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Weekly Update Dntel, White Manna, The Vaselines, Causa Sui, Big Star, and more...

After last weeks release-a-thon, it’s been almost a relief to have a slightly quieter week. Except it’s not actually been that quiet at all. The new releases never stop coming in, the pipe continually spewing forth wonderful records to keep your ears feeling very pleased with themselves.

In fact, this Saturday is Cassette Store Day. Like a tiny little brother of Record Store Day, it’s capable of snapping any moment, but it’s lovable all the same.

This week’s big event was the arrival of The Heads box set. You really need to see this thing, it has literally everything you could wish for if you are a fan of their legendary heavy, fuzzy psych. Or if you are skint, we have an affordable double LP or CD. It’s also worth noting before we get going that Sleaford Mods ‘Loan Shark’ 7” is back in in limited numbers.

What else? Well...loads. here goes:-

  • There’s a new Bonnie Prince Billy album out, kids. We got a surprise bonus version with an extra LP, but there are only 3 left in stock so, be very nimble with those fingers.
  • “An exceptional record from start to finish” says Ian on the latest from Swedish post rock/electronic dreamers Tape.
  • Sprawling, Eno-esque, grainy ambience from the matchless Matchess.
  • Veteran Scottish pop duo The Vaselines have a catchy new album on the shelves.
  • Swim Mountain have one stunning song, and a few other good ones in a Tame Impala style on their new 12”.
  • Legendary psych-gaze innovator Nick Nicely has a wonderfully unhinged new album for you to get obsessed with.
  • Veteran folkie Mark Fry is back with a new album on Second Language.
  • White Manna unleash an incendiary live album of repeato-psych on Cardinal Fuzz.
  • Retro-gazers The History of Apple Pie move things forward on smart new album.
  • King Tuff are like Ty Segall’s goofy, glam-obsessed little brother. Check out their ‘Black Moon Spell’ album on Sub Pop.
  • Crunching slowed down distorto-riffs come from Electric Wizard, who tell us it’s ‘Time to Die’.
  • Estrogen Highs do the much in vogue New Zealand scratchy pop thing.
  • Busy man Max Richter unleashes another record, this time a 12” of his pretty orchestral gear remixed.
  • More delicate folk pop from pixie-like chanteuse Olof Arnalds.
  • Just as we go to press, a lovely new Woo album has appeared in stock. On past form, sure to be good.

Lots of ELECTRONICA/left-field stuff including.....

  • A rewarding album of abstract electronica from Lee Gamble.
  • One half of Postal Service Jimmy Tamborello aka DNTEL returns with a new disc of skittering electronic goodness.
  • Another decent 12” release from Caribou with his catchy brand of electro fun (with Daphni aka.. um.. Caribou).
  • We have the Function/Vatican Shadow collaborative album of marvellous twilight techno in at last.....
  • Spaces make some fresh future electronics on a debut 12”.
  • Stewart Walker’s ‘Ivory Tower Broadcast is full of dark unclassifiable electronics.
  • Techno fiends rejoice: SHXCXCHCXSH have a new 12” out.
  • Check out these amazing Deepchord re-issues including the Intrusion alter ego. The finest in atmospheric dubby techno.
  • Daedelus returns with a surprising downbeat album of Bibio-like dreaminess.
  • Red Snapper are back with ok new album.

Loads of RE-ISSUE type things knocking about. There’s a Nirvana live album recorded in Buenos Aires, if that’s the sort of thing you’re after, or there’s a new pressing of Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Link’ soundtrack. There’s also some raunchy looking soundtracks from Nico Fidenco, a new re-issue of Big Star’s classic ‘Radio City’ and of Pulp’s ‘Different Class’. There’s a neat comp of singles and ephemera on vinyl from NZ abstract post punker’s The Terminals and Arnocorps modestly titled ‘The Greatest Band of All Time’ gets a vinyl re-issue. Pre-punkers The Stroke Band made ramshackle psych weirdness possibly before you were born, and Weedeater’s stoner rock debut gets a vinyl re-issue at last. Causa Sui’s ‘Pewt’r Sessions 1 and 2’ get compiled onto one CD or 2LP’s, and finally, there’s a new Soul Jazz compilation out, this time presenting the Gwo Ka music of Guadeloupe.

That’s it for us for the week. Over and out.

