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New in: Friday 29th July 2016

Pan Sonic
Atomin Paluu

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This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s harsh digital structures, with award-winning results! Atomin Paluu is out on Blast First Petite.…view full details.

Owen
The King Of Whys

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Mike Kinsella has done a lot of time in the Chicago indie-etc. scene, in bands like Cap’n’Jazz, American Football and Joan of Arc. But his most personal music is made in his solo project Owen (no I don’t know the significance of the name). Much of the Owen music has been lo-fi and acoustic, but The King Of Whys is a fully-fledged big-production record. Out on Wichit…view full details.

Trust Punks
Double Bind

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Get ready for some noisy, young avant punk courtesy of New Zealand group; Trust Punks. Double Bind is a tight rock album which isn’t afraid to go off and do its own thing; from deep, menacing tunes to simple chord punk rock that's most reminiscent of the Women/Viet Cong/Preoccupations axis. There’s a hint of Krautrock in the drumming and the swirling guitars and it reminds me of bands like …view full details.

New Order
People On The High Line

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Here we have  12” white vinyl of the Claptone remix with a download code for the full remix package or a CD with that full package on it, including mixes by Claptone, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Hybrid, Planet Funk and Richard X. Enough to sink your teeth into there. The 7" has sold out sadly.    …view full details.

New in: Thursday 28th July 2016

Shackleton with Ernesto Tomasini
Devotional Songs

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Shackleton has never really put a foot wrong during his production career, but these collaborations with vocalist Ernesto Tomasini are especially impressive. Devotional Songs wanders through some very strange territories, with gamelan, organ, bells and shuddering bass all used alongside Tomasini’s wide-ranging voice. 4 tracks, on Honest Jon’s.…view full details.

COCAINEJESUS
We're Worried About You

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COCAINEJESUS sounds like a thrashy punk project, but is in fact a young electronic producer. Although maybe there is some punk in the way he energetically throws together big shining blocks of squarewave synth and cloud rap rhythms: We’re Worried About You is so bold and sugar-sweet you begin to wonder if we might have another Rustie on our hands. Debut album on Dream Catalo…view full details.

okamotonoriaki
Happy Ending

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

This sounds interesting. Certainly much more interesting than the endless wailing man solos that pass for music in the office this morning. It's a collection of cut and chopped Japanese pop music with a delightfully trilly style and lots of micro cuts. On 'At the Window' (with Cuushe) this is very similar to the sounds of Mum, a delightfull…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 26th July 2016

Ian William Craig
Centres

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9/10 according to our Robin

Bursting with narrative, seeking out clarity in reprises, smoothing over existentialism with feedback, ruining pop songs that feel too standard to be the truth… this is, if you can believe it, Ian William Craig’s most chaotic record yet, one meandering its way away from a proper story while pining for the most typically art of things: an opener, a closer, and a whole middle for the…view full details.

Plantman
To The Lighthouse

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Awful true story: I bought the last Plantman CD on the strength of my own remarkably generous 9/10 review but have barely played it in my own home.  I wondered if I made a mistake but here I am enjoying their follow up record so there must be something about this chair at work that makes their music the perfect soundtrack. They have a lazily spun acoustic sound and songs that ebb by slowly…view full details.

Eliza Shaddad
Run

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Eliza is a curly haired songstress who makes songs that brood. The opening 'Run' is a very well produced slab of brood heading towards radio pop that slowly, slowly builds and threatens to reach stadium levels but always holds back. It's big, bold and bombastic and not normally the sort of thing I'd listen to nor recommend but there's no stopping quality when you see it. It's one of those thing…view full details.

Cheena
Spend The Night With...

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Look at these dang punks. Leaning on a slab of concrete. Reclining, if you will, in the dark of night. Yep, Cheena are a right bunch of whippersnappers; when they’re not on your darn lawn they play in garage bands like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and hardcore outfits like Crazy Spirit. The missing piece of the puzzle is of course Margaret Chardiet, who raises eyebrows by ditching the …view full details.

ASUNA
Tide Ripples

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Lord knows I need a soothe and Japanese guitarist Asuna Arashi is in pole position to be the person to do it. This is a lovely two track album of remarkably beautiful guitar textures. Unlike contemporaries such as Hakobune there aren’t many effects at play here just simpler acoustic guitars intertwining with minimal colour added by gentle accordion a…view full details.

