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96 Back
Provisional Electronics

Given that they seem to release at least one new record every single week, it’s quite surprising to find out that Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit have never previously dropped anything by a Steel City artist. That honour goes to Evan Majumdar-Swift aka 96 Back. His Provisional Electronics EP features four slabs of the kind of acid/electro that has become the label’s stock-in-trade. Comes recommended by Konx Om Pax and Altern-8’s Mark Archer.

Age Of Taurus
The Colony Slain

Let me tell you, being a Taurus ain’t easy. You live in constant fear of change, of disruption, and of movement. The last thing we need is an epoch in which the defining characteristics are shared with the bull sign. But doom-metallers Age Of Taurus clearly think differently. On The Colony Slain, their follow-up LP to the light-hearted romp that was Desperate Souls For Tortured Times, they make such a heavy racket that it could shake the earth (sign).

Air Traffic Control Quartet
Blue Raspberry

A blue raspberry. That'll be the day. What a time to be alive, indeed. Air Traffic Control Quartet is an avant-garde prankster's delight, a chase scene happening in a maze, parkour performed in an MC Escher painting. Using obscured melodies, harpsichords, storm samples and weird film motifs, this record truly has something, a bit broken, for everyone. Collage delirium.   

Archie and The Bunkers
Songs From The Lodge

Sibling duo Archie And The Bunkers drop their second LP of organ-billy fun. With one brother on the organ and the other on drums, the pair make a pretty basic racket on Songs From The Lodge, but they do it nicely. Sort of like The Ramones at a funfair. ‘Laura’, unfortunately, is not a Scissor Sisters cover.

Arp Frique
The Colorful World of Arp Frique

Following a well-received debut EP on Rush Hour at the back-end of 2017, Dutch musician Niels Nieuborg’s Arp Frique project drops its debut LP. The roster of collaborators on The Colourful World Of Arp Frique is impressive and lends authenticity to Nieuborg’s globalist disco-funk sound. Afro-beat don Orlando Julius, Surinamese flautist Ronald Snijders and Cape Verde’s Americo Frito all provide a helping hand.

Aylu
Serum


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Becker / Stegmann / Zeumer
Ich Traume So Leise Von Dir

Ich Traume So Leise Von Dir is the insular and off-kilter works of experimentalists Becker / Stegmann / Zeumer. Clotted with funky bass prods in tandem with sporadic spoken word, the one-off Germany-incepted project amounts to a heavy dose of Kraftwerk-inspired krautrock, kicked off by the crisply-produced synth-feast - Mein Tanzlied.

Belmer (Fatima Yamaha)
Wildebeets EP

The deep-house-with-funky-lead-lines schtick has served Fatima Yamaha very well up to this point, but the Dutch producer clearly felt that it was time for a change. So he’s taken on a new moniker - Belmer - and dropped this new five-track EP. Wildebeets is more rough-and-ready than the FY stuff, and the style of the EP jumps around more too. There is techno, juke, electro, and even a bit of modern r ‘n’ b floating around here. The best track is definitely ‘Yell Of The Murr’, which sounds like Aphex Twin doing the 'Macarena'.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow
Panic Blooms

Welcome back Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania purveyors of music every bit as wacky and colourful as their name suggests. Their sixth LP Panic Blooms, six years since the last one, comes packing the gleefully messy, awkward, vocoded pop productions familiar to fans of previous output. But I daresay the tone this time is a touch more melancholy than usual.

Blossoms
Cool Like You

Just look at the sleeve? Wouldn't you just want to hang out with those guys? They are like Embrace but with cool lights. Well last time round Blossoms knack of writing catchy post Oasis anthems and adding enough 80s production to get local radio programmers everywhere putting away their Howard Jones LPs was a winning formula.  Now it's that 'difficult' second album. They have a great car. They'll be ok. 

Blouse
Blouse

Not of course the Chris Morris fronted Pulp parody from Brasseye but a Portland based art school collective who feature someone who went on to be in Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Expect sumptuous dream-pop with synths and alluring guitar lines.  This re-press is part of the celebrations for Captured Tracks 10th anniversary. 

Blue Hawaii
Blooming Summer

Um... hell yes? Of all the things to come out of the chillwave blogosphere of old, 2010's Blooming Summer was the best. Blue Hawaii are the electronic sister band of Braids and together the duo have gone on to make cold, disassociating dance music; on their first record, though, they made distraught, aching tunes the likes of their fleeting genre had never known. Blooming Summer is a short little masterpiece of visceral heartbreak and bubbling synthwork.

