Its Chriiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!!! Actually no it bloody well isn’t - its ages away. Weeks! Anything could happen in a few weeks. So this week we are concentrating on things you actually can buy now. You never know - Christmas might not happen….we may forget. Stranger things have occurred.
Did you catch our SALE? It would have saved you pence on all the latest releases. Anyway it's all over now. Gone. And did you get the Bracken LP? That’s gone too. All 400 sold out. Thanks for your amazing custom - if you did miss out please add it to your wishlist and we *might* re-press. Also this week we published our Staff Top 10s, so look for your favourite and shake your head sadly.
Onto this week's stuff and we are certainly gearing up for Christmas as the biggest things are re-issue/box set type things. More of them later but first up some new things….
- The oddly monikered FF are straight out of Seattle and straight out of 1989 with their Sonic Youth meets MBV guitar manglings.
- Also oddly monikered are Mega Bog whose album ‘Gone Banana’ (I’m not making this up) is a delightfully warped affair (says Robin).
- Range of Light Wilderness make inventive folky lo-fi.
- Rhodri Davies plucks at a harp indefinitely.
- The Knife re-work some of their ‘Shaking the Habitual’ tracks. “Why?” asks Brian.
- Leeds droney psychesters 3reece (thats Threece to you and me) get weird on spooky new album.
- Lost Twin make dreamy, hallucinatory instrumental hip hop.
- Nasally legends Smashing Pumpkins release a new one. Cheers.
- Mr Christmas himself Yellow 6 releases lovely new album of guitar ambience for crimbo.
- Maurizio Abate creates hypnotic ambience out of guitar strangulations.
- Ex-Trespassers William folk Ormonde make beautiful, twinkling slow-core on Gizeh.
- David Shrigley writes sweary words over Malcolm Middleton’s beautiful compositions on their ‘Music and Words’ collaboration.
- Johann Johannsson & BJ Nilsen create an eerie and mesmerising soundtrack for ‘I Am Here’
- Ben Frost issues a remix 12” ‘V A R I A N T’ with Regis, Evian Christ, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ mixes. Our Brian reckons its E X C E L L E N T.
- More remix action from motorik electronic oddball Powell; or you can round up his recent groundbreaking 12”s on a catch-all 2CD both on Diagonal.
- Also on Diagonal is a 12” from Prostitutes: squiggly acid, chopped electro and cuddly bottom end says Ant.
- More tardy spookiness from Luke Vibert’s ‘Halloween’ series, this time with mixes from Tom Demac and Falty DL.
- Frozen wasteland techno from Thomas Koner.
- Harbinger Sound get back to basics with an album of abstract electronics from Phil Julian.
- Techno legend Terrance Dixon bows out with a superb Population One album, 20 years after the debut.
- Gunnar Haslam’s ‘Mirrors and Copulation’ marries rhythmic techno and ambient synth on L.I.E.S
- Theo Parrish’s long awaited new one is just in at time of writing.
- Two gorgeous cv313 12”s have just arrived on echospace. Dub techno of the highest order.
- A massive 33 track 3CD compilation of Robert Hood’s influential techno has just landed.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year……
- Those gruesome folk at Death Waltz have issued two Santa/slasher soundtracks for the season when its acceptable to be jolly. Firstly ‘Silent Night’ Deadly Night’ and secondly ‘Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out).
- If Jaga Jazzist are 20 years old how old am I? That makes me about 150. They celebrate by issuing a vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the landmark album ‘A Livingroom Hush’.
- Nick's old mum Molly Drake releases a delightful album of her delicate songsmithery.
- Public Enemy's ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ classic has been re-issued.
- Where is Mike when you need him? His favourite band Motorpsycho get their third album ‘Demon Box’ reissued on 2LP/4CD+DVD
- Post rockers 65 Days of Static’s ‘The Destruction of Small Ideas’ gets another vinyl re-issue
- Pixies ‘Doolittle 25’ treat is in on vinyl. Even the demos are better than pretty much anything anyone has done since.
- Spiritual synth music from new age protegee Ariel Kalma who gets top marks from Brian.
In a special feature in the run-up to Christmas we will be highlighting some of the box sets that have been arriving in time to be squeezed into a stocking...
- The Deeply Vale Box Set is an odd one. A seemingly random collection of bands who appeared at the legendary Lancashire festival in the late ‘70s. Comes with free incense stick.
- Two lovely sets on Dust to Digital. One collection of 20s-30s gospel and old unearthed photography called ‘Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South’; and the other, ‘Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947–1959’, documents Alan Lomax's experience in the prison farm.
- There’s a massive set of R.E.M’s classic 80’s singles housed in a big box.
Loads of baby records out this week including ones by Cowbell, Blurt, Black Lips (x2), Cornershop, Reigning Sound, Communions, Eels, Songhoy Blues, Dracula Legs and Christmassy things from Hannah Peel and Nancy Wallace.
Finally, some of last week's records fell under the radar with the double whammy of our sale and our End of Year list. Records by The Advisory Circle , September Girls, Tyrannosaurus Dead, Seamajesty, Insecto, Mogwai and the ‘Hannibal Soundtrack’ are certainly worth a re-look. And, of course, the beautiful Gravenhurst re-issues take on an extra significance following the sad and untimely passing of Nick Talbot. But you bought them anyway didn’t you?
That’s it for this week and please do take care out there.
Clint and the team
Best records this week
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