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Alessio Natalizia’s project Not Waving submits a full-length album to Diagonal, blasting listeners along the way. Animals slides through body music, firm techno and industrially-informed synth-pop, fitting right into each style. Mighty stuff from a master of electronics. This CD release includes 2 bonus tracks.…view full details.
Reissue of Marissa Nadler’s debut album from 2004. Now on the massive Sacred Bones imprint it’s good to look back at what brought Nadler to the point she is now. Darkened ballads of acoustic folk gently lull you in with carefully plucked guitars and ominous soundscapes filling in the gaps. Imagine Grouper with more structure and clarity. …view full details.
An unusual release here: Iggy Pop gruffly intones 7 poems from American old master Walt Whitman, while the duo of Tarwater and prime digital minimalist alva noto provide energetic and abstracted soundscapes in the background. A strange trip, unlike much that any of these artists have done before: nice! 12” in an embossed sleeve, on Morr Music.…view full details.
Dressy Bessy move in the same axis as the famed Elephant 6 Collective, and have the same open approach to collaboration: noted guests on Kingsized include members of The Apples In Stereo, Polyphonic Spree and, most impressively, R.E.M.! Well who wouldn&r…view full details.
As might be clear from their name (and the excellent track titles), Good Willsmith have a sense of humour. But on Things Our Bodies Used to Have they also show their serious side, with an extended suite of dense and hypnotic improvisation. They draw on noise, drone and free improv, blending loose synths, prog guitar solos and plenty of electronic bleeps and arpeggios. Pressed to limited clear vinyl LP by Umor Rex.…view full details.
The experimental trio Saroos have once again confounded expectations with their fourth album Tardis. By incorporating modular synthesizers into their luscious kraut and math rock-inspired sound they create a rich and ever-changing instrumental music. Mangled samples, the Japanese koto instrument and that strange synthesizer are all connected by Christoph Brandner’s motorik drums. CD and LP from Alien Transistor.…view full details.
The Donkeys make thick nostalgic easy-listening, head-swinging indie. The San Diego four piece went into the studio with Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart) to produce this mini LP. 5 tracks of unabashed looking back on fond memories. Cue old videos of bloody good friends having fun in the sun.…view full details.
Big warm shufflers here from Lance Neptune, a US producer with an aesthetic derived, in part, from 90’s skate videos. So his dance-friendly tracks have a hazy tone to them, the bright melodies given lush production treatment. Comfortable stuff. 6-track 12” EP, released by Lone’s Magicwire label.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!Limited 2LP on Downwards. Edition of 500 copies
The latest release on the Pan sublabel Codes chronicles the warped, schmarped and screwed samples of Liverpool's Ling, assembled from recordings of journeys into the fields and e-fields. With Attachment, he attempts to explore how habitual behaviours can loosen our grip on reality, like when a phone buzzes and everyone in earshot checks their own. We're an odd bunch, us 21st century humans, aren't we?…view full details.
There’s only 500 copies of this limited 12” from SØS Gunver Ryberg, and it’s a banger. AFTRYK pumps-up the artist’s interest in sound art until it becomes techno. Harsh textures are turned into snares and basslines, industrial-quality synth riffs are sped-up over pummelling drum machines. This is outsider noise-techno done properly.…view full details.
‘High Point On Low Ground’ is comprised of a trio of futuristic, retro, contemporary house tracks from Berlin based dance floor heavyweights Palms Tracks. This is the 30th release brought to you from the impressive fledgeling Dekmantel imprint. Expect heavy bass, broken beats and blissed out synths.…view full details.
Music so funky that it is almost unseemly. Mustafa Ozkent and his band recorded Genclik Ile Elele in 1972: since then the record has become famed as one of the finest (and rarest) examples of Turkish psych-rock out there. This reissue LP on Jackpot brings this wild, hard-funk release back into the eager paws of fans at last.…view full details.
