Weekly Update exm, Super Furry Animals, Crown Larks, The Shifters, Arcade Fire, and more...

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Here we are. Desperately trying to unsee the Mercury Prize shortlist while furnishing you with the best bits of the week’s releases. For good albums check our Recommendations or Reviews or while you are here scan your eyes ‘neath these words for random info bursts.

Once more unto the breach…..

  • Deerful. A posh squashy voice over arcade game electronics.
  • Fake Laugh make indie for fans of Horsebeach and Wild Nothing.
  • The KVB bloke mines a dreamier and poppier landscape as Saccades.
  • AJ Holmes writes an ode to a housing estate.
  • A Place To Bury Strangers feller Dion Lunadon splutters out some blistering rock and roll.
  • Chicago’s Crown Larks blend math rock and jazz improvisation ….and flute.
  • Howling Bells songstress Juanita Stein writes fades postcards to dustbowl America.
  • John Stammers out some nice fingerpicked music for sunny afternoons.
  • Scuzzy lo-fi synth pop and indie from Girl One and the Grease Guns
  • The Fall. Bloody awful.
  • Childhood burst forth with a soul soaked classic songwriting.
  • Big guns Arcade Fire unleash their latest enormous singalong.
  • Missing early Bon Iver? Try Laucan.
  • Badbadnotgood vinylize their record collections.
  • The Butterfly Effect compilation showcases a bunch of unheard northern English bands.
  • Grandiose singer Manchester Orchestra makes propulsive emotional big music.
  • Golden Retriever are a full chamber ensemble and a rather great dog.

Reverse! Reverse!

  • All of the musics of Manchester spread across 7CDs. The greats and loads of super rarities.
  • Liverpool’s lost dreamers The La’s are still milking that debut.
  • The Kooks ‘Konk’ features such hits as ‘Ooh La’ and ‘Sofa Song’. Klassic Kooks
  • Super Furry Animals brill second LP ‘Radiator’ gets the big re-issue treatment.
  • Boredoms affiliated OOIOO get their ‘Gold & Green’ re-unleashed.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Resident Advisor….. for kids!

  • Two sexy experimental techno records from HOM and Abandoned Footwear on Isounderscore, direct from the U.S. underground. Editions of 250 copies printed with foil stamped art on fluorescent jackets.
  • Lapalux enlists a bunch of guest vocalists and adds some classical flourishes to his sound on his new full-length on Brainfeeder.
  • Ian Hicks / Luxos / Carl Matthews / The Schmutz Sisters share on EP on Optimo offshoot So Low. Featuring a killer from Ian Hicks - previously heard on his Clan Destine tape.
  • Futuristic, dynamic, sci-fi like electronica from exm on Touched Music. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • Illum Sphere gets remixed by Beau Wanzer, Hieroglyphic Being, Machine Woman, Gavsborg (Equiknoxx) and Fotomachine on Ninja Tune.
  • Rough-ass breakbeat hardcore pummeler's on Diagonal from Koehler / StabUdown Productions aka Prostitutes.
  • Coupla new tracks from Daphni as heard on his Fabriclive mix. Limited 12” on Jiaolong.
  • Chihei Hatakeyama lands on Room40 for an LP of hazy ambient.
  • Androo joins Music From Memory’s Second Circle sublabel for an EP incorporating Balearic, disco, downbeat, deep house and dub.
  • Denis Mpunga & Paul K get remixed by Prins Emanuel, Dazion, Androo, Tolouse Low Trax and Interstellar Funk on Music From Memory.
  • The enigmatic John T. Gast lands on Blackest Ever Black with a plate of ethereal dancehall and pop-ambient.
  • SCSI-9’s Anton Kubikov album of tranquil ambient on Kompakt.
  • Terence Fixmer bangers on Ostgut Ton.
  • Reissue of Martin Kornberger & Volker Kuhn’s proggy/new age ‘Embrace’ album from 1986.
  • Limited LP of fantasy synth scores from Timothy Fife on Death Waltz Originals.
  • Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland - Detroit/Berlin techno don’s back at it on Tresor.
  • Brian Case album features a Suicide-esque cover of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Shipbuilding'.
  • Electro-punk/EBM action from L.A’s High-Functioning Flesh on DAIS.
  • Esmark have a pair of dread filled, dark and hypnotic LPs on Bureau B.
  • Ace Reggae-Not-Reggae moves from Pedrodollar on Born Free.
  • +++ Coki meets Trixx 12”, OOBE EP on Blueberry, Rich La Bonte on Dark Entries, Kuniyuki album on Mule Musiq, Moa Pillar LP on Full Of Nothing, Patricia on Spectral, The Parels LP, Robot Koch 12”.

