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Weekly Update The Innocence Mission, Polytechnic Youth, Ben Chatwin, 77:78

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Is there anybody there? The hot weather here in the UK and the World Cup over there in Russia have seemingly combined to ensure that boring old records are way down the list of your priorities at the moment. Don’t worry though. We’ll still be here when Sir Gareth Southgate, Sir Harry Kane, Sir Raheem Sterling (listening, Daily Mail?), Sir Jordan Pickford and the rest of Our Boys bring football home and the sun decides it’s had enough for the year. Won’t we?

Plenty of new things coming up real soon, but first up you can now see all our lovely Indies-Only Vinyl on one page. This is all the stuff Amazon can’t screw us on because they aren’t allowed to have it. Ha! Take that, you enormous successful conglomerate eating all our puddings.

Anyway here are all the week’s releases, hand-picked by human claw.

New:

Cattle and Kane.

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

Reissues:

The Kane Gang.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Did Deepchord get out of the group stage?

  • Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux LP of otherworldly, futuristic, sci-fi sound.
  • Berceuse Heroique motherlode with a politically charged EP from CVX aka Rupert Clervaux, Duckett, a peach from Jay Glass Dubs and a Monrella reissue aka Mick Harris (Scorn, Fret, Lull) in bangin’ mid-90s Mills influenced Techno mode.
  • Simon Shreeve joins Regis as CUB on Downwards. Phwoarrr!
  • Circling Vultures, Maxxxbass and DJ Overdose nourishment on L.I.E.S.
  • Diptera deconstruct and reconstruct the Garage template into their own avant-garde vision. Top EP on the excellent Mana label.
  • Frantic, demented fourth LP from the mighty Container on Spectrum Spools.
  • EP on I-f’s legendary Viewlexx label from the mysterious The Wheel Of Rituals.
  • Metroplex repress of Black Noise’s 1997 ‘Nature of the Beast’. Class Detroit Techno from Damon Peterson and Mike Grant.
  • Beautifully wild and playful tape from David Burraston aka NYZ on Conditional.
  • Bunker represses of Helena Hauff, Unit Moebius and Stalingrad Vols 1. and 2 LPs.
  • Exotic, psychedelic tropical House from Bruxas aka Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic.
  • Icy electro goodness from 30drop meets Arpanet. Limited copies on blue wax
  • First-time vinyl edition of Susumu Yokota’s 1994 Techno explorer ‘Acid Mt. Fuji’.
  • Quality, restless, Grime rooted/Weightless album from WEN on Big Dada.
  • Radius (Stephen Hitchell, Intrusion, cv313, Variant) lush dubby bliss on echospace.
  • Boards of Canada classic olde EP 'Hi Scores' back in print
  • Weirdo thumpers from Tribe of Colin.
  • Coupla far out LPs from Dan Melchior & Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Stilluppsteypa on Dennis Tyfus’ ace oddball label Ultra Eczema.
  • S&S Presents: Dreams compilation 2LP incl. ambient dreamers Bing & Ruth, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith etc.
  • Omer Coleman Jr. 12" on Left Ear aka Starship Commander Woooo Woooo incl. an ace acid electro cut.
  • Squirming electro from Fleck E.S.C on CPU.
  • Industrial/techno/wave/post-punk electronics from Parrish Smith on Dekmantel.
  • Arthur Russell/ESG NYC style disco/funk reissue 12" on Séance Centre from A-Team.
  • Lest we forget; Angelo Ioakimoglu LP on Into The Light, Benedek 12" EP on Second Circle, Skymark remixed by Ron Trent, Pablo's Eye EP on Stroom, Caron repress on brokntoys, Lord Of The Isles EP on DFSANT.

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Epilogue:

There’s a storm a brewing.

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

Customer Compliment of the Week: “Phil Leigh, Richard Branson, Dave Whelan ….all the greats” . Here are our Feefo reviews.

