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New in: Thursday 3rd September 2015

Matt Valentine
Before It’s Gone

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Limited white vinyl 7" on The Great Pop Supplement. Edition of 500 copies feat. J Mascis, Jeremy Woods, Pete Nolan and Mick Flower. Psych folk fellow Matt Valentine is more commonly known for his work in MV & EE, but he's giving his solo career its all right now. This 7" dates back to 2010 and features J Mascis plus Woods folk, who wring a comforting, lazy day psyc…view full details.

Cosmic Ground
Cosmic Ground II

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2LP on Deep Distance. Edition of 500 copies. Cosmic Ground are back with their second full-length, creatively titled Cosmic Ground II. Two LPs and only four tracks, so you know that this is going to be some premium, stretched out komische. And so it comes to pass: Dirk Muller leads the listener into some pretty fresh headspaces. 500 copies on Deep Distance.…view full details.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Thank God For Mental Illness

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 2nd September 2015

This is the first time on vinyl for this early era Brian Jonestown record. Made for the princely sum of $17.36 it was recorded live in their house. You can almost see broken sitars and discarded drug paraphernalia lying about as you listen to the opener ‘Spanish Bee’. There hasn’t been too much care applied to whether the …view full details.

Alif
Aynama-Rtama

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7/10 according to our Robin on 1st September 2015

Collecting lyrics by various poets (Iraqi-Assyrian poet Sargon Boulos, Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet Faiha Abdul Hadi, and the band's vocalist Tamer Abu Ghazaleh) with the sounds of oud, buzuk and some darling keyboards, Alif have made one of the year’s most versatile sounding records, traversing folk o…view full details.

Dam Funk
Invite The Light

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8/10 according to our Andy on 3rd September 2015

Dam Funk has been the flag bearer for funk on Stones Throw for approaching a decade. Whilst his boogie jams seemed incongruous initially when filed alongside the more straight up hip-hop roster back in the late '90's, it seems the label has bent to his sound rather than the other way round. Having now released records such as Tuxedo, t…view full details.

Max Richter
from SLEEP

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8/10 according to our Robin on 3rd September 2015

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Willis Earl Beal
Noctunes

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 2nd September 2015

When this was played in the office last week I somehow got the initial impression that it was the album where Sam Smith finally ‘does a Scott Walker’. Instead this is the latest missive from American oddball Willis Earl Beal. Now I had him down as some kind of wh…view full details.

Savant
Artificial Dance

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

As our faithful descriptive hound Tom points out, this is a somewhat challenging name for an LP. It’s not really artificial, the introductory track confronting you with acoustic drum lines, yet their composition is purely fabricated, spliced together in a groove imaginarium. Savant is the man Kerry Leimer, a s…view full details.

Rrose
Vanishing Pools

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9/10 according to our Ant on 3rd September 2015

Rrose emerges from the dancefloor wreckage left in the wake of the recent ‘For Aquantice’ 12” for another session on the artist's own Eaux imprint. Taking us deep into ‘Vanishing Pools’ with an extended 5-track EP. ‘Hole’ furrow’s with pulse’s of clicky per…view full details.

Mike Krol
Turkey

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7/10 according to our Robin on 1st September 2015

Sounding a lot like the dude from Wheatus if he was backed by a palate of Tony Molina's breaching lo-fi guitars, Mike Krol is here dressed as a cop (questionable stuff, Mike) for the feedbacker-pop of ‘Turkey’. These songs fly by in a squalor of riffs, shredded chords and nuisance lyrical adde…view full details.

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

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7/10 according to our Robin on 1st September 2015

Ingvild Langgård heard you liked trilogies and song cycles so she made the second song cycle in a trilogy. A folk record tinkling with sounds both natural and synthetic, it’s probably best described as an ecosystem, snugly coalescing many different elements into a larger whole. If that sounds corny, I don’t care: str…view full details.

F ingers
Hide Before Dinner

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

This is the Hammock / Dead Can Dance collab album that should have been. Cautiously chilling, this set of quietly sung spook meditations tries to occupy a space within all of us - our childhood origins and the mad spectrum of occurrences that such freedom entails. It t…view full details.

Lumisokea
Mnemosyne

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

Lumisokea is a combination of an Italian and a Belgian, some pre-Wham synths and murdered instruments. When you encounter the words ‘Berlin’ and ‘Opal Tapes’ in the same sentence, a shiver runs down your spine, but as Mnemosyne progresses, those shivers move upwards toward the brain, …view full details.

