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Weekly Update Shabazz Palaces, Tor Lundvall, Pit Ponies, The Cult of Free Love / The Wrestler, Max Richter, and more...

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.

Sincerely,

The Breakfast Club.

x


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

crx091081gb

Becoming The Camracid

9/10 from Robin

This cassette comes lovingly pressed by another human tasked with the responsibility of being named Robin. I wish him a merry Christmas well in advance. Robin Price is his nam...read on »

Max Richter

The Leftovers - Music From The HBO Series - Season One

9/10 from Phil

All these people we've been bigging up for years like Frahm, Arnalds and Richter have shifted over to scoring films and telly. It just had to happen. Max Richter has...read on »

Hidden Rivers

Where Moss Grows

9/10 from Robin

This washed out ambient record makes me want to speak entirely in river based metaphors. Ian’s suggested I describe it as estuaric, a word we’ve termed for music t...read on »

Jessika Kenney

Atria

9/10 from Laurie

Gonna do this one first cuz I like the cover. Smudgy drizzles. Getting real in-depth overviews here at NR. Jessika Kenney is an experimental person who channels that into Java...read on »

Tor Lundvall

The Park

9/10 from Laurie

This man called Tor Lundvall is also a painter, and it seems he tries to emulate these minimal, serene scenes through painting with sound instead of paints. Sounding. It&rsquo...read on »

Shit & Shine

Chakin'

8/10 from Jim

Shit & Shine go all out jazz for this double LP, which was originally put out as a cassette on Astral Spirits. 17 minute opener ‘Denim Do’s and Don’ts&rs...read on »

Pleq and Giulio Aldinucci

The Prelude To

8/10 from Robin

The drone beautification squad are in office again. Social butterfly Pleq hung us out to cry with the gorgeous but sorrowful ‘A Thousand Fields’, on which he ...read on »

Goat

It's Time For Fun

8/10 from Robin

I have deigned to review this record in a way that the elusive and apparently exceedingly mysterious Goat would see fit -- by virtue of a commune opinion. “Actually&rdqu...read on »

Rat Columns

Fooling Around EP

8/10 from Robin

All that transgressive stuff you buy through contracts with the devil from Blackest Ever Black can take the backseat for a minute while psych-tinged rock takes the wheel and d...read on »

Pridjevi

Pridjevi

8/10 from Robin

Pridjevi are a Croatian outfit who use psych rock as their starting point but understand genres as a viscous swamp that needs to be waded through. This record is steadfast, ci...read on »

Bookworms

Bookworms

8/10 from Laurie

This is a record of academic electronic interpretations of Hookworms' songs. Listening? I just told a L.I.E, this is actually a new Long Island Electrical Systems 12” fr...read on »

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

I Like Rain: The Story of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

8/10 from Robin

Why does it always rain on New Zealand? Flying Nun asked the question a dozen or so times in their lifespan, trading in sombre indie pop records rather than wind-resistant umb...read on »

Wolfgang Voigt

Presents Rückverzauberung Live in London

8/10 from Laurie

Ambient techno poster boy and former ball of gas Wolfgang Voigt has brought the park to the church. His most recent technoless creation Ruckverzauberung 10 was a very gre...read on »

The Kossoy Sisters

Bowling Green

8/10 from Robin

The ever commendable Death Is Not The End started out releasing field recordings of prison folk songs from the American South, and has since expanded to release incredible blu...read on »

Golden Rules

Golden Ticket

8/10 from Andy

Paul White is a busy boy, hot on the heels of his solo project on R & S here comes a new collaboration with Florida vocalist Eric Biddines. Paul White made his name initia...read on »

Saturn and the Sun

Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones

8/10 from Robin

Drone tapes are pretty great, I think we can all agree on that. Take a tape to your grandma’s house; shuffle your feet on her new carpet; record it. The three mighty ste...read on »

Koova

This Is Not My Future

8/10 from Laurie

Out on the binary label Central Processing Unit is this 12” of '80s synth arcade techno from a person called Gavin Pykerman, this time under the alias Koova on his break...read on »

Huerco S.

Railroad Blues

8/10 from Ant

Revered Kansas born, Brooklyn dwelling producer Huerco S. (Opal Tapes, Future Times, Software etc.) returns to Anthony Naples Proibito label for 3 cuts of blissed out, de...read on »

The Sorcerers

The Sorcerers

8/10 from Laurie

The Sorcerors are an instrumental ensemble of Ethio-library-giallo groove purveyors, but what do they conjure? Hot, hot jazz. Apparently they’ve got roots in the Leeds j...read on »

Maoupa Mazzocchetti

14.07.A

8/10 from Ant

4-track, green coloured vinyl 7” from Maoupa Mazzocchetti, first and last spotted on Unknown Precept with the ‘A-Tranquility’ EP. Fans of Diagonal, L.I.E.S.&...read on »

Dave Smolen // Hair_loss

Dave Smolen // Hair_loss

8/10 from Laurie

For those Metasplice fans out there, this is a collection of the formative productions from both halves as they were joining forces for live shows. As they hadn’t made a...read on »

Kuedo

Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence

8/10 from Ant

Jamie Teasdale was half of Vex’d, listens to Memphis Rap, incorporates footwork influences into some of his futurist electronic music, made a track called Starfox and ap...read on »

Fatima Yamaha

What's A Girl To Do

8/10 from Laurie

Not really sure why this needs listening to again, or even reviewing, because the titular tune is too catchy to remain here. Once you hear it, it cannot be unheard. What begin...read on »

Featured albums

The National
The Kossoy Sisters
Koova
Luxury Apartments
Kuedo
David Bowie
Shit & Shine
crx091081gb
The Cult of Free Love / The Wrestler
The Machismo's
Various
Pleq and Giulio Aldinucci
The Lilac Time
Bookworms
Huerco S.
The Telescopes
Dave Smolen // Hair_loss
Jackson C. Frank
Beach Baby
Django Django
Fennesz / OZmotic
The Sorcerers
Fatima Yamaha
Sylvan Esso
Deaf Wish
Wish Key
Spatial
Pit Ponies
Blondes
Mudhoney
Titus Andronicus
The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
Pridjevi
Goat
Meilyr Jones
Rat Columns
Wolfgang Voigt
Lesa & Ross
Golden Rules
Genius / GZA
Shabazz Palaces
Max Richter
Great Falls / Thou
Sightings
Tor Lundvall
Damon Bell
Mac DeMarco
DMX Krew
Jessika Kenney
Sun Ra
Mudhoney