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Theo Alexander
Broken Access

Pianist and tape loop aficionado Theo Alexander offers up a full-length of carefully constructed pieces for Luau Records. Loops of macro-recorded piano build up, hammers flickering away pleasantly and tape hiss’d background noise leaking in, to create mixtures of phrases. Suitable for rainy afternoons, lonesome evenings, city romances and films about such things.
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Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love series sees Parrish looking to improve on past glories. A-side ‘Leave The Funk To Us’, for instance, appeared in truncated form on Gentrified Love 2. This full version, featuring Amp Fiddler, John Douglas and Ideeyah, is a classic TP funky stepper. The B-side is an update of a track by Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins which appeared on 2017’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation.

Thin White Rope
Sack Full Of Silver

Thin White Rope’s penultimate and fourth album, Sack Full Of Silver sees the Californian outfit returning to a muscular five-piece - muscular because two of those five were recruited to play the bass at the same time! All five of their albums have been remastered and reissued, so what better time to check ‘em out or re-live their glorious sounds? LP and CD on Frontier.

Thomas Fehlmann
1929 – Das Jahr Babylon

Thomas Fehlmann may have turned 60 last year, but despite his advancing years the part-time member of The Orb shows no signs of slowing down. In fact he’s increased his output recently - 1929 - Das Jahr Babylon is Fehlmann’s third full-length release of 2018. It might be his best, too. The music here was made as a soundtrack for a documentary/podcast series. The murky anti-techno rhythms, foggy reverbs and eerie choral samples here make for an evocative and melancholy listen.

Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk and disco grooves. Though reissued once in 1991, this is the first time Disco Club has resurfaced with the original track titles (they were changed for the 1991 pressing).

TINT
Ricochet Screen

An intriguing record of sound collages from New York artist TINT here. Ricochet Screen builds its compositions up from found sounds and field recordings, often of general chit chat. Over this TINT puts anything from distorted bass guitar (‘Purr XYZ’) to beautiful, Debussy-esque piano improvisations (‘Earth D423’). It’s not unlike the best bit of Yves Tumor’s repertoire. This LP is out via Root Strata (Richard Youngs, Grouper).
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Titus Andronicus
Home Alone on Halloween

Special releases for Halloween now, eh? That’s what we have with Home Alone On Halloween, the new 12” single from New Jersey's favourite Shakespeare aficionados Titus Andronicus. The three tracks here were recorded at the same time their last album, A Productive Cough. The title track is remix of the epic Home Alone from said album and is presented along with an obscure Bob Dylan cover and a 17-minute verbose spook-fest. Orange vinyl 12" on Merge, limited to 1300 copies.
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TNT Roots
Chant Down Babylon Verse 2 / John T. Gast Version

Some eerie dancehall science from Earthquake Studio’s TNT Roots here. ‘Chant Down Babylon Verse 2’ is a spooky bit of digital dub. Atop a pounding drum take and restless bassline TNT Roots layers all sorts of ghostly textures and melodies. This one is out via John T. Gast’s 5 Gate Temple (Tribe Of Colin, Young Druid) and the label boss comes through with a New Age-inspired remix on the flip.

Tom Odell
Jubilee Road

Crooning posho Tom Odell limbers up for another chart-dominating year with his third LP Jubilee Road. The title track sounds nothing like Nick Cave’s late-period masterpiece ‘Jubilee Street’. In fact it’s more like closing-time Elton John. The rest of the album is that sort of thing you turn to whenever you’ve run out of Adele. We look forward to images of Odell chinking glasses with Marcus Mumford at the first post-Brexit Brit Awards.

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor. 

Tord Gustavsen Trio
The Other Side

Imbibe the vibes baby, because Tord Gustavsen is here. Over on the legendary ECM he returns to his piano trio with co-conspirators Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole. The Other Side is a stately spa retreat, an immensely relaxing collection that draws on both smooth jazz and traditional folk music. RIYL melody.

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. 

Toxe
Blinks

I’m addicted to you, don’t know that you’re Toxe?! The STAYCORE-/Halcyon Veil-affiliated Swede comes through with her debut release for PAN (Yves Tumor, Visionist). Blinks is a tense, sombre EP that sits on the border between IDM, electronica and club deconstructionism. ‘Big Age’ and ‘Perfect 2’ have the energy of a Rustie tune, while ‘Honey Island’ and ‘Blue Warm Up’ contain fewer drums yet still pack a punch.

