Weekly Update Horse Lords, Cocteau Twins, Sleaford Mods, Ian William Craig.

Baxter Dury, Dinked (Brigid Dawson/Kate NV), Studio Ghibli soundtracks, Golem Mecanique, Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats, Slow Readers Club, Alfa Mist, Electric Wizard.

  • Album of the Week. Baltimore experimental rock collective Horse Lords are our top pick with their eclectic & hypnotic new record. Watch out for magpies around that mirror board sleeve though...
  • Dinked have announced two new titles from Russian synth/art pop musician Kate NV & Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson! Check out our feature commemorating their 50th edition & grab the limited-edition exclusives whilst you can…
  • Just a heads up that releases over the next few months may be delayed due to ongoing issues surrounding COVID-19. Please keep an eye on the site & we'll amend release dates as we get the info.
  • Check out our staff-picked Weekly Playlist on Spotify & Youtube

New music

  • Ian William Craig returns to the piano for a mournful & apocalyptic new record. 
  • Bone-chilling & otherworldly drones from Golem Mecanique.
  • Another ace release on International Anthem courtesy of Irreversible Entanglements.
  • Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats. Old-school flavoured collaboration between two innovative figures in hip hop.
  • Wiki. This one’s a corker of a modern rap album right here.
  • Talk Talk member & Beth Gibbons collaborator Rustin Man releases his excellent second album.
  • Roger Eno & Brian Eno. The brothers are back in town.
  • Hear Norman founder Phil drum in his old krautrock/post-punk band Bush Pilot.
  • Baxter Dury returns to Heavenly for his sixth LP.
  • Alfa Mist returns with a mellow, ECM jazz influenced mini album.
  • Indie anthems from Manchester group The Slow Readers Club.
  • Brighton’s Wax Machine take all the best bits of psych & give them all a mix up.
  • Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela. This one may interest you Afrobeat fans.
  • Myrkur strips down her black metal sound to a more folk flavoured affair. 
  • Fuzzed-out rock split between Gravves / Deh​-​Yey.
  • Post-punk/indie rock group Moaning debut on Sub Pop with ‘Uneasy Laughter’.
  • Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty. Excellent & varied jazz from the BadBadNotGood related project.
  • I lived next to an Arbouretum in Nottingham & I still have no idea what one actually is.
  • DIY songwriting tales from rising artist Hak Baker.
  • Dreamy French shoegaze from Marble Arch.
  • The Noise Birds aka Suishou No Fune & Numinous Eye make a right old racket.
  • Polish jazz group Skalpel return with their distinctively modern take on the genre.
  • Welsh folk harpist Georgia Ruth returns with an ace new album.
  • Tasty left-field hip hop cuts on Home Assembly from ZekeUltra.
  • Confidence Man get their upbeat brand of guitar music remixed by house favourites Greg/Che Wilson & CC Disco/DJ Boring.

Re-issues

  • Who doesn’t love a bit of the Cocteau Twins? They’ve reissued two ace records on heavyweight wax.
  • Sleaford Mods are here to cheer us up in these grim days. ‘Key Markets’ reissued on red splatter vinyl.
  • Loads more Studio Ghibli films have landed on Netflix for your self-quarantine needs. We’ve got the vinyl imports in too!
  • Buck Meek’s self-titled gets a repress on colour wax. Worth it alone for that foxy cover...
  • The Handsome Family. Two records arrive on these shores for the first time. 
  • Oh Sees mainman & Castle Face founder John Dwyer has reissued his photography book.
  • Unearthed gem from soundtrack legend Roy Budd.
  • Psychedelic cheese from Gong, ‘coz it’s a reissue of the classic ‘Camembert Electrique’.
  • Full beam! South African disco from The Star Beams.
  • Electric Wizard. My brother got a tattoo of the album art. My mum was horrified when she eventually found out…
  • Lightning Bolt. More like Hyperactive Mountain right?
  • The Stroppies. Ace immediate indie rock for fans of GBV, Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh et al.
  • Live album & rarities from highly-influential post-punks The Pop Group.
  • Preston’s Optic Nerve reissue The Wedding Present & Meat Whiplash on coloured wax.
  • Barry Gray’s soundtrack to ‘Supercar’ has landed.
  • Unsung mod revival/garage rock classic from The Prisoners.
  • Goth metal pioneers Type O Negative reissue a classic. Bit of a timely title too…
  • Superbly tranquil ambient/new age sounds from Inoyamaland.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • James Ruskin and Mark Broom reconvene as The Fear Ratio for a killer album of icy, knotted, hip hop infused electronix on Skam. Check if you did Ae’s ‘Chiastic Slide’.
  • Vladislav Delay eternal Chain Reaction classic 'Multila' remastered on 2LP.
  • Ace jazzy broken beat techno/house EP from Nick Araguay on Sähkö.
  • 2LP of freaky, deranged mayhem from Shit & Shine.
  • Party guaranteed, breakbeat trance rave bullet from Jasss on Whities.
  • Psychedelic, lo-fi, tunnelling tribal acid zoner 7" on R=A from Leisure Connection aka Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights) and Nate Archer (Rahdunes).
  • Fresh EP from Mutant Joe on Natural Sciences fusing razor-sharp electro, acid, jungle and underground Trap.
  • 2LP of highlights from Venezuelan synthesist/ambient-electronic wizard Miguel Noya.
  • Jerome Hill and Dave Tarrida full-on techno murderation on RIOT Radio Records.
  • Discrepant vinyl edition of Spencer Clarke's Star Searchers 'Avatar Blue' feat. a selection of tracks from the original 2CD edition.
  • 300 copies white label 12” on L.I.E.S. from Brooklyn techno warrior Adam X with archival 303 twiddling acid carnage.
  • Last few copies of Fabio Orsi's gorgeous 'Vibra' 2CD on Fluid Audio. Act fast!
  • Dark Entries continue doing God’s work with a deluxe reissue of Severed Heads classic second album 'Clean'. Includes a disc of bonus material!
  • Jon Hassell's excellent ‘Vernal Equinox’ LP from 1977 makes a welcome return.
  • Cosey ambient LP from Warmth. Edition of 200 copies.
  • Etapp Kyle reflects on Chernivtsi and Ukrainian cultural identity through his minimalist techno prism. 12” on Ostgut Ton.
  • Delightful pastoral ambient from Ishmael Cormack. 50 bespoke handmade copies.
  • Kalahari Oyster Cult reissue of ultra-rare Terraform Records, 1995 ‘Systems E.P. 1’.
  • Reissue of Plastic Mode's 1985 Italo disco groover 'Mi Amor'.
  • Hallucinatory techno from Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and David Sumner as LSD.
  • Edition of 50 copies M-G Dysfunction tape on don't drone alone. Mangling sounds somewhere between Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Carl Stone.
  • Cosmic disco laced electro-funk from Space Dimension Controller on Dekmantel.
  • +++ Charlotte de Witte incl. Kangding Ray remix, Tornado Wallace mini-LP on Optimo Music, Fear-E bangers on Dark Entries +++

