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Pill
Soft Hell

New York’s Pill cite their influences as rock ‘n’ roll legend The Big Bopper (he was on the same plane as Buddy Holly) and Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysees, The Make-Up). This means for their second album, Soft Hell, you can expect a whirlwind ...view item »

Connan Mockasin
Jassbusters

God help us all, he's back. Popular hedonist Connan Mockasin has probably been sleeping in his pillow fort for the last couple of years but he returns with more ineffable R&B tinged indie rock. Jassbusters is his third record and is apparently the prologue to a five-part film he's making, esoteri...view item »

PAINT
PAINT

Paint is the solo project from Allah-las guitarist and singer Pedrum Siadatian. He started to record some of his weirder ideas on a four-track back in 2016 around the time of Allah-las third album, Calico Review. Taking inspiration from Ke...view item »

Washed Out
Life Of Leisure

Here is what we said about the vinyl: Now in on super limited CD!! My ears really pricked up yesterday, as did our Business Lady's. The record responsible is from Washed Out who I've never heard of but Phil informs me that Pitchfork are creaming themselves over them. Okay so this isn't strictly a single but a 6 track mini-alb...view item »

Dungen & Woods
Myths 003

Marfa Myths is a festival in Texas curated by the Mexican Summer label. There you will find all you’d expect from a festival in terms of bands playing live and such, but there are also some special events. One of those events is a recording residency. In 2017,  Swedish psych rockers Dungen collaborated with Brooklyn&r...view item »

Arp
Zebra

Alexis Georgopoulos presents his fourth album as Arp, a name I can only assume must refer to a beloved synthesiser. The feel of Zebra is very much of that 80’s period where old and new influences from around the world were being mixed and melded into shiny new fourth world shapes. It’s also ...view item »

Xander Duell
Experimental Tape No2. Vol 1

A peculiar and very limited LP of experimental pop on Mexican Summer. Judging by the cover and title alone I was expecting a bunch of solo bedroom meditations, but this is very much an experimental modern take on 70s soul. The influences do range further than that, and this guy clearly knows his stuff, but at its heart this record seems to b...view item »

Jess Williamson
Cosmic Wink

Dreaming the cosmic dream, dancing the cosmic dance, winking the Cosmic Wink. That’s what Jess Williamson is up to on her latest LP. Her third record - and first for Mexican Summer - is rooted in Americana and Byrds-y songcraft, but lyrically it finds Williamson gazing up at the s...view item »

The Bitters
East General

You may be familiar with these Toronto guys from their output on Release The Bats and Captured Tracks. Also it's no big secret that Ben Cook (vocals, guitars, bass) also plays in Fucked Up. He's joined by Aerin Fogel on vocals, drums and sax. They can certainly bash it out. Combining a primal and raw trashy garage sound with a pop/ post-punk aes...view item »

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Myths 002

Moving fairly violently between tasteful folksy acoustic songwriting and explosions of operatic intensity, this collaboration is, if nothing else, unpredictable. Rich layers of instrumentation and clashing performance styles add to the exciting uncertainty, and over the four tracks you can be sure that weird and charmed places will be reached....view item »

Dev Hynes & Connan Mockasin
Myths 001

Myths 001 is a collaboration by two artists known for their leftfield take on indie-pop. Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes (Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) bring underwater, breathy, and sparse, heartbreaking qualities to twisted indie-funk and post-punk on a 12” that was written and ...view item »

Kurt Vile
God Is Saying This To You

If you know Kurt Vile than you know what to expect. Beautiful, dark, haunting songs primarily made up of acoustic guitar and vocals. If you don't already know, Kurt can play. He has a brilliant fingerpicking style and a hauntingly honest tongue. The highest point on this album for me is "My Sympathy". This is a really good record that has altern...view item »

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
On The Echoing Green

Cutting his teeth with groups such as Portraits, The Alps, and collaborating with Liz Harris (Grouper) as Raum, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has been releasing albums consistently since. On The Echoing Green...view item »

Allah-Las
Covers #1

California indie bunch the Allah-Las offer up a limited edition 10” following their 2016 album Calico Review. On Covers #1, the band lend their hazey charm and lo-fi funk vibes to a series of covers of the likes of George Harrison and Television. Limited 10” served u...view item »
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Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink
Hang On to Life / No Real Friend

Can’t say I was over the moon with the last Ariel Pink record or the lacklustre gig I witnessed at the Brudenell last summer plus Mexican Summer ain’t the label it used to be so I’m looking on at this 7” (which ft. ...view item »
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Ariel Pink
Another Weekend / Ode To The Goat (Thank You)

