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New in: Friday 22nd July 2016

MJ Guider
Precious Systems

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8/10 according to our Jamie

MJ Guider is Melissa Guion’s hazy, pastoral electronica project. ‘Precious Systems’, she states, is “inspired and influenced by the landscape in and near New Orleans, particularly the juxtaposition of the natural with industrial and commercial constructs as they reflect life here.” So naturally, opening track ‘Lit Negative’ aurally reflects a moonscape.…view full details.

Delia Derbyshire
Electronic

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Delia Derbyshire was, of course, as any fool know, one of the major players in the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop: she authored the Dr Who theme, as well as a huge array of wild experimental library music that still sounds unearthly today. Electronic is apparently not a reissue as such, but a 1990’s release of 1969 material that never actually left the warehouse…? Either way, it’s Derbyshire ma…view full details.

Tak Shindo
MGANGA!

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

Tak Shindo was a premier exponent of the colourful ‘exotica’ genre back in the day, cheerfully scooping up bits and pieces from cultures around the world and mixing them up for a good fun time. Mganga! is African-plus-Japanese-plus-Cuban action from 1958, a frenzy of sounds and textures in a popular-music package. Reissued by Modern Harmonic.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 21st July 2016

The Cult Of Dom Keller
Goodbye To The Light

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Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Swans with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.…view full details.

Daniel Thomas Freeman
The Infinite and the Unknowable

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Ant

You all remember Daniel Thomas Freeman’s brilliant ‘The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself’ CD on Home Normal right? Well that was released some five years ago - so his second album (not counting his work as part of Rameses III) you could say…view full details.

Frabncesco Giannico & Giulio Aldinucci
Agoraphonia

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The pieces on Agoraphonia have been devised and assembled by Francesco Giannico and Giulio Aldinucci, but credit should also go to those who contributed sound samples in response to a request for ‘town square’ sounds. The results have the lively bustle of communal spaces, underlined by creeping drones and electro-acoustics. Edition of 250, on Dronarivm.…view full details.

Sinner DC
MEG/CDG

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Sinner DC have long been one of my favourite electronical groups  - me and them go way back, way way back to the golden days of ‘Dog vs Babysitter’. The Swiss music makers have here dug into the archives of the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva and using these sound sources have crafted a deliciously drifting LP of fractured electronica. There is one incredible highlight …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th July 2016

Ben Chatwin
Heat & Entropy

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Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.…view full details.

ASUNA
Tide Ripples

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Lord knows I need a soothe and Japanese guitarist Asuna Arashi is in pole position to be the person to do it. This is a lovely two track album of remarkably beautiful guitar textures. Unlike contemporaries such as Hakobune there aren’t many effects at play here just simpler acoustic guitars intertwining with minimal colour added by gentle accordion a…view full details.

ISAN + Paco Sala + R Elizabeth + A New Line (Related)
Rough Imaginary

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Well in the end I just went an opened the thing. So excited I was by hearing three unreleased A New Line (Related) tracks that I stuck my finger in the shrink wrap and clawed the thing open.   Indeed the three ANL(R) tracks are worth the admission price alone particularly opener ‘A Finger But No Pulse To Put It On’ which showcases a so…view full details.

MSTRKRFT
Operator

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MSTRKRFT return after five years away. Made up of Jesse F. Keeler from Death from Above 1979 and producer Al-P (who produced You're a Woman, I'm a Machine). Together the two make anolog synth based electronic dance music with a punk tinge. Groovey and closer to the MGMT end of the spectrum, imagine DFA but taken from the opposite angle. …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th July 2016

Desolate Horizons / Endless Melancholy
Deep As The Dark Blue Sea

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

The sea. That unending expanse of water which your eyes follow to the horizon. Standing on a South Kent clifftop on a misty morning at dawn, or gazing out across a lemon yellow sparkling estuary in North Lancashire at dusk; there it is, the water lapping at your feet, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of seaweed drawing you in like no other feature of the landscape. In Britain, anyway, …view full details.

Pan Sonic
Atomin Paluu

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s harsh digital structures, with award-winning results! Atomin Paluu is out on Blast First Petite.…view full details.

The Chills / Martin Phillipps
The Curse Of The Chills / Martin Phillipps Live At The Moth Club

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

This is a must-buy for any self respecting fan of New Zealand legends the Chills, a major new documentary on the band and in particular their leader Martin Phillipps. The film contains never been seen footage as well as interviews with Phillipps and close family. The DVD is coupled with CD of Phillips live at the Moth Club in London on his 2015 comeback tour. There also appears to be a book but we're not sure what is in that. …view full details.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Grace

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This is the latest album from impossi-say Japanese composer Chihei Hatakeyama and was made as a companion to his recent tour of western Japan. All sounds have been made with one guitar and as you might suspect it is a gorgeous floaty thing of great beauty. Hatakeyama instils such calm in his compositions that I just want to float off to sleep.....zzzzz  …view full details.