Helen
The Original Faces

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9/10 according to our Robin on 3rd September 2015

As time trundles slowly onward, so does my uneasy relationship with Liz Harris’ final Grouper album ‘Ruins’. Though it first felt like a different kind of drone pop discombobulation, I’ve come to see the record as a profound collection of accidental ballads, the type that sound as if Harris i…view full details.

Perc
Gob

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8/10 according to our Ant on 3rd September 2015

I can happily enjoy listening to full on techno at home in small doses but when all is said and done, music like Perc’s is constructed for an environment far removed from the nest. You only ever get half of the picture, so in reviewing this stuff I find I have to imagine I’m absorbing it under the intended circumstan…view full details.

Helena Hauff
Discreet Desires

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9/10 according to our Robin on 2nd September 2015

Laurie is taking a techno nap, so he’s requested backup for the final edition of today’s electronic releases, Helena Hauff’s wonderful ‘Discreet Desires’, which I will now try to describe in as much ernest as I can muster. After a slew of 12s and minute techno slices, Hauff has readied her first record of…view full details.

Mueller_Roedelius
Imagori

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 2nd September 2015

This is the first collaboration between Hans-Joachim Roedelius (of Cluster, Harmonia etc.) and Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project). It’s one of those records that could be described perfectly as a ‘fusion’ .....if fusion was a word I was allowed to use…view full details.

DJ Richard
Grind

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 3rd September 2015

This DJ by the name of Richard is following just a couple of 12 inchers with a full blown LP of dingey proportions, briefly shedding lights on the darker corners of the club to reveal dust, rave creatures and throbbing bass bins. The first two tracks set the spectrum - ‘No Balance’ introduces gothic synth harmonies, dark a…view full details.

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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.

Mint
Fable and Fantasy

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

Hello. The soft, Casio cadences of opener ‘Returning To Light’ almost tricks you into thinking that this is an post-80s balladeer feast, prime for a star spangled guitarist to emerge from the neon mist. But no, the layers build, and you’re in an expansive land of ambient pop, where voices work some soothing magic thr…view full details.

The Clientele
Alone & Unreal: The Best Of The Clientele

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 3rd September 2015

Suffering from our current policy of not having anything in stock at all, The Clientele release what could be said to be a 'greatest hits' collection. On one hand I could say that you should own all of their records already but as they keep a low-ish profile in the UK for a band who recently revelled in a 9.1 score on Pitchfork for the re-issue …view full details.

Sundays and Cybele
Gypsy House

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8/10 according to our Robin on 3rd September 2015

Sundays & Cybele go down the pointlessly meandering route on their own take on psych magnificence. Listening to “Mystic Ocean”, the opener to their record ‘Gypsy House’, you’ll clock about twenty solos from lead dude Kazuo Tsubouchi -- each technically combining into one long solo slog, underpinned by gatekeepin…view full details.

Big Miz
Midnight Man Handle

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12" + insert on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Four new rolling bangers from Glaswegian practitioner Big Miz. Miz is one of the founding members of the highly respected Offbeat club night, and Midnight Man Handle showcases the kind of quality attendees might reasonably expect. Carefully nuanced techno house, released on the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label.…view full details.

Higamos Hogamos
Fuzzy Majesty EP

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Limited 12" on Invisible, Inc. Edition of 300 copies. . Higamos Hogamos jam out a music deeply informed by various forms of music devoted to putting people in a trance: early krautrock rhythms underpin garage rock guitars while synthesizers arpeggiate into infinity. The Fuzzy Majesty EP is limited to only 300 copies, and is released on the Invisible Inc label.…view full details.

Intrusion
A Gentle Embrace

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Crystal clear vinyl 12" on Intrusion / echospace [detroit]. The Intrusion project takes rattling jams from the catalogue of the echospace [detroit] label and distills them down to a pure ambient liquid, for an audio trip that drifts along gracefully. A Gentle Embrace is present here as both the Original Mix and in Reduced form, pressed to clear, 160g vinyl for your pleasure.…view full details.

Mike Huckaby
Baseline 87

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7/10 according to our Ant on 3rd September 2015

A few years ago I witnessed Detroit mainstay Mike Huckaby take to a pair of Technics with a box of vinyl and nothing more. Much of the music he was playing wasn’t really my thing, despite being quite partial to his productions. However I have an enduring memory of his turntable skills; one of the finest t…view full details.

