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We say: Sunshine hazed album from classic sounding folk rockers
7/10 according to our Clinton
The Hanging Stars are a good example of English people injecting their sound with swathes of Americana. They never sound quite as laid back as American artists do, there’s always some kind of tension no matter how many steel guitarists are slathered on. Opener ‘Floodbound’ is a case in point; it sits nicely in the mid space between the Stone R…view full details.
We say: Deconstructionists re-assess the film of the same name.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on MIE Music. Edition of 600 copies
Dreamboat is a collaboration that brings together the synth / bass clarinet outfit Golden Retriever (itself a duo) with singer / guitarist Ilyas Ahmed. The results are magical, successfully bringing 2 rather different musical approaches into a shared space that actually makes sense. A special trip on MIE Music.…view full details.
Coypu’s ensemble is made up of members of Blind Cave Salamander and Almagest!, Daniele Pagliero, and the ever-busy Ben Chasny, he of Six Organs Of Admittance fame. Together they make experimental pastoral American music: Appalachian dulcimers melding with droning electronics and psych guitar. Debut album on MIE Music.…view full details.
Rhyton play spaced-out improvised music in a vaguely rockish idiom: bass, guitar and drums appear to be the set-up here. But Navigating By Starlight’s 2 side-long jams aren’t interested in sticking to any kind of grid, instead wandering all over the soundfield. Edition of 500 LPs on the MIE Music label.…view full details.
Even the press release says how lame the name Lay Llamas is so we’ve got free reign for ridicule here. The tunes soon stop any sniggering. I’m immediately reminded of Goat by the very percussive tunes and the circular, tribal patterns. But Lay Llamas are more Kraut than tribal and have bubbling synths and effects which create mysterious, building soundtracks to strange planets and even stranger creatures. A fuzzy analogue adventure for ya ears.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!Limited 7" + postcard on Backwards. Signed by the artist - edition of 300 copies
A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd was originally released in 1968. It was the only album to feature both founding member Syd Barrett and newbie David Gilmour. Barrett’s increasingly erratic behaviour became too much of a problem during recording and Gilmour was recruited to replace him. Special attention has been paid to recreating the original packaging for this remastered vinyl reissue. …view full details.
We say: Re-issue of Syd Barrett's only Floyd missive.
Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the debut album by Pink Floyd and their only album to be recorded under the stewardship of founding member Syd Barrett. It was released in 1967 - Barrett was fired midway through the recording of its follow-up A Saucerful of Secrets. Piper at the Gates of Dawn is highly regarded as a British psychedelic classic and definitely their most wonderfully strange recording. …view full details.
Invada have built up a strong reputation for issuing film soundtracks over the last few years, and their latest release finds label-owner (and Portishead co-founder) Geoff Barrow firing up his kraut-pulse trio BEAK> to accompany Tom Geen’s Couple In A Hole. Their uneasy vibe…view full details.
Beneath A Yellow Moon is the full-length debut for Patrick O’Laoghaire’s solo project I Have A Tribe, following on from an EP recorded with Villagers. It certainly feels like a solo album, with heartfelt songcraft that can feel almost confessional. The music is in that rich vein of American / Americana indie bands (think …view full details.
Les Demons is an excellent example of the sexually explicit 1970’s nunsploitation B-movie genre, featuring plenty of lewd nudeness and blasphemy, all with that special 70’s sheen. Naturally such a film has a seedy-groovy soundtrack to match, provided by Jean-Bernard Raiteux. A bit porny, a bit spooky, and quite a bit weird, this is a quality soundtrack oddity. LP reissue on Finders Keepers.…view full details.
Cough provide no-nonsense psychedelic doom, cutting straight to the chase with monolithic tar-black riffs. The howled vocals sound good and desolate too: it's no surprise that members of Electric Wizard and Windhand were involved in its creation. Still They Pray, the group’s first album in half a decade, is released by Relapse.…view full details.
8/10 according to Jack (customer) on
I've always felt that More has been a terribly underrated album. This probably arises from the fact that it is, and always will be, compared to the rest of Pink Floyd's output. But taking a look at it on its own (or even comparing it against other Floyd) I think it's an album that still stands up well after all these years. To be honest…view full details.
Ummagumma by Pink Floyd was released in 1969. It was the band’s third album and first album to feature the line-up of Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason (not counting their soundtrack to the film More). The change in line-up was also marked by a departure in sound from their psychedelic roots. A double LP, the first two sides featured live performances recorded in Manchester and Birmingham with sides 3 & 4 being taken up by experimental pieces from …view full details.
Bold stuff here: Robert Glasper reworks slices of sound from the mighty back catalogue of Miles Davis into R&B-inclined new pieces. Everything’s Beautiful also includes soulful vocals from heavy-hitters like Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder(!), all paying their respects to Miles while creating something wholly new.…view full details.
I Don't Remember Now/I Don't Want To Talk is the ultra-rare first album from early electronics experimenter John Bender. Originally released in 1980, Bender’s primitive punk electronics fed into electro-punk, no-wave and synth-pop. This release is a mixture of bonkers tape experiments, proto-electro and harsh DIY pop songs.…view full details.
