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.
- 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.
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