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Weekly Update D. Glare, London Grammar, Abul Mogard / Maurizio Bianchi, Porter Ray, Mined, and more...

Headline slabs…..

Here we are again, happy as can be with another rundown of the highlights of the last few days of records.

If you don’t like music then please look away now….

New:

As new as the news…..

  • Folk minstrel and modern day Sandy Denny Laura Marling.
  • Robin Record of the Week by his all time favourite droner Sarah Davachi.
  • Laid back good rockin’ by John Andrews and his Yawns. This is lovely.
  • Smoky troubadour Robert Millis.
  • John Dwyer’s Damaged Bug sees electronics going haywire all round him.
  • Gracefully tinkling minimalism from Stefano Guzzetti.
  • Deeply atmospheric psych rock from Stupid Cosmonaut.
  • Pop punk hooks and angular noise from Meatwave.
  • Sweeping strings for golden eagles from William Ryan Fritch.
  • Clint’s favourite record of the week is the silky repeato pop of Mined.
  • Tennis are just awful!
  • Remember when the Shins were really good? We had a good time then - we may still do now.
  • Seattle rapper Porter Ray tells us about his upbringing. Different from Pudsey we’d imagine.
  • Spectres. They have matching beards and like to make a noise.
  • Great NZ style pop from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for fans of Parquet Courts, the Clean.
  • Bleak post rock/post punk lads the Workhouse get wonderfully packaged.
  • Really really good kraut and psych from Russian people Gnoomes. Recommended.
  • In the Darkest Hour, promise you’ll hold on.
  • Max Richter’s posh new album got dropped on the floor. We have damaged copies (cheap) or perfect undropped copies (not as cheap).
  • That Thundercat 10” box set is here.
  • Phil Milstein and Thurston Moore played live together once and now find it all over a couple of slabs of vinyl.

...and here’s the ‘New In’ pages as there’s too much this week.

Re-issues:

As old as when the news was read by Neville Wanless (Tyne Tees area joke only).

  • The Buzzcocks get their early day racket re-blasted
  • Some Soundgarden record or other gets the deluxe treatment.
  • Mark E Smith isn’t dead (yet) so let’s celebrate with some the Fall re-issues.
  • With the sun beginning to shine it’s high time for some Nouvelle Vague re-presses.
  • Re-press of this Sula Bassana. Brown vinyl this time.
  • Neo psych veterans Sun Dial get their ‘Made in the Machine’ re-buzzed.
  • Elliott Smith gets a double CD edition of ‘Either/Or’ possibly his best album I’d say…...yes?... no?

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

He lives on a hill. He knows someone called Phil.

  • Deliciously dark LP from Vargdöd aka Varg and Celldöd plus killer spools from Bronze Teeth, D Glare and Domenico Crisci - all on Opal Tapes.
  • Laser etched / black metal alloy USB card art edition from AHC (Alex Cooper aka Body Boys) with heavyweight A4 artwork/packaging on Vanilla. Mmmmm.
  • Shit & Shine album of deranged lunacy/ wrongness on Diagonal.
  • Scraping/grinding/clattering metal / noise mayhem from Sult / Lasse Marhaug. 200 copies on wax.
  • Split LP from Abul Mogard / Maurizio Bianchi. The former providing some weeping romantic ambient and the latter thrusting us back inside the womb.
  • Superior drone/ ambient/ space music from Slomo.
  • Squarepusher and chums knock out his hits as Shobaleader One.
  • Will Guthrie tears up hip-hop / free jazz samples on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle.
  • Cold and brutal analogue electronics from Daniel Bennett aka Skjølbrot.
  • The Neon Judgement reissue and De-Bons-en-Pierre EP aka Beau Wanzer and Maoupa Mazzocchetti - both on Dark Entries.
  • Prurient’s new best mate Nathan Fake’s latest on Ninja Tune.
  • Darker pastoral electronica and German Romanticism from Richard von der Schulenburg - limited LP on V I S in screen-printed sleeve.
  • Mystery artist Covert II compilation in aid of Marie Curie - now on CD with loads more tunes by people that don’t exist.
  • Shed’s ‘Final Experiment’. Bet it’s not.
  • Differ-Ent aka Detroit’s DJ Bone 3LP of multi-coloured techno.
  • Heatsick and Bass Clef team up as HSBC.
  • Couple 12”s on The Trilogy Tapes from Bass Clef and 5ive, Samo DJ & Powder arrived late last week.
  • Modern classical, metallic drone, dark ambient, and fuzz collision from Constantine on Bedouin.
  • SKRS better known as Seekers International mashin’ up the dance with their mutant reggae.
  • Clear vinyl 12” EP of ice cold, slowly evolving electronics from Downwards fellow Grebenstein on Horo.
  • Hodge / Don't DJ on the wheels of steel for a limited cassette/ mixtape.
  • ASC takes us fathoms deep into the ‘Zone Of Avoidance’.
  • Original/ pure dubstep vibes from Orson on Version.

