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Rival Consoles is Ryan Lee West - a London based electronic producer signed to Erased Tapes who has his roots in rock music and is primarily a guitarist. His mission on his new album, Howl was to find the perfect balance between club music and something more personal to listen to at home. The album’s title track is made up from West’s experiments of wiring synths up to guitar pedals, the resulting noises were howl-like. These experiments …view full details.
Things are still popping in Dunedin, New Zealand: the latest group to follow the example set by The Verlaines and the like are Shifting Sands, who play an indie-rock that is at once beautifully pop and buried under a layer of fuzz. Cosmic Radio Station is produced in such a way that the instruments slide together into one gorgeous haze: lovely.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Brett
I love a bit of Rachels, me. Funny how Rachel Grimes is in them and they're not named after her though.. Would you bloody credit it. Book of Leaves (For Solo Piano) is a gorgeous collection of shortish piano pieces which are thoroughly evoking an autumnal feel in my mind, it could just be the suggestive artwork and title or the fact that it was a bit nippy on my walk to work this morning but…view full details.
Luke Vibert returns with a new full-length that recalls many of the paths he has so expertly trodden before. Thoroughly funky breaks underpin everything, the rest of these tracks being made up of a kaleidoscopic variety of samples, melodies and tightly tweaked little details. Bizarster is a busily fun record, released by Planet Mu.…view full details.
Gun Outfit are a closely entwined band who sound very much like they operate out of California, which they do. Carrie Keith and Dylan Sharp’s vocals complement each other perfectly, while the forwards-on-the-freeway rhythm section and the desert-dusty guitars all slot perfectly into place. Dream All Over is on Paradise Of Bachelors.…view full details.
Esmerine have been producing high quality chamber rock for several years now, and Lost Voices finds them in more of a ‘rock’ mood than ever before. The delicate precision of the arrangements is still there of course, as you would expect from a group that includes members of godspeed you! black emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. On Montreal’s Constellations, of course.…view full details.
6/10 according to our Robin
Welcome to The Review, wherein Clint gets scared of not digging a lauded indie pop artist’s music in the way he always does and instead parses him off to me. Who’s afraid of John Grant? I’m bloody not. He’s got a haughty voice, a witty repertoire and a lot of fuckin’ problems, but he’s also got a bleep bloop symphony behind him. Bring it on, uh, ‘Grey T…view full details.
Grischa Lichtenberger releases La Demeure: Il Y A Peril En La Demeure, a record of fucked-up beat tracks and unusually-structured electronic business. The press release even invokes Kafka, so it has to be having at least one listen right? Released as a CD on the aesthetically firm Raster Norton label.…view full details.
The Orange Revival make psychedelic, droning blues rock. Futurecent is a slab of acid-soaked fuzz, buzz and thump that recalls The Stooges and Brian Jonestown Massacre. To add more authenticity to their sound Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum remixed the single Saturation which preceded the release of the album.…view full details.
The music on this pair of albums from 2003 is all about space, about sounds having the room to expand fully. John Foxx & Harold Budd used piano and ambient electronics to craft Translucence / Drift Music, and the results feel as though the piano is being held in suspended animation by endless tones. Quality ambience, reissued by Metamatic.…view full details.
Ruben Garcia was a fellow traveller of Harold Budd’s, devoted to the same minimal, ambient style of piano Budd has perfected. Nighthawks joins the two, along with frequent Budd collaborator John Foxx, for another outing of suspended animation piano ambience. 2011 album now reissued by Metamatic.…view full details.
Gnoomes hail from far Russia, in a region previously used as a place of exile. Isolation can be a bad thing, but it can also bring people closer (and allow them to make loud noises without complaints). Hence, Gnoomes, who are a close-knit space-rock band devoted to transcending through gorgeous musical sprawl. Debut on Rocket Recordings.…view full details.
This set is the absolute works for fans of The Fuzztones: all five of their albums, plus a red 7” with an exclusive Screamin Jay Hawkins collaboration, a never-before-seen DVD of live footage, and a booklet of informative liner notes. That’s a whole lot of garage rock isn’t it? Psychorama is put together by Easy Action.…view full details.
LeRoy is the one man musical project of Munich-based Leo Hopfinger. His new album Sklash mixes krautrock dub, lo-fi funk and abstract jams. He says that his approach to making music is like taking pieces from different puzzles and fitting them together. The record is experimental and for the open-minded, however, it is tied together by a an undercurrent of accessibility. …view full details.
Dmitry Evragof joins the currently quite rich scene of young neo-classical piano-based composers with Collage. This record is pleasing on the ear, with Evragof using his compositional talents to build up sweeping orchestral movements around his stately piano. A grand record indeed, on FatCat sub-label 130701.…view full details.
Long-running experimental ensemble White Out never quite fully embrace the total ‘white out’ of full noise, but they enjoy skirting close to it. And improvising guitarist Nels Cline makes for a perfect partner in their electro-acoustic travels. They’ve played together plenty, but Accidental Sky is their first album release to date. On Northern Spy.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
I went down to see the Twilight Sad when they played in acoustic style at Jumbo records a few months ago. To my surprise my brother was in the crowd and afterwards he informed me that although he really likes them he did have concerns that they were a bit...well...you know.... a bit too Scottish. There's no getting away from in, the Twilight Sad are Scottish men. Their las…view full details.
