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Floorplan (Robert Hood)
Victorious

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

9/10 according to our Ant

The Master Builder Robert Hood unleashes his second album as Floorplan for his M-Plant label, now assisted by his daughter Lyric for eleven tracks of ecstatic party music with elements of Gospel, Disco, Funk and of course techno but essentially this is a house music album. Recently Hood has m…view full details.

Memory Drawings
There Is No Perfect Place

109 people love me. Be the 110th...

9/10 according to our Phil

I’ve been lured out of my imposed review abstinence by the new Memory Drawings album. Every so often I just get the urge to write about something when confronted with something special and this is one of those special things. Even the office musical pixie ‘Kim’ piped up this was beautiful when I was having a sneaky listen the other morning…view full details.

Espectrostatic
S/T

38 people love me. Be the 39th...

9/10 according to our ReviewBot300

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 Zombi, many of which pl…view full details.

Xander Harris/ Dylan Ettinger
The Driver/ Tip Off

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

9/10 according to our Mike

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 to this here 7” are both well tasty. Harris …view full details.

Mahjongg
The Long Shadow of the Paper

17 people love me. Be the 18th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

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 dance orientated. I know it's a rubbish genre nam…view full details.

Destination Lonely
Kiss or Kicks

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

9/10 according to our Mike

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 measured and less unhinged than Iggy's lot. When they t…view full details.

Yeti Magazine
Issue 12

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

9/10 according to our Brian

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 Moon, a cult psychedelic rock,/punk/blues/countr…view full details.

Octavius
Laws

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

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

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 melody for an artist you'd most likely define as expe…view full details.

King Kong Ding Dong
Youth Culture Index

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

9/10 according to our Brian

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 antelope's head & a wax cylinder in the same order…view full details.

Sierpinski
Evening Water Project

28 people love me. Be the 29th...

9/10 according to our Phil

This is the most eagerly awaited thing since living memory. Yep I'm talking about the brand new Sierpinski CD on Jonathon Whiskey of all things. Yep we've come out of hibernation for one last fling at the world. Its our first release for 2 years and most likely our last (unless Sierpinski want us to do anymore and we'll happily release music by 'em 'til the cows come h…view full details.

Vlor
Six-Winged

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

9/10 according to our Phil

There's some bits in on the Silber label this week. One of which is a CD by Vlor who I've not heard before. I did somehow manage to review the first album without even listening to it. That's well poor..... It was probably sealed or something, damned that plastic... Anyway Vlor is a supergroup featuring Brian John Mitchell (who runs Silber), Jessica Bailiff, Annelies Monsere, Jon Derosa (Aarktica)…view full details.

Lunar Youth
Misfits

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

9/10 according to our Dave

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" and I reckon it sounds a bit like Buffalo Tom. If th…view full details.

Area C
Map Of Circular Thought

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

9/10 according to our Ant

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 shimmering tones and ever evolving gentle micro rhythms. T…view full details.

Gareth S. Brown
Iron Henry

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

9/10 according to our Brian

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 supplied us with a CDr from the man formerly recording …view full details.

Mirah
(A)spera

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

9/10 according to our Brian

One of my favourite female voices of all time has glided heroically back into the frame. K records star Mirah - friend & collaborator of PW Eleverum from the Microphones, featuring on 3 tunes here - is a wonder to behold. On new album '(a)spera', her honeyed tones embrace atmospheric folk, experimental baroque pop & offbeat tropicalia, these slinky, magical tunes invoking the fantastical, …view full details.

L/M/R/W
Drifts

40 people love me. Be the 41st...

9/10 according to our Ant

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 first appeared as a super limited cassette on Digitali…view full details.

Idle Times
Idle Times

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

9/10 according to our Brian

Is it just me or is every band "on the up" in the current pool of U.S. Underground acts obsessed with sounding lo-fi, 80s or just really fucking druggy? These guys don't sound 80's though. They do sometimes fall into the 90's post-Slanted & Enchanted category. Those wonderful bands that buried their rambling, shambling tunes under swathes of crackly distortion and static-like fuzz, but only…view full details.

