Thursday March 30th 2016
- Record of the Week. 10% off til the clock wallops midnight.
- PRE-ORDER: new Andy Stott.
- BACK IN! ‘Prowler’ by Pye Corner Audio. Last ever copies.
It is a veritable post rock gluttony fest this week with new records from big hitters Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Add in new records from Gnod, Bibio, the Last Shadow Puppets and Dead Skeletons plus Burial and Battles re-issues already this is an insanely busy week. But there’s more...see below for details.
The General Round-up Of Good New Sound
New discs to feed your record player. Yum.
- Disgruntled experimentalists Gnod continue to hiss and snarl on terrifying new record.
- Post rock lords Mogwai unleash a soundtrack for scientific doc.
- The world’s most cinematic band Explosions in the Sky do more climaxing. Coloured vinyl if you are quick.
- Lad collabers the Last Shadow Muppets make actually quite good album.
- We got the vinyl in of the Necks guy Chris Abrahams lovely new record. Robin “pleased”.
- Lovely ‘EARS’ album of Buchla, tropical electronics and experimental pop from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Recommended listening with a pair of ears.
- Oh September Girls. Oh lord.
- Psych drone guys Dead Skeletons played in Berlin. Someone taped it and now it’s on vinyl with screen printed D side. The end.
- Brand new Yeasayer on coloured wax.
- Future Elevators make comforting modern day electronic pop. We all like to be comforted.
- Bleached are rawwwwk ladies.
- Super producer and the Paper Chase guy John Congleton has odd-rock fun.
- Bibio’s new one is like a mix tape done by a frustrating friend.
- I don’t think either of the Pet Shop Boys have hair now. They still know how to synth pop though.
- Near our grimy office sits a grimy river. Folksters Trembling Bells have referred to it in the title to their new EP.
- Glitterbust is the new record from rock’s fourth best Kim (Gordon).
- Black Mountain get this week’s best description. “Cemetery Breeding” is somewhere between a folk rock murder ballad and a psych cover of Kaiser Chiefs’ “Love’s Not A Competition” says Robin.
- Laura Gibson’s flat blew up. Then she made a good record. Have you done either? Think on.
- Two metal records from Graves at Sea and Tombs. Not happy bunnies.
- Ambient synth vignette from Richard Neale with Part 2 of his ‘Deep Blue’ series.
- Lovely Icelandic electroacoustic neo-classicisms from Calder.
The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:
Old things. Re-hashed. Re-cashed.
- The two Burial records get the vinyl re-press treatment and now include the tracks missing off the first pressing. Bonus!
- Battles get pretty much everything re-issued.
- At the other end of the music spectrum, slightly sinister Lancaster couple the Lovely Eggs get the re-issue treatment.
- Grimes almost references a bleak Yorkshire place on re-booted album.
- Another re-issue from travel toiletries expert Gruff Rhys.
- Just as Welsh as Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon gets her ‘Mug Museum’ re-sold.
- New Zealand legend Peter Jeffries ‘87 collab with Jono Lonie (not Jonah Lomu) re-hits the stores.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Amongst his likes are bloops, bleeps and even a few blips.
- Limited tape of FM explorations and microtonal drones on .meds from NYZ aka Dave Noyze / Noyzelab.
- Explosive Gareth Davis & Merzbow cobweb clearing LP.
- Lovely spooked ambient, drone, piano tape from Cofradia De Los Herederos Del Vino featuring that Be My Friend In Exile chap. 77 copies each with unique collage.
- Jlin 12” on Planet Mu we apparently weren’t cool enough to stock first time around.
- 3AM head nodding music from Dean Blunt and chums as Babyfather on Hyperdub. Warning: cover art features Union Jack clad Segway.
- Keenly anticipated Ash Koosha album on Ninja Tune “drops”. Sounds decent and all.
- Rat on Saturn’s Jan St. Werner is at it again on Thrill Jockey.
- Wallet destroying limited 12” from Kyoka on Raster Noton.
- Red Axes transform Lena Platonos tracks on Dark Entries into solid dancefloor tools.
- Both Burial albums now pressed on 180g wax with download codes. Including the beatless tunes that were on the CD editions but absent from initial vinyl pressings.
- Tasty Alex Barnett and HIDE records on Midwhich Productions. Both with useful sleeves for inducing nightmares in naughty children.
- DeepChord. You know the score.
- Glacial Movements offering from Robin Storey’s Rapoon alias - about awakening of dormant mega virus and stuff. Happy days.
- T’gyption Lover ‘T’gypyt T’gypyt’ seminal hip-hop/ electro classic on white triangular vinyl 7" in pyramid sleeve on Stones Throw. Phwoar!
- Bruce Lee? Bruce Forsyth? Bruce Willis? Bruce Dickinson? Nope just Bruce with a 12”er on Hessle Audio.
- Filthy banger / dirty sausage on South London Analogue Material from Keepsakes with Bas Mooy and Forward Strategy Group mixes.
- Just in this second is the new record from long form techno king the Field.
Records once intended for Ronnie Corbett.
- Brothers gonna work it out. Bro’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON remix each other.
- Loren Connors plays the piano.
- ‘80s electro producer Egyptian Lover is getting the Stones Throw re-issue treatment. Ahead of that check out this crazy looking 7”.
- Sultry and experimental dream pop it says here from the dreadfully monikered Babeheaven.
...and I suppose we should mention it before we go. Here’s our Record Store Day 2016 99% confirmed list.
Words by Clint and Ant. Some words lifted from text originally scribed by Robin.
The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & young master Laurie.
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