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Silicon
Personal Computer

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

Kody Neilson is a crazy figure, a point that the media has insisted on making, this heralded as his ‘maturation’ compared to past monkey antics. Well sure, this isn’t as hi-NRG as The Mint Chicks, but that’s a band, and this is one person. I was about to remark about how this …view full details.

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Destroyer
Poison Season

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6/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer used to be in yelping Canadian indie rock band Swan Lake, and now they’ve released new albums on the very same day -- apparently nobody told their pal Spencer Krug, who’s probably out in Finland singing t…view full details.

OKADA
Impermanence

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Ah I remember this, the sleeve was so dark I almost threw it straight in the stock room hoping it would sell ok without being talked up. Then I listened to a soundclip and once I’d fast forwarded a bit there was some nice spliced up ambience and icy vocal to be consumed. The music swirls around like some extremely bleak person on 4AD in th…view full details.

Hills
Frid

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7/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

It’s been a pretty good season for flute psych, I must say, and Hills are here to finish what Pridjevi started, offering an unbranded type of swirler rock that’s as loose as my shoelaces (n.b. I have a problem with shoelaces; I’m working through it at my own pace). On ‘Frid’ they groan…view full details.

Laura Cannell
Beneath Swooping Talons

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

A master of bows and strings, Laura Cannell is a soloist who can sound responsible for a whole orchestra on her own. ‘Beneath Swooping Talons’ is an improvised record that trusts in first takes, suggesting many different classical disciplines but not quite fitting any. Cannell commits to a kind of neo-classical melancholy pioneered b…view full details.

The Doubling Riders
Garama

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th August 2015

Time Released Sound release a sound that has aged well with time in The Doubling Riders’ Garama, a beautifully constructed ode to a lost Berber kingdom, the ruins of which lie in modern-day Libya. It becomes their first foray into re-releases so keep your ears open. Historical ambient? But why? Well, the mystery of the archaic and…view full details.

Mosam Howieson
Spirals

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8/10 according to our Ant on 27th August 2015

Promising debut EP on Seattle’s Further Records from Australian producer Mosam Howieson. ‘Spiral 7’ is slowly unfurling submerged, aquatic, ambient leaning techno. Dubbed out, shimmering and trippy. Recalling the mood of Do…view full details.

Dope Body
Kunk

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7/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Post-hardcore dudes Dope Body come described as “a four-way conversation”, and that might just be the realest thing said about them: with last year’s ‘Lifer’, they released a pretty democratic punk record that swirled between discordance, melody and a little bit of pop-punk action. ‘Kunk’, which definite…view full details.

Frog Eyes
Pickpocket’s Locket

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8/10 according to our Robin on 27th August 2015

Carey Mercer sounds furious, but his music is meditation. With its bold, endlessly ricocheting guitar tones, his last record sounded like it was trembling; really, it was ruminating, parsing through different crises and deciding on certain defiant truths for them. He concluded, halfway through ‘Carey’s Cold Spring’, that &ldquo…view full details.

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Isnaj Dui
Dioptrics

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 28th August 2015

A new CD from Isnaj Dui is always a treat, particularly for the cause of proving that the flute has a life far beyond the likes of Debussy and Jethro Tull. Katie English succeeds at this again and again, revitalising the instrument with unique techniques and modern electronic messery all gained from extensive st…view full details.

Endless Melancholy
Her Name In A Language Of Stars

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

Endless Melancholy  - I know the feeling having snagged the headphone wire in the wheel of my chair two times since this record began. The music isn’t exactly going to lift my mood but for fans of enormous swathes of ambient post-rock you might just get your kicks here. I can’t find a single shred of information within t…view full details.

Pete Um
Contempt

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7/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

Today: be thrifty and listen to some budget pop. Pete Um follows on from a long-standing tradition of fourtrackers and indie weirdos who grabbed whatever they could and crafted the catchiest half songs. Um does it, for the most part, on shitty keyboards, singing stoically and haphazardly over farty sounds, squeaky non-melodies and sleepy beats. …view full details.

Beach House
Depression Cherry

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9/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

If you didn’t like ‘Bloom’, that’s okay: I don’t think Beach House did either. The dreamer duo’s last record amped up their sound and stretched it out against a widescreen; where their combinative organ/guitar melodies used to melt into each-other, they now crashed under the weight of expectation and, um, …view full details.

Ancient Ocean
Blood Moon

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

You know ambient has gone too far when someone’s playing the bowed banjo. I’m pretty sure we could just get the same sound out of slowing down a Mumford & Sons music video on YouTube, but Ancient Ocean have opted to go the more grassroots route. The musician tasked with the bowing is Aaron Martin, who’s rec…view full details.

