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Octopus
Supernatural Alliance

Octopus are a heavy psych rock band from Detroit and are not to be confused with several other bands from the annals of musical history with the same name. They are helmed by former Electric Six guitarist J Frezzato. Their intention is not just to peek inside the doors of perception, but to blow them wide open and start a psych rock revolution. They aim to do this with their new album, Supernatural Alliance. LP and CD on Rise Above, LP is limited to 300 copies.

Of Feather and Bone
Bestial Hymns of Perversion

Profound Lore is a versatile label for all them things what dwell in darkness - Dälek’s noisy hip hop rubs shoulders with Merzbow, Prurient, dungeon synth and, of course, more metal than the cast of Transformers. In this case, Denver trio Of Feather and Bone are purveyors of some seriously gruesome death metal. Helping to make sure they live up to their title Bestial Hymns of Perversion, the band deploy some brutal techniques, including each vocalist grunting in a different way at once.

OHMME
Parts

Experimental but in the fun way indie rock from Chicago duo OHMEE. As both Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are classically trained pianists they decided to leave the keys behind for Parts and focus on the humble guitar to constrain themselves into making something interesting. Best here though is the pair's constant vocal harmonising, allowing the different qualities of their voices to play off each other.

Ojo Por Ojo
Ojo Por Ojo

Punk label La Vida Es Un Mus Discos (Glue, Good Throb) release this angry statement from Mexican trio Ojo Por Ojo. Burning through ten tracks in about as many minutes, the group’s self-titled debut LP is full of pent-up fury about the state of their hometown of Mexico City. The group’s punchy combination of snot-nosed punk, hardcore and a little grindcore cites Parabellum and Nerorgasmo as influences.

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Closer Apart

After leaving LV, Okzharp has thrived alongside fellow South African artist Manthe Ribane. Following some hype-generating EPs in the mid-2010s, they’ve come through with a baker’s dozen of tracks for their debut LP. Closer Apart sees Ribane guide Okzharp to some spare and groovy instrumentals that whip up a mix of South African House, Kwaito, two-step, UK funky and dubstep. Atop these the singer provides some delicate autotuned vocals. Suitable for both club and home listening and out via Hyperdub.

Oliver Coates & Laurie Tompkins
Ample Profanity

Oliver Coates is a prodigious talent. He’s been too good for too long now for anyone to put in a salient argument to the contrary. Here we see him returning to Slip, the label that put out his excellent collaborative LP with Mica Levi, for a short record of avant-anarchism alongside Laurie Tompkins. Ample Profanity is a disorientating listen - at one point it will resemble the kindergarten punk of early Micachu & The Shapes, then a few seconds later it’ll be on an Einstuerzende Neubauten flex.
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Oly Ralfe
Notes From Another Sea

Excitingly, Oly Ralfe has taken some time away from Ralfe Band to launch his debut solo LP -- entitled Notes From Another Sea -- for Ghost Ship records. Expect an instrumental piano album featuring pleasingly, harmoniously undulating piano lines to echo the shapes of the waves and tides of the ocean. Ralfe is also an accomplished visual artist and filmmaker. Talented chap.

Omar S
Tap Dat Ass

Detroit legend and house-cranker extraordinaire Omar S presents two more cuts of skronked and screwed dance power. Tap Dat Ass’s label promises that the record will be a ‘Dancer’s Anthem’ (as well as that ‘I Gotta Big Dick 2 Muthafukka!’), and we know that at least one of these statements is true. 12” on FXHE.
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OME
Turkey On The Edge (Original Documentary Film Soundtrack)

Whether or not you’ve seen the documentary film Turkey On The Edge, you’ll want to hear the soundtrack, which was assembled by OME, the leader of Turkish band BaBa ZuLa. This piece of music is all about the saz, with the instrument displayed acoustically as well as through an array of filters and effects that create a whole soundscape. Vinyl release from the Milan label.
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Omer Coleman Jr.
Lovin

'Lovin "Babe" Sure Is Fun (Instrumental)' is an amazing 'Acid Boogie' cut from Omer Coleman Jr. (aka Starship Commander Woooo Woooo) with crisp Roland 808 drums and infectious TB303 bassline, and could be considered proto-acid house. Originally issued as a now ultra-rare 7" on his own Remo label way back in 1985. The vocal edit is also included alongside the instrumental electro-funker of 'No Good'.
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Onra
Nobody Has To Know

With the gritty, non-fi Chinoiseries trilogy officially concluded, Onra returns somewhat to the crispy, soulful retrofunk style found on 2010’s Long Distance. He’s clearly quite at home within broken-beat neo-funk’s juxtaposition between whiffy 1980s cheese and the contemporary excess of sidechain punches. As the title suggests, Nobody Has To Know sees the Parisian tuning this style to the sensual aromas of glitzy, adulterous intrigue.

Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

After the first two instalments of their Lower East Suite series garnered considerable interest, NYC neo-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective complete the trio with an LP. The group's music combines serious jazz/free-jazz chops with techniques from music concrete, hip-hop, neo-soul and other genres, and is imbued with the same sparky DIY aesthetic as fellow Big Apple upstarts Wiki and Princess Nokia. It makes for a dense, evocative listening experience.

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. 

Orquesta De Las Nubes
The Order Of Change

The Music From Memory label continue their unearthing of spanish musician Suso Saiz, after releasing Rainworks in 2017, they look into one of his groups, Orquesta de las Nubes. The Order Of Change is a compilation of their experimental and minimalist ambient/world sound with tracks taken from their releases ‘83-’87 and their compilation in 1993.

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.

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.

Otim Alpha
Gulu City Anthems

Nyege Nyege Tapes continue to turn heads with this compilation from Ugandan singer Otim Alpha. Alpha takes traditional Larakaraka wedding songs as his starting point, computerising much of the instrumentation while leaving in the frenetic pace and call-and-response vocals. The result? Another LP of hyper-energetic party music akin to NNT’s excellent recent Sound of Sisso compilation.
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O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apocalipse was the group's only release, but both tracks fizz with energy and spark. Neatly prefaces the tropicalia/psych-rock explosion that OM would spearhead a few years later.

Pale Waves
All The Things I Never Said EP

Debut EP All The Things I Never Said from indie pop outfit Pale Waves, a quartet hailing from Manchester. Taking subtle hints from 80s synth-pop acts like The Cure and much heavier ones from the likes of The 1975 (the group are endorsed by Matty Healy himself). Out on clear red 12" vinyl, on Dirty Hit.

Palta & Ti
Palta og Ti på den Tolvte Ø

Aarhus-based pseudonym enthusiasts Palta (aka Natal Zaks, Central, Brio, Escar, Soft Talk etc.) and Ti (aka Milán Zaks, DJ Sports) follow last year’s cassette Hej Australien and 12” EP’en Andre Hjem with this fellow for 12th Isle. Quite hard to pin this one down, but it’s some sort of mucky, ultra-relaxed house. A1 is an extremely chill tempo with offbeat FX and understated chords, A2 sounds like early B12 doing dub and B1 gets a bit krauty with super funky bass and cute synths.

Parrish Smith
Sex, Suicide & Speed Metal

Parrish Smith inhabits his own world of industrial electronic post punk, obsessing over analogue equipment whilst channeling Suicide’s Alan Vega and Mute label owner, Daniel Miller. Sex, Suicide and Speed Metal is his new EP. In the past the Dutch producer has had a big thumbs up from Russian producer and DJ Nina Kraviz and L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli. 4 track 12” EP on Dekmental.

Passenger
Runaway

Tearjerking indie strummer Mike Rosenberg, stage name Passenger, is back with another probable chart-topper in Runaway, packed to the gills with yearning songs about love and heartbreak. The combination of pseudonym, title and cover art suggests a North American hitchhike gone a bit wrong, so let’s hope Mike makes it safely to the next town on foot.

Patti Smith
Outside Society

Patti Smith was quite the thing when she appeared in 1975 with 'Horses'. The album Michael Stipe said "tore my limbs off and re-arranged them in a different order". It's hard now to appreciate how different and unique she was at that time of hoary old rockers. Now you can view her entire career through a new lens as this retrospective collects the best bits of her work in chronological order.  

