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New in: Tuesday 28th July 2015

Matthew Atkins
Geometric Decay

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CD on Minimal Resource Manipulation. Matthew Atkins has been rummaging around at the bottom of a dusty old sonic cupboard and pulled out all manner of bits and pieces of audio detritus (or at least so it seems). The consequences of his processed and re-worked finds are presented on Geometric Decay, as a series of abstract soundscapes. On Minimal Resource Manipulation.…view full details.

Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

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Reissue CD on Megaphone. Michael Head and The Strands produced The Magical World Of The Strands during the early 90s, first releasing the collection of work-in-progress material in 1997. Everybody loved it, so now it returns, on CD or 180g gatefold LP on Megaphone. Brand new liner notes from Mr Head himself round out the package.…view full details.

Fabio Orsi
Endless Autumn

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CD on Backwards. Fabio Orsi’s new album Endless Autumn can be seen as a sort-of sequel to Fennesz’s Endless Summer: despite being by a different artist altogether, the record melds acoustic and electronic sound sources / processes together to map a very personal representation of place. Released by the Backwards label.…view full details.

Platform
Folded Horizon EP

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CD EP on Minimal Resource Manipulation. Folded Horizon is a new six track EP from Platform.The collection lays out what Platform can do, which turns out to be most kinds of electronic music. Imagination is evident in the construction of these tracks, most of which, as a bonus, can be danced to! CD on the Minimal Resource Manipulation label.…view full details.

New in: Monday 27th July 2015

British Sea Power
The Decline Of British Sea Power

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Limited indies only deluxe 4CD + DVD + 2LP box set on Golden Chariot including large format book. 2003 was a bit before the vinyl craze we find ourselves in which will explain this reissue of British Sea Power’s debut LP from 2003, The Decline of British Sea Power  - some classic, footstompin' indie rock with solid guitar hooks and catchy choruses. Here we have a vinyl LP reissue, a 2CD issu…view full details.

New in: Thursday 23rd July 2015

The Declining Winter
Home For Lost Souls

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9/10 according to our Robin on 17th July 2015

On his latest record, ‘Home For Lost Souls’, Richard Adams receives a snowflake on a plate of caviar and says “no thank you very much”. So begins the saddest album ever made. The ex-Hood and current Memory Drawings guitar cyborg …view full details.

10000 Russos
10000 Russos

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8/10 according to our Robin on 22nd July 2015

I’ve got psych rock fever, in so far as I have hay fever and I’m listening to psych rock. The psych in question is the work of 10000 Russos, a Portuguese crew of smoke ‘n’ mirrors rockers who keep themselves at an echoing, lo-fi distance as their riffs circle the drain and drone into the sewers. The hay fever is mainly ju…view full details.

Gurgles
Gurglefirst?

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 21st July 2015

This was produced by Hookworms' MJ at his Suburban Home (you can tell immediately by the amount of slapback echo on the vocals), but whereas Hookworms play one chord, Gurgles play a million. Opener ‘You’re Madder Than Me’ sets its stall out to update the kind of complex proggy pop that te…view full details.

Seven Davis Jnr
Universes

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8/10 according to our Andy on 22nd July 2015

Seven Davis Jnr made quite an impact on Ninja Tune with the barnstorming 12" 'Wild Hearts' - pretty bold to then leave that off the album as it is a real killer tune. Having remixed Four Tet and of course being picked up by Ninja he has demonstrated some pedigree - you don't get those gigs by being a chancer, howev…view full details.

Umchunga
Should Have Been Done By Now

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 21st July 2015

The latest from Hibernate has arrived, and it’s from a relative newcomer to the world of released music, Tehran’s Umchunga aka Nima Pourkarimi. No guesses as to what it sounds like - the Hibernate lot really meant every word of their Bandcamp mission statement. Not a lot of labels can say that. Well done. Should Have Been…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 21st July 2015

C Duncan
Architect

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 14th July 2015

Hurling it’s hat into the ring for the coveted feel good summer pop album of 2015 is this lovely drifty album from Glaswegian Chris Duncan also known as C. Duncan. The time he's saved in coming up with a decent band name has been used wisely in creating a gorgeous textured record. The opening glut of songs are all fantastic. &lsquo…view full details.

