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Keane
Perfect Symmetry

I Like it so much!!this cd was so perfect!!I Downloaded all the musics and its one of the best cds of this year!! ...view item »


Against 2008: Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival 2008.02.10

Something of a treat here for you noise fiends with 76 minutes of action from the Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival. It's not super pro footage, just a single camera affair but it still looks and sounds very nice. It's a rare treat to actually see some of these guys in action, having been into their records but not got the opportunity to see th...view item »

Gang of Four
Content

Jesus. What are we supposed to do with this? These old-timers don't seem to realise what it was that was so special & unique about their debut album because since the early 80s, they've continually, unopologetically urinated liberally on their own legacy. Like, this new album? I can hear an essence (rare as you like) of their original spirit...view item »

Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping

The artwork present in of Montreal is garish, colourful, disturbing, cartoonish and entrancing. All of the words I used to describe the art in this band compliments their music perfectly, particularly in their visually stimulating live shows. It's no surprise that the man behind the band's art is the brother of Kevin Barnes (the lead singer and ...view item »

Lee Bannon
Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5

Hip-hop producer Lee Bannon's work extends beyond just crafting the instrumental skeletons for the raps of Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$, and his debut, 'Caligula Theme Music 2. 7. 5.' has its very own purposes, switching it up between a plethora of sounds, both acoustic and synthetic. There are hints of trap and drum 'n' bass in this instrumen...view item »

Lee Bannon
Never/Mind/The/Darkness/of/it..

Lee Bannon isn't satisfied hinting at his talents away from hip-hop production -- he's demanding the centre stage, taking the mic from us and letting us know what he can do when left to his own devices. 'Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it' is the follow-up to 'Caligula Theme Music 2. 7. 5.' and blends the same eclectic mix of trap, ambient and E...view item »

Lee Bannon
Joey Bada$$ / ProEra Instrumentals Vol. 1

Lee Bannon has produced for some of contemporary hip-hop's biggest names, providing the backdrop for the wordy poetics of Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y and working on the bulk of Joey Bada$$'s slick, sunny tunes. 'Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals Vol. 1' chronicles his ascension with versions of his tunes that make him the leading man for once....view item »

Sunday International
So Calm

A new single from SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL 'So Calm' is fresh out the box on Future Butterfly Records. The dude singing here sounds well gutted, I'm amazed he made it out of bed and down to the studio. He actually says 'you make me feel like wearing my pyjamas' and then goes on to rhyme pyjamas with bahamas which...view item »

The Thrills
So Much For The City

Remember the sheer, unadulterated joy of love at first sight? It's unfair to single out individual songs on what is an inspirational collection that needs to be listened to in its entirety for maximum impact. It's exciting, powerful and life-affirming music that really does sweep you to any place you prefer to be. As a debut album I have no doub...view item »

Albatrosh
Night Owl

Norwegian jazz not always being my forte I'll describe this in my usual faintly infantile and enthused/bemused fashion Considering I'm in my bed at 2am under a duvet whilst perusing the opening bars of the incorrectly monikered 'Duvet Day, this Scando-jazbo duo are already fondling my irritation glands. Starting the game of with a playfu...view item »

The Wire
Issue 372

Mica Levi (aka Micachu) grins at you from the cover of edition number 372 of The Wire, daring you to ask her just how many fucks she gives. Weirdo pop and modern composition all fall under her purview, this feature will explain more for you. Also includes a big Derek Walmsley piece on the Red Bu...view item »

Lee Bannon
Main / Flex

A producer for everyone's favourite nostalgia rapper, Joey Bada$$ (it's 1999 forever in our hearts!), Lee Bannon is one of the West Coast's most treasured instrumental artists. On 'Main / Flex' he gets to do his own thing, mixing in drum 'n' bass along with EDM into a sound that's totally his own, with a little help from his friends -- of c...view item »

Cheap Red
Cheap Red

Cheap Red is a new band formed by 555 lord and leader Stewart Anderson (him of Boyracer fame) and his missus Jen Turrell (also of Boyracer, Possum Moods etc). There's a couple of other folks in there before you think their hogging all the limelight including my favourite named popstar of the week Arland Nicewander. Amazing. This self titled debut i...view item »

Burnt Island
Music & Maths

Here is a 6 track EP/ mini-album of high quality singer songwriter/ folk, that is very well written. Some sweet and honest little tunes on here that are both evocative and stirring. This chap Rodge Glass has a comforting vocal and I particularly like the viola and flute appearances. Fans of the scottish new folk scene/ Chemikal Underground/ The Fen...view item »

Cozy
Button by Button

The 1970’s…... flares, the three day week and rampant paedophilia. It was a strange time to be alive but groups like Mud, Bay City Rollers and The Sweet made it ok to be alive. The fine line between power pop and glam rock was straddled ...view item »

Morphosis
Dismantle / Music For Vampyr

So good to get some more stuff from Lebanese producer Rabih Beaini so soon after his magnificent ‘Albidaya’ album for Annihaya released under his own name. This however has him back in Morphosis mode with five track...view item »

Bugs & Rats
Adidas

An obnoxious kebab of unrest from Bugs & Rats. Adidas is a bilge pump of evil hardcore/punk-rock with a seriously demented garage ascetic. Overblown with distorted-to-the-max guitars, muddy vocal squawks and a battery of drums. It's somewhere between Converge and The Sonics. Out on vinyl LP from Feeding Tube Records...view item »

Sinner DC
The Ambient Mixes

A longform collection of re-imaginings from 2012’s Future That Never Happened LP, The Ambient Mixes is an 80-minute minimalist trip. Geneva-based Sinner DC take cues from their relationship with Sonic Boom to transport the mixes to new psychedelic depths. Out on CD and 12” vinyl from Mental Gro...view item »

Swanox
Duskrunner

It might be harsh to say that this time of year brings out the dregs of the release schedules but its kinda true.  There are a couple of items in this week from Not Not Fun and I’ve drawn a straw with this one. Not sure if it’s a short or long straw; maybe it's a medium one. Opener ‘Candle Station’ recovers f...view item »

dualit
Raw Material

London label EarToGround with their first release from German techno duo dualit. Four tracks and two locked grooves (so you can listen to the brutal beat forever), the shuffling brittle rhythms are combined with enough dynamic range and out-there weirdness to keep everyone happy. The label’s last release of 2014 with real ...view item »

John Cale
The Academy In Peril

Ex-Velvets member and founded John Cale used 'The Academy In Peril' to think outside of the punk rock box and make music informed by classical and instrumental compositions. It answers a fundamental question of life: what would it be like if John Cale played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? 'The Academy In Peril' plays high and low at the ...view item »


Seed Records Volume 2

Seed Records are back and they've cobbled together a smashing comp of tunes to announce their return to the musical foray. It's always tricky reviewing comps as we tend to not have the time to review 'em track by track so we just list a bunch of artists and say if it's any cop or not. Which is kind of what I'm gonna do here. Featuring artists like ...view item »

