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New in: Friday 1st May 2015

Mikal Cronin
MCIII

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 29th April 2015

There it sat in my house, barely played, untouched unloved. My dad had raved about Mikal Cronin’s second album ‘MCII’ yet it did absolutely nothing for me apart from reminding me on a couple of occasions of the Lemonheads so it got returned and I mentally marked Cronin down as another one of…view full details.

Django Django
Born Under Saturn

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 1st May 2015

There’s definitely more difficult jobs in the world than this - I understand that- but having to review a record in real time is certainly a tricky proposition and so this review comes with the caveat that I’m listening to this record for the first time in my life and so... well ...it’s not going to get a chance to grow is it?…view full details.

Jacco Gardner
Hypnophobia

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8/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

Jacco Gardner measures psych with a ruler. Unlike a lot of artists crafting tunes after their ‘60s heart and never worrying about the ramifications -- or acts like Foxygen, who make woefully sloppy concept albums twenty songs strong -- Gardner is a precise master of the silly pop music. With an abiding affecti…view full details.

Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

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Gatefold CD on Fortuna POP!. ‘Peanut Butter’ is twenty five minutes of hyperactive, violently melodic, aggressive, economic pop that’s packed full of tasty hooks and screams from highly acclaimed Cardiff based pop punk ensemble Joanna Gruesome. Recorded in Leeds at Hookworms frontman M.J’s Suburban Homes Studios, the album comes with the following warning: "a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread".…view full details.

Able Tasmans
A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 30th April 2015

Captured Tracks attempts to document every squeak that emerged from anyone who lived in New Zealand in the 1980’s continues on this very worthy compilation from “the only New Zealand band to tastefully incorporate bagpipes into a song”. A cursory listen to the first three tracks alone will tell you that this is an inten…view full details.

METZ
II

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8/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

Sub Pop’s angriest noise rock revivalists Metz deafened with their first record, offering no real respite and sustaining themselves at the same volume at all times. Sometimes listening to Metz really feels like listening to hardcore, in the sense that the loudness is never modulated, always at a steady, piercing level. You could probably n…view full details.

Melanchoholics
Solar Cafe

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7/10 according to our Robin on 1st May 2015

Of late it seems to have become something of a brazen fashion statement to trivialise sadness and wear it as a badge, and if you thought Elvis Depressedly was a bad enough band name, then how about Melanchoholics? Aside from having a pretty dire name, though, this band of droners cast intriguing shadows over their songs, creating soundscapes tha…view full details.

Andreya Triana
Giants

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CD on Counter + indies only bonus remix CD. Joining the competitive musical scene of jazzy, soulful, power singer along with artists such as Paloma Faith, Adele and Laura Mvula, Andreya Triana is the latest name to create joyous, fun soul/jazz, all punctuated by her vocals. The songs on Giants are produced by Matt Hales who also produced Paloma Faith and it sh…view full details.

Actress
DJ Kicks

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Mix CD on !K7 inc. Lorenzo Senni, Mark Fell, John Beltran, Actress, Snakepiss, STL, Gherkin Jerks, Beneath, Shit and Shine etc.. Actress is known for mixing it up in his DJ sets, unafraid to shift BPMs and genres dramatically. This mix for DJ Kicks (the 49th in the series) is his first commercially released mix, finally allowing the home listener to hear what he gets up to on the decks. Includes tracks from Au…view full details.

Best Coast
California Nights

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CD on Virgin EMI. Just as the summer starts to rear it’s head in 2015, Best Coast return with a third album. The subject matter remains much the same (California! Summer! Hanging out!), as does the music, but the production values on California Nights are a notable leap up. It’s a catchy, lovely sound, and this is the fullest version of it so far.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 30th April 2015

Variant
Dreaming Thru Vector [Reprise]

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Limited 2CD + poster on echospace [detroit]. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER. Slowly, dauntingly and unstoppable, Dreaming Thru Vector is an almost megalomanic drone project. With deeply resonating synthesizers and an absolutely minimal rhythm section, Variant push the envelope filters to new levels. This unique live recording of their smash minimalist hit is even more ethereal, focusing on the melodic component rather tha…view full details.

Stuart Chalmers
Imaginary Musicks Vol 3/4

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Limited CD on Hairdryer Excommunication. Edition of 30 handmade/printed copies. Stuart Chalmers does remarkable things with cassette tapes, pushing into all kinds of noisy, concrétey areas. First released as a CDR on the excellent Hairdryer Excommunications label, Imaginary Musicks Vol ¾ now returns to it’s obvious mother-format, the cassette, in hand-assembled packaging.…view full details.

