Weekly Update Craven Faults, Coil, Gil Scott-Heron, Chromatics.

Best Ambient Music guide, Townes Van Zandt, Polytechnic Youth, cheap Vinyl, The Flaming Lips, Pig Destroyer, The Durutti Column, Field Music, Beach Slang, Kali Malone, The Caretaker.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Craven Faults’ debut album of sooty Yorkshire electronica & sombre krautrock is our favourite this week. The CD includes all the tracks from the essential ‘Lowfold EPs’ too!
  • Checked out our guide to the best ambient music around yet?
  • Polytechnic Youth are reissuing two highly sought-after compilations in one colour vinyl set alongside a tasty 7’’ of gritty electronics from e+!
  • Our updated Upcoming Records page will give you the lowdown on anticipated 2020 releases. 
  • Gil Scott-Heron’s brilliant & distinctly modern final album is getting a reissue, complete with two colour LPs & unreleased tracks.
  • Cheap Vinyl. Loads of classics from the likes of Sonic Youth, Nick Drake, Portishead & more from just £10.99.
  • Our Weekly Playlist has landed on YouTube, offering a selection of Update-related tunes. 

New music

  • This year is UK alt. rockers The Big Moon’s big year.
  • Debut album of psych-pop-folk from Basin Rock signed songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances.
  • Low budget fun rock’n’roll from Gino and the Goons.
  • UK pop sensation Georgia is seeking some thrills.
  • Chromatics return with their first in 7 years, complete with a cracking Jesus & Mary Chain cover.
  • Art rockers Field Music take a look at life in Britain after WW1.
  • The Flaming Lips give a neo-psych classic the orchestral treatment.
  • Dancehall, dub & reggae jams from the New Zealand 7-piece Fat Freddy's Drop.
  • Beach Slang are back with their energetic take on power pop.
  • Purple Heart Parade unleash an EP of psychedelic post-rock. Gorgeous sleeve too!
  • Psych-pop songwriter Jim Noir’s back with a limited-edition new album.
  • Slumb Party cite Gang of Four, Minutemen & James Chance as their influences. That should be enough info for you to buy this!
  • New single from Lancaster’s finest The Lovely Eggs.
  • The Slender men release their debut record of lo-fi post punk.
  • Ruby Rushton are all about that modern jazz sound.
  • L M U. Ever wondered what it would sound like if a Hot Chip member worked with a thrash metal drummer?
  • And the best band name of the week award goes to The Good The Bad and The Zugly.
  • Hannah Diamond releases her debut of arty hyperactive pop on PC Music.
  • Hammock finish their trilogy of gorgeous post-rock influenced ambient music.
  • Marco Beltrami’s scores to cult horror films Scream 1 & 2 has landed.
  • Indie slackers Scott & Charlene's Wedding have their honeymoon in Rome.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Ant delves head-first into all this week’s offerings of electronic, experimental & club music. It’s got a Coil release on so you know it’s a good’un!

  • Reissue of Coil's 1992 album 'Stolen & Contaminated Songs' featuring trippers from the LSD sessions.
  • Kali Malone's esteemed 'The Sacrificial Code' 2LP of epic organ droners re-pressed on iDEAL Recordings.
  • Rrose 'Hymn to Moisture' is back in print. Exemplary modern drone/techno hypnosis.
  • Get tangled in Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O'Rourke’s web of piano, electronics and field recordings. LP on Oren Ambrachi’s unstoppable Black Truffle.
  • 2019 SDEM session of liquid metal mutant electronics made for radio.syg.ma. Limited tape on .meds.
  • SPK 'Zamia Lehmanni (Songs of Byzantine Flowers)' comes back around. Stunning 1986 cinematic work from Graeme Revell.
  • Doublepack of typically rugged, grubby, zoned electro/acid/techno fizzers from ace Dutch producer Ekman on Bedouin Records w/ Crass homage art.
  • Mysterious, tranquil ambienty works from Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman.
  • Bunch of limited edition coloured vinyl represses from The Caretaker, King Midas Sound, Anne Imhof und Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas.

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Words: Ant & Tom.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Algiers

There Is No Year

9/10 from Will

Christopher Isherwood's novel 'Goodbye to Berlin' is set in early 1930s Germany. Although it mostly comprises light-hearted vignettes, Isherwood includes a tangible sense that...read on »

Craven Faults

Erratics & Unconformities

8/10 from Will

Beginning a debut LP with a 17 minute synth arpeggio jam is not normal. However, beginning a debut LP with a 17 minute synth arpeggio jam is what Craven Faults has done. 'Erra...read on »

Coil

Stolen & Contaminated Songs

8/10 from Daoud

There’s no arguing that Coil weren’t prolific. Not when 1992's ‘Stolen & Contaminated Songs’ was just the off-cuts from the previous year's ‘...read on »

Hannah Diamond

Reflections

8/10 from Daoud

5 long years ago a friend introduced me to the PC Music stable and I was hooked, Hannah Diamond’s ‘Every Night’ was one of a series of rave revivalist pop ba...read on »

Pale Saints

The Comforts Of Madness

8/10 from Will

The early 90s saw a glut of superb debut albums by groups with washy guitars, indecipherable lyrics, and fringes down to their chins. There was Slowdive's 'Souvlaki', Lush's '...read on »

Featured albums

Various
e+
Gil Scott-Heron
Lightbox Of Magic Unknowledge
Ekman
Pig Destroyer
Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman
Slumb Party
Slender
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Gino and the Goons
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Pete La Roca
Tino Contreras
Jim Noir
Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O'Rourke
The Good The Bad and The Zugly
The Lovely Eggs
Hannah Diamond
Ruby Rushton
Purple Heart Parade
SDEM
Beach Slang
Fat Freddy's Drop
Craven Faults
Chromatics
Hammock
Aoife Nessa Frances
The Flaming Lips
The Revolving Paint Dream
The Primitives
Coil
Marco Beltrami
Georgia
Field Music
SPK
Anne Imhof
The Big Moon
Rrose
JOHN
Kali Malone
Khruangbin
Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas
The Caretaker
King Midas Sound
Clipse
Lydia Lunch / Rowland S. Howard
Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt
The Durutti Column
Chromatics