AJ Davila Y Terror Amor
Beibi

Puerto Rican fuzzed out groove rock 'n' roll explosions and pounding South American trips from AJ Davila Y Terror Amor. Solo effort from the main wildhead behind Davila 666. If you like your sugar with a sharp hit of lime, then this one is for you. Disfrutar! out on Vinyl and CD from Burger R...view item »

Chevel
Tank / Beaviane

Only the third release on the Mistry label, Chevel's newest 12” is here to treat all you early Monday-night party-seekers to the time of your life. Accessible by virtue of its fat bass and dirty drums, the two tracks released by the funky Italian will have you moving your feet no matter the time of day....view item »

Dronelock
Clusters

The weather is always grey and overcast on these dense remixes of Dronelock’s ‘Clusters’ 12”. Mark Broom, Ontal and Rivet each bring their distinctive variations on brooding, rough techno and the orginal mix is kindly included too. The tracks are diverse, but there’s enough shared industrial drone, ...view item »

Peter's Window
Last Summer on Earth / Grapey Day

A pop artist who's as renegade as a TV cop who doesn't play by the rules, Pete Nichols' debut record Last Summer On Earth / Grapey Day combines his love of easy, persuasive melodies and subversive, mislabelled sound effects. It's the kind of pop that sounds pretty and ugly at the same time, whic...view item »

Jørn Åleskjær
I'm So Glad I Spent This Day With You

Jørn Åleskjær needs love; please give some to him. The songwriter has been toiling away for two decades but hasn't quite risen to prominence outside of his native Norwegian shores, in spite of his excellent beard/hat combo. 'I'm So Glad I Spent This Day With You' finds Åleskjær in eclectic form, taking in...view item »

Ricardo Donoso
As Iron Sharpens Iron…

This is the follow up to Ricardo Donoso’s full length album ‘Assimilating the Shadow’, to name it’s title in full, ‘As Iron Sharpens Iron, One Verse Sharpens Another’ is synth trance with a dark edge, the rhythms play out in tones of synth layers without any percussive sounds so to speak. This is a ver...view item »

Ricardo Donoso
One Verse Sharpens Another (EP2)

Blissed out trance with a dark underbelly from Ricardo Donoso. Completing a duo of EP’s One Verse Sharpens Another continues his epic search for a fresh form of emotive techno. Pulsing and richly atmospheric it’s another sublime offering from the Brazilian composer. Out on 12” vinyl from Digitalis....view item »

Hands Up Who Wants to Die
Vega in The Lyre

Hands Up Who Wants to Die have a solid game plan for their insidious noise punk: they play with the same misanthropy and disdain for their fans as McLusky, scream and cry like goths breaking down in public a la the Birthday Party, and let their guitars run the show, as if ...view item »

Black Clouds
Dreamcation

Post-rock is no longer a blank slate. It’s rare you’ll find a band like Explosions In The Sky in our contemporary landscape, the kind of second generation post-rock act that had a more disciplined understanding of the term “instrumental”: it’s not just a lack of vocals and...view item »

Sterling Roswell
The Call of the Cosmos

Three tracks in we get ‘The Girl From Orbit in Dub’ a re-work of a track Sterling Roswell put out many, many years ago. An excellent piece of Spiritualized meets Lee Hazlewood psychedelia with a timeless and twanging chorus. The fact that it’s here at all s...view item »

Von Spar
Streetlife

Von Spar are back after releasing a live adaptation of Can's 'Ege Bamyasi', here to unleash their own brand of new-era krautrock to the world with 'Streetlife' -- the weirdest of '70s rock, but with some disco too. This record is, as ever, a highly collaborative affair, bringing on board Marker Starling, Ada and Scout Niblett for a variety of vo...view item »

Queens
End Times

Debut album on Dial Records from Scott Mou, one half of duo Jane (ft. Panda Bear), ‘Yellow Pages’ begins with an almost Godspeed-like post-rock echo, a lonely g...view item »

Chemotex
Snake Inside My Leg

This afternoon I'm greeted by noisy loops, which can only mean that there's another Trilogy Tapes 12" out! This label seems to be putting out quality techno and textural electronica at an alarming rate, with Ekman's savage Entropy EP a recent highlight. This time it's US producer Marcos Cabral aka Chemotex's turn to relea...view item »

Digital Dance
Total Erasement

Digital Dance are a supergroup of cold-hearted post-punks from a variety of chilly coat-wearing acts including Kid Montana, The Revenge and Marine. They know what they're doing, basically, and the dissonance, despondency and general dourness of 'Total Erasement' can speak to their wisdom and experience. This collection of their singles and demos...view item »

I.N.T
Percy La Rock EP

Gotta get some hip-hop into the store. With Li’l Biz gone I bet we are going to see even less of it. Opener ‘Choices’ is smooth and Brit-hop sensible but ‘Earthquake’ brings some J Dilla cut ups into the equation. Less gritty, less real, more smooth but I like it. ‘Shadows of Li...view item »

Pan & Me
Ocean Noise

Pan & Me is in fact Christophe Mevel, a dark ambient artist who has previously made some seriously droning, evil jazz as part of the Dale Cooper Quartet. His solo project takes more from neo-classical than from jazz, bringing in electronic elements more formally to create a variety of sustained sounds, be they ambient pieces, field recording...view item »

D.O.A
It’s Not Unusual

The press release promises that D.O.A.'s cover of Tom Jones's 'It's Not Unusual' has "enough rasp to make even the most hardened punk fan cringe", but let me tell you it's not just the rasp that's making me cringe. This is of course a snotty sub-Snuff pop-punk take on the staple, bolstered by some punchy ...view item »

Inter Arma
The Cavern

Well shit. This is ridiculous. One has to expect a lot of black metal tautology and serious sludge lecturing to come from a band like Inter Arma, but 'The Cavern', their new forty-minute composition, sounds gleeful and symphonic, starting with an overture in the proggiest orchestral fashion, then focusing around pounding percussion and the goofi...view item »

Cleaners From Venus
Extra Wages

Have you discovered Cleaners From Venus yet? If not then you might want to start thinking about doing so. The massive re-issue campaign by Captured Tracks has yielded three CD box sets and countless vinyl re-issues. The latest of which is a vinyl edition of an unreleased LP of material which also makes up CD4 of the latest ...view item »

Wampire
Bazaar

The evil cackling that introduces Wampire's 'Bazaar' makes me think one thing: fucking kill me now. This band's brand of psych pop feels like a variety shows performance of the genre, as if they'd mixed up what psych is, listening to a bunch of Darkness and Hoosiers while hauled ...view item »

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Unravelling

Would you look at that record sleeve! It's a veritable party for the eyes, that one. Sadly it's the most exciting thing about the new offering from Scottish bland'n'earnest types We Were Promised Jetpacks, who are unsurprisingly delivering another album of earnest and grandiose indie pop which brings to mind F...view item »

