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Weekly Update Bat for Lashes, Grouper, Richard Hawley, Stereolab.

Odd Nosdam, Fennesz, Iggy Pop, Steve Lacy, Astral TV, Throbbing Gristle.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Bat for Lashes returns to form with a synth-heavy concoction of heady 80s art pop. We’ve got a few signed by Natasha herself too! 
  • Grouper. Acclaimed ambient musician and Norman fave Liz Harris is reissuing two out of print albums!
  • Richard Hawley is reissuing a whopping five albums on coloured vinyl!
  • Weekly Playlist. A selection of bangers, new and old.

New music

  • Crypt Witch. Heavy psychedelia influenced by Spacemen 3, Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard on very limited-edition green wax. 
  • Bernard Grancher w/ Laetitia Sadier’s new single on Polytechnic Youth is a psych-synth corker! Includes a remix from kraut/electronica musician Gabe Knox.
  • Alefa Madagascar. Various artists compilation of upbeat Sub-Saharan tunes.
  • Odd Nosdam. Final few left of the exclusive clear vinyl! Once they’re gone, they’re gone...
  • Kindness. Fresh, all-encompassing modern pop from the London singer.
  • Iggy Pop. 19 albums in and he’s only just started to feel ‘Free’.
  • Common was at his best when J Dilla was producing, so it’s good to see an unreleased beat of his surface here.
  • Death. Live record of the definitive death metal act.
  • Curses release a six track mini-album.
  • Return To The Mothers' Garden. Sonic delights from the women musicians of Africa.
  • Echo & The Bunnymen. Tonnes of Peel Sessions from their golden era.
  • L'épée. French psychy garage rockers The Limiñanas collab with Anton Newcombe. Cool cover too!
  • Adam Green. The Moldy Peaches member takes a journey to paradise on a horse.
  • Lana Del Ray. We’ve got plenty more copies in of one of this year’s most acclaimed releases.
  • Bananagun. Not to be confused with Banarama.
  • Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury. Portishead fella and his frequent collaborator score a thriller series.
  • My Life Story. First album in 19 years from the opulent UK indie group.
  • Post-classical/ambient imprint Kitchen. Label unleash a fair few CDs.
  • Lower Dens. First album in four years from the dreamy indie poppers.
  • Girl In Red. On red vinyl of course!
  • Kendra Amalie. Debut album on ace psych label Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
  • Tinariwen. Fresh album from the famed Malian group.
  • Steve Lacy. The Internet member releases his first solo record. Psych-R&B-soul jams for days!
  • Miles Davis’ lost album sees the light of day.
  • Astral TV. Danish label El Paraiso release some tasty prog-electronic.

Re-issues

  • Ministry. An MP once called Ministry’s frontman a ‘Filth Pig’, hence the name.
  • Asobi Seksu. Debut album from the Japanese shoegazers gets a repress.
  • Scottish group Arab Strap reissue their debut.
  • Fennesz. Live performance at the Jazz Cafe on limited-edition tape.
  • Section 25. Huge box set from the forward-thinking Blackpool post-punks. 
  • The Pioneers. The reggae group reissue their second album.
  • Buke and Gase. Quirky, tentative experimental indie.
  • Stanley Turrentine’s ‘Hustlin’’ gets remastered and reissued. Classic Blue Note jazz!
  • Stirling March invites you to a Bahamian boogie.
  • Donald Byrd. More in Blue Note’s reissue series.
  • Earthling Society aim for the skies.
  • Throbbing Gristle. Two reissues; one classic studio album and one compilation.
  • Repulsion. Grindcore on a grizzly picture disc. An essential of its genre!
  • Louis Moholo Octet. Normanites rejoice! This rare LP of avant-jazz lands back on wax.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Tech-spert Ant’s back with this week’s electronic news, including some tasty pre-orders an’all. 

