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New in: Friday 12th February 2016

Ceres
I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here

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Raucous indie pop anyone? Yes, I know it’s not 2004 anymore but Ceres are still rocking with some hard indie rock on I Don’t Want to be Anywhere But Here. Driving drums and thrashing guitars gel with some punchy vocals to make an album for a little hidden-bedroom-headbanging. CD or yellow coloured vinyl LP. Limited to 500 copies.…view full details.

Eleventh He Reaches London
Banhus

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Hobbledehoy Records release the third album for post-hardcore enthusiasts Eleventh He Reaches London. Banhus sees the band’s trademark dynamics tied to sharper song structures and an emphasis on melody. The current line-up even incorporate some folk and pop elements alongside their love for progressive sounds.…view full details.

Fourteen Nights At Sea
Minor Light

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More epic material from Australian group Fourteen Nights At Sea, who lay out 5 tracks of grandiose post-rock for the listener to get swept up in. The tone of Minor Light is as gloomy as the cover art, but redemption lies within the careful arrangements. CD or LP in a limited edition of 300 copies, on Hobbledehoy Records.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 11th February 2016

Parallelism
Angular Geometry

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Parallelism follows up his self-titled 2015 release with Angular Geometry. This CD on Shimmering Moods is ambient drone full of rich synthesizer and muffled field recordings. The album begins subtly, with barely perceptible tones and murky tape hiss like Kevin Drumm at his quietest. But beneath the surface there are some lovely melodies and even some glitchy rhythms.…view full details.

Valanx
The Towering Pillars

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With Valanx’s The Towering Pillars the Shimmering Moods label continue releasing artists who blur the distinctions of drone and ambient, electronic and acoustic. This CD, with handmade cover, strikes a darker tone than many contemporaries and pushes into dank, industrial zones. The music is dense and downcast; a bleak and often beautiful collection.  v…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 10th February 2016

Not Waving
Animals

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8/10 according to our Ant

Alessio Natalizia showcases the full spectrum of his sound on this reasonably diverse album, that despite covering a few styles (techno/ EBM/ industrial/ ambient/ synth pop) still manages to merge right into the Diagonal aesthetic and fits the label like a leather glove. So there’s dancefloor bangers such as the Belgian EBM flavoured ‘Head Body…view full details.

Mohammad
Roto Vildblomma

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7/10 according to our Robin

Those familiar with Mohammad’s invented genre cello doom will know what to expect of ‘Roto Vildblomma’, their proto-drone debut. If you’re new, though, get all descriptions that go by the watchword “beautiful” out of your head: the music Mohammad make is as terse as dark ambient but as churning and uncomfortable as harsh noise. From ‘Som Sakrifis’…view full details.

Noam
Overdramatic

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7/10 according to our Laurie

Looking like a miniature cardboard picture frame with a door, the latest Symbolic Interaction release continues their presentation of music as Graze boxes that you can’t eat. You can try. Noam is a new sonic excursion from Kentaro Togawa, a man whose influence on the label’s output has been lasting but from the sidelines, contributing various bits toward their Silence was Warm compi…view full details.

Kazuya Matsumoto
Mizu No Katachi

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Kazuya Matsumoto is a Japanese percussionist making his debut full-length with Mizu No Katachi. It seems from listening (and from the descriptive-yet-poetic track titles) that parts of the record were recorded outdoors, Matsumoto using the sounds of the rain falling on his resonant instruments to gorgeous effect. A fascinating listen on Spekk.…view full details.

Breathless
Blue Moon

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Tenor Vossa present this gorgeous album of shoegaze and indie-drone, complete with new material, on double vinyl LP or CD. Blue Moon is from 1999 and the middle of Breathless’ career. Here Dominic Appleton’s powerful and melancholy vocals dominate their dream-pop sound, but the unusual instrumentation and bubbling drones provide the perfect foundation.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Flowers
Everybody’s Dying To Meet You

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5/10 according to our Clinton

Flowers are that most popular breed - an average indie pop band. They have neither great tunes, a great sound, a great singer, originality or good musicianship. Instead they do just enough to get by.   They are the now version of the Parachute Men. They make the sort of fuzzy indie that was popular in 1986 and…view full details.

