Weekly Update Mogwai, Sufjan Stevens, Thou, Idles, Anna Calvi

Stare down inertia with brand new records from Mogwai, Thou, Marie Davidson, Mogwho, Big Red Machine, Mogwhen, Tomberlin, Eartheater… and lots moregwai.


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  • EXCLUSIVE! Immigrant. Very limited CD editions in special editions of 10 and 20!
  • WIN! Preorder Marie Davidson's Working Class Woman and you might just grab one of two signed test pressings.
  • BORED? Have a bash at our Album Challenge. [Clickbait voice] "Can you spot all 30?"

Hi everyone. No real news for dispatch this week -- I guess Phil was ill, but he’s better now, so let’s not dwell on it, like he won't. I did happen to write a bullet point I’m really proud of in this update, though. The first one to email back guessing which one it is will win a random CD from my personal collection.

All I can think of right now is the unholy abundance of cardboard currently occupying our office. I am thinking of constructing my own office fort out of it. I’m gonna go get started on blueprints. Bye!


  • Big Red Machine are the most 2011 collaboration ever.
  • Sludgy, abrasive and loud as heck. This is Thou.
  • Eartheater releases some more turbulence.
  • Regulation beard Sam Beam and his Iron & Wine know the meaning of hush.
  • Mogwai does it always rain on me?
  • Tomberlin is a superb amalgamation of Grouper and Coldplay.
  • Idles win faint praise of the week with “a good version of Slaves”.
  • Proper Scottish and proper experimental, it’s Mac-Talla Nan Creag.
  • Too many Kooks (i.e. them existing at all) spoil the broth.
  • Midori Takada releases her first new music in nine million (or: twenty) years.
  • ‘80s indie hopefuls Wild Nothing have got a pretty decent new song.
  • Julie Doiron, traducida al español. Lo busqué en Google.
  • What’s so funny, JK Flesh? Want to share it with the class?
  • La Luz are the second most ferntestic band of the year.
  • Warm Drag feature one of the guys from OCS/Oh Sees/OCZ/Thee Oh Sees/Thee Seez/the OCS.
  • Juanita Stein makes an album close to her heart.
  • Meanwhile, Anna Calvi makes a real 2018 album.
  • Mass Gothic. The vinyl comes with a sticker placed over the man’s face.
  • Terry. Nutkins or ...and June?
  • Rejoicer makes great chill jazz pinched electronica on Stones Throw.
  • Darwin Deez. The hair frizz might have gone but he still writes songs.
  • Relive trip-hop’s halcyon days with The Man from Mo’Wax.


NEW! Check out our release schedule timeline! It's proper. Properly inaccurate, that is.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Getting the lunch boxes ready to some early morning Monolake.

  • Patricia switches up the hazy house/techno style and shifts into acid electro mode for a tasty stamped white label, 5-track 12" EP on NONA Records.
  • Skewed EBM techno intensity from Black Merlin on Mannequin. Pure rippers alert!
  • Trippy, cinematic, scorching desert ambient from Mayerling on Hands In The Dark.
  • Dramatic, atmospheric double EP of icy techno stalkers from Recondite.
  • 2LP of soulful slammers and house jackers from Marquis Hawkes on Houndstooth.
  • Keith Kenniff returns as Helios with an album of emotion loaded ambient on Ghostly.
  • Vocalist Jeuru takes KYO’s shimmering electronics deeper into dream zones on Posh Isolation.
  • Two previously unreleased soundtracks from electroacoustic and musique concrète don Bernard Parmegiani.
  • Ultra chill CS + Kreme 12” on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • ACT! aka David Psutka / Egyptrixx LP featuring Lorenzo Senni style HD trance meets mutant olde Japanese ambient and beyond.
  • Andrea Taeggi aka Gondwana and half of Lumisokea creates fine hypnotic minimal electronics on rare analogue machines.
  • Eumig mini CDr of harmonic drone on Courier. Edition of a measly 30 copies.
  • Lush ambient electronica from Northcape + Obfusc and chill nature themed collaboration from Melorman / Mokhov / Data Rebel / SineRider.
  • Barbara Morgenstern 1997 self-released tape ‘Enter The Partyzone’ reissued. Edition 75 copies on I Heart Noise.
  • Forgot to mention the doon kanda EP on Hyperdub last week cuz I’m a numpty.
  • If you missed out first time around, Deadly Avenger's 'I Am Godzilla, You Are Japan' re-pressed on black wax with alternate pink cover art.

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There we go? Not too painful I hope. This *will* be painful, particularly if you live within a five mile radius. Spare me a thought over the weekend.

Words: Robin, Clint and Ant.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Daoud, Ill Phil and Ian Love is a Wonderful Colour.

Customer Compliment of the Week: "Very delicate." Read this and even better compliments in our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...



10/10 from Robin

After the release of 2014’s immense ‘Heathen’, Thou hibernated long and deep, slumbering in Louisiana’s Baton Rouge for what seemed like an eternity. I...read on »

Sufjan Stevens

The Avalanche

9/10 from Robin

Alright, I’ll admit: sometimes sitting here is just a treat. You sit down glum and then get assigned a Sufjan Stevens album to wax your nostalgia into. It sounds silly, ...read on »



9/10 from Robin

The fact that Ethers are a Chicago supergroup means very little to me and everyone I share an office in, given that we’re not immersed in a scene that exists several tho...read on »



8/10 from Robin

Experimental goofballs Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart wanted to make a record of wrecked fun, the kind you trust to take you somewhere far and away from the venn diagram of...read on »

Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine

8/10 from Robin

The indie rock transfer window is closing and we’re talking last gasp deals: the National have agreed to loan out humble guitarist-producer Aaron Dessner to pastoral emo...read on »


At Weddings

8/10 from Robin

Saddle Creek finds its quintessential voice in ‘At Weddings’, surely one of the saddlecreekiest records ever released. Full of droning guitar strums and emo hymnal...read on »


Free Lunch

8/10 from Ant

Max Ravitz is a member of Inhalants, Masks, Pulpo etc. and here returns under his best known alias Patricia (Opal Tapes, Sleeperhold Publications) to further pursue a sound he...read on »



8/10 from Ant

French artist Sylvain Bombled aka Mayerling returns to Hands In The Dark for his second album, coming some five years after debut Mayerling album ‘Cut Up’. The sev...read on »


Energy Dreams

8/10 from Clinton

Good job I listened past the first track here as there's golden sounds to be found within. Rejoicer is the latest to be signed to the pretty much always great Stones Throw and...read on »

Anna Calvi


8/10 from Robin

Anna Calvi’s art pop gets hyper-subversive on ‘Hunter’, a raw but delightfully melodic record that braces its listener with explorations of sexuality and gen...read on »

Featured albums

CS + Kreme
Barbara Morgenstern
Northcape + Obfusc
Melorman / Mokhov / Data Rebel / SineRider
Mac DeMarco
Jerry Goldsmith
Andrea Taeggi
Wayne Shorter
Iron & Wine
Marie Davidson
Amon Duul II
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
KYO w/ Jeuru
Warm Drag
doon kanda
Julie Doiron
Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Marquis Hawkes
Big Red Machine
Mac-Talla Nan Creag
Reverend Bizarre
Black Merlin
Bernard Parmegiani
JK Flesh
Grupo Controle Digital
Depeche Mode
Mass Gothic
Anna Calvi
Wild Nothing
Deadly Avenger
Darwin Deez
The Kooks
Juanita Stein
La Luz
John Cale
Sufjan Stevens