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 hypnotic slow-mo grind, full of faraway screeches and eerie percussion. Kind of like Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ if Kraftwerk had actually been Fuck Buttons and the record was cut at 33 when it was meant to be cut at 45. On the flip, L.I.E.S./Jealous God bloke Beau Wanzer gives us a track called ‘Oklahoma 3’, which sounds nothing like any of the music from Oklahoma. It actually sounds like a darkwave rendering of Hype Williams.
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Trentemøller / Various
Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 Copenhagen by Trentemøller

If you’ve ever visited the waterfronts of Copenhagen you’ve likely noticed the many, many harbour boat trips taking place. Apparently so has slick, leathery Danish DJ/composer Anders Trentemøller and therefore, here’s the second entry in his infrequent mix series named after the practice. You’ll find old obscure Danish pop songs, better-known non-Danish hits and a few surprises between.

Trevor Morris
Marvel's Iron Fist - Original Soundtrack

The cinephiles at Mondo are back with yet another record of top-draw soundtrack music here. With Marvel’s second season of its Iron Fist series set to drop on Netflix in 2018, what better way to tide yourself over than with Trevor Morris’s score for the first series. Contains a feature from Anderson. Paak.

tUnE-yArDs / U.S. Girls
Coat To Coast / Velvet 4

Artsy 4AD alt-poppers Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls commemorate their joint 4AD tour with a split seven; each has remixed a song from the other’s most recent 4AD album. Tune-Yards’ ‘Coast to Coast’ receives a tangy krautrock shot from U.S. Girls. In exchange, Tune-Yards leads U.S. Girls’ ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ down an avenue of shimmering electro-pop. Just to be clear: this is a release on 4AD by Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls.
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TV.OUT
Further

When not running their Paralaxx label, Tel Aviv duo TV.OUT like nothing more than to unwind with a little bit of doom-laden techno. The three entries on Further will all sound suitably portentous when eating up the club at four in the morning. ‘Moon’ brings to mind early Legowelt, while ‘Galaxy’ and the title track recall the excellent collaborations between Bok Bok and Tom Trago. Out via the more-than-capable Long Island Electrical Systems.
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Ty Segall
Fanny

Fanny, or Fanny Dog as it’s known on Ty Segall’s last album Freedom’s Goblin, is a song of appreciation to his dog. This limited edition 7” picture disc contains the track 'three ways', as one of those new-fangled fancy chefs might put it. There’s a demo version, a live version and mysteriously described sketch version. 7” on Aagoo.
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Tyler Bates
Deadpool 2 (Original Motion Picture Score)

Deadpool - You know, the funny superhero one? Robin Hood: Men In Tights for millennials? No, me neither. Apparently you and this Norman Records™ description writer are in the minority though - enough people saw the first Deadpool flick that the studio commissioned a sequel. The OST for Deadpool 2 was handled by Marilyn Manson guitarist Tyler Bates (Guardians Of The Galaxy, John Wick). What with Deadpool being a satire (apparently) it made sense for Bates to turn in a typically swashbuckling blockbuster score in order to heighten the comic disconnect.

U2
No Line On The Horizon

This is the one by redundant stadium rockers U2 about the fictional characters of a drug addict, a soldier and a traffic police officer. Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite did the rather good production. It also got Taylor Deupree all in a flap because it has the same cover as an album he did with Richard Chartier. Bono, didn’t you know that photos expire after one use?

