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Weekly Update The Twelve Hour Foundation, The Stockholm Monsters, Faust, Sun Ra, Phoenix York, and more...

It has been that rarest of things - a relatively quiet week here at the towers. Yes, we’ve launched our ‘Christmas Gift Guide’ which we hope will help you navigate around the vagaries of present-buying as well as providing with you with a few ideas of what you might want from Santa. Oh and we’ve taken delivery of these wonderful posters designed by hot shot artist Drew Millward AND we’ve launched our Gift Voucher range which includes designs by Savage Pencil, James Green and Drew Millward. In between times we’ve been working away on our ‘Album of the Year’ list which will be unleashed on Thursday 27th November. 1PM to be exact. Set your watches.

There have also been some fine records arriving into these bleak concrete towers of ours. Take a peek below at the highlights and why not treat yourself to a little something. You deserve it…..

  • Sleaford Mods are back with a brand new 12” ‘Tiswas’ which you can get on yellow or orange vinyl you lucky people. Bonus unheard tracks too…. Also by Sleaford Mods is their collection ‘Chubbed Up +’ with all your singalong favourites plus four unreleased tracks. Good for beginners.
  • Kevin Drumm causes ‘Trouble’ with his one song 50 minutes long effort . It’s fun insists Jim.
  • Pefkin make wonderful sound collages with some folky guitar and Grouper-like atmospheres. Very limited (to 100!) vinyl LP on Morc.
  • Shooting Guns ‘Wolfcop’ is recommended to you if you've ever wanted to watch a version of 'Top Gun' scored by Electric Wizard.
  • Working in our concrete slab, we’ve found it hard to find a lighter side to concrete but The Twelve Hour Foundation have managed such a thing.
  • Pheonix York is the address of a rather nice pub in the fair city but is also the name of an ambient artist who wants to play his synth for us.
  • Ex Aberfeldy lassie Poppy Ackroyd now makes angelic neo-classical sounds on her own. Nice.
  • Londoners Saint Etienne have curated their ‘Songs For a London Winter’. Let the stabbings cease as we dream by the warmth of the nearest exhaust pipe to Wally Whyton and pals.
  • Freddie Gibbs and Madlib drop an essential remix 12” with some new material for you.
  • Several oddball curio’s this week including this spoken word rendition of an Ian Rankine story with celeb couple Nik Void and Tim Burgess doing something or other on it.
  • Another curio is Joshua WF Thomson’s reworked and imagined versions of the music sent into space aboard Voyager I by NASA.
  • Veteran German madcaps Faust do what the hell they like on the skeletal, seemingly improvised ’Just Us’.
  • Ambient minstrel Eluvium makes an fx laden 10” on Vinyl Films with a glow in the dark sleeve. This will sell fast - Cameron Crowe owns the label y’know.
  • Endless Melancholy is this week’s cheer-up band name of the week and they do what they say on the tin by composing haunting neo-classical compositions in the manner of Yann Tiersen.

In ELECTRONIC/weird/beatery news…

  • Balearic-gazers Seahawks release a remix 12” that features a Pye Corner Audio mix.
  • Murcof releases a collaborative album with Erik Truffaz. Our reviewer, it’s fair to say, ‘struggled’ with the trumpet aspect of it.
  • A dad makes a song each year on his young lads birthday. You could think it a sickeningly sweet mawk-fest - not so - instead we get the warming electronica of tem’s ‘Jacktapes’. Lucky old Jack we say.
  • “Proper rainbow shit” says Ant about 'Collected Works Vol. 2 - New Process Music' by M. Geddes Gengras.
  • This Ekoplekz 12” took it’s time to arrive but it’s electronic treatery has been well worth the wait.
  • Naka Nak’s creepy dark house/ lo-fi techno hits the sweet spot for Ant despite him listening to it at 7.20 am in his dressing gown.
  • Finally, German electronic producer Lawrence releases a beat-free album of glistening exploratory moods.

The run up to christmas wouldn’t be the run up to christmas without a shed load of RE-ISSUES…..and this is just the start!

