- Album of the Week. The recently reunited Fly Pan Am take the top spot with their new record of post-rock, shoegaze and experimental rock. Everyone in the office dug this beast!
- Warp have announced their limited WXAXRXP series featuring Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, LFO, Flying Lotus and more to celebrate 30 years of the label.
- Weekly Playlist. Staff selected tunes, plus a bonus from one of our favourite Mercury Prize winners.
- M83 finally releases the second instalment of his ‘Digital Shades’ ambient series.
- Massive Attack get the dub treatment from Mad Professor.
- Chastity Belt. Indie rock meets post-punk and jangle pop on the Washington group’s latest.
- Cult of Luna. Dense post-rock from the Swedish kings of atmospheric metal.
- Greg Foat & James Thorpe. Two experimental greats create some library music.
- Joe Armon-Jones releases a jazz-funk record with help from Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia.
- LIFE. Fall-esque post-punk from Hull.
- Hiss Golden Messenger. Does this fella ever sleep?
- Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein. Synth-steeped soundtrack to the third series of Stranger Things.
- SILKess Demon. Folk rock/garage rock on very limited lathe cuts.
- Efterklang. The quirky Danish poppers return, armed with some very cool looking album art.
- One Eleven Heavy. Slacker country rock on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records.
- Shigeto. Wonky beats meet modern jazz.
- Brittany Howard. The Alabama Shakes frontwoman releases her debut record.
- Liam Gallagher’s latest on limited, coke bottle green colour wax.
- Yacht. New dance punk on James Murphy’s DFA imprint.
- Roxy Girls. Noisey new wave, straight outta Sunderland.
- Brijean trip out of their own record sleeve.
- Wild Billy Childish & CTMF. BBC live sessions from the garage rockers.
- Diagonal. First album in seven years from the Brighton jazz-tinged prog-psychsters.
- Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink. Live fifty year tribute to the free jazz masterpiece.
- Monolord. Monol-ithic stoner metal for fans of Electric Wizard and Sabbath.
- Thurston Moore trades the feedback in for meditative guitar sketches.
- Type O’ Negative. A box set which includes no blood, just top-tier goth metal.
- Mariana Ingold. An obscure gem of Uruguayan art pop gets reissued.
- Richard Hawley. ‘Coles Corner’ arrives. Better late than never!
- Helicon. Glaswegian psych/space/raga rock gets repressed on red wax.
- The Cigarettes. Mod rock meets punk here on this compilation from the Lincolnshire group.
- Hiroshi Yoshimura’s early ambient classic gets a much-needed reissue.
- Atmosphere. Two records reissued from the alternative hip hoppers.
- Scott Walker. Everyone’s favourite deep-voiced songwriter gets a classic on vinyl once again.
- Neurosis are basically metal’s answer to Swans, so it’s a good job they teamed up with Jarboe.
- Mount Kimbie. Post-dubstep and future garage may be daft genre titles, but this one’s a classic.
- Smog. Before there was Bill Callahan, there was Smog. Well not quite, but you get the idea right?
- Melvins. We’ve been Buzz-ing for this one. Well two, as there’s a couple of records in one here!
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
All the best electronic, dance/club and ambient releases that this week has to offer, hand-picked by our electronic music connoisseur Ant:
- The Afrodeutsche album on Skam is a keeper - ace dark and soulful sci-fi electro/Detroit techno and beyond - ‘floor and armchair compatible.
- High octane techno on The Death of Rave from Detroit’s H-Fusion. One for the uptempo fiends with some ace manic and intense moments.
- Vibrant carnival vibes galore on an infectious, highly percussive EP of assured party ignitors on Príncipe from DJ Firmeza.
- Anne Imhof's LP on PAN documents and elaborates on her 'Faust' performance and exhibition.
- Scored some copies of Paranoid London's dark, soulful acid houser '(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games' feat. Josh Caffe. The dub is proper comatose acieeeed.
- Seeing as Japanese ambient is all the rage, why not cop this Toshifumi Hinata LP on Music From Memory and make the world go away.
- Berserk, crushing, full-on assault from Somatic Responses. Blimey!
- Steve Moore busts out his arpeggios once again for L.I.E.S. No kidding.
- Suitably ominous electronics and poetry conjuring a dark picture of Egyptian society from Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy on Whities.
- Enigmatic Tribe Of Colin finally crank out an album mashing up techno, acid, hip-hop, dub styles into something rougher than a badgers bottom.
- Someone put the kettle on…. Jatinder Singh Durhailay & David Edren's ambient music celebrates and meditates on the finest beverage - tea.
- Nils Frahm's shuts his piano and focuses on the electronics/percussive side of his music on 'Encores 3'.
- Dark destroyers on Midnight Shift from Sorcery incl. a demented Samuel Kerridge remix.
- Free Love fka Happy Meals bring euphoria with their psychedelic acid laced EP on Optimo Music. Right on.
- Tenderlonious veers away from jazz and into Detroit techno and house. Jazz is the teacher, though, right? 12” edition 300 copies in hand-stamped sleeve.
- Crunchy and melodic electronica on n5MD from Suumhow - kinda reminiscent of some olde Skam, early Autechre records.
- Steffi x Virginia blur the lines between techno, electro and house on a 2x12" for Ostgut Ton.
- +++ Stump Valley 2LP on Dekmantel, SEER 12” on Spectral etc. etc. +++
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Words: Tom and Ant
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