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Neville Watson
The Midnight Orchard

Don’t Be Afraid have kept in touch with acid tech-houser Neville Watson, who returns to the label with his first LP in five years. Cover art’s a bit ‘Ghost in the Celt’, innit. He’s sounding more serious and pensive than before, but there’s nowt more boring than the dead-serious techno producer conceit - Watson knows this and ensures there’s always plenty of fun along the way.

NHK yx Koyxen / Kohei Matsunaga & Masayuki Imanishi
Self Split EP


Nick Oliveri
N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5

Desert rock expert Nick Oliveri rakes back through his busy musical history for the N.O. Hits At All series: for volume five, it's all about songs with Nick’s vocals on, with tracks (both released and unreleased) from bands like Mondo Generator and The Situationalists featured. Released, with incredibly garish cover art, by the appropriate label Heavy Psych Sounds.

Nomadico
The Code Switcha

After a few drops on Underground Resistance, Dan Caballero has taken to putting out his Nomadico records via his own Yaxteq in recent years. The Code Switcha finds the artist also known as DJ Dex putting his own spin on classic Detroit techno and electro sounds. Occasionally the thing has a bit of a Night Slugs flavour to it too - see the opener on this count.

North Sea Dialect
Local Guide

Numbers brings you North Sea Dialect, a “new Scottish producer”. That’s all we know. On to the music then, which comprises various new Scottish productions of rather brusque and gritty tunes, apparently themed all around the titular stormy waters - fizzing, busy textures of saturated synths and samples, chugging rhythms and lovely melodies.

Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

Nubiyan Twist making big moves out here and signing to Strut. The Leeds soul-jazz group celebrate the occasion with the release of new single ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’. The tune, which features a turn from sax player Nick Richards on vocals, is an invigorating mix of Afrobeat-indebted rhythms, jerky electronics and massed brass. Think a more fiery rendering of Archie Pelago or Badbadnotgood. Nubiya Brandon guests on B-side ‘Sugar Cane’.
  • Vinyl 7" (STRUT198S)
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Oberman Knocks
Trilate Shift

Ask not for whom the Oberman Knocks - he knocks for thee. The Mancunian electronic musician drops Trilate Shift, his third LP for Andrea Parker’s Aperture (T.e.s.o., Broken Bone). This album picks up where the previous two left off, all hissing electronic faunae and bone-rattling digital distortion. Muslimgauze, Modeselektor and Prurient all spring to mind.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AP012)
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Oren Ambarchi, Crys Cole, Leif Elggren
Certainly

This unholy alliance between Oren Ambarchi (AUS), Crys Cole (CAN) and Leif Elggren (SWE) took place at a residency in Stockholm’s EMS Studios in 2016. The story goes that the harsh winds blew off the windows, prompting the trio to take desperate measures to stay warm and record. Sounds more like a contact mic passing through a cow’s intestines to me. It’s a good sound.
  • Vinyl LP (UE 235)
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Patrick Selinger
Businessmen

1988 selection from Antwerp gets released by Belgium’s impressive Stroom imprint. Patrick Selinger didn’t make many records in his youth - it would appear that he gave up composing for piano-playing. That’s a shame, because if Businessmen is anything to go by then he had real talent. The title track is a piece of muted, foggy New Beat that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys on a comedown.

Peverelist
Roll With The Punches (Kowton Linear Mix / Kowton Dub Mix)

Bristol's dubstep artist, curator and shopkeeper Peverelist gets his tune "Roll With the Punches" reworked on this 12" of the same name, with two attempts at the same remix tried on by another one of Bristol's notable electronic artists Kowton. He goes in for a dub remix the second time around, though you can only hear that one on vinyl. 
  • Vinyl 12" (DRUNK034)
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Philip Glass
Candyman (Original 1992 Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Neo-classical stalwart Philip Glass was known to dabble in the film scoring business now and then -- he's produced works for the epic ambient landscape movie Koyaanisqatsi, as well as the thrilling drama the Truman Show, about that dude we're all watching on TV (who, ironically, is Jim Carrey). 'Candyman' is one of his most renowned soundtracks, and while the film was originally released in 1992, you can now hear the soundtrack on vinyl, right here in 2014.

