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35 Things You May Have Missed

It's been hot, you've been on holiday. We get that. But now it's September and everyone is back at work or school, and the nights are very quickly drawing in. So what better time to look at a few releases from the past couple of months you might have not been made aware of? Things move fast, y'know?
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Anthony Naples

This American producer has been a quick-blooming success story over the past few years with five releases alternating between techno influenced houses releases and some full-on Chicago house stuff.  'Zipacon' see-saws between tough patterns and smoother spans of vaporous house showcasing synth motifs, for scratchier, static-filled joints, retro grainy house tracks and even distorted guitar riffs on 'Crazy Spirit'. The tracks are anthemic and dancefloor-ready.    Naples has a consistency in his compositions that is commendable, he never repeats himself and over the course of this EP comes up with fresh takes withing the genre he works within. 

Ashrae Fax
Never Really Been Into It

One for all you fans of gothy ethereal 80's referencing music that in another world would have emerged on 4AD with a Vaughan Oliver sleeve. This is a duo from North Carolina who use the regulation drum machine, affected guitars, wobbly bass and octave leaping vocal delivery of the Cocteau Twins. Its a little bit more straightforward than the Cocteau's but uses all their tricks to make some really ecovative music. This is their first new record in 10 years following a successful re-issue of their overlooked at the time 2003 release 'Static Crash' For fans of: Lush, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, The Cure

Collapsed View

Bugskull is the recording project of Sean Byrne who makes experiments based in electronic and shoegaze. Releasing records scarcely and sporadically, 'Collapsed View' is the first record since 'Strange Mountain', and takes a different tack from its acoustic vibe: it mixes propulsive IDM with feedback-drenched guitar and psychedelic influences, occasionally dabbling in Byrne's old acoustic world. 'Collapsed View' is the sign of a focused Byrne interested in slow and hypnotic melodic developments. It gets noisy, sometimes.

One Hour

This was originally released in 1994 by the legendary electronic duo who consisted of Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius following an earlier comeback album 'Apropros Cluster'. This album condenses essential passages from jams into 60 minutes. Just imagine how long it was originally? What results is an oddball take on impressionistic electronica. The production is as clear as a bell, the compositions themselves are eerie and disconcerting.   

Com Truise
In Decay

Glistening retro-synth funk, moody sci-fi disco strutting and new-age sound vistas for fans of everything from DMX Krew to early Oneohtrix Point Never, Antoni Maiovvi and even Squarepusher's more recent cosmic workouts. Ghostly continues on its quest to deliver us only the very finest packages of retro-futurist vintage electronica and home clubbing party-starting kits!

Dag Rosenqvist
Fall Into Fire

'Fall Into Fire' is Dag Rosenqvist's newest eclectic collection of lo-fi noise, ambient and electro-acoustic sounds, and it's also his first record in his own name, since dissolving the Jasper TX moniker. Told in six interconnected parts, 'Fall Into Fire' is constantly surprising its listener, sharply transitioning from bouts of pure noise into moments of silence that are imposed on the record with a terrifying precision. The record twists and turns at any point, often becoming a more meditative ambient record and sometimes being informed by neo-classical arrangements. Recommended for fans of highly narrative electro-acoustic artists such as The Caretaker and Michael Grebil.

Dam Mantle and the Free Association
Heavy Velvet Affair

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Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura
Thinkin' Game - Live Europe 2014

Who wants a four cassette set of live performances from Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura? Well if so you are in luck. This is a very limited. self-released cassette boxset in heavy plastic presentation case with artwork by David Bailey (not that one!). 4 x Turquoise cassettes ft. live shows from Basel, Amsterdam, Paris and that international hot spot, Reading.

Dorian Concept
Draft Culture

'Draft Culture' is the first track from the forthcoming Dorian Concept album 'Joined Ends' on Ninja Tune. His first official release since 2011's enthralling 'Her Tears Taste Like Pears' EP (also via Ninja). This one sided white label test pressing will be limited to a pressing of 500 copies only.

DZ Deathrays
Black Rat

Like many bands these days, these are a two piece but sound like there are about a million of them on the recording. They make a brash noisy grungy effort that compares with the likes of Royal Blood and touring partners Blood Red Shoes but they have a metal sheen to them, not grungy as such but like hair metal gone pop punk. Like many people, they are from Australia. 

Fela Kuti
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' offers up three massively long compositions from Fela Kuti that delve deeply into his interest in mixing Afrobeat with soul, while still maintaining a strong amount of horns. There's also signs of the politically charged artist listeners of Fela Kuti will have come to expect in the thirty-minute, two-part "Look and Love", which is about an attack on his hometown from Nigerian soldiers.

