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Weekly Update Death & Vanilla, Mac De Marco, Mahatma X, Holly Herndon

Plus Craig Leon, Clinic, Oliver Cherer, Sleaford Mods, Rozi Plain, 12K, Puce Mary, Tim Hecker, Steve Moore, Synkro, and more.

Headlines

Not one but two Albums of the Week this week. We love both records so much, so why not? First up we have Death & Vanilla with their dreamy psychedelia / electronica, and then we also have the marvellous Mahatma X hip-hop / sampledelia from our 2018 Album of the Year winner MALK and friends. It's compulsory that you buy at least one of them, but there are loads of other things too - scroll down through these below, right to the bottom where you'll also find some interesting news about Phil.

New vinyl and CDs and tapes

  • Maps makes a record almost as unwieldy as its title.    
  • Death & Vanilla generally sound like a Broadcast that has been wrapped up in a lovely towelling dressing gown.   
  • Dungaree totin' tunesmith Mac De Marco with more songs masquerading as breezes.
  • Inventive, technicolour hip-hop and sampledelia from Mahatma X.
  • Clinic channel the spirit if not the ideas of Bernard Manning on new LP.  
  • Greys. Less noisy this time but that’s what happens as you get older.   
  • White vinyl 7” from Sleaford Mods with previously unreleased B side.  
  • Several months after release of the digital we get the new James Blake on vinyl.
  • Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria record a heartwarming friendship.
  • Get tied up In Nots.  
  • Psych folk from Jowe Head of Swell Maps and Television Personalities.  
  • Folk and acoustic balladry from Scottish singer Siobhan Wilson.
  • Very very busy man Oliver Cherer makes an album of windswept acoustics in the manner of early Ben Watt.  
  • Rev Magnetic...the bloody promo CD wouldn’t play. It’s the new thing from Luke Sutherland of Long Fin Killie, etc.
  • Brooklyn noise rock three piece Dead Tenants sure can thrash.
  • Art-dance sibling trio Doomsquad fight for your right to party.
  • Belting new track from cheese & tomato duo Madlib & Freddie Gibbs.
  • Charly Bliss are the latest to work through some shit via the medium of album.  
  • Hip-hop producer Nobody expands his sonic palette.
  • Dan Lyons was once in Fat White Family but let’s not hold that against him.  
  • Black Zone Magick Chant. Guess what they do? Go on. Yup - psych.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

His plumber is now heavily into Puce Mary.

  • Finally with us is the Puce Mary album on PAN. Her most refined and focussed work thus far yet still thrillingly visceral and cathartic.
  • Lush dreamy ambient soundtrack from Tujiko Noriko to her own film ‘Kuro’.
  • Black Zone Magick Chant wanders deep into darker psychedelic realms on Shelter Press.
  • Tim Hecker's ‘Anoyo’ offers a starker counterpart to his previous Konoyo album.
  • Holly Herndon eases or fears of potential iRobot style catastrophe with friendly AI assisted album on 4AD.
  • Good ole’ Jack Dangers still at it as Meat Beat Manifesto!
  • Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 from Tor Lundvall on Dais.
  • Stellar album from singular Iranian artist Sote on Diagonal. Recommended!
  • Basic Rhythm aka Eastman/Imaginary Forces distills the essence of London pirate radio and remoulds it into contemporary forms on Planet Mu.
  • Absolute motherlode of re-stocks on Taylor Deupree’s esteemed 12k label at reduced price tags, plus a spanking new sumptuous disc from M. Grig.
  • Kode9 remixes some classic Japanense videogame themes.
  • Downtempo funk, trip-hop beats and psychedelic electronica from People Plus on Mood Hut.
  • Jensen Interceptor single-sided 12" on Weapons of Desire incl. Timothy J Fairplay Remix. Edition of 200 hand-stamped/numbered copies
  • Steve Moore takes a break from soundtracks and back to his synths for an occasionally unsettling album featuring contributions from Mary Lattimore + more.
  • Off-kilter floor fillers from Puto Tito on Príncipe.
  • Glitchy techno abstractions from Pär Grindvik and Peder Mannerfelt as Aasthma.
  • Far out Interplanetary Folk Music from Craig Leon.
  • Malfunctioning drums and heart wrenching pads galore on Proem’s latest for n5MD.
  • Synkro heads further into ambient zones on Apollo.
  • Paula Temple finally unleashes an album of slammers.
  • +++ Sonar Base reissue of that ace olde SCSI AV EP, Chaos In The CBD 'Midnight In Peckham' re-press, Zed classic Italo disco reissue 12", Master of Illusions madness on Brew - most likely the work of Robert Bergman, Warm aka Ron Trent, Hardijs Lediņš of NSRD reissue LP, Pepe Bradock album, Conforce EP on Delsin +++

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Epilogue

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Finally a big congratulations to Phil - who is tying the knot this weekend to some poor soul who we wish we could say is 'unsuspecting' but really isn't and should know better. We wish them both a long and happy marriage.  

