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Weekly Update Function, Theme Park, Masta Killa, Legowelt, Gold Panda, and more...

Hi everybody! It’s Friday again as we trundle exhaustedly into March so I’m back to shoot off another of my weekly trawls through the ever-flowing river of new releases. Oh, we’ve started putting a few video and audio links on the item pages this week to help you choose your records too - we hope they help! Anyway I rambled on a bit last week so let’s get straight down to business this time.

After our last week’s kraut-heavy line-up the Germanic goodies continue to pile up with our ears being treated to lots of hypnotic repeato grooves and arpeggiated synths once again this week. Leeds’s own neokraut psych heads Hookworms have delivered the debut album you’ve all been waiting for and it’s completely lush, Suuns have an sophomore album of immersive repeato darkness, and Swiss newcomers Klaus Johann Grobe surprise and amaze with a 10” mini-album/EP of groovy, catchy and classic-sounding kraut so good I’m putting it with the albums despite being a 10”. Fans of cosmic synth adventures will also have a lot to sink their teeth into this week as the legendary JD Emmanuel returns with a 2LP of his first new material in 30 years on Aguirre, who also have an LP of skewed new-age self help kosmische from Transmuteo and an LP of healing astral drones from Quiet Evenings. If you’re into more futuristic-sounding electronic tomfoolery then perhaps Autechre’s accessible but dauntingly lengthy new slab of glitchtronic fun and Function’s mature and hypnotic techno newie are the ones you’ve been waiting for.

Meanwhile those of you who are into good old-fashioned rock will also be having a good week, since the “new” Jimi Hendrix album has arrived! We’re listening now and it’s great! And while you’re buying rock you might want to consider the similarly surprising new album from ruthlessly efficient shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine, which is here on CD already and will be here on vinyl shortly, Thurston Moore and some celebrated friends have some stoner-indie fun on a Chelsea Light Moving LP, while noise-rockers The Men head in an interesting new Americana-tinged direction for their latest. We’ve got a split LP from experimental rock supergroups The Dead C and Rangda, there’s a curious bit of progressive indiepop from veteran duo Parenthetical Girls, and Stuart Warwick has a strangely unsettling LP of experimental falsetto pop on Faux Discx...oh, and the latest Pissed Jeans, Golden Grrrls, Theme Park and Ed Harcourt albums are finally in on vinyl too. There’s some chilled minimal synthpop on the classy albums from Eyedress & Skint Eastwood and Blue Hawaii, Theo Parrish and Deepchord both have some classy-looking 3LP reissues, while fans of archive exotica will be excited to see there’s a couple of new compilations from the excellent Dust To Digital in the form of the self-explanatory Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco and Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Religious Black Music, and there’s a very interesting looking LP of samba-soul fusion from ‘70s Brazil on Strut called Black Rio.

If you’re looking for something a bit more serious there’s a new limited CD on Time Released Sound from Yoshito Murakami in their usual ridiculously elaborate handmade packaging, Ensemble Economique has an LP of woozy sound explorations, there’s some soundtracky sadness by way of new offerings from Olafur Arnalds and Julia Kent, Jonsi-collaborator Ulfur has an album of collaged field recordings, Reverb Worship have more of their super-limited CDs from Clara Engel, The Hogweed and the Aderyn and The Floating World, and Laurie Spiegel’s ‘The Expanding Universe’ has finally been repressed on vinyl! Also we’ve got new full-lengths by Black Boned Angel, Black Sun Roof, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Space Dimension Controller, Javelin, Fabio Orsi/Pimmon, Fiction, Young Dreams, Rhye, Stack Waddy, Masta Killa, Peter King, Greg Boring, Blank Realm, House Of Hayduk, Tomonari Nozaki, Black Sky Chants, and last and probably also least, Stereophonics!

As for the singles, Hype William Inga Copeland has a new solo 12” out, no doubt some kind of woozy future-dub business, hard to pigeonhole indie-dance producer Gold Panda is back with a new EP, the indefatigable Guided By Voices have their first 7” since a week or two ago, there’s some cavernously cinematic experimental pop from LA golden kids IO Echo, there’s a 7” lots of you are buying by London Grammar, and also new singles and EPs from Holdie Gawn/Micawber, Legowelt, Strange U, Sorcerer, DJ Earl, Iain Sinclair, This Is Hell, Killawatt, Zhou, Locked Groove, SCB/Basic Soul Unit, Danny Scrilla, Lomovolokno/Sieren, Limb, Missa Watanabe vs Space Traveler, Purson, The Mariner’s Children and Steve Mason & Emiliana Torrini.

