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Thursday July 20th 2017.

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Some really good records in this week. The Psychic Temple album is drifty Laurel Canyon style treat, the 154 re-issue is just superb if you like the Basic Channel/GAS style of ambient techno, Robin rates the Avey Tare album highly and also reckons that Mike Cooper has made his best album at the ripe old age of 75. So lots to choose from and a madcap flash sale too.

Let’s get stuck in.

Steve Wright in the afternoon…….

  • Former Legendary Pink Dots eccentric Edward Ka-Spel with some out there psych wibbling.
  • “The Colin Stetson of the cello”. Hey, Alder & Ash….you can have that one for free.
  • Mike Cooper makes a ‘beautiful and moving’ record. Hope for us all.
  • The Avey Tare album. Robin: “It’s as good as Sung Tongs”. Me: “It gets on my wick”.
  • Hulaboy and The Safe Distance get a slab of vinyl each. Like eating half a danish pastry followed by half a flapjack.
  • Grayson Gilmour makes smooth pop with cinematic and soundtrack elements.
  • The boringly named the Stevens make actually quite great Pavement esque slant pop.
  • Jim Jarmusch and pals SQURL release EP.
  • Twinsmith say ‘Stay Cool’. We don’t - we are roasting.
  • Sievehead sound like they are about to rip your head off.
  • The Hayman Kupa Band are like listening to an indie-pop couple arguing.
  • McCartney-esque pop with McCartney’s sense of quality control from Corin Ashley.
  • Beautiful album of LA hazed acoustica/yacht ‘n’ strum from Psychic Temple.
  • Art Feynman is the guy from Here We Go Magic channelling Arthur Russell.
  • Worst sleeve of the week? Look no further than the Bomber Jackets.
  • Indie nu-hunk Declan Mckenna.
  • Hopefully John Grant-ish songwriter John Murry is over the worst bit.
  • Sweet Apple contain VW Golf aficionado J Mascis.
  • Childhood make soul soaked collection of classic songwriting (I’m reading this off a page but it does sound a bit like this).
  • Deep and sensitive songwriter Fionn Regan.
  • James Yuill mixes beats and songwriting like it was eggs and flour.

Steve Reich in the afternoon.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Techno Parent of the Year 2017.

  • Mønic celebrates his label's 50th release with a forlorn summer remix from Burial.
  • Unearthed recordings from the late James Stinson of Drexciya as Jack Peoples. In a similar mode to his classic The Other People Place album.
  • Emotionally and politically driven album of glistening electronics from Hiro Kone on Geographic North.
  • Compilation EP on Growing Bin of rare mid-80’s ambient tracks from Trance aka Jürgen Petersen.
  • Karen Gwyer tweaks ideas from live performances into a stonking, rump shakin’ 2LP.
  • V/Vm’s latest ode to Belgian New Beat. Mixed by Miles from Demdike Stare.
  • E-Saggila last spotted on Opal tapes and now with some filthy bangers on BANK Records NYC.
  • A right brain masher on Conditional from Sebastian Camens. Recommended for fans of EVOL.
  • Claude Speeed - too many eee’s.
  • Ambient rocker Garrett reveals his ‘Private Life’ on Music From Memory.
  • Mannequin reissue a sought after, classic 1990 EBM/techno monster from Techno Bert.
  • Yves De Mey returns to his Grey Branches alias for a 2LP of experimental techno.
  • Limited White Stains double cassette of racket on iDEAL Recordings.
  • Peacefrog reissue 90’s house gems from Paul Johnson and Gemini.
  • Hantrax tinkles the ivories on Ekster.
  • Cosmic space jazz from Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt on his Nightwind label.
  • Rare Kwaito era South African house and synth-funk from Senyaka Kekana reissued on Rush Hour.
  • Autechre flavoured/inspired gear from exm.
  • Dance pop from Stockholm’s Baba Stiltz.
  • The one and only DJ Stingray’s solid electro/techno ‘Kern’ mix for Tresor.
  • Straight up electro and off-kilter techno from Randomer on L.I.E.S.
  • Infectious Ghom cuts straight outta Durban from TLC Fam.
  • Spannered EP from Shit & Shine.
  • Floor shredding pounders from Ghost In The Machine on Perc Trax.
  • Classic 154 ‘Strike’ album finally reissued. Lush dubby gear from Newworldaquarium.
  • Rare, 1985 vintage jackin’ Chicago House from Terrence Woodard reissued by WeMe.
  • Daphni has done a Fabric mix with all of his own tunes.
  • Gurgling electro and an intense techno storm from Ekman on Shiprec.
  • Plus Person Of Interest , Bill Vortex aka Poborsk, Orbe on Hivern, 18 Rays on Antinote, Ben Penn on Safe Trip, Ploy on Timedance.

Derek Smalls….

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Words: Clint, Ant and parts of Robin.
Work: Pip, Kim, Robin halved, Benn, Laurie, Nathon and in the corner Ian.

