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Teenage Guitar
Force Fields At Home

More home-spun nonsense comes from Robert Pollard, who is frankly terrible at post-GBV retirement (which he has evoked twice now). Force Fields at Home sees his newest moniker Teenage Guitar spinning through jangle pop tunes similar to those of old, but without the same spr...view item »

Ricardo Donoso
Iron / Verse Remixes

Digitalis are on a bit of a roll right now, well I guess it always kinda is, but it seems like the label is on fire right now with great releases these past coupla weeks from Koenraad Ecker and ...view item »

Black Hat
Thought of Two

Seattle resident Nelson Bean a.k.a Black Hat is an experimental drone man working on the fringes of the underground dance scene and producing some pretty interesting and, considering the connotations connected with the style, very rhythmic work. Here we’re presented with three distinct pieces of out there dance music meant for home...view item »

Art of Noise
Live At The End Of A Century

This limited edition picture disc, Live At The End Of A Century, features three tracks from the Art of Noise album Reconstructed….For Your Listening Pleasure, which was originally released in 2004. The line-up featured three original members: Paul Morley, Trevor Horn and Anne Dudley with the edition of 1...view item »

Dimitrios K
RMXS

Liking the opening track here. This is a 12” of remixes from the self titled debut as reviewed enthusiastically by Brian here. The Van Rivers mix is a nice slab of housey techno with a...view item »

Ike Yard
Loss (Regis Remix)

Here's a little one-sided taster for an upcoming Ike Yard remixes album, and it's got Regis reworking 'Loss'. It starts out as a stuttering little techno beat and cut-up vocal sample, but that eventually develops into a pulsating wall of synth bloops anchored by a steady bass drum and snare, a pulsating shivering em...view item »

Michael D Donnelly
I’ve Come to Love You Forever

From one nightmarish-sounding record to another, I've just tackled the dark recesses of Jakob Riis & Bill Horist's psyches and now I have to dive headlong into the paranoid crevasses of a certain Michael D Donnelly's tortured id. Opener 'With Ease' here gives us electrical crackles and a meandering droned synth melody along ...view item »

Vinny Peculiar
The Root Mull Effect

If you've never heard Vinny Peculiar before, 'The Root Mull Effect' is a great place to get started. The songs span ten years of recordings, and include some of his finest works. He's played in many bands, including with ex members of The Fall, Oasis and The Smiths and has performed poetry, as well as music, on many stages. Available on CD....view item »

Team Spirit
Team Spirit EP

The sleeve of this record looks pretty evil, so I figured it was going to be a bit of a bad-vibes metal band or something, but that’s not the case as I put the disc on the player. In fact Team Spirit are peddling a relentlessly upbeat take on that late ‘90s pop-rock sound, nice chunky rhythm section, S...view item »

Pyrolator
Pyrolator's Traumland

The Ata Tak label founder and experimental musician known as Pyrolator strayed off his usual path with his 1987 album, Pyrolator’s Traumland. The album was more of a conventional pop/jazz effort which could have seen him break the charts. The album polarised opinion between fans and critics. This reissue gives eve...view item »

Karlist
Russian Torrent Versions 6

With an album name that is almost as hard to torrent as Album by Girls, Karlist has a brilliantly named series underway. Add to that the fact that the music is also tight, sounding like it was commissioned by an early 80s factory overseer who wanted his workers to even harder after he had them ingest sp...view item »

Bronze
World Arena

Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm going to review it as if I didn't already know what they sound like since nobody bought that last one. This lot have a clever and woozy aesthetic which pairs repeti...view item »


Forever Singles

Delightfully green limited edition LP from the good people at Suicide Squeeze. Forever Singles brings together all the singles the label has put out, by bands including Meat Market, The Coathangers, and Dirty Beaches, whose Stateless album has been going down very well in 2014....view item »

Greg Ashley
Another Generation Of Slaves

Greg Ashley seems a bit vexed out about something. I'm not sure what, I mean he's got his record deal with Trouble In Mind and he seems to have a lot of friends who want to play with him but still, something's just not right. He's telling us all about it on his new album 'Another Generation of Slaves' which imbues his ...view item »

John Zorn
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2—St. Paul’s Chapel

