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9/10 according to our Mike
Mike Cooper has lived a long and interesting life, but the septuagenarian shows no signs of slowing by the evidence of this delightful collection of delightfully weird, restless concrete exotica which is massaging my ears as I type. It’s a difficult album to describe because it spans so many styles over its 14 short tracks that as soon as I think I&rsqu…view full details.
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Mad Masks are an enthusiastically dark propositions, working the old-obscure-horror-soundtrack and the gothic vibes equally well. Drum machines, eerie guitar, unknown synth. Their self-titled debut album is available in a limited edition of 200 copies, along with 2 badges so you can wear your appreciation! On Peripheral Minimal.…view full details.
Stafraenn Hakon are an Icelandic band, trading in one of their country’s prime exports: ambient-tinged post-rock. Eternal Horse is their ninth album, and took them four years: needless to say, they know precisely what they are about by now, and the record is produced just right. Out on the Darla label.…view full details.
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Very old-school riffing from Ape Machine, a band entirely in love with the sound of a certain kind of 1970’s rock band (think Black Sabbath and Deep Purple), and perfectly happy to just get on with playing that, thank you very much. Fair enough. Coalition of the Unwilling is out on the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Heavy Psych Sounds label.…view full details.
More nominative determination at work here, as the Heavy Psych Sounds label delivers another LP of something heavy and psychedelic. Fair enough! Isaak are a band formed out of past members of Gandhi’s Gunn, and they get stuck straight into the stoner metal vibes that come so naturally to them. Sermonize is their second album.…view full details.
Debut album from Hearts Hearts, a group proud to combine the various disciplines of electronica, traditional heart-on-sleeve songwriting and contemporary classical music. On Young they keep every element carefully under control, creating sparse soundscapes of strings, drum machine beats and mournful vocals. Released on the Tomlab label.…view full details.
Danny Elfman, composer of a million soundtracks, naturally had a hand in accompanying Goosebumps, a series with an impressive heritage (62 books!). It sounds highly dramatic and plenty spooky, and comes packaged in brand new artwork exclusively designed by Tim Jacobus, the illustrator of the books. On Waxwork.…view full details.
2003’s American Civil War period blockbuster Cold Mountain went the extra mile in getting the sonic feel of the setting just right, by enlisting T Bone Burnett. Burnett managed to wrangle original songs from the likes of Elvis Costello, Jack White and Alison Krauss, as well as some Sacred Harp singing. First release on vinyl, 2LP.…view full details.
Debut album from Okokon, a collection of odd, personal, mostly electronic vignettes put together using custom software. He loops and samples from many different sources, assembling each track on the fly (and recorded in one take), resulting in an odd, disorientating soundscape. LP on the Other People label.…view full details.
Andrew Claristidge breaks away from his duo Acid Washed for some solo production, and he’s taken the excellent step of being inspired by the amazing story of the fatal ‘dancing plague’ of 1518 (look it up). Danser ou Mourir was made with an EMS synthesiser and the help of several friends, and comes out nice and odd. Yellow vinyl limited to just 150 copies.…view full details.
Before One, logically enough, is the immediate precursor to Ben Klock’s full-length album One. You know Ben Klock, and you know his reliable brand of big-room Berlin techno: endlessly compelling for the body, and sometimes even the mind. What a pro. Re-pressed 12” on Berghain’s Ostgut Ton label.…view full details.
Leftfield techno produced in a pleasingly direct manner: single take recordings using one drum machine, one echo unit, and a modular synth by the duo of Daniele Cosmo and CCO. Unpleasant Music For Unpleasant People is nice and dark, and full of on-the-fly development. 12” on Cosmo’s label Lux Rec.…view full details.
EXO is the Ekster label showing off lots of their favourite artists, all within the comfort of one compilation. Beguiling and atmospheric electronics from producers including Polysick, Bear Bones Lay Low and Lieven Martens Moana, expanding over 2 LPs of 180g vinyl. A good primer, and a good listen all in its own right too.…view full details.
Lata Ramasar’s The Greatest Name That Lives is one of those vanishingly rare records that entrances most of those who hear it, a remarkable slice of home-recorded early electronic pop from Trinidad & Tobago. Now you can avoid paying £500 for an original copy (seriously), and pick up the reissue from Invisible City Editions, with the bonus of an Alessandro Adriani remix.…view full details.
Meilyr Jones new single How To Recognise A Work Of Art is taken from his solo debut album 2013. Its a broadly orchestrated melodic pop number, built out of Jones’ melodramatic vocals, choirs, french harps, bassoons and some horns that parp out a particularly catchy refrain. 7” single, out on Moshi Moshi.…view full details.