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Miki Hendrix and the Band of Normys


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Hookworms

Pearl Mystic

10/10 from Mike

Finally, it’s here! The record you’ve all been waiting for ever since that first EP/mini-album dropped on Sun Ark, Leeds’s very own Hookworms have their debu...read on »

Buke and Gase

General Dome

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the second album from Pitchfork-lauded experimental indiepop duo Buke & Gase, and a slick and confident effort it is too. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez whip up ...read on »

Kavinsky

Protovision EP

9/10 from Mike

By never releasing an album, French synth-house genius Kavinsky appears to have passed under boss man Phil’s radar, and I’ve had to retrieve this one from the stoc...read on »

Atoms For Peace

Amok

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the debut album from the new supergroup on the block, Atoms For Peace, featuring in their ranks Radiohead Thom Yorke, Chili Pepper and Big Lebowski star Flea, pro...read on »

Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving

9/10 from Mike

It’s supergroup time again! This time round we’ve got veteran Sonic Youthite Thurston Moore joining forces with Keith “Hush Arbors” Wood on second guit...read on »

Solex

Solex Ahoy! The Sound Map of the Netherlands

9/10 from Mike

Elisabeth Esselink, aka Solex, has been teasing our ears for years now with her marvellous future-pop constructions built from samples, live instrumentation electronics and vo...read on »

Klaus Johann Grobe

The Sound Of Salvation

9/10 from Mike

Here’s a very limited 10” of very good krautrock from the young and mysterious Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe, who have come from nowhere with this homemade collecti...read on »

Autechre

Exai

9/10 from Ian

Electronica legends Rob Brown and Sean Booth are back with their 11th long player and an extremely “long player” it is; clocking in at over two and a half hours it...read on »

J.D. Emmanuel

Time Traveller

9/10 from Ian

Synth legend JD Emmanuel returns with his first new material in 30 years, ‘Time Traveler’ is full of polyrhythmic swirls and trance like head trips into the beyond...read on »

Kavinsky

Outrun

9/10 from Mike

French synth-house wizard Kavinsky has been circling the block in his Ferrari Testarossa for several years now, sizing up the scene and honing his super-slick chops to perfect...read on »

Function

Incubation

9/10 from Ant

David Sumner has been recording and releasing records as Function  since 1996 when he first emerged on fellow NYC techno don Damon Wild's Synewave label and later went on...read on »

My Bloody Valentine

m b v

9/10 from Clinton

It was the “where were you moment” for the ‘Loveless’ generation when My Bloody Valentine finally, halfway through Match Of The Day, decided enough is ...read on »

Fabio Orsi / Pimmon

Procrastination

9/10 from Ant

'Procrastination' I believe marks Home Normal's first foray into the world of the vinyl format. This is one heavyweight bliss-out session from two expert craftsmen: Italian ar...read on »

Fawn Spots / Cum Stain

Wedding Dress

8/10 from Clinton

Ah York, Yorkshire’s walled City, the historic place I trail in from at the tail end of each week to bring you missives such as this. Its so great to see some great thin...read on »

Johnny Marr

The Messenger

8/10 from Clinton

Johnny Marr’s creative renaissance is long overdue. Its almost 30 years since he really jangled and strummed with real effect and having moved back from Portland to rain...read on »

Photodementia

Fig. 04

8/10 from Clinton

The next installment in the series that has got Brian hot under the collar of late. A 15 year old recording that was strangely left unreleased at the time. Initially a collabo...read on »

Dinos Chapman

Luftbobler

8/10 from Mike

Here’s something interesting - the debut album from famed artist and Chapman brother Dinos Chapman! Best known of course for their prints, sculptures and installation ar...read on »

CWK Joynes & The Restless Dead

8 Selections and Premonitions from the Tower, Vol.IV

8/10 from Clinton

The title suggests eight selections, alas we have only two but who is to worry when the music is of such quality. On the A side thumb pickin' guitarist Mr Joynes is joined (ha...read on »

The Men

New Moon

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve seen a few records in recent weeks where promising young bands have cashed in some of their noisy urgency for a more grown-up and melodic approach, notably the imp...read on »

Eyedress and Skint Eastwood

Hearing Colors

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Phil tells me this just got picked up by XL but here’s your chance to get your mitts on one of the original pressing of 300 on Beko before this blows up. It’s by E...read on »

IO Echo

Ministry of Love EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

LA-based experimental pop duo IO Echo’s debut EP is here, although prior to this they have already scored Harmony Korine and James Franco’s collaborative film &lsq...read on »

Transmuteo

Transmuteo

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Most bizarre. What I have here is something which starts out like a new age self-improvement piece with smooth, gentle cosmic synth arpeggios and a calm female voice repeating...read on »

Quiet Evenings

Impressions

8/10 from Mike

I just tackled the new age weird-out of the new Transmuteo album and now I’m getting stuck into the cosmic healing synth-drone smoothness of the new Quiet Evenings LP. I...read on »

Blue Hawaii

Untogether

8/10 from Mike

The sleeve of this record has a picture of a person hugging a ghost that looks weirdly familiar...didn’t Placebo or someone do that already? I suppose it doesn’t r...read on »

Julia Kent

Character

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest album from composer, arranger and cellist-to-the-stars Julia Kent, her first on the Leaf Label after two previous albums on Important. It’s a som...read on »

