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Somerset Catalog
Lonely Fang

Containing members of Alan Alda, Bela Karoli, Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story), Instant Empire, Rabbit Is A Sphere, Poet’s Row and The Big Get Even, Somerset Catalog is one helluva Colorado supergroup. Self described as bubblegum doom-pop, their album Lonely Fang deals in uplifting ideals and resigned...view item »

Small Feet
From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean

Small Feet do the bold fragile feelings thing well on ‘From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean’ (phew), a record produced to make the whole earth sound like one big encased dome. In actuality, the band only fall into the trap of heightened and faraway drama a la Lo...view item »

Syntoma
Syntoma

Helping clog up the vinyl release schedules are Syntoma, a Mexican synth-pop outfit from the early ‘80s. The record is split into two sides -- not just two sides of vinyl, but instrumental and vocal sides. Although the instrumental side comes first, I’ve skipped straight to the vocal side (I don’t do “rules”, y'know...view item »

Armando Trovajoli
Ciao Rudy

Ciao Rudy was a 1966 musical that was scored by the talented Armando Trovajoli. Music from it became one of the rarest 33rpm records that RCA ever released, but this reissue and remastering from GDM makes it somewhat more available. Trovajoli’s work is as grand and dramatic as you’d expect, ...view item »

Max McFerren
Sipps

Well, if this isn’t madder than Brian giving up his happy pills then I don’t know what is. Perhaps Ian shooting Chewbacca in the face. Or Kim letting her dog be trained non-spiritually. The point is, NY’s Max McFerren makes bizarre, off the wall clown techno, like the odd uncle of Beau Wanzer o...view item »

Gypsy Eyes
Nefelibata

Gypsy Eyes produces slightly tense semi-ambient music, his full-length album Nefelibata creeping through an audio landscape that feels very real. Much of the sound here is sourced electronically, but there are crackles and rustles that hint at physical presence. Edition of 100 digipack CD copies, on Time Released Sound....view item »

James Cotton
Live At Antone’s Nightclub

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Live At Antone’s Nightclub is just that, a classic live show from Cotton and his ensemble on energetic form. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leat...view item »

Pinetop Perkins
Live At Antone’s Vol. 1

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop Perkins’ Live At Antone’s Vol. 1, which is a full-on adventure in original blues music. E...view item »

Spaces
Two

What comes after one? It’s time for a maths lesson with Spaces, which is John Flynn which is half of Ordinate which is someone that I don’t know. Discogs says they’ve had one single track released on a compilation this year called 8 Wigglin’ Ways to Die. Sound familiar? Not so sure,...view item »

Mumbai Science
Black Hole (Floorplan Remix)

Belgian duo Mumbai Science are pretty nifty at filling floors with their tech house jams, and Black Hole is no exception. This release however, is a remix of that track by Floorplan, an anonymous sounding pseudonym behind which lies… Robert Hood himself! The former Underg...view item »

Personable
New Lines

M. Geddes Gengras has been doing the modular thing for a while now, much longer than most who’ve heard that it’s the way to make music nowadays. Those folks aren’t wrong - this monolithic, repurposable machine can basically be the musical version of you that can change it’s shape to...view item »

Mark Broom
Stunned (97 Mix) / Decay

Works old and new from Pure Plastic label-owner Mark Broom for this release on Robert Hood’s famed M-Plant label. As implied, Stunned (97 Mix) dates from way back when, though it’s thudding powers have been tweaked to 2015 levels without losing that original sound. On the B-side is a brand n...view item »

Max McFerren
Monk's Mood

Max McFerren has previously released on Ultimate Hits and 1080p, and now finds himself on Allergy Season (where do these labels get their names eh?). Monk’s Mood gives us three new tracks of vocal-centred house, and Blondes round out the EP with a remix of ‘Hunting’. Pressed to 12&rdqu...view item »

port-royal
Where Are You Now

Since Roman times, Italy has been renowned for it’s strong (euro)dance culture. Prolonging ancient traditions, port-royal (mind the hyphen) have finally returned with a full length album. Where Are You Now is filled with catchy Mediterranean beats and brimming with electronic shoegazing energy....view item »

Air Max '97
Core Work / Expenditure

Artist name of the week must surely be rewarded to Air Max ‘97. This guy has had stuff out on Liminal Sounds and Trax Couture but this is the first thing I’ve heard by him. It happens to be on the man’s newly minted DECISIONS label and all. ‘Corework’ on the top-side gets busy with stomping ...view item »

Lushes
Service Industry

Service Industry is the new album from Brooklyn duo, Lushes. It is a raw rock record which ditches the moments of serenity from their first album, What Am I Doing, in favour of focusing on the primal and visceral aspects of guitar and drums. The album was recorded and mixed by long-time Sonic Youth...view item »

Ghetto Ghouls
Collisions

Album number two from Ghetto Ghouls, an Austin, Texas group. Their first record was more of a scuzz-punk explosion, but Collisions is somewhat more restrained. Although let's be clear, this is the tense kind of restraint, that could kick out again at any moment. LP release on the label Monofonus Press....view item »