Garek Jon Druss
Music For The Celestial Din

"Celestial" might not be the word you attribute to Garek Jon Druss, who spends most of his time helping amp up the sludge in doom metal outfit Atriarch. But his solo offering, 'Music For the Celestial Din', is a little different, a composition originally made for one of Druss' art installations. Its sound is somewhere between melody and noise, bringing together layers of drone and percussion that sounds like floorboards creaking. It's unsettling, but unlike Druss' old work, it's not gruesome. The original composition is complemented with two remixes from Pete Swanson and Ben Chisholm.
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Golden Teacher

Glasgow based punky disco types Golden Teacher release their debut album on good old fashioned C60 cassette. Its not a debut in the normal kind of way, instead consisting of is collection of tracks and sounds compiled form hours of cassette recordings of early jams which later became their first two EP's. Its fun stuff, they mangle a discofied strut out of the lo-est of lo-fi recordings. Minimal dirty compressed disco which will appeal to fans of Factory Floor and the (early) DFA label.  

Half Japanese

Shambling dissonant geek-rock/fidelity-eschewing godheads Half Japanese shock the indie world with their first new studio album in 13 years. Always an acquired, divisive taste, this brother-led band of envelope-pushing ragamuffins nevertheless are hugely influential on the US underground and way beyond. This is a real treat for haters of contemporary music who yearn for the brighter, less studious days. The thinking man's GBV are back! Get involved. Yes, we know Kurt adored them yada-yada. Judge them on their own merits though.

Hamish Kilgour
All Of It And Nothing

Following in the footsteps of his brother and co-founding member of seminal New Zealand band The Clean, Hamish Kilgour has decided to go it alone with his first ever solo album proper. Recorded and co-written by The Ladybugs Transistor’s Gary Olson, All Of It And Nothing is a hushed ode to the power of jangle and demonstrates an innate ability to capture a melody. Fans with any nostalgic reverence for his other work in The Great Unwashed, The Mad Scene and early Clean will be particularly pleased.

Harald Grosskopf

Legendary electronic guy Grosskopf (large head in German) made the switch from drummer in rock bands to electronic music specialist very early doors before the end of the '70's. This was his second solo effort, neither this nor his debut 'Synthesist' sold well at the time but have since been picked up by a younger generation, fascinated by the pulsing electronics and live drumming. Will appeal to those into the kraut rock travellers and 70's kosmische music. 

Joel Gion
Apple Bonkers

Ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre man Joel Gion has stepped out on his own with 'Apple Bonkers', which extends itself to a variety of aesthetics expected and unexpected, from shoegaze to folk country and good ol' psych rock. With some love from his friends in the Brian Jonestown Massacre collective, 'Apple Bonkers' got produced and turned into a record proper. It also features contributions from Dandy Warhol Pete Holmstrom and Asteroid Ryan Van Kriedt.    Tracks: Yes Smile Hairy Flowers Dart Change My Mind Mirage Radio Silence Two Daisies Sail On Don’t Let The Fuckers Bring You Down

Lee Gamble
Kuang EP

Uk techno wizard Lee Gamble has been quiet for the past couple of years, remix obligations aside. Atmospheric and strangely melancholy, yet still immensely danceable, 'Kuang' is released ahead of long-awaited new album 'Koch' which comes out next month. Left-field and old school, and futuristic. All at once.  

Lightning Glove
Radical Zoo

‘Radical Zoo’ is the collaborative work of musicians and artists affiliated with the KlangundKrach and Red for The Colour Blind collectives in Prague. Known collectively as Lightning Glove, they made a name for themselves with their rough, menacing electro, casting abrasive, nightmarish soundscapes that would be at home on the darkest of David Lynch films.

Mr Bungle
Disco Volante

Disco Volante is the second studio album by American experimental Rock band Mr. Bungle. Released in 1995, it is considered by many to be the most experimental of all their albums, picking up inspiration from a wide variety of musical styles including Death Metal, Techno, ‘50s space age Pop, musique concrète and Italian avant-garde.

Nightmares On Wax
Aftermath - Villalobos & Loderbauer Remixes

Someone once told me that Nightmares on Wax leader George Evelyn used to live in Pudsey. Very few people from the Leeds/Bradford straddling suburb of Pudsey have collaborated with Chilean outre house legend Ricardo Villalobos except, weirdly, for one Neneh Cherry who has also been re-worked by the DJ. This remix 12" follows t'Wax's 'Best Of' in which Villalobos and pal Max Loderebauer re-work a couple of George's joints including 'Aftermath' (which is one of Nightmares on Wax's most well known tracks) creating both a dub version and an electric jazz version. Nice.   

