Weekly Update SWANS, Project Pablo, Semtek, Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada, Kalla, and more...

Headline lumps…..

  • Our Album of the Week is worth checking if you like Colin Stetson and/or accordions.
  • Pre-order a brand new album by GAS or an old one by Swans.
  • By jiminy it’s our Weekly Playlist - all set for your ears. Includes nice Laurie picture.
  • BACK IN: More copies of that much sought after Heorge Garrison 12”.

We’ve had a bit of sun this week but now it’s gone in so we can return to thinking about cloud and selling records. Thanks to everyone for taking advantage of our stupidity in giving away most of our stock last week in our mega sale. We’re back to normal now so if you look below you’ll see a list of this week’s releases combined with the sort of comments that in any other line of work would see the perpetrator sacked. Happy browsing!

Recently syphoned out of the record factory.

  • Ooh aren’t they lovely lads? Sweet new album from Real Estate.
  • I understand you are in the Spoon trade? How very absorbing for you.
  • More new Anohni tracks to despair along to before the world ends.
  • We listened to the new Jessica Curry record the other day. I missed it because I was ‘vindaloo’ (in the loo).
  • Southend’s finest Dark Globes are the latest to play some nice jangle.
  • Four tracks of elongated psych rock from Hills.
  • I see Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales have hooked up.
  • Pulled Apart by ‘osses are this week’s second best ‘horse’ band.
  • Doom-laden millionaires Depeche Mode squelch out a new one.
  • What Phil said about Dean & Britta isn’t suitable for a ‘family’ newsletter.
  • Imagine if Real Estate moved to Great Harwood and sang about rain and you’ll get Horsebeach.
  • Phil reviews the Ben Frost record because he watches the telly.
  • While Ian was watching his big telly at home his favourites Causa Sui played live Copenhagen but now he can listen to it on a 3LP box set.
  • We can’t sell Ed Sheeran says Phil, we must keep our integrity. Anyway new in this week is the ‘La La Land’ soundtrack.
  • A Max Richter song got used in a film and the next thing you know it’s out on a 12”.
  • Ex the Fall folks Blue Orchids make it 47647975 reformed post punk bands.
  • Those Who Walk Away make odes to crashed planes on Constellation.
  • Mario Batkovis is the Colin Stetson of his chosen instrument accordion to Robin.
  • John Hassall shrugs off his Libertines past for some sweet folky pop.
  • Platinum selling (don’t worry we fact checked) Leeds Bit rock snorters the Pigeons Detectives get Formby-ized.
  • Silver Shadows goth rock like it’s 1983 and hair looks like this.

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

Records were gigantic when we were kids.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
That's not the lawn mower misfiring, it’s yer dad practicing for his Golden Cabinet DJ set.

  • You might wanna pre-order the forthcoming new album from Wolfgang Voigt’s seminal GAS project.
  • Russell Haswell’s cranked out another ear destroyer for Bocian.
  • Beneath’s Mistry label shifts beyond the club for some introspective/detached futuristic ambient electronica from newcomer Kailin.
  • Detroit duo ADULT. return with chums in tow for some cold and bleak synth pop for Mute.
  • Edition of 30 copies AHC USB stick on Vanilla aka Body Boys - as mentioned last week - now with added review.
  • Crepuscular, gothic weepers from Vilains Bonshommes on Hospital Productions.
  • Happy to hear a new Microlith 12” on CPU. Saddened to hear of his untimely passing. RIP Rhys Celeste.
  • Ron Trent’s ‘Prescription: Word, Sound & Power’ pioneering deep house compilation now available on 2CD.
  • Mannequin continue their series of classic German New Wave reissues from Din A Testbild.
  • Kaleidoscopic music from the mind of the one and only Tomutonttu on Alter.
  • Temporary “synth supergroup” A Pulse Train - members of Hot Chip, Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco, Floating Points, and Junior Boys.
  • High Plains soother on Kranky - the duo of Scott Morgan aka Loscil and Mark Bridges on cello.
  • Pretty words + music as Jacaszek returns with an album on Ghostly.
  • Stellar abstract / other worldly electronics from Scald Rougish aka Dalglish, Seaes, Rook Vallade etc. Plus Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada both on Ge-Stell.
  • What happens when you kill a ghost? Ask James Murray - CD on Home Normal.
  • Bollock freezing ambient from AWARE on Glacial Movements.
  • I woke up the other morning with a tune from Alek Lee’s ‘Sfarot’ EP on Antinote in my head. The tune with little kids singing is so much fun.
  • Irresistible psychedelic house / disco from Peaking Lights.
  • Heorge Garrison 12” EP on Record Label Records as played by Aphex Twin - finally back in.
  • Chicago house legend Larry Heard's sought after ‘25 Years From Alpha’ reissued.
  • Second EP from Overmono on XL - brotherly techno love from Truss and Tessela.
  • Coupla represses on Weevil Neighbourhood from Katsunori Sawa and Anthone.
  • DJ Slyngshot’s ‘Ain't Got No Time’ back in - complete with Japan Blues Remix.
  • All in a box, currently in transit, being carried by a man just trying to provide for his family; Project Pablo, Ion Ludwig, YPY, Jared Wilson, Kalla, SMBD, Strange Culture, DJ Swagger + a bunch of gear on 1432 R.

If you put one over Phil’s face it would cover the entire thing.

That’s yer lot. Next week if stuff happens we’ll tell you.


Update slopped out by Clint with professional help from Ant and Robin (aka the sax man).

