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The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

When I reviewed the Debutantes previous tape I said they sounded a bit like September Girls...little knowing that actual September Girls were involved in it somehow. Anyway listen carefully to opener ‘Adams Apples’ then you can just about hear a tune nestling under all the sludge. Yes you…view full details.

Valet
Nature

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

The opening track ‘Sunday’ on this unassuming looking album sounds so much like a track off Slowdive’s ‘Pygmalion’ that you can see why the people at Kranky snapped the Kit Kat when they heard it. It features washes of Cocteau’s-like guitar, ethereal female vocals soaring away be…view full details.

Akkord
HTH040 (Regis / Fis Remixes)

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8/10 according to our Ant on 22nd May 2015

Uncompromising Brummy techno master Regis and Kiwi grime bludgeoner Fis both take elements of ‘Gravure’ and ‘Continuum’ for the second set of Akkord remixes, preceded by The Haxan Cloak and …view full details.

Stellar OM Source
Nite-Glo

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 22nd May 2015

Remember when day-glo was a thing? Sickly, brighter than bright versions of pedestrian colours would adorn jackets, glow sticks and paints that you could just about throw over anything and transform it into a DANGER sign. It’s sort of surprising that it took so long for the techno community to take these iconic rave shades and turn them up…view full details.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Behold ‘Multi-Love’, wherein Unknown Mortal Orchestra get out of the psych pop game and take up a nice suburban retirement listening to Prince; wherein they forget the high-minded art practices and sing La La La La, La La La La, because it feels good; wherein their studio sounds like an open-air funk fair…view full details.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Quarters

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Clint’s insistent belief that psych rock is the greatest genre of all time and that we must protect it at all costs became suspect to me long ago, and the final nail in the coffin probably came when I saw King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard name their last record ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, a terribly on-the-nose phrase tha…view full details.

Konntinent
Empire Line

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 21st May 2015

It looked like that was gonna be it for Anthony Harrison’s Konntinent project. After a supposedly a final ambient peep in 2012, his new project Paco Sala would replace yesterday’s mournful tones, the original follow up to Opal Island shelved and sentiment left at the door. Having somet…view full details.

Wume
Maintain

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 21st May 2015

Rather than dizzying with considered production, Baltimore duo Wume strip back to the tried and tested synth ‘n’ drum combo, garnering obligatory Kraftwerk-related comparisons. Yes, the synth sounds that Albert Schatz makes sound kinda cute and kooky (is kitsch the word?) and April Camlin’s drums…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
Mutilator Defeated At Last

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8/10 according to our Hayley on 21st May 2015

Prolific Californian noisemakers Thee Oh Sees are back and thankfully sounding louder than ever: 2014’s ‘Drop’ was a comparatively mellow and varied offering following John Dwyer’s move from San Francisco to LA and his intention to take a “well deserved break”, making fans wonder if the days of heavy psych and…view full details.

Doomsquad
Pageantry Suite

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 21st May 2015

Robin doesn’t know what dancing is so he gave me this. For a squad of doom, they’re actually quite fun, making energetic, hazily produced dance-pop that might make Robin’s feet tap if it’s good. Already the word ‘tropical’ has been slapped on it, a word which has become synonymous with ‘tropical indie po…view full details.

Submerse
Stay Home

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LP on Project: Mooncircle. Some classic ‘90s style R&B vibes coming from this LP from Submerse which melts smooth guitar and silky synths but with some solid beats with echo the urban environment which inspired Stay Home. In line with other groups such as Silk Rhodes, Submerse has made a sultry collection of tunes which mines the ‘90s but stays new. A soundtrack for lounging on…view full details.

Golden Gunn
Golden Gunn

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

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Steve Gunn and Mr. Hiss of the Golden Messengers had joined the Strokes, on the basis of that album artwork; in reality, though, they’ve teamed up to weave a terse strand of psychedelia into a rather pretty folk sound that just comes naturally. Originally released …view full details.

Wolfgang Voigt
Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 20th May 2015

To sum up - this sounds like the cover. It seems that when presented as natural a setting as a national park, German stargazer Wolfgang Voigt turns to the lush timbres of the orchestra to create pastoral scenes much like Beethoven did 207 years ago. My apologies to Mr Gas if that seemed like a dig, because this is pure …view full details.

The KVB
Mirror Being

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

Nothing says cold and calculated like a grayscale picture of pillars holding up a huge empty room, so props to the KVB for accurately prefacing their record. As someone who hates pillars and considers them arbitrary to our particular office’s structure, I’m relieved that this record is everything you could possibly want from our favo…view full details.