Ultrafog
How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer

Kouhei Fukuzumi has released a couple of cassettes for Japanese label Solitude Solutions and Spain's Angoisse imprint and now makes his vinyl debut as Utlrafog on Los Angeles' excellent Motion Ward label -- their previous release was an ace from uon (West Mineral Ltd.) 'How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer' runs the duration of a mini-album, and is pure bliss from the off - with the torch song like ambient of opener 'Swallow', the more zoned and trippy 'OIO', and dreamy droner 'Golden Tundra'. On the flipside the beautifully majestic 'Trace' precedes the fluttering tropical Fourth World ambient of 'Scent' before 'Cependant' has us riding the skies. Tip for fans of uon, Space Afrika, GAS, Huerco S. etc.
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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!
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Unearth Noise / Dreamspeak
And The Light Beams Will Guide The way

Roger Berkowitz returns to Lullabies For Insomniacs (Sugai Ken, Million Brazilians), and this time he’s got company. He takes half of And The Light Beams Will Guide The Way solo under the guise of Unearth Noise, while the rest of it sees him collaborating with Myrh as Dreamspeak. Both of the projects are varying degrees of Bonobo, though the UN stuff is more ambient while Dreamspeak have a bit of a rainbow rhythms thing going on.

Unit Moebius
Bunker 005

Everyone has a mental image of what a central European squat party is like. Speed, crusties and really hard acid techno, right? Yeah, the music that’s playing in your head now was probably made by Unit Moebius. The producer crew's legendary Bunker releases emerged from The Hague’s 90s squat scene and still pack a punch more than two decades later. The B-sides are particularly relentless.

Universal Eyes
Four Variations On ‘Artificial Society’

A line-up many may have expected never to see in the year of our lord 2018… Universal Eyes is a combination of Universal Indians and Wolf Eyes, and in this case that means Aaron Dilloway alongside John Olson and Nate Young again, as well as the vibrant power of Gretchen Gonzales-Davidson. Four Variations on ‘Artificial Society’ is a delightfully deep and murky suite of sounds: you know you’re going to love it. From Lower Floor Music.
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Unknown Artist
Rellik

Mask are a pretty nifty label. So far the imprint, which appears to have surfaced from Germany, has dropped three records by nameless artists. All of them have been made up of one-take techno or house jams, and all of them have been worth listening to. Rellik is just as good as the other two. The four tracks here mash a little dark techno and hip-hop into the mix.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
IC-01 Hanoi

Here’s an unexpected release: Whilst recording their recent LP ‘Sex & Food’, Unknown Mortal Orchestra found themselves regularly jamming with local musicians at Phu Sa Studios in Hanoi. With fuzzy guitars and sporadic saxophone, it’s an instrumental exploration of the jazz, fusion and avant-garde which usually remain at the fringes of their sound. 'IC-01 Hanoi' is an insight into a specific time for Unknown Mortal Orchestra; an unexpected mish-mash of jam sessions featuring frontman Ruban Nielson’s father, and local Vietnamese musicians in the capital of Vietnam.

Up High Collective
Solitude

Belgium based audio-visual group, Up High Collective started making waves in 2010 with their first single Blend. Now their experimental trap and bass heavy beats come through their own Tangram imprint. After several EPs Solitude is their first LP and brings equal measure of abstraction and oddness alongside heavy shuffle and groove.

Upper Wilds
Mars

Upper Wilds are a three-piece featuring members of Parts & Labor and Models Pterodactyl. Following in the noise-pop footsteps of their parent bands, on Mars, they being to ponder what living there might be like. Guest appearances from Mark Shue (Guided By Voices) and Katie Eastburn (Young People) among others. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.

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.

Valentino Mora
Transmagnetic

You can count on Spazio Disponibile for your glistening, minimal chillout musics. This one’s from IDO boss Valentino Mora, with four cuts of resonating, fourth-world downtempo techno. The rhythms clatter gently and delay off into the distance. The A is proper serene floor material while the flip gets a bit more tonal and New Agey.

Various
Sing and They'll Sing Your Song

Compilation to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Megaphone record label. It features a wide range of the label's roster, including legends like Michael Head and Karen Dalton (a favourite of both Bob Dylan and Adele). The CD comes with a booklet of unpublished photos of all the musicians. 

Various
The Midnight Manual

Five years into Midnight Shift’s time as a label, so it's time for a celebration. The Midnight Manual looks both forwards and back, commemorating the label’s time so far whilst also giving previews of some no-doubt killer EPs due later in the year. Over two 12”s we have a wild array of tracks from the likes of Harmonius Thelonius, Knutsson-Berg and Thermocline.
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Various
Goosebumps – 25 Years Of Marina Records

Who knew it was 25 years since Marina Records started releasing indie pop. Well it is. And to celebrate they've unleashed this 3LP or 2CD set of all their most important bits so you can celebrate in style. Contains tracks from the past present and future such as Shack, the Pale Fountains, the Pearlfishers, Paul Haig and many many more. 

