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New in: Thursday 30th July 2015

The The
Hyena

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 29th July 2015

Gotta love the level of spook here. As with most Death Waltz OSTs, I’ve never seen Hyena, but it sounds dark ‘n’ uneasy as you’d expect. On this one, The The is main man Matt Johnson doing it all solo, building atmospheres of criminal suspense to reflect the main character’s descent. Johnson’s usu…view full details.

Karen Gwyer
Bouloman

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 24th July 2015

Traversing the outer boundaries of techno once again is our fave Karen Gwyer and her cluster of technological massage. The machine grooves on Bouloman are set to drift and hypnotise you with her now-perfected contrast between the thump-squelch of acidic drum lines and deeply moving synth washes, which vary in subtlety from a hint (&lsqu…view full details.

Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

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10/10 according to our Clinton on 29th July 2015

It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for for months. A record so brilliant that I’m already preparing perfect conditions for myself pre-listen. I’m fed, I’m watered, I'm toileted and I’m sat in a comfortable position at my keyboard. Let’s go. So Michael Head has some history. He was in parping Liver…view full details.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Escape From New York

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1st press edition of 1000 copies! Expanded 180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Silva Screen. Wowzers, total power team up here from film soundtrack-synth wizards John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. This is a reissue of their classic accompaniment to Escape From New York, present here in expanded form: the first time this version has been pressed to vinyl. Double LP remastered from the original tapes (naturally), …view full details.

Moon Pool & Dead Band
MEQ

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 29th July 2015

With the Death Waltz-esque cover, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is another dusted-off soundtrack to an adventure film where a man hunts cybermoths on a planet full of foliage rooms. Nope, that’s all image, but the music on MEQ is reminiscent of such things - after coming off a review of Escape from New York, it’s an …view full details.

The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller
Fuzz Club 10" Split Single No. 7

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8/10 according to our Robin on 29th July 2015

If you are reading this please feedback it. It’s The Fuzz Club, friends, back to spoil us for the seventh time with another one of those slightly smaller inched but no less waxy records. This one brings together the culprits of much slow-roasting psych rock, the Myrrors, with the extremely fussy and uncompromisingly experimental Cult of Do…view full details.

Samantha Crain
Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

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7/10 according to our Robin on 28th July 2015

Unless there was a recording studio under that branch, thorn and tree, I contest this record’s pastoral chops. Samantha Crain has made a fine record, here, but it’s not the sparse folk story you might expect, involving instead a great deal of enigmatic production and electronic supplementing. Though Crain has her guitar and voice to …view full details.

Mike Cooper
Fratello Mare

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6/10 according to our Jim on 13th July 2015

There was a time when every self-respecting hipster would have an extensive ‘Hawaiian guitar’ section in their record collection. I’m talking about the 1950’s here, when the islands of the South Pacific and Caribbean fired (cold) war-weary Western imaginations with the exotic allure of non-work, untainted paradisaical coa…view full details.

Danny Elfman
Nightbreed

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180g “DECKER” colored vinyl LP (Burlap Mask with Blood Clot Splatter). On Waxwork in heavyweight tip-on gatefold sleeve. Danny Elfman is veteran of many a film soundtrack, and it is easy to see why. Nightbreed showcases the man’s very strong talents, perfectly suiting the dramatic horror of Clive Barker’s film. This reissue is pressed to vinyl with the colour scheme “Burlap Mask with Blood Clot S…view full details.

Alessandro Cortini
Risveglio

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 23rd July 2015

After an uninspired attempt at making some dank slow techno, Alessandro Cortini, one of the Nine Inch Nails, brings melody back to the forefront for this CD on Vatican Shadow‘s Hospital Productions. On Risveglio, Cortini uses minimal synth layers to…view full details.

Olan Mill
Cavade Morlem

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7/10 according to our Robin on 30th July 2015

Olan Mill are a drone duo rather than an obscurely named lower division football club, and ‘Cavade Marlem’ is their latest offering of supremely minimalist, Youtube-playlist appropriate ambient. Earlier this year, Laurie fell into a blissful and smiley sleep while taking in the sounds of the band’s ‘Half Seas Over’ …view full details.

Long Distance Poison
Human Program

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7/10 according to our Robin on 28th July 2015

Sometimes you’ve gotta make it look like you’re doing something in a hurry. ‘Human Program’ is a busily scheduled slice of music in which a suspended ambient backdrop is filled with effects, synth extrapolations and pounding drums made on modulars. The blissful drone that predicates this album sounds nice, but Long Distan…view full details.

William Basinski
The Deluge

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7/10 according to our Robin on 28th July 2015

Tape looper to the stars William Basinski has been stripping away excess concept from his work since the rise of ‘The Disintegration Loops’, composing pieces that are important more for the sounds they make than for their process or history. ‘The Deluge’, however, finds him back with the stories: this record is thematical…view full details.

