Weekly Update Mark Hollis, Smoke Fairies (Dinked), Desert Sessions, Telefon Tel Aviv.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Competition), Moon Duo, Susumu Yokota, Prefab Sprout, Interpol, Tyler, the Creator, Goldfrapp, The Beatles, HTRK.
- Album of the Week. Josh Eustis’ recently reignited Telefon Tel Aviv project tackles grief with nocturnal electronica steeped in shadowy atmosphere. An excellent return!
- Indie folkies Smoke Fairies are releasing a gorgeous limited-edition vinyl courtesy of Dinked.
- Competition. Win one of four test pressings simply by ordering the impending A Winged Victory For The Sullen record!
- Mark Hollis of Talk Talk’s beautiful solo album is getting a much-needed reissue.
- Desert Sessions. Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme resurrects his heavy psych rock project with a little help from Matt Berry, Stella from Warpaint, Les Claypool and many more musical guests.
- Weekly Playlist. Check out what our staff have been digging this week.
- Dream Division. A Kubrick themed nightmare of psychedelic electronics on Polytechnic Youth.
- Perrache. More Polytechnic Youth! This one’s a slow-burner of synth-based industrial.
- Moon Duo kraut inspired psych rock featuring a Wooden Shjip.
- GLOK. Andy Bell from Ride swaps the shoegazing for stargazing with this slice of synth-heavy electronic.
- Girl Band. They’ve finally returned! Girl Band unleash their highly anticipated second LP.
- Opeth. Grab the prog bands latest LP before they headline Leeds’ Damnation festival this November.
- Temples. From Kettering to Woodstock, the 60s psych revivalists release their third record.
- Metal Gear Solid. Relive those nights in the 90s where you spent hours playing MGS on your PS1.
- 65daysofstatic. We reckon this is one of the glitch influenced post-rockers best yet!
- Ghost Wolves. Bluesy garage punk on Third Man.
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Bands. Compilation of live tracks from the Don.
- Kefaya + Elaha Soroor. The cover art sums up this record of Middle Eastern influenced psych.
- The Monochrome Set. The influential post-punks return with a Fabulas album
- The Rough Guide to Cambodian Psychedelia. It’s a holiday in Cambodia!
- Firebreather. Fast-paced stoner metal that’ll be right up your street if you like High on Fire.
- The New Pornographers. Neko Case & AC Newman and co. return with some hooky indie rock.
- Ghostface Killah. Wu-Tang’s most prolific member unleashes a record of wordy rhymes.
- Roy Montgomery & Emma Johnston wonder what happens after Nietzsche.
- Monster Rally. Sample heavy psychedelia complete with Rally’s trademark loopy album art.
- Kool Kieth. The Godfather of alternative hip hop unleashes another twisted rap record.
- Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith look into the Tibetan book of the dead…
- GoGo Penguin. The Manchester jazz collective cover some Philip Glass.
- Tyler, the Creator’s ‘Igor’ finally lands on wax.
- Jay Richford & Gary Stevan. Library funk at its finest.
- Everyone’s favourite noisy slackers Dinosaur Jr. reissue four albums; expanded and on colour wax.
- Kristin Hersh. Reissue from the former Throwing Muse.
- Monolord. The first album I ever reviewed! Essential for doom, heavy psych and stoner rock fans.
- The Sorcerers. Avant-jazz meets Ethiopian rhythms from this Leeds collective.
- Funkproof. A long-lost funk classic gets a revival.
- Robbie Basho gets a classic reissued alongside a rarities collection.
- The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ celebrates its golden anniversary.
- The Roots. A timely reminder that Black Thought is one of the most underrated MCs ever.
- The Go! Team. Fun and inventive indie pop meets sampledelia.
- Prefab Sprout. The cherished Durham group reissue a load of classics.
- Ocean Colour Scene reissue two fan favourites.
- Interpol. The suit-wearing Chameleons fans reissue their second album.
- Goldfrapp. The album that spawned many a rip-off at the time. Even the charts took note!
- HTRK. They even slapped our review of the record on the cover sticker!
- Iggy Pop. Similarly to Randy from Trailer Park Boys, Iggy Pop is allergic to wearing a shirt.
- Jóhann Jóhannsson. Stunningly minimalist live report from the late composer.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
There’s plenty of big, exciting and interesting electronic titles in this week. Immerse yourself in Ant’s Round-Up here!
- Roger Doyle's hallucinatory 1978 avant/concrète/electronic/tape music head melter 'Thalia' reissued on wax. 500 copies - highly recommended!
- Gritty ghost in the machine techno from Black Meteoric Star aka Gavin Russom. Only 100 copies pressed on pink vinyl. Scorcher.
- Alessandro Cortini's dramatic, synthesizer-tastic new album for Mute.
- Suction dish out a 10" plate of raw drum trax from Chicago's Beau Wanzer.
- Dekmantel's second volume compiling trax from legendary Dutch techno foundation Djax-Up-Beats with cuts from Terrace, Glenn Underground, The Operator, Steve Poindexter, Mike Dearborn, DJ Skull etc.
- Felix Lee’s ethereal-emo-trap-soul debut album for Planet Mu.
- Itchy, glitchy garage informed album from Loraine James on Hyperdub.
- Rare vinyl outing for Chihei Hatakeyama's pastoral ambient on Room40.
- Hand stamped 10” white label from Paul Purgas (Emptyset) and Imran Perretta as AMRA, working with South Asian sound archives.
- Brendon Moeller and Monty Luke collab as Zodiac for some smokin’ dubwise electronix on Hypercolour.
- Blue, subtly melodic ambient electronica from Ose.
- When not riding his motorbike, Romare is making beats for the club.
- More early Vatican Shadow tapes vinylized on 2LP.
- Grails/Zombi synth wizard AE Paterra returns as Majeure on Holodeck for some retro proggy analogue synth action.
- GAS, Marc Mélia, Suzanne Ciani, Vladislav Delay and Nadia Struiwig remixing Vanessa Wagner.
- Kompakt Total series hits n-n-n-n-nineteen and features Jürgen Paape, Jonathan Kaspar, The Modernist, Voigt & Voigt, Justus Köhncke etc.
- Motion Ward have thankfully re-pressed uon's excellent first EP of molten, shimmering dubby metallic goop.
- Susumu Yokota's 'Acid Mt.Fuji' reissue is back again - this time on clear vinyl.
- Ace pre-order alert! Handmade wooden box from The Helen Scarsdale Agency, feat. 10 cassettes from Kleistwahr, Pinkcourtesyphone, G*Park, Relay For Death, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project etc. Limited to 200 copies.
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Words: Tom and Ant
Work: Ian Love, Nathon, Phil, Jamie, Will and Daoud.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Bands
9/10 from Will