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on Deran. Case in point - lead single ‘Tehigren’, a track that turns on a sixpence from rock-reggae bounce to nimble desert-blues.

Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles
Ceder

Cara Stacey (South Africa) and Camilo Ángeles (Peru) bashed this one out in a day, and it’s quite a trip. Both artists performed multiple instruments, but Stacey largely favours piano and Ángeles various flutes. With a great sense of freedom, the material goes all over: opener ‘Jazmin’ mixes odd dissonances with unmistakable calmness at first before gathering rhythmic and harmonic momentum - all in under two minutes. Unpredictable, beautiful and slightly bonkers.

Carlos Giffoni
Vain

How have we all managed to do without new business from Carlos Giffoni for six whole years? Lord only knows, but the No Fun bossman is certainly back in action now, presenting new full-length LP Vain for our pleasure. It's a varied journey through modern electronics, with lots of precise and powerful synthesiser activity as well as some pounding blasts. Out on iDEAL Recordings.

CECILIA
Adoration

A haunting, exhilarating debut album from Rome-born, Montreal-based artist Mélissa Gagné, aka CECILIA. Venturing into trip-hop, atmospheric ambient and film score music, this record sees CECILIA singing in English, French and Italian, her diaristic approach to writing underpinning the absorbing melancholia of gentle synths and improvised guitars. 

Chris Brann
Deep Fall

A seminal '90s deep house record gets reissued here by its original home of Peacefrog (Moodymann, Little Dragon). By 1997 Chris Brann had already received acclaim for his work as one third of Wamdue Kids, but Deep Fall sees the producer finding his own way and his own sound. The nine tracks here are the deepest of the deep, with mellow synth pads and sultry vocals keeping watch over rigid, slightly tech-house-flavoured drum tracking.
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Cienfuegos
Autogolpe

The debut full-length from Alex Suarez’s Cienfuegos project is named after a particular kind of military coup, so you can imagine that Autogolpe isn’t going to pull very many punches. Indeed, this is a heavy and dark listen, whether it is pummelling the listener with industrial beats or creating more abstract sections of oppression. LP on L.I.E.S.

Cut Worms
Hollow Ground

Worms is the new Wolves/Wolf. We have Hookworms, Flatworms and now Cut Worms a  Midwest based chap who has escaped his family's love of baseball to produce basement 4 track recordings that are influenced by harmony drenched songsters the Everly Brothers and David Lynch's twilit eerieness.  

Dalholt & Langkilde
Sur Plus

Copenhagen Balearicists Music For Dreams (Ruf Dug, The Swan And The Lake) drop the debut LP from Danish duo Dalholt & Langkilde. The pair come up with some lovely sunset grooves on Sur Plus, sticking to Balearic House/synth-pop tropes while also incorporating a wide range of influences. The ‘Beach Mix’ of ‘Disco Disco’ throws together Ibiza house with Serge Gainsbourg-aping vocals, while the title track and ‘Charite’ slow the tempo down and bring in some Soukous-inspired guitar work.

Dantevilles
Dantevilles

Dantevilles aren’t the kind of band you would expect to come from Manchester, given the city’s musical heritage. Their music is owes more to radio-friendly danceable soft rock of the ‘70s than the Hacienda. However, their ear for melody, incisive guitars, and compelling manner give them the potential to rule a new Manchester sound. 5-Track 12" EP on Heist or Hit.

Deeper
Deeper

After a slew of impressive shows with rock 'n' roll peers Omni and Protomartyr, the very good aggy band Deeper get to play us their debut record, a frenzied collection that uses its spindly punk arrangements and ambient pitstops to detail modern anxieties of life. Some good, weird melodies to relate your life to.  

Delaney Davidson
Shining Day

Glass Records Redux (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized) has picked up the ninth studio LP from New Zealand artist Delaney Davidson. Coming a couple of years after Lucky Guy, Shining Day is another record of slightly garage-y singer-songwriter fare from Davidson. The likes of ‘What Am I Doing Wrong’ could have been plucked from the songbook of Mark Oliver Everett.

Destroyer
Thief

Destroyer AKA Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Bejar used a backing band for the first time on his third album, Thief. At the time of its release in 2000 it was considered his best to date, the sound of an artist hitting his stride, and remains a jewel in his back catalogue to this day. Bejar is also a member of The New Pornographers. Orange vinyl LP on Merge.

Dinosaur
Wonder Trail

Energetic jazz-rock quartet Dinosaur (no relation or particular seniority to Dinosaur Jr.) return with Wonder Trail, once again with Edition Records. This time, the group - with Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin at the forefront, harnesses 1980s synthpop for new references. Expect the common cues of vintage keyboards, vocoders, and such to be explored in jazzy new contexts.

