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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.
8/10 according to our Robin
Hey, quick PSA: if you listen to the first track on ‘Blossoms In Red’ for too long you will actually sink into it and become part of the record sleeve. Listening to Ensemble Economique’s new record for the first time might conjure up that thing called ‘deep listening’, echoing the sublime, near non-existent sounds conjured by artists like Pauline Oliveros and Stuar…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.
Heather Leigh lands on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ imprint with a powerful solo album. I Abused Animal is made up of just her enormous voice and her alternately ferocious and eerily-tender pedal-steel guitar. Credit is also given to Leigh’s ‘spiritual adviser’, so you know this shall be a deep trip. Recorded in a 'mystery location'. We don't want the Daily Mail finding out about this. …view full details.
8/10 according to S.Westwood (customer) on
Yak are back with another good release this time in the form of an ep on Jack Whites label "Third man Records". The ep kick off with "No" which is a great way to kick of the album and has great energy. It then goes straight on to "Alas Salvation" which is just under 2 minutes of power and passion and is a great blast of fury. The ep then goes a bit softer and more relaxed with the final track "Out On A Limb" which is a nice alternative to the rawrer noisyer tracks. Overall I would say this i…view full details.
To accompany the reissue of their very earliest 1998 recordings, brand new music from the Soledad Brothers. The original three got together for a classically gnarly piece of blues rock: they’ve maintained their energy throughout their time away. Human Race Blues (no heavier blues than that eh?) is out on 7”, from Cass.…view full details.
Good solid electro tunes from space (via Detroit). On Hello 307 Microlith jams out catchy numbers using a classic palette of analogue drum machines, cosmic delay and acidic synths. This 12” release on the utilitarian-styled Central Processing Unit label is limited to just 250 copies, so act fast.…view full details.
Sarah Williams White is a producer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from South London. She is part of a burgeoning scene that includes the likes of Mo Kolours, Henry Wu along with her brother, Paul White. On her debut album, Of The New World, Sarah mixes classic influences such as Erykah Badu, PJ Harvey and Jamie Lidell with more modern favourites such as…view full details.
Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing is the highly anticipated anthology by Gloria Ann Taylor. Despite her obvious talent, a Grammy nomination, making Motown sit up and take notice and that she moved in the same circles as soul/funk legends James Brown and Bootsy Collins, Taylor quit the music business after the heartbreak of a failed relationship with record producer Walter Whisenhunt. Recorded between 1971-77 she left some golden …view full details.
The Undisco Kidds by Boots For Dancing is a genuine lost gem of a record. The Scottish funk-punk band disbanded in 1982 after releasing a handful of singles. Fortunately, they left a treasure trove of music committed to tape. The Undisco Kidds, had it been released at the time, would no doubt have made the band as popular as the bands they shared members with: The Rezillos, Josef K and The Human League.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian
*This is a re-issue opf the CD only 2006 album. Read Brian's review from back those heady days when we were allowed to smoke in the office* Loscil next then. I like the sleeve. A red & white striped chimney spurting smoke that looks like it's fallen of the top of Willy Wonka's factory. Or a steam liner m…view full details.
9/10 according to S.Westwood (customer) on
Useless eaters are back! This time in the form of this awesome live album on the awesome label Castleface. The album kicks of with the awesome "Reciever (Drop The Bomb)" which is raw and exiting. Other highlights for me include the awesome "American Cars" which is catchy and great. Also the dark "Out in the night" is exiting and great. The album is finished with the track "Scene And Sequence" which is a great way to end the album. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes other rele…view full details.
Citta Violenta is a 1970 crime film starring Charles Bronson. Naturally it is pretty gritty, but Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack ensures that it is also funky. The main theme in particular is much loved by the maestro’s fans. This release is the first time the whole soundtrack has been pressed to vinyl! Limited to 1000 copies on green wax, on the Dagored label.…view full details.
Caballo Negro is the debut album of Sudakistan, produced after significant time spent honing their powers with live shows. Garage rock with Latin rhythms is the order of the day: a pretty ferocious combination. Released on attractive transparent and black splatter vinyl within a sleeve that displays a horse wearing a leather jacket. On PNK SLM.…view full details.
Stabs is the debut full-length album from Holy. Bedroom-intimate garage-indie-pop-rock is the order of the day, with cheap drum machines, blurred vocals and a lovely guitar tone carrying things along. The LP is released as a joint effort between PNK SLM Recordings of Stockholm and Ny Vag Records (which is run by Dennis Lyxzén from Refused).…view full details.
Born from the same source as Sex Beet, new group Lucern Raze continue with the prime objective of blasting out lo-fi, hi-fun garage rock. Debut record Stockholm One is the result of a summer spent in the titular Swedish city. The LP is released on PNK SLM, a scuzzy energy blast to awaken all your senses.…view full details.
