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Weekly Update Koen Holtkamp, Mugstar, Trans, Minor Science, Visonia et Dopplereffekt, and more...

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this week's Phil-free update.

Yes, our overlord has left us to it for two days while he suns himself in scorching Pudsey. We haven't yet burned down the building or accidentally destroyed all the records, so it's been deemed an unqualified success.

In fact, we’ve been extra busy as the As for records you can actually buy TODAY, well, we have a decent handful of top quality items for your perusal. Here we go.

In the long player's corner, People's Temple would have won our album of the week award if we still had it with their album of authentic Seeds-like psych. Jazz fusion experimental types Polar Bear unleash a new album which has been raved about everywhere including by our own Ian. The long awaited Future Islands album comes out, we don’t think its as good as their previous work but those records sold no copies. This one might as it sounds sort of like Tina Turner.

This week’s other big hitters are Liars with a typically confusing batch of industrial repeato-grooves. Hypno-psychsters Mugstar recover from being shouted at by the singer of The Warlocks with a strong new album which is pouring out. Similarly spacey rockers The Cosmic Dead furnish us with another two-song, LP-length blast. Ruined Fortune feature Circle Pit and Blank Realm folks together making an excellent and incredibly noisy record. We Are Catchers have an album of pleasant Beach Boys pop floating about somewhere in the ether, whilst York’s Wolf Solent unleash a neat mini album of Tame Impala referencing distorto-psych. Linda Perhacs, having taken a 44 year break, returns with Holter/Nite Jewel assisted LP of folky loveliness, whilst Barn Owl dude Jon Porras has another album of spacey driftiness out on Thrill Jockey. Cool new albums from DMX Krew, Machinefabriek, Olan Mill and Koen Holtkamp rounds things up nicely.

Couple of good comps this week including World Psychedelic Classics which collects some great African Psych music from the 1970s; 'Rock It...Don't Stop It!' is full of classy proto-hip-hop grooves; whilst Manchester Standards is a great compilation from the bowels of the Manchester underground.

On the 12” front, cavernous post-dubstep crooner Jamie Isaac has another impressive 4 tracker out, Trans feature Bernard Butler and the one out of 1990s and do a kraut-like thing, and there’s another cool new Bass Clef release out. In Clef we trust. Minor Science sneak out a 12” full of slithery emissions. Also highly recommended is the contemporary synth-pop of Visonia et Dopplereffekt.

7"s...there's three out on Great Pop Supplement by Irma Vep, Ubertrager and CWK Joynes, cool lo-fi things from 99999999, Radar Eyes and the Pavement-like Radstewart. Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. Check out Ant’s 9/10 write ups of this innovative future-music.

And that's it! Thanks to all who liked our Facebook page and got us to over 7000 likes. You saved my job.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

People's Temple

Musical Garden

10/10 from Mike

The People's Temple are back already with album number three! The first two were superb and at this point they've established themselves as a safe set of hands if you're looki...read on »

Lace Curtain

The 3rd EP

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is apparently the third EP by post-Total Control coldpoppers Lace Curtain, but only the second that I've heard. There are four songs on here and they're all patiently-pac...read on »

Olan Mill

Land Cycle

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I've had all manner of songs to review today so it's nice to be able to relax to something a bit less eager to impress. Pop records are like puppies sometimes, all jumping up ...read on »

Radar Men From The Moon

Strange Wave Galore

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Those lovely people at the Fuzz Club have sent us this platter of crunchy psychedelic spacekraut by Eindhoven's Radar Men From The Moon and it's on very snazzy looking black a...read on »

The Gist

Embrace The Herd

9/10 from Clinton

Last week we rejoiced in a re-issue of former Young Marble Giants lady Alison Statton’s Weekend project. This time its the turn of guitarist and songwriter Stuart Moxham...read on »

Planetary Assault Systems

Future Modular EP

9/10 from Ant

‘Future Modular’ sees Luke Slater in fine form under his much loved P.A.S alias on his very own Mote Evolver label. I'm guessing from the EP's title that he's been...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being

Acid Rain Under The Stars

9/10 from Ant

The increasingly prolific Jamal Moss pops up on Last Known Trajectory. A label I’ve taken some interest in since that fine Visiona et Dopplereffekt 12” and now thi...read on »

Morton Subotnick

Silver Apples of the Moon (50th-Anniversary Edition)

9/10 from Ant

What is music? I think the most widely used definition I’ve come across is that music is organised sound. Does that mean that disorganised sound isn’t music? That&...read on »

