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New in: Friday 22nd May 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Behold ‘Multi-Love’, wherein Unknown Mortal Orchestra get out of the psych pop game and take up a nice suburban retirement listening to Prince; wherein they forget the high-minded art practices and sing La La La La, La La La La, because it feels good; wherein their studio sounds like an open-air funk fair…view full details.

Wolfgang Voigt
Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 20th May 2015

To sum up - this sounds like the cover. It seems that when presented as natural a setting as a national park, German stargazer Wolfgang Voigt turns to the lush timbres of the orchestra to create pastoral scenes much like Beethoven did 207 years ago. My apologies to Mr Gas if that seemed like a dig, because this is pure …view full details.

Konntinent
Empire Line

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 21st May 2015

It looked like that was gonna be it for Anthony Harrison’s Konntinent project. After a supposedly a final ambient peep in 2012, his new project Paco Sala would replace yesterday’s mournful tones, the original follow up to Opal Island shelved and sentiment left at the door. Having somet…view full details.

Valet
Nature

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

The opening track ‘Sunday’ on this unassuming looking album sounds so much like a track off Slowdive’s ‘Pygmalion’ that you can see why the people at Kranky snapped the Kit Kat when they heard it. It features washes of Cocteau’s-like guitar, ethereal female vocals soaring away be…view full details.

Jon DeRosa
Black Halo

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

The most variable and happily spontaneous of artists Jon DeRosa has opted once more to halt his tendencies towards ambient and country (I know, right?) in favour of his more direct and plaintive singer-songwriter style. When we last heard him in this particular mode, his baritone brooded and resigned itself; not much has changed on ‘Black …view full details.

The Sly and Unseen
All Similarities and Technical Difficulties End Here

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

Hibernate, the winter scarf of drone labels, continue to fend off nature’s cold bite with this gorgeously comforting record. ‘All Similarities & Technical Difficulties End Here’ is minimalist but sounds maximal, enveloping its listeners into creased harmonium drones, lightly sprinkled with the sounds of life: dogs barking, …view full details.

New in: Thursday 21st May 2015

Various
Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77

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Deluxe 2CD on Soul Jazz including Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero etc.. Featuring a raft of seminal latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Machito, Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77 gets a 20th anniversary reissue in all its fiesty glory. One of the most critically acclaimed…view full details.

The Vaccines
English Graffiti

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Deluxe Edition 2CD on Columbia. English Graffiti is the third full length album by West London’s very own indie-rockers, The Vaccines. This time they enlisted the help of producer Dave Fridman (who has worked with The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev among others) to hone their sound. Recent singles Handsome and Dream Lover are included. …view full details.

Ash
Kablammo!

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2CD edition on earMUSIC. The first ‘proper’ album by Ash since Twilight of the Innocents a whole eight years ago… Kablammo! announces itself rather firmly with that title, and the first single, ‘Cocoon’ matches that tone with straight-down-the-line riffs and a sweeping chorus. “We have lots of energy!” seems to be the message. On earMUSIC.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th May 2015

Alessandro Bosetti & Chris Abrahams
A Heart That Responds From Schooling

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CD on Unsounds. Chris Abrahams you know from long-running Australian improvisers The Necks, whereas Alessandro Bosetti is an Italian sound artist with an interest in language. He surrounds Abrahams stately piano with a buzzing mass of digital clicks and textures, making a hell of a soundscape. A Heart That Responds From Schooling is released by Unsounds.…view full details.

John Butcher & Andy Moor
Experiments With A Leaf

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CD on Unsounds. Fantastic free-improv session here from John Butcher, who plays the saxophone in ways no other human has yet discovered, and Andy Moor, whose kinetic guitar scrabble is usually heard in The Ex. Experiments With A Leaf was recorded in a cathedral, so the two play within a gorgeously reverberant setting. Great players on top of their game, on Unsounds.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th May 2015

AGF & Various
A Deep Mysterious Tone

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CD on AGF Produktion featuring Tujiko Noriko, Ryoko Akama, Kyoka etc.. A Deep Mysterious Tone is a tantalising title, especially for the likes of me. This isn’t some kind of drone record though: instead, this is a collection of female-focused Japanese poetry from as long ago as the eighth century, interpreted and performed by AGF and associates including Ryoko Akoma and Tujiko Noriko…view full details.

