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New in: Thursday 3rd September 2015

Max Richter
from SLEEP

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8/10 according to our Robin on 3rd September 2015

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Helen
The Original Faces

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9/10 according to our Robin on 3rd September 2015

As time trundles slowly onward, so does my uneasy relationship with Liz Harris’ final Grouper album ‘Ruins’. Though it first felt like a different kind of drone pop discombobulation, I’ve come to see the record as a profound collection of accidental ballads, the type that sound as if Harris i…view full details.

DJ Richard
Grind

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 3rd September 2015

This DJ by the name of Richard is following just a couple of 12 inchers with a full blown LP of dingey proportions, briefly shedding lights on the darker corners of the club to reveal dust, rave creatures and throbbing bass bins. The first two tracks set the spectrum - ‘No Balance’ introduces gothic synth harmonies, dark a…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.

Mint
Fable and Fantasy

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

Hello. The soft, Casio cadences of opener ‘Returning To Light’ almost tricks you into thinking that this is an post-80s balladeer feast, prime for a star spangled guitarist to emerge from the neon mist. But no, the layers build, and you’re in an expansive land of ambient pop, where voices work some soothing magic thr…view full details.

Variant
Vortextual (Element One)

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. One continuous hour-long piece of sound here from Variant, produced for Movement Festival in Detroit. This is like the cracks between techno’s beats expanded and explored: only occasionally do rhythms rear up. Silver-sticker-coated CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detroit].…view full details.

Variant
Variant - Vortextual (Element Two)

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. One continuous hour-long piece of sound here from Variant. Vortextual [Element Two] continues [Element One]’s deep dives into the cracks between techno’s beats: this is a mostly beatless ambient excursion through dub-space. Silver-sticker-coated CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detro…view full details.

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Oceans End

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Limited CD on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. Variant presents Oceans End, a continuous half-hour slab of dubbed-out space ambience. The track has stuttering rhythms to keep things moving, but mostly this is about losing yourself to the wash of the cosmic synth-waves that flow through the track. CD in a strictly limited edition (only one per customer, form a neat queue), on echospace [detroit].…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Gimu
Of The Spirit, Of The Space

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 2nd September 2015

This is deep. Gimu is a Brazilian purveyor of rich cinematic ambience, burying grand, almost neo-classical elements deep in cavernous reverbed spaces and extremely downcast emotions. He abandoned the institution of ‘the band’ fully in 2010 to pursue a solitary life on top of a groan drone where he watches his former collab…view full details.

Masakichi
Hummingbird

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CD on Fierce Panda. Judging by the bands that Masakichi have been connected with - Macabees, Alt-J, Foals - their combination of post-rock, fuzzy indie and dance beats is sure to be a hit with the mainstream indie crowd. The four piece are led by Reuben Gotto and feature Hannah Cartwright of Snow Ghost on vocals, Hattie Williams of Telegraphs on bass and Ben Calvert, who has p…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 1st September 2015

The Magic Castles
Starflower

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CD on 'a' Recordings. Magic Castles are a Minneapolis group well-versed in the ways of blissfully floating psychedelically-inclined folk-rock. Gentle harmonies float above winding streams of twanging guitar and organ clouds. Starflower, their third album, is released by ‘a’ Recordings as a CD or as a lilac-coloured vinyl LP.…view full details.

The Black Tambourines
Freedom

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CD on Easy Action. The Black Tambourines are another iteration of the lo-fi, DIY, garage-punk band: which, to be fair is always a band worth seeing. Freedom is their second full-length, and finds the group well-honed but certainly not cleaned-up: all the guitars (and even most of the vocals) remain plenty distorted. Freedom is released by the Easy Action label.…view full details.

Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If

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CD in recycled gatefold card jacket. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh has had a long relationship with Constellation, Montreal's banner-label for post-rock and any experimental music that grows from its roots. He's produced records for post-punkers Ought and avant-jazz artist Matana Roberts, made albums with folk-warper Eric Chenaux, and he also makes records under the moniker …view full details.

Dan Wilson
All Love Is Blind

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CD on Halfpenny. The debut solo album from The Cubicle frontman Dan Wilson looks backwards to the ballads of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Gordon Lightfoot. All Love Is Blind is richly produced and infused with a roadworn melancholy that’s drenched in a typical kind of loneliness. Out on CD from Halfpenny.…view full details.

Various
µ20

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2CD on Planet Mu inc. Kuedo, Remarc, Ital, Ekoplekz, FaltyDL, Vex'd, Milanese, Luke Vibert etc.. Big box-set here for the twentieth anniversary of the Planet Mu label, the place to be for messed-up electronic dance music. µ20 is a triple-disc bonanza of favourites, including Shitmat, Luke Vibert, Leafcutter John, Venetian Snares… You should really know by…view full details.

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.

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.

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.

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)
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

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.

New in: Wednesday 19th August 2015

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.

New in: Tuesday 18th August 2015

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.

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.

New in: Thursday 13th August 2015

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.

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