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New in: Friday 28th August 2015

Silicon
Personal Computer

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

Kody Neilson is a crazy figure, a point that the media has insisted on making, this heralded as his ‘maturation’ compared to past monkey antics. Well sure, this isn’t as hi-NRG as The Mint Chicks, but that’s a band, and this is one person. I was about to remark about how this …view full details.

Isnaj Dui
Dioptrics

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

A new CD from Isnaj Dui is always a treat, particularly for the cause of proving that the flute has a life far beyond the likes of Debussy and Jethro Tull. Katie English succeeds at this again and again, revitalising the instrument with unique techniques and modern electronic messery all gained from extensive st…view full details.

Gimu
Of The Spirit, Of The Space

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Limited CD on UAE Records. Brazilian artist Gimu trades in dark, bubbling drone ambience, with the kind of prolific work ethic seemingly intrinsic to the genre. This latest outpouring, Of The Spirit, Of The Space, is a particularly firm work, pushing into deep territory and dragging the listener down with it. CD edition on UAE Records (I’m presuming no relation to the Emirates?).…view full details.

Mint
Fable and Fantasy

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Digipak CD on Boltfish. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish Fable and Fantasy from reality. Enter a dreamlike world with Mint’s fourth full length album, where surreal vocals will pull you away from the everyday reality of field recordings. In this hybrid place, there is no dichotomy. Only beautiful electronic truth.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 27th August 2015

Beach House
Depression Cherry

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9/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

If you didn’t like ‘Bloom’, that’s okay: I don’t think Beach House did either. The dreamer duo’s last record amped up their sound and stretched it out against a widescreen; where their combinative organ/guitar melodies used to melt into each-other, they now crashed under the weight of expectation and, um, …view full details.

Ancient Ocean
Blood Moon

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

You know ambient has gone too far when someone’s playing the bowed banjo. I’m pretty sure we could just get the same sound out of slowing down a Mumford & Sons music video on YouTube, but Ancient Ocean have opted to go the more grassroots route. The musician tasked with the bowing is Aaron Martin, who’s rec…view full details.

C418
Minecraft Volume Alpha

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CD on Ghostly. I hope you’ve heard of Minecraft. If not, it’s an incredibly popular game. Basically Lego for the MP3 generation. However here we have something which is very much a physical thing; a vinyl LP or CD of Minecraft Volume Alpha. It’s the soundtrack to the game which was created by German composer Daniel Rosenfeld, aka C418. It’s a collection of simple and so…view full details.

OKADA
Impermanence

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Ah I remember this, the sleeve was so dark I almost threw it straight in the stock room hoping it would sell ok without being talked up. Then I listened to a soundclip and once I’d fast forwarded a bit there was some nice spliced up ambience and icy vocal to be consumed. The music swirls around like some extremely bleak person on 4AD in th…view full details.

Laura Cannell
Beneath Swooping Talons

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

A master of bows and strings, Laura Cannell is a soloist who can sound responsible for a whole orchestra on her own. ‘Beneath Swooping Talons’ is an improvised record that trusts in first takes, suggesting many different classical disciplines but not quite fitting any. Cannell commits to a kind of neo-classical melancholy pioneered b…view full details.

Advance Base
Nephew In The Wild

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

Since his last record as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, slumbering songwriter Owen Ashworth contributed to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed and objectively terrible ‘Benji’, which I hold him in a great deal of contempt for. PSA eve…view full details.

The Doubling Riders
Garama

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th August 2015

Time Released Sound release a sound that has aged well with time in The Doubling Riders’ Garama, a beautifully constructed ode to a lost Berber kingdom, the ruins of which lie in modern-day Libya. It becomes their first foray into re-releases so keep your ears open. Historical ambient? But why? Well, the mystery of the archaic and…view full details.

Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

It doesn’t matter how hard you try,  there’s no avoiding comparing this record to 1990’s superb ‘Fakebook’. This was the one where Yo La Tengo stopped making a racket, stripped down their sound to barely a whisper and raided their record collections for the finest songs you’ve never heard. It really was a…view full details.