Jon Collin
Early Music

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 30th July 2015

I’m a 'pop' man at heart so I find it hard to write about records like this. The opening track is basically Collin picking away at a guitar like you’d pick at a scab. It’s very enjoyable but I’m finding that when he gets really excited and the needles start pushing into the red, it gets a bit intense for early on a Thursd…view full details.

Ghedalia Tazartes
La Bar Mitzvah du chien

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 30th July 2015

Look at the sleeve. It's a naked, bearded man on all fours. Ghedalia Tazartes is a 'legendary' name in the European experimental community. The sort of man whose recently re-issued records had our former scribe Mike dishing out 9/10s as if they were confetti. I find it hard to critically assess music like this so I'll simply describe it …view full details.

Tengui
Transference

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 30th July 2015

Soothe me... someone please soothe me. This release by Tengui is kind of soothing in a completely mashed up way. It's techno I suppose but doesn't really use beats. Instead it gathers together a myriad of sounds and mucks them all up into a big smudgy mess where everything crackles and appears to be chewed up by tape. Synths whirr in and out of …view full details.

Aisha Devi
Conscious C*nt

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 29th July 2015

Here we have a 12” of electronic wonderment, complete with an aggressively alliterative title. Hide this one away from yer kids, Mr. Cameron. In short, this record is amazing. Aisha Devi has created a whirling melancholic semi-techno noisescape featuring bold synthwork, raspy beats and spaced-out samples. The opener ‘Kim &…view full details.

Evol
Flapper That

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12" on Diagonal. Computer punks Evol have a new 12” and it’s called Flapper That. One 20 minute piece of music over two sides of vinyl. Side one messes with waveform (and your head) in an hypnotic way, gradually changing speed and pitch. Side two adds drone and rave to the mix. Evol’s music has been a great influence on the Diagonal label since its inception.…view full details.

The Machismo's
Brit Pop Fucked My Wife

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Limited self-released LP. Edition of 300 copies with stamped labels + 'Bury Underground' poster. The Machismo’s were never too serious now, let’s make that clear (in case this record’s title, Brit Pop Fucked My Wife, didn’t give you a hint). These recordings date from the mid-90s, and showcase an indie-guitar sound not in thrall to the Oasis school. No, this is a scragglier, me…view full details.

The Machismo's
Fake Live EP

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Limited self-released 7". Edition of 300 copies. The Machismo’s have decided to take on some old tunes with new recordings on this here Fake Live EP: make of that title what you will. Four of their scraggly, messy guitar tunes, including two tracks prefaced ‘Machisimo’s pay tribute to 90’s uk jungle scene’. Excellent. Self-released 7”, pressed in an edition of 300 c…view full details.

Telegram
Aeons

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7" on Gram Gram. 7” on Gram Gram. Telegram are a band in it’s youth, 18 months old and Aeons is their second single on 7”. The title tracks is a speedy spacey krautrock affair, whilst the B-side has their take on Brian Eno’s Needles In The Camel’s Eye. Citing their love of Roxy Music and Syd Barrett you can’t go far wrong i…view full details.

Eleventh Dream Day
Works For Tomorrow

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LP on Thrill Jockey. Eleventh Dream Day have been going hard at it since the 1980s, indie rocking onwards into the horizon. Works For Tomorrow grew out of a live residency in a small Chicago club, and it shows: sweat and audience energy is clearly the environment these songs dwell in. The album is out as LP or CD with Thrill Jockey.…view full details.

Aurora
Running With The Wolves

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10" EP on Decca. Aurora makes synth-pop that sounds pretty damn accomplished considering that this is her debut EP (or indeed that she is only 18). Given that she hails from Scandinavia, I’m hesitant to compare her to Robyn for fear of cliche, but that’s what my ears are telling me. Running With The Wolves is a 10” released on Decca.…view full details.

Bjork
Vulnicura

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10/10 according to our Robin on 12th March 2015

‘Vulnicura’ is so unconditionally painful. It is above and beyond the call of duty of any sad singer-songwriter album. It is a full consumption of heartbreak; an analysis of how to struggle with it, a treatise in feeling it, and an exhibition of the physical sound it makes. That’s a lot for one record to cover, but her…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 29th July 2015

Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips

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Limited tape on Death Is Not The End. Edition of 100 copies. Washington Phillips only ever made eighteen recordings from 1927-29, ten of which are featured on this eponymous cassette on the Death Is Not The End label. The recordings feature Washington’s voice accompanied by a mysterious instrument, the identity of which has been the subject of much discussion. The assumption is that the instrument is homemade. Whatever i…view full details.

