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Weekly Update The Rebel, The Outsiders, Ambarchi / Campbell / Flower, EXTNDDNTWRK, Galaxians, and more...

We’re idiots. Complete idiots.

We’ve spent the whole week having a mammoth sale, making it ridiculously busy, and now all our stock is winging its way to your stereos - leaving the poor shelves bare. Well, not quite...as there’s a whole host of exciting records in this week for you to chew over!

  • First up are Grumbling Fur. A supergroup of sorts, including Alexander Tucker and the feller from Guapo, their ‘Glynaestra’ is oddball experimental pop which often sounds like a rustic Depeche Mode dancing around Stonehenge.
  • Odder still is the new album from Trans Am, a preposterous but imaginative collection of robot rock strut.
  • FKA Twigs has been the name to drop of late, and the former Jessie J dancing lady has unleashed an album of smart progressive electro-pop.
  • Leeds dancing duo Galaxians keep the electro dream alive with a splendid 12” of electro-funk boogie. (We also have their previous self titled 12” back in stock.)
  • Machinone gets the party finished with a lovely album of gentle guitar evocations on the ever-great Flau
  • Splintered Man mope in the back room strumming their guitars in a delightfully morose Mark Kozelek/Mark Eitzel manner.

Also in:

  • An album of experimental rock titans Ambarchi/Campbell/Flower caught live at Tusk festival Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Anticon back- pack hip hopper Alias returns with another album of ambient-hop.
  • Ulrich Schnauss-assisted dream poppers Engineers bring out a new album of nicely scrubbed pop.
  • Burning Alms from Birmingham, UK sound like all your 90’s slacker lo-fi heroes rolled into one.
  • Nice limited CD of gentle ambient man David Newlyn on Sound in Silence.
  • Faltydl’s synths'n'beats wooze-hop get the Mike thumbs up.
  • Unusual and unpredictable home-brewed weird-pop from Country Teaser man as The Rebel .
  • Gossamer like electronics from the impressively ghostly Porya Hatami.
  • The 'Chris Lowe of Sleaford Mods' (Andrew Fearn) unleashes some of his non-ranted over work on a double CD as EXTNDDNTWRK.

Lots of electro/techno/house/electronica type stuff this week, highlights being:

  • Samuel Kerridge’s superior techno doom.
  • Warm soulful electro from Cloudface.
  • Two corkers on Russia’s Sealt label from Amidextrous and Fizzarum.
  • A brand new test-pressing from Demdike Stare.
  • A Kelis remix 12” with Machinedrum, Mount Kimbie and more.
  • The man credited for the genesis of South Africa's unique dance craze Shangaan Electro, Nozinja has a 12” out on Warp.
  • Up-and-coming house producer Anthony Naples has a strong 12” out on The Trilogy Tapes
  • And there’s a tasty reissue of a stone cold electroid techno classic in Drexciya’s ‘Neptune Lair’.

A smaller than usual list of re-issues but still plenty to check out:

  • Captured Tracks re-issue pre-The Sound post punkers The Outsiders.
  • Lots of Italo -house reissues at the moment including Expansives ‘Life With You’ .
  • Also from Italy is the cold, spacious synth pop of East Wall from ‘91.
  • Vibrant no wave from Boston’s nerd-tastic Hi -Sheriffs of Blue.
  • Finally get yourself some insanely shambling lo-fi rock from The Kinbotes.

We’re off for a long lie-down. See you next week.

Clint and the frazzled few
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Severed Heads

Dead Eyes Opened

10/10 from Brian

As I said last week with the SM Corps 12", somebody out there is preparing the re-release of some cult obscurity or super-rare lost classic every day. Considering how old this...read on »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano

Four Infernal Rivers

10/10 from Mike

The super-duo of Tom Carter (Charalambides) and the intimidatingly prolific Pat Murano (No Neck Blues Band, Decimus, etc) joins forces once again this week, and this time one ...read on »

Deers

Demo

9/10 from Mike

Madrid duo Deers burst onto the scene this week with this 'Demo' 7", featuring two impeccably crafted garage pop gems. On side A there's 'Bamboo', a jangly and slightly twee n...read on »

Marissa Nadler / Father John Misty

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sing / Drive

9/10 from Mike

Here's a rather anonymous-looking 7" with Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty covering each other's songs. There's no text on the sleeve or the disc so good luck remembering ...read on »

