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Hello. Hope you all had a good Record Store Day. It was nice to see so many of you banging on our doors last Saturday morning. We hope you got at least some of what you wanted.

As you may have seen by now all our remaining Record Store Day stock will go on sale at 00.01AM on Saturday 26th April (that's one minute after midnight UK time). First come, first served and one copy per title per customer. Them's the rules. There still plenty of nice stuff left...

Despite all that Record Store Day excitement, there are tons of quality new records in this week which you don’t have to queue up or refresh your browser like a maniac for. First up, Austrian sound wizard Fennesz has his first new album out in yonks and its a beaut. We have a 12” from A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Dustin O’ Hallaran and a Stars of the Lid chap) which is their first new music since the album we sold shedloads of back in the day. Damon 'I Love Heroin, Me' All-Bran has a new album out which we’ve not bothered to listen to yet. Pixies release their brand new album which seems to have had, shall we say, ‘mixed’ notices but we found plenty of things to enjoy on it.

There are two new records of krauty bliss from Cavern of Anti Matter (Stereolab’s Tim Gane and chums), a terrific effort from Katie English aka Isnaj Dui which is limited to just 100 copies, nice stuff from Tiny Ruins and Standard Planets in the pile, the latter featuring one of the Scorpions(?). Wonderful new collection of folky lo-fi brilliance from Shrimper veterans Amps For Christ, American wonder-kid William Ryan Fritch changes tack in dramatic fashion with a well ambitious suite of Jeff Buckley meets Grizzly Bear pop experimentation. Wovenhand bring us more of their windswept psych/punk folk habit, whilst Richmond Fontaine and The Decemberists folks unite for some smoky late night alt-country as The Delines.

Martin Creed doesn’t just switch lights off and on you know, he has released an album of charming minimal pop ditties and orchestral compositions. Dan Sartain has some kind of personality complex on his new album which veers everywhere. Putting everyone else to shame is Max Richter who has gone and recomposed Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons to impressive effect. Epic 45 chap My Autumn Empire has kindly provided us with his third album of lovingly crafted sun- dappled melancholic pop. TEEN win this week’s “most improved band” award with some slick and slicin’ future pop. Other new things from The Pearlfishers, Elephant, White Lung, Doss, Led Bib, Slow Club, Imprints and a lovely collaboration between Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune between oh it goes on and on so it does.

Up in his hilltop lair Ant has had headphones clasped to his ears finding the best of the world of house, techno and electronica and other out-there sounds. He has emerged with an assortment of future classics ripe for your turntable. First up veteran scenester Stefan Jaworzyn bangs on the door with an album of squiggling, wibbling idiosyncratic techno. Kassel Jaeger’s 5th album is a complex battle ground of intricate electronic sounds, there’s a wonderful re-issue of D.Wilson & L.Carson, unreleased from the golden age of late ‘80s acid house and unearthed by Theo Parrish.

There’s a surprising and wonderful album of dark atmospheric industrial techno record from Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats under his Beppu moniker which easily competes with the lords of techno. All that PLUS a brand new album from irrepressible Dutch master Legowelt. Opera Mort AKA French duo Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard produce ghostly other worldly recordings. Bass Clef back with another 12” of UK old school bleeps ‘n’ bass.

What else? A few good 12”’s - one from Madder Modes which has a nice deep house vibe and another, a split between Framewatcher and Sonornote which delves into some old school chunky electronica and a smart 12” of slinky house vibes from Jacques Green. Finally, deep dub techno types Fluxion give us an open minded collection of classic dub and ambient dub techno.

Two OST re-issues this week, ‘Creepshow’ by John Harrison is a stonker all round whilst the ‘Omen’ re-issue whilst musically excellent has caused us to wonder about the value for money of some of these horror re-issues. Nice re-issue of Swans seemingly marmite ‘Burning World’ LP - check Phil’s only review of the year here.

Things we have not had time to review this week include these gems...Mark E’s West Midlands influenced grinding industrial techno, Maxwell August Croy and Sean McCann’s modernist composition, Mammatus hard rock psychedelia, garage rockers Reigning Sound’s ‘Live at Goner Records’, Sir Stephen’s chaotic house on House of Silk.