7”s:

Room for two more, honey?

Next Week: The Harbinger Sound sampler oh and sorry to do this to you but……...SALE!

Bye.



Credits:

Update phoned in by Clint with pro help from Ant and Robin (mane only).

Work sweated out by Phil, Kim, Robin’s remains, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian and his fig rolls.

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Please note: no jokes at Phil’s expense this week as he’s sick and tired of them.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Mined

Love's Lows

9/10 from Clinton

Oh I love love love this. 'Love's Lows' is just lovely. A repetitive slab of burbling chirpy synth with some lovely laid back vocals placed on top. That's all it does. Simple,...read on »

Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet

Nox Tenebrae - Part I & II

9/10 from Laurie

When Phil played this out of his crappy Mac speakers to see if we should stock it, there was an ensemble of nods from the Normanites going about their daily business, and a cr...read on »

Meat Wave

The Incessant

9/10 from Robin

There’s a bunch of stuff in my review pile calling out for its arbitrary judgment but I’m going to do a rebellious sidebar on Meat Wave’s ‘The Incessan...read on »

Sarah Davachi

All My Circles Run

9/10 from Robin

Wherein I scream “finally!” and skip across the room, record in hand, making a scene it is likely no one has ever made in the name of drone before. I have been wai...read on »

Slomo

Transits

9/10 from Ant

It’s been five years since we heard from Slomo, the “Highly Ritualised Somnambulant Glumbient Downer band from Yorkshire” but with a band name such as that, ...read on »

Vargdöd

Brutal Disciplin

9/10 from Ant

If the Rancor monster (large semi-sentient reptilian carnivores native to the planet Dathomir) from Return of the Jedi was a DJ, you can bet he’d have a copy of ‘B...read on »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The French Press

8/10 from Clinton

This is a pretty nice slab of down to earth unpretentious guitar pop from Australia. In common with Scott and Charlene’s Wedding they have a singer who initially comes a...read on »

Buzzcocks

Time's Up

8/10 from Clinton

The original Buzzcocks were a much darker prospect than the chirpy camp popsters that came later. The band at this point was a fronted by the dome headed Howard Devoto later o...read on »

Porter Ray

Watercolor

8/10 from Clinton

Discovered by Shabazz Palace's Ishmael Butler, Porter Ray has here documented his early life in Seattle via as series of innovative hip-hop snapshots which combine the classic...read on »

Mother

Mother Mark

8/10 from Laurie

Here we have an ambient sorta tape from Mother Mark. Good evening ma’am, I’m here to see Mother Mark. Mother Mark will see you now. Mother Mark and Father Sally we...read on »

William Ryan Fritch

Birkitshi: Eagle Hunters In A New World

8/10 from Jamie

William ‘Billy Boy’ Fritch has been at it again, mounting his expensive high-end camera onto eagles and then soundtracking the wide expanses they survey. He has so...read on »