Someone unsuspecting fool gave John Zorn access to an organ, which he took full advantage of for The Hermetic Organ, Vol. 2 - St. Paul's Chapel, a work of improvised compositions that coalesced at the eponymous chapel. Zorn moves from dramatic suites tantamount to religious experience to quiet, ...view item »

Nicolas Bernier
frequencies (a / fragments)

Get ready to stroke your beard, there's a new CD from Line in the office! This one's from Nicolas Bernier and contains a combination of sine wave drones and "a series of custom made devices in which computer-controlled solenoids activate a variety of tuning forks", it's a detailed exercise in high pitched, glassy drones in which the physical rin...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Working Out

Working Out is the new album by English indie-poppers Arthur Beatrice. The band Formed in 2010 and were awarded the accolade of the Guardian’s New Band Of The Day in 2011. They have been compared to The Sundays, The Smiths and The XX but all you really need to kno...view item »

Operations (Monoton aka Konrad Becker)
Posession

A thumping, groovy beast from electronic arts pioneer Monoton. For Operations he teams up with Viennese vocalist Sela to present a unique project fusing modern technology with ancient communication techniques. Taken from the vaudevillian live show it’s a dark trip into the Twilight Zone. Out on 10...view item »

Blood Of The Bull
Bend Over

There are four songs of indie rock on this 12" EP. It's quite a simple aesthetic - chunky fuzz guitar, Doorsy organ playing and simple Meg White-esque drumming, with Hillary Van Scoy (who also played all the instruments) leading it all with her strangely sing-song voice whose tones blend with the organ in a really strange, almost unnerving way w...view item »

Vaghe Stelle
Sweet Sixteen

Italian electronic artist Daniele Mana releases this is debut smattering on a white vinyl LP with no sleeve or credits, a plastic dust cover the only thing separating the vinyl from the cold, hard ground. The opening ‘My Birthday’ sounds like a cat clawing at a synth and doesn’t bode well but ‘Sweet Sixteen‘...view item »

Juan Wauters
N.A.P. North American Poetry

I went dog-eared into the cinema yesterday to watch ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. Two hours of unrelentingly bleak Coen Brothers brilliance which exemplifies the struggles of the solo singer songwriter troubadour, as true today as it was in the ‘60’s in which it was set. The conclusion being  - if you aren’t ...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

Jumping into my time machine for another one from that ace Third Man reissue series of the people who influenced the people who influenced your favourite musicians. This is the fourth volume from the Mississippi Sheiks with recordings spanning 1932-34. This crew had a fluctuating line-up mostly consisting of members of the Chatmon family - cousi...view item »

Lazy Smoke
Corridor of Faces Demos

Psychedelia you can tell back-in-my-day stories about; from way back in 1967, Lazy Smoke were a short-lived group who made pop an eccentric and exciting thing. Corridor of Faces Demos shows the band in their early inception, and also features two songs made before the band were ever known as Laz...view item »

Malkuth
Hathir Sakta

Malkuth launch a treble-heavy experimental black metal assault on your ears with their album Hathir Sakta. The New York trio comprise two untamed guitarists and an equally wild drummer who are let loose on the world - there’s no bass to hold things together. Hathir Sakta is available on vinyl LP....view item »

Jeffrey Novak
Lemon Kid

Cheap Time frontman Jeffrey Novak drops his third solo effort this week, and it’s a rambunctious trip through the psych-pop backwoods as you would expect from this chappie, only this time round he’s reined in his more anarchic instincts to put together a collect...view item »

Hatti Vatti
Worship Nothing

It's taken me a couple of listens to get my head around this album, not so much because of what goes on as because of how little happens, but it happens in a very tasteful and listenable way, especially enjoyable whilst cooking dinner I found. Hatti Vatti seems to be re-disturbing the soil under which the short-lived post-driftstep movement of a...view item »

Epicycle
You're Not Gonna Get It (1978-81)

Chicago's Epicycle were much lauded in the late '70s scene they sprung from, but fizzled out before they made any significant impact on the musical landscape of the time. HoZac haven't forgotten them, though, and here's a collection of their studio recordings ready to be discovered by fresh ears. The quartet barely look old enough to shave on th...view item »

First Base
First Base

HoZac have some hot platters for us this week in the shape of a couple of new additions to their Archival series, resurrecting some overlooked power-pop by Chicago's Epicycle and Toronto's First Base. Oh wait, what's that? This is a new album, apparently. You wouldn't know it to listen to it, though - this is by-...view item »

