- RECORD OF THE WEEK! Monster Rally ‘Mystery Cove’. Perfect easy holiday listening.
- Pre-order the new album from sax mangler Colin Stetson.
- Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ On cherry pie vinyl. Mmmm pie.
Proving that we aren’t in any way perfect we announced in the last update that you could expect a new Real Estate album this week. We we hopelessly wrong. It’s out on the 17th of next month. We are just terrible.
Hopefully when you see the amount of treats we’re ready to dish out this week you’ll forgive us. On the week that an astonished world heard that Sleeper had reformed and that Sun Kil Moon had streamed the Worst Album Ever™ we have loads of great releases in that have taken a terrible toll on our reviewing fingers.
Warning: Big update ahead. Lots of good things.
Newer than the New Schmoo.
- The new Tobin Sprout record contains a song so good I knelt down and wept.
- Dutch Uncles get their 80’s funk on yet still charm a bit.
- Enchanting and hypnotic neo-classical ambience from Bing & Ruth on 4AD.
- 10000 Russos are bleak and from Portugal. The psych rock equivalent of Jose Mourinho,
- Oh this Monster Rally album. You want something that sounds like Dilla relaxing on a Hawaiian beach don’t you?
- Ought feller Tim Darcy releases his oddball debut that ranged from the Strokes-ish pop to someone banging an orange into a wall.
- Wonderful and watery Dilla-ish hip-hop from Botany.
- The Winter Family play dark and richly textured brand of synth-pop with whispered vox.
- Tall Tall Trees is a man with a beard and some fingers living in a nice house.
- Molly Burch sings music for evenings. We haven’t actually tested this.
- Psych rock at a doomy pace from the Myrrors and Centralstodet.
- Stoke On Trent’s answer to Guided by Voices Father get their brilliant lo-fi pop re-issued.
- Beautifully crafted Australian indie from Broadway. For fans of the Goon Sax.
- Easy going finger picker Joost Dijkema plays Six Organs style folk. Joost brilliant.
- Deep Throat Choir. Please no sniggering at the back. They are a proper choir you know!
- Bold and inventive Australians PVT make something to stretch your ears
- Novella are not Noveller but are a nice krauty pop crew from Brighton….and anyway Noveller released their album last week and Novella this week. No confusion then.
- The Underground Youth release yet another album. Sometimes I wish I was a fan of theirs rather than Prefab Sprout.
- Julie’s Haircut make psych rock. So do a lot of people but it’s Julie’s Haircut we are talking about here.
- Winsome folk people the Paperhead channel the ghosts of Arthur Lee and Van Morrison (the latter not actually dead).
- Strand of Oaks dream life’s a highway.
- Off kilter rock and roll from former Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster folks Piano Wire. Simpler name now.
- Post-apocalypse disorientation from Foudre! (their exclamation mark).
- Grails disjointed prog jamble will take you on an elevator to the stars.
- Once they were technicolour. Now just like the world Great Ytene are thoroughly miserable. Like Preoccupations.
- Parquet Courts finally straddle every musical genre by hooking up with rapper B Bun.
- Oliver Wilde is a lofi child making surprisingly palatable bedroom pop.
- BACK IN! More copies of last weeks wonderful and popular Album of the Week from Philly collage-hop crew Mahatma X. On BLACK vinyl.
Label watch: Preserved Sound.
We’ve just taken on a bunch of titles by Hebden Bridge based imprint Preserved Sound. They specialise in handmade CDrs containing a dazzling array of wonderful neo-classical, ambience and electro acoustic from the likes of Visionary Hours, Endless Melancholy, Poppy Nogood and even a Richard Youngs album thrown in there. For fans of similarly minded labels like Hibernate, Home Normal and Sound In Silence.
Old things re-hatched.
- New Order present a compilation of productions and remixes for the likes of Section 25, A Certain Ratio and Factory Floor.
