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New in: Wednesday 24th August 2016

Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Living Planet

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8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s now time to ask the all-important question: what music did the Radiophonic Workshop members not make? It seems we’re snowed in by the number of nostalgic sci-fi bleeps and surreal dream-scene vistas from Derbyshire, Hodgson & co, but they’ve still got new things to offer in abundance. This time round we have then-newly-joined member Elizabeth Parker, one of w…view full details.

Warpaint
New Song

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4/10 according to our Clinton

Meeting in plush LA office, Spring 2016.  Exec: Ladies, ladies, well done on your last album. Lovely music but....we don't hear a hit. Warpaint: But we are about is creating a body of work that takes time to settle in we don't do pop hits. Exec: Well that's it for Warpaint unl…view full details.

Magic Trick
Other Man's Blues

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Singer songwriter Tim Cohen lives on a ranch with horses but when he gets away from all that he plays remarkably grand sounding pop noir with pals from Aislers Set and Beach House. Sounding on first play not unlike Gene Clark's 'No Other' this opus could appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Ennio Morricone and Nick Cave. …view full details.

pg.lost
Versus

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A blast from the post-rock past! pg.lost tend to bring the heavy side of beautiful, while also implementing songwritten affectations and treated vocals. On Versus they ditch that and go a lil' bit electronic, utilising synth to offset their muddy, heartbroken sound. For fans of the more guttural post rock a la Russian Circles and Caspian.…view full details.

Kvelertak
Meir

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More sheer flaring action from Norwegian devil-horners Kvelertak (whose name, you might be interested to know, translates to ‘chokehold’). They have deep roots in both the extreme metal and the riff-ed-up rock-n-roll worlds, blending both into a fierce guitar storm. The Meir album is their second, first released in 2013 and now receiving a purple-tinged re-pressing on Indie Recordings.…view full details.

Aethenor
Hazel

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Aethenor is the ever-unusual combination of two members of Ulver, big Sunn O))) guitar-drone man Stephen O’Malley and London’s free-jazz drummer supreme Steve Noble. This album, sourced from 2010 live recordings, finds the players meeting each other in the middle for remarkable, highly-atmospheric, and more or less unclassifiable music. Hazel is out on the ever-solid VHF label.…view full details.

Blue Marvin Orchestra
Codice d'Amore Orientale

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Codice d’Amore Orientale is an old Italian film that looks like it might be just a little bit erotic. Film composer Alberto Baldan Bembo plays up to context by adopting the moniker Blue Marvin and directing his musicians to play some pretty wild funky experimentalism that could certainly get you in the mood. LP reissue as part of Schema’s SCEB Series.…view full details.

Piero Umiliani
Percussioni ed Effetti Speciali

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Piero Umiliani was seemingly never out of the studio during his prolific film and library music career. Percussioni ed Effetti Speciali is a set of percussive experiments: some pure and weird and abstract, some with a lot of swing to them. As ever with Umiliani, the quality is high throughout. Double LP reissue as part of Schema’s SCEB Series.…view full details.

Shafiq Husayn
On Our Way Home (feat. Fatima & Jimetta Rose)

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A tantalising preview of Shafiq Husayn’s exciting second album The Loop. The single On Our Way Home moves along with both classic soulfulness and Brainfeeder-esque beat science, while guest vocalists Fatima and Jimetta Rose sing with fire and sunlight. Released as a single-sided 12” on Eglo.…view full details.

Saturn and the Sun
Focus On the Centre Of Your Skull

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8/10 according to our Laurie

The second album from psych power-synth group Saturn and the Sun once again promises to invade your cranium, and that’s just the title of the LP. This is my head, my rules. How do I know that you’re not agents from the government sending out these sounds to brainwash and nullify the population? Huh?? Truth is, this is music for people to space out to and talk about how the g…view full details.

Human Rays
A Tension

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7/10 according to our Laurie

I was gonna write something about how it’s fun trying to review cold ambient music while the sun’s blazing in and hip-hop is snapping into the left earphone, but the truth is, it’s not. It’s really fucking difficult and now I’m all sullen. Not even this fish sandwich can help. Argh. Human Rays is a noisy folk who has released many cassettes prior to this, o…view full details.

Cara & Mike Gangloff with the Great American Drone Orchestra
Knock on Life's Door

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8/10 according to our Robin

There’s a Great American Drone Orchestra? Cool. Can I join? Please take me with you. If ever this crew of psychedelic instrumentalists could make an opus, it may just be ‘Knock on Life’s Door, a record in which experimental couple Cara and Mike Gangloff come to the fore to shape, stretch and shatter some American traditionals. You might know “Moon River” as that fa…view full details.

Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards
Wreck His Days

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7/10 according to our Robin

Tip: if you really want the rain to fall upwards, just cry while standing on your head. Works every time. I won’t hold it against this most strange electronic crew for not being privy to that life hack, though, and anyway, congratulations are in order: ‘Wreck His Days’ is another masterful record of uncanny unpop. With whispered hints of post-dub, ambient and what they call &l…view full details.

Motion Graphics
Motion Graphics

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Motion Graphics is the new name for the guy who used to record under the alias White Williams not that I remember a thing about that particular project. Probably a good thing as I won’t be tempted to suggest he's lost his way.   He makes clever electronic pop that lollops in the same way as this years …view full details.

Hoops
Hoops EP

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9/10 according to our Clinton

My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I’ll do my best to sell you a copy of their debut …view full details.

Shit & Shine
Teardrops

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8/10 according to our Robin

The noncompliant jukebox that is Shit & Shine once again malfunctions on your attempt to put in 50p and a request for like, I don’t know, the Stones. Having made one of our favourite dirge dance records with ‘54 Synth-Brass’, the Shit committee went on to make ‘Chakin’, a gloriously weird slice of longform jazz in the vein of Sun Ra…view full details.

Pink Floyd
The Wall

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Pink Floyd's legendary rock opera The Wall gets a gatefold 2xLP reissue that doubles as a wall. The album that gets hailed as the Floyd's 'punk record' actually features their most (un)comfortably 'prog' anthem, as well as, y'know, THAT one that you hear in every pub ever. So raise your finger to Thatcher and invest in some seriously epic wax.…view full details.

Blur
Leisure

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Blur's debut back in 1991 brought along a blend of psychedelic rock and heavy guitars not too far from the sound of The Stone Roses or The Smiths. Though not too welcome by critics, as being too much like shoegazing (a musical trend that was on its way out), in recording "Leisure", along with Charlatan's U.K. and a handful of other bands, they led the way of a new British invasion (labeled Britpop) that would last for many years. Overall, it's not Blur's best work, but it's an incredible debu…view full details.

Trentemoller
Redefine

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The second single to be released for Trentemøller’s upcoming album Fixion, and is one of the four tracks that will feature long-time collaborator Marie Fisker. Trentemøller is a shapeshifter, moving between groovy, verging on cheeky synth dance tracks and leftfield experimentation, so with wanting to be too cheesy.. Expect the unexpected.…view full details.

Nirvana
Bleach: Deluxe Edition

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Nirvana going round for the first time. 'Bleach' was the beginning of the famed grungers infinite ascendency, and it's now reissued as a lovely deluxe edition with more anthemic dejection than you could ever wish for: a live recording of their Portland show in 1990 (with a few surprises and covers), plus an obscenely long booklet of once-private photos. In summary: Nirvana, Bleach, deluxe.…view full details.

Ausmuteants
Amusements

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8/10 according to our Clinton

This is a lot better than song titles like ‘Stepped in Shit’ and ‘Pissed Myself Twice’ might have you believe. ‘Flushing Problems’ (....yeah, I know) comes across a little like a punkier take on Devo’s jerky music or at other points a grittier man Bis. Its full of robotic rhythms and twitchy guitars c…view full details.

Ausmuteants
Order of Operation

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9/10 according to our ReviewBot300

"Ty Livingston Seagull's twee equivalent" says whoever wrote the somewhat dismissive item description for the latest offering from Aussie post-punk garage rockers Ausmuteants, who probably have a lot more in common with Segall's west coast garage predecessors A Frames or a ramshackle DIY punk take on Devo's jerky automaton pop, with so…view full details.

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

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Kate Carr is an accomplished field recordist, and the enticingly-titled I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring is what she extracted from the surroundings of the desolate French town of Marnay, which comprise a flooded river and a power plant. She sets of the resulting mixtures of electro-hum and water-drip with careful melodic tones and even guitar. A good and involving listen on Rivertones.…view full details.

Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

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Cass McCombs is now established as a songwriter of the highest order. Mangy Love is lyrically his darkest record yet, all seen with his uniquely aware and often humorous eye. Musically it’s experimental soul, warped psychedelia, rock, hip-hop and beat poetry that shapes the album's upbeat and immediate sound. Guests include Angel Olsen and Blake Mills. Mangy Love was produced by Rob Schnapf. …view full details.