Dog Bite
Tranquilizers

I'm finally nearing the end of today's review pile, but before I finish here's the second LP by Atlanta's Dog Bite, who play a kind of Wild Nothing-esque ketamine shoegoth which is alternately dreamy and dreary. It's like a foggy dream about Echo & the Bunnymen. There's lots of reverb and e...view item »

neohachi
Lovecadio Hearn

If two Japanese girls used synthesizers, drum loops and whatever else they could find to make music, the results can be tasteful indeed. Ranging from Dan Deaconesque hard thumping beats to ethereal guitars accompanied by angelic singing, neohachi’s debut Lovecadio Hearn is not only promising, but also an original ...view item »

fraqsea
Majoram

Soothing textures wrap around fraqsea’s voice like a cocoon, filled with warmth, quiet and safety. Gentle beats thump along the insides as you drift away into your own imaginations. It is no exaggeration when The White Paddy record label states: “All her tracks gives you magical dream like fairy story.”...view item »

Ike Yard
Remix EP 3

Early 80’s minimal electro post-punk outfit Ike Yard receive further remix treatment from a wicked selection of current players. This set follows remixes from Regis, Tropic Of Cancer, Fred Szymanski and Arnaud Rebotini. Stepping up here we hav...view item »

Winter North Atlantic
Phonautogram

Office favourite Ed “Winter North Atlantic” Carter moves to the unlikely home of Alt Vinyl for this, his third album under the WNA moniker (although he’s been a busy lad since the last record with projects including ‘~Flow’ - “a floati...view item »

D33J
Gravel

Do you want to float across pretty horizons while dreaming of nicer days? That’s all producer D33J ever does, and his new 12” EP Gravel is a fancy continuation of his work so far. Floaty beats and trippy vocals is really all you need to have a good night by yourself, and DEEJ wants to be there with you....view item »

Naked Lights
Chime Grove

Krautrock. Much like the weather and Owen Wilson in ‘Zoolander’, it’s so hot right now. So hot. Here then are Naked Lights, a quintet from sunny California doing their version of the genre, a warm and immersive repeato sound with reasonably brief songs (they managed to squeeze 14 onto this LP) and bright, approachable tones. Ea...view item »

Jim Woerhle & Michael Yonkers
Borders of My Mind

Michael Yonkers recorded an album way back in 1968 which passed by unnoticed until it was released again a decade ago and he finally got the acclaim that he so richly deserved. This is another of his earlier pieces, showing the folksy heart of the man along with his friend and co-musician Jim Woerhle. Recorded o...view item »

Albert Elms and Ron Grainer
Man in a Suitcase: Box Set

Following on from the tradition of Film and TV themes that were perfected over the pond in the Hollywood studios by the likes of Henry Mancini, the theme to 60s UK P.I. caper, Man In A Suitcase scored by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer is one of the best examples of "crime jazz". This box s...view item »

Bored
Take It Out On You

Here's a reissue of a 1990 album from Australia's Bored!, recorded in the band's death throes and interestingly featuring the late Tim Hemensley, singer and bassist from GOD, who joined the band briefly after that act split up. His influence is very plainly felt, too, with the opening two tracks being Hemensley-penned n...view item »

Dan Haywood
Dapple

Damn, another bell is struck. I remember loving Dan Haywood’s New Hawks record of a couple of years back which I only didn’t fall in love with because weeks after the review when I got round to buying it I couldn’t remember who it was by. This is a less ambitious work, more content to potter ...view item »

Given
Piano Improvisations / Electrical Interferencies

Very limited (50 copies) CDr release from Given, aka Italian Dona Basile. Basile’s practice is broad, encompassing all manner of musics, up to and including Drum & Bass. Here though, he turns to the piano, for a series of improvisations. Surprisingly melodic, at least in comparison with most of the improvising I usuall...view item »

Andrei Machado
Catarse

Gently meandering over the keys of the piano, Andrei Machado lulls the listener into an absent state of mind. Named Catharse (Portuguese for catharsis), can the album deliver a ‘purgation of emotion’ as the title suggests? This is up to you to decide, but the subtle melodies and distant chordal accompaniment...view item »