Melted Toys
Melted Toys

You've got the old-school options of either vinyl or cassette for the debut Melted Toys album. These cats are from San Francisco and they play a sun-hazed slacker pop that falls somewhere between the easy-going MOR Of the likes of Real Estate and Triptides and the wibbly psy...view item »

Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon
Yokokimthurston

This is a dream line up for someone out there I’m sure? You know it‘s gonna be a difficult one to plough through though if nothing else. Yoko Ono has yet to make a listenable sounding record (that I’ve heard anyway!) and ...view item »

The Bad Joke That Ended Well
Alta Loma

Alta Loma sees The Bad Joke That Ended well adding elements of 70s psychedelia to their garage rock sound. Long drum solos and theremins are added to the mix. The album takes its name from the hotel in John Fante’s brilliant novel Ask The Dust. Available on limited edition transparent vinyl with r...view item »

The Stroke Band
Green and Yellow

Now this was met with confusion and negativity in the office but I immediately loved it! The Stroke Band's only album stems from the year of 1978 and is a ragged, shambling, spindly art-rock/eccentric folk-pop gem that could only be from the fertile CBGB's era. The legendary Don Fleming is heavily involved as is...view item »

Maailma
Speculum

Scandinavian drone-pop combo Maailma are quite a mysterious bunch but I've managed to establish that they're comprised of Laura Naukkarinen (who you may already know as ambitious outsider pop type Lau Nau) along with buddies and live-soundtracking veterans Matti Bye and Kristian Holmgren, with the combo rounded ...view item »

The History Of Apple Pie
Feel Something

Expensively produced shoegaze is dish of the day at the moment and History Of Apple Pie fit right in with that aesthetic. They have a nicely polished sound reminiscent of the early 90’s likes of Lush and Curve particularly on opener ‘Come Undone’ which pretty much does all ...view item »

Pit Er Pat
High Time Remix

Hey hey!!! Here we've got 'High Time Remix', five re-mixes from Pit Er Pat's 2008 release 'High Time'. I'm a big fan of the band but last years LP seems to have passed me by somehow. This i regret as Pit Er Pat are going from strength to strength and these re-mixes are sounding top. 'The Ciaro shuffle' remixed by Brenmar is a tropical multi-tap del...view item »

Spaces
One

Right you lot. Just 300 copies of this from a fresh faced bunch of electronica types who succeed in bringing something to that well worn table. Opener ‘Apologies’ is lively and busy with spliced beat jiggling around cut up electronics to disorientating effect. There are a multitude of sounds bleeping away and at times across ...view item »

Pitchfork Review
Issue #2

The second edition of Pitchfork's print supplement features another lovely 7" of music from indie slacker Kurt Vile, as well as Watery Love. Aside from that, all the usual contributions come from the site's staff writers, including a profile on Kate Bush, a piece about Ellen Willis and a reflection on gangsta rap by Michael A. Gonzales....view item »

Karlist
Russian Torrent Versions 12

More from Russian Torrent Versions here, '12' offering up some new work from techno vortex ripper Karlist, who provides a strict and disciplined A-side based around a straight-and-narrow synthline and immediate percussion. The flipside is also a heavily percussive affair, with plenty of kicks to get you through the otherwise extremely ...view item »

Suzerain
Dark Dark / Manhattan

Just 200 of these bastards. On the sleeve some kind of marvellous concrete tower, on the disc a weird brand of pulsating rock music that is an oddball mix of Kasabian, Faith No More and Bowie-influenced fuzzy new wave. On ‘Dark Dark’ the s...view item »

Angus Tarnawsky
Pitched

Angus Tarnawsky gets welcome to the electronic stalwarts at Inner Surface Music with 'Pitched', an EP of disorientating rhythms, syncopated drums and stern synthesizer work. The A-side features the title-track as well as a remix from dub techno master AnD. On the flip are three more dark tunes with the occasional inclination for the dancefloor.&...view item »

The Youth
Nothing But...

It's pretty hard to get excited about a band who seem to think wearing suits and well-shined shoes is actually more exciting than making the music that goes with it, but that's never stopped us appreciating the National or the Walkmen. Still, the Youth seem to try pretty hard w...view item »

Ruby Fray
Grackle

It's a pretty hard lot in life to be an artist on K Records called Emily Beanblossom -- that surname is the kind you'd give to an indie pop Pokemon -- but under her new alias, Ruby Fray is on a mission to Escape From Twee Pop Castle. Doing away with the expectations of her usually quite silly label, 'Grackle' is built on dark tones and sparse te...view item »

Cowbell
Skeleton Soul

The kind of rock band you have to employ different spellings of the word for -- like rawk, or rockin', or rock 'n' roll -- Cowbell mix a quick-hitting brand of garage rock with elements of blues and a good few moments of twang. On 'Skeleton Soul', the sound is a little less immediate, with a few flourishes other than guitars and drums creep...view item »

DJ Maestro
Bethlehem Blends By DJ Maestro: Day & Night

Best known for his 'Blue Note Trip' compilation series, DJ Maestro returns here with some adventures in the back-catalogue of another legendary label, Bethlehem Records. Founded in the 1950s, Bethlehem was home to such legendary artists as Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus - and with the encyclopaedic noggin of Maestro showing you r...view item »

Dream Boat
The Rose Explodes

If Beach House were part of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, they would sound like this: dreamy and full of ethereal dread, but eased back from space to earth with xylophones and acoustic percussion. It figures, then, that half of Elephant 6 actually feature on Dream Boat's 'The Rose Explodes': helpin...view item »

Glass Ghost
Lyfe

Indie pop band Glass Ghost is host to singer and master of the keyboards Eliot Krimsky and drummer Mike Johnson, who made their new record 'Lyfe' with a sprinkling of indie rock royalty: from Sharon Van Etten to members of Here We Go Magic. Glass Ghost's idiosyncratic take on indie and synth pop styles -- throw in some harp for good measure -- m...view item »

Oldmate
It Is What It Is

Oldmate is a solo guise of Adelaide/Melbourne musician Pat Telfer (of Bitch Perfect). On 'It Is What It Is', his debut solo album following a number od EP's and 7" releases, sees Telfer joined by a host of guest musicians including members of Peak Twins and Wireheads. Epic opener 'Medicine Man' se...view item »

Seth Cluett
Forms of Forgetting

Actual art, but in a record. If that sounds up your alley, this could be the disc for you. Seth Cluett describes himself as an artist, performer and musician. He plays a load of different instruments, some of which he made himself, and he is very heavy on concepts, experimentation and utilizing a variety of techniques to make music. This ha...view item »

Lemonade
Minus Tide

Three records in this morning and the first two are so awful I’m not even going to bother reviewing them. This is truly dreadful too but at least its entertaining, for a couple of tracks anyway. Its a kind of poppy take on the chill-wave genre with some serious horrid production. On the second track they use a panpipe. I’ll t...view item »