Paul Draper
Live at Scala

Once of Britpop middleweights Mansun, Paul Draper made a return to the fray in the mid-2010s with two EPs and a UK top-twenty album Spooky Action. This live record, recorded at London’s Scala (surprise surprise), sees Draper tear through his Jeff Buckley-ish solo stuff as well as wheeling out some of the old guns. Features nice versions of ‘Wide Open Space’ and ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KSCOPE975)
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Paul Frick
Second Yard Botanicals

Known to many as one third of Brandt Brauer Frick, Paul Frick finally gets his debut LP release via Apollo records. Yes, although Frick has released a handful of EPs over recent years and made music for over twenty years, Second Yard Botanicals is the Berliner's first full-length under his own steam. Well, he finally buckled down and got on with it, and aren't we glad; Frick used an assortment of instruments as well as his own field recordings and dissected breakbeats to craft a sonic collage infused with eclecticism and classical influences, interwoven with fragile melodies drawing on the poetry he takes in every day. Wowzers.
  • Vinyl LP (AMB187)
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Paul Messis
Songs of Our Times

Paul Messis regards himself as a 'garage punk unknown' but has been throwing out pysch-rock nuggets for the best part of a decade as a solo artist, with his band The Suburban Homes, as bass player with The Higher State and through his collaboration with The Sufis - The Market Squares. His new solo LP, Songs Of Our Times mixes the jangle of ‘60s garage with folk rock and folk punk delivering a record that displays what he is all about.

Peace
Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll

Brummie post-Britpoppers Peace have left the dizzying frenzy of the major label music machine for the more sedate pastures of sort-of-indie label Ignition. There’s no great change in the group’s sonic standards, mind. Singles ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ and ‘Power’ are still full-blooded indie anthems that will sound great when played over the tannoy as Peace walk up to receive the NME Award for Album Of The Year 2018.

Peder Mannerfelt
The 3D Printed Songbook


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Peder Mannerfelt
The Screws That Hold The World Together

Lazy Tapes is a young imprint - the only previous drop from the label had been two collaborative tapes between label boss Cera Khin and first Ossia, then Christoph De Babalon - but they may have put themselves on the map with this one. The clown prince of modern techno Peder Mannerfelt takes us on a ‘power ambient’ trip here, showing his range over the three tracks of The Screws That Hold The World Together. ‘Shining Beacons Of Light’ and ‘Every Day Had A Number’ throw together influences from hard techno, hardcore, jungle, breaks and gabber, while ‘The Toad’ is a welcoming synth ambience.

Pere Ubu
Cloudland

Prior to Cloudland being released in 1989, Pere Ubu had been silent for seven years. In the intervening years the band’s only constant member, the ‘out-there’ vocalist David Thomas, had kept his hand in by releasing a solo album. Cloudland was a critical success and contained the single Waiting For Mary which earned them their only Billboard chart placing, which is quite a feat for such an avant-garde bunch. LP and CD on Fire.

Pere Ubu
Worlds In Collision

Following a seven year break, avant-garde Ohio rockers, Pere Ubu signed to major label, Fontana for a three album run. Worlds In Collision was the second of that bunch and was originally released in 1991. For this album, legendary keyboard player Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, The Residents) joined the band. LP and CD on Fire.

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 from 80s workout VHS’s. Fifth track ‘The Labrador’ is a psychedelic synth epic that features production from cLOUDDEAD member Odd Nosdam.

Persuasion
Quatermass EP

Devon Hanson has recorded under his own name, including collabs with Wanda Group and Karl Fousek, and also as Stefan Jós. His first under this new moniker appears on Opal Tapes’ vinyl offshoot. Four tracks of subtle, dubby, uncluttered and minimal house, made up of crisp rhythms and silvery, pristine tones echoing across spacious plains. 

Pet Shop Boys
Bilingual

While the ‘90s may have seen a slight tail-off in affection for the Pet Shop Boys after they conquered all during the Thatcher years, the decade also had the duo quietly turn in some of their best LPs. Bilingual, their sixth record of original material, is one of these unsung classics. The album maintains a quintessential PSB flavour while also incorporating influences from Spanish and Latin American musics. As with the concurrent reissues of Behaviour and Very, the CD version comes with a bonus disc of rarities.

