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(The) Mudguards
On Guard

(The) Mudguards were a politically charged collective led by Nelson Bloodrocket and Reg Out (presumably not their real names). They operated in the middle slice of the 1980s in the era of Thatcher, Reagan and Bush which gave plenty of fuel to their left-wing fire. The music is a wide ranging mix of weird pop, industrial squall and electronic noise. On Guard is the first release on Horn Of Plenty, limited to 260 copies.

A Mote Of Dust
II

Stargazer Records (We Were Strangers, Caspian Sea Monster) drop the second LP from A Mote Of Dust, a solo project of Craig Beaton. Beaton previously played in post-grunge groups Ganger and Aereogramme, but the stuff he makes as A Mote Of Dust sees him indulging his quiet side. II is a collection of spare ballads and chamber-pop arrangements that recalls Mark Kozelek and Fink.

A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Suddenly

Scrappy and belligerent garage-punk group from Australia, treading that sloppy-tight balance with a real sense of vigour and gnarled energy. Yelped vocals, scathing guitar lines, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it knows what it is and does it well. A. Swayze & The Ghosts are a promising young band and this 12” single titled ‘Suddenly’ comes out via Rough Trade.

Alessandro Adriani
Embryo

Mannequin Records big boy Alessandro Adriani is soon to drop his second LP Morphic Dreams through Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts. He’s limbering up for the full-length with Embryo, an EP that features a collaboration with Beau Wanzer. Beau Wanzer or no Wanzer, these tracks are yet further examples of Adriani’s superb darkside Italo-techno style. Embryo cuts like ‘Symmetry’ are freakbeat as crafted by demons.

Alex Kozobolis
Somewhere Else

Alex Kozobolis is one of those contemporary classical key-tinklers in the Nils Frahm/Olafur Arnalds vein. He also struggles with Tourettes and views his music-making as a way to channel his struggles into something productive. As such the tracks of debut LP Somewhere Else have a nice meditative quality to them. Somewhere Else is out via Phases (Neil Cowley, Max Cooper).

Alex Van Pelt
Tum Tum

Alex Van Pelt is one of those rosy-cheeked indie crooners of the Toro Y Moi/Mac Demarco school. On new LP Tum Tum we find Van Pelt turn in eight perfectly pleasant pop ditties. The guitars are twang in a friendly fashion, the keys are warm beds of niceitude, and Van Pelt is about as charming as you can be. It’s all a big laff.

Amanita
Sol Y Sombra

A vintage Latin Funk gem from 1978, much sought after by collectors but now available to you with ease in this reissue edition by Pharaway Sounds. Sol Y Sombra radiates warmth and good vibes through its use of Brazilian percussion, Balearic synths, jazz-fusion grooves, and much more besides. Amanita have a lot going on, you should really hear them.

Andi Toma
Damn Luei Lit

Half of Mouse on Mars, Andi Toma, is doing the obvious thing when you need a break from your main project. Damn Luei Lit is a deep dive into an alien ethnography rendered in sound. Toma's work is mostly percussive, using strange tumbling rhythms to create a sense of the unknown and unfamiliar. Vitally the palette of the album is distinctly organic and alive sounding. On Infinite Greyscale.

Andrew Bird
My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird’s modestly-entitled My Finest Work Yet is also the album with which he celebrates hitting a dozen studio LPs. This is, of course, another collection of bespoke Baroque/folk/leftfield pop from the artist you put on when you haven’t got a Sufjan Stevens record to hand. My Finest Work Yet features, among other things, a biography written by Dave Eggers.

Andrew Hung
Realisationship Instrumentals

I’m guessing that the cover this album is what Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie would look like if he was really tired and just couldn't be bothered. Anyway, this is the instrumental version of Andrew Hung’s Relationship album called….wait for it….Relationship Instrumentals. As Fuck Buttons are the kind of thing that go down well in these parts, I’m sure this will too. On Lex.

Antechamber
Rift

Bristling thumptronics from Antechamber, another moniker of Codex Empire’s Mahk Rumbae. Last heard from on a self-titled for Berlin’s Instruments of Discipline, Rift finds Antechamber gyrating his angry way over to Berlin’s Horo for four pieces of positively savage industrial techno. RIYL Ancient Methods and that lot.

Antoni Maiovvi
Housewife (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Berlin based producer Antoni Maiovvi, who also goes under the names Pleasure Model and Ketsueki Sakuru, has worked on soundtracks before (Abdullah, Yellow). But for Can Evrenol’s horror Housewife, Maiovvi takes a massive step away from his Italio-synth-disco inspired production and provides an eerie and hellish orchestrated backing. But of course, he’s done a disco mix of the title track for good measure.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWR027LP)
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Arabrot
Die Nibelungen

Award winning noise/art rockers Arabrot are no strangers to doing live scores to silent films, but with Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen being 5 hours long, they certainly faced a new challenge. With members of Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Gnod joining for the performance Arabrot managed to pull off an incredibly dynamic and deft piece to support the film. Here, highlights and certain movements have been collected to create a stand alone album.

