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New in: Monday 29th June 2015

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 ambient music I’ve heard in a while; which isn’t surprising…view full details.

Noah
Sivutie

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Japanese CD on Flau. Noah emerged from the local indie scene of her home in Northern Japan in a haze of minimalist, spellbinding electro R&B. Following the release of 3 beautifully crafted mixtapes, she has finally released this 15-track, full-length debut, blending a host of influences from 90’s trip hop to French animated soundtrack scores, to create an imaginative fantasy world with her delicate voice, some childlike melodies and …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.

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.

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.

Bardo Pond
Record Store Day Trilogy

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

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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.

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.

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.

Peter Zinovieff
Electric Calendar / The EMS Tapes

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2CD on Space Age Recordings. 'The Electronic Calendar/The EMS Tapes' is the first complete retrospective of the experimental electronic work of pioneering composer, instrument designer, and all out game changer in the world of electronic music Peter Zinovieff, documenting his work from his earliest experiments in 1965 through to the liquidation of his EMS synthesiser company in 1979.…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.

New in: Friday 19th June 2015

Black Mountain
Black Mountain - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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6/10 according to our Hayley on 19th June 2015

A decade on from ‘Black Mountain’s initial release and it seems it made a big enough impact the first time around for it to be re-released with 8 bonus tracks. Sounding like an amalgamation of something between Black Flag and Black Sabbath it’s sort of understandable why. It’s alright - in a psych-rock revivalist,…view full details.

The Fear Ratio
Refuge of a Twisted Soul

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9/10 according to our Ant on 19th June 2015

UK techno stalwarts James Ruskin and Mark Broom’s second album as The Fear Ratio sounds custom built for Skam. ‘Refuge Of A Twisted Soul’ has the pair moving even further from the the “pure” techno template in terms of bea…view full details.

Tout
Third

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

Can ambient music sound like Chris Isaak? If it can, then it’s Tout’s fault. A band attuning folk roots into a slow and languishing type of post-rock, they end up making melodramatic lounge music, the kind that’s only a bar closing time away from being “Wicked Game”. On ‘Third’, the band continue to move…view full details.

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Evan Caminiti
Meridian

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

This person here called Evan is half of that there band called Barn Owl. Not entirely sure what they’re like, but sources say one word - drone, the word of the decade. Just so you know what you’re getting yourself into. From what I gather, he’s come from a band-oriented backgro…view full details.

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.

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.

Francisco Lopez
1980-82

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Self-released CD. Edition of 300 copies. Francisco Lopez creates experimental sounds from field recordings made to cassette. He talks about how his limitations in not having the standard equipment to create field recordings, led to him having to be more creative in his creation of the sounds. It shows in the recordings which meld sounds together into something quasi tangible. 1980-82 is a collection of sounds …view full details.

New in: Thursday 18th June 2015

Repeated Viewing
The Three Sisters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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8/10 according to our Kim on 18th June 2015

Well I listened to this earlier and became confused that it's the soundtrack to a film that hasn't been released yet! It sounds so classic and Carpenteresque -- so brooding and foreboding -- that I was sure it was another Death Waltz release, a reissue of a soundtrack from the '70s or '80s! Not to be confused with Chekhov's Three Sisters…view full details.

Arthur Russell
Corn

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 5th June 2015

If we thought that the bottom of the Arthur Russell barrel had already been scraped then we need to think again. This new compilation (proudly described as the first 'new' re-issue of Russell's work in seven years) contains 'rhythmic alternate' versions of several tracks recorded in spring 1982 and spring 1983. The opening 'Lucky Cloud' is marre…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Manual
Azure Vista

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 28th November 2006

Next is Manual on Darla. This sounds loads like Cocteau Twins  - I keep on expecting a warbly lady vocal to come in. Christ when it doesn't sound like the Cocteau's it sounds like other early 80's 4AD stuff or........Ulrich Schnauss.  C'mon can someone be original?…view full details.

A Trio & Alan Bishop
Burj Al Imam

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CD on Annihaya. Alan Bishop originally got together with Kerbaj, Sehnaoui and Yassin to produce the first loose sketches of the ‘Burj el Imam’ album during a trip to Beirut to participate in the annual Irtijal Festival for Experimental Music in 2012. The album wouldn’t be completed until a year later when Bishop returned to record three improvised tracks as well as a Sun City Girls cover ‘The Imam’ and a cover of …view full details.

Vertical67
Panta Rhei

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 17th June 2015

Our Joan, who art in heaven, read this as ‘Panda Rhei’, which sounds a lot more cute, it’s true. Is a panda eating rye bread a good mental image for an ambient electronic CD? Review derail imminent. Abandon ship. Vertical67 is a name & number of a certain Berlin-dwelling man, who seems to prefer being nameless onlin…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 16th June 2015

Bengalfuel
Rapalyea

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7/10 according to our Robin on 16th June 2015

Onwards we march on our long mission to establish how exactly a mood can shimmer. One of this week’s releases on the canny ambient label comes from Bengalfuel, maker of especially loud and glorious noise. ‘Rapalyea’, their newest record, gets synth involved with distortion to create the feeling of a natural landscape dissolving…view full details.

Illuminine
#1

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

This slice of no frills ambient comes from Kevin Imbrechts, a bedside composer seeking to communicate his unabashed love of neo-classical and post-rock. On ‘#1’, his own attempt at minimalism comes through both processing and more formalised composition, the two combining for a record in which forlorn melodies come creeping out of un…view full details.

New in: Monday 15th June 2015

Benjamin Finger
Motion Reverse

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Limited CDr on Shimmering Moods. Edition of 100 hand-numbered copies in handmade package. Following the textural ambiance of Eilean records April release ‘Pleasurably Lost’, Benjamin Finger returns with ‘Motion Reverse’ on Shimmering Moods Records. The record sees Finger reflect on a period of recent creative acceleration from which he has constructed this coherent yet playful collection of hypnotic dub tracks.…view full details.

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.

In Camera
Era

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2CD on Beggars Banquet. In Camera are late seventies, early eighties London post punkers, early 4AD label mates with Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, MASS, Modern English, Rema- Rema, The The to name but a few. In Camera enjoyed a short lived but intense period of musical innovation during which they released a small amount of much celebrated and sought after material. ‘Era’ comprises their early material with their three singles on di…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.

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.

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.

Sharon Van Etten
I Don't Want To Let You Down EP

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8/10 according to our Robin on 2nd June 2015

Last year ‘Are We There’ became the irrefutable high point of Sharon Van Etten’s discography, a record benefiting from self-assured production, high-quality studio detail and the best songs of a cunning career. Its chilled and ornate indie rock arrangements were juxtaposed with lyrics about scarring experiences in love, deliver…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Dawes
All Your Favorite Bands

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CD on HUB Records. ‘All Your Favorite Bands’ is the highly anticipated, fourth album release from LA based, rock four piece Dawes, out on their very own label Hub records. With the exception of the title track, which was written in collaboration with Jonny Fritz, every track on the album was written by Taylor Goldsmith and the album really showcases the vocalist/guitarist’s unique skills as both musician and songwriter as wel…view full details.

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