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New in: Friday 28th August 2015

Mark Lanegan
Houston: Publishing Demos 2002

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180g vinyl gatefold LP on Ipecac. To date, Mark Lanegan has put out one more studio album as a solo artist than he did with his grunge-era rock band The Screaming Trees. His solo career, which has taken in bar room whiskey ballads, dark hard rock and electronica, started whilst he was still with The Screaming Trees. Around the time the band split in 2002 he set to work on some demos. The recor…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
Mutilator Defeated At Last

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8/10 according to our Hayley on 21st May 2015

Prolific Californian noisemakers Thee Oh Sees are back and thankfully sounding louder than ever: 2014’s ‘Drop’ was a comparatively mellow and varied offering following John Dwyer’s move from San Francisco to LA and his intention to take a “well deserved break”, making fans wonder if the days of heavy psych and…view full details.

18+
They Remixes

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

Ah, the gruesome twosome’s remix EP. Yep, there are secrets hidden behind those innocent high school impressions of the members of 18+, secrets that I wouldn’t even understand. Have a listen to their LP ‘Trust’ and tell me I’m lying. Aside from the disappointment with their omission of a remix of ‘Eyes Shut&rs…view full details.

Silicon
Personal Computer

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

Kody Neilson is a crazy figure, a point that the media has insisted on making, this heralded as his ‘maturation’ compared to past monkey antics. Well sure, this isn’t as hi-NRG as The Mint Chicks, but that’s a band, and this is one person. I was about to remark about how this …view full details.

Faces of Drums / Steve Poindexter
Faces Drums / Short Circuit

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12" on Musique inc. Africans With Mainframes Remix. A reissue 12” here that gathers classic old tracks from Steve Poindexter and his Faces of Drums alias. Acidic, staccato percussion punches its way over the top of the tunes, while on the B-side lies a remix from Africans With Mainframes, a duo containing, let’s not forget, Hieroglyphic Being. On Musique.…view full details.

Beatrice Dillon
Face A/B

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12" on Where To Now?. Beatrice Dillon continues to express her voluminous electronic talents with Face A/B, a three-track 12". Delightfully, she has, with this release, started bringing in free-jazz saxophone samples, which she loops and cuts and knocks about into some very pleasing shapes over her fresh avant-techno. On Where To Now?…view full details.

Natalia Martinez Ordonez (N.M.O)
Natalia Martínez Ordoñez

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Limited 12" on Where To Now? Edition of 300 copies in screen-printed sleeve. Natalia Martínez Ordonez do something rather interesting here, challenging the hegemony of rigid BPM's in electronic music. The self-titled piece makes strange things happen with tempo shifts and multiple interlocking rhythms. Described in the press release as 'Fluxus Techno': who wouldn't want that! On the Where To Now? label.…view full details.

Elysia Crampton
Bound Adam

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7" on Total Stasis. Elysia Crampton is an American artist and has previously worked under the name E&E. Bound Adam was originally self-released digitally in 2011 but is now available on vinyl for the first time. This 7” features three mini-soundscapes inspired by her relationship with her Ford Ranger SUV. On Total Stasis.…view full details.

Vakula
Dedicated To Jim Morrison

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LP on Leleka. Ukranian house artist Vakula seems to be a big fan of Doors man Jim Morrison, with this record being dedicated to him. Dedicated To Jim Morrison makes an interesting left turn for the producer, being less of a straight house affair: this features spoken poetry and a general bluesy vibe. LP on Leleka.…view full details.

Telex
Moskow Diskow

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Reissue 12" on JDC Records - CLASSIC!!!. Belgian synth-pop from the pinnacle period of such music: the early 1980's. Telex themed this jam around Soviet Russia, titling the track Moskow Diskow, although this 12" pressing comes with the 'Original English Version' and the 'Original French Version'. A very international release! A classic dancefloor smash, reissued by JDC Records.…view full details.

Dreams
Twisted Karma EP

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12" on Private Selection Records. Twisted Karma by Dreams contains three tracks of raw house and techno - it’s a real killer and fans of the more twisted reaches of the various dance sub-genres will love it. If you like Blawan, Boddika or Tessela, this will probably be your thing. Pressed on 140g vinyl on Private Selection Records.…view full details.

DJ Dez & DJ Butter
A Piece Of The Action

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2LP on Crazy Noise Productions - Detroit Hip-Hop from Andres. Feat. Kool G. Rap, Guilty Simpson, Kurupt etc.. DJ Dez & DJ Butter provide a rich set of hip-hop instrumentals on A Piece Of The Action, which are used as the backdrop for a huge number of vocalists. The list of feat.’s is literally longer than my word count, but let me assure you there are plenty of strong voices in here. Retro-sleeved double LP …view full details.