Aries Mond
Cut Off

Living in the mountains of Southern France, Aries Mond is originally a field recorder. Only recently has he started playing actual instruments, and the result has become all the more lush for it. Cut Off features natural ambient sounds and the obligatory playing children, just like Yuichiri Fujimoto’s legendary The Mountain Record, but a slight bit more structured.

Aril Brikha
Pattern Recognition

To celebrate their 15 year anniversary (they can go watch Deadpool in the cinema now!) Mule Musiq have been releasing records by their mates. For the fourth one they've gone for Aril Brikha, who first emerged thanks to a Derrick May co-sign, is something of a Detroit techno legend (despite being raised in Sweden). Pattern Recognition features three tracks of his beloved sound. 

Arovane & Porya Hatami
C.H.R.O.N.O.S.

Arovane & Porya Hatami continue to average an LP a year for Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Fanu & Bill Laswell). After 2017’s Organism and 2018’s Organism_evolution, 2019 sees the pair deliver C.H.R.O.N.O.S.. Rather than presenting the sort of ambient/concrete vignettes they've become known for, C.H.R.O.N.O.S. is comprised of five lengthy tracks that are generally richer and prettier than what Arovane & Hatami have come up with in the past. Recent records from Suplington and bvdub spring to mind.

Art Of Noise
In No Sense? Nonsense!

In No Sense? Nonsense! by Art Of Noise was the band's third album and released in 1987. By this time the band were a duo of Anne Dudley, the only constant member, and J.J. Jeczalik with Paul Morley, Trevor Horn and Gary Langan having left. The band were influential on the world of electronic music. 'Ransom In The Sand'  was sampled by Leftfield on the track 'Melt' from Leftism. On Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2380C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

ARTHUR
Woof Woof

The press release for Woof Woof by Arthur is as enigmatic as the mononymous artist’s name would suggest. What I can tell you, however, is that it’s an album of twisted, weird mid-fi pop that calls to mind The Avalanches, Cornelius and Connan Mockasin in places. There’s all sorts going on, probably derived from myriad different sources. On PLZ Make It Ruins.

Bambounou
Whities 021

After a 2018 in which they forced their way to the front of the pack, the first Whities release of the new year suggests that Nic Tasker’s label is intent on staying there. Parisian producer Bambounou serves up a trio of techno-adjacent delights for Whities 021. The skittering grooves on ‘Tour’ and ‘Temple’ evoke the best of Hessle Audio. Welcome to 2019.

Beach Slang
Broken Thrills

Beach Slang have never released anything in Europe until now. Broken Thrills brings together their first two EPs, which were released stateside last year, as one album. This will appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem as Beach Slang bring a similar level of streetwise rock to the party. Broken Thrills is pressed on coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Gratitude

You’d think Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s name would be good for anagrams but it doesn’t seem so. He’s certainly no Neil Warnock in that respect. Anyway, Gratitude is the York singer/songwriter’s third album following on from Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm (2011) and After The Rain (2016). Crystal clear vinyl and CD on Dirty Hit.

Björk
Drawing Restraint 9

This is a soundtrack Björk made for Drawing Restraint 9 a film directed by her then partner Matthew Barney. In order to gain inspiration she travelled to Japan to study ancient Japanese music. You can't ever accuse her of not putting the hours in. It also features Will Oldham singing a letter from a Japanese fisherman. 

Blabbermouth
Hörspiel

Blabbermouth is the fun new project from Lu Edmonds (of The Damned and PiL) and Mark Roberts (of D-Ream and The Godfathers). On Hörspiel the pair provide a soundtrack varying from industrial to ambient while a synthetic speech robot reads texts found on the internet in different languages. Artificial-intelligence-anxiety-core.

Black Bombaim
Zone Of Resident Bodies

Portugese space/psych rockers Black Bombaim have teamed up with three electronic composers to create their new album Zone Of Resident Bodies. Composers Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes, Pedro Augusto worked with the band in different locations from an old auditorium, a cavernous space in a post office building and a reverberation room at an engineering university. This removed the band’s reliance on the safety of a studio, with interesting results. On Cardinal Fuzz.

Blood Ceremony
Lolly Willows / Heaven and Hell

Blood Ceremony are one of the leading exponents of occult rock, not that you’d guess such a thing from their name. They hail from Canada where occult rock equates, in sound at least, to British prog rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. Comparisons to Jethro Tull have been mentioned. Lolly Willows is their new single and it is backed with a cover of The Who song Heaven & Hell. 7” single on Rise Above.