Starless is a project of Paul McGeechan (Love & Money), featuring full-blown dramatic sweep courtesy of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Collaborators also include members of The Bathers, The Blue Nile and Capercaillie, all contributing to a set of grand orchestral art-pop. Released by the Marina label.…view full details.
Death In Vegas return with their first album in 5 years, and it’s a big one: Transmission’s vinyl edition fills 3 records. Here, main Vegas man Richard Fearless enlists the vocal assistance of artist / actress Sasha Grey, giving a human presence to the detached drones and pounding techno beats. Released by the Drone label.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Here, Grumbling Fur do the right thing and release a succinct seventeen minutes of music (who could listen to this damn "music" stuff a minute longer?) made for a film installation called Rose. Directed by Mark Titchner, watching it is akin to what would happen if the guy who runs the dual-screen Godspeed visuals gained a sincere love of psychedelia. Grumbling Fur a…view full details.
Debut full-length LP from tuneful Scandinavian indie-pop outfit Magic Potion, who play with a nonchalant charm. Pink Gum was recorded onto reel-to-reel and produced by the band themselves, lending things an intimate lo-fi feel. A cosy happy listen. The vinyl edition of Pink Gum is released by PNK SLM.…view full details.
It seems that Jim Jupp’s long-running Belbury Poly project has managed to escape from the tangled maze of hauntology, and is pushing out into more unambiguously happy vintage territory! New Ways Out shimmers brightly with synths, flutes and guitars, and even grooves on some glam-rock stomp vibes at times. On Ghost Box.…view full details.
Birgé Gorgé is Jean-Jacques Birgé and Francis Gorgé, who combined their respective synth and guitar prowess for this 1974 set of strangely-textured jams (not quite free improv, but not exactly pop songs either), never previously released in their original form. Avant Toute is pressed to black and white vinyl in a limited edition of 700 on Souffle Continu Records.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
I was listening to this whilst doing something completely different and for some reason got it into my head that it was Death in Vegas. "This new Death in Vegas" LP is really super" I thought. The entire first half of the first side of the tape is taken over with a ten minute track called 'Constellation' which I can't really explain using words. It's brillia…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Absolutely exclusive to us, this cassette marks the debut of dark and interesting duo Mirror Gaze. Rather like the recent Northern Exchange material, this has a Young Marble Giants vibe about the vocals but rather than being wistful and pastoral this contains dark and dangerous repeato-melodie…view full details.
IXTAB, the collaboration of musicians who separately go under the names of Blood Room and Ovis Aurum, is kind of techno-based dance music. But, as the presentation on cassette rather than vinyl might tell you, this is rough-around-the-edges experimental techno, with jagged interjections and field recordings also jostling for position. Alea…view full details.
You might have heard or seen Abi Bailey’s many instrumental performances alongside artists like M.I.A. and Brian Eno, but you probably haven’t heard her as a solo artist. As Kib Elektra, she sings delicate songs over a backdrop of synth, guitar and international field recordings: The Blemishes EP is her debut under this alias. Tape release on Bezirk.…view full details.
Exciting new outing from key Todmorden scene-mover Sophie Cooper, usually known for her experimentally-tinged guitar songwriting. On Count The Days though, she brings out her trombone, for a looped-up droney memory-scape that fills the length of a 3” CDr with wonderful power. Just 70 copies, each with hand-printed artwork on Rural Colours.…view full details.
With his 1999 second solo album, Ian Brown took the bold risk of having an original work mistaken for a compilation (it isn’t) by titling the thing Golden Greats. Maybe he was angling for someone to a ‘Golden Brown’ pun…? This double vinyl reissue features 2 bonus tracks and an etching on the D-side.…view full details.
Think back to 1991, when 808 State were at the peak of their techno powers. You had a great time losing your mind and body to these original bangers didn’t you? Now you can jog your memory again with their third album ex:el (featuring guest appearances from Bernard Sumner and Bjork!), reissued here on yellow vinyl with 4 bonus tracks. Limited to 750 copies worldwide.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Bittersweet 7” of gloriously melancholy lo-fi DIY bedroom pop from Carla dal Forno who's previously appeared on Blackest Ever Black as a member of Tarca…view full details.
Spectrum is Sonic Boom, who is Pete Kember, who was in Spacemen 3. Which is to say that this is a lifelong psych traveller we are dealing with here. These cosmic recordings were performed live in front of an enthused crowd in Tokyo, and things get good and spacey. Live Chronicles Volume 2 is reissued by Space Age Recordings, with artwork from Hajime Ouchi.…view full details.
Spectrum is Sonic Boom, who is Pete Kember, who was in Spacemen 3. Which is to say that this is a lifelong psych traveller we are dealing with here. These cosmic recordings were rained down upon grateful audiences in Newcastle and London in the very early 90’s, and they get pretty ecstatic. Live Chronicles Volume 1 is reissued by Space Age Recordings.…view full details.
