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Weekly Update Muslimgauze, Four Tet (Fourtet), Holly Herndon, Electric Eels, Noxagt, and more...

Feeling hot hot hot. Its been the hottest of hot weeks here at the sweltering towers. Hot temperature wise, hot release wise. Just hot.

Its another upside down Weekly Update starting with those much sought after re-issues. There’s so much good stuff we don’t know where to start. Ok then, predictably we’ll begin with Can as the next series of their re-issue campaign is in (‘Soon over Babaluma’, ‘Saw Delight’, ‘Landed’ and the unsurpassable ‘Future Days’ are in and waiting for you to give them a good home). There are also massive back catalogue vinyl re-issues from Jesus and Mary Chain and Einsturzende Neubauten.

There’s also these to feast eyes/ears/teeth onto:-

  • David Pajo’s wonderful Aerial M album gets a vinyl re-press.
  • The 2CD version of the super duper Mogwai ‘Come on Die Young’ re-issue is in…..vinyl to follow
  • The Godzilla soundtrack is here.
  • There’s a nice True Soul comp in called ‘Deep Sounds from The Left of Stax’.
  • A tremendous collection of post-punk dub called ‘Spiky Dread’ (with The Slits, Bad Brains and Young Marble Giants and A Certain Ratio doing lost dub clatter).
  • There’s also a Shatner 3LP.

We don’t just sell re-issues you know (though sometimes it might seem so)......check out these new things...

  • White Fence is back with another album of scuzzy lo-fi Syd Barrett pop songs.
  • An extraordinary record by Lightning Glove. Factory Floor meets Throbbing Gristle with a deranged Shaun Ryder on vocals.
  • Alvvays sound like they are Scottish. But they are not, they are from Toronto, they just sound like the bastard children of Camera Obscura and Teenage Fanclub.
  • Fat Creeps make a fun Breeders-ish noise on Sophmore Lounge.
  • Noxagt make a right old racket both on their new album and even more so on a compilation of live noises.
  • Ensemble Economique hit a career high on a lovely album of shoegazy/dream-pop.
  • The wild man of Edinburgh, Richard Youngs is back with an album of entertainingly hapless dub.
  • Just up the coast at Anstruther, King Creosote unleashes another album which seems to impress everyone but us.
  • Mumpbeak make a fun and entertaining King Crimson-like prog sprawl
  • LA Hell Gang drift into view with some nicely paced kraut/stoner rock
  • Ol’ ice cream hair La Roux is back with a brand new 80’s wedge and some 80’s sounds to go with it.
  • There’s an album of silky ambience from Novella & Thisquietarmy
  • A smart new Raveonettes album is on the shelves. Full of surfy pop fun.

In the electronic territory we have a very small number of the Four Tet remix 12”s (might have even sold out by the time you read this). Never mind you could try and get the new Actress 12” (retirement on ice presumably). If not then Deru has a super album of textural electronica plump, ripe and ready for Boards of Canada fans everywhere. Clever German men To Rococo Rot re-emerge with a bright and breezy album of electronica/kraut rock melange. It might be sold out by the time you read this but you really need to get Caribou’s summer smash ‘Can’t Do Without You’ on 12”. One for the poolside that one. For the dark nights of winter try Moon Zero who make a nice, ghostly Grouper-like noise. 2 LP’s available. Both good. There’s a Holly Herndon 10” full of rearranged sounds of people dancing, there are two lovely smoothe-house 12”s on 100% by Roche and Temples (not that one!) and a CD of unused remixes by the highly prolific yet now dead Muslimgauze.

Tiny little records available from Chain and the Gang, Thee Tsunami’s, Giorgio Murderer an amazing 7” of proto punk from Electric Eels and the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen/heard, Joe Davolaz’s 5” flexi postcard. Just look at these Drag City 7” re-issues from Pavement, Royal Trux and the ‘I Hear the Devil Calling Me’ compilation from way back when.

Word on a couple of PRE-ORDERS we need to let you know about afore we go. There’s a new Ekoplekz album limited to 300 which you can only get from us, Boomkat and Bleep and a nice new series of 7”s on Ghostbox, the first one is by Brooks and O’Hagan and as it features members of the wonderful Advisory Circle and High Llamas. How can it be anything but brilliant?

