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Hugo Race and his band The True Spirit accompany their recent album The Spirit with a brand new EP. The tracks on False Idols were apparently reserved for this release because of the narrative they collectively hint at: something dark and mystical. Nice, down-low and gnarly blues rock, pressed to 10” vinyl with accompanying CD version. On Glitterhouse.…view full details.
Pink was first issued a few years ago as a digital-only compilation of vinyl-only 12” tracks that Four Tet had slipped out under the radar. Now they are back on vinyl again, but this time as a single, coherent collection. It’s all about the high quality shuffle here, Kieran working his magic over the course of 8 club-length tracks. 2LP on Text.…view full details.
Multicast Dynamics here unveils the third record in a four part series theme around the interactions nature and humanity. Scandinavia is a brooding thing, synths shimmering their way through a dark and humming landscape. Powerful atmospheres which make it a perfect fit for Denovali, who release the record.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
How to review a double CD, 152 minute long album by our favourite ambient deep house practitioner Deepchord in the 15 minutes I am allotted to pen it? Impossible. Firstly, yes, it really is that long. The first CD clocks in at around 75 minutes, the second 77. You’ll be with it for days. Deepchord’s subtle sound world isn’t all that suited to t…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
I know Ty Segall is a garage guy etc but I still was surprised to see how much time he's devoted into covering T-Rex songs. The original glam stompers were always an interesting proposition with their oddball song structures and Marc Bolan's quivering voice and they make unusual but perfectly understandable bed fellows when snuggling down with Ty Segall. These songs …view full details.
Klaus Johann Grobe (a band by the way, not a person) put out two new tracks on this 7” single for Trouble In Mind. Baby Lass Uns Sein (and its partner ‘Ich Bien nicht der grund’) are both sung in German, but they are played in the universal language of fuzz-organ and motorik-dance rhythms.…view full details.
Nashville resident Peter Stringer-Hye has played in groups like D. Watusi and The Paperhead in the past. But now, he thinks he’s ready to strike out alone, with the Sunday Girls EP. It sounds as perfectly of a certain strain of 1960’s blues-folk-rock as his publicity photos might suggest. Edition of 500 7” singles on Trouble In Mind.…view full details.
A V Linton is a legend of underground indie pop. The Aislers Set were a much loved band as we all know but even further back there was amazing work in the 90’s with Henry’s Dress, but the last release from The Aislers Set was in 2003, making this an exciting return. On the A-side, Linton is helped out by Stewart (of Boyracer), which means two …view full details.
An international split EP here, combining Enemy Anenome (aka Jen Turrell, member of Rabbit In Red) with Cougar Vox. Neither of them hang around: this 45rpm 7” gets through 5 tracks! All jaunty and bright and shamblesy and happy. Good vibes! The coloured vinyl plays backwards, because why not? On Emotional Response.…view full details.
Sheer Skam business, running through the range of breakbeat heavy electronic genres: lots of acid, hardcore and electro. Slashing Cousin is / are clearly having a wonderful time throwing this stuff around, and that’ll probably be infectious to listeners of Fallen Gods. Edition of 200 cassettes!…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Orchestral flowing background and a soft country tune, lyrics gently sung, sometimes a female background. The songs are very peaceful. The voice sings about lost and other kinds of love. The lyrics seem to have a slight sense of humour but this never takes away from the earnest yet worldwise (and yet peacefully resigned to it) manner in which Hazelwood lays it down. More than once this album has been just what the doctor ordered. The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood presents a wise, sly, a…view full details.
7/10 according to Jack (customer) on
I see this period as a mere phase in the musical development of the well-rounded and singular entertainer that Lee Hazlewood ultimately became. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. Indeed some songs like "Jose and The Night" are so bad that they are good! Those who were young adults in the mid-sixties will find "In Our Time" is an excellent commentary on those times. My favourites are "The Old Man and His Guitar" and "I Am A Part," both of which showcase Lee Hazlewood's budding songwriting ski…view full details.
7/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Much of this record is rooted in jazz and blues rather than the alt-country/lounge style with which he is usually associated. That's not to say that Hazlewood's wry wit and world-weary cynicism don't pervade the lyrics, its just that he takes them down a new musical path. My favourites are: "Shades," the only song on the LP that doesn't fit the mood of the rest; the gritty "This Town;" the depressed vibe of "Stone Cold Blues" which features some excellent piano; and the haunted blues of "Hand…view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
How does one go about living in LA. I’d like to live there please if that’s possible? Butterfly Child’s Belfast born leader Joe Cassidy has managed to end up there via a circuitous route that also included Chicago (that would be fine too). This is the first album in God knows how long (17 years says Ian), and although he was once part of the &r…view full details.
