Weekly Update Courtney Love, Sun Ra And His Arkestra, Ansome, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Wake, and more...

Yup, everything comes back eventually. Aphex Twin. Ride. Open All Hours. And now our Album Of The Week, albeit rebranded as Record Of The Week. What is it? Well, you’ll just have to click through to the site find out. Do it quickly enough - i.e. by midnight tonight, Thursday 29th October 2015 AD - and you’ll get 10% off.

Whilst one lucky record now gets to lord it over all the others for seven days, we’ve actually got loads of nearly-as-good things in this week including a happy return from The Chills, the exciting new Trust Fund, a new one from nu-gazers Cheatahs, a nice thing from lovely Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, and some big and lush Harmonia re-issues.

Other bonus stuff

Before we get started in earnest, a few more bonus bits for you this week:

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

  • Cheatahs return with their second album and more of their twisty nostalg-gaze.
  • Helvetia make marvellously sprawling avant indie rock like the Kinks and Captain Beefheart having a fight. Two of them are in Built to Spill.
  • Lovely lad Martin Courtney of Real Estate politely offers his new solo album of delightful pastoral pop just like his group.
  • Trust Fund do the ‘90’s grungy guitar revival with elasticated vocals thing pretty well.
  • British Sea Power have toured with horns and now release and album of them playing (with the horns).
  • Younghusband hit some dizzy heights on their laid back new record of Deerhunter-ish pop.
  • Beach Slang are the new Husker Du (maybe).
  • El VY have the man from the National singing. Kinda sounds like a perky the National.
  • Chris Walla the man who used to be in Death Cab For Cutie discovers ‘Tape Loops’
  • Wilco unleash their ‘Star Wars’ on actual physical record.
  • Bill Mackay and Album of the Year contender Ryley Walker hook up for an album of live guitar improvisations.
  • Robert Pollard is back once again with his Circus Devils. Just the 13th under that name.
  • Jeffrey Lewis has his usual upbeat bounce on his new LP. He draws on the cover too.
  • Boogarins are a psychedelic pop / rock group from Brazil who sing mostly in Portuguese.
  • Bands are called literally anything these days. Here’s the new one from Car Seat Headrest.
  • Year of Glad are experimental drone folkers for fans of Sigur Ros and Dirty Three.
  • Golden boy of UK hop Roots Manuva is back with what they tell us is his best album since ‘Run Come Save Me’
  • Confusingly for me Steve Moore isn’t R.Stevie Moore at all. Instead it’s the Zombi guy doing a real film soundtrack rather than inventing one.
  • Speaking of Zombi, they return with ‘Shape Shift’ - up with their best says the temporarily returned Li’l Biz.
  • He gets where water wouldn’t: Dev Hynes collabs with Connan Mockasin.
  • Long Beard make nice slinky slowcore.
  • Guy Garvey, still recovering from that Jools Holland synth solo, has a new album out. Tune into 6 Music at any hour of any day to hear it.


  • I’ve written Harmonia twice on my slab of paper which either means I forgot I’d written it or that they have two things out. Luckily it’s the can get their ‘Complete Works’ for lots of money or for a tenner buy the unreleased ‘Documents 1975’ on tape for a tenner.
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s much loved ‘Multi Love’ is here on blue vinyl.
  • One of the best indie rock albums of forever Built To Spill’s ‘There Is Nothing Wrong With Love’ is back out on vinyl.
  • Boards of Canada fans: sit up (if you aren’t too stoned) and listen to this soothing Hidden Rivers album.
  • Have you ever thought about giving Sun Ra a go but have found it all a bit daunting? Well disck jockey Giles Peterson has made it a bit easier.
  • The Velvet Underground’s ‘Loaded’ has expanded from one LP to 6 CDs.
  • Eels. Eels. Everywhere you look there are Eels.
  • The Wake are much re-issued aren’t they? This week it’s the turn of their ‘Here Comes Everybody’.
  • Mystery Italian electronic composition from Lamartine on Finders Keepers.
  • Hat-loving Geordie’s Maximo Park get a couple of albums from the combover years re-issued.
  • Third and last chapter of Hartmut Geerken archival recordings. Features an eight year old on congas.
  • A nice vinyl re-issue of Loscil’s ‘Plume’ has just landed.
  • This post-punk collection compiles a bunch of lost 7”s from the era.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