Phosphorescent
Song For Zula 


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Planet B
Planet B

Star-studded, self-titled debut album by hot new electro-hardcore duo Planet B (Justin Pearson of Dead Cross, Retox and The Locust plus Luke Henshaw of Sonido de la Frontera). They are joined by fellow Locusts Gabe Serbian and Joseph Karam, Kool Keith, Nick “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” Zinner, Killing Joker Martin Atkins… the list could go on.

Planetary Assault Systems
Arc Angel

Big techno man Luke Slater provides Ostgut Ton and yourselves with some more melodically-leaning techno machinations beamed in from the outer heliosphere. We say melody, but you've got deep drones, alien synth lines and haywire arps all tuned to twisted perfection. They've even thrown in a download of the continuous album mix too. The techno never stops.

Planningtorock
Powerhouse

Planningtorock are planningtorelease a new LP for the first time since 2014. Powerhouse finds the Berlin-based artist back on DFA Records and turning in ten pieces of stormy queer-pop. Single ‘Transome’ is a winning combination of How To Dress Well-style r&b and dinky dancehall synths. One of the tracks was co-produced by Planningtorock’s close friend Olof Dreijer (The Knife).

PLYXY
Gloryland

After being issued as a small cassette run by Ascetic House in early 2018 PLYXY’s Gloryland now gets a re-release via Hallow Ground. As is the want of the Swiss label, this record is a pretty frosty and demanding listen. The gnarled, weary synthscapes here recall Forest Swords and fellow HG act Dedekind Cut. Closer ‘March Of Youth’ breaks out into full-on noise.

Positive Centre
The Leaf Switch

Opal Tapes. Very good label. One of the best, in fact. If you’re unfamiliar with the Teesside imprint then Positive Centre’s The Leaf Switch is as good a place to start as any. This is a record of terse, frosty electronics/found sound instrumentals. They range from dog-eared synth ambiences to the kind of obtuse anti-techno that The Trilogy Tapes has been so keen on recently.

Powell Tillmans
Spoken By The Other

Intriguing collaboration between Turner Prize-winning photographer/music-maker Wolfgang Tillmans and discordant-club-botherer Powell. Released under the name of Powell Tillmans, ‘Spoken By The Other’ is their first release together - a 12” coming out via XL, who put out Powell’s debut LP ‘Sport’ back in 2016. Tillman’s voice and Powell’s mid-range, synthetic gruff forms a complete synthesis across these six tracks. The release is limited to a one-off, 1500 copy run.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL965T)
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Public Memory
Demolition

The sophomore LP from Public Memory arrives courtesy of Felte (Soviet Soviet, Autobahn). Demolition is a brooding and abrasive listen that recalls that period in the '90s when hip-hop started morphing into all sorts of strange new styles. Trip-hop, Krautrock and the paranoid plunderphonics of early DJ Shadow all exert a strong influence on these eight tunes.

Rapoon
Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved

Rapoon is Robin Storey, formerly known to the world as a member of Zoviet France. He’s a busy bee, and new album The Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved works as a particularly good example of his well-refined aesthetic: wide, droning soundworlds, propelled by beats and considering the dark state of our planet. Released by Klanggalerie.

Reckonwrong
Whities 018

Reckonwrong returns to Nic Tasker’s Whities (Avalon Emerson, Coby Sey) with another EP of unusual singer-songwriter fare. The four tracks of Whities 018 incorporate a fair range of influences. Everything from Bullion’s Oliver Postgate-ish techno to Active Child’s lush queer pop to the confessional meanderings of The Divine Comedy are referenced here. Reckonwrong ties it all together with a weirdly captivating and somewhat tragicomic vocal manner.

Redd Kross
Third Eye

Redd Kross began life as part of the 1970’s Los Angeles South Bay punk scene by brothers Steven and Jeff McDonald who were intermittently joined by a revolving cast of members including Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and Ron Reyes (Black Flag). Full of catchy, melodic, thrash punk/power pop gems, their major label debut ‘Third Eye’ has been increasingly hard to come by on vinyl until now.

Reinier Van Houdt
Igitur Carbon Copies

Reinier van Houdt is an excellent pianist, known for playing contemporary classical music by Michael Pisaro and other such notables. But he’s got more than piano up his sleeve: Igitur Carbon Copies also features an array of cracked noises from radios, tapes, and David Lynch samples, as well as spoken word delivered by Current 93’s main man David Tibet! My my. Out on Hallow Ground.

