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Minor Victories
Minor Victories

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Minor Victories are the absolute perfect band for today’s Twitter generation. Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai/ 24.4K Twitter followers) , Rachel Goswell (Slowdive/ 9.7k Twitter followers  Justin Lockey (Editors/ 3.1K Twitter followers) and Justin’s brother James (can’t find…view full details.

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Helm & Decimus
We Will Meet At Other Human Parties

37 people love me. Be the 38th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Both Luke Younger and Pat Murano have set the bar high with their solo productions as Helm and Decimus - so a collaborative record is a tantalising proposition for devourers of freaky sonics. On paper ‘We Will Meet At Other Human Parties’ should be …view full details.

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Lone
Levitate

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Ant

Nottingham lad Matt Cutler aka Lone is back with his sixth album - his third for R&S with a concise 9 track LP channeling the spirit of rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hardcore, Jungle, House and ambient. The producer wastes little time in bringing the party - opening with the energetic breakbeats and sparkling Detro…view full details.

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Blush Response
Body Architect

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

8/10 according to our Ant

4-track EP of potent industrial techno/ EBM from New York but now Berlin based producer Joey Blush - and it’s an absolute banger. ‘Body Artifakt’ kicks things off with jackhammer kicks, shuffling hi-hats, clattering metal and nasty, searing synth like bolts of pure electricity to the cranium. ‘Body Artifex’ increases the distortion t…view full details.

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Mirror Gaze
Watch

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Absolutely exclusive to us, this cassette marks the debut of dark and interesting duo Mirror Gaze. Rather like the recent Northern Exchange material, this has a Young Marble Giants vibe about the vocals but rather than being wistful and pastoral this contains dark and dangerous repeato-melodie…view full details.

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Atlantikwall
Atlantikwall

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

I was listening to this whilst doing something completely different and for some reason got it into my head that it was Death in Vegas. "This new Death in Vegas" LP is really super" I thought. The entire first half of the first side of the tape is taken over with a ten minute track called 'Constellation' which I can't really explain using words. It's brillia…view full details.

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Second Woman
Second Woman

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv join forces as Second Woman for a collaborative LP on John Elliott's Spectrum Spools imprint. It’s been some years since we had any new material from these guys - both great artists in their …view full details.

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Gold Panda
Good Luck and Do Your Best

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

It may be unseasonably cold and rainy outside but that doesn’t stop Gold Panda’s latest opus becoming my potential Album of the Summer. Now please don’t be upset with me but until recently I only judged Gold Panda’s music as a pleasant distraction. The sort of ok-tronica that runs along pleasantly in the background but 'Good Luck and Do Your Best' seems to take everyth…view full details.

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Ilya Beshevli
Wanderer

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Fuck I need to get out of the city. Dirt, bricks etc. This record is a piano led slice of escapism from city life.    It’s perky, the opening title track is Max Richter lovely, bustling along like a shopper heading through the Parisian crowds with delicious string plucks and sweeps accompanying the busy, melodic piano p…view full details.

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Szun Waves
At Sacred Walls

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

So here’s another group that like to dismember then remember the Sun’s name. I know, ‘remember’ doesn’t mean ‘to put one’s head back on’, but it should. Anyway, it’s a partnership formed from marvellous synthman Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike of the PVT band (not PTV, mind) and Jack Wyl…view full details.

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Lee Gamble
Chain Kinematics

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

9/10 according to our Laurie

Thunderous kick barrages and flashy white noise hihats adorn Lee Gamble’s new 12” on his new label UIQ with some new music on. Big news. Lets just clarify this right now: this is some hard stuff. The privileged A1 position is filled by a track called ‘004’ that launches straight into ~145bpm leftfield hardcore techno that’s like Clark on…view full details.

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Holy Fuck
Congrats

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Oh shit it’s Holy Fuck. Watch out they’re coming this way and they’ve got synths and illegal fireworks and one of them is juggling snares. This might be it for us, it’s been an honour reviewing with you, and wait, what’s one of them carrying, is… that’s a diploma. Happy graduation, dude, congrats. Nice one. Intro to Poli Synth really paid off. …view full details.

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans

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

What we have here is something many assumed wouldn’t ever happen: new music from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. After getting a reputation among the vinyl heads for their spacey, funky, jazzy 1970’s sound. After a 30 year gap they reformed, and a few years later we have We All Be Africans, as full of gorgeous energetic vibes as ever. On Strut.…view full details.

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Various
VA1+2

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

Gathering together a collection of musicians from within the broad and overlapping sound-worlds of leftfield electronics and electroacoustic experimentation, this rather fine and tasty compilation is in aid of a good cause, to boot: Alzheimer's Research. Never take your brain for granted, folks. I'm not just saying that because dementia touched my father's side of the family. I am just about ta…view full details.

