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Weekly Update Magic Arm, Pan Aurora, Justin Walter, Oblivians, Plant43, and more...

Welcome Norman faithful to another update chocka full of booty. Sonic highlights this week are Justin Walter’s Lullabies & Nightmares full length on Kranky which received our prestigious album of the week award while The Declining Winter scores single of the week with the lovely.

On the album front are circular discs from Magic Arm, Oblivians, College, Old Apparatus, Nkengas, The Uncluded, Sulk, Grim Tower, Cut Yourself In Half, Dracula Lewis, Haust, Greg Haines, Lussuria, Sarantis, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Jon Hopkins, Houndmouth, Emily Wells, Queens Of The Stone Age... Erm... ooohhh Camera Obscura, Kelpe, Miles Kane, The Stabs, Fair Ohs, Warm Soda, Skogen Brinner, Joakim Skogsberg, Justin Walter, GRMLN, Dark Side Of The Audio System, Beacon, James Skelly and The Intenders, Spectrals, Cloud Boat, Wu Block, The Handsome Family, Mucky Sailor, Skullflower / Utarm, Atlantis, Just Handshakes and a shit ton more...

As for singles there’s a whole bunch of goodies courtesy of the likes of µ-Ziq, Wildflower, Virginia Wing, Miles, Kodaline, Paleman, Pangaea, Promised Land, Johnny Cash, Prisonaires, Rufus Thomas Jr., Pan Aurora, Darko, Kode9, Locust, Plant43, Sega Bodega, Voltigeurs / Dark Bargain, Tieranniesaur etc.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg - Plenty to fill yer ears as always.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

Haunted Head

9/10 from Mike

Look who’s back! It’s Cramps/Gun Club/Bad Seeds legend Kid Congo Powers & his Pink Monkey Birds with a brand new platter for the unparalleled In The Red record...read on »

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks

How Far Away

9/10 from Mike

Oh, how delightful, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks have a new album out on Woodsist. The assembled Freaks on this record include characters from Woods and his other band R...read on »

Sagor & Swing

Botvid Grenlunds Park

9/10 from Mike

It’s been nearly 10 years since Eric Malmberg’s Sagor & Swing have brought out a record and he has so far passed under my radar altogether, but I’m delig...read on »

Lovesliescrushing

Ghost Colored Halo

9/10 from Ant

I had no idea that lovesliescrushing had been going since the early 90's. Judging by the fact that all previous titles we've carried by them have all sold out I think it's saf...read on »

Metasplice

Infratracts

9/10 from Ant

I've been digging what this Philadelphia duo have been up to recently and so have been awaiting their debut album with huge anticipation. I have to confess though to being som...read on »

Mount Kimbie

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

9/10 from Clinton

Despite its red herring sleeve featuring a big fat arse, Mount Kimbie’s ‘Crooks and Lovers’ was one of those slow burning classics, an unclassifiable post du...read on »

Teardrop Factory

Topshop EP

9/10 from Clinton

Limited to just 300 copies, this is the debut effort from a Brighton group who are in thrall to all our sloppy indie rock heroes yet bring their own slant to the proceedings. ...read on »

Hookworms

Radio Tokyo

9/10 from Mike

Currently riding high on a wave of critical and public acclaim, Leeds’ psychedelic heroes Hookworms return this week with a 7” on Too Pure featuring two brand new ...read on »

John Roberts

Fences

9/10 from Ant

I thought I’d show this some love as it’s a really lush sounding album and I was really into John Roberts previous album ‘Glass Eights’. Basically wha...read on »

Skullflower / Utarm

Split

9/10 from Ant

I’ve no idea who’s playing in this incarnation of Skullflower. I’ll hazard a guess at Matthew Bower (obviously), Lee Stokoe and Samantha Davies. Skullflower ...read on »

Justin Walter

Lullabies and Nightmares

9/10 from Ant

Ahh this seems to be soothing our collective minds and brightening up what’s otherwise a miserable, drizzly, late May afternoon. Walter uses the EVI, or Electronic Valv...read on »