Isnaj Dui
Dioptrics

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

A new CD from Isnaj Dui is always a treat, particularly for the cause of proving that the flute has a life far beyond the likes of Debussy and Jethro Tull. Katie English succeeds at this again and again, revitalising the instrument with unique techniques and modern electronic messery all gained from extensive st…view full details.

Various
Greater Manchester Punk 1977-1981

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LP on Vinyl Revival. Edition of 500 copies. A compilation of previously unreleased tracks from the ‘70s Manchester punk and post punk scene. You won’t be getting tracks from Joy Division on here but instead music from DIY bands, many of which supported the big boys before being forgotten and any recordings of theirs becoming rarities. Includes tracks from V2, Armed Force, The Panik…view full details.

Gimu
Of The Spirit, Of The Space

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Limited CD on UAE Records. Brazilian artist Gimu trades in dark, bubbling drone ambience, with the kind of prolific work ethic seemingly intrinsic to the genre. This latest outpouring, Of The Spirit, Of The Space, is a particularly firm work, pushing into deep territory and dragging the listener down with it. CD edition on UAE Records (I’m presuming no relation to the Emirates?).…view full details.

Mint
Fable and Fantasy

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Digipak CD on Boltfish. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish Fable and Fantasy from reality. Enter a dreamlike world with Mint’s fourth full length album, where surreal vocals will pull you away from the everyday reality of field recordings. In this hybrid place, there is no dichotomy. Only beautiful electronic truth.…view full details.

Daphne Oram
Pop Tryouts

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Limited tape on Mondo Hebden. Edition of 150 copies. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER!. Something of a coup for West Yorkshire’s Was Ist Das? label here: the first release of their new archival spin-off sub-label Mondo Hebden is by none other than Daphne Oram! Pop Tryouts is a multitude of different approaches the BBC Radiophonic Workshop queen took to one track, with wondrously varied results. Cassette in…view full details.

New in: Thursday 27th August 2015

Orange Goblin
A Eulogy For The Damned / Fans

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Limited clear vinyl 2LP + CD + DVD set on Back On Black. A Eulogy For The Damned and A Eulogy For The Fans brings together Orange Goblin’s critically acclaimed 7th album with its live counterpart in a special 2-CD, 2-LP set & DVD set. A Eulogy For The Fans captures the british heavy metal band in full flow at Hellfest in France in June 2012 and Bloodstock, UK in August 2012.…view full details.

Horisont
Odyssey

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180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Rise Above. Old-school guitar licks all over this record from Horisont, a Scandinavian bunch. Oh, and the multi-tracked falsetto vocals are total classic heavy metal. I was all ready to dismiss Odyssey as a retread, but actually, the band evidently know and love this music, so why shouldn’t they make it? On Rise Above.…view full details.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
The Night Creeper

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Red vinyl 180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Rise Above. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have built up a large reputation since their origins in 2009, going down particularly well in the USA. The Night Creeper finds them riffing more riffily than ever before, recalling classic early heavy metal. Available on CD or as a double LP, with a variety of colours sprinkled throughout the edition.…view full details.

Destroyer
Poison Season

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6/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer used to be in yelping Canadian indie rock band Swan Lake, and now they’ve released new albums on the very same day -- apparently nobody told their pal Spencer Krug, who’s probably out in Finland singing t…view full details.

Beach House
Depression Cherry

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9/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

If you didn’t like ‘Bloom’, that’s okay: I don’t think Beach House did either. The dreamer duo’s last record amped up their sound and stretched it out against a widescreen; where their combinative organ/guitar melodies used to melt into each-other, they now crashed under the weight of expectation and, um, …view full details.

Ancient Ocean
Blood Moon

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

You know ambient has gone too far when someone’s playing the bowed banjo. I’m pretty sure we could just get the same sound out of slowing down a Mumford & Sons music video on YouTube, but Ancient Ocean have opted to go the more grassroots route. The musician tasked with the bowing is Aaron Martin, who’s rec…view full details.

C418
Minecraft Volume Alpha

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CD on Ghostly. I hope you’ve heard of Minecraft. If not, it’s an incredibly popular game. Basically Lego for the MP3 generation. However here we have something which is very much a physical thing; a vinyl LP or CD of Minecraft Volume Alpha. It’s the soundtrack to the game which was created by German composer Daniel Rosenfeld, aka C418. It’s a collection of simple and so…view full details.