The Parrots
Los Ninos Sin Miedo

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The Parrots are a Madrid band of psychedelic garage-men, and Los Ninos Sin Miedo is their debut album. That chunky orange 70’s-style lettering on the old-school sleeve art is pretty indicative of the band’s sound, where a thick low-end groove drives along big, cool-guy lashings of guitar. Out on Heavenly.…view full details.

L.A. Salami
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Directors Cut

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From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band. In fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician, and Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut is his debut album. Salami utters confessional / political lyrics on a wide-range of songs, some quiet and subtle, others big and brassy. Out on Sunday Best.…view full details.

Vinyl Williams
Brunei

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Vinyl Williams previous album ‘Into’ was a bit unfairly maligned in some places for not being the  most consistent album of all time, yet amongst the sprawl were various examples of how dream pop can still thrill in a world where we chase fake things around the street with a phone. The follow up ‘Brunei’ has the sort of convoluted concept that makes you want…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Kyuss
Blues For The Red Sun

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Kyuss creates music that no one else can duplicate. It's perfect for those long hot summer days and even better for the humid nights that follow. Listening to this album makes you want to hop in a convertible and drive through the desert. If you picture the first rays of the desert sun spreading across a plane of dunes and sand, as the opening hum of "Thumb" commences. Then you know the sound of Kyuss. Kyuss has a groove like no other, and here they begin to perfect it. A great spot to start, if…view full details.

William S. Burroughs
Nothing Here Now but the Recordings

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9/10 according to our Jim

One of the coolest records ever made gets some long overdue reissue treatment from Dais. Originally released on Throbbing Gristle’s legendary label Industrial Records in 1981, this one-of-a-kind classic was put together by Genesis P-Orridg…view full details.

Various
Total 16

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Every year, like clockwork, Cologne’s Kompakt label releases a Total compilation, and everything feels right with the world. How could it not with such a large dose of smooth, warm minimal techno-pop pulsing through the speakers? The 2CD edition has 25 tracks: the 2LP edition has fewer, but is more DJ friendly, and also includes 3 vinyl exclusives.…view full details.

Lies
Plague

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Brutalist bludgeoning hardcore from a group that features members of The Hope Conspiracy and Skin Like Iron. No time is wasted here: Lies pummel their way through Plague’s allotted 8 tracks so fast that the whole album fits onto one side of vinyl: the B-side is taken up with an etching. On Southern Lord.…view full details.

Kornél Kovács
The Bells

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After plenty of DJ and 12” action both alone and as a key component of the Studio Barnhus trio, Kornél Kovács finally blesses the world with a debut full-length in the form of Bells. That’s an extra large portion of bouncy and delicious house, with a fresh spin to some of the productions. Out on Studio Barnhus.…view full details.

Kyuss
...And The Circus Leaves Town

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

It is initially difficult to appreciate Circus because it doesn't really sound like a Kyuss album in several respects. In place of sprawling, "Freedom Run" style epics, Circus is basically a collection of medium length grooves. Even the 11 minute album closer plays more like a medley of short riff jams than a through composed epic. Meanwhile, the band's trademark organic guitar voices are replaced with a thick, beefy growl that foreshadows the early QOTSA "robot rock" sound. There is still consi…view full details.

Kyuss
Welcome To Sky Valley

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

The music here is driving and heavy with memorable guitar work and washes of baked psychedelia. It's late afternoon and even the scorpions are seeking shelter from the hot desert sun as Welcome to Sky Valley surges through your stereo speakers. This album reminds me of Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden, where it is equally raw and heavy, but with dynamic songcraft. One slight criticism is that once in a while a couple of the songs lose focus, meandering from superb Metal grooves into funk or off int…view full details.

Kiwi
Throw Down

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Coming out right at the end of our (ever)fair British summer, maybe this could help it continue for a few more weeks. Kiwi’s cover of Carmen’s 1986 cult/club classic Throwdown brings a 4/4 disco club version and a lofi keys led latin percussion version on the back, both are surefire inside sunshine-bringers. …view full details.

D.R. Hooker
The Truth

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So similar in name to Dr Hook but don't be alarmed this is something completely different. It has been voted one of the rarest records of all time and was released in an edition of less than a hundred back in 1972. D.R. Hooker was in fact a robe-clad hippy who wrote surprisingly sophisticated songs that have something of the Randy Newman about them. …view full details.

Crotaphytus
Acanthosaura

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Crotaphytus is what happens when Robert Witschakowski doesn’t feel like partying things up with electro music as The Exaltics. No, this is him in a dark and brooding mood. Acanthosaura is a simmering set of dark ambient atmospheres and hazy feelings, all transmitted through a heavy electronic rig. 500 LP copies on Further Records.…view full details.

