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Weekly Update Interpol, Beth Gibbons, Ty Segall, UNKLE, Sophia, White Denim

Plus C. Duncan, Edwyn Collins, Cocteau Twins, Rain Tree Crow, The Underground Youth, Locust. 

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Yesterday we opened the window and - for the first time in ages - breathed in the sweet, sweet scent of the ring road. We’re high on fumes, full of the delights of diesel and petroleum emissions. So, as the sun streams through our inadequate blinds, we hereby bring you our latest Weekly Update. If it had a brim then it would be full of all the latest releases, just ready to be piped into your ears. Let’s do this.

New vinyl and CDs and tapes

Re-issues

  • Multiple widescreen sadcore from Sophia.
  • Two vinyl re-issues from the always mighty Cocteau Twins.
  • Thee Oh Sees reissue thee 2006 LP(ee).
  • Rain Tree Crow are when Japan reformed without actually reforming.
  • Vintage psych heads Dark. Worth it for the ‘then’ and ‘now’ picture on the back sleeve.
  • Sparks from when they got Morodor’d and terrified me on Top of the Pops.
  • An unreleased album from honey voiced soul man Marvin Gaye. Whatever next?!
  • Soul samba and funk on Tom Zé’ high water mark.
  • Akiko Yano...one of the greatest left-field pop albums ever made. An utter marvel says Daoud.
  • The chilling sound webs of John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s Prince of Darkness are pressed back.

Ant’s Electronic Music Round-Up

Ear plugs are always available on the way into his home….

  • First album from Fennesz in a wee while - recorded on headphones in his bedroom.
  • Suction raid the RX-101 archives once again and discover some vintage era Aphex Twin inspired ambient techno / Braindance.
  • 50th-Anniversary Edition of Morton Subotnick seminal classic ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’, remastered from the original, pre-mastered digital tape transfers.
  • Ace, peculiar electroacoustic LP from Marja Ahti of Kiila and Kemialliset Ystävät.
  • Lamin Fofana LP on Hundebiss exploring alienation and belonging via slick sound design, post-techno, dancehall and HD ambient.
  • Salford Electronics AKA David Padbury of The Grey Wolves lands on Hospital Productions complete with remixes from Ancient Methods and Vatican Shadow.
  • Oliver Ho's new industrial psych-drone project Slow White Fall on Downwards.
  • Hauntological synth music meets hypnotic techno from James Place on Umor Rex.
  • Extraterrestrial sounds/field recordings from another planet from Andi Toma of Mouse On Mars.
  • Punishing techno from Domenico Crisci on Black Opal. Full on dancefloor massacre!
  • Luke Abbott VST ivory tinklers.
  • Mark Van Hoen switches his Locust handle into techno mode.
  • Previously unreleased works from Nordic ambient chief Erik Wøllo circa '86-'92.
  • Gloomy monochrome/industrial technoise from Antechamber AKA Codex Empire.
  • Brittle, forlorn ambient from Alex Bober. CD on Ukraine’s Hidden Vibes.
  • Black Dice dude Eric Copeland is demented as ever on 'Trogg Modal Vol. 2' on DFA.
  • DMX Krew 2LP reconfiguring classic acid house templates, electro and beyond.
  • Useful 3LP 'Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European and North American Electronica 1978-1984' compilation on Cherry Red.
  • Versatile Plant43 doublepack on CPU suitable for both the armchair and ‘floor.
  • Joni Void's time-travel experiment on Constellation uses the human voice to retrieve and reframe subjective memories.
  • SNES classic Secret of Mana soundtrack played on analog synthesizers and drum machines by Switched On SNES. Transparent gold wax.
  • Loads of Basic Channel, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound, Main Street clobber back in!
  • Susumu Yokota's 'Acid Mt.Fuji' reissue 2LP on Midgar back on the shelf.
  • +++ 12”s from Lucy on Stroboscopic Artefacts, Cadans on Clone Basement Series, Legowelt on Clone Jack For Daze, Basic Rhythm on Sneaker Social Club, Beat Pharmacy on Khaliphonic, Gil.Barte / Lostsoundbytes on brokntoys, Sansibar on Natural Sciences, Chrissy on Super Rhythm Trax, Luke Vibert on Libertine +++

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Epilogue

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Words: Clint, Ant.