Blanche Blanche Blanche
Breaking Mirrors

It has been suggested that Brooklyn-based indie duo Blanche Blanche Blanche approach their songwriting in a rather unusual way if you take previous records such as Night People, Feeding Tube or NNA as evidence. On their new album, Breaking Mirrors, it seems that the songs were more crafted and clearly ...view item »

Jackie House
Stydive

Jackie House gives it all away with the name eh? Turns out they live up to the moniker though, with Stydive, a clear and present dancefloor danger with old school drum machine rhythm and trippily echoing vocals. On the B-side, Matrixxman tries his hand at a thud-tastic remix. 12” on Dark Entries s...view item »


Alcopop! And Dog Knights Productions Presents...

Alcopop! and Dog Knights Productions Present features four bands performing two new tracks each: Johnny Foreigner, Playlounge, Doe and Doctrines. Artist Lewes Herriot tried to sum up the aura of each band by decorating 4 rooms for the cover artwork. Put together by self...view item »

Then Thickens
Colic

Colic is the new album by Then Thickens. The indie band from Chorley, Lancashire began as solo project of Jon-Lee Martin before expanding to the five-piece we have here. Their debut album, Death Cap at Anglezarke was critically acclaimed with a whole host of DJs from Radio 1 and 6 Music praising their efforts. ...view item »

Hodge / Bruce
Amor Fati (Peverelist Remix) / Tilikum (Hodge Remix)

Another release on Livity Sound’s conceptually insane reverse label dnouS ytiviL. Here we have two original tracks by Hodge and Bruce re-engineered by Peverelist and Hodge (so that Hodge gets to participate in two different ways! Both tracks pulse and flex...view item »

Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp
The Island

Despite being just four songs long and rotating at a swift 45rpm, this still manages to be a mixed bag. It's the guy from Mountains and the guy from Paranoid Cat doing their kosmichey thing together. Opener 'Sun Blind' has all kinds of random fizzing synths going on before an aco...view item »

Akase
Murmur

Akase is the joint work of Harry Agius (who produces as Midland) and songwriter Robbie Redway. Together, they make electro-pop with full-blown club credentials: Murmer clicks boldly into action at the start before Redway’s soulful vocals move in. ...view item »

Nicolas Godin
Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde

Nicholas Gödin is probably best known to you as half of French duo Air, but he’s been making music of his own as well. His stately electro-orchestral pop single Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde is presented here in its original form, as well as in a wide variety of remix versions by Jus...view item »

Capracara & JTC
Bubble 'N' Squeak / Reggie, Don't Panic

The third release on One Day Wonder sees a bumping rhythmic exercise take place led by JTC (Tadd Mullinix) and Capracara. Thumping kicks and repetitive sirens are the name of the game here on A side Bubble & Squeak. Reggie, Don’t Panic takes up the B side with video game bleeps for co...view item »

Itinerant Dubs
Itinerant Club (DJ Stingray / Mr G Remixes)

Itinerant Dub is a label somewhat shrouded in mystery, supposedly nobody knows exactly who is making their tracks… We can say, however, that the producers on remix duty here are DJ Stingray, who brings his twisted Detroit electro styles along to play, and Mr G, who takes a techno approach. Two great sound...view item »

John Cohen
Deaf Arena

It took me a minute or two to even figure out who made this very mysterious-looking CD, with the artist name and title relegated to a single mention on the insert, but it turns out it’s the work of John Cohen, aka one half of Dead Fader. It’s largely beat driven stuff ...view item »

Dralms
Shook

Clint once described a Dralms song as “like a dream where you die at the end”. Can I bequeath any higher praise? My personal subconscious has protected me from dream death for twenty two years and counting (thanks, bud) so I’ll compare Dralms’ music to a different kind of dream: the one where you try to run, but walk even...view item »

Primitive Parts
Parts Primitive

There’s a dude called Robin in this band 10/10. Or… actually: Primitive Parts are your standard fare garage rockers, so standard fare that they actually borrow most of their constituent parts from other bands you may well admire for cunning chord sequences and thrashing choruses. Parts assembled from M...view item »

Ricardo Donoso
Machine To Machine

Ricardo Donoso works across a variety of styles, from more conventionally tuneful to out-there experimentalism. With Machine To Machine he tries to meld the two approaches, and he does a great job. These tracks are carefully composed explorations of texture with a rich seam of emotional content running right down the mi...view item »

Shawlands Arcade
RAD-ZOD1

Shawlands Arcade’s two newest tracks are out on Rubadub, the Glaswegian label who’ve brought us stacks of the good stuff over the years (Model 500, cv313…). RAD-ZOD1 cuts straight to the peak-hour club core with thrusting bass and relentless drum pads. Plus, one of th...view item »