My Morning Jacket
The Waterfall

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7/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

The last we heard from Jim James, he was contentedly butchering the Songs: Ohia classic “Farewell Transmission” for a Jason Molina tribute, extracting the Americana and lacing it with strands of My Morning Jacket’s electronic DNA. Curse that infernal racket of a cover, but it serves to sum up…view full details.

SWANS
Filth

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9/10 according to our Brian on 24th October 2014

"I like the idea of standing in a room full of sledge hammers" indeed. There are simply no rock bands that sound anything quite like Swans, either in their refined post-Millennial incarnation or their original grinding bowel-evacuating manifestation. I realise they've touched on many other genres in their time but b…view full details.

Other Lives
Rituals

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Digipak CD on Play It Again sam. Other Lives started life in Oklahoma before moving their operation to the hip and happening city of Portland. The effect of moving to a new place has had on them is shown in their third album, Rituals with themes of travel and isolation. The album was produced by the band with the help of Joey Waronker who has worked with Eels and Beck, among others. R…view full details.

Palma Violets
Danger In The Club

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Deluxe Edition CD on Rough Trade. Includes 4 bonus tracks. The Palma Violets return with Danger in the Club to rip things up again after their debut LP, 180, which was hyped to buggery by NME and then ended up to be a decent record. They continue here with some heavy-hitting, punky, chorus driven rock tunes designed to make you rock-out, puke-up and have a generally great, drunken time. …view full details.

Rose Windows
Rose Windows

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7/10 according to our Robin on 29th April 2015

Rose Windows offer a nicely dramatic, devilishly well polished type of psych rock in this eponymous record, and if I may say so, that’s just fine -- but maybe, just this once, there’s more than meets the eye. This is more inventive than your average distantly-riffed marathon, taking on an impressive palette of instrumentation that ma…view full details.

The Lovely Eggs
This Is Our Nowhere

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6/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

Why drink coffee in the morning when you could just listen to the Lovely Eggs instead? Ever since this noxiously twee punk crew asked me, over and over and over again, if I’d ever heard a digital accordion, I realised there’s probably no band I’d be more scared of having as my bedside alarm. If you’re wondering what they&…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 29th April 2015

Mates Of State
Greats

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Limited CD on Fierce Panda. Edition of 500 copies. Mates of State are one of those rare musical groups made up of a long-term married couple: isn’t that nice? This record, Greats, is a compilation that focuses on the work the band have been doing over their last three records / ten years, and is full of bright shiny upbeat thrills. 500 copies only on Fierce Panda.…view full details.

Gurun Gurun
Kon B

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CD on Home Normal. ‘Kon B’ is the sophomore release from Czech sci-fi inspired, multi instrumentalists Gurun Gurun. The album is the result of a collaboration with guest artists Alexandr Vatagin on cello, Irena & Vojtech Havel on alto & tenor viola da gamba, Mikel Etxegarai on drums and percussion, as well as the vocal talents of Japanese artists Cuushe, Cokiyu, and Miko resulting in a wonderfully weirdly fantastical album …view full details.

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay
Antigravity

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CD on Blackest Ever Black. Available on 12” vinyl LP with full colour reverse board sleeve and printed inner bag or CD, on Blackest Ever Black. To help Blackest Ever Black raise the bar yet again they’ve brought in french avantgard trumpeter Jac Berrocal. Sucking you into his film-noir Dale cooper/Bohren und der Club of Gore musique contréte world. Dark and twistedly romanti…view full details.

And So I Watch You From Afar
Heirs

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CD on Sargent House. And So I Watch You From Afar is the band name. (I know, right?) Anyway, their non-stop work ethic that sees them jetting all over the world to play for people all over the world has resulted in the attention to detail that they have put in to the making of their fourth album, Heirs. Ten songs made it on to the album out of thirty that were recorded for the project. They worked tirelessly night and…view full details.

William Basinski
Cascade

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8/10 according to our Jim on 23rd April 2015

Ambient minimalist William Basinski returns with a new album featuring a single forty-minute track (plus an exclusive download) of his deceptively simple but immediately recognisable music. Employing his usual method of letting melodic loops play out on decrepit tapes until they literally decay before your very ears, it’s another dreamily …view full details.

Richard Neale
Deep Blue (part 1)

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 10th April 2015

Namedropping AFX, BoC, Sigur Ros and GY!BE is certainly a brave move. My cynical side says ‘crowdpleasing’, but ultimately intrigue wins over, especially since that Richard Neale seems to have come into electronica from a folk background, a fundamentally massive transition. It’s always interesting to hear what is retained. …view full details.

