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New in: Saturday 28th February 2015

offthesky
Light Loss

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'Light Loss' describes a changing of seasons - from fall into winter when the sun hangs low and the day's shy light dominates. It describes the heavy mood and psychological affect that comes with this seasonal evolution and the changing tide of friendship and love alike that occurs through this seasonal shift. Stylistically the music therein marks a continuation in offthesky's sonic evolution by introducing darker atonal noise moments
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New in: Friday 27th February 2015

Model 500
Digital Solutions

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7/10 according to our Ant on 27th February 2015

Juan Atkins returns as Model 500 (accompanied on a few tracks with Underground Resistance head Mad Mike Banks) with just his third album under the alias and the first since 1999’s &lsquo…view full details.

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Vessels
Dilate

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th February 2015

It shouldn’t take anything away from Vessels brand of electronic post rock that they’d have surely been one of the best bands of 2005. They create a music that was at one point everywhere but is rarely spotted now - namely complicated, mathy, electronica with live drums. It’s very well executed  - the beats are tight, the …view full details.

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Detail
First Detail

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8/10 according to our Brian on 27th February 2015

I think we've always had a problem with jazz at work even now neither "Classics" Brett or Scandophile Mike no longer continue to perish within our decaying walls of chaos and strife. The two directors and Clint hate most of it, but the rest or most tolerant to various degrees. Problem is me being a slightly feckless man-child i…view full details.

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Evans The Death
Expect Delays

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8/10 according to our Hayley on 27th February 2015

Proving that the C86-influenced acts of today aren't all just jangle and fey posturing, Evans The Death continue their affinity for reverb and fuzz on second album Expect Delays, heightening it perhaps a little more here, which is what I felt was missing from their self-titled 2012 debut. They sound more sophisticated…view full details.

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Jarboe and Helen Money
S/T

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th February 2015

Much like her putrid alma mater Swans (where she was actually the dean), the amazing Jarboe has spent the last decade and a half reforming her musical style and fashioning new shades of darkness through a variety of musics. While the ex-founder returned to the band to record a couple of tracks for their crown jewel, &…view full details.

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Ghostpoet
Shedding Skin

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 25th February 2015

Ghostpoet certainly starts like an express train on his third album. Opener ‘Off Peak Dreams’ is a skittering, soulful effort driven by pounding drums, sparse piano notes and a funk ladled synth. It’s like he’s woken up and realised that he’s spent two albums making underground hip hop with esoteric appeal but has n…view full details.

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Au.Ra
Jane’s Lament

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th February 2015

It’s not often I’m impressed but in deciding what on earth we could review this week I chanced upon the opening track of this album by Sydney duo Au.Ra which is immediately ear friendly. It’s kind of like the House of Love covering PIL’s ‘Public Image Lim…view full details.

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Sonmi451
The Limbic System

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 25th February 2015

As far as cerebral electronic music goes, you can’t get more cerebral than a record about different parts of the brain. The limbic system is the collection of neural pathways and regions of the brain that govern emotion, memory and behaviour, and those are exactly the brain parts that are being massaged right now. Ok, most music will garne…view full details.

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Juxta Phona
We Will Not Be Silence

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 26th February 2015

One of the two latest instalments of Home Normal’s bag in a bag in a bag packaging series is a little, heh, abnormal for them. It is almost as if Jason Corder, the man behind the Juxta Phona and Off The Sky masks, is speaking for all of the interested beat-driven ambient artists when he proclaims that …view full details.

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Bruno Sanfilippo
ClarOscuro

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9/10 according to our Brian on 27th February 2015

Goodness me. I should have put this on last night, It's utterly gorgeous. I'll be straight with you and admit I know relatively little about classical music other than enjoying many of the obvious contemporary composers. I love the more sombre stuff be it the older boys such as Gorecki and Arvo Pärt or the gradually-getting…view full details.

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David Borden
Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 26th February 2015

Ah, the ol’ conceptual synth record. Never before has the line between pretentious gear flauntery and textural interest been so easy to misstep. You’ve got sounds from the 70s that were so caught up in the new medium that they forgot to write great music, and modern records that fetishise just that. But there are some who aren’…view full details.

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Permanent Fatal Error
Deaf Sun / Deaf Blues

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Ltd CD on Secret Furry Hole. Edition of 100 copies. There are flaws everywhere, the most striking one right this moment is the screeching noise my keyboard makes when I slide it across my desk. But some flaws are beautiful, and Permanent Fatal Error is one of them. Their new Deaf Sun / Deaf Blues is a lush, hazy soundscape oozing of melancholy. Ain't nothing wrong with that, except that there's only 100 copies!…view full details.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Chasing Yesterday

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CD on Sour Mash. The irrepressible ex-Oasis songwriter and guitarist presents his second solo effort, which continues the traditionalist vein of, well, pretty much everything he’s ever done. And why not? Balancing sentiment and attitude as always, our kid cements his national treasure status with this new collection. Available in 180g double vinyl + CD, standard CD and deluxe double CD with four bonus tracks.…view full details.