High Lucia
Wash

Post-driftstep's not dead! Here's a delicious mini-album of woozy basspop/trip-hop concoctions full of mumbly vocals, smudgy synths and slo-mo beats, tailor made for those who are getting restless waiting for something new from Clams Casino or Balam Acab. "Multi-directional ambi...view item »

Teenage Guitar
More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush

I once spent a good week trying to seek out the crown jewel of all drunken Robert Pollard recordings, the delightfully titled, presumably spiritually enlightening 'Relaxation of the Asshole'. Released in 2005 -- prime time for Robert Pollard to fall apart on stage and start rolling in manure, considering he'd disbanded the legendary ...view item »

Neg Fi
Mid Side

Neg Fi are a Brooklyn based duo who enjoy nothing more than composing short, intense and slightly odd recordings. Unlike the majority of free performance releases we get in the office, Neg Fi's music is short and to the point, utilising detuned guitars, bass, walkie-talkies and handmade devices to create a concise and minimal style of noise rock...view item »

Moulettes
Constellations

Its hard to know what to make of this. Its an extremely polished and well put together take on a kind of cabaret folk, with some sweeping grandiose statements amongst the busy arrangements. Its sorta Cardiacs meets the Smoke Faries with hints of The Chap...view item »

Garek Jon Druss
Music For The Celestial Din

Away from his doom metal band Atriarch, Garek Jon Druss here presents the music from an art installation, 'The Celestial Din', originally presented as a 32-minute loop which played through five paper and wood polyhedron-shaped speakers (as seen on the front cover), based around the frequencies 396HZ, 417HZ and 528H...view item »

Honig
It's Not A Hummingbird, It's Your Father’s Ghost

Of course! What on earth made you think it was a hummingbird? After having played 300 concerts in two years this loose group of friends and musicians have tightened up into a rocking five piece line up to create a sophisticated and complex album. Not your normal singer-y songwriter-y effort by any stretch of the imagination. They are moving slow...view item »


Marshall Teller presents... Broken Record Label Sampler Vol. 1

Here is a compilation of stuff from the Marshall Teller label. Some big-ish names are here including The Vaccines (remixed by The Horrors Tom Furse), Dignan Porch, Cheatahs and the great ...view item »

Apache Dropout
Heavy Window

Gritty, barely-produced garage rock is best when it sounds loose and thrown off, a la Jay Reatard’s one minute half-songs, but there’s something about Apache Dropout’s set up that makes them sound like the world’s tightest performers, structuring their...view item »

Cymbals Eat Guitars
LOSE

Okay indie poppers Cymbals Eat Guitars return this week with sophomore effort you've probably not been waiting for, but I expect you don't remember hating them either. They step out on the wrong foot sadly, instantly pummelling the listener with cinematic strings and weirdly compressed piano on...view item »

Hollow Sunshine
Held Above

I seem to have found myself with lots of metal in my review mountain today, so I was expecting this debut LP by Hollow Sunshine on Robotic Empire to be pretty straightforward chug'n'howl business but I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that it's actually pretty weird and...view item »

The Travelling Band
The Big Defreeze

Manchester, so much to answer for etc. The Travelling Band construct rootsy country folk rock stuff that will appeal to the more beardy-weirdy , foot-tapping thoughtful type who likes their music thoroughly authentic, retro and earnest. There's harmonies and tunes galore and no doubt some ballads too. The guitars have been commented on elsewhere...view item »

Scrase
Another

This EP is twinned with another 12", 'Heart', also released this week. That one focuses on Scrase's warm, ambient house side while 'Another' delves into more sinister percussive techno-ish territory, with three numbered percussion tracks, a couple of dark electronic loopscapes 'Another' and 'Movon', and ...view item »

Pollot
Pollot

A band from Turku, Finland and its ever-expanding scene of intriguing experimental rock acts, Pöllöt are now releasing their self-titled debut record. Their music often retains the lo-fi tag -- not as a trophy but as a tool -- fixing it on grooves that sound beautifully suppressed as a result of their production. The ban...view item »

Judson Claiborne
We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys

Musician and yoga teacher Christopher Salveter and his friends, otherwise known as American band Judson Claiborne release their third album. It's based around the concept that people communicate more with body language than verbal language (hence the title). Lo-fi and Morphine-esque, with various guests including The Swell Season's Marketa Irglo...view item »

Blackberry Smoke
Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

Blackberry Smoke are, against all odds, a band from the oughties. Their brand of super-charged Southern rock and country journeying suggests that Neil Young's "Southern Man" clearly passed them by; they probably still ring in radio stations to hear Lynyrd Skynyrd songs. The dudes in this band all have either a be...view item »

Dam Mantle and the Free Association
Heavy Velvet Affair

Belting collaboration here between Glasgow people Dam Mantle and the Free Association. One side is taken up with this stealthy locked-down house stormer that seems to go on forever in the best possible way. Plenty of subtle knob-twiddling, pure percussive force, off-set rim-shots and dubbed-out delay make this relentless snake-in-the-gra...view item »

Strategy
Pressure Wassure

Strategy has long been one of my favourite producers. His early dub-techno influenced release ‘Drumsolo’s Delight’ on Kranky remains one of my favourite records many years after its release. Over the years he’s moved more into a house vein yet still with those dark atmospheres at large. Hell,  he’s even put stu...view item »

Bear Hands
Distraction

Bear Hands are from Brooklyn and have signed to Warner Brothers for this sparkling opus. Looks like they've got all the pop hooks out for this eclectic collection of genre hopping ranging from psychedelic to punk. Just listening to ‘Giants’ which I hated at first with its rapped verse but once it gets into an infe...view item »

The Peak Twins
Pump Me Up

New York DJs Lloydski (Night People/Tiki Disco/Dither Down) and Ter Khan Lawrence (Nurvous) join forces as The Peak Twins with this debut 12" on Dither Down. Two fresh cuts of bouncy rave-inspired (have you seen that video?) NY house full of repetitive sample snippets and crisp beats, plus an Ultracity re...view item »

Francisco Lopez
Untitled#281

This new CD from Francisco Lopez is likely to polarise opinions. Sound artist Francisco Lopez has constructed this single half-hour piece out of field recordings of birdsong which he recorded between 1995 and 2010 around Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, rendered mostly unrecognisable though "ext...view item »

Head Boggle
Serge Modular in Hi-Fi

Aside from his eponymous 2012 album, 'Serge Modular in Hifi' is Derek Gedalecia, aka Head Boggle's debut foray into the world of vinyl. San Francisco-based experimental weird merchant Gedalecia is well known for his subversive instrumentalism. Using a vintage serge modular synth system (the clue was in the title) this blends dub reggae mixing pr...view item »

White Hinterland
Baby

Baby is the third album by White Hinterland, aka Casey Dienel. Dienel has juxtaposed deep, dark songs with gospel and R&B, music she has always loved. Baby was recorded with the help of Dienel’s friends Sean Carey (Bon Iver), Neal Morgan (Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom) and Cole Kam...view item »

