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Thursday April 7th 2016

On the week that we heard that there’s due to be a new Jimmy Somerville album, we go hurtling into our 21st year with a marvellous potpourri of new sounds for your ears to thank you for. Read below for all the rounding up you will ever need.

The General Round-up Of Good New Sound

A round-up of (generally) round things.

  • We have SIGNED copies of Alun Woodward (the Delgados) soundtrack to ‘Music From Battle Mountain’.
  • Hands up who wants an enjoyable pop record for summer? Teleman may have provided it for you.
  • Funny indie slackers Parquet Courts keep it relaxed on ‘Human Performance’.
  • The Go Betweens mini me’s The Goon Sax show how being a teenager in Australia might be ok.
  • In bad record news Night Moves make what could be the worst one ever.
  • M83 do a thing no-one else has ever done - they worship the 80s.
  • Boulevards do that early Wham! thing.
  • Frightened Rabbit continue their Snow Patrol style mutate on ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’.
  • FUZZ CLUB CORNER: Loads of stuff on Fuzz Club by the likes of Tales of Murder and Dust, One Unique Signal, The Underground Youth and a White Hills/RMFTM split
  • Ben Watt makes slowly maturing acoustic pop for swiftly maturing people.
  • Weezer are still making hi-gloss singalongs.
  • York’s finest psychster Wolf Solent went all the way to Japan to record a new EP.
  • Big collective Teen Suicide make oddball lo-fi as good as its title is long.
  • Grinding, noisy, shouty rock music from Wales your thing? Try Future of the Left.
  • John Duncan (who he?) does a remarkable album of covers he’s dedicated to Mika Vainio who actually is not dead.
  • Re-issue legend Jonny Trunk creates his own music to go alongside Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:

Old things. Re-hashed. Re-cashed. Tons of the buggers.

  • Two new CD re-issues of hard to find albums from heavy and abrasive shoegazers Nadja
  • Country Teasers third album ‘Destroy All Human Life’ gets a first time vinyl re-issuing.
  • Pastoral English people July Skies get their tranquil ‘Weather Clock’ re-waxed by Rivertones.
  • The amazing post-This Heat album from Charles Bullen as Lifetones has been given the Light in the Attic treatment.
  • Stelvio Cipriani’s jazzy dramatic soundtrack for the 1977 thriller Tentacles has been re-wired.
  • Drones galore in the legendary ‘72 era collaboration between Tony Conrad and Faust.
  • Placebo’s third album ‘Meds’ is back out. Contains the hits….er….and ….um.
  • It’s a hard name to you remember but if you like propulsive ‘70s psych prog you might dig these Trad, Gras och Stenar re-issues including big CD box set.
  • Library music type gear from Rino de Filippi, The Fine Machine and Piero Umiliani.
  • Ulver’s black metal period has been re-waxed. Listen again to records about wolves and darkness.
  • John Carpenter’s ‘Dark Star’ is back out, remastered with a bonus 7”.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Here comes the bleeps guy….

  • Kryptic Mind Simon Shreeve drops some heavy, sludgy stompers with gloomy, apocalyptic/ futuristic sound design and dark ambient soundscapes on Downwards.
  • Demdike Stare exhume decaying ‘Strange Beauty’ tapes from the attic of Orior - reminiscent of everything from Coil to Vangelis.
  • Italian techno legend Lory D unleashes some squirmers plus proper heavy house trax from Adesese Versions both on Numbers.
  • HEX dish out splattered shrapnel beats on Liberation Technologies.
  • Arovane is still at it, with a plate of dank, drizzly dub techno out on Echospace.
  • Tom Knapp’s record of incredible spaced out futurist sound design ‘Mophoc Rez’ has finally landed. 222 copies on Ge-Stell.
  • Tim Hecker joins the legendary ranks of 4AD alongside Pixies, Cocteau Twins and erm… Joker.
  • Ultra minimal electronics from COH.
  • Fancy EP from E L O N aka Elon Katz (Streetwalker / White Car) 100% sexual!
  • Fabulous Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera ‘Magnetic Systems’ LP on Finders Keepers for the Giallo disco/ soundtrack fiends.
  • Nurse With Wound eternal classic ‘Soliloquy For Lilith’ 4LP box set reissued!
  • Low Jack hijacks footwork.
  • Gargantuan Cluster 1971-1981 box set anthology.
  • Commodo and Sully comin’ at ya bassbins via Black Acre.
  • In Aeternam Vale / Bronze Teeth monster rough ass techno sound clash.
  • Droney, glitchy ambient Vektormusik disc on Time Released Sound -100 copies in digipak + cop that art edition... Phwoar!
  • DABJ Allstars Vol. 2 12” inc. Denis Sulta, Fear-E and CT Trax.
  • Annie Hall electro business as usual on Central Processing Unit.
  • Ghost Box fans probably oughta check the Boreal Network LP on More than Human.
  • Turkish Trap on Planet Mu from Sami Baha.
  • Kangding Ray / Rrose each take a side of a 12” on Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts. Plus Rrose x Tujurikkuja 12” on Eaux.
  • Blackhill Transmitter LP aka Future Sound of London aka erm... FSOL.
  • Get yer noise fix with a speaker shredding cassette from Norwegian sound botherer Lasse Marhaug or deluxe Atrax Morgue ‘Ripper Box’.
  • +++ Beats In Space label compilation 2CD on RVNG Intl. MGUN 2LP, Frak EP on Dark Entries, Imaginary Forces 12” on Fang Bomb, Paranoid London 12”, Oliver Ho 12” on Blueprint, Ansome album on Perc Trax, Neil Landstrumm 12” on Don’t… pHew!