Various
Hexadic III

Six Organs of Admittance guitarist Ben Chasny has this compositional method called ‘The Hexadic System’. He’s done talks on it and written a book about it and, after two records composed by Chasny adhering to its principles, it’s now starting to be adopted by other artists. These other artists include Richard Youngs and Moon Duo and Stephen O’Malley, and their attempts at the form appear on Hexadic III. Tape and LP.

Various
True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack

You probably know the eighties Talking Heads album True Stories, but you might not know David Byrne’s directorial debut film of the same name. True Stories the movie has a soundtrack of its own: some tracks from the Heads album are replicated, but there is also material involving Terry Allen, Kronos Quartet and Meredith Monk! This Complete Soundtrack release includes rare and unreleased tracks, all in one comprehensive package at last.

Various
13 Reasons Why - Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

The press release for this record leads with ‘New music from Gomez’, which isn’t a great start, but things pick up when you realise that they actually mean Selena Gomez. Obviously this is some of the music from the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. There are new songs from (among others) YUNGBLUD and Lord Huron and, err, OneRepublic. Some golden oldies from New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears and other bands of that ilk also make the cut.
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Various
Batman Forever (Music From The Motion Picture)

90’s compilation of the soundtrack to the 90’s Batman film Batman Forever, featuring 90’s music. In fact more than half of this tracklist didn’t actually appear in the film, but it's a pretty strong selection so who’s complaining? Features cuts from PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, U2 and The Flaming Lips. Reissue from the Rhino label.

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
Absence

Absence is a compilation of music that you would do very well to hear: experimental music from Iran. Artists on this stellar roster happen to include relatively big names like Sote and Siavash Amini, but also artists scarcely heard outside of Iran, all boldly exploring their sounds. CDr on Flaming Pines.

Various
Peace Radio Dublab

Radio Free Los Angeles - more commonly known as Dublab - drops a friends-and-family compilation. The non-profit internet broadcaster have made plenty of allies over the course of almost two decades in the game. On Peace Radio Dublab a selection of associates that includes Matthewdavid, Daedelus and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith offer up new material for the LP.

Various
False Endings

Four-way split 12” on the brokntoys label. This one feature Vertical67, Marco Bernardi, Robert Valera and Exhauster Modern, presenting tantalising samples of their regular styles, most of which are banging. Whether you are a big brokntoys head or a traveler searching for multiple new sounds at a good price, you want this.

Various
Ingrid Goes West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah yes, Ingrid Goes West. It's a [scrolls down Wikipedia page to critical reception] critically acclaimed movie with favorable reviews. A film about [scrolls back up to start of Wikipedia page] someone moving to LA to hang out with someone they follow on Instagram, it sounds to me an incredibly relatable experience, and is soundtracked by some suitably idealistic dance hits, road trippin' to soul, new wave and more. Can, Islands and Bobby Oroza are three artists that exist on this soundtrack.
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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 change all that. Accompanied by an informative booklet and released concurrently with a book of the same name, Contract In Blood contains studio recordings, demos and live takes by both big-hitters and small-fry from the world of British thrash. Some of the cuts date back to the early 80s, and ten have never been previously released.

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 are compelling piano pieces (Do Tan Si’s ‘The Morning Seems So Strange Today’), droning tape ambiences reminiscent of Yves Tumor (‘Sound Awakener’ by Duskiness), Oval-esque sound experiments from Parallel Asteroid and plenty more on the ten tracks here.

Various
Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2

Mule Musiq spin-off Studio Mule revisits their Midnight In Tokyo series and returns with another collection of smooth cuts from 1980s Japan. Anyone who’s enjoyed the recent resurgent interest in Japanese City Pop will be plenty pleased with what’s on offer on Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2. These slick selections from  Ondas boss Dubby bring together electro-funk, MOR pop, Yacht Rock, jazz fusion and occasionally some Latin or Caribbean rhythms.