Psychedelic Horseshit
Magic Flowers Droned

When bands with names like Psychedelic Horseshit come along I always find my curiosity gets the better of me. While it's on I thought I'd write a few words about it just so you know if it is indeed horseshat or not. Magic Flowers Droned is a CD and LP on the newly regenerated Siltbreeze label. It's a right ole lo fi shambling mess with it's heart i...view item »


Fear Drop 17: Arctic Antiphon – 2014 - Imaginary Ice Soundscapes

CD Polar Twist (10 exclusive tracks by: Thomas Köner, Final (J.K. Broadrick), COH, Jana Winderen, Netherworld, Marc Namblard, Harpagès, Galati, Halspirit, Aidan Baker). Interviews : Thomas Köner, Jana Winderen, Alessandro Tedeschi Articles : Musiques d’évocation : T. Köner, K.Schulze, Troum / A....view item »

Francisco Lopez
untitled#290

This is one of those CDs that you put on your player and then think "Is this CD actually playing?...And where's that weird noise coming from?", opening as it does with the muffled rumble of distant thunder, but before too long Lopez's serene drones start to materialise in the soundfield like abandoned panpipes playing themselves in the wind....view item »

Felizol & The Boy
Like Cannibal Father Like Cannibal Son

Optimo Music veer away from their usual 12" roster with this full-length LP from Felizol & The Boy. A collection of recordings made over three years, the theme is cannibalism and the feel, unsurprisingly given that Yiannis Veslemes and Alexandros Voulgaris are film directors, is cinematic - with plenty of nods to Stanley Kubrick and Joh...view item »

Man At Arms
A Waste Of Time And Space

The sticker on the front of this CD says it's "recommended for fans of The Minutemen's 'Paranoid Time', Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' and Space Ghost Coast to Coast"...that's a six-minute-long record, a book and a cartoon for stoners. The post-it left by a colleague gives more of a clue as to the...view item »

Theme
No Emotions Catered For

On No Emotions Catered For, Theme’s fifth album, the improv rock of the collaborative work and the rich atmospherics of before give way to something that, whilst still drawing from these realms, is more disposed to organic electronics, cut-ups, live instruments, loops and, once again, often equally cut-up vocals that play with words as muc...view item »

Sam De La rosa
Chameleon

Led Er Est singer Sam De La Rosa goes it alone for the first time this week on this mini-album for Burka For Everybody. Pretty cool it is too, glacial synth-led pop with wistful vocals and a robotically pacing feel to its icy grooves and foggy ambience. Some tracks, such as 'Erase Blanco', are instrumenta...view item »

Ultraista
Ultraista

Ultraίsta, the multimedia trio comprised of vocalist/artist Laura Bettinson and multi-instrumentalist/producers Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker. Founded in London in 2011 on a mutual love of Afrobeat, electronic and dance music, visual art and tequila, Ultraísta has created 10 tracks of exquisitely crafted electronic kraut-pop fo...view item »

Heisenberg
Ripatti06

Frequent collaborators Sasu Ripatti, AKA Vladislav Delay, and Max Loderbauer become Heisenberg. Ripatti was intended as a label to release various unhinged studio experiments but these tracks are murkier, faster and, if I’m being cruel, much more fun than their recent solo work. It’s the kind of free-form techno only...view item »

Richard Ginns
Fall, Rise

A brief survey of this new Richard Ginns CD on Twice Removed. Seven tracks of twinkly, sleep-inducing ambience and field recordings. It kinda sounds like he's recorded this outdoors in an intentionally raw fashion as there appears to be the sensation of a breeze blowing through some trees or a particularly hissy tape track beneath the meandering...view item »

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
There Is A Bomb in Gilead

The musicians in LEE BAINS III & The GLORY FIRES sing with Southern accents, because they speak with Southern accents. They sing about places called Birmingham and Opelika, because they were born and raised in and around places called Birmingham and Opelika. They don’t wear Depression-era clothing, and they don’t sing about picki...view item »

Roman Ruins
Source of Pride

Here's the second album from New Orleans architect-cum-songwriter Graham Hill, aka Roman Ruins, not to be confused with Damon Hill's dad. 'Source of Pride' is full of thoughtful and languid pop music full of soft synths and liquid guitar chimes and breathy wistful staring-into-the-middle-distance vocals. Think ...view item »

Massive
Full Throttle

Massive are RAWK!!! with a capital R. Earache's latest RAWK!!! signing, following in the footsteps of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement and Blackberry Smoke, these lot are "fist-swinging, riot-starting, girlfriend-stealing, punch-in-the-face" typ...view item »

The Eye of Time
Acoustic

Ready for the winter yet? Well the nights are starting to draw in so you’d better start getting prepared. This album could be a perfect one to huddle round the fire to. The premise is simple, it mainly consists of very pleasant rolling piano chords, joined at times by a weeping cello. It doesn’t approach the majesty of your ...view item »

Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love
Jacana

The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. Jacana, the latest in Rune Grammofon’s occasional series of unusual duo combi...view item »

Phoneys & The Freaks
Phoneys & The Freaks EP

There’s a school of thought that suggests that Oasis were never the same after Bonehead left. I’d trace it further back, perhaps to Tony Carroll’s departure. The press release proudly states that this is the only release by an Oasis member which coincides with the 20th Ann...view item »

The Fugitives
Everything Will Happen

Vancouver’s news and entertainment website Georgia Straight once described The Fugitives as “the missing link between Leonard Cohen and the Pogues”. Formed by the eclectically talented Brendan McLeod (a award winning novelist and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion) and Adrian Glynn (a critically acclaimed actor most recently ...view item »

Christian Rich
SS14

SS14 is the debut EP from Christian Rich AKA DJ and production duo and twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan. Nigerian raised, Chicago born, LA-based Christian RIch recently contributed to #1 Billboard albums for Drake, J Cole and Childish Gambino, as well as producing 4 tracks for Earl Sweatshirt's #1 Rap Billboard album, 'Doris'. ...view item »

Devon Williams
Gilding The Lily

Former Osker vocalist Devon Williams has brought out album number three of his ambitious soft-pop business on Slumberland. It's a finely crafted blend of different types of music with -pop suffixes; power pop, indie pop, psych pop and jangle pop. Pretty much everything but punk-pop. Williams has a likeable voice and the songs are sometimes sli...view item »

Cold Name
Eat Your Hand

Cold Name is the solo alter-ego of Jesse Ruins' Nobuyuki Sakuma, and this week he's got an album out on the reliable Desire imprint. From the Cold Cave-ish artwork I was expecting a cold wavey type sound but this is actually a subtle and slowly-unfolding electronica album featur...view item »

Metrist
The People Without

3rd outing from this solid new techno label from London based artist 'PRIS'.The People Without can only be described as a body of work that seamlessly showcases the artists attention to detail and knowledge of sound design and texture. The People Without as a whole takes the listener on a journey that is at times eerily b...view item »