Record pie.

That’s it. Tomorrow we’ll be sending one of those special email things so you might want so stay poised by your workstations at...oh...about midday-ish.

Words: Clint and Ant.
Work: Fuzz, Kim, Benn, Laurie, Nathon and sick lad.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Shinya Sugimoto & Jeremy Young with Julia Kent

Total Fiction

9/10 from Jamie

Well! Something that has wowed me from the outset, this record got its hooks in me from the first track and won’t let go; although I’m so utterly seduced already on »

The Greatest Hoax

Expiration Compositions

8/10 from Jamie

What the hell, Clint? I was away a WEEK -- one whole week in the countryside, deep in the rolling moors amongst the heather and sheep, hardly a person in sight, granted -- on »

Chihei Hatakeyama


8/10 from Jamie

It’s been a funny road for ambient traveller and soundscaper Chihei Hatakeyama -- the teenage Chihei played guitar in a metal band, you know -- and now here he is, some on »

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano


8/10 from Jamie

“No!”, I said to my overly-literal brain, doing a double-take; that’s Ben Lukas Boysen with Sebastian Plano, not Seb PIANO. But you can see how I could be ( on »

Eberhard Kranemann & Harald Grosskopf


8/10 from Jamie

Two titans of Kraut here, for your delectation now. And mine. Eberhard Kranemann (that’s his real name, also known as Fritz Müller of Kraftwerk and NEU! fame) and on »

Girl One And The Grease Guns

Night Of The Living Electrical Appliances

8/10 from Clinton

Indie-pop. When I were a lad I were mocked mercilessly for liking it. But now everyone is at it and if you like the Pastels it's no longer the same life sentence of mockery on »

Juanita Stein


8/10 from Clinton

Howling Bells....Howling Bells.....Howling Bells. Nope. It's not coming back to me. Not Trembling Bells, nor Howling Hex nor Broken Bells.  I have to admit I can't on »

Fake Laugh

Fake Laugh

8/10 from Clinton

Were people generally more romantic in the '80s? Is it a phone thing? Is it that a line such as "oh the alcoholic afternoons when we sat in your room they meant more to me on »

Koehler / Stabudown Productions

Jim V Dan

8/10 from Ant

It’s murderation on the dancefloor with this hookup from Daniel Koehler (Berceuse Heroique) and James Donadio aka Prostitutes - here premiering his latest amusing/ on »

Illum Sphere

Glass EP2

8/10 from Ant

Ninja Tune score a bunch of remixes of cuts from Illum Sphere’s 2016 album Glass. Spread across two separate 12”s, the likes of Beau Wanzer, Hieroglyphic Being, on »

Illum Sphere

Glass EP1

8/10 from Ant

Ninja Tune score a bunch of remixes of cuts from Illum Sphere’s 2016 album Glass. Spread across two separate 12”s, the likes of Beau Wanzer, on »



8/10 from Ant

For those of you that are unaware, Touched Music is an electronic music label whose proceeds go to a great cause - Macmillan Cancer Support. For their latest offering, on »



8/10 from Ant

I just had to check this record out after reading the words “Pure live unapologetic psychic schism West Coast hardware acid.” Who wouldn’t? HOM is the on »

Featured albums

William Ryan Fritch
Coki meets Trixx
Martin Kornberger & Volker Kuhn
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Koehler / Stabudown Productions
Chihei Hatakeyama
The Shifters
Real Numbers
The Parels
Manchester Orchestra
Aldous RH
Brian Case
Terence Fixmer
Juanita Stein
Girl One And The Grease Guns
The Fall
Golden Retriever
Super Furry Animals
Ian Hicks / Luxos / Carl Matthews / The Schmutz Sisters
Denis Mpunga & Paul K
Moa Pillar
Rich La Bonte
Fake Laugh
Timothy Fife
Crown Larks
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland
Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
A.J. Holmes
Robot Koch
High-Functioning Flesh
Arcade Fire
John T. Gast
Anton Kubikov
John Stammers
Dion Lunadon
The La's
The Kooks