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Records you could have inadvertently ignored

We all do it. Forget about something we really wanted to buy. Like tickets to that Hurricane No1 reunion show (without Andy Bell)...just fell by the wayside when Ride reformed and started wearing hats. So we've compiled a lot of music that is much much better than Hurricane No1 that may have slipped through your fingers. 
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Aisha Devi
Conscious C*nt

Aisha Devi releases a new 12” on the Houndstooth label, the provocatively-titled Conscious Cunt. The balance between femininity and society’s patriarchal bullshit seems to be the emotional focus of the release, supported by dominating electronic productions. Pressed to heavyweight vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

Alvarius B
Chin Spirits

Alvarius B is, of course, a pseudonym of Alan Bishop, one of them Sun City Girls. This 10”, entitled Chin Spirits, is a bright example of the kind of half-nonsense, half-beauty those Bishop brothers excel in. First issued as a cassette on Chocolate Monk, now enjoy the vinyl version, thanks to the Unrock label.

Antenna Happy
Rotor / Late

Antenna Happy (the electronic music project of Nathan Pope) has been away from music for a full twenty years. He’s coming back with the excellent Pinto EP, but one isn’t enough now he’s recaptured the bug, so we also have this nice white label release of Rotor / Late, self-released on a self-named imprint. Two great, atmospheric cuts.

Chrononautz
Noments

The Quietus Phonographic Corporation presents the debut album from Chrononautz, a duo who have been playing out their analogue techno in the Leeds live scene for some time. Noments brings them to a wider stage, spreading out two side-long, improvisatory tracks that wander through ambience to a series of heavy highs. Pretty rad, all told.

Echo Fisk
Water Sports

Punk Jazz Rock doesn’t sound too promising, but that’s how the press release describes Echo Fisk and Water Sports. It sounds more like experimental jazz to me, something in the vein of The Feed Back or something like that. I think the Punk element comes from the fact that the three Norwegians in the band are all bald. It’s disjointed, whirling and compelling stuff with some jazz sensibilities and some added craziness. Vinyl LP in edition of 300 copies.

Emily Hall
Folie a Deux

‘Folie à Deux’ is award winning British composer Emily Hall’s debut collaborative release with Icelandic singer songwriter and multiple times Björk collaborator, Sjón. Hall’s composition a piece of modern folk storytelling written for two vocalists, an acoustic harp and an electro-magnetic harp.

Expo '70
Solar Drifting

The material on Solar Drifting first appeared on a myriad of formats with an array of labels, including Eat, Sleep, Repeat and Trensmat. Now these bits and pieces of the Expo ‘70 world are collected as either CD or tape depending on preference. Weird and wonderful singles jams, dual released by Zoharum and Sonic Meditations.

Fox Millions Duo
Lost Time

Like drums? Well then you are in for a pretty considerable treat. Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever) one of the world’s best ever percussion people, pairs up with Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien) to become Fox Millions Duo. Losttime is a frantic and inventive tour-de-force of two drum kits, on Thrill Jockey.

Frankie & The Heartstrings
Decency

A brand new record (the first since 2013) from Frankie and his band of loyal Heartstrings, now featuring the recognisable vocal contributions of a former Futurehead as well. Decency sounds pretty decent all told, the indie melodies catchy, the riffs and strums of the guitars sounding just right. On Wichita.

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

Grave Babies present a record all about the possibility that humanity is a doomed species, a proposition explored through drum machines and an hard-rock-in-the-1980s guitar sound. Holographic Violence is an odd-sounding album that is hard to pin down, something that works quite well. On the Hardly Art label.
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Grimm Grimm
Hazy Eyes Maybe

ATP Recordings, which seems to have survived all the liquidations to date, releases the new record from Grimm Grimm, solo project of the ex-frontman of Screaming Tea Party. This is singer-songwriter material on carefully plucked guitar, but with the feel of strangeness and unknown places lurking beneath the echo.

Headphones
Headphones

Headphones are a group who are proud to stand behind only synthesisers (and drums), rather than any guitars. Headphones is their debut record (and indeed their only record), released in 2005 and now reissued by Suicide Squeeze on white vinyl. Indie synth-rock with a strong ear for melody and a songwriter’s touch.

John Swing / EMG / Vinalog
Relative 001.1

The funky meandering bassline on the opening track tells you all you need to know: this 12” is a headbobber. John Swing shows off his talent for solid house tracks on the A side. On the flipside, it’s EMG and Vinalog delivering more minimal productions for the inevitable coming down off this long-awaited reissue.

Kawabata Makoto
Astro Love and Infinite Kisses

Psychedelic drone wonder from Kawabata Makoto on his latest release Astro Love & Infinite Kisses, his first following a period of quiet. A showcase of his work with Acid Mothers Temple, this record from VHF is available on double vinyl and features a fantastic 41 minute epic track Dos Nurages, with hallucinogenic guitar, finger picking. Shiver inducing.

Lucy and Klock
War Lullaby

Arpeggiated drones and propulsive 4/4 techno collide in this stonking 12” from Lucy and Klock. A big collaboration between Ben Klock and Lucy War Lullaby offers a mesmerising combination of chest-thumping kick drums and glassy, out of this world chords. Spatial and hypnotic. Out on 12” vinyl from Stroboscopic Artefacts.

Midnight
Into The Night

Midnight were a small-town teenage group operating in the mid-to-late seventies. They had strong chops for ones so young, taking on hard rock tropes and bringing them to suburban Illinois. Into The Night is one of the few recordings still actually in circulation, and Drag City are doing their bit to make it that bit more available than before with this reissue.