9/10 according to Dom H-S (customer) on
Theo Parrish is a man with a mission. A producer who needs to push boundaries with every release; a musician with the spirit of jazz, soul music and African rhythms flowing through every vein. Each release is different, every record pushes a different set of buttons and this quirky 12" on his prolific Sound Signature label takes the listener on a deep and pumping percussive workout with smatterings of old school Detroit, hammond organ and analogue synth stabs and loads of cymbal rides. A great t…view full details.
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9/10 according to our Ant
Gesloten Cirkel first emerged in 2009 with a 12” on The Hague’s Viewlexx sister label; the awesome Murder Capital ran by none other than I-F, a man with impeccably fine taste. Also, it should be known; the man I believe to be single handedly responsible for the resurgence of Italo Di…view full details.
This is a bit of a coup for Mannequin Records - Robespierre is rare 12” by Effetto Joule, an italo wave trio from Modena. It was originally released in 1989 by Top Sound Records. This reissue comes with extra demo material. Effetto Joule mix what Italians see as electronic dark wave and mix it with sounds influenced by ‘80s synth pioneers Tubeway Army and Depeche Mode.…view full details.
George Adams was a jazz saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist and occasional singer, and Finest is a great introduction to his work. Originally appearing on the Timeless Recordings label in the 70’s and '80s, these energetic jazz blasts also feature bassist Cameron Brown, pianist Don Pullen and drummer Danny Richmond. On Dopeness Galore.…view full details.
Toresch are an international trio sculpting neo-industrial electronic jams out of stern drum machines, cold vocals and plenty of who-knows-what noises. With experience DJ-ing in Düsseldorf and in a band with Klaus Dinger spread among the group, it’s no surprise that debut release Essen Fur Alle is rhythmically super-capable. LP release on Offen Music.…view full details.
This sophomore effort from Electric Eye picks up where their 2013 debut Pick-up, Lift-up, Space, Time started. Different Sun is a raucous album of psychedelic hard rock which updates the prog they love. Sitar solos? Check. Reversed guitars? Check. Distorted organs? Check. Jansen Plateproduksjon have pressed the album on double vinyl LP.…view full details.
To celebrate their diverse roster of house and techno artists, FACES Records are releasing this label sampler. Le Sampler Des Copains, or The Friends Sampler, features upbeat grooves, heavy bass and deep melodies. All the producers on this double vinyl 12” set are friends of the label, and each of their unique approaches to soulful dance music is united by the label’s distinctive aesthetic. …view full details.
2016 repress for the Detroit don’s Pieces of a Paradox vinyl 12”. The singular Theo Parrish sound is in full effect here, and both tunes are slow and deep house cuts bathed in Motor City musical history. Parrish takes his time to slowly build up rhythmic elements to create something ecstatic. These tracks are hypnotic jams back by popular demand.…view full details.
Brothers Mark and Clive Ives have been making strange improv experiments for almost four decades now, and this CD and vinyl LP on Palto Flats and New General Catalogue collects unheard WOO recordings from 1975-82. On Awaawaa they blend electronic gurgles and modular experiments with luscious jazz instrumentation and eccentric arrangements. They really don’t sound quite like anyone else. …view full details.
Laugh Tool may be the debut full length from producer Maoupa Mazzocchetti, but his harsh blend of noise, techno and cut-up samples is already well-developed. This release on Mannequin calls back to the glory days of nasty, DIY industrial music, but it also taps into the analogue house put out by labels like L.I.E.S. as well as sound design and drone.…view full details.
Canadian, new wave, four piece dance punks You Say Party are back with their long awaited, self titled new album. Evolving over a period of four years ‘You Say Party’ is a carefully considered and deeply immersive record that builds a dream-like, unreal, sound-scape based on a melancholic sense of loss, introspective uncertainty and longing.…view full details.