Endless Melancholy
Her Name In A Language Of Stars

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Endless Melancholy  - I know the feeling having snagged the headphone wire in the wheel of my chair two times since this record began. The music isn’t exactly going to lift my mood but for fans of enormous swathes of ambient post-rock you might just get your kicks here. I can’t find a single shred of information within t…view full details.

Tarracoir
Growth

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8/10 according to our Robin on 25th August 2015

Woah okay there. This is some sort of thing. Tarracoir come self described as grindcore (a lie, for the most part), hardcore (a definite lie) and “not Normcore” (which is actually the truth). If there’s a genre that adequately describes people falling onto their instruments and smashing their heads against cym…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 26th August 2015

Various
Rough Trade Shops - HEAVENLY 25

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2CD on Rough Trade Shops inc. Mark Lanegan, Gwenno, The Wytches, Stealing Sheep, TOY, Hooton Tennis Club, H. Hawkline etc.. The Rough Trade Shops label has an excellent track record of releasing high quality compilation albums. This time the focus of their attention is the legendary Heavenly label and their 25th anniversary. Disc one of this collection compiles the best stuff from their current artists such as…view full details.

The Box
Muscle Out

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Remastered + expanded CD on Klanggalerie. Post Clock DVA project - produced by Richard H. Kirk. In 1985, The Box played a show at The Leadmill in Sheffield. The group was formed from the past members of Clock DVA, and they have the tight industrial edge typical of the music coming out of Sheffield at that time. Muscle Out has been remastered, extended in length to 21 tracks, and reissued by Klanggaler…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 25th August 2015

The Kitchen Cinq
When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68

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Remastered CD on Light In The Attic. The Kitchen Cinq are very much an in-the-known band, beloved by those that know, but generally lurking in the shadows, including behind frontman Lee Hazlewood’s solo career. When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-1968 collects the whole lot of their sparky garage-rock’n’roll, including very early, very rare stuff. On Light In The Attic.…view full details.

AFX (Aphex Twin)
orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

Not sure about you, but I can no longer keep up with this man-thing. New material is coming at a crazy rate, his sneaky tricks amongst them all. Oh wow, this user09784738 isn’t half bad at making glitch chill tech madness, where did they conjure these 200 tracks from? And now he’s playing the same card as computer controlled acou…view full details.

New in: Saturday 22nd August 2015

Adult Mom
Momentary Lapse Of Happily

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CD on Tiny Engines. Adult Mom is the bedroom solo project of Steph Knipe, exploring their experiences of relationships and gender-queer existence. Momentary Lapse Of Happily is a pretty strikingly intimate work, the music sometimes falling back to leave Knipe’s vocals stand alone. Mostly though, we have great DIY indie-pop tunes to accompany.…view full details.

New in: Friday 21st August 2015

Various (The Safe Distance, The Declining Winter etc)
Grabs Dick - A Tribute to Crabstick

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Limited 4 track CD of Crabstick covers by The Safe Distance, The Declining Winter, Thee Headless Kings and Phillip Buckle. To those of us who were around at the time, Crabstick were one of the finest bands of the early '90s. They had a wonderful rustic lo-fi charm that was one part Beat Happening, one part Daniel Johnston and one part The Go-Betweens. Someone should reissue their 'Stud or Houseboy' album pronto. Here is a cheap and cheerful tr…view full details.

New in: Thursday 20th August 2015

The Black Dog
Neither / Neither

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 12th August 2015

Ken Downie’s Black Dog cronies are doing well for themselves aren’t they? They’ve been on a techno domination mission since ‘05, but this time they shed the limelight on the domination of the masses in a highly politically motivated CD/whopping 3xLP of beat clusters. A press release that begins as a conspiratorial…view full details.

Drinks
Hermits On Holiday

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7/10 according to our Robin on 19th August 2015

This makes a sort of sense. Cate Le Bon has been confounding us for the last few years with records that sprint between singer-songwriter strums ‘n’ observations and laid-back psychedelia, while Tim Presley has long abandoned his time with punk music in favour of all the weird exce…view full details.

Paul Smith & The Intimations
Contradictions

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th August 2015

Perma-hatted Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith strikes out on his own again for an album of pleasant, serviceable indie-pop that doesn’t sound that far removed from his parent band. Smith has been most impressive of late when producing music outside his comfort zone (his collab with pal David Brewis of …view full details.

