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8/10 according to our Jim
To celebrate its 15th birthday, Lawrence English’s Room40 label is releasing a series of reissues of out-of-print recordings, the first being this Tim Hecker LP that brings together two tracks, ‘Norberg’ from 2007 and ‘Apondalifa’ from 2010. Both tracks are classic Tim Hecker, merging chaotic noise with a contemplative melodicism, all unfurling in a kind…view full details.
The press release for No Light, Only Fire identifies Witchsorrow as a ‘Hampshire Doom Militia’, which is just too good not to repeat. The band rumble their way through eight tracks here, generating a lot of sheer sonic weight in true doom metal style. Pressed to double 180g clear vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and released by Back On Black.…view full details.
Pre-Cert takes inspiration from the early underworld of VHS film releases, where a lack of regulations meant that the gorier and nastier the better. How does that translate to music? Very well it turns out, with Videogram providing a lurid range of synthy sonic sleaze. Limited CD and vinyl releases on Cineploit.…view full details.
The legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra’s classic debut album is available on vinyl again! A major synth-pop progenitor here: influential enough to be up there with Kraftwerk. Includes the well known single ‘Firecracker’. A significant (and very fun!) record, reissued on clear vinyl in an edition of 1000, on Music On Vinyl.…view full details.
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is a PS4 game of advanced non-linear design. Given that the game’s story has the heavy and emotionally resonant setting of post-apocalyptic world, it is appropriate that Jessica Curry’s original soundtrack is a somberly beautiful set pieces for orchestra, choir and soprano. Double transparent vinyl LP.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
I know Ty Segall is a garage guy etc but I still was surprised to see how much time he's devoted into covering T-Rex songs. The original glam stompers were always an interesting proposition with their oddball song structures and Marc Bolan's quivering voice and they make unusual but perfectly understandable bed fellows when snuggling down with Ty Segall. These songs …view full details.
Unsung hero R. Stevie Moore joins with Tim Burgess’ new label O Genesis for a trio of glorious pop songs on 7” vinyl. Described by Burgess as a ‘best kept secret’, Moore really is something to behold. With a gazillion albums under his formidable belt, I Go Into Your Mind is a fine place to begin your love affair.…view full details.
Original old-time Christmas music from The Shades, performing the legendary Santa Claus Is Coming To Town in 1966. Warms the cockles of your heart doesn’t it? This reissued 7” single also contains their original tune ‘Prancer’s Got Some Red Spots’. Originally out on the small Fujimo Records, the reissue is courtesy of Numero Group. Merry Christmas!…view full details.
Welcome to 2015, where a throw-away joke about a version of Run The Jewels’ RTJ2 made with cat sounds can be taken by the internet and turned into a real thing. And it’s true, Meow The Jewels remixes the whole record to replace the beats with cats. For real. El-P and Killer Mike received help from the likes of Zola Jesus and Dan The Automator in bringing this thing to life.…view full details.
To accompany that film Montage Of Heck, a collection of Kurt Cobain’s home recordings has been released, and it is from that set that And I Love Her / Sappy (Early Demo) has been pulled. What the recordings lack in clarity and fidelity, they more than gain from the super-intimacy of hearing Cobain up close and at home. 7” on Universal.…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
The last of five indispensable albums Sonic Youth released in the late 1980s, they had the good sense to ensure their first release with 'major label muscle' behind it was also their most accessible. Like all great Sonic Youth albums, Goo manages to simultaneously give an immediate pure noise thrill, whilst ceaselessly pushing the boundary of popular music. By ceaselessly innovating Sonic Youth have changed the face of `alternative' music. Almost every great band of the past decade is forever…view full details.
9/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on
This is the Sonic Youth album I identify with most, originally released in 1992 when I was 18. I'd only heard "Goo" prior to this and loved it. "Dirty" was almost like a pop album in comparison. Opener "100%" was also the first single, despite the squalling feedback, Butch Vig's tight production made it very accessible. The same could be said of "Drunken Butterfly" with its wall of guitars exploding through the speakers. "Shoot" is cool, slow bass-led groove sung by Kim Gordon. "Teresa's Soun…view full details.
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Washing Machine did not arrive with the critical praise of Daydream Nation and did not have the buzz of expectation like Dirty or Goo. It took the band to a new level of sound, where they not only wanted to announce their presence with authority but also wanted you to rest easy knowing they were there to protect you. This isn't just a good record....it's a classic. Most of the people who criticise this album either don't understand Sonic Youth or haven't given it a fair hearing. It has some o…view full details.
Young Essex duo Plaitum are all about noisy electro-pop, as they very capably demonstrate on this self-titled debut EP. These tracks could fairly be called epic, laden as they are with big sweeping synths and deep-reverbed drums. Add pop sensibility and occasional distorted screams and you might well have a hit. 12” EP on the Wolf Tone label.…view full details.