DJ Lilocox
Paz & Amor

Principe (DJ Marfox, DJ Nigga Fox) return with their deepest release yet. DJ Lilocox has patiently waited his turn to drop on the Lisbon imprint, and he seizes the moment with this impressive five-track EP. Of course the core genre of Paz & Amor is the label’s signature Batida style, but there is also a stronger influence from the worlds of deep and Balearic house here than we have previously heard.

Docile
Docile

Techno collabo from John T. Gast and Tribe of Colin as Docile. It's on the ever excellent Trilogy Tapes so you know that this is both good, and very likely to sell out. 'Empty Fury' is like a nightmarish version of another Trilogy Tapes smasher, Bullion's 'Blue Pedro'. Glad to see sea shanty techno is coming into its own. 

Dog Chocolate
Moody Balloon Baby

Never mind the bollocks… it’s Dog Chocolate. And if you’re into Lahndahn punk what is abrasively facetious and that, it’s also very much the dog’s. Following on from 2014’s Snack Fans, the trio pack a surprising amount of nonsense into fewer than 25 minutes for their latest opus, Moody Balloon Baby. True to the punker roots though, there’s social commentary leaking out through the cacophony.

Dub Taylor
Caves & Cages

Dub Taylor (Alexander Krüger), also known as Tigerskin, The Magic Soul Orchestra and others, breaks a ten-year silence by joining Dirt Crew recordings with an album of versatile, atmospheric techno in Caves & Cages. There’s dreamy ambience, with indistinct, momentary glimpses of samples through the murk, all the way up to funky, deft and melancholy techno tunes. Very nice.

Erasure
World Beyond

The legendary synth pop duo had their seventeenth album released last year on Mute. This surprising and intriguing set of reinterpretations features a Belgian ensemble linked to several modern classical outfits and composers. What you get is Erasure's classic ethereal dance-pop done up in graceful orchestral timbres. Lovely.

Erica Eso
129 Dreamless GMG

NNA Tapes (Matthewdavid, Anthony Child) front the new LP from Brooklyn ‘microtonal pop’ group Erica Eso. While there are numbers in which the five-piece explore the tones between the tones - the Perfume Genius-meets-Kid A ‘Mirror Stage’ tracks and close-harmony take ‘Vaccination Free’, for instance - there are also tracks here that could pass for new Frank Ocean material. Or tUnE-yArDs at least. ‘Gun-Metal Grey’ and ‘Fire Is The Mouth’, we’re looking at you.

Express Rising
Fixed Rope II

Express Rising, here expanded beyond Dante Carfagna into a trio, go deep into ambient territory with their instrumental music on Fixed Rope II. The instruments and melodies remain clearly distinguishable, but they are draped in reverb and mystery, perfect for those in-between moods. Fixed Rope II is released by Numero Group.

Farketmez
Deeelicious

Turkish jazz-rockers Farketmez mix jazz, blues, funk and a right psychedelic racket on their debut album Deeelicious. The album is the culmination of three years of musical evolution for the band. They feature Cameron Dean (formerly of Million Dead) on guitar along with Selcuk Güllü , on sax, drummer Carlos Valderrama (Not the mop-haired Colombian footballer) and bassist Hasan Kunt Yilmaz. LP on Uncomfortable Recordings.

Forest Swords
DJ-Kicks

Matthew “Forest Swords” Barnes gets The Invitation from the !K7 crowd, a sure measure of success. The selections for his mix prove eclectic and certainly more interested in portraying a range of great music than a seamless, segued mix experience. You’ve got Kara-Lis Coverdale, David Toop, Pantha Du Prince, Mira Calix, the London Bulgarian Choir performing the famous ‘Pilentse Pee’ and Vashti Bunyan’s splendid ‘Here Before’... you get the idea.

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II
Pinhead In Fantasia

Ltd 12” LP with 12-page booklet. Leftfield doesn’t begin to describe this Release. Covering several media forms all centre around the theme of Pinhead in Fantasia (Cenobites dancing with wooden mops?), consisting of contributions from Spencer Clark, David Keenan, and filmmaker AR Faust. In their own words, this record was “Recorded in an Open Air theater and in a golden metal box simultaneously.” And confusion is just the beginning when it comes to Spencer Clark’s music. Derailed, yet fascinating.

Francoise Hardy
Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles is one of her essential French-language albums from the period. Sleek, beautiful and bright recordings, each of which has been carefully remastered. 180g vinyl reissue from Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.