Autobahn
Dissemble

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7/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

Post-punk dramatists Autobahn have everything that makes their genre feel like a pantomime. Their stoical, barbed wire band name is a proper description of the music, which uses goth vocal taunts and industrial beats to trade off the age old oxymoron of this music: is it churned out by machines or made by hyper-sensitive songwriters? …view full details.

Gwilym Gold
A Paradise

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th August 2015

Although the press release mentions everyone but, it’s hard not to think of Radiohead’s other worldly balladry in this impressive debut. Gold successfully marries sparse, haunting piano chords with skittery beats and adds is own dreamy falsetto on top. So far, so Yorke and co. But this record h…view full details.

Wavves / Cloud Nothings
No Life For Me

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7/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Surf and gloom and fuzz, oh my. If ever there was the perfect grumpy indie rock boy collaboration, it’s this. Usually Wavves offers a slightly more upbeat flip of the coin to Dylan Baldi’s nostalgia-destroying emo pop, but ‘No Life For Me’ sees them ruminate in self-absorption together. Recorded with a short attention spa…view full details.

Gardens & Villa
Music For Dogs

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5/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Esteemed Norman anthropologist Kim once told me that she thinks all music made in the 21st century sounds like the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and listening to the first proper track from “Music For Dogs” I’m inclined to agree. On a hammed-up melody that carries “Maximize Results” through three long minutes, the…view full details.

Nino Nardini Feat Roger Roger
Jungle Obsession 9

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CD on Fifth Dimension. Fill your room with exotic summer vibes from a true master of escapism, Nino Nardini. Released in 1971 Jungle Obsession 9 unveils a full sensory experience, dropping you right into a tropical jungle paradise. It’s both peaceful and groovy in equal measure. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fifth Dimension.…view full details.

Clara Mondshine
Luna Africana

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CD on Fifth Dimension. Under the rather fetching pseudonym Clara Mondshine, a radio man named Walter Bachauer made some wonderful synthadelic records, and Luna Africana is one of them. First released in 1981, this has an almost naively beautiful charm to it, as if the melodic power of synthesisers is being discovered in the moment. On Fifth Dimension.…view full details.

Master Wilburn Burchette
Opens The Seven Gates Of Transcedental Consciousness

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CD on Fifth Dimension. Well this one is quite something. Master Wilburn Burchette is a mysterious individual who spent the 70’s deeply immersed in some heavily psychedelic experimental territory. Opens The Seven Gates Of Transcendental Consciousness is a document of his thoroughly unusual and mystical work, and is reissued on the Fifth Dimension label.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 19th August 2015

The Blind Shake
Live in San Fancisco

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CD on Castle Face. The Blind Shake played Live In San Francisco back in 2013, and, to all our delight, the recordings are now seeing the light of day as part of John Dwyer’s Castle Face label’s live series. Shaking, rocking, high-energy heavy hillbilly thrash. The recording sounds great, really transmitting the feel of the live room into your stereo system.…view full details.

Reatards
Grown Up Fucked Up

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Reissue CD on Goner. Grown Up Fucked Up is the debut album of The Reatards, featuring the sadly departed Jay Reatard. The band spit and thrash their way through two sides of lo-fi garage punk snarl, a sound that is audibly the product of an 18 year old itching to get moving. A carefully recreated vinyl / CD reissue on Goner Records.…view full details.

Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue
Lords of The manor

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CD on In The Red. And now for something completely different from Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue after a break of a decade which has led to the world’s fastest album launch upon the band getting back together. The album demonstrates the man’s fantastic work since the disbanding  - stripped back, minimal with sprawling long songs. Dark, full on and a must listen - On vinyl and CD from In The Red.…view full details.

Kenneth Kirschner
Compressions & Rarefactions

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Brand new CD from 12K ledge!. Kenneth Kirschner is a New Yorker who is known for his challenging and lengthy neo-classical compositions. Compressions And Rarefactions contains a download with 5 hours of additional material that couldn’t be fully explored when confined within the CD format. Kirschner is stretching the possibilities of what can be done with modern classical music.…view full details.

