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9/10 according to our Jim on 9th September 2014
One of the things I enjoy about the current state of music is the kind of genre cross-pollination and blurring of aesthetic boundaries that digital media saturation seems to foster. This 7” by Jorge Elbrecht’s ‘Choral Thrash’ project Coral Cross is a good example. It consists of two tracks of melodic, Black Metal tinged l…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 6th February 2014
Looks like I was l was late to the Hobo Cubes party having just looked at the man’s extensive discography. My introduction to Montreal's Francesco De Gallo’s music came by way of a track on a Digitalis compilation and also a split tape…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 22nd November 2013
Here we have a guy who has totally bewildered our Clinton, so much so that the poor soul e-mailed me at home with a link to the guy's bandcamp pleading with me to try make sense of this technicolour aural onslaught. He's never done this to me before so It must be a pretty mad record, right From Melbourne via Wellington, our awkwardly-mon…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 14th November 2013
It’s been such a long time since Ultravox released a hit, and that song ‘Feed The World’ song Midge did with rugged trampface Geldof, but it’s nice to finally have him back making music. Oh this isn’t Midge Ure? It’s Majeure? That Anthony Pattera fella from …view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 12th November 2013
This one’s a bit of a departure for Trouble In Mind - Alex Cuervo (Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, Field of Snakes) has put together a selection of chill-laden synth instrumentals with obvious debts to the likes of John Carpenter, Goblin and …view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 29th October 2013
Here’s the latest product of the current horror soundtrack reissue boom; a deluxe reissue of the score to Wes Craven’s grisly classic ‘The Last House On The Left’, unusually written and performed by the film’s star and the man performing a large portion of the on-screen violence, the late David Alexander Hess. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 2nd August 2013
Chris Douglas makes a welcome return to his Dalglish handle with the first new material under the alias since 2011’s ‘Benacah Drann Deachd’ also on the …view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 19th June 2013
Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst has been involved in all sorts of projects over the years (including Baloni and Han Bennink Trio but the list is as long as my telescopic robot arm) and on ‘The Jungle He Told Me’ he’s going it alone for the very first time, offering a series of improvisations for clarinet, bass clarinet a…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 19th April 2013
After playing this a few times it got me wondering who’s behind the music. It’s either an artist that’s quietly been chipping away for a very long time but never been given a break by a label or an established producer working under an alias. I suspect the latter as Spectramorphic Iridescence is a highly accomplished piece of w…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 21st March 2013
I’ve never really heard much by this guy but I know he walks along the harsher path of what we sell. This 2CD set is a sequel to 'A Collection of Curses' and gathers hard to find tracks, compilation contributions, re-workings, live recordings as well as unreleased pieces by the man Phillips. The opening few tracks appear to have lo…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 11th October 2012
This is possibly the strangest multi-media package we’ve ever had in by anyone. On a baffling array of formats, you also have a difficult choice to make with two different styles of headphones on offer so you can really dig the “sonic stylings” as these two legendary mad old b…view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 13th February 2014
Welcome to ReviewBot3000’s Cassette Corner. I’m ReviewBot3000 and today I will be taking you through a rash of new tapes. Tapes on good labels like Winebox Press and Tombed Visions by the likes of Valved and Jon Collin, and this one here by Le Revelateur on NNA. You may have encountered Le Revelateur on his previous outings for Root …view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 18th October 2012
Astral Socialite and former Vibracathedral Neil Campbell and The Appliances’ Robert Horton are an unlikely pairing for a collaboration. For sta…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 18th July 2012
Eric Copeland of Black Dice fame returns with another choppy experimental glitch-psych 7”, this time for the Calico Corp. ‘Flu…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 28th June 2012
Ah...a dream-pop seven inch from one-time Tarentel legendo. The first side is gorgeous, comprised of a spindly echo-laden drum track, ethereal washes of the fluffiest shoegazery entwined with more rugged swathes of psychedelic …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 9th March 2012
The Clint home stereo is the most fickle of mistresses with its Roman Abramovich style approach to hiring and firing each hopeful release daring to kneel before its crown. One disc that has managed to escape its wrath over the past month or so has been this, the excellent third album from…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 10th April 2012
Ooh, Grass Widow are back! I can't be the only one pleased about that, surely. On this here seven they're just dropping a little one, but it's quality not quantity, as they say. In the space of two and a half minutes they belt t…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 11th April 2012
Harris and Ettinger, sharing wax at last. There's a classy pairing if I ever did see one. Both these guys are trusty modern-day synth fiddlers and it shouldn't come as a surprise that their contributions …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 28th March 2012