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Hump-backed Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Avey Tare


9/10 from Robin

The front cover for this new Avey Tare is a good sign. A swirling, psychedelic labyrinth of seemingly inane shapes, it’s only today I’ve realised that there’...read on »

Mike Cooper


9/10 from Robin

Seventy-five year old experimental blues legend Mike Cooper is making his best record now. ‘Raft’ is an immaculately crafted and deeply personal avant-garde work t...read on »

Claude Speeed

Infinity Ultra

9/10 from Laurie

Here is that Claude that can’t spell his own name right making a big record for Paradinas’ Planet Mu. He was pretty impressive on that Sun Czar Temple thing also o...read on »

Karen Gwyer


9/10 from Laurie

Wahey, it’s album time for KG, the scene’s biggest techno mum who is giving our Ant a run for his money for Techno Parent of the Year 2017. I’m sorry Ant, bu...read on »

Planning For Burial

Below The House

8/10 from Robin

Thom Wasluck’s music exists at a crossroads. Between extreme metal and shoegaze, bounded by fury and vulnerability… containing feedback and glockenspiels. You can...read on »

Psychic Temple


8/10 from Clinton

I commented earlier today that everything these days is done by one person in a bedroom. As if to send a reminder that records are sometimes made the old fashioned way in a st...read on »

Alder & Ash

Clutched in the Maw of the World

8/10 from Robin

Lost Tribe Sound deliver us further laments from the paling, greying world of their nightmares with ‘Clutched in the Maw of the World’, a record made by perhaps th...read on »



8/10 from Robin

Fuzzy and furious -- plus also may I add the drums are fast -- I now understand why someone sloshed a sticker over the front of this record that simply says “Kylee Kimbr...read on »

Alder & Ash

Psalms for the Sunder

8/10 from Clinton

" I love the cello". Not my words but those of Brian Wilson. These were according to anecdotal evidence the only words spoken by the Beach Boys legend to someone I knew who me...read on »

Edward Ka-Spel

High On Station Yellow Moon

8/10 from Clinton

Edward Ka-Spel was the co-founder is psychedelic lunatics the Legendary Pink Dots and has recently (improbably) recorded an album with ex Dresden Doll and person with a millio...read on »

POLICA and s t a r g a z e

Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood

8/10 from Laurie

This looks interesting then, huh - a dark synthpop group collaborates with a Berlin chamber orchestra to play the music of Steve Reich, the first of 2 collab records. I guess ...read on »

Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski

Live NYC

8/10 from Laurie

Here are long time musical partners-in-creep Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski making the live music with a guitar and violin in front of a wide-eyed crowd in the big apple. ...read on »

The Stevens


8/10 from Clinton

The Stevens don't exactly do anything to force their way into your listening ear. First up that name is redolent of the late 80's indie-pop fixation for mundanity (The Would B...read on »

Koji Kondo

Hero of Time (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

8/10 from Robin

I know it and you might too: Koji Kondo’s score for Ocarina of Time holds in store some of the most beautiful music ever made. We’re not just talking video games; ...read on »


The Error of My WAVs

8/10 from Ant

What on earth has Neil Scrivin aka Phono Ghosts been up to? Sounds like he took a skip load of olde Funk, Boogie, Freestyle, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Art of Noise records an...read on »


Isbethelo seGqom

8/10 from Ant

For anyone that’s been living under a rock for the past two years - Gqom Oh! Is a label dedicated to to the Gqom music of Durban, South Africa. You could lose days of yo...read on »



8/10 from Ant

Rohan Walder aka Randomer always has a refreshing off-kilter approach to techno. ‘Smokin’ I believe is his third appearance on L.I.E.S. and it’s pretty easy ...read on »

Sebastian Camens

Tan Object

8/10 from Ant

Sebastian Camens was responsible for the B-side of the first release on Conditional, and now returns to the label with its first release on ye good olde compact disc. The digi...read on »


Deep Summer / Burial Remix

8/10 from Ant

Simon Shreeve has kept himself busy over the past 15 years or so as half of Drum & Bass and later Dubstep duo Kryptic Minds (Swamp 81, Tectonic, Black Box). More recently ...read on »


Brabant Schrobbeler

8/10 from Ant

James Leyland Kirby returns as V/Vm. Well sort of - these tracks were actually produced in 2006 but have been mixed by Miles Whittaker of Demdike Stare into a Megamix - just l...read on »

Hiro Kone

Love is the Capital

8/10 from Ant

Hiro Kone is an alias of Nicky Mao, who was once upon a time in Effi Briest, whom you may recall had an album out on Sacred Bones among other things. She popped up on Drew McD...read on »

The IT Company

The IT Company

8/10 from Ant

Here we have the debut release from The IT Company - a self-released cassette which is also available to download for free from the artist's BandCamp page at theitcompany.band...read on »


From the Carboniferous

8/10 from Ant

Stop me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell, this appears to be the debut release from Chrissie Caulfield. However, on the merits of this cassette, I suspect she&rsqu...read on »

Featured albums

The Smiths
Bill Vortex
Shit & Shine
Mike Cooper
James Yuill
White Stains
Sebastian Camens
Person Of Interest
18 Rays
Paul Johnson
The Electric Prunes
Declan McKenna
Ghost In The Machine
Karen Gwyer
Avey Tare
Grey Branches
John Murry
Psychic TV
Corin Ashley
The Bomber Jackets
Nothing Clean / Art Of Burning Water
The Hayman Kupa Band
Danny Wolfers
Terrence Woodard
Sweet Apple
Edward Ka-Spel
Grayson Gilmour
Hulaboy / The Safe Distance
The Stevens
Art Feynman
Claude Speeed
Psychic Temple
Techno Bert
Baba Stiltz
The Psychedelic Furs
Girl Ray
Hiro Kone
Jack Peoples (James Stinson)
Fionn Regan