Rings Around Saturn
Rings Around Saturn

Melbourne techno producer Rory McPike is back as Rings Around Saturn. His new, self-titled album flows with a range of abstract and dance-floor styles. McPike stylishly applies his considerable talents to 11 tracks here, delivering fizzing, pulsating new wave techno and imposing abstract electronics on a double-pack LP. 300 copies only. On Brokntoys records.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BT30)
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Robotiko Rejekto
Rejekto

To celebrate their thirtieth release Optimo Trax have looked back, found this gem from 1987 that label boss JD Twitch loved, and thought it would be a fitting treat to release it for it’s anniversary as well. Produced by Ralf Henrich and Andreas Tomalla, Rejekto was techno before it was techno, with a slamming 80s snare.
  • Vinyl 12" (OT030)
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Roger Doyle
Oizzo No

The Irish composer’s ultra-rare 1975 debut is a wonderland of head-spinning tape collage, densely dissonant strings, and woozily detuned pianos, where uilleann pipes meet the avant garde. There’s a strong Uncle Meat-era Mothers of Invention flavour in the copious tape-speed manipulation, tricksy melodies and echoes of Edgard Varèse. Though Doyle was signed to U2’s short-lived Mother Records, it’s more useful to note his appearance on the Nurse With Wound list, and their label United Dairies.

RS Produções
Bagdad Style

Portugal's seemingly infinite well of talent keeps emerging via the always on point Príncipe label. RS Produções are a crew of youngsters currently bringing plenty of fire to the dance. 'Bagdad Style' was produced by posse core members DJ Narciso and Nuno Beats and brings eight cuts of stripped back, percussive grooves via Batida, electro/house and Kuduro mutations, that'll ignite a dancefloor and have plenty of booty's shakin'. Consistent heat from the label that brought us DJ Marfox, Niagara, DJ Lycox, Nídia Minaj, DJ Lilocox, P. Adrix etc.

Ryley Walker
The Lillywhite Sessions

Dave Matthews Band recorded an album with producer Steve Lillywhite which was scrapped at the label’s behest. Now, this bit confuses me - the press release here describe the album in terms I would not match with Dave Matthews Band such as ‘art rock’ and ‘masterpiece’. However, they are terms I can associate with Ryley Walker who has tried his hand at re-recording the album, The Lillywhite Sessions. Although the Dave Matthews Band version was scrapped, some tracks showed up on their 2002 album Busted Stuff. From hearing those tracks I think they might sound rather fine in the hands of Ryley Walker. LP and CD on Dead Oceans.

Samantha Glass
Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint

Samantha Glass returns to Texan label HoloDeck (Dylan Cameron, Derek Rogers) with a new LP. Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint is another collection of retro-futurist bedroom electronica from Glass. The overall impression of the record is that of a moth-eaten copy of an Italians Do It Better album. There are similarities with fellow HoloDeck artist Marie Davidson.

Same Waves
Algorithm of Desire

‘Algorithm of Desire’ by Same Waves is an exercise in oddball electronic pop, both restrained and open-ended. Same Waves are a collaboration between Lindsay Anderson (L’ALTRA) and John Hughes, together making a sound of hushed eccentricity, welcome to scrapes of violin, plonking synths, and at times almost whispered vocals. The LP - which features contributions from the likes of Bill MacKay and Macie Stewart - is released by the Flau label.

Sea Pinks
Rockpool Blue

Rockpool Blue is the seventh album from Belfast’s guitar poppers, Sea Pinks. The album’s theme centres on embracing the sadness that tinges realising you have become an adult despite not really knowing how you got there and then realising it’s not all that bad after all. LP on CF Records, limited to 250 copies.
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She Makes War
Brace For Impact

Not to be confused with She Keeps Bees, She Makes War is the solo project of Bristolian singer-songwriter Laura Kidd. On Brace For Impact, the fourth SMW LP, Kidd comes through with a mixture of tender torch songs and sparky, passionate indie-rock. There’s both a grunge and a Britpop flavour to tracks like ‘Devastate Me’, which obviously wouldn’t have been allowed in the 90’s but is fine now.

Shelley Parker
Red Cotton

On ‘Red Cotton’, Shelley Parker’s debut EP for Hessle Audio, there’s this tremendous sense of place amidst the restless break-beats and looming menace. This is achieved by extensive use of field recordings, capturing the carnival near the London based artists home as well as her time spent with ballet dancers. The EP comes with a remix from Ploy.