Onra
Over & Over

Two tracks from Onra’s latest LP, Fundamentals, are singled out for special treatment on this 12” from All City. The sleek tunes, featuring MC talents such as Daz Dillinger and Do or Die, are present in the original mixes, as well as instrumental versions for those who want ...view item »

The Fresh & Onlys
Early Years Anthology

On their never-ending journey to release as many albums as their are years before the sun explodes, The Fresh & Onlys encountered a side-quest and decided to also release some old music. Mr. Oh Sees’ Castle Face label offers up the literal tome ‘Early Years Anthology’, which offers songs from way back when -- thoug...view item »

Peter Lyons
Oh, To Pull You Up

Peter Lyons has some big electronic-pop chops to show off, and Oh, To Pull You Up is the place to do it. His first solo EP (following collaborations with Kelly Leathem and Sadler’s Wells) has four dramatic tracks with tightly textured production and Lyons’ h...view item »

Body Betrayal
Soft Cage

Queer punx Body Betrayal are about again with the hardcore classic: a one-sided 12”. Originally released back in 2014, ‘Soft Cage’ is a chaotic, slow-burning record offering what you would probably consider sprawls for this genre: two minute tunes belting out furious breakdowns and proper growled skramz, all brought back down t...view item »

Baio
The Names

It’s the season of solo projects here at Norman Records. Known as the bass-player for upbeat rockers Vampire Weekend, Baio has released a few catchy EPs. Now he’s treating us to a proper full-length album, which navigates the outskirts of poppy electronics. The Names combines those explorati...view item »

Kit Grill
Paradise

Kit Grill has five tight new tracks to present to the world, and this time he’s sending them out via the Vase label. Shiny house exultations from a sleek future world where unpleasantness seems to have been eliminated in favour of warm good times. Reminiscent of some of Ikonika’s textures at times. T...view item »


Dis Cover - Donna Regina As Recorded By

Despite being named after one half of the duo, Donna Regina are very much a duo. The other half is Regina’s husband Gunther Janssen. They have been making music for 25 years, all of the time doing their own thing avoiding the influence of trends. Dis Cover - Donna Regina As Recorded By Others is a tribute to those...view item »

Air Waves
Parting Glances

Nicole Schneit’s has her own paradise away from the jangle lovers Crystal Stilts, and believe you me it is different: Air Waves’ music is clearer and more contemporary than the usual nostalgia her psych friends purvey, offering plaintive solutions to pop music. Acoustic ditties get turned into tor...view item »

The Morning Benders
Big Echo

The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. I love their old school 50's sound. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. U...view item »

Sion Orgon
Recognition Journal

Recognition Journal is the third album by Sion Orgon. The plethora of sounds he uses to create his sonic soundscapes tend to end up at the avant garde end of the scale and can be difficult to listen to. However, he can spring the odd surprise and what could be described as a ‘normal’ song can suddenly appear...view item »

Frog Eyes
Pickpocket’s Locket

Carey Mercer sounds furious, but his music is meditation. With its bold, endlessly ricocheting guitar tones, his last record sounded like it was trembling; really, it was ruminating, parsing through different crises and deciding on certain defiant truths for them. He concluded, halfway through ‘Carey’s Cold Spring’, that &ldquo...view item »

Robert Piotrowicz
Old School Made of Gold

Robert Piotrowicz deals in electroacoustic modular synthesis, and the two pieces presented on Old School Made Of Gold show us that he is damn good at it. The sound field is filled with carefully balanced tones and sharp little details: a composer’s ear is definitely at play here. Transparent red vinyl 12” on...view item »

Lightning Glove
Raving Peacocks Tail

Emblazoned with an array of random bollox from the web is Czech lot Lightning Glove’s 2013 tape Raving Peacocks Tail originally on Tesla. This is on Ono Tesla, a vinylly offshoot of that, also run by the Gnod people (who can’t help but refer to themselves in the press release) and some other people...view item »

Dan Wilson
All Love Is Blind

The debut solo album from The Cubicle frontman Dan Wilson looks backwards to the ballads of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Gordon Lightfoot, infusing them with a Liverpudlian lilt. All Love Is Blind is richly produced and infused with a roadworn melancholy that’s drenched in a typical kind of loneliness. Out on CD f...view item »

Faces of Drums / Steve Poindexter
Faces Drums / Short Circuit

A reissue 12” here that gathers classic old tracks from Steve Poindexter and his Faces of Drums alias. Acidic, staccato percussion punches its way over the top of the tunes, while on the B-side lies a remix from Africans With Mainframes, a duo containing, let’s not forget, Hi...view item »

N.M.O.
Natalia Martínez Ordoñez

Natalia Martínez Ordonez do something rather interesting here, challenging the hegemony of rigid BPM's in electronic music. The self-titled piece makes strange things happen with tempo shifts and multiple interlocking rhythms. Described in the press release as 'Fluxus Techno': who wouldn't want that! On the Whe...view item »