OKADA
Impermanence

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Ah I remember this, the sleeve was so dark I almost threw it straight in the stock room hoping it would sell ok without being talked up. Then I listened to a soundclip and once I’d fast forwarded a bit there was some nice spliced up ambience and icy vocal to be consumed. The music swirls around like some extremely bleak person on 4AD in th…view full details.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Rec Blast Motorbike

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Here they are then: the original Vibracathedral Orchestra, all together for maximum weirdo effect, churning their droned noise for VHF. The chances are that the Northerners among you will have seen one or two of the artists responsible for this purdy cacophony doing strange things to an instrument or box of pringles, but collectively they’…view full details.

Death And Vanilla
California Owls EP

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 25th August 2015

You know you've really made it as a band when you get discussed by suburbanites over the garden fence but Death and Vanilla was the subject my brothers neighbour wanted to discuss with him last week. Their drifty, dreamy sound has been line caught for anyone who misses Broadcast so bad their ears hurt. Unlike…view full details.

Hills
Frid

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7/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

It’s been a pretty good season for flute psych, I must say, and Hills are here to finish what Pridjevi started, offering an unbranded type of swirler rock that’s as loose as my shoelaces (n.b. I have a problem with shoelaces; I’m working through it at my own pace). On ‘Frid’ they groan…view full details.

Laura Cannell
Beneath Swooping Talons

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

A master of bows and strings, Laura Cannell is a soloist who can sound responsible for a whole orchestra on her own. ‘Beneath Swooping Talons’ is an improvised record that trusts in first takes, suggesting many different classical disciplines but not quite fitting any. Cannell commits to a kind of neo-classical melancholy pioneered b…view full details.

Advance Base
Nephew In The Wild

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

Since his last record as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, slumbering songwriter Owen Ashworth contributed to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed and objectively terrible ‘Benji’, which I hold him in a great deal of contempt for. PSA eve…view full details.

The Doubling Riders
Garama

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th August 2015

Time Released Sound release a sound that has aged well with time in The Doubling Riders’ Garama, a beautifully constructed ode to a lost Berber kingdom, the ruins of which lie in modern-day Libya. It becomes their first foray into re-releases so keep your ears open. Historical ambient? But why? Well, the mystery of the archaic and…view full details.

Mosam Howieson
Spirals

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8/10 according to our Ant on 27th August 2015

Promising debut EP on Seattle’s Further Records from Australian producer Mosam Howieson. ‘Spiral 7’ is slowly unfurling submerged, aquatic, ambient leaning techno. Dubbed out, shimmering and trippy. Recalling the mood of Do…view full details.

Dope Body
Kunk

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7/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Post-hardcore dudes Dope Body come described as “a four-way conversation”, and that might just be the realest thing said about them: with last year’s ‘Lifer’, they released a pretty democratic punk record that swirled between discordance, melody and a little bit of pop-punk action. ‘Kunk’, which definite…view full details.

Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

It doesn’t matter how hard you try,  there’s no avoiding comparing this record to 1990’s superb ‘Fakebook’. This was the one where Yo La Tengo stopped making a racket, stripped down their sound to barely a whisper and raided their record collections for the finest songs you’ve never heard. It really was a…view full details.

Frog Eyes
Pickpocket’s Locket

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Carey Mercer sounds furious, but his music is meditation. With its bold, endlessly ricocheting guitar tones, his last record sounded like it was trembling; really, it was ruminating, parsing through different crises and deciding on certain defiant truths for them. He concluded, halfway through ‘Carey’s Cold Spring’, that &ldquo…view full details.

Endless Melancholy
Her Name In A Language Of Stars

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Endless Melancholy  - I know the feeling having snagged the headphone wire in the wheel of my chair two times since this record began. The music isn’t exactly going to lift my mood but for fans of enormous swathes of ambient post-rock you might just get your kicks here. I can’t find a single shred of information within t…view full details.

Saturn and the Sun
Journey To The Center Of Your Mind

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8/10 according to our Robin on 25th August 2015

Our latest in peeled and stretched VHS drones comes from crushcrew Saturn and the Sun, two members of the Skull Defekts who earlier this year proved to have no chill at all with the wonderful ‘Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones’. That release peered around the corner of ambient into …view full details.

Pete Um
Contempt

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7/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

Today: be thrifty and listen to some budget pop. Pete Um follows on from a long-standing tradition of fourtrackers and indie weirdos who grabbed whatever they could and crafted the catchiest half songs. Um does it, for the most part, on shitty keyboards, singing stoically and haphazardly over farty sounds, squeaky non-melodies and sleepy beats. …view full details.