Vic Pitts & The Cheaters

The Lost Tapes

9/10 from Mike

Vic Pitts & the Cheaters were Milwaukee's leading R&B act in the tail end of the '60s, even getting their own TV show between '69 and '72 where they performed musical ...read on »

Code III

Planet of Man

9/10 from Brian

The back story behind this is quite interesting. Formed as a vehicle to experiment with their new "dummy head" binaural recording system by the brothers Schunke, This strange ...read on »

Batsumi

Moving Along

9/10 from Mike

Here's another Batsumi reissue from Matsuli, this time their second (and final) album 'Moving Along', continuing their enduring forays into refreshing spiritual jazz and energ...read on »

Hans Edler

Elektron Kukeso

9/10 from Mike

When I think of the electronic avant garde from the late '60s and early '70s I tend to think of dry, studious and methodical sound experiments and impenetrable tuneless noise ...read on »

Various

Murderers' Home

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This one's a bit of a treat! Renowned sonic documentarian Alan Lomax is of course legendary for obsessively documenting the sound of the common man over half a century ago, an...read on »

Machinone

Tokyo

9/10 from Clinton

There’s a certain ‘Flau’ sound isn’t there? The Japanese label seem adept at finding unusual examples of their particular brand of micro-music that sou...read on »

Grumbling Fur

Preternaturals

9/10 from Mike

I've got the new Grumbling Fur at the top of my review bucket this morning. "Gonna be huge", enthuses Phil. "Kinda Depeche Mode", says a somewhat more objective post-it note s...read on »

Samuel Kerridge

Deficit of Wonder

9/10 from Ant

Resident Advisor recently reported that Saumel Kerridge "Doesn't giva a fuck what anyone thinks". At least I don't have to worry about hurting the fellow's feelings if I say h...read on »

Galaxians

Personal Disco Component

9/10 from Li'l Biz

It’s not really fair for me to review this. Galaxians, a.k.a Leeds based duo Matt Woodward & Jed Skinner, are good friends of mine and my opinion is totally bias in ...read on »

Various

Decadubs 3 EP

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Always enjoy these Decadubs 12” as they usually showcase the chill as opposed to the studiously paranoid aspects of the Hyperdub personality with volume three being the ...read on »

Ambidextrous

Geek Mythology

9/10 from Ian

We have two new releases on the Russian electronica label Sealt this week and this one in particular has really tickled my fancy, the minute the needle hits the groove I&rsquo...read on »

Porya Hatami

The Garden

9/10 from Ian

I’m finding myself becoming increasingly in awe of this kind of music, how someone can create something so delicate and sparse out of everyday sounds is completely beyon...read on »

Trans Am

Volume X

9/10 from Mike

Can you believe it's 18 years since Trans Am dropped their self-titled debut. Makes you feel old, doesn't it? DC's robot rock veterans are back this week with album number ten...read on »

Ambarchi / Campbell / Flower

Live at TUSK Festival 2013

9/10 from Mike

It's the clash of the improv-rock titans! Antipodean outsider guitar god Oren Ambarchi joined forces with Vibracathedralites Michael "Michael Flower" Flower and Neil "Astral S...read on »

Drexciya

Neptune's Lair

9/10 from Mike

I bring this week's review odyssey to a close with this tasty reissue of a stone cold electroid techno classic, Drexciya's debut full length 'Neptune's Lair'. At this point th...read on »

Can

Future days

9/10 from Clinton

This job can truly be a bind at times. “We need all the Can albums reviewing” Phil says. Sigh...well if I have to. To make this chore easier we’ve got an al...read on »

Newmoon

Invitation To Hold

8/10 from Mike

Here's a 7" from post-punky Belgian shoepop/dreamgaze outfit Newmoon, who play a very well observed take on the genre. On the A side we've got 'Invitation to Hold', which star...read on »

18+

Crow / Horn

8/10 from Mike

This single here's by mysterious next-big-things 18+, and it's a cool bit of woozy minimal trap-hop business. On side A you've got 'Crow', which slinks along delicately with a...read on »

The Death Of Pop

Fifths EP

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting single. You get a download of five songs, a flexi featuring one of those songs, and a 24-page zine with photos of the band, lyrics and chord patterns and...read on »

A Model Kit

Invention of Love

8/10 from Mike

This is really nice. I'm making a very gentle start today in the company of A Model Kit, aka Russia's Maxim Popov. He's got this ridiculously limited CD out this week in the w...read on »

Hyde & Beast

Keep Moving

8/10 from Mike

Futurehead Dave Hyde and Golden Virgin Neil Bassett join forces here as Hyde & Beast for a quite timeless-sounding album of bold arranged pop with elements of CSNY and Sup...read on »

