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Dimitar Dodovski
Dérive

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

Dimitar Dodovski approaches his craft of granular synthesis from a melodic perspective at most definitely the warmer end of the drone spectrum. Opening track ‘I’ introduces, of all things, mallet-struck chimes amongst the digital layers. The mallets recur on the following track (‘II’), but only when you least expect them. Staccato synth rises from a mist-draped…view full details.

ABRA
Princess

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

9/10 according to our Robin

Songwriter star Abra has put in a shift and a half in the career leading up to ‘Princess’, as attested to in a heady press sheet that harkens back to the times when she was just pulling up an acoustic for covers of Gucci Mane tunes. Listening in on this EP, you can hear her sound as expansive and maximalist, but also cramped and homegrown, suggesting both an artist who’d make …view full details.

Biosphere
Departed Glories

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Just a warning, the office goons Phil and Ian are playing some soul thing in the main room, the wailing vocals of which are completely ruining any chance of me getting lost in this. Headphones are useless against the power of Motown. Or, at least, ambient music is. Unless you’re Tim Hecker. Biosphere is not. He is but one quiet man, living out his …view full details.

Automatisme
Momentform Accumulations

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Prior to working here I had no idea that Constellation even released electronic music in any form. Yet here I am, sitting next to a pile of melted plastic bags listening to a soon-to-be-released angular ambient techno album that Robin apparently ‘didn’t understand’. And that’s coming from a philosophy graduate. It’s almost a fair statement actually; at arou…view full details.

Various
Christophe Lemaire Presents: Can’t You Hear Me – African Nuggets & Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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

9/10 according to our Ant

You'd have to actually be some kind of nugget to glance at the title of this record and not know what you're getting - so my work here has been done for me. In a sense so has yours because if like me you're a relative noob when it comes to this stuff, there's no need to go crate digging - thanks to Christophe Lemaire for raiding Eothen Alapatt's collection and expertly curat…view full details.

Forma
Physicalist

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

8/10 according to our Robin

I’ve eaten a lot of vegetarian scotch eggs today and I’m ready to do it: I’m ready to make one of Phil’s coveted Music Is A Lot Like Food analogies. Forma, they’re a lovely proposition of ambient, but with a kosmische coating that invites melody, rhythm and a general spinning of the musical axis. The drones, and the neo-classical beauty contained within, is that eg…view full details.

Manuel Göttsching
E2-E4

16 people love me. Be the 17th...

9/10 according to our Ant

At last the official 180g vinyl reissue of this eternal classic has landed in celebration of its 35th anniversary. I was 3 years old when this was released and had never even heard it until like eight years ago or something. Imagine my surprise while cruising along with my man Brett in his vehicle, we got into a conversation about …view full details.

Arnold Steiner
Mood Sequence

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Miami electro institution Transient Force label founder Arnold Steiner must be over the moon to score a release on Juan Atkins legendary Metroplex imprint. Is there any higher honour? It has to be said it’s well deserved. Steiner has been a force to be reckoned with, both through his lab…view full details.

Alessandro Adriani
Crow / White Swan

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Apparently this is the first release in Mannequin’s Death Of The Machines 12” series of dancefloor weapons, but is actually released after the excellent ‘Mother’ 12” by Jasss. Anyways, you may or may not know that Alessandro Adriani i…view full details.

Ultimate Painting
Dusk

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Ultimate Painting are an example of one of those times where the side project becomes the main band. These members of Veronica Falls and Mazes would be hard pressed to find time for any other musical projects these days with the runaway success of this prolific thing. If stuck think of them somewhere between an English …view full details.

The Early Years
II

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

2008 seems a long time ago but that is in fact the last time the Early Years dipped their heads above the precipice. This is their first album in ages and they burst out of the traps on the title track as if those years of pent up energy have exploded in a five minute burst of kraut influenced psych rock. The track is an absolute blitzkrieg of ambition held back only by it’s vocal similar…view full details.

