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Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!12" on Old Habits
K. Leimer digs into his own archives for this reissue on his own Palace of Lights label. The questing synth sounds on Closed System Potentials were recorded in 1979, and are presented here in remastered and expanded form: a few tracks are previously unreleased. Plus an insert with an essay squeezed in alongside the LP.…view full details.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma runs drone-authority label Root Strata and performs in a bunch of bands, including Tarentel. His Songs Of Forgiveness are longish tracks with a sort of lo-fi dub / ambient vibe, all echoed and warm and woozy. Released as a cassette in 2014, now pressed up to vinyl by Pre-Echo: please note our note about the centre label!…view full details.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma runs drone-authority label Root Strata and performs in a bunch of bands, including Tarentel. His Songs Of Remembrance are echo-textured jams for synth, drum machine, guitar etc., carrying a whole lot of woozy atmosphere. Released as a cassette in 2014, now pressed up to vinyl (please note our note about the centre label!).…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
I'm not going to be able to sway you into purchasing this LP by listing its big names. There are none. Instead this is a superbly curated compilation of lesser known limited run records and private press recordings mainly in a lo-fi pop folk vein made between 1961 and 1991. What makes the album an essential purchase is that the curators have located some brilliant tracks that you would never ha…view full details.
Modern Harmonic present an incredible recording of a performance of one of John Cage’s Variations pieces, put together with the intense involvement of the phenomenal David Tudor. The Variations IV gives a lot of freedom to the performers, and they really embraced that freedom: this is a riotous whirl of sound, with the perfect …view full details.
Tak Shindo was a premier exponent of the colourful ‘exotica’ genre back in the day, cheerfully scooping up bits and pieces from cultures around the world and mixing them up for a good fun time. Mganga! is African-plus-Japanese-plus-Cuban action from 1958, a frenzy of sounds and textures in a popular-music package. Reissued by Modern Harmonic.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!180g vinyl 2LP on Steel Wool
8/10 according to our Jamie
Two gorgeous, expansive, synth and full band electronic jams from Sam Shepherd. He wrote the tracks on this record at the start of the ‘Elaenia’ LP sessions, only later when performing live and kindling an interest in a band setting and freeform experimentation did the seed for this record become sown. On ‘Kuiper’, the stage is set with bubbling electronic oscillations f…view full details.
Four veterans of Japan’s weird, experimental, improvising scenes get together. Harutaka Mochizuki is best known for improvised saxophone, but plays an ancient wind instrument named the hichikiri here along with Aoki Tomoyuki from Up-Tight. The Hasegawa Shizuo duo also contribute some music, completing the wild and unusual set-up. Enka Mood Collection is out on 10” vinyl via An’archives.…view full details.
- Available on: 10", £19.99
- Artist: Tomoyuki Aoki & Harutaka Mochizuki & Hasegawa Shizuo
- Label: An’archives
- Genres: Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
8/10 according to our Laurie
I have not heard Bristolians Silver Waves until now, but the best way I can find to describe them is like if Silver Apples had been born 20 years ago into a world of digital soundmangling instead of analog buffoonery. Imagine if they got to know Aphex, u-ziq and Alva Noto …view full details.
7/10 according to our Laurie
Thanks to the combined forces of Christopher Nolan, Public Service Broadcasting and a smattering of Ghost Box, we now live in a world obsessed with 60s space nostalgia. This means an influx of spacey synth music which cannot help but drop in countless samples from well-to-do Americans talking through the radio box about Sputnik or Buzz. Apparent…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
One thing that keeps the momentum of music interesting for me is when artists explore genres they don’t necessarily have roots in or are associated with (not counting fashion victim band wagon jumping sheep). For example techno has recently been invigorated by artists migrating from genres to create their vision of the sound. Cue A New Line (Related) a pseudonym of …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
I wish I knew how to drift. How to….how you say? ….relax. If I did then this new album from Will Long the man who makes music as Celer could be the perfect soundtrack to these relaxing times. Indeed the press release advises that it is 'ideal for floatation tanks'. Will doesn’t rush anything..he’s probably spent the best part of …view full details.
Some spiritual darkness from Sabla. Spirits are the new sonic mutations from the Gang of Ducks affiliate. Each tune is based around some eerie samples from various field recordings. These snippets of grainy vocals are accompanied by some heavy production, in a dubbed out techno fashion - he's knee deep in the juju on this one. Out on 12" vinyl from Gang Of Ducks.…view full details.
NYC resident Ital returns with a dark and stressful EP in the form of the appropriately titled Toxic Work Environment. The muffled kick-drum mirrors heart palpitations with the moody synth doing little to lighten the mood. Occasional glimpses of respite offer release from the existential panic that makes up the bulk of this ultra-contemporary effort. Out on vinyl 12” from Gang Of Ducks.…view full details.