Frank Turner
Be More Kind

Frank Turner is one man. A man who has a guitar. A man who has, damn it all, a voice. Together they are used to make music. Sometimes the music they make becomes very popular indeed. Maybe this latest LP will be another one of those popular ones. Maybe it will teach us the error of our ways. Maybe we will learn to love each other again. Maybe we will change. Maybe we will be better. Maybe we will Be More Kind.

Gareth Dickson
Collected Recordings

Originally released in 2009 by Drifting/Falling records, ‘Collected Recordings’ is a testament to what can be achieved with deliberately limited instrumentation and production. Using only an acoustic guitar, economical vocals and the most tasteful amount of reverb, Gareth Dickson has created a beautifully simplistic ambient folk record.

Gareth Dickson
The Dance

Following in the success of his 2009 release ‘Collected Recordings’ which was a purist ambient/acoustic record made with minimal production, an acoustic guitar, vocals and a tasteful amount of reverb, soulful folk acoustic songwriter Gareth Dickson has taken his music even further back to basics with ‘The Dance’. Stripping back all unnecessary instrumentation and technology leaving nothing between the listener and the artist but the chilling, gloomy echoes of the guitar, the vocals and the room.

Graham Dunning
Way Too Much Time

What glee! Graham Dunning has at last committed some of his wonderful Mechanical Techno tracks to vinyl, thus both closing the conceptual circle and providing DJ’s with some neat new club tools. Way Too Much Time is a four track EP, all constructed with that magical machine (look it up), though still functioning perfectly as a straight-up banger selection. 12” on Adaadat.
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Green Seagull
Scarlet Fever

Green Seagull take their influences from ‘60s bands such as The Left Banke, The Association and The Kinks, forming part of the growing neo-psych scene in London. Their authentic take on freakbeat and baroque pop makes Scarlet Fever one of the more interesting releases to look forward to in 2018. LP and CD on Mega Dodo.

Halo Maud
Je Suis Une Île

French singer-songwriter Maud Nadal releases the debut LP from her Helo Maud project via Heavenly. Nadal's time as a touring member of Melody’s Echo Chamber and Moodoid have clearly had some influence on the Paris-based artist. Tracks like ‘Tu Sais Comme Je Suis’ and ‘Baptism’ are lovely, dreamy psych-pop takes that balance retro compositional sensibilities with modern production chops.

Häxxan
The Magnificent Planet of Alien Vampiro II

Riff rock for dry ice psychlords. Tel Aviv's HÄXXAN ('chasan') offer a slab of weighty, wandering rock music for fans of both the band Fuzz and the sonic tool fuzz. The Magnificent Planet of Alien Vampiro II, which is a bad album name, is that warbling wah sound pushed forward with a punk's momentum. Energy energy energy!

Henning Christiansen
The Executioner

Experimental film soundtracking glory from Henning Christiansen, with one of his sound accompaniments to his partner Ursula Reuter Christiansen’s films. This one, The Executioner, is the more traditional of the two, being a set of romantic vocal pieces, heavy on the romance. Previously unissued and very much essential listening for fans of either Christiansen. LP on Penultimate Press.

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Clippety Clop

Got some good press releases to work off today.... this one says simply "new album from Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs". Great. Ok then it's got a horse on the cover and Holly Golightly is actually her real name. Her mother named her after the Breakfast At Tiffany's character. She has played with Billy Childish and has become something of a garage rock legend over the years.  

Holm
Dappled

Tough Love Records (Ulrika Spacek, The Proper Ornaments) drop their first EP by Danish polymath Holm, an artist who has already made records with Yung, Brooch, Tears and more. The four tracks of Dappled are rough-and-ready home-taping that skirts the line between bedroom indie and twee-punk. Songs like 'Hope' evince a neat way with harmony and melody. Yo La Tengo, Frankie Cosmos, Girlpool and more spring to mind.

Ian MacFarlane
Planetarium

Shhh... it's private press. Have some respect. This much unknown ambient synth record was made by Cybotron maverick Ian MacFarlane, whose music may once have been a little weird to most ears. An experimentalist with conspiracies and surrealisms in his head, he envisioned Planetarium as a suite of meditations relating new age music to the galaxy. The start of a great MacFarlane unearthing.

Inigo Kennedy
Strata

Sixth album from extremely prolific techno producer Inigo Kennedy. Despite having released over a hundred (!) releases since 1996, he has remained inventive and forward thinking. Kennedy has a particular ear for melody and sound design, which lets him stand apart from the never-ending flood that is techno releases. 