Ancient Ocean
Blood Moon

You know ambient has gone too far when someone’s playing the bowed banjo. I’m pretty sure we could just get the same sound out of slowing down a Mumford & Sons music video on YouTube, but Ancient Ocean have opted to go the more grassroots route. The musician tasked with the bowing is Aaron Martin, who’s rec...view item »

Metasplice
Metasplice

You know that artists go abstract when they release an octet of untitled tracks. Metasplice however are keeping it real, not resorting to an album named after punctuation and instead opting for a self-titled affair - this is who we are, this is our sound. But it sure is abstract, featuring varied digital jams that both glisten and haunt at once ...view item »

Chunky
Oun_C

Oun_C is the latest emission from Swamp81’s sub-label 81. Chunky steps up with two firmly bass-loaded rollers. I don’t know what the mysterious title refers to, but it could be the same thing the enigmatic and distant blurs of vocals are on about… No need to worry though, this 12” bypasses the n...view item »

Terry de Castro
You Can’t Separate Light

God knows who is in the Wedding Present these days. It used to be Dave, Keith, Paul, Simon and people like that so you'd think that someone called Terry would fit in perfectly. Terry De Castro has been part of the latter day WP line up of Dave plus anybody who's about. She was also in ...view item »

EMG & Battista
The Bridge EP

Italian analogue-techno pair EMG and Battista team up for their first effort on Will Bankhead's ever-excellent Trilogy Tapes label for a 4-track offering of hard-hitting, trigger-happy blasts of sludgy techno. It's a natural fit for the label, with EMG previously outing on similar outfit Berceuse Heroique. The EP keeps up TTT's love-affa...view item »

Dave Smolen // Hair_loss
Dave Smolen // Hair_loss

For those Metasplice fans out there, this is a collection of the formative productions from both halves as they were joining forces for live shows. As they hadn’t made anything directly together at this point, the record is a split, beginning with the trashy varied rhythms of Dave Smolen, the sounds cheap and distorted but the arrangements...view item »

GT
Beats Misplaced

GT hammer out down-tuned wind-tunnels of blues-rock guitar-noise on Beats Misplaced, to great effect. This is their second album, and clearly the group have figured out what they are about. The beats don’t sound all that misplaced though: sounds like they are busily driving things along to me. On Communicating Ves...view item »

Monoceros
Tales From Late Night Remixes

I've used my my powers of deduction and search engining to come to the conclusion that Tales From Late Night Remixes is a remix album based on Monoceros's Tales For Silent Nights remixes CD which came out a year or so back. I've never heard that so I'm fully equipped to offer scintillating and insightful comparisons with the originals. Here we go.....view item »


The Pet Series - Volume 3 - The Bird

Part 3 of the Pet Series CD's is in. The last couple had lots of pics of cats and dogs in the booklet and this one has...... wait for it....... birdies!! Yep nice little birdies.... ahh..... On this you've got tracks from Burd Early, Mt Eerie (which apparently is The Microphones), Big Eyes, Coasta...view item »

Earthly
Days

Earthly are an energetic duo of former roommates, who get stuck into piles of digital and analogue electronics without too much concern as to the neatness of the outcome. At times this is like Black Dice playing around with the pallette of Hudson Mohawke: bright, colourful, and a bit fucked up. ...view item »

Florestano
Noh

Florestano is an Italian producer who combines the modern-day vibing of the traveller with the electroacoustics of the mid-20th century. Most of the work on Noh is electronically produced, but Florestano reportedly begins each composition with a piano, so tune is as highly valued as texture. 2LP on Kowl...view item »

The Faces of Drums
Thanks 4 The Tracks U Lost Vol. 2

Fresh from the dusty attics of Steve Pointdexter and Jamal Moss, aka FACE OF DRUMS: some prime 20 year old vintage raw Chicago techno cuts. Thanks 4 the Tracks U Lost Vol. 2, just like its predecessor, is a really tasteful time capsule, with three tracks saved from old cassette tapes. N...view item »

Jesse Hackett
Junk Circle Star

Having been through the Albarn-apprenticeship of Gorillaz’ live band and Africa Express, and even wandering into Thom Yorke’s touring group, Jesse Hackett is now finally ready to release his first own-name solo record into the world. Junk Circle ...view item »

Aero Flynn
Aero Flynn

An alum of Justin Vernon’s friendship circle (so, only a couple of degrees of separation from Kanye, then) Josh Scott has shied away from releasing his music for a very long time. With the backing of his famous folkie friend, he&rsquo...view item »

The Zutons
Valerie

was really hoping the new Zutons single called Valerie was gonna be a cover of the ole Stevie Winwood tune. Then I was hoping it would be a cover of the class Baby Bird tune of the same name. Alas I'm subjected to something which sounds like the Coral doing AOR. If that appeals then please buy them. Brian says he's...view item »

Breaks Co Op
The Otherside

Breaks Co Op are a new band to me which features Zane Lowe (yep....him!). They're from New Zealand you know... This debut UK single is without seeming rude to gay people (we're all screaming benders here deep down aside from Ant cos he's a bit butch) is the gayest thing I've heard in my ent...view item »