Various
Re:Works

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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: Monday 25th July 2016

Happy Accidents
You Might Be Right

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The latest band to bubble up through the UK’s fertile DIY indie-punk scene is Happy Accidents. Several of the songs on debut full-length You Might Be Right deal with social anxiety, but they do so in a totally non-anxious way: this band sound confident in their own powers. Out on the Alcopop! label.…view full details.

Celer
Tempelhof

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7/10 according to our Robin

New week, new Celer. I don’t even have a calender in my house -- I just stick Will Long’s records to my wall every month. Just last week we were singing the praises of his new record for Chloe Harris’ Further label, under the alias of Mogodor, which saw a more space-respecting, even Frahmian approach to ambient -- let t…view full details.

Daniel Thomas Freeman
The Infinite and the Unknowable

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Ant

You all remember Daniel Thomas Freeman’s brilliant ‘The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself’ CD on Home Normal right? Well that was released some five years ago - so his second album (not counting his work as part of Rameses III) you could say…view full details.

Parliament
5 Classic Albums

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This must unquestionably be the best deal around in terms of funk-per-pound ratio. George Clinton’s intergalactic Parliament crew are essential for all space-funk fans, and this CD set contains five (5!) of their albums, including Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, in one very reasonably-priced package. Cheers Universal.…view full details.

New in: Friday 22nd July 2016

MJ Guider
Precious Systems

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8/10 according to our Jamie

MJ Guider is Melissa Guion’s hazy, pastoral electronica project. ‘Precious Systems’, she states, is “inspired and influenced by the landscape in and near New Orleans, particularly the juxtaposition of the natural with industrial and commercial constructs as they reflect life here.” So naturally, opening track ‘Lit Negative’ aurally reflects a moonscape.…view full details.

Delia Derbyshire
Electronic

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Delia Derbyshire was, of course, as any fool know, one of the major players in the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop: she authored the Dr Who theme, as well as a huge array of wild experimental library music that still sounds unearthly today. Electronic is apparently not a reissue as such, but a 1990’s release of 1969 material that never actually left the warehouse…? Either way, it’s Derbyshire ma…view full details.

Tak Shindo
MGANGA!

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Tak Shindo was a premier exponent of the colourful ‘exotica’ genre back in the day, cheerfully scooping up bits and pieces from cultures around the world and mixing them up for a good fun time. Mganga! is African-plus-Japanese-plus-Cuban action from 1958, a frenzy of sounds and textures in a popular-music package. Reissued by Modern Harmonic.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 21st July 2016

The Cult Of Dom Keller
Goodbye To The Light

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Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Swans with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.…view full details.

Frabncesco Giannico & Giulio Aldinucci
Agoraphonia

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The pieces on Agoraphonia have been devised and assembled by Francesco Giannico and Giulio Aldinucci, but credit should also go to those who contributed sound samples in response to a request for ‘town square’ sounds. The results have the lively bustle of communal spaces, underlined by creeping drones and electro-acoustics. Edition of 250, on Dronarivm.…view full details.

Sinner DC
MEG/CDG

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9/10 according to our Clinton

Sinner DC have long been one of my favourite electronical groups  - me and them go way back, way way back to the golden days of ‘Dog vs Babysitter’. The Swiss music makers have here dug into the archives of the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva and using these sound sources have crafted a deliciously drifting LP of fractured electronica. There is one incredible highlight …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th July 2016

Ben Chatwin
Heat & Entropy

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Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.…view full details.

MSTRKRFT
Operator

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MSTRKRFT return after five years away. Made up of Jesse F. Keeler from Death from Above 1979 and producer Al-P (who produced You're a Woman, I'm a Machine). Together the two make anolog synth based electronic dance music with a punk tinge. Groovey and closer to the MGMT end of the spectrum, imagine DFA but taken from the opposite angle. …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th July 2016

Desolate Horizons / Endless Melancholy
Deep As The Dark Blue Sea

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

The sea. That unending expanse of water which your eyes follow to the horizon. Standing on a South Kent clifftop on a misty morning at dawn, or gazing out across a lemon yellow sparkling estuary in North Lancashire at dusk; there it is, the water lapping at your feet, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of seaweed drawing you in like no other feature of the landscape. In Britain, anyway, …view full details.

