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Weekly Update Jessica Pratt, All We Are, DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell, Matana Roberts, Del Shannon, and more...

Welcome to our frozen update, brought to you this week by the power of the hot water bottle.

Nope, the weather doesn’t stop the exciting releases from hurtling down the release pipe y’know? Spare a thought for our delivery drivers, traversing the length and breadth of our snow-laden landscape just so you can check out the new Ricked Wicky album.

Speaking of checking out weird shit, just in case you’ve been burrowed under a blanket for the last two months we’ve highlighted 60 things you might have missed while Christmas and the New Year has been happening. Go and take a look.

Anyways, yes, this week has seen the first big release drench of the year with more than a smattering of new discs to tease you into parting with your hard-earned brass. Special mention must go to H Hawkline’s album on Heavenly - the first psych pop masterpiece of the year, forcing our Brian to award it a lesser-spotted 10 marks. We are also pleased to be the only place in the UK stocking this live performance by Throbbing Gristle/Coil legend Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson. Laurie’s soft young ears took a pounding… oh and before we start Warp’s Broadcast LP re-issue batch are available to pre-order.

Also out….

  • Mantana Roberts provides us with the third installment of her “sound quilting” project about civil rights and the history of creativity in America (mmmm, quilt).
  • Legendary composer John Carpenter has released his first solo non soundtrack album. Who’d have thunk it?
  • Desperate Journalist sound like a band who’ve listened to ‘The Dark Side of the ‘80s’ on repeat for the last year.
  • Young Turks types swan about all cockily about last year's hits that they’ve compiled the best bits of onto vinyl.
  • Luke Haines has made another record he’ll write about in a book one day. “And can you believe what I did next...?”
  • Ever witnessed Ty Segall live? Well you can now pretend you were in San Francisco with him in vibrant new live album.
  • Jessica Pratt has a voice so high that we had to call the dog catcher when we played her Karen Dalton-ish newie.
  • Ricked Wicky (for it is he) is the new so-so album from Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices). We’ll miss him when he’s dead.
  • Swooning psychedelia and storytelling shoegaze from Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project.
  • Sparse and sonorous Brighton recluses Boduf Songs release a new slow moving opus.
  • All We Are sound like David Cameron’s answer to the Wild Beasts.
  • Swami John Reis & The Bland Shake pay tribute to the classic 50s and 60s surf scene.
  • Cornershop, for reasons best known to themselves, have chosen to rework their debut ‘Hold On It Hurts’ into ‘Hold On It’s Easy’.
  • Jasmine Guffond makes Grouper-style looping drones.
  • Vampiric post-punk gymnastics from Disappears.
  • Welsh-gone-Leeds-gone-Welsh band Twisted make an irresponsibly fast garage-punk racket.
  • Fictonian impress with one Beta Band-ish and one Mark Hollis-ish track on their exciting new 10”.
  • A four way psych rock attack on ‘4 way split’ by Naam/White Hills/Black Rainbows/The Flying Eyes.
  • Dan Melchior has a brand new record of two long psychedelic compositions on Siltbreeze.
  • San Fran men The Dodos unleash a brand new album of pop things on Morr.

Electronica

  • At last, at last, at last bvdub releases his long awaited tribute to his cat and it contains some of his best work yet claims Brian.
  • William Ryan Fritch swaps the neo-classical pastoralism of yore for cinematic grandiose modern classical compositions with terrifying conclusions.
  • Midwest house meets left-thinking old school British politics and make strange bedfellows on new DJ Sprinkles and Mark Fell 12”
  • Some real classy banging on things from Contact Field Orchestra.
  • Variant make wonderful sprawling dub techno to zone out to.

Re-issues

We have a re-issue of ‘60s pop legend Del Shannon’s sank-without-trace opus ‘The Further Adventures of Charles Westover’ on Trouble in Mind. And...umm….ummm?? Nope, that's it for this week on the rehash front!

7”s

Phil loves this Beekeepers 7” so much that he temporarily suspended Clint for ‘only’ giving it 8 marks. Slanted avant pop weirdness. And again um…There’s an All We Are 7” if you want to test them out without committing to the album same deal going on with H Hawkline.

That’s it for now. Keep warm and safe.

