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Weekly Update The Soft Pink Truth, Different Fountains, The Galileo 7, Clone, Peter Matthew Bauer, and more...

So it's here. The football-and-telly fest known as the World Cup has arrived but don’t sweat it, we’re still here to furnish you with your listening needs whether it be celebratory, melancholic or something to make you forget the whole thing is even happening. There are plenty of great records out this week so sit down, crack open a Tizer and let me explain.

NEW STUFF

The big news is that we finally have copies of the the Death and Vanilla ‘Vampyr’ LP which we spent a pleasant morning assembling on Thursday. We have a world exclusive on this at the moment - even the label don’t have them.

Hookworms-related riffsters Nope have a brand new LP out and are probably playing live somewhere near you right now. If only they’d GET THOSE BOXES OUT OF OUR VESTIBULE! Punk noisy lot White Lung unleash their debut on Domino; another Walkmen man Peter Matthew Bauer has a decent crack at a solo album; Matmos mad boy The Soft Pink Truth releases an album of black metal covers; the brilliantly named DJ Harvey tries his hand at West Coast psych on the new Wildest Dreams record. Ex-Prisoners and Brit psych -popsters The Galileo 7 are bursting with tunes. Welsh boys The Lowland Hundred meanwhile creep about with some sort of Scott Walker-like abstraction. There’s a great LP in of Russell Hoke songs, strummy folky goodness that you probably need in your life. Limited to 100 though.

The muchly anticipated Lone album reaps rewards if you are prepared to give it time says Li’l Biz. Martyn returns with his biggest and brightest yet. Drum & Bass-loving nutter Venetian Snares has a bonkers but brilliant album out - check the sleeve. There’s an album containing a recording of a 4-way musical presentation to celebrate the closing gala of a Swiss art installation by Mark Fell,Miles,Some Truths & Joane Skyler, a cracking album of Madlib’s instrumental takes from Madlib’s ‘Pinata’ album. Cool new 12” from Pangaea, Different Fountains (inc Karen Gwyer mix) and a Kowton/Asusu remix project.

When I heard a track off the latest Klaxons LP I thought it was by One Direction though Brian has salvaged an EP’s worth of good stuff from it. Lana Del Rey looks sad on the cover of her new album. Hot Chip spelk Alexis Taylor has a ‘not bad’ record out of stripped down bedroom pop out on Domino.

Lots of RE-ISSUES this week. I just can’t get over how good Cleaners of Venus are and why I’ve ignored them so long. This week we have a choice - either part ‘3’ of Captured tracks re-issue programme on 4CD box set or a sweet unreleased album ‘Extra Wages’ on LP. There’s a quite remarkable album by Clone - originally a Birthing album it somehow evokes the early kosmische type synth experiments. Can ‘Soundtracks’ is in on vinyl and sounding as good as ever. There's a cheapy re-issue of Icarus Line’s ‘Penance Soiree’ just £7.79 for a double album. There’s a timely re-press of Mount Kimbie’s marvellous ‘Crooks and Lovers’; a Nightmares on Wax best of; a re-issue of Robert Donati’s naughty ‘Cannibal Ferox’, soundtrack. The Record Store Day Half Japanese anthology is now in on CD and we have the last 5 Guided By Voices in on value-for-money tapes.

Not many 7”s in. There’s a decent Teleman effort of their acclaimed album and a good Brian Jonestown Massacre-ish single by Courtly Love who are not, of course, the Hole lady.

That’s all folks, thanks for reading to the bottom. Have great weekends, after our very popular weather forecast last week we are pleased to say the weather (in the UK anyway) looks ‘cloudy’.

Enjoy it.

