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Well here we are again: in our prison. Bare trees sway outside, rain lashes at our wooden window frames. We are all huddled ‘round a two bar heater. Here in Holbeck it’s still 1981, but we’ve seen into the future and this week we bring you records from a time as far away as 2003.

Let’s peek into the future and see if we like it:


Records are really ‘in’ this month.



Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Tripping over scalextrics on the way to his Technics.

  • Tangled technoise from Black Mecha aka Forest Crookedjaw of black metal fiends Wold.
  • Darkside half-step techno b/w sinister, pounding rave cut from Pinch on Loefah’s 81.
  • Melodic acid-tronix from Maelstrom on CPU.
  • Roman brothers and former Rephlex stalwarts D'Arcangelo in lush Braindance mode with a 4-track EP.
  • East Man aka Basic Rhythm/Imaginary Forces assembles an army of grime MCs for his album on Planet Mu.
  • **EXCLUSIVE! Dalham 'Janus' for your Boards of Canada/Ghost Box fix.
  • First-time vinyl reissue of Steve Roach’s 1984 new age odyssey Structures From Silence.
  • Limited edition, hand cut, transparent vinyl 12" with screen printed art on Gang of Ducks from Quicksails. Includes Shit & Shine, Brett Naucke and Khaki Blazer remixes.
  • Primitive World LP on Ecstatic inspired by the life and work of British constructivist artist Marlow Moss.
  • Enigmatic American Midwest sound archaeologists Fossil Aerosol Mining Project with more stirring collages of processed sonic detritus.
  • Rhythm & Sound LPs finally back in print. Music does not get any better.
  • Mammoth 12CD box set from musique concrète don dada Pierre Henry.
  • Daniel O'Sullivan and Steve Moore almost go fully Depeche Mode as Miracle.
  • 12" of rough as a badgers bottom, rusty rattlers on Where To Now? from Metrist.
  • Kaltès & Nene H. 12" EP on Lakker fellow’s label Eotrax incl. remixes from LAIR and Christina Sealey of Orphx.
  • Moody acid melts glacial atmospherics on a 12” from S & M Trading Co. aka Fit Siegel and DJ Sotofett.
  • Gospel infused jazzy house from Theo Parrish in his Sound Signature style.
  • We scored some limited white vinyl copies of the new Factory Floor 12”.
  • Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto present a minimalist masterclass.
  • Tapes: Father and daughter duo Yeah You on Alter, Sunset Graves on Spun Out Of Control, sound scavenger Stuart Chalmers and shimmering electro-pop from Hattie Cooke both on Third Kind Records.


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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Apples In Stereo

Velocity Of Sound

9/10 from Clinton

'Velocity of Sound' has always been my favourite Apples In Stereo record despite it coming a bit later in their career, a little way after their Elephant 6 golden period. It's...read on »

Sun Kil Moon

Ghosts Of The Great Highway

9/10 from Robin

There was a time when Mark Kozelek’s music meant a whole lot more, when his voice was sweeter and his lyrics comparatively shorthanded. This was it. It was a time when w...read on »

U.S. Girls

In A Poem Unlimited

9/10 from Robin

A decade into her archeological digs into pop music as U.S. Girls, Meg Remy releases what could be considered the project’s best record -- along with its most seismic st...read on »

East Man

Red, White & Zero

9/10 from Daoud

Anthoney Hart is well practiced in sparseness. As Imaginary Forces he stripped down techno and dubstep, leaving it unfamiliar and cold. As East Man, he pulls the same trick wi...read on »

Orson Hentschel


8/10 from Jamie

For Orson Hentschel, the spoken word equates to music -- and I would have to be in particularly churlish mood to disagree, particularly on the evidence of his latest double-tr...read on »


What a Time to Be Alive

8/10 from Robin

Moon pie. What a time to be alive. The grey and great Superchunk that exists in this decade make songs clearer and better formatted than anything from the old days, coasting b...read on »

The Green Child

The Green Child

8/10 from Robin

This record of balloons and butt scribbles exists to give Mikey Young (of synth punks Total Control) and Raven Mahon (of Glass Widows) the chance to make cyborg pop that&rsquo...read on »

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

August 53rd

8/10 from Ant

Enigmatic American Midwest sound archaeologists Fossil Aerosol Mining Project return to The Helen Scarsdale Agency with more stirring collages of processed sonic detritus from...read on »

Songs: Ohia

Travels in Constants

8/10 from Robin

Made around some of Jason Molina’s most slow-burning work in ‘Ghost Tropic’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’, this longform tune was initially made bes...read on »

Everything Is Recorded

Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

8/10 from Robin

XL mister man Richard Russell has done more than merely oversee records in the label’s monolithic catalogue, having also contributed production chops for Ibeyi and Gil S...read on »

Primitive World

White On White

8/10 from Ant

Primitive World is the handle of Sam Ellis who has previously appeared on Ecstatic with 2015’s ‘Ascention’ tape and has been knocking out EPs for the likes o...read on »

Alien She


8/10 from Robin

Art For Blind deliver yet another stellar post-punk missive via thrashy misery-guts Alien She, who match fast shred with miasmic song meltdowns for one weird, hook-heavy packa...read on »

Courtney Barnett

Nameless, Faceless

8/10 from Clinton

Courtney Barnett is back with this tuneful and playful tune where her clever wordplay is finally matched to the sort of scratchy rock song that will stay in your ears long aft...read on »

Featured albums

Hattie Cooke
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Courtney Barnett
Stuart Chalmers
Black Mecha
Primitive World
Thundercat + OG Ron C & The Chopstars
S & M Trading Co.
Amusement Parks On Fire
Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka
Pierre Henry
Theo Parrish
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sunset Graves
The Hanging Stars
Wild Beasts
Pete Astor
Dita Von Teese
Marlon Williams
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
Windhand & Satan's Satyrs
East Man
Car Seat Headrest
Yeah You‎
Songs: Ohia
Sun Kil Moon
Soft Riot
Factory Floor
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
The Orielles
Kaltès & Nene H.
U.S. Girls
The Green Child
Alien She
Belle and Sebastian
Steve Roach
The Apples In Stereo