Clinton and anyone not dropping like flies.
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Jasmine Guffond

Yellow Bell

9/10 from Robin

With the hint of a pulse, Jasmine Guffond drifts away from this world forever. Her new record, ‘Yellow Bell’, is based on the disconnect felt in two polar opposite...read on »

Contact Field Orchestra

Vol. 2

9/10 from Laurie

Just as us Brits grapple with the cliched north-south divide, the music world has to deal with even bigger stereotypes of the Western and the Eastern. To us living in the west...read on »

Matana Roberts

Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

9/10 from Robin

Matana Roberts has been one of the most expansive artists of the last few years, crafting what she considers “panoramic sound quilting”, a phrase that by now feels...read on »

Ty Segall Band

Live in San Francisco

9/10 from Brian

If there's one band that play garage rock bloody well it's the Ty Segall band. Live they always strike me as a heavier, punkier proposition than on their studio releases, know...read on »

Variant

Chromesthesia

9/10 from Brian

One of the most comforting things in the world is the music of Variant. Stephen Hitchell's sublime gaseous reductions of ambient techno are amongst the finest in the...read on »

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson

Live At L' Etrange Festival 2004 - The Art Of Mirrors (Homage To Derek Jarman)

9/10 from Laurie

This ‘Homage to Derek Jarman’ is really a triple homage in itself. Obviously a cementation of the mastery of one of the original Throbbing Gristle noiser, the musi...read on »

Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders

Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders

8/10 from Jim

This gloriously gritty free jazz racket features Australian guitar, bass and drums trio Exhaustion with Dutch saxophonist Kris Wanders. There’s no other music that sound...read on »

Elian

Harrowgate

8/10 from Jim

If, like me, you like your ambient albums to sound like they’ve been beamed in from another dimension, then you’d do well to check out this unassuming disc on Home...read on »

Disappears

Irreal

8/10 from Robin

Immune to the ceaseless, stubborn world they’ve created and hungry for your fear, Disappears have constructed a new monument called ‘Irreal’. It’s a va...read on »

Jessica Pratt

On Your Own Love Again

8/10 from Robin

Jessica Pratt has bottled ‘60s folk and kept it for herself. In a contemporary landscape with more than a few good reenactors -- Julie Byrne, Kevin Morby and Joanna News...read on »

Beekeepers

Pallet Stacking

8/10 from Clinton

Now for something completely different. Beekeepers have tickled Phil’s fancy with this 7” of unusual quirk-rock. Since Phil is always too busy to review these days...read on »

H Hawkline

Moons In My Mirror

8/10 from Clinton

To read a full essay of the brilliance of the new H Hawkline album please refer to Brian’s review here. This simultaneously released 7” contains one of the album&r...read on »

Twisted

Utopia

8/10 from Robin

‘Utopia’ is the sound of punk songs obliterating themselves. Welsh-gone-Leeds-gone-Welsh band Twisted make an irresponsibly fast racket that has nothing to say aft...read on »

Fictonian

Full Circle Influence

8/10 from Clinton

Letting out their inner Beta Band are Fictonian, a Phoenix based collective in search of the perfect song. On ‘Full Circle Influence’ they get pretty close - a dre...read on »

Various

Singles Club EP

8/10 from Clinton

I’m so lazy these days that I’ve chosen the record that wasn’t sealed as I simply can’t be bothered to use my energy up opening anything. Glad I did th...read on »

DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell

Fresh Insights (EP 1)

8/10 from Clinton

Anyone who knows me will know that if you are talking housey dub techno there are a handful of names which make my heart go all a flutter. One is DJ Sprinkles the alter ego of...read on »

Del Shannon

The Further Adventures of Charles Westover

8/10 from Clinton

Del Shannon had a torrid time in the late ‘60’s. His classic ‘Home and Away’ album didn’t ever get released (why? It’s impossible to say th...read on »

Das Sombreros

The Lamp

8/10 from Laurie

Some musicians obsess over trying to thrust the listener into an artificially created space or environment, against their will, whether they’re hungry, happy or horny. W...read on »

bvdub

Tanto

8/10 from Brian

The celestial drift. If there's one thing that SF resident Brock Van Wey is renowned for it's that. A truly heavenly softly-looped dreamy sound that billions of deluded folk a...read on »

Mark Archer / Ben Pest / Posthuman / Chevron

Mutant City Acid

8/10 from Laurie

There are 303 copies of this. Legitimacy proven - you don’t have to read on. But if you decide to, you can read all about how this record has bouncy haunted house beats...read on »

Featured albums

Variant
DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell
Contact Field Orchestra
Jasmine Guffond
Beekeepers
Cornershop
Ricked Wicky
The Dodos
All We Are
Desperate Journalist
Luke Haines
H Hawkline
H Hawkline
Various
Matana Roberts
Twisted
Ty Segall Band
Del Shannon
Boduf Songs
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake
Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project
Disappears
Fictonian
William Ryan Fritch
Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson
Jessica Pratt
John Carpenter
Dan Melchior
All We Are
bvdub
Naam / White Hills / Black Rainbows / The Flying Eyes