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New in: Thursday 28th May 2015

Heitor Alvelos
Faith

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CD on Touch. Heitor Alvelos at last steps up from providing visual accompaniment to / theorising about music to produce his own material, bringing out a full length album on the aesthetically superb Touch. Faith is a highly personal release, processing a wide range of sonic content into new and powerful shapes. A very intense set.…view full details.

Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio
Halfway To White

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60pp hardback book + 60 min CD on Touch / FOLIO. Bound in a grey linen cover, printed on heavy hi-white paper in an edition of 500 copies. Audio-visual splendour here from photographer Joséphine Michel and austere electronic noisemaker (and ex-Pan Sonic man) Mika Vainio. High-grade coffee-table-standard hardback book and a 60 minute disc of new sonic material, presented with Touch&rsquo…view full details.

White Manna
Pan

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CD on Cardinal Fuzz. White Manna are fuzzing out again! Time to dive into Pan, their newest record, filled with distorted psych rock. Mixed by Phil Manley, the album is packed with raw energy. Cruise through the ancient forest of Northern California while sounds distort into colors and light. Released on vinyl in a bunch of colors!…view full details.

Wolves and Horses
Wolves and Horses

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CD EP on UAE Records. Wolves and Horses, the recording moniker for Belgian ambient artist Christian SaintViteux makes music by finding a sound to set a mood and layers drones and other manipulated sounds on top. The five pieces on this self-titled EP are designed to soundtrack imaginary short films, having lighter and darker moments to intensify the drama. …view full details.

Herbert
The Shakes

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CD on Accidental. Herbert represents Matthew Herbert’s return to straight-dance music after many full-name years being experimental. That isn’t a bad thing, as The Shakes shows great bouncy skill, as bleep-heavy as the old-school-video-game cover might suggest, but well suited to having a little groove too. On Accidental.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 27th May 2015

Sally Dige
Hard To Please

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CD on Night School. Here’s the debut album from Canadian Sally Dige. Hard to Please is a mix of dark, 80s inspired synths and Italo-disco with pulsating bass and Dige’s classic, deep 80s voice. It’s sensual and smooth in places and dingy and grimy in others - it’s the 1980s for sure, but it's got its own sound without doubt. …view full details.

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Vol. 16

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Remastered 5CD set on MIG Music. Heady days for fans of German electronicist Klaus Schulze, as the sixteenth (!) volume of the La Vie Electronique retrospective series is released by MIG Music. With five whole CDs, we get to hear Schulze’s material stretch out to its full original length, unabbreviated. 385 wild and spacey minutes!…view full details.

Rachel Grimes
The Clearing

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 27th May 2015

Having only just recovered from a dream where I was forced to call our web guru Nathon in order to get rid of an earthworm that had landed on my desk I was hoping that the new record from former Rachels lady Rachel Grimes would soothe my shattered mind. In parts it does but there are also more discordant forces at w…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 26th May 2015

The Frozen Vaults
1816

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6/10 according to our Jim on 19th May 2015

The Frozen Vaults combine sweeping, cinematic arrangements with field recordings and electronic sound manipulation to produce an immersive listening experience. This album attempts to evoke the the spirit of 1816- which was apparently one of the coldest years ever recorded on Earth. So unsurprisingly what we get are chilly, mostly sombre tracks …view full details.

New in: Friday 22nd May 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Behold ‘Multi-Love’, wherein Unknown Mortal Orchestra get out of the psych pop game and take up a nice suburban retirement listening to Prince; wherein they forget the high-minded art practices and sing La La La La, La La La La, because it feels good; wherein their studio sounds like an open-air funk fair…view full details.

Wolfgang Voigt
Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 20th May 2015

To sum up - this sounds like the cover. It seems that when presented as natural a setting as a national park, German stargazer Wolfgang Voigt turns to the lush timbres of the orchestra to create pastoral scenes much like Beethoven did 207 years ago. My apologies to Mr Gas if that seemed like a dig, because this is pure …view full details.

Valet
Nature

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

The opening track ‘Sunday’ on this unassuming looking album sounds so much like a track off Slowdive’s ‘Pygmalion’ that you can see why the people at Kranky snapped the Kit Kat when they heard it. It features washes of Cocteau’s-like guitar, ethereal female vocals soaring away be…view full details.

Jon DeRosa
Black Halo

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th May 2015

The most variable and happily spontaneous of artists Jon DeRosa has opted once more to halt his tendencies towards ambient and country (I know, right?) in favour of his more direct and plaintive singer-songwriter style. When we last heard him in this particular mode, his baritone brooded and resigned itself; not much has changed on ‘Black …view full details.

The Sly and Unseen
All Similarities and Technical Difficulties End Here

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th May 2015

Hibernate, the winter scarf of drone labels, continue to fend off nature’s cold bite with this gorgeously comforting record. ‘All Similarities & Technical Difficulties End Here’ is minimalist but sounds maximal, enveloping its listeners into creased harmonium drones, lightly sprinkled with the sounds of life: dogs barking, …view full details.

