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The Still
The Still

40 people love me. Be the 41st...

9/10 according to our Robin

The Still, I think, are liars. I’ve been doing my best impression of boring second-fiddle detective Lewis in investigating their history on the internet; their own press release claims they hold influence over every famous musician with the surname Young and takes credit for the world population boom. On further inspection, though, when I listen to the clue that is the band’s music …view full details.

The Jayhawks
Paging Mr. Proust

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

CO-PRODUCED BY PETER BUCK screams the large font down at the bottom of the promo CD. Indeed this long running Minneapolis band and the former R.E.M guitarist are the perfect fit. The opening ‘Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces’ is a jangling 12 string delight with a verse courtesy of …view full details.

Kane Ikin
Modern Pressure

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Modern Pressure eh! Tell me about it, man. My iCloud password is playing up and I’m visualising myself taking a flight to Apple HQ with a Samurai Sword. Oh hang on, they’ll not let me on a plane with a weapon… I haven’t really thought this one out... Currently easing the stress is this thorou…view full details.

Nathan Melja
No No No

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

You should have seen me this morning. In my lap were scores of obscure dance 12”s that Ian had kindly plonked in my box for ‘review’ and I was trying to discern which, if any should be listened to. It’s safe to say dear readers that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. This one jumped out though  - not because of the sleeve whic…view full details.

Squadra Blanco
Night of the Illuminati

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Ant

One of only two releases on Viewlexx sub-label Holosynthesis, 2002’s ‘Night of the Illuminati’ has long been a cherished component in Danny Wolfer’s rapidly expanding discography. There was a point in time where this exchanged hands for big bucks --even the 2013 repress. Bu…view full details.

We say: Domeheaded ambient lord gets cinematic.

Brian Eno
The Ship

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

A new Brian Eno album is always something to get excited about, but particularly after a four year wait and in collaboration with the iconic Warp records. The Ship is Eno on classic form, creating beautiful ambient music built from minimalist drones. Here he's also particularly fascinated with looping voices and has included a Velvet Underground cover for good measure. …view full details.

We say: NY folk guy re-imagines 'Alladin'.

Adam Green
Aladdin

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Sometimes brilliant songwriter and total and utter lunatic Adam Green has remade ‘Aladdin’. Please don’t ask why. It's not for us to question, let’s just accept it as fact. He has made minor changes to the story though, the lamp for example is now a 3D printer. It’s the sort of stuff you get up to when you live in New York.  Here is the sound…view full details.

Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Hello. It is the return of party fusion contingent Melt Yourself Down and that is good. I am RSVPing to them with this review. We’ve already had hints of their return this year with a side-project by way of the Comet Is Coming, a more cerebral and often more psychedelic workout. ‘Last Evenings On Earth’ promises the same tectonic sax j…view full details.

Sand Circles
Motor City

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

You know that time where you hear something good and new and you think  - this must catch on. This exact thing happens on the second track here ‘White Sand’ which is a magnificent slurp of Boards of Canada trying to replicate ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ over a thumping techno beat. The who…view full details.

Antwood
Virtuous.Scr

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

For his debut full-length, microbiologist and electronics wizard Antwood joins the legendary Planet Mu label. His Virtuous.scr album plays with ideas of artificial intelligence and the internet, and his sound is a dense collage of glassy synth textures, cut-up percussion and abrasive mangled samples. …view full details.

Caroline K
Now Wait For Last Year

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Ant

First ever vinyl reissue of this beautiful, cinematic, narcotic synth LP from 1985. The late Caroline K was half of UK underground industrial duo Nocturnal Emissions along with Nigel Ayres with whom she also co-founded cult label Sterile Records which o…view full details.

We say: The funky, sleazy and futuristic world of electronic pioneer re-assessed.

Egyptian Lover
1983–1988

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Absolutely essential anthology for anyone interested in early West Coast hip-hop / foundation electro or just old school hip hop in general. Greg Broussard aka Egyptian Lover is a legendary figure that began his musical career in the early 80’s as a DJ in Los Angeles crew Uncle Jamm’s Army and …view full details.