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Jon DeRosa
Black Halo

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

The most variable and happily spontaneous of artists Jon DeRosa has opted once more to halt his tendencies towards ambient and country (I know, right?) in favour of his more direct and plaintive singer-songwriter style. When we last heard him in this particular mode, his baritone brooded and resigned itself; not much has changed on ‘Black …view full details.

Vatican Shadow / Cut Hands
Azar Swan Variations

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 20th May 2015

Some of you might recognise these lads, one of which cast his Vatican Shadow all over Function last year for a dark, punishing LP while the other can’t get enough of his Afro Noise, whatever that is. I’m assuming Saharan field recordings. The 2 tracks contained here are obfuscated reworks of com…view full details.

Thomas Brinkmann
What You Hear (Is What You Hear)

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10/10 according to our Jim on 20th May 2015

Just a couple of weeks ago I was waxing lyrical about a collaborative release by Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár; praising them for liberating their mercurial rhythms from the gridlocked template that has driven so much minimal techno into the mire. Well, this latest release by Thomas Brinkman is just as mind blowing as that recor…view full details.

The Sly and Unseen
All Similarities and Technical Difficulties End Here

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

Hibernate, the winter scarf of drone labels, continue to fend off nature’s cold bite with this gorgeously comforting record. ‘All Similarities & Technical Difficulties End Here’ is minimalist but sounds maximal, enveloping its listeners into creased harmonium drones, lightly sprinkled with the sounds of life: dogs barking, …view full details.

Elysia Crampton
Moth / Lake

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8/10 according to our Jim on 19th May 2015

Elysia Crampton is a half-Latina, transgender artist currently based in rural Virginia. She has a pretty unique take on the complexities of American history and identity that she has been exploring in her Shenandoah concept series; of which this single is the first installment. Matching both the density of her subject-matter and the luscious, hy…view full details.

FJORDNE
Moonlit Invocations

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

White Paddy Mountain's latest is a far cry from the inescapable drone fog of label mainstays such as Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand; Fjordne's 'Moonlit Invocations' eschews our stoical and far-removed ideas of what ambient music should be, dressing it up in…view full details.

Kenny Knight
Crossroads

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9/10 according to our Robin on 15th May 2015

Bless this man. Can I leave it at that? The narrative around Kenny Knight’s ‘Crossroads’ is as heart-melting or eye-rolling as your tolerance of PR allows, but for me, it’s a sweet old cliche: man makes album, the general population proceed not to give a shit, until suddenly!!!: someone out there cares, and they …view full details.

Prurient
Frozen Niagara Falls

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9/10 according to our Ant on 15th May 2015

Dominick Fernow has become somewhat of thee “noise” poster boy in recent years. If such a thing would appear to be anti-noise then you can blame the internet for that. He clearly works tirelessly with his Hospital Productions label and over the past 17 years has produced an immense discograp…view full details.

Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 14th May 2015

Be careful what you wish for. Many of us have spent years hoping and praying Jim O’Rourke would stop all this noise/improv nonsense and get back to making albums as great as ‘Insignificance’ and ‘Eureka’. Now that his first album of songs since 2001 is here it has faced what we could call a mixed response in the off…view full details.

Flyying Colours
ROYGBIV

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 13th May 2015

Flyying Colours make sun drenched shoegaze that will appeal to folks that find the first Pains of Being Pure at Heart record just a little too edgy. This is easy-gaze, soft-shoe, the scene that celebrated its niceness. And there's nothing wrong with that as such other than in my day the best sho…view full details.

Nick Jonah Davis
House Of Dragons

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 15th May 2015

There are not quite as many sensitive guys plucking at acoustic guitars in the style of John Fahey these days as may have been perhaps a couple of years ago. Nick Jonah Davis, solid of beard with a firm piece of wood in his hand, proceeds to lead us back to those heady days before the sad death of …view full details.

Sarah Mary Chadwick
9 Classic Tracks

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 14th May 2015

Right, I have a decision to make. To talk about the sleeve art to not talk about the sleeve art. Well it doesn’t improve the record let’s say but thankfully this is a record which doesn’t need much improving. Right from the get go what you hear is a distinctive new voice doing something that is both easy to compare to a…view full details.

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Ex Machina - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 14th May 2015

Hmmm. How to review a soundtrack for a film that you really want to see? Well, for starters, I’m going to confine it to the ‘score’ disc only, the bonus material can remain your surprise. Grasp of the plot only goes so far as ‘AI goes wrong’, but at least Geoff Barrow is an anchor to the familiar. The Bristolian pro…view full details.