Stuart Warwick

The Butcher's Voice

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the second album to be released under Stuart’s “married name”, apparently. I’m not sure what maiden name the previous ones came out under....read on »

Various

Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco

8/10 from Mike

The ever-reliable Dust To Digital have this LP of Moroccan 45s from the 1960s, showcasing the traditional styles of the region as they were, relatively untouched by internatio...read on »

Steve Mason & Emiliana Torrini

I Go Out

8/10 from Mike

This 7” is a two-parter with a long song spread over two sides. It’s smooth gliding synthpop with a big ‘80s-styled sound kind of like I’d imagine earl...read on »

Suuns

Images du Futur

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Montreal quartet Suuns are back with their second album ‘Images Du Futur’ on Secretly Canadian this week, after their excellent debut ‘Zeroes, QC’ a co...read on »

The Dead C Vs Rangda

The Dead C Vs Rangda

8/10 from Mike

Here’s an LP that’ll make noise-rock fans sit up and take notice! Ba Da Bing have been kind enough to put together a split LP containing one side of lost sessions ...read on »

Úlfur

White Mountain

8/10 from Ian

White Mountain is a minimal mix of pastoral ambience that would interest fans of the ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ project of Sigur Ros’s Jonsi and Alex Somers, particula...read on »

Guided By Voices

Islands

8/10 from Ian

Another ltd. 7” from GBV as they seem to be a hardworking bunch at the moment, Side A is a catchy little Beach Boys-esque number with a singalong summertime vocal, then ...read on »

Olafur Arnalds

For Now I Am Winter

8/10 from Ian

For my second Icelandic record of the day we bring you multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds although compared to most Icelandic ambient artists this is a big sound, a super or...read on »

Ensemble Economique

The Vastness Is Bearable Only Through Love

8/10 from Mike

Ensemble Economique, aka Starving Weirdo Brian Pyle, is back this week with another LP of his out-there synth explorations, with creepy minimal plinks, plonks, thuds and shudd...read on »

Grave Babies

Crusher

8/10 from Mike

This album looks a bit intimidating. Judging by the pig’s head on a makeshift sacrificial altar which adorns the front cover and the spidery black metal font which rende...read on »

Rhye

Woman

8/10 from Clinton

“An attempt to merge Beethoven and Autechre”, screams the press release bizarrely. What the Dickens are they on about? I implore you NOT to buy this album if you l...read on »

Yoshito Murakami

Mu To Eien

8/10 from Clinton

Time Released Sound, you’ve really done it now. This is the most preposterously packaged CD I’ve seen in quite some time. For your thirty-odd quid you get handwork...read on »

Inga Copeland

Don't Look Back, That's Not Where You're Going

8/10 from Clinton

Nothing...Not. A. Sausage. No band name, no title. Just a picture of a girl. Please put your names on your records. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Any ...read on »

Gold Panda

Trust

8/10 from Clinton

I wonder why this 12” plays at 33rpm...and why have they not told anyone? At any point did someone not think that a 33rpm anywhere on the artwork might be useful? Right-...read on »

Benoît Pioulard

Hymnal

8/10 from Clinton

I have only a small number of things in common with our lord, our leader, our saviour Philip Leigh and one is an absolute adoration of a previous Benoit Pioulard album ‘...read on »

MV & EE (Matt Valentine & Erica Elder)

Fuzzweed

8/10 from Clinton

Absolutely stunningly packaged new album from the psych/freak/folk twosome. Beautiful silk screened sleeve, downloadable coupon thingy and...AND...a ridiculously limited editi...read on »

Featured albums

Holdie Gawn / Micawber
Legowelt
Killawatt
Suuns
Zhou
Yoshito Murakami
Iain Sinclair
The Hogweed And The Aderyn
Clara Engel
The Floating World
Klaus Johann Grobe
Stuart Warwick
Missa Watanabe vs Space Traveler
Strange U
DJ Earl
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
Sorcerer
Ensemble Economique
Inga Copeland
Jimi Hendrix
Tomonari Nozaki
Locked Groove
Danny Scrilla
SCB / Basic Soul Unit
DeepChord
My Bloody Valentine
Rhye
Olafur Arnalds
London Grammar
Eyedress and Skint Eastwood
Gold Panda
Chelsea Light Moving
Space Dimension Controller
Various
Steve Mason & Emiliana Torrini
Young Dreams
This Is Hell
Javelin
Stereophonics
Transmuteo
Fabio Orsi / Pimmon
Black Sky Chants
J.D. Emmanuel
Quiet Evenings
Purson
Peter King
Julia Kent
Ed Harcourt
Blue Hawaii
Function
The Mariner's Children
The Dead C Vs Rangda
Golden Grrrls
Guided By Voices
Limb
Various
Lomovolokno / Sieren
Masta Killa
Various
The Men
Parenthetical Girls
Úlfur
Pissed Jeans
Greg Boring
Hookworms
Black Sun Roof
Black Boned Angel
Theme Park
Autechre
Stack Waddy
Fiction
Theo Parrish
IO Echo
Blank Realm
Laurie Spiegel