J Dilla
Dillatronic

More high-quality beat action from the archives of the beloved J Dilla, this time with totally new-to-the-public material! Dillatronic’s 41 tracks are particularly heavy on electronic synth lines, supported by breaks that have that perennially funky Dilla quality. A total treat for Dilla-heads, out on Vintage Vibes / Ma Dukes Official.

J Dilla
Ruff Draft (Dilla's Mix)

Just when one gets to thinking that the annals of J Dilla’s discography couldn’t be combed any more, we get another posthumous release from the MPC grandmaster. This one’s a souped-up re-rendering of his cult classic Ruff Draft EP from back in 2003. It features new mixes of the original track list as well as bonus tracks, alternative takes and some illuminating liner notes. On the 2xvinyl release you get the original LP on one wax, the producer's alternative takes on the other.
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Jamie Isaac
(04:30) Idler

Croydonian jazz-popper Jamie Isaac is ready with a second album proper in (4:30) Idler. This one is largely informed by the young fellow’s troubles with insomnia, as evidenced by such sober titles as ‘Doing Better’, ‘Maybe’ and indeed, ‘Sleep’. Vintage synth electronica and R&B cling to a jazzy frame, allowing confessional weariness to coexist with warm pop hooks.

Jeremy Enigk
The Return Of The Frog Queen

Really really great album. This was Jeremy Enigk's first solo album away from Sunny Day Real Estate and it's a totally different kettle of kippers. This is wonderful baroque orchestral-pop with strings and all sorts putting me in mind of Cardinal and Richard Davies. This re-issue comes with the remastered original album plus bonus digital stuff.

Jo Passed
Their Prime

Oh God I hope not, I'd be devastated. Anyway this band has previously been pre-described as a 'fecked up Beatles' or XTC or Can or Neu. Ok there's a host of great bands to toy with and Jo Passed serve up the kind of dreamy melodies and stellar chord changes we know and love from our favourite records.  

Joan Bibiloni
El Sur

El Sur is a premium example of the jazz-ambient-fusion-synth-experimentalist-groove sound produced by Joan Bibiloni during the 1980’s. He set up his own label, Blau, to showcase both his own work and the work of others across the Balearic islands, and this was one of the jewels in the Blau crown. Reissue LP with an evocative sleeve, on Music From Memory.

Joe Talia
Tint

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spontaneity that's hard to resist.

John Paul White
Beulah

Beulah is the debut album by John Paul White - the male half of popular Grammy award winning altish-country duo The Civil Wars. Plaintive yet ambitious, Beulah takes in folk ballads, campfire songs, gothic acoustic pop and a bit of swamp-drenched southern rock. No doubt fans of his previous band will love this accomplished album.

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1

Klaus Schulze - he of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and … Klaus Schulze fame - has set to work putting his affairs in order in the past decade. La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1 is in fact the second volume in the LVE series, a run that brings together Schulze’s rarities in chronological order. Focussing on the fruitful period between 1970 and 1972, these studies, ditties and exercises prefigure so many of the great genre upheavals of the subsequent decade, particularly the advents of ambient, electroacoustic and New Age musics. This release is the first time that these tracks have made it to vinyl.

Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs honouring traditional and ancient Yoruba gods. Complete with a 40-page booklet / gatefold 2LP vinyl set with extensive text and photos on the inners. 

Leroy Hutson
The Man!

The Man! Was Leroy Hutson’s second album, originally released in 1974, following a spell as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in soul group The Impressions. This album is notable for containing the track The Ghetto ‘74 which he co-wrote with Donny Hathaway who recorded the song four years previously. LP with extensive sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with bonus track on Acid Jazz.

Leroy Hutson
Closer To The Source

Closer To The Source by soul singer, songwriter, producer and arranger Leroy Hutson was originally released in 1978. Earlier in his career he replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions and you can see why - Hutson’s music comes from a similar place, although this is waaaaay smoother, as the cover may lead you to believe. LP with detailed sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with 3 bonus tracks on Acid Jazz.

Levon Vincent
NS-21

Lord of wax Levon Vincent offers two buzzing cuts of who knows what. I would predict something deep and minimal, but these ones are being described as "razor-sharp", which could well mean we're in for something a little more confrontational, to suit him seemingly weaponising his vinyl with a swing of the arm on that front cover. Careful, Levon!
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Liaisons Dangereuses
Liaisons Dangereuses

Soulsherriff Records reissue this famed slice of 1981 synth-punk action, the self-titled debut of Liaisons Dangereuses. Liaisons Dangereuses broadcast their sound from Germany (though lyrics dip into French and Spanish) and were picked up especially clearly in certain parts of the USA, like Detroit and Chicago... Essential for your House history lessons, but also still super-fresh.

