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New in: Tuesday 25th October 2016

Carla dal Forno
You Know What It’s Like

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9/10 according to our Robin

Blackest Ever Black are a very early workweek label, what with their endless slew of muted, dour and spooky utterances, so I’m glad to be listening to Carla dal Forno’s debut on a Tuesday afternoon with an empty threat of rain. ‘You Know What It’s Like’ is a murmured adventure through synthesized hallways haunted with ghosts of some once-great choir -- whatever the…view full details.

Steve Hauschildt

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Steve Hauschildt, formerly of synth-wizards Emeralds, is still going strong as a solo artist: this is his fourth solo record for the ever-excellent Kranky label. Strands is a particularly personal release for Hauschildt, as it engages with aspects of his Cleveland hometown. Expect all the graceful electronic pulsations you’ve come to love, arranged to perfection.…view full details.

Vasco Alves
Volume II

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New work from the rigorous sound-mind of Vasco Alves, of VA AA LR fame. Volume II is a set of works made up of minimal sine wave pieces processed via transistor radio broadcast. The results are stuttering and unstable fields of sound fizz: strong stuff. Highly affordable CD release on We Can Elude Control.…view full details.

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

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Mutations is the 2009 second album of this mysterious collective, out of print for some time. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble have a special sound, one that melds a film noir broodiness with shards of electronic noise and thick drones. And some actual ‘dark jazz’ too. The album is reissued courtesy of Denovali.…view full details.

Colin Newman
Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish

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Colin Newman kept busy during Wire’s temporary early 80’s split, releasing three rather interesting solo records. Provisionally entitled the singing fish is a little unusual, with some entirely non-post-punk sounds creeping in there. Released on vinyl and CD, with the CD edition coming with a whole extra disc of demos and the like. On Sentient Sonics.…view full details.

Colin Newman
Not To

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Colin Newman kept busy during Wire’s temporary early 80’s split, releasing three rather interesting solo records. Although in the case of Not To, some members of Wire were involved in the recording… Released on vinyl and CD: with the CD edition coming with an extra disc of mostly unreleased home studio demos. On Sentient Sonics.…view full details.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid

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8/10 according to our Jamie

In this crazy world we’re bombarded by a constant stream of information, misinformation and Shiny New Things. In a NR reviewer’s world, we are showered with new / old musics. Sometimes it’s welcome, sometimes it’s not; often, though we just don’t know. Well I don’t know. So it’s good to know that some things don&rsqu…view full details.

Giulio Aldinucci

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Giulio Aldinucci gets good and atmospheric on Goccia, his first album in four years. There is plenty to be heard here, with long swathes of thick ambience and properly rhythmic sections freely interchanging: and he hasn’t forgotten to imbue everything with melodies either. Goccia is released on CD by the Home Normal label.…view full details.

Altars Altars
Small Hours

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8/10 according to our Robin

Herein you’ll find Altars Altars making all the sounds that make sleepy warm drone fans want to applaud with tears. This gorgeous, slow and ever so distant record relies heavily on twanged-to-fuck guitars (twanged, in this sense, from the reel to reel tapes used), as if doing a Loren Connors reboot for a modern audience. These little, warped figures are then offered a pillow of ambia…view full details.

Mark Harris & JOHN 3:16
Victory Over The Sun

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This is Victory Over The Sun, a thrilling ambient journey crafted by Mark Harris & John. The duo ambitiously take their project to uncharted land - album closer Vortex, for example, is an immersive wall of distortion that becomes more aggressive and immediate, before spiralling off into oblivion...…view full details.

New in: Monday 24th October 2016

Olafur Arnalds
Island Songs

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Island Songs documents Olafur Arnalds recent travelling project, in which he visited 7 different towns in his native Iceland and composed a new piece with a local artist in each town. The assembled results (including a DVD of visual documentation if you choose the CD edition) mix Arnalds’ stately melancholy with a great range of other approaches. On Decca Classics.…view full details.

The Pop Group
Honeymoon on Mars

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Post-punk pioneers the Pop Group return with new LP 'Honeymoon On Mars'. A concept album of sorts, Mark Stewart calls it "hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies". Fans of their previous work won't be disappointed: 'Honeymoon On Mars' still pertains to the band's successful hybrid of punk, free jazz, dub, funk and avant-garde elements.  …view full details.

Leave Me Alone

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7/10 according to our Robin

Most of you have already bought this record, and so have probably lifted it from its jewel-cased home or kindly sloped sleeve to see the words “thank you” scrawled into the packaging. It’s a nice little sign of Hinds’ musical humility, their eminent chillness and a newfound success. Once entrusted with the band name Deers, the indie pop quartet switched it to Hinds over …view full details.

