Weekly Update Cocteau Twins, Squarepusher, Dan Deacon, Destroyer.

Caroline Polachek, SQÜRL, Drive-by Truckers, Happy Mondays, Charles Mingus, Smoke Fairies, Omar Souleyman, Torres, Wild Nothing, Kl(aüs), BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Squarepusher ties us in knots as he lets rip with a stormin’, immaculately spannered album of spangled acid jungle mayhem. This return to form is housed in a snazzy die-cut sleeve with inserts!
  • Cocteau Twins have just announced remastered reissues of their debut & the gorgeous dream pop classic ‘Victorialand’.
  • We’ve (re)joined evil streaming foe Spotify where you can now grab our new Reviews playlist alongside the usual Weekly one (which will still arrive over on YouTube too).

New music

  • Debut album from rising alt. rock songwriter Squirrel Flower.
  • First album in six years from London folk duo Smoke Fairies.
  • Uruguayan group Las Cobras’ latest blends murky psych pop with shoegaze.
  • Canter return to the same place, that place being the 80s.
  • Dan Deacon’s latest is a triumph of joyous, eclectic & modern psychedelia. 
  • Caroline Polachek’s acclaimed art pop record finally makes its way onto wax.
  • Fresh 6-track EP plus beat versions of the ace ‘Bandana’ from rap royalty Freddie Gibbs & Madlib.
  • Clémentine March. Debut LP from the songwriter, sung in 4 languages & featuring members of Vanishing Twin.
  • 13th studio album from Dan Bejar aka Destroyer
  • Syrian wedding singer turned Bjork & Four Tet collaborator Omar Souleyman returns.
  • Torres joins the leagues of the indie rock meets singer-songwriter greats.
  • Wild Nothing likes having a chortle.
  • 6-track mini album from Beat Hotel, sporting a reference to ‘Vertigo’ on its sleeve.
  • Drive-By Truckers. Do truckers really commit drive-bys?
  • Famed auteur Jim Jarmusch pays homage to a cinema great on SQÜRL’s latest.
  • Invada release the soundtrack to Shane Meadows’ ‘The Virtues’ ft. original contributions from PJ Harvey.
  • First studio LP in four years for synth/art pop group POLIÇA.
  • Blossoms. Stockport’s third most famous export after Robinson’s beer & Fred Perry.
  • Off-kilter jams from French songwriter Pascal Comelade.

Re-issues

  • Graham Dee once fired a crossbow in Atlantic Records’ office & caused a flood...
  • Do you Remember Sports? Fans of melodic punk, emo & indie rock will dig this.
  • Prog, early electronic & industrial meet on these Heldon records.
  • Straight up jazz classic from double bass bandleader Charles Mingus.
  • Two Herbie Hancock albums make their way onto the international market.
  • Shadow Puppet Miles Kane’s debut gets a re-release. 
  • Get mad fer’it with these four Happy Mondays reissues.
  • Federico Fellini & Nino Rota’s score to ‘La Strada’ & ‘La Dolce Vita’ have landed.
  • Sci-fi soundtrack obscurity courtesy of J. M. Pagán.
  • UT reissue their seminal second record of no wave, post-punk & noisy pop.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

All this week’s exciting club, electronic & experimental releases from our resident Ant-visor.

  • Suburban Knight eternal 1992 techno classic 'Nocturbulous Behaviour' repressed on Underground Resistance.
  • Ace limited edition 12" EP on Youth incl. Kassem Mosse, Grischa Lichtenberger, FUMU, LDWG and SENSU.
  • Limited repress of CHI ‘The Original Recordings’. Pure ambient brain massagers on Astral Industries.
  • Peder Mannerfelt dancefloor primed bangers on Karren’s Voam label.
  • Giddy, playful acid house from Andras on Tim Sweeny's Beats In Space label.
  • Scorching noise from Pain Jerk on Hospital Productions.
  • J. M. Pagán synth and vocoder heavy 1984 soundtrack to E.T inspired TV show from Barcelona. Kinda funny/insane LP on Finders Keepers.
  • First Bersarin Quartett album in while incorporates his beloved modern classical signatures into his ambient electronica.
  • Berlin school informed LP from Kl(aüs) on Castles In Space.
  • Sonic warfare for the dancefloor from Phase Fatale on Ostgut Ton.
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop coloured vinyl repress action.
  • Party time guaranteed 12” from PML Beatz on Príncipe in hand painted sleeves.
  • Effervescent deep techno floaters from Forest Drive West on Echocord.

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Words: Ant & Tom.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Dan Deacon

Mystic Familiar

9/10 from Tommy WM

Dan Deacon has been blurring the lines between psychedelia, pop, electronic music and indie since he began releasing music in 2003. Of course, there’s much more at play ...read on »

PML Beatz

Pedra de 800 Kg

9/10 from Daoud

Príncipe have long been one of those “if you know you know” labels. Literally every single record the Lisbon-based label puts out is irresponsibly filled wi...read on »

Squarepusher

Be Up A Hello

9/10 from Ant

Squarepusher will forever hold a special place in my heart ever since I hammered his ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ album to death - particularly caning ‘Theme From ...read on »

Sarah Mary Chadwick

Please Daddy

8/10 from Daoud

Based on that artwork and that title, I was pretty confident that Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Please Daddy’ was going to be a bracing listen, I just wasn’t ...read on »

Torres

Silver Tongue

8/10 from Daoud

I suppose the main takeaway for Torres’ latest album is that 80s pop music very much remains to be in. Recently we’ve had albums from actual 80s pop stars like the...read on »

Montague Armstrong

Hammond Hits

8/10 from Daoud

The album title really does it all here. ‘Hammond Hits’ by Montague Armstrong is a record of little tunes made using a Hammond organ. Simple. Now what am I meant t...read on »

Destroyer

Have We Met

8/10 from Daoud

I’m starting to wonder that maybe I don’t actually know what 80s pop music sounds like because recently, almost every biggish release we’ve had in sounds a b...read on »

Okay Kaya

Watch This Liquid Pour Itself

8/10 from Daoud

Personality. I’ve definitely opened a review talking about personality before. But something can be true of more than one thing, and I don’t think it would be righ...read on »

Drive-By Truckers

The Unraveling

8/10 from Fred MG

Does anyone remember Prefab Sprout’s 2001 album ‘The Gunman And Other Stories’? Probably not - it didn’t crack the top 40 and spawned no hits. But it&r...read on »

Squirrel Flower

I Was Born Swimming

8/10 from Daoud

‘I Was Born Swimming’ sounds about what you’d imagine an album with a track called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ would sound like. Though maybe y...read on »

Frances Quinlan

Likewise

8/10 from Daoud

‘Likewise’, Frances Quinlan’s first album released under her own name, feels like listening to astream of consciousness. Well, almost. Most streams of consci...read on »

Featured albums

Pain Jerk
PML Beatz
Kl(aüs)
Beat Hotel
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Peder Mannerfelt
Clémentine March
Various
SQÜRL
Graham Dee
Wild Nothing
Las Cobras
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
UT
Omar Souleyman
Various
J. M. Pagán
Forest Drive West
Pascal Comelade
Federico Fellini & Nino Rota
Federico Fellini & Nino Rota
Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays
Phase Fatale
Dan Deacon
Canter
Squarepusher
Drive-By Truckers
Andras
Bersarin Quartett
Caroline Polachek
Torres
Destroyer
Remember Sports
Squirrel Flower
Herbie Hancock
POLIÇA
Blossoms
Smoke Fairies
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
CHI
Happy Mondays
Suburban Knight
Miles Kane
Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins
Charles Mingus
Happy Mondays