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Ennio Morricone soundtracks are always worth hearing, but it is his Spaghetti Western work that really brought him his fame, at least in English-speaking countries. The Big Gundown is just such a soundtrack, sweeping memorably across the landscape. Remastered double LP in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. On Mondo.…view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
Is anything as funny as this pic of how Nirvana would look in 2015? Instead of a full scale reunion with (…er) the Stiltskin singer on voice we get this 31 track compilation of Kurt’s home recordings. As you may imagine it’s scratty, it’s scrappy it’s full of messi…view full details.
Acidmonium is a release that explicitly draws lines between techno music and electroacoustic music, recognising that they actually have a lot in common. Arnaud Rebotini (who has legit GRM credentials) and Christian Zanesi come from different sides of the fence, but have worked together to produce these 4 tracks. Great cover-art too. On Blackstrobe Records.…view full details.
British band Splashh relocated to New York after touring their acclaimed debut album Comfort. They have since returned to blighty to record their first post-Comfort material in their London studio. On their new 12”, Pure Blue, thick layers of guitar and analogue electronics are topped with hazy, shoegazey vocals. Pure Blue was produced by the band and mixed by Nicolas Verhnes, known for his work with Deerhunte…view full details.
Yup. Look at that artwork. Wes Benscoter doing what he does best as he has previously for Slayer and Black Sabbath. Now launch this onto your turntable and embrace the brutal, catchy, oh-so-eighties vibes of Claudio Simonetti’s score to The New Barbarians. Out on chunky vinyl LP from Death Waltz Recording Company.…view full details.
Way before they became a curly-haired pop phenomena, Metronomy were a weird little electro band. This is the first album where they started to write 'proper' songs and have a man sing them. "Heartbreaker' particularly foreshadows their increasingly endearing rinky-dink pop. 10th anniversary re-issue 2LP on Because.…view full details.
Suburban Hunting is where Broken English Club brings together his disparate interests into a coherent whole. He uses the inspiration of musics like grindcore and noise (one of the tracks is named after a Napalm Death tune) to make brutalist, mostly danceable electronic music. Double 12” set on black and clear splatter vinyl, in an edition of 999 copies.…view full details.
From Kinshasa is a new project from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic Congo. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know already how much gorgeous music has flown out of the city over the years, and Mbongwana Star is no exception, flowing together Congolese rhythms with some electronics and post-punk inspirations. Groovy materials on World Circuit.…view full details.
After a glittering career which has spanned nearly 30 years and a number of awards including four Grammys and an Ivor Novello award, Irish songstress Enya is back with a new album. Dark Sky Island was three years in the making and comes seven years after her last album And Winter Came. Dark Sky Island is euphoric, optimistic, in places hymnal wrapped in expansive production that recalls Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.…view full details.
Black Market Music was the third album to be released by androgynous alternative rockers Placebo. It followed on from the massive success of their sophomore effort Without You I’m Nothing. The band have sold over 12 million albums inspiring legions of fans to start their own bands. Black Market Music is available on Bronze/Gold coloured vinyl as well as standard black vinyl. …view full details.
5 7” singles of music that the legendary Lee Scratch Perry either performed on or produced, spanning the breadth of the Pressure Sounds archive. Includes tracks from The Upsetters, Jah Lloyd, and even an appearance from Bob Marley. All the individual single sleeves and the screen-printed box have been designed e…view full details.
Submerged avant-techno from the duo of Francis Harris and Gabe Hedrick: together they form Aris Kindt. Debut album Floods was inspired by the work of the wonderful author W.G. Sebald: consequently it woozes in and out of the past and the present, of recognisable forms and attractive abstraction. CD or slate grey vinyl on Harris’ Scissor & Thread label.…view full details.
Plux Quba was first issued in 1988, to little attention. But over the years (following a reissue courtesy of Jim O’Rourke in 1998), people have recognised the value of Portugal’s Nuno Cananvarro and this, his masterpiece of sampletastic abstracted electronics. Reissued in a replica of the original enticing sleeve on Drag City.…view full details.
Timely vinyl reissue of a 1988 early singles, b-sides and rarities compilation by seminal indie rock provocateurs, The Jesus and Mary Chain. Showcasing the many sides of the band with trashy pop, sultry surf, moody acoustic numbers and searing walls of noise- a great introduction to the band and a must have for devotees. …view full details.
Marks To Prove It is the fourth album produced by indie rock group The Maccabees, following a three year gap. All the hallmarks are still in place though, don’t worry: omnipresent guitars and choruses that are probably anthemic or something. The deluxe edition comes with a film the band made about Elephant & Castle, and the vinyl is available as a limited edition dark blue 2LP.…view full details.
Second album from Me and My Kites, a flighty collection of songs that breeze past the listener so laden with summer that you could catch hayfever. Is It Real Or Is It Made? was recorded in Norway, and there is, from time to time, an audibly Scandinavian touch to the vocals. LP released by Porcelain Records.…view full details.