Blundetto
Cousin Zaka (Vol. I)

While recording Slow Dance, french folk artist Blundetto also recorded the tracks you'll find here on Cousin Zaka (Vol. I). In a bit of a throwback to his first album, Bad Bad Things, this was recorded with that same DIY mix of impulsiveness and creativity. Despite that Slow Dance manages to be cinematic and sweeping all the same.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HS189VL)
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Bob Bell
Necropolis

Side one of Bob Bell’s 1978 LP Necropolis is lo-fi scuzzy guitar work-out with motorik rhythms and psychedelic tendencies. It’s reminiscent of ‘90s basement dwellers Cul-De-Sac. Side Two shows a different side to Bob Bell as he takes his saxophone on a free-jazz trip. A beautiful noise. Reissue LP on Telephone Explosion.

Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs present
Three Day Week

Three Day Week is the fourth compilation album curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. This time they’re concentrating their efforts on 1973-1975 when Britain was a bloody miserable place to be (Apparently, I was a carefree baby). There were some lovely sounds though, and this eclectic mix exists to show you just that. Features tracks from Mungo Jerry, The Kinks, Hawkwind, The Strawbs, Adam Faith, David Essex, The Troggs and more. LP and CD on Ace.

Cadans
No Connection

Four track EP from Cadans on Clone Basement Series. No Connection is techno at its most horrific sounding. No horrific as in bad, but rather that Cadans probably watched a lot of horror films when making it. All the drums are creepy as anything and when the chimes come in on 'Uncuttable' it never fails to send shivers down my spine.

Cage The Elephant
Social Cues

Cage The Elephant’s finest moment will always be the time when singer Matt Schultz guested on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The image of him air-guitaring along with R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ - and the subsequent ribbing of him by Simon Amstell - will linger long in the Norman Records™ hive mind. That said, if you were going to make a ‘best of the rest’ list for Cage The Elephant then their fifth LP Social Cues would have a shot of being amongst it. This is canny art-blues in the Black Keys/Alabama Shakes vein. Der-ner dun-dun derr.

Carl Stone
Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties

Minimalist electronic collages made by Carl Stone betweens the 70s and 80s. Before he decided to manipulate everything through a laptop Stone used turntables and captured micro loops of disparate electronic sound sources, pushing them together into these huge, yet minimal tonal experiments. With notes from Carl Stone, and exclusive digital only track.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (UW15LP)
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Cassia
Replica

Debut album from potent what-if experiment Cassia. Because what if Vampire Weekend were from Macclesfield? Well I expect it would sound like Replica, the band's self-described calypso-rock seems to be bred from similar influences to those preppy New Yorkers. Odds on that they quite like Graceland. Lead singer even looks a bit like Ezra Koenig if you squint. On Distiller.

Chasman
Synth-E-Fuge

Synth-e-fuge by Chasman has the kind of cover that makes you want to drop everything and go listen to it. If you need more persuading, however, then it's got some great synths, a charmingly lo-fi feel, and is more 80s than Duran Duran in over-sized blazers eating a communal Vienetta. For fans of Duran Duran, Wham!, and The Human League. 

Chris Carter
Mondo Beat

Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter is currently having a few of his solo records reissued by Mute. Mondo Beat, his 1985 sophomore LP, is one of his most essential sets. The tunes here are industrial electronics par excellence, and the classic jam ‘Moonlight’ remains a high point in minimal-wave disco. Once again we dance to the Mondo Beat.

Chris Carter
Disobedient

Reissue of Chris Carter’s 1998 live album Disobedient here courtesy of the good ship Mute. This edition includes the original track list - made up of recordings from a 1995 European tour - and bonus beat ‘Disobedient Redux’, a new number Carter has cobbled together exclusively for the record. As with the rest of Disobedient, this tune is thrillingly mucky astral techno/industrialism from the former Throbbing Gristle fellow.

Chris Carter
Small Moon

1999 saw the release of Chris Carter’s Small Moon album, a solo release that dabbles into some techno flavours. Carter’s experimental sound design melds beautifully with the techno pallette, and I like to imagine that a few of the more out-there clubs in 1999 might have played some of this to you. This reissue features a new 2018 track called ‘Small Moon Redux’.

Chris Remo
Gone Home

Fifth anniversary vinyl edition of Chris Remo’s stunning soundtrack for 2013 video game Gone Home. Memorable even in the context of the demands of an immersive first-person exploration game, Remo’s score evoked mystery with its grandiose peaks and heart-stopping ambient sections, yet kept the player grounded in the game itself. 