9/10 according to S.Westwood (customer) on
This is a great reissue of an incredible release by Sun Ra. The track "Space Is The Place" is an incredible track. It features some amazing instrumentation and great playing by Sun Ra. The album also shows how Sun Ra's sound has evolved and how it changed since his beginning and how it way so ahead of its time. The album also shows how Sun Ra is still an important artist now and how his work has inspired artists now. Overall an incredible release by an incredible musical figure and musical ge…view full details.
Impulse! and Back To Black reissue one of the founding texts of free jazz: John Coltrane’s Ascension. John leads a large ensemble (including Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner…) into ecstatic group improvisations. Each soloist gets a section to flow freely on, and when they all come together again, minds are blown. A crucial classic.…view full details.
Good Advice is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. She recorded the album with the production and instrumental assistance of Jim James from My Morning Jacket. His influence is clear to see. Bulat is usually known for playing an autoharp, but here a more traditional guitar, bass, drums and keyboard set up is used. Jim James says that she is a unique talent.…view full details.
Monster Magnet are a good old-fashioned stoner rock outfit, where the riffs are treacle-thick and boulder-heavy. Superjudge, their 1993 effort, includes a cover of Hawkwind: head straight to space! This reissue includes a whole extra disc of rare cuts, plus newly-written sleeve notes and booklet. On Spinefarm.…view full details.
Synthia is the third full-length record from this Australian quartet. The Jezabels do a fine line of industrially-edged dark synth-pop, with at least a hint of Australian Gothic lurking in the background. A real sense of drama makes it hard to tear the ear away from the crescendos of some of these tracks. Released on The Jezabels’ own imprint.…view full details.
French producer Breakbot digs out his synthesizer for this funky synth pop release. Still Waters distills everything great from disco, boogie and jittery French house to create a sharp pop album frozen in time. Ed Banger have pressed this to vinyl LP and CD and have kindly included the CD with the vinyl.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
Oh my goodness where to start with this. The most sprawlingly ambitious power-pop/pop-psyche record ever made. Me and 'Lolita Nation' go back a long way. It was a sign of my youth that when I bought it (from York's legendary Red Rhino records) that I was unable to play it straight away as I had to go on a picnic with my parents. So instead I stared at the sleeve wondering what songs such as "Wa…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
Back in the days when shoegaze didn't involve the wearing of trilby hats, four young puppyish teenagers hailing from Oxford burst onto the scene creating a kind of tween-friendly shoegaze-lite that was sonically and visually appealing yet wasn't as goddamn weird as My Bloody Valentine. For one thing you didn't think something was wrong with y…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
It’s a brave new world we live in when I’m reviewing a record off of an NME stream, but here we are -- I’m pretty sure Chris Moyles orchestrated this in collaboration with Windows 10. Ulrika Spacek are sugar free psychedelic merchants from London, and if their upcoming tour with Sunflower Bean isn’t enough of a clue, here’s the …view full details.
Messy, boozy, ballsy, hell-a-fun DIY psych-garage rock. Yeah, think that sums this up. Dangerous mid-week listening. Love Buzzard’s debut album after Sean McClusky managed to get them in front of some microphones from constant touring, and this live energy has been captured on wax. The limited 12” contains bonus material not on CD.…view full details.
Brand new EP from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, extreme metal / grindcore veterans. I wouldn’t say they’ve relaxed over time, as these are still ferocious, emotionally-desolate tracks. But the songs / minutes ratio is down to 3 / 25, as opposed to 100 / 21 a decade ago. Arc is released on Relapse.…view full details.
Old-school alt-rock jams from a trio of young Norwegians. Sauropod have a grungey, power-pop kind of sound with no shortage of anthemic melodies, a howling vocal attitude, and a crushing gnarled guitar tone. Roaring At The Storm, the band’s debut full-length release, is released by the Riot Factory label.…view full details.
Having given themselves a good number of EP’s and tour dates to build themselves up, Pinegrove are now ready to present to us their debut full-length. Cardinal is an array of rocking indie-country songs that feel rooted in lived experience and feeling. CD or coloured vinyl LP on Run For Cover.…view full details.
