Simian Mobile Disco’s fifth studio-length album builds a sonic soundscape that sounds equally as powerful blasting through your headphones on the morning commute as it does in a sweaty club at 4am. It’s all pretty Bladerunner-esque as the techno machine that is Simian Mobile Disco collaborate with the ...view item »
There are fond memories in my heart for the Low Anthem’s history of recording antics -- an abandoned pasta factory here, a forgotten cinema there -- that make me want to invest in their music the way they do. Driven by music’s panoramic potential, the band developed their softer, folksier early days into something more full of life, ...view item »
There are fond memories in my heart for the Low Anthem’s history of recording antics -- an abandoned pasta factory here, a forgotten cinema there -- that make me want to invest in their music the way they do. Driven by music’s panoramic potential, the band developed their softer, folksier early days into something more full of life, as if growing a band like a plant from its roots. The hideously titled ‘The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea’ considers both the newfound grandiosity of their sound and the beauty that comes from tempering it.
These songs -- always short but never sparse -- offer some of the Low Anthem’s loveliest work yet. It’s as simple as that, really, even if constructing it wasn’t; “River Brine” is full of debris acoustic and electronic, eventually fading away with its numb beat still passing underfoot. “Give My Body Back” sounds like a Simon & Garfunkel song given the treatment of Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty artists -- its soft, momentary passings of piano and woodwind make me think of the homely additives of Angelo de Augustine, all alone but getting it together.
It might be the easiest of recent Low Anthem records to digest, even if there are parts of it that still show their experimental resilience: “The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song” is full of electronic warps and shuttering drum machines, squirming its way through to the light. Mostly, though, this record feels like one long paean -- one lovely, hummed song rendered in different environments to see if it can survive them. It's gorgeous, and it's worth your time.
As an NTS Radio presenter, Japan Blues is well placed to be an authority on the Asian music he has been collecting for years. While he has compiled mixtapes in the past, Sells His Record Collection is a new creative work built from a voluminous library of music samples, field recordings and other elements. An LP full of...view item »
Bas Jan are a post-punk trio from London fronted by Serafina Steer, who you may know from her 2013 Jarvis Cocker-produced album, The Moths Are Real. The group underwent lineup changes during the making of their debut, Yes I Jan, meaning Steer is the only constant.The group are named after Dutch ...view item »
Look at this all-star cast. Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat teams up with guitar ace RM Hubbert in a super-sized collaboration that also includes guest appearances from Siobhan Wilson (cello/vocals) and Rachels Rachel Grimes on piano. All comes out on Mogwai's Rock Action to keep...view item »
Debut LP from enigmatic four-piece Confidence Man. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the group have made a name for themselves with outlandish performances and a small collection of irresistibly catchy releases with pleasingly cynical lyrics. For disillusioned youths who still like to get down. On Heavenly....view item »
Black Salvation are a German psych/hard rock band formed from the ashes of In Solitude. Uncertainty Is Bliss uses the full depth of psychedelia, doom, blues and hard rock, together with mystical narratives to transport the listener to somewhere else entirely. A bewitching debut. LP and CD on Relapse....view item »
I'm sorry to say that this is my favourite movie of all time. Howard Shore's soundtrack to the first edition in the Rings trilogy captures both the overcast darkness and total tweedom of Tolkein's novels. Since director Peter Jackson loves his extended versions and drawn out releases, why not&nbs...view item »
Amazing Greek synth-pop, retrieved from the mid-1980s by Dark Entries. Lena Platonos was highly influential in Greek electronic circles, and we can see why: her instrumentals are inventively constructed, and her gorgeously detached Greek-language vocals float serenely above. Gallop is a great record....view item »
Beta Blockers are a Leeds/Sheffield punk band formed from members of The Flex, No Form, Whipping Post and Community. Stiff Prescription is their new 12” on which they blast through 7 songs in 18 minutes. To get their sound, imagine unlikely unions between ...view item »
This lovely disc of sketchy paints comes from Finnish band Jesse, whose recent collaboration with DJ Sotofett came right out of nowhere. The cosmic crew continue to play with disco and psychedelia by laying down simple ideas and then positing a more developed galaxy they could live in. Pretty enou...view item »
As loose as a term post-punk is, it almost risks pigeonholing Total Control's sound, they are almost in a world of their own. You would be hard struggling to find a more refreshing record than this in the past few years and in terms of debut albums this has to be up there with Australia's best.