NZCA Lines
Infinite Summer

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6/10 according to our Clinton

“The album is based around the idea of a far-future Earth, where the sun has expanded to the size of a red giant and our extinction is imminent,” says leader Michael Lovett about his second album as NCZA Lines. Batten down the hatches ladies and gentlemen we’re in concept album territory. Opener ‘Approach’ has beautiful strings kinda ruined by French spoken word …view full details.

New in: Monday 8th February 2016

Basia Bulat
Good Advice

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Good Advice is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. She recorded the album with the production and instrumental assistance of Jim James from My Morning Jacket. His influence is clear to see. Bulat is usually known for playing an autoharp, but here a more traditional guitar, bass, drums and keyboard set up is used. Jim James says that she is a unique talent.…view full details.

Game Theory
Lolita Nation

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9/10 according to our Clinton

Oh my goodness where to start with this. The most sprawlingly ambitious power-pop/pop-psyche record ever made. Me and 'Lolita Nation' go back a long way. It was a sign of my youth that when I bought it (from York's legendary Red Rhino records) that I was unable to play it straight away as I had to go on a picnic with my parents. So instead I stared at the sleeve wondering what songs such as "Wa…view full details.

New in: Friday 5th February 2016

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier
Breadwoman & Other Tales

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9/10 according to our Robin

If you can believe it, this record dates back to the early ‘80s, when Anna Homler and Steve Moshier were deep into their own isolated avant-garde pursuits. Homler, a vocalist interested in language and intonation, conceived fractured, untranslatable songs; listening to them on their own, the pauses and overlays would sound like gaping chasms and urgent interruptions. Using a bedrock of hi…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Nest
Retold

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8/10 according to our Brian

Nest next. I really liked the look of this album straight away. I felt it looked "glacial". 'Retold' is one of those wonderfully moody, cinematic neo-ambient albums full of small electronic glitches, melancholic keys and an evocative, studious, classical feel. These Nesters are two old Miasmah associates, one of them being the "other" half of arch Norwegi…view full details.

Brambles
Charcoal

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9/10 according to our Phil

Ooh, a new release on Serein which is undoubtedly a label of quality! I’m feeling a little hyper after my peanut butter Kit Kat chunky so you’ll have to excuse my excitement. Brambles are a new artist to me but those regular readers will know that they’re potentially my favourite as I’m a…view full details.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1-4

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MIG Music return with the Dark Side of the Moog Vol. 1-4, from Tangerine Dream synthesizer don Klaus Schulze and the young up-start Pete Namlook. These 5 CDs contain more Moog than you’ve ever dreamt of. This extensive collection contains every form of bold synthesizer music imaginable; from rough-edged experimental material, freeform techno, ‘70s inspired kosmische jams and tripped-out …view full details.

Celer
Akagi

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7/10 according to our Laurie

Celer aka Will Long is a perpetual music machine. This minimal excursion is the next in a short but highly populated line of music made and released this decade by the man who never rests. But he’s always at rest really, extremely busy surrounding himself with the sleepiest, cosiest music you can imagine. Take the initial background for Akagi, for example. Music for a liv…view full details.

DIIV
Is The Is Are

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck ups with a bassist who says dubious things on the internet. On record however they are delight. One wonders how people with so many problems manage to make such uplifting music. Opener 'Out of Mind' fairly skips along like …view full details.

Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony

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7/10 according to our Robin

Here it is: the record that should be the year’s most unremarkable (Sunflower Bean literally sounds like a band name that was made up by someone parodying the Brooklyn music scene, are they from Brooklyn, turns out yes, they are, how about that), but for which I have many remarks. The record that should probably do the least for me and yet it’s shifted my internal monologue a few ti…view full details.

The Prettiots
Fun's Cool

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The Prettiots are New York pop two piece featuring Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat. Their debut album ‘Fun’s Cool’ is playfully themed around modern life in a big city, played with minimal instrumentation (uke and bass) and sugary but raw untreated vocals, their songs are full of catchy hooks and humour.…view full details.

