New releases - vinyl
After not playing live for 15 years Coil returned to the stage in 1999, and as is their way, provided something we had never heard before. Here we have a recording from their performance at London Convay Hall in 2002 where they perform a version of The Universe Is A Haunted House, which was released on Live Four, but expand it into a full album length performance.…view full details.
Dreamy indie pop star lovelies Lush may have recently reunited, but why not listen to some live Lush from back in the day? They'd just gone and made Spooky with the help of a certain producer and ex-Cocteau Twin, and soon after put their shoegaze into full effect at Lollapalooza. Just seemed like the right thing to do. Listen to it on this circle slab.…view full details.
Documentation of a 1969 concert by two of the masters of early minimalism. Steve Reich and Philip Glass perform on both Reich’s Four Organs and Glass’s Music In Similar Motion. This release also contains a great version of Drumming recorded by Ghanaian musicians. Needless to say, with all involved being at the peak of their powers, this is excellent listening. Information, Transmissi…view full details.
Lesser-spotted British folk-rock group Medicine Head recorded their debut album New Bottles Old Medicine in 1970. Between the 2 of them, Peter Hope-Evans and John Fiddler play an array of percussion, guitar and harmonica, successfully channeling Delta Blues and rural English folk idioms alike. Something special about this one, where has it been hiding all these years? Reissued on thick 180g vinyl by the Radiation label.…view full details.
8/10 according to Nick Brown (customer) on
As you would expect from a 2-piece band consisting of two bass players, it's quite bass heavy. That said Kendra and Ayşe have managed to incorporate some amazing melodic synth sounds alongside some dreamy vocals. Both tracks solid enough to make this a double-A side. The guys told me that it's been a struggle to keep up the collaboration whilst Savages are touring etc. but I'm glad they managed it. Just hope this 7" is a sign of an LP shortly down the line. They seem to have enough great mat…view full details.
Anna, quel particolare piacere (‘Anna, The Pleasure, The Torment) is a sexy piece of Italian cinematic eroticism from 1973. As we know, every one of these films came with a strange and engaging soundtrack, and this was no exception: Luciano Michelini’s score is loungey and smooth-funky, supported by the vocals of Edda Dell’Orso. Double LP reissue on Dagored.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
You know those piano chords that sound like it’s raining outside and someone else in the house has a cup of coffee but you’re not allowed one because you might spill it on the piano? Douglas Dare. Lots of those on ‘Aforger’, a record torn between the wonderful gentility of indie rock and the benefits of a noisier, electronically enhanced version. Oh “Doublethink&rd…view full details.
For those who haven't been keeping count this is Crocodiles 6th LP. Where does the time go eh? The title refers to a condition close to Phil's heart - insomnia. And despite their lack of sleep the duo have come up with a collection of perky collection of piano 'n' synth tunes. Certainly the track I'm listening to sounds a bit like New Order. I'm happy with that. …view full details.
Oren Ambarchi continues with his bold mission to make an infinite number of records with every notable musician in the world. Hubris is a mighty work that contains contributions from Arto Lindsay, Mark Fell and regular collaborator Jim O’Rourke, as well as Ricardo Villa…view full details.
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7/10 according to our Clinton
With Robin off who-knows-where this week it's my job to pick up all the Pitchfork-approved acts that I usually leave well alone. Weyes Blood's Natalie Wiseblood (Wiseblood/Weyes Blood - geddit?) has had spells in Jackie O Motherfecker and Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti but her own music is a lot more calm and laid…view full details.
Bill Baird’s new album Summer Is Gone was quite notably designed in such a way that no two versions of it were the same, thanks to a number of different mixes and a natty website. However, I can only presume that the same cannot be said of this vinyl pressing… Nevertheless, the music carries a delicate sense of melancholy and possibility: nicely done Bill. Translucent vinyl in a holographic sleeve.…view full details.
