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Weekly Update Swervedriver, Toy, William Tyler, Mono, GAS, Rolando Simmonds

Green River, Gum Takes Tooth, Earl Sweatshirt, Red Stars CPR, Nils Frahm and loads more.

Headlines:

  • Album of the Week. Didn’t really know what else to do.
  • Label Watch: Sub Pop and Domino Records. We assess two of the biggest and consistently best indie labels.
  • Several very, very limited Immigrant CD re-issues in prepost-a-packaging.

Hello. Here we are. My God we are busy. Who wants to come to work for the Record Shop equivalent of the Fall? We have some vacancies. You never know, stay 15 years and you could be in my chair - desperately thinking of witty things to say in an update which is seemingly blasted out into an empty void.

New records:

  • A load of new things slopped onto vinyl by Odd Future frontman Earl Sweatshirt.
  • Veteran shoegazers Swervedriver return on Rock Action.
  • William Tyler gets ready for those syncs from soundtracking ariel shots of golf courses.
  • Minimal cello tinkering from Julia Kent.
  • Japanese post-rock Mono liths return with more ‘music from the Gods’
  • The Nude Party are enjoying themselves aren’t they?. Get a bonus 7” if you are quick.
  • Blood Red Shoes went to L.A to record their new album so it must be good, right?
  • Jah Division. Joy Division done in dub stylee but this ain’t no parody jape. Members of Oneida and Home are involved.
  • We really want to like the Toy album….but…. but….
  • Leighton Craig does lo-fi instrumental stuff with noises he’s made/found.
  • Richard Youngs. He really gets where water won’t.
  • Gum Takes Tooth play some pretty out there psych rock. Do you like drums? There’s lots of drums.
  • The Pianist For All Millennials Nils Frahm.
  • Sunflower Bean sent their record to Annie Mac after putting it in a furnace for five days.
  • Writhing Squares make churning psych with squarking sax.
  • Mike Krol does what he says on his tin pretty much.
  • Disco 12” from The Orielles…. the band we didn’t get the ‘must pretend to like’ memo about.
  • Eerie Wanda perhaps wish it was still the 1950s.
  • Catchy BMX Bandits type ditties from Attic Lights.
  • Since Robin left us we sorta forgot about saxophones… but here comes Bendik Giske.
  • LA noiseniks FIDLAR take on modern life. Good luck with that.
  • Shall we bother with the James Blake album? Nah.
  • As the snow flies on a cold and grey Chicago mornin', a poor little baby child is born - in Shigeto.

Re-issues:

  • “A bit like the last LP but chirpier” I said in my incisive 2006 era review of Yo La Tengo’s ‘Summer Sun’.
  • UNKLE’s intriguingly spelt debut gets a revamp.
  • Two of the week’s best ‘cocks’ are in stock... Herbie Hancock and Buzzcocks.
  • Tragic slowcore lot Acetone get the Lights In The Attic treatment.
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has vinylized his 2016 cassette ‘In Summer’. Nice.
  • Mark Stewart. No relation to the late golfer Payne.
  • Green River wider than a mile…..I'm crossing you in style some day.
  • Goblin’s original score to the original ‘Suspiria’ handily vinylised for post Thom Yorke times.
  • Late Of The Pier. “It’s like, ‘wow!’ “.....not our words….the words of none other than Dave Grohl.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

On the fringes of the Burley Woodhead cyberpunk scene.