Keep cool/dry

Clint and the frazzled ones

xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Thee Tsunamis

Delirium and Dark Waters

10/10 from Mike

This is ace! I've not come across Thee Tsunamis before, and the weed-headed ghoul on the sleeve of this record originally made me think it might be Thee Cormans-related, but t...read on »

Madlib

Rock Konducta Part 2

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Madlib returns with a second installment of his Rock Konducta series and what is there to say that hasn’t already been said? Madlib is the master. His beats are the NV o...read on »

The Valdons

Stop, Wait A Minute Girl / Whatcha Gonna Do

9/10 from Mike

Here's a fascinating record. Back in 1971 The Valdons brought out a solitary 7", 'All Day Long'/'Love Me, Leave Me' before vanishing into obscurity...until 2012, when Secret S...read on »

The Icarus Line

Avowed Slavery

9/10 from Mike

This new Icarus Line EP is being touted as a companion piece to last year's 'Slave Vows' LP, which wasn't so much a return to form as a career peak for the band, distilling th...read on »

Landlady

Upright Behavior

9/10 from Mike

Landlady have a new album of clever indie pop out this week, their first on Hometapes. This lot, led by singer/songwriter Adam Schatz, play a grand and universal indie-soul wi...read on »

Electric Moon

Innside Outside

9/10 from Mike

Stoner rock fans will be well excited to get their hands on this new Electric Moon offering. There's two side-long tracks here which are just lengthy riff-rituals in a pummell...read on »

The Tobacconists

A Secret Place

9/10 from Jim

Scott Foust and Frans de Waard team up again as The Tobacconists release, this time with the addition of Mike Popovich of The Pickle Factory. To give you some idea of who thes...read on »

Akira Ifukube

Godzilla - The Japanese Original 60th Anniversary edition

9/10 from Mike

Death Waltz continue to find soundtracks worthy of reissue in their rampage through the horror vaults, and this one here has to be among their most iconic yet. 'Godzilla' has ...read on »

Ensemble Economique

Melt Into Nothing

9/10 from Mike

The label-hopping Ensemble Economique, aka Brian Pyle, is back on Denovali this week with 'Melt Into Nothing', complete with a tantalising sticker blurb saying it's "his most ...read on »

Noxagt

Brutage

9/10 from Mike

Norwegian noise-rock dynamos Noxagt drop album number four this week. 'Brutage' is kicking my face in this morning. This instrumental trio mix dynamic Norsk-jazz skills with, ...read on »

Fat Creeps

Must Be Nice

9/10 from Mike

America's most best record label dish up the goods again this week with this short but sweet album from slacker-indie trio Fat Creeps. There's two girls and a boy involved and...read on »

Chain & the Gang

Never Been Properly Loved

9/10 from Mike

Since their last album, Ian "Chain" Svenonius seems to have sacked his previous "Gang" and replaced them with an all-girl crew. I went to see them in Leeds the other week and ...read on »

Alessandro Cortini

Sonno

9/10 from Ant

Alessandro Cortini is the lead electronics performer in the Nine Inch Nails live outfit. If your interest in this record weighs on your tolerance of NIN then I ask you to disp...read on »

Aerial M

Aerial M

9/10 from Clinton

David Pajo has done many things in his life. He's been in Slint, Tortoise, had a minor role in 'Hi Fidelity', collaborated with Stereolab and Will Oldham, been part of Yeah Ye...read on »

White Fence

For The Recently Found Innocent

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm kicking off a heavy Friday's reviewing with the latest offering from Tim "White Fence" Presley. The lo-fi psych-popster has been hinting at more and more accessible things...read on »

Electric Eels

Jaguwar Ride / Splittery Splat

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's another one from HoZac's reissue series and it's only the Electric fucking Eels. This lot, in case you haven't come across them before, made snotty and gnarled post-Sto...read on »

Running

Frizzled

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Cool little three song 7" here from noisy punk types Running. I'm enjoying it, it's kind of like Scratch Acid fighting Pissed Jeans in a giant mud pit. The guitar, bass and dr...read on »

Noveller & Thisquietarmy

Reveries

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Brooklyn's Sarah "Noveller" Lipstate and Montreal's Eric "Thisquietarmy" Quach join forces here for a long-player containing four meditative duets. The two guitarists' style s...read on »

NONES

Midwestern Family Values

9/10 from Mike

Having already wowed my ears with a welcome Electric Eels reissue, good ol' HoZac come up with the goods again this week with this LP from dirgey post-hardcore punkers Nones. ...read on »

Royal Trux

Hero Zero

9/10 from Ant

Rewind to 1989, one year after Royal Trux debuted with their self titled LP on Royal Records and the first ever release on Drag City was unleashed. Neil Hagerty (who would lat...read on »

