- Record of the Week: Marvellous J. Dilla-esque hip-hop collages from Mahatma X (also our guest podcast curators).
- Runner Up: Jesca Hoop and her wonderful pastoral acoustic beauty.
- Best Re-issue: The Other People Place. Stunning electro-soul from Drexciya’s James Stinson.
When it’s grey outside and the world has gone to pot at least we can nestle in the warm clutches of our favourite records. And as you can see there are plenty this week to snuggle up to, our warehouse is full of them - all ice cold and waiting for a warm loving home. Also please spare a thought for our staff, gloved, hatted and wearing thermals, risking life and limb to fetch them for you.
On with what passes for the ‘show’.
When our doors decide they can be bothered to open then these get dragged through.
- Clock Opera singer Guy Connelly has a right voice on him.
- Lowly make Danish electronic pop. Mmmm danish (pastry).
- Fuck Yeah are old guys re-living 90’s indie pretty well.
- Almost ten minutes of new music from doom dads Sleep.
- Grandiose emotional songs from Amber Run who have become rather massive.
- Supreme kraut-like excursions on Deep Distance Sula Bassana.
- Another hand-painted wooden box by Vlimmer.
- Lovely sounds wrangled out of an electrical guitar by Noveller.
- I’m almost getting sick of typing the words Brian Jonestown Massacre.
- “Can I Borrow A Feeling” by Phil Leigh.
- Really good album from Jesca Hoop for fans of Angel Olsen perhaps.
- Phil’s Record of the Week: ‘Through Passages of Time’ by the Hardy Tree.
- Plaintive and melodic beats and hazy hip-hop from Mahatma X.
- Anthemic alt rock from the German town of Hamm by Giant Rooks.
- Yet another music for a film that doesn’t exist this time by the Holydrug Couple.
Remember fondly the days before the world was run by total lunatics.
- Right wing firebrand Micah P Hinson.
- Tragically lost Athens songwriter Vic Chesnutt.
- The White Stripes ‘Get Behind Me Stan’ is back in finally. There was an administrative ‘cock up’ that delayed it.
- Loads of Sir David Bowie. Also don’t forget to pre-order his ‘No Plan’ EP.
- Bizarre were a flange-happy Estonian shoegaze collective.
- Bleak times call for Depeche Mode re-issues.
- The Stooges legendary ‘Funhouse’ is back on orange and black wax.
- Unwound re-issue the earlier end of their screaming hardcore.
- Stark, minimal and grating industrial from Zos Kia/Coil.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Assistant Coach for Golden Cabinet Under 11’s.
- Essential repress of the classic The Other People Place 2LP on Warp - a real electro-soul treasure from the late, great James Stinson of Drexciya.
- A proper intense, futuristic head masher from N1L on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label.
- iDEALISM Vol. 2 LP of rhythmic noise/techno, dark ambient etc. with exclusive tracks from Sewer Election, Varg, Alexandra Atnif and Copley Medal.
- LP of Rough ass machine trax from L/F/D/M on Not Waving’s Ecstatic imprint.
- Tidy ‘Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989’ compilation of German electronic post-punk / obscure underground cassette stuff.
- Fluttering synth worlds and distorted ambient from Heinali - for fans of Abul Mogard / Ben Frost etc.
- Jlin is back on Planet Mu - expanding her unique vision of Footwork.
- Second album from Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Danilo Plessow and Innervisions' Marcus Worgull as Vermont on Kompakt.
- Music for Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Covert II’ mystery artists 12” EP on De:tuned/ Touched. One tune sounds like Luke Vibert on an acid tip, another like old µ-Ziq but who knows?
- First album from Carsten Jost in like 16 years - darker shades of house music on his co-owned label Dial.
- Andy Votel returns as Applehead for an LP of twisted plunderphonics / dark sound collage on Pre- Cert Home Entertainment.
- Coloured wax LPs on Dream Catalogue from R23X and HKE - like pouring Manga into your ears.
- Back by popular demand: Represses of ENA ‘Binaural’ 2LP on Samurai Horo and Equiknoxx ‘Bird Sound Power 2LP on DDS.
Like our lunch they are over in about five seconds…
- Bruising and Personal Best share a 7” on Too Pure.
And there we go...not too painful was it? We’re off into hiding, See you next week.
Words: Clint (likes bananas), Ant (likes techno).
Work: Phil (likes crying), Kim (likes weird food), Robin’s (likes words), Jamie (likes chaffinches), Laurie (likes wires), Nathon (likes code) and Ian (likes Star Wars).
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“they don't appreciate Guided By Voices” ...(but we do, we do!)
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