Phil is back but we have to pretend we were totally ok without him and we weren’t stressed at all and show him he is not in any way indispensible. Ok? You can keep a secret, right? In return we are chucking at you the best bits of this week’s mountainous release schedule and there are loads of very good ones. Ready? Let’s go.
A list of things that we are selling.
- Memory Drawings dulcimer-led instrumentals are too sad even for tissues.
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor achieve the ultimate hi-score.
- Yoga enthusiast Laraaji get’s it on and bangs a gong.
- West coast psych people Wand.
- Tangled avant rock from the great Omni .
- Dad there’s Wolves all over our Throne Room?
- America’s actually loudest band METZ.
- Bristol mumbler Tricky opens his mouth a tiny little bit.
- Pictures from the glamorous life of Tortoise.
- The Wedding Present remake ‘George Best’ slower.
- Midnight Sister do ace Stereolab-ish orch pop.
- Hannah Peel combines synths with brass in bloody Barnsley.
- Unrelenting doomlords Ufomammutt.
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart soldier on.
- We’ve had Sinatra’s ‘Strangers in the Night’ now we get Phoebe Bridges ‘Stranger in the Alps’.
- Cristobal imagines an alternate reality where people are nice. Hmmm.
- Awful brothers the Lemon Twigs.
- Manchester garage skronkers Duds.
- Curly-haired power pop pretender Wesley Fuller.
- Shilpa Ray don’t worry if the road’s a little worn.
- Ambient beauty that twangs from Ancient Ocean.
- Which pop star is a total nut? Marc Almond.
- Weirdly connected guitar pluckings from Jon Collins.
- New Bella Union singer Susanne Sundfor.
- Madcap avant garde knights of the realm Sir Neil Campbell and Sir Richard Youngs.
No It Bites this week….but we have these.
- 90’s slowcore drifters Acetone.
- More demos from the La’s - the band who could have been Cast.
- If like me you can deal ok with Brian Wilson’s so-so solo years here is a comp of the ‘best’ bits.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Kieran Hebden? As in bridge?
- Burial remoulds 90's Garage/House into his singular, melancholy vision - backed by a Kode9 footwork remix.
- Move quickly if you wanna snap up the limited KH (Kieran Hebden / Four Tet) 12” on Text.
- Devastatingly gorgeous, serene ambient bliss-out from Waveform Transmission (DeepChord’s Rod Modell & Chris Troy). The first offering from the duo in 20 years.
- Sublime minimal/ambient reissue from Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh.
- Ninos Du Brasil return to Hospital Productions with an album inspired by vampirism. Dark electronics and tribal drums galore, plus Arto Lindsay pops up on there.
- Superb debut album with elements of dubbed out industrial/concrète/free jazz/EBM and beyond from JASSS on iDEAL.
- Absorbing and intricate late night club tools from Beatrice Dillon & Call Super on Hessle Audio.
- Jlin utilises fragments of a tune from Ben Frost’s forthcoming album, working them into complex, off-kilter footwork rhythms.
- Radiant new drone/trance/meditative studio recordings from Laraaji. Includes ‘Sun Gong’ bundled in there too.
- Subtly effective, complex rhythms and refined melodies from Steffi on Ostgut Ton.
- Nutjob funkers from Black Dice madman Eric Copeland on DFA.
- Acid breakcore tornado from Ruby My Dear on Love Love Records.
- Music From Memory dig up Workdub related cassette tracks of 80’s exotic ambient, electro-boogie cuts from Vincent.
- Minor Science returns to Whities with his bass in tow.
- Triple pack of face melting bangers from AnD on Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe label.
- Coupla plates of super deep, hypnotic, spacey techno from Sam KDC and Saturne (Sam KDC & ASC) on Auxiliary.
- Proper electro goodness on Frustrated Funk from Adapta aka Steve Conner of Bitstream.
- Beatrice Dillon / Peder Mannerfelt remix Ploy on Timedance.
- Yorkshire kosmische, vintage synth trips from Craven Faults.
- Pure pounders from Clouds / Randomer on new label Headstrong Records.
- Deliciously dark and brooding contemporary Drum & Bass from Italian producer Last Life on Samurai Music. Tip if you dig Pessimist.
- Lush, pulsating 4-Track EP of slick modern techno on Semantica from Donato Dozzy collaborator Nuel.
- H.Takahashi’s ambient explores the power of sound to emotionally mutate and enhance the listener's space. Created on his iPhone in and around Tokyo. LP on Where To Now?
- Midland in the mix with tunes from Daphni, LFO, Kowton, Beatrice Dillon and Shinichi Atobe on his Fabric CD.
- UK techno legend NAD (Mustafa Ali / Epoch 90) returns after decades, with a superb EP of his vision of futuristic Detroit techno for Rush Hour.
- FatCat return to their techno roots with new imprint FCR, making its debut with a limited 12” from Cottam backed with a remix by Detroit’s Todd Modes.
- Ultra limited white label promo style 12" of edits from Adesse Versions.
- ‘Relight’ 12" EP on Light Of Other Days incl. Michal Turtle (Music From Memory), Unknown Mobile, Phantom Island and Total Burnout remixes.
- +++ Ron (Trent) & Manoo, Chekov on Shanti Celeste’s Peah Discs, Anno Stamm on All City, Kit 'n C.L.A.W.S aka Kit Clayton and Brian Hock on Squirrels On Film, Kölsch album on Kompakt, Red Stars Over Tokyo LP.
That’s it, I suppose.
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