Grey Hairs

Schmey Hairs

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Hehe...this is a good one. Mid-life crisis garage rock outfit Grey Hairs (members of Kogumaza/Fists/ex-Cult Of Dom Keller) return with a second 7” (on Hello Thor this ti...read on »

DJ Rashad

We On 1

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Aw, this is just sad. ‘We On 1’ must have been the last agreed release prior to DJ Rashad’s recent death (though I might be wrong there???) stemming from a c...read on »

TRAAMS

Cissa

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Yo! FatCat superstars Traams return with an EP to tide us over until record number two. I’m biased when it comes to these lads, I’ve got nothing but good things to...read on »

Plastikman

EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC)

8/10 from Jim

This album presents a live performance of specially composed music Richie Hawtin gave at  New York’s Guggenheim last year and as such is also the first new Plastikm...read on »

Voices From The Lake

Voices from the Lake

8/10 from Clinton

Absolutely lauded is this album. “One of the best albums ever” someone has proclaimed. Pitchfork and Resident Advisor both love it. The usual caveat applies, possi...read on »

Demdike Stare

Testpressing#005: Procrastination / Past Majesty

8/10 from Ant

Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty unleash the beastly fifth installment in their ongoing Test Pressing/ Research and Development series. ‘Procrastination’ is industr...read on »

The Forest & The Trees

Missions

8/10 from Mike

This one here is an album of dreamy and dramatic indie-pop from Stockholm's The Forest & The Trees. They're a husband-and-wife team by the looks of it, but I'm not sure wh...read on »

UltraMantis Black

UltraMantis Black

8/10 from Mike

Meetings between music and professional wrestling haven't historically yielded credible results, hitting a nadir a couple of decades ago with the Wrestlemania song (link here:...read on »

Various

Manchester Standards Sides 3 & 4

8/10 from Mike

Here's a fairly bizarre compilation that puts together some of the more interesting stuff that's been going on in Manchester lately. Genre-wise it seems a little unfocused but...read on »

Dakota Suite & Quentin Sirjacq

There Is Calm To Be Done

8/10 from Mike

Get out your hankies! Thoughtful music makers Dakota Suite are back this week with a new collaboration with Quentin Sirjacq, which in contrast to recent Dakota Suite work cent...read on »

Tessela

Rough 2

8/10 from Souki

A totally rugged and immense slab of slamming breakbeat techno from Tessela, his second release for the ever-reliable R&S, that manages to pull off the task of taking the ...read on »

Time Attendant

Bloodhounds

8/10 from Mike

I was somewhat dreading listening to this because I was told "I think it's going to be noisy soundscapes" when it was handed to me. I'm relieved to discover that isn't really ...read on »

Lawrence English

Wilderness Of Mirrors

8/10 from Mike

Sound artist man Lawrence English is back with a new one this week on Room 40. It's a multi-movement tapestry of drones and samples that often achieves a mind-meltingly powerf...read on »

Richard Youngs

Primary Concrete Attack

8/10 from Brian

'PCA' is supposedly a result of filmaker/artist friend Luke Fowler throwing down the gauntlet to Mr. Youngs, challenging him to make a dub album. Apparently Richard Youngs isn...read on »

German Army

Last Language

8/10 from Jim

German Army are back with a new album of raw, grimy and perverse industrial electro for y’all to get down to. The tracks here feature hard and stark rhythms that kind of...read on »

To Rococo Rot

Instrument

8/10 from Clinton

It seems a lifetime ago that I watched To Rococo Rot rock Woodhouse Liberal Club in Leeds to its very foundations, I always admired the way they merged teutonic electronics, p...read on »

Moon Zero

Tombs

8/10 from Clinton

Two albums in from Moon Zero, both of which appeared on a 2xCD release earlier in the year but you vinyl fiends out there, you can now buy both on wax. They are so lovely tha...read on »

Moon Zero

Tombs + Loss

8/10 from Clinton

Two albums in from Moon Zero, both of which appeared on a 2xCD release earlier in the year but you vinyl fiends out there, you can now buy both on wax. They are so lovely tha...read on »

Joe Davolaz

Pina Colada

8/10 from Clinton

Here’s an interesting thing, a postcard flexi disc complete with a picture which could concern anti-child abuse campaigners everywhere. A man looking remarkably like ea...read on »

Various

Spiky Dread: Issue One

8/10 from Mike

Here's an excellent compilation of early punk/dub crossover business, featuring usual suspects like The Slits, Bad Brains, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Ruts DC rubbing s...read on »

Deru

1979

8/10 from Mike

Here's an album by Deru, he's a sound designer/producer type and he's got an Emmy on his mantelpiece. On 1979 he's making understated minimal electronica with glacial, waverin...read on »