Various
The Man From Mo' Wax

The Man From Mo' Wax is the title of a new documentary film about -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mo' Wax label which was run by head honcho and DJ James Lavelle between 1992 and 2002. During that time the label remained a pioneering presence and its influence has had a long reach on trip-hop and beat-makers to this day. Included on the collection are key tracks from the label's heady heyday as well as music which influenced Lavelle and led him to start the label, all included in the forthcoming film.

Various
Spectral 139

Spectral Sound are turning 18! And to celebrate their newfound ability to legally purchase pints, they’re releasing a fantastic sampler covering a wide range of genres, from dub to techno to acidic funk. Spectral 139 features tracks by Matrixxman, Gunnar Haslam, Nigil Caenaan, and Minimal Violence and will show you exactly what today's youngsters are putting on their dancing shoes for. 

Various
Air Texture Vol.VI – Selected by Steffi and Martyn

The Air Texture series reaches volume six and for the occasion drafts in Steffi and Martyn for another double-CD's worth of previously unreleased gems. Consider the calibre of the selectors -- famous both for their individual spins on house and techno -- and then consider the brief as per usual: leftfield selections, ambience aplenty and techno in name only, too widescreen perhaps to be limited to the dance-floor. 26 tracks, including appearances by: dBridge, Shed, FaltyDL, As One, KiNK and of course, Steffi and Martyn themselves. The vinyl option is a double-EP with 8 tracks.

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
Unusual Sounds

Since launching in 2014 the Mexican Summer reissues offshoot Anthology Recordings have unearthed some excellent old things from the likes of Pharaoh Sanders and The Nightcrawlers. For their latest trick they delve into the world of library music. The twenty tracks of Unusual Sounds are exactly the sort of cerebral oddities that we now expect as standard from these releases. Comes with liner notes from David Hollander - this is good because he’s curated an extensive history of library music that shares its title with this compilation and as such he’s rather knowledgeable on the subject.

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
New Tape

Another collection of Italian library compositions here. This new Sonor Music Editions release focuses on the output of Cicci Santucci’s 1970s endeavour New Tape. Santucci was a member of Rai TV’s in-house orchestra, a role that made him well-placed when it came to finding composers doing interesting work in the film music world. The dozen tracks of New Tape showcase a label whose output that ran the full gamut of jazz-indebted incidental fare. Bossa Nova, ‘60s beat, David Axelrod-ish big band music and more all get a look in.

Various
Mobilisation Generale - French Protest and Spirit Jazz 1970-1976

As anyone with even a passing knowledge of French history will tell you, the late 1960s was a period of protest unlike anything the country had seen before. Some great music came out of that time, from rock ‘n’ roll to ye-ye to jazz. It is the latter that Born Bad's Mobilisation Generale - French Protest and Spirit Jazz 1970-1976 concerns itself with. The compilation showcases a generation of Gallic jazzers drawing inspiration from the likes of Ornette Coleman and The Art Ensemble of Chicago to make inroads into all things funky, spiritual, astral and free. A timely release given all the gilets jaunes stuff going down as we type this.

Various
Italo Funk

Where Italo Disco and Funk music mix, great things can come to pass. Soul Clap set out to prove this with their new compilation Italo Funk, and they achieved it with ease: just listen to these ten joyous cuts. Boot & Tax, Jolly Mare and Deep88 are all here, throwing out juicy basslines every which way. Double LP compilation.

Various (Caterina Barbieri, Space Afrika, Nkisi, Mannerfelt, Mumdance & Logos)
Shared Meanings

Here we have a 12” sampler featuring highlights from the huge Shared Meaning mix by Mumdance. It features tracks by Mumdance & Logos, Peder Mannerfelt, Kinega, Space Africa and Caterina Barbieri. The music ranges from Chicago house to Congolese techno to absorbing ambience. 5-track EP on Shared Meanings.
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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 (Overlook, Pessimist, Mønic, Grebenstein)
Themes & Variations

Mønic’s Osiris Music (Kryptic Minds, Kamikaze Space Programme) drop four tracks that map out some different kinds of weightiness currently popular in the clubsphere. Overlook continues to impress with the nightmarish D n’ B of ‘Former Self’; Pessimist’s ‘Indigo’ is an eerie bit of soundsystem techno that would sound great soundtracking an episode of Black Mirror. The flipside sees the label boss deliver two wedges of dark, dubby almost-techno, the second of which is a Grebenstein collaboration.
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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.