You like John Foxx? Well then lucky you! This compilation assembles the best of his work in the 21st century, as well as 2 all-new tracks with The Maths, and remixes / collaborations with Gary Numan, OMD, Matthew Dear, Ghost Box… Oh, and a DVD with a Foxx-soundtracked film! 21st Century: A Man, A Woman And A City is quite the set.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv join forces as Second Woman for a collaborative LP on John Elliott's Spectrum Spools imprint. It’s been some years since we had any new material from these guys - both great artists in their …view full details.
Whilst mostly operating under the radar, The Smoking Trees have mastered the art of writing melodic psych-pop nuggets. The Archer and The Bull, follow up to 2015’s TST, has fourteen such nuggets. The band, who started life as a five piece before recording TST as a duo are now essentially just one man - Sir Psych.…view full details.
Kadhja Bonet makes her recording debut with this EP for Headcount. Dwelling in Los Angeles, it's hard not to hear a little of the Flying Lotus / Brainfeeder influence in Bonet’s psychedelically-tinged jazzy sound. She writes and sings electronic neo-R&B music, but with plenty of that spacey flair. This release adds 4 previous singles to The Visit…view full details.
This shiny new 10” release from Nurse With Wound / Current 93 collaborator Andrew Liles finds him in mixed company. On the A-side he performs a short story written by proper author Michel Faber, whereas on the flip he covers Hawkwind, alongside former Hawkwind member Dave Anderson! Such range. 300 copies only, on Dirter.…view full details.
The songs on Mexico weren’t quite recorded in Mexico, but Southern Texas isn’t far off in terms of blistering heat and psychedelic desert vibes. This EP is a special release for the UK, taking 4 of the finest tracks from Mirror Travel’s debut album. Quality garage-psych, released by Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), a master of such things, on his ‘a’ Recordings label. Red vinyl 10”.…view full details.
Natural Child’s Bodyswitchers was originally issued in 2010 as a cassette. Long since out of print, Burger Records are now bringing it back, giving it a format upgrade to vinyl on the way. The merry energy of their Nashville-based garage rock is a perfect fit for Burger, the natural home of fast and frenzied lo-fi tunes. Coloured vinyl!…view full details.
If you like the rich musical traditions of both the Appalachian mountains and the North African deserts, you’ll fall absolutely madly in love with the music of Ohioan, who takes in aspects of both and makes something new. This vinyl release of Empty / Every Mt is green and ‘bone’ coloured, and is released by Gold Robot.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Both Luke Younger and Pat Murano have set the bar high with their solo productions as Helm and Decimus - so a collaborative record is a tantalising proposition for devourers of freaky sonics. On paper ‘We Will Meet At Other Human Parties’ should be …view full details.
I’d forgotten about Factory Floor. They had that debut album come out in 2013, the cover was everywhere and their mix of industrial, techno and house was making some waves with the BBC and that lot lapping it up. They’ve been quiet since then and lost a member. Dial Me In sees them return with a plonking great track, with a club mix on the B-side and Work It Out adding yet more techno/house goodness. Edition of 500 12” v…view full details.
The Third Sound are a strong indie-psych band with Brian Jonestown Massacre associations: they’ve toured together, and Tess Parks appears on one of these new tracks. Gospels of Degeneration is their third album. Released as a CD or as delicious-looking ‘Coke Bottle’ style clear vinyl LP, limited to 600 copies. On Fuzz Club.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Nottingham lad Matt Cutler aka Lone is back with his sixth album - his third for R&S with a concise 9 track LP channeling the spirit of rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hardcore, Jungle, House and ambient. The producer wastes little time in bringing the party - opening with the energetic breakbeats and sparkling Detro…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!7" on Speedy Wunderground. Edition of 250 copies
Reason is the second studio album from Belgian singer Selah Sue. She’s got a Paloma Faith feel to her but without the sweetheart-of-the-nation vibe and the pretty great songs which lets Paloma get away with it all. That said, Selah Sue has a pair of lungs on her and some bold R&B inflected sounds. A powerful performer who is bound to do well.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
As great a band as they are, the Beach Boys don’t cover well at all. Those odd chords and harmonies just don’t seem to translate to normal music. I guess you have to do something completely different and not play it too straight which is what the Black Angels have done with ‘Good Vibrations’ by turning …view full details.
The frenzied Scandinavian crew who go by the name of Goat are getting just a little less frenzied with their new material, chiefly by moving mostly to acoustic instruments. I Sing In Silence is awash with flutes and wooden percussion, all tethered to a lovely vocal melody. This is laid-back psychedelic music of a high order. 7” single on Rocket.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Laurie
A techno record usually has a spiel to accompany it that rambles on about the seclusion and weather of living in Berlin or some sadistic rant. Not Molecule. His spiel is that he went fishing in the middle of the Atlantic ocean in a big ship, jumped overboard with a few mics, and returned to the deck with this album. Now that’s techno. Sadly, it probably didn’t quite go down …view full details.
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