Thursday March 2nd 2017
- This week’s Record of the Week. We send them our hearty congratulations.
- End of month reductions. Grab 10% off on 170+ recent things.
- Pre-order Pye Corner Audio/Faten Kanaan 7” on Polytechnic Youth.
- Our Weekly Playlist. More sounds from the best bits of this week.
On the week the first signs of green shoots appear on the trees outside our concrete prison we are starting to feel our mouths creep into an upward direction and we don’t have to sit quite as close to the radiators. This first flush of spring has brought in a slew of new records to the table so if you are interested in music then you’ve come completely to the right place.
Let’s look through the cuboid window and see what has arrived….
Hot off the presses. Still warm!
- The best band from Nottingham since Paper Lace... it’s Sleaford Mods.
- French pop charmers Francois and the Atlas Mountains.
- San Franciscan song penner Sarah Bethe Nelson. Her ‘e’ is confusing me.
- Stephen EvEns. His capitalisation is inexplicable, his music whimsical and he’s called his album ‘Hello Chicken’.
- Aussie soft poppers Sodastream slurp up another one.
- Can singer Damo Suzuki is still at it but can he do the can-can? .
- Feeling old alert: Now veteran nerd hop popper Why? is back in full focus with his 5th.
- Eerily grandiose pop beards Grandaddy still sound like they are singing through a space suit.
- Nippy kraut poppers Eat Lights Become Lights.
- Bella Union sign the Pontefract Patsy Cline... i.e. Holly Macve. No songs about Greggs though.
- Indie strummers the Wave Pictures pay tribute to Wilko Johnson.
- Minus The Bear. Minus the Flair more like -- ha!
- Ibibio Sound Machine. Well then, these are out but didn’t turn up. We should get them in a few days though.
- Total sax control from young horn man Ben Vince.
- Former Uncle Tupelo folks Son Volt still make country rock for people called Chuck or indeed Buck.
- Methyl Ethel play music for when you find Metronomy too sad.
- The Besnard Lakes are the Divine Wind...not the Divine Comedy.
- Raucous LA sisters Bleached clean up their act with help from the bloke from Elton John.
- Former Bullies are thankful that the misery caused by the end of long term relationship has provided them with enough new material for a new album.
- Screen Wives tremble rock is the perfect nervy counterpart to Phil’s ramblings about who among us he’d most enjoy firing.
- New Zealand singer Nadia Reid makes music to sooth any midweek coffee crisis.
- Alexis Taylor - Hot Chip’s very own answer to Mr Prince Rogers Nelson - has others rework his piano for him.
Also out but without bullet points - better luck next time everyone!
Wired up lo-fi garage from Vaguess, Artefact mangle up some shouty punk and hardcore, pummelling hardcore punk from the Process, lion-maned bluegrass lady Alison Krauss and corkscrew haired psych pouters Temples, Venn do decent post-punk with severe New Order influences, Israeli guitar virtuoso Yair Yona….
...and here’s the ‘New In’ pages as there’s too much this week.
As cold and clammy as Phil’s face cloth....
- Bossk play the sort of post rock you’ll be thankful for if you like Godspeed and A Silver Mount Zion.
- Eyeless in Gaza were Warwickshire’s finest post-punkers and now have it all collected into a box set.
- JUST ARRIVED! FKA Twigs debut 12” re-pressed.
- BACK IN! We got more copies of Low’s ‘The Exit papers’ if anyone is at all interested.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
A generally mixed reception for his DJ set at the infants school end of term disco.
- Colin Potter’s spangled 1980 cassette of primitive DIY electronics / krautrock/ post-punk ‘The Ghost Office’ gets vinylized.
- Three belters on Penultimate press; two LP’s of church organ music from AÌine O'Dwyer and a previously unissued recording by Fluxus madman Henning Christiansen.
- Greek electro-dubber Jay Glass Dubs and Slowdiver Simon Scott have spools on The Tapeworm.
- Electro/IDM full length compact disc (!) from Noumen on Central Processing Unit.
- Kangding Ray in Stroboscopic Artefacts mode with a triptych on the 3 states of desire.
- Immensely enjoyable ‘Oz Waves’ compilation on Efficient Space - showcasing upside down land’s ‘80s DIY synth-pop/post-punk underground.
- Multi-faceted, cavernous modern techno from Sigha with his first album for Belgium’s esteemed Token label.
- Donato Epiro LP on Loopy should appeal to fans of FIS, Subtext etc.
- Ultra limited 12” of unfurling rhythms/ exercises in repetition from Yves De Mey.
- Lusine gets all introspective on Ghostly.
- Ultra glossy, shiny ambient from Visible Cloaks - like being sucked into an ‘80s Japanese TV commercial or something.
- Horror techno growlers from Blanck Mass.
- Marc Barreca and Michele Mercure both get reissues on Pete “Yellow” Swanson’s new Freedom To Spend label.
- Tape of bonkers sample collage gear on Nashazphone from Porest aka Sublime Frequencies workhorse Mark Gergis.
- Delayed, but well worth the wait - Jamal Moss ‘Ginger Snaps’ 12” of dancefloor slayers - previously on limited CDr’s.
- Electronic jazzer from Tommaso Cappellato.
- Ambient tranquilzer LP from Jonny Nash on Melody As Truth.
- Finally an album of oriental tinged techno from Tzusing on L.I.E.S.
- 80’s synth horror score type stuff from All Of Them Witches and BurningTapes.
- Jolly stuff from Elko B. on Ekster that occasionally recalls old Warp folks Plone.
- Lest we forget; Idealist on Echocord, Forest Drive West on Livity Sound, The Orb - ‘The Cow’ Remixes on Kompakt.
A few tiddlers...
- Horsebeach and Pheremoans split a 7” on O Genesis (label of the man with the hair).
- White Kite are no relation at all to White Stripes and dop... [Editor’s note: Clint forgot what he was writing here.]
- Camera Obscura 7” re-presses. Just in time to pretend you bought the originals to your pals at Indietracks.
It is the hot new format for 2017.
- Depeche Mode unleash their song asking why everyone is not rising up away from their phones and making a revolution.
We’d better go away now.
Words: Clint, Ant and a lock of Robin’s hair.
Work: Phil, Kim, Robin’s remains, Jamie, Laurie (nu-Ian), Nathon and Ian (now ‘with mummy’).
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