  • Most welcome return for Rephlex stalwart Bochum Welt with a lush LP for CPU encompassing dreamy ambient and a wee splatter of acid and electro.
  • Second volume in Tape Loop Orchestra's 'Interiors' series. Spectral ambient for empty spaces from The Boats lad Andrew Hargreaves.
  • Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook Moog trippers Vols 7 + 8 now on wax.
  • New Barker album lands on Ostgut Ton. Strong ‘E2-E4’ vibes on the title cut.
  • Optimized UK techno debut from Conrad Pack. Self-released edition of 100.
  • The Best Of Fad Gadget on silver wax. Worth it for ‘Back To Nature’ alone!
  • Rough ass breaks/techno/rave mind fryers from Koehler on Don't DJ's Disk imprint.
  • Unhinged '80s post-punk-tronix from Aktionskunst Gerasdorf aka Athletico Kunst Gerasdorf.
  • Proper filth on L.I.E.S. with 12”s from PS + ISF (Parrish Smith and Interstellar Funk) and a damager from AN-i + Unhuman.
  • Some whoppers available to pre-order including debut albums from Rrose and Giant Swan plus the first Deathprod album in 15 years, and a booter from Blawan.

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Words: Tom and Ant

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bryce Dessner, Eighth Blackbird

When We Are Inhuman

9/10 from Jamie

Will Oldham and Julius Eastman are, apparently, "kindred spirits". Well, extrapolate from that statement what you will. Eastman lived a tempestuous and tragically short life i...read on »

Lana Del Rey

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

9/10 from Daoud

Lana Del Rey has forged a career from writing the same song again and again and again. ‘Video Games’ is ‘Young and Beautiful’ is ‘Love’ is ...read on »

Odd Nosdam

Flippies Best Tape

9/10 from Clinton

The original beat-tape classic 'Donuts' was made by James Yancey AKA J Dilla in his hospital bed when ill with the blood disease that would eventually kill him. Thankfully whe...read on »

Ironomi

琹の葉 kotonoha

9/10 from Daoud

There’s been a recent upsurge of pastoral music in the UK, captured no better than the ascendance of the likes of Richard Dawson and Craven Faults. It’s no coincid...read on »

Kronos Quartet

Terry Riley: Sun Rings

8/10 from Jamie

Space sounds. Oh, this is right up my alley! Space sounds, yes! However, these sounds from space are those beamed back to us by those beautiful explorers at NASA -- AND, THEN ...read on »

Quench

Greyhound EP

8/10 from Jamie

Sleek, sci-fi-inspired IDM made by composers of sweet music for an even sweeter, sleeker cause: namely the charity HUG (Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds). Both the music and the ...read on »

Carter Tutti Void

Triumvirate

8/10 from Daoud

Surprise test! How many members of Carter Tutti Void are there?  Did you say three? Well done, that’s the correct answer. How ever did you know? ‘Triumvirat...read on »

Sandro Perri

Soft Landing

8/10 from Daoud

Warmth is a trait I really value in music. Some music is just pleasant to sit with, to bask in. And not just a physical warmth, but an emotional and spiritual one. The wonderf...read on »

Octo Octa

Resonant Body

8/10 from Daoud

I suppose the highest praise I can give ‘Resonant Body’ by Octo Octa is that I’d very happily hear any of these tracks in a mix. And I mean any of them. Even...read on »

Various

Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

8/10 from Daoud

In the browser game Pandemic, in which you play a disease trying to infect everyone on the planet, your success lives and dies by Madagascar. Madagascar is an island off the e...read on »

Bat For Lashes

Lost Girls

8/10 from Daoud

In the wake of the success of ‘Stranger Things’, ‘IT’, and other shows trading on, as James Murphy put it, “nostalgia for the unremembered 80s&rd...read on »

Featured albums

Giant Swan
Blawan
Bernard Grancher w/ Laetitia Sadier
Crypt Witch
Rrose
Various
Tape Loop Orchestra
Deathprod
Stanley Turrentine
Donald Byrd
Conrad Pack
Koehler
Repulsion
Death
Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury & Various Artists
Common
Adam Green
Earthling Society
Kendra Amalie
Lower Dens
Lana Del Rey
Curses
Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
Ministry
Louis Moholo Octet
Astral TV
The Pioneers
Barker
Odd Nosdam
Iggy Pop
Echo & The Bunnymen
girl in red
Bananagun
AN-i + Unhuman
PS + ISF
Aktionskunst Gerasdorf
My Life Story
Bochum Welt
L'épée
Various
Miles Davis
Bat For Lashes
Tinariwen
Kindness
Stirling March
Fennesz
Steve Lacy
Throbbing Gristle
Throbbing Gristle
Grouper
Grouper
Buke and Gase
Fad Gadget
Asobi Seksu
Arab Strap
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