Karlrecords have allowed Reinhold Friedl (main man in Zeitkratzer) to keep curate a series of major electroacoustic reissues for them: second up is a work by the almighty Iannis Xenakis. La Légende D’Eer is a huge piece of electronic sound, noisy and overwhelming and beautiful. Several different mixdowns and versions exist, but this is a new one, overseen by Rashad Becker. Crucial electronics!…view full details.
Black Crack are just as sleazy and underslung sounding as a band called Black Crack ought to be. Lyrics describe some pretty heavy adventures over taut pavement-crawling bass lines and garage guitar. Black Crack is the work of Mark Tilton of The Membranes, and the I Woke Up / Peach Fuzz single is out via Louder Than War.…view full details.
Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.…view full details.
New York dreamy sleepwalkers Elysian Fields are back once more with their eighth album in over twenty years. Jennifer Charles’ airy vocals drift over deep and melodic soundscapes that will take you outside your body if you’re not careful. Ghost of No features mastering by Mark Plati, creating just that extra space to launch you into a waking dream.…view full details.
The follow-up to Suicide's 1977's legendary eponymous trail blazer. 'Alan Vega Martin Rev' (named after the two members of Suicide, in case that isn't obvious) was originally released in 1980 and produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. A lighter and fluffier animal than its predecessor, but still bearing a healthy kick of venom. Reissued on vinyl.…view full details.
Dosh & Ghostband (look at the pair of them there on the cover) reportedly put together the 4 tracks on Def Kith II: The Price Is Ill in a trifling 4 days: listen carefully and you’ll here the heat of spontaneous creation. It feels like various elements are being carefully examined and then swiftly thrown into the mix, all to serve the purpose of dancing, baby! Propulsive good times on Anticon.…view full details.
Audion is the long-running I-Love-Techno project from Matthew Dear, and recent album Alpha was first full album released under the name in 10 whole years! To celebrate, 2 of those mighty dancefloor cuts have been extracted and remixed, one by FOLD and one by Matthew Herbert, the other electronic-music-boffin-named-Matthew. 12” on !K7.…view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
The Parrots are a Spanish rock band with a singer who sounds like he's garbled a sackful of sunflower seeds. They play a kind of hispanic sounding noisy rock. It sounds ok but I don't think they've reached their beak yet (you're fired - Phil). …view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.
Luke Slater clearly knows that whenever he straps on his Planetary Assault Systems alias, things are going to get potent. They’d have to with such an excellent, large-scale name. Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series (Part 2) is loaded with a fierce space-techno tune called ‘Kat’, presented in both original and Josh Wink remix forms. 12” on Mote Evolver.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
In which Nils Frahm, Sebastian Singwald and Frederic Gmeiner continue to plunder themselves plundering their little selves. If you see what I mean.... No? Well, back at the beginning-ish (February?) of this unforgettable year we know as 2016, mess(e)rs Frahm and chums released a post-rock-electronic album which they called 'The Gamble', under their Nonkeen …view full details.
A new jam from the Brothers Dewaele, under their more band-centric Soulwax alias (as opposed to their 2manydjs work). And get this: famous actress Chloe Sevigny is here as well, dramatically reading a poem! Heaven Scent is as electro-groovy as anything in the Sou…view full details.
A slice of excellent and lovely Todd Terje gets looked at in two new ways by two fairly different producers. The UK’s Luke Abbott adds a warm ambient haze over the whole thing, while Berlin producer and bakery owner (it's true, look it up) Dixon puts Snooze 4 Love on an intensive workout regime, making it into a lean dance floor cut. 12” on Olsen Records.…view full details.
Pet Shop Boys! As ever, the mighty pop duo have a hot single on their hands in the form of Inner Sanctum, taken from their recent Super album. This 12” release boosts the single with 2 demo versions and, more remarkably, a remix from the one and only Carl Craig! Craig straps the (already pretty dance-friendly) PSB pop into a full-on techno suit, with floor-filling results. 12” single on x2.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
This is the latest attempt by Brainfeeder to cover the entire world in jazz tronica mayhem. Certainly fans of Fly-Lo and Kam Wash need to take note of this offering from Dutchman Jameszoo which contains enough Herbie Hancock style wibblery and Thundercat li…view full details.
Faun Fables are an alt. folk duo comprising of Dawn McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Nils Frykdahl. They have been making music since 1998 and in 2004 signed to Drag City. Born Of The Sun comes six years after their last album, Light of a Vaster Dark. …view full details.
7/10 according to Jack (customer) on
While it can take some getting used to for fans of Neurosis's heavier material, The Eye of Every Storm is worth the effort. These guys occupy their own little niche in the music world, composing multifaceted epics with an admirable disregard for what everyone else is doing. Neurosis's knack for jarring dynamics is still abundantly evident in "I Can See You" and the instrumental "Shelter," two pieces that start slowly and then kick into high gear for a searing heaviness that's all the more eff…view full details.