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Bedemon
Child of Darkness

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Reissue CD on Relapse. Bedemon are America’s first ever doom band featuring Randy Palmer, Geof O’Keefe and Bobby Liebling AKA members of the mighty pioneers of American heavy metal, Pentagram! ‘Child Of Darkness’ features archival recordings from the 1970s and is an essential possession for all fans of Pentagram, doom and heavy metal. Nihilism at it’s best.…view full details.

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Motorama
Poverty

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 27th February 2015

Like with football, nationality in music doesn’t really matter any more  - everyone just mucks in and that’s the way it should be. It shouldn’t be that unusual that what we have here is a Russian band sounding like they were one of the more hidden treasures from early 80’s Manchester with a FAC catalogue number under…view full details.

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Dennis Young (Liquid Liquid)
Reel To Real

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 27th February 2015

Dennis Young was the percussionist in legendary New York art funksters Liquid Liquid. Here is a collection of all of his rare and unreleased solo recordings from 1982-83. If you like drums you are going to like this. It’s full of them from the pounding burundi styles of opener ‘Big Boom’ to t…view full details.

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New in: Thursday 26th February 2015

Christopher Hipgrave
No Greater Hero Than The Least Plant That Grows

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th February 2015

Ah, here’s the Home Normal lot back to business. Super minimal driftwood ambiance to accompany anorak magazine reading, scented candle bathtime or romps on the moors. I jest, but you could probably do all of those things comfortably to this music, but I’m sure Mr. Hipgrave wouldn’t be too happy about such pigeonholing. Well, th…view full details.

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Clarence Clarity
NO NOW

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th February 2015

If only people would write their names properly on album sleeves. Firstly it’s not written at all on the front and on the rear it looks something like Clarence Carthy.What chance does anyone walking into Woolworths have? Anyway, possibly responding to all my nags that Bella Union do not take enough risks, they’ve left the gentle folk…view full details.

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New in: Wednesday 25th February 2015

Palmbomen II
Palmbomen II

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 25th February 2015

Ever wanted to put down the computer and do something less boring instead? Well Palmbomen guy Kai Hugo decided to swap the  screen for using old school hardware and locked himself in his mothers attic for the entirety of the summer to make this, his second album. What results is a truly DIY affair which harks back to the early …view full details.

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Bruno Sanfilippo
Inside Life

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 25th February 2015

Not wept in a while? Then try this LP by Argentinian neo-classical composer Bruno Sanfilippo. The second track here ‘Freezing Point’ could melt men with steel hearts. A piano flutters in and out of the mix as if being caught on a breeze, the cello is used in a sparing but devastating fashion, appearing in the mix at just the right mo…view full details.

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Cyclobe
Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window

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9/10 according to our Ant on 21st July 2011

Seasoned Coil fanatics will no doubt be familiar with the names Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower who were early collaboraters with Balance and Sleazy. Cyclobe also did an album with Nurse With Wound which I think is the last thing they (Cyclobe) released. This sounds like it would eat me up, at home, late at night, evoking an alternate unive…view full details.

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The Wolfhounds
Middle Aged Freaks

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7/10 according to our Hayley on 29th January 2015

I’ve been told that I have the music taste of a balding, middle aged Melody Maker journalist, but I was barely a year old when The Wolfhounds last released an LP, Attitude, in 1990, and apart from their stand-out appearance on the C86 cassette and a couple of singles here and there, I’ve never really given the band that much…view full details.

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Dasha Rush
Sleepstep - Sonar Poems For My Sleepless Friends

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CD + 32-page booklet on Raster Noton. A girl with a pretty voice and a thick Russian accent speaks ethereal poems over floating and remote synthesizer soundscapes. What more could you want to arm yourself against the cold of winter? Sleepstep’s Sonar Poems for my Sleepless Friends is here to help you through it, to guide you through sleeplessness with a thick warm, aural emrace.…view full details.

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Black Yaya
Black Yaya

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7/10 according to our Robin on 25th February 2015

With a suitcase of weird metaphors (“waiting like a tomato on the market”, anyone?) and a few thousand instruments equipped to various parts of his body, David Ivar reincarnates as Black Yaya, a new project with more bluster (and more electro-pop!) than the anti-folk Herman Dune. This record goes bet…view full details.

