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It's that time again where folks set their alarms for a previously unseen time in the morning and gather at the local record emporium to re-buy previously available records at inflated prices. Well just like last year we're not doing it so please do not show up at the grey monstrosity we call home on Saturday morning as we won't be here. We'll be in bed.

However what we can tell you is we're hoping to score some of the better titles after we've gone round begging to see which leftovers we can scrounge. Basically check the site at 8am on Saturday 28th April is all we’re saying.

Next year we hope they reissue this. On with this week’s stuff.

New:

No queues…..

Re-issues:

Literally the worst weekend...

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Is the Nintendo Switch a Modular Synth?

  • Chicago house god Larry Heard returns as Mr. Fingers with his first album in forever.
  • Deep, immersive ambient techno outta Detroit from Shorelights aka Rod Modell (DeepChord, CV313), Walter Wasacz and Christopher McNamara.
  • Terre Thaemlitz vinyl edit of a track from the epic 'Deproduction' memory stick + deep house mix as DJ Sprinkles.
  • Ross From Friends lands on Brainfeeder, providing our Clint’s potential feel good hit of the summer.
  • 'Trap Configurations' 7-track EP on June incl. Svengalisghost, Manie Sans Délire, Trenton Chase etc.
  • Time to jack! Jamal Moss ‘Acid Taken Over’ double pack has finally arrived, featuring some sizzlers from his ‘Acid Attacks’ tape plus an exclusive vinyl only track.
  • Lush deep space techno and ambient house from Ukrainian producer Vakula alter ego Vakulism.
  • Japanese DJ/producer Hiroshi Watanabe's (Kaito) tracks sound custom built for Derrick May's Transmat.
  • Beta Evers and NYC lovebirds Spatial Relation split one in half for some electro action on Peripheral Minimal. One tune features Heinrich Mueller aka Gerald Donald.
  • DJ Python’s 2LP of mutant reggaeton house re-pressed.
  • Cam Deas switches up his strings for computer and modular synthesizer for an LP of dissonant, disorientating soundscapes and tangled, otherworldly electronics.
  • Juan Mendez (Silent Servant/Sandwell District) delves further into the ghosts of EBM as Sterile Hand alongside Ori Ofir on vocal duties.
  • Grubby techno/electro EP on Glasgow's West End Communications from Ludgate Squatter which I'll wager my children is one of the nutters from Clouds.
  • L/F/D/M EP of grotty grinders and a splattering of acid. Includes a remix from Surface / Poverty Is Violence bossman Nick Dunton.
  • Theo Parrish and chums have the fourth part in the Gentrified Love series to funk you up.
  • Thomas Fehlmann and Terrence Dixon hook up and continue the longstanding Berlin/Detroit techno connection.
  • Limited, as ever sold out at source 12” from Levon Vincent featuring two standout cuts from his ‘For Paris’ digital album.
  • Lena Willikens selects a bunch of tunes from JASSS, Sandoz, Parrish Smith, Sysex, Garland etc. for a compilation on Dekmantel.
  • Slowglide assembles fragments of inspiration from the history of dance music into fully modern tracks on Antinote.

Epilogue:

Tune in tomorrow for an EXCLUSIVE plus a thing we can’t talk about.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Fawlty Towers

Second Sitting

10/10 from Clinton

Sidesplitting. ...read on »

Belong

October Language

10/10 from Daoud

Back in 2006, New Orleans’ Belong released their debut album ‘October Language’. Though well received at the time, it deserves so much more. Then it was comp...read on »

Rival Consoles

Persona

9/10 from Benn

It isn't very often that a record gets TWO whole reviews, but when I saw the opportunity to whack my opinions down on (electronic) paper for Persona, I took it. Rival Consoles...read on »

Stars Of The Lid

Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

9/10 from Robin

Before it was beautiful it was dark, like dusk, and there was fog. Stars of the Lid went on to make two gorgeous, sunshined drone classics in ‘Refinement’ and &lsq...read on »

Disco Inferno

Technicolour

8/10 from Clinton

By the time 1995 rolled round Disco Inferno had probably had enough. Not only had their stunning run of forward thinking records been ignored by all but the most discerning mu...read on »

Shudder To Think

Ten Spot

8/10 from Clinton

Let's hope this re-issue of Shudder to Think's debut album has been re-mastered. Their original albums though musically exceptional suffer from the kind of quiet '90s masterin...read on »

Yung Wu

Shore Leave

8/10 from Clinton

A time long ago I was young and carefree when my only worry in life was completing my collection of the Feelies side projects.  The day I found the Yung Wu record was a s...read on »

Sufjan Stevens

Tonya Harding

8/10 from Clinton

Someone doesn't like Sufjan Stevens and it's a shame that it happens to be Tonya Harding who hates the song. Oh and the people who made the documentary about her who rejected ...read on »

Caudal

Fight, Cry, Fight

8/10 from Robin

Post-rock in the extremes of low-key, Caudal will lead you to believe they’re about to do something propulsive and off-the-charts before just keeping on with what they w...read on »

The Coke Dares

Fake Lake

8/10 from Robin

To Jason Molina they were known as the Magnolia Electric Co; to themselves, they were and are the Coke Dares, the same band with an entirely different sound. Molina used them ...read on »

Christina Vantzou

No. 4

8/10 from Robin

Thank you, hell. Having booted us out of the soul-sucking eternity that was ‘No. 3’, Christina Vantzou returns with another startling record in her ambient classic...read on »

Henry Blacker

The Making Of Junior Bonner

8/10 from Robin

Sludge is sometimes dressed up hard rock. This is one of those times but in a good way; Henry Blacker, a regional offshoot of Hey Colossus, initially started as a way of exorc...read on »

Ross From Friends

Aphelion EP

8/10 from Clinton

5000 interruptions later I'm again half way through the sublime first track here 'Don't Wake Dad' which is the loveliest thing that has happened this year away from the sun co...read on »

Minami Deutsch

With Dim Light

8/10 from Clinton

Minami Deutsch is the kind of name of band that ensures I studiously ignore their output. This is probably the little Englander in me coming out. I don't know what it means an...read on »

Featured albums

Beta Evers / Spatial Relation
Plush / Liam Hayes
Sterile Hand (Silent Servant)
Terre Thaemlitz / DJ Sprinkles
Cam Deas
Caudal
Still Circles
Levon Vincent
Theo Parrish
Gomez
L/F/D/M
Sufjan Stevens
Thomas Fehlmann / Terrence Dixon
National Jazz Trio Of Scotland
Hiroshi Watanabe
Various / Lena Willikens
Ludgate Squatter
Slowglide
Mouse On Mars
Vakulism
Ross From Friends
Drowse
Alexis Taylor
Christina Vantzou
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Various
Mr. Fingers
Henry Blacker
Melvins
DRINKS
Shorelights
The Great Electric
The Longcut
Shudder To Think
Jonny Greenwood
Tommy Mandel
Jamal Moss
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Mark Peters
DJ Python
Jan Jelinek
Stars Of The Lid
Belong
Disco Inferno