Mohammad
Segonde Saleco

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9/10 according to our Ant on 14th May 2015

Greek chamber doom trio Mohammad have been operating since 2009, releasing albums on their own Antifrost imprint and brought to a wider audience in 2013 with their excellent ‘Som Sakrifis’ LP on PAN. Here they complete their ‘34ºN-42ºN/19ºE-29ºE Study’…view full details.

New in: Friday 15th May 2015

DJ VLR
CPU II

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Mix CD on Central Processing Unit. Featuring MNLTH, DMX Krew, Automatic Tasty, Cygnus etc.. Norwegian artist DJ VLR, aka Livar Særheim returns to the desk to demonstrate the craftsmanship of mixing as an artform. Including tracks by the likes of MNLTH, DMX Krew, Automatic Tasty, Cygnus, ‘CPU II’ covers nearly 3 years of DJ VLR’S back catalogue mixed into the perfect sampler. The release also includes a bonus track mixed…view full details.

Paul Weller
Saturns Pattern

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CD + DVD set on Parlophone. Saturns Pattern is Paul Weller’s eleventh solo studio album but his first for the Parlophone label. Weller describes the album as being different to everything else he’s done and different to all other music that currently exists. I’m sure fans of the Modfather will love it though.…view full details.

Visionary Hours
Footfalls Echo

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

Well, isn’t this lovely. The down-to-earth ambient folk at Hibernate have uncovered a gem in the form of Hayden Berry, a Yorkshireman-turned-Krakowdweller who loves tape and acoustic instruments. They say that once a Yorkshireman, always a Yorkshireman, but when confronted with the beauty of Krakow, you realise that it’s pr…view full details.

Pretty Lightning
A Magic Lane Of Light and Rain

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8/10 according to our Robin on 13th May 2015

Pretty Lightning seem to think they’re some sort of psychedelic meteorology duo with total control of the weather, but actually what they are is a couple of krautrock spooks. ‘A Magic Lane of Light and Rain’ is a rather immaculately constructed rock record that twists around on itself like curtains closing in perfect symmetry. …view full details.

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Ex Machina - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 14th May 2015

Hmmm. How to review a soundtrack for a film that you really want to see? Well, for starters, I’m going to confine it to the ‘score’ disc only, the bonus material can remain your surprise. Grasp of the plot only goes so far as ‘AI goes wrong’, but at least Geoff Barrow is an anchor to the familiar. The Bristolian pro…view full details.

Ekoplekz
Reflekzionz

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

Now a full citizen of Planet Mu, Nick Edwards turn his attention to populating the place. It seems fitting a home for Mr. Eko, whose processed grooves and space layers have always mirrored the Paradinas family, making screwed beat-worlds that don’t by any means fall into the usual glitchy cliches that are sometimes assumed to be fact. …view full details.

Ceremony
The L-Shaped Man

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6/10 according to our Robin on 15th May 2015

‘The L-Shaped Man’ sees Ceremony abandon all hope of ever resembling a hardcore band, instead following Iceage down the foulest of career paths: start angry and noisy, have a few drinks, loosen up and make confoundingly bad post-punk. Sounding like Joy Division but seemi…view full details.

Bruno Sanfilippo
Upon Contact Reworked

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7/10 according to our Jim on 15th May 2015

Bruno Sanfilipo is an ivory tinkler who specialises in meandering, wistful notes that luxuriate in acres of melancholy spaciousness, with his foot firmly placed on the piano’s sustain pedal so that the notes hang plaintively in the air. This album features his five minute piece, ‘Upon Contact’ in its original form and then rewo…view full details.