Jack Sparrow
Hold and Pull

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12" on Deep Medi Musik. A new EP of riddim explosions from Jack Sparrow here. He takes Hold And Pull as the perfect excuse to ramp things up to high energy levels on two of the three tracks here, ragga MC samples guiding the journey. Then the third number dubs things out a little. 12” LP out on the Deep Medi Musik label.…view full details.

O$VMV$M
O$VMV$M

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LP on Idle Hands. O$VMV$M is the latest spawn from the always-worthwhile Young Echo collective: specifically, this is Neek and Amos Childs. The self-titled EP they present to us here is an eclectic audio trip through some unusual spaces, all squeezed through the strictures of soundsystem culture. Vinyl LP on the Idle Hands label.…view full details.

Yair Elazar Glotman
Études

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 23rd July 2015

The double bass is an instrument that has struggled to escape from the world that created it - the ruthless traditionalist institution of Classical music. Jazz was its ray of hope, but that soon formalised into something not too far away from the Vienna schools. Yair Elazar Glotman is a child of this system who realised that you can actually do …view full details.

Alan Jefferson
Galactic Nightmare

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Limited gatefold 2LP on Trunk. Edition of 500 copies. Man alive, this is something. A dude called Alan Jefferson decided one day in the 1970s that he wanted to make a musical space epic, and so he did, using whatever equipment he had to hand. Galactic Nightmare is the astonishing result, sounding like little else. This is the first proper release the 86-minute magnum opus has had, all thanks to Trunk.…view full details.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Stare

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9/10 according to our Phil on 2nd May 2012

This is a dream pairing for you neo classical types. The Laurel & Hardy of all things neo classical come together for a very special limited release just for record store day. You should read the (very long...) press release for this. It's a fascinating story of veggie pizza, falafel a…view full details.

Liberez
All Tense Now Lax

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 17th July 2015

Well, which is it? Tense or Lax? Judging by the impending percussion and escarpments of noise currently ushering my ears to an early grave, I’d say the former is where this resides. Southend-on-Sea must be a horrible place to live if it inspires these abrasive emotions, but thank you for being so shit and birthing this into the world. Now …view full details.

Your Old Droog
Kinison

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White vinyl LP on Your Old Droog. Your Old Droog established himself as an intriguing artist just last year, and he returns here with an overstuffed EP of cloud (or at least cloud-influenced) rap. Kinison continues to use foggy atmospherics and a plethora of samples to see YOD through. His affection for old school alt rock is once again on display, too.…view full details.

Florestano
Noh

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2LP on Kowloon Records. Florestano is an Italian producer who combines the modern-day vibing of the traveller with the electroacoustics of the mid-20th century. Most of the work on Noh is electronically produced, but Florestano reportedly begins each composition with a piano, so tune is as highly valued as texture. 2LP on Kowloon Records.…view full details.

Presents For Sally
Wishawaytoday

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 29th July 2015

‘Wishawaytoday’ is the type of title that could have been used by any shoegazy indie band between 1988 and 1992 before Britpop killed shoegaze with idiocy. But now it’s back back back, baby, and where are Oasis now? Yup. Aaaanyway, being really old, I’ve heard all this type of stuff before -- but it&rsquo…view full details.

Spotlight Kid
Ten Thousand Hours

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 29th July 2015

Phil commented quite correctly that there are no good bands with the word ‘kid’ in their name. I’d also like to add that there aren’t that many great bands who have taken their name from a famous album. So Spotlight Kid are 2-0 down before the needle even goes on the record. Luckily they start clawing things back pretty q…view full details.

Snow In Mexico
Juno Beach

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LP on Saint Marie. Edition of 250 copies. Renowned for their deep mixes, Italian producers Snow in Mexico are showcasing their compositional qualities once again. On their third release Juno Beaches, the two are displaying the near infinite possibilities of the Roland Juno synthesizer. This release is limited to 250 pressings, so don't sleep on it!…view full details.

Blindness
Wrapped In Plastic

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Limited LP on Saint Marie. Edition of 250 copies. The credits for this album list each member of Blindness as playing their ‘proper’ instruments (vocals, bass, guitar), but each is also credited with ‘noise’. This bodes well. Wrapped In Plastic is a record of bright electro pop swathed in shoegaze atmospherics and driven by stern drum machines. On Saint Marie.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 28th July 2015

Matthew Atkins
Geometric Decay

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CD on Minimal Resource Manipulation. Matthew Atkins has been rummaging around at the bottom of a dusty old sonic cupboard and pulled out all manner of bits and pieces of audio detritus (or at least so it seems). The consequences of his processed and re-worked finds are presented on Geometric Decay, as a series of abstract soundscapes. On Minimal Resource Manipulation.…view full details.