- And yes here’s that cherry pie coloured ‘Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me’ soundtrack.
- Someone spent ten years trying to find all the recordings from Big Star’s harrowing third record.
- Magnetic Fields early opuses ‘The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees’ are merged and revitalised on vinyl.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
8/10 for Wonderland. 9/10 for Diggerland.
- Gloomy, downer electronics compiled by Regis on Downwards from DVA Damas, Autumns, Grebenstein & Seefried and Layne.
- Ekoplekz and former Hacker farm chap Farmer Glitch team up for some crude acid jams as pHarmerz - straight outta Yeovil.
- Clear vinyl LP of immaculately crafted musique concrète, ambient, piano, guitar, drone, electronics - the whole shebang from Michel Banabila.
- Cracking debut album from Turinn on Modern Love - re-wiring techno/electro/jungle etc.
- Earthen Sea blurs the lines between ambient and dub techno on Kranky.
- Jimi Bazzouka aka Joakim limited ‘Edits Vol. 4’ 12” fiddling with Ryuchi Sakamoto.
- Tasty dub tinged techno from Driftmachine on Umor Rex, complete with a mix from The Sight Below and a stonking Shackleton remix.
- Filthy squirming acid and blistering racket, split EP from Dungeon Acid / Russell Haswell on iDEAL Recordings.
- Ambient house from Doubler on Confused House aka Mike Petillo and Jason Letkiewicz (Steve Summers, Innergaze etc.)
- Joshua Sabin’s album on Subtext utilizes field recordings of metropolitan transit systems and electromagnetic interference.
- Tremendously weird stuff rom No UFO’s on Root Strata.
- Live document of a Helm performance in Cairo. Cassette on Alter.
- Ambient guitar action from Michael Vallera aka Cleared/ COiN and hazy electronics from Multicast Dynamics - both on Denovali.
- Marcus Fjellström spooker on Miasmah.
- EP from Letherette - Sunny Wolverhampton’s purveyors of laidback electronica.
- Total class Italo, dark synthpop/disco reissues from East Wall and Kirlian Camera on Dark Entries.
- Pure rippers on this ‘No Payments Rejected’ EP on L.I.E.S. from Cienfuegos, Pure Matrix, Nick Klein, Enrique and S. English.
- Psychedelic drone meditations from Mind Over Mirrors.
- Massive Attack reminiscent vibes from A/T/O/S on Mala’s DEEP MEDi MUSIK.
- Classic 1988 Chicago acid house repress from Jaquarius aka Rodney Baker.
- Bruce brings some downtempo electronica and UK flavoured techno to Hemlock.
- Central Processing Unit keep churning them out - this week we get some hip-hop influenced IDM from Ukrainian producer Noumen.
- Archival albums on Bureau B from Conrad Schnitzler, Xao Seffcheque and useful ‘Magnetband (Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR, 1984-1989)’ compilation.
- Loads of disc jockey tools from Justin Cudmore on The Bunker New York, Fatima Yamaha on Dekmantel, Person Of Interest on Future Times, Private Eyes on Safe Trip aka Interstellar Funk and Jeroen, Batu on Timedance, KGIV on Eye Teeth and Solar / C.L.A.W.S. / D.O.S.
- +++ The Other People Place ft. Mystic Tribe AI classic 12” from Drexciya’s James Stinson and DJ Stingray - repressed on Clone Aqualung Series and now available to pre-order!
Stick your little finger in the middle and spin.
- Sweet and folksy pop from Endersby’s Room.
- Allah La’s. Laid back Paisley pop. As laid back as David Gower.
- Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club play together with synths on new Ghostbox single.
Surely there must be something amongst that you like and if not just listen to the sound of the wind in the trees. Re-issued on tree coloured vinyl next week.
Words: Clint, Ant and a Robin splinter.
Work: ‘Smiler’, Kim, Robin’s remains, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and the cat man. .
Mastered by Rashad Becker.
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