New in: Thursday 14th May 2015

Total Babes
Heydays

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7/10 according to our Robin on 14th May 2015

It would appear that this band has the drummer from Cloud Nothings filling in sticks duties, which is a pretty big PR nightmare: how, exactly, to make that sound like anything but an unremarkable indie rock tidbit? Listen to Total Babes for more than about five seconds, though, and you’ll realise being …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 13th May 2015

Henry Blacker
Summer Tombs / Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings

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Limited CD in card sleeve on Riot Season. Edition of 500 copies. Two old ‘vinyl-only’ albums from Henry Blacker become somewhat less vinyl-only by being compiled onto one CD for this release. Summer Tombs / Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings is typically Blacker, hard’n’sludgey noise-rock all the way through its fifteen tracks. On Riot Season.…view full details.

Kit Wilmans Fegradoe
Issa

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CD on Important Records. Kit Wilmans Fegadoe is a young Bristolian, and Issa is a pretty remarkable work for a debut release. The album delves into various spiritual narratives centred on ‘Christ: The Lost Years’, and musically explores the territory of hypnotic minimalism and surrounds. Out on Important Records no less.!…view full details.

New in: Friday 1st May 2015

Django Django
Born Under Saturn

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 1st May 2015

There’s definitely more difficult jobs in the world than this - I understand that- but having to review a record in real time is certainly a tricky proposition and so this review comes with the caveat that I’m listening to this record for the first time in my life and so... well ...it’s not going to get a chance to grow is it?…view full details.

Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

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9/10 according to our Robin on 29th April 2015

Yes to this band. They are the reason I can’t tell the difference between noise rock and twee pop, and they are the reason I feel swathes of nostalgia and joy among distortion and thrash. ‘Peanut Butter’ is a pretty good name for one of their records: texturally it can be a total mess, but that’s the delight -- they …view full details.

Able Tasmans
A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 30th April 2015

Captured Tracks attempts to document every squeak that emerged from anyone who lived in New Zealand in the 1980’s continues on this very worthy compilation from “the only New Zealand band to tastefully incorporate bagpipes into a song”. A cursory listen to the first three tracks alone will tell you that this is an inten…view full details.

METZ
II

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8/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

Sub Pop’s angriest noise rock revivalists Metz deafened with their first record, offering no real respite and sustaining themselves at the same volume at all times. Sometimes listening to Metz really feels like listening to hardcore, in the sense that the loudness is never modulated, always at a steady, piercing level. You could probably n…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 29th April 2015

And So I Watch You From Afar
Heirs

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CD on Sargent House. And So I Watch You From Afar is the band name. (I know, right?) Anyway, their non-stop work ethic that sees them jetting all over the world to play for people all over the world has resulted in the attention to detail that they have put in to the making of their fourth album, Heirs. Ten songs made it on to the album out of thirty that were recorded for the project. They worked tirelessly night and…view full details.

William Basinski
Cascade

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8/10 according to our Jim on 23rd April 2015

Ambient minimalist William Basinski returns with a new album featuring a single forty-minute track (plus an exclusive download) of his deceptively simple but immediately recognisable music. Employing his usual method of letting melodic loops play out on decrepit tapes until they literally decay before your very ears, it’s another dreamily …view full details.

Death And Vanilla
To Where the Wild Things Are

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd April 2015

Death and Vanilla are pretty close to being the perfect band for those who worship the ‘60’s exotic electronica that so influenced the music of Broadcast. Opener ‘Necessary Distortion’ sets out it’s stall pretty clearly -a pulsating, kraut jam which sits perfectly in that sweet spot b…view full details.

The Liminanas
Down Underground : LP's 2009/2014

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2CD - 4 album collection in digisleeve with 24-page booklet on Because Music. Down Underground: LP’s 2009-2014 is a deluxe 2CD set gathering together pretty much the full complement of French duo The Liminanas’ material: three full albums and an extra rare tracks / 7”s collection to boot! So that means their self-titled debut, Crystal Anis, Costa Blanca, and a bundle of stuff you&rs…view full details.

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