Chuck Johnson
Blood Moon Boulder

Bespoke label Scissor Tail (Scott Hirsch, Matthew Sage) release the third LP from guitarist Chuck Johnson. Blood Moon Boulder is a record that’s every bit as portentous as its title would suggest. Across the six long, winding instrumentals here Johnson weds the sonorous fingerpicking style of John Fahey and Ry Cooder with the Southern Gothic flex of early Nick Cave.

Connie Constance
English Rose

English Rose by Connie Constance mixes myriad influences making an album that’s not particularly like anything else. The title track is a piano-led cover of The Jam’s classic. Elsewhere electronic production, poetic lyrics and soulful delivery make this a debut album by a likely future star. LP and CD on Virgin.

Corners
The Floor

The final release from Los Angeles stalwarts Corners. The Floor is an EP of nervy and anxious post punk anchored by cold guitars and atmospheric synths. The band have now moved onto solo pursuits, but their work together is well worth remembering. The Floor is also the first release on Light in the Attic's Jack Sills' new label, Day End. 

Crippled Black Phoenix
Night Raider

Crippled Black Phoenix, if you didn’t know, are a sort of doom-/post-rock supergroup that features members of Electric Wizard and Mogwai. They make huge-sounding LPs of ‘endtime ballads’ called things like I, Vigilante and Night Raider. The latter, which initially came out in 2011 but has now been remastered and reissued, is what we’re dealing with here. This is music to satisfy the doomsday prepper in all of us.

Cube
Decoy Street

Cube is a solo Californian sound-mangler, and Decoy Street is his second album to date. He’s definitely got a taste for the noise, and there are plenty of ferocious textures and even some crushed howls. But it ain’t just a harsh slab, there are beats and tape-tweaks and cunning darkness to be found here. Out on Superior Viaduct sub-label W.25th.

Curt Cress
Dschung Tek

The ever reliable Music From Memory present a reissue of Dschung Tek by Curt Cress. Originally released in 1992, this six minute long electro workout that shows off the variety of Cress's abilities on the drums. It also shows off his interest in animal sounds. The reissue comes with three tracks not present on the original 12".

Dale Cornish / Sim Hutchins
Decouple ][ Series

Tasty split between ya boy Dale Cornish and Sim Hutchins, as part of OOH-Sounds’ Decoupole ][ Series. Sim’s ‘Druk Pak’ is a cold-temperature quasi-ambient stretch, while Dale’s ‘California’ cut is a typically adventurous trip through repetition and fully-constructed club sounds, plus a twisted piece of vocal. 12” on OOH-Sounds.

Daniel Schmidt
In My Arms, Many Flowers

There is very little in the way of recordings available of Daniel Schmidt’s works, but his gamelan compositions are sublime pieces which if you’re not careful will send you to sleep. Resonating percussive metals played with a Phillip Glass like repetition, but with a clear progression. In My Arms, Many Flowers boasts two studio tracks and two live tracks from 1978-1982. Seriously, don;t gamelan and drive.

Dark
Dark Cross the Ages: Dark Round the Edges + Dark Round the Edges Live

A rare classic for vintage psych-heads! Dark’s 1972 album Dark Round The Edges was originally private pressed, but its quality is so high that it has obtained quite a reputation over the years from those who know. This very welcome vinyl reissue couples the original record with a 2011 live performance! Wow.

David Byrne
Grown Backwards (Deluxe Edition)

Grown Backwards was David Byrne’s first for Nonesuch Records. It was originally released in the weird non-vinyl times that were 2004, so this reissue, 15 years later, is the first time it’s been released on vinyl. It sees Byrne being uncharacteristically personal and emotional. It includes a duet with Tropicalia star Caetano Veloso and a bunch of extra tracks. Double LP on Nonesuch.

David Chesworth
Layer On Layer

Reissue of Australian David Chesworth's second album Layer On Layer. After his first, a mostly solo affair, Chesworth started to work with other musicians to bring his sophomore to life. Bringing together punk and funk musics in an incredibly detailed, dense, but quite relaxed package. Sounds the work of a musician more mature than the 21 years Chesworth had at the time. Om Chapter Music.

David First
Same Animal, Different Cages Vol. 4: Sitar Music of North Brooklyn

Fourth album of Sitar Music of North Brooklyn from David First. On Same Animal, Different Cages First draws from the Indian raga to create his own more melodically repetitious improvisations. This entry is also much less of a solo affair than its predecessors, featuring a percussionist who forces First into a slightly more rigid structure. On Fabrica.
  • Vinyl LP (FABRE040.4)
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David Ian Roberts
Travelling Bright

Sumptuous, breezy folk from Cardiff-based multi-instrumentalist David Ian Roberts. Joined by Kirsten Miller, Daan Temmink and Aidan Thorne on cello, piano and double bass respectively, Roberts himself takes it away on various guitars, dulcimer, Hammond organ, kalimba, percussion and his affable, relaxed voice. Listen with your best rainbow jumper on.