Jonwayne

Cassette On Vinyl

8/10 from Clinton

New on Stones Throw, one of the few labels that I’d get out of bed for in the morning. This is a collection of some of the best bits from Jonwayne’s cassette relea...read on »

Alan Vega / The Vacant Lots

Split Single No. 4

8/10 from Mike

Fuzz Club have another of their upstart-meets-legend split singles out this week, this time pairing psych-rockers The Vacant Lots with synth-punk legend Alan Vega of Suicide n...read on »

Kelompok Kampungan

Kelompok Kampungan

8/10 from Mike

Strawberry Rain already reissued Kelompok Kampungan's 'Mencari Tuhan' on CD, as well as an LP containing five of its nine tracks, and now they round things off by dropping the...read on »

Pyramids of Space

POS

8/10 from Brian

Of the 90 minutes and 22 tracks on this cassette I have heard less than four minutes of it on Soundcloud. Was I naively led to believe there were wee clips for all the tracks ...read on »

Peter Michael Hamel

The Voice Of Silence

8/10 from Mike

Today's big pile of reissues brings me to Peter Michael Hamel's 'The Voice of Silence' from 1973. Hamel was a man very actively concerned with the meditative and therapeutic p...read on »

Writing On The Wall

The Power of The Picts

8/10 from Mike

I continue my trawl through this week's reissues with this forgotten bit of hard rock from 1969. There's a picture of five hairy nerds on the back cover and the music on the a...read on »

Huerco S.

A Verdigris Reader

8/10 from Brian

Basically one of the hottest underground producers out there at the moment, Huerco S builds really trippy, expansive and daringly experimental back-room house. There's four tr...read on »

World Domination

Solar System

8/10 from Mike

Anthony Pasquarosa of Aerosols, SQRM and Frozen Corn goes it alone here as World Domination, with an album which to this reviewer's ears and eyes seems to be inspired by the u...read on »

M. Geddes Gengras

Ishi

8/10 from Mike

M Geddes Gengras of Robedoor and Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & The Congos fame is back with some more of his meditative solo synth bliss-outs on Stones Throw/Leaving this w...read on »

Padang Food Tigers

Running My Habits Clean

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely tape from Padang Food Tigers that was originally part of an 11-tape collection on Bathetic but now gets a solo release. This lot have an airy and sometimes dis...read on »

Splintered Man

Splintered Man

8/10 from Clinton

One for the Mark Eitzel fan in your life….or that person that thought Mark Kozelek was never quite as good one he disbanded Red House Painters. The quieter tracks have ...read on »

Burning Alms

In Sequence

8/10 from Clinton

90’s indie-rock is most certainly ‘in’ these days. Burning Alms a duo from Birmingham, UK (though they sound as American as it gets)  seem to have pilfe...read on »

Various

La Psicotropia

8/10 from Jim

A cassette compilation here of contemporary psychedelic electronic music from the South American underground. There’s been increasing exposure over recent years of the r...read on »

Comet Gain

Sad Love And Other Short Stories

8/10 from Clinton

We’ve gone and lost the middle thing for the record player so I’ve had to balance the record in the middle of the turntable and hope that it doesn’t wiggle a...read on »

Dual Action

Auto Body

8/10 from Ant

Originally a cassette limited to 42 copies on Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions label now metamorphasized into the  butterfly that is this 12" vinyl edition on Shift...read on »

Rezzett

Zootie

8/10 from Ant

Here's just the second outing for the mysterious Rezzett, like the previous 12" this sucker is out on The Trilogy Tapes. As soon as the intro gets going I begin to think it so...read on »

OhNoDoom

3 Dollars

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Bit of a novelty release this but worthy none the less due to the excellent OhNo production. Samples are pulled from the Dolomite archive (a.k.a Rudy Ray Moore) and Doom is on...read on »

FKA Twigs

LP 1

8/10 from Mike

When I was picking up this CD of progressive electronic pop by FKA from Norman Towers, Clint explained to me that it was kind of like Grimes or Bjork. "I thought it sounded li...read on »

Fizzarum

Live 14

8/10 from Ian

Another fantastic record from the Russian Sealt Label this week, here we have Fizzarum’s latest ‘Live 14’, can’t really work out whether it’s a l...read on »

Cloudface

Untitled

8/10 from Ant

Here we have the second wax offering from Opal Tapes sub-label Black Opal. This is the first I've heard of Cloudface so if you want a more informed read about the artist check...read on »