Yourcodenameis:Milo
17

I hate writing Yourcodenameis:Milo. Stupid stupid way of writing your band name.... They have a new single out as well which is emo'ey kind of rock. You can tell they've been listening to Muse & Placebo but they come off whiffing a bit more of Biffy Clyro with hints of the aforementioned bombasts. I believe Brian...view item »

Young Heart Attack
Misty Rowe

Talking of Rex, they also saw fit to introduce Young Heart Attack into the public consciousness. Now on big daddy label, XL, they unleash the worst single yet of their hopefully brief career . 'Misty Rowe is like Jet being spit roasted by The Black Crowes & AC/DC while ...view item »

The White Stripes
Conquista (en castellano) / (acústica de Mariachi)

Este Blanco Raya el 7"es bien divertido. Su voz está bien sobre la tapa. ¡Está toda en español y cotizar Brian ' que suena solamente el ridículo de las vendas más grandes en el planeta podría conseguir lejos con esto "!! Conquista está en el 7"y ...view item »

Whirlwind Heat
Reagan

The story of falling in love and then being betrayed by that person you trusted is a common theme in music and one that I myself can identify with. Well, Whirlwind Heat have put together a four track EP with a track called Reagan. 'I fell in love with you, you stole my heart, now I cant stand you, you love someone else' the simplicity a...view item »

Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon

Walk the Moon, from what I can gather, are a horny bunch of guys, but they make some fun music. They are lyrically creative at times, repetitive at other times. The music has a fair amount of synth in the background, and they are upbeat and catchy. So even though I don't always care for their lyrics, the music is usually so darn catchy that it d...view item »

Warmer Milks
Let Your Friends In

I almost jumped out of my skin when I hit play on 'Let Your Friends In' by Warmer Milks. Immediately I assume this is gonna be a noise album but that's not the case. A few minutes into the first tune and the band enter heavy rock terrain with fairly lo-fi production values and black metal vox. Not the cacophony of blistering chaos implied by the op...view item »

The Vichy Government
Coventry

It's too early in the morning for this. A chirpy James Nesbitt/Gary Lightbody type perky Northern Irishman twittering on and on over some casio keyboard twinkles sounding something somewhere between 'Kissing with Confidence' by Will Powers, Jad Fair and John Shuttleworth. Safe to say thou...view item »

The View
Bread and Circuses

After kicking the indie brit rock scene in the butt with 2006's Hat's off to the Buskers, The View went in a bit of a different direction (a much more unsuccessful direction) with their 2nd album Which Bitch? in 2009. Thankfully, they're a bit more grounded with their 3'rd record. Even on the first spin, I really couldn't identify a bad song on ...view item »

Magas
Heads Plus

This five track EP is the first vinyl release from Chicago based composer and Bulb records co-founder Magas (aka James Marlon Magas) since his ‘Violent ARP’ LP in 2009. ‘Heads Plus’ is an instrumental odyssey of raw, hallucinatory electronic, post techno utopia composed using classic synths and drum machines....view item »

David Vandervelde
Waiting For The Sunrise

Waiting For The Sunrise is David Vandervelde's second album and was released in 2008. Whilst the '70s influences of his debut album "The Moonstation House Band" are still there, the comparisons to T-Rex aren't so much. This has more of a smooth country rock vibe with the occasional fleck of Yacht Rock. The songs are more straight forward, lack t...view item »

The Untied Knot
Sketches For a Lost Summer

‘Sketches For The Lost Summer’ looks appealing. Beautiful cover art, recycled packaging and swish foam padded CD tray, lovely stuff. Music is pretty sweet too. The Untied Knot a.k.a Nigel Bryant (from 90’s indie rockers The Fables amongst others) makes the old acoustic six-string sing like a bird chorus on a summer’s morning. ‘An act of k...view item »

Uprock Rhizome & The Aphasia Group
Jungle Green Memes

Uprock/Rhizome and Aphasia Group collaborate on a new CD on Tigerbeat 6 ups the ante somewhat with approximately 1000 clicks per minute. This sounds a bit like Autechre. In fact it sounds exactly like Autechre in places. There's a hip hop type thing going on on a couple of tracks not that there's any vocals ju...view item »

Twiggy And The K*Mesons
We Are The Boredom

Twiggy And The K*Mesons- We Are The Boredom CD (Warm Circuit)Q. What is this then?A. A 2 track CD single you lemonQ. Crazy name for a band right?A. Yes but don't ask me what it means cos I don't know. Just cos I'm here answering questions doesn't mean I know everything. I'm not some sort of fucking guru man. Get a grip...view item »

The Tumbledryer Babies
Wheat

I don't know quite what I was expecting from this one (big picture of a cow's face on the cover, production handled by Paul Leary who's done the duty for his own Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Daniel Johnston etc.) but I wasn't expecting the first tune to sound like it could've been on the first Pipettes LP, albeit with an amusingly (and hopefu...view item »