Martyn Hare
Premonitions

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12" on Don't inc. Paul Birken Remix. This new Martyn Hare EP tears straight out of the gates, ‘Zero Tolerance’ immediately blasting out a beat that has been cranked so much it sounds distorted. Premonitions continues in similarly mighty style, with two more Hare originals and a Paul Birken remix too. 12” on the Don’t label.…view full details.

Danny Passarella & Perc
Videodrome

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Limited transparent blue vinyl 12" EP on Passarella Death Squad. Edition of 250 copies. David Cronenberg’s classic film Videodrome continues to creepily resonate in contemporary culture. The latest artists to take it on are visual and sound artist Danny Passarella and stern techno man Perc. The pair have created five pieces of uneasy, erotically-charged atmospheres, pressed to t…view full details.

Variant
Vortextual (Element One)

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. One continuous hour-long piece of sound here from Variant, produced for Movement Festival in Detroit. This is like the cracks between techno’s beats expanded and explored: only occasionally do rhythms rear up. Silver-sticker-coated CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detroit].…view full details.

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Variant - Vortextual (Element Two)

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. One continuous hour-long piece of sound here from Variant. Vortextual [Element Two] continues [Element One]’s deep dives into the cracks between techno’s beats: this is a mostly beatless ambient excursion through dub-space. Silver-sticker-coated CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detro…view full details.

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Oceans End

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. Variant presents Oceans End, a continuous half-hour slab of dubbed-out space ambience. The track has stuttering rhythms to keep things moving, but mostly this is about losing yourself to the wash of the cosmic synth-waves that flow through the track. CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detroit].…view full details.

Idjut Boys
Versions

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 3rd September 2015

Not the best name for any band that want to be taken half way seriously but these idiots are anything but as they pilfer sounds from all over the place to put in a big sonic stew. They like their delay pedals and this is exemplified best on opener 'Ambient Rab' where bright and sunny guitars are delayed until they are thoroughly sun dapp…view full details.

The Underground Youth
Haunted

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 3rd September 2015

Prepare your extra long raincoat. Ensure that there is a puddle nearby for the bottom ends to trail through. We have the darkest of early '80's goth rock all on one album so you never have to leave your bedsit and strain against the cold Northern wind ever again. This is comically bleak, guitars terrify, vocals make Peter Murphy sound like Sonia…view full details.

Blown Out
Planetary Engineering

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LP on Oaken Palace Records. Edition of 500 copies. Featuring folks from BONG, 11Paranoias, Haikai No Ku, Drunk In Hell, Khunnt, and Pigs Pigs Pigs. Blown Out is a band featuring members of other bands, all of whom have a sound that could be described as ‘blown out’. Bong, Drunk In Hell and Khunnt are all represented, and the two side-long beasts that comprise P…view full details.

Kostis Kilymis
Bethnal Greener

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LP on Rekem Records. Kostis Kilymis set out to document the experience of life in the UK capital with Bethnal Greener, and is consequently an anxious and jittery listening experience. Using all manner of lo-fi electronics (think controlled feedback, contact mic-ed structures and pure sine waves), Kilymis creates creeping wonder. On Rekem Records.…view full details.

Foals
What Went Down

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LP on Warners. Oh look, a new Foals album! This is the first we’ve heard from Foals since 2013, when their last full length, Holy Fire, was released. What Went Down lavishes us with ten tracks, and is available as LP, CD, or in a deluxe edition paired with a DVD containing enigmatic ‘additional video content’. Mmmmm, content. On Warners.…view full details.

The Bug
Zim Zim Zim

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 3rd September 2015

This redder than red 12” fills in a blank from Angels & Devils in the form of ‘Zim Zim Zim’, a pretty dangerous track that’s like being socked in the face by the biggest bug ever. It features Jamaican dancehall dude Burro Banton on MC duties, spitting acidic phrases that hit just as hard. As a result, it fe…view full details.

Mighty Baron III / Sun Runners 女神の恋人達
Screwe'd / The Finest

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Limited 7" on Apron. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. Two very strong rollers here on this 7” released by Apron. On the one side we have Mighty Baron III with a track, Screwe’d that does indeed sound both mighty and screwed. On the flip is Sun Runners 女神の恋人達, with The Finest, a track that sounds like a resurrected 80’s pop jam. Unusual stuff on this highly limited 7”…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Gimu
Of The Spirit, Of The Space

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

This is deep. Gimu is a Brazilian purveyor of rich cinematic ambience, burying grand, almost neo-classical elements deep in cavernous reverbed spaces and extremely downcast emotions. He abandoned the institution of ‘the band’ fully in 2010 to pursue a solitary life on top of a groan drone where he watches his former collab…view full details.