Marisa Anderson
Into The Light

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Yet another imaginary film album but don't let that put you off as this is a very pleasant listen indeed. Marisa Anderson is a guitar slinger from Portland who I imagine has long, slender and very nimble fingers.  The album is a collection of shimmering instrumentals using picked electric and steel guitars that could easily soundtrack a lonesome person crossing the desert towards t…view full details.

Tangents
Stateless

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

8/10 according to our Robin

We’re very good, you know. We really wanted to let this Tangents record sink in, so we decided to forget it existed for a couple of months and then review it -- kinda like when you digest your food without eating it. ‘Stateless’ is a slightly shaken but never stirred take on the post-rock of old, far less overtly jazz in aesthetic than J…view full details.

Low
The Exit Papers

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8/10 according to our Clinton

You'd think that Low would be the perfect band to write film soundtracks so it's quite remarkable to find out that that they haven't done any to date. They did try between 'Secret Name' and 'Things We Lost in the Fire' with this 'The Exit Papers' series of pieces which were originally meant for soundtrack consideration and were subsequently released on the Travel in Constants series on Tem…view full details.

Off World
1

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

8/10 according to our Robin

With a very apt name and a lot of synth-twiddling, Off World unleash ‘1’, one of the year’s most peculiar electronic records and by the way it includes a banjo player. One of three new instrumental set-pieces being released by Constellation (ever heard of ‘em?), it comes from the brain of seven improv pals, with skewed songwriter and label mainstay …view full details.

Jason Sharp
A Boat Upon Its Blood

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

9/10 according to our Robin

God, it’s been so fucking long since I’ve been able to type-yell a review to the theme of “This new Constellation release is amazing!!!”. All year, the CST crew have been quiet, but now they hit with three brand new records for fall (call it autumn, if you must, but fall sounds so much better). Each record is instrumental, combining into a triple-treat offering …view full details.

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Here lies a record with an opening tune so unbelievably brilliant I worry for everything that comes after it. “A 1000 Years”, the first glimpse of a collaboration between two indie rock deserters in Hamilton Leithauser (an ex-Walkmen crooner) and Rostam Batmanglij (an ex-Vampire Weekend songmaker), is a tune that po…view full details.

The Stone Roses
All For One

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

It was the 'where were you' moment for anyone still under the vaguest misapprehension that the Stone Roses were able to construct anything approaching a listenable song.  When your last decent attempt at a melody was released in 1989 that's a lot of years to try to repeat the trick. 'All For One' is of course laughably bad but the last smirk might be on the face of the band who will generate millions in ticket sales off the back of whatever they manage to come up with to fill an alb…view full details.

Warpaint
Heads Up

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

Thank God. Thank the almighty God. Ok, ok they've gone a bit more towards the dollar this time but that might not be such a bad thing seeing as though their previous records were sometimes murky and devoid of actual hooks. Those records were fine though. I had no issue with Warpaint just being a moody band that didn't really write songs. The lead track from this, their third album 'New Song' wa…view full details.

Bon Iver
22, A Million

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Here are the three things Justin Vernon recently discovered: witch house, Ian William Craig, and counting. Since releasing a masterful folk rock record that flowed through state borders and into the landscape, seamlessly bridging each ripple, he’s been largely silent on himself, doing for and unto others. He’s been in Kanye’s tun…view full details.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

As soon as the elegantly, sorrowfully swooping strains emerge from my headphones, listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest work reminds me how much he is a master of emotionally affecting music. The title track to Nagasaki: Memories of my Son -- a score to the film of the same name -- opens the album with those richly rewarding and bittersweet melodies. Just the premise of the film is enoug…view full details.

El Perro Del Mar
KoKoro

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

El Perro del Mar is Gothenburg’s Sarah Assbring. Yup. KoKoro is already her fifth album and a bit of the departure from the melancholic indie-pop she started making just over 12 years ago. In fact, she seems to have mutated a happy indie-popster who is influenced by music from the Asian sub-continent. She says she has been "listening only to Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian pop music f…view full details.

Coil
The New Backwards

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Originally a CD release on Coil’s Threshold House imprint with the vinyl edition being part of a box set with ‘The Ape of Naples’. It’s worth noting that the vinyl edition omits three tracks; 'AYOR', 'Backwards' and 'Fire of the Green Dragon'. If I’m honest that’s not a huge loss to anyone just pickin…view full details.