We say: Soulful, loop heavy hip-hop on Stones Throw.

Samiyam
Animals Have Feelings

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

The only music that is really doing it for me is yet again hip-hop. With great records in the racks from Dalek and soon Homeboy Sandman and the severely hip-hop influenced Gold Panda the genre is more alive and kicking than half a dozen of the lauded indie strummers put to…view full details.

Pity Sex
White Hot Moon

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Robin

I could sit here and feel sorry for relationship-nihilists Pity Sex all day, since they’re saying things like “nothing matters” overtop sad, subliminally shoegazed guitars. That’s basically all the things that blogs find sad! The Michigan quartet last sounded exactly like this on ‘Feast of Love’, a victoriously downbeat record from way back in 2013; three yea…view full details.

M. Ostermeier
Tiny Birds

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

Clint has just handed me the latest neoclassical opus by M Ostermeier to review. Marc -- that's what the 'M' stands for, by the way -- is a professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering, label co-founder, composer, musician, polymath, Baltimorian.  It's funny, because Clint knows I have a penchant for all things instrumental and sparse but he probably didn't know how much I like…view full details.

John Williams
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

Think it’s fair to say pretty much everyone was excited in some way about the reviving of Star Wars. Now you can get John Williams’ grand(as ever) soundtrack on double picture disc. Now you can fill every moment in the Star Wars universe, without damaging that precious DVD, or your eyes for that matter…view full details.

Joep Beving
Solipsism

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

I'm half way through the opening track on Joep's latest CD and I am struck by the clear and overwhelming thought that this is the sort of stately, austere and classical work that Nils Frahm would give his right hand to authentically replicate.. or at least the pinkie finger on his right hand. He could still play the piano the…view full details.

Steve Nolan
Sodium Party

57 people love me. Be the 58th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

The soundtrack to the indie film and dark fairytale 'Sodium Party' is presented here on a hand-numbered, limited-to-100 cassette with new artwork specially for this release. This is the sort of attention to detail we like to see; the tape itself is housed in a split-colour shell -- side A on the white side, the 'light' side of the score and the other side is the negative of that, white letters …view full details.

Ksiezyc
Rabbit Eclipse

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Two of the Polish people that I’ve known over the years have been right hard bastards. One of them used to have half a dead cow hanging in his garage - off of which he’d tenderly carve strips of raw meat and munch on them whenever I went round for the loan of a spanner and such like - he lived to the age of 89. A true beast of a human.... So, like I&r…view full details.

Vanessa Amara
You're Welcome Here

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Posh Isolation may well be home to the grouchy young punx and noisemakers a la Communions, Damien Dubrovnik, Marching Church and that, but I like it best when they do the drone. ‘You’re Welcome Here’ is a monolith of a record the likes of which the label has never seen: it’s an organ-screeching, bell-ringing, string-swelling ambient filibuster that makes one feel like th…view full details.

We say: Beautiful opus of gentle guitars.

Western Skies Motel
Settlers

51 people love me. Be the 52nd...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Oh this is just lovely. Western Skies Motel is Danish guitar maestro René Gonzàlez Schelbeck who has managed to concoct one of those albums which from the very opening notes engulfs you band takes you to a place more peaceful than where you reside. The opening ‘Falling Leaves’ is delightful with expertly picked nylon strung acoustic guitar…view full details.

Puce Mary
The Spiral

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Puce Mary has been accused of diluting the original formula of noise/ industrial music with “weedy synth”. I can see the point, although I don’t see it as strictly following the same lineage. I just see it as something different. Had the groundwork not been layed, someone surely would have eventually arrived at this music, weedy synth or not. An…view full details.

Ansome
Stowaway

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Ant

After a slew of 12”s for Mord, South London Analogue Material, Perc Trax, Mindcut, THEM etc. Kieran Whitefield unleashes an absolutely crushing, deadly debut album of ‘floor shredding…view full details.

Model 500
Night Drive

39 people love me. Be the 40th...