The flute as an instrument in contemporary music got ruined by jazz funk and fusion. People just roll their eyes at a flute solo these days, expecting some sort of sleezy Barry White voiceover or something. Well, let flautist Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation fly the flag for the flute once again! Flute Adventure is a collection of killer psychedelic tunes with some traditional Japenese flavour, punctuated by some rampaging electric guitar and Yokota&…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Heavyweight sonic collision from Scandinavian noise bossman Lasse Marhaug and saxophonist Kristoffer Alberts of Norwegian avant-garde / free jazz outfit’s Cortex, Snik and Saka. Marhaug is in blistering form on electronics duties and together the pair interact creating a sound beyond any traditional music…view full details.
Very little is known to have come out of Barrow-in-Furness - the Cumbrian town at the tip of the Furness peninsular. Lots of ships and submarines were built there, Liverpool and England captain Emlyn Hughes was born there and its bus depot was referenced in a 1980s Chewits commercial. There was also its thriving but largely self-contained music scene. Gary Cook was a central figure in this scene, as a member of several bands and as a solo performer, until he died in 2006…view full details.
7/10 according to our Ant
Careful folks - listen to one too many records by The Fall and Factory Floor and you could end up calling your band Shift Work. At ease… someone's already beaten you to it. ‘Document II’ appears to be the erm… second offering from this pair. The first came out on Optimo Mu…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Has your treasured copy of ‘Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe’ been getting lonely on the shelf? Fear not, it’s heartbreaking solitude and hopeless isolation will soon be terminated… Good people; welcome into your home its new companion ‘Douze Inventions En Six Modes De Jeu’. Is this a joke? How can this be? Previously unreleased music from legen…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil
We'll swiftly move onto to Bibio on Mush. Which on the front has a sticker quoting someone from Boards of Canada pretty much saying this is ace. And that person not be wrong cos this is superb. Mellow folky inspired 70's sounding electronica with that disorientating effect in places I'm so fond o…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!Repress 12" on Numbers in SOPHIE logo screen printed black inner, housed in clear PVC sleeve
Sophie began making waves with last year's indispensable pop tune "Bipp", and the London-based producer returns now with "Lemonade", another slice of bizarre dance music with high-pitched vocals that reflect the naive and rapid-fire aesthetic of the PC Music label. Sophie is a producer who doesn't know or believe that what comes up must come down. Tracks: 1. LEMONADE 2. HARD …view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
Nectarine no 9 were the ’90’s band fronted by former Fire Engines leader Davey Henderson and this has been re-issued with a bonus Peel Sessions download intact. It says much for Henderson’s abilities that this is still worth a listen despite some distinct ’90’s production values (God, the drums on fiery opening title track). …view full details.
Forever Cult follow up their Antonio Banderas single with Tunnel Vision, another bouncy bit of fuzz. The single was produced by Matt Peel of Pulled Apart By Horses, who definitely knows how to make stuff that combines the properties of heavy, fast, tuneful and noisy sound right. 7” on the Too Pure Singles Club.…view full details.
Sophie, aka London-based electro producer Samuel Long has released a compilation called Product. The first four tracks of which have previously appeared as two separate 12” singles. The album contains four more tracks however and MSMSMSM is one of them. It is backed Vyzee which also appears on Product. …view full details.
Taken from the end of SOPHIE’s recent singles collection PRODUCT, Just Like We Never Said Goodbye is a full-on electronic pop tune, with chirrupy vocals and lurching synth-lines. The whole business feels slightly off-kilter though, as if something about this isn’t quite right… That’s a good thing by the way! 12” on Numbers with the SOPHIE logo screen-printed on the inner.…view full details.
FaltyDL is back on Ninja Tune for two fresh new dancefloor rollers. Last year’s full-length In The Wild took things in a kind of experimental direction, full of ambience and build. That was very welcome, but a pro like FaltyDL wouldn’t squander the opportunity of a 12” on anything but full-on bangers. Heavyweight vinyl in Ninja Tune’s house sleeve.…view full details.
Fall into the Light / Pilgrim by Fink sees two of the band’s tracks given radically different treatment. Fall into the Light is stripped back to it’s bare bones by resident DJ of Berlin’s Panorama Club Margaret Dygas. On the flip, Paula Temple, who curated the Noise Manifesto, recreates Pilgrim two ways: firstly, turning it into a dancefloor bomb and secondly with an enthralling ambient take. The o…view full details.
Mammut have usually sung in their own native Icelandic: naturally though, they can also do English, as River’s End thoroughly proves. Proper Bella Union stuff this, the band playing carefully constructed dramatic indie behind wistful female vocals. And all meticulously produced as well. 12” vinyl EP.…view full details.
Portraits, the recent debut album from Maribou State, has gone down rather well with the leftfield-leaning electronic heads, and now a few of them have stepped up to remix tracks from it. We’ve got reworks from FYI Chris, Axel Boman, Glenn Astro and the spectacularly named …view full details.
Tiny Ruins has teamed up with Hamish Kilgour, who you might know from The Clean. The two New Zealanders recorded this collection of songs in New York, matching one another on guitars and percussion, Tiny Ruins’s heavy drawl giving things a great mood. Includes a late-night street field recording and two settings of W.B. Yeats poems. 12” on Bella Union.…view full details.