Hannah Peel
Rebox 2

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CD on My Own Pleasure. Rebox is the title that Hannah Peel gives to her series of cover EPs, in which her voice and a small hand-cranked music box are the primary instruments. John Grant, Perfume Genius, East India Youth and Wild Beasts provide the songs covered on Rebox 2, the set rounded out by a few original instrumentals. On My Own Pleasu…view full details.

John Foxx
20th Century: The Noise

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Compilation CD on Metamatic. John Foxx has been in the game since the seventies, when he was a founding member of Ultravox. Then he went solo, which is where this rather grandly-titled compilation 20th Century: The Noise picks up. Seventeen tracks from throughout his career, including some rarities and some of his collaborations with Louis Gordon. On Metamatic.…view full details.

New in: Friday 17th July 2015

Imandra Lake
Vood EP

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 17th July 2015

This is a CD containing a single version of Imandra Lake man Rein Fuks’ ‘Kaks Vood’ and a megaremix extravaganza - a whopping 6 of them including versions from Bill Wells and The Declining Winter. The original kicks things off, and is basically the soun…view full details.

New in: Thursday 16th July 2015

Stefan Wesolowski
Kompleta

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

Initially composed for performance in 2006, Stefan Wesolowski’s ‘Kompleta’ showed off a young composer in the throes of a neo-classical awakening. Looking at the record’s cover is perhaps the most fitting explanation of Wesolowski’s infatuation: a church littered with scaffolding rising high into its ceiling, sugges…view full details.

FIS
The Blue Quicksand is Going Now

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 10th July 2015

This is a review of an album called the Blue Quicksand is going now. I don’t know what that means, maybe because I only got up an hour ago and can’t think straight. It must be verbal music to your alert ears/eyes, and actual music to your ears. Out on the new, anonymous Loopy imprint. FIS is a man from New Zealand wh…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 15th July 2015

Gossamer
Automaton

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 8th July 2015

Gossamer is Evan Reiner, a relatively new artist who wears his heart on his sleeve through chill electronic chopscapes. Having only released a couple of EPs so far, his first full length has emerged from Innovative Leisure, a label that are storming the musical earth with releases from BadBadNotGood, …view full details.

Tame Impala
Currents

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5/10 according to our Clinton on 13th July 2015

The main positive to come out of listening to this album is that I now finally believe that Kevin Parker is a human. His two previous albums as Tame Impala were incredibly produced psych opuses that referenced '60s pop/psych yet introduced modern day production touches that were light-years ahead of anyone else in the field. Not to get too …view full details.

Calexico / Iron and Wine
In The Reins

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CD on Overcoat Recordings. A decade ago, the indie-sphere’s two favourite purveyors of folk-country-americana, Calexico and Iron & Wine, teamed up for In The Reigns, a half-hour collaborative EP. The harmonies that the singers collectively conjure up are marvelous, and the arrangements sound like a band who’ve known each other for years. Reissue on Overcoat Recordings.…view full details.

Four Tet (Fourtet)
Morning / Evening

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 9th July 2015

Kieron Hebden stretches himself past the average album/single/album format to create a record which comprises of two episodic tracks containing various shifts in mood. 'Morning' is most notable for a seemingly never ending sample of Bollywood star Lata Mangeshkar. It's a lovely sample but after its thousandth repeat you start to wonder whet…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 14th July 2015

Nurse With Wound
Sylvie and Babs (Expanded Edition)

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Deluxe digipak 2CD reissue on Dirter. Sylvie And Babs is an old Nurse With Wound favourite, reportedly recorded With Titillating Orchestrations By someone named Murray Fontana, although I wouldn’t believe a word these guys tell you, to be honest. Here the record is reissued as a double CD, boosted with rare and unreleased material and a 12 page booklet.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 25th June 2015

Bardo Pond
Record Store Day Trilogy

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3CD set on Fire. Highly regarded long-form psych-rock group Bardo Pond turned their talents towards some total underground classics for Record Store Day 2014, and here the three discs are collected together in a box. Pharoah Sanders, Brian Eno, Funkadelic, Albert Ayler… And no more than two pieces per disc! High grade on Fire.…view full details.

Biosphere
Microgravity

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Remastered 2CD on Biophon Records inc. previously unreleased tracks. Not only does this release present the full debut release of the Biosphere project, but it also contains a whole CD / LP’s worth of previously unreleased material! Sweet. But the rest of Microgravity still warrants purchase, still standing as firm ambient house classic. All remastered, double CD or triple LP, on Biophon Records.…view full details.

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