Siglo XX
[BOX]

Belgian band Siglo XX took their name from a Bolivian mine which was a site of social disorder. Their home city of Genk in 1978 was rife with unemployment and all the problems that can arise from that, so the band felt the name said something about where they had come from. Their music dances along the punk/goth/coldwave/darkwave fault line and comparisons to Joy Division are often made. Box contains the bands work from 1982-83 with mini LP, Answer and two EPs Art Of War and Dreams OF Pleasure. Box Set on Onderstroom, limited to 200 copies.

Simon Finn
Pass The Distance


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Soluce
Birth

Vibrant Music continue to release music that is vibrant with Birth, an album by Soluce. That’s the long-time-coming collaboration between Konstantinos Soublis (Fluxion) and Savvas Ystatis (Omicron in the 90s), who are not only firm old friends but neighbours too! They put their combined skills to great use here, producing resonant, minimal and lush ambient techno.

Spectral Empire
Iron Muscle

Iron Muscle by Spectral Empire comes across like a lost soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi movie from the ‘80s. Dark, spooky synths interlaced with demonic electronic stabs and dramatic, tension-building beats. The duo are made up of George Thompson from Black Merlin and Kyle Martin from Vactrol Park. 180g vinyl 12” EP on Malka Tuti.

Stelvio Cipriani
Un'ombra nell'ombra (Ring of Darkness)

From the bottomless vaults of Italian horror movie soundtracks with some involvement from Goblin, here is the OST to the 1979 film Un’ombra nell’ombra (aka Ring Of Darkness), presented on vinyl for the first time ever! Composed by Stelvio Cipriani and performed by Goblin, the music is groovy, proggy, weird and atmospheric. Limited edition of 500 LPs on Four Flies.

Steven Rutter & Kirk Degiorgio
Braconian Beta

The latest drop on Firescope Records finds label boss Steven Rutter (B12) team up with Kirk Degiorgio (As One) for an EP of retrofuturist club fare. Braconian Beta sees the two techno veterans using their old-school knowhow to show the young pretenders how it’s done. The stargazing techno tracks here are a similar brand of Detroit revivalism to Space Dimension Controller.

System
Plus

For their new album Plus, Danish tinkerer trio System (Thomas Knak, Anders “Dub Tractor” Remmer and Jesper Skaaning) spent a couple of years turning sensitive arpeggibro keyboardist Nils Frahm’s source material into something likable. Various iterations of incandescent ambience, elegantly sculpted around damp and clicky digital processes, ensue.

The Book Of AM
Part V: Night

The Book Of AM is a project begun in 1977 with esoteric philosophical intentions, and featuring words and sounds from around the world and across hundreds of years. Part V, representing Night, for some reason was not completed and never appeared with the rest of the collection, but this crack team, using overdubs and additional composition as well as mixing and mastering techniques, now present the completed final part! LP on Wah Wah.

The Boy Least Likely To
The Greatest Hits

The Boy Least Likely To are the boys that have done. I make that assumption based on the fact that they have The Greatest Hits album to shout about. The twee indie-pop band have released four albums in 15 years. They’ve taken the best bits, added their popular cover of George Michael’s Faith and a brand new song to make a fifth long-player. LP and CD on Young And Stupid.

The Cradle
Bag Of Holding

What a fine collection of bric-a-brac: bones, miscellaneous netting and shards of rusty metal. What more could you ever ask for? Bag Of Holding is the latest release from The Cradle. Here are nine tracks glued together with all manor of musical elements from pop to orchestral. Available on vinyl LP and released on NNA Tapes. 

The Detroit Cobras
Tried & True

The Detroit Cobras aimed to revive garage rock. As their name would suggest, they came from Detroit, the same Detroit scene as The White Stripes, although it could be said The Detroit Cobras were the trailblazers, as their first album was released a full year before The White Stripes self-titled debut. Tried And True, their fourth album, was released in 2007 and, true to form, contains a bunch of blues, rock and R&B tracks revamped and re-amped for the noughties...and beyond. Repress LP on Rough Trade.
  • Vinyl LP (RTRADLP356)
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The Dø
A Mouthful

A Mouthful was the debut album by Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy, better known as French/Finnish duo The Dø. It was originally released in 2008 and was critically well received. The album is a real mish-mash of styles, I mean they've really thrown everything at this, ranging from ethereal takes on PJ Harvey to rap. Reissue 2LP on Wagram.

