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Cremation Lily
In England Now, Underwater

In England Now, Underwater is an album for anyone who's ever found themselves on the coast of Britain in Winter. To make it Cremation Lily (aka Zen Zsigo) manipulated field recordings of the Hastings coast and used electronics to capture the hostility, grandeur, and lost splendour...view item »

Total Control
Laughing At The System

Laughing At The System is the first music from Melbourne’s Total Control since their second LP, Typical System in 2014. The band are essentially a post-punk band influenced by the likes of Joy Division, but throw a bit of ‘80s electro in the mix too. The band don’t necessarily always tour with the full...view item »

Acolytes
Rupture

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

Yeah You‎
VHOD

You want father/daughter lo-fi noise pop on cassette? Well Yeah You have just the thing for you, yeah, you. Distorted beats and synths melded with field recordings and stream-of-consciousness lyrics, recorded ostensibly anywhere - roadsides, car parks, and really wherever takes their fancy when out and about. VHOD, the title of ...view item »

Helm
World In Action Remixed

Fan’s of Helm’s recent EP World In Action will want to lap up this new release pronto: it’s stacked to the gills with quality remixes by killer producers like Laurel Halo, Low Jack, Sky H1 and Parris. Helm’s orig...view item »

Nick Klein
Lowered Flaming Coffin

Nick Klein is worried. Worried and anxious about living in New York at a time of such unstable political and social disharmony. Whilst he tries to filter it out, sometimes enough is enough and this is a war cry to intervene. Lowered Flaming Coffin begins nicely enough with shimmering cyclical tones before descending into forebod...view item »

Nick Klein
The Lonesome Dealer

Nick Klein comes to the dancefloor from a performance and sound-art background, mixing up noise-damaged industrial techno with a real kick to it. The 4 tracks of The Lonesome Dealer are heavy and woozy and carefully constructed for precision impact. This 12” is released...view item »

Low Life
Dogging

Mmmmmm, fucked-up sleazy dredge-rock from Australian gang Low Life. Dogging feels like a document of bad goings-on (as pictured in the album artwork), approached with a wry nihilism and sharp guitars and synthesisers. Released in Australia in 2014, and now reissued by Luke Younger’s Alter label...view item »

Opera Mort
Dédales

Opera Mort is French duo Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard. Laurent’s sounds some of you may may be familiar with through his excellent Élg project and also you may well have heard both artists collaborating with fellow French legend of the avant garde Ghedalia Tazartés. Together they released two w...view item »

The Bomber Jackets
Kudos To The Bomber Jackets

The absolute state of that cover art. Continuing their usual tightrope walk between poignant and crass the Bomber Jackets follow up their Alter debut with more scattershot pop hits, breaking everything into a kinda silly, drunken stupor where the vocals are plain and wobbly against lazy beats and shiny and amused keys....view item »

Love Theme
Love Theme

Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches, joined by Austin Milne and Simon Frank present a deeply melancholic blend of avant-garde drone and improvisation, made up of saxophones, synths and percussion. Recording their improv session they return to their very distant homes (London, LA...view item »

Chain of Flowers
Let Your Light In / Flesh, Blood and Bone

Double A-side single from Cardiff’s premier post-punk-shoegaze-pop outfit Chain Of Flowers. Let Your Light In / Flesh, Blood and Bone sounds like it could play to get the crowd excited before a Cure gig, with moody vocals and dramatic synth and guitar lines. Released as a 7” single on the Al...view item »

Basic House
I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me

Second full-length album from Basic House. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me delivers on the simmering threat of its title with a set of creeping collages that push out-of-focus beats into an ooze of dubby abstract sounds. High on atmosphere and low on resolution, that’s what we like t...view item »

Tomutonttu
Kevätjuhla

Tomutonttu (aka Finnish artist Jan Anderzén) presents a vinyl distillation of the sound aspect of his Kevätjuhla installation work. The tone is garishly colourful and bizarrely fragmented all at the same time, with poppy fragments swimming around in a sea of bright electronics, all directed ...view item »

Chain of Flowers
Cadwyn O Flodau

Don’t be deceived by the pretty name and LP cover. Chain of Flowers is the heavy-hitting debut from the Welsh heavy shoegaze rockers of the same name. Guitars swirl around, crashing into a mix of sonic drawl. There’s an urgency and drive to the songs but also some more tender moments within it all. For fans of ...view item »

Helm
Rawabet

Live document of a Helm performance in Cairo, 2015. Elements of Rawabet may be familiar to listeners familiar with the Olympic Mess album, but the way that Helm has processed and re-organised that material and combined it with new sounds means that this tape is a whole new beast. Cassette relea...view item »

Carre
Grey Scale

I'm not gonna lie; when I read sentences like “evoking thoughts of a more textural Conrad Schnitzler or some sort of lost Cabaret Voltaire bedroom recording” my brain gets a boner. Such was the case when an email landed in m...view item »

Croatian Amor
Love Means Taking Action

Croatian Amor is one of many projects helmed by Loke Rahbek of Posh Isolation. It leans away from the sharp noise he often dabbles in, instead presenting some pretty shimmery synth songs. Love Means Taking Action  is a joint release between Posh Isolation and Luke Younger’s A...view item »

Basic House
Oats

I’ve been meaning to check out Basic House anyway because he’s playing round these parts in a couple of weeks with Gnod and Bass Clef, so it’s just as well I’ve wound up with it on my review stack this week. Turns out he’s actually the alter-ego of ...view item »