Keb Darge Presents The Best Of Legendary Deep Funk

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If Keb Barge is known to you, a collection of his choice Deep Funk cuts will be buy-on-sight. If you don’t know him, we can assure you that Barge is just the man to show you the ways of rare funk: the man has been crate-digging and playing out Legendary Deep Funk for years. This compilation has the absolute highlights of his collection: very very good. On BBE.…view full details.

New in: Friday 21st October 2016

Agnes Obel
Citizen Of Glass

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8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s time to get (neo)classical with the songs of Danish-born Agnes Obel, who is now based in Berlin, ‘cos Berlin. When it comes to telling you a story with her voice, she likes to dream bigger - her head must be filled with a dozen string quartets and a gaggle of harpsichords when sat at the piano. Which she is classically trained in. She channels that classical training no…view full details.

New in: Thursday 20th October 2016

Requiem For Hell

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An album by Japanese post-rock heavyweights MONO, titled Requiem For Hell, was always going to be a crashingly epic experience, and the band don’t disappoint. Strings are prominent within the sound here, coaxing the band’s grand crescendos into yet-more-ecstatic territory. CD / double LP editions on the Pelagic label.…view full details.

Aleksi Perälä
Colundi Sequence Volume I

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8/10 according to our Ant

In 2014 Aleksi Perälä (Ovuca, Astrobotnia, Rephlex) initiated the Colundi Sequence project with ‘The Colundi Sequence Level 1’. At the time of writing, the latest installment in the ongoing series currently stands at Level 16. It’s a hug…view full details.

Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Kadhja Bonet has a voice that doesn't seem to come from this world. It's utterly spellbindingly beautiful, so good that I can't in fact think of a comparison. A hint of Dusty Springfield at her most lush perhaps? But in this world of over emotive X Factor wannabes, of Winehouse copyists, it's lovely just to hear s…view full details.

The Pattern Forms
Peel Away The Ivy

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Much to Phil's utter horror the latest release on Ghostbox comes hurtling out of the soft warm glow of 70s kids programmes straight into the cold, hard decade we knew as the 1980s. This is a collaboration between the Advisory Circle's Jon Brooks and a couple of the Friendly Fires lads…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 19th October 2016

Appropriation Stories

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8/10 according to our Clinton

A few words on Shifted’s new bleak work on Prurient’s Hospital Productions imprint. Just got a couple of tracks at my disposal but this sort of monochrome techno is right up my alley. Imagine being lost on a fog bound hill, your feet trailing on the ground as you trudge through marshland. That’s what ‘Flatlands’ sounds like…view full details.

Tim Buckley
Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

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Oh good criminy! Lady, Give me your key is a collection of 3 unreleased demos that have recently been discovered. That makes 13 acoustic tracks, some which then grew into fully instrumented works, but most of which will not have been heard, even if you are the most ardent Tim Buckley fan. Comes with booklet containing interviews with Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester.…view full details.

A Made Up Sound
A Made Up Sound (2009-2016)

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A Made Up Sound is a label as well as moniker used by Dave Huismans who is best known as 2562. This double CD pack collects all of his releases under this project, providing 10 12” releases worth of material. 2562 is known for his left of centre approach to techno, but this project left him free to explore further.…view full details.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Lots of sales of this. Ah they are are touring with Goat.  They make a series of psych raaga's that are based around one big droning chord and the distinctive vocals of their not so secret weapon Josefin Ohrn. Her whispery vocals often recall Alison Goldfrapp especially on the delicious drone of 'Sister Green Eyes'.  T…view full details.

American Football
American Football

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Ah so it all fits into place. Owls, Capn Jazz, Very Secretary. I see.  American Football were possibly the most distinctive and revered group that centered around Mike Kinsella and pals and having had their debut also self titled album re-issued last year they toure…view full details.

Fabric 90: Scuba

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It feels like Scuba must be going for some kind of record for his installment of the legendary Fabric mix CD series: he flies through 42 tracks over the course of the CD’s running time. That requires wild cutting-together skills as well as a knack for selections: producers here include Pearson Sound, Ben Klock, Patrick Cowley, Regis… and many many more.…view full details.

Nico Muhly & Teitur

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Nico Muhly is a busy young modern-classical composer and performer isn’t he? Here he is now, rocking up on Nonesuch in a new collaboration with songwriter Teitur. With song lyrics derived from obscure youtube videos and the music scored for a baroque ensemble, Confessions probably qualifies as a unique record I should think?…view full details.

