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New in: Friday 3rd July 2015

Moon Ate The Dark
II

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 3rd July 2015

Following on from Jasmine Guffond’s Yellow Bell, the drones of which lulled Robin towards the edge of comprehension, Sonic Pieces release a record of stately piano and steady strings snuggling up to the warm but unpredictable body of electronics. II, an album by a group of people called Moon Ate the Dark, is the l…view full details.

New in: Thursday 2nd July 2015

Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama
Frozen Silence

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 1st July 2015

What happens when a guitar and a synth blur together for minutes and minutes? Ice cracking, according to Hatakeyama / Hosomi / one of their associates. I’m hearing a lot more melting than cracking, a sort of slow ooze perhaps. But would you expect less from the Japanese man that Robin has dubbed ‘the floaty monarch’ and his par…view full details.

Aero Flynn
Aero Flynn

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8/10 according to our Robin on 1st July 2015

An alum of Justin Vernon’s friendship circle (so, only a couple of degrees of separation from Kanye, then) Josh Scott has shied away from releasing his music for a very long time. With the backing of his famous folkie friend, he&rsquo…view full details.

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bvdub
A Step In The Dark

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

bvdub has made as many records as he has tattoos and he has an awful lot of tattoos. Some are great, some not so (records not tattoos  - I can't possibly comment on the quality of his tattoos).  So what will happen next? ..well...opener 'No Rest For The Weary' is a typically dense collage of pitch-shifted voices with curls around adequ…view full details.

Human Greed
Hivernant

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7/10 according to our Jim on 29th June 2015

Human Greed is the cheerily titled project of Michael Begg (also of Fovea Hex) and the artist Deryk Thomas (the guy who painted those Swans and Angels of Light covers with strange cutesy animals doing nasty things). It’s an album of some of the chilliest, most haunting ambie…view full details.

Noah
Sivutie

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

Japanese R&B singer Noah has made a skewed pop record here, one that rarely gets anywhere near the verse-chorus structure golden mean. Instead, the gorgeously serene production around her is fragmented into tiny pieces, her voice appearing only in strands, as if intuiting with the same syncopation as the beats underneath. ‘Sivutie&rsqu…view full details.

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White Poppy
Natural Phenomena

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CD on Not Not Fun. Crystal Dorval, the woman behind White Poppy and a great name, went to a farm in Vancouver for nine months on her own to write Natural Phenomena. I’ve heard of bands having more fun writing an album but White Poppy’s mix of glistening synth and layered vocal humming isn’t meant to be fun. It is, as the LP title suggests, something which feels natural, somet…view full details.

Ezra Furman
Perpetual Motion People

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5/10 according to our Robin on 1st July 2015

It’s the hottest day of the year and the last thing we need is summer jams, but does Ezra Furman listen? No. Dude is loudly talk-singing like the lead singer of the Waterboys commentating on an overlong final of Wimbledon, smashing instruments loudly against his head and introducing bass lines …view full details.

New in: Friday 26th June 2015

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band
Anda Jaleo / Perlas

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2CD on Fire. This release on the Fire label gathers together two remarkable-sounding records from Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, first released separately a couple of years ago. The songs were written by Lorca in the 20’s, and Foster does an incredible job of making them sound both true to their history and full of life.…view full details.

Spheruleus and Friends
William Barber

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Digipak CD on Hibernate. Edition of 200 copies. ‘William Barber’ is a collaborative album orchestrated by Lincolnshire based Spheruleus aka Harry Towell, who plays a unique blend of melancholic, rustic folk by using electronic processing on acoustic instruments. Towell is joined by Pennine inspired Hibernate co conspirators Isnaj Dui, Antonymes, Fraser McGowan (Caught in the Wake Forever) and Christoph Berg (Field Rotation) and Hib…view full details.

New in: Thursday 25th June 2015

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
I Declare Nothing

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 24th June 2015

Anton Newcombe has been busy of late. He’s here (literally  - he’s been in this very office), he’s there, he’s everywhere. If that’s what getting off drugs for you then please...give me some fresh air. Even sober he manages to make music that sounds like it was recorded at the tail end of a 16 weeks bender in a…view full details.

Grimm Grimm
Hazy Eyes Maybe

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7/10 according to our Robin on 24th June 2015

Koichi Yamanoha is best known for cultivating psychobilly fervour as one very important part of the Screaming Tea Party outfit, and here he goes solo for a record not unlike its blurb artwork: a man, smiling a toothy grin, in what comes out as a very blurry photo. ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’ is not alw…view full details.

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Onra
Fundamentals

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 25th June 2015

“Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind”. It would be nice if that were true and we could spend the days wiping the car down and shooting to the mall to get a new pair of sneaks. We may live in what is surely the least sunny place in the world but with Onra at the controls it’s summer all the year round…view full details.

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RP Boo
Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 25th June 2015

Kevain Space, the man behind RP Boo, is one of the kings of footwork. I however am a footwork peasant, living in the slurry with all my half-formed preconceptions of what the genre sounds like or represents. Dancing, probably. Judging by the first few tracks, it’s fair to say that RP Boo is very good at making you want that. One th…view full details.

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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.

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LA Priest
Inji

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 25th June 2015

The latest man who wants to be Prince is Sam Dunst formerly of Late of the Pier who were described by our Maggie as “bad in a bad way” many years ago. People still liked them though....and they might like this too... When the sludgy four minutes of opener ‘Occasion’ finally g…view full details.

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Lnrdcroy
Much Less Normal

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 18th June 2015

Cosmic imagery and delicious electronica warmly embrace on this little big release from Leonard Campbell via Firecracker. Originally released on tape in the Spring of last year thanks to 1080p, Much Less Normal uses beats to prop up vivid technicolour landscapes brimming with melody. Shimmering Moods records missed a trick or tw…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.

