The Dr. Jekyll to Fat White Family’s Mr. Hyde, Insecure Men sees Fat White-ers Saul Adamczewsi and Nathan Saoudi try their hand at some sort of Lynch-ian sugar-pop. While the ultra-low-budget sound nestles this record next to FWF’s Champagne Holo...view item »
This prick again. Except not again; then. There was a time when Mark Kozelek’s music meant a whole lot more, when his voice was sweeter and his lyrics comparatively shorthanded. This was it. It was a time when we actually cared about his dad.
‘Ghosts of the Great Highway’ was his first record under the Sun Kil Moon moni...view item »
Debut LP from south London rock outfit Phobophobes, after a turbulent journey of interchanging managers and members, and the tragic death of guitarist George Bedford Russell. Often dark, sometimes abrasive, punctuated with macabre and witty lyrics. On Ra-Ra Rok, on standard vinyl or limited edition clear version with alternate a...view item »
The Pharcyde were arguably the West Coast’s answer to De La Soul, offering a cool alternative to the gangsta rap of the ‘90s. Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde was their debut album, originally released towards the end of 1992, it is now, as well as being Kanye West’s favourite piec...view item »
Made around some of Jason Molina’s most slow-burning work in ‘Ghost Tropic’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’, this longform tune was initially made bespoke for Temporary Residence’s ‘Travels in Constants’ music series. As patient as you like, Molina pushed this particular stylistic shift in his career to...view item »
Japanese electronic music legend and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto's 2017 album 'async' graced numerous end of year lists.
An all-star cast of remixers have been assembled to re-work the material in their own distinctive visions; Arca, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Motion Graphics, Alva Noto, Yves Tumo...view item »
Listening to a Car Seat Headrest album is like those times you see a friend with a new partner and you think "what do you see in him/her"? They are one of our biggest sellers but ....why? I've heard countless songs of theirs in the office/on the radio and every time I've just thought - well this is pretty average why does it sell ...view item »
The Orielles are very polished for a band who claim to have met pretty recently at a 40th birthday party of a friend of their parents (cue: reviewer feeling old for the millionth time today). I mean you'd read their back story and think that 'Silver Dollar Moment' would be a ramshackle punky moment of youthful vigour but the musicianship here is...view item »
Remember the past? Good wasn't it. All those bands that we all liked. I remember seeing Ride on Snub TV and thinking they sounded pretty promising and then pretty much forgot about them when they became a kind of shoegaze answer to Westlife.
Now I'm old and they are old too having survived hair loss a...view item »
London 0 Hull 4 was the debut album by The Housemartins. It was originally released in 1986 and was where it all began for vocalist Paul Heaton and bass player Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. Their mix of jangly guitar pop and thoughtful ballads saw singles such as Flag Day, Sheep...view item »
Recorded in London but with a New Orleans spirit, “The Sun, Moon & Herbs” arrived towards the end of Dr. John’s voodoo-inspired period, its heavy, foggy atmosphere and nods to Cajun folklore capturing the magic and spirit of the city even from afar. Hypnotic percussion, invigorating choruses, and creepy-cum...view item »
Devoto and company originally intended this material to be released as a series of five singles (A and B sides) and not as an album (before the record label nixed the idea), so the slightly brighter, more accessible arrangements than those that the band deployed on Secondhand Daylight or Real Life may have reflected that. This is one of those al...view item »
Hell yeah. I can remember fragments of older Brigid Mae Power records, but this one takes what they tend to call ‘the cake’. Assured in her slow, growing songs, and better than ever at stretching a melody over a slow motion country rock time lapse, she offers her best record to date, offering both the merest of brushes and the most s...view item »
Kind of fitting as we were talking the other day about whether people still sniff glue. Well... do they? I've also been playing guess the riff on opening track 'Blown Up' which so naggingly familiar that I'm sort of going insane -I think it's the Buzzcocks - possibly 'Ever Fallen In Love'. It's also the ...view item »