Clint and team
xxxxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Dub Thompson

9 Songs

9/10 from Brian

Was most curious about this as our Clint was enthusiastic about it which means, regardless of his worrying infatuation with Yacht Rock, that it's most likely to be a pretty da...read on »

The Pheromoans

Hearts Of Gold

9/10 from Brian

Not many people know this but The Pheromoans are my favourite band in the UK right now. I do not quite understand why they mean so much to me. Apart from sporting a completely...read on »

Pausal

Along the Mantic Spring

9/10 from Ian

Pausal is Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton and this is their fourth LP released on the Infraction label, with an absolutely stunning cover designed by Charmagne Coe drenched in ...read on »

Madlib

Pinata Beats

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ll keep this snappy as ‘Pinata’ has already had the review treatment from our boy Mikey. Madlib needs no introduction, he’s the one and only, you kno...read on »

Lone

Reality Testing

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Matt Cutler (a.k.a Lone) is back with his fifth full length LP. 2012’s ‘Galaxy Garden’ seriously blew me away with it’s technicolour production and lus...read on »

Nope

Walker

9/10 from Brian

One of the most thrilling and intense bands residing in our fair, bustling city of Leeds is NOPE. I can claim to have watched these lads progressing from their early ragged lo...read on »

Erik K Skodvin

Flame

8/10 from Brian

The follow-up to 'Flare' (soon to arrive back in a double vinyl set coupled with this instalment) is here in one of them snazzy hand-numbered book things. I wish I'd collected...read on »

Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

8/10 from Brian

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle cl...read on »

Various

C86

8/10 from Clinton

As the world is now full of middle aged men trying to squeeze into ageing, creaking, undersized indie band t-shirts (thanks AJ for that observation), this is the absolute perf...read on »

Theo Parrish

Footwork / Tympanic Warfare

8/10 from Ant

Funky ass shit from Detroit’s Theo Parrish back on his on Signature Sound label with the stonking ‘Footwork’. From the opening hi-hats and bassline it’...read on »

Gene Hunt

Pandemonium

8/10 from Ant

It must be a buzz to release a record by one of your influences on your own label. I imagine that was the case with Delroy Edwards releasing this 12”on his L.A Club Reso...read on »

Richard Reed Parry

Music for Heart and Breath

8/10 from Clinton

I've learned a lot about Arcade Fire this week. I learned that one of them is very tall, one is the others brother and one is married to the other one. What I didn’t lea...read on »

Ski Patrol

Versions Of A Life

8/10 from Brian

Wow.. A couple of months ago, struggling to recall this amazing song Peel played in 1987, I managed to locate said aural earworm on the you tube that the kids have these days,...read on »

Leslie Winer

Witch

8/10 from Brian

Why isn't there a copyright 'c' on keyboards? I'm glad this re-issue is now available under the artist's proper name Wesley Liner or I'd be stuffed here. So yeah, "difficult" ...read on »

Shovels

Shovels

8/10 from Brian

I like a bit of psychedelic post-punk rock me. I don't hear many Aussies doing this type of thing though. They're normally more straight ahead face-fuck garage innit. Early So...read on »

Moon Gangs

Moon Gangs

8/10 from Ian

This one sided 12” out on Sexbeat Records will thrill all you synth fans out there, mixed by MJ of Hookworms,  Moon Gangs is otherwise known as Will Young (not that...read on »

Courtly Love

Mirage

8/10 from Clinton

Its ok to be confused. We’re all confused. Let's start by saying this is not by professional car crash and winner of worst comeback single of the summer Courtney Love, n...read on »

P Jorgensen

Gold Beach

8/10 from Jim

On this supremely atmospheric album, Danish electro-acoustic composer P Jørgensen takes slippery, eerie notes from what sounds like a microtonal jazz/chamber group (kin...read on »

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

West of Memphis

8/10 from Jim

This album features Cave and Ellis’ score for a documentary about the West Memphis Three; three guys who fought to overturn their convictions for the murder of three boy...read on »

White Lung

Deep Fantasy

8/10 from Brian

Thought I'd squeeze in a few typed yelps in about this shouty nu-punk stormer.  I think this is Domino's answer to that there quite excellent Perfect Pussy and regardless...read on »

Rrose

Eating The Other

8/10 from Ian

I’ve not reviewed any IDM/techno for a while so this is a bit of a treat for me, having dabbled in this kind of stuff in my youth I’ve always prefered proper dance...read on »