  • Rephlex/Braindance schooled EP on Analogical Force from Rolando Simmons.
  • Wolfgang Voigt’s second black forest ambient techno gateau as GAS 'Zauberberg' rebooted on triple wax.
  • The return of Chain Reaction/Berlin techno don Substance with an EP on Ostgut Ton.
  • Chris Petit & Mordant Music LP inspired by an accidental freeze frame from Nicolas Roeg’s Bowie flick ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’. Edition of 250 copies.
  • Triplet of spools from Siavash Amini & Matt Finney, Selm and R.H.G.T. on the ever reliable Opal Tapes.
  • Mac-Talla Nan Creag album on Firecracker finally shipping and looking sexy in House of Traps screen printed sleeve. Class gear evocative of pastoral Scottish landscapes.
  • Magnetic tape messers Howlround open a 'A Creak In Time' with their arsenal of reel-to-reel machines.
  • Puce Mary, Yves Tumor, HTRK’s Jonnine Standish and more join Loke Rahbek on his latest Croatian Amor album on Posh Isolation.
  • Fabio Orsi takes his ambient music in a more cosmic inspired direction.
  • Dekorder boss Black To Comm bluuuurrrs organic instrumentation and digital production on a murky album for Thrill Jockey.
  • Quality, darkly psychedelic ritual ambient EP on Testtoon from Red Stars CPR.
  • Ace album of deadly rhythms and hallucinatory synth action from Nkisi on UIQ.
  • Börft Records bossman and Frak member Jan Zware Svensson returns as Villa AÌŠbo on IDEAL Recordings with some skewed house/techno.
  • Eliane Radigue’s 2003 minimal/drone gem 'Geelriandre / Arthesis' makes its way onto vinyl for the first time via Important Records.
  • 3 Rensa AKA Merzbow and chums do psychedelic space jams on Entr’acte.
  • Brain damaging/enhancing split 7” from Prurient / Autoerotichrist.
  • Italian legend Marco Passarani makes a welcome return with some ‘floor scorchers on Offen.
  • Dark, banging occult techno 2LP from Xosar on Bedouin.
  • Final installment in the fascinating Pablo’s Eye archival trilogy on STROOM.
  • L.I.E.S. package Tzusing’s first three dancefloor slaughtering EPs for the label spanning 2014-2016 into one handy triple pack of DJ ammo.
  • Classy string laden electro album from E.R.P. AKA Convextion/Gerard Hanson.
  • Darkside cyberpunk/industrial/wave and beyond from Black Rain.
  • Bleary eyed house, acid and electro from Betonkust & Palmbomen II on Dekmantel.
  • Shinichi Atobe's 'Butterfly Effect' 2LP on DDS. Limited edition repress of 500 copies.
  • Official reissue of ultra-rare Maurizio Delvecchio 1986 minimal Italian electronics private press 12”.
  • Pavel Milyakov AKA Buttechno 2LP in a more zoned/avant electronica mode.
  • Ailie Ormston from that ******** band on Domino with an avant clanking and crunching synth/drum machine EP reminiscent of Black Dice.
  • Filthy, punky grime/hardcore mutants from KLEFT on Domestic Exile.
  • Another obscure and bizzaro unearthing from Lily Record from Clarence Séti - library/soundtrack style digital synth jazz, funk etc.
  • Pavel Milyakov AKA Buttechno 2LP in a more zoned/avant electronica mode.
  • More quality gear on the consistent Latency label outta Paris from Martina Lussi.
  • BATTLE BREAK 2 LP on PRR! PRR! incl. B-Ball Joints (Low Jack), Clara! & DJ Coquelin, Maoupa Mazzocchetti. One for the Editions Gravats heads.
  • Outernational/fourth world/new age ambient 12” on Good Morning Tapes from Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi.
  • +++ 12”s from Shigeto on Ghostly, Glyn Hendry on Poly Kicks, XY0815 repress on brokntoys, Lowtec 2LP +++

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Epilogue:

Well that’s everything for this week. If there is another one we’ll be sure to tell you about it. Meanwhile follow us on Twitter ir sign up to Daily Emails if you want to be with us all the time.

Words: Clint, Ant. With extra thanks to Stephen S (for the Domino) and ex-staffer Robin (for the Sub Pop).

Work: Nathon, Daoud, Phil, Fred and Don’t Tell Me What Ian Love Can Do.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “good clean records”. From good, clean people too. Read even more strange compliments in our Feefo reviews.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Eerie Wanda

Pet Town

8/10 from Clinton

If only it was the 1950s or something and everything would be ok. We'd have no money, live in hovels with no running water but at least we wouldn't have to worry about how goo...read on »

Gum Takes Tooth

Arrow

8/10 from Clinton

When I was busy falling asleep to the Toy album earlier, this was more like the sort of incendiary kraut/psych rock I wanted to hear. These London people are on Rocket Recordi...read on »

Nkisi

7 Directions

8/10 from Ant

The second full length (rkss was a mini-album?!) album for Lee Gamble’s UIQ label is, I reckon, the labels most straight-up dancefloor/club/warehouse/party/rave record t...read on »

Red Stars CPR

Earth Is Heaven​ /​ Heaven Is Hell

8/10 from Ant

The ‘Earth Is Heaven / Heaven Is Hell’ EP on Belgium’s Testtoon label is a collaborative effort involving Red Stars AKA Red Stars Over Tokyo producer Jeroen ...read on »

Rolando Simmons

Summer Diary One EP

8/10 from Ant

Rolando Simmons is doing a fine job at keeping the Rephlex school Braindance sound alive and kicking, the fire burning, the flag flying and any other pointless but appropriate...read on »

Mac-Talla Nan Creag

The Sorrow Of Derdriu

8/10 from Clinton

Scotland. Good isn't it? If you haven't been there I'd recommend it. It's not like England at all  - a very different entity.  Mac-Talla Nan Creag is a collective of...read on »

Featured albums

Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi
Martina Lussi
Maurizio Delvecchio
Xosar
Pavel Milyakov (Buttechno)
Glyn Hendry
Villa Abo
3 Rensa
Selm
Nkisi
Prurient / Autoerotichrist
Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
R.H.G.T.
James Blake
Mordant Music & Chris Petit
Attic Lights
Earl Sweatshirt
Rolando Simmons
Substance
The Orielles
Shigeto
Red Stars CPR
Gum Takes Tooth
Eerie Wanda
Writhing Squares
Lowtec
Richard Youngs
Black To Comm
E.R.P.
Clarence Séti
BATTLE BREAK
Tzusing
MONO
Betonkust & Palmbomen II
Julia Kent
Leighton Craig
Bendik Giske
Nils Frahm
GAS
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Eliane Radigue
Black Rain
Fabio Orsi
FIDLAR
Pablo's Eye
KLEFT
Croatian Amor
Mike Krol
William Tyler
Sunflower Bean
Ailie Ormston
Swervedriver
TOY
Jäh Division
Mark Stewart and The Maffia
Passarani
Blood Red Shoes
XY0815
Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Nude Party
Acetone
Howlround
Buzzcocks
Shinichi Atobe
Yo La Tengo
Goblin
Late Of The Pier
UNKLE