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Happy Valentine’s Boxing Day all! It’s Audio Retail Friday once again so I’m back to ramble at you about the week’s records again, just like clockwork. Wouldn’t want to let you down now. We’d also all like to pass on our hearty congratulations to our web guru Nathon who is getting married this week! We wish him the best of luck.

Indie rock fans will have an expensive week with Mazes maturing gracefully on their second LP of ‘90s-inspired indie, punky Copenhagen tykes Iceage going a bit softer and more melodic on their sophomore attempt, and Eat Skull serving up their third platter of quality experimental noisepop, while Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle has a double LP all to himself, John Reis’s The Night Marchers’ ace new album is now here on vinyl, and Dan Friel from Parts & Labor has a mind-expanding and addictive album of blown-out technicolour synthpop instrumentals.

Elsewhere, Scald Rougish (Chris Douglas aka Dalglish aka O.S.T) follows up last year’s wonderful double cassette with a very limited CD of his future electronics, the latest gorgeous hand-numbered Sonic Pieces CD has turned up all full of aching prettiness courtesy of F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm, Dirty Beaches delves into ambient territory with his ‘Water Park’ OST, Richard Chartier and William Basinski have teamed up for a second time to create a therapeutic CD of drone, rumble and decay, Rune Grammofon have put together a beautiful but pricey 7LP box collecting the work of the talented Arve Henriksen and featuring a whole new album, and the evergreen Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds return with a moody and majestic offering, while Manchester bong-riffers Gnod (present Dwellings & Druss) depart from the rock for some ominous psych-techno explorations. Mr Bongo have sent us a couple of sweet reissues from Nigerian Afro-funk legend Ebo Taylor, his s/t album from ‘77 and a collaboration with Uhuru Yeznu from ‘80, while Beggar’s Banquet have reissued Bauhaus’s first two, ‘In The Flat Field’ and ‘Mask’!

On the compilations front, there’s an intriguing 2LP on three:four called ‘Your Victorian Breasts’ which has a varied mixture of minimal lo-fi psychedelia and Americana ranging from ARP to the Supreme Dicks to Raajmahal, and Jazzman has a collection of ‘70s and ‘80s dancefloor soul on the ‘Soul Spectrum Records, Vol. 1’ 2LP. Besides that there’s new LPs from Psychic Ills, Radar Bros, Apache Dropout, Red Math, Innercity, Marshall Mcluhan, Lento, Thisquietarmy, Switchblade, Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant, Cuddly Shark, Akio Suzuki & Lawrence English, Violetness, Justin Velor, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, The Switchblade Kid, Milk Teddy, Flume, Lusine, Concrete Knives, Jamie Lidell, The Black Twig Pickers, The Howling Hex, Inc., Voice of Eye & Thomas Dimuzio, Nommo Ogo, Tomoroh Hidari, Obedient Wives Club, Stephan Mathieu, Concrete Knives, Girls Names, Pixel, Amor De Dias and The Inventors Of Aircraft.

As for the shorter records, psych-techno fans needn’t stop at that Gnod Presents... LP because Vanity Case have sent us a 12” of sexy shamanic synthpop from Argentinian duo Mueran Humanos, Morphine have sent us Hieroglyphic Being’s newie, the intriguing-looking Machinedrum/Sun Ra 12” just arrived, there’s a great 7” of playful synth-worshipping future dance in the shape of Analogous Doom’s ltd UK debut. If you’re one of those indie rock fans I mentioned earlier, the singles you’ll probably want to buy are the sweet new 45s from Guided By Voices and Shrag and legendary Smith/Mouse/Healer/Crib Johnny Marr, the extravagantly packaged and very limited five-song 7” of quality slacker pop from Water World, and possibly also the seven of hoary proto-punk from ‘72 by New Yorkers Fury on HoZac. If none of that appeals to you, you might want to try the weird and wonderful new 7” from the mysterious Ghostwriter, or maybe the new singles and EPs from Lust For Youth, Mozart’s Sister, Dominic, Yan Cook, A Made Up Sound, Perverse, Leon Vynehall, Boom Bip and Charlie White, Marco Bernardi, Lord Creator, Tropics, The Wolfhounds or Black Strobe, otherwise I really don’t know what to suggest.

If you get tired pull over, if you get hungry eat something.

Mick Cave and the Norm Seeds


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Blurt

Live In Berlin

9/10 from Mike

Speed review time! There’s too many records and not enough people this week so I’m keepin’ it brief! Underappreciated sax-skronk post-punkers Blurt debut alb...read on »

Jonathan Richman

La Fiesta Es Para Todos / La Guitarra Flamenca Neg

9/10 from Mike

Ooh, how about this! A rare 7” outing from living legend Jonathan Richman, he of Modern Lovers fame, containing two flamenco-tinged Spanish language cuts of his trademar...read on »

Diamond Version

EP3

9/10 from Phil

In case you’ve been on holiday or something then you’ve missed out on this sweet series of 12”s from Diamond Version on Mute. Diamond Version comprise of Car...read on »

