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Weekly Update FKA twigs, Mount Eerie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mark Hollis.

The Specials, MONO, Chapterhouse, Moor Mother, Can, Gene Clark, The Fall, Hiro Kone, Giant Swan, Karenn, Psychic Lemon.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. FKA twigs is our number one this week with her hugely anticipated second album, produced in part by Oneohtrix Point Never and Nicolas Jaar.
  • Two biggies this week from Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds and the highly sought-after reissue of Mark Hollis’ only solo LP.
  • Our October reductions continue! Grab 10% off a shedload of albums, EPs and CDs here.
  • Weekly Playlist. Staff-selected cuts plucked from our two Updates.

New music

  • Have A Nice Life’s latest is a triumph of morbid, goth-tinged post-punk and shoegaze.
  • IDM fella Max Cooper does his bit for the planet by releasing his latest on recycled wax; each vinyl is different!
  • Fresh from collaborating with Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin, Moor Mother returns with her third slab of doomy, industrial hip hop.
  • Everytime I hear about Daniel Schmidt and the gamelan genre I unfortunately think of Skrillex’s ‘Bangarang’. 
  • Cambridge space rockers Psychic Lemon channel krautrock and Goat on their latest.
  • Chapterhouse stop gazing at their shoes for a minute to release a Best Of compilation.
  • Mount Eerie follows up his acclaimed ‘Lost Wisdom’ with a second-parter.
  • Guitar botherer Thurston Moore releases a trio of limited singles and pays homage to New Order.
  • Some Bodies once told me, the world was gonna… I’ll be quiet now…
  • Grungy rockers False Advertising get brainfreeze.
  • Brian Jonestown bassist Federale unleashes some Morricone-esque widescreen Western.
  • Experimental psychedelia-ists Land Of Kush release an ambitious yet accessible LP. 
  • Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow score the acclaimed US drama ‘Luce’.
  • Lord Mantis release some heavy sludge on Profound Lore.
  • SebastiAn’s finally back after an 8-year wait! Expect big synths and electropop grooves.
  • Cambridge students Sports Team shape some nice indie pop.
  • Botanist releases another slice of forward-thinking black metal on a snazzy, limited vinyl variant.
  • Deathwish signed slow-gazers Greet Death return with their second LP.
  • Weird Walks issue their excellent zine of off-the-beaten-track rambles, folk horror and hauntology.
  • Shit & Shine. OTT noise rock brilliance. Don't do drugs kids.
  • Jim O’Rourke. Huge 4CD/4 hour+ set.
  • Not one but THREE records from Nurse With Wound.

Re-issues

  • YMO member Ryuichi Sakamoto goes against all health and safety regulations and puts a lamp near his bath.
  • We’ve restocked a bunch of Mount Eerie records.
  • The Byrds legend Gene Clark gets a nearly-lost classic reissued. Essential songwriter affair here!
  • Even true The Fall devotees may struggle with this noisy and raw record.
  • The Specials debut finally lands! Goes without saying that this is a must-have if you’re a ska fan.
  • Downtempo legend Tommy Guerrero curated the ‘Skate’ soundtrack back in the day, giving this little nipper an entry point to a whole lotta quality music.
  • Drone/ambient musician Sarah Davachi gets a repress.
  • Japanese post-rock legends MONO unleash a live LP.
  • Girls In Synthesis conveniently compile a bunch of noisy post-punk records into one set.
  • A few reissues from The Police, or ‘Sting’ as they’re now known.
  • Modern Americana/folk staple from Monster of Folk M. Ward.
  • Jazz fans listen up, as classics from John Coltrane and Mingus have been reissued!
  • Apparently okra is a bit of a Marmite vegetable. Well, at least Can like it…
  • Scottish post-punks The Twilight Sad reissue a rarities comp, complete with a Sonic Youth referencing cover.
  • Chameleonic duo Everything But The Girl reissue a trip hop classic.
  • BOB reissue an indie pop classic for your convenience. 
  • Mammane Sani et Son Orgue. Proto minimal synth from late 70s Africa. Intriguing stuff for sure!
  • Live report and demos from synth-punks Suicide.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

This week is one of the best for electronic music releases of the year, so thankfully Ant’s here to compile it all for your good selves.

