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New in: Wednesday 24th August 2016

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

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Kate Carr is an accomplished field recordist, and the enticingly-titled I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring is what she extracted from the surroundings of the desolate French town of Marnay, which comprise a flooded river and a power plant. She sets of the resulting mixtures of electro-hum and water-drip with careful melodic tones and even guitar. A good and involving listen on Rivertones.…view full details.

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

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8/10 according to our Robin

Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala…view full details.

Hoops EP

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This glittery indie pop sounds like it was either recorded or played back underwater. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Sunbeams glistening through and lapping against your feet, blurring the edges, it’s dreamy and quite intoxicating. Hoops soothe away the annoyances of the day, why have you put the heating on and opened the window? Just press play, oh, ahhhhh.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Kemper Norton

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8/10 according to our Jamie

When Clint handed me this CD to review, I immediately sensed he was affording me the chance to learn about my ancestral roots -- although I’ve only been to Cornwall twice. It rained both times... So, ‘Toll’ by Kemper Norton then. Opening track ‘Yadnik’ is the aural equivalent of mizzle, that dense moistness in the air that often plagues mid-summers in the area. Hea…view full details.

Andrew Liles
The Power Elite

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You’d be foolish to try and predict every eclectic move of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 affiliate Andrew Liles, but even so, the contemporary composition of The Power Elite is surprising. Heavyweight politics and heavyweight modernist music. Released by Steven Stapleton’s United Dairies label.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 18th August 2016

Anderson .Paak

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

I've been following this artist for a while and I really appreciate the musical journey that has brought him to the point where he can release such a rich, melodic record. The hip hop, R&B and electronic influences are there right along with notes of folk/blues and rock, but make no mistake this record is very now. I'd say more trappy and abstract than house oriented in terms of the electronics. Anderson is a little smoother than I remember but then again this isn't a Breezy Love Joy Album thoug…view full details.

Hope and Harrow
Blue Electric

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7/10 according to our Laurie

Not the first time they’ve got together, but here’s next chapter in the musical marriage of David Harrow’s synthetic exercises and the cold spoken vocals of past Richard H. Kirk collaborator / Exploding Mind man Peter Hope. Judging by Hope’s past work you’d expect this to be a lot more stark and thin than it is, but perhaps it’s the presence of Harrow…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 17th August 2016

Into The Night Blue

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Nicholas Palmer, aka Directorsound, hailing from Dorset but now London-based, is a multi-instrumentalist inspired by 60's jazz and the music from French and Spanish film. 'Into the Night' was recorded with help from Joel Danell (who has recorded Joe Davolaz and Musette), helping to provide that 1960's beach party sound. Swedish jazz-lord, Gustav Rådström plays both saxophone and drums on the record too. Japanese cd available on Yacca. …view full details.

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

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9/10 according to our Laurie

Scott Walker does soundtracks, who knew. Probably any real fan, as the internet just informed me that he did one back in 1999 for a romantic drama film called Pola X, but it’s still a curio. Truth is, I’ve been asked to review this not because I’m the local Scott Walker expert, but because I have been known to lurk in the stock room warbling the lower regions of my voice with …view full details.


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The new Gonjasufi LP is pretty bleak and heavy: the sleeve art makes it look like a black metal record, and the tone of Callus isn’t far off that, even if it is expressed through totally different sounds. Gonjasufi’s voice sounds pained and angry, and the whole texture of Callus sounds digitally sound-blasted. In other words, it is extremely effective at broadcasting a powerful atmosphere. Out on Warp.…view full details.

Gerd Janson
fabric 89: Gerd Janson

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Gerd Janson steps up to the honoured Fabric decks with the 89th instalment in their crucial mix series. He’s got plenty of killers in his DJ box, with almost every track here being a special remix version: Prins Thomas does Caribou, or Luke Abbott on Todd Terje. Needless to say, all…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 16th August 2016

Anders Broby

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Leeds-based ambient drone label Gizeh have a new outlet for their work: the Dark Peak series. Norwegian artist Anders Brøby is a perfect fit, given that Nihil is a shadowy collection of tracks, exploring emptiness and darkness with just enough melody to pull in adventurous fans of his old band Radiant Frequency. Hand-crafted packaging! …view full details.

Peter Broderick

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Slightly worrying to see Peter Broderick described as a veteran but here he is 10 years into an idiosyncratic recording career. This latest missive deals with the certainty of chance, Broderick has been influenced by John Cage in terms of letting a song take its own course and letting things happen of their own accord. Broderick is only using piano and voice here and from the soundclips could have produced some of his most affecting work.   …view full details.