Deadbeat & Camara
Trinity Thirty

Languid dream-folksters Cowboy Junkies released their trickling classic The Trinity Sessions in 1988. To celebrate the thirty-year anniversary, Deadbeat (Scott Monteith) & (Fatima) Camara, both Canadian Berliners, have covered the the whole thing for your neo-nostalgic listening pleasure. Sounds like electronic slowcore.

Devo
Smooth Noodle Maps

Devo’s 8th album, Smooth Noodle Maps, was originally released in 1990. It received a lukewarm reception from critics and fans initially, but time has been kind and it is now a fan favourite. It includes a version of Bonnie Dobson’s Morning Dew, which was also famously covered by The Grateful Dead. Devo were never a band to do things in a normal way, and that has continued into their reissue program. It is being released on three different coloured vinyl versions and CD.

DJ Nate
Take Off Mode

With Take Off Mode, DJ Nate bookends the Tens with two of its finest footwork collections. As with 2010’s Da Trak Genious, this LP compiles some of the juke and battle trax that the Chicago native has laid down in the intervening decade. Given that this period includes the years in which Nate was temporarily paralysed from the neck down, Take Off Mode also stands as something of a triumphant return. Tense, explosive tunes in the Teklife vein.

DJ Nobu
On-Netoh EP

DJ Nobu takes a break from releasing on his own Bitta imprint to drop something through Rush Hour offshoot No ‘Label’ (Inga Copeland, Jamal Moss). This unfamiliar territory is not the only unusual thing about the On-Netoh EP. Take opening track ‘Zzzz’, an ecstatic drone that Nobu originally composed as ‘healing music’ for an ill friend of his. The other two tunes here are brooding, psychedelic minimal techno cuts of the kind one associates more closely with the Nobu name.
  • Vinyl 12" (RHD-035NOBU)
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DMX Krew
Glad To Be Sad

Does DMX Krew ever sleep? Maybe he’s found a way to work while he gets his 40 winks, because it’s surely impossible to be this prolific with the daylight hours alone. After three EPs in the space of as many months the Breakin’ Records boss now comes through with a whole full-length for Hypercolour. Glad To Be Sad is, of course, a superb collection of retro-tinged house and electro.

Domenico Crisci
Velvet

Techno that sounds like a collapsing building from Domenico Crisci. I've never heard music that sounds so much like its foundations have been shaken. On Velvet Crisci is not interested in giving you time to warm up, instead going full throttle all the time. Big, dark and distorted. Just how I like it. On Black Opal.

Dragon Welding
Dragon Welding

Dragon Welding is the new project and first solo album by The Wolfhounds guitarist Andy Golding. The albums sees his music straying into the post-rock/drone experimentalism of Moonshake and the krautrock of Neu. Ant Chapman of Collapsed Lung mastered the album and it features a guest appearance from Alice Golding of The Othyrs. On A Turntable Friend.

Drekka
No Tracks In The Snow

Delve into the early days of Mkl Anderson’s long-running Drekka recording project, with a selection of late 90’s / early 2000’s tracks. No Tracks In The Snow is full of highly personal moments and memories, expressed through industrial ambience and a cinematic scope. Released by Dais Records.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS128LP)
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Electronic Sound
Issue 52 & Vinyl Bundle

Issue 52 of the well-respected publication Electronic Sound arrives in typically fine style, with many of the fancy pages of this issue taken up with an in-depth feature on cover star Amon Tobin. You can read that feature while listening to the exclusive Tobin 7” that comes bundled with the magazine, which also features a Moog feature and Thurston Moore on Luc Ferrari. Nice!

Ellicist
Point Defects

“Creating a composition means making decisions”, reminds the press release for this debut album by Berlin duo Ellicist (Thomas Chousos a.k.a., Tadklimp and Florian Zimmer of Saroos and Driftmachine). We’re happy to report that the pair succeeded in making the decisions necessary to produce an album, and Morr Music can prove it. Textural, organic kitchen sink sample collages.

ELLLL
CONFECTIONARY

Glacial Industries ain’t no ambient label, no matter what their name my suggest. Nope, what we have here from Irish artist ELLLL is beat-tastic to its core: three tracks to get things moving in a hard but intriguing style. Two of the tracks are relatively straight down the line, while the third might get a bit weirder. Confectionary is a delectable set, on 12” vinyl.
  • Vinyl 12" (G1ND004)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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Fenella
A Gift From Midnight

Debut release from Fenella, released jointly by Last Night From Glasgow and Little Tiger. On A Gift From Midnight vocalist Mairi Whittle and guitarist and pianist Jack Boyce craft delicate and tender songs which show off Whittle's mighty and versatile voice. For fans of Martha Wainwright and Julia Holter.

