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Weekly Update Furrow, MV&EE / Woods, WOO, Goblin, Simon Lord, and more...

It's been a big week at the Towers.

Not only has the Shellac album arrived but we have re-jigged our ‘shop’ area and introduced a brand new potted plant into the equation. Read Li’l Biz's considered verdict here (on Shellac not the plant). And we’ve not even bothered to listen to the U2 album yet. Who has, especially when there’s all this better non sp*mmy music to enjoy?

It's not just been Shellac who have been releasing an album this week though. There’s loads of other stuff too...here goes...

  • Gentle alt country lads Hiss Golden Messenger unleash a soulful, autumnal album ‘Lateness of Dancers’.
  • Half of Wolf Parade aka the delightfully named Spencer Krug blurts out a new album as Moonface.
  • Post rock/shoegaze types This Will Destroy You invent their own genre of doom-gaze.
  • Retro 60s guys Allah Las throw some folk rock and beat pop gear at us on their second album of janglings.
  • Merry prog rockers Causa Sui jam out some themes on ‘Pewtr Sessions 3’.
  • Kraut-sters Camera invite you to remember when they were carbon dioxide on their motorik-driven new album of psych manglings.
  • Furrow make what they call ‘field-gaze’ (i.e. rural-inspired, minimal indie-rock and psychedelia)
  • Bernard Butler-produced Brit janglers Flowers bring back memories of Heavenly and their post-C86 brethren.
  • Polished Brummie indie-gazers the topically-named Jaws impress Ian with their debut effort.
  • Clams Casino-produced slick ‘n’ soulful pop from Lia Ices. Mmmmm ices.
  • Veteran piano-botherer Harold Budd has a lovely autumnal album out of new tunes.
  • Those Chunklet guys have re-issued the much missed Olivia Tremor Control’s sole Peel Session on wax.
  • Ex-Simian dude Simon Lord has made some pretty sweet, soulful, jazzy, organic pop for your ears.
  • There’s a cool new 12” from woozy psych-hopper Pyramid Vritra just waiting to be bought.
  • MV & EE have made one of their most satisfying albums for some time with the “sublime” “Alpha Lyrae”.
  • Teardrop Factory on Faux Discx make a right old shoegaze mess. All terribly good fun and comes with bonus 4 track CD (while stocks last).
  • You gotta check out the marvellous 10” of Madlib’s soundtrack to the ‘Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton’ soundtrack.

Lots of left field dance and weird ELECTRONICA about this week, here’s just a small selection of highlights...

  • Surgeon drops what is surely one of his best 12”s for some time - pure club mayhem guaranteed.
  • There’s a break-beat flecked techno banger from Manni Dee with Ancient Methods and Led Er Est remixes.
  • Acid producer Jared Wilson releases ace 12” dedicated to those who work underground. Miners and that. Results in some quality oldskool style, rugged dark house and, of course, acid.
  • Vessel make a complete mindfeck album which even upsets our resident mad head Brian and hurts his ears.
  • The Trentemoller remix 12” centres around some 80’s darkwave and synth pop.
  • Andras Fox makes some smooth 80’s referencing yacht-house on Mexican Summer.
  • Hard digital beats, heavy bass and spooky synth melodies on LV & Josh Idehen’s ‘Islands’.
  • There’s some innovative and involving home listening techno by Call Super on the super Houndstooth label.

Would you like some smalls? Then try these 7”s from the likes of the absolutely wonderful Woo, MV & EE (them again)/Woods split on Great Pop Supplement, the deep and dubby Heartkill Giant, Bulletproof Bomb, a nice 3 x 7” Etta James re-issue and Mighty Mike who looks like but isn’t our Mike.