Where Have You Been All My Life is a live-in-the-studio collection of reworkings of songs from the last 3 Villagers albums. The record successfully gets down for posterity the new, more intimate takes given to this material over the last few years of touring. Available in regular formats and also an indies-exclusive green vinyl edition with bonus tracks on the download code.…view full details.
This single from The Fat White Family is set off by a great visual reference to Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats, and the track itself sort of lives up to that, driven as it is with a tight electronic drum machine and a slight sense of queasiness to the synths and the vocals. Whitest Boy On The Beach is their own beast though. 7” on Without Consent.…view full details.
MONEY have that proud Mancunian vibe to them, not least in the vocals, which I don’t think I’d be unfair in saying sounds a little Morrissey-like? Second album Suicide Songs has arrived, and single I’ll Be The Night previews their emotionally weighty chamber-indie sound. 12” on Bella Union.…view full details.
Night Beats are up to their third album of psych-garage pop songs. Who Sold My Generation is out soon, but right now we have the single No Cops, a slick tune that drives forward on a krautrock-inspired rhythm line. Lots of that specifically psych-garage echo on the everything too. 7” single, released on the Heavenly label.…view full details.
All Them Witches are a heavy-jamming psych-rock unit, able to brew up mighty, bluesy riff-monsters in no time at all. Studio album Lightning At The Door was first released last year, but this reissue adds two exclusive bonus tracks: in the form of a stand-alone 7” if you get the vinyl version! On New West.…view full details.
Second album from Daugher, the slightly-ethereal, thoroughly-melancholic indie trio. They’ve been away for 3 years, and the time has allowed them to hone their frosted sound to a fine, sharp point: Not To Disappear is sincerely sad in sound and in words, but manages to avoid becoming maudlin. Out on 4AD.…view full details.
The old-school psychedelic rock produced by Witchcraft is pretty strong for a band originally just formed to cover Pentagram. 15 years in, Nucleus appears on Nuclear Blast (how neat), laden with riffs and wailing 1970’s guitar solos. Singer Magnus Pelander and his band have the sense of drama you want from this stuff too. CD or double LP.…view full details.
In which James Yorkston, John Thorne (of Lamb) and singer / sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan get together to record a remarkable set of material, encompassing original tunes, Ivor Cutler covers and improvisations. Everything Sacred is available in special independent-stores-only edition, with an exclusive bonus 7”.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Those of you that have been crying yourselves to sleep, because you missed out on the ‘Death Is Unity With God’ 6x cassette set on Hospital productions -- because somebody bought it to sell on Discogs at twice the price -- can now rejoice and throw the mp3s in the bin.... Or perhaps not. Modern Love have reduced the load by trimming the original tracklist down from 20 to 12.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Health & Efficiency is a hell of an EP, combining weird tape-manipulated soundscape ‘Graphic/Varispeed’ with the title track, which seems to accelerate at least 4 times before getting locked in a tight loop. Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! Deceit is a paranoid, blast of Cold War, post-punk creativity, moving from eerie creep to the ecstatic flare of ‘SPQR’ and the howl of ‘Makeshift Swahili’. Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
Pink was first issued a few years ago as a digital-only compilation of vinyl-only 12” tracks that Four Tet had slipped out under the radar. Now they are back on vinyl again, but this time as a single, coherent collection. It’s all about the high quality shuffle here, Kieran working his magic over the course of 8 club-length tracks. 2LP on Text.…view full details.
More explosive, sugar-coated, electronic hype treats from good old Rustie, back with his third album. EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is packed to the bloody gills with sonic laser beams, massive synth textures, and, in a crucial distinction from his last record, no vocals. This is all Rustie, all the time. 15 bangers on 2LPs, from Warp.…view full details.
Jóhann Jóhannsson has made a film, a collage of super 8 footage of his Antarctic travels. The film is accompanied by an ethereal, suitably icy soundtrack by Jóhann himself, working with wonderful cellist Hildur Gudna∂óttir and Robert Aiki Aubrey Low. This CD+DVD set of End of Summer gives you both sides of the project. On Sonic Pieces.…view full details.
Merry Christmas from US rap-bruiser B Dolan and producer Bobby Peace. Tinselsnakes is an interesting winter tale (written by Ed Garland) intoned by Dolan over a simmering soundtrack. Festive white vinyl, packed a glow-in-the-dark 45’ adaptor with a full colour picture book illustrated by Inkymole. On Blunt Force Trauma.…view full details.
This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! This Heat, their debut, is full of post-punk churn, dissonant ambience, and even proto-drum & bass (‘24 Track Loop’). Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.…view full details.
We don’t usually encounter ambient drone electronics in a format as cut down as a 7”: usually these things expand over 20 minutes or more. So it is welcome to find Scottish producer Talvihorros squeezing his sonic drift into two concise pieces for Discordia, each cycling through the requisite elements with perfect timing. 7” on the JAZ Records imprint.…view full details.