Petar Dundov & Marc Romboy
Caper Tran EP

Caper Tran is the first collaborative release between Petar Dundov (Music Man, Cocoon) and Watergate favourite (Innervisions, Systematic). The record features a track per side, and both ‘Gardens Of Cyrus’ and the almost-eponymous ‘Caper Tram’ are the sort of melodious deep house jams that have kept Dixon in business all these years.

Pete Spiby
Failed Magician

Guitarist Pete Spiby, formerly of alt. rock bands Black Spiders, Groop Dogdrill and Future Ex-Wife thought his career was over after an operation on his hand meant he could no longer play. Black Spiders tried a few farewell shows and Spiby realised he could play without pain. He had to get back to doing the only thing he knew how to do - rock. Failed Magician is his debut solo album. LP and CD on Be Lucky.

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.

Peter Harris
Adverts!

Eccentric artist and musician Peter Harris, from London band Piper’s Son, doesn’t know how to describe the music on his new solo album, Adverts, so I’ll have a go. It’s a teeny bit Elliott Smith and a teeny bit Roy Harper, with some cosmic oddball elements thrown in. He seems to have the backing of Lee ’Scratch’ Perry and Adrian Sherwood too. Vic Goddard guests. LP on Trashmouth Records.
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Phase Fatale
Reverse Fall

In a way it’s surprising that Ostgut Ton have never released anything explicitly inspired by J. G. Ballard’s Crash, such is the label’s affinity for all things dark and doomyful. Still, better late than never. Reverse Fall is Phase Fatale’s debut release on the Berghain’s in-house imprint after graduating from its Unteron sub-label, and he nails both Ton and Ballard’s dystopian aesthetic first-time. Four wedges of foreboding and cinematic Berlin techno to write off a car to.

Phuture
We Are Phuture (Ricardo Villalobos Phutur I - IV Remixes)

Lets go back to the Phuture with this exciting double 12” reissue and remix package. As well as the original vintage 1998 acid track (remastered), we get not one but four(!) remixes from the maestro Ricardo Villalobos, fully expanding on several ideas of what to do with this killer source material. Double 12” from Get Physical.
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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.

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 Piccioni, originally released by RCA in 1968 and now back in print thanks to Sonor Music Editions, is a collection of movie themes that serves as a neat introduction to a body of work that spans over 300 film scores. With a stronger penchant jazz and big band than contemporaries like Ennio Morricone, these are prime examples of mid-20th Century Library Music.

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 limited run in 1968, compiled many of his more popular movie themes. Along with the likes of Ennio Morricone, he helped define the sound of late 60s and early 70s alternative cinema. Now re-pressed by Sonor Music Editions.

Pina
Lärm

Phil just couldn't wait to have this one played in the office. In fact, he emailed Ian directly to instruct us to listen to it all immediately. Who doesn't get a little excited about one of the most recognisable underground electronic artists of the 90's releasing some new stuff? Lärm by Pina is available on vinyl LP and is released on Lapsus Records. 

Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Pinkshinyultrablast return with their latest 10", almost definitely cementing their position as the best shoegaze band to come out of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dreamy synths and vocals from vocalist Lyubov, taking notes from forefathers such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. On Club AC30 - limited run of 'rose sunshine' coloured vinyl.
  • Vinyl 10" (AC3015024)
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Pino Donaggio
A Venezia Un Dicembre Rosso Shocking

First faithful reissue of the soundtrack to Nicolas Roeg's clunkily named A Venezia Un Dicembre Rosso Shocking. Though no way near as well known as big man Ennio Morricone (how could he be?), Pino Donaggio deserves to be spoken of alongside him for being able to capture the specific mood of Venice.
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Plant43
From Deep Streams

Having worked in a variety of electronic territories over the years, with plenty of electro bangers to his name, Plant43 is now giving ambient electronic music a punt. The kind of melodies and harmonies heard in past releases now get lots of space to shine, woven through luscious calming synth lines. From Deep Streams is released by the Shipwrec label.

Pom Pom
Untitled

Even by the standards of Ostgut Ton, this is a no-BS affair. Their first release from secretive techno outfit Pom Pom, which comes in a jet-black sleeve, doesn’t have a title and nor do any of the tracks. The music is a similarly straight-down-the-nose affair, with the five entries of Untitled characterised by unchanging minimal techno beats. Murky snippets of vocals and synths skulk in the background, just out of reach.