Cyclopean

Cyclopean

9/10 from Mike

Can legends Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt are joined by Burnt Friedman and Jono Podmore for this delightful EP of rhythmic tribalism, with smart repetitive polyrhythms over...read on »

J Dilla

48 Hours Instrumentals

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here they are, J Dilla's instrumental cuts from the mythical Frank N Dank '48 Hours' album in their entirety on one LP thanks to the good people at Delicious Vinyl. The origin...read on »

Inch Time

Myth & Impermanence

9/10 from Phil

It’s a long time since I’ve heard anything by this guy. In fact the last thing I remembered hearing was a 7” he did on Static Caravan that came out in 2006. ...read on »

Acteurs

Acteurs

9/10 from Mike

We’ve had a few interesting debuts this week and this mini-LP from Chicago duo Acteurs is no exception, harnessing a hypnotic technoid pulse and some classy production t...read on »

Various

Your Victorian Breasts

9/10 from Mike

I’m struggling to get my head around the concept behind this 2LP compilation of varied outsider folk, psych, synth minimal, solo guitar, ambience and noise. It’s c...read on »

Mazes

Ores & Minerals

9/10 from Mike

Manchester indie tykes Mazes are back with another album, leading off the press release with the self-same Zane Lowe quote which opened the press release for the debut. While ...read on »

Dan Friel

Total Folklore

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Parts & Labor’s Dan Friel drops his first full-length on Thrill Jockey this week after a now-long-gone debut on Important, whirling us through a kaleidoscope of frac...read on »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Push The Sky Away

9/10 from Mike

The evergreen Aussie troubadour Nick Cave is back this week with the latest offering from his all-star Bad Seeds. This one is based on a notebook of observations he made from ...read on »

Analogous Doom

Five Cube Compound

9/10 from Mike

Got a 7” here from spanking new US producer Analogous Doom, aka Vanna Carr, her UK debut in fact, with two crisp and bouncy electropop instrumentals with a dark techno r...read on »

Eat Skull

III

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Eat Skull are back with a new LP, and this time they’re on Woodsist! A pretty good fit for the hi-gain lo-fi experimental shamblepop veterans I think, and they spring ou...read on »

AGF

Source Voice

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a new CD by Antye Greie-Ripatti otherwise known as AGF to you and me. I’m sure I’ve heard her music at some point over the last few years but no bells...read on »

Matmos

The Marriage Of True Minds

9/10 from Ian

Those crazy electronica masterminds Matmos are here with a new album of sonic experimentation, following the ‘Ganzfeld’ EP which was designed to test the listener ...read on »

Guided By Voices

Flunky Minnows

9/10 from Ian

I’m so happy to be reviewing some GBV as they are such a legendary band and I’m dedicating this to my good friend from the Midlands, Paddy Considine. (clang!) It&r...read on »

F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm

Music For Wobbling Music Versus Gravity

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a dream collaboration for you! In fact some of you may remember these two knocked one off back in the summer of 2010 (called ‘Music For Lovers, Music Versus...read on »

Scald Rougish

Bytreqw

9/10 from Ant

'Bytreqw' is the latest transmission from the mind of Chris Douglas (AKA Dalglish, O.S.T, Rook Valard etc.) and his third release for the ICASEA imprint following the breathta...read on »

Ghostwriter

Dimensions

9/10 from Phil

Yo Yo Yo! I was most looking forward to this 7”. We got emailed about it, I got all excited, I got distracted by something shiny and then forgot about it, today it turns...read on »

Amor De Dias

The House at Sea

9/10 from Clinton

I’ve pulled back the blinds, the sun is streaming through and there is just the faintest glimpse that winter may be fading into a glorious spring. If that event does hap...read on »

Inc.

No World

9/10 from Clinton

One of Boomkat’s six albums of the week no less (it actually may be easier just to say which albums aren’t their album of the week) though it’s easy to see w...read on »

Apache Dropout

Magnetic Heads

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a lot of fun! What we have here isn’t exactly a “new” Apache Dropout album, but a rummage through their early self-released tapes, made between 2008 ...read on »

Mueran Humanos

El Circulo

9/10 from Mike

This latest one from Vanity Case comes from Berlin-based Argentinian couple Mueran Humanos, who on ‘El Circulo’ mix a tribalistic mechanised stomp with hypnotic sl...read on »

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Well, the psych-noise fans are going to enjoy this one! Here’s Golden Lab honcho Nick Mitchell with five buddies creating a nonstop racket of clattering drums and widdli...read on »

Ital Tek

Hyper Real EP

8/10 from Ant

Alan Myson follows up his ‘Nebula Dance’ full length for Planet Mu with a 6 track EP for Civil Music which kicks off with the title track. ‘Hyper Real’...read on »

Koboku Senju

Joining The Queue To Become One Of Those Ordinary Ghosts

8/10 from Phil

I’ve not heard of these guys before but knowing the quality of releases on MIE (Bong, Pelt, Sarin Smoke, Gate, Richard Youngs, etc) you know it’s gonna be interest...read on »

Bruno Spoerri

Teddy Bar / Lilith

8/10 from ReviewBot300

“German yet fun”, screams a slightly racist quote from 808 State’s Graham Massey in the press release to Swiss composer Bruno Spoerri’s previous reissu...read on »