Tarracoir
Growth

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8/10 according to our Robin on 25th August 2015

Woah okay there. This is some sort of thing. Tarracoir come self described as grindcore (a lie, for the most part), hardcore (a definite lie) and “not Normcore” (which is actually the truth). If there’s a genre that adequately describes people falling onto their instruments and smashing their heads against cym…view full details.

Jean Guerin
Tacet

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 26th August 2015

What could the music to an anarchic film sound like? Visceral punk? Challenging war-collage? Johnny Rotten’s butter ads? To the musical mind of Jean Guerin, none of the above would do. Only the most avant-garde of psychedelic jazz could cut it, presented here for the first time since 1971 on black or (more) limited grey wax. Hold o…view full details.

Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

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Reissue LP on Legacy. At San Quentin is the second prison concert album by Johnny Cash and was originally released in 1969. It followed on from the success of 1968’s At Folsom Prison. Like its predecessor, At San Quentin features an eponymous song damning the institution. It also includes the classic version of A Boy Named Sue.…view full details.

The Manuel Azevedo Quartet & Esperanto
Black Feeling, Vol. 3 (Sampler)

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7" on Freestyle. The Black Feeling series is up to release number three. The concept is that new cover version material is presented as obscure vintage cover version material: clever eh? Anyway, this 7” single is a Sampler of the full record, featuring two tracks supposedly performed by The Manuel Azevedo Quartet & Esperanto. On Freestyle.…view full details.

Paul Messis
The Blind Leading The Blind / As Time Rolls By

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7" on Market Square. Paul Messis mixes folk and garage punk on his latest 45. Side one, The Blind Leading The Blind is a protest song bemoaning the state of the world today, played on a 12-string acoustic, like the folkies of the ‘60s but with garagey fuzz guitar. Side two contains As Time Goes By which is a jangling piece of folk-rock that has been likened to Nuggets and Pebbles favou…view full details.

The Wrong Society
She Destroyed Me / Without You

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7" on Market Square. The Wrong Society claim to be Germany’s only garage band. Who am I to doubt them, as the four-piece from Hamburg are certainly very well thought of. The two songs on this 7” are prime cuts of brooding garage. Side one features She Destroyed Me which has the typical ‘60s garage theme (sigh) of being heartbroken. Side two meanwhile, has Without You which sees the band tapp…view full details.

Royal Headache
High

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7/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

By now it’s clear there’s an indie rock renaissance taking place over on the Oceanic shores, more prominently in Australian cities such as Sydney, where scuzz rockers like Royal Headache are offered the chance to play at the opera house. ‘High’ actually exists in a different indie stratosphere to a lot of the Oz rock that…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 26th August 2015

Hooton Tennis Club
Highest Point In Cliff Town

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5/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Ach. When debut single ‘Jasper’ piped out of the airwaves I thought Hooton Tennis Club could be the next great British hope for slacker guitar pop. This debut however disappointingly falls way short of finding us a new Teenage Fanclub for the post mp3 generation. Concerns start early, ope…view full details.

FIDLAR
40oz On Repeat / West Coast

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7" on Wichita. 40oz On Repeat / West Coast is the new double A sided single from Fidlar. The L.A. skate-punk four-piece have been gaining interest from fans and media alike since their clutch of EPs in 2011 and 2012 and their self-titled debut which was released the following year. Both tracks featured here are taken from their forthcoming Wichita Recordings album, Too.…view full details.

Dawn McCarthy
Traveller Returning : Circa 1997-2000

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Limited tape on Drag City. Traveller Returning: Circa 1997-2000 by Dawn McCarthy is a collection of songs that were inspired by McCarthy’s travels away from her native New York City. It shows her transitioning and finding her own voice. They are early versions of songs that would become the core of her band, Faun Fables’ setlist. Upon revisiting the recording for this cassette, McCarthy sa…view full details.

Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas
Automaginary

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Tape on Drag City. Natural Information Society are a group headed by improvising bass and Gnawan lute player Joshua Abrams, and Bitchin Bajas are vintage electronics fans. They've teamed up here for this record, and Autoimaginary is an exciting trip through wild jazz, four-four electronics, and eclectic groove music. LP or cassette on Drag City.…view full details.

Various
Rough Trade Shops - HEAVENLY 25

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2CD on Rough Trade Shops inc. Mark Lanegan, Gwenno, The Wytches, Stealing Sheep, TOY, Hooton Tennis Club, H. Hawkline etc.. The Rough Trade Shops label has an excellent track record of releasing high quality compilation albums. This time the focus of their attention is the legendary Heavenly label and their 25th anniversary. Disc one of this collection compiles the best stuff from their current artists such as…view full details.


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