VED
DDTT

We've got another one of those Scandinavian Krautrock outfits for you to sink your teeth into here. VED are a five-piece from Malmo who create lengthy tracks built on Motorik grooves, droning synths and instrumental freakouts. They claim that there’s a big influence of ‘Middle Eastern [and] African’ music on DDTT - a broad church, lads - but whatever is in there is quite faint. By and large, the two side-long entries that make up this EP are propulsive jams reminiscent of Moon Duo and fellow Rocket Recordings psychsters Flowers Must Die.

Via Maris
Shelleys

New release from Via Maris released on cool DJ Beneath's record label, his first since releasing on cool label Livity Sound, and built for the likes of cool ex-club Plastic People. Shelleys is three tracks of bass heavy techno that still manages to show the breadth and depth of Via Maris's talents. 

Vicktor Taiwò
Joy Comes In Spirit

Vicktor Taiwò attempts to combine twin loves of pop music and experimental on a record of inner belief and self-actualisation. His debut, Joy Comes in Spirit, gambles on its bedrock of singer-songwriter soul with amorphous deviations. Tunes stretch and expand, taking on retro game music, rap and 808s-era Kanye in its fetch quest for introspection.

Vive la Void
Vive la Void

Moon Duo keyboard player Sanae Yamada takes time out from the day job to lay down this solo LP under the name Vive la Void. The seven tracks of this eponymous album don’t stray too far from the MD blueprint while also incorporating more of a synthwave/darkwave influence. Lead single ‘Red Rider’ comes across like Grimes covering Goldfrapp’s ‘Strict Machine’. Your standard Sacred Bones fare then.

VLMV
Stranded, Not Lost

London duo VLMV (pronounced ‘Alma’ - give over!) are Stranded, Not Lost. Suggest otherwise and you might be in for a long discussion on semantics. The pair have managed to hybridise the gloomy grandiosity and quirky-sad textuality of post-rock with the intimate sparseness of open-mic London singer-songwritery, resulting in atmospheric feels aplenty.
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Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.

Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)
Adrift (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Something a bit less playful than usual from Volker Bertelmann, who is better known as Hauschka. For Adrift, a film in which two sailors must survive the aftermath of a storm, Bertelmann has produced a patient and emotive soundtrack, one that tracks the desperation and hope necessary to make it through such a bleak situation.

Von Grall
Infinitum

Brice Groulier AKA Von Grall is one of an impressive new bunch of talent whose releases for Semantica, Midgar, Planet Rhythm, and Modularz have shown a consistency for quality techno. The Parisian’s tunes kept popping up when the Horo label was mixing for their Grey Area releases. It was inevitable, then, that Horo would get Groulier to record for them. Infinitum started life as a four-track EP before blossoming into the eight-track album which allows Von Grall to take his signature punchy yet ethereal sound further than ever before.

Walter Gavitt Ferguson
The Legendary Tape Recordings Vol. 1

Bongo Joe are pretty good at reissues. Their latest collection of unearthed gems comes courtesy of 99-year-old Costa Rican Walter Gavitt Ferguson. Ferguson and his guitar have played a mean Calypso for decades now. However, Ferguson never kept copies of his tapes for himself and, with no references to fall back on, had begun to forget his compositions in his old age. However, after a hunt for cassettes that yielded fifty songs, Bongo Joe are lining up a few compilations of the Calypso King’s work. The Legendary Tape Recordings Volume 1 is, of course, the first. It’s good stuff.

Walter Verdin
Voor Adeline

Belgium’s Stroom.tv (Sonoko, DJ Bert & Engle) front a previously-unreleased soundtrack LP from Walter Verdin. Best known for his work in Belgian wave group Pas de deux, Verdin composed this music for Theater De Kreet’s 1981 musical Adeline. There’s very little of the traditional musical theatre sound though. Post-punk, synthwave, Italo-Disco and more bring to bare here. Some of it sounds like Grace Jones meeting Bauhaus. "Een Fantastisch Nieuw Muziektheater" indeed.

