Latest reductions: June 2019

Our monthly round-up of all the stuff you haven't been buying and that we need to get shut of before our accountant does himself a mischief. 20% off this month, just because.
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Linkwood
System

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Wintersleep
In The Land Of

In The Land Of is the eighth album by highly-rated Canadian indie band, Wintersleep. It was produced by Tony Doogan who has worked with Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. This, sound-wise, probably lands somewhere between the sound of the two bands as they embrace the quiet/loud dynamic. On Dine Alone.

Fith
Swamp

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Blue House
Gobstopper

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Sinkane
Dépaysé

Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

Lee Moses
How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972

Lee Moses is an enigmatic Southern Soul kind of guy, noted for his rare but fantastic 1971 album Time and Place. But what if you wanted to go deeper than that album? Well then you’d need How Much Longer Must I Wait?, which compiles (mostly earlier) non-album material that is either vanishingly rare or actually never before released. Very soulful stuff, beautifully restored and presented.

James Brown
Slaughters Big Rip-Off (Original Soundtrack)

The amount of huge artists from the funk/soul continuum who’ve soundtracked blaxploitation movies is just crazy. Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye are just three of the all-time greats that produced scores for films of the genre during its early-’70s heyday. Even the Godfather himself Mr. James Brown got in on the act, teaming up with on-off compositional partner Fred Wesley to produce a typically high-wire set of tunes for 1973 flick Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Out of print for a minute, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (OST) has now been reissued by Polydor.

Gidge
Autumn Bells

Gorgeous electronics from Swedish duo Gidge. ‘Autumn Bells’ is a reissue of their 2014 record, an album of ambient beauty, subdued beats, and neo-classical composition, blending these styles seamlessly with contemporary chopped up vocal samples. It’s quite the place to get lost in, never a dour moment throughout this double LP, which comes to us via Atomnation.

Joe Budden
Rage & The Machine

Re-issue of the eighth and final solo album by former Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden, originally released in late 2016. Rage & The Machine may have grabbed headlines at the time for Budden’s feuds with other hip-hop stars such as Drake and Meek Mill, but its focussed and political lyrics make the music within interesting and worthy. 

Minor Poet
The Good News

Remember the days when seeing the Sub Pop label on a record meant that you were buying some sort of lo-to-mid-fi rock produced by Jack Endino or Steve Fisk? Those days are long gone. Sub Pop’s roster has expanded in all directions so you don’t know what you’ll get. With Minor Poet they have a bedroom artist, Andrew Carter, who makes music that seemingly mixes Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, ‘70s pop and Animal Collective. The Good News is his new EP and follows on from 2017’s And How! LP.

Tor Lundvall
A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999

Ambient musician Tor Lundvall is prolific as anyone. If you need proof consider A Strangeness in Motion, a collection of some of the more poppy tracks in his early work recorded between 1989 and 1999. These tracks bring to mind the likes of New Order and The Human League without ever losing the deftness of texture Lundvall is known for.

The Misz
The Lonely Crowd

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Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 1

Primal Scream. They’re a band. Sometimes, most of Screamadelica aside they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. Here we have Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 1, a collection of singles with seventeen tracks that go all the way back to 1986’s Velocity Girl up to 1998’s Kill All Hippies. Double 180g vinyl LP on Columbia.

Silence
Silent Meditation

Father and son duo Eric and Ben Antonow launched this project on Kickstarter, ultimately hitting their funding goal nine times over. Some will scoff, though a record filled only with silence has its uses and meanings. As the title suggests, the release has been arranged mainly with meditation in mind. Plays just as well at 45 as at 33⅓.

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Once - Music from the Motion Picture

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Smuggler Brothers
Musione

This one's for the fans of the hot new things, 'library music'. Smuggler Brothers are from Sicily, and so are perfectly pitched to draw from Italy's rich history of library music, while incorporating influences from all the cultures who touch the mediterranean. Musione is progressive-funk that's not afraid to give itself over to other musical traditions. 

Kap Bambino
Dust, Fierce, Forever

Imagine having to deal with Dust, Fierce, Forever. Would be dreadful, wouldn’t it. Mind you, Kap Bambino don’t seem to mind. Indeed, the French duo seem to be rather enjoying themselves here - in a sort of post-apocalyptic chiptune rave way, that is. Alice Glass is the obvious comparison. Dust, Fierce, Forever is Kap Bambino’s third LP for Because Music.

Diplo
Europa

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Freddie Gibbs
Shadow Of A Doubt

A much-needed re-issue of the second studio album by American rapper Freddie Gibbs, himself teaming up once again with producer Madlib for a collaboration in 2019. Shadow Of A Doubt was originally released back in 2015, and won much critical praise for Gibbs’s versatility and stylistic diversity. Vinyl edition includes five extra tracks compared to the CD version. 

Studio Mule
BGM

‘But I thought Studio Mule was just a label?’ we hear you cry. You’re right, but now the Japanese imprint has added an in-house band to its arsenal. On BGM label head Toshiya Kawasaki has assembled a crackpot team to help him reinterpret tracks from artists like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Burt Bacharach (though the version of Bacharach’s ‘The April Fools’ here draws more on the Yukihiro Takahashi cover) in a dreamy Balearic/City Pop style. Dip In The Pool’s Miyako Koda provides vocals on two songs.

