Weekly Update The Sugarcubes, Orbital, Pavement, Slack DJs, Sweet Baboo, and more...

It’s all plums and raspberries this week at the towers as we feast on late summer fruit. We’ve got a new kettle which is near perfect but the intercom has been intermittent all week. In between all this we’ve added records to the shelves despite us being down to 1999 era staffing levels and a grappling with broadband that is just one step above dial up. This is the point where we usually tell you all about the biggest releases of the week but this week there’s been nothing. Nowt. Zilch. Zero. Scraping the barrel there’s a Pavement issue of all the tracks that didn’t go on ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ and some Red House Painters vinyl reissues that have now sold out so you can’t buy them even if you wanted to.

Still we plod on and we’ve found these small nuggets of glory for your delectation….

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

  • Daniel Bachman isn’t from Bachman Turner Overdrive and produces glorious finger-picked guitar very similar to Michael Chapman.
  • More guitar loveliness from Matt ‘MV’ Valentine. Stargazing, slow-burning, stoned - just like our Laurie.
  • Slime is a new man on Weird World who makes kinda nice downbeat squelshtronica to nod at late at night.
  • Day Ravies are an Australian lot who make rinky dink indie pop. Next week new records from Stod Rewart.
  • Mallee Songs make really nice slowcore songwritery stuff like Sophia or By the Fireside.
  • Terry de Castro is one bit of the Wedding Present and has unleashed a 10” of dusty Americana a la Cowboy Junkies or something.
  • Jock Scot is a Scottish man.
  • Sweet Baboo is so sweet our reviewer aches for a little more sour.
  • Ben Lawless and Squinchy split a 12” and both make a Beefheartian racket.
  • Former Clash / Gorillaz / Big Audio Dynamite man and all round sound bloke (says my mate Tony) Mick Jones is back with a breezy new album.
  • Those Meg Baird and Neil Young albums which were previously out on CD only are now here on luscious vinyl.
  • In soundtrack news we have those for Low Down (jazz thing) and Slasher Dave’s ‘Chubbies’ soundtrack.
  • Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand made everyone in the office calm.
  • Breezy roadtrip rock from Pega Monstro. ‘Sick’, says Robin (that means good, old people).
  • Lush and beautiful slowcore folk from Blood Warrior.
  • Shaun Nunutzi of Dead Skeletons gets the closest the Fuzz Club have gotten to having a proper and straightforward song appear on their label, with TAU.

Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup

Here he is….this week direct from Wales…..

  • A tasty pair of waxes on Opal Tapes with the oxidised techno of Body Boys and Michael Vallera of Cleared bringing the darkness.
  • A mighty triple whammy from Project: Mooncircle with slabs from Deceptikon, Nuage and repress action from Robot Koch.
  • A stonking quadruple lot from The Trilogy Tapes (insert buses arriving at once cliché) with bangers from Slack DJs (Low Jack and D.K.), Ekman, EMG & Battista, and Chemotex aka Marcos Cabral. A gargantuan thanks to RCC who saved me a job by writing great customer reviews for the lot of them. Go read.. I think I owe him a pint!
  • There’s a big wobbler on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik from K Man The Phantom for those of you that like to reside inside bass bins.
  • Boxcutter man Barry Lynn switches aliases and styles as The Host with an LP of psychedelic ambient, new age type chillscapes.
  • Yko Tao Remixes (Bee Mask / Max Loderbauer) sounds pretty lush, particularly the gripping Bee Mask mix on Ako.
  • Party like it’s 1991/1993 with 180g double vinyl reissues of Orbital’s first two long players complete with download codes which didn’t exist back then; Orbital (Green Album) and Orbital 2 (Brown Album).
  • The Black Dog elaborate on William Burroughs’ disdain of control through electronic music with Neither / Neither on their Dust Science imprint.
  • Two men with artist names that make me hungry make beats; Chunky does ‘Oun_C’ on Loefah’s 81 and Appleblim did ‘Avebury’ on foundation bass label Tempa. I need a Twix now.

Reissues that time forgot:

These are records which were out once but then sold and now are out again and one day will sell and then will be out again.

  • I don’t know where to put this Pavement ‘Secret History’ LP...technically it’s a reissue, as the tracks have all been out before, but it’s also a new release. Confusing. Anyway if you want everything from the ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ era that didn’t go onto that album on vinyl, then this is for you.
  • To demonstrate how low we’ve stooped, we have Gary Numan’s Greatest Hits on vinyl.
  • Remember before Bjork was Bjork? When The Sugarcubes thought it was a good idea to let the other guy sing? Well their debut is back out on green vinyl.
  • New on Lights in the Attic, we have an album by Noo Wave person and friend to Kid Creole and the Coconuts Lizzy Mercier Descloux.
  • Jimmie Haskell and His Orchestra is a synthy oddball as is anything which had something to do with space in the ‘50s/’60s.
  • The Vinyl Factory are living up to their name and releasing three records by bedroom classical composer Keaton Henson.