7”s

Like 12”s but with a lot less length…

  • Tindersticks-like indie folk Last Harbour release neat new 7”
  • Choppy ‘70s power-pop style rock music from Sheer Mag. Sounds good!
  • Indie pop veterans Milky Wimpshake celebrate being the first bus pass cuties with new 7”.
  • Electro-indie-bedroom-pop recorded on an Iphone by Culte on the always great, always lavish Box Bedroom Rebels.


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Words by Clint and Ant. Some words lifted from text originally scribed by Robin.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & baby Laurie.
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Tim Hecker

Love Streams

10/10 from Laurie

Here he is. The man of the hour, the one who said a nervous ‘hi’ to me at Belgrave before disappearing behind a thick wall of dry ice. The one who loves streams so...read on »

Colin Stetson

presents: SORROW - A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

9/10 from Robin

This record is a massively collaborative effort, but Stetson has always been collaborating. He brought in Laurie Anderson and Shara Worden to narrate the events residing over ...read on »

Cloudland Canyon

An Arabesque

9/10 from Robin

Kosmische dance nerds Cloudland Canyon make a sort of glitch-calibrated krautrock that feels both rigid as fuck and light as clouds. With them, you feel like you could bounce ...read on »

Teen Suicide

It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot

9/10 from Robin

This is set to be Teen Suicide’s last record, which would be crushing I’m sure, if fans weren’t very much expecting frontfellow Sam Ray and friends to contin...read on »

Simon Shreeve

Healing Bowl

9/10 from Ant

As dubstep appeared to be dying a slow and painful wobbly death, Kryptic Minds were putting out some awesome stuff on Loefah’s Swamp 81 label. This was my introduction t...read on »

Seamus Cater

The Three Things You Can Hear

8/10 from Robin

God bless the self-explanatory. Seamus Cater has made an album and the first thing he would like you to know is how: on “Crabb 9807” he plays his vintage concertin...read on »

Boreal Network

Itasca Road Trip

8/10 from Jamie

Oh looky, a Bandcamp favourite! In lovely vinyl form! Boreal Network’s Nicole Johnson is a Seattle-based producer; she has crafted here a sun-dappled, hazily nostalgic L...read on »

Annie Hall

Tenured Positions

8/10 from Jamie

Four tracks of crystalline electro-tinged IDMtronica from Annie Hall have just dropped from your favourite binary-referencing dance label on this beauty of an E.P. ‘Cur...read on »

Ben Watt

Fever Dream

8/10 from Jamie

Ben has stated in the run-up to Fever Dream’s release that these songs were deeply inspired by the Hendra release and its reception, the comprehensive touring and the re...read on »

Vektormusik

Time Woke Up In Darkness excerpts Vol 2

8/10 from Jamie

Danish Duo Vektormusik present, in true minimalist style, a set of ten excerpts from music composed for theatrical types Carte Blanche in beautiful old-but-modern Copenhagen. ...read on »

The Goon Sax

Up To Anything

8/10 from Clinton

It's funny because if I could turn back the hands of time one of the things I'd do would be to make the Go-Betweens young again and actually to make myself young again so I co...read on »

Lifetones

For A Reason

8/10 from Clinton

This is great. It is the project Charles Bullen did after the dissolution of the legendary This Heat. It is the sort of album which gives a good name to the word "fusion". It'...read on »

Low Jack

Lighthouse Stories

8/10 from Laurie

It’s only a matter of time before everyone stops making ‘dancey’ dance music. You know, the clean & pristine minimal take on beats aplenty that insists o...read on »