New in: Monday 18th July 2016

Cynthia
Between Two Worlds

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

Cynthia are, and I quote, “a pair of well-known artists”. Wait, what? That’s IT? This is the only information Cynthia, the little teases, have seen fit to reveal about themselves, but I think it’s safe to say they’re not the Gallagher brothers. The CD begins with ‘Between Two Worlds’, the titular track consisting of a long, hazy, fuzzy, distantl…view full details.

Unidentified
001

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

Literally unidentified, this record seems like quite a discovery. From a forgotten about tape, apparently found in the basement of a North Devon charity shop... why is it all I ever find is Hot Fuzz on dvd? It had been lurking there for nearly 30 years, so that would put the music at a late-80s vintage. Early Reflections, on remastering duties, did a sterling job as the sound is pretty decent, …view full details.

Floorplan (Robert Hood)
Victorious

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9/10 according to our Ant

The Master Builder Robert Hood unleashes his second album as Floorplan for his M-Plant label, now assisted by his daughter Lyric for eleven tracks of ecstatic party music with elements of Gospel, Disco, Funk and of course techno but essentially this is a house music album. Recently Hood has m…view full details.

New in: Thursday 14th July 2016

Oracles
Bedroom Eyes

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Warbling tape warmth vibrates the guitar licks and transforms them into something you can imagine Boards of Canada sampling. Oracles create welcoming psychedelic shoegazey pop, with slick krautrock drumming and bass playing washed out by spacious synths and tape saturation galore. It’s the day after the party, and the sun is glorious. …view full details.

Jherek Bischoff
Cistern

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Fresh from performing 'Black Star' with pals at the recent Bowie tribute thing in New York, composer Jherek Bischoff has clambered into an empty two million gallon water vat in Washington state in order to improvise the pieces that have become 'Cistern'. While there he reflected on growing up on a sailing boat (none of these people have normal childhoods do they?) Anyway the result is this stellar album of orchestral innovation.   …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 13th July 2016

Ian William Craig
Centres

18 people love me. Be the 19th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Bursting with narrative, seeking out clarity in reprises, smoothing over existentialism with feedback, ruining pop songs that feel too standard to be the truth… this is, if you can believe it, Ian William Craig’s most chaotic record yet, one meandering its way away from a proper story while pining for the most typically art of things: an opener, a closer, and a whole middle for the…view full details.

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

9/10 according to our Robin

BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.

Rapoon
Waiting By The River

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

Rapoon is the post-Zoviet France project of Robin Storey. Since 1992, he’s been journeying through murky ambient-drone territory, leaving a huge trail of albums in his wake. The latest, Waiting By The River, takes a slightly different tack, emerging from drone’s vague sea for voice-and-guitar songs, yes, songs! Strange days... On Klanggalerie.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 12th July 2016

Woodkid & Nils Frahm
Ellis

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

7/10 according to our Laurie

Wow. There’s an artist called JR. Alright alright, quiet you scoffing art snob. I’m as middle-brow as you get, it’s a birth defect, so I’d rather you not jeer in that way. But yes, he makes photographic and filmographic art, including this film about Ellis Island, which is apparently the first place people from abroad encounter when they come to live in America. I’…view full details.

Various
Eleven into Fifteen: a 130701 Compilation

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

It was fifteen years ago today -- well, it will be tomorrow, at time of writing -- that FatCat launched their classical spinoff imprint, 130701, unto an unsuspecting but thankful public. They have collected an impressive roster of talent, for sure. You’ll likely already be aware of the abundance and embarrassment of riches they have offered us over the years, and tracks from Max, Dustin, …view full details.

New in: Monday 11th July 2016

nonkeen
Oddments Of The Gamble

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8/10 according to our Jamie

In which Nils Frahm, Sebastian Singwald and Frederic Gmeiner continue to plunder themselves plundering their little selves. If you see what I mean.... No? Well, back at the beginning-ish (February?) of this unforgettable year we know as 2016, mess(e)rs Frahm and chums released a post-rock-electronic album which they called 'The Gamble', under their Nonkeen …view full details.

Damian Valles
Strand

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Canadian artist Damian Valles has been busy over the past six years or so transmitting his sounds via Under The Spire, Experimedia, Hibernate, Textura, Drifting Falling etc. and now he app…view full details.