And that’s it. So set your alarms, make sure you are in from the pub in time, and get online at a minute past midnight TONIGHT (if you're reading this on Friday 25th, that is). Good luck!

Clinton and the peoplezzzzz
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Christian Loffler

Young Alaska

9/10 from Clinton

New one from the German producer reviewed in war-like conditions in the middle of the office with chuntering going on round my ears. The first track that rises above the cacop...read on »

Diesel Dudes

Hercules Initiative EP

9/10 from Mike

Ace 7” here of goofy digital punk from the amusingly named Diesel Dudes, whose homoerotic opening paean to weed and working out is a hilarious mixture of dirty Atari-Tee...read on »

Multiple Man

Guilt Culture

9/10 from Mike

I’m liking this single from Brisbane’s Multiple Man. On the A side is ‘Guilt Culture’, a paranoid pop gem built around echo-treated spoken vocals, omin...read on »

Cavern of Anti-Matter

Interlude Music

9/10 from Mike

The records from Deep Distance just seem to get cheaper and cheaper, and my pick of this week’s £6.99 wonders is this LP from Cavern of Anti-Matter, a synthesizer ...read on »

Isnaj Dui

Euplexia

9/10 from Mike

We've got a lovely treat from the Rural Colours lot this week in the shape of the new album by Katie "Isnaj Dui" English, which comes housed in a beautiful three-panel card sl...read on »

Cavern of Anti-Matter

Blood Drums

9/10 from Mike

One of my review highlights of last week was the bargain-priced Cavern of Anti-Matter 12" on Deep Distance which features 45 minutes of freeform kosmische synth jamming from t...read on »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Atomos VII

9/10 from Mike

Super-duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen's self-titled debut was an unmitigated triumph, earning rave reviews across the board and flying off our shelves as quickly as we cou...read on »

D. Wilson & L. Carson

Tracks From The Tape

9/10 from Ant

Theo Parrish has unearthed a pair of previously unreleased vintage Chicago, late 80’s acid house gems and given them a well deserved vinyl issue via his Sound Signature ...read on »

Kassel Jaeger

Toxic Cosmopolitanism

9/10 from Ant

‘Toxic Cosmopolitanism’ is the fifth album I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from Kassel Jaeger and like the others before it, I find the sound worlds he crea...read on »

Stefan Jaworzyn

Principles of Inertia

9/10 from Ant

Stefan Jaworzyn is a bit of a UK underground legend. Back in the day he played in Skullflower, Whitehouse, Ascension and Descension as well as running the Shock label which re...read on »

John Harrison

Creepshow

9/10 from Mike

I've already been having a bit of a gripe this morning about the overpriced soundtrack reissues that are flooding into our shop, with Mondo's new 'The Omen' reissue costing a ...read on »

Imprints

Data Trails

9/10 from Ian

Shaun Crook, Darren Clark and Alex Delfont are Imprints, a group of friends who mash up various pieces of equipment like tape machines, synths, guitar pedals and the like to f...read on »

Martin Creed

Mind Trap

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Best known for his controversial Turner Prize-winning installation 'Work No. 227: The lights going on and off', there's a lot more to multimedia artist Martin Creed than a lig...read on »

Richard Crandell & Masumi Timson

Pacific Bridge

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is beautiful. It's a collaboration between Richard Crandell and Masumi Timson in which Crandell plays the mbira, a traditional African instrument, and Timson plays the ko...read on »

Opera Mort

Dédales

9/10 from Ant

Opera Mort is French duo Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard. Laurent’s sounds some of you may may be familiar with through his excellent Élg project and also you may well...read on »

Helm

Shattered Miniatures

9/10 from Ant

If you know what’s good for you I urge you to imbibe this Helm ‘Shattered Miniatures’ tape on Ascetic House while you have the opportunity. Very few copies a...read on »

Sd Laika

That's Harakiri

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Sd Laika of ‘Unknown Vectors’ fame has rematerialised! Triangle have managed to coerce this relatively reclusive artist back into the public eye with a collection ...read on »

Clipd Beaks

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Volume 10

8/10 from Mike

Couple of tracks of woozy experimental rock from Minneapolis veterans Clipd Beaks on this new 7". On side A there's a number called 'North Hard Daze', a blurred, dreamlike bit...read on »