E L O N

Concupiscence EP

8/10 from Laurie

Concupiscence: strong sexual desire. And how better to sonically represent that than sex samples? On this 12” EP thing, E L O N goes full Venetian Snares/Hecate and pull...read on »

One Unique Signal

Hoopsnake

8/10 from Robin

The band name suggests hillside ambient; the album title promises shred at a distance. One Unique Signal are one of Fuzz Club’s recent psych-noise outfits and they&rsquo...read on »

Parquet Courts

Human Performance

8/10 from Robin

Here we are again, in the court of Parquet Courts. Okay, that didn’t work. Last time we checked in with these slackbros, they were doing their guitar music in MS Paint, ...read on »

Tom Knapp

Mophoc Rez

8/10 from Jim

This EP by Tom Knapp has all the qualities of some bizarre piece of debris netted in deep space and bought back for us to wonder at the unearthly processes that went into shap...read on »

Teleman

Brilliant Sanity

8/10 from Clinton

Hands up who wants a fantastic pop LP for the summer months? Well my hands are right up in the aor and I’m hoping this Teleman album will do the trick. It’s one of...read on »

Alun Woodward

Music From Battle Mountain

8/10 from Clinton

This year I like cycling. I tell you what happened…I bought a bike. Nothing better after a day of listening to bad music and getting nagged at is getting out on the ope...read on »

Arovane

Modul EP

8/10 from Clinton

Arovane made one of my favourite albums ever in 'Tides' a beautiful spring-like opus of acoustics and electronics that no home should be without.  I've lost track over th...read on »

Karim Sahraoui

Eternal Life EP Part 2

8/10 from Ant

In the absence of Derrick May making music in the classic Transmat mould (or even making new music at all). It’s been left to the artists he’s influenced to keep t...read on »

Alpha 606

Remixed

8/10 from Ant

Solid remix package on Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions with Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, and Ectomorphers BMG and Erika reworking cuts from Armando Martinez. At the ...read on »

HEX

HEX

8/10 from Ant

Mute’s Liberation Technologies unleash the debut EP from HEX. This sits reasonably comfortably in what I’ve been recently referring to as ‘Transformer Grime&...read on »

Dedekind Cut

American Zen

8/10 from Ant

We only have a coupla copies of this left at the time of writing and we won’t be able to get any more so there’s no point in me going off on one and writing a mass...read on »

Interstellar Funk

Electric Park Square

8/10 from Ant

This is the first music I’ve heard from young Dutch producer Olf Van Elden. I somehow managed to miss his previous output on Rush Hour, Tape Records Amsterdam and Dekman...read on »

Gavin Russom

Psychic Decolonization

8/10 from Ant

This is a pretty tasty 4-track EP from Gavin Russom on the ever reliable Swiss label Lux Rec. Landing just before his Black Meteoric Star album lands on Traxx’s Nation i...read on »

Orior

Strange Beauty

8/10 from Ant

Thanks to the detective work of Demdike Stare, the slowly decaying tapes for Orior’s ‘Strange Beauty’ have been exhumed from an attic somewhere in South East...read on »

Dälek

Asphalt For Eden

8/10 from Clinton

Hi Dalek. Been a while. But’s not Dalek as was. The trio are now down to just Will Brooks and it’s true that on the opening ’Shattered‘ some of the inc...read on »

Featured albums

SWANS
Wolf Solent
Vektormusik
Milky Wimpshake
Orior
John Duncan
Lasse Marhaug
Simon Shreeve
MGUN
Atrax Morgue
CoH
Ben Watt
Neil Landstrumm
Kangding Ray / Rrose
Arovane
Various
In Aeternam Vale / Bronze Teeth
Jonny Trunk / Jules Verne
Weezer
Blackhill Transmitter
The Goon Sax
Frightened Rabbit
Lory D
Alun Woodward
Country Teasers
Night Moves
Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera
Last Harbour
Culte
Adesse Versions
Ansome
Various
Boulevards
HEX
Cluster
Sully
Low Jack
Tony Conrad with Faust
Oliver Ho
White Hills / RMFTM
Frak
Tales of Murder and Dust
Rino de Filippi
Piero Umiliani
Future of The Left
M83
Imaginary Forces
One Unique Signal
The Fine Machine
Boreal Network
Sami Baha
Stelvio Cipriani
Teen Suicide
Dälek
Parquet Courts
Commodo
Lifetones
E L O N
Tim Hecker
Tom Knapp
Teleman
John Carpenter
Paranoid London
The Underground Youth
The Heads
July Skies
Nurse With Wound
Placebo