Pascal Comelade
Wings On Rocks

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Three bits and pieces from Pascal Comelade, plucked up from across his career. The title track is from the soundtrack to a 1999 Bob Wilson ballet, and we also have an unreleased track from 2009 and a brand new take on a familiar song. Guest musicians include the mighty Richard Pinhas and Xarim Aresté. That’s a lot to pack into a 7” eh? Wings On Rocks is out on Cougouyou Music.…view full details.

Pascal Comelade & Armand Miralles
Carré Noir Sur Fond Noir

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Pascal Comelade is a virtuoso performer on not-traditionally-virtuoso instruments like the toy piano and the singing saw. He recorded Carré Noir Sur Fond Noir with Heratius member Armand Miralles back in 1980, but these strange little tracks have never yet been released. A curious mix of electronic dredge and acoustic twinkle, rather nice. 7” on Cougouyou Music.…view full details.

Ryan Martin & Joachim Nordwall
Trance Below The Streets

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The title Trance Below The Streets presumably refers to the state of mind that these two deep synth-heads fell into while recording the record in a chilly basement. Ryan Martin and Joachim Nordwall weave their tender electronic patterns around one another, forming beautiful crystalline sculptures. 300 LP copies on iDEAL.…view full details.

Dungen
Ta Det Lugnt

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8/10 according to our Phil

Dungen are from Sweden I believe. Well they have a new CD out on Memphis Industries and it's a bit superb indeedy... This is proper authentic 60's psychedelic pop that is done so well I almost can't believe it's been recorded recently. This has loads of really strong melodies complete with fun wig out happenings. It's all sung in Swedish which is a nice change. I can't understan…view full details.

Trad, Gras och Stenar
Gardet 12.6.1970

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'Splash' coloured vinyl, gatefold 2LP on Subliminal Sounds

Quentin Sirjacq
Far Islands and Near Places

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Monsieur Sirjacq is, it seems, a prolific composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with the excellent Dakota Suite and it is the Frenchman's talents which shine through here on this twinkling, luminous piece of instrumental work. Shimmering piano, fender rhodes and playful glockenspiel entwine in the sunshine on the feathery dance that is "…view full details.

Death in Vegas
Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)

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Death In Vegas have secured the original dark synth-poppers themselves for a remix of their Consequences Of Love: Chris & Cosey! On top of the fact that the original track was developed with Sasha Grey, that makes for one sexy-sleek set. This 12” contains both original and remixed versions. Out on the Drone label.…view full details.

Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
RailCables2016

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Great news, for Rail Cables have released their 2016 collection! It follows a set of four compilations -- one for each season -- that gratified our ears last year here at NR, especially those of us who travel by rail. The guys seem to have abbreviated or streamlined their processes; here are a mere four train-inspired long-form tracks, each from a different producer working within the realm of …view full details.

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

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It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay pro…view full details.

Soundgarden
Down On The Upside

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The fifth album from Soundgarden turned out to be their last before an acrimonious break-up and a break of more than a decade and a half. Listen carefully and hear the seeds of their arguments! These mostly stemmed from a push towards less heavy, more experimental sounds, which in Chris Cornell’s defence it must be said were fairly interesting. Down On The Upside is reissued by Universal.…view full details.

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

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9/10 according to our Robin

Once, they were an orchestra; now, all is fire. Here, at the core of one of modern music’s most notorious free jazz communities, we have tenacious tenorist Mats Gustafsson, alongside bass athlete Johan Berthling (also of post-rock nappers Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin, better known for being in Wildbirds & Pe…view full details.

Fontan
Polar Star EP

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Fontan are a neo-psych band from Sweden. On Polar Star EP they begin in the vein of Barrett-era Pink Floyd before taking us on a journey through Philip Glass-style polyrhythms, assured guitar work, breakbeat disco and haunting harmonies and organ. Elsewhere the EP is has melancholy with global influence from California to Bhutan and life-affirming sounds fused in outer-space. The EP respectfully takes its influences and breaks new gr…view full details.

Ghost Wave
Radio Norfolk

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Despite naming their album after a very close wireless affiliate of Alan Partridges Radio Norwich, Ghost Wave hail actually from New Zealand and appear on that country’s seminal Flying Nun imprint. However, all their influences are anglophile and it’s only apt that they’ve got Spacemen 3 dude and Norman Records telephone botherer Sonic Boom t…view full details.


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