Work sweated out by Phil, Kim, Father John Misty, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and that nocturnal shoegaze pioneer Ian.

Customer Compliment of the Week:
“They should all be millionaires by now…. “

Make a hanging basket out of our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, To Dwell Within (Bear It or Be It)

9/10 from Ant

I’m not sure if I’ve been devouring ‘The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, To Dwell Within (Bear It or Be It)’ or whether it has been devouring me. on »

Scald Rougish

Idioal Oifrmech

9/10 from Ant

It’s been around four years or so since we last heard from Chris Douglas (Dalglish / Seaes / Rook Vallade) operating as Scald Rougish. All previous releases under that on »



9/10 from Ant

I’ve always felt like the USB stick is really under used as a vessel for music - sure there are plenty of crappy gimmicky ones out there, but when it’s done on »

Mario Batkovic

Mario Batkovic

9/10 from Robin

Drone accordionist Mario Batkovic faces a world glaring at him on this self-titled record that posits his instrument in realms of experimentation it has perhaps never before on »

High Plains


8/10 from Jamie

The office ambience is pretty chilled at the moment (following the drumming-and-mallet fest of a famous YouTube Japanese-ambient-classic vinyl reissue assaulting the workers& on »


Beauty & Sadness

8/10 from Clinton

Oh I remember the days when I’d trudge up some Lancastrian hill looking out onto the town below and think ‘just when will I live in such a romantic yet on »



8/10 from Jamie

Smoothly polished goods from Polish electroacoustic producer Jacaszek: ‘Kwaity’ is his first new material in three years. It sees him placed gently in a slightly on »


Some Offcell Voices

8/10 from Clinton

This is a collection of two of Pinback’s earliest EPs shoehorned together to create what is effectively a sixth album by the San Diego duo.  Pinback have long on »



8/10 from Clinton

It’s possibly the end of the world soon and who better to soundtrack the bleakness than Anohni. ‘Hopelessness’ was one of those records that took risks on »

Real Estate

In Mind

8/10 from Clinton

When I saw that Matt Mondanile had left Real Estate I have to admit I panicked. You see for me their whole sound was based around the way the guitars of Mondanile and singer on »

Olivier Alary

Fiction / Non-Fiction

8/10 from Jamie

I’m very happy to listen to this record and review it for you guys. Apart from this task being an important part the work Phil employs me to do, this new CD and LP is a on »

James Murray

Killing Ghosts

8/10 from Jamie

A quick gander on a well-known website at the busy discography of James Murray reveals him to be a hard-working lad. Although the description, “Ambient/downtempo artist on »

Peaking Lights

Little Flower

8/10 from Ant

Peaking Lights are back with an irresistable 12” to whet the appetite before their forthcoming album arrives in the not too distant future. ‘Liitle Flower’ on »

Ben Frost

Music From Fortitude

8/10 from Phil

Ben Frost is a man. Fortitude is a TV programme. Ben Frost wrote the music to said programme. I'm writing this become I'm the only person here who has seen the show and on »

Midori Takada

Through The Looking Glass (2017 Re-Edition)

8/10 from Ant

Much needed reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s first album - originally issued back in 1983 on RCA Red Seal and now faithfully reproduced by We Release on »

Domenico Crisci

Body Punishment

8/10 from Ant

Domenico Crisci (Semantica, Jealous God, Russian Torrent Versions, L.I.E.S. etc.) aint fucking about with the title of this Opal Tape. You know what you’re in for i.e on »

Orchestra Of Constant Distress

Orchestra Of Constant Distress

8/10 from Ant

Here’s a beast of a record for your asses from the appropriately monikered Orchestra Of Constant Distress via the always interesting 8mm Records. Something of a Swedish on »



8/10 from Ant

After a series of club rooted 12”s from Alex Coulton, Batu, Laksa, Gaunt, Chevel and Webstarr, Kailin’s ‘Fracture’ marks the first album release on »

Those Who Walk Away

The Infected Mass

8/10 from Robin

This one marks the start of a brand new year for my ever-beloved Constellation Records, who are setting themselves up to have another beautiful banner year. ‘The on »

Destruction Unit


8/10 from Robin

Please exercise trepidation here. Knowing and loving the Destruction Unit of all things Sacred Bones in 2015 does not guarantee you will recognise anything about the on »

Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada


8/10 from Laurie

I’ve had too much coffee and there aren’t any glasses left to have water from so here I am, mug of water in hand, reviewing my personal fave of the two Ge-stell on »

Featured albums

A Pulse Train
Archie and The Bunkers
The Blind Shake
Fred & Toody
Vilains Bonshommes
The Higher State
Russell Haswell
Mass Prod
Dean & Britta
Alek Lee
John Tejada & Tin Man
Gunnar Haslam
Ben Frost
Luke Hess
Pulled Apart By Horses
Depeche Mode
Pentagram Home Video
Project Pablo
Scald Rougish
Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada
Julien Baker
Ion Ludwig
Mario Batkovic
Death Qualia
Reptile Ranch
James Murray
Blue Orchids
Silver Shadows
Causa Sui
Those Who Walk Away
Jared Wilson
The Pigeon Detectives
Real Estate
Jessica Curry
Monolog & Subheim
Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
Destruction Unit
High Plains
Strange Culture
DJ Swagger
Ron Trent presents
Peaking Lights
Dark Globes
Max Richter
The Terminals
John Hassall & The April Rainers
DJ Slyngshot
Heorge Garrison
Larry Heard
Katsunori Sawa