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Weekly Update A Winged Victory For The Sullen, The Low Anthem (Dinked Archive), Fenella.

Dalham, Omni, Anna Meredith, The Pop Group, Cornelius, Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox, Ty Segall, R.E.M., Sudan Archives, Bob Dylan.

Headlines

  • We couldn’t pick between the two, so our Albums of the Week are Jane Weaver’s ‘Fenella’ and A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s latest!
  • Dinked launch their new archival reissues series with an indie folk classic from The Low Anthem.
  • Dalham’s exceptional album of haunting electronica has been repressed on silver vinyl.
  • Weekly Playlist. Prime musical cuts cherry-picked from our two updates, plus a bonus Halloween banger.

New music

  • Michael Kiwanuka gets all psychedelic soul on us.
  • Ty Segall. Each Halloween, Pig Man rises from his grave…
  • Dungeon Rap. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
  • Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood debuts a couple of releases on his fresh classical label Octotonic. 
  • Björk, Fever Ray & The Knife turn their art pop into dancefloor ready weirdness.
  • William Doyle drops the East India Youth moniker to release a solo album with a guest appearance from Eno.
  • Wolverhampton noisemakers Yak unleash a 4-track EP. 
  • Seahawks & WOO collaborate for an album where psychedelia meets hushed ambient.
  • Anna Meredith turns modern classical on its head.
  • Stones Throw continue their eclectic streak with the debut from Sudan Archives.
  • Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox are no strangers to collaborating with each other, so it's good to see them releasing this near album length EP.
  • Brown Acid. Compilation of lost psych, stoner rock and proto-metal gems.
  • ECM jazz legend Kieth Jarrett releases a live album in Germany.
  • Miserable alt. rockers Rodan release a compilation.
  • Omni bring their post-punk, indie rock and new wave inspired jams to Sub Pop.
  • Rachel Grimes was in Rachel’s but there was only one Rachel…
  • TR/ST continue their ‘Destroyer’ series with its second instalment of goth suitable synth pop.
  • Dallas Acid. The synth-loaded dream poppers take a trip on the downward spiral.
  • Keaton Henson swaps the guitar for music score sheets on his first classical release.
  • Turnover once again surprise us with another musical departure.
  • Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series continues with these country-tinged numbers.
  • Chilean group La Grande Armée blend heavy psych, prog and space rock on this expanded EP.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Top-tier selections from our resident electronic expert, as always.

  • Dream come true vinyl edition of 1996 Ø (Mika Vainio) gem 'Olento' on Sähkö. Plus gorgeous Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio photobook on Touch incl. Vainio live CD. Both highly recommended.
  • Time dissolving limited edition CD on from Kyle Eyre Clyd on Marcia Bassett's (Zaimph) Yew Recordings. A total head spinner.
  • Rare and previously unreleased 1992 tracks from Atypic (aka Plaid).
  • Morphing, mangled Autechre flavoured electronix on V I S from Pharmakustik aka Siegmar Fricke.
  • Stunning disc from Michael Begg exploring the world of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.
  • Vinyl edition of Vatican Shadow's ultra-rare Kuwaiti Airforce, bolstered by collabs with Demdike Stare and Silent Servant.
  • “Free Rural” and “Bruit Concret” music from France Sauvage on In Paradisum.
  • Rory St John re-wires dub techno on VOITAX.
  • No holds barred techno rippers from Ben Pest on RIOT Radio Records.
  • Arresting ambient/drone works from Giulio Aldinucci.
  • Seahawks & Woo take us on a kosmische trip along Celestial Railroads.
  • Intense, dense soundscapes from Sunik Kim on First Terrace. Wild free jazz spirit meets colossal computer music sculptures.
  • Berghain optimized techno doublepack from Planetary Assault Systems.
  • Huerco S. ambient doozy LP and 12" corker as Loidis both re-pressed.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Daniel Pioro

J. S. Bach: Partita No.2 In D Minor

9/10 from Daoud

The gall, the absolute cheek! Who do I think I am, this writer about contemporary music, this utter pretender? What right do I have to pass judgement on Johann Sebastian Bach,...read on »

Kyle Eyre Clyd

Eggshell

9/10 from Ant

Kinda ashamed to say I’ve never heard any music from Kyle Eyre Clyd until this landed with us. Released on Marcia Bassett's (Zaimph) Yew Recordings label, this one&rsquo...read on »

Warmduscher

Tainted Lunch

9/10 from Will

Warmduscher's star is in the ascent. Their unique brand of funk-flecked, disco-dirtied, sleaze-spattered garage rock has coagulated into what is probably their most complete a...read on »

Guided By Voices

Sweating The Plague

8/10 from Fred MG

In the sense that I’m not really familiar with Guided By Voices I’m something of an anomaly when it comes to those in the orbit of Norman Records™. My knowle...read on »

Fenella

Fenella

8/10 from Daoud

Apparently all it takes for me to be interested in an album is for it to have some connection to the countries my parents were born in. Fenella, the new project from psychedel...read on »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

The Undivided Five

8/10 from Daoud

Ever since songs from their debut record were used in Francis Lee’ majestic ‘God’s Own Country’, I’ve felt that Yorkshire has something of a clai...read on »

Rodan

Hat Factory '93

8/10 from Daoud

What a shame Rodan broke up after ‘Rusty’. That album managed to balance the twinkling beauty of post-rock with the vicious bit of post-hardcore. And that was just...read on »

Lanark Artefax

Corra Linn

8/10 from Ant

A most welcome return from Calum MacRae who certainly appears to prefer quality over quantity when it comes to putting out records - averaging just one release a year since hi...read on »

Rory St John

Excommunication

8/10 from Ant

Rory St John returns to Berlin’s excellent VOITAX following his 2017 ‘Run Your Mouth’ white label EP for the imprint. ‘Excommunication’ is a soli...read on »

William Doyle

Your Wilderness Revisited

8/10 from Will

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the titular character "was weary, found peace, and set all his labours on a tablet of stone". I was reminded of this quote when listening to William ...read on »

Featured albums

France Sauvage
Ø (Mika Vainio)
Pharmakustik
Vatican Shadow
Michael Begg
Ben Pest
Keaton Henson
Joséphine Michel & Mika Vainio
Renaldo & The Loaf
Sunik Kim
Rory St John
La Grande Armée
Planetary Assault Systems
Ty Segall
Various
Kyle Eyre Clyd
Björk / Fever Ray / The Knife
Yak
Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox
Rodan
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Rachel Grimes
Michael Gordon / Jonny Greenwood
Daniel Pioro
Giulio Aldinucci
Bob Dylan
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
The Rolling Stones
Turnover
Various
David Bowie
Sudan Archives
William Doyle
Seahawks & WOO
R.E.M.
Dallas Acid
Fenella
Michael Kiwanuka
Omni
Scattered Purgatory
TR/ST
Atypic (aka Plaid)
Anna Meredith
Dalham
Loidis (Huerco S.)
Huerco S.
The Pop Group
The Low Anthem
Steve Reid
Cornelius