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Alek Lee
Colors

I'm still trying to get my head round this album art. It's not that I don't know what it is, it's just...why? Colours is Alek Lee's second record on Antinote, and as you'd expect, it is a brilliant sounding record that Alek creates by messing around with electronic and deep house sounds. Available on vinyl 12". ...view item »

Alex Puddu
The Mark of the Devil

This is the third and last of the Trilogy cult composer Alex Puddu concocted with Italian vocalist Edda Dell'orso. This is a dark and lustful (ooph!) walk through prog rock, psych blues and what is described as dope-groove.. This showcases Puddu at his most experimental and is a must for fans of '60s/'70s soundtracks.  ...view item »

American Aquarium
Things Change

Following yet another personnel reshuffle, BJ Barnham and his latest American Aquarium bandmates have a new album Things Change. Once again, Barnham successfully got the record funded by fans through Pledge Music, which is nice. Set your phasers on Springsteencore, because “Tough times don’t...view item »

Andrea Benini
Drumphilia Vol. 1

Drumphilia Vol. 1, the first in a proposed series, is true to the promise of its title, in that this material is all about rhythmic and percussive sound sources. Although the definition of ‘drum’ has been stretched by Andrea Benini...view item »

Anthony Linell
Alienation From Self

Northern Electronics (The Empire Line, Varg) with another cheery-as-a-tax-return EP. In fairness, they do tend to be pretty good, and the latest one from label mainstay An...view item »

Bambounou
Parametr Perkusja

Parisian party guy Bambounou’s first new release in about three years is also his debut on Don’t DJ’s DISK. In keeping with other DISK fare, Parametr Perkusja is a record of minimal left-field techno characterised by unusual and innovative rhythm tracks. Case in point:...view item »

Benin City
Last Night

Last Night by Benin City examines London’s night life. The band reminisce about the hedonistic times they’ve had in the Big Smoke. Their influences are wide-ranging, from Philip Glass to Metronomy, Ghostpoet to Grizzly Bear...view item »

Blown Out
Sun Rot

Blown Out fans, here’s a chance to reacquaint yourselves with the band’s origins: Sun Rot, their first ever release, is now getting a vinyl reissue, four years and three sold-out cassette runs since ...view item »

Bogdan Dražić
Dangnabbit

He means dagnabbit, but that’s fine. Bogdan Drazic may only have a couple of releases on Giallo Disco to his name thus far, but his sound comes fully-formed on his debut release for Will Bankhead’s The Trilogy Tapes. Dangnabbit continues in the vein of recen...view item »

Bolt Thrower
Realm Of Chaos

Originating in Coventry, UK in the 1980’s Bolt Thrower went on to release Realm Of Chaos in 1989. This record can be described as a mix of early heavy metal that combines thrash beats and double bass drumming alongside heavily distorted guitars and shouted vocals. It is av...view item »

Buttechno
ZCAPRI

Buttechno is such a cool name, although I did originally read the press release as 'a faint rumble is heard from behind the horizon Buttechno cheeks'. It's a fart joke if you haven't already gathered, *one person slowly claps*. ZCAPRI is released on a four-track 12" vinyl, on Zodiac 44. This is the seventh...view item »

CCFX
The Remixes

After their The Cure-to-a-baggy-beat debut EP dropped back in 2017, CCFX (a CC Dust/Trans FX collaboration) return to the scene of the crime to serve up four versions of tunes from their eponymous debut. The Remixes, it must be said, is an occasion where the re-rubs are...view item »

Charlotte de Witte
The Healer EP

Belgian DJ and producer Charlotte de Witte got out five EPs last year, and continues to be a veritable techno factory in 2018 with this, her third for the year so far. Title track is shuddering, high-tempo atmospherics with skittering hats, carried on a belt of intense choir drones and noirish synth strings. The EP continues wit...view item »

Chevron
Memory Disks Volume One

Blackpool’s Jonathan Valentine aka Chevron is back with a populous nine-track EP of cheeky wonk for Shipwrec. Bubbling acid, mosquito electro leads, wonderful gurgling bass, drill & bass rhythms, acapella samples, all present and accounted for. Special mentions go to the bass in ‘Diamond’ and the overall so...view item »

