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Not much to say, really, about the month of February. It’s a dull one. Can I just make up a horoscope for the Aquarians out there? Thursday really isn’t your day, but an unexpected opportunity at work will lead to a turn of events in your life that will change the dynamic of your closest friendship forever. Look after yourself and make sure not to go through the motions -- for if you do, they may go through you.

Also, I can predict that the following records came in this week.

New:

And I’m feeling… good.

Reissues:

[Brandon Flowers voice] When you… were young.

  • An absolute classic, but a filthy lie too: it’s D. I. Go Pop.
  • Sandy Denny... featuring unicorns? Sure.
  • In my opinion the Jam should’ve been called the Jam Jars.
  • This Kind of Punishment. They probably play in NZ’s starting 11.
  • What a tangled web we have Unwound.
  • Not a re-issue as such, but we’ve sourced some copies of Mark E Smith’s collab with Mouse on Mars as Von Sudenfed.
  • Also back in are vinyl copies of the rather essential The Greatest Gift mixtape by Sufjan Stevens.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

His son supports Bradford City; he supports Labradford.

  • COIL fiends wet dream with previously unissued ‘Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics’ LP.
  • Edward Ka-Spel, Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter and Quentin Rollet go at it in a sort of Legendary Pink Nurse With Wound gangbang.
  • Factory Floor boot off their own label with a couple tracks wrenched from their score to Fritz Lang's seminal celluloid ‘Metropolis’.
  • Simon Haydo gets the maximum from the minimum with his vision of off-kilter techno composed using a solitary Korg MS-20.
  • Russell Haswell’s spangled take on Chicago house, some techno squidgers and a rhythmic noise frazzler on his mini-album on Diagonal.
  • Precision engineered, minimal techno master builder Robert Hood’s third Paradygm Shift 12” on Dekmantel.
  • Cold Waves of Color Volume 5 compl LP inc. Void, The Lord, Modern Art, Lives of Angels, Echophase etc. Edition of 500 copies with zine.
  • Rrose & Lucy hook up again - welcome to the technodrone.
  • Isle of Jura reissue Ingleton Falls 'Champagne In Mozambique' on wax. Coulda been a 90s chill out room classic had it not been an ultra-limited cassette.
  • Got a bunch of Collin Gorman Weiland and Beau Wanzer records on Jealous God in while ya’ll hoovered up the SS MD / Pye Corner Audio one.
  • Lush, emotive stuff on Antinote from Italian producer Leonardo Martelli.
  • Two delightful mind melters on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark imprint from Galaxy Express 555 and Samuli Tanner. Both are cordially recommended.
  • Population One aka Terrance Dixon remixes cuts from his 1995 Hippnotic Culture album. The remix of ‘Rush Hour’ is breathtaking!
  • flica takes a more lo-fi and minimal approach to his romantic ambient work.
  • 5CD box set on Pica Disc / End of the Alphabet from NZ’s finest tinkerer Omit, collecting those ultra-rare CDRs you can’t get for sexual favours nor money.
  • Helm gets remixed by Parris, Low Jack, Laurel Halo, Beneath and Sky H1 plus proper ominous, anxious gear from Nick Klein, both on Alter.
  • Abrasive head flossers from racket poppas The New Blockaders. 150 copies moosh.
  • +++ Eblen Macari reissue on Seance Centre, Dead Fader LP on Parachute, Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt album on Growing Bin, John Tejada album on Kompakt, Man Power EP on DGTL, Limited EP from The Golden Filter on Optimo Music, Suba 2LP on Offen Music, Phew album on Mesh-Key +++

Epilogue:

Next week: Please get set for a new EXCLUSIVE title on Public House. Oh yes. They are still going.

Until then bait your breath.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Disco Inferno

D. I. Go Pop

10/10 from Clinton

In 1994 I was so obsessed by this album that I was moved enough to write the words 'Disco Inferno' on the windscreen of my flatmates car. What she did to deserve this was to n...read on »

Dalham

Janus

9/10 from Jamie

Oh boy, am I excited: it’s Dalham time! Yes folks, Phil’s favourite electronics-bothering discovery of recent times have blessed us with ‘Janus’, their...read on »

Brigid Mae Power

The Two Worlds

9/10 from Robin

Hell yeah. I can remember fragments of older Brigid Mae Power records, but this one takes what they tend to call ‘the cake’. Assured in her slow, growing songs, an...read on »

Niklas Paschburg

Oceanic

8/10 from Jamie

What do we have here? Well, it appears to be an album chock-full of wondrous melodies performed on (mainly) piano with some soft and fluffy electronics for those keys to gentl...read on »

The Soft Moon

Criminal

8/10 from Robin

A good alternative soundtrack to Goldeneye 64, ‘Criminal’ is a tour de force in synthetic fury. With his usual mix of psychedelic clock-punching, electronic sheen ...read on »

MMMD

Andromache

8/10 from Robin

This newest tape from the renamed and retooled MMMD sees the duo working in homage to “an unforeseen friend”. Info is sparse, but it’s a quaint and seemingly...read on »