New in: Thursday 21st May 2015

Various
Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77

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Deluxe 2CD on Soul Jazz including Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero etc.. Featuring a raft of seminal latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Machito, Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77 gets a 20th anniversary reissue in all its fiesty glory. One of the most critically acclaimed…view full details.

The Vaccines
English Graffiti

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Deluxe Edition 2CD on Columbia. English Graffiti is the third full length album by West London’s very own indie-rockers, The Vaccines. This time they enlisted the help of producer Dave Fridman (who has worked with The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev among others) to hone their sound. Recent singles Handsome and Dream Lover are included. …view full details.

Ash
Kablammo!

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2CD edition on earMUSIC. The first ‘proper’ album by Ash since Twilight of the Innocents a whole eight years ago… Kablammo! announces itself rather firmly with that title, and the first single, ‘Cocoon’ matches that tone with straight-down-the-line riffs and a sweeping chorus. “We have lots of energy!” seems to be the message. On earMUSIC.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th May 2015

Alessandro Bosetti & Chris Abrahams
A Heart That Responds From Schooling

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CD on Unsounds. Chris Abrahams you know from long-running Australian improvisers The Necks, whereas Alessandro Bosetti is an Italian sound artist with an interest in language. He surrounds Abrahams stately piano with a buzzing mass of digital clicks and textures, making a hell of a soundscape. A Heart That Responds From Schooling is released by Unsounds.…view full details.

John Butcher & Andy Moor
Experiments With A Leaf

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CD on Unsounds. Fantastic free-improv session here from John Butcher, who plays the saxophone in ways no other human has yet discovered, and Andy Moor, whose kinetic guitar scrabble is usually heard in The Ex. Experiments With A Leaf was recorded in a cathedral, so the two play within a gorgeously reverberant setting. Great players on top of their game, on Unsounds.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th May 2015

Mohammad
Segondè Saleco

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9/10 according to our Ant on 14th May 2015

Greek chamber doom trio Mohammad have been operating since 2009, releasing albums on their own Antifrost imprint and brought to a wider audience in 2013 with their excellent ‘Som Sakrifis’ LP on PAN. Here they complete their ‘34ºN-42ºN/19ºE-29ºE Study’…view full details.

New in: Friday 15th May 2015

DJ VLR
CPU II

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Mix CD on Central Processing Unit. Featuring MNLTH, DMX Krew, Automatic Tasty, Cygnus etc.. Norwegian artist DJ VLR, aka Livar Særheim returns to the desk to demonstrate the craftsmanship of mixing as an artform. Including tracks by the likes of MNLTH, DMX Krew, Automatic Tasty, Cygnus, ‘CPU II’ covers nearly 3 years of DJ VLR’S back catalogue mixed into the perfect sampler. The release also includes a bonus track mixed…view full details.

Paul Weller
Saturns Pattern

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CD + DVD set on Parlophone. Saturns Pattern is Paul Weller’s eleventh solo studio album but his first for the Parlophone label. Weller describes the album as being different to everything else he’s done and different to all other music that currently exists. I’m sure fans of the Modfather will love it though.…view full details.

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Ex Machina - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 14th May 2015

Hmmm. How to review a soundtrack for a film that you really want to see? Well, for starters, I’m going to confine it to the ‘score’ disc only, the bonus material can remain your surprise. Grasp of the plot only goes so far as ‘AI goes wrong’, but at least Geoff Barrow is an anchor to the familiar. The Bristolian pro…view full details.

Ceremony
The L-Shaped Man

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6/10 according to our Robin on 15th May 2015

‘The L-Shaped Man’ sees Ceremony abandon all hope of ever resembling a hardcore band, instead following Iceage down the foulest of career paths: start angry and noisy, have a few drinks, loosen up and make confoundingly bad post-punk. Sounding like Joy Division but seemi…view full details.

New in: Thursday 14th May 2015

Total Babes
Heydays

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7/10 according to our Robin on 14th May 2015

It would appear that this band has the drummer from Cloud Nothings filling in sticks duties, which is a pretty big PR nightmare: how, exactly, to make that sound like anything but an unremarkable indie rock tidbit? Listen to Total Babes for more than about five seconds, though, and you’ll realise being …view full details.

New in: Friday 1st May 2015

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.

Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

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9/10 according to our Robin on 29th April 2015

Yes to this band. They are the reason I can’t tell the difference between noise rock and twee pop, and they are the reason I feel swathes of nostalgia and joy among distortion and thrash. ‘Peanut Butter’ is a pretty good name for one of their records: texturally it can be a total mess, but that’s the delight -- they …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.

New in: Wednesday 29th April 2015

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.

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.

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.

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