Chris Orrick
Portraits

Michigan native Chris Orrick, formerly known as Red Pill, is known for his searing documentation of decay, family troubles, industrialisation and addiction. His latest album, 'Portraits', is a savage criticism of Trump's America, Orrick's melancholic piano-led balladry lending a particular kind of poignancy. ...view item »

Clay Wilson
Osho EP

Clay Wilson’s Osho lands on The Bunker New York with great gusto, delivering total power-groove to the dancefloor. And the 12” doesn’t let up either, following Osho with three more Osho’s, courtesy of Derek Plaslaiko, who goes Oogly Boogly, Jaso...view item »

Cye Wood & Lisa Gerrard
The Trail Of Genghis Khan

Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance) and Cye Wood collaborated on this music as an accompaniment to the film The Trail Of Genghis Khan, a film about Mongolia seen through the perspective of an Australian man. Strings and voice build up the backbone of this record, creating sparsely beautifu...view item »

Daedelus
Of Snowdonia & Something Bells

While Daedelus might now have built a whole scene in his image, back in the early 2000s he was still working towards that whole mad-genius post-bap thing. 2003’s Of Snowdonia LP, and the shorter Something Bells that was released the following year, both represent significant steps in his artistic progress...view item »

DMX Krew
Libertine Traditions 07

Libertine Records (Yoshi, Neuro-D) lock down the latest bit from DMX Krew. Much like the underground legend’s recent releases for Central Processing Unit and Super Rhythm Trax, Traditions 07 is full of crisp electro jams. Side B s...view item »

Dos Santos
Logos

Chicago group Dos Santos have an excellent approach, working with South American styles like cumbia and caminante and working them in with touches of psychedelia and tightly textural post-rock. Really it's a rich and forward-looking sound that makes all the c...view item »

Dumb Numbers
Stranger EP

Aussie grunge revivalists Dumb Numbers came about a new way of presenting their songs after their drummer was forced to pull out of a US tour with Lemonheads. After having bought their pricey plane tickets, the rest of the band didn’t want such a financial outlay to go to waste so carried on with their pla...view item »

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
Exit Future Heart

I for one am extremely excited about this. Dustin Wong is the guitar knotter and looper known, in addition to his past service in noise rock band Ponytail, for making majestic records out of simple, riffed ideas. The ecstasy of his music will here be paired with noise pranksters Good Wills...view item »

Echo Ladies
Pink Noise

Swiftly following up their much-loved EP which garnered attention from the likes of 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, this Swedish dream-pop/shoegaze band drop the big debut. Referencing the old sounds of Cocteau Twins, New Order and the Cure but also the modern day son...view item »

Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision

Ennanga Vision's self-titled offering is a cultured release, with a broad glut of influences. As the touring keyboard player for world-beaters Gorillaz, Jesse Hackett is no stranger to the big stage, and this is an album that's fit for one; it melds an array of electronic sounds with organic African instrumentation....view item »

Fit Of Body
Black Box No Cops

Skater and cassette-only label (Harsh Riddims) owner, Ryan Parks AKA Fit Of Body melds Detroit influenced techno, jazz and rap then passes it through a no wave mincer to create Black Box No Cops. The album is named in honour of the Black Box skate park in Atlanta. LP and CD on 2MR, his debut for t...view item »

Gardens & Villa
Music For Dogs

Music For Dogs would appear to be not so much about dogs as about contemporary culture and Los Angeles. No bad thing, as Gardens & Villa kick out with a jittery, overstimulated energy that well suits these modern times. Fast moving synth-pop duo (all the best synth-pop is by duo’s eh?) on the Secretly Canadian...view item »

Get Well Soon
The Horror

Get Well Soon is the musical project of German multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Konstantin Gropper. The Horror is his sixth album and like his previous efforts, it offers up some musical complexity and intelligent lyrics. Gropper has previously collaborated with filmmaker Wim Wenders on the soundtrack to his 2008 fi...view item »

Grad-U
Dream Observer

The first release on Echo Echo, a sub-imprint of Danish label Echocord (Fluxion, Rod Modell), comes courtesy of Grad_U. Both sides of Dream Observer are lengthy exercises in dub techno, though they go about their business in different ways. ‘Obser...view item »

