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It’s been pretty windy this week, hasn’t it? It suits us, for one obvious reason: we are a bunch of useless windbags. This week’s update is actually dedicated to our most loyal of walk-in customers, Dusty, who refused to take his records home this week because he was worried they would blow away. We love you, Dusty. Let’s find out what we managed to hold onto.

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Further to all this, I have some unresolved questions. How do you explain that The Plan are Southend punks? Does Destroyer sing about red wine on his new album? Does John Carpenter actually like themes or did he just fall into a career? How does William Ryan Fritch do that to his beard? Is there any chance you’d listen to this Lean Year record in a log cabin?

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So many this week. Bury your head in the sand.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Dropping off M.E.S.H. at the creche.

  • Visionist pours himself into his restless electronics for his second album.
  • Lee Gamble lands on Hyperdub with an album of morphing ambient -- and a wee bit of jungle
  • Claire M Singer gets busy with organ, cello and electronics and CM Von Hausswolff utilizes emission spectros copy.
  • Radius adds some rhythm to water vapour on the latest Echospace edition.
  • Dark lord Mick Harris (Scorn, Lull etc.) returns as Fret, with a crushing, album of heavy rhythms, serious bass and cavernous sound design. You need it.
  • Demigod Mark Ernestus adds some Basic Channel magic to a coupla Equiknoxx cuts on DDS.
  • Nu-skool, analogue Kosmische gear on Computer Club from Circa 2000.
  • Shimmering/cosmic/balearic disco twinklers from Lindstrøm.
  • Repetentes 2008 LP on Future Times incorporating elements of Brazilian fusion, video game music, funk, and synth- pop.
  • Mike Kitcher processes traditional Congolese music from the 1950’s.
  • Imaginary ambient landscapes from Japanese artist Sugai Ken on RVNG Intl.
  • EBM/techno gnarlers from Raw Ambassador on Mannequins Death Of The Machines Series. Proper filth.
  • Limited, split tape from Untold / Duckett. Featuring a whopping 25 unreleased Untold tunes in the mix, and a live set from Duckett.
  • Adventurous electronic research type gear from WK569 in the spirit of early pioneers.
  • Colorful album of ecstatic rhythms and dancing textures from Byron Westbrook.
  • MPC heavy, hip-hop wonkers on All City from West 2 West aka John Daly
  • Gorgeous album of faded watercolour/sepia/antique sounds on Ideologic Organ from Eldoie aka Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk.
  • Floating Points leaves the psych rock alone and gets back to business.
  • D.K. / S.K. split one in half for some melters on Jonny Nash’s Melody As Truth label.
  • Revised and remastered reissue of Laszlo Hortobagyi’s 1988 ‘Transreplica Meccano’ LP re-imaging traditional Indian music via his own software.
  • Voiski / Randomer / Toulouse Low Trax / Gilb'r give us yet more 10 years of Dekmantel party smashers, plus an album from Juju & Jordash also on the label.
  • Music From Memory dig up some Colonel Abrahams/proto-house style tracks from Denver’s Geoffrey Landers.
  • Truth steppers on Mala’s DEEP MEDi MUSIK for bassbin worshippers.
  • Black Truffle reissue an almost forgotten electroacoustic LP from John Duncan with a little help from The Hafler Trio.
  • Limited repress of an olde EOD (Rephlex,CPU) EP from 2007.
  • +++ Tyler Dancer on Don’t Be Afraid, Pepe Bradock on Atavisme, Mark Broom incl. Gary Bek remix, Vincent Floyd on Rush Hour, Radiante Pourpre on Antinote, James Booth on Growing Bin, London Modular Alliance on Hypercolour, DMX Krew on Shiprec, Grand River on Spazio Disponibile, Addison Groove & Bim Sanga, Project Pablo on Technicolour...

That’s uh… that’s a lot of electronic music. And that’s also your lot! Thanks for reading. TGI… Thursday? That can’t be right.

Us:

Words:
Robin, Clint and Ant.

Work:
Daoud (new!) Kim, Phil, Jamie, Benn, Laurie, and “Ian” (all old).

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Esmerine

Mechanics Of Dominion

9/10 from Jamie

Oh, this is lovely. From the opening strains of bowed, vibrato cello and fluid tinklings of piano all the way up to its dramatic coda. Continuing their trend of a new and rema...read on »

Lee Gamble

Mnestic Pressure

9/10 from Laurie

Here is the UIQ label head and champion of cracked electronic sounds Lee Gamble, making that sweet music for the Hyperdub family. He recently premiered acoustic music in a cav...read on »

Dean Blunt

Stone Island

9/10 from Robin

Not that I really need to tell you to buy a Dean Blunt record, but ‘Stone Island’ is still a wonderful slice. It’s also old as heck; initially offered from t...read on »

Various

I'm on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938

9/10 from Robin

Sacred harp is a specific type of choral singing that originated and largely had its place the American South. Its name originated from a book of the same name containing shee...read on »

Fret

Over Depth

9/10 from Ant

It pleases me immensely to be able to proper crank up new material from living legend Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn, Lull, Monrella, Quoit, Painkiller) I’d almos...read on »