People Plus
Third Space

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Olivia Neutron-John
Olivia Neutron-John

Olivia Neutron-John - and what a name that is - finally drops a new LP. Coming a full five years after the lo-fi extravaganzas of INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY, this eponymous record is another set of voyages in electronic post-punk and minimal synth. There’s a bit of a psychedelic flavour to tracks like ‘March’ too. Olivia Neutron-John is out via Sister Polygon (Priests, Downtown Boys).

Nobody
All Too Familiar

Nobody here turns away from the world of samples and creates an album with live instruments. Delightfully, All Too Familiar’s guitar-bass-drums-and keys set-up still produces some really head-knodding tracks, with the sonic breadth and fizzing play of ideas that you’d expect from Nobody’s past works. Cool stuff on Ubiquity Recordings.

Soft Issues
Soft Issues

Soft Issues, Leeds’ finest new power electronics outfit, release their debut full-length via Opal Tapes (Karen Gwyer, Wanda Group). A duo who also turn out for (among others) Cattle and The Shits, together they make a screeching racket of electronic drums, synths and machine malfunctions. This is all topped off by vocals that range from a snarl to a scream. We hear they love Afrobeat, though there's no evidence of that across these eleven tracks. 50p extra garlic.

Yawners
Just Calm Down

Here haveth we the debut LP from Madrid-based Yawners - originally the solo project of one Elena Nieto that has expanded to include Martín Muñoz on drums. Just Calm Down is a 2019 album with a 1999 sensibility. The tracks here straddle the grungey alt-rock sound of groups like Breeders and Weezer with a little of Millencolin’s big-hearted pop-punk. Yawners are one to file next to yer Snail Mails and yer Courtney Barnetts.

ALASKALASKA
The Dots

Marathon Artists (Pond, Courtney Barnett) front the debut LP from ALASKALASKA here. The Dots is a peppy first salvo from the group, a record of perky leftfield electro-pop numbers that nods to Fever Ray, Fujiya & Miyagi and fellow south Londoners Hot Chip. Best to get a copy of The Dots and learn the words so you can be in the know come festival season.

Cygnus
Deep Analysis

Texan electran Cygnus returns to Central Processing Unit for the first time in a while. You know what you’re gonna get when you see these two pair up. Deep Analysis is another set of sea-sick club jams that sound like someone spilling orangeade all over Drexciya’s equipment. A couple of the Deep Analysis jams even come replete with some vocoder-laden vocals.

Bleu Nuit
Le Jardin Des Memoires

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Club Kuru
Meet Your Maker

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Floris Vanhoof
The Fluid Computer

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Steve Marino
Fluff

Fluff is the debut solo album by Steve Marino. He is, however, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been releasing albums under the Moor Hound moniker for the last decade. Reasons for his name change seem to, oddly perhaps, point to the fact he is now collaborating with producer Ben Lumsdaine.  Fans of Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado and Sun Kil Moon will enjoy this. LP and CD on Darling.

Galaxian
Golden Armageddon

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Ciel
Why Me?

Ciel returns, this time on Spectral Sound. As much an important figure as a DJ and producer as an activist and empowerer of female and non-binary representation in electronic music, Cindy Li’s latest is an EP of four sputtering techno compositions. The two made in collaboration with Colin “Wiretapping” Sims are a touch heavier, but the overall sound is soft beats with lovely watery synths. ‘Hipwrecked’ even recalls Time Tourist-era B12.

Justin Townes Earle
The Saint Of Lost Causes

Being the son of a respected songwriter and being partly named in honour of another must put pressure on you. Justin Townes Earle seems to be coping okay though (these days). The Saint of Lost Causes is his eighth album. Songs of American communities are plenty: ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. On New West.

J-E-T-S
ZOOSPA

Here come the warm J-E-T-S. This is a new team-up between serial club botherers Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar, and on their wackily-named first LP ZOOSPA the pair use their know-how to create thick, metallic-sounding beats. There’s not really one style you can pin down here - rather, J-E-T-S have that kind of mish-mash R ‘n’ B/hip-hop/EDM sound that works so well for Hudson Mohawke. ZOOSPA is bolstered by some great guest appearances from (among others) Dawn Richard and Mykki Blanco.

Edinburgh Leisure
Die Gefahr Im Jazz

You might remember ********, the rudely named duo from Domino’s Weird World sublabel. One of them, Ailie Ormston, has been doing some fab solo electronic music on the side. Here’s what the other one, a T Fraser, has been up to. Edinburgh Leisure is a duo with Keith Farquhar and takes unconventional “idle authorship” approaches to instrumentation (everyday objects), lyricism (RhymeZone) and fair use (hacked Apple device sounds, etc.). This lot are always worth checking out.

Katsunori Sawa
Premium Gardens

Fair play to Katsunori Sawa. Not often you see artwork that reminds you of primary school powerpoint presentations. Fair play musically too because Premier Gardens hits HARD. Sawa mixes industrial techno with some more dub inspired moments to create something Kevin Martin (the Bug to you and me) would play in a DJ set.