Lieven Martens Moana
Idylls

Idylls is the new album from sound art collagist and composer Lieven Martens Moana. Following its namesake it is presented as audio prose, composed using field recordings and minimal instrumentation and channelling the experiences of Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded over a few years between Antwerp and Tokashikijima. Limited vinyl packaged with a 12 page book.
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LOR
Mystery To The Viewer EP

Warm drop this four-track EP from Northern Ireland’s Lunar Orbit Rendezvous aka LOR. Like fellow Belfast native Space Dimension Controller, LOR’s brand of techno has a nice cosmic tinge to it. However, on Mystery To The Viewer, the aesthetic is more calculated than the full-blown Detroit worship of SDC. Only on booming closer ‘White Light’ does LOR really let rip. Earlier in the EP the title track and ‘In This Detail’ combine minimal grooves with expressive synth pads, while ‘Oriole’ has a bit of an acid tang.
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Lorde
Melodrama

Melodrama by Lorde is the follow-up to the incredibly successful Pure Herione. Her debut was a suprisingly assured effort given that she was only 16. Now at the ripe old age of 20, Melodrama comes with a weight of expectation, but nothing that the girl, who was once described by David Bowie as being the future of music, can’t handle. Limited, deluxe edition translucent royal blue vinyl LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with six inserts and lyric booklet or 140g black vinyl LP in single sleeve with insert on Universal.

Luke Howard
Open Heart Story

Here is Australian Music Prize nominated composer and pianist Luke Howard with the reflective Open Heart Story - a contemporary classical record that concerns itself with the ageing process and childhood memories. Titles like ‘In Metaphor, Solace’, ‘Elysian Fields’ and ‘I Still Dream About You, Sometimes But Not Always’ suggest a work which wears its open heart on its sleeve. 
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L​.​O​.​A
In Your Cities, What About Feelings?

Fascinating project for which Dave Saved and NPLGNN, as L.O.A, have cut together and edited recordings of parties held in Naples between 2001 - 2003. As much as it's a piece of sound art, this is a work of archival, a museum on a cassette. Hidden amid the chopping and the screwing are house icons like Frankie Knuckles.
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Medistation
Medistation EP

Medistation is Eric Strand from Swedish band The Orange Revival. The self-titled EP ploughs the noise pop and alt. rock furrows conjuring up something Alan McGhee would have loved to sign to Creation. We’re talking The Jesus and Mary Chain, early Primal Scream and Spiritualized. Jake Garcia of The Black Angels and Cobian Modeste from The Buttertones make guest appearances. 5-track 12” EP on Fuzz Club.

Meyers
Struggle Artist

Justin C. Meyers, or just Meyers, here documents his lived experience of late capitalism through the medium of electronic sound, combining beautiful textures with an air of melancholy and tricksy sequencing moves. Struggle Artist is an intriguing listen, always walking the knife edge of pleasure and darkness. LP release on Shelter Press.

Michael Rault
It's A New Day Tonight

Just look at that 'tache.  Suits the music too as this debut from Michael Rault harks back to a 1970s when Badfinger reached the top of the charts and Big Star were the cool underground band who never quite made it.  Think crisp power pop and open hearted folk strumming with careworn lyrics and useful facial hair.  

Michal Turtle
Return To Jeka

Dutch imprint Music From Memory gather eight tracks from the archives of Michal Turtle. 'Return To Jeka' is the label's third release in collaboration with the English artist. Previously, they raided his tapes for the 'Are You Psychic?' EP and 'Phantoms Of Dreamland' 2LP. Like those records, this rewinds back to the 80s and features eight previously unheard cuts of obscure Britsh synth music, produced between 1983 and 1985. We can hear his background in jazz and classical, and even the funk and dub influences that run through this electro-ambient-tropical doozy.
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Midas Fall
Evaporate

Scottish duo Midas Fall’s new album, Evaporate, broods with gothic overtones whilst being tempered by the fragility of clicking electronics. The voice of Elizabeth Heaton matches the power and grace of the music, at times soaring and powerful, at others, restrained and vulnerable. Ice-like guitars add to the mystery. 180g vinyl limited to 500 copies. 300 clear blue and black, 200 black. Colours will ship randomly. Also on CD.

Mikkel Metal
Just Enough Light

Mikkel “Metal” Meldgaard returns to pal Kenneth Christiansen’s deep dub factory Echocord with an EP of glazed, distinct productions. Things begin serenely in the lush chords and soft kick of ‘Awake’, before gaining energy for the strut of ‘Bregnan’. Then you have your introspective (‘Jech’) and dreamy (‘Include’) moments before the last lap: the gurgling ‘Konkin’ and finally the highly mechanical, German-sounding ‘Restore’.