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New in: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks

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9/10 according to our Phil on 13th November 2008

*** FINALLY IN ON 180 GRAM DMM VINYL!!*** The other album I'm most fond of is the Max Richter lp on Fat Cat subsidiary 130701 Records. He's some composer chappie who's had stuff out on BBC Recordings before so I'm told and this is just lush. Mainly consisting of pianos and strin…view full details.

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Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party

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CD + DVD on The Numero Group. This 100 minute video mix-tape is a documentary/concert film of The Chicago Party, a 23 night, multimedia dance part assault on Chicagoland UHF in 1982. Featuring giant plasma screen visual riffery, eyeballs in spandex, magicians, contortionists and lip synching local disco casualties, ‘Ultra-High Frequencies’ is an all-out, odd-ball party in a box.…view full details.

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Bambounou
Centrum

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CD on 50Weapons. Jeremy Guindo AKA Bambounou returns to 50 Weapons records with a full length album. Guindo follows up his debut futuristic extraterrestrial concept album with ‘Centrum’, which also explores a dystopian future, but this time on earth. Inspired by works of fiction such as manga classic Akira or epic science fiction novel Dune, ‘Centrum’ is dark techno wizardry that will lead you into a trance just to send…view full details.

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The Alps
Jewelt Galaxies / Spirit Shambles

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CD on Spekk. ‘Jewelt Galaxies/ Spirit Shambles’ is the first full album release by The Alps that is comprised of their first two releases on CDR. Recorded in 2005 in Scott Hewickers's living room, mostly in one session with just one microphone, The Alps have created a series of beautiful, picturesque soundscapes.…view full details.

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Pines
The Field Journal

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Deluxe 3" CD on Time Released Sound. Edition of 65 copies in stunning bespoke hand-made packaging. Zachary Corsa aka Pines releases an 8 track EP on deluxe 3” CD on Time Released Sounds. Blending electronic with instrumentation, this accompaniment to a long drive through his native North Carolina evokes dead fields and frosted over windows, empty old barns and bare trees. Comes with hand coloured fold out print.…view full details.

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H-Burns
Night Moves

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

‘Night Moves’ opens up with a vortex-tearing slice of dad rock that feels almost like the younger, aspiring sibling of the War on Drugs’ “Red Eyes”, full of the same Springsteen urgency, coastline reverb and urgent, brimming guitars -- plus the same vocal yelps and a bunch of lyr…view full details.

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Tropics
Rapture

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CD on Innovative Leisure. With floaty synths and steady, dreamy beats, this record will surely leave you enraptured. A sound of carelessness and nonchalance, delivered with the greatest attention to detail, Tropics’ latest is enticing and fresh. Get it while it’s hot and still available on vinyl - this could be a record to remember.…view full details.

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BADBADNOTGOOD ft. Ghostface Killah
Sour Soul

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7/10 according to our Robin on 24th February 2015

Here’s an idea: bring together the best of Wu-Tang’s alums with a jazz collective famed for their overpowering live prowess. BADBADNOTGOOD are not exactly working within the trends of hip-hop right now, which is favouring a free-for-all sampling approach that has resulted in some of the most creative wor…view full details.

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New in: Monday 23rd February 2015

Black Rivers
Black Rivers

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CD on Ignition. Two thirds of Doves, twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams launch a new project called Black Rivers. There’s certainly a lot to enjoy for fans of their previous work with both brothers sharing vocal duties to bring a sort of yearning escapism to the songs. Out on CD & vinyl LP from Ignition.…view full details.

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New in: Friday 20th February 2015

Romare
Projections

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9/10 according to our Andy on 20th February 2015

Ninja Tunes seemingly relentless release schedule continues apace with this contribution from Romare. Archie Fairhurst has taken inspiration from collage artist Romare Bearden to come up with both his production alias and a style of making music. This is the debut album from Romare and to say it is hotly anticipated is possibly an unde…view full details.

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Dutch Uncles
O Shudder

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9/10 according to our Clinton on 18th February 2015

You kind of have to do a double take on the opening ‘Babymaking’ on this, the best album so far from Manchester art rockers Dutch Uncles. It sounds unfathomably like Kate Bush. Almost unnervingly so given that it’s being produced in 2015 by an all-male Manchester 5-piece. Certainly singer Dunca…view full details.

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John T. Gast
Excerpts

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8/10 according to our Brian on 20th February 2015

Planet Mu seems to have morphed into a very far-reaching stable these days. It were all the IDM and breakcore when I were a lad, then all the dubstep and funky came and went followed by scene-setting footwork/juke excursions and some ill-advised divebombs into rather dull dream-pop and a couple of crap albums by people who should know better ste…view full details.

