Weekly Update Snapped Ankles, Royal Trux, Galerie Stratique, Chicago Odense Ensemble
New musics on Public House, Clay Pipe and Cardinal Fuzz plus new musics also from The Stroppies, Teen, Sophie Hutchings, Rema Rema, and loads more.
- Album of the Week. Ok, ok…it’s Public House. It’s one of ours. But we love it, and you trust us, right?
- If the above offends your sensibilities here’s an alternative Album of the Week by a record we have nothing to do with.
- Four (count ‘em) new Cardinal Fuzz titles.
- We’re still busy beefing our YouTube channel. Here’s our latest Weekly Playlist.
- And here’s another Label Watch for you, featuring techno roundheads Tresor.
Welcome one, welcome all to another trawl through the best bits of the week’s music releases. As you can see, there’s a new Public House in town which we are very pleased with indeed. Give it a listen if you like Boards of Canada, Ghost Box or basically anything hazy and woozy. Also welcome to our newest recruit Will who has passed his initiation test by penning almost all the reviews this week. Read them in our new(ish) News & Reviews section, where we’re gonna put all your reading material from now on including this very update.
On with what we very loosely call the ‘show’.
New vinyl and CDs and tapes (maybe)
- Snapped Ankles are good at both interior design and weapons-grade groove pop.
- None more dapper The Go Betweens’ frontman Robert Forster, who delivers us some stripped-down future classics.
- Post-punk noise rock sorts Fews.
- In 1998 Mark Hollis stopped making music...yet Weezer continue to this day.
- Royal Trux…as rock and roll as a cigarette wearing sunglasses.
- Chicago Odense Ensemble are about the time members of Causa Sui collab’d with members of Tortoise.
- From across the really big Pond (ie Australia) are these Tame Impala assisted psychsters.
- Old 4AD lovers rejoice. Someone’s cobbled together some Rema Rema outtakes.
- Robert Pollard presents his art with a 6 song 7”. All songs are on the same side of vinyl. How very Guided By Voices of him.
- Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard make winsome C86 indie-pop….er no they don’t.
- Coldharbourstores...it must be swan vesta as that’s a swan on the front.
- The Stroppies are Australian people making all kinds of catchy pop.
- Julia Reidy… for those of us over 30 there’s an autotuned vocal alert on this.
- Mahaya McCracken makes a live mixtape of jazz, hip-hop and beyond.
- Teen do clever, catchy synthpop.
- Self Esteem…. Mid-life crisis alert.
- The Japanese House...synth-ified indie-pop tunes on label part set up by the late Ugo Ehiogu.
- D. Rothon soundtracks that really dark thing we call the night.
- Sophie Hutchings plays the most pleasant of pianos.
- First LP from space rock legends Hawkwind re-done.
- Debut album from Rugby drug addicts Spacemen 3.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up
Pipe down kids... your dad’s reviewing the new Umwelt.
- Superb album of dank dubwise creepers from Ossia on Blackest Ever Black.
- Elecktroids 1995 'Kilohertz' EP on Warp reissued on Clone Aqualung incl. new bonus track. Drexciya fans rejoice!
- Bold, experimental electronic pop on Editions Mego from Coil and Spiritualized alumni Thighpaulsandra.
- Triad God returns on on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? Label!
- First-time vinyl pressing or rare Korean psychedelic shoegazing ambient/drone jams from Puredigitalsilence.
- Strong debut full length of melodic electro and ambient from 96 Back on CPU.
- Clear vinyl 4LP repress of Daphne Oram's ‘Oramics’. Pioneering, visionary electronic music from the BBC Radio Workshop founder.
- Tape of invigorating, original and fresh electronix on Conditional from Nancy Drone.
- Ace 7" of off-kilter dub mutations by midas touch wielding producer Jay Glass Dubs.
- Steven Stapleton / David Tibet 5CD set on United Dirter, including a disc of previously unreleased works for Nurse With Wound / Current 93 fiends.
- Futuristic, electronic art pop/club music hybrids from Angel-Ho on Hyperdub.
- Steven Rutter (B12) collaborates with vocalist Karla Hajman as KineStatics.
- Nikolajev on Incienso traversing house, techno, electro in varying shades.
- Sought after, classic Detroit Electrotechno from D.I.E. reissued via Clone.
- Fine EP of dubby tracks created on Make Noise modular synth by Evan Caminiti.
- Jonny Nash brings literature inspired ambient landscapes to Music From Memory.
- Minimalist compositions from Tomas Nordmark incorporating melodic textures from ancient Scandinavian music and sacred hymns.
- Sensual, classic schooled house trax from Octo Octa on Technicolour.
- Scored a couple 10"s on Cosmic Pint Glass; a split from Jack Pattern / FRAK and EP feat. Mark Du Mosch, FRAK, Julian G, Lie of the Land. Both come is tasty hand finished sleeves.
- VA Compilation #5 CD-R on Assembly Field featuring ambient works from David Newlyn, Wil Bolton, E.L. Heath, Bill Ryder-Jones etc. Edition of 50 copies.
- '80s soundtrack inspired synthwave from Cory Kilduff on Burning Witches Records.
- Retro synth gear from Hunter Complex on Death Waltz Originals.
- Vital Impetus compilation LP on June featuring Alessandro Adriani, Morah, Lbeeze, Raum-Zeit, Penelope’s Fiance and Outermost & Venus Volcanism.
- First-time vinyl edition of Merzbow's 1994 visceral scorcher 'Venereology'. Remastered by James Plotkin, incl. 20 minutes of unreleased bonus material!
- Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 2 2LP on Life and Death incl. Vatican Shadow, Midland, DJ Nobu, Isolee, Ninos Du Brasil, Scuba etc.
- Thumpin’ house/techno DJ tools from (Todd) Osbourne on Spectral Sound.
- L±R 4-track 12" EP on Asking For Trouble AKA Radioactive Man, Simon Lynch (London Modular Alliance) and Monoak.
- Ace techno tackle from Anastasia Kristensen on her debut EP on Arcola.
- +++ 12”s from Sonar Base, Floorplan v Mark Broom, Bambounou, Lamellen +++
Money Saving Stuff
- Vinyl Price Match. We're confident we can match almost any price. Try us.
- Free Shipping. UK orders over £50 ship for free. With apols to non-UK folk.
- Normanpoints. Sign up for an account and start saving literally pennies.
Time for some Chas and Dave, Toyah, etc.
Words: Ant, Clint.
Work: Benn, Daoud, Nathon, Will, Phil, Tom and (Ian) Love is a Bourgeois Construct.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...