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Weekly Update Belief Defect, Blondes, Laraaji, E.F.A., Four Tet, and more...

Awards:

  • Album of the Week

Welcome one and all. Phil’s moving house this week -- we weren’t aware that he was actually a corporeal human being that existed outside of this office, but fair play to him. He’s alive. It’s been very stressful for him, so if you’d like to email words of praise in his direction I’m sure he’d appreciate it. I one hundred percent promise you Phil didn’t write that sentence. Let’s bullet point some records now.

New:

Always on their phones.

  • Loathed and loved, Ariel Pink continues writing his avant-garde advert jingles.
  • Yeah You is a father/daughter noise duo. Wholesome and harsh!
  • Rostam is all alone! Cry react.
  • Both amazing and a fan of mushrooms, Teresa Winter’s new LP is out!
  • We finally reviewed the weirdings of Tongue.
  • Avant-bard Laura Cannell was in Suffolk. Nice!
  • Lower Slaughter: now a village and a band!
  • Koyo are an indie rock band from Leeds. Such a thing is simply unheard of.
  • Beyoncé! Enough said.
  • Two Deer Tick albums. Two!
  • Here’s the new one from Idlewild frontman and Wombles wannabe Roddy.
  • More like Hire! -- Fire! have brought back their Lost Library series.
  • Laraaji says to get your sunrays in while you can.
  • Props to HWCT for punching an arm through a planet.
  • A new Foo Fighters album? It’s times like these again?

...and in the tough brutalist paragraph of woe this week are the apparently reclusive Auburn Lull (wouldn’t know -- never met ‘em), these Holy Oysters, the sympathetically named Lazy Day, the anguished Myrkur and a band who literally just called themselves Blondes. There’s also some sleepy surf happenings from L.A. Witch, incorrect psychedelia from Domboshawa and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the towering sounds of Big Brave.

Reissues:

They hate millennials.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

Put your feet up, Ant: it’s the kids’ turn to wash the dub-plates tonight.

  • Whopping 25-track ‘Trax Test’ compilation of post-punk/new-wave rarities ‘81-87, compiled by Not Waving on his Ecstatic label.
  • Lobster Sleep Sequence follow up that Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet record with an EP of mysterious, mystical ambient from Night Foundation.
  • Raw and emotional, hardware produced techno/house from Patricia. Etched!
  • Yasuaki Shimizu's ‘Music For Commercials’ remastered!
  • Burnt Friedman / Ectomorph / Juju & Jordash / Fatima Yamaha join Dekmantel’s ongoing 10 year party.
  • Electro/wave LP from Trenton Chase of Manie Sans Délire on his June label.
  • Coupla 12”s reissued from Los Angeles 808 freaker the Egyptian Lover.
  • More stuff from LA with Dreams and AshTreJinkins slammers on Apron.
  • FaltyDL gets remixed by The Cyclist, O'Flynn, Palms Trax and Kaidi Tatham.
  • Apocalyptic, gloomy electronics on Raster Noton from Belief Defect.
  • F ingers (Samuel Karmel, Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek) are Awkwardly Blissing Out on Blackest Ever Black.
  • Art of noises, futurist compilation La Musica Futurista Nell'italia E Nel Mondo reissued.
  • Lindstrøm remixed by Will Long of Celer.
  • Cracking techno album from New York duo Blondes on R&S.
  • More Daphni cuts from his Fabric mix CD land on 12” via his Jiaolong label.
  • First-time vinyl reissue of Gunner Møller Pedersen’s ultra-rare 1974 avant/ambient bubbler ‘Stoned’.
  • Jimi Bazzouka pilfers some soundtracks for his latest limited 12” of re-edits. Plus a 12” from Meditation Tunnel (Luke Jenning formerly of The Rapture), both on Crowdspacer.
  • Grant deep house EP, mashing up unofficial remixes with classic samples. Limited copies.
  • 7” of crisp, acidic electro from the mysterious E.F.A. on No ’Label’.
  • Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts # 5&6 repressed!

7”s

That’s it, then!

The Norman Super League is sponsored by Clint, Ant and Robin. As it stands in the table:

Kim 9

Benn 6

Jamie 6

Laurie 5

Ian 1

Nathon 1

Phil -6 (points deducted for going into administration)

Customer Compliment of the Week:

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Bark Psychosis

Hex

9/10 from Clinton

It’s hard to be objective about an album that was the soundtrack some of the grimmest times of my life. Early ‘90s, lost in an attic of a shared house in darkest L...read on »

Tongue

How Nice It Is

9/10 from Robin

Nicely weirded, Tongue. What this band make out of a struggle is marvellous: their holy trinity of trombones, vocals and electronics make for an EP of writhing, half-completed...read on »

Blondes

Warmth

9/10 from Robin

With two blowouts previously blown out for RVNG ITL., ecstatics Blondes now delve into R&S for a double LP of noisily fluorescent techno. Ever lovers of minutiae, they mak...read on »

Carmen Villain

Infinite Avenue

9/10 from Robin

This is just fantastic. I’m out of creative words and good thematic spin fo for the day but know that if I’d reviewed this just a darn minute earlier it’d be...read on »