Haleek Maul
In Permanence

We do love coloured vinyl, so thanks goes to Lex records for this limited-edition red release from 21-year old Bajan-Brooklynite Haleek Maul. 'In Permanence' is his debut EP, and you can expect to hear such varying influences as Aphex Twin, Crystal Castles, underground legend Kenneth Anger and Kanye West. ...view item »

Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe
Planet Earth II

Anyone who has been watching the BBC’s ever-majestic high definition wildlife documentary Planet Earth II cannot have failed to have noticed the powerful score by, you guessed it, Hans Zimmer (working with assistant composers Jasha Klebe and Jacob Shea). Now you can enjoy those th...view item »

Henry Jackman
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

iam8bit are back with another video game soundtrack. This time it comes courtesy of Kong: Skull Island/Captain Phillips/Kick Ass composer Henry Jackman. His score for Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a typically swashbuckling take, lavishly orchestrated and ful...view item »

Here Lies Man
You Will Know Nothing

Antibalas offshoot Here Lies Man follow up 2017’s well-received debut LP. You Will Know Nothing sees the group going just as deep on their Black Sabbath-meets-Fela Kuti thing. On a lot of the songs - lead single ‘Fighting’ for example - traditional roc...view item »

In Aeternam Vale
Funkytown

Funkytown: will you not take me there? A renowned synth user called In Aeternam Vale is considering it. Pulled out of his archival hat, this 12" delivers three irresponsible techno hits that both rave and rage, spanning an eleven year history of IAV dancefloor shenanigans. So... are you taking me to Funky...view item »

Jambinai
Differance

Award-winners in their native South Korea, Jambinai’s debut LP Differance now gets its first U.K. vinyl release. The scope of their sound is vast, shifting from Eno-esque etherealities and throbbing drone to harmonica-led rumbles that are pitched somewhere between lights-low Dylan...view item »

James Newton Howard
Red Sparrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Red Sparrow fans, get involved in this, the full original soundtrack to Russian ballet / spy thriller, composed by veteran soundtrack composer James Newton Howard. Our man really draws on the thematic context to the film, including through the use of the likes of Tchaikovsky for inspiration. Double LP release, on red vi...view item »

Jean-Michel Blais
Dans Ma Main

"Hey ma main!” “Wassup ma main!” “How’re things with you ma main?” “Good thanks ma main and yourself?” “Yeah I’m cool ma main. Say ma main, what are you doing tonight ma main?” “No plans ma main. What did you have in mind ma main?&rdqu...view item »

Joanne Forman
Cave Vaults Of The Moon

Seance Centre (Visible Cloaks, Beverly Glenn-Copeland) offer up a recording of Joanne Forman’s 1987 piece Cave Vaults Of The Moon. Originally conceived as a soundtrack for an exhibition of sculptures in Taos, New Mexico, Forman uses an unusual combination of instr...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
Bodysong

As well as being in enormous miseries Radiohead,  Jonny Greenwood (as well also as having the floppiest hair on the planet) has his own soundtrack biz. This is his debut soundtrack from 2003 and in it he fuses experimental music, jazz, electronic and classical music. It has now been re-issued in a gatefold sty...view item »

K-S.H.E
Routes Not Roots

An outstanding 2006 dance album from the inimitable DJ Terre Thaemlitz’s via the K-S.H.E. moniker. The various topics of authenticity, LGBT culture, identity and representation to which titles and samples refer are as pertinent today as twelve years ago, and K-S.H.E. explores them with an ...view item »

Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectl...view item »

King Ayisoba
Wicked Leaders

Here's the second album of contemporary Ghanaian music by King Ayisoba, following his well received 'Modern Ghanaians' LP. Ayisoba plays a traditional two-string guitar called the Kologo. It's quite a varied album, ranging from busy polyrhythmic anthems to thoughtful and quiet numbers like 'Yele Mengire Nbo Se'ena (Election Song)' and 'Song for ...view item »

Kody Nielson
Birthday Suite

Formerly known as Silicon, the Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Kody Nielson drops his first LP under his given name. Birthday Suite will appeal to anyone who’s enjoyed the rise of that bloody Vulfpeck lot. Berkley funk abounds on this set of self-satisfied conser...view item »