Advance Base
Nephew In The Wild

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th August 2015

Since his last record as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, slumbering songwriter Owen Ashworth contributed to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed and objectively terrible ‘Benji’, which I hold him in a great deal of contempt for. PSA eve…view full details.

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Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th August 2015

It doesn’t matter how hard you try,  there’s no avoiding comparing this record to 1990’s superb ‘Fakebook’. This was the one where Yo La Tengo stopped making a racket, stripped down their sound to barely a whisper and raided their record collections for the finest songs you’ve never heard. It really was a…view full details.

Jean Guerin
Tacet

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 26th August 2015

What could the music to an anarchic film sound like? Visceral punk? Challenging war-collage? Johnny Rotten’s butter ads? To the musical mind of Jean Guerin, none of the above would do. Only the most avant-garde of psychedelic jazz could cut it, presented here for the first time since 1971 on black or (more) limited grey wax. Hold o…view full details.

Death And Vanilla
California Owls EP

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 25th August 2015

You know you've really made it as a band when you get discussed by suburbanites over the garden fence but Death and Vanilla was the subject my brothers neighbour wanted to discuss with him last week. Their drifty, dreamy sound has been line caught for anyone who misses Broadcast so bad their ears hurt. Unlike…view full details.

Saturn and the Sun
Journey To The Center Of Your Mind

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8/10 according to our Robin on 25th August 2015

Our latest in peeled and stretched VHS drones comes from crushcrew Saturn and the Sun, two members of the Skull Defekts who earlier this year proved to have no chill at all with the wonderful ‘Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones’. That release peered around the corner of ambient into …view full details.

Tarracoir
Growth

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8/10 according to our Robin on 25th August 2015

Woah okay there. This is some sort of thing. Tarracoir come self described as grindcore (a lie, for the most part), hardcore (a definite lie) and “not Normcore” (which is actually the truth). If there’s a genre that adequately describes people falling onto their instruments and smashing their heads against cym…view full details.

Drinks
Hermits On Holiday

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7/10 according to our Robin on 19th August 2015

This makes a sort of sense. Cate Le Bon has been confounding us for the last few years with records that sprint between singer-songwriter strums ‘n’ observations and laid-back psychedelia, while Tim Presley has long abandoned his time with punk music in favour of all the weird exce…view full details.

Briana Marela
All Around Us

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Briana Marela’s ‘All Around Us’ begins in a swirl of vocal loops and damp keyboard notes, the two circling around each other until you can’t tell what’s singing and what’s not. Such is the kind of deceptive pop music she makes best: the components of her sound, which alone are serene, seem to dig at each other…view full details.

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Terrible Feelings
Tremors

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7/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

Sometimes it feels like power pop’s literal definition is just “the fastest moving music that isn’t grindcore”, and on ‘Tremors’, Terrible Feelings are doing a good job of proving my point, zipping through their emotions and speeding past their own wistful nostalgic sighs. …view full details.

Paul Smith & The Intimations
Contradictions

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th August 2015

Perma-hatted Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith strikes out on his own again for an album of pleasant, serviceable indie-pop that doesn’t sound that far removed from his parent band. Smith has been most impressive of late when producing music outside his comfort zone (his collab with pal David Brewis of …view full details.

C418
Minecraft Volume Alpha

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CD on Ghostly. I hope you’ve heard of Minecraft. If not, it’s an incredibly popular game. Basically Lego for the MP3 generation. However here we have something which is very much a physical thing; a vinyl LP or CD of Minecraft Volume Alpha. It’s the soundtrack to the game which was created by German composer Daniel Rosenfeld, aka C418. It’s a collection of simple and so…view full details.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Rec Blast Motorbike

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Here they are then: the original Vibracathedral Orchestra, all together for maximum weirdo effect, churning their droned noise for VHF. The chances are that the Northerners among you will have seen one or two of the artists responsible for this purdy cacophony doing strange things to an instrument or box of pringles, but collectively they’…view full details.

Al Lover
Cave Ritual Redux

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7/10 according to our Robin on 19th August 2015

Yelping into an echoed mic today is Al Lover, who according to press boasts has been melting down the elixirs of hip-hop beatmaking and farout psych rock into one magic potion, making his ‘Cave Ritual’ record record that little bit less kosmische. In actuality, he starts out sounding kinda like …view full details.

Autobahn
Dissemble

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7/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

Post-punk dramatists Autobahn have everything that makes their genre feel like a pantomime. Their stoical, barbed wire band name is a proper description of the music, which uses goth vocal taunts and industrial beats to trade off the age old oxymoron of this music: is it churned out by machines or made by hyper-sensitive songwriters? …view full details.