Mark Lanegan
Houston: Publishing Demos 2002

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CD on Ipecac. To date, Mark Lanegan has put out one more studio album as a solo artist than he did with his grunge-era rock band The Screaming Trees. His solo career, which has taken in bar room whiskey ballads, dark hard rock and electronica, started whilst he was still with The Screaming Trees. Around the time the band split in 2002 he set to work on some demos. The recordings had been shelv…view full details.

Sankt Otten / Majeure
Split

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CD on Denovali in digipak with special 3D print. Includes bonus track. Available as either Digipak CD with 3D print or 180gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve with free digital download and 3D print from Denovali. A split record from Majeure (Zombi’s A.E. Pattera) and German duo Sankt Otten. File somewhere between your blade runner soundtrack and Brian Eno. Lus…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 18th August 2015

Nurse With Wound / Blind Cave Salamander
Cabbalism I & II

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2CD on ICR. This album sprung from Blind Cave Salamander supporting Nurse With Wound at a show in Italy: consequently, the two groups started to play live together, working around the seminal Nurse record Soliloquy For Lilith. The multiple results of those shows are presented here on Cabbalism I & II, released as a double CD by ICR.…view full details.

Mike Garry & Joe Duddell
St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson

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

On the 8th anniversary of the extremely untimely death of Anthony Wilson, there isn't going to be a a dry eye in Manchester tonight, if this winds its way onto this evening's edition of Granada Reports. Over a beautiful orchestral rendition of New Order's 'Your Silent Face', Manchester poet Mike Garry rela…view full details.

Kagoule
Urth

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6/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

Kagoule sounds like a big deal if you’ve followed Earache’s trajectory through time: we used to be talking grind and death, but now we’re talking melodic punx working their way through nimble riffs and showy string bends. Earache have taken left-turns before, from Sweet Toot…view full details.

New in: Monday 17th August 2015

The Strypes
Little Victories

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Deluxe Edition mintpack CD on Virgin EMI. Includes 4 bonus tracks. Cherub-like Irish four-piece The Strypes caused a stir with their debut album, Snapshot because they looked (and were) so young yet rocked so convincingly. The band have spent two years touring the world before returning to the studio to record their second album, Little Victories. Expect even bigger things from their second coming!…view full details.

Hidden Rivers
Where Moss Grows

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9/10 according to our Robin on 4th August 2015

This washed out ambient record makes me want to speak entirely in river based metaphors. Ian’s suggested I describe it as estuaric, a word we’ve termed for music that sounds partially enclosed by naturally formed rivers that can flow happily into the sea. And that’s what I think this record is: its synths are understated and we…view full details.

New in: Thursday 13th August 2015

Slime
Company

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 11th August 2015

Having listened to this record this morning with fresh ears I branded it merely "ok” but after the tosh those same ears have been subjected to this afternoon it’s now sounding more of a world beater. Still, let’s not get carried away. It’s another record of squelshy beats, soulful vocals presented in a blurred, cut up man…view full details.

Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

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10/10 according to our Clinton on 29th July 2015

It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for for months. A record so brilliant that I’m already preparing perfect conditions for myself pre-listen. I’m fed, I’m watered, I'm toileted and I’m sat in a comfortable position at my keyboard. Let’s go. So Michael Head has some history. He was in parping Liver…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 5th August 2015

Mac DeMarco
Another One

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

The wobbler is at it again, tightroping his guitar and trying to fix his heart. ‘Another One’ follows up a record that seemed to raise Mac DeMarco to indie pop’s celestial plane; ‘Salad Days’, as it was called, did nothing to revolutionise his sound but was warm, fuzzy and nostalgic, so no one complained. Now h…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 4th August 2015

Maja S.K. Ratkje / Jon Wesseltoft / Camille Norment / Per Gisle Galaen
Celadon

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CD on Important Records. Important Records bring together the incredible sound artists Maja S.K. Ratkje, Jon Wesseltoft, Camille Norment, and Per Gisle Galaen. Between them they play a multitude of delicate acoustic instruments, and between them they have created Celadon, a powerful and expressive work that is resonant in so many different ways.…view full details.

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