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Previously wowing us with No Perfect Wave, his emotive and pop-oriented drone vignette record (recorded by opera-looper Ian William Craig), the wondrous C. Diab returns with Exit Rumination. Here he offers more lovely, mountainous music to stare into a valley with. Guit...view item »
This is a collaboration between this Canadian chanteuse and the... um... forgetful Spacemen 3 legend. In fact neither can remember quite how they met but here they pass compositions back and forth across the big pond resulting in a record way out of both artists comfort zone taking in electronica, noise and even trip hop along t...view item »
The eponymous debut from New Zealand natives who moved themselves to London, The Cavemen is a short sharp burst of joyously childish and catchy punk rock. Song subjects range, as you can probably imagine, from drug abuse to masturbation and general fast-living debauchery. Blood red coloured vinyl LP and CD, reissued on Dirty Wat...view item »
Nuke Earth is the new album by New Zealand garage punk band The Cavemen. Their name gives a few clues about their music - it’s primal, visceral rock ‘n’ roll for beer-fuelled nights. Guaranteed to cure what ails ya, if what ails ya is lack of vintage punk rock. LP and CD on Slovenly....view item »
100% guaranteed not to be a barrel of laughs there's actually no better time for a Third Eye Foundation album than in 2018. Matt Elliott's gruesome drum and bass project initially did what everyone thought Kevin Shields would do in combine noise, shoegaze and dark beats. Fast forward twenty years and the music is no less kinetic...view item »
Interrobang are the agit pop project of former Chumbawamba member Dunstan Bruce alongside with Harry Hamer also formerly of Chumbawamba and ex-Regular Fries guitarist Stephen Griffin. They make vicious pop punk full of social and political commentary and wry asides. Taking the ideas and eth...view item »
It’s easy to consider Austin's Shit & Shine as spiritual descendants of near neighbours Butthole Surfers, but it’s a valid comparison in the best possible sense, capturing their unpredictability, abrasiveness, and a giddy humour undercut by subtle malevolence. This indie-only 12”, limi...view item »
Dead Meadow have been fusing Black Sabbath-style riffs with whirling, melodic, psych-fuzz for the best part of 20 years now and have seven studio albums, including three for legendary US label Matador, and two live albums under their belts. What this all means is that they’re pretty good at what they do. T...view item »
Like the Czarface Meets Metal Face full-length team-up between Czarface and MF Doom but don’t actually like the rhymes and vocals too much? Well then, this instrumental version of the album is for you! All facetiousness aside, this is a great bonus accompaniment to the original record, letting tho...view item »
Like Czarface? Like MF Doom? Well then, czech this out: a full-length team-up of the hip-hop heavyweights, following on from a 2015 collaborative track together. The two lyricists trade fantastic sparky lines left right and centre, with additional guest spots from Open Mike Eagle and Vin...view item »
The latest racket from Paul Allen (the Heads) and cohorts, this is his third release under this barely pronounceable name for Rocket. Omegaville is described as chaotic riffage taking in music concrete, sci-fi noise pop, balls out rock and psych chaos. A place where rock, prog and art can safely meet. ...view item »
Rebound is the fourth solo album by Eleanor Friedberger, which follows 2016’s New View. Since going solo from The Fiery Furnaces, a band she was in with her musically...er...interesting brother, Friedberger has quietly been getting on with her business and writing some pretty classy indie rock, taking insp...view item »
Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog combine Paul McCartney and Beach Boys influences with the ramshackle American lo-fi of Pavement and Guided By Voices. A sound that guarantees melodies, harmonies and a bit of craziness. Critical Equation is their tenth album and is a...view item »
There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 si...view item »
New compilation from Jazzman records celebrating the underrated world of Japanese jazz. Though Japan has long been an enthusiastic consumer of jazz, their own musicians haven't always had their fandom reciprocated. Comes with detailed liner notes in Japanese and English, and, of course, an OBI strip. ...view item »
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