Des Ark is Aimée Collet Argote, both alone and with her band in tow. But whether acoustic or amplified-punk, she has the same gnarly attitude. Songs on Everything Dies include ‘You Pregnant Motherfucker’, ‘French Fries Are Magical’ and ‘Don Taco and His Hot Sauce Toss’. So she knows how to title a song. On Graveface.…view full details.
Doug Hream Blunt made music his own way, as something of an outsider artist. But he is a notable enough outsider that Dean Blunt actually took his name from the guy. My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt is a treat of a record, mixing enthusiasm with a non-obvious, highly creative approach to playing. Reissue on Luaka Bop.…view full details.
John Cooper Clarke has been referred to as The Bard Of Manchester and a punk poet. Whatever you wish to call him his performance poetry has become legendary in his near 40 year career since early days amid Manchester’s punk and new wave scene. Anthologia is the first anthology of his work and is available as a 3 CD and DVD box set or double vinyl LP.…view full details.
You might know Adem from his work with Kieran Hebden as Fridge, or with The Pictish Trail as Silver Columns. Only some of you may remember him from his solo work, as this is his first solitary record in quite some years. He mixes heartfelt songcraft with the kind of creative textures you’d expect from that background. Out on Drawing Board.…view full details.
Old-timey garage rock fellows Young Rival like to refer to their own music as ‘croon-psych’, which is actually a great way to putting it. Interior Light sounds like songs on the radio in the mid-70’s, but also like modern groups like Thee Oh Sees. An impressive trick, pressed to pink and blue coloured vinyl by Paper Bag.…view full details.
Naytronix AKA Nate Brenner is multi-instrumentalist. His second album, Mister Divine, was conceived whilst he played bass as a touring member of tUnE-yArDs. His debut album, Dirty Glow was packed with off-kilter funky floor fillers. Here, those sounds have been swapped out for more surreal and poignant sounds, influenced by the likes of William Onyeabor, Bootsy Collins and Arthur Russell, th…view full details.
The latest installment in the DJ Kicks series sees Seth Troxler stepping up to the decks. This isn’t a peak-hour club mix, but one that can be enjoyed in multiple scenarios. Tracks from Derrick Carter, Herbert and Sun Ra to name but a few. Different tracklistings on the CD and the 2LP. Released by !K7.…view full details.
Eyes Of Love is a rare proposition: it was recorded by four incarcerated artists, imprisoned in Virginia, USA in the 70’s. But this is not prison blues: instead, The Edge Of Daybreak sounds like it could have poured forth from un-impinged freedom, such is the bright beauty that is played here. Reissue on Numero Group.…view full details.
1970’s Nigerian super-music from Eji Oyewole, who plays a gorgeous form of highlife heavy on the funk. Charity Begins At Home is a record that captures the man (who was bigger than Fela Kuti in Nigeria at his peak) at his polyrhythmic peak, laying out four extended tracks over four sides of vinyl. Reissued by BBE.…view full details.
Dinosaur Pile-Up continue in their attempts to become the best-loved loud guitar-rock trio with Dinosaur in their name. They might not reach those heights, but plenty of people are enjoying the band, so third album Eleven Eleven is likely to land well. Heavy-riffing rock songs released by SO Recordings.…view full details.
Atom ™ and Burnt Friedman are back as the enigmatic Flanger. Known for their releases on Ninja Tune and nonplace, the German electronica producers have once again joined forces to produce wonky and strangely funky beats. Import the finest of Germany’s electro with Lollopy Dripper, which is released on a splendid double LP.…view full details.
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The Mouse Outfit produce music in that jazzy, funky, happy-hippy hip-hop mode. Rolling out of Manchester, they probably did pretty well at this summer’s festivals, and Step Steadier may well make you feel warmer in these colder months. 16 tracks featuring MCs including Dr Syntax, J-man, T-man and Truthos Mufasa.…view full details.
10/10 according to our Robin
Remember Pokemon Emerald? That was a good game. You play as Steve Hauschildt and your rival is called Mark McGuire; Professor Oak is also there, struggling to listen to drone. Since the dissolution of that band/video game, McGuire’s been making lofty beat music like a more reserved M83, while Hauschildt has Kranked it up a notch…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
I have a strange relationship with the music of Coil. Some of their work I absolutely adore and is among some of my favourite music ever created. Music of unparalleled beauty. Then there’s the other side where there’s tracks I literally can’t bare to listen to, and when I do come across them I have to skip them, as they simply make me cringe. ‘…view full details.