The Gracious Losers
The Last of the Gracious Losers

More creativity from Glasgow which is surely one of the UK's most productive cities. I went to a dog disco there  - it was incredible. Anyway this is the brainchild of one Jonathan Lilley and it features a 12 piece ensemble made out of people from Thrum, God Help the Girl and something called The Berrie Big Band. Influences include Neil Young and Van Morrison so this could be rather interesting. 

The Intelligence
Live In San Francisco

The latest release in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series comes courtesy of The Intelligence. Lars Finberg and his band of Seattle punks tear through a bunch of live-wire tunes that take in everything from Country Teasers to Wire. Recorded in a tiny basement beneath a vintage clothes store and coming with the John Dwyer seal of approval, this one is American as apple pie.

The Mon
Doppelleben

The Mon is the solo project of Ufomammut bassist/vocalist/synth player Urlo. On Doppelleben he allows his noise and industrial dispositions to give the doom metal of his day job a kick up the backside. Tracks like ‘Relics’ and ‘Her’ bring to mind Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Angelo Badalamenti all getting together for a very intense jam session.

The Passengers
All Through The Night / New Life

The Passengers injected pop sensibilities into the Belgian punk/new wave scene of the late ‘70s. They took all that was good from band’s who would frequent New York’s CBGBs and The Velvet Underground to make their music. They later evolved into Factory Records band, The Names. All Through The Night/New Life is one of two newly recorded 7” singles by the band. Clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

The Passengers
Queen Of Weird / Danger Zone

The Passengers hail from Brussels and in 1978 in their early 20s played a pop-oriented version of New York punk. Taking their cues from The Velvet Underground, Richard Hell, Television, and Talking Heads with the a hefty dose of Blondie. They evolved into The Names who were signed to Factory Records. Here we have two newly recorded songs by the band - Queen Of Weird  and Danger Zone. Clear vinyl 7” single, limited to 500 copies.

The Rolling Stones
Voodoo Lounge Uncut

Finally, the definitive document of The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge tour. 'Voodoo Lounge Uncut' presents for the first time the full, unabridged performance from the Stones' 25th November, 1994 date at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium. A full 10 songs included here were edited out of the original '90s release. Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley all guested and the tracks are presented in original running order. Gatefold triple LP on Eagle Rock. 

The Upsetters
Double Seven

Largely consider one Lee “Scratch” Perry’s best early works with his Upsetters, Double Seven was originally released in 1973 and now Music On Vinyl have done this short press reissue, the first on vinyl in 22 years. Features songs with David Isaacs and U-Roy. Pure originator dub reggae from when Perry was still experimenting and building his sound.

The Upsetters
Scratch The Upsetter Again

Antarctica Starts Here is a new sub-label of Superior Viaduct that is dedicated to reissuing classic records from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Among their first batch of pressings we have The Upsetters’ 1970 LP Scratch The Upsetter Again. It is, of course, a ten-tonne collection of dub-reggae from Lee Perry and his merry men.

Thomas Bush
Old and Red

Thomas Bush hails from the West Midlands. Old and Red is a synth-led work with skittering electronic percussion - like a more experimental version of The Magnetic Fields. There are also contemplative moments that clearly have the influence of Japan and David Sylvian stamped on them, all with a home-recorded fuzzy warmth. LP on Men Scryfa.

Thomas Newman
Skyfall (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Skyfall was one of the best Bond films of recent years, and its soundtrack wasn’t all that shabby either: in fact, Thomas Newman’s work here was nominated for a god-damned Oscar. This double LP set contains the whole soundtrack (but not the Adele theme song I’m afraid), presented beautifully. From Music On Vinyl.

Tomasz Bednarczyk
Illustrations For Those Who

Tomasz Bednarczyk returns with his first new album in nearly a decade. In a past decade, Tomasz made a series of ambient recordings that placed antique technologies alongside pastoral tones and timbres and then moved onto more streamlined, techno-centred releases. Adopting a new angle on his more atmospheric works lately, 'Illustrations For Those Who' finds Tomasz utilizing a bare-bones setup featuring single sources with some synthesis and layering. Dense, rich textures await. CD on Room40. 

Tricky
Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.