Waxahatchee
Great Thunder

Katie Crutchfield returns with a mini album of recordings she started whilst making her previous albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. These were more experimental jams recorded with a collective called Great Thunder that is no longer active. Fascinated by the material Crutchfield took it into the studio and reworked it resulting in a stripped down collection closer to her folk and country roots than to her recent more pop/rock material. 

Wayfarer
World’s Blood

Third album from Colorado black metal group Wayfarer. This time, they've made like a saunter of Cowboys and are heading west. Their thematic focus is on the great frontier and the horrors of American expansionism, something well captured in the dread and intensity of black metal. Released on Profound Lore. 

WEN
EPHEM:ERA

WEN’s new set EPHEM:ERA observes grime from a studied distance, taking the core club ingredients of the sound and applying the WEN magic to them in order to construct semi-abstracted electronic music that makes you wonder: is this a piece, or a track? Either way, twelve slices of great audio. EPHEM:ERA is out on Big Dada.

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto, BUOY, Daniel Johns, and Rome Fortune. Big room beats meeting your sky reaching needs.

Why?
Live at Third Man Records

Why? are a hip-hop inspired indie band fronted by Yoni Wolf. Following the release of their most recent album, last year's Moh Lhean, Why? played at Third Man Records - the Chocolate Factory to Jack White's Willy Wonka. Live at Third Man Records is a raucous reminder of the night.

Wild Nothing
Indigo

My giddy aunt this is an 80s-sounding album. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing gig might always have had a fair whack of New Order/The Cure/Echo & The Bunnymen about it, but fourth LP Indigo is the most unabashedly pop-type-thing that Tatum’s ever done. In short, it’s quite a lot like the last The War On Drugs record. You either like this sort of thing or you don’t.

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 into a very tough, very pleasing house roller. We’ve also go a second tune and a remix from Matt Karmil on this one.
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Willard Grant Conspiracy
Untethered

Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy was another musical hero gone too soon. He died in February 2017 leaving a legacy of great alt. country music behind. Untethered is the band’s final album. It was completed before Fisher’s death but has only recently been given to the world, with band member David Michael Curry overseeing things. LP and CD on Loose.

Willie Graff & Darren Eboli
The Tribeca Tapes

Denmark’s Music For Dreams have done a nice line in blissful post-Balearia for just shy of two decades now. Their latest release, an EP from Willie Graff & Darren Eboli, is no exception. The Tribeca Tapes is as technicolour as its artwork. Tracks like ‘First Light’ and ‘Moon Tan’ nod to the recent Talaboman record with their low-slung minor-key grooves, while ‘Love Flight’ and ‘Second Sun’ are breezier affairs. Will appeal to anyone who enjoys the output of labels like Beats In Space or Second Circle.
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Wolf Eyes
Dread

American experimentalists Wolf Eyes add a distinctly Detroit twist to electronics, dub and punk. The band are one-of-a-kind but count Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire among their inspirations. Dread has been out of print for the best part of twenty years making it a sought-after lost classic, albeit a bloody weird one. LP and CD on Lower Floor Music.

Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt
Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World

Though endearingly different in their sartorial preferences, German's Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt are united in percussion. Their album, Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World, is filled with bouncing rhythms made on all sorts of drums and is dripping in a wholesome new age ambience. 

WomenSaid
Magick!

Dense and groovy from Glasgow's Optimo Music. WomenSaid are another member of the city's thriving underground and scene and a very good one at that. Two basses and a whole bunch of electronic doom and gloom makes for a oddly gleeful gut punch of a record. They weren't lying when they called it Magick!

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 would appear, will provide an outlet for Mullinix’s more ratchet tendencies. The project’s eponymous debut LP is a lit combo of IDM, jungle, breaks and hard techno that, despite Mullinix hailing from Michigan, mines the rich seam of the UK hardcore continuum. Out via Ghostly International.