Words: Clint, Ant,

Work:  Nathon, Will, Phil, Benn, Tom, Jamie and (Ian) Love Is In The Air.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Benoît Pioulard & Sean Curtis Patrick

Avocationals

9/10 from Will

I love albums like this one. It's heartening to hear works of art that are almost self-consciously academic in their focus. 'Avocationals' by Benoît Honoré Pioula...read on »

Fat White Family

Tastes Good With The Money

9/10 from Will

One of the best tracks from those rabble-rousers Fat White Family's third LP 'Serf's Up', 'It Tastes Good With The Money' has been given its own shiny new single release on a ...read on »

Mahatma X

A Mobtown Suite Vol. II

9/10 from Clinton

There's definitely a few of our customers yet to be convinced by the genius of MALK despite our near constant blathering. I'm hoping any non believers out there will be won ov...read on »

Holly Herndon

PROTO

9/10 from Daoud

That’s Doctor Holly Herndon to you punk. Often when you find out a musician has managed to pull off some serious academic work alongside their music-making it can take y...read on »

Craig Leon

Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon

9/10 from Will

I try not to judge records before I’ve listened to them, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I love everything about this Craig Leon before hearing a note, the cov...read on »

Proem

Until Here For Years

9/10 from Will

Drums so clear its like your ears are wired into the output of whatever holy medium Richard Bailey uses to makes his beats, bass that's fatter and fuller than a captive lion, ...read on »

Dead Tenants

LP II

9/10 from Benn

Based in Brooklyn, this post-punk noise rock trio have come back onto the underground scene with their suitably named latest release, LP II. Straight off the bat they remind y...read on »

Susan James

Sea Glass

8/10 from Clinton

Susan James had already released a few records of glorious folk rock before she decided that she needed some arrangement and compositional advice. She turned to the High llama...read on »

Kedr Livanskiy

Your Need

8/10 from Will

Recorded in only a matter of weeks, ‘Your Need’ by Kedr Livanskiy is testament to the virtues of working fast. It’s a coherent work taking in ambient, IDM, h...read on »

Vampire Weekend

Father Of The Bride

8/10 from Will

Vampire Weekend have returned with their fourth studio album 'Father Of The Bride'. I wasn't expecting to like this album, to be honest. The stuff I've heard in the past has b...read on »

FFT

Regional / Loss

8/10 from Will

'Regional / Loss' by FFT is all kinds of good. Heavy, fractured beats, Detroit vibes, songs that actually progress, what's not to love? 'Regional' is a trip into murky, moody ...read on »

Flamingods

Levitation

8/10 from Will

Ahhhhh modern 'psych' that actually sounds good. I'm writing this having only heard ten seconds of the opener to Flamingods fourth album and I already know it's going to be go...read on »

Stereolab

Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)

8/10 from Will

Ah Stereolab. Let me count the ways I love thee. Motorik rhythms, breathy vocals, French lyrics, and analogue instrumentation all combine on Stereolab's second studio LP 'Tran...read on »

Death and Vanilla

Are You A Dreamer?

8/10 from Clinton

If ever a band was invented for the Norman Records customer base it is Death & Vanilla. Their gentle form of psychedelia and electronica plays into the hands of the sort o...read on »

Steve Moore

Beloved Exile

8/10 from Clinton

Music just mental. Or should I say the music world is mental. Zombi overlord releases his first non soundtrack solo album in five years and as well as guest such as Mary Latti...read on »

Pete Rock

Return Of The SP-1200

8/10 from Clinton

Got to love a bit of Pete Rock. The legendary hip-hop producer has launched his own label Tru Soul and has picked 15 choice cuts from his career that have never been released ...read on »

Synkro

Images

8/10 from Clinton

Electronic music to my ears relies mostly on atmospheres to get me through. I can appreciate the intricate beat work of the likes of Autechre or Aphex Twin but the albums I te...read on »

Samuel Kerridge & Taylor Burch

The Other

8/10 from Ant

Samuel Kerridge strays ever further from his early industrial-tinged techno slammers with his latest album - a collaboration with Taylor Burch of the ace DVA Damas contributin...read on »

Black Zone Magick Chant

Voyage Sacrifice

8/10 from Ant

French artist Maxime Primault has released music under many names over the years; High Wolf Annapurna Illusion, Iibiis Rooge, Enfer Boréal to name but a few. Most recen...read on »

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose

The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

8/10 from Ant

Beautifully captured, intimate recording of two masters of minimalism performing Palestine's 1976 work 'The Golden Mea'n. Originally played by living legend Charlemagne Palest...read on »

Tujiko Noriko

Kuro (OST)

8/10 from Ant

PAN is expanding their wee empire into the realms of soundtracks - thankfully far from reissues of '80s gore flicks and Giallo OSTs on decomposing zombie ballbag coloured viny...read on »

Puce Mary

The Drought

8/10 from Ant

As I write about this from the comfort of my own home, I currently have a plumber in (this is not a naughty euphemism) fitting a new tap in the bathroom so I’m being som...read on »

Featured albums

M. Grig
Aasthma
Tujiko Noriko
Puto Tito
Jensen Interceptor
Dead Tenants
Siobhan Wilson
Black Zone Magick Chant
Sote
Herbie Hancock
Dan Lyons
Oliver Cherer
Meat Beat Manifesto
Synkro
Steve Moore
Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria
Jowe Head
Nobody
Pepe Bradock
Nots
Basic Rhythm
People Plus
Paula Temple
Mahatma X
Sleaford Mods
Kode9
Craig Leon
Clinic
Greys
Holly Herndon
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
Conforce
Mac DeMarco
Tor Lundvall
Rev Magnetic
Hardijs Lediņš
Death and Vanilla
Master of Illusions
Warm (Ron Trent)
Doomsquad
Maps
Tim Hecker
Proem
Charly Bliss
James Blake
Zed
Puce Mary
Chaos In The CBD
Rozi Plain
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sonar Base