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Ulrika Spacek
The Album Paranoia

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

9/10 according to our Robin

It’s a brave new world we live in when I’m reviewing a record off of an NME stream, but here we are -- I’m pretty sure Chris Moyles orchestrated this in collaboration with Windows 10. Ulrika Spacek are sugar free psychedelic merchants from London, and if their upcoming tour with Sunflower Bean isn’t enough of a clue, here’s the …view full details.

C Joynes / Nick Jonah Davis
Split Electric

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Norman Records Sitcom Scenario #32: what if two improv guitarists lived together and had to split an electricity bill? You’d have ‘Split Electric’, a charming show with a two season run. C Joynes and Nick Jonah Davis are the recurring stars, and in this particular episode they also play some of that gorgeous guitar -- one after the other, because it’s important to queue.…view full details.

Micah P. Hinson & Nick Phelps
Broken Arrows

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Also known as ‘You Think You’re Fucking Ennio Morricone’, the new collaboration between Micah P. Hinson and Nick Phelps tries to muster up the spirit of a terse, hate-filled Western while smashing plates and distorting the airwaves for some real feral rock music. Yes, it feels kinda like watching your choice Western (I can only think of &l…view full details.

Hanz
Reducer

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Having just released Roly Porter’s destructive LP Third Law, Tri Angle decide that they haven’t provided enough of an audio battering to the ears of their followers. Enter the choppy productions of US audio subverter Hanz, who, by the looks of things, has made it onto wax for the first time with this here Reducer record. His…view full details.

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier
Breadwoman & Other Tales

35 people love me. Be the 36th...

9/10 according to our Robin

If you can believe it, this record dates back to the early ‘80s, when Anna Homler and Steve Moshier were deep into their own isolated avant-garde pursuits. Homler, a vocalist interested in language and intonation, conceived fractured, untranslatable songs; listening to them on their own, the pauses and overlays would sound like gaping chasms and urgent interruptions. Using a bedrock of hi…view full details.

Various
Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Had someone asked me three weeks ago what I thought Gqom was, I probably would have assumed it was the latest internet available legal high the kids are all getting buzzed up on. I would have of course been wrong. Turns out a short distance from the beautiful sandy beaches of Durban --the coastal city in Eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in the townships and suburbs, you…view full details.

ZULI
Bionic Ahmed EP

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

8/10 according to our Ant

The second offering on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label comes from Cairo dwelling producer Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI with the ‘Bionic Ahmed EP’. Opening with the heavy, stoned beats, metallic chimes and processed vocal of futurist hip-hopper ‘Robotic Handshake’. A tune which feels s…view full details.

Vic Mars
The Land and The Garden

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

9/10 according to our Laurie

Land and gardens. Can you get any more pastoral than that combination? Possibly with the addition of a disgruntled farmer and flagons of ale, and suddenly we’ve landed in The Shire. I like to think that Frodo and Sam would have approved of this study in the sound of their homeland, what with its flutes and Vaughan Williams worship, had they taken those music critic jobs instead of saving …view full details.

Working For A Nuclear Free City
What Do People Do All Day?

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

When you work in an office which is just one bit of DNA away from being that of Nathan Barley it’s a question I often ask myself. Playing and shouting seems to be the answer. In slightly related news I’m devastated to learn that there are 14 songs here. That’s more work for me then. At least Celer had the decency to make a one track album this wee…view full details.

Nuel
Hyperboreal

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Nuel is Manuel Fogliata, an Italian DJ, ambienter, and Donato Dozzy collaborator (he was partially responsible for those now mega-rare Aquaplano releases) who makes ambitious music when he gets into album mode. Large swathes of sound rise into walls of shimmering frequencies both mechanistic and awe-strikingly beautiful on Hyperboreal, his second albu…view full details.

eagle/deer
The Summer Of Sepia

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

It’s not often I like country-ish things these days (I had a 'phase' back in the early 2000's) but this snagged my ear as soon as it started playing in the office. It’s the solo project of Sara Bennett from Massachusets who has apparently had this album ‘in the can’ for several years . If you’d like to see what Sara looks like,  she’s there on the…view full details.

Letherette
Refresh

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Not that I was ever a '90's house guy but this is gorgeous. You can throw all the DJ Sneak comparisons you like at me and I'll not know what you are talking about but caress my ears softly with this and I'm fit to burst.  Letherette have been around awhile making sleek and soulful house from their Wolverhampton hideaway, this fou…view full details.

Cross Record
Wabi Sabi

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8/10 according to our Robin

Ba Da Bing! almost accidentally release a pop album but it’s okay because Cross Record are aware of the dilemma and spin in and out of hooks, not straight through them. Described in the press world as a record happening between long work weeks in places like supermarkets, ‘Wabi-Sabi’ sounds like a band creating a dense, magical forest underneath horribly bright artificial ligh…view full details.