Ghedalia Tazartes
Voyage à l‘ombre

Hinterzimmer are really spoiling us this week. Not only have they sent us a stunning new hour-long CD by Lubomyr Melnyk, there’s also this new offering from another underappreciated veteran of the European experimental community, France’s Ghedalia Tazartes. Originally released in 1997 and ...view item »

John Wizards
Muizenberg

The chunter. Its the chunter that gets you. Chunter on this chunter on that. Lets remove their tongues and enjoy the music. John Wizards are a band not a man but the singer is called John. They come from Cape Town in South Africa and their sunshine-infused music has recently been heard opening up for Jagwar Ma o...view item »

Chaos Destroy
Lightning Strikes Twice

We’ve got a slab of frantic Jap-influenced noise punk shrapnel here from America’s Chaos Destroy, who turn out ten tracks of head-fuckingly frantic, blown out hardcore punk which is all but obscured by tape muck and feedback and broken, distorted equipment. The primary influences here would have ...view item »


Amada

Lithuanian Mamiko Motto curates a mix of electronic music from producers across the globe. Obey City weighs in with some dreamy chords, whilst Bobby heads straight to the dancefloor with the funky ‘Tame The Shrew’. There’s enough variety to maintain interest whilst offering a c...view item »

DJ Harlow
Waxwork

Rough and raw club music from the unknown quantity DJ Harlow. Waxwork is frantic and busy but with a real ear for negative space. Fuzzed out tape sound phase in and out of earshot as clickity clackity hi hats dance across the waveform, all held together by a pummeling kick drum that causes earthquakes on the dancefloor....view item »

Bee Mask
Pear Growers Series 1 (Surgeon & Abdulla Rashim remixes)

This is the The inaugural release on Chris Madak’s (AKA Beemask) new Pear Growers Series label. He’s commissioned a fine pair of remixes from two artists I’m very familiar with. Surgeon I’ve been following since he ...view item »

Chance
In Search

Chance Martin began his career as stage manager and lighting designer for his friend, the man in black himself Johnny Cash, and his first guitar was a present from the man himself. Hard to imagine a cooler start! Slightly scary and aggressive, this is the real deal from a man whose life story would no doubt make for quite a read. Vinyl LP c...view item »

Alien Radio
Kugeln

The second edition of Dekorder’s limited Hybrid-Vinyl 12” series celebrating 10 years of the label. With a picture disc on one side and a standard vinyl release on the other it’s a unique piece of usable memorabilia for fans of the label. Kugeln is the work of Alien Radio (a.k.a Ulf Schütte) ...view item »

Aquariana
Aquariana

Aquariana was one of Father Yod’s 13 (thirteen - count em!) wives. And there she is one the cover looking suspiciously like Rick Wakeman in a dress. Father Yod looks on eerily in the background as if wanting his money back after finding out his new wife was the lank haired composer of ‘Journey to the C...view item »

Max Elibacher
Red Anxiety Tracers

From Baltimore comes the first long player Red Anxiety Tracers from avant-garde musician Max Eilbacher. A collection of found sounds ands synthesised noises, the album glides through a frenetic land of peculiar auditory hallucination and complex sound structures. Contemporary electronic oddness, done just right....view item »

Papillon
Papillon

Papillon is one of my favourite films. I’ve seen it more times than I can possibly remember and I can’t think of a better film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Watching Steve Mcqueen deteriorate from hardnut to frail old man over 3 hours is a feast for the mind. It also features lepers and to date this is my only experience of lepers ...view item »

The Bang Girl Group Revue
Soul Shangri-La

Inspired by the old days of heart-wrenching and life-affirming soul music -- back when it was the much idolized '60s -- The Bang Girl Group Revue take retro and reroute it for the current day. The trio try and keep their sound on Soul Shangri-La as true to their vision as possible, doing soul re...view item »

Samantha Vacation
Samantha's Vacation / Postcards From Mssr Perdu

Twisty mutated house from Samantha Vacation. Here first 12” release for L.I.E.S, White Label consists of two side long tracks that fuse Detroit techno, bass music and a definite leaning towards a headphone listening experience. It’s wickedly warped and a little uneasy. Out on 12” vinyl from L.I.E.S....view item »

Pyrolator
Wunderland

A distinctly German take on easy listening, Wunderland by Pyrolator (aka Kurt Dahlke of Der Plan fame) is speckled with weird and wonderful sampled and lush arrangements. Originally released in 1984 it’s stacked with the bombast and production tropes of the decade. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Bureau B....view item »

