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Thursday April 28th 2016

So after last week’s melee let’s get back to telling you about all the wonderful records that can be bought at any time of day or night. Lashings of good stuff out this week, so without further ado, let’s list.

The General Round-up Of Good New Sound

Top new sounds for your turntable…..

  • Dome-headed ambient pioneer Brian Eno unleashes the rather scary but rather good ‘The Ship’.
  • Party guys Melt Yourself Down produce a fun time record for your ‘Last Evening on Earth’.
  • King Gizzard and His Wizard Lizard are back after their two second hiatus with some hard rock.
  • The Dave Harrington Group are like the Dave Matthews Band if they went on some twiddle prog trip. F*ck art, let’s Dave.
  • Chocolate-voiced songster Adam Green returns with the soundtrack of his re-work of ‘Aladdin’.
  • In other ‘green’ news we have the debut long player from Manchester folk collagists Wintergreen.
  • Kyle Craft has interesting hair and a large voice… or the other way round.
  • “Vague platitudes, anonymous choruses, and the most ineffectual frontman of all time” -- Robin assesses the latest from his childhood favourites Travis.
  • In the latest ‘Tim’ news Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc issues his weird math acoustic wanderings.
  • The Jayhawks new album provides shards of Byrdsy jangle to cushion the ears of old people like me.
  • Your enjoyment of Doomsquad depends on how well you cope with the words Toronto-based art project. Guest players from the twin f*cks- Holy F*ck and F*cked Up.
  • Greys won’t win any band name of the year competition but they do angular pop punk pretty fine.
  • Antwon sets equality back as he strains every sinew looking for a lady pal.
  • Petra Hayden covers the Who ‘Sell Out’ in it’s entirety. Please don’t ask why.
  • Hilariously-monikered Michigan folks Pity Sex have Robin hanging onto their every mutter.
  • Sun Araw presented their space dub hippy shit to an audience. Someone taped it.

And there’s more from the likes of Johnny Marr offspring Man Made, psych lads New Madrid, impressive psych collagists Horse Lords, Berlin-centric piano ensemble The Still (feat Chris Abrahams of the Necks), Kid Millions reworking Harry Taussig, Om Unit resurrecting his early beat experiments as 2Tall, whilst Misty Miller upsets her mum.

The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:

They've just rebadged it, you fool!

  • Now in on vinyl experience the music ‘n’ mouth diarrhoea combination that is Jesu/Sun Kil Moon.
  • Ohwoaowowwhwhwwhahhh Wahh Wahh hWooaoh Woaaah! It’s the Heads!
  • Loads of re-issues coming out on Domino soon. This week we have Robert Wyatt, Four Tet and Cass McCombs.
  • There seems to be re-issues from former Field Mice folks Trembling Blue Stars and basically the same people Lightning in a Twilight Hour.
  • Ezra Furman gets his ‘The Day of No Returning’ re-waxed.
  • Underpants! Some obscure John Foxx B sides have been vinylized.
  • Not often we get a record in from someone from Manfred Mann in stock but today is that day with Mike Vickers soundtrack to ‘Dracula’ on Death Waltz.
  • Remember CDs? ‘Another Splash of Colour’ is a 3CD set documenting the glory years of ‘80’s British psych pop with the likes of the Cleaners from Venus and Nic Nicely leading the tie-dye charge.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He eats techno….and he’s split his round up into three sections. This is some next level sh*t.

New Music Bonanza:

  • Detroit/ Berlin techno lords Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald (also yet to be consumed by music legend death syndrome) back for seconds on Tresor.
  • NHK yx Koyxen aka Kouhei Matsunaga limited white label 12” of skewed techno on L.I.E.S.
  • From Net Labels to Planet Mu: The Antwood Success Story.
  • Third hit from FaltyDL’s ongoing ‘Mean Streets’ series on Swamp 81. What’s a Mook?
  • Bass music instigators Horsepower Productions back on the scene.
  • Murcof x Wagner get all minimal. Soon they’ll be nothing left of them.
  • Max D ‘Boost’ LP… soon to be followed by “Twix” EP (chocolate joke). Plus Will DiMaggio limited one-sided jazzy houser - both on Future Times.
  • Proving that Nathon’s aren’t just good at web stuff, Nathan Melja with some cool French house and electronics.
  • Epic ambient offering from Ian Martin and darker ambient from Sapphirine Phlant. 50 copies, handmade packaging on Shimmering Moods.
  • Tons more including; Submerse on Project: Mooncircle, Assar + Four Legs on Born Free, Call Super on Dekmantel, Zemi17 on The Bunker New York, Bruce, Virginia on Ostgut Ton.

Electronic Repress Corner:

Electronic Archive Centre:

  • Cracking Jean Schwarz LP on Recollections GRM. Warning: Avoid listening if you don’t want to involuntarily sprout an instant beard.
  • Stonking Egyptian Lover 4LP box set on Stones Throw. Rammed with classic oldskool hip-hop/ electro booty bouncers.
  • New old Jega tracks - finally in on wax courtesy of good ole’ Skam.
  • Dennis Young of punk funkers Liquid Liquid loved a good twiddle back in the 80’s.
  • New age ambient wizard J.D. Emmanuel 3LP of ‘Electronic Minimal Music’ plus chakra pleasing Ariel Kalma reissues.
  • Workdub cuts from the late 80’s resurrected on Music From Memory.
  • Whopping ‘Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975 - 1985’ 4CD box set on Cherry Red inc. Throbbing Gristle, John Foxx, Colin Potter, Thomas Leer, Chris & Cosey, Muslimgauze etc.
  • Cristian Vogel classics remastered on Sub Rosa. Some ace oldies on there.