The Chills / Martin Phillipps
The Curse Of The Chills / Martin Phillipps Live At The Moth Club

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This is a must-buy for any self respecting fan of New Zealand legends the Chills, a major new documentary on the band and in particular their leader Martin Phillipps. The film contains never been seen footage as well as interviews with Phillipps and close family. The DVD is coupled with CD of Phillips live at the Moth Club in London on his 2015 comeback tour. There also appears to be a book but we're not sure what is in that. …view full details.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Grace

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This is the latest album from impossi-say Japanese composer Chihei Hatakeyama and was made as a companion to his recent tour of western Japan. All sounds have been made with one guitar and as you might suspect it is a gorgeous floaty thing of great beauty. Hatakeyama instils such calm in his compositions that I just want to float off to sleep.....zzzzz  …view full details.

New in: Monday 18th July 2016

Unidentified
001

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

Literally unidentified, this record seems like quite a discovery. From a forgotten about tape, apparently found in the basement of a North Devon charity shop... why is it all I ever find is Hot Fuzz on dvd? It had been lurking there for nearly 30 years, so that would put the music at a late-80s vintage. Early Reflections, on remastering duties, did a sterling job as the sound is pretty decent, …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 13th July 2016

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Robin

BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 12th July 2016

Various
Eleven into Fifteen: a 130701 Compilation

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

It was fifteen years ago today -- well, it will be tomorrow, at time of writing -- that FatCat launched their classical spinoff imprint, 130701, unto an unsuspecting but thankful public. They have collected an impressive roster of talent, for sure. You’ll likely already be aware of the abundance and embarrassment of riches they have offered us over the years, and tracks from Max, Dustin, …view full details.

New in: Monday 11th July 2016

nonkeen
Oddments Of The Gamble

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8/10 according to our Jamie

In which Nils Frahm, Sebastian Singwald and Frederic Gmeiner continue to plunder themselves plundering their little selves. If you see what I mean.... No? Well, back at the beginning-ish (February?) of this unforgettable year we know as 2016, mess(e)rs Frahm and chums released a post-rock-electronic album which they called 'The Gamble', under their Nonkeen …view full details.

New in: Friday 8th July 2016

The Avalanches
Wildflower

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8/10 according to The Doc (customer) on

I have to admit I felt like a right old bugger when I realised it was sixteen years since their debut release Since I Left You, as I remember absolutely caning it in my uni days and I hadn't realised it had been so long. Anyone who's ever heard the first record will have a fairly good idea what to expect here - there's a beguiling mix of deep disco grooves and hip-hop beats, coupled with more samples that you can shake a stick at and a big dollop of bona fide lunacy thrown in for good measure…view full details.

New in: Thursday 7th July 2016

Radiohead
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 6th July 2016

Martha
Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Lovely Martha are basically a pop-punk supergroup to the stars. 50% folk-shouting duo ONSIND, 25% raw power poppers No Ditching and 25% prolific songwriter and ex Discount Horse, there’s a lot of chops in this band -- happy chops, angsty chops, catchy chops, they’re all here.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 29th June 2016

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
The Soft Bounce

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8/10 according to our Clinton

James Yorkston once wrote about what was ‘Just Beyond the River’, now several years later we are about to find out what is ‘Beyond the Wizards Sleeve’. Lets go there and take a look shall we? This is the pairing of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan who have provided remixes for lots of indie types searching for credibility. …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Deerhoof
The Magic

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8/10 according to our Robin

Fast-moving and full-feeling, it’s no surprise that Deerhoof turned over ‘The Magic’ just seven days after getting it started. The band’s discography expands like a moth hurrying its way from the cocoon, with recent records going fast and hard for a multitude of reasons: ‘La Isla Bonita’ was the band churning ‘em out like t…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 21st June 2016

Monarch
Two Isles

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Monarch have been hanging out in sunny San Diego for so long now that they can’t help but sound lounged-out and relaxed. Their debut album Two Isles is a psych-tinged, slightly-stoned rock record that feels in no hurry to go anywhere too soon: each song is comfortable just doing it’s cool groovy thing. It’s enough to make you jealous of all these Californians… On El Paraiso Records.…view full details.

New in: Friday 17th June 2016

The Driftwood Manor
For The Moon

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The Driftwood Manor are Irish, and play Irish folk, but there is a little more to their music than that. The deep traditions of their country are cut with rock attitudes, traditions from other parts of the globe, and even a few dashes of electronics. The old style, but done in a slightly new style. Fourth album For The Moon is released by Folkwit Records.…view full details.



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