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. It didn’t succeed, but XIII taps into the simultaneously chilly and warm sound of the synth across these six tracks. The resulting record lands somewhere between Ziur and Visible Cloaks. The sleeve comes 'hand-burnt', which is cool.
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XY0815
Exahertz

The quietly impressive London label brokntoys (The Hacker, Marco Bernardi) drops the debut solo record from Leipzig-based producer XY0815. Anyone who’s familiar with the brokntoys output up until this point will likely have a decent idea of what they’re getting themselves in for here. For newcomers - this is dark, somber electronics of the post-punk lineage. In addition to this Exahertz cuts like ‘End Of Your Orbit’ also have a strong electro flavour.
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Yawning Chasm
Songs from Blue House

Yawning Chasm claim that they recorded the bulk of new cassette Songs From Blue House in a shed during a storm. When you listen to this thing you start to believe them. The songs here are folk, more or less, but with the quiet charm that characterises the best bedroom indie. The group frequently back up their acoustic-and-vocal dynamic with synths and electric guitar, something that means cuts like ‘Speed of Night’ have a quality akin to Sung Tongs-era Animal Collective. Is nice.

yellow6
merry6mas2018

British post-rocker yellow6 (Jon Attwood) gets into the festive spirit with merry6mas2018. Usually with Christmas albums you get at least some nod to the holidays. Not merry6mas2018. In fact, this LP is wholly comprised of offcuts from November’s 20th anniversary mega-album REFLECT. Mind you, the Jonny Greenwood-aping guitar instrumentals here are pretty enough to bring a certain brand of Xmas cheer to the table. Who's for eggnog?

yndi halda
A Sun-Coloured Shaker

Having spent a near-decade writing 2016’s Under Summer LP, it was only natural than yndi halda would have some stuff left on the cutting room floor. Twelve-minutes-long ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’ grew up alongside that naturalistic, folksy LP, and the track displays many of the same traits as Under Summer’s best moments. Split roughly into two halves, the opening section is more suited to the ‘post-rock’ tag the band are traditionally given. The soft chants from this section carry over into a pillow-talk second half that also draws from the worlds of Icelandic ambient music and electroacousticism. This is a one-track EP.

YoshimiO / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Flower of Sulphur

Look man, I write descriptions for Norman Records. If there’s an LP that features YoshimiO (Boredoms), Susie Ibarra and Lichens bloke Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, then I’m obviously dtf. Flowers of Sulphur was recorded at a 2016 performance in Brooklyn art space Roulette. There’s no audio out yet so I can’t tell you what it sounds like but it’s probably sick.

Young Widows
Decayed: Ten Years of Cites, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain

This 15-track collection charts the first decade of Young Widow's career, and mines their vast catalogue of singles, b-sides, splits and rare songs, including four previously unreleased tracks. This record maps out the band's evolution form post-hardcore to pos-punk monsters, their genre-hopping and mastery of technique attesting to their longevity. 

Yuri Urano
Autline

Yet more club goodness from Central Processing Unit (BMX Krew, Paul Blackford) here. Yuri Urano’s style is a little more rough-and-ready than the buoyant electro fare the Sheffield label has become known for. Autline’s title track, for instance, is a clanging techno number that recalls Peder Mannerfelt’s ‘Equality Now’. Meanwhile ‘Pec’ is acid of a stronger strain than we usually find on a CPU drop.

Yximalloo
The Best of Yximalloo 1

Yximalloo is a man on a street in Tokyo, who has been busy doing his own thing for many years. ‘His own thing’ tends to equate to weird and warped versions of techno, psych and much besides, but really we should just call his genre Yximalloo music. This self-assembled best of LP collection makes a splendid introduction.
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Zeno van den Broek
Entrop

Cassette label The Tapeworm have been running a tidy racket for almost a decade now. Since 2009 the London label has released great little tapes from the likes of Stephen O’Malley and Derek Jarman. Their 111th release (very satisfying, that) comes courtesy of Dutch composer/sound-artist Zeno van den Broek. To create Entrop, van den Broek built a synth, modded it with feedback loops and set it to trigger percussive sounds on a drum computer. The musical results bridge noise, music concrete and IDM.

Zogo
Africa

Funky banger, Africa by outrageous Cameroonian artist, Zogo, was originally released 40 years ago. It’s anniversary reissue on Banquise includes three additional mixes. A disco dub take by Dan Shake of Mahogani Music, a remix by Falomour and TVfrom86’s edit. 4-track 12” EP on Banquise.
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