Work: Nathon, Will, Phil, Daoud, Tom, Jamie and I’m Not I(a)n Love

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Akiko Yano

Japanese Girl

10/10 from Daoud

In 1976 Akiko Yano released one of the greatest left-field pop albums ever made. Sorry, I needed to get that out of system. You see, Japanese Girl is an utter marvel. It&rsquo...read on »

Nilüfer Yanya

Miss Universe

9/10 from Daoud

Indie rock has become something of a “bad word” ever since British music industry tried to eat itself and birthed the concept of landfill indie. Now I’m of t...read on »

MALK

WMAIDIT

9/10 from Clinton

I was just listening to some boring UNKLE album or other when it hit me that it would be much more responsible of me to tell you about this ace new MALK tape on Lost Tribe Sou...read on »

Locust

Red

9/10 from Will

Red is an EP made by Locust, the alter-ego of Mark Van Hoen. It’s a four-song suckerpunch, full of odd twists and turns; it’s totally heavy and totally enthralling...read on »

A. Swayze & The Ghosts

Suddenly

8/10 from Clinton

Rough Trade have an exciting new Australian hope on their roster with the confusingly named A. Swayze and the Ghosts.  It would be easier for everyone if they were just c...read on »

Garcia Peoples

Natural Facts

8/10 from Clinton

You could write everything I know about the Grateful Dead on a lock of Jerry Garcia's silver hair but this New Jersey band match their love for the long running long hairs wit...read on »

Rain Tree Crow

Rain Tree Crow

8/10 from Clinton

New Romantic clothes horses Japan didn't ever reform following their 1981 dissolution but in 1989 the four members along with Bill Frisell album reconvened to spend some time ...read on »

Sophia

The Infinite Circle

8/10 from Clinton

I'm weeping. WEEPING I tell you. There's three Sophia re-issues out this week and all are worth owning but the Infinite Circle is the one that tore my heart in two in 1998. I'...read on »

Various

Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987

8/10 from Will

I love compilations like Nigeria ‘70 because, although they must inevitably exclude notable  luminaries from a particular scene or genre, they are democratic; they ...read on »

Stick In The Wheel

present From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2

8/10 from Will

The term ‘modern folk’ is a term that elicits in me the same feeling as when someone says ‘Modern jazz’ or ‘gastropub’; it’s a sense ...read on »

Domenico Crisci

Velvet

8/10 from Ant

Domenico Crisci (Jealous God, Summa Cum Laude, Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S etc.) lands on Black Opal with a relentlessly punishing, absolutely bangin’, lethal four track techno ...read on »

Salford Electronics

Deconstruction

8/10 from Ant

Salford Electronics is the latest handle of David Padbury who is perhaps best known for his role since the mid-‘80s in industrial/noise duo The Grey Wolves alongside Tre...read on »

Slow White Fall

Total EP

8/10 from Ant

Slow White Fall is the latest project from Oliver Ho AKA Broken English Club, Zov Zov, Raudive etc. and feels right at home on Downwards. It offers a different sound to the af...read on »

Featured albums

Interpol
Mahatma X
Salford Electronics
Slow White Fall
Switched On SNES
Alex Bober
Lucy
Antechamber
Rain Tree Crow
Show Me The Body
Various
Domenico Crisci
Garcia Peoples
Beat Pharmacy
The Underground Youth
FEET
Floating Points
Andi Toma
Edwyn Collins
Erik Wøllo
C Duncan
Vieo Abiungo
Marja Ahti
MALK
FACS
Joni Void
Lamin Fofana
Chrissy
Luke Vibert
Plant43
Sparks
Sansibar
Tom Zé
RX-101
Basic Rhythm
DMX Krew
Gil.Barte / Lostsoundbytes
Chris Cohen
Akiko Yano
Marvin Gaye
Eric Copeland
Dark
Beth Gibbons & The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
White Denim
Luke Abbott
Legowelt
James Place
Marry Waterson & Emily Barker
Fennesz
Ty Segall & The Freedom Band
Nilüfer Yanya
Locust
K Á R Y Y N
Cadans
Mekons
UNKLE
Juliana Hatfield
Susumu Yokota
Morton Subotnick
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Thee Oh Sees