Super annoying but rather essential weirdo pop man Ariel Pink continues to change the name of his own game with "Another Weekend", a dabbling in a downbeat version of sunshine pop that retains some of the obnoxious advert antics of Pom Pom. "Another Weekend" starts as an acoustic ballad, breaks ...view item »

Greg Ashley
One Thin Heroine/ Misery Again

This is a 7" of downbeat country/Americana from singer/songwriter Greg Ashley (The Gris Gris, The Mirrors, Strate Coats). The first track's a call-and-response type number with Ashley and a lass by the name of Kimberly Morrison alternating lines, accompanied by fingerpicked guitar. It seems to get slower as it goes along, and it certainly ma...view item »

Jorge Elbrecht
Coral Cross - 001

‘Coral Cross - 001’ is the debut release from Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Haunted Graffiti, Violens) new metal project. Following his collaborative work with Ariel Pink and Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) this record sees Elbrecht move into new stylistic territories, from the tearing Bay area thrash metal intro A side to the lo fi...view item »

Tonstartssbandht
Sorcerer

Sorcerer is the first full-length studio album from New York based duo Tonstartssbandht. The three-part record contains a brilliantly crafted mix of indie-rock and ambitious noise-rock paired with cleverly written vocals that are like poetry. Described as ‘a heavenly cours...view item »

Allah-Las
Autumn Dawn / Hereafter

The Allah Las are probably the most relaxed band on the planet. For several years they have been making the sort of sunny day guitar pop that makes Real Estate sound like Napalm Death. Anyway they've clambered out of bed for long enough to unleash a brand new 7" with one track off their recent h...view item »
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Shadow Band
Wilderness of Love

The emo psychedelics of Shadow Band lean heavily on the atmosphere you can craft out of disparity. On “Green Riverside”, frontman Mike Bruno places smoky guitar strums against the kind of swirling chords you’d find on a dungeon synth record, striking a balance between songwriter solace and medieval soundscape. ‘Wilderness...view item »

Marissa Nadler
Ballads of Living and Dying

Reissue of Marissa Nadler’s debut album from 2004. Now on the massive Sacred Bones imprint it’s good to look back at what brought Nadler to the point she is now. Darkened ballads of acoustic folk gently lull you in with carefully plucked guitars and ominous soundscapes filling in the gaps. Imagine ...view item »

Weyes Blood
Cardamom Times

Weyes Blood is the project of multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering who earned her stripes with experimental noise-rockers Jackie-O Motherfucker. Her haunted folk template is imbued with influences from Terry Riley to Sybille Baer and writer Anais Nin...view item »
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La Hell Gang
Thru Me Again

With a name like LA Hell Gang you might expect this to be ferocious riff-laden testosterock but actually 'Thru Me Again' is a slow drifting biker psych excursion full of slow, hazy grooves to soundtrack your smoky summer. Mr post-it's been at it again, saying "Rocket from the Tombs played too slowly"...view item »

Weyes Blood
Front Row Seat To Earth

Front Row Seat To Earth is the new album by Weyes Blood, the solo recording project of Natalie Mering from Jackie O Mutherfucker. The album recalls the the US west coast folk sound of the ‘70s, artists such as Esra Mowhawk. The live band feel is contrasted with a clever use of electronics...view item »

Allah-Las
Calico Review

Allah-Las dragged themselves off the beaches and palm-tree-lined boulevards of Los Angeles to record this third album of theirs. They did bring that warm, laid-back tone into the studio with them though: Calico Review feels like the kind of summer record you play as the evening starts to settle in. Out on Mexican Summer...view item »

Viet Cong
Cassette

Viet Cong is a new project consisting of old members of Women, Calgary's prime and now broken-up noise rock band, as well as Scott Munro, a member of Canadian producer Chad VanGaalen's backing band. The record is a more straightforward and poppy affair for both artists, made from garage pop guitar and moody post-punk vocals. The g...view item »
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Pill
Convenience

Good shouting band Pill move super-fast through embittered punk sagas along the lines of V.H.S, their guitar missives arranging counsel with a saxophone stomp that gives the record a second wind of urgency. It's one of the most expressive and exciting things you'll hear this year, is Conv...view item »

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons

Maker of the abstract and turner of the world's axis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one of musique concrète's rocks, using reel to reel tapes and field recordings of the area around his hometown to make half-compositions. He's pretty much always recording the sounds of his life, kind of like if W...view item »

Ford And Lopatin
Emergency Room

This is a pretty little thing. The new Ford and Lopatin single is a picture disc 12" that comes in four different variations. They're all pretty similar, though, so I'm not sure I'd recommend shelling out the full fifty-six smackers for the set...the only variation between them is a different X-ray picture on the B-sides. Musically, we've got th...view item »

True Widow
As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth

Heavy tings here on the second album by True Widow, first released in 2011. As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth has the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock. Mighty stuff. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer....view item »

True Widow
I.N.O.