Field Medic
fade into the dawn

You ever listen to something and think, I bet this has a video shot on tape. That's what Kevin Sullivan aka Field Medic sounds like on his debut album proper fade into the dawn. Incredibly dreamy lo-fi indie folk that will leave you looking wistfully out a window. Woozy might not be a strong enough word for this one.

Foxygen
Seeing Other People

They keep promising to split after every album but it just doesn't happen. Maybe we'll be sixth time lucky with this one. They really should have gone after the despairing Hang described by us as 'the worst album of 2017' but here they are again for another try. You'll get an LP of demos if you are quick with the limited edition  - that's if you can stomach anymore.  

Future
Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

Future continues to play the dark prince on his seventh studio LP. The Hndrxx persona has always taken Future’s air of narcotic-fugged honesty that little bit further - think of Hndrxx as Future’s Thin White Duke - and Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD is another set of cold-blooded trap tales from the superstar MC. Young Thug, Gunna and Travis Scott guest.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075874291)
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Gil.Barte / Lostsoundbytes
Split EP

Following records from artists including Frak and Elements Of Joy, the latest drop in Brokntoys’s Discos Del Quebranto series is a split EP between French artist Gil.Barte and the Brussels-based LostSoundBytes. As we’ve come to expect from Brokntoys this is a set of brutalised, mangled electro. Gil.Barte’s A-sides have a sort of ultra-lo-fi Italo vibe, while the LostSoundBytes stuff strays close to Cardopusher’s recent work.

Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne
Queen Of The South (Original Series Soundtrack)

Of course, the one true Queen Of The South is the Scottish football club with arguably the best name of any sports team in Britain. Apparently there is also a crime drama from the U.S. with the same name but we’re not buying it. As such, we’re going to assume that this Giorgio Moroder/Raney Shockne collection has been put together not as an OST for the show but in order to be played on Dumfries match days. Noirish Italo-Disco will do nicely for a bit of goal music. ‘Mon the Queens!

Girl Unit
Song Feel

Yeeeeees God DAMNIT yes! Almost a full decade after his monster club smash ‘Wut’ - a track that changed the game and still destroys dancefloors the world over - and Girl Unit delivers his debut LP. Song Feel is the future-forward dance record we always knew it would be. A supporting cast that includes Kelela and Taliwhoah give additional clout to Girl Unit’s hybridised club fare. Obviously Song Feel is out on Night Slugs.

Golden Teacher
G.D.D.B.

Since they formed in the early 2010s, Glaswegian group Golden Teacher have ascended to the top of the UK’s dance-punk pile. It’s not happened by accident - the band's mixture of NYC punk-funk ala ESG/Liquid Liquid, acid influences and DIY spirit is an irresistible combo. G.D.D.B. chronicles the earliest Golden Teacher sessions from back when they were known as the Green Door Dance Band (hence the title). In these demos, recorded straight to cassette at the band’s practice space, we hear the genesis of the sound and songs that the group would carry through to records like Bells From The Deep End. Vital business. This re-release comes courtesy of Goaty Tapes offshoot House Rules.

Gore Tech
Geist Fibre

Drum & Bass, DnB, the hard stuff. Gore Tech isn't just about keeping you dry. He's been plying his trade down in Manchester for a good while now and Geist Fibre is the product of all that hard graft. The sort of dance music that goes down well with metal fans. Brutal, fast and dystopian. On Ohm Resistance.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OHM49M)
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Gustavo Santaolalla
The Last Of Us - Original Score Vol 2

From one of the best video games of the decade (ever?) comes one of the best game soundtracks of all time. Indeed, FACT magazine listed it at number 3 for all time game soundtracks. The Last of Us - Original Score Vol. 2 by Gustavo Santaolalla goes through a beautiful array of emotions - testament to the glorious script of the game. 

Hammer / Atlus (Denis Sulta)
SSSS-3

Denis Sulta, man about town, offers us SSSS-3 on Sulta Selects Silver Service, an offshoot of the regular Sulta Selects. The a-side features Belfast's Hammer with 'Dance Since', a bass heavy, 90s house influenced monster. Sulta himself appears on the b-side as Atlus, supposedly the Jekyll to his Hyde. 

Harmonious Thelonious
Kabriman

Midnight Shift (Basic Soul Unit, Iron Curtis) provide a home for Harmonious Thelonious’ latest release. The Kabriman EP will please fans of the artist’s previous combinations of techno, dub, minimalism and sub-Saharan African drum rhythms. Track titles like ‘Polyrhythmic Monster’ point the way as to how this one’s going to play out. There are flavours of Whilst and Africa Hitech to Kabriman.