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Eric Chenaux
Skullsplitter

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th February 2015

Continuing Constellations’ winning streak with exceptional releases from Ought and Last Ex is a little album of massively deconstructed folky pop from the Canadian bard Eric Chenaux, chock full of melodica action, because you can’t get more folk than a melodica. Actual…view full details.

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Grooms
Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair

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9/10 according to our Robin on 19th February 2015

A beautiful record with the melodic tactfulness of Real Estate, the unseemly dark atmospheres of Radiohead circa ‘Kid A’ and the looping riffs of Unwound -- plus a fair bit of shoegaze and the self-awareness to go with it -- ‘Comb Th…view full details.

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Sam Prekop
The Republic

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8/10 according to our Robin on 19th February 2015

Sam Prekop is keeping up the current trend of drone albums that envision, homage or dedicate themselves to cats, joining Fabio Orsi in the pantheon of ambient artists who offer up pictures of their really adorable pets. ‘The Republic’ is slightly less comforting than Orsi’s record, which sounded…view full details.

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THEESatisfaction
EarthEE

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8/10 according to our Brian on 20th February 2015

From the mad Sun Ra style sleeve onwards, you know this is gonna be a bit of a treat. This ace female duo are Shabazz Palaces affiliates and their talent for producing scintillating conscious hip-hop and contemporary soul knows no bounds. Like before on their first outing 'awE naturalE' there's guest male …view full details.

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Krill
A Distant Fist Unclenching

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9/10 according to our Robin on 20th February 2015

Let’s detox from the heady, often overwrought intellectualism Norman Records clearly brings you on a day to day basis, and just say this: the Massachusetts garage punk scene is fucking sick. There’s been a scuzzy renaissance in those faraway American parts of late, and since Speedy Ortiz drew our co…view full details.

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Dominic Waxing Lyrical
Woodland Casual

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 19th February 2015

Last seen lost sometime in the middle of the 1990s performing shows at worst naked or at best wearing a chemise, Dominic Waxing Lyrical was quite the name on the underground scene for a while. This vehicle for the folk punk songs of Dominic Harris released just the one much loved album in 1996 before seeming to disappear into thin air. This…view full details.

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NHK
Program

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th February 2015

After Roden & Bretschneider’s slightly too abstracted Suite Nuit, another release with just Ch. 1-10 as the tracklist (no Ch. 9…) got my madness radar bleeping. It only took the second minute of NHK’s Program for it to be bleeping completely in sync with said alarm, glitchy cracked repetition and all. It …view full details.

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Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

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40th Anniversary remastered 2CD reissue on Atlantic. This deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album ‘Physical Graffiti’ marks the fortieth anniversary of the original vinyl release in 1975. As with every Led Zeppelin deluxe edition, 'Physical Graffiti' has been remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page and also includes a disc of previously unreleased material including rough mixes of ‘In My Time Of Dying’ and …view full details.

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Torche
Restarter

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CD on Relapse. Torche are monoliths of the heavy rock scene whose ascent to power came about through a clash of infectiously heavy melodies perfectly complimented by grungey, downtuned, discordant rock. Their debut album with Relapse, 'Restarter' is a ten song manifesto of thunderous, heavy rock glory. In spite of it’s undisputable heaviness it has a pop sensibility that leaves you humming along for days.…view full details.

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The Black Ryder
The Door Behind The Door

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th February 2015

A remarkable record in that the first three tracks all sound like the works of different bands. The Black Ryder don't invite you into their world -- rather, they coax you slowly in. Take That were right  - you gotta have patience. The opening track 'Babylon' is more like sound art type stuff - an overture to the album that sounds more like …view full details.

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Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers
Seasonal Hire

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th February 2015

A few years ago I did the unthinkable and bought a banjo. I’m not quite sure what I was trying to achieve but it’s now sitting broken and detuned in the loft. It’s fair to say that I went through a folk/blues phase and probably went as far as to buy a Charlie Patton record. As the years ha…view full details.

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Koenraad Ecker
Sleepwalkers in a Cold Circus

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8/10 according to our Brian on 20th February 2015

Nothing like a sleep deprived night to make you more attuned to the sounds of Koenraad Ecker, one half of improvisers Lumisokea, the Belgian one of the duo this week - I had his mate a couple of weeks back splattering my ears with all kinds of sonic cacophony, via the renowned Opal tapes. Once again trading in a deliciously spectral…view full details.

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New in: Thursday 19th February 2015

Zs
Xe

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CD on Northern Spy. New and unexplored territory from Zs. Xe is the new set of noises from the group in it's current 3 person format. Taking ideas of minimalism, the avant-garde, jazz fusion and an assortment of rhythmic concepts - they have woven a tapestry of sorts based around drums, percussion, the guitar and the saxophone. This is for fans of the future - so climb into the sonic space ship with an …view full details.

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