Plenty of RE-ISSUES this week:

  • The highlight being an amazing re-issue of the poppy shambling messthetics style vignettes of English eccentrics the Deep Freeze Mice.
  • You should see the amount of keyboards on the inner sleeve of the re-issue of Vangelis’s ‘Heaven and Hell’
  • The Dead C’s ‘Vain, Erudite and Stupid’ is back in on 2CD version (sorry vinyl fans)
  • There’s a nice round-up of David Gedge’s Cinerama project’s odds and sods.
  • There’s a Goblin ‘best of’.
  • And the Quincy Jones original soundtrack to ‘The Italian Job’ is in.
  • And there is a head-scratching bit of vintage synth action from Canadian maverick Bruce Haack from way back in 1979.
  • Not a re-issue as such but we’ve all been enjoying the Franz Ferdinand ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation featuring the likes of Can, R.Stevie Moore, Boards of Cabada, Oneohtrix Point Never and other good stuff.

That’s it from us for the week. Enjoy the weekend!

Clint & other lads/lassies
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Jorge Elbrecht

Coral Cross - 001

9/10 from Jim

One of the things I enjoy about the current state of music is the kind of genre cross-pollination and blurring of aesthetic boundaries that digital media saturation seems to f...read on »

Madlib

The Beats: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton OST

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Don't know if you've had a chance to check out the Stones Throw documentary 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' yet but anyone interested in independent beat making and the spirit of sel...read on »

Various

Late Night Tales Franz Ferdinand

9/10 from Clinton

The truth be told I have no time for Franz Ferdinand’s music of late which seems to be a pale if harmless parody of itself but you should not let that get in the way of ...read on »

WOO

Magic In The Dark

9/10 from Clinton

Ah Woo. What  lovely, lovely music you make. This is a 7” to tie in with the re-issue of their ‘Into the Heart of Love’ with one track from the album an...read on »

Manni Dee

Amid The Collapsing Scenery

9/10 from Brian

Fantastic 12" here from Manni Dee, two tracks, an original and a remix of each per side. 'A Lover's Rhetoric' reveals itself to be a slightly sinister yet supernaturally drive...read on »

The Deep Freeze Mice

Best Of 1979-1989

9/10 from Brian

I don't believe I have ever heard this band but recall seeing their name in print once. I had to feed my friend's snake on a number of occasions and it was quite horrifying ha...read on »

Surgeon

Fixed Action Pattern

9/10 from Ant

I just had a quick peek on Discogs to remind myself the last time Surgeon brought out a 12" and looking back at discography realised I've been following this artist for 20 yea...read on »

Various

Algo Salvaje Vol. 1

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This double LP of forgotten '60s garage rock from Spain that's come out on Munster this week is just as good as I was hoping it would be, highlighting a whole generation of ar...read on »

MV & EE

Alpha Lyrae

9/10 from Brian

Not personally checked out an album by this couple for a long, long time. I only ever invested in one record by them and that was because rising North Eastern champion of the ...read on »

Shintaro Sakamoto

Let's Dance Raw

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Shintaro Sakamoto may not be particularly well known over here but he's already something of a household name in his native Japan thanks to fronting psych-pop phenomenon Yura ...read on »

Camera

Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Illness and exhaustion are taking their toll here at Norman Towers this week but this latest offering from Berlin neo-kraut chuggers Camera is soothing my poor weary robot bra...read on »

Model 500

The Passage

9/10 from Souki

The perfect opportunity to bag yourself a classic cut of 90s Detroit techno with this remastered repress of some of Juan Atkins’ select early work as Model 500, original...read on »

Big Boys

Lullabies / No Matter

8/10 from Mike

Here's Mike's review of Big Boys... Early '80s Austin punk legends Big Boys had their 'Where's My Towel/Industry Standard' debut reissued last year on Modern Classics, and th...read on »

John Heckle

Desolate Remixes

8/10 from Laurie

Tabernacle is back with the remix 12" for John Heckle's 2nd LP from last year, Desolate Figures. It seems to be standard procedure now to release a remix EP following an elect...read on »

MV&EE / Woods

Green is the Colour

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Great split 7" from kindred spirits MV & EE and Woods. Both have released records on Woods owned Woodsist records and their unique take on folksies americana, be it experi...read on »