Here are some 7”s that exist

Oh where have all the 7”s gone, long time passing?

Where have all the 7”s gone, long time ago?

Arctic Monkeys-styled young lads Fronteers have one as do Band of Pain who have decided to set the poem printed on the inside of the first Black Sabbath LP to music. Raft Records is a new vinyl venture from The Vinyl Factory (remember them from above?) -- they release a compilation of new garage stuff and the debut from sleaze-rockers Loom. Oh...and maybe this will tickle that fancy of yours...that Goat 7” from last week now in on GREEN vinyl - be very quick.

Fans of laziness will be pleased to know I’m on holiday yet again next week. Robin will be with you in the first part of the week whilst I will storm back on Thursday to pretend I’ve been missed.

Most words by Clint, electro words by Ant.

The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Robin, Laurie and a slither of Ian.

We wore a Raspberry Beret...


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Host

Esalen Lectures

9/10 from Laurie

Lectures? Is this another LP of seemingly scholarly electronic gubbins perhaps? The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Eccentronic International Institute, day 1: synths and on »

Hour House


8/10 from Laurie

Like the mighty steel locomotives that soar through glorious Kidderminster, Chiltern both whirrs and glistens, chugging its way from the two music-makers’ hometown of on »

Matt 'MV' Valentine

Midden Mound

8/10 from Robin

To cut a gatefold story short: The MV out of MV & EE strikes out on his own but finds a lot of travellers on his way, enlisting them for a psych folk quest of MMORPG on »

La Luz

Weirdo Shrine

8/10 from Robin

With a little bit of ghostly surf sheen and some Ty Segall production work, La Luz have created ‘Weirdo Shrine’, a record that can flick a switch between emotive on »


The Secret History Volume 1

8/10 from Robin

The Slanted & Enchanted period of Pavement’s existence is probably most ripe for rarities and oddities. It’s back when they felt like GbV’s rival in on »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand

Magical Imaginary Child

8/10 from Clinton

Influenced solely by a by a small statue of Buddha in the Hatakeyama house neighbouring temple, ambient guitar guy Chihei Hatakeyama has teamed up with tapes guy Durand to on »

Daniel Bachman


8/10 from Clinton

A quick scrat down the list of Daniel Bachman releases reveals that the guitarist has been quite prolific over the last few years yet this is the first time I've come across on »


Dark Acid IV

8/10 from Laurie

The 4th volume of the Dark Acid series dredges 4 tracks from the murky, sweaty depths of acid house and techno so you don’t have to get your ears too dirty. The opener on »

The Black Dog

Neither / Neither

8/10 from Laurie

Ken Downie’s Black Dog cronies are doing well for themselves aren’t they? They’ve been on a techno domination mission since ‘05, but this time they on »

Blood Warrior

Letter Ghost

8/10 from Robin

“This is some sort of doom metal record”, opines Clint, laying down the most ostensible statement ever. This is in fact a rather twanging record from two artists on »

Pega Monstro


8/10 from Robin

If I had a car and a pair of sunglasses I’m pretty sure this would be the missing piece in the triforce of my life. Pega Monstro are making breezy roadtrip rock with & on »



8/10 from Clinton

A triple whammy of stuff on Project Mooncircle this week and it all sounds pretty super. I’ve drawn this out of the hat and I’m rather pleased I did as it sits on »

K Man The Phantom


8/10 from Laurie

Oh, dubstep, you poor misunderstood beast. It seems that many of the attempts to move the genre forward have either ended in failure (brostep) or have been thoroughly on »



8/10 from Laurie

Russian producer Nuage carries on his introspective, beautified electronic journey with Neida, an LP that contains more than a few nods to the world of deep house and the on »

Ben Lawless / Squinchy

Friday Night 4 Lyfe / Assorted Nuts

8/10 from Robin

To get on board with this record you have to accept making some logical sacrifices on your end, kinda like if you were to watch Twin Peaks; understand that there’s on »

Body Boys

No Face

8/10 from Ant

Looks like Body Boys have found a drum machine since debuting on Opal Tapes in 2013 with the ambient abstractions of the ‘Growth Window’ tape. Across the six on »

Featured albums

Ben Lawless / Squinchy
Robot Koch
K Man The Phantom
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real
Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand
Slasher Dave
Daniel Bachman
Blood Warrior
Day Ravies
Slack DJs
EMG & Battista
Mallee Songs
The Sugarcubes
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
Mick Jones
The Black Dog
Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Jimmie Haskell and His Orchestra
Keaton Henson
The Host
Terry de Castro
Band Of Pain
Body Boys
Jock Scot
Pega Monstro
Meg Baird
Sweet Baboo
Matt 'MV' Valentine