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Jung An Tagen is a complex, ever-morphing project that buzzes away in Vienna’s Virtual Institute, engaging with video art as much as it develops its own sound pallette. Das Fest Der Reichen is an album-length presentation of the project’s strange synthetic sound-worlds, marshalled by Stefan Juster. Out on Editions Mego.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Recent Warp signee GAIKA has released a tape here and there already, mixing together strands of dancehall with industrial and bass on ‘Machine’, followed-up by Mixpak’s ‘Security’. On new EP ‘Spaghetto’, his sound is often at that hard industrial approach, but with the delicacy to match. The brilliant “Neophyte” announces proceedings by sour…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
So nice, isn’t it, this music and living stuff? According to MayMay, the answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding yes: it’s lovely, everything’s beautiful where they are, and when you’re cold you can just be inside with a jumper on. Laurel Simmons’ ambient pop circles around a mix of twanging guitar, Frahmian piano and additive instrumentation, while her …view full details.
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8/10 according to our Laurie
By now, the 70s and all it’s synthetic contents are surely well known by the record-collecting community, with more soundtracks and lost tapes from forgotten synthesists turning up now than back then. It’s garnered a lot of a love, with names such as this Bernard Fevre man getting attention from the likes of Rephlex and the Chemical Brothers…view full details.
9/10 according to our Laurie
In an attempt to match the popularity of his last record on Kranky Where All Is Fled, former Emeralds synthman Steve Hauschildt looks at ropes. That’s right, the inspiration for this latest one Strands is some rope. It’s easy to see the comparison with a bit of the ol’ imagination, the different electronic sequences of his tracks intertwining and unravelling …view full details.
Canadian producer Jacques Greene has been away for a couple of years, but has returned to his home label LuckyMe with a new single and refreshes his already fresh output into the electronic dance world. A visceral blend of techno, bass-come-garage, and neo soul. Both tracks are extended versions for vinyl only.…view full details.
8/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Saint Etienne's debut is quite brilliant. The music, is mainly a blend of house, hop-hop and classic 60's pop, but many other styles are added to the mix. The vocals (in almost all of the songs, by Sarah Cracknell) are breezy and sensual. Songs like "Spring", "Nothing Can Stop Us" or "She's the One" are catchy, beautifully constructed pop gems. But this album's strongest point is definitely its power to conjure up images of places and times, lost sceneries we would wish (or dream) to be part of.…view full details.
10/10 according to Johnny (customer) on
Not having heard Toy's previous LP's I can safely say I'm not a hardcore fan. On listening to this record however, it's pretty clear that this is one of the LP's of the year, it's bloody magnificent! The songs here twist and turn with deft chord progressions and changes that take you by surprise. I like my music to keep me interested and Toy manage this even over the course of 6 minute songs. It's sometimes heavily psychedelic and yet new wave at the same time, sometimes sprightly pop as well …view full details.
Daniel Woolhouse not under his Deptford Goth moniker is a different affair entirely. Less of the woozy downtempo melancholia, more life loving and richly organic indie pop songs. Piano, brass, piano and rich tone big band sound that’ll lift you right up. Hopeful summer afternoon driving spectaculars.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
In this crazy world we’re bombarded by a constant stream of information, misinformation and Shiny New Things. In a NR reviewer’s world, we are showered with new / old musics. Sometimes it’s welcome, sometimes it’s not; often, though we just don’t know. Well I don’t know. So it’s good to know that some things don&rsqu…view full details.
Solo work from Lou Barlow, who is most notably known for his work in Dinosaur Jr., The Folk Implosion, Noise Addict and Sebadoh. Thick gauge strings put on a ukulele is the backbone for these bare and direct acoustic songs. Just one man and his small four-stringed guitar, singing alone in empty rooms between gigs. …view full details.