Venetian Snares

My Love Is A Bulldozer

8/10 from Ian

Hold on to your hats it’s everyones favourite drum and bass botherer Venetian Snares, here with his first album since 2010’s ‘My So Called Life’ and Aa...read on »

Russell Hoke

Haunted Brain

8/10 from Clinton

For some reason I thought Russell Hoke was an unlistenable outsider, like Jad Fair or someone. Phil put me right, “he’s perfectly listenable” he said “...read on »

Cleaners From Venus

Extra Wages

8/10 from Clinton

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...read on »

Roberto Donati

Cannibal Ferox

8/10 from Phil

On the sleeve of this cult classic is a semi naked woman, with a strategically placed ‘banned in 31 countries’ banner covering her boobies, she’s in almost c...read on »

The Galileo 7

False Memory Lane

8/10 from Clinton

Former members of Medway faves and 80’s bastions of 60’s psych The Prisoners reappear with a remarkably vibrant collection of tunes that are equally indebted to th...read on »

Wildest Dreams

Wildest Dreams

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Not sure where this came from but damn DJ Harvey (yes, Harvest Barrett) is making better psych records than the full time nostalgia careerist doing the rounds of late with the...read on »

Illum Sphere

Dreamstealin EP

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Not sure if we got this first time round (back in 2011) and I certainly haven’t heard it so I’ll knock out a few quick words. ‘Dreamstealin’ is a wild ...read on »

Kowton / Asusu

More Games (MM/KM More Names Mix) / Too Much Time Has Passed (Dresvn Remix)

8/10 from Brian

I had to stop buying 12"s recently, I like far too much stuff, too many “genres” y’ know. Also, I hardly ever get out to DJ (If that's what you'd have called...read on »

Different Fountains

Muybridge

8/10 from Brian

Really dig this curious-lookin’ twelve from the start. I don’t know what the tracks are called. This whole hand-vandalized package is rather enigmatic looking. The...read on »

Teleman

23 Floors Up

8/10 from Clinton

Everyone here looked at me like I was mad when I said that the Teleman singers voice sounded like Janet Street Porter. Ok ok Kate Nash then. There's an alaming similarity. If ...read on »

Nightmares On Wax

N.O.W Is The Time

8/10 from Ian

Here’s Leeds own George Evelyn with a long overdue best-of compilation from the 20 plus years strong Nightmares On Wax history. This is sure to bring back memories of t...read on »

M.E.S.H.

Scythians EP

8/10 from Ant

Here we have a white wax 5 track EP from Berlin’s M.E.S.H. kicking off with the abstracted breaks, glacial atmospherics, strings, manic scratching and submerged ghostly ...read on »

Greg Gives Peter Space

Greg Gives Peter Space

8/10 from Ian

Erased Tapes releases this collaboration between two already well known composers Greg Haines and Peter Broderick. At first I put this on the wrong speed and I wonder what the...read on »

Black Pus / Oozing Wound

Split

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Thrill Jockey are keeping it wild and reckless with split between kindred spirits; Lightning Bolt drummer and Picturebox superstar Brian Chippendale and noise punk upstarts Oo...read on »

Mike Weis

Don't Know, Just Walk

8/10 from Ian

Mike Weis is better known for his work with Chicago three-piece Zelienople and Mind Over Mirrors, essentially a percussionist but here showcases his talent as an all round com...read on »

Featured albums

Russell Hoke
Pangaea
Arthur Boto Conley's Music Workshop
Clone
Courtly Love
The Galileo 7
Nope
Different Fountains
Kowton / Asusu
Lana Del Rey
White Lung
Alexis Taylor
The Soft Pink Truth
Martyn
Teleman
Klaxons
Death and Vanilla
Lone
Cleaners From Venus
Cleaners From Venus
The Lowland Hundred
Venetian Snares
Madlib
Nightmares On Wax
Wildest Dreams
Roberto Donati
Half Japanese
Peter Matthew Bauer
Mount Kimbie
Can
The Icarus Line