An Ultimate DJ is an odd new project from the combined talents of Maoupa Mazzochetti, PD Cloarec and DJ Coquelin. Seemingly questioning their own existence right from the off with the quizzical title An Ultimate DJ?, they’ve produced 2 tracks of rough’n’ready club bounce, complete with low-res French spoken interjections. 12” on PRR! PRR!…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Third outing on Sandwell District for this elusive producer and he's in full on explicit dancefloor slaying mode. 'Shepherd's Brine' kicks off with clean hi-hats and an almost phazing bassline with fast pulsating micro bleeps, then twists and turns with big floor friendly build ups and the olde hide and seek with the kick drum trick. Thin…view full details.
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Techno trendsetter Tobias Schmidt has smashed it again with His Monster’s Voice, like it’s predecessor Call The Fucking Cops EP it is released on Don’t. A string of club and festival appearances leading up to the EPs release have consolidated his place at the top of the pile. His Monster’s Voice contains four hard-hitting tracks, each with it’s own distinctive flavour.…view full details.
Manni Dee presents 4 tracks of the hard stuff. Behaviour Cycles is techno driven by very firm beats, with acidic synth-lines completing the picture. Tracks like ‘Oligarch Orgy’ and ‘Challenge & Resist’ drop the listener straight into the atmosphere of a vigorous techno sweatbox, oblivious to all but the dance. Intoxicating action on Earwiggle.…view full details.
Deep techno atmospherics from the project of Sciahri and Emanuele Porcinai. They are a producer / DJ and a composer / electroacoustics guy respectively, and these different approaches mean a very satisfying melding in the middle: texture and tone is as important a rhythm and groove. UNKNOT02 by UNKNOT is released on their UNKNOT label.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Really the only way you could get me interested in a release by these vibeless slackers is to tell me their new record is fucking unlistenable, which many have. Purported to be ‘Metal Machine Music’ for Pavement fans, ‘Monastic Living’ is actually the most energetic these dudes have …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Herve Atsè Corti has been putting out tracks on Bosconi Extra Virgin, Delsin, All City, Kontra-Musik, Don’t Be Afraid and has now been given a platform on Planet Mu. And deservedly so as this guy’s productions aren’t your bog st…view full details.
Second full-length album from Luckless, a New Zealand solo artist who holds her PJ Harvey-esque voice in between moody, fuzzy indie rock backing. There is a strong 90’s alternative feel to his record, very capably pulled off. Vindication Blues is Luckless’ first outing on vinyl, and is released by the Beautiful Strange label.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Somewhere between Detroit and Berlin - Lancashire to be precise, dwells Andrew Johnson (The Remote Viewer / Hood). Between gobbling up his native cuisine of hot-pots he’s managed to follow up his well received self-titled 2014 long player as A New Line (Related) - back o…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
This is a great compilation of a songwriter that I'm fairly certain absolutely no-one anywhere (apart from maybe a few souls in Barrow-in-Furness) will be aware of. What it does though is instantly capture another time where people like Gary Cook recorded songs at home on 4 track, most of them destined to be heard by no-one -- the only way to get them out there would be to play eccentric, …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Is there any chance Central Processing Unit could release a bad record? Just to show that they are human. There's no chance this time around with this superbly warm slab of electro. The A side 'Hello' (hello to you too) has that deliciously warm and soft sound associated with past greats like Plaid and Aphex Twin at his most mel…view full details.
Ilitch (aka Thierry Müller) released 10 Suicides in 1980. The record is made up of unusual songs, driven by over-cranked guitar and lots of synth, plus vocals from both Müller and Ruth Ellyeri, his own female alter-ego. Reissued on vinyl for the first time, along with a 16-page booklet. On Superior Viaduct.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Boots For Dancing are the missing link between Jozef K and Modern Romance (bear with me) i.e the band Franz Ferdinand wish they were. This amazing piece of lost history fills in a much needed gap in Scottish pop history - where Orange Juice dropp…view full details.
A David Lynch project named Polish Night Music? You can just hear it now can’t you? For this record Mr Lynch worked closely with Polish composer Marek Zebrowski to put together a moody set of piano pieces, Lynch apparently providing electronics (on one track, what sounds like Paulstretch). Double LP, with a download code that includes an exclusive live album. On Sunday Best.…view full details.
Second EP from mystical Estonian alt-pop band The Sinclair Sinclair. The tracks of Breaking the Waves tend to build the rhythm section up around an electronic core, while vocalist Keit Kukk (singing in English) draws her singing straight from the history of ethereal vocalists. Released by the Beautiful Strange label.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
They asked me to play it loud so I obliged. I get the feeling they aren’t going to reward me with material goods, but Workin’ Man Noise Unit have offered this little stocking of rock music to enjoy. Workin’ Man Noise Unit are kind of what I imagine it’d be like if Charizard and Blastoise were in a two piece together; they look hardcore, but they used to be cute ‘li…view full details.
Interesting. The international Digital Hardcore blasters Applicants split several years ago into two friendly factions: Without Fidel and With Fidel, based on which one got to keep key member Fidel Villeneuve. Trophy Wife / John Coffee finds them sharing an energetic, poppy split single: no hard feelings, obviously. On Tigertrap.…view full details.
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