The Troubadours
(I'M NOT) Superstitious / Rome

The Troubadours had single of the week a while back with their cracking debut. Here's their new single '(I'M NOT) Superstitious' on hip happening Loog label and I have to say it's another great pop smash. Very merseybeat and I have to say I'm reminded a little of the pop sensation that was Cast. 'I'm Not Superstitious' is on limited edition 7"...view item »

Luke Toms
Fools With Money

Luke Toms then. Not to be confused with your uncle who has the cabin. oh no.... This one is some new chap being hunted by record labels so I'm told. They'll tell you anything to sell records these days. Seriously. next they'll be saying this is actually worth some of the hype and you should buy it. Actually they'd be right!! Bouncy piano...view item »

Tiny Masters Of Today
Hologram World

Having played major music festivals, SXSW, and many concerts in Europe and New York the band has already generated a huge fan base and received praise from many notable critics/publications. On their first record the band collaborated with many other artists such as Karen O., singer for the band Yeah, Yea...view item »

Tiago Sousa
Walden Pond's Monk

This CD for Portuguese piano maestro Tiago Sousa is a suite based upon the work of Henry David Thoreau (me neither but an early day environmentalist and abolitionist according to my...ahem... sources). Its a bleak work of deathly piano tinklings like a severly depressed Richard Clayderman considering imminent suicide. Accompanied at times by...view item »

Telekinesis
12 Desperate Straight Lines

Michael Benjamin Lerner is a one man band otherwise know as Telekenesis. I really enjoyed the self-titled mid-fi debut from Telekinesis, particularly the single "Coast Of Carolina". "12 Desperate Straight Lines" is the follow-up. It has higher production values making the songs a bit punchier, and probably sound more like other bands such as The...view item »

SOMEC
Source of Uncertainty

The austerely titled SOMEC is proud to explore the depths of his modular synthesiser at the potential expense of end-result-listenability. And so he should be! Actually, Source Of Uncertainty has a lot of interesting textures, and ends up wandering into some pretty cool little sonic corners. 12” out on Haunter Rec...view item »

Surrounded
Oppenheimer and Woodstock

This album isn't easy to get into, you have to give it your time to be rewarded. It contains a lot of undercurrent darkness about society and humanity of today, but I have to say I get uplifted by it, perhaps a paradox. The arrangements are first class and bands like Keane and Coldplay should take a look at this to make better substantial record...view item »

Super Adventure Club
Avoid Zombies

Rocking a classic power trio line-up and hailing from Glasgow, Super Adventure Club serve up a mixed bag of takes on classic stylistic approaches. Over eight songs they cover classic indie pop, rock, swing and jazz infusing each with enough quirky good times to keep even the most restless listener happy. Sighting Devo, Soul Coughi...view item »

Sukpatch
23

Moshi Moshi have put out Sukpatch's album following on from the single the other week which pretty much gives you an idea of what to expect from the album. Mid-tempo guitar pop with nods to Money Mark with some of the beats and synth bits. Infact the vocal is not unlike him either. Hip-Hop laced in...view item »

Sumsun
Samo Milagro

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...view item »

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

So… this isn’t a goregrind band? Okay then: on first take, it seems that your average grave baby wants to make sombrely anthemic hard rock with old-school riffs and industrial beats. I want to make a joke about Trent Reznor being in a dated rawk band, right now, but I don’t know any bands, so...view item »

The State Of Samuel
Mutiny On Mercury

Another one who sounds like he's singing with a clothes peg on his nose is The State of Samuel. Although he's from Sweden, this could easily be on the old Elephant 6 roster. Its lo-fi twee fun pop just like Apples In Stereo or The Minders. Some of the songs here are just fantastic ...view item »

The Stands
All Years Leaving

The Stands emerge with their debut CD/LP which somehow managed to irritate me after about 20 seconds when we listened to it the other day. Its tuneful sunny country rock that takes all its influences from The Byrds and Bob Dylan. The single 'The River Runs Over Me' is by far the best thing her...view item »

The Black Tambourines
Domino / A Forest / Friendship 7

A solution to the vinyl crisis could be that records have to be deemed a certain standard before they can be pressed. If this were the case then the Black Tambourines (not Black Tambourine the American noise poppers) would only just scrape through. Opener ‘Domino’ is a piece of thrashy punk whic...view item »

Spaces Between
Untitled

Mike Orr is from Bristol and calls himself Spaces Between. He refers to pieces as 'songs', which I always like. His songs are made with guitars and computers, but mainly guitars I should think. The computers are used to provide rhythms rather than a variety of processes, although not in every track. Guitars are layered together, and either p...view item »

Jessie Jones
Jessie Jones

With a light tread, Jessie Jones jumps across catchy melodies and swinging beats. After fronting  Feeding People and while taking a break from Death Valley Girls, her self-titled solo debut gives Jones the opportunity to let out her upbeat demons. Get ready to bob your head to an irres...view item »

