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LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / ...view item »

Szun Waves
New Hymn To Freedom

Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with...view item »

Julia Kent

Here’s the latest album from composer, arranger and cellist-to-the-stars Julia Kent, her first on the Leaf Label after two previous albums on Important. It’s a sombre neoclassical affair with lots of mournful strings, graceful...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

This is the second of two mini 12" EP's from Wildbirds & Peacedrums. The first passed me by but this one is all up in my face so i'll get on and tell you something about it. Wildbirds...specialise in high concept pop music much like Sade, Bjork, Kate Bush and those types so they've got a great front lady thing going on and they enlist the he...view item »

Whale City

Warmduscher is various London people hanging out and recording something they feel is Really Important no doubt aided and abetted by a truckload of cocaine. They contain members of the Fat White Family and Insecure Men and this debut full length has been described as a rock opera that could send...view item »

Nightports with Matthew Bourne
Nightports with Matthew Bourne

Here we see the celebrated Matthew Bourne taking up the challenge of Adam Martin and Mark Slater’s Nightports project. Starting with sounds generated by Bourne’s piano/prepared piano playing, the base materials are then manipulated into winding corridors of composition remin...view item »

Jherek Bischoff

Fresh from performing 'Black Star' with pals at the recent Bowie tribute thing in New York, composer Jherek Bischoff has clambered into an empty two million gallon water vat in Washington state in order to improvise the pieces that have become 'Cistern'. While there he reflected on growing up on a sailing boat (none of these peo...view item »

The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits

The Comet Is Coming aim to provide a soundtrack to the apocalypse with their debut album Channel The Spirits  They make a sound that is driven by sax, beats and live drums and evokes Sun Ra and Funkadelic with a backdrop of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Three-piece...view item »

Big Wilma

In the orbit of Fat White Family and containing members of FWF, Insecure Men and Paranoid London, South London rabble-raisers Warmduscher drop this nice snappy 7” on The Leaf Label. ‘Big Wilma’ is a psych-garage riot, while ‘Neon Tongues&...view item »

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne recorded moogmemory using 80’s synth oddity the Memorymoog, and nothing but the Memorymoog. That means that the idiosyncratic sequencing within each track is a product of the memory banks of the vintage machine. Better known as a pianist, it seems Bourne has a knack for old electron...view item »

Polar Bear with Jyager
Common Ground

Polar Bear have taken samples from a vinyl copy of their Peepers LP (in true hip-hop style!!) to build new tracks with the addition of London MC Jyager. An unexpected move but a most welcome one. Jyager straddles the hip-hop grime bridge with slick flow and well decent lyrics. Polar Bear's new compositions really shine and the pair gel brilliant...view item »

Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Frenzied super-group Melt Yourself Down (members of Polar Bear and Zun Zun Egui, plus Shabaka Hutchings) return with a second album! Last Evenings On Earth, which takes its name from a Roberto Bolano text, is a pre-apocalypse party record of immense ene...view item »

Matthew Bourne

Jazz pianist Matthew Bourne returns to working on solo piano pieces after his moog focussed Moogmemory and working with Franck Vigroux on reworking Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity. Gorgeous and isolated piano works with sparse cello parts lull you into his world. For fans of ...view item »

Oh No Ono

Right then, one thing I can say about this new Oh No Ono record 'Eggs' is that its my favourite album of the year so far. It was my official 'waking up' music this morning and after a madcap dash through the snow to assist in hyperactive world of Norman Records I find its the first record on my pile to review. Strangely for such a super album the f...view item »

Vladislav Delay

Vladislav Delay has brought a new one out and its called "Tumma". Strangely enough if I hadn't got out of my seat to change the CD over (yes we are still old school) then I would have thought the first track was a continuation of the Mount Eerie record as it has lots of lovely ambient sounds and banging noises. Phil, bless him, did think ...view item »

Nancy Elizabeth
Wrought Iron

Nancy Elizabeth is back on the Leaf label with a long player entitled 'Wrought Iron' and fans of this talented singer songwriter will not be disappointed as this latest album is as nice sounding as I've heard from her. She sounds as honest and impassioned as ever and her songwriting here is of the usual high quality. It was recorded in my old stomp...view item »

Snapped Ankles
Come Play The Trees

Snapped Ankles are a London group making their full-length debut right here and right now on The Leaf Label. The band apparently love to play shows while dressed up as trees, but you can’t really hear the foliage on these recordings. You’ll have to make do with chunky-funky synthesiser...view item »