Bloodgroup
Disquiet EP

A gothic blend of post-rock and electronica from Iceland’s Bloodgroup. Shimmering synths and unapologetically glitchy beats combine with icy vocals like Evanescence covering Depeche mode. Featuring remixes from Com Truise, Girl Unit, Keep Shelly in Athens and Renaissance Man. Out on 12” vinyl from Sugarcane Recording...view item »

Matt Kivel
Double Exposure

I have a certain expectation of Olde English Spelling Bee releases and it looks like that expectation is gonna need adjustment as OESB isn’t the label it once was. This is no reflection on the quality of Matt Kivel’s work of course (he’s an excellent singer/songwriter) but I was hoping for something a little crazier. Anyway, wh...view item »

Derek Piotr
Raj

Not heard either of Derek Piotr's first two records so I’m a little lost for reference. He was nominated for the Rix Ars Electronica for Digital Musics prize last year so his music is definitely recognised within it’s field but somehow his output has passed me by. Sorry Poitr lad. His digital cut-up approach makes for a slightly diso...view item »

Nat Baldwin
Dome Branches: The MVP Demos

Western Vinyl release 'Dome Branches' by double bass/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin, a collection of demos from his 2008 album ‘Most Valuable Player’. As well as performing with such critica...view item »

Guido
Moods of Future Joy

Bristol's vast ocean of dubstep music throws another wave our way with Gudio, who's on his second record at this point. Moods of Future Joy follows-up the intricate Anieda, a full-bodied and difficult-to-categorise record that brought out the "post-dubstep" fangs. This one continues to show ...view item »

Ducktails
Wish Hotel EP

Ducktails are about to be at the end of an experiment that sees the reviewer write whilst exceedingly hungry. If a record sounds great when you are as hungry as I am then it must be pretty exhilarating to recently-fed people.   Following on from the mixed bag that was ‘The Flower Lane&...view item »

Star Spangled Banana
Pebbles 2000

Claiming to be the creators of a whole new genre called bubble-grunge, and then claiming to be the pioneers of said paradoxical genre, Star Spangled Banana play a kind of gorgeous alt rock that uses low-end and gruesome amps to a joyous end. Pebbles 2000 is a tribute to a bunch of fun-time old p...view item »

The Cyrillic Typewriter
Custodian

Supposedly the soundtrack to an unreleased horror film, this album is a bold new step from The Cyrillic Typewriter. Evoking flowing rivers, exploration and a Heart of Darkness-style plot with a final, dreaded discovery, this album, which may or may not be an experiment in cinematic experimentation, is limited to...view item »

Foals
Holy Fire / Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The ever evolving Oxfordian quintet decided to accompany the release of their third studio album, Holy Fire, with a CD and DVD recording of their live performance at The Royal Albert Hall. For any Foals fan, this is a must. See the trailer....view item »

Neil Mcsweeney
Cargo

Third studio album from Sheffield folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney. Sweeney has been making increasingly big waves on the English folk scene with his fresh take on the genre, including collaborations with (among others) Matthew Boulter and Brooke Williams, and a recent tour supporting Richard Hawley. CD on Harbour Song Records. ...view item »

Bass Clef
Stenaline Metranil Solar Flare (Bass Clef Remix / Pev Remix)

Deliciously titled single from Bass Clef. This 12” presents two different remixes of Strenaline Metranil Solar Flare (a track from Clef’s 2012 Reeling Skullways album), one by the man himself, and one Peverelist, boss of the Punch Drunk label that is releasing this ...view item »

Blouse
Imperium

Blouse have made an uncommon move on this, their second for Captured Tracks. Dreamy shoegazers are more commonly found adding layers of synths, electronics, and drum machines as they go on - on Imperium these guys have stripped all that away. Makes for a more rockin' take on their sound over the course of a...view item »

MONO
For My Parents

As the title suggests, For My Parents sees Mono tracing their roots, and I think this important for a band that previously gave no indication of their Japanese heritage. Even as someone of Asian descent myself, if I only looked at their album sleeves and listened to the music, I would not guess Mono even had any Eastern heritage, let alone Japan...view item »

