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Weekly Update Battles, The Bug & Burial, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Pastor T.L. Barrett.

Kandodo 3, Monarch, Marika Hackman, Bdrmm, Zero 7, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth.

Headlines

  • Record of the Week has been awarded to The Bug and Burial’s latest collaborative single of heavyweight bass pressure and haunted dub!
  • Fiddly experimental rockers Battles have announced a new album complete with an array of intriguing guests including Yes’ Jon Anderson, Shabazz Palaces and tUnE-YaRdS. Phwoar! 
  • Weekly Playlist. Our Weekly Youtube playlist is better than MTV ever was.

New vinyl and CDs and tapes

  • Kandodo 3. Members of The Heads once again get extremely trippy.
  • Bdrmm. Very limited single from the Hull alt. rockers.
  • Immigrant. New beautifully packaged CD sets from Immigrant complete with a hand painted cover.
  • Rainbow Grave. Sludgy, misanthropic noise rock supergroup.
  • Frans Zwartjes & Lodewijk de Boer. Beautifully packaged LP set from the late Dutch artist.
  • Rich Aucoin. The Canadian experimental pop musician returns.
  • Circa 2000. The synth-pop musician’s tribute to Alex Harvey of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. 
  • Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus. Glaswegian dancehall madness featuring a talented MC and vocalist.
  • Marika Hackman. Marika Hackman goes the whole hog and writes a sequel to Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’...
  • Hollydoom. Cult magazine Fangoria celebrate their favourite horror tracks.
  • Crushed Beaks. First album in four years from the London indie group.
  • Spike F**k. Exactly the opposite of what you’d expect…
  • Sam Fender. The rising UK songwriter returns with a fresh album.
  • Ed The Dog. Outsider rock jams from the quirky High Wycombe songwriter.
  • Seitō. A compilation of Japanese experimental and electronic music. 
  • Monarch. Psych rock jams on El Paraiso records.
  • The Reverb Conspiracy. Fuzz Club’s latest comp of all things psychedelic related.

Re-issues

  • Ned's Atomic Dustbin. The God’s of grebo get a fan favourite reissued.
  • Lou Donaldson. Hard bop meets soul on this seminal jazz classic.
  • John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. I’ve just been informed that Carpenter wrote a film about a killer car…
  • Eartheater. Alexandra Drewchin’s experimental project gets her debut reissued. 
  • Arctic Monkeys. Heaps of single reissues from the L.A. rock ‘n’ roll group...
  • Zero 7. The trip poppers second LP finally gets a reissue. 
  • King Tubby. Simply unmissable for dub reggae fans. 
  • Raekwon. You won’t find many grittier hip hop albums than this classic.
  • Pastor T.L. Barrett. Gospel meets funk on this intriguing curiosity. 

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

All this week’s top electronic releases compiled into one convenient list:

  • Most tranquil LP of exotic ambient and enchanting bamboo flute recordings from J.Derwort on Astral Industries.
  • Afrodeutsche treats us to some crisp, futuristic, soulful Detroit flavoured electro before her album drops on Skam.
  • Warm, analogue, vintage mid-90s reminiscent electronica from Canada's Biochip on CPU.
  • Lowfish reboots his 1996 'Test(e)' album as Pest(e) for a spanking 2LP edition on Suction.
  • Exquisite batch of gems from Important Records; Harry Bertoia, Pauline Oliveros and Pauline Oliveros & Guy Klucevsek.
  • Classy synth-pop from Circa 2000 on Lapsus.
  • Johanna Knutsson / Karen Gwyer split one in half. Oscillating between wriggly techno for the club and armchair modes from Gwyer. 
  • Ecstatic, spangled acid and breaks fun from Lone.
  • Lethal, slammin techno bangers from Mickey Nox on RIOT Radio Records incl. Ayacarna, Myler, and Ansome remixes.
  • Antoni Maiovvi and Turquoise Moon spools on Spun Out Of Control. Hide behind the sofa creepy '80s horror score action.
  • Self-released CD from Dan Armstrong coming with a very “classic” ambient sound - like it coulda came out on Apollo back in the day.
  • Don Slepian's 1980 cassette 'Sea of Bliss' vinylized by Numero Group. Transcendent New Age melters. Ronseal.
  • Quirky techno/house 2LP on Aus Music from Move D featuring pals Thomas Fehlmann, Juju & Jordash and Fred P.
  • Ace album on iDEAL Recordings from RM encompassing Italian industrial and techno heritage with a wee smattering of acieeed.
  • Electro-funk from Moon B created on his iPad. Look out Madlib!