Cocktails
Adult Life

Cocktails know growing up will kill you, eventually. But somewhere between the mundane strictures of a responsible American life in the 21st century, with its attendant student debt, meager 401 (k)s, and the macro brew-soaked recklessness of youth is a sweet spot. This is where the San Francisco quintet's debut LP Adult Life resides. Gone is the...view item »


Earwax Volume One

Dirty, grotty yet wholesomely uplifting,  Earwax Volume One is a fine mesh of beats and samples to dive into. Featuring the likes of Odd Nosdam, Michael J Collins and Ceschi, it’s a funkily versatile introduction to the unique aesthetics of the US spanning Filthy Broke label....view item »

Rashomon
The Cameraman ́s Revenge

We've got a couple of fascinating treats from Cineploit this week, the first of which is this LP by Rashomon, the movie-themed solo project of Matt Thompson, who also plays in the bands Zoltan and Cremator. On this LP (and accompanying DVD) he has created scores for two short films by...view item »

Mirko
Blank Slate 004

Mirko is getting all up inside ya on this one. Blank Slate 004 is a big slab of mind melters from the New York label. These four tunes slip n slide around all the frequencies, from the sub-centric "Bergstrom" to the tripped out funk of "Ekaterina" on the A. On the flip he darkens the mood with t...view item »

Bombadil
Tarpits and Canyonlands

Right, well the vinyl of this looks lovely  - its kind of big  - what could possibly be in it? 14 art prints that's what AND a record. I don’t want to open it and spoil it for anyone so I’m listening to a few tracks on good old Youtube. I guess its in the modern/nu folk bracket but its all done with a clattery sense...view item »


Dummy 21st Century Pop Music

Dummy, one of the best and most popular new music websites in the UK, present a compilation of new and exclusive music from the hottest / coolest underground artists for 2014, including music from John Wizards, Empress Of, Real Lies, Tirzah, Larry Gus, Amateur Best and others. Heavy support guaranteed on the website. Limited edition double vinyl...view item »

John Wesseltoft / Okkyung Lee
Piper

Jon Wesseltoft and Okkyung Lee team up on this limited 12" from Italy's mighty Holidays Records this week, which contains a side-long drone piece carved from hypnotic cello and harmonium, humming and scraping in a trance-like unison for the best part of 20 minutes.   It's fair to say this isn't for everyone...if sc...view item »

SEIROM
And The Light Will Swallow Everything

SEIROM is M.C. De Jong. And The Light Will Swallow Everything marks a departure from De Jong’s usual desolate and bleak work, this time he has created something that is bright and glorious, 4AD-ish and cinematic by using elements of shoegaze, post-rock and black metal. And The Light Will Sw...view item »

Klaxons
Love Frequency

I bloody loved that Mercury-winning Klaxons album. I don't know why, I never exactly listened to it much soon after release. Then they had a record with a "catstronaut" on the cover that sold like a bag of greased up adjustable cardboard spanners. Good picture though. These day-glo fools are back and musically they've regressed beyond pop parody...view item »

Gentle Friendly
KAUA'I O'O A'A

The ghost of Animal Collective looms large over a large majority of modern groups. Here is another. Now onto their second record having transferred from Upset the Rhythm to Fat Cat, they are going to have to win me over with tunes as the first few minutes reveals enough annoying noises to make you go runni...view item »

Giving Up
(Peace Sign / Frown Face)

This is the second new one from Sophomore Lounge I’ve reviewed today, this time from a band called Giving Up, who I know nothing about. This is a pretty sweet package - massive and very cute screenprinted poster, little hand-stitched riso-printed photo booklet, download card, lyric ...view item »

Angel
Terra Null.

The fourth release by Angel for Editions Mego expands upon their singular combination of electronics, traditional instrumentation and extended technique. The musical reduction & simplicity of Terra Null. is a beautiful and brooding statement on cultural darwinism. At a time when the dominance of capital and greed blanket our world in a singu...view item »

Safiyya
Shareek Hayaat

Oh nice! I’d heard that this was happening so it’s a pleasure to see the finished article plonked in my review pile. Safiyya is the remarkable combination of two of your favourite prolific and mind-bending minimal dark ambient arty types; in the red corner we’ve got Brad Rose aka The North Sea...view item »

Alan Licht & Brian Chase
We Thought We Could Do Anything

Noisy guitarist Alan Licht teams up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase here for an obnoxiously crunchy LP of blazing jazz rock improvisations and feverish noise experiments. On the first side is '18:12' (presumably the length of the track, since it takes up the whole ...view item »

Bobby B
History / So True

A moody pair of deep house numbers from Bobby B. After a couple of EPs on 100% Silk as Bobby Browser, Andre Ferreira showcases his deft touch with these blissed-out tracks. A subtle nod to Detroit and an underlying California warmth provide the two poles of this release. The second 12” features intriguing remixes from ...view item »

Eggs, Eggs
Taste of Sundress

Eggs, Eggs are David Russell and a collection of anarchic musicians on everything from synths, violins, autoharps and all sorts of mad screams and peculiar sounds. A spoken word cacophony on this two track album creates a frenetic, uncomfortable sound reminiscent of a contemporary take on Captain Beefheart ...view item »

Blacksmif
My Own Blood

Blacksmif is wearing his heart on his sleeve on this one. My Own Blood is the enigmatic Londoners newest single release. Rooted around a gently anguished vocal about self-confessed 'fucked up' family issues, it slowly builds with ethereal synths and minimal housey percussion. Out on 12" vinyl from RAMP....view item »

Kelis
Rumble (Actress Sixinium Bootleg Mix)

The worlds of food and avant garde music collide with this remix of Kelis by electronic mad man Actress. This is the sort of thing that excites me. A relatively mainstream artist who is edging towards the avant garde as it is,  being picked apart and re-assembled by an undergroun...view item »

Pulse Emitter
Crater Lake

Daryl “Pulse Emitter” Groetsch returns this week with more of his cosmic synth meanderings, and y’all have probably long since realised that he’s got some of the peaciest peace vibes on the scene, and if so you’ve got a fairly solid idea of what this album sounds like. This is a concept record of sorts - Groetsch wa...view item »

Cleared
Drown

Tone-worshipping Chicago duo Cleared are back this week with another LP of their distorto-drone compositions, mixing electronics, guitars, and lots of sounds whose original sources are pretty much anyone's guess. After starting out with a passage which is certainly guitar sounds, they drift into a kind of dystopian ambience that is both deeply...view item »

Two Wings
A Wake

Always happy to hear a 12 string as there is on opener 'Peace-Fear' but this lot are steeped in the folk tradition having had backgrounds in Scatter and Trembling Bells amongst others. You are also going to struggle with singer Hanna Tuullikki's voice unless you are a dog, i...view item »