Pastacas & Tenniscoats
Yaki​-​Läki Versions

Late last year, electronic act Pastacas joined forces with the psychedelic indie pop of Tenniscoats to make a dimly lit record of modest acoustic and experimental songs. 'Yaki​-​Läki', as it was known, now receives tribute and celebration by a wide variety of artists on 'Yaki​-​Läki'; this collection contains both remixes from electronic-minded artists and a more traditional cover.   

Side Piece EP

The press info on this advises not to bother googling Patricia. Two reasons: one you could wind up on some Patricia Routledge sitcom and  two they suggest that Patricia's music really should be heard on vinyl, in a real place either on vinyl or in a club. Not on a bloody computer! There are three original tracks on this EP and a remix. Its low end bass music, percussive techno with wierd almost sub bass voice samples. Dark and dank acidy squiggles and lots of 808 rhythms.  This will appeal to fans of vintage midwestern techno and some of Aphex Twins more acidy outings. Its minimal stuff but entertaining. The remix comes from Ghostly stalwart Tadd Mullinix's JTC moniker. 

Robyn Hitchcock
The Man Upstairs

Robyn Hitchcock has been prolific in recent years, releasing a slew of singer-songwriter records with the Venus 3, but 'The Man Upstairs' takes on a different tack, billed by Hitchcock and collaborator/producer Joe Boyd as an intimate and varied performance: some of these songs are rock standards reworked, others are obscure favourites Hitchcock has covered, and there are a couple of his own originals in the mix, too. The record took a week to record; it's Hitchcock's sparsest and quickest work in a while, backed only with flourishes of cello, piano and additional vocals.    Tracks: The Ghost In You San Francisco Patrol To Turn You On Trouble In Your Blood Somebody To Break Your Heart Don’t Look Down Ferries Comme Toujours The Crystal Ship Recalling The Truth

Rory Storm
Low Fidelity Electronic Music

If the album cover for 'Low Fidelity Electronic Music' doesn't look quite there, it's because Rory Storm wasn't, either: during the making of the record, he was all blocked up, and struggling to hear things as a result of his flu. The result is that his techno is a little bit warped, a little bit loud and a little bit gruesome. Overall, though, 'Low Fidelity Electronic Music' continues the New Zealand artist's attempt to home record some odd little electronic tunes. 

Stephen Vitiello / Taylor Deupree

Pressure Wassure

Old dub-ambient-space-face Strategy is a long running artist for this particular establisment. Once found propping up the Kranky roster, we now find him fiddling with the much-lauded sound of UK hardcore from back in the day. No longer making music merely for home perusal it seems, this sounds like a Strategic dancefloor-munching platter to me.....
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Sun Ra
The Nubians Of Plutonia

The second part of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of the genius of Sun Ra on vinyl.The Arkestra moves into ever looser, more abstract ground as the percussion becomes more varied and moves ever closer. Ra then sets up a dark melodic theme, while the Arkestra weaves a series of jaunty, blues-tinged solos into the groove. 'Nubia', 'Africa' and 'Aiethopia' continue this excursion into a mystical, rhythm-based territory. The Arkestra utilizes the same ominous, simmering percussion beds, now augmented by more exotic instruments like Pat Patrick's 'space lute', which gives a playfully sinister sound to 'Africa'.This powerful, multi-faceted music is a great place to start if you are just beginning to travel with Sun Ra, or indeed a great way to continue the journey.

The Posies

Here is a nice re-issue of The Posies’ 1988 debut. It was originally released on cassette back in 1988, later to appear on vinyl and then CD. this vinyl re-issue contains 8 bonus tracks on a doanload card. There's also a booklet including press clippings and essays from the band. A nice package for what was a landmark album, the duo performed a very straight down the line brand of catchy power pop with nods towards The Hollies, Marshall Crenshaw and Elvis Costello. Yet they had really, really long hair. Later on they became integral members of the reformed Big Star but this is where it all started.  

Marshall Teller presents... Broken Record Label Sampler Vol. 1

Marshall Teller, the practically one-person and exceedingly DIY record label, is using 'Broken Record Label Sampler Vol. 1' to show off sounds from the History of Apple Pie (with some Cribs backing them), a remix of The Vaccines, Great Ytene doing a cover of Orange Juice, and many other artists, all offering up new and previously unreleased tracks for all to bask in the glow of.