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Weekly Update Iona Fortune, The Charlatans, Joe Garrasco & M.M., Bola, Viking Moses / Sam Goodwill , and more...

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Finally it’s hot. This otherwise awful week has seen a wasp in the office, Clint breaking out the shorts and the miraculous return of Laurie from weeks spent living with bears. Reasonably busy on the release front too so let’s take a look at what is here. Oh and remember it’s bank holiday on Monday - we won’t be here.

Sun ripened….

  • Boris Johnson and Tim Burgess. Ever spotted in the same room? Or in the Charlatans?
  • Psych-infused pop about heartbreak (awww) from Nev Cottee. Poor Nev.
  • Bristol mavericks Crescent recorded their album outside. Can we work outside please?
  • Scottish psych lords the Cosmic Dead expand minds.
  • Lab Coast have spent ten years making brilliant lo-fi. Who knew? We do now.
  • Big Music Alert! Mt Wolf.
  • Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq got together and got sad.
  • Joey Agresta makes really nice lo-fi pop through his moustache.
  • Heaters do a live rendition of their sludge psych.
  • Soley sings winsomely like Kate Bush or Joanna Newsom….or a cat?
  • Stretched out sad from Leeds answer to Scott Walker Napoleon IIIrd.
  • Molly Nilsson is cool, catchy and nostalgic, it says here.
  • Stadium sized rockers the Amazons.
  • Geordies The Unthanks take on the whispery world of Molly Drake.
  • Acoustic pop geek Darren Hayman.
  • Faust doing Faust.
  • Synth gazers the KVB issue new songs and remixes.
  • Another post-death missive from J Dilla.

Wind wafted…..

  • “When we were younger combing our hair, many years ago”. the Beatles.
  • Manchester maverick the Durutti Column gets an old album and re-tarts it.
  • Scouser Micky Head and old pals Pale Fountains.
  • Psychedelic rock poppers Neon Pearl.
  • Ahead of their time electronic pop coagulators Modern Art.
  • Why buy Soft Cell’s legendary debut in a charity shop when you can pay us £18.99?
  • 1974 era kraut rockers Sand get re-issued again.
  • Expens-a-re-issue from synth kraut innovators Silver Apples
  • GBV’s best named Tobin Sprout get’s his brill ‘90s LPs re-vinyled.
  • ESG’s ace ‘Step Off’ on pink vinyl.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Saturday is Drexciya night at Wacky Warehouse.

  • Burial returneth with a 10” of ghostly monochrome ambient.
  • Posthumous LP from the late genius Mika Vainio of Pan sonic.
  • Heartbroken and drowning in our collective tears that the new Bola album on Skam isn’t called ‘Sugar Puffs’.
  • Haunted pastoral electronica, humour and surrealism from ToiToiToi on Ghost Box.
  • Restless field recordings from Kate Carr - a travelogue of the mind.
  • Livity sound bossman Peverelist has a new album mashing up Detroit/Berlin techno and Bristol sound system culture.
  • Watch/listen to old German men in spandex perform in your home. Kraftwerk in 3-D. Terrifying.
  • Melancholy house/techno on Dekmantel from Levon Vincent / Joey Anderson / Legowelt / Central Worth nabbing for the Joey Anderson track alone.
  • Iona Fortune’s first in an 8 album series exploring all the symbols of the I Ching. White vinyl on Optimo Music, for the Fourth World ambient heads.
  • Helm’s bleak Brexit episode of ‘World In Action’.
  • Nurse With Wound’s olde 1986 job ‘Spiral Insana’ expanded and reissued on Rotorelief.
  • Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita, Caterina Barbieri, Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur wallet crippling batch of goodness on Important.
  • Kangding Ray + Mogwai's Barry Burns = SUMS.
  • DJ Sinclair - wonder if he’s “on the spectrum”.
  • Irresistible cheese Italo disco reissues on Dark Entries from Flying, Tony More, M&G and Joe Garrasco & M.M.
  • Black Merlin’s ‘Hipnotik Tradisi’ repressed - now with the actual correct tracks!
  • EP on Natural Sciences from Japanese producer 外神田Deepspace. Like a deephouse/ acid ride through neo-Tokyo.
  • Double pack from Argentinian producer Alejandro Mosso on Hivern As caned by John Talabot. For fans of Four Tet, Daphni etc.
  • Limited hand-stamped, hand-numbered edition of 300 copies 10" from Smagghe & Cross on Offen Music.
  • Tapes Vs Superstar & Star 7” on Porridge Bullet - Jahtari man hooks up with homemade lo-fi disco king.
  • +++ Deadboy album on Local Action, Kolsch ‘Speicher 97’ on Kompakt, Empfänger 12” on Born Free...

Derek Smalls. Bumper edition.

Phil is on holiday next week so please feel free to join our week of partying after the bank holiday.