Sugai Ken

UkabazUmorezU

8/10 from Jamie

Sugai Ken has a habit of creating intricate yet startlingly vivid tapestries from a deep well of culled threads -- however, UkabazUmorezU is his first sound collage for the bi...read on »

Fake Palms

Pure Mind

8/10 from Robin

Hey, I say, turning my head real slow like I’ve just discovered that something good and surprising is happening… who are these? With their angular guitars, arms-l...read on »

Tori Amos

Native Invader

8/10 from Robin

Not on my review pile but hey: who wouldn’t go out of their way to hear the legendary Tori Amos take on political turmoil in an hour-long pop thesis? This thing is massi...read on »

Iron Monkey

9-13

8/10 from Robin

Sludgers Iron Monkey were out there in Nottingham’s thriving noisy punk scene of old, part of the same legendary spawn that filled up Earache (where their 1998 release &...read on »

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Lotta Sea Lice

8/10 from Robin

Honestly, if I need a breezy rock record of half-hearted energy that sounds like the steam floating out of a cup of coffee… I’ll listen to the Grateful Dead. It&r...read on »

St. Vincent

Masseduction

8/10 from Robin

Hold on. Just adjusting to this one real quick. I need someone to do a system update to my understanding of St. Vincent, who has here transformed from her aerobic and often co...read on »

Emptyset

Skin

8/10 from Jamie

Emptyset, now there’s a name I know. I’ve probably sent a fair few of their (distinctive-looking) records out the door to a few of you lovely lot at some point in ...read on »

Lean Year

Lean Year

8/10 from Clinton

This is a lot more relaxing than listening to Phil bang on about his decorating issues over the sound of a malfunctioning printer.  Unlike Phil, it’s quiet. They h...read on »

The Plan

Nervous Energy

8/10 from Clinton

Hang on, my dad used to work in Southend. Must ask him about that. Anyway this is a five piece, lop-sided post punk band who all live in Southend. Every single one of them. St...read on »

Various

Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

8/10 from Robin

The front cover for ‘Even a Tree Can Shed Tears’ says quite enough. An urban scene of trams and cars and trains polluted further by the rising buildings they&rsquo...read on »

Elodie

Vieux Silence

8/10 from Ant

The duo of Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk have been busy as Elodie since 2010, with loads of records on their Faraway Press and La Scie Dorée labels. Now they’ve...read on »

Equiknoxx & Mark Ernestus

Mark Ernestus Remixes

8/10 from Ant

Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound demigod Mark Ernestus reworks a coupla cuts from modern Dancehall operators Equiknoxx’s ‘Bird Sound Power’ album on DDS. H...read on »

Phase Fatale

Redeemer

8/10 from Ant

‘Redeemer’ is Hayden Payne’s first long player as Phase Fatale and follows EPs for Jealous God and Ostgut Ton sister label Unterton. It’s a perfect fit...read on »

UUUU

UUUU

8/10 from Ant

UUUU is what happens when you get Edvard Graham Lewis (Wire, Dome), Thighpaulsandra (Coil, Spiritualized), Matthew Simms (It Hugs Back, Wire) and Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, ...read on »

WK569

Omaggio a Marino Zuccheri

8/10 from Ant

WK569 is the trio of Federico Troncatti, Ezio Martinazzi and Pier Enrico Villa. Together they create electronic and electro-acoustic music - synthesizing a musical language in...read on »

Claire M Singer

Fairge

8/10 from Robin

I was accidentally playing Claire M Sanger’s new excursion for Touch underneath an emo record with quite the attitude, and was this [precise finger gesture] close to hai...read on »

Matt Christensen

I know What The Fight Is

8/10 from Robin

Matt Christensen’s first vinyl effort in a while is an exercise in lounge sabotage, offering a slowcore spread of distantly and inappropriately arranged sounds. With cho...read on »

Byron Westbrook

Body Consonance

8/10 from Ant

Byron Westbrook’s follows his 2015 debut album on Root Strata with a belter for Hands In The Dark. ‘Body Consonance’ opens with the frantic ‘Dance In F...read on »

Featured albums

CM Von Hausswolff
Truth
Tyler Dancer
Equiknoxx & Mark Ernestus
Mike Kitcher
Addison Groove & Bim Sanga present Bags Inc
WK569
Laszlo Hortobagyi
Voiski / Randomer / Toulouse Low Trax / Gilb'r
Geoffrey Landers
Claire M Singer
Mark Broom
Matt Christensen
Floating Points
Sugai Ken
Juju & Jordash
James Booth
D.K. / S.K.
Grand River
Dean Blunt
Colleen
Kllo
Untold / Duckett
Project Pablo
The The
Pepe Bradock
Byron Westbrook
Lean Year
Esmerine
Circa 2000
EOD
John Duncan
Fret
Hard Girls
The Jazz Butcher
David West with Teardrops
The Gist
Hogni
Balduin
The Plan
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
DMX Krew
John Carpenter
Lindstrom
Raw Ambassador
Fake Palms
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
Iron Monkey
Repetentes 2008
West 2 West
Visionist
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
London Modular Alliance
Destroyer
Radiante Pourpre
Elodie
Bully
William Ryan Fritch
The Smiths
Lee Gamble
Vincent Floyd
Radius
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Various
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Pye Corner Audio
Ty Segall Band
Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Cypress Hill
Ween
Grandaddy
Spoon