Dead Gaze
Brain Holiday

Dead Gaze is the brainchild of Mississippian Cole Furlow, turning out for his first collection on Palmist. Cole sounds like he has honed his craft tinkering in the bedroom with eyes fixed firmly on the stars, with big fuzzy hooks on humble budgets. This is super-catchy stuff to file in-spirit next to 2014’...view item »

Saint Rich
Beyond the Drone

Superchunk's own Merge Records releases this debut album from Saint Rich, a band started by former Delicate Steve songwriters Steve Marion and Christian Peslak; after jamming in Marion’s studio in their native New Jersey they had written ...view item »

School of Night
School of Night

School of Night is the solo project of Antlers dude Darby Cicci, and on this debut EP he’s showing off five tracks of impeccably polished darkpop with an emotional falsetto (Phil points out he sounds like Chris Martin). It’s moody and downbeat but smooth and soulful, with warm round bass tones and flutte...view item »

Hell
The Age Of Nefarious EP

After the success of Human Remains, Hell return with a new EP as a taster for the next full release Curse and Chapter. Hell are a band that is difficult to pigeonhole as their are elements of trad, black and thrash to what they do. The one consistent factor is that whatever they do is always of the highest quality....view item »

Death Hymn Number 9
3rd Degree Moon Burns

Death Hymn Number 9 forms an ear-orgy of energy, noise and violence as soon as the needle touches the record with their 2nd album 3rd Degree Moon Burns. After coming across this record in a store I knew I had to buy it, despite only hearing it online two or three times and its only grown on me. The mumbled, screechy vocals on this record are an ...view item »

The Herms
Drop Out Vol:1

Here we have a collection of demos, rarities and general oddities from The Herms, a ramshackle bunch of lads that make the strangest of lo-fi garage pop with a surreal edge. I'm always amazed at how a lot of these garage rock/pop bands sound so old, like they've stepped into a time machine and recorded their album back in 1975, I guess The Herms...view item »

A Storm Of Light
Nations To Flames

Cruel sonic doomers A Storm of Light continue to drop their music from great heights onto the unsuspecting mass of people underfoot. Nations To Flames has a couple of most metal features on it, with Neurosis' Josh Graha and Kim Thayil from Soundgarden. A no...view item »

Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys

Here’s the third album from Jacuzzi Boys, and they’ve decided to go self-titled this time. Their ‘Live At Third Man’ LP resulted in probably my favourite review in Norman history from the much-missed Dave (f'realzies. Look it up), but what’s in store this time round? Well, it&rsquo...view item »

His Clancyness
Vicious

Fat Cat Records have released this full length album from Ottawan Jonathan Clancy, under his musical moniker His Clancyness. He makes cool, quirky, psyche-pop gems, recording mostly in his bedroom and then jamming out with friends. With previous releases being early cassettes of demos, it's nice to hear Clancy with decent production and a backin...view item »

National Wake
Walk In Africa

Here’s a name I’ve never heard before. National Wake were active in South Africa from 1979 until 1981, a mixed race punk band in apartheid South Africa, they were mired in controversy and their album was pulled by the government after selling a measly 700 copies. I don’t want to go too far into their history and background beca...view item »

Doug Tielli
Kerelsey

Doug Tielli lives in Toronto, where he is a well-known name on the underground music scene. Much of Kerelsey, though, was conceived in a rainy two months spent in the suburb of Coventry, England, with the same name. English folk influences are audible on the album, alongside African and Brazilian vibes. On CD or vi...view item »

M+A
These Days

The playful, sophisticated dance pop of Italian duo M+A's second album These Days is so seamlessly hooky and compelling that upon listening it's hard to imagine a world without it. It's a perfect distillation of a yearning for endless summer. M+A's 2011 debut Things. Yes was an inventive and spirited exploration of an organic, heartfe...view item »

BeMyDelay
Hazy Lights

Experimental, hazy folk stripped bare, with breathy female vocals and a slightly unnerving feel. Much more ambient than the previous release 'To the other side', 'Hazy Lights' is meditative, subtle and minimalistic-sounding. Slow-burning, melancholic and emotional. Vinyl LP on the Boring Machines label. ...view item »

Wax Idols
No Future

Once again HoZac give us some gold, this time in the shape of San Francisco's Wax Idols, who play girl-fronted post-punk that could have come from any point in the past 30 years. The drums and bass are thumping and the guitar is skeletal and all the songs have catchy tunes and big choruse...view item »