Words: Clint, Ant, and Robin.
Work: Phil, Kim, Robin, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


Subtemple / Beachfires

9/10 from Robin

It must be so hard being Will Bevan, having to deal with people’s mismanaged expectations on you to release an LP or the closest possible thing every time you drop two h...read on »

Kate Carr

The Story Surrounds Us

9/10 from Ant

As the sound of a creaking door opens ‘The Story Surrounds Us’ it relays the sense that we as listeners have been invited into very intimate, mysterious personal s...read on »

Full Of Hell

Trumpeting Ecstasy

9/10 from Robin

You spend your whole life trying to be metal and doing metal bands and being a general metal guy and you finally get to the point where you think you might just have made the ...read on »



8/10 from Robin

The Girlpool records prior to this one have Ruled Hard, which is a phrase I don’t use lightly, or really at all. I never say that, in fact. But for Girlpool it fits; I d...read on »

Trad, Gras och Stenar

Tack For Kaffet

8/10 from Robin

Have you ever had this good a time at the beach? If your answer is yes, you’re lying; nobody has ever found something so riotously funny with the sand at their feet as t...read on »

The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Anniversary Edition

8/10 from Clinton

With everything under the sun getting re-issued it now seems to be the turn of this curio from 1967 to get the re-issue treatment. It comes here re-mastered with billions of a...read on »

Julian Curwin

The Mango Balloon - Volume 4

8/10 from Jamie

“If anyone can do this, you can!” Well… I believe that challenge has been accepted, Clint. So Mr Curwin takes a step or two back -- and then a step sideways...read on »

Dakota Suite & Quentin Sirjacq


8/10 from Jamie

Simple yet tender and beautiful couplings of hushed voice and delicate piano -- that’d be this record documenting Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq’s tour of Japan ...read on »

Joey Agresta

Let's Not Talk About Music

8/10 from Clinton

Oh I think I remember this guy. He released records on labels like Feeding Tube under monikers such as Joey Pizza Slice. Now returning to a more sensible moniker he has unleas...read on »

Levon Vincent / Joey Anderson / Legowelt / Central

Dekmantel 10 Years 03

8/10 from Ant

The third instalment in the Dekmantel 10 year celebration series of 12”s is a peach. Levon Vincent, Joey Anderson, Legowelt and Central are all on a similar tip, as all ...read on »


Fresh Air

8/10 from Robin

Faust still exist. Sonic toothaches to the bitter end, the band recently scoped out a full tour of the US and managed to wring a whole ‘Fresh Air’ out of it, their...read on »

Alek Stark

Blueshifted People

8/10 from Ant

You just can’t knock the Central Processing Unit work ethic - they just keep ‘em coming. This time around they’ve pulled in Madrid producer Alek Stark who ha...read on »

Land Of Talk

Life After Youth

8/10 from Robin

Low-key shredding has gotten indie rock very far. The muted fuzz rocking of the past decade is by now an intuitive sound we can all probably recite by heart -- super lovely ch...read on »


World In Action

8/10 from Ant

Laughed my ass off when I clocked the artwork of this record - that ‘World In Action’ logo takes me back to the days when TV’s were proper massive, took up h...read on »

Lab Coast

Lab Coast

8/10 from Clinton

Thank you Dan.  Lab Coast have been releasing hook-filled lo-fi for over a decade now and that nice man at Faux Discx has handily collected the best bits onto one catch ...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

Eccie Bam Yas, E?

8/10 from Robin

Buckfast and psych rock. A delicious concoction if ever I did taste one. If the Cosmic Dead have been putting back buckie then I can completely understand how they’ve ma...read on »

Molly Nilsson


8/10 from Robin

Sunshine in black and white. That’s what Molly Nilsson’s music tends to sound like to me; bright, beaming and full of colour, I imagine her downtempo pop songs to ...read on »

Napoleon IIIrd

The Great Lake

8/10 from Clinton

Right, I've been wanting to hear this. Y'see the problem is that this office is chatty and the opening moments of this album are so quiet I can hear all kinds of detrius throu...read on »

Featured albums

Nurse With Wound
Mika Vainio
Viking Moses / Sam Goodwill
DJ Sinclair
Dakota Suite & Quentin Sirjacq
Black Merlin
London Grammar
Joe Garrasco & M.M.
Soft Cell
Mt. Wolf
Iona Fortune
The Amazons
J Dilla
Tapes Vs Superstar & Star
Kate Carr
Lab Coast
Levon Vincent / Joey Anderson / Legowelt / Central
Joey Agresta
Nev Cottee
The Durutti Column
Modern Art
Molly Nilsson
The Cosmic Dead
Neon Pearl
The Unthanks
The Beatles
Alejandro Mosso
Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita
Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
Caterina Barbieri
The Charlatans
Darren Hayman
Napoleon IIIrd
Smagghe & Cross
The Pale Fountains