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Cosmic Ground
Deadlock / Decay

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8/10 according to our Robin on 14th May 2015

Let’s kick back with some komische, folks. Cosmic Ground is the project of Dirk Jan Muller, a psychedelic artist more interested in the genre’s stretched out electronic disciplines. “Deadlock”, the first piece to feature on this record, is an analogue-based drone founded on warm but sharp tones, the kind that are performe…view full details.

Mohammad
Segonde Saleco

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9/10 according to our Ant on 14th May 2015

Greek chamber doom trio Mohammad have been operating since 2009, releasing albums on their own Antifrost imprint and brought to a wider audience in 2013 with their excellent ‘Som Sakrifis’ LP on PAN. Here they complete their ‘34ºN-42ºN/19ºE-29ºE Study’…view full details.

Ilyas Ahmed
I Am All Your Own

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9/10 according to our Robin on 13th May 2015

Dreaming for acoustic guitar and voice, Ilyas Ahmed has made one of this year’s most stunning records, one that’s two total bait genres -- ambient and singer-songwriter, the sweetest of the sweet -- but crucially is just a shelter from the storm. Ahmed’s referencing a lot of creative touchstones on these distant love songs, ech…view full details.

Holly Herndon
Platform

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9/10 according to our Jim on 13th May 2015

Holly Herndon has generated a considerable buzz since she released ‘Movement’ on RVNG intl. in 2012. Her music seems to straddle progressive electronica, contemporary pop and avant garde composition; all bundled together with a hefty conceptual dose of technological evangelism. Describing ‘Platform’ is her ‘paradisi…view full details.

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Mannerfelt / Haydo
Radio Mohave

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

Dark ‘n’ dirty technopushers Avian have invited Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo to make some grumbly dance stuff for you. And they have. On Radio Mohave, you will encounter 5 pieces of relatively heavy, mostly midpaced thud, layering up high voltage synths and doorknock percussion to disorientate into the late hours…view full details.

Visionary Hours
Footfalls Echo

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

Well, isn’t this lovely. The down-to-earth ambient folk at Hibernate have uncovered a gem in the form of Hayden Berry, a Yorkshireman-turned-Krakowdweller who loves tape and acoustic instruments. They say that once a Yorkshireman, always a Yorkshireman, but when confronted with the beauty of Krakow, you realise that it’s pr…view full details.

Demian Castellanos
The Kyvu Tapes Vol.1 (1990-98)

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9/10 according to our Robin on 13th May 2015

Mr. Oscillations himself, Demian Castellanos, has crafted something quite personal with ‘The Kyvu Tapes’. While it might seem like yet another downward spiral into the world of abstract psychedelia, Castellanos has named this record after an old house he used to live in back in his hometown of -- and this is not a joke -- …view full details.

Pretty Lightning
A Magic Lane Of Light and Rain

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8/10 according to our Robin on 13th May 2015

Pretty Lightning seem to think they’re some sort of psychedelic meteorology duo with total control of the weather, but actually what they are is a couple of krautrock spooks. ‘A Magic Lane of Light and Rain’ is a rather immaculately constructed rock record that twists around on itself like curtains closing in perfect symmetry. …view full details.

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Ekoplekz
Reflekzionz

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

Now a full citizen of Planet Mu, Nick Edwards turn his attention to populating the place. It seems fitting a home for Mr. Eko, whose processed grooves and space layers have always mirrored the Paradinas family, making screwed beat-worlds that don’t by any means fall into the usual glitchy cliches that are sometimes assumed to be fact. …view full details.

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A Place To Bury Strangers / The Telescopes
Split Single No. 6

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 13th May 2015

Although the world doesn’t really need another version of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ (the original is perfectly fine thank you), The Telescopes at least make a massive old racket on this cover of the Stooges classic, as if they’ve played it in the bottom of a well. The vocals lack Igg…view full details.

Thomas Leer
Private Plane / International

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

What’s this then? A 12” repress of some super-rare punky electronic bedroom pop from Scottish cult musicker Thomas Leer? Yep, and there’s a newspaper cutout mockup inside that you can get all that from. The fact that bedroom electronics was being made in 1978 is surely enough to amaze. But the restrained, cool kraut drive of &l…view full details.

Spires That In the Sunset Rise
Beasts In The Garden

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8/10 according to our Robin on 13th May 2015

Wisconsin crew Spires That In The Sunset Rise carry on weirding on ‘Beasts In the Garden’, a record that shows off their obsession with folkloric sounds and improvisational aimlessness. It might just be their prettiest work yet, replenishing motifs that sound like they could exist in an old anthropomorphic cartoon -- the rather scary…view full details.

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