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The Icarus Line are true rockers to the core, though All Things Under Heaven finds them fraying at the edges at points, sometimes straying almost into furious free jazz passages. Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and The Bad Seeds joins them at times, and you know he has taste. L.A. wildness released by the Agitated label.…view full details.
Cuntz are, obviously, well hardcore, spitting out noisy garage punk with not a care in the world. Third album Force The Zone offers more of the Australian trio’s gnarly thrashing: they sound like they’ve spent too long in the Yabba and it has warped their minds. Limited edition of 600 copies of this LP on Homeless.…view full details.
The Evil Usses think of themselves as successors to Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band or Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention, and actually are more or less worthy of the lineage. They have the complex, speed-up / slow-down dynamics, not to mention the weird rhythms and the saxophone. Self-titled LP on Stolen Body.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
Poor old our Ian. He’s living on the breadline and it’s all because of shoegaze. With Ride and Slowdive reforming, Swervedriver still going strong all his spare income is spent on going to see them in concert. I’m thinking of setting up a shoegaze food bank for fellow sufferers. …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
A friend of mine was visiting his sister in London when she introduced him to a neighbour who was known locally as a musician. My friend liked the guy and listened intently to him play then on departure innocently wished him well with his music career. It was only later he was informed that the man was Bert Jansch. If this goes to show how unassuming Jansch was then the rich ta…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
When stuck I like to think of Michael Chapman as a direct cross between John Fahey and Jim Bowen. Both masters in their particular field but Chapman is more than just a wise cracking guitar man, he has made straightforward singer songwriters, he's gone to the moon and back with Thurston Moore but his best work is when he gets…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
The folks who make the luring tapes are back with the folklore tapes, now in its third edition for Rule Of Three propriety. As is custom for this series, each release offers contributions from a host of different artists, and the purely musical side of this two-part third part involves aquatic spookster Sam McLoughlin alongside fellow half-droner David A Jaycock. What ensues is a cabaret of amb…view full details.
Phantom Horse are hamburg-based minimalist electronic duo Ulf Schutte and Niklas Dommaschk. Different Forces is their second album and takes it cues from electronic pioneers such as Cluster and Harmonia with a touch of Moondog. Polyrhythmic, hypnotic, highly recommended. Vinyl LP limited to 300 copies!…view full details.
Tomo Akikawabaya has been out of the limelight for a long time, not that he was ever really in it. It’s been about thirty years since the material on Invitation for The Dead (originally on The Castle and Anju albums) was first released, which you might have been able to ascertain from the synth-pop stylings. Double LP pressed in an edition of 999 c…view full details.
Precipice sees electronic ambient artist Byron Westbrook stepping out from under his Corridors moniker to make his first album under his own name. Precipice is 4 lush soundscapes that swell and rest with an amount of control rarely seen in ambient music. Precipice definitely raises the bar in its genre. …view full details.
Sci-Fi Steven from Bis has a new solo project, and Batteries is the name he’s given it. Human Requirements allows you to sample from the debut album of the project with two tracks, one taken from the record and one exclusive to this 7” release. Politically driven indie-pop released on Do Yourself In.…view full details.
Here we have the lead single from Simon Love’s new album It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time. The song, titled The New Adam And Eve, is a tale of a jealous lover longing to attack and brutalise anyone he perceives as competition, told over a jaunty indie-chamber-pop tune. An Oasis cover on the B-side.…view full details.
With their first single, The Brokeoffs decide to take on two firmly established classic songs. On the A-side, they cover Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage / Eclipse with an almost country-esque vigour. On the B, we have House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals. And it’s a picture disc too! 10” on Damaged Goods.…view full details.
Tricky has always been a serial collaborator, with his albums and live shows often showcasing other artists at least as much as he. Now he’s formalised that state of affairs with Tricky presents Skilled Mechanics, a loose grouping of musicians. Beijing to Berlin features DJ Milo and Chinese MC / producer Ivy. 7” on !K7.…view full details.