7/10 according to our Laurie
It’s 2nd album time for Coma, a duo of smooth, emotional beatmakers hailing from Cologne. Our Ian loved this, remarking that it’s a brighter shift for Kompakt, away from their usual “minimal and dark” stuff. Well there’s a view from someone in the know. Not sure about Kompakt’s recent history myself, but this is definitely bright, the majority being c…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
This is, as you might expect from the title, a compendium of the various 7” between the two ambient heavyweights. One of the 7”s is in fact still available from us making a mockery of my review where I erroneously claimed that “it will sell out promptly”. To be fair this is music that works much better over the course of a CD, where you can put it on, li…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
I'm listening to this while watching highlights of York City vs Doncaster Rovers. So what’s the verdict? Well Doncaster looked to have most of the possession but York got the two all important goals. Oh and the music? Well it’s complicated orchestral stuff with singing. It’s very arty and sophisticated and I’m the third reviewer to have attempted to…view full details.
High-grade electroacoustic sound here from Flora Quartet. Tuba and clarinet mingle with electronics and objects in a thoughtful dialogue: the fourth member of the quartet uses slide projections, though I’m not able to ascertain if that can be heard on Muzikka Organikka or if you’d have to go and see the group perform. On Gusstaff.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Some people from Electric Wizard hang out with dude from Napalm Death and fail to cover “You Suffer”, 0/10. Alternatively, some of extreme metal’s earliest proponents (on different ends of the spectrum) make a record that feels relatively quite pleasant: chunky lethargic chords, yes, a fair bit of evil gu…view full details.
The Tango Saloon are very keen on playing around with the conventions of Spaghetti Western soundtracks: the instrumentation of these songs certainly calls to mind that magical cowboy imagery. These aren’t just mood pieces though, but actual songs, led by Elana Stone’s voice on most tracks. Suspicion is on Romero Records.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
This Ghostbox compilation is an absolutely essential purchase for fans of the label’s ability to distil the ’70s early synth analogue pioneering into modern day compositions and marry it to an incredibly distinctive art aesthetic. True, I like to mock Phil and co’s love for this label by repeatedly offering up the joke of "this is what the futu…view full details.
Sometimes, you wish the past would just stay the past. Not so with The New Order. Hence our joy to be treated to new material! While we eagerly await their upcoming album Music Complete, expected September 25, we can listen to their first single in a decade: Restless. It might not be an entire new order, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.…view full details.
5/10 according to our Clinton
“Sounds like nothing I’ve heard since the great concept albums of the ’60’s”. Not my words but those of the great Noel Gallagher. With further positive sound bites from Carl Barat and Zane Lowe how can this not be good? Well because Reverend and the Makers are terrible. Starting out as a …view full details.
Another fine delivery from the Raster Noton roster. The new senking record closing ice ends a two year silence in style, with nine dark, grooving tracks. The bass is thick and the subject matter is weighty and personal, but the song forms come through relatively clearly. Serious, high quality work from senking.…view full details.
The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia has been up-and-coming in the regards of festival-goers for the last few years, and it now shows off how it got that reputation with this grand triple-LP compilation. Artists featured on PYZK Vol. 1 include Clinic, Blanck Mass, Goat… A premium roster and no mistake.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil
I got super excited by this one in that sad kind of way I get excited about weird old curious records arriving here. Parlortone is an offshoot of the Dust To Digital who've released sound breathtaking compilations of varying sorts of Americana over the years. I'm not sure what the remit of Parlortone is but after the interesting but short Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville 7" here's a com…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Firstly: 10/10 for Julia Holter’s dog. What a long, strange press release it’s been for the mutt with no name, no titles and no accolades. Having put the music video to “Feel You” in quite heavy rotation since its release, I’ve come to think of Holter’s dog as integral to the themes of ‘Have You In My Wilderness’. Long story short: that…view full details.
Self-titled record from Moon Zero (aka Tim Garratt) here on the Denovali label. Following on from a series of EPs, this first full-length is a heavily atmospheric set of avant-garde ambience, pushing all manner of electronics and instruments through all manner of post-production processes. Thoughtfully constructed works.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Impeccable timing - Just as I hit play on Russell Haswell’s third release on Diagonal, my next door neighbour zips out of their driveway so UP goes the volume. ‘As Sure As Night Follows Day’ is 17 tracks strong and is apparently “a sort of fractured regression to his formative influences” …view full details.
Infamous for his work with Ramleh and Broken Flag, Gary Mundy’s work under his alias Kleistwahr is finally being reissued. Originally released on Noiseville Records, the folk at Fourth Dimension are bringing this noisework back on CD. And from the first notes, or hisses, or whatever the sound is, there is no doubt that The Return is back. Remastered and with two bonus tracks to boot.…view full details.
Broken Hands' debut album, Turbulence, was inspired by singer Tom Norton hearing aeroplanes taking off at Gatwick Airport. The sounds he heard reminded him of guitar feedback and the clatter of drums at festivals. The freedom of travel and the opportunities travel creates inspired him further and it was from these seeds that the riff-heavy rock of Turbulence grew. This will appeal to fans of Muse, and Broken Hands have the p…view full details.
Andrew Kidman is both filmmaker and musician, and this luscious box-set contains the soundtracks to two of his avant-surf films, Litmus and Glass. Kidman is represented under his own name and with his band The Val Dusty Experiment, with a few other artists like Galaxie 500 rounding things out. 2CD or fancy 2LP-and-book edition.…view full details.
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