Thursday Aug 4th 2016
- Record of the Week: 10% off until midnight tonight.
- Previously sold out vinyl. Now re-available Part 2.
Hints of autumn in the air and we start to see the first busy week of releases for a long while slowly preparing us for the onslaught that is to come when the nights get darker. To excite you for the future we suggest you look at our Top 50 Pre-orders list but for now let’s do a rundown of what is out this week.
Hot as a crumpet….cold as a mivvi.
- VW Golf driving guitar slinger J Mascis and his Dinosaur Jr pals re-live the glory days.
- Boys Forever match getting all upset about being dumped to stumbling C86 melodies.
- Cult of Free Love go all eastern and mystical on our asses. From Rhyl.
- Health&Beauty (their annoying spacing) are Ryley Walker’s backing band making weird Dirty Projectors-ish music when on their own.
- Syd Barrett ish collective Octopus Syng make wild psych as if they were on Elefant 6.
- Dirgey, lo-fi and slightly punked-up twee pop from Fir Cone Children.
- Messy psych fuzz pop guys Soft Gang make their teacher Robin very proud.
- Lowtide sound like Slowdive in both name and music.
- Post rock metallers Russian Circles get Robin wittering about polar bears
- Psych rock is so repetitive we couldn’t work out if RMFTM’s new one had been out before. It hadn’t but it is part of a trilogy. That explains.
- Trust Punks are what you do when you realise the Preoccupations record favours synths.
- Minnesota songstress Haley Bonar writes a really really good song and some other good ones too.
- Post-rockers 65daysofstatic make supplementary music for No Man’s Sky.
- Steve Jansen was in the group Japan and his new record borrows from big bro David Sylvian’s sense of mood.
- Michael Chapman’s homages to his fellow guitar pickers are just heartwarming.
- There’s a new Wild Beasts album we’d rather forget.
- Baltimore post rockers Sonna have all their B sides collated. They like snow.
- Hoary old blues done properly from Blues Pills.
- Margaret Glaspy has a whiskey soaked croak and sings quirky songs on ‘Emotions and Math’. No idea where the ‘s’ went to.
- I’ve rechristened Kid Canaveral the Twilight Happy. Does that describe them ok?
- Blossoms are like a local radio programmers wet dream.
- David West really really annoyed me the other day but then everything did.
- If you are a fan of the 70s kraut thump of the likes of Neu and early Kraftwerk then Camera could well be the band for you.
The Old News:
Re-ironed, re-washed and re-sold.
- Expensive but nice Beck reissues of ‘Odelay’ and ‘Mellow Gold’.
- Nice but expensive Elliott Smith re-issues of ‘XO’ and ‘Figure 8’.
- Couple of Damien Jurado re-issues.
- Lo-fi shoegazers Star get their ‘classic’ ‘Devastator’ record re-burned on shoegaze hobby horse Saint Marie.
- Taman Shud were Australians who liked surf and hard garage rock jams.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup
Bludgeoning beats amongst the winter cabbages…..
- A cracking bunch of party tracks from NHK yx Koyxen aka Kouhei Matunaga on Diagonal - some proper bangers and grubby sluggish stompers.
- Repress of Zomby’s ‘Where Were you in ‘92’ tribute to halcyon days of raving/ hardcore.
- Flipside of the new Pearson Sound 12” sounds pretty tidy.
- Smart tape of advanced electronix on Conditional from Tokyo-based artist Moxus.
- Zillionth album of minimal/ ambient/ drone from the ever reliable Celer.
- Ambient bliss-outs from Porya Hatami & Arovane on Time Release Sound. Digipak or ultra-lush handmade Art Edition of 75 copies.
- Bright and colourful, tuneful electronica 12" EP from Rival Consoles.
- Cavernous, darkside gear from Simon Shreeve (Kryptic Minds/Mønic) with his second plate for Downwards.
- Quick get the hosepipe cuz Jamal Moss is on fire! Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's Of Imhotep, world healing album on Technicolour.
- unique cover art from Matthew Atkins.
- Vatican Shadow flavoured techno from Lust For Youth’s Norin and Varg’s ‘Star Alliance’ tape box set gets trimmed down and vinylized. Both on Posh Isolation.
- Mark Leckey’s ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’ is back in print - sockin’ it to the Discogs flipper dreaming of getting fifty big ones for it.
- Luke Slater’s hugely under-rated The 7th Plain 90’s ambient techno productions on GPR have been remastered alongside some previously unreleased cuts for Osgut Ton’s new ambient sister label A-TON.
- Pair of wax reissues on Bureau B from Berliner Schule man Rolf Trostel . Well German.
- TheFreqDesign lathe-cut on Polytechnic Youth. A couple remaining at time of writing.
- Ton of gear on Dream Catalogue from Shima33, DJ Alina, wosX, Yoshimi, LILLITHåç, Ruf Dug, Winter Sleep, Vaperror, COCAINEJESUS, ãã§ã¹ãã¹ã¿ã¼.
- Limited hand-stamped white label 12" on La Beaute Du Negatif. Featuring Donato Dozzy & Neel under the guise of C.C.C plus Cosimo Damiano / Commodity Place. Edition of 250 copies.
- Some good old fashioned mind snapping Japanoise from K2 with .es on Sachiko’s Musik Atlach imprint.
- DJ Stingray ‘Cognition’ 12” finally repressed.
- Matthew Atkins limited edition of 15 handmade, hand-stamped and numbered CDRs each with unique cover art.
Spool as a cucumber….
- Brilliant tape from David Tanner and Alison Cotton which is a must buy if you love gorgeous melodic ambience with strings.
- Jangling synths (is such as thing possible?) from Japanese artist Moxus.
Loads more too. Check out all our tapes here.
Like donuts, only thinner...and they play music….and you can’t eat them.
- Neo post punk racket from young people on split between Beds in Parks and Cabbage.
- Three Fruits de Mer titles. We know you like ‘em. This time there’s a tribute to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Vibravoid cover Iron Butterfly and Sidewalk Society cover David Bowie and The Action. How can you live without these records?
- Unhinged Birthday Party-ish slow punk from Nailhouse.
- Groovy psychedelic soul from ‘70s DC courtesy of Young Senators
That’s yer lot. We’re off to writhe on the ring road. Come to our gig on Monday if you are local. You know we’d love to see you.
Words by Clint with Ant and bits stolen from Robin.
The Normanites this week were part human: Phil, Kim, Nathon, Jamie and Ian. Missing cat: Laurie. If seen, please return him to us.
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Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
Peter Michael Hamel
8/10 from Robin