Porya Hatami & Arovane
Kaziwa

Strange, delicate experimental songcraft from Porya Hatami and Arovane. Kaziwa features lots of stately piano, creeping around in an uncanny atmosphere of electronics. Everything feels an intimate ritual, observed from a distance. Kaziwa is available in a regular Digipak CD edition or a fancy limited ‘art edition’ of only 75 copies which comes in the form of a set of five, corner hinged 6.5” square sheets of black fine art paper which have have been meticulously pastel buffed, punched, stamped, collaged, laser cut/burnt, and come with an attached vintage clock hand. Each set is backed with a used, antique shooting range target, and comes in a square, similarly modified translucent sleeve.

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.
  • Vinyl 12" (DBC4W-030)
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Posthuman
The Damocles Syndicate

Posthuman, or cousins Richard Bevan and Joshua Doherty are acid veterans and have been active since the late ‘90s and over the last decade or so heading up an acid revival with their label I Love Acid. They also love the Roland TB303 which has inspired them to keep acid alive. The Damocles Syndicate is two sides of reckless and debauched techno that could only come from the minds of these two. 12” on Shiprec.

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 and more. Primitive Art’s Crab Suite EP maintains their good form into the second half of the year. This is a brilliantly mucky affair, with various soundsystem cross-pollinations (dub techno, dancehall, Reggaeton) pulled apart by techniques from the world of industrial techno. Shrouded in reverb, delay and distortion, tracks like ‘Sequrity’ and ‘Recall Your Bones’ nod simultaneously to Basic Channel, Arca and Shackleton.
  • Vinyl 12" (ARC09)
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Primitive World
White On White


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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 limited red 12" on Rough Trade.

Prins Emanuel
Arbete / Fritid

Work and leisure; seldom shall the twain meet. It’s the great, arbitrary binary of modernity, as well as a core theme of this debut LP by Prins Emanuel of Sweden. His Royal Highness has quite the knack for funky, exotic house music, and a soft touch with his shuffling production. He’s fibbing about the ‘work’ bit though - this is two sides o’ pure leisure.

Psychological Strategy Board
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows

Soundtracking an avant garde film about British artist Penny Slinger is a bold move for a debut, but that's what Psychological Strategy Board—Paul Snowden and Maybury—have done. Expect unsettling electronic soundscapes, fuelled by 1960s counter-culture and Slinger's masterfully experimental artwork. 

Public Access TV
Street Safari


Sophomore LP from New York four-piece Public Access TV. Singles Metrotech and Lost in the Game feature infectious funk-inspired basslines, signalling a widening of horizons for the rockers. Never Enough is largely inspired by the band’s tumultuous last couple of years - including battles with addiction and each other. On Cinematic Music Group.

Public Image Limited
The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart)

It's pleasing that perhaps John Lydon will be remembered just as much for his PIL project as with punk legends the Sex Pistols. Over recent years people seem to have realised that, yes, PIL were pretty innovative. To coincide with a film about the band, here is a career spanning box set with a singles collection, B-sides, rarities, radio sessions and a ton of live recordings. More Rotten than you'll probably ever need. 

Quiet Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

If you used slang on the beach would it be loud? Beach Slang certainly think so because their new album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, comes courtesy of Quiet Slang. This is the Beach Slang you know and love, but a little more stripped down, opting for cellos and pianos rather than anything electric. 

R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

A proper all-star cast on this new Blue Note joint. Robert Glasper, Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge are part of R+R=NOW, and Collagically Speaking features guest spots from the likes of Terry Crews and Yasiin Bey. The band set out to ‘reflect the times’ on this one, both politically and musically. As such we have an LP of post-genre jazz - immediate comparisons would be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic - that frequently touches on The Current State Of Affairs.