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty

Visions

9/10 from Jamie

Here are two names. Names of musicians I’ve heard of -- because they are both members of one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live, I mean of course BADBADNOTGOOD&...read on »

Rustin Man

Clockdust

9/10 from Jamie

This just in -- It’s Rustin! (Man). Paul Webb is back with his second LP in as many years, 18 years on from his autumnal classic ‘Out Of Season’. While that ...read on »

Helen Money

Atomic

9/10 from Will

Jah bless the cello. It's had a long and varied history in the field of interesting, alternative music. I’m thinking of the dark edge it brought the Auteurs, the etherea...read on »

Primo

Sogni

8/10 from Jamie

There’s a lot of music coming out of Melbourne right now, isn’t there? Has been for a few years I suppose… Just an observation. Anyway, this lot are Primo a...read on »

Max de Wardener

Music For Detuned Pianos

8/10 from Jamie

Max de Wardener has called his latest LP (and his second for the excellent Village Green label) ‘Music For Detuned Pianos’ and, guess what, it's a saxophone record...read on »

Star Searchers

Avatar Blue

8/10 from Jamie

Much like our description-writer, I’m not much of a swimmer. Being clearly a world apart from the part of humankind which supposedly evolved from aquatic mammalian lifef...read on »

Georgia Ruth

Mai

8/10 from Jamie

Spring is approaching -- slowly, yes but it's coming, I promise -- so it will very soon be time for ‘Mai’. At the time of writing at least, the merry, merry month ...read on »

Eye Flys

Tub of Lard

8/10 from Will

Ten apocalyptic bangers here from the East Coast’s Eye Flys. ‘Tub Of Lard’ is an enjoyably snotty album. Vocalist Jake Smith growls, shouts, and bellows like...read on »

Bushpilot

Already!

8/10 from Daoud

Today I find out just how I would go about casting my fine critical eye upon something my boss was a part of. Dismiss me as biassed if you want, I bloody dare you. So yes, Ph...read on »

M-G Dysfunction

Complete Deletion

8/10 from Daoud

What's Practical I should probably mention that this tape was recorded by my colleague and friend Fred, and was released on label by two ex-colleagues and current friends Rob...read on »

Irreversible Entanglements

Who Sent You?

8/10 from Daoud

Usually when you people think of free jazz they imagine some noisy mess of horns all going at each other without restraint. And yes, there is a lot of that! But Irreversible E...read on »

Lyra Pramuk

Fountain

8/10 from Daoud

One of the drums I’m always beating is for musicians to make more use of their voice. I wrote about it in my review of Sibusile Xaba’s recent wonderful album, and ...read on »

Featured albums

Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network
Kate NV
Alfa Mist
Etapp Kyle
Confidence Man
Gravves / Deh​-​Yey
JASSS
Tornado Wallace
Adam X
Warmth
Vladislav Delay
The Star Beams
Ishmael Cormack
Gong
Myrkur
Fabio Orsi
Wiki
Shit & Shine
John Dwyer
LSD
Type O Negative
Horse Lords
The Prisoners
Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
Jerome Hill
Barry Gray
Dave Tarrida
The Noise Birds
Plastic Mode
M-G Dysfunction
The Handsome Family
The Pop Group
The Pop Group
Hak Baker
Skalpel
Bushpilot
Fear-E
Irreversible Entanglements
Severed Heads
Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats
Space Dimension Controller
Roy Budd
Nick Araguay
Inoyamaland
Ian William Craig
Rustin Man
Various
Mutant Joe
Arbouretum
Golem Mecanique
Leisure Connection
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela
Georgia Ruth
Charlotte de Witte
Roger Eno and Brian Eno
The Fear Ratio
The Slow Readers Club
ZekeUltra
Miguel Noya
Wax Machine
Moaning
Meat Whiplash
The Wedding Present
Baxter Dury
Star Searchers
Marble Arch
Buck Meek
The Stroppies
Sleaford Mods
Electric Wizard
Cocteau Twins
Lightning Bolt
Cocteau Twins
The Handsome Family