Weekly Update Goatman, Daniel Brandt, Kurt Vile, The KVB, Carla Dal Forno

Goat side project fun, new Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, a good the Fall re-issue, William Basinski + Lawrence English get deep, cheap Evil Hoodoo titles. Bye Robin.


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A sad update today as we wave a heartfelt goodbye to Robin, who has been a big part of our lives here...not least as a regular contributor to these weekly missives and our endless reviews. The biggest compliment we can pay him is that his words - perfectly produced at a speed that is barely human - have come become an important part of our aesthetic here at the Towers. He's like the Roger Eno of record store guys: as prolific as Robert Pollard, as wordy as Mark Kozelek, as saxophone-y as Colin Stetson, and as professional as Darrell Clark.

Anyway on with proceedings…...

New records:
Wrapped in swaddling….

Had enough? Well there’s more…..

  • Soft top down LA haze-pop delivered by Jerry Paper.
  • Hazed indie garage from Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd.
  • Daft Punk-ish disco pop from Parcels. More streams the Yorkshire Dales.
  • White vinyl 10” from interweb sensations Ider.
  • Cute K-pop from Japan noise rock funsters Chai. Pink vinyl of course.
  • Emo-ish post rock moves from impressive nu-tanglers Young Jesus.
  • Pulse quickening noise-rock from Wales guitar lashers Estrons.
  • Bands over 40: Be careful choosing the photo for the front of your record. I’m looking at you Kinski.
  • Beat Happening low-voiced legend Calvin Johnson makes a record dogs won’t hear.
  • One for Robin, Andrew Bernstein - an ‘Experimental Saxophonist’.
  • Eight years to name their record and this is what Cypress Hill have come up with.

Tangled in the eiderdown.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up:
Derrick May the Force Be With You.

  • Ace reissue of Phillip Werren’s ultra-rare 1979 ‘Electronic Music’ private press 4LP set. Huge recommendation for fans of NWW, Schnitzler, Xenakis, Kayn etc.
  • William Basinski + Lawrence English collaborate on two deep, gently unfurling longform works.
  • Pessimist inaugurates his new label with two scowling breakbeat monsters mutated from the DNA of darkside D&B. Lush.
  • Rabit’s visions of the afterlife on Halcyon Veil.
  • Incantations For Tape compilation of vintage electronics featuring Daphne Oram, Tom Dissevelt, Remi Gassmann and many more clever dead people.
  • 150 minutes of Factory Floor scoring Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
  • Spun Out of Control venture into the vinyl realm with wonderfully presented soundtrack LPs from Correlations and Steve Nolan.
  • Handsome looking disc of melancholy, cinematic ambient on Fluid Audio from Mordançage aka Andrew Tasselmyer and Tobias Hellkvist.
  • LP of modern Library Music from Patrick R. Pärk. Blue wax edition of 250 copies.
  • Mike Simonetti archival compilation of tracks recorded during his time co-running Italians Do It Better. Chock full of sleazy arena rock inspired Arps.
  • Fun avant-pop on Matthew Dear’s first album in forever.
  • Tim Stebbing - The Atmosphere Factory (1985-1991). Vinyl retrospective compilation of Berlin School inspired ambient/kosmische from this little known figure.
  • disrupt re-surfaces on his Jahtari label with a sci fi adventure album!
  • Emika falls in love with sadness on her new album - co-produced with Robert Witschakowski of The Exaltics.
  • Rump shakin’ EP from Gqom King DJ Lag - straight outta Durban.
  • Ian Hawgood + Tim 'Maps & Diagrams' Martin = Ouvala. Edition 70 copies!!!
  • Jagged post-punk/EBM flavoured techno album from Terence Fixmer on Ostgut Ton.
  • Some tasty gear on Room40 from Scanner, Olivia Block and M.Geddes Gengras.
  • Coupla wicked pulverizing techno steppers from Beneath on BEB’s A14.
  • Tidy EP from AEVA with bits of Lone, Aphex etc. in there.
  • Mikhail Chekalin archival collection of Russian electronics spanning 1978 to 1987.
  • L.I.E.S. action from Krikor and Collin Strange.