R. Girardin
Emotional Music

NYC-based specialists in weird pop and experimental electronic music, Palto Flats release the debut album from R. Girardin entitled 'Emotional Music'. It's a record on which Girardin explores his new-found love of customised, quirky sounding synthesizers and expresses a pure, naive joy through them. As a result, the combination of man and machines speaks of ecstatic, poetic and spiritual communion. Vinyl only.
  • Vinyl LP (PF008 / ZG002)
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R.S. Pearson
Reality from Childhood Remembered as a Dream

First active in the early 1980s Seattle underground, experimental composer R. S. Pearson finally gets to cross “Get an official release with a label” off his to-do list. Collected for vinyl by Serendip Lab, these various short, charming works of arpeggio sequences and sound design also dabble in algorithmic/generative composition and strange, ambiguous moods. Just what you’d hope for from titles such as ‘Dinosaurs in Water’ and ‘Water Jets of Ancient Disney’.
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Rabit + Riko Dan
Black Dragons / Ziro Remix

Though the life Glacial Sound was short, the label dropped some of the finest grime and grime-adjacent tracks of the 2010s. Their releases from artists like Murlo and Sharp Veins still cast long shadows over the ever-expanding world of weightless and instrumental 140, but perhaps their crowning achievement was this barnstorming collaboration between Rabit and Riko Dan. ‘Black Dragons’ will still destroy anything the comes within fifty feet of it in the dance. It's supported by a remix from Crazylegs fave Ziro and back on vinyl for the first time in a couple of years.

Ramones
End Of The Century

Drafting in Phil Spector to produce the fifth Ramones album seemed like an odd move in 1980, even considering da brudders’ 60s pop obsessions. It was an expensive and unpleasant recording experience, but paid dividends. The stomping Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?, Rock 'n' Roll High School and the Ronettes’ cover Baby I Love You were as bombastic and commercial as the band ever got. More aggressive faire like the Dee Dee and Richard Hell-penned heroin anthem Chinese Rocks also excelled with the wall of sound approach. Not the first Ramones LP you might reach for, but a fine one nonetheless.

Randomer
Slicing

Here we find Randomer return to Dekmantel’s UFO Series for the latest set of his particularly brain-bending brand of soundsystem techno. The four dubs on Slicing all go equally hard, but in subtly different ways. For instance: while opener ‘Van Pelt’ recalls a toughened-up version of Cervo’s Afro-Disco, ‘Shadow Harp’ features a pummelling kick pattern that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Beneath tune.
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Ras G & Moresounds
Ras G Meets Moresounds EP

They don’t come much tougher than this. Brooklyn label Dub-Stuy launches a series of collaborative EPs with a meeting between LA astro-experimentalist Ras G and Parisian producer Moresounds. Taking dub stylings as their cue, both producers move off to explore different parts of the soundsystem. While Ras G’s low-end theory takes combine the foggy atmospheres of dub with the diasporic boom-bap of Madlib, Moresounds offers two crisply-engineers numbers that will damage many a dance.

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 minor-key pads abound whether Hedlund is operating at 120 bpm or 140 bpm. Imagine a moodier version of Bjarki.
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Ray Barbee
Tiara For Computer

The Tiara For Computer, the latest LP from Ray Barbee, we find the skater, photographer and most importantly (for our purposes) musician playing around with synths. Along with a band including John Herndon (Tortoise) Barbee has created a weird, fun record that skirts between instrumental synth-pop, Krauty-psych and slightly techy, slightly Afro-funky workouts. Think The Physics House Band, Battles, Zammuto, that sort of thing.

Rayland Baxter
Wide Awake

Rayland Baxter, a man with a first name I can scarcely believe in, seems to be pulling a Bon Iver on this album, which grew out of a period of seclusion spent in an old rubber band factory. Fifty songs written, of which ten made it onto this here finished album, produced by Butch Walker. Soulful, thoughtful modern rock. On ATO Records.

RDTK (Ricardo Donoso & Thiago Kochenborger)
Human Resources

Denovali Records (Mouse On The Keys, worriedaboutsatan) present the latest LP from a duo who have actually been together for a good 15 years now. Human Resources is the product of Brazilian two-piece RDTK - made up of former Hospital/Digitalis signee Ricardo Donoso and bassist-for-hire Thiago Kochenborger - and it’s a nervous record for nervous times. Tracks like ‘Seal The Chamber’ and ‘Affective Forecasting’ have a sort of Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails vibe to them. One for all you Doomsday preppers out there.