Agathe Max

Ambience2

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest from the reliably good short-run 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels, who've focused on indie rock thus far but this time venture off-piste into the chin-strokey wor...read on »

Owls

Two

8/10 from Mike

There’s a post-it on this one saying “‘97 math rock/twiddly post rock”, but thankfully an explanation is not needed today, for this is the long-awaited...read on »

Various

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina

8/10 from Mike

Listen. I feel very heavy-hearted on reaching this 2CD set in my review pile, which pays tribute to the late, great Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame,...read on »

Fear of Men

Loom

8/10 from Mike

Brighton’s Fear of Men drop their debut LP this week, an ambitious and sprawling piece which takes in elements of dreampop, coldwave and minimal indie rock for a delicat...read on »

Tinniens

Dub Guns

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a tape featuring Landing’s Aaron Snow and Daron Gardner, producing delicate songs full of drones and loops that occupy a space somewhere between dreampop an...read on »

Umberto

The Child

8/10 from Mike

‘80s soundtrack loving dude Umberto is back this week with the full-length 12-minute version of ‘The Child’ which appeared in an edited form on his debut. A ...read on »

Dead Fader

Blood Forest

8/10 from Ian

Electronic producer Dead Fader comes at us with a double release this month, here we have ‘Blood Forest’ on the excellent Robot Elephant label which throws both wa...read on »

Vikesh Kapoor

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins

8/10 from Mike

Say hello to the new contender for the Great American Songwriter crown, Vikesh Kapoor. His debut LP ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’ follows in the traditions of song...read on »

Nat Baldwin

In The Hollows

8/10 from Mike

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...read on »

Morthound

Mortology 1990-1996

8/10 from Mike

Morthound was the creative alter-ego of the man we now know as BJ Nilsen between the years of 1990-96, starting when he was just 15, so all this stuff must’ve been over ...read on »

The FLK / Marry Waterson

Rosy

8/10 from Mike

Mysterious post-folk experimentalists The FLK (definitely nothing to do with the KLF since you were wondering) have a new 7”! Fans of their last CD, and I know there are...read on »

William Ryan Fritch

Emptied Animal

8/10 from Clinton

This is a very different beast from the previous William Ryan Fritch material I’ve heard. I had him down as an extremely capable musician veering around in the gentle ne...read on »

Wovenhand

Refractory Obdurate

8/10 from Clinton

Not what I was expecting at all but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Wovenhand emerged out of 16 Horsepower who I remember straddling a woozy alt-country territory. This, h...read on »

Cavern of Anti-Matter

You're An Art Soul

8/10 from Clinton

Its the third Cavern of At Matter record in a week so I won’t drone on and on. As you perhaps know by now this is Tim Gane (Stereolab) with another Stereolab pal Joe Dil...read on »

MadderModes

Mental Space / Human Science

8/10 from Clinton

Really been enjoying this 12” by Madder Modes. It delves full on into deep house territory with some low end bass rumbles and clattery percussion. Crucially this is marr...read on »

Tiny Ruins

Brightly Painted One

8/10 from Mike

This week's offering from Bella Union is the second album by New Zealand trio Tiny Ruins, who peddle a gentle folk-pop sound led by silky-voiced Hollie Fullbrook. It's beautif...read on »

Monolyth & Cobalt

Polarlicht

8/10 from Mike

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 fanc...read on »

Standard Planets

Ethernet / Telegraph

8/10 from Mike

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 ...read on »

Grand Magus

Triumph And Power

8/10 from Mike

Our headbanging friends at Nuclear Blast have sent us this latest album from Swedish metal veterans Grand Magus, who peddle a chunky and theatrical sound full of chugging powe...read on »

Amps For Christ

Canyons Cars and Crows

8/10 from Clinton

Fresh from their recent split with the mighty Woods here come Shrimper veterans Amps for Christ with a brand new record. You can see why they were paired together, Amps for Ch...read on »

Jerry Goldsmith

The Omen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

8/10 from Mike

Does anybody else think this horror reissue situation is getting a bit out of hand? Not that these recordings aren't welcome back on vinyl, but the limited-edition pay-through...read on »