HEALTH
VOL4::SLAVES OF FEAR

HEALTH are back on Loma Vista (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent) with new LP VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR. Much like 2015’s Death Magic, this set finds the LA group streamlining the noise-barrages of their early work into sleeker, poppier song structures. There are flavours of cyberpunk, industrial rock and even a little nu-metal to many of the cuts here. The manner in which Jacob Duszik’s vocals glide serenely over the frenzy gives VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR a strong Placebo vibe.

Heith
Mud

Haunter Records mainstay Heith strikes out on his own with the first release on his own SAUCERS imprint. To inaugurate the label he’s turned out Mud, an EP that takes in experimental electronics, dark ambient, Lotic’s club deconstructions and the weightless grime of Mr. Mitch. Mud is a nerve-jangling listen, but all the more thrilling for that fact.
  • Vinyl 12" (SAUCERS#1)
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Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles
The Last Transmission

Hot on the heels of their joyous collaborative 2LP with Afrobeat trailblazer Orlando Julius, London's leftfield funk heroes Heliocentrics are at it again, this time on an LP with Melvin Van Peebles, a filmmaker, musician and author best known for his Brer Soul trilogy of albums in the '70s and for writing, producing, scoring, directing and starring in the 1971 film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'. The result is an interplanetary space/love odyssey which the band consider their defining work.

Hoodna Orchestra
Ofel

Much, if not most, modern music has its roots in Africa, but the twelve-piece ensemble Hoodna Orchestra aim to make that explicit by studying these traces back to their original source while simultaneously fusing these sounds together. They do so with tremendous precision and expertise, as demonstrated throughout the entirety of 2018s ‘OFEL’.

Hot Water Music
The New What Next

Florida punk rock outfit Hot Water Music gifted their album The New What Next to the world in 2004, and now its back, in a nice new vinyl re-pressing. Notably this was the record where the band started bringing falsetto harmonies into their melodic emo-tinged songwriting. Reissued for the band’s 25th birthday by Epitaph.
  • Vinyl LP (8714092672213)
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I-f
Space Invaders' Revenge

Dutch party renegade I-F (Inter-Ference) reissues his 2010 EP Space Inavaders’ Revenge. Both the ‘XL Remix’ and the instrumental of ‘Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass’ remain typically punkish electro jams from the Unit Moebius-affiliated producer. This new edition sees the two original cuts backed by new IG collaboration ‘Pong’s Run’, a whirligig blitz of chiptune beats and retro-futurist club textures.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

IVVVO
doG

The nomadic IVVVO returns to Rabit’s Halcyon Veil (700 Bliss, Chino Amobi) for the release of his third LP. Anyone familiar with the Bastet member’s previous solo work will find plenty to sink their teeth into on doG. Once again this is a set of tracks that sees IVVVO brutalising and bastardising various club, industrial and metal sonics. It kind of ends up sounding like Nine Inch Nails if they had Yves Tumor rather than Trent Reznor at the helm.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HALC021)
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James Brown
Motherlode

Motherlode by James Brown is a  compilation that was originally released in 1988. It was re-released in 2003 as an expanded edition. This is the first vinyl version of that expanded version - ya get me? It concentrates on The Godfather Of Soul’s funk output from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. For good measure there’s a few remixes and live performances thrown in too. Double 180g vinyl LP on Polydor.

James Brown
Black Caesar (Original Soundtrack)

Black Caesar was the James Brown’s first stab at a film soundtrack. A 1973 blaxploitation gangster film and funk sound like a pretty cool match. The soundtrack also includes tracks by The J.B.’s and Lyn Collins. Songs from this soundtrack have been sampled by Ice-T, Nas and Trick Daddy. 180g vinyl reissue on Polydor.

James Place
Still Waves To A Whisper

Rather dreamy and entrancing floor-fillers of dubby pads, lean bass, spoken-word samples, haunt-o-synths and spindly rhythms from New York’s James Place. Still Waves to a Whisper be his fourth release on the ever-colourful Umor Rex, coming in a nice sort-of-peach hue. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.

Jan St. Werner
Glottal Wolpertinger

The inimitable Jan St. Werner - Mouse on Mars member, MIT lecturer, sonic dreamweaver - is back with more musical thrills to jockey. Glottal Wolpertinger comprises material produced for the documenta 14 arts event, all based on careful frequency band attunement and contextual shifts. Gorgeous droning textures, in other words.

Jean-Charles Capon
L'univers Solitude

Limited edition re-issue of one of the most enduring yet hard-to-find modern jazz recordings from the Seventies. Noted for its rhythmical complexity, the loose but coherent phrasing and the raw virtuosity of the musicianship, L’Univers Solitude was the first album from French cellist Jean-Charles Capon, proving that jazz really didn’t have to be fronted by saxes and trumpets. 