Mishka Shubaly
Coward’s Path

A quite stunningly personal album here from Mishka Shubaly, who delves deep into his own life to bring to bear his own experience of alcoholism. The Coward’s Path indeed. This constitutes pretty potent material, although to his credit Shubaly ensure the record is not a one-note affair, often as co...view item »

Some Action
Some Action

More 7" action on Gigantic Music (The last one being that ace Cloud Room single) this time with a new single by Some Action. Its called 'Some Action' as well. Its raucous pub brawl style rock music in the vein of Kings of Leon or the Rolling Stones. Sounds like something else but I can't put my finger on...view item »


CARGAA 2

CARGAA 2 is the second in Warp Records’ series of collaborations with Principe, a Portuguese label. A nice bit of signal boosting, at least from a UK perspective. The tracks, by characters like DJ Big Vado / DJ Estraga, Nidia Minaj and Puto Anderson / Deejay NinOo carry a massive ...view item »

Snow Patrol
Take Back The City

Snow Patrol have confused us all by recruiting an American singer who sounds a bit like Dave Grohl and rocking out a revolutionary anthem called 'Take Back the City'. If this won't get all of us apathetic losers off out of our armchairs and out protesting in the streets nothing will.. Unfortunately for these jokers we'll probably be holding signs s...view item »

Snow White
EP

New single from Snow White which has been compared to My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. Yeah I suppose you could compare it to 'Feed Me with your Kiss' as performed by The Stooges. The previous sentence makes this sound great but actually it's not. It's just immediately obvious what they've been listening to. It d...view item »

The Singing Skies
Routine & War

With Status Quo giving exclusivity to Tesco for their new album it's a tough time for the sort of record shops that attempt to stock things that aren't the Girls Aloud comeback tour CD and make up bag box set. The Singing Skies are not Status Quo and the ...view item »

SixToes
Trick of The Night

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 ...view item »

Signalform + Tachikoma
Understanding Media

We got a bunch of stuff in on Love The Chaos. Currently playing is Signalform + Tachikoma's 'Understanding Media' CD. This is a competent blend of digital beats, glitches and drifting melodies. This is similar to the Merck / Machine Drum / Schematic/ Push Button Objects school of abstract electronics and stuttering beats with hints of early Skam an...view item »

Shooting At Unarmed Men
Soon There Will Be..

One of my worst crimes over the years has been to continually slag disbanded Welsh Chicago-grumble obsessives McLusky off at every opportunity. It was the singers voice. A grating bucket of yelping shit that ruined any thrilling potential the grindingly powerful & muscular music had to reduce my spine to bug dust. By the sound of it...view item »

The Shot Heard Round the World
Felluponstone

The Shot Heard Round the World have a new 5-track CD thing out on Pray for the Prairie and it's called Felluponstone. The plastic wrapping on the CD is of average thickness this time around.. Times are hard I suppose. This lot do the Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers thing very well indeed with a lovely, lush, authentic sound that does the songs full j...view item »

The Shallow Call
Frank Bruno

Shallow Call With 'Frank Bruno' which is a debut from the band about the ex-world champion/ occasional nut job and constant panto star. Its a quirky pop number following the blue print of pop including all the "unexpected" chords that one would bet your back teeth are coming next. Not made me angry though as it's an ego free number with the Blueton...view item »

Say
Multiverse

Multiverse could have been one of those well dodgy band names but luckily it's merely the title of an album by Say. Their sleeve is a bit cosmo-cheese but their hugely addictive & playful modern psychedelic pop is anything but. Recorded lavishly to bring out the best in their chiming guitars & effortless layered harmonies, they owe a seriou...view item »

The Gena Rowlands Band
Trailer

We have a CD here on Autoclave.It's by The Gena Rowlands Band who contain ex members of the excellent Telegraph Melts. This sounds really good on first listen  - its downbeat guitar stuff full of twists and turns with a violin usefully employed creating a bit of chaos. Reminds me a bit of Cass McCombs in pla...view item »

The Rumble Strips
Hate Me You Do

Chirpy sub Dexy's toss like The Rumble Strips does nowt for me. I don't wanna hear a cross between Boomtown Rats & Mystery Jets any more than I want to stab myself up. Or I may just go & stab up Razorlight for making this bobbins popular. I'm too old & off for a lie down & a cup of horlic...view item »

Rice Corpse
Mrs Rice

This Mrs Rice CD by Rice Corpse sounds like a load of fun. Apparently the bands name is "named after the Chinese character for shit, which itself is the combination of the two characters for corpse and rice" which is probably the funniest thing I've heard since the age old classic KFC joke. Anyway this is improvised piano, drums and glass...view item »

The Research
The Way You Used To Smile

New single from The Research  - Fats wants it reviewing which unfortunately means I have to listen to it again. The B side on the CD is a nice piece of wonky indie pop. The A side makes me want to slap every single person involved. Far too twee indie pop with whiny vocals about some poor sap who has split up with his girlfriend. Get...view item »