Pere Ubu
Dub Housing

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 20th August 2015

In our latest filing disaster, Pere Ubu was filed under U so in an attempt to redress the balance I shall say some nice words on what is generally considered to be their best work the magnificently titled ‘Dub Housing’. Pere Ubu are one of those bands which surely must have sounded at the time like they had just arrived from …view full details.

Small Feet
From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean

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6/10 according to our Robin on 19th August 2015

Small Feet do the bold fragile feelings thing well on ‘From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean’ (phew), a record produced to make the whole earth sound like one big encased dome. In actuality, the band only fall into the trap of heightened and faraway drama a la Lo…view full details.

Gwilym Gold
A Paradise

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th August 2015

Although the press release mentions everyone but, it’s hard not to think of Radiohead’s other worldly balladry in this impressive debut. Gold successfully marries sparse, haunting piano chords with skittery beats and adds is own dreamy falsetto on top. So far, so Yorke and co. But this record h…view full details.

Wavves / Cloud Nothings
No Life For Me

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7/10 according to our Robin on 20th August 2015

Surf and gloom and fuzz, oh my. If ever there was the perfect grumpy indie rock boy collaboration, it’s this. Usually Wavves offers a slightly more upbeat flip of the coin to Dylan Baldi’s nostalgia-destroying emo pop, but ‘No Life For Me’ sees them ruminate in self-absorption together. Recorded with a short attention spa…view full details.

Metasplice
Metasplice

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

You know that artists go abstract when they release an octet of untitled tracks. Metasplice however are keeping it real, not resorting to an album named after punctuation and instead opting for a self-titled affair - this is who we are, this is our sound. But it sure is abstract, featuring varied digital jams that both glisten and haunt at once …view full details.

Isaiah Owens
You Without Sin Cast The First Stone

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

Sounding disarmingly older than it actually is, You Without Sin… is one man’s rough-hewn ode to the Lord with nought but an electric guitar, some old Alabama radio recording equipment and his devoted, soulful cry. Hailing from Alabama, Owens is not the guy from The Mars Volta but the one from gospel group the …view full details.

AFX (Aphex Twin)
orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

Not sure about you, but I can no longer keep up with this man-thing. New material is coming at a crazy rate, his sneaky tricks amongst them all. Oh wow, this user09784738 isn’t half bad at making glitch chill tech madness, where did they conjure these 200 tracks from? And now he’s playing the same card as computer controlled acou…view full details.

Ami Shavit
In Alpha Mood

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

This is one of those represses of highly sought after early electronic releases, this time from Israeli artist Ami Shavit, an LP that only had 500 made in 1977 with very little publicity or renown. It seems that a lot of gems of electronic stuff get revitalised, probably because these folks remained in their basement studios for a number of deca…view full details.

La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela
The Black Record

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9/10 according to our Robin on 19th August 2015

This landmark record helped develop drone (or, at least, it put some people onto the idea of it) while seemingly testing the waters of new age early into its existence. The first piece, recorded in 1969, brings together a sustained sine wave, courtesy of sound artist La Monte Thornton Young, with two steadfast vocal performances: his own, plus M…view full details.

Various
Bedroom Club III

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

The bedroom club assembles once every 2-3 years to provide a feast of post-club movements, a private take on the big-room phenomenon. This is the third of the No Pain In Pop series, featuring such new dank folks as Throwing Shade, Jire and …view full details.

Black Rain & Shapednoise
Apophis

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 19th August 2015

Throbbing, visceral noise buzzes from Blackest Ever Black regular Black Rain and Berlin’s resident renegade Shapednoise. It’s named after the asteroid that may or may not destroy earth in 2036, what more do you need to know? Destructive, powerful, evil and relentless are another 4 words that apply here. Bass synths and beats collide …view full details.

Peluche
The Guy With The Gammy Eye

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8/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

Blaring serenely out of the speakers this morning is Speedy Wunderground’s newest disorientating beacon of light, known in less stupid words as Peluche. As with many of Wunderground's releases, it feels like you’ve got the perfect signal of this band’s influences before they start fucking with something else entirely: ghost-can…view full details.

Deradoorian
The Expanding Flower Planet

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8/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

An affiliate of both the Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors campsites, Angel Deradoorian is no stranger to making that slightly weird but ultimately very catchy pop music that compels as it estranges. Both of the indie rock bands …view full details.

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Woven Skull
Lair Of The Glowing Bantling

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8/10 according to our Robin on 18th August 2015

The first side of this folk freak storm sees the Woven Skull crew offer a prologue of oscillating guitar strums, plus marching percussion working on a couple of levels; the forceful kick drum bobs along like a force of nature while a tambourine shakes to suggest the human imprint on the record. It goes and goes, the band ambling towar…view full details.

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