Josephine Foster
No More Lamps In The Morning

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Let’s do an anecdotal review, shall we? I’ve heard ‘No More Lamps In The Morning’ delicately swamping its way through our office speakers three or four times, and not once has it come close to clicking: out in the field, like that, it’s a stagnating record, a Basically Foster record of homogenous strums and trailing lyricism. Now the headphones are on, my …view full details.

DIIV
Is The Is Are

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck ups with a bassist who says dubious things on the internet. On record however they are delight. One wonders how people with so many problems manage to make such uplifting music. Opener 'Out of Mind' fairly skips along like …view full details.

Game Theory
Lolita Nation

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

Oh my goodness where to start with this. The most sprawlingly ambitious power-pop/pop-psyche record ever made. Me and 'Lolita Nation' go back a long way. It was a sign of my youth that when I bought it (from York's legendary Red Rhino records) that I was unable to play it straight away as I had to go on a picnic with my parents. So instead I stared at the sleeve wondering what songs such as "Wa…view full details.

Stabat Stable
Ultrissima On The Junk's Moon

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Incoming revived synth musique alert. The folks at Cache Cache have been digging deep into the French hillsides to unearth such lost treasures as you’ve never heard, unless you’ve been on the Norman site in the last 3-5 years. Once you get past the oodles of baby heads on spikes (if you can), you’ll find plenty of synthetic noises buried in tape hiss that are more than left of…view full details.

AMM
AMMMUSIC

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

9/10 according to our Jim

Avant garde protean Oren Ambarchi slices through the dull swathe of experimental mediocrity to take us straight to the source of some of the most challenging music ever committed to tape with this first ever vinyl reissue of AMM’s 1966 debut album. I remember first listening to this startling record by the ‘Rolls Royce’ of free improv groups…view full details.

METZ
Eraser / Pure Auto

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

8/10 according to our Robin

A 7” tone burst of Metz succinctly doing all that which they do unto you: pushed back gang chants, pushing out one word at a time; guitars swinging in and out of conflict under a full car-wash of distortion and bouts of wallowing feedback; good drums with the occasional emphasised fill. “Eraser” is wonderful and dreadful in that way that Metz do, though its most appealing mome…view full details.

Surgeon
From Farthest Known Objects

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Surgeon tunes into transmissions from distant galaxies on his latest album on his Dynamic Tension imprint. Sounds unmistakably Surgeon - yet his current modular setup has invigorated his sound to some extent. There's some real grizzly, gnarly tracks on here that are bound to rip dancefloors apart but there's also s…view full details.

Yves De Mey
Drawn With Shadow Pens

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Antwerp’s Yves De Mey (Line, Sandwell District, Opal Tapes, Modal Analysis, Semantica) pops up on John Elliott's Spectrum Spools label for a nine track double LP of tracks recorded in …view full details.

Eddie Halliday
Wooze

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

9/10 according to our Laurie

The outer sleeve declares Wooze as a series of ‘rich and organic soundscapes for fans of lo-fi indie and ambient drone’. Where’s Robin when you need him?? Oh right, he’s just over there. But his ears are currently broken, so he can only hear the spangled frequencies of the Psych explosion, the poor soul. Get well soon Robin. When he’s not drenching…view full details.

Joshua Bonnetta
Lago

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Joshua Bonnetta is a US/Canadian film and recording artist who likes to capture places in various forms, this time turning his attention to representing a small Californian town through sound art. Arming himself with contact mics, hydrophones, plain ol’ mics and tapes, he goes on a voyage of discovery, but what does he find?? The mics do a great job of collecting various gravelly …view full details.

Fennesz
Mahler Remix

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Oh what is he up to now? He’s sampled bits if Gustav Mahler’s symphonies and created a performance out of them. It’s very nice indeed. Churning billowing orchestral sounds waft like smoke drifting across the sky especially on the first section (no titles just 1,2,3,4 to signify the sides). The opening piece then falls away only to return distorted by layers of sludge, …view full details.

Mark Wynn
The Singles

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

8/10 according to our Nathon

To get the obvious comparison out of the way: Mark Wynn's songs are witty, irreverent, heavily concerned by the mundane details of everyday life, politically aware, peppered with fruity expletives and determinedly lo-fi. They are delivered sprechgesang in a regional English dialect. This is a Harbinger Sound release of a collect…view full details.

nonkeen
The Gamble

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

This record follows the bizarre story of the band’s early stages. Imagine a sunny mid-90s German fairground with Nils Frahm, Sebastian Singwald and Frederic Gmeiner playing mildly bleak, semi-electronic jams to passing families. What a sight. All of a sudden, a roundabout seat comes flying off and the passengers land in the kick drum and bass amp. …view full details.


