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On the week that Clint bought his first ever Arctic Monkeys LP, there’s not much office news other than the return of the missing dustpan and brush and the sad news that our sugar bowl was victim to a fatal accident (my fault). We’re all excited for the great big sham of a marriage... yup Phil ties the knot sometime next year. Boom and indeed boom. As this will now be my last update pre P45, please enjoy the following discs.

New.

Princess Nokia.

Even more... playful pop from nicely goateed Paul White, Tame Impala and Pond chap Gum, Tenniscoats tell us for the fourth time that ‘Music Exists’, hilarious synth pop men Erasure.

Reissues:

Princess Margaret.

  • Loads and loads of The Breeders vinyl re-issues.
  • Some pretty lavish Wire re-issues.
  • Suburban Lawns. Apologies we’ve run out of the sprinkler green edition.
  • The day has come. The Noah and the Whale re-issues are here.
  • Sparks ‘Exotic Creatures of the Deep’ has been re-vamped on green wax.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

At his wedding Mumdance wasn’t exactly what everyone expected it to be.

  • Dark Black Forest gâteau from GAS.
  • SMX / Koehler split one in half for the second 12” in Whities Blue series.
  • David Ross and Miki Yui discs for adventurous ears on Cusp Editions.
  • Aïsha Devi returns with her second album of futuristic electronic pop.
  • Heavy, industrial and tribal pounders and some more somber moments on the Cienfuegos debut full-length on LIES Plus tough Chicago school trax on the label from ZZZ aka Tokyo’s DJ Nozaki.
  • Vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar's sample-based disco/house project A.A.L. (Against All Logic) album on his Other People label.
  • Liquid metal dub techno compatible ambient melters from uon on Huerco S.’s label.
  • CPU keep 'em coming with EPs from UK electro don Silicon Scally and 96 Back.
  • Epic 4CD-R set from NYZ on Psøma Psi Phi. Over 4 hours of buzzing synth droners. Limited to a mere 34 copies.
  • Evocative, nostalgic ambient from Halftribe on Dronarivm. CD edition of 200 copies.
  • On a similar ambient tip, a Tone Color CD-R on Assembly Field. Edition of 50 copies.
  • Innovative saxy house cracker from Joy O & Ben Vince on Hessle Audio!
  • Soundhog 7” on Castles In Space. Well hauntological.
  • King Midas Sounds Kiki Hitomi and DJ Scotch Egg are WaqWaq Kingdom.
  • Scored some more copies of the Fret EP on LIES aka Mick Harris - a total destroyer.
  • The first Visible Cloaks album returneth.
  • Forest Swords went and did a DJ-Kicks.
  • Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug) 12” is back on the shelf.
  • Plus loads more; The Hug LP, The Boney Burger EP, 7FO LP, Belmer (Fatima Yamaha) repress etc.

7”s

Tiny.

Other stuff

Epilogue:

We’re about to switch off all forms of media for the duration. See you next week.

Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a domestic shorthair.

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Next up: The Mock Turtles exhibition.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Twilight Sad

Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave

9/10 from Benn

Only a short one, but I feel like I should get my thoughts on e-paper aka the Norman Records website.  This one is brilliant for when you're feeling a little off with th...read on »

Dog Chocolate

Moody Balloon Baby

9/10 from Benn

What a fun little record. What can only be described as a group of funny (in the comical sense) blokes shouting to some punky noisy music. The tracks don't last too long, but ...read on »

Ben Vince

Assimilation

9/10 from Robin

Forgive me for acting like a sentimental parent sending off his graduated child, but is Ben Vince all grown up now? I thought he’d peaked with the gorgeously looped sax ...read on »

Parquet Courts

Wide Awake!

