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Weekly Update The National, Interpol, St Etienne, Ian Crause (Disco Inferno) DJINN

Plus Josephine Wiggs, Olden Yolk, The Ballet, Caribou, Not Glass, Tycho.

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Gorgeous weather all week and what does it do on Saturday? Rain. Cheers for that, whoever does the weather. This week it’s been all sun and fun in our concrete shell where the temperature finally rose above freezing point and we could finally scrape the last bits of ice off the shutters. Below is all the stuff we have in stock this week. I’m sure you’ll find something.

New vinyl and CDs and tapes

  • The National will find you/are easy/hard to find/ find that they nearly used the same album title twice.   
  • Breeder bass lady Josephine Wiggs with first solo work in yonks. Remember that Honeytongue album? Mmmm.
  • Suit ‘n’ tied New York post punkers Interpol do their thing but shorter.  
  • These DJINN records are flooding out after we mentioned it’s members of Goat and Hills.   
  • Super soft guitar pop sorts Olden Yolk crack out a new one.   
  • Doomsquad are more about the balearic dance moves than their name suggests.
  • Still got Dinked versions of this Black Peaches records left people.
  • Who else but Hey Colossus writes a book to accompany their album?    
  • The Heavy. You’ll know them...yes you will!
  • Dawn Landes husband rejoices in the name Creighton Irons.
  • Minimal yet frenzied avant-punk racket from Glove.
  • Thea Gilmore has made seventeen solo albums - the exact same amount as Paul McCartney.
  • Speaking of Mc  - here comes Mac MacCaughan.  
  • The Ballet make beguiling queer-friendly pop a la Magnetic Fields.
  • Pete Um….um…… um.
  • Soon-to-be-massive Londoners black midi bring early sabs of their Brit School approved math rock.

Re-issues

  • St Etienne. One of them lives in Saltaire now you know.
  • Did David Bowie owe Parlophone some money or something?   
  • My Disco have been to Berlin.
  • Don Cherry. Dad to Neneh and Eagle Eye. Pal to Trevor.
  • The Voices’ intense Spacemen 3 jams re-issued by the apt Drone Rock imprint.  
  • The Flying Lizards Secret Dub Life….mayhem is back in print.  
  • The Raconteurs flip out an old one before unleashing the new one.
  • Lambchop’s loveliest album re-issued.
  • Fu Manchu compress some EPs onto a 10” box set.
  • So we’re re-pressing 7”s now? Here’s Caribou’s Melody Day with remix from Dan Snaith’s brother from another mother Kieran Hebden.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Not Waving & Jay Glass Dubs join forces as Not Glass with an LP evoking visions of imaginary lost civilizations and cultures.
  • Multi-faceted, future primitive album from Mannequin bossman Alessandro Adriani on Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts.
  • Hieroglyphic Being's impeccable +++ stamped white label series is back!
  • No-fi post-industrial cassette synthpop from Berlin’s Omen on the most excellent Outer Reaches label.
  • Intricately detailed ambient works from Alex Smalley (Olan Mill) and Lucia Adam as Ilm on Fluid Audio presented in stunning hand assembled artwork.
  • Luke Slater's 'Love' tune from 1997 remixed by Burial, Lucy, Marcel Dettman, Silent Servant and himself as The 7th Plain and Planetary Assault Systems.
  • Ominous, bowel voiding bass techno steppers from Atsushi Izumi.
  • Electronic Turkish techno folk from Insanlar on Rush Hour.
  • Three classic Drax (Thomas Heckmann) cuts on one plate including Amphetamine and stormer Phosphene!
  • Batu returns on his own Timedance label with an EP of glimmering, kaleidoscopic Bristollian techno.
  • New one from Ekin Fil - ethereal, ghostly and affecting as ever.
  • Thought Broadcast and Elizabethan Collar LPs on the fine Chained Library label.
  • Previously unheard Klaus Schulze score for 1982 flick 'Next of Kin'.
  • Parris, RAMZi, Lokier and Gerry Read remix some Eric Copeland trax.
  • Drexciya's 'Harnessed The Storm' back in print. Every home should own a copy.
  • Immense power ambient from MATTHS on FatCat's FCR label.
  • Wriggling off-kilter squirmers from SFV Acid on Ekster.
  • Bluuurry, hazy, droney, dubby gear from Garland on Lullabies For Insomniacs.
  • Dark Star aka Wolfgang Reffert 1989 - 1992 retrospective compilation on Knekelhuis.
  • Between WTF social media posts Carl Craig mixed up 'Detroit Love Vol. 2'.
  • Higher Intelligence Agency & Biosphere 'Birmingham Frequencies' compact disc has been remastered.
  • ++ Territroy 2LP on Dekmantel, OL 12" EP on Motion Ward, D.K. EP on Antinote, Yu Su on Second Circle, My Girlfriend EP on Apron, Ryan Elliott EP on Ostgut Ton. ++

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Epilogue

We’ll be back next week as will (to our horror) Phil. The party must end sometime.