Alvvays

Alvvays

8/10 from Clinton

Another name like Chvrches to add to the easier to google, intentionally misspelt list. Although Canadian, the band sound quite remarkably Scottish. They take most of their cu...read on »

Mumpbeak

Mumpbeak

8/10 from Mike

The office post-it goblin has been up to his usual business on this Mumpbeak CD. "Interesting proggy instrumentals, King Crimson-ish", he says. He's right, this is a CD of ins...read on »

Stephen Vitiello / Taylor Deupree

Captiva

8/10 from Mike

Stephen Vitiello and Taylor Deupree, together at last! Here they are stretched over four 10" sides of captivating meditations full of drones, twinkles and field recordings. Th...read on »

Shivers

Shivers

8/10 from Jim

A bit all over the place this one. Shivers are named after David Cronenberg's debut feature about an aggressive parasite that turns its human hosts into rabid sexual predators...read on »

La Hell Gang

Thru Me Again

8/10 from Mike

With a name like LA Hell Gang you might expect this to be ferocious riff-laden testosterock but actually 'Thru Me Again' is a slow drifting biker psych excursion full of slow,...read on »

Muslimgauze

Un-used Re-mix’s 1994-1995

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest CD from Muslimgauze, a man whose unrelenting barrage of releases cannot be stemmed even by death. This one has the self-explanatory title of 'Un-used remix's...read on »

The Raveonettes

Pe’ahi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Having been a little disappointed at the lack of pop tunes on the new Holly Herndon offering, I now turn to a band who I'm confident will deliver on that front. The Raveonette...read on »

Daydreamer

Camus

8/10 from Brian

A really nice CD here from Russian duo Daydreamer, titled in tribute to our favourite French writer, thinker (and erstwhile goalie). I'd like to say he was an existentialist b...read on »

Mogwai

Come On Die Young

8/10 from Brian

To many, CODY represents Mogwai's most successful long-playing attempt at a "classic". Others cite 'Rock Action' as their masterpiece. I am a bit of a cynical twat however and...read on »

Alex Cobb

Marigold And Cable

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Got an LP of drones here from San Diego's Alex Cobb, two on each side of this LP. This guy likes to take things very, very slow. That's why they call them drones. To start wit...read on »

Various

I Hear The Devil Calling Me

8/10 from Clinton

Xpressway was an amazing tape label run by The Dead C's Bruce Russell which survived through the early part of the 90's releasing a hotch-potch of out-there music from Du...read on »

Pavement

Demolition Plot J-7

8/10 from Laurie

Demolition Plot J-7 showcases a premature version of the band who would be Pavement, comprised of Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg on whatever instruments they feel like, bo...read on »

Dan Melchior und das Menace

Hunger

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Dan Melchior is back...kind of. 'Hunger' is a collection of unreleased recordings recorded between 2008 and 2011, but don't worry, it's way too good to just be dismissed as an...read on »

Piiptsjilling

Molkedrippen

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely mysterious CD on SPEKK from minimal supergroup Piiptsjilling, who feature two Kleefstra brothers and Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt as well as someone I'm ...read on »

Actress

Xoul

8/10 from Ant

Just when we thought Darren Cunningham had retired his Actress moniker this black label 12” arrives out of the blue. Was it bullshit? Is this a posthumous release? Who k...read on »

Various

Hyperdub 10.2

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the second compilation from Hyperdub this year to celebrate their 10th birthday, and it only takes a quick glance at the press release to see why they've been dominatin...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

Beautiful Rewind Remixes

8/10 from Clinton

This is a 12" of Four Tet remixes. We've ran out of time to do our usual in depth assessment of this work but a quick play through suggests that its completely fine. Its going...read on »

Featured albums

Royal Trux
Pavement
Four Tet (Fourtet)
Various
Actress
Lightning Glove
William Shatner
Brooks and O'Hagan
Caribou
Noveller & Thisquietarmy
Holly Herndon
Joe Davolaz
The Raveonettes
Fat Creeps
King Creosote
La Roux
White Fence
Chain & the Gang
Muslimgauze
Temples (Avalon Kalin)
Various
Ensemble Economique
Giorgio Murderer
Roche
Deru
La Hell Gang
Akira Ifukube
Alvvays
Richard Youngs
To Rococo Rot
Thee Tsunamis
Moon Zero
Noxagt
Noxagt
Electric Eels
Mumpbeak
Ekoplekz
Various Artists
Aerial M
Can
Can
Mogwai
Can
Can