This heavyweight double vinyl LP from Bleeding Heart Pigeons is their debut album after a string of great singles. Is draws from the structure and instruments of traditional rock music and songwriting, but then undermines it with intimate singing and offbeat composition. The National are an obvious reference, but strange electronic quirks and experimental elements make them unique.…view full details.
Dopes to Infinity is part of Spinefarm Records’ Monster Magnet reissue series and it’s a pleasure to have this low-slung, grotty stoner rock back on double CD and vinyl LP. This was the third of the band’s proper studio albums, and by this point they had completely perfected their noisy and droning Black Sabbath homage.…view full details.
Monster Magnet are a good old-fashioned stoner metal outfit, where the riffs are treacle-thick and boulder-heavy. God Says No was first released in 2001, their fifth studio album. Both the CD and the LP versions include a whole extra disc of rare cuts, plus newly-written sleeve notes and booklet. Reissued by Spinefarm.…view full details.
Monster Magnet are a good old-fashioned stoner rock outfit, where the riffs are treacle-thick and boulder-heavy. 1998’s Powertrip includes their hit, ‘Space Lord’, as well as some of the most metal sleeve art ever. This reissue includes a whole extra disc of rare cuts, plus newly-written sleeve notes and booklet. On Spinefarm.…view full details.
An essential slice of Albert Ayler, reissued by Impulse! and Back To Black. In Greenwich Village is a live recording of Ayler, performing with cello, violin, and Henry Grimes’ bass. The 4 pieces include the lush ‘Our Prayer’ and Ayler’s wild take on ‘Truth Is Marching In’. An ecstatic performance.…view full details.
Impulse! and Back To Black reissue this sweeping 1972 album by Alice Coltrane. World Galaxy pairs Alice’s harp-led ensemble with a large string orchestra, meaning that her already cosmically free-flowing compositions spiral even further out. A deeply lush listen. Including versions of two John Coltrane favourites.…view full details.
Pharoah Sanders’ Karma is a simply incredible record, one that builds on the formidable influence of John Coltrane (who is quoted at the start) and, impressively, takes it somewhere new. Leon Thomas’ vocals and Pharoah’s ecstatic saxophone overblowing (along with the rest of the mighty ensemble) make the half-hour track ‘The Creator Has A Master Plan’ into a truly spiritual epic.…view full details.
What to say about John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme? It has become one of the most famed albums in all of jazz for a reason: the sheer spiritual power of Coltrane and his quartet just can’t be beat. This Complete Masters release delivers the entire recording session, outtakes, chatter, the lot. It fills 3 LPs, and is complemented with a 20 page booklet.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Phil
On a similiar tip is the new Manitoba album which sounds much more Fourtet-ee than the last one. If you want an indication of what yr getting it's something like Fourtet having eaten Sun Ra and then being eaten by a bloody great big My Bloody Valentine monster. That make sense? Big crashing beats, shoegazey washes and some …view full details.
The Skiffle Players take a very deliberately old-school approach with Skifflin’: while it isn’t quite straight-up washboard-bass skiffle music, it does sound like it emanates from another time. The band features singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, and the album features a mixture of originals and old ballads. Gatefold LP on Spiritual Pajamas.…view full details.
This is a rare slice of Ornette Coleman, a collection originally only released in Japan and made up of outtakes from the classics Change of the Century and This Is Our Music. Needless to say with that pedigree (and with the same astonishing band line-up, including Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell), this is premium jazz. First-time vinyl reissue!…view full details.
Folk, blues, and southern rock troubadour Luther Dickinson, release Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II. This collection on New West highlights the mid-south, Memphis rock ‘n roll sound that Dickinson works to preserve. To celebrate oral and written traditions in music Dickinson has also included a 16-page songbook with both the digipak CD and 180 gram vinyl double LP.…view full details.
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