Snapped Ankles
The Best Light Is The Last Light

Bizarre woodland creatures-slash-post-punk noise mongers Snapped Ankles sign with The Leaf Label, presenting their first physical release.  Delving into cinema as of late their tracks have taken an almost chase scene-like quality, hyper energised mixing the driving arpeggiator-like pulse of Apparat Organ Quartet...view item »

Opposite Corners

As part of our Leaf Label discount bonanza, here is a nice little transparent 7” single from 310, available for a staggeringly affordable price. Opposite Corners is a...view item »

Prague Rock

As part of our Leaf Label discount bonanza, here is a fully-fledged 12” EP from 310, made available for a staggeringly affordable price. The Frosty Bardum Affair feat...view item »

Jherek Bischoff

Scores is an instrumental version of Jherek Bischoff’s 2012 album Composed. While that record featured a bunch of guests providing vocals, Scores takes it back to just the music, revealing these busy little pieces in their full exquisite detail! Featuring what sounds like a decent-sized string en...view item »

Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne
Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited

Radioland is a project for covering Kraftwerk, made up of Franck Vigroux and Matthew Bourne (accompanied live by visual artist Antoine Schmitt). Taking on a classic like Radio-Activity is a bold move, but they pull of the delicate balance between stayin...view item »

Roll The Dice
In Dust

The Swedish duo of Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt dropped an amazing record for Digitalis a wee while ago and then a limited edition 12" for the Leaf label. Both records had got me quite excited to hear another and here it is. A brilliant full album for Leaf. Let's face it, Leaf have acquired some top artist...view item »

Nancy Elizabeth

There’s a dog that lives down our street, they put it out to bark at night. Sometimes for several hours at a time. It drives me mad. Gentle folkie Nancy Elizabeth has a voice that reaches enough dizzy Kate Bush levels of high pitch to prick the ear of 99% o...view item »

Solid Gold

A collaboration between Portland duo Au and clever sax honker Colin Stetson.  Stetson amazed me earlier this year with his album of sax vignettes and here he really brings something to the party (a big fat sax in fact). The A side is your typically post Arcade Fire/Mumford and Sons ...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
My Heart

Anything is going to sound good after that but I'm struggling with this Wildbirds and Peacedrums single. I have never heard them before but have heard a lot about them and their supposedly amazing live displays. The A side is called 'My Heart' and it consists of a woman wailing over some drums and steel drums. A bit plodding - she has a good strong...view item »

The Comet Is Coming
Death To The Planet

You'd struggle to find a more damningly-titled record as Death To The Planet by The Comet Is Coming here at Norman Records. But surprisingly its contents are not quite as doom-ridden as you'd perhaps expect; its jolty four tracks are crammed with trumpet solos, squelch synths, edge-of-your-se...view item »

The Golden Morning Breaks

I haven't even heard that Colleen album that everyone drones on about so I can't compare it to her new one that I'm about to review. Well anyway we were playing this in the office the other day and I had to ring the bank to sort out the mess that was caused by one of you lot spending too much money. Aaaannyway (I'm going somewhere with t...view item »

Start Breaking My Heart

Repress of Caribou(Dan Snaith)’s second full length album on Leaf. If you got into Caribou mainly by Our Love this is a wonderful bit of homework. Originally released under his Manitoba moniker before repackaging as Caribou in 2001. Start Brea...view item »

Julia Kent

New York based cellist Julia Kent came into view from performing with Rasputina and Antony & The Johnsons, and her performance credits are impressive as well, including Swans, Library Tapes, and Aiden Baker. Asperities is her fourth...view item »

Asa-Chang & Junray
Jun Ray Song Chang

Jun Ray Song Chang brought Asa-Chang (working here with Junray) to the attention of many back in 2001 when it was first release, thanks partly to the championing John Peel. The melding of East-Asian percussion, delicate melodies and tiny tweaks of electronic processing makes for an...view item »

Martes + Utopia

Murcof’s 2002 debut album Martes has become vanishingly rare since that initial release, a great shame for serious Murcof-heads, but also for those yet to hear this powerful brew of clicks’n’cuts and melodic materials. This reissue on The Leaf Label presents the original record, plus t...view item »

Roll The Dice meets Pole
In Dubs

I met Pole once - he could be described in one word - cuddly. Never met Roll the Dice though but I’m sure they are cuddly in their own way. Here they’ve hooked up with Pole who has re-worked their composit...view item »

Melt Yourself Down
Dot To Dot

Melt Yourself Down are soon to return with a second album of their frenzied fiery free-afro-jazz-punk. Dot To Dot, the first single, makes a compelling preview, Kushal Gaya holding forth authoritatively over an unbeatable groove. The track is backed by a fresh-flipping remix by DJ Khalab...view item »