New in: Wednesday 24th June 2015

Surgeon
Tresor 97-99

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Remastered 3CD box set on Tresor (Basictonalvocabulary, Balance, Force + Form). Includes 1 x entrance ticket to Tresor in Berlin!. Tresor 97-99 gathers up three old Surgeon releases that appeared on the Tresor label in the 90’s: Basictonalvocabulary, Balance, Form + Focus. Totally classic Surgeon sound, strict techno on 3 CDs, packaged in a beautiful box. The best part…view full details.

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Various
Kollektion 04: Bureau B By Richard Fearless

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2CD on Bureau B inc. Faust, Cluster, Automat, Kreidler, Moebius, Roedelius, Thomas Dinger, Günter Schickert etc.. Richard Fearless, of Death In Vegas fame, bravely embarks on a very comprehensive compilation of the Bureau B archives, paring electronic wonders from 200 releases down to a 2CD or Triple LP collection. This, the CD edition, contains the whole lot, with a tracklist to die for, including Fa…view full details.

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Lay Llamas
Space Jungle Mantra

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6/10 according to our Robin on 24th June 2015

Nature-obsessed psychsters Lay Llamas toured with Goat in the least surprising band trivia ever, and the result was ‘Space Jungle Mantra’, a live performance from London's Roundhouse that shows off all that is essential to the band: big, pondering psych backdrops, organically grown rhythms and spontaneous b…view full details.

Native Lights
S/T

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 24th June 2015

It’s not every day that a press release openly compares a band to Dif Juz but that is just what has happened with this album by Ester Drang and Unwed Sailor folks. Opener ‘Black Wall Street’ is a bit of a mess, it’s hard to …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Elintseeker
Geography Of The Heart

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Japanese CD on Plop. Elintseeker is a solo project emerging from Singapore, producing what might be called ambient folk: droning textures and melodies are about as prevalent as each other. I say solo, but for Geography Of The Heart Elintseeker’s Fuzz Lee has brought in international guests like Noël Akchoté, Charlie Sage, and Scott Cortex of …view full details.

Jeremy Young & Aaron Martin
A Pulse Passes from Hand to Hand

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CD on White Paddy Mountain. A Pulse Passes From Hand To Hand is the recorded debut of this collaborative project, in which Jeremy Young (Sontag Shogun) meets Aaron Martin. The two trade ambience back and forth to one another using cello, guitar and tapes; each track has a backbone of a looped fragment of piano. Delicate activities on White Paddy Mountain.…view full details.

New in: Monday 22nd June 2015

FJORDNE
Moonlit Invocations

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8/10 according to our Robin on 18th May 2015

White Paddy Mountain's latest is a far cry from the inescapable drone fog of label mainstays such as Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand; Fjordne's 'Moonlit Invocations' eschews our stoical and far-removed ideas of what ambient music should be, dressing it up in…view full details.

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New in: Friday 19th June 2015

The Cairo Gang
Goes Missing

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8/10 according to our Robin on 19th June 2015

Here God? live up to the question mark in their name by throwing a curveball in the form of a jangle pop record. The label’s infatuation with psych and lo-fi bedroom muk is halted for the Cairo Gang’s ‘Goes Missing’, which sounds like an attempt at making an inter-generational guitar pop classic; shades of …view full details.

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Meg Baird
Don't Weigh Down The Light

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8/10 according to our Robin on 16th June 2015

Meg Baird makes folk straight from the fair port, the kind in which guitar meanders but doesn’t create plot twists, swirling forever around cyclical picking and modestly enveloping melodies. Her songs insist on nothing, and there’s no criticism encoded in that description: ‘Don’t Weigh Down the Light’ is calm, conte…view full details.

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New in: Friday 12th June 2015

Nils Frahm
Music for the Motion Picture Victoria

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7/10 according to our Robin on 11th June 2015

Uh… Nils? Is that you? Making techno? Are you trying to get a coveted 3.5 out of 5 on Resident Advisor? Cut that out. You’re the piano man. In fact it's not Frahm it's DJ Koze doing an edit exclusively for this soundtrack. Relax...let's breathe easy. He's the piano man.  Seriously, though: …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 10th June 2015

Finnmark!
Things Always Change

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 10th June 2015

Sounding as C86 as it’s possible to get are Finnmark! who are from the people’s republic of Leeds and make very twee jaunty pop with an all important dash of humour thrown in for good measure. Melancholic but with a knowing smirk, it’s ramshackle in the extreme with cheap guitars rubbing up against one finger organ melo…view full details.

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The Fall
The Light User Syndrome

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CD on Castle Music. One of the best the Fall albums of the '90s in my opinion (not that you were asking). Smith is all over the place but has the pop chops of former wife Brix Smith at his disposal slashing out brash, shiny hooks for Smith to growl over. As usual it's a mixed bag with some awful clunkers disrupting the flow but at its best it's tuneful and incendiary.   …view full details.

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New in: Friday 5th June 2015

Bong
We Are, We Were And We Will Have Been

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8/10 according to our Jim on 1st June 2015

I seem to remember reading something by Julian Cope where he describes Bong as the LaMonte Young of Stoner Rock. I thought it was a bit of hyperbole at the time but on listening to this latest effort from the heaviest thing to come from Tyneside since the World Unicorn, I thi…view full details.

Sauna Youth
Distractions

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7/10 according to our Robin on 4th June 2015

There’s a good sixteen seconds of tape ambience opening up ‘Distractions’ before Sauna Youth deliver yet another joyous sermon of pop-punk unto British shores. At the moment it feels like twee-ified garage punx is unstoppable, and between Martha, Menace Beach, …view full details.

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