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Terre Thaemlitz’s Comatonse Recordings label is rolling out a three-part series of releases from Will Long, a fellow deep house technician. Purple / Blue (Long Trax EP 1) has two tracks from Long (aka Celer), as well as two overdubs by Thaemlitz themselves, under their DJ Sprinkles alias. Everything here is borne of a long-term engagement with house music and its implications, …view full details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Human Rays (aka Robin Smeds Mattila) made these tracks with a deliberately limited, lo-fi set-up. Isolated minimal ambience is the name of the game, with occasional far-off hints of the techno that Mattila is also known for. Cold but compelling. A Tension is released by Further Records in an edition of 300 LPs.…view full details.
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 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.
Focus On The Centre Of Your Skull by Saturn and the Sun is a visceral yet mind altering mix of psychedelic electronics, ‘80s industrial music, minimal techno and dub. Claims that this will leave your brain in tatters are probably not far from the truth. Recorded directly to tape then pressed to vinyl.…view full details.
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.
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.
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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.
Sh*t and Shine are very prolific but are they prolifically good? Well, yes in the main however this latest release could test some of their supporters to breaking point. It's a grindcore album. One look at the waveform for the soundcloud album sampler will tell you this is very noisy, very heavy stuff. Think Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror. Those sorts. The press release promises that it will 'ruin your weekend'. It's gone further th…view full details.
Inspired by the Brunei dollar, Lionel 'Vinyl' Williams has created an Islam influenced pop opus to help try to spread harmony across the world. He is joined by Company boss Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) and together they have made a dream pop opus which hopes to expand on Williams previous hit and miss effort 'Into'. You can't argue though with a guy whose grandfather is John Williams and father was in Air Supply. …view full details.
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.
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.
- Available on: Double LP, £15.99
- Artist: Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
- Label: Rail Cables
- Genres: Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field, Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
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.
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.
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.
This is the debut full length record from this curiously monikered and altogether mysterious collective. It's a wildly ambitious work that takes in astral psychedelics, blissed out dub, music concrete, pummelling soundtracks and what the press release describes as death jazz. Should appeal to fans of Arthur Russell, Swans, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Mueller. …view full details.
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.
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.
6/10 according to our Clinton
I like it when bands go insane. The Veils have been steadily emerging out of their London based indie roots refining a sound that was once pretty jangly and safe and getting progressively more scary. This one has been co produced in one of the more interesting international hook ups by E.L.P of Run the Jewels and showcases a sound that is one part …view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
There’s something heartwarming about Domino’s insistence on releasing and re-releasing every utterance from US West Coast organ ’n’ drum duo Quasi to what I presume (I may be wrong) is complete public indifference. None of this has even stopped with the dissolution of the band as they are now foisting on the world organ guy Sam Coomes' prepo…view full details.
This release is totally a team effort, with the Fortuna POP! and Slumberland pairing up to release a four-way split between Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, The Spook School and Tigercats. So that’s four different spins on the lively indie-pop sound, dosed with more or less punk, politics and shoegaze depending on the band. Fun, inexpensive variety on CD or blue / white vinyl!…view full details.
Major new work from experimental legend Pauline Oliveros, here working with orchestral ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. Four Meditations and Sound Geometrics are pieces that involve recording and relocation of the orchestras’ sounds while they perform, using Oliveros’ ‘Expanded Instrument System’: the orchestra then responds to its transformed self. On Sub Rosa.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
You listen to “Barely Standing”, the opener to Slushy Guts’ weirdass piece of fucking pop music, and you may just get it. If you’ve ever been in a bedroom and tried to write a pop song, but came out the other end with the same three notes playing on a circle in repeat as your voice badly warbles through improvised garble… you may release a record yet? Whe…view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
The human voice: making music since forever. Long before recording technology came about, anyway. When it works, it really works. Am I right? When used in combination with others voices or accompanied with acoustic instrumentation it can produce the most affecting results, but I don’t need to tell you that. Why am I telling you that? Well, because the music here falls into the ‘very…view full details.
London-based Quays releases his debut EP 'Swoo' on the freshly-launched R&S offshoot. He grabs garage, smatterings of R&B and a touch of techno and throws it in the blender to produce a gravy for the dancefloor and the headphones. 'Falling Down on Me' and 'By Your Side' prove that, with Nancy Anderson, Quays has the emotive vocal moments down. Great! 4-track 12" on Chewy Motto.…view full details.