More booty from the Software label, this time from Moscow born, Brooklyn based Slava (a.k.a Slava Balsanov). Slava's had stuff out on a bunch of labels but this is the first of his releases I've heard so excuse my ignorance. 'Soft Control' is a strange beast that tinkers with the constr…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 15th July 2010
I'm a big fan of Mahjongg's stuff. The group evolution has been a treat to observe and the fact that head honcho and lead singer Hunter looks uncannily like a mix of Eminem and Gareth S. Brown only sweetens the deal. Now, Mahjongg fit into a weird sub genre of music that i'd refer to as art-dance music, it's like art-rock but obviously it's more…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 15th December 2011
The Starsky and Hutch of minimal are back with their first fully-fledged standalone collaborative album under the name Oliveray, where they blur the lines between neofolk, neoclassical and contemporary minimal composition a little more for us. I expect you're familiar with some of these …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 22nd February 2012
More archival goodies for you. This one's a collection of recordings by Italian composer/electronic pioneer Doris Norton. Generally considered to be the Italian equivalent of Klaus Schulze in terms of her contribution to the development of early electronic music, Norton has worked with var…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 21st February 2012
Bit of proto-punk worship on this lively little 45rpm mini-album from Frenchies Destination Lonely. I guess the Stooges are an obvious reference point here, particularly in opener 'Kiss or Kicks' where the blazing in-the-red guitar leads and swaggering grooves all point in that direction for sure, but these guys seem a bit more measur…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 1st February 2012
I got this on VHS last year for some stupid price (28 duckets i believe...thanks David K) so I was mildly bummed to discover a DVD with bonus material was gonna hit us anytime - mainly 'cause my VHS player is now fucked...shouldn't have played that moldy copy of Teen Wolf I taped off tel…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 19th January 2012
Well, we'd like to review the 7” that comes with this wonderful book/magazine but it seems to be stapled to the back of the sleeve making removal and reattachment a bit of a tricky business. All you need to know is that it features a Grouper exclusive, a cover of a song by Dead…view full details.
9/10 according to our Dave on 30th June 2011
Mayer Hawthorne and James Pants together at last. I love musical pairings from the good (Lou Reed and Sam Moore) the bad (Eminem and cunting Elton John!!) to the downright absurd (Bono and Pavarotti). They all bring a shard of joy to my tiny little mind. B…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 6th May 2010
Yeah. You gotta have this baby ain't yer? Solange Gularte is the multi-talented female half of Natural Snow Buildings, the arty one whose fantastical & endearing artwork seems to take their music to another level....which is kind of impossible as it already sits right at the peak of absorbing, magical psych-folk & contemporary drone. Go …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 20th December 2011
Okay, I've got a good one here! Octavius is the working pseudonym of William Marshall. I've not had the pleasure of hearing his earlier work but 'Laws' sounds awesome! Clearly a dedicated artist with a clear vision, Marshall's style is stark and minimal yet possesses a strong sense of mel…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 10th November 2011
Every time this hits the deck Mike starts screaming “SY with Lee Ranaldo!” at every dim corner of the room. I have to agree with our resident arch-drude of indie rock, 'Politico' sounds a great deal like early Yoof with that more poetic NY noisenik at the mic. He reminds me a l…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 20th May 2010
When that little slaphead dude with the sad eyes and silly t-shirts barks at us the titles of records he wants us, like, to review & stuff, we all shun his democratic ways with sneery lips, hunched, indifferent shoulders and words such as "dunno", "not bothered" & "just give us any old shit & leave us alone, someone's ordered an ante…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brett on 20th March 2009
The Celer CD wasn't meant to be out until next week but the planets have aligned in a bit of a naughty fashion so here it is bright and early for your delectation. After releases on imprints such as Infraction and Unlabel, Engaged Touches sees the (I think) Parisian pair presenting Engaged Touches via Home Normal in a nice, shiny digipak. I just …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 17th December 2009
Remember those "Magic Eye" pictures??? I was convinced my friends were bullshitting me that they could see stuff, until one day it happened…. There was thee unicorn. It genuinely felt like real magic, so exciting (I was mega stoned mind). So this brings me on to the Excellent Eyeballs CD (The third for Blackest Rainbow) 'The Invisi…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 13th October 2011
There are enough obscure indie/electronica demi-luminaries on here to fell a horse, featuring as it does Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer), Chris Adams (Hood, Bracken), Craig Tattersall (The Boats, Remote Viewer, Hood) and Paul Dorrington (Wedding Present). What emerges are two slabs of electronic pop that are forward looking in the production…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 29th September 2011
Hopefully you will have picked up on the work of Sam Goldberg a.k.a Radio people by now, especially if you're bang into your synth exploration shit like me. Goldberg's S/T LP on Digitalis earlier in the year was an absolute beauty so I'm pleased to see Mexican Summer are getting behind an…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 31st December 2006
Hello people.Clinton speaking. Here we go for another week. First up, the big one (for us anyway). Its the new CD on Jonathon Whiskey (run by him over there in the corner). Its by at the close of every day and its difficult to know what to say. I absolutely adore this record. Its beautiful, wind…view full details.