Absolutely nothing is ever coming home.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

NYZ

NTE GDN

9/10 from Ant

Conditional unleash this beautifully wild and playful tape from David Burraston aka NYZ. Here he harnesses the spectrum splitting potential of John Chowning’s FM synthes...read on »

Resina

Traces

9/10 from Robin

Resina’s first record -- also FatCat imprint 130701’s banner relaunch release -- was a beautiful ghost ode played on cello and pretty much just cello. Still and so...read on »

CUB

Seeing From Above

9/10 from Ant

Karl O'Connor aka Regis returns with a new EP under his CUB handle following a couple of records under the alias from 2010 and 2012. Except something has changed - clearly imp...read on »

Monrella (aka Mick Harris)

Process & Report EP

9/10 from Ant

Mick Harris (Scorn, Fret, Lull, Quoit, The Weakener, Napalm Death etc.) doesn’t get anywhere near as much credit as he deserves for his contributions to techno during th...read on »

Vainio & Vigroux

Ignis

9/10 from Ant

This one’s a total no-brainer if you were a fan of Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux’s 2014 album ‘Peau Froide, LeĢger Soleil’, also released on Cosmo ...read on »

Even As We Speak

Feral Pop Frenzy

8/10 from Clinton

Ooh this is one of my very favourites. Even As We Speak made a couple of brilliant singles for Sarah in the early '90s and in particular 'Nothing Ever Happens' was exceptional...read on »

77:78

Jellies

8/10 from Clinton

Summer. Hot isn't it?  The Bees were always a great summer band. Possibly because they come from the Isle of Wight and I assume it's warm there. Anyway some former membe...read on »

Boyracer

Fling Yr Bonnet Over The Windmill (The Sarah Singles)

8/10 from Clinton

Leeds. 1993. It was bloody rubbish. There was one venue in town who brought in touring bands (the Duchess) otherwise it was down the Royal Park to watch Grandads Don't Indicat...read on »

Jaye Jayle

No Trail and Other Unholy Paths

8/10 from Robin

Hot off of a recent compilation album celebrating years wallowed and posts punked, Young Widows alum Ewan Patterson picks himself a new, mythical name to be making his music u...read on »

Ana Silvera

Oracles

8/10 from Robin

Written in grief after the successive deaths of her mother and brother, Silvera’s ‘Oracles’ is a grandiose cycle of pop music that speaks to living on withou...read on »

Giant Swan

High Waisted

8/10 from Ant

Blistering four-track EP from this mighty Bristol duo on Alessandro Adriani’s always on point Mannequin label. All four cuts are proper gnarly, rough and rugged and in k...read on »

Ben Chatwin

Staccato Signals

8/10 from Robin

Someone sign this dude up to score a BBC space opera. Village Green unveils Ben Chatwin’s ‘Stacatto Signals’ and I’ve fallen ill with a strain of sci-f...read on »

Various

S&S Presents: Dreams

8/10 from Robin

This is a real just ‘cos of a release. It’s fun to bring together all the ambient tinkerers in the world, so that’s what Cascine -- in collaboration with blo...read on »

Jay Glass Dubs

The Safest Dub

8/10 from Ant

I’m totally smitten with this Jay Glass Dubs record. I’m fairly sure the foundation of the three dubs here is Sade’s ‘The Sweetest Taboo’, all re...read on »

the innocence mission

Sun On The Square

8/10 from Clinton

I have so much admiration for bands like the Innocence Mission. They just quietly do their thing, making beautiful singular music  - the world may do other things perhaps...read on »

Featured albums

Various
Duckett
Monrella (aka Mick Harris)
CVX
Jay Glass Dubs
Vainio & Vigroux
CUB
Diptera
30drop meets Arpanet
Dan Melchior & Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
Susumu Yokota
Stilluppsteypa
The Wheel Of Rituals
NYZ
DJ Overdose
Various
Years & Years
Bruxas
Maxxxbass
The Beatles
Orchards
Fascinator
Skymark
Circling Vultures
Pablo's Eye
Omer Coleman Jr.
Ana Silvera
The Nude Party
Container
Fleck E.S.C
Fleabite
Parrish Smith
Even As We Speak
Boyracer
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Action Painting!
Helena Hauff
Jaye Jayle
Freschard & Stanley Brinks
Ben Chatwin
WEN
Simon Love
Resina
A-Team
RVG
Benedek
Radius
Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell
the innocence mission
Caron
Various
Loch Lomond
Asylums
Bodega
Unit Moebius
77:78
David Axelrod
Tribe Of Colin
Angelo Ioakimoglu
Lord Of The Isles
Black Noise
Hefner
Beastie Boys
Boards of Canada