A masterpiece in psychédélisme français, Pôle is an analogue synth journey that ventures beyond the motorik confines of krautrock and into a spiralling trip. Released by Pôle Records in 1975, this sprawling work by Philippe Besombes and Jean-Louis Rizet offers little in the way of beginning, middle and end. It’s a crescendos and K-holes kind of deal. Out on vinyl LP from Gonzai.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Jim
Some precision engineered techno here on the fifth album from Berlin-based French producer David Letellier, aka Kangding Ray. As with most stuff on Raster-Noton, you get skeletal beats that are clinically edited, eq’d and so sharp that you’d be well advised to keep your face away from speakers …view full details.
The members of Future Punx have all played in punk bands of every stripe, and are now squeezing that punk experience into a rather retro conception of the future. Synth-pop basically. This Is Post Wave is released as an LP packaged in a sleeve powerfully reminiscent of a 1980’s CD release of some academic computer music found only in libraries. On Adagio 830.…view full details.
Klavikon approaches prepared piano with an aesthetic drawn as much from techno and IDM as from John Cage. “No looping!” is the key: like Colin Stetson, Klavikon makes more sound than seems possible in one moment. I mean that kick drum sound has to be a sample right… Nope, that’s from the piano, unsequenced. Debut album on Nonclassical.…view full details.
Here we have the old-time banjo and guitar player Roscoe Holcomb, captured live at the San Diego State Folk Festival in 1972. Holcomb’s fingers flow over the strings like liquid, and his keening voice tears out over the top. Genuine American folk music, reissued on the Tompkins Square label with informative liner notes.…view full details.
The music of Moondog is rarely separated from his persona by commentators and listeners alike, but Cabaret Contemporain are out to show why that is an oversight. The French group, working with guest vocalists Linda Oláh and Isabel Sörling, have adapted his material for acoustic ensemble. Out on Sub Rosa.…view full details.
First time vinyl outing for Mndsgn’s Breatharian album from last year. This is a collection of inventive, slightly unusual hip-hop beat tracks. Beats by Mndsgn have ended up behind Danny Brown and Knxwledge, so watch out. Two exclusive new tracks have been appended for this release too. On Fresh Selects.…view full details.
For a group with the name Mouse Sluts, this band has a pretty impressive personnel. We have Dan Melchior and his wife Letha Rodman Melchior (and their budgie(!)), working with Graham Lambkin, who we known from the The Shadow Ring and his remarkable collaboration with Jason Lescalleet. This 12”, 45rpm EP will suprise and engage you no end.…view full details.
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.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
When is revisionist indie rock history going to forgive Stereophonics, make Feeder cool, get Grumbling Fur to remix Travis? Of all the post-Britpop bands to choose, it seems we’ve rested our weary heads on the Charlatans, a Mancunian bunch of dudes who still ap…view full details.
Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these tracks making me want to buy any lifestyle accessories. On Western Vinyl.…view full details.
If you are going to form a stoner doom outfit, you might as well go all the way right? Hence this band from Wales, who’ve titled themselves Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Noeth Ac Anoeth fits just three large numbers into 50 minutes, stretching out their heaviness. Jessica Ball’s vocals set them apart somewhat though. 300 copies only of the transparent frosted vinyl edition.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil
We'll swiftly move onto to Bibio on Mush. Which on the front has a sticker quoting someone from Boards of Canada pretty much saying this is ace. And that person not be wrong cos this is superb. Mellow folky inspired 70's sounding electronica with that disorientating effect in places I'm so fond o…view full details.
9/10 according to our Christopher
Does anyone realise just how wired & strange this record actually is? Any album that starts of with such an escalatingly animalistic slice of driving new wave experimental pop as 'Thriller' just HAS to be heard. By absolutely everyone! Intoxicatingly, restlessly inventive and inviting, this is what happens if you tip Tuxedomoon, early B-52's, Jane Birkin & Teardrop Explodes' horn sectio…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Mammoth Penguins might not grab you immediately, which is curious: here’s a band trading stems of catchy old Weezer songs with the (non-)sensibilities of the Ergs!, with all their chugged chords and jubilant guitar upswings. It’s pop-punk meets garage in a marriage of melody, is ‘Hide And Seek’, but its barebones production and quiet resolve …view full details.
Colin Potter has been orbiting the centre of the UK underground music scene(s) for his whole career, as a member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 and through a stack of other collaborations. Rank Sonata is a fully solo work however, and finds Potter wandering his electronics down dreamy ambient pathways. On Hallow Ground.…view full details.
Circuit Breaker make music that brings industrial sonics into the present day. My Descent Into Capital is their fullest statement to date, taking the length of a whole album to hammer into the bleak truths of life under the neoliberal rule of late capitalism… with synths and drum machines! Out on Harbinger Sound.…view full details.
Sunturns are a group made up, seemingly, of all the Norwegian musicians who really like Christmas. For Christmas I & II is a set of original seasonal songs, boosted with a couple of covers (including of Low’s marvellous ‘Just Like Christmas’). Released on 1 white LP and 1 red LP on Fika.…view full details.
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight is releasing a short precursor to a promised full-length next year. The material has been recorded at the same sessions, but forms its own identity of synth-glazed vocal-harmony pop-rock. Preparation Age is pressed to one side of vinyl: the B-side contains an etching. 500 copies on Sounds Familyre.…view full details.