Kaboom Karavan
Short Walk With Olaf

American folk music stretched beyond all point of recognition. The drones on display on Short Walk With Olaf bring together the disciplines of New Weird America with the stuttering sounds of a fragmented recording session: pianos that recall A. Silver Mt Zion sparkle then die out, as v...view item »

Aisha Burns
Life in the Midwater

Violinist and vocalist Aisha Burns is from San Antonio, Texas. A former member of folk rock bands Alex Dupree and the Trapdoor Band, and Balmorhea, this is her debut solo release. Dealing with the themes of love, loss and the loss of feeling immortal that comes with hitting your mid-twenties. Vinyl or CD on Western Vinyl. ...view item »

Pikelet
Calluses

I had a Pikelet album ages ago but I don’t remember it sounding like this. Then again I can’t remember what day it is, or which way round to put my trousers on. Anyway this is their third album. They met when working as backing musicians for Ariel Pink (good luck ...view item »

Ashes Of Ares
Ashes Of Ares

After leaving Iced Earth for the second time, Matt Barlow shows us that his voice is as unfaltering as ever with is new project Ashes of Ares. It is indeed a power metal album at heart, so expect powerful vocals, pummeling riffs, and thrashing drums throughout. With the help of Freddie Vidales (also formerly of Iced Earth) and Van Williams (Ex-N...view item »

Threethings
Antecedent Conditions

I love my ‘Hibernate’ mug. It’s not actually my Hibernate mug, it belongs to the office but I do insist on drinking out of it at every opportunity. Coffee tastes better out of it somehow. Thank you to the nice people at Hibernate for such a wonderful mug. Hibernate, of course, is a label based ou...view item »

Saroos
Return

I’ve not crossed paths with this trio Saroos before, but this is in fact their third album and their members have played in bands like The Notwist and Lali Puna so I guess that’s more my fault than theirs at this point. They make a strangely wo...view item »

Ghosts On Tape
No Guestlist / Still Got the Feeling

For the uninitiated, Ghosts on Tape as a moniker seems incongruous to the floor-filling sounds he doles out here. Those after some Hauntological expeditions best cover your stylus in moss if you accidentally buy this. No Guestlist gets worked over a couple of times here, taken deeper, then taken to the play...view item »

Audela
NBPN

Ambient-heads with long memories will be aware of Audela’s Black Death series, of which this is part 7, coming a mere four years after 5 and 6 dropped in ‘09. Here we have a CD with bonus limited 3” CD in which we stare into the void with them once again in yawning expanses of frosty darkmospherics with static hisses and metall...view item »

Andrew Cedermark
Home Life

Those underwater people at Underwater Peoples rarely disappoint. Here’s the latest from them - the second album by Andrew Cedermark, former guitarist from celebrated indie rockers Titus Andronicus. He’s playing some ...view item »

Pete Um
Babysitting The Apocalypse

Lo-fi contrarian and tireless enemy of mundanity Pete Um is back with yet another limited LP of his oddball ramblings and stuttering sample mayhem (nice to spot yours truly on the thanks list “for probably stocking 5”, too). There are 21 songs ...view item »

Golden Suits
Golden Suits

When Fred Nicolaus was in college, he started a little band called Department of Eagles with his roommate. The band was a moderate success, and while they're still nominally `active', they haven't released a proper album since 2008's In Ear Park. Golden Suits offers up a lot of the slight askew indie-pop that the duo do so well. There's a good b...view item »

Philogresz
Emerald's Edge

Philogresz unleashes this nice 3 tracker on Echocord, the lead track of which contains pummeling drumming, a nice stretched out synth melody and a good pinch of icy European bleakness. Its less dub-techno-ey than a lot of the stuff on this very consistent label. The B side starts with a Mikkel Metal remix -nice...view item »

_moonraker
Lowjit Vagrants EP

Here’s the latest 12” on The Trilogy Tapes which I have woefully little information about. The artist is _moonraker and there are four songs of spooky minimal techno here. This is just the kind of thing our resident electronics/spookiness expert Ant would have a lot to say about but sadly I&rs...view item »


