Weekly Update The Heads, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Porridge Radio, Military Genius.

Stephen O'Malley, Thee MVPs, Dungeon Rap, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Horse Lords, Porches, Deap Lips, Early Day Miners, Hilary Woods, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete.

Headlines

  • We’ve awarded our Album of the Week to Crack Cloud member Military Genius & his eclectic debut of industrial-heavy jams.
  • We’ve loved their singles in the past & now poetic post-punks The Cool Greenhouse are getting Dinked! Their debut lands on clear wax with a signed postcard & two exclusive tracks. Leeds’ psychedelic garage rockers Thee MVPs are getting the deluxe Dinked treatment too.
  • Former Norman Album of the Year winner Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has just announced a new album!
  • Check out our staff-picked Weekly Playlist on Spotify & Youtube.

New music

  • Brighton’s finest post-punk/indie group Porridge Radio unleash their debut.
  • We’re down to the last handful of copies of live archival cuts from Bristol psych legends The Heads.
  • Horse Lords. Fiddly, taut experimental rock with influences from all over the world.
  • The Relations. Ghostly electronic-tainted psych folk on Castles In Space.
  • Mitski & Dev Hynes join Porches on their latest album of synth-heavy indie pop.
  • Deap Lips. Glam-psych-garage rock meeting of the minds aka Flaming Lips & Deap Vally. 
  • Lorelle Meets The Obsolete release two new tracks & two remixes from CC Crain & Pye Corner Audio.
  • Sunn O)))’s Stephen O'Malley’s latest live record has been heavily inspired by black metal iconography.
  • Fresh album from Ultraísta featuring Radiohead’s ‘6th member’ Nigel Godrich.
  • Slum Of Legs. Heavy noise pop from Brighton.
  • YMO main man turned classical composer Ryuichi Sakamoto scores the soundtrack to ‘Proxima’.
  • Bespoke & jazzy classical from Joyfultalk.
  • Minneapolis’ Black Market Brass have an undying thirst for funk & Afrobeat.
  • Shabaka & The Ancestors. The sax player behind Sons of Kemet heads to South Africa for some tasty spiritual jazz. 
  • Talk Talk inspired post-rock jams from Chicago’s Zelienople.
  • Human Impact feature members of Swans, Xiu Xiu & Unsane so you just know it's going to be a serene one...
  • Roc Marciano. Felony fables & East Coast style beats for fans of Raekwon/Wu-Tang.
  • Instrumental live report via Swedish psychedelia group Dungen.
  • Germany’s Montevale return with an album of rich post-classical sounds on oscarson.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • The Four Tet album has landed. CD only, with a slight delay on the vinyl edition due to a manufacturing hiccup.
  • Incredible Bernard Parmegiani 12CD box set. Features 12+ hours of pioneering, mind-blowing sonics. 2020 repress with reworked artwork.
  • A most tranquil, timely mind lozenge from The Chi Factory on Astral Industries.
  • Nazar relays the horror of the Angolan civil war via his “Rough Kuduro” sound on Hyperdub.
  • Supreme scone scramblers from the big man Container on Alter.
  • Killer 'Cache 01' comp on Shanghai's SVBKVLT incl. Tzusing & Hodge, Gooooose, 33EMYBW, Gabber Modus Operandi, Zaliva-D etc.
  • Couple of lush Nurse With Wound mini CD and book sets on Lenka Lente.
  • Ace 'Dungeon Rap' 10" on Natural Sciences incl. DJ Armok, Pillbox and DJ Bishop.
  • Electric Indigo digitally transforms recordings of metallic objects on Editions Mego.
  • Italian ambient fellow Gigi Masin lands on Apollo with an album inspired by the mythical Greek island of Ogygi.
  • Retrospective from Alessandro Pizzin - founding member of Ruins/Wind Project.
  • Industrial ambient fire from Metal Preyers on Nyege Nyege Tapes.
  • Healing music based on traditional Cretan folk songs from Venus Volcanism on Optimo Music.
  • Playful Library music from Cosmic Neighbourhood on Kit Records.
  • Scored more copies of the Éliane Radigue ‘Œuvres électroniques’ 14CD whopper.

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Words: Ant & Tom.