Hand Of Dust describe themselves as “apocalyptic folk”, which is pretty accurate in terms of the doomed tone of these songs. But that term misses out the amplified weight of much of this music, which sounds like it raging against whatever has been lost (from within a desolate desert). Like Breath Beneath a Veil is released by the Avant! label.…view full details.
Two French brothers creating erotic, whispered and noisy ambient, that is what Etant Donnes is all about. The music sounds about as oneirically moist as that description. Which is why we’re all the happier that their 1990 CD Aurore, originally released on Touch records, is finally remastered and sold on vinyl. Thanks to Penultimate Press, which is giving the same treatment to the brothers’ albums Royaume/Aimant + Aimant and Bleu…view full details.
Last year’s Chris Corsano residency at Cafe Oto saw the wonderkid drummer playing with a wide range of amazing performers: The Hurrah documents him with John Edwards and Evan Parker on bass and saxophone respectively. If you know the players, you don’t need me to tell you how remarkable this music is. LP on Otoroku, 500 copies.…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.
The Black Tambourines are another iteration of the lo-fi, DIY, garage-punk band: which, to be fair is always a band worth seeing. Freedom is their second full-length, and finds the group well-honed but certainly not cleaned-up: all the guitars (and even most of the vocals) remain plenty distorted. Freedom is released by the Easy Action label.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
Stanley Brinks isn’t a man. Well he is but his real name is something like Andre Herman Dune and for years he has made shambling lo-fi music that was invented to get folks with beards singing along at cool underground clubs. It comes as no surprise that backing band here The Wave Pictures learned to play tog…view full details.
Dutch garage-post-punk from Rats On Rafts. After a successful debut, this second record is even more precision-tooled, tightening up their thrashing, surfy sound for greater mosh-making efficiency. Tape Hiss is released on CD and vinyl, but, despite the title, not on cassette: missing a trick there. On the Fire label.…view full details.
Morning Way, the only album ever made by Trader Horne, is considered a major (and majorly unappreciated) example of 1970’s British psychedelic folk. First of all, just look at that cover art! The music is similarly colourful, varied, and wonderfully odd. Reissued by Earth Recordings on CD or red coloured vinyl.…view full details.
Revolutionary Army Of The Infant Jesus have never managed chart success (such a surprise with that name), but they have become much loved by a close cult. Those listeners are likely to have their minds blown by news of Beauty Will Save The World, as it is their first record in 18 years. Mystic beauty on Occultation.…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
This album is a true gem and it is filled with so much funk and soul it's amazing. KMD have definitely got a style of their own. The record manages to be challenging, inventive and deep without ever sounding too arty, weird or inaccessible. What you hear on most of the tracks is fresh jazz sampled production with bouncing beats that are guaranteed to snap your head. The lyrics are complex and conscious but manage to be funny enough to entertain. It is hard however to deny the overall quality …view full details.
Another joyous queer punk outing from The Spook School. Following their critically acclaimed debut, Try To Be Hopeful is a high-quality blend of lo-fi guitar crunch, sizzling pop melodies and intelligent lyrics about sexuality, identity and having a good time. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fortuna POP!…view full details.
Rodinia have put together a wonderful rhythm-fest here for this LP. The two members started off with a jam on a stack of synth equipment, and later on added drums and other instruments. It feels like every aspect of the sound-field is in some way rhythmic, yet also a little ambient in texture. Drumside / Dreamside is released by now Again.…view full details.
Boo! documents Half Japanese’ European tour, where they treated our continent to their wild and unique self-trained sound. A full 24 tracks. The LP, part of Fire’s campaign to reissue every one of the band’s records, comes packaged with a mask that you can pop out and wear! How cool is that?…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.
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.
The sleeve art to Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp’s new record The Island gives you a good impression of what they achieve here. Over four tracks, the pair’s synths and guitars recline into a warm haze of sunset ambience. The two play off each other with lots of nice details, but all in service of the music’s blissful vibe. On Trouble In Mind.…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.
Lymbyc Systym is the work of two brothers (Michael and Jared Bell), which would explain the perfect synchronicity they display in the music they make. Split Stones is a colourful electronic jaunt made up of tracks that aren’t afraid to pile layer on top of layer: they have the skills to keep it danceable no matter what. Released by Western Vinyl.…view full details.