Troupe Ecole Tudu
Oyiwane

If you don’t know Sahel Sounds then now would be a good time to acquaint yourself. The excellent label releases new and archival records that originated across the northern African region of the Sahel. Their latest drop, Troupe Ecole Tudu’s Oyiwane, is a 1985 collection that had previously been unavailable outside of Niger. The TET were an all-girls choir from a school in the country’s Agadez region. With its massed vocals and Ali Farka Toure-esque guitar accompaniment (provided by the girls’ teacher Barmo) this rare record is representative of a style that would become popular in Niger over the subsequent years. The recording is grainy and often shrill, but this is still a vital bit of listening.

Umwelt / Ryan James Ford
Untitled

Two sides of club-ready tools from Repitch Recordings. On Untitled they've got two tracks a piece from New Flesh / Rave Or Die's Umwelt and Ryan James Ford. Value! Umwelt's pair fall on the grittier electro/acid spectrum, while Ford's are a more modern: sleek and with drone. It's got to be good, one of them's Berlin based!
  • Vinyl 12" (RPTCH09)
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Urge Overkill
Saturation

Urge Overkill are hardly prolific, they’ve released just 6 albums in 29 years. Saturation is their fourth album and was originally released in 1993. It’s arguably their career high-point, although their popularity peaked when they recorded Neil Diamond’s Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon for the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Saturation is full of hook-laden guitar pop with the minor US hits, Sister Havana and Positive Bleeding being particularly splendid. The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando once declared this to be the best album of the ‘90s. Blue vinyl, 25th anniversary reissue on Porterhouse.

Utopia Cloak
Marina Garden

Utopia Cloak debuts on Film Records (Brainwaltzera, Steve Reich) with an album of carefully constructed electronica. The six cuts that make up Marina Garden draw from a few subsets of electronic music. Influences from synthwave, ambient pop, bedroom instrumentals and contemporary classical composition are all to be found across the record. Overall the thing has a bit of a Bonobo flex.

Various
Confessin' The Blues - Compiled by The Rolling Stones

There's a school of thought that all the best music was made between 50 and 100 years ago and humankind’s sonic capabilities have been in steady decline ever since. As if to prove this theory the Rolling Stones (no less) have compiled this exhaustive collection of all their favourite blues people and includes tracks by pioneers such as Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and of course Robert Johnson. 

Various
On - The Sound Of On Records 1987-1989

On Records is a South African label specialising in Kwaito, and this is a big, bad-ass collection of material from the fertile 1987 to 1989 era. Presented over three thoroughly DJ-friendly vinyl LPs, you get two different versions of many of the tracks here, so that you can compare the Taxi Mix of Mafika Roadblock with the original. Very rare stuff, now easily acquirable!

Various
THESIS SET 03

This is set of 4x 10" records featuring Sophie Hutchings & Julia Kent, Aaron Martin & Tilman Robinson, Andrew Hargreaves & Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer/the Boats), Kyle Bobby Dunn & Anjou. Handmade packaging includes: Jackets with Unique illustration using airbrush & cut paper. Laser cut with project title and songs & THESIS Logo. Unique sleeves with pen/airbrush illustration of artist's hands and states of origin. Laser cut with credits & thesis logo Black vinyl 10" records pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands. Poly storage sleeves.

Various
Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Zamrock, in case you have been depriving yourself of its joy, is the sound that Zambia came up with in the 1970’s in response to the twin wonders of James Brown-esque funk and psychedelic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2 walks you through the story of the genre and gives you some amazing tracks to get funky with. Double LP edition and CD edition with book, on Now-Again.

Various
Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons

Lo Recordings kicks off a series on ambient music with Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons. The compilation and the ongoing series looks to highlight music labelled as ambient and new age. Spaciousness features musicians including Abul Mogard, Matthew David, Private Agenda and Cathy Luca.

Various
Antilles Méchant Bateau

Music from Guadeloupe and Martinique, showcasing the Gwo Ka and Biguine traditions. Antilles Mechant Bateau is a 1960 cut by Andre Mahy which both opens and gives name to this compilation on Born Bad, and it sets off the rest of the tracklisting perfectly with its gorgeous bar-room piano, languid saxophone and mournful vocals.

Various
For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976-1981)

Various - 'For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976-1981)' is a huge 5LP or 3CD box set that contains a bunch of artists who can stake their claim in making music that ultimately led to techno, house and in some cases, hip-hop. Sylvester, Fat Larry’s Band, Ike and Tina Turner, Free Expression and Home Grown Funk all make appearances. I’m sure the label won’t find out if you play the records in your front room, despite what it says on the cover. 