Kufuki
Dodome EP

First release on Les Editions Japonais, a label that aims to celebrate Japanese music past and present. On their Dodome EP, Kufuki combine the traditional Japanese folk music style 'Minyo' (mainly work songs incorporating call and response) with their own experimental cl...view item »

Lice
It All Worked Out Great

In yer face post-punk from Bristol’s Lice with this collection of two previously-released EPs on Joe “Idles” Talbot’s Balley Records. The material has circulated through the band’s live sets in the last few years and found its way onto record at last. They sound somewhere between The Fall...view item »

Liz Phair
Exile In Guyville

You could get the super-duper 7LP re-issue or simply re-live the sounds of 1993 with this standard revamp of Liz Phair's classic work. A whip-smart out-of nowhere classic of lo-fi songcraft and lyrics which explored sex from the female point of view. Something that (believe it or not) was a rarity even then.   ...view item »

Lord Tusk
Communique EP

Lord Tusk is an eclectic purveyor of murky, smoky productions not unlike those of his associates - Dean Blunt, John T. Gast et al. Communique EP is quite a relaxed haze of snail-paced electro, with evocative references to boogie and funk, lumbering among chopped & screwed drum textu...view item »

Lowfish
Hypersensitivity EP

After a few years of lying low (pun very much intended), Lowfish returns to the fray with six fine-tuned electro jams. The tracks on Hypersensitivity aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, just offer good old fashioned club fodder to get loose to of an evening. Perky synths and crisp 808s abound, and the likes of &lsqu...view item »

Luis Perez
Ipan In Xiktli Metzli

Interesting one, this. Luis Perez was one of the first people to undertake detailed research on the pre-colonial musical traditions of his native Mexico. In the early 80s, after almost a decade of travelling the country and recording the folk musics of the Ma...view item »

Mark Fell
Intra

Having heard this and enjoyed the serene state of mind it left me in, I thought I’d wait for the absolute right moment and headspace to write about it. So I sit down in front of the computer with a cup of Yorkshire Tea and then BOOM. I thought it was a freakin’ earthquake, but no, the bastard neighbour has only gone and hired some ma...view item »

Marsesura / Uwalmassa / Wahono
Animisme

Animisme is a collaborative release between Berlin’s DISK and Indonesian collective DIVISI62. Three members of the Jakarta-based crew contribute here - Uwalmassa takes two tracks, Marsesura and Wahono each get one - and demonstrate a shared style ...view item »

Michal Turtle feat. HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled

80s electro tinkerer Michal Turtle has seen a renewed interest in his music in recent years, with Music From Memory reissuing a number of records from his back catalogue. Now Light Of Other Days sees him team up with guitarist Hove for this EP of gentle deep house and Balearic b...view item »

Minimal Violence
MVX / U41A

After releasing via labels like Lobster Theremin and 1080p, Vancouver’s DIY techno duo Minimal Violence turn up on Ninja Tune's club-orientated sub-label Technicolour. The group’s name sets the scene nicely for these two brooding rave tunes which mix...view item »

Musarc & Neil Luck
Bloody Sirens

Entr’acte have pressed up 200 copies of this LP documenting London's choral ensemble Musarc performing three works by London-based composer Neil Luck. Bold sound poetry and spoken word blur into surreal vocal soundscapes as the tantalising sonic qualities of the English language are elevated into profound ne...view item »

Open Corner
Empty Pool To No One

Sean McCann’s Recital (Ian William Craig, Daniel Schmidt) present this intriguing record from Open Corner. There is a neat division of labour on Empty Pool To No One - Asha Sheshadri delivers the spoken word, while beneath her passages Christian M...view item »

Orson Hentschel
Facades

Düsseldorf-based Orson Hentschel flexes his vocal chords on latest EP release “Facades”, though his pipes are more geared toward the spoken-word (he’s not exactly Mariah Carey). Almost choreographic, this record weaves together minimalist electro and seamless samples to a cathartically tense climax....view item »

Perfecto
You Can't Run From The Rhythm

Perfecto’s 2015 LP for Joyful Noise (The Low Anthem, No Joy) is back on vinyl. You Can’t Run From The Rhythm is an enjoyable hip-house record with a winking, parodic element to it. Think PC Music if the sound they were playing with was music...view item »