Miles

Unsecured

9/10 from Ant

Miles Whittaker has yet another record out for Modern Love. You’ve gotta admire this chap's work ethic. This serves as a tasty side-order to his recent album. ‘Bl...read on »

Lussuria

American Babylon

9/10 from Ant

I got stuck into this album last night and totally loved it. Compiled from three hard to obtain cassette releases it’s great to finally get my mitts on these tracks. A ...read on »

RP Boo

Legacy

9/10 from Ant

This has finally arrived on vinyl! Footwork originator RP Boo got my attention through the ‘Bangs and Work’s compilations and ever since I’ve been itching t...read on »

The Declining Winter

Fragment#5

9/10 from Ian

Here’s a new 10” by The Declining Winter who’ve been been away from the scene for couple of years at least. Lazy boys and girls!! Well now they are back and ...read on »

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

9/10 from Clinton

On the most spectacular looking vinyl known to man, Christmas Lights (the alter ego of Freescha’s Nick Huntington) delivers a gorgeous album of soothing electronica that...read on »

Brian Hodgson and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Doctor Who - The Krotons

9/10 from Ant

We scored some 10” vinyl copies of this beauty of “special sounds” from Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This really shows them at their most ...read on »

Time Is a Mountain

Time Is a Mountain

8/10 from Mike

Here’s another of those Scandinavian supergroups that seem to happen so often. This time Tape’s Tomas Hallonsten has welded himself onto the Fire! rhythm section o...read on »

Shampoo Boy

Licht

8/10 from Ant

Christian Schachinger, Christina Nemec and Peter Rehberg are the Vienna trio that comprise Shampoo Boy. Utilizing guitar bass and electronics the counjor up som...read on »

Not Waving

Umwelt

8/10 from Clinton

Records are coming out thick and fast, they are being thrown at me almost as quick as I can listen to them. My dad asked how we do it when we are reviewing in ‘real time...read on »

Veronica Falls

Waiting For Something To Happen

8/10 from Clinton

Even a cynical oaf like me couldn’t fail to be wowed by jangly, summery popsters Veronica Falls, even though I read that they slagged off York as the worst place they&rs...read on »

AP Musik

MU3

8/10 from Clinton

New on Rephlex. This album of electronic goodness explores “The Colundi Sequence; a series of mathematically-related and non-related and specifically resonant microtones...read on »

Foxygen

No Destruction / Where’s The Money?

8/10 from Clinton

“Our Best Album Yet” stated the sticker on the front of the recent Foxygen album. Well, they should know. It’s my favourite bit of promotion since an un-name...read on »

Melt Yourself Down

Release

8/10 from Clinton

Tuning into ‘Later with Jools Holland’ this week propensibly to watch the mesmerising Low, I sat through some hit and miss stuff but was struck by this group who r...read on »

Hooded Fang

Gravez

8/10 from Clinton

I thought nothing of Hooded Fang’s first record but I have kind of enjoyed this second one, they’ve developed their garage rock sound further on to the point that ...read on »

Atlantis

Electra's Discovery

8/10 from Ant

It’s been a wee while since we’ve had a mini-CD on Handstitched, the label lovingly run by Tim Diagram aka Maps & Diagrams. This is the second Atlantis release...read on »

Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald

Borderland III/III

8/10 from Ant

Ultra heavyweight masters of techno collaboration here. It’s been some years since we had these guys on record together. ‘Borderland’ is released on CD and a...read on »

Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald

Borderland

8/10 from Ant

Ultra heavyweight masters of techno collaboration here. It’s been some years since we had these guys on record together. ‘Borderland’ is released on CD and a...read on »

Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald

Borderland II/III

8/10 from Ant

Ultra heavyweight masters of techno collaboration here. It’s been some years since we had these guys on record together. ‘Borderland’ is released on CD and a...read on »

Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald

Borderland I/III

8/10 from Ant

Ultra heavyweight masters of techno collaboration here. It’s been some years since we had these guys on record together. ‘Borderland’ is released on CD and a...read on »

Voltigeurs / Dark Bargain

Split

8/10 from Ant

A killer split 7” right here from Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies’ Skullflower side-project Voltigeurs and Newcastle’s Dark Bargain. Voltigeurs head up the...read on »

N.

