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Weekly Update Bonobo, Violet Poison, A New Line (Related), LAPS, Jack Ruby, and more...

Ok, first up...cassette fiends: if you want to get your mitts on any of our leftover Cassette Store Day titles then get on the site from 8am tomorrow (UK time). First come, first served, etc. We only have small quantities of this lot so don't dilly-dally.

Secondly, we have a Dead Albatross promo on the go (for the uninitiated, think of it as an alternative alternative to the ever-so-dull Mercury Music Prize). There are so many decent titles on there that we thought we’d give you 10% off any of the nominated albums that we have in stock from this year's list AND last year's list. Sound good? We hope so.

As for this week’s goodies, well there are quite a few to get your nashers into so without further ado....

First up, Peaking Lights have re-appeared with their third album. Gosh, they sound like Tom Tom Club don’t they? Our Robin reckons it’s their best yet so be sure to take a listen. If you are quick you’ll get the indies-only version with exclusive dub and remix versions.

A few years ago I incorrectly stated that Caribou’s career was “over”. How wrong I was, as he’s now everywhere with a sparkling radio friendly new LP in the locker.

Sad-but-popular dronesters A Winged Victory of the Sullen have drifted a new LP out in time for the dark nights, and if that’s all a bit soothing for you Flying Lotus will get your party started with another album of his his jazz/electro/soul/hop which comes in a very posh box if you are rich.

What else.........check these!

  • One of The Smiths has a new album out. His name is Johnny Marr. It's pretty decent indie rock when all is said and done and you’ll get it on aqua vinyl if you are swift.
  • Pip Selway From the Radioheads has put out his second solo disc.
  • Vashti “onion” Bunyan releases her third album of lovely winsome folk in 258 years.
  • Phil has gone mental about this Jon Mueller’s Death Blues album which sits right in the sweet spot between A Silver Mount Zion and Swans. Be warned: it's big...but you might just like it.
  • The Young Sinclairs are like a self sufficient, woods dwelling update on the 60s folk rock of The Byrds and Love. Check their album. It’s gear.
  • Excepter battle through tragedy with a nice album of disco-tinged beats and maudlin synth.
  • Isle of Wight’s finest Puzzle Muteson returns with a star studded album of Antony-like sad pop.
  • Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche are quite a mouthful but they offer more than just kraut funk jams. Ex-Fly Pan Am lads on Constellation.
  • Zola Jesus finally casts off her murky past for some radio-ready, stomp ‘n’ drift synth pop on brand new long player.
  • Young punk-ish upstarts Iceage return with an accessible and ambitious third album.
  • Leeds horror-prog titans Monster Killed By Laser appear out of the murk with a new tape.

Some things JUST IN as we go to press: new albums by Godflesh, Anjou (aka 2/3rds of La Bradford) and Steve Gunn. Reviews to follow next week.

Let’s delve into the murky world of ELECTRONIC music shall we? You don’t get a lot of it coming out on 7” do you? But Dead Albatross-nominated A New Line (Related) (aka Andrew Johnson of Hood and Remote Viewer) has a very limited 7” out of his late night Northern techno which contains a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) mix.

  • Mad man Ekoplekz rocks la bibliotek on a great new 12” of murky techno beats.
  • Jimmy ‘DNTEL’ Tamborello is more than just the “Chris Lowe of Postal Service” y’know and gives us a brand spanking new album of his clever beatery.
  • The Bug unleashes a new double 12” with Grouper lady a guest.
  • Violet Poison (aka Italian producer Francesco Baudazz) releases a new double LP of painted black techno.
  • Is your mouth ready for this? Ok then: Hieroglyphic Being And The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio ‘The Seer of Cosmic Visions’ is an entertainingly mad retrospective of t’Being’s back catalogue.
  • Mega fecking weird future electronic bod Fis unleashes another 12” of madness from down New Zealand way.
  • Oh there’s loads more stuff try: Lukid, Edmx, Levon Vincent, A Hand and Laps and that’s just for starters.

More 7”s out this week mainly from the ‘80s from the likes of June Brides and Peter Buck, from the ‘60s Johns Children, and right up to the modern day with Deaf Wish.

RE-ISSUES!

