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Weekly Update Rrose, Ezra Furman, Max Guld, J.G. Biberkopf, Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama, and more...

Oh the heat!!! We moan all the time about the cloud but it has been sweltering here at the Towers. We need something as wet as Mark E Smith’s trousers to dampen us down. Still, as we’re not allowed to take our work outside (we tried) we have had to keep the sweat on to bring you the best of all those little round discs you love so much.

Hope you are dealing ok with the change of update day to Thursdays. Our Friday was so weird and still last week, but once the Global Release date switches next week we are hoping that it will encourage those of you who live locally to come and visit us on a Friday and get your records in time for the weekend….and it will be nice for us to see real live people. We miss people.

Anyway that’s for the future. We’re not going to lie to you, it’s been a quiet week for actual releases: the best of everything is just there down the page. A few big PRE-ORDERS on the site though including another Aphex Twin 12”, a Goat 7”, Tame Impala, Stars of the Lid and Stars of the Lid again and Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid.

Some of you will have already seen our Mid-Year Review, of course. And you should check out the latest in our Stock Room finds: Phil is up to ‘H’ on the CDs and hundreds of bargains are to be had. Otherwise, on with the ‘show’......

This week’s all important Things That We Have™:

  • Psych veterans The Church have just unleashed their 25th album. It’s on clear vinyl too.
  • Cosmic guitar twiddlers Carlton Melton unleash a prog-tastic and grandiose new effort.
  • Alden Penner was in The Unicorns - he still makes self sabotaging indie-rock but on his own this time.
  • Parisians Model Alpha make a kind of analogue form of psych rock. You get a free flexi too.
  • Look at this Rail Cables thing - it has all sorts of people on it including Benoit Pioulard and an ex Zoviet France.
  • Blissed-out slacker guitar music from Louisville lads State Champion.
  • Ezra Furman vomits stories all over the place to an unimpressed Robin.
  • Bon Iver’s other friend (not Kanye) Aero Flynn makes paranoid indie rock in the vein of mid-era Radiohead, or Arcade Fire.
  • Balls-out, psych from future popular guy Theo Verney. SIGNED copies on red wax.
  • Grandiose, epic pop with Bjork-like strains from Capac.
  • Fufanu have an odd name but make some great Interpol & PIL style post punk reckons...er...me.
  • Our Love Will Destroy the World is a dissonance vendor of the highest order a la Astral Social Club.


Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup

  • This week the government released the shocking statistic that in the UK alone, someone buys a synthesizer every three seconds… Also in the news:
  • Exoteric Continent’s ‘Referendum’ tapes on Hospital Productions get vinylized.
  • Rrose’s signature deep hypnotic techno does the job as always. Complete with a dancefloor wrecker. First pressing of 500 copies on white vinyl
  • Reissue action from Dark Entries with a batch of goodness from Smersh, Max Guld, Carlos Peron and No More
  • Hyper-vivid digital sound collages with J.G. Biberkopf’s ‘Ecologies’ LP on Kuedo’s new Knives label.
  • Automatic Tasty bring the electro acid disco funk on Central Processing Unit.
  • bvdub has his zillionth soothing album ‘A Step In The Dark’ out on AY.
  • If compact discs give you The Fear then Lone’s ‘Lemurian’ and Jacaszek & Kwartludium’s ‘Catalogue des Arbres’ both now exist on larger pieces of plastic.
  • That Mickey Pearce fella has one on Loefah’s 81 label called ‘Wam Barzz’. I used to proper love Wham Bars, me.
  • Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama Frozen Silence
  • Coupla Blueprint LTD hand stamped 12” techno bangers; Progression ‘The Coriolis Effect plus Ruskin & Broom’s ‘Edits’. Someone should make a sausage called the Techno Banger...
  • Sergie Rezza Mist / Model Alpha Dimensions
  • … won’t you take me to… Monkeytown... Funkstorung tick the self-titled album box after 20 years in the game. Deluxe gatefold edition available with poster + bonus download.
  • Eomac is 50% of Lakker and his ‘Frozen Souls EP’ has that track I heard Surgeon play on the radio.
  • There’s an irresistible, joyous electro-pop LP from Domenique Dumont on Antinote.
  • Dolphins Into The Future / Lieven Martens Moana brings the chill with limited private-press LP ‘Songs Of Gold, Incandescent’. Edition of a measly 170 copies.


New Reissues:

  • The soundtrack to ‘The Prisoner’ is in sourced from the original analogue tapes, with the option of white vinyl if you like.
  • Underground doom metal classic ‘In Memorium’ by Cathedral is back out with bonus rare live performance from way back in 1991
  • ‘The Omega Sessions’ one of the earliest recorded documents of hardcore pioneers Bad Brains is in on 10”s of vinyl.
  • A load of soundtrack type gubbins just in from the likes of Puccio Roelens, Giovanni Tommaso, and Piero Piccioni.
  • Not a re-issue as such but we’ve got 20 copies of the Viet Cong album in on clear vinyl. Only 100 in the whole United Kingdom so be quick.


Here are some 7”s that exist

  • Wakey four piece The Spills reference all your indie rock faves on a brand new Too Pure 7”.
  • Naytonix is one of Tuneyards (I refuse to to the capitalisation) touring band. Goes alone for this debut 7” of 70’s goodness.
  • Hooton Tennis Club make wonky ‘90’s indie rock like your Uncle Malkmus used to make


And that’s just about your lot. Enjoy your Fridays and your weekends and we’ll see you early next week for our mini-update.