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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Recondite
Rainmaker

After posting two entries on their Realm Of Consciousness compilations, German mainstay Recondite can now add a full EP for Afterlife to a CV that already includes drops on Ghostly International, Hotflush and Innervisions. The six tracks that comprise Rainmaker are brooding dystopian tech-house that is not dissimilar to fellow Afterlife signees Tale Of Us and Fideles.
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Red Red Eyes
Horology

'Horology' is the debut album from Brit duo Red Red Eyes, a cinematic record packed with lusty drone and beautiful, intricate, twanging shoegaze. Hints of psychedlia nod to Laura McMahon and Xavier Watkins' garage-band past, while soft, ethereal vocals lends the album a hypnotic quality. An impressive first album. 

Refrigerator
High Desert Lows

27 years into their career, lo-fi noise band Refrigerator release their 11th album, High Desert Lows. Here, their noise-pop takes a bit of back seat in favour of the more laid-back strings, slide guitar and organ sound of previous albums such as Comedy Plus One. It’s certainly a significant drop in noise level from their last long player, Temple City. It does see the band still improvising and doing what they want to do regardless of pressure from others. LP and CD on Shrimper.

Remember Sports
Slow Buzz

Remember Sports were once called Sports but we're now invited to Remember Sports. The band have moved from a tiny town to a big one and have added a drummer along the way. This is one of those records that revolves around the emotions suffered at the end of a relationship and showcases the band's most ambitious work to date. 

Respuesta Alternativa
Grata Compania

Jesus Ma Catalana (what a name) cut these five tracks as Respuesta Alternativa back in the early 80s. Loading up his synths and drum machines, he got other musicians to solo over the top of them and create this odd record. Weirdo-lounge jazz meets synth-pop, that sort of thing. Weather Report if they were a one-man bedroom project. Reissued by Left Ear Records.
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Richmond Fontaine
Don't Skip Out on Me

Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin has always spun a good yarn during live shows. His ability as a storyteller has made the page too. His first novel, The Motel Life, was published in 2006. Don’t Skip Out On Me is his 5th novel and will include a soundtrack. Here, soundtrack is available on 180g vinyl - a limited edition of 1000 copies. Richmond Fontaine have now split, but this was recorded just before they went their separate ways.

Rick Wilhite
The Godson IV

Moodymann’s Mahogani Music drop the fourth instalment of Rick Wilhite’s The Godson series. It’s standard MM fare on Xanadu, all elegant deep house grooves and Afrofuturist samples. The label boss lends a hand to one of the tunes, a new version of old favourite ‘Technologystolemyvinyl’ that features Amp Fiddler and others.

Rizzla
Adepta

Rizzla’s star may not shine as brightly as the likes Kelela, Total Freedom and other Fade To Mind luminaries, but gosh darn it can they tear up a club. Anyone who slept on 2015’s essential Iron Cages EP can set things right by copping the producer’s debut LP Adepta. These eleven tracks of pure dancefloor power bristle with violence, rage and intent. Imagine early Arca with absolutely no time for pretence.
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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 layers of stuttering snares over a windy, rubbery bed. It all comes off as very deftly composed, dynamic and lush.

Roberto Musci / Giovanni Venosta
Water Messages on Desert Sand

Originally released in 1987 (by Chris Cutler), Water Messages on Desert Sand is a remarkable suite of international collage, mixing field recordings with synths, tapes, samples, effects and acoustic instrumentation. The results are finally woven like a tapestry, with an ethnographic element that just enhances the weight of the compositions. Reissued by ReR.

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.

Rocheman
Rocheman

Theatre is one of the more successful mediums when it come to capturing weirdness and the dreamlike. Rocheman is Jordan Mallory-Skinner, an artist who mostly works for the stage, but has now used his talents to craft a delightful dream pop album that will get on with fans of bands like Grizzly Bear.
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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 their reunion show, so you can trust this isn't a cash in. 

Rommek
Igneous - Set In Stone Trilogy

As Kelly Jayne Jones’ recent work has show us, rocks and stones are ever-powerful inspirations for creation. This is especially the case when it comes to pounding techno and IDM, as Rommek’s Set In Stone Trilogy begins with Igneous, kicking off with a dense malevolent drone before the beats start banging. 12” on Blueprint.