Anom Vitruv

Nihil

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I know nothing of the 'downbeat and always mysterious' Anom Vitru and the press release isn't giving me much either so, for now, his background must and will remain a mystery....read on »

Hiss Golden Messenger

Lateness of Dancers

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve had a mixed history with Hiss Golden Messenger main-man MC Taylor. I loved his early Court and Spark records, kinda lost interest a bit, got it back around the time...read on »

This Will Destroy You

Another Language

8/10 from Ian

I do love it when a band invent their own musical genre and it’s not at all surprising that Texans This Will Destroy You are often tagged with the old “post-rock&r...read on »

Causa Sui

Pewt'r Sessions 3

8/10 from Ian

Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott’s merry band of prog rockers release the third part of the Pewt’r Sessions on the El Paraiso label, just a mini album of sorts really wi...read on »

Allah-Las

Worship The Sun

8/10 from Clinton

Allah Las debut was a triumph in reproduction and authenticity. They perfectly replicated the West Coast garage/beat combos of the late 60’s with a record that sounded l...read on »

Shellac

Dude Incredible

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Now then, new Shellac album. Alright! Bob, Todd and Steve are still releasing records in an archaic yet highly enjoyable fuck you music industry/fuck you internet fashio...read on »

Bruce Haack

Electric Lucifer : Song Book II

8/10 from Mike

I'm starting a heavy day's reviewing with this head-scratching bit of vintage synth action from Canadian maverick Bruce Haack. This one originally came out in 1979, nine years...read on »

Moonface

City Wrecker

8/10 from Robin

Spencer Krug has been squatting over different instruments throughout his career: he's shot arrows from synths, slain dragons on guitar, slunk his cape back as he composes on ...read on »

JAWS

Be Slowly

8/10 from Ian

Here’s a lovely bunch of lads from the West Midlands that are currently making waves on the revived shoegaze scene. Jaws are a group of friends who met at Halesowen Coll...read on »

Furrow

West Felton

8/10 from Mike

'Field-gaze', they call it. They are Thom Snell and Richard Cartwright, collectively known as Furrow. Inspired by No Age and living in the countryside, their album 'West Felto...read on »

John Heckle

Desolate Figures

8/10 from Mike

I've got some raw and infectious techno house gubbins from Liverpool producer John Heckle on my review pile today which I'm enjoying a lot. I haven't encountered this lad befo...read on »

LV & Josh Idehen

Islands

8/10 from Mike

UK production team LV join forces with British-Nigerian poet Joshua Idehen for the second time on 'Islands' following 2011's 'Routes' LP. This time round Idehen is taking a mo...read on »

Jared Wilson

Ghost Miners

8/10 from Ant

Detroit's Acid Wizard Jared Wilson (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Skudge, Dolly etc.) continues to persue his vision of vintage Chicago inspired acid house with 'Ghost Miner's; ...read on »

Call Super

Suzi Ecto

8/10 from Brian

Super busy label is Houndtooth. Interesting to note it is Fabric's in-house imprint too. So being a pretty damn legendary club means they should know what they're doing when i...read on »

Lia Ices

Ices

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Bit of slick and breathy alt-soulpop business here from Lia Ices, who was in the process of a "gradual move" from New York to California during the period of time in which thi...read on »

Featured albums

Heart Kill Giant
Jared Wilson
Furrow
Harold Budd
Etta James
Camera
Mighty Mike OMB
Andras Fox
MV&EE / Woods
Moonface
Goblin
Allah-Las
Vessel
Call Super
This Will Destroy You
JAWS
Surgeon
The Bulletproof Bomb
Manni Dee
MV & EE
Madlib
Pyramid Vritra
Hiss Golden Messenger
Trentemoller
LV & Josh Idehen
Flowers
Cinerama
Simon Lord
Teardrop Factory
WOO
Various
Shellac
Causa Sui
Quincy Jones
Bruce Haack
Lia Ices
The Deep Freeze Mice
Vangelis
The Olivia Tremor Control
The Dead C