Best Friends
Cold Shapes

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Pearlescent vinyl 7" on FatCat. Best Friends recently debuted on the scene with their album Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. Here we have Cold Shapes, the second single to be derived from that album. Sparky young indie pop is the order of the day, and the two tracks are pressed to vinyl that is described as “pearlescent”: yum! On FatCat.…view full details.

Harry Manfredini
Friday The 13th Part II

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1981 Original Score, 180g splatter vinyl LP + fold-out poster, in heavyweight tip-on sleeve on Waxwork. Available for the first time on vinyl, Henry Manfredini's score to the classic horror sequel, Friday the 13th Part II is mastered for vinyl from the original master tapes. Available on 180g vinyl picture disc with Mrs. Voorhees sweater and blood splatter. This definitive vinyl edition also comes with a poste…view full details.

Various
Synesthesia – The First Five Years

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Coloured vinyl 2LP on Medical Records. Including remastered tracks by Gay Cat Park, Kline Coma Xero, Christof Glowalla, Disco Volante etc.. Five years and fifty releases brings Medical Records to this retrospective compilation. Synesthesia - The First Five Years showcases some of the very best nuggets reissued by the label over the years, focussing on rare disco, new wave and synth records. Coloured double LP, with a free colour blind…view full details.

Goldberg
Misty Flats

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Remastered 180g vinyl LP on Future Days Recordings in gatefold tip-on sleeve. ‘Misty Flats’ is the solo debut by Goldberg (aka Barry Thomas Goldberg) of seventies Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch. Featuring Goldberg’s friend Michael Yonkers, the album was recorded on a two track Ampex machine over two days in the mid seventies resulting in an album of disjointed, lonely folk coloured by the disbandment and cultural/poli…view full details.

Simo Cell
Cellar Door / Piste Jaune

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12" on dnuoS ytiviL. Not content with ruling the waves with their own productions and a highly acclaimed label, the guys behind Livity Sound last year started a “reverse” sister label, dnuoS ytiviL. Yeah, literally reversed. The music on their new release is certainly the right way round though, these two tracks from Simo Cell facing right towards the dance floor.…view full details.

Moebius Plank Neumeier
Remixed By Richard Fearless

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12" on Selekt. On this release, a 1983 piece by the killer trio of Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia), Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and Conny Plank (producer of all Krautrock ever) is reworked twice over by Richard Fearless. He takes what he needs from the original and builds up a pair of seriously-driving fast electronic monster…view full details.

Craig Leon
Bach To Moog

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180g vinyl gatefold LP on Music On Vinyl. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it moogingly well is! It’s Johann Sebastian Bach set to moog synthesizer. Produced by Craig Leon, with the exception of strings every sound on the album is driven out of the bizarre and wonderful moog, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and also the 10th anniversary of the death of its creator, Dr. Robert Moog. Bach to Moo…view full details.

Albert Hammond Jr.
Momentary Masters

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 28th July 2015

I listened to the opening track here from the Strokes guitarist (I wanted to say former the Strokes guitarist but they are still dragging on indefinitely aren’t they?) whilst answering a few emails. This is perfect email answering music - it’s pleasant enough on the ears but at no point did I want to…view full details.

Syntoma
Syntoma

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 28th July 2015

Helping clog up the vinyl release schedules are Syntoma, a Mexican synth-pop outfit from the early ‘80s. The record is split into two sides -- not just two sides of vinyl, but instrumental and vocal sides. Although the instrumental side comes first, I’ve skipped straight to the vocal side (I don’t do “rules”, y'know…view full details.

Fabio Orsi
Endless Autumn

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CD on Backwards. Fabio Orsi’s new album Endless Autumn can be seen as a sort-of sequel to Fennesz’s Endless Summer: despite being by a different artist altogether, the record melds acoustic and electronic sound sources / processes together to map a very personal representation of place. Released by the Backwards label.…view full details.

Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm
I Dream of Wires

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Modular synthesizer documentary feat. Morton Subotnick, John Foxx, Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Carl Craig etc.. ‘I Dream of Wires’ is a documentary following the history of the modular synthesizer and its role in shaping electronic music since its origins. Beginning with the genesis of the synthesiser with innovators like Robert Moog, the documentary tracks the evolution/devolution of these machines through their downfall, due to che…view full details.

The Sisters of Mercy
First and Last and Always

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180g vinyl 4LP box set on Rhino. Don’t know about you, but I had no idea that Sisters Of Mercy were so prolific in the putting-out of B-sides. This big box-set reissue of debut album First and Last and Always contains the original album, plus three full LPs of b-side material from the period. Wow. All 180g vinyl, of course, out on Rhino. …view full details.


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