Rave.

Sunn Trio
Fayrus

OK, first thing’s first: Sunn Trio is nothing to do with Sunn O))), so bad luck if you were after some drone metal. But hold up! Fans of out-there music might well love this LP by Joel Robinson’s group Sunn Trio too, being as it is a desert-hazed trip of experimental, Arab-influenced wild sound. Fayrus is, appropriately, released by the Unrock label.

Alvin Lucier
Ricochet Lady

Alvin Lucier composed Ricochet Lady in 2016. It is made up of four pieces, played on acoustic glockenspiel by Trevor Saint. Lucier composed the pieces with the intention of exploring sound by having each of the four pieces played in different environments, thus getting a different acoustic response from each performance. Digipak CD on Black Truffle, featuring liner notes by Lucier and Saint.
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Gri + Mosconi
Between Ocean and Sky

There seems to be a lot of excellent ambient, drone and soundscape coming out of Italy at the moment. Here, Francis M. Gri and Federico Mosconi come together to create Between Ocean and Sky, which is the third in the Slowcraft Presents series. Created between Milan and Verona, the album is an indefinable sound of ethereal beauty and underlying dread.  
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Oren Ambarchi, Crys Cole, Leif Elggren
Certainly

This unholy alliance between Oren Ambarchi (AUS), Crys Cole (CAN) and Leif Elggren (SWE) took place at a residency in Stockholm’s EMS Studios in 2016. The story goes that the harsh winds blew off the windows, prompting the trio to take desperate measures to stay warm and record. Sounds more like a contact mic passing through a cow’s intestines to me. It’s a good sound.
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Mołr Drammaz
Times Before Emojis

The Polish underground is one of the most hyperactive in the world. Mołr Drammaz have been a crucial part of this underground since 1994, in ever-shifting permutations. ‘Times Before Emojis Came’ compiles material from many of the involved artists, it’s a sound genuinely unpredictable, both dank and ecstatic. From entwined rhythmic jams to liquidated electronics, this is experimental without pretence.  
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Eraldo Bernocchi
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It

Italian multi-instrumentalist Eraldo Bernocchi, releases a soundtrack to the documentary 'Cy Dear' documenting the life of the American artist, Cy Twombly. Released on Bernocchi's co-founded label, RareNoise, Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It is an atmospheric soundtrack suitable for the life of the influential artist.  

Holger Czukay
Radio Wave Surfer

Holger Czukay, core member of the perennially loved German experimental group Can, went on to be a productive maker of weird and wonderful pop. Among his solo albums is Radio Wave Surfer, a delightful 1991 release that was all recorded live, in studios and at concerts, with only one stereo mic: none of that Can studio trickery here! Reissued now by Grönland.

Graham Massey & Umut Çağlar
Kicked From The Stars

Hell of a pairing here, between free-improvising jazz musician Umut Caglar, from the band Konstrukt, and Graham Massey, from 808 State. How did that work? you might wonder. Well, wonder no more! After a ten day residency, the duo (plus Gnod’s Paddy Steer) performed their results, and Kicked From The Stars is a finely-document of that event. From Samarbeta.
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Yximalloo
The Best of Yximalloo 1

Yximalloo is a man on a street in Tokyo, who has been busy doing his own thing for many years. ‘His own thing’ tends to equate to weird and warped versions of techno, psych and much besides, but really we should just call his genre Yximalloo music. This self-assembled best of LP collection makes a splendid introduction.
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48 Cameras
Chosen Songs

48 Cameras are a musical collective spread throughout Belgium, UK and Netherlands. Their music is varied and due to the way they work, some members have never even met each other. This has been going on since 1984. Martyn Bates of Eyeless in Gaza, Andy Cairns of Therapy? and Swans Michael Gira have all played their part in the project in the past. Chosen Songs looks like it may be a retrospective of their best moments. LP on Stroom.
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