Ortolan
Covered In Black

On Sounds Familyre, the label run by Daniel Smith the mostly bonkers leader of Danielson. Its a nice suprise to hear a lush sounding album of '60's influenced acoustic pop as the only video of them I could find on that thing we call the internet showed three or four girls clawing at a rather worried looking pian...view item »

Ryan Russell
Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham

Can't review it as such as its a book of photos .....and its sealed but it looks like a beautiful thick package, 176 pages  and it comes with a bonus 7" featuring Manchester Orchestra and Minus The Bear. Get it on the coffee table. ...view item »

Ma Turner
ZOZ

For my money Louisville's Sophomore Lounge surprise and delight more consistently with their weirdo indie rock discoveries than any comparable DIY label active today. If you don't believe me, try to think of a better one. Theirs is a diverse roster, ranging from minimal psych experiments (PC Worship, ...view item »

3108
3108

Ahhhh, fuzz. Not to complain about my lot in life or anything but Perfect Pussy 7" aside I've not heard enough distorted guitars this week...until now! Trouble In Mind have sprung to the rescue with this triumphantly enjoyable debut by London bedroom pop newcomer Tyler Zypreska, whose opening instrumental 'Shooting Chickens' has fuzz by the buck...view item »

FaltyDL
Power

Falty DL (a.k.a Drew Lustman) hits us with a two newies on Swamp 81. Can’t say I’m a big fan and I recall ‘Hardcourage’ being particularly dad sounding. ‘Huff & Puff Bruk’ is a smoky jazz meets breakbeat affair making use of trumpet samples and subtle beat programming. It’s a crisp, modern outing tha...view item »

Ex-Cult
Midnight Passenger

Grimy psych-garage post-punks Ex-Cult are back this week with the follow up to 2012's self-titled, Ty Segall-produced debut. The garage rock wunderkind isn't twiddling the knobs this time but 'Midnight Passenger' is nonetheless a shuddering juggernaut of slamming repeato rhythms and shattered-glass guitar....view item »

Brett
Brett

Imagine calling a band Brett. Just imagine. Out of Washington (DC not Tyne and Wear) they peddle an in-vogue style of 80’s influenced post chillwave pop. Opener “Chalon’ sounds like Small Black interpreting Heart’s ‘These Dreams’, it has a...view item »

Tom Williams & The Boat
Easy Fantastic

Got a CD of pedestrian blues rock business here from Tom Williams & the Boat. It appears to have angered our post-it sprinkling stockroom goblin who simply says "Bluesy R6 rock, Gomez meets oh fuck". Gomez is a fair comparison, as are Razorlight in the...view item »

Secret Cities
Walk Me Home

After nine long years of making music together, Secret Cities have finally made an album with all three of them in the same room. 'Walk Me Home' is a gentle bit of indie rock with boy/girl vocals and a chameleon-esque changeability, although the songs are without exception smooth and pleasant. Sometimes they're opting for windswept ...view item »

Principles Of Geometry
Streamsters

A 12” vinyl from Principles of Geometry, here we have the single Streamsters, a lush '80s synth tune which flirts with soul through the vocals of 1970s/80s duo the Alessi Brothers, and it even breaks into some kind of sonic trance music with those glistening synths building ever higher. Re...view item »

Marques Toliver
Land Of CanAan

Vocalist, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Marques Toliver is good at everything. And really good looking as well. Discovered busking in London, the young Floridian has been named 'Adele's favourite new artist' and had stunning reviews in The Guardian and Dazed and Confused. Part pop, part classical, and politically motivated. Available on do...view item »

Bruno Spoerri
Teddy Bar / Lilith

“German yet fun”, screams a slightly racist quote from 808 State’s Graham Massey in the press release to Swiss composer Bruno Spoerri’s previous reissue on the mighty Finders Keepers. Well, everyone liked t...view item »

Alessi's Ark
The Still Life

Alessi steers her Ark into more varied waters on The Still Life. The loveable songwriter and singer crafted this new one largely with new US producer Andy LeMaster, hitting a Feist-esque rich streak of sound at times. The vinyl of the new one from Alessi’s Ark ...view item »

Night Moves
Colored Emotions

Minneapolis three-piece Night Moves' debut release on Domino Records is bluesy, wholesome Americana with a psychedelic soundscape twist. The band gained prominence in their native town by releasing this for free on Bandcamp, the brilliant 'Headlights' in particular proved a live smash and the band are gearing up for some serious recognition. Ava...view item »

We Cut Corners
Think Nothing

Think Nothing is the second album from Irish duo We Cut Corners. The album was produced by Tommy Mcloughlin (Villagers) and mixed by Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode, The Horrors, Elbow). The band believe that their sophomore effort marks a progression from their debut. Think No...view item »

Sleep Kit
Sleep Kit

This is sounding good, its a one sided 12" by these German noiseniks onto which they manage to cram five tracks. Taking their principal cue from Sonic Youth it has all those screwdriver-in-the-guitar wierdly tuned things but married to a plaintive vocal which comes across more Jawbre...view item »

TEEN
The Way and Color

I seem to remember hearing TEEN's debut album a year or two back and being fairly underwhelmed by their somewhat lo-fi multi-personality pop. Now they're back with a second album and 'The Way And Color' sounds like a whole different band, with slick, crisp production underpinning a series of confident, playful and punchy doses of future-pop. Eve...view item »

Kirk Degiorgio
Sambatek - Album Sampler

Far Out Recordings releases this 12” of three tracks from Kirk Degiorgio’s ‘Sambatek’ album from last year, the techno legend showcases his talents here with the epic detroit house stomper ‘Prazeres’ and it’s squelchy synth line. The B-side has a completely different flavour though with a Brazili...view item »

Blue Angel Lounge
A Sea Of Trees

Here's the latest offering on Brian Jonestown honcho Anton Newcombe's A Records, the third album by The Blue Angel Lounge. They make a kind of darkly psychedelic pop music which is informed by new wave, post-punk and goth, often coming across like a cross between the aforementioned 'Massacre and Ec...view item »

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Live On Planet Earth

The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is one of Alien Transistor’s craziest and biggest acts, always going their own path, somehow defining a route between the 18 of them. Known for their work on label buddies the Notwist’s work, they also draw their own weight: Live On Planet Earth was recorded live and is m...view item »

Dustin Hamman
Beneath The Harvest Sky: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Dustin Hamman (who can normally be found lending his distinctive vocals and songcraft to Portland, Oregon outfit Run On Sentence) presents his eclectic and engaging soundtrack for Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s indie rite-of-passage flick Beneath The Harvest Sky. Styles range from bedroom ...view item »

Liz Green
Haul Away!