9/10 according to our Dave on 18th August 2011
Rowdy, confrontational, hypnotic and strangely alluring...any way enough about me, and more about this group of noisy fucks. The Francis Harold and The Holograms single sounds like it was recorded inside your Dad, using his spleen for for a drum mic and his pancreas as the control booth. It has sort of noise/psych leaning and it's fairly imm…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant on 12th August 2011
These suckers took a while to arrive at our HQ. I had feared they had vanished into the ether during transit but I can sleep easy now that I finally have a copy on my turntable. You've probably already read a heap of stuff about this record and how it features today's most gifted synth dreamers along with David Borden who put together Mother Mal…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 6th January 2007
Next Patrick Phelan/Ultrasound. Well what can I say. The Patrick Phelan track on here is simply one of the best songs I've ever heard.I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!! We are immensely proud to bring you this fine man on vinyl. Its like a cross between Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 23rd July 2009
'Tooth eeth or Tooth ooth' is the work of Mark E. Kaylor and Heather Vergotis under the guise of Hammer of Hathor. These two sonic experimentalist have been involved in a number of obscure and abstract acts such as; CexFucx, Thee Oregon Artificial Limb Co, Cells, Au, Rubella (my personal favourite), Bunny, solo, Kinetic Harpoon (not to be mistaken …view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 4th February 2010
The Super Vacations do a slightly lopsided & drowsy take on psychedelic lo-fi rock. They've a new 7" EP on red vinyl and its ace! 'Henry' spits out of the speakers like a cross between Apples in Stereo & early Television Personalities, 'The Void' is a more languid beast with curious flecks of New Wave bands such as Television & a b…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 6th January 2007
Also proving that Texas is the new erm...oh I don't know...are My Education. We liked them so much we gave them a full 7" to ply their majestic trade. If you like the grandiose post rock of Godspeed you Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai then I really think you are going …view full details.
9/10 according to our Dave on 23rd December 2009
Ahh the warm glow of indie rock. How i like to somtimes bask in your prescence. Lunar Youth's latest 7" is quite nice. The Title track is called "Misfits"and it sounds like a less scuzzy Strokes. It has a slight verse and a catchy hook driven chorus that would sit well on the O.C. The b-side is called "Peppermint Lounge" an…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 14th January 2011
New work from Erik Carlson of Providence RI is always greeted hear with open ears. For this particular release he's joining the dots between Seefeel, Terry Riley and Steve Reich and in the process has created some engaging, intricate and ultra dreamy audio. Guitar, Organ, drum machine and keyboard were utilized to create these layers of shimmeri…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 8th January 2007
Where do I start with this New Year gift from the gods? Having known Gareth S. Brown for years as a mesmerisingly confrontational DJ, occasional member of Leeds legends Hood & all round lovely guy, us lot at the towers have felt most priveliged to be exposed to his debut album proper, "Iron Henry" for the last few months. Misplaced Music suppl…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 28th December 2006
Fax is a Mexican dude who has had a couple of records out now. This is the kind of music I only listen to whilst driving at night and since I don't have a car then it really is a problem getting to hear stuff like this. It sits somewhere between Pole and To Rococo Rot. Influenced by both dub and ho…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 25th June 2009
Hello. Straight in with it this week. Am totally feeling this Sindre Bjerga & Robert Horton CD on Blackest Rainbow. Am not massively familiar with either artist. I've heard bits by 'em and liked what I've heard but many releases have passed me by. They're both pretty prolific artists. Here the 2 experimentalists joining forces to make so…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 14th January 2010
Home Normal are kicking off the year with a whole slew of exciting releases. The first of which is by L/ M/ R/ W (Leo Fabriek, Mariska Baars, Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt and Wouter van Veldhoven) and is entitled 'Drifts'. This is comprised of three tracks. The first of which, 'Birthday' is an edit from a live performance which firs…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 8th April 2011
Slightly disappointing to read that the concept of this record is not about The Ultimate Warrior taking the Belt from Hulk Hogan at an afternoon of WWF Wrestlemania. Rather it is about The Angel wrestling with Jacob (presumably not the King of the cream cracker brand?). The setup here consists of Kevin Drumm handling duties on analog synth and e…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 20th January 2011
Yeah. Violent Femmes, The Clean & Beat Happening. Squash them into a mad 7" vinyl patty and you get The Beets new single! 'Pick Another Corner' is comprised of really breathless, timeless, strummy/slacker indie garage rock with a sturdy K records influence and a thoroughly adorable core element. It's woefully short & leaves me really pan…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 17th December 2009
Four months after being pre-sold Nurse With Wound's 'Space Music' album, the wait is over, although the CD version is in stock the vinyl has been delayed further. This incarnation of NWW is Stephen Stapleton, Andrew lilies and Colin Potter and this single fifty five minute work was officially commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium.……view full details.
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