Milk Kan
The Glitch Country EP

I wasn't expecting to see a reference to witch house in a press release in 2018, but hey what can you do. The Glitch Country EP is the first physical release from Milk Kan since 2011 and as it's name suggests, offers up a short meal of improbable fusions. Glitch and country, drill and witch house. 
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Morah
Ursa Major

Evil cuts for the most ominous of dancefloors, Morah come running back to the brokntoys imprint for their own EP -- they previously contributed to the label's collaborative effort The Glowing, but here they get a chance to present their very own swampy, unkempt grooves. Party all demoralised. 
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Newaxeyes
Black Fax

Seattle group NEWAXEYES created a heady brew on their debut LP. Black Fax draws from genres as diverse as doom metal, power electronics, techno and industrial music to create music that is intended to mirror the synaptic-overload of the information age. They get pretty damn close, too - opener ‘False Flag’ is an intense ride that recalls Nine Inch Nails. Other touchstones include Sunn O))) and Death Grips.

Nexda
Words & Numbers

Hailing from Haarlem near Amsterdam, Dutch post-punk band Nexda offer up an alternative to the post-punk we know and love. Their experimentation and embracing of the DIY ethos saw them use sax, organ, drums they’d made themselves, bits of metal and their voices to make music which was heavy on percussion and dub elements with spoken word rather than sung vocals. Words and Numbers is a compilation of two 12” singles, a 7” and a 7” flexi dsc that were all released in 1982. The fact that the tracks included here were from the same era makes it work as a coherent album.

Numb.er
Goodbye

What type of -wave is this? The type that a graphic designed and a synthesiser lover make. Dense atmospherics overlaid with the deadpan delivery that reaches all the way back to Joy Division. Numb.er are well practiced in dynamics and are adept at delivering a pointy gut punch when needed.

Octave One presents Random Noise Generation
N2 The Enfinate

The press release describes Random Noise Generation as Octave One's alias here but kinda seems like the secret's out? In any case, N2 The Enfinate is a tidy collection of electro clangers. If you need to juice up your set with a bit of no-holds barred intensity, this wouldn't be a bad record to reach for.

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
Sauvage Formes

This 8-track album is a beautiful, adventurous journey into experimental orchestration, minimalistic guitars riffs and luxurious, epic strings underpinning epic, swelling chants and hymnal refrains. And with Vincent Bertholet at the helm, this melancholic approach to orchestration is as adventurous as it is powerful. 

Ornette Coleman
The Atlantic Years

Ornette Coleman completists need look no further than this luxury box set. Atlantic have remastered the ten records he made for the label between 1959 and 1962 - that means The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Free Jazz, This Is Our Music and more. They’ve packaged them alongside a book of photos and an essay on Coleman by famed jazz critic Ben Ratliff.

Örvar Smárason
Light Is Liquid

Twenty years after co-founding múm back in 1997, Örvar Smárason at last takes a dip solo with the rather trippily-titled Light is Liquid. Órvar’s touch in múm is traceable in the brittle melancholy, twee cuteness and rattling early 2000s bedroom electronica beats of these songs - especially the two featuring Sillas. But the album also reaches further into graceful synthpop territory.

Pictish Trail
Who’s Comin’ In?

The Pictish Trail is just one of many projects that Johnny Lynch is involved in. From running Fence Records and Lost Map Records, the musically obsessed Scot has also collaborated with James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton and Adem with whom he formed Silver Columns. Recent events in his life include supporting Belle and Sebastian and signing to Fire Records to release his new album Future Echoes from which Who’s Comin’ In? is lifted. This 12” features remixes by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and KT Tunstall, credited as Tunnelz.

Posatronix
Danz EP

Some nice 90s electro-funk here courtesy of Posatronix. Originally released in 1997, Danz is now a window into a time when Detroit techno was just beginning to go down the rabbit hole. The likes of ‘Night Vision’ have that slightly manic quality you get from running acid trax at a tempo higher than 130 bpm. When you take into account their frantic drum programming and boinging basslines, the three cuts here are still likely to whip crowds up into a frenzy. Reissued via Direct Beat.
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Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

Next on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label is a reissue of this fine set of recordings from New Guinea, captured in the field by Ragnar Johnson. If Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang sounds oddly familiar, that might just be because parts of it were sampled on Bjork’s recent Utopia album! Clear and beautiful flute recordings to really listen to. Double LP and double CD editions.