N.

8/10 from Ant

Haha, gotta love the press release for this one: "N. is loyal to the most obscure and malevolence side of Power Electronics sounds and concepts. Closed in a total nothingness...read on »

Atrax Morgue

In Search Of Death

8/10 from Ant

Atrax Morgue is the work of Marco Corbelli. The project is influenced by psychopathology: murder, violent death, sadism, necrophilia, schizophrenia and insanity. There’s...read on »

Kode9

Uh / Ok

8/10 from Ant

Kode9 has a limited 12” out on Rinse with a coupla exclusive tracks, the first of which appears on his Rinse:22 mix CD. This new material is way different to his early ...read on »

Plant43

Radiant Flux

8/10 from Ant

Emile Facey used to be a regular on the AI label and here has a debut for the central Processing label. This is pure electro that recalls SCSI, Silicon Scally, Satamile etc. ...read on »

Locust

You'll Be Safe Forever Remixes

8/10 from Ant

Mark Van Hoen’s recent album for Editions Mego get subjected to some remix treatment on this white label 12”. First up is Ulrich Schnauss tackling ‘Fall For ...read on »

Johnny Cash

Get Rhythm / I walk The Line

8/10 from Ant

I’ve always been partial to Johnny Cash tunes since childhood. His songs just seem to stick with you throughout your life, both the heart-aching moments and the joyous. ...read on »

James Skelly and The Intenders

Love Undercover

8/10 from Ian

Former The Coral frontman has oddly released his first solo album featuring his former bandmates, the question as to why it’s not just a new Coral album is a bit of a my...read on »

The Felt Tips

Symbolic Violence

8/10 from Ian

Glasgow Indie Poppers The Felt Tips release their second album on Firestation Records, ‘Symbolic Violence’ is perfect jangle indie for all you floppy haired art st...read on »

Camera Obscura

Desire Lines

8/10 from Ian

Fifth album by Camera Obscura on 4AD, ‘Desire Lines’ sees the Glasgow band sounding more polished and fresh, this is a great pop record with a quite a grown up sou...read on »

Lyndsie Alguire

Clair Obscur

8/10 from Ian

A cute little package from Canadian piano tinkler Lyndsie Alguire, this comes in a tiny little envelope with 8 Polaroid photos of the lady herself and a hand stamped mini disc...read on »

Mucky Sailor

Early Lad

8/10 from Ian

Leeds lads Mucky Sailor release their debut long player 'Early Lad', it's a crazy mix of prog synths and math rhythms, rumour has it that they're pretty bonkers live and it re...read on »

µ-Ziq (u-ziq)

Xtep

8/10 from Ant

This is the first new µ-ziq material in quite some time. I wasn’t sure what to expect really, although the breakcore phase was bound to come to an end. It kicks of...read on »

Dark Side Of The Audio System

Loop Collections 9

8/10 from Ant

Our Kim has just walked over to me to tell me she thinks this is brilliant, “Like sad clown music”. She has however declined to review it so that’s left to m...read on »

Fair Ohs

Jungle Cats

8/10 from Clinton

Despite being quite good at the information thing, the internet doesn’t tell you everything. Its just taken me 10 minutes to try to find out where this raucous band are ...read on »

Warm Soda

Warm Soda

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve spent the last month or so mourning the passing of Scott Miller, the curly-haired leader of the great power pop oddity bands Game Theory and The Loud Family. Mille...read on »

Spectrals

Sob Story

8/10 from Clinton

Spectrals are one of those slightly unfathomable success stories. Emerging from somewhere in the outskirts of Leeds, lead Spectral and ocassional Mick Hucknall lookalike Louis...read on »