Cut Hands

Volume 3

9/10 from ReviewBot300

William Bennett's excellent Cut Hands project continues to gain momentum as he once again simultaneously releases two albums this week. Volumes 1 and 2 sold out double-fast so...read on »

Cut Hands

Volume 4

9/10 from ReviewBot300

William Bennett's excellent Cut Hands project continues to gain momentum as he once again simultaneously releases two albums this week. Volumes 1 and 2 sold out double-fast so...read on »

Lootpack

Loopdigga

9/10 from Mike

Lootpack was the old band of some familiar faces; Madlib, Wildchild and DJ Romes. Their 1999 triple-LP 'SOundpieces: Da Antidote!' is a bona fide hip hop classic but there wer...read on »

Ricardo Donoso

Iron / Verse Remixes

9/10 from Ant

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 ...read on »

Mudhoney

Live at Third Man Records

9/10 from Mike

Me and Third Man have had a bumpy history, but I think I can finally say that I'm quite strongly behind their 'Live at Third Man' series, which is now churning out full length...read on »

Perfect Pussy

Say Yes To Love

9/10 from Brian

Just freaked the gaffer out by proclaiming I hated this. 'But Clint is tweeting this ASAP!' he barks back at me. Um sorry, I had confused it with something else on Captured Tr...read on »

Francois & The Atlas Mountains

Piano Ombre

9/10 from Brian

I always think I must be extra difficult to get your music noticed in America or the UK if you speak in a foreign language - It is seen by the perpetually dense and ...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

EasterFaust

9/10 from Mike

Space rockers The Cosmic Dead have another album out this week, it's their fourth in a year or something but it's the first time they've constrained themselves to a single LP....read on »

DMX Krew

Standing Stones

9/10 from Mike

Edward "DMX Krew" Upton is back this week with this astonishingly limited LP. Only 180 copies, I can barely believe it. It comes on smoky vinyl in a screenprinted sleeve. I'v...read on »

Ubertrager

Neben Mir

9/10 from Mike

My third Great Pop Supplement single for the week is this one from Ubertrager which is on a coloured 7" which comes in a very pretty die cut sleeve. It's a nice thing to look ...read on »

Polar Bear

In Each And Every One

9/10 from Ian

The Mercury Music Prize nominated jazz combo Polar Bear are back with their fifth album ‘In Each And Every One’, it’s business as usual with their amazing mi...read on »

Koen Holtkamp

Motion

9/10 from Mike

Koen Holtkamp of Mountains notoreity has a new solo album out this week, with the CD version coming with a bonus disc 'Connected Works' compiling all of Holtkamp's vinyl-only ...read on »

Various

Rock It, Don’t Stop It – Compiled by Sean P

9/10 from Mike

I had a little preliminary listen to this collection last night and it turned into a bit of a one-man dance party in my house. What you've got on these two discs is a collecti...read on »

Visonia et Dopplereffekt

Die Reisen

9/10 from Ant

Being the Dopplereffekt obsessive that I am, and for that matter any of Gerald Donald’s projects, I was really interested to hear what this super rare collabor...read on »

Various

World Psychedelic Classics 3 - Love’s a Real Thing

9/10 from Mike

It's really been a good couple of weeks for compilations. Last week we had that amazing 'Bollywood Disco' collection, and this week we've got 'Rock It...Don't Stop It!' full o...read on »

Mugstar

Sun, Broken...

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Hypno-rock stalwarts Mugstar are back again this week with yet another album, beautifully presented with a foil-stamped sleeve, swirly black and white vinyl and a hand-numbere...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Delta Quadrant

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee of R...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Antique Electronic / Synthesizer Greats 1955 - 1985 Part 2

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Antique Electronic / Synthesizer Greats 1955 - 1985 Part 3

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee...read on »

Bass Clef

Bugbranded EP

9/10 from Ant

Apologies to folks that have been waiting on copies of this EP like 2 weeks after the release date. They only just arrived - I think someone fell asleep/ had been cryogenicall...read on »

Shit Robot

We Got a Love

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Second album from Shit Robot a.k.a Marcus Lambkin for the prestigious DFA label and it’s an all-star affair with the likes of Jamie Lidell, Townsell (jackin’ it), ...read on »

Fort Romeau

Her Dream

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Shame on me, I was a big fan of Fort Romeau’ (a.k.a Mike Norris) ‘Kingdom’ EP from a while back and for some reason his more recent output have passed me by....read on »

