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Weekly Update Consumer Electronics, The Vaccines, Danny Clay, Various, The Automatics Group, and more...

As the bare-branched trees outside the ex-council flat we call home sway in the breeze, we reflect on the thing we know at the Towers as a ‘week’. A week where we changed Phil’s name to Max for one day only (it didn’t improve things). A week where we received more Broadcast records into stock than we could shake a stick at. Ah...the Broadcast re-issue programme. If ever there was a campaign invented with Norman Records in mind this was it. 'Work And Non Work', 'The Noise Made By People', 'HaHa Sound', 'Tender Buttons','The Future Crayon' and 'Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age' are all out again on vinyl and shipping this week. Buy one...or perhaps even buy them all? Finally, you wait years for an Aphex Twin record and then three emerge almost at once. You can pre-order the latest, the catchily titled ‘MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96’, right now. ONE PER CUSTOMER, please.

A couple of bits of info for you before we plod on with the rest of the week's releases. Did you know you can now check the status of your order and look up known delays to stock on our new Where Is My Order? page. Well, it’s true. And here are Brian's latest Stockroom Finds, including lots of amazing items that have been sat there unloved and uncherished in the darkest recesses of our stock room...

On with the show….

  • Smoothie, beardy Matthew E White is back with a second album of his mumble-soul.
  • York noise-mongers Fawn Spots have made “a ferocious wind tunnel of a punk album” says a 9/10 wielding Robin.
  • Kind of Like Spitting bring emotionally fraught punk emo about university accommodation and feeling sad.
  • Guerilla Toss veer between fluorescent, universe-shifting jazz punk and and obnoxious mess on ‘Gay Disco’.
  • Two new ‘live at 3rd Man’ recordings by Benjamin Booker and Parquet Courts.
  • Keath Mead re-defines the spelling of the name Keith whilst making some Big Star-like power pop.
  • Permanent Fatal Error produce folk rock with Elephant 6 trickery on Secret Furry Hole.
  • 70s folk meets 90s electronica in the world of The Woodbine and Ivy Group.
  • There’s a richly produced album from Marc Almond in on vinyl.
  • Haust take the genre of black metal and mess with it a bit.
  • There’s plenty of glacial Vini Reilly styled guitar pieces on Jonny Nash’s gorgeous ‘Exit Strategies’...
  • ...and some dissipating drone textures from Danny Clay on Hibernate.
  • Jason Corder was here last week as Juxta Phona and now he’s back making flawlessly produced, ethereal ambient music as Offthesky.
  • Show off to yer mates about how brooding you can be with the ethereal new album from Ekca Liena.
  • There’s a ‘Psych Tribute to the Rolling Stones’. Do we need to pay tribute to them? Well The KVB, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Clinic, Cheval Sombre think so and who are we to argue?
  • The original Run the Jewels album is back in on green splattered vinyl.
  • Mike Shiflet and High Aura’d improvise lovely walls of sonic mass on Type.

Electronica

  • Legowelt - the hardest working man in show business - returns with 4 cuts of his signature cosmic house and techno mutations.
  • Blondes confused the hell out of Clint who couldn’t work out which order the Huerco C, Claro Intelecto and Function remixes went.
  • Pearson Sound makes a 9 track album of intense and compulsive bass-heavy experimental techno that makes sense to an old mash-head like Brian.
  • Ekoplekz is at his most meditative and melody-centric on new 12” on Planet Mu.
  • Powell produces another 12” of grin-inducing playful techno that makes you wish you were on drugs.
  • Russell Haswell and ex Whitehouse gob Philip Best make extreme electronic music as Consumer Electronics.
  • Vatican Shadow releases an abridged version of the 6 x cassette ‘Death is Unity With God’.
  • The Automatics Group have taken a load of commercial dance music abominations, fed them into the computer, pressed the button marked ‘make sound like Gas/Basic Channel’.
  • Icelandic electronic artist Ozy fuses ambient, dub techno and deep, warm, late night electronica.
  • Three full on slammers of industrial techno racket plus a Regis remix. on Stave ‘After the Social’.
  • Finally there’s a rather bliss-inducing LP of hazy techno from James Place which impresses our Jim.