  • Bright and breezy Factory types Stockholm Monsters get the Captured tracks re-issue treatment.
  • You can buy everything left-ish, marxist indie poppers McCarthy ever did housed in a handy-sized box for just £18.
  • Weatherbox continue to re-package the miserable body of work Echo & The Bunnymen have left us with, this time ‘Porcupine’ in 2LP hard-backed book edition.
  • Fans of the Shins will want to check out James Mercer’s pre Shins outfit Flake Music - sorta like the Shins but more indie rock.
  • There’s a lost Sun Ra album, originally due back in ‘72 out now on vinyl.
  • Velvet Underground’s sweet third album originally came out as a 1LP set. It’s now available as a 6CD set. Does that mean its better?
  • Fans of scary cults and out there experimental rock music should check out this Father Yod re-issue or failing that, this one.
  • There’s an obscure and under-appreciated work from Brian Eno in collaboration with percussionist and trumpeter Jon Hassell.
  • One of the best selling minimal electro comps we've ever had on pre order is now in - ‘Cold Waves Of Color’ won’t let you down as its jammed full of unearthed treats.
  • Fans of scary music should check out this three plus hours of scavenged hate that takes place three rather gruesome records by Kranium.
  • Out there retro electronic madness by Tom Dissevelt on ‘Fantasy in Orbit’ .....and alongside Kid Baltan he introduces you to the ‘Fascinating World of Electronic Music’.
  • Our endless quest to find the most ridiculous record ever released is possibly at a close with this Ski-A-Delics re-issue. The US experimentalists were dissatisfied by the ski’s main function in sport and instead used them as musical instruments.

Small records are available from indie grunge upstarts Kid Wave the marvellous jangle poppers Triptides and bluesman Jack White who asks ‘Would You Fight For My Love?’ And...er.. that’s it...

We’re finished for the week. Tune in next time to find out who has triumphed in our coveted ‘Album of the Year’ prize and get ready for what probably will be the last exciting week of new releases before the christmas run up really starts in earnest. Have great weekends and enjoy the cloud/rain.

Clint and the team.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Capracara

Fake Drukqs

9/10 from Souki

Alongside stints popping up behind the counter at Soho wax-emporium Sounds Of The Universe, London-based producer Capracara has also been an intermittent friendly face in the ...read on »

Various

Cold Waves of Color

9/10 from Brian

One of the best selling Minimal electro comps we've ever had on pre order. A vinyl assemblage of some of the highlights of the largely unknown Color Tapes/Disc label, one that...read on »

M. Geddes Gengras

Collected Works Vol. 2 - New Process Music

9/10 from Ant

For some reason I had a preconceived idea that ‘Collected Works Vol.2’ would be another collection of Moog tracks from M. Geddes Gengras. That was before I knew th...read on »

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BROS006

8/10 from Tom

If you haven’t come across the Brothers label before, the basic concept is simple; they get four producers to lay down two or three tracks on a vinyl and encourage colla...read on »

Croatian Amor

Caviar Glowing

8/10 from Robin

Loke Rahbek fucks with currency. For him it isn’t just bills and cheques and handshakes that involve money -- we spend what we’re willing to give of ourselves to o...read on »

Phoenix York

Godspeed Phuong

8/10 from Robin

‘Godspeed Phuong’ is filled with people and their voices, asking questions and wincing in pain, enduring and questioning the ambient violence that Phoenix York has...read on »

Maurice Louca

Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)

8/10 from Andy

Maurice Louca is something of a minor legend in Cairo's indie culture scene, having emerged from the group Bikya where he played keys and provided samples he has struck out as...read on »

The Ski-A-Delics

Snow Bunny Bobby Katz and the Aspen-Aspirin

8/10 from Laurie

In Norman Records’ endless quest to find the most ridiculous record ever released, never has it been closer to being complete than with the Ski-A-Delics. Presumably thes...read on »

Triptides

Clementine

8/10 from Clinton

Oh this is lovely! The wonderful jangle pop band Triptides have made two superb albums so far and according to a snippet of information that I’ve just read, there is a t...read on »

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jacktapes

8/10 from Laurie

A contender for 2014’s most heartwarming premise to an LP, jacktapes chronicles the translation of UK based tem’s son Jack into music. Each year, between nappy cha...read on »

Ian Rankin, Craig Parkinson, Nik Void & Tim Burgess

Theme to 'A Little Bit Of Powder'

8/10 from Robin

If you’re interested in Scottish crime novelists writing softly-spoken treatises on working for a touring band -- ones that wouldn’t be out of place on BBC Radio F...read on »

Joshua WF Thomson

Platinum Metres

8/10 from Robin

This album is the world. ‘Platinum Metres’ may be Joshua WF Thomson’s debut record, but he’s working with the ambitions of some omniscient Old Testamen...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Tiswas