Tuxedo, the collaboration between Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne, gets reworked and reimagined by John Morales, aka M+M. He takes on three tracks (one gets an extra dub remix too), giving them his traditional extended dancefloor mix approach. The results are extremely funky-smooth. 12” on Stones Throw.…view full details.
Ras G considers the material on the Raw Fruit series of beat-tapes as primarily “freestyle beats I make to smoke weed to”. Good to have a clearly defined function. However, these tracks aren’t just doped out: Ras’ interests in afrofuturism and free jazz (he is a contemporary of Flying Lotus after all) are also audibly apparent. Double LP on Leaving Records.…view full details.
This is the self-titled debut album from The Seven Twenty, who play a lo-to-medium-fi kind of rock music. Could be relatively standard issue, but actually from the get-go this record feels immediately like a favourite obscurity from 1973 (in a good way). A quick 30 minute dash through 8 songs, as a debut should be. Black and white haze vinyl on Castles In Space.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
A friend of mine was visiting his sister in London when she introduced him to a neighbour who was known locally as a musician. My friend liked the guy and listened intently to him play then on departure innocently wished him well with his music career. It was only later he was informed that the man was Bert Jansch. If this goes to show how unassuming Jansch was then the rich ta…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
We all know that the world moves far too fast. We flick from thing to thing at the click of the sort of button we struggle to control. 'Nails Through Bird Feet' however confirms that some of the best music comes from taking your time and Chris Tenz has spent the best part of four years constructing his epic music. Listening to it is an experience you'll need to take your own tim…view full details.
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8/10 according to our Jim
To celebrate its 15th birthday, Lawrence English’s Room40 label is releasing a series of reissues of out-of-print recordings, the first being this Tim Hecker LP that brings together two tracks, ‘Norberg’ from 2007 and ‘Apondalifa’ from 2010. Both tracks are classic Tim Hecker, merging chaotic noise with a contemplative melodicism, all unfurling in a kind…view full details.
The press release for No Light, Only Fire identifies Witchsorrow as a ‘Hampshire Doom Militia’, which is just too good not to repeat. The band rumble their way through eight tracks here, generating a lot of sheer sonic weight in true doom metal style. Pressed to double 180g clear vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and released by Back On Black.…view full details.
Pre-Cert takes inspiration from the early underworld of VHS film releases, where a lack of regulations meant that the gorier and nastier the better. How does that translate to music? Very well it turns out, with Videogram providing a lurid range of synthy sonic sleaze. Limited CD and vinyl releases on Cineploit.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Those of you that have been crying yourselves to sleep, because you missed out on the ‘Death Is Unity With God’ 6x cassette set on Hospital productions -- because somebody bought it to sell on Discogs at twice the price -- can now rejoice and throw the mp3s in the bin.... Or perhaps not. Modern Love have reduced the load by trimming the original tracklist down from 20 to 12.…view full details.
The legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra’s classic debut album is available on vinyl again! A major synth-pop progenitor here: influential enough to be up there with Kraftwerk. Includes the well known single ‘Firecracker’. A significant (and very fun!) record, reissued on clear vinyl in an edition of 1000, on Music On Vinyl.…view full details.
Unsung hero R. Stevie Moore joins with Tim Burgess’ new label O Genesis for a trio of glorious pop songs on 7” vinyl. Described by Burgess as a ‘best kept secret’, Moore really is something to behold. With a gazillion albums under his formidable belt, I Go Into Your Mind is a fine place to begin your love affair.…view full details.
Original old-time Christmas music from The Shades, performing the legendary Santa Claus Is Coming To Town in 1966. Warms the cockles of your heart doesn’t it? This reissued 7” single also contains their original tune ‘Prancer’s Got Some Red Spots’. Originally out on the small Fujimo Records, the reissue is courtesy of Numero Group. Merry Christmas!…view full details.
Welcome to 2015, where a throw-away joke about a version of Run The Jewels’ RTJ2 made with cat sounds can be taken by the internet and turned into a real thing. And it’s true, Meow The Jewels remixes the whole record to replace the beats with cats. For real. El-P and Killer Mike received help from the likes of Zola Jesus and Dan The Automator in bringing this thing to life.…view full details.
To accompany that film Montage Of Heck, a collection of Kurt Cobain’s home recordings has been released, and it is from that set that And I Love Her / Sappy (Early Demo) has been pulled. What the recordings lack in clarity and fidelity, they more than gain from the super-intimacy of hearing Cobain up close and at home. 7” on Universal.…view full details.
Daniel Alexander Hignell is an ever-probing composer and artist, and Semblances is a set of pieces based on an impressive 65-page text score that obliquely directs the arrangement of modular synthesiser and field recordings. The results are deep and remarkable, and what’s more, this release comes with a version of the score! White cassette tape on Distant Animals (in a Forest of Signs).…view full details.
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