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His friends are more than fond of Robin
He doesn't need to compliment them
And always as he leaves them
Feeling proud just to know him

When Robin goes on holiday
There's no-one livin' in our lane
Oh yes, folks still live in our lane
But they're not like Robin

But when Robin gives his love to others
There's no-one living our hearts
Oh yes, we keep others in our hearts
But they're not like Robin.

Words: Clint, Ant, Carly Simon.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Daoud, Phil, and Didn’t We Have An Ian Love(ly) Time The Day We Went To Bangor.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “Smooth Sailing”.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...



9/10 from Ant

Pessimist slaughters us with these two scowling breakbeat monsters mutated from the DNA of darkside D&B and launched back from the future like a pair of homing missiles on »

Fucked Up

Dose Your Dreams

9/10 from Robin

Probably my favourite memory of Leeds Rock Life™ was seeing a triple biller of Metz, Titus Andronicus and Fucked Up at the Brudenell. I know, I’m hot garbage, but on »

Phillip Werren

Electronic Music

9/10 from Ant

Early electronic music, noise and drone fiends; smash open your piggy banks and make some room on the shelf for this freakin' incredible 4LP reissue of Phillip Werren's on »


My Mother The Vent

9/10 from Robin

Yeah so Guttersnipe are one of the very best bands in Leeds and I love them and they’ve finally released a record that sounds like all the things they do live, the on »

Ian William Craig


9/10 from Robin

All I’ve ever really been trying to say about Ian William Craig is that he makes very beautiful music. The attempts at verbosity and deep critical insight were all a on »

Max Ananyev

Water Atlas

8/10 from Jamie

Trust. You can trust Max Ananyev -- probably in many situations, no doubt -- but most pertinently, here, with ambient quietude. You can trust Max -- a Russian ambient on »

Marie Davidson

Working Class Woman

8/10 from Daoud

EBM is a genre that’s always had a very close relationship to industrial music, and therefore to work. Industrial music’s aim is to find catharsis in the crushing on »



8/10 from Ant

Happy to see Blackest Ever Black’s A14 sister label back in action with a plate from No Symbols/Mistry bossman Beneath. The first of two cyberdelic techno steppers is & on »


Life After Death

8/10 from Ant

The cut-up and collaged Mandala that adorns the sleeve of Rabit’s ‘Life After Death’ echoes the sonics within - probing at spiritual realms, metaphysics and on »

Arek Gulbenkoglu

A gift like a hollow vessel

8/10 from Daoud

Esperanto was a language created in the late 19th Century. Its creator L. L. Zamenhof, designed it to be easy to learn, in the hopes that it would become the world’s on »



8/10 from Daoud

Chai are cute and they’re proud of it. The four-piece of two identical twins and two close fiends from Nagoya, Japan are committed to it. It’s their ideology, on »

Daniel Brandt


8/10 from Clinton

Daniel Brandt caught my ear with his stunning 2017 album Eternal Something which you should of course check out at the first opportunity. Once you've done that you should on »

Sandro Perri

In Another Life

8/10 from Robin

On ‘In Another Life’, experimental songwriter Sandro Perri has attempted to stretch pop music beyond its means, destroying one of its core principles -- that it& on »

Mount Eerie


8/10 from Robin

This live performance comes in the midsts of Mount Eerie’s two records ‘A Crow Looked At Me’ and ‘Now Only’, which you’re probably well on »

Valley Maker


8/10 from Robin

What’s all this, then, a press release that name-checks Bill Fay in the obligatory ‘influences’ section? I’ll take that; I’ll take all of that. on »


Only Now Forever

8/10 from Robin

The KVB are one of those bands who have finally reached the word-jumble era of their career: they’ve been prolific and steadfast enough that I dare not look back on my on »

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M.Geddes Gengras
Kurt Vile
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Terence Fixmer
Sarah Nixey
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