Nothing like the word ‘Sine’ to turn people off or tune people in to a record eh? Sine Studies 2 is the second example of Loscil’s efforts to make music using nothing but raw sine waves. Unlike the challengingly purist approach of Sachiko M however, Loscil heavily manipulates and arranges his sines into tuneful, even rhythmic pieces. 7” on JAZ Records.…view full details.
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Infinitely inventive (and busy) drummer Chris Corsano has paired up his furious kit-exploring with Pak Yan Lau, who uses electronics and the like, but also toy pianos and a ‘typatune’ to squeeze a fresh sound into improvisations. Lots of lovely fiddly small-sounds interplay going on her, lots to enjoy. Asbestos & A Little Rain is out on Les Albums Clau…view full details.
Bear Bones, Lay Low looks like a collaboration with that comma in the middle of its name, but it isn’t. It is the work of Venezuelan producer (and former member of Silvester Anfang) Ernesto González, creating industrial electronic tracks that, unusually for the genre, tend towards brightness rather than darkness. 7” single Calle Ciega / Asesino is out on Les Albums Claus.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
Lubomyr Melnyk has long been treating us to his caffeinated neo-classical, using his continuous playing approach to piano as a means of just pressing on. For many of us, the Youtube video of him playing seventeen notes in one second is probably enough; delve deeper, though, and he offers compositions that change in real time, his structure of melody generating scenery as if it only comes to lif…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Sherard Ingram brings more Detroit sci-fi techno in his inimitable style. The titular cut reminding me a lot of ‘Star Chart’ from his 'Aqua Team 2' 2x12” on WeMe. I adore that tune, so this is really hitting the sweet spot for me, as it tunnels deeper into the celestial. UK techno stalwart Aubrey turns in a top drawer mix…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Arnau Sala has had releases as Exoteric Continent on Opal Tapes, Hospital Productions and Second Sleep among others. Utilizing synth, tape and computer for the ‘Peninsula’ EP he creates a bleak and unnerving dystopian world. ‘B…view full details.
Here we have a previously unheard track from Muslimgauze, ‘Untitled 1985’. Rescued from a mid-90’s CDr, it has been polished for club playability and also treated to a bonus, rave-centric remix from Victor Shan and Gerd Janson. On the flipside, two tracks from Italian duo Underspreche, combining field recordings with lush techno. Split 12” on Optimo Trax.…view full details.
Hidden Charms have a clean-produced, dirtily-played blues-rock style, and Love You Cause You’re There is their second time showing off their wares on 7” wax. A low throb moves things along underneath alternately sparse and explosive guitar and vocal parts. Released on the Deltasonic label.…view full details.
Incredibly slinky new single from Autolux to lead off their impending new album. Soft Scene hands its rhythm over to so-low-they-distort synths and clicking drum machine patterns, and weave sensual vocals in and out. 7” released on a brand new label from Danger Mouse named 30th Century Records.…view full details.
Cage The Elephant return with their 4th full-length album, another set of sneery rock tracks. Tell Me I’m Pretty is a little bit blues-rock, a little bit garage-rock, and some of those guitar parts even hint at 70’s-esque classic-rock. And what a strong mixture all those different rocks make here. Out on Columbia.…view full details.
Denis Sultra is a techno-tastic Glaswegian on the up, now landing his first release with Numbers after acclaimed cuts on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Just one track here, but it’s all you’ll need, being heavily laden with both melodic synths and hard bouncing drum machines. It’s Only Real is presented as a single-sided 12”.…view full details.
Contemporary folk-inspired pop (or is it pop-inspired folk?) from the heart of rural Dorset. Roo Panes follows up last year’s debut Little Giant with Paperweights, a collection of 10 tracks that probe “a place of deep personal expression [while] resonating with universal truths and values”, via voice and guitar. Out on CRC Music.…view full details.
Created by Pioneering young Detroit producer Kyle Hall ‘The Water Is Fine’ EP is a masterpiece of soulful arrangement. The record had a rich, inviting quality that’s built up of deep and euphoric tunes such as ‘Create Your Own’, a track that’s full of warm, intriguing bass lines and luxurious drum pad arrangements layered over ever evolving percussive rhythms, and dance floor driving house grooves such as ‘Tomorrow Is the Day’.…view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
How does one go about living in LA. I’d like to live there please if that’s possible? Butterfly Child’s Belfast born leader Joe Cassidy has managed to end up there via a circuitous route that also included Chicago (that would be fine too). This is the first album in God knows how long (17 years says Ian), and although he was once part of the &r…view full details.
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