10/10 according to our Ant

True story: I wanted to call my first child Metroplex but my wife was having none of it... This is, in my opinion, among one of thee finest records any human being could ever wish to own. Originally released back in 1985 - it still sounds like the future. I could fucking cry thinking a…view full details.

Krano
Requiescat In Plavem

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Neil Young has lost it. The Pono is weird; ‘The Montano Years’ was a bad record; he has spent too much time with Jack White. I say this because Krano’s new record, ‘Requiescat In Pavem’, begins like a mischievous version of “Out On The Weekend”, bringing me back to a time when Young was m…view full details.

Whitney K
Goodnight

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Robin

The 4-track is the lunchbox of the music world. You can take it with you to work! You can have a sonic picnic! It is rucksack adjacent. In this case, though, Konnor Whitney just keeps his in his bedroom and records onto it as and when he feels, which is how ‘Goodnight’ sounds: at turns whimsical and wistful, it sounds like he recorded these songs on momentary melodic epiphanies, lik…view full details.

Sontag Shogun
2015, NYC

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Hm. I’m acutely aware that I might be listening to something good. This might be a problem; I’ve been lying about bad music so long that I’ve forgotten how to tell the truth about the good stuff. Let’s just agree that I’m not double-bluffing and talk about the beauty codified into the music of ‘2015, nyc’, the newest tape by Sontag Shogun. This group ar…view full details.

Sophia
As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Hi Sophia, been awhile. My friends child who was named after the band is now five or something which I think is roughly the number of years since the last Sophia album (actually seven). Sophia are the project of the magnificently named Robin Proper-Sheppard formerly of the God Machine who were a …view full details.

We say: Much anticipated fourth from electronic entertainer.

Andy Stott
Too Many Voices

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s the man Andy Stott making that electronic music thing again. Music from another planet, robots, the future, an alternate universe, or just Garageband. In a world of drag-and-drop loops, who stands against the forces of awful music, to live another day in audible paradise? I don’t know if Andy Stott is the messiah of electronic music, but he certainly knows how to wrench…view full details.

Voices From The Lake
Secondo Tempo

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Fresh from twanging a mouth harp at you for an hour, Donato Dozzy re-unites with Neel to produce more of their elegant techno as Voices from the Lake. Here we have three tracks of organic techno that sits uneasily with the clatter and bang of the office where people run around at breakneck speed. This is much more relaxed tha…view full details.

We say: Delicate and rich folk fables from master of the genre.

Matt Elliott
The Calm Before

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Matt Elliott’s move from drum’n’ bass ’n’ noise troubadour with Third Eye Foundation to dark folkster could never have been predicted but on this his eight (is that right?) solo album he has reached a career high point in terms of his songwriting based work. 'The Calm Before' is a beautiful album of gentle cla…view full details.

Kyson
A Book Of Flying

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

Jian Kellett Liew, aka Kyson, has set his delicate vocals to elegantly picked guitar and softly fluttering electronics to create an effect not unlike an electronic Jose Gonzalez. The eleven songs across the record are (seemingly) effortless in capturing a sense of twilit wistfulness. The track “You” is a particularly beautiful example of bitterswe…view full details.

Henning Christiansen
Requiem of Art fluxorum organum II Opus 50

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

First issued in 1973 ‎alongside his Scottish Symphony, the collaborative work with artist Joseph Beuys, ‘Requiem of Art Fluxorum organum II Opus 50’ is literally a requiem over the role of art in the 1960s. In the summer of 1969 Henning Christiansen made on-site field recordings for the film, ‘The Search’ on heathland in Jutland, Denmark. Christiansen added his field…view full details.

Oren Ambarchi / Stefano Pilia / Massimo Pupillo
Aithein

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

'Aithein' finds the ever-prolific Oren Ambarchi on droney guitar and drum duties in collaboration with friends Stefano Pilia (guitar) and Massimo Pipilllo (Zu, bass) on a two track release that bridges post rock, improvisation and er, drone. Both of these long-form tracks were recorded live! At the Freakout Club! Which, if I were to hazard a guess, I would have said was in Berlin. But I would b…view full details.



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