Sumsun
Samo Milagro

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

9/10 according to our Brian

Samsun is the nom-de-plume of a Floridian guy called Justin who has constructed a wildly spangled & kaleidoscopic disco odyssey here. 'Samo Milagro' does indeed share parallels with both Four Tet's dreamier elements & the more ambient & cosmic side of this much-loved woozy chill-wave shit. Mount Kimbie have been mentioned amongst the bandied-about names, names that litter your mind,…view full details.

Various
Misplaced Pets

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

9/10 according to our Brian

First up, a nice ginger haired chappie has passed me a very worthy & excellent CD to review. It's called 'Misplaced Pets' & is a compilation in aid of two Leeds animal welfare charities, something close to all our hearts here, especially the gaffer's whose beloved rabbit ran off while I was looking after it. Determined to escape was the wee fluffy lassie.....Anyhooo, this beezer colle…view full details.

Chanson Sigeru
#1 Dad

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

9/10 according to our Brett

I really like this Chanson Shigeru CD we've got in on Maomoo/Art Union. #1 Dad is very reminiscent of early Animal Collective as well as Black Dice and certain Boredoms stuff ('Super Coming' from Super Ae is one example), doing that playful technicolour noise thing extremely well.. Very atonal but not abrasive in the least. It's a delightfully swirling cacophony of sounds, smothering your mind w…view full details.

Darren Hayman
Minehead EP

33 people love me. Be the 34th...

9/10 according to our Maggie

Darren Hayman with Minehead on Static Caravan. I'm so loving this series of holiday ep's and sadly this is the last one. They have been an absolute treasure to discover and a delight to hear after being bombarded with  the over production of modern music. Here, we're almost brought into the living room as he chugs away o…view full details.

Wasteland Jazz Unit
Shivering Reflections

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

9/10 according to our Ant

What finer way to end a hectic day than with this beauty CDr in an edition of 100 copies. I've not heard these guys before but they sound great, totally scuzzed up and weird deranged racket with effects all over the place. Proper distorted to hell feedback mess all over the place. I'm digging this audio scree flying out the speakers. I like these guys. they are welcome to come round my house …view full details.

Spill
Where You Aren't

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

9/10 according to our Brian

Latest Blackest Rainbow endorsed CDr of head stabbingly fine noisemongering comes from a mysterious duo that have been accused of Yorkshire dwelling but have titled their 3 brooding slabs of dystopian industrialisms & progressive noise in spidery Welsh, like Wales is the new Norway and that (so your guess is as good as mine as to their origin?). They're called Spill and the opening track is 13 m…view full details.

Kadaver
Molested Into Form

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

9/10 according to our Brian

Phil has just put a CD on by Kadaver. 'Molested Into Form' really sounds like the bowels of Satan being forcibly shat into my ears in a windstorm. "An hurricane of death" (c. Phil) flying at your face. A maelstrom of noise being injected into your cortex by the very keepers of Hades. The sound daisies make when wrenched from the ground by black toothed children after a nuclear holocaust.…view full details.

Sky Larkin
The Golden Spike

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

9/10 according to our Phil

The Sky Larkin album has landed in all it's fine glory. The Golden Spike is 12 tracks of pure quality indie pop. Each year I like about one indie album (on average).... Last year it was These New Puritans and the year before it was the Young Knives and I think this year it's gonna be this one. I've been reasonably taken by the singles but I've not been bothered to take 'em. I decided to just wait …view full details.

SixToes
Trick of The Night

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

9/10 according to our Phil

This Sixtoes CD on Toe Music is lovely. It's called Trick of The Night and it's a CD only affair. Immediately you'll be struck in the face with a high pitched warbly voice you'll either love or hate. It's one of those voices which will either make or break the CD for you. Unusually for me (as I pretty much hate the human voice and everyone who has one) it doesn't bother me, and in fact I actually …view full details.

Tirath Singh Nirmala
Bluster, Cragg & Awe

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

9/10 according to our Phil

And on to TIRATH SINGH NIRMALA who may not be familiar to you but it is in fact John Clyde Evans (ex Hood member from long ago). He's converted to Sikhism now hence the name change. And he's only gone and decided to bleedin' release his first full release for 7 years on US psych dro…view full details.