Half Japanese
Volume 4: 1997-2001

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Volume 4: 1997-2001 is the final installment of the Half Japanese reissue series on Fire Records. It contains the albums Bone Head, Heaven Sent and Hello. Heaven Sent is pressed on vinyl for the first time. Half Japanese, led by Jad Fair, were an influence on many great bands including Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston.…view full details.

The Prophet Hens
The Wonderful Shapes Of Back Door Keys

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Oh, Clinton is going to love this. The honour of this review falls upon me as our resident jaded Yorkshireman isn’t here, he’s presumably sunning himself somewhere exotic (He's definitely in Yorkshire - Stand-in Ed.). But not in New Zealand I’ll wager, where this lot The Prophet Hens are from and continue to update the classic, breezy jangle-pop sound of famed Dunedin…view full details.

Cold Pumas
The Hanging Valley

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Cold Pumas: I’ve seen these guys live a couple of times and they were great… in fact they were ridiculous. The drummer is a beast. It being four years since their last record -- their debut ‘Persistent Malaise’ -- I’m pretty excited to slip the review copy cd out of its little plastic sleeve and plonk it on the NR stereo. Sure enough, the record opens with a white…view full details.

Susan Matthews
From Veliko

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7/10 according to our Robin

Veliko Tarnovo, to be precise, is a city in Bulgaria that once stood as its capital -- way back in the days of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Like many sound artists, Susan Matthews’ visit procured an audio postcard, now a CD, mostly of impressions upon viewing the city’s intersection of nature and infrastructure. See that front cover? Those “hanging houses”, as they&rsquo…view full details.

New in: Monday 15th August 2016

Have A Nice Life
The Unnatural World

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Its always disconcerting to us when something starts flying off the shelves when we haven’t a) reviewed it b) listened to it c) even heard of it. We are, believe it or not, comprised of deeply flawed and sometimes useless human beings and so on occasion it is possible to completely miss stuff. As it is with this second album from these Connecticut based post-industrial darksters. …view full details.

Arab On Radar
The Yahweh Or The Highway Sessions

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Arab On Radar flung themselves into oblivion some time ago, but these recordings have never previously seen the light of day. The Yahweh Or The Highway Sessions was recorded in 2001 at the same time as their final album, and the material carries the same sense of unhinged broken-math frenzy. CD on Skin Graft.…view full details.

Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

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9/10 according to our Ian

Here's a long overdue compilation from floaty ambient loveliness label Serein Records, after releasing a batch of superb albums over the last few years like 2010's much sought after 'Retold' by Nest, last year's triple whammy of LP's by Brambles (drifting neoclassical), The Balustrade Ensemble (experimental s…view full details.

Running The Voodoo Down - Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

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The period 1967 to 1980 was a vivid one if you were in the States and paying attention to the music collected on this double release. Explorations in Psychrockfunkjazzsoul describes it neatly, with African-American musicians constantly blowing minds: we’ve got the likes of Funkadelic, Don Cherry, James Brown, Miles Davis… Running The Voodoo Down is out on Festival.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 10th August 2016

The Quietened Bunker

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Here we go with a compilation which explores abandoned Cold War installations that would be refuge places for the stricken populace should the button be prodded. It's part of the A Year in the Country project which aims to discover the strangeness which sits underneath the British countryside.  here's a track list which demonstrates that it includes several Normans favourites.  Tracklisting: 1) Lower Level Clock Room - Keith Seatman2) Drakelow …view full details.

Overtone Ensemble
Overtone Ensemble

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9/10 according to our Laurie

Exactly what it says on the tin. An ensemble that coaxes out the overtones from everyday or ‘non-musical’ objects. It’s all music really. Overtone (pretty much) means just one of the frequencies that makes up a sound, but I guess the name ‘Sound Group’ doesn’t have the same highbrow air. So far there have been 8 minutes of high-pitched sinewy sound, b…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 9th August 2016

F*Ckin’ Ziggurat

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Fancy zine / book assembled by Emotional Response, featuring deep interviews with lots of cool bands from around the world, including No Monster Club, Primitive Calculators and Quaaludes. And the 70 beautifully-bound pages are accompanied by 17 songs on an accompanying CD, so you can read about and hear the bands at the same time. F*ckin’ Ziggurat!…view full details.

Of Grog Vim

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Grog Vim was a ‘legendary visionary’, we are told, although quite possibly a fictional one from the looks of things… Either way the notion of Vim has inspired experimental Italians Larsen to lay down some heavy, deeply-textured post-rock on Of Grog Vim, with the very welcome help of Thor Harris (Swans) and his trombone! CD release on Important Records.…view full details.