Masakichi
Hummingbird

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CD on Fierce Panda. Judging by the bands that Masakichi have been connected with - Macabees, Alt-J, Foals - their combination of post-rock, fuzzy indie and dance beats is sure to be a hit with the mainstream indie crowd. The four piece are led by Reuben Gotto and feature Hannah Cartwright of Snow Ghost on vocals, Hattie Williams of Telegraphs on bass and Ben Calvert, who has p…view full details.

Tamaryn
Cranekiss

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Indies only LP + 24-page booklet on Mexican Summer. Tamaryn marries the always-welcome sound of shoegaze with celestial pop songs, the waveringly massive (and often groovy) backgrounds of guitar and synth supporting some bold pop vocals. Cranekiss, Tamaryn's third album, has to be their finest effort so far. On Mexican Summer, with a bonus booklet accompanying the indies-only LP.…view full details.

Various
Litmus Original Soundtrack

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LP on Anthology Recordings inc, Galaxie 500, The Val Dusty Experiment, Andrew Kidman, Yothu Yindi etc.. Andrew Kidman is a filmmaker and a musician: here is the soundtrack to his avant-surf cinematic classic, Litmus. Kidman is represented via his band The Val Dusty Experiment, and a number of other artists, including Galaxie 500 and The Screaming Orphans…view full details.

Cave In
White Silence

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Cave In's first full length in more than half a decade. White Silence has an energy and a balance that feels like the work of seasoned vets, consummate professionals that have, with great heart, focus and authenticity, honed their songwriting ability in ways we feel fortunate to have witnessed first hand. If you followed the member's individual trajectories after Cave In's undeclared 2005 hiatus, you'd have been witness to a spectrum of songwr

Robert Hood
Minimal Nation

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White vinyl repress 3LP + CD on M-Plant. Robert Hood’s Minimal Nation is a pretty serious player in terms of Techno albums, making a massive impact when it landed in 1994. Here it is remastered and reissued onto three whole slabs of white vinyl, with two rare unreleased / rare tracks thrown in. The set also contains a CD. Impressive collection, from M-Plant.…view full details.

Rayon (Markus Acher)
Il Collo E La Collana

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LP on Alien Transistor. Rayon, the solo-project of The Notwist’s Markus Acher, is mostly concerned with the production of soundtracks. For Eleonora Danco’s newest movie N-capace, Acher made the music: Il Collo E La Collana. Like we’ve come to expect from the Alien Transistor label, the soundtrack is strange, disorienting and beautiful. Expect simple musical themes a…view full details.

Cold Showers
Matter Of Choice

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LP on DAIS with printed plastic inner wallet. Cold Showers’ new record, Matter Of Choice, is a big, shiny, synth-driven post-punk statement. Although the textures lean almost into shoegaze at times, there is definitely a big pop sensibility at play here, with songs like ‘Plantlife’ sounding like they dream of being played on big stages. LP release on Dais.…view full details.

The Kitchen Cinq
When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68

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Remastered 2LP on Light In the Attic. The Kitchen Cinq are very much an in-the-known band, beloved by those that know, but generally lurking in the shadows, including behind frontman Lee Hazlewood’s solo career. When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-1968 collects the whole lot of their sparky garage-rock’n’roll, including very early, very rare stuff. On Light In The Attic.…view full details.

Andrew Kidman
Glass Love

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LP on Anthology Recordings. Andrew Kidman is both filmmaker and musician, and this release contains his self-composed soundtrack to his 2006 film Glass. Kidman apparently made the music first and then let the film (which centers around surfing) follow the sound, which is an admirable approach indeed. LP release on Anthology Recordings.…view full details.

The Psychedelic Furs
Forever Now

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180g green coloured vinyl reissue LP on Weatherbox. Time to get some of those old Psychedelic Furs records out in the world again, in the form of a nicely heavyweight green vinyl reissue. Forever Now was the group’s third album, and has their post-punk sound commercially augmented by Todd Rundgren in the producer’s chair. Vocals still snarl though. Reissued by Weatherbox.…view full details.

The Psychedelic Furs
Talk Talk Talk

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180g orange coloured vinyl reissue LP on Weatherbox. Time to get some of those old Psychedelic Furs records out in the world again, in the form of nice and heavyweight orange vinyl reissues. Talk Talk Talk, dating from 1981, was a very popular record at the time, and the brash alt-rock sound shows us why: perfectly primed for college radio! Reissued by the Weatherbox label.…view full details.


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