As part of a new series on LuckyMe, Eclair Fifi is getting some favourite tunes of hers re-pressed and re-released. Never Let Me Go is a strong 1987 track from Mickey Oliver, featuring the vocals of Shanna Jae. Sexy Chicago house fully deserving of a higher profile, with modern remixes rounding out the 12”.…view full details.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Here, 2 crews face off in friendly competition on different sides of the vinyl: Brentford All Stars field the plenty-sampled breaks of Greedy G, and IM & The Sound Dime…view full details.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Here, Dawn Penn’s No, No, No is paired with Ghetto Organ by Jackie Mittoo: both tunes are well worthy of their classic status, and its a treat to have them served up (remastered!) on new vinyl.…view full details.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Skylarking / Sky Rhythm is a beautiful classic, featuring the angelic vocals of Horace Andy. Digitally remastered too! 7” on Soul Jazz.…view full details.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Feel Like Jumping, presented here in parts one and two, is a lovely laid-back skanking classic from Marcia Griffiths. Digitally remastered reggae goodness.…view full details.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. This one is a dubby version of the Chic disco banger I Want Your Love, lovingly performed by Norma White. Digitally remastered too!…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
This album is just distracting. I’m sorry. That’s what it is. It sounds uncanny in too many instances, barreling between the exact act it’s accidentally mimicking at the flick of a switch. The Amazing are an epic tour-de-force of a rock band, crafting meandering but worthwhile pop songs out of lush, stormy psychedelia: what they do is commendable, but can we also just talk abo…view full details.
Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to introduce listeners to what the duo are capable of. 10” on Rough Trade.…view full details.
MSTRKRFT return after five years away. Made up of Jesse F. Keeler from Death from Above 1979 and producer Al-P (who produced You're a Woman, I'm a Machine). Together the two make anolog synth based electronic dance music with a punk tinge. Groovey and closer to the MGMT end of the spectrum, imagine DFA but taken from the opposite angle. …view full details.
Howard Shore is a man of many movie soundtracks: this is what he did to accompany David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. As with anything Cronenberg, there is an underlying strangeness to this score: it sounds lush and beautiful, but has a really sinister undertow nagging at the listener’s ears throughout. 180g vinyl with original artwork on the sleeve.…view full details.
10/10 according to Simon S (customer) on
Ahh man, this record is the beez kneez! Both rocking and meditative, in the best way possible. Just guitar (mainly an E chord) and drums, doing the ol' Diddley for about 40 minutes. But don't get me wrong, it never gets boring! Slight alternations by both participants keeps the piece moving forward and the listener on toes. The music really grabs hold of you and makes you jerk your legs in perpetual motion. For fans of music that can be played by apes but only made up by geniu…view full details.
Boss Hog is one of the slightly lesser-known projects of big rock & roll man Jon Spencer, forming a potent double act with the fierce Cristina Martinez. Brood Star is a brand new release issued as a preview for a forthcoming full-length, although it makes a potent enough mark in just 4 songs, I have to say. 12” EP on In The Red.…view full details.
As their name would suggest Hard Left are a band that promote left-wing ideals. Principally, however, they are a a mod-tinged punk band who have a lot of fun. Economy EP is packed with coarse-throated vocals, raw guitars, band chants - everything you’d expect from anthemic punk. For fans of The Clash, SLF, Sex Pistols and The Dils.…view full details.
Look at that title...'Atom Brain Monster - Rock!'. Just look at the word 'Rock!'. This is the latest missive from former Spacemen 3 traveller Sterling Roswell. It's swampy, fuzzy rock and roll that seems to be a comment on a certain British leader who allegedly has a fondness for a type of snorting mammal. …view full details.
5/10 according to our Clinton
Dream Wife are an up and coming raw guitar rawwwwwk band who have a rather naff sound that reminds me of nothing else but Transvision Vamp. On 'Hey Heartbreaker' the band have a ballsy guitar sound and 'attitoode' laden vocals but as hard as I might look I can't find a catchy hook anywhere. This renders the track absolutely pointless to anyone who is…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
After making strides welding early day electronics with a strange kind of proto pop music on 'Reproduction', the Human League wasted no time in following it up but 'Travelogue' shows them treading water somewhat - neither reaching pop nirvana nor being truly instrumental. The problems could be summed up in opener 'The Black Hit of Space' which contains surely the worst set of lyrics…view full details.
Philippe Chany was one of the hitmakers behind Love International, but later ran off for a solo project. Rive Gauche was apparently informed by experimental film soundtracks, and Chany is pretty successful at replicating the eclectic stylistic dabbling of some of those scores, through plenty of sampling. This reissue edition has been rema…view full details.
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