J Dilla

Music From The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1

8/10 from Phil

Since Dilla died in 2006 there have been more posthumous releases than humous releases. I wonder if that’s happened with the likes of Elvis yet? Anyway ‘Donuts&rsq...read on »

Milky Wimpshake

Heart And Soul In The Milky Way

8/10 from Mike

It's getting on for 20 years since Milky Wimpshake put out their first (cassette) album, and now here they are with their fifth! MBV would call that productive, Ty Segall woul...read on »

Dirty Beaches

Water Park OST

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Think you know what to expect from Dirty Beaches? Well, this latest release may make you think again, with the post-punk and dirge-psych aspects of his sound set aside in a se...read on »

GNOD

Presents... Dwellings & Druss

8/10 from Mike

I just reviewed an ambient record by Dirty Beaches, and now I’ve got a bit of dark techno from Gnod, I’m starting to feel like I’m in some kind of alternate ...read on »

Water World

Dead

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Please bear in mind that this review was written of the original pressing. The repress comes in slightly less exciting packaging (but is still in a hand-numbered edition of 99...read on »

William Basinski & Richard Chartier

Aurora Liminalis

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s one that should interest a lot of you sound art buffs out there. It’s LINE boss Richard Chartier’s second collaboration with glamorous tape loop giant...read on »

Mozart's Sister

Hello

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a debut 12” EP of synthpop from Montreal’s Mozart’s Sister, who leads with a track called ‘Mozart’s Sister’ where she croons a...read on »

Fury

Flying

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a platter of “proto-punk” from ‘72 reissued by the good people at HoZac, with New York City’s Fury, fronted by Sonny Vincent who would lat...read on »

Iceage

You're Nothing

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I really enjoyed Copenhagen youngsters Iceage’s debut ‘New Brigade’, a great midpoint between the clanking paranoia of Joy Division and the unhinged noise ro...read on »

The Switchblade Kid

The Switchblade Kid

8/10 from Ian

This debut album of garage rock/indie noise pop by The Switchblade Kid is full of JAMC/Stooges cliches and this genre is sounding all too done to death by now but I guess ever...read on »

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

8/10 from Ian

So it’s 1982 again and Prince is ruling the pop charts? Well that’s according to Jamie Lidell’s latest album anyway, this is so retro it actually hurts and I...read on »

Johnny Marr

Upstarts

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes you just have to sit back, relax and admit that you are good at one particular thing. For me: eating cake. But after a post Smiths career of veering this way and tha...read on »

Girls Names

The New Life

8/10 from Clinton

I seem to have reviewed every Girls Names record to date. Every time the words ‘Echo’ and ‘The Bunnymen’ are 100% guaranteed to feature somewhere withi...read on »

The Wolfhounds

Cheer Up

8/10 from Clinton

Oh my days! For every 1,000,000,000,000 bands who reform there will be one or two who get me off my chaise longue to see what they are up to. First up, The Wolfhounds were a s...read on »

The Inventors Of Aircraft

Where The Light Stops

8/10 from Clinton

Comes in two versions. For £33 or so you get the super deluxe insanely packaged version, comes in a hand sewn, 5.5″ x 14″ folding wallet type sleeve…f...read on »

Lusine

The Waiting Room

8/10 from Clinton

The opening track here from Seattle-based producer Lusine stuns. It starts with a tight Neu influenced drum beat with jittery synths, pumping bass and fizzy keyboards. It boun...read on »

Innercity

A Lion Baptism

8/10 from Mike

It’s taken me a few minutes to decipher the cryptic hand-printed artwork and figure out that this is actually the newest album from the prolific Innercity, this time app...read on »

Featured albums

F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm
Akio Suzuki and Lawrence English
Perverse
Nommo Ogo
GNOD
Leon Vynehall
Voice of Eye & Thomas Dimuzio
Tomoroh Hidari
Justin Velor
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu
Violetness
Various
The Inventors Of Aircraft
Ebo Taylor
Water World
Stephan Mathieu
Various
Johnny Marr
Mazes
Eat Skull
Lady Lamb
Guided By Voices
Ghostwriter
Obedient Wives Club
Bauhaus
The Switchblade Kid
Boom Bip and Charlie White
Flume
Lord Creator
Concrete Knives
The Black Twig Pickers
Inc.
Bauhaus
Iceage
Marco Bernardi
Lusine
Dan Friel
Jamie Lidell
Black Strobe
The Howling Hex
William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Marshall Mcluhan
Milk Teddy
Mozart's Sister
Girls Names
Amor De Dias
Psychic Ills
Mueran Humanos
The Wolfhounds
Dirty Beaches
Cuddly Shark
Lust For Youth
A Made Up Sound
Radar Brothers (Radar Bros.)
Tropics
Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant
Apache Dropout
Shrag
Arve Henriksen
Pixel
The Night Marchers
Scald Rougish
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Dominic
Innercity
Red Math
Fury
Machinedrum / Sun Ra
Yan Cook
Lento
Jason Lytle
Hieroglyphic Being
Switchblade
Thisquietarmy