Words by Clint

Work by everyone else

xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama

Frozen Silence

9/10 from Laurie

What happens when a guitar and a synth blur together for minutes and minutes? Ice cracking, according to Hatakeyama / Hosomi / one of their associates. I’m hearing a lot...read on »

Jon Brooks

52

8/10 from Clinton

"Lovely, nice, soothing, warm, quality ambience" not my words but the words of office leader Phil about the latest instalment of Jon Brooks attempts to take over the world by ...read on »

Spheruleus and Friends

William Barber

8/10 from Robin

Spheruleus won my heart earlier this year with ‘Peripheres’, a record of ambient myths for the wonderful Eilean Records. In keeping with the label’s mission ...read on »

Howard Shore

Scanners / The Brood

8/10 from Laurie

OO i’m so excited about reviewing this that my head might just explode. Ha. Ha. Ha. Not even entitled to make that joke, yet again it’s an episode of Laurie-review...read on »

Drainolith

Hysteria

8/10 from Jim

Drainolith is Alexander Moskos, the guitarist from Canadian weirdo-punk outfit Aids Wolf and more recent collaborator with Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex) and Nate Youn...read on »

Model Alpha

Dimensions

8/10 from Robin

‘Dimensions’ is a passively moving record of analogue psychedelia, taking straightforward and stubbornly hypnotic ideas and processing them through a constant synt...read on »

Noah

Sivutie

8/10 from Robin

Japanese R&B singer Noah has made a skewed pop record here, one that rarely gets anywhere near the verse-chorus structure golden mean. Instead, the gorgeously serene produ...read on »

Dolphins Into The Future / Lieven Martens Moana

Songs Of Gold, Incandescent

8/10 from Robin

Lieven Martens Moana -- that’s Mr. Dolphins, to you -- has made a lot of very special ambient music over the years, a kind that envisions synthesis as a part of nature. ...read on »

Domenique Dumont

Comme Ca

8/10 from Robin

This music sounds the way blowing bubbles does: you think it’s all fun and games, and it is, I will grant you that -- but it’s the kind of fun that is literally fl...read on »

Capac

Sea Freeze

8/10 from Robin

Here’s a pop record that doesn’t know it’s a pop record. Nobody tell Capac; they’re doing fine. Full of a noble appreciation for build-ups, grandiose g...read on »

The Spills

A Film and a Frame /​ Crash​-​landed Clouds

8/10 from Robin

The Spills pour their fucking heart out on “A Film And A Frame”, a new single of crying guitar, moaning vocals and disgruntled bass fuzz. Call it indie rock, if yo...read on »

Sergie Rezza

Mist

8/10 from Laurie

This is a misty release so mysterious that 2 of the tracks have cheekily been given the name ‘Misterious’ by their creators Romain Poncet and DJ Deep. While the mi...read on »

Ruskin & Broom

Edits

8/10 from Laurie

Just when I thought Blueprint were releasing a 12” of 90s R&B edits. Nope, that world will never exist, instead we’re stuck in this hell hole where James Ruski...read on »

Aero Flynn

Aero Flynn

8/10 from Robin

An alum of Justin Vernon’s friendship circle (so, only a couple of degrees of separation from Kanye, then) Josh Scott has shied away from releasing his music for a very ...read on »

State Champion

Fantasy Error

8/10 from Robin

I can’t help but think this is all so sweet. State Champion are a crew of punks (read: ramshackle folkies) from Louisville with an affection for noise, but mainly a grea...read on »

Automatic Tasty

The Life Parochial

8/10 from Laurie

Automatic Tasty is presumably a reference to the synthesised, hot sizzling funky house things that are contained within Irish producer Jonny Dillon’s music. Jazzy chords...read on »

Rrose

For Aquantice

8/10 from Ant

Now that the cat is out of the bag I no longer need to use terms like “mystery artist” and “established artist working incognito”. It was only a matter...read on »

Exoteric Continent

Referendum

8/10 from Ant

This is the first slab of wax from Barcelona’s Arnau Sala Saez as Exoteric Continent and it collects nine tracks originally released over two cassette volumes on Hospita...read on »

Fufanu

Adjust To The Light

8/10 from Clinton

I once heard a song so good that I can still hear it in my mind now.... I've NEVER found out who it was by. This was back in 1982 you understand.  I bring this ...read on »

Our Love Will Destroy The World

Carnivorous Rainbow

8/10 from Robin

Sometimes noise surges can be as pleasant as they are pugnant, and there are none so vile and kindly as Campbell Kneale. A maker of dissonance and a feedback vendor of the hig...read on »

Featured albums

AFX (Aphex Twin)
Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid
Tame Impala
Goat
Capac
Automatic Tasty
Mickey Pearce
Exoteric Continent
Sergie Rezza
Cathedral
Model Alpha
State Champion
bvdub
J.G. Biberkopf
Hooton Tennis Club
Aero Flynn
Domenique Dumont
Ezra Furman
Ron Grainer
Progression
Alden Penner
The Spills
Fufanu
Naytronix
Being / Benoît Pioulard / Symbol / Dead Voices On Air
Dolphins Into The Future / Lieven Martens Moana
Max Guld
No More
Smersh
Carlos Peron
Bad Brains
Rrose
Piero Piccioni
Our Love Will Destroy The World
Carlton Melton
Ruskin & Broom
Puccio Roelens
Giovanni Tommaso
Eomac
Theo Verney
Funkstorung
Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama
The Church
Viet Cong
Jacaszek & Kwartludium
Stars Of The Lid
Stars Of The Lid