Piano Cloud Series - Volume One

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1631 Recordings provide a survey of the current crop of indie-classical piano composers, including big names like Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and Akira Kosemura. Piano Cloud is about right: many of these pieces immerse the listener in a hazy atmosphere of stately chords and carefully-placed emotional notes. CD compilation.…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

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8/10 according to our Robin

“Two drummers!!!” is pretty much my favourite thing to say ever. Everyone’s impressed: not only one loud thing that neighbours complain about, but two. Two! For ‘A Weird Exits’ Thee Oh Sees finally employ their twin drums on a record, with Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon playing as percussive equals (rather than the kind of second fiddle set-up that gets you Whipl…view full details.

Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

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An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable Walker mark one. 5CD box-set available for a shockingly low price.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 4th August 2016

Porya Hatami & Arovane

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9/10 according to our Jamie

The piano. Born two centuries ago in Italy, it has been stroked and bashed by just about everyone since. It can sound beautiful, harsh or indifferent. It has been modified, customised, emulated, modulated, deconstructed and reconstructed. Hell, we even have a Piano Day now, thanks to Frahm (but he doesn’t like to talk about it). Like that guy, …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 3rd August 2016


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8/10 according to our Robin

In this particular incarnation of their usually ramshackle assembly, Health & Beauty served as Ryler Walker’s backing band on his lounging jazz folk opus ‘Primrose Green’. A high career watermark, is being on that smooth, homespun piece of magic, but ‘No Scare’ puts Brian J Sulpizio and his band in the limelight. Their sound i…view full details.

Haley Bonar
Impossible Dream

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7/10 according to our Clinton

She probably doesn’t remember kipping on my sofa back in ’04 but Haley Bonar has come a long way since those dark days. Me? I’ve regressed from that life high water moment but Haley reaches hers on the opening song here ‘Hometown’. What a glorious song. It’s like she has shoehorned the history of brilliant chord changes and plaintive pop into one thre…view full details.

New in: Monday 1st August 2016

Ed Harcourt

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Singer/Songwriter Ed Harcourt has taken on an ambitious project with his latest album Furnaces. Taking a break from writing hits for the likes of James Bay and Paloma Faith, he has enlisted the help of producer Flood to make the colours brighter, the dark bits darker and add an element of danger. Harcourt says his favourite music always runs the gamut of emotions and that’s what he set out to do here. The cover…view full details.

Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology 1986-2016

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How to describe Momus to the average human? Kind of bizarre eye patched prolific electronic pop person. Somewhere between Jacques Brel and the Pet Shop Boys if such a thing could be imagined. Anyway this is the first ever career spanning compilation celebrating 30 years of his wild and wonderful career. …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 26th July 2016


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Bold business here on this new Decca Classics project. Various electronic producers have been allowed to play around with the contents of the Decca catalogue, assembling club-leaning remixes out of the works of major composers like Grieg, Satie, Holst and Bach. Could have been a muzac disaster, but the producers (incl…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th July 2016

Electri_city 2

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If you ever feel you’ve had enough of your Kraftwerk albums (as if..), for the the time being anyway, Gronland have put together this excellent compilation showcasing the Dusseldorf electronic scene from the 70s and 80s. Featuring tracks from neu!, wolfgang flür, daf, wolfgang riechmann, and so many more. Crucial. …view full details.

Nels Cline

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Nels Cline is a guitarist of wide talents, spreading his time around a long stint in Wilco as well as wild and noisy experimental work. Lovers is a double album years in the making, pulling together a broad ensemble of 23 musicians to play jazz standards, original pieces, and derivations on action by Arto Lindsay and Sonic Youth. Released on jazz super-label Blue Note!…view full details.

New in: Thursday 7th July 2016

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.

New in: Wednesday 8th June 2016

Alex Cameron
Jumping The Shark

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Whenever he's not the frontman for Australian electronic outfit Seekae, Alex Cameron is busy walking around looking like an old horse-race gambling addict. But even if his looks were a gimmick, he's definitely not Jumping the Shark with his polished, well-considered and melancholic retro pop songs.…view full details.

New in: Friday 6th May 2016

Escape Hatch

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Spacey new-age atmospheres from Seahawks, who deal with universally gentle textures and calming melodics. Escape Hatch, their fourth record, has saxophone, piano, bass and synth, all carefully processed into a friendly haze. The album closes with a grooving version of old Balearic tune ‘Valparaiso’ by Paula Moore, which even has a vocal! Out on Ocean Moon.…view full details.

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