Fink

Resurgam

8/10 from Andy

Fink, led by Fin Greenall, return with their sixth album 'Resurgam' which means "I shall rise again" and is taken from a Latin inscription in a 900-year-old church in Greenall...read on »

Tim Mislock

Now Is The Last Best Time

8/10 from Jamie

Tim Mislock says of his debut fuzzy drone-fest, Now Is The Last Best Time; “I wanted to create a world that made the listener feel like they were floating.” On tha...read on »

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet

Ladilikan

8/10 from Jamie

Kronos Quartet: led, as ever, by (fearless) experimenter with the violin, David Harrington. This time, following his over-crowding of folk songs which had a largely unenthusia...read on »

Mount Kimbie

Love What Survives

8/10 from Jamie

Mount Kimbie -- Dominic Maker and Kai Campos -- have certainly expanded their blueprint since the days of 2010 debut ‘Crooks & Lovers’ with its largely post-du...read on »

Hotel Wrecking City Traders

Passage To Agatha

8/10 from Robin

Further validating my theory that the only good lengths for an album are less than ten or over seventy minutes, Hotel Wrecking City Traders make a destructive behemoth shaped ...read on »

Yeah You

KRUTCH

8/10 from Robin

Yes, them. This is Newcastle’s finest and most wholesome noise duo, a coming together of father and daughter Mykl Jaxn and Elvin Brandhi, who make music extremely out of...read on »

Laraaji

Bring On The Sun

8/10 from Robin

Expert of music, radiance and laughter, Laraaji has enjoyed a deserved resurgence recently as we trace back his development of ambient and new age far beyond the mere fruits o...read on »

L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch

8/10 from Robin

Spooky garage rock that doesn’t really care if you’re here but isn’t opposed to the idea of hanging out, I guess. L.A. Witch make a raucous racket that feels...read on »

Laura Cannell

Hunter Huntress Hawker

8/10 from Robin

Avant-bard Laura Cannell makes music for earth. I mean like, earth, though: ground, slabs, the stuff you put your feet on. Using a collection of her medieval string instrument...read on »

Patricia

Autotomy

8/10 from Ant

The Sleeperhold Publications label has been responsible for records from Tropic of Cancer, Moon Duo, Disappears, HTRK and Croatian Amor. It’s been a little while since w...read on »

Night Foundation

Memory Bells

8/10 from Ant

Lobster Sleep Sequence’s first release, a record by Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet was universally appreciated by our team and had us all set aside our differences and u...read on »

bvdub

Heartless

8/10 from Ant

Despite the fact that Brock Van Wey has released some 30 albums as bvdub, ‘Heartless’ is apparently the first to be pressed onto vinyl. n5MD have broken the tradit...read on »

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

...Keyboard Fantasies...

8/10 from Laurie

Seance Centre are on reissue duties here for the wonderful Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s second record under this name. She made a couple of records in the early 70s, one und...read on »

The Necessaries

Event Horizon

8/10 from Robin

All anyone will tell you about ‘Event Horizon’ and them Necessaries who made it is that Arthur Russell was involved. He played keys, he contributed songs, he broug...read on »

Various

Trax Test (Excerpts From The Modular Network 1981-1987)

8/10 from Ant

Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and Vittore Baroni, one of the founders of 80's Italian label Trax (not to be confused with the Chicago house label) have compiled this whopping...read on »

Kate Carr

Fabulations

8/10 from Robin

Field recordings are music. It sounds unlikely but it's true, and nobody does a better job of turning sound and song into one wholesome medley than Kate Carr. An artist w...read on »

Belief Defect

Decadent Yet Depraved

8/10 from Laurie

New intense things from Raster-noton, this time a full album from newcomer Belief Defect, an artist who chooses to give no information about themselves in order to provide you...read on »

Vibracathedral Orchestra

Live At Total Inertia

8/10 from Robin

Finally, I can say what we’re all projected to say to our kin in the twilight of our years: I was there! Not at a Beatles gig, though; not even at the fake-last LCD Soun...read on »

A.R.C. Soundtracks

Dereliction/Mirror

8/10 from Robin

Haunting. Seriously, though! That’s what ‘Dereliction/Mirror’ wants to do and that’s what it doth. A record part born from the library hauntology of o...read on »

Featured albums

Four Tet
Kate Carr
Grant
Holy Oysters
Courtney Marie Andrews
Various
Teresa Winter
Night Foundation
FaltyDL
Various
Lazy Day
Daphni
Gunner Moller Pedersen
Palm Honey
Jimi Bazzouka
Meditation Tunnel
Laura Cannell
Patricia
Lindstrom
Blondes
AshTreJinkins
Ennio Morricone
Dreams
Prince
Tongue
Hotel Wrecking City Traders
Burnt Friedman / Ectomorph / Juju & Jordash / Fatima Yamaha
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Craig Armstrong
Yasuaki Shimizu
Auburn Lull
Koyo
The Style Council
The Style Council
F ingers
The Necessaries
Trenton Chase
Mogwai
Yeah You
Lower Slaughter
Laraaji
Belief Defect
BIG | BRAVE
L.A. Witch
Roddy Woomble
Myrkur
Rostam
Foo Fighters
Ariel Pink
Jane Weaver and Virginia Wing / Death And Vanilla / Noveller
E.F.A.
Paradise
Beyoncé
Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Bark Psychosis