“A threat to our national security, our economic security, and your family's security”. Not Jeremy Corbyn but Guy Garvey who has a new solo album on the way. Boom and indeed boom. Still, there’s better stuff than that out this week, such as the new Ought album, which to me sounds like Life Without Buildings as fronted by Stanard Ridgway. Read Robin’s more considered reaction to this brilliant offering here…
In news that we’re still dealing with, a few items won’t be turning until tomorrow. We’re calling them Vintage Friday Releases. A nostalgic reminder of how Friday’s used to be.
- The latest from math rock clever clogs Battles.
- More Bert Jansch re-issues than you ever thought possible.
- Junior Boys mini-mes Bob Moses on Domino.
- Album number two from psych rock adventurers Golden Void.
In happier news we have all these things below in stock now:
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- The Go-Betweens co-founder and official suavest man on earth Robert Forster releases his first album in yonks.
- Two Brians get together for the first time since Roxy Music. Brians Grainger and Ellis make lovely guitar picking with ambient wash combination.
- Presents for Sally make Ian-friendly shoegaze on incredible orange and black wax.
- Twee-poppers The School release what is effectively a warm cuddle as an album.
- Great Panoptique Winter is one of them from Hood with the Panoptique Electrical guy. Wintery pop.
- Tijuana Panthers new record is called ‘Poster’ but don’t put it on your wall.
- Ben Folds has lost his five and hires an orchestra instead.
- Sealings recorded their album in a toilet or something and it has the same harsh gritty sound that you might imagine a toilet to have.
- This James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg album is a delight of twinkling acoustic guitar pluckings.
- Homeshake is the guitarist from Mac DeMarco chilling out with some lo-fi funk after the tour.
- Is it true that Bevis Frond funded one of his albums by falling down a hole and getting compensation?
- Big|Brave is churning monolithic rock produced by the Godspeed one.
- Luminous Bodies. They’re heavy, they’re brooding. For fans of hair.
- Tvarvagen are the new neo-classicals. They’ll make you cry.
- Primitive Parts are members of Male Bonding, Menace Beach and Monotony making garage rock and drone.
- Jesus Lizard-like Leeds noise rockers Blacklisters unleash their MJ Hookworm produced second album onto the world.
- Ought producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh as Jerusalem In My Heart is back with a preposterously titled record on Constellation.
- In further supergroup news Sun Foot are members of Smog and Jackie O Motherfreaker pissing about.
- Estonian composer Arvo Part’s very church-like ‘Passio’ is in on double vinyl.
- We got told off by the Bug lad for getting our info wrong. He’s referring to the King Midas Sound/Fennesz collab that failed to hit our sweet spot.
- The queen of lips Lana Del Ray has another album out.
- Destruction Unit make brutal noise punk to pummel your ears. Comes with free Sacred Bones comp CD.
- Two years we reckon for the Supergrass reformation. In the meantime Gaz Coombes busies himself with a 12”.
- Salad Boys on Trouble in Mind make fleet footed NZ indie like their forefathers The Bats.
- Gosh the release pipe never stops -- there are also albums out by Darwin Deez, Vetiver, Mild High Club.
- Two remix things if that floats your boat -- Spectres get re-worked by Richard Fearless, while serial remixers Factory Floor and Chvrches get the Four Tet treatment.
- In ambient news we have soothing drifts by the prolific offthesky on Hibernate and ambient-gaze by Thee Koukouvaya on Sound in Silence.
Records that were once available but people bought them. Now you can buy them again. If so then someone will re-issue them.
- Durutti Column’s delightful ‘Another Setting’ is back out with bonus stuff… it’s CD only though.
- Ageless Strawberry Switchblade lady Rose McDowall has her ‘80s recordings collated for your pleasure.
- Just when you thought nothing else could be found from the 1970s then Elyse Weinberg turns up. Classic sounding ‘70s folk rock somewhere betwixt Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Here he is. Headphones clasped to ear as he tells you about all the things with beats.
- Patricia makes a most welcome return to Opal Tapes with another EP of raw emotional house/ techno.
- Akkord fellow Synkro’s ‘Changes’ seemed to do it for our Clinton. Cop the white vinyl initial pressing on Apollo.
- Emptyset beam soundwaves 2000km around a circuit of radio transmitters on the Signal 12” on Subtext.
- San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem’s label HNYTRX have a pair of sweat inducing 12”s from Bezier and Jackie House complete with Matrixxman Remixx.
- Helena Hauff collaborator Andreas Gehm (Elec Pt1) tweaks his 303 on Jerome Hill’s Super Rhythm Trax.
- Sacred Summits follow up that Colin Potter reissue with a reissue of Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia’s 1989 murky techno LP erm... ‘1989’.
- Unearthed tracks from the bygone electro-clash era from Miss Kittin and The Hacker with Lost Tracks Vol. 1 on Dark Entries.
- Lloyd Cole in the electronica round up? Yup check out the ‘80s hearthrobs album of primitive electronics.
- Beta, Love's Flaccid Disco Muscle, Alex Burkat and Modini bring the party on Optimo Trax.
- Clan Destine’s Dark Acid series concludes with Shady P, Orphan Swords, Marshall Applewhite, The Friend and Gregor Garnutsi on ‘Dark Acid V’.
- Russell Haswell makes a “fractured regression to his formative influences” -- Japanese noise/ tough Detroit techno for ‘A Sure As Night Follows day’ on Diagonal.
- Beneath’s Mistry label have a plate from Batu exploring the intersection of techno and bass music.
- Lee Gamble kicks off his UIQ label with a 12” from N1L. 300 copies.
- Bleepy 2-step tear jerkers from Myth on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil.
- Svreca’s Semantica label have a bangin’ 12” from Stanislav Tolkachev and evocative techno from Cio D’Or.
- Fatima Yamaha’s massive tune ‘What’s a Girl To Do’ gets a 4/4 edit from DJ Haus on one-sided red wax.
7 inches of desperation:
Loads of the bastards this week including kraut-pop from Paper, ‘60s mod/psych from Bronco Bullfrog, spindly early Go Betweens gear from Terry, two 7”’s named after famous cities from Stanley Brinks, two new releases on Clinic’s The Lost Tapes Record Club series, two new 7”s from Robert Pollard’s Ricked Wicky project, one of them is hilariously (and aptly) called ‘Poor Substitute’ and finally Sunset Sons who are described as “four hot guys playing funky pop”. Quite.
Did you know we sold tickets? Well we do and we have lots of them for the upcoming Recon festival in Bradford -- and for the first Golden Cabinet in aaages. See all tickets here...
Words by Clint with Ant and some stuff nicked from Robin.
The Jeremy Normynites this week were: Phil, Laurie, Kim, Ian, Tom Watson and Nathon.
Best records this week
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