Sleep Party People

Floating

8/10 from Mike

I've not come across Sleep Party People before but this is in fact the second album from the project, spearheaded by Denmark's Brian Batz and inspired by Boards of Canada, Eri...read on »

Various

Prototypes

8/10 from Mike

This is a teaser compilation in anticipation of a series of collaborative albums coming out next year on Home Normal - the culmination of ten years' graft from various tape-lo...read on »

Hi-Sheriffs Of Blue

NYC 1980

8/10 from Mike

New York in 1980 was an interesting place to be, with the city's vibrant punk and minimalist scenes congealing into the fertile and visceral no wave movement. One of the many ...read on »

East Wall

Silence

8/10 from Mike

Here's a tasty bit of Italian synthpop from 1991. Original copies of this are going for megabucks so it's about due a reissue. This trio were led by Fabrizio Chiari, a founder...read on »

The Rebel

Really?

8/10 from Mike

Country Teaser Ben Wallers is back in his ever-fruitful The Rebel guise this week with another EP of his home-brewed weirdpop. Opener 'Really?' kicks things off nicely, a stum...read on »

FaltyDL

In The Wild

8/10 from Mike

FaltyDL returns this week with his fourth album, and second on Ninjatune. We've got a bit of a soft spot for MrDL here at Norman Towers because he once collected together a d...read on »

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte

The New Standard

8/10 from Mike

With its austere black and grey sleeve and a label name like "Rare Noise" I thought this was going to be some sort of free jazz/noise reissue but aside from the fact it's a ja...read on »

Talons

New Topographics

8/10 from Mike

Talons return this week with 'New Topographics', an album which sees the band move from the alt-folk prettiness of previous releases into epic instrumental territory. The pres...read on »

The Outsiders

Close Up

8/10 from Mike

Before The Sound, Adrian Borland played with punky power-popsters The Outsiders, who brought out two albums, '77's 'Calling On Youth' and '78's 'Close Up', before splitting/mo...read on »

EXTNDDNTWRK

Just Tracks

8/10 from Mike

I've not come across EXTNDDNTWRK before but it doesn't take much digging to figure out that this is the solo project of the "Chris Lowe of Sleaford Mods" Andrew Fearn. Yup, th...read on »

The Kinbotes

The Kinbotes

8/10 from Brian

Really nice lavish re-issue of this naive, off-kilter episode in the tentative music-making world of The Kinbotes; a duo, regardless of the superb schoolboy-quality art adorni...read on »

David Newlyn

Good Luck (Enigma)

8/10 from Mike

I've got another of those pretty and limited CDs from Sound In Silence on my review stack today. This one's by David Newlyn and features 10 tracks of delicate electro acoustic...read on »

Anthony Naples

Zipacon

8/10 from Mike

Up-and-coming house producer Anthony Naples drops an EP's worth of juicy cuts via The Trilogy Tapes this week. The 'Zipacon' 12" contains four tracks of uplifting beats and hy...read on »

Wouter Van Veldhoven

Faroe Islands

8/10 from Mike

"Ooh, is that a lathe-cut?" I said out loud when putting this on the turntable a minute ago. It is indeed lathe cut, hence the super-short run of 70 and hefty price tag. On it...read on »

Demdike Stare

Testpressing#006: 40 Years Under The Cosh / Frontin'

8/10 from Brian

Got to be honest. I have not kept up with these white label obscurities from one of my favourite Manchester acts. They sell out in a week; If you ain't around, they is all gon...read on »

Expansives

Life With You

8/10 from Mike

Here's an Italo-disco classic back on vinyl for the first time since its release in 1982. The Expansive's 'Life With You' is a wild trip, driven by constantly phasing drum ma...read on »

Nozinja

Tsekeleke

8/10 from Mike

Nozinja, for those who aren't aware, is the man credited for the genesis of South Africa's unique dance craze Shangaan Electro, which was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world ...read on »

Featured albums

Galaxians
Galaxians
Demdike Stare
Anthony Naples
Machinone
Splintered Man
Cloudface
Ambarchi / Campbell / Flower
David Newlyn
Grumbling Fur
Nozinja
FaltyDL
Trans Am
Kelis
Ambidextrous
Fizzarum
Engineers
Expansives
East Wall
Samuel Kerridge
Burning Alms
EXTNDDNTWRK
Hi-Sheriffs Of Blue
The Rebel
The Outsiders
FKA Twigs
Alias
Drexciya