Dark Acid

This is the first in the tasty Dark Acid series of 12s exploring the outer reaches of techno / dance / acid...and if that sounds too vague for you I can only recommend diving right on in. Those Clan Destine folks are on curation duty, taking us on some dark techno journeys from Dungeon Acid, Ron Hardly, ...view item »

Zorch
Zzoorrcchh

This is a very fun and interesting recording. I honestly do not know how to describe it, but you can go to bandcamp and listen to it. It's an amazing drummer and a great keyboard player. It's not dance music. It's not rock, I guess it's just Zorch. I saw these guys live and they put on a great show - where live drumming meets inventive multimedi...view item »

Swim Deep
Where The Heaven We Are

Swim Deep can write great tunes there is no doubt about it. Early singles 'King City' and 'Honey' are excellent examples of the bands capability with fantastic choruses. However this album does not live up to the early releases, the song writing is lacklustre and most of songs sound like fillers. This album does s...view item »

The Love Language
Ruby Red

The Love Language, aka Stuart McLamb, recorded his first album on his own with a four-track, then went on a critically acclaimed tour with a seven-piece band, reassembling the songs as he went. 2010's 'Libraries' was also a solo affair. This time he's brought in 20 different musicians from all over the world and the result, thou...view item »

The Sufis
Inventions

Not since “Start” by The Jam has the bass line to The Beatles “Taxman” so obviously stolen as on “All Of The Time”, the opening track of The Sufis “Inventions” album. Although this is a more wonky, broken take on it. The album is steep...view item »

Obits
Moody, Standard & Poor

Much like John Reis with his Night Marchers, old cohort Rick Froberg is sticking loosely to his guns, stylistically speaking, with his latest vehicle Obits. Nothing here is quite as feral & volatile as Drive Like Jehu or early Hot Snakes but there's nevertheless an undeniably exciting, fuzzy, post-Garage element to this NY based band's secon...view item »

Vondelpark
Always Forever

Hazy sunset vibes from London-based Vondelpark. Taken from the debut album Seabed, Always Forever is a slow burning R&B jam that effortlessly fades into the background to furnish lazy evenings. The remix comes from John Roberts who adds a smidgen of urgency to the track with a liquid underwater feel. Out on 10&rdquo...view item »

Flat Ed
Clapped Out

Decidedly eclectic collection of songs by mystery singer-songwriter Flat Ed (mystery because there is barely anything about him anywhere on the internet -- which makes our job writing this description, er, interesting). A veritable concoction of different styles and flavours, sounding almost like a compilation album of ...view item »

Paula
Relaxed Fit

Picked this one up as the sleeve is fully vibing and I get the impression they’ll be blissful Cyndi Lauper-esque ‘80s pop gems nestled comfortably in the grooves. I might be wrong but here goes... Yeah, I was a bit wrong about that but this is sounding cool. Super lo-fi poppy oddness is definitely the order of the day. It kin...view item »

Cantaloupe
Splish / Wet Dog

My hometown of Nottingham occasionally knocks out a great band and Cantaloupe are definitely one of those, mixing synth-pop, kraut, electro, post-rock with great results, ‘Splish/Wet Dog’ is a superb catchy plonkathon of a single out on Hello Thor Records on 12” vinyl and digital download, Can...view item »

Gauntlet Hair
Stills

Denver Duo Craig Nice and Andy Rauworth aka Gauntlet Hair release their second studio album for the Dead Oceans label. It seems the pair have dispelled the myth of the “difficult” second album, ‘Stills’ is a massive leap forward in terms o...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol: 2

Jack White evidently has a thing for completism: here his Third Man imprint have set out on a mission to reissue the Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of blues group Mississippi Sheiks. Operating in the racist South in the 1930s, the Sheiks have full blues credentials, so try this series to...view item »

Diamond Terrifier
The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow

Diamond Terrifier aka Sam Hillmer here with his latest effort on Terrible Records. DJ, artist, curator, Sam it seems is a man of many talents and here we see him living in a world where the saxophone isn’t just an instrument but a completely new way of thinking and creating music that exists bey...view item »

Part Time
PDA

I was rather taken by Part Time’s previous album ‘What Would You Say’, which presented a kind of modern bedroom take on classic uplifting ‘80s soft pop and yet somehow avoided the cloying and cheesy pitfalls thanks to a great ear for a hook and some well chosen chord changes. Now he...view item »

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