Clinton and the merry bunch


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Tape

Casino

10/10 from Ian

It was while scouting the charity shops of Headingley in Leeds that I happened upon Swedish boys Tape and their amazing album ‘Luminarium’, it was probably the bes...read on »

Intrusion

The Seduction Of Silence [Remastered Edition]

10/10 from Brian

Stephen Hitchell is one half of the massively influential Echospace project with DeepChord's Rod Modell. You all know that. If you don't you are probably dead or an infant chi...read on »

Apalusa

Ghost Notes

9/10 from Mike

I'm starting my day with a drone courtesy of Apalusa, known to his friends as Nottingham-based Dan Layton, now on his third album of haunting drift, aptly titled 'Ghost Notes'...read on »

Luigi Porto

Scimmie – Colonna Sonora “L ́Apocalisse delle Scimmie” di Romano Scavolini

9/10 from Mike

Here's Luigi Porto's score to the 2012 film 'L'Apocalisse Delle Scimmie' by Romano Scavolini, a film which I'm struggling to find any information about online. Controversial a...read on »

Good Throb

Fuck Off

9/10 from Mike

This morning's been all ambient drones, avant-garde weirdness and drawn-out psych jamming so far, so it's nice to get a breath of stale punky air in the form of this debut LP ...read on »

Causa Sui

Pewt'r sessions 1-2

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here I have in my robot hand a CD collection of both of Causa Sui's excellent 'Pewt'r Sessions'. Rather than review the whole thing again, you can read Li'l Biz and Brian's 9 ...read on »

Weedeater

And Justice For Y'all

9/10 from Mike

Can you believe Weedeater's debut album has taken 13 years to come out on vinyl? This Billy Anderson-produced slab of unashamed stoner riffing came out back in 2001 when CD wa...read on »

White Manna

Live Frequencies

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Only about a week has passed since stoner riffers White Manna's blissed out new album 'Come Down Safari' drifted its way pleasantly into our office, and already there's anothe...read on »

Electric Wizard

Time To Die

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Electric Wizard are a band who need little introduction. Jus Oborn's crew have been through constant line-up changes through their 21-year career but the records, when they co...read on »

Basic Channel

Q-Loop

9/10 from Ant

Some 19 years since it originally opened Basic Channel's 'BCD' way back in 1995, 'Q Loop' makes an appearance on vinyl in it's full 14 minute ultra-hypnotic glory. A mastercla...read on »

Jenny Hval & Susanna

Meshes of Voice

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's one for the Rune Grammofon fans - although it's not actually on that label but Susanna's own SusannaSonata imprint, it's a collaboration between two unique Norwegian si...read on »

Ravioli Me Away

The Inevitable Album

9/10 from Souki

In their ‘Inevitable’ debut long-player London trio Ravioli Me Away have effortlessly hit the sweet spot where rhythmic know-how, irreverent delivery and unrestrai...read on »

Daniela Casa

Sovrapposizione Di Immagini

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Finders Keepers have been up to their usual crate-digging antics and this week present a collection of rare library soundtrack work by Rome-born Daniela Casa, a pioneer of Ita...read on »

Steven Price

Gravity

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Forty quid? Forty?! I love you Mondo but that's quite a lot of money. I guess it's not cheap licensing a recently Oscar-winning soundtrack. The soundtrack in question is 'Grav...read on »

My Brother The Wind

Live at Roadburn 2013

8/10 from Mike

Swedish space-rock quartet specialise in, as whoever wrote the item description so aptly put it, "democratic prog", with each member playing an equal role in their thunderous ...read on »

Ingrid Schmoliner

карлицы сюита

8/10 from Mike

I'm trying to get my head around this LP of prepared piano by Ingrid Schmoliner this morning. My feeble western keyboard can't even type its title, but it's an instrumental co...read on »

Bonnie Prince Billy

Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues

8/10 from Robin

Compared to last year's sparse, defiantly self-titled record - which starred Bonnie and only Bonnie, for the most part -- 'Singer's Grave: A Sea Of Tongues' finds William Oldh...read on »

Straight Arrows

Petrified / Information Man

8/10 from Mike

I enjoyed garage rock revivalists Straight Arrows' recent 'Rising' LP and now they've got a 7" out to celebrate their UK/EU tour. We've snagged some copies here, it's a hand-s...read on »

Matchess

Seraphastra

8/10 from Laurie

On splattery red vinyl we have Seraphastra, the debut solo release from Chicago based noiser Whitney Johnson on Trouble In Mind. Such a splatter usually spells a tripped ...read on »

Cuts

EP1

8/10 from Laurie

Oh you, Discogs. You and your ridiculous style tags. "U guyz, have you heard that new doomcore artist Cuts? He's my favourite doomcore musician of 2014" - I'm sure I heard tha...read on »

Papir

Stundum

8/10 from Ian

Danish prog wobblers Papir get a reissue of their 2011 album ‘Stundum’ for the El Paraiso label, this being a double LP and single CD clocking in at a gargantuan 8...read on »

Nick Nicely

Space Of A Second

8/10 from Clinton

It’s very hard to tell if this is new material from the legendary psych-gaze composer or a compilation of old stuff or something else entirely.  All you need to kno...read on »