Bass Clef

Acid Tracts

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Oooo this is looking sooooo goooood. Bass Clef a.k.a Ralph Cumbers mindblowing ‘Acid Tracts’ cassette on Magic + Dreams makes it’s way on to vinyl (double v...read on »

Black Hat

Thought of Two

8/10 from Li'l Biz

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, cons...read on »

Johnny Noise

The Day Is Coming

8/10 from ReviewBot300

When I saw that this Johnny Noise LP on Siltbreeze had ten-plus tracks on each side I initially assumed it was going to be some hard-blasting noise punk chaos, but I couldn't ...read on »

Streetwalker

Ooze / Ooze (Silent Servant Remix)

8/10 from Ant

Fresh Windy City EBM moves from Street Walker aka Beau Wanzer (L.I.E.S, Mutant Beat Dance, Russian Torrent Versions etc.) and Elon Katz (White Car). Continuing the industrial ...read on »

EeOo (Eomac)

Workout EP

8/10 from Ant

EoOo is an alias of Ian McDonnell, last spotted as Eomac with an EP on The Trilogy Tapes. He also comprises half of Dublin techno duo Lakker who’ve done great things on ...read on »

Jay Daniel

Karmatic Equations

8/10 from Ant

Expectations for this double pack are high after Jay Daniel turned many a head after dropping his ‘Scorpio Rising’ 12” for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signatu...read on »

Crippled Black Phoenix

White Light Generator

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Confusing post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix are back with a new album this week and confuse me immediately by opening with a spookily pared back cover of Ricky Nelso...read on »

Love Cult take Druss

Yr Problems

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This LP has four collaborative tracks between Russian electronic darksters Love Cult and Druss from Gnod, with a couple of non-collaborative tracks each as well. It's pretty h...read on »

Bl'ast

The Expression Of Power

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Bl'ast are one of the few pioneering '80s hardcore bands who have continued through to the present day without becoming slightly embarrassing or going insane. I guess they've ...read on »

The Twins

You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)

8/10 from Mike

'You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)' has to be my favourite song title of the day. Here's a 12" of epic late-night house darkness from mysterious international duo T...read on »

Peter Walker

"Second Poem To Karmela" Or Gypsies Are Important

8/10 from Mike

Here's a reissue of Peter Walker's mysterious second LP of twangy guitar and sitar and sarod drones. It's very hard to describe. Sort of new-agey but very fast paced and freef...read on »

Joan Cambon

Reshaping the Seasons for Kaori's Body

8/10 from Mike

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', '...read on »

Illuha

Akari

8/10 from Mike

Here's my final review of the week and it's a difficult one! Not because the music is unpleasant, it truly isn't, but simply because there isn't much happening here. This is h...read on »

Isnaj Dui

Secondary Projections

8/10 from Brian

A really pleasurable way to wake up is with a strong mug of sweet chai, a wee toot on that little peace pipe containing God's gift to all dreamers and one o' them fangled new ...read on »

Coil / Nine Inch Nails

Recoiled

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting release. It's about 40 minutes' worth of Coil remixes of Nine Inch Nails songs including a version of 'Closer' that featured in the film 'Se7en', a stick...read on »

Matthew Barlow

Sun Showers

8/10 from Mike

I've got a couple of relaxing CDs from the ever-reliable Preservation this week, the first of which is this one by Matthew Barlow. 'Sun Showers' is a four-track suite of dron...read on »

Libbe Matz Gang

L.M.G EP

8/10 from Mike

Weirdo noise terrorists Libbe Matz Gang are back with another couple of their totally unhinged 7" EPs. This one I have in my hand is titled 'The Third L.M.G. EP' and has eight...read on »

Irma Vep

The Jerk

8/10 from Mike

I have not one but three 7"s from the Great Pop Supplement in my review stack today, starting with this one from Irma Vep, who I've never heard of. It's a nice bit of lo-fi po...read on »

CWK Joynes & The Restless Dead

Inference-of-the-Cam Shakedown

8/10 from Mike

CWK Joynes & The Restless Dead are back with a fifth instalment to their excellent '8 Selections and Premonitions from the Tower' 7" series. To be honest with you I'm quit...read on »

Machinefabriek

Halfslaap II / Stiltetonen

8/10 from Clinton

At 55 minutes long and containing just the two tracks this is one for the long haul. The kind of electronic minimalism peddled by the likes of Machinefabriek always benefits f...read on »

Various

Manchester Standards Sides 1 & 2

8/10 from Clinton

Been waiting a long time for this to hit the shelves but here it is at last. Its a compilation of all the best bits of todays youthful Manchester underground, kind of like a N...read on »