  • The entire Belle and Sebastian back catalogue has been put back out again on lovely big vinyl in PVC sleeves in anticipation of a new album by the Scottish minstrels.
  • Underworld’s ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ dating from a time when Karl Hyde had “normal” hair is back in on vinyl.
  • Nice budget new The Chills re-issue of a relatively unknown album from 2004 entitled ‘Stand By’.
  • Leyland “Jim” Kirby’s lesser known Bleaklow project gets a vinyl re-issue on History Always Favours the Winners.
  • There are two albums on in vogue new-age ambience from Joel Vandroogenbroeck.
  • No-wave noise-sters Jack Ruby have ‘Volume 2’ on their re-issue programme unleashed.
  • We can’t say enough good things about Woo but Brian tries anyway by awarding their gorgeous, enriching album ‘Into the Heart of Love’ 10/10. Couldn’t agree more.

Finally, a COMPETITION for you. Ninja Tune have secreted 10 pairs of golden tickets in the CD or DVD copies of Bonobo’s latest album ‘The North Borders-Live’. Buy from us to be in with a chance of winning one of them which will allow you a VIP pass to a future gig. Excitement.

That’s it for us. Its going to rain all day Saturday so try to enjoy yourselves, eh?

Clint and the fallen
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

WOO

Into The Heart Of Love

10/10 from Brian

How does someone explain quite what Woo are about? Whoo are they? What doo they doo? If you've not being introduced to these twoo lovely brothers then you are seriously loosin...read on »

Musk

Musk

9/10 from Mike

Many of my favourite garage rock records of the past few years have one name in common - Chris Woodhouse. He's the production maestro responsible for the likes of Ty Segall's ...read on »

Various

Kollektion 01: Sky Records Compiled By Tim Gane

9/10 from Mike

In 1975, Gunter Korber left the relative security of his job as manager of Metronome sub-label Brain, legendary home of such krautrock pioneers as Neu!, Klaus Schulze and Clus...read on »

A New Line (Related)

A Roomful of Lovers

9/10 from Clinton

A New Line (Related)'s debut album on Home Assembly was something of a revelation. It was the debut solo music from Andrew Johnson who had previously worked as part as various...read on »

Peaking Lights

Cosmic Logic

9/10 from Robin

A cursory glance at the press around 'Cosmic Logic', the newest record from Peaking Lights, will betray about a hundred different influences on the band's sound: the standard-...read on »

Death Blues

Ensemble

9/10 from Robin

'Ensemble' is the kind of record that reminds you we're all going to die and leave nothing behind, so let's just make something ridiculous, loud, and impossible -- something t...read on »

The Young Sinclairs

This is The Young Sinclairs

9/10 from Clinton

We all like a bit of 60’s inspired retro-ism don’t we? Don’t we? Well I do and this album is a feast of jangling bittersweet melodies that could have emerged...read on »

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche

Zubberdust!

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, according to google translate, means "With The Sun In Her Mouth Outgoing"...I guess transposed into proper English it probably means "With...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being and The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio

The Seer Of Cosmic Visions

9/10 from Brian

Jamal Moss is the absolute don. Under his Sun God, IAMTHATIAM and (particularly) his Hieroglyphic Being aliases he's been heavily involved in dragging jacking Chicago music in...read on »

Violet Poison

Non Sequitur

9/10 from Ant

My techno radar must have been malfunctioning as I literally had no idea that Violet Poison was an alter ego of Italian producer Francesco Baudazzi despite owning a few Violet...read on »

Monster Killed By Laser

Tender Crawler EP

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds horror-prog titans Monster Killed By Laser have been going for-bloody-ever and yet there is still almost no documentation of their decades-long drift from Melvins-ish ri...read on »

Flying Lotus

You’re Dead!

