Weekly Update Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Studio Ghibli, Sun Kil Moon, J Mascis

All the new things from Stephen Steinbrink, Goat, Sun Kil Moon, WIDT x Christoph de Babalon, ZULI, Sh*t & Shine, BEAST.


Lighting up time in Leeds is currently set at 16.51, but it seems to be darker a lot earlier than that as we glare listlessly from our windows towards the grey murk of the ring road. Thankfully we have records to keep us from fretting too much about winter. We are particularly pleased to have those Joe Hisaishi - Studio Ghibli reissues in stock at last. Pretty sweet, we hope you’ll agree. But there’s also all the pretty things you see below. Read on.


  • J Mascis heads into the studio, presumably in his VW Golf hatch.
  • The new Muse single sounds weirdly like Billy MacKenzie singing over the ‘Drive’ soundtrack.
  • Sun Kil Moon write about hotels, hotels, hotels, hotels and hotels.
  • The Wave Pictures made their new album whilst inebriated. We wrote this update sober.
  • Soul man Charles Bradley issues his posthumous fourth album of belters.
  • Sea Pinks make enjoyable guitar entanglement.
  • Stephen Steinbrink finds beauty in despair but is urged to change his diet.
  • Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore make more songs about plucking.
  • Duke Spirit lady Liela Moss goes down the Jane Weaver style path.
  • Boygenius are Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. None of which are boys but are they geniuses? You decide.
  • Heather Leigh. Absolutely, categorically no relation to Phil Leigh.
  • Cubs make heartfelt folk for lighting up time.
  • Mick Harvey and Christopher Richard Barker put World War I poet, Edgar Bourchier’s words to actual music.
  • While we patiently wait for Merry 6Mas 2018 here’s a 3CD box set from ambient guitar great Yellow6.
  • Peter Broderick’s original soundtrack to Mark E. Smith’s - no, sorry, it’s Mark C. Smith’s animated short.
  • Compilation of The Men back in their hardcore punk days.
  • Folky singer songwriter Dan Mangan does Van Morrison ish things and puts a variety of seabirds on the sleeve.
  • That ‘y’ confirms that Octopus Syng are heavily indebted to Syd Barrett.
  • Rays do the DIY indie pop thing. So who is the best Ray? Davies? Wilkins? Mears?
  • Clever and engaging lo-fi pop from J Fernandez. RIYL Broadcast and Mac De Marco squaring up.
  • Sorry. No Chris Rea this week.


All else New In that has arrived so far….


Check out our release schedule timeline where we also miss stuff out off a list.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Old Skool, Nu Skool, Skool Run.

  • Ilpo Väisänen pays tribute to Pan Sonic partner and friend Mika Vainio as I-LP-ON.
  • Jana Winderen recordings of plankton, sea ice, seals, orcas, humpbacks... brrrrrrrrr.
  • ZULI album on UIQ fusing melancholy ambient, Arabic rap and Sci-Fi electronix.
  • WIDT x Christoph de Babalon spellbinding gothic opera type thing on Bocian. Possessed vocals and dark, foreboding sound design.
  • Michele Mercure dream music anthology spanning tapes from 1983-1990.
  • New album from The Gasman… just come to read the meter love…
  • 5CD set of ambient/drone bliss from the ever prolific Celer.
  • Rocket launch Shit & Shine bum you out ‘Bad Vibes’, man.
  • More Bibio ‘Phantom Brickworks’ excursions into dreamlike ambient.
  • Forget Prefuse 73 as Guillermo Herren does a tabula rasa as Reto A Ichi.
  • First time on vinyl for Akira Rabelais sophomore album ‘Eisoptrophobia’ > sensitively applied software creates a new perspective on Satie and Bartók ivory tinkles.
  • Koen Holtkamp unleashes the BEAST.
  • Jeff Mills ‘Waveform Transmission Vol. 3’ eternal slammers re-pressed on Tresor.
  • Lia Mice uses the sampler to interpret ideas of time travel. Fine LP on Optimo Music.
  • Posh Thesis 03 bundle of 4x 10" records in laser-cut handmade packaging incl. Sophie Hutchings & Julia Kent, Aaron Martin & Tilman Robinson, Andrew Hargreaves & Andrew Johnson, Kyle Bobby Dunn & Anjou.
  • Lest we forget albums from Yoshinori Hayashi on Smalltown Supersound and Max Graef on Tartlet.