The Comet Is Coming

The Comet Is Coming is a fun new project from some heads that you might know: yes, that saxophone is indeed from Shabaka Hutchings of Melt Yourself Down! He’s supported by synths and drums, making for a danceable, cosmic energy blast. The Prophecy EP, the first taste we’ve h...view item »

Polar Bear
Same As You

Not to be confused with the American band, or the Arctic carnivore, Polar Bear are back with their sixth album. Once again delving into the riches of double-saxophone-fueled jazz, Same As You is a double LP with outside ideas and at the same time appealing sounds. British avant-garde made available to the masses!...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

An office favourite and the promo has only been in the place a week. It has since disappeared into various homes for night listening which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Therefore I'm the wrong person to write the press blurb as I was the only one to spit the words "experimental Winehouse" in it's direction. It certainly s...view item »

Roll The Dice
Until Silence

I've tried with these Swedes before and I still haven't got 'em figured out on their third album so maybe I should just give up. It's not that I actively dislike them as I don't, There is just something a little laboured, authoritarian and pompous about their music, especially at its most dramatic and symphonic. That's not to say it isn't all RE...view item »

Polar Bear
In Each And Every One

The Mercury Music Prize nominated jazz combo Polar Bear are back with their fifth album ‘In Each And Every One’, it’s business as usual with their amazing mix of free jazz, hip-hop beats and avant garde noise scronk. This album though takes this sound further into more progressive territories with ...view item »


Something that is truly excellent though is the new Murcof album. This is a stupendously beautiful album of warm melodic electronica. I really can't recommend it enough. It's atmospheric and packed with a brooding sense of emotion which makes you feel all warm and content after listening to it. The haunting piano and strings just send s...view item »

Both Lights

We played this in the office the other day and there was moaning. There often is but there was extra moaning. I've blocked it all out now but I wanted to hear these guys properly so I chucked it in my bag to give it a spin at home. It's only been on for a couple of minutes and I don't rem...view item »

Matthew Bourne
Montauk Variations

Undoubtedly a superior tinkler of the ivories, I'm finding this album just a little sophisticated for my tastes. Bourne's up and down that keyboard, showing the flair and dexterity that would come from someone who won the 'innovation' gong at the BBC Jazz awards in 2002. It plays a jazzy ...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
A Hawk And A Hacksaw

A Hawk and a Hacksaw is a feller out of Neutral Milk Hotel who now resides in good old England on Thames. His new self titled album sounds quite frighteningly like Philip Glass. All lively appegio's and jagged time signatures. Plenty of odd  instruments abound. An interesting sounding record - n...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw

I'm utterly obsessed by this new A Hawk And A Hacksaw album. I've quite liked bits by 'em before but nothing has really grabbed by them as much as Delivrance, their brand new album on Leaf. I think it probably helped seeing them live the other week.... it was like being at a jewish wedding on crack. The music was so fast and furious I've no idea ho...view item »

The Versailles Sessions

Murcof has a brand new album out. The mexican wonder is back with a stunning opus called 'The Versailles Sessions'. Here you have 6 brand new Murcof tracks composed for Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes which is a festival of light,sound and water at the Chateau De Versailles in France. Hence the title.... Yup everything has a reason and a place and if yo...view item »

Susumu Yokota

Susumu Yokota sadly passed away last year, reminding many of the power of his 2000 album Sakura, perhaps the finest example of his drifting melodic electronica. Firmly out of print for many years, The Leaf Label now reissue it on double vinyl in an edition of 600 copies, each packaged with a CD of the album....view item »

Phelan Sheppard
Harps Old Master

Here I have the second album by PHELAN SHEPPARD of State River Widening fame, entitled 'Harps Old Master', proudly released on the Leaf label. This is a very beautiful and hypnotic album which would make a lovely film montage to stroke the head of a loved one to. This is a great study of the relationship between the heav...view item »

Nancy Elizabeth
I Used To Try

A 7" is available by the lady once known to her schoolmates as Cunliffe. I'm sure it got twisted a little into an unpleasant bastardisation at some point by some horrid reprobates. So she's now just known as Nancy Elizabeth. 'I Used to Try' is raggedy, slightly psychedelic tribalistic folk somewhere between Beth Orton & Sandy Denny. It's q...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

These peeps never fail to impress me, a Swedish M/F duo that produce soulful, otherworldly percussive pop with scintillating use of abstract angles & bluesy vocal stylings. Her voice has a tendency to grate on some folk but I think she proudly straddles the boundary between Beth Gibbons & Beach House's Victoria Legrand, possessing an aff...view item »