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ZoZo / Esper Scout
International Waters / Gaps In The Border Fence

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Herein you are listening to me talk about the 7" by two bands of the Leeds Chunk contingent, who happily complement each other on their race to the peak of non-league indie rock greatness. My sources inform me that ZoZo feature local personalities Kang Clinton and Tom Trobbler, both playing in a furiously frantic but rhythmically tight indie rock band t…view full details.

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yellow6
springsun

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

Lovely, delicately strummed ambient guitar from yellow6. I’m a lucky guy to be listening to this, today, on a Tuesday with the sun filtering through the streaky, late-Spring skies over Holbeck. The rays percolate through the trees by the overpass, if I turn my neck just far enough without straining as my back is to the far-side office windows coated with Leeds ring road grime. Advantageou…view full details.

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Mutual Benefit
Skip a Sinking Stone

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee) got thrust kicking and screaming into the mainstream when his previous album 'Love's Crushing Diamond' became the first Bandcamp only release to be awarded Pitchfork's Best New Music. Although a fine album, it was hard for it to live up to such hype  - I mean what was it they saw that justified such excitement? Well this follow up carries along in a …view full details.

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Africans With Mainframes
K.M.T.

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Slammin’ debut album from Jamal Moss and cuz Noleian Reusse as Africans With Mainframes. Long overdue after 12”s for Mathematics, Creme Organization and …view full details.

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Pentagram Home Video
Who's Out There?

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Ooo, is it 80s synth soundtrack time already? To maintain the truest sense of a ‘found film’, the creators, or those cheeky folks at Death Waltz, have put the original Pentagram Home Video ident as the first track. Not as cheesy as most idents, and I’ve heard a lot in my time. Certainly better than the one that KMAH plaster on our NR show (next one on the 28th May oh yes, exci…view full details.

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Sam Gellaitry
Escapism EP

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

9/10 according to our Laurie

This guy is about 5 years old and makes beats heavier than all the food he’s eaten in his life. Clint says that XL probably need some fresh meat to replace Jamie XX; they know what they’re doing. I know that this is a completely different style of beat, but this one destroys ol’ JXX. It begins with a sort of FlyLo…view full details.

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WANDA GROUP
Central Heating

41 people love me. Be the 42nd...

9/10 according to our Ant

Louis Johnstone’s second LP for Opal Tapes arrives some four years after his well received ‘Piss Fell Out Like Sunlight’ album from the label. During the time that has elapsed, this modern Musique concrète practitioner’s sound has definitely evolved - but really I’m not quite sure what I’…view full details.

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The Big Moon
Cupid

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

There I am watching the video. Dreaming up a million ways I can say this is rubbish when I realise...to my horror....it is rather good.  The Big Moon are a London quartet who wear short shorts and release the type of weirdly tuneful pop that we once had to rely on the Deal sisters to make.  The singer has a voice towards the lower end of the female spectrum and sings over a sp…view full details.

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Elon Katz
The Human Pet

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

8/10 according to our Ant

I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of this record at first but it’s really growing on me. Elon Katz if you don’t know has worked under a few aliases; Aeylen Orion Auspex, White Car, Aguirre and is part of Streetw…view full details.

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Truth
War Of The Minds

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Mala’s Deep Medi continue their conquest of the dubstep and grime spheres with a new 12" from NZ wobblers Truth. Discogs tells me that they did a split with someone called ‘Optimus Gryme’ back in ‘09. All you need to know. Well, no, that’s not all you need to know, there’s some music here, I almost forgot. War of the Minds is like a Deep Medi…view full details.

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Charalambides
Strangle The Wretched Heavens

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

8/10 according to our Robin

The Charalambides moniker contains two musical naysayers, both of whom now make their own kinda weirdness elsewhere. Christina Carter finds new ways to unfold her guitar while also performing vocal pieces in newly intense and often suffocating ways (‘Masque Femine’ is a whispered avant-garde classic), while Tom Cart…view full details.

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Charalambides
Glowing Raw

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

8/10 according to our Robin

The second in a twin reissue of Charalambides records, ‘Glowing Raw’ sees psychedelic duo Tom and Christina Carter using their teamwork for a similarly unwinding, warped kinda guitar music -- it meanders in and out as the two of them feed off one another’s energy, Tom Carter’s guitar finding Christina Carter’s vocal or indeed reproaching from it. Where &lsq…view full details.

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We say: Smooth, dark and dramatic just like my coffee.

Marissa Nadler
Strangers

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

9/10 according to our Robin

I’m unfamiliar with Marissa Nadler, but in her world, it doesn’t seem to matter. ‘Strangers’ is the kind of record that immediately prepares a table for you at its world; it pulls up a chair and you fall through the void in the floor, falling out onto a world of quiet, abandoned and ever-so gothic architecture. Obviously an extremely good songwriter, Nadler’s new r…view full details.

