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.
- Loop-hopper Colleen returns for Thrill Jockey.
- Dean Blunt made this album in collaboration with a Russian hotel bedroom.
- Barrow and Sailsbury! You love ‘em.
- Jamie is the latest Normanite to gush over Esmerine.
- Learn all about sacred harp with this amazing Death Is Not the End release.
- Fake Palms? Worth a listen or ten.
- The The are back, baby.
- Give Bully your ears, not your lunch money.
- Sludgelords Iron Monkey victory lap all over their decades-old history.
- National treasure in training Michael Head returns with new material.
- This week’s emos in residency are Hard Girls.
- Young Marble Giant escapee the Gist unleashes unheard stuff.
- In honour of their laziness we only just reviewed last week’s Kurt and Courtney.
- Folkies Bill Mackay and Ryley Walker hang out and notice some insects.
- Sun City Girl Alvarius B serves up a trilogy.
- William Ryan Fritch serves up his symphonic clang.
- Former Gus Gus Högni is on a crooner hype.
- Stern sleeptalker Matt Christensen gets some vinyl made.
- Balduin spark up some retro-glee.
- David West with the Teardrops. He’s been all over the world.
- Kllo mix merengue and electronic pop
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?
So many this week. Bury your head in the sand.
- Why not just pretend the Smiths never broke up?
- Once grandsonnies: revisit Grandaddy,
- Spoon’s best record gets all glorified.
- I’m sure you’re aware of artful wobbler Scott Walker.
- Ween are neither Weezer nor Wheatus.
- Phil’s fave alert: Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir.
- New editions for hybrid jazz theorists The Sea & Cake.
- Randomly pick a Talk Talk record and have a good time.
- Perma-stoned hip hoppers Cypress Hill.
- Ty Segall once made a classic record. Find it under your fringe.
- Nathon’s favourite ever Brian Jonestown Massacre record is back.
- In the sober words of Robbie Williams: “We’re the Pet Shop Boys.”
- Office-famous Pye Corner Audio get Sleep Games awake.
- Massive 4CD set of idiosyncratic indie lot The Jazz Butcher. Led of course by Pat Fish.
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.
Robin, Clint and Ant.
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Best records this week
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9/10 from Robin
8/10 from Robin