Having not released anything since 2014’s Happiness Is a Smile EP The Dillinger Escape Plan return with this limited single from forthcoming album Disassociation. It truly is the Dillinger we all know and love, chaotic, unhinged, devilishly precise and unforgiving. You won’t need your morning coffee, or crack-cocaine after this.…view full details.
Oxford's Glass Animals have been all around the world and have directed all the inspiration that they found in travel into this their second LP. They have also considered their audience and seen that they react to big grooves and drums and have therefore stepped things up this time round. Certainly lead single 'Life Itself' melts afro beat rhythms with big pop choruses. One for Wild Beasts fans perhaps? …view full details.
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.
7/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Yeah this is probably not one of Depeche Mode's greatest albums. Some of the songs are a bit patchy and the lyrics are definitely ropey but it has something that some people tend to forget in albums - charm! It's thoroughly modest and they're not trying to be anything other than themselves. It may never reach the greats but sometimes the greats are a little too pretentious and we need something that's real - that has flaws - that's human! It's those sort of things that make this album have a rar…view full details.
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After an album of rather varied quality in A Broken Frame, Depeche Mode really came together for Construction Time Again. Maybe it was the arrival of Alan Wilder, or the marked improvement in both Martin's songwriting and David Gahan's vocals. I believe that it's a combination of all three. Whereas A Broken Frame saw Martin trying to fill the void that Vince Clarke left by attempting to fill his shoes in the songwriting department, Construction Time Again saw Martin Gore trying to write songs li…view full details.
Some Great Reward was originally released in 1984. It was after its release that Depeche Mode started to gain a worldwide audience. The number of fans turning up to their gigs in the States increased noticeably and the album's biggest hit, People Are People was used by German TV as the theme song for their coverage of the Los Angeles Olympics. Some Great Reward is arguably Depeche Mode's best album as words such as "classic" and "ti…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Electronic power pop that sounds fresh to this day. The beats are more bubblegum punk than straight-up dance music. The songs have hooks the Archies would kill for…view full details.
10/10 according to Andy (customer) on
I absolutely love this record, 'Attitude, Love & Determination' is a funky soulful jam of ambition, positivity and unadulterated groove. A 10 odd minute journey of delightful vocals, disco drums, soulful melodies, funky production - really though it is the mood that the track captures that makes it such a winner. This is a lesson in being positive, holding on to hope and achieving your dreams, cheesy concept I know, but done with such honesty here that the optimism is truly infectious.…view full details.
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4 Aussies loved by Gilles Peterson, Hiatus Kaiyote continue their soul-jazz-funk assault on the world with 'Breathing Underwater'. The original track, from their 2015 LP 'Choose Your Weapon', was nominated for a Grammy. So here are DJ Spinna's new and improved, vocalised and instrumental forms, casually flipping scripts between hip-hop, soul and cosmic disco like it ain't no thang. 12" on BBE.…view full details.
Hail, Caesar! By Carter Burwell is the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film of the same name. The film is a satire of 1950’s Hollywood. It contains scenes of movies-within-the-movie. Scoring each scene differently, yet of the era, was an enjoyable challenge for frequent Coen Brothers collaborator Burwell. The styles range from a musical number sung by Channing Tatum to the power of the Red Army Choir. …view full details.
One half of Kon & Amir, Kon himself has been active since 1986 and lent his hand to countless house and disco track edits and reworks. Kon & The Gang acts as a way to compile some of the tracks his has worked on in some way. This release features artists such as Doc Daneeka, Serge Gamesbourg, and Eli Escobar.…view full details.
8/10 according to Stephen (customer) on
“Hot Rats” is probably Frank Zappa’s most well known album. Originally released in 1969, it was his first post-Mothers Of Invention recording. For the most part it is a more serious jazz-rock album than the witty lyrical satire of his previous band. However, The album title, the song titles, the oddly melodic opener “Peaches En Regalia”, in which the melody is played on a number of different and strange sounding instruments, and …view full details.
Compilation of classic Jamaican island sounds, including offerings from the seminal likes of Alton Ellis, Lee Perry, Desmond Dekker and Lynn Tait and the Jets. Cool, laid-back, sun-soaked reggae, available on vinyl as a double long player. Every vinyl collection needs one of these. Pre-order from us now. …view full details.
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