Debut album from American percussionist and composer Sarathy Kowar was mightily well received, a glorious fusion of percussion, free jazz and Indian rhythms. The folks at Ninja Tune, quite rightly, thought some remixes would go down a treat, getting Tenderlonious, Photay and Emanative down to put their own broken beat electronica versions in. Think Four Tet and Theo Parrish. …view full details.
The Courteeners are one of those bands while not famous nationally, have gathered an enormous following which allows them to play gigs in front of 30,000 people. Their previous album 'Concrete Love' did very well for them and there's no reason why the perky well crafted indie rock of this, their fifth album won't follow suit. …view full details.
1983 UK dubbed-up reggae from Singers & Players, the heavyweight collective that included Prince Far I and Mikey Dread, as well as Ashanti Roy of The Congos themselves. Staggering Heights has been re-cut with plenty of bass weight for this reissue on On-U-Sound, which is served up with a bonus poster.…view full details.
Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Laurie
Dark Strands is a Leeds based producer man called Anthony who makes slow house so deep that you can’t see the bottom. Funky percussion taken direct from disco merges with rather more intense synth dirges to create a slightly confusing but party-ready whole. It’s all under the rule of massive kick / snare drums you see, so there’s no doubt that it’s that good-times music,…view full details.
Midlake’s breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther gets a deluxe reissue to celebrate its tenth birthday. Certainly a substantial record, and a turning point for the rise of bearded harmony-heavy Americana. Pressed to gold 180g vinyl housed in new artwork along with a poster and a bonus 7” containing two unreleased tracks. Deluxe indeed!…view full details.
8/10 according to our Laurie
Mr Simeon Coxe is probably the most hyped 70-something of 2016. Despite all the 60s/70s revivalist stuff going on, he’s quite deserving of the hype, seeing as he’s also the hardest rocking 70-something of 2016. Having seen him play recently, and despite his near motionless figure, I was amazed to hear the thick techno backdrop of his latest stuff on a big system which truly dwarfs t…view full details.
Pulp closed off their excellent recording career, and arguably the Britpop era as a whole, with We Love Life. It contains the singles ‘Bad Cover Version’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Trees’, and it was produced by none other than Scott Walker! This Island Records reissue puts Pulp’s last stand back onto wax.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Jamie
Intelligent, nerdy, bouncy indie-pop with clear David Byrne and Beatles influences. That’s the sound of San Diego’s Rafter Roberts in a nutshell. So let me step out of that nutshell a moment… It’s like if Mark Oliver Everett / E made electro-pop. Or Hot Chip minus Alexis maybe. In any case, there are some gems on this record. There’s the joyous ‘You Are The …view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Blackest Ever Black are a very early workweek label, what with their endless slew of muted, dour and spooky utterances, so I’m glad to be listening to Carla dal Forno’s debut on a Tuesday afternoon with an empty threat of rain. ‘You Know What It’s Like’ is a murmured adventure through synthesized hallways haunted with ghosts of some once-great choir -- whatever the…view full details.
7/10 according to our Jamie
OK. So, you know we do ‘weird’, don’t you. Well that’s good. Because there is weird and there is Norman weird. This record falls firmly into the latter category. The deal is this: Russian occultists (Old Komm) combine with serious electronicists (called ‘German Army’) to make an imagined soundtrack to a lost 1976 Russian-American dystopian classic film, &lsqu…view full details.
We are living in a post-doom world, and Fvnerals are one of the leaders. Leaning further towards Earth-like territory, Wounds isn’t just heavy riffage, it’s a stark tonal landscape with a pitch black airiness that crosses over from depressive doom to dark ambient drone. Perfect stuff for late autumnal S.A.D..…view full details.
Richmond Fontaine have now split, sadly but for many years they were one of the more interesting Americana bands peddling the boards. Although they could be raucous and energetic, this LP shows a more stark side of the band. In fact this collection could be compared to Springsteen's 'Nebraska' as singer Willy Vlautin tells tales of folks on the wrong side of the tracks over typically bleak acoustic laments.…view full details.