Nuel
Hyperboreal

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8/10 according to our Laurie

Nuel is Manuel Fogliata, an Italian DJ, ambienter, and Donato Dozzy collaborator (he was partially responsible for those now mega-rare Aquaplano releases) who makes ambitious music when he gets into album mode. Large swathes of sound rise into walls of shimmering frequencies both mechanistic and awe-strikingly beautiful on Hyperboreal, his second albu…view full details.

Working For A Nuclear Free City
What Do People Do All Day?

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8/10 according to our Clinton

When you work in an office which is just one bit of DNA away from being that of Nathan Barley it’s a question I often ask myself. Playing and shouting seems to be the answer. In slightly related news I’m devastated to learn that there are 14 songs here. That’s more work for me then. At least Celer had the decency to make a one track album this wee…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Moby
Hotel Ambient

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Hotel Ambient by Moby was originally released as bonus disc on the limited edition version of his 2005 album Hotel. This version has been expanded to include extra tracks and fully remastered. Hotel Ambient contains some of Moby’s best ambient material - music you can really get lost in. The album showcases Moby’s influences from modern classical pioneers such as Phillip Glass and …view full details.

Saffronkeira
Synecdoche

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Saffronkeira is the project of experimental and unconventional Italian electronic musician Eugenio Caria. Synecdoche is Saffronkeira’s fourth album. Here he takes the collaborative idea he used on Synecdoche’s predecessor, Cause and Effect where he worked with trumpeter Mario Massa, and runs with it. This time he collaborates with Mia Zabelka, Siavash Amini, Idlefon, Field Rotati…view full details.

Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

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7/10 according to our Robin

Breaching the emotional heights of Permalight-era Rogue Wave and a season one episode of Heroes, Noel Heroux has made a clean break from Hooray For Earth and become Mass Gothic. This synth-supplemented guitar rawk project doesn’t sound a million miles from a way more streamlined Tame Impala, at first take, if internal stru…view full details.

New in: Monday 1st February 2016

Various
Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 - Volume 1-11

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Reissue of the legendary alternative singles series that Amphetamine Records ran between 1988 and 1998. Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets is as raucous as it ought to be, including tracks from an unbelievably great selection of bands: Boredoms, Mudhoney, Melvins, Helmet, …view full details.

Sula Bassana
Shipwrecked

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On Shipwrecked, Sula Bassana uses an impressive selection of vintage gear to produce a singular take on deutsche elektronische musik. For this CD on Sulatron he references the past with an eye on the future. Mastered by krautrock icon Eroc, this is heady stuff. The artwork’s epic science-fiction vista should be enough to let you know what you’re in for.  …view full details.

Telegram
Operator

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6/10 according to our Clinton

Telegram have spent an awful long time ensuring that they look like a rock band but it’s often the case that the best rock bands look like the very last people on earth who should be playing music  - the Pixies for example. Anyway amidst the fretting about the long hair, moustaches and sunglasses, Telegram have managed to concoct a debut album. It…view full details.

Elliott Smith
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

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Heaven Adores You is a new documentary on the beloved Elliott Smith, and this release contains the soundtrack. Interestingly the filmmakers didn’t just use Smith’s ‘Greatest Hits’: instead, this collection is full of rare treats, such as Smith’s first TV appearance and some ‘Untitled Guitar Finger Picking’ recorded when he was just 14. Will prove fascinating to any Smith fans…view full details.

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object

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GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 28th January 2016

Throw Down Bones
Throw Down Bones

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Phil: There’s something out on Fuzz Club. Me: What? Silence Me: What? Phil: Oh I dunno, (mumble mumble). So went my intro into the world of Throw Down Bones a coldwave duo who have already played at the prestigious Liverpool psych fest. From the grimy effects laden opener ‘Exposure’ this is my kind of psych. No twiddling. The title is no…view full details.