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
Revisionist History

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project’s Revisionist History isn’t a proper new album or a regular compilation: in typically unusual style, old tracks from a 3 decade history have been reworked and reconstructed into new shapes. As well as the CD, which comes packaged with a length of vintage Project reel-to-reel tape, a whole extra hour of material is available via download code.…view full details.

Clams Casino
32 Levels

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Famous for his massive beats that have been in songs by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Lil B and Vince Staples, Clams Casino is a force to be reckoned with. His sound is like the ocean: huge, wide and unstoppable. On 32 Levels, the rappers come to him: for his latest album he’s worked with those mentioned above as well as Kelela, Mikky Ekko and several others.…view full details.

New in: Friday 8th July 2016

The Avalanches
Wildflower

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8/10 according to The Doc (customer) on

I have to admit I felt like a right old bugger when I realised it was sixteen years since their debut release Since I Left You, as I remember absolutely caning it in my uni days and I hadn't realised it had been so long. Anyone who's ever heard the first record will have a fairly good idea what to expect here - there's a beguiling mix of deep disco grooves and hip-hop beats, coupled with more samples that you can shake a stick at and a big dollop of bona fide lunacy thrown in for good measure…view full details.

New in: Thursday 7th July 2016

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

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9/10 according to our Robin

Sing a song of sixpence that goes… Radiiiiiioooooooheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad” -- Thom Yorke. At this point, Radiohead have exhausted being Radiohead. By their seventh album they were just making rock albums, man; by their eighth being inaccessible was no longer remarkable. The biggest Good Rock Band on the planet have lived out …view full details.

Steven Julien (FunkinEven)
Fallen

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Probably best known for his Funkineven collaboration with Kyle Hall, here is Steven Julien’s debut which shows him on the rear sleeve with arm dangling down from a BMW convertible on a tarmac jetty next to the ocean. He lives my life.  The album starts out in jazz fusion style and the opening brief ‘Begins…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 6th July 2016

Martha
Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart

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8/10 according to our Robin

Lovely Martha are basically a pop-punk supergroup to the stars. 50% folk-shouting duo ONSIND, 25% raw power poppers No Ditching and 25% prolific songwriter and ex Discount Horse, there’s a lot of chops in this band -- happy chops, angsty chops, catchy chops, they’re all here.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 29th June 2016

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
The Soft Bounce

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

James Yorkston once wrote about what was ‘Just Beyond the River’, now several years later we are about to find out what is ‘Beyond the Wizards Sleeve’. Lets go there and take a look shall we? This is the pairing of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan who have provided remixes for lots of indie types searching for credibility. …view full details.

New in: Friday 24th June 2016

William S. Burroughs
Let Me Hang You

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This remarkable record is centred around William S. Burroughs reading extracts from his gloriously disgusting tour-de-force Naked Lunch. On Let Me Hang You, his incredible voice is surrounded by the music of Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang (who recorded with Burroughs…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Deerhoof
The Magic

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Fast-moving and full-feeling, it’s no surprise that Deerhoof turned over ‘The Magic’ just seven days after getting it started. The band’s discography expands like a moth hurrying its way from the cocoon, with recent records going fast and hard for a multitude of reasons: ‘La Isla Bonita’ was the band churning ‘em out like t…view full details.

New in: Friday 17th June 2016

Mercury Rev
Yerself Is Steam

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

After joining and leaving the Flaming Lips after just one album (the tremendous In A Priest Driven Ambulance), Jonathan Donoghue formed one of the other best bands of the 1990s, Mercury Rev. While containing elements similar to other revolutionary music, this album is a unique psychedelic vision with an early 90s underground sound. A mind-blowing psychedelic fantasia, taking listeners through ethereal, placid calm as well as mood-altering textures of raging guitar currents. This is psychedeli…view full details.

The Driftwood Manor
For The Moon

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The Driftwood Manor are Irish, and play Irish folk, but there is a little more to their music than that. The deep traditions of their country are cut with rock attitudes, traditions from other parts of the globe, and even a few dashes of electronics. The old style, but done in a slightly new style. Fourth album For The Moon is released by Folkwit Records.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Bjork
Vulnicura Live

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Live recording of Icelandic songstress Bjork's grammy nominated album 'Vulnicura', which also saw her win best international female at The Brit Awards. Recorded on her 2015 tour, the album includes all the material from the original album, plus a few chosen from her previous work. Nicely packaged in a wound die-cut sleeve. …view full details.

New in: Monday 18th April 2016

Various
Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990

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Adrian Sherwood is a true UK dub pioneer, and his production credits double up as a guide to some of the most interesting underground artists around during his career. Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990 compiles 16 tracks that Sherwood worked on, including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mark Stewart…view full details.



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