  • Actress clones himself into Levantis for ‘Romantic Psychology 1’. An ultra-stoned sounding album of blue electronics on Technicolor.
  • Rian Treanor’s ‘A Rational Tangle’ EP funks up the SND template on Death of Rave.
  • Ansome has four cuts of pure face shredding hard as nails techno filth in the form of ‘The White Horse’ on Perc Trax.
  • Rabit has his debut album ‘Communion’ out on Tri Angle that splatters Grime into a zillion pieces.
  • Robert Turman’s ‘Macro’ tapes get vinylized into a measly 218 copies with screen-printed art. Nuff said.
  • Massive bearded lazer man Robin Fox is at it again on Editions Mego.
  • Rodz-Konez bossman Makaton’s ‘Nothing Can Be Held In Our Hands For Long’ 12” on James Ruskin’s Blueprint will shake out the cobwebs.
  • Japanese dub-stepper Goth Trad has a giant plate of wobble served up on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik. ‘Sinker/Sunbeam VIP’ be their names.
  • Answer Code Request / Marcelus / Steffi ‘Blue Hour Remixed 1’. Obvious what that one is.
  • My dreams are usually terrifying and involve things like little kids getting decapitated. Chihei Hatakeyama’s ‘Five Dreams’ are far less disturbing. Ambient bliss out gear.
  • Limited, pricey one sided (vinyl wasting) 12” from IVVVO with epic doomy techno cut ‘When I Feel You Wet’. Dirty bugger.
  • FaltyDL does some edits in finest NYC tradition on his Blueberry Records label.
  • Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm ‘Collaborative Works’ compilation does what it says on the tin. Includes some previously unreleased extra stuff.
  • Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Bul go full on electric space jazz on RVNG Intl. Like whoa!
  • Ireland’s techno ambassador Sunil Sharpe has another label that isn’t Earwiggle. A pair of 12”s on On The Hoof from the man himself solo and as Larynx Tompkins with half of Whirling Hall Of Knives.
  • Hyperdub bring more Chicago Footwork. This time it’s DJ Taye twisting yer legs into knots.
  • Shigeto’s back on Ghostly International with the ‘Intermission’ EP. He even throws in a little Kalimba for the kids.
  • Collection of raw ‘Underground Cassette Productions 1989-92’ from Raz Mesinai probably best known as Badawi. See How To Kill A Boom Box.
  • Pretend you’re actually cool enough to get into Berghain with ‘Zehn’ a gargantuan 10x12” or 3CD set on Ostgut Ton featuring Marcel Dettmann, Function, Ben Klock, Planetary Assault Systems etc.
  • Brooklyn's finest Adam X aka Traversable Wormhole pops up on L.I.E.S. as ADMX-71 (review to follow).
  • Hieroglyphic Being Jamal Moss collected early works as I.B.M on Interdimensional Transmissions ‘From The Land of Rape & Honey (The Suppressed Tapes) 1995 - 2005’ (review to follow).
  • 3x ‘Modern warfare’ 12”s on XL from Special Request. No stupid billboard’s were used in the promotion.
  • Plus currently being unboxed goodies from Space Dimension Controller on Clone Royal Oak, Syracuse LP on Antinote, Maoupa Mazzocchetti and Sean Pierce gear on Mannequin and Stump Valley 2x12” on Rush Hour's No ‘Label’.

7 inches of utter desperation:

  • Laced are a non ‘beach’ referencing band made up of members of Beach Fossils and Nude Beach.
  • Le Butcherettes have written a topical song about how shit beards are.
  • New Courtney Love single. Just £10.50 to you.

Just landed:

Even as we go to press stuff is coming in. New records from Benoit Pioulard, Personable, Sean McCann, Gabriel Saloman and a restock of that ace Phantom Horse vinyl have just landed. Don’t you worry, we’ll tell you all about them in the Tuesday update.

That’s it from us. Enjoy the mild.

Words by Clint with Ant.

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Laurie, Kim, Ian, Jon and Nathon.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Robert Turman


9/10 from Laurie

Ah, the joys of reviewing one of Ant’s favourite music people. The knowledge that as soon as it’s submitted, his eyes will be tearing your words to shreds amidst on »


Romantic Psychology 1

9/10 from Ant

As soon as I heard that Levantis ‘Believe’ 12” on The Trilogy Tapes I thought it sounded like Actress. That probably makes me sound like a smart arse but on »


Shape Shift

9/10 from Li'l Biz

So it's been four or five years since Zombi hooked up with everyone's favourite metal label to release "Escape Velocity", arguably the bands best work to date. Since then on »



8/10 from Clinton

If you buy one modern day shoegaze album then I’d recommend Cheatahs debut self titled record - a tight and taught reminder of what was good about the genre. This ( on »

The Balustrade Ensemble

Renewed Brilliance

8/10 from Laurie

The opening moments of The Balustrade Ensemble’s second album present to you the loungey, chorused electric guitars of 80s jazz fusion or Slowdive. You’re on »

Chihei Hatakeyama

Five Dreams

8/10 from Ant

Since Japan’s Chihei Hatakeyama first appeared in 2006 with his debut on Kranky, he’s been an extremely prolific producer of lush ambient music. With more than on »



8/10 from Ant

Houston, Texas producer Rabit is back on Tri Angle, following up his ‘Baptizm’ EP for the label with his debut full length ‘Communion’. In the interim on »


The White Horse

8/10 from Ant

Four absolute slammers from Ansome aka Kieran Whitefield on Perc Trax. The first tune ‘Hang Dawg’ is a belter, apparently getting spins from Dave Clarke and would on »

Rian Treanor

A Rational Tangle

8/10 from Ant

‘A Rational Tangle’ is the debut release from Rian Treanor and gets going with the first tune straight from the SND school of pristine minimal sound palette but on »

Air Max '97

Core Work / Expenditure

8/10 from Ant

Artist name of the week must surely be rewarded to Air Max ‘97. This guy has had stuff out on Liminal Sounds and Trax Couture but this is the first thing I’ve on »

Goth Trad

Sinker / Sunbeam VIP

8/10 from Laurie

New bass frequencies from Japanese stepper Goth Trad on the hallowed Deep Medi imprint. We’ve got a duo of tunes, one completely new and one somewhat new, the B side on »

Featured albums

Benoît Pioulard
Hartmut Geerken / John Tchicai
Gabriel Saloman
Sunil Sharpe
Robert Turman
Circus Devils
Goth Trad
Rian Treanor
Year of Glad
Long Beard
Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes
Larynx Tompkins
Sean McCann
Chihei Hatakeyama
Answer Code Request / Marcelus / Steffi
Maoupa Mazzocchetti
Space Dimension Controller
Guy Garvey
Sean Pierce
Trust Fund
The Velvet Underground
Phantom Horse
Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Special Request
Courtney Love
Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker
Le Butcherettes
Martin Courtney
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Stump Valley
British Sea Power
Chris Walla
The Chills
Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl
Robin Fox
DJ Taye
Steve Moore
Car Seat Headrest
Roots Manuva
Beach Slang
Hidden Rivers
The Wake
Annabel (lee)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Built To Spill