Surgeon
From Farthest Known Objects

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8/10 according to our Ant

Surgeon tunes into transmissions from distant galaxies on his latest album on his Dynamic Tension imprint. Sounds unmistakably Surgeon - yet his current modular setup has invigorated his sound to some extent. There's some real grizzly, gnarly tracks on here that are bound to rip dancefloors apart but there's also s…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 27th January 2016

Milk Teeth
Vile Child

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Milk Teeth hail from Stroud in Gloucestershire. Vile Child is their debut full length album and follows two well-thought-of EPs. The band are influenced by many american bands of the ‘90s, pairing male and female vocals on top of sludgy guitars. Fans of Wolf Alice and Silversun Pickups will enjoy this! …view full details.

Night Beats
Who Sold My Generation

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Like the Fat White Family,  Night Beats play grim psych in a manner which you could describe as either laissez-faire of lazy depending on your viewpoint. Nightbeats are more pulsating and don’t go door to door trying to shock but they have the same sense of subterranean sleaze. The second track here is called ‘Power Child’ and moves along on a ser…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 26th January 2016

Bonnie Prince Billy
Pond Scum

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Pond Scum by Bonnie Prince Billy is a compilation put together from the Peel Session archives. This collection spans an eight year period and includes versions of classics such as Death To Everyone and (I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit. The arrangements are much more sparse than the originals as Bonnie Prince Billy performs mostly solo, although there is accompaniment from Dave Heumann on four of the tracks.…view full details.

New in: Monday 25th January 2016

Æmaeth
The Roman

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These dark and atmospheric drones from Æmaeth form the soundtrack to silent film The Roman. Composed from improvised guitar and piano, not only are they powerful accompaniments to the film, but beautiful long-form compositions in their own right. The glacial pace slowly reveals Æmaeth’s subtle and ornate neoclassical arrangements.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th January 2016

Savages
Adore Life

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7/10 according to our Clinton

To be honest I didn’t believe Savages debut album. I didn’t believe that it was anything more than a load of Siouxie and the Banshees exhaust fumes re-badged for 2013. This record is certainly much more original. They may have the appearance and insular nature of a modern day rework of …view full details.

New in: Monday 18th January 2016

Saroos
Tardis

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The experimental trio Saroos have once again confounded expectations with their fourth album Tardis. By incorporating modular synthesizers into their luscious kraut and math rock-inspired sound they create a rich and ever-changing instrumental music. Mangled samples, the Japanese koto instrument and that strange synthesizer are all connected by Christoph Brandner’s motorik drums. CD and LP from Alien Transistor.…view full details.

New in: Saturday 16th January 2016

Be
One

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The concept behind Be’s album One is intriguing: an imagined version of what a honeybee might hear over the course of a British summertime. Field recordings are used, as are delicate improvisations, including parts from Amiina and Jason Pierce of Spiritualized (to name just two). A neat little project, released by Caught By The River offshoot label Rivertones.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 14th January 2016

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Revenant

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Erstwhile film soundtrack composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by strict digital minimalist Alva Noto, a frequent collaborator in Sakamoto’s non-soundtrack work. For the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant, the pair fold together dramatic orchestral themes and cold electronic am…view full details.

New in: Monday 11th January 2016

Florist
The Birds Outside Sang

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Florist began life as a way for Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro and Jonnie Baker to become friends by making noises with synths and guitars. As the trio grew close Florist became a more serious band, touring with Mutual Benefit and Told Slant. They were eventually joined on drums by Felix Walworth of Told Slant. The Birds Outside Sang began after Emily was knocked of her bicycle. Injured, her ability to …view full details.

New in: Friday 8th January 2016

Golden Teacher
First Three EPs

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The first three EPs from Glaswegian 6 piece Golden Teacher are compiled on vinyl LP and CD for the very first time. Those original 12” pressings are long out of print, so it’s a thrill to hear the group’s rough-edged and raw-as-hell disco again. By making no-wave synths rub alongside sensuous hand claps and distant vocals this group prove themselves to be the true heirs to Arthur Russell.…view full details.

You Say Party
You Say Party

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Canadian, new wave, four piece dance punks You Say Party are back with their long awaited, self titled new album. Evolving over a period of four years ‘You Say Party’ is a carefully considered and deeply immersive record that builds a dream-like, unreal, sound-scape based on a melancholic sense of loss, introspective uncertainty and longing.…view full details.



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