Heavy tings here on True Widow’s I.N.O. EP, first released in 2011. The band have the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock, although this release also sees them pushing into some weirder territory, with 2 10-minute-plus tracks that drone and dirge. Reissued on vinyl by M...view item »

Pink Playground
Destination Ecstasy

The fish-netted ass on the back cover of this much sought after release on Mexican Summer is a little racy for this time in the morning. I think I need to go and have a(nother) cold shower. While I do that you can listen to this album for me, right? Now, many albums we get in stock you th...view item »
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Torn Hawk
Union and Return

Torn Hawk is the project of Luke Wyatt, who is responsible for every single sound on this record. Union and Return sounds quite a lot like video game music to these ears: possible to accompany an adventure set in the digitally rendered sky-city of the cover art? Either way, it’s an atmospheric lis...view item »

Quilt
Plaza

Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie...view item »

Quilt
Quilt

Here's another release on the ever prolific Mexican Summer label. A record which immediately is a reviewers dream as it's very quickly comparable to two bands we know and love at the towers, namely Warpaint and Vivian Girls. The music has the laid back West Coast vibe that pervades the fo...view item »
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Andras Fox
Vibrate On Silent

Funky garage house producer Andras Fox, who loves to dabble with jazz and funk as well, conjures up six tunes here for his new release 'Vibrate on Silent', out on Mexican Summer. It's a sparse affair, showing off minimal exchanges between hypnotic rhythms, steadfast beats and funky sampled effects. Gotta have some sax, too. ...view item »
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Soldiers of Fortune
Early Risers

Soldiers Of Fortune are not so much of a supergroup, more a super collective. They started as an anti-band doing the absolute opposite of what you’d expect a band to do - nothing. It was the brainchild of sometime Interpol bassist Brad Truax. Mike Bones joined in and got t...view item »

Tamaryn
Cranekiss

Tamaryn marries the always-welcome sound of shoegaze with celestial pop songs, the waveringly massive (and often groovy) backgrounds of guitar and synth supporting some bold pop vocals. Cranekiss, Tamaryn's third album, has to be their finest effort so far. On Mexican Summer, with a bonus boo...view item »

Terrible Truths
Lift Weights / Don Juan

From one guitar-pop debut 7” to another, here I’ve got one from Aussies Terrible Truths, who are peddling an airy, minimal post-punk sort of sound with spindly guitar and bass lines, lots of reverb, and quite Delta 5-ish female voca...view item »
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The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Gagdad

I'd be quick with these as they're hand numbered of 500 and there's quite a bunch of you who dig these guys. When I picked this up I thought it said Gay Dad and it brought back loads of terrifying memories (not of the band but of repressed childhood memories....) So here's a 7" with a couple of new tracks on. The production sounds more lo-fi tha...view item »
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Gauntlet Hair
Out, Don't... b/w Heave

Gauntlet Hair are the duo of Andy R. and Craig Nice from Denver. This 7" outing on Mexican Summer showcases their all out rhythmic punk style which encompasses elements of 80's synth pop, Animal Collective and, most notably the music of Yeasayer. These pointers will give you an impression of what to expect from 'Out, Don't' which is basically an...view item »
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Farmer Dave Scher
Bab'lone Nights

Farmer Dave Scher apparently used to be in Beachwood Sparks and All Night Radio who I can't remember ever hearing. All Night Radio I've not even heard of so you'll have to excuse my ignorance here.. On the evidence of this 'Bab'lone Nights' 7" he's into 70's-inspired indie with a mighty dose of piano-heavy country boogaloo and little droplets ...view item »

No Joy
More Faithful

The third LP from No Joy is More Faithful which delivers some beautiful shoegaze that whirls around in reverb and almost chant-like vocals which layer over one another before being hooked back to earth with some concrete guitar work. It’s full of ethereal melodies which glance toward Slowdive ...view item »

Ashrae Fax
Static Crash

This is the first of several reissues on Mexican Summer of the work of Ashrae Fax. No, me neither, but it turns out they were a pumping synthpop band from the early 2000s when synths were pretty out of vogue and have since been celebrated retrospectively. It&rsqu...view item »

