- Record of the Week from geordie folk destroyer.
- Our Weekly Playlist. Ears useful.
- Pre-order: Epic 45 ‘May Your Heart Be the Map’ 2LP super duper re-issue.
Well, it’s summer, or thereabouts, and you know what that means: we need a thesaurus. Too many bands are releasing records of utter seasonal breeze and we’re running out of ways to call things “jangle pop”. For this reason I’m going to try my best not to say those words or anything resembling them. Not once, within this spread of indoor-typed words, shall I jangle. Enjoy the sun.
- Pixx delivers the weird.
- Ulrika Spacek return with more playful churn.
- RPG bard Richard Dawson releases his almost opus.
- Click through to find out how we managed to compare St. Etienne to Madness.
- Beach Fossils have probably started wearing shorts.
- Cat-compared songs from H. Hawkline.
- Marika Hackman kicks it with the Big Moon.
- In Zaire deliver news from the cosmic underbelly.
- Jamie enjoys the hell out of Microdeform’s sound quilts.
- Consistently chill Amber Arcades covers Nick Drake.
- I dare you to garden to this Sweet Baboo record.
- Alt-J continue to happen upon us too much.
- We fail to pay much attention to Chastity Belt.
- Corey Haim fraud Korey Dane makes indie rock for lie-downs.
- Simon Joyner and David Nance cover a Rolling Stones album. Fine.
This week’s meandering paragraph shoutouts go to ethereal buds Demen, woozy romantics Eyedress, surplus relaxed crew Whitney and Gorillaz keyboardist Ennanga Vision. What does it all mean, you ask, to not be a bullet point in the Norman Records round-up? It means I’m an idiot.
Plus loads more we haven’t had time to speak at you on our New In pages.
- Wade through the shrubbery with some ol’ Jackie-O Motherfucker drones.
- Go ahead and remember this windswept Laura Veirs record.
- Iggy “Memories” Pop.
- Expens-a-price Tony Conrad re-issue.
- Couple of vinyl re-issues from nice band the Clientele.
- We hope your Discogs cravings are eased with this reissue of Spanky Wilson’s soul classic.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
No, son’s friend’s dad, I don’t like the new Arcade Fire song.
- New album from Robert Hood in pure, pristine, minimal techno mode on Dekmantel.
- Also on Dekmantel; African house gear from Esa and classy deep house from Central.
- Full range, diverse techno/electro from Gunnar Haslam on The Bunker New York.
- Ikonika’s futuristic vision of grime, R&B, Hip-hop on Hyperdub.
- Exotic minimalism from Banana on Leaving Records.
- Filthy Orphan Swords EP originally on Desire now reissued on Aurora Borealis.
- Who needs drugs when there’s IX Tab?
- Loads of people pay tribute to Pauline Oliveros on Rural Colours.
- Marco Shuttle album at the intersection of ambient and techno, on Donato Dozzy’s fine Spazio Disponibile imprint.
- Kafuka beats on Project: Mooncircle. Check if you dig Flying Lotus, Teebs etc.
- Giuseppe Ielasi is Inventing Masks.
- Superb, deep, dark and mystical LP from Lutto Lento on Where To Now?
- Roll The Dice return sounding like they’ve pinched Colin Stetson’s saxophone.
- Franck Vigroux and Ben Miller join forces as Transistor for Entr’acte.
- Great stuff from The Boats / Beppu / Tape Loop Orchestra chap Andrew Hargreaves in full avant-garde mode. 300 copies on green wax.
- Scuffed, hazy, washed out ambient fuzzers from Microdeform.
- Daywalker + CF 12” and Bookworms & Steve Summers 7” both on Brooklyn’s increasingly fabulous BANK Records.
- Antinote Five Years Of Loving Notes compilation with exclusive cuts from DK, Tolouse Low Trax, Geena, Iueke, Domenique Dumont, Inoue Shirabe etc.
- Limited repress of that excellent Japan Blues album everyone is after.
- Reassuringly expensive, super limited, Japanese import EPs of sweet ambient from Kazuya Nagaya.
Plenty of 12”s for the party/club/lonely bedroom; Newworldaquarium on NWAQ, DJ Neewt on Yappin, hand-stamped Appleblim on Beatnik Boulevard, H2H / Villa H2H on Perlon incl. Villalobos remix, Monolake, Tin Man repress on Keys of Life, Pip Williams on CPU, Pinch on Cold Recordings, Rommek on Blueprint, Scalameriya banger on THEM, Carmen Villain incl. Gigi Masin mixes, Herva on All City, Ismael on Nous Disques, The Abstract Eye reissue on Rush Hour, Photek classic reissue, Manie Sans DeÌlire 12” + 7” repress on June etc.
Just two of them this week; they’re getting a house share. Legend has it The Fireworks have been around since indie rock’s stone age and Yung are cute moshers making their own brand of Danish noise. Who’s the uptight one and who’s messy? Tune in next week to find out.
That’s it then, isn’t it? Your homework: climb a tree; wear sunglasses; enthuse.
Words: Robin, Ant, and a Clint sniff
Work: Kim, Lulu (a dog), Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian (several cats, shaped into a human).
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“Everything was ok”.
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