Uniform
Protocol

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

9/10 according to our Ant

Surprise, surprise yet another Planet Mu release and this weeks installment is somewhat of a departure from the breakbeat science of recent weeks. Uniform is the alias of 2nd Gen and his latest work 'Protocol' is a downright dark, sinister, brooding electronic album if ever I heard one. Drones, pulses, distortion, layers of effects, static crackles and the glor…view full details.

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Birge Gorge
Avant Toute

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Birge Gorge is the musical argy bargy of Jean-Jacques Birge and Francis Gorge from that '70s time when noodly widdle was not only ok, but fashionable. I guess these 2016 times are just as widdly, with 10 year olds starting free noise psych bands every day, but that’s only because the world has run out of ideas so back back back we go into the past to do it all again. Wher…view full details.

d'Eon
Foxconn / Trios

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

8/10 according to our Ant

Imagine you have a Sega Megadrive controller in your left hand, a SNES controller in your right. You’re playing the Megadrive through your right eye and the Nintendo through your left eye. The game soundtracks were created by Autechre, Mark Fell, Arca, Nozinja, …view full details.

Rodinia
Drumside / Dreamside

29 people love me. Be the 30th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Rodinia started this whole gnarly kosmische box social off by jamming out some deviations on their synth equipment: they saw were things were going and sailed away forever, and later return to shore for the rhythmic overdubs. What you’re listening to on sides both drum and dream are a few upgrades, percussive or guitarified, that make this ever-so-slightly danceable affair feel airier, fu…view full details.

The Boats
Abstraction

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

8/10 according to our Ant

I can well imagine a few of The Boats devotees being somewhat alienated by their recent forays into a brutal industrial techno sound. But for these ears this tougher palette carries greater emotional impact. In stark contrast to their earlier, more pastoral electronica, this records predecessor ‘Nomenclature’ and two thirds of Andrew Hargreaves …view full details.

Ff
Ffeeling

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Give it a minute to find its footing, will you? ‘Ffeeling’ is Ff’s first record, and after a little instrumental segue that came from nowhere and is also going nowhere, things start to happen: the synths light up, the beats degenerate and a pop song begins. Or, half a pop song: some whispered vocals groan their way into the song, like Factory Fl…view full details.

Conforce
Machine Conspiracy

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

8/10 according to our Laurie

Don’t be afraid - these machines aren’t interested in subduing our species in a virtual world in order to power their kind. They only want to subdue us by getting us up on our feet, moving around uncontrollably. In doing so, they have enlisted human avatar Boris Brunnik to do their dirty work along with building him various electrotoys to help him out. In this completely cheesy and …view full details.

Immigrant
Crayon Era: 2002 - 2014

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Just one look at the pictures and a quick read of the description will tell you how lavish the packaging is on these very very limited cds. They truly look stunning and we have EXCLUSIVE on them AND there are only 35 copies for the whole known universe. Instead of blathering on and on about how great they look I’m here to tell you a bit about the music which comes out of the speakers…view full details.

The Laze
The Phantom Of The Opera

18 people love me. Be the 19th...

8/10 according to our Jim

Don’t worry, this is not an Andrew Lloyd Webber recital but maverik Merseyside septet The Laze’s original soundtrack to Robert Julian’s 1925 silent horror film. The group premiered this soundtrack at a live performance on Halloween 2010 and have sinced toured it throughout the UK and so this recording shows a band in supreme control of the material, which covers an astonishing…view full details.

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Palm Springs
Seal My Fate / The Ebb Tide

46 people love me. Be the 47th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Oh cheers. Another thing to make me feel old. Its 10 years since Palm Springs first ever release.... and there I was having them down as a new band. This is a lovely way to celebrate their 10th year. ‘Seal My Fate’ is a fantastic slice of strummy guitar pop with a chorus so catchy it could kill at ten paces. I’m struggling for an exact comparison but it reminds me of some of …view full details.

Movie
Ads / Mr Fist

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

8/10 according to our Phil

Trying to find audio for this on the internet wasn’t that easy. You try searching on Movie Ads... Well this starts with some promising enough with some wonky guitar before the Madness ‘Our House’ rhythm section kicks in. I can confirm this has a funk, in fact I’d describe this as a weird indie funk pop hybrid which sounds cocking awful but i…view full details.

Kepler
Attic Salt

28 people love me. Be the 29th...

