Sleaford Mods, Sleaford Mods, Sleaford Mods, Sleaford Mods, Sleaford Mods, Sleaford Mods. We are infested with the damn things - they're in the stockroom, in the kitchen, down the toilet, in the vestibule, in my ears. It’s certainly been a long time since we stood as a unit repetitively packing the same thing for hours on end. Anyway, they are away in the post now and so we can breathe nice and easy.
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- Where else to start but Sleaford Mods? ‘Key Markets’ looks like it’s the album to take them ever closer to the mainstream despite a plethora of ‘F’ and ‘C’ words within. When it’s experimental it’s certainly spectacular.
- Vinyl Williams is the grandson of John Williams and the son of the guy from Air Supply. He makes woozy, hazy pop a la Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
- Stephen O’ Malley is the guy from Sunn O))). He’s headed in an orchestral composition direction with doomy bits.
- Ah Ducktails. Their new album is so nice. Just pleasant, jingly-jangly summer pop to have a lie down to.
- Kind of a re-issue but not as it didn’t get past pre-sales last time. The new album from former Hood types The Declining Winter is now widely available on vinyl and CD. Melodic and meandering smudge-pop says a 9/10 wielding Robin.
- Gurgles are a prog pop outfit from Bradford who are simultaneously enraging and brilliant. Definitely worth a listen as no-one sounds like this.
- Gwenno is a Welsh lady who makes Broadcast-like electronic pop….in Welsh.
- Hippo Campus are produced by Alan Sparhawk from Low. Why then do they sound like the Libertines playing Vampire Weekend?
- Holy Esque are a big new Scottish enormo rockers following in the footsteps of Glasvegas.
- Owl and Mouse play sweet indie-pop using electronics and ukeleles. How can you hate on this?
- There’s a massive Carpark records compilation on picture disc vinyl with basketball stuff on.
- The Eleventh Dream Day album sounded a bit like ZZ Top.
- Imandra Lake are Estonian shoegazers who have roped Seeland, Bill Wells and the Declining Winter in on remix duties.
- Alvarius B is a bloke from Sun City Girls (important fact - they aren’t girls). Nice when it’s pretty.
- 10000 Russos are a Portuguese crew of smoke ‘n’ mirrors rockers on Fuzz Club. waaay better than 10,000 Things.
- Omar Souleyman teams up with Four Tet, Gilles Peterson and other pals for a positive, funky record of big feelings
- Ol’ whiner Conor Oberst returns with his Desaparecidos crew. Shouting on in an emo style.
- New school indie rockers Seconds and Joya share a split LP of mindless romps and messy garage.
- If your previous band was called Guided By Voices, there’s only one way down in the name stakes as Robert Pollard’s new Ricked Wicky project shows.
- Recent 'The Wire' cover stars, West Yorkshire’s Ashtray Navigations, release a 100 minute opus of exotic fuzz raga on VHF.
- Label boss and Thee Oh Sees guy John Dwyer reckons Creeping Pink sound like Silver Apples meets Vangelis meets Arthur Russell. They do.
- Kinda punks Strange Wilds make a Sebadoh-ish noise on Sub Pop (natch).
- If you like J dilla/Madlib then you simply must listen to Knxwledge. Ignore the ‘x’ it’s head noddingly great.
- Umachunga make grey, melancholy ambient with moments of colour on Hibernate.
- ‘Esperanza de OTO 2’ is a madcap compilation of musics from Japan and beyond curated by the ever fascinating Aritomo.
- Jim Williams composed the music for ‘A Field in England’, he’s at it again with some terrifying soundscapes for ‘Kill List’.
- Birth Defects are a gnarly garage rock ‘supergroup’, containing members of Thee Oh Sees and produced by Ty Segall.
- We’ve got the LAST EVER COPIES of that coveted Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome split LP.
- Luscious doom tones for bored ears from Yair Elazer Glotman and his massive double bass. Best thing all day reckons Laurie.
- If you’re into things like Blanck Mass, Shit & Shine or Akatombo buy Liberez on Night School.
Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup
Acre / Filter Dread join forces on PAN / Lost Codes new imprint PAN x Codes for a 12” EP of UK Bass/ techno mutations.
- Seven Davis Jnr pops up on Ninja Tune for his debut album of funky wunky boogie woogie.
- If you want to know what War of The Worlds would have sounded like had it been created in an early 80’s bedroom in Hull, look no further than Alan Jefferson’s ‘Galactic Nightmare on Trunk.
- There a double platter of grimey bass action from Wen on Soundman Chronicles.
- If you prefer to get your kicks at home then Darkside have a DVD on Matador.
- ‘20th Century: The Noise’ is a compilation of tracks spanning 35 years of the legend that is John Foxx.
- Debruit’s vision of ‘African Coldwave’ is realised on his ‘Outside The Line’ LP on ICI.
- Valerio Tricoli’s ‘Miseri Lares’ is repressed on PAN.
- Ipman pulls out his Amen’s and Deejay samples for a filthy one on Tectonic.
- Jessy Lanza is joined by DJ Spinn and Taso on Hyperdub for some slow motion footworkin’ pop music.
- Plus there’s an album from The Chemical Brothers which is probably like Kryptonite to me.
- Sonic Youth ‘Evol’ is out again on vinyl with bonus track. Get in!
- Attention goth people. Sisters of Mercy’s ‘First and Last and Always’ is out in a big black box with three(!) full sides of B side stuff.
- In exciting news we have a picture disc of Roger Waters ‘Amused to Death’ in stock.
- If an experimental mix of electronic elements, jazz, trash and post-rock is your thing try The Coma Lilies on Denovali.
- Imagine what an album called ‘Science Hat Artistic Cube Moral Nosebleed Empire’ which contains 40 songs sounds like and you are close to Country Teasers territory.
- 3CD reissue of Nurse With Wound’s ‘Soliloquy For Lilith’ in red foil blocked box with new parchment insert. CLASSIC!!!
Here are some 7”s that exist
Absolutely loads this week for all you fans of small things including one with two brand new tracks by Wand, Girl One and the Grease Guns cool synth pop, brash melodic punk pop from Denmark’s Yung, young psychsters Telegram, childrens band The Strypes, Well(er) I never, a not bad (honestly!) new Paul Weller single. Those Pretty Wrongs single will be essential for fans of Big Star as it features Jody Stephens, the only Big Star left alive. Sunflower Bean make slightly-psychedelic slightly-punk indie rock, we have a few copies of the Wedding Present Welsh language Record Store Day 7” and finally Psychic Baos boast a singer called Will Fist.
They are your records for this week (and there’s even more here). We have been Norman Records.
Words by Clint
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And at the piano... Andrew Fearn.
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