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It’s strange when you go viral. We now know what it must be like for celebrity Twitter people. Please rest assured that we sold the Arcade Fire record in good faith....we just didn’t know. We’re sorry. In less exciting news we’ve had some pretty severe problems with our sink as we blocked the damn thing up with coffee remnants. The good news is that it’s fixed.

So on this slow news day let’s take a look at what is in this week.

New music! New! You won’t have heard this before.

  • Lush electro-pop on a new level from Briana Marela.
  • Winsome lo-fi indie rock from nipper Soccer Mommy.
  • Caroline Says brings us heartfelt autumnal sad and jangle pop.
  • Very young people Girl Ray make an album of delicate sun dappled indie-pop.
  • New Zealand three piece Mermaidens play psych rock garage and name their album after my torso.
  • Naomi Punk make lo-fi sound collage rock like This Heat burnt to a crisp.
  • Shayne Carter the Doublehappys and Straightjacket Fits man writes his first piano album.
  • Dead Cross is the latest supergroup from supergroup collector Mike Patton.
  • Rock and roll lunatics Coldplay.
  • Warm Digits ask their guests to stay for tea.
  • Ya gotta get this Don Leisure LP if you like Madlib/Dilla etc.

Warning: You might have heard these.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
No soft play at the Surgeon matinee.

  • Mønic gets remixed by Brummie techno master Regis.
  • Intense and intimate mental catharsis from Pan Daijing on PAN.
  • New EP from Ben Frost - recorded by Steve Albini who contributes a remix alongside Lotic.
  • Sähkö repress Mika Vainio’s superb ‘Olveo’ album as Ø and minimal techno blueprint 12” as Philus.
  • Cosmic ambient from Helsinki’s DJ Sotofett Presents Jesse on Sähkö’s Keys of Life sister label.
  • Official reissues of ultra-rare, vintage NYC disco bombs from Cloud One aka Patrick Adams and Peter Brown.
  • Simon James (The Simonsound) weaves a tapestry of Radiophonic and found sounds on LP + accompanying CD of modular synth drones and twiddles.
  • Body Horror electronics from Croww’s debut on The Death of Rave. Single-sided, clear wax edition of 300 copies.
  • Alex Menzies tape - more experimental than his recordings as Alex Smoke. Nab a copy if you dug his stuff on Umor Rex.
  • Raw, lo-fi stompers from SSJJ and Devin Dare with a limited split 12” on Funkineven’s Apron label.
  • Moonlit synth textures galore on Correlations tape for Spun Out Of Control.
  • Optimo Trax reissue a 1987 electrobeat gem from Robotiko Rejekto.
  • Swedish producer Bauri has a new EP of tasty electronica on B12’s FireScope label. Fact: He once appeared on olde Norman in-house label Jonathon Whiskey 15 years ago!
  • EQD pair of optimised, fully functional techno club tools from René Pawlowitz aka as Shed
  • Minimal melodies and sometimes disrupted tranquility from Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri.
  • Goldie’s D&B anthem ‘Inner City Life’ remixed by Burial on silver vinyl.
  • New Wave/Post-Punk/Electro reissue action from Dark Entries with Tobias Bernstrup and 3 Teens Kill 4 records exhumed.
  • Oldskool hardcore/breakbeat laced techno from Cop Envy on Templar Sound.
  • Theo Parrish & Specter mixtape/CD live at Detroit’s Music Gallery. Plus debut 12” from Detroit youngsters Julion De’Angelo & Thomas Xu on Sound Signature for fans of Theo, Kerri Chandler etc.
  • Cosmic, psychedelic, mystical voyages from Peter Power & Friends on Invisible, Inc.
  • Much needed reissue of the full John Morales mix of Universal Robot Band’s disco-funk classic ‘Barely Breaking Even’.

Miniature poodles…

Clint says: They’ve let me out for the week so I’ll leave you in the more than capable paws of Robin for next week’s updates. He’s a big Bruce Springsteen fan so you’ll be fine.