Charlie Ulyatt
Live EP - Rough Trade Nottingham Sept 16

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7/10 according to our Jamie

Charlie Ulyatt's 'Dead Birds' arrived at the 'Towers back in the early days of summer and I for one was captivated by his shimmering solo meanderings. The guitar in Ulyatt’s hands is transformed into a machine which suspends time as notes linger and hang in the air, evoking dry and dusty landscapes, barren mountains or at least the top of a crag in Lancashire. This EP was recorded live at…view full details.

Kassem Mosse

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Kassem Mosse gets back down to business with a CD of fizzy and complex electronics. The man has an intuitive feel for drum machines that takes him beyond the four-to-the-floor basics and into other realms: the tracks of Disclosure are full of their own dubbed-out flavour. CD release on Honest Jon’s.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 18th October 2016


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8/10 according to our Jamie

First off: Wow. What a beauty. This guy! This record! So Markus Sieber has a back story (as most people but not all top-notch musicians do, but I digress). He spent the ‘90s in rock bands in East Germany, dropped his guitar for acting, then travelled to Mexico and ‘found’ music, again. Now he rolls out his leaf-strewn carpet with its amber-brown hues and invites us to share hi…view full details.

Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal
Not Me

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Erstwhile guitar-noise practitioner and former Sonic Youth guy Thurston Moore teams up with Tom Surgal and his drum kit for this 1996 free-improv session. The two duck and weave around each other, generating sizzling electro-crackle atmospheres for all the family. This reissue of Not Me comes with new liner notes in a replica of the original LP sleeve, and is limited to 500 copies. On Fourth Dimension.…view full details.

Hiss Golden Messenger
Heart Like a Levee

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6/10 according to our Clinton

I realise that MC Taylor is a talented and hardworking guy so deserves a bit of success but Hiss Golden Messenger on albums like this are emblematic of the issue of where so-so country rock gets slathered over in publications such as Uncut as if it’s some new incarnation of Gene Clark. The previous Hiss Golden Messenger album ‘Lateness of Dancers&lsq…view full details.

New in: Monday 17th October 2016

Half Man Half Biscuit
And Some Fell On Stony Ground

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Not a new album by the Wirral's finest purveyors of witty post-punk but a collection of various singles and B sides hurled out over the scattershot second half of their career. Contains such classics as 'Bob Wilson - Anchorman' and 'Eno Collaboration' alongside a whole slew of other lesser spotted gems. …view full details.

Pedro Santos

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This 1968 album by Pedro Santos makes the listener smile immediately with an opening volley of irresistible rhythm and brass fanfare. From there onwards, Krishnanda travels through some of the funkiest Brazilian music you ever heard, all with a definite psychedelic flavour. This joyous album is super-rare, but now Mr Bongo have reissued it!…view full details.

Kero Kero Bonito
Bonito Generation

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Well.. With lyrics such as “life looks better when you’re on your trampoline”, Kero Kero Bonito’s debut album sounds like a mixture of J-pop and songs that would feature on kid’s programs such as Crazytown, and then the occasional trap bassline. Bizarre, updated for 2K16 version of bubblegum pop. Genius or…. You decide. …view full details.

New in: Friday 14th October 2016

Human Energy

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5/10 according to our Clinton

Well he’s had a good run hasn’t he? Ten years of making under-the-radar wildly inventive electronica before the superb double whammy of ‘Room(s)’ and ‘Vapour City’ brought him to a much deserved wider audience.  But it seems there’s something very wrong here. First up there’s a whole pile of collaborators  -…view full details.

New in: Thursday 13th October 2016

Douglas Dare

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7/10 according to our Robin

You know those piano chords that sound like it’s raining outside and someone else in the house has a cup of coffee but you’re not allowed one because you might spill it on the piano? Douglas Dare. Lots of those on ‘Aforger’, a record torn between the wonderful gentility of indie rock and the benefits of a noisier, electronically enhanced version. Oh “Doublethink&rd…view full details.

Kate Tempest
Let Them Eat Chaos

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Kate Tempest's 2014 album 'Everybody Down' earned her a Mercury nomination, and that is just one accomplishment notched up by this serial high-achiever. Performing live at the age of 16 saw her securing gigs opening for John Cooper Clarke and Billy Bragg among others. Add a Ted Hughes award for her writing and a nod from the Poetry Society, and it all becomes pretty impressive. 'Let them Eat Chaos' is a long poem, written for performance. The vinyl includes download code. …view full details.