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This week we had a curious new sound in the office but at the time of writing we have no idea what it was. Tune in next week when we’ll see if we can unravel the mystery.

Words: Clint, Ant.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Keith, Daoud, Phil and (Ian) Love Changes Everything.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “Everything was alright”. Read even more lukewarm compliments in our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...



9/10 from Jamie

Here’s Koen Holtkamp then, with his latest solo release on the ever-interesting Thrill Jockey record label. Holtkamp is half of synthesizer-obsessed Mountains (with Bren...read on »

Dan Mangan

More or Less

9/10 from Jamie

Dan Mangan, (Canadian songsmith), starts very jauntily on his new album on City Slang, ‘More or Less’. The lead-off track ‘Lynchpin’ rollicks along -- ...read on »

Veronica Vasicka

In Silhouette

8/10 from Ant

As far as I can tell, this is the first solo material that DJ and Minimal Wave label owner/curator Veronica Vasicka has released. ‘In Silhouette’ was recorded some...read on »

Akira Rabelais


8/10 from Ant

First time on wax for Vincent Akira Rabelais Carté’s second album, originally issued back in 2001 on Mille Plateaux sister label Ritornell. Unlike a lot of stuff ...read on »


Four Years Away

8/10 from Jamie

After an (almost) impossible to count series of self released, digital-only albums with a few interspersed CDs via various micro labels, Devin Powers is back with a lovely new...read on »

Vera Sola


8/10 from Daoud

Sometimes maintaining a mood is the best thing you can do. I’m all for variety, but when an album really keys into one particular mood, and stays there, it can be utterl...read on »

Michele Mercure

Beside Herself

8/10 from Daoud

We’ve become so accustomed to reissues of early electronic music that it’s easy to become cynical about it all. But before you actually listen to these records it&...read on »

Stephen Steinbrink

Utopia Teased

8/10 from Clinton

With two lovely albums in Arranged Waves and Anagrams under his belt it's time for Stephen Steinbrink to make what we are promised is the mangled, disturbed third album. Excep...read on »

J Fernandez

Occasional Din

8/10 from Clinton

I can't decide on many things in life but this mornings issue (and I know it's not a big one in the scheme of things) is that I can't decide which album I like better this or ...read on »


Darkr Earlyr

8/10 from Clinton

Winter. It's still a thing  - just. It may be about twenty degrees in Leeds but it's dark at about 3pm and everything seems to have turned from colour into black and whit...read on »

WIDT x Christoph de Babalon


8/10 from Ant

A quite unexpected but most welcome move from German producer Christoph de Babalon, hooking up with WIDT (an audiovisual duo of Antonina Nowacka and Bogumiła Piotrowska) for ...read on »

Charles Bradley

Black Velvet

8/10 from Clinton

You want some soul music? You could, like me, listen to Magic Soul FM as they play the greatest hits of soul over and over again. You could go to Sainsbury's and go buy Bob St...read on »



8/10 from Ant

Cairo hailing producer Zuli dazzled us with two 12”s on Lee Gamble's UIQ label, an EP on Haunter (as played by Aphex) and now hits us with his debut album on UIQ. Its pr...read on »

Featured albums

The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr
Akira Rabelais
The Library Music Film
Urge Overkill
WIDT x Christoph de Babalon
Lia Mice
The Men
Jana Winderen
The Wombats
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
Reto A Ichi (aka Prefuse 73)
Sun Kil Moon
The Gasman
Shit & Shine
J Fernandez
Sea Pinks
The Wave Pictures
Yoshinori Hayashi
Charles Bradley
Peter Broderick
Max Graef
Stephen Steinbrink
The Fall
Michele Mercure
The Telescopes
Dan Mangan
Heather Leigh
Octopus Syng
J Mascis
Mick Harvey and Christopher Richard Barker
Liela Moss
Carola Baer
The Scientists
Sufjan Stevens
Jeff Mills