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Words: Clint, Ant,

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

Customer Compliment of the Week: “They are so organised”. Ha. Ha ha ha. Oh ho ho ho ho. Stop it. Please. Ha ha ha. Oh my word. Lots more rib ticklers on Feefo and Google Reviews.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Clinic

Wheeltappers and Shunters

9/10 from Will

New Clinic! What a joy. The hugely influential North-westerners are back with their eighth studio album, ‘Wheeltappers and Shunters’. It’s a biting, occasion...read on »

Wand

Laughing Matter

9/10 from Will

Mmm, it’s a bit Radiohead-y, a little Can-y, and a smidge bit like Clinic, I’m talking here about the new Wand record, ‘Laughing Matter’. I really like...read on »

Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria

Are Sing Sinck, Sing

9/10 from Will

Efrim Manuel Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Kevin Doria from Growing Pains have joined forces on a strange and immersive album called ‘Sing Sinck, Sing&rsqu...read on »

The Smiths

Louder Than Bombs

9/10 from Benn

The Smiths had a habit of releasing B-sides and EPs that were as good as the tracks they released on full length albums. Along with Hatful of Hollow, Louder Than Bombs is an e...read on »

The Ballet

Matchy Matchy

9/10 from Will

Well, who wouldn’t want to immediately tuck into an album called ‘Matchy Matchy’ by a band called The Ballet, whose cover features two figures wearing vaguel...read on »

Basic Rhythm

On The Threshold

8/10 from Jamie

Scattering, syncopated beats. Detuned synths. A proliferation of foundations-rattling low end frequencies. Evocative bleeps and rave samples. Check, check, check and check. An...read on »

M. Grig

Mount Carmel

8/10 from Jamie

Pedal steel. What a lovely sound it makes. It can be very evocative of wherever-the-hell-it-is the musician playing it works and calls their home. I’m picturing those ru...read on »

Meat Beat Manifesto

Opaque Couché

8/10 from Will

Meat Beat Manifesto named their new album after what is reportedly the ugliest colour, Pantone 448C - or ‘opaque couché’ as it's known. Selected for use on cigar...read on »

Atsushi Izumi

Verdigris EP

8/10 from Ant

Our man Phil forwarded me a promo of this with a “I reckon you’ll be into this” proviso. Glad he did as it may well have slipped under the radar, as I wasn&r...read on »

Galya Bisengalieva

EP One

8/10 from Ant

This appears to be the debut solo offering from London Contemporary Orchestra violinist Galya Bisengalieva. From the opening moments, I was under the illusion that this was go...read on »

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two

8/10 from Will

They don't mess about do they, the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO? Everything about them is just scaled up. This latest release (album? EP? single?!?!) cons...read on »

Greys

Age Hasn't Spoiled You

8/10 from Will

Greys have got serious. At least, that's what this album seems to suggest. Previously a group that made a punky, noisy racket, they seem to have matured a little while still r...read on »

The National

I Am Easy To Find

8/10 from Daoud

I have a feeling the National knew what they were doing when they called this album I Am Easy To Find. This is a band who after all, have released a song called ‘Hard To...read on »

The Phonometrician

Mnemosyne

8/10 from Will

The Phonometrician is the alias of Carlos Morales. He’s releasing his debut album called ‘Mnemosyne’. It’s an album that’s a little disconcerting...read on »

Not Glass (Not Waving & Jay Glass Dubs)

Forma

8/10 from Ant

Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and Dimitris Papadatos (Jay Glass Dubs) join forces as Not Glass. Had I not had prior knowledge of who was behind these productions then I&rsquo...read on »

Featured albums

Ian Crause (Disco Inferno)
Tycho
MATTHS
My Girlfriend
Klaus Schulze
Yu Su
Pete Um
Not Glass (Not Waving & Jay Glass Dubs)
Higher Intelligence Agency & Biosphere
Ekin Fil
Elizabethan Collar
Thought Broadcast
Omen
Garland
The Flying Lizards
Dark Star
Drax
Ilm
black midi
Don Cherry
Batu
Thea Gilmore
The Heavy
Atsushi Izumi
Ryan Elliott
Alessandro Adriani
Luke Slater
Dawn Landes
Territroy
SFV Acid
The Ballet
DJINN
Olden Yolk
Fu Manchu
Glove
Carl Craig
Eric Copeland
D.K.
Interpol
Josephine Wiggs
Insanlar
Black Peaches
The National
Hey Colossus
Hieroglyphic Being
My Disco
David Bowie
Doomsquad
OL
Mac McCaughan
The Voices
Lambchop
Drexciya
Saint Etienne
Caribou
The Raconteurs