8/10 according to our Ant

New Kepler Album 'Attic Salt' is out on Resonant. This is kind of depressing but beautiful. This is the third album from the Canadian guys and their first in three years. This album has already come out in the states. Not really my kind of thing this, although there is a dark humor to the lyrics which is interesting. Similar to Red House Painters and have been described…view full details.

Eyes & No Eyes
Eyes & No Eyes

20 people love me. Be the 21st...

8/10 according to our Mike

Here’s an album of strident indie pop from Eyes & No Eyes. This quartet play a moody kind of indie pop which is presented with epic and loud production here, filling the spaces between guitars and vocals with droning cello and vintage analogue synths. This is one of several of these super-slick indie rock records I’ve had to review today but it’s instantly sticking out fro…view full details.

7 Days of Funk (Dam Funk & Snoopzilla)
7 Days Of Funk

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Funk master Dam Funk has slowly been edging his way into my life via his crossover Ariel Pink collab and professed love for Prefab Sprout. Snoop I can take or leave but his smooth delivery matched to Funk’s slick beats could provi…view full details.

Beat Mark / Sudden Death of Stars
What is Winter Good For? / Christmas Blossom

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Christmas single no 245. From France where presumably they celebrate christmas like we do but without all the getting drunk and crying. The Sudden Death of Stars lament the fact that theirs is a warm Oceanic climate in which no snow falls. There is something wholly miserable about a drizzly, cloudy christmas so I know where they are coming from. I don’t know why the coca cola truck can&rs…view full details.

Championlover
Makeout

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

8/10 according to our Li'l Biz

I like Championlover. Every time I see them play they present me with something new and unexpected. There’s certainly an umbrella vibe/philosophy attached to the group, primarily one of spontaneous creation, but sonically their gigs can vary wildly. It’s with this thought in mind I approach the group's debut ‘Makeout’ for the…view full details.

Faint Wild Light
Faint Wild Light

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

8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

My first thought when I put this record on was “what’s this folky business doing on Digitalis?!”, but as I look into it a little deeper it turns out that Faint Wild Light is in fact the alter-ego of Multiverse Music honcho and Emptyset knob-twiddler James Ginzburg, which makes a bit more sense. While this i…view full details.

Sub-tle
Leam

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

8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

I’ve just listened to the new Richard Youngs CD which has subtly but irrevocably warped my mind for the day, so it’s nice to have something a bit less demanding to fall back on afterwards. Today that something less demanding has come in the form of this sub-tle CD which, as I had hoped, is not just a clever name.…view full details.

Johnny Hostile
Jehnny (Show Me The Moon)

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

8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

Here’s producer to the stars (Savages) Johnny Hostile with his solo debut, and it’s a glacial bit of synthpop with post-punky undertones which often bring to mind a gothier version of Suicide, with his heavily reverbed vocals floating over simple, grinding beats and minimal droning synth melodies. I didn&rsq…view full details.

Jamaican Queens
Kids Get Away / Can't Say No To Annie

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

“My girlfriend went to the Caribbean”. “Jamaica?” “No, she went of her own accord”. Ha ha ha ha. Oh brilliant. Always start with a joke rubbish or otherwise. Right, who are these lot? They are from Detroit and despite the name are neither Jamaican nor...I don’t think.. are Queens. A lot of people are trying to smooth out the…view full details.

Lace Curtain
Falling / Running EP

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

8/10 according to our ReviewBot300

This record has a sticker on it declaring it the “New project from Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra from Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox et al”, which immediately places it in the “pr…view full details.

Machinefabriek
Stroomtoon II

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

8/10 according to our Phil

Yo yo yo. It’s about a thousand years since I last did a review cos I’ve just not had the time but I’m gonna try and shoehorn a couple in each week from now on so prepare to be blown away once more by my usual mediocre standard of writing and generally poor music critique. Machinefabriek doesn’t seem to be releasing as many …view full details.

Forest City
Peloton

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

8/10 according to our Ian

French experimental artist Christophe Bailleau teams up here with C-J Larsgarden (Ondo, Yrsel) and Thomas Jonsson (I’m Kingfisher) to create a lush ambient sound of sweeping electronica and fluttering acoustics, occasional vocals like on ‘Cuts’ add to the magical flow of sounds that range fro…view full details.


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