Retro Crooks
Conrad Dangerfield/ Judy Knows

Retro Crooks self release their debut single (I think). It's a CD single only release which is probably quite a rare thing in this day and age. Most singles are a 7" and download, 12" wax or a huge multi formatting bonanza. Well the Retro Crooks have half inched bits of the Arctic Monkeys and Libertines along with some twiddly Foals esque...view item »

Jonas Reinhardt
Powers of Audition

Kranky is another label with barely a mis-step to its name. Here is the second album by Jonas Reinhardt which has a synthetic, synthesized feel recalling those late 70's/early 80's behemoths of synth rock Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. The likes of Trans Am have veered into this territory on occasion in later years but I'm really not sure about it...view item »

Rec.tangle
Heavy Maple

Heavy Maple is the debut album from Rec.tangle A.K.A Brighton-based, France-born Adrien Rodes. Formally known as Topo Gigio, Adrian Rodes has been taking it steady since signing to Melodic ten years ago but it looks like the wait has been worth it. I'm really taken by first track 'Square One'. Brett reckon's it sounds like the theme to 'The Hitchik...view item »

Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard

Following up an album as good as The Rhumb Line is a difficult task. Ra Ra Riot had a major element working against them: the untimely passing of John Pike, their original drummer and a great lyricist (who penned various songs for The Rhumb Line). They also faced the possibility of a dreaded sophomore slump. Now, I've read some early critiques o...view item »

RadioSeed
There Has To Be More

I seem to have brought the Swedes home tonight. Philthy said this is "shoegazey" so thought I might like it because I'm miserable & stare at my shoes all the time. Well, it's the only fucking part of me that can see easily at all times and isn't my arms (which i'm quite frankly sick & tired of). I'm not being funny but this album sounds ...view item »

The Rain Band
Knee Deep & Down

The Rain Band (who gave me this?). Its a new single. Its dark swirling heavy overcoated guitar rock somewhere between Mansun, The Chameleons and something altogether more scary like the Sisters of Mercy. Knee Deep & Down is released on 7", 12" and CD ...view item »

Puffinboy
Make Motion Matter

Another quiet talent, Puffin Boy, have a mini album jobbie out on CD. 'Make Motion Matter' sounds like the B-52's being taken hostage by the cast of 'Are You Being Served' at first. It gets into a locked groove of funky noodles & digital chatter further along, percussive but a bit directionless to be honest. Then they go trip...view item »

Punks On Mars
Bad Expectations

Punks On Mars are actually a garage pop crew from Not Mars, and are fans of the Japandroids manifesto: thrilling nights playing easy chords and sick riffs. Bad Expectations is quick power pop for those who like the sound of loose guitars and thrown off ideas. The name is a good signi...view item »

Protestant Work Ethic
The Jar And Shock

Protestant Work Ethic, as well as having a great name, has a rather pleasing sound: folk songs nestled amidst detailed arrangements. Not quite as dour as you might expect Protestant folk music to be, but that may be for the best, depending on how bleak you like your folk. The Jar And The Shock is released by Valeot....view item »

The Presets
Pacifica

After big success with the previous two albums, The Preset disappeared to go away and put the next big album together: Pacifica. I had expectations for this album but it never really gets going to the climatic heights of or their past work. I hear the same sounds in different configurations and its more of a chunky 80s house album than the nerve...view item »

Poor Moon
Poor Moon

This is a beautiful album, and while there will be comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott have really tried to make this something else with the help of brothers Ian and Peter Murray. The overall aesthetic has a similar vibe to Fleet Foxes but doesn't have quite the same intensity or energ...view item »

Peter Wolf Crier
Inter-Be

Peter Wolf Crier are a Minneapolis-based songwriting team composed of Peter Pisano (Wars Of 1812) and Brian Moen (Laarks and Amateur Love). They play a stripped down version of classic Americana style rock in the vein of other North Midwest groups like Bon Iver and Volcano Choir. Pisano's voice has a distinct clarity to it that is instantly appe...view item »

Patterns
Waking Lines

“A modern shoegaze-pop record” screams the press release and yes I suppose it has slew of guitar effects piled on top of the rock dynamics but really this is nothing of the sort. Its big, bold shiny pop thats nods fairly far in the direction of Jonsi from Sigur Ros s...view item »

Papercut And Wrecking Ball
Papercut And Wrecking Ball

Papercut and Wreckingball- S/T(Deserted Village) Two tracks of epic length meditative high end oscillations and cat killing frequencies from Northstation main man Steven Fanagan. The tones generated float in and out of view and are combined with mid range points and processed (environmental?) sound textures. All in all, an effective filmic sounding...view item »

Panico
Kick

I haven't listened yet the album but I hope is so great as the album art. I really loved the album art made by Rodrigo Pereda....view item »

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