Supersonic Scientists / A Young Person’s Guide To Motorpsycho is, as the second half of that title suggests, a compilation of essential works by the band. Over the years they have worked their way into a precisely balanced groove of psychedelic rock that is only sometimes as heavy as the name Motorpsycho might suggest. 2LP or 2CD on Rune Grammofon.…view full details.
Debut full-length from Ed Gillett’s Shape Worship project. London is the subject of City Remembrancer, which represents the capital’s ever-changing inhabitants just as they most like to represented: through a semi-abstract swirl of synths and techno beats. Limited edition of 300 copies on Front & Follow.…view full details.
Reckonwrong releases the fifth in Young Turks off-shoot label Whities series, taking the reins after very capable entries by the likes of Kowton and Terron. This is actually only the second ever release by Reckonwrong (after his debut on Pinkman earlier this year), but you wouldn’t know it: this is super accomplished leftfield dancefloor stuff.…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.
9/10 according to our Jim
Hot on the heels of his amazing collaboration with Gábor Lázár, Mark Fell teams up with Berlin clubmusic pioneer Erik Wiegland in his first outing as Errorsmith in over 10 years. While this EP is much more dancefloor-friendly than Fell’s aforementioned collab with Lázár, the freshness of his and Wiegland’s totally idiosyncratic pro…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.
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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.
Assembly EP by Takuya Matsumoto is five tracks that journey through classic house, contemporary house and minimalist classical music throwing in jazz keyboard flourishes and steel drums along the way. Matsumoto’s debut, Ram EP caused a stir and made all the right ears prick up. The Japanese producer’s career is going from strength-to-strength with him also having his own label, Lero, which seems to have achieved cult status.…view full details.
Real Lies release Real Life, their debut full-length. Perhaps some meaning suggested by that parallel eh? Well the band do say that they set out to capture the paradoxical experience of young people today: and what better medium for that than electronic pop, which can be ecstatic and melancholy all at once? On Marathon Artists.…view full details.
Unloved is a collaboration between David Holmes, True Detective score composer, Keefus Ciancia and songwriter Jade Vincent. They cite ‘60s girl groups, Jack Nitsche, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and Raymond Scott as influences. There’s a whole host of guest musicians involved too including the legendary Jim Keltner, Wayne Kramer…view full details.
DJ Firmeza delivers a spanking workout of elastic rhythms and afro elegance with Alma Do Meu Pai. A perfect encapsulation of the joyously original sounds emanating from present-day Lisbon, it’s a cacophony of tribal exuberance and dancefloor-friendly jams. Out on vinyl 12” from Principie.…view full details.
Initially, Miles Davis was just going to record a version of Spanish composer and vituoso pianist, Joaquin Rodrigo’s classical guitar piece Concerto De Aranjuez after composer, arranger and regular collaborator, Gil Evans had transposed the music from the only known recording. However, this got Davis and Evans’ interested in more Spanish music and they began researching the country’s folk and dance music for wh…view full details.
'Bitches Brew' is a jazz standard living outside of jazz standards, believed to be one of the best ever made. Miles Davis originally recorded the record of long jazz fusion tracks in 1970; here, the original master tapes have been used to reissue the music as a double LP via Mobile Fidelity. 'Bitches Brew' is recommended for fans of improvisation and weird compositional stories (Davis "arranged his band in a semi-circle" and conducted them vaguely - sounds like he might have heard '…view full details.
We’ve all seen musicians name-checking John Carpenter as an influence: now some of them have put their money where their mouth is by actually remixing the man’s work! Lost Themes: Remixes features the likes of Prurient, Bill Kouligas of PAN, Blanck Mass… All your dark electronic favourites basically. Strictly limited LP on Sacred Bones.…view full details.
Could Benjamin John Power ever have predicted, when starting up Fuck Buttons, that he would ever be remixed by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge? Doubt it. But here it is, Blanck Mass’ No Lite being turned into something new and alien by the Throbbing Gristle founding member herself. One-sided white label on Sacred Bones.…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.
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.
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