Oneohtrix Point Never/ Tomutonttu
Likaiset Pilvet / Wayland Lincoln Border

Tour 7" time! For the tour which most of us will be sampling down the road this Friday eve! Exciting times for which this 7" serves as a delightful appetiser. Tomutonttu released a couple of dementedly fantastic CDs on Fonal not long back that got Brian frothing at the pants and 'Likaiset Pilvet' keeps up the quality, mangling electronic sounds ...view item »

M Ax Noi Mach
On The Edge

On The Edge is the first full-length record we’ve heard from M Ax Noi Mach in 6 years. Pleasingly, the time away hasn’t resulted in him cleaning up his act: his negative feelings are still as raw as ever, and the soundscapes are mostly stark synth and industrial beats. It’s a menacing listen, the produ...view item »

JS Aurelius
Goofin' Drones

Stepping out from collaborative group work with the likes of Marshstepper and Destruction Unit, sound-worker JS Aurelius releases this solo c38 tape. Goofin’ Drones combin...view item »

Hieroglyphic Being
The Electronic Belt

The EP is made up of three choice cuts from last years “Man With The Red Drum” transmission with each track bearing the signifiers of Jamal’s rough and distinctive production; melodies twisting themselves into psychedelic wormholes, raw kicks and toms that hit as hard and tight as walnuts. Yellow vinyl edition in 5 d...view item »

The Pheromoans
I’m On Nights

The Pheromoans have been around for nine years now and have a comprehensive back catalogue of guitar-based indie rock. On their new album I’m On Nights, guitars take a back seat as analogue synths, drum machines and keyboards create the backdrop for vocalist Russell Walker’s frosty poems. ...view item »

Shallow Sanction
Without Light

Release number two from Shallow Sanction, who seem to make a kind of punk rock that is informed by a noise perspective. Indeed, harsh noise creator Cremation Lily turns up to add extra (power) electronics into the mix. Without Light is pretty ferocious, and the 7” is limited to just 250 copies, so...view item »

Cremation Lily
Fires Frame the Silhouette

Despite the fact that I seem to devote most of my existence to the pursuit, consumption and very occasional creation of sound; not just as a profession but as a way of life, Cremation Lily has until this point managed to completely evade my radar. I try and be on the ball but the “noise” undergr...view item »

Lumisokea
Mnemosyne

Drone time baby! Not just any old drones though: Lumisokea have been working with recordings of such resonant acoustic instruments as gamelan and cello, and have processed and re-engineered them into the pieces you hear on Mnemosyne. Detailed electroacoustic sound caverns, pressed to vinyl on the Alter label....view item »

Uniform
Perfect World

Uniform is a group made up of two New York individuals, channeling their creativity through determinedly cheap equipment. The sound they aim for isn’t exactly lo-fi, though it comes across as a sort of Suicide if most of the synth was instead guitar. Crucially, they have that dogged repetition thing down. ...view item »

Acolytes
Acolytes

Difficult to pin down debut album from Acolytes. With guest appearances from D. Aird (Vindicatrix) and D. Bolger (The Pheromoans), Acolytes mixes tribal rhythms with 8-bit bleeps and stop-start song structures to intriguing effect. If Ensemble Economique was born in London. Out on Vinyl LP from Alter....view item »

Deas
String Studies

Unlike previous works from guitarist Cameron Deas, String Studies is an all-electronic album. Recorded live using a 12 string guitar as a modular trigger, Deas explores unique structures and icily metallic sounds as the guitar is pushed through a digital kaleidoscope. An interesting foray into new territory for him. Out...view item »

Damien Dubrovnik
Patterns of Penetration

A friend and I recently witnessed this Copenhagen based duo perform in an art space in Bradford where over a backdrop of crude power electronics, one of the pair was dunking his head into a bucket of water with a hydrophone stuffed down his gob, choking, gagging and retching, creating an almighty racket much to the bewilderment of the passing gr...view item »

Bass Clef
Acid Tracts

Oooo this is looking sooooo goooood. Bass Clef a.k.a Ralph Cumbers mindblowing ‘Acid Tracts’ cassette on Magic + Dreams makes it’s way on to vinyl (double vinyl actually) with all the tracks intact and sounding as fine as I remember it. I don’t know much about this shadowy figure but I can tell you that Cumbers ha...view item »

Bomber Jackets
The Lister

I just wasted 10 minutes switching turntables as the distortion on the first track here didn’t sound quite acceptable...all I could think was the drifty melancholy vocals resembled those of the singer from my fave London shamblers The Pheromoans. I was wrong about the deck but correct on the singing fro...view item »

Age Coin
Perceptions

I’m not 100% sure what speed to play this at. I’m usually pretty good with this but now I’m stumped. There are literally no markers or hints anywhere on the record. I’m gonna go with 33rpm as the press release says it’s slow and brooding. So then, Age Coin are a pair of Danish folk fro...view item »

Damien Dubrovnik
First Burning Attraction

Copenhagen duo Damien Dubrovnik take no prisoners on the opening track of their new album, ‘Key Of Unesco’, a buzzing, ear-scouring wall of impenetrable robotic noise, swirling and grinding violently into the back of your skull, but for those with the patience to endure this Kevin Drumm-esque ...view item »

Richard Youngs
Rurtain

Another rather brilliant and interesting recording here from wee R. Youngs who I’m assuming is there gracing his own sleeve in a photo from his more youthful days, looking like he’s just been to see The ...view item »