8/10 from Robin

I can’t believe someone made a reference to 'It’s All Gone Pete Tong' in 2014 but I’m glad it was the Sleaford Mods. If there’s anyone who should be sa...read on »

Flake Music

When You Land Here, It's Time to Return

8/10 from Ian

This is the band that was to eventually become The Shins way back in 1997.  This was the only full length album they released under the Flake Music name (the original '97...read on »

Poppy Ackroyd

Feathers

8/10 from Ian

The ever-splendid Denovali label releases the second solo outing from Aberfeldy/Hidden Orchestra string botherer Poppy Ackroyd, ‘Feathers’ is Poppy taking her coll...read on »

The Underground Youth

Sadovaya

8/10 from Robin

This is psych rock the way it’s supposed to be, right? Emptied out like a drained swimming pool and as eternal as a black hole -- and containing the word “sad&rdqu...read on »

Pefkin

Inner Circle, Outer Circle

8/10 from Clinton

Its the curse of the modern day vinyl lover. Open it up and bits of paper fall out all over the floor. In a remarkable twist I was wondering just yesterday what had happened t...read on »

Eluvium

Pedals/Petals

8/10 from Ian

Glacial ambient dude Eluvium releases this glow in the dark green vinyl 10 inch on Cameron Crowe’s Vinyl Films imprint. ‘Pedals/Petals’ is two pieces of warm...read on »

Endless Melancholy

Fragile

8/10 from Ian

Well it really sums up what my work colleagues think of me when I get passed a record to review called Endless Melancholy. They are pretty spot on though, I’ve never bee...read on »

Various

Aphelion

8/10 from Ant

Aphelion is a fitting title for for this collection on Belgium’s fine Token imprint. The is aphelion defined as the point in the orbit of an object where it is fart...read on »

Ekoplekz

Influkz EP

8/10 from Ant

Firstly apologies to folks that pre-ordered copies of this EP and have been patiently waiting. Our copies finally arrived from Canada. Post delay I’m sure you’ll a...read on »

Naka Naka

Mundo Harsh

8/10 from Ant

The third release on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal comes from Naka Naka whom I know nothing about other than having a his/ her/ their ‘Juan Pestanas’ tape on ...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Chubbed Up +

8/10 from Clinton

What a year it has been for Sleaford Mods. Twelve months ago half of this office were up in arms at Phil's decision to award 'Austerity Dogs' album of the year. Yet (and it pa...read on »

Faust

Just Us

8/10 from Brian

Faust are now merely a duo, the previously splintered group having had one faction shut down by Irmler, the other remaining participants Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi Diermaier r...read on »

TCF

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8/10 from Jim

Norwegian conceptual artist and tea connoisseur, TCF (aka Lars Holdhus) has got many an electronica boffin scratching their head over the seemingly computer generated track ti...read on »

Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan

The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music

8/10 from Laurie

This sounds exactly as you’d expect it to. It has one of those titles that echoes the wonder and mystery that the world of electronic music brought during its inception....read on »

Jon Hassell & Brian Eno

Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics

8/10 from Brian

One of those obscure and under-appreciated works from Eno in collaboration with percussionist and trumpeter Jon Hassell. It's a slow grower of a record, one of those that will...read on »

Charlie

Spacer Woman

7/10 from Brian

This is more my sort of thing than Clint's yet he nevertheless succinctly gets across what I find irresistible about the track. I've heard this played by Optimo and I-F i...read on »

Featured albums

Eluvium
Endless Melancholy
Jack White
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno
Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan
Faust
Tom Dissevelt
Naka Naka
The Twelve Hour Foundation
Phoenix York
Pefkin
Triptides
Kranium
Savage Pencil
M. Geddes Gengras
Drew Millward
Drew Millward
James Green
McCarthy
Various
Flake Music
Ian Rankin, Craig Parkinson, Nik Void & Tim Burgess
Erik Truffaz & Murcof
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Joshua WF Thomson
tem
The Ski-A-Delics
Father Yod and the Spirit of ’76
Ya Ho Wa 13
Poppy Ackroyd
Lawrence
Kevin Drumm
Sleaford Mods
Kid Wave
Sun Ra
Sleaford Mods
Ekoplekz
Shooting Guns
Seahawks
Various
The Stockholm Monsters
The Velvet Underground
Echo & The Bunnymen