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8/10 according to our Clinton
First coming to attention via appearances with Bonnie Prince Billy, Olsen’s voice is initially disconcerting but by only the second track in I’ve decided that it’s something quite unique and special. The nearest comparison is to Diane …view full details.
8/10 according to our Brett
I haven't a great idea of what this lady is singing about because I can't hear very much out of one of my ears just now.. Something to bear in mind for this week's other reviews there. Through the muffle I can pretty much tell she does an intimate, lo-fi take on acoustic guitar-based baroque folkiness and executes it very well. The recording style, strongly evoking the image of a lone outsider …view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on Fonomonik Records. Edition of 250 copies
101 captures Depeche Mode at the very end of a colossally long 1989 tour (yep, 101 shows…) and at the peak of their powers. So that means an hour and a half of mega-hits played out to an adoring crowd, with bangers including ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘People Are People’ in the mix. Reissued on a pair of 180g LPs by Colombia.…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Depeche Mode revolutionised music with a collection of great songs, revolutionary recording techniques, and one of the biggest cult followings in music history. Back in March of 1987, Music For The Masses proved to be another defining moment in an already legendary band's catalogue. Released only a year after their regarded Black Celebration album, Music For The Masses was strangely both dark and danceable - a refreshing change of pace. I recommend that you check this one out; it's a good sta…view full details.
Black Celebration is Depeche Mode's fifth album, and was originally released in 1986. It is regarded by many fans of the band as their zenith, and with good, disturbing cause: the dark sound that was nascent on Black Celebration's predecessors, Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward was fully realised here.…view full details.
2/10 according to our Clinton
Kings of Leon. 'Youth & Young Manhood' LP/CD (Hand me down/BMG) NME review: - "the best debut album of the last 10 years' 9/10. Our review:- " the worst debut album of the last 50 years" 0/10 Go to any bar, anywhere and hear this kind of stale rubbish. If anyone's seen the film Ghost World then the word 'Blue…view full details.
A Reality Tour - Live is both a live album and a greatest hits from the star king of our hearts, David Bowie. The setlists for this, his final tour, span the range of that enviable career, so you get fresh spins on all your favourites. And the presentation for this first-time-on-vinyl edition is grand: 3 translucent blue vinyl LPs in a big grand box, with some posters too. Luxury Bowie.…view full details.
Here’s a new collaboration with a line-up straight out of the 70’s peak punk era, pairing the poet John Cooper Clarke with main Stranglers man Hugh Cornwell. This Time It’s Personal is a set of fondly loved vintage songs covered by the pair, with Clarke unexpectedly doing the singing! Out on Sony no less.…view full details.
The Kings Of Leon return in order to sell several hundreds of thousands more records: Walls ought to do the job perfectly. These fellas know how to make well polished rock music in their sleep by now (this is their seventh album), and this won’t disappoint the fans they’ve picked up. The cover art is a bit disconcerting though. On Columbia.…view full details.
It feels like Scuba must be going for some kind of record for his installment of the legendary Fabric mix CD series: he flies through 42 tracks over the course of the CD’s running time. That requires wild cutting-together skills as well as a knack for selections: producers here include Pearson Sound, Ben Klock, …view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on Real World Records
8/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on
There really are 69 songs on this album. I assumed it was some sort of joke initially. Anyway, the amount of songs means that the album is jam-packed with Stephin Merritt's melodic deep croon over neatly arranged instrumentation and in parts what I can only describe as chamber-electronics. Merritt he also plays a ridiculous amount of instruments on this album. There are a handful of songs on here that are sung by part-time member Claudia Gonson and to my ears, they are the best. "Sweet Lovin'…view full details.
Kadhja Bonet makes her recording debut with this EP for Headcount. Dwelling in Los Angeles, it's hard not to hear a little of the Flying Lotus / Brainfeeder influence in Bonet’s psychedelically-tinged jazzy sound. She writes and sings electronic neo-R&B music, but with plenty of that spacey flair. This release adds 4 previous singles to The Visit…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on Partisan
Ten Fé are a smooth outfit who carefully cut together indie rock aesthetics with electronic grooves. The band’s album was produced by Ewan Pearson, who knows the Ten Fé sound so well that he was asked to remix Turn into an up-and-bouncing house number. 7” single on Some Kinda Love.…view full details.
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Three tracks from two artists here on this latest Dial 12”: one each from Rndm and Efdemin, plus a collaborative production under their Pigon alias. So many names, so little discernable meaning… Each of these Lost Tracks pulse and roll and flutter with addictive power: they have the perfect amount of weirdness without sacrificing danceability.…view full details.
Vintage Italian experimental rock, with the emphasis pleasingly placed more on the ‘experimental;’ than the ‘rock’. Sinistri, from 1994, moves very strangely indeed, enticing the listener into Starfuckers’ special sound world with lots of questions, most of which will never be mastered. Lovely to see this back in print, thanks to the Parachute label.…view full details.
Berlin techno experts Tresor dig all the way back to 2000, when Terrence Dixon’s debut full-length album was first released. Of course, this is premium Detroit material for dancefloor propulsion, from a master producer on the rise. As well as the whole of From The Future pressed to two LPs, this reissue also adds a bonus 7” with two tracks never before released.…view full details.