Ron Trent vs Lono Brazil vs Dazzle Drums
Manchild (In The Promised Land)

Ron Trent and Lono Brazil. You probably know what this is going to sound like already, don’t you? And it does. Trent cooks up one of those classic Mahogani Music-type house tracks that seem to just get better with age, while Brazil chats a sort of pseudo-beat-poet diatribe over the top. The B-side sees Japanese duo Dazzle Drums come through with the sort of edit that this blurb writer would describe as ‘tribal house’ if he thought it was an acceptable term to use.
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Rotten Hill Gang
Teach Peace

Rotten Hill Gang refer to themselves as a rap ‘n’ roll group. They pick up where the likes of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J left off. On Teach Peace, they mix rap and live instruments with left-wing social commentary. Features a guest appearance by Hollie Cook. LP & CD on West Born Records.

Rrose & Lucy
The Lotus Eaters II

This particular decade will probably be remembered as one where the cutting edge of techno became severely twisted. Riding the sharpest point are Rrose and Lucy, who come together on this EP to unveil a typically claustrophobic, swirling mass of dance floor disorientation. Muscular, ethereal and as sideways as you like.
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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 Trading Co.
Metal Surface Repair

Detroit's Fit Siegel and Helsinki's DJ Sotofett hook up as S & M Trading Co. Moody acid melts the glacial atmosphere across the three mixes of 'Metal Surface Repair'. Alongside the original cut is an Acidic Mix which amps up the 303 action and a more ethereal, floating Synthetic Mix. Available on 12" on Aaron "Fit" Siegel's superb Fit Sound label outta Detroit.
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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.

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 historically only found a home as film music.  

Saint Ballantine
All Saint’s Day

Nice to see the old album title artist name pun gag is still in circulation. Saint Ballantine (Brooklyn buddies Andrew Thomas Reid and Brian Marc, the latter of Denitia & Sene) specialise in downtempo electro-soul with muscular, often fuzzy and occasionally gloopy basslines and multitracked vocals. The track ‘Follow’ also features Macklemore and Ryan Lewis collaborator Hollis.

Sakata / Laswell / Drake / Cosey
Fisherman's.com

Cool your jets, that’s not THE Drake. It’s actually drummer Hamid Drake, and along with Bill Laswell and Pete Cosey he is part of the quartet led by Japanese saxophonist/vocalist/synth player Akira Sakata on this 2000 LP. Fisherman’s.com is a potent mix of free jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock and psych-rock. Sakata absolutely commands the record, raising his voice to the sky one minute and bellowing down his saxophone the next. This Trost release marks the first time that Fisherman’s.com has been made available on vinyl.

Samara Lubelski
Flickers At The Station

Samara Lubelski is an experimental musician with plenty of credentials in the world of avant-garde improvisation and suchlike, but here on Flickers At The Station she brings her musicianship and songwriting into the service of highly listenable psychedelic pop music, with the kind of lush mystique of some of the best sixties beat combos. LP on Drawing Room Records.

Sandy Denny
I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny

She always... she always kept a unicorn. Bet you didn't know that about Sandy Denny, folk rock pioneer beloved for her part in the Fairport Convention of the late '60s. Here's a double LP of leafy strums anthologised for your cafe-comfy pleasure. It includes cuts from all over the place, from the Strawbs to the Convention.

SCARLXRD
DXXM

After joining Birmingham alt. rockers Myth City via some basic Googling, rapper, SCARLXRD toured with them for two years. Now he has decided to take his unpronounceable name into the world of solo recording. In the twelve months since going it alone he has recorded five albums. DXXM is his latest offering. Red vinyl LP on Island. Oh, Doom by Scarlord, I understand nxw!

SCB
Caibu

This one’s been coming. After two 2017 EPs (and next month’s Engineered Morality), Paul Rose aka Scuba aka SCB gives us the first LP from his vowel-phobic project. Anyone coming here and expecting a nice fix of jacking house will be left disappointed - SCB’s stuff is less welcoming, full of foreboding synths and hard, no-bs techno drums. Throw in a concept where Rose uses the LP “to explore the fictional narrative in which a hypothetical timeline is corrupted by a climate-related disaster”, and it all adds up to Caibu being a rather bracing experience.

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