Piero Piccioni
Al Cinema Con Piero Piccioni

Though he may be better known in recent years for being sampled by DJ Khaled and Soulja Boy as well as having one of his pieces used to soundtrack a scene in The Big Lebowski, Italian composer Piero Piccioni had a long and distinguished career as a film composer. Al Cinema Con Piero...view item »

Piero Umiliani
Al Cinema Con Piero Umiliani

A man currently best-known for a song of his that was made famous by The Muppets - ‘Mah Na Mah Na’, you’ll know it when you hear it - Italian composer Piero Umiliani also had a long and distinguished career in film scoring. Al Cinema Con Piero Umiliani, an LP that originally had a limi...view item »

Portal
ION

Fans of twisted up black metal rejoice as Australia's bleakest export return for their fifth full length album. Expect the trademark buzzing shreds, leanings towards Psyopus and Crowpath, but a sound that further pushes the band into the kind of depraved obscurity that earned them their dimly gleaming reputation...view item »

Primitive Art
Crab Suite

Arcola Records is having a good 2018. The label has already scored hits with drops from Nkisi, Jamal Moss, Basic Rhythm...view item »

Princess Nokia
A Girl Cried Red

Having swapped her PE kit for a Slipknot t-shirt, Princes Nokia is ready for an act of radical reclamation. A Girl Cried Red is as emo as emo gets, and despite it's place within a canon enabled by black musicians, is typically dominated by white ones. Available on l...view item »

Rasmus Hedlund
Intet Efter Allt

Finnish label Ljudverket make it into double-figures courtesy of another drop by Rasmus Hedlund. The four tunes of Intet Efter Allt (Nothing After All) are icy affairs that bring together big-room techno, acid-techno, dub-techno and a few other strands of that there techno. Sombre synths and mi...view item »

Robert Hood
Clocks / Low Life / Go

One of the foremost figures in minimal techno since the beginning of the 1990s, Robert Hood is still going strong. ‘Low Life’ accompanies a wonky little organ motif with a stomping tempo, ‘Go’ goes deep with a samba layout and minimal bleeps, while highlight ‘Clocks’ ingeniously switches up la...view item »

Robert Hood / Floorplan
Funky Souls

This 12” vinyl was originally released in limited edition in 1996, Rush Hour have repressed this Robert Hood classic for everyone to enjoy once again. Hood’s Floorplan series created to incredible funky disco house. The original mix is perfectly minimal in its groove, and the club 246 mix features a ...view item »

Roma di Luna
We Were Made To Forgive

Roma Di Luna return with their seventh release We Were Made To Forgive. Made up of songs old and new, this is folk rock at its most crystalline, all anchored by the outstandingly clear voice of singer Channy Leaneagh (also of Poliça). The band donated the proceeds of t...view item »

SabaSaba
SabaSaba

While looking into this band I have learned there are TWO acts called SabaSaba so to avoid any confusion, no, this is not the latest album from the Ugandan rapper. Rather this is the debut from the Torino based psychedelic dub band. SabaSaba are part of Italy's tradition of creepy and cinematic music that has historica...view item »

Sean Christopher
Yonder

He can do loads of stuff, this Sean Christopher. He can drum. He can produce. He can pen very earnest ditties for voice and guitar that are like a less abhorrent version of Frank Turner. He does all of this and more on his debut LP Yonder. Some smartarse will use one of these tracks to try and sell you ...view item »

SND
EP2 / newtables (Special Extended Edition)

Rewind some 15 years and I can clearly recall the original of ‘newtables’ landing in the record shop I was working in at the time. It distinctly stood out among the barrage of loopy Jeff Mills worshipping techno fodder that was happening at that time. Baby Ford / ...view item »

Spacemen 3
For All The Fucked-up Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3

Before going on to forming Spiritualized, Jason Pierce worked with Peter Kember (Sonic Boom/Spectrum) as Spacemen 3. Here we have a the first reissue since it’s original release in 1995. This album is of the first recording session they di...view item »

Split Cranium
I’m The Devil and I’m OK

Six years on from debut LP and d-beat/anarcho-punk supergroup Split Cranium serve up the sophomore. Given that the band features members of Converge, Circle, Mammifer and many more, I’m The Devil And I’m Ok was never going to go in with a soft touch. What&rs...view item »