Missing Organs

Old Speakers

8/10 from Robin

I’m sure Tristan Bath is sick of people pointing out that he’s that guy who writes about experimental tapes for the Quietus, typing away at a desk groaning under t...read on »

Mukqs

ダメ人間

8/10 from Robin

One third of the devilishly noisy and always tongue-in-cheek Good Willsmith, Max Allison has made his fair share of glitchy stand-up ambient in his time. From within the confi...read on »

All Of Them Witches

The Coven

8/10 from Jamie

In the description, Clint introduces this record with the caveat, ‘probably not a good idea to listen while sitting alone at night’. But I dunno, these (Carpenter-...read on »

Stefano Guzzetti

Leaf

8/10 from Jamie

Classy. That’s me. This new one from Stefano Guzzetti has ‘class’ written all over it, coming as it does from a neo-classical giant whose gracefully, graciou...read on »

Ibibio Sound Machine

Uyai

8/10 from Jamie

The Ibibio Sound Machine is back, and what a welcome return! The grooves, the sun, the fun: all present and correct, and more vibrant than ever. However, while the new record ...read on »

Abul Mogard / Maurizio Bianchi

Nervous Hydra / All This Has Passed Forever

8/10 from Ant

Always a pleasure to hear new work from them legendary Italian artist Maurizio Bianchi - his side of this split LP on Ecstatic is great. ‘Nervous Hydra’ is somethi...read on »

Sult / Lasse Marhaug

Harpoon

8/10 from Ant

Norwegian noise lord Lasse Marhaug constructed this album using source material from acoustic improvisers Sult. Imagine a heavily intoxicated AMM hooking up with Einstürz...read on »

BurningTapes

Blood Runs Dry

8/10 from Clinton

Such is the interest in 80’s horror synth soundtracks that the well of original recordings has begun to run somewhat dry and so a bunch of people have found the only way...read on »

Damaged Bug

Bunker Funk

8/10 from Laurie

Castle Face founder and member of one of now’s biggest rawk bands John Dwyer is back from his latest studio cave to deliver a collection of softly wild scurrying songs w...read on »

Gnoomes

Tschak!

8/10 from Robin

Look, listen, know: this is the best krauty band of the now. They are fun and poppy and they harmonise. They perpetuate the same thing over and over again with something resem...read on »

Old Fire

Songs From The Haunted South

8/10 from Robin

This review was initially just the word lush written three hundred times, but Clint made me change two hundred and ninety nine of them to different ones. Like Bon Iver, ambien...read on »

Laura Marling

Semper Femina

8/10 from Clinton

Having not previously been a fan of Laura Marling (other than her hair on her second album) I was struck almost dumb by the first track on this her sixth  missive. &lsquo...read on »

Featured albums

Do Make Say Think
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
SKRS
Moon Duo
Daniel Bennett
Stupid Cosmonaut
Differ-Ent
Shit & Shine
Abul Mogard / Maurizio Bianchi
Richard von der Schulenburg
Slomo
Orson
Brix & The Extricated
Constantine
HSBC (Heatsick & Bass Clef)
5ive, Samo DJ & Powder
Sult / Lasse Marhaug
ASC
Hodge / Don't DJ
Elliott Smith
The Shins
Will Guthrie
London Grammar
Mined
De-Bons-en-Pierre
Robert Millis
The Neon Judgement
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
John Andrews & The Yawns
Damaged Bug
Bass Clef
William Ryan Fritch
Domenico Crisci
Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet
Grebenstein
Vargdöd
D. Glare
AHC
Bronze Teeth
Gnoomes
Nathan Fake
Various
Various
Meat Wave
The Workhouse
Thundercat
Shed
Buzzcocks
Shobaleader One
Porter Ray
Sula Bassana
Tennis
Darkest Hour
Spectres
Max Richter
Stefano Guzzetti
Laura Marling
Sun Dial
Sarah Davachi
Soundgarden