Tape That (the new name for Tape corner):

You’d be a ‘spool’ not to buy these. Heh.

That’s it for the week. Please remember that in this freezing land we have a May Day Bank Holiday on which I think we are supposed to twirl around a pole. In any case it means we won’t be here on Monday so apologies if things will take a little longer to ship out. Please rest assured we will work any frost bitten fingers we have left to the bone on Tuesday.

Until then…. Dilly Ding Dilly Dong.

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

The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & his mansplain-ette Laurie.
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Joep Beving

Solipsism

9/10 from Jamie

I'm half way through the opening track on Joep's latest CD and I am struck by the clear and overwhelming thought that this is the sort of stately, austere and classical w...read on »

Egyptian Lover

1983–1988

9/10 from Ant

Absolutely essential anthology for anyone interested in early West Coast hip-hop / foundation electro or just old school hip hop in general. Greg Broussard aka Egyptian Lover ...read on »

Squadra Blanco

Night of the Illuminati

9/10 from Ant

One of only two releases on Viewlexx sub-label Holosynthesis, 2002’s ‘Night of the Illuminati’ has long been a cherished component in Danny Wolfer’s ra...read on »

The Still

The Still

9/10 from Robin

The Still, I think, are liars. I’ve been doing my best impression of boring second-fiddle detective Lewis in investigating their history on the internet; their own press...read on »

Steve Nolan

Sodium Party

8/10 from Jamie

The soundtrack to the indie film and dark fairytale 'Sodium Party' is presented here on a hand-numbered, limited-to-100 cassette with new artwork specially for this release. T...read on »

M. Ostermeier

Tiny Birds

8/10 from Jamie

Clint has just handed me the latest neoclassical opus by M Ostermeier to review. Marc -- that's what the 'M' stands for, by the way -- is a professor of chemical and bio-...read on »

Samiyam

Animals Have Feelings

8/10 from Clinton

The only music that is really doing it for me is yet again hip-hop. With great records in the racks from Dalek and soon Homeboy Sandman and the severely hip-hop...read on »

Adam Green

Aladdin

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes brilliant songwriter and total and utter lunatic Adam Green has remade ‘Aladdin’. Please don’t ask why. It's not for us to question, let&rsquo...read on »

Pity Sex

White Hot Moon

8/10 from Robin

I could sit here and feel sorry for relationship-nihilists Pity Sex all day, since they’re saying things like “nothing matters” overtop sad, subliminally sho...read on »

Melt Yourself Down

Last Evenings On Earth

8/10 from Robin

Hello. It is the return of party fusion contingent Melt Yourself Down and that is good. I am RSVPing to them with this review. We’ve already had hints of their return th...read on »

Caroline K

Now Wait For Last Year

8/10 from Ant

First ever vinyl reissue of this beautiful, cinematic, narcotic synth LP from 1985. The late Caroline K was half of UK underground industrial duo Nocturnal Emissions along wit...read on »

Sand Circles

Motor City

8/10 from Clinton

You know that time where you hear something good and new and you think  - this must catch on. This exact thing happens on the second track here ‘White San...read on »

Brian Eno

The Ship

8/10 from Laurie

The man behind that album Airport Music is still going strong after all these years. Or maybe light- or middleweight, but who am I to judge? What even is ambient music anyway?...read on »

Antwood

Virtuous.Scr

8/10 from Laurie

Machines hum and whirr. Throats open wide, purring for hours. A tiger roars, a synth stabs, and suddenly it starts to rain. This is what 2 tracks into microbiologist-cum-music...read on »

Nathan Melja

No No No

8/10 from Clinton

You should have seen me this morning. In my lap were scores of obscure dance 12”s that Ian had kindly plonked in my box for ‘review’ and I was tryi...read on »

The Jayhawks

Paging Mr. Proust

8/10 from Clinton

CO-PRODUCED BY PETER BUCK screams the large font down at the bottom of the promo CD. Indeed this long running Minneapolis band and the former R.E.M guitarist are the perf...read on »

Kane Ikin

Modern Pressure

8/10 from Ant

Modern Pressure eh! Tell me about it, man. My iCloud password is playing up and I’m visualising myself taking a flight to Apple HQ with a Samurai Sword. Oh hang on, they...read on »

Featured albums

Lightning In A Twilight Hour
Cold Pumas
NHK yx Koyxen
FaltyDL
Bruce
Nathan Melja
Sun Araw
Wintergreen
Palms Trax
Steve Nolan
Man Made
Virginia
Horse Lords
Petra Haden
Jean Schwarz
Ian Martin
Sapphirine Phlant
Dennis Young (Liquid Liquid)
Travis
Various
Various
Misty Miller
The Jayhawks
Pity Sex
Hey Colossus
Murcof x Wagner
New Madrid
Kyle Craft
Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann)
The Still
Tim Kinsella
John Foxx
Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Egyptian Lover
Antwood
2Tall
Cristian Vogel
Greys
Workdub
Call Super
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland
Salamandos
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Gladio
Melt Yourself Down
Dave Harrington Group
J.D. Emmanuel
Zemi17
Will DiMaggio
Adam Green
Horsepower Productions
Antwon
Brian Eno
Doomsquad
Assar + Four Legs
Jega
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Max D
Haf Haf
IVVVO
Aisha Devi
Ezra Furman
Squadra Blanco
The Heads
Four Tet (Fourtet)
Robert Wyatt
Trembling Blue Stars
Cass McCombs