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Steve Ellison returns with his fifth outing under the FlyLo guise and finally, I'm sold. Other FlyLo outings have certainly pricked the ear and last years 'Duality' under the ...read on »

Le Butcherettes

Cry Is For The Flies

8/10 from Mike

Also known for fronting Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's latest outfit Bosnian Rainbows, Teri Gender Bender is back with another Le Butcherettes album, their second following 2011's 'Si...read on »

U.V

E.P

8/10 from Mike

We've got a lovely and surprisingly limited EP here from duo U.V., the Manchester-based duo of familiar face Jonjo Feather and unfamiliar face Zandra Klievens. This pair play ...read on »

Touche Amore

Live On BBC Radio One: Vol 2

8/10 from Mike

Touche Amore are a Californian nuevo-skramzmo band who've been going since 2007, mixing up the frantic emoting of early emo/screamo like Embrace, Boys Life and City of Caterpi...read on »

Suicideyear

Remembrance

8/10 from Souki

Who says trap dudes can’t be sensitive?  It was after checking out this new record from Suicideyear that I decided to track back a bit to get a gauge on what was ha...read on »

Iceage

Plowing Into The Fields Of Love

8/10 from Mike

Copenhagen's Iceage are back already with a third album that expands upon the more melodic direction they were headed on last year's 'You're Nothing'. These lads were barely o...read on »

Caribou

Our Love

8/10 from Clinton

Caribou has had varied career since his early days trading under the Manitoba moniker. I remain the only person on earth still unconvinced by the ‘Swim’ album. In ...read on »

Vashti Bunyan

Heartleap

8/10 from Robin

Vashti Bunyan may be releasing music again, but she's never quite recovered from the shots fired at 'Just Another Diamond Day', her psych-folk masterpiece. Ignored in its time...read on »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Atomos

8/10 from Robin

A Winged Victory For The Sullen's euphoric debut was a beacon of hope. Pianist Dustin O'Hallaran, with his dramatic and forthright compositions, took Adam Witzie's calming amb...read on »

Kim Hiorthoy

Dogs

8/10 from Brian

Kim Hiorthøy I always suspected was a man. He is a man. I was right. A Norwegian man. Yup.  Here the man-Kim supplies his listener's ears with largely piano-led v...read on »

FIS

Speech Spirits

8/10 from Brian

Christ on a bike, this guy is mega fucking weird. I checked his stuff out a wee while back as his music was being all groped up and fetishised on one o' them fangled cyber dan...read on »

Human Greed

World Fair

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Michael Begg returns this week with 'World Fair', a slow and haunting mixture of graceful ambience, spoken word, 16th century composition and chamber-neofolk which is his fift...read on »

S (Jenn Ghetto)

Cool Choices

8/10 from Brian

This was a fairly popular album in our office over recent weeks from former Carissa's Wierd member Jenn Ghetto. 'Cool Choices' is actually her fourth; she's seemingly become a...read on »

Excepter

Familiar

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Times have been turbulent for Excepter lately, with the loss of core member Clare Amory to cancer in 2011 and the remaining members scattered across their home continent in th...read on »

Dntel

Human Voice

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Jimmy Tamborello is probably best known to the public as the "Chris Lowe of the Postal Service" or "the guy who wasn't in Death Cab For Cutie", but those of us who've been rou...read on »

Bass Drum Of Death

Rip This

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Since its inception as the one-man band of John Barrett, armed with just a guitar and a bass drum (hence the name), Bass Drum of Death has evolved to a three-piece with the dr...read on »

Lukid

Crawlers

8/10 from Clinton

An innovative new release from this London whizzkid Lukid who presents with some lo-fi fuzzy electronics with scattershot scratchy synths descending over muted grainy bea...read on »

Gail Ghimp

Fire / Failure Soundtrack

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The story behind this tape isn't a particularly happy one. Gail Ghimp was born in London in July 1982 and died of a heart attack 30 years later in 2012, but when she was a tee...read on »

Featured albums

A New Line (Related)
Levon Vincent
Ekoplekz
Monster Killed By Laser
Lukid
Violet Poison
Underworld
Peaking Lights
Deaf Wish
Death Blues
Steve Gunn
Godflesh
LAPS
The Bug
Bonobo
Iceage
Dntel
The Chills
Hieroglyphic Being and The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio
Excepter
Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Puzzle Muteson
WOO
Jack Ruby
Vashti Bunyan
The Young Sinclairs
John's Children
EDMX
Flying Lotus
Peter Buck
The June Brides
Johnny Marr
A HAND
Zola Jesus
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Philip Selway
Caribou
The Stranger