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It’s been all heat and sax in the office this week. Millions of squirming, screaming saxophones solo-ing in the highest temperatures since Albert Ayler records began.

Amongst the hot and the sax we’ve managed to scramble together the ‘best’ records of the week. For ‘best’ read ‘only’. For this week is about as exciting as France Vs Denmark.

On with what passes for a ‘show’.

New:

Gareth Southgate.

  • Let’s Eat Grandma get normalised/boring-ized.
  • Jim James has the world’s most stretchy voice. Probably.
  • On a good day with the wind behind her Florence and her Machine can be heard in outer space.
  • Johnny Jewel finds time to write unused music for Twin Peaks.
  • Tropics. Summer-ready neon lit soul. Scrumptious,
  • Gorillaz try to pretend the last one didn’t happen. But we remember...oh how we remember.
  • John Coltrane. Like a wasp in a jam jar.
  • Twee-poppers The Essex Green are back after 12 years of studying Elk rutting. True!
  • The Rock*A*Teens are great! It’s REM! It’s Bruce! They come from Cabbagetown!
  • Abstract Orchestra re-work a load of Dilla in big band style.
  • Hesitation are kind of ‘The Trip’ for improvised lo-fi.
  • Lojii and Sworvy make a splendid mumbly mix
  • tape for fans of Dilla etc.
  • Mick's Jaguar fail to call their album Keith’s...um...er..Charlie’s….ah feck it,
  • Feck. Back to right the wrong of not calling early albums ‘Off’, ‘You’ and ’My Boss’.
  • Prefuse 73 continues the cut and chop.
  • The Blank Tapes make sunshine soul pop that thinks it’s from the ‘60s.
  • Dawes think a bit about the world. Not to be confused with Jim Davidson’s lot.
  • The Room In The Wood bring a bit of Liverpool guitar pop classicism to the table.
  • Gwenifer Raymond. I mean….who on earth is called Gwenifer? Well this one brings the sound of the Delta Blues to Brighton.
  • On Fuzz Club! RF Shannon do crafted Tame Impala/Whitney type stuff while Sherpa The Tiger are Goat meets Kraftwerk.
  • Freschard & Stanley Brinks. He really does have an eye for ladies.
  • Embrace. Now here we have a classic. Remember their Love Is A Basic Need album? No? Well they’ve only gone and orchestrated it!

Here all our Staff Reviews of the best (and worst) bits.

Reissues:

Joachim Low.

  • 15th anniversary upgrade for Max Richter’s ‘Blue Notebooks’.
  • 90’s flop hairs Adorable get their dream pop re-issued.
  • Tireless sound maverick Colin Potter was so busy in ‘81.
  • Choose one of the three (THREE!) copies of The Wizard of Oz we have in stock.
  • Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’ classic is back in on vinyl.
  • Craft Spells “A slightly limp New Order” we said back in 2011.
  • Guru’s classic jazz meets hip-hop opus ‘Jazzmatazz’ is elongated.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

School Sports Day enlivened by ‘TT RV kzM 2P_Shaper 1#03’ on the ‘phones.

Money Saving Stuff

Epilogue:

Office paddling pool ordered.

Words: Clint and Ant.

Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a Judy Garland superfan.

Robin is busy hanging out with this guy.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “they posted me a record that I chose”. Here are our Feefo reviews.

“I think he needs a new wife”


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Various

Danske Båndamatører // Danish Tape Amateurs 1959​-​1976

9/10 from Ant

The Danish Sound Archaeology imprint shine a light into this fascinating, obscure crevice of DIY European avant garde. Spanning three decades, the works they’ve compiled...read on »

Tropics

Nocturnal Souls

9/10 from Benn

Nocturnal Souls will be the last record released by Chris Ward under the umbrella of Tropics. Very sad. Each track on the record sounds beautifully poetic and well written. W...read on »

John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

9/10 from Daoud

Now this is very exciting isn’t it. Something about the idea of a lost album makes it feel so remarkable. Leaving aside the fact that any John Coltrane release is alread...read on »

Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor

Tout Ce Que Je Sais

8/10 from Daoud

What can you say about an album that heavily features spoken word in a language you don’t speak? ‘Tout Ce Que Je Sais’ (All That I Know) is the latest album ...read on »

Prefuse 73

Sacrifices

8/10 from Jamie

Two tracks into this record, ‘Late To The Party’ he says; well yes we are but only just, give us a break already it's so stiflingly hot... A little bit tardy with ...read on »

Seraphim Rytm

Prayers By The Lake

8/10 from Jamie

It’s techno, Jim but not of the variety you’d expect to hear blasting out of a Funktion One soundsystem on a pumping dance-floor on a Saturday night. No Berghain b...read on »

EVOL

Ideal Acid

8/10 from Ant

Turn on, tune in, drop out and take a trip with Spanish extreme computer music deviant’s EVOL as they splice together a mind-boggling love letter to the sounds of the Ro...read on »

The Rock*A*Teens

Sixth House

8/10 from Clinton

There's actually a place called Cabbagetown in Georgia. I know this because The Rock*A*Teens come from there.  They made some records in the 90s and 2000s on Merge but, a...read on »

Raime

Am I Using Content Or Is Content Using Me?

8/10 from Ant

Raime have cultivated a new strain in their ever-evolving sound. It’s fairly radical in some ways, most certainly a departure from the dank post-rock of previous album &...read on »

Brian Case

Plays Paradise Artificial

8/10 from Ant

Hands In The Dark unleash the third solo album from Brian Case. A man who has been very busy over the years, playing guitar in various Chicago bands and other projects includi...read on »

Aaron Moore & Erik K Skodvin

Instead of Rain I Bring a Hat

8/10 from Ant

Masterfully executed and exquisitely produced long-distance collaboration between Volcano The Bear’s Aaron Moore and Erik K Skodvin aka Svarte Greiner, also half of Deaf...read on »

lojii & Swarvy

Due Rent

8/10 from Clinton

To be absolutely honest, we're desperate. We like to give you an album of the week and this week it's really slim pickings. Luckily Phil (Phil!) pointed me towards this record...read on »

Featured albums

Abstract Orchestra
Various
HESITATION
Reel By Real
Raime
Seraphim Rytm
Ethiopian Records / የኢትዮጵያ
Fuck
Primitive Art
Forest Drive West
Ossia
John T. Gast
Various
Miss Red
John Coltrane
Guru
Strategy
Embrace
Tropics
The Room In The Wood
Mick's Jaguar
Gorillaz
Adorable
Brainwaltzera
Gwenifer Raymond
Sherpa The Tiger
Miss Kittin & The Hacker
lojii & Swarvy
The Blank Tapes
RF Shannon
Freschard & Stanley Brinks
Richard Wahnfried
The Rock*A*Teens
Colin Potter
Johnny Jewel
Marco Shuttle
SSTROM
The Essex Green
Ōgon Batto
Florence + The Machine
Dawes
ElpH vs Coil
Coil presents Black Light District
Tin Man
Max Richter
Jim James
Lena Platonos
Prefuse 73
Let’s Eat Grandma
Lost Trax
Mark Archer AKA DJ Nex
Sote
Craft Spells
Wire