Travis Bretzer
Waxing Romantic

There's already one Mac Demarco out there, creating great records and causing chaos in the live arena. From the sounds of the opening track here, we have another. It's identikit. However Travis proves he has more in his locker with some sweet '80s influenced jangle pop that nods towards Orange Juice and maybe Felt. Depending on how it grows this...view item »

Torn Hawk
Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time

Audio-visual gloomer Luke Wyatt likes to go under the name Torn Hawk, where he makes bitty electronica on proudly primitive equipment, with a bit of processed live guitar work thrown in for good measure. 'Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time' doesn't quite sum up the modestly beautiful electro-compositions he puts forward here, which feel m...view item »

Weyes Blood
The Innocents

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Natalie Mering, aka Natalie Wiseblood from Jackie O Motherfucker, aka Weyes Bluhd, aka Weyes Blood, has a second Weyes Blood album following 2011's now-sold-out effort on Not Not Fun. Expect mystical folk-pop warblings with haunting, primitive backing and full-voiced but wistful vocals....view item »

Ashrae Fax
Never Really Been Into It

One for all you fans of gothy ethereal 80's referencing music that in another world would have emerged on 4AD with a Vaughan Oliver sleeve. This is a duo from North Carolina who use the regulation drum machine, affected guitars, wobbly bass and octave leaping vocal delivery of the Cocteau Twins. Its a little bit more straightforward than the Coc...view item »

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone Family Band

Eighth album from Vermont mentalists The Happy Jawbone Band. The band have generally released home-recorded stuff up to now, and there was a lot of it. Previous album 'Taste the Broom' was a sort of compilation, whittled down to nine songs out of the hundreds these guys have recorded. Here though, they've been into a proper recording studio and ...view item »

Napolian
Rejoice EP

If you are foolhardy enough to take the beat from 'When Doves Cry' to form the groove of the opening number of your debut 12” you will forever have a fan in me. Napolian does just that on 'False Memories', a tune so unbelievably sweet it makes me wanna cry pure tears of joy. A sent...view item »
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Bi
Surf N Turf

While Black Dice goes from strength to strength (and many critics continue to fail to “get” it), Eric Copeland's non-BD output has been becoming increasingly...view item »
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The Fresh & Onlys
House Of Spirits

Do they ever stop for a minute? There has been a case in the past for the Fresh and Only’s taking a fallow year out, writing some truly decent songs and waiting for the right time to strike. Here, they continue the pursuit of 80’s flavoured raincoat rock that they started edging towards on the ‘Soothsayer’ EP. Nod...view item »

Lilacs & Champagne
Midnight Features Vol. I: Shower Scene

Now two albums deep, Lilacs & Champagne have outlasted the "Grails side project" tag and are now "the guys from Grails' other band" in their own right, and this EP we have this year seems to indicate new levels of ambition by the duo, who expand their ranks to a quartet for the first ...view item »
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Lace Curtain
The 3rd EP

This is apparently the third EP by post-Total Control coldpoppers Lace Curtain, but only the second that I've heard. There are four songs on here and they're all patiently-paced and understated chunks of synthpop somewhere between Hot Chip, New Order...view item »

Linda Perhacs
Parallelograms

And now for something completely different. Linda Perhacs is a folk chanteuse from the good old US of A. She uses different modal tunings for each song with a gently plucked steel stringed guitar as the notes are more resonant. She also has the voice of an angel and it's a voice that you don't tire of hearing. Her music seems like it was a catha...view item »
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Quilt
Held In Splendor

First catching my ear with their Warpaint/Vivian Girls style debut, Quilt have certainly soaked up some West Coast psychedelic influences in the meantime. This is a varied album which veers all over the place showcasing a band obviously in love with music from the 1960’s hey...view item »

No Joy
Pastel And Pass Out

No Joy continue their journey into cleaner focus with a 12” EP follow up to their second full-length, Wait to Pleasure. Thankfully there is still plenty of dreamgazing to be had in songs like opener Last Boss, which brings the noisy guitars crashing in after a patient build-up. Pas...view item »

Lace Curtain
Falling / Running EP

This record has a sticker on it declaring it the “New project from Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra from Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox et al&rd...view item »

The Fresh & Onlys
Soothsayer EP

Another day, another The Fresh and Onlys record. Their albums tend to start with a killer track before fizzling away to nothing. If you compiled all the opening tracks on their records then that would be some greatest hits. On the sleeve, a man with a beard is holding two babies. There is a school of thought...view item »
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Part Time
PDA