Galaxy Express 555

Natural Mind

8/10 from Robin

It’s landscape but you can’t live there. Creating gorgeous fields in abstract shapes and plateauing geometry, Galaxy Express 555 has made the soundtrack to a natur...read on »

Son Lux

Brighter Wounds

8/10 from Robin

If you ever wanted the ripples rocking the boat of Son Lux’s music to push it into capsize… may I kindly present ‘Brighter Wounds’ to you? It bays wit...read on »

Sunwatchers

II

8/10 from Robin

Lovely loveliness is really the only way I can describe the Sunwatchers, whose most recent record of sun-dappled psych noise miasma comes with a promise to “stand in sol...read on »

Pun Collins

Lunar Influence

8/10 from Robin

On his first release of what I imagine might be a plurative number in 2018, Pun Collins has created a dance record for unexpected spaces. Empty supermarkets after dark; VR hea...read on »

Mica Levi

Delete Beach

8/10 from Robin

What an unbelievable treat this is. Mica Levi’s soundtrack to the beguiling ‘Delete Beach’ anime, brought to life by illustrator Marisuke Eguchi none other t...read on »

Efrim Manuel Menuck

Pissing Stars

8/10 from Robin

After fully coming through on a long-term promise to deliver “a joyous noise” to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor record in the triumphant, communal, and all-loving &...read on »

Ought

Room Inside the World

8/10 from Robin

In 2015 I had one wish, and it was that the band Ought would release one record per year, with each one largely sounding the same as the last, ad nauseum, forever and all time...read on »

Flica

Sub:Side

8/10 from Jamie

Kuala Lumpur’s Euseng Soto has been playing with his electroacoustic instruments since 2005 and here he is with ‘Sub:Side’, his fifth record to date as Flica...read on »

Yves De Mey

Bleak Comfort

8/10 from Jamie

For his third full-length LP, Belgian sound artist Yves De Mey has seemingly settled into a nice little groove, expertly running his well-crafted bleeps, bloops and blips over...read on »

Anenon

Tongue

8/10 from Jamie

Getting away from it all. It works, you know… (helpful advice as I type; frozen-fingered, glancing wistfully over my left shoulder in the direction of a weakly sunlit s...read on »

Salad Boys

This Is Glue

8/10 from Clinton

Kind of fitting as we were talking the other day about whether people still sniff glue. Well... do they? I've also been playing guess the riff on opening track 'Blown Up' whic...read on »

Montero

Performer

8/10 from Clinton

Modern day stats. Montero head Ben Montero's Facebook page has more than 70,000 fans. This is good news. I can't imagine that he sells anywhere near 70,000 records  - pro...read on »

Population One

Hippnotic Culture Remixed

8/10 from Ant

Detroit’s Terrence Dixon unleashes five remixes of cuts from his 1995  ‘Hippnotic Culture’ album originally released on Claude Young’s Utensil lab...read on »

Russell Haswell

Respondent

8/10 from Ant

Russell Haswell is back on Diagonal with this wee mini-album that gets going with the ominous sizzler ‘The Surface is Unrevealing’ that comes across like H&M&r...read on »

Simon Haydo

The Illusion of an Alternative Choice

8/10 from Ant

Simon Haydo (DEM, Studio Barnhus, Avian, Balans) gets the maximum from the minimum on this LP for Peder Mannerfelt’s label. Using a solitary Korg MS-20 as his sole const...read on »

The Telescopes

Stone Tape

8/10 from Clinton

Drone drone drone. The Telescopes have had the sort of career that its difficult to draw on a map. They were once pretty popular shoegazers and we all remember the time they w...read on »

Samuli Tanner

Music For 1- Yr Old Samuli Tanner

8/10 from Ant

This is one of two splendid mind melters released on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label. The other being a fine disc from Galaxy Express 555. You really oughta cop the pair, cuz c...read on »

Featured albums

The Jam
Sandy Denny
The Jam
Eblen Macari
Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt
Simon Haydo
Russell Haswell
Yves De Mey
Omit
Edward Ka-Spel, Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, Quentin Rollet
Flica
The New Blockaders
Pun Collins
The Telescopes
MMMD
Man Power
Niklas Paschburg
MGMT
Robert Hood
Rrose & Lucy
Sunwatchers
Salad Boys
Leonardo Martelli
Brigid Mae Power
Factory Floor
Suba
Last of the Easy Riders
Nick Klein
Helm
John Tejada
The Golden Filter
Dead Fader
Beau Wanzer
Collin Gorman Weiland
Phew
Montero
Efrim Manuel Menuck
Population One
Mica Levi
Coil
Various
Sufjan Stevens
Franz Ferdinand
Galaxy Express 555
Samuli Tanner
The Soft Moon
Son Lux
Ingleton Falls
Sir Richard Bishop / Ava Mendoza
Disco Inferno
Von Sudenfed
Unwound