Death And Vanilla
To Where the Wild Things Are

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd April 2015

Death and Vanilla are pretty close to being the perfect band for those who worship the ‘60’s exotic electronica that so influenced the music of Broadcast. Opener ‘Necessary Distortion’ sets out it’s stall pretty clearly -a pulsating, kraut jam which sits perfectly in that sweet spot b…view full details.

Danielle De Picciotto
Tacoma

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CD on Moabit Musik. Tacoma, contrary to popular belief, is in fact named after the Toyota pickup truck, not the city in Washington [citation needed]. That’s because Danielle De Picciotto likes to travel in her music, and does so on her latest release. On her first solo-album, she takes you by the hand and deep into a haunted forest, made of field recordings, minimalist soundscapes and eerie violins. And just whe…view full details.

The Liminanas
Down Underground : LP's 2009/2014

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2CD - 4 album collection in digisleeve with 24-page booklet on Because Music. Down Underground: LP’s 2009-2014 is a deluxe 2CD set gathering together pretty much the full complement of French duo The Liminanas’ material: three full albums and an extra rare tracks / 7”s collection to boot! So that means their self-titled debut, Crystal Anis, Costa Blanca, and a bundle of stuff you&rs…view full details.

Holy Family
Can't Dance, Wont Steal, Need Some Help

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CD on Melodic. Relocated Swedes Holy Family made Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help, their first album, under some circumstances that were tough in terms of time and place, creativity and relationships. But those circumstances seem to have borne fruit, with the album turning out as accomplished, experimentally tinged indie.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 28th April 2015

Ela Orleans
Upper Hell

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10/10 according to our Brian on 3rd April 2015

Musician, artist, dreamer, nomad and proud insomniac Ela Orleans is no stranger to Norman Records. One of the absolute finest things about having worked in this madhouse of a shop for aeons is discovering the odd song, EP or real grown up long playing album out-of-the-blue; one that leaves you in awe at its clas…view full details.

Various
Dendrology

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7/10 according to our Robin on 28th April 2015

The Ologies is their name, and though it sounds like an academically-minded kids TV show whose key demo is overachievers, it’s actually a group of like-minded musical types from Winchester, aiming to procure compelling experimental performances in small middle England. Sounds a bit like some excited people we know who love to scream the wo…view full details.

Radicalfashion
GARCON

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7/10 according to our Robin on 28th April 2015

Hirohito Ihara is attempting to mend art bridges on ‘Garcon’, taking a fanciful, high-concept tack with a collection of musics separately influenced by classical painting techniques. While it sounds frustratingly abstract as an idea, the practice is simple: each of these songs speaks to a different tone, as if representing a differen…view full details.

New in: Monday 27th April 2015

Erik Satie
Et les nouveaux jeunes - Version 2

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3CD box set on on Arbouse Recordings inc. Max Richter, Peter Broderick, The Boats, Dustin O'Halloran, Nils Frahm, Pan American, Rafael Anton Irisarri & Goldmund, Rachel Grimes etc.. The perennially sublime, serene and superb French composer Erik Satie is covered, interpreted and re-worked by a whole three discs worth of musicians on this remarkable collection. Et le nouveaux jeunes - Version 2 contains the likes of …view full details.

New in: Friday 24th April 2015

MG
MG

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 23rd April 2015

Old synth guys never die - they just escape from their big stadium bands for a while and make interesting electronica. Martin Gore is famous for two things: Firstly he is a dead ringer for York City’s hardworking-but-devoid-of-end-product winger …view full details.

Sonic Jesus
Neither Virtue Nor Anger

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7/10 according to our Robin on 22nd April 2015

Who’s up for some no hope psych rock? The latest entry into the New Testament of the Fuzz Club is Sonic Jesus, who recently inflicted some repetitive-strain kraut witchery on a split with the Black Angels. On ‘Neither Virtue Nor Anger’, they get a chance to stretch their devastated so…view full details.

White Hills
Walks For Motorists

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7/10 according to our Robin on 22nd April 2015

Day Number 243, and I’m still walking this dustbowl road of post-apocalyptic isolation, lamenting psych rock and its cockroach knack for survival. I’ll take anything but, please; send me the Oasis reunion with Whitehouse, send me the War on Dr…view full details.

Drew Lustman
The Crystal Cowboy

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 22nd April 2015

With a cover consisting of a dusty apartment block and presumably Mr. Lustman sitting nonchalantly on top of a horse, you could easily assume that this is the electronic version of Father John Misty. New kooky alter ego, new sound and even some ‘doo-doo-doo’s, all signed to the Bella Union of b…view full details.