Efterklang release their brand new album. I managed to play it all the way through and the only thing I can tell you about is that is extremly twinkly. I think I need to sepnd more time with it but what I heard I quite enjoyed. It's not an album you can hear the once to get the most out of it. 'Parades' is its name.... ...view item »


For having such a large number of people in the group, they manage to keep things remarkably restrained, sometimes even to the point of frustration. The opening track of "Foetus" builds slowly with filtered electronics and string washes and basically serves as a warm-up to the release while "Swarming" mixes clicky programming with plenty of layered...view item »

Adrian Klumpes
Be Still

ADRIAN KLUMPES is some dude from Triosk. He plays keyboard in said band in fact. His solo album on LEAF is here and it's a purdy sounding thing indeed...Piano is the key word here.... loads of the frickin' thing.  It's mixing classical and electronics (there's a lot of that this week) which I can't get enough of at the...view item »

Les Ondes Silencieuses

Colleen is some French artist from France. She has a new album out on 2 formats. One is a long playing 12" size LP format and the other format is a small shiny digital CD. I'm sure it's available on download but that's not really a format now is it? And you'll miss out on the gorgeous sleeve as well.... so you'll really be needing the vinyl for ...view item »

Riow Arai
Disturbance EP

New thing on Leaf by Riow Arai. A beaty thing that none of us know how to describe which I suppose is a good thing. I could imagine dancing to this - flailing my arms around wildly. Disturbance is very good progressive electronic music. ...view item »

Utopia Remixes

Murcof are our little pals from Mexico and they have a new 12" out on Leaf. Both songs are remixes. The first one is by Sutekh and it is excellent. How would I describe this....its chirpy...the B side is a mix by Fax which is much more mellow. I like Fax a lot. They do that worn, ...view item »


Something that is truly excellent though is the new Murcof album. The CD is here but the vinyl will be later so I'm told (flaps...). This is a stupendously beautiful album of warm melodic electronica. I really can't recommend it enough. It's atmospheric and packed with a brooding sense of emotion which makes you feel all warm and conten...view item »

Oh No Ono

I can't remember a great deal about the Oh No Ono album except for the fact that Clinton was pretty keen on it. Not much of a frame of references for this set of remixes but I'll give it a shot.. Man of the moment Caribou contributes a surprisingly straight-up techno banger that's undoubtedly the main draw with its waves of satisfyingly batterin...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

These peeps never fail to impress me, a Swedish M/F duo that produce soulful, otherworldly percussive pop with scintillating use of abstract angles & bluesy vocal stylings. Her voice has a tendency to grate on some folk but I think she proudly straddles the boundary between Beth Gibbons & Beach House's Victoria Legrand, possessing an aff...view item »

Bill Wells
Pick Up Sticks

Also in is a new LP/CD on Leaf by Bill Wells aided by Stefan Schnieder, Barbara Morgernstern and Annie Whitehead (whoever she may be) which largely comprises of acoustic avant garde jazz. I'm far too harrassed to get my head round this at the mo.......view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Well it's been out low key style before has this album i'm clutching in my lobsteresque pincer. But rightfully so, Sweden's Wildbirds and Peacedrums have their strange and wilfully unhinged 'Heartcore' album reissued by Leaf for the widest possible audience. The lady on vocals is a right mentalist, I can tell thee. She's possesed by some real vo...view item »

Asa Chang & Junray
Tsu Gi Ne Pu

Asa Chang & Junray are a set of odd people. Well there's only 2 of 'em so I'm not sure if that technically makes a set or not. Thet have a mini album out on Leaf on vinyl and CD of ample oddness. Chocca full of tablas, odd sounds and intermittent Japanese speaking. Overall a healthy dose of ...view item »


Manitoba with back with Jacknuggeted on CD single and 12" courtesy of those nice folks at Leaf records. Crikey this is good. More like Fourtet than previous releases. Yr folktronica (I believe it's called) and he does it rather well. Up there on a par with the Fourtet chap is ...view item »

Polar Bear

Yuk, the press release for this is a bit dodge.. Banging about how the nippers are stepping away from their crunky wonkstep and spraypainting "Hey, jazz is kewl!" all over your dad's Mondeo. Whatever Trevor. In any case is does mention sterling local heroes TrioVD who Polar Bear do share a vague similarity with in some senses, albeit with...view item »

Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, Caribou, Various
Check The Water

Leaf Records is ten years old and to celebrate this remarkable phenomenon they have branched out and released a cheap as chips double CD of selected music from their 10 years of being. So spread over the 2 discs you have Boymerang, Susumu Yokota, Four Tet, Caribou, Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, Efterklang, Boom Bip, 310, Icarus, Bill Wells...view item »