Various
Space Is The Plaice

Big old super-compilation by the Pussyfoot label, featuring tracks from twenty-eight artists, all intersecting in some way with the theme of space, with all the attendant implications of prog wildness and synth-futurism. Artists featured included Ancient Lights with Flowdan, Jacknife Lee, Pye Corner Audio and Fantastic Plastic Machine: something here for everyone no doubt.

Various
Studio One: Lovers Rock

The noble tradition of Lovers Rock has been given relatively little attention by Soul Jazz Records during the label’s excellent Studio One reissue series. This compilation of some classic lights-down-low reggae goes some way to righting the balance. We’ve an excellent selection of tunes here - cuts from heavyweight talents such as Marcia Griffiths and Horace Andy sit alongside rare gems like The Invaders’ coveted ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’. Liner notes are provided by Lloyd Bradley.

Various
A New Life, Vol. II

Three years on from Jazzman’s first A New Life compilation and the label comes back with the second entry. As with the first LP, A New Life, Volume II combs the archives of British jazz to present a selection of oddities, rarities and lost gems cut between 1968 and 1988. Regional heavyweights like Gerry McClelland and Billy Jenkins get a look in alongside the likes of The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Extensive liner notes provide useful context.

Various
Pop Ambient 2019

Ah you can set your watch by it....and terrify yourself that it seems to have been about three years since Pop Ambient 2001. Yes for fans of ambient music, time is marked by these compilations from Kompakt. The curators always seem to find something new and this year sees contributions from Coupler, Last Train To Brooklyn, The Black Frame, Yui Onodera Max Würde, Triola aka Jörg Burger / The Modernist, Thomas Fehlmann. Not always household named but part of the charm of these things is discovery.  

Various (General Ludd, Herva, Nene H, Altered Natives)
DBA039.5

The excellent Don’t Be Afraid return with another EP of weapons-grade club tackle for their .5 series. A roster of General Ludd, Herva, Nene H and Altered Natives serve up techno four ways here. Ludd and Herva’s A-sides are dubby shapeshifters not dissimilar to the soundsystem stylings of labels like Idle Hands and Livity Sound. On the flip, H and Altered Natives forego subtlety altogether - ‘Retto’ and ‘Dancing Girl’ will tear the dancefloor a new one.
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Various / Prins Thomas
Smalltown Supersound 25 (The Movement Of Free Spirit Mixed By Prins Thomas)

Smalltown Supersound is one of the good ones. Over the past quarter-century Joakim Haugland’s label has grown from a teenage bedroom operation into one of the most respected imprints in contemporary electronics. To celebrate their milestone birthday Haugland has enlisted the services of Smalltown veteran Prins Thomas for The Movement Of Free Spirit, a mega-mix of tunes released on STS down the years. The CD boxset contains three mixes and the first one of those has been pressed for the vinyl edition.

WIDT x Christoph de Babalon
TEYAS


Workin' Man Noise Unit
It's Not Nothin'

Riot Season (Acid Mothers Temple, Shit And Shine) with another slab of loud here. This one comes courtesy of Reading rockers Workin’ Man Noise Unit. On sophomore LP It’s Not Nothin’ the group show off a sound rooted in hardcore punk that also shows a penchant for the noisy and the psychy. Fugazi, very much so. Furthermore, Shellac. Oh go on, you can have a bit of Jesus Lizard too.

Yoko Ono
Warzone

Warzone by 85 year-old Yoko Ono sees the avant-garde artist stripping back thirteen songs from her career between 1970-2009. The songs carried messages in their lyrics that seem all too relevant now. By stripping the instrumentation back, the lyrics come to the fore and her messages, sometime encouraging, sometimes cautious, are clearer than ever before. LP and Cd on Chimera Music.

Yumi Zouma
EP III

Yumi Zouma - almost certainly no relation to France and Chelsea centre-back Kurt - drop a new four-track EP via Cascine (Korallreven, Chad Valley). EP III is another one of those retro-ish, ‘80s-ish, Italo Disco-ish synth things which pass for indie music these days. Will please fans of Chairlift, Bon Iver, Wild Nothing and the rest of that rabble.
  • Vinyl 10" (CSN114LP)
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