Weekly Update Erland Cooper (Dinked), Islet, Stephen Malkmus, U.S. Girls.

African Head Charge, Fire! Orchestra, Slow Reels, Vladislav Delay, Pantha Du Prince, Kate Tempest, Holden & Zimpel, Cornershop, Anna Calvi, Fu Manchu, Trees Speak.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. We were very impressed by Welsh group Islet & their blend of psych, dream pop, ambient & hauntology. ‘Eyelet’ sounds somewhere between Vanishing Twin, Beach House & Boards of Canada.
  • Check out our Best Albums of February feature & selection of albums from the month you may have missed.
  • Erland Cooper’s latest ode to Orkney is getting the exclusive vinyl pampering thanks to Dinked. Tune into our socials at 4pm for their next announcement...
  • Head to Spotify & Youtube to see our picks of tunes for our Weekly Playlist.

New music

  • Pavement man Stephen Malkmus picks up a 12-string & Afghani instruments on his latest.
  • Art pop songwriter U.S. Girls returns with a new slab of psych-pop-disco-funk.
  • Fire! Orchestra recreate Don Cherry’s legendary live gig in Poland.
  • Dynamic pop meets psychedelic dreams on MALKA’s latest.
  • Kate Tempest sups up some Unholy Elixer.
  • Holden & Zimpel. Kraut meets synths, classical & jazz on the first collaboration between James Holden & Waclaw Zimpel.
  • Fragile & earthy folk from Diana Collier in limited-edition hand-assembled sleeves.
  • It seems indie songwriter Caroline Rose has quit smoking on her latest LP.
  • Debut album from Manchester group Handle who feature two ex-members of Duds. 
  • If there was ever a record to appeal to Norman customers tastes it would be Trees Speak’s new’un.
  • Disq. They’ve only just hit their twenties & have released their second record.
  • Italian songwriter Julia Bardo of Working Men’s Club releases her debut EP.
  • Neo-soul tinged posthumous release from Mac Miller.
  • Have a nice big warm mug of CocoRosie
  • Honey Harper’s debut was inspired by both Joni Mitchell & painter William Turner.
  • Cornershop met at my old college. One of Preston’s few musical claims to fame.
  • Anna Calvi goes from the Hunter to the Hunted. Julia Holter, Joe Talbot & Courtney Barnett lend a hand.
  • Lake Ruth’s latest EP pays homage to 1960’s sonic experimentation.
  • Acclaimed songwriter Jonathan Wilson returns with a country influenced LP.
  • Jangle away with this collaboration between REM’s Peter Buck & the Auteurs Luke Haines.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Ant’s back in his usual slot so you can fill up your record boxes & bags with top-tier electronic cuts.

  • Humdinger LP from Vladislav Delay. Thrilling blasts of immense sound.
  • Stirring, drifting, minimal ambient dronescapes from Slow Reels (Ian Hawgood & James Murray). Tip for fans of William Basinski and Rafael Anton Irisarri.
  • Fascinating, thought provoking LP on Editions Mego from Jasmine Guffond, questioning the nature of microphone consent. Big brother is listening in your pocket.
  • Vinyl double whammy from NYZ on Important Records incl. a split LP with Eleh.
  • RX-101 ‘Serenity’ CD edition now in. Caustic Window/AFX/Rephlex vibes galore.
  • 1981 Canadian eternal minimal wave/synth pop classic from Ceramic Hello reissued.
  • ‘90s Nostalgic electronica from D.K. recorded live in South Korea. LP on 12th Isle.
  • 140bpm DMZ/Skream inspired skankers from Somah on DEEP MEDi MUSIK.
  • Techno/house/ambient funkers on Future Times boss Max D’s 2LP on 1432 R.
  • Mystical, late night techno-soul from B12's Steven Rutter & Bryonii. Gold wax.
  • Humanoid / Erik Van Den Broek / Steven Rutter / Lone all on one De:Tuned plate.
  • Pantha du Prince shifts away from the dancefloor and explores the communication of trees via modern classical/minimalist modes.
  • Tape on Castles In Space from Bernard Grancher going for it in a Cabs/TG stylee.
  • Explosive/brittle breakbeat/techno/drone mutants from Aquarian on Bedouin
  • Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) soundtracks psychological drama Porcelain.
  • Ace vintage Chicago house worshipping trax from Delroy Edwards on L.I.E.S.
  • Raw, metallic, clattering gear from DJ Die Soon on ltd coloured vinyl 7" via Morphine.
  • Johnny Nash and Diego Herrera (SK U Kno, Suzanne Kraft) offer an absorbing, tranquil third transmission from MATstudio.
  • Raging sonic weapons from Somaticae on In Paradisum.
  • 6CD wooden box set of ferocious ‘90s recordings from Japanese racket hero K2.
  • Legowelt makes his enviable collection of synthesizers sing in ambient mode.
  • Class compilation from Jura Soundsystem feat. gems from Carl Craig, Bochum Welt, Zann, John Rocca, David Arch etc.
  • Blissed out EP on Whities from Neinzer.
  • Intimate, hallucinatory, fragile sound, drones and poetry from crys cole.
  • +++ 12"s from Steve Moore on Kompakt, Tobias. on Ostgut Ton. +++

