The clocks go back this weekend, which means you have a whole extra hour at your disposal. What are we suggesting? That you use the time wisely, pore through this newsletter and read every word? That you get real pedantic and send us back critique on our typos, misinformation and bad opinions? Maybe. Or you could listen to some music. I don’t know. Time is a construct. But music is sound through time, so what does that make music? My head hurts. Let’s go.
- Margo Price gets sarcastic with Trump over twang.
- Shout out Julien Baker. That’s all.
- Me fail English? That’s Unsane.” -- Punk Ralph Wiggum.
- John Maus. Plays keyboards in the dark.
- Grooms do it swish and U2-ish.
- Out Lines do twilight sadder.
- These holy swear boys are back.
- Scattered Purgatory offer the official OST of limbo.
- Hogni. We finally listened.
- Venn diagram buds Brockmann and Bargmann crossover some skronk.
- Aather sound like all the guitar bands. Good.
- Radiohead frontman Philip Selway did a soundtrack.
- Isnaj Dui returns for Rural Colours -- both delightful and ominous.
- Stunning musical combos from Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh.
- Jaye Bartell murmurs out a good ‘un. Angel Olsen approved!
- Luna forgot to write songs.
- Daniele Luppi + Parquet Courts + Karen O = gee, I don’t know, this?
- Lucinda Williams thinks the world is sweet. Wrong.
- A brief reminder: Anna Meredith is unreal.
- Laura Baird goes sisterless on her first solo outing.
- Jamie somehow compares William Ryan Fritch to Fleet Foxes. Love it.
- Kjetil Mulelid Trio have three pianos but would prefer a mortgage.
Bonus paragraph of equally good content? Sure thing. There’s a new EP from cosmos counselor Jane Waver; The Delta Bell make post-country, whatever the hell that is; Charles Howl are still devilishly dulcet; Max Hall went ‘round the world recording in the shadows; hard rock and harmonies fills up the Dirty Fences tank; and waiter, there’s a comma in Jake Ewald’s new band. Also: Baxter Dury is the prince of tears (not Texas, as I initially may have thought) and Adrian Crowley is the dark eyed messenger.
- “You gotta have Beck, Beck, Beck” - George Michael .
- This compilation of Japanese folk and crying trees is in.
- Jason Williamson’s book of filth. I’m shocked and appalled.
- A reissue trilogy of Billy Childish’s Buff Medways antics.
- Saint Etienne. Always worth talking about.
- Superior Viaduct release these electroacoustic wonders from Franco Battiato.
- A reissue, with all exclamation marks in tact, of this Atmosphere classic.
- “U.F.Orb”. Genius.
- The wild west’s second best Alessandro Alessandroni deserves your love.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up
Have we done the “Resident Dadvisor” joke yet?
- Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna, Berlin dub techno master, meets roots music of Kyrgyzstan.
- EP of improvised analogue electro nutrition from Helena Hauff on Ninja Tune.
- Ecstatic, neon UKF, and fluorescent dancehall mutations from Errorsmith in non-stop party mode.
- Slammin’ EBM/Techno dark destroyers from Sharplines / Nathaniel on Ancient Methods Persephonic Sirens label. Phwoarrrrr!
- Posh Isolation supergroup Hvide Sejl, Varg & F. Valentin ‘Brazil’ tape vinylized, plus a reissue of Erik Enocksson’s ‘Farval Falkenberg’, originally on Knig Disc.
- Cosmic, tropical funk from Modula on Firecracker in ace screen printed sleeve.
- Another pile of Muslimgauze CDs reissued on Staalplaat.
- Futuristic/sci-fi sound design from Invisible Church & Marie Davidson’s ghost in the machine vocals.
- Novo Line and his trusty Atari ST create cuts functional at both 33 and 45rpm.
- Pierre Bastien busts out his Mechano for an LP on Discrepant.
- Gargantuan, clanging clunkers from mighty Bristolian duo Giant Swan on Timedance.
- Deliciously rough and rugged LP from S. English on L.I.E.S.
- First album in yonks from the Baron of Techno, Dave Clarke feat. Mark Lanegan, Anika and Gazelle Twin.
- Pure bangers on Bedouin Records from Shanghai/Taipei-based producer Tzusing.
- Sun drenched, Balearic vibes galore from Istanbul’s Islandman on Music For Dreams.
- Vinyl reissues of The Orb’s classic chill out room/comedown melters ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ and ‘U.F.Orb’.
- Choice compact discs on Room40 from Rafael Toral and Nicola Ratti.
- West 2 West Vol. 2 aka John Daly’s MPC heavy, warped hip-hop beats on All City.
- Generative ambient bliss-outs from Keith Berry on his new VSM Theory label.
- Classic schooled house cuts from Mark Seven. Very limited copies on World Building.
- Reissue of Afro/electronic milestone from Zazou / Bikaye / Cy 1 on Crammed Discs.
- Bonnie 2ropica compilation surveying Edinburgh and Glasgow’s fertile electronic and experimental dance music underground.
- Superb EP from DJ Qu on his Strength Music imprint. Recommended!
- Sexy disco from AMOR aka Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler and co. on Night School.
- Bunch of gear on JJ Funhouse from Dr. C. Stein, Gust De Meyer, and Milan W.
- Maria Rita Stumpf remixed and Fantastic Twins music for toddlers on Optimo Music.
- Repress of the sought after ‘Benga Benga’ tribute edits of West African cuts on Porridge Bullet.
- +++ Albums from Hyetal, Om Unit, Moebius Schneider, Max Cooper, Manu Dibango and 12”s including 2-BMW reissue on Major Problems, Becker & Mukai on Sas Recordings, DJJ on FatCat’s FCR, Vermont remixes on Kompakt, Lady Chann on Kick + Clap...
Can someone explain how they make them so small? Cigarettes After Sex have this week’s best one, while Luna did even more covers on this one. Hansun’s Paul Draper downsized his untimely Britpop and two people called John merged cunningly into JOHN.
Welp. That’s all the records. M’kay bye!
Robin and Ant.
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