Happy August; come on in. Take your shoes off. This week we’ve been eating raspberries and kicking beach balls around the office in celebration of the box office home run that was the Sela record. You bought up all the copies of his wonderful album, so you’re probably as chill as us right now -- read this at 3am from the comfort of your favourite armchair and get back to us. Thank you for your support. What did we spend the winnings on? A shared office pillow. Advisory warning: we come with a pillow now.
Music continues to exist on slabs of 12” long after we’re done trying our hand at it, and there’s plenty of melodic splendour to imbibe this week. Mac DeMarco is back with a new record for those too lazy to drop in at his house, while Goat’s new 7” has two new tunes that made Phil’s head explode gold. For those who love ambient techno and gigs in esteemed London churches, Wolfgang Voigt has released an album of ambient techno performed in an esteemed London church. What luck. Shit & Shine also do us the pleasure of existing this week, with a vinyl edition of their grit-jazz goodie ‘Chakin’.
You know what, though? There are some other things. Scroll yourself into heaven:
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- A boy named Robin Price made an album under his cyborg alias, crx091081gb, perfect for those early mornings spent trying to achieve robotic sentience.
- Tucking each other in for a good night’s sleep this week are kosmische crews Cult of Free Love and the Wrestler, both of whom do slightly odd things in the confines of a very rigid genre
- Jessika Kenney performs gamelan on a phenomenal record that sounds like a world between worlds.
- Andy believes that big things are in store for everyone involved in the hip-hop of Golden Rules. He’s also planning a BBQ? More on that later.
- Tor Lundvall is a painter and ambient musician; it’d be an unmitigated disaster if he got the two mixed up. His latest record is a wonderful ode to a pretty decent park bench.
- Pridjevi make acid rain fall on a record of dislocating genre collage.
- There’s a boxset that spans 6 LPs and documents the National singing the same song over and over again at varying levels of indifference. You can buy it; alternatively, we condensed the experience for you here.
- Lesa & Ross are minor players in rock ‘n’ roll history but this release of their archive recordings sees the Big Star collaborator homage and then directly quote the work of the Velvet Underground.
- Death Waltz got chief woozer Blanck Mass to score a film that already has a score, and he chose lots of spooky breadcrumbs including Helm, C. Spencer Yeh and, uh, himself.
- The drone beautification squad are at it again, with Pleq on the throne and Giulio Aldinucci at his side.
- That said, if you’re more into bitter lemon drone, there’s a wonderful new Tapeworm release out from Skull Defekts’ associates Saturn and the Sun -- plus a modestly machiavellian record from the Telescopes.
- The least evil thing to ever come out on Blackest Ever Black is by a swell Perth local going under the moniker Rat Columns.
- Max Richter, known colloquially in our office as the Maxster, created an evocative soundtrack for the Leftovers. Laurie describes his neo-classical works as going “frahm rags to richter”, because he is terrible.
- Together at last: us and Sightings. Jim loved their new record of cognitive dissonance noise so much that they had to break up.
- The Machismo’s made a bunch of music in the ‘90s and kept it all for themselves. Now, like Scrooge at the end of the book, they realise the joy of sharing.
- Garage rockers Pit Ponies win this week’s What Are You Even Saying award for the lyric “I should’ve watched more James Stewart films when I was young”
- Titus Andronicus rant and ramble their way towards a coherent song or two on an album that sounds like an overlong Family Guy sketch.
- The Sorcerers are from Leeds and/or the earth, and they’re done a jazz.
- Meilyr Jones is propelled by bombast on his new record; an interesting boat-related analogy, I’m sure you can agree.
- Stephen Duffy used to be in Duran Duran; he’s still in the Lilac Time, who are not quite a synth-pop band. There’s still time, though.
- Deaf Wish have heard ‘Daydream Nation’.
- Fun times stuff is offset with lonesome hi-hats courtesy of Sylvan Esso. Hang in there, hi-hats.
Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup
- Koova makes good old fashioned electro like your Dad used to make. If your Dad was channeling Model 500 and Kraftwerk on CPU.
- Bookworms returns to L.I.E.S. for an EP of hazy techno to make your neck ache.
- DMX Krew has a limited 45 of party vocoder electro-funk on his Fresh Up label. ‘Funk Steps / Space Fonk’. You get the picture.
- Limited copies of Huerco S. ‘Railroad Blues’ are available 12” on Anthony Naples Proibito. Syrupy dubby techno and effervescent, blurry house in his signature tranquil style.
- There are some instantly recognisable, synth-glistening tunes from Fatima Yamaha on a 12” that’s gone flying out
- Kuedo brings some Ghost In The Shell inspired futurist electronics for an EP on his own Knives label.
- Dark Entries latest Italo Disco reissue urges you to board the Orient Express for a ride with Wish Key. Originally out back in 1983 on Discomagic.
- Damon Bell’s afro-inflected soul filled house music ‘Blues for the Libyan’ comes on 2LP via Aybee’s Deepblak label.
- 180g slab of white vinyl from Spatial on Infrasonics. ‘Emergence #1’ appears to be the first part in a trilogy of modern club tools for the post-everything disc jockey.
- Fennesz / OZmotic collaboration ‘AirEffect’ creates an immersive, hallucinatory soundworld using field recordings, electronics, saxophone, yadda yadda yadda to mesmerising effect.
- Blondes ‘Persuasion’ 12” on RVNG Intl. has somehow managed to evade review. Sounds like decent, dense techno though.
- Do not sit still when you listen to this David Smolen/Hair_loss joint, full of shambolic machinery.
- Across the Pennines Dead-Cert release a posthumous LP of experimental rustic electronics/folk from Luxury Apartments aka David Tyack.
Reissues that time forgot:
This stuff was once old, but now it’s new, so we talk about it like it’s just begun to exist -- in spite of the fact most of it was able to vote before I was a walking boy. Regardless:
- They couldn’t reissue the collected works and/or spectacle frames of Jean-Paul Sartre, so Fire! reissued the collected works and/or tears of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, a New Zealand band once tied to the Flying Nun label.
- Death Is Not The End continues its run of special releases with a collection of works from 1956 by identical folkies the Kossoy Sisters.
- David Bowie has scary eyes and everything’s upside down on this blue vinyl reissue of Heathen.
- The GZA made an album in Pro Tools and called it Pro Tools. I don’t have anything to add; these are mere facts.
- There’s three volumes of music from folk icon Jackson C. Frank to pore over.
- Back before his music was a planetary delight, there was Chicago-era Sun Ra, and this repress shows off his smoother side.
- You should hear everything by Shabazz Palaces, obviously, and they once released an EP in 2009, which I think you’ll agree was a year that happened.
- Sludge sweethearts Mudhoney have a couple of their records repressed. Listen to them while spreading things onto toast.
Here are some 7”s that exist
Accursed waxes this week include a split from Thou and Great Falls, who thought it’d be a good idea to cover Shellac songs (it was), plus a couple of easy breezy tunes from Beach Baby and a single from the band who loved the word Django so much they printed it twice.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
It’s been nice being on call again. Clint will be returning to the Norman surgery next week.
Most words by Robin, techno words by Ant.
The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Laurie and Ian.
The soup was delicious.
The Breakfast Club.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
9/10 from Phil
The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
8/10 from Robin