I was rather taken by Part Time’s previous album ‘What Would You Say’, which presented a kind of modern bedroom take on classic uplifting ‘80s soft pop and yet somehow avoided the cloying and cheesy pitfalls thanks to a great ear for a hook and some well chosen chord changes. Now he...view item »

Mood Rings
VPI Harmony

You know you can sometimes click play on a compact disc player and you know that something is going to be good. Occasionally I’m wrong, very, very wrong but this debut album from this Atlanta 5 piece immediately has a sound that is satisfying on the ear, that is, if you enjoy delayed, reverbed guitars, cymbal washes and vo...view item »

No Joy
Wait To Pleasure

2nd release from band out of Montreal, Canada who play driving, celestial indie pop that's buried deeply beneath vibrating waves of feedback noise. Gorgeous harmony vocals float, subtly, tantalizingly under the swirling pain-barrage of amplified guitar-screech. It's a potent dream-pop/shoegaze noise fest! Similarities to My Bloody Valentine, Coc...view item »

Lilacs & Champagne
Danish & Blue

I try to find things that can hold my interest and allow me to just enjoy sitting down. I would say this is like a cross between Down Tempo Chill/Trip Hop with some flare of 1980s King Crimson. The guitar work on this is really good, it reminds me of Adrian Belew and Frank Zappa as well as some 1980s Tangerine Dream. There is some great sampling...view item »

Lansing-Dreiden
The Incomplete Triangle

I love this group, and I say "group" loosely because they're not really a band. It's a striking album that's both metal and shoegaze-ish and Latin Miami Freestyle. If all these styles have came across your path in the past years and you've dug it, check this out. The Incomplete Triangle is not entirely original, but that's obviously on purpose. ...view item »

Lansing-Dreiden
A Sectioned Beam

In theory, it's a good idea -- mixing bits of metal, dreampop, space-rock and one driving guitar. But Lansing-Dreiden never lives up to its promise in "Sectioned Beam." It feels like a good experimental album that hasn't decided if it wants to be the Beach Boys or a quirky ambient-pop group. This offbeat musical collective sounds like a...view item »

Vietnam
an A.merican D.ream

I put this CD on the stereo gingerly, keeping my fingers crossed that Vietnam were not attempting the literal with their album title and dropping an Americanised version of D:Ream’s signature ‘90s pop sound. It’s quickly clear from the droney opening and enormous personne...view item »
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Spectral Park
Spectral Park

Spectral Park is the alias of Southampton’s Luke Donovan, who here dishes out a debut LP of energetic sampledelic psych-pop which, says the press release, was “literally sourced from a box of records the Southampton multi-instrumentalist found on a walk by a council block’s curbside garbage”. That old art-from-trash chest...view item »

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Tastes The Broom

Happy Jawbone Family Band are a six-piece who are apparently scattered all over the place, “Brattleboro to Boulder”, and yet somehow manage to be fairly prolific songwriters with over 100 songs spread over a series of CDs, tapes and LPs in the last five years or so. They’r...view item »
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GR
A Reverse Age

When I get in on a Friday morning I sit myself down and after telling me about all the various ailments affecting Norman Records staff, Phil goes through my review pile with a word or so on each release. On this all he said was ‘don’t know what this is’. Well he’s ...view item »
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Tamaryn
Tender New Signs

I feel an almost instant affinity with this band because a tamarin monkey (okay, it’s spelt slightly differently but it’s near enough) once pissed on my ex-wife in Cologne. It was proper funny. It still brings a smile to my face now. Amazing hairy tiny pissy things they are....view item »

The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Strapped

The Soft Pack were called The Muslims before they had to change their name for one reason or another. Whatever moniker they have traded under, they have always been a force to be reckoned with and the opening track here ‘Saratoga&rsqu...view item »

Home Blitz
Frozen Tracks

Well this is charming. On this 45rpm 12” EP New York’s Home Blitz knock out half a dozen charmingly ramshackle slices of clumsy but enthusiastic indie pop with occasional female back...view item »
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The Alps
III

The Alps have followed in the fine tradition of Led Zepellin, The Verve and The Sugababes, insulting our intelligence and ability to count by calling their third album III. Grails make for an easy comparison, in general this is Eastern-tinged floaty space rock perfectly captured by the cover photo, some dogs and their Arabic master moving across a ...view item »
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The Alps
Easy Action