Sergio Giorgini, of Benoit & Sergio, makes very different music with collaborator Steven Ford (Half Hawaii). Stripped back and much more instrument focused with a dance backbone. With live drums and ethereal vocals it’s closer to a shoegazey indie pop record. Includes reworkings by BBC Radiophonic Workshop director Matthew Herbert, and Foom label head Ben Fr…view full details.
The Olympians are an instrumental soul / R&B crew with a mighty personnel taken from outfits like The Dap-Kings, the Tonight Show Band and Lee Fields’ backing band, all lead by Tony Panzer. This record is dripping with the raw groovy power of a much-loved music: The Olympians is one of the year’s finest soul records, vocals or no vocals. On Daptone.…view full details.
Hermann Nitsch is known for his epic performance artworks: a realisation of one of his Orgien Mysterien Theater pieces can last for days and involve hundreds of blood-soaked performers. This LP documents the sonic aspect of a 1982 ritual, remastered and reissued from a very limited original gallery edition. Out on Cien Fuegos.…view full details.
Melding sugar-sweet vintage pop with sun-bleached psych, The Liminanas beam their utopian brand no better than on their The Woods / The Inventor release. Formed by Lio and Marie Liminana, the two-track pressing offers Django Django-esque outback guitars and the odd stark, haywire synth to boot.…view full details.
Recorded at the infamous Spahn Ranch during the LaBianca murder trial in 1970, the “family” play and sing Charles Manson’s songs (Manson himself is not on the recording). The downright tweeness of it is fitting with the insanity that surrounds it, and with the odd lyric here and there that refers to murder and crosses on foreheads it’s certainly an unsettling listen and makes you wonder whether we really should be stocking this. …view full details.
At this point in the archival trawlings of Conrad Schnitzler’s back catalogue, tracks are being released that almost nothing is known about: the material presented here is taken from two tapes which are simply labelled ‘Filmmusik 1975 A’ and ‘Filmmusik 1980 B’ (begging the question: what films?). But whatever the provenance, this is typically wonderful Schnitzler-synth musik. Reissued by Bureau B.…view full details.
Say hello to Dayworld, the 3-track debut of Mei Tahat - a collaboration between Jordan 'Jordache' Czamanski and Ilya Ziblat Shay. The offering is as frenetic as it is hallucinating, especially the staunchly sprawling Cube Rude remix of Dayworld, which is an over-eight-minute long electronic expedition.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Pop album of the century! Yes, that’s right, it’s true: this is a pop album of the century. The beguiling (I don’t want to say “alternative”) pop music of Croque Madame is sourced from the minds of three peculiar smart-arses known respectively as Dave Perlis, Rob Storey and Florence Raynaud. They make twinkling tunes that are lounging and emotional in one fell swoo…view full details.
Proper raw punk aggression from Good Throb, full of grit and sinew. This 4-track 7” includes ‘SCUM’, a Valerie Solanas tribute, and ‘The Queen Sucks Nazi Cock’. Sadly the last issue from this brutal crew for the foreseeable future. Good Throb is packed in vigorous artwork along with a poster.…view full details.
No Monster Club is the project of the prolific Dublin-based producer Bobby Aherne. Having already released a dozen albums, Aherne's style is a tongue-in-cheek take on pop music, mocking a lot of contemporary pop while being compared to "a stripped-down sugar high Pet Sounds". 'Where Did You Get That Milkshake' is the band's first 7" with contributions from other Dublin contemporaries (the album features a member of indie pop band Ginnels, and the artwork is by the drummer from Squarehead), pr…view full details.
Contrastate’s dark and wild world is full of looming shapes, hard to identify. This new 7” from the veteran outfit is a two-track slice of strange electronics and uneasy experimental vocals, adding up to an immersive sound experience that follows its own ritualistic rules. True Believer / The 10/40 Window is out on The Dirter.…view full details.