Segue

The Here and Now

8/10 from Mike

Ambient Vancouverite Jordan "Segue" Sauer has a new album out this week for Sem, hot on the heels of last month's tape on Dronarivm. 'The Here And Now' collects five tracks of...read on »

Talk West

Black Coral Sprig

8/10 from Mike

Here's my second CD of the day from the very lovely Preservation imprint. This one is by Talk West and contains eight tracks of anti-gravity ambience full of pillowy synth dro...read on »

Wolf Solent

Lifeboat EP

8/10 from Clinton

From the ever expanding York psych/lo-fi/noise community comes Wolf Solent. A face in and around the scene fronting the likes of White Firs, Danny Trew Barton retreated to the...read on »

Colourmusic

May You Marry Rich

8/10 from Mike

One of the things on my review pile this week is an album by Colourmusic, who I haven't heard before. Nor is there any information in the press release so I'm just going to di...read on »

Jamie Isaac

Blue Break EP

8/10 from Clinton

Jamie Isaac’s ‘I Will Be Cold Soon’ 12” from the middle of last year was a stone cold classic of clicky,  cavernous weeptronica. Taking the Jame...read on »

999999999

White Devils

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Hozac hit us with four rare and highly joyous lo-fi efforts from Tunnel Of Love dude Anthony Macbain under the guise of 999999999, all recorded at the back end of the 2000&rsq...read on »

Ruined Fortune

Ruined Fortune

8/10 from Li'l Biz

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...read on »

Great Thunder

Groovy Kinda Love

8/10 from Mike

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 emphasis...read on »

David Ross & Clive Bell

Recovery Suite

8/10 from Mike

"Dystopic lounge ambiance", says the press release to this peculiar new LP from David Ross, playing a customised analogue oscillator dubbed the drosscillator, and Clive Bell o...read on »

Golden Retriever

Seer

8/10 from Mike

It is absolutely bucketing it down here in Armley and I seem to have developed an irritating eyelid twitch over the course of this afternoon but one thing that's helping calm ...read on »

Simon James Phillips

Chair

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that its obtuse minimal piano tinklings were a bit too eyebrow for my lo...read on »

Anla Courtis

Cassetopia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that its disjointed avant garde ambiance was a bit too high brow for my ...read on »

Linda Perhacs

The Soul of All Natural Things

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This Linda Perhacs CD has a post-it from one of our goblins that says "ok, not as good as old shit". I'm not familiar with Perhacs's old shit so I'm approaching this with fres...read on »

Ragged Barracudas

Ragged Barracudas

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a single of dirty hairy man rock from Ragged Barracudas. On side A is ‘Living the Dream’ which is a lo-fi ‘70s bulldozer riff with a bit of a co...read on »

Mixed Band Philanthropist

The Impossible Humane

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Our 'but what that means for you the listener' Clint had a go at reviewing this but gave up, handing it over to me in despair with the mysterious claim “it’s like ...read on »

Wertheimer

Brandished EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I have very little information about this release and what I do have is conflicting. A sticker on the front cover simply tells me “Contents: 21:32 minutes music”, ...read on »

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80

A Long Way To The Beginning

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Fela’s son Seun Kuti took over his Egypt 80 combo on his death in 1997 and apparently this is the third of a trilogy of albums from them. I however have missed the first...read on »

Jon Porras

Light Divide

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Barn Owl gentleman Jon Porras has another album out this week. He seems to have been quite busy lately. ‘Light Divide’ is a foggy collection of drone-based ambienc...read on »

E.L. Heath

Winter Soundtrack

8/10 from Clinton

Just when I thought I cut put my feet up and crack open the tizer,  one more record was lurking in my review pile, all tied up in string in a nice brown paper sleeve. Ins...read on »

Olan Mill

Hiraeth

8/10 from Clinton

One of this weeks best sellers but strangely no review appears on the site. We were probably too busy slavering over their 3" CD on Hibernate which is now sold out. Don't...read on »

Featured albums

Minor Science
Wolf Solent
Irma Vep
CWK Joynes & The Restless Dead
The Cosmic Dead
Ubertrager
We Are Catchers
DMX Krew
Various
Machinefabriek
Various
Future Islands
Jon Porras
Koen Holtkamp
Jamie Isaac
Various
Trans
Radstewart
Polar Bear
Bass Clef
Linda Perhacs
People's Temple
Ruined Fortune
Radar Eyes
999999999
Liars
Visonia et Dopplereffekt
Olan Mill
Mugstar