10/10 according to Dan John (customer) on
Absolutely essential. Powell's 12"'s compiled on one double CD of mechanical and odd rhythmic noise. Probably the best 'album' of the year for me, just massively enjoyable, top recommendation. Powell doesn't sound much like anyone out there at the moment, such a strong aesthetic and sound, with raw elements of no wave, noise, techno and fizzing together.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!CD on Hospital Productions
The 2009 film Amer is made by hardcore fans of Italian horror movie history, so naturally they really went to town on the soundtrack, using sounds by 70’s cult composer legends Stelvio Cipriani and Bruno Nicolai. Oh, and Ennio Morricone himself! Plus some ‘tension loops’ in the wax. 500 copies only, on We Re…view full details.
Nadja, the long-running heavy ambient guitar duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff, have a new album of typically dense sonics out on the Gizeh label. The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun Nor Carved With A Knife is good for blasting away what ails you, and is available both on CD and on vinyl: the LP edition has the interesting quirk of a locked groove halfway through one side, meaning infinitely sustained drone!…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on Southern Lord
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Drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer but If you haven’t heard any of Loscil’s 12 albums this is as good a place as any to start. Warm synthesis, subtle dubby chords meet field sampling in an ambient space-capturing setting, a sense of place and the grandeur within it. Droney, but so very musical. …view full details.
Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!LP on Daptone
A live album, done a little differently. Recorded in the middle of the Californian desert, with the Trona Pinnacles as backdrop and no-one there, it’s probably the perfect setting for laid back, full band live versions of his biggest tracks from multiple albums. Also include one new track featuring The Mattson 2.…view full details.
Debut single from scottish electro synth-pop trio Chvrches. Includes remixes from Blood Diamonds and Kowton, plus two non album tracks It's Not Right But It's Okay and a Junior Sanchez remix of Tether. Chopped up vocal stabs, thick analog synths and sing along vocals. They might not be able to spell, but they can knock out a damn catchy tune.…view full details.
Album the first from Brooklyn’s finest, the legendary Beastie Boys. Licensed To Ill has crucial classics like ‘Fight For Your Right’ and ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’, plus the iconic airplane cover art. Basically, this is a crucial cornerstone in hip-hop history, and you can now buy it on vinyl again: happy days eh?…view full details.
10/10 according to Jack (customer) on
Seriously, if you consider yourself a true punk rock fan, or a fan of quality rock music in general, then you really need to get this album, as it makes no sense for you not to own it. Forget about posers like Simple Plan, All Time Low or any of those other "Post-2010-Pop-Punk" bands that are marketed as "Punk." This is the REAL deal, and the fact that young musicians today are still inspired by the music on this album definitely proves its standing as a relevant moment of originality and inn…view full details.
A collection of tracks from experimental psych labels Fruits de Mer’s first 12 or so releases, all remastered and put on one CD. Covers of works by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, and The Bee Gees, by the likes of Vibravoid, Hausfrauen Experiment, and Sidewalk Society. Plus an exclusive live track from The Pretty Things.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!5-track mini LP on Antinote
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!12" on Growing Bin Records
Hold the bloody phone…. The earliest recordings of Prince, as he emerged with 94 East. Obviously, he plays as many instruments as you can name, THIS is where it all began, and now remastered and put on glorious triple LP or coloured (purple, naturally) vinyl. Box set includes interview with 94 East founder and Prince discoverer Pepé Willie.…view full details.
Acid scorched psych rock from the London based Desert Mountain Tribe. Either That Or The Moon sees them combing slow riffing, heavily reverb lead guitar and snotty, swaggering vocals. Their dense, jam-band sound reminds us a little of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Pressed to 180 gram vinyl LP and CD by Membran. …view full details.
The new Radio Dept. album has been on the brew for six years now, and is now ready to be served up. Running Out Of Love expresses frustration with the direction of development in the band’s native Sweden, with a pumping electro-pop musical backing. Melancholy vibes, fiercely expressed. Released by the Labrador label.…view full details.
Not a new album by the Wirral's finest purveyors of witty post-punk but a collection of various singles and B sides hurled out over the scattershot second half of their career. Contains such classics as 'Bob Wilson - Anchorman' and 'Eno Collaboration' alongside a whole slew of other lesser spotted gems. …view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!Digipak CD on Reveal
Stark, minimal and grating industrial, from three defining players - John Gosling, John Balance and Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. Originally released in 1983 only on cassette, then reissued, but edited by Coil years later. These are the full length unedited recordings, and also have two unreleased tracks from Zos Kia’s previous incarnation AKE.…view full details.
Doomy psych riffage and occult riddled vocal chantings from Sheffield’s Baba Naga. Self professed shamans guiding you through the desert with the second of three self-released 10” EPs. Produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/ Drenge/ God Damn) Plná Krvy and Deific Yen are heavy hitting and driving tales hymns.…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!Repress 12" on Cottam
Sublime electronic beats that dips into garage and breakbeat, whilst keeping a warm indie pop song-like sensibility. Elements of Machinedrum, Sin Fang, How To Dress Well, Moderat and Bayonne all pile into the mix. Some garagey shuffling with kitchen clangs and atmosphere, pitched vocals, with clarity and structure.…view full details.
Late Style is a more or less unique-sounding album, being constructed out of recordings of a dying church organ. The failing circuitry means that these sounds (broken digital shards, twisted melodic fragments) can’t really be replicated again: sweet deal! The A-side has Devon Loch’s raw recordings, while the B-side features reworkings made with Antidröm. LP on Kit Records.…view full details.
Sacred Harp Singing is a potent American choral song form that emphasises the social. I’m on My Journey Home compiles some vintage recordings (dating from between 1927 and 1938) onto cassette. The sound quality may not be hi-def, but the spiritual power of these performances shines on through. On Death Is Not The End.…view full details.
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