Stanley Brinks
Peanuts

Sometimes you just run out of ideas and names and you call your album Peanuts. I'm okay with it though Stanley Brinks certainly doesn't need my approval. The songwriter's been having a blast recently, making folksy good-time records with the Wave Pictures; this solo record offers an all a...view item »

Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the sec...view item »

Teen Creeps
Birthmarks

Teen Creeps hail from Ghent in Belgium. Their debut album is throwback to the ‘90s with noisy guitars and melodic vocals. It was produced by Rory Attwell who has previously brought the nineties-ness out of Yuck and Veronica Falls as well as helming albums by The Vaccines. ...view item »

The Criminal Minds
Guilty As Charged

The Criminal Minds were a Buckinghamshire hip-hop crew active in the early 90’s who produced music in bedrooms and slipped it out in small-run releases. Guilty As Charged is their 1990 debut release, and it is extremely hard to find. This very welcome reissue has been sourced from old vinyl copies and carefully ma...view item »

The Jack Cades
Music For Children

The Jack Cades are a supergroup formed from bands in and around the current Kent garage/freakbeat scene such as The Baron Four, The Embrooks, The Gallileo 7 and The Missing Souls. They weren’t going to be a band due to other...view item »

The Rock*A*Teens
Sixth House

20 years ago The Rock *A* Teens played a small part in the history of the Atlanta, Georgia indie scene with a few EPs and albums. Some were released on the Superchunk-owned Merge label. This led to a reunion appearance at the Merge 25 festival and now a new album, Sixth House. Pre...view item »

Tom Waits
Bastards

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of new and rare materials. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bastards is the most experimental of the three sets, with Wait...view item »

Tom Waits
Bawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bawlers is immersed in Celtic folk and American country, exploring stracks of territo...view item »

Tom Waits
Brawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Brawlers is of course the fightiest set of the three, being full of blues and bar son...view item »

Tourist Kid
Crude Tracer

Aussie upstart Tourist Kid is here with his first release for Melody As Truth, a stuttering digital romp that takes in serene, glassy ambience, delicate piano and fetishistic instrumentation. It's a beautiful record; spacious, nuanced and heart-wrenching, complete with broken vocals and plaintive, delicate pulses. ...view item »

Transformation / Beau Wanzer
Kozmik / Orbit

This split 12” on Nation offshoot Kode plays two of techno’s more idiosyncratic voices off against each other. Transformation’s offering is a...view item »

Various
Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal

Cherry Red Records with another box set here. Thrash metal from the UK has a tough time of it. Seen as a second-class scene when compared to those of the U.S.A. or Brazil, even the larger acts - Venom, Onslaught etc. - have received comparatively little global renown. These five CDs look to chan...view item »

Various
Emergence

Kate Carr’s Flaming Pines (The Boats, Xu) presents an intriguing compilation of experimental fare from Vietnam. Emergence makes a compelling case for more light to be shone on a scene - and a nation - whose music is often passed over by Western listeners. There ar...view item »

Will Saul
Bugs

Aus Music boss Will Saul has been more interested in collaborating in recent years, with Bugs representing his first solo release in almost half a decade. It seems like Saul is making up for lost time with this one - the title track doesn’t take long shifting from a pretty twinkling keyboard intro...view item »

X-Altera
X-Altera

Tadd Mullinix is a man seemingly incapable of settling on a name. Despite releasing under a range of aliases (Dabrye, Charles Manier) and being involved with plenty of groups down the years, the nominative glutton has gone and gobbled up yet another new moniker. X-Altera, it wou...view item »

XIII
Eocity

Sound artist XIII returns to Gang of Ducks (Shit & Shine, My Panda Shall Fly) for this eerie EP. Eocity was made predominantly with a Yamaha ex5r, a piece of hardware which intended to mimic the vibrations and timbral quirks of the acoustic instruments it was aping....view item »

Zuider Zee
Zeenith

Some of that fiddledy-diddledy-dee stuff from the 70s here. Zuider Zee, which by all means is a name for a band, were one of the groups who were put out of their misery by punk. Zeenith (for God’s sake) is their follow-up to an eponymous 1975 LP - which was previously the only ZZ record out there - and it has foun...view item »