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New in: 23rd March 2018

Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness
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Classic Scottish folk singer (he hates that term that's why I put it there) Alasdair Roberts lurches out of his comfort zone on this his twelfth solo album by casting away his guitar and collaborating with Concerto Caledonia director David McGuinness. McGuinness was charged with arranging Roberts songs and he brought in&nbs...view item »

Sol Invictus

Sol Invictus are celebrating 30 years of neofolk! Well maybe that tone is inappropriate for band who've spent a decent amount of time longer than I've been alive channeling decline. This time its the decline of London (the titular Necropolis), as the weirdly band regret that it's not longer the seat of Empi...view item »

Of Feather and Bone
Bestial Hymns of Perversion

Profound Lore is a versatile label for all them things what dwell in darkness - Dälek’s noisy hip hop rubs shoulders with Merzbow, Prurient, dungeon synth and, of course, more metal than the cast of Transformers. In this case, Denver trio Of Feather and Bone ...view item »
New in: 22nd March 2018

The Ex
27 Passports

I would be remiss to leave the phrase “anarcho-punk” out of a review of the The Ex. But I don’t know how useful it is. Knowing The Ex are anarchists is interesting, it might even mean you respect them. Punk isn’t be too helpful here either. They are punk, this is punk, but to leave it at that would almost be insultingly r...view item »

Erika Wennerstrom
Sweet Unknown

Thank God. Heartless Bastards haven't actually broken up. Front woman Erika Wennerstrom has just gone solo for a bit. Don't panic - once her solo career hasn't worked out she'll be back with the band.  What she does here is create an album of enormous heartland rock that benefits from some pr...view item »

Guided By Voices
Space Gun

Unorthodox Elephant Surgery. Benign LAN Party. Jonathan Telecastar’s Big Day Out. Racing Guy Burns a Sundae. Levitation Suits. Airplane In My Bathroom. Airplane In My Tuxedo. Airplane In The Bagging Area. Sacrosanct Power Socket. Generic Cloning Mishap. Circumnavigated Yoga Pants. Swimming With Bag. Cancelled Goth Canteen Screenplay. Fun I...view item »

Stephen O'Malley / Anthony Pateras
Rêve Noir

The more avant Sunn-y man Stephen O’Malley here teams up with Anthony Pateras, a piano, organ and Revox tape machine player. This recording b...view item »

New Material

Preoccupations. What happened? There's rarely been a moment in my life when I've felt so disappointed as I did when I listened to their debut self titled album. You see, I loved Women, then I loved Viet Cong. The strange thing about Viet Cong was that despite only featuring the rhythm s...view item »

Cavern Of Anti-Matter
Hormone Lemonade

The truth of the matter is that it’s a Phil thing. Cavern of Anti-Matter is our boss’s band through and through, having wowed him with the double-whammy of Tim Gane and motorik rhythm. Me, I like ‘Hormone Lemonade’ fine, but given that I spent the ten minutes prior to sitting down with the record trying to work out why I ...view item »
New in: 21st March 2018

Kate Carr
I Ended Out Moving To Brixton

The sounds associated with a place can reveal much about the space we are in, and about ourselves. We are continually, inextricably linked to the sounds and ambience around us. With this premise, Kate Carr has recorded a work incorporating the soundscapes of the area in which she dwells, namely the streets of Brixton, South Lond...view item »


Absence is a compilation of music that you would do very well to hear: experimental music from Iran. Artists on this stellar roster happen to include relatively big names like Sote and Siavash Amini, but also artists scarcely heard outside of Iran, all boldly exploring their sounds. CDr on Flaming Pines...view item »

Brother JT
Tornado Juice

Tornado Juice? No, see, I just reviewed the Guided By Voices record, so. I don’t. Understand. Okay, well, using similarly ludicrous madlib blurt for his album title, Brother JT offers a kinda cheeky and never quite serious replication of rock -- maybe country, sometimes synth, occasionally fuzzy, it’s mostly just laid back and archet...view item »

Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On

My favourite genre of completely useless televised news is the “What’s your secret?” bulletin, where they find an elderly couple who’ve been married longer than we can imagine holding a short conversation and the interviewer asks them why they still want to sit next to each other. That, but, like, for bands -- you’d...view item »

Jack White
Boarding House Reach

What is interesting is how a man who wrote such simple songs that cut straight to the chase has managed to become so bloated.  Opener here 'Connected By Love' has several organ and guitar solos, a gospel choir, burping electronics, a breakdown section, quiet vocals, shouted vocals, a kitchen sink. What did 'Seven Nation Army' have. Go on, t...view item »

Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain

Balladic country singer Courtney Marie Andrews arises from an Arizona slumber to deliver ‘May Your Kindness Remain’, a gorgeous record in praise of classic sound: with its title track overdriving into gospel, she suggests a record reeling up tradition. As always, these kind of retreads work if the feelings grow new, and they ...view item »


The ever-canny Superior Viaduct of Craig-Leon-pissing-off fame have unearthed another kosmische masterwork here in the form of Frenchman Richard Pinhas and his second stab at a long player, 'Allez-Téia', released under his cult Heldon guise. Truly lovely stuff is this, beyond the realm of mere words suffice to say. Records like th...view item »

Electronique Guerilla

Heldon’s very first album, from 1974, reissued on CD and vinyl for your spaced-out listening pleasure. Electronique Guerilla lays out the magical Heldon sound straight away, with Richard Pinhas and friends making magic with (mostly) an EMS Synthi and a guitar. Among the guests are...view item »

Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japa...view item »

Mark Pritchard
Four Worlds

The last Mark Pritchard 'Under the Sun' LP was one of those LPs everyone should own. The sort of record that appeals to folks who buy just a few records a year and those who have followed Pritchard from back in his Global Communication days. A catch-all electronic record with nods to ...view item »

Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

Waits’ third album is arguably the pinnacle of his early beatnik barfly persona. Taking a different approach to his more mannered previous albums, the 1975 LP was recorded live in a pseudo small club setup. It’s jazzy and deceptively loose and boozy, though Tom knows exactly what he’s doing, whether delivering jokey banter or v...view item »

Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night

The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on it...view item »

Tom Waits
Small Change

Small Change was a significant leap forward in Waits’ career, a varied batch of songs that  balance humour and pathos and are full of character. It opens with the mournful classic Tom Traubert's Blues. Then there’s the burlesque romps Pasties and a G-String and Step Right Up, the painfully hilarious The Piano Has Been Drinking (...view item »

Tom Waits
Blue Valentine

This 1978 release is a real mixed bag that displays the contrasting extremes of Waits’ muse at the time. The album is bookended by a widescreen orchestral version of Bernstein’s standard Somewhere, and the smoky jazz guitar of the understated title track. In between there’s the tragicomic Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneap...view item »

Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

1977’s Foreign Affairs is Tom Waits at his most big budget and nostalgically cinematic. The filmic feel is exemplified by the forties style epic Potter’s Field and Bette Midler duet I Never Talk to Strangers. It's heavily string and brass laden when the singer’s not mostly alone at the piano, a...view item »

Tom Waits
Heartattack And Vine

Waits’ sixth album was his last non-soundtrack work before his reinvention on Swordfishtombones, but it’s already a shade less polished than his previous few outings.  Standouts include the raw blues of the title track, later adopted by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and future Springsteen hit Jer...view item »

The Total Rejection
Wrapping Yourself In Silver Foil Won't Save You From The Blast

They may be hiding behind layers of mystique but I know that name when I see it and this appears to be a new project of Andrew Jarrett of 90s garage pop rackateers the Groove Farm and later the more Pavementy lo-fi pop of Beatnik Filmstars...view item »

Car Crash Sisters
Sundance Sea

I'm sick of the '90s but I have to admit that I'd be interested in hearing what Mexico's take on it was. Car Crash Sisters are a four piece band from Aguascalientes, Mexico who are remarkably energetic particularly taking into account how hot it must be over there.  They play a ragged, charming take on the more plaintive end of...view item »
New in: 20th March 2018

Sunflower Bean
Twentytwo in Blue

Sophomore LP from New Yorkers Sunflower Bean, following up 2016’s Human Ceremony. The three-piece band return to their classic rock vibe, this time with lyrics influenced by the volatile political climate of the last couple of years. The sound of a youn...view item »

Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing)

With Coil's Jhonn Balance as a conducting force, it's never a wonder that the themes contained in Hawthonn's music tread into the esoteric, hypnagogic and ritualistic. The albums sits somewhere between electronic and doom, with a significant prowess for composition and form, for vistas of shadows and light....view item »

Hatis Noit
Illogical Dance

Erased Tapes front four ‘sound sculptures’ from Japanese artist Hatis Noit that had previously only been released in Japan. Using her voice as the core element of the recordings, Noit has created an avant-song-cycle rich in range and emotion. Citing Japanese classical music and Gregorian chants as in...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a...view item »

Demob Happy
Holy Doom

Holy Doom is the second album by Demob Happy, the follow up to their 2015 debut, Dream Soda. The trio formed in Newcastle as a quartet, but now, one member lighter, call Brighton home. Going by the few snippets we’ve heard, whilst keeping the post-grunge indie rock of their debut, the band h...view item »

Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller present
Jazz On The Corner

Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller and famous man Martin Freeman did a radio show together a couple of years ago. That’s the genesis for this compilation, a double LP that kicks of the Acid Jazz 30th birthday celebrations. Features music from old heads like Art Blakey and new ones like ...view item »

137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanai...view item »

A Certain Ratio
I'd Like To See You Again

I’d Like To See You Again was the 4th album by Manchester post-punk band A Certain Ratio, or ACR to their friends. It was originally released on the notorious Factory Records label in 1982. It was the first album with co-vocalist Martha Tilston. This reissue comes via Mute and is available...view item »

A Certain Ratio

Reissue of A Certain Ratio's 1990 album, acr:mcr. One of the legendary Factory Record's key acts. Despite avoiding the market saturation experienced by their contemporaries (you'll probably not find them in Urban Outfitters), these dance punk are as fun as anything. Pressed on clear vinyl at 45rpm so y...view item »

Map 71

Poetry and percussive stupor become symbiotic on this new, ever-so limited tape from Map71. One of them, he’s a drummer -- Andy Pyne is his name, and he creates a claustrophobic, super metallic racket with repetitive and ear-clinging rhythms. The other’s a poet by the name os Lisa Jayne, whose driven verse refuses to let up and keeps...view item »

Holger Czukay

Massive big box set of material from the legendary Can experimenter Holger Czukay containing lashings of his tape splicing work plus collaborations with the likes of Jaki Liebezeit and Cluster & Eno. Contains unreleased and rare material plus a DVD, 36 page booklet and a download c...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this al...view item »

Your Food
Poke It With a Stick

Fascinating. Here is a re-issue of these Louisville legends who once blew the mind of the then 11 year old Britt Walford (Slint). They were a crazed raggle- taggle collective sonically out of kilter with the then thriving hardcore scene with songs that referenced ESG and Bush Tetras. They didn't...view item »

Mac Quayle
Mr Robot Vol. 4 (Original Television Series Soundtrack)

American composer Mac Quayle has an extensice credit list for film and TV (including Drive, American Horror Story:Freak Show, Arbitrage, Contagion) as well as working with and remixing huge artists such as Sting, New Order, Donna Summer and ...view item »

Places We Don’t Know

Keane once talked about 'Places Only We Know' but Gothenburg based producer Carl Gasbo is more concerned with the places we don't know on this debut. The album is full of his pleasantly chilled uplifting R & B with guests galore including London electronic duo TENDER. Will sound good on the Chart Show or whatever.&...view item »

Sidi Touré

On his fourth LP Toubaldero, Malian guitarist Sidi Toure switches up his sound a little and moves from acoustic guitar to electro-acoustic. The resulting LP is an album in the best West African tradition - hot-fingered guitar playing, the dusty harmonies of the desert blues sound, and a way with polyrhythms unique to th...view item »

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins

The documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins traces the long and eventful life of our era’s foremost singer of traditional English folk song. The film captures sessions for her album Lodestar, her first after decades of tragic silence. It also recalls her 1959 song-collecting trip to the US with Alan Lomax...view item »
New in: 19th March 2018

Led Zeppelin
How The West Was Won

Led Zep’s beloved 2003 live compilation How the West Was Won turns fifteen this year and its legal guardian (Atlanta) is really splashing out in celebration. Pick your poison: a vinyl pressing (for the first time) over four waxy discs, a remastered 3CD set or the good ol’ 5.1/stereo Blu-Ray audio DVD (with p...view item »

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Everybody's favourite weirdo noise prog crew return with more of their tectonic theatrics and chaotic jubilation. They released UZU in 2013 and this is its followup, the hazardous Dirt. Drawing on "Asian disapora and Indigenous influences", it's set to be a poignant record from one of rock music's most exciting....view item »

Kenneth James Gibson
In The Fields Of Nothing

Kenneth James Gibson - also know by Eight Frozen Modules, dubLoner and about a dozen other names - comes through with his second LP for Kompakt. In The Fields Of Nothing is a heady experience, an LP that combines thousand-yard synthscapes with swirling vortexes of proce...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks...view item »

Black Heaven

Earthless streamline their sound for their fourth LP. Black Heaven relies far less on the spacey prog-metal jams that have characterised their previous albums. Instead, four of the six tracks here are vocal-led metal songs in the vein of Black Sabbath. Lead single ‘Gifted By The Wind’ featur...view item »

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