Jeremy Tuplin
Pink Mirror

Jeremy Tuplin has a lovely voice. It has stability without being authoritative. It's charming without being sleazy. It's the kind of voice I would very happily listen to for the standard length of a indie rock album. Pink Mirror is an album that reminds us of the dangers of looking back too fondly and does so in Tuplin's so-called 'space-folk- style.

Jodey Kendrick
EDM Vol. 1

Jodey Kendrick presents a gigantic middle finger to the glitzy megabucks producers and fans of the American EDM business empire. Jodey’s EDM Vol. 1 is a no-nonsense double LP set of Rephlexy flavours: electronic dance music from a time when you had to go to a dodgy illegal warehouse in Essex to hear the stuff. None of your soulless modern crap here. On DUB / Clone

Joe Snape
Joyrobix

Joe Snape returns to Slip (Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg) with a set of avant-songs. Joyrobix is an LP in the vein of fellow Slip artist Chaines, one that almost completely jettisons all regular songwriting techniques for a voyage into wordless, screwed-up electronics. Think Scott Walker (RIP) if he’d ever had a going-over from A. G. Cook.

Joep Beving
Henosis

Deutsche Grammophon release the third in Joep Beving's personal trilogy. Henosis is a fantastically start example of minimalism. Its heart is found in the piano Beving uses, originally his grandmother's. This makes for a record that is resonant both in the literal sense, and in the emotional one. For the first time though, Beving is not completely alone.

John Baker & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Vendetta Tapes

The Vendetta Tapes is a collection of rare cues, tunes and sonic oddities lovingly crafted by John Baker & The Radiophonic Workshop for a 1960’s mafia caper TV show. Much of this has never been released before, and plenty of truly fascinating sounds are sprinkled all over. The CD has ten more tracks than the vinyl. On Buried Treasure.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Prince Of Darkness


  • Vinyl LP (DW6RP)
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Joni Void
Mise En Abyme

Joni Void uses the realms of sound to address deep rooted anxieties, an aim for transcendence in sonic assembly and exploration. ‘Mise En Abyme’ uses field recordings - most notably that of friends voices - and sculpts the unique sound from their outwards. There’s this tremendous sense on the record of human connection, despite the lack of lyrical content or objective meaning.   

Keane
Perfect Symmetry

The point at which Keane’s bafflingly enormous popularity finally started to wane, 2008's Perfect Symmetry saw the trio try to gently expand upon the piano-led formula that had brought them such ubiquity in the mid-Noughties. This is a 180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue to mark the album’s tenth anniversary. 

Khidja
In The Middle Of The Night

Highly praised newcomers Khidja step up from the underground to deliver their first EP for the prestigious DFA label, presented on 12” vinyl. Sprawling across four brooding and foundation-shaking tracks that take in house to twisted dub, the Romanian duo takes the listener through a range of nocturnal moods. 

KineStatics
Labyrinth

KineStatics is what happens when Steven Rutter and Karla Hajman get together for some music-making. The Labyrinth EP is brimming over with dubby goodness and friendly techno, with Karla’s expressive vocals putting everything in a good place. Three tracks on the A-side, plus a dub version and a beats version on the B. From FireScope.

Kira Kira and Hermigervill
Sumabörn (Summer Children)

Time Released Sound are releasing the soundtrack for the recent Icelandic film 'Sumarbörn' composed by Kira Kira and Hermigervill. A film that plays with the tension between the real and the imagined, the music very much follows suit in the way that its both playful and dramatic but always beautiful. Imagine a more ethereal Twin Peaks soundtrack and you're halfway there. 

Kirk Degiorgio
Shift Ltd 002

Midnight Shift’s SHIFT LTD series is a selection of short-run EPs that focus on no-BS techno. After an entry from Xhin, SHIFT LTD 002 sees British techno veteran Kirk Degiorgio (As One) coming out to bat. ‘The Nearness Of Flames’ is a straight-up slammer, one of those tracks that features a kick drum designed to shake your muscles from your bones. The other Degiorgio entry is called ‘Acid Symphony’, a track title that also acts as a description of what it sounds like. Sandwiched between the two we get a chirpy remix of ‘Acid Symphony’ by John Beltran.

Kool Keith
Blast

A new 7” EP from the indefatigable hip-hop icon Kool Keith, this time stepping out from behind his many and varying monikers. This shark-coloured vinyl contains two brand new tracks on one side, with rap/punk group Planet B hooking up with him once again for a remix of ‘Blast’ and a mash-up of ‘Uncrushable’ with Dead Cross’s ‘Church of the Motherf***ers’ on the flip. 

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