Work: Ian, Tom R., Nathon, Phil, Jamie, Will, Daoud, Ant, Tom H. & Fred.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Nazar

Guerrilla

9/10 from Jamie

Angolan producer Nazar follows up his six-track ‘Enclave’ EP of 2019 with this all-new double LP for Hyperdub. 'Guerilla' is an astonishing record which transfers ...read on »

Vox Populi!

La Cathédrale Morte

8/10 from Will

A bizarre and uncompromising album here from French ethno-industrialists Vox Populi!. Full of broken vocal samples, tape experiments, and austere minimalism, 'La Cathedrale Mo...read on »

Somaticae

Amesys

8/10 from Will

'Amesys' by Somaticae sounds exactly how you'd imagine an album about big data, surveillance, and warfare to sound: stark, righteous, and very angry. Warfare seems embedded in...read on »

Military Genius

Deep Web

8/10 from Daoud

One of the rarest abilities a musician can have is to be able to create a sonic world of one’s own. In recent times few have been better at this than Dean Blunt, each of...read on »

Horse Lords

The Common Task

8/10 from Daoud

Sometimes the press release does such a good job I start to feel a bit redundant. On the one for ‘The Common Task’, Horse Lords’ fourth album, we get the Ex,...read on »

Porridge Radio

Every Bad

8/10 from Jamie

OK, so I’m paraphrasing a little; however -- for a band which makes "existentialist style indie-pop" -- this is a record from which the take-away emotion is nothing...read on »

Joyfultalk

A Separation Of Being

8/10 from Jamie

And here we have it, at last: the third instalment in an ongoing series of instrumental experimentation being brought to us, this very moment, by Jay Crocker aka Joyfultalk. '...read on »

Slum Of Legs

Slum Of Legs

8/10 from Daoud

There’s something about a searing hot violin melody that absolutely destroys me. When the Geraldine Fibbers do it, when the Afghan Whigs do it, when Arab Strap do it, an...read on »

Ultraísta

Sister

8/10 from Will

'Sister' by Ultraísta is an invigorating and dynamic sophomore album that's full of hectic percussion, afrobeat rhythms, and a monochrome post-punk sensibility. Ultra&i...read on »

Diana Collier

Ode to Riddley Walker

8/10 from Will

'Ode To Riddley Walker' is skeletal, stark and mighty engrossing. Diana Collier revels in generating an uncomfortably tentative air. It's full of crescendos more captivating t...read on »

Viagra Boys

Common Sense

8/10 from Tommy WM

I was led to the delightful sounds of Viagra Boys by a Norman Records customer last year and, though I’m a bit of a sceptic of modern post-punk groups, their debut &lsqu...read on »

Shabaka & The Ancestors

We Are Sent Here By History

8/10 from Daoud

Christ, another Shabaka Hutchings project? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a wonderful musician, but you’ve got to wonder whether he feels the future of jazz weighs...read on »

The Chi Factory

Travel In Peace

8/10 from Ant

Most tranquil, timely MIND LOZENGE from The Chi Factory - already sold out at source. Since Hanyo van Oosterom's comrade Jacobus Derwort made his transition to the stars, &ls...read on »

Various

Cache 01

8/10 from Fred MG

Yen Tech’s ‘Acceleratus’, the opening track of new SVBKVLT compilation ‘Cache 01’, sounds more like audio ripped from a 'Silent Hill' game than a...read on »

Featured albums

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Cool Greenhouse
Thee MVPs
Cosmic Neighbourhood
Various
Metal Preyers
Zelienople
Bernard Parmegiani
Four Tet
The Relations
Military Genius
Horse Lords
Tears For Fears
Early Day Miners
Roy Budd
Shabaka & The Ancestors
The Chi Factory
Various
Slum Of Legs
Joyfultalk
OXZ
Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Black Market Brass
Roc Marciano
Venus Volcanism
Electric Indigo
Alessandro Pizzin
Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Heads
Porches
Dungen
Container
Deap Lips
Stephen O'Malley
Porridge Radio
Ultraísta
Montevale
Nazar
Human Impact
Gigi Masin
The Vaselines
The Revolving Paint Dream
Various
Éliane Radigue
Espers
Espers
Calvin Johnson