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

P.E.

Person

10/10 from Will

‘Person’ by P.E. worried me. It worried me because the songs were so celestially brilliant I thought at the end of each song that surely the good times had run the...read on »

JPEGMAFIA

All My Heroes Are Cornballs

9/10 from Fred MG

JPEGMAFIA’s music is at once immediately intelligible to anyone who lurks feeds and also turns away, smirking, from easy interpretation. Like its predecessor ‘Vete...read on »

Sibusile Xaba

Nigwu Shwabada

9/10 from Daoud

Reviewing the amount of music I do would be loads more interesting if all vocalists were as willing to use as much of their voice as Sibusile Xaba. Your average singer does ju...read on »

Vladislav Delay

Rakka

9/10 from Ant

Over the past five years or so, Cosmo Rhythmatic has been absolutely killing it with crushers from Vainio & Vigroux, die ANGEL, Sophia Loizou, King Midas Sound, Tunes Of N...read on »

Islet

Eyelet

8/10 from Will

Something for fans of gloopy drum machines, weird folky textures, and ghostly dub atmospheres here. Islet’s new record ‘Eyelet’ is a wonderfully weird record...read on »

Fire! Orchestra

Actions

8/10 from Daoud

Fire! Orchestra and the Fire! from which they spawned, are disciplined. In the past their compositions have been built on a patient and methodical bass lines that never waver....read on »

Trees Speak

Ohms

8/10 from Daoud

What should you expect from a band releasing their second album on one of the world’s preeminent producers of compilations? Given the amount of work that goes into your ...read on »

Decoy with Joe McPhee

AC/DC

8/10 from Daoud

I’ve always had this feeling with improvising that you’re at war with time. Regardless of context, whether you’re a DJ, or a comedian, or free jazz trumpet a...read on »

Featured albums

Erland Cooper
Diana Collier
DJ Die Soon
The Master Musicians Of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar
Aquarian
Vladislav Delay
Somaticae
Somah
Lake Ruth
Bernard Grancher
K2
crys cole
Vox Populi!
Slow Reels
Rutger Zuydervelt
Kate Tempest
Embrace
Embrace
Embrace
Various
Humanoid / Erik Van Den Broek / Steven Rutter / Lone
2Pac
Steven Rutter & Bryonii
Neinzer
Trees Speak
Holden & Zimpel
Julia Bardo
Steve Moore
Mansions
Jasmine Guffond
Pantha du Prince
NYZ
NYZ / Eleh
The Human League
Fire! Orchestra
The Fear Merchants
Max D
Anna Calvi
King Crimson
D.K.
Ceramic Hello
Stephen Malkmus
The Who
Mac Miller
The Who
RX-101
Tobias.
Delroy Edwards
Various
U.S. Girls
Handle
Disq
Caroline Rose
MATstudio
Jonathan Wilson
Luke Haines & Peter Buck
Cornershop
Islet
Honey Harper
MALKA
Legowelt
CocoRosie
Deja Vega
Anathema
Fu Manchu
Negative Approach