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Weekly Update Catfish and The Bottlemen, Helm & Decimus, yellow6, Jessica & The Fletchers, Holy Fuck, and more...

This week’s top news shards…

It’s ok, we’re here. Stabbing our fingers at the keys to provide you with another waft through the great, the good, the mediocre and the new Catfish and the Bottlemen LP. Plenty of stuff to wade through below so flip your eyes to their open setting and read on…….

Oh and please remember that this weekend is a Bank Holiday in the UK so we’ll be enjoying our own private leisure time on Monday.

New Music: Things that are literally happening this week.

  • STOP PRESS: Just arrived this second is the new Belbury Poly album on Ghost Box.
  • Bouncy synth from Glasgow funsters Happy Meals. Hand made sleeves too!
  • Phil recently admitted to liking Love and Money. This surprise news coincided with the release their Paul McGeechan’s Starless project.
  • Christian Naujoks makes modern classical using….guitars (?!)
  • In four sax lessons time Robin hopes to become England’s response to Idris Ackamoor.
  • We award relaxed guitar people Big Thief’s’ ‘Masterpiece’ album Record of Tuesday Afternoon between 2pm and 3pm.
  • Lana Del Ray style introspection and massive Adele style honks from new sausage dog owner Clare Maguire.
  • Kristin Kontrol used to be the singer in the Dum Dum Girls. She references classic era Tiffany and Debbie Gibson on her new album.
  • A heady rock broth from returning noiseniks Holy Fuck.
  • Big year for Chris Abrahams. Here he is again, this time in collaboration with Burkhard Beins. 57 varieties of ambience then.
  • Ambient guitar strummings from really christmassy guy Yellow 6.
  • Oh Mark Kozelek. A collection of schmaltz croonings from the man who might well dub himself The San Fran Sinatra.
  • Bonnie Scotland’s dour Malcolm Middleton gets his electronic pop fix with ‘Summer of ‘11’.
  • Gold Panda has issued what could be our Album of the Summer (subject to summer actually happening). Also comes with bumper sticker and art prints.
  • Beth Orton has hooked up with the Feck Buttons chap on ‘Kidsticks’.
  • We are delighted to be selling copies of the new Catfish and the Bottlemen record.
  • Flea says rock music is dead. He hadn’t counted on Wolfmother.
  • Pet Sounds is 50. The people at the Reverb Appreciation Society have compiled this not-bad-at-all tribute.

Getting pride of place on the non-bullet-pointed section is oddball singer and ambient lady Caro C, or you could try the melodic piano compositions of Ilya Beshevli, failing that there’s Szun Waves a collaboration between Portico folks, Luke Abbott and PVT and finally the Third Sound have toured with Brian Jonestown Massacre and have their album on fuzz club released on coke bottle coloured vinyl.

Reissues. Already happened in days gone by - now re-juiced.

  • Much required first album re-issue from comically named tape and electronics maverick John Bender.
  • Spthhhhoooooooooon (Spoon).
  • If your home is still without a copy of Talk Talk’s “Laughing Stock” then we request you get one. This is a compulsory purchase order.
  • The Pop Group have re-issued their live document ‘The Boy Whose Head Exploded’ on picture disc.
  • Moby has written a book, it seems. To celebrate some of his music has been re-issued.
  • Pontiak do rock music on Thrill Jockey.
  • There’s a large vinyl ‘best of’ soundtrack expert Hans Zimmer.
  • The vinyl edition of My Morning Jacket’s ‘It Still Moves’ is now f*cking massive.
  • Ash Koosha has his ‘I AKA I’ palindrome re-issued on Ninja Tune clear vinyl.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

His cul-de-sac shakes to the sound of Helm and Decimus.

  • Suzanne Ciani’s 1975 Buchla recordings finally see the light of day!
  • Superb LP of weird/zoned mysterious dark electronics from Helm & Decimus on Opal Tapes.
  • Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv join forces as Second Woman for a collaborative LP of futuristic electronics and a newie from Prostitutes, both on Spectrum Spools.
  • Lone reimagines rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hardcore, Jungle, House and Ambient on R&S.
  • Lee Gamble - like Clark on steroids according to our Laurie.
  • Blurry rhythms and eerie atmospherics with a dose of pop from Klara Lewis on Editions Mego.
  • Débruit dishes out some Turkish Delight.
  • Max Graef & Glenn Astro, David August and Seven Davis Jr. are keeping folks at the Ninja Tune camp busy.
  • Smashy and Nicey approved VA 1+2 Alzheimer's Research UK benefit 2CD on Tavern Eightieth inc. Zelienople, AGF, Matthew Collings, Isnaj Dui, Yaporigami etc.
  • Posh laser-etched 12” of Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra’s sounds from Mark Titchner’s ‘Rose’ film installation.
  • Absorbing, mind imploding electronics on the second LP from Brazilian (no pubic hair jokes please) producer MYMK.
  • Classy, gritty, techno/house hybrids from L.A producer Dreams on Nous.
  • Lolina aka former half of Hype Williams Inga Copeland ‘Live in Paris’ CD with vinyl to follow...
  • Tropical, dreamy gear on Antinote from Raphael Top-Secret & Nelson Bishop including a reggae infused Italo disco flavoured cut.