Nancy Elizabeth
Hey Son

Nancy Elizabeth with an astounding new single Hey Son on Leaf. Starting from the seed of a pure female voice and guitar, it slowly builds taking in a great choppy guitar action until finally we're in a wall of pagan intensity and tribal beats. Makes me want to strip off, paint up and dance round the campfire high on lead from the cheap market paint...view item »

Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades

'Performing Parades' is the latest release from Efterklang performing their 2007 album 'Parades' accompanied by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. I'm not familiar with the original record nor am I familiar with the previous works of the band but on first listen this sounds like an intriging record. I'll assume that the band play some form of d...view item »

Everyone Alive Wants Answers

Colleen’s debut album Everyone Alive Wants Answers was first released in 2003, to the joy of those who heard it. The album is a sensitive suite of electronically-tweaked instrumentals, small-sounding melodic material spliced, looped and spun-around into something entrancing. This Leaf Label reissue (LP with CD) is...view item »

Et les Boites a Musique

Cos I'm busy listening to the new COLLEEN (French for Colin) CD on Leaf rather Frenchily titled Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique. This album has been entirely built using music boxes. I actually really like music boxes a lot and was seriously considering collecting 'em a while back but decided not to bother cos it seemed too much ...view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
The Snake

Wildbirds & Peacedrums seem to have totally polarised the office with The Snake which can't be a bad thing now, can it? Getting a reaction's always a good thing. Phil and Business Lady aren't fans at all but Brian and I like it, the neurotic lady vocals and percussion heavy arrangements no doubt appealing to our post-punk sensibilities. Imagine...view item »

Essie Jain
The Inbetween - Special Edition

Essie Jain has her 2nd album out called 'The Inbetween' this very week. Well it's actually been out for a while in America on Ba Da Bing but it surfaces over here on Leaf with a couple of bonus tracks to appease those who've patiently been waiting for it to arrive. Mind you in this day and age what with downloading everything creating a 'wanting it...view item »


So the new Volcano! album has come in and reading the reviews down the bottom of the page here I've got to say I'm completely baffled.. 'Will appeal to fans of Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Why?, Liars, Battles and even Sparks!' it says, 'Will appeal to fans of OK Computer and Muse' I say. There seems to be quite a big disparity between wha...view item »


Murcof. The Mexican wonder group are back from a break with a new 2 track EP on Leaf. If you liked the debut album you'll love this. Dark ambience with strange clicks and noises yet beautiful. Mournful and depressing like I like. Ultimatum is limited to just 1000 copies so be quick!...view item »

Africa Just Wants To Have Fun

Anything's going to be an improvement after The Fratellis so Volcano! have got it pretty lucky this week, in this context it sounds like the greatest artistic work produced by mankind since Commando. The peculiarly titled 'Africa Just Wants To Have Fun' is apparently a dig at goons like Bono which is always nice to hear, not that you'd be able to...view item »

Hendrix With KO

The, quite frankly, annoying Manitoba brings forth another single from his 'Up In Flames' opus. 'Hendrix with Ko' is a further slice of tinny psychedelic electronic whimsy which thinks it's being clever when it actually sounds just like what Flowchart were doing 6 years ago fer fucks sake. This ...view item »


Efterklang: Caravan (Leaf) Described by our departing man at helm ( blasts and whirling choruses, all served up with a dramatic as-you-like arrangement; that has drums almost marching. Not so much miserable as maybe aching and clawing. Hand numbered in an edition of 1000. he's only here half days weds.) as the Danish Radiohead. This is a little per...view item »

Hanne Hukkelberg
Cast Anchor

Also on Leaf is something that sounds much much nicer to my jaded and wax - filled ears. Its Hanne Hukkelberg. She has a lovely voice.....very soft like an expensive eiderdown. The songs have acoustic guitar and electronic beats but the vocal delivery is quite eccentric. Its not too dissimilar from that Psapp album we li...view item »


Straight onto Murcof who just absolutely are the best thing to come out of Mexico since Mescal. Here's their new album 'Cosmos' which will just happily take you there on a one way ticket to some sort of wierd doomed cosmos. This is great.... It's quite different to their previous albums as well. This one is much more minimal and dark sounding. Load...view item »

Up In Flames

On a similiar tip is the new Manitoba album which sounds much more Fourtet-ee than the last one. If you want an indication of what yr getting it's something like Fourtet having eaten Sun Ra and then being eaten by a bloody great big My Bloody Valentine monster. That make sen...view item »

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