Coil
The Ape of Naples

27 people love me. Be the 28th...

10/10 according to our Ant

I adore this album and can’t even begin to quantify how much time I’ve spent with it since its original release in 2005. It’s one of my favourite albums of all time. I don’t think I’m capable of relaying how profoundly it moves me, every single time. Even after repeated listens, none of the potency is diluted - it just seems to becom…view full details.

Grumbling Fur
FurFour

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

It doesn’t matter how much I whinge that they are not, I think I’ll be happier as a person if I just come out and admit that Grumbling Fur are one of England’s more interesting experimental pop groups. Their last album  ‘Pre-naturals’ didn’t quite whet my whistle possibly because I didn’t want to admit that it was as g…view full details.

Moxus
Mush Space

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

8/10 according to our Ant

This tape from Tokyo-based artist Moxus on Conditional actually came out some weeks ago and technically should have been reviewed before now - but clearly wasn’t because if it was this very sentence wouldn’t exist. A “brain malfunction” is my only excuse. So apologies to the label and artist - if you see …view full details.

The Shaggs
Philosophy of The World

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

The Shaggs were a group of sisters from New Hampshire who in 1969 gave the world exactly what it didn't want to hear at the time which was an album of proto DIY pop which somehow paved the way for everything that came later and particularly preceded the work of Daniel Johnston, the Raincoats and more recently …view full details.

Bushman's Revenge
Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen

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

8/10 according to our Robin

We must jazz. That is largely the jist of what the collective membership of Bushman’s Revenge came out of their band meeting with before ‘Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen’, which sees their charged guitars try their best to shift away from their rock love a bit and back into the shape of their beloved genre. This record opens with a statement of intent in “Contemplation&rdq…view full details.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani
FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Not many people know about this, but I’m about to blow the lid off this whole operation… Somewhere in New York City, in the basement of RVNG Intl. headquarters there is a dark room. On the door hangs a sign that reads: FRKWYS - Awesome Collaborations Ideas Generation Zone. Inside that room is a large glass tank that holds the brain of an alien life …view full details.

Helen Money
Become Zero

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

Helen Money is the recording name of cellist Alison Chesley. Become Zero was recorded digitally, despite her using analogue recording equipment in the past with Steve Albini. She felt that the range of sounds on offer was wider and easier to build on, manipulate and edit in the digital medium. The album features Rachel Grimes of Rachel’s and Jason Roeder of Sleep and …view full details.

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Light Falls

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

8/10 according to our Robin

J. R. Robinson. Mister Harmonies. It’s been a while. Take off your shoes; reveal your hobbit feet. Long have you been travelling. The primary consultant for all things doom, drone and gravel, Robinson has long been impressing on us the many ways you can twist metal into new shapes, travelling down a more baroque, even folkloric route. ‘Then It All Came Down’ was a masterstroke…view full details.

Pip Blom
Hours / Truth

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Never underestimate the power of the customer. We do listen to you, you know? Well...sometimes. Anyway this single was recommended to us by one of you people and we duly took note.  Pip Blom is an Amsterdam based singer songwriter who plays a form of minimal rock music that recalls the very early spindly anger of PJ Harvey with perhaps a bit of …view full details.

Nedelle Torrisi
Advice From Paradise

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Here it is, them, the year’s namedroppiest press sheet, reminiscing about Nedelle Torrisi’s time in backing bands for sad behemoth Sufjan Stevens and avant arsehole Ariel Pink, while also quoting collaborations for ‘Advice from Paradise’ with artists as fantastic as Julia…view full details.

Tlön
Chapter II

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

One for the lovers of mysterious musique concrete and hand-assembled, screen-printed packaging, this. Chapter II is the second album from abstract electronica duo Stuart Chalmers and Liam McConaghy and doesn’t mark a great departure from their work within their Drachmae Lucky Strength or Microdeform projects. That’s very good news. Masterfully icy, almost imperceptively flo…view full details.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Pretty Years

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8/10 according to our Robin

I’ve been fond of Cymbals Eat Guitars and their high-magnitude, over-feeling indie rock ever since I listened to ‘LOSE’ for a solid month of feeling shit, essentially making them the soundtrack to a time I live to forget. I know they’re not perfect, but to quote Marge Simpson, who is in this workaday world? Their bracingly loud, proudly ugly arena indie is only a drag in…view full details.