Led Bib

The Good Egg

8/10 from Mike

I have not one but three live albums on my review stack this week, and the first one I'm going to tackle is this lively bit of Scandi-style jazz fusion from Led Bib, recorded ...read on »

Bass Clef

Raven Yr

8/10 from Ant

Bass Clef aka Ralph Cumbers has had a reasonably busy beginning to the year with a coupla self released tapes on his MAGIC + DREAMS label and vinyl appearing on Alter, Public ...read on »

Pev & Kowton

Livity (Ghost-202 Remix) / Jam01 (Beneath Remix)

8/10 from Ant

Fresh from a JBLA remix for Desire, Ron Morelli and Svengalisghost show up as Ghost-202 to provide a tasty remix of Pev’s ‘Livity’. Here they transform the B...read on »

Legowelt

Crystal Cult 2080

8/10 from Ant

Danny Wolfers discography seemingly increases by the day, recording under many different names, his Legowelt guise is by far his most well known and loved. As Legowelt he&rsqu...read on »

Beppu

Coercion

8/10 from Ant

Good lord a dark atmospheric industrial techno record from Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats. I think it’s fair to say that this brand of dark industrialised techno is reas...read on »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune

It is, it isn't

8/10 from Ian

Another minimalist ambient fest from two giants of the genre, both Chihei and Hakobune have been delighting fans for years now with their beautiful music. ‘It Is, It Isn...read on »

FrameWatcher / Sonornote

Shimmering Moods 001

8/10 from Clinton

Straight outta the flatlands of the Netherlands comes this brand new label with a series of limited to 300 copies white colored, hand numbered, vinyl. First up this split. On...read on »

Lust For Youth & Croatian Amor

Pomegranate

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a collaborative LP from two Danish upstarts, Hannes Norvide and Loke Rahbek, probably best known for their albums on Sacred Bones with their respective Lust for Youth a...read on »

Slow Club

Complete Surrender (single)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Nice bit of synthy indie pop here on the latest 7" from Slow Club. 'Complete Surrender' is a dramatic and danceable disco-rock number with some nice shuddering synth drones, b...read on »

People's Temple

Utopia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The People's Temple seem to be on a Ty Segall-esque run of good form lately. Each release seems to be more impressive than its predecessor, and their latest album 'Musical Gar...read on »

Dan Sartain

Dudesblood

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Dan Sartain's new album leaps out of the blocks growling like a feral beast. The first couple of tracks on here have really jolted me awake. The opening title track is all cha...read on »

SWANS

The Burning World

8/10 from Phil

I’ve been dragged out of my review coma to murp on inanely about the reissue of the ‘The Burning World’ by Swans. Why you ask? Indeed.... Back in the early d...read on »

My Autumn Empire

The Visitation

8/10 from Mike

There's some very pretty pastoral psychedelic pop business on this new CD from My Autumn Empire, the one out of Epic45 who's not EL Heath, whose previous 'II' album was quite ...read on »

TEEN

The Way and Color

8/10 from Mike

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 al...read on »

Max Richter

Recomposed by Max Richter / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Deluxe Edition)

8/10 from Mike

I've got another of those self-reviewing records this week. This one is Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' recomposed by Max Richter, and it's not just a clever name. It's an ambiti...read on »

Fluxion

Broadwalk Tales

8/10 from Mike

Dub techno time! Here's the latest from Fluxion on the legendary Echocord imprint, and it sees K. Soublis collaborating with Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie for a concoction ...read on »

Featured albums

Maxwell August Croy and Sean McCann
Sir Stephen
Reigning Sound
Imprints
FrameWatcher / Sonornote
Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Led Bib
Wovenhand
Isnaj Dui
The Delines
D. Wilson & L. Carson
Max Richter
Bass Clef
Slow Club
Beppu
Damon Albarn
MadderModes
Legowelt
John Harrison
My Autumn Empire
Jacques Greene
White Lung
Tiny Ruins
Dan Sartain
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Standard Planets
The Pearlfishers
Fluxion
Mark E
Jerry Goldsmith
TEEN
Pixies
Fennesz
Kassel Jaeger
Stefan Jaworzyn
Opera Mort
Amps For Christ
William Ryan Fritch
Doss
Elephant
SWANS
Martin Creed