Charming folky Manc songstress Liz Green is back with her difficult second album, after her well received debut 'O, Devotion'. It's an enjoyable collection of songs with her northern accented sing-song voice backed by lushly understated arrangements sometimes led by piano and sometimes by a gently plucked acoustic guitar. It's quite a varied col...view item »

Monolyth & Cobalt
Polarlicht

Those lovely people at Time Released Sound have another offering for us this week with the usual normal/nice packaging dilemma. They've really outdone themselves with the fancy version this time around, combining my twin passions of film canisters and polar exploration into a bespoke listening item that even I am struggling to resist. Th...view item »

We Have Band
Movements

They have band! Billed as a return to the dancefloor, this is the third album from London electro rockers We Have Band. Movements was produced by the band in their studio at home, with help from DFA/LCD Soundsystem man Tim Goldsworthy. Plenty of that familiar DFA shine, here.&nb...view item »

Standard Planets
Ethernet / Telegraph

Here's the debut 12" from Standard Planets, a London trio who have enlisted the services of legendary kosmische trailblazer and former Scorpions drummer Harald Grosskopf. The two tracks on display here aren't bad at all; sweeping, moody synthpop with a sleepy cosmic angle, some lovely synth tones and an underlyi...view item »

The Alvaret Ensemble
Skeylja

A collaboration between Dutch Frysians and Icelanders, Skeylja is a soft, haunting collection of songs that all seem to ooze the greyness of the North Sea. With horns that stir memories of ships passing by in the distance, this album will leave you in weary nostalgia for the lonely lighthouse where you spent so many winters by yourself,...view item »

Stallone
Mire

Stallone are heavy, fast and technically proficient. Their talent is showcased on their debut 7-track mini-LP Mire. This will appeal to fans of bands like Converge and Dillinger Escape Plan. The album was recorded by Lewis Johns (Vales, ...view item »

Nat Baldwin
In The Hollows

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin’s latest effort is actually something a bit special. It has the clarity and purity of focus that ma...view item »

Nine Black Alps
Candy For The Clown

Hailing from rainy Manchester, Nine Black Alps have been delighting us with their brand of English indie-grunge since 2003. Candy For The Clowns is their fifth album and is guaranteed not to disappoint. Features the singles Novokaine and Supermarket Clothes. Candy For Th...view item »

Candidate
Side By Side

Side by Side is the debut album from French duo Candidate and was originally released in 1987. The boy-girl pair from Nancy followed on from the success of Nancy bands such as Kas Produkt, by singing in English yet remaining popular elsewhere in Europe. Side by Side is available on blue vinyl, limited to 300 co...view item »

Rodney Crowell
Tarpaper Sky

For his fourteenth studio album, Tarpaper Sky, Rodney Crowell has teamed up once again with Steuart Smith, his long-time collaborator. Tarpaper Sky has been warmly received by the music press and is already being touted as a classic to rival albums such as Life is Messy and Diamonds and Dirt....view item »

Chris Garneau
Winter Games

Oh... man. Jonsi from Sigur Ros. Ol’ squeaker from Bon Iver. So much to answer for. So so much to answer for. Its now completely fine for men with silly voices to sing navel gazing anthems which make Aha seem understated. A macabre result of this is ...view item »

Gameface
Now Is What Matters Now

Despite being quietly influential all over the world since they formed in 1990, Gameface have managed to elude the media attention given to their peers. Now Is What Matters Now is the sixth album from the poppy rockin’ punkers. The album was produced by Eric Stenman who has also worked with the likes of ...view item »

Hallock Hill
Kosloff Mansion

I seem to recall being fairly unmoved by the last Hallock Hill offering I heard, but 'Kosloff Mansion' is really hitting the spot today, possibly because I've just had a taxing run of challenging and/or confrontational records to listen to and its soft drones, tinkly piano and subtle field recordings are the sonic equivalent of someone coming up...view item »

Made To Break
Cherchez la femme

Here's a pretty crazy LP from sax wizard Ken Vandermark's latest project, an electro acoustic whirlwind of bouncy and melodic free jazz and minimal electronic experimentation. There's one track on each side. 'Sans Serif' on side A is dedicated to Betty Page and Sleater Kinney and in honour of their favourite ...view item »

Evan Ønly
No Matter What EP

Hello. I’m from the 80’s and I’m here to review the new maxi single from Evan Only. Certainly those boys from Johnny Hates Jazz should be watching their backs as Evan Only are here to claim their sophisticated pop crown. With a voice one part Green...view item »

Loops Haunt
Exits

Designed to be heard as one continuous track, Loop Haunts ‘Exits' first half kicks in with an ambient, emotional layering of field recordings, found samples and outboard synths. In complete contrast the second half of the composition breaks through the calm with a storm of industrial heart pounding rhythms of tracks such as Howl and IIVA....view item »

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

Not to be confused with their eponymous third album, The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is a much-prized-by-collectors "best of" consisting of tracks from their first three albums. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is available on 180gm vinyl...view item »

FAMY
Donkey

Here’s some soaring indie pop business from London quartet Famy, who’re rocking a bit of an epic pop aesthetic like Alt-J with yelpy and strained vocals that will divide opinions right from the start I suspect. They do help contribute to the epic aesthetic, particularly with ganged-up whoa-ohs backing him ...view item »

Ruined Fortune
Ruined Fortune

Yo yo yo, more goodness from Hozac. This time around it’s Circle Pit’s Angie Bermuda and Nic Warnock (of RIP Society Records fame) bashing it out in their new free-rock guise Ruined Fortune. This self-titled LP features some impressively ramshackle jamz pulling from the garage rock, psych, noi...view item »

Great Thunder
Groovy Kinda Love

Mr K from Swearin' and Ms K from Waxahatchee have teamed up for this rather peculiar double LP of lo-fi pop experimentalism with emphasis on the "mentalism". As if to emphasise that point, the first proper track 'Virgin Snow' veers drunkenly from weird percussive guitar and bass...view item »

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell
Heavy Forest Air

Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell recorded this collaborative piece live at the Rolston Recital Hall at The Banff Centre, Alberta in Canada. In a room full of percussion instruments, the project began as a three month study of winter musics. Recorded by Jared Miller, the three collaborators have produced something won...view item »

John Zorn
Fragmentations, Prayers And Interjections

To some it's probably the most terrifying idea anyone could possibly have, but to others, John Zorn making music for an ensemble is a welcome and delightfully disastrous notion. The grindcore jazz maestro made Fragments, Prayers and Interjections to be played by large orchestras with plenty of resources to han...view item »

Gammelfleisch
Kicker

We've got a couple of old LPs in from German noiseniks Gammelfleisch along with their hypno-themed split LP with psychedelic golden boys Gnod. I'm having a spin of 'Kicker' and it's an entertainingly grotesque repeato racket. The formula is a fairly simple and well-worn one; the bass and drums lock into a primal thumpi...view item »

Joan Cambon
Reshaping the Seasons for Kaori's Body

This is an interesting piece of music made for contemporary dance, each track of which represents a different part of a dancer's body (Kaori Ito), with titles like 'Plexus', 'Lung', 'Hair', 'Blood', 'Chest', 'Hand', 'Ears', etc. There are 11 pieces in total and they're constructed from samples of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', hence the title. ...view item »

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