Christopher Tignor
Along a Vanishing Plane

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

On Along A Vanishing Plane, Christopher Tignor focuses foremost on instrumental music as a means to introspection, personal analysis and reflection. Wordless elegies seem to be entry point into a world of exploration which will hopefully bring about a catharsis. Tignor has been working like this both solo and in bands (Slow Six, Wires Under Tension) for some years now, so you’d e…view full details.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Balance

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete make light psych rock for pure hearts. Their music might get fuzzy, but only insofar as your heart might after a nice compliment. The distortion is bright and joyous, the melodies are nice and sweet and the synths are a treat. There is, occasionally, a kinda industrial drumbeat (damnit, “Ching”), but we’ll ignore that for the sake of this paragraph&r…view full details.

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Some very sonic men, who would fill up a pie chart as three quarters the Heads and one quarter Monster Magnet, have gotten together and made a very long album of furiously wahing psychedelic bravado. They call themselves Kandodo, but they love incoming member John McBain so much they put him in the title, because stoned-out so…view full details.

Johann Johannsson
Orphée

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

9/10 according to our Jamie

Based around the enduring legend of music and love that is the Orpheus myth, you would expect Johannsson’s first studio album in six years to be appropriately tender and emotive. It is. The story has it that Orpheus was a supremely gifted musician and poet; that he could charm all living things and even stone with his music. I’m not saying the Icelandic composer’s music can li…view full details.

Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Dance

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

A second album of smooth collaboration from the duo of Marahiko Hara and Polar M. Guitar and keys move softly around each other in a sort of jazz-lounge-folktronica hybrid. The title Dance refers to the artists’ notion that every part of life can be a dance, and also reflects their recent collaboration with dance choreographers. Dancer Mia Cabalfin also contributes some spoken word. CD release on mu-nest.…view full details.

Ryo Murakami
Esto

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

9/10 according to our Robin

My favourite thing to do after a sleep-deprived night is listen to an album that’s going to make it hard for me to sleep the night after. Ryo Murakami’s nightmare music marks a divergence from his usual bouts of techno, but ‘Esto’ is a perfect tone poem (or anthology of tone poems), holding on to its vacuum atmospheres and sorrowful drone marches superbly. Horr…view full details.

AudioBoyz
BLNK008

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

AudioBoyz -- Fatonic, Motion, MudPunk & Njeh -- hail from the Durban suburbs and serve up an e.p. of four fresh house cuts with a South African accent, on the eighth release from London’s excellent Blank Mind label. Snake-charming, atmospheric droney synth forms the background of the ominous ‘Danger’, opening the record with scattershot drums and a tribal drop. It …view full details.

The Cannanes
A Love Affair With Nature

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

Bit of a classic this one. I first became aware of the Cannanes when back in the early '90s my brother struck up a postal friendship with their (presumably) multiple armed drummer David Nichols (also of Crabstick). Nichols had mentioned another band  - the Canines or something. We found 'em, purchased this and the rest is some kind of private history. …view full details.

Panoptique Electrical
Disappearing Music For Face

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

It’s pretty exciting to see and hear a new album from Jason Sweeney’s Panoptique Electrical, following his sold-out debut from last year, Great Panoptique Winter with Richard Adams of Hood / The Declining Winter. The record contains 11 compositions made from old…view full details.

John Heckle
Tributes To A Sun God

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8/10 according to our Jamie

It’s a muscular release this, from the ever-reliable John Heckle. Opening up, and pushed along by a deliciously distorted, funky and persistent kick drum, ‘Alexandria’ channels Hieroglyphic Being -- both in its preoccupation with ancient civilisations and an almost chaotic sense of melody, sometimes veering close to early Dave Angel releases. T…view full details.



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