Weekly Update Hookworms, Carlton Melton, The Soft Moon, Goblin, Field Music

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February always seems to be the Tuesday of months. Neither one thing nor the other and still pretty bleak round these parts. Still, it’s unleashed the best week of releases so far with a stellar opus from local lads Hookworms, a whip smart new Field Music LP, misery from the Soft Moon and the Godspeed fella doing his solo thing. Tonnes of stuff in fact - the details are below.


Astounding new sounds….

  • Field Music. The clogs of Sunderland’s answer to Steely Dan/10cc remain clever.
  • Efrim Manuel Menuck is the seemingly urine-fixated Godspeed fella.
  • America’s stretchiest jam band Bardo Pond.
  • Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin has soundtracked his book.
  • Feel good happy day psych from the newly cheery Hookworms.
  • The Soft Moon. Not particularly cheery.
  • The great new Carlton Melton LP has a track called ‘Basket of Trumpets’.
  • Go Go Penguin.
  • Horror soundtrackees Goblin live in concert.
  • Sad tastefully plucked slo-core from Red River Dialect.
  • Ragged Aussie chums Good Boy.
  • Southern glam-rock warbler Kyle Craft is about to answer the phone.
  • Death metal super-group Low Estate do some really good noising.
  • Hiatus Kayote’s Nai Palm covers her own band and all the other greats.
  • The Cold Spells snappily titled new one. Try asking for it at your local Our Price.
  • Jim Ghedi makes music for fields etc.
  • Rhye certainly enjoy looking at the ladies.


From when they was fab….

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Our Resident Dadvisor.

  • Dystopian cityscapes from 2814 aka HKE and t e l e p a t h. Limited edition, one-time pressing of 500 copies on Arcola. These will fly.
  • That there Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda & Alva Noto show from 2002.
  • San Bernardino duo German Army investigate the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala.
  • Wee bit of the ole sound collage action on NNA Tapes from Ahnnu aka Cakedog.
  • 2LP of electro mutants in classic Gescom/Skam mode from S>>D on CPU.
  • Christos Chondropoulos imagines a futuristic, Greek post-human society.
  • Berlin duo of darkness OAKE remixed by techno boys Regis, Samuel Kerridge, Phase Fatale and SNTS.
  • Aux 88's classic Detroit electro-techno-bass doublepack ‘Magnetic Bass’ rebooted.
  • Kirk Degiorgio raids DATs for some rare and unreleased Future/Past tunage.
  • Diverse breakbeat rave gear from FaltyDL.
  • Tape of Killing Sound, LTO, DB1 and Silo reductions of Paper Dollhouse.
  • Meatbingo fella (Skam) teams up with U.S synthwave producer > Phono Ghosts & Sferro tape on Fonolith.
  • Sold out at source 12” on Novel Sound from NYC techno/house man Levon Vincent.
  • 2LP of Glaswegian party jackers from Big Miz on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams.
  • Nice up your area with the RunComeTest! EP from Seekers International.
  • Balearic beats connoisseur Moonboots compiles a 2LP on Music For Dreams.
  • First album in yonks from Scanner who’s left his actual scanner in the shed and got loads of modular clobber.
  • Monster Rally dish out some tropical, exotica laced hippity-hop-tronica.
  • Samiyam had better have vegan cheese at his Pizza Party.


Tiny little ones...

  • BEAK> release their ‘Sex Music’ 7” at last. Hope that it’s all that it’s quacked up to be (...resigns).


We can help with your poverty….

  • UPDATED! A bunch of recent overstocks with money off.


That’s your lot. Enjoy February. It’s pretty good really.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Christoph de Babalon

If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It (2018 Remaster)

9/10 from Ant

Rewind to the mid-90s and I was working an evening shift in a factory making circuit breakers, drudging along, the dignity of labor and all that, when all of a sudden, on the ...read on »



9/10 from Ant

Dave Burraston continues to blur the lines between art and science on his latest tape ‘XNOTNL’. Another staggeringly original addition to his currently acceleratin...read on »

Hiroshi Yoshimura

Music For Nine Postcards

9/10 from Robin

I’d call this Hiroshi Yoshimura’s classic if he hadn’t released so many of them. ‘Green’ is perhaps his most formative work, a collection of half...read on »