These Fela Kuti recordings, produced with his Africa 70 ensemble, were made in Los Angeles in 1969, and have been little-heard so far. But New York’s Knitting Factory Records are putting out Fela Fela Fela afresh, showcasing that early Fela style. Needless to say, this is groovy and gorgeous and full of life.…view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
Fufanu’s earlier EP ‘Adjust to the Light’ contained come really great spiky post-punk that recalled Interpol and PIL with great songs. I’m not sure what has happened between that and this their first full length album but there’s a lot less magic here. Where the EP had a class…view full details.
Mmmmm, drink in that rich baritone… Richard Hawley is in full-on grizzled romantic mode for I Still Want You, a single taken from his recent Hollow Meadows album. He continues to pull off the trick of sounding totally classic without being regressive. The only thing that lets down this 7” is the very basic graphic design on the sleeve. On Parlophone.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Laurie isn’t here, so I’m just gonna come right out and say it: electronics are weird. Why are electronics so weird? Stuff twinkles and drones and whirrs, it goes, things happen. Tarzana have this whole thing going where they throw together a bunch of disparate textures -- squeaky, pastoral, dreamy -- and let them glide headfirst into one another (one of these dudes was in …view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Jaime Fennelly does not ease you in; he does not build things up, and he does not wait for the sun to rise. Rather, he might be one of the only drone artists to Get This Show On The Road, opening his records on kosmische melodies that sound like they’ve been perpetuating for a good while. Desperate for us to hear his many sonic additives, ‘The Voice Calling’ is an immediately …view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
I like to feel like I am an illusion and everything around me is too, so I’m pretty into Zelienople’s brand of displacing post-rock. With a voice that cuts out between Arthur Russell and the dude from Tindersticks, plus a dampened, more affectionate take on Swans repeating rock &lsquo…view full details.
3/10 according to our Clinton
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Prequel Tapes retrieved the basis of these tracks from teenage recordings, and filtered them through subsequent years of experience in making and loving club sounds. Inner Systems is a very personal work, but also a pretty dance-ready one. The heavyweight LP is packaged with a 16 page booklet. On R’Coup’D.…view full details.
Calling all Mark Lanegan fans! The first five solo albums that the gravel-voiced singer released, gathered together in full as a 6LP set. From solo debut The Winding Sheet to latest collection Field Songs, it’s all here. One Way Street features reproduction sleeves and heavyweight vinyl, all put together by Sub Pop.…view full details.
Following on from being Neneh Cherry’s backing band for her last album and tour (yeah, really), Rocketnumbernine head back to their original duo activities. Produced by James Holden, Two Ways is a pair of improvised live jams, wild drums and cosmic synths matching each other perfectly. 12” on Border Community.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Drone dream team time! Perils is made up of the incredible sonic angels that are Kyle Bobby Dunn and Benoit Pioulard, both of whom have arguably released career highlights over the last two years -- Pioulard’s ‘Sonnet’ arrived to us earlier this year, shaking off his affection for songwriting in favour…view full details.
Flowers/Two Weeks is a split single that represents the culmination of a beautiful Anglo-French union that has built up over recent years between British band The Proper Ornaments and their french counterparts, Beat Mark. Beat Mark have an indie-pop jangle that recalls Orange Juice and Aztec Camera whist The Proper Ornaments, who feature Max Claps from Let’s Wrestl…view full details.
Hear where it all began for Youth Brigade, way back in 1981. The notion of a Complete First Demo maybe isn’t quite so novel for a band who lasted less than a year (as opposed to long-in the tooth veterans), but it is pretty special hearing this band’s furious spark as it first existed. 7” with 8 tracks, on Dischord.…view full details.
John Barry’s soundtrack to the Michael Caine-starring colonial war classic Zulu is one of the ones that made the composer’s name, with a very memorable main theme that storms out of the speakers. This new Fantastic Voyage reissue has been remastered from the original stereo tapes and is pressed to weighty 180g vinyl.…view full details.
Evil Blizzard recorded this latest missive straight down the line in one studio day. The group specialise in totally fried psychedelic space-rock, with particular emphasis on the low-end, as they have four bass players (they are also known for their masks and baby-head-theremins, but you can’t see those on record). Everybody Come To Church is out on Louder Than War.…view full details.
Here we have a legendary 12” from back in 1979. Sunday Girls (Director’s Cut) is a lovingly prepared reissue of Family Fodder’s debut EP with added tracks from various 7” singles leading into the 80’s. A band that was all about the studio, this high-quality collection is packed with unique effects and trickery all underpinned by their distinctive pop songwriting. Out on vinyl LP from Staubgold.…view full details.
Tom Carter has played in all sorts of combinations over the years, most notably his veteran duo Charalambides. But Long Time Underground finds Carter recording alone for the first time in his career. Recorded live in the studio, these pieces for his powerfully mournful guitar style are stunning in their atmospheric weight. Double LP on Three Lobed Recordings.…view full details.
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