Death
N.E.W

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8/10 according to our Robin on 24th April 2015

“They’re named after something I never want to happen to me” - Phil, forlorn. Protopunks Death never really got a chance to be the proto, considering that many of their early records toiled in release purgatory and came into proper fruition at a later date -- take the ‘70s classics ‘...For …view full details.

Delia Gonzalez
In Remembrance

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7/10 according to our Robin on 23rd April 2015

Delia Gonzalez’s raw piano compositions are a far cry from your average neo-classical space-gazing. Nils Frahm ruminates on his keys -- he spends more time trying to see into their souls than he does press against them -- and Dustin O’Hallaran makes declarative statements with his cho…view full details.

Mark Tranmer
[ Further Woodland ]

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2015

Pianos here, pianos there pianos everywhere. People love to tinkle on them and release records of the sound of them so much so that one of the chief protagonists Nils Frahm recently declared it international piano day. Hey Stetson  - you know what to do with "sax day" thing. So this album from former…view full details.

New in: Thursday 23rd April 2015

Various
Ghostly Swim 2

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CD on Ghostly inc. Pascaa, Shigeto, Anenon, Heathered Pearls, Babe Rainbow, CFCF etc.. Compilation from the long-running Ghostly label, with assistance from TV channel Adult Swim. The focus here is on the blurrier, more ambient ends of the Ghostly scale: rhythms remain, but swim comfortably to the back of your mind. All new tracks from the likes of Shigeto, Galcher Lus…view full details.

Bill Fay
Who Is The Sender?

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8/10 according to our Robin on 14th April 2015

Beautiful Bill is back, and I’m utterly relieved. ‘Life Is People’ was a triumphant comeback record that made the many years without Fay’s music worth suffering through, and celebrated a songwriter who’d been subjected to the musician’s worst nightmare: not being listened to. ‘Life Is People’ may h…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Jeff Mills & Mikhail Rudy
When Time Splits

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Limited CD on Axis. ‘When Time Splits’ was created when highly acclaimed classical pianist Mikhaïl Rudy and electronic music pioneer Jeff Mills collaborated on a project to create the soundtrack to ‘L’Enfer’, a film that was never completed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Recorded for the Duos Ephémères concert at Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the record captures sixty minutes of the intense, spontan…view full details.

Nurse With Wound
Lumb's Sister

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CD on United Jnana. Available on CD from United Jnana. Remastered from the original tapes these are the original soundtrack concepts for Chris Wallis’ film Lumb’s Sister from 1989, Steven Stapleton’s main musical output Nurse With Wound. In the end these tracks ended up not being used and have only been released as a test pressing or as part of a box set with …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 21st April 2015

Elian
Cutting Up the Sun

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Limited digifile CD on The Long Story Recording Company. Edition of 100 copies. Elian aka Michael Duane Ferrell is an American musician who has been making experimental electronic music for the past eight years, weaving rich tapestries of synthetic sounds punctuated by intermediate percussions. His latest release ‘Cutting Up The Sun’ flows between ambient, abstract soundscapes and experimental noise.…view full details.

New in: Friday 17th April 2015

Waxahatchee
Ivy Tripp

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8/10 according to our Hayley on 14th April 2015

Alabama-raised singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has come a long way since her debut 2012 LP ‘American Weekend’ and the subsequent ‘Cerulean Salt’: those two records defined Waxahatchee’s predilection for delicate melodies with a rugged grunge sensibility, and the lo-fi bedroom production style made her knack for …view full details.

Squarepusher
Damogen Furies

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6/10 according to our Laurie on 16th April 2015

Britain’s most adept purveyor of pure intensity is still at it. Still battering your ears with hyperglitch drum-n-ba- sorry, I mean DRILL-n-bass, whatever that is. Age hasn’t exactly matured the man, but rather amplified his ability to control a multitude of independently freaking out layers. Damogen Furies finds Tom…view full details.

New in: Friday 10th April 2015

The Leisure Society
The Fine Art Of Hanging On

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 9th April 2015

The Leisure Society’s debut ‘The Sleeper’ was a fantastic album of folky lullabies that made me get a speck in my eye on several occasions.  Since then they’ve rather strayed too far into the Mumfords folk festival territory for me at times but still remain a worthy entity. The …view full details.

Fifto
with miur

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CD on Home Normal. Fifto is one of those artists who apparently have zero interest in self-promotion, or even in  existing outside of their immediate locality. A minimal electronicisist from the Japanese town of Sapporo, Fifto has finally been persuaded to release his glitching melodic delvings into the world, thanks to Home Normal. Exciting!…view full details.

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