The Hands

9/10 from Robin

What is this rumpus? I would have to say that rumpus is Fire, with an exclamation mark, whose newest record takes a mini left turn in embracing rock music as you knew it. Or, ...read on »


Diamond Dust

8/10 from Robin

The Lobster Theremin conglomerate are making a concerted effort to make lobsters the official insignia of any music adjacent to Resident Advisor. I commend them for it; those ...read on »

Jim Ghedi

A Hymn For Ancient Land

8/10 from Robin

Ghedi goes green. Or, to be honest, he always was, making lovely music for windswept fields and imagined pastoral lands. But this is the one: the most serene and the most gras...read on »

The Limiñanas

Shadow People

8/10 from Robin

Area People Do Something Psychedelic. Hardly breaking news anymore, but may I please report to you that Perpignan psychlords the Liminanas have released a new record, their fi...read on »



8/10 from Robin

Phew. Sounds like they worked hard on this one? Calibrating the forward momentum cheat codes of motorik with real, pop sheen can't be easy. On their clearest, most accessible ...read on »

The Cold Spells

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8/10 from Robin

For all intents and purposes of this blurb, this record will be referred to as ‘Morse Eponymous’. Using the famous code system to rename themselves ‘.... . /...read on »

Nai Palm

Needle Paw

8/10 from Robin

Hiatus Kaiyote’s brilliant leader, Nai Palm, delivers her debut record as something of an anthology. Acoustic tunes from her band’s oeuvre make an appearance, as d...read on »

Field Music

Open Here

8/10 from Clinton

This Sunderland duo are certainly musical clever clogs. They can play every instrument under the sun, they have some pretty classy melodic and rhythmic ideas that they've mana...read on »

Michael Vincent Waller


8/10 from Jamie

Michael Vincent Waller is a young American composer of increasing renown -- he studied under the tutelage and watchful eye of composer-pianist La Monte Young, no less -- and h...read on »


Perpetual Journey

8/10 from Jamie

On this here 12” EP -- on the always reliably magnificent Serein label -- Olga Wojciechowska reignites her Strië project to lovingly deliver to us this ear-caressin...read on »

The Final Age

The Final Age

8/10 from Robin

Cardinal Fuzz’s lean to the leftfield lately has been more than welcome. It feels, in some small way, like the psych landscape is moving on, casting its gaze with a lil&...read on »

The Myrrors

Lunar Halo

8/10 from Robin

The Myrrors delve deeper into their endless slew of basement tapes for the first in a Cardinal Fuzz archives series. I mean, this is all excessively relative: can you actually...read on »

Low Estate

Covert Cult Of Death

8/10 from Robin

Loud and super; super loud and also a supergroup. Covert Cult of Death takes Brendan Tobin from post-rockers Red Sparrowes, Geoff Garlock from screamo legends Orchid, Christop...read on »

Carlton Melton

Mind Minerals

8/10 from Robin

The truth at the heart of the matter is that if I listened to this whole Carlton Melton record right now I’d have chewed up a good hour plus of my work day, and also wou...read on »

Ilyas Ahmed

Closer to Stranger

8/10 from Robin

Lovely Ilyas Ahmed should never stop making music. Not ever. His place is sealed in my heart as the only maker of loud, hazy folk ruminations I have time to care about. Hereby...read on »

Monster Rally

Flowering Jungle

8/10 from Clinton

The last Monster Rally 'Mystery Cove' was the kind of album you could put on whilst sitting on the verge of tears in a concrete hellhole and still be taken away to a warm summ...read on »

Featured albums

Lake Ruth
Christos Chondropoulos
Paper Dollhouse
The Cold Spells
Levon Vincent
Willy Vlautin
The Times
Good Boy
Aux 88
The Housemartins
Monster Rally
Low Estate
German Army
Bardo Pond
Nai Palm
Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda & Alva Noto
Carlton Melton
Phono Ghosts & Sferro
Big Miz
Roxy Music
GoGo Penguin
Seekers International
Efrim Manuel Menuck
Various / Compiled by Moonboots
Red River Dialect
Kyle Craft
Field Music
The Soft Moon
Jim Ghedi
The Future Sound Of London
Yeah Yeah Yeahs