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Season 1 - Volume 1

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9/10 according to our Laurie

It’s hard to avoid the much-hyped '80s fetish fest that is Stranger Things. Born from a hoard of cash from deep in the Netflix vaults, it is a stylistic gem that would be incredible passe if it wasn’t so incredibly good. With classic '70s-'80s horror on the rise, it makes sense that it would be a bit popular, but jeez, everyone’s going on about it. Me included. So much so that…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 12th October 2016

15 Years With Echocord

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These guys have been pumping their spacey, classy, echoing electronica out of Copenhagen for a decade and a half now. With this landmark comes ‘15 Years With Echocord’, a behemoth of a comp. Fluxion, Arovane, and co cycle their hypnotic beats and resonating frequencies through the dub chamber. Time flies. Double vinyl LP or CD.…view full details.

Dead Light
Dead Light

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Who doesn't think about escaping from the city from time to time? Well the folks from Dead Light escaped from stinking old London to some rural backwater where they have been free to explore their billowing ambient compositions.  They've used treated tape, prepared pianos and all manner of experimental tomfoolery to create these pieces. …view full details.

Sleaford Mods

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Like whatever it is that unblocks sinks, Sleaford Mods are pretty reliable. You purchase the records and you know what you are going to get.  This is generally a good thing though I thought 'Tarantula Deadly Cargo' was the best thing they'd done in recent times and more eerie stuff like that on 'Key Markets' may have made it a bit more varied. How long I wonder they can get away wi…view full details.

Pye Corner Audio

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9/10 according to our Phil

Absolutely bleeding wondersauce is this record! We all know Pye Corner Audio has been making great synthy sounds for a while... and I really like pies too so that's a bonus! Spooky dusty techno haunt music that sounds well old times! I feel like I'm in a library from the future on an industrial estate reading lots of old books. Martin Jenkin…view full details.

Slow Knife

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Kuedo has left a hefty five years in between the release of his debut full-length album Severant and this follow-up. Slow Knife has a sleek, neon-city-at-night kind of feel, with stuttering trap percussion and glassy synths everywhere. But there are also contributions from cellist Koenraad Ecker and Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe. A highly atmospheric trip on Planet Mu.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 11th October 2016

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

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8/10 according to our Robin

When I was young I would buy old Nick Cave albums on CD, put them on my primitive musical shelf and then never listen to them. I did this with a Converge CD too, once, as if staving off the scary music was a greater achievement than actually confronting it. I assumed Cave’s music was too dour and that maybe one day a future Robin would open and enjoy it -- b…view full details.

Clem Leek
2Pianos I

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A sublimely simple concept from ambient/modern classical composer Clem Leek (AKA Back To The Sea, and member of Black Elk). Take two pianos, compose a piece for both to be recorded simultaneously and in a way that feels as though it is only one piano being played. As serene as can be. The first of a two part series.…view full details.

Benoît Pioulard
The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Perfect for the onset of Autumn is the latest missive from Portland based multi-genre explorer Beniout Pioulard (aka Tom Meluch) . I imagine where he lives the the Pacific North West the leaves are currently all manner of colours and he’s perhaps made the perfect album for trudging through them.  This is Mr Pioulard at his poppiest, his previous record &…view full details.

New in: Monday 10th October 2016

BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Soundhouse

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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was responsible for nurturing talents such as Delia Derbyshire, and developing madness through experimental hand-cut tape loops and signal generators before synthesizers were available. This is a reissue of the first work made by them with the invention of the first digital polyphonic sampler, which cut their workload massively.…view full details.

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
The Systems Are Failing

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Well, Moby’s back, and he’s pissed. His new incarnation with The Void Pacific Choir removes the pianos and string sections, and the down beat pleasantness. It seems angry, almost Gary Numan inspired electro punk. Huge pounding kick drums, overdriven beds of synths and near shouted, and preaching vocals. Moby’s taking a stand against the tide of forever young pop it seems. …view full details.

Eyeless In Gaza
Sun Blues

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Eyeless In Gaza continue on their more-or-less unique sonic journey, more than 35 years into the trip. Sun Blues sounds at once just like moody 80’s pop music (Martyn Bates’ vocals) and like an avant-garde piece: the mix of each track is teeming with intriguing little bits and pieces. Sun Blues is released by Ambivalent Scale Recordings.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 6th October 2016

Departed Glories

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8/10 according to our Laurie

Just a warning, the office goons Phil and Ian are playing some soul thing in the main room, the wailing vocals of which are completely ruining any chance of me getting lost in this. Headphones are useless against the power of Motown. Or, at least, ambient music is. Unless you’re Tim Hecker. Biosphere is not. He is but one quiet man, living out his …view full details.

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