Raw Ambassador
Mental Disorder

The secretive Raw Ambassador returns to Germany’s Mannequin Records with another volley of throbbing, lo-fi electro EDM. It’s all pulses, crashes and minimal progression. The title track clatters along with a punkish bass loop and wails, while ‘Bal’ is all distorted, sidechained filtering. On the flip, ‘Trip’ brings back fearsome memories of being chased by mosquitoes.

Recondite
Daemmerlicht

Bavaria's Lorenz Brunner releases his fifth LP as Recondite, his first in 3 years, named Daemmerlicht. The record contains suitably twilit material, as Brunner eschews his trademark blend of acid and techno for a largely more downbeat affair -- incorporating elements of ambient, hip hop and even classical music. Spacious, expansive music to soundtrack the lengthening Spring days and later dusks. 
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Rex Ilusivii
Koncert SNP 1983

Rex Ilusivii (aka Mitar Subotic) was a Serbian producer and composer who based himself in Brazil during his later years. This record documents a live Konzert given at the Serbian National Theatre in 1983, when he was just 22. These compositions have the strange, haunting vibe of much Illusivii material: something a little bit special. LP on Offen Music.

Rickard Jäverling
Album 3

Rickard Jäverling is a Swedish musician working in and around psych, prog, and Swedish folk. Album 3 is... wait for it.. his third solo album and released on Höga Nord. The album is more of a compilation than a conventional album, each track containing its own beginning, middle and end, making for a particularly rich listen. 

Robyn
Who Do You Love (Wolfgang Voigt Remixes) / Electric (Mad Professor Dub)

Robyn, queen of all she surveys, lights the beacon for Wolfgang Voigt and Mad Professor to ride through the night to her quarters. She unfurls the scroll and bequeaths them each a task: to remix a track of hers. Voigt, eager to win the favour of royalty, turns in two versions of her 2014 Kindness collaboration ‘Who Do You Love’. The ‘Gas Mix’ is a slow, mournful techno number; his ‘New Romantic Version’ a cleaner, poppier re-rub. Mad Professor flips 1999’s ‘Electric’ with trademark panache.

rRoxymore
Thoughts Of An Introvert Pt. 2

rRoxymore’s third 12” for Don’t Be Afraid (Karen Gwyer, Semtek) is another installment in her Thoughts Of An Introvert series. Part 2 displays a bit more zip than the first release, bringing new sounds and aesthetics into the producer's already rather leftfield techno takes. ‘Run … Feet’, for instance, is a zany double-time jam that has a little DJ Paypal in it.

Rødhåd / Vatican Shadow / Kasper Marott / Fadi Mohem
Modeselektion Vol. 04 EP4

Berlin-based dub, techno and house practitioner, Rødhåd, the dark and powerful Vatican Shadow, AKA American, Dominick Fernow, Danish dance guy, Kasper Marrot and German technohead Fadi Mohem each contribute a track to the latest in the taste-making Modeselektion series, Modeselektion Vol.4. 12” EP on Monkeytown Records x Ninja Tune.

S.M. Wolf
Bad Ocean

Indianapolis power-poppers S.M. Wolf are back with this limited-edition coloured (and black) vinyl, out on People In A Position To Know, a record full-to-bursting with ravishing multi-instrumentation and deeply personal, charmingly vulnerable lyrics. Expect trademark fuzzed-out pop hooks that could put most chart stalwarts to shame.

Sami Baha
Free For All

As he's partly responsible for one of the greatest tracks of all time (Total Freedom's Bitch Better Have My Money edit), I've always had a soft spot for Sami Baha. His new album is a compelling document of the state of contemporary "club" music, and features guest spots from UK Drill superstar Dimzy, as well as Yung Lean and Egyptian MCs Dawsha and Abanob.

Scott Gordon
Relief Tours

On Relief Tours, Scott Gordon is trying to find out what exactly a piano can do. A series of 8 experiments where Gordon approached the instrument from a different perspective and with different tools. Yet he avoids being too clinical, the piano belonged to his brother, and that relationship imbues these pieces with an uncommon warmth and sentimentally. 

Shy Layers
Midnight Marker

J. D. Walsh follows up his well-received 2016 LP as Shy Layers. Midnight Marker is another perky fusion of Balearic tropes, Yacht rock, electro-soul and cerebral pop ala Another Green World. Walsh proves a great arranger here - tracks like ‘Gateway’ are dense constructions of synth bass, drums, vocals, harmonised lead lines and more, but despite being busy it never feels like the parts are getting in the way of each other. Out via Beats In Space.

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