7”s:

All for one, one for all. Put them together they’ll build a (small) wall.

Next week Phil is off so when you email us please don’t call us Phil. Also we’ll try not to burn down the building.

Words by Clint and Ant, with a few squeaks nicked from sax guru Robin.

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

According to our review team at least...

Various

VA1+2

9/10 from Jamie

Gathering together a collection of musicians from within the broad and overlapping sound-worlds of leftfield electronics and electroacoustic experimentation, this rather fine ...read on »

yellow6

springsun

9/10 from Jamie

Lovely, delicately strummed ambient guitar from yellow6. I’m a lucky guy to be listening to this, today, on a Tuesday with the sun filtering through the streaky, late-Sp...read on »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

We Be All Africans

9/10 from Robin

Alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor has a CV that reads something like “I learned music from Cecil Taylor and now I lead a jazz group”, which has me way, way beat. The...read on »

Gold Panda

Good Luck and Do Your Best

9/10 from Clinton

It may be unseasonably cold and rainy outside but that doesn’t stop Gold Panda’s latest opus becoming my potential Album of the Summer. Now please don’t be u...read on »

Lee Gamble

Chain Kinematics

9/10 from Laurie

Thunderous kick barrages and flashy white noise hihats adorn Lee Gamble’s new 12” on his new label UIQ with some new music on. Big news. Lets just clarify this rig...read on »

Helm & Decimus

We Will Meet At Other Human Parties

9/10 from Ant

Both Luke Younger and Pat Murano have set the bar high with their solo productions as Helm and Decimus - so a collaborative record is a tantalising proposition for devourers o...read on »

Holy Fuck

Congrats

8/10 from Robin

Oh shit it’s Holy Fuck. Watch out they’re coming this way and they’ve got synths and illegal fireworks and one of them is juggling snares. This might be it f...read on »

ZoZo / Esper Scout

International Waters / Gaps In The Border Fence

8/10 from Robin

Herein you are listening to me talk about the 7" by two bands of the Leeds Chunk contingent, who happily complement each other on their race to the peak of non-league indie ro...read on »

Ilya Beshevli

Wanderer

8/10 from Clinton

Fuck I need to get out of the city. Dirt, bricks etc. This record is a piano led slice of escapism from city life.    It’s perky, the opening title track is ...read on »

Szun Waves

At Sacred Walls

8/10 from Laurie

So here’s another group that like to dismember then remember the Sun’s name. I know, ‘remember’ doesn’t mean ‘to put one’s head back ...read on »

Lone

Levitate

8/10 from Ant

Nottingham lad Matt Cutler aka Lone is back with his sixth album - his third for R&S with a concise 9 track LP channeling the spirit of rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hard...read on »

Blush Response

Body Architect

8/10 from Ant

4-track EP of potent industrial techno/ EBM from New York but now Berlin based producer Joey Blush - and it’s an absolute banger. ‘Body Artifakt’ kicks thing...read on »

Second Woman

Second Woman

8/10 from Ant

Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv join forces as Second Woman for a collaborative LP on John Elliott's Spectrum Spools imprint. It’s been som...read on »

Minor Victories

Minor Victories

8/10 from Clinton

Minor Victories are the absolute perfect band for today’s older Twitter generation. Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai/ 24.4K Twitter followers) , Rachel Goswell (Slow...read on »

Mirror Gaze

Watch

8/10 from Clinton

Absolutely exclusive to us, this cassette marks the debut of dark and interesting duo Mirror Gaze. Rather like the recent Northern Exchange material, this has a Young Marble G...read on »

Atlantikwall

Atlantikwall

8/10 from Clinton

I was listening to this whilst doing something completely different and for some reason got it into my head that it was Death in Vegas. "This new Death in Vegas" LP is really ...read on »

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Jessica & The Fletchers
Clare Maguire
Wolfmother
Catfish and The Bottlemen
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Szun Waves
Big Thief
Happy Meals
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Ilya Beshevli
David August
MYMK
Max Graef & Glenn Astro
Seven Davis Jr.
Kristin Kontrol
Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
My Morning Jacket
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The Pop Group
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Ash Koosha
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