Ossia
Red X

A member of the critically acclaimed Young Echo collective, Ossia is now breaking out under his own name, presenting a platter that is half noise-blasted techno and half abstracted spooky delay-scapes. Red X is a proper hard-hitter, ready to wear you down with the A side and remove your ability to stand again with the B side. On Blackest Ever Black.

Owl & Mouse
Departures

With the sweet Australian voice of Hannah Botting, Owl & Mouse are treating us to another album. Gentle pop songs emerge from careful orchestrations on Departures, the band featuring an expanded cast of musicians. A great record for when you really need to bury your melancholy. Or for when you like pretty songs, of course.

Perk Badger
Do Your Stuff

Originally released as part of a small run of sides for his own Hit Sound (and Hit Bound) and the local Miami Wax-Wel labels in the late 60s and early 70s, lo fi anthem ‘Do Your Stuff’ was reworked with the help of Arnold Albury’s The Rising Suns to produce this raw, bass heavy, hard hitting funk 7’’.

Peter Walker
Live at Third Man Records

Jack White's appetite for live albums continues to grow as he releases yet another album of a person doing a thing in his studio which White then boasts about through the medium of 12". Here the great Peter Walker pays his debts to his favourite artists -- John Fahey and Robbie Basho, and all who could turn a guitar exercise into a beautiful American landscape. It's called Live At Third Man Records as I think about five thousand records now are.

Pvre Matrix
LIES027.5

Pvre Matrix like to keep things as all-about-the-music as possible, and hence has given this release no track titles, no real EP title, and no press release. Hardcore. What this does is shift all out attention to the contents of the wax: hard and fast percussive workouts that can swallow you whole if you’re not careful. One copy per customer for this limited 12” white label.

Roger Waters
Amused To Death

One of Pink Floyd's prime crooners and fretboys, Roger Waters also released a bunch of solo material, including the questionably titled Amused To Death, which dealt with every-day existential crises through intricately arranged rock that went from prog to soft. Released an age or two ago, it's now getting a reissue so you can hear all of Water's symphonic, Orwellian murmurings.

SK Kakraba
Yonye

SK Kakraba is part of a mighty lineage of Ghanaian Gyil players; the Gyil being a kind of xylophone. Yonye is a fantastic collection of solo recordings, the buzzing sound of the instrument giving the traditional songs an almost electric tang to them. Plenty of life and energy in this record, which is out on Sun Ark.

Sogmusobil
Telefon

Legendary reissues are a forte over here at Norman Records. Sogmusobil’s legendary Telefon album has long been missing, but the kind people at Subliminal Sounds have saved us. Now you can fulfill your wildest fantasies of bilingual Scandinavian prog rock - searing organs included. Straight from 1971, but limited to 600 copies. Includes liner notes and unpublished photos.

The Antlers
In London

One special night in October of last year, The Antlers played a show to a sold-out crowd at the Hackney Empire, much to the happiness of those in attendance. If you were there, or wish you had been, then In London, the document of that performance, will let that happiness flow right back into your life again. Double LP on Transgressive.
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The Knife
Ready To Lose / Stay Out Here Remixes

The Knife’s last album, Shaking The Habitual, was pretty club-ready to begin with, though it would have to have been a fairly intense club. This 12” of remixes of Ready To Lose / Stay Out Here makes that connection more explicit, giving Tarantism, Paula Temple and Kane Roth the chance to get stuck in. Killer material on Brille!

Those Pretty Wrongs
Lucky Guy

Former drummer for Big Star and current producer of laid-back, 70’s California-hued countryish rock Jody Stephens presents the release of his new group Those Pretty Wrongs, a duo with Luth Russell. Burger Records are doing the duties, putting out Lucky Guy  on a 7” limited to a mere 500 copies.

Various
Carpark Sweet 16 Basketball Picture Disc

This visually incredible basketball-themed 12’’ picture disc release is a compilation of nine exclusive, full length tracks and nineteen tracks from across the broad spectrum of the Carpark Records catalogue to celebrate the labels turning 16 years old this year. The record is a full on team assault featuring some of the labels hardest hitters including Young Magic and Skylar Spence, Montag, Ear Pwr, Memory Tapes, and Dog Bite, Speedy Ortiz, Teen and GRMLN.

Various
Esperanza de OTO 2

Aritomo puts together compilations of ‘extremely splendid music’, motivated by a love of the artists and a desire to hear them on vinyl he hopes you will get ‘a nice sense’ from listening to them. ‘Esperanza De OTO Vol 2’ features mostly underexposed artists such as vocalist Midorita Rokunotake, Tadasuke Iwanaga (the main man behind Mamitori Ulithi Empress Yonaguni San) from Japan, Chilean genius Bicho Pablo, Californian Rin Eric, Kenji Kariu (OWKML) and Japanese rock band Aka, Bolivian artist Munca, and mystery band Bon Voyage with a track and occasional guest appearances from Aritomo himself.

Vision Heat
The Chosen Themes - Program I

Vision Heat is the eighties production inspired project of Jared Blum's (of GiganteSound, The Talking Book, Blanketship, Vulcanus 68). Influenced by a wealth of soundtrack scores from John Carpenter to Harold Faltermeyer, ‘The Chosen Themes’ crosses genres from weirdo sci-fi tension builders to uplifting, cinematic synth pop reminiscent of early John Hughes movies.

Wen
Senary Cycles EP

Low-key EP of melodic club music courtesy of producer Wen. The six tracks of Senary Cycles move through near ambient spaces and into a range of rhythmic approaches, from straightforward to subtly lurking to UK Funky. Plenty of talent on display here on this double 12” release on Soundman Chronicles.