ArnoCorps

The Greatest Band Of All Time

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Arnocorps' modestly-titled 2005 opus 'The Greatest Band of All Time' has finally made it onto vinyl thanks to Alternative Tentacles. This lot have been going strong for 14 yea...read on »

King Tuff

Black Moon Spell

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Like Ty Segall's goofy glam-rock-obsessed little brother, King Tuff is back this week to breathe a bit more unadulterated fun into the garage rock genre with 'Black Moon Spell...read on »

Spaces

One

8/10 from Clinton

Right you lot. Just 300 copies of this from a fresh faced bunch of electronica types who succeed in bringing something to that well worn table. Opener ‘Apologies’...read on »

Function & Vatican Shadow

Games Have Rules

8/10 from Ant

New York artists David Sumner (Function / Sandwell District / Infrastructure) and Dominick Fernow (Vatican Shadow / Prurient / Hospital Productions) pair up for a so...read on »

SHXCXCHCXSH

Linear S Decoded

8/10 from Ant

Techno fiends rejoice! I hereby challenge you to ask for records by these guys over the counter without accidently gobbing in the record shop staff's face while trying to pron...read on »

Lee Gamble

KOCH

8/10 from Brian

After clearing all the junglist detritus out of his brain attic that time and having all the neighbours applaud him for finding musical worth in such broken-down junk, Lee Gam...read on »

Maailma

Speculum

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Scandinavian drone-pop combo Maailma are quite a mysterious bunch but I've managed to establish that they're comprised of Laura Naukkarinen (who you may already know as ambiti...read on »

The Growlers

Chinese Fountain

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Mixing the surf-rock influences of their native California with some dirty and downtrodden post-punk and synthpop influences that seem to have been picked up from this side of...read on »

Cliff Martinez

The Knick

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Set in 1900 New York at a fictionalised version of the improbably-named Knickerbocker hospital (which in real life didn't get that name until 1913, prior to which it was the J...read on »

Daedelus

The Light Brigade

8/10 from Clinton

Been around yonks has Daedelus but the fact that he’s still going strong and signed to Brainfeeder is proof enough he ain’t no flash in the pan. This is a much mor...read on »

Maurizio Bianchi / M.B

Teknoise

8/10 from Brian

Professional Italian noisy bastard Maurice Imbarchi has another one of them old CD things available. This is two half-hour pieces from the watershed year of 1980 that he ...read on »

Lutine

White Flowers

8/10 from Brian

I caught the end of Lutine's set at Supernormal this year and was in thrall to the heavenly vocal harmonising inherent in the floral, purist sound these two ladies kick o...read on »

The Stroke Band

Green and Yellow

8/10 from Brian

Now this was met with confusion and negativity in the office but I immediately loved it! The Stroke Band's only album stems from the year of 1978 and is a ragged, shambling, s...read on »

Zov Zov

Ruin Lust

8/10 from Ant

Oliver Ho is a producer who's records I used to buy on Blueprint and Meta etc. back in the second half of the 90's but I kinda lost interest during the wave of monotonous trib...read on »

Boothroyd

Idle Hours

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Boothroyd is a fresh-faced Mancunian youngster who spends most of his time looking at a picture of John Lennon, but when he's not doing that he's making some warped and very m...read on »

Chuch

Wander & Seethe

8/10 from Brian

I saved this for last because I kinda know the guy who made it and I also know the other lad who puts out this crazy shit on his mad-as-lorries electronic label, Cataclyst. I ...read on »

The Terminals

Singles and Sundries

8/10 from Robin

Dissonant chord sequences and vocals that sound like they've been tracked in another room, the door slightly ajar: those things best characterise the Terminals, a band who's m...read on »

Braen Raskovich

Abnormal Sensations

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Cacophonic, baby sister of the mighty Finders Keepers, have unearthed this rare slab of surreal Italian avant-funk weirdness from 1973, recorded by three giants of the Giallo/...read on »

Morkebla / Tihkal

Split

8/10 from Jim

This split cassette release features two Italian electronic artists who are both forging a distinctive sound. First up we have three tracks from Alberto Rosso, who records und...read on »

Featured albums

Caribou
Spaces
Tape
Electric Wizard
Tradisyon Ka
Bonnie Prince Billy
Stewart Walker
Daedelus
Swim Mountain
Olof Arnalds
Nirvana
Dntel
Mark Fry
The History Of Apple Pie
White Manna
King Tuff
Sleaford Mods
The Stroke Band
WOO
Lee Gamble
Red Snapper
SHXCXCHCXSH
The Terminals
The Vaselines
Weedeater
Ennio Morricone
Matchess
Estrogen Highs
ArnoCorps
The Heads
Causa Sui
Pulp
Big Star