Just Handshakes

Say It

8/10 from Clinton

Having dropped the ‘We’re British!’ bit, and having only recently recovered from the experience of giving a drunken Brian a lift back to Leeds in their hatch...read on »

Darko

Fragment#4

8/10 from Clinton

Wow! Do we have a treat for you - no less than 3 10” records from ace French imprint Monopsone. The others - featuring The Declining Winter and Pan Aurora - will b...read on »

Pan Aurora

Fragment#6

8/10 from Clinton

Another part of our Monopsone - Fragments triple bill (see also Darko and The Declining Winter), here are Pan Aurora whose sound is a very European style electronic pop w...read on »

Ixtahuele

Pagan Rites

8/10 from Ian

‘Pagan Rites’ is the sound of true exotica straight from the 60’s, mellow jazz bossa nova from Sweden, these sharp suited fellas make music full of intrigue ...read on »

Seftel

Seftel

8/10 from Ian

This is Hackney-based Larry Seftel and his debut album on Lo Recordings, a set of songs that are emotive yet disturbing in places, lots of Syd Barrett ramblings over warm elec...read on »

Queens Of The Stone Age

...Like Clockwork

8/10 from Ant

I’ve a bit of a soft spot for these Californian rockers. ‘...Like Clockwork’ is their sixth studio album on Matador as they appear to have parted company wit...read on »

Old Apparatus

Compendium

8/10 from Ant

No surprises for what's in store here with the title giving the game away. What we have is a CD collection of highlights from the first three Vinyl 12” EP’s on Sul...read on »

Wax Idols

Discipline & Desire

8/10 from Clinton

Hmmm... Discipline. We all need it, baby. Oh yes, thats better. The first paragraph of the press release states how this Oakland, California four piece are more suited to the ...read on »

Big Deal

June Gloom

8/10 from Clinton

Post-Saville its probably a wise move for Mute not to push the vaguely peado-friendly line The Guardian adopted when trying to push this band's first album something along the...read on »

Wolf Alice

Bros

8/10 from Clinton

I’m starting to wonder what percentage of bands/artists on this planet have the word Wolf in their name. Here goes....(deep breath)....parade, eyes, people, chubby, high...read on »

Virginia Wing

Red Sails

8/10 from Clinton

A really funny looking bunch. I don’t know why just real funny lookin’. This, I believe is their second single. They peddle a sound which is sort of like an indie-...read on »

Princess Chelsea

We're So Lost

8/10 from Clinton

You and me both. Where does it all lead, Princess, eh? You’ll wake up one day dead and that will be that. Anyway on a cheerier note this is one of the better singles thi...read on »

Jon Hopkins

Immunity

8/10 from Ant

Is this the first techno record to ever come out on Domino? Jon Hopkins aka Brian Eno’s drinking buddy has somewhat surprised me with this record. All the  lush amb...read on »

Featured albums

Lussuria
Mucky Sailor
Pangaea
Darko
Locust
The Declining Winter
Pan Aurora
Plant43
Atlantis
Johnny Cash
Rufus Thomas Jr.
Promised Land
Prisonaires
Oblivians
The Stabs
Dark Side Of The Audio System
Skullflower / Utarm
Miles
Voltigeurs / Dark Bargain
Sega Bodega
Paleman
Miles Kane
Kodaline
Magic Arm
James Skelly and The Intenders
Jon Hopkins
Emily Wells
Camera Obscura
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Spectrals
Houndmouth
Queens Of The Stone Age
Kelpe
Sarantis
GRMLN
Kode9
Cloud Boat
Fair Ohs
Warm Soda
Joakim Skogsberg
Nkengas
Dark Bells
Haust
Old Apparatus
Grim Tower
Virginia Wing
Tieranniesaur
Justin Walter
Wu Block
The Handsome Family
College
The Uncluded
µ-Ziq (u-ziq)
Just Handshakes
Greg Haines
Beacon
Sulk
Dracula Lewis
Skogen Brinner
Cut Yourself In Half