For Factory Floor's first record on their own H/O/D label, the band release two tracks inspired by the 1927 Fritz Lang classic of silent cinema and science fiction, Metropolis. 'Heart Of Data' and 'Babel' were culled from the score which the band wrote, and performed live in front of an awestruck Scien...view item »
Did you miss Fu Manchu? Well here they are, back again with their twelfth album after four years away. Clone Of The Universe is a fuzzed-up epic, particularly when it comes to the eighteen-minute goliath of a track that takes up all of side two. That track features none other than Alex Lifeson of ...view item »
The great thing about the success of Sleaford Mods is that it has given Harbinger Sound the funds to release some of the more out there music made on these shores. It's therefore no surprise that they've turned their attention to Ceramic Hobs a bonkers psychedelic outfit out of Blackpool who have been scaring people since 1985. ...view item »
Listen back to the early roots of the Crammed Discs label, with this essential album by Aksak Maboul, the Belgian avant-rock group lead by label-runner Marc Hollander and also featuring such luminaries as Fred Frith and Chris Cutler of Henry Cow! Un peu &lsq...view item »
French outfit Heldon’s 1979 album ‘Stand By’ is being re-released on limited edition sky-blue vinyl, courtesy of Souffle Continu Records. It’s essentially a rock record, built on electronic equipment, and is filled with proggy doom, punk ‘tude and guitarist Richard Pinhas’ masterful axework....view item »
On this here 12” EP -- on the always reliably magnificent Serein label -- Olga Wojciechowska reignites her Strië project to lovingly deliver to us this ear-caressing series of 6 pieces of music.
The story behind the inspiration for this record is a sad one: the event of the Soviets launching a stray dog through the stratospher...view item »
Here's a recording of the time Italian progressive legends Goblin performed their much loved Dawn of the Dead soundtrack before a live studio audience in Helsinki in May 2017. This is a one time pressing of 1000 copies on a couple of different colours. Sure to be a future collectors item for fans of these soundtrack legends.&nbs...view item »
This twelve-inch sees the Portland psychedelicists tackling a pair of proto-punk classics. Alan Vega’s Jukebox Babe stands as a tribute to the late Suicide singer. While this version retains the rockabilly skeleton of the track, it’s as if the song has been transplanted from Vega’s gritty New Y...view item »
Area People Do Something Psychedelic. Hardly breaking news anymore, but may I please report to you that Perpignan psychlords the Liminanas have released a new record, their fifth, and you can listen to it? If you’ve not already been indoctrinated, their melodic, pop-leaning approach to making jams is quite a marvel. The duo seesaw like chi...view item »
Art rockers Django Django have established themselves as one of Britain’s more original bands. From their unpigeonholable eponymous debut to it’s follow-up Born Under Saturn they have mashed genres together to make a sound all of their own. Their new album Marble Skies, like their debut, is a more lean affair than Bo...view item »
He predicted a riot, he loved you less and less and he ruby ruby ruby ruby ruby'd but since leaving the Kaiser Chiefs Nick Hodgson has kept a lower profile...if a lower profile includes writing songs for the likes of Duran Duran and Shirley Bas...view item »
Let's hope this re-issue of Shudder to Think's debut album has been re-mastered. Their original albums though musically exceptional suffer from the kind of quiet '90s mastering that suggests the record was played out of some speakers and recorded onto a tape recorder. Drums high enough in the mix to make you feel you are listening to the band ou...view item »
Create I - Procreate: Remastered and Expanded by Momus collects together the Scottish singer/songwriter’s first three albums for Creation Records: The Poison Boyfriend (1987), Tender Pervert (1988) and Don’t Stop The Night (1989), with bonus tracks and liner notes by Momus himself and collaborator An...view item »
Australian Testing Labs, whoever they are, apparently designed this album to accompany the in-motion sounds of a specific kind of VW van: Music For Aircooled Motoring will blend with the engine and road-rumble frequencies to form a vivid sound experience. But don’t worry if you don’t have a 1981 VW van, beca...view item »