  • Stellar Hiro Kone LP on Dais. Highly recommended!
  • Dreamy ambient/sound collage reissue from The Hers aka Wanda Group.
  • Demdike Stare unearth more aces from the loft of Orior.
  • Debut solo album from Rrose, encompassing psychotropic techno + drone.
  • Blistering album of cone melters from the mighty Giant Swan.
  • Sublime, highly personalised ambient deconstructions from Yann Novak.
  • Explosive, high-octane, frenetic ‘floor scorchers from Judgitzu on Nyege Nyege Tapes. 10” limited to 300 copies.
  • Pure industrial from Thomas Brinkmann - recordings of hypnotosizing looms!
  • Joy O joins the dots between the sounds of the big smoke.
  • Immense plates Berceuse Heroique plates; Logos, Ossia, Jay Glass Dubs.
  • 2LP of straight up techno bangers from Karenn aka Blawan and Pariah. 
  • Mysterious, submerged, textured rhythms from Ena on Different Circles.
  • Andrew Pekler recordings made for Phantom Islands - an online interactive map for islands that never existed.
  • Electro-acoustic ambient from Jonas Meyer and elegant colourful bliss outs from Kryshe. Both CD editions on Serein.
  • Slightly retro ambient electronica CD from Lo Five on Castles In Space.
  • Lapalux meditates on life, death, and rebirth through a rave inspired lens.
  • Cam Deas and his computer-controlled modular synth on The Death of Rave.
  • Coupla belters on The Trilogy Tapes from Qoso and Waswaas.
  • Reissue of Art & Technique’s oddball debut LP of haunting, freaky, avant/minimal electronics from 1981.
  • Psychedelic sounds from Giraffe on Marionette. Tuareg meets Krautrock.
  • Intense, arresting soundscapes from Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett.
  • Colourful, vibrant, full-range electronica fun from Nicholas Langley.
  • 96 Back double 12" on CPU incl. Jensen Interceptor, Sync 24 etc. remixes.
  • Breakbeat/ambient techno goodness from the Russell bro’s Overmono.
  • +++ a splurge of 12”s >>> Gamma Intel on bronkntoys, Kangding Ray on Figure, Floorplan on Aus Music, Leif on Livity Sound, NonZero! On Touchin’ Bass, Kerrie on Don’t Be Afraid, Fear-E on Super Rhythm Trax +++

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Judgitzu

Umeme / Kelele

9/10 from Ant

Fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight for a rush of relentless pure energy that would seem to defy the laws of physics. Here we have a record so blazing hot it’ll melt...read on »

Hiro Kone

A Fossil Begins To Bray

9/10 from Ant

As Hiro Kone, Nicky Mao has developed a unique voice in electronic music through her bewitching live performances and what is now a stellar discography. Her ‘Love Is The...read on »

FKA twigs

Magdalene

9/10 from Fred MG

Breakups knock us all for six. But a breakup combined with an illness that culminates in you needing surgery? And in the immediate aftermath of the end of a long-term relation...read on »

Michael Gordon / Jonny Greenwood

Industry Water

8/10 from Daoud

Michael Gordon’s ‘Industry’ is one of the most nightmarish pieces of music I’ve ever heard. I put it on so the whole office could hear it, and almost i...read on »

Josh Rouse

The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse

8/10 from Will

It's almost Christmas, folks. By then we will know the result of the el**tion (the world is sunk in fire lol). But for now let's enjoy Nashville-based Josh Rouse's Xmas-themed...read on »

Orior

Still Strange

8/10 from Ant

Whereas most folks lofts conceal little more than cobwebs and fossilised old Christmas decorations, enigmatic artist Jeff Sharp aka Orior appears to have a roof space that&rsq...read on »

Moor Mother

Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes

8/10 from Fred MG

‘Low fi/dark rap/chill step/ blk girl blues/witch rap/coffee shop riot gurl songs/southern girl dittys/black ghost songs’. That’s how Moor Mother’s Ban...read on »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Ghosteen

8/10 from Fred MG

You know the score by now - in 2015, during the recording of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ sixteenth studio LP ‘Skeleton Tree’, Cave’s son died. &lsqu...read on »

Featured albums

Ena
Psychic Lemon
Logos
Joy O
Ossia
Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron
The Hers
Cam Deas
Giraffe
Orior
Judgitzu
Lo Five
Sports Team
Weird Walk
Jonas Meyer
Kryshe
Overmono
Kerrie
Waswaas
Qoso
Nicholas Langley
Nurse With Wound
False Advertising
Charles Mingus
Some Bodies
Federale
John Coltrane Quartet
Jim O'Rourke
Greet Death
BOB
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
Lord Mantis
Karenn
NonZero!
Leif
Thomas Brinkmann
Shit & Shine
Daniel Schmidt
Andrew Pekler
Botanist
96 Back
Gamma Intel
Floorplan
Land Of Kush
MONO
Have A Nice Life
Max Cooper
Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett
Chapterhouse
Fear-E
Lapalux
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Kangding Ray
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Yann Novak
Hiro Kone
Gene Clark
Art & Technique
FKA twigs
Everything But The Girl
Giant Swan
SebastiAn
Rrose
Moor Mother
The Specials
Girls In Synthesis
Sarah Davachi
Tommy Guerrero
Mammane Sani et Son Orgue
Suicide
Suicide
The Twilight Sad
Mark Hollis
Can
The Fall
M. Ward