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

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


Sacred Sounds 18.12.16

9/10 from Ant

Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that...read on »


Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

9/10 from Ant

Ata Ebtekar aka Sote really is in a league of his own. In the fifteen years that have passed since his first record ‘Electric Deaf’ on Warp, he hasn’t exactl...read on »


Regret Was Never So Sure / (Regis Version)

9/10 from Ant

Following a 12” including a Burial remix, Osiris Music continue their 50th release celebrations with another 12” from Mønic aka label bossman Simon Shreeve....read on »


Night Acquisitions

8/10 from Jamie

You know how much I like gorgeously moonlit synth textures, don’t you? Well I do. Correlations’ Neil Hales rekindles his love of the vintage OSCar synthesizer -- a...read on »

Simon James

Akiha Den Den

8/10 from Jamie

Many musicians employ synthesizers to evoke the sounds of space -- real or imagined -- and of course that’s what Simon James, as The Simonsound, has been (very neatly) d...read on »

Arcane Roots

Left Fire

8/10 from Benn

Although this may only be an EP, it packs a punch or two. ‘Left Fire’ is a solid and raw attempt at breaking up an already heavy and clustered scene of progressive...read on »

Naomi Punk


8/10 from Robin

It actually makes a lot of sense that this here Naomi Punk band are heartily endorsed by Parquet Courts, their touring buddies, despite the two bands having little in common o...read on »

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer


8/10 from Robin

Artisan ambient label IIKKI curate another beautiful release between longtime drone compatriots Taylor Deupree and Mark Fisher. They last worked together on 'Twine', a tw...read on »

Caroline Says

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

8/10 from Clinton

Caroline Sallee made this album when she moved back to her parents after college. A time in your life that can be seen as a retrogressive step but one which allows time for se...read on »

Lal & Mike Waterson

Bright Phoebus

8/10 from Clinton

I'm probably about to receive a backlash as big as that which followed the time I said I didn't rate a the Fall album (um.. last week) but I often can't take folk seriously. I...read on »

Briana Marela

Call It Love

8/10 from Robin

This bewilderingly lush record is, somehow, a pop hit. Briana Marela has coated these songs over and over, in thick layers of fog and club bass throb, but they still come to t...read on »

Don Leisure


8/10 from Clinton

Right I'm rushing but just got to tell you that this is great. A smorgasbord of cut and splice hip hop, found sounds, funk, soul, far Eastern and even Bollywood. It has that m...read on »



8/10 from Ant

Here’s some sonic Body Horror for ya, courtesy of some fresh blood from somewhere around Manchester. Apparently much of the source material comes from a pack of early Sl...read on »

Girl Ray

Earl Grey

8/10 from Clinton

Although it's been noticed that Girl Ray have taken influenced from the C86 batch of bands who trademarked the spindly guitar and naive melodies that makes the best bits of in...read on »

Abandoned Footwear

108 Trees

8/10 from Ant

‘108 Trees’ is the debut album from Abandoned Footwear - the Oakland duo of Michael Buchanan and Jay Fields. But this isn’t the first we’ve heard from ...read on »



8/10 from Clinton

Remember when electronica was warm and bouncy? Phil does and that's why he once released a Bauri record on his now infamous Jonathon Whiskey imprint. Years later Bauri returns...read on »

Featured albums

The Necessaries
DJ Sotofett Presents Jesse
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Guided By Voices
Ben Frost
Simon James
They Go Boom!!
Pan Daijing
Don Leisure
Universal Robot Band
Julion De’Angelo & Thomas Xu
Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri
Naomi Punk
Sundara Karma
Soccer Mommy
Peter Power & Friends
Tobias Bernstrup
Cop Envy
Pete Ellison
3 Teens Kill 4
Caroline Says
Shayne P Carter
Theo Parrish & Specter
Claude Lombard
Howie B & Craig Richards feat. Shaun Ryder
Pardon Moi
Robotiko Rejekto
Briana Marela
Lal & Mike Waterson
Alex Menzies
Epic Soundtracks
Dead Cross
Girl Ray
Warm Digits
Ø (Mika Vainio)