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Words: Tom, Ant. 

Work: Nathon, Phil, Benn, Tom, Ian, Jamie, Will, Jack and Daoud. 

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Föllakzoid

I

9/10 from Will

The best live show I attended in 2018 was, without a doubt, Föllakzoid. They played one song that lasted forty-five minutes, complained incessantly that the stage wasn't ...read on »

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir

Do Not Pass Me By Vol. II

9/10 from Will

A few months ago, there was a week where I exclusively listened to Pastor T.L. Barrett, Sister Irene O'Connor and Kanye West and thought I might be turning Christian...read on »

Various

Nuggets: The Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (40th Anniversary Edition)

9/10 from Will

You know that new psych band you like? Yeah, that one, the one with hippie hair and winklepickers. Did you ever wonder where they learned it all? Chances are they listened to ...read on »

Flame 2 (Burial and The Bug)

Dive / Rain

9/10 from Ant

Arriving some sixteen or so months since Burial and the Bug’s first collaboration as Flame 1 graced our turntable, they return as Flame 2 and invite us to skank inside t...read on »

Explosions In The Sky

The Rescue (Anniversary Edition)

8/10 from Will

I suppose the method by which Explosions In The Sky wrote 'The Rescue', their infamous "secret album", is a little similar to the approach we take when writing reviews at Norm...read on »

Immigrant

Early Paintings

8/10 from Will

'Early Paintings' is a greatest hits compilation by Scottish singer-songwriter Immigrant taken from his six previous albums. This album is essentially folk but with a strong b...read on »

J-Walk

Mediterranean Winds

8/10 from Will

Producer J-Walk returns with 'Mediterranean Winds', his third album. It's full of jazzy electronica with glassy synth pads, Balearic flavours, and mid-tempo grooves. This alb...read on »

Oh Sees

Face Stabber

8/10 from Will

The Mackenzie-Dwyer Singularity is a theory that I've been peddling for a few years now. It ventures that, at some point in the future, all recorded music will have been creat...read on »

Bobby Krlic

Midsommar (Original Score)

8/10 from Thomas

Bobby Krlic has both terrified and entertained in equal measure with his the Haxan Cloak project, offering dread-inducing dark ambient with a clear cinematic scope. When news ...read on »

Mickey Nox

Mad As A Cut Snake

8/10 from Ant

Mad As A Cut Snake? Sounds about right for this absolute kicker of a double-pack on RIOT Radio Records from Australian producer Mickey Nox. From the off, this is ferocious te...read on »

Ross From Friends

Epiphany

8/10 from Jamie

Once upon a time, this latest record -- the latest in a lengthening string of singles and his second EP for Brainfeeder following on from last year’s fine ‘Family ...read on »

J.Derwort

Bamboo Music

8/10 from Ant

Astral Industries pay loving tribute to their friend Jacobus Derwort aka Bamboo Music and Chi/Chi Factory member, who sadly passed away earlier this year. He lives on through ...read on »

Featured albums

Battles
John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth
Ed The Dog
RM
Dan Armstrong
Flame 2 (Burial and The Bug)
Bdrmm
Mickey Nox
Pauline Oliveros
Frans Zwartjes & Lodewijk de Boer / The Frans Zwartjes Sound System
Harry Bertoia
Pauline Oliveros & Guy Klucevsek
Immigrant
Turquoise Moon
Antoni Maiovvi
Johanna Knutsson / Karen Gwyer
Zero 7
Eartheater
J.Derwort
Various
Spike Fuck
Afrodeutsche
Don Slepian
Biochip
Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Lone
Monarch
Crushed Beaks
Various
Lou Donaldson
Circa 2000
Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus
Moon B
Various
Lowfish
Move D
Rainbow Grave
Marika Hackman
Rich Aucoin
Sam Fender
kandodo 3
Raekwon
King Tubby
Ned's Atomic Dustbin