Well, this is a pretty wild-looking record. It's packaged in a fold-out 'pyramid sleeve', which seems a bit gimmicky to me, but it's very nice to look at...although what impresses me most isn't the unusual shape but how vivid the colours are. A veritable party for the eyes. The band contains members of Arp, Tarentel and Troll. Musically this...view item »
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Light Asylum
Light Asylum

Light Asylum is a solid debut from the duo which encompasses the might of their sound without overstating its concept. While its lyrical content is often more associated with the biblical imagery that peppers goofier strains of heavy metal, its passion lain out over hard synths and pulsing beats makes for a new kind of dance music, where the foc...view item »
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Lilacs & Champagne
Lilacs & Champagne

We just got our first box from Mexican Summer in a while, and most obviously exciting among the treasured contained within is this album from Lilacs & Champagne, which is the side-project of Grails lads Alex Hall and Emil Amos. Don't go expecting Grails's dusky post-rockisms this time...view item »
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Zig Zags
Scavenger

A rare punk-rock treat from the lads at Mexican Summer. Zig Zags (named after the shoes apparently) are a new name to me. This straight ahead three-piece punk rock band take heavy metal and stoner rock's bombast and inject it with furious punk and garage rock energy. It's not like these...view item »
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Mike Wexler
Dispossession

On first listen, this is very lovely stuff - we'll see, over time, whether its pleasures are passing or permanent. For now, though, Wexler's sounds to me are not too unlike, say, Nick Drake taking the vocal spotlight on a John Martyn album circa 1973. But more than either of thos...view item »

Light Asylum
In Tension E.P.

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Ford And Lopatin
Snakes

Its time to finally admit that I'm old and completely out of touch. I simply don't understand any more. I used to. But now I don't. The lead track here is acapella. There's no music, just voices. It sounds like one of those 'Behind the Music' shows on Heaven 17 where they sit at an enormous ...view item »
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Apache Dropout
Radiation

Mexican Summer don't make too many mis-steps  but this one isn't too promising. Kind of solid straight to the floor fuzzy rock thats a little too Kasabian and not enough Suicide.  Its like a more commercial take on your Spacemen 3 blueprint, a heavily compressed lo-fi sound but the vocals and instrumentation are a little 'busy' for the...view item »
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Best Coast/ Wavves
Split

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Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch
Andrew Graham's Good Word

This guy writes a particularly slanted 'n' enchanted variety of wistful, smoky folk-rock, blues balladeering & wired lo-fi pop over the course of this strange waxing. So one minute i'm thinkin' "that sounds like Bob Dylan chillin' over a vat of camomile tea & a couple of rounds of Albert Hoffman's magic blotters with Steve Malkmus" on th...view item »
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Date Palms
Honey Devash

Fancy some Cali-drone? Yes, that's drone from California! Look Mum I gone and done me a new portmanteau! I'm unsure where this falls in the grander scheme of things but 'Honey Devash' sounds really lush in a John Carpenter meets Ry Cooder and Godspeed way. Yes, this has a slo-burning desert vibe with some sweet heartbroken violin and a sleep...view item »
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Radio People
Hazel

Hopefully you will have picked up on the work of Sam Goldberg a.k.a Radio people by now, especially if you're bang into your synth exploration shit like me. Goldberg's S/T LP on Digitalis earlier in the year was an absolute beauty so I'm pleased to see Mexican Summer are getting behind an...view item »
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Part Time
What Would You Say?

Wow. Here's a new fella on the scene, David Speck, who makes bedroom synthpop under the Part Time moniker. Mexican Summer have deigned fit to press his debut LP, and it doesn't take long to figure out why. This LP is full of light and breezy pop gems in total thrall to '80s synthpop and new romantic bands. Opener 'Thunderbolts Of Love' recal...view item »
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Real Estate
Reality

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Brain Idea
Cosmos Factory

These guys get compared to a lot of the old NZ bands even though they're from Chicago so should sound like Big Black or erm...Chicago. Were Chicago from Chicago? I'll wager that they were but if I'm wrong I'll accept my punishment. Half a squashed freeze-dried badger in the post to the usual address please. So yeah, they've got one of those ...view item »

Teams vs. Star Slinger
Teams vs. Star Slinger

I really wanted to lick this when it got played the other day. When you think 'Mexican Summer' you don't particularly think of the likes of J Dilla and Pete Rock but this one'll have you reaching for those kinds of comparisons with its vast selection of R 'n' B 'n' soul tracks expertly mashed up into summery, peculiarly emotive hip-hop, clipped ...view item »
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