With 'Harmony Corruption' came a new singer and a new direction. Napalm Death had always been about extreme speed and extreme anger, and nothing was more extreme than taking grind directly into mid-tempo death metal. The album contains everything that Napalm Death would try on and discard throughout the coming decade: hyperspeed grind noise, har...view item »
Frankie Cosmos leader and chief songwriter Greta Kline has an impressive 52 releases under her belt in just seven years. Vessel is her third under the Frankie Cosmos name and sees her looking back at the effect this artistically prolific time has had on her through her particular brand of pleasingly melodic indie-pop. LP, CD and...view item »
The Drift is the seventh album in 8 years from New York’s The Men. It finds them back on Sacred Bones following a cathartic one-album hiatus. Rejuvenated and throwing everything they’ve learned during their period of re-self discovery in their new project makes The Drift a more experimental record which occasionally ...view item »
Tim Gane's Cavern Of Anti-Matter return with their third studio album continuing their journey into the bowels of kraut rock by way of modular synths and homemade drum machines. Hormone Lemonade still has the loose improvised feel that will be familiar to those in awe of their previous offerings. ...view item »
The synth-king of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti Void presents a solo album, his first for seventeen years! Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 has a sort of vintage flavour, with old-school electronics weaving around almost folk-esque melodies. It’s got twenty-five ...view item »
Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, a 20 year old from Nashville, has previously made some lovely mid-fi music that would please fans of Boston bands of the 1990s, as detailed on her recent compilation, Collection. Her proper debut album, Clean, gives her a bigger stage and bigger production values, but the songs remain true to he...view item »
Taking a break from their knitting for awhile, the Patti and Selma Bouvier of indie rock re-unite with the 'classic' era line up of the Breeders for their much anticipated first new album in a decade. Expect taut and lop-sided avant rock full of unusual melodies and that golden throated voice. How much better will it be than the...view item »
Peanut Butter Wolf’s debut, My Vinyl Weighs A Ton was originally released in 1999 and is regarded as one of the best independent hip-hop albums of the ‘90s. Peanut Butter Wolf, aka Californian producer, DJ and crate digger Chris Manak used guest rappers to provide the lyrics to his well constructed mix of beats and s...view item »
First of all, what an astonishing title for an album. Intoxicated Man features classic Serge Gainsbourg material from the period 1958 to 1962, when our man was in his simmering, swaggering pomp. Intoxicated Man maps out a very particular style of cool, which Serge absolutely excels at. Double L...view item »
The third LP from these LA post-punkers Young Jesus is a hyper eloquent affair reminiscent of Slint and Ought. Frequently tender, often wistful, occasionally raucous, S/T covers a lot of musical bases while still remaining a cohesive aesthetic hole. The singer’s voice is nice too,...view item »
"Real Life" is an original take on new wave and punk. It was the debut album by Magazine, recorded after vocalist Howard Devoto had left The Buzzcocks and released in 1978. The two most straight-forward rock songs on here, "Shot By Both Sides" and "The Light Pours Out Of Me" are also two of the best and were c...view item »
Ok actual gonna-be-big record time. This hotly tipped million piece have already released two stellar singles and proved that not everything on Jools Holland is the worst music to blight humanity but now it's time to drop the big one. We are expecting multi-layered technicolour pop with nods to the Avalanches, Beck...view item »
Take Back The Night is the 12th studio album by legendary San Francisco via Chicago punks, Dwarves. As always they are helmed by Blag Dahlia and Hewhocannotbenamed and are joined by sometime members Sgt. Saltpeter and Rex Everything (aka Nick Oliveri formerly of Queens Of The Stoneage) and Josh Freese...view item »
It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuti...view item »
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