Throw Down Bones
Throw Down Bones

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Phil: There’s something out on Fuzz Club. Me: What? Silence Me: What? Phil: Oh I dunno, (mumble mumble). So went my intro into the world of Throw Down Bones a coldwave duo who have already played at the prestigious Liverpool psych fest. From the grimy effects laden opener ‘Exposure’ this is my kind of psych. No twiddling. The title is no…view full details.

Mike Cooper
New Kiribati

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

So I go onto the Discogs page to find out who Mike Cooper is (because I’m only 10 years old) and find the words ‘British folk blues vocalist and guitarist’. What? From the sounds that are entering the ears from this slab of wax called New Kiribati, it is hard to hear the OG folkie strums of the Mike Cooper of old. Just had a listen to the old stuff and can totally und…view full details.

Rommek
Moth Hole

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Following releases from Samuel Kerridge, Sigha and Makaton on James Ruskin’s Blueprint imprint; London producer Rommek joins the ranks and serves up a bangin’ 4-track EP. Chunky, woody …view full details.

Emma Pollock
In Search of Harperfield

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Late of the much missed the Delgados -  who’d have thought that Emma Pollock would still be releasing quality albums in 2016? Not me for sure but there again I have no faith in anyone.  Here, Pollock returns for the first time in six years with a confident album of twisty turn guitar pop which is both interesting and 6 Music playlis…view full details.

Miranda Lee Richards
Echoes of the Dreamtime

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

"You like this kind of stuff?" speaks Phil with a snark in his voice whilst some lilting country rock plays in the background. Yes it’s true indeed. I like that kind of stuff.   The first I saw of Miranda Lee Richards was the appearance she made in 'Dig', desperately fretting about Anton's latest mess. Pre-that she was taught to play …view full details.

Tuff Love
Resort

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Tuff Love are two ladies from Scotland who make simple but melodic indie pop which references the sweet poppy 80’s indie pop of the Primitives as much as it does the noisier ’90’s fuzz of the Breeders and Veruca Salt. I’m also very happy that the inner sle…view full details.

Decimus
Decimus 7

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Imagine you’re telepathically receiving a sonic transmission from the future played by The Magic Band and Sun Ra’s Arkestra reincarnated as droids. They’re jamming with The Skaters alien twins - playing electronic music on some distant planet in a parallel universe while you&rsq…view full details.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Cognition / Observation

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a man many of you will be familiar with from his excellent  long player on Type, or older material as Lichens. As well as being a member of Om, 90 Day Men and a recent collaboration with Ariel Kalma…view full details.

Ninos Du Brasil
Para Araras

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

9/10 according to our Ant

I didn’t really get properly into the Ninos Du Brasil album on Hospital Productions, despite the fact it’s been one of my favourite labels for some years. Having given this 12” a spin though, I’m most certainly gonna have to revisit it for another go - cuz I’m loving this here ‘P…view full details.

Bat-Bike
Getting Back

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Fuck, okay, this record begins with a song called “Leicester Holiday” and I am not prepared to make a well-timed, on-topic but off-brand football joke. I feel like I must though: how about that team? Can you believe this cupset? Cupset is my new band name. Okay we’re good. On a somewhat related note, “Leicester Holiday” is a psych blues jam, born from a lo…view full details.

Expo '70
Kinetic Tones

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

8/10 according to our Robin

The thing about Justin Wright’s take in ambience is that it’s rushing. Ok, I know it’s slow, it’s drone, but like the cameras in a particularly hectic episode of Masterchef, these synth drones are tense, trembling things. They’re always paving the way for a grand canvas of psychedelia; whirring kosmische additives move in and out like passages of a grander…view full details.

Tim Chaplin
Boy To Make Me Worry

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Before we begin, a disclaimer: my ears are totally fucked right now. I’m currently living a post-cold life in which everything is automatically underwater, so forgive me if this review reads delusionally alongside the actual music on Tim Chaplin’s actual record, ‘Boy To Make Me Worry’. Described as a noise pop record with little regard for the neighbours, what I hear is …view full details.

Unknown
PT Edits Vol. 1

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

8/10 according to our Ant

This mysterious white label style 12” has got to be the handy work of Perc and Truss. Although that is purely speculation on my behalf. ‘T99’ is an edit/ remix of T99’s 1991 Belgian rave/ hardcore/ techno classic ‘Anasthasia’. Looping and chopping up the synths and breakb…view full details.



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