9/10 from Robin

I’m sure you’re aware of the form by now. With an energy best described as subliminal, thee Parquet Courts sit you in a seminar room and have you debate whether or...read on »

NYZ

DSP TRX

9/10 from Ant

NYZ (aka David Burraston, Noyzelab, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) has found a suitable home in Brian Grainger’s (Milieu, Coppice Halifax etc.) Psøma Psi Phi label. Not...read on »

AJA

AJA

9/10 from Ant

Sweet Lord, this tape has proper caved my head in. It’s as though AJA’s mind had literally exploded onto tape, resulting in a blistering and glorious cacophony of ...read on »

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Abstractions

8/10 from Daoud

Synthesizer music should be at odds with nature. They are machines, they are inherently not part of it. And there’s a lot to explore in doubling down on that, in exploit...read on »

Halftribe

For The Summer, Or Forever

8/10 from Jamie

Halftribe is Ryan Bissett -- not to be confused with Luther Blissett, the Watford and England footballer from the ‘80s, obviously -- and this CD is on Moscow’s Dro...read on »

Half Man Half Biscuit

No-one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin’ hedge cut

8/10 from Clinton

It was the laugh out loud moment of 2018 so far when the title of the new Half Man Half Biscuit album was announced. It would actually have been fine to just leave it at that....read on »

Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

8/10 from Clinton

Internet outrage! Band makes album that doesn't sound like their other records. Damn them! Unfollow them! Get exceedingly angry at them because you know what? They owe us. The...read on »

uon

Untitled

8/10 from Ant

The second record on Brian Leeds’ (Huerco S.) West Mineral Ltd. imprint comes from uon, real name Ryan Fall aka Caveman LSD and DJ Paradise. The seventeen minute ‘...read on »

Ryley Walker

Deafman Glance

8/10 from Robin

You simply cannot hide your prog forever. Ryley Walker tried is best, delivering gorgeous folk jazz missives from the bottom of his heart to the top of our bestsellers sheet, ...read on »

Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel

8/10 from Robin

I’d like to think you know by now about Courtney Barnett. A lauded master of the musical walk and talk, her double EP and debut LP were great, profoundly comedic works w...read on »

Good Morning

Prize // Reward

8/10 from Robin

“The press release tells us not to compare them to Mac Demarco, but like, they do sound like Mac Demarco”. These are the elegantly disrespectful words of our descr...read on »

Malena Zavala

Aliso

8/10 from Robin

Find yourself a tree generous with its shade and share this record with it. A clear, often acoustic dream pop record of lovely, looped instrumentals and bittersweet hooks, &ls...read on »

A.A.L. (Against All Logic)

2012 - 2017

8/10 from Daoud

One of the many scales you can use for measuring an album is a grid where you plot an album’s Pitchfork score against its Resident Advisor score. Of the four quadrants, ...read on »

Blue Hawaii

Blooming Summer

8/10 from Robin

Hopefully we can take this one from out under the radar and into your heart. Blue Hawaii is the canny side project of Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, who makes icicl...read on »

Featured albums

SMX / Koehler
uon
Soundhog
Tone Color
Various
Joy O & Ben Vince
David Ross
The Hug
Miki Yui
Dose
Halftribe
Sparks
Wax Chattels
The Boxing / Park Fires
Quiet Slang
GUM
ZZZ
Visible Cloaks
A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
Forest Swords
Tenniscoats
Aïsha Devi
Decisions
Mark McDowell and Friends
Boys
Arndales
The Boney Burger
Rachel Grimes
The Lovely Eggs
Paul de Jong
Jennifer Castle
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
96 Back
Arctic Monkeys
Good Morning
Ssleeping Desiress
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Paul White
NYZ
WaqWaq Kingdom
GAS
Silicon Scally
7FO
Mary Lattimore
Belmer (Fatima Yamaha)
Jess Williamson
Half Man Half Biscuit
Malena Zavala
Fret
Modern Studies
Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug)
Ryley Walker
Parquet Courts
Cienfuegos
Courtney Barnett
Ash
Erasure
Charles Watson
Suburban Lawns
Noah And The Whale