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Near The Parenthesis
Helical

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

8/10 according to our Robin

I’m banishing myself into the corner with the hope I may visit upon yet another drone netherworld. Here lies the new record from well-rested busybee Tim Arndt, going under the far more convoluted moniker of Near the Parenthesis. That could well be the most drone artist name of all time -- sometimes I want to write my reviews for music like this entirely wrapped in parentheses, just to poi…view full details.

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Adult Jazz
Earrings Off!

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

8/10 according to our Robin

If I had to explain Adult Jazz, hereby referred to as Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhdult Jazz!!???!?!?!?, I would say this: they do a lot of things in a nice room. Their stunning and willfully obnoxious debut, ‘Gist Is’, took apart its built bricks and threw them ‘round the room ‘til someone declared the mess prodigal, centering multi-story songs around an erudite vocal performance …view full details.

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Melanie de Biasio
Blackened Cities

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

The sleeve is a black and white shot of an industrial area…say Middlesborough. On a yellow post it note the words ‘IAN WANTS PROMO’ scream out at me. However this ain’t no tiresome post rock  - they are elements of post-rock for sure but more in your Bark Psychosis/early Tortoise vein and over the top like a but…view full details.

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David Coulter & Seb Rochford
Good Friday

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Norman Records Sitcom Idea 45: a man with a mouth harp moves in with a guy who plays the drums and they accidentally get booked at the arena gigs that Muse are supposed to be playing. Real life humans David Coulter and Sebastian Rochford are the best bet for this hilarious scripted event, in that they’ve collaborated on a record that mostly consists of the forme…view full details.

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Circles
Structures: Unreleased Material 1985-1989

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

8/10 according to our Robin

These are the kind of sounds I would take with me to a marine trench. I’m not going to visit one, because I’m not a marine biologist, but Circles music makes me think of unfathomable depths, as if below their electronic sounds are yet more sounds I can’t hear, at anti-altitudes I could never know. “Surface de Glace” begins on a lovely, subdued sustain with…view full details.

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Sarah Davachi
Dominions

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

9/10 according to our Robin

“Nothing worse than half-arsed drone” -- Kim, 2016 Sarah Davachi’s 2015 record, ‘Baron’s Court’, may well have been the most quintessentially drone record I’ve ever heard. Released on Students of Decay, a banner tone label that sounds like what would happen if you transposed the silences between talking and music on BBC Radio 3, it soug…view full details.

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Suso Saiz
Odisea

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

Spanish musician Suso Sáiz was, apparently, a prolific producer at the forefront of Spain’s experimental music scene from the late 1970s, who recorded with many popular musicians in his homeland as well as with such luminaries as Steve Roach and Salif Keita. So why is this record the first I have heard from him? Three tracks in an I have become acutely aware that the people…view full details.

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Antonymes
(For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

Antonymes -- musician/photographer/designer Ian M. Hazeldine -- strange and fantastic music to reflect strange and fantastic surroundings. He begins at the piano, playing and rearranging notes and then adds detail at his computer to create the fully formed pieces that make his music. It’s these little details that provide interest; the moments of quiet solitude evoked by his piano playing…view full details.

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Daniel W J Mackenzie
Glass Permanent

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

Daniel W J Mackenzie has worked under the alias Ekca Liena. Here, Daniel has composed six atmospheric soundscapes to restful and cinematic effect. His sound design credentials often come to the fore on this album; metallic chimes of processed glockenspiel ring in from many angles, on the second and third tracks ‘Lost Jewels (i)+(ii)’. On the first part these sounds are feathery-soft…view full details.

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Adam Betts / worriedaboutsatan / Negra Branca / Orcer
Rail Cables - Autumn Selection 2015

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

Here we have the 4th (and final?) instalment in the Rail Cables series, all containing new music inspired by modern railways. Because, I don’t know about you, but travelling over t’Pennines on a dirty old train always fills me with inspiration, to cry. Mostly. This volume reflects autumn, the season of rich golden colours and mellow fruitfulness. Each musician gets a whole side of a…view full details.

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Piano Magic
Son De Mar

81 people love me. Be the 82nd...

9/10 according to our Phil

Here's Phil's review from back in 2007 when we were at the cutting edge of music journalism.  The new Piano Magic CD is absolutely lovely - by far the most lovely thing they have done. Beautiful classical ambience, a little Godspeed-y in places. Very grand and yet melancholic at times.&nbs…view full details.

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Eyedress
Shapeshifter LP

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

I've been meaning to review this album for far too long now. What perhaps has stopped me is in thinking how to get across it's almost genre-less structure. The album was put together by Eyedress in his Manila home but he has reached out all around the world in search of collaborators and it's this playful collaboration that gives the album it's worldly flavour. The initial tracks are of…view full details.

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