Weekly Update (Sandy) Alex G, Jenny Hval, Tindersticks, Neil Young, Thurston Moore.
Gruff Rhys, Belle and Sebastian, Stereolab, Pixies, Lee Hazelwood, Chelsea Wolfe, Alex Cameron, The Telescopes, The Utopia Strong, Boris, Barry Gray.
We were informed of the very sad news that outsider music and lo-fi indie legend Daniel Johnston died yesterday, so we’re listening to ‘1990’ in tribute. RIP Daniel!
- Album of the Week. Indie songwriter (Sandy) Alex G takes this week’s crown with his best album yet!
- Neil Young invites the legendary Crazy Horse back into the fold for their first in seven years.
- Tindersticks. The chamber pop legends return, armed with gorgeous clear vinyl.
- Thurston Moore. Three singles on coloured vinyl, featuring a cover of one of New Order’s best tracks.
- Boris. Japan’s reigning psychedelia/experimental group announce a new album and reissue two classics!
- Weekly Playlist. Your weekly fix of staff selected tunes has arrived once again.
- Metronomy’s homage to the radio lands, complete with a ‘secret’ vinyl…
- The Utopia Strong. Who would’ve thought that snookerist Steve Davis loves krautrock as much as us!
- Chelsea Wolfe. Folk which touches on goth, doom, post-punk, industrial; you get the picture..
- Jenny Hval merges electronic sounds with synthpop, goth and dream pop. A gorgeous album!
- Belle and Sebastian soundtrack a film about a Metallica obsessed teen.
- Gruff Rhys. The Super Furry man is back with a fresh solo record. Cool cover too!
- Barry Gray. The ‘UFO’ soundtrack lands. Cult sci-fi at its quirkiest.
- Alex Cameron. High-concept synth-pop from the enigmatic Australian.
- Kazu. Solo album from the Blonde Redhead star featuring a variety of indie royalty.
- Twin Peaks. Summery garage rock jams with a hint of psychedelia.
- Infinity Forms Of Yellow Remember. Great name, great album art. Cardiff psych on Cardinal Fuzz.
- The Telescopes. Their debut’s been remastered and they’ve got two fresh singles out!
- Charli XCX. First album proper in five years from the alt. pop sensation.
- Sampa The Great. Ambitious debut from the alt. soul and hip hop musician.
- Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier. Mr. Bungle himself teams up with a French musical great.
- Pixies. Third post-reunion album from Frank Black and company.
- The League of Gentlemen soundtracks have landed! Strictly for locals only.
- Brutal Africa. Compilation celebrating Africa’s rich and varied metal scene.
- Spectra Ex Machina. Occult recordings featuring seances of Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Jarvis Cocker’s excellent single under JARV IS goes on general sale.
- Eye Flys. Noise rock supergroup featuring hardcore punk royalty.
- Oliver Coates / S P A T I A L. He spaced out the spaces in spatial, clever!
- Tiny Moving Parts. Emo mixed with math rock, influenced by American Football of course!
- Electronic Sound’s latest issue includes a Japan 7’’. Keeping print journalism interesting in 2019!
- Stereolab. We had a mix up of dates last week, but fear not as the reissues have landed!
- Múm. More copies of one of their classics have arrived!
- The Cult. A corker of a hard rock record which has been out of print for donkey’s.
- Indian Summer. Cult classic 90s emo.
- Prince. A tonne of reissues from The Purple One.
- Fu Manchu. Reissue from the devilish desert stoner rockers.
- Boo Radleys when the shoegazers went full-on pop.
- The Distillers. A compelling mix of alternative rock and hardcore punk.
- Catherine Wheel. The shoegaze group reissue their alt. rock/art rock outing.
- Lealani. Modern coldwave and synthpop on red wax.
- Richard Hawley.’Coles Corner’ gets reissued on a rather bright colour variant.
- Lee Hazlewood. The baroque pop/country star gets reissued on the ever-reliable Light In The Attic.
- Run DMC get two rap classics reissued.
- Operating Theatre. New wave, synthpop and electronica combine.
- Piano Magic. We heard this in the office today and it’s a true beauty of dream pop/post-rock.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
Ant’s back, reporting on all this week’s top-tier electronic releases. Some of these will get you on the dancefloor, whilst others will haunt you in your living room...
- Coupla LPs of superb psychotropic minimalism on Room40 from Erkki Veltheim and Todd Anderson-Kunert. Limited clear vinyl copies!
- Lush, mind cleansing LP on Ecstatic from Iona Fortune. Her second volume exploring hexagrams of the I Ching.
- Sci-fi informed EP of Grime mutations and FM synth action on Hyperdub from Proc Fiskal.
- Intense, frantic EP from Monster-X on Opal Tapes - fierce electro-breakcore mayhem from Native Instruments sound designer.
- Squirming rhythms and nods to oldskool hardcore from Basic Rhythm on Planet Mu incl. remix from Footwork don RP Boo.
- Carl Oesterhelt unleashes fifteen different synths for his LP on Umor Rex.
- Daniel Menche melts gravity. Phowarr!
- Ekin Fil’s 2016 tape ‘Heavy’ now on wax. Lush Grouper style vibes.
- Limited 'Mutant City Acid 5' 12" on Balkan Vinyl incl. 303 tweakers Cardopusher, Steven Simpson, Matt Whitehead, Jozef K.
- Tasty ‘Electronic Voyages: Early Moog Recordings 1964-1969’ LP on Waveshaper Media incl. Bob Moog, Ruth White, Intersystems, Lothar And The Hand People, Max Brand etc.
- Helene Breschand / Eliane Radigue / Kasper T. Toeplitz limited edition CD on Bocian. Fine drone gear indeed.
- Èlg fuses Musique concrète and avant-pop elements to soundtrack 'Les Particules'.
- Soil yer drawers, ultra spooky ‘Spectra Ex Machina: A Sound Anthology of Occult Phenomena 1920-2017 Vol.1’ LP on Sub Rosa.
- Ye olde Move D & Pete Namlook tracks vinylized for the modern age.
- +++ CZ Wang and Neo Image 12" on Mood Hut, Electric Capablanca LP on Kit Records, Passarani EP on Unrelatable, NIAGARA 12" on Ascender +++
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Words: Tom and Ant
Work: Ian Love-Comes In Spurts, Nathon, Phil, Benn, Jamie, Will and Daoud.
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What an excellent week of new music and tasty reissues! We’ll be back on Tuesday to give you another dose of Norman news x
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
8/10 from Will