Re-issues

  • ‘The Wrong Man’ is a score of Bernard Hermann's from the 1965 Hitchcock film. Nothing to do with the similarly-named James Corden vehicle.
  • The virtually un-Googleable Nature make pure ‘92 era psych rock.
  • Three separate re-issues on terrifying noise label Urashima including Jason Crumer, Climax Denial and The Rita. Lock up your ears.
  • Aine O’Dwyer plays with a massive organ on ‘Music for Church Cleaners’ re-issue which expands on the original cassette.
  • Fans of Conrad Schnitzler, Mauricio Bianci and Tangerine Dream could do worse than check out Giancarlo Toniutti’s ‘La Mutazione’

7”s

And finally on 7” Free School’s hook-laden instrumental bliss, Barringtone’s deconstructed avant-pop, indie big hitters the Vaccines, DIY pop punkers Asylums and young modern day Brit-poppers The Ends.

BOOK

We don’t normally have a book section but we’re mavericks - we like to break the rules. We have in stock ‘Grammar Wanker’ a book of lyrics by sharp-dressed Sleaford Mods barker Jason Williamson. Sample lyric ‘Toilet, Toilet, Toilet, Toilet, Toilet, Toilet’. Marvellous.

That’s it for this week. We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Words = Clinton
Work = Everyone Else
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Swervedriver

I Wasn't Born To Lose You

9/10 from Ian

Swervedriver were always one of those bands that never quite fit into the demographic of the multitudes of '90s musical genres: too rock to be indie, too indie to get the rock...read on »

Giancarlo Toniutti

La Mutazione

9/10 from Ant

This morning I woke up and the first thing that came into my head was that there was a reissue due of some old record on Broken Flag that I'd never heard and sounded right up ...read on »

Fawn Spots

From Safer Place

9/10 from Robin

Absolutely incredible shit, to be honest. Sometimes I think Japandroids would have been way better if they’d never been invited to those parties and hadn’t started...read on »

Kind Of Like Spitting

Bridges Worth Burning

9/10 from Robin

Welcome to the 2015 annual guild meeting for emo. Our first item on the agenda is to welcome our vice-presidents American Football back into the fold for some matinee shows th...read on »

Laika

Silver Apples Of The Moon

9/10 from Clinton

Back in the early ‘90’s when the term post rock was first coined, it meant exciting forward thinking music that splintered rock into a million pieces and re-arrang...read on »

John Butcher & Gino Robair

Bottle Breaking Heart Leap

9/10 from Jim

I've been laying off the free improv over the last couple of years but this record has just piqued my taste for the stuff again. It's a raw, bracing listen of two players in b...read on »

Consumer Electronics

Repetition Reinforcement

8/10 from Ant

Russell Haswell returns to Diagonal and this time he’s brought his pals -- the notorious Consumer Electronics - Ex- Whitehouse gob Philip Best’s long running proje...read on »

Powell

Sylvester Stallone / Smut

8/10 from Ant

Now that Powell has a record out on XL, I’m going to be hideously disappointed if he doesn’t roll up to his forthcoming Shipley gig in May, driving a Bentley, drip...read on »

Vatican Shadow

Death Is Unity With God

8/10 from Ant

Those of you that have been crying yourselves to sleep, because you missed out on the ‘Death Is Unity With God’ 6x cassette set on Hospital productions -- because ...read on »

Stave

After The Social EP

8/10 from Ant

‘After The Social’ is the third record from Chicago’s Stave aka Jonathan Krohn, following releases on Flingco Sound System, Trensmat and Downwards (as half o...read on »

Danny Clay

Ganymede

8/10 from Robin

It must be a delight making warm drone and getting to hop from one gorgeous and plaintive label to the next, and I certainly envy Danny Clay’s recent imprint holidaying....read on »

Permanent Fatal Error

Deaf Sun / Deaf Blues

8/10 from Robin

"We're playing rock with acoustic guitars", reads the packet for 'Deaf Sun/Deaf Blues'. True, rockers, true: Permanent Fatal Error make folk rock strides for the bulk of their...read on »

Matthew E. White

Fresh Blood

8/10 from Robin

From its off, ‘Fresh Blood’ is Matthew E. White at his most unassuming, dressed in white so as to blend his bold romances and intense desires into the mundanity of...read on »

Haust

Bodies

8/10 from Robin

Haust take the opposite route to post-rock kvlters Deafheaven and achieve the same means -- pissing off black metal fans with a record that leans in on the genre, taps it on t...read on »

Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin

Nomadic

8/10 from Kim

Well I put this on first thing this morning and Phil the universal saxophone hater hasn't piped up once to complain. I've not come across Sonny Simmons before, there's just t...read on »

Mike Shiflet & High Aura'd

Awake

8/10 from Robin

A sort of man-made field recording, if you like: noisemakers Mike Shiflet and John Kolodij made all the sounds for collaborative effort ‘Awake’ happen, but it was ...read on »

Ekca Liena

Graduals

8/10 from Laurie

With an album title like Graduals, it’s straight to the drone zone. The artist at the helm is Ekca Liena, a fuzzy extension of the human man Daniel Mackenzie, and if his...read on »

Eskmo

Sol

8/10 from Laurie

Ah, the sun again! It must be some sort of distant pagan influence stirring in artists, but electronic musicians seem fascinated with our cosmic life-giver right now. I can sy...read on »

Damian Anache

Capturas del Unico Camino

8/10 from Laurie

When a musician starts talking about algorithms, there could not be more of a drastic divide in reaction. Those that get it light up with perverse joy, and those that don&rsqu...read on »

Miguel Flores

Primitivo (1981)

8/10 from Jim

Hot on the heels of the recent Arturo Ruiz del Pozo disc of highly idiosyncratic electr-acoustic compositions, Lima’s Buh Records continues its laudable project of relea...read on »

James Place

Living On Superstition

8/10 from Jim

The press release for this describes it as “harrowing”, which is puzzling to me as, apart from the track titles, I found it to be a rather bliss-inducing LP of haz...read on »

Pearson Sound

Pearson Sound

8/10 from Brian

Not been to a modern boom rave in a while to watch the moody well dressed techno bods lift the spirits of the delirious chatty well dressed folk. I always feel like scruffy Gr...read on »

Legowelt

Immensity of Cosmic Space

8/10 from Ant

The new hardest working man in show business - Danny Wolfers returns to DJ Haus’s Unknown To The Unknown with 4 cuts of his signature cosmic house and techno mutations. ...read on »

Jonny Nash

Exit Strategies

8/10 from Clinton

If someone up there is trying to relax me then they are doing a quite marvellous job. After Aine O Dwyer’s drifting organ compositions, we have this lovely album of evoc...read on »

Blondes

Rewire - Claro Intelecto, Huerco S & Function Remixes

8/10 from Clinton

I’m completely fucking confused. I think they’ve got the labels the wrong way round. On the side that says Huerco S remix there are two tracks and on the side...read on »

Retox

Beneath California

8/10 from Robin

Time for ye fine crusties and grinders to rejoice, for we seem to have some legit hardcore on our hands this week. Our scowling subjects are Retox, a band featuring expats of ...read on »

Ekoplekz

Entropik EP

8/10 from Laurie

Electronica busybody Nick Edwards and his Ekstatic Ekoplekz Ensemble of sound circuits return to the vinyl format for another exkursion into weird-ass journeys, and journeys t...read on »

Featured albums

Aphex Twin
Jason Williamson
James Place
Ekca Liena
Kind Of Like Spitting
offthesky
Giancarlo Toniutti
Pearson Sound
Consumer Electronics
The Automatics Group
Vatican Shadow
Ozy
Stave
Permanent Fatal Error
The Vaccines
Mike Shiflet & High Aura'd
Marc Almond
Matthew E. White
Benjamin Booker
Nature
Bernard Herrmann
The Woodbine & Ivy Band
Haust
Fawn Spots
